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Get Hitched Plan Your Dream Wedding with a Horse-Drawn Carriage

Change of Reign





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contents March 2013

features 52 Eventing Entrepreneurs Learn how the discipline is revolutionizing some of the most popular products on the market. BY KATHRYN SELINGA

60 Insurance Assurance Common insurance mistakes and how to avoid them. BY JENNIFER ROBERTS

64 Your Chariot Awaits The Equine Journal’s guide to planning a fairy tale wedding with a horse-drawn carriage. BY ELISABETH PROUTYGILBRIDE

44 Change of Reign

A look at the evolution of the Friesian—from plowing fields to fancy footwork. BY SARAH WYNNE JACKSON




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30 Things you never knew about eventing. 34 Learn what can cause abortions in mares. 36 Tips for trailer loading your horse. 71 Take a trip to the small equestrian mecca of Aiken, SC. 74 Four polo shirts you’ll want to wear this spring. 79 Meet one fellow

equestrian who is featured on the Food Network.



tail end

14 Editor’s Note

71 Travel

158 Marketplace

16 On the Road

74 Equine Fashion

161 Real Estate

18 Letters to the Editor

76 Collecting Thoughts

164 Calendar

22 In Your Words 25 Bits & Pieces 26 Points of Interest

166 Classifieds

the scoop

168 Affiliate Coupons

79 News & Affiliate Updates

172 Directories

30 Now You Know

86 Industry Wide Affiliates

190 Stallion Paddock

32 Prepurchase Exam

90 Equine Affaire Ohio

192 Last Laugh

34 Ask the Vet

150 Breed Affiliates

36 Trailering Pointers 40 Hunter/Jumper Pointers

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on the cover

Autumn Wilson captured Adam and Lacey with their horse-drawn carriage at their 2012 wedding, in Oxbow, ND. COVER PHOTO: AUTUMN WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY



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Making Progress I AM A CONSUMMATE PLANNER. I make vacation itineraries, weekly meal plans, and when I was starting both of my horses under saddle, I kept almost daily notebooks of goals. While I’m not a big fan of change, it is obviously inevitable, in an unpredictable world, and many times I have to learn to let go. I admit that most of the changes that happen are for the better, and new experiences, even the bad ones, can teach you things about yourself and help you grow. It would be hard to make progress as a person—or a rider—if nothing new ever happened. For one example, take the Friesian breed. They have survived the centuries by adapting to the needs of their human counterparts—a warhorse, to a workhorse, to the modern athletic Friesian we know today. And, who can deny that the breed isn’t one to be admired. To learn more about their progression through the years and look at their future, be sure to read Sarah Wynne Jackson’s article, “Change of Reign,” on page 44. Eventing is another great example. The sport is constantly evolving, whether for safety or for better performance. This month, Kathryn Selinga sat down with three entrepreneurs in the eventing world who have made an impact on the sport through their innovative ideas and products. Not content to just sit back and dream, they saw a need, took the leap, and made it happen. Read more about their inspiring stories on page 52. This month, we also take a look at the importance of understanding equine insurance and knowing whether you are covered before an accident happens. This is one aspect of the horse world that you can plan for, and the more so the better. Jenn Roberts enlists the aid of professionals to help us navigate the sometimes-murky waters of equine insurance. Get started by turning to page 60. And, we all know there’s nothing more unpredictable than horses, and when you decide to include them in your wedding, you had better be prepared. Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride tackles the topic of incorporating a carriage into your big day in her article, “Your Chariot Awaits,” on page 64. Finally, if you can’t get enough of the Equine Journal staff, be sure to follow us on our new blogs at equinejournal.com. Kathryn Selinga details her trials and tribulations on online equestrian dating, Jenn Roberts writes about her journey starting two green horses, Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride entertains with her stories of attending equine events, and I will give you a peek inside the makings of the Equine Journal. We all hope you’ll follow along and join in on the conversations.

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Trail Talk with Agnita Knott of goldenrod and Joe Pye weed in bloom, with hundreds of Monarch butterflies feeding on the flowers. Bill and I just sat there on our horses for a half hour watching them. It was a glorious sight to behold, a moment in time I’ll never forget. On Her Favorite Time of Year to Ride: Basically either spring or fall—in the fall, there are no Me with Agnita Knott at the bugs after the first frost, and BSTRA awards banquet. in the early spring, you start seeing little green shoots and bluets springing up, and then the best are the lady slippers hiding in the woods. On How She Met Her Husband: Bill and I met at Ridge Valley Stables in Grafton, MA, in the 1970s. It’s probably a five minute ride from where we live now…I boarded my horses there, and it was a hub of fun social activity…Bill actually lived right down the street and we started going trail riding together. Obviously, one thing led to another, and now we’re married. On Being a Member of the BSTRA: It’s a little bit of everything…I enjoy riding my horses out on the trail, but I also enjoy the camaraderie of the club and spending time with the friends that I’ve made over the years. [Bill and I] have known [BSTRA President] Becky Kalagher, Lynn Paresky, Julie Taddei, and Joanne Podles for probably 25 to 30 years. We believe that the work that BSTRA members do to save, preserve, and maintain the trail systems for equestrians is very important for today and the future of all riders. Be sure to check out my blog at equinejournal.com/ community/blogs/on-the-road to find out what my personal top picks are for trail riding.

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Bill Knott displays the Joseph Travers Memorial Senior Active Member Award alongside Jonathan Graveson, who was awarded as the club’s most active young rider.




MY HUSBAND AND I HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING guests at the Bay State Trail Riders Association’s (BSTRA) awards banquet on Saturday, February 2. I was thrilled to meet many of the club members whom I often read about in the magazine, and put a face to their names. Out of those many people that I often find myself reading about, there was one couple who really stood out from the crowd: Bill and Agnita Knott. This pair literally swept the banquet, taking home ribbons in the Senior Pleasure Ride, Competitive Ride, and Accumulative Ride divisions. Additionally, Bill received the award for Most Active Senior Rider, and the duo tied in the Senior division for a Sam’s Champ High Point Horse award. The Knotts are also members of the Cross State Trail Ride organization as well. Between husband and wife, this couple has accumulated many trail miles together! Following the awards banquet, I managed to sit down with Agnita to gain some insight on why she loves trail riding, what her favorite trail system is, her most memorable riding experience, how she met her husband, and what her favorite part of being a BSTRA member is. On Why She Loves Trail Riding: I took riding lessons when I was younger, and then took a break while I was in college. When I started teaching in Worcester, MA, I brought students from my horse club riding on the trails with me. I think that’s where my love for trail riding developed; it was very different from my earlier lessons in the ring. There are so many wonderful sights that you get to experience while you’re out on the trails. But most of all, Bill and I have had the pleasure of riding our exciting Townshend Morgan horses on many beautiful trails. On Her Favorite Trail System: I love Upton State Forest (I’m also Corresponding Secretary for the Friends of Upton State Forest), which is pretty close to our house, so we ride there often—BSTRA holds an annual scavenger hunt there, which is so much fun. They have plenty of parking available, and many great trails too. We also really enjoy riding the Brookfield Trail System in New York where the Cross State Trail Ride Inc.’s 44th Annual August Ride will be located this year. On Her Most Memorable Riding Experience: We weren’t very far from our house in early September when we came across a field full

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I loved hearing from Lendon Gray in “Building a Future.” I will be taking a clinic with her this spring, and I was so excited to see her in the Equine Journal! -Beth Ann Harting, Hattiesburg, MI

piece of editorial. Elizabeth Adams Alltech® North American Public Relations Coordinator

Thank you so much for your wonderful article about our NorthAmerican Sportponies (“Measuring Up” in the December 2012 issue). I can’t tell you how much we appreciate your fair and interesting portrayal of the activities of our NorthAmerican Sportpony breeders. It is so important to make sure that out own American breeders get the kind of exposure they deserve. Since you mentioned our very own breeder, Mary Barrett, in your article, we are proud to report that Mary and TLF Bejeweled placed a very respectable fourth place at the International competition at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. I might mention here that the Sportpony Star Search Perpetual Trophy was also won by one of our NorthAmerican Sportponies, in addition to our $2,500 prize. Sonja K. Lowenfish President of the NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry I love the variety of breed and disciplines, as well as seeing news of friends’ accomplishments! Beth Thomas Johnstown, PA I just finished reading [Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride’s] heartfelt nod to her husband in the February issue. It sounds like she has a wonderful life partner who can really understand—and enjoy—her equestrian passion! Thanks for a beautiful 18


The Equine Journal is a great magazine, but I would like to see more of the Fjord breed—pictures and stories about them. In my opinion, Fjords are just the best to have in your barn; they are so sweet! DeAnna L. Koczkodan Via FacebookSM I love the great photos, which are all beautiful. I would like to see information on keeping your farrier happy and safe—for example: how to better care for your horse’s feet, how to train to stand for the farrier, what should you do when the farrier is there? My husband is a farrier, and he has had to run to catch horses in the pasture, put them out afterward, trim and shoe on his own, etc. These are things that aren’t safe for him to do alone. It would be great if you could educate people. Debbie Henderhan Canton, OH

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 received by March 15 will be entered in the drawing. Send your submissions to editorial@equinejournal.com, or to Equine Journal, Editorial, 83 Leicester Street, N. Oxford, MA 01537. Congratulations to Beth Ann Harting for winning March’s letter-of-the-month! She will receive a North Woods Animal Treats gift pack.

I was so excited to receive the phone call from Lisa at Back on Track® telling me that I had won the grand prize in your 25 Days of Christmas contest. This is definitely one of the best Christmas presents ever, and I can’t tell you how excited I am (and my horses will be) by the Back on Track products. Thank you! Stacey Stearns

I want to thank you for a wonderful gift and surprise. I never thought I was one of the lucky ones from your 25 Days of Christmas contest! The bridle couldn’t have arrived at a better time. I have returned to the show ring and my old bridle was old. I was smiling from ear to ear, and I still am! Victoria Clark The [February] issue is fun to read, with good articles and great news from all over, even from the small associations. I really like the “Prepurchase Exam” (on page 32) with the feedback from the “testers” on undergarments! Good job! Chris Cassenti Rowley, MA

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Kohanov, is an outstanding book about the heart of horses. I will be re-reading it again. Highly recommended! -Jewel Mead Horse Tales from Heaven, by Rebecca Ondov. -Ute Shepherd Tami Hoag has a couple of books featuring the equestrian community called Dark Horse and Alibi Man. Two of my favorite books! -Maria Perkins

The Saddle Club books! The television show just does not do them justice. -Alison Tebbens The Eighty-Dollar Champion, by Elizabeth Letts. -Diane Ballotta Benn Podhajsky’s Complete Training of Horse and Rider. -Amy Dowd Ruppert Billy and Blaze. -Natalie Monroy-Mueller

What is your favorite horse book or series?

The Black Stallion books, by far—I used to save up my allowance to buy them and still have them packed away! -Rick Dawes The Misty of Chincoteague series. I have a bunch of my favorites from childhood. I still can’t give them up. -Mary Thresher The Tao of Equus, by Linda

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Where do I start? My Friend Flicka—Thunderhead, and Green Grass of Wyoming— Black Stallion series, Silver Brumby series, War Horse, Follyfoot, Black Beauty, Seabiscuit—there are too many to list! -Lesley Dore The Perfect Distance. -Peyton Stewart Chosen by a Horse. -Christy Loyer Justin Morgan Had a Horse. -Anna Redmill The Black Stallion. -Annette Thayer Beautiful Jim Key was a memorable book and true story. -Joan Ganotis

From Our Staff

Growing up it was the Black Stallion series, by Walter Farley; but, the most recent horse book that I read and would say is a favorite is War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo. Karen Edwards Publication Assistant

Send your answers to Jenn@EquineJournal.com.


I have been listening to all the Dick Francis books on tape—they have good story lines with lots of horse stuff in them, as he was a steeplechase rider. -Lisa Derby Oden


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March 2013

Photo of the Month

Up close and personal with Hilken’s Go For The Gold, an imported German Riding Pony stallion. PHOTO COURTESY OF XANADU DRESSAGE



bits & pieces POINTS OF INTEREST

There’s Still Time

Horses Hit the Silver Screen on the schedule are the American Heart Association Beach Ride at Myrtle Beach, endurance riding at H. Cooper Black Recreation Area, behind the scenes at The Colonial Cup, carriage tours in Charleston, foxhunting, and an American Competitive Trail Horse Association ride.

Here Comes the Bride We asked: Did horses play some sort of role

The Case of the Missing Gallbladder

in your wedding? Here are your answers.

They Will



Horsedrawn Carriage



Horseback Wedding



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Add this to your collection of useful horse factoids that (surprise!) you actually needed to know: Horses don’t have a gallbladder because they are designed to eat constantly. Humans eat few, relatively large, meals. Our gallbladder serves as a storage pouch for bile— the emulsifying agent produced by the liver that is needed to start fat digestion. When we eat a large amount of fat at one time, the gallbladder releases bile into the small intestine. Horses, on the other hand, are trickle feeders—they are supposed to continuously graze on forage, all day and all night. The small amount of fat they eat is easily managed by the liver. Therefore, there is no need to store bile in large quantities. In recent years, fat has been shown to be an alternative to high-starch diets, since it is more concentrated in calories. There was initial concern that large amounts of it would not be sufficiently digested. However, the horse’s liver has the ability to compensate. This adaptation takes several weeks; therefore, it is best to slowly increase fat levels. - Juliet Getty Ph.D, gettyequinenutrition.com.


Horses, horses, and more horses— that’s how David Grant describes a new television show that will air in October. Horse Tales with Blaire is a locally-produced, locallyfilmed, 30-minute show that features all kinds of horses, all breeds, all disciplines, and various activities around South Carolina. Already

The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) announced they have extended the membership deadline for those who wish to compete in saddle seat to May 1, 2013. Any saddle seat middle or high school student-rider, parent, or coach with interest in starting or joining a saddle seat team should contact the IEA membership office. Visit RideIEA.com for more information.

Man of the Year

He was the first American in 25 years to win the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final, highest-placing U.S. Equestrian at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and winner of all four observation classes he entered. Now, you can call Rich Fellers 2012 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equestrian of the Year as well. Eight equestrians were nominated, and Fellers was revealed as the winner at the USEF Pegasus Awards in Louisville, KY. Fellers’ successes in 2012 made for a season few fans will soon forget. With Harry and Mollie Chapman’s Flexible (who was named USEF International Horse of the Year), Fellers was unbeatable for a good portion of the year. Their memorable stretch began in s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, where they bested eventual Olympic Gold medalists Steve Guerdat and Nino de Buissonnets by .64s in a jump-off for the Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals Championship. After returning to the U.S., Rich and Flexible entered four Observation Event classes and won them all. Included in those victories were classes such as the $100,000 Hermes Grand Prix of Del Mar, and the $200,000 CN Performance Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows. The strength of those wins earned Fellers his first trip to the Olympic Games, where he earned an eighth-place finish and the distinction of being the highest-placing American equestrian.

Seven Uses for Duct Tape Duct tape is known for its ability to fix almost anything. Make sure you bring a roll or two out to the barn; you never know what you might find as a use for it! n Wrap it around your hand, with the sticky side out; then, use it to quickly remove debris from coolers, saddle pads, fleece girths, etc. n The tape’s waterproof properties make it perfect as a temporary fix to horses’ blankets before turnout. n Duct tape offers a strong, waterproof seal over any type of hoof wrap. Additionally, it can help to hold on a loose shoe while you wait for the farrier. n Having trouble keeping your horse’s protective boots on? Use a small piece of duct tape to keep the VELCRO® secure. n Wrap a loop of tape around the end of a fraying lead rope to give it a new lease on life. n Buy a “fun” color of duct tape and use it to quickly mark your horse’s brushes and equipment. What are your uses for duct tape? We want to know! Send them to editorial@equinejournal.com.

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


From the beginning, event horses had to carry a minimum of 165 pounds during the endurance test, since military horses were expected to be able to carry such weight. Lead weights were carried on the saddle. The amount was reduced to 154 pounds for the 1996 Olympic Games, and the rule was abolished on January 1, 1998.

On Michael Jung’s 30th birthday (July 31, 2012), he made eventing history by becoming the first rider to ever hold the European, World, and Olympic championship titles at the same time.

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To indicate the level of difficulty, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) uses asterisks or “stars” on a scale of one to four. The four-star designation is reserved for the quadrennial World Championships and Olympic Games, the annual Badminton and Burghley Three-Day Events in England, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, and Adelaide in Australia.


The first civilian three-day event held in the United States took place in 1949, running in conjunction with the Bryn Mawr Horse Show.

The last Olympic Games that included the long format was the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney, Australia, while Rolex Kentucky, the Badminton Horse Trials, and the Burghley Horse Trials ran their last long format three-day in 2005. The short format is now the standard for competitions.




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bits & pieces PREPURCHASE EXAM

protective vests Airowear Outlyne Body Protector

This heavy-duty vest with the front-zipper closure was easy to put on and adjust. The convenient zip front is lined with foam to protect you from all angles; the zipper and the adjustable VELCRO® around the midsection allow the vest to fit a variety of different-sized women in a standardized sizing. The unique memory foam of the vest conforms to your shape as your body heat warms it, making it feel like a custom fit after a few minutes in the saddle. The foam offered some breathability, but (like most vests), it was still quite warm. BUY IT: $309.95, airowear.co.uk.

Rodney Powell Body Protector

This custom vest took a lot of the guesswork out of trying to figure out a size—our tester submitted her measurements and was given a vest tailored to specifically fit her figure. She enjoyed the added protection of shoulder pads, although it took some time at first to figure out how to attach them to the vest and wear them properly. Overall, she found the vest to be comfortable, but riders who use it should school in it a few times before competition, as it took a while to break in. There was plenty of rib cage protection, and an added bonus was the overlapping of materials near the zipper and shoulder areas. BUY IT: $175, rodneypowell.co.uk.

No one likes to be a crash test dummy, but what can we say? We love our readers. This month, we hit the ground hard putting these vests to the test.

Tipperary Eventer

The Tipperary Eventer is to the sport what Dolly Parton is to country music—timeless and traditional. Its lightweight, flexible design allowed our tester to focus on her horse and jumping round rather than struggle with a lack of mobility. The mesh covering, paired with the vented padding, also maximizes breathability, which is a must on the crosscountry course. The lacing on each side makes adjusting for size easy, but readers be warned: make sure you purchase a properlyfitting vest, as loosening the sides more than you should will leave your rib cage exposed, creating a greater opportunity for injury. BUY IT: $269.95, PheonixPerformance.com.

Hit-Air Advantage Airbag Vest

Our tester was pumped to try the Hit-Air Advantage Airbag Vest, and it did not disappoint. The newest model to come from Hit-Air was a perfect fit over her other protective vest, and when deployed, it most certainly added extra padding and support, especially around the neck. This air vest was lightweight and didn’t add any extra volume, except when inflated. It slowly deflated on its own after a few minutes, which was a plus, and it was super-easy for our tester to pack the neck and hip protectors back up. As a first-time user of an air vest, the most intimidating and confusing part was changing out the CO2 cartridge once it was spent—referring to the operator’s manual is a must! BUY IT: $549, air-vest.com.

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

This month’s products for review will be donated to The Rider’s Closet.



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bits & pieces ASK THE VET your horse health questions answered

Preventative Measures Learn the Causes of Abortions in Mares

By KimBerly Brothwell, D.V.m., of New eNglaND equiNe meDical aND Surgical ceNter


What are some of the common reasons why mares abort? Is there anything that I can do to help prevent this?


The common causes of abortion in mares can be broken into two categories: infectious and non-infectious. When dealing with pregnant mares, it is important to work closely with a veterinarian.

Non-infectious twinning: This is the most common type of non-infectious abortion in mares. The mare’s uterus is unable to support two fetuses due to the inability of the placenta to provide adequate nutrients to both. This type of abortion can occur at any stage of pregnancy, but most often it occurs after seven months. Prevention is based on ultrasound identification of twins before 16 days of pregnancy. At this time, manual reduction of one of the embryos can be achieved without disruption of the other embryo. embryonic Defects: These defects occur when there is a problem associated with normal embryo development. There are mechanisms that prevent defective embryos from continuing to develop and trigger embryonic death or abortion of the fetus depending on the stage of development. umbilical cord abnormalities: The umbilical cord carries nutrients and removes waste products to help

the embryo and fetus grow while in the uterus. When something occurs to prevent this normal flow, it can cause an abortion to occur due to the added stress placed on the fetus. toxic causes: There are several types of plants and other toxins that can cause abortion in mares. The following is a short list of what to avoid: sorghum, Sudan grass, locoweed, hoary alyssum, fescue, and eastern tent caterpillars.


It is important to check your pregnant mare’s turnout area for plants that could cause abortions.

equine herpesvirus - type 1: EHV is a respiratory virus that can be mild to severe. Symptoms of the disease include fever, lethargy, anorexia, nasal discharge, and cough. The disease is transferred via nasal secretions, aerosolized secretions, aborted fetuses, and placenta and fetal fluids. Abortion associated with EHV infection occurs when the mare is infected with the virus after four months’ gestation. Abortion usually occurs after seven months’ gestation. Prevention of this disease in pregnant mares includes vaccination with a killed EHV-1 vaccine at five months’, seven months’, and nine months’ gestation. Mares in high-risk situations can also receive an additional

vaccination at three months. Herd isolation may also help prevent introduction and spread of the virus. Placentitis: Placentitis is an ascending infection from the outside environment, due to a relaxing cervix, and can be caused by either bacteria or fungus. Mares that have poor vulva conformation, that wind suck, or have had trauma to their cervix or vulva should have a Caslick’s suture placed to help prevent ascending infections. Prevention of abortion is based on early recognition of signs, identification of the cause, and treatment of the infection.

EquInE HErpEsvIrus TypE 1 (EHv-1): The primary form of equine herpesvirus associated with abortion and also with foal mortality. EncEpHalomyElITIs: A neurological disease, also known as sleeping sickness. 34

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This is a great concern among diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. rabIEs: A deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is in saliva and is most commonly transmitted by an infectious bite.

WEsT nIlE vIrus: A neurological disease, transmitted by mosquitoes, which causes inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord. TETanus: This often-fatal disease, commonly referred to as lockjaw, results in unopposed muscle contraction and spasm.

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health hints › corE VAccinES for prEgnAnT mArES

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bits & pieces QUICK TIPS tips from top proffesionals

Trailering Pointers With Tim Hayes


My horse is often fearful about trailer loading. What can I do to help build her confidence?


Establish Yourself as a Respected Leader In order to become a horse’s leader, you need to communicate in his natural language. This is accomplished over time with a series of groundwork exercises. Using body language, touch, and feel, administer levels of physical discomfort (not force, fear, or pain) to motivate your equine to willingly move his feet. After he moves, give him comfort by allowing him to rest. Learning how to communicate with your horse by using these techniques is



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Getting your horse loaded into a trailer doesn’t have to be a stressful situation.

something that can be taught and that you can learn from a qualified teacher. Loading With 2 Communicate Levels of Comfort and Discomfort After you have established yourself as your horse’s leader on the ground, use the same principles for asking him to move into the trailer. Make the desirable behavior (going into the trailer) comfortable and the undesirable behavior (staying outside) uncomfortable. Learn and use the effective natural methods of increasing and decreasing varying degrees of pressure. This can be accomplished by using your lead rope with various techniques. These will enable you to make your horse uncomfortable without making him fearful, angry, or resentful. As soon as he just tries moving forward, reward him by taking the pressure off and letting him rest (comfort). Then, repeat, going a little further each time. Don’t wait until you have to take your horse somewhere.

Start practicing months beforehand when there’s no pressure. You don’t have to complete the whole process in one session. Some horses take longer than others. You can do it over a couple of hours, days, weeks, or months. Always stop on a good note, and come back when you’re ready to begin again. Not Use Force, Punishment, 3 Do or Pain When a horse is afraid to go into a trailer, using any type of force will cause him to become more fearful and increase his resistance. For example, say your friend tells you to jump off the high diving board. You tell him you’re afraid and you don’t want to. He says there’s nothing to be afraid of and starts to pull you out to the end. You use all your strength to resist and become angry with your friend for not listening and for forcing you. The worst thing you can do is hit your horse. It convinces him his instinctual fear was correct. Now, he’s not only fearful about the trailer, he’s

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Horses are genetically hardwired to resist going into trailers. Not knowing this fact is the number one reason most people have difficulty loading their equines. To a horse, a trailer looks like a big metal cave on wheels. Trailer loading problems can occur at different times for different reasons in the life of a horse. The two primary causes of resistance are fear or disrespect. Fear: Horses that have never gone into a horse trailer or have never been taught to feel safe and comfortable in one, both physically and emotionally, are usually going to resist. The reason is fear. Horses are claustrophobic. They naturally know to avoid confined places that inhibit their ability to escape from danger. Disrespect: Horses who are not afraid and have learned to go into trailers will sometimes refuse out of disrespect. They have not yet accepted their human as the leader. They will resist as a way of establishing themselves as the leader. Whether it’s fear, disrespect, or a combination of both, the solution is the same…leadership. Below are six steps of trailer loading.

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bits & pieces QUICK TIPS experiencing pain, which he immediately associates with the trailer. This then increases his level of fear and resistance. Not Trick or Bribe the Horse 4 Do Using bribes (food, treats) to obtain desirable behavior from a horse is totally counter-productive and usually ineffective. Horses do not consider food to be a reward. In fact, when they are afraid, they will not eat in order to have a lighter stomach, enabling them to run further and faster. Natural rewards for horses are rest and reassurance (petting, stroking). Using bribes to get what you want is dishonest, manipulative, and destroys the foundation of all healthy relationships—love, trust, and respect. Use Positive, Patient Persistence and Stay on Horse Time Horses have no concept of elapsed time. They live in the moment. In order to stay relaxed and calm while being assertive, we must also have no schedule and live in the moment. Both humans and horses learn by: advancing outside of their comfort zone; remaining there as long as possible; and, retreating back inside their




comfort zone. When it’s time to begin, don’t lead your horse into the trailer. Stay outside of the trailer and direct him forward (drive him) into it. This helps your horse become more confident, and it’s much safer for both of you. Repeatedly ask the horse to advance a little beyond his comfort zone (into the trailer). Allow him to stay as long as he can. Allow him to retreat back into his comfort zone (outside the trailer), reassuring him as he continues. If you patiently persist with no predetermined agenda, such as “I have to get my horse in the trailer now!” his comfort zone will increase in size until it becomes the whole trailer (Note: Once he finally goes in, don’t put up the butt bar or close the door)! Allow him to go in and out many times until he will stay inside totally relaxed, without stepping out for at least 60 seconds. Then, make noise and rattle the chains. If he continues to stand calmly inside the trailer, then close it up. Your Horse to Load 6 Teach Himself for Life Usually, the first time you put a saddle on a horse’s back, he’s anxious, suspicious,

and will often move and buck it off. Not long after, it becomes a non-issue. Saddling your horse becomes as second nature for him as being turned out to pasture. The same is true for natural trailer loading. Don’t teach your horse to trailer load so you can get him to the show. Teach him so it becomes one of the many things he learns to do in the human world and something he’s happy to do for his partner. Natural trailer loading is not about getting your horse inside of it. It’s about your relationship with him. The principals of love, trust, and respect are more important than the purpose for taking your horse somewhere in a trailer. Your horse knows the difference. You’ll see the difference. TIM HAYES is one of the Northeast’s most sought-after natural horsemanship clinicians and is a visiting instructor at the University of Connecticut and the University of Vermont. Tim offers horse/human-friendly clinics, classes, and private sessions for all riders.

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bits & pieces QUICK TIPS tips from top professionals

Hunter/Jumper Pointers With Taylor E. Knapp of Crosswinds Equestrian Center


How can I make sure that I get the correct lead when I pick up the canter?


One of the greatest challenges that young riders have, especially in the show ring, is making sure that their ponies and horses pick up the correct lead when transitioning to the canter. Not doing this can cost a rider the win in a flat class, or cause his or her mount to be unbalanced on the way to a jump. I often see riders rush to pick up the canter and forget to set their pony or horse up correctly, which can result in them picking up the incorrect lead. To make sure you start with the correct canter lead, there are a few important things to remember: The rider always needs to stay balanced and correct in his or her position. Sit securely in the saddle and keep your shoulders back. Tipping forward or leaning to the side makes it hard for your pony or horse to stay balanced. Your mount needs to know in which direction he is going. If you ask for the canter in the middle of the ring and your pony or horse is not sure which way he is going to be turning, he will pick up whichever lead is more comfortable, not necessarily the correct one. Help your horse or pony know which lead to pick up by shaping his body the same way he is turning. Think about shaping his body in a big letter “C,” with his nose slightly to the inside of the ring, his shoulder and belly to the outside, and his hip to the inside. It is always easier to pick up the correct lead on a turn rather than a straight line. When you go into a jumping class and are making an opening circle, ask your pony to pick up the canter when you are turning a






corner near the rail, not as you pass through the center of the ring. In a flat class, you are normally asked to walk, then trot, and then come back to the walk before the announcer asks you to canter. Before the announcer says canter, try to position yourself on a turn or in a corner. A good trick for this is making a circle. Remember: a judge would much rather see you take the extra time to properly set up your mount for the correct lead than rush into the canter and risk picking up the wrong one.


TAYLOR E. KNAPP is a professional rider and trainer based out of Crosswinds Equestrian Center, which is owned by her mother, trainer Joann Knapp, in Dutchess County, NY. Taylor is shown here with five-year-old Hudson C. Heinemann.



A judge would rather see you take the extra time to set your horse up for the canter than rush and pick up the wrong lead.

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A Look at the Evolution of the Friesian— From Plowing Fields to Fancy Footwork

The Friesian is a dream horse. Its flowing mane and tail, dramatic movement, and glistening black coat capture our imagination. It’s no surprise that it is used so often in movies, weddings, and formal events. But, has this elegant animal always been so eyecatching? As a Baroque breed, the Friesian has survived countless wars, the ups and downs of the world economy, and the varying needs of human beings. What did this beautiful horse look like in years past? 44





The KFPS keeps precise records and enforces a high standard, which ensures that all Friesian foals will be as close as possible to ideal.

Native Breed of the Netherlands

A Hard Worker A striking animal with flowing hair, the Friesian certainly fulfills our idea of what a Baroque horse should be. But, that isn’t what this breed looked like throughout much of its history. As an agricultural animal, it would have been heavily muscled, with a downhill 46


As a Baroque breed, the Friesian has survived countless wars, the ups and downs of the world economy, and the varying needs of human beings. build ideal for leaning its body weight into the harness to pull a plow through the fields. A well-developed chest and shoulder allowed it to haul heavy wagonloads, and large bones kept it sound during long days of labor. The Friesian also had a natural affinity for people, making it a pleasant work partner for farmers and their families.

Form Follows Function In the middle of the 20th century, the KFPS saw that instead of being an agricultural necessity, the horse was becoming a form of recreation. The extinction of the slow, plodding Friesian was on the horizon. The equestrian sports that caught people’s attention required an entirely different horse, which the KFPS catered to as they transformed the plow animal into the lovely Friesian we admire today. An ideal modern Friesian should be balanced with a fast, high-action trot and should be powerful in the hindquarters. “The breed we have now is leaner, more lightly boned, and more athletic, with less feather. It has the

uphill build and the agility needed to compete in dressage and carriage driving,” explains Scott Kelnhofer, co-founder (with his wife, Shelley) of the Fenway Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to preserve and enhance the longevity and quality of the life of Friesian horses. “This is a taller horse, with a body that is less deep,” Sharp elaborates. “The legs aren’t necessarily longer, but they appear longer because the horse’s chest cavity is less deep. They are powered from the rear end, so they can engage the hind legs underneath them and propel the front of the body up off the ground. Plus, they have the flexibility and strength to do the intricate movements required in dressage without breaking down.” Don’t be surprised if you see a heavier-looking Friesian, though. There is currently two body types: the more commonly seen lighter one and a slightly heavier physique. “There is a tendency to call the heavier type ‘Baroque’ but that’s a misnomer,”


One of Europe’s oldest breeds, the Friesian horse originated in Friesland, a province of Holland. There are variations of stories within the breed’s history, but Friesians possibly date as far back as the 13th century, and in the 1500s, they were probably crossed with Arabians and Andalusians. The resulting breed was a knight’s horse and a favorite mount of nobility. In 1879, the Friesian Horse Studbook (KFPS) was established to maintain and manage the Friesian breed. The oldest studbook in the Netherlands, the KFPS is the original Friesian registry, and even today, is considered the breed guardian. In time, the Friesian became predominantly a workhorse, pulling plows and wagons. In the 1950s, farming became mechanized, making horses mainly a possession of the wellto-do for recreation and sport. “At that point, the Friesian breed came down to only three stallions, and any mare that even resembled a Friesian was considered for breeding. Once they had re-established the breed, then they started raising the criteria for breeding. In the following years, they tracked the results of those breedings and raised the criteria further, progressively improving the breed,” says Beth Sharp, president of the Friesian Horse Association of North America. Although originally imported to North America in the 17th century, the Friesian was quickly lost here due to crossbreeding. In 1974, Thomas Hannon, of Canton, OH, reintroduced the breed to North America. He purchased Friesian horses and had them transported by ship across the Atlantic.

From Plow Horse to Dream Horse How did the breed transform from plow horse to dream horse in such a short period of time? “The KFPS manages the design of the horse with a highly knowledgeable committee that decides what direction they think the breed should go by carefully managing the stallions that are approved for breeding,” explains Kelnhofer. “The Dutch are probably second only to the Germans for their recordkeeping, and they use those records to the best advantage. Not only are there a very limited number of stallions 48


approved for breeding, those stallions have to go through rigorous testing. There’s a 70-day testing period for the stallions and then five years of offspring testing. If the babies don’t meet the requirements, the stallions lose their breeding privileges,” Sharp says. By keeping fastidious records and enforcing a high standard, the KFPS is able to ensure that every newborn Friesian will be closer to the ideal horse that will excel in today’s equestrian sports.

Appropriate Priorities Not only was it important to model a horse that could survive the times, it needed to be one that would stay healthy and sound. Every equine in the world is vulnerable to health issues, and every breed of horse has certain problems that tend to be prevalent. But, Friesian-lovers have taken a proactive role in containing and eliminating genetic faults. “The KFPS does more genetic testing than I think any other breed registry. The results may not all become public, but they do affect the way the KFPS approves stallions for breeding,” says Sharp. Katherine Fox, D.V.M., Head of Research at the Fenway Foundation and a 1995 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Medicine Program, elaborates, “There are

four major (Left) Friesians genetic issues, are now bred to have agility and and Utrecht the uphill build University needed to com(Netherlands) pete in dressage. is working on (Right) The all four of those Friesian, with its flowing mane to some degree. and beautiful They’re creating features, fulfills genetic tests to the idea of what help us discover many believe a Baroque horse which horses should be. have these traits. “In Holland, there is a lot of interest in this kind of research. One of our goals at the Fenway Foundation is to promote interest in this type of research here in North America. In fact, we’re just completing our own original research project to determine exactly what makes a Friesian’s blood work alike and different from the reported values of the general equine population.”

Today’s Friesian According to the KFPS and FHANA websites, there are currently 60,000 Friesians registered worldwide; approximately 8,000 of those horses reside in North America. The Friesian has always been a special horse, but advocates of the modern breed see it continuing to stand out as a favorite for competition and for pleasure riding.


Kelnhofer says. “The heavier type we have today is really a hybrid of the Baroque horse and the modern Friesian, halfway between the old and the new.” But, the Friesian we love now still maintains some essential qualities of that Baroque horse. “They are very affectionate and seek out interaction with people. That’s their most important quality, and that affinity for people has been maintained,” Kelnhofer says. “They’re still all black, and they still have lots of long hair. But, we haven’t sacrificed temperament,” agrees Sharp. “Too often, horses that are bred for color are crazy, or they have debilitating health issues. Health and temperament are top priorities with the KFPS.”


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By Kathryn Selinga

Eventing Entrepreneurs How the Discipline is Revolutionizing Some of the Most Popular Products on the Market


venting is a constantly evolving sport. Its human athletes are always striving for more safety precautions, as well as improved performance for themselves and their equine counterparts. So it should come as no surprise that many eventers are revolutionizing so many of the most commonly used products on the market to better the horse and rider experience, in their discipline and beyond. From FITS and Fleeceworks, to Point Two and Kerrits to name a few, eventing has inspired innovative creations from the designers of products that satisfy needs across all spectrums of riding. Here, meet the brains behind Team Ride Safe, Tad Coffin Performance Saddles, and Tredstep Ireland and discover how they are transforming the way equestrians worldwide think and ride.

Dr. Stephanie Davis It has been said that eventing is one of the most intense, if not dangerous sports—because what other athlete wears their medical information on their arm? The potential for injury, particularly on cross-country, stares a rider in the face each time out on the course, which makes having access to such data a necessity. But the technology behind the armband is, well, essentially non-existent—information is written on a piece of paper, is constantly scratched out and re-written, and riders all too often fall at a water complex, leaving the paper soggy and unreadable. Enter Dr. Stephanie Davis. Since she has emerged on the scene, eventers and the equestrian community alike have a modern, technologically advanced version of the armband 52

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available to them. Davis, a B graduate of the United States Pony Clubs, one-star competitor, and veterinarian, combined with her husband, an avid cyclist and veterinarian, came up with Team Ride Safe, which offers medical ID bracelets. “Basically, on the faceplate of the bracelet, you have your name and maybe an emergency contact number or two, and at the bottom, our website is listed,” explains Davis. On the website, bracelet owners can enter their ID code, found on the back of the faceplate, and type in all of their important details in one place—and only they have access to edit it. “All of the questions on your armband are on the website when you register,” she says. “I also added another couple of questions, just from my medical background, of what else would be perfect information to know.” The real difference between old and new can be seen in a crisis. “If something happens to you, [first responders] can go to the website, and it will ask for the person’s last name and their ID code, and that will bring up his or her medical information,” says Davis. “People that are around you may know you, but they’re not going to know your blood type or your spouse’s phone number or who your doctor is—there are so many pieces of information that we can get to very quickly

2012 USEF National CCI4* Champion Allison Springer proudly sports her Team Ride Safe medical ID bracelet while accepting her award.

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Dr. Stephanie Davis Riding Tall Chai Latte at the Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Horse Trials, Dr. Stephanie Davis wears her Team Ride Safe bracelet in red, to match her cross-country colors.

this way, and we can totally expedite getting the emergency personnel there and getting you taken care of.” But Davis’ vision goes beyond the cross-country course, and even the discipline of eventing. “Do you wear your armband when you ride every day? Of course not, but you would wear a bracelet every day, and you’re more apt to fall off at home than when you’re at an event. At home, you’re by yourself or maybe there’s one other person—at an event there are 300 people to help you, so it’s kind of silly to have the armband then and not to have it at home.” In a sport where injury is inevitable, having medical data available literally at your fingertips is another positive addition to the eventing safety revolution. Team Ride Safe is a new company, launched just a year ago, but Davis’ goal is lofty. “I think if I could make a real, genuine, true difference in this sport and actually make a rule change…I wouldn’t even know what to do with myself,” she says. “If you can really change someone’s life because they fall off or get kicked or anything, and they get their medical attention faster because they were wearing the bracelet, [that’s the most rewarding part].”

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Tad Coffin

Tad Coffin


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there,” he says. Because of his accute attention to the details of the tree, and therefore the comfort and performance of the animals, Coffin’s progressive thinking has been benefiting partnerships across numerous disciplines, as a happy horse makes for a happy rider. “It became clear to me that the horses deserve better, and that a better piece of equipment designed and engineered with the understanding of the dynamics of the horse’s back in motion can really bring about very profound changes in their movement, disposition, potential, soundness, and especially in the joy they bring to their riders, because there’s really nothing more joyful in the riding experience than having a horse that is moving beautifully, relaxed, steady like a metronome, confident in the game, participating with his rider,” says Coffin.

Photos: courtesy of tad coffin Performance saddles


The saddle: This important piece of riding equipment has been around for centuries, and though the aesthetic details are constantly being refined, the construction has essentially remained the same over the years. While each discipline has different requirements and needs when it comes to saddle function, Olympic Gold Medalist Tad Coffin believes they should all do the same thing— allow the horse to give the best performance he can. “The driving force behind 20-some-odd years of my own saddle R&D (research and development) effort has been a commitment to improve the wellbeing and performance of horses through improving this extremely significant piece of equipment that I believe has been overlooked,” says Coffin. “Look at the number of saddle pads and therapeutic devices, both underneath the saddle and to help horses recover from that With a painted on saddle, in addition to the exploskeletal structure, Tad sion of chiropractic and massage Coffin demonstrates the therapy; and yet if you were to movement of a horse in relation to saddle fit. take the insides of the saddle, and look at them over a span of » Tad at his facility 70 years or several hundred in Virginia. years, the basic principles and basic concepts and in some ways even the same design has really not evolved,” says Coffin. So, he got involved in the industry and set out to make a change shortly after the 1976 Olympics, and eventually went on to start his own Tad Coffin Performance Saddles. Since then, Coffin has done extensive R&D work on the saddle tree and has been aided by one of the country’s preeminent engineers. “The lack of advancement in saddle trees over time can be attributed to the costs associated with the manufacturing and tooling processes,” he states. After figuring out how to rapidly develop prototypes, they were then able to progressively and effectively make design changes. “We focused on tree shape first and then created some unique engineered features that allow the tree to flex on 18 axes. It’s this combination of shape and flexion, together with a very precise manufacturing process, that makes a world of difference to the comfort and performance of so many horses,” explains Coffin. On one side of the former Olympic eventing champion’s facility, you’ll find the shop where they make the saddles from scratch. When one prototype is complete, Coffin himself then takes it to the other side of the facility where his test horses—whose sole job is to try out these saddles— are housed. “The part of the process that is simple is actually gauging the reaction when [the horses] like something or not; the process that’s a little more difficult is identifying where in the saddle you need to make the improvement and how you’re going to get

Peter S. Gray and Jonathan H. Holling

Eventing by Eventers By Karen eileen and Kathryn Selinga


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Aidan with his sidekick Toby.


Aidan Keogh Tradition is a widely used term in equestrianism. But oftentimes, it doesn’t allow for advancement, in performance or safety. So, wanting more than just a rectangular piece of leather that doesn’t offer any real benefit out of his half chaps, three-star eventer Aidan Keogh designed his own. Keeping that tradition in mind but wanting a better riding experience, Keogh designed a line of chaps, then later went on to create boots, gloves, socks, and most recently, breeches for his company, Tredstep Ireland. “Like with most products anywhere, there was a need…it was the idea of having [half chaps that were] close fitting, comfortable, and smart looking in a lesson, where you’re training on an everyday basis instead of wearing out your expensive tall boots,” says Keogh. “So, I started to design a pair for myself, got a little imaginative with a couple pairs and loved them, and made a few more and it became a standard half chap worldwide within

a couple of years.” But with so many competitors in the market, Keogh had to find a way to stand out from the pack and increase performance, without sacrificing the overall look. “We want to suit everybody, and it’s a traditional sport where we tend to wear a uniform in many ways, and I respect that. I think it’s right, but I felt that we could actually just improve the function of things while respecting the aesthetics.” With a background in riding and design, Keogh was in the perfect position to find that balance between conventional and progressive. “I rode as an eventer, and then I went to college and did art and design,” he says. “It’s challenging to get the product right…and we don’t copy anybody’s; so we start from scratch, we design the product we desire to have, and we take it from there.” The idea of taking what he wants out of his own apparel—while keeping in mind the needs and requirements of multiple

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Event riders aren’t just creating products for the good of the sport, they’re also organizing competitions to keep it moving forward in a positive way. When changes were happening at the Florida Horse Park due to funding and the competitions that had been taking place there were threatened, three-time Olympian Peter S. Gray and his former, now accomplished student, Jonathan H. Holling saw an opportunity and a huge challenge to keep three-phase eventing in Ocala, FL, alive. “The setting is idyllic and riders must have competitions, or they won’t train here,” Gray says. Thus, the birth of Equiventures, LLC. “Our mission is to present high-quality courses for international competitors and produce a progressive, educational series of events annually, thereby maintaining Ocala’s position as a regional ‘competitive’ epicenter of U.S. eventing,” he continues. Holling adds, “It is that love of all of my horses that has continued to drive me to reach for the top of the sport. 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!” The transferable skills of discipline and determination from eventing training play a role in successful competition management. Equiventures, LLC has been deemed a “well oiled machine” by Roger Haller, technical delegate for one of the series of events, for the hours, manpower, and coordination of a vast number of competitor/high level details, along with dedicated volunteers that it brings together. These contests are for eventers by eventers and are nationally recognized competitions. Additionally, both Gray and Holling are well-respected coaches internationally and horse farm owners in Marion County. Since its establishment, the organization has branched out from solely putting on the shows as well. “As Equiventures has evolved into a successful competition management organization, we felt it was time to get more connected with the community. The Marion Therapeutic Riding Association was our first choice as an equine-oriented but also community driven, professional organization demonstrating volunteerism at its best, and compassion to those less able,” Gray says. Each year, the Ocala Horse Properties Series starts in November, followed by competitions in January and February, and an international event in April.

Aidan Keogh

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« Tredstep Ireland Managing Director Aidan Keogh dons his own Da Vinci field boots and Eventer gloves aboard Master Tredstep at the Belton Horse Trials CIC3*.

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disciplines—and then providing the public with that same product has served Keogh well. “We have enjoyed phenomenal excess over the last two years. Tredstep’s boots are among the best selling at the nation’s top equestrian retailers,” he comments. “We’ve brought a little bit of innova-

tion into [the boots] to allow them to move more effectively for the rider, but at the same time respected the traditional look of the tall boots.” But it’s not the numbers that are the most rewarding part for Keogh. “I’m the proudest guy in the world when I see someone walking down the aisle with a pair of the chaps, boots, or breeches on…or when the riders say thank you, or my products have fulfilled their needs—to know I have actually created something that has helped people have a better experience than they have before, to actually have created something good,” he says. For anyone else who believes that there is a need for improvement in riding equipment, whether it be for safety or performance of horse or rider, and wishes to do something about it, Keogh has this final word of advice: “Don’t give up—it’s about locking yourself in a room sometimes and working it through. You’ve got to make sure you bring something fresh to the table and it’s got to work. It’s got to work in terms of its function and it’s got to be beautiful.”


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Don’t wait until an accident happens to find out if your insurance has you covered.

Insurance Assurance BY JENNIFER ROBERTS

Common Insurance Mistakes and How to Avoid Them



to understand common mistakes that horse owners make and how you can avoid making them. MISTAKE: Choosing the Wrong Insurance Agent SOLUTION: Consider contacting an agency that specializes in equine insurance. Many non-equine agencies will end up going through another agency to get your coverage, and may not have the knowledge to make sure the policy fits your needs. According to Susan Stawser, the owner of Fry’s Equine Insurance, “It’s important to make sure you are comfortable with the agent’s knowledge and personality. You should feel like they want to answer your questions and not that they are rushing you off the phone. As an insurance



e want the best for our horses, always. After all, they carry us to some of our greatest accomplishments, spend countless hours helping us improve our skills, and never turn down a heart-to-heart chat. It can be difficult to think of something going wrong, whether it is a career-ending injury or the loss of our equines’ lives, but it is important to be prepared and to plan for the worst. This is where insurance comes in, literally allowing horse owners to buy some peace of mind. However, insurance can be difficult to navigate, and it is imperative that you get this portion of your horse’ s care and protection just right. This month, we talked with a few equine insurance professionals

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agent, my job is to help you purchase the best policy for your needs and help you understand what you are purchasing.” The field of equine insurance is complex and rapidly changing; look for an agent who understands it. It’s always a good rule of thumb to find someone who has been in business for a while. MISTAKE: Thinking That You Can’t Afford It SOLUTION: Realize that you really can’t afford not to have insurance. Mortality and Major Medical insurance is relatively cheap, compared to the price of your horse, often less than a month of board. Scott Lombard, of Corinthian Farm and Equine Insurance, says, “I get the phone call a lot from people who wish that they had insurance, as they had to make tough calls because they were not able to afford major medical procedures. Insurance may seem like an unnecessary expense, until you are sitting at the emergency clinic hearing the huge quote on colic surgery.” You may not think of your horse as an investment; often they fit more into the “pet” or “family” role. However, it is important to realize that they are such an investment. “My general rule of thumb for owners,” continues Scott, “is that if you can’t afford to replace your horse, then you need to insure it.” Consider taking out a slightly smaller mortality value than you and the agent agree your horse is worth; this leaves you with some coverage but not the relatively high premium costs. Scott says, “I tell all of my customers that it is so much better to have some insurance than no insurance.” MISTAKE: Reporting the Wrong Information SOLUTION: Make sure that you disclose all of your activities at the beginning of the process (and as you add to your operation). Most policies name the activities that are covered, so it is imperative that they are listed. Take time to talk to your insurance agent about your current activity and the things you want to do in the future. Strawser explains, “If it is a new venture, I recommend that people estimate on the conservative side because we don’t want them paying for more coverage than they need; we can grow the policy as the business grows.” 62


Policy Protections

Let’s take a quick peek at the various types of equine insurance and how they benefit you. ■ MAJOR MEDICAL: Much like medical insurance for humans, major medical covers veterinary costs such as diagnostic procedures, surgery, medication, and non-routine veterinary visits. Most policies have a deductible per incident and/or a yearly limit. ■ SURGICAL: Unlike major medical policies, surgical policies only benefit you if your horse needs an operation. They cover expenses directly related to the surgery. ■ FULL MORTALITY: Full mortality will reimburse you for the preagreed-upon amount that your horse is worth, in the event that he dies. ■ LIMITED MORTALITY: If a horse dies in an accident or as the result of another specified cause, limited mortality insurance will reimburse the value of the horse. ■ LOSS OF USE: Loss of use insurance protects you if your horse is injured or becomes ill to the point where he can no longer do what you bought him for. The company pays you a predetermined sum. This type of policy can be difficult to collect on, so be sure to discuss what loss of use really means with your agent before purchasing it. ■ PERSONAL LIABILITY: Like liability

coverage in a homeowner’s policy, personal liability insurance protects you in the event that your horse hurts someone or damages property. Before purchasing this policy, check that your homeowner’s insurance does not include this coverage. ■ COMMERCIAL LIABILITY: Commercial liability insurance protects you in the event someone is hurt or his or her property is damaged because of your equine operation (boarding, lessons, training, etc).

MISTAKE: Not Understanding What You are Purchasing SOLUTION: Kelley Cote, of Hallmark Equine Insurance, stresses the importance of asking questions to understand what you are buying. “For Mortality coverage, ask if it is called Fair Market Value or Agreed Value. Agreed Value insurance is more reliable in terms of you receiving what you have paid for. In regard to the Major Medical and Surgical coverages, ask what the limits are, as some may be tied into the horse’s insured value. Find out what exclusions are included on the policy, or what might be added for a condition the horse already has.” It’s important to note that some policies automatically exclude items such as joint injections, dental or farrier charges, and alternative therapies (chiropractic, massage, acupuncture). The cheapest insurance may end up costing you more in the long run. Susan Sartain, of LCI Livestock Insurance, tells her clients, “You may want to consider adding endorsements to your policy for additional coverage in the event of an accident, illness, or surgical situation that could leave you with a huge bill with no financial assistance from your policy. With today’s technology, diagnostics, treatments, and surgical procedures can be very expensive. Not having enough coverage available could prove to be a costly decision. This can be prevented on the front-end by purchasing additional endorsements to the policy to provide funds for these unforeseen calamities.” MISTAKE: Sacrificing Coverage to Save Money SOLUTION: In an effort to save money, some people opt for a lower coverage amount so that they can pay less money. You want to make sure that your policy will cover your needs if something does go wrong. According to Jules Norcross, of Core Insurance, “People often reduce their deductible, as it’s associated with paying less out of pocket. However, when keeping costs down, they also reduce total liability coverage. Your horse kicks someone and you need to write a claim. You may have a small deductible, but your total liability coverage isn’t high enough to cover the incident. You end up paying a lot more out of pocket.” If you’re looking to reduce costs, consider raising your deductible rather than sacrificing coverage.

Mistake: Forgetting to Actually Read the Policy solution: Although it may seem simple, it’s important to actually read your policy when you receive it. Ask questions before you purchase one, so you know exactly what coverage you are buying and how it should work. You don’t want to wait until your horse is going in for colic surgery, or an expensive treatment, only to find out you do not have the necessary coverage, or the payable amount is not as much as you expected. With your farm insurance, be sure you know what level of coverage you have—and on what. According to Scott Lombard, “I see so many people who come in and assume that just because they have a certain dollar amount of coverage that those dollars can be allocated for anything. It is important to know what is covered and realize what your insurance will not cover. As a general rule of thumb, the more coverage you have, the more you need to pay.” Mistake: Withholding Information From the Insurance Company solution: Make sure that you are completely honest with your agent when you apply for insurance. While you may think that certain factors can make your horse ineligible for insurance or increase your premium, it is imperative that you divulge the information. Susan Sartain says, “Pre-existing conditions should always be disclosed. Not disclosing this information could void policy coverage in the event of a claim.” It is not just mortality and major medical coverage where dishonest information proves to be an issue. Often

farm owners are placed in an uncomfortable situation as well. According to Susan Stawser, “Another problem I frequently see is under-reporting the size of their operation. The application asks how many horses do you own or board or have in training, what are your annual receipts related to the different types of activities, what is the scope of your operation. Sometimes, these numbers are under-reported to save money on the premium, but this can cause a problem down the road if there is a claim and an adjuster finds out that the program is larger than what the application shows.” Mistake: Not Staying in Touch With Your Agent solution: You may be more concerned about your horse than your pocketbook when you grab the phone to call your veterinarian, but it is essential you place a call to your agent as well. All Mortality Insurance policies have a provision that requires you to notify the company promptly if your horse is injured, lame, or sick, whether there is an immediate claim or not. It may seem like a silly detail, but if you don’t inform the insurance company and later file a claim under the policy, there is a possibility that coverage might be denied for failure to notify within the terms of your policy. Place a quick call to your insurance agent and let them know what is going on. They can quickly guide you through the process of making a claim if need be. If you run a boarding or training barn, you may find it helpful to post the insurance information on the stall door of each horse. This will make it easy to obtain when needed.

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Your Chariot Awaits The Equine Journal’s Guide to Planning a Fairy Tale Wedding with a Horse-Drawn Carriage By Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride






“They are just so romantic,” emphasizes Maxine Walker, owner of Harwood Farm, an equestrian facility and wedding venue located in Woodbine, MD. “There’s an ambiance of magic and romance, between seeing the beautiful carriage, and hearing the clip-clop of horses’ hooves.” We spoke with brides who have ridden in these whimsical coaches, as well as experts in the carriage driving and wedding industry, to get some tips on how to have that perfect, fairy tale wedding.

Save the Date! Kiley Shipp of Chestertown, MD, had been riding for 27 years when she started planning her wedding. As a horse-crazy bride, she made sure that booking a horse-drawn carriage was at the top of her priority list. “Once I got engaged, it seemed the only logical way for me to be transported was by horse 66

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and carriage,” she explains. Her first step after the engagement was to find the perfect wedding dress, but her search for a livery service began soon after. “I booked the horse-drawn carriage before I booked the ceremony and reception, because I tried to make the venue fit to the carriage ride,” she continues. Although Shipp started planning her wedding to cater to the horse-drawn carriage, there isn’t a definitive time for a bride to book her transportation; however, the general consensus from operators is to make reservations with a reliable business as soon as possible after you’ve found a site for your ceremony and reception. “With any wedding planning at all, there’s a lot of variables,” says Elaine Joseph, who owns Cedar Knoll Farm in Lisbon, CT, and specializes in weddings, parades, and hay rides. “Most brides who call me have already found their venue, and have established a date. From there, we’ll check to see

if we’re available for that day and time. We tend to book up to two years in advance, but it’s not unheard of for people to call a week ahead of time and ask if we’re available, either.” Beth Podhajecki, co-owner with husband Steve, of Loon Meadow Farm, a carriage livery service based in Norfolk, CT, also recommends waiting until you have your venue and date of wedding lined up before calling about transportation. “If you do book us and then you find out it’s not going to work out with the place that you’ve chosen, it will raise havoc, so wait until you have everything in place, and then get in touch with us and we’ll go ahead and book you for that date.” Some wedding venues even offer their own carriage services to transport the bride to her ceremony onsite, and then to the reception afterwards. For Geoff and Amy Ahlberg of Boston, MA, booking a venue that offered this added service helped take some of the guesswork out of finding a ceremony and/or reception site alongside choosing a carriage company that was available on the same date. “We were married at the Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Chittenden, VT, which was perfect, because it was close to where we met in Killington, VT,” says Amy. “I’ve always envisioned my wedding to be with a horse-drawn carriage, because every fairy tale that I’ve seen growing up shows the princess arriving in a horse-drawn carriage. When

Photo: courtesy of cedar knoll farm llc/Peter Black


you’re a bride hoping to make equines a part of your special day, a horse-drawn carriage can get you to the church on time while making your wedding more magical than you’ve ever imagined.

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we booked our wedding there, they asked us right away if we wanted to have one, and I of course said yes.”

Location, Location, Location According to Podhajeccki, the pick-up and drop-off locations for a wedding can vary greatly. “There’s no absolute rule to this, as every situation has its own unique set of logistics, but typically if we were going to use the carriage for all points, we would meet the bride at her home, go to the location where the ceremony is, following which we would then go on to the reception.” However, there are many things that prospective brides need to take into account when determining where their pick-up location will be. “We get a lot

of calls from people who don’t really understand that horse and carriage is not the same thing as a car,” says Joseph. “Some people think that if it takes 20 minutes to get there by car, it shouldn’t take them that much longer with a horse-drawn carriage. Of course, a car goes on the highway, 65 – 70 miles per hour; obviously it’s impossible to take a horse and carriage on the interstate. So I like to tell people to keep their pick-up location, drop-off location, and final location within a reasonable distance.” Some brides may choose to be picked up at the ceremony site, and transported to the reception, while others may want to have their horsedrawn carriage solely make an entrance

at the ceremony. And, if your ceremony and reception site are far apart, that doesn’t mean you can’t still make it work. This was a roadblock that Shipp had to navigate around when booking her transportation. Instead of getting picked up at the ceremony, she met the horse and carriage a mile away from her reception site in an open field, where she had pictures taken with her groom before being brought over to the after-party. “My mother had called the people who owned the property beforehand, and they gave us permission to have the carriage company park there and have photos taken so we could have a little time to ourselves before the reception,” she comments. Another factor to take into consideration when choosing the location of your wedding is whether the town or city that you’re getting married in requires a permit for a horse and carriage. “For example, we’ve done weddings in downtown New Haven, and brides will often want to have pictures taken on the green,” says Joseph. “In order for us to physically go on the green with a horse and carriage, we need to have a permit, so we require the bride to get the permit.”

Safety First Finding the perfect venue that welcomes horse-drawn carriages and setting your date may seem like the

Types of Transportation

CINDERELLA CARRIAGE: One of the more popular carriages used for weddings, these vehicles are exactly as their moniker describes—similar to Cinderella’s horse-drawn carriage with a white exterior. Although they vary in size, the carriages can carry between two to four passengers, and be pulled by one or two horses. Clear curtains can be used in inclement weather. 68


VIS-À-VIS: According to Podhajecki and Joseph, these carriages are also more popular. Although they are manufactured in all colors, they are typically available for weddings in a choice of a black, white, or burgundy exterior, and can carry up to four adult passengers facing each other; they also have convertible tops, which can be used in most weather conditions, and can be pulled by one or two horses.

VICTORIA PHAETON: These carriages are manufactured in a variety of colors, but the ones with a white, black or burgundy exterior are more commonly seen in weddings. They carry approximately two passengers, have a small jump seat for a child or two, and can be pulled by one or two horses; a convertible top can be used for all weather conditions.

WAGONETTE: This larger mode of transportation can be used for bigger wedding parties, accommodating up to 12 or 14 passengers in a single wagonette; they are typically pulled by a team of horses, and generally have an open top, but most commercial carriage companies offer them with surrey-tops as well.


The variety of horse-drawn carriages offered for weddings can be as expansive as the options of dresses available to the modern bride. Beth Podhajecki and Elaine Joseph describe some of the vehicles most commonly used in weddings.

top items on your list to check off, but the average equestrian knows that when introducing horses to any situation, safety should always be a top priority. And of course, when considering safety, the horse’s temperament is one of the most important factors. “I never use the word bombproof,” says Podhajecki, “ because there’s always going to be something that a horse could potentially react to. The main thing with commercial horses, especially those being used in weddings, is that they have to be confident and comfortable in


an environment with traffic, and they are often standing for a very long time. People don’t realize that horse-drawn carriages are standing in front of a church for just as long, if not longer than, the amount of time they spend transporting you from one place to another. I’ll get the occasional phone call from someone who has a driving horse and wants to rent our carriage and drive it at the wedding, but they don’t realize that your average driving horse may spook or get distracted more easily than a horse that is used specifically for weddings.” During the process of choosing the right carriage company, Podhajecki and Joseph both recommend visiting them on-site, meeting the horses, and even taking a look at their driving equipment to ensure that it’s in good condition—something that is likely second nature to horse owners. Using word of mouth and asking for recommendations from other brides, as well as from experts within both the wedding and equine industries can be beneficial, which

is how Shipp managed to find her contact. Additionally, both Podhajecki and Joseph say that having a whip and a footman working the day of the wedding is a must for safety reasons—the whip drives the vehicle, and should remain on the driver’s box at all times; and the footman helps the bride and other passengers into the carriage, and tends to anything else that might need to be done on the ground. Lastly, brides should book with a carriage company that carries a commercial liability insurance policy and will issue their client a certificate of insurance if asked—something that many venues require; they should also

be wary of businesses that don’t offer contractual agreements. “This might not be directly related to safety, but we’ve heard horror stories over the years, where someone calls us because they booked a company that didn’t use a contract, and they were dumped at the last minute,” says Podhajecki. “A decent contract should be offered for both the company’s and the bride’s protection.” Once you’ve taken the proper steps and precautions, and have signed on the dotted line, you’ll be on your way to having the perfect wedding. “Just be sure to dig around and do your research,” Shipp advises, “because I really trusted the people who recommended the carriage driver that I found; they exceeded my every expectation, and I couldn’t be more thankful that they were as professional as they were. Because of that, my wedding felt like it was right out of a storybook.”




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A favorite among both locals and tourists, the annual Aiken Spring Steeplechase draws visitors from near and far.

Adventure in Aiken ➜ Aiken, South Carolina BY ELISABETH PROUTY-GILBRIDE


IF YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF vacationing somewhere where you’re surrounded by your fellow equestrians, and even better—a place to bring your horse with you—Aiken, SC, is the place to go. Boyd and Silva Martin, Phillip Dutton, and Kim Severson are all world renowned riders, to name a few, who own winter training facilities in this small equestrian mecca. “If you’re a horse person, there’s pretty much something going on every weekend throughout the year that caters to every discipline,” says Aiken resident, Maria Smith. “Whether you do driving, western pleasure, eventing, or hunter/jumper riding, there’s something available for everyone.” Highlights of the equestrian scene include: trail riding through Hitchcock Woods, which offers 2,100 acres of preserved forest for horseback riders, hikers, dog walkers, and joggers; the Aiken Steeplechase, which takes place each spring and fall, and attracts tourists from around the nation; the annual Aiken Horse Show, an open show, which is also known as “Horse Show in the Woods,” set within the Hitchcock forest; the Whiskey Road Foxhounds’ annual Hunt Week, which includes five hunts and numerous social functions; the Aiken Polo Club, which holds weekly polo matches on Sundays, from April through September; and the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum,

which is located within the city’s historic Hopeland Gardens and features photos, trophies, and additional artifacts representing flat racers and steeplechase horses from 1942 through the present. “My favorite place to go in Aiken is Hitchcock Woods,” says Cynthia Brewster-Keating, a resident who moved to the city in May 2006. After spending months researching places to live, she had heard about Aiken from a number of friends within the equine industry and, ultimately, decided to settle there.

“I’m a hunter/jumper rider, but because of my busy work schedule, I’m not very competitive; being able to go trail riding in a beautiful, privately-maintained forest that caters specifically to equestrians, walkers, and joggers is wonderful.” For those who do compete, the city boasts a variety of “A” rated shows for hunter/jumper riders, as well as numerous horse trials recognized by the United States Eventing Association (USEA) for eventing enthusiasts; also, it is home to the Katydid Combined March 2013 | EQUINEJOURNAL.COM


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Set within Hitchcock Woods, Aiken’s Horse Show in the Woods offers a scenic backdrop and relaxing environment to its competitors.

you can compete, Aiken truly has something to offer everyone. “We’re kind of an unknown entity,” Smith says, adding, “It really is a hidden treasure.”

Where to Eat Takosushi Southwestern fare meets Asian cuisine at this restaurant located in Aiken’s historic downtown. tako-sushi.com West Side Bowery Restaurant-goers can enjoy pub food, such as steak, seafood, soup, salad,

and more, at the West Side Bowery. westsidebowery.com Aiken Brewing Company This popular restaurant features traditional American fare and a variety of beer on tap for lager lovers and ale addicts, alike. aikenbrewingcompany.com Ryan’s Market and Deli Visitors looking for a more low-key place to dine can enjoy a sandwich or salad while sitting at Ryan’s outside café. ryansmarket.net The Track Kitchen Diners can enjoy a taste of the South at this breakfast joint located off the beaten path in Aiken horse country. 803-641-9628

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Hopelands Gardens and the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum are also popular attractions for tourists.



Hitchcock Woods Foundation Visitors who are bringing along their equines can take a trail ride through 2,100 acres of preserved forestland; this foundation is also open to hikers, dog walkers, and joggers, and is free to the public. hitchcockwoods.org


Driving Event, which is usually held in the fall, but is on hiatus in 2013. “If you’re coming to trail ride or go foxhunting, you can’t beat it,” BrewsterKeating emphasizes. “If you’re coming to event, there’s one taking place every Wednesday through Sunday, from October through April. There are even a couple of bed and breakfasts that offer stabling for people bringing their horses.” The fun in Aiken doesn’t just stop within the equestrian scene, either. Deemed by some as “a drinking town with a horse problem,” rumor has it that this community knows how to have a good time. “We socialize a lot, and all of our events are surrounded by food, wine, and beer, which is why I think some people think of it that way, but if you have horses, you have to be up early—you have to have a lot of discipline,” says Kathryn Byrnes, who is also a member of the Aiken community. People who want to indulge in food or beverage can find a number of local eateries that cater to all palates. From sushi, to breweries and delis, to upscale dining, there’s a variety of restaurants available. And, horse-crazy visitors shouldn’t be surprised to find their fellow equestrians decked out in their riding gear all over town. “One of the best things about Aiken is that you can go out right after you leave the barn and not worry about how you look,” says resident Shelly Day. “You can go to almost any restaurant in Aiken with your boots and breeches on, and it’s no big deal.” Whether you’re looking to get away to enjoy watching different horse sports, or are planning a new destination where

Horse Show in the Woods Held annually every April, this open horse show is set in Hitchcock Woods, displaying the scenic backdrop of the private forest, in addition to the talent of its competitors. aikenhorseshow.org Hunt Week Held by the Whiskey Road Foxhounds, this annual festival of hunting takes place the first week of every February, and incorporates five hunts, as well as a hunt ball, gourmet breakfasts, tailgating, and cocktail parties. whiskeyroadfoxhounds.com Aiken Polo Club One of Aiken’s equestrian hotspots, the Aiken Polo Club holds weekly polo matches on Sundays, from April through September. aikenpoloclub.org Hopelands Gardens and the Aiken Racing Hall of Fame This 14-acre estate features a public garden with wetlands, grandiose water fountains, a playhouse known as “The Dollhouse,” and Aiken’s Racing Hall of Fame. cityofaikensc.gov aikenracinghalloffame.com PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THE WILLCOX

Aiken Steeplechase The Aiken Steeplechase holds an annual Spring Gala and Fall Fete, benefiting Helping Hands Incorporated, The Hitchcock Woods Foundation, and the Aiken Rescue Squad, and attracts spectators from across the nation. aikensteeplechase.com

The Willcox is one of many places within the city that offers luxurious amenities at moderate rates.

Where to Stay The Willcox Enjoy southern hospitality at The Willcox, which offers luxurious rooms at moderate rates. thewillcox.com Annie’s Inn Bed and Breakfast Guests have the option between room and cottage rentals at this bed and breakfast, surrounded by cotton fields. anniesinnbnb.com Carriage House Inn Listed as the 23rd attraction on the Historic Aiken Tour, the Carriage House Inn offers elegant accommodations for its guests and is only a stone’s throw away from the equestrian district. aikencarriagehouse.com Hotel Aiken Considered a “party hotel” by many, this is more than just a place to stay; The Polo Tavern is one of the city’s most popular watering holes, and was awarded the “Best Place for Live Music” and “Best Bar” by the Aiken Standard in 2012. For additional photos and information on Aiken, SC, visit our online travel section at equinejournal.com. March 2013 | EQUINEJOURNAL.COM


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The Ubiquitous Polo There are many varieties of polo shirts. Here are the ones you actually want.

“The polo shirt was invented by René Lacoste, a world champion tennis player. He created a short-sleeve, knit body shirt with a collar as an alternative to the long-sleeve, button-down shirts tennis players wore as athletic attire,” reveals equestrian fashion designer, Arianna Anderocci-Vastino. Lacoste debuted the “tennis shirt” at the 1926 U.S. Tennis Open. Within a few years, it was adopted by English polo players and soon after became known by its current moniker. Lacoste was most likely less than pleased about that last development, since he was a tennis player. But, we’re pretty sure he’d be delighted by Anderocci-Vastino’s top picks for riding polos. By Carley SparkS

Show Polos »

With a sport, polo-shirt body and a show-shirt collar, show polos offer the comfort of the polo without sacrificing the look of the show ring. MuSt Have: The Kingsland lovita Show Shirt ($86) Kingsland’s Lovita has classic polo styling and a polyester/spandex blend, technical, quick-dry fabric. It comes in two options—solid with the sport striping on the shoulders and sleeves or colorblocked striping on the body. Both have great contrasting sleeve cuffs. LuSt Have: le Fash luxury Show Polo ($140) With the signature, hidden magnetic-closure collar, Le Fash’s Luxury Show Polo has a cotton/bamboo spandex knit body that allows for total mobility, and the technical performance needed to stay cool and dry. Wear it unbuttoned with jeans and a v-neck sweater, or under a show jacket for a classic show look.

» Sport Polos

Fact: the tennis shirt was originally worn with the collar popped to shield the player’s neck from the sun. Technically, it’s a functional fashion statement.

MuSt Have: Goode rider® Cargo Polo ($48) Made out of a cotton/lycra blend, Goode Rider’s Cargo Polo is easy to care for, breathable, and has a flattering streamline fit. We love the shirt in the ivory and mocha diamond color (not shown) with contrasting stripes on the sleeve. LuSt Have: Gersemi Tyra Functional Polo ($72) Gersemi’s muted colors are great for crossover into multi seasons. Grey is a huge color trend for summer and fall. The body is made of a moisture wicking, Dry Zone material with UV protectant and four-way stretch, so it’s really soft. The six steel snaps and extra-long placket give it a sexier look. Carley Sparks writes editorial on the hunter/jumper community at getmyfix.org. Arianna Anderocci designs the luxe equestrian shirting line Le Fash (LeFashNY.com).


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Jose F. Bonetti On Volleyball, Opportunities, and His Passion for Horses Age/Age Division: 16 Trainer/Farm Affiliation:

Hector Florentino at Stransky Mission Farms in Wellington, FL.

Background: I live in the Dominican Republic, and I go to the Carol Morgan School. I compete in the jumper division in both the Dominican Republic and in the U.S.

He is very disciplined and has a great passion for horses. He has taught me to be strong and when to move on, even though things didn’t go exactly as I had expected.

My Favorite Horse: My jumper, Umare. I love riding him, and together, we have formed a great bond, one based on trust.

Lucky Charm: My friend, Daniela Stransky. She is always giving me support and advice on things and how to do them correctly. It really helps. Worst Fall: I haven’t experienced a bad fall yet. 76

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Guilty Pleasure: That’s when I see other riders in my division knock down a jump, because it gives me an advantage—I don’t want anyone to do poorly, but I would like every opportunity to do my best!

Why I Ride: Because I have a passion for horses. I love these animals. There is nothing that gives me as much pleasure.

When I’m Not Riding: I like to

advanced jumper divisions, competing with the best of the best.

socialize with my friends and be around people. I also like to play volleyball and enjoy all types of sports. But, when I’m not riding, the thing I like to do is sleep! Maybe that is my guilty pleasure!

Best Piece of Riding Advice: To ride with my heart and only ride for myself, not for someone else. Also, always have fun and don’t worry what happens; just to make sure I enjoy what I am doing! And, I love it!

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: I would be able to be in more

Favorite Quote or Phrase: “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man,” by Winston Churchill.

If My Horse Were a Person: I would treat him with the same respect that I do now as my horse.

Photo: liliane stransky

The Trainer Who Has Influenced Me the Most: Hector Florentino.


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the scoop NEHC award winners display their ribbons.

Mass. Farm Bureau member Chrislar Farm.

Equine Study To Be Conducted by Mass. Farm Bureau This Spring

New England Horsemen’s Council

Year-End Awards Banquet Draws Over 300 Members


THE NEW ENGLAND HORSEMEN’S Council (NEHC) 2012 year-end awards banquet was held at a new, more centrally located venue, the Best Western Hotel in Marlboro, MA, drawing over 300 members to the evening dinner and awards presentation. This was one of the largest turnouts in recent history. Hosted this year by the Connecticut

Horse Shows Association and their committee members Frank Cunningham, Kristen Guadagnino, and Cynthia Jensen, the NEHC gave out over 100 beautiful awards including to the United States Hunter/ Jumper Association (USHJA) Zone 1 Champions.

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THE MASSACHUSETTS FARM BUREAU Federation (MFBF) will be studying the impact of equines on Massachusetts agriculture and local economies, which will assign value to each component of the industry. With a total contribution of $40,000, it will serve as a reference to the general public, regulators, and equine enthusiasts when issues regarding the keeping and raising of equines need to be addressed. The study will be conducted by First Pioneer Farm Credit of Dayville, CT, starting this spring. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to: The Massachusetts Agricultural Preservation Corporation, 249 Lakeside Avenue, Marlborough, MA 01752. Learn more at mfbf.net.

Equestrian Photographer Featured on Food Network Equestrian photographer Diana De Rosa made an appearance on the small screen on Sunday, February 17, in the Food Network’s return season of Worst Cooks in America. The show features chefs Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay leading 14 personalities deemed as the country’s worst cooks through a rigorous, no-nonsense boot camp. At Diana De Rosa on the the end of the season, the top competitors from each team will set of Worst Cooks in face off to become the Worst Cooks winner and earn $25,000. America. March 2013 | EQUINEJOURNAL.COM






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Day-end champions Abound At Hillside Meadows’ Winter/Spring Series On December 16, 2012, HillsiDe meadows equestrian center in Grafton, mA, held the first open schooling show of its 2012-2013 Winter/spring series. There was a great turnout of both on-site and haul-in exhibitors, even with questionable weather. buster stone of charlton, mA, officiated, offering helpful hints and keeping the classes moving along smoothly. There were so many Walk-Trot 13 & Under entries that the division was split into Walk-Trot 10 & Under and Walk-Trot 11-13. The show offered a quiet, relaxed environment for both exhibitors and their horses, with day-end championships in 10 divisions, from leadline to Open Hunter. There was also an Open model Horse/Pony class, as well as Open showmanship and Trail classes. some of the day-end champions were as follows: Hailey Fournier and step Up and luke won the Walk-Trot 10 & Under division. leah missal and make my move were the winners of the Walk-Trot 11-13 division. Felicia rudy and blondie’s Twist claimed Walk-Trot 14 & Over. stephanie

Klebes and Allons-Y took the top spot in the Green Horse division. isabella Grabeau and Zippo Pat reynolds were the leadline champions. in Walk-Trotcanter 13 & Under, sara Archambault and baxter were the victors. erez rabinovitz and baxter could be found in the winner’s circle in Walk-Trot-canter 14 & Over. nicole Pietro and Knock Your socks Off claimed the 18” crossrails division. Katherine ryan and Knock Your socks Off took the championship in the low Hunters. And, sara Whitaker and best of both Worlds won first place in Open Hunter. exhibitors who compete in at least two of the three shows will qualify for series-end awards. series-end champions will receive gift bags graciously donated by The saddle shed of Grafton, mA, and both champions and reserve champions will receive large ribbons. The next two shows of the series are march 24, 2013, with Jessica roberts, and April 21, 2013, with Amanda lord officiating. For full results, visit hillside-meadows.com.

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the UsHJA representative for Zone 1 awards. The Western medal committee event organizers were represented by Anne messina, Ginny Kavanagh, Kathleen Keefe, Jim mullaly, and camille W. Pepin, and for the saddle seat medal, Katie and sharron Alemian. The banquet started off with a social hour to catch up on everyone’s news and peruse the wonderful raffle prizes available, followed by a delicious buffet dinner with a choice of chicken, baked haddock, or steak tips, along with salad, mixed vegetables, and fabulous chocolate cake for dessert. The Western medal committee’s raffle continued during the awards presentation, offering a variety of prizes and gift baskets to choose. After the presentations, the band began to play onstage, and dancing commenced. The neHc banquet created a great atmosphere to celebrate the 2012 show champions. For a complete list of all the year-end awards, visit neHc.info.

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A new division offered in 2012, the Hunter seat Pleasure equitation championship was awarded to Danielle cammarano; reserve went to Kelsey Tremblay. Three new challenge trophies were offered, including the callaway’s merriwether saddle seat Pleasure equitation awarded to Taryn Fitzgerald; the “manhattan ‘mac’ maggiore memorial Adult Hunter 18-35” went home with Von mexico’s owner, Ally cox; and the luv express High Point Quarter Horse was given to Tally caruthers’ Hot intentions. neHc President, sue Arthur, kept everything running smoothly. This year’s neHc sponsored meet and greet offered an opportunity for exhibitors to meet with various medal committee members, and was held in conjunction with the cocktail hour. Olana laffey represented the new england equitation championships’ Hunt seat medal and also doubled as

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virginia 4-h hippology contest Hosted by Gloucester County a Success By Janine Wilson

The SevenTh AnnuAl GlouceSTer county 4-h hippology contest was successfully held at the Gloucester county Moose lodge in Gloucester, vA, on January 5, 2013. each year, Gloucester 4-h holds a hippology contest designed to test 4-h horse club members on their knowledge of all things associated with equines. The competition included: a judging portion to test the participants’ ability to identify good conformation; a stations portion to test their ability to visually identify different equipment and tack; a written test to quiz their knowledge on all horse topics; and a team question to allow an opportunity for the youth to work together and share their knowledge. Gloucester has produced many 4-h


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members who have continued on to compete at national level hippology contests. each year, 4-h members from all over virginia travel to attend Gloucester county’s event (L-R) Winners of the Junior team question Brynn Clark, Bobby Cox, Lacie Dunson, and Abbi Reed. because of their support for the hippology program. Savannah Stilwell, respectively. In the Senior division, the final placThe Junior division placed as follows. ings were as follows. claiming the top The first place winner was Mikayla spot was Delaney o’Donnell, followed Moore, with reserve going to charlotte by emily Johnston in second, with Anna Manvell. Third place was claimed by henderson-cox rounding out the top Savannah czupka, fourth went to Brynn three. Fourth place went to rebecca clark, and holly Johnston rounded Jenkins, with Jessica Torres coming out the top five. Sixth place was won in fifth, Monet Wilson taking sixth, by Shelby Kohn, followed by emily and libby Arnold laying claim to Glazebrook in seventh, Alex Miccio in seventh place. Finishing in the eighth eighth, cheyanne Fourney in ninth, and through 10th places were Katie lacie Dunson in 10th. Whitcomb, Kaitlen rainey, and

January thaw ride and Drive Features Good Turnout, Great Weather

At the 2013 AnnuAl JAnuAry thaw ride and Drive, the l5 entries, mainly local Vermonters, were delighted with the day on January l9. there were two drives and four rides in the 25-mile event, and nine rides in the l5-miler, starting out from Kedron Stables in South Woodstock, Vt. there were no casualties, no one got lost, and everyone finished in good time—the 25-mile participants within four hours. the shorter ride was “pass or fail” judging, and partakers didn’t earn individual scores. Joan hiltz was the vet judge, along with 15-mile ride participant Ann-Marie Savino aboard Annie. linda Glock, who’s a regular for the thaw. the competition was of 99.5, while reserve ride Champion, a Vermont equine riding and Driving Kimberly, on her Marshall, scored a 99. Association (VerDA) event. third in the 25-mile was erin lowe on the Grand Champion of the Drive, Callistro rain, a seven-year-old mare robin Groves—who has held this out of a Saddlebred by John hammond’s position several other times—wore Cleveland Bay stallion. many hats as co-manager; trail the sixth 25-miler rode hors concours marker with her husband, Wilson, due to girth issues. Krista Alderdice, and Jenny Kimberly; custodian of the who lives next door to Wendy Bejarano, many facets that make the event a rode emperic, resplendent in white must-do every year; and competitor tack. Wendy also loaned her Beacon for the umpteenth year. her champion to ruth Ferland for the l5-mile, and driving horse, the Morgan gelding, uVM ruth was willing to chaperone eightWorthy, has also done some noteworthy year-old Gail Morse on her pinto, thaws, and at age 22, has completed Shadow Dancer. nearly 2,000 miles of competitive the other 15-mile participants drives. Wilson drove a thaw newcomer, included: Christina Phillips, a local Beta B lady Santana, a seven-yeartrail and endurance rider who regularly old Morgan mare they’ve had for four competes and often wins, riding her years. robin, as usual, set pace while grey Shagya gelding, Jonas, in Wilson and Jenny Kimberly, riding her company with Jennifer ehler on new gelding, Marshall, followed along the Morgan gelding, Black Fletcher, within talking range. “the two biggish and Marlene Bottesi on Jenny hills for 25-milers—Blood hill and Kimberly’s grey, Dixie, who has a lot Bannister—are steep, but they drop in of both ride and drive mileage. roxanne levels and have a western exposure and Winslow and her friend, liz talberg, shelter from the wind; all entries had came from Connecticut—roxanne Morgan hill going out and returning,” rode her grey Arabian gelding, said Wilson. Alekazam, and liz was on her the Grand Champion of the ride Quarter horse, Dare to Dream. was Wendy Bejarano, and her Arabianlocal riders, Ann-Marie Savino on Saddlebred gelding, Ziggy. At one Annie, and Chip Kendall on Bert, point, the pair wound up bitless, but finished out the l5-mile section, all luckily, judge linda Glock drove by within the time limit. and saved the day. Wendy had a score 84

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Team Audi knocks off defending champion Team coca-cola In Joe Barry Memorial Cup The Audi Polo TeAm wenT bAck to basics in the Joe barry memorial cup on wednesday, January 16, and pulled off a stunning 17-11 rout of the defending champion coca-cola Polo Team at the Jan Pamela Polo Field in wellington, Fl. Audi bounced back from their first-ever 12-7 season-opening loss on January 13 to orchard hill in a big way, behind a complete team effort led by nic Roldan. Roldan scored a game-high 11 goals, including four in the final chukker. “we used all four guys and spread the field, and that’s the way we usually play,” said marc Ganzi, player-sponsor for Audi, the 2009 u.S. open champions and 2012 u.S. Polo Association (uSPA) national 20-Goal and uSPA north American cup tournament winners. “when we play like that we are tough

to beat,” Ganzi said. “Today we had a game under our belt. we played polo and we hit the ball.” The loss all but eliminated coca-cola from returning to defend its title in the championship game. coca-cola jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind goals by Julio Arellano, who led his team with six goals, and Tommy collingwood. Audi tied coca-cola three times in the opening and second chukkers before taking the lead, 5-4, when nico Pieres out-raced Sugar erskine to the goal for the score. Audi never lost the lead after that, with an 8-4 advantage after the second chukker, 9-6 after the third, 12-9 after the fourth, and 13-11 after the fifth. in the final chukker, as coca-cola continued to unravel and lose its composure, Roldan got a hot hand to

The Audi Polo Team beat the Coca Cola Team in the Joe Barry Memorial Cup.

put the game out of reach. Pieres, a member of the 2012 Argentine open champion ellerstina team, also had three goals. Ganzi scored two goals early in the game, including one at the 7:11 mark in the second chukker, when he took the ball after the throw-in and raced downfield for the goal. For scores from all of the Joe barry memorial cup matches, or for more information on the international Polo club Palm beach, visit internationalpoloclub.com.

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Maine horse Association Plans Events for 2013 Submitted by Sylvia a. Corbett

EvEn though thErE’s still a chill in the air, things are warming up for a busy season for the tri-state horsemen’s Association (tshA). spring will be here before we know it, and the various tshA committees have been hard at work getting ready for another year of providing the finest open shows, dressage shows, and trail riding Tri-State Horsemen’s Association junior memopportunities in the southern bers, Brianna Cost and Brieann Stone, driving Cornerstone Farm’s York Contract after a recent new England area! winter storm. the open show committee has been busy preparing for meeting will be held on Wednesday, the best tshA open show series March 6, at trinity Episcopal Church ever! there are lots of changes on route 6 in Brooklyn, Ct, beginbeing planned to help make your ning at 7:00 p.m. take a break from weekend more enjoyable. this year, the cold and join us for some warm in addition to being affiliated with conversation and informative discusthe Paint Alternative Competition sion on Lyme disease testing. voting (PAC) and rhode Island Arabian on changes to the Constitution and horse Association (rIAhA) incenBylaws will take place, and all tshA tive programs, tshA open shows members are welcome! will also be taking part in the What is fun, informative, full thoroughbred incentive program for of photos, and easy to navigate? off-the-track thoroughbreds registhe tshA website! Check it out at tered with the Jockey Club! Barrel tristatehorsemen.com. It’s the best racers take note—the national place to find the most up-to-theBarrel horse Association (nBhA) minute information about all tshA will be returning to the tshA open activities, events, scholarships, shows this year for the June show nutrena® feed-tag program, and only. this year’s open shows will much, much more. You can also be held on June 7-9, July 13-15, keep track of us on FacebooksM and August 17-19, at beautiful Falls Creek Farm in oneco, Ct. and twitter™. the 2013 dressage show dates our sponsors help us provide are May 26, June 30, and August the very best competitions and 4, at the Woodstock Fairgrounds prizes while keeping our costs to in Woodstock, Ct. once again, the exhibitors as low as possible. If you dressage shows will include tradiwould like to support the tri-state tional dressage classes, as well as horsemen’s Association this year western dressage classes. Dressage as a sponsor, please check out the will also be taking part in the tIP website for more information. incentive program. If you would Just a reminder—if you have not like to help with the tshA Dressage renewed your tshA membership shows, please email the dressage for 2013, now is a great time to get show manager at dressage@tristatethat done! Membership forms can be horsemen.com. found online at the tshA website. the next tshA membership until next month, “think spring!” 86

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thE nEW BoArD oF DIrECtors WILL be meeting soon, and plans for the revamped Downeast horse Congress will be starting. the dates are June 14-16, 2013, and the place of action will be the familiar skowhegan state Fairgrounds. Keep your eyes on this column in the future for more details on this show, and be sure to mark your calendars for one of the best shows of the season. the next new director to the Board of the Maine horse Association (MhA) is Leigh Drummey. Leigh has been showing saddlebreds, Morgans, and occasionally other breeds since her leadline years, 34 years ago. she has great memories of winning year-end leadline trophies almost as big as she was. the solid start she got in Maine and the MhA led her to many successes in the northeast, as well as the world championships and national finals for both saddlebred and Morgan equitation. “the opportunities that were presented to me throughout my horse show career by the many wonderful people in this business were gratifying and life-learning experiences.” now, Leigh has her own little leadliner, and you can find her in the ring with her on one of the family’s saddlebreds or Morgans. she also has two talented nieces who show, and her fearless mom, who rides a Friesian. Leigh served for a number of years on the new England horsemen’s Council (nEhC) saddle seat Medal Committee, the East Coast Equitation Event Committee, and is an active member of the highview riding Club. she is honored to be elected to the board of the Maine horse Association and looks forward to keeping MhA strong. on a sad note, the Maine horse Association sends its condolences to a MhA former director and secretary, Pat and Al Leclerc, on the passing of their 33-year-old saddlebred stallion, Foxflare. In some late breaking news, the Pine tree sizzler is beginning to get its plans together for 2013. It will be held at the hollis Equestrian Park in hollis, ME, on August 18. Be sure to mark your calendars. Enjoy the rest of the winter. By the next column, it will be spring and there will be more news on upcoming shows and events. We would like to hear from more of you who do dressage and trail riding. Do you have a new horse or foal, dog or cat? Let us know by emailing sadlara@peoplepc.com.

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Norfolk Hunt Club Norfolk Hunt Horse Show Receives Distinguished USEF Heritage Designation



The inside riding field at the show in 1962.


THE NORFOLK HUNT HORSE SHOW (NHHS), now entering its 103rd year, has been selected by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) to receive the prestigious “Heritage Competition” designation. In doing so, the NHHS becomes one of 15 shows— out of 2,600 USEF competitions—to hold the coveted honor given to a Federation show. The designation of a USEF Heritage Competition is reserved for those that have been in existence for a quarter century or more, have promoted and grown equestrian sport, and have made a contribution to the community outside the gates of the horse show by achieving, maintaining, and promoting the equestrian ideals of sportsmanship and competition. The effort to obtain the “Heritage Competition” designation was spearheaded by Norfolk member Gil Rodgers. Norfolk members and supporters who provided rich historical information and contributed to crafting the submission to the USEF include: Lil Cabot Minot; Rennie Clark Roberts, Ex-Master of Foxhounds (MFH); Mary Crane, Ex-MFH; George Fiske; Wendy CollinsGutfarb, Ex-Associate MFH; David Lewis, Ex-MFH; George Lewis; Bob Macleod; Jay Mullen; Jim Powers; Sally Saltonstall Willis; James Gornall; Karen E. Stives; James Powers; Peter I. Wylde; Commissioner Mary B. Griffen; James Loer; Catherine Kennedy; Lisa Lewis; Diana McNamara; and D.A. Hayden, among others. Following are some excerpts from the submission.

What Does Heritage Mean? Heritage is the legacy handed down over generations; it resides all around us but is often invisible to the casual passerby. It is the embodiment of the generosity of our predecessors such as Miss Amelia Peabody acquiring and gifting large parcels of land, and the training and veterinarian skills of the dedicated doctors, Frank and Cecila Powers. It is the immeasurable number of hours— donated by visionary volunteers—spent

over the last 100 years to build a living and sustainable tribute to the sport. It is the thousands of children who were introduced to the thrills of equestrian competition—some of whom became world-recognized riders, trainers, and Olympic champions.

It Began in Saltonstall’s Paddocks The NHHS can be traced back to 1910, when the show was first held at the Richard M. Saltonstall farm estate in Chestnut Hill, MA, in backyard paddocks with a small number of entries including the Saltonstall sisters and neighboring families. The show therefore dates back 103 years and is the second oldest continuously running horse show in the United States after Devon, which began in 1896. Outgrowing the farm estate, the show moved to the more spacious Brookline Country Club, and then, in 1934, to the Dedham Country and Polo Club, where it was named the “Dedham Horse Show.” It became a prominent show, attracting leading riders and horses from all of New England, competing over the traditional Memorial Day weekend. Thanks to very hard work and dedication by the surrounding communities, the show survived the Great War, continued through the Great Depression, and persisted during World War II. After World

War II, the show grew considerably: in a single day, as many as 375 entries competed and almost 4,000 spectators watched the colorful event with 34 separate riding classes for children, amateurs, professionals, and experienced hunt club members. Almost half of the classes were devoted to children and junior riders, down to beginners under eight. The show had two main jumping arenas: an outside course readily visible from the stands that meandered around the countryside and featured fixed hurdles such as coops, log fences, brush fences, ditches, stone walls, and a gravel pit; and an inside field with two rings where hunter and jumper classes, equitation, and other events took place. The popular show remained in Dedham for the next 36 years, until it outgrew the available space. An icon for the show was the charismatic ringmaster, Clarence “Honey” Craven, from Brookline, MA. “Honey” instituted a high level of professionalism to the show and was respected by all for his knowledge and fair decisions. He was a handsome sight in coaching livery, top hat, and coaching horn, known for offering reassuring words to nervous competitors—“you look good” or “take a deep breath!” In addition to his role at Dedham, “Honey” was a professional ringmaster and manager

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Southern New England Horsemen’s Association Provides 2013 Show Season Details Submitted by Cynthia Anne Bowen

The Southern New England Horsemen’s Association (SNEHA) has implemented 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 show in four shows instead of three to be eligible for yearend awards.

Here are our show dates for 2013. •April 21 – Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT, with judge, Kelli Wainscott •May 5 – Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT, with judge, Jeremy Minitz •June 16 – Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT, with judge, Karol Bennett •June 30 – Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT, with judge, Natalie McGowan •July 28 – Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT, with judge, Ed Golembeski •August 18 – Colchester Lions Club, Hebron Fair Grounds, Hebron, CT, with judge, JoAnn Hamson •September 15 – Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT, with

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Permanent Home at the Steeplechase Course In 1969, the show moved to the expansive Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course in Medfield, MA, a 60-acre open area that was acquired in 1927 for the Norfolk Hunt Club, initially for hound training and steeplechase races. The show—renamed the Norfolk Hunt Horse Show—has been held in this location continuously for the last 44 years. Over the years, well-known equestrians have competed at the event 88

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judge, Melissa Proulx 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 awards banquet. Points from the six club shows will be tallied, and the member with the highest number accumulated during the season will receive the award. We are eliminating the SNEHA Therapeutic Horsemanship class due to lack of entries in 2012. Our 2013 class schedule includes the following in-hand classes: 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

including: Olympian Jim Powers (Munich 1972); Louisa Lenehan; Olympian Dottie Morkis (Montreal, 1976 – Bronze Medal Dressage); Sue Ashe; Brian Flynn; Frank Madden; Bill Cooney; Olympic Gold Medalist (Athens 2004) and Maclay National Championship Finalist (Madison Square Garden 1982) Peter Wylde; Norman Hall; and Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist Karen Stives (Los Angeles 1984). NHHS attracts competitors of all ages and abilities, from many local and regional stables, and from throughout New England. Competitors, spectators, and volunteers alike value the friendly, family-oriented setting. The show has also served a crucial role in preserving thousands of acres of open-space and hundreds of miles of trails, thus

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 Walk/ Trot 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 are Equitation, Pleasure, and Road Hack. Hunt seat classes are Equitation, Pleasure, and Bridle Path Hank. Remember, you can add a subscription to the Equine Journal to your membership for a reasonable rate. Please keep saving Nutrena® tags for us. This has been a real moneymaker for the club. For more information on the Southern New England Horsemen’s Association, visit our website, snehassociation.com.

sustaining the rural and natural environment of the surrounding community.

NHHS Today Following tradition, the 103rd annual NHHS show will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, 2013. Over 100 classes—hunter, jumper, short-stirrup, leadline and equitation—offer opportunities for riders and horses. Ribbons, prize monies, perpetual trophies, and candy goodie bags for juniors will be awarded throughout the weekend. The Norfolk Hunt Club welcomes riders, trainers, families, sponsors, vendors, and spectators to participate in this traditional event, now designated a USEF Heritage Competition. For information, contact Catherine Kennedy, co-chair, at 617-817-2702 or visit norfolkhunt.com.


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new york Upper Connecticut region U.s. Pony Club 10th Annual Running Fox Pony Club Horse Management Weekend Submitted by barbara Kil

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Anyone who hAs ever been in Pony Club will recognize the phrase “The right way, the wrong way, and the Pony Club way.” but, what’s it all about? Pony Club, an organization that had its origins in english foxhunting, is steeped in tradition, and it is important to keep in mind that traditions don’t just happen. normally, they survive the test of time, because they make sense. The trick is to understand why. since its founding over 50 years ago, many Pony Club leaders have thought long and hard about the best and safest ways to handle and take care of horses. The set of practices that have been carefully developed over time eventually became known as horse or stable management. Pony Club’s founders considered this so important that they made sure each rally team had a designated nonriding member to serve solely as

their horse or stable manager. in other words, Pony Club considers good horse care to be as important as good riding! if you examine the Pony Club standards of Proficiency for levels D1 through A, a very large part of the certifications are based on knowledge. what do we expect Pony Clubbers to know? The simple answer is— quite a lot. The Pony Club curriculum, which applies uniformly from Alaska to Connecticut, is detailed, but progressive so that over time, each Pony Clubber builds up a solid base of knowledge. For example, a young D1 should be able to tie his or her pony to the trailer with a quick release knot. A mid-level C1 should be able to demonstrate a trailer safety check from a comprehensive checklist, and so on. Many topics are covered— conditioning, nutrition, parts of the horse, conformation and lameness,

travel safety, recordkeeping, health care and veterinary knowledge, leading and longeing, feet and shoeing, land conservation, and bandaging—just to name a few. The idea is to develop expertise in horses and horse management that goes beyond what can normally be absorbed by just taking horseback riding lessons. so, how does Pony Club teach all these things? spend a weekend with running Fox Pony Club and find out. Their 10th Annual horse Management weekend will be held April 27-28 at valley Crest Farm in Millbrook, ny, owned by Pony Club graduates Lisa and Matt winkler, and their five sons, all of whom ride, and three who are Pony Club members! Do you know where your kids are? we do! They don’t have much time for video games and the mall because they are busy mucking stalls, cleaning tack, and grooming horses. And, the kids love it! This April, they will all get together at the winklers, with their fellow Pony Clubbers and families starting at 8:30 a.m. to learn about teeth, parasites that affect horses, practical equine first aid, foxhunting (rombout hunt), and a bucket of guts (the equine digestive system, compliments of blue seal® Feeds). who knows, your child may come home an equine veterinarian in the making! There is also time for some mounted clinics each day, but all day every day, there are continuing instructional clinics for those who want to be better horse people. while primarily intended for Pony Clubbers and horsemasters (adult Pony Clubbers), there is also space available for anyone interested in learning more about his or her own horses, and how to care for them. The Pony Club way teaches the right way to learn about your horse’s needs— how to be his partner and best caregiver. if you are interested in more information about this weekend opportunity, contact sonja robinson, DC of the running Fox Pony Club, at 914-262-4044 or misstbabe@gmail.com. For more information about Pony Club in your area, visit our website, ponyclub.org. March 2013 | equineJournal.com


Equine Affaire Ohio Special Section

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Celebrating Horses and 20 Years in Ohio This April Horse people of all levels of expertise, from 4-H members, pony Clubbers, and others just beginning their riding careers, to accomplished equestrians, trainers, and equine professionals, will be able to immerse themselves in “all things equine” at the 2013 equine affaire, scheduled to take place april 11-14 at the ohio expo Center in Columbus. This year’s event will be the 20th show in ohio and the 47th equine affaire produced nationwide by equine affaire, Inc., a small company based in london, oH. “It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since we produced our first event at the Hara arena Complex in Dayton, oH,” explains eugenia snyder, president and founder of equine affaire, Inc. “I created this event with the hope of bringing horse people affiliated with all different breeds and disciplines together in an educational forum and non-competitive environment so that we could share our passion for horses and learn from one another. The success of equine affaire over the years is a real tribute to the hard work and dedication of a lot of horse people and horse-related businesses that have participated in and supported the event since its inception.” The 2013 equine affaire will offer a wealth of opportunities for equestrians, including the largest horse-related trade show in North america, an educational program that will have something to offer for riders of all levels and tastes, equine affaire’s exciting versatile Horse & rider Competition, and the expo’s signature evening performance, fantasia. With a schedule of more than 200 educational sessions in seven venues, acres of exhibits to browse, breed and youth pavilions, and special events taking place during the day and evening, horse enthusiasts will have plenty of activities to choose from throughout the four days of the expo. equine affaire’s production team has once again assembled a lineup of topnotch clinicians who will present clinics on a broad spectrum of equestrian disciplines at their highest levels and ensure the presentation of a wide range of horse-training techniques and philos90

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ophies. among those who are scheduled to present sessions on general horse training and riding topics, including colt starting, are al Dunning, Julie Goodnight, Ken McNabb, Kerry Kuhn, Mike Branch, Dan James, and Michael richardson. Clinicians who will be addressing western disciplines will include Doug Milholland on reining, Chad Crider on barrel racing, Chuck smith on cutting, robin Gollehon on western pleasure, and Terry Myers on trail class and showmanship. riders with a preference for the english disciplines will not want to miss sessions by Jan ebeling and David Wightman on dressage, Equine Affaire’s Fantasia is a special equine musical revue. Will simpson on jumpers, Geoff Teall on hunters and hunter seat equitation, Mickie Bowen on driving, continues, “I think that part of the Cindy Mugnier on english pleasure, and appeal is the fun of watching riders Terry Myers on hunter under saddle. who are willing to put their riding Clinicians presenting sessions focused skills on the line in front of a large on specific breeds and types of horses audience—and part is the unspoken will include Geno Middleton on easyeducational element of the race. The gaited horses and steve edwards on race is as much of an educational mules. equine affaire’s diverse program experience as a source of entertainthis april will be rounded out by clinics ment, because you inevitably learn a on training horses at liberty by Kim lot by observing different approaches Barteau, trail riding by sean patrick, to the same obstacles and the horsejousting, lunging, mounted patrol, and manship skills of dozens of riders on long-reining. horses of a wide variety of breeds.” The qualifying rounds for this year’s competition will be conducted on Catch All of the Action of Thursday morning in Cooper arena, the Versatile Horse & Rider and the top 10 teams will advance to Competition! Equine affaire’s hugely popular versatile the finals, which will take place friday afternoon in the coliseum. renowned Horse & rider Competition promises horsewoman, Julie Goodnight, will to be a highlight of the 2013 event this judge the competition and australian april. The competition is a timed and trainer and performer, Dan James, will judged race through an obstacle course be the event’s special guest commenthat is designed not only to push horsetator. If you’re ready to put your skills and-rider teams out of their traditional to the test, you’ll find details on the comfort zones, but also to test commucompetition and how to apply at nication between horse and rider and equineaffaire.com. the horsemanship skills and athletic abilities of each competing team. Thirty pre-selected horse-and-rider teams will Three Fantasia Performances compete for the title of versatile Horse The focus will shift from education to & rider Competition Champion and entertainment at equine affaire’s flag$5,500 in cash and other prizes. ship equestrian extravaganza, fantasia, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. on “The versatile Horse & rider Thursday, friday, and saturday nights Competition has become an incredin the coliseum. as veteran fantasiaibly popular feature of equine goers have come to know, this special affaire,” explains eugenia snyder. she

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equine musical revue will feature a star-studded lineup of professional equestrian performers and exceptional horses, choreographed to a wide variety of musical styles. Enjoy the beauty and diversity of horses of many breeds, as well as the excitement of equestrian sports, including freestyle reining, dressage, driving, drill teams, trick riding, trick horses, and more! A separate ticket is required, and tickets range in price from $12 to $25 plus seat selection fees. Advance tickets are available through March 15 and can be ordered online at equineaffaire.com or by calling Equine Affaire at 740-845-0085. Any tickets not sold in advance will be available for purchase in the lobby of the Celeste Center beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday at Equine Affaire.

Convenient, One-Stop Shopping Ask any veteran Equine Affaire-goer, and he or she will tell you that Equine Affaire offers the best one-stop, horserelated shopping anywhere. Take a break from online shopping and don your most comfortable shoes to explore literally acres of equine-related retailers and manufacturers at a trade show that will fill four exhibit halls and the areas in between. This year’s event will feature more than 450 vendors, offering everything from tack and apparel to horse-care items and trailers. Whether you’re planning to build a barn, replace a fence, or install a riding arena, or you’re shopping for new tack, attire, artwork, DVDs, or even a horse, you’ll find information, manufacturers, retailers, associations, equine service providers, and plenty of other horserelated sources at Equine Affaire.

Buy and Sell Quality Consigned Items at the New Marketplace Do you have used tack, riding apparel, or horse equipment that you no longer use and would like to turn into cash? Are you seeking used tack or equipment because you have a new horse—or you’re riding your horse in a new discipline—or you’re a first-time horse owner who needs to outfit your horse—or yourself? Make plans to both buy and sell what you need at the new Marketplace at Equine Affaire—a consignment shop that will feature quality items for both horse and rider! At the Marketplace, you’ll have a unique opportunity to market your unwanted 92

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items for up to four days to the tens of thousands of avid horsemen who attend Equine Affaire, as well as browse through a vast array of consigned items and discover bargains on the things you and your family need to get ready for the upcoming riding season. Where else can you find more potential buyers for your unwanted equine and equestrian items while also enjoying the ultimate horse-related educational programs and equestrian shopping experience than Equine Affaire—the largest “horse fest” in North America? The Marketplace at Equine Affaire will be featured in the center of the Bricker Annex, and merchandise will be presented for sale in a spacious and traditional retail setting that horse enthusiasts will appreciate. Take a break from advertising your items online, and let the staff at the Marketplace display and sell your tack, apparel, and other horse-related items to customers who will be able to see your items firsthand and make their purchases on site. Equine Affaire’s staff will take care of selling your consignments while you enjoy attending Equine Affaire—and then pay you in cash for sales made at the event! With cash in hand, you’ll have additional spending power to shop for used items at the Marketplace and new merchandise at Equine Affaire’s legendary trade show. Best of all, consigning will be easy, and the consignment fees at the Marketplace will be lower than those at other consignment venues in the region! For detailed information on the Marketplace at Equine Affaire, including consignment guidelines and forms, and a list of items that will be accepted for consignment, visit equineaffaire.com, or contact Kristen Gump at 740-845-0085, ext. 104, or at kgump@equineaffaire.com.

Great Horses Make for a Great Event Whether your heart beats faster for stock breeds, gaited horses, light breeds, warmbloods, drafts, ponies, mules, or some unique breed—or you’re searching for a competitive mount or a pleasure horse—you’ll find it at Equine Affaire. The Breed Pavilion in the Voinovich Center and the Horse & Farms Exhibits in the Gilligan Complex will showcase dozens of breeds of horses from North and South America, Europe, and beyond. Friendly and knowledgeable horse breeders and representatives will be on hand to answer your questions

Clinician Julie Goodnight is just one of the many equine professionals who will be at Equine Affaire.

about characteristics, uses, bloodlines, and horse selection.

A Special Place for the Next Generation of Horsemen Horsey kids of all ages will want to spend time at the Youth Pavilion in the Celeste Center. In addition to educational and horse-related youth association exhibits, the Youth Pavilion will feature a full schedule of presentations by many of the horse industry’s most popular educators, demonstrations of breeds, daily stick horse rodeos sponsored by Wahl® Clipper Corporation, an equine trivia quest, and many other activities, especially for kids. Get up close and personal with several equine stars at the Celebrity Horse Showcase located in the Youth Pavilion—and don’t forget to bring your camera!

Bring Your Horse With You to Equine Affaire Equine Affaire offers unique opportunities to “Ride with the Best” (or have your horse trained) in clinics on general horse training topics and a wide range of disciplines. Most of the clinicians presenting at the event will be accepting horses and riders to participate in their sessions, and clinic fees are remarkably reasonable. If you’d like to do more than just spectate this April, visit equineaffaire.com for details on Equine Affaire’s Ride With the Best program and how you

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and your horse can participate. Clinics have filled quickly, so contact the staff of Equine Affaire now to find out what sessions may still have openings.

Free is Good! Would you like to win a year’s supply of feed for your horse, free tickets to Equine Affaire, or another prize? Equine Affaire’s 2013 raffle features a number of great prizes and is both free and easy to enter. Win feed for a year from Triple Crown® Nutrition, bedding for a year from Best Cob, LLC, a Spring Cleaning package from Valley Vet Supply®, a framed Equine Affaire Fine Art Poster from Wood’s Art Gallery, tickets to the 2014 Equine Affaire in Ohio, and much more. Visit equineaffaire.com to learn more about the prizes available in this year’s raffle and enter online. And, be sure to visit the Raffle Center in the Bricker Building at the event to see the prizes on display and complete your entry. Winners will be announced on Sunday afternoon, and you need not be present to win.

You’re encouraged to make your hotel reservations soon, as room blocks and special rates at our host hotels will expire in early March. Camping with hookups is available right at the Ohio Expo Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Consult equineaffaire.com for hotel details, updated information on room availability, and information on camping.

Generous Sponsors Make for a Great Equine Affaire Equine Affaire’s extensive program of educational activities and entertainment, and the event’s modest admission fees, are made possible through generous sponsorships by dozens of equine-related companies and organizations. We all extend our sincere gratitude to Farnam®, Rod’s Western Palace, Andis® Company, Royal Mat, Light ‘N Lasting, and the dozens of other companies who have endorsed

the educational mission of Equine Affaire through their sponsorships. Without the financial underwriting of these fine companies, Equine Affaire would not be the quality event that it is.

Everything You Need to Know The Equine Affaire website, equineaffaire.com, contains everything you need to know to make your visit a fun and successful one: admission details, directions, hotel information, a complete roster of presenters, daily schedules, maps, Ride With The Best and Versatile Horse & Rider Competition materials, facility information, and tips for making the most of your Equine Affaire experience. You can order advance tickets online or through the mail (through March 15). If you’re not web-savvy, our friendly staff will gladly take your call and provide assistance at 740-845-0085, Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

Want to Join the Team? Assistance from volunteers is essential to the production of each Equine Affaire. If you’re interested in getting involved in the event, earning free admission and an Equine Affaire souvenir, and working with great people, contact our volunteer coordinator, Cindy Southward, at 740-845-0085, ext. 102, for details on our volunteer program. Information on volunteering and a volunteer application are available at equineaffaire.com. Click on the Ohio event and follow the “Participate” link to the volunteer page.

Equine Affaire: Always a Great Value for Horse Lovers You can enjoy all that Equine Affaire has to offer—the clinics and seminars, the shopping, the specialty pavilions, and the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition for the price of a singleday or multi-day general admission ticket. Adult admission is only $15/day (and includes a free event program) and youth (age 7-10) admission is only $8/day. A four-day pass for adults is also available for just $50—a savings of $10 off the daily rate. Round up your horse-loving family, friends, and barn mates, and plan your April getaway. Equine Affaire makes your trip even more affordable with special room blocks and discount rates at dozens of area host hotels. March 2013 | equineJournal.com



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Hunter/Jumper news

Thomas Cervelli aboard Universal.



Holly Hill Show Stable of Marstons Mills, Georgetown, and Harvard, MA, had a very successful 2012 show season. Lily Zarrella and Giovanni won the Bay State Medal, and Taylor Franchi on Bristol Highlands were reserve champions! They also repeated this performance in the Cape Cod Hunter (CCH) Adult Equitation Finals. Amy Chuckrow and Bristol Highlands were reserve champions in the Cape Cod Hunter Adult Mini Medal after returning from a four-month injury from a fall off her bicycle. Caroline Calhoun, Suzanne Powell, and Amy Chuckrow found themselves in the top 20 at Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council (MHC) Finals. Kristin McCuin and Cubbernot were eighth at South East Hunter Association (SEHA) finals and had a great last show together, finishing in first place after the first round at New England Equitation Championships (NEEC) in her age group. Caroline Calhoun and High Regard won the Adult Equitation Reserve Championship at SEHA Finals and were second overall for

Adult Equitation in 2012. Suzanne Powell was third in the year-end award Children’s/ Adult Jumpers on Etiquette in SEHA and won the Adult Equitation Classic on High Regard at SEHA Finals. Thomas Cervelli was year-end champion in the New England Horsemen’s Council (NEHC) Children’s/Adult Jumpers, sixth in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Zone 1, and champion in the SEHA year-end Children’s/ Adult Jumpers. Thomas was also Reserve Year-end Jumper Champion in the CCH Series on Universal and won the Gambler’s Choice on Contino 5 at the Boston Equestrian Classic at the Myopia show grounds. Anna Zygadlo and Southern Gentleman were Children’s Hunter Champions in SEHA and fifth in CCH. Haley Lamoureux and Giovanni won the 15-17 Equitation year-end awards. Sarah Flink and Aracona Z were NEHC Amateur-Owner Jumper Champions and ninth in USEF Zone 1. Sarah and Logan won the first-ever 23-40 Adult Equitation Classic at New England Equitation Championships, and Lily Zarrella placed in the 18-22

division. Sarah Flink also finished fourth at the Ariat® Finals on Logan at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. Marie Curtain and Last Hati had a great first year at Holly Hill, winning numerous ribbons in the Adult Equitation local finals and qualifying for all the finals. Phyllis and Frank Cervelli had a great trip to Arizona in November, traveling to the Grand Canyon and then to the White Stallion Ranch in Tucson for a week of western riding on the range! Holly Hill families had another great annual holiday party at the Mill Wharf in Scituate, MA. In addition, the farm welcomes new riders Monica Algarra, Laine Rooney, Kate Anderson, and Alex Francescon to their team. And, special congratulations go to Patti Harnois, Cathy Grady, Karla Galasso, and Caitlin Venezia on becoming United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Certified Trainers.

A GREAT LOSS It is with sadness that Silver Oak Equestrian Center announces the passing of its proprietor, David Birdsall. Birdsall, 58, passed away at his Silver Oak property in Hampton Falls, NH, on Wednesday evening, January

16. He had been ill with a bronchial infection. Birdsall worked for Fidelity Investments for 33 years and was a senior executive with the company when he retired last year to spend more time with his family and to enjoy his favorite activity, working on his horse farm. As proprietor of Silver Oak, Birdsall recently announced the start of the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, a USEF-recognized jumper show that will continue as planned this August, of which he was president and CEO. Birdsall is survived by his wife, Karen, and two children, his son Nicholas and his daughter Victoria, as well as by his beloved Great Dane, Libby.

WAY TO GO! Congratulations go out to Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team Holly Hill Middle School and High School for qualifying for IEA 2013 Regionals to be held at Walnut Hill Farm in Plainville, MA. Holly Hill individual riders and teams will compete to move on to the zone finals at Mount Holyoke College in March. Some Holly Hill IEA riders also competed at the College Prep Invitational, held at the Winter Equestrian Festival in late January. Congratulations also go to Meredith Combs on her acceptance to Brandeis in the fall and Emery Hanson on her acceptance to Rollins College.

NEW HOMES Jay Sargent of Sandy Point Stables in Portsmouth, RI, imported three very nice horses from Canada. Two have already been leased out. Front Page is being leased to Angela Cammarata, who will be showing in the Equitation division, and Swiss Miss is being leased to David Birdsall will be missed.

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Robin Harkins, who will be showing in the Adult Hunters. Also, Corofino’s Cowboy has been leased to Lola Knadler, who rides with the Fairfield Hunt Club of Westport, CT.

to points won at USEF-licensed competitions, with the regional championship to be held at a location to be determined. Riders have until April 15 to file their application for the team. More details can be found at the USHJA Zone 1 website at ushja. org/zones/zone1.aspx.

New Competition

Year-end Winners

Three cheers for John Manning, Jay Mullen, Greg Prince, and John Bahret, who went to the USHJA Annual Convention as representatives of the Zone 1 Jumper Committee. The USHJA has also announced an exciting new jumper team competition. If you liked the New England Finals Challenge of the States competition, you’re going to love this one. Four regions have been created, and children and/or adult amateur riders can earn a spot on their state’s team. Zone 1 will be in a region with Zones 2 and 5. Horse-and-rider combinations will be selected according

Cornerstone Farm of Haverhill, MA, congratulates their many year-end winners, including Taylor Kimball and Treffor who were the champions in the USHJA Stirrup Cup and won championships and reserves in the Children’s Hunters in NEHC and MHC, and third in Zone 1. Alexa Bayko and Essex Street were champions USHJA Stirrup Cup in the Adult Hunters 18-35, Adult Hunter Champions in Zone 1 and MHC, and reserve in NEHC. Jess Lusty and Anucci placed in the USHJA Stirrup Cup Award for Children’s Hunters and in the MHC, NEHC and Zone 1 Children’s Hunters. Sarah

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Sardella and First Frost cleaned up in Pet Pony and Short Stirrup, winning MHC, NEHC, and North Shore Horsemen’s Association (NSHA) year-end top prizes. Jana Stevens and Designated Driver scored a reserve championship in the MHC Children’s/ Adult Special Hunters. Trainer Monica Hunt McComiskie’s son, Hunter, scooped up a MHC championship in Leadline and a NSHA championship in Leadline Suitability. Meanwhile, little brother Oliver placed third and fourth in MHC and NSHA Leadline final standings. Other riders placing in the year-end standings in their various divisions were Nicole and Maryellen Sardella in Novice and Adult Equitation, respectively. Cornerstone also had its first annual year-end banquet for their show series, with great ribbons and prizes. Big thanks go to Stephanie O’Connor, owner of Pegasus Tack Shop in Acton, MA, for donating gift certificates and prizes. Also, special thanks

go to Robin Peterson of Back Bay Farm, and Kelley MacDonald and Heather Hunt of Myopia Hunt, for attending with their ribbon winners. Other big ribbon winners were from Jana Flynn’s Lanes End Farm, Tricia Moss of Moss Show Stables, Pam Lupo of Northgate Farm, and Melissa Price. And, it all couldn’t have been done without Cornerstone’s great group of parents—especially Kim Lusty, Maryellen Sardella, Lori Kimball, and Lisa Tacconi.

A Perfect Match Braveheart Farm and Katie Schaaf (a newly-minted USHJA Certified Trainer) of Sherborn, MA, congratulate Jane Chiavelli on the lease of Miles. Many thanks go to Tricia Moss for this wonderful horse. Jane and Miles won their very first class together and qualified for MHC Finals. Congratulations also to Skylar Laakso for her win in the Prep Tournament of Champions Medal class.


Aaron Vale and Palm sunday Take the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix During Week I in Ocala Week I of the 2013 horse shoWs in the sun (hIts) ocala Winter Circuit is in the history books, with Aaron Vale leading the way. After a win in the $25,000 smartPak™ Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal health, aboard Palm sunday, who is owned by Amen Corner farm, LLC, the duo kept the momentum by clinching the biggest purse of the week in the $50,000 hIts Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal health. Vale, of Morriston, fL, showed three horses in the class. the time was tight on Jack robson’s course, which allowed 84 seconds to complete the 17-effort first round. Vale was one of nine competitors to feel the pressure of the clock after suffering one time fault on his first mount. he and Palm sunday, however, were able to barely squeak by in 83.50 seconds. At the end of the first round, Vale was joined in the jump-off by Jared Petersen of Archer, fL, aboard Derek Petersen’s titus 2:11 and karina Aziz of hamilton, ontario, with Iron horse farm’s Cordia de Laubry. emily short of Cheswick, PA, and her own Grande finale 3e made it a four-horse battle. Petersen, the son of Grand Prix rider and Pfizer Million veteran, Derek Petersen, returned first in the jump-off. A wrong turn after fence nine led them off course with no score and a fourth-place finish. Vale returned next with Palm sunday,

and despite a stumble after fence six and a rail at eight, Vale recovered and finished with four faults in 40.72 seconds to set the Great American time to Beat. With two left to show, $50,000 Horse Shows in The Sun (HITS) Grand Prix winner, the win was still up for Aaron Vale, aboard Palm Sunday. grabs. Aziz attempted first, but the rollback to fence seven resulted in a rail. they finished with a time of 44.15 seconds. Last to show was amateur rider short, who trains under the tutelage of David Jennings. An early rail down at the second effort caused short to act conservatively, but she still put up a strong finish in 41.00 seconds for a second-place finish, just fractions shy of Vale’s time. Paige Mawson of toronto, ontario, was the one to beat in the $10,000 Marshall & sterling Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic. Emily Short and Grand Finale 3E took second she rose to the top of the 22-horse place in the Grand Prix. field and finished first and second with her horses, Billy Laden and was fourth with her own Lavendel MBf. Under Pressure, respectively. Mawson and Billy Laden rode to In third was Lindsay Dacko of victory after only one ride together Ann Arbor, MI, aboard Arbor Dakota earlier in the week. the 10-year-old Partners’ Cargano. Dacko was also British Warmblood was imported from fifth in the irons of North face farm’s Contino 46. tara Dee of Bennington, Vt, england this year.

Hunter/Jumper contact listings Back Bay Farm (tsl), 50 candlewood rd., ipswich, ma 01938, 978-356-0730, backbayfarm.com, see us on Facebook 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@ yahoo.com, beaconwoodsstables.com PHoToS: eSi PHoToGraPHy

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

Evenstride (btsl), 26 orchard St., Byfield, ma, 978-465-9119, evenstrideltd.com Holly Hill Farm (tsl), 240 Flint St., marston mills, ma 02648, 508-428-2621, hollyhill7@aol.com, hollyhillstable.com Horseman’s Exchange, LLC Tack & apparel consignment, 294 Great rd., rte. 119, littleton, ma 01460, 978-486-0008, 978-779-6119 fax, horsemans.exchange@ yahoo.com

call 800-742-9171 if you would like to be featured in our Hunter/Jumper contact listings

New England Equitation Championships, cookie DeSimone 617-347-6413, amy eidson 401-789-5206, Kelley Small 508-835-1110, newenglandequitation.com Phoenix Rising Horse Farm (tsl) 260 Pound Hill road, north Smithfield, ri, 401-766-5500prhf.com Volo Farm (btsl), 84 Powers rd., Westford, ma 01886, 978-692-7060, volofarm.com Walnut Hill Farm (btsl) Kellie monaghan, Plainville, ma 508-699-1900, kellie@walnut-hill-farm.com, walnut-hill-farm.com b=breeding, t=training, s=sales, l=lessons March 2013 | equineJournal.com


hunter/jumper « $30,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup winners, Rodrigo Pessoa and Let’s Fly.

Kicks Off First Week with Success The 2013 FTI ConsulTIng WInTer equestrian Festival (WeF) hosted its opening day of competition on January 9, at the beautiful Palm Beach International equestrian Center in Wellington, Fl, with big wins for Ireland’s shane sweetnam. sweetnam kicked things off with back-to-back victories in the first two classes of the circuit—the $8,000 g&C Farm 1.45m speed class and the $6,000 spy Coast Farm 1.40m jump-off class— aboard sweet oak Farm’s solerina and spy Coast Farm, llC’s eregast Van’t Kiezelhof, respectively. Brazil’s rodrigo Pessoa and Double

h Farm’s hh let’s Fly galloped to victory in the $30,000 ruby et Violette Winter equestrian Festival Challenge Cup round 1. Course designer, eric hasbrouck, set the track. out of 38 entries, nine jumped clear in the first round to advance to the jump-off. A tight time kept five others without jumping faults out of the tie-breaker. seven of the nine jump-off entries cleared the second round course without fault, but it was Pessoa and hh let’s Fly that set the pace and held on to the end. The duo galloped through the timers in 35.940 seconds as the first to go in the jump-off. nobody else

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would come close. Peter Wylde and The Wannahave group’s sandor De la Pomme finished second with their time of 36.392 seconds. Third went to sweetnam, aboard spy Coast Farm, llC’s siri with a time of 36.591 seconds. During the $55,000 nespresso Battle of the sexes, 3,500 fans packed the stands to see the women beat the men for the fifth year in a row. It was the closest race yet in the three-phase competition, which included speed rounds, match races, and a six-bar competition. But, the ladies team— comprised of georgina Bloomberg, laura Kraut, Margie engle, Marilyn little, Maggie Bracco, nicole Bellissimo, Debbie stephens, Brianne goutal, Candice King, and schuyler riley— pulled out another victory in the end. In the $25,000 suncast® Championship Jumper Classic, Mclain Ward took the win, riding Ilan Ferder and Missy Clark’s Zhum CW. out of 18 entries, nine finished the first round course without fault to jump-off, and Ward and Zhum CW completed the fastest double-clear round in 38.663 seconds. Finishing in second, Wylde and lewin 5, owned by societe Civile De l’ecurie Meutry, jumped clear in 39.118 seconds. sweetnam and sweet oak Farm’s solerina were third in 39.146 seconds. The Mar-a-lago Club-sponsored $30,000 grand Prix wrapped up the first week of competition on January 13, with a win for Charlie Jacobs and CMJ sporthorse llC’s Flaming star. out of 46 horse-and-rider combinations, 13 entries advanced to the jump-off, and 10 went double-clear. The fastest of those clear jump-off rounds belonged to Jacobs and Flaming star in a time of 37.163 seconds. Alvaro de Miranda and rD Jumping higher, ltda.’s show show finished second, stopping the clock in 37.413 seconds. reed Kessler and ligist were third with a time of 37.708 seconds.

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Wilhelm Genn and palim palim Top $25,000 CitiBank New Year’s Grand Prix at ESP New Year’s Show EquEstrian sport productions (Esp) hosted its new Year’s show on december 26-30, 2012, at the palm Beach international Equestrian center in Wellington, FL. the show featured the $25,000 citiBank new Year’s Grand prix as well as a $10,000 open Jumper stake and a full schedule of “aa” hunter and four-star jumper competition. the $25,000 new Year’s Grand prix was held on sunday, december 30, with 24 entries jumping a course set by Mauricio Garcia Ballesteros of puerto rico. Eight of the original entries jumped clear over the first-round course to advance to the jump-off, and six of those went doubleclear. Wilhelm Genn and nancy Gooding’s palim palim had the fastest time of 41.070 seconds for the win. palim palim is a 10-year-old Westphalian by polytraum. Genn has been riding the gelding since May of 2012 and was excited to get the win. “He is fairly green at that level,” Genn said. “i don’t know how many grand prix he has done, but i don’t think he has jumped more than 15. He is a good horse. i think with a little more experience he can hopefully start doing some

World cup classes too.” Going into the jump-off, Genn explained, “at first i $25,000 CitiBank New Year’s Grand Prix winner Wilhelm wasn’t planning on going Genn aboard Palim Palim. that fast, but the horse felt great. Kirsten coe had gone and she was pretty fast already. the horse felt so good on the first few jumps, i just kept going with it and it was good enough to win. the horse felt super in the first round too, he jumped really well.” Genn and his sons, ryan and theo, had all been showing in Wellington throughout the late fall and early winter and had lots of success with their horses. the family went on to compete in a few different circuits for the rest of the winter. Finishing behind Genn, paul o’shea placed second aboard Michael Hayden’s Genn’s son, Ryan, finished in sixth place riding Cookie Monster. instant Karma with a very close time of 41.289 seconds. Just behind them, by tequestrian Farms LLc, placed fifth Kirsten coe and Mary claire Mcdonald’s in 43.205 seconds. Genn’s horse, cookie chicago Lyngriis finished third in Monster, and son, ryan, finished sixth with 41.794 seconds. Georgina Bloomberg a time of 44.475 seconds. and radio city, owned by Gotham For full results, visit showgroundEnterprizes LLc, stopped the clock in slive.com and for more information, 42.209 seconds to place fourth. Lauren visit equestriansport.com. tisbo and roundthorn Madios, owned

Gulf coast classics ridErs, sponsors, and spectators came out in droves to support the Gulf coast classics’ second week at the Escambia county Equestrian center in pensacola, FL. Highlights of the show included the $10,000 usHJa international Hunter derby and the $25,000 nutrena Grand prix, which had the stands packed with spectators as the jumpers fought for the big check. the usHJa national Hunter derby and the international Hunter derby drew some of the biggest hunter talent to pensacola on saturday morning, January 19. the $10,000 usHJa international Hunter derby saw a field of talented 100 equine Journal | March 2013

horse and rider combinations tackle the course designed by allan rheinheimer of Zionsville, in. the final results put triompf, owned by sarah patterson and ridden by danielle Grice of northfield, Mn, in first place with a combined score of 358. in second place Timothy Maddrix riding $2,500 USHJA National was trending, owned by stella Hunter Derby winner Capitano. styslinger and ridden by timothy Maddrix of Birmingham, aL, with usHJa national Hunter derby kicked a combined score of 348. Belvedere, off and saw capitano, ridden by timothy owned by Helen Herrington and ridden Maddrix, take the win. second place by Bradley cox of Mobile, aL, took third went to Bocelli, ridden by christian place with a combined score of 315. rogge of spring, tX. third place went to immediately following the axtrex with Brianna simms of Maryland international Hunter derby, the $2,500

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Connecticut Horse shows Association To Host Challenge of the Barns Once Again submitted by deb Krawitz

ConneCtiCut Horse sHows Association (CHsA) is once again sponsoring a Challenge of the Barns as part of our scholarship auction event. each barn that attends the annual banquet can submit a basket of its choice of theme. the contents are not restricted to horserelated items. Last year’s trophy-winning

basket was the combined entry of sarah Feder weaver of Chestnut Hill show stables, Gardner equine Associates, and Benjamin Legge Horseshoeing. this year, we are offering, again, to the winning barn donator our muchcoveted trophy, with a reserve trophy awarded to the basket donator with

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the eighth and 12th places as well. wilhelm Genn was the first to tackle the course designed by Paul Jewell of Lambertville, nJ. riding Palim Palim, he earned four faults in the first round and a time of 69.862 seconds, and later returned aboard Quite ruffy 840 in a fault-free round of 67.528 seconds, and on Happy Z Classic Company President Bob Bell and Gulf Coast Classic rode a clear round in a time Company Coordinator Janet McCarrol present first place of 68.293 seconds. His son, honors to Wilhelm Genn aboard Quite Ruffy 840, along theo, rode Cola to receive with representatives of the drill team and trick riders. four faults at fence six and a time of 71.786 seconds, before returning aboard thomas in the stirrups. Bruinsma’s Paradox, and finishing clean in the $25,000 nutrena Grand Prix, in a time of 71.172 seconds. theo also the Genn family of show jumpers from rode winchester to a fault-free round in Lebanon, oH, rode away with big prize 71.302 seconds. riding Cookie Monster, money, claiming the top five spots and

(Left): 2012 Hal A. Vita Sr. Humanitarian Award winner Harpur Schwartz with Larry and Russ Schwartz. (Right): Mark Rarick, Sarah Weaver, Laura Gardner, and Ben Legge with last year’s basket winners.

the second-highest ticket count. Last year’s second-place trophy went to oak Meadow Farm in east windsor, Ct. so, will we have a new winner this year—or will sarah and friends win for a third year? the Challenge is on! our scholarship money is awarded each year to CHsA members attending college. Applicants are required to be current members of CHsA, receive

continued on page 102 ryan Genn finished his first round clear with a time of 75.44 seconds, securing him a spot in the jump-off round, where he finished with a time of 43.154 seconds and four faults, for eighth place overall. Last to go in the first round was theo, riding Asirea Fortuna in a faultfree ride in a time of 69.637 seconds. theo returned to the jump-off round riding Paradox in a time of 39.844 seconds, and finished in third place overall. next up, wilhelm rode Happy Z to a four-fault round in 37.101 seconds, finishing in fifth place. theo also rode winchester to finish free of faults in 41.814 seconds, and took fourth place overall; he later claimed second place aboard Asirea Fortuna, after completing a clean round in 39.461 seconds. in wilhelm’s final round, aboard Quite ruffy 840, he secured the win in a fast time of 38.679 seconds. March 2013 | equineJournal.com 101


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The Hal A. Vita Sr. Humanitarian Award

(L-R) Matt Belcourt; Tim Belcourt; and Marissa Henry.

Submitted by GeorGe JenSen

This annual award was given by his family to honor the memory of Hal A. Vita Sr., founder of Shallowbrook Equestrian Center. Hal was a notable horseman, who, for many decades, encouraged dedicated students, regardless of his or her ability to pay for services. The award is open to all CHSA members (or someone in their immediate family) who do selfless acts of kindness, such as volunteering, to

benefit the horse community, without the expectation of acknowledgement or praise. Harpur Schwartz was the winner of last year’s award for her work with the High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center in Old Lyme, CT. This year’s award will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet on March 2, 2013.

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good grades, and volunteer in the CHSA community—such as at the CHSA Finals or Annual Banquet. Our scholarship recipients from the last several years have received over $10,000 in awards. Our theme for this year’s Gala is “Diamonds & Pearls,” in celebration of CHSA’s 80th Year. If you have any questions regarding basket entries, please call Deb Krawitz at 203-927-6189, or Kristen Guadagnino at 860-798-7249.

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It’s a Family Affair Submitted by Cynthia JenSen

and Pleasure divisions until Caroline pulled up lame mid-season. So, in the fall, Timmy made the big switch to his father’s mount and finished the show season winning a blue ribbon and medal in the Hunt Seat Walk-Trot Equitation and Walk-Trot Pleasure divisions. Matt and Draego finished the year as champions in the Adult Amateur/Children’s Jumper division, as well as eighth in the Low Training Jumper division. They will also be receiving their awards at the CHSA Banquet on March 2, which will take place at Aqua Turf in Southington, CT. For more information, please visit chsaonline.com.

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The 2012 show season turned out to be a family affair for a couple of CHSA mother-and-daughter and father-and-son combinations. Teri Henry and her daughter, Marissa, rode the CHSA circuit sharing their big Paint, Hobgoblin, and will be garnering four year-end awards at the CHSA Annual Awards Banquet on March 2. Teri and Hobgoblin swept the Long Stirrup Hunter and Equitation divisions, and Marissa, following a difficult start to her year after two surgeries, rode Hobgoblin to fourth place in the Modified Children’s Hunter. In addition, their trainers from Oak Meadow Farm, Mark Rarick and Amy Kriwitsky, also showed Hobgoblin in the Connecticut Hunter division, where he was the reserve champion. Matt Belcourt and his jumper, Draego, who is also a Paint, were on the show circuit in the jumper divisions. His son, Timmy, and his horse, Lady Caroline, were also attending shows weekly in the Hunt Seat Walk-Trot Equitation

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[LEFT] Maggie Sheehan, shown leading Gideon (chestnut), and Carrie Usher, shown leading Mara (gray), both passed the first level of Fox Penny Farm’s Saddle Club. [RIGHT] Boyd Martin will be on the judging panel for the Constant Star-OTTBs For Sport Contest.



Fox Penny Farm’s (FPF) Saddle Club began their winter session on January 12 with five participants. The first topic, at the students’ request, was on learning the proper and safe way to longe a horse. Everyone learned a lot and had a great time as well. Two of the participants already passed the first level and are now working on the next one! Carrie Usher, 11, and nine-year-old Maggie Sheehan— both very diligent in their work and study habits—are excited with their accomplishments. FPF also has plans underway to hold a six-week Young Eventer Program this summer. Stay tuned for more details!

Hitching Post Farm has announced the dates for its 2013 competitions and camps as follows: May 18-19 will be a USEA-recognized horse trials for Beginner Novice through Preliminary; May 25 will host a schooling trial for Grasshopper through Novice levels; on July 13, July 24, and August 14 there will be schooling trials for Grasshopper through Training levels; and October 5 will see a schooling trial for Grasshopper through Preliminary. The facility will also be hosting camps for students who enjoy riding and playing the fiddle, junior eventers, adult eventers, and kids.




At the Area I Annual Meeting on January 13, participants of the inaugural Vermont Eventing Challenge were awarded their prizes. The Green Mountain Horse Association, Hitching Post Farm, and Huntington Farm teamed up on the project to offer a year-end awards program to those competing in the state’s recognized horse trials. The 2012 winners were as follows: Beginner Novice

Boyd Martin and Eric Dierks, among others, have teamed up with Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc., to act as judges for another great program that promotes the off-thetrack Thoroughbred (OTTB), its versatility, and trainability in competitive sports after the racetrack. “Constant Star-OTTBs For Sport Contest” entrants are required to submit photos and video in addition to completing


Hunter Oaks Farm out of Illinois is sad to report that, after 12 years of hosting a United States Eventing Association (USEA) sanctioned horse trials, they have scratched their event for the 2013 season. Poor weather conditions over the past several years have made it impossible for the organizers to break even, though they expect to be back in 2014.

Junior went to Olivia Smith of Skowhegan, ME, and Vanderbilt with 167 points; Beginner Novice Senior was claimed by Jan McGarry of Chittenden, VT, and Siseio with 163 points; and in Novice Senior it was Cristen Roby of Lyme, NH, and Top-Sider taking the title with 180 points.

True North Farm (TNF) sends out their congratulations to the winners of their 2012 year-end awards. Madi Schluter earned the Most Improved Award, while Susan Leven was the Most Improved Adult Rider, and Emily Eldridge claimed the TNF Sportsmanship Award.

a written application. Five semifinalists will be chosen from the initial entries and evaluated in person, at which time a single winner will be chosen to receive 90 days of free board and training from Kimberly Clark at Leighton Farm. Entries will be accepted until March 31 and instructions can be found at goodhorse.org.

ALL HAIL TATE! Sinead Halpin and her mount Manoir de Carneville just keep piling on the accolades after a stellar 2012. At the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Annual Meeting in January, the 2000 Selle Francais gelding, “Tate,” was recognized as a USEF Horse of Honor. Kudos on a job very well done to everyone involved with the pair!

END OF AN ERA Just months before the Rolex Kentucky, the event’s organizers revealed that they would be replacing longtime announcer Nigel Casserley. Fellow Englishman Michael Tucker will take his place, but Nigel will continue to act as the announcer at a number of other events. We wish him the best of luck! March 2013 | EQUINEJOURNAL.COM 107


Buck Davidson Wins Big At Ocala Horse Properties Winter I Horse Trials By Karen eileen and Kathryn selinga; Photos By dave elle

EquivEnturEs, LLC’s OCaLa Horse Properties Winter i Horse trials was held on January 5-6, 2013, at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, FL, with 200 entries of beginner to Olympian status participating, as well as a lively audience. “the setting on saturday was perfect! Marc Donovan’s show jumping course was very challenging, and it really brought out the best in each and every competitor. Having that course, coupled with perfect weather, made for a great day of sport,” said Jonathan Holling. Buck Davidson was the biggest winner of the weekend, taking home the win in four divisions, including: Open intermediate, riding shear Mizou; Open Preliminary B, on santa’s Keeper; Open training a, aboard riviera; and, Open training B, with Mr. Bojangles. the other winners were as follows. in Junior Young riders Open Preliminary, ann O’neal Pevahouse led the pack aboard Don Bosco. Jonathan Holling and Houdini claimed Open Preliminary a. Kacie Dannehower was the victor in Preliminary rider with Fable. training rider a was won by alison Hardaway and Clifton Peekachu, while it was sabrina Morris, riding irishreunion, who took the top spot in training rider B. in the novice rider division, isabel Franklin and Fancastle’s southern Comfort went home with the win. Open novice a was claimed by Maria Brazil and secrets of my success, with Melissa McMaster topping the leader board in Open novice B, riding Live Wire. Karen Joyal was the winner in Beginner novice rider aboard Elderglen’s Lilithe; and, in Open Beginner novice, it was alexander O’neal, on Leonardo’s Gran Cavallo, in the top spot.

Buck Davidson claimed the top spot in four divisions at the Winter I Horse Trials. Jonathan Holling, shown aboard Moycullen Alvan, won Open Preliminary A.

Kevin t. sheilley, formerly of Henderson, KY, first president and CEO of the Ocala-Marion County Chamber Economic Partnership (CEP), greeted competitors, judges, volunteers, vendors, and the public at the event on January 5. sheilley was “very impressed!” and, when asked for a three-word description, he said, “ welloiled machine.” a rider’s quick glance to a cheering audience brought a hint of a smile. Holling added, “as competitors, we work hard to perfect our craft. One of the goals of this series of shows has been to increase the spectator base. When i looked out across the arena and saw the grandstands full of people, i felt a sense of pride for our sport. it is such a challenge to train an event horse, and to have people come out to watch

these amazing animals compete is a thrill in itself!” Equiventures, LLC’s next competition, the Ocala Horse Properties international three-Day Event, will be at the Florida Horse Park on april 11-14, 2013. united states Equestrian Federation/united states Eventing association (usEF/ usEa)-recognized divisions will include training and novice; usEF Endorsed/usEa-recognized divisions will include CCi2*, CCi1*, intermediate, and Preliminary; usEa-recognized test divisions will include: Combined test – advanced; 4-Year-Old; 5-Year-Old; and Young Event Horse – 4-Year-Old. thursday will kick off the festivities, starting with the one-star dressage. Once again, Jay Hambly will design the cross-country course, with stadium designed by Marc Donovan. For more information, contact Peter Gray at 352-425-6302, email peter@equiventures. com, or visit equiventures.com.

Eventing contact listings Bevin O’Reilly (tl), Brattleboro, vt, 413-478-1661, borei@hotmail.com.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School (tl), 574 Bernardston road, Greenfield, MA 01301, 413-774-2711, fax 413-772-2602, sbschool.org.

Kimberly Cartier Dome (tl), Candia, nh 03034, 603-483-0171, cartierfarms@myfairpoint.net, cartier-farms.com.

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

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Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association Off to a Good Start in 2013 Submitted by Tara B. Manion

Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association’s (CDCTA) 2013 activities are well underway, and there’s so much more to come! Our annual fundraiser will be held at The Gallery in Glastonbury, CT, on March 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost for admission is only $10, which includes a variety of appetizers and fantastic door prizes. Items up for auction in the past have included: horse-related items (nutritional supplements, halters, grooming supplies), non-horse-related items (artwork, clothing), as well as services (trailer tune-up, lessons, veterinary services). A list of items up for grabs will be published on the club’s website prior to the auction. To donate an item or

service, please contact the auction coordinator at theresatah@sbcglobal.net. See you all there! On March 24, the annual Spring Dressage Symposium will be held at Carbery Fields Farm in Lebanon, CT. We are very excited about this back-tobasics interactive symposium with Dee Loveless, which will focus on the use of the Training Scale to maximize your horse’s performance, with an awareness of conformational traits that may make certain dressage movements challenging. The format will consist of lectures and live demonstrations with horses of different breeds, body types, and backgrounds. A list of selected demonstration horses/riders will be published on the club’s website in early

March. Auditor registration includes a gourmet, catered lunch and fabulous door prizes (including $10 cash back on the cost of registration). Don’t miss this educational event featuring horses and riders that everyone can relate to! For more information or to register, please visit the club’s website at cdctaonline.com. If you are a CDCTA member in good standing and have volunteered for CDCTA events, you may qualify for a CDCTA scholarship! The next deadline for application is March 31. Additional information on this program and applications can be found on the club’s website. Apply today—you have nothing to lose and could be awarded up to $500! March 31 is also the deadline for new memberships and renewals in order to be eligible to be a member of the eventing or dressage teams. Our teams have been very successful in the past, and the members have had a great time. Join or renew today! Keep checking cdctaonline.com for the most up-to-date information on our upcoming activities. If you have an idea for a clinic or symposium, please let us know!

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New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association Formerly SNHDCTA, Group Announces Name Change Submitted by Lydia Neusch

At the annual meeting on March 4, 2013, Southern New Hampshire Dressage & Combined Training Association (SNHDCTA) plans to unveil our new club name. We are excited to announce that we have changed our name to New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association (NHDEA). Members voted at the annual awards banquet in November to approve the change, which better reflects our current membership and demographics. There will be updates to our website, logo, and social media sites to reflect the name change.

NHDEA is pleased to announce that we will be holding a dressage clinic with Sharon McCusker in April. Sharon and her six-year-old Dutch gelding, Wrigley, are the 2012 USDF Region 8 Intermediare Champions. In addition to being an active trainer and competitor, she has helped coach young riders to top finishes at the Young Riders Championships. The clinic will be held at the Methuen Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) at Nevins Farm in Methuen, MA, on April 27, 2013. All information and forms will be available on our

website, NHDEA.org. Also, at the annual meeting on March 4, we will be offering our junior riders a chance to apply for the team we are sending to Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival, Dressage4Kids, held each year at the HITS show grounds in Saugerties, NY. We have seen some excellent growth and development in our junior riders and are very pleased to offer this opportunity for them to participate in this well-respected event. NHDEA will be sponsoring the fees, shirts, and tack stalls to the team that qualifies. NHDEA has a full calendar of events planned for 2013, including co-sponsored combined training competitions with Hilltop Equestrian Center in Somersworth, NH, and Oakrise Farm in Goffstown, NH. All information regarding the 2013 calendar of events can found at NHDEA.org. March 2013 | equineJournal.com 109

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2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Charlotte Dujardin became an officer of the Order of the British Empire.

LISA WILCOX AND PIKKO DEL CERRO HU’S effortless test impressed judges and earned them the win at the Wellington Classic Dressage Sunshine Challenge Grand Prix CDI3*. Pikko Del Cerro HU’s showy gaits and big extended canter were rewarded with a score of 69.574%.

SILVER SIGNORELLI Linda Signorelli and Weltlicht, an imported Hanoverian by Weltmeyer, recently earned two scores over 60% at Fourth Level and two over 60% at Prix St. Georges to secure their Silver Medal. “I am so proud of Linda for achieving her USDF (U.S. Dressage Federation) Silver Medal,” said Heidi Degele, who trains Linda out of her own Mesa Farms in Loxahatchee, FL.

victory at the Wellington Classic Dressage Holiday Show aboard her horse, Slogan, by competing in Third Level Test 1 and winning the Everglades Dressage Young Rider Achievement Award. “I just had fun,” Hatch smiles. “Everything was such an improvement over last time!” The team rode away with a score of 61.842%, as well as an Everglades Dressage saddle pad.

team gold medalists, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Carl Hester, became members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

at Margaret Duprey’s Cherry Knoll Farm in Wellington, FL. Cherry Knoll is the owner of Revolverheld and Otto, as well as show jumper Cedric, ridden by Laura Kraut.


DRESSAGE ROYALTY British dressage Olympic Gold Medalists Charlotte Dujardin, Laura Bechtolsheimer, and Carl Hester, received the Order of the British Empire Medal from Queen Elizabeth II. “For services to equestrianism,” team and individual gold medalist, Charlotte Dujardin, became an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), whereas

Rafalca, the 2012 United States Olympic team horse owned by Ann Romney, the wife of presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, was ranked ninth on Time Magazine’s “15 Minutes of Fame” for 2012.

NEW ARRIVALS Zonik (Zack x Romanov), a fouryear-old stallion, and Valentino (Flemmingh x Goodtimes), a

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OFFICIAL! The Adult Amateur Dressage Initiative has announced officers for their executive board: Chairperson, Leslie Valente; Vice Chairman, Anne Zahradnik; and Secretary, Annette Gaynes.

CHLOE COMPETES Chloe Hatch rode into a personal

Todd Flettrich has a new ride, the German gelding, Revolverheld, that he hopes will be a successor to Otto, the horse he rode on the United States team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and who was retired last year. The 11-yearold dark bay (Rubin Royal x Atossa x Atatuerk) will be based

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CONDOLENCES Adri Strating, the first major sponsor for Dutch dressage, passed away at age 75 on December 28, 2012. Strating, who became a millionaire brokering stock, supported top Dutch dressage riders Anky van Grunsven, Imke SchellekensBartels, Arjen Teeuwissen, Edward Gal, Sonja Gademan, and Ellen Bontje on their horses, which carried the Gestion prefix.

ADRIENNE LYLE’S MOUNT, WIZARD, WON TWO United States Dressage Federation awards for the 2012 season. He was the Reserve Champion Adequan®/ USDF Horse of the Year at Grand Prix, and he was Champion Adequan/USDF Oldenburg of the Year in Grand Prix.

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continued from page 111 10-year-old KWPN gelding, have been bought for Edward Gal, Hans Peter Minderhoud, and Nicole Werner to train at the Glock Horse Performance Center in the Netherlands. Both horses came from Andreas Helgstrand of Denmark.

SAVE THE DATE The first-ever Florida Youth Dressage Championships for Ponies, Juniors, Young Riders, and Brentina Cup Under-25 divisions have been created by the Global Dressage Festival and Dressage4Kids to be held at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) Dressage Classic CDI3*, March 14–17, 2013.

the Wellington Classic. Out of 10 classes, Windhorse brought home a total of eight firsts and two thirds. Highlights included head trainer, Diana Mukpo, and her Dutch gelding, Pascal, winning the Grand Prix Special with a 64.6%. Assistant trainer, Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen, and Nicole Polaski’s Dutch gelding, Ansgar, had a super test in the FEI Developing Horse Prix St. Georges, which earned them a 66.7%. Junior rider, Regan Salm, and her Hanoverian gelding, Karat, made their exciting debut in the show ring. Regan won both her classes at Second Level and earned the last two scores toward

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Amy Engle wasn’t looking for a horse when she went to visit 4 13 Ranch with a friend. But when Amy walked out into the pasture with Year of Jubilee, aka Jubal, both their lives changed forever. Long story short, Amy bought Jubal and he is now settling in well with her and her family. Amy has big plans of showing and competing, but more than anything, just enjoying Jubal for who he is. Jubal, registered as Year of Jubilee (Jan x Diamond Mill), is a five-year-old Friesian/ Thoroughbred gelding. He was bred and raised at The 4 13 Ranch.

SONATA SHOWS OFF USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalist Heidi Degele and her mount, Sonata, rode away with the high score of the

show during International Horse Sport Dressage Premier, held at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee, FL. Scoring an impressive 78.5% in the Five-Year-Old Materiale class, Sonata earned 8s in all gaits except medium walk. Sonata is a coming five-year-old mare by Sinatra Song out of Berlina.

GOING DUTCH The Royal Dutch Sport Horse Studbook in North America (KWPN-NA), welcomes sport horse enthusiasts to their upcoming annual meeting to be held March 14-16, 2013 at Hassler Dressage at Riveredge in Chesapeake City, MD. “It’s been more than a dozen years since our annual meeting was held in the Northeastern U.S., and I’m thrilled that it’s returning to the region to be hosted by the Hasslers,” noted Dan Ruediger, Vice Chair of the KWPN-NA Board of Directors. “Whether you’re a KWPN-NA member or just a fan of horse sports, join us at this beautiful facility to take advantage of our dynamic agenda.”

“ROBB”ING THE TRI-COLOR Zerbino Interagro, a nine-yearold Lusitano gelding imported from Interagro Lusitanos in Brazil, topped the field in the year-end awards at the banquet for the Gold Coast Dressage Association, winning the GCDA Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges Championship for 2012. He was ridden by adult amateur Johnny Robb, who became acquainted with Lusitanos through her work.

ACROSS THE POND Dressage Ireland announced the appointment of Vice Chairperson, Anne Cahill, to the board of Horse Sport Ireland.

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(L-R) Michael Cabell, Heidi Degele and Kay Moss with Sonata.


her USDF Bronze Medal. Nicole Polaski competed her two geldings, VIP and Ronin, receiving a 71% on VIP and a 65.5% on Ronin in their first outing together at First Level. Nicole had a clean sweep and won all of her classes over the weekend.

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1. Patrik Kittel, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven, and Steffen Peters with Antonia Axel Johnson, Show Manager Noreen O’Sullivan, and Managing Partner John Flanagan. 2. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello claimed the 2013 World Dressage Masters CDI5* Palm Beach Championship. 3. Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic H B C scored a 82.525% for their freestyle, putting them in second place. 4. Steffen Peters and Legolas 92 notched a third place finish for the United States with 80.175%.

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Overall High Point Adult-Amateur winners Deborah Hyland and Arroyo.

Charles river Dressage association Announces Year-End Award Winners Submitted by morgan randall; PhotoS by PreStige SPortShotS PhotograPhy

The Charles river Dressage association (CrDa) had an amazing 2012 season. On February 2 at Primavera in Millis, Ma, year-end awards were presented to the dedicated riders who fulfilled the requirements. Those who qualify for year-end awards must compete at a minimum of two shows in at least three classes. a minimum of four volunteer hours are also required. Full requirements for year-end award qualification can be found at crdressage.org. The Junior division this season was out in full force and exhibited some excellent scores. laci Keating took home the

intro level Championship on her mount Nicholas with a score of 69%, followed closely behind by reserve champion adele hartt with honey Bee. CrDa’s Junior division Training level Championship was awarded to alexandra gaither and Chess with a score of 68.572%. reserve champion in Training level was given to Devon Currie on Nicholas. The First level Championship in the Junior division was presented to aly redston and Tony 47 with a score of 69.939%. Caroline Forsberg and Zorro took home the second level & above Championship with a score of 63.581%, while alexandra

Overall High Point Junior, Laci Keating, aboard Nicholas.

Overall High Point Open winner Morgan Randall on Joey.

gaither and Chess took home the championship for eventing Test-of-Choice with a 68.333%, and leah horan claimed the leadline division with a 77.5%. CrDa’s adult-amateur division had an excellent season as well! Deborah hyland and arroyo were champions at Training level with a 70.488% with Karen Whitney and rayson d’etre earning the reserve championship with a 67.402%. The First level adult amateur Champions were Janet Menn and Dev Diego with a 66.441% while Terry Brennan and Miss american Pie came in reserve with a 63.755%. The second level & above Champions and reserve champions were laura Fox with espresso (64.103%) and Darlene Dwyer riding santana (62.262%), respectively. The champion for adult-amateur eventing Test-of-Choice was ann Wiedie aboard Baxter with a 68.015% followed closely by the reserve champions Christine Nichols and sundance witha 64.889%. The Open division was short but sweet this season. Morgan randall and Joey took home the First level Open Championship with a score of 64.264%. lisa Millett and Prado brought home the championship for second level & above with a score of 66.236%. awards were also presented to Competitive riders with Disabilities, holly richards and Cayenne with a 68.095%; the vintage division winner was Karen Whitney riding rayson d’etre with 67.402%, and in reserve was Janet Menn on Dev Diego with 66.441%; and Tower hill Masters Champions elizabeth Benney and in a Moment scored a 62.873%, with reserve going to Kate Champa and georgia O’Keefe with 59.888%. Year-end high point awards were given to competitors with the highest average of all their scores. Overall high Point Junior rider went to laci Keating and Nicholas with a 67.463%. Overall high Point adult-amateur was presented to Deborah hyland and arroyo with a 70.488%. lastly, Overall high Point Open rider was awarded to Morgan randall and Joey with a 64.264%. The upcoming CrDa season promises to be very exciting. starting off the season will be a clinic with liz austin on March 23-24, followed by the everpopular CrDa adult Camp april 20-21. additional details on these events, plus information on membership, schooling shows and additional clinics, as well as the full list of winners for this season, can be found at crdressage.org. March 2013 | equineJournal.com 115


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Baroque equestrian Games & Institute, llc To Host Inaugural Show August 30-31 Submitted by tina CriStiani Veder

It’s offIcIal! after practIce shows in 2012 and many clinics up and down the east coast, the Baroque equestrian Games and Institute (BeGI) will be having its official inaugural show on august 30-31, 2013 at the Virginia Horse center in lexington, Va. this event will be a celebration of classical horsemanship and classical horses, and is being held in cooperation with the eastern region andalusian Horse club show, and therefore has morphed into a classical Horse expo as well! the centerpiece of the event will be the Baroque equestrian Games, consisting of Ground Work classes, the classical schooling patterns, the exciting Mounted Maneuvers, the beautiful Musical presentations, as

well as innovative rail classes. But it doesn’t stop there—the program will also be studded with educational seminars and demonstrations about classical horsemanship and the classical horses that helped to create this time-honored tradition of training that benefits all breeds and disciplines. If that’s not enough, there will also be a showcase of magnificent The Baroque Equestrian Games are set for this August. classical stallions along with added features such as classical Breeders all riders, and all tack, with cash prizes and trainers spotlights. to top off for every winner! additional clinics and the festivities, there will be an extravapractice shows will be held throughout gant Baroque equestrian Gala on the spring and summer of 2013 to friday evening featuring a historic help horses and riders prepare for the portrayal of “classical Horses competition. throughout the ages.” Whether you wish to ride in Mark your calendars now, because the Games, or simply partake in this is going be an extraordinary event! the education and entertainment, If you are at all we invite you to join us in this interested in clasexciting new journey back to the sical horses and historical foundations of classical classical horsemanhorsemanship! ship, you will not More details will be coming soon… want to miss this follow us on facebook, and sign up experience. the for our newsletter at BaroqueGames. competition is com. open to all breeds,

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Flatlanders dressage & Combined Training association Shares a Member’s Bronze Medal Journey Submitted by Shelly cain

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Never did i dream wheN i started as a young Pony Clubber from Ohio doing three-day eventing that one day i would be standing on stage with the famous George williams receiving my Bronze medal—a rider’s award offered by the United States dressage Federation (USdF) for receiving at least 60% on tests from levels Training to Third Level. after two years of hard work and lots of disappointments, i had succeeded and was in New Orleans with my parents and boyfriend. with legs feeling like soft butter and sweaty palms, i was shaking hands with mr. williams and hearing the word “Congratulations.” what a brilliant moment! i originally bought my appendix Quarter horse, Smokin’ Lexi Lu, aka Lexi, to do eventing, but those days disappeared due to her limitations. Later i discovered dressage and i was hooked! Lexi was able to take me through the lower levels required to travel this path for our medal, but then i decided to breed her.

at my brother’s Grand Canyon wedding, i received a phone call from my trainer in michigan, Julia houle. She stated there was an old schoolmaster for sale at her barn that nobody wanted and i had to have him. he was a dutch warmblood brought from holland years ago. i told her i didn’t need another horse, but my mom suggested we take a look, possibly a student of mine might

want him. we drove to michigan, rode haantje, and fell in love with him! he came home with us and became my “professor.” Never having the opportunity to ride such a talented horse before, he led me on an awesome journey. The first year i worked hard to learn all his buttons as i prepared for our first recognized dressage show in delaware, Oh. Unfortunately, we never got to go. That night, instead of settling in at the delaware show, we were praying for him at Ohio State University veterinary hospital to survive the night. haantje had suffered from colic. The veterinarian said he did not look his age and said we should go for surgery, so we did. he spent another year recovering and preparing for our bronze-paved road. Oddly, the final score we needed for our award ended where we were supposed to have started together…delaware. along the way we made new friends, shared our stories and tears, and celebrated our victories together. i would never trade those memories for anything. where do we go from here? well, we’re thinking of trying musical freestyles and enjoying wherever that path that may lead us. haantje is still in peak condition for an old guy, but i’m not going to push it. So, it will be fun times for us both in the show ring now, plus he is still teaching me. however, in the future we have plans for more medals if i’m lucky. Lexi also gave me a beautiful foal out of Benidetto. his name is Belisario de Lex, aka rio. hopefully, he will step up to the plate and continue that journey that Lexi and haantje started.

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Driving news


JEANINE EATON OF EAST CORINTH, VT, took her horse, Spirit, out for a sleigh ride with Kelsey Smith as a passenger.

CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to world champion driver, Suzy Stafford—two of her driving partners, Cefnoakpark Bouncer, a Welsh Cob owned by the Humphrey family, and Courage To Lead, a Morgan mare owned by Beverly Lesher—will be inducted into the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Equus Foundation’s Horse Stars Hall of Fame, March 8, at the Equus Foundation’s Fete Chevale Etoile during the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Florida.

READY TO SHOW Diane Bozyczko of Cheshire, MA, reports that her Minis, Henry, who is five years old, and Gage, who is four, both recently successfully completed their driving training with Sue Rogers at Land’s End Farm in 120 EQUINE JOURNAL | March 2013

Proctorsville, VT. Diane’s Mini/ Shetland mare, Cameo, is also currently in training at Sue’s farm. Diane looks forward to entering them in some local shows this season, in addition to driving on her farm and at Colonial Carriage events.

NEW CLUB IN NEW ENGLAND Due to a growing interest in carriage driving, Touchstone Farm in Temple, NH, has formed a new organization known as the Touchstone Farm Driving Club. Throughout the season, a variety of driving clinics and schooling opportunities, paired with lively social events, will also be offered, in addition to the farm’s expanded lesson program for both beginner and intermediate drivers of all ages. Unique to the driving club is the availability of lesson horses, ponies, and Minis, with appropriate vehicles for people

Congrats to the Brandywine Valley Driving Club (BVDC), which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! The club plans on honoring its birthday with a number of special events throughout the year that include: a reception and open house at The Carriage House at Willowdale Crossings in Kennett Square, PA, on March 10; spending a weekend at Martin’s Spring Carriage Auction, which will kick off with a discussion given by Paul Martin on how the carriage auction works, and continue with a special BVDC anniversary booth at the event, set for April 25-27; a BVDC driving weekend in Fair Hill, MD, to be held September 27-29; and, a trip to the Stony Brook Carriage museums and Long Island Stables on October 11-13.

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GET WELL SOON Our thoughts go out to Barbara King, an ADS member, who was in a horrible carriage accident on December 22. As we go to press, she is doing much better, and is currently rehabilitating. Although her spirits are high, she still has a long recovery ahead of her. For more information on her injury, turn to the Ohio Haflinger Association’s story on page 155.

DRIVING FOR THE DISABLED United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) plans to conduct a series of clinics in 2013, which will be open to current and future para-equestrians, featuring a “try-it-and-see-if-youlike-it” section of each session. The first in the series will be held March 16 and 17 at Oak Run Farm in Moorpark, CA, and will feature ADS USEF “R” combined driving, Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) combined driving, and para-equestrian judge, Hardy Zantke; ADS ”R” pleasure driving and dressage judge, Jody Cutler; and ADS “S” combined driving and USEF “r” pleasure driving judge, Diane Kastama. For more information, visit usdfd.org.

Suzy Stafford with Cefnoakpark Bouncer.


who do not have their own turnout, and beginners are welcome. For the more experienced drivers, an American Driving Society (ADS)affiliated competition and the Carriage Association of America’s Driver Proficiency Certification will take place in early autumn, 2013. For more information, visit touchstone-farm.org.


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colonial carriage & Driving Society Plans and Prepares for 2013 SuBmitted By Kay Konove

Spring can’t come Soon enough for members of colonial carriage! although the club was disappointed to postpone the Winter classic Sleigh rally until next year, the members geared up for 2013 activities at the monthly meeting in January. a hardy group of 19 club members braved the bad weather on January 16 to meet at orleton Farm in Stockbridge, ma. as usual, everyone enjoyed the social hour before the business meeting. the agenda included discussion of the annual meeting & Banquet on February 9, the Spring Seminar, the June pleasure Driving Show, and the Lenox tub parade in September. Volunteers signed up to be part of the show team as well as help with hospitality for upcoming meetings. everyone is looking forward to the

popular potluck meeting to be held on march 20 this year. a tack and turnout exchange will be part of the evening’s festivities. members are encouraged to bring those extra driving hats, aprons, accessories, and equipment to sell or barter! the Spring Seminar on april 13 will focus on developing skills for safe and successful driving in all disciplines— combined events, pleasure shows, and recreational. the club is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for its members as well as for the driving community. this particular event has evolved from a basic learning-to-drive clinic to addressing how to drive obstacles and multiples! Stay tuned for more details on registering for the Spring Seminar. to practice what you learned at clinics,

lessons, and training all winter and spring, the 15th annual orleton Farm combined test and pleasure Driving Show on June 21-23 is a must for any driver’s schedule. Divisions include Very Small equine (VSe), Single pony and horse, Junior to Drive, novice to Drive, and a new offering—utility. this division is open to single ponies and horses put to a two- or four-wheeled training/marathon type vehicle not suitable for the other divisions. pneumatic tires are acceptable in this division. the show is offering something for everyone, in terms of classes and social activities, in addition to the wonderful experience of driving at orleton Farm. please check the Omnibus on the american Driving Society website for a complete listing, or go to colonialcarriage. org for details. the prize list will be available on april 15. colonial carriage members are busy now, getting their horses ready for competition or that drive through the state forest, and also trying to stay fit after hibernating most of the winter. thank goodness that time spent with our equine partners—on or off the box seat—is time well spent.

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Southern new england carriage Driving association Holds Its First Official Meeting SuBmitted By muG tomany

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the Southern neW engLanD carriage Driving association held its first official meeting on January 5. many thanks go out to Janise and charles meszoely of mansfield, ma, who hosted the well-attended meeting. the new officials were voted on and are as follows: president, marguerite (mug) tomany; Vice president, Kelly pesek; Secretary, cat Luce; treasurer, madeline Leone; and members at Large, ginny halfpenny and Janice meszoely. congratulations to all, and thank you to past officials for their hard work. For new membership information, contact mug at mtomany@ sbcglobal.net. the club formed a new committee that will be working on organizing a one-day pleasure show. Due to the low attendance at last year’s august show, a date change

and one-day format were approved by the club. We are aiming for october 13. We are also putting on an arena driving trial (aDt) at highland Farm in late april, and a scurry in September. the dates will be forthcoming. the club has also formed a new recreational driving committee that will be responsible for organizing recreational pleasure drives. the calendar of events will be on our website, which is also going through some changes. John Frost will be updating the rhode island Driving club site to reflect the name change. he will also be our webmaster, so all news, classified ads, and photos can be sent to him at johnfrost@comcast.net. the evening was a great time for catching up and sharing news. adrienne and John St. cyr are planning a celtic

cross horse Driving trial (hDt) on august 3-4, with Lisa Singer and John greenall as judges, and they are hoping club members will volunteer or participate. peter Von halem shared stories from his recent coaching adventure in italy. and, carol carpenter shared beautiful pictures of sleighing with her horse, eagle, out at Sunset View campgrounds in monson, ma. everyone enjoyed a great potluck supper, and the evening ended with a Dutch auction, which raised money for the upcoming year.

Carol Carpenter and American Eagle GA enjoying a sleigh ride on her family’s property in Monson, MA. March 2013 | equineJournal.com 121


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Planning a Busy Spring Submitted by Carol Frank

While the snoW may be falling or thawing, or doing what it does in the winter, we are talking spring. the saratoga Driving association (sDa) constantly strives to build a stronger driving community by offering more opportunities for skill improvement, competitions, recreational drives, education, and by bringing top level instructors to the area. We are delighted to have a new venue where we will be offering two events this spring. laurie Danaher has welcomed us to her facility, centrally located in east greenbush, ny. there is a large indoor arena where we can hold events, and there are stalls available for anyone traveling a distance. the facility is easily accessible off interstate 90 or Route 20 and has lots of parking far from busy roads. laurie is a driver and has been having sue Rogers come monthly to give lessons, so this is a wonderful addition to the numerous activities around us. With a facility available, we are delighted to announce an arena driving trial (aDt) on april 27 and a clinic with Robin groves on may 4-5. We have not held an aDt in many years, and this will just be a dirty harness, bring the horse out, and get started for spring event. by the end of april, trailers should be unfrozen, and while the horses aren’t shed out, the format of the aDt is not meant to be too stressful on horses or drivers. marc Johnson will be assisting with course design, but as of this writing, the details have yet to be determined. all will be decided—perhaps by the time you read this. Check the sDa website, saratogadriving.com, for the latest information. bringing Robin groves to do lessons for our club has been no small challenge. she is a unique treasure from the hills of Vermont that is constantly on the go. We have always wanted to bring her here, but have never been able to arrange it. she has either been 122 equine Journal | March 2013

competing or teaching all around the country. she and her husband, Wilson, own and operate R & W horse Drawn services, a training and teaching facility for drivers, riders, and all manners of horses. Robin does clinics all over the U.s., and up into Canada, for drivers and riders of all levels of experience. What Robin and her husband do for work all week, they also do on weekends, and that is drive horses. they do combined driving, carriage pleasure shows, and competitive and trail drives at distances up to 100 miles. they find that horses that compete at all three of these disciplines are the best prepared for upper level combined driving events. Robin can be seen competing lana Wright’s thor’s toy truck, known as tJ. she has gone to the World singles Competition, and in 2010, groves and tJ won the United states equestrian federation (Usef) nation single horse Combined Driving Championship at live oak international. We haven’t completely ironed out the details yet, but the clinic will be held over two days, and spots will first go to drivers interested in attending both days. instruction can be in harness or under saddle. if there are any slots open, they can be filled by those wishing to attend only one day. Robin’s main interest in giving a clinic is making sure that everyone gets what he or she wants. her least favorite comment when things are over is, “oh, it would have been nice if you covered…” so, step up, send me an email, and let me know if you are interested, if you want single lessons, group, cones, riding. Do you want to drive with a friend? Robin can handle 10 people at a time, so don’t think a private lesson is the only way to get her Robin Groves and Thor’s Toy Truck.

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full attention. she is amazing! We can’t promise everything, but we can structure the time so that lots of needs get met. We’d also like to get together for dinner in the lovely meeting room at laurie’s barn. but, help us with the planning—what are you looking to accomplish? Write to me at carol. frank@saratogadriving.com. Just so we are sure that everyone knows, lindenwald has moved permanently to the sunday of memorial Day weekend—this year the date will be may 26. We decided that lindenwald previously did not get the attendance it deserved because it was too close to Walnut hill. We had moved it to the end of June, but it would have been two weeks after the orleton farm Pleasure show that is a wonderful event we all love. so, we moved to our old spot on memorial Day weekend that we enjoyed. We are staying there and hope you all put the date on your calendar and plan to attend as competitor, volunteer, or spectator. the martin Van buren estate is a lovely historic venue and former home to our eighth president. We are very fortunate in our area, because every year more people are doing more driving. We’d like to know what other activities you would like, or if there is something you would like to organize and have us publicize. is anyone interested in a practice twophase or in setting up a cones course and dressage ring? Would you like a recreational drive near where you live, or is there someplace you’d like to go as a group? Cindy Kimmey is working on recreational drives, so contact her at cjkimmey@nycap.rr.com. see you in the spring.


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Black swamp driving Club Gets Excited for Spring Submitted by roger HigginS Jr.

Just think, driving events will be starting soon, and we are looking forward to a great season! we have lots of news to cover, so let’s start with the list of drives that are submitted so far. this includes both confirmed and pending events. On March 10, there will be a Black swamp driving Club (BsdC) meeting at the good hope lutheran Church in Arlington, Oh, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. April will see a BsdC clinic at the hancock County Fairgrounds in Findlay, Oh, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. the date is still pending. Other drives and event dates are as follows: May 4, vanBuren state Park in vanBuren, Oh (confirmed); May 18, McCutchenville inn drive in McCutchenville, Oh (confirmed); May 31 – June 2, Carriage round-up in lexington, kY (confirmed); June 16, richwood drive in richwood, Oh (confirmed); June 22, gene Autry days in kenton, Oh (pending); July 6, upper sandusky historical society in upper sandusky, Oh (pending); August, Yunger Park drive in Bucyrus, Oh (date and event pending); september 15, Parker Bridge drive in upper sandusky, Oh (confirmed); september, Coon hunters’ drive in tiffin, Oh (date is pending); and October 19, higgins drive (pending). this is the list of events that we have on the schedule so far. if anyone is interested in holding a drive or an event, please let the BsdC Board of directors

know so we can add your event to the list. As you can see, we have many things scheduled, but it’s never too late to add an event. As always, please refer to the BsdC newsletter for updates and changes that may occur. sometimes, things may change or be canceled and i will not have enough time to make the correction in this article. so, check the newsletter, and you might even get a phone call if things change at the last minute. we do have new officers for the club. the 2013 officers are as follows: President, roger Murray, 419-447-0076, cell 419-934-1229; vice President, roger higgins Jr., 740-251-7193; secretary, Molly Owen, 419-284-3000, cell 419-5696573; treasurer, Mark newman, 419-365-1613, cell 419-957-4843. Board of directors members include: Julie emmons, 740-361-3885; John heffernan, 419-674-1232, cell 567-674-3550 ; Angie hohenbrink, 419-274-1122, cell 419-2746435. Jackie Minges will be putting together the newsletter, and roger higgins Jr. will be writing the Equine Journal article. Congratulations to the new officers! the board of directors met prior to the regular business meeting to plan the direction of the club for 2013. Once the officers were decided, we addressed several issues and concerns of the club. we discussed some options for the summer months when it’s too hot for regular driving. if anyone has any concerns or suggestions, please

A Park Phaeton owned by Julie Emmons.

let us know. we would appreciate your input and ideas. now would be a great time for everyone to get things ready for the drives. safety is the number one priority. if you take the time now to make sure all of your driving elements are in great shape and working condition, it could save you a lot of headaches when the events start. if anyone has questions, please contact us. we have members in the club with a lot of experience—if we don’t know the answers, we can always do our best to find out. sometimes, when those questions are answered, you will have more confidence in driving. we always extend an invitation to everyone to come and see what the BsdC is all about. Feel free to check us out! i am in need of more pictures for these articles. Please send any information that you would like to have printed in the Equine Journal and any other pictures, too. Contact me by phone at 740-251-7193, or by email at higgy122@gmail.com. thanks to everyone for your support. You are the success of the club. it takes everyone to make things happen!

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Springs into Action for 2013 Submitted by mary tHomaS

western reserve CArriAge Association (wrCA) members had a full schedule of events in 2012, and

2013 is shaping up to be even busier. leading off the new driving year are two major events—a Carriage Association

of America (CAA) driving Proficiency Program weekend and a sporting day of traditional driving. the driving Proficiency Program weekend will be held April 5-7 at Maple Crest Farm in Brecksville, Oh. Jerry trapani of east islip, nY, will check the participants’ level of driving knowledge and skill in an informal, enjoyable atmosphere. this program weekend is open to the

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public, as well as WRCA members. Level One, the Road Test, and three sections of Level Two will be offered during the weekend. Only 15 spaces are available, and those interested in achieving their proficiency certificates should sign up as soon as possible. Check the club website, wrcarriage. com, for more details. Historic Zoar Village, near Dover, OH, has been chosen as the location for WRCA’s Sporting Day of Traditional Driving, scheduled for May 12. Developed by CAA to preserve traditional driving skills, a Sporting Day begins with an inspection of each participating turnout—checking for cleanliness, soundness of harness and vehicle, and suitability of equine to driver and equipment. Drivers then move on to a cones course to test their skill, maneuvering through about 15 pairs of cones. Members Bob and Susan Burrows have graciously loaned their equipment for the course. A country drive will further offer whips a chance to showcase their

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driving abilities. Five basic tests will be encountered along the drive route. Turnouts may be asked to mail a letter, back up a few steps, drive through a dogleg, pick up a passenger, cross a bridge, or stop for light refreshments. Roger Murray, of Tiffin, OH, will be judging the turnouts throughout the day as they travel the byways of the beautiful restored village. Jon Roemer is chairman for the event and will be assisted by committee members Nancy Roemer, Deb Svoboda, and Mary Thomas. Entry information has been given to members, and non-members can check wrcarriage.com, or contact Mary Thomas at bishopfield@gmail.com or at 419-547-8630. Carol Milhoun is in charge of setting up a booth for the American Driving Society (ADS) at Ohio Equine Affaire, April 11-14. WRCA is an ADS affiliate, and Milhoun is in need of volunteers to man the booth. Volunteers will be provided with tickets to the event. Shifts will be for about four hours, and volunteers can choose whether to work mornings or afternoons. International competitor, Sterling

Graburn, will be the clinician for Stacey Giere’s Connecting Drivers II series, March 9-10, at Maple Crest Farm in Brecksville, OH. Pertinent topics will be discussed, and private sessions with Graburn will be available. Call 440-2927198 for more details and lesson times. The second 2013 Ohio Arena Driving Trial (ADT) will be held March 16 at Windy Knoll Farm in Sullivan, OH. Thanks to organizers Bob and Susan Burrows, WRCA members have the chance to get their equines out and tuned up early for the upcoming show and driving season. They also seem to have a solid connection with the weather gods—64 degrees for the January ADT! If 2012 members have not yet returned their 2013 dues and membership information to Dave Antes, now is the time. Don’t miss out on driving fun or give up your subscription to Equine Journal (provided as one of the benefits of WRCA membership). Membership materials were sent out early in January. If you did not receive the forms, check the website or contact Dave Antes at drales@ ix.netcom.com.

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Western news

[LEFT] Louis M. Pearce Jr. will be missed. [RIGHT] Shawn Flarida on Spooks Gotta Whiz, at the 2012 National Reining Breeders Classic. The 2013 event will be aired on TV in June.



Louis M. Pearce Jr., a longtime cutting horse enthusiast and a staunch supporter of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, passed away December 26, 2012. Pearce, who owned NCHA Super Stakes Champion and NCHA Futurity Reserve Champion, Chick Tari, also bred the prominent sire, Especial. He was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame in 1995, and is also in the AQHA Hall of Fame. He was a lifetime member of the Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and sat on the Executive Committee of the AQHA. Pearce once said, “I was born wanting to be a cowboy, and I never quite succeeded, but I guess the closest I ever got was the NCHA Hall of Fame.”

BACK ON TRACK Need proof that the economy is on the mend? Check out the results from Western Bloodstock’s 2012 National

Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Sales. “We had the highest overall average and the highest overall percentage of horses sold since 2007,” said Milt Bradford, of Western Bloodstock. The bottom line for the cutting industry’s largest and most prominent sales event was: 745 sold from 924 offered, for an average of $16,420 and 81% completed sales.

ON THE AIR The National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) has announced that the 2013 NRBC show will hit the airwaves in June! The television show, NRHA Inside Reining, will feature the NRBC in two separate segments. The first segment, featuring the NRBC Open competition, will air June 4 and 11 and the second segment, highlighting the Non Pro riders, is slated for June 18 and 25. Another benefit for viewers—the shows will air as scheduled and


then will be posted at insidereining.com for online viewing for the remainder of the show season.

MORE MONEY Cutting horse enthusiasts from across the country can kick off their spring season vying for a $200,000 added money purse in the first of two national shows focusing on the Eastern region of the United States. The National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch, will kick off March 4 in Jackson, MI, at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

This year, National Cutting Horse Association is launching a new type of show, the NCHA Affiliate Grass Roots Cutting, to give members and affiliates a cost-effective way to increase their cutting participation. For affiliates, the new format offers flexibility, a nominal approval fee, and no entry fee percentages submitted to NCHA. Cutters receive recognition by having the show results published online, and their earnings count toward Achievement Buckles, and a plaque presented when a rider receives $1,000 in earnings in approved classes.

SUPPORTING KIDS MOURNING THE LOSS We send our deepest condolences to the family of Walter Hughes. The trainer and longtime National Reining Horse Association judge passed away on December 26, 2012, just one day prior to his 80th birthday.

Raymond Shumate, owner of Peggy’s Blankets, recently mailed in a check in the amount of $750 to the National Youth Cutting Horse Association for a donation from 1,500 items (blankets, etc.) washed for National Cutting Horse Association members.

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continued from page 125 PASSing On carroll mcentire, father of mike mcentire of selma, nc, passed away on December 25, 2012, after a short fight with cancer. carroll, along with his wife, shirley, were well known for their support of mike’s reining endeavors, as well as mike’s wife, nathalie, and their daughter, sarah.

new Owner it’s going to be hard to top this christmas gift! this past holiday season, kevin and sydney knight presented Boyd rice with oh cay n short— the horse he rode to the 2007 nrcha snaffle Bit futurity open championship!

rein On the united states equestrian federation (usef) has elected a new reining eligible athlete

committee. the committee consists of: casey hinton, chairman; Jordan larson, Vice chairman; Pete kyle; tom mccutcheon; and, tim mcquay, athlete representative to the reining high Performance committee.

SOrTing AffAireS ranch sorting national championships (rsnc) will bring two premier events to fort Worth, tX, this year, including

its national finals. the south central rsnc ranch sorting World series comes to Will rogers memorial center april 26-28, and will be followed by the rsnc national finals June 4-10. ranch sorting is a sport with roots deep in texas cattle tradition—it evolved from the common ranch work practice of separating cattle into pens for branding or transport— and the organization’s numbers continue to grow.

Varsity Reining Club scholarship Winners Announced for 2012 Contest By christina Bezack

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The NaTioNal ReiNiNg hoRse Youth association (NRhya) offers members an online program that rewards youth for their involvement outside of the show arena. The Varsity Reining Club (VRC) awards 13 scholarships, collectively, totaling $5,000 to be distributed to the top point-earning individuals in each age group. over 80 youth participated in the VRC in 2012; but it was amy stoney and Katya Koperski who received special recognition as “Youths of the Year” for earning the most points in their respective age groups. The title of Varsity Youth of the Year was earned by stoney, with 6,453 points for 580 submissions, mainly in her favored area of photography. stoney, 16, is from McClave, Co, and was named Varsity Youth of the Year in 2011 and Junior Varsity Youth of the Year in 2010. stoney would like to major in business marketing to become an equine photographer and marketer. she was recently elected to serve on the 2013 NRhya officer team as historian. alexis Daggett, 19, from san antonio, TX, took second place by earning 5,050 points with over 175 submissions. Daggett devoted her time doing community service. she helped with the student-tutoring program at her school and participated in door-to-door food drives for her local food pantry.

The title of Junior Varsity Youth of the Year went to Koperski, who earned 1,395 points with over 20 submissions, mainly earned through community service. This is Koperski’s first year of involvement with VRC. her favorite activities included working at the local humane society socializing dogs, and helping at a youth horse camp, where she assisted children in preparing their mounts for riding while she also taught them about horses. Koperski, 12, from la Crosse, Wi, would like to become a horse professional or a veterinarian. hope hampton, 12, from Nova scotia, Canada, placed second, with 1,160 points from her fundraising efforts. During the 2012 NRha Futurity, hampton sold 580 NRhya raffle tickets, making her the top seller during the event, and earning her an iPad®. Youth members are awarded points though submissions of activities in the following categories: philanthropy, creativity, publicity, and academics. subcategories help define each submission, such as photography, fundraising, community service, and report back. For more information, visit nrhya.com.

Amy Stoney earned the Varsity Youth of the Year award.

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ohio arabian & all Breed Trail riding society Welcomes Spring SubMitted by Mickie newnaM

There’s noT a loT To reporT this month, but by the time you read this, you should have received your spring mailing, and the new schedule should be up on the website. If not, it should happen within a few days. It’s always good to look forward to a new riding season! Mollie and Tom will have two new additions with them this year. after the passing of their beloved saddie, they thought one dog wasn’t enough, so they got two more Corgi puppies—abbie and oscar (I think)! Mollie has already nicknamed abbie “devil dog,” so this year should be very amusing—for the rest of us, anyway. on sad news, I lost my dog, sasha, just before Christmas. she hadn’t been camping with me last year due to senility, and it finally got the best of her. Journey, however, doesn’t mind being an “only child,” so we’re getting along well. please remember that april 11-14 is equine affaire. We will have a booth as usual, and, also as usual, we’re always looking for people to help work it. It’s not hard—just talk about the sport, our

programs, the club, etc., to everyone that passes. It’s a lot of fun. If you are able to help, and can sign up for a particular time slot, please let me know (937-232-9256 or akela83@att.net). If you aren’t sure what Pius and Manuela Felder on a recreational distance ride at your schedule will be, but know you’ll be Crunch 2012. there, feel free to let RecReational Riding Results me know that, or just pop in and see if whoever is working there needs a The following are the recreational break. I have no problem being at the riding results for 2012: 50 Hours: Diana Barr, Rebel’s Storm; Diana Barr, booth most of the time, but I do like Shabaz; Molly Eastwood, Sierra; Maureen Fehrs, Max; Karen McCabe, Victory Dance; Celeste to shop a little bit too, of course! If Phares, Teddy; Karen Snodgrass, Max-a-million; you’re able to work several days, Carolyn Sullivan, Puzzle; Carolyn Sullivan, Romeo; Vivian Stafanchik, Sir Winsor Dawn. 100 Hours: ohio arabian & all-Breed Trail riding Molly Eastwood, Sierra; Maureen Fehrs, Max; society (oaaTs) pays for a motel room Monica Gaynor, Pusher’s Lucky Cash; Karen McCabe, Victory Dance; Carolyn Sullivan, Romeo. 250 where I stay, and others are more than Hours: Molly Eastwood, Sierra; Monica Gaynor, welcome to join me. Threat’s Little Moondancer; Becky McCarty, Fadbai Fanatic; Steve Stoffer, High Dollar; Samantha Terry, That’s all for the moment. If Sally Anne; Kandy Zehner, Saharrah. 500 Hours: Diana Barr, R Hot Pepper; Don Fehrs, Doppler; anyone has news from rides, farm Kimba Justice, TS Chernanigans; Barb Oberhaus, news, personal news, or photos, Black Beauty. 750 Hours: Leah Palestrant, Gabe; Celeste Phares, Shelly. 1,000 Hours: Becky McI’m always willing to share it. Just Carty, Wineglass Dominus. 1,500 Hours: Karen pass it along to me. Thanks and McCabe, WCA The Ultimate (Boy). happy riding!

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the following. our littlest new member, Tory Dilger, born in september, is reported to be growing in leaps and bounds and mom, stephanie, treats us to regular updates and photos via

facebook. Camp Director, larry adkins, had successful surgery in november and would like to thank all those who sent cards, as well as the club for the floral arrangement. The Dores added a new puppy, fergus humongous (a Bassett hound mix), to their family in november. It is rumored that certain longtime Connecticut Trail rides association (CTra) members, who moved to florida not too long ago, may be making another move—possibly becoming neighbors of another member, lou Casabona in Tennessee. These

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trail/distance riding members are also hoping to do more traveling with their equines in 2013, and I bet there will be some great stories to share with us when they come to camp. We also said goodbye to another longtime club member, Bill Strain. Bill led a long and active equestrian life through Strain Family Horse Farm and will be missed by many in the horse world—those who called him friend, and certainly, his family. On December 26, the Dore family welcomed Scarlet Rose Farm Equine Rescue to Berkshire Livery Stable (BLS) in Morris, CT. The rescue is currently stabling eight of their 15 equines at BLS, and it would like to extend an invitation to all those who may be shopping for a new horse to come visit those (some are gaited) that are available for adoption. The rescue is always in need of sponsors and monetary or equipment donations, as well as volunteers. Our meeting in January was fairly well attended—six members of the executive board (and one stand-in for our vice president who was ill) and 13 members for the general meeting—to plan our rides and activities for 2013. Minutes and financials of the banquet/ election in November were reviewed and will be presented to the general membership at our first meeting at Camp Boardman on Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend in May. Other discussions touched on: the

roof fund (always a controversial subject—replace or repair); waterlines at camp that need to be worked on; downed trees and brush to be dealt with at camp cleanup; the subject of loose horses roaming through camp; the use of camp lots by those other than the lot holders again (a hot topic at banquet); removal of manure and the possible rental of a dumpster for this purpose; use of stalls at camp; fundraiser activities; reciprocal campouts and rides with other trail clubs; benefit/ fundraiser weekends; and, organized rides for 2013. The first activity for club members and volunteers is the weekend of April 13-14, 2013—Trail Clearing. All those wishing to help with this are asked to be at Camp Boardman by 9:30-10:00 a.m. each day. Next comes Camp Opening on the weekend of April 27-28, 2013. All members are welcome to bring their campers to their lots. This is a lot-holding weekend. Anyone who needs to bring their camper in earlier than camp opening must contact Camp Director, Larry Adkins, at 860-482-6445. The following weekend will be Camp Cleanup weekend, May 4-5, 2013. All who plan on helping should be at Camp Boardman by 9:00 a.m. either or both days. Coffee and doughnuts will be ready and waiting! Member Carrie Torsiello has initiated

13th Eastern Regional Trail Ride Announces its Winners By Larry Underwood

In the late fall of 2012, the Eastern Regional Trail Ride (ERTR) was held in North Brookfield, MA. It was a wonderful day and turned out to be the best ride ever. Though there were over 100 entries, riders were given a time-table to ride out on, so that there was no waiting, and no crowding, yet it allowed friends to ride together. The obstacles were as good as or better than years past. There were some logs to walk over and a mailbox, which held a combination of scratch tickets,

previously scratched tickets, and a few envelopes containing cash inside made some riders quite happy. There were also other challenging obstacles like the pine tree drag, the gate, and a few others that were suitable trail horse tests. Everybody who was competing had his or her eye on the special prize being given this year. It was a championship trail saddle given to the overall high point champion of the ride, donated in memory of Helen Underwood, longtime horsewoman and supporter of this

an Hours Ridden Program. Members who sign up will need to submit their hours of trail riding from March 29 through October 27, 2013. This will be done on the honor system, and only trail riding hours will be eligible. More details will be included in a direct mailing to members. There are still plenty of weekends open for people to host rides. If you are interested in becoming a ride host, contact CTRA secretary, Kim Dore, at 860-309-4507 or secretary@ct-trail rides.org. Other rides and activities on the agenda include a spring open house weekend, a camp-out and benefit ride weekend, breakfasts and potlucks, 50/50 raffles, White Memorial rides, a barbecue and auction weekend, a spaghetti supper, a turkey hunt for children and adults, a scrabble word game ride, Larkin State Bridle Trail ride, Boardman Memorial ride, Poker ride, and possibly another open house weekend in the fall before our annual banquet and elections. As always, ride often, ride safe, enjoy your families (human or otherwise), and make the most of the time you are given. We wish you all good health, good food, good friends, and good times! Prayers and continued healing thoughts go out to the families and friends of those lost in Newtown, CT.

ride. It was donated by the Underwood family and won by Annamaria Paul of Westboro, MA, riding Jigs. Annamaria challenged some great competitors to win this saddle! The listing of winners starts off with the High Point Morgan Award going to Theresa Bills riding Cherda Happiness. She also received the American Morgan High Point Award. The Rocky Mountain High Point Champion was Adriane Esquivo aboard Smoking Playboy. And, Lisa Grigaitis and They Call Me Roy won Open Gaited Horse. High Point Quarter Horse went to Allee Platanitis riding Scooter (Zippo’s Lucky Pride). The High Point Arabian winner was Mackenzie Coffey with Maeedah Gasaara. Jeff Livingstone and Cachina claimed the High Point Paint or Pinto. The High Point Buckskin Award went to Jennifer Boyd riding Genuine

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Genesis. The high Point 4-h award was won by allee Platanitis riding scooter. The high Point Junior rider was amanda Putney aboard Joey, and annamaria Paul and Jigs claimed the Overall high Point championship. The other division winners were as follows: Women’s Over short ride, annamaria Paul with Jigs; Women’s Over Long ride, Laurie Gagne and holly; Women’s under short ride, cheryl Brown with devine Texas Moon; Women’s under Long ride, Melissa Wise aboard Berrie Brook First in Line; novice rider short and Long combined rides, Brenda Putney and sir Tiger Leo; novice horse short ride, Tim stearns on scout; novice horse Long ride, susan Favaloro aboard harlans storm Jet; Men’s short ride, Jeff Livingstone and cachina; Men’s Long ride, Mike Favaloro with direct doll; 4-h Long and short combined

rides, allee Platanitis on scooter; Junior rider and Pony club Long and short combined rides, amanda Putney on sir Tiger Leo. There were also un-judged riders who were awarded some nice prizes in a lottery type drawing. To be added to erTr’s mailing list and for pictures from the ride, email Larry underwood at eregtrailride@yahoo.com.

Scenes from the 2012 Eastern Regional Trail Ride.

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Bay state Trail riders association President Becky Kalagher Attends DCR Public Meeting Submitted by liSa GriGaitiS

On Thursday, January 10, Becky kalagher attended the public meeting where the department of conservation and recreation (dcr) presented information on draft rules and regulations governing the operation of state parks and recreational facilities. The draft was available ahead of time, so Becky read it through. There were a number of issues, the biggest being that they had classified horses as pets. Becky presented comments at the meeting that under MGL chapter 128, section 1a, chapter 129, section 39e and 330 cMr section 16:04, horses are classified as livestock. If this is straightened out, it will take horses out of the picture for some of the other rules such as: all persons who bring pets onto dcr property shall properly remove and dispose of the pets’ feces. There were a number of items that Becky presented, with another major one being the clarification of the following: horses are allowed in designated areas only. 130 equine Journal | March 2013

Becky asked them to define designated areas. does this include trails, forest ways, and roads? If so, then we strenuously object. dcr has always had a policy of its statement, “open unless posted closed.” That would mean every trail, forest way, and road would have to be posted open to horseback riding. Becky mentioned that there were 60 to 65 people that attended the meeting and that most of them were horse owners. she was very happy to see so much support from the horse community at this meeting. The process will now involve the commissioner reviewing all the information that was presented at this meeting. If he deems it appropriate, he will change some of the rules under 302 cMr 12.00. Then, that set of draft rules and regulations will be presented to the public. They will be available online, and there will be a series of public hearings. I’m hoping the month of March brings us good riding weather so we will be

able to enjoy riding our horses and start conditioning them for the coming riding season. after a long winter’s nap for many of our horses, they will need lots of conditioning for our second annual ride, roll, run relay on april 28. This three-phase relay will take place in douglas state Forest in douglas, Ma. each team will include a horseback rider, runner, and bike rider. There will be a separate division, called the Triple crown, for participants that wish to do all three phases themselves. each phase of the event will have its own course to complete. contact bstra@charter.net for more details. On april 13, we will be holding our first trail workday of the season at West hill dam in uxbridge, Ma. contact Becky at bstra@charter.net if you are available to help. Our annual spring ride will be held in douglas state Forest in douglas, Ma, on april 14. For more information on this ride, contact bstra@charter.net for details. We will be making some very nice changes to our website, so please stay tuned for our new look, which will also provide you with links to other websites and with options of paying via PayPal. a huge thanks goes to Wendy amaral for all her time and effort in improving our site. happy Trails.

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Morgan news than 50 family and friends enjoyed the celebration. The Mayor of Gardner presented Margaret with a letter of commendation, as did the Office of the President.

Gray, ME, and David Sproul will judge. For further information, contact Shannon Fielder, show manager, at hotshot92378@aol. com or at 207-441-4213.


Robert W. Brooks passed away in December of 2012.



With the death of Robert W. Brooks, the Morgan world lost one of its most dedicated and colorful horsemen. Bob passed quietly in his sleep on December 29, 2012, at 81 years of age. Best known for the amazing Morgans that defined Storybook Stables, Bob’s legacy will be forever tied to his lifelong dedication and commitment to all things Morgan. He operated Storybook Training Stables from 1959 to 1993 where he specialized in the training, showing, and marketing of show horses. He was an American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) licensed judge from 1975 to 2001, and an AHSA Judge Emeritus. He served five terms as president of the New England Morgan Horse Association (NEMHA). Bob and his wife of almost 30 years, Patti, were inducted into the 2003 American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Hall of Fame and the 2010 New England Morgan Horse Show (NEMHS) Hall of Fame. Bob was director of the AMHA for 20 years and was instrumental in establishing the AMHA Judging Standards

Committee. He was frequently sought after to speak at training sessions, clinics and conventions for horsemen throughout the U.S. and Canada. He received an AMHA Certificate of Appreciation for his years of work, was AMHA Man of the Year in 1993, and was recognized for serving as an AMHA Director from 1987-2001. Bob expressed a desire, in lieu of flowers, that donations be sent to the AMHA in his name as befitting his lifelong devotion to the breed.

Laura Kiefhaber, of Colden, NY, was recently awarded the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Champion title for the second year in a row! Her Morgan, SDS Kinsman’s Crusader, is the 2012 USEF Horse of the Year in the Morgan English Pleasure division. They captured reserve national champion honors in the Morgan Amateur Saddle division also. The trophies were awarded at the USEF Annual Convention and Gala Pegasus Banquet, in Louisville, KY, in mid-January. Laura and her beautiful chestnut Morgan are under the direction of Todd and Sandy Trushel of Corinthian Stables in Fairview, PA.

FUN SHOW The Maine Morgan Horse Club is sponsoring its Third Annual Fun Show on April 7. The show will be held at Cabot Morgans in

Whippet Run Farm’s PVF Power Factor and Rick Loveless had another successful year. Rick and Moe finished 2012 as USEF Reserve National Champions in Preliminary Driven Dressage, and sixth nationally for Morgans in Carriage Driving. This is in addition to Moe winning ridden dressage classes at the Carbery Fields open dressage and Mystic Valley Hunt Club open dressage shows in October 2012 in Third Level Test 3 and Fourth Level Test 1, with scores of 65% and 66.7%, respectively, with Dee Loveless riding.

HONORING JESSICA Shortly after the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown, CT, pictures and stories about the victims started circulating. One of the victims, six-yearold Jessica Rekos, was a horse lover and touched many in the

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CELEBRATING A CENTURY Margaret Paris, of Gardner, MA, turned 100 on January 8, 2013. For years, you could find Margaret on the rail at most of the New England area shows and at the Morgan Grand National in Oklahoma City, OK. She was cheering for her daughter, Shirley Haas, former owner of Tallman Training Stables; granddaughter, Robin Vergato of Jarmany Hill Morgans; and many friends. Her son, Romeo, and others organized a surprise party in the community room near Margaret’s apartment. More

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continued from page 131 Morgan community. Carolyn noble wanted to do something special in her honor and asked some of her Facebook friends if they would consider donating to Forever Morgans rescue organization to hopefully raise enough to save a Morgan in Jessica’s honor. Fellow Morgan owners, Holly Butterman and Jan lazar, quickly offered to participate. Many other Facebook friends also committed to help. The message was shared, and within a short amount of time, these good deed doers raised $2,175! Many of the donations came from fellow Morgan owners, but there were generous people from outside the Morgan world as well. For more information on

Forever Morgans, visit forevermorgans.org.

Spotlight on ChriSlar Chrislar Farm was in the limelight again; this time, they were featured in the December 28, 2012, online issue of Stablemanagement.com in “The Barn’s View” column, written by publisher Jennifer rowan. The page featured five photographs of some of the Morgans and the buildings at Chrislar Farm. The interview described the property, as well as the programs offered by owner/trainer, Chris Cassenti. The farm’s business plans and tips were also discussed.

JuSt in time it is that exciting time of year at Just-in-Time Farm in londonderry, nH, when points and titles come in from last

andrea Van Seters and Broadway rhythm in Brass took home titles on the hunter pleasure circuit.

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year’s show season and preparations for the upcoming season are underway. For three competitors, the new Year brought many bragging rights. amy Severino, Jeff Dudley, and andrea Van Seters all brought home multiple titles for trainer, Gino Guaraldi, some even being national honors. amy Severino, owner of Silver lake in line, took home the prestigious title of uSeF national reserve Champion Pleasure Driving Single Pony. although amy and oliver have only been driving together for two years, they were very impressive. additionally, Silver lake in line was named the Granite State Morgan Champion Carriage Horse for the 2012 show season. Bringing home more carriage driving honors were Jeff Dudley

going onCe, going twiCe! The 11th annual Buckeye Morgan Horse Sale will be held april 5-6 in ashland, oH. There will be 250 registered Morgans for sale, and a stallion presentation. Call 429-289-0835 for a catalog or more information.

taking home top honorS Kristen Spann Cater, of Cater Stables in Dunbarton, nH, was named the united Professional Horsemen’s association (uPHa) instructor of the Year. The award presentation was made during the uPHa annual Convention, held this past January in las

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Jeff Dudley and Sunny acres Shameless were awarded with four uSeF year-end titles.

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Silver lake in line and owner, amy Severino, had a great 2012 show season in both open and morgan carriage driving competitions.

and Sunny acres Shameless, who fearlessly conquered the show ring in 2012. Their hard work paid off, as they were awarded with four uSeF titles. The uSeF national titles include: fourth place in Morgan Carriage and Pleasure Driving Single Horse, and reserve Champion intermediate Driven Dressage. Jeff and Shameless also received third place for Morgan Carriage in region 1. andrea Van Seters and Broadway rhythm in Brass took home titles on the hunter pleasure circuit. Though andrea and Saxx are still new to the show ring, they weren’t shy to the winner’s circle this past year. Their 2012 uSeF titles included third place for Morgan Hunter Pleasure amateur and fifth place for Morgan Hunter Pleasure in region 1. With so many titles achieved in 2012, excitement is brewing for this year.



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continued from page 132 Vegas, nV. Kristen and her husband, David, dedicate themselves to training american Saddlebreds, Hackney Ponies, and Morgans. Together, they bring more than 30 years of riding and showing experience to the operation. Kristen also found the time to serve as uPHa Chapter 14 Chairman for five years. nationally, she is Gary Garon (left) presents the active on the uPHa equitation UPHA Instructor of the Year Award Committee and has headed the to Kristen Cater, accompanied by her husband, david. uPHa Pink ribbon Committee for the past three years. Kristen medals in the World Cup event is a uSeF licensed judge in the in Parys, South africa. Saddlebred, Hackney, roadster, also, during the Convention, and equitation divisions. in Kristen’s rider, quinn Mercer, December 2012, she helped received the reserve uPHa coach Team uSa to two gold

Senior Morgan Challenge Cup Championship. leonard’s Cry, owned by the Brown/Klein Family of orange, CT, was the uPHa Morgan Park Harness Classic Champion. He was trained and presented by lynn Peeples of Waterford Farm. CBMF Hitting the Streets was the uPHa Morgan Pleasure Driving Classics Champion. He was presented by richard Boule for the Gove Family of Taylor river Farm in Hampton Falls, nH. in the Morgan divisional awards, Stonecroft Triumphant won the Morgan Park Harness award. He is owned by Heidi Kunkel of HK Morgans in Dudley, Ma, and was presented by Mike Carpenter of Mike Carpenter Stables in Sutton, Ma.

CondolenCes neil G. Galatz, a prominent

A Fond Farewell Remembering UC Ringmaster

attorney, community leader, and a longtime friend to many in the Morgan horse world, died unexpectedly on January 3. along with his wife of 51 years, elaine, and daughters leesa and lara, neil owned Vegas Valley Morgans in las Vegas, nV. They bought their first Morgan in 1977, and it has been a family affair ever since. Harold angell has been their trainer and friend for much of that time. in the show ring, neil won the Grand national amateur Gentlemen’s Pleasure Driving Finals three times with three different horses—in 1988 with equinox Solitude, in 1995 with Brief encounter, and in 2002 with i’ll Tell You What. neil will long be remembered as a kind gentleman and a family man who enjoyed life and shared his zest with others.

University of Connecticut’s morgan breeding Program.

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went on to win the world english Pleasure Championship in 1991 and 1993. ringmaster’s progeny includes foals that have gone on to emulate their sire as world and national champions, including UC Top brass, UC merlin, UC Town Crier, and UC Serendipity. In 2001, ringmaster returned to UConn to live out what many presumed would be his last few years. but, no one told ringmaster it was about time to call it quits. The now-famous chestnut stallion would be in residence for another 11 years. Although a tad gray around the muzzle, ringmaster made a grand farewell appearance in 2010 when he was inducted into the Connecticut morgan horse Show hall of Fame at the age of 32. Finally, in the waning days of this past fall, just a few yards from where he had entered the world more than three decades earlier, he was peacefully put to rest. ringmaster was cremated and his ashes will become part of a permanent memorial on horsebarn hill, a fitting tribute to the horse and to the




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On nOvember 20, 2012, when 34-year-old world Champion UC ringmaster laid his head down for the final time, the University of Connecticut (UConn) lost a piece of its history, and perhaps a little bit of its heart. In the words of horse unit manager, John bennett ’74, “ringmaster was always a horse that thought a lot of himself, and with pretty good reason.” ringmaster was foaled at UConn in 1978, the offspring of one of the University’s best mares, UC Lyric, and by waseeka’s Showtime. The young stallion enjoyed considerable early success in competition, and showed so much potential, that after six years on campus, it was decided that he should be sold to Lyman Orcutt so that he could fulfill his promise in the show ring. ringmaster flourished at horse shows throughout the northeast and was eventually sent to stand at stud at the farm of richard and Andrea hass in newtown, CT. while there, he was further transformed into a national caliber show horse under the guidance of trainer, Leslie Parker. The little stallion with the UConn prefix


Join team Morgan! AMHA Seeks Teams for 2013 Equitation Match Does your collegiate, interscholastic, or farm team like to compete? the american Morgan horse association (aMha) is seeking u.s.-based equestrian teams with five to six members to take part in a horsemastership competition in 2013. Disciplines could include saddle seat, hunter seat on the flat, or western/stock seat. teams will compete using World cup rules and a three-judge united states equestrian Federation (useF) panel. “team Morgan” is a national and/or international, multidiscipline competition program for Morgan youth, ages 14 to 21. this is an opportunity to give youth of all riding styles a chance to show their skills through riding different horses and different breeds in an atmosphere conducive to learning. Past team Morgan contests have included saddle seat competitions in south africa, at the Massachusetts Morgan horse show, and cash lovell stables in north carolina. a hunter seat competition took place in november 2011 at stephens college in Missouri, and most recently, a classic pleasure, hunter seat on the flat, and pleasure driving trio competition was held at the Bluegrass show in lexington, Ky, last July. Please contact aMha executive Director, Julie Broadway, at execdir@morganhorse.com, or at 802-985-4944, extension 201, for more information and to discuss ideas.

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Arabian news HEADED OVERSEAS Midwest sends their congratulations to Ahmen E Al Mohan from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on their purchase of the beautiful mare, Mari Belle MP (Marwan Al Shaqab x Magic Kisses).


Jill Thompson has purchased Robert Goulet from West Lane Farms.

NEW PARTNERSHIP West Lane Farms of Flushing, MI, send their congratulations to Jill Thompson on her purchase of Robert Goulet (Sir William Robert x Mattaria), a 2007 chestnut gelding. Many thanks go to Rushlows Arabians as the agent.

GOING PRO Lindsay Rinehart, of Trotwood Farm in Hickory Corners, MI, recently announced that she will be turning over her amateur card this year and will be going professional. Lindsay has made countless victory passes in both pleasure and equitation; we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Trotwood!

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on the birth of their beautiful daughter! Molly made her appearance on December 28, 2012, at 4:27 p.m., weighing in at 6 lbs., 12 oz.

CONDOLENCES Our condolences go out to Katie Knick on the loss of her 2003 Half-Arabian gelding, Just Win Baby, due to colic on December 25, 2012. This spectacular horse made numerous victory passes in Hunter Pleasure, Sport Horse Under Saddle, Sport Horse In Hand and Sport Horse Show Hack.

The Lawrence family is excited to announce that their HalfArabian gelding, Adams Fire, is being inducted by the Equus Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame. Lori and Nicole cannot express what an honor this is, and they congratulate Shea Stables on breeding this magnificent horse and Joel Kiesner on his excellent training and riding of Adam.

BIG NEWS You could only expect news this big from Texas! The multinational champion, Onyx A (Sundance Kid V x Aliage SSA), has moved to J.T. Keller Performance Horses in Aubrey, TX.

the second year in a row) and the USDF All Breed Reserve Champion Intermediate 1 Dressage. He was also named USEF Region 2 Champion Arabian Halter and USEF Region 3 Reserve Champion Arabian Halter, under the superb guidance of trainer Jennifer Tobie.

SOLD! Congratulations to Elise and Elaina Roeder on the purchase of the multi-national champion Half-Arabian, Danse All Night, from the Lang family, with Chase Harvill as the agent. Watch for them in Country English Pleasure classes this year.

HELPING HORSEMEN In keeping with the theme, ”Much more than a horse show,” The Region 15 Show Committee is pleased to announce that for 2013 they will once again, with the help of the exhibitors, benefit the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund. In 2012, the show donated $1,100 with the help of: Tommy and Dawn Garland of Garland LTD.; Greg Peak and Robin Mountjoy of Greg Peak Performance Horses; Frierson Atkinson of Frierson’s Custom Tailored Riding Apparel; and the region’s Booty Auction. For 2013, the goal is at least $1,500.

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN The Seventh Annual Arabian Breeders World Cup will be held in Las Vegas, NV, on April 18-21, 2013. Visit ArabianBreedersWorldCup. com for details.

“BRYTE” FUTURE Congratulations to Jennifer Sullivan’s purebred mare, Brytefire, and Amy Heath for being named USEF Horse of The Year for both Region 15 and Region 16 in the Arabian

WELL DONE It’s official! Mirage V++++// was named the 2012 USEF Horse of the Year National Champion Arabian Dressage FEI Combined Level (for

Congratulations to Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods on the breeding lease of Khandle in the Wind++++//. The multi-national champion Anglo-Arabian mare will be bred to their herd sire, CA Dillon.


Country English Pleasure Open division! Brytefire was also named fourth in the Specialty division for Region 16 due to accomplishments in Show Hack and Roadster Under Saddle.


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congratulations to Ds major fire, owned by freedom ranch, on being inducted into the 2012 minnesota medallion stallion hall of fame. he was also the high Point sire at the minnesota fall fest this past year.

Danielle chuchran, of cedar hills, ut, a rider at taDa equine, made a victory pass at the 2012 u.s. nationals by winning the reserve national championship in the half-arabian hunter Pleasure adult amateur owner to ride 18-35. she leads a double life, playing the leading role in the heartwarming holiday “tail,” The 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue.

midwest congratulates sulaiman al saqran and al saqran farm on their purchase of the national champion colt, shariff rca (aria imperario x crysstell), and the young prospect, sq Kuwaiti (JJ cohiba x JJ Diamond of marwan).

Merry Mirai Beth conti and catori creek arabians send their congratulations to the stanleys and Prairie rose training center, the proud new owners of sport horse nationals reserve national champion, mirai c (mirage V x Windsong Bey).

giving Back the arabian horse foundation has donated to the genomics research unit of the Veterinary genetics laboratory of the university of california at Davis. the check was sent to help fund research on equine cerebellar abiotrophy.

claSSy colt steve mendenhall and morgan milner, of guzzo/rivero arabians Worldwide, llc, in scottsdale, aZ, send their congratulations to ali mohammed al ali on the acquisition of the young superstar, malachi m. this fabulous colt was the silver champion at the 2012 scottsdale Breeder finals in the Weanling colt class.

Back in the SaDDle congratulations to oma hodges on the purchase of air gitar from cathy Vincent and adandy farm. the fouryear-old gelding will be headed to south carolina to be oma’s personal riding horse.

Mark your calenDar the new hampshire arabian horse association is planning for 2013! a centered riding clinic will be held at abaris arabians on sunday, april 14. and, the annual open summer Jubilee horse show will be held august 8-10 at the Deerfield fairgrounds in Deerfield, nh. the judge will be

Danielle chuchran, of taDa equine, starred alongside James gaisford in the 12 Dogs of Christmas.

Jody lasalle. more information is available at nharab.org.

the Queen iS hoMe! sf georgia is now back at garland’s! it has been 16 years since the incredible mare and tommy garland went national champion Purebred Western

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continued from page 137 Junior horse unanimously under the five-judge system in 1997. She is happier than ever and so is everyone at the Garlands’.

BaBy on the Way Congratulations to acevedo arabians on the breeding lease of elita hrn (*ecaho X S S heiress) to be bred to u.S. nationals Top Ten Futurity Colt and Scottsdale international bronze Champion arMir (arbiteur X Wn Deja Vu)!

Sad neWS acevedo arabians has taken a breeding lease on elita hrn.

Simeon Sadik, owned by halsdon Stud in england, died on December 25, 2012. he was 23 years old. in his very successful show career he was named 1992 australian reserve national Champion Stallion, 1997 World reserve Champion Stallion, 2000 european and nations Cup reserve Champion Stallion and 2003 nations Cup reserve Champion Stallion.

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ricci and Stephanie desiderio recently purchased landinair Goa.

Congratulations to Sir KaDan el bey and owner Kay Stone buford for going reserve Champion arabian Western

Pleasure at the houston all arabian Show. This tall and elegant son of Mirage V++++// was bred by Kay and shown beautifully by bob hart.

Saddle Up! Congratulations to Meaghan MacGlashing on the purchase of baskarosa, an eight-yearold arabian/Dutch harness horse mare. look for this fabulous pair in the Country english Pleasure division, under the tutelage of Kevin Dwyer at Dwyer equine llC in Foster, ri.

CroSSen ChampionS Congratulations to Crossen arabians and Warmbloods on their wonderful 2012 show season. The uSeF results are in and the Crossen team cleaned up! Ca Garimond+/ was named the 2012 uSeF horse of the year Champion in arabian Dressage amateur First and Second levels, while Khoncise took home the championship in arabian Dressage amateur Training level. Ca Charisa was awarded fourth place in the region 15 arabian Western Pleasure adult amateur, third place in the region 16 arabian Western Pleasure adult amateur, and third place in region 16 arabian halter.

The hudson Valley arabian horse show is back To Celebrate its 30th Anniversary by bill bohl

The hudson Valley arabian horse association (hVaha) will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the return of its horse show on May 10-12, in West springfield, Ma. This will be the first all-arabian show of the season! in 2011, the showground facilities at the eastern states exposition underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, which included a new, covered warm-up arena that connects directly to 138 equine Journal | March 2013

the main arena. additionally, there are two convenient outdoor practice rings. hVaha is pleased to announce that brian Ferguson, a well-known judge, will be the Coliseum Judge. For a complete list of judges, visit hvaha.org. in addition to the regular roster of classes, a new category of classes will be included as well. aCTs (arabian Community Tournament show) classes are a new series from the arabian

headed By land ricci and Stephanie Desiderio of Tranquillity Farm are thrilled to announce the purchase of landinair Goa sired by elite hanoverian stallion, landkoenig, and out of Caraechstrodinair ox. he was bred and owned by Tamara Torti and Denise Cossuto, of Golden oak arabians and Warmbloods. his dam is the highest scoring arabian mare in the hanoverian breed book, scoring a 10 and several 8s, including 8s for her gaits. landinair is registered hanoverian and half-arabian. he will be aimed toward a career not only in the arabian shows, but the open big equitation and hunter/ jumper circuit!

Save the date! quarry hill Farm in lakeveille, CT, is holding a clinic weekend on april 13-14, 2013. all riders and breeds are welcome! Saturday will bring a saddle seat clinic with Tim Shea, while lendon Gray will give a dressage clinic on Sunday. Visit quarryhillFarm. com for more information or to make reservations—no reservations are required for auditors.

Professional and amateur horseman’s association (aPaha) to introduce new people to the breed. These are nonrecognized, non-sanctioned beginner classes open to horses of any breed. Trainer Mary Trowbridge will run a clinic prior to the new aCTs classes at the show. The 30th anniversary Celebration also coincides with Mother’s day, so moms will be honored throughout the weekend. a Mother’s day buffet will be held on saturday, May 11. a limited number of tickets to the buffet are available for $10 each. all junior exhibitors’ mothers will be given free tickets to the buffet. For more information, visit the website hvaha-show.org or email info@ hvaha-show.org.

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One More Round++++// was named the 2012 High Point Anglo-Arabian.

Year-end Award Winners revealed By North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association By Peggy ingles

The NorTh AmericAN ANgloArabian horse Association (NAAAhA) has announced the winners of its high Point Program for Anglo-Arabians that compete in working hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage, sport horse, conformation, endurance, and competitive trail. All shows and rides, whether rated or unrated, counted toward these awards. The 2012 grand champion Anglo-

Arabian was the lovely bay gelding, one more round++++//, bred and owned by Bill Doughty and shown by Bill and his wife, Alexis Starer-Doughty. They are the owners of Bayview Farm in cape charles, VA. in just this past year of showing, one more round earned one national championship, two reserve national championships, and four national top ten titles, in addition to 27 regional

championships! one more round was also named 2012 American Performance horse champion for seven- to nineyear-olds and was fourth place overall. one more round earned Bill the United States equestrian Federation (USeF) leading owner Award, third place in the leading Breeder Award, and his sire, Al Jassur laddin, third place in the leading Sire Award nationally. other award winners were as follows: hunter/Jumper: champion, one more round; reserve, church creek; third, galileo; fourth, rA Peaceinyourheart; fifth, NF miss Scarlett Slew. Dressage: champion, mW harvest moon; reserve, Khemos Khopi; third, Almost crimson; fourth, cA Zanes Darjeeling; fifth, VF majestic rogue; sixth, little Traverse Bay. Sport horse Under Saddle: champion, one more round; reserve, gentlemans Quarterly; third, FoD Dancing in Time; fourth, VF majestic rogue; fifth, NF miss Scarlett Slew; sixth, rA Peaceinyourheart. eventing: champion, Vermiculus. endurance/competitive Trail riding: champion, SS Allsfairn War; reserve, AJ She-ra. conformation: champion, church creek; reserve, one more round; third, VF majestic rogue; fourth, NF miss Scarlett Slew; fifth, rA Peaceinyourheart. Anglo-Arabian horse of the Year: one more round, with Alexis and Bill Doughty. each champion and reserve champion received an engraved trophy plate. All placings also received a large ribbon. NAAAhA has sponsored awards at both Sport horse and Youth Nationals since 2007, in addition to its own year-end awards program. Visit NAAAhA.com for more information, or call 410-823-5579.

Arabian Origins Marketing, Deetta Houts owner/Designer, 218-2961927, arabianorigins@gmail.com, arabianoriginsmarketing.com.

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

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

Quarry Hill Farm (tbs), 345 sharon road, lakeville, CT 06039, 860-435-2571, quarryhillfarm.com.

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

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

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Quarter Horse news LEADING THE NATION

which was previously based in East Hampton, CT, announces they’ve outgrown their facility, and have moved to a larger operation in Portland, CT.

In other news from PBF, rider Allegra Walters capped off her career as a youth rider by leading the nation with Ben’s Chocolate Chip in Youth Horsemanship for 2012. They also ranked fifth in Showmanship, sixth in Trail, and fourth in the All-Around with a total of 381 points.


CIRCUIT CHAMPION Three cheers for Isabel Scobie on her Circuit Championship in Amateur Western Riding aboard Range to a Te at the Gold Coast show, taking a clean sweep under six judges, and qualifying for the 2013 AQHA World Show in Amateur Western Riding. That same day, Range to a Te also took two first places and one second place finish in Senior Trail with Lisa Farrell in the irons, while Isabel took two second place ribbons and one third place in Amateur Trail riding “Troy.”

OH BABY! Rosciti Quarter Horses announces the birth of their first foal this year—a bay colt out of RL Cashin the Chips and by Blazing Hot. This handsome young man is sure to be a showstopper!

A NEW PURCHASE CNF Quarter Horses of Port Matilda, PA, wishes to congratulate Josette Conti of Josette Conti Performance Horses in Kutztown, PA, on the purchase of CNF Frosted Pistol, a stud colt out of CNF Dualin Smart Chick and by Ceda Lena.


Powder Brook Farm (PBF) of Harwinton, CT, congratulates the following Limited riders and their horses for achieving national top 10 status in 2012: Katie Kopf and Zip It By Me, who achieved this honor in

Trail; Lindsey Slack and Deluxe Chex Account, who earned this status in Showmanship; Caitlin Ackerman and Zip Town Doc, who received top 10 in Equitation; and Liza Mazurka and Pine Chexed, who finished with this achievement in Showmanship. Johnna Letchworth and Izzy A Jack Bar earned a top 10 AQHA finish in Horsemanship, as did Gretchen Ingersoll and The One To Chase in Hunt Seat Equitation. Kudos also go to the Ambrosey family, whose gelding, Willys So Good, finished seventh in the nation in Junior Trail with Gene in the saddle.

CONDOLENCES The New York State Quarter Horse Association is saddened to report the loss of member, Tina Elderkin Turner of Greene, NY, who passed away on Saturday, January 12, at age 43, after battling cancer. She not only had a life-long passion for horses, but was a gourmet cook and truly treasured her friends and family, whom will miss her.

The Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association will be selling $10 squares at their spring show in May to raise money for the club’s 2013 scholarships. Everyone who buys a square is guaranteed to win a prize!

REGION 4 CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELED The Region 4 Regional Championship Committee— comprised of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Ontaria, and West Virginia—has suspended the 2013 Region 4 Championship Show. Due to the change in the calendar, the Ohio State Fair dates moved forward and eliminated the Region 4 dates. The Committee had considered rescheduling to another date at the Ohio Expo Center, but because of conflicts with existing shows, they made the decision to cancel the event for 2013, and immediately start exploring locations and facilities for 2014.

MOVING OUT Due to booming business, White Birch Farm,

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Massachusetts Quarter horse association Banquet Draws Over 120 Members By Samantha Palmer

The MassachuseTTs QuarTer horse association’s (MassQha) 2012 champions Banquet on January 19 at the Tyngsboro sportsmen’s club in Tyngsboro, Ma, was a hit, attracting a turnout of over 120 members. The event began with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. everyone enjoyed the meal—both the prime rib and stuffed chicken received rave reviews. Dinner was followed by an awards presentation and a moment of silence for amanda Putney, led by 2012 MassQha and congress Queen emily Messing. MassQha thanks everyone who generously donated to amanda’s scholarship fund. after the awards presentations, MassQha’s Youth advisor and royal court coordinator, Marge Tanner, crowned the 2013 royal court, which is comprised of Junior Princess

Liliana Baker, Princess Morgan 2013 Royal Court members Liliana Baker, Morgan Stevens, Sarah Messing, and Kayleigh McDonell stevens, Junior Queen sarah with 2012 Quarter Horse Congress Queen Emily Messing, and Queen Kayleigh Messing. McDonell. Following the the gift bags to Merit scholarship recipient crowning was the introduction of the emily Messing, Presidential scholarship 2012 and 2013 Massachusetts Quarter recipient Jocelyn Tanner, Past President horse Youth association (MQhYa) Book award recipient Brianna Blomgren, Board of Directors. Marge also handed Merit award recipient Brandon currier, out participation awards to members and Merit award recipient alyssa Fasolo. of MQhYa. Jim craven then announced this MassQha Past President raeanne year’s champion awards, which were Bowden then took the stage to thank given out by Jackie hughes, Donna everyone for attending and to hand out Fasolo, and the newly crowned royal the President’s award to Marge for her endless work for MassQha and MQhYa. court. after the awards were handed President Mike Mccallan then presented out, the youth silent auction came to a close. Thanks to everyone who brought raeanne with a gift for her many years donations, there were many items to serving as MassQha President. bid on. The evening then wrapped up as Next, scholarship chairperson everyone said their goodbyes. samantha Palmer presented the 2012 For more information on the MassQha Merit scholarships, while MassQha, visit massqha.com. sammy Wasylak assisted in handing out

american Quarter horse association convention The 2013 aMericaN QuarTer horse association (aQha) convention, set to take place on March 8-11 at the hyatt regency houston in houston, TX, will review member-submitted rule changes, appoint new aQha directors, induct new members into the american Quarter horse hall of Fame, and present yearend awards. Kicking off the convention will be an open member forum for all aQha members on Friday, March 8. items to be discussed include: medication, drugs, and training practices; showing; racing; vet practices; and, animal welfare. Following the forum will be a cocktail reception at 5:00 p.m. at the hyatt regency houston. The cocktail reception will be held prior to the President’s reception, sponsored by Pfizer animal health, at the houston Livestock show & rodeo at 7:00 p.m. 142 equine Journal | March 2013

There, convention attendees will enjoy a Texas-style barbecue and a performance by Tim McGraw. Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the rodeo. on saturday, March 9, the membership general meeting will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by the board of directors meeting and luncheon at noontime. Members will reconvene from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. for committee meetings before the evening’s awards presentation banquet at 7:00 p.m. The schedule of activities on sunday, March 10, starts off with committee meetings from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Next up will be the american Quarter horse Federation Benefit Luncheon from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., followed by additional committee meetings until 5:00 p.m., and the hall of Fame inductions banquet, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Tim McQuay accepts his plaque on behalf of his horse, Hollywood Dun It, being inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame at the 2012 Convention.

highlights of the final day of the convention, Monday, March 11, will include a membership business meeting from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The new board of directors meeting will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., before the final scheduled event of the week, the aQha new directors briefing. For more information on the aQha convention, visit aqha.com/convention.

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empire state Quarter Horse association Focuses on Reflection and Planning Submitted by tom HatcH; pHotoS by roger beSt

Winter is over, and activities for equestrians will start picking up. during the quiet time of winter, empire state Quarter Horse association (esQHa) does a lot of reflection and planning for the new year. the time is also used for some fun and fundraising. our youth association took advantage of an opportunity to raise money for the club on november 4, and they had a pancake breakfast at the applebees® on route 31 in clay, nY. empire state Quarter Horse Youth association (esQHYa) members served pancakes, coffee, bacon, and juice! the event raised $800 in profit from breakfast and the raffle of donated theme baskets, including the ice cream dream, snowman, and Bath & Body Works® packages. this event was great fun for all

and will help support the 2013 activities. a big thanks to everyone who stopped by and all those that helped with the service. Planning for our three aQHa shows is in full swing. the dates for the shows are moving slightly this year. the dates, as of this writing, are now established with the summer and fall shows confirmed by aQHa. Please take a look at our shows—recent shows have had some of the largest attendance in our history. We have gotten some great feedback and are always tweaking the schedules and activities to suit our customers. come and enjoy the fun. the dates are: June 7-9, 2013 – esQHa and esQHYa combined spring shows at the new York state Fair Grounds in syracuse, nY. July 11-14, 2013 – esQHYa summer

A scene from the pancake breakfast.

show at the erie county Fair Grounds in Hamburg, nY. september 18-22, 2013 – esQHa Fall show at the new York state Fair Grounds in syracuse, nY. visit the club’s website, esqha.org, for the latest information. esQHa would also like to remember Howard Bassett, who passed away on december 23, 2012. Howard was a great friend of empire state Quarter Horse. He served many years, from its beginnings, as a director to grow the association. He was elected by the membership to the position of honorary director. We will truly miss his help and thoughtfulness at our meetings.

Some of the donated gift baskets.

Lauren Tousley with her gift basket.

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foundation for the Pure spanish horse Invites You to Test Ride a P.R.E. submitted by barb clark

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If your horse offers backbreaking gaits that leave your body parts screaming, the Pure spanish horse (P.r.e.) is made for you. If you want a true equine partner that tries as hard as you do to get things right, will give you his heart, and be your best friend, the P.r.e. is made for you. If you want a horse that has it all and you will not settle for less than a dream horse, then you really owe it to yourself to take a test drive. People who ride a P.r.e. for the first time fall into one of three categories. Will you be shocked and shout out, “It’s just like sitting on my couch. I could sit the extended trot!” aka, “The Couch Potato?” Will you be one of the impressed and say, “he did everything I asked him to and made it seem easy!” aka, “The serious Competitor?” or will you fall in love and say, “he listened and tried so hard to please me. I think he likes me!” aka, “The Best friend forever?” To find out which category you fall into, you have to ride a P.r.e. If you would like information about where to go for a test drive, simply contact The foundation for the Pure spanish horse at 505-294-0800 or email info@prehorse.org. Many dressage riders have test-driven Pure spanish horses and discovered they are perfect for the sport of dressage. The riders who have gone a step further and campaigned their horses at usDf licensed shows have found both acceptance for them as a dressage horse and success. The outstanding rider/P.r.e. horse teams who won foundation-sponsored usDf All Breed Awards in 2012 include: open: Training Level Champion, Alexis Martin Vegue and Castiza DA with a 69.200; Training Level reserve Champion, Jutta heinsohn and reflejo De Amando with a 69.000; first Level Champion, Janne

Janne Rumbough and Afilado. (Above) Cathey Cadieux and Karuso II schooling the piaffe. (Right) Toni Mueller and Bandolero CLXXVI.

rumbough and Afilado with a 69.355; first Level reserve Champion, Jutta heinsohn and reflejo Dd Amando with a 65.081; Third Level: Toni Mueller and Bandolero CLXXVI with a 60.00; Prix st. Georges: Alexis Martin Vegue and fenix XXXIII with a 61.645; Intermediate II: Cathey Cadieux and Karuso II with a 64.737; Grand Prix Champion, sentimiento I and oded shimoni with a 66.787; Grand Prix reserve Champion, Alexis Martin Vegue and Botijo M with a 61.383; Adult Amateur: first Level, Janne rumbough and Afilado with a 69.355; Third Level: Toni Mueller and Bandolero CLXXVI with a 60.00; Intermediaire II: Cathey Cadieux and Karuso II with a 64.737; DshB AwardMature horse, stallion: saltidor oro 1 with a 77.550; Musical freestyle-fourth Level: Alexis Martin-Vegue and fenix XXXIII with a 63.667; Vintage Cup-Training Level: Jutta heinsohn and reflejo De Amando with a 69.00; first Level: Janne rumbough and Afilado with a 69.355; reserve Champion,

Jutta heinsohn and reflejo De Amando with a 65.081 and Intermediate II: Cathey Cadieux and Karuso II with a 64.737. Congratulations to all these wonderful horses, their owners, their trainers, and their riders. Together they have proven that the Pure spanish horse can compete and excel in dressage. The next time you go to a horse show and see someone riding a Pure spanish horse, take a minute to ask about his or her horse. It just might take them longer than a minute to tell you everything wonderful about them, so make sure you have enough time to be polite, or be prepared with an excuse to end the conversation if it goes on too long…like…“sorry, I have to go, my house is on fire.” March 2013 | equineJournal.com 145


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Makes 2013 the Year of the Andalusian Submitted by dr. diane Kozwich

The easTern regional andalusian horse Club (erahC) provides members with opportunities to enjoy their iberian horses while encouraging a fun and informative social structure. The mission of erahC is to promote harmony and good will among the community of iberian horses: spanish (andalusian), Portuguese (lusitano), spanish-Portuguese, and the crossbreds with iberian heritage. 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 the website, erach.org, you can find results for horse shows that the club sponsors each summer, information about upcoming shows,

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clinics and activities, articles about andalusian horses, and much more. The club sponsors two United states equestrian Federation (UseF)/ international andalusian and lusitano horse association (ialha) “a” rated shows each summer, offering breed specific halter and saddle classes. The club also hosts open dressage shows, including Fei classes: Prix st. geroges, intermediaire i, intermediaire ii, and grand Prix and open working equitation classes. The new england Classic andalusian/ lusitano Breed show will be held at Mt. holyoke College equestrian Center in south hadley, Ma, on July 19-21, 2013. open dressage is on July 19, the breed show is on July 20, and open working equitation is on July 20-21. see the website to download the prize list and other information. The second UseF/ ialha “a” show is the Virginia Classic andalusian/lusitano region 6 Championship Breed show, an ialha regional championship show that will be held at the Virginia horse Center in lexington, Va, on august 29 to september 1, 2013. open dressage is on august 29, the breed show is on august 30, and open working equitation will be held from august 31 to september 1. see the website to download the prize list and

other information. The shows always feature clinics, barn parties, and an exhibition of our beautiful horses. The exhibition is open to the public at each of the shows, and we encourage everyone to visit with our members and their horses while enjoying the event. We are also looking for volunteers to help at both of the shows; we need gate keepers, runners, ribbon givers, and more. Please contact linda Denniston at crqhf@aol. com if you want to volunteer. This year, members of erahC will be able to participate in the Potomac Valley Dressage association’s 2013 Breed award Program. Please contact Mindy Finelli at cornerstoneandalusians@comcast.net. other perks of the club include a members only online directory, club newsletter, free online and in print advertising for your farm and events, and a subscription to Equine Journal, just to name a few. Membership affords access to the website, the newsletter, erahC shows, trail rides, clinics, voting rights, the annual meeting, and the year-end awards program. Join today and be a part of the fun and decision making process for the future of the eastern regional andalusian horse Club. Please contact us via the website if you would like more information about the organization and the fun things we do.


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international Friesian show horse association Four Friesians Honored at Fete Cheval Etoile Submitted by Gareth Selwood

World Champions, dante FQ, esteban, sjoerd, and harem (Germ) have more in common now than their gleaming black coats, magical manes, long tails, and dutch heritage. all four horses are horses of honor. sjoerd tops the honor role as 2011 UseF national horse of the Year. on march 8 in West palm Beach, Fl, the quartet will be inducted into the equus Foundation at the unveiling of the horse stars hall of Fame. other horses also being inducted include such notable equine athletes as: Kripton seni ii, selwood park deneuve, Brentina, mister nicadul, sapphire,theodore o’Connor, and nteC richter scale. this is a joint venture between the United states equestrian Federation and the equus Foundation, which is

Sjoerd, owned by

a 501 (C)(3) tax exempt Xena Vimercati/ Kip Johnson. charitable foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, fostering the use of horses to enrich the life of those in need, and educating the public about the horses’ unique ability to empower, teach, and heal. event attendance and contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information, visit equus Rob Wallen with Dante FQ, bred by Friesian Quest. foundation.org.

northeast Friesian horse Club Reviews the Unique Aspects of Breeding Submitted by KelSey evanS

BreedinG and FoalinG season will be getting into full swing soon enough, so perhaps it is a good time to review some of the unique aspects of breeding Friesians. as per Friesian horse studbook (KFps) rules, all registered Friesian foals born in 2013 must have a name beginning with the letter p, Q, r, or s. it is traditional to use names from the Friesian language, but not required. so, whether you use rypke or rascal, it is up to you. since stallions are renamed upon approval, many colts from the same year can share a name without confusing the studbook, but that is not true for fillies. no two fillies born in the same year are allowed to have the same name, so many breeders choose to add their farm or an initial to a filly’s registered name to ensure their

choice. While all these rules may seem tiresome at first, it comes in handy when determining the age of a particular horse. i’m sure those of you who breed Friesians tuned in to watch the KFps stallion inspection in leeuwarden, netherlands, in January, or at least checked the results. For those less familiar with the Friesian breed, the stallion inspection is one of the most exciting events of the year, when young stallions move through the third round of the difficult judging phases to perhaps become one of the few stallions approved each year. perhaps even more exciting for breeders is the showdown between approved stallions, young and old, to determine who is the overall champion of the year. this year, the winner was a young stallion, norbert

444, a repeat champion from 2012, while reserve went to tsjalle 454. among the older stallions, Beart 411 was champion of his group, while his sire, Jasper 366, came in reserve. Just like the inspections that take place in new england, these beautiful boys are shown in-hand and are judged on conformation and movement, often by the same judges who visit us in the fall. since they have already been vigorously tested to achieve approved status, usually it all comes down to the trot at the annual showdown, which makes for quite a sight! this year, the stallion show was broadcast live over the internet and translated into english, allowing Friesian fans and breeders here in the U.s. to drool over the lovely stallions strutting their stuff in the netherlands, as well as to consider likely candidates for their mare’s next breeding. Good luck to all those who are breeding or foaling this season—we look forward to learning more about your progress in future issues! to learn more about the northeast Friesian horse Club (neFhC), visit our website, nefhc.com, or find us on Facebooksm! March 2013 | equineJournal.com 147

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Diane Mitchell driving her gaited Curly gelding, CC Texas Miracle.

Discusses the Gaited Curly I was asked by our IllustrIous president to write an article on the gaited Curly. I agreed, thinking this would be an easy task. I bit off more than I could chew—way more! why? I have looked in our history and can’t find any article dedicated to the gaited Curly. so, I have dug into the registry’s past, back to the 1970s. there were so few Curlies that outcrossing was allowed and encouraged. at that time, there seemed to be many Missouri Fox trotters that were showing curl. they were in, if people didn’t destroy them. Many Curlies were coming from the mustang herds around Nevada. a lot of these horses have spanish ancestry. the spanish are noted for having gaited horses, and there were many mustangs that had a gait of some type. other breeds that were known for gaiting that have been mixed in with

Diane Mitchell displays BB Copper Sun’s gait.

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Curly Horses are the Morgan and the appaloosa. the Morgan wasn’t originally known as a gaited horse, and still isn’t today, yet there are many that do gait, and the Morgan Horse association is making room for them and acknowledging them. the appaloosa did an “Indian shuffle,” which is also common among the Curly Horse. some mustangs do this Indian shuffle, too. once these horses were crossed with the Quarter Horse, and other trotting breeds, they lost the gait or shuffle. suffice it to say that if someone says their Curly gaits, you may want to ask which gait they do. there is a fox trot, which is expected, but not always, in the Fox trotter. some will do a running walk. some Curlies do the Indian shuffle. this requires some work out of the rider, to get them into it, as it seems to be a balance between the walk and trot. there is a running walk, a stepping pace, and a single foot, although some people like to use the term single foot to say they gait. the earliest known gaited Curly I have known is benny damele’s Copper d. He sired many horses, not all having a gait or a shuffle. yet, some did. the most popular mare that did was the Copper Mare. she did the Indian shuffle, and that was given to many of her get. al seigrist bought two mares from benny damele that had Copper d as their sire. those he bred to Fox trotter Curlies. the resulting foals did the fox trot. among the Curly Fox trotter lines, there is a name that seems to stick out among the pedigree

of most of the Curly Fox trotters. that is Curly Jim. the most popular from Curly Jim lines are walker’s Prince t, sir Patrick, lovely lady, and star’s lucky touch. the most difficult to follow are the Curly Mustang lines. recently, dNa genetic history tests have been done on these mustangs. there is european blood in there, but also spanish. My stallion, bb Copper sun, whose dam is the Copper Mare, had his dNa show mostly Morgan and Paso Fino. the Paso Fino is the spanish. and, as mentioned before, the appaloosa that has mixed into any mustang out there has been known to shuffle. I have heard that the original appaloosa was a gaited horse, and once they bred them to other gaited breeds, the gait came back easily. breeders of gaited Curly Horses may have a mix of the mustang, the Fox trotter, and appaloosa in their breeding stock—maybe not all of the above, but the breeders have one thing in common: they breed for gait as well as curls, working hard to keep the wonderful Curly personality and good conformation. For american bashkir Curly Horse registry (abCr) members—the treasurer has sent invoices for membership renewal through PayPal. If you have not received a renewal notice, then the office does not have your email address. Please be aware that membership renewals are due by the end of March.

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across miles of trails has saved me (and my knees) from many hours of posting. his gentle canter is easy to ride across open fields, but can be kicked into high gear for flat-out speed when needed. The surefootedness and stamina of the Discuss the Thrill of the Hunter Pace Walker breed is also extremely well suited to hunter paces, given the length Submitted by Karen anderSon; Photo by herb wiSchow of the courses, varied terrain and jumps. (As a side note Those of us lucky enough to anyone who is under the to own a Tennessee Walking misconception that Walkers horse (TWh) know that they are can’t jump—trust me, incredibly versatile horses. To they can). the wider horse world, however, As much as their gait, they are often viewed simply Tennessee Walkers are equally as trail mounts or (sadly) show renowned for their calm, horses plagued with a history levelheaded demeanor and of controversial training and easygoing personalities, which showing practices. Rarely are is a good thing since a hunter they seen in the sport horse pace can be a chaotic event. disciplines, which is a shame, not only can there sometimes because if my TWh fear be 100+ horses milling around nothing (barn name “fame”) is in the starting area, but trails any indication, their potential in can become clogged with those is unlimited—especially in teams passing each other and my favorite, hunter paces. two-way traffic crossings. for those unfamiliar with out on the course, you never the discipline, a hunter pace is know what you are going to competition in which a six- to encounter. It’s not unusual ten-mile cross-country trail is to ride past farms with cows marked for teams of horses and and barking dogs or to come riders to follow. The course across a discarded washing generally consists of a mix of machine or a scary pile of open country and wooded trails tires hidden in the woods. and contains anywhere from fame’s steady temperament is 20-40 jumping obstacles. on the essential for us to be able to day of the event, prior to the safely navigate the chaos. It start, the organizers of the event Karen Anderson riding Fame with teammate Donna Smith on Mickey at the 2012 Tara Farm Rescue Hunter Pace. also allows us to ride anywhere send an experienced horse and within our team—front, back, rider to complete the trail as fast or middle, as the situation dictates. cT. After evaluating fame, she was and as safely as possible, which sets so, if you’ve never considered a sure that hunter paces would be his the “pace time.” The goal of each team hunter pace because you thought that thing, and she was absolutely correct. is to match the pace time as closely as Tennessee Walkers (or any other gaited We placed third on that first outing, possible, without knowing what it is horse for that matter) were not well and I’ve been hooked on the discipline (the pace time is kept secret until the suited for it, I urge you to get out ever since. In two years of competing, end of the event). The team to come there and try it. It’s a fantastic way fame and I have entered 13 events closest to the pace time, whether over to spend the day with your horse and and ribboned in 12 of them, as well as or under, wins the competition. In order to expand your skills as a rider. your winning the overall 2012 championship to accommodate a variety of riding skill gaited horse will surprise you—and you for the spring/fall Tanheath hunt club levels, there are usually two or three may surprise yourself. hunter Pace series. It ends up that different classes available for entry, karen Anderson is a yankee many of the same qualities that make each with a different pace time. fame Walker club member and gaited horse Tennessee Walking horses such great and I compete in the “Jumpers” class, owner and enthusiast living in Pomfret family and trail mounts are the very where riders intend to jump every fence center, cT. on weekends in the spring ones needed to be a successful hunter and ride at the fastest pace. and fall, she and her horse, fame, pace competitor. I got my nine-year-old, 16 hand, can be found competing in hunter Walkers are most famous for their Tennessee Walker, fame, in August of paces across connecticut and smooth, four-beat, running-walk gait, 2010, and entered my first hunter pace Massachusetts and generally enjoying which in the world of hunter pacing, is with him a month later on the recomeach other’s company while gliding a godsend. fame’s ability to maintain mendation of my trainer, shannon along the trails. Jackson, of still Pond farm in hampton, his gait, at the speed of a trotting horse, March 2013 | equineJournal.com 151


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Members of Red » Rock Farm enjoy the 2012 horse show.

Officers Attend Annual Club Meeting Submitted by angela young; Photo by Sheri bankert

Back in January, the northeast Fjord horse association officers met for their annual club meeting. Prior to this, members who could not attend and voice their requests, concerns, wants, and needs, were asked to send them in via email. We received quite a few responses, all pertaining to having another show and participating in equine affaire once again. Due to the club’s success last year, it was voted upon to both host another show and participate at equine affaire this year. this vote, however, does not set in stone that these things will indeed happen. it will take more than a vote to make this possible. at this meeting, the future of this club was also discussed, along with the high concern due to our membership count at that time. We have a lot of supporters, but not all of them are members. it is understandable that January 1 is a busy time to renew your membership, but in reality, it is the time when we need to know what kind of support we have to set up for

the year ahead. the show needs to be planned by the end of February in order to book a facility, judge, compose a class list, etc. equine affaire, too, is a large commitment for this club, both financially and physically. the northeast Fjord horse association has become quite successful over the past few years. in order to keep moving forward, we need to step it up a bit and keep the momentum going. often, when things start to go smoothly, the work and support tend to slow down. We cannot let that happen, as our officers cannot continue to carry this club the way they have. this does not mean, in any way, that we are not thankful for those that have gone that extra mile to help out, gone out of their way to participate in our events, or even to make sure their membership renewal is in by January 1 each year. We are thankful for each and every little thing our members do to help allow this wonderful breed to keep promoting itself in

the fashion of our mission. this just means that if you have some ideas, feel free to join us and set them free—make them a reality. We, your officers, love ideas; however, we can only do so much and cannot continue to carry the club on without membership, support, and volunteer work. With this said, let’s get those memberships in and rolling. We will need more memberships in order to continue on to equine affaire. By becoming a member, you not only support the Fjord breed, but also get access to Equine Journal and to the fun member events we have planned for the year. all information on upcoming events can be found on our website. this issue of the club’s future and its continuation will be revisited at the end of the year if things remain lower than average, and a decision on whether to continue will be discussed. Let’s make this a topic unnecessary to discuss by the end of the year by joining, becoming active, and showing the world what our Fjords can do!

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Gypsy horse registry of america Announces 2012 Merit Award Program Winners Submitted by Jan eaSter

Champion A Halter Stallion, Two Years and Under; Champion A Stallion Color: Lake Ridge Thunder Bay, A00000963, Sue Niesen, Gypsy Lane, Anson, TX. Champion A Halter Gelding, Three Years and Older; Champion A Exhibition: Oak Knoll Vincent, A00001181, Kay Peterson, Oak Knoll Farm, Owatonna, MN. Champion B Halter Mare, Three Years and Older; Champion B Mare Color; Champion B Dressage; Champion B Western Pleasure: Romipens Shookar Chelava,

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B00000795, Cynthia Cutter, Diamond Springs, CA. Champion A Halter Mare, Three Years and Older; Champion A Mare Color: Lake Ridge British Truffle, A00000176, Sue Niesen, Gypsy Lane, Anson, TX. Champion B Utility; Champion B English Pleasure: Peperoogas Omnyazos GRR08, B00001039, Lynn Strauman, Gypsy Rose Ranch, Lodi, CA.

thank you to all of our 2012 merit award program participants.

Romipens Shookar Chelava Halter, Color, Dressage, and Western Merit Award winner.

(L) Oak Knoll Vincent Halter Geldings and Exhibition Merit Award winner. (R) Lake Ridge British Truffle Halter and Color Mare Merit Award winner.

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the following are the 2012 Merit award winners from the Gypsy horse registry of america:

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new england miniature horse society Announces 2012 AMHA Honor Roll Winners and 2013 Show Plans Submitted by mary adamS

The AmericAn miniATure horse Association (AmhA) tracks competitors’ points throughout the year and posts an annual honor roll of the winners. The entrant with the highest number of points in each class is recognized, along with up to nine horses/exhibitors with MeMberS earning FirSt Place on Honor roll amateur Junior Mare, level 1, over 30 to 33; Solid color Mares: Bobbie Briggs, DSB Exquisitely Buff. amateur Senior Mare, level 2, 30 and Under; Senior Mares over 28 to 30: Donna Lavery, Designer Breakin The Golden Rule. amateur Junior Stallion, level 2, 30 and Under: Kristina Slobody, SRF Night Rider. amateur Senior Stallion, level 2, over 30 to 34: Kristina Slobody, SRF Noble Heir. twoYear-old geldings: Roger T. Slobody, Sawmill Stud, SRF Excalibur. Senior Stallions over 28 to 30; Solid color Stallions and geldings: Roger T. Slobody, Sawmill Stud, SRF Marengo. Senior Stallions over 32 to 34 - 33.5: Roger T. Slobody, Sawmill Stud, SRF Noble Heir. MeMberS Placing on tHe Honor roll YoUtH Youth 13 and over with Junior Mare: Alex R

the next highest number of points in that class. First place in each class traditionally wins a coveted belt buckle, and the others receive a certificate.

2013 Show Plans nemhs plans to hold four shows in Briggs, DSB Exquisitely Buff. Youth Showmanship 13 to 18: Jennifer H Zonghetti. aMateUr aote exhibiting Junior gelding level 1: Bobbi Briggs, Brookhavens Elusive Lad. aote exhibiting Senior gelding level 2: Donna Lavery, Winning Streaks Magic Excellence. aote exhibiting Junior Mare level 2: Donna Lavery, Winning Streaks Magic Enchantress. aote exhibiting Senior Mare level 2: Donna Lavery, Designer Breakin The Golden Rule. aote exhibiting Senior Stallion level 2: Donna Lavery, Grosshills Mister Boogerman. amateur Junior geldings, level 2: Kristina Slobody, SRF Excalibur. amateur Senior gelding, level 2, over 30 to 34: Kristina Slobody, SRF Dreamcatcher. amateur Junior Mare, level 2, 30 and Under: Kristina Slobody, SRF Reflection. amateur Senior Mare, level 2, over 30 to 34: Kristina Slobody, SRF Silk

2013, with the usual AmhA classes plus 4-h and Very small equine (Vse) classes open to any miniatures 38” or under. 4-h classes will include fitting and showmanship, halter, hunter, halter obstacle, and driving, with high Point Awards. There will also be Year end Awards for 4-h, Vse, and AmhA exhibitors. The details of all four shows, including judges, class list, and entry forms are on the club website at nemhs.org. send news (e.g. new foals) and photos for the Equine Journal and/or the website to mary Adams, 247 north stone street, West suffield, cT 06093, 860- 370-9035, or targetsmom@ cox.net. Stockings. amateur Senior Stallion, level 2, 30 and Under: Kristina Slobody, SRF Premier. amateur country Pleasure Driving level 2: Kristina Slobody, SRF Hot Topic. oPen Senior Mares over 28 to 30: Donna Lavery, Designer Breakin The Golden Rule. Senior Mares over 32 to 34: Donna Lavery, Winning Streaks Exceptional Dream. Senior geldings over 32 to 34: Roger Slobody/Sawmill River Farm, SRF Dreamcatcher. Yearling Mares over 28 to 30: Roger Slobody/Sawmill River Farm, SRF Reflection. Senior Mares over 30 to 32: Roger Slobody/Sawmill River Farm, SRF Silk Stockings. Yearling Stallions over 28 to 30: Roger Slobody/Sawmill River Farm, SRF Night Rider. Multi-color Stallions and geldings: Roger Slobody/Sawmill River Farm, SRF Dreamcatcher. open roadster: Roger Slobody/Sawmill River Farm, Leprechaun Acres Missy.

World class miniature horse registry Holds Fuzzy Foal Virtual Photo Contest Submitted by Ken Garnett

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should be taken at any time from day-old to up to three months of age. The foal should be shown as nature provided, in full coat without trims of any kind. The photos may be taken from the front or either side. entry fee will be $5 per foal. All foals entered in this contest must be currently registered with Wcmhr before or on the same day that the entry is submitted. The owner of the foal is also required to be a current member of Wcmhr. Photos may be used by World class miniature horse registry, inc., in all forms of media advertisement, without approval or compensation of any kind. The 2013 Fuzzy Foal contest is an opportunity to showcase a new crop of foals that will allow other miniature

The WCMHR is holding an online Fuzzy Foal photo contest.

horse owners or prospective owners a quick look online at what the future holds for the miniature horse industry and to be aware of the obvious pride and amazement of breeders for 2013. remember, only one photo of each foal is allowed. Take a good photo of the foal that covers the majority of the frame. The only horse in the photo should be the foal. A caption suitable to the photo is encouraged. Good luck with your foals and with your photos in 2013.

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submiT An enTrY Form And one photo of your 2013 miniature horse foal or foals online at wcmhr.com to be a part of the World class miniature horse registry (Wcmhr) online photo contest. entries will be accepted online with the photo, beginning march 1 through december 31, 2013. champion will receive $100, and reserve champion will receive $50. The contest is open to A and b division miniature horses who were foaled in 2013. Top Ten ribbons will be sent to third through tenth places. it doesn’t matter if your foal is going to be a pet or go on to be a show horse. however, the foal should be sound and have good conformation. The most adorable fuzzy foals will be selected as winners. Photos


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Quarter pony association Unites Enthusiasts of the Breed submitted by nicki stePhens

Farewell winter—hello spring! please keep us in mind as you plan your equine events. on the Quarter pony association (Qpa) website calendar, you may post Quarter pony shows and events that you are hosting. also, please remember to report your show and point earnings to us so that we have the opportunity to acknowledge you among our seasonal winners. prizes and awards may be available. see our website for details. the Quarter pony is gaining worldwide recognition. More and more folks are stepping forward to get their ponies registered with our affiliate. the international Quarter pony association (iQpa) reports that they are accepting Quarter-type ponies regardless of color. You may find that your pony qualifies. refer to the iQpa website for details. if your pony is eligible, you can compete worldwide

The snow was so deep the horses could step over their fence.

earning Qpa points and awards. as a reminder to Qpa founding and lifetime members, please update any changes to your membership information such as address, email, and name changes. periodically, Qpa information and other documents, specific to these memberships, may be forwarded. we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on receiving items because information has not been updated. when membership items are returned for any reason, the account is coded as inactive and no other Qpa information is sent. if you need to update your information, please provide your membership name

and number and advise of any changes requested. You may do this via mail or you may obtain contact information through the Qpa website. also, come visit us on FacebooksM. the Quarter pony association expresses gratitude to all of its members for taking an interest in the Qpa. and, special thanks go to the founders, lifetime members, the board, and committees. each of you plays a special part in making things happen. it’s a wonderful place to connect Quarter pony lovers in a unified effort

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ohio haflinger association Ensures a Fun-filled and Successful 2013 submitted by katina Wilson

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recentlY, the dates For the upcoming haflinger breed shows were released and posted onto the haflinger championship challenge’s website at haflingerchallenge.com. the most recent posting has been of the national haflinger show, which in the previous two years, has been held at the champion center in springfield, oh. this new Year will see the nationals move from springfield to hilliard, oh. the national show will be held at the Franklin county fairgrounds from september 6-8. so, please mark your calendars! in writing this column, i have always tried to include as many pictures as i possibly could from the events that the ohio haflinger association (oha) supports. since foaling season is right around the corner, or in some cases already here, it

would be wonderful to see pictures of the newest haflingers in your herd! please send any pictures (and dam and sire information as well) to: rknewilson@roadrunner.com. we will then be able to include pictures in the Equine Journal article as well! earlier in January, i was reading a FacebooksM post written on the american haflinger registry’s Facebook page about the negative attitudes that many haflinger owners face when competing with their horses at open shows. regardless of the type of reaction haflinger owners receive when showing, our job is to promote this wonderful breed, and that cannot be accomplished without members sending the oha reporter pictures of their haflingers competing in the open arena successfully. Facebook is also a great way to stay in touch with other haflinger owners. For

those of you not on the internet, Barbara King had a driving accident recently and has been in the hospital with multiple injuries. despite many setbacks, she is recovering and doing very well! i have this update (as of January 15) from Barb’s husband, daniel speese. “Barb is continuing to improve, pushing to be able to stay in a wheelchair for a few hours. i was able to arrange for her to be transported to her mom’s funeral. she was so happy for that. Barb, with a broken pelvis, is learning to walk with help, since she can’t use a cane, crutch, or walker, due to both arms in casts, a broken collar bone, and breaks in her back. her face has healed beautifully from the five breaks below and around her right eye.” if you would like to send a get-well card to Barb, her current address is: Barbara King (room 214), Mercy allen hospital, 200 west lorain street, oberlin, oh 44074. please visit the page dedicated to Barb’s recovery on Facebook, “Barb King’s Journey of hope & recovery,” to encourage her on the long road to recovery. March 2013 | equineJournal.com 155


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New england Paint horse Club Welcomes New Board of Directors Submitted by KriSSie FieldS

The New eNglaNd PaiNT horse Club (NePhC) would like to welcome its new board of directors for the 2013 show year: President Bob drake; First Vice President Val sigler; Vice President audra Perlman; secretary Karen roy; Treasurer Mark owen; Points secretary, lexi Taffe; area 4 directors, Carol Kane, annie Kennedy, denise reed-gagnon, deb Newcombe, leo roy, suzie Taffe; and area 5 directors, Kim almonte, gail sigler, Valerie sigler, and dJ Zerwekh. if you have any questions or concerns, contact information for all members of the board can be found on the NePhC website. we have some news to report from the american Paint horse association (aPha) Fall world show held in November 2012. Carol Kane’s horse,

radically deputized, showed in the Farnam Two-Year-old western Pleasure stakes and placed, earning a check of $4,000. Carol purchased the horse from the Farnam Breeders’ Trust sale at the Fall world show in 2011, making this gelding eligible to show in the western Pleasure stakes class at the 2012 Fall world show. Congratulations! Congratulations to Tammy remick of rye, Nh, on her purchase of a twoyear-old aPha gelding from wade spell Pleasure horses. denise reed-gagnon reports from sanbornton, Nh, that by the time this is published, she will have tried skijoring with her Paint, rap Truly Cool, and have had an adorable litter of Corgi puppies. she will also have attended the annual NePhC awards banquet at ashworth by the sea, as

she always looks forward to this event. This year has been especially exciting for denise. she and her four-year-old gelding, rap Truly Cool, achieved high Point Novice amateur western Pleasure, Novice amateur Trail, Novice amateur horsemanship, and high Point aged geldings. denise is excited to show her gelding again in 2013 and hopes to see everyone in either the show pen or out on the trails. our condolences go to ann digiovanni and the salty lane family on the loss of Natalie digiovanni in January. Natalie attended many aPha and Paint horse association (Ptha) shows over the years and will be missed. NePhC and New england Paint horse association (NePtha) will be co-sponsoring two shows this year to be held at Falls Creek Farm, May 17-19, august 30-31, and september 1. These will feature four judges and lots of fun and opportunities for all! announcements for other exciting new ventures will be posted on the NePhC website at nephc.com. Keep posted for news and pictures from the annual awards banquet.

A winter scene from Idaho.

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Calendar MARCH Clinics, Seminars, Symposiums 01-02 | Equine Scintigraphy, West Lafayette, IN. CONTACT: Marti Burns, 765-494-0611, mhburns@purdue.edu, eventreg.purdue.edu. 02 | Practical and Current Concepts in Equine Podiatry & Rehabilitation, Raleigh, NC. CONTACT: 919-513-6421, cvm.ncsu.edu.

24 | CDCTA Annual Dressage Symposium, Lebanon, CT. CONTACT: CDCTA.com. 29-31 | Anne Gribbons Clinic, Lexington , VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950, horsecenter.org. 31 | Stifle Dysfunction: Physical Therapy Approach for Rehabilitation, Brookline, NH. CONTACT: Jennifer Brooks, info@ hnhpt.com, hnhpt.com.

02-03 | CT Horse Symposium, Storrs, CT. CONTACT: Jenifer Nadeau, 860-486-4471, animalscience.uconn.edu.


05-06 USEF FEI Endurance Judge Class, Reno, NV. CONTACT: Chuck Walker, 859-225-6970, cwalker@usef.org, usef.org.

07-10 | Wellington Classic Challenge II, Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: 561-227-1570, nosullivan@wellingtonclassicdressage.com, ihspb.com.

06 | Equine Health Lecture Series, How Horses See and What Ocular Conditions are More Common to Cause Visual Impairment with Stefano Pizzirani, Grafton, MA. CONTACT: Office of Continuing Education, 508-887-4723, vetCEinfo@ tufts.edu, “tufts.edu/vet/ce.

09-10 | Southern Pines Horse Trials I, Raeford, NC. CONTACT: 910-875-2074, info@ carolinahorsepark.com, kyhorsepark.com.

08-10 | Southern Horse Bonanza, Murfreesboro, TN. CONTACT: shbonanza@comcast. net, southernhorsebonanza.com.

21-24 | International Horse Sport Champions, Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: 561-2271570, nosullivan@wellingtonclassicdressage.com, ihspb.com.

12-14 | USEF Stewards- C1 & C2 Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ. CONTACT: Chuck Walker, 859-2256970, cwalker@usef.org, usef.org. 13-16 Palm Partnership Western Dressage Clinic, Ocala, FL. CONTACT: Palm Partnership Training, 352-629-3130, generalinfo@ lynnpalm.com, lynnpalm.com. 15-17 | Road to the Horse, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: 859-259-4219, Nicole.Rivera@ky.gov, kyhorsepark.com. 16 | Pre-Jack Frost Jubilee Clinic, Ephrata, PA. CONTACT: Kriss Phelps , 717-3545585, krissphelps@frontiernet.net, www. CrescendoTrainingCentre.com . 16 | Pam Goodrich Clinic, Pepperell, MA. CONTACT: 978-877-6636, tenbroeckfarm@charter. net, tenbroeckfarm.net. 16 | Putting Together a Winning Ride with Bonnie and Keely Sogoloff, Charlotte, VT. CONTACT: 802-42257211. 16-17 | Dressage Clinic with Fred Kappler, Sayner, WI. CONTACT: Debra Stephenson, 715-542-3742, plumlakedressage@ gmail.com. 16-17 | Youth Horse Judging Clinic, River Falls, WI. CONTACT: Kris Hiney, 715-425-3704, doreen.m.cegielski@uwrf.edu, uwrf.edu. 19-20 | USEF Dressage Judges Clinic, Las Vegas, NV. CONTACT: Chuck Walker, 859-225-6970, cwalker@usef.org, usef.org. 20-23 | Palm Partnership English Dressage Clinic, Ocala, FL. CONTACT: Palm Partnership Training, 352-629-3310, gerneralinfo@ lynnpalm.com, lynnpalm.com. 21-24 | Northwest Horse Fair & Expo, Albany, OR. CONTACT: 765-655-2107, jjcloe@equinepromotions.net, equinepromotions. net. 22-24 | Stoeckein Photography Worshop, Weatherford, TX. CONTACT:,www. drsphoto.net. 23-24 | Classical Horsemanship Clinic with Sr. Bruno Ganzales and Tina Cristiani, Powhatan, VA. CONTACT: Sharon Madere, 804-677-7046, EquiLightenment@gmail. com.

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17 | Independence Stables Dressage Schooling Show, Belchertown, MA. CONTACT: independencestablellc.com.

03 | QRC Winter Fun Show Series, Lebanon, PA. CONTACT: Quentin Riding Club, 717.273.1151, quentinridingclub@comcast. net, quentinridingclub.com. 03 | Blue Ribbon Ventures @ Oak Meadow Farm, East Windsor, CT. CONTACT: BHC Management, 203-650-3148, bhcmanagement. com. 05-10 | HITS Thermal, Thermal , CA. CONTACT: HITSShows.com. 05-10 | HITS Ocala, Ocala, FL. CONTACT: HITSShows.com. 06 | THSA General Meeting, Oneco, CT. CONTACT: 860-564-4700, tristatehorseman.com. 06-10 | HITS Arizona, Tuscon, AZ. CONTACT HITSShows.com. 06-10 | March Madness- Week 5, Aiken, SC. CONTACT: Progressive Show Jumping, 803-6493505, psjshows@aol.com, psjshows.com. 07 | Blue Ribbon Spring Festival, Irving, TX. CONTACT: Anne Yaffe, 281-934-3251, annyaffe@ fighillfarm.com, thja.org.

22-23 | Welcome Back to White Fences II & III, Loxahatchee, FL. CONTACT: Adam Pollak, 561-790-0406, whitefencesfl@gmail.com, whitefencesflorida.com.

08-09 | UPHA Saddleseat Clinic, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950, horsecenter.org.

22-24 | Southern Pines Horse Trials II, Raeford, NC. CONTACT: 910-875-2074, info@ carolinahorsepark.com, carolinahorsepark.com.

08-10 | The Barracks March, Charlottesville, VA. CONTACT: Claiborne Bishop, 434-293-6568, thebarracksfarm.com, thebarracksfarm.com.

23-24 Virginia Starter Horse Trials, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950, horsecenter.org.

09 | Play for P.I.N.K and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Wellington, FL. CONTACT: Mary Ross, 561-433-0988, ChallengeoftheAmericas.com.

28-31 | Dressage at Equestrian Estates, Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: , 561-2271570, nosullivan@wellingtonclassicdressage.com, ihspb.com. 30 | Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test & Dressage Show, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: 859-259-4219, Nicole.Rivera@ky.gov, kyhorsepark.com.

DRIVING 20 | Colonial Carriage & Driving Society Pot Luck Meeting & Turnout Exchange, Stockbridge, MA. CONTACT: Kay Konove, kkjfords3@gmail.com. 20-24 | Live Oak Combined Driving Event, Ocala, FL. CONTACT: Susan Gilliland, s_gilliland@ msn.com, cailiveoak.com.


09 | Pines Open, Glastonbury, CT. CONTACT: Paul Foohey, 860-633-5694, pinesfarm@aol.com, pinesfarm.com. 09 | Saddle Rowe Hunter Show, Medway, MA. CONTACT: Tina Geoghegan, 508-533-7108, saddlerowe.com. 09-10 | House Mountain Horse Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950, horsecenter.org. 09-10 | Lochmoor Stables, Lebanon, OH. CONTACT: Jeanie Cappiello, 219-742-8316, info@ lochmoor.com, khja.org. 10 | Schooling Show, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-7934 , info@mvhchorse.com, mysticvalleyhuntclub.com.

01-03 | 2013 Illinois Horse Fair, Springfield, IL. CONTACT: , 217-529-6503, HCI@ horsemenscouncil.org, horsemenscouncil.org.

10 | Blue Ribbon Ventures @ Oak Meadow Farm, West Suffield, CT. CONTACT: BHC Management, 203-650-3148, bhcmanagement. com.

02 | Mid Winter Classic, Irving , TX. CONTACT: Anne Yaffe, 281-934-3251, annyaffe@fighillfarm. com, thja.org.

10 | Shallowbrook Schooling Show Series, Somers, CT. CONTACT: 860-749-0749, sallison@shallowbrook.com, shallowbrook.com.

02 | Holloway Brook Farm, Lakeville, MA. CONTACT: Brian Conefrey, 508-947-8424, bconefrey@hotmail.com, hollowaybrook.com.

10 | Baymar Farms March Show, Morganville, NJ. CONTACT: Ellie Smith, 732-591-9600, baymarfarms.com.

02-04 | Country Heir, Wilmington, OH. CONTACT: Frankie Stark, 513-875-3318, kittykatstark@aol.com, khja.org.

10 | Stepping Stone, Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Janie Weber, 203-438-7749, weberjanie@hotmail. com, steppingstonefarmct.com.

02-05 | Young Horse Show , Wellington, FL. CONTACT: 805-769-6006, info@younghorseshow. com, younghorseshow.com.

10-11 | Lakeside Arena, Versailles, KY. CONTACT: Bruce Brown, 859-873-9155, lakesidarena@gmail.com, khja.org.

MARCH Calendar 12-17 | HITS Thermal, Thermal , CA. CONTACT: HITSShows.com.

TX. CONTACT: Anne Yaffe, 281-934-3251, annyaffe@ fighillfarm.com, thja.org.

12-17 | HITS Ocala, Ocala, FL. CONTACT: HITSShows.com.

20-24 | Lake St. Louis Winter Festival, St. Louis, MI. CONTACT: John McQueen, 318.348.8233, jmcqueen@queenieproductions.com, queenieproductions.com.

14-16 | PHBA National Convention, Tulsa, OK. CONTACT: 918-438-1234, yellahrses@palominohba.com, palominohba.com. 14-17 | Raleigh Indoors Spring Classic, Raleigh, NC. CONTACT: Joan Petty, 919-669-9877, horseshow@trianglefarms.com, trianglefarms.com. 14-17 | Carousel Charity Horse Show, Scottsdale, AZ. CONTACT: Melanni A. Hershberger , “602- 820-6180 “, horseshowcentral.com. 15-17 | Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950, horsecenter.org. 15-17 | Heritage Arabian Classic I Horse Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950, horsecenter.org. 16 | Winter Schooling Series- Show #4, Spencer, MA. CONTACT: 508-885-4891, jeanne@campmarshall.org, campmarshall.org. 16 | Fuzzy Horse Winter Show Series, Kansas City, MO. CONTACT: changingleadsrescue@ gmail.com, changingleadsequinerescue.org. 16 | Stepping Stone, Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Janie Weber, 203-438-7749, weberjanie@hotmail. com, steppingstonefarmct.com. 16 | Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook, MA. CONTACT: usef.org. 16 | Sandy Point Stables Spring, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: usef.org. 16-18 | RMI Tri-State, Cleveland, TN. CONTACT: John Rush, 904-396-4106, rushshows@aol.com, khja.org. 17 | IEA Regionals, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-7934, info@mvhchorse.com, mysticvalleyhuntclub.com. 17 Hudson Valley Horse Shows @ Old Field Farm, Goshen, NY. CONTACT: 845-2946339, oldfieldfarm@gmail.com, oldfieldfarm.net. 17 | Gold Cooler’ Jumper Series Finale, South Hadley, MA. CONTACT: Sharyn Antico, 413-538-3036, santico@mtholyoke.edu, mtholyoke.edu. 17 | Evenstride Horse Show, Byfield, MA. CONTACT: Olana Laffey, 978-465-9115, olanalaffey@gmail.com, evenstrodeltd.com. 17 | Holloway Brook Farm, Lakeville, MA. CONTACT: Brian Conefrey, 508-947-8424, bconefrey@hotmail.com, hollowaybrook.com. 17 | Shallowbrook, Somers, CT. CONTACT: Sally Allison, 203-731-1757, sallison@shalllowbrook.com, shallowbrook.com. 19 | Young Horse Show , Ocala, FL. CONTACT: 805-769-6006, info@younghorseshow. com, younghorseshow.com. 20 | Great Southwest Winter Serives IV, Katy, TX. CONTACT: Anne Yaffe, 281-934-3251, annyaffe@fighillfarm.com, thja.org.. 20 | Pin Oak Charity Horse Show I, Katy,

22-23 | Buffalo Showtime Spring Classic Horse Show, Hamburg, NY. CONTACT: Craig Brown, 585-657-4528, tsgequineevents.com. 22-25 | Country Heir, Wilmington, OH. CONTACT: Frankie Stark, 513-875-3318, kittykatstark@aol.com, khja.org. 23 | IHSA Regionals, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT:, 860-464-7934 , info@mvhshorse.com, mysitcvalleyhuntclub.com.

MISCELLANEOUS 01 | UConn Polo, Scottville, MI. CONTACT: Jon Nicholson, j.nicholson@mackbrick.com. 02 | UConn Polo Match, Charlottesville, VA. CONTACT: Jon Nicholson, j.nicholson@mackbrick.com. 02-03 | US Mounted Games Association, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: 859-2594219, Nicole.Rivera@ky.gov, kyhorsepark.com. 03 | Uconn Polo Match, Philadelphia, PA. CONTACT: John Nicholson, j.nicholson@mackbrick. com. 03 | Uconn Polo Match, Storrs, CT. CONTACT: Jon Nicholson, j.nicholson@mackbrick.com.

23 | Folly Farm, Simsbury, CT. CONTACT: BHC Management, 203-650-3148, bhcmanagement. com.

06-10 Uconn Polo Match Interscholastic Girls National Champ, Storrs, CT. CONTACT: Jon Nicholson, j.nicholson@mackbrick.com.

23 | Cape Cod Hunter, Medway, MA. CONTACT: Nancy Venezia, 508-428-2621, hollyhill7@aol.com, capecodhunter.com.

08-10 | Great American Mustangs, Mackay, ID. CONTACT: , 208-726-5191, sunny@drsphoto.net, drsphoto.net.

23-24 | The Black-Eyed Susan Horse Show, Upper Marlboro, MD. CONTACT: 410-867-7923, jamie@besthorseshows.com, besthorseshows.com.

10 | Black Swamp Driving Club Meeting, Arlington, OH. CONTACT: Roger Higgins, 740-251-7193, higgy122@msn.com.

24 | Rated Huntseat, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-7934, info@mvhchorse.com, mysitcvalleyhuntclub.com.

10 | RIAHA Annual Awards Banquet, Forestdale, RI. CONTACT: Lu Guilbault, 401-5688238, lugilbo@cox.net.

24 | Blue Ribbon Ventures @ Fairfield Hunt Club, Westport, CT. CONTACT: BHC Management, 203-650-3148, bhcmanagement. com.

14-17 | Uconn Polo Match Intercollegiate Women’s Prelim, Storrs, CT. CONTACT: Jon Nicholson, j.nicholson@mackbrick.com.

24 | Hillside Meadows Horse Show, Grafton, MA. CONTACT: Erin Cloherty, 508-248-7599, ecloherty@charter.net, hillssidemeadows.com.

15 | CDCTA Silent Auction, Glastonbury, CT. CONTACT: CDCTA.com.

24 | Sandy Point Stables Spring Horse Show III, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: usef.org.

15-19 | Uconn Polo Match, Austin, TX. CONTACT: Jon Nicholson, j.nicholson@mackbrick. com.

26 | Pink Oak Charity Horse Show II, Katy, TX. CONTACT: Anne Yaffe, 281-934-3251, annyaffe@ fighillfarm.com, thja.org.

15-19 | Uconn Polo Match, Dallas, TX. CONTACT: Jon Nicholson, j.nicholson@mackbrick. com.

27-30 | Showplace Spring Festival, Upper Marlboro, MD. CONTACT: W. Gary Baker, 540-6873455, wgbrosecroft@aol.com.

15-19 | Uconn Polo Match, College Station, TX. CONTACT: Jon Nicholson, j.nicholson@mackbrick.com.

27-31 | Lake St. Louis Winter Festival, St. Louis, MI. CONTACT: John McQueen, 318.348.8233, jmcqueen@queenieproductions.com, queenieproductions.com.

16 | 4-H Quiz Bowl, Storrs, CT. CONTACT: Emily Alger, 860-345-4511, animalscience.uconn.edu.

30 | Pines Open, Glastonbury, CT. CONTACT: Paul Foohey, 860-633-5694, pinesfarm@aol.com, pinesfarm.com. 30 | Cape Cod Hunter Show, Medway, MA. CONTACT: Nancy Venezia, 508-428-2621, hollyhill7@aol.com, capecodhunter.com. 30 | New Canaan Mounted Troop, New Canaan, CT. CONTACT: Naomi Gauruder, 203-650-3148, naomi@bhcmanagement.com, newcanaanmountedtroop.org . 31 | Pines Open March, South Glastonbury, CT. CONTACT: usef.org.

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21-24 | Spring Breakout Quarter Horse Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950, horsecenter.org.

31 | Holloway Brook Farm, Lakeville, MA. CONTACT: usef.org.

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

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Promoting the Arabian breed of horses.

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

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Saratoga Driving Association

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Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc.

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Norfolk Hunt Club One of the oldest registered Fox Hunts in the United States. dahayden@comcast.net • www.norfolkhunt.com

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

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Southern New England Horsemen’s Association Offering English, western, saddle seat and Miniature classes. Youth & adult exhibitors. 7 shows per year/year-end awards through 6th place.

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Falling for It FRIENDS, I AM GOING TO REVEAL here, for the first time ever, the secret goal I have had since I started riding about six years ago: To be the only rider in the millennia of human-horse relationships never to fall off a horse. About six weeks ago, I blew it. In case you’ve been thinking, “Gee, I wonder why Ange has never written a ‘Last Laugh’ about falling off a horse,” now you know. Not only was I completely inexperienced at it, I was trying to avoid bringing about—well— the inevitable, as it turns out. We all know the sayings: “If you ride long enough, you’ll fall off,” and “You’re not really a rider until you’ve fallen off.” OK, fine. Now I’m really a rider. I hope not to have to prove it again. I love all the euphemisms we use to convey the concept that a rider has ceased to be a rider and has, in fact, become a falling object. We “come off” the horse. We “part company.” We “eat dirt.” We have an “unscheduled dismount,” and many more colorful phrases. The day after my fall, I heard my husband tell someone, “She was thrown from her horse.” I had to quickly correct that misconception. There was no throwing. Gorgeous did not buck, twist, crow-hop, or bolt. I prefer to call it “insufficient continuous contact with the horse, resulting in spontaneous testing of the laws of physics and gravity.”

Or, ICCWHRSTLPG, which is roughly the sound I made in the nanoseconds between riding and lying on my side in the sand wondering how that happened. As ICCWHRSTLPG incidents go, mine was mild. But, since the privilege of having a parting-company experience includes telling about it, indulge me. It was just a little spook, due to some papers blowing around on a windy day. The kind of spook I’ve ridden many times before. But, for some reason, this time I did not. So, Gorgeous jumped a few feet to the side, I tottered around like a drunk on a bar stool, failed to find a quick solution to the problem, and presto! I was flying. I do remember thinking two things: One, during the free fall, “Oh good, my feet came out of the stirrups.” Two, upon landing, “Yay! I’ve fallen off a horse now.” Yes, my first thought on landing was celebratory. Never mind my glorious goal—in the back of my mind, I knew that someday my wince would come. You know the old joke: It’s not the fall that gets you; it’s the sudden stop at the end. My sudden stop allowed me to test the physics truism that objects in motion tend to stay in motion. I stayed in motion until my rib cage met the arena dirt. Advantage: arena dirt. At the same time, I was vaguely conscious of my ungrateful horse skittering off out of my line of sight—

not for me, that story of the loyal equine who stops stock still, or circles back to check on her fallen hero. Nope, Gorgeous apparently thought something like, “What is she doing down there? And, why is she making that weird gaspy-groany noise? Hey, I wonder if I can get some grazing done now.” My instructor collected my steed, and I did the rest of my initiation as a “real rider”—remounted, walked around, went back by the scene of the crime for some desensitization (a bit too late, if you ask me). Then, I stopped into the house to announce my new status to my trainer and son. As you all know, one should never trade falling-off stories with professional horse trainers and their families unless you really have something to talk about. That’s like the canoe telling the Titanic, “Hey, I flipped over!” I was treated to much gorier stories than my own, as well as in-depth assessments of what had probably gone wrong and what I could or should have done about it. Still, I regarded the incident as an accomplishment. The sense of accomplishment was eventually eclipsed by the sense that certain bones at the impact site were slip-sliding around in ways that were not reassuring and not comfortable, either. Further examination later that day revealed that two ribs had taken one for the team. Ribs, I salute you—but, very, very gently. ANGE DICKSON FINN is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom who is now also a real rider. Visit her at ridewithoutfear.com, or email her at ange@ridewithoutfear.com.

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