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70 Prepping For Polo How to get started in this popular sport.

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features Dressage and natural horsemanship trainers discuss how their principles can go hand-in-hand.

54 Head Games Discover the silent dangers of concussions. BY KATHRYN SELINGA


64 Micro-Killer 48 Riding Strong Young para-dressage athlete, Sydney Collier, takes the “dis” out of disabled. BY LINDSAY MCCALL



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Learn about the hazards of the blister beetle. BY JUDY BRODLAND


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76 Travel

176 Marketplace

16 On the Road

79 Equine Fashion

179 Calendar

18 Letters to the Editor

80 Going Green

182 Affiliate Coupons

20 In Your Words

82 Collecting Thoughts

186 Directories

25 Bits & Pieces

199 Classifieds

26 Points of Interest

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28 Now You Know

86 News & Affiliate Updates

30 Prepurchase Exam

96 Industry Wide Affiliates 160 Breed Specific Affiliates

34 Ask the Vet

200 Last Laugh page 64

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36 Hunter/Jumper Pointers 38 Massage Pointers

on the cover Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo gallop away from fence 10b, a brush corner, A during the cross-country phase of the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. For more information, see page 113.

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What Were We Thinking? THE OTHER DAY, A COWORKER and I were talking about the not-sosane things we did with our horses when we were younger—the “you’ree lucky you’re alive moments” that we’ve all had—and most of them didn’t involve wearing a helmet. Now, I know better, much better, and I never get on my horses without a helmet. It’s not only individuals, but also the industry as a whole, that are taking steps to make safety not only better, but also mainstream. This month is a true testament to that as June 8 is International Helmet Awareness Day, an annual campaign aimed at the importance of wearing your helmet. Find out more at If you don’t wear one, you should turn to page 54 to read Kathryn Selinga’s article on traumatic brain injuries and concussions in the sport of eventing. According to a 2007 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, horseback riding resulted in 11.7% of all traumatic brain injuries in recreational sports from 2001 to 2005, the highest of any athletic activity. Data also clearly shows that while head injuries still occur when wearing a helmet, the severity is greatly reduced. Hopefully, Kathryn’s article will make you a believer in the power of strapping one on. Also this month, Nancy Humphrey Case takes a look at the foundational similarities between natural horsemanship and classical dressage and how they can come together to benefit the horse and rider. Find out more from Walter Zettl, Karen Rohlf, Stephanie Lockhart, and Greg Eliel on page 40. In this issue, you’ll find information on: the deadly blister beetle; the sport of kings, also known as polo; and, creative ideas for those leftover horseshoes. And, don’t forget to visit our website,, for additional news, articles, and blogs that you won’t find in the magazine. Enjoy your horses and your summer—and don’t forget that helmet!

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Weekend in Review: Saratoga Springs Horse Show IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I LAST COMPETED AT a horse show—eight years, to be exact. While competitions continually evolve, some things never seem to change, and I believe that exhibitors’ wants and needs are the same as they were back when I competed. Of course, different competitors do tend to want different things based on their goals. At the end of the day, however, whether you’ve reached your goal or not, there are certain shows that stand out from the rest no matter what. You may not have earned the blue ribbon you were hoping for, or finished your course with a clear round, but these competitions make sure that you’re still enjoying yourself. And the Saratoga Springs Horse Show is one of them. I set out on the two and a half-hour long drive to Saratoga Springs, NY, to cover Week I of the “AA”-rated horse show for the Equine Journal on Friday, May 3. I met many exhibitors over the course of the weekend—and they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. Maybe it was the fact that the competition was set within a serene, woodland environment, barely visible from the street… or because the property where it was held is owned by an artists’ retreat known as Yaddo, which prides itself on offering an environment for people to think, experiment, and create. No matter the reason, I didn’t hear anyone saying they weren’t having a good time. One horse show mom had even compared the competition to a much larger, well-known event, saying that she preferred coming to Saratoga Springs, where there was more shade, and friendlier people. And of course, there’s nothing better than ending your day of competition and heading downtown where there’s a multitude of restaurants and boutiques where you can relax, and further re im mmerse yourself in n horses. Saratoga Springs is home to S a number of tack sshops and stores with equestrianw tthemed apparel, so iif you accidentally lleft something at home, you’re more h tthan likely to find iit either on the sshowgrounds or downtown. Although the show is held before the Thoroughbred racing season begins (and partially takes Sara Sprague proudly displays her second place on New York place ribbon from the $1,000 Low Children’s/ Racing Association Adult Jumper Classic, on Cordova. 16


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owned property), exhibitors competing in only a few classes can spend the rest of their day watching harness racing at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway or take a tour of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame—two of many exciting attractions within the city. While waiting in line at the food tent on Saturday, the lady next to me explained that Me with M ith Robert R b t Lee, L winner i off Week W k I’s I’ everyone working $25,000 Saratoga Cup Grand Prix. there was a volunteer. She also told me how the show is now completely non-profit, and money raised from it gets donated to local charities. The volunteers suggest who the beneficiaries should be. According to the show’s sponsorship coordinator, Peggy Lynch, last year’s competition raised $40,000, which was donated to organizations within the community, including the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, Backstretch Workers Support Fund (B.E.S.T.), Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County, eight food pantries within Saratoga County, Shelters of Saratoga, Inc., the Economic Opportunity Council Soup Kitchen, St. Clement’s Regional Catholic Grade School, and Unlimited Potential, Inc. This year, the Saratoga Springs Horse Show celebrated its 54th anniversary, but some significant changes have been made since its inception. Formerly known as the St. Clement’s Saratoga Horse Show, with proceeds previously being donated solely to the school, it earned its new name in 2012 after a new management team revamped the structure to give back to even more organizations within the community. They’ve also made improvements in footing, have a new scoreboard, and a different layout for the VIP tent, food concession area, and vendor area, as well as a new secretary’s area. Following the $25,000 Saratoga Spring Cup Grand Prix held Saturday, May 4, exhibitors and vendors were invited to attend a Kentucky Derby Party on the showgrounds, where a live feed of the race was presented on the scoreboard and complimentary food and beverages were served. A number of raffle tickets had also been sold throughout the weekend— with items from Oughton Limited, Approximate Notions, Celtic Treasures, and Flying Horse Photography up for grabs—that were announced during the Derby Party. Between the fun activities offered both downtown and on the showgrounds, the friendly exhibitors, and the shelter from the sun (and the street), you can count on seeing me at the Saratoga Springs Horse Show again in the future.

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

Pamela Mansfield’s May article, “Flex Time,” couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I am gearing up for the beginning of show season and have been carefully weighing all of my joint care options.

Congratulations to Janet Theisien for winning June's letter-of-the-month! She will receive a North Woods Animal Treats gift pack.

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Thank you for your generous donation to the Lorraine Fund Horse Show. The show was a huge success. We were able to raise over $4,000 through entries, Chinese auction items, and donations. The Equine Journal subscriptions that you donated as a championship prize were a big hit! –Chrystal Wood, Grey Goose Farm

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Thank you for letting us share our wonderful Curly Mustangs with everyone. They are truly gentle and willing to be partners with you for life. -Angie Gaines Golden Curls Ranch

to see to it that the horses in my charge will lead the happiest life a horse can possibly live. –June Villa, Villa Vanners

I was excited to read Steve Kutie’s Western Pointers about choosing the correct headstall for my horse. I had no idea that I was using the wrong equipment! It’s always exciting to have an excuse to visit the tack shop. –Carol McNeil, Westfield, MA

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My endurance saddle and tack. -Peggy Riemer I finally splurged on custom, tall boots—I’ve spent 15 years wearing boots that were too short! -Stephanie Kiebes My horse trailer. -Lauren Bousquet Rescuing an emaciated twoyear-old Thoroughbred from slaughter. -Jess Small My horse trailer. It is used, but I scrimped and saved to be able to purchase it and have the freedom of wheels. -Molly Nelson

My custom, County saddle— so pricey but worth it! -Myke Ramsey

What is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to

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My brand new barn! -Vickey Blaisdell Taking and showing three horses at the Quarter Horse Congress. -Marguerite Chludzinski The horse himself; at least I love him. -April Oliver A hypoallergenic, curly, bombproof Missouri Fox Trotter for my husband, complete with saddle and tack. Then, my custommade, four-horse, steel horse trailer, painted to match my Dodge® Ram®. It took me 45 years to get that dream trailer. -Susan Hathaway

So far, my saddles. -Audrey Crosby McLellon

An indoor riding arena. -Andy King Cresta

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Custom, alligator-skin, dressage boots. -Jennifer Petrey

From Our Staff A trailer with living quarters. -Karen Desroches Senior Advertising/ Marketing Consultant

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What was your biggest gg equine-related splurge?

A snowmobile for my husband; now, he can go sledding and leave me alone to ride. Everyone wins! -Eleanor Lloyd

Do vet bills count? -Carrie Galvan

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Save the Date!

Across the Pond

Nine well-known British equine suppliers are taking part in a prestigious festival at Buckingham Palace, London, July 11-14, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen. This one-off event, the Coronation Festival, will showcase innovation, excellence, and industry among 200 of the brands that have earned a Royal Warrant, the mark of recognition to individuals or companies who have supplied, for at least five years, the Households of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, or The Prince of Wales. Equestrianism is the largest specialist interest represented, reflecting the Royal Family’s keen interest in horses. Exhibitors are: Bedmax™, Martin Collins Enterprises Ltd., Dengie, Dodson & Horrell, Equicentre (farriers), Horse Weigh®, Shires Equestrian, Vale Brothers Ltd., and Bernard Weatherill.

The International Helmet Awarenesss Day, held June 8, 2013, is an annual campaign focusing on the importancce of wearing a helmet. Organized by Riders4Helmets, participating retailers all over the world are offering discounts on helmets to equestrians during the day. Riders4Helmets itself is livestreaming webinars on helmets and traumatic brain injuries on its website for the whole day. Viewers are able to ask questions to experts by chat.

$1,500 The EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) have established a new volunteer recognition scholarship program specifically for USEF members, aged 21 and under, who hold a current USEF Competing Equestrian membership. The $1,500 USEF Champion of Equine Service Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate studies is part of the EQUUS Foundation’s Champions program sponsored by Ariat® International, an incentive-based equine service program aimed at improving the welfare of horses and fostering the horse-human bond. For more information, visit

Horses That Heal

Born to be Bad We asked: What bad habit would keep you from buying a horse?







The Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) has awarded a $50,000 research grant to the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. The ReCHAI team will examine the effects of six weeks of therapeutic horseback riding on 40 U.S. military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury. Specifically, the multidisciplinary investigative team will systematically evaluate whether the horseback riding intervention affects participants’ experience of PTSD symptoms, including coping skills, emotional regulation, and social engagement.




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The Palomino Horse Breeders Heritage Foundation, a non-profit housed under Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA), officially opened a museum dedicated to the Palomino Horse and the history of the organization in Tulsa, OK. Inside the museum, patrons will find historic books dating back to the beginning of PHBA, founded in 1941. Saddles, clothing, jewelry, and other memorabilia from the history of the organization are housed in cases and on wall displays. A window display also encases memorabilia from PHBA amateur and youth competitions.


Promoting Palominos

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Rusty Coat? A Copper Deficiency May be the Culprit

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has unveiled the eight ambassadors of its global sport development program, FEI Solidarity, in a specially commissioned composite portrait. The FEI Solidarity Ambassadors, who include Olympians, Paralympians, world champions, and national heroes, have formed a unique partnership to promote and develop the global equestrian disciplines governed by the FEI. The athletes are: Charlotte Dujardin OBE, British double Olympic dressage gold medalist; Laurentia Tan, Singapore’s top medal winning Paralympian; Ingrid Klimke, German Olympic eventing gold medalist; Jessica Springsteen, the 22-year-old American jumping star; Maria Alvarez Ponton, the Spanish rider who in 2010 became the first rider to hold concurrent World and European endurance titles; Tomas Eriksson, Sweden’s three-time winner of the FEI Top Driver Award; Lior Raz, the Israeli who has been competing in reining since the age of 14; and Bongani Mvumvu, the South African vaulter who also won the FEI World Dressage Challenge Final for Children in Hagen (GER) in 2003. The FEI Solidarity Ambassadors will help to raise awareness of the FEI Solidarity program by attending media events and visiting equestrian development initiatives around the world.

This is often attributed to exposure to sunlight. But, red tips on dark manes and dark coats, particularly noticeable in bays and black horses, may be due to a copper deficiency. Copper and zinc need to be balanced. Too much of one can interfere with the uptake of the other. The ideal copper-to-zinc ratio is 1:3. To bring your horse’s diet within this level, you must evaluate everything you are feeding, including hay, pasture, feeds, and supplements. The most common mineral imbalance found in hay is too much iron combined with low zinc and copper levels. The “rusting” of your horse’s hair and mane may be the tip of the iceberg. Zinc and copper are involved in many important bodily functions, including red blood cell health, metabolic enzymes, immune function, and the overall health of tendons, ligaments, hooves, and bones. - From Juliet Getty Ph.D,

Did You Know? ? On average horses have 205 bones in their bodies—one less than humans!


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On May 6, 1876, James Gordon Bennett, Jr. organized what was billed as the first polo match in the United States, held at Dickel’s Riding Academy on 39th Street and Fifth Avenue, New York City.


Polo is played professionally in 16 countries. It was formerly, but not currently, an Olympic sport.

A popular combination of the sports of polo and lacrosse is the game of polocrosse, which was developed in Australia in the late 1930s.

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shampoo EquiScentials™ EquiCoat Body Wash

The combination of shampoo and conditioner in this innovative product made the bathing process fast and easy for our tester. The low-sudsing action of the wash is quick to rinse, while the specialized equine pH-balancing meant that her horses’ coats were healthy and clean after their spa session. While it may not have had a luscious scent like many of the other shampoos tested, we appreciated that all of the fragrances were selected for the benefit of the horse. BUY IT:

COWBOY MAGIC® Rosewater Shampoo

This concentrated shampoo with hydrolyzed silk, panthenol, aloe, herbs, and honey, had an impressive “cold-water sudsing action” that proved to effectively clean with water at any temperature. Formulated for continued use, it does not strip the hair of moisture or build up on the hair follicles. Our tester found that it worked best when used according to the directions, applying the shampoo directly to the horse instead of diluting it in water. BUY IT:

EcoLicious Equestrian Green and Squeaky Clean

This biodegradable, concentrated shampoo is antibacterial and antifungal, with the added benefit of being gentle on skin and tough on dirt. The cheerful citrus scent deters bugs, and the silk cocoon powder restores softness and acts as a natural sunscreen. Be sure to shake well before you use it, as the natural goodness separates while in storage. BUY IT:

Splish, splash, does your horse need a bath? This month, our testers scrubbed up and took a look at the suds.

EspañaSILK™ All Natural Protein Shampoo

A triple threat of unusual proportions, this shampoo is made in the USA, is all natural, and smells delectable! Enriched with proteins, it made our tester’s horse’s hair, mane, and tail not only clean but also silky smooth. Plus, it did wonders for our tester’s own hair, too! BUY IT: Españ

EQyss Premier Color Intensifying Natural Botanical Shampoo

Not only did this pH-balanced shampoo leave the horse’s hair shiny and soft, but it also has the benefit of being environmentally friendly—with no petroleum by-products, silicone, or synthetic polymers. Because it is super concentrated, only a small amount was needed, and it rinsed away easily, leaving no residue behind. The tester loved the refreshing, fruity scent and noticed that her horse’s normally dry skin was now soft and no longer flaky. This shampoo also brightens, prevents skin conditions, and will not clog pores, so the horse will cool out up to 50% faster. It did a great job getting him clean, but unfortunately, with this tester’s dirt-loving horse, it didn’t last long. BUY IT:

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A Different Approach Three Alternative Therapies Explained BY STACIE AARSVOLD, D.V.M., NEW ENGLAND EQUINE MEDICAL AND SURGICAL CENTER

I have heard a lot about alternative therapies, but to be frank, they confuse me! What are they and how will my horse benefit from them?


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Alternative therapies have taken off in the past few years, with many positive results. Whether they are used to treat minor discomfort, or used in conjunction with veterinary care to treat a larger problem, many horse owners are turning to them. In this article I have outlined some of the more popular therapies and benefits. It is important to note that while all of these therapies may reduce signs of lameness or discomfort, they may not be treating the underlying cause of lameness. If your horse is stiff or uncomfortable, he should be evaluated by a veterinarian. Veterinarians are always happy to work with your therapist to find the best treatment options for your horse.

Acupuncture What: Acupuncture is a therapy that was first developed in China approximately 3,000 years ago. It has been used in humans for a long time to treat everything from muscle pain to acne. The ancient Chinese believed that needle placement along energy meridians helped to change or increase the flow of energy through the body, and, thus relieve pain. More research still needs

to be performed, but Western medicine suggests that it works by activating various neurotransmitters that help to dull the pain response and stop the pain cycle. Acupuncture has also been used in addition to traditional medicine to help treat signs of colic. How: This type of therapy is best performed in an unsedated horse, as the sedation may affect how the horse responds to the needles. Your horse will first be scanned to see which areas are most sensitive. Needles will then be precisely placed to help reduce this sensitivity. They are very thin, and most horses don't object to them. The needles will then remain in place for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Most horses need a minimum of three to six treatments to see long-lasting effects.

Why: Acupuncture is a great tool to help relieve muscle tension and stiffness.

Chiropractic What: Chiropractic work is a form of manipulation that helps to realign the pelvis and spine. It is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to relieve muscle tension and spine misalignment. The ultimate goal of chiropractic work is to restore function and mobility to the compromised vertebrae. How: Similar to acupuncture, your horse is examined for stiffness and misalignment. The horse’s spine and other structures are then realigned by pushing on the hips, pelvis, back, and shoulders with various amounts of thrust and pressure. The spine is a complex system of vertebrae, nerves, and liga-

EQUINE PHYSICAL THERAPY: The utilization of specialized procedures and equipment to help treat horses recovering from surgery or injury, much like its human counterpart. MAGNOTHERAPY: Using magnets embedded in horse boots, blankets, and



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wraps in order to promote healing, increase circulation, and loosen tense muscles. PHOTONIC LIGHT THERAPY: The use of light to stimulate soft tissue, and treat slowhealing muscle strains, body soreness, and tendon injuries.

LOW INTENSITY THERAPEUTIC ULTRASOUND: Using ultrasonic waves to treat common soft tissue and bone injuries, such as tendon and suspensory injuries, splints, and bone chips.



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ments that connects the whole horse. Freeing the nerves and loosening the muscles that surround this structure allow the horse to be more comfortable and perform more easily. Why: Chiropractic work can help to relieve mild signs of stiffness; however, there are limited studies showing that it is truly effective. It is typically performed by a veterinarian who has trained specifically in chiropractic therapy.

Massage What: Equine massage has been widely used for the past couple decades as a way to relieve muscle tension and discomfort. Muscles must be able to release (extend) and contract (flex) in order to properly function; massage’s ultimate goal is to restore the freedom to the muscles and allow the horse to work and move without pain. This non-invasive therapy is

appropriate for horses in all stages of life. How: An equine massage therapist will come out and massage your horse similarly to how a person would get a massage. Using varying amounts of pressure, the therapy increases circulation and oxygenated blood flow, which will aid in the elimination of toxic build-up and wastes from the muscles. The manipulation of the soft tissues aids in the recovery rates and helps to prevent injury. Why: Massage is useful to relieve muscle tightness in certain horses. It may increase range of motion and mobility, all while improving performance. For some horses, it may also cause a reduction in stress levels. Working together with your therapist and your veterinarian, alternative therapies can become a valuable asset to your horse’s health care routine. June 2013

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Hunter/Jumperr Pointers With Hector Florentino


When I try to turn my horse in the air, I often end up pulling a rail. How can I stop this from happening?

In jumper classes, the tighter the turn, the better. Jumping “out of hand” is useful for manipulating the animal in the air—for example, beginning to turn the horse while still airborne, with an opening or leading rein. The first thing is to understand the leading or opening rein. This is not a pull-back motion, but rather the rider should move her hand slightly forward and away from the horse’s neck in the direction of the turn. By opening the rein low and out, the rider is able to direct the horse without interfering with his bascule over the jump. It allows the horse’s spine to stay completely soft from the poll to the tail, permitting him to jump better and turn quicker. The rider should not release the horse’s mouth until the moment of takeoff; starting too early can lead to a run-out. Use a tactful hand, opening slightly in the direction that you wish to turn. Don’t abandon the horse in the air, but support and maintain a light, following feel throughout the execution of the jump. It is critical that the rider leave the horse free to jump in an unrestricted manner, and use her eyes, shoulders, and leg as the means of indicating the intended change in direction to the horse. As always, eyes are key, and the rider should be looking up and to the next fence. If turning left, there will be a slight shifting of weight into that stirrup, which happens naturally. Also, the rider should have steady, even contact between the rein and feel the horse’s mouth, without retraining forward movement. While “opening the door” with the rein, the rider must employ the opposite leg to encourage the turn, keeping her




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arms relaxed and elastic, preferably with a straight line from the elbow to the bit. It is also important that the rider stays with the horse’s motion, both on the takeoff, over the bascule of the fence, and on the landing. Throwing one’s body forward, leaning too much to one side or the other, or asking a horse too abruptly for the turn, can easily cause the horse to become unbalanced, upset his form, and result in him hitting the fence. Landing is also crucial, and it is important that the rider does not fall back into the saddle too early, allowing the horse to finish his jump. To stop this from happening, try sinking deep into the stirrups, keeping the knees bent slightly, and the shoulders placed slightly forward over the horse’s shoulders. Be careful not to pull on the reins and grab the mouth, as this, too, can cause the horse to become inverted

and interfere with his form. To be safe, a rider can press the hand that is not being used to turn into the crest of the neck, or better yet, grab a handful of mane to help his body stay closed. No matter what level, a good rider will choose to pull on the mane, rather than punishing the mount by hitting him in the mouth!

Grand Prix veteran, HECTOR FLORENTINO, is the head trainer and rider at Stransky’s Mission Farm, at Le Club Wellington in Wellington, FL. In addition, Florentino represents his native Dominican Republic internationally, and champions the children’s charity, Step by Step, in show jumping competitions.


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Massagee Pointers With Denise Bean-Raymond


My horse is getting his first massage next week. What should I expect? How should I prepare for the appointment?

Preparing a quiet location for a massage session can increase the benefits.

Welcome to the world of equine massage therapy. In terms of your therapist, he or she should arrive on time, may require that you sign a Release of Liability Form, may expect payment at the time of service, and generally will have a series of questions to ask you concerning your horse’s health and behavior. The duration of the session will run approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Before the therapist arrives, inquire as to what form of payment he or she accepts, as well as any special requests regarding work space. Last, the practitioner will generally need to evaluate your horse’s movement. Therefore, discuss the options of longeing, riding, working in-hand, or round penning prior to his or her arrival, so that you can find a suitable arrangement for all involved, depending on your facility and your horse’s level of training.

Prepare Yourself You can prepare yourself for the appointment by dressing safely and appropriately for the season. As the session will require you to be on site for a fairly lengthy duration, you want to be sure that you are comfortable and able to focus. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, and layer accordingly. When scheduling the appointment, choose a time that coordinates well with your agenda so that you do not have to rush off to another destination. This unsettled energy will disrupt the serenity of the treatment, and may also make the therapist feel hastened in his or her work, which is not the atmosphere your practitioner is trying to create. Last, be prepared to answer questions that your therapist may ask you 38


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regarding your horse’s overall well-being. These questions will often include inquiries regarding health, behavior, emotional state, diet, and living arrangements—both in the past, as well as in the present. It is also helpful to have any veterinarian reports you have on hand for the therapist to review if your horse is currently experiencing a health issue.

Prepare Your Horse Have your horse secure, on site, and in the barn. This may mean that you will be holding the horse in hand for the session, or it may mean that the horse will be secured on cross-ties during the therapy offering. Do not wait until the therapist arrives on site to then retrieve your horse from turnout, as your practitioner has a schedule to maintain and other clients to see that day. Your horse should be clean and dry. If he is blanketed, remove the blanket and cover him with a cooler. If it is insect season, have your horse’s fly repellant on hand.

Prepare the Barn If possible, choose a time of day that is quieter than most at the farm. Do not arrange for massage therapy during feeding time, turnout time, or busy lesson time. If you do need to have the practitioner come out at one of these times, it’s best to find a location on the

property that is less chaotic, perhaps more separate from the area. The most appropriate work space is one that provides safe footing (perhaps an area with level stall mats that ease stress on the joints of the horse and practitioner), a comfortable temperature, and one that is spacious, well lit, and allows free movement. Remember, the horse is not expected to stand perfectly still during the session. He will likely react, move, and communicate with the therapist throughout the session as it is palpated. If the horse has any areas on its body that are particularly tender, sensitive, or sore, he may even offer a kick or bite. Even horses that do not normally exhibit those behaviors may do so if a painful area is touched. Therefore, the practitioner needs space to move freely away from the horse if necessary.

DENISE BEANRAYMOND, a certified equine massage and acupressure therapist, brings 32 years of experience with horses to her equine therapy practice, Exclusive Equestrian Services. She is a national clinician, and the author of the globally released book titled, The Illustrated Guide to Holistic Care for Horses.



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Both dressage and natural horsemanship can enhance partnership and connection.

For a week, Stephanie worked with the young horse on her equine playground and in the saddle to build his confidence and relaxation, and she saw his trust grow. When his rider came for her first lesson, Stephanie suggested she ride her horse “on the buckle.” The woman balked, fearful of the outcome. “I told her he was only going to trust her to the extent that she trusted him,” Stephanie says. “And, someone had to initiate that trust.” At the walk, the woman loosened the reins and was surprised to find her horse put his head down, blow, and move out unhurriedly and rhythmically. Within 10 minutes, she was trotting him on the buckle. Over the next several weeks, the horse became less emotional, and his owner became what Stephanie calls “a better leader for him.” At the next dressage show they went to, the horse was free of tension, attentive, and obedient, and they won the Senior High Score Award.

A Complementary Partnership


To some, the term “natural horsemanship” may conjure up images of cowboy hats and horses in undesirable postures, but according to trainers like Stephanie, in its purest sense, “natural horsemanship” simply means understanding and addressing the horse’s mental and emotional state through good, two-way communication, trust, and mutual respect. It isn’t an industry or marketing term, but means speaking

the horse’s language, listening to his feedback, and making his well-being the primary goal. In this sense, natural horsemanship and dressage are not mutually exclusive, but complementary. “To me, it is very natural to think these two bodies of knowledge need to go together. But, the two worlds haven’t spent a lot of time talking to each other,” says Karen Rohlf, who succeeded as a Grand Prix rider and trainer under Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) “O” judge, Anne Gribbons, before studying natural horsemanship intensively with Pat Parelli. So, what can natural horsemanship offer dressage riders? For one, it offers “strategies for developing a confident, relaxed horse who is happy in his work,” says Karen. “The best advantage in dressage training is to have a happy individual. A happy individual will have a better posture than one who is not.” She tells the story of Vivaldi, an older Grand Prix horse that showed her how a change in attitude can translate into better performance. “When I got him, this horse, who was willed to me, was as close to an inanimate object as you could get,” Karen says. “It was very sad how non-reactive he was.” She rode him every evening after working with other people’s horses, trying different things and looking for a change in him. One night, standing outside Vivaldi’s stall, Karen saw him gingerly touch the blanket rack with his nose. When Karen didn’t reprimand June 2013

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him, he did it again and looked at her, surprised that she didn’t react. Next, Vivaldi knocked a boot off the rack and flinched, expecting a rebuke. Then, Karen says, “He looked at me as if to say, ‘Really? We can do this?’” Every night after that, after everyone else had gone home, Karen allowed Vivaldi to go up and down the aisle of this 20-stall barn and pull everything off all the blanket racks. “It was our little secret,” she says. “By allowing him to be curious, he started to open up and trust me. I had the best rides on him from that point forward. His dressage work became more expressive. He’d been athletic, strong, and healthy all along, but his state of mind had caused him to shut down. His new, happy attitude allowed him to perform at his best, even in the years when, physically, he was near retirement.” Learning about the horse’s point of view as a prey animal revolutionized her approach to training, helping her understand their reactions and needs and how to communicate with them more meaningfully.

Karen Rohlf’s horse demonstrates how play can benefit movement under saddle.

The two-way communication that reinvigorated Vivaldi is something Stephanie Lockhart feels is crucial to achieving the kind of partnership that translates into success. “Dressage riders are very goal-oriented,” she says. “So, what’s the goal? The goal is to ride a test where you and your horse are working together. How does that happen? There has to be two-way communication, trust, and mutual respect. We can ask, ask, ask, but if we’re not waiting for the horse’s answer, he either shuts down or he’s out of here. We need to listen to the horse’s feedback (and respond to it).” The best place to begin work on this, according to Stephanie, is on the ground. By this, she doesn’t mean longeing—not driving the horse in circles—but connecting



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with him by moving with him, seeing how he responds to your movements, observing him closely, and getting his attention on you. “It doesn’t come from techniques, but from an attitude,” she says. “It’s about forming a relationship with your horse and really knowing where he’s at emotionally.” Stephanie recommends doing this for five or 10 minutes before every ride, so that you can not only connect with your horse, but make sure he’s in a safe emotional state before you get on. Karen agrees that it’s very important to observe your horse with fresh eyes every day. “Everyone notices the ears,” she says, “but, you can tell a lot from the eyes and the mouth.” And, licking and chewing signify the horse has learned something and has released tension. “There’s definitely a correlation between how relaxed and loose the horse’s jaw is and how much tension he’s holding,” she says, noting that flash nosebands not only discourage looseness in the jaw, but prevent the trainer from


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One of those great classic dressage masters is Czech-born, Olympic-level trainer Walter Zettl. Now based in Canada, Zettl has been coaching Linda Parelli and her students in recent years and sees a bridge being built between dressage and natural horsemanship. Always a compassionate trainer, Zettl is openly enthusiastic about the Parelli methods and attitude. “The first time I came to the Parellis I was so impressed Just like dressage, natural horsemanship by how they go about training their can benefit all breeds of horses. horses,” he says. “They put the relationship with the horse first and take Softness Beyond the Saddle Greg Eliel, a former rancher living in Montana, who worked time so the horse learns everything very easy. They respect with Buck Brannaman, believes that the horse’s well-being the horse, and do everything on the ground first, so the deserves the emphasis. He says, “When the horse’s well-being horse learns there is nothing to be afraid of. Horses must is your primary consideration, everything else will go well.” respect us as higher-ranking, but they must never fear us.” Karen notes that relaxation should not be confused with Zettl’s key principle is trust. “To build up the relationship a lack of energy. “A relaxed horse is more able to access his with the horse, there should be respect for each other, and energy,” she says. Greg defines relaxation as the absence of there should be trust,” he says. “It’s so important that the horse brace. “You’re trying to remove the resistances in horses,” 80% doesn’t lose his trust in us. If he does, it’s very hard to get it of which he says are mentally-based. “Then, the horse is more back.” One of the ways to avoid this, according to Zettl, is to open to suggestion, and more likely to offer softness.” not blame the horse when he makes a mistake, and especially Although Greg does wear a cowboy hat and admits he not to punish him. “If he makes a mistake, it was misundernever had formal dressage lessons, when he reads the words standing. The right aids must be given in the right moment. If of great dressage masters, like Nuno Oliveira of Portugal, he the horse doesn’t understand what we are asking, he will tell feels their principles are the same. “Good, classic riding has a us through his language. Through every little movement—ears few basic elements,” he says, including “the well-being of the back, tail swishing, back hollow—he is trying to tell us what horse, lightness, and softness. When horses start to get soft in we need to change. But we must study him. That’s our respon[the riders’] hands, their eyes light up.” sibility. He didn’t choose us; we chose him.”


receiving this feedback about the horse’s emotional state. “I always feel an immense responsibility to the horse,” Karen says. How does he feel about his life in general? Does he feel he’s in a good environment? “[Horses] care about being social animals that are designed to eat grass and move freely 24/7.” Karen advocates spending as much “downtime” with your horse as you do in the saddle making demands on him, as she did with Vivaldi.



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his horses as natural a life as possible, providing them access to turnout day and night. For riders who may not have that option, Zettl advises starting training sessions on a loose rein, allowing the horse to look around, which respects his survival instinct and is another small way of building his trust. He even talks about softness in terms of trust. “The horse has to learn to trust our hands; he must feel our hands,” Zettl says. “But he can do this only when we’re really gentle. Then we can feel what’s going on in his mouth.” He compares holding the reins to holding a glass of champagne. “Our hands have to be very, very quiet so we don’t spill the champagne. And there needs to be more giving than taking. You must show the horse what you want, then allow him to do it. Our riding should be art. The less aids we use, the better our horse will respond to us. By being soft with our hands, we show the horse there is nothing to worry about. We open up the door and let him go free (from fear and tension).” Finally, Zettl emphasizes again the need for time and patience in training horses. “Like watching grass growing,” he says. “Then the horse will come in for the next session happy.” He tells the story of sitting on the deathbed of a friend and German riding master who said, “Walter, now I start to understand. I used to ride my horse one hour, two hours, three hours, and the next day he wouldn’t go into the arena.” Zettl recommends limiting sessions to about 45 minutes, letting the horse finish up at his best. Karen Rohlf highlights another aspect of natural horsemanship that could enhance dressage training: an attitude of curiosity, play, and willingness to explore and try different things in order to find the sweet spot where the horse is at his best.

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Young Para-Dressage Athlete, Sydney Collier, Takes the “Dis” Out of Disabled


n route to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) para-equestrian dressage jog at the 2013 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, FL, a familiar entourage was following its high-performance rider and horse. Young United States para-equestrian, Sydney Collier, from Ann Arbor, MI, rolled up to the jog with her familyy by her side. Shadowed d from the bright Florida a sunshine by her new black Hanoverian, Wentworth, led by Wes Dunham, the moment could not have felt more complete. After a successful 2011 international show season, and the honor of the youngest competitor to ever qualify for a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship, the 15-year-old, Grade Ib rider was ready to take the 2013-2014 show season to a new level. In 2012, Sydney was too young to qualify for the Paralympic Team, making the upcoming 2014 Alltech® FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, France, her first U.S. team opportunity. Sydney has lived her entire life overcoming obstacles, setting goals, and working hard to get there. At age seven, she was diagnosed with the rare congenital disorder, Wyburn-Mason Syndrome. The untreatable disorder can cause brain hemorrhaging, stroke, paralysis, and even death. With a rare disorder at a young age, Sydney has been in and out of the hospital often. She noted, “I have had to take on a lot more than the average person has by my age. That is what makes me, me, and makes me a strong and persevering person.” While Sydney was in the hospital, her mother, Anna Collier, always remembers Sydney focusing on



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her riidi h dn ngg. S Sh he wa w s ta talk lk lki king about ab b t seeiingg her hor orse se e, studying riding, and setting goals for her next step as an equestrian. One of those plans was to watch the World Equestrian q Games in 2010. After meeting the late Paralympian, Jonathan Wentz, at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Sydney was influenced and then mentored by him. His determination and love for para-equestrian dressage gave Sydney the desire to achieve those same goals. The 2011 calendar year was a fast track through the discipline of dressage, and the young equestrian learned quickly. She was naturally talented as an athlete and excelled on her own horse and borrowed mounts. A year of catch-riding at international shows around the country, clinics, and changes to her para-dressage aids prepared Sydney for working with accomplished trainer, Wes Dunham, out of Woodstock Stables in Millbrook, NY. A new trainer, a new program, and an FEI horse to

matc t h the th he ta tallent nted d equ q estr tria i n, com omplletted d tth he dre eam m team for Sydney’s journey to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. For Sydney though, the adventure is also about enjoying j y g the sport p she loves,, providing good sportsmanship, leading by example, and promoting the sport to a younger generation and to physically-disabled peers. Sydney’s motto is, “Take the ‘Dis’ Out of Disabled,” and she lives by the hope that she can influence others with her actions. Sydney commented, “I really want to make it so having a disability isn’t seen as so different. I want society to see other people with disabilities and see that these people have great personalities and should be approached.” In 2014, Sydney Collier will be an athlete to watch on the international equestrian scene. An announcer once noted that the term “entourage” is used for the support team behind riders of the highest caliber. Look out for Sydney and her entourage in the upcoming months.

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f you’re at all connected to the outside world, whether it be via television, computer, or smart phone, chances are that you’ve noticed an increase in the attention, particularly media attention, to traumatic brain injuries in sports recently. While head injuries have long since been a problem in contact sports, including equestrian, the media firestorm has only recently taken off on the topic for a number of reasons, including new studies on their long-term effects and the increase of athletic intensity, which may in turn be causing a surge in concussions seen in youth. As equestrians, most of us have been there—you fall off, know something is wrong, but avoid going to the ER or doctor because it’s either too expensive or you’re afraid they’ll tell you that you can’t ride anymore. But, we also accept that injury is an inherent risk—concussions due to horseback riding account for about 5% of emergency room visits, a number more than double that of other major sports, with jockeys and eventers being the most prone, according to Riders4Helmets. If that’s the extent of your awareness, however, take a seat and a few minutes to understand just what concussions are, learn the long-term damage they can cause if not handled properly, and what preventative measures can be taken.

Understanding Concussions Randy Walton, who has EMT and paramedic experience dating back to 1998, came up with his company, Safety

On Scene (S.O.S.), six years ago. His group of paramedics and EMTs specialize mainly in equestrian events and work numerous horse trials each year in central Florida. Having seen an inestimable number of head injuries, Walton explains why and how they are so common in eventing: “These people are riding at a height more than twice their own. If they come off when the horse is in the air, multiply that by two; when they come down, a lot of them come down on their torso, and then naturally, their head is going to swing down,” he says. “And even though they’re wearing their helmet, you have to understand your brain inside your cranium smashes to one side and then bounces back to the other side and that’s actually where you get your injury.” Until recently, it was believed that one must lose consciousness to suffer from a concussion. Doctors have now found that only about

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10% of all concussed people actually do lose consciousness, according to Dr. Gail Rosseau, Neurosurgeon at the Northshore University HealthSystem. And if you think that experienced riders are less prone to head injuries, think again. According to a 2009 study done by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), riders with five or more years of experience are the most likely to be injured. Gender can also play a role in the likelihood of sustaining a head injury. “Women seem to be more vulnerable than men at all age groups, and that’s thought to be due to two reasons,” says Dr. Rosseau. “One, women are more likely to report their concussions— there’s less female participation in the sports where there’s historically been a culture of hiding it, such as in football. Two, we think there’s a real physical reason why women have more concussions and that has to do with the ratio of the weight of the head—which tends to be pretty similar between men and women—versus the strength of the neck musculature. Men’s neck muscles tend to be much stronger than women’s and can be thicker, so there’s more of a ‘whip’ effect of a relatively same weight head in a woman than in a man.”

Recognizing Your Symptoms Whether you fall off in either jumping phase, your horse trips during your dressage test, or you hit a low branch galloping through the cross-country track and take a knock to the head, recognizing your symptoms and taking proper action is of utmost importance. “If you have any of the symptoms that go along with concussion—dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, headache, confusion,



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double vision or change in vision, or as you get more time away from the injury sleeping too much or not sleeping enough, becoming irritable, having memory loss,” says Rosseau, “all of those things mean you have a concussion, and therefore, you need to be protected from returning to the sport until two things happen: one, you have no more symptoms at rest, and two, you have no symptoms upon exertion.” So, how can you test yourself without risk of re-injury? “The first thing that I say to patients is vigorously shake your head like you’re emphatically saying ‘no.’ Do you have symptoms? If you do, that’s pretty minor, so you should back off again. And if you don’t have symptoms, then try doing 10 sit-ups, 10 push-ups, 10 jumping jacks,” Dr. Rosseau explains. “Do you have any symptoms with that? If you don’t, then you can go back to your sport.” But, Dr. Rosseau does not advise you to go right back into intense competition. Think of it this way: when your horse is coming off an injury, you don’t bring him back to the same level of competition right away, because he’s probably a little bit rusty and out of shape, and you don’t want to risk re-injury. The same must go for the human athlete—take precautions and take it a little bit at a time.

The Danger Zone Concussions are serious, according to both Walton and Rosseau, because unlike other body tissue, brain matter does not regenerate. So coming back too soon from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be detrimental. “If [riders] As medical attentry to shrug off

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symptoms that they’re considering minor—particularly during competition when there may be reputation or money on the line—they need to know that they’re significantly more likely to injure themselves again during the period after a concussion in which they have not fully returned to being symptom free at rest or at exertion,” says Rosseau. “If they go back into play, they’re more likely to injure themselves again because their reaction times are slower or they’re distracted by their symptoms. And a second injury, which is called Second Impact Syndrome, can be devastating.” “You can make the whole situation worse,” adds Walton. “You can also make a situation that you could have 100% come back from and continued to compete into something you can’t come back from anymore.” If your own health doesn’t have you sold on taking a break, here’s something else to think about: With all of the symptoms a concussion can cause, the person suffering from the injury may not be the only one at risk. “The last thing we want is someone—almost like with a DUI—who is [riding] impaired, because they’re not just putting themselves in danger and the horse in danger, they’re putting other people in danger,” says Walton.

Down the Road Competitors often overlook the permanent damage and long-term effects that one, or multiple head injuries, could have on them. “It’s easy to brush a headache off after taking a fall in the heat of the moment, but it’s important to consider life down the road. Nobody thinks about longevity. The one thing about young people is they don’t think about



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how comfortable they want to be when they’re older. It’s not until you’re 60 and you think ‘man, I’d have a much healthier lifestyle and a much happier lifestyle right now had I not gotten whacked so many times when I was younger,’” says Walton. “And, there’s no doubt that it poses problems later on, with strokes, TIAs (transient ischemic attack, a.k.a. mini-stroke), and things like that.” Researchers are also investigating whether multiple concussions can lead to depression. It is a controversial topic, according to Dr. Rosseau, and there is yet to be enough evidence one way or the other.

Getting Ahead of the Game While head injuries may not be preventable in most cases, event organizers and paramedics are working on getting ahead of the game with new technology and rules. “One of our vehicles we have is an EMS Gator, which has a med-bed on it and we can actually put the patient onto it and move them. Obviously the Gator can get into a lot of areas that the big ambulances and units can’t, and a lot of times it’s easier to bring [the competitor] out to the gate and meet up with the transport truck than for an ambulance to try to come out, especially in a cross-country situation,” says Walton. And, medical attendants often have the ability to make the call on whether a rider should continue in a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) sanctioned or endorsed competition after a blow to the head, whether it be for that day, the duration of the event, or longer. “If I get any [concussion] symptoms and I EMS Gators allow

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Safety Rules The thrill of cross-country, more often than not, is what draws riders to eventing. Naturally, it is also the most dangerous phase. Because of that, there are many extra safety equipment requirements in place for riders. So, if you plan on hitting the cross-country course anytime soon, here’s what you’ll need: ASTM/SEI approved helmet: While properly fitted and approved helmets are required in all phases (with few exceptions in dressage), it is recommended that a skull cap with a helmet cover and flexible visor be used for cross-country. “A fixed peak that doesn’t absorb energy is going to be less protective and you could potentially incur other injury such as a broken nose,” says Charles Owen and Co. Director of Marketing, Danielle Santos. “In the U.S., at this time, you can ride de cross-crountry in [any] ASTM/SEI certified helmet. However, there is a certain amount of visibility that is made greater when you don’t have a visor over your eyes. S So your vision is expanded in a skull cap and I believe there is a potential for improved aerodynamics as well.” Body protector: Eventing vest, cross-country vest, crash vest, body protector—no matter what you call it, one is required on cross-country. They are designed to protect your vital organs and spinal cord without interfering with your riding, if they fit properly. “It should


suspect that you have a head injury, I can’t make you go to the hospital, but you are done. I can get together with the [technical delegate and safety coordinator] and make sure you don’t compete again,” says Walton. “And now, they have it to where, through the organization, they can make sure this person—depending on how severe my medical findings—can’t compete for seven days, 14 days, or they can’t compete again until they have a doctor’s note.”

Protect Yourself All of these actions by the USEF, United States Eventing Association, and event organizers are for your protection, but it’s up to you as a

protect the rib cage, because underneath the rib cage is all your vital organs, so the panels should at least meet, if no ot overlap at the sidee underneath your arm,” explains Roy Burek, Managing Director of Charles Owen and Co. “The front of the body protector should come down about an inch below the ribs, but it shouldn't come down as low as your belly button, because your belly button is where you tend to crease when you bend. And it’s very important that a body protector doesn’t restrict your ability to tuck and roll, because that’s your natural defense. “And then the back should come down to your tail bone. But, you should always ssit in a saddle [when trying one on],” he adds, “and when you’re sitting up, you should have about a 2-3"-inch gap between the body prrotector and the saddle.” Polo or o long-sleeved shirt: Sleeves are a m must in the cross-country phase, and that is to help prevent surface damage wherever possible in the case of a fall or a run-in with a tree or other immobile object. Medical armband or bracelet: In the event of an emergency, your most important medical information needs to be readily available to paramedics, which is why they require it to literally be on your person in both jumping phases.

rider and competitor to try to prevent serious damage, recognize when you do have symptoms of a concussion, and pull yourself from activity until you’re fully healed. Again, it may be impossible to avoid head injuries altogether while riding, but there are a few precautionary measures you can take. First of all, it is crucial that you not only always wear and secure your helmet while mounted, but also make sure it is properly fitted, which should be determined by someone who has been trained to do so, according to Danielle Santos, Director of Marketing at Charles Owen and Co. To get the correct sizing, “[The fitter] should take a tape measure and measure [the costumer’s] head—without the hair involved—around the temple, June 2013

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have a concussion, once you have been treated and your symptoms have gone away, you can have that ImPACT testing done again to see if you’re back to your baseline or not. That is one of the elements that doctors use to help determine whether you go back to [riding] or not,” she says.

Not all concussion symptoms appear immediately, so emergency services assess anyone who falls, even if they seem ok.

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about ¾ of an inch above your eyebrows, and across the back of your head, right where your head has a bump,” she says. And once an accurate size is calculated and a helmet model is chosen, “Your head should make contact with the headband all the way around,” comments Santos. “There shouldn’t be any gaps, but also no pressure points.” It is also imperative that you, as an athlete, get Immediate PostConcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) done. A form of online testing that measures cognition and response times, it should actually be done before the season starts and any injuries occur, according to Dr. Rosseau. “And then, if you

There is no reason you should not continue to ride and compete in a sport you enjoy. After all, we risk injury just by stepping outside every day. However, it is important to remember that pride and money are always replaceable—your brain, on the other hand, is not. “It’s better to miss an event than to miss the whole season, and it’s better to miss a whole season than to ruin your life. You only have one brain and one spinal cord,” urges Rosseau. “At the end of the day, you’re an athlete and you go into this sport knowing that there is a chance of injury and you roll the dice. And, you need to do it with the acceptance, in the back of your mind, if you’re the one that gets hurt, you need to have the ability to hang up your gloves and move on to the next deal,” concurs Walton.



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Hay season is just around the corner for those of us who plan ahead, and with the arrival of forage “shopping season,” employing some caution could save you and your horses from the perils of a tiny killer. If you come into contact with a blister beetle, it is recommended that you use caution when removing it, even blowing the insect off of you versus brushing it away, to minimize the vesicant secretion of cantharidin. The incidence of this oily, caustic secretion can cause blisters to erupt on your skin, and it’s one that decrees a decidedly uncomfortable period of healing. Conversely, and somewhat fascinating, is the commercial extraction of this same toxic compound for pharmaceutical purposes, a process that has produced topical treatments, such as Canthacur, which is applied to benign epithelial growths, like warts and skin tags. From a practical standpoint, the blister beetle’s occasional encounter with humans is, for the most part, unexceptional. Gardeners are understandably disgruntled over these flying beetles that enjoy chewing on plants, as well as wilting the leaves of vegetables with their toxin. In this common setting, these pesky beetles are routinely and uneventfully eliminated by utilizing companion planting, insecticidal soaps, or traps.

Blister Beetles and Your Horse Gardens and wart treatment aside, mix the blister beetle in the company of horses, and the implications are far more sinister. Cantharidin is a poisonous substance that is comparable to cyanide and strychnine in toxicity, and at the very least, even a miniscule dose of cantharidin is enough to induce colic. While horses are significantly more vulnerable to a lethal ingestion of blister beetles, cattle and sheep are also susceptible to the toxic compound. Even more troubling is that the cantharidin toxin, which is stored in the insects’ blood, remains stable for long periods of time in dead beetles and beetle body parts—parts that might be baled up in the very forage we feed to our horses. A lethal cantharidin dose is approximately .5 to 1.0 mg per 2.2 lbs (1 kilogram) of a horse’s body weight. When sufficient, it is absorbed through the intestine and triggers severe and painful gastrointestinal inflammation, colic, urinary tract irritation and bleeding, renal damage, severe salivation, dehydration, and diarrhea. Urinary tract irritation frequently results in excessive urination and straining, accompanied by bleeding, and possible secondary infection.

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The best way to keep your horse safe from blister beetle poisoning is to inspect his hay.

The quantity of blister beetles sufficient to kill a horse is influenced by several factors, including the cantharidin concentration, which varies with the sex and species of the culprit beetle. The toxic chemical is produced by the male, which has the highest concentration; some is passed to the female during mating. The striped blister beetle is the most deadly, with a cantharidin concentration at about five times the level that is found in the black blister beetle. Estimates suggest that it would require 1,700 black blister beetles to kill an 825-pound horse, whereas 120 of the striped blister beetle variety are sufficient to kill the same size horse. Although the thought of 1,700 beetles consumed by any single horse may sound absurd, when you consider that a single bale of alfalfa was found to have 450 blister beetles in its contents, the threat of cantharidin poisoning is grounds for sobering uneasiness. Because of the beetles’ tendency to swarm and feed in considerable numbers, the translation is that small quantities of forage can contain copious amounts of cantharidin.

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The only hay that is guaranteed to be completely free from blister beetle contamination is that from the extremely northern United States and Canada. Alfalfa hay that is harvested from the southern and western United States is of the highest level of concern, where specific species of blister beetles live; these beetles contain high levels of cantharidin. According to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, “Historically, blister beetles have been most abundant in arid regions of the United States where grasshoppers are abundant most every year.” Be aware when purchasing alfalfa hay from Kansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, as these areas in particular are often linked with blister beetle poisoning incidence. This is, however, not solely due to the number of blister beetles in this area, but also the large amount of alfalfa hay produced and shipped from these states.

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experience that grasshopper infestations are cyclical, and their expansive presence is influenced by climate and food-source dynamics. If you have grasshoppers, you can count on the blister beetle’s harmful presence. The grasshoppers’ eggs easily overwinter in many soils and produce foliage-eating pupae in late spring. Mature grasshoppers lay their egg masses into the same soils they hatch from, and these eggs are a premium incentive for blister beetle colonies as a rich food source for the There are steps that can be taken in the hatching beetle larvae. Insecticide cutting and baling process that can applications might plausibly come decrease blister beetle contamination. to mind, but application timing is critical for very important reasons— the adult blister beetle is still viewed as favorable, since they are viable in controlling the ravages first preeminent strike is practicing a stringent weed manageof crop destruction caused by grasshoppers. Any approach ment program that keeps flowering plants and, in particular, to controlling blister beetles by impairing the symbiotic relaweeds, within and on field borders, from blooming. Weed-free tionship of these two dissimilar insects should be carefully hay is a major step in reducing blister beetle colonization by analyzed. Additionally, insecticide should never be applied eliminating that attraction. during a peak bloom, as it will kill bees. A second and clear-cut step is to cut hay well in advance of Blister beetles are attracted to flowering plants. They feed the bloom stage. Beetle populations spike during mid-summer on the flower pollen and nectar. This means that they are far harvest, when the colonies are rummaging for new blooms. more attracted to alfalfa than other forages, but flowering By cutting alfalfa prior to flowering, beetle infestations are weeds within a hay field, as well as neighboring crops with decreased due to the absence of the attractive blooms. blooms, are also very attractive to beetle swarms. With this In addition to scouting their fields for blister beetle infesbasic understanding of their dining preference, a hay grower’s tation, the most diligent and admirable hay growers are employing extra steps to ensure that their harvested forage is free of the deadly insect. Many growers utilize modern THE LIGHTNING BUG mowers that lay down the hay without crushing it. By laying If you find the appearance of the firefly or “lightning bug” to the hay down more gently, they avoid crushing the beetles in be similar to the blister beetle, you’re on track. While nonthe process, which can leave the deadly cantharidin residue lethal to horses and livestock, the firefly is actually in the clinging to leaves and stems. When a hay crop is disturbed, beetle order of Coleoptera. They are a winged beetle known the blister beetle will fall to the ground and relocate. It is very for their use of bioluminescence to attract mates or prey. important that windrows are not driven over once the hay But, these bright bugs have a dark side: fireflies produce is downed—especially if it was cut during bloom—as it will lucibufagins, which are deadly certainly crush beetles into the curing forage. to many lizards and frogs, as Perhaps the most critical measure is to avoid the learned the hard way by zoouse of conditioners and crimpers, especially during keepers and pet owners. These summer cuttings; these are hay cuttings after mid-May self-defense toxins are not through early-September. The risk is especially high the bioluminescence chemithat blister beetles will be processed into the crimped cals that make the fireflies or conditioned hay. As a general rule, to be absolutely glow, but rather, are a certain that it is at the lowest possible risk for blister beetle class of steroidal pyrones contamination, crimped hay should always be avoided. that have a similar Always inspect the hay you buy, and if possible, molecular structure develop a good relationship with a local grower. to the venomous skin If you feed alfalfa to your horses, a pre-bloom secretions of toads. The ingestion first cutting before mid-May is your safest choice; of a single firefly can kill a lizard. late cuttings after September are usually just as safe. When hay growers and horse owners engage these conscientious measures, forages are much more likely to be blister beetle-free. Considering that there is SMALL BUT MIGHTY no specific antidote for cantharidin poisoning, prevenMisused for centuries as an tion is the paramount key to protecting your horses. aphrodisiac, the Spanish fly If you suspect cantharidin poisoning, emergency veteriis an emerald-green beetle nary care is a must. Symptomatic therapy currently includes in the blister beetle family. The beetles were dried and calcium and magnesium supplementation for prolonged crushed, and then ingested by mixing the powder in liquid. periods, as well as evacuation of the GI tract with repeated It’s a dangerous chase of adventure: only 10 milligrams can dosing of mineral oil. Activated charcoal has been useful if be fatal to humans. administered promptly, as well as fluids, diuretics, and electrolyte concentrations.

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How To Get Started in This Popular Sport BY AUDREY HUMPHREY


fast paced, thrilling sport to both watch and participate in, it’s no wonder that polo has lasted the ages. Arguably the oldest team sport recorded in history, most believe it was created in ancient Persia, where it was used as a training exercise for the King’s elite cavalry. Later, polo became a fond pastime for those noblemen and the upper echelons in countries spanning all the way to India, where in the 1850s, British troops were privy to a game of locals and shared it with their native country upon returning home. And from there, as many will say, the sport spread like wildfire, still remaining popular today. Read on to learn about the logistics of the sport, and how to get involved.



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Executive project manager for the United States Polo Association, Amy Wisehart, fell in love with polo at a young age, watching her older brother participate in his college’s program at the University of Connecticut (UConn). She explains, “We would go up every weekend to watch him play, and I would help hot walk the horses in between chukkers (periods of the game). Following in his footsteps, I began taking polo lessons when I was studying at UConn, and I played four years on the varsity team. We were the National Intercollegiate Champions my last two years.” In addition to her duties as project manager, Amy also is the I/I (Interscholastic/Intercollegiate) Start Up & Enhancement Coordinator. “I work with polo clubs, high schools, and colleges to help get them started with a polo team, or to enhance their existing program. I travel all over the country meeting with teams to assist with membership growth, fundraising, networking, etc.,” she says. Many schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, and Roger Williams University have started polo teams in the past few years, and many other programs are in the works. Amy explains that the United States Polo Association (USPA) organizes, runs, and funds over $300,000 to put on over 30 I/I tournaments from Preliminary, Regional, and National events. “This is a sport with resources all over the country for every-

body who wants to get involved,” she says. Spectators will watch a match consisting of between four and six chukkers, or periods, that last seven and a half minutes, with a warning bell at seven minutes, and a final bell 30 seconds later, unless a goal is scored after the warning bell, or the ball hits the sideboards, which stops the chukker immediately. “Generally, grass polo is six chukkers and arena polo is four chukkers,” says Newport Polo Club founder, president, and delegate to the USPA, Dan Keating. “Sometimes, to make it easier for horse power at lower levels of the sport, there will be a four-chukker grass polo game, and that’s kind of determined by the organizers, if they want to try to be more inclusive and get people who aren’t equipped to play six chukkers.” Players will be attempting to hit the ball between the posts to score points, and the skills of their ponies cannot be understated. Highly-skilled, finely-tuned athletes, polo ponies are generally any size or breed, many stemming from Thoroughbred or Quarter Horse blood, and are essential to the game. Ponies that excel in polo can turn on a dime, have extremely fast starts and stops, and are sensitive enough to their riders without being spooky or flighty. Riders from each team will wear a shirt with a number on it, one through four (or in arena polo, there will be three

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players, with shirts numbered one through three). Number one player is the offensive forward; number two and number three players are the highest rated and most experienced players, responsible for pushing the play both offensively and defensively at all times, and being the quarterback or field captain. Number four player is responsible for defense. All players must cover each other and work together to come up with strategies for passing, anticipating, and scoring. Players also tend to rotate their horses out, as well, as the same horse cannot be used in more than two chukkers. “Things happen, and horses lose shoes, or sometimes they pull a muscle or have an accident; even in trailering them over, something can happen,” Keating comments. “You can definitely play each horse three chukkers; I’ve done it for many a season, but it’s nice to have the insurance of being able to rotate horses through and play them one period and then give them time off in one game and then play in another.” Handicaps are required by the USPA, with the exception of interscholastic and intercollegiate tournaments. Twice a year, players are rated on a score of one to 10, with 10 being the best. A team’s handicap is comprised of the sum of each individual team member’s handicap. This will benefit a team if it is played in a handicapped tournament. “You kind of have to work out a way for almost everybody to play with everybody, so you’ve got to scale the players a little bit and basically try to make it as fair as possible,” Keating explains. “There are some people that have done nothing but play polo and they’ve done that since they were three years old, and then there are people who are beginners that are just getting into the sport—you have to have some way that they can play together. So the handicap does that. It’s not perfect, but it generally works out pretty well.” An example might be a 16-goal team playing a 17-goal team. The 16-goal team will start out the game with one goal already on its board. Open tournaments do not give heed to handicaps, and a lower-scoring team will start off on an even playing field with the higher scoring team. This, according to the USPA, is often referred to as “playing on the flat.” For those who are interested in getting a start in polo, Keating offers some sage advice: “Definitely try it. Sometimes people think it’s something that it’s not, and it’s not for them, but a lot of people are really surprised at how fun it is.” To get involved in the “sport of kings,” visit for a list of polo schools and qualified instructors in your area. Anybody can play, even beginner riders—many will learn to ride a horse and play polo at the same time! 72


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Highly-skilled polo ponies are essential to the game and can be any size or breed, with many stemming from Thoroughbred or Quarter Horse bloodlines.

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Olympic Overload ➜ Lake Placid, NY BY ELISABETH PROUTY-GILBRIDE



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a majority of my day at the horse show with the horses—it has a little bit of something for everybody.” The competition itself has a lot to offer both competitors and spectators. Ranked #22 in the top 25 Horse Shows of 2012 by the North American Riders Group, the event offers over $500,000 in prize money, as well as entertaining events for spectators, such as a

Doggie Costume Contest; Pony Club Day, open to 4-H groups, pony clubs, and riding clubs; and is involved in the town’s annual 4th of July Parade, where exhibitors are invited to ride on the show’s float. The competition has become such a longstanding event in the community—dating back to 1970—that downtown shops get in on the action by participating in a


WHAT DO ANNE KURSINSKI, PETER Leone, and Margie Goldstein-Engle have in common with Sonja Henie, Jack Shea, and Irving Jaffee? Aside from being Olympic athletes, they’ve all competed at events in Lake Placid, NY—Kursinski, Leone, and Engle each participate in competitions at the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows each summer, while Henie, Shea, and Jaffee all earned their claim to fame competing at the winter Olympics held in the city in 1932 and 1980. For equestrians, the main draw to this town set in the Adirondacks is the twoweek long Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows, held annually from the end of June to the beginning of July (June 25-July 7 this year). But those who participate in the competition don’t mind indulging in other activities that the surrounding area has to offer. In fact, the ambient setting has caused the competition to become a favorite among many top equestrians; including grand prix show jumper, Charlie Jacobs. “Lake Placid is a great horse show because of the town and the atmosphere on the lake,” Jacobs says. “All of my children get to participate in some way, shape, or form of a vacation while we’re there. When we’re not at the show, we’re usually out and about. My kids might be water skiing, wake boarding, doing stand-up paddle boarding, or enjoying the beach, while I tend to enjoy spending

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window-decorating contest, where they dress their storefronts in equinethemed décor. “It’s a fun thing for the shop owners, as well as all the visitors and the residents, allowing them to use their creativity to showcase how much they love having the horse show in town,” says Kimberly Reilly, director of communications for the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. In addition to watching an equestrian competition that features a stellar line-up of classes and activities, visitors can tour multiple Olympic sites, including the Olympic Center and Museum, Olympic Sports Complex, and Olympic Jumping Complex. Those attending the horse show during the 4th of July week can experience additional festivities related to the holiday. This includes a fireworks display over Mirror Lake that takes place alongside music on the local radio station, known as “Set the Night to Music” as well as the annual 4th of July Parade. If horses, Olympic history, and holiday festivities aren’t enough to keep the entire family occupied, there are plenty of outdoor recreational activities available, from fly fishing and kayaking on Mirror Lake to golfing, cycling, hiking, and rock climbing. “Despite the fact that we’ve hosted the two winter Olympics here, 70% of our visitors come during the warm weather months,” Reilly says. “It’s really more of a summer destination, and has been since the late 1800s. Embracing the outdoors is consistent with our whole culture here.”

Where to Eat Generations Visitors who want to enjoy a moderately priced meal overlooking Mirror Lake can look no further than Generations, which serves locally grown and raised food. Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood Company Set in the heart of downtown Lake Placid, this restaurant offers surf, turf, and a number of their own award winning craft beers, ranging from IPAs and Blonds to Stouts and Belgian style Ales. Lake Placid Club Boat House Those who want to enjoy something more upscale can enjoy the diverse menu at the Boat House, featuring seafood, steak, pasta, and more—while overlooking Mirror Lake. Jimmy's 21 Restaurant Offering intimate lakeside fine dining by beautiful Mirror Lake, Jimmy’s 21 Restaurant features four dining rooms that overlook the water and two decks outside. Diners can enjoy delicious Italian-American cuisine made by European trained chefs. 518-523-2353

Things to Do Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC, June 25-July 7 One of the nation’s premier hunter/ jumper competitions, The Lake Placid Horse Shows feature the nation’s best June 2013

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[ABOVE] Visitors can enjoy taking a tour of the Olympic Sports Complex and the Olympic Jumping Complex, where they can try bobsledding out for themselves, or watch and upclose demonstration of the world’s best ski jumpers (even in the summer). [RIGHT] The annual window-decorating contest is a favorite among both locals and equestrians.

Lake Placid The town’s namesake has become a popular fishing spot, where anglers can catch lake trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, perch, brown trot, and rock bass. 518-523-2445 Mirror Lake Visitors can take a paddle boat, kayak or canoe out on this lake (only electric motor boats are allowed on it), go fishing, swim, or bask in the sun on one of its beaches. 518-523-2445 Olympic Center Those visiting the Olympic Center can view the site of the 1932 and 1980 Games, take a look at the Olympic Museum’s extensive collection of memorabilia, and watch a never released video of the historical 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Hockey game. 518-302-5326 Olympic Jumping Complex Here, tourists can take an elevator to the observation deck of the K-120 meter jump, get a panoramic view of the Adirondack High Peaks, and in the summer, watch an up-close demonstra78


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tion of the world’s best ski jumpers. 518-523-2202 Olympic Sports Complex While at the home of the Olympic Sliding Track and the Cross-Country Biathlon Center, visitors can discover the thrill of bobsledding, try their hand at the rifle range, or ski through the Adirondack woods. 518-523-4436

Where to Stay Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club Guests staying at this upscale resort can find breathtaking views right from their room and enjoy a short walking distance to the Olympic village, while golfers can complete a round of holes on one of their renowned courses. High Peaks Resort Visitors at High Peaks Resort can stay in an “Adirondack inspired” room overlooking Mirror Lake, relax at their spa with a facial, massage or body wrap, or browse in one of their many gift shops. Mirror Lake Inn Voted the #1 resort in the Northeast by Conde Nast Traveler and a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award of Excellence for Lodging, this inn offers its guests complimentary rowboats, paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks and access to a private sandy beach on Mirror Lake, as well as a heated outdoor pool and tennis court with complimentary rackets and balls.

The Hungry Trout Resort Nestled in the shadow of Whiteface Mountain in nearby Wilmington, and on the banks of the legendary AuSable River, this resort is home to deluxe accommodations, an elegant fine dining restaurant and family style pub, and is just 15 minutes away from Lake Placid. 518-946-2217 Wilderness Inn II Located in a serene, wooded, alpine setting at the base of Whiteface Mountain, near the famous AuSable River, golf courses and all area attractions, the Wilderness Inn is an affordable establishment with one-, two-, or three-bedroom cottages available with fireplaces and kitchens.

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horses and riders competing in four show rings. There are more than 100 classes of competition each week, highlighted by the $75,000 Equine Insurance Services/ Great American Grand Prix of Lake Placid and the $100,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

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equestrian lifestyle EQUINE FASHION

Summer Tees T-shirts are the ultimate recession-friendly wardrobe staple. But, forget the cheesy horse tees of old (airbrushed galloping horse sweatshirt anyone?). Today’s horse-themed tees range from the stylishly subtle to the downright cheeky. Seriously, equestrian fashion never looked so cool. New York designer, Arianna Vastino, reveals the four North American T-shirt designers every style-respecting rider will be wearing this summer.


Rock On

Phyllis Stein’s rock-inspired line is made of super soft bamboo/cotton blend. It offers all the benefits of cotton, plus extra wicking and breathability, which is great for the summer. THE HUNT COAT ($39.99) An

equine spin on the classic tacky Tuxedo tee, this limited edition v-neck sports the clean lines of a hunt coat, right down to the topstitching and number on the back. It would be great worn in a schooling jumper class!

Cheap, chic, and hipster cool, these are not your mom’s horse tees.

Country Strong

Whether you’re rocking it out with a cowboy hat and jeans or tucked into a breech with tall boots, Cowgirls for a Cause tees cross over to any discipline. cowgirlsforacause. LUNGED ($39.95)

likeness headlining the front and career highlights listed on the back, this vintage looking rocker tee is the ultimate tribute to Eric Lamaze’s great horse. The boyfriend-fit is figure flattering.


CRAZY GIRL ($39.95)

California Girls Made with 100% organic cotton, California’s Tara Kiwi fuses horse sport with surfer style for a fresh and inventive take on the horse tee.


An insider’s reference to wild horsewomen everywhere, this long-sleeved tee is perfect for “the kind of gal that needs to be lunged.” I love that it’s something only equestrians can appreciate.

THE HICKSTEAD RAGLAN ($39.99) With his name and

Live, love, and ride! This 1920s horse print has the worn-in feel of a vin ntage tee and the shrewd quote by American historian, Laurel L Thatcher Ulrich: “Well-behaved women seldom m make history.”

LEATHER STRIPES ($34.50) With printed bits of tack,

reins, martingales, and side reins running vertically across the chest, Leather Stripes is a modern interpretation of the ever-popular Ralph Lauren®/Hermes bridle print. Wear it with jeans and a cardigan or tucked into shorts with a wedge for summer.


SHOW JUMPS ($39.50) In white with red print or

black with white, the outlined character drawings of walls, roll tops, and hedges work for any jumping discipline. The subtle reference, scoop neck, and longer cut are fantastic.

Horse Homage H

A fashionable take on basic horse-lover apparel, Horseworship is all about big, bold graphics. JUMP ($48) Fashioned after the bright-colored

poles in the jumper ring, the Jump tee’s graffiti-like orange-and-blue color splash is young and in your face. We love that it’s discipline specific. They do the same concept in reining, cross-country, and dressage.

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Stay Lucky Ideas for Used Horseshoes BY JENNIFER ROBERTS

they are going to end up at the landfill, make sure that they are in the recycling bin. The valuable metals will be melted down to create something new (maybe even another set of There are many uses for old horseshoes, from hanging them in the barn to creating furniture. horseshoes!). If you don’t have a recycling bin at the barn, ask your farrier how large undertakings, they are a wonderful unique place settings at your wedding and whimsical material. According to or tying them into the centerpieces. he or she disposes of unwanted horseshoes; most likely, they make a trip to Valerie Osmond, “I used a group to With a layer of backing, they are easily the recycling center at regular intervals. outline one of my flower gardens. I transformed into picture frames, paperLooking to get a little crafty and find hammered them into the ground weights, and coasters. You can jazz up a way to incorporate horseshoes into with the ends pointing down into the a plain shoe by wrapping it with beaded your home and barn décor? The list of ground. And, no, I don’t believe that it is wire or painting it. projects that involve these good luck bad luck because the flowers bring the But, don’t think that you need to charms is seemingly endless. luck back up!” completely change the essence of the As a universal symbol of luck, horseIf you or someone you know is horseshoe in order to make it beautiful shoes are a natural fit for hanging over handy with a welder, horseshoes are or something of value. A clean horseperfectly shaped to create wine racks doors and pressing into wet cement shoe given to a young child may foster a floors, sharing the lucky sentiment with love of horses and encourage dreams to and bookends. With a bit of additional anyone who walks with them. Buffy workmanship, they can provide the plat- ensue. Consider bringing your used ones Hanschka took this traditional use for form for towel hangers and hooks. After to a local school or youth group; not only horseshoes a step further, “We put in a adding in a bit of heat, they can be bent will they be appreciated, but also, they cement walkway through the backyard, into various shapes, such as hearts and could be the catalyst toward another and I stuck my un-needed horseshoes circles; we have even seen some fabuperson joining the equestrian sport. in it, making it appear that a horse has lously creative people that mold them Whatever you choose to do, don’t walked down my path. It turned out into words and furniture—talk about a throw your used horseshoes out or let piece that makes an impact! them rust away in a bucket behind the looking really fun and it makes a great conversation piece.” barn. Turn them into something useful How about using horseshoes to There are more ways to share the incorporate your equine love into your or a piece that reverberates your love good fortune. From small projects to special day? Consider using them as of horses. 80


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equestrian lifestyle COLLECTING THOUGHTS The Trainer Who Influenced Me the Most: Memo Gracida—I worked for him for four years and learned a lot. He taught me every aspect of becoming a top player and horseman.

Favorite Horse: Tatonka; she was very talented. She had great stamina and incredible speed and agility.

Lucky Charm: I don’t really have a certain lucky charm, but I am a little superstitious. I have a certain pre-game routine that I need to do, and I’m not telling you what it is!

Worst Fall: My worst fall was last year. My horse flipped and rolled over me as it hit the back legs of another one. As bad as I was told it looked from the outside, I came out of it with just a few bruises. Sometimes, you get lucky!

Guilty Pleasure: I would have to say my guilty pleasure is playing ice hockey. I really enjoy playing hockey, as does every Canadian kid. The problem is, my job as a polo player is dangerous enough, and adding more risk for injury probably isn’t the smartest idea. But, I still do it!

When I’m Not Riding: I like to still keep active. I go to the gym, play golf, go to the beach, or go watch more polo!

Best Piece of Riding Advice: Stay upright!

Why I Ride: When I was 14, I woke up one

Brandon Phillips On Playing Hard and Living Well

Age: 35 Trainer/Farm Affiliation: Currently playing for Tonkawa Polo Team PHOTO: DAVID LOMINSKA

and Catamount Polo Team Background: Brandon got his start in polo at the age of 11 in Toronto, Canada, where he was the youngest player at the time. He now calls Wellington, FL, home, and with more than 20 horses, polo has become his full-time job as well as his passion. Considered one of the world’s most talented polo players, Brandon currently carries a five-goal handicap and has captured some of the sport’s most coveted trophies.



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morning with severe swelling in my right leg. The doctor diagnosed me with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After overcoming a five-month battle with the disease, I decided that life was too short to not dedicate myself to what I loved doing, and that was playing polo. Two years later, I was playing polo as a professional. This experience not only affected my chosen profession, but also my outlook on life. A few years ago, I became involved with the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF), which provides financial support to equestrians and horse-related professionals who are battling injuries and chronic illnesses. Having fought that battle myself, I think the work that EAF does is indispensable.

Why Polo? My father and older brother played polo at the Toronto Polo Club, so I’ve been around horses all my life. I grew up playing polo, and it was fun. What’s even better is that now they give me money to do it.

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Celebrates Zacara’s Win at International Polo Club Palm Beach ZACARA SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED its 2012 U.S. Open crown with a solid 16-13 victory over Valiente before an energized sellout crowd of polo enthusiasts. It was the final match of the winter season at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, concluding 16 weeks of high-scoring competition.

A parade of red, white, and blue Maseratis circled the field, a U.S. Navy Color Guard marched in step, and American flags waved throughout the stadium. A celebrity-studded lineup included Lee Greenwood singing “God Bless the U.S.A.,” followed by Cheryl

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Nancie Jarvis Reaches 500 Miles NANCIE JARVIS OF SURRY, NH, recently achieved several riding program awards with her colorful double registered mare Debargals Sanjo Imp, aka “Mindy.” The pair have been recognized for reaching 500 hours of saddle time by both the American Paint Horse Association and the Pinto Horse Association of America.

Hampshire p County y 4-H Rider Victorious at State Competition Rachael Cyrankowski, 10, of Hampshire County 4-H Cavalry, won a blue ribbon at Regionals for her visual presentation on braiding and was asked to go on to compete at States. There, she won another blue ribbon and first place overall for the Junior Horse Category. This was Rachael Cyrankowski displaying her blue ribbon. Rachael's first visual presentation. 86


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[LEFT] The top 4-H Senior contestants in the New Hampshire 4-H Hippology Contest (back row, L-R): Ashley Foss, Amber Edmonds, Laura Santer, Jackie Johnson, Courtney Schrempf, (front row, L-R) Hannah Perron, Kyle Edmonds, and Maggie Kenter. [RIGHT] The top 4-H Senior contestants in the New Hampshire 4-H Horse Judging Contest (L-R): Holly Testerman, Elizabeth Gaffney, Mekayla Lagerberg, and Connor Greenwood (not pictured is Patrick Roberts).

New Hampshire 4-H Contests Draw Over 100 from Four States BY RHIANNON BEAUREGARD

OVER 100 CONTESTANTS AND volunteers from four states participated in the 2013 New Hampshire 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology contests at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Skoglund Livestock Activities Arena and Thompson School of Applied Sciences. The event took place Saturday, April 20. The horse judging contest began with six exciting classes, which included Pony Hunter Pleasure, Quarter Horse Halter, Pinto Color, Pony Halter, Hunter Pleasure, and Reining. Horses were trucked in from Newport, Candia, and Lee, NH, and several UNH students participated with their personal horses. After lunch from the Rockingham County Horse Leaders Association,

USPA Maserati continued from page 86 Moana Marie’s emotional rendition of the National Anthem, which was topped off by a jet flyover. The elite teams of Zacara and Valiente rode onto the field following a single rider carrying a brilliant American flag. Antonio Sabato Jr. performed the ceremonial coin toss and play began immediately. Valiente had a tenuous 8-7 lead after the first half of heated play.

the judging contest continued with the Non-Reasons division quiz, which was a 10-question quiz based on the classes in the morning. The Reasons division then practiced and presented two sets of oral reasons on the reasons behind their placings in the Pony Halter class and the Hunter Pleasure class. The New Hampshire 4-H Horse Judging Contest is open to all youth horse enthusiasts and this year included 4-H Junior, 4-H Senior, High School, and College and Young 4-H Alumni divisions. The hippology contest saw 4-H Junior individual contestants (ages 12-13) and 4-H Senior (ages 14-18) teams compete in a series of events called phases that included participation in the judging

Zacara fought back intensely and was not to be denied. The score was tied eight times during the game, with Facundo Pieres scoring an incredible 12 goals and clinching the MVP title. In the end, Zacara won the day. Polo fans packed the field for the tournament awards ceremony, while streamers shot into the air and confetti filled the sky. It was an inspiring day for polo and a fitting conclusion for the club’s 10th anniversary season.

contest, a written exam, an anatomy exam, a series of slides where they had to identify horse-related images, a series of stations where actual items and objects needed to be identified, and an oral and written problem solving phase. Top awards for the horse judging contest were as follows: First place overall for the 4-H Junior division went to Karrie Cormier of Manchester, NH. The overall winner for the 4-H Senior division was Holly Testerman of Chichester, NH. In the High School division, Destinee Parkinson of Worthington, MA, claimed the top spot overall. And the overall winner in the College and Young 4-H Alumni division was Brittany Smith of Lyndonville, VT. Top awards for the hippology contest were as follows: Ainsley Miles of Goffstown, NH, took first place overall in the 4-H Junior division. In the 4-H Senior division, Maggie Kenter of Kingston, NH, claimed the top spot overall. And, the overall winning Senior team was a combined team from Rockingham County and Merrimack County, comprised of Maggie Kenter; Courtney Schrempf of Fremont, NH; Jackie Johnson of Brentwood, NH; and Ashley Foss of Northwood, NH. The top eight 4-H Senior individual contestants in the judging and the hippology contests will have the opportunity to practice and compete on the 2013 New Hampshire 4-H Horse Judging and Hippology Teams at the New England Regional Horse Contest and possibly the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up in Louisville, KY. For more information about New Hampshire 4-H, visit extension.unh. edu or contact Rhiannon Beauregard at or 603-862-2188. June 2013

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New York Equestrian Center Celebrates Grand Opening ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY PAULA RODENAS

THE NEW YORK EQUESTRIAN Center (NYEC) in West Hempstead, Long Island played host to politicians, horsemen, and members of the local community as it celebrated its Grand Opening on April 20. Owner Alex Jacobson did the honors at the ribboncutting ceremony with the help of family, friends, and staff. The afternoon featured riding exhibitions, starting with dressage. Erin Bleakney, a student of trainer Raul de Leon, impressed the audience with her elegance as she put Vladimir Sadov’s handsome warmblood, Veillantif, through his paces while Raul supplied the commentary. Erin and Veillantif are working at Fourth Level and Prix St. Georges. Sonny Garguilo demonstrated natural horsemanship with the help of his equine partner, Sis, an Arabian mare. Sonny explained that communication is the key to success. The trainer must learn the language of the horse and make it understand him through body signals and vocal commands. Sonny rode Sis without a bridle and made it look effortless. The suburbs got a taste of the west as team penning took place in the Center’s large, airy arena. Riders Jenny Guzzi and Kelly Johnson cut one calf at a time from a herd, relying on the quick reflexes of their agile Quarter Horses. Paul Pilnik of Falcon Ridge supervised the activity. Jenny also dazzled spectators with pole bending and barrel racing aboard her Paint mare, Mae West. Both Jenny and Mae West are very versatile, having competed in gymkhana and jumping. The mare, age 20-plus, is presently teaching Jenny’s young students. Announcer Tom Mannos explained 88


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show jumping while boarder-manager Denise Smith, trainer Dawn Fieschel, and competitor Jackie Siani negotiated a course. The final obstacle, an oxer, was gradually raised, echoing the Puissance high-jump event, and the crowd cheered each time it was cleared. The program ended with an introduction of the New York Equestrian Center instructors. Refreshments were provided throughout the day, and guests enjoyed the action from the large mezzanine or ringside. The following day the NYEC held its first horse show, which offered equitation classes from leadline to adult and included divisions for Baby Jumpers and Puddle Jumpers. There will be three more shows in the series: June 9, September 29, and November 10. Numerous politicians praised the new venture at the ribbon-cutting, as did Frank Bradford of the Nassau Suffolk Horsemen’s Association and Alison Clarke of the New York State Horse Council. Lou Eadey, 82, who was the original Lakeside trail guide more than 30 years ago, also spoke and recalled when a trail ride cost $2.50 back in 1954. For more information on the New York Equestrian Center, call 516-4869763 or log on to

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[LEFT] Sally Lindabury (center) was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. [RIGHT] Luman Wadhams was recognized as the Chapter's Horseperson of the Year.

Honors Its Champions BY SUZY LUCINE

ON APRIL 19 AT STORROWTON’S Carriage House on the Eastern States Exposition grounds in West Springfield, MA, the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Chapter 14 honored its 2012 winners during its annual awards banquet. This event is held following the evening session of its Spring Premiere Horse Show. Raye Lynn Funkhouser was master of ceremonies. UPHA Chapter 14 President Kristen Cater and Chapter Vice President John Lampropoulos presented the awards. Cheryl Innis Harris was inducted into the UPHA Chapter 14 Hall of Fame. Luman Wadhams was recognized as the Chapter’s Horseperson of the Year, and Andy Illes received the Timothy Lydon Sportsmanship Award. Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Barbara Irvine and Sally Lindabury. The Horse Show of the Year was Syracuse International, and the Show Manager of the Year was Ken Logan. The Saddlebred Horse of the Year was Stocco, who is owned by Amanda O’Keefe Murchison and trained by David and Kristen Cater of Cater Stables. The Saddlebred Amateur of the Year was Sharon Alemian, who shows under the direction of Lillian Gilpin of Rocking 90


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Horse Stables; and Connor Henry was recognized as the Saddlebred Junior Exhibitor of the Year. He rides with Skip and Dawn Deltorchio of High Tail Acres. CBMF Crown Prince, owned by Ann Hailey and presented by Harry Sebring of Sebring Stables, was the Morgan Horse of the Year. Phil Alderman was the Morgan Amateur of the Year. He shows with his wife, Peggy, of Salem Farm. Quinn Mercer was the Morgan Junior Exhibitor of the Year. She also rides with Cater Stables. The Pony of the Year was Megabucks, who is shown by Tyler Lampropoulos. Tyler shows with his parents, John and Sheri Lampropoulos, of Northgate Stables.

Barbara Irvine (second from left) was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Marjorie Kinney and Nathan and Betty Roden were honored as the Pony Amateurs of the Year. Both drive under the direction of Rodney Hicks Stable. Kellie Sacoccia was the Pony Junior Exhibitor of the Year. She drives under the direction of Cater Stables. The 2012 scholarship winners were awarded with a plaque and check. They were Amber Bornt, Emily Lloyd, and Laura Simpson. UPHA Chapter 14 members, family, and friends enjoyed a wonderful evening of enjoyable dining and award presentations. They danced until the wee hours of the morning to music played by Soul Kitchen, with a guest appearance by singer Ali Funkhouser. On Saturday morning, most were back in the barn preparing their entries for the last day of competition at the Spring Premiere Horse Show.

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U.S. Takes Gold As WWU Hosts U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational BY REBEKAH SAVAGE


THE STRONGEST SADDLE SEAT not be here were watching. I am sure equitation riders from three countries there were a lot of Americans watching competed for gold at William Woods also. Anytime I can expose the outside University (WWU) in Fulton, MO, on world to what a wonderful school William April 5 and 6, when WWU hosted the Woods is, I will do it!” U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational. The members of the U.S. ThreeSaddle seat equitation riders from Gaited team consisted of Caroline Cherry, 15, of Encinitas, CA; Courtney the United States and South Africa competed in the Three- and Five-Gaited McGinnis, 15, of Fishers, IN; Allison divisions, while Canada competed only Schuh, 18, of Seymour, WI; Kristen in the Three-Gaited division. Smith, 19, of Crestwood, KY; Lila Tatar, 16, of El Cajon, CA; and alternate Mary The top saddle seat equitation riders were challenged by riding unfamiliar Mag Wilson, 16, of Scottsdale, AZ. horses provided by William Woods Katherine Bosworth, 16, of University in both rail and pattern work. Greenville, SC; Emily Gutenkunst, 17, of Pewaukee, WI; Eleanor RainboltRiders drew the two horses they had to ride. They were judged 50 percent on rail Forbes, 14, of Oklahoma City, OK; work and 50 percent on pattern work. William Nalty, 14, of Metairie, LA; The U.S. Saddle Seat Team won gold Marjorie Townsend, 17, of Kansas City, in both the Three- and Five-Gaited diviMO; and alternate Shelby Hader, 16, of sions, with Canada taking silver and Menomonee Falls, WI, were members of South Africa taking bronze. South Africa the U.S. Five-Gaited team. took silver in the Five-Gaited division. To watch video from the 2013 The following are the final scores U.S. Saddle Seat Invitational, visit from the competition (the lowest score is desired): In the ThreeGaited division, the U.S. had a total of 186 points, while Canada scored a distant 384 points, and South Africa finished on a score of 439. In the FiveGaited division, the U.S. had 179 points and South Africa scored a 276. Horses and riders from South Africa and the United States line Students from William up after finishing the rail work in the Five-Gaited section. Woods helped with the competition by acting as scribes for judges and grooms for the competitors. They also tallied scores and did much more behind-the-scenes work. “I think it was a wonderful opportunity for William Woods to be showcased internationally,” said Sarah Track, saddle seat instructor at WWU and host facility coordiJudge George Borcherds nator for the competition. and WWU student/scribe Shannon Garcia observe “Since the whole competiStone Crofts Front and tion was streaming live on Center being ridden by a the USEF Network, I am Canadian team member in hoping that Canadians and the Three-Gaited section. South Africans who could June 2013

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Equine Journall Publisher Scott Ziegler with Donal Mclean Hancock (left) and Dan James (right).

10th Annual Everything Equine A Smashing Success ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY SCOTT ZIEGLER

THE THEME OF THIS year’s Everything Equine lived up to its name, “A Decade of Equine Education.” Once again held at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center (CVExpo) in Essex Junction, VT, 46 educational sessions and demonstrations took place over two days, April 27-28. Programming was spearheaded by Dr. Betsy Greene of University of Vermont (UVM) Extension. “It was an exciting year for UVM equine education,” she said. “Horse safety was a major theme and was featured in many sessions and events at Everything Equine. A road safety PSA that our school produced is now seen on Vermont TV, and nine other states have asked to use the safety advice video.” Exhibitor Hannah Eaton of Lucerne Farms added, “People came here to learn. There was a perfect mix of clinics, and the visitors came prepared 92


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with great questions.” Tom Oddy, director of special events at CVExpo said, “About 5,000 visitors attended over the two days, 100 exhibitors and sponsors participated, and 200 volunteers were on hand. This year was an excellent mix of presenters, exhibitors, and special events. The breed row and 4-H Kids Corner were big hits. Our Saturday night attraction, Horsin’ Around, sold out and was the best show we’ve had in eight years.” Another big draw this year was headlining presenter Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship. Dan, from Queensland, Australia, was on the 2012 Road to the Horse championship team with Guy McLean. He presented four sessions in the ring on the topics of long reining, body control, advanced liberty horses, and ground control. Dan also entertained in

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Everything Equine continued from page 92 Horsin’ Around with liberty demonstrations and a Roman riding exhibition. On Sunday, hundreds of spectators were thrilled to see the Extreme Trail Challenge, hosted by the Vermont Horse Council. Fourteen participants from three states vied for $2,700 in cash as well as other prizes. There were

15 challenges in the course, which included walking a balance beam and crossing a teeter bridge. A video of one challenger’s turn through the course may be seen on Equine Journall TV at equinejournal. com. Melissa Wise of West Dover, VT, riding Jubilation Briarwick finished first. Kaitlin Russell on Three Dee Zip came in second and placing third was Michelle Hoyt on Hiada Tippy Cayeh.

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Southern New England g Horsemen’s Association Shares Details on the 2013 Event Season SUBMITTED BY CYNTHIA ANNE BOWEN

WELCOME TO THE SOUTHERN New England Horsemen’s Association (SNEHA). Here are the details for our 2013 show season. We will retain the high point horse award but not at individual shows. It will be presented 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 have eliminated the SNEHA Therapeutic Horsemanship class due to

lack of entries. Please keep saving Nutrena® tags for us. This has been a real moneymaker for the club. Starting with next month’s column, we will be profiling one of our members and/or their horses. If you would like to be spotlighted or have a special member in mind to be featured, please contact us with the profile. Remember that there are two rule changes for 2013. Membership requirements will no longer include a birth

Remaining 2013 Show Dates June 16—Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT; Judge, Karol Bennett June 30—Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT; Judge, Natalie McGowan July 28—Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT; Judge, Ed Golembeski August 18—Colchester Lions Club, Hebron Fair Grounds, Hebron, CT; Judge, JoAnn Hamson September 15—Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT; Judge, Melissa Proulx

certificate for junior members. If there is a question of age, then a birth certificate must be shown. The second rule change is that members must compete in four shows instead of three to be eligible for year-end awards. For more information on SNEHA, visit our website at


Silver Heels Riding Club Competition Schedule Set for 2013 SUBMITTED BY CINDI ADAMS, PAST PRESIDENT

SPRING CAME QUICKLY AFTER A long winter! The May show is under our belt, and now for the remaining five shows: June 2, June 23 Special Awards Show, July 28, August 18 with added American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Paint classes, and September 8—the last show of the season. It’s not too late to join and qualify for End of the Year Awards and buckles for the Top 10

riders. We have joined forces with the New England Paint Horse Club to offer them another avenue of showing in the southern New Hampshire area. Many of our Silver Heels Riding Club (SHRC) members have Paints, so we are eager to present this August 18 show. You can find all the forms you need on our website, The big attraction is the Annual Special

Awards show on June 23 this year. There will be a special trophy and gifts for each class and division champions. We are always seeking sponsors for the division awards or a sponsorship for each class. Check online for forms for that too! The officers and board of directors are a dedicated group of volunteers with the goal to offer a family-oriented horse show atmosphere by providing something for every level of rider, child through adult. We are also on FacebookSM for you to view questions and comments from our members and other interested people. We hope to see you along the rail at one of our shows.


Maine Horse Association Plans the Downeast Congress Horse Show SUBMITTED BY SYLVIA A. CORBETT

DON’T FORGET THAT THE SHOWS are being scheduled, and June 14-16 is the date of the Downeast Congress Horse Show. Also, remember the End of Session raffles at the show are being held to increase the amount of the Maine Horse Association (MHA) Scholarship. There will be five $100 gift certificates to be drawn at the end of each session. You don’t have to be 96


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present to win, but there is a time limit. If the prize has not been picked up by noon on Sunday, it will be put back in to be redrawn. The cost of the tickets is $2 for one, or three chances for $5. If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship fund, you may send any amount to Dollie Hutchins, 9 Bauneg Beg Road, Sanford, ME. Remember that the silent auction at the MHA Year-End

Banquet also funds the scholarship, and it is never too early to donate items by contacting Bonnie Weeman. Her email is on the MHA website at Also on the website are some very nice pictures and a lot of information. Don’t forget about our barn party after the last class Saturday night. It is hosted by Holly and John Tumiel and friends. Bring your favorite jams, desserts, beverages, or specialty snacks, and join all for the fun. The beginning of the show season is quickly upon us with the start of the American Saddlebred Association of Maine (ASAM) Long Horn Fun

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The 2013 delegates to the National Youth Congress held during the national annual meeting in Westminster, CO, January 23-25.

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A participant in the Visiting Instructor program works with a younger member.

WHILE ITS NAME MIGHT MISLEAD some, Pony Club’s programs for leadership and personal development have lots to offer members in high school, college, and beyond. The development of leadership skills is central to the organization’s mission, and this month’s affiliation article is devoted to presenting many of Pony Club’s most valuable programs that are exclusively available to older members. Club Junior Boards and Regional Youth Boards vary somewhat between different clubs and regions, but in general, they provide opportunities for high school aged and older members to get involved in leadership roles. These boards often organize and run fundraising projects, educational events, and social activities. The National Youth Congress (NYC) is Pony Club’s official leadership training program and is offered only to members

18-21 years of age. An intensive three-day workshop, held in conjunction with the national annual meeting, it is commonly described as an amazing and even lifechanging experience. NYC is often a first glimpse into the workings of the organization on a national level many members. The National Youth Board (NYB) is comprised of 20 members from around the nation, aged 18-25. The board works directly with Regional Youth Boards and the national Board of Governors to bring current members’ perspectives to governance and implement membergenerated programs on a national level. NYB provides members with the opportunity to actively participate in the governance of a large national organization, an eye-opening and educational experience rarely shared by their peers. The Visiting Instructor (VI) program is an internal matchmaking service that

pairs experienced members, 18 years of age and older, with clubs across the country looking for instructors for their camps and clinics. With VI positions available from Florida to Alaska or even Hawaii, members can travel the country and explore the different ways that we interact with horses, all while developing confidence they will take forward with them for the rest of their lives. The VI program often becomes participants’ favorite and most memorable experience in Pony Club. While not an educational program, USPC does offer 10 annual college scholarships to which its older members may apply. With total annual awards exceeding $11,000, and a typically limited applicant pool, these scholarships are definitely worth applying for. Pony Club provides amazing opportunities for members of all ages, but some of the most beneficial and most rewarding programs are uniquely accessible to its older members. These opportunities are built upon years of experience and knowledge gained in the early years of participation in the organization, and they go a long way to fulfill Pony Club’s mission of developing character, leadership, and a sense of community in youth.

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show begins the Hollis Summer Series Challenge. The shows included in this challenge are ASAM Long Horn Fun Festival, ASAM Dunegrass Living Double Judged Classic, The Friesian Events Association (FEA) Benefit Horse Show, ASAM Hollis Equestrian

Park Benefit, The Pine Tree Sizzler, and the FEA Fall Finale. This was a great challenge last year, and I, for one, am looking forward to it. The classes and the point system can be found in this year’s prize lists. See you at the shows!

Offers Amazing Opportunities for Members of All Ages SUBMITTED BY MARK GREENE


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Norfolk member, Tom Lewis, guides his horse, Bud, over a stone wall in Westport.

Norfolk Master of Foxhounds, Owen Hughes, is often seen leading the first flight on his horse, Ben.

Norfolk Hunt Club Discusses Hunting Etiquette—the Key to a Successful Fall Season SUBMITTED BY D.A. HAYDEN, PHOTOS BY KATHIE DAVENPORT

NORFOLK HUNT CLUB (NHC) members and those planning on foxhunting with Norfolk as guests work throughout the summer to keep their horses fit and focused for the fall hunt season, which begins on September 7. To fully prepare for the upcoming season, riders should review hunting etiquette, which is inextricably linked to both rider/horse safety and positive landowner relations. The NHC believes it is imperative that every rider display proper hunting etiquette. Following are some points to remember regarding hunting etiquette, all of which can be found on

Upon Arrival at the Meet Arrive at the meet at least 30 minutes before the hunt is scheduled to start in order to avoid last-minute confusion. Check in immediately with the field secretary. Be careful where you park to avoid blocking traffic. Remember, it is inappropriate to clean out your trailer at the hunt. Be sure to bring a muck bucket to contain your horse’s manure. If your horse is green and inexperienced, tie a green bow in his tail that is visible to riders from a three-horse distance. If your horse kicks, tie a red bow in his tail that is visible to riders from a three-horse distance. 98


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When Riding in the Hunt… Turn your horse (nose out) toward the hounds and hunt staff if the field is stopped and a staff member or hound needs to pass by. Give way to hounds if they need to pass you. Turn your horse’s head toward the hounds, heels away. To step on or kick a hound is considered an unforgivable sin. If a hound is coming up behind you, allow him to pass and call “Ware hound left/right” to warn other riders of the hound’s presence. Do not cut a hound off from the rest of the pack. If your horse refuses to jump a fence, go immediately to the back of your field. Do not circle and try jumping the fence again. If you are jumping an in-and-out fence, be sure the rider ahead of you completes both elements before you begin to jump. If you are going down a hill, when you get to the bottom, wait for the person behind you, so there is no chance of the following horse feeling left behind.

Respecting the Hierarchy of the Field Norfolk offers four fields to accommodate riders and horses of different abilities and preferences. Each field has a distinctive pace; it is important to respect the rules that pertain to each field. 1. First Field—Jumpers. The first field of riders jumps all fences.

Norfolk’s Associate Master of Foxhounds (MFH), Ruth Lawler, and her trusty mare, Hasty Pudding, lead the Pick and Choose field on a regular basis.

2. Second Field—Pick and Choose. The second field of riders jumps most fences, based on their comfort level. They are encouraged to jump. Non-jumpers may not ride in the pick-and-choose field. Communication is key in this field to avoid accidents. If you choose not to jump a fence, be sure to let the rider behind you know. If you are jumping a fence, be sure the rider in front of you is far enough away from the other side of the fence so that you do not crowd or crash into the horse in front of you. 3. Third Field—Flats. The third field of riders does not jump any fences and may not school over fences when hunting.

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Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Lists Upcoming Events SUBMITTED BY BETH STONE

THE TRI-STATE HORSEMEN’S Association (TSHA) has an exciting year planned for its members, and the season is already well underway! If you have not become a TSHA member, it’s not too late to join and be part of an organization that prides itself on offering something for all Southern New England equestrians! The first open show will be held June 7-9 at Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, CT, with the remaining shows being held on July 12-14 and August 16-18. The committee is excited to present an exhibitor-friendly weekend that should be great fun for all, from leadliners to seasoned professionals! The grounds will open on Thursday, for campers to arrive starting at 9:00 a.m. and horses at 1:00 p.m., with classes beginning Friday at noon. The open show committee would like to invite all exhibitors to join

them for a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, June 6! Bring your favorite dish and join us for some preshow camaraderie. There will be a full report on the first show in next month’s issue. The first two-day TSHA dressage show was held on May 25 and 26, and the new schedule was well received by all exhibitors! Saturday featured well-filled western dressage classes, while traditional dressage and twophase classes were held on Sunday. Overnight camping was available, making it a great weekend event for many! Look for more details about the competition in next month’s issue. The next dressage show, held once again at Woodstock Fair Horseshow Grounds in Woodstock, CT, is coming up on June 29-30, with a closing date of June 17. Get your entries in now! The final

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a forward or backward direction (i.e. flat to jumping, jumping to hilltopper), ask permission of your field master and notify those riders who traditionally ride in front of or behind your horse. Then, change fields at the next check. If you decide to leave or retire from the hunt field entirely, let your field master know, as well as those around you. Be extremely careful not to cross the line of scent when hacking back to the trailers.

continued from page 98 The third field must keep up with the first two fields, through a combination of trotting, cantering and galloping. 4. Fourth Field—Hilltoppers. Norfolk’s hilltopper field walks and trots only. This field is a great place for green riders and horses, horses on the mend from an injury, etc. It is expected that hilltoppers will eventually move up to the flat field after a period of time in which the rider/ horse becomes comfortable. If you are in a non-jumping field, it is not permissible to jump fences. Never school fences at any time during a hunt. Within each field, riders must allow the field master to go first, followed by members who have been awarded their colors, then members, and then guests. The most inexperienced/green riders and horses must be at the back of their respective field. Guests should ride at the end of the field, unless they have been invited to ride up front. If you decide to change fields in either

Respect for Landowners and Dealing With Automotive Traffic Norfolk is privileged to ride on private property and is tremendously grateful to the generous landowners who make this possible. When you see volunteers managing road crossings, be sure to say “thank you.” When you see cars stop to let the horses by, raise your hand, wave, and say “thank you.” When you see a landowner, whether at the end of their driveway, in a field, or standing near the horses, be sure to thank them for their generosity in letting the NHC hunt their land.

show will be held on August 3-4. The first two rides of the season have enjoyed good weather, warm company, and, as always, great food! Turnout for the Blessing of the Horses ride on April 28, and the Pachaug ride on May 11, were both well attended. Equestrians enjoyed the trails at the Arcadia Management Area in Rhode Island and Pachaug State Forest in Connecticut, as well as Bub Harman’s delicious barbecue! Don't miss the ever-popular Moonlight Ride and Cookout at Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown, CT, on September 23. And, remember to mark your calendar for the Lobster Ride on October 13. Those who elected to receive the member only e-newsletter are excited to now receive the most current TSHA information right in their inbox! If you wish to receive the e-newsletter, be sure to check the appropriate box when you fill out your membership form! Remember to check the TSHA website,, for up-to-the-minute news and announcements about all TSHA events. It also features membership forms, class lists for open shows and dressage, informa® tion about scholarships, the Nutrena Feed Tag Program, and much more.

Riders should refrain from riding on wet or seeded fields, and be sure to ride only on the edge of cultivated fields. Respect farm animals, and refrain from galloping near farm animals to avoid upsetting them. If you or your horse does any damage to a landowner’s property, which you cannot immediately fix, report it to one of the masters so they can communicate directly to the landowner. Ride single-file on streets so as to not block car traffic. Remember, you are hunting to watch and listen to the hounds work. Therefore, talking should be kept to a minimum and in hushed tones. Please don’t be surprised if someone says “shhhhh” to request no talking. Norfolk’s landowners and spectators should be “wowed” by the etiquette of the field, proper rider and horse turnout, and careful, controlled riding ability, whether jumping or on the flat. To learn more about Norfolk Hunt Club and the expectations for hunting with the Club, please review the Hunting section of June 2013

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Hunter/Jumper news HOLLY HILL NEWS

KATIE ROBINSON AND ROCK STEADY WON the Amateur-Owner 35 & Over Hunter Championship during Winter Equestrian Festival Week 12.

Ho olly Hill Show Stable and Holly Hill Farm would like to o congratulate Caroline an nd Lynne Calhoun on the purchase of Gandhi. Caroline p will be competing in the adult w hunters and equitation this h sshow season. Qualifying for New England Equitation N Championships in March C was Tom Cervelli and Sarah w FFlink. Taylor Franchi has been reunited with her horse b TToast of the Town—look for her in the adult equitation h with ith a big smile on her face! Good luck from all of Holly Hill!

NICE JOB! PAYNE SHINES After coming off of a brilliant winter circuit, New Hope LLC has continued to shine in Wellington, FL. The ESP Spring 3 Horse Show proved to be no exception to the success of the team at New

Hope as they brought home numerous tri-colors, taking the top spots in both the hunter and jumper rings. It was under the lights that professional rider Christopher Payne truly shined, guiding Holden to the first place

Congratulations to Sarah Sardella, who rides with Cornerstone Farm. Along with the pony, First Frost, she was the 2012 New England Horsemen’s Council (NEHC) Year-End Hunter Type Pet Pony Champion; third in NEHC for Short Stirrup Hunter; year-end champion

Sarah Sardella and First Frost.

in Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council for Hunter Type Pet Pony; and reserve champion for Short Stirrup Hunter.

WAY TO GO! Boston University equestrians and President College of IHSA Zone 1 Region 4 had a terrific year. Lily Zarella, Carly Corbacho, Meghan Kaupp, Sarah Broadbent, and Charlotte Barton all made it to IHSA Regional Finals held at Herring Brook Farm. There, Carly, Meghan, and Sarah all won first or second, and then competed at IHSA Zone Finals at Mt. Holyoke

[LEFT] Christopher Payne and Holden took the top placing in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Classic. [RIGHT] (Right) IHSA Regional finalist and Captain of the Year, Lily Zarrella; (Left) IHSA National qualified rider, Meghan Kaupp; and Boston University Head Coach Phyllis Cervelli.



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finish out of a field of 28 horses in tthe $5,000 USHJA National Hu unter Classic. Holden also took thee top spot with Payne in the iro ons in the Diptera 3'3" Open Hu unters, walking away with the championship.

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[LEFT] Marie Wachter (center) came away with a third at IEA Nationals in the Open Flat. [RIGHT] Cover Girl WH won the Three-Year-Old Hunter Breeding at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.

College. Lily won the Region 4 Captain’s Award, given to a senior captain each year for devotion and sportsmanship in the region. Everyone is so proud and grateful to have had Lily as the team leader.



Ridgetop Farm sends their congratulations to Lily Gallagher from Autumn Mist Farm on her lease of Check Your Pockets, Adriana Migliuolo on her lease of Regards, and the Manocchio family on their purchase of Bugatti. Leah Menaul, Ridgetop senior captain, won the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Zone 1 Sportsmanship Award. Everyone was very proud of her—Leah has been a team captain for three years and is always putting in the extra effort. She will be headed to St. Lawrence in the fall and the St. Lawrence team is sure to love her as much as Ridgetop. Also, congrats to Marie Wachter on her third place finish in the Open Flat at IEA Nationals.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD Congratulations to Kellie Monahan of Walnut Hill Farm and Andrew Riordan on the birth of their daughter, Wilma!

BUNDLE OF JOY Speaking of babies, Kim Kolloff is a grandmother again! Kim’s daughter, Jenny, and her husband welcomed a baby girl, Hadley. She joins big brother, Connor.

RIVERWIND ON TOP Riverwind Farm (RWF) is off to a

good start this spring. At Herring Brook, Hannah Sisk won the Taylor Harris Insurance Servives (THIS) Children’s Medal, Ivy Watson won the Massachusetts Hunter/Jumper (MHJ) Junior Medal, Sophie Lenihan won the Open Equitation, was second in the New England, and collected points in the Medal and Maclay, and India Bluett was third in the New England and third in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Medal. On April 13, the RWF Sterling truck and its driver and pit crew participated in Spike’s Ride For Sandy Hook Elementary School, starting from Raynham, MA, to Lakeville, CT, where there was a truck and car show with all proceeds benefiting Sandy Hook Elementary School.

NOW CERTIFIED Congratulations to Melody Taylor-Scott, who is now officially a Massachusetts Property & Casualty Insurance Producer after passing the state exam. She will be a producer for Corinthian Farm and Equine Insurance of Medway, MA.

Whitehedge Farm in Aubrey, TX. After a very successful show career in Florida, Arizona, and California, he is back! His get have been impressive so far. Cahlua WH (Cabalito x Gandina WH) had a very successful year in the Two- and Three-Year-Old Hunter Breeding shows, winning several Best Young Horse titles. She was bred by Whitehedge Farm, owned by Cameron Adair of Lenior City, TN, and handled by Brandon Gibson. Cover Girl WH (Cabalito x She’s All That) won her first two outings in the Three-Year-Old Hunter Breeding at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Katy, TX. She was bred by Whitehedge Farm, owned by Susan Leonard of Chicago, IL, and handled by Anne Hedge of Aubrey, TX.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Laura Kraut took home the top prize at the Longines Beijing Equestrian Masters CSI2* Grand Prix in Beijing. Kraut and

U-Prova, a KWPN stallion, bested a field of 35 mostly Chinese riders for the win. Nine riders were clear after the first round of competition over an 11-fence course. Kraut, the only American in the class, guided U-Prova quickly around the shortened track and ended up 1.51 seconds better than second place finisher Christian Ahlmann.

ALEXIS IN ACTION Seventeen-year-old Alexis Conover of New Port Richey, FL, volunteered more than 1,800 hours to accrue the most time of all participants in the USEF Equestrians in Action volunteer recognition program. The program tracks youth volunteer hours that are aimed at improving the welfare of the horse or positively promoting equestrian sport. Conover earned a $1,500 grant for her academic or equestrian educational pursuits. A hunter exhibitor, Conover volunteered her time at Straight Forward Farm, helping care for and train the farm’s rescue horses.



Congratulations are in order for Stacie Yellin and Josh Tobin, who are tying the knot on June 29, 2013, in Palm Beach, FL. Stacie is the mastermind behind the popular show bows at Belle and Bow Equestrian.

After a great circuit in Ocala, Jennifer Alfano and SBS Farms made their way to Wellington for the final week of the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival. Alfano could not have asked for a better week, taking home multiple tri-colors, and topping off the week with a victory gallop around the derby field aboard Helen Lenahan’s Miss Lucy for the 2013 $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

TEXAS SUPERSTAR The Elite Hanoverian stallion Cabalito is back under original ownership and management, returning to be standing at

The talented 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Miss Lucy, and Jennifer Alfano won the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

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stadium turf to watch the $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G&C Farm. McLain Ward piloted Rothchild to a double-clear effort during a two-horse jump-off. They sped through the finish line in 42.10 seconds after completing a clear short course, while Reed Kessler and Mika captured the second place prize. Sharn Wordley and Derly Chin de Muze finished in third place. Course designer Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL, designed the track. The 14 numbered obstacles featured an oxervertical double combination, a scopey vertical-oxer-vertical combination, a unique, suspended American Invitational wall, an orange skinny, a liverpool, and a daunting brownstone final oxer. The most difficult obstacle proved to be the triple combination’s liverpool, resulting in 13 rails on the ground. Lauren Hough and Quick Study were one of the horse-and-rider combinations to fall victim to the problematic triple combination. Hough completed the course in the fast four-fault time of 85.48 seconds. She held strong as the fastest four-fault pair, but Kirsten Coe and Baronez blazed around the field, overtaking Hough’s time as she finished with a time of 85.24 seconds. Both horseand-rider combinations found fault at the second part of the triple combination, the oxer-liverpool. Coe eventually took the fourth place honors, while Hough finished

in fifth. Other four-fault riders included Laura Kraut and Cedric, Todd Minikus and Uraguay, Darragh Kerins and E Muze YEK, and Jordan Coyne and Lazaro. Eighteen-year-old Olympian Reed Kessler and Mika were the fourth on the course, and the first to post a clear effort as she showed their mastership of the opening track. Ten rounds later, McLain Ward guaranteed a jump-off after completing the course in 84.91 seconds, without incurring any jumping faults. The jump-off began over an opening single black-and-white oxer going away from home, and riders made a left turn to take on the single Land Rover vertical after making a left rollback. A quick right turn led to the opening oxer of the double combination, and then riders turned right to pilot their mounts over the orange-and-white skinny. With a left turn, they were then faced with the red, yellow, and blue vertical, where they then made a left rollback through the now vertical-oxer combination that gave so many riders trouble as a triple combination in the first course. Upon landing, the race was on as they headed to the final obstacle—a newly introduced American Invitational oxer. Kessler entered the ring first, focusing on laying down a tidy and clean round for Ward to chase, in a time of 43.37 seconds. Ward was able to shave off some time after the opening oxer, moving toward the Land Rover vertical, opting to do 10 strides instead of Kessler’s more conservative 11. He also chose to complete the bending line from the outside oxer to the orange-and-white skinny in nine strides, moving him into the lead without incurring any penalties over fences, for the win.


[LEFT] $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational winners McLain Ward and Rothchild. [RIGHT] Reed Kessler and Mika finished in second place.

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[LEFT] $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* winner Alvaro de Miranda with Bogeno. [RIGHT] Athina Onassis de Miranda, wife of Alvaro de Miranda, came in third riding Camille Z.

Crowned Champions in $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5* BRAZIL’S ALVARO DE MIRANDA AND AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno jumped to an exciting victory on Saturday, March 30, in the $500,000 FTI Consulting Finale Grand Prix CSI 5*, the final event of the 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) held at the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Great Britain’s Ben Maher and Cella finished second and de Miranda’s wife, Athina Onassis de Miranda of Greece, placed third with Camille Z. Ireland’s Alan Wade designed the course for the grand prix and set a challenging track for the 40 competitors. Ten entries cleared the first round course without fault to advance to the jump-off and three of those completed clear rounds over the short course in the race for the top prize. De Miranda and Bogeno, owned by de Miranda

and Victory Equestrian, had the fastest round in 43.96 seconds for the win. Onassis de Miranda was first to go in the jump-off and put in a steady clear round in 54.46 seconds aboard her horse Camille Z, owned by the rider and Victory Equestrian. Although she was slower than many of the other riders, her controlled approach paid off when most of the combinations had faults in their attempt to put in the fastest round. The pair’s clear round finished in third. Ben Maher and Jane Clark’s Cella were the only other pair to complete a clear round in the jump-off and briefly held the lead with their time of 44.88 seconds, but Bogeno and de Miranda soon took over. U.S. rider Kent Farrington and Robin Parsky’s Blue Angel had the fastest time of the night in 43.52 seconds, but a rail at the last fence left them in fourth.

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Alvaro de Miranda and Bogeno

Nick Skelton of Great Britain and Beverly Widdowson’s Big Star were also extremely fast in 44.21 seconds, but had one rail down to finish fifth. De Miranda’s winning mount, AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno, is a 13-yearold Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Elanville. Flying in the jump-off, one of Bogeno’s shoes actually came off halfway through the round, but he went on to jump four more fences and blaze through the finish as if nothing ever happened. This is the first time that de Miranda and his wife have placed at the top of a major class together and they were both thrilled. He was especially happy for the improvement that she has made in her riding this year. Both Alvaro and Athina have been training with legendary former U.S. Chef d’Equipe George Morris. Morris has also been helping Maher with his new mounts for owner Jane Clark. All of the riders gave huge credit to Morris for improving their performances throughout the circuit. This was one of de Miranda’s biggest wins and he had a great experience during his first time competing in Wellington.

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Equestrian Sport Productions Spring Shows Wraps Up Weeks 1 and 2 eight jumping and four time faults in 48.096 seconds to take reserve honors. The $10,000 Open Jumper Stake kicked off the week’s competition with a win for Amanda Derbyshire and Attack II. A total of 49 entries showed over the Richard Jeffery designed course, and Derbyshire and Attack II had the fastest of three double clear rounds out of 17 that advanced to the jump-off. Their time of 46.995 seconds set the pace early in the order and held on for the win. Darragh Kerins and Mango finished second in 48.164 seconds. Kerins also placed third with the only other double clear round aboard KEC Alligator Alley in 49.906 seconds. Ramiro Quintana and Alice had the fastest time in the jump-off in 43.744 seconds, but incurred four jumping faults to finish fourth. The following week’s competition ended April 10-14, with an exciting victory for Todd Minikus and Quality Girl in the $25,000 ESP Spring 2 Grand Prix. The week’s jumper courses in the International Arena were designed by Michel Vaillancourt of Aiken, SC. In Sunday’s grand prix, Vaillancourt saw 38 entries in the first round of competition with 11 qualifying for the ESP Spring 1 Grand Prix winner Darragh Kerins riding jump-off. One entry opted S&L Elite.

2013 Gulf Coast Classic Draws Over 3,000 Spectators THE BEST WAS SAVED FOR LAST, AS more than 3,000 spectators came out to watch the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix on March 10 and savor the last bit of the 2013 Gulf Coast Winter Classic Circuit in Gulfport, MS. Additionally, the show featured weekly $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derbies, the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, weekly grand prix, and generous Open Welcome Jumper classes. Politicians, 108 EQUINE


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ESP Spring 2 Grand Prix winner Todd Minikus riding Quality Girl.

not to participate in the jump-off, so 10 continued on to contest the short course with six of those jumping double clear rounds. The fastest time of 36.178 seconds gave the win to Todd Minikus and Quality Girl. Lauren Crooks and C’Est Ci Bon 4 were second with a time of 37.760 seconds. Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel finished third in 38.269 seconds. Kicking off the Spring 2 competition, Todd Minikus and Tuxedo jumped to victory in the $10,000 Open Jumper Stake on Thursday with a winning time of 31.175 seconds out of 56 entries and 14 that had advanced to the jump-off. Victoria Colvin and Monsieur du Reverdy finished second in 31.288 seconds. Shane Sweetnam and Solerina were third in 31.342 seconds, and Rodrigo Pessoa and G&C Consigliere were fourth in 33.363 seconds.


EQUESTRIAN SPORT PRODUCTIONS LLC (ESP) wrapped up its first week of spring competition on April 6-8 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with an exciting victory for Ireland’s Darragh Kerins and S&L Elite in the $25,000 ESP Spring 1 Grand Prix. The week’s jumper courses in the International Arena were designed by Richard Jeffery of Bournemouth, England. In Sunday’s grand prix, 28 entries contested the course with three qualifying for the jump-off. Sharn Wordley chose not to return for the jump-off with Quick Blue Z and finished in third place. In the two-horse jump-off, Kerins and S&L Elite cleared the short course in 43.897 seconds for the win. Amanda Derbyshire and Attack II had

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Gulf Coast Classic continued from page 108 Bridlebourne’s Winchester. Previously, Genn had been forced to settle for a number of second place ribbons, but he finally earned his blue during week four. “The whole circuit was fantastic,” Genn commented about the event. “The people are awesome—from the exhibitors to the sponsors, to the show management. The field is great and our horses did well. We’ll definitely be back next year.” The circuit was certainly a special one for so many this year. The USHJA Horse of the Year, Gramercy Park, owned by Lynn Smith and ridden by Thomas Brennan of Charles Town, WV, made the Gulf Coast hunter rings his home over five weeks of competition. “One of the things I love about Gulfport is that you can bring a horse here and by the time you go home, you know what you’ve got and you know what they can do and you’re ready for the year,” Brennan said. Also successful at the Gulf Coast Classic was Alexandra Efrid. Riding It’s Rooney, she earned the Circuit Championship for winning the Large Junior Hunter 16-17

Alexandra Efrid earned the the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 division and Junior Equitation Circuit Championships.

division. Then, in the equitation ring, she earned the Circuit Championship after winning Junior Equitation. For the first time in its 15-year history, the Sportsmanship Award was presented to local resident, Ann Stewart, for her pro-Gulf Coast Classic Company efforts. “Ann became a friend of the horse show in its first year in 1999 and has since worked tirelessly to promote and improve the show and its home at the Harrison County Fairgrounds and

Equestrian Center,” said Janet McCarroll, Gulf Coast Classic Show Coordinator. When presenting Ann with the beautiful needlepoint pillow and Sportsmanship Trophy, McCarroll said, “Ann has gone from being a cheerleader at Long Beach High School years ago to being the Gulf Coast Winter Classic’s best cheerleader and most supportive friend.” For more information and results from the Gulf Coast Classic, visit


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[LEFT] Galway Downs CIC3* Champions Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin ‘N Juice. [RIGHT] Julie Flettner and Ping Pong captured the win in the one-star at Galway Downs.

After a rough go at the 2012 Olympics, Canadian Hawley Bennett-Awad and Gin ‘N Juice have bounced back strong this season. Their outing at Galway Downs in Temecula, CA, March 28-31, made the pair three-forthree as they claimed the top spot in the CIC3* on a score of 50.1. Then, James Atkinson won the two-star that he was leading since dressage aboard Gustav, and Julie Flettner and Ping Pong had a double-clear cross-country round to take the one-star.

MIXING IT UP Stoneleigh-Burnham School held their annual combined test on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Offering a mix and match system, entries were allowed to pick the dressage test they wanted to ride and also pick the level they would like to jump. Jeff Cooper, with his horse Lewis, took advantage of this opportunity, as they had been practicing their dressage work all winter and were more 112 EQUINE


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than ready for the Novice Level dressage tests, but the pair chose to enter the 2' Tadpole Level for jumping since they had had very few jump schools all winter. This seemed to be a smart move for the pair as they took first in both their dressage tests and had a great round over fences as well until fence seven, where Lewis was a little bit distracted by all the flowers below. The largest division of the day was the Tadpole division, where all entries rode Beginner Novice Dressage Test A and jumped a 2' course of 10 jumps. Taking the top six placings in this division were all Stoneleigh-Burnham school horses and riders. First place in the division was ninthgrader Linda Limeri riding Great Expectations. Taking second and third place were adults that ride in the Stoneleigh-Burnham Community Lesson Program; Gwyneth Cameron riding Worthington was second and Katie Halkett riding Catch Me If You Can was third.

TRADING SPACES Jeanie Clarke is pleased to announce that she will be based out of Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA this year! She previously taught in Sherborn, MA.

SOMETHING NEW If you’re looking for something a little bit different or want to try something new, head on over to Echo Ridge Farm in Lee, NH, on July 7 for their derby cross. There, a dressage test will be followed by a flowing course of stadium, crosscountry, and hunt jumps mixed together throughout the fields. Pre-Elementary through Novice Levels will be offered.

PONY POWER True North Farm’s pony riders had a great outing at the Groton Pony Club Combined Test on April 21. Hanna Slater claimed first, Elizabeth Handel came in second, and Norah McCutcheon finished third in the Starter A division. They then capped off the day with

some cross-country schooling. Congratulations!

SHOW ME THE MONEY Calling all juniors and young riders: Those competing in the GMHA Festival of Eventing August Horse Trials Preliminary division stand the chance of winning one of three scholarships, with the first placed rider being awarded $900, the second $600, and the third $500! Riders may use this award to support their development in any way related to the sport of eventing. Thanks to the generosity of individuals who are invested in supporting and strengthening eventing in the Northeast, GMHA has $12,000 available in a variety of scholarships for juniors and young riders for the 2013 season.

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Riding team members from the University of Georgia, Clemson University, and the University of Kentucky.

Wicked also placed fourth in their first Novice event together.

INTERCOLLEGIATE EVENTING The first-ever East Coast College Eventing Team Challenge was a success, held at the FENCE Horse Trials in Landrum, SC, on

April 13-14, 2013. The University of Georgia, Clemson University, and the University of Kentucky took part, with Georgia coming out on top. The event was executed on the heels of the formation of the Intercollegiate Eventing League in March 2013.

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OPPORTUNITIES KNOCK Area I is now offering two opportunities for breeders, owners, and riders to showcase

Andrew Nicholson Wins First Rolex Kentucky Buck Davidson Claims USEF Championship ANDREW NICHOLSON OF NEW Zealand expertly guided Quimbo around the show jumping course to win the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover, on April 25-28,

for the first time on a score of 41.0. William Fox-Pitt of Great Britain finished second on Seacookie TSF (46.2), and Nicholson also claimed third place on Calico Joe (52.8) at the Kentucky Horse


[LEFT] Andrew Nicholson claimed his first win at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event aboard Quimbo. [RIGHT] William Fox-Pitt and Seacookie were right on Nicholson’s heels, finishing in second place.

their young event horses for the 2013 season. Along with GMHA’s June event, Eleazer Davis Farm will host Young Event Horse/ Future Event Horse/New Event Horse (YEH/FEH/NEH) competitions at Scarlet Hill Farm on August 23 in Groton, MA.

Park in Lexington, KY. Buck Davidson finished as the best-placed American, claiming fourth on Ballynoecastle RM (53.2) and winning the Rolex United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Four-Star Championship. Americans Lynn Synansky, on Donner (54.8), and Will Faudree, on Pawlow (57.8), finished fifth and sixth. Nicholson, 51, took home the coveted Rolex watch that goes to the winner, along with the $80,000 winner’s share of the $250,000 purse. He also earned $30,000 for third place, a $10,000 bonus as the rider earning the best show jumping score wearing SSG gloves and as the overall winner, in their “Go Low For the Dough” contest. Nicholson began the final leg of his quest for the winner’s Rolex watch by guiding Calico Joe to a 12-fault round, for pulling three rails in the show jumping phase. Then Fox-Pitt, the 2010 and 2012 winner, smoothly rode Seacookie to a perfect score, increasing the pressure on Nicholson. Next, Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM lowered two fences late in the course, for eight faults, to drop behind Fox-Pitt and to give Nicholson a cushion of two rails on Quimbo. But he wouldn’t need it, as the dark bay gelding soared over the jumps while finishing three seconds slow, for three time faults. Only four of the 29 horses that started over Richard Jeffery’s course

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Equiventures’ q International Season Finale Concludes a Successful Series BY JONATHAN H. HOLLING, EQUIVENTURES CO-FOUNDER/CO-DIRECTOR

Jonathan Holling, Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse Manager Fabian Gomez, Peter Gray, and Marvin Patoada at the competitors’ and volunteers’ dinner.

Rolex Kentucky continued from page 113 finished with faultless rounds. In addition to Fox-Pitt, they were Symansky and Donner, Hawley Bennett-Awad on Gin ‘N Juice (seventh place), and Peter Barry and Kilrodan Abbot (17th place). “Quimbo is a very, very smart horse and an unbelievable show jumper. That’s what he’s bred to be,” said Nicholson. Quimbo is a 10-year-old Spanish-bred gelding. “His breeding isn’t standard for an event horse. It’s good show jumping blood, but it’s not the out-and-out galloping sort of blood,” said Nicholson. “I’ve learned this weekend that he’s got enough stamina to do the four-star jumping efforts and the gallop.” By placing fourth, Davidson, 37, won the Rolex USEF Four-Star Championship for the third time. His father, six-time Rolex Kentucky winner, Bruce Davidson, 116 EQUINE


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While this is all great news for the promotion of eventing, the top priority was as always to produce top level competition. By providing our competitors with challenging, yet educational courses we have been able to help produce our future stars in the sport of three-day eventing. The two-star competition, the top level offered, was hotly contested right up to the last second. A clear trip around Marc Donovan’s show jumping track catapulted Lauren Kieffer to victory on Team Rebecca’s Veronica. Meanwhile, Athens Gold Medalist Leslie Law gave a virtual riding lesson to his fellow competitors on Beatrice Rey-Herme’s Tout de Suite in the onestar. Leading from start to finish, Law won by nearly nine points over the next closest competitor, showing what kind of domination an Olympic gold medalist is capable of. The CCI* $5,000 purse was sponsored by Bobby Genovese; the CCI** $10,000 purse was sponsored by Rebecca Broussard. Holly Jacks won the Best Turn Out Award, supported by Ashley Cline of The Dressage Collection. This is the first year that Equiventures,

LLC stepped forward to present $2,000 to Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA), our Charity of Choice. MTRA is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Premiere Accredited Center. Most importantly, Equiventures wants to thank all of the sponsors, volunteers and staff that make these competitions a huge success time and time again. It truly takes a village to pull off the biggest and highest level eventing competitions in central Florida. On that note, we also would like to thank the local Marion County community for all of their help. Having the support of a great horse community makes all the difference. For more information and full results from the Ocala Horse Properties eventing series, visit For more information on the MTRTA, visit

was there all weekend to advise and support him. “Rolex Kentucky has been a great place for the Davidsons, and to have both mom and dad here to help me this weekend was pretty cool,” said Buck. “And, no, I’m not going to let my dad borrow the Land Rover that I won.” Sunday’s show jumping brought an attendance of 19,989, with a four-day total of 65,882. The Rolex Kentucky is the Western Hemisphere’s only four-star three-day event and is part of the HSBC FEI Classics. This year’s event featured Olympic and World Equestrian Games medalists from Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United States. Full results and further information on the 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover is available at the Rolex Kentucky website at You can also watch videos from the event at

Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM won the USEF Four-Star Championship as the top placing American.

Lauren Kieffer and Veronica claimed the top spot in the CCI2*.


THE 2012-2013 OCALA HORSE Properties Eventing Series concluded in grand style with our April CCI three-day event. The contest, held April 11-14 in Ocala, FL, boasted more than 300 entries and we set record attendance for spectators over the four days of competition. This season Equiventures placed a renewed emphasis on growing our spectator base, and we were thrilled with the results. Having a competition that hosts beginners through Olympians is a real treat for even a casual fan of the sport.

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Lynn Symansky Cruises to the Finish In The Fork CIC3* AN EXCITING DAY OF CROSScountry in the final phase of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup and PRO Tour Series CIC3* at The Fork in Norwood, NC, ended with a race against the clock. Tremaine Cooper’s cross-country course was challenging enough, but the optimum time was very tight. Lynn Symansky exclaimed at the finish line that she did not mean to make time, but she and her gelding Donner cruised around the course in style and finished with nine seconds to spare to take home their first international win as a pair. “The course was riding a little harder than I had expected so you had to be pretty aggressive out there at some of the combinations,” Lynn said. “Donner is a spooky enough horse that he kind of backs himself off. You don’t really have to take a pull on the reins. I never

pushed him once, but he was so great out there.” Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda were clean and fast, with just 0.8 time penalties to move up from fourth to finish second. Marilyn Little, who set out in second in the three-star, had an unfortunate run out at the Cheese Wedge with RF Smoke on the Water. A doubleclear with RF Demeter in both jumping phases rocketed the mare up from 22nd after dressage to finish fourth overall with Marilyn. Buck Davidson and Ballynoecastle RM also benefited from a fast round, moving into third place from a tie for ninth. Though time penalties were a huge factor in the final standings, a couple of fences caught a number of threestar riders off-guard. Many had stops or retired at the coffin, which Marilyn


CIC2* Champions Lauren Kieffer and Czechmate.

Lynn Symansky clinched the win in the CIC3* aboard Donner.

described as a scaled down version of what you would find at Rolex. The ditch was low in a valley and the third element was a very narrow triple brush. “A lot of them just didn’t register the out. They didn’t lock on to it,” Lynn said. “I came in pretty forward. The rail in was pretty forgiving so you could ride a little harder in and across the ditch. I just held my line and fought for it.” The top six horses and riders in the CIC2* all finished on their dressage scores, and Lauren Kieffer and Czechmate held onto their overnight lead with a bold, fast cross-country round. Marilyn finished in second with RF Black Pearl. In the Advanced, Leslie Chelstrom and her mare Cecelia posted the only double-clear round in their division, finishing six seconds under the clock for first place. “Today I knew that I was sitting right there and time was a factor, but I just wanted to go out and have a clean round. If the speed was there to be had then I was happy for that, but I just wanted her to have a good, confident run,” Leslie said. For more information and full results from The Fork, visit

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[LEFT] Training Level winners Allie Kohlberg and Clover Hill. [RIGHT] Elizabeth Gill won the Pre-Elementary A division aboard Sweet Dream.

April Combined Test Kicks Off the Season at Course Brook Farm BY CASY CALVER

COURSE BROOK FARM (CBF) hosted the first in its spring series of three combined tests on Sunday, April 21. The day started chilly, but by midmorning the sun was out and it began to feel like spring. The show had 32 entries from Training Level to Pre-Elementary and featured adorable kids and ponies as well as lovely green horses beginning their eventing careers. Noted clinician Jan Conlon (R) was the dressage judge. The show jumping course was designed by CBF resident instructor Erika (Hawkes) Hendricks, who made an appearance despite having her appendix removed the previous week! In the Training Level division, CBF’s Allie Kohlberg and her elegant mare, Clover Hill, put in a polished test to score a 29 in dressage. A clean stadium round added no penalties and she placed second, just behind Debbie Carlson and Carlingford Knight, who

finished on their dressage score of 24. Novice was the largest division of the day with eight competitors. Sandy Niles and her eye-catching Black Tie Affair led from start to finish with a score of 30. Daun DeFrance, riding Quite the Casanova, held onto second place with no jumping penalties, finishing on a score of 34. Victoria Wilson and Quarter Note jumped clean to finish third on their dressage score of 36.5. In the Beginner Novice Junior division of two, Katie Santin and Finnegan pulled two rails in show jumping, but won the class with a score of 41.33 after Catherine Grenier and Dancin’ suffered an unfortunate elimination in show jumping after scoring a 33.33 in dressage. Alyssa Carpenter and Future Perfekt led the Beginner Novice Senior division, with four competitors, from wire to wire, finishing with a score of 37.14. Both Amanda Teft, riding Lacy Lu, and

Michelle Fotev, on Urioso, ended on a score of 42.38, but the tie was broken by collective marks in dressage and Amanda took home the red ribbon. The Elementary Junior division featured seven riders. The class was won by Hannah Donovan and Big Time Rush, who were in second place after dressage on a 37, but moved up to first when Dorothea Callen and High Tide pulled a rail in show jumping to add four penalties to their dressage score of 35. Third went to Carlie Cichocki riding Sillygoose with a score of 41.5. Elementary Senior was won by CBF’s Jennifer Harrison and the lovely Paint, Cherry, who finished on a 30.5. Second place went to Laura Tracy and Olive Grove, who jumped clean to score a 32. In third was Brenda Casey aboard Killian’s Irish Red, who scored a 41. Pre-Elementary was split into two divisions, Junior and Senior, each with one rider. CBF’s Elizabeth Gill and her adorable pony, Sweet Dream, earned their blue ribbon in section A with a 38.13 and senior rider Melissa Restifo scored a 47.5 in section B riding Norma Jean. For more information, visit

Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Assoc. Offers Symposiums, Clinics, and Shows for Everyone SUBMITTED BY TARA B. MANION

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judge, successful Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) competitor, and coach of the Mount Holyoke Dressage Team, discussed ideal conformation of the dressage horse, what traits may make certain dressage movements a challenge, and how to use the training scale as a tool in everyday riding, training, and showing to maximize a horse’s potential. Elizabeth Caron and her 14-yearold Oldenburg gelding, Lentisco (who is currently schooling Grand Prix), provided a visual for the morning discus-

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New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association Ride Review Ride is a Resounding Success SUBMITTED BY LYDIA NEUSCH

NEW HAMPSHIRE DRESSAGE AND Eventing Association (NHDEA) opened the 2013 season in April with a Ride Review Ride (RRR) clinic featuring United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bronze, Silver, and Gold medalist, and “L” program graduate with distinction, Adam Cropper. The clinic was held at the Methuen Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals

(MSPCA) at Nevins Farm in Methuen, MA. Despite a last minute visit from old man winter, the clinic was well attended. Many riders use this forum to try a new level, expose their horse to a new venue, and get feedback on what they need to work on before their first show. Some riders have new mounts with minimal experience, or are returning to the show circuit, and they use this as a field trip.

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sions of conformation and the training scale. Eight horse-and-rider combinations, representing Training, First, and Second levels, comprised the remainder of the day. Dee asked each combination to demonstrate movements appropriate for their level while she evaluated their fulfillment of the elements of the training scale (rhythm, relaxation, connection, impulsion, straightness, and collection). Dee then commented on each horse’s conformation. Auditors and demonstration riders walked away with valuable

tools for training and showing. The dressage symposium was just one of many fantastic offerings by CDCTA. This year’s lineup has included/will include an unmounted sport psychology seminar with Dr. Jenny Susser, a stadium jumping clinic with Armand Chenile, cross-country clinics with Ann Bowie (June 1) and Missy Ransehousen (July 6-7), a ride-critiqueride with Claudia Tarlov (August 24), and a schooling dressage and combined test show series (May 12, July 21, October 6). If you’re not currently a member, please consider joining our club. Member discounts apply to all of our events. Visit our website,, for additional information, entry forms, and

During a RRR, the participant rides a dressage test of his or her choice. The clinician scores the ride and then spends a few minutes giving feedback. Often, the clinician will give a mini lesson on the area he or she feels the rider needs to improve, or will have the rider work on certain movements in the test. The rider then has the opportunity to ride the same test again and receive a second score. The riders receive two scored tests, which they can review later. Pam Tenaglia and her daughter, Victoria, each rode a Training test on their horse, Jammy. Victoria is new to dressage. Karen O’Malley rode CCR Arreyo. The pair arrived show-ready in proper dressage attire. Dr. Regina Downey has seen a significant improvement in her Training tests and plans on showing Ruslan at the club’s schooling shows this year. The clinic included a gaited rider, too— Julie Dillon, and her mount, Jesse. Julie was thrilled at the opportunity to get Jesse out so early in the spring. Lisa White rode First Level on Cedric, a big, handsome gelding. There were three riders who had also participated in last year’s RRR, and they all agreed that this was an excellent opportunity to get out after a long winter. NHDEA has a variety of dressage and eventing clinics and shows available for the 2013 season. You can view the schedule and membership information on nhdea. org. All of our events are open to members and non-members.

membership applications. The ability to offer such a diverse array of events is dependent on our members. Organizing and running the events described previously requires manpower, and we ask that members volunteer whenever possible so that we can continue to offer as many, or possibly even more, symposiums, clinics, and shows in the future. Volunteering is a great way to meet other members of the club and to learn new skills. In addition to the lesson lotto for volunteers, CDCTA has recently initiated a voucher program for volunteer hours, which can be used toward any CDCTA event. Volunteer today! June 2013

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Dressage news Thee Horse of Course was pro oud to present The Horse of Course High Score Award to Nadine Burberl for hitting the high score at the Winter Eq questrian Festival (WEF) Drressage Classic CDI-3*. Burberrl rode the gorgeous mare, Fiderhit OLD, owned by Sarah an nd Michael Davis, into the winner’s circle. “She’s beautiw fu ul to ride,” said Burberl about the horse. “She’s very seensitive, and I just enjoy eevery one of her gaits. It’s sso nice to have a horse like her to ride.” Burberl topped h eeveryone at the show with a sscore of 76.552% in the First LLevel Test 1.


SHELLY FRANCIS WAS PRESENTED with the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider Award at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Wellington 5* CDI.

GREAT SCORES Sahar Daniel Hirosh, owner of SDH Dressage in New Hope, PA, showed everyone what can be accomplished through a great dressage training program by riding two horses into top

honors at the 2013 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, Dressage National 3 Show. Hirosh rode Wienlien, a five-year-old Oldenburg mare, to a score of 72.759% in First Level Test 1, and the eight-year-old Warmblood gelding, Aragon, to a 70.000% in the Fourth Level Test 1. Both horses are in training with Hirosh, and he is excited to continue progressing them both to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) level. « Sahar Daniel Hirosh is an International Grand Prix rider and competitor, as well as a USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist.



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JJudson College graduate, Jessic Douthat, will intern this Jessica summer at Matt McLaughlin Dressage in St. Cloud, FL. She will give riding lessons and receive dressage training. Douthat double-majored in business administration and equine studies and graduated from Judson this spring.

APONTE RECOGNIZED Everglades Dressage recently presented 16-year-old, Maria Aljandra Aponte with the Everglades Dressage Junior/ Young Rider Achievement Award, recognizing her poise and outstanding horsemanship during the WEF Florida Dressage Classic CDI-3* in Wellington, FL. Aponte, who is originally from Colombia and now lives in Wellington, rode her newlyacquired mare, Royal Angel, in the Junior Riders class.

STILL IN DEVELOPMENT The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce the launch of the USDF Sport Horse Prospect

Development Program. Created by the USDF Sport Horse Committee, this new program is designed to bridge the educational gap in the development of dressage horses as they progress from showing in-hand to work under saddle and eventual competition. It will feature a live forum approach, focused on a correct, fundamental system for starting sport horse prospects. The inaugural forum will be held September 14-15, 2013, at Apple Knoll Farm, in Millis, MA. The forum will be led by internationally-renowned sport horse development experts and educators, Scott Hassler, United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Young Dressage Horse Coach, and Ingo Pape, one of Germany’s most respected breeders and horsemen.

OH CANADA! A monumental decision was made when Hilltop Farm came to an agreement with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on the sale of the stallion, Bugatti. The RCMP has a very well-respected Hanoverian breeding program and has, in fact, used Bugatti for breeding in previous years, as his character, size, and black color exactly fit what they are looking for in their program. Bugatti is now safely settled into his new home in Canada.

BACK IN ACTION After the media frenzy which surrounded U.S. Dressage Team member, Jan Ebeling, at last summer’s Olympic Games, he and his mount, Rafalca, enjoyed a quiet winter away from the spotlight. The well-deserved vacation obviously benefited both rider and horse, as they put in strong winning performances

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continued from page 120 at the Festival of the Horse CDI 3*/Y/J, held March 27-30, 2013, at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, CA. The 15-year-old Oldenburg mare showed no signs of being rusty in returning to the international arena for the first time since London. First to canter down centerline in Thursday’s CDI Grand Prix class, Ebeling and Rafalca looked fresh and were rewarded by the judging panel with a score of 70.979%.

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OFFICIAL! Custom Saddlery is pleased to announce it is the official saddle of one of the most important grassroots riding organizations in North America: the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA). Unlike traditional dressage competition where riders bring their own horses, IDA shows require the host school to provide horses and tack, and riders randomly draw the horse on which they will compete.

BLUES FOR HER DEBUT “Endel has really brought [Verida] along in such a short time. It’s great to see her reach her potential at this level,” said an ebullient Donna Cameron, of Cutler Farm Dressage in Medfield, MA. She was referring to the Prix St. Georges debut of her mare under former USDF Prix St. Georges Horse of the Year trainer, Endel Ots, during the Dressage National

5 at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. In Verida’s inaugural FEI Prix St. Georges test, she won the class with a 69.868%. The pair returned to the arena for what was then Verida’s second FEI Prix St. Georges test, and again she won the class, this time with an even more impressive score of 71.974%.

JOINING THE TEAM The United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) Executive Committee has approved the recommendation of Robert Dover as the next Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor for the U.S. Dressage Team pending the successful negotiation of a contract with John Long, USEF CEO and James Wolf, USEF

The first 2013 USEF Developing Dressage Training Session wrapped up April 3, as riders gained valuable insight from USEF Developing Dressage Coach Debbie McDonald. The six combinations who took part in the session were: Susie Dutta and Tim Dutta Inc.’s Lumberjack 12, Shelly Francis and Patricia Stempel’s Danilo, Justin Hardin and Judith Cardella’s Wyatt Star, Kimberly Herslow and Kiroli Enterprises LLC’s Rosmarin, Katie Robicheaux and her own Avignon T, and Caroline Roffman and her own Her Highness O.

IN THE LIMELIGHT New England was well represented at the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* in Wellington, FL, this past April, but not just in the arena! Congratulations to Omar Maher DV, DACVS, DACVSMR, of New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center, who served

as the FEI staff veterinarian at the event!

STEALING THE SHOW Pan American Gold Medalist and Olympic team reserve, Heather Blitz, stole the show on her five-year-old Danish stallion, Ripline, during the Adequan® 2013 Global Dressage Festival 5* CDI, scoring a whopping 85.800% in the FEI Young Horse Final for five-year-olds and winning The Horse of Course High Score Award. Ripline is owned by Blitz and Oakhill Ranch. “He feels like a Grand Prix horse in the making to me!” stated Blitz about her horse. “He has a feeling of everything in him already, with a really good level of correct basics.”

CALLING ALL PONIES The National Dressage Pony Cup (NDPC) is offering $10,000 in total prize money for the September 7-8, 2013 show being held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The show will again be held in conjunction with MidSouth Eventing & Dressage Association (MSEDA) Dressage At The Park I & II. Prize money will be offered for each class and by rider classifications for Junior/Pony Club, Adult Amateur, and Open. High point awards for rider and breed classifications are awarded also.

DEFYING THE ODDS Martin Sosnoff recently beat

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dressage the odds at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival Wellington 5* National show by riding his gelding, Scirocco, to a 60%, but defeating the odds is nothing new to the adult amateur dressage rider. “When I spoke to friends in the orthopedic field, they said I had a 1 in 100 shot to ever ride again, much less compete. But they’re not riders, it’s not in their blood,” said Sosnoff, referring to his determination to get back in the saddle. In 2012, the avid rider and founder of the private investment management firm Atalanta Sosnoff Capital, endured

three back surgeries in the span of five weeks, enough to significantly sideline even the fittest equestrian. However with the help of Dr. Cesar Parra and the Piaffe Performance team, Sosnoff is now not only competing, but getting respectable scores in Prix St. Georges. Sosnoff will celebrate his 82nd birthday in August, and Scirocco will turn 19. “I’ve done the Century Club. What’s left to prove?” he chuckled.

RETIRED Tears streamed down faces of spectators as Anky van Grunsven and the 19-yearold Hanoverian gelding,

Salinero, gave their final performance to a sold out crowd at the Indoor Brabant Show in Holland on March 16, 2013. Salinero will remain forever in international dressage record books as one of the best dressage horses of all time. Salinero won Olympic individual gold in Athens in 2004 and again at the equestrian events of the Beijing Olympic Games in Hong Kong four years later. He also helped van Grunsven to become the most prolific winner of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage title—she won it nine times over a 13-year period between 1995 and 2008.

Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3* U.S. Teams Secure First and Second Placings BY ANDREW MINNICK

TEN TEAMS OF INTERNATIONAL dressage riders met for a chance to win the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, America’s only CDIO3*. And, though there was plenty of good competition, Team U.S.A. I (the U.S. was represented by two

teams) was clearly the day’s best. In total, seven horse-and-rider combinations earned scores of 70% or more. Three of them were on Team U.S.A. I. Leading the way were Kimberly Herslow and Kiroli Enterprises LLC’s Rosmarin. Their score of 72.079% was


Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O during the Nations Cup CDI.

Martin Sosnoff and Scirocco at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

more than enough to win in the Prix St. Georges competition, and was the highest individual score of the day. “It’s such a privilege to have a horse like Rosmarin,” said Herslow. “He gives me 110% every time he goes into the ring, and today was no exception. It was an honor to ride on this team, and I’m so happy to have contributed.” Team U.S.A. I also had contributions from Prix St. Georges pair, Caroline Roffman and her own Her Highness O, and Grand Prix riders, Heather Blitz and Shelly Francis. Francis rode Patricia Stempel’s Doktor to a 70.213%, good for second place in the Grand Prix division, and Blitz rode her 2011 Pan American Games Individual Silver Medalist, Paragon, to a 71.021%, good enough to win the Grand Prix competition. Teams for the Wellington Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, were made up of three or four horses and riders, not more than two of which could be Grand Prix combinations. The top three scores from each team were counted toward the final total. For each Grand Prix score in that top three, an extra three percentage points were added to the final team score (this format is the proposed format for the Pan American Games, and this event was used as a test of that format). With the two highest Grand Prix scores counting toward their final score, Team U.S.A. I finished with a total combined score

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had a fantastic day, and I was very pleased with our test.” Rounding out the top five were teams Europe (Lars Petersen, Mikala Munter Gundersen, Katarin Stumpf, and Kevin Kohmann) in fourth place, and Spain (Carlos Munoz, Juan Matute, Juan Matute Jr., and Paula Matute) in fifth place.


of 219.313, far and away the best team score of the competition. Not to be too overshadowed, though, was second-place finisher, Team U.S.A. II. The team of Prix St. Georges riders, Christopher Hickey and Justin Hardin, and Grand Prix riders, Susan Dutta and Cesar Parra, earned a total score of 208.675. For a minute, it looked like third place team Canada I (Canada was also represented by two teams) might take the runner-up position, but a clutch 69.043% from Parra and Van the Man secured the reserve spot for Team U.S.A. II. “It’s always a privilege to ride on a team,” said Parra, after Dr. Cesar Parra was the runner-up in securing the secondthe Individual Rider Standings and was the top U.S.A. Individual Rider. place finish. “My horse



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2007 Region 3 Adult Amateur Training Level Dressage Champions, Allison Keeran and Kiss.

Flatlanders Dressage g & Combined Training Association Member’s Story: From Regional Champions to Broken Bones and Back Again SUBMITTED BY ALLISON KEERAN


YEARS AGO, I PURCHASED KISS, AN almost seven-year-old Holsteiner gelding that had never seen a saddle. He had nice movement and was such a pleasure on the ground, so I took a chance. This was my first dressage horse and my first young horse; needless to say, I jumped into the deep end. I was coming out of the hunter/equitation world and was ready for a change. In 2007, Kiss and I attended our first regionals at Training Level. I had no idea what to expect and was just thrilled that we qualified. He warmed up great, and we were ready to go. My one concern was the judges’ booth, specifically the booth at C, which was a horse trailer. Not a big deal, right? Wrong! Kiss is not a fan of trailers or loading. The test progressed nicely until our final canter, on the right lead, heading down the long side toward the judge. We were to trot at C; at H, Kiss noticed the judge sitting in the trailer. Slamming on the breaks, he attempted to run away. We finished the test and headed out of the ring. My trainer was thrilled; she told me how great the test

looked. We watched the scoreboard, and Kiss and I received a cumulative 69.000%! With nerves and excitement, we waited for the other tests to be done. We stayed on top and were the 2007 Region 3 Adult Amateur Training Level Champions. We continued to train and show through the levels, in Florida, showing in the Open division. In August of 2010, I was riding a horse

for a friend. In a freak accident, the horse reared up, flipped over, and landed on top of me—fracturing my pelvis in four places. After surgery, I had a five inch titanium screw in my tailbone and an external fixator attached to my hips for eight weeks. Bedridden, sore, and bored, I visited Kiss when I could; my trainer kept him in work for me. Twelve weeks after the accident, I was back in the saddle. It took some time to do much, but I felt great riding again. There were some nerves the first day back, but what happened, happened, and that was not going to keep me from riding again. The next year, we finished getting the scores that we needed to receive our bronze medal. What an accomplishment—my first dressage horse and I earning our bronze medal together. After moving to Ohio and the birth of my daughter last year, we are back and on track to debut in Fourth Level this year. Our next goal is to earn our silver medal.

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Sharon Madere and Tejo VO, her Lusitano stallion, working together on uphill canter departs.

Bruno Gonzalez riding the Lusitano stallion, Tejo VO, saluting the auditors. Tejo is owned by Sharon Madere and trained by Bruno.

Pam Cohen on her Lusitano gelding, Quiones, performing a soft and light shoulder-in.

Erika Fleury with her Hanoverian gelding, Ballet Tanzer, collecting at the canter.

Collette Zimmer with DEM Princessa, a Lusitano mare by Don-E-Mor Farm, developing relaxation and confidence in a novice horse.

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Kathy Daly on the Lusitano gelding, DEM El Rayo, owned by Don-E-Mor Farm, creating more suppleness to encourage relaxation.

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Third Markel/ USEF Young g Horse Dressage Training Session Takes Place with Scott Hassler at Rosebrook Farm THE THIRD MARKEL/ USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Session of 2013 wrapped up Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Rosebrook Farm in Georgetown, MA. The two-day clinic featured 13 horses between the ages of four and six and was once again taught by USEF Young Horse Coach Scott Hassler. “It was nice to visit the New England area a second time for a Markel/ USEF Young Horse Dressage Training Session. Participation from the auditors, owners, breeders, and trainers who attended was terrific,” said Hassler. “The participating horses were a great mixture of U.S.-bred and imported horses, and overall, the quality was quite nice. I hope to see some of these horses at the championships in August.” The open training session was attended by breeders, horse owners, and local young horse enthusiasts. In addition to two days of mounted lessons, participants enjoyed discussions with Hassler as well as lunches sponsored by Rosebrook Farm and Mary Phelps of Markel Insurance Company. Participants in this third training session included: Lisa Leland Coorchesne and Pamela Hinkle’s Pik A Diamond (Pik Solo x Dederick); Lisa Cross and her own Synergy (Sir Donnerhall x Wolkenstein II); Marie Dibicarri and Sarach Gill-D’Orazio’s

Darshan HM (Dacaprio x Prince Thatch); Marie Dibicarri and Linda and Jeff Mendenhall’s Reminisce HM (Rascolino x Don Bosco); Faye Dunn and her own Waimea (Matador x Michellino); Adrie Hoogsteen and Peter Near’s Lady Luck (Sinatra Song x Legata); Jane Karol and her own Sunshine Tour (Sir Donnerhall); Allison Kavey and Andrea Woodner’s Daquiri (Delaurentis x Falkland); Dee Loveless and her own Schwanenkoenigin (Sir Donnerhall x Matcho AA); Elizabeth Preston and Susan Barrett’s Encore! Encore! (Harmony’t Rousseau x Face the Music); Michael Robbins and Susan Wildman’s Dorette MG (Schroeder x Olympic); Jean Tenerini and her own Hot Shot (Hotline x Florestan); and Debra Weidmaier and Guy Wildenstein’s Freibeuter (Florencio x Fabrice). “I got exactly what I wanted from the clinic, not only a better understanding of how to better train my horse but how to improve my training and riding techniques with all the young horses that come through my barn. The clinic was very educational and the selection of horses and riders could not have been better,” said Loveless. “There was a very good variety of talented horses and riders participating in the clinic, all with different areas that needed improvement.”

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CONA MEMBERS CONVENE Steve and Beth Podhajecki hosted a gathering of New England area Carriage Operators of North America (CONA) members at their home, Loon Meadow Farm, in Norfolk, CT, on Sunday, April 7. No one seemed to notice a chill in the air while riding to and from the local pub where all enjoyed a sumptuous lunch. Later on, at the farm, everyone enjoyed delicious desserts provided by Julie and Jack Kliever of New Deal Farm in Rhode Island and Judy Sabin of Carriage Trails, LLC in New Hampshire. Everyone received nice, insulated lunch bags with the CONA logo on them.

BRAGGING RIGHTS Congratulations to Zwaantje W and Jamie Cinq-Mars on a fabulous performance at the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) Region 1 Championships in Northampton, MA, on April 25-28, 2013. The amazing duo was named Region 1 Champion in the Friesian Carriage 128 EQUINE


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Pleasure Driving Single and the Friesian Carriage Pleasure Driving Amateur to Drive (ATD). Additionally, they were Region 1 Reserve Champions in Friesian Country Pleasure Driving Open, Friesian Country Pleasure Driving ATD, and Friesian Carriage Driving Reinsmanship. To top off a wonderful show, they were named the Region 1 Champion High Point Driving Horse. Well done!

DRIVERS WITH HEART Drivers convened at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, MA, on April 20 for the inaugural Carriage Connection event, held to benefit the nonprofit organization, Winning Spirits, which helps disabled carriage drivers in the Northeast. The morning began with Andy Marcoux providing a demonstration and commentary on the required movements at each of the dressage levels, followed by a commentary given by Heidi Johnson, owner of D.D. Rapps, on the turnout requirements at each level. Afternoon activities

TAKING IT INSIDE Chapter One Farms in Pedricktown, NJ, successfully held an arena driving trial on April 6, 2013. Drivers vying for first place showed off their dressage skills and also navigated through cones and marathon obstacles. In the Training Single Pony division, Dwayne Pash finished in first place with a total score of 38.751, followed by Aaron Soldavan and Rita Michkalenko, respectively. Linda

Kalman went home the winner in Training Single Horse, earning a total score of 62.421. Tanya Macleand followed her in second place, and Susie Buchanan took third place. In Preliminary Single Pony, Amie Bauman won the division with a score of 57.013, followed by second place recipient Martha Duchnowski. Despite Cindy Vollers’ lack of competition in the Preliminary Pair Horse division, she put in a tremendous effort to win her first place status with a score of 79.252. And in Intermediate Pair Horse, Terry Tobias claimed top honors with a score of 91.176.

EARLY BIRD AUCTION The Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction returns this year with a Chuck Wagon Dinner and Early Bird Auction kicking off the event at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 in the village of Bird-in-Hand, and running until the start of the auction at 5:30 p.m. The fun will continue on Friday, June 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Highlights include the auction of fine carriages, one-of-a-kind antiques, a great selection of Miniature horses, high-quality crafts, and nursery plants. Proceeds will benefit the Hand-in-Hand Fire Company.

Jamie Cinq-Mars driving Zwaantje W at the International Friesian Show Horse Association Region 1 Championships.


Carriage Operators of New England members Judy Sabin, Beth Podhajecki, Jack Kliever, Barry Roberts, Steve Podhajecki, and Julie Kliever with Sarah and Babe in harness, Caesar in the boot, and Adele on the ground.

included a presentation led by Rick Fallon, comparing carriages used for the various driving disciplines, and multiple workshops—Very Small Equine (VSE) Rules for Combined Driving Events (CDEs) with Marc Johnson; Endurance Trail Driving with Lauren Reece; Pleasure Show Expectations with Andy Marcoux; and Marathon Driving and Timing with Mary Gray.

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Southern Pines CDE Concludes with Morgan, Matheson, and Stroud Taking National Titles BY HELEN MURRAY

THE SOUTHERN PINES COMBINED Driving Event (CDE) came to a conclusion on Sunday, April 14 at the picturesque Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, NC, as three pony drivers were crowned 2013 national champions. In the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Combined Driving Single Pony Championship, Tracey Morgan had the trip of the day to claim the Single Pony title for the first time. Jennifer Matheson claimed her third USEF National Combined Driving Pair Pony Championship, with a solid cones phase. The USEF National Combined Driving Pony Team Championship went to Lisa Stroud for the ninth time as she executed a near faultless trip.

Single Pony Championship Morgan of Beallsville, MD, drove her own Fuego 88 flawlessly in the cones phase to post one of two double-clears in the Advanced divisions. The 12-year-old German Riding Pony completed the event on a three-day total of 130.59. “I knew I needed to [drive double-clear], to have a shot. That double-clear is always so important; it was my first of the year,” said Morgan. “We kept fighting our way up from third after the dressage all weekend.” Morgan is a former USEF National Combined Driving Pair Pony Champion but this is the first time topping the Single Pony. Earning the reserve championship was the leader following the marathon, Paul

Maye of Fairfield, VA, with a final score of 134.71. Maye drove Harmony Sport Horses’ Markus just a little too conservatively to incur 8.32 time faults, but left all the balls in place in the cones.

USEF National Combined Driving Single Pony Champion Fuego 88, driven by Tracey Morgan.

Pair Pony Championship Matheson, of Aiken, SC, drove the combination of Bax and Cees to a cones score of 8.90 after incurring six faults for two balls down and 2.90 time penalties. The 2010 and 2011 national champion earned her third title on a score of 145.15. “It’s great to win [the national championship]; this makes three,” she said. “It really solidifies to me that I can represent my country.” Finishing in second and earning reserve was Wendy O’Brien of Aiken, SC, on a score of 157.37. The 2012 national champion incurred four balls down and 4.60 time faults for a cones total of 16.60.

USEF National Combined Driving Pair Pony Champions Bax and Cees, driven by Jennifer Matheson.

Pony Team Championship Stroud, who hails from West Grove, PA, drove with great precision to complete the weekend with a cones score of 4.24, one ball down, and 1.24 time faults. She earned her record-tying eighth consecutive national championship on a score of 170.11. Stroud was very pleased with her team on Sunday as they performed so well over the challenging cones course. “That was a hard cones course. I felt lucky to get out of there alive,” said Stroud. “[The time] was very tight. I’m very pleased with all these ponies.”

Lisa Stroud driving her team of USEF National Combined Driving Pony Team Champions.

Heather Schneider of Palm City, FL, earned the reserve championship on a three-day total of 201.98, after scoring 14.74 on the cones, with one ball down and 11.74 time faults.


Colonial Carriage & Driving Society Welcomes Spring with a Busy Week in April SUBMITTED BY KAY KONOVE PHOTOS: PICSOFYOU.COM

THE COACH BARN AT ORLETON Farm in Stockbridge, MA, was filled with eager-to-learn carriage drivers at the Spring Seminar on April 13. The day was filled with informative talks, hands-on demonstrations, driving in the dressage

arena, and a great deal of friendly banter! Colonial Carriage sends thanks to Harvey and Mary Stokes Waller for hosting the event at their farm and to our volunteers for making the day run smoothly. Maureen Gamelli handled the

friendly hospitality, and Debbi Manasse manned the registration desk while keeping track of the paper bag auction ticket sales. Glenn Van Oort exceeded everyone’s expectations with his sales technique! This event is the major fundraiser for the club, so many thanks to the generous donors of auction items and especially the enthusiastic ticket buyers! Special thanks also go to Diane Bozyczko and Carol Terry for setting up a most colorful and attractive setting for the auction. The featured clinicians addressed

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The afternoon sessions were held in the large outdoor arena. Henry Tarryk, Harley Waller, and Kay Konove, along with their horses, followed directions from Jeff and Marc on improving ways to “drive the halt” and practiced strategies for driving the different timed obstacle classes. A good time was had by all, including the very involved audience. The group moved back to the Coach Barn for cider and cookies and to complete the hotly contested silent auction. The 2013 Spring Seminar was a huge success on every level—it will be tough to top this one in 2014! On Sunday, April 14, Orleton Farm hosted the Spring Fling for club members. Only a few people braved the not-so-spring like weather, but Ron and Kay Konove, Carol Terry, and Anne Hunter brought horses and miniature donkeys to take advantage of this opportunity to drive informally at the farm. Ron provided a great photo opportunity (if someone had brought a camera) when he drove a very energized Vito through the cones! Colonial Carriage members gathered

once again that week for a special meeting with a speaker on April 17. Dr. Steve Naile, from the Equine Clinic at OakenCroft, addressed concerns about vaccinations, spring turnout, and quality of hay. His professional presentation was easy to understand and touched upon important aspects of horse-keeping today. As always, the club provided the best food for the social hour before the meeting. Thank you, Dr. Nail, and all the dedicated club members. To finish out the week, Colonial Carriage set up a table at the Carriage Connection at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, MA, on April 20. The event benefitted Winning Spirits, a non-profit organization that helps disabled carriage drivers in the Northeast. An attractive display drew a lot of attention to the club and to potential entries and sponsors for the June show. Diane Bozyczko and Carol Terry were great ambassadors for the club. The carriage driving community was really is the best! Check out all of the club’s activities at

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and the June 29 drive at the Arcadia Management Area Horse Park in Exeter, RI. It was also suggested that the club start a Facebook account for sharing photos and club news. Kelly Pesek has taken on that project and will keep us posted. The plans for the October 13 SNECDA Carriage Days show are in full swing. If you would like to volunteer or be a sponsor, contact Mug Tomany at We are also looking for club volunteers for the Celtic Cross Farm Horse Driving Trial on August 3-4. Again, please contact Mug.

continued from page 129 important areas of concern for all drivers, whether they compete or go on the trail. Jeff Morse gave a PowerPoint presentation on behavior problems with the driving horse and driver. Carol Stoddard inspired everyone to get in shape with her talk on fitness and conditioning for the horse and driver. The group moved to the indoor arena for Noni VanSon’s session on equine massage and core exercises. Marc Johnson provided additional commentary on each topic. An informative Q & A regarding the Orleton Farm Pleasure Driving Show in June rounded out the morning’s talks. The new Utility division, the Old Guard class (65 and over—a popular age group), the American Heritage division, and the welcoming of Very Small Equine (VSE) entries were among the topics discussed. People come to the show just for the show aspects—new this year is a buffet dinner on Saturday night. The complete schedule can be found on the club website,

Holds Carriage and Harness Maintenance Workshop SUBMITTED BY MUG TOMANY

WITH THE SUMMER DRIVING SEASON quickly approaching, the members of the Southern New England Carriage Driving Association (SNECDA) felt it was a good time to meet for a Carriage and Harness Maintenance Workshop. Adrienne St. Cyr hosted the workshop in her beautifullyappointed and heated carriage barn and harness room at Celtic Cross Farm in Dudley, MA. She also presented the harness section of the workshop. She pointed out all the stress points on a harness that need to be checked before hitching, and went through a good cleaning demonstration, sharing some of her favorite products. Adrienne also went through some common sense approaches to getting your horse conditioned for the driving season, always stressing the importance of staying safe for both the horse and driver. Mike Tomany went through a carriage maintenance routine. He started out by 130 EQUINE


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reminding us to wash and inspect our vehicles for wood rot, especially the shaft with vinyl covers. He talked about checking the spokes on the woodenwheeled carriages for rot. He explained that checking for rust cracks in the paint on metal carriages will help expose possible cracks in the joints and welds. Mike reminded us to check for loose or missing nuts and bolts, brake pads and fluids, and he demonstrated how to check wheel bearings by listening to them with a screwdriver held to your ear. He pointed out that with brake drums, you should have no drag at all, but with disk brakes, you will hear some drag. It was a very informative presentation. The Recreational Driving Committee met for a St. Patrick’s Day brunch, hosted by Janice and Charles Meszeoly at their home in Mansfield, MA. They worked on plans for the May 25 drive, held at Natchaug State Park, in Eastford, CT,

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Saratoga Driving Association Encourages Members—Do What You Love SUBMITTED BY CAROL FRANK

IT’S TIME TO START DOING THE things we have dreamed about. Get out the harness. Get out the horse, and get busy. But, how, what, and where is the motivation? How about starting with a lesson or seeing a competition. If your horse isn’t ready, go audit a lesson. If you don’t have a cart, try ground driving. If you don’t have a harness—longe. If you don’t have a horse or yours is too old or too young—go find a horse that needs grooming; and, if that is too ambitious, go get carrots and make some friends. There is always a horse willing to give you love for a carrot. This year, I have been thinking about visiting Marc Johnson, north of Boston, or Robin Groves in Brownsville, VT, or Cheryl Pratt Rivers nearby, or Larry Poulin in Petersham, MA. Why? Because getting new knowledge and learning more about driving horses is sometimes more fun than going to a show. Recently, I found an old photo album with pictures of my first mare, Mercedes. The turnout looked good. She was beautiful, and I was dressed nicely, but, oh no—head in the air, neck stuck out, back hollow, and just nasty. What was I thinking? However, at the time, I didn’t know any better. It is like the long-legged rider that can stay on the horse but never form a deep partnership or get the most out of both their performances. Does it matter how well the horse is going? Is it enough to just go down the road safely? These are individual questions subject to time, money, and interest.

Learning how to get the horse more rhythmic so he can be balanced and move comfortably comes from training. Half the issue is learning to see and distinguish what is correct movement. It can’t be done alone; you need someone on the ground seeing what is happening and then knowing how to improve it. If you can’t get off the farm, get someone to take lots of photos so you can compare yourself to the ideal. But, if you do want to find the experts or get the motivation, that is where the club can help. For the Saratoga Driving Association (SDA), we are trying to give people the opportunity to do what they would like to do and get the most out of their time and interest with horses. Not everyone has a horse, or one ready to drive, or show. Still, just being around working horses and being part of that historic relationship of man and horse is good for all of us. Come to our competitions, to the clinics, the drives, and our annual conference. It is good for you, refreshing to the spirit, and your horses will like it. Get help, or be the help for somebody else. We always need volunteers. The Lindenwald Pleasure Show was moved to Memorial Day weekend in the hope that we will get better attendance. This was originally our date and will be in the future. Larry Poulin will be coming on August 31 for a one-day clinic in harness or under saddle. Lessons are $100, and are always filled up, so sign up early by contacting me.

The Driving Trial is October 8, and we look forward to improvements on the course each year. We are asking individuals to volunteer and decorate a hazard. Our theme is autumn or Halloween, and we would like to employ the creativity of the SDA to make each one look unique and special. If you’re interested, please send me an email. Regarding the Equine Journal—we had problems last year. It wasn’t until months went by that we realized that some people weren’t getting their copies. We have sent the Equine Journal a new list, and we should be set; but, if you have friends that should be receiving copies, ask them if they are and let us know if they aren’t. Presumably—if you are reading this—you are getting your copies. Back articles are available online. Has everyone gotten a copy of the SDA Address Book that was beautifully prepared by Kathleen Conklin? I have extra copies if anyone needs one. The giveaway at the Get Ready For Spring Conference was a green golf towel. I have a few extras if anyone would like one. If you have anyone in the horse community or a neighbor that lets you drive on his or her property, and would like something to give him or her as a thank you, let me know what you need. The towels have the SDA logo on them and are a nice way to spread our name. We certainly want our club members to have them, because they are practical and look great. Enjoy spring; we hope to see you soon, and have fun with your horse. Get out there, get the hair and dirt off the critters, haul the vehicles out, clean that harness, and go do it. Don’t hesitate to sign up for shows or clinics, and come out and participate in any way you can.


Western Reserve Carriage Association Proficiency Weekend a Success SUBMITTED BY MARY THOMAS

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Friday evening. Brant Giere spoke concerning wheel and axel safety on modern vehicles. He demonstrated how to repack wheel bearings, showing each part and step clearly.

Carriage Association of America (CAA) evaluator for the weekend, Jerry Trapani of East Ipswich, NY, presented a PowerPoint program outlining the history of carriages on Long Island. He discussed the major families that supported the carriage and coaching clubs of the area, entertaining a large group of Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA) members. Being evaluated for Units 2, 8, and 9 for Level Two were: Meredith Giere, Stacey Giere, Polly Petersen, Ann Petersen, and Mary Thomas. Working for

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driving certification for Level One and the Road Test were: Lynn Redden, Barb Kurtz, Kim Stegh, Cheri Bregel, Lisa Recker, and Tom Recker. The weekend was so successful that another CAA Proficiency Weekend is already being planned. The proficiency evaluations support the mission of the Western Reserve Carriage Association by stressing both driver education and safety at all times. In other club news, WRCA member, Carol Milhoun, organized the first-ever American Driving Society (ADS) booth at the Ohio Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH, April 11-14. The booth was filled with a large TV, showing videos of combined driving, pleasure shows, and recreational driving. Handouts explaining membership and upcoming Ohio driving events were available. Among those providing assistance for the venture were: Matt and Barb Kurtz, Henry Rish, Cathy Franks, and Cathy Rhoades. Equine Affaire driving clinician, Mickey Bowen, spent time in the booth to answer questions about carriage driving in general and ideas she had presented in her clinics. A first for Ohio will be the driven dressage classes that will be held during the Ohio Dressage Society’s schooling show, June 8 and 9, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, OH. All four ADS Training Level tests are available, plus exhibitors may choose a Preliminary test, and have a chance to redo one of the tests they have already done. More information about the show can be found at Ann Petersen is busy organizing an afternoon of traditional driving on June 16 for members of the Living History Society who are attending their annual meetings. While most of their convention will be held at an Akron, OH, location,

attendees will come to Lake Farm Park for the driving and antique carriage displays. Petersen has lined up several WRCA members to drive or display their antique turnouts. WRCA member, Paul Hurd, has been busy promoting the annual Ohio Welsh Pony Club’s All Breed Carriage Driving Show. Billed as an entry-level show, it features classes for various sized horses and ponies, along with two crosscountry courses. It’s scheduled for June 29-30 at the Portage Company Fairgrounds in Randolph, OH, and there’s more information available at One of the most popular of the WRCA’s picnic drives is the Scenes from the Carriage Association of America Observations. Howe Meadow Drive. Planned for Entries will close July 2 for the Ohio July 7, Henry and Kay Rish will provide Combined Driving Event (CDE) at Windy members with routes around Indigo Knoll Farm in Sullivan, OH. Bob and Lake, over prairies, and through wooded Susan Burrows have planned a great event for the July 26-28 weekend. This areas in this part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The meeting will begin at event continues to grow, and 11:30 a.m., with a potluck meal at noon. 2013 entries will enjoy several site improvements. Visit for Check membership booklets for more information or go to more details.


Black Swamp Driving Club Off to a Great Driving Season SUBMITTED BY ROGER HIGGINS JR., REPORTER


CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? IT’S JUNE already, and the Black Swamp Driving Club (BSDC) has had a Safety Clinic and four drives so far this year! We are off to a great driving season! Here is the current list of drives and events already scheduled.

June 1, Higgins Amish Country Drive, Kenton, OH (confirmed). June 16, Richwood Drive, Richwood, OH (confirmed). June 22, Gene Autry Days, Kenton, OH (confirmed). July 6, Upper Sandusky Historical

Society, Upper Sandusky, OH (confirmed). August 24, Unger Park Drive, Bucyrus, OH (confirmed). September 15, Parker Bridge Drive, Upper Sandusky, OH (confirmed). September 22, Coon Hunters Drive, Tiffin, OH (confirmed). October 19, Gillfillin Drive, Hites Log Cabin Drive, Kenton, OH (confirmed). If anyone is interested in having another drive or an event, please let the BSDC Board of Directors know so we

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Black Swamp Driving Club continued from page 133 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 the article. So, check the newsletter, and, you might even get a phone call if things change at the last minute. The Black Swamp Driving Club has been busy with the drives, as well as busy planning the activities for the remainder of the year on general business issues. We are planning on having a couple of speakers in August, with a potluck meal afterward in an area park. The board of directors is also planning the annual banquet. We are thinking about something different from what the traditional banquet activities are. So, please watch for updates. It is an exciting time for the club. We have a great driving season planned, and we have some new and exciting things in store. We are asking for pictures of each



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event we have. Molly Owen has taken over the scrapbook, and pictures are needed to keep that project going. We are blessed that we have those scrapbooks. Everyone should take some time to look at them. You would be surprised at all the things that have changed, and these books really jog memories. Pictures are also needed by the reporter, Roger Higgins Jr., for the Equine Journal articles. If you have pictures, please make sure one of us gets them. It’s great to share them with others so they can see what the BSDC is all about. Send any information that you would like to submit to, or call Roger Higgins Jr. at 740-251-7193. Thank you to the membership for supporting the drives and events. This is what makes our club successful. It takes a lot of time and planning by the host in preparing the events, and it’s great to see everyone coming to support them. We always have a great time. We extend an open invitation to everyone interested in the Black Swamp Driving Club. Feel free to come and check us out. Please contact us if you have any questions; we will be happy to help in any way we can.



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Western news ROLL CALL Twenty University of South Carolina equestrians were named to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s (NCEA) Academic Honor Roll. Five Gamecocks were also named to the NCEA Academic First Team, three were named to the NCEA Academic Second Team, and two were named to the NCEA Academic Honorable Mention list. “This is an outstanding group of student-athletes Congratulations to Melissa Winch Schulz on her new addition, Sapphire. who have dedicated themselves to excellence in the classroom and I am BLUE-EYED GIRL x Ima Bodacious Dream) on very proud of these ladies,” head Congratulations to Melissa winning the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) Horse coach Boo Major said. “It takes a Winch Schulz of Deerfield, NH, of the Year Award for 2012. He lot of hard work and discipline on the birth of her new filly, Sapphire, on April 2, 2013. The was bred by Charles and Jeannie to succeed as a student-athlete, Pircher of Rio Medina, TX, and is and we have a great team that colorful filly with two blue eyes is out of Zippos Barmaid and by owned by the Bilek Family Trust understands the importance of of Chino Hills, CA. NFC Justa Irishdance. academic success.”




At the age of 82, Dr. Archibald (Arch) C. Wagner of Livingston, MT, succumbed to a sevenmonth battle with cancer on March 29, 2013. Arch moved to Montana from Virginia when he was 60, after a successful career as a radiologist. He started reining shortly thereafter and owned the well-known AQHA stallion, Sailor Sam Silver. “Sammy” was immortalized by the scarecrow freestyle routine that can be found on Waltenberry’s “Most Outrageous Freestyles” tape.

The NRHA Board of Directors met on April 8 to discuss the 2013 NRHA Cowtown Classic and recent information brought to their attention regarding changes made to Texas Event Trust Fund policies. In light of these changes, the board of directors decided to cancel the 2013 event. Previously, the board decided against renewing contracts for future Cowtown events.

We are sad to report the passing of 2006 APHA World Champion and former Baylor Equestrian Team member, Suzanna Ashmore Nelson of San Marcos, CA, at the age of 22. She showed many talented horses, including the multiple world champions Real Me In and Ultimate Bonanza, as well as Nickys Dun Sizzlin. Nelson trained with Karen Qualls of Premier Performance Horses of Chino Hills, CA.

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OUR SYMPATHIES Popular National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) member Tom Ellingford of Bridgeland, UT, passed away on April 6, 2013. He was a member of the NCHA Board of Directors from 2009-2012.

RETIRED Seabreeze Pleasure Horses and the Nickersons, Carrie and Mark of South Orleans, MA, would like to sincerely thank all mare owners

that have supported reserve world champion Hot Lopin Sensation by breeding to him through the years. Robin DeGraff at DeGraff Stables in Midway, KY, reports, that “At this time, they have made the decision to retire Hot Lopin Sensation from the breeding shed. Carrie and Mark appreciate the breeding public’s consideration of this choice.”

REINING BY THE BAY Horse Sports by the Bay, Inc. is pleased to announce that Horse Shows by the Bay Reining Series I & II, a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) sanctioned event, will return to the 2013 Horse Shows by the Bay Equestrian Festival calendar. Dates for the only reining show of this caliber to be hosted in Northwest Michigan will be August 2-4. $30,000 in added money and prizes are being offered in addition to the prize money payout and NRHA trophies to class winners.

CONGRATS CLINT Congratulations to Clint Fullerton on becoming the manager and halter trainer at Fossil Gate Farms located in Argyle, TX. Fullerton and Gary Gordon will be presenting the horses in the open halter events while Linda Gordon will be showing some prospects in the amateur classes.

HALL OF FAMERS The NSBA proudly announces the prestigious 2013 Hall Of Fame recipients: the late June Warren, Majestic Scotch, and Natural Iron. The awards will be presented during the annual awards banquet held in conjunction with the NSBA World Championship Show in Tulsa, OK, on August 14.

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western Jackson, of Fort Valley, GA. John joined the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) in 2002 and made many reining friends over the years. He was a huge supporter of reining and of his family’s involvement in the sport. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Bissell, son-in-law, Jamie Bissell, and wife, Delores.

CONGRATS CAROL Hats off to Carol Roberts, who won the Non Pro Two Rein class at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stakes aboard her stellar performer, Oaks Dual Rey (TR Dual Rey x Docs Pearly Oak). They scored a 286 (142 rein/144 cow) to earn $680 and a beautiful CR Morrison trophy!

SHOW HER THE MONEY Auburn University Equestrian Team senior western rider, Indy Roper, has been awarded a $7,500 scholarship from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Postgraduate

Scholarship Committee for use in a part-time or full-time postgraduate study program at a university or professional school. A native of Hobart, IN, Roper plans to attend law school after graduating from Auburn. “I plan to focus primarily on sports law,” Roper said. “My experiences on the Auburn equestrian team have given me the passion to pursue this particular field.”

PASSING ON NRHA Member and Professional, Carla Clay, passed away March 14, 2013, from complications associated with pneumonia. She will be missed by her reining family and as a member of the Southwest Reining Horse Association Board of Directors. Carla was 59 years old and was originally from Beresford, SD, and lived in Whitesboro, TX.

OHIO JOINS THE RANKS The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) is proud to recognize the addition

of its newest state affiliate, the Western Dressage Association® of Ohio. The Ohio organizers are a dedicated and committed group with a passion for the westerntype horse. The group believes in the value of combining dressage fundamentals and the comfort of western traditions. They are already offering clinic and event opportunities and are working toward representing Ohio at the Western Dressage Association of America Open All Breed World Show in Tulsa, OK, this fall.

ADDED BENEFIT As an extra service to members, NRHA is proud to announce a new function within the Members Only section of nrha. com. This new function allows members to print a confirmation stating that their membership is current. The printed confirmation can be used when a membership card is lost, has yet to be received in the mail, or for any other purpose requiring proof of current membership.

Kentucky Reining Cup Shawn Flarida and Shane Brown Slide In for the Win THE KENTUCKY REINING CUP, which ran alongside the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, featured an international three-star reining competition and the incredibly popular World Freestyle Championship. Shawn Flarida earned the winner’s share of the $100,000 Kentucky Reining

Cup at the Kentucky Horse Park, riding Wimps Quixote Cody to a score of 226.5. Andrea Fappani rode Star For The Chicks to second place on a 224.5, and Tom McCutcheon rode Pretty Peppy Chec to third place with a score of 221.0. This was the third consecutive year that Flarida, of Springfield, OH, has

DONATING FOR HOPE During the Ram® Truck Tailgate Party and Benefit Auction held at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 16 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Road to the Horse®, clinician Clinton Anderson donated $10,000 to Central Kentucky Riding for Hope’s Equine Services for Heroes™ Program.

APP ALERT! In partnership with the equestrian website and mobile app producer, Unbridled Rider, best-selling author, Jec Aristotle Ballou, has developed the western follow-up to her international best-selling book and app, 101 Dressage Exercises for Horse and Rider. The new smartphone app—101 Western Dressage Exercises—is the perfect tool for the United States’ newest equestrian sport and is available for all iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® users, with availability on Android™ devices soon to come.

won the Kentucky Reining Cup, which began in 2011. Show manager, Brad Ettleman, noted that the starters in the Kentucky Reining Cup had increased from 18 to 24 horses this year, and called it “a benchmark for the sport of reining. We do get the top riders in our industry to come, and I’m sure the prize money helps.” For the second time in three years, Shane Brown won the World Freestyle Reining Championship at the Kentucky

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Over $3.3 Million Awarded At the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes THE 2013 NATIONAL CUTTING HORSE Association (NCHA) Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic wrapped up April 20 as another multimillion-dollar event for the sport of cutting, offering more than $3.3 million in cash and prizes to more than 2,000 entries from across the United States. Earning the top paycheck of $100,000 in the Super Stakes Open Finals for fouryear-olds was Hes A Hot Cat, owned by breeder, Don Gilbert, of Coushatta, LA, and ridden by trainer, Wesley Galyean, of Claremore, OK. Galyean, an NCHA Hall of Fame rider with more than $2 million in earnings, had three horses in the finals and was first in the herd with Hes A Hot Cat, a son of Spots Hot, scoring a 219—a score that held throughout the remainder of the competition. A total of 305 horses competed in the open competition for a total purse of $921,781 in the division, and a total purse of $2,062,379 in the Super Stakes. Australian native, Roger Wagner, made his way to the winner’s circle with the mare, Stylish Martini, to receive the winning paycheck of $52,833 in the

Super Stakes Classic Open Finals for fiveand six-year-old horses. Riding for owner, Dottie St. Clair Hill, of Glen Rose, TX, the mare by Docs Stylish Oak and out of Miss Martini Play, a daughter of Freckles Playboy, Wagner scored an event-high 225.5 aboard the spry bay whose moves in the arena proved worthy of her $700,000 Hes A Hot Cat and Wesley Galyean won the Super Stakes Open Finals price tag paid for four-year-olds. last fall at the Marvine Ranch reduction sale. Classic. In addition to cash, more than $250,000 in prizes was awarded, A total of 198 horses were in the lineup for the Super Stakes Classic including Sean Ryon saddles, Dennis Open for a $440,149 purse of the total Moreland bridles, Gist trophy belt $989,128 offered in the Super Stakes buckles, and other prizes.

Kentucky Reining Cup Horse Park. He rode Shepherd Star to the title, receiving 228 points from the three judges. Brown’s score put him just one point ahead of three riders who tied for second with a score of 227—Aaron Ralston on Blue Taris Glo, Drake Johnson on Sonic Chic Dream, and Pete Kyle on A Ruf Gal. Brown, of Elbert, CO, rode the grey stallion to country star Montgomery Gentry’s haunting ballad, “Gone.” It was a freestyle he’d also used to win at the Dodge Invitational Freestyle in Denver in 2008. His wife, Stacey, wrote the introduction that the announcer read before he entered the ring, in which he longed for the days of low-level technology, remembering typewriters and rotary phones. The Kentucky Reining Cup is produced by Equestrian Events Incorporated (EEI), a non-profit charitable Kentucky 138 EQUINE


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$100,000 Kentucky Reining Cup winners Shawn Flarida and Wimps Quixote Cody.

corporation that was established initially to produce the 1978 World Three-Day Event Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park. Following the success of those championships, EEI established an annual event which quickly evolved into

what is today the only four-star three-day event in the western hemisphere, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Full results and further information on the 2013 Kentucky Reining Cup are available online at


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Ray Hill aboard Juan at the Spring Is Finally Here ride.

Pattie Letourneau with her mare, Sandy.

Bay y State Trail Riders Association Finalizes Spring and Summer Ride Calendar SUBMITTED BY LISA GRIGAITIS


IT’S SO EXCITING TO BE ABLE TO start writing about our calendar of rides again. I think we have officially moved from winter to spring. We held the Spring is Finally Here ride on April 14. Thanks go out to Jane and Phil Rutledge for hosting this event, which took all of our riders on an enjoyable 7.5-mile or 10-mile loop of their choice. The trails were marked extremely well with lots of plates and confidence markers along the way. We had a fantastic turnout with over 60 riders. The morning started out nice and sunny, but the clouds moved in by mid-morning, with the wind picking up and making it a little chilly—the horses were all happy to get out and were frisky with the excitement of the day. As we were riding down one of the trails, I noticed that our president, Becky Kalagher, had built some new jumps, which are permanent to the forest. She built a nice in-and-out out of logs and some pressure treated timbers that she stacked. They will be a nice addition for our hunter

paces and for anyone just wishing to ride in the forest for the day. Thank you, Becky. Becky Kalagher was highlighted in an article and video in the Worcester Telegram on March 24: “Proponents Rally for Douglas-based Trunkline.” If you go to NEWS/103249796/0/SEARCH or to the Bay State Trail Riders Association (BSTRA) FacebookSM page, you can read the article, as well as view the video of Becky speaking on behalf of Bay State Trail Riders and the Southern New England Trunk Line Trail (SNETT). Board member, Donna Johnson, also reported that the Bellingham Bulletin published an article regarding the SNETT in their April issue. What great public relations for Bay State Trail Riders, the SNETT, and the work we do. Please check out our new and improved website, which is currently being updated and improved, thanks to all the hard work of board member, Wendy Amaral. You can find all of our

Cheryl Fitzpatrick riding Penny.

rides and registration forms online. Save the date for our National Trails Day ride at Hodges Village Dam in Oxford, MA, on June 6, 2013, and our Goddard Park Ride in Warwick, RI, on July 13, 2013. If you would like to promote BSTRA with one of our new T-shirts or sweatshirts, please ask to see them at the upcoming rides. Happy trails! June 2013

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Ohio Arabian & All-Breed Trail Society Adds Another Equine Affaire in the Books! SUBMITTED BY MICKIE NEWNAM

EQUINE AFFAIRE OHIO IS OVER for another year. We had quite a bit of interest, which is always good. On Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, we had show horses in the booth from Region 14 (sport horses), who felt right at home in the fairgrounds. Saturday, we had our distance horse on hand. Becky McCarty brought Dommy down, and he was very good, even if he did think this was the strangest ride camp he’d ever seen. She rode him in the breed demonstration, and other than being a bit concerned by a baby stroller outside the fence, he did a great job. He was quite happy to get back home though, she reported. Thanks go to Becky and her friend, Sara, for making the trip to bring him. They brought trophies also, one from Arabian Horse Association (AHA) and one from Ohio Arabian & All Breed Trail Society (OAATS), and it was great to have them displayed as well. Thanks also go to all who helped. I had several Region 14 members, which was great. Theresa Heger came up Wednesday

to help set up and stayed to work on Thursday. Maureen came up for Friday, and as mentioned, Becky and Sara helped on Saturday. We had enough help that everyone got a chance to shop and visit, as well as work, and it made for an enjoyable weekend—even if I did have to get up way too early every morning. Mollie gave a seminar on Saturday, and while I didn’t get a chance to go and listen, I did hear favorable reviews, which does not surprise me. We will need to find some new handouts for next year, so while Mollie is willing to work on that, if anyone else has any ideas, we’re open. Maureen was also kind enough to stop by my barn on the way up to evaluate Akela, as he had a few issues. While the news wasn’t what I’d hoped for (his riding career is over), I appreciated her checking the old man out. Luckily, I can still drive him, and he just turned 30, so I can’t really complain about semi-retirement. So, it looks like I’ll be working rides again for a bit. Unfortunately, I also have sad news.

Distance horse Wineglass Dominus+ at the Ohio Equine Affaire.

Celeste Phares and Shelly at Abi-Khan+ 2012.

Shortly after I got home from Equine Affaire, I got a phone call from Celeste Phares with the news that she lost her mare, Shelly, very suddenly to colic. Condolences to her.

Connecticut Trail Rides Association Announces Rides and Events for June and July 2013 SUBMITTED BY KIM DORE

MAY 31 TO JUNE 2, 2013, WILL BE the National Trails Day Weekend, and, the Connecticut Trail Rides Association (CTRA) and U. S. Wild Horse and Burro Association (USWHBA) Benefit Trail Ride and Camping Weekend. This is a 50/50 benefit weekend event. Half the proceeds (after expenses) will be evenly split between CTRA and USWHBA. Riders and volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt, dinner Saturday night, breakfast Sunday morning, a camping spot, and guided rides into Mohawk Forest. The minimum donation to participate is $50 140 EQUINE


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and can be paid by the rider, pledges, or a combination of both. Please note that ride leaders and volunteers are needed to make this weekend a success. Contact Kim Dore at 860-309-4507 or at secretary@ for details and to request a pledge form. Also, please note that a negative Coggins, proof of rabies, and a signed liability release will be required to participate as a rider for this event. Minimum deposit must be received by May 10. June 8 and 9 are open. June 15 and 16 is Father’s Day weekend and these days are open. Saturday, June 22, is the Full Moon Ride from Camp Boardman. Equestrians

are to meet at camp at 6:00 p.m. for a potluck pizza party (small donation required), and the ride starts at 7:00 p.m. Bring flashlights and/or headlamps if you have them. Reservations are requested by Thursday, June 20, and can be made by contacting ride host, Kim Dore, at 860-309-4507 or Sunday, June 23, is the White Memorial Ride at Berkshire Livery Stables, 59 Litchfield Road, Morris, CT. Riders are to meet at 10:30 a.m., and the ride will start by 11:00 a.m. Trails will include groomed carriage roads in WMF, as well as dirt roads in the connecting reservoir. Bring a bag lunch and beverage. Contact Kim Dore for reservations by Saturday, June 22, at 860-309-4507 or Friday, June 28, through Sunday, June 30, starts the 10–day Fourth of July

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West Greenwich Horseman’s Association Celebrates Earth Day by Making April Cleanup Month SUBMITTED BY TAMMY LAMPHERE

Connecticut Trail Rides Assoc. continued from page 140 Celebration at Camp Boardman! On Saturday, June 29, there will be a Game Ride, hosted by Karen Dilger. This may be a word scrabble ride or scavenger hunt—but whatever it is—it will be a fun ride. The ride will start at 10:00-10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 30, will bring another Pancakes Plus Breakfast, hosted by Karen Dilger. Bring your appetites, and be prepared to push away from the table full to the brim with rib-sticking good food! On Monday, July 1, through Friday, July 5, there are no official rides scheduled, but 142 EQUINE


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Right: Arcadia cleanup crew—Mike Grafe, Joel Lamphere, and George Reddick. Bottom: Members of the Carolina cleanup team.

and Sandy Hill. Seven members came to work. What a mess! Some of those trees on the Whispering Pine Trail were enormous! It was a good thing we had a real Maine logger with us to get those trees out of there. Lory Walsh, Lu Grafe, Paula Moore, and I were the cleanup girls following the men with the chain saws. We left Whispering Pines out onto Tanner Washout, where we did a bit of a touch-up and then headed down to the Sandy Hill

trail. This trail had already been cleared, but there was a lot of detail work to be done and a few big trees that, if hit with high winds, would have blocked the trail again. So, Joel Lamphere, Mike Grafe, and George Reddick made sure that would not happen. Riders, please note that the Sandy Hill trail has been re-routed, so you are no longer using the Washout hill. There is a noticeable blockade, so please do not take that trail!

there will be plenty of people coming and going all week with whom you can plan a ride or a meal. On Saturday, July 6, there will be a Poker Ride, hosted by Carrie and Fran Torsiello. The ride will start at 10:00 a.m. The 10 days, starting Friday, June 28, through Sunday, July 7, will all be counted as lot-holding days. Lot holders must complete a 24-consecutive-stay at Camp Boardman in order to hold their lot for the following 2014 season. This is the second year members have been given a bonus for dates to hold their lots—enjoy! July 13 and 14 are open, as are July 20 and 21, and July 27 and 28. If you don’t have any official CTRA

rides scheduled, Camp Boardman and the trails in Mohawk are still there, waiting to be used. Maybe you’ve been thinking of hosting a ride or just a get-together? July is a great time to connect with other members or friends and put together a barbecue or picnic. Also, you can organize a night of pizza and Bingo, or a game of cards can be a fun group activity, as well as Yatzee, Monopoly, or Dominoes. A neighborhood potluck is fun—have appetizers at one campsite, soup or salad at another, main meal in the pavilion, coffee and dessert at another campsite—this can be a fun way to meet your Camp Boardman neighbors, their families, and friends!


APRIL WAS CLEANUP MONTH for West Greenwich Horseman’s Association (WGHA). Our ride that was scheduled for April 6 was canceled due to the storm damage to the Carolina Management Area. We decided to make that date a cleanup day. Our job was made easier because the state did come in and remove the bigger trees, but there was plenty of detail work to be done. We had 12 members come with loppers, chain saws, extension saws for the overhanging branches, and muscle to make the trails safe for horses, hikers, bikers, and dog walkers! Our thanks go to: Mike and Lu Grafe, Celeste Santos, Linda Krul, Todd Snow, Tammy and Joel Lamphere, Carol and Theresa Drake (nonhorse friends!), and Debbie and Mark. On April 13, WGHA jumped in and helped the Rhode Island Federation of Riding Clubs with their yearly cleanup at the Horseman’s Area in Arcadia Management Area. We had a low turnout, but we worked hard, and the pavilion and outhouse look great. Thanks go to: Marilyn Graf, Chuck Moore, Lory Walsh, Lorretta Vincz, Beth Sturn, and Tammy Lamphere. Plans are in the works for more picnic tables and benches. Then, on April 14, WGHA held its annual cleanup at Arcadia. This year we picked Whispering Pines, Tanner Washout,

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Morgan news THE MORGAN WORLD MOURNS Frederick J. Nava, 60, of Kingston, MA, died at his home on April 28. He was the son of the late Fred E. and Ellen Nava, beloved husband of Christine (Collins) Nava, and loving father of Stephen Nava. Fred was the owner and president of Fred E. Nava & Son, Inc. in Kingston for 40 years. He was the horse show manager of New England Regional Championship Morgan Horse Show, Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show, Southern States Regional Championship Morgan Horse Show, Far West Regional Championship Morgan Horse Show, and Jubilee Regional Championship Morgan Horse Show. Fred was an inductee in the New England Morgan Horse Association Hall of Fame and the American Morgan Horse Association Hall of Fame. He is survived by two sisters, a stepson, a daughter-in-law, and step grandson, and many other family members and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to New England Morgan Horse Show, P.O. Box 188, Kingston, MA, 02364, or Cranberry Area Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA, 02360.

Peg and Fred Kelley were inducted into the New England Morgan Horse Association Hall of Fame last year, after 32 years of devotion to the breed.

THE MORGAN WORLD LOSES MARGARET M. KELLEY Mrs. Margaret M. (McEleney) Kelley, 78, of Mendon, MA, died on April 12 at the Blaire House of Milford after a period of declining health. She was the beloved wife

of Frederic J. Kelley Jr. Peg assisted her husband in the running of Kelley Green Acres, an award winning Morgan horse farm, located in Mendon. She and her husband were elected into the New England


Morgan Horse Association Hall of Fame this past July, after 32 years of devotion to the breed. She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years; her four children: Maggie Hood of Mendon MA, Erin M., wife of Laurence Sabean of Mendon MA, Dr. Frederic Kelley III and his wife Michelle of Portsmouth, RI, and Daniel P. Kelley and his wife Leslie of Sutton, MA; her nine grandchildren; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made in Peg’s name to The St. Gabrielle the Archangel Church Building Fund, 151 Mendon Street, Upton, MA 01568.

LADIES WEEKEND On April 6-7, Sebring Stables Fred Nava with his wife, Christine on the right, and horse show committe co-chair Debbie Lane on the left.

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Morgan News continued from page 143 in Richmond, MA, was host to the New England Morgan Horse Association’s (NEMHA) first clinic of the year. Sarah Gove and Carolyn Sebring put together a Ladies Weekend. Seventeen ladies participated in this inaugural event that started with a meet and greet wine tasting on Friday evening, sponsored by nearby Hill Top Orchard. A three-part program was held on Saturday. Cindy Mugnier had riders in all three seats, and all riders had never ridden their mount before. As you might expect, Cindy had them all riding comfortably in very short order. While group one was busy with Cindy, group two was upstairs with Jennifer Laurence. Jennifer, a long-time Morgan rider, has her own fitness studio in Chatham, NY. She got everyone moving and shaking. It was great fun and really helpful. The third group was also on horseback, but working with Anna and Jacob Snyder. They brought two of their school horses so riders could work on riding bareback with a vaulting pad. It was a real eye opener for

everyone. It really helped them stretch out and feel their body position. Anna and Jacob worked together and brought a new dimension to longe lessons. The day was filled with rotating groups, a nice lunch break, and then a healthy question and answer session with Cindy Mugnier and Harry Sebring. Sunday morning brought most of the ladies back to Sebring Stables for one more lesson. This weekend was a perfect reflection of the NEMHA—great people loving all things Morgan.

A NEW PARTNERSHIP Pam and Alyssa Glass recently purchased Armada Lady Liberty (Ultras Special Agent x Equinox Liberty Bell). The five-year-old mare was owned by the Friday family of Rolling Oaks Farm in Gansevoort, NY. “Libby” will be in training with Scott Travers at Driftway Meadows in Westport, MA, and will be shown by Alyssa in the Junior Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure 13 and Under division.

THE CONTENDER Amy Audibert of Westfield, MA, purchased Starboard’s Big Daddy (Stonecroft Byzantine x Liberation Bella Donna) as

her pleasure-driving contender. The nine-year-old gelding was owned by Thom Ozycz of Pawcatuck, CT, and Chris Cassenti at Chrislar Farm in Rowley, MA, was his agent. They will show under the direction of Percy McDaniel of Fox Fire Farm in Granby, MA.

SOLD! Chris Cassenti sold her 12-yearold mare, Cingate Foxy Lady (Tug Hill Whamunition x Flirtatious Me), to Peggy Knight of Tulsa, OK. Peggy plans on using the mare as her carriage driving horse.

A NEW HOME Kurt and Teri Rumens of Fire Run Farm in Snohomish, WA, and trainers Darly Hopson and Greg Ferguson of Trafalgar in Walla Walla, WA, congratulate George Liberty of Juniper Farms Equestrian Division in Gray, ME, on the purchase of Fire Run High Noon (Pondview Tres Bien x Rush to Judgement). The eightyear-old gelding will continue his show career under the direction of David Rand in Falmouth, ME.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD Roxanne Sardelli Greenway has been busy on foal watch at her Sarde Morgans in Clayville, RI. Treble’s Tainted Love had a bay filly by Astronomicallee, who she named Sarde’s Shakira. AFF Little Liza Jane had a bay colt by Astronomicallee, named Sarde’s Shinedown.

OH, BOY! Visual Addiction (The Master’s Touch x Triton Royal Dawn), owned by Mike Goebig and Dwayne Knowles of Broadmoor in Kutztown, PA, produced a bay colt by Astronomicallee. They named him Circus Boy.


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All aboard for the Morgan Express as the 74th Annual New England Morgan Horse Show rolls into the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA, on July 22, 2013. The oldest Morgan horse show in the world will continue for five days and will show-

case more than 600 Morgans competing in 300 classes. The show boasts the best of Morgan hospitality with ample opportunities to visit show-ring stars back in their barns, have fun shopping under the tent, and enjoy lunch or dinner at the show’s great concession stands. This year’s show is dedicated to Bob and Patti Brooks as it honors and remembers their decades of dedication to the New England Morgan Show. Bridle Vale Farm and Elaine Godsoe will be inducted into this year’s New England Morgan Horse Show Association Hall of Fame, and the fabulous, multi-titled world champion, Lamborghini In Black, will be retired in what is sure to be a spectacular send off for a spectacular and beloved Morgan superstar. Check the New England Morgan Horse Association’s website,, for the latest updates.

REMEMBERING JEAN S. MAY Mrs. Jean S. May, 94, of Sprakers, NY, died peacefully on April 10 at Palatine Nursing Home. She was born in 1918 in Bronx, NY. In the mid 1980s, Jean and her husband, John May Jr., relocated to Sprakers. She took great pride in being the matriarch of the family and enjoyed her award winning Morgan horses, especially Bay State Gallant (Orcland Leader x Narcissa). Gallant made history when he was the first horse to win both the 1964 Open Park Harness Championship and the Open Park Saddle Championship at the National Morgan Horse Show in Northampton, MA. He was trained and presented by Joe Parker of Joe Parker Stables in Amenia, NY. Gallant sired 33 offspring, including Hamden Gallant Gal, the 1985 Grand National Park Saddle Mare Champion; and Gallant Lee, the 1973 Reserve World Park Saddle Champion and the 1975 World Park Saddle Champion. Jean was also rail side whenever possible to watch her granddaughter, Kaylee, show Morgans and Saddlebreds.

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morgan Carrying on the family’s passion with horses, Kaylee graduates into the Amateur division this year and shows under the direction of Cater Stables. Jean was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was predeceased by her husband, John May Jr., in 2000. Survivors include her devoted son, John May III; beloved granddaughter, Kaylee May; and two sisters. A memorial service was held on their farm.

EQUINE THERAPY The Connecticut Morgan Horse (CMHS) Show is excited to announce that they have been awarded a grant from The David and Mary Barros Foundation, Inc. to subsidize the Therapeutic Leadline class. Applications are now being accepted and grants will be awarded to cover class entry fees, stabling, and shipping costs of the horses used in the class, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. The use of Morgan horses is encouraged but not mandatory. Proper show ring attire for the discipline

chosen is required. Side walkers are allowed, but there will not be a lift available for mounting. All riders will receive recognition for their participation and an award. For more information, contact CMHS Show Manager Johnna Chenail at 860-663-2495.

TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE! The rare birth of twin Morgan horses occurred on April 14, 2013 at Westport Morgan Farm in Fruitport, MI. The odds of both foals and their mother surviving are astronomical, so one could say there is a miracle in Fruitport. Farm owner and breeder of the twins, Dawn Jacobson, has been in shock. Her buckskin Morgan mare, Sizzle in Brass, had an ultrasound done at 90 days and it didn’t show the second foal. “Maybe it was a premonition, but I even joked with my vet and said ‘now you didn’t see any twins in there did you?’” says Dawn. “So after birthing the first foal, it was a total shock to see the first placenta drop out and another bubble and foot appear.” The foals, who are a bit smaller than average, needed aroundthe-clock care. The first 48 hours were very stressful and the mare

and foals had to be watched this story even more special is closely. A veterinarian exam the the color of the foals. The filly next day assured Dawn that is either a perlino or cremello she had two healthy foals. Both double dilute, and the colt is are nursing well, filling out, and either black or smoky black. DNA tests will confirm the exact colors. growing like weeds. At press time they had as good of a chance of In Morgan horses these colors are survival as a normal foal. not at all common, especially out This was Sizzle’s first time of the same mare and stallion. foaling and she does not know Dawn laughs at the names people having two foals is anything but are sending her, Yin-Yang, Salt normal. She has accepted her role & Pepper, Ebony and Ivory. The and has been the best mother. foals have gotten so much attention that they even have their “It is just amazing to watch her run and nurse these two tiny own Facebook page and in one foals and manage to not step on week had over 650 friends! them,” says Dawn. The foals are sired by the palomino Morgan stallion, Ancan True Colors. Dawn aleady has two horses by this stallion and has wanted another Ancan Morgan for some time. Now she has two for one. Sizzle in Brass with her twins born at Westport What makes Morgan Farm.

Raleigh g Spring p Premier Horse Show Draws Riders from the Northeast BY SUZY LUCINE

THE 20TH ANNUAL RALEIGH SPRING Premier Benefit Horse Show was held March 21-23 in Raleigh, NC. Several stables from the Northeast traveled south for their first show of the season. Melinda Moore judged Saddlebreds, Roadsters, and Hackney Ponies, and Patty Kent judged Morgans. Kristen and David Cater of Cater Stables in Dunbarton, NH, took 18 horses to the Raleigh Spring Premiere Show. Molly Codeanne rode Zagnut to both the Saddle Seat Equitation 13 and Under Championship and the UPHA Challenge Cup 13 & Under Championship. BRMF Lailani’s Fireball won the

English Pleasure Junior/Limit Horse. He was ridden by David Cater for owners Michael and Sara Foy. Lauren Foy rode her parents’ Epona’s Mo’o Lio, and won the Amateur Hunter Pleasure class. They went on to win the Hunter Pleasure Championship. Kate Foy rode her parents’ Queens Nightwatch to reserve in the Park Saddle Stake. Nicole Leone was reserve in the USEF Saddle Seat Medal class. She rode Hylee’s Vanity, who is owned by Kristen Cater. Clara McCool, riding My Sudden Surprise, won both the UPHA 14-17 Challenge Cup and NHS Good Hands. Maggie McCool and CH Hillside’s

Sensation were Reserve Junior Exhibitor Park Champions. Gia Leone and Charming Elle won the 18-36 Adult Show Pleasure qualifier. For the third consecutive year, Hannah Medico and Rowenda’s Razzmatazz won the Classic Pleasure Saddle qualifier and championship. Alyssa Medico and Seaside Heights won the Adult Show Pleasure Novice Rider qualifier and championship. Owen Binnie and I’m Impressive were reserve in the Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure 14-17 qualifier. Marissa Marks and Magic Legacy won the Adult Country Pleasure qualifier and championship. Rachel Menard and Michael’s Moving Man were reserve in both the Junior/ Limit Horse Park Pleasure qualifying class and the Open Park Pleasure Championship. Matt Lightner and Now and Again were reserve in the UPHA Park Pleasure

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25th Annual Oklahoma Centennial Horse Show Offers Something for Everyone THE 25TH ANNUAL OKLAHOMA Centennial Horse Show was held on April 11-14, 2013, in Oklahoma City, OK. Scott Matton, of Hartland, WI, presided over the Morgan, Saddlebred, and pony classes, while Misty McGinnis judged the Arabians and Half-Arabians. Since the show’s inception, over $200,000 has been donated to charity. Proceeds have been donated to benefit Coffee Creek Riding Center for the Handicapped and Fieldstone Farm Foundation. This year, the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Foundation was added to the list of supported charities. All of the classes were well attended at the horse show, with the Morgan classes bringing out some very competitive horse-and-rider combinations. Taking home the tri-color in the Classic Pleasure Driving Championship was Peeper Ranch’s Absolute Eye Candy; Kylee Keller’s Queens American Idol took the blue in the qualifier. Queens American Idol returned to sweep the Classic Pleasure Saddle division. In the English Pleasure division, Monnington’s Titian won the 13 and Under class, while Bellisimo won the 14-17 class and the Junior Championship. SSL Ringo and Bailey Strange took home top honors in the Amateur class, the Ladies class, and the Amateur Championship. Peeper Ranch’s Honore’ De Balzac stepped up to the plate, winning the Open Championship and the Junior Horse class. The Hunter Pleasure division had a



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wide variety of classes and a number of notable horse-and-rider combinations. AMHF She’s Got Boogie won the Open and the 13 and Under classes. Whoopsie Daisy made her debut to the show ring, winning the First Year Green class. GDT Boucheron won both the Amateur Championship and the Ladies Championship. French Grand Design and Lynne Suchy won the Amateur class. Rendition Sterling Image won the Open Hunter Pleasure Championship. Randi Wightman’s Gaits of Gold easily took the blue ribbon in the 14-17 class, with the Junior Exhibitor Championship being won by LR Ami Orion. LR Ami Orion also won the Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse class; Dragonsmeade Urban Legend won the Junior Horse Championship. In the Pleasure Driving classes, Five O Farms’ What’s My Line won both the Open class and the championship. Livewire took top honors in the Junior Horse class. The lone entry in the Park Harness class, Equinox Attache and Avery Niemann, still drove to win, impressing the crowd and the judge. Molly Remondino’s Skywarrior took the Park Saddle division by storm, winning the Open, Ladies, and championship classes. Cedar Creek Danseur won the Amateur Park Saddle class. In the Western Pleasure division, Cherrydale Melania was the big winner, winning the Amateur class and the championship, as well as the Junior Exhibitor 14-17 class and the Junior Championship. Fastrak Thunderbird

won the Open qualifier for Karen Cooley, while UVM Opportunity won the Open Championship. Treble’s Front and Center won the 13 and Under class. Sascha Mills’ Rivergate Steal My Heart won both the Limit Horse class and the Junior Horse Championship. The equitation classes showed off a number of up-and-coming riders that will be exciting to watch throughout their riding careers. Mallory Stacy won the Hunter Seat Medal and the 14-17 class; Lilly Ann Hansing won the 13 and Under class with Sarah Pruetz taking home the division tri-color. Mattie Willard took top honors in the Saddle Seat Medal and the UPHA Challenge Cup, while sisters Eleanor and Caroline Rainbolt-Forbes won the Saddle Seat Equitation class and the championship, respectively. The Western Equitation division saw a number of winners: Paige Crowley won the Medal; Lilly Ann Hansing won the 13 and Under; Lauren Osborne won the 14-17 class; and, Mary Revard won the championship. Congratulations to all of the competitors at the Oklahoma Centennial Horse Show!

Raleigh Spring Premier continued from page 145 Classic. He is owned by Spann Equine. Chloe Hauville and Imagine If were reserve in the 13 and Under Juvenile Show Pleasure Championship. Entries from Gary, Marsha, and Devon Garone’s Fairfield South in Richmond, NH, presented eight horses at the Raleigh Spring Premiere, and also had a good start to the show season. Assistant Trainer Kyle Gagnon rode Kalarama’s Personality Plus to win the Open Three-Gaited qualifying class. The gelding is owned by Gavin Gagnon. Devon Garone rode Tom Lewis to the tri-color win in the Three-Gaited Championship for owner Rick Daigle of Valley Show Horses. Kyle drove Holiday Style to top honors in the Junior Fine Harness class. He is also owned by Rick Daigle. Riding under the Fairfield South stable banner, Cassie Bystrack won the Saddle Seat Equitation 14-17 qualifying class and the championship title. Kailin Elizabeth Baechle rode her Harley Rally to win the USEF Medal class, and was reserve in the UPHA 14-17 qualifying class.

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UPHA Chapter 14 Spring Premiere April 17-20, 2013 Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Massachusetts PHOTOS BY CHRIS CASSENTI

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Lizzie Ruffner and KGA Picasso with Tori Travers after winning the Novice Rider English Pleasure class.

Sara Foy took home the Morgan Junior Horse English Pleasure Championship.

David Rand with Morgan Western Pleasure Champion LPS The Boogie Man.

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Arabian news their new filly out of CV Aislinnbeya +//, a national champion jumper, and by Sir Sinclair (KWPN) of Iron Spring Farm.

DRAFTTED Congratulations to Brittany Desiderio on her purchase of the 2008 AngloArabian mare, Updraftt, (Baladin d’Oc x Run Really Run) from Inverted Y in Brooksville, FL. [ABOVE] Murtadha Idress Al Khawajah recently purchased the lovely mare, *Momentica SD. [LEFT] Aaires HRN is now owned by Barb Sommerville of Pheasant Hollow Farm.


HONEYSUCKLE ROSE NORTH NEWS Honeysuckle Rose North (HRN) of Troy, NH, would like to congratulate Barb Sommerville, of Pheasant Hollow Farm in Berne, NY, for finalizing the purchase of the one and only Aaires HRN (Mishaali RCA x Elita HRN [*Ecaho]). This is Barb’s second Honeysuckle Rose North purchase. We’re looking forward to seeing both you and Aaires in the show ring in the near future!

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the exciting young son of FA El Shawan and Virtuosa MLR (by Versace), FA Rasheem.

DRIVE TO WIN Congratulations to Andy Go Dandy (Sultan’s Great Day x Colleen V), owned and driven by Margy Cox of Morriston, FL, who placed fourth in the Intermediate Single Horse division at the Live Oak International Combined Driving Event in Ocala, FL. We hear that that they are now aiming for Sport Horse Nationals in Lexington, VA!

VET IN THE MAKING Brenna Pugliese, of Coventry, RI, has officially accepted

Congratulations to Madeline Hoshizaki and her HalfArabian, Dark Prankster+++//, (Darktanion {Friesian} x Czapranka), who earned her final Fourth Level score and first Prix St. Georges score on her way to earning her United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Silver Medal!

EVENTING ANGLO OZ Poof of Purchase, an 18-yearold Anglo-Arabian, and Katy Groesbeck finished fourth in their first Advanced Level event at Galway Downs. They were leading after dressage and crosscountry, but dropped several placings after a rough go in the stadium jumping.

STORK ALERT Leah Moyer and Fern Bastinelli recently welcomed a new arrival! Congratulations on

ENTRIES ARE DUE! The entries for the Arabian Horse Association of New England (AHANE) 59th Annual Big Money Horse Show are due on June 1, 2013. Be sure to get yours in the mail!

NEW PARTNERSHIP Ashleigh Flores-Simmons and Rita Mason’s Anglo-Arabian mare, Athena+++// (LS Zane Grey+// x Little Badger Baby), recently made their debut at the CDI3* Golden State Dressage Festival and earned a 69.7% in the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Grade II para-equestrian test. Congratulations!

SUPER STAR Northwind Arabians sends their congratulations to Martha White on the birth of her new filly on March 17, 2013. Out of Bint Nariya and by The Elixir, she is sure to be a star.


her seat in the class of 2017 at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Congratulations!


Midwest congratulates Murtadha Idress Al Khawajah from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the purchase of the lovely mare, *Momentica SD (Shallenger x Mystic Momentt).

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arabian the Washington State Hunter Jumper Association (WSHJA) Spring Nationals. It was his first time competing in the Jumper division. Congratulations!

REPRESENT! Arabian Sport Horse breeders are being represented on the new United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Breeders Committee by Alexis Starer Doughty of Bayview Farm. Their goal is supporting and promoting American breeders and Americanbred horses and ponies. First up: permanent identification and verification of pedigree are required in order to track animals throughout their careers, despite name/owner changes.


Alexis Starer Doughty is now a member of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Breeders Committee.



Congratulations to Bailey Richards on the purchase of the 2009 purebred gelding, Excelante (XL Noble Express x Emazing Grace), from Strawberry Banks Farm. We can’t wait to see this duo hit the show ring!

Congratulations to Amy and Rich Simpkins on the birth of their daughter, Ryder Austin Simpkins, on April 11, 2013, at 10:37 p.m. Ryder weighed five pounds, nine ounces, and measured 17 inches long. (We hear she is already trying to talk her mom into buying her a ride for the WalkTrot English Pleasure!)

A ROSY FUTURE Congratulations are in order for Lora Collman of Rosewood Farm—times two! The same day that Lora closed on her new facility in Greenfield, NH, her longtime boyfriend, Evan Hedrich, got down on one knee and proposed. We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Lora and Rosewood Farm (and Evan, too, of course!).


Rae-Dawn Arabians congratulates Lusia Abbot on the purchase of the stunning 2011 filly, RD Caprice (Bey Ambition x Gysselle). This talented filly looks to have a bright future after being named the 2013 Arabian Fillies Amateur-Owner to Handle Reserve Junior Champion at Scottsdale.

SHARING IS CARING The official Crabbet Arabian website ( is excited to announce that the Facebook “Share” button has been installed on every page. So, get excited and share the magic of the Crabbet Arabian with your friends!

SSHOWSTOPPER Congratulations to Penny Peck, DVM, of East Longmeadow, MA, on her purchase of the purebred gelding, Steal the Sshow. Penny has been leasing “Justin” for over a year now, and we can’t wait to see them make their debut in the Amateur-Owner classes!

CONDOLENCES Our condolences go out to Lee Mancini Fitzgerald, of Union, CT,

on the loss of her husband, Tom Fitzgerald, in April. Our thoughts are with this fabulous employee and client of Double A Arabians who has helped a number of people enter the show ring with a smile on their face over the years.

OH BABY! Congratulations to Brigitte and Dan Pelrine on the birth of their daughter, Sierra Rose Pelrine, on April 16, 2013, at 10:26 p.m. We hear that she is a happy and healthy little lady, weighing in at six pounds, 10 ounces.

ON AFIRE Congratulations to Cheryl Nelson and Ashley Nelson Carriage on their purchase of FVF Roses Afire! Chase Harvill is very excited to get this amazingly beautiful three-year-old Half-Arabian mare into his barn! Look for her in the futurities at U.S. Nationals!

LEAP TO THE CHANCE Ashley Wren earned a championship in the Jumper .75m division on her Anglo-Arabian gelding, Galileo (Alota Gator Bait x Beaus Star Ruler), at

Michele Judd and her homebred Half-Arabian mare, Rite From The Start (Routinier x Rahsema Jewell), earned the Overall High Score Award at the Virginia Dressage Association/North Virginia Chapter Show with a 74.107%! It was their first rated show. Well done!

NEW PURCHASE Giacomo Capacci Arabians congratulates Devitto Giuseppe on the recent purchase of the magnificent filly, Mayis AS (Justice x Maggdalene). Best of luck with this extraordinary filly.

A TRAGIC LOSS We send our condolences to the owners of the crowd favorite, Defying Gravity RGS. Cheryl Doran lost her husband, Dr. Rick Doran, in late April after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).

THE COMEBACK KID After a four-year hiatus, EF KKlassique Beauty++, a homebred 10-year-old mare owned, shown, and trained by Pam Dors, took the ring by storm at the VAHA Futurity show. She took second in the Adult Amateur-Owner to Ride (AAOTR) 40 and Over Purebred Sport Horse Under Saddle (SHUS) class, and then went on to seal the deal with a win in the AAOTR

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arabian Angelica Bay+//, enjoying the grass at the Virginia Arabian Horse Association (VAHA) show in Lexington, VA.

Arabian News continued from page 149 Championship class. She also got a third in dressage in Second Level Test 2 with a 63.784%, and slammed it home in her final ride of the show with a 69.827% in First Level Test 1 for the win. This was Beauty’s first ride back after being diagnosed and cured with Equine Motor Neuron Disease, a debilitating, and more often than not, fatal equine disease similar to ALS in humans.

STONE HOLLOW AT VAHA Stone Hollow Sport Horses of Johnstown, PA, took three horses

down to Lexington, VA, for the Virginia Arabian Horse Association (VAHA) Spring Show. All three horses rose to the occasion and

performed above and beyond what trainer, Beth Thomas, was expecting for their first time outdoors! GA E-Khwaytor++ and Karen Morris, Angelica Bay+// and Caitlyn Sarnanchak, and FR Hercules+++// and Caitlyn and Beth Thomas, all had polished performances over fences and in the sport horse ring. The highlights included five

championships and five reserves. Congratulations!

FOAL FOLLIES Congratulations to Conway Arabians on their newest addition, Cecilia CA! This gorgeous black filly is by Proximus CA and out of Navirene.

GOT GAME? Conway Arabians would like to congratulate Rachel Braly on her purchase of Glory Got Game (Heir To Glory x Savirene B)! Rachel will show “Duke” under the direction of Kellie Wendling of Select Show Horses. Best of luck to this new team!

Jump to It! At the East Coast Hunter & Jumper Championships

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THE ARABIAN AND HALF-ARABIAN/ Anglo-Arabian East Coast Hunter & Jumper Championships will be held during the East Coast Championships on August 1-4, 2013, at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. The show is offering a full slate of hunter and jumper classes and features a Handy Hunter Jackpot class. Arabian and Half/Anglo divisions offered include: Working Hunter Open, Working Hunter Amateur, Green Working Hunter, Arabian/ Half-Arabian/Anglo-Arabian Working Hunter 14.2 & Under, Modified Working Hunter (Amateur), Modified Working Hunter Select (Amateur), Walk-Trot Cross Rails, Cross Rails Junior, Cross Rails Adult Amateur, Hunter Hack Open, Hunter Hack Amateur, Hunter Hack Junior Horse, Open Jumper, Amateur Jumper, and Low Jumper. The show also features sport horse classes split hunter/dressage types and dressage, including Prix St. Georges, Intermediaire-1, Intermediaire-2, and Grand Prix divisions. All classes are judged by open hunter and dressage judges. Prizes offered are neck ribbons, rose garlands, coolers, and trophies. The Arabian-Bred Hunter & Jumper Association will also award a High Point Hunter/Jumper trophy and prize. For a prize list and more information, visit



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Arabian Breeders World Cup Gains International Entries, Attendees, and Attention BY SUE ADAMS

a foundation mare for the Bob Boggs family, was also honored. She is the Leading Living Broodmare in the world with 23 sons and daughters in seven different countries and second generation offspring in some 30 countries. Dr. Nasr Marei received the organization’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the breed. Dr. Marei is a worldrenowned breeder, international judge, and gracious ambassador for the Arabian breed. His famed Albadeia Stud represents a family legacy of over seven decades and 10 generations of Arabian horses.

new Dams of Distinction Tribute came THE 2013 ARABIAN HORSE Breeders Alliance (AHBA) World Cup with the presentation of inaugural show was held April 18-21 at the South awards to two outstanding mares. Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, National champion and producer of NV. This marked the seventh annual international champions, Felisha BHF, World Cup event at the South Point made a final show ring appearance to Equestrian Center where the staging receive her award, as new owners Bob incorporates theater-style production and Dixie North announced her retireto create added drama and excitement. Nineteen-year-old Bint Bey Shah, continued on page 153 ment. The show was again honored by the continuing support of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, as the World Cup High Patron. Amateur classes opened the show with some $162,000 in prize money split between yearling and two-year-old fillies and colts in the AHBA Futurity and Legacy classes. The World Cup includes a presentation of awards recognizing outstanding contributions made to the breed. Ricardo Rivero of Guzzo Rivero Arabians Worldwide received the Handler of Excellence Award for a second time. The announcement of a *Pogrom, bred and owned by Janow Podlaski State Stud, was the Supreme Champion Senior Stallion.

Arabian Horse Association of New England Gears Up for a Fabulous Horse Show Please join us for our 59th Annual Big Money Horse Show! To be held June 27-29, 2013, at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, MA, the horse show will qualify riders for both the 2013 and 2014 Regional 16 Championships and Arabian Horse Association (AHA) National Horse Shows. Our esteemed panel of judges should 152 EQUINE


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make for a marvelous show. Larry Hoffman will be judging the main ring classes, while Ann Marie Gregoire will be presiding over the sport horse classes. Out in the dressage ring, Ida Anderson-Norris will be judging Friday’s classes (up to Prix St. Georges), and Dorothy Demis will be our judge on Saturday. Not to be forgotten, we welcome back Andy Bailey as our

announcer and Shannon Price-Herald as our steward. With over $10,000 in cash and prizes being given away, this is sure to be a horse show that you won’t want to miss! We offer a wide variety of classes, including over 20 classes to be announced. These slots can include any AHA-recognized class at no additional cost to you! The ever-popular Leadline class has been expanded this year, now offering an entire judged division for those under eight years old. For a complete list of classes, as well as a sponsorship form, visit AHANE. org. We hope to see you at the end of the month!



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Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association Offers a Multitude of Exciting Events SUBMITTED BY PAULINE M. COMIRE

GREETINGS TO ALL OUR MEMBERS as we embark on an eventful journey for 2013. Last month, we reviewed the elegant 2012 Awards Banquet that climaxed a great year for 16 members who had registered in the Year-End Program. With that behind us, I’ll report on the last two general meetings with our new president, Kevin Dwyer, at the helm. The February 23 meeting was held at Dwyer Equine of Red Rock Farm. The meeting was held in conjunction with the barn’s new arrival—on February 7, the stork brought a new filly to owner Randi Karson, a resident of the barn. Little “HHA Ode to Joy” (her registered name) is by PFC Vision and out of My Dream C. Randi saw it fitting to introduce the new baby to the general membership as an educational program for all the youth in the club and their guests. The

Arabian Breeders World Cup continued from page 152 Izabella Zawadzka, recognized as the “First Lady” of Polish Arabian breeding, received the Ambassador Award. A long-time international judge, vice president of European Conference of Arab Horse Organizations (ECAHO) and World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO) Executive Committee member, she is one of the most beloved members of the Arabian community and a true ambassador of the breed. The Arabian Breeders Cup is awarded to the breeder achieving the most success with horses in the World Cup competition. Om El Arab International won top honors with their name added to the prestigious perpetual trophy for a third time. The top five breeders for 2013 included Stonewall Farm, Oak Ridge Arabians, Rae-Dawn Arabians, North Arabians, and Western Cross Ranch. The results are available online at

newborn was taken to the indoor arena with her mom and demonstrated her agility as a healthy and playful filly. It was a beautiful sight as both mom and baby trotted proudly around the arena. A contest was held to give the new filly a barn name. After the general meeting, all names were turned over to Randi to be reviewed. Then, after a brief intermission, she announced the winner of the contest to be Julia Eddy, and the filly’s new barn name will be “Odette.” Julia’s name choice was derived from the Swan Princess of Swan Lake. Randi awarded Julia a $25 gift certificate for Schneiders for being the winner. We wish Randi and her new filly good health and a happy life. On March 24, Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association (RIAHA) held a Tag Sale at the Rhode Island Federation

of Riding Clubs Tack Sale, which took place at the Metcalf Elementary School in Exeter, RI. We had a table with items donated by the club members. Membership forms and information about the club were also available, with the intention of recruiting new members. It was a successful and profitable day. We wish to thank the workers and all who supported us. The March General Meeting was held on March 28 at the Ocean State Equine Associates (OSEA) of North Smithfield, RI. Guest speaker was Dr. Hollie Stillwell, who spoke about vaccines. Dr. Stillwell is the managing partner of OSEA and has an interest in equine reproduction. Following her presentation and a short business meeting, refreshments were enjoyed by all, and the good doctor spent time socializing with the members and freely answered all their questions. RIAHA’s Annual Open Horse Show is scheduled for September 8. Also, Maggie Walsh reports that the RIAHA and the Arabian Horse Association of Massachusetts will hold a combined trail ride on October 13 at Waters Farm. Mark your calendars. You can find these and all club activities on our website,

Arabian contact listings Arabian Origins Marketing, DeEtta Houts Owner/Designer, 218-296-1927,, Baldwin Stables (tsl), 108 Cedar Lake Road, Deep River, CT, 860-526-5989, Double A Arabians (tsl), 279 Watchaug Road, Somers, CT 06071, 860-749-4797,, Monastiri Arabians (bs), Jennifer Stine, 67 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA, 617-359-5623,, Quarry Hill Farm (tbs), 345 Sharon Road, Lakeville, CT 06039, 860-435-2571, Winchester Stables (tsl), Bevin O’Reilly Dugan, 336 River Road, Newfane, VT 05345, 802-365-9434,

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Quarter Horse news colt born at Show Stop Farm in Nocona, TX; Kimber, a brown filly (Greatmindsthinkaluke x BR Duplicate Nights); Uzi, a bay colt (Hot Ones Only x Im Lukin At You); Beretta, a grey filly (Allocate Your Assets x Gotthebluesinmysky); and BB, a bay filly (Lazy Loper x RL Night Thing). It looks like barn manager Melanie Haiss will have her hands full this summer!


Makayla Flowers and Formally Yours celebrate their Versatility Challenge win with MassQHA Princess Morgan Stevens and MassQHA Junior Princess Liliana Baker.



Congrats to the Flowers family on purchasing Suture Self Blue, aka “Babe,” from Robertson Quarter Horses, for Makayla to show in hunter under saddle and hunter hack this season. Makayla and Formally Yours qualified for Novice Championships this year, and also won their second Versatilility Challenge at the Massachusetts Quarter Horse Spring Novice Show. Additionally, they competed in and placed in showmanship, hunter under saddle, trail, and horsemanship classes. Ryan also got a new horse, HRZ Hez Invited, from Pine Meadow Quarter Horses. The duo will be competing in Novice Youth Western Pleasure alongside new trainer Sean Knowles of Knowles Performance Horses. Also, the family welcomed a filly by HH Redrock and out of Lookoutthereicome on March 3. And the most exciting news of all from the Flowers family— Rachel reports that after 154 EQUINE


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leaving for Florida following the Congress, they’ve decided to sell the farm in New Hampshire and make the Sunshine State their permanent home. However, Makayla plans on finishing out her year with Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association, so she can compete on their National Team Tournament team at Congress.


A number of Greyledge Farm students either got a fresh start this spring or made their show ring debuts at the Elite Spring Fling Quarter Horse Show held April 24-28 at the Hamburg Showplex in Middleport, NY. Congrats to Carol Watson with Paid The Piper, Amanda Zanellato with Zippos Good Roamboy, Ann Roberts and Huntin A Barmaid, Gabby Marks and Blushing Fancy Chip, and Mary Franco with Zipped Chip N Good on earning top three finishes in trail, halter, showmanship, and horsemanship classes.

QUALIFIED Also from Greyledge, Jessica Ross showed Paid The Piper to a circuit championship in Senior Trail and the Trail Classic. Jessica

also qualified Zips Sleepy Sandman, owned by the Onofre/ Spicer family, for the World Show in Senior Trail. Zips Sleepy Sandman also completed his Open AQHA Championship, and qualified for Worlds in Amateur Trail with Stacy Onofre.

POWDER BROOK POWER Powder Brook Farm had a successful trip to the Virginia Classic, held April 11-14 in Lexington, VA. Lauren Raad and Fantastic Invitation were Novice Youth All-Around Champions as well as Youth All-Around Reserve Champions, and Daniel Carlson and Are You Charlie earned the Amateur All-Around. Additionally, a number of their students were named circuit champions, including: Giota Togridis and Complete Chocolate in Novice Youth Equitation; Lindsey Slack and Deluxe Chex Account in Novice Youth Trail; Lauren Raad and Fantastic Invitation in Novice Youth and 13 & Under Horsemanship, Novice Youth and 13 & Under Showmanship, and Youth Performance Mares; Allegra Walters and Ben’s Chocolate Chip in Amateur Showmanship; and Daniel Carlson and Are You Charlie in Amateur Horsemanship.

Capall Creek Farm in Falmouth, ME, welcomes a number of babies this spring that are crossed with some of the best bloodlines in the industry—including Wesson, a bay colt by Iron Age and out of Lukette; Corbin, a bay colt (Good I Will Be x RB Touch of Moxie) out of recipient mare, Dixie; Remington (Allocate Your Assets x Just Have to Luke), a grey Capall Creek Farm’s Wesson with mom, Lukette (at left), and Uzi (at right).

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quarter horse Lisa Mazurka and Pine Chexed were named Novice Amateur Horsemanship Reserve Circuit Champions, and Caitlin Ackerman and Zip Town Doc were named the Amateur Equitation Circuit Champions.

MILES OF SMILES Colonial Hill Quarter Horses’ team of riders returned from the Connecticut Quarter Horse Association show full of smiles. Celeste Lagonick and Abbe went home with a third and three fourth place finishes in Novice Amateur and Amateur Select Showmanship, while barnmate Valerie Slimskey took home two sixth place finishes in Showmanship, a second and fifth place finish in Novice Youth Hunter Under

Saddle, two fifth place ribbons in Novice Youth Equitation, and second place in Novice Youth Trail with Laser. Mikayla Franklin, who is new to Colonial Hill, finished third under both judges in Walk-Trot Horsemanship and earned sixth place in Pleasure.

WARM WELCOME Dawne Wilson of Colonial Hill Quarter Horses sends a warm welcome to Keri and Karissa Golias and their horse, Tonka, as well as Sierra Young and Reggie, who have joined the Colonial Hill team.

ALL-AROUND WINNER Gilliam Quarter Horses congratulates Tara Lawless on her first circuit all-around champion-

ship with her new horse, One Fine Detail. Tara and “House” competed in Frankfort, KY, at the Lakeside Arena and earned points for their awards in Hunter Under Saddle, Tara Lawless with One Fine Detail. Equitation, and Performance Halter Geldings. One Fine Detail is congratulate Mariah Sherer a four-year-old gelding by on her Youth World Show One Hot Krymson and out of qualification in Hunter Under National High-Point, World, and Sadle with WD Good Fellow. Congress Champion mare, The pair earned 22+ points Fine Details. to compete at this prestigious show in just a couple of THE ROAD TO YOUTH months, whereas most youth WORLDS have had since May 2012 to Casi Gilliam also wishes to qualify. Great job, Mariah!

Empire p State Quarter Horse Association To Host Novice/Rookie Horse Show in New York State SUBMITTED BY TOM HATCH

WE ARE REALLY EXCITED TO BE offering our second novice/rookie horse show in New York State. Last year, although small, the show was well received and started to build up some interest. This year, Empire State Quarter Horse Association (ESQHA) is moving the show to the Rochester area. The show date is June 30, and it will be held at The Homestead Farm in Ionia, NY. Jeff Steer has agreed to host the show at his place, and we know that will make for a great addition to the quality of the show. Judging will be by Dave Phillips. Also, a horsemanship clinic will be offered. For more information, visit


The weather was beautiful in Houston, TX, and the hotel was outstanding. The flight was good, although I guess going first class does have its advantages. At the convention, our ESQHA president, Larry Jaynes, was appointed as the new American Quarter Horse

Association (AQHA) Director for New York State. While Larry was busy with his interview and meetings to become director, I took every opportunity possible to attend as many meetings as I could fit into my schedule. One of the committees I attended was the Shows and Professional Horsemen Committee. There were many good discussions going on, one of which was around the leveling program, which has been put on hold as of now, until the new database 3.0 is instituted. Another conversation was around allowing two-handed showing for International Affiliates at the all novice shows; this was voted down also. A no-vote was taken to amend rule SHW260.4 to award a half-point to the horse placing first in any class with less than five entries. Rule SHW260.3 to award points with four or fewer entries was also voted down. They did approve the request to modify the rule regarding green classes and raising the money earned in all green classes from $1,000 to $5,000. Next, I went into the Show Format and Procedures Subcommittee meeting. The request to modify rule SHW122.1 to not

allow a show to require participation in halter or any other class to be mandatory in order to receive a circuit award was voted down. They did pass that anyone who goes from three to five years placing in the top 10 class at an AQHA World Show is not eligible to show in an introductory show. They also approved that during a timed event, the name of the exhibitor and horse may be announced. They also passed that the name and number of a show official will be posted somewhere in plain sight at the show, so that the official can be contacted at all times during the day or night of the show. I then ventured on to the World Show Subcommittee, where there were several rule changes voted on—one being that they denied adding Two-Year-Old Hunter Under Saddle or Three-Year-Old Hunter Under Saddle at the World Show. They tabled adding green classes (Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Trail, and Western Riding) at the World Show. Next, it was on to the Halter Committee, where three rule changes were voted down—one being adding a Four-Year-Old Halter class and also to allow show management the option to offer Junior/ Senior classes in halter. At the Awards and Recognition and Marketing Committee, several ideas were passed around. They would like to see better certificates for Register of Merit (ROM). I will sign off and continue next month with more news from the convention. June 2013

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Establishes P.R.E. World Championships for 2013 SUBMITTED BY BARB CLARK

REALLY? THE WORLD Championships for the P.R.E. breed? It sounds positively silly, unrealistic, arrogant, and oh, so American! With about 60 countries breeding the P.R.E. Horse, how can a fair contest be held—a contest where everyone can participate, even the smallest breeders who live in the poorest countries? Everyone knows that at the Olympics and World Equestrian Games™ there is a fair representation of countries that do specific equestrian sports. These events are held at an enormous cost, so how on earth can the P.R.E. breed ever expect to fund a real world championship in morphology? Enter This site has amazing digital technology. Think about it. In today’s world, we can view the smallest details on the ground from satellites that orbit miles above the earth. We enhance digital images taken far away to see small details about almost anything. With this amazing ability to enhance images, all we have to do is digitally capture a horse going through a morphology pattern and upload the video into the website. Immediately, questions come to your mind, don’t they? What about ensuring that the horses really are who they say they are, and what about making sure that they are properly microchipped and registered? The video images of horses entered into the P.R.E. World Championship Show must be taken from sanctioned P.R.E. shows where proof of ownership, identity, and eligibility are required. They can be Foundation approved, Stud Book of the Spanish Purebred Horse (ANCCE) approved, or any other approved or sanctioned show from a recognized P.R.E. authority. The idea is to have the best P.R.E. horses in the world, no matter where they are or 158 EQUINE


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with whom they are registered. There will be honored judges selected from among the best that Spain and the P.R.E. breed have to offer. HorseShow. com is currently negotiating with judges’ groups in Spain to have four judges review the horses in the classes. The panel of expert judges will review and assign marks on fiches for each horse entered into the show. This is an amazing opportunity for horsemen to have their equines judged by experts in a fair and equitable manner. HorseShow. com is a third party entity that has no interest in the outcome of the P.R.E World Championships. They are running the show to ensure that every entry receives fair treatment in the show. You can enter the P.R.E. World Championship Show by attending The Foundation’s National Show. The popular Earl Warren Showgrounds,

Is your horse a world champion in movement?

in the lovely town of Santa Barbara, CA, will be the location of National Celebration 2013. This will be an ideal venue to film your entries into the P.R.E. World Championships! By entering this national championship, you will be maximizing your show dollars. You can take a video of your horse’s presentation and enter it into the P.R.E. World Championships at after you compete at the National Show. It is quite exciting! Everyone, in every country, every breeder, every owner, can compete for the title of world champion. There will also be a reserve champion prize awarded for each class. Does your horse have what it takes to be a world champion? You will never know unless you enter. Entry fees for the P.R.E. World Championship Show, presented by The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse and, are only $100 per class (only $25 per judge). The cutoff for entries is December 31. Entries are being accepted now. For all the details about this exciting opportunity, visit HorseShow. com or Enter to win, and brag about having the very first world champion P.R.E.


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Roelie, owned by Kristine Erickson, proudly displays his 2012 Friesian Driving Champion ribbon, awarded by the New England Horsemen’s Council.

Northeast Friesian Horse Club Shares Highlights from the Show Ring SUBMITTED BY KELSEY EVANS


LAST YEAR, WE HEARD FROM Kristine Erickson about her young gelding, Roelie, and his success on the driving show circuit. Well, it turns out he did very well, earning himself the title of 2012 Friesian Driving Champion for the New England Horsemen’s Council! Way to go! Roelie is currently expanding his repertoire to dressage, with some training from Julio Mendoza. What will he be up to this year? The Northeast Friesian Horse Club (NEFHC) Classic is right around the corner, and we are getting excited for a weekend packed full of exciting and competitive classes, including new this year: Open Long Lining Freestyle, Family Pleasure class, Open Scholarship class, and Open Pleasure Driving Novice Horse. The show is

a fun and family-friendly event for exhibitors and spectators alike, with plenty of fun and games for those on or off their horses. So, make sure to mark your calendars for July 19-21 in Topsfield, MA. Also, while your calendar is open, don’t forget to mark down one of the most important Friesian events of the year. We are happy to announce the date of the 2013 Friesian Horse Stud Book (KFPS) New England Inspection as Thursday, September 19. The location is still to be determined; stay tuned in the coming months for more information. To learn more about the NEFHC Classic, the KFPS New England Inspection, or other club news, visit our website,, or find us on FacebookSM. June 2013

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American Bashkir Curly Horse Registry Offers Numerous High-Point Programs SUBMITTED BY SUE DAVIS

AS OUR HORSES ARE SHEDDING out, we are getting geared up to go into the 2013 show season! Whether you show in pleasure, hunter/jumper, dressage, trail trials, attend clinics, go to expos or just trail ride, the American Bashkir Curly Horse Registry (ABCR) has a highpoint program for you! Unfortunately, we are too small to have many of our own breed events; however, the registry still awards those who get out and do things with their Curlies! We have a high-point program to fit almost every rider! To be eligible to receive these year-end awards and the accolades that go with them, there is a mere $10 fee! Now is the time to get signed up as we head into the season! Points do not start accumulating until

you are registered. You may register for as many programs as you want. Year dates are from January 1 to December 31 for all categories. Get signed up today! Don’t let any of those hard-earned points go to waste! The following is a description of the high-point programs.

the most points for the current year. The points must be accumulated on an ABC-registered horse in open competition against all breeds or in ABC breed events.

ABC Breed Promotion

Performance Horse

This annual award is presented to a current ABC adult(s) in good standing with the ABC Registry and who has participated in exhibits, demonstrations and promotions of ABC horses, in the best interest of the ABC Registry, and who has accumulated the most points for the current year.

A champion and reserve champion annual award is presented to the registered ABC horse accumulating the most points for the current year. The points must be accumulated in open competition against all breeds, in ABC breed events, or in horse show performance classes according to the listing of the American Horse Show Association and ABC classes.

(Above) Charming Tokota, a high-point versatility horse, ridden by Joan Olson. (Left) Okie “J” Feisty Fella II, multi-time high-point performance, versatility, and hall of fame horse.

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This annual award is presented to a current ABC youth, age 17 and under, who is a current ABC junior member in good standing and who has accumulated the most points for the current year.

Youth Rider A champion and reserve champion annual award is presented to the youth, age 17 and under, that is a current ABC junior member in good standing and who has accumulated 160 EQUINE


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A champion and reserve champion annual award is presented to the registered ABC horse accumulating the most points for the current year. Must complete one horse show, have miles on the trail, and do at least four other events: parade, trail, roping, clinic, expo, etc. Presented to horse only, not the rider.

Frequent Rider Program A champion and reserve champion annual award is presented to a current ABC member in good standing and an ABC-registered horse who has ridden the most miles in the current year. This program is divided into several categories: ■ Frequent rider-horse/casual division under 500 miles, all ridden on same horse. There may be different riders, but all must be ABC members. ■ Frequent rider-rider/casual division, under 500 miles, awarded to ABC member. They may ride multiple horses,

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American Saddlebred Association of Maine Kicks Off 2013 Competition Season SUBMITTED BY STEVE BOUTET

THE AMERICAN SADDLEBRED Association of Maine (ASAM) has just kicked off what is expected to be another great year. On April 28, the season started with the Maine Horse Association’s Annual ASAM Long Horn Fun Festival Horse Show. About four dozen horses were shown at the one day event at the

Hollis (ME) Equestrian Park. The show offers a flat rate as it helps get those new horse/rider combinations into the ring early in the year. Then, on Mother’s Day, the 18th Annual ASAM Dunegrass Living DoubleJudged Classic Horse Show took place. Read about that show in the July issue

of the Equine Journal. Next up this season, ASAM is proud to bring you the 39th Annual ASAM Summer Spectacular, being held Friday through Sunday, July 5-7 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds in Skowhegan, ME. Judging the 39th edition will be Tiffany Wilks Wheeler, all the way from Simpsonville, KY. We hope you plan to join us for the big weekend and experience some of our homegrown Maine hospitality. Class lists, entry sheets, and more general information can be found on the Maine Saddlebred Association website, See you at the shows!


Ohio Haflinger Assoc. Gains Exposure at Horse Shows and Equine Affaire SUBMITTED BY KATINA WILSON

OHA youth members need to be writing down the activities they are doing with their Haflingers, and please make sure that an adult initials for that activity! In my personal experience, it’s much easier to write the activities down as you go rather than wait until the week it is due! OHA adult members are also reminded that I need your stories and pictures to help this article become interesting and informative. Please send the stories and pictures via the OHA Facebook page or to my personal email at

OUR HORSES HAVE FINALLY BEGUN to lose their winter coats, and the grass is getting greener. It is always amazing to see the transformation of the dry, dead grass from winter into the lush, vivid green of spring, after having an ample amount of rainfall. Here’s hoping that this summer will bring the rain we will need to improve everyone’s hayfields! Since the weather has improved so much, our thoughts naturally turn to spending more time with our horses, as well as preparing for the horse shows that are just around the corner. Veteran horse people know the importance of getting their equines out to different venues to expose them to different scenery. Many organizations began offering “Fuzzy Fun Shows” in March and April. Recently, Woodward Performance Haflingers participated in a new show series, held at Reality Farms in New Concord, OH. Jacque

Woodward and her student, Janay Fetzer, rode Authentic Rock MJW and Mandolyn RVRW, respectively, in several hunter under saddle classes. The two Haflingers were shown very well against several warmbloods, with Authentic Rock coming in first in the Walk-Trot division. Well done, ladies! Another big event that featured Haflingers was, of course, Equine Affaire. Paul and Carolyn Sutton, again, put on a spectacular show. The Ohio Halfinger Association (OHA) FacebookSM page even received a compliment about the Haflingers at Equine Affaire, and just how wonderful they were. Congratulations, Paul, Carolyn, and crew for once again showcasing our versa- (Left) Jacque Woodward riding Authentic Rock MJW. tile and lovable breed! (Right) Janay Fetzer riding Mandy RVRW.

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but all must be ABC-registered. ■ Frequent rider-horse/competitive division, as above, however awarded to horses that go over 500 miles in the current year. ■ Frequent rider-rider/competitive division, as above, however awarded to ABC member that rides over 500 miles

Gymkhana/Speed Program A champion and reserve champion annual award is given to the ABC-registered horse accumulating the most points for the current year. The points must be accumulated in open competition against all breeds or in ABC breed events.

In-Hand Program A champion and reserve champion annual award is presented to the registered ABC horse accumulating the most points for the current year. The points must be accumulated in open competition against all breeds or in ABC breed events, and the horse must be four years of age or younger as of January 1 of the current year. June 2013

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Granite State Appaloosa Association Show Season Begins SUBMITTED BY JANET MURRAY

SHOW SEASON HAS BEGUN IN earnest for some Granite State Appaloosa Association (GSAA) members. Several members traveled to Cloverdale, IN, the first weekend in April. Mary Ellen Prunty’s gelding, Mighty Awesome Mister, shown by Melissa Proulx, was High-Point Western Horse with wins in Senior Western Riding, and they came home with a new work saddle. Linda Coyle, who is leasing Cowboys Go First Class from the O’Connells, was High-Point Master’s Non Pro at the show. Kim Devers Sheer reports that Jettset EnDevers’ girls all had a great Cloverdale show. Shannon

Mahoney was High-Point Novice Youth and reserve in 13 and Under Youth. Other youth that showed with Kim were Bella Eldridge, Samantha and Olivia Johnson, Shea Garvey, and Katie Shepherd. We had wins in trail, hunter in-hand, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, horsemanship, halter, and western pleasure. My mare, Artsy, will be flying to North Wales in May to her new owners, Jeanette and Tim Keeley. They plan to show her in England and at the Appaloosa European Championships. Congratulations also go out to Sarah Lagerstedt on the purchase of world

and reserve world champion, Just Enough Hunter, aka “Archie.” Sarah competes in a variety of classes at the South Shore Horsemen’s Council show series, under the guidance of Karen Johnson of Kingston, MA. Board member, Tami Donohue, has a new mare, Dandy Impulse, who she will show in western events. Christine and Paul Wyman have two new horses, Lads Winning Lady and DZs Final Dream. Our annual awards banquet was held in Concord, NH, at The Common Man in February. It was a very blustery day, and the awards presentation was interrupted by a power outage followed by a fire alarm. GSAA’s regional show for 2013 will again be held Labor Day weekend in Skowhegan, ME. The Maine Appaloosa Club show is the weekend beforehand, and exhibitors are welcome to stay over during the week. Those who did so last year had a great time. Please send me news at



CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR YOUTH essay winner, Amanda Henry, who received a 2013 Junior membership. Below is a reserve champion in halter. I know I don’t do this with Dutch, but she loves her essay about her reslationship with her 2012 Champion Quarter Pony, to drive—it is her favorite. Smokin'Double Dutch. Dutch is 13.3 hands, is a pinto I Love My Quarter Pony—Smokin’ Doubledutch I love my Quarter Pony because she listens to me and likes me, too. Dutch (my trainer’s Quarter Pony) liked a rider named Mallory, but then she started to ride a different horse, and didn’t ride Dutch anymore. Dutch chose a new rider, and that rider is me. Now, she likes me, but more than like—it’s more love. Dutch is a great pony. She even follows me without a lead rope. Sometimes, she challenges me, or might test me, but she is a good girl. Dutch and I do a lot of cool things together. For instance, we like to do jumping, or gaming, but we usually do English or western. It is pretty cool. Once I was in Astoria, and Dutch won 162 EQUINE


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(L-R) Teagen Mooney holding RD Honey’s Money, with Amanda Henry and Smokin’ Doubledutch.


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pony, and has one blue eye and one brown eye. Personally, I like the brown eye. She is 11 years old, and she is white with brown patches. Dutch is a great pony, does very well, and is a great Quarter Pony. I love her very much and she loves me too. The photo is at the show that Dutch won the reserve champion. Dutch and I are on the right, and my friend, Teagen, is with Dutch’s daughter, Honey.

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Northeast Fjord j Horse Association Welcomes Haflingers at Annual Horse Show SUBMITTED BY ANGELA YOUNG

THE NORTHEAST FJORD HORSE Association (NFHA) is excited and feverishly working on this year’s horse show, which will be a lot different than those in the past. This is because the NFHA will be inviting the Haflinger breed to join them. Two of the area’s popular ponies will be coming together for three days of fun and friendly competition. The two breeds have similar characteristics but, at the same time, are completely opposite. They will not be judged against one another, but simply will be given the avenue to compete with those similar to them rather than against those that are often present at open shows. Sometimes owners feel that riding breeds, like the Fjord and Haflinger, in open shows can be a disadvantage against the more “normal” horse. It can be more challenging, but owners of these two breeds would have it no other way. To love a Fjord or Haflinger is to know one. Their outward appearance is only the beginning of their wonderful attributes that lie within. This year’s Northeast Fjord Horse Association Show will be held for the two breeds on August 2-4 at UMASS

Hadley Farm in Hadley, MA. Stalling will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, as space is limited. Day truckins are always welcome. Members of the Northeast Fjord Horse Association will be given a time frame to enter the show before we open registration up to nonmembers. Anyone can be a member of the club, even if he or she does not own a Fjord. Membership offers many benefits, including discount entries in our show and priority entry.

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I would like to take the time to introduce myself. I have been with Quarter Pony Association (QPA) from the beginning in 2005, and have been the president. I have also been the Northeast director and an inspector for Pennsylvania. I now look forward to this opportunity to serve all the QPA members in this new journey with my 15-year-old daughter, Adrian, who will be helping me with this endeavor. Please feel free to share your stories with us. Thanks are extended to the Equine Journall for allowing the Quarter Pony Association and its affiliate, the International Quarter Pony Association, to share their news. All submissions for consideration in QPA newsletters become the property

My name is Amanda Henry, I am nine years old, and my birthday is on October 9, 2003. I live in Sherwood OR, and I love Quarter Ponies!

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We now have Quarter Ponies registered W in 42 states! We are missing Alaska, Hawaii, South Dakota, North Dakota, Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware, Iowa, and Massachusetts. We are now up to 796 Registered IQPA ponies, with 536 being solid, 160 that are Paints, 93 that are Appaloosas, and seven of another color.

There will be events for all disciplines. Our events will include riding, driving, dressage, and jumping. It is an open show, so the public is welcome. If one of these two breeds has tweaked your interest at one time or another, now is your chance to come and watch them both in action, and get to meet them up close and personal. Spectatorship is free. More information about our show, including things such as entry forms, a class list, and vaccine requirements, can be found on our website, Any further questions can be forwarded to myself, show manager, Angela Young, at We look forward to seeing you all at this great event in our hopes to promote the fine features of both breeds. Until next time, happy Fjording.

Kay Konove and navigator, Carol Terry, with Sonya, demonstrating the Fjord’s driving abilities.

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Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Club Hosts Educational Clinic with Helen Weeman

riding at Tahuri Farm is always a special treat, especially with Liz Benney looking after us and entertaining everyone with her charm and wit. Thanks a million, Liz. We are hoping to have other events at Tahuri Farm again later this year (if the fates will allow). Here are a few of the comments we were pleased to receive about this event:


THE EARLY SPRING CHILL DID NOT keep our dedicated students from gathering at Tahuri Farm in Upton, MA, for our first Yankee Walker Clinic of 2013. On April 6 and 7, six horse-and-rider teams and several auditors braved the cold to attend the two-day Helen Weeman Clinic. Helen is a certified Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association (TWHBEA) instructor, and she also teaches gaited, non-gaited equitation, and saddle seat riding. She and her husband, Dana, own and operate Setting Sun Stable, located in Saco, ME. This weekend clinic was not only an educational experience, but also a relaxing retreat! Thanks to all of the horse-and-rider teams, as well as the folks that braved the nasty winter winds to audit the sessions. We appreciate everyone coming out to participate and for making this a very successful weekend. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with others. The friendly dynamics and

cheerful personalities of those attending resulted in one of the warmest events I have ever experienced. Clinician, Helen Weeman, was wonderful at attending to each horseand-rider’s individual goals, as well as addressing the group on the basics and beyond. On a personal note, my horse, John, and I made real progress and found the weekend to be a bonding experience, thanks to the work we put in with Helen. We are also very fortunate to have had Sandi Molinari’s generous contribution of time and energy. She and her husband, Tony, opened their beautiful lake house cabin, providing cozy accommodations for participants. During the clinic, Sandi filmed our lessons, coached, and assisted everyone from the sidelines in the arena (even while cleaning up manure). And, after class each evening, she served us all home-cooked delicious meals and replayed our riding sessions on a giant HDTV. This lady takes hospitality to a whole new level! Everyone agreed that spending time

“This clinic surpassed my expectations! It was great to meet you all. I hope to be able to see you all again soon.” -Teresa Boldwin and “Bodie of Oz” “I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the clinic. Thank you, Sandi, for letting me stay at your beautiful lake house! Thanks to you, Helen, and your help with Penny, and I enjoyed meeting everyone else. What a nice group of people and horses!” -Clare Aliberti “I learned more there than all the reading and videos I have watched. I am so grateful that I didn’t purchase some of the horses that I have seen. I am planning to go up to Maine to take a lesson or two with Helen so I can feel the gaits so that I will be better able to judge the horses I look at.” --Auditor, Patricia Daragan “I had a great time, learned a lot,

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Connecticut Color Breed Association Looks Forward to Upcoming Shows SUBMITTED BY NICOLE SOUZA

CONNECTICUT COLOR BREED Association (CCBA) offers affordable and fun horse shows strictly for color breed horses. The club hosts five horse shows a year, provides year-end awards, and hosts clinics and other educational equine events. Our mission is to encourage, promote, and highlight the color breed horses. For more information, visit our website,, or email 164 EQUINE


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Club Events Galore! Please visit our website for any forms needed, event dates, horse show class lists, and more. Also, visit our FacebookSM page for results and point standings for our May 19, 2013, horse show at Lazy D Ranch in Harwinton, CT, as well as trail rider mileage program and dressage program point standings! Our next event is our second horse show of the season on Sunday, June 23, 2013, located at Wishing Rock Farm in West Suffield, CT.

2013 Events HORSE SHOWS: Sunday, June 23—Wishing Rock Farm, West Suffield, CT Sunday, July 28—DeCarli Farms, Ellington, CT Sunday, August 25—White Birch Farm, Portland, CT Sunday, September 29—Wishing Rock Farm, West Suffield, CT

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Yankee Walkers continued from page 164 and can’t wait to get back on Scooby!” -Daisy Gmitter and Scooby “Everyone was so considerate and warm and appreciative—it makes holding clinics so worthwhile.” -Liz Benney, Owner and Proprietor of Tahuri Farm

Teresa Boldwin and “Bodie of Oz.”

And, from our clinician, Helen Weeman: “Many thanks to you all for even daring to bring your horses out so early in the season, following a very snowy winter, and being such eager and able learners. You all were really nice to work with, and I see promising futures in the directions you are pursuing for yourselves and your horses. Best wishes to you all.” I agree, ladies! It doesn’t get much better than this—well it could have been a lot warmer! Our next educational clubsponsored event will be taught by nationally-recognized gaited horse trainer, Gary Lane, on the weekend of September 21 and 22. Details will be announced as they develop. Please refer to our Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England website for more information and news about upcoming events:


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DRESSAGE AND EVENTING 01 | DRESSAGE WITH A VIEW, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950, 01-02 | GMHA JUNE HORSE TRIALS, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509, 02 | AZRAEL ACRES HORSE TRIALS, Uxbridge, MA. CONTACT: 02 | GENESEE VALLEY RIDING & DRIVING CLUB SPRING HORSE TRIALS, Geneseo, NY. CONTACT: Wezo Pierson 02 | WILD AIRE FARM’S HORSE POWER DRESSAGE SERIES, Southbridge, MA. CONTACT: 508-765-0641,, 07-09 | MYSTIC VALLEY RATED DRESSAGE SHOW, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-7934,, 08 | LUMBER RIVER STARTER HORSE TRIALS, Raeford, NC. CONTACT: 910-875-2074,, 08-09 | TEN BROECK FARM DRESSAGE SPORT HORSE I & II, Amityville, NY. CONTACT: Kathy Grisolia, 631-338-6340,, 09 | THE FRIENDLY HORSEMAN’S CLUB DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW., Denver, PA. CONTACT: Alice Hummel, 717-484-2222. 14-16 | DRESSAGE AT WATERLOO JUNE, Grass Lake, MI. CONTACT: Kevin Bradbury,

734-426-2111,, 14-16 | JUNE DRESSAGE SHOW, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509, 15-16 | VALINOR FARM HORSE TRIALS, Plymouth, MA. CONTACT: 16 | GOLD COAST JUNE DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: 561-227-1570,, 16 | LARKIN HILL HORSE TRIALS SPONSORED BY ACP POWER EQUIPMENT, North Chatham, NY. CONTACT: 22 | GREAT VISTA HORSE TRIALS, Fort Plain, NY. CONTACT: 22-23 | CENTERLINE EVENTS DRESSAGE, Westbrook, CT. CONTACT: 22-23 | UNH RATED DRESSAGE SHOW, Durham, NH. CONTACT: 603-862-0027, 28-30 | GROTON HOUSE FARM HORSE TRIALS, Hamilton, MA. CONTACT: Liz Wheaton 978-468-1232. 29 | DRESSAGE WITH A VIEW, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950, 29 | CROSS-COUNTRY DERBY AT HORSE POWER FARM, Canterbury, CT. CONTACT: Ann Bowie 860-3341772, 29-30 | LETTER PERFECT FARM JEANNE MCDONALD CLINIC, Uxbridge, MA. CONTACT: Kelli Mason,, 508-278-9905. 29-30 | TRI-STATE HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION DRESSAGE SHOW, Woodstock, CT. CONTACT: 860564-4700, 29-30 | WINDSWEPT FARMS I & II, Belchertown, MA. CONTACT: Kerstin Witaszek, 413-695-0693,, 30 | DERBY TALK FARM, Atkinson, NH. CONTACT: Ron LeBlanc, 603-362-4234,,


Shakpoee, MN. CONTACT: Heidi Block, 612-875-1004, 12 | COLONIAL CARRIAGE & DRIVING SOCIETY MEETING, Stockbridge, MA. CONTACT: Kay Konove, 14-16 | ORLETON FARM PLEASURE DRIVING SHOW, Stockbridge, MA. CONTACT: Kay Konove, 28 | COLONIAL CARRIAGE & DRIVING SOCIETY SUMMER FUN DAY, Stockbridge, MA. CONTACT: Kay Konove,


SHOW., Denver, PA. CONTACT: Alice Hummel, 717484-2222, or Donna Fisher, 717-203-0797. 01 | SENATOR BELL FARM HORSE SHOW, Chester, NH. CONTACT: Jessica Hunt, 603-235-7015, jnicoll@, 01-02 | CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND, Scotia, NY. CONTACT: 518-466-2445,, 01-02 | FAIRFIELD WESTCHESTER PHA JUNE, Westport, CT. CONTACT: 02 | STONYBROOK SADDLE CLUB FUN SHOW SERIES, Plum, PA. CONTACT: Mary Lynn Fentress, 412-767-5750. 02 | GRAZING FIELDS HORSE SHOW, Buzzards Bay, MA. CONTACT: 508-759-3763, 02 | MYSTIC VALLEY RATED HUNT SEAT, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-793,, 02 | HEAR THE BEAT HORSE SHOW & YEE HAW GYMKHANA & GAMES, Lexington, VA. CONTACT:

Debbie Work, horsecenter. org. 02 | BETHANY HORSE SHOW, Bethany, CT. CONTACT: Cynthia Jensen, 203-272-0142,, 02 | WRC SPRING 4-H AND OPEN SHOW, Westfield, MA. CONTACT: 02 | AHAM OPEN FUN HORSE SHOW, Spencer, MA. CONTACT: Sandy Crowe, 508-473-2545, 02 | SILVER HEELS RIDING CLUB, Fremont, NH. CONTACT:, 02 | CORNERSTONE FARM OPEN SCHOOLING SHOW SERIES, Foster, RI. CONTACT: Beth Stone, 401397-9242,, 02 | SANDY POINT SHOW SERIES, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: Jay Sargent, 401-842-9300,, 03-08 | EGYPTIAN EVENT, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: Anna Bishop, 859-231-0771,, 03-09 | UPPERVILLE COLT & HORSE SHOW, Upperville, VA. CONTACT: Tommy Lee Jones, 540-687-3455, 05-08 | SPECIAL OLYMPICS EQUESTRIAN COMPETITION, State College, PA. CONTACT: 05-10 | SHOWPLACE SPRING SPECTACULAR, Gilberts, IL. CONTACT: Patrick Boyle, 847-340-1742,, 06 | SHALLOWBROOK CHARITY HORSE SHOW, Somers, CT. CONTACT: Sally Allison, 203-731-1757,, 06-09 | CONNECTICUT MORGAN HORSE SHOW, West Springfield, MA. CONTACT: Johnna Chenail, 860663-2495,, 06-10 | COUNTRY HEIR, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: Frankie Stark, 513-875-3318, 07 | YOUNG HORSE SHOW, Pepperell, MA. CONTACT: 805-769-6006,, 07-09 | TWIN STATE AMERICAN SADDLEBRED ASSOCIATION HORSE SHOW, Deerfield, NH. CONTACT: Sue Arthur 603-887-5937, 07-09 | SPRING INTO SUMMER EMPIRE STATE QUARTER HORSE SHOW, Syracuse, NY. CONTACT: Charlotte Jaynes, 607-546-7373, 07-09 | TRI-STATE HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION OPEN SHOW, Oneco, CT. CONTACT: 860-564-4700, 08 | MIDDLESEX, NEW HAVEN, HARTFORD COUNTY 4-H OPEN HORSE SHOW, Haddam Neck, CT. CONTACT: Carol Birdsey, 860-344-1804, 08 | HANOVER HUNT & RIDING CLUB’S 81ST ANNUAL JUNE SHOW, Hanover, MA. CONTACT: John Dougherty, 781-826-3191,, 08 | NHHJA SHOW SERIES I, Fremont, NH. CONTACT: Cindy McLaughlin, 603-533-5783, cindymcl3@, 08-09 | ALL PLEASURE SHOW/NIGHT GAME SHOW/OPEN SHOW, Parish, NY. CONTACT:, 08-09 | JERSEY CLASSIC HORSE SHOW, Cream Ridge, NJ. CONTACT: Joan Booth, 908-995-9807, 09 | GRAZING FIELDS HORSE SHOW, Buzzards Bay, MA. CONTACT: 508-759-3763, 09 | HUDSON VALLEY HORSE SHOWS @ CRYSTAL WATER FARM, Warwick, NY. CONTACT: 845-9860100,,

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Amesbury, MA. CONTACT: Felicia Knowles, 603-4743156,, 09 | GREENWICH HORSE SHOW, Greenwich, CT. CONTACT: Naomi Gauruder, 203-650-3148, naomi@, 09 | OPEN SHOW, Parish, NY. CONTACT:, 09 | WILD AIRE FARM HUNTER JUMPER SHOW, Southbridge, MA. CONTACT: 508-765-0641, wildaire@, 09 | TRI-COUNTY HORSEMEN HORSE SHOW, Union, ME. CONTACT: Marilyn Smith 207-594-4039, 11-16 | OX RIDGE HUNT CLUB CHARITY HORSE SHOW, Darien, CT. CONTACT: Ruth Nicodemus,, 11-16 | SHOWPLACE SPRING SPECTACULAR II, Gilberts, IL. CONTACT: Patrick Boyle, 847-340-1742,, 13-16 | BLUE RIDGE ARABIAN CLASSIC I & II, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Marie Taylor 13-16 | BUFFALO SHOWTIME II HORSE SHOW, Hamburg, NY. CONTACT: Craig Brown, 585-657-4528, 14-16 | VTQHA YANKEE CLASSIC, Northampton, MA. CONTACT: Marge Tanner, 603-746-3813, 15 | CAPE COD HUNTER, Raynham, MA. CONTACT: Nancy Venezia, 508-428-2621,, 15 | FURNANCE BROOK FARM, Ipswich, NH. CONTACT: Jenny Williams, 603-731-4294,, 15-16 | BLACK EYED SUSAN HORSE SHOW SERIES, Marlboro, MD. CONTACT: 410-340-5793,, 16 | GOLD NUGGET HORSE SHOW-CMHSS, Spencer, MA. CONTACT: 508-885-4891, Jeanne@, 16 | DIFFERENT DRUMMER HUNTER AND EQUITATION SCHOOLING SERIES, Candia, NH. CONTACT: Jodi Fortier, 603-483-2234, 16 | SNEHA AT WOODSTOCK FAIR GROUNDS, Woodstock, CT. CONTACT:, 16 | 1ST CO. GOVERNOR’S HORSE GUARD HORSE SHOW, Avon, CT. CONTACT: Rebecca Rathbun, 860-739-6645,, 16 | CHESHIRE FAIR HORSE SHOW SERIES, Swanzey, NH. CONTACT: 16 | MAPLE CLASSIC SHOW, Colchester, VT. CONTACT: Shelly Edson 802-363-1997, shellyedson@aol. com, 16 | NORTH SHORE HORSEMEN’S COUNCIL PLEASURE SHOW, Chester, NH. CONTACT: Sheralyn Prieskorn, 781-526-6604,, 16 | FOUR OAKS FARM, Palmyra, VA. CONTACT: Aileen Ryalls, 434-589-8488, 17-20 | SHOWPLACE SPRING SPECTACULAR III, Gilberts, IL. CONTACT: Patrick Boyle, 847-340-1742,, 18-20 | LAKE ST. LOUIS FESTIVAL, St. Louis, MI. CONTACT: John McQueen, 318-348-8233,, 19-22 | AMHA VERMONT SPRING CLASSIC, West Springfield, MA. CONTACT: Hayes Sogoloff, 802-4257211,,, 19-23 | PLYMOUTH ROCK CLASSIC, Halifax, MA. CONTACT: 781-679-0701,, 19-23 | DEEP RUN “AA” HORSE SHOW, Manakin-



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Sabot, VA. CONTACT: Scott Nunnally, 804-784-3245, 20-23 | BUFFALO SHOWTIME III HORSE SHOW, Hamburg, NY. CONTACT: Craig Brown, 585-657-4528, 21-23 | LAKE ST. LOUIS FESTIVAL, St. Louis, MI. CONTACT: John McQueen, 318-348-8233,, 21-23 | EQUINE VALLEY ASSOCIATION AQHA/ PHBA/NBSA SHOW, Cobleskill, NY. CONTACT: Sandi Emanuel, 518-294-2022, 21-23 | FALLS CREEK FARM/CQHA, Oneco, CT. CONTACT: Marge Tanner, 603-746-3813, 21-23 | EQUUS NOW CLASSIC, Worthington, OH. CONTACT: Carl Brentlinger, 614-885-8475, cbrentli@, 22 | HAMPSHIRE COUNTY RIDING CLUB OPEN SHOW, Goshen, MA. CONTACT: Diane 413-268-3372, 22 | NHHJA HORSE SHOW, Fremont, NH. CONTACT: Cindy McLaughlin,, 22-23 | SANDHILLS CIRCUIT-NCHJA, PSJ, SCHJA, Raeford, NC. CONTACT: Leslie 540-460-2305, 22-23 | CAROUSEL HORSE FARM OPEN SHOW SERIES, Sterling, CT. CONTACT: Lisa LeDoux, 860-5647892,, 22-23 | VHSA BENEFIT SHOW, Tunbridge, VT. CONTACT: 802-272-8379,, 22-23 | PSJ JUNE HIGHFIELDS, Aiken, SC. CONTACT: 803-649-3505,, 22-23 | KENTUCKY HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, Versailles, KY. CONTACT: Bruce Brown, 859873-9155, 23 | HUDSON VALLEY SHOWS AT WHISPERWIND FARM, Warwick, NY. CONTACT: 845-986-0588, 23 | EQUINE VALLEY ASSOCIATION AQHA SPECIAL EVENTS SHOW, Cobleskill, NY. CONTACT: Sandi Emanuel, 518-231-7807, 23 | SADDLE ROWE HUNTER SHOW, Medway, MA. CONTACT: Tina Geoghegan, 508-533-7108, 23 | CONNECTICUT COLOR BREED ASSOCIATION HORSE SHOW, West Suffield, CT. CONTACT:, 23 | SILVER HEELS RIDING CLUB, Fremont, NH. CONTACT:, 25 | NORTHEAST BENEFIT EQUITATION DAY, Northampton, MA. CONTACT: Deborah Tate, 508-7599512,, 25 | SALT RIVER FARM JUNE II, Center Moriches, NY. CONTACT: Marianne Savino, 631-878-0239,, 25-26 | HOUSE MOUNTAIN HORSE SHOW, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540464-2950, 25-27 | LAKE ST. LOUIS FESTIVAL, St. Louis, MI. CONTACT: John McQueen, 318-348-8233,, 25-30 | LAKE PLACID HORSE SHOW, Lake Placid, NY. CONTACT: North Elba Show Grounds,, 26 | TWIN LAKES FARM JUNE, Bronxville, NY. CONTACT: Naomi Gauruder, 203-650-4138,, 26-29 | NORTHEAST BENEFIT, Northampton, MA. CONTACT: Deborah Tate, 508-759-9512, lexy3675@, 26-29 | AMHA SYRACUSE INTERNATIONAL, Syracuse, NY. CONTACT: Theresia Giardino, teemagic@aol. com, 27 | AVON VALLEY SHOW STABLES, Avon, CT. CONTACT: 860-677-5260,, 27-29 | ARABIAN HORSE SHOW OF NEW ENGLAND, West Springfield, MA. CONTACT: Donna Conklin, 978-456-8628,, 28 | RIVERWIND, Pembroke, MA. CONTACT: Spencer Catani, 617-548-7875,, 28-30 | LAKE ST. LOUIS FESTIVAL, St. Louis, MI. CONTACT: John McQueen, 318-348-8233,, 28-30 | EQUINE VALLEY ASSOCIATION AQHA/ PHBA/NSBA HORSE SHOW, Cobleskill, NY. CONTACT: Sandi Emanuel, 518-294-2022, bemanuel3@ 29 | HORSEMEN’S RIDING CLUB OF NORTH JERSEY HORSE SHOW, Wayne, NJ. CONTACT: 973872-4286, 29 | STEEPLE RIDGE II, Charlotte, VT. CONTACT: Mindy Hinsdale, 802-922-3529,, 29 | TOUCHSTONE FARM HORSE SHOW, Temple, NH. CONTACT: 603-654-6308,, 29-30 | BLACK-EYED SUSAN INDOOR SUMMER CLASSIC, Upper Marlboro, MD. CONTACT: 410-867-7923,, 29-30 | DAVID BEISEL STABLES, Goshen, OH. CONTACT: David Beisel, 513-236-0133, 30 | SNEHA AT WOODSTOCK FAIR GROUNDS, Oneco, CT. CONTACT:, 30 | WILD AIRE FARM HUNTER JUMPER SHOW, Southbridge, MA. CONTACT: 508-765-0641, wildaire@, 30 | SANDY POINT SHOW SERIES, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: Jay Sargent, 401-842-9300, spssargent@, 30 | NEMHS SUMMER CELEBRATION, Millis, MA. CONTACT: Missy Tansey, 207-887-4050, 30 | GRAZING FIELDS HORSE SHOW, Buzzards Bay, MA. CONTACT: 508-759-3763, 30-07/02 | WESTBROOK HUNT CLUB SHORELINE CLASSIC I, Westbrook, CT. CONTACT: Jane Dow-Burt, 860-399-6317,,


MA. CONTACT: Mike Paparo, 401-651-3283,, 02 | WGHA HUNTER PACE #1, Arcadia, RI. CONTACT: LuAnn Grafe, 401-397-2292,, 9 | TANHEATH HUNTER PACE, Upton, MA. CONTACT: Melanie Chace, 508-579-4840, mchace4@,


VAULTING, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Elizabeth Brigham, 301-983-9795,,


Pomfret, CT. CONTACT: 860-928-3647,,

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Riveras Andalusian Farm

Riveras Andalusian Farm

GENERICO II (LEBRERO XXXII X GENOVESA VI) 2009 16H IMPORTED PURE SPANISH STALLION Imported from Malaga, Spain Rare double pearl and double cream gene. Excellent movement, conformation and temperment.

CASPIAN (FEIKE X FRANS) 2008 17H FPS STER FRIESIAN STALLION 2011 World Champion at the IFSHA World & National show. 2011 overall Champion of the Keuring. Excellent semen. Tons of hair; exceptional movement, conformation and temperment.

Discounts for multiple mares and early booking. Hector Rivera, Owner 708-417-5671

HESA ZEE+/ Xenophonn x Somthing Special IAHA Breeders Sweepstakes Sire, MN Medallion Stallion, Tested SCID Clear $1,000/500 LFG Breeding Reining Horses with Natural Talent... Eleanor Hamilton, owner, Farm: 763-428-2082 Home: 763-767-1381 Website:


Breeding the Legend...

Sir Royal Excalibur


LEXINGTON a.k.a. Boho’s Cold Fusion Lexington is known as a “tight cob” having a short back and exceptionally good topline and rear. He is gentle and intelligent with a kind eye. For more information: 309-594-2318 Bohemian Gypsy Cobs

Hector Rivera, Owner 708-417-5671




Ainsley is a Watson stallion, 1/2 brother to the Lion King. He stands 15’2, loaded with hair, gentle, correct and fantastic under saddle. He throws his temperament and size on his babies.



Discounts for multiple mares and early booking.


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AINSLEY Gypsy Warlock booking for 2013. Live coverage for select mares. AI & shipped semen available. Discounts for multiple breedings. ON THE HILL GYPSY HORSES 580-656-2475 Gypsy Mares, Yearings, Foals Available


CALENDAR JUNE 07-09 | NYSHC SPRING PLEASURE RIDE, New Berlin, NY. CONTACT: Jim 607-847-9265, 08 | BSTRA NATIONAL TRAILS DAY RIDE, Oxford, MA. CONTACT: Lynn, 508-476-7094,, bstra. org. 08-09 | CSTR ANNUAL JUNE OPEN PLEASURE TRAIL RIDE, Greene, RI. CONTACT: Karen Reardon, 978-363-2702,, 09 | GMHA 25-MILE RIDE & DRIVE & CONDITIONING DISTANCE RIDE, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509, 09 | MSPCA’S HORSES HELPING HORSES SPRING TRAIL RIDE, Carlisle, MA. CONTACT: Heather Robertson, 22 | ACTHA THE VIRGINIA STATE COMPETITIVE TRAIL CHALLENGE, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950, 22-23 | SCIOTO RUN, Chillicothe, OH. CONTACT: Mollie Smith, 513-315-5907 22-23 | HOPKINS CREEK RIDE, Manton, MI. CONTACT:


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

American Bashkir Curly Registry

Connecticut Morgan Horse Association

Hypo-Allergenic & Versatile

Promoting the Morgan breed.

American Saddlebred Association of Maine, Inc.

Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club

Understanding, appreciating, breeding & using the American Saddlebred.

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

Arabian Horse Association, Inc. of Maine

Empire State Quarter Horse Association

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

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

Arabian Horse Association of Massachusetts

The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse

Promoting the Arabian breed of horses.

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

Granite State Appaloosa Association

Encourage breeding, exhibiting, and promoting the Arabian horse.

Promote the Appaloosa in all phases of the equine industry.

Offering affordable, fun, competitive horse shows strictly for color breed horses. •

Gypsy Horse Association BREED

Connecticut Color Breed Association •

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


Arabian Horse Association of New England •







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Gypsy Horse Registry of America, Inc.

Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association

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

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


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

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

Dedicated to breeding, buying and selling Morab horses.


Working to promote your ponies.

New England Paint Horse Club

Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association

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

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


Promoting and Enjoying the Norwegian Fjord Horse.

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


Northeast Fjord Horse Association

Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England

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

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

Northeast Miniature Horse Club

The Baroque Equestrian Games & Institute

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

A competition rewarding the elegance and grace of classical horsemanship.




Northeast Friesian Horse Club •

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Quarter Pony Association

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Promoting, Protecting and Perpetuating the Miniature Horse.


Purebred Morab Horse Registry

The New England Miniature Horse Society


A promotional organization for the Haflinger horse.

Maine Morgan Horse Club, Inc. •


Ohio Haflinger Association




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Carriage driving enthusiasts.

New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association

Providing affordable quality dressage events.

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


Developing and furthering the art of driving for pleasure.

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


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

Endurance riding, competitive trail riding and pleasure riding.


Saratoga Driving Association

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

Enjoying all aspects of driving horses.


Connecticut Trail Rides Association, Inc.

Southern New England Carriage Driving Association

Encouraging and promoting the sport of trail riding.

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

Vermont Equine Riding & Driving Association Offering competitive trail rides and drives, endurance rides, and clinics to better the performance and health of the trail horse and its rider. •

National Barrel Horse Association

West Greenwich Horseman’s Association

#1 in Barrel Racing Where Beginners Can Be Winners.

Sharing a love and interest of horses.

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Serving Northwest Ohio’s riders since 1980.



Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc.

Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training Assocation, Inc.


Ohio Arabian & All Breed Trail Society •


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New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association •

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Colonial Carriage and Driving Society •


Charles River Dressage Association •


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



The New England Region/ Carriage Association of America


Black Swamp Driving Club •

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




Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. Protecting the future of trail riding. •

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



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Supporting individual Pony Clubs in this region.

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One of the oldest registered Fox Hunts in the United States.

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

Southern New England Horsemen’s Association Scan the QR Code with your Smartphone QR Reader app.

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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Arabian Horse Association, Inc. of Maine

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Lusitano Horse Farm

Barns/arena construction & Contractors

Improving the world. One barn at a time.

A member club of Region 16 of the Arabian Horse Association

Telephone: 919.770.1673

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was formed to encourage breeding, exhibiting and promotion of the Arabian horse. To help educate those individuals interested in perpetuating the Arabian breed.


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DIRECTORIES Barns/arena construction & Contractors

Barns/arena construction & Contractors

Barns/arena construction & Contractors

Barns/arena construction & Contractors




Your vision is our reality! P.O. Box 436, Plaistow, NH 03865 978-521-1171

BARNS • HOMES • ARENAS APARTMENT BARNS (800)-444-7430 Horse Stalls - Flooring - Treadmills Execisers - Gates - Arenas

Specializing in design and materials for equine structures since 1977 129 Sheep Davis Rd., Pembroke, NH Rte. 25 Moultonborough, NH

Horse Barns • Riding Arenas Garages • Restorations Geobarns, LLC White River Junction, VT (603) 359-1912


Homes • Garages Horse Barns • Studios Residential / Commercial / Agricultural Shed-Rows, Run-Ins, Storage Sheds, Lean-To, Modular Barns, Garages, Chicken Coops and much more. Call us today! Follow us on Facebook and become eligible for future promotions. Visit our newly redesigned website at




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Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505


All work done by an Amish crew Satisfaction Guaranteed



25 Years Experience Serving New England

• Barn & Arena Buildings • Farm Design • Priefert Ranch Equipment • Metal Roofing • Classic Equine Stalls Salisbury, NH (603) 648-2987

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Services Provided By: CONWAY EXCAVATING (508) 946-5504 SHAWN CONWAY: Owner

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Salisbury, NH (603) 648-2987 • Barn & Arena Buildings • Farm Design


• Priefert Ranch Equipment • Metal Roofing • Classic Equine Stalls 25 Years Experience Serving New England

Save your Hay. Save your Money.


Top Quality Hay • Mulch • Sawdust Shavings (bagged or bulk) 846 Golf Links Road Colebrook, NH 03576 Phone: (603) 237-8732 Cell: (603) 359-2337 Web:

Competitive Prices. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

Is There Hay In Your Future?

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BIG BALE BUDDY Round Bale Feeder. Safe, affordable, effective, One Year Warranty. Available in 3 sizes starting at $99.95.

Slow Feeder Now Available. 866.389.9952 HUTCHINSON FARMS, LLC

Serving CT & MA

BOARDING/TRAINING Call 4M FARMS today for quality, price and savings everyday. (315) 684-7570

Boarding • Lessons Training • Sales



We’ve Got All Your Farm Needs!

MASSACHUSETTS: Webster MAINE: Belfast, Brewer, Buxton, Farmington, Lincoln, Lisbon Falls, Naples, Old Town, Skowhegan, Waterville NEW YORK: Gouverneur, Easton, Herkimer, Malone, Peru, Richfield Springs VERMONT: Vergennes



HAY AY & STR A STRAW A AW T Tractor Trailer T Loads Amsterdam, NY 12010


Cindy Athans 205 Laurel St. • Marlborough, NH


Darcy A. Johnson

Training • Boarding • Sales Lessons • Equitation 291 Quassett Road • Pomfret Center, CT 06259

Cell 860-942-6448

LLF Equestrian LLC Goffstown, N.H.

Premium Alfalfa Hay

For Sale / Contract Producer,

we ship worldwide.

• Lessons and Leases • Training for Horse and Rider • dressage/balanced seat/jumping • Starting and Retraining Please contact us for more information email

or text 740.605.4368


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154 Martin Road Fremont, NH 03044

Tel. (603) 679-2415 Fax (603) 679-5681

Beth Konrad Brown 603-483-2121

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New England Carriage Imports, LLC Quality Carriages for Competition, Pleasure and Commercial Use Happy Landings Farm Bozrah, CT 860-889-6467

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• Trailer-in lessons available • Training packages offered for horses & riders • Coaching at shows throughout New England

• Full

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New Holland, PA (717) 354-6671 Check our website weekly


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250 Maple Ave. Bird-in-Hand, PA


• Available for clinics and judging schooling shows

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Classical dressage training for the horse and rider. USDF Bronze & Silver Medalist. Multiple Year-End Award Winner (NEDA, USDF and USEF).


Service Repair Shop

• Brake • Parts

uctioneers in A ,I t r a

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Selling, Buying Year Round International Auction Management


• Conveniently located between Boston, MA & Providence, RI

• New

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• Full board – under $1,000/month! (Full service board with no hidden costs, including 2+ hours daily turnout on grass; top quality hay; individualized care; dust-free indoor with mirrors; dust-free, sand-mix outdoor with lighting)



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Curly Horses Quality Since 1998 Registered ABC & ICHO Curly Horses Gaited & Stock Type Curlies

Pioneer Equipment New Wheels Wheels Repaired Buy/Sell/Trade Horse Drawn Vehicles We manufacture and repair wooden spoke wheels

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DIRECTORIES Distance Riding

Ohio Arabian & All Breed Trail Society

Mollie Krumlaw-Smith, President 513-543-5034


Twin Ridge Farm We are a complete and caring horse facility offering…

Katherine Gallagher • 617-610-7688 Importers of fine European Warmblood horses



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✶ coaching ✶ leasing ✶ clinics

Jeri Nieder - USDF Bronze Medal and “r”Judge

603-456-3031 ✶ 603-456-2354 223 Pumpkin Hill Rd. ✶ Warner, N.H. 03278

Casey & Son Since 1989 Horseshoeing Celebrating 24 years!


Offering: • 2 day trim classes for owners • 2 week course for shoeing your own horses or as an introduction class • 6 and 12 week professional farrier courses • BWFA Farrier Certification Available • Tuition covers on site clean lodging and meals! • Only school with full-time, part-time & weekend flexible schedules Visitors always welcome. We want YOU to be successful!!


Located in Northwest Georgia 706-397-8909


Cricket Hill

In NY, near CT-MA

Dressage. Jumping. Pleasure Riding. Call on us. Training, Instruction, Showing. Boarding, Riding Academy. USDF Certified Instructor T-4. Therapy, Rehabilitation.




Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc. Serving Northwest Ohio’s Riders since 1980.

Be the change.

Carriage drivers, carriage collectors and even non-horse owners that enjoy carriages, horses, ponies, mules or donkeys, the Black Swamp Driving Club always welcomes new members. For detailed information about club activities:

Angela Hohenbrink, Club President 419-274-1122


Competitive equestrian team s Equestrian studies s Equestrian center

Visit our website for upcoming clinics & educational series

Phone: 207-985-0374

New England Region/Carriage Association of America

65 Drown Lane Lyman, ME 04002

Established in 1969


• To provide a medium for exchange of information regarding horse-drawn vehicles and to serve as an accurate and technical source of information • To foster friendly relations among all groups interested in research, preservation, and promotion of horse-drawn vehicles • To encourage pleasure driving with horse-drawn vehicles

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B.S. Equine Business Management/Riding B.S. Equine Business Management International Programs Internships Available IDA, IHSA Teams

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Equine Retirement

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Kimberlake Farm

~ SINCE 1973



“Turning Childhood Dreams into Reality”

LEARN TO SHOE HORSES LIKE A MASTER CRAFTSMAN LEARN HOW TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL HORSESHOEING BUSINESS There are more graduates of the Oklahoma Horseshoeing School employed in the horse industry than of any other school of any kind in the world.

Owner and Director Dr. Jack Roth, Dr. of Veterinary Medicine and Master Farrier Instructors - Certified Journeyman Farriers

Close to Home in Vermont 802-645-1957 or

Trained Adults and Youngstock for Sale 660.537.4020



Come prepared to work. More hours of instruction on live aimals than anywhere else.

COURSES INCLUDE: Basic Horseshoeing (2 weeks - $1,500); Professional Horseshoeing (8 weeks - $4,000); Advanced Horseshoeing and Blacksmithing (12 weeks - $5,400); Your room is free. APPROVED FOR:


L.J. Enterprises, LLC Quality Horse Jump Equipment

High Quality Wood, PVC and Aluminum Horse Jumps for fun, training and competition


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Profence 94 Hershey Rd. Shippensburg Pa 17257

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• Proven, sequential learning system. Learn more faster! from authors Learn more faster! from authors of #1 horseshoeing textbook. of #1 horseshoeing textbook. • Limited class size = more • Limited class size = more one-on-one instruction. one-on-one instruction. •Learn anatomy, balance and proper •Learn anatomy, balance and proper shoeing methods from experienced shoeing methods from experienced Butler Team educators Butler Team educators • Gain competence and confidence • Gain competence and confidence as you master each of 7 important as you master each of 7 important skill areas. skill areas. • Learn the “why” of each step in the • Learn the “why” of each step in the process not just how to do it. process not just how to do it. •Individual forging stations. •Individual forging stations. •Variety of horses to shoe •Variety of horses to shoe on location. on location. •State-of-art facility; everything •State-of-art facility; everything under one roof. under one roof. Butler: The trusted name in Butler: The trusted name in farrier education for over 45 years. farrier education for over 45 years.

Post 9/11, OHS Student Loan, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, WIA, BIA. Licensed by OBPVS. Call 405-288-6085 or 800-538-1383. Write Oklahoma Horseshoeing School, 26446 Horseshoe Circle, Purcell, OK 73080

Butler Professional Professional Butler Farrier School Farrier School • Proven, sequential learning system.

Since 1987

Feed Supplements


Vinyl Fence Lifetime Warranty


Northeast Fjord Horse Association


at Vermont Technical College 800.442.8821

Go Natural with IN-HARMONY and GLORFY! To support a strong immune system and engergize

Design and Sale of Temporary and Permanent Fence Systems

First Estimate Free Electric and Non-Electric Options

Find IN-HARMONY and GLORFY at your blacksmith and your local Harness shop

Call for our FREE 2013 Catalog


For info call Christ Zook @ (717) (806-1850


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“Promoting and Enjoying the Norwegian Fjord Horse”


Danielle Campbell, President 508-967-0590

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If riding is an art, then footing is the canvas.


Flying W Farms

Breeders of Champion Georgian Grandes and Friesian sporthorses; Sires are our imported Dutch Friesians; Mothers are Saddlebreds, Clydesdales, and Percherons. We have the finest quality and the best selection to be found anywhere in the world. Incredible movement, quiet, calm dispositions; our horses are bred to excel in many disciplines. We offer yearlings, two years, and three year olds; Prices $4000 to $8000 o.b.o.

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NortheastFriesian HorseClub


For those who want the very best!”

The next step in footing.



L&E Clipper Blade Service

Professional Sharpening & Repairs on all Clippers and Blades. • Oster • Andis • Wahl • Double K • Lister • Aesulap • Laube • Stuart Clipmaster (etc.)

“What you breed in, you need not train in” Email: Phone: 740-493-2401

189 Birchard Park Middlebury, VT 05753 Phone: (802) 388-2360 • Fax: (802) 388-6166 Email:

Official FHANA/FPS Chapter Michelle Loulakis, President


Proper Gypsy Cobs; perfect for children and adults.

Family Friendly Cobs at Family Friendly prices. Email: 740.493.2401


Breeders of Select, Drum and Gypsy Horses Standing Avalon’s King Arthur Supreme Champion IDHA Registered Drum Stallion Rex & Rebecca McKeever Bellville, TX • 979-865-4183

All foals are imprinted at birth and worked with daily using natural horsemanship methods

Gypsy Horse Association Laurie Sunflower Photography ©


International Friesian Show Horse Association Dedicated to the promoting, showing, and exhibition of the Friesian horse and its derivatives. PO Box 2839, Lompoc, CA 93438 Voice: (805) 448-3027 Fax: (805) 448-3027 Email:


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The Asociation of Choice for Registration & Promotion of the Gypsy Horse

Jodi and David Cronauer • Patton,PA 814-674-2330 •

Desert Jewel Gypsy Horses Specializing in Traditional & Uniquely Colored Gypsy Horses

Drumlin Gypsy Ranch Our Goal is to provide and produce traditional Gypsy Cobs in their truest form of conformation, versatility and disposition. For more information 860.BY GYPSY

Standing the largest number of Gypsystallions in the World

Jennifer Gilson 602-684-3929

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DIRECTORIES Gypsy Horses/drum Dedicated to the heritage of the Gypsy Horse

Hunter/Jumper Tricia Moss Trainer

41 Esterbrook Rd. Acton, MA



Essex Equine Insurance Agency, LLC

Covering all your farm and equine needs.

Barbara M. Odiorne, CISR Tel: 978-376-8327 Fax: 978-750-4373

Hunters • Jumpers • Equitation We are an educational organization encouraging the use, exhibition and perpetuation of the Gypsy Horse/Cob. PO Box 1861, La Porte, TX 77572 281-471-4472

• Full service boarding and training facility • Indoor and outdoor rings • Individual or group turn-out • Access to miles of trails • Convenient location just off Rte. 2A

P.O. Box 43 Hathorne, MA

Corrigan Insurance Agency, Inc.

Kelley Corrigan President, Corrigan Insurance Agency 8951 Edmonston Road Greenbelt, MD 20770 Tel: 301-474-4111 x3112 Tel: 410-792-8090 x3112

Boarding • Training • Leasing • Sales 978-274-2600 •

• Farm • Equine • Liability

• Auto • Home • Business

Fax: 310-623-3131 800-213-1634

Certified Equine Appraiser

Independent Equine Agents Equine & Farm Insurance

Cashiers, North Carolina

ABF Equine, LLC

Brooke Ferro Owner/Trainer/Instructor

Lessons • Sales/Leases/ Consignment • Boarding Training • Hauling


Sign up now for our summer riding program!

(828) 743-3698

Judd Road Coventry, CT

• Full Liability • Farm & Stable • Commercial

• Care, Custody & Control • Personal Insurance • Riding Clubs & Shows

~ Ask What We Can Do For You!! ~

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Serving Vermont and New Hampshire

C o m p a n i e s


Encouraging the use and enjoyment of “America’s Family Horse”!

Marla Moore Account Executive 10234 Shelbyville Road • Louisville, KY 40223 www.independentequineagents.coM 1-800-346-8880 (502) 245-6878 Fax (502) 245-9698 www.MarlaMoore.coM

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Cummings Insurance Agency

Licensed in all of New England

Ted T. Cummings Blair Cummings 378 Main Street Manchester, CT 06040

Loans for: s Equestrian facilities s Farms & ranches s Construction s Equipment s Bare land and home sites

Call Karen Murphy 800.562.2235 ext. 8119

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DIRECTORIES Manure Removal




978-425-6181 Call us first

Manure Removal For

Large & Small Farms Roll-Off container service. Container sizes from 10 to 30 cubic yards for on-call or scheduled pickups. Full stockpile removals for annual, bi-annual, quarterly or on-call service.

Morabs, Morgans & Arabians

Proud sponsor of the Bear Spot Musical Freestyle & Oakrise Farm Show Series EST 1992 • Family Owned & Operated

256 Galloway Road

Stamping Ground, KY 40379 270-358-8727


Maine Morgan Horse Club, Inc. Selina Cloutier, President 603-953-3470 or email Sue Oliver, VP 207-319-7554 or email

Paso Fino


photo by debbie ucker-keough


PAINT A HORSE FARM 70 Walcott Street Stow, MA 01775 978-562-3153 Howard & Clare Sparks Standing at Stud Moonshyne D Lite (neg. Lethal White gene) Overo Breeders Trust, APHA/PtHA Champion

WORLD CLASS MINIATURE HORSE REGISTRY, INC. Incorporated in 1995 to make owning miniature horses a pleasure when it comes to registering.

12009 Stewartsville Road Vinton, VA 24179 (540) 890-0856 Full Online Registration Service 194 equine

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Are you risking penalties by processing your own payroll? Contact us for a free review of your payroll process. 800.562.2235


11 Stone Lane, Temple, NH APHA Breeding & Sales Boarding & Lessons

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Hacienda la Colina

(Hillside Farm) 845-626-2498

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B e r t h o l d

Peruvian Paso Horses Naturally Gaited

Our horses are bred to go from the TRAIL to the SHOW • Proven Bloodlines • Quality Horses for Sale

501 Mendon Rd. Sutton, MA 01590 Available for Farm Shoots


Photography by Carole MacDonald


Carien Schippers Equine Photography 288 White Hill Road Walton, NY 13856 (607) 865-5215

specializing in horses

Kathy and Juan Carlos Gill Accord, NY

Pest Control



Peruvian Paso

Photos By Dave And Andy 37 Zuell Hill Road Monson, MA 01057

Serving the Northeast since 1976

1 Bowman Lane Westboro, MA 01581




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Quarter Horse

1811 Brookchester Street Katy, TX 77450 Phone: 281-395-0225 Email:

PhotoArt By Jill Personalized Books & DVDs Fast Action Sports Life Events


Cheri Prill

The New York State AQHA Affiliate

International Equine Photographer & Graphic Designer

Promoting Interest in Quarter Horse Ownership, Activities, Rights & Welfare

Aloe Herbal Horse Spray Fly Repellent






Jilluann Martin-Valliere 561-719-8624

Rein Photography National Dealer Network

(973) 760-7336

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21 WatsonSt. St. 5 Demanche Nashua,NH NH Nashua, 03064 03060

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Quarter Pony Association

Learn how

“Working to promote your ponies!”

PO Box 297 Leon, Kansas 67074 (509) 949-2488 (816) 250-2351 (361) 729-4456

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Full Service English Saddle Fitting and Repairs

Horse Farms Are Our Only Business!



Telephone & Office



workshops offered

Billets Knee pads Knee rolls ◗ New seats ◗ Saddle fitting ◗ Side saddle restoration ◗ Tack repairs ◗ Foam panels converted to wool ◗ ◗ ◗

The Performance Edge Sports Psychology Doris J. Worcester, LICSW, CCBT • 508-987-2005

P.O. Box 38 Royalston, MA Of NEW YORK, LLC



(978) 249-2526

• Ross Noel Everett, Broker • Gary Feinman, Consultant New York State




Horse Farms Are Our Only Business!

• Mark Zambito, Broker • Gary Feinman, Consultant Western New York


The Animal Rehab Institute Crop & Carrot Tack Shop, Inc.

Equine Massage Certification and Equine Rehabilitation Certification Programs taught by highly trained equine professionals. (561) 792-1441 office/fax


Poulin Grain Dealer


SaDDle Fitting to download a free brochure and class schedule or call 561-792-1441

30 Years Experience F Fitting All Makes F Travel to Your Barn F All Saddle Repairs

(including converting foam panels to wool)

F Representing: DuETT Saddles - For Wide Horses SCHLEESE - The Female Saddle Specialist F Tekscan Pressure Mapping Saddle Fit service now available!


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Want better Equine Movement, Strength & Flexibility?

Equine Physical Therapy is the Answer!

Colin Kimball-Davis


133 West Main St. (Rt. 9) Spencer, MA 01562 508-885-0255

Call us, we can help!

HnHPT has been rehabilitating horses since 2005, including general wellness, after injury, surgery or systemic illness! We help Dogs. Cats, Alpacas and even Sheep too!

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Open Horse Show Series Over 50 classes • 15 Divisions English • Western • Saddle Seat Miniature • Youth & Adult Riders Trophy/prize & 6 ribbons in every class


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For more information contact:

Lynda Whaley, President 860-536-1484

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New England’s premier consignment shop for equestrians

The Naked Horse





Outfitting Horse & Rider for Over 50 Years North Andover store hours: Mon. 10-7, Tues.-Fri. 10-6 Saturday 10-6, Sunday 12-5 978-686-7722

“Supplying Horse and Rider”

Tack • Apparel • Gifts Jewelry & MORE!

Ipswich store hours: Mon. 11-5, Tues. & Wed. 10-6 Thurs. 11-6, Fri. & Sat. 10-5 Sun. 12-5 978-356-1180


At Levaland Farm 233 Purchase Street Middleboro, MA 02346 774-213-1969

For all your basics... plus hot, new items not stocked by the others!

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SpecializedSaddles “Serious Trail Gear for the Serious Trail Rider”

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Manufacturer of Quality Horse trailers revere, Pennsylvania


610-847-2237 or 888-856-3138


Equestrian Outfitters


Riders Helping Riders Since 1986

THE MANE PLACE Tuesday - Saturday 9-5pm; Sunday 9-1pm

Western & English Tack & Apparel Feed • Horse Supplies • Cards Gifts • Jewelry

The Equestrian Centre A Complete line of tack, gifts & apparel

(860) 749-4420

Tack Repair Service

504 W. Hartford Avenue Uxbridge, MA 01569

Riverdale Farms Building #12 136 Simsbury Road Avon, CT 06001

(508) 278-7563 Fax (508) 278-7567

23 Eleanor Road, Somers, CT 06071 Shop online at


Open 7 Days

Monday - Friday 10-6 Thursday 10-7:30 Saturday 9-5 Sunday 12-5


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DIRECTORIES Trailers & Services

Trailers & Services

Congelosi TRAILER SALES Paul



“Horseman serving Horsemen”

Riding vacations around the world!



1-888-310-2246 2201 Route 17K Montgomery, NY 12549

(845) 361-2246 ★ Fax (845) 361-2141

Trailer Center

Shop 24/7 @ The Northeast Largest Selection & Best Values Over 125 In-Stock! *Lakota *Hawk *Homesteader *Valley *SGC *Pre-Owned Easy Financing & Trades


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24 Hour Emergency Service

Free Quotes, References Available Stephen J. Lynch Office 401-766-4139 • Cell 401-529-5052


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share your business today! 508-987-5886


Hoofbeats International Veterinary Services

Winthrop, ME


Station Hill Express A Lifetime of Experience in the Horse Industry

Lasting Quality, Great Prices, Best Value, Proven!

Kingston/Featherlite “Quality Never Goes Out Of Style”

Dick and Elaine Robson East Street Topsfield, MA 01983 a 978-376-7736

Advertisers INDEX A & B Lumber & Barns................................................................................................................9 Achille Agway............................................................................................................................169 Advanced Barn Construction.................................................................................................75 Ag Structures/Barn Store Of New England,..................................................................111 Andis Company, Inc...................................................................................................................14 Arabian Horse Association Of New England................................................................151 Ariat International............................................................................................................. 88, 89 Attwood Equestrian Surfaces................................................................................................10 Aubuchon Hardware.................................................................................................................67 Avon Valley Show Stables....................................................................................................104 B&D Builders..................................................................................................................................5 Back Bay Farm..........................................................................................................................105 Back On Track-Contest.............................................................................................................73 Bedard Farm.............................................................................................................................127 Blue Seal ......................................................................................................................... 166, 167 Blue Seal...................................................................................................................... Back Cover Bridgewater Farm Supply Co..............................................................................................150 Bstra.............................................................................................................................................141 Carlisle Academy........................................................................................................................50 Center Hill Barns........................................................................................................................22 Champlain Valley Exposition.................................................................................................50 Charles Owen...............................................................................................................................59 Cheshire Fair Horse Show.......................................................................................................67 Circle B........................................................................................................................................110 Classic Equine Equipment......................................................................................................27 ClearSpan......................................................................................................................................11 Colonial Carriage & Driving Society.................................................................................131 DJ Reveal.......................................................................................................................................62 Dover Saddlery..............................................................................................................................3 Downunder Horsemanship....................................................................................................85 Dr.Grant Myhre............................................................................................................................35 Eartec..............................................................................................................................................35 Eastern States Exposition...................................................................................................156 Eberly Barns..............................................................................................................................114 Elite Equine Imports.................................................................................................................42 Emerald Valley Botanicials.....................................................................................................29 Empire State Quarter Horse...............................................................................................156 English Riding Supply, Inc.......................................................................................58, 60, 61 Equestrian Outfitters.............................................................................................................165 Equine Colic Relief Clinic......................................................................................................121

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• TV Monitor • Air-ride • Fully Insured • Custom Trips • Personalized Service Local and long distance service New England to Florida.



CAll For our reASonAble rATeS

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Equine Properties...........................................................................................................174,174 Eqyss Grooming Products........................................................................................................2 Esterbrook Farm......................................................................................................................105 Fairfield Farm..............................................................................................................................44 Farm Credit East......................................................................................................................175 Farms & Barns Real Estate..................................................................................................169 Farnam Companies Inc..................................................................................................... 17, 21 GGT/Winsor..................................................................................................................................24 Ginette Brockway - Keller Williams Real Estate..........................................................169 Groton House Farm...................................................................................................................59 Cape Cod Hunter.....................................................................................................................105 Horizon Structures.................................................................................................................131 Horses & Hounds....................................................................................................................147 Horse Shows In The Sun............................................................................................. 102, 168 Igk/North Brook Farms............................................................................................................13 International Friesian Show Ho.........................................................................................157 Jumper Classic, Inc.....................................................................................................................83 Kathleen Crosby Dressage...................................................................................................124 Kerrits Equestrian Activewear,...........................................................................................115 Key R-D Trailer Sales..............................................................................................................135 King Oak Farm.............................................................................................................................56 Kingston Trailers, Inc.............................................................................................................141 Kyriebrook Farm . ...................................................................................................................125 Landmark Residential...........................................................................................................173 Laurentian Wood Shavings....................................................................................................84 Life Data Labs, Inc.....................................................................................................................66 Lubrisyn...........................................................................................................................................1 Lucerne Farms.............................................................................................................................67 Lucky’S Trailer Sales..................................................................................................................92 Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc...............................................................................................69 M.H. Eby, Inc.................................................................................................................................91 Mountain Top Inn & Resort....................................................................................................81 Mustang Heritage Foundation..............................................................................................39 Mystic Valley Hunt Club........................................................................................................107 Nancy Later Dressage Horses...............................................................................................47 NEDA............................................................................................................................................124 Neue Schule Bits........................................................................................................................43 Newport Polo Club.....................................................................................................................72 Norfolk Power Equipment, Inc..............................................................................................52 North Woods Animal Treats..................................................................................................75 Northeast Friesian Horse Club..............................................................................................93 Nuterna..........................................................................................................................................74 Oak Meadow Farm..................................................................................................................103 Old Town Barns.............................................................................................................................7

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On The Road Trailers, Inc................................................................................................ 81, 93 Orchard Trailers, Inc....................................................................................................... Cover 3 Paul Congelosi Trailer Sales...................................................................................................15 Performance Edge..................................................................................................................107 Performed Line Products................................................................................................ 32, 33 PhotoArt By Jill............................................................................................................................31 Poulin Grain.......................................................................................................................... 94, 95 Priefert Mfg..................................................................................................................................19 Professional’s Choice................................................................................................................57 Purina Animal Nutrition LLC.......................................................................................... 22, 23 Pyranha Inc...................................................................................................................................81 Quarterline Dressage Farm....................................................................................................45 RS Realty Trust........................................................................................................................170 Saddle Shed, Inc......................................................................................................................137 Saddleridge Farm.......................................................................................................................45 Santa Cruz Biotechnology......................................................................................................63 Scarlet Hill Farm.........................................................................................................................59 Shuck Fence Company..........................................................................................................169 Silver Heels Riding Club.......................................................................................................134 Smartpak Equine.............................................................................................................77, 159 Smith-Worthington Saddlery Co..........................................................................................75 South Shore Horsemen’S Council........................................................................................53 Sperry View Farm.......................................................................................................................47 Springfield Fence Co., Inc.....................................................................................................114 Strain Family Horse Farm....................................................................................................165 Sweet Pdz......................................................................................................................................62 Sweet Peet of NY.....................................................................................................................156 T.J. Holmes Company, Inc.....................................................................................................146 The Bear Spot Foundation.....................................................................................................47 The Carriage Shed......................................................................................................................51 The Cheshire Horse Of Keene.............................................................................................131 The Kaiser Group.....................................................................................................................175 Tom Balding Bits & Spurs....................................................................................................160 Triple Crown Feed........................................................................................................... Cover 2 Tufts University........................................................................................................................135 Turner-Pieters & Hazel Real Estate..................................................................................172 United Country Certified Auction..........................................................................................4 Vermont Summer Festival......................................................................................................37 Volo Farm...................................................................................................................................107 Warren Mcmullin Dressage....................................................................................................46 We Cover Structures..............................................................................................................127 Wetherbee Farm Real Estate..............................................................................................174 Willowdale Trailers.................................................................................................................109 Winsor Farm Sales, Inc..........................................................................................................103

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CLASSIFIEDS REAL ESTATE PROPERTIES GUEST HOUSE FOR LEASE 30 MINUTES East of San Juan Capistrano 20 min W of I15. European Equestrian Estate Upscale Kitchen Bathroom & throughout, garage washer dryer. Property has 8 Stall Barn, Cross Ties, Turn Out, Jumping & Dressage Arenas, Round Pen, Access to trails, Bring your horse for additional fee. (949) 283-1812. FastAd: #84940


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STALLS AVAILABLE RIVENDELL @ FALLS CREEK FARM STALLS Available. Heated 30 stall barn with attached covered round pen, automatic fly control system, automatic waterers, heated wash rack, locked tack room, bathroom, washer, dryer, indoor, outdoor jump ring, outdoor flat ring, grass paddocks and at home shows! Pachaug State Forest surrounds three sides of the 450 acre property for endless miles of trails! For more information visit: www. Friday Night Drop-In Clinic! $20/person· Limited to 20 riders· Every Friday Night 5-9pm· All around trainer Megan LeDoux will be there to answer questions· GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SCHOOL FALLS CREEK FARMS INDOOR! See FotoShow: FastAd: #870637

HELP WANTED FULL TIME POSITION WITH HOUSING FOR experienced equine professional with small private show quality barn in Bedford, NH. Job consists of approximately 50% riding and exercising horses and 50% standard barn chores. Excellent riding skills, good work ethic, ability to get along with others, honesty and integrity are essential. References required. Send resume and salary requirements to gracesolinsky@

EQUINE RETIREMENT Green Acres Retirement Farm. Customized care on 70 acres. Pasture board $225/mth. Stall board $350/mth. Both packages include trimming, vaccinations, trimming and more. Visit http://www.greenacresretirementfarm. com (914) 414-7872. Online Link: FastAd: #871068



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PHEASANT WALK SOUTH IS PLEASED to offer retirement boarding on our brand new 15+ acre hunter/jumper farm in the heart of horse country! 2+ acre pastures with large run-ins, automatic waterers on lush, maintained grass. Owner lives on the property and has been an active member of the New England horse community for over 20 years. Board includes all of the amenities you would expect from a full-care facility as well as trimming (shoes extra), paste worming, and seasonal vaccinations. We have a hotel-style guest room attached to the barn that was specifically designed for our clients to come and visit their retirees for $25/night. For more information, please call Nicole at (978) 621-8588 or email at $450/month. FastAd: #849392.

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Horse Support pp Groups BY ANGE DICKSON FINN

The New Mare Mothers Support Group This group meets weekly to share the trials and, yes, joys of new motherhood. Of course, it’s convened by an old, wise, alpha mare that helps initiate and soothe the young moms. Topics probably include the following. “Frolicking: How Much Is Too Much?” “Socialization: How To Work With Your Humans, Not Against Them, In Raising a Foal.” And, “When To Wean: Teaching Your Foal to Kick the Nursing Habit.” Moms probably bemoan the baby weight they haven’t yet been able to lose. “When will I get back to that trim filly figure I used to have? My human even had to let out the straps on my blanket.” Or, they may exchange stories about their little ones’ cute ways. “I just love it when he does those adorable little two tempi changes; he’s going to be a great dressage prospect when he grows up.” “Mine is already chasing the cows down the fence line. She’s definitely got more cow sense than I did at her age.” The School Horse Support Group This group gives those trail, lesson, and schooling horses a chance to get some things off their backs—besides their riders. Support groups fall into three categories: Lesson Horses, Schoolmasters, and Trail String Horses. They each have different gripes, of 200 EQUINE


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course. Lesson horses are sharing tips on teaching their new riders how to stay balanced. “Ya don’t want to dump them too much, but ya gotta scare them just a little—enough to teach them they better develop their seat right!” Schoolmasters drink their tea and moan, “When will she ever get the 1/4 pirouettes right? She thinks she’s ready to move up to FEI levels, but I’ve got news for her.” Trail horses are grumpier, and their complaints tend toward the very basic: “Had a ‘real rider’ the other day. Doncha hate those? Little Miss Bossy Pants wouldn’t even let me grab snacks along the trail. Who does she think she is; she’s not the boss of me. I got her back, though; I stopped in the trail and refused to budge, no matter how much she kicked and clucked—I made her look like a real rookie! Ha ha!” The Retired Horse Support Group Our older, retired horses have lots to share, too. “I used to be the one he picked first for a trail ride. Now he just pats my neck and goes to grab that young whippersnapper who doesn’t know his offside from his nearside. It’s just hard to see everyone going out to have fun, thinking I’m too old to keep up.” “I know what you mean; I can still jump just fine, but my rider will only work me over ground poles—he seems to think I’m made out of glass or something. What

I’d give to jump a course again!” They exchange hints on the best liniments and joint supplements, and scratch each others’ itchy spots that their stiff spines no longer let them reach on their own. Mounts of Slow Learners Support Group My mare, of course, probably belongs to this group. Their topics are along the lines of “Baby Steps: Why Celebrating Even the Smallest Progress Is Important for Building Your Human’s Fragile Self Confidence;” “What To Do When Practice Isn’t Making Perfect;” and, “How Humans Think: Understanding the Predator Mindset and How To Defeat It.” I’m sure they exchange tips on the best ways to signal to their rider that she’s making them feel trapped without completely blowing up, and 101 Hints To Evade the Bit and Get Away With It. I’d love to be a fly on the wall at our horses’ support groups. Hey, there’s probably one for that as well. I can see the notice now—“Fly Sufferers Support Group Meets in Jake’s Stall Tonight: Bring Your Own Spray.” ANGE DICKSON FINN is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom who is never at a loss for support group ideas. Visit her at, or email her at


HUMANS HAVE TONS OF SUPPORT groups to choose from, depending on what ailment or burdens we’re putting up with in our lives. It got me to thinking, our horses put up with a lot from us. Shouldn’t they have support groups of their very own? Just imagine that late at night in the barn, after all the people are tucked into bed, the equine support groups convene to help each other through the ups and downs of being our companions. Here are some of the groups your horse might belong to.

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