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features 46 Building a Future Lendon Gray discusses how youth’s access to quality ponies and good educational opportunities affect the future of dressage in the U.S. BY NATALIE DEFEE MENDIK

52 Back to Work Learn how proper nutrition can safely get your horse back on track after a layup. BY KAREN ELIZABETH BARIL

58 Must Love Horses Do dating websites for horse people really work? BY KATHRYN SELINGA

40 Great Expectations

Find out if you have the resources to breed your mare and welcome a new bundle of joy. BY HEATHER SMITH THOMAS



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22 Readers share which famous equestrian they would like to date. 30 Fun trivia and interesting facts about equine nutrition. 63 Explore nature in New York’s Catskill Mountain region. 75 Pony Clubbers gain insight at the Susanne Winslade Clinic. 94 Gemma Paternoster and Osiris win the $25,000 ESP Year-End Awards Grand Prix. 147 Become ecologically and financially savvy.



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14 Editor’s Note

63 Travel

143 Marketplace

16 On the Road

66 Equine Fashion

146 Classifieds

20 Letters to the Editor

68 Going Green

147 Real Estate

22 In Your Words

70 Collecting Thoughts

150 Calendar

27 Bits & Pieces

72 Media Review

152 Affiliate Coupons

28 Points of Interest 30 Now You Know 32 Prepurchase Exam 34 Ask the Vet 36 Clipping Pointers

156 Directories

the scoop

174 Stallion Paddock

75 News & Affiliate Updates

176 Last Laugh

86 Industry Wide Affiliates 134 Breed Affiliates

38 Western Pointers

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Pearlie King, a 4-year-old Gypsy stallion owned by Robin Visceglia is standing at stud for 2013 at Stillwater Farm in Cashiers, NC. See more on page 18. COVER PHOTO: MARK J. BARRETT



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Luck & Love THERE’S NOT MUCH WORSE THAN going to the barn, planning on a great ride, only to have your horse hobble up to the fence with an injury. I know this all too well, as my mare, being a bit clumsy and too curious for her own good, always seems to help me into this predicament. If you’re lucky, it’s a quick fix and you’re riding again in no time; but sometimes, it takes months. If that’s the case, your horse’s diet is going to need to change as his workload decreases, and then again as he resumes work. This month, Karen Baril tackled this topic in the article, “Back to Work,” on page 52. Check it out to find some useful information regarding your horse’s nutritional health. Also this month, Natalie DeFee Mendik sat down with Dressage4Kids founder and Olympic rider, Lendon Gray, as she discussed the impact kids and ponies have on the future of dressage. Lendon has some interesting insight into this subject and provides helpful tips for younger dressage enthusiasts and their parents. As a fun and entertaining bonus this month, we paid homage to the holiday of love—Valentine’s Day. Of course, true love is reserved for our horses, but it doesn’t hurt to have a significant other who enjoys horses and riding. Our own Kathryn Selinga takes a look at online equestrian dating in her article “Must Love Horses.” Who knew there were so many online dating sites dedicated to horse lovers! While I admit to being a bit skeptical of online dating at first, I see it in a new light after hearing of all the success stories! So, you might want to give it a try. Who knows, maybe love will find you! Of course, we have a great variety of columns this month as well, so be sure to take some time to sit back, enjoy, and find what interests you!

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Keeping Chemistry Alive IN HONOR OF VALENTINE’S DAY, YOU’LL NOTICE THAT we have a number of articles relating to dating, love, and what comes after, throughout this issue. And as I read through the magazine, I couldn’t help but think about that special someone in my life. There’s an expression that says, “Behind every good man, there’s a good woman.” I would have to counter that with the idea that beside every good woman, there’s a good man. If you’ve seen me out and about at a horse show, you’ve most likely met my husband, JP, as well. And even if you haven’t met him in person, he’s made the occasional appearance in this column. The reason why I’ve been fortunate enough to have a spouse who comes with me to all of these equestrian events is simple: he’s one of us. My husband has been around horses just as long as I have. He started riding around age 12, and after graduating from high school, went on to become a horse trainer. Although he doesn’t work in the equine industry anymore, he “gets his fix” by attending events with me. If I were married to a non-horse person, I’m not sure they would understand my working endless hours at industry events, taking magazine pages home to read, and trying to perfect the articles that I write. But because I’m lucky enough to be married to an equine enthusiast, my husband not only attends shows, clinics, etc., with me, but he also holds my equipment, video tapes events, and sometimes takes pictures while I’m conducting an interview—all with a smile on his face. Of course, that’s not to say that being married to a horse person doesn’t have its share of problems. My advice to anyone who is even thinking about dating another equestrian is: don’t take riding lessons from/or give them to each other—it will most likely only end in a fight (and if it doesn’t, more power to you!); if you ride different disciplines, feel free to share advice with one another, but be respectful of that person’s desired riding preference; and most importantly, you may want to establish some rules about separating horses from home life. As equine enthusiasts, we’re very passionate, but I know from experience that my husband and I can drive each other crazy while incessantly talking about horses. With that being said, it’s nice to be able to come home to someone who understands my trade and is happy to listen to me when I do want to talk about work—and is honest about telling me when to stop. And it’s equally as wonderful to have him as a companion on the road. So if you see me at a show with someone standing next to me, holding a camera and a bag of magazines, you’ll know it’s my husband—the good man that stands beside me. Me with Dr. Ferrer at the first of the Tufts Lecture Series.



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Me and my husband, JP, at our wedding in 2006.

A Session in Science While science may or may not play a role in ensuring that two people have good chemistry, it does affect our horse’s health, so when I found out that the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine was once again presenting an equine health lecture series, I didn’t hesitate to sign up. I’ve always been a little weak at science, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The first class in the series—The Itchy Horse: Hives and Allergies—took place on January 9, and was presented by Lluis Ferrer, DVM, PhD, DECVD. Although I’ll admit some of the diagrams presented in the class went over my head (I was lost at the words cytokine and chemokine), I was fascinated to learn some of the statistics about equine allergies. For example, I didn’t realize that leg mange, a skin disease caused by mites, is more common in draft horses; that Icelandic horses, ponies, Arabians, and Quarter Horses are at increased risk for culicoides (otherwise known as insect hypersensitivity); or that louse is diagnosed by using scotch tape and placing it under a microscope. Maybe it’s the inner-geek in me, or the fact that I’m a horse lover, but I found this all to be extremely interesting. It seems I wasn’t the only person who was intrigued by this topic, either. After the presentation, Dr. Ferrer opened the floor for the students to ask questions, and a number of fascinating inquiries were made. One person had asked him if he could give us a list of common food allergies, and although he was hesitant to list specific types that could cause a reaction, Dr. Ferrer was quick to point out that it’s better to try to determine what the cause is by changing a horse’s diet than it is to conduct a blood test. With that being said, of course, you don’t want to quickly change your horse’s hay or grain over the course of a day…it needs to be slowly introduced to his or her diet, so this process can be time consuming. Another student had asked if horses can suffer from anaphylaxis after having an allergic reaction, just as people do. I found it interesting to learn that they can, but this is very uncommon. If you would like to attend one of the many lectures in the series, there’s more to come. The next topic is Common Infectious Diseases in Horses, and will be led by Dr. Alfredo Sanchez, who contributes to the Equine Journal on a regular basis. Whether you’re trying to learn more about your horse’s current ailment, or you’re just craving more knowledge, you’ll find it at these lectures. Executive Editor

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STILLWATER FARM HAS A long-standing reputation for breeding quality horses. Owned and operated by Robin Visceglia, with her husband, Jacques, they specialize in producing Gypsy Vanners of exceptional quality, acquiring some of the best bloodlines available for breeding. At Stillwater Farm, they believe in “breeding the best to the best, so the resulting foals will



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represent exceptional investment value.” Producing between four and six foals each year, Stillwater Farm has a strict quality-over-quantity policy. The five foals due in 2013 are sure to be not only stunning Gypsy Vanners, but also superb athletes. An avid animal rights supporter, Robin feels that breeding for the sake of making more horses is not an option. Foals are carefully planned and lovingly

raised. Robin has a clear vision for the farm and for their horses, “We breed a modern Gypsy Vanner that can excel in performance—driving, western, English, and dressage. Some are more suited to specific disciplines. But, in my opinion, they are not pasture ornaments. They need to work and are a very versatile horse.” Robin is extremely proud of the quality of Gypsy Vanners that Stillwater Farm is able to produce with their speciallyselected herd of mares and stallions, “I am a very strong believer that a horse needs to have good conformation in order to remain healthy and do its job in life. I also believe that not all stallions are meant to be breeding stallions. Unless they add something better than themselves to their foals, then they shouldn’t be considered breeding stock.” Standing two exceptional stallions, Stillwater Farm is set on improving the breed with impressive bloodlines and conformation. Six-year-old V.V. Deja Blue is a linebred Gypsy King stallion, and 2013 will be his third foal crop for Stillwater Farm. “DJ,” as Robin refers to The farm’s foals are the product him, puts extraordiof breeding the nary movement on best to the best. his foals, as well as


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very pretty heads and necks. Robin says, “Oftentimes in this breed you see coarse heads, no throatlatches, and poor necks. DJ passes along his gorgeous head to all of his foals. I had a comment from a horse person who was introduced to our horses for the first time. He said, ‘I never knew they could have such beautiful, refined heads.’” This is certainly an impressive compliment for an equally impressive horse. Stillwater Farm is excited to add the flashy Pearlie King to their breeding lineup. This young stallion is by Latcho Drom and out of Chauvani, both of whom are of the original 16 horses imported by Dennis and Cindy Thompson in 1996. Robin and Jacques are excited to see what Pearlie King will add to their program. The allure of the Gypsy Vanner keeps Robin and Jacques in love with the breed. According to Robin, “Most people find them much more calm than other breeds. My trainers find them very easy to train. The horses are very willing to please.” The future is very bright for Stillwater Farm. They have a wonderful group of clients who are committed to acquiring the best Gypsy Vanners, with some even starting their own breeding programs with Stillwater Farm-bred stock. Robin says, “It is quite a compliment to be able to see your bloodlines all over the country and to have those horses with responsible, like-minded owners.” For more information about the incredible Gypsy Vanners of Stillwater

Farm, visit Robin and Jacques are always interested in talking to other Gypsy Vanner enthusiasts; call 828-743-3698 to set up an appointment to see their stallions and sale horses.

(Top Right) The Gypsy Vanners at Stillwater Farm are known for their refined heads; (Top Left and Bottom) The farm produces not only beautiful Gypsy Vanners, but also great athletes.

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I love Carley Sparks’ Fashion Files…it’s always one of the first pages that I flip to. She’s always witty and had some great gift ideas this past holiday season. Thank you, Carley! -Jamie Barr, Columbus, OH

duction of ADTs, the sport as it is practiced now is local in origin. Susan Koso Topsfield, MA

On behalf of the Camp Carter YMCA Equestrian Center, thank you so very much for donating the three pairs of lovely western boots. We do have a collection of gently-used boots that our students and children we serve can borrow from, but we are always in need of boot donations. The pairs you donated were brand new, or very close to it, and we were able to give them to the children of a military family that had just recently started taking riding lessons from us. They really wanted to be able to buy each child their own boots, but due to the cost they were not able to. The boots you donated became Christmas gifts for those children. Karen Roseborough Equestrian Director An important omission in the January article about arena driving was that the sport was developed in Massachusetts by Marc Johnson and me. The first Arena Driving Trial (ADT) was held for the Myopia Driving Club. Based on that experience, we developed the rules that were accepted by the American Driving Society. Marc and I also wrote the first dressage tests. And, Marc has also developed portable hazards that have been copied nationwide. For six years, we organized the Frost Bite Series at the Carriage Barn in Newton, NH, which always filled. While Muffy Seaton was involved in the intro20


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I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful article on adults and ponies in the December issue. As I have an 11.3 hand pony mule and I am 5'7," I constantly get grief for riding Emmit. After a few bad falls on 17 hand horses, I had lost my confidence. Emmit has given me that confidence and the love of riding back; I feel safer and confident on ponies—more than I ever have with horses. Reading your article made me very happy to know I am not alone, and I can go far with the ponies, despite our size difference. This article also helped explain to others that ponies can handle adult riders. Thank you so much; it meant a lot to me. Erin Conklin Hartford, CT

North Woods Animal Treats for Your Thoughts! We love hearing from you! Send us your letters to the editor for a chance to win this month’s prize of a North Woods Animal Treats gift pack. All letters we receive by February 15 will be entered in the drawing. Send your submissions to, or to Equine Journal, Editorial, 83 Leicester Street, N. Oxford, MA 01537. Congratulations to Jamie Barr for winning February’s letter-of-the-month! She will receive a North Woods Animal Treats gift pack.

I just read the article that you ran in the December issue that featured me, and although the title was a bit overwhelming, I really appreciate the thorough, accurate, and upbeat way you dealt with the information. Thank you for doing such a great job! -Anne Gribbons Chuluota, FL

I enjoy getting the Equine Journal and reading the news sections for the different breeds and disciplines. I would like to make a suggestion for a new “Rescue News” section. I have been hearing so much about the many experienced and first-time horse owners who have opened their hearts and barns to save many horses and ponies. They are truly special and deserve some recognition. It might be helpful for them to hear about others who have done the same. I bet there are some wonderful stories out there. Judy Westerling Via Email I loved the alternative equine careers story in the January issue of the Equine Journal. Susan Balkus Lowell, MA

Identified: Sarah Newton and Jazz-nIt-Up, a purebred Arabian, owned by Rhonda Messier, were featured in the December issue.

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Will Coleman

David O’Connor. -Jean Rightmire Nacho Figueras! -Milo Bagesse Boyd Martin, without a doubt. -Melissa Beasley

I’ve always thought that Rich Fellers looks mighty fine… on and off a horse! -Grace Smith Jay Duke or Richard Spooner. -Katherine Stathes I hope my wife would pick me! -Steve Kutie Matthias Rath! -McKenna Murphy If we get to pick a horse… I’d date Mr Whoopy. He isn’t marrying material, but I’ll bet he’d be a fun date! -Anne Zahradnik

If you could date one famous equestrian, who would it be?

Patrick Swayze. -Mia Inman



Chris Cox...but alas he is married. -Betty Ayers Broadfield Steffen Peters... he looks pretty good in tails and breeches! -Sasha Ferryman Jonathan Paget. -Kristin Leason Ben Maher...I love watching him compete. And have you seen Tripple X? Those two are a combination of perfection that makes my heart flutter. -Caitlin Reid McLain Ward. -Ashley Youngheim

John Wayne. -Renita Hershman

From Our Staff

What is your favorite horse book or series?

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Reiner Klimke. -Virginia Stirnweis

Any cowboy in tight Wrangler jeans and a pair of Justin boots does it for me! -Susan Cavalier

Jason Krohn—have you seen him ride? -Caitlyn Cole

For Next Month:

Beezie Madden. -Matthew Goldstein

Will Coleman (eventing), enough said! -Kathryn Selinga News Editor

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Stacy Westfall. -Brent Goodman


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Photo of the Month

Jennifer Burke with her best friend and hunter ring companion, Charlotte.

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bits & pieces POINTS OF INTEREST

Granting Access USA Equestrian Trust awarded $95,000 in grants to help fund four equine projects at the end of 2012. $32,500 went to USA Reining, Inc., to assist in start-up expenses for the newly recognized FEI sport affiliate. The organization seeks to support the sport at the grassroots level and grow its presence nationally. $30,000 went to the Arabian Horse Association to completely revamp its website to help the organization market and promote the breed. $20,000 went to the Virginia Horse Center Foundation to assist in

replacing the aging lighting system in the organization’s Anderson Coliseum, which hosts equestrian events of all disciplines. The upgrade will provide a safer facility for the 500,000 competitors who compete there annually. $12,500 went to establish a needbased travel grants program for riders in California and Nevada seeking training as part of the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Emerging Athletes Program. To learn more about USA Equestrian Trust and its grants program, visit

Leaving on a Jet Plane We asked: How far away would you send your

child for a horse camp? Here are your answers.

Within 500 miles or more


I wouldn’t


Within 500 miles


Pending final FEI approval, the Adequan®/ FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), presented by Gotham North, will once again be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The annual competition will be held July 17-21, 2013. The USEF has received preliminary approval for the dates and location and is awaiting final allocation from the FEI Bureau.

Mother of Many Only a handful of people can say they were present at the moment the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) was created 45 years ago. We are saddened to report the loss of one of those people. Anne Cacchione, mother of IHSA Executive Director Bob Cacchione, passed away of natural causes December 15, 2012, in Castle Rock, CO, at the age of 96. Anne was well known as the “mother of IHSA,” and until the last few years, had never missed attending the IHSA Nationals each year. In the mid1960s she hosted the first three organizational meetings of what was to become the IHSA in her home in Rye, NY; meetings that included Jack Fritz, Joe Scott, the Mannings, George Lukemire and Joan Johnson, among others.

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Qualification systems for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, career progression of athletes in business, and international movement of horses will be the main topics at the second Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Sports Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland, April 8-9, 2013. Round-table sessions on dressage, driving, and jumping will also be organized within the framework of the event.

Tonto on Tour

From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ The Lone Ranger. Native American spirit warrior, Tonto (Johnny Depp), recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption. The Lone Ranger releases in U.S. theaters on July 3, 2013.

Top Honors

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce the names of three equestrians who have been selected to receive the year’s most coveted awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award—won by Joe Fargis, Junior Equestrian of the Year—awarded to Hunter Chancellor, and the Pegasus Medal of Honor—won by Linda Zang, were presented at the Pegasus Awards on January 19, in Louisville, KY.

Share the Love

looking for ways to show your horse a little extra love this Valentine’s Day? consider bringing a plate of oatmeal molasses “cookies” to the barn! IngredIents: 3 cups dry oatmeal n 1/2 cup grated carrots n 3 tablespoons molasses n 1/2 cup brown sugar n

combine all ingredients, then add enough water to make soft dough. Stir well and form the dough into “bite-size” cookies. Bake at 350° for eight minutes or until golden brown.

Humane Horseman

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has named Roy Exum the 2012 Humane Horseman of the Year. Each year, this award is given to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to protect America’s Horses. The HSUS chose Exum as the recipient because of his unwavering commitment to exposing the cruel reality of the Tennessee Walking Horse show industry.

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bits & pieces NOW YOU KNOW Fun trivia and interesting facts about equine nutrition


There are five essential nutrients that all horses need: water, energy, protein, minerals, and vitamins.

Horses should consume a total of 1.5% to 3.0% of their bodyweight in daily forage depending on their workload. For a 1,000-pound horse, that is at least 15 pounds of hay every day or 5,475 pounds each year.

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Horses need at least 0.25% of their diet in salt, and even many of the highest quality feedstuffs do not supply an adequate amount. Heat and exercise will also increase your equines’ salt need.


Horses should get at least four hours of sunlight each day in order to receive their required level of vitamin D. Other ways for a horse to get vitamin D include eating sun-cured hay or having it supplemented through their feed.

The average horse should drink 10 gallons of water per day (1 gallon per 100 pounds of body weight). Water requirements for your horse may vary greatly according to the weather and the level of work that he is doing.




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bits & pieces PREPURCHASE EXAM

sports bras

This month, we chose to mention the unmentionables—putting sports bras to the test. We wanted to see if they would hold up (no pun intended) to the pressure.

Glamorise® SPORT - Double Layer Custom Control Bra

Ta Ta Tamer (II)

Enell® Sports Bra

This bra had the miraculous ability to head from the barn to yoga with ease! The adjustable levels of support in the breathable mesh section meant that our tester had a multi-purpose bra and lots of options! The wide band at the bottom enhanced the secure feel of the bra, while soft material kept our tester comfortable. The cups helped with support, but also meant that you needed to be a bit more vigilant about sizing. BUY IT: $44.99,

With the adjustable and crossable straps, this bra helped to keep the ladies on lockdown! The hook-and-eye closures on the back allowed our tester to get a customized fit without trying to wriggle the bra over her head, while the fabric offered a limited amount of stretch. The cups were a welcome addition, keeping our tester feeling and looking good. Wide straps offered high levels of support but occasionally would cut into our tester’s shoulders (such as when she raised her arms to bridle her horse). BUY IT: $58,

Energy Bra

Run: Engage Bra

All Sport Bra

At first glance of this eye-catching sports bra, our tester thought that there was no way that something so pretty could really be effective. But, from the moment it was put on, she was impressed by its “staying power.” This sports bra offered support through riding and other vigorous exercise. The only downside was that the sewn-in seams from the many straps began to irritate her skin after a full day of wearing it. BUY IT: $42,

Upon receiving this sports bra, our tester was skeptical that it would work well, as it didn’t appear to be supportive. However, she learned that looks can be deceiving—after an hour’s worth of intense flatwork, with plenty of posting and sitting trot, this bra held everything in place quite nicely. Our tester loved the look of the bra, but recommends that it be worn for schooling, rather than in competition, as it may be visible under some show shirts. BUY IT: $48,

Offering high levels of support, even for the most well-endowed woman, this bra left our tester no longer dreading the sitting trot down the diagonal. Without the fear of discomfort, it was easier to relax and connect with her seat. The front hook-and-loop closure offered up a bit of a challenge the first few times that she put it on, but soon it became simple. With the relatively high neck and the tight, compressing fit, it was easy to see that this bra meant business! BUY IT: $64,

The wide straps on this bra had soft edges, which limited them from digging into our tester’s shoulders. The moisture-wicking material was well appreciated (even now in the dead of winter—our tester’s horse knows how to turn up the heat!). The cute straps in the back remained out of sight—even under racerback tank tops! Our tester’s one complaint was that the lack of a back closure made the bra difficult to wriggle out of. BUY IT: $65,

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



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bits & pieces ASK THE VET your horse health questions answered

Breathe Easy Take a Look at How Bedding Can Contribute to Respiratory Irritation By Katy RaynoR, D.V.M., nEw EnglanD EquinE MEDical anD SuRgical cEntER


Horses are very strong and powerful animals. However, despite their size and strength, some are more sensitive to local allergens than others. therefore, equines with respiratory issues need to be managed accordingly. in the wild, horses are out 24 hours a day; because of this, they are not subjected to the level of dust and mold found in a barn environment. Horses that are stabled need additional management techniques to keep them happy and healthy. the most important aspect to consider for the respiratory-challenged horse is maintaining cleanliness. you could have the best bedding available for your horse, but if you don’t clean it often enough, it could still cause harm. as a general rule, the stall should be cleaned once a day to remove noxious odors and urine-soaked bedding. another important management technique is to remove the horse from the environment during cleaning. when doing stalls, sweeping, or adding more bedding, keeping your horse away from the dust is a great way to prevent inha-

lation of the allergens. there are many different theories about which bedding should be used and why. this results in many different choices, but most agree that if your horse has any evidence of respiratory problems, straw bedding is a definite one to avoid due to its large amount of dustcarrying capabilities, along with mold spores and poor absorption of urine. Bedding types that are recommended for horses with respiratory problems include: shavings, cardboard or paper shredding, chopped rape straw, rubber mats, hemp, wood pellets, and peat moss. with the amount of choices available, there are pros and cons associated with each. Shavings are a routine bedding that provide great absorption and are easy to clean, but they still have a significant amount of dust. an alternative to shavings is wood pellets, which are great for absorption, however sometimes they’re more expensive depending on the amount used, and some horses have been known to eat

health hints › COMMON RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS ChroniC obstruCtive Pulmonary Disease (CoPD): Often referred to as “heaves,” COPD is an allergic disease of the lungs that causes the airways to constrict. As a result, horses may breathe faster or deeper than usual, and they may wheeze and cough.


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inflammatory airway Disease (iaD): A non-infectious respiratory disease that is thought to be associated with continuous exposure to high levels of inhaled particles and other irritants in feed, bedding, dusty arenas, and environmental sources.

while other types of straw can carry large amounts of dust, rape straw is a good choice for horses with respiratory problems.

them. cardboard and paper are great alternatives; however, a sizable amount of them is required and can be costly and more difficult to clean. Rubber mats solve the dust problem, but they are not a comfortable alternative for a horse to lie down on and can cause sores, and of course, they don’t soak up the urine. Hemp, rape straw, and peat moss are good new alternatives; however, they are quite expensive at this time. ideally, a horse that has known respiratory problems needs good management, outdoor access, or more windows in its stall, and hay that is stored in another barn—thereby preventing dust, and good feeding management. and, it is important to consult with your veterinarian if the problem is not corrected with routine management.

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How can bedding contribute to my gelding’s respiratory problems, and which kinds would you suggest using for the least amount of irritation ?

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bits & pieces QUICK TIPS tips from top professionals

Clipping Pointers

With Beth Thomas of Stone Hollow Sport Horses


Whenever I body clip my horse, he ends up looking like a zebra! Do you have any hints for me so that I can avoid this?

Body clipping can be tricky, but taking your time and making sure you have quality clippers is a good start.

You need to start with a very clean horse and sharp blades. If you can bathe him before you start, all the better, as dirty horses are a surefire way to make dull blades…and dull blades are certain to leave clipper marks. If bathing is not an option, get out those brushes and groom, groom, groom! When you are washing or grooming your horse, pay close attention to his top line and croup, as this is where dirt and grease tend to build up. Plan your clipping ahead of time so you have all you need at hand. Have your clippers oiled, greased, and ready to go with sharp blades and another set ready just in case. Make sure that your clippers are rated for body clipping and have the “horse” power to do the job. If you have a second set of clippers, even better, as one set can rest and cool off while you continue clipping. Use clipper oil or lubricant frequently during the process. First, brush the hair off, and then spray oil into the blades only. Wipe off the extra oil with a rag to prevent it from staining the horse’scoat. If the temperatures are chilly, keep a sheet or blanket over yourhorse so he doesn’t get chilled and have his hair stand on end. Clip in a well-lit area so you can see where you have been. Pick a large, neutral part of the horse’s body and begin clipping. The left shoulder is a great place to start, as it is the side from which we traditionally approach our horse. Clip against the direction of the hair and move slowly, letting the clippers slide through. My number one tip is to not lift your clippers off the horse between strokes. Keeping the blades against the skin will 36


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reduce the track marks. Hair direction may change frequently in some areas, and body parts, such as the flank, may require several passes at different angles to get all of the hair. I also find it easier to do the job in a couple of sessions, as the horse may become bored and start to fidget, which can create an inferior job. I tend to do the body one day, and then clip the head and legs another. I also use a set of smaller-headed clippers to get into the hard-to-reach places, such as legs and areas of the face.

BETH THOMAS is the trainer at Stone Hollow Sport Horses, where they specialize in Arabian and Arabianbred working hunters and sport horses. She has competed in nearly every facet of the industry: hunters, foxhunting, eventing, steeplechasing, and western sports.



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Western Pointers With Bob Burrelli


I have heard cavallettis can help to improve my horse’s jog. How do you use them?

To introduce your horse to the benefits of cavalletti work, first start on the ground at a walk.




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be to canter over the cavallettis. At this point, I would keep the cavallettis four feet apart on a straight line and also in the spoke shape. This is a more advanced move, but it is very beneficial to your horse’s awareness and balance and also for your focus and balance. Depending on how many cavallettis you have, you can set up several patterns like the ones we discussed and also lay them down diagonally. Now, you can go over them, between them, jog and trot around them, etc. Mixing up your patterns keeps your horse from getting bored and keeps him thinking of every move you are asking him. Finally, you can raise the cavallettis off the ground from six to twelve inches.

This will make the horse pick his feet up higher. You can also do some mini jumps if you choose to. Don’t be afraid to use your imagination for setting up different patterns, angles, shapes, etc. Cavallettis are a great aid for all disciplines. BOB BURRELLI is a trainer and clinician dedicated to excellence in natural horsemanship. With over 40 years of experience, Bob brings together classical dressage and natural horsemanship in the traditions of the Vaquero.


You heard correctly. Cavallettis are a great aid to improve your horse’s jog and his balance and awareness. The best way to get started is to use at least four to six of them set four feet apart. This separation will create a good stride for your horse to work with. From the ground with a halter and lead, walk him over the rails, then work your way up to a jog. Eventually you will be going over them at an extended trot. When mounted, repeat the same order. When you and your horse feel comfortable and are going over the cavallettis smoothly and balanced without hitting them, then it’s time to take it up a notch. If you have extra rails, you can put some four feet apart, then three feet apart, and then two feet apart. Do this all in a straight line. When mounted, this will teach your horse to pick up his feet and use his timing to comply with the different distances. A good exercise is to jog, then go up to an extended trot, to a medium trot, then a walking trot, and then back to a jog. Try to keep the same pace. Keep your horse between the reins and your legs. Look straight ahead in the direction you are going, and let the horse look where he is going. By this, I mean keep his head straight, but don’t micromanage him. You have to give the horse some responsibility. Another way to use the cavallettis is to put them in a shape like spokes of a wheel. This time, the horse will be going in a circle. You can also put the cavallettis closer and further apart. This is a great exercise for the horse to be aware of different space, help him balance, and pick up his feet. Once the horse is doing these exercises smoothly and balanced, then you can take the next step, and that would

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS A foal is a big commitment. Before you take the leap, read on to find out if you have the resources to breed your mare and welcome a new bundle of joy.


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A NEW FOAL IS AN AMAZING THING– long lashes, a tiny muzzle, and wobbly legs, but you shouldn’t breed your mare if your only reason is to have a cute baby trotting around. There are many other factors to consider. Most importantly, you need to think of what your future plans are for the foal. If you intend to sell it, will there be a market? Dr. Bob Coleman, State Extension Specialist at the University of Kentucky, says many people don’t have a good plan. “If you want to raise a foal, are you capable of dealing with it when it’s born? If your experience has only been with broke, adult horses, you might not be ready to tackle this project,” he says. “You may think you can get the experience as you go along, and that’s fine, but you need to have your eyes wide open going into this,” continues Coleman. “If you weigh the pluses and minuses, you may find it’s cheaper to buy a started three-year-old or a trained horse that you can ride. At that stage, you know what you are getting, whereas breeding your mare is a complete unknown, regarding the end product.”

Risk Management


Having a foal is a gamble, and there are many factors to weigh before breeding your mare.

Are you prepared for the gamble that comes along with breeding your mare and having a foal? What will you do if it doesn’t work out? “There are some great reasons for breeding a good mare, but there are also many reasons why it might not be a good idea,” says Coleman. Maybe you want to breed the mare because she had an accident and you can no longer ride her and want to pass on her qualities to her offspring. Be sure to keep in mind all the costs and also realize it will be several years before you have a replacement that you can ride. It’s relatively easy to get mares in foal. The hard part is after it is born. Dr. Jim McCall, who has taught at universities and is a cutting horse breeder in Arkansas, says that before 2008, when the bottom fell out of the horse market, many people bred mares just because they wanted to raise a baby. He says, “They didn’t mind paying the stud fee, and the costs associated with raising the baby, but when they couldn’t get rid of the horses that started stacking up in the backyard, they quit breeding. Most people who are still raising foals have a very clear

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While foals are time-consuming and expensive, they can be very rewarding if you have taken the time to do your homework.

picture of what they are doing, and a specific goal.”

Quality of the Mare Does your mare have desirable qualities to add to the horse population? “Is she good enough to be a broodmare?” asks Coleman. “In earlier years, many people in the industry wanted a mare because if she didn’t work out, they could always breed her, thinking: ‘If she goes unsound or I can’t get along with her, she would still have value as a broodmare.’ This way of thinking perpetuated many problems. Any mare you can’t ride or don’t feel comfortable riding should never be a broodmare. One good thing about the tight economy is that it changed most people’s perspective on this,” he says. “If she has a great pedigree and was a great horse and could do the things you wanted her to do, that might be reason to breed her. Just wanting to have the experience of seeing a foal born, is not a good reason. If someone tells me this is what they want to do, I suggest they rent a video or be a night watcher on a friend’s breeding farm,” says Coleman. Qualities to assess in a mare include conformation, pedigree, performance ability, and disposition. Depending on the breed, you may need to consider any genetic abnormalities that might be a problem, and have your mare tested to make sure you are not inadvertently creating a foal with a genetic problem.

Health of the Mare McCall says many people take a mare all the way through a show career and then decide to breed her when she is 15

or older. “These mares are harder to get in foal than a younger mare. Every mare should have a breeding soundness exam before you try to get her bred.” Assess general health and soundness as well. If the mare has any health or lameness issues, these could have a negative impact on her ability to carry a foal to term. A lameness problem may become worse when she gets heavy with foal. McCall tells about a young cutting mare that pulled a suspensory during training. “The vet said it would be six months before it would be healed enough to go back into training. The owner felt she would be too far behind her age group in competition, so I took her and bred her. I figured that by the time she started getting heavy, the suspensory would be healed enough and she’d be all right,” says McCall. “But, she started getting heavy; she was bucking, running and playing, sliding around in the mud, and pulled it again. By the time she was nine months pregnant, she could hardly walk. I had to take special care of her because she couldn’t live out with the other broodmares on pasture or protect herself in the herd,” he says.

Time and Money Considerations “It’s important to look at your budget,” says Coleman. “There will be a stud fee, cost of registering the foal, unexpected vet expenses, and other costs, in addition to the feed bill. Make sure you have readily-available veterinary services and a large animal practitioner who feels comfortable dealing with horses,” he says.

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Select a stallion with traits you’d like in a foal, and one that will complement your mare’s qualities. In some breeds, you need to make sure that he’s not a carrier of a genetic defect (severe combined immunodeficiency [SCID] in Arabians, Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia [HERDA], glycogen branching enzyme deficiency [GBED], or hyperkalemic periodic paralysis [HYPP] in Quarter Horses, to name a few). Many genetic defects don’t show up in the carrier state; you don’t know they are there unless the horse has been tested. “The novice breeder may not be aware of the pedigrees/bloodlines that carry these defects and might not realize that both the mare and the stallion must be tested,” says Dr. Bob Coleman. “Do your homework. The person who owns the stallion should sit down with you, as well, and give advice on whether or not it might be a good cross. A responsible breeder might advise you to look elsewhere and give you reasons why. The mare owner should take this as education and look for the right cross for his or her mare,” says Coleman. “You need more information about the stallion than just a picture in an ad proclaiming how great he is,” says Dr. Jim McCall. “You need to know as much about the horse as you can find out—and hopefully, you’ll know enough about your mare that you won’t compound an undesirable trait,” he explains. Choose a stallion that is as correct and strong as possible in any area your mare might be weak. “When I was teaching at the University of Maryland, I had a pigeon-toed mare we were going to put in the broodmare band. She was a nicelybred Quarter Horse mare. A student said he knew of a really good splayfooted stallion we could breed this mare to, and get a foal with straight legs. I told him genetics doesn’t work that way. The foal usually takes after one parent or the other. When there’s a weakness, like this pigeontoed mare, you want to choose the straightest horse you can find, and hope the baby takes after daddy,” says McCall.

Coleman also advises to think of who will be caring for the foal after it is born and also who will be training it to be a useful part of the horse population. Whether you plan to keep or sell it, the schooling/training will be crucial for the horse to be worth anything to you or anyone else. “Some people think it won’t be any big deal because the horse will just be for their own enjoyment. But, if it doesn’t work out for you, then what?” asks Coleman. You want to be able to enjoy your horse and not be fighting with it all the time, or afraid of it, or unable to do what you had planned. “If it doesn’t meet your expectations, it becomes a liability. This is one of the most common reasons horses become unwanted by their owners. The horse may not meet expectations because you didn’t know how to get him there or you didn’t budget to be able to send the horse to someone who could,” says Coleman. “If you are raising the horse to sell, you need to decide where and when. Are you selling him as a weanling, a yearling, a two-year-old that’s started, or a well-broke horse? The age you can sell him will be influenced by breed. Some won’t be mature enough to do what you want them to do until they are at least three or four years old or older,” he says. “Have you looked into the marketplace and what might be required?”

Space Considerations If you have other horses, are you going to have room to separate them when your mare foals? Can you separate the mare and foal at weaning time, or will you have to make adjustments to your facilities? Where will you put the foal?

“Weaning is stressful, but A potential broodmare you need to have a way to make it should possess excellent less stressful for the mare and the conformation, pedigree, foal,” says Coleman. You need a and temperament as well as a winning long-term plan and proper performance record. facilities to accommodate the young horse. Once you have taken the time to consider all of the many pros and cons that come with breeding your mare and having a foal, you can feel comfortable, regardless of your decision.




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Fifteen-year-old dressage rider, Barbara (Bebe) Davis, and her German Riding Pony, Poldy 10, had a record-breaking 2012 season in the FEI Pony division.


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Building A Future


Lendon Gray Discusses How Youth’s Access to Quality Ponies and Good Educational Opportunities Affect the Future of Dressage in the U.S. TWO-TIME OLYMPIAN, LENDON GRAY, is probably best known for her role in breaking the equine equivalent of the glass ceiling with the 14.2 Connemara cross, Seldom Seen, whom she trained and showed through Grand Prix. With a career of worldclass competitions on various partners under her belt, including the Dressage World Cup and Dressage World Championships, Gray has long been a pioneering force in American dressage, dedicated to promoting the sport, education, and youth. Equine Journal chatted with Gray about ponies, kids, and the future of dressage in this country. EJ: Tell us about your vision for Dressage4Kids and the Youth Dressage Festival. GRAY: It started about 14 years ago. There weren’t a lot of activities for kids back then—the main thing was the North American Championship. I had concerns; a child would acquire a schoolmaster and learn to ride that horse and that test—that was about it. I saw riders being successful who had poor seats, and fewer and fewer people were taking care of their own horses, which is a problem, in general, as fewer people keep their horses at home. I wanted to try to do something in my small way, so I decided to start the Youth

Dressage Festival—trying to level the playing field. It isn’t just about who has the most fancy horse. Of course, the better horse can be an advantage in the dressage test, but in the equitation class, it matters less; and, in the written test, it makes no difference what kind of horse you have. We’ve done a lot of things over the years to make it even more so: we have roving trainers, so the kids who don’t have trainers aren’t at such a disadvantage, and we have dressage trail and Prix Caprilli, which add fun to it and give the kids’ backyard ponies a way to shine. We also have the stable management challenge, a practical stable management competition where the kids have to do things like put on a bandage and evaluate grain. We also started the Winter Weekend Educational Program, in which we have 50-plus unmounted lectures over a two-day weekend, covering every possible subject for little kids, big kids, adult amateurs, professionals, judges, parents, eventers, and Pony Clubbers. I feel that I’ve filled a void. When I say that I did it, I mean Dressage4Kids did it. We have an amazing group of volunteers. EJ: What advice would you give to youth interested in dressage? GRAY: Find someone to help you who February 2013


believes in you—who believes you can become a good dressage rider. I find that many trainers don’t believe that younger kids can ride that well, and tend to almost hold them back. But also, don’t get too wrapped up in the dressage. I believe every kid should be jumping, riding bareback, trail riding, and really learning about horses and horsemanship— developing themselves as all-around riders. If you get the very best dressage instruction you can, it will make you better at whatever equestrian sport you decide to pursue. If you want to specialize in dressage—fabulous! Get out there. Watch. Ask. Get on anything anyone will let you get on as long as it is safe. Don’t pass up any opportunity that comes your way. There aren’t enough opportunities, so you have to grab the ones that come. EJ: Tell us about the quality of dressage ponies in the United States. GRAY: People are coming around and realizing we’ve got to have a pony program. In Europe, ponies are huge. In this country, you see ponies in hunters; in Europe, dressage

About Lendon Gray

Lendon Gray has made offering her time and talents to the youth dressage community a priority. In that same spirit of giving, The Dressage Foundation’s Michael Poulin Dressage Fund has generously donated a total of $4,500 to Dressage4Kids’ Winter Intensive Program for Youth and Team EnGaged’s Lendon Gray pony clinic. The Dressage Foundation’s mission is to cultivate and provide financial support for the advancement of dressage. Both programs are designed to promote excellence in youth dressage. 48


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EJ: How does access to quality ponies and good educational opportunities for youth affect dressage at the upper levels and the future of dressage in this country? GRAY: The FEI Pony tests are incredibly difficult. They require the rider to have a very strong

The pony clinic’s grant helps keep the event’s costs reasonable, allowing riders and auditors to participate in this educational event, which also serves to identify future FEI Pony contenders. The Winter Intensive Program for Youth, held in Wellington, FL, from January through March, offers young dressage riders riding and longe lessons, as well as instruction in stable management, fitness, and sports psychology. Lectures and the opportunity to watch the world-class riders in action round out this event.


By giving a child the chance to develop the proper skills, they are gaining a huge boost as a rider.

ponies are like that. Their competitions are huge and the kids can really, really ride. That’s where most of their top riders come from—they start out in the pony division. We have nothing like that for kids. If you have a kid who wants to learn to ride, you’re probably going to go to a hunter stable, because there are very few places that teach dressage to children. We have good ponies in this country; we’re breeding good ponies and people are importing good ponies, but as of yet, most of them are going to small ladies. There just aren’t that many kids looking for ponies. There are some very expensive ponies out there, but there are also some less expensive ones. What we don’t have is a system, for example, like they have in the hunter ponies. The good hunter ponies are passed from kid to kid to kid until the pony retires. The trained, useful ponies are available. Interestingly enough, in the past several years, there were some very good dressage ponies in this country that competed with kids; when those kids graduated out, those ponies were sold back to Europe, and one actually became a European champion, because there was no one here to pick it up. We started the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Pony Championship here two years ago. The first year we had two competitors, and this year we had eight. The quality still isn’t great, but it’s growing slowly. I think in 10 years, we’ll see a big change, just like in everything else, in which we’ll see fancy ponies that compete in the FEI Pony classes, which are ridden by children ages 12 to 16. There will also be the backyard ponies at the FEI level—not so fancy, so there are ponies for everyone. But, we need the people training and developing them at more than Training Level.

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Leadline to FEI…and Everything in Between

Young competitors who are serious about dressage have a myriad of training and showing opportunities that were not available to previous generations. Whether Junior or Young Rider, on a horse or a pony, the programs are plentiful. A sampling of the stellar options includes the following: useF Dressage Festival oF chaMpions Slated for the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington in October of 2013, this event will include the National Pony Rider Dressage Championship, National Junior Dressage Championship, Young Rider National Championship, and Bretina Cup National Championship, which offer premier, international-level competition to riders ages 12-16, 14-18, under 21, and 16-25, respectively. Visit for details.

useF Dressage seat MeDal Finals These finals promote excellence in junior dressage equitation with the aim of developing a strong foundation for future dressage riders. The 2013 Finals will be held at the Paragon Dressage CDI in Estes Park, CO. To take part in the annual event, riders in age 13 and Under and age 14-18 divisions advance from United States Dressage Federation/ United States Equestrian Federation (USDF/ USEF) Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Final classes held at Great American/USDF Regional Championships throughout the country. Find out more at

useF Youth elite Dressage training sessions These clinics are with USEF Youth Coach Jeremy Steinberg and offer talented young dressage riders mounted instruction, as well as lectures covering topics from long-term strategic planning and media training to horse management. Visit for more information.

Young riDer olYMpic DreaM prograM Four lucky Young Riders competing at Fourth Level and above are chosen each year by The Dressage Foundation, sponsor of the Young Rider Olympic Dream Program, to visit training facilities in Europe, where they have the opportunity to ride, observe, and make lifelong connections. Learn more at Olympic_Dream_2012.htm. chilDren oF the aMericas Dressage invitational This three-day festival features riders ages 12-14 from South America, Central America, North America, and the Islands. Not only a competitive venue, this annual event in Concord, MA, serves as an educational symposium and cultural exchange. Visit for more information. 50

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platinuM perForMance/usDF Jr/Young riDers’ clinic series Held at locations from coast to coast, this clinic boasts top names in dressage bringing education to the nation’s youth. Riders ages 14-21 are eligible to take part in riding, theory, and auditing. For more details, visit

usDF/platinuM perForMance north aMerican Juniors’ anD Young riDers’ chaMpionships The USDF and Platinum Performance bring together the continent’s top juniors and Young Riders for world-class FEI competition. Graduates of North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) may go on to participate in the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program, which seeks to foster youth dressage riders as they segue into professional careers. To learn more, visit usDF Youth regional teaM coMpetitions Coordinated by smaller clubs acting as USDF Group Member Organizations, the Youth Regional Team Competitions offer a team-oriented competitive experience. To find out more, visit

Also, don’t forget to check out The United States Pony Club, Inc. at, where dressage, kids, and ponies go hand-in-hand.

gray believes that every child should be engaging in a variety of horse-related activities and be learning about horses and horsemanship.

seat, very good sense of collection, and very good timing of the aids. These are things kids just don’t learn at the lower levels. If you look at the handful of riders in this country who started out riding FEI ponies—the most recent one, for example, is Isabelle Liebler, who started out doing dressage at six— she also learned to jump and do other things, but was serious about dressage from that young age. She showed FEI Pony for four years; when she graduated FEI Pony at 16, she skipped doing Juniors, which is normally the next step, and went directly to Young Riders, and was National Champion, North American Champion, and represented the U.S. in the Young Rider World Cup. That was one year after she stopped riding ponies. That’s how well she had been developed as a rider. The few riders that have done serious FEI Pony have gone on to become top Young Riders and are now getting into the young professional ranks. In that way, it is proven that those who learn those skills at a young age are ahead of the game. My request to the dressage world goes not to the kids, but to the trainers and parents to give them a chance to do what they can do, and to not be in too big a hurry to put them on horses. By giving them a chance to develop, when you have the skills to ride the Pony Test, you are a tremendous rider. It’s a huge boost. Natalie DeFee Mendik can be found at


Youth Dressage Festival/ Dressage4KiDs Lendon Gray’s annual Youth Dressage Festival in Saugerties, NY, is the highlight event of Dressage4Kids, a non-profit dedicated to providing education and opportunities for youth riders and the adults who support them. Open to riders ages 4-21, the Youth Dressage Festival offers dressage tests from Leadline to Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Junior/Young Rider, as well as Prix Caprilli (dressage test incorporating jumps), Musical Freestyle, Dressage Trail, Handler class, and Para-Equestrian. The Youth Dressage Festival is no ordinary show; emphasis is placed on developing the whole horseman and competitors learn sportsmanship and responsibility by logging in an hour of volunteer time and penning thank-you notes to the event’s generous sponsors. Find out more at and

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BUT, IF OUR HORSE HAS HAD TIME off—whether it’s due to injury, a change in your riding schedule, or just a winter vacation—you’ll face the challenge of supporting him nutritionally while bringing him back to his peak activity levels. In the following article, we offer tips on healthy ways to accomplish this goal.

The Layup Diet



‹ While you may be ready to jump right back in the saddle after your horse has been laid up, make sure he is also ready by implementing the right nutritional program.

We already know that proper nutrition for a performance horse requires a good deal of solid research, close observation, and a healthy dollop of good old-fashioned horse sense. Many of us work under the guidance of our veterinarian to design a program that keeps our performance horse’s digestive tract functioning like a well-oiled machine.

First things first. The best diet for the horse that is sidelined is one high in forage and low in concentrates. In fact, most veterinarians recommend drastically reducing or eliminating grain for the stallbound horse, while simultaneously increasing his forage. Cutting out concentrates will help avoid colic and carries the added benefit of reducing your horse’s energy level, which is important if he is confined to a stall. “I make a dramatic reduction in the grain intake immediately following an injury,” says Gretchen Anderson, owner and trainer of hunter/jumper sport horses at Apple Knoll Farm in New Boston, NH. “I’ve never had a horse colic from too little grain at a meal. If I’m making a change in feed brand or type in order to increase fat or carbohydrates, I’ll make that change gradually. I’ll watch my trouble horses for their ulcer needs and keep my eyes open for any signs of distress. I check on my laid-up horses several times a day. Is he drinking? Pacing? Depressed? How is his meal intake? Did he ignore medications that were top-dressed on his grain? All of these observations factor into how I’ll adjust his meal plan.” Most pleasure horses (including those worked one to two hours a day at a walk or slow trot and occasional canter) do well on a diet of 80% to 90% forage. Your laid-up

performance horse will benefit from this plan as well. Consider installing slow-feeder hay nets in his stall to keep him busy and to keep his gut working efficiently. A quality alfalfa mix or timothy grass hay is sufficient for most horses. Supplement with trace minerals, if needed, and, of course, always have a clean, fresh water supply available. If you haven’t already, consider getting your hay analyzed to be sure it’s providing the nutrition your horse needs for recovery. If he has known metabolic issues, talk to your veterinarian before feeding alfalfa.

Energy In Versus Energy Out Energy is produced from the calories our horses consume in the form of forage, grain, treats, supplements, and, of course, water. But, anyone who has ever mucked a stall knows that the body converts much of that to waste. So, when we talk about energy, we’re referring to what is known as Digestible Energy, or DE—the amount that is absorbed by the horse. Digestible energy is used for things like body maintenance (basic life functions like breathing and digestion), but it’s also used to satisfy physical demands—like trail riding or sailing over a jump. Sources of DE include starches, fats, proteins, and fiber. These can be found in cereal grains (concentrates), corn, barley, oats, animal and vegetable fats, soybean hulls, hay, and other forages. The biggest challenge in any horse, but especially in the performance horse returning to work, is to provide enough DE for him to maintain his body weight, while allowing him to meet the increasing physical demands we’ll place on his body. But, there’s a catch—you don’t want to give him more digestible February 2013


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energy than he needs. In fact, if he has too much DE, he’ll store it in excess body fat, or worse yet, expend it under saddle. And, let’s face it, nobody wants to ride a fractious horse that simply can’t focus on the job at hand. Anderson believes observation is your best plan of attack as you bring your horse back into work. “I keep a close eye on my horses,” she says. “I want them to be perky and interested in their work—to come out fresh, but not wild, or conversely, sluggish and depressed.” And, therein is the caveat—underfeeding the performance horse creates its own set of problems. A deficit in fuel can lead to fatigue—and fatigue can lead to tying up (muscle spasms), bone or tendon damage, or yet, another injury that will put your horse right back in the barn.

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may have to increase his concentrates. “In general terms,” says Amy O. Burk, Ph.D and Associate Professor with the University of Maryland, “all horses require a primarily forage diet. That’s because they evolved over millions of years on a high forage diet, and their gastrointestinal system is well suited to digest high forage diets slowly over a period of several days. Horses that have higher nutrient requirements because of their physiological state— like the young growing horse, horses in training, and/or competition, and breeding animals—usually require high quality forage along with a fortified concentrate to meet their requirement. Despite needing concentrate, it is still recommended that forage make up no less than 60% of the total diet. That recommendation is based on the fact that a low forage diet and/or a high concentrate diet will increase the risk of gastrointestinal disorders like colic and gastric ulcers.” Taking things slowly should become

your mantra, especially when it comes to feeding the performance horse. In fact, Burk cautions against changing too much when you first put your horse back into light work. “Surprisingly, when a horse goes back into light work,” says Burk, “it doesn’t really increase his nutrient requirements that much. Two more pounds of good quality hay per day usually covers the increase. However, when horses are asked to step it up a bit for more intense work or are asked to work for longer periods, it is important to increase hay and concentrate in those horses. In those situations, horse owners can check their horses’ BCS (body condition score) and weight each month to make sure the horse isn’t losing fat cover or weight.” Although knowing your horse is certainly your first line of defense, Burk cautions, “Behavior is not always the best indicator of whether the diet is meeting the needs of the horse. Horses that are overworked may not always act like themselves, meaning they can either become more lethargic, more difficult to work with, or more aggressive. In other cases, horses that are struggling with the workload may be lacking in some nutrients and may require a vitamin and mineral supplement.”

The Energy Currency Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is considered to be the energy currency of the cell. Think of ATP as money in the bank. Just like your local bank, ATP

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Knowing the protein content of your hay is important to designing your horse’s diet, even if he is on a break from work.

n Water Water is first on the list when we talk about vitamins and minerals. Providing fresh water at an ambient temperature is a must for any horse, but particularly for one returning to work. “An average horse at rest will consume about 10-12 gallons of water per day,” says Amy O. Burk, Ph.D and Associate Professor with the University of Maryland. “There are many factors that increase water requirements, including lactation, heat and humidity, exercise, and a high forage diet. For horses in those situations, it is important that ample water be supplied throughout the day. As you increase your horse’s exercise level, keep a close eye on his water intake. Horses in work require three to four times the amount of water as those not in work. Signs of dehydration include dry stools, increased capillary refill time, and dry mouth or mucous membranes. Be sure to offer a constant, fresh, water supply at an ambient temperature. n Fat-Soluble VitaminS

Fat-soluble vitamins, like A, D, E, and K, are stored in the tissues. Too much of these vitamins can lead to toxicity, which is why it’s important to get a hay analysis before you begin supplementing with grain. There is some evidence that equines in advanced work require more Vitamin A than pleasure horses. Properly cured hay will contain a healthy dose of fat-soluble vitamins. n Water-Soluble VitaminS

Water-soluble vitamins, like the B-complex and Vitamin C, are naturally excreted by the body. They can also be found in properly cured hay and concentrates. n mineralS

Minerals, like calcium, phosphorous, sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, zinc, and sulfur, are necessary to maintain fluid structure in cells (known as electrolytes), nerve health, and muscle contraction. The general rule of thumb is to balance the ratio of calcium to phosphorous to 2:1, which should stay the same whether your horse is a pasture puff or going back to work. And, here’s another reason to be careful feeding alfalfa hay—it boasts a calcium to phosphorous ratio of around 6:1, and that can upset your horse’s mineral balance. n Salt

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is a high-energy molecule that stores the energy your horse needs for just about everything he does. “The body can generate ATP using fuel sources like carbohydrates and fats,” says Burk. “Typically, protein is not used to supply a large portion of ATP unless the animal is starved.” So, in order for a horse to replenish fuel stores, he needs to consume carbohydrates and fats. Carbohydrates are stored as glycogen mostly in the horse’s liver, muscle, and brain, whereas fats are primarily stored in the adipose tissue and muscle as triglyceride. “In forages and concentrates,” says Burk, “there are structural carbohydrates, or what we generally refer to as fiber, and there are nonstructural carbohydrates like starch and sugar. The horse processes the various carbohydrate sources differently, but the end goal is to increase blood glucose, uptake, and ultimately storage of blood glucose into tissues that will use it to make energy.” “There has been much discussion lately over good carbs and bad carbs,” says Burk. “In general, we try to keep our sugar and starch levels down in the diet to prevent overloading the equine’s small intestinal capacity, which could result in gastric upsets, including colic and laminitis.” While the equine digestive system doesn’t utilize fats as readily as the human system, fat is a necessary part of the equine diet. “I have found fat is important in my horses’ diets regardless of their workload,” says Anderson, “but I would increase fat intake on my rehabbing horse only if

doing so doesn’t add protein. This can be a challenge, but by carefully reading the labels and talking to your veterinarian, it’s possible. I look at protein as a potential issue until my horse is up to a light or medium level of work per week.” “Oils, like vegetable and corn oil, can be safely fed up to two cups a day to increase the energy content of the horse’s diet,” says Burk. “Rice bran is another supplement that can be safely used to increase the fat or energy content in the diet. Rice bran is 40% fat, compared to nearly 100% fat in corn oil, so you have to feed more rice bran compared to oils. However, rice bran is much cleaner to feed to horses, and it doesn’t make your entire feed room greasy.” Minimum protein requirements are generally around 8% to 10% for a horse on a maintenance program, but might increase to as much as 12% to 14% for the horse in training. “Because of the uncertainty of protein levels in hay, feed manufacturers often formulate their concentrates to include a minimum of 10% to 12% protein just in case the horse is receiving poor quality forage,” says Burk. Knowing the protein content of your hay is critical to designing an overall program, as protein concentrations in forage can vary considerably. “I know the protein level in my forage,” says Anderson. “This allows me to make excellent choices on how much protein they need in their grain. We have our hay crops tested through the University of New Hampshire. This allows me to tailor a feed program specific to each horse.” There is no single formula for returning a horse to work. Much of what you do depends on your horse’s activity level, his body type, and how well he metabolizes feed. Some easykeepers won’t require much change at all. Perhaps the most important advice is to know your horse and keep a close eye on his physical and emotional well-being.

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started communicating through email and he just wrote so wonderfully, and didn’t talk about himself—he talked about how beautiful it was watching the moon rise over his cabin, and the smell of the sage when the cattle are galloping through it on the cattle drive,” she reminisces. After many conversations via email, and finally by phone, Connie decided this fellow, Han, had serious potential and it was time to meet. “When we first met, to be safe—because you know Internet dating is not always safe—I had my sister come with me as my wingman,” she says. “We had such a wonderful time that pretty quickly after that we decided to go out again.” Following a picturesque first date alone that involved horseback riding through a 10,000-acre ranch in the Colorado Rockies and a picnic, Connie and Han went on to have a relationship, which continued for 3 ½ years. “I’m not one to jump into things and do things real quick. We had a long distance relationship for two years. I was three hours away,

Connie and Han dated for 3 ½ years before taking the plunge to get married.

I had a house and a business, and he had a house and a business, and before I chose to sell my house and business, I really wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing,” explains Connie. As it turns out, she was. The pair got married in 2008, and had a little boy in 2011. “I was looking for somebody to be my best friend as well as my partner, because I didn’t want that relationship where my husband doesn’t know me,” she says. “But I met that cowboy with a passport, who snowboards and has a college degree that loves horses—I went into it with that really crazy combination of things that I wanted, and I found somebody like that.” Christine Pickering, too, has found love on Equestrian Singles. Unlike Connie, she didn’t meet the man of her dreams right off the bat. She had to go through a few men— including the dreaded “flasher”—to

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BUT WHAT IF THERE WAS AN easy way to find just what we’re looking for—someone with the same interests and passions as us—our horses? Good news! If you’re willing to think outside the box and maybe even go beyond your comfort zone, the potential for finding your perfect match with a shared love of equines is in arm’s reach! From,, and equestriansingles. com to,, and horsepeopledating. com, the online dating possibilities are endless. “We have had over 10,000 marriages and success stories since 2001,” says Marcia Zwilling, founder of Equestrian Singles. “Members love our site because they share a common interest. Being into horses takes a great deal of your time. It’s a lifestyle, so it works if your partner can share your passion. You are already starting off with a strong bond: your love of horses.” But it’s important to understand that, in most cases, what you put in is what you get out of the experience. “The success rate really comes down to the individual, and how much effort they put into meeting people,” says John Martinuk of Equestrian Cupid. “We find that the success rate for making a match on here directly corresponds with how active a person is on our site.” Connie Smith knew exactly what she was looking for when she decided to try online dating. Heading rapidly toward 30, Connie was like many single, horse-loving women. She was content with a business, a home, and a passion for horses, but felt that there might be something missing. As a final Hail Mary before accepting that her life was complete as it was, she turned to Equestrian Singles. “I was able to go through the profiles, and kind of post what I was looking for,” says Connie, who was admittedly very picky in who she chose to converse with, because online dating allowed for it. “I was only on it probably a couple of weeks, and I got this email from a very intriguing gentleman who lived about three hours from me. So, we

Christine (third from left) and Albert (far right) recently visited his family in Germany together.

find her Prince Charming, and was on the brink of calling it quits. “I had just about given up with online dating when I saw Albert’s profile. The thing that really got me curious was his location—only 10 minutes from where I lived,” she says. “The horse world is pretty small so this was interesting.” After making initial contact with Albert, “I was pleasantly surprised when I received an email from him that indicated he was a real person and actually seemed ‘normal,’” Christine recalls. “We had a short period of time exchanging emails, but because we were so close geographically, we decided it was logical to move on to the next step, which was an in-person meeting.” They, too, met in a public place for the first time. “We met at a coffee shop, stayed there, and talked for a couple of hours. After a few weeks of seeing each other almost every day, 60


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we realized this was going somewhere fast. One year later, we now live together,” says Christine. For anyone who is afraid of trying online dating, Christine shares this message: “It is becoming much more accepted to meet people this way. There are a lot of people online— some are scams, others distasteful, but there are nice people out there; you need to use your head to connect with them.” So, could dating websites designed specifically for horse people work for you and me? We’re going to find out! Follow me on my journey, as I attempt to try out many of these websites and share my experiences— the good, the bad, and the ugly. Visit my blog each month at equinejournal. com, and if you have an experience with one of these websites that you’d like to share, be sure to send it to kathryn.selinga@

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camping in the catskills ➜ Claryville, NY By elIsaBetH ProUty-gIlBrIde

Photo courtesy of frost valley ymca summer camP

Has modern tecHnology taken over your life? Between cell phones, video games, and Facebook, it can be hard to relax without having these things invade your space. If your child has been the victim of technology overload, summer camp is the perfect place for him or her to get away. Frost Valley ymca summer camp in claryville, ny—located within the heart of the catskill mountains—is one of many summer camps across the United states that offers a relaxing, nature-filled adventure for kids. at Frost Valley, youth can enjoy swimming, boating, zip-lining, hiking, and of course, horseback riding, among many other fun-filled activities. “a lot of our campers are from the new york city and new Jersey area, so coming here is like an escape for many of them,” says equestrian director, Jenny stover. “It’s pretty remote here—there’s no cell phone service, so it’s really a chance to get away and spend time with nature. It’s nice because [the campers] aren’t distracted by some of the things that they’d encounter in everyday life.” and for equine enthusiasts, there’s nothing better than getting away while doing it on horseback. kids of all ages, ranging from beginner to advanced levels, can enjoy riding time at Frost

Trail riding through the Catskill Mountains is one of many equestrian activities that young riders will enjoy at Frost Valley YMCA Summer Camp.

Valley—both in the ring and on the trail. the camp offers an extensive number of trails throughout the catskills, giving young equestrians an opportunity to enjoy outdoor riding. “trail rides range from an hour to about 4 ½ hours, depending on the skill level of the rider and his or her abilities,” stover adds. english enthusiasts take note: this camp

focuses on the western discipline, but they also concentrate on bareback riding as well. aside from riding, campers can enjoy a well-balanced diet at Frost Valley. “We have a philosophy of wellness here, so we’re very big into incorporating fresh produce and different types of meats,” says stover. a salad bar and breakfast bar February 2013

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Standard accommodations for campers consist of everything from yurts to cabins and lodges.

are both readily available at the camp’s dining hall, as well as a private chef that makes a majority of the food, including desserts, which are freshly baked on a daily basis. Accommodations for kids are extensive, consisting of single cabins, yurts, tents, and even lodges. Parents who don’t want their kids to be too far from the nest—or need a place to stay when dropping off or picking up—can also find lodging within the region, and enjoy similar activities such as fishing, hiking, biking, and trail riding. “We’re located within the Catskill Park and the New York City Watershed, so there are thousands of protected acres in the area that also are now open, with limited restrictions, for hiking, non-motorized boating, skiing, fly fishing, and bicycling, including

mountain biking,” says Carol O’Beirne of the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. “A big focus of ours is encouraging visitors to get outdoors, and we are creating events and activities to help people learn about what there is to do to enjoy the Catskills.” However, O’Beirne recommends doing your homework before hitching up your horse trailer and taking off to the mountains. “The Catskill Mountains, like the Adirondacks, offer miles of hiking trails, some of which allow for horseback riding and snowmobiling as well as hiking,” she says. “Before you travel, check out the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at or the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference at to create your own


Not sure what to pack for summer camp? With some help from Kris Young, operations manager at Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH, we’ve put together a list of what to bring. However, there are a few things that you shouldn’t pack as well. “My biggest piece of advice to parents who are helping their kids pack is to bring disposable items,” cautions Young. “Don’t send your kids to summer camp with valuable or expensive items, such as grandma’s hand-me-down necklace, or the latest version of the iPod, because it could get lost.” While preparing everything, be sure to label all items, from clothing to horse’s feed and supplement containers, with first and last name. And of course, packing lists vary from one summer camp to another, so be sure to ask yours if they can provide you with one.



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special Catskill experience in our great outdoors.”

Where to Eat/Stay BLUE HILL LODGE & CAFÉ

Driving Distance from Frost Valley YMCA Summer Camp: Approximately 1 minute. This comfortable lodge and café is not only affordable for customers, but is also close to the Frost Valley YMCA Summer Camp.

BRING - Pajamas - T-shirts - Lightweight jacket - Rain gear - Sweatshirts - Pants - Shorts - Underwear - Socks - Flip-flops - Sneakers - Medication - Bed linens

- Shampoo/Conditioner - Hair brush - Toothpaste - Toothbrush - Sunscreen - Bathing suits - Towels, both for showering and swimming - Riding helmet - Paddock boots - Riding gloves - Breeches - Show shirt

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The camp’s dining hall offers a variety of food that allows for a wellbalanced diet.

become a reliable place to stay and dine for people who annually return to the region. Pine Hill, NY 845-254-4012

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Additional activities include rock wall climbing.

Claryville, NY 845-985-0247

Driving Distance: Approximately 1 hour. Don’t own a horse? Don’t worry. Stone Tavern Farm offers guided trail rides throughout the mountains, picnic lunch trails, and dinner trails to people ages 10 and up. Roxbury, NY 607-326-3600 delAwAre & ulsTer rAilroAd (durr)

The Pine hill Arms resTAurAnT And lodge

Driving Distance: Approximately 35 minutes. A Catskill Mountain Landmark, The Pine Hill Arms Restaurant and Lodge has

Driving Distance: Approximately 45 minutes. DURR offers a scenic train ride through the Catskill Mountains, from Arkville to Roxbury, NY. Arkville, NY 800-225-4132

don’T bring - Saddle - Cell phone - Valuable items - Expensive riding boots or gear that could get ruined For horse owners, bring: - Your own tack/ tack trunk - Saddle - Bridle

- Bit - Multiple saddle pads - Girth - Fly sheet & fly mask - Rub rags - Sponge - Sweat scraper - Halter - Lead rope - Boots Grooming Equipment - Brush box

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2013 Trend Report

Fancy Denim—It’s What the Cool Kids Wear


This season, denim gets fancy, stripes are the new floral, and water is a color. New York equestrian designer, Arianna Anderocci-Vastino, reveals the hottest trends of spring/summer 2013. By Carley SparkS

Classy Denim

Chambray button-down shirts were all over the runways on Marc Jacobs, Gucci®, and Phillip Lim. It’s a very lightweight denim, established in the 1500s in France, that uses a colored yarn, woven in with a white yarn. It almost has a bit of a stonewashed look. Chambray is very versatile and breathes well, so it’s great for humid weather. You can pair it with a crew-neck sweater or with denim breeches. Just be sure to use two different colors, so it doesn’t look like a denim suit! Must Have: American Apparel® Denim Girlfriend Shirt ($44.95) Lust Have: J. Crew® Petite Keeper Chambray Shirt ($78). Add a monogram to the pocket for an additional $10.

Water, Water Everywhere Striped, Like a Tiger

Everyone, from Oscar de la Renta, to Michael Kors, to Versace, showed stripes for the coming season. Big, thin, horizontal, vertical—any type of stripe you can find will definitely put you on trend. For an equestrian look, striped buttondown show shirts are easy to find. If you’re worried about doing a loud stripe, you can always use a subtle tone-on-tone, like a white stripe on a light fabric. Striped polo shirts are always popular. Joules does great striped long- and short-sleeve polos. Or, you could go with striped accessories.

Water-like colors—cold blues and soft greens—are a big trend for spring and summer. Mint green, in particular, was prominent on the runways. It’s very soft and looks great with a tan. You could wear a mint green shirt for the show ring or a sweater for schooling. There are a lot of colored breeches out right now, too. The Tailored Sportsman makes a great French blue breech and one in an even lighter color, called Blue Jay. They also have an amazing tie-dye breech that gives a water effect. Although colored breeches haven’t caught onto the show circuit, they look good while schooling. It’s subtle, but very cool. Must Have: J Crew Cotton V-Neck in Mint

Must Have: Joules Kingston shirt ($75)


Lust Have: Oughton Limited Course

Lust Have: The Tailored Sportsman French Blue Low-Rise Breech ($196)

Tote ($165)

Carley sparks writes editorial on the hunter/jumper community at Arianna Anderocci designs the luxe equestrian shirting line Le Fash (


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The Natural Alternative Discover the Multiple Uses of Vinegar By Jennifer roBerts


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White vinegar can be used as a natural cleanser for barn supplies.

able to maintain the taste in the water from location to location. The splash of ACV in the water in the pasture will deter insects from landing on it and possibly laying eggs. Topically, Apple Cider Vinegar aids in removing swelling in your horse. Apply it directly to your horse on the affected areas (being careful not to get it into open wounds); then, wrap your horse if applicable. Consider using it as a brace after a strenuous workout, adding a bit

to a bucket of water; not only will it help alleviate muscle soreness, it will condition the skin and enhance coat shine. Many people have their own uses for vinegar. A quick search on the Internet reveals many recipes for chemical-free fly sprays, as well as homemade fly traps. Adding vinegar to your barn chores decreases the amount of chemicals that you use, helping the health of your horse and the environment.


IT hAs loNg beeN kNowN ThAT vinegar has many useful qualities, with studies touting its multiple purposes. If you are looking to make your barn a bit more natural and environmentallyfriendly, consider giving it a try. Join us as we take a look at the various uses of white and apple cider vinegar this month. white vinegar has remarkable cleaning abilities. Mixed in a one-to-one ratio with water, the vinegar solution will safely and effectively remove mold from tack. This same solution is wonderful for wiping down stall walls and cleaning buckets. spraying diluted white vinegar on mats and floor mats in the trailer is a great way to safely disinfect them. Dunking bits, double-ended snaps, and other metal pieces in fullstrength vinegar efficiently removes the white residue that often accumulates on metal items left to sit in your tack box. Vinegar can be used as a laundry detergent for blankets, saddle pads, and polo wraps for a sensitive horse. The vinegar leaves virtually no risk for allergic reaction, as it helps to deepclean your barn laundry. Apple Cider Vinegar (commonly referred to as ACV) has the reputation of being a holistic miracle worker. Different studies report that feeding ACV may promote healthy joints, enhance skin and coat health, dissolve calcium deposits in kidneys and bladder, improve urinary tract health, and stimulate proper digestion. Containing beneficial enzymes, ACV is said to help horses resist internal and external parasites, making the horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blood unsuitable for insects. be sure to talk with your veterinarian before starting to feed your horse vinegar as an oral supplement. Try adding a splash or two of ACV to your horseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water every day; not only does it help to purify the drinking water by destroying harmful microorganisms, but also, your horse will become accustomed to the flavor. This can be helpful when bringing your horse to competitions or a new stable, as you will be

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Kristina Slobody On Life with Little Equines

Age/Age Division: 23—Amateur Exhibitor

Farm Affiliation: Sawmill River Farm in West Brookfield, MA Background: I have been involved with Miniature horses for as long as I can remember.

The Trainers Who Have Influenced Me the Most: I have had the opportunity to learn from many trainers, but the most influential are Lee Crutchfield and Kirby Jones, from Aloha Acres in North Carolina. From conditioning to grooming, they are always there to give me advice.

Favorite Horse: We currently have

Lucky Charm: I have a lucky penny— so cliché!

Guilty Pleasure: Show jackets or clothing. It’s more of an addiction really…I love sparkly and bright jackets. I make sure I have one that matches each horse I show.

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is my second love, after horses of course!

Best Piece of Showing Advice: There are three things that I try to remember—always watch where the judges are, smile, and the placings are just one person’s opinion on one given day (it doesn’t mean it will be the same thing next time).

Why I Compete Miniature Horses: I can truly say that Miniatures are my life. I grew up with them, and they’re “in my blood.” I love training, conditioning, and showing my own horses. The most enjoyment comes from seeing all the work and training that I have done

shine in the show ring.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now, I Would: Have fewer bruises.

Favorite Quote or Phrase: “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” The Last Book I Read Was: I don’t really have a lot of time to read, but I have an assortment of horse magazines that I enjoy.

If My Horse Were a Person, He Would: Be quite the athlete. He loves to run and jump, and manages to keep himself so trim and muscled. He is a natural.

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over 60 Miniatures at the farm, so it is hard to choose just one, but I have a very soft spot for our homebred stallion, SRF Noble Heir (also known as Jack). I foaled him out, put his first World title on him, and have trained him since he was a yearling. Jack is also our farm’s first homebred World Grand Champion.

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Stacy Westfall, reining champion and the 2006 Road to the Horse winner, reveals her training methods in this easy-to-understand book. Emphasizing that a strong foundation is the key to a successful performance career, Stacy gives you the tools to introduce new challenges to your horse in a safe environment so that your mount will be prepared to showcase his talents in real world situations. Stacy’s emotional training program is not just for young horses; the book shows you how to apply the training methods to mature performance horses with holes in their training, or simply as a way to refresh an older horse’s manners. BOTTOM LINE: This book shows you the smart way to reach your goals, however big (or small) they may be. 72


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BLACK SANDS & CELESTIAL HORSES: TRACKS OVER TURKESTAN, by Gill Suttle, 350 pages, paperback, Scimitar Press (, 2012, $17.75. Suttle travels to Turkmenistan to trace the infamous Silk Road of Central Asia from the back of the Turcoman’s ancestral horse—the AkhalTeke. This ancient breed, once coveted by empires and dynasties as the ultimate war machine, is now on the Equus Survival Trust’s Critically Endangered list. In her quest to find the horse, Suttle must navigate the modern political and geographic obstacles of Central Asia. This is no small feat for a woman in a man’s land. Suttle’s tenacious desire takes her to a myriad of locations, both breathtaking and heart wrenching, and in some cases, hair raising. BOTTOM LINE: This is an enchanting read. Bravo!

CINDY ELLEN: A WILD WESTERN CINDERELLA, by Susan Lowell, 40 pages, paperback, Harper Collins Publishers (, 2001, $6.99. This unusual twist on a classic tale takes Cinderella out of the castle and brings its main character to the rodeo. With a fairy godmother packing a golden pistol and a real western fandango to attend, you can’t help but read this book with a twang in your voice. When brave Cindy Ellen rides the bucking bronco and wins the trick roping competition, the rodeo champion, Joe Prince (who wears the biggest belt buckle you’ve ever seen), falls in love with her. However, when Cindy Ellen gallops away as the clock strikes midnight, she leaves only a diamondencrusted spur behind. You know the story, you know the characters, but you’ve never read a version like this. BOTTOM LINE: If your little princess (or prince) prefers cowboy boots to glass slippers, this will be read over and over again.

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LAMENESS: ITS CAUSES & PREVENTION WITH ROBERT M. MILLER, D.V.M., Robert Miller Communications (, 2012, $39.95. Dr. Miller converses about the 11 most common causes of lameness and reveals ways to prevent it in this 90-minute video. He understands that lameness can be a confusing topic for equine enthusiasts, and covers every aspect in an easy-to-comprehend manner. BOTTOM LINE: Protect your horse from lameness and yourself from heartache…this DVD is essential for every horse owner!

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the scoop (L-R) Emily Barton, Susanne Winslade, Tabitha Fiorentini, Deme Smith, Laine Metz, Rain Anderson, and Serena Limberg.

(L-R) Celeste Santos Rivera, Linda Krul, Sandy Andrews with her daughter Meghan, and Anne Fisher.

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Susanne Winslade Clinic Helps Pony Clubbers Gain Insight BY LAURA SMITH


GIVING EVERYONE A BREAK FROM the last minute holiday scramble, Wentworth Pony Club sponsored a clinic with Susanne Winslade on December 22, 2012. Held at Linden Woods Stable in Durham, NH, the clinic gave riders with certificates from D-2 to C-3 the opportunity to learn from

a United States Pony Clubs Level IV National and Dressage Specialty Examiner. Eight riders participated in both jumping and flat sessions, with many riders electing one of each. “Good contact is like holding hands,” Sue told many riders as they worked

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To Hold Horseman’s Bazaar

THE RHODE ISLAND FEDERATION OF Riding Clubs’ annual Horseman’s Bazaar and Indoor Yard Sale will once again be held March 24 from 9:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Metcalf Elementary School on Route 3 in Exeter, RI. The famed strawberry stuffed French toast will be available again this year; items on sale include saddles and bridles, knick-knacks, and collectables. Table space is available for $20, trailer space is $10, and they go fast! After March 10, tables are $25 and trailers are $15. For directions and a reservation form, visit For more information, contact Joyce Gardiner-Dias at 401295-7332 or

New in Town Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) in South Woodstock, VT, welcomes Jane Rodd to take the reins as its new executive director, effective March 1. Rodd’s background in the equine industry includes being manager and senior trainer at Millbrook Equestrian Center in Millbrook, NY, and working as director of training and education at Cricket Hill Farm and Academy in Ancramdale, NY. She looks forward to applying her skills and expertise to GMHA’s unique environment. « Jane Rodd February 2013


Pompositticut Farm was named a Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Horse Farm of Distinction.

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Announces “2013 Horse Farms of Distinction” ThirTy-one MassachuseTTs horse farms and stables were honored by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation for achievement in the organization’s horse Farm of Distinction program at the Farm Bureau’s annual meeting on november 29, 2012, in Pittsfield, Ma, before a large banquet crowd. Farm Bureau President, Dr. a. richard Bonanno of Methuen, called the selected farms, “the cream of the crop” and added, “These farms present to the public a safe and professional image. They truly showcase the horse industry in Massachusetts for the public.” a team of horse industry professionals and representatives of the Farm Bureau’s equine advisory committee conducted judging for new applicants

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on becoming soft and balanced. riders also worked on skills such as posting to the canter to improve canter rhythm and trotting through grids without rushing. other riders worked on straightness and gaining smoothness in transitions between movements on multiple tracks. “i love the metaphors sue uses,” said Deme smith, 13. “They really 76

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at each farm or stable and Farm Bureau affiliates. repeat farms were judged by a single judge. scoring for overall horse health represented half of the points accumulated and included appearance of the animals together with evidence of a sound equine health program. Farm management areas that were considered were numerous. The judges evaluated neatness, ventilation, cleanliness and safety of buildings, land, and equipment. safety, first aid, and fire protection programs were scored, as well as pest control and adequate provisions, both indoors and outdoors, for the care of horses. Farms were also judged on evidence of good farm/community relations, proper and adequate insurance

help me picture where i need to be in the saddle. she described the seat of the saddle like a bowl and that really helped me think about where i should be sitting and posting.” “her instruction helped me make a lot of progress in just an hour lesson,” said Tabitha Fiorentini, 15. “she described what she wanted in a way i could understand and apply right away. it was amazing what a difference small changes can make!”

coverage, and compliance with state and local operating and instructing licenses. The extensive schedule of judging started in august and ran through november. The farms being honored achieved a final scoring of at least 85% using the judging scorecard. not all farms that applied received this prestigious designation. honorees, listed by county, are as follows: Bristol county: Bristol county agricultural high school, Dighton; chipaway stables, inc., David costa, acushnet; Johnson & Wales university center for equine studies, rehoboth; and Teaberry Farm, Kathy Jacques, Taunton. cape cod and islands: highlander Farm, Megan hawkes-romiza, east Falmouth; holly hill Farm, nancy Venezia, Marstons Mills; and smithfield Farm, Janice Foster, east Falmouth. essex county: essex agricultural Technical high school, hathorne; high Tail acres, LLc, Dawn DelTorchio, newbury; indian Meadow Farm LLc, christine M. Phaneue, West newbury; Lalobarun ranch, eileen c. M. cashman and John W. Kellar, newbury; sons of the Wind, LLc, Julie Bottum, Merrimac; and The Barnyard Maples, Gale D. Meserve, Byfield. hampden county: silvercryst Farm, Paul a. Gregoire, southwick. hampshire county: Greene acres equestrian center, amanda L. hodgen, Belchertown; and Twin orchard Farm, charles Kaniecki, southampton. Middlesex county: andimar Farm, Laurie c. Marchant, Billerica; Berryfield Farm, George Berry, Lincoln; harmony horse stables, LLc, Kathryn cecere, Littleton; Pompositticut Farm, Jackie Kane, hudson; sterling riding stables, Dawn Frazer, Pepperell; and The Ponderaia, Laine raia, north reading. norfolk county: yankee stable, edwin s. Little, sharon. Plymouth county: Briggs stable, LLP, John Dougherty, hanover; creek crossing Farm, LLc, alyssa Trifone, hingham; Lazy stallion Friesians, caren a. Polillio, W. Bridgewater; and Whit acres Farm, Kristen Whittaker, norwell. Worcester county: Deer run Farm, robert P. Goodman, sutton; holly hill West inc., nancy Venezia, harvard; Walking high Farm, Becky and harry Kalagher, Douglas; and Winterberry Farm LTD, James & sandra c. Kunkel, Dudley. applications for the “2014 horse Farms of Distinction” program are being accepted now. For more information, visit

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equine affaire 2012 Offers Something For Everyone By Katina HugHes; pHotos By scott ziegler

Celebrating its 45th year, equine affaire returned to West springfield, Ma, on november 8-11, 2012. this four-day event showcased several clinicians, a breed pavilion, and of course, the largest equine trade show on the east Coast. With the extensive list of educational clinics, seminars, and demonstrations, equine affaire had something to offer everyone in the industry. thursday started off with a strong variety of demonstrations, from Dan James’ and Dan steers’ “incorporating liberty training into your Daily training routines” to Christy landwehr teaching “equine business: Creative, effective Marketing for the horse industry.” throughout the weekend, seminars covered several topics including nutrition, arena footing, natural remedies, and photography. Clinics included “Performing Under Pressure,” with cutting horse trainer and personal performance coach barbra schulte. in this clinic, she taught techniques for helping a rider relax and perform at their highest potential. it was useful for all disciplines. barbra spoke about the important relationship between mind, body, and emotions, and the certain skills a rider can develop to overcome negative feelings such as anxiety and fear. she was able to portray this by helping two riders overcome an issue in front of the crowd. another popular clinician was with U.s. Dressage team technical advisor, anne gribbons. anne gave several clinics on “the building blocks to Fei Dressage,” and educated riders on exer-


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cises useful for developing the horse and rider’s skill. her clinics touched on topics from training level to grand Prix. anne also took part in the Q & a Forum on Perspectives from the U.s. Dressage team Coach.

the breed Pavilion had nearly 50 representatives from different breed associations from across north america and europe. each breed did a 10-minute demonstration. this year, the trade show had over 120 booths. these booths included representatives from retailers, manufacturers, and organizations. there, you could buy or try anything from riding supplies, apparel, and farm equipment, to fencing. several colleges had representatives and coaches to inform younger generations about intercollegiate teams and the different equine programs available. as always, each night ended with the signature “Celebration of the horse,” Fantasia.

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each year, equine Equine Affaire affaire raffles off 2012. several prizes, including a free year of feed from triple Crown and tickets to next year’s equine affaire. this year’s lucky winners were: robyn Dolby of Middlebury, Ct; tina McDougall of Corinth, Me; shelly Pelphrey of santa Cruz, Ca; amanda aubin of Worcester, Ma; n. schena from reading, Ma; sarah Perry of new boston, nh; James hecht of Durham, Ct; rebecca herndon of somerset, Ma; and anne lescarbeau of Pittsfield, Ma. For more information, visit, and be sure to save the date for next year’s equine affaire: november 7-10, 2013.

Despite the wet weather a lot of folks turned out for the Wassail Parade.

Wassail Parade Boasts Over 30 Entries

Photo: candace Fitzgerald

Participants traveled from Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts to join in the festivities for the 2012 Wassail Parade, held December 14 in Woodstock, VT. This year, there were more than 30 entries with over 60 horses all dressed in their finest holiday attire. Judges for the event were Town Select Woman Grettie Howe of Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock Village Trustee Bob Pear, and High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program Board of Directors member Amy Schrom. The winners are as follows: Best Individual was won by “Victorian Sidesaddle Lady,” Lynn McLaughlin, from Field Acres Farm in Canaan, NH. She was riding Fuzzy, her 13-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse. The Best Group was the Osgood family of Vermont Gypsy Horses from Topsham, VT. Joe Osgood rode Lorcan, while Michelle Osgood rode Faith, and Emilie Osgood was aboard Drottning, an Icelandic mare. They were all dressed as main characters of Snow White and the Huntsman. Robin and Wilson Groves and friends, from Brownsville, VT, claimed the Best Horse Drawn Vehicle. They were driving UVM Worthy, a 21-year-old Morgan gelding. The Most Seasonally Attired winner was Mary Ann Guaraldi from Grafton, NH, riding sidesaddle on Killian’s Irish

Red, “Bobo,” a 29-year-old American Paint Horse. This was Bobo’s 21st Wassail Parade! The Best Junior Award went to four-year-old Aubrey Meyveagaci from Canaan, NH. She is an aspiring barrel racing cowgirl, who was riding her Appaloosa gelding named Prince Piston. The Judges Award was presented to the “Highland Quartet” from Highland Farm in Pomfret, VT. The group members included Jen Hewitt on Magic, Mary Pavone and Midori, Diane Andrews aboard Gus, and Cassady Clark riding Nugget. Everyone was attired in Victorian ladies’ costumes. The Wassail Parade originated 28 years ago when a group of local riders and drivers, led by Antoinette Matlins, wanted to develop a unique, festive way to celebrate the holiday season and promote the town of Woodstock’s Wassail Celebration. “The parade is more than a parade; it has brought an entire community together—the churches, the fraternal organizations, merchants, Pentangle, the historic society, Billings Farm, 4-H—everyone works to create special events and extend special hospitality and camaraderie to all,” said Matlins. Next year’s Wassail Weekend will take place Friday through Sunday, December 13-15, 2013. For more information, visit wassail.php. February 2013

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the scoop « Exhibitors drive a pair of Fjords during one of many breed demonstrations.

To Feature 100-Day Thoroughbred Challenge, Theatre Equus, and More The weaTher ouTside may be frightful, but inside the 25-acre climatecontrolled Pennsylvania Farm show Complex and expo Center, tens of thousands of horse enthusiasts will be warm and comfy and dreaming of the warm weather riding season to come. The 11th annual Pennsylvania horse world expo will bring the nation’s leading equestrian clinicians and entertainers to harrisburg, Pa, for four non-stop days of education, entertainment, and shopping on February 21-24. horse world expo is two events in one. The expo itself features national and international clinicians teaching riders to train their own horses, and unparalleled shopping with everything imaginable for horses under one roof. Theatre equus, a musical equine revue, is a professionally choreographed and scripted show in which humans and horses partner to perform remarkable feats of daring and beauty. Geared to all ages, Theatre equus features approximately two hours of family entertainment that is part circus, part wild-west show, and part equestrian ballet. music, enhanced lighting, and narration will accompany performances by about 30 of the country’s most highly trained horses. Four off-the-track Thoroughbreds 80

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will embark on new careers as part of the 100-day Thoroughbred Challenge. The horses began their training on december 1 at dodon Farm in maryland, appeared at maryland horse world expo on January 18-20, and will also be coming to the Pennsylvania horse world expo. They will be judged on conformation, movement, jumping ability, and trainability by guest riders,

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Jeff Wilson and his Morgan stallion Valiant during a 2012 Theatre Equus Performance.

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judges, and online fans, and some will be offered for sale at the end of the 100 days. one of the Thoroughbreds, declan’s moon, won an eclipse award for his undefeated two-year-old performance. Forced off the Triple Crown trail by an injury, he went on to race 13 more times before being retired, and will now embark on a new career. The Trail Champions Challenge, a timed and judged event in which competitors negotiate a difficult set of obstacles that test athleticism, horsemanship, and the communication and bond between horse and rider, will return for the second year. The exciting and entertaining competition features horse-and-rider combinations from throughout the region that are judged on the quality of horsemanship at each obstacle. many of the country’s most accomplished horse trainers will present seminars on training by day, and dazzle audiences by night (Friday and saturday only) with their amazing performances in Theatre equus. among them is trick trainer, movie trainer, stuntman, and “equine extremist,” Tommie Turvey Jr., whose horses trust him so completely they accomplish dangerous stunts no other horse trainer has attempted. Those amazed by Turvey’s performance during Theatre equus can, during his Pennsylvania horse world expo seminars, watch him teach his horses to do

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A United States Pony Club member competes in mounted games at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo.

Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, February 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Daily admission (cash only) is $12, or $6 for children ages 7-12. Children under seven are admitted free. Tickets are available at the door, on the website at, or by mail. Reserved seating for Theatre Equus,

which begins Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23 at 8:30 p.m., is $12 to $24. Tickets are available at the show (while supplies last) or online at The Farm Show Complex on Cameron and Maclay Streets in Harrisburg charges $8 per day for parking. For more information, call 301-916-0852.

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tricks like lying relaxed on their backs, feet in the air, before crowds of thousands. In addition to top equestrian clinicians and performers, the 11th Annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo will feature hundreds of vendors, and equines of all breeds and disciplines. Vendors will fill more than 500 booths and 180,000 square feet of exhibit space with an overwhelming selection of horse-related merchandise for browsing and buying. Visitors can learn about a variety of equines on Breed Row and during the daily Parade of Breeds, and meet breeding stallions up close in Stallion Avenue. The latest in horsekeeping technology will be featured at the show along with apparel, barns, artwork, books, equestrian vacations, feed, trailers, tack, training, schools, and much more. Pennsylvania Horse World Expo hours are Thursday, February 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Friday, February 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.;


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The U.S. ThreeGaited section gold medalists.

u.S. claims both Gold medals At Saddle Seat World Cup By Kathleen landwehr; Photos By r. Millin

On Saturday, december 8, the Saddle Seat World cup concluded in Parys, South africa, with second round performances from the three-Gaited sections of the Saddle Seat World cup

teams. after a stellar presentation of rail work, the u.S. three-Gaited team set the stage for leading pattern work scores in both groups. With strong performances all week, hopes were high that both the u.S. three- and Five-Gaited sections would bring home the gold medals. the official results were announced at the closing ceremonies that evening, and since the rail work scores had not been posted, there was much anticipation of who would claim the Saddle Seat World cup titles. the u.S. riders

claimed the gold medal in the FiveGaited section, solidifying all of the hard work and support the riders had received over the past year. coached by Sandra currier of belville, tX, and brent Jacobs of Georgetown, Ky, hunter chancellor of evansville, In, angela darrow from hartland, WI, drew taylor hewitt of bermuda run, nc, ali Judah of Louisville, Ky, and team captain nick maupin of Sussex, WI, took the podium to receive their medals and the Five-Gaited World cup trophy. the republic of South africa was awarded the silver medal and canada received the bronze, while the teams from Germany and Sweden, in its first appearance at the World cup since the 1990s, received honorary awards for their participation in the event. the dominance of the u.S. riders was evident, as the u.S. three-Gaited section also claimed the gold medal. riders brooke boyer of Johnston, Ia, emily chapman of tucson, aZ, brooke Jacobs of Georgetown, Ky, alexandra Lawson of north Salem, In, and team captain abigail muturx of St. Louis, mO, boosted the team to a gold medal and the three-Gaited World cup trophy. they were guided by coaches cindy mugnier of belchertown, ma, and Kristen cater of dunbarton, nh, with the support of david cater, Kent Swalla, and alternate Kristen Smith from crestwood, Ky. Just as in the Five-Gaited competition, the silver medal went to the republic of South africa and the bronze medal went to canada. In its first year under the united States equestrian Federation (uSeF), the u.S. team won both gold medals for the first time since 2006. Special thanks go to the extended team of the u.S., including the parents of the competitors and the supporters. For more information, contact Lori nelson, uSeF assistant executive director, national affiliates, at

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new york upper Connecticut Pony Club Remembers Pony Club Legend Barbara Meyer Submitted by barbara Kil and aileen ChuCa meyer

Millbrook Pony Club (MPC) was one of the original u.s. Pony Clubs, and barbara Meyer was nearly synonymous with it from its beginning in 1954, serving as District Commissioner from 1967 until her passing at the age of 92 on september 1, 2012. a 1994 recipient of the prestigious us Pony Club Founders award for her service at the national level (including on the board of Governors), she was also honored at the u.s. Pony Club’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2004 as a “regional legend” for her 50 years of dedication to Millbrook Pony Club and to the new york/upper Connecticut region. For many years, Meyer rode with the Millbrook Hunt, and she encouraged generations of Pony Clubbers to pursue their love of horses and to improve their riding and other horsemanship skills. she will especially be remembered for introducing many younger members to foxhunting by visiting the Millbrook Hunt kennels on Monday afternoons in the spring 86

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each year to help with “puppy-walking.” Her cookie treats were legends in themselves. For 58 years, Finality Farm in Dover Plains, ny, where she lived with her husband, schuyler, and her five children, Molly, aileen, scott, allen, and schuyler, was MPC’s beloved base of operations. Hundreds of children and their parents fondly remember years of ratings, rallies, lessons, and parties (and especially swimming with their ponies) at Finality Farm. Meyer was an amazing woman, and her devotion to Pony Club has enriched the equestrian community in our region beyond measure. During her tenure, Millbrook Pony Club produced 16 a-rated Pony Clubbers, the 16th

of which was earned just this past summer by Mark Greene. a large part of the Pony Club mission is devoted to the development of horsemanship in all respects, and an “a” rating (now called a certificate) is the pinnacle of Pony Club achievement and well recognized as a standard of excellence throughout the equestrian community. only a small percentage of Pony Club members reach this goal (which requires a demonstration of very high standards of riding, knowledge of horse management, and teaching ability), and in 2010, only 23% of those taking the a-rating test passed it successfully. The entire new york/upper Connecticut region is very proud of Greene, who exemplifies the Pony Club “a” standard in his riding and teaching ability, as well as his overall horsemanship and leadership skills. in 2008, he represented the region as a member of the national youth Congress, and later as Co-Founder of the national youth board. He has also traveled all over the country as a visiting instructor in a program that matches upper level Pony Clubbers with clubs looking for summer camp instructors. Mark graduated from the university of Massachusetts in amherst and now attends graduate school at the university of Michigan, where he volunteers in the Great lakes region. at Millbrook Pony Club, we celebrate barbara Meyer’s lifelong dedication to Pony Club, and Mark Greene’s “a” rating, and are inspired by their examples of excellence and devotion to horses and horsemanship. Barbara Meyer

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Mark Greene riding Michael Chamberlain’s mare, Shine For.


[ equine journal affiliate ] Norfolk Masters Ruth Lawler, Carol Mansfield, and Owen Hughes awarded colors to Lisa Alvord (third from left) and Lee McCloskey (fourth from left).

Norfolk Hunt Club Gets a Taste of Hollywood at Film Premiere Submitted by d.a. Hayden, PHotoS by KatHie davenPort

Cowboy Spirit Gets Rave Reviews The Norfolk Hunt Club took a few steps toward Hollywood in late November, at the premiere of the independent film, Cowboy Spirit. As the scent of fresh popcorn wafted through the air in the venerable Orpheum Theatre in Foxborough, MA, members of the Norfolk Hunt Club and the general public arrived for an evening of outstanding entertainment. Cowboy Spirit, starring Ayla Brown and directed by Norfolk member Bill Miller, was preceded by a live musical performance by Ayla, who delighted the standing-room-only crowd. Following the screening, Bill, executive producer Mike Allison, and Ayla hosted a question and answer session with the audience. Cowboy Spirit is a modern western with a romantic touch, which appeals to audiences of all ages. A brief description on the film’s website reads, “Ted has it all, a great job, a beautiful fiancé, and a wonderful life ahead of him, but a twist of fate leads him to rely on the lessons he learned in the summers of his youth with his grandfather—a former champion rodeo cowboy. To save a dying young girl, he must make the ride of a lifetime.” Further information and clips of the film can be found on Bill, who is a member and whipper-in for Norfolk, has long embraced the western genre in film and books; he has been instrumental in producing local rodeos and other activities, incorporating the “Never Quit,

double for the lead actor, Rich Manley. Lauren Magley, who enjoys hunting with Norfolk, played the role of riding double for lead actress, Ayla Brown. And, not to be forgotten, Brock, the hunt horse owned by Norfolk whipper-in Mary Marks, starred as one of Ayla Brown’s western horses. Norfolk member and ex-MFH, Steve Browne, lent his office in Sherborn to be part of the set; it was transformed to resemble the offices of Lloyds of London in the UK. Among the many Norfolk members and spouses attending the premiere were: Donna and Rob Guadagno; Ruth Lawler, Associate-MFH; Mark Howe; Judy Fledderjohn; Carol Mansfield, MFH; Steve Browne, ex-MFH and Lynn Browne, ex-MFH; Dr. Peter Van Orman, ex-MFH and his wife Beverly; Joe and Barbara McDonough; D.A Hayden; Mary Nally; Gil and Janet Rodgers; Veronika Bulkin; Kathy and Shelly Davenport; Mary Marks; John Elliott; Cynthia, Jess and Taylor Cash; Mary Hughes; Ruth Baltopoulos; Cami and Bruce Jamerson; George Mumford; Charlotte McEnroe and David Egy; Bill and Lynne Miller; Liz and Bob Hunter; and Trish and Tom Twining, among others. The resounding cheers and applause from the crowd at the end of the film confirmed Norfolk’s members may love to foxhunt, but they also share a love of the great American cowboy.

Never Weaken” attitude, which he aptly calls the “Cowboy Spirit.” With the creation of the film, Bill brought his enthusiasm for the west to the Norfolk Hunt Club, by uncovering the Club’s acting, production, and training talent. In addition to Bill’s directorial credits, Norfolk member Shelly Davenport served as production assistant. Norfolk members Mary Marks, Sheryl Hopper, and Lynn Miller were extras in the film. Norfolk’s extended family members also played key roles. Tom Twining, the husband of Norfolk member Trish Twining, played the part of a defense attorney, much to the delight of his many fans. Dave Egy, husband of Norfolk Masters Dinner Concludes member Charlotte McEnroe, played the the Year for Norfolk role of the court officer, receiving shoutThe Norfolk Hunt Masters Dinner, outs from friends in the audience. Mike themed “Celebrate the Masters,” brought Van Orman, the grandson of Norfolk Norfolk’s 2012 season to a spectacular member and ex-Master of Foxhounds continued on page 88 (MFH), Peter Van Orman, was the sound technician and editor of the film, working with Bill every step of the way. Jessica Cash and Taylor Cash, the daughter and granddaughter of Norfolk member Cynthia Cash, were also spotted as extras. Norfolk’s huntsman, John Elliott, played Norfolk members and riders celebrated receiving their a key role in several Qualified Horse certificates. scenes, as the riding February 2013

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Southern new england horsemen’s association Makes Changes for the New Year Submitted by Cynthia anne bowen

2013 Show Dates: • April 21–Falls Creek Farm, oneco, Ct. • May 15–Falls Creek Farm, oneco, Ct. • June 16–woodstock Fairgrounds, woodstock, Ct. • June 30–Falls Creek Farm, oneco, Ct. • July 28–woodstock Fairgrounds, woodstock, Ct. • August 18–Colchester lions Club, hebron Fair Grounds, hebron, Ct. • September 15–woodstock Fairgrounds, woodstock, Ct. 88

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In-hand classes, such as Model horse, Miniature halter In hand, registered Color halter, registered Quarter horse halter, adult open Fitting & Showing, and Junior open Fitting & Showing. after the in-hand classes will be Miniature hunter In-hand followed by the leadline division, seven years and under, consisting of equitation, pleasure, and trail. Miniature Trail In-hand will complete that division. The morning divisions following Miniature Trail are: Beginner walk-Trot, 5-11 Years, green horse, adult western, open adult walk-Trot, 18 Years and over, Pre-Junior, 14 Years and under, and open western. Classes in these divisions are horsemanship/equitation, Pleasure and open discipline on The rail, except for green horse (that had Pleasure walkTrot and Pleasure walk-Trot-Canter), and open discipline on The rail (that is walk-Trot only). afternoon individual classes will be: Sneha open Pleasure, Sneha open walk/Trot Pleasure (open to walk/ Trot riders only), Sneha Team Classic Pleasure, and the Midge o’neil Perpetual Junior english equitation Classic. afternoon divisions are: Saddle Seat, adult english, open Junior, 17 years and under, hunt Seat, and walk-Trot Junior open, 12-17 years. The open Junior divisions and the adult english division classes are equitation/horsemanship, Pleasure, and open discipline on The rail. Saddle seat classes include equitation, Pleasure, and road hack. hunt seat classes are equitation, Pleasure, and Bridle Path hack. we expect to affiliate again with Paint alternative Competition (PaC) and open Competition activities Program (oCaP) in 2013. remember, you can add a subscription to Equine Journal to your membership for a reasonable rate. Please keep saving nutrena® tags. This has really helped the club make money. For more information, please visit

Norfolk members Joe McDonough; Shelly Davenport, production assistant; and Bill Miller, film director.

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continued from page 87 close. The black tie dinner dance, chaired by norfolk member erin Fitzgerald, was held at Boston College’s stunning Connors Center in dover; the Center is located on land the Club is privileged to hunt on. Cocktails, dinner, awards, and dancing to the music of “Blue Pants” were featured during the evening. Toasts from norfolk members Katrina Sorrentino, erica Foley, and lee gregory were offered to the Masters, the Field and the Club, respectively. norfolk President dana Pope served as master of ceremonies for the evening and d.a. hayden presented the high dive awards to those who had fallen off their horses during a hunt. owen hughes, MFh, Carol Mansfield, MFh, and ruth lawler, associate-MFh awarded colors to two norfolk members—lisa alvord and lee McCloskey. Certificates for qualified horses during the 2012 season were presented to: Kalifornia girl and Chris hajjar; Blackjack and Carol Mansfield, MFh; Briar and owen hughes, MFh; Simba and owen hughes, MFh; nash and owen hughes, MFh; neena and John elliott; Brock and Mary Marks; Cranberry and Katrina Sorrentino; Floyd and Bill Miller; hasty Pudding and ruth lawler; JoJo and lynn Browne; oliver and Steve Browne; Bud and Tom lewis; Johnny and dana Pope; Slocum and gaelen Canning; Maverick and Mike Paparo; BooBoo and Sheryl hopper; Mackie and Carolyn Pope; lily and Kevin Mcgrath; Cassie and Kevin Mcgrath; Branson and dominic Cammarata; oreo and Carolyn regan; Charlotte and Veronika Bulkin; Spartacus and nick gleysteen; Patrick and Michael newman; glory and Polly Kornblith; Squanto and Bob Shuman; Chic a Te and Cami Jamerson; King and erin Fitzgerald; Finn and Tee Chambers; Parker and rich wood; Percy and Jess Macho; Xena and Mia Foley.

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The SouThern new england horsemen’s association (Sneha) held its 47th annual awards banquet on november 17, 2012, at the holiday Inn in norwich, CT. Members donated an amazing selection of brown bag raffle items. In addition to our division and class awards, we had our special presentations. The ed Clark humanitarian award went to Sarah Confer. The Skip Van Patton good Sportsmanship award was given to Jean St. denis. There are two rule changes for 2013. Membership requirements will no longer include a birth certificate for junior members. If there is a question of age, then a birth certificate must be shown. The second rule change is that members must compete in three shows instead of four to be eligible for year-end awards. we will have the same class list, but we have reversed the class schedule as usual. divisions that ran in the morning in 2012 will be in the afternoon and vice versa. all in-hand classes and the leadline and Miniature horse divisions will still be in the morning. we will retain the high point horse award but not at individual shows. high point will be awarded only at our year-end banquet. Points from the six club shows will be tallied, and the member with the highest number will receive the award. we are eliminating the Sneha Therapeutic horsemanship class due to lack of entries. our 2013 Class Schedule include


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maine horse association Introduces Newly Elected Officers for 2013 Submitted by Sylvia a. corbett

The maine horse assoCiaTion banquet is now in the past. we all hope you are all having a really great start to the new year. is there anyone out there sleigh riding? we’d love to hear from you. The officers and directors were elected at the annual meeting. There were a few new directors elected in 2013 that have years of equine association and horse experiences. i will be highlighting some of the new directors in this column and some to come. The directors elected their officers and they are: President, Jo hight; First Vice President, mike Kobilarcsik; second Vice President, Judy Kobilarcsik;

secretary, bonnie weeman; Treasurer, Lee Cheever; and, administrator and Points, dollie hutchins. The directors are: Peggy drummey, meg hall, Jon Lettre, Paulajean o’neill, emily mitchell (new), sylvia a. Corbett (new), Joanne Clough, and Leigh drummey millie (new). i will introduce myself first, as i am probably the oldest of the new. i have been handling horses for somewhere around 50-plus years. i have been a trainer, instructor, owner, farm manager, and breeder of morgans, saddlebreds, national show horses, and arabians. i have been a director of the american saddlebred association of maine, inc.,

Tri-state horsemen’s association Schedule Heats Up This Season Submitted by beth Stone

The weaTher ouTside may be cold and raw, but things are just heating up for Tri-state horsemen’s association (Tsha) members in 2013. while you look out your window at cold and ice, start counting the days until spring. it will be here before you know it, bringing lots of fun and exciting things to do with your horse! Tsha members have lots to look forward to in 2013. The various committees have been appointed and are hard at work in making Tsha events better than ever for its members! if you would like to volunteer for any of our committees, email open show, dressage, trail, hunter pace, and clinic committees are meeting regularly in preparation for the upcoming season, and, with the input provided by our online surveys, many exciting improvements and changes are being planned! This year, the Tsha open shows will take place on June 7-9, July 12-14, and august 16-18, at the beautiful Falls Creek Farm in oneco, CT. The Tsha dressage shows, featuring tests for both english and

western riders will be held once again at the woodstock Fairgrounds on may 26, June 30, and august 4. Check the Tsha website,, for the most current information and announcements! The first General meeting of 2013 will take place on march 6. mark your calendar. Location and details about the evening’s program can be found on the Tsha website, Facebooksm, or Twitter pages. we are continuing our efforts to “Go Green” in 2013. in addition to providing the most current information about Tsha activities through our website, Facebook and Twitter, we’re seeking additional ways to minimize our carbon footprint, save the planet, and reduce costs in 2013. Look for more information and paperless services to be posted online in the future. if you have not visited the Tsha website recently, please check it out! it contains lots of new features, like “ask dr. alice,” featuring members’ questions to our resident veterinarian (and Tsha board member), dr. alice ennis. it also

(asam) for 12 years and president of asam for two and a half years. i have been a director of the morgan horse association (mha) for two years and a former director of mha for two years, many years ago. i had managed the annual awards banquet for the asam for 10 to 15 years, and i wrote the news column for asam for about that long. i had shown horses since i was 16 years old, and although i have not shown my horses in the past few years, i am still involved with the shows, behind the scenes. i am looking forward to serving on the board of directors of the mha for the next few years. i would love to hear from those of you who do and do not show horses. do you compete in dressage, trail rides, etc., or ride just for fun? if so, please let me know by emailing sdlara@

contains interesting member news and a great classified section. don’t wait until show season begins—renew your Tsha membership today! remember, your membership includes a subscription to the Equine Journal, so renew now and don’t miss any issues! membership applications may be found on the website at meanwhile, stay warm and think spring!



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HODGES BADGE COMPANY, INC. HAS ANNOUNCED the winner of its annual Equestrian Awards Catalog Cover Contest. Featured on the 2013 cover are 13-year-old Caroline Houston and Serendipity’s Sundance, a fiveyear-old Welsh cross pony mare owned by Liza Price. Caroline and her mount are shown after winning a pleasure class at a Seven J’s Farm Schooling Show in Glastonbury, CT.

GIVING BACK The tragic events in Newtown, CT, were on everyone’s mind over the holiday season. And, as often is the case, horse people reached out and found a way to help. Matt and Wendy Brayman heard through Dina Patnoad about an amazing group—Gentle Carousel, a Miniature horse therapeutic organization in Gainesville, FL, that wanted to make the trip to Newtown to bring solace to all those in need, but, of course, the expenses involved would be enormous. Matt and Wendy immediately got the ball rolling, and through phone 90


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Congratulations to Jennifer › Alfano of SBS Farms in Buffalo, NY, on winning the coveted Emerson Burr Trophy from USEF. This trophy is presented to a top rider in the hunter divisions in any breed. In 2012, Alfano and Jersey Boy won the $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals as well as championships in Jacksonville, Ocala, Devon, at the State College Classic, and at the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic.

SPREADING CHEER During the holiday time of giving, other people were busy little elves too! Kim Kolloff helped direct gifts and donations for the Caridad Center Children’s Christmas Party in Wellington, FL. Caridad provides health and dental care to the uninsured, working, underprivileged families of

Palm Beach County. Over 300 children attended this wonderful event, which included face painters, a magician, a DJ, a raffle, and lunch. Santa handed out stockings of candy and, of course, many bikes and other amazing presents.

A HOLIDAY SURPRISE! What better way to celebrate the holidays than welcoming a new child! Congratulations to Jill Santolucito Little and her husband, Rob, on the birth of their son, Ryan.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS Kellie Monahan Riordan is expecting a baby girl in 2013! Congratulations to Kellie and her husband, Andrew! Meanwhile, it may be cold outside, but Kellie and Walnut Hill Farm (WHF) have a lot going on in Plainville, MA. WHF is having its second Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) show of the season in January and will once again be hosting the Regionals in early February. Kellie’s recent Christmas present to IEA team members was a free IEA lesson—what a great idea! WHF has also been attending lots of one-days and many TOP PHOTO: ROSEMARIE HOUSTON; BOTTOM PHOTO: HUNTER MESSINEO

and they offered to transport the Minis to and from Newtown and Gainesville. Another phone call later and Rabbit Hill Farm, in Newtown, offered to house the horses during their stay. Transporting volunteers was the next hurdle. A quick shout out on Facebook resulted in commitments to cover the round-trip flights for the volunteers. Meanwhile, a hotel donated rooms for the volunteers, and JetBlue and American Airlines offered discounted flights. The outpouring of support has been amazing! Many more horse people have donated directly to Gentle Carousel. If you want to help out, please visit them online at

hunter/jumper adults and juniors are qualified for Finals already!

RiveRwind Happenings at riverwind Farm (rWF) in pembroke, ma, christmas came early for catherine sheedy in the form of her new horse, casanova! congratulations also to sophie lenihan on the purchase of chi Wah Wah. This fabulous new team won the mhc medal and the This medal at their first show together. rWF sends thanks out to Val renihan for her help in making this partnership possible. congratulations also to ivy Watson on her purchase of The boss. and, laurel Flaherty made her debut with Treasure chest in the medium pony hunters at The pines, coming home with some great ribbons. meanwhile at herring brook, india bluett led the rWF team with some nice primary-colored ribbons to take home. all rWF juniors rode great, including hannah sisk, catherine sheedy,

and ivy Watson. Karen W. salon ventured back into the show ring in style, qualifying for mhc finals in her first outing of the new season and picking up some nehc points as well— special thanks to the Watson family for sharing the wonderful little mare, ultina, who made it look so easy. congrats also to spencer steere, who had great rides and nice ribbons, and thanks to maureen crowley Flaherty for loaning her gentle giant, everest! and a shout-out to nikki stamm, erica stahle avratin, and alison Greene for coming out to cheer everyone on! That’s team spirit!

in tHe news Following the New York Times scathing review of the tragedy at the 2012 Devon horse show, John long, the ceo of the united states equestrian Federation has issued a response. You can read it at bogdanich.12.19.12.pdf.

Jennifer Burger of the Brandywine valley summer series received the UsHJa president’s distinguished service award at the UsHJa Convention.

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Penn State takes the Lead In 2012 Holiday Tournament of Champions By Jim arrigon

Penn State’S Brendan Weiss won both the first class and the last class of the 2012 Holiday tournament of Champions, held december 8 at Otterbein University in Columbus, OH, and adjudicated by USeF “r” Judge George “Skip” thornbury. Weiss’ first win was in Open Fences, putting his Penn State riders in their trophy “Snuggies” from left to team into a lead that they right: Samantha Frable, Lauren Powers, Jessica Mitchell, never relinquished. His final victory made him the Jessica Hanlon, Brendan Weiss, Allison Healy, Haleigh Boswell, Madeline Fass, and Coach Malinda Grice. tournament of Champions Medal winner, capping a climb from the back of the pack to pass remarkably successful day for the Penn many of the old standards and claim the State team. reserve championship with 30 points. In between Weiss’ two wins, there two points back was Virginia Intermont, were exceptional rides from nearly the followed by del Val and Bridgewater— whole team, with a blue ribbon from along with Mount Holyoke, any one Haleigh Boswell in novice Flat; second of those would have been a good bet place for Weiss in the Open Flat; a blue for Jessica Mitchell in Walk-trot; second to win. Penn State and SCad would have gone off at higher odds, although place for Maddy Fass in Intermediate Flat; and a blue ribbon in novice Fences both placed in the top seven at IHSa nationals last spring, and Penn State for Samantha Frable. beat del Val at Zone 3 Finals last year. Virginia Intermont made a run at Penn three pleasant surprises were State for a while, as did delaware Valley, but halfway through the day it was pretty tournament of Champions newbies, Sacred Heart; occasional participants evident that everyone else was scramOhio University; and Otterbein—the bling for a reserve champion ribbon. sixth, seventh, and eighth place teams, that red ribbon ended up in the hands respectively. of Savannah College of art and design’s the top three riders in the tournament (SCad) coach ashley Kelly. SCad had Medal class were Weiss, Virginia two firsts and a second late in the day to

ETS Medal Champion Mollie Kowalchik (second from left) and reserve champion Maddie Davis with IEA coaches Jim and Gwen Arrigon.

Intermont’s Blake roberts, and the University of Kentucky’s doug Masters. Masters went into the final test in the lead, but couldn’t hold on and dropped to third place after a bobbled jump. Weiss and roberts won both sections of Open Fences, with Ohio University’s Justin Martin winning Walk-trot, and then the men swept the Medal class. the etS (equestrian talent Search) Medal featured three top high school riders who were well-known from their previous tournament of Champions performances. Beckett run Interscholastic equestrian association (Iea) team member Mollie Kowalchik came out the big winner, with her Iea teammate, Maddie davis, in reserve. Kowalchik won a $5,000 scholarship to Virginia Intermont College. the next and final equestrian talent Search will be held on april 13-14 at Bridgewater College in central Virginia, followed by summer events at randolph College in Virginia. For information about the tournament of Champions or equestrian talent Search, contact IHSa national Secretary Jim arrigon at jimarrigon@

Hunter/Jumper contact listings Beacon Woods Stables (tsl), mick & laurie Paternoster, owners,Kris Bramley, Trainer, 99 Beacon Woods lane, South glastonbury, CT 06073, 860-430-2606 barn; 860-601-0670 cell, beaconwoodsstables@, Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods (bs), 1209 South St., Coventry, CT 06238, 860-742-6486

Grazing Fields Farm (tsl), 201 Bournedale rd, Buzzards Bay, ma 02532, 508-759-3763, Holly Hill Farm (tsl), 240 Flint St., marston mills, ma 02648, 508-428-2621,, Horseman’s Exchange, LLC Tack & apparel Consignment, 294 great rd., rte. 119, littleton, ma 01460, 978-486-0008, 978-779-6119 fax,

Evenstride (btsl), 26 orchard St., Byfield, ma, 978-465-9119,

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Connecticut Horse shows association To Hold 80th Annual Awards Banquet Submitted by deb Krawitz; photoS by larry Schwartz

Get out your party dresses and put on your dancing shoes! the once-ayear affair is coming! Celebrate Connecticut Horse shows association’s (CHsa) 80th Champions awards Banquet with us on saturday March 2, 2013! this year’s banquet and awards ceremony will be held at the aqua turf Club in plantsville, Ct. this beautiful central Connecticut location is famous for its award-winning cuisine and friendly atmosphere. double staircases greet you as you enter and pick up your pre-purchased dinner tickets. Held in the room known as Kaye’s pier north, the glass doors around the perimeter of the room look out to a deck and a pond with a fountain that is

elegantly lit. the room is self-contained with its own private bar and rest rooms and everything is conveniently located on the ground Ribbons from last year’s banquet. floor. the spacious parking lot accommoare ramping up their ideas to unseat dates any sized vehicle and parking the winners of this competition for the is free. past two years—sarah Weaver/Garner this year will see the return of equine association and Friends’ donaour almost famous “Challenge of the tion. the runner-up last year for the Barns” gift baskets. We are asking second highest amount of tickets was barns or groups of people to put the oak Meadow Farm group. together a themed basket to be raffled the evening will start at 6:00 p.m. off during the night. proceeds go with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar toward our scholarship fund. the reception. at this time you may highest amount of tickets in front of the basket will win a trophy. teams continued on page 94

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A group of winners from last year’s banquet.

$25,000 ESP Year-End Awards Grand Prix winners Gemma Paternoster and Osiris.

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look over the silent auction items or distribute raffle tickets to your items of choice. If anyone is interested in donating new horse-related or children-themed items, please contact Kristen Guadagnino at 860-798-7249. The dinners will include your choice of filet mignon, grilled salmon, chicken française, eggplant parmesan, and chicken tenders with fries for children under 12. We are working with the kitchen to come up with a scrumptious

DIRECTIONS TO AQUA TURF: I-84 East from Waterbury – Take Exit 28. Take a right onto Route 322. Go straight, under the second underpass, then take a left at the car wash onto Old Turnpike Road. At the first stop sign, take a right onto Mulberry Street. Aqua Turf Club is located ½ mile on the right. I-84 West from Hartford - Take Exit 29 (left hand exit). At the end of the exit is a light. Go straight onto Mulberry Street. Go approximately one mile down the road—Aqua Turf Club will be on your right. From I-91 or the Merritt Parkway – Take Route 691 West toward Waterbury, take Exit 4 (Southington), and take a right. At the bottom of the hill (McDonald’s on the corner), take a right onto South End Road. Follow this until you come to Mulberry Street on the left. The Aqua Turf Club is on Mulberry Street approximately ¼ mile on the left. 94


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chocolate dessert. Fresh bread and salad as well as pasta will be served along with our main dinner choices. Tea, coffee and soda will be served also. The cash bar will be open throughout the evening. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. with the Parade of Champions— the Lead Rein and Walk-Trot 10 and Under riders who have qualified at shows throughout the season. Once again we will show slides from winners of this year’s divisions on big screens near the stage. Anyone wishing to have their winners shown up on the big screen, please submit your photos to Larry Schwartz on Immediately following the awards, the room will be cleared for the dancing until midnight to the tunes of DJ “Tommy V” of Wallingford, CT. For folks who wish to make an excursion of the evening, arrangements have been made with the Comfort Suites at 64 Knotter Drive in Southington, CT, at a special rate of $99 (non-smoking), including a hot breakfast (from 7:00-10:00 a.m.). There is also a heated pool. The hotel is right at Exit 27 off I-84, approximately two miles from Aqua Turf. Directions to Aqua Turf are available at the hotel and on So gather up all your friends and relatives and plan to attend the 80th CHSA Celebration of Champions on March 2. For any banquet questions, please contact the event chairperson, Deb Krawitz, at 203-927-6189. “Dress to Impress,” it’s the best party of the year. See you there!

ESP YearEnd Awards Horse Show Features $10,000 Welcome Stake and $25,000 Grand Prix EQUESTRIAN SPORT PRODUCTIONS (ESP) held its Year-End Awards Horse Show on December 8-9, 2012 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The show held a $10,000 Welcome Stake as well as a $25,000 Grand Prix as feature events in the International Arena over the weekend with Pierre Jolicoeur as the course designer. In the $25,000 Year-End Awards Grand Prix, 26 entries showed and just two cleared the first round course without fault to make a jump-off. Donald Cheska and Windswept Farm’s Imprimis had one rail down in the short course in 41.980 seconds to earn second place honors. Gemma Paternoster was the winner aboard Osiris, who she owns in partnership with Julia Harrison Lee, with a clear round but one time fault in the jump-off in 48.708 seconds. There were several entries with time faults that kept them from the jump-off, but still placed in the top of the class. Amanda Derbyshire and Attack II, owned by Becky and David Gochman, had one time fault in the first round in 84.062 seconds to place third. Filip Amram and Cederick had one time fault in 84.660 seconds to finish fourth.

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UshJa annual Meeting Sets New Governance Structure in Action engle and Candice King chosen as the athlete representatives. Lori Cramer and streett Moore were appointed to the board as affiliate representatives. Lynn Jayne was also appointed to the board as the current president of the UshJa Foundation. the new board of director (BoD) members were seated immediately following the election and began working on that Wednesday evening during a board orientation dinner. they continued their labors at the subsequent BoD meeting to finalize the recommendations to the proposed rule changes that were considered by the United states equestrian Federation (UseF) BoD at their annual meeting in January. some of the issues discussed at this year’s convention included a new 3'3" Junior hunter section; changing the demarcation that determines a small/ large junior hunter size from 16 to 16.1 hands; the Pre-green hunter Challenge program; and jumper prize money. the new governance structure provides more of a balance between the hunter and jumper constituents, while also bringing in people who will provide expertise in areas outside of the equestrian industry. the hunter Working group and Jumper Working group were established in september, and those

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39.568 seconds. Commenting on his winning mount, Kerins explained, “I just rode her yesterday for the first time. a good friend of mine, Maarten huygens, has her and he just asked me if I would be interested in showing her this weekend.” In other classes over the weekend, the tackeria Child/adult Classic saw a win for Perla Boord’s Don giovanni Ls and Javier guerra. Diamond In the rough and victoria griffith placed second. In the Low Junior/amateur-owner Jumper Classic, Caya and ali Wolff were the winners. emanuel andrade placed second riding hollow Creek Farm’s Crossfire 10, third riding hollow Creek Farm’s valence 7, and fourth riding starlight, owned by stransky’s Mission Farms, Inc. In the reist Low Children’s/adult Jumper Classic, noel Powell and sweet oak Farm’s Mahogany won top honors.

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David Blake and Pine hollow Farm’s shalimar had two time faults in 85.969 seconds for fifth place honors. In the $10,000 Wellington equestrian realty Welcome stake, Darragh Kerins rode elegance van’t Paradijs, owned by andrea van scheltinga, to victory. twentyseven entries showed and seven made it to the jump-off. Kerins and elegance had the fastest of five double-clear rounds in 32.626 seconds. hector Florentino and Ultimo, owned by stransky’s Mission Farms, finished in second place in 33.419 seconds. theo genn and eduardo Leon’s Janitzio placed third in 34.973 seconds. Fourth place went to Kristen vanderveen and Bull run’s eternal, owned by Bull run Jumpers one LLC, with their doubleclear round in 35.927 seconds. gemma Paternoster and osiris placed fifth in 96

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Candice King with Stirrup Cup winners Grace and Sarah Boston.

members met for the first time at the annual Meeting. they will be forming and populating committees and task forces to address specific needs, many of which will be underway by early 2013. educational programming and seminars were also included in this year’s meeting schedule, including addressing the new governance structure, helmet safety, equine law, equine business practices, Pony Club, and one-day show management. new United states show Jumping Chef d’equipe robert ridland (on his third day on the job) spoke about his vision for the future and reminisced about the sport’s past and his experience as a team member in the 1970s. the three award presentations— stirrup Cup, evening of equestrians, and showcase Luncheon—featured honorees from the zone to the olympic levels. For more information, visit

$10,000 Welcome Stake winners Darragh Kerins and Elegance Van’t Paradijs.

Cameron Morris and Caroline Mason’s Calvin placed second. the M&s Child/adult Jumper Classic was won by Diamond In the rough and victoria with Don giovanni Ls and Javier guerra in second. For more information, visit

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Changes to the governanCe structure of the United states hunter Jumper association (UshJa) highlighted this year’s annual Meeting, held December 2-6, 2012 in Miami, FL, and presented by the UshJa supporting Winter Circuits of Zone 4. In elections held on tuesday December 4, Bill Moroney was re-elected as president. others elected were Mary Babick, vice president of hunter discipline; David Distler, vice president of jumper discipline; Larry Langer, secretary; and Dianne Johnson, treasurer. a mandate under the new bylaws includes three at-large directors who bring expertise outside of the horse industry to the board of directors, including: Debbie Bass, entrepreneur and professional membership management in the automotive industry; susan harding, MBa, profit and non-profit marketing and management; and Cheryl rubenstein, MBa, finance and marketing. Bob Bell, Britt McCormick, skip thornbury, and Julie Winkel were also elected as at-large directors. hunter Working group appointments to the board include: Colleen McQuay, with Liza Boyd and shelley Campf selected as the athlete representatives. Jumper Working group appointments to the board included: anne Kursinski, with Margie

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[LEFT] Dan Mattson, shown aboard his mare Kiera, is attending horseshoeing school in Kentucky. [RIGHT] Courageous Comet climbed up to third place on the USEA High Score Horses of All Time list following his final season in 2012.

We wish the best of luck to Dan Mattson of Plymouth, NH, who is in the midst of a 12-week course at Kentucky Horseshoeing School! Go get ‘em!

TRUE CHAMPION Courageous Comet has done it again. As if finishing the season with a win at the American Eventing Championships wasn’t enough, he also capped off his final year with Becky Holder by jumping up into the third place spot on the recently updated USEA High Score Horses of All Time list. Congratulations to all those associated with Comet!

GET WELL SOON! Well wishes go out to Stephanie Mallick and her horse, Vaquero, who have both been healing from injuries they received in separate incidents. After Vaquero’s last horse trial, Judith Falk, a certified equine masseuse, and Randy Franz, of Burlington Equine, discovered that the gelding had been suffering from a back injury. Then, on the day of Vaquero’s 98


vet evaluation, Stephanie lost control of her truck on black ice on the way to the barn in Lydonville, VT. She suffered a head injury and whiplash, but luckily didn’t have any horses in tow. Both Vaquero and Steph spent the holidays recovering under doctors’ care.

WINTER FUN Fox Penny Farm (FPF) out of Brownsville, VT, has started its Saddle Club sessions, beginning on January 12. The program instructs the participants in riding skills and overall horsemanship. There are different levels of accomplishments and awards once each particular level has been achieved. The focus is on eventing, and the students learn about the different phases and levels and become well versed in the demands of the sport. FPF is also excited to be hosting a small winter show on January 27, which will include games and fun activities!

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Ramanrine, the first College of Central Florida’s Equine Studies Co-op student intern, on her graduation! “Variety, exposure, and event planning were the three best aspects of the internship, to be able to move to different circumstances and situations; I felt this provided a well rounded co-op,” said Ruth, who graduated in December.

COMINGS AND GOINGS Delaney Stables in West Windsor, VT, reports that it had a fabulous end to 2012. Shelbie and Liz have been doing an excellent job maintaining the barn, while Jill teaches part time in the equestrian program at Vermont Technical College. Currently on tap for 2013, the farm has three promising horses looking for new homes.

CONDOLENCES We were sad to hear that Mary E. Harris, of Wilbraham, MA, passed away at the age of 88 on December 14. She was the founder of Scanticook Pony Club back in the late 70s and served as the District Commissioner for

many years; she was a driving force behind the success of the club. Her wit and dry sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her.

EVENTING STYLE Just when you thought “Gangnam Style” was out of style, Chloe Hood, Molly Tulley, and Chelsea Brugza teamed up with Bill Hawe of Coyote Spring Farm in Lee, NH, to add their personal eventing twist to it. Check out the highly entertaining video, and the outtakes, on the farm’s Facebook page!

GLOBAL GLADIATOR Kudos to Sinead Halpin, who was the only rider named to the USEF Eventing High Performance Spring Training Global Talent list for the 2013 season, meaning she and her mount, Manoir de Carneville, currently possess the ability to win anywhere in the world. Fourteen other horse-and-rider combinations were named to the World Class list, and possess the ability to be competitive anywhere in the world.




USeA Annual Meeting and Convention Hands Out Year-End Awards The USeA BoArd of GovernorS Meeting wrapped up the 2012 United States eventing Association (USeA) Annual Meeting and Convention at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Co, which took place december 5-9, 2012. With 369 attendees over the four days, the Convention was full of eventing enthusiasts inspiring each other to have a fabulous upcoming year while remembering the past. President Brian Sabo; USef Technical Committee Chairman Malcolm hook; USef President david o’Connor; Jerome Broussard; Co-chairman of the Young rider’s Committee Tim Murray; vice President of Competitions Margie Molloy; and Meeting Planner Jennifer hardwick all spoke during the final meeting. on Saturday, december 8, Mary King was the keynote speaker and the highlight of the day’s activities. She gave an inspirational speech on the pathway through her career including insights on sponsorship and competing at the London olympic Games. Those who rode for and supported the United States team in London also gathered on Saturday to review their experiences. Jim Wolf, dougie hannum, Karen o’Connor, Will Coleman, Phillip dutton, and Captain Mark Phillips took part. The audience did not have too many questions—but the riders obliged to answer the ones they were presented with, with tact and truthfulness. Afterward, the riders shared a collection of humorous stories of events unrelated to the competition that occurred while in London. There were seminars and open forums galore on friday, but the highlight of

USEA Rider of the Year Phillip Dutton (L) Michael and Nathalie Pollard accept Schoens- with USEA President Brian Sabo. green Hanni’s Mare of the Year Award.

the day was surely the Year-end Awards Luncheon, where USeA members were honored with a large variety of ribbons, prizes, and grants. Some of the winners include: Worth The Trust Scholarships: Young Adult – Alexander Makowski, Adult-Amateur – Carla vaneffen; Christine e. Stafford Groom Award: Kathryn Thornton; vintage Cup: Jim Wolf; Ironmaster Award: Anna Beeson; Cornerstone Instructors Award: Susan harris, Cory Walkey, Becky Brown, and Pat Bunge; Andrew h. Popiel Memorial Trophy: ruth and Phil Sawin; Posthole digger Award: Travers Schick; Governs Cup: Cynthia Wiseman, Cindy dePorter, and Mike Winter; Wofford Cup: robert Kellerhouse; and the nutrena rising Star: Bailey Moran. The “of the year” awards were also handed out as follows: Young rider of the Year: Connor husain; Adult-Amateur of the Year: Kevin Keane; Lady rider of the Year: Sarah Cousins; rider of the Year: Phillip dutton; Pony of the Year: Bento Box; Mare of the Year:

Schoensgreen hanni; and horse of the Year: Mr. Medicott. finally, the Adequan USeA Gold Cup Series awards were presented. The reserve champion was Becky holder with Can’t fire Me, and the champion was again Becky holder, this time with her beloved Courageous Comet. And on the first day of the convention, the most widely attended meeting had so many people in attendance, there was barely floor space left. The USef event owners’ Task force saw david o’Connor explain to the members of the task force, made up mostly of owners of high performance horses, how the U.S. will be moving forward as an international force. he also described a system that would assign a quantifiable number to a currently subjective process of team selection, including how clear rounds on cross-country and in show jumping would earn points in addition to soundness evaluations. for more information and full, daily wrap-ups from the Convention, visit

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Bevin O’Reilly (tl), brattleboro, Vt, 413-478-1661,

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Ocala horse Properties Winter ii horse Trials Over 500 Entries Expected By Karen eileen and Kathryn Selinga; photo By dave elle

The Ocala hOrse PrOPerTies Winter ii horse Trials will be at the Florida horse Park located in Ocala, Fl, on February 8-10, 2013. in the series’ fourth season, organizers are anticipating that each event will be even bigger and better than the last, from competitors and spectators, to vendors and more. “We are expecting approximately 500 entries of beginner to Olympian status for February,” said equiventures, llc event Organizer, Peter Gray. “and, we welcome tours at this event.” The UseF/Usea recognized divisions will include Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice, and UseF endorsed/ Usea recognized divisions will include intermediate and Preliminary. and, as an added draw, there will also be prize money totaling $5,000, trophies, and eight ribbons per division awarded. Friday will host the Open intermediate and Open Preliminary divisions, which will run all three phases over one day. saturday and sunday will see the Training, Novice, and Beginner Novice divisions taking place. Dressage will be on saturday and the jumping rounds will be held sunday. The designer for the 27-fence cross-

country course will be Jay hambly, who hails from canada; and Marc Donovan of North carolina will design the stadium course. Thoroughbred incentive Program awards and points will also be offered at the event. The best placed Thoroughbred in each division will be awarded at the end of the competition, plus, there will be series-end ribbons, prizes, and money given to the horses who have earned the most points throughout all three 2013 horse trials being held at the Florida horse Park. a special demo event is being planned for February 8 at Ocala’s hilton hotel’s poolside, to help promote the series and the sport of eventing. Gray and equiventures co-founder, Jon holling, have been hosting numerous gatherings for this cause. They have been presenting informational sessions to The Villages, Munroe hospital’s Prestige 55, On Top of The World, and other locations in Marion county, Fl, to foster the understanding of the sport. “interest is increasing and our public wants to know more about scoring, training, and the eventing experience itself,” Gray said. “We are also teaming with the busi-

the february 8-10 horse trials will include Beginner novice through Intermediate levels.

ness community in the area to have a superior event that includes a Vendor Village and entertainment for children,” he added. holling, who won the cci3* at the Bromont international Three Day event, has also been presenting a DVD of himself aboard Downtown harrison from the competition to audiences, and does a live play-by-play upon request to explain his feelings as an eventer, challenges of the courses, and he also entertains questions. “i feel that my participation in the Ocala horse Properties horse Trials is my way of being able to give back to a sport that has given so much to me!” holling said. For more information, call Peter Gray at 352-425-6302, email peter@, or please visit


southern Nh Dressage & combined Training assoc. Makes Plans for the 2013 Season SuBmitted By lydia neuSch

sOUTherN NeW haMPshire Dressage and combined Training association (sNhDcTa) had a very exciting 2012 season. in addition to two dressage schooling shows, two dressage clinics, two eventing clinics, and two co-sponsored combined training shows, we updated our website and newsletter, added PayPal to our payment options, and developed a scholarship that is available to our members. We are very excited to have sharon 100 equine


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Mccusker as one of our clinicians in the upcoming season. We are also planning on sending a team of junior riders to compete in the Dressage for Kids Youth Festival in saugerties, NY, in July. as always, we welcome both members and non-members to participate in our events. information and forms can be found on our website, and be sure to like us on Facebook for additional information.

2013 Calendar of events: March 4 - Annual Meeting/potluck dinner at Marion Gerrish Center in Derry, NH. april 13 - Ride Review Ride with Adam Cropper at MSPCA Nevins in Methuen, MA. april 27 - Dressage clinic with Sharon McCusker at MSPCA Nevins in Methuen, MA. May 11 - Intro to Eventing Clinic with Allia Hays at Victory Gallop Stables in Belmont, NH. June 9 - Summer schooling show at University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. august 18 - Co-sponsored combined training show at Oak Rise Farm in Goffstown, NH. october 6 - Fall schooling show at University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. date tBd - Co-sponsored two-phase at Green Acres in Madbury, NH.


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Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training assoc. Riding Forward into 2013 Submitted by cheryl matthewSon; photo by meliSSa wiSniewSki

The ConneCTiCuT Dressage and Combined Training association (CDCTa) is very excited for its 2013 calendar of activities! The CDCTa has a wide variety of both mounted and unmounted opportunities for members and non-members. The year will kick off with a focus on rider education as it hosts a sports psychology workshop with Jenny susser at the Franklin Fire Complex in Franklin, CT, on February 23. on March 15, the club will host its ever-popular 21st annual silent auction at The gallery in glastonbury, CT. if you are interested in donating an item or service to this club fundraiser, please contact the auction coordinator at on March 24, the annual dressage symposium will be held. This year’s theme is “Maximizing Your horse’s Dressage Potential regardless of the Breed” and will feature useF “r” judge,

Dee Loveless, at Carbery Fields Farm in Lebanon, CT. auditors are encouraged to sign up early for this unmounted activity. The CDCTa is planning three dressage and combined test schooling shows this year, with the first one on May 12 at Westbrook hunt Club in Westbrook, CT. The second show will be held on July 21 at Mystic Valley hunt Club in gales Ferry, CT, and the third show in the fall is still in the planning stages. scores from these shows will make members eligible for team competition and the year-end awards. other mounted activities will include a spring stadium jumping clinic, as well as a June 1 cross-country clinic with ann Bowie at horse Power Farm in Canterbury, CT. other events are currently in the works, so be sure to check out our exciting calendar at The CDCTa is currently accepting

Beginner Novice team, Lindsay Shafer and Eli, participated in many CDCTA activities this year, including shows and clinics.

new and renewal memberships. The association is an Equine Journal affiliate, and dues must be paid before March 1 to receive the free subscription. if you are interested in being eligible for dressage and eventing team competitions, your dues must be paid by March 31. Please refer to for more details about this year’s activities, the membership form, and updated events. The CDCTa wishes each of its members all the best in 2013!

Pine Top Farm Thanksgiving event Hosts Relaxing Weekend for Friends and Family

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The ThanksgiVing eVenT aT Pine Top Farm in Thomson, ga, has been a longstanding tradition of the facility, taking place november 24-25 in 2012. The original idea behind a Thanksgiving weekend event was to cater to amateurs and young riders. eighth generation owners glenn and Janet Wilson realized the longer weekend was easier on parents. The atmosphere at the event is always very laid back and low key. after many years of requests from competitors, glenn and Janet added an intermediate division this year for upper level riders that wanted an opportunity to start their fall eventing season early. The cross-country course footing was excellent, the jumps and terrain were inviting, and the Pine Top courses artfully followed old farm field terraces, low lying

bottoms, and lazy wooded areas. Lauren Ferguson, based out of goshen, kY, aboard Mainway’s Dry ice owned by helen hinton, was in fourth place after dressage with Lauren Ferguson and Mainway’s Dry Ice won the a score of 39.6. With no jumping faults in stadium and only 4.4 time brand new Intermediate division. penalties in cross-country, Lauren ann Bowers with innisfree took first in went on to the win the newly added novice rider; Marty Whitehouse riding intermediate division with a score of 44. roza CMF won open novice; Melanie other winners include: Pippa Moon Mills and ripple effect claimed Beginner riding Le Corsair in open Preliminary 1; Laura Crowl and Zee in open Preliminary novice rider; and Mirabelle Dickhart and good Tyme Charlie claimed open 2; Jackie LeMastus with kiss The sky Beginner novice. took Preliminary/Training; Matthew Pine Top Farm, a georgia Centennial ulmer riding scooby roo claimed Junior/ Young rider open Training; elisa Wallace Family Farm, is listed on the national register of historic Places. To find a and Magically won open Training; Jaclyn list of future events at the facility, visit Mccollum aboard Peter rabbit clinched Junior/Young rider open novice; Carroll February 2013

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Dressage news Certification. The new USDF Certified Instructor/Trainers at Training through First Level include: Ashley Hammill of San Antonio, TX; Heather McCullough of Davidson, NC; Eileen Ostlund of Boone, IA; Sherry Guess of Porter, OK; Erin Jackson of Vallejo, CA; Becky Brown of Dallas, TX; and Deanna Myers of Ormond Beach, FL. New USDF Certified Instructors/ Trainers at Second Level include: Jennifer Hogan of Chapel Hill, TN, and Ashley Hammill of San Antonio, TX.


ON FEBRUARY 9-11, 2013 Walter Zettl, Linda Parelli, and Christoph Hess will headline the 2013 Dressage Summit along with Charles de Knuffy. This combination brings together the best of classical dressage, contemporary equestrian sport training, and natural horsemanship methods.



Vitor Silva will be presenting at the Midwest Horse Fair® in Madison, WI. The event will return for its 34th year on April 19-21, 2013 at the Alliant Energy Center. Silva’s studies, combined with his great passion for the horse, helped him develop a remarkable ability in communicating with his equine partners with the aim of becoming living art in motion.

educating for more than 30 years. Zang, of Davidsonville, MD, has been a prominent figure in the sport of dressage in the U.S. and Europe. She has judged at numerous FEI World Cup Finals as well as at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and throughout the world. She currently serves as a member of the USEF Licensed Officials Committee and Ad Hoc CDI Committee.

Elizabeth Psaledas has recently taken charge of New England Dressage Association’s (NEDA) popular Flextime program. With Flextime, local instructors donate lessons to NEDA. Juniors, Young Riders, and amateurs purchase the lessons and the money goes to aid the Region 8 Junior/Young Rider Team and NEDA’s education program. For more information, visit

SUPPORTING EDUCATION The Dressage Foundation’s Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund recently provided two scholarships to Young Riders for their participation in educational clinics. Dallas Van Stratten of Fort Calhoun, NE, participated in the United States Dressage Federation’s Region 4 Junior/Young Rider Clinic with Jan Ebeling on December 8-9, 2012. Dallas received a $300 grant to help her pay for the clinic with her horse, Vainqueur E. The Fund also awarded a $250 grant to Rosie Julian-Simoes of Barrington Hills, IL. Rosie and her horse, Proteus, rode in the Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic on January 2-6, 2013.

GREAT TEACHER! Susan Hancock of La Vernia, TX, received the fourth annual “USDF Region 9 Teaching Excellence Award” at the Great American/ USDF Region 9 Championships held in Katy, TX. She received a $5,000 award for demonstrating adherence to sound dressage principles and the ability to

NOW CERTIFIED A LOOK AT LINDA The Pegasus Medal of Honor was created as an annual award by USEF to recognize individuals who have exhibited outstanding service to horses and equestrian sport. The 2012 winner, Linda Zang, has been inspiring and

The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce and congratulate its new USDF Certified Instructors. The examiners were Debbie Bowman and Sarah Geikie for this inaugural exam for the new Training-First Level

Dallas Van Stratten participated in the United States Dressage Federation’s Region 4 Junior/Young Rider Clinic with the help of the Renee Isler Dressage Support Fund. February 2013


dressage tion that “western dressage” or “gaited dressage” and dressage, as defined by the FEI, are the same thing.


communicate these principles so that students develop themselves and their horses in a logical, progressive and humane way up through the levels.

and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation as international riders perform to world-class music and choreography in their efforts to assist in finding a cure in our lifetime.

ALL-AMERICAN Mark your calendars now for The 2013 Challenge of the Americas featuring the Musical Grand Prix Quadrille Team Challenge and reigning freestyles in Palm Beach County, FL. Be at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center on Saturday, March 9, and join Play for P.I.N.K

CLEARLY DEFINED During their annual meeting on December 4, 2012, held at the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention, the USDF Executive Board approved the following official position on western and gaited dressage: USDF will in no way imply or encourage a posi-

IN MEMORY The Dressage Foundation announced that a new fund has been established in special remembrance of Patsy Albers. The Patsy Albers Award Fund will provide one annual award to the highest placing dressage rider at the United States Equestrian Federation’s High Performance Championships who was also a

Patsy Albers was a well-known figure at dressage shows across the country. Her legacy will live on with the Patsy Albers Award Fund.

rider competing for the U.S. at a North American Junior/Young Rider Championship. For more information, visit dressage

“L”EARNING The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that 58 USDF members successfully completed the USDF “L” Education Program in 2012. The program is designed to prepare candidates to enter the United States Equestrian Federation “r” Judges Training Program, to qualify individuals to judge schooling shows, and to give competitors, trainers, and instructors greater insight into the evaluative process of judging dressage.

The late Jonathan Wentz was honored by USEF with The Becky Grand Hart Trophy, which is presented to international-level, non-Olympic athletes. Wentz is the first athlete to receive the trophy posthumously.



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Voluntario Interagro rode into the ribbons in 2012, taking first place in the Adequan®/USDF Final All Breed Award in the Musical Freestyle with a score of 65.067%.

Windhorse Dressage of Dover, MA, started the Wellington show season with tremendous success from Training Level to Grand Prix. Head trainer, Diana Mukpo, and her gelding, Pascal, earned a 64.04% in the Grand Prix at the Wellington Holiday Challenge and took home the blue in the Grand Prix Special with a 66.7%. Assistant trainer, Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen, and Windhorse’s Rockette, scored an incredible 83.4% in the Three Year Old Materiale class. Joanna Sentissi and her seven-year-old gelding, Ziezo, rode their way through two respectable Fourth Level tests and won Test 1 with a 64.4%. Nicole Polaski and her gelding, VIP, debuted at First Level and then rode to a strong score of 72.2% at Training Level, which landed the pair in first place.


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flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training association Member Tells Her Story Submitted by amanda HaineS

The summer afTer my sixTh grade year was when i started to take riding lessons. a few short months later, my parents finally got clued in that i was never going to be frightened away from my love of horses when i had a pretty scary fall off of a mare named Tory. Well, to keep that story short, i fell off, shook my foot to get it out of the stirrup, got dragged a few feet, kicked, and then finally thrown into the wall of the arena. Thankfully, my instructor had a rule that everyone wears a helmet. my parents realized that i was going to stick to this horse stuff, and a year later i was able to join a horse group in 4-h. i leased an appaloosa mare named Cindy, who, by the way, won me my first blue ribbon. The next year i leased a Quarter horse named Lark. he wasn’t a fan of the whole english get up, but he liked the vanilla wafers i always gave him. i competed in the first 4-h dressage show at my county fair, winning fourth place. That very next winter, my family was able to get a free horse named skylar. skylar had gone to Quarter horse Congress when he was younger and was worth a lot of money, but some stifle and hock issues made him a free horse. he was a 17.2-hand chestnut. The saddest thing was that just a few months after getting him, he blew his stifle out so badly that he wouldn’t even put that leg onto the ground. We ended up having to put him down, which was very hard for us because he had already

become part of our family. i was fortunate that my trainer heard of a little mare that was for sale named Nellie. she knew who had trained this mare and said that she would be great for me, so my family went to look at her. i was immediately turned off because of her height. Well, my dad didn’t really care about that issue and soon convinced me to like her. This was her first year in 4-h, and she did not really like the idea of having me as a rider. she soon proved this by bucking me off twice in one day, but i have not fallen off her since. i rode her in the dressage class and took first; she had the look that showed she would take nothing less. she is a very stuck up mare to this day. The next year i decided that i would try to qualify to go to the Ohio state fair to compete in dressage. Nellie and i placed first in Training Level Test 1 and seventh in Training Level Test 2. This past year we went to the Ohio state fair again and placed third in Training Level Test 3 and second in first Level Test 1. Now 19, Nellie, in all, has been a oneof-a-kind horse. she does not like to be touched, but will follow you around just like a little puppy. We were lucky to be able to get a free horse, whose name is Lady, this past fall to be Nellie’s buddy. Lady had been a broodmare for a while. she is now 27-years-old, but will not let anyone know that she is an old mare. she and Nellie didn’t get along at first, but

Amanda and Nellie.

quickly became the best of friends. yes, they still fight and mess with each other, but i know they truly love each other so much more than everyone else can see. my senior year of high school has been tough. for one, not knowing what i am going to do with the rest of my life, and also not knowing if i am going to be able to keep riding while i am at college is difficult. it has been a major part of wondering what college i will attend, because i would love to take Nellie with me. she has been a part of my life for the past three years, and i would love it if she were a part of the next stage. i know she won’t be around forever, but i would like to have her be part of my life as much as possible.

Dressage contact listings Casa Lusitana (tsl), tyngsboro, ma, 978-649-5300,,

Team Hannigan (tsl), 6 myrick lane, Harvard, ma, 978-270-0919,,

Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods (bs), 1209 South St., coventry, ct 06238, 860-742-6486,

Pinehaven Farm (tsl), linda Parmenter, 91 lombard road, Hubbardston, ma, 978-928-5492,,

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French Light Dressage (tsl), dave donnelly, 206 thomas rd., old chatham, ny 12037, 518-392-0538,,

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Through The Dressage Foundation’s Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund By Jenny Johnson

The Dressage FounDaTion is proud to announce the 2013 recipients of the Carol Lavell gifted Memorial Fund scholarships for adult-amateurs. each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to enable them to set aside quality time in concentrated training with a horse they own, with a trainer of choice, away from the daily pressures of a job and family. The following riders were chosen as recipients from their respective united states Dressage Federation (usDF) regions to receive grants for training in the 2013 calendar year. usDF region 2—Mary Johnson of Michigan and 5th of Bay Tovin will train with sarah Michael. Mary is a member of gLass-eD (great Lakes area show series - educational Dressage).

usDF region 3—Kelly Vineyard of Florida and The roman Knows will train with erin Brinkman. Kelly is a member of arredondo Dressage society. usDF region 4—elizabeth sue hussey of Missouri and Wolfsfalle will train with Wick hotchkiss. elizabeth is a member of Columbia Dressage and Combined Training association. usDF region 5—Michelle Dorsey of Texas and Bertolucci will train with sarah Martin. Michelle is a member of Paso del norte Dressage society. usDF region 5—shannon Lemons of Colorado and her horses, shaman and Deven, will train with sarah Martin. shannon is a member of Pike’s Peak Dressage society, a chapter of rocky Mountain Dressage society. usDF region 6—Christine erikson of

Kari Bradshaw received a $1,000 grant from The Dressage Foundation to ride with Ann Guptill.

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$10,000 awarded to adult-amateur riders

Washington and nF Midnite sultana will train with Beth anderson-ness. Christine is a member of Lower Puget sound Dressage Club, a chapter of oregon Dressage society. usDF region 7—Zena Cooper of California and Feine nacht will train with Kathleen raine. Zena is a member of the san Juan Capistrano Chapter of California Dressage society. usDF region 7—Lesley grove of nevada and True Texas Colors will train with sarah Lockman. Lesley is a member of the sierra nevada Chapter of California Dressage society. usDF region 8—Kari Bradshaw of Connecticut and Briar Bay will train with ann guptill. Kari is a member of Connecticut Dressage association. usDF region 9—Lindsey hankins of oklahoma and her horses, onyx and aleczander, will train with sherry guess. Lindsey is a member of oklahoma Dressage society. For more information about The Dressage Foundation and the gifted Memorial Fund, visit dressagefoundation. org, or contact Jenny Johnson at 402-434-8585 or at jenny@dressage


holiday and horses show Kicks Off the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival By Betsy laBelle

Dressage riDers, such as Lisa Wilcox, Michelle gibson, Mikala gundersen, Dorothy Morkis, christopher hickey, Devon Kane, Marne MartinTucker, and caroline roffman, prepared their horses for the big shows coming up at the beautiful adequan global Dressage Festival at the holiday and horses show, a precursor to this winter’s adequan global Dressage Festival, on December 1-2, 2012. Known for its coral footing, sweeping palm trees, and international atmosphere, the adequan global Dressage Festival will host world-class competitions with $275,000 in prize money, impressive awards, and a five-star experience throughout the winter season. The season began at the end of January and features five cDi competitions, culminating with the international team competition, Nations cup, on april 11-14, 2103. The holiday and horses show featured horses that riders are moving up in levels

for the upcoming season, and ones needing a bit of confidence in the show ring. Mikala gundersen, on My Lady, delivered the top score in the Open grand Prix Test with a 72.553%, a great pre-season warmup for what will come. caroline roffman and sagacious hF Caroline Roffman put in an impressive ride on Sagacious HF in the Young Rider Grand Prix. competed in the Young rider grand Prix, scoring a 73.060% on saturday, scored 78.500% in the usDF Materiale and had a small hiccup in the two tempi class for Four- to Five-Year-Olds for changes to score 71.163% on sunday. stallion/geldings. “i was really happy with Michelle gibson scored a 69.079% in how my four-year-old handled the atmoThird Level Test 1 on nine-year-old chica sphere at the holiday and horses show. h. “i am really happy with her. This is the he is big and young, only turning four at first time i’ve actually taken her down the end of June, but has so much talent centerline, and it was perfect. she relaxed and handled the stress. a lot of that has to for the future.” The holiday and horses preseason do with the surroundings and what goes kick-off featured only a fraction of the on. The footing is so good, and the barns international dressage talent to come. are so close to the arenas. it is quiet. We 2013 will be packed with remarkable just wanted to get her out and see how moments, elegant dining, and top-notch she handled the stress.” dressage competition. Marne Martin-Tucker and Quarterflash

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WINTER CARNIVAL Looking for something fun to do this winter? Touchstone Farm will be hosting a Winter Carnival at their facility in Temple, NH, on February 9-10, which will include a skijoring and sleigh clinic. To learn more, visit


WINNING WAYS Boyd Exell of Australia recently won the fifth leg of the FEI World Cup Driving 2012/2013 held in Geneva, Switzerland. He remained far ahead of Tomas Eriksson and home driver Werner Ulrich, securing his third victory of the season. As we go to press, the fourtime FEI World Cup Driving Champion is in second place in the series’ standings, and is sure to have a spot in the FEI World Cup Driving Final, to take place this month in Bordeaux, France.

A WORLD OF ADVICE Curtis Pierce of Mathias, WV, will be a featured clinician at the 2013 Horse World Expo to be held February 21-24 in Harrisburg, PA. He will discuss harnessing a horse and advanced driving at the event. For more information on the Horse World Expo, turn to page 80.

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combined driving judge in Driving Society (ADS) has 1995, a pleasure driving judge evolved from competitor to in 1997, an “R” pleasure licensed official. Dana entered judge in 2004 and is now a the ADS Learner Program in LITTLE HORSE, LOTS OF technical delegate. 1994 and currently holds ADS POWER “R” licenses as a pleasure Watch out, world! Lisa Cenis driving judge and technical will be leasing out Stephanie NEWLY ELECTED delegate, combined driving Sanders-Ferris’ Miniature horse, The Mid-Hudson Driving judge, and dressage judge. She Wii, for the year, and plans on Association announced their also holds “R” combined driving newly elected officers for 2013. hitching him up to drive. We and carriage pleasure licenses can’t wait to see what these two They are: Marilyn Coates, and is an “r” carriage pleacan do together! president; Ann Pierce, vice sure technical delegate with the United States Equestrian Federation. Anne Councill also recently became an ADS licensed official. She made the change from rider to driver in the early 80s and has never looked back. She has competed successfully at the Advanced Level in combined driving and has trained and shown a succession of horses in combined driving, pleasure, and dressage, both ridden and driven. Anne became an ADS dressage and Stephanie Sanders-Ferris’ Mini, Wii, is being leased out to Lisa Cenis.

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Boyd Exell won the fifth leg of the FEI World Cup Driving held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mark your calendars for the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine’s Tune-Up Clinic with Robyn Cuffey on March 17 at Photo Finish Farm in Buxton. All breeds are welcome! For more information, visit


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Colonial Carriage & Driving society Wraps Up 2012 and Plans for 2013 submitted by Kay Konove

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MeMbers of Colonial Carriage & Driving society (CCDs) met at orleton farm on november 28 for an informative talk by Carol stoddard on “fitness and Conditioning for Human and equine athletes.” Carol is an accomplished competitive trail rider in addition to her day job as an occupational therapist. she outlined ways to improve your and your horse’s performance through a program of progressive conditioning with careful monitoring of nutrition, distance, stress, and recovery. The basics of the program for long distance riding are equally relative to driving. Carol gave the group homework to do with stretch bands and exercises to improve flexibility and core muscles. Carol will present part two of this topic at a club meeting in the spring. a special thank you goes to club members who participated in the november food drive by bringing donations of non-perishable items to the meeting. The food collected will go to a local food pantry. The CCDs board of Directors and officers gathered on December 9 for an overview of 2012 activities and discussion about the goals and direction of the club in 2013. The consensus was to foster growth in membership, broaden the base of volunteers, and to bring excitement and quality to the club’s varied activities. The Third annual Holiday open House immediately followed the board meeting and was held at the home of ron and Kay Konove in stockbridge, Ma. over 40 members and guests brought an amazing

assortment of appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. Conversation was lively, and the company delightful. Committees are now forming for the main events during 2013—the orleton farm Pleasure Driving show in June, the summer fun Day in July, and the lenox Tub Parade in september. Please call Maureen gamelli at 413-243-3407 to sign up. our volunteers work as a team and every hour you can spend is very much appreciated! We could also use help with hospitality and publicity throughout the year. What can you bring to the table? We love the diverse interests and skills of our members, so let us know what works for you! The annual Meeting & banquet, scheduled for saturday, february 9, will be at Crissey farm in great barrington, Ma. The evening includes the election of officers, a review of the previous year, and both a silent

and live auction to help fund the year’s activities. rikke borge will return as our entertaining auctioneer. a list of all club events and contact people can be found at colonialcarriage. org. annual dues are $25—be sure to renew or join now to enjoy the company of fellow drivers. if you don’t currently drive or even have a horse, you will still have a good time with Colonial Carriage and support the sport of carriage driving for pleasure. The berkshire Coaching Weekend calendars for 2013 are now available for purchase. Please go to to order yours today.

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Southern New England Carriage Driving Association Members Enjoy Winterfest Fundraiser Southern New England Carriage Driving Association (SNECDA) attended Winterfest at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, MA. Winterfest is a holiday fundraiser for the school, which along with its innovative academic programs,

also offers a therapeutic riding program. SNECDA members enjoyed a delightful drive around the school grounds, along the lake, and on the twisty mown trails through one of the school’s open fields. As a part of the school’s fundraising efforts, they solicited donations

of decorated Christmas trees from area organizations. Several SNECDA members got together to donate a pre-lit tree covered with horsey decorations, which was then raffled off by the school. Apparently, bidding for the horse tree was fast and furious. Many thanks to club members Mike and Mug Tomany, Dave and Carol Bomster, and Cat and Ana Luce. Cynthia Sauer, Olivia Godfrey, Sue Morton, Kim Denn, and Mary Gray came down from New Hampshire to join in the festivities.

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Saratoga Driving Association To Host Mid Winter Driving Conference Submitted by Carol Frank

Each February, when it seems like winter will never end, the Saratoga Driving Association (SDA) gathers together at the Get Ready For Spring Mid Winter Driving Conference to start dreaming about spring and what we plan to do in the summer. Some might say that this group gathering breaks the back of winter, causes our horses to shed, and brings back the mud and obstacles we so love. On behalf of the board and officers of the Saratoga Driving Association, we welcome club members or other drivers interested in an exciting day of learning how to improve skills and meet other members of the driving community. We have a friendly atmosphere in a warm, quiet setting, where you can comfortably listen to the speakers, meet new people, and see old friends. The purpose of this conference is to promote driving, build a driving community, educate horse enthusiasts, and ensure that we will be able to offer a variety of opportunities for driving. Bringing top-level trainers to the area and holding American Driving Society (ADS) approved events requires planning and funding. Through the participation of our membership, we have been able to continuously improve our events and the caliber and frequency of trainers coming to the area. Seminars will include: “Crash Course”—managing equipment failures, bolts, spills, upsets, rollovers and wrecks. 110 equine


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The panel of experts for this seminar will be Jeff Morse, Dana Bright, Holly Pulsifer, Susan Koso, and Al Craig. Maybe you’ve never hitched a horse, or maybe you are a star and have seen or heard of an accident and wonder what you would do if it were you. Have you ever wondered what the best way is for managing that crash? The pleasure driving community has looked at it extensively and those in combined driving have some protocols to discuss. “Dentistry for the Performance Horse, Continued...” by Kraig Kulikowski, DVM and equine dentist. You put a bit in the horse’s mouth and feel pretty sure you know how it works and how to be most effective in using it, but the position of the horse’s head and neck in work are nothing like when you put the bridle on. So what is happening? Kraig did a great job last year in explaining about the mouth, but we didn’t get through all the information. Kraig is going to continue to explore this topic with us. “Draft Horses Now and Then,” by Al Craig. Since driving covers all types of horses in harness, from very small equines to draft horses, we asked Al to share his lifetime experience driving draft horses. He started as a child lumbering with his dad in Maine and is currently the president of the Yankee Draft Horse Association. After 20 years as general manager of the Topsfield Fair, America’s oldest continuously

operating fair, founded in 1818, he has extensive experience with draft horses in the ring. “Planning for Success,” with American Driving Society judge, Dana Bright. Consider a new way of thinking about your goals, managing stress, and preparing for the unexpected. Dana Bright is a well-known judge that we see throughout the season. We have invited her to return because of her practical, sensible, and inspiring advice. Limiting her feedback to a line on a dressage test isn’t enough. We enjoyed her presentation before and are eager to have her deliver her thoughts and ideas on how to steady one’s nerves before an event so they don’t interfere with good preparation. “From Craft to Industry: The Evolution of Whipmaking in the U.S., with Carol Martin, president of Westfield Whip Manufacturing Company, Inc., of Westfield, MA. Of the more than 40 whip companies that existed throughout the 19th century, Westfield Whip is the only one that remains in continuous production today. Even if you don’t drive and are just curious about another horse discipline—come and check us out. Breakfast, a hot lunch, and snacks are included. There will be no cancellations due to weather. The setting is warm and comfortable, the lot is plowed, the generator is on if the lights go out, and we have food. Join us from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a start promptly at 9:00 a.m., at the Verdoy Fire House on 988 TroySchenectady Road in Latham, NY. For more information and the registration form, visit


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Black Swamp Driving Club Discusses Upcoming Events Submitted by Roger Higgins Jr.

Happy Valentines Day! I hope everyone is having fun this winter season! It’s February already and there are things to do. Here is a list of upcoming events for the Black Swamp Driving Club (BSDC): February 10 is a BSDC meeting at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington, OH, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. On February 17 we will have an information booth at the Findlay Swap Meeting at the Findlay College Equine Center. March 10 is a BSDC meeting at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington, OH, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The April meeting is pending the decision of a safety clinic and will be announced. The May 18 event will be held in McCutchinsville, OH. It is hosted by the Emmons family. I will add details when I get the information. This will be a truly

unique event. Please watch the BCDC newsletter for updates. Sometimes an event may change or be canceled and I will not have enough time to make the correction in the article, so check the newsletter, and you might even get a phone call if things change at the last minute. The BSDC is having regular business meetings each month at the Good Hope Luthuran Church in Arlington, OH. Meetings are held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. with a potluck at the end of the meetings. Please come and join us! Now is a great time to start getting things ready for the 2013 driving season. Everyone knows that harnesses need polishing—that seems to be an ongoing task. Turnouts can be looked at for any repairs that might be needed, and your vehicles and trailers can be looked at as well. The BSDC has printed information that can help you get things organized. We have booklets on

driving safety and brochures from Mike Minges that he had at his demonstration at the Safety Clinic regarding horse trailers and vehicle safety. We have to remember even the smallest details, such as fire extinguishers and safety kits. We even have a checklist of items so it’s easier to remember what you need to do. It’s very important to keep safety first in order to have a successful driving year. I will follow up next month and report the new list of officers and contact numbers. It’s also time for us to think about hosting drives for 2013. Some drives have been submitted, but it’s never too late to schedule one. Even if you are in the planning process, please submit the date that you are thinking about to reserve that time in our schedule of events. If you can’t make it to the meetings, please send the information to me and I can relay it to the board of directors. My contact information is higgy122@ or 740-251-7193. If anyone has any news or pictures they would like to share, please use my contact information. This is all that I have for this month. As always, we extend on open invitation to everyone to come and check out the BSDC. Until next month, enjoy!

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Western Reserve Carriage Association Celebrates the Holidays Submitted by Mary Thomas

Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA) members and guests gathered on December 2 at the beautifully decorated Oaks Restaurant in Chippewa Lake, OH, for the annual Holiday Dinner. Under the direction of Nancy Roemer and Deb Svoboda, the fun began with a noon social hour. President Henry Rish took center stage to thank Nancy and Deb for organizing another wonderful event and announced details for the 2013 Organizational Meeting, which was held January 20 at Fieldstone Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, OH. A short report was given about the success of the Bowman Carriage Show Harness Raffle. Funds raised will be used for several upcoming club events. After enjoying an all you can eat buffet

that featured shrimp and crab-stuffed salmon, red onion and cabernet filet tips, tossed salad, buttermilk mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots, rolls, dessert, tea and coffee, attention turned to the prize table. Whenever WRCA members buy items from Big D’s in Streetsboro, OH, five percent of the purchase price is returned to WRCA. Money earned from 2012 purchases paid for the prizes for the Holiday Reverse Raffle. Suspense built as the prizes were awarded, leading up to the $100 gift certificate from Big D’s. Winners included the Gilberts, Wanda and Fritz Backscheider, Nancy Roemer, Deb Svoboda, Henry Rish, Caleigh and Kristen Sullivan, Don Schmidt, Carol Milhoun, Michele and Tim Steven, Barb King, and Dan Speese. But the final ticket drawn

belonged to Dexter Milhoun, earning him the $100 gift certificate. Congratulations go out to WRCA members Debbi Schuster of Chardon, OH, and Donna Crookston of Saltsburg, PA, for being named to the USEF Long List of competitors considered for the upcoming World Driving Championships. Plans are well underway for the May 12 Sporting Day of Traditional Driving. Jon and Nancy Roemer have chosen historic Zoar Village, near Dover, OH, as the perfect setting for this event. The village offers areas for the presentation of turnouts, a cones course, and a fourmile cross-country drive. A static display of antique carriages will be held in the large village garden for the enjoyment of village visitors. Stacey Giere at Maple Crest Farm in Brecksville, OH, has scheduled an attire clinic for drivers on February 16 and a driving clinic with Sterling Graburn on March 9 and 10. The March Ohio Advanced Driving Trial is scheduled for March 16, which will continue to keep WRCA members busy driving this winter. February 2013

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Western news BREAKING RECORDS The sky is the limit for the record-breaking Topsail Whiz, as he becomes the first, and only, National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Nine Million Dollar Sire. His offspring at the 2012 NRHA Futurity made this feat possible by earning over $72,500 to push his Offspring Earnings to new heights. Topsail Whiz’s official NRHA Offspring Earnings at the time of press were $9,030,000. Topsail Whiz (Topsail Cody x Jeanie Whiz Bar by Cee Red) is an NRHA Hall of Famer who earned $49,865 in the NRHA show ring. In 2009, the reining community mourned the loss of this great stallion when he was humanely euthanized at owner Bob Loomis’ ranch in Marietta, OK.

YOUNG LEADERSHIP Tim McQuay and Gunners Tinseltown earned a reserve championship at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity.

Thanks to Gunners Tinseltown’s reserve championship at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, Tim McQuay, of McQuay Stables, is the newest NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider, and the horse’s owner, David Silva Sr., is the newest NRHA Million Dollar Owner.

ENTER AT A The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) introduced revised 2013 Western Dressage Rules for all breeds and 16 new WDAAauthored western dressage tests via its website, The rules were revised incorporating the WDAA mission, the training fundamentals of dressage, the rich western history, and the thoughts and feedback of members, the 114 EQUINE


advisory board, and representatives from major equine organizations. Both the rules and the tests are designed to be utilized throughout the equine industry at competitions from schooling shows to world championships.

president of the National Cutting Horse Association, while Bill Riddle accepted an at-large position on the executive committee. We wish these talented men the best in their new positions.

JOINING FORCES MILESTONE MARKERS In early 2012, Smart Chic Olena sadly passed away, but his legacy lives on through his progeny, as they helped him earn a new milestone— the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) third Six Million Dollar Sire. Whether in reining, cutting, or cow horse, Smart Chic Olena has been a known name in the show pen, with proven success passed on to his offspring.

THE CHOSEN ONES Bruce Richerson recently accepted the position of vice

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Kentucky Performance Products (KPP) is excited to announce their support of the Kentucky Junior Rodeo Association (KJRA). When approached by KJRA eightyear-old member, Caden Talip, KPP jumped at the chance to help. KJRA contestants are in kindergarten through eighth grade and compete in events ranging from goat tying to barrel racing. Caden competes in goat tying, dummy roping, and chute dogging. He will be keeping KPP up to date throughout the season and blogging at

Congratulations to Emma Holbrook on being elected as the new president of the National Reining Horse Youth Association.



Congratulations to the newly elected National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA)

western officers: President emma holbrook, Vice President Jaclynn Brooks, Secretary Shaelyn Vering, treasurer claire Dittrich, and historian amy Stoney.

What a Sport! the united States equestrian Federation (uSeF) announced George “Joey” Gadd as the winner of the 2012 uSeF Youth Sportsman’s award. an avid vaulter from Saratoga, ca, he was nominated by the american Vaulting association (aVa). in addition to vaulting, Gadd is a 4-h member and competes in high school rodeos in cutting with his eight-year-old aqha gelding, tapatime. the pair competed at state finals twice, and Gadd has won the rookie of the Year award. he is a member of the california State horsemen’s association (cSha) and has competed in their royalty Program. having won at both the regional and state levels, he has represented the cSha at many community events and parades.

Sold! ryan and andre’ Dohrn surprised the barrel racing community when they announced the sale of aqha barrel racing sire, Zippy Zevi Dasher, to c.W. and Kathy thompson, owners of thompson horse and Goat

company located in red Springs, nc.

In agreement the lawsuit that was filed by alan Steen against the national cutting horse association (ncha) has been settled and amicably resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. as a result, the lawsuit has been dismissed.

CondolenCeS We were sad to hear that Prca saddle bronc rider travis Darling passed away in late 2012, when the pickup truck he was driving ran off Fm 487 near rockdale, tX, skidded sideways, and overturned. he was 23. Darling, who won his hometown Steamboat Springs Prorodeo Series in 2009, had recently moved from morrison, oK, to texas, to take a job training cutting horses. he bought his Prca card in 2010 and finished ninth in the rookie saddle bronc riding standings that year, winning the Will rogers Stampede in claremore, oK, and the cold lake (alberta) Stampede. condolences go out to Darling’s family and friends.

Dellin of Purcell, oK, has accepted the position of director of judges with the american Paint horse association. Dellin, an aqha judge, is also a frequent educator at aPha and aqha judges’ seminars. among his many accomplishments in the show ring, he has trained multiple world championship horses. additionally, Dellin is a national officer for the national Snaffle Bit association and serves as its second vice president. topsails rien maker, the-all time leading money earner of reined cow horses, has recently been released as a Breyer horse. this amazing stallion and his co-owner/ trainer russell dilday are the only horse and rider in stock horse history to have won the nrCha World’s greatest horseman title three times!

dIreCtor dellIn Judge and champion horse trainer, David

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2012 nChA World Championship Futurity Winning is All in the Family competing for a purse of $249,913 in the Amateur Finals. Perhaps it was the attraction of the purse and the prizes that drew 19-year-old Destini Benson from hillsborough, nJ, to the texas Futurity for the first time with Jimmy Cracked Corn. owned by her father, Brad Benson, a former nFL Pro Bowler and offensive lineman for the new york Giants, the gelding looked like he had drawn on some of the family’s competitive spirit. it was truly a sweet win in the Limited non Pro when Jessica Gonsalves of millsap, tX, took Poundcake Deluxe to the win with a score of 221 over a field of 31 in the final round and a total of 196 competing for a purse of $246,941. tate Bennett was having a great week, with not just one, but two of the horses he owns and trains. rios Jewel and nothing to Lose were taking the high plains cowboy on the ride of his life, as both scored a 221 in the first round of open competition to take the lead over 630 other contenders.

Annual end-of-the-year Awards Banquet Held for Northeast Six Shooters and New Hampshire Cowboy Mounted Shooters By DinA BArrAttA

the northeAst siX shooters AnD the new hampshire Cowboy mounted shooters hosted their Annual end-ofthe-year Awards Banquet on December 1 at the beautiful old mill restaurant in Westminster, mA. Joe Lauzon was the high Point northeast regional Cowboy, as well as the high Point massachusetts Cowboy. shad smith was recognized as the new hampshire high Point Cowboy. Amy Lunt was the high Point regional Cowgirl, as well as the new hampshire high Point Cowgirl. mya Polkey was the top wrangler for both clubs. she has been competing for the last three years as a wrangler and now competes as a Ladies’ 1! Both clubs recognized top competitors for the 2012 season, as well as those 116 equine


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members who do not compete but who are an intricate part of the club through their hard work and support. ed Polkey, suzie ripanti, Paul tassi, Wes Goss, Jodi Goss, and teri young were all recognized with embroidered jackets with their respective club names to thank them for all of their hard work all season long! nick Armato was recognized as the most improved rider of the 2012 season. shad smith and Lacey were recognized as the best horse-and-rider team, and the young riders and their parents were honored for being the foundation and future of this sport, including: mcKayla Fowler, Coltin omasta, Laurel omasta, nick Armato, and mya Polkey. there were many other awards given to members of both clubs to recognize

CR Tuff Hearted Cat and Ronnie Rice.

Jimmy Cracked Corn and Destini Benson scored a 217 to win nearly $9,000.

accomplishments this year; there are just too many to name! it was a great night with friends. one of the best moments came at the end of the night when shad smith proposed to Kristine Keith in front of the entire party! it was a beautiful moment, and everyone in attendance was honored to share it. Both clubs look forward to a great 2013 season. A special thank you goes to Debbie o’Donnell for organizing the entire banquet! Contact either club on its respective website to get started in this amazing sport at and

High Point Northeast Regional Cowboy and High Point Massachusetts Cowboy Joe Lauzon with Dina Baratta.

Photos: (toP) Courtesy of NCHA; (Bottom) JeANNe Lewis imAges

For the First time in history, the national Cutting horse Association (nChA) World Championship Futurity saw two family members share the coveted open Championship title with texas-based professionals tarin rice riding he Bea Cat, and his great-uncle, ronnie rice, riding Cr tuff hearted Cat, each scoring a 222.5 for the win. even better was the fact that, with the tie, awards were duplicated for each of the rider’s connections, including the $201,971 first-place paycheck, bringing the total purse for the open Championship to $2.218 million and an overall payout for the Futurity to an astounding $4 million. Family values were also evident in the non Pro with the win of Donas suen Boon, a homebred owned by Paula and Kobie Wood of stephenville, tX, scoring a 220 for the top-placing check of $44,978 in the total of field of 318 entries. Amateurs were well represented at the Futurity with more than 230

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ohio arabian & all-Breed trail society Celebrates Member Successes Submitted by mickie newnam

First oFF, my apologies to molly eastwood and sierra, who got left off of the recreational riding list. so congratulations, molly and sierra, for hitting the first three levels all at once. they got their 50, 100, and 250 all this year. apparently they were very busy! i also managed to somehow leave off steve stoffer and High Dollar, who reached their 250 mark this year. Not sure how that happened, but my apologies to them too, and thanks to missy for bringing that to my attention. Hopefully this will reach you in time for the banquet. if you aren’t able to join us this year, i highly recommend it for next year. Whether you’re getting an award or not, it’s fun to watch, and the silent auction is always a good chance to pick up something you need or want for a good price. While we’re primarily a distance/trail riding club, we also do other things. i

drove akela in the lebanon carriage parades, and his glittery hooves and lit-up legs were a big hit. Donna stewart drove shaqra there as well. Carolyn loedeman hopes to join us next year. and, Karen mcCabe not only reached goals with both of her horses in the recreational riding program (including being the first team to reach 1,500 hours with “Boy”), but she also shows her mare Victory Dance. they went to the region 14 Championships and competed in the sport horse classes, earning a top 5 under saddle, a championship in-hand, and a reserve championship in-hand. so, a big congratulations to Karen. speaking of driving, remember that driving hours also count in the recreational riding program as long as you are driving for pleasure and not competition, just as with riding. there’s not a lot else going on this early in the year. your ride list should be

Donna Stewart and Abi-Khans Shaqra.

Karen McCabe and Victory Dance, aka, Tory.

up on the website soon so you can plan your strategy. We’ll have a booth again at equine affaire ohio, and i’m always glad for help. it’s a great way to meet new people and tell them about the activities we enjoy. Hope to see you on trail.

tanheath Hunt Club

Hosts Turkey Trot, Year-End Celebration

PhotoS: (toP) bill cameron, (middle) mickie newman

leslie CasHel, CatHy leiNert, and Nathalie o’Callaghan were out early on the morning of November 18, 2012, marking the course and hiding turkeys in the bushes for the tanheath Hunt Club turkey trot. thirty-seven riders took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and rode at the Quinebaug Hatchery in plainfield, Ct. all of the turkeys were claimed, and the afternoon ended with leslie, Cathy, and Nathalie hiking around the course again to take down the markers. leslie then hosted the masters Dinner at her home in greenville, ri, on December 1. Her house, decorated with

hunting and fox art and articles, was the perfect location for the club’s end of the year celebration. members enjoyed a delicious potluck meal and the company of friends as they toasted the 2012 season. annual awards were presented after the meal. the following special awards were given out at the event: leslie Cashel won the tanheath Hunt Bowl, which was donated by Don Folkes to the senior member of the field who hunted the most. the Jack seaverns award, donated by susan Boone for the Blessing tea, was presented to Xanadu Caban and Dave olivera. Kimberly

Jeanne MacLean and Rocket at the Turkey Trot.

manning donated the phil Jacobs Bowl, which is given to the persons making the greatest contribution to the Hunt. the 2012 winner was melanie Chace. and, rocket, owned by Jeanne maclean, received the tanheath Hunt plate, donated by susan Boone for the Best Field Hunter. February 2013

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West Greenwich Horseman’s Association Recounts the Past Year Submitted by Tammy Lamphere

It has been awhile since I submitted an article to Equine Journal for West Greenwich Horseman’s Association (WGHA)! There were many unexpected changes in my life and I just couldn’t get to the WGHA events to take pictures or collect information for the articles. Things are quieter now, but if any member would like to take over, please email me at Let’s get back to the story of what has been going on these last few months with WGHA! Go Fish Ride #2 was held on September 2, 2012 at the Carolina Trout Pond. There were 27 riders, including four juniors. The weather could not have been better. It was just the right temperature and there were no bugs. Thanks to Becky Hamilton for helping at the sign-in table and for taking beautiful pictures. Chef Ida made some finger lickin’ good chicken and fish. Thanks for the feast! And 15 riders each found a fish strung up by their tails for a fun surprise. The WGHA Fall Fest was held on September 15, and we had a fantastic time. There was so much yummy food I can’t even begin to tell you. The decorations made the room so festive. Thanks to Vicki Richardson for reserving the hall for us and to Charlie Martineau for helping check everyone in. To all who helped set up and helped clean up at the end of the night, thank you. Also, a special thank you to Ida Sweet for getting all the decorations and door prizes. And thanks to her helpers Aaron Proctor, Shane Blanding, and Luann and Mike Graf. Also thank you Becky Hamilton for taking some great pictures! We had so many yummy entries in the food contest. The winners were: Best Main Dish, Marilyn Graf; Best Dessert, Mellissa Winsor; Best Vegetarian Dish, Joye Dolan; and Best Side Dish, Tammy Mello. Please check out our website for these winning recipes. The lucky people who won a free ticket to the Equine Affaire in November were: John Reilly, Bonnie and Mathew 118 equine


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Watrous, Carol Beekman, Shane Blanding, Chris Horne, Chuck More, Rebekah Hamilton, Becky Griffin, Debra Northup, Erin Gwaltney, Kristen Jones, Tammy Mello, Cheryl Crocker, Susan Sikes, Sandy Pacheco, John Winsor, Denise Dembinski, Ida Sweet, and Marcia Stewart. Congratulations to all! We had so many baskets to raffle off it was unreal. Just to name a few (our members were very creative), some of the names included were: “Rainey Sunday,” “Money Tree,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “After The Ride,” “Beer with Me,” “Around the Barn,” “Farmers Market,” ”Dog Basket,” “Cat Basket,” “Breakfast Basket,” and many, many more. Thank you to all who created a basket! We will be adding another division for next year’s hunter pace series. It will be the Trail Blazer division. This division will be for the older horse or the pleasure rider. September 16 was the date for the RISPCA ride at Goddard Park. Sixty-six riders saddled up to ride the bridle trails there. The weather was perfect. We had 25 riders win prizes by finding a picture of an animal waiting to be adopted at the RISPCA. Whether you just stopped by, donated a raffle item, bought something from our “make an offer table,” or saddled up to support the RISPCA, the day was a huge success, bringing in $1,984 for the animals at the shelter. Special thanks go to Denise Anthony, Julie Nadro, and the Levasseur family for all their help. If you would like to get involved with the WGHA, we have a few volunteer opportunities available. The position for Yahoo! Email group moderator is open. Yahoo! Email group is a great way to communicate with other WGHA members. This person would need to log on through the Yahoo! website, look through the member list and delete non-members or ones with invalid email addresses. The moderator can also delete unwanted posts. This person will also approve new members. Please contact Lory Walsh at with questions. The position of WGHA Trail Mileage Manager is available for the 2013 ride year. This is a good opportunity for someone who wants to be a club volunteer but prefers to do the work at home. The volunteer should have some understanding of spreadsheets. The Trail Mileage Manager is responsible for receiving the horse and rider nominations and recording and maintaining the mileage from the ride sheets for each rider. The manager also coordinates and orders the ribbons and awards for the program milestones. Contact Mariann Gardener at 401-397-7878 or email if you are interested or have questions. Although this riding season was jampacked with all kinds of horse events, 2013 will be just as exciting. If you are interested in being a ride manager, or if you have a fun ride, show, versatility event, or scavenger hunt you would like to see WGHA add to next year’s calendar, contact LuAnn Grafe at 401-397-2292. WGHA held its first Soup Ride of the season on November 24. Eva Platt and Tammy Lamphere hosted the ride at Pachaug State Forest in Patchaug, CT. A big thank you goes out to Celeste and Linda for all their help and for marking the trail! We had about 14 riders come out for great soup and grilled cheese made by Master Chef, Eva. The soup rides are usually done on a last minute whim depending on Eva’s schedule and the weather, so you will get an email from Marcia, but it may only be a day or two of notice. I think it makes it more fun! The Big Christmas Party was held at Lu and Mike Graf’s house. It was great! The house was packed with holiday cheer. After our monthly meeting, we had our Dirty Santa gift swap and Paula Moore was given the gift of the ugly necklace! Hunter Pace Results Hunter Division 1) Becky Griffin; 2) Jim Hallem and Ray Austin; 3) Faith Brouillard and Loree Osowski; 4) Ron Walker. Hilltopper Division 1) Carolyn Beekman; 2) Paula More; 3) Darlene Evans; 4) Denise Anthony and Marcia Stewart. Junior Division 1) Morgan Griffin; 2) Sarah Watrous; 3) Makenzie Coffey and Alexandra Coffey.

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Bay State Trail Riders Association Makes Improvements

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Signs Installed at Sweetwilliam Farm

SNETT Update With NPS Grant

The board voted to have a couple of signs made up to help trail users stay on the trail through a hay field at Sweetwilliam Farm in Upton, MA. The signs came in, and on November 24, 2012 Becky Kalagher headed over to Upton with two pressure treated posts, two signs, lag bolts, a drill, shovel, tape and a post hole digger with the goal of getting the holes dug, posts in, and signs attached. The first hole was a bear. Becky ended up calling Bill Knott to bring over a very big pry bar. There were a bunch of rocks where she was digging. The pry bar helped quite a bit. Becky was thankful that the second hole wasn’t like the first, and she got that one dug in 20 minutes, with just one rock on top. Over three hours later, Becky had both posts and signs installed! All riders, please obey the signs and stay next to the stonewall and don’t let your horses graze on the grass. This field is a working hay field. Please respect the owner’s livelihood and property.

The National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program has awarded a consultation assistance grant to the towns of Bellingham, Franklin, and Blackstone and their trail partners, the Bay State Trail Riders Association (BSTRA) and the Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC). Massachusetts RTCA State Director Charles Tracy will be helping the recipients develop strategies for developing and improving the trail and for increasing public support for the SNETT. The ultimate goal of this project is to improve the entire 22-mile Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) as a multi-use outdoor recreational facility. With Mr. Tracy’s help, the grant recipients hope to achieve this goal by forming a multi-town partnership to arrive at a consensus about the future of the trail, and to create a trailwide master plan. The SNETT is one of the longest trails

in southern Massachusetts. The trail begins in Franklin State Forest on the east and extends to Douglas State Forest on the west and passes through the towns of Douglas, Uxbridge, Millville, Blackstone, Bellingham, and Franklin. The Town of Bellingham would like to extend congratulations to all involved for their efforts and would like to express sincere appreciation to them for their commitment to the improvement of the SNETT. As a reminder, the membership year runs January through December. Please help us defray costs by renewing as soon as possible. Choosing the option of receiving the newsletter online also saves the cost of paper, printing, and postage. Thank you for your support. Please mark your calendars for our Annual General Meeting and Awards Banquet to be held February 2, 2013 at the Coachman’s Lodge in Bellingham, MA. Stay tuned for upcoming events.



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Morgan news The Connecticut Morgan Horse Association’s annual banquet will be held on February 23, 2013, at the Nutmeg Restaurant in East Windsor, CT. And don’t forget to save the date for the Connecticut Morgan Horse Show! This year’s show will be held June 6-9 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Dwayne Knowles and Lynn Peeples will be judging in the main ring, and Billie Hill will judge the carriage division.


Angela Savoie sold her four-year-old gelding, DRF Charlemagne, to Janie Denning and Paula Messier.

Erin VanSteenburg of Furnace Brook Farm in Marshfield, MA, recently purchased Hylee’s Jane’s Addiction (HVK Noble Obsession x Gaiden). The nineyear-old mare was owned by Bridget and Richard Spofford of Trevett, ME, and was stabled at Chrislar Farm.



Equine Journal’s own Angela Savoie recently sold DRF Charlemagne (Stonecroft Byzantine x DRF French Reflection) to Janie Denning and Paula Messier. The four-year-old gelding will be under the direction of Cortney Schafer Training Center in 2013. We wish them the best of luck!

RECOVERING Well wishes for a speedy recovery go out to Chris Cassenti of Chrislar Farm and Scott Travers of Driftaway Meadows. Chris was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital after suffering a fractured pelvis in a riding-related accident. Scott was kicked in the knee and is in a full leg cast.



Winter Tournament season will be held February 17 at Cater Stables in Dunbarton, NH. The final show of the winter tournament season will be held March 10 at Verrill Stables in Danville, NH. The UPHA-14 Winter Tournament Finals will be held during the UPHA-14 Spring Premiere Horse Show. For more information on these tournaments, contact Sarah Lettre at 207-626-5680 or

COMING UP Later this month, Morgan enthusiasts will be traveling to Portland, OR, for the AMHA Annual Convention. It will take place February 20-23 at the famed Benson Hotel. For upto-date information on the Convention, including speakers, be sure to visit

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For the first time in a generation, and in greater detail than ever before, a new book on saddle seat riding and training is available. Saddle Seat Horsemanship, written by world champion trainer Smith Lilly, takes a comprehensive and in-depth approach to describing all aspects of the show horse, including riding, training, showing, care and shoeing. Beautifully illustrated by noted equine artist, James Walls, and peppered with terrific action photos, Saddle Seat Horsemanship offers much to riders of all skill levels.

LET THE BIDDING BEGIN Speaking of Smith Lilly, he will be attending the New York Morgan Stallion Service Auction (NYSSA) on February 9, 2013 in Verona, NY. In honor of the

25th NYSSA, he will join Morgan enthusiasts at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino for a book signing and chat, prior to the live auction. In addition to the great line-up of stallions, whose services have been donated to the live auction, you now have another reason to be at the Turning Stone in February. A few of the stallions included in this auction will be Futurity French Command, Astronomicallee, and Cedar Creek Flambeau. For more information on the stallions’ services donated to this auction, go to If you are interested in bidding online, go to NewYorkMorganStallions.

CONDOLENCES Wales Denton Wenburg, 97, of Laramie, WY, passed away November 30, 2012. Wales always had a love for good horses. He worked the farm in Nebraska with horses, and when he moved to Wyoming, he continued the tradition. Wales raised working Morgan horses, Belgian draft horses, ponies, and mules on the ranch. The Morgan pedigree lines that Wales propagated are wellknown among western working Morgan horse breeders. For years, he would donate a Morgan filly to a deserving Albany County 4-H member. He was also a member of the American Morgan Horse Association.

SHINING STARS In an effort to help local shows across the country, AMHA has enhanced its Star Rating Program for 2013. Horse shows that apply for, and are accepted as, AMHA Three Star Shows will qualify the first and second place horses in all-Morgan classes for the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show®.




AmhA Announces Awardees To be Presented at the Annual Convention The AmericAn morgAn horse Association (AmhA) Awards committee is pleased to announce the following individuals who will be recognized at its annual convention, which will take place February 21-23 in Portland, or. man and Woman of the Year awards honor those individuals for their continued support of the breed. This year’s honorees are mike goebig and Kathy newcomb. John green will be presented with the cecil Brown memorial sportsmanship Award, which is given to a morgan exhibitor who has displayed outstanding sportsmanship. inducted into AmhA’s hall of Fame are rollie Bowers, ellie mason, and Fred nava. The Breeders’

hall of Fame honors those who have produced morgans that have had a significant impact on the breed. This year’s honorees are greentree ranch, roy-el Farm, and ridgewood Farm. The golden reins Award is given to a morgan professional who has had a 30-year career in training or instruction, including: Jim and Karen Avichouser, Vernee Barnett, Ann Woulfe miller, and BJ schafer. harry sebring was selected by his peers as the recipient of the Professional Award. mary shappee and gert shuckhart will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the morgan youth program as the Youth Persons of the Year.

Two morgan horses will receive special recognition for their work with people with disabilities. This year’s honorees are ragtime Amazing grace and charlestown Fairdawn. inducted into the show horse hall of Fame this year are crown corinthian, gladgays Promenette, greentree courtney, and Twin Pond Disco Kid. Kim germ-cramer was selected as the recipient of the morgan international Award for her years of morgan involvement in Austria. Trafalgar’s Daryl hopson and greg Ferguson are honored as the AmhA Promoters of the Year for their many years of going above and beyond in breed promotion. AmhA hopes you will be able to join these worthy awardees when their longtime support and dedication are recognized before the morgan community. reservations can be booked now, with special early Bird discounts if booked before February 13, 2013. Visit convention for details.

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Arabian news ENGAGED!


Congratulations to Justine Sabrina of Schaumburg, IL, on her recent engagement to Eric Rovin! Only two days after Eric had openheart surgery to repair a bicuspid aortic valve, he got down on one knee to pop the question. There’s a man who knows what he wants!

Congratulations to Amy Spiker of Knoxville, TN, who married Rich Simpkins on December 12, 2012. Best wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness.

CONGRATULATIONS TO WENDY POTTS of the Brass Ring in Mansfield, TX, on winning the Vaughan Smith Trophy from the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). The trophy is presented to the best rider of any horse or pony breed shown in hunter pleasure, show hack, hunter hack, dressage hack, costume, sidesaddle, or western dressage.

STORK ALERT! Congratulations are in order for Anna Conway Zaffke and Steven Zaffke who recently announced that they are looking forward to the birth of their second child in July! Anna, the farm manager at Conway Arabians, had a very successful show season in 2012 astride the Conway-bred gelding, Glory Got Game.

for efforts in four different categories: Breed Promotion and Community Involvement, Club Projects, Communication, and Membership Recruitment and Retention. The Diablo Arabian Horse Association from Region 3 won the 2012 Breed Promotion and Community Involvement category and then went on to win Club of the Year for the third consecutive year.

SOLD! Congratulations to Anne Herrick of Topsham, ME, on the purchase of DA Bowflex from Kevin Dwyer of Dwyer Equine in Foster, RI.

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PARTNER IN CRIME Lora Collman sends her congratulations to Isabel Rodriguez on the purchase of the purebred gelding, Fury Afire from Abaris Arabians in Concord, NH. Look for this duo in dressage, sport horse under saddle, and hunter pleasure JTR this upcoming show season.

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Our condolences go out to Centerline Sport Horses of Ocala, FL, on the loss of CL Master Khopi on December 3, 2012. This incredible three-yearold already had an impressive record, being named a 2011 National Champion. “Master” was the first born of Centerline’s stud, Khahpur Khopi.

SPEAKING ENGLISH Lindsay Knight of Trowbridges, Ltd., in Bridgewater, CT, sends her congratulations to Megan Weiler on her recent purchase of the Half-Arabian gelding, The English Major. Thanks go out to agent, Nicole Hall.

The Earl E. Hurlbutt award, given in honor of E.E. Hurlbutt, a founding member and first president of the Arabian Horse Association, is given to an individual for outstanding contributions made to the Arabian breed, AHA, and the members. Two recipients were honored for 2012, executive vice president, Glenn Petty and treasurer, Dave Corning.

JOINING THE LEGIONS Stone Hollow Sport Horses is proud to announce that two of their horses have earned achievement awards from the Arabian Horse Association for their accomplishments during the past show season! FR Hercules+++// received his Legion of Excellence! “Henry” is owned by Beth Thomas from Johnstown, PA. GA E-Khwaytor

SAVE THE DATE The Arabian Horse Association (AHA), in cooperation with the Arabian Horse Distance Riding Association (AHDRA), will be hosting the 2013 AHA Distance Nationals at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area near Chandlerville, IL, October 23-28, 2013.

FR Hercules+++// has earned his Legion of Excellence after a successful 2012 show season.





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Rhode Island arabian horse association To hold Annual Banquet SuBmiTTeD BY Pauline m. comire

The Rhode Island aRabIan hoRse association (RIaha) annual awards banquet will be held at the Village haven Restaurant in Forestdale, RI, on sunday, March 10, 2013. Cocktails and a social hour will be held at noon, and a family-style chicken dinner will be served promptly at 1:00 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow, along with numerous high-Point Year-end awards. The committee is always open to new superlative awards by any sponsor who wishes to honor someone, a horse, or a horse-and-rider team who merits recognition. such sponsors must contact the committee chair, lucille Guilbault, at 401-568-8238, to discuss their intentions before the banquet. The closing date for

a scene from last year’s banquet.

received his legion of Honor and legion of merit. He is owned and ridden by Karen morris from Bedford, Pa. Both horses earned the points in the working hunter, hunter hack, and sport horse rings.

award sponsors is February 15. also, programs go to press on that date, and if one wishes to be recognized or wants the publicity, this date has to be honored. The awards banquet is open to all—the public, members, family, and friends. The prices are very reasonable, keeping in mind the economy and the burden it has put on our members. a reservation form was sent out with a notice and is also available on our website, one of the highlights of this event is the raffle table. Members are asked to contact lucille at, or any committee member, if they wish to have items picked-up for the raffle. They can also be brought in on the day of the event. The committee would appreciate a quick response on reservations. The restaurant insists on a count 10 days before; therefore, please help us meet that deadline. This event concludes the 2012 year of events and is always a nice way to honor all

newlyweds congratulations to mike Beethe and Kimberly Blackburn of Scottsdale, aZ! They were married on December 15, 2012, at the montelucia resort in Scottsdale. We hear that the wedding was just beautiful!

Homeward Bound

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Sandro Pinha and Gil Valdez of arabians international in cave creek, aZ, are excited to announce that the one and only *magnum chall HVP will be returning to his homeland of Brazil in 2013. They send their thanks to their dear friend Zico Guardia for his assistance in this opportunity.

participants. Whether one places first or sixth, we regard all as a champion. all participants are rewarded for their year of efforts and accomplishments. Please come join us and enjoy a day of fun and celebration. as you read this, we will have had our Installation dinner and Recognition awards evening in January. You can read all about it in the next issue of Equine Journal. The association has a new 2013 slate of governors and is proud to have them aboard. new slate, new ideas, new events! These officers will need your help if they are to work for the betterment of this association and its members. share your ideas and donate your time, and you’re sure to find it rewarding. our new president, Kevin F. dwyer, is open to any suggestions and welcomes all members, old and new alike, to join him in making this association a fun and educational experience for all. I will also take this opportunity to remind you of your membership renewals. all associate renewals were due January 1, 2013. affiliates, look at your card for a due date and remember to renew with RIaha to be affiliated with the arabian horse association (aha) and get its benefits. do not wait to receive a notice. If you do, we ask that you send in your renewal to RIaha to avoid a conflict. If, for any reason, you have accidently renewed directly with aha, be sure to mention that you are affiliated with RIaha. Thanks for reading about our club, and if you are interested in becoming a member, please visit riarabianhorse

committee chair Debbie Price. For her achievement, Tori was awarded the Youth of the Year perpetual trophy and will receive a $1,000 scholarship from arabian Horse Youth association. congratulations to Tori for her considerable achievements!

youtH of tHe year The arabian Horse association (aHa) was thrilled to recognize the 2012 Youth of the Year, Tori oto, during the annual membership convention in Denver, co. First and second runners up, Katie Johnson and Jackie Pakula, were also recognized in a presentation given by selection

dynamic duo congratulations to Kristen Petzold and michael Brown Jr. on their recent engagement! This power couple of centerline Sport Horses in ocala, Fl, has already seen their share of successes in the show ring; we cannot wait to see what the future holds! February 2013

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arabian Horse association of Massachusetts Announces 2012 Year-end Points Submitted by Sandy Crowe

Congratulations to all our members below for making 2012 a great year. Hope to see you competing in 2013.

AHA Divisions Half Arabian Performance: Champion, rohara t shannon and Cynthia sovetsky; reserve, rt Cest la Vie and Deborah Bolton. Arabian Performance: Champion, rachmaninoff srD+/ and sandra Crowe; reserve, Born of Fire Wl and linda and Kim Misco; third, McKlintock and Mary rogers. Arabian Halter: Champion, si Prince ali shiraz and HHF arabians; reserve, HHF ali azar Casanova and HHF arabians. Junior To Ride: Champion, Jesselyn Dugas and symphony rB. Arabian ATR: Champion, Mary rogers and McKlintock; reserve, sandra Crowe and rachmaninoff srD+/; third, sandra Wedge and spidermann; Fourth, Wendi

o’Connor and Velvet Connection. Dressage: Champion, Moonshine Malachi and Cheryl lane-Caron. Sport Horse: Champion, Moonshine Malachi and Cheryl lane-Caron; reserve, saladins Vangorder and shelly Moniz; third, Moonshine Malachi and Jesselyn Dugas.

Open Fun Horse Shows Halter: Champion, si Prince ali shiraz and HHF arabians; reserve, Polly Pockets and shane oakley. Green Rider: Champion, Elina Barrows and Bobi’s Desert storm; reserve, Jennifer Houle and apollo. Pre-Green: Champion, JF rodanas Pharo and Maggie Walsh; reserve, ridenbaugh’s Celerity and Kathy Wicks; third, iz a snowbaby and Debbie Yacino. Walk-Trot Ground Rails: Champion, apollo and Jennifer Houle; reserve, Bobi’s Desert storm and Elina Barrows.

Leadline: Champion, Caroline Foley and Mercedes Bens; reserve, Madison grignon and Believe in star; reserve, talisa ortiz and simply that good; third, suzie Barrows and aljo Farah; Fourth, olivia rose and Polly Pockets. Walk-Trot: Champion, Macyn Hill and Mercedes Bens; reserve, Emily Bourgualt and rare Exception; third, serena laPete and tal lady DeWinter.

Ambassador Award Champion, JF rodanas Pharo and Judy lifrieri; reserve, Feature Face Dude and Maggie Walsh; third, sF a lil’Bit Elegant and annalisa Boucher.

Trail Division Arabian/Half Arabian: Champion, lady shareeis Choice and Jane sparda; reserve, samuell and sandy Wedge; third, iz a snowbaby and Debbie Yacino; Fourth, grove Hill shaakan and sarah gill D’orazio; Fifth, grove Hill shaakan and Janis gamester; sixth, JF rodanas Pharo and Judy lifrieri. Open Breed: Champion, travelon’s times two and Marcy gamester; reserve, Crescent Hill Encore and Judy Davis; third, ridenbaugh’s Celerity and Kathy Wicks; Fourth, Feature Face Dude and Maggie Walsh; Fifth, underwoods lancelot and Dyanne spatcher.

Bringing Fairytales to life tHE araBian HorsE assoCiation recently announced its 2012 ambassador award winner as sshameless++ (Fame VF+ x armira), owned by lisa shover of scottsdale, aZ. according to shover, her stallion brings “the storybook legend of a beautiful white horse, representing all that is good,” to life. representing the longevity of arabians, in 2010, at age 18, sshameless took home two reserve national championships— one in arabian stallion Breeding and the other in arabian Western Pleasure select. His performance at u.s. nationals, 15 years after he earned his first reserve national Halter Championship as a three-year-old, implies not only physical longevity, but also a champion’s heart. sshameless has represented the face of arabians in several highly visible venues, including a two-year stint on the Cox Cable television program, The Beauty of the Arabian Horse, which was produced 126 equine


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by the arabian Horse association of arizona (aHaa) and Cox, and aired locally in scottsdale as well as on a national satellite channel. Each Christmas, sshameless hosts a Cowboy Christmas for the children and mothers involved with Homeward Bound, an organization serving families affected by homelessness due to domestic abuse. shover states, “some of the most significant therapeutic breakthroughs have occurred during Cowboy Christmas. Homeward Bound’s Founding Director, Dr. Pamela Martin, was amazed to see eight-year-old Maria take my hand, initiating human contact for the first time while in their care, asking me to introduce her to sshameless.” in the spring of 2012, Breyer® selected sshameless to become its 2013 Model Horse, honoring his beauty and classic arabian type, longevity as a successful breeding stallion, his show ring record,

Sshameless++ and his owner, Lisa Shover, winning the Reserve National Championship in Western Pleasure Select in 2010.

along with that of his foals, his amazing beauty, and his community outreach to children in need.

Photo: Ferrara PhotograPhy

Sshameless++ Named 2012 Arabian Ambassador

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Jack Frost Jubilee Attracts New Exhibitors and Benefits Horse Rescue

aha Judges and exhibitors school


Called “Best Educational Seminar”

The deCemBeR JaCK FROsT JuBIlee Fun shOW boasted record numbers of dressage rides and a huge influx of new exhibitors. Offering classes in a wide variety of disciplines, the horse show was held in ephrata, Pa. Once again a 50/50 raffle was held with the proceeds going to the mount hope horse Rescue. december 16, 2012, was an unseasonably warm day with showers predicted that luckily didn’t arrive until after the completion of the event. There were 22 horses shown by 26 riders/drivers. Fifty percent of the exhibitors were first timers at the Jack Frost series, which is the biggest group of newcomers since its 2010 inception. The judge for the day was Chrystal Coffelt-Wood. she adjudicated the record 32 dressage rides, 41 hunter rounds and a well-attended balance of classes, such as the driving class, with participants from as far away as Virginia and new Jersey. Rachel gagliardi ran the gymkhana ring with 28 entries. Winners earned points toward the fabulous series-end awards that will be given away at the final show of the series on march 17, 2013. For more information, contact show manager Kriss Phelps at 717-475-3047 or email

The Judges and stewards Office at the arabian horse association (aha) wrapped up its annual Judges and exhibitors school, december 6-8, 2012, in scottsdale, aZ. “It was mind-blowing, actually,” says Karen Root, of Orem, uT. “That is one of the best educational seminars I have ever attended.” The Judges and exhibitors school operates as the starting point for earning one’s aha judging card and is open to anyone interested in learning about how judges are taught to evaluate horses in the ring. Judges who have earned their cards across several breeds call aha’s school and training approach one of the best in the horse industry. The school began with classroom sessions that covered every division that arabians, half-arabians, and anglo-arabians show, starting with looking at the

ideal arabian horse at halter and the halter scoring system. The weekend ended with a chance to get out of the classroom and apply everything to live horses at the saguaro Classic, which took place at WestWorld in scottsdale. Root continued, “as an exhibitor, it’s imperative. It totally changed how I look at horses—just learning all the [specifics]! even if you don’t plan to get your judges card, it makes you a better exhibitor. I had never stopped to think about the responsibility those judges have. I originally went just to have a better understanding. Before I can critique something, I want to understand fully how someone has been trained.” To learn more about the Judges and stewards Office at aha, please call 303-6964539, or email ahcommish@

Arabian contact listings Arabian Origins Marketing, Deetta Houts owner/ Designer, 218-296-1927,,

Monastiri Arabians (bs), Jennifer Stine, 67 Prospect Hill road, Harvard, Ma, 617-359-5623,, frsarabians. com.

Baldwin Stables (tsl), 108 Cedar lake road, Deep river, CT, 860-526-5989, kbwins@comcast. net.

Quarry Hill Farm (tbs), 345 Sharon road, lakeville, CT 06039, 860-435-2571,

Double A Arabians (tsl), 279 Watchaug road, Somers, CT 06071, 860-749-4797,,

Winchester Stables (tsl), Bevin o’reilly Dugan, 336 river road, newfane, VT 05345, 802-365-9434,

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Quarter Horse news

[LEFT] Scotches Old Gold, shown with Donna Rosciti, is expecting a foal through a recipient mare. [RIGHT] Amanda Putney will be missed.

BABY ON BOARD Congratulations to Sarah Rosciti, of Rosciti Quarter Horses, who reports that Scotches Old Gold will be expecting a foal out of a recipient mare by Extremely Hot Chips. As we go to press, the foal is due any day. Additionally, Rosciti Quarter Horses is anticipating the arrival of three more foals, all due this spring!


We were saddened to hear about the passing of 19-yearold Amanda Putney from Royalston, MA, after sustaining injuries from a car accident on December 7, 2012. An active member of the Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association (MassQHA), Amanda served as a delegate for them at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) Convention, and visited Amarillo, TX, with them in June. She also served as vice president for the MassQHYA. “I loved her like she was one of

my own,” says the club’s Youth Advisor, Marge Tanner. “She was always willing to help and do her share.” Our sincerest condolences go out to all of her family and friends.

NHQHA HORSES OF THE YEAR The New Hampshire Quarter Horse Association (NHQHA) wishes to congratulate all of its members on a fabulous year, including: Open Quarter Horse of the Year recipient RL A Sudden Escort, shown by Susan O’Connell; Amateur Quarter Horse of the Year and Adult Horse of the Year Tiz Cool, shown by Kelsey Packard; Youth Quarter Horse of the Year, Bay Bee Chips shown by Shawna Packard; Walk-Trot Quarter Horse of the Year and All Breed Walk-Trot Horse of the Year Mister Telusive, shown by Cody Tibbetts; and Youth Horse of the Year Whatasharpdressedman, shown by Hannah Gove-Lewis. Additionally, the NHQHA thanks all of their sponsors and volunteers for helping

them create a successful show season.

having a great year with him in the hunter ring.



Congrats to Allee Platanitis, who took top honors aboard Zippo’s Lucky Pride in the Quarter Horse High Point division at the 13th Eastern Regional Trail Ride, held November 4 in North Brookfield, MA. Reserve went to Cathi Hatrick-Anderson riding Ruger Dr. Driftwood.

Our condolences go out to Susan Wood Robinson of Swanzey, NH, on the loss of Mr. Smooth Man on December 13, 2012. As her partner for over 19 years, he made countless victory passes.

NEW BEGINNINGS Buckley Quarter Horses congratulates Bob and Pat Dworkin on their purchase of two-time reserve Congress champion, Can’t Fire. Watch out for this great, new team this show season!

TAKING TOP TEN Three cheers for Alexandra Mahaffy, who took Top Ten in Youth Equitation Over Fences with her horse, Colton, at the AQHA World Championships Show. Alexandra looks forward to

POWDER BROOK POWER A number of Powder Brook riders cam home with top placings from the Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show. Kudos to Bryan Ambrosey and Willy’s So Good for earning Reserve All-Around Amateur and Amateur Horsemanship Circuit Champion; Allegra Walters and Ben’s Chocolate Chip for taking Circuit Champion in 14-18 Showmanship and Trail; Katie Kopf and Zip It By Me for taking Reserve Circuit Champion in Amateur Showmanship; and Lindsey Slack and Deluxe Chex Account for taking reserve in Novice Youth Horsemanship.

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Florida Gold Coast Quarter horse show A Huge Success The Florida Gold CoasT QuarTer horse show was a huge success, welcoming top riders from across the country as they competed for the winning honors. held december 27-31, 2012, at the Florida state Fairgrounds’ Bob Thomas equestrian Center in Tampa, Fl, the show featured five full

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days of events including hunters, equitation, reining, western pleasure, trail, driving, showmanship, and halter classes. The 2012 high Point Youth or amateur award, featuring the “inside the reining horse World” experience, was presented to alexis Parisek with slow n Natural at the show. Parisek earned the prestigious honor after topping the Youth equitation over Fences and the Youth Working hunters. The pair also claimed the all around Youth high Point award for their efforts. There were nine Gold Coast high Point awards given out this year. The first went to laura Te Grotenhuis’ un Forgettable, who led the open english horse. un Forgettable was ridden by Bill ellis in the Junior hunters and equitation; he also won the Performance halter stallions. The open Western horse high Point award went to MWs sevens are hot for the second

year in a row. sarah Maggert of Paris, il, rode the talented mount in the amateur Trail and Western riding classes, while ryan Cottingim competed with him in the senior Western riding and Trail classes. Natoshia Kelly and spacious skies won the all around amateur high Point award after leading the amateur hunter and equitation classes. The select amateur high Point award went to so Good im indecent and Barabara Nagle. The pair took home top honors in the amateur hunter under saddle and the amateur showmanship events. The Novice Youth high Point award was presented to Jessica Mcallister and Vinny’s Poco sam. The pair won classes in the Novice Western horsemanship and Novice Trail, and earned top placings in the Novice showmanship events. Jaye Cooke and envious invitation took home the Novice amateur high Point award after solid performances in the Novice amateur hunters and the Novice amateur horsemanship. The week wrapped up with the 10 and under high Point award, which was earned by sydney ochs and Zippos hot Jet. They received top honors in the Youth 10 & under Walk/Jog horsemanship and showmanship classes. linda Crothers swept The Collection open Working hunter Classic, claiming the first three spots and taking home the blue ribbon with april speyer’s deep Blue skys. second place honors went to its my lucky detail, owned by Madison eichstadt. rounding out the top three was Go Big sky, owned by rodger Call. during The Collection Non Pro Working hunter Classic, hannah elizabeth Bedwell stepped up for the winning prize after a beautiful round with regal To a Te. alexis Parisek and slow N Natural picked up the second place award, while Kristin hull and into The Blue placed third. For more information, visit

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The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Show welcomed the country’s top horse and rider combinations.

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Still Going Strong After 20 Years SUBMITTED BY DIANE KOZWICH

and saddle classes as well as open dressage and working equitation classes. The first show is in South Hadley, MA, on July 19-21, 2013. The second is the regional championships show in Lexington, VA, (date to be determined). The shows always feature clinics, barn parties, Dr. Diane Kozwich of Nottingham, NH, on her Andalusian gelding, Asombro, in Spanish native and an exhibition of our beautiful tack and attire. horses. The exhibition is open to the public at each of the shows, and we newsletter, free online and print adverencourage everyone to visit with our tising for your farm and events, and a members and their horses while enjoying subscription to Equine Journal, just to the competiion. We are also looking for name a few. volunteers to help at both of the shows; Membership affords access to the we need gate keepers, runners, ribbon givers, and more. Contact Linda Denniston website, the newsletter, ERAHC shows, at if you want to volunteer. trail rides, clinics, voting rights, annual meeting, and the year-end awards Members are eligible for discounts program. Join today and be a part of the with our business members, such as El fun and decision making process for the Sueno Espanol (, who outfitted Dr. Diane Kozwich and her future of the Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club. Andalusian gelding, Asombro, in native Please contact us via the website if Spanish tack and attire. Not only are the you would like more information about horses beautiful, but the outfits are cool! the organization and the fun things we Other perks of the club include a do together. members only online directory, a club


Northeast Friesian Horse Club Plans Annual General Meeting SUBMITTED BY KELSEY EVANS

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around the corner! We will be hosting the event on February 2 at the Holiday Inn in Nashua, NH, and we hope you’ll take the opportunity to visit with us and share your stories of the year! Our AGM

is a great opportunity to socialize with other members, as well as step up for positions within the club! Volunteers are always needed, whether it’s for fun committees or board positions! In addition to the AGM, we will be holding an awards banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of our members and their horses, and a silent auction to help raise funds for the club’s yearly events. If you’re free, please be sure to join us and help us plan another great year of Friesian events in New England! For more information, visit nefhc. com, or visit us on Facebook!


THE EASTERN REGIONAL Andalusian horse club (ERAHC) brings Lusitano and Andalusian horse owners/ appreciators together to interact, show, and learn. ERAHC provides members with opportunities to enjoy their Iberian horses while encouraging a fun and informative social structure. The mission of Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club is to promote harmony and good will among the community of Iberian horses: Spanish (Andalusian), Portuguese (Lusitano), Spanish-Portuguese, and the crossbreds. ERAHC was founded in 1992 and is still going strong after 20 years. The club has members from Canada to Florida and as far west as Utah. On our website,, you can find results for horse shows that the club sponsors each summer, information about upcoming shows, clinics, and activities, articles about Andalusian horses, and much more. The ERAHC sponsors two USEF/ International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association “A” rated shows each summer, offering breed specific halter


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Foundation for the Pure Spanish horse Discusses the Benefits of Membership submitted by barb clark

The one Thing you don’T need a horse for is membership in The Foundation for the Pure Spanish horse. All you have to do is want to help preserve, protect, and promote the P.R.e. breed. The Foundation offers a great opportunity to join as a lifetime member at a substantial discount. The newest voting membership category is the lifetime membership at a cost of $2,500; however, through october 31, 2013, individuals can take advantage of an introductory offer for a $1,000 discount and join for only $1,500. it is a great opportunity to receive a lifetime worth of benefits for a fraction of the cost of yearly membership. The current cost of voting membership is $288 a year, and for a limited time only, you can obtain a lifetime voting member-

ship for what amounts to only 5.2 years of annual membership costs. Visit prehorse. org to get your lifetime membership today and save yourself some precious money. Membership in The Foundation has many benefits, including a subscription to the breed’s premier magazine, The P.R.E. Horse, and multiple discounts for registration in the P.R.e. Mundial Registry for purebred P.R.e. horses and the Spanish heritage horse Registry for horses with one purebred parent. As a lifetime member you will also receive a letter for your income tax, so you can deduct the cost of membership, and a listing in the easily accessible online membership directory located on the popular website. The directory listing can accommodate your farm photos and a direct link to

your horse’s information in the Book of Merits. Buyers doing research can readily view the accomplishments of your farm’s horses simply by clicking. you will also get free classified listings in the popular online store on the same website. The most satisfying heartfelt reason to take advantage of the introductory lifetime membership in The Foundation is to help our horses in need. if you are like the rest of your fellow breed aficionados, when you see or hear about a horse that is the victim of neglect or abuse it makes you want to take action to help them obtain the treatment they need. Through your membership you are helping us ensure that all our horses get the care and homes they deserve. our members have helped save many horses in 2012 alone. But our job is not done, and many more people write to The Foundation every week asking for help. The need is extraordinary right now and time is running out. Visit and join as a lifetime member today! Through your Foundation membership, you’re supporting efforts to ensure that every P.R.e. horse has a home where their needs will be met. you don’t even have to own a horse to help.

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KC Prince Charles of Barrington Stables.

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American Bashkir Curly Registry Takes Note of Stallions and Breeders SUBMITTED By SUE DAvIS

The exACT oRigin of The BAshkiR Curly horse is one of the greatest mysteries of the horse world. They have been depicted in art and statues in early China as far back as A.D. 161. it is still a mystery how the Curly horse came to the United states. While the exact origin of the breed remains a mystery, there is nothing mysterious about their perfor-

mance and remarkable talent. in general, the Curly horse is tough, strong, and athletic. Performance-wise, Curlies are a no-nonsense horse and have an uncanny ability to do all that is asked of them, since they are usually intelligent, learn quickly, and have a remarkable memory. Licensed Curly breeders strive to maintain the unique qualities of the breed.

Listed below are the stallions and breeders of the American Bashkir Curly Registry.

halter and western pleasure; he is in training for western horsemanship and western dressage.

Traveling Moon Ranch—Spokane, WA • DCC Traveler (ABC-2450, ICHO-142-D, CSI-C00701-98), 15.2H, Sport Horse Stallion Traveling Moon Ranch breeds, raises, and promotes the Curly Sport Horse. Standing at stud is DCC Traveler, a USEA Eventing Stallion and National Performance Horse. Woodke’s Walnut Woods—Monterey, IN • DCC Drifter • WW My Friend Flag • WW Drifter’s Blazing Image Woodke’s Walnut Woods breeds mainly gaited horses. DCC Drifter has performed in shows, exhibitions, trails, parades, and cattle chasing. Curly Pines Ranch, Sunflower Trails LLC—Bastrop, TX • SFT True Heart—silver buckskin dun with zebra stripes on his legs Competitive events for True Heart include 134 equine


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Oakesmuir Curly Horses—Guelph, Ontario, Canada • Oakesmuir Spartan (ABC-2773) • Oakesmuir Pinto Pete (ABC-2606) Oakesmuir breeds Curlies for their temperament and athletic ability. Tall Trees Curlys/Farm—Bonfield, Ontario, Canada • WCC Butch Cassidy • Tall Trees Rogue • Maximillion Gold • Tall Trees Panhandle Pete Tall Trees Curlys breeds for quality, gentlenatured mounts of good conformation. Tall Trees Curly Horses are suitable for most disciplines, and they are excellent for children and for people who want a quiet ride. Lightfoot Boys and Curls—Cashmere, WA • DSF Colby Britches, Grey • LBC Kiss Paladin Britches (up-and-coming stallion), Seal Brown Lightfoot breeds Curly Horses that are allaround riding horses used for trail riding, parades, drill team, and working horses. North Country Ranches—Tobin Lake, Saskatchewan, CA • Skip The Taxman Skip is a two-year-old stallion who is calm and loves people. He will begin his western training in the spring of 2014. Our breeding program is aimed at the western

disciplines—specifically roping, reining, and gymkhana. Stag Creek Farm—Comanche, TX • Angel’s Spirit (ABC 3652) Stage Creek breeds for preservation, using fully-registered, foundation bloodline Curlies. Dacotah Performance Horses—Dacotah, Manitoba, Canada • Prairie Pharoh Prairie Pharoh is showing great potential in reining, western dressage, and working cow horse. His first foal crop is already showing incredible athletic ability. Three Feathers Native Curly Horses— Lawrenceburg, KY • TFN Nagi Hanhepi Wi To We are a small breeding farm striving for quality over quantity. Our stallion, Nagi, is a striking black-and-white pinto with lots of presence, gorgeous movement, and is as sweet as they come!

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High Desert Equine—Reno, NV • WW Peter Lakota (ABC-3686, ICHO-870-D) 16H, Bay • Warrior Starberndt (ABC-3445, ICHO1258-D) 14.3H, Palomino • Maximum’s Pride (ABC 3650, ICHO-964-D, MFT-06-90273), 14.3H, Gaited Strawberry Roan High Desert is a full-service equestrian facility, specializing in the breeding, training and sales of American Bashkir Curly Horses and Curly Missouri Foxtrotters.

DCC Traveler of Traveling Moon Ranch.

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northeast fjord horse Association Member Praises the Breed Submitted by Wendy luScombe

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Cozy Nook Curly’s—Colville, WA • CNC Poetic Motion Xpress • CNC Prince Jacob’s Xpress Cozy Nook breeds for multiple disciplines, from family horses and trail, to showing and competitive events. Golden Curls Ranch—Kaufman, TX • Renegait Chesterfield (ABCR 3556), Sorrel • Black Rock’s Golden Firefly, a.k.a. O’Sparky, Bay Curly Mustang Both stallions are currently training for classical and western dressage and show extraordinary talent and great collection. O’Sparky brings the original Curly Mustang breeding back into domestic Curly lines, which includes intelligence and athleticism.

Stephanie Kleinbauer and Quest.

movement. I often score an 8 on gaits and have had several 9s too. I also feel very comfortable and confident on them and that shows in my riding. there are bigger moving horses out there, but if you are too nervous to ride them or cannot sit them, it does not help you, and besides where is the fun? to give you an idea of the athleticism of fjords, eleni econoply, a very talented junior rider, rode Orgonne in a piaffe/ passage clinic and he picked up both movements in the 30-minute session. she also has asked some of my other fjords for their first flying changes and they have just given them totally naturally, no problem, no fuss! notwithstanding all of this, all of my fjords are happy trail horses and do other things such as pleasure classes, jumping trail classes, etc. My eventing and jumping fjords ridden by stephanie have a similar story. bdf Quest is only 14.1, but he can fly over a jump. stephanie has cleared 4'9" with him. he has a horse length stride, and at a recent horse trial, he went clear over a 19-jump, 1 1/2 mile course in 4:50. he was the closest time all day to the optimum time of 4:48. Quest frequently out jumps bigger horses and wins at open show jumping competitions as well as horse trials. the other attribute I love about my fjords is that they are very people oriented; they love being around people

Barrington Stables, LLC—Lititz, PA • KC Prince Charles, a.k.a. Chuck Chuck has lovely movement, both on the ground and under saddle. He has sired many nice horses, which have inherited his wonderfully calm disposition and his sturdy Curly conformation. Swan Creek Andalusians, Lusitanos and Curly Horses—Lamont, Alberta, Canada • BNC Big Ben (ABCR Curly) We breed working ranch and heavy harness horses, with attributes for dressage. We have Multiple Provincial and National Champions in halter, all the way up to Grand Prix dressage and jumping.

and other animals. they also want to please their humans and they try their hearts out for you. for me this is what makes them such a joy to work with. however, the fjords I have worked with all have a sense of social justice! they will try their best for you and forgive your mistakes, but you cannot take this for granted. they need to be appreciated! how could you not love this breed? If you have a story that you want to share, please contact spookus3@ this is a great story about the capabilities of our fjords. Please consider joining if you are interested in the breed and stay tuned for the club’s annual meeting details in the next issue. Until next time, happy fjording.


One Of the best-knOwn fjOrd breeders once said to me, “I like what you are doing for this breed. Unfortunately, too often the image of a fjord is a cute fat pony being ridden in just a halter by a woman in a t-shirt. that is not what this breed is about.” the fjord may not look like the perfect dressage horse or jumper, with his short powerful neck, his fairly short legs, and his powerful body, but he can be the total athlete. Unlike many other breeds, the breeding of fjords was not originally manipulated by man. they evolved before human influence, over 4,000 years ago from the original wild horses, and what you see today is the result of a naturally selected gene pool that gave the horse the best chances of survival. so the qualities of strength, intelligence, athleticism, and hardiness are a timetested gift from nature’s proving ground! so many of today’s horses are bred to qualify for a brand. the intensive select breeding over just a few years may have produced some lovely trots, but a lot of other characteristics, such as soundness and temperament, have not always done so well. You cannot hurry nature and the fjord is proof of that. I own seven fjords, most of them since they were youngsters. I compete with them in dressage, and my friend stephanie kleinbauer competes two of them in eventing and jumping. judging by my results, we have done very well in dressage, with multiple high score Championships, east riders Cup wins, regional placings, year-end awards, and Usdf awards. I previously used to ride Arabians and warmbloods. I learned a lot from Arabians, but I never really got particularly high scores on them. I showed up to fourth Level. I tried warmbloods and my scores did improve a bit, but I did not feel comfortable on them. It was not until I started riding fjords that I got into the 70s on a very regular basis and also even into the 80s. Looking at my tests, the judges seemed to like the consistency and rhythm of the fjords’

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Yankee Walkers: Gaited horses of new england Prepare for Annual Banquet submitted by loren stevens

shod representatives from each new england state to TWhBea. each state only requires 25 Walking horse members in order to elect their own director. Yankee Walkers could technically send six or more representatives to influence and commence change for the welfare of our horses. for Helen Weeman, riding Blaze, and Alexa Stevens, more information about initiating riding Brooke, represent Palomino Walking Horse change within TWhBea to safeguard legend, Trigger, the favorite mount of Roy Rogers. all Tennessee Walking horses, please contact our Yankee Walkers’ President and TWhBea new hampshire Director, for Yankee Walkers a lovely, large private, Julie Dillon, at horsefeathersnh@comcast. handicap accessible room, giving us the net, or our massachusetts TWhBea quiet space to conduct our annual meeting Director, Donna fultz, at donna.fultz@ and to mix and mingle together. The charge We urge all gaited-horse will be $30 this year, which covers the people to get involved with Yankee room rental and the fundraising luncheon. Walkers and our cause to end soring advance reservations are required, throughout the united states as we have so please send a check in the amount already accomplished in new england. of $30 per person payable to Yankee The majority of Tennessee Walking horse Walkers and include the names of fans throughout the nation can compel attendees in your party with their choice change for the humane treatment of our of entrees to: ellen flatley, Yankee splendid breed. Walkers, Gaited horses of new england, P.o. Box 1199, ashland, nh 03217. contact ellen with any special dietary Awards Banquet and Annual needs and she will work with the common Meeting man to accommodate your preferences. Yankee Walkers’ awards Banquet and We will once again hold the famous and annual meeting will be held on sunday, very humorous Yankee Walkers’ auction february 24 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. with proceeds benefitting the club. Please come and bring all your gaited-horsebring new or used (in good condition) loving buddies for an afternoon of items to be auctioned off. items can be celebrating this year’s events, planning horse related or not, serious or humorous. next year’s activities, and catching up We appreciate the dedication of our with Yankee Walkers’ friends. members to furthering the Tennessee each year we look for a central Walking horse and other gaited breeds in location for our Banquet to new england by supporting the club. make it as easy as possible The agenda for the annual meeting for our members coming from includes: election of officers for 2013, all over new england. We Growing Trail riding in new england, a are also equipped to skype in report from the TWhBea December board any members that are unable of directors meeting, new information to attend. The common about gaited dressage in new england, and man restaurant, located in planning for promoting our gaited breeds merrimack, nh, has been throughout new england in 2013. selected as a great central locafor more information, contact ellen tion that accommodates our flatley at needs as a club. The common or loren stevens at lhhstevens@ man restaurant is located at 304 Mother and daughter team, Loren and Alexa Stevens, Daniel Webster highway. Their enjoy riding their Tennesee Walking Horse mares, We look forward to seeing you all for phone number is 603-429-3463. Ebony’s Classical Genius and Brooke’s Little Lady. lunch as we plan an exciting 2013 season. The common man also reserves To conTinue from lasT monTh’s news: on friday afternoon following the Yankee Walkers: Gaited horses of new england demonstration at equine affaire, Julie Dillon and her horse, lauren’s midnight music, presented at the Youth Pavilion in the mallory complex, showing the gentle and easygoing temperament of the Tennessee Walking horse. standing over 16 hands and pure white, music is an especially gracious ambassador for the breed as he loves to stand on display or march in parades with a bevy of admirers telling him that he is incredibly beautiful. friday evening, the Yankee Walkers met for a group dinner at storrowton Tavern on the Big e grounds. club members enjoyed catching up with old friends and making new ones. President Julie Dillon introduced our new members, recognized our wonderful returning members, and thanked our current members for making the club a success. Julie also noted that the club has grown in membership by 300% this year. We were also very pleased to welcome Keith Dane, TWhBea Director from maryland and Director of equine Protection services for the humane society of the united states (hsus), to discuss with our club members ways to improve the safety, humane treatment, and the image of our majestic breed. Keith’s informative presentation urged gaited horse owners throughout new england to join TWhBea in order to send flat

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Keeps Up with Members Submitted by Jan eaSter

Region 4 We took Lake Ridge British Truffle to the Christmas parade in Holly, TX. We also took Lake Ridge British Truffle to Tractor Supply for an exhibition to introduce people to Gypsy horses and to hand out Gypsy Horse Registry of America (GHRA) literature. Sue and Gary Niesen Gypsy Lane Anson, TX I rode A Wizards Spell Winstons Fiona in the Waxahachie, TX, Christmas parade, which was held December 1, 2012. My friend, Dakotah Van Huss, rode with me on her pretty Paint mare; also riding were Jenifer Groombridge on A Wizards Spell Winstons Mersey, A797, and Stephen Stokes, on A Wizards Spell Winstons Whimsy, A801. I went to a trail clinic at the Flying Dollar Ranch on December 2, 2012. We worked on some trail patterns in the arena for the World Show, and then worked on some obstacles that can be seen at an American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) ride. It was a great day in the saddle. Jennifer Alexander Midlothian, TX Horsefeathers Darby and student, Alyssa Ballew, age 14, of Midlothian, won the year-end championship buckle in the

Walk-Trot division in the Ellis County Equine Association, the High Point Youth division, at the Feathered Horse Classic in Belton in November. Darbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trainer, Julie Hinz, joined up with the ACTHA in 2012. Flying Dollar Ranch Sandra and Ralph Neal Italy, TX The organization, Snowball Express, has helped children of fallen military heroes in our country since the infamous tragedy that took place on September 11, 2001. This year, Linda Brown, Eric and Christie Davidson, Stephanie Castle, photographer Gail Finger, three yearlings, and one weanling, from A Wizards Spell Ranch in Burleson, TX, participated in the event that had a crowd of more than 2,000 people. A Wizards Spell Ranch Linda Brown Burleson, TX We are so proud to introduce the newest member of the Aunique Ranch family, Auniques Brakenhills SOLO. A special thank you goes to James Taylor for considering us for this magnificent stallion. Aunique Ranch Bobby and Jeanne Schlenk La Porte and New Waverly, TX

4C Barrington & Beautyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beast was awarded Gelding of the Month by the Gypsy Gelding Fan Club on Facebook. Beast was also the Grand Champion Gelding at the Colorado Draft Horse Classic Show. Beast took fourth in the Geldings class, sixth in North American Bred class, and second in the Color class at the Continental Divide Show. Michelle Simono Silt, CO

Linda Brown joins in the festivities of the snowball express trip. Holly rydman

Region 6 Tagline and I took champion ribbons at the Western Regional Gypsy Show (at the Oregon State Fair) in Western Pleasure, Western Dressage Suitability, English Pleasure, English Dressage Suitability, Jog in the Park, and supreme champion for Halter Geldings. Holly Rydman Olympia, WA

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Quarter Pony Association Unites Enthusiasts of the Breed Submitted By Nicki Stephens

With the year 2012 behind us, best wishes to all you folks on the East Coast. Our hearts have gone out to those of you who have experienced horrible destruction brought by the Atlantic. May the New Year bring peace and restoration to your lives. The Quarter Pony Association is still in need of volunteers for the board of directors and officers. We welcome you to help support and promote the Quarter Pony by considering a position as a committee member. Reorganization is currently underway, with remaining positions available. Please step up and join the team. In addition, your help may be accepted at any time throughout the season. Contact us to inquire about the various ways that you can participate. You do not have to own a Quarter Pony to be a member of the Association. Quarter Pony enthusiasts are encouraged to list their upcoming show events on the QPA 2013 calendar. Any event that is Quarter Pony-related can be listed on the official website. The International Quarter Pony Association (IQPA) reports that registration numbers continue to rise, slowly but surely. Ponies are categorized according to color, such as solid, Paint, Appaloosa, or other characteristics. The IQPA is pleased to share that they are now in 41 of the states. Missing are Alaska, Hawaii, South Dakota, North Dakota, Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware, Iowa, and Massachusetts. These states are encouraged to join in and get those ponies registered. In the registered Quarter Pony lead are Germany, California, Washington, and Tennessee—this is excellent Quarter Pony promotion! Please take note that on FacebookSM, the QPA may be found at Quarter Pony Association, and by our affiliate, the International Quarter Pony Association. Check out both sites. There are many great photos of Quarter Ponies that offer a peek into the story behind the owners.

Photos on the Quarter Pony Association’s Facebook page have been submitted by Quarter Pony enthusiasts from around the world, wanting to show their Quarter Pony-type ponies with the QPA and our Facebook fans. QPA welcomes your enthusiasm and encourages you to join the Quarter Pony Association. We also encourage you to look into a QPA-approved pony registry, such as our affiliate, the International Quarter Pony Association, for eligibility requirements. If your pony is eligible, you can compete worldwide, earning QPA points and awards. You may find that your pony qualifies! In our Facebook album, all Quarter Type Pony photos are welcome—registered or not. QPA and IQPA express their thanks to all who were able to support the association through 2012 membership! Although our membership was up from 2011, show participation is down. People are doing the best they can, given the economy, and we all appreciate everyone’s efforts. If you can, renew your membership for 2013. QPA needs you! Go to the official website, forms page, to download your renewal (or new) membership application. Your participation is appreciated. The QPA Regional Directors serve from various locations and are ready and available to serve your needs. Please refer to the QPA website for their contact information. Thank you, team, for your service to the Association! Regional Directors are: Laurie Whitling of Pennsylvania; Mary Ladnier (Senseney) of Missiissippi; Stacy Waterous of Michigan; Wendy Loper of Oregon; Karen Tillisch of Germany; Gillian James from Great Britain; and Ingo Ehrmeier of Germany. Mary Ladnier (Senseney) reports that the Southern Region has experienced a fairly quiet fall. There had been a lot of barrel racing and English riding events. Few ponies this year have been inspected, although Mary states that she has noticed that the

quality of ponies has increased. For those showing in QPA-approved events, there are incentives to registering your ponies, such as awards and recognition. The Quarter Pony Association wishes to express thanks, recognizing those who have made themselves available as Inspectors for the Quarter Pony Association. Thank you for your service. They include: Arkansas, Kim Hammock; California: Tanja Elbert, Dayna Davis, Dena Hurlock, Sharen Kae Morse and Jeri Robertson; Colorado: Rhonda Lange; Georgia: Valerie Smithe; Hawaii: Leticia Sweet Grittman; Idaho: Nicki Stephens; Illinois: Pauline Curry, Rebecca Curry, and Autumn Kinser; Iowa: Terri Bergen-Smith, Cynthia Kendall, and LuAnn Cahill; Kansas: Callene Rapp; Kentucky: Pat McGraw; Michigan: Stacy Huston; Mississippi: Murphy Thompson, Brenda and Tom Colarossi, Melissa Daniels, and Mary Ladnie (Senseney); Missouri: Jennifer Lappin and Teresa Kearney; Nevada: Victoria Courmier; New Jersey: Michelle Scran; Ohio: Theresa Pool, Deborah Brown, and Ann Montgomery; Oklahoma: Lara Armstrong and Ryanne Hoffman; Oregon: Wendy Loper; Pennsylvania: Laurie Whitling and Jessica Swogger; South Carolina: Stephanie Welch; Tennessee: Ann Collins, Dominique Nave, Lauren Bishop, and Robbie Seagraves; Texas: Alisha Stark, Kim Gould-Wende, Vickie Andrew, Amanda Uhl, and Amanda Wimberley; Washington: Craig and Linda Larsen and Christina Padgett; Wisconsin: Jo Ann Buttner; Canada: Greta Rutland and Katrina Schumacher; France: Barbara Glier; Switzerland: Barbara Reber; Germany: Ingo Ehrmeier, Christina Semmler, Sandra Sembach, Sabrina Heuckeroth, and Lisa Both; New South Wales: Debrah Fearne, Lisa Paton, and Lisa Wiseman; Queensland: Kathy Birch and Val Kelly; Victoria: Leanne Prime, Barrie R Tapp, and Sharyn Dowdy. For more information on the Quarter Pony Association, visit, and, for their affiliate, the International Quarter Pony Association. All submissions for consideration in QPA newsletters become property of the Quarter Pony Association, and no compensation for use shall apply. Submissions may be sent to February 2013

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Leadline rider, Alle Jenkins, on Xanadus Whimsical.

Purebred Morab horse association Holds 2012 PMHA Morab Nationals, October 20-21, 2012 Submitted by donna J. laSSanSke

The Purebred Morab horse association (PMha) show was another success in 2012, with a great exhibitor turnout and great participation. The show continues to grow, and it went to midnight for another year on saturday. Not that we want the show to go to midnight, but PMha greatly appreciates the turnout and the filled classes. again, there was a great turnout from the youth, and the opportunity classes are taking off. sport horse continues to be very popular, both in-hand and under saddle. There was great participation in the

The Budweiser Clydesdales gave a demonstration for the Morab show exhibitors and Kentucky Horse Park visitors.

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sport horse Championship classes this year. There has been a request for sport horse under saddle Junior To ride (JTr), and that will be added for 2013. so, those of you who show youth and sport horse, this is the show to come to. The show would not be possible without the volunteers and staff. Jeff Caldwell did a fine job of managing, as well as Carl Malicote as ring steward, and Lynn Kaufman, the photographer, who also helped Carl get the ribbons in order from the center ring. Karen ryan was the sport horse scribe and paddock master, Carla Lawson was barn manager, and steve Moody was the organist. steve’s son, rudy, also helped with the paddock. and, John Morici did all those tabulations for sport horse and arabian classes. The secretarial services were provided by sara ressler of Michigan, and her team proved to be very efficient. There were two computers in operation, and the inputs were kept up to date. also, there were many compliments as to the friendliness of the secretarial office. Thank you, sara and Gilbert. and, as a special treat for the show, the budweiser Clydesdales hitch was laying

over at the Kentucky horse Park that week. The management had the team give a demonstration of the budweiser hitch in action for the exhibitors and the visitors. Thank you, budweiser! The PMha Morab show offers high Point awards, and this year’s adult amateur high Point went to Lori McIntosh of Lewisburg, oh, riding rose of Carmen; the Junior high Point 13 and under went to sophie bush of brecksville, oh, riding ha Texas ranger. These awards are given based on their placings in a variety of disciplines exhibited and competing in a championship class. The youth has to have an equitation class, in addition to a variety of disciplines and a championship class. For those of you who breed arabians and half-arabians in Kentucky, this show supports classes for the Kentucky arabian & half arabian breeders alliance (Kahaba). This show also has been approved to hold the Kahaba Production classes for arabians and half-arabians, three and under. The show is a united states equestrian Federation-approved competition for arabians and halfarabians and Morgans. It is an arabian horse association-approved show for region 14. Come join us for 2013; the class list will be revised, and unfortunately, some classes will have to be combined to prevent a long saturday exhibitor day. Visit this spring for a proposed class list, and make your plans!

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Showmanship handler, Brittany Walters, with Taken Names.


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Youth Champion Cheyanne Mandy.

Adult Costume Champion Eileen Flynn Ricci showing DPS Ima Star.

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Bartoo of Cheery acres Minis. the theme for this entry was “thoroughbred experiment.” the Costume class was available online from halloween until December 15, 2012 and there was no charge for entries. look for more online opportunities at there are many advantages to an online class because there are no expenses or traveling involved. Best of luck to everyone entering show classes this year, whether they be actual or virtual. it looks like 2013 is going to be a great year for Miniature horses and their owners!

Congratulates Costume Class Winners submitted by ken Garnett

Congratulations to the Champions of the 2012 online Costume Class held by World Class Miniature horse registry, inc. the champion in the adult class was eileen Flynn ricci of tinker toy heritage Farm, showing her horse, DPs ima star. eileen and DPs ima star wore elegant arabian costumes.

the champion in the Youth Costume class was Cheyanne Mandy of royal spruce Farms, showing the Miniature, Marvels Blackvelvet, owned by Jennifer Mandy. the theme of the entry was “safari trek.” also a champion in the Youth Costume class was taylor reed showing Whinny For Me Firefly, owned by tricia

Reports Show Dates submitted by katina Wilson

A scene from the American Haflinger Registry National Show.


as i Write this, i Do not have any news to report, but i did want to publish the dates for the upcoming haflinger breed shows for 2013. the dates and location for the national haflinger show are yet to be determined. the Buckeye haflinger show will be held June 28-30. the new York gold Classic will take place on July 12-14, and the Central ohio

« Haflinger Challenge awards banquet youth winners.

haflinger show will be held august 16-18. as always, if you have anything

interesting to report, please feel free to visit the ohio haflinger’s Facebook page to write on the wall. February 2013

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New England Miniature Horse Society Elects Officers and Plans Shows for 2013 SUBMITTED BY MARY ADAMS

THE NEW ENGLAND MINIATURE Horse Society (NEMHS) elected the following officers and board members for 2013 at its annual meeting in late fall: President, David Goble; Vice President, Bailey Chalut; Secretary, Kristina Slobody; and Treasurer, Laurie Slobody. Contact information is available on the club website at

2013 Show Plans NEMHS plans to hold four shows in 2013 on May 26, June 30, July 21, and August 18. The first three shows will be held in Millis, MA, and the last one in Foster, RI. All shows will have the usual American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) classes plus 4-H classes to include fitting and showmanship, halter,



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Foaling Season Around the Corner Many members have bred mares for 2013 that should be starting to foal about now. From the club website, you can find links to some of these farms, which might show you which mares are bred or photos of their new foals. Some

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Divert water. one of the most ecologically and financially smart moves you can take is to direct rain water to the fields and troughs where it will do you the most good, without (and here’s the caveat) polluting ponds, lakes, streams, and private wells along the way. you may have heard the term, nPS pollution—or non-point source pollution—it’s the sediment, bacteria, and debris that gets washed into our rivers and streams by storm runoff. it’s a serious concern, especially if that runoff travels through the manure pile or other organic matter. you can reduce nPS by maintaining buffer zones between your facility and ponds and streams. Good buffers include shrubs, trees, grasses, and other vegetation. installing downspouts and drainage systems helps to redirect water as well. Consider collecting rainwater for use on plants and gardens.


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Consider environmentally friendly pest control. Use flypredators (tiny wasps that eat fly larvae), bat houses, bird houses, and of course, good management practices to control pest problems. Keep horses in the barn during peak mosquito hours (dawn and dusk), use fly sheets, eliminate all standing water, and remove manure daily. Going green is always going to be good for the environment, but in the long run, it’s good for our pocketbooks as well!


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We hear a lot theSe dayS about “going green.” it’s a reference to doing things in an environmentally friendly way, but it can also save you money and put a little green in your pocket, especially when it comes to running a horse facility. in this month’s tip, we look at five green strategies that make good financial sense.

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Calendar February Clinics, Seminars, Symposiums 2-3 | Equine Health Symposium AAEP, Raleigh, NC. CONTACT: American Association of Equine Practitioners , 919-513-6421, aaepoffice@, html. 4 | Equine Health Evening Course, Waterbury, CT. CONTACT: Equine Department at Post University, (203) 596-4653 , 4 | Intuitive Horse Training, Middletown,

CT. CONTACT: 860-704-4599, 6 | Equine Health Lecture Series, Feed & Nutrition for the Aging Horse with Tiffany Wyman, Grafton, MA. CONTACT: Office of Continuing Education, 508-887-4723, vetCEinfo@ 8 | What Can Animal Physical Therapy provide for my Animal, Manchester, NH. CONTACT:, 8-9 | USEF Paso Fino Clinic, Ocala, FL. CONTACT: Chuck Walker, (859) 225-6970, cwalker@ 8-10 | Stoeckein Photography Worshop, Mackay, ID. CONTACT: 10 | Equine Stress and Transportation, New Brunswick, NJ. CONTACT: Laura Gladney, 848-932-3229,, esc. 11 | Equine Health Evening Course, Wa-

terbury, CT. CONTACT: Equine Department at Post University, (203) 596-4653 , 11 | Natural Horsemanship with Geoff Goodson, Middletown, CT. CONTACT: 860-7044599,

25 | Equine Health Evening Course, Waterbury, CT. CONTACT: Equine Department at Post University, (203) 596-4653 , 25 | USEF Jumper Judge Clinic, Thermal, CA. CONTACT: Chuck Walker, (859) 225-6970, 25-26 | USEF Hunter/Hunter Seat Equitation, Thermal , CA. CONTACT: Chuck Walker, (859) 225-6970, 27 | Equine Health Lecture Series, Common Infectious Diseases in Horses: Prevention and Treatment with Alfredo Sanchez, Grafton, MA. CONTACT: Office of Continuing Education, 508-887-4723, vetCEinfo@ 28-3/4 | 2013 Harness Racing Congress, Fort Lauderdale, FL. CONTACT: 508-923-9966,,

HORSE SHOWS 2 | Highfields Just for Fun show, Aiken, SC. CONTACT: Progressive Show Jumping, 803649-3505,, 2 | Fuzzy Horse Winter Show Series, Kansas City, MO. CONTACT:, 2-3 | Pines Open Febuary, South Glastonbury, CT. CONTACT: 3 | QRC Winter Fun Show Series, Lebanon, PA. CONTACT: Quentin Riding Club, 717-273-1151,, 3 | Blue Ribbon Ventures at Wishing Rock Farm, West Suffield, CT. CONTACT: BHC Management, 203-650-3148 , bhcmanagement. com. 3 | Holloway Brook Farm, Lakeville, MA. CONTACT:

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3-5 | Country Heir, Wilmington, OH. CONTACT: Frankie Stark, 513-875-3318,

3 | White Fences Super Bowl Schooling Show, Looxahatchee, FL. CONTACT: Adam Pollak, 561-790-6406,,

4-05 | Lakeside Arena, Versailles, KY. CONTACT: Bruce Brown, 859-873-9155,,

7-10 | Wellington Classic Spring Chal-

lenge, Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: 561-227-1570,, 10 | Dressage Winter Schooling Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950 , 10 | Open Dressage Show at Mount

5-10 | HITS Thermal, Thermal , CA. CONTACT: 5-10 | HITS Ocala, Ocala, FL. CONTACT: 6 | Great Southwest Winter Series II, Katy, TX. CONTACT: Anne Yaffe, 281-934-3251,, 6-10 | HITS Arizona, Tuscon, AZ. CONTACT:

12-13 | USEF Saddlebred, Saddle Seat,

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16 Pre-Jack Frost Jubilee Clinic, Ephrata,

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Equitation, Hackney, Roadster Clinic, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: Chuck Walker, (859) 2256970,

PA. CONTACT: Kriss Phelps , 717-354-5585,, 16 | Pam Goodrich Clinic, Pepperell, MA.

CONTACT: 978-877-6635, tenbroeckfarm@charter. net, 18 | Equine Health Evening Course, Waterbury, CT. CONTACT: Equine Department at Post University, (203) 596-4653 , 21-24 | 11th Annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, Harrisburg, PA. CONTACT: 301-916-0852,, 23 | USEF Jumper Course Designer Clinic, Thermal, CA. CONTACT: Chuck Walker, (859) 2256970, 23 | Dr. Jenny Susser Sports Psychol-

ogy Seminar, North Franklin, CT. CONTACT: Donna Legere, 860-642-4418, bandit@99main. com,

23-24 | Physical Therapy Approaches for Equine Maladies, Charlotte, VT. CONTACT: Molly,, 24 | USEF Hunter Course Designer Clinic, Thermal, CA. CONTACT: Chuck Walker, (859) 225-6970,

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Derby, Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: 561-227-1570,, I, Loxahatchee, FL. CONTACT: Adam Pollak, 561790-6406,, 23 | Snowbird Dressage, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: 859-259-4219,, 28-03/03 | Palm Beach Dressage Derby, Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: 561-227-1570,,


9 | Polar Bear Horse Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950 , 9 | Ox Ridge February, Darien , CT. CONTACT: 9 | Holloway Brook Farm, Lakeville, MA. CONTACT: 10 | IEA Home Show, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: (860) 464-7934 ,,

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10 | Blue Ribbon Ventures at Oak Meadow Far, East Windsor, CT. CONTACT: BHC Management, 203-650-3148 , bhcmanagement. com.


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February Calendar 10-12 | Country Heir, Wilmington, OH. CONTACT: Frankie Stark, 513-875-3318, kittykatstark@, 12-17 | HitS oCala, Ocala, FL. CONTACT: 13 | Great SoutHweSt winter SerieS iii, Katy, TX. CONTACT: Anne Yaffe, 281-934-3251,, 13-17 | HitS arizona, Tuscon, AZ. CONTACT: . 13-17 | lake St. louiS winter FeStival, St. Louis, MI. CONTACT: John McQueen, 318.348.8233, jmcqueen@queenieproductions. com, 14-17 | raleiGH indoorS winter ii,

Raleigh, NC. CONTACT: Joan Petty, 919-669-9877,, trianglefarms. com. 15 | MiCHiana equine expo, Howe, IN. CONTACT: Kara Garrett, 260-562-9187,

24 | wnepHa SHow at Mount Holyoke, South Hadley, MA. CONTACT: Sharyn Antico, 413538-3036,, mtholyoke. edu. 25-26 | oHio valley Fun SHow, Burlington, KY. CONTACT: Trena Kerr, 859-250-5473, 26-3/3 | HitS tHerMal, Thermal , CA. CONTACT: 26-3/3 | HitS oCala, Ocala, FL. CONTACT: 27-3/3 | HitS arizona, Tuscon, AZ. CONTACT:

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16 | iHSa at JudSon ColleGe, Marion, AL. CONTACT: Jennifer Hoggle, 334-683-6866,,

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17 | JaCk FroSt Jubilee Fun HorSe SHow SerieS, Ephrata, PA. CONTACT: Kriss Phelps , 717-354-5585,, www. Horse Shows

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19-24 | HitS tHerMal, Thermal , CA. CONTACT:

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27-3/3 | MarCH MadneSS- week 4, Aiken, SC. CONTACT: Progressive Show Jumping, 803649-3505,,

16 | winter one, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: (860) 464-7934 ,,

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

American Bashkir Curly Registry

Connecticut Morgan Horse Association

Hypo-Allergenic & Versatile

Promoting the Morgan breed.

American Friesian Association

Connecticut Quarter Horse Association

American based Registry for Purebred and Partbred Friesian Horses.

Promoting the American Quarter Horse.

American Saddlebred Association of Maine, Inc.

Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club

Understanding, appreciating, breeding & using the American Saddlebred.

Promoting harmony and good will among the community of Iberian horses. •

Empire State Quarter Horse Association

Dedicated to the promotion, use & ownership of Arabian and Half-Arabian horses.

Promoting interest in Quarter Horse ownership, activities, rights and welfare.

Arabian Horse Association of Massachusetts

The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse

Promoting the Arabian breed of horses.

Horse registration provided through our P.R.E. Mundial Registry Service. •

Arabian Horse Association of New England

Granite State Appaloosa Association

Encourage breeding, exhibiting, and promoting the Arabian horse.

Promote the Appaloosa in all phases of the equine industry. •

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Learn more at under About.


Representing the Gypsy Horse, also known as the Cob-Vanner-Tinker.

Northeast Miniature Horse Club

Dedicated to the heritage of the Gypsy Horse, also known as the Gypsy Cob.

Dedicated to the enjoyment, appreciation, and humane treatment of all Miniature horses.


Dedicated to the promoting, showing, and exhibition of the Friesian horse and its derivatives.


Inform and educate the general public about the history and use of the draft horse. •

Ohio Haflinger Association

Encourage, educate, and promote the breeding and use of registered Morgans.

A promotional organization for the Haflinger horse. •

Purebred Morab Horse Registry

Member of Region 6 AQHA.

Dedicated to breeding, buying and selling Morab horses.

Promoting, Protecting and Perpetuating the Miniature Horse. •

Quarter Pony Association Working to promote your ponies.

New England Paint Horse Club

Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association

Dedicated to promoting the Paint Horse breed by offering horse shows and other equine activities.

Advancing and promoting the Arabian and Half-Arabian horse. • www. •

Vermont Quarter Horse Association Inc.

Promoting and Enjoying the Norwegian Fjord Horse.

Dedicated to bringing together Quarter Horse enthusiasts.


Northeast Fjord Horse Association •


774-200-0364 •


The New England Miniature Horse Society


Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association •



Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association

Maine Morgan Horse Club, Inc. •



International Friesian Show Horse Association •


Gypsy Horse Registry of America, Inc. •


Formed because of our mutual admiration of the Friesian Horse. We are an official chapter of The Friesian Horse Association of North American (FHANA).



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Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc.

Established to simplify registration for Miniature Horse owners and breeders while maintaining accurate pedigree information.

Since 1928 - “The Oldest State Organization of its kind in the Country.”

Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England

Connecticut Trail Rides Association, Inc.

Dedicated to the promotion of the wonderful and versatile gaited American breeds.

Encouraging and promoting the sport of trail riding.

Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc.

Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training Assocation, Inc.

Protecting the future of trail riding.

Serving Northwest Ohio’s riders since 1980. •

A competition rewarding the elegance and grace of classical horsemanship.

#1 in Barrel Racing Where Beginners Can Be Winners.


Carriage driving enthusiasts.

Our interests range from restoration and conservation of carriages and sleigh to pleasure driving in modern-made vehicles, to combined driving. •

Charles River Dressage Association

New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association

Providing affordable quality dressage events.

Dedicated to providing its membership with quality horse shows, a broad learning experience, and a strong foundation for riders who wish to compete at higher levels. • •

Colonial Carriage and Driving Society

Ohio Arabian & All Breed Trail Society

Developing and furthering the art of driving for pleasure.

Endurance riding, competitive trail riding and pleasure riding. • •

Saratoga Driving Association

We are a USDF Group Member Organization and a USEA affiliate.

Enjoying all aspects of driving horses.

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Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc. •



The New England Region/ Carriage Association of America



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Black Swamp Driving Club


National Barrel Horse Association

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Southern New England Carriage Driving Association

Southern New England Horsemen’s Association

Promote, encourage and stimulate popular interest in driving and driving horses of any breed.

Offering English, western, saddle seat and Miniature classes. Youth & adult exhibitors. 7 shows per year/year-end awards through 6th place.

Southern New Hampshire Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc.

Tri-State Horsemen’s Association

Improve the understanding of dressage and combined training theories and skills.

Promoting equestrian competitions and shows.







West Greenwich Horseman’s Association Sharing a love and interest of horses.


Western Reserve Carriage Association Sharing a love of driving equine powered vehicles.





Maine Horse Association, Inc. Encourage horseback riding in the state of Maine. •

New York Upper Connecticut Region

US Pony Club

Supporting individual Pony Clubs in this region

Get more details about each affiliate at about/affiliates. Find articles, photos, membership forms and more. Become an affiliate organization and earn great benefits for your members and your group. Contact Karen Edwards at 603-903-1244 or •

Norfolk Hunt Club One of the oldest registered Fox Hunts in the United States. •

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Silver Heels Riding Club Promote and support an interest in horses, horsemanship and sportsmanship. • February 2013




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put Your money Where Your horse Is I lIke to keep the customers happy, so from time to time, I check the letters to our beloved editor to find out what’s on your mind, dear readers. I’ve noticed lately that you’re all looking for more money-saving tips. happy to comply! read on, because right here on the last laugh page, I’m going to give you a huge money-saving tip for life with horses—one you won’t find anywhere else in the magazine. And, here it is: Don’t get involved with them in the first place. too late, you say? oh, I’m really sorry to hear that. In that case, you’re going to need my remedial tips. Now, we all know that there’s one cardinal rule when it comes to saving money: prioritize. cut back on the lower-priority things to have enough for the high-priority things. here, in roughly descending order, are our priorities as horse-lovers: 1. Feeding and housing our horses. 2. keeping our horses healthy. 3. making our horses look good. 4. training ourselves and our horses. 5. hauling our horses someplace to have fun with them. 6. Buying cool tack, gear, and clothes in which to have said fun. 7. Visiting other friends with horses (sometimes bringing our horses along). 8. Feeding and housing ourselves. 9. keeping ourselves healthy enough to ride. 10. making ourselves look good (at the bottom except in the cases where #6 applies). All good financial planners will tell you to rank and trim your expenses by priority. so, let’s start with number 10 at the bottom. If you’ve got any beauty products— and by beauty products I’m also referring to soap, deodorant, and shampoo—you’re just throwing money away. stop buying that stuff right now. You can get soap at the dollar store, and forget the deodorant—you always smell like horse anyway. here’s a tip: next time you’re almost out of the fancy horse shampoo you 176 equine


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buy for the prince or princess, fill the bottle full of water and shake it real good. that’ll last you for a while for your own hair. Not that I’m suggesting you shouldn’t care about your looks. Not at all. the focus of your attention just needs to change. Whereas your nonhorse-loving friends probably concern themselves with things like nails, accessories, and clothes, you now need to pay attention to your wardrobe of ball caps and t-shirts. that’s all you’re wearing most of the time, other than breeches, jeans, and boots. here are two words to make sure you’re getting the most beauty bang out of said caps and tees: stick-on crystals. As to health, the key here is “healthy enough to ride.” As long as you can stay in the saddle, you’re healthy enough— the exception being that you’re allowed to splurge on any device, class, or product that will make you a better rider; it’s worth the money. otherwise, grooming, feeding, and mucking qualify as exercise, and we all know horse liniment works on humans. Feeding and housing ourselves is difficult to cut back on, but you can certainly try to economize. horse show candy has been recommended as a meal-replacement strategy. No, silly, not by doctors—by other horse show exhibitors. have you ever seen your trainers eat anything else at a show? As far as housing goes, you can cut down on your utility bills if you try. set the thermostat as far up or down as possible, depending on the weather; you’re always out with the horses anyway. since you’ve cut back on beauty products, you shouldn’t need as much water. If there are other house-

hold members, get them involved in as many out-of-the-house activities as you can, preferably at places with showers. that leaves #7, visiting with friends, as the only other area to scrimp, without getting into the top of the list, which is a no-cut zone. the good news is that we can save here, too. the only friends we mostly have left are horse-loving friends, and all they really want to do is talk about horses. so, that keeps us from throwing our money away on things like movies, trips, shopping, or partying— unless these involve horses. If your other, sadly-deluded, nonequine-owning friends try to include you in their expensive ways of having fun, and you just can’t avoid it, simply do what comes naturally—talk incessantly about your horses. they won’t invite you a second time. oh, and one last tip if you are serious about saving money: If your house has a fireplace, you should know that dried manure burns hotter than wood. I’m just sayin’. Ange Dickson Finn is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom who does have a house with a fireplace. Visit her at and, or email her at ange@

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