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BY KATHRYN SELINGA

Eventing news BY KIM ABLON WHITNEY

[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.

LEVEL COMPLETED

COMING SOON

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.

TNF RECOGNIZES

UP TO THE CHALLENGE

YOU DOWN WITH OTTB?

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

CANCELED PHOTO: (RIGHT) AMY DRAGOO PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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