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contents features 42 Banished from the Barn Five easy methods to get rid of pests in your equine facility. BY NATALIE DEFEE MENDIK

52 2 Four Years or Two? How to decide what school is right for you. BY ERIN PALUMBO

70 Romany Roots Preserving the true heritage of the Gypsy Cob. BY JUDY BRODLAND

78 Moms that Care Mothers and daughters discuss everything from their relationships to their love for horses. BY ELISABETH PROUTY-GILBRIDE

62 Flex Time A look at the old and new in joint supplements. BY PAMELA MANSFIELD



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27 News from the horse world. 32 Fly sheets put to the test. 85 Travel to Louisville, Kentucky. 92 2 Sally Batton shares her thoughts on horses, hiking, and “ah-ha” moments. 110 HITS Ocala wraps up for the season. 122 The Red Hills Horse Trials attracts top riders.



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14 Editor’s Note

85 Travel

172 Marketplace

16 On the Road

88 Fashion Files

175 Real Estate

20 Letters to the Editor

90 Going Green

181 Calendar

22 In Your Words

92 Collecting Thoughts

184 Affiliate Coupons

27 Bits & Pieces

188 Directories

28 Points of Interest 30 Now You Know

the scoop 95 News & Affiliate Updates

32 Prepurchase Exam

101 Industry Wide Affiliates

36 Ask the Vet

164 Breed Affiliates

205 Classifieds 206 Stallion Paddocks 208 Last Laugh

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Live and Learn THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS YOU LEARN N every day from owning horses—life lessons,, like patience and hard work and tricks of the trade, like how to wrap a leg and not to wear fleece during shedding season. One thing I’ve learned a lot about is pest control. If you have horses, you have to deal with pests—big ones, small ones, flying ones, and furry ones—they are a fact of life. But, there are many ways to keep them at bay, and we have employed a few at our barn over the years. First, we bought a cat to keep rodents down, but we soon found out that she is a lover, not a fighter, and we had to move on to other steps, such as installing conduit for our electrical wires. But, there are other ways that you may not have considered for creating a space that is free of critters. In Natalie DeFee Mendick’s article, “Banished From the Barn,” on page 42, you can find more helpfull ideas ideas. Speaking of learning—this month we shine the light on equine education and what path is right for you in Erin Palumbo’s article, “Four Years or Two?” on page 52. This article helps you weigh the pros and cons of trade schools, associates degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and veterinary school. It’s a difficult choice, but we hope to make it a bit easier. Also this month, Pamela Mansfield gets down to the nitty-gritty on joint supplements in “Flex Time” on page 62. It’s one of those areas that can be hard to decide what is right for your horse and what isn’t, so we had experts give their advice on injections, oral supplements, tried-and-true ingredients, and what’s new in the field. You’ll also want to turn to page 70 to read Judy Brodland’s article, “Romany Roots.” It’s an insightful piece on the depth of the Gypsy Cob, both to the Romany people and to the American breeders who are trying to preserve the traditional standard of these horses. Finally this month, what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day, than to honor some of the horse show moms who have worked tirelessly to make their children’s dreams come true? Turn to page 78 to hear from mothers and daughters on their love of horses, teamwork, and the quality time they have spent together, bound by horses, in Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride’s article, “Moms That Care.” I know my mom deserves kudos for the time she spent driving me to lessons, sitting in the rain at shows, and making sure that my horses and I were happy. Thanks,, Mom!

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mage polo match. The feedback from the event’s attendees was great. Youth dressage rider Grace Nelson was particularly interested in watching the clinic with Lendon Gray. “It was so great to be able to watch her in person,” she said, adding, “I’d love to be able to ride with her, so this was a wonderful opportunity.” Grace and her mother, Liz Nelson, made the short trek down to Storrs from Spofford, NH. I truly enjoyed seeing so many youth with their parents at the symposium—some who rode, and others who were just getting their feet wet in the horse industry. I was able to briefly catch up with Megan and Luke Thompson from Storrs, CT, after the endurance riding demonstration. Megan is a member of the Connecticut Morgan Horse Association, and won multiple year-end awards in the club’s competitive trail riding divisions this past year, and it looks like Luke is following in his mother’s footsteps. It is always so refreshing to see parents that share their lo ove for equines with their children, something that is a common theme in this month’s issue. On that note, I can’t help but send out a thank you to not one, but two women in my life that have been supportive of my riding. w My mother has always been severely allergic to horses, M but despite that, she has supported my passion for them, b bringing me to riding lessons when I was younger, and b aattending my horse shows now that I’m an adult. Despite her allergies, I don’t think she’s ever missed one of my h ccompetitions! I am also lucky enough to have a motherin n-law with whom I can share an undying passion for rriding. At even a moment’s notice, I can call her when I’m llooking for a trail riding buddy. This month, I thank the two incredible moms that are iin my life. And on behalf of the Equine Journal, thank yyou to all the other moms out there that give everything tthey can to support their children’s love for riding.

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SOME OF MY FONDEST MEMORIES ARE FROM MY college riding days, when I was a student at Salve Regina University. Back then, I had the luxury of driving to the barn between classes on weekdays to hack around for a while, then returning in the evenings for lessons a couple days a week, and spending my weekends at Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competitions or trail riding on the beach. I could never fathom the thought of only being able to ever ride once a week because (gasp!) I would have a career and family that might have to come e before horses. The weekend of April 16, I took a trip down memory lan ne while at the American Youth Horse Council Symposium at the University of Connecticut’s Horsebarn Hill Arena in n Storrs, CT. Some of my fondest IHSA memories were spen nt competing at UConn. When I first started riding again in college, I was a novice, having previously taken a five-yea ar hiatus. For those of you who aren’t familiar with IHSA, yo ou have to ride a different horse at each show—one you’ve never been on before—to demonstrate your equestrian skill. As an adult who was returning to the ring, I was a lot more cautious and timid than I had been as a youth rider, but UConn’s horses, many of which were Morgans, always took care of me and helped me regain my confidence. Many times I would come back with a blue ribbon after competing there, as well as the occasional red ribbon. Even the draw that tried to take off with me on his back every 30 seconds at regionals didn’t dishearten me, but only gave me yet another great memory to fondly look back on when I returned to the campus this past April. This time, I wouldn’t be competing in an IHSA event, but I instead was given the opportunity to meet the next generation of riders, watch them in demonstrations, and listen to their insightful questions. Saturday’s demonstrations included a breakdown of UConn’s equestrian program, a dressage clinic with renowned trainer Lendon Gray, a thorough explanation of competitive trail riding and endurance riding, and a scrim-

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TARGE ET T PR RACTIC A CE CE itting the right distance to a fence is a bit like target practice for a novice rider, and a skill that sometimes even gives advanced riders fits. Correct takeoffs are key to having a smooth and successful jumping round, but if it’s something you struggle with, there’s no need to worry. Equine Journal enlisted the help of Peter Wylde, who, after spending more than a decade in Europe, is back in a big way. Since his homecoming to the United States in October 2012, Wylde has garnered numerous wins at the 2013 Winter Equestrian Festival, including the $8,000 G&C Farm 1.45m and $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Jumper Classic. And, with titles like World Equestrian Games Individual Bronze Medalist, Pan American Games Team and Individual Silver Medalist, and Olympic Team Gold Medalist, he knows a thing or two about having an eye for distance, and victory. »

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Making the Old New Again The Revival of Classical Ridingg With the Baroque Equestrian Games™ Then, in 2012, more like-minded enthusiasts joined wit Tina and Bruno to begin the organizational strategy, and plan educational events and competitions. Together, they created a competition that celebrates the living art of cla horsemanship in a hope to help others discover true harm with their equine partners.

Looking Back—To Look Forward In 2010, The Baroque Equestrian Games & Institute™ (BEGI) was created out of the vision and passion of Tina Cristiani Veder and Bruno Gonzales. Each born into European equestrian families, where the principles of classical riding were paramount, they became avid students of the historical training methods and the artistry of classical riding. Over the years, they grew increasingly aware that the vast majority of American riders had not had the opportunity to understand and experience the principles of the great equestrian masters. So, their goal became to make these timeless truths available through a classical competition. In the following two years, Tina and Bruno worked to develop and refine their endeavor. The foundational cornerstones for both the Games Competition and the Institute are the “patterns” (tests) of the Groundwork, Classical Schooling, Mounted Maneuvers, and Musical Presentations Sections of the competition. These patterns are based on the exercises and movements that formed the training program used by the great

I wanted to send you this picture of NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center’s Norwegian Fjord, Kleng. He is 21 years old and has been working as a therapeutic horse at our center for 18 years. In 2009, Kleng was named the National Therapeutic Horse of the Year, by PATH International, and on March 8, 2013, he was inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame as a Humanitarian Equine, by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the EQUUS Foundation. -Hilary Groh CTRS NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center Development Director and Riding Instructor 20


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Congratulations to Denise Gray for winning May’s letter-of-the-month! She will receive a North Woods Animal Treats gift pack.

You asked and we listened! Stay tuned for our article on gaited horses and trail riding in the October 2013 issue.


DO YOU DREAM OF DANCING WITH YOUR HORSE— a dance, based on softness and beauty, instead of power and complete accuracy? The Baroque Equestrian Games are looking to revive the ballet of classical riding, giving a modern competition system to the training program of the classical dressage masters.

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 May 15 will be entered in the drawing. Send your submissions to, or to Equine Journal, Editorial, 83 Leicester Street, N. Oxford, MA 01537.

A New Kind of Competition Until now, there has not been a venue that highlights the principles of the historic classical masters, and rewards t horse and rider who are striving toward these ideals. Mo other competitions tend to focus on brilliance of gaits, w preference given to the specific breed types for which th competitions were originally created. The purpose of The Baroque Equestrian Games is to educate people, in the fo of feedback of the judge’s scoring, to the principles that h bring every horse into better relaxation, balance, fluidity, ness, and collection. Unlike other scoring systems in typical competitions, the Baroque Equestrian Games will emphasize artistry over ath performance, and the quality of the horse’s training in achiev expressiveness without tension, coupled with the skill and elegance of the rider. These will be more important than the of the individual horse. According to Tina Christiani Veder, “ have created something for more compact, more elevated a

Thank you for writing such a superb article for the Baroque Equestrian Games (April 2013). I’ve had calls about it already and I wanted to thank you and congratulate you on the article. It really came out great. In the many years I’ve been doing this with my farm and now with the Games, I must say that your article was one of the best that’s been done. I truly appreciate the writer’s attention to all the details and the way she worked so openly with me. -Tina Cristiani Veder Founder of the Baroque Equestrian Games Thank you so much for sharing my horse artwork and my page on your Facebook page. I so appreciate kind and generous people like you! -Keller Jones Keller Jones Equine and Pet Portraiture

Thank you to the Equine Journal for your kind donation of winter gloves to our program. They will be put to good use by the military kids who participate in the HomeFront Equestrians Program. Thank you again for your generosity. -Elizabeth Haynes, Co-Founder of HomeFront Equestrians I wish there were more articles for me. I ride my Paso Fino on the trail, and I find that your magazine doesn’t have much to offer me. -Jordon Esten Elizaville, NY I rode in intercollegiate shows from 1973 to 1975. I love reading about the association. It is so amazing now, having grown so beautifully. -Grace Whelan Doran Lakeland, FL I loved the article on building a functional facility! It came at a wonderful time, as spring is here and I am looking forward to getting out there and making improvements to my barn! -Julie Hardy Boxford, MA

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tied to my stocking that ran outside to the fence, which then led over 75 feet to the barn. I followed it out, and there in the tack room, was a brand new show saddle. -LeRee Castro

April Dunham Lemire at the 2012 Rhode Island Arabian Show, where her two daughters, Ava, 7, and Zoe, 5, both competed.

When I was little, I loved going to the desert to ride with my mom. We would look at cacti together and try to find as many animals as possible. -Genevieve Sabey Having my birthmother tell me that I was almost born while she was riding! -Caroline Vaughn My mom was always the one to drive me to the barn, sit through all of my lessons, and bring me to shows. -Amy Yeager Nolte My dad bought her a horse for Mother’s Day—and the horse ended up being mine. -Polly Wolfe Just this past summer, she rode my horse bareback. It was the first time she has ridden in 10 years. -Olivia Kaplan

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When I learned to post on my Shetland pony, Ruthie, under the lights at my grandparents’ farm. She was there, running next to me yelling, “Up, down, up, down…” -Melissa Wooten My mom bought me a saddle one Christmas. When I got up in the morning, there was not one gift under the tree. Instead, there was ribbon

What was your biggest equine-related splurge?

My mom was deathly afraid of horses, so my favorite memory of her was with my horse, Mike Hurrah. We had a family picnic at the farm, and after a couple of cocktails, she actually asked if she could ride him. It was the one and only time she’d ever been on any horse. She never understood my “addiction.” -Lory Walsh Having my mom sleep in our tack stall with us at horse shows. Way back when, some of us were showing on a shoestring budget, and mom would load up the baby blue VW and come stay in the tack stall with some of my riding buddies and me so that she could be at the show with me for the weekend! -Mitzi Javers

From Our Staff I have to preface my favorite horse-related memory of my mom with the fact that she is severely allergic to equines. With that being said, my most vivid memory is from when I was 10 years old, at one of my first shows: it was Mother’s Day, and it was pouring buckets at the Woodstock Fairgrounds in Connecticut. Anyone who supports her daughter in those kinds of conditions is a true horse show mom! -Elisabeth Gilbride Executive Editor

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Joining the Council R.J. Layher has recently joined the American Horse Council (AHC) as the Director of Health and Regulatory Affairs. His responsibilities will include equine health issues, welfare issues, and state, federal and international requirements regarding the movement of horses. He will be the principal AHC contact to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Happy Anniversary! Shapley’s™, the makers of superior equine grooming products, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. To celebrate, they have debuted with a new twist on a popular product. The new Original M-T-G plus is the same great formula, with the same great results, as the Original M-T-G, but now it has a light herbal fragrance.

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Equine Heroes Behind every aspiring champion, there is always an unsung hero. The one who gets it done in the home, in the yard—or in the feed. For over 30 years, Alltech® has been the unsung hero behind many of the world’s top horse feeds and supplements. Now, Alltech is honoring some of the unsung heroes in the equine world. Visit equine/heroes to nominate someone that you think deserves to be recognized. Their goal is to identify and celebrate the Unsung Heroes of the Equine Community around the world.

An Action Plan The FEI and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have embarked on a three-year plan in response to growing demand from countries for help in improving crossborder movement of top-level sport horses, as participation in equestrian competitions reaches a record high. Several proposals have been made under the plan, including a full-time secondment of a senior veterinarian to OIE headquarters in Paris, who will work directly with top-level officers. The FEI veterinarian will collaborate with the OIE on defining a sub-population of lowerdisease-risk, “high-health, high-performance” sport horses, which will be integrated into countries’ existing bio-security systems that have been created to protect animals and human populations against the risk of disease spread.


Jaida Dreyer recently released a new single to country radio, “Half Broke Horses.” Many people who follow her country music career do not know that she is also an accomplished equestrian, involved with Paints, Quarter Horses, and POAs.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers As spring hits, it can be exciting to head d outside and start planting your garden! Make sure that as you introduce landscaping around your barn, you are aware of vegetation that is poisonous to your horse. Here is a quick list of common flowers that are harmful to your horse; but be sure to research before you place any type off plant around your barn and pastures.

This list includes:

Start ‘em Young! The Masters of Foxhounds Association now offers a youth achievement badge for participating in foxhunting. The Fairly Hunted award has been established to acknowledge youth under 18 who participate in foxhunts but may not be a member of the United States Pony Clubs. The award is given each year to any young person who hunts five times and is so acknowledged by a Master.

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


All modern Thoroughbreds trace back to three stallions imported into England from the Middle East: the Darley Arabian, the Byerley Turk, and the Godolphin Arabian.

Secretariat holds the record for the fastest Kentucky Derby ever at 1:59.40, which is also the track record for the 1-1/4 mile distance at Churchill Downs.





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North American owners and breeders register nearly 25,000 Thoroughbreds each year with The Jockey Club.


It has been 35 years since a horse won the United States Triple Crown (Affirmed, in 1978). To win this impressive honor, a three-year-old must claim victory in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.

Many racing Thoroughbreds move on to have successful second careers, including Courageous Comet (Comet Shine x Rosenelli), the 2009 and 2012 Rood and Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year.




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bits & pieces PREPURCHASE EXAM Shoo fly, don’t bother me! This month, we bid the pests adieu and turn the scrutiny to fly sheets.

Weatherbeeta Supa-Fly Detach-a-Neck

This unique fly sheet has Insect Shield® Repellent Technology, providing long-lasting and effective insect protection without using additional fly sprays! While a rowdy three-year-old gave this sheet a run for its money, its durability left us pleasantly surprised; the rips that the horse created stayed as small holes instead of becoming large tears. The bellyband, tail wrap, and nylon-lined shoulders were all wonderful additions. The Detatch-a-Neck design allows you to choose the style that you need in one convenient blanket, all while keeping your horse looking “Supa Fly” (we couldn’t resist!). BUY IT: $134.95,

EOUS® Action Fly Sheet

Kensington Textilene® Protective Fly Sheet

This innovative Textilene fabric meant business, offering protection against fighting insects while blocking 78% of UV rays (yay for no more faded coats). The blanket held up well, resisting tears and holes in all but the most extreme situations (we declare two unruly youngsters going at it as quite extreme!). Lined shoulders kept the blanket from causing rubs, and the thick wither padding protected the mane. We found this sheet ran a bit small, so buyers should keep that in mind when ordering. BUY IT: $149.99,

The EOUS Fly Sheet is incredibly well thought out, with details that make it stand apart from the crowd, from the fleece-lined withers to the option for an attachable hood. The belly and tail guards gave excellent added protection for our tester’s sensitive-skinned horse as well. The only downside was that, while the extra-roomy shoulders allowed for complete freedom of movement, they also allowed pesky flies to get up and under that area of the sheet. BUY IT: $78,

European Cut Kensington Textilene® Protective Fly Sheet with Bellyband

This unique cut fit a variety of shapes; we’re not sure of the science behind it, but it works! Fitting both a slight-built Arabian and a muscular, young warmblood…well, the versatility amazed our tester. The wide, adjustable bellyband and the thick mesh fabric kept the flies off (the innovative Textilene fabric had the added benefit of keeping UV rays and mud off the horses). The fabric was a bit stiff at first, but it only took a few warm days before the sheet was conforming to the horse easily. BUY IT: $179.99,

Professional’s Choice® Fly Sheet

Our tester loved the durable polyester ripstop fabric on this fly sheet. It not only kept bugs off, but also kept away harmful UV rays and resisted stains, which didn’t deter the tester’s horse from trying to get it as dirty as possible. Despite a pasture mate that loves to chew on blankets, tails, and anything he can get his mouth on, this blanket stayed in one piece. The heavy-duty buckles and snaps were well made and easy to use, and the nylon lining on the chest kept rub marks at bay. Also, consumers may want to order a size down, as this sheet runs small. BUY IT: $119.95,

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

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A Veterinarian’s Venture How to Earn a Career in Equine Medicine BY LAUREN BERNSTEIN, D.V.M. OF MYHRE EQUINE CLINIC


What is the process of becoming a veterinarian? What was your experience like?

a competitive application. Although specific classes are required prior to admission, candidates with any degree are considered. Aside from taking the required courses, it is beneficial for students to take The process of becoming a elective classes that will veterinarian requires dedicafurther their knowledge tion and ambition. Although admission of animal husbandry and to veterinary school is notoriously care, such as nutrition and difficult, it is not impossible. For most animal science courses. people, the process begins early on in Candidates who are well life with gaining animal experience. rounded in several areas, For instance, many strong candidates including leadership and have been involved in animal-related communication skills, are organizations, like 4-H or certain clubs, often more highly-sought depending on the region where they than those who do not have live. Any form of animal care, such such strong characteristics. as volunteering at an animal shelter/ Admission to veterinary school requires high scores rescue, or working at a stable or farm, helps to make a person a better candion standardized tests, such date. The most important experience, as the Graduate Record however, arises from volunteering Examination (GRE) or or working for a veterinarian. This Medical College Admission is how the candidate proves to an Test (MCAT). admission’s committee that he or she Once a student is has an adequate understanding of the accepted into veterinary job and life of a veterinarian, while school, they must complete One of the best ways to prepare for veterinary school, and see if the job is right for you, is to volunteer for a also acquiring references for four years of course work recommendations. and clinical rotations. Each local veterinarian. Along with animal experience, there school has its own method are college requirements that must be of instruction (i.e., traditional versus basic and integrated anatomy and physicompleted prior to being considered case-based studies). There are also ology, microbiology, parasitology, and or accepted into veterinary school. those wherein students are allowed to pharmacology, in addition to classes Students should work hard and receive “track,” meaning they can take addithat enable the student to view and adequate grades in pre-requisite tional courses in a particular area of understand the living animal body courses, such as animal science or interest. Instances of classes taken as a complex, but organized, system. biology-based classes, so that they have during the first two years include: Depending on the method of training, the remaining two years of study are focused on courses and/or clinical rotations that integrate what has been ALTERNATIVE CAREERS IN THE VETERINARY SECTOR learned into the process of caring for an actual animal patient. Externships are VETERINARY TECHNICIAN: Performs in diagnosing illness and ensuring the available to, and sometimes required of, medical treatments and helps to diagnose continued health of the horses. lameness and illness under the supervision students who desire to gain additional of a licensed veterinarian. DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING TECHNICIAN: experience at private practices other than their academic institution. Employs various imaging modalities, under LAB TECHNICIAN: Conducts blood work the direction of a veterinarian, to accurately Prior to graduating from veterinary school and during the time a student and other lab tests to aid veterinarians detect causes of unsoundness and illness. is completing clinical rotations, a test 36


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must be taken to assess his or her knowledge regarding all areas of veterinary medicine. The test in the United States is referred to as the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) and must be successfully passed before a student can graduate and practice veterinary medicine. Once the national board exam (NAVLE) is passed, the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree has been received, and the graduate has passed a state board licensing examination, he or she may practice veterinary medicine. There are veterinarians who, upon graduation, choose to further or build upon their current knowledge with internships or residencies, particularly those who desire to specialize in a specific area of interest. Although it was hard work

and many hours were spent studying to gain admission into and graduate from veterinary school, it was well worth it. Not only was I able to fulfill a lifelong dream, but I was also able to gain lasting friends. There are a few different choices I would have made during my time in veterinary school. For instance, as a current mixed animal practitioner, I would have taken a greater variety of clinical rotations, such as exotic and ruminant medicine. In the end, however, the life of a veterinarian is always rewarding, regardless of the day or cases seen. Being able to help both patients and clients on a daily basis is extremely meaningful and fulfilling. Furthermore, it is an emotionally-satisfying job, as the feeling of helping animals lead a healthier life is like no other!

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Equitation n Pointers


What are some ways that I can catch the judge’s eye in an equitation class?


Try to make a solid impression when you’re coming into the ring. Even though judges technically cannot begin adjudicating until the gate is closed, most of them really pay attention as the riders and their horses come through the gate. They take down the numbers and make notes as to who stands out. It’s the old saying—the first impression is one of the most important. Make sure your attire is correct, neat, and clean! If you can’t afford a $2,000 suit, that’s fine, but make sure the one you have is clean, pressed, and fitted correctly to you. If you look sloppy, then the judge will assume you are sloppy. A personal pet peeve with me is when a rider’s jodhpurs are too short. It really kills the overall picture. Make sure you do not overlook the little things—every detail counts: hair, makeup, polished boots, and gloves. Also, make sure your stirrup leathers are not twisted. I sadly had to pin a rider down in a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Medal class last year for this, and it was a shame, as she was a great rider that made a rookie mistake. Be a rider! Don’t sit up there and just pose. Equitation is not about posing on a horse—it’s about riding your horse. If your horse spooks, misbehaves, etc., don’t give up. Show the judge that you are still in the game and ride through it. In a pattern, straight lines and circles are key! One thing I will say is to never assume that the person in front of you did the pattern correctly. Many patterns can have parts that are subject to interpretation. If you are given an option (such as which rail to trot down), then think about what is going to showcase you and your horse’s ability the best. 38


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Ride every step of your pattern—and if your horse acts up, do not quit. Commit to what you are doing and go through it. Never look defeated. Even if you and your horse have the worst possible pattern, give the impression that you are still working through it, and never act defeated. Attitude is everything! Almost all judges will walk the line at the end of any equitation class and inspect you in lineup, or when you are lined up before you perform your pattern. This is one of your last chances to impress the judge. In the lineup, do not slack off when the judge is inspecting everyone. All those things add up to Every detail counts when it comes to making an impression in create the big picture. As the judge the ring. is scrutinizing you, keep your posture, smile, and make eye contact. If your attire is messy or JENNIFER dirty, this is when it will most likely SULLIVAN, be noticed. of Scituate, Of course, try to have fun—equitation MA, judges an is not a division meant for everyone. average of 15 to Some people thrive on showing in equi20 shows each season, from tation and love the challenges it brings, while others prefer to ride in pleasure local one-day events, to larger breed and classes. If it’s too stressful and you and USEF shows. She is USEF-carded as a your horse are not enjoying it, then it Morgan, Saddle Seat Equitation, Saddlebred, might not be the right thing for you. and Friesian judge. She also holds New Find what you and your horse are good England Horse Council English and at, and enjoy the ride! western cards.


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Western n Pointers With Steve Kutie, Kutie Performance Horses


I was told that I had the wrong headstall on my ring snaffle bridle. Does it really matter? How do I choose the proper headstall?

A throatlatch and browband are designed to keep a headstall from slipping over the horse’s ears when used with a snaffle bit.




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of my horses, when schooling, with a cavesson or noseband to keep them from gapping their mouth open and trying to get away from the bit pressure. The noseband is just an aid that allows the bit to function properly without allowing any bad habits to start. It is always easier to keep a problem from starting than to have to go back and figure out how to correct it. The use of a noseband when showing is considered illegal equipment in most classes. Proper fit for a snaffle bit depends on the horse’s mouth conformation. I will start a colt in the round pen with the bit hanging a little lower in his mouth so that he learns to carry the bit with his tongue. Once I start riding, I will pull the bit up so that I have one to two slight wrinkles on each corner of the mouth. Remember, every horse will prefer one size bit over another, like how tight or loose the curb chain is, as well as how high or low it hangs in the mouth.

Take it slow when playing around to find out what works best for you and your horse. My general rule of thumb is that it takes about 10-12 rides to see and feel exactly how the new bridle or bit will perform. The most important point that I would like to stress is that the bridle or bit should be only as severe or mild as the hands using g them. STEVE KUTIE focuses on reiners and cowhorses, but never leaves his classical dressage foundation and principles behind. He believes in building a solid foundation and work ethic, allowing a horse to perform to the best of its ability at the higher levels. For more information, visit


Headstalls were designed with a specific purpose in mind, to keep the bit hanging in the correct position in your horse’s mouth, and to allow you to pull on the reins and not have the headstall slip over his ears. The hardest thing to overlook, from a safety standpoint, is when one is riding a horse around in a snaffle bit hung on a headstall that has no throatlatch. When pulling on the reins, a headstall that has no throatlatch and browband will tend to lift off of the horse’s poll and possibly slip off over his ears (not the best position to be in when your horse spits the bit, literally). The throatlatch is designed to keep the headstall in the proper position by securing it behind the horse’s jaw, with the browband lying across the forehead just in front of the ears. The throatlatch should be adjusted with two to three fingers’ width between it and the horse’s throat. If using a bit that has leverage, a one-ear or split-ear headstall will be fine since they are being used with a curb chain (a headstall with a throatlatch and browband will also work, but I personally think that it looks out of place when paired with a leverage bit). The leverage bit, when pulled on, rocks forward in the horse’s mouth. This allows the curb chain to apply pressure under the chin and slight pressure over the horse’s poll, keeping the headstall in place. Snaffle bits should be used with a slobber strap attached to each ring that runs under the horse’s chin. This is so a rider is able to pull the bit left or right without having the rings slide around and into the horse’s mouth, where we can lose control. I also tend to ride all

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oppings, flyspeck—there’s no mistaking the ns left by the scourge of every barn: pests. Whether rodent, insect, or avian, keeping control of your stable’s pest population is not only good horsekeeping— these nuisances can pose a threat to horse health, along with sometimes even wreaking havoc on the stable’s structure. Taking some simple steps goes a long way toward reducing the pest population that would like to call your barn home. »

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Air Movement

Insects and farms often go hand-in-hand, but with good management, it doesn’t have to be this way. “The generic term ‘pest’ is all-encompassing; just as the word describes, it’s anything that is annoying and can spread disease,” says Adam Hatton, sales manager at Big Ass Fans in Lexington, KY. Insects often found in the stable include airborne pests, such as flies, and ground insects, such as spiders. Combating insects on multiple fronts can lead to successfully reducing their population. First, flying insects, the most common of which in a stable is the fly, do not tolerate airflow well. “When you have proper air movement, it reduces the occurrence of airborne pests,” explains Hatton. “In simple terms: the flies can’t fly when the wind is blowing. Adequate air movement throughout the entire facility reduces the occurrence of flies and other airborne insects.” In addition to keeping common house and stable flies out of your barn, air movement augments natural ventilation, helping to dry wet areas that provide insectbreeding sites. All fans are not created equal, however. It’s crucial that those in the stable are designed for agricultural use. Many commonly-used box and ceiling fans are designed solely for home use, posing a serious fire Automatic spray » hazard if used in a systems are a barn, as they are not powerful tool in designed for a barn the insect-control arsenal. environment, where 44


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dust and moisture can cause an electrical hazard. Choosing the right fan system depends on your facility’s design. Some companies offer different types of fans tailored toward the needs of horse owners, such as traditional agricultural overhead fans and directional fans designed to be both quiet and durable. In addition to discouraging insects, airflow promotes natural ventilation, cooling the stable in summer and recirculating warm air in the winter. Ammonia and moisture are banished as well, reducing both odors and horse health risks. Energy-efficient fans, hard-wired into the stable’s electrical system, really pay off in the long-run in terms of functionality, economy, design, and looks. Along with fans, automatic spray systems are a powerful tool in the insect-control arsenal. “I think all barns should have the ability to automatically spray insecticides,” remarks Dennis Marion, of Innovative Equine Systems in Minden, NV. “There are simple and inexpensive automatic systems on the market that really take care of the problem. Planning an automatic system before you build or remodel allows hidden tubing.”


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Benjamin Esch, of B & D Builders, in Ronks, PA, also recommends an automated, timer-controlled system, which generally includes a nozzle in every stall, and occasionally, some throughout the aisles. These nozzles deliver at pre-selected times a fine mist of insecticide, which elimi-


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« One of the best ways to prevent pests is by maintaining a clean barn.

These surprisingly economical systems may just be the end of your insect woes.


Killing the Culprit


Basic Housekeeping

Other effective methods beyond stable design include fly predators, which are beneficial insects that feed on fly larvae; insectcontrol supplements, which either deter insects with scents such as garlic, or break the life cycle of the fly by killing the larvae in the horse’s manure; and, manual flytraps and sticky paper, which attract and kill flies.

Basic housekeeping is important as well. Flies are attracted to odors; sweep up any spilled grain in aisles, stalls, and the feed room. Also, store trash cans away from the barn if possible. Secure lids on garbage cans to keep flies out, while lining the bin with plastic bags to reduce residues and odors flies seek out. Eliminate moist, rotting organic material, which provides an optimal environment for flies to lay eggs. Clear away piles of leaves and old hay, and have a solid manuremanagement plan. The best way to keep rodents at bay is to run a tight ship. The root of controlling mice and rat populations lies in eliminating their access to food. It’s pretty simple. “The biggest challenge with rodents is the mice and rats getting into feed areas,” notes Esch. “You need rodent-proof feed bins, contained in a separate room with a good, tight door.” Imagine an airtight door with a solid seal, which rodents simply cannot scoot under. “Many tack and feed rooms use an interior door, which leaves room for rodents to enter the room,” explains Marion. “An exterior door has a threshold which prevents rodent entry.” Inside the feed room, grain should be stored in sealed bins. These can be simple, such as plastic trash cans with locking lids, or more upscale, like built-in wooden bins. Don’t leave bags of grain out; be sure to empty all feed into tight containers. Fortunately, other mammalian pests, such as opossums and raccoons, tend to not be such a problem in newer barns. As with rodents, eliminating easy feed sources discourages their nightly visits. Last, but not least, don’t underestimate the hunting prowess of a few good barn cats.

nates mature insects, interrupts the insect-breeding cycle, and repels new insects. This serves to both kill off existing insects and prohibit re-infestation. Naturally, many worry about health and environmental concerns associated with insecticides. Look for a reputable company specializing in natural, biodegradable formulas, which are EPA approved; many businesses install within state-of-the art equine facilities, such as university veterinary hospitals. Tired of deer flies, bot flies, horse flies, house flies, ticks, spiders, gnats, mosquitoes, stink bugs, and more? 48


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No More Nesting

Fans not only keep insects away, but also discourage birds from nesting in the barn, as they are afraid of the moving blades. Other ways to keep them from taking up a permanent residence is to reduce nesting spots. “Birds are definitely a challenge in indoor arenas and large open barns,” remarks Esch. Within these large structures with tall ceilings are many places birds like to roost. Trusses, for example, are a favorite hangout and nesting spot for birds. These framework pieces, generally made of wood, are found high up in the ceiling, running parallel to the ground. Eliminating areas such as these is the most effective way of discouraging birds. Rafters, which run from the apex of the roof to the exterior walls, provide no nesting areas. Clear fabric roofs, while incorporating trusses in their designs, are also touted as offering limited roosting areas to birds. B & D Builders also recommends Simple Saver®, a vapor-barrier insulation system which creates a ceiling within structures, covering any roofing pillars on which birds may nest.

Pest-Free and the Living is Easy If you’re looking at taking on some of the bigger projects, consult with a professional who really understands horses and equine facilities. “Speak to a company that works in this industry,” notes Hatton. An expert understands the unique needs within a stable, and can help design or retrofit an equine facility to suit your needs. For small-scale changes, simply resolve to take steps to create a happy, healthy, pest-free home for your horses, and space for you to enjoy your equine pursuits.



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y dad always said, “Follow your passion, not the money.” I got out of the crib and heard my passion call like a siren from Homer’s The Odyssey. Horses, horses, horses. And, I know I’m not alone. For some people, the passion subsides; but for many of us, it continues to burn and we long to answer. Is it possible to turn a passion for horses into a successful career? Would a professional education help you succeed at what you love most? The Equine Journal takes a look at some of the educational opportunities available. »



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Education Versus Experience

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year degree, it still puts a graduate one step ahead of anyone applying for a job without a degree at all. You’re likely to gradOne question many people ask is if an equine education is uate with significantly less debt as well. Some areas of study better than experience. The answer depends on what you want to do. Education beyond high school is like buying a house— currently offered are equine studies, equine management, and expensive and time consuming, but if it is well thought out, horse studies. Many students use their degree to pursue careers it can be financially rewarding in the long-run. The key is to in veterinary assisting, equine marketing, equine legal assisting, evaluate whether or not a degree will get you there faster and or as a riding instructor. Again, the return on your investment in education is heavily dependent on which career field you help you get paid more money. The next step would be to decide if the job is the right fit choose and how much equine knowledge you already have. for you. The best way to do this would be to try it out. For example, if you think you would like to manage a big breeding Four-Year Bachelor of Science farm, it might be a good idea to volunteer at a stable and There’s no doubt about it—a bachelor’s degree is the big daddy shadow the barn manager to get an authentic feel for the job. and often the most valuable degree in the long-term. Abigail If you’re interested in becoming a veterinarian, ask to ride Nemec Bloxsom, Academic Program Manager/Director of around for a couple days with your local equine practitioner. the Equine Program at Post University in Waterbury, CT, It’s a great way to get an up-close look at the profession. says, “A high school diploma qualifies you for stall mucker; Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you’ll need to an associate degree qualifies you for chief stall mucker, but consider which school and degree, if any, will match your a bachelor’s degree is a game changer; it gives you the ability career path. In the world of equine education, there are four to move up or sideways much faster. You might still start as main avenues to consider: a trade school, a stall mucker, but within a few months, an associate degree, a bachelor’s degree, you could be running the barn.” Abigail and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. continued to say that 50% of her students Earning Your earning a degree in equine studies also Degree Online consider earning a second degree as an Trade School opportunity for a career that is complete A trade school teaches the skills needed Online degrees used to be like to perform a particular job. Usually, there and rewarding, with a chance to specialize seeing an FEI dressage rider wearing a helmet; he or she are no general education requirements, within the horse industry. An accounting would stick out like a sore thumb and everything in the course list relates or marketing professional can build on and be looked at with a touch of directly to the job. It’s like learning everyan equine specialty, but he or she will still mockery. However, lately, online thing about Appaloosas, but not much need the professional expertise of the degrees have gained respect for about Morgans. other discipline. For example, the equine their affordability and flexibility. Some of the most well-known trade accountant will still need to be a Certified Because horses are a subject that school programs for the horse industry Public Accountant (CPA). frequently requires hands-on include equine massage, hoof care, equine experience, not all degrees or dentistry, and instructor certification. One Veterinary Medicine certifications may be available significant advantage to trade schools is Veterinary Medicine seems like a match online. But, if you have a family that they are less expensive and less time made in heaven: work with the animals or a full-time job and the degree consuming than a two- or four-year degree. you love; gain the prestigious title of you want is offered online, it’s an doctor; earn big money. Right? Well, it’s Ginger Casey, owner of Casey and Son option to consider. Horseshoeing School, says their program not exactly that easy. The Journal of offers a two-week introductory class, a sixAmerican Veterinary Medicine listed the week class for someone with experience, mean starting salary of equine graduates and a 12-week class with costs ranging in 2012 as $37,143. It also listed the mean from around $1,500 up to $6,500, which includes lodging and education debt of 2012 graduates as $151,672. That is certainly meals. Most trade school jobs are going to have some startup something to consider. costs if you plan to strike out on your own immediately after Dr. Tania Kozikowski-Nicholas, staff veterinarian at the graduation. Ginger estimates that you can expect to pay at University of California, Davis, says, “Make sure it is truly what least $2,500 for tools, anvil, forge, equipment, and a sample you want; it’s a hard road.” Tania cautions students considstock of shoes needed in the farrier’s rig. The actual shoeing ering equine veterinary medicine that the hours are long, and trailer or truck attachment can range from $3,000 and up, in positions with good work/life balance are hard to find. Tania addition to the truck of choice. commented, “It is very common for equine vets to work five to seven days a week. Small animal vets can find jobs working Success as a farrier or in any trade school industry will three to four days per week. Those types of jobs (for equine greatly depend on your personal skills and the number of hours you are willing to work. Again, it’s wise to ride around vets) are few and far between.” This can make a very big differwith a member of the trade to see if it is a good fit for you. ence if you plan to have a family or a life outside of work. Another point to consider is that most equine veterinary graduates are strongly encouraged to spend at least one to two Two-Year Associate For something with a little more punch, you might consider years completing an internship before working in private pracan associate degree. While it doesn’t have the impact of a fourtice. Tania compares interns to indentured servants. “You’re

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your internship and residency years, financial compensation can be poor, you’ll work through the night, and feel blessed to live at mom’s so you can save money to pay off your veterinary school debt. However, the exciting rewards are the furthering of your veterinary education and the great opportunities it will present—opening up a wide range of possibilities for your future in veterinary medicine. Finally, if you’re driven and a superstar performer, you might go on to complete a residency, making you a sort of doctor of doctors. Tania completed her residency in internal medicine, which meant three more years of long hours and very poor pay, given her level of education. However, the news is not all bleak. Established veterinarians and specialists like Tania have the potential to make $80,000 and up. Plus, the work can be challenging, rewarding, and personally fulfilling.

At the End of the Day Follow your passion, not the money. Whether it’s instructor, equine masseuse, veterinarian, or Olympic rider, you will succeed best when you follow your strength. But, before jumping in with two feet, do your research, understand the risks and rewards, and above all, talk to as many peoplein the field as you can to make sure purchasing an education will benefit your future bank account. Ask the tough questions: what is the average starting salary; what are the hours; what is the return on your school investment? Look at where you want to go, and make sure an equinerelated degree will pay for itself and get you there faster. Benjamin Franklin said it best, “If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”


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FLEX TIME A Look at the Old and New in Joint Supplements BY PAMELA MANSFIELD


re you ready to try something new in joint supplements? There are many modern combinations of the tried-and-true ingredients—chondroitin and glucosamine, as well as oral hyaluronic acid (HA)—with ingredients that are thought to support a normal inflammatory response and preserve cartilage integrity. The good news is that research on horses’ joints is ongoing, and there is an increasing amount of scientific evidence on how supplement ingredients work, bringing savvy horse owners more choices. First, we asked the experts just how joint supplements are intended to be used, and we learned a little about why the “big, three” popular ingredients are named the way they are.

“The objective is to help the joint capsule so it makes better synovial fluid; therefore, the joint will have less inflammation and be less painful,” says Lisa Ann Fortier, D.V.M., Ph.D, at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, who conducts research on equine joints. The joint cartilage itself has no nerves or blood supply, she explains, but is fed and lubricated by the joint fluid. Inflammation in the joint capsule results in the slow development of cartilage breakdown, but the supplements can directly address the surrounding fluid production. In her online course, Nutrition as Therapy, Eleanor M. Kellon, V.M.D., gives an explanation of the components of the joint, cartilage, and surrounding membranes. It acquaints us with names that sound very much like those of the three popular ingredients. All this starts to make sense, because supplements are a way of adding to the body’s own reserves of these compositions. The joint components include hyaline cartilage (found on the ends of the bones



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Dr. Kellon writes of her own experience with her Standardbred racing business, “Since routinely incorporating joint nutraceuticals (oral supplements) when horses are seeing demanding work, the number of joint injections has dropped off the map.” Both play a specific role, however. “Injections are going to supply materials faster and in much higher concentrations. However, orally-supplied joint supplements are much less expensive, and they do not pose a risk of infection or tissue damage from the injection,” says Dr. Kellon, referring to intra-articular injections, or the use of FDA-approved HA, polysulfated glycosaminoglycans (PSGAG), steroids, or combinations directly injected into the joints. This type of injection does require strict hygiene around the joint area and a few days of stall rest. Other preparations of HA and PSGAG are delivered through intramuscular and intravenous injections. Oral supplements, when given daily, may greatly prolong the intervals between injections. Some owners will choose to do both, allowing the oral supplement to maintain that steady level. « While injections supply the ingredients faster and in higher concentrations, they are more invasive and expensive than oral supplements.

inside the joints, otherwise known as the articular cartilage), which contains chondrocytes or cartilage cells, and a matrix of glycosaminoglycans. She explains that the synovial membrane, which produces the synovial fluid, is from the word synovium, “derived from the Latin meaning ‘like an egg.’ It refers to the viscous, slimy consistency of synovial fluid, which is similar to uncooked egg whites.” We start to understand, then, why Dr. Fortier refers to the popular supplement HA, or hyaluronic acid, as the sticky molecule, or something known since the 1970s as the “goo” molecule. It seems that of all of the ingredients in joint supplements, HA simply addresses the sticky substance that serves to provide lubrication and shockabsorption properties. We’ll let the researchers ponder the building blocks of life, but suffice it to say that a lot goes into understanding the actual molecules in these supplements and how they are absorbed through the intestines and into the bloodstream, and ultimately, end up targeting the articular synovial fluid. “Each of what we call ‘Mother Nature’s big three’ (glucosamine, chondroitin, and HA) are not only providing the building blocks of healthy joints, but also working together to inhibit the free radicals and enzymes that break down cartilage. That’s why we like supplements that contain all three ingredients,” says Lydia Gray, D.V.M., M.A., staff veterinarian for SmartPak™.

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Those of you with a long history of using joint supplementation may know “Mother Nature’s big three” already, but what’s new in the mix these days? As researchers develop new combinations and enhance the ability to produce a desired effect in the horse, we have improved combinations and even more ingredients to consider. Many people have already enjoyed a long history of these ingredients’ use, for they are extremely popular with people who take supplements themselves. Dr. Gray says, “Some of the newer ingredients include turmeric, and its extract, curcumin.” Turmeric is a yellow-flowering member of the ginger family that is commonly known for digestive benefits, but it also supports a healthy inflammatory response. Also fitting into this category are boswellia (from the resin of a tree), and other plant and fruit extracts and powders, such as cherry extract, pterostilbene (blueberry), resveratrol, and olive extract. “Also, there is good research on ASU (AvocadoSoybean Unsaponifiable), omega-3 fatty acids, and cetyl myristoleate,” she says. Dr. Fortier also made reference to ASU, adding that several studies have shown that ASU works in the horse. Most of the new supplements are from plants and fruits. Joint supplement ingredients may come directly from natural sources, but is their origin important? It depends on the ingredient. Glucosamine is extracted from shellfish. Dr. Fortier says studies have shown an excellent source of glucosamine is the New Zealand Perna, or green-lipped mussel, but it can come from any number of sources in the shellfish family. Dr. Kellon adds that there is a vegetarian, corn-based source, but it is much more costly. Chondroitin is typically sourced from bovine trachea. Hyaluronic acid is a little more complicated, because it must contain specific chemical properties to have the desired effect. Purified HA, with a high molecular weight similar to the substance actually found in the cartilage and synovial fluid, is typically produced by microbial fermentation and is, therefore, vegetarian. This is the substance used in


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FDA-approved pharmaceuticals. Plants, roots, berries—all of these natural sources are tapped for their ingredients that have a long history of use for health benefits.

Powder or Pellets? It’s usually a personal preference for the owner, but supplements come in both powders and pellets and are chosen for different reasons. A supplement in powder form is likely to be less expensive than in pellet form simply because of the extra work that goes into creating a pellet. However, that little bit of powder that sticks to the feed bucket or spills out of the scoop can unintentionally go to waste. With a pellet, the horse is more likely to get the full dose. Sometimes, a pellet just makes more sense. “As more and more horses are not fed as much grain, due to the obesity problem in horses, pelleted supplements are easier to feed by hand or shake into the feed tub and make them think they’re getting grain,” says Dr. Gray.

Quality Ingredients You will find a lot of information on the supplement product’s label. But, you won’t find specific claims. Dr. Gray explains, “Research is limited when it comes to these products because of the FDA’s restrictions about the claims you can make, even after a legitimate study proves benefits. For example, you still can’t legally say X product reduces pain and inflammation even if the study had a treatment and control group, was double-blinded, and statistically significant! Also, manufacturers are not able to patent most ingredients and products because they often include natural ingredients that are readily available.” In other words, it’s hard for supplement manufacturers to justify spending considerable amounts of money on research if they can’t communicate the benefits, especially if you consider the large body of research proving the efficacy of ingredients in their products.

“Reputable manufacturers pracChoosing to provide tice strict quality control to bring your performance consumers a consistently high horse with an oral joint supplement quality of ingredients. Purchasing can keep him in top from reputable sources will ensure form and extend that you get the quality product his career. you need. Without these quality control processes in place, a supplement of questionable quality may vary from batch to batch,” says Dr. Fortier. “If you find a supplement you think works, and then when you buy a new batch the animal doesn’t respond as well, the reason could be that while some manufacturers test every batch, others do not, and the ingredients may not be of the same potency or quality.” Dr. Fortier recommends that when trying a new supplement, a horse owner might keep a calendar that makes note of the horse’s routine and observation of its condition. For example, how often the horse was ridden, the weather, and how the horse seemed to go. This will give you a better idea of how the supplement is working.

Read the Label

The label on any joint supplement product will include information on:


Active Ingredients, i.e. glucosamine, chondroitin, HA

Inactive Ingredients, or components that make the product palatable and easy to feed, or add flavor

Cautions and Warnings

Directions for Use

Intended Use

Net Contents and Total Weight

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To ensure the quality of the supplements we buy, the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) advocates and collectively enforces good practices and quality standards in manufacturing, labeling, and marketing animal health supplements. Manufacturers who proudly display the NASC seal on their label have met or exceeded rigorous quality standards. They follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), help maintain a comprehensive database of any Adverse Event reports, adhere to strict labeling guidelines, and undergo auditing. The FDA also has access to their Adverse Event reporting database. Being an educated consumer is important when it comes to picking a supplement for your horse. Do your homework—read the labels, research the ingredients, and you can even contact the manufacturer with specific questions. Dr. Fortier has faith that “consumers are far more skeptical and educated now due to the Internet.” You can research everything online before buying. Some supplement companies and distributors offer comparison charts on their websites where you can compare the ingredients, amounts, serving sizes, and prices, side by side.


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With time and with all things, we get accustomed to it. And, it’s peculiar that so many of us recognize the danger when it surfaces, yet we take no action to stop it. Genetic erosion is inherently dispiriting, yet it does not occur overnight; it’s gradual, a dim but determined ebbing, unhurried at first until it gains a momentum that overpowers us before we have the sense and strength to stop it. With many species, their strength and dominance were eroded over time, demoting them to a crumbling remnant of their once deep well of virtues. Eventually, where high standards and tradition served as solid underpinnings, pride and pocketbooks take over, and we find ourselves migrating along with the masses—some of us more reluctantly than others—as ill-fated tastes are lured toward fashion and show ring trends instead of preserving traditional breed standards. The Gypsy horse is equally vulnerable to these sagging values, in spite of the clout and sway that brought him into our admiring folds in the first place.


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What can we do about it? The secret to ensuring the Gypsy cob’s sovereign talent and magnetism is surprisingly unrestricted. In fact, it’s on the house— the Romany house, that is. On a blustery West Coast day, I stand in silence, watching. The most resonant vein of notables before me are not the cob horses themselves, however, but the head-of-state Romany man, whose burly form, topped with a flat cap and finished with worn brown muckers, tromps purposely among the apple-butted horses who gently step aside as he issues his unique style of guttural dialect, combined with subtle body language—an inimitable fusion that instructs the horses to quietly obey. The display is absolute. The line of demarcation between man and horse is blurred to the point that one wonders if it even exists. There is no showboating. Stevie Downs, who hates to fly and had never done so prior to setting foot on American soil, specifically Wylleen May’s Acton, CA, soil, was spurred into action by the thought of his family being in trouble—a family that happens to be horse, not human. When his Romany heels landed on American soil, they stepped into action. America’s in-house audience is likely conscious of the generations of breeding that many Roma families boast of, but a sobering reminder is that these perfectors of the glorious colored cob 72


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have been doing so longer than the United States has been a country. And, as that aide-memoire slides into view, the cornerstone is evident; not even the promise of wealth and notoriety can collapse the brick-and-mortar allegiance of the Romany for their horses. In our rush to position this breed on the equine playing field, many of our practices serve to impinge on the prosperous silver lining of the cob, such as his flagship stellar temperament. “We run mares, stallions, and foals together,” Stevie explains. His hands continue their incessant stroking of the balanced and powerful neck of the quiet stallion beside him. “This horse here, he has heart, a heart connected to my own. I love this breed. I can’t help it.” He is

“This breed cannot be excised from the culture that gave birth to it, and if you’re a conscientious breeding operation, your joint chiefs of staff are honor and tradition. Always.” –Wylleen May

determined to unfold the wondrous layers of the Gypsy horse to Americans who desire to experience the horse in undiluted form. “These horses have reached a pinnacle blend of style, strength, and disposition. They are so smart. To change that standard is an insult to my family, both human and horse. I wouldn’t be here without these horses,” Stevie says, his squinted gaze resting among the Los Angeles hills. “My Dad raised these horses, my Grandad, my Great Grandad. You don’t know the heart we share unless you live it.” The history of their union bears indelible dual signatures, for both have endured the bounding centuries as tight partners. The wagons he still utilizes were those of his ancestors. Stevie was born in such a wagon. “I don’t live in a house,” he confides. “I live in my home, the one I was born in.” His gentle authenticity is humbling in a way that makes you aware of that pesky lump in your throat; indeed, Stevie Downs is a family man like no other, a loving father to all of his children, his lovely dark-haired daughters, his son, and his horses. Wylleen May of SD Farm captions the evocative setting. “It’s not a clearing house; it’s not a marquee staged to ‘sell horses,’” she says. “This is to preserve the culture and to honor the people and horses that the proper cob stands for. This breed cannot be excised from the


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culture that gave birth to it, and if you’re a conscientious breeding operation, your joint chiefs of staff are honor and tradition. Always.” When Wylleen established her Gypsy horse farm, she soon glimpsed unsettling damage by the loose grasp many Americans had on what the breed truly is and should remain as. It threatened to deregulate the Romany tradition of watchful and dedicated breed propagation with an unprincipled surrogate—the seemingly directionless, albeit wellintentioned, protocol of breeding for show trends and for color. Stevie Downs became aware of this growing trend of what the Romany view as reckless wagers of gambling by mating one horse with another for a variety of groundless reasons. The thought of it spurred the soft-spoken Romany man into action, as well as into the seat of a jetliner for the first time in his 50 years of life. His mission was to establish an ivory tower of proper cob standards in America, one that would serve as a beacon example for anyone wanting to learn what the true Romany cob horse really was. And, students are enrolling. Oklahoma’s Michele Marshall is experienced with the Gypsy cob, having imported several herself. “Stevie’s tutelage is the type of program that will save the breed, and everyone should be paying attention. You cannot separate culture and heritage from this breed. I traveled England extensively while looking for cobs, and the crux of the Gypsy cob is to experience what he stands for. It’s a 74


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way of life. He is a stand-alone culture like no other. And, in this country, his greatest challenge will be to preserve his wonderful standard.” Indeed, the Gypsy horse is complex. He wears his culture for all the world to see. And, if you can’t feel this horse and what he stands for, you will never see him. Most people don’t. June Villa agrees. Her Shelbyville, TN, farm, Villa Vanners, emphasizes their deference to the Gypsy horse by maintaining strict standards. “We don’t have high numbers here—only a few horses. I don’t believe in breeding for numbers and I will not contribute to the problem of cast-offs and throwaways,” June emphasizes. “Our stallion, Romeo, is a Gypsy Cob Hall of Fame recipient. I will never forget the words of wisdom I was offered when I bought him, and it is something I live by with this breed. I was told, ‘Remember, you don’t own the horse, you own his genes and part of this breed’s future.’’ It was a profound piece of advice.” June is honored to be Romeo’s keeper and, like others dedicated to preserving the highest standard of the Gypsy cob, she regards her stallion’s genetics as a precious and monumental responsibility. “I respect this breed and what it came to America looking like. I want to freeze that.” Wylleen May’s SD Farm is another program that remains steadfast to the consecration of the true cob in America, with a vision toward ultimate preservation versus the reparations that are immi-

nent unless auspices are firmly in place now. “I’ll admit it was a bit of a wake-up call for me,” she smiles. “I had all these designs on various horses that I’d carefully selected to stand as stallions. And, as so many of us have done, I had spent considerable money and a great deal of time on these horses. In comes Stevie Downs, and with one glance absent a flinch, he tells me to geld them. “The blow was harsh, but was softened somewhat when he generously unfolded a road map of proper cob breeding principles and then set about sorting and designating horses for their best-suited futures. The absolutely humbling and stirring thing about this was that there was no ‘fame and riches’ incentive for him to do this, no motive or agenda other than to protect his family. He does it because these horses are his family. Stevie Downs conducts himself with a view toward thwarting what many see as a pending dichotomy of the cob and his powerful heritage. It was amazing. And, it was spot-on.” Michele Marshall agrees. “There is more than an academic nature of breeding Gypsy horses. You must preserve that sparkling keepsake of heritage and culture. The Romany developed this breed without our help, and they deserve our commitment to preserving the proper cob.” An ensign of glory, the Gypsy cob was born from a people who are intimate with him, who love him, and who strive to preserve him. This is the Gypsy horse’s masthead—even in America.


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Mothers and Daughters Discuss Their Relationships, Their Love for Horses, and How They’ve Remained a Team Through It All BY ELISABETH PROUTY-GILBRIDE

upportive, giving, and compassionate are only a few words to describe the qualities that make up a horse show mom. These unique women are a breed of their own. When we’re young, they wake us up at 4:00 a.m., sometimes even as early as 3:00 a.m., to hitch up the trailer, help us groom our horses, lead them onto the trailer, and drive us to our competitions. As we grow older, they might start to take a back seat in our lives, but they’re always there to lend an ear when we need advice (even if we don’t want it), and are always our biggest fans, still standing ringside at our shows and cheering us on. In honor of Mother’s Day, we sat down with four horse show moms and their daughters who share their secrets to what makes them an exceptional team.

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The Philanthropist: Liliane Stransky, Miami, FL When Liliane Stransky moved to the United States from Venezuela in 2000, she thought that her riding days were over. Little did she know, it was just the beginning of a new chapter in her life. The mother of three daughters—Daniela, Valentina, and Samantha, who were all young at the time—had previously been a successful show jumper in her native country. Between having three children to look after, and moving to Miami, FL, she didn’t have the time for the hourlong car ride that it would take to get to the nearest horse farm. However, when her youngest daughter, Daniela, turned five years old, that all changed. “When Daniela was five years old, I took her to a place where you could get a pony ride for a dollar,” Liliane recalls. “We ended up going there every day, and it turned out that she really liked riding.” Not long after, Liliane bought Daniela her first pony. “That was the beginning of her career and my dream come true,” Liliane says.

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took off, Liliane began making one of her other dreams a reality, as well: in 2004, she started her own non-profit organization, known as the Step by Step Foundation. “The Step by Step Foundation is one of my mom’s biggest things in life,” Daniela says. “One of her biggest dreams was to help other countries around the world.” And help them, she did. Liliane set out with a mission to enhance the lives of underprivileged children by providing them with products and programs that would help improve their health and education. Since its inception, Step by Step has been a benefactor to more than two dozen organizations, including the Tipa

The Politician: Dana Desiderio, Tewksbury, NJ As the mayor of Tewksbury Township, NJ, and the owner of Desiderio Ltd., a premier boarding and training facility, also in Tewksbury, there’s no question that Dana Desiderio leads a busy life. Despite her hectic schedule, the politician/equestrian/mom has always made both horses and her children a top priority, including her 24-year-old daughter, Brittany, who now runs the family business alongside Dana. As the fourth generation of her family to work at Desiderio Ltd., Brittany got her start in riding earlier than most. Dana brought her home to meet the horses the day Brittany was born, and the rest is history. She started showing at two, and as she grew older, began helping her mother more with the business. “My mom has been involved in politics since I was 11 or 12. She’s always been very busy, so she depends on me to get things done and I depend on her,” Brittany says. “Now that I’m older, I can put more of a load on my shoulders, because I can handle more.” Likewise, Dana admits that their shared passion for both horses and the family business has helped their relationship. “Being mayor of a township takes up an enormous amount of time, as does running my own business, but I never didn’t have enough time for Brittany,” she says. “We always made time to spend with one another. If anything, my family business gave us the opportunity to spend more time together, not less.” However, like most mothers and daughters, there has been a time or two when Brittany and Dana didn’t see eye-toeye. “Everyone argues at times, but that is normal,” Dana says. “There were many, 80


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Tipa School in Lahaie, Haiti, for which the organization raised over $200,000 to help complete construction. Just as Liliane has been there for her daughter every step of the way in her riding career, Daniela shares her mother’s passion for philanthropy, supporting the foundation as a junior board member and promoting it when she competes at horse shows. “I always try to give her new fundraising ideas that she can use for disabled children and the kids in Haiti,” Daniela says. “She loves it when I help her with the Foundation, so that’s one of the ways that I try to help her in return for her supporting my riding.”

Nationals. “The clients were all begging me to come help the next year,” she recalls. “I’ve worked with [my mother] my whole life, so when she says, ‘get that thing,’ I know what that thing is. Other people that work with her have no idea what she’s talking about.” It wasn’t long after that Brittany left her job to return to the family business. “I actually quit—I would have had to take an extended leave from my job because I would have had to use all my vacation days to go out to Youth Nationals this year and help everybody. ” Now, Brittany and Dana’s relationship is stronger than ever before. “I always appreciate all of her time, and all of her effort,” Brittany says of her mother. “I would not be where I am without her.”

Dana and Brittany Desiderio io at a 2013 reception honoring the Tewksbury Township Mayor and hosted by Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

many times where Brittany would be in the same class or division as one of my clients’ children, and unfortunately for Brittany, she would always get the short end of the stick. It was my job to help my clients, and Brittany understood that.” “We went through a lot of arguing as I was growing up,” Brittany recalls. “It was more so when I was 13 or 14 years old, and I was at a bad age, just being a pain, but now I work with her all the time, and we get along great and do everything together.” Although the mother-daughter duo usually attends shows together, there has been a time or two when Brittany couldn’t make it to an event. After graduating from Rutgers University in 2012, she took a job outside of the horse industry and had to miss Arabian Youth

The Educator: Linda Jones, Northampton, MA Linda Jones was never a horse trainer by trade. Her formal training with horses began when she was 13 years old and got involved with 4-H. She continued to develop an understanding of equines through the organization in her teen years until her beloved Connemara cross, Smokey, passed away. Although she was devastated about his death, she eventually bought another horse, an Arabian, named Nigotto, with whom she started competing in open horse shows. However, her entire life changed in 1980 when she gave birth to her first child, Kelli-Marie. Although Linda still had a love for both horses and competing, she realized that her main priority was her daughter, and her focus changed. Knowing that she could never give up her love of equines, Linda


Now, at 17 years old, Daniela rides out of her mother’s own Stransky Misson Farm in Wellington, FL. She competes nationally and internationally at grand prix show jumping competitions in her home state, and travels to events as far away as Paris, France. Although Daniela is almost an adult, Liliane is right there with her, supporting her every step of the way. “My mom is definitely my biggest supporter,” Daniela says. “She comes with me every single weekend to shows—there’s not a week that she isn’t there; whether we’re traveling to Europe or in the states, she’s always with me.” Just as Daniela’s equestrian career first

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pated that her life might one day revolve around horses. Twenty years later, Gina found herself not exactly back in the saddle, but back in the barn, when her nine-year-old daughter, Megan, started taking riding lessons. At first, Gina didn’t know quite what to make of it. “I actually tried to scare her in a different direction,” she recalls. “I rode horses briefly when I was a teenager, and knew that it could get quite involved, should it take.” To Gina’s dismay, Megan certainly took to horses. After riding and competing on the hunter circuit for a couple of years, she got her first horse, a Morab named Tuff Cookie, which eventually brought her to Pony Club, where she picked up eventing. For Megan and Gina, this was only the beginning. At 30, Megan, who is now married, still competes in eventing, but this time with Cabana Boy, aka “Rizzie,” an off-thetrack Thoroughbred that she purchased as a malnourished, underweight horse. She had expected to turn him around and sell him for a profit so she could purchase her dream eventing horse… however, that dream horse turned out to be right in front of her. The horse and rider team were awarded second and third place at the Preliminary Level in Area 1 for 2012, won the 2012 Groton House Horse Trials, and are now touring the East Coast, with hopes of leveling up even more. And her mother has been with her every step of the way. “Through the highs and lows I feel blessed to have been a part of Megan’s riding career,” says Gina. She attends every event with Megan, even taking time off of work to make sure that she can be there for her daughter. “I guess I have been some help over the years, as she still wants me along for the ride,” she muses. Her list of duties have included packing (both equine equipment and snacks), unpacking, walking courses, cleaning tack, cheering Megan on, cheering her up when she hasn’t met her goal, cooling her horse down and icing his legs, and providing cold drinks, to name a few. “I just think that it’s really neat that she’s been able to be there through everything,” Megan says. “She’s the one that stands out there at night, when it’s hot, when it’s cold, when it’s raining, whether it’s setting up the jumps for me, being the jump crew, videotaping me if I need to see something…she’s just been there right along. It’s really nice that she and I still get to share this bond together and have such a close relationship.”


In 2006, both Kelli and Linda’s hard work paid off when Kelli became the Massachusetts Quarter Horse Queen, and went on to compete in the Rolls Royce of Quarter Horse competitions, Quarter Horse Congress. For a girl who didn’t train out of a fancy show stable, and relied on her mother as her teacher, Kelli did remarkably well, placing tenth out of 25 entries. “[That] was a really big accomplishment [for her], coming from here and [competing against] people that that’s all they do, day in and day out, is ride,” Linda says. Kelli-Marie Wainscott with her mother, Linda Jones, “If you’ve never been to the Quarat the 2013 Connecticut Color Breed Pageant. ter Horse Congress, and you get to go once, you realize how amazing and how big it is just to be a part of it.” enrolled Kelli in a leadline class at the Blandford Fair Horse Show at nine Today, Linda still continues to support months old. her daughter not only as a competitor, “She’s been riding ever since,” Linda but as a coach as well. Although she can’t says of her daughter. “Her brother basimake it to every competition, she’ll try to cally did the same thing—he was a year make it to as many of Kelli’s shows as posold when I had him at his first horse show; sible. And sometimes, Linda even helps they each had won their leadline classes give Kelli’s students pointers on how to both times that they showed, and they better their riding skills, handing down continued on with it all through 4-H and her knowledge to another generation. then started showing in the open shows.” Although Linda’s son, Richard, has since stopped competing, Kelli is an accomplished rider at 33 years old. She is The Best Friend: the owner of Triple R Ranch in ChesterGina Taylor, field, MA; the Western Coordinator for the Kennebunkport, ME Intercollegiate Horse Show Association’s (IHSA) Zone I and even part of Zone II; Gina Taylor is not your average horse the coach for Mount Holyoke’s IHSA show mom. As a teenager, she took western riding team; a 4-H leader; and riding lessons, but never quite got bit by the horse bug—her short career as an also the 2013 Connecticut Color Breed Queen. In addition to her equestrian acco- equestrian consisted of approximately a year of riding hunt seat, just barely lades, Kelli works full-time for the Massachusetts State Police. She credits Linda learning how to jump, and participating not only for teaching her a good work in a couple of smaller schooling shows. ethic, but also for teaching her to ride. After she quit riding, she never antici“She always had a full-time job in a different career,” Kelli says, “but she’s always been good [as a rider and a trainer], especially with young horses. I don’t think she would call herself a trainer per se, but she definitely has a knack for it. If she could have been a trainer full time, I’m sure she would have. Her whole life, she worked between 40 and 50 hours a week as a waitress. “She was always really supportive if I wanted to try something new,” Kelli continues. “We weren’t rich by any means, but she would definitely work hard to make sure that I had every opportunity that I possibly could. She really wanted me to grow Gina Taylor and Megan Tardiff with Cabana up learning about myself and what it Boy at the June 2011 Green Mountain Horse Association Horse Trials. was that I really enjoyed.”

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RACING FANATICS, FOODIES, AND baseball fans can unite in Louisville, KY. Home to the Kentucky Derby, this metropolis guarantees a good time for not only the equine enthusiast, but just about anyone. The Derby is the highlight of the year, boasting a festival with nearly 70 events held in the two weeks leading up to it, including a fireworks display known as Thunder Over Louisville kicking off the celebration. “[Thunder Over Louisville] is the largest annual fireworks show in North America,” says Nancy Stephen, marketing communications manager at the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Almost half a million people come to that event.” And that is just the beginning of the two-week long party leading up to the Derby. In addition, there is a marathon and half-marathon taking place the week beforehand, a parade held the Thursday prior to the event, the Great Steamboat Race between the Belle of Louisville (a National Historic Landmark celebrating her 100th anniversary) and the Belle of Cincinatti, a variety of charity fundraisers, and much more.

Tourists who choose to visit Kentucky during the 364 other days of the year can still get a taste of what the race is like by visiting the Kentucky Derby Museum. “Basically it allows you to experience Derby day any day of the year,” Nancy explains. “There are exhibits that talk about the Kentucky Derby Festival, and exhibits where you get to learn about the life of a horse as it comes into this world and takes a path of becoming a Thoroughbred racehorse. There is also

lots of great history from past Derbies and some interactive exhibits. “In addition to all of that, The Great Hall is something that everyone who visits the museum should definitely partake in. It’s a movie that plays periodically throughout the day, and is in a 360-degree setting. The movie takes place all around you, giving you a sense of what it would be like to be at Churchill Downs in the infield on Derby day.” The culture of the Kentucky Derby May 2013

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equestrian lifestyle TRAVEL The Kentucky Derby Museum offers tourists a chance to experience the famed race year-round.

dish that the chef decided to create after all the late night dances,” Nancy explains. “People were hungry and wanted something to eat, and he was tired of making breakfast foods for them, so he came up with this hot brown.” In addition to their famed cuisine, Kentucky is as well known for its bourbon as it is for horse racing. According to Nancy, 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced there, as it is the United States’ only native spirit. Visitors can enjoy participating in the Urban Bourbon Trail, bringing a printed passport to bars and restaurants that are included on it, and having it validated at each location; at the end of their tour, guests will receive a prize. The Derby may be the social event of the year in Louisville, but there are a number of other events n aand activities that aattract tourists as well: Churchill Downs hosts a number of races throughout the year, including a Spring Meet, which started April 27 and runs through June 30; and « Tourists visiting the city can take a ride on the Belle of Louisville or watch her competing in the Great Steamboat Race during the Kentucky Derby Festival.



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two Fall Meets, which run September 6-29 and October 27 through November 30. A typical day at the racetrack includes 10 races throughout the day, starting in early afternoon until early evening. This year Churchill Downs will be holding evening races on select Saturday nights. “They installed lights out at the track a couple of years ago, so they’ll start the races later, more like at happy hour time, and run until 10:00 at night,” Nancy explains. Other equine-related events include the World’s Championship Horse Show, held in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair, this year running August 18-24. In September, the Arabian Horse Celebration will be returning to Louisville at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Equine enthusiasts with family members in tow can rest assured that there’s plenty of additional amusements to keep everyone busy, both day and night. Louisville is home to a number of museums including: the Frazier History Museum, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, the Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and 21c Museum Hotel, to name a few. Whether it’s bourbon, baseball, or Louisville’s main attraction, the Kentucky Derby, that draw tourists to this city in the heart of the Bluegrass State, its culture is sure to leave guests satisfied.


doesn’t stop at the museum, either—a multitude of cuisines have become popular because of the famed race. Mint juleps are the drink of choice on Derby day, but can be enjoyed any time of year in one of the city’s local restaurants or bars. Another famed food that tourists can enjoy is Derby-Pie®, a walnut and chocolate chip pie that originated in Kentucky. “The Derby-Pie was created by the folks at Kern’s Kitchen over 50 years ago, and they’re still open today,” Nancy says. “They’ve been making it exclusively from a family recipe all these years.” Today, their pies can be found at restaurants throughout Louisville and the Bluegrass State. Although Derby-Pie and mint juleps are favorites on race day, Louisville is home to other flavorful foods, such as the Benedictine, a cucumber and cream cheese spread that was first created by Jeannie Benedict at the turn of the 20th century. “You’ll find [Benedictine] on a lot of menus, especially for anybody who’s ordering a boxed lunch to take out to the track on Derby day,” Nancy says. Hot browns—opened faced sandwiches with sourdough toast, a layer of turkey, two pieces of criss-crossed bacon, and tomatoes topped with a cheese mornay sauce and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese—are another traditional dish that originated in Louisville at the Brown Hotel in 1920. “It was a

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Mint juleps and Derby-Pie® are staple foods enjoyed on race day.

for over 80 years, offering impeccable services and modern amenities.

Where to Eat The Cheddar Box Highlights from this café include gourmet deli foods, box lunches, and catering…as well as some of the best Benedictine in Louisville.

The Seelbach Hilton Guests can enjoy Southern hospitality at this fine hotel, which boasts luxurious accommodations.

Things to Do The English Grill Located within The Brown Hotel, this restaurant is known for its original Hot Brown sandwich. Bourbon’s Bistro This founding stop on the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville features fine southern-inspired cuisine and over 130 different types of bourbon.

Where to Stay The Galt House Hotel Known as the largest hotel in Kentucky, The Galt House offers everything from executive suites to two-bedroom waterfront suites and extended-stay apartments. 21c Museum Hotel This unique hotel/museum features collections of modern art on display within the museum, and has rooms and suites equipped with contemporary furniture. The Brown Hotel Tourists seeking more historical lodging should look no further than the palatial Brown Hotel, which has been the center of Louisville social life

Churchill Downs Equine enthusiasts can enjoy the first leg of the Triple Crown or attend one of the spring or fall meets and wager on a winner at this famed racetrack. Kentucky Derby Festival Tourists staying in town for the Derby can participate in this festival, consisting of a marathon, the largest annual fireworks show in North America, a steamboat race, and many more adventures. World’s Championship Horse Show and Kentucky State Fair Animal lovers can watch one of the country’s top Saddlebred competitions and view a number of agricultural displays. Arabian Horse Celebration Championship Show Arabian addicts can get their fix at the Arabian Horse Celebration Championship Show, which is returning to Louisville in September. View an extended version of this article online at community/travel. May 2013

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It’s in the Bag Showing horses requires a lot of stuff. You need portable equipment to contain it all. Equestrian designer, Arianna Anderocci-Vastino, tracks down the chicest bags for organizing life on the road. BY C CARLEY R S SPARKS R S

Days, nights, docs, or devices, there’s a bag for that!

Oughton Limited Rolling Tacktrunk

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Look beyond the tack trunk with these gear totes. MUST HAVE: Black Knight Show Tote ($200)

Black Knight thought of everything a rider needs ringside with the Show Tote. It has separable compartments for brushes and hoof oil, a leather crop holder, spur and key holders, and a brass towel ring. And, it comes with a brass monogram plate. It’s the ultimate groom box! LUST HAVE: Oughton Limited Rolling Tacktrunk ($750)

Luggage inspired by the show rider’s life, Oughton’s waxed canvas Rolling Tacktrunk is half the price of a wooden tack trunk and twice as easy to move. It has compartments for pads and boots, a padded bottom to protect your saddle, and an extendable handle and wheels. So stylish!

Think Big

The draft horses of handbags, these oversized totes are perfect for hauling all your personal items to the show. MUST HAVE: Oughton Carry All ($195)

Made of the same durable coated canvass used by Prada, this Carry All by Oughton is extremely lightweight and easy to clean. We love the contrasting colors and topstitching. At $195, it’s big bang for your buck. LUST HAVE: Tucker Tweed Lexington

Bag ($239) Created by Jill Tweedy, Tucker Tweed does gorgeous detail work. The Lexington Bag is made of supple pebble grain leather and features disciplinespecific images embossed on the side. It’s an equestrian bag that does double-dutyy as a day bag.

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Be Organized in a Clutch

Show documents and numbers, credit and membership cards, Coggins papers and passports—there’s an endless amount of paperwork involved in horse showing. Keep it in order with an equestrian clutch. MUST HAVE: Black Knight Show Clutch

($150+) Organization never looked so cool! Designed specifically for horse show paperwork, each limited edition design by Black Knight features colorful combinations of plaids, ribbons, prints, and leathers, and comes with an engraved brass plate. It’s pretty enough to double as a purse for a night out. LUST HAVE: Ariat® Sedona Cross-Body

($395) With a slim profile and long-fringed bottom, Ariat’s Cross-Body Italian leather handbag has a western feel that’s big this season. We love the blue dotted paisley and long, tack-like shoulder strap.

Carley Sparks writes editorial on the hunter/jumper mper community at Arianna Anderocci-Vastino designs the luxe equestrian shirting line Le Fash at



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The Horse’s Place in Environmental Preservation A Conversation with Veterinarian Dr. Bryan Parrott BY EQUINE FACILITY ARCHITECT, ELLEN WHITTEMORE

I KNEW INSTINCTIVELY THAT AN equine veterinarian’s perspective on the role of the horse in environmental preservation would be uniquely insightful. What I was not prepared for was the passion with which I was met when I spoke with Dr. Bryan Parrott of Parrott Equine Associates, LLC, in Hamilton, MA. It turns out he has been focused on the subject since seventh grade, when he started to think seriously about renewable energy (as well as make his own solar panels) and how we could balance the way we live with the health of the earth.

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Horse farms employing good management practices should have little or no negative impact to the surrounding ecosystem, and can actually be invaluable in restoring it.

mental in restoring this topsoil. Many farm owners, if not most, compost their manure and use it to fertilize their fields, motivated in large part by avoiding the expense of commercial compost and chemical additives in their horse’s fodder. Horses are grazers, and as they work their way across a field, they create mud (yes, mud is not always a bad thing), mixing the good bacteria into the soil, thereby effectively tilling it. In the end, Dr. Parrott finds that most of his clients are, by default, environmentally aware because they see the big picture. They have to be if they want

their horses to stay healthy and thrive. They understand that water tainted by animal waste could pollute the very well they are using for their horses, and they understand that if fields are overgrazed, the resultant erosion can carry off topsoil, leaving fields with poor nutritional value. Horse owners have a natural incentive to be environmentally-conscious and proactive: their horses! We would love to feature your green ideas and projects. Contact ELLEN WHITTEMORE at


With the pressure to preserve sustainable open space and the perception by some (oftentimes community officials and authorities seeking to regulate equine facilities) that horse farms are a threat to the surrounding ecosystem, I asked Dr. Parrott if he could comment on this. Without hesitation, he responded that if horse farms are sized correctly and employ the best management practices, there really should be little or no negative impact to the surrounding ecosystem. Quite the contrary, horses can be invaluable in restoring it. He discussed a battle in a local community over the perceived “dangers” of the local horse farms to the surrounding ecosystem. Local officials were looking to increase regulatory control over these facilities. However, after much conversation and a number of expert studies, the misconception proved to be unfounded.

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equestrian lifestyle COLLECTING THOUGHTS

Sally Batton On Horses Horses, Hiking Hiking, and “Ah “Ah-ha” ha” Mom Moments The Trainer Who Has Influenced Me The Most: Kathy Nelson, one of

Age: 52

Best Piece of Riding Advice: Relax and have fun!

my instructors at Lake Erie College.

School Affiliation: Dartmouth Favorite Horse: My first horse was

Background: I grew up in Canton,

my favorite—Devan Trade Winds, a registered Morgan.

OH, and graduated from Lake Erie College with a degree in equestrian studies and English. I received my master’s degree in communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. As a junior, I rode western and hunter seat and competed in saddle seat on the Morgan circuit. As an adult, I’ve done dressage, hunters, eventing, foxhunting, and polocrosse. I’ve been the Dartmouth Equestrian Team head coach since 1990, and have served as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Steward since 2001.


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Lucky Charm: My three children— Emma, 21; Jenna, 18; and Jack, 16.

students, from the three-year-old set, to the college age, to the adults, and I love watching them progress.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: I’d be doing exactly what I’m doing now!

Worst Fall: A foxhunting accident in 2001 left me hospitalized for two nights with a concussion/contusion of my brain.

Favorite Quote or Phrase:

Guilty Pleasure: My guilty

The Last Book I Read Was:

pleasure would be anything chocolate and peanut butter!

The Tudors, by G.J. Meyer.

When I’m Not Riding or Teaching, I Like To: Spend time with my hubby, Chip, hiking, riding our motorcycle, snowmobiling, skiing, and snowshoeing.

Get ‘er done!

The Most Rewarding Part of Teaching Is: Watching the light bulbs go off in my students’ heads—all of those “ah-ha” moments that make their faces light up.

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The Faraway Horses—The Life Story That Inspired Buck,

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First Foal Arrival Brings Excitement to Gypsy CaraVanners GYPSY CARAVANNERS IN BROOKSville, FL, welcomed their first foal of the year—a filly named CaraVanner’s Avian, born February 6 by Jenn’s Blue Eyed

Stallion and out of Naomi. This little girl sure is a looker, and is carrying on the family trait with one bright blue eye and one haloed blue eye.

The EQUUS Foundation and Ariat International recently announced the winner of $3,000 Win A Grant Award. Individuals volunteering a minimum of 24 hours for an equine charity on the EQUUS Foundation Carrots4acause network in 2012 were recognized as champions and automatically entered into a drawing, giving winners the opportunity to select their charities to receive an EQUUS Foundation grant. Ride On St. Louis, based in Kimmswick, MO, was named the first place recipient, thanks to the volunteer efforts of Kati Biship. The non-profit uses hippotherapy, therapy with the aid of a horse, and therapeutic horsemanship to achieve emotional, mental, and physical benefits for the developmentally and physically disabled, as well as the disadvantaged youth in their community.

MSPCA at Nevins Farm Hosts Joint Supplement Lecture On March 13, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm hosted a presentation by Massachusetts-based SmartPak Equine, entitled “How to Choose the Right Supplements for your Horse.” SmartPak Equine staff Kristen Lindholm, Susan Tuller, and Jen Hilberth engaged the crowd with the basics on why joint supplements are Kristen Lindholm and Susan Tuller of SmartPak Equine present at the MSPCA’s beneficial for horses of all ages, and offered Equine Lecture Series. definite research showing the advantages. May 2013

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FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, Live Oak offered both an international combined driving event, as well as show jumping competition. Held March 20-24 in Ocala, FL, spectators were also treated to a Sport Horse Forum, tailgating for the driving marathon, a special kids’ zone, a leadline class, a coaching presentation, and more. Highlighting the event was Misdee Wrigley Miller’s first win of a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Pair Driving Championship title on Sunday, March 24. Wrigley Miller staged a successful comeback in the third and final phase of cones competition, earning a score of 5.61 penalty points with her horses, Beau and Snoopy. With an overall three-phase total of 139.85 penalty points, Wrigley Miller was awarded the championship as the highest-placed U.S. competitor. Canada’s Rae Fischer won the FEI Pair Horse division with a final score of 131.55 penalty points. Suzy Stafford overtook Paul Maye to win the FEI Single Pony division with a

USEF National Pair Driving Champion Misdee Wrigley Miller.

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perfect cones performance and a final score of 113.76 penalty points, while Wendy O’Brien held on to win the FEI Pair Pony division with 113.76. Leslie Berndl won the FEI Single Horse division with 117.95 penalty points. Bettina Scherer maintained her lead in the Intermediate Single Pony division with 114.55, while Boots Wright did the same in the Intermediate Pair Pony division, winning with 114.26. John Levy, driving Sky, moved ahead of Robin Groves to win the Intermediate Single Horse division, which attracted a total of 12 entries. Having won the dressage and marathon phases, Zenon Gal claimed the Intermediate Pair division with 134.86 penalty points. Yet another first at this year’s Live Oak was a win in the $33,000 CSI2* Hollow Creek Winning Round competition for international show jumping newcomer Rafael Jose Contreras. The top 10 riders, regardless of faults, advanced to a second, “winning round,” where everyone started with a clean slate. The last rider to go in the final round, Contreras had to beat Andre Thieme’s speedy time of 47.60 seconds. The 20-year-old did not disappoint, treating the crowd to an exuberant performance riding Valencio R.A.G., and stopped the clock in 44.91 seconds to lead the victory pass. Contreras was also recognized as the Leading Amateur Rider, garnering a $1,000 bonus. Show jumping veteran Todd Minikus had a stellar event as well, winning the $5,000 1.30m Waldron Wealth Management Power & Speed competition, $10,000 E2 Show Jumpers Welcome Stake, and $50,000 CSI2* Live Oak International Grand Prix, to claim the $10,000 Leading Rider bonus. In the grand prix, Minikus and Quality Girl set the pace by blazing to a clear round in a time of 39.47 seconds. Andre Thieme of Germany crossed the timers in 41.03 seconds with a clear round, which proved to be good enough for second place. And, 2004 Olympic Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil was right behind him with a time of 41.07 seconds riding G&C Lagran to take third. For more information and full results from all of Live Oak International’s contests, visit


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Home Team Connecticut Reigns In Girls Interscholastic Polo Finals BY KARENA GARRITY

IT WAS AN ESPECIALLY WARM, sunny morning on March 10, as the girls interscholastic polo teams from Connecticut and Maryland readied themselves for the final match of the United States Polo Association’s Girls Interscholastic Championship Tournament. The clock started at 11:00 a.m. in Horsebarn Hill Arena, on the campus of the University of Connecticut. Spectators, family, and friends gathered with anticipation. Horse nostrils flared with excitement as the teams fiercely competed for the status of number one. The players moved with swift precision; blocking shots, making shots, and stacking up points. Riders switched horses for the fourth and final chucker to end the match in a tie, which led to a nail biting shoot out. Connecticut player and high school senior, Sara Tufts, took the final shot. As the soft white ball went into the goal, it was good for the win. The Connecticut team had sealed their champion status

for 2013, with a final match score of 17 to 16. The crowd erupted and the girls rejoiced! “I didn’t know for a minute that we had (L-R) Connecticut team members Carly Persano, won,” explained an elated Tufts. Leslie Fields, Sara Tufts, coach Caitlyn Tufts, and Hosting the championships for alternates Kathleen Moriarty and Maddie McDougall the first time, the UConn Animal with the championship trophy. Science Department was very excited about the home team win. “It was comforting to have our fans girls. They get along great and that really cheering us on. We’re glad we made them shines through when they play,” said proud,” said senior, Carly Persano, who Caitlyn, who encourages girls all over the plans to attend UConn in the fall, along country to get involved with polo. “There with Tufts. Both will play for the univerare many opportunities out there to play on interscholastic teams. It is an invigosity’s polo team. “We were just trying to have a good rating sport that you’ll love for life.” time and do our best,” added senior, The Maui, HI; Culver, IN; and wild card team, Newport, RI, were also part Leslie Fields, who is undecided which of the finals tournament. Kudos go to college she will play polo for next year. Maryland’s team, the 2012 champions, The team, which also includes junior, Maddie McDougall, and sophomore, who were worthy opponents at the finals and played a great, close match. Kathleen Moriarty, were coached to victory by Caitlyn Tufts, who was just Currently there are 113 interscholastic about speechless over the win. “This polo teams in the U.S. For more informais honestly the most special group of tion, visit

Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council Holds 52nd Year-End Awards Banquet THE MASSACHUSETTS HORSEMEN’S Council (MHC) celebrated its 52nd Annual Year-End Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 2, at the Royal Plaza and Trade Center in Marlborough, MA. Bringing together competitors, parents and trainers for an evening of awards, dinner, and celebration, the MHC always hosts a wonderful event with unique prizes for championship and reserve winners. This year’s winners were given monogrammed stadium chairs with matching blankets and reserve champions received a waterproof, monogrammed tote bag, along with their beautiful ribbons. Annually, the MHC gives an award to recognize those who have made a difference in the equestrian world. This year’s 98


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winners included well-known horseman and judge, Fred Hunt, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and show manager, Debbi Tate, as the Person of the Year! The Dorothy Connors High Point Hunter Rider Memorial Trophy went to Hannah Woolley and Holiday Lights, while Danielle Cammarano and PW Rumple Minz won the Marilyn Shea Highpoint Pleasure Horse Trophy. This year’s Hunter Derby Champion was Sophia Johnston riding Collateral Damage. The pair also took home the championship in Hunt Seat Equitation 12-14, and was reserve champion in Children’s Equitation. Kendall Fiori and Sassy Story continued their stellar year, winning the championship in Junior

Sophia Johnston accepts one of her many awards.

Showmanship, Western Equitation, Appaloosa Pleasure, Hunter Horse in Hand, and were reserve champions in Junior Exhibitor Western. Laura Kadane and Upper Ten won both the Adult Amateur Over 30 and Amateur-Owner Hunter championships, and Olivia Van der Meer and Equador were Junior Hunter Champions. Over 50 awards from Walk-Trot to Amateur-Owner were given out after



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a meal with a choice of beef, chicken, fish, salad, and stacked chocolate cake. The ever-popular raffle of gift baskets that are put together by the MHC Board members were drawn over the course of the awards ceremony, with each attendee receiving a free ticket for the raffle when they arrived. Following the awards ceremony, DJ Greg Beddard turned up the music to finish the evening, celebrating the 2012 Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council yearend champions with dancing and a great time. For more information and the complete list of year-end champions, visit

Joan Travers presents Kendall Fiori with one of her many championship ribbons.

Connecticut Horse Symposium Offers “The Most Learning Yet” BY DR. JENIFER NADEAU


THE CONNECTICUT HORSE Symposium returned for another weekend of learning and fun March 2-3, 2013. This year’s symposium was sponsored by the Department of Animal Science and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut, Blue Seal Feeds, and Just Horses Directory. There was also a great vendor fair with tack, equipment, supplies, and horse-related gifts offered for sale. All activities were held at the Horsebarn Hill Arena at the University of Connecticut. Saturday morning featured clinician Cathy Drumm on westen dressage. She taught riders to improve both their own and their horse’s physical and mental preparedness for any activity from trail riding to top performance classes, and everything in between, by applying dressage methods. Nervous horses relaxed, stiff horses became more supple, resistant horses more compliant, and disobedient horses better behaved. The riders learned how their body position, aid application and general attitude can be enhanced to enable the horse to respond willingly to their commands, carry them in a more balanced and effective manner, and thereby improve their performance dramatically. Each of the clinics was full, and all of the riders stated that the clinic was extremely beneficial to them. The Equine Club provided lunch

items for purchase, and during the lunch break there was a demonstration by the UConn Morgan Drill Team. On Saturday afternoon, Equine Behaviorist Casey Sugarman focused on how to convey ideas clearly to animals, through activities that revealed hidden communication blockers of the participants, and she had them experience first hand the causes of frustration and anxiety in their animal students. They learned how to avoid confusion and manipulation, using only timing to influence their counterpart’s decisions. She also taught two UConn horses at liberty in the arena, demonstrating fast learning speed and cognitive concept building. The participants loved the presentation and many made future appointments with Casey. On Sunday morning, Elaine and Terry Joseph of Cedar Knoll Farm presented Introduction to Working Horses. There were many auditors and seven people actively participated, learning about draft horse care, how to harness a horse, tandem driving, and much more! Participants were totally delighted with the clinic, many making plans to take out that harness they had bought, spruce it up, and start working to get their horses in driving shape with Elaine and Terry. All in all, it was a very successful, rewarding symposium for all involved. For more information, visit HorseSymposium.php. May 2013

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Norfolk Hunt Club Riders Return Home, and Spring Season Launches with Full Cry SUBMITTED BY D.A. HAYDEN; PHOTOS BY KATHIE DAVENPORT

AFTER A LONG, SNOWY WINTER, the Norfolk Hunt Club’s spring season was welcomed by riders and horses alike. Many Norfolk members were able to avoid the tough winter weather and sent their hunt horses to warmer environments in Aiken, Ocala, and Wellington. Norfolk members who were spotted foxhunting, showing, or simply enjoying horses in southern climates included: Manfred Schach von Wittenau and his wife, Pat; Bill Beacham and his wife, Ceelie; Vickie Cunningham and her husband, Bob; Dana and Carolyn Pope; Sarah Morton; Bill Gutfarb and his wife, Wendy; Rich Wood; Julie Wheeler; Greg Sandomirsky and his wife, Susie; Brit and Sandy Sanders; Myrna Golub; Amey Moot; Linda Grasso and her husband, Ted Tedeschi; Ros Smythe; Catherine Kennedy and her husband, Cormac; John Yozell; Sarah Monaco; Dave Breslin and his wife, Connie; Eleanor Bright; Joanna Sentissi, and many others. Those who stayed in the Northeast either found facilities with indoor arenas for the winter, or managed the winter footing and hacked outside whenever they could. Other members gave their trusty hunt horses the majority of the winter off. By late March and early April, as vans trailered horses north on Route 95, Norfolk members who had kept their horses locally for the winter, could be spotted conditioning their equines for

Norfolk members Mike Paparo and his wife, Jess Macho, are chairing the pace.

the spring season. The longer daylight hours let wet trails and outdoor rings dry out, and Norfolk member, Carolyn Pope, had a great time at the horses shed their winter coats. derby cross. The occasional warm day was perfect for the long-deserved horse Hunt Horse Show on May 25-26, the wash and equine day of beauty. Winter Norfolk Hunt Derby Cross on May 27, shoes came off, and heavy blankets and the Norfolk Spring Hunter Pace were cleaned and stored for next year. on June 2. Things were really looking up! Norfolk member and horse show co-chair, Cindy Cleaves, reports the Two Sunday Night Suppers provided great occasions for members to get trophies are polished in anticipation together and share their winter war of the 103rd Norfolk Hunt Horse Show. stories and plans for spring. The first Cindy’s involvement with the show one, on March 17, was hosted by began when she was a girl growing Norfolk member Ros Smythe and her up in Needham; she fondly rememhusband, Dan, at their lovely Round bers competing there and winning the maiden equitation class in 1968. Cindy Lot Farm in Medfield. The evening featured a lecture by Norfolk member has either been competing or helping Gil Rodgers, who shared the club’s organize the show (or both!) for the important historic and current relationentire time she has been a Norfolk ship with the Medfield State Hospital member. Cindy, who is the manager property, and the land’s role as a critical of the Norfolk Hunt Stables, will be crossroads for the equine trail system. awarding ribbons, prizes, and trophies A second supper, on April 7, at Hidden throughout the two-day event. Tavern, the historic home of Norfolk The leadership team for the Norfolk member, Liz Hunter and her husband, Hunt Horse Show this year also includes Robert Douglas Hunter (fondly known Norfolk members and co-chairs, as “Bob”), featured an art-filled Catherine Kennedy and Lisa Lewis, evening. A renowned New England and show treasurer, Bob Macleod. The artist, Bob met guests in his studio Norfolk Hunt Horse Show prize list where they could see works in progis available at For more information, contact Lisa Lewis ress and view an array of gorgeous, completed paintings. at 508-740-9270, or email horseshow@ On Tuesday, April 16, Norfolk masters Owen Hughes, Master of Foxhounds (MFH); Carol Mansfield, MFH; and Ruth May 27 Derby Cross Lawler, Associate-MFH; launched the Excitement Mounts spring hunt season. An enthusiastic field Norfolk member and derby cross chair, of riders enjoyed following the hounds Erica Foley, with United States Eventing on Tuesday and Saturday mornings Association (USEA) technical delegate, throughout April. A special April feature Jim Gornall, and Norfolk member and was a joint meet with Old North Bridge course builder, Patrick Keane, are readying the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase course for Hounds, followed by a hunt breakfast the third year of this anticipated event. hosted by Norfolk member and ex-MFH, Gail Anderson. May fixture highlights A new course design, which takes include Middleborough, Barney’s Joy in advantage of newly cleared open space South Dartmouth, and Boggastow Farm in in the lower field of the racecourse, Sherborn. Learn more at will create a spectacular setting for riders and great viewing for spectators. The course will be designed to accomTrifecta of Spring Events Norfolk’s spring season includes a modate riders when they are ready to winning trifecta of activity: the Norfolk continued on page 102 May 2013

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Southern New England g Horsemen’s Association Details of Their 2013 Show Season SUBMITTED BY CYNTHIA ANNE BOWEN

WELCOME TO THE SOUTHERN New England Horsemen’s Association (SNEHA). Here are the details on our 2013 show season. There are two rule changes for 2013. Membership requirements will no longer include a birth certificate for junior members. If there is a question of age, then a birth certificate must be shown. The second rule change is that members must show in four shows instead of three to be eligible for year-end awards.

Remaining show dates for 2013: • June 16, Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT with judge Karol Bennett • June 30, Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT with judge Natalie McGowan • July 28, Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT with judge Ed Golembeski • August 18, Colchester Lions Club, Hebron Fair Grounds, Hebron, CT with judge JoAnn Hamson • September 15, Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT with judge Melissa Proulx

Norfolk Hunt Club continued from page 101 compete—without waiting for a specific division to be called—which makes life easy for competitors on tight schedules and those who may want to compete multiple horses. Divisions include Elementary (up to 2'), Beginner Novice (up to 2'7"), and Novice (up to 2'11"). The number of elements will vary in each division. Classes for teams of two or three horses/riders are also included. For more information, contact Erica Foley at 508-380-5181 or

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We will retain the high-point horse award, but not at individual shows. High Point will be awarded only at our yearend 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 his or her horses. For more information on SNEHA, visit our website at

Something for Junior Exhibitors to Think About: Every weekend that we have a show, Parents spend all Saturday on the go. They get our saddle suit or hunt coat from the cleaners, Polish the silver on our saddle till it gleams, Help give the horse a bath, laugh when they get sprayed… Even do some of those pesky hunter braids. The morning of the show they get up before dawn, and help us put our horse’s sheet and leg wraps on. Drive us to the show through sun or showers, While we curl up and sleep another hour.

are guaranteeing fun at the June 2 Norfolk Spring Hunter Pace. The course will take riders through wooded trails, open fields, and lovely farms in Dover and Medfield. Riders can compete in either flat or jumping divisions. The clearly marked trails show ways around all jumps for those riding in the Flat division. Jumps include a variety of natural obstacles, as well as stonewalls, coops, brush, hogbacks, and more. Teams of two or three can compete, and special prizes will be awarded for the best-matched one. Riders should take advantage of the 8:00 a.m. start time, as a large field of participants is expected. Lunch is included in the entry fee. Learn more at, or contact Michael at 401-651-3282 or

They cheer us when we win and console us when we lose, Assure us sixth place greens are as beautiful as blues. When in trail our horse will not go Across the bridge or in pleasure blows two leads in a row And we are thinking Alpo burgers they quietly point out: “Winning is not what showing’s all about.” Ribbons fade and trophies gather dust, But when we’ve won our horse’s love and trust, It lasts a lifetime and it’s then we realize… Our equine companion is the greatest prize.

Norfolk members, Lee McCloskey (left) and Donna Guadagno, were superbly matched at the hunter pace.

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New York Upper Connecticut Pony Club Granby Pony Club Celebrates its 50-Year Anniversary SUBMITTED BY LYNN GUELZOW

THE GRANBY PONY CLUB (GPC) celebrates its 50-Year anniversary in 2013. The club was founded in 1963 in Granby, CT, a small, rural town on the border between Connecticut and Massachusetts, by two dedicated horsewomen—Eleanor Wells and Pat Hall. Since its founding, the Granby Pony Club has maintained the ideals and values of the United States Pony Club (USPC). Members develop their character, leadership, confidence, and a sense of community through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding, and mounted sports. Unfortunately, neither of Granby’s founders is still alive to celebrate this year with us. However, we are planning a host of activities and events during this milestone year, and are hoping to find as many alumni of the club as possible to join us during the year. The year began with the GPC being honored as a “Fifty-Year Club” at the U.S. Pony Club’s annual meeting in Denver, CO, in January. The current District Commissioner, Lynn Guelzow, accepted the award in Denver—a beau-

tiful embroidered banner. In March, the GPC hosted its second Quiz Rally at the Bloomfield Fire Station. This event attracted eight junior and senior D level teams from across the region. In May, the club will hold its (L-R): Madeleine Lapuk, Teagan Lapuk, Marcie annual Open Schooling Horse Show. Freeman, Megan Stanyard, Emma Forster, and Isabelle Brooke. Not pictured: Kiera Roddy, The show, a tradition that dates back Anna Lombardo, Annie Freeman, Kaile Blaze, to the founding of the club, is its and Kelsey Blaze. only fundraising event. Through early August, to be held at the Ethel program sponsors, entry fees, and food sales on the day of the show, Walker School in Simsbury. The club is forging a closer relationship with the the club generates enough money to support all of its activities for the rest Ethel Walker School and is hoping to of the year. The show will be held on plan other events at that venue in May 19 at Wishing Rock Farm in West the future. Suffield, CT. Finally, the Granby Pony Club will hold a banquet in the late fall to The club plans a wide variety of activities for its 11 members each year, celebrate the past 50 years and all of its amazing members, past and present. but this year it will add several new events. In addition to a weeklong camp We are reaching out to alumni during in July, sending members to regional this year, but are also always looking to rallies in June, and Champs East in July, welcome new members wanting the club is planning a fall rally, clinics, to learn more about the USPC and mounted and unmounted meetings, and the ancient and noble skill of horsea weekend mini-camp in April. manship. For more information on any of these activities, please visit granby. The GPC will be bringing Daniel Stewart to the region for a clinic in


Silver Heels Riding Club Kicks Off Another Show Season SUBMITTED BY CINDI ADAMS

THERE IS NO ONE HAPPIER that spring is here than horse owners! There’s the mud…but there’s a lot to look forward to. Silver Heels is ramped up and ready to kick off another show season. The show dates are May 5, June 2, June 23 (the Special Awards Show), July 28, August 18 (a slate of American Paint Horse Association [APHA] classes to be offered), and September 8. Please

check out our website,, for class lists, entry forms, and, just before each show, the trail and showmanship patterns. Our shows offer two rings of classes for all breeds, levels of ability, and age groups—leadline, walktrot, adult walk-trot, halter, trail, equitation, showmanship, and much more. Click on our website and be impressed. Join our club prior to the

first show, and all of your earned points will count toward End of the Year Awards to be presented at our Annual Awards Banquet this year, to be held December 7 at Ashworth by the Sea in Hampton, NH. Get involved; you will be happy to attend our shows. We pride ourselves in well-run events with qualified judges, a great facility, ribbons to the top six, and a trophy or gift for the winner—all for $10 per class! If you have questions, send us an email via the website. We hope to see you there. And, as always, we are looking for sponsors at any level.

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Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Gets Ready to Ride SUBMITTED BY BETH STONE

THE TRI-STATE HORSEMEN’S Association (TSHA) is poised to begin another busy year filled with fun things to do with your horse. The open show, dressage show, and trail committees have put together an outstanding variety of well-run events to please every equestrian taste, so get ready to ride! The first mounted event of the TSHA season will be the Blessing of the Horses Trail Ride, to be held on April 28 at the LeGrand Reynolds Horsemen’s Area in Escoheag, RI. Chef Bub Harman reminds us that all TSHA pleasure rides include a free lunch for TSHA members (with a nominal fee for non-members). We just ask that you bring a homemade side dish to share. Other rides planned for 2013 are: the Pachaug Forest Ride on May 11, Moonlight Ride and Cookout on September 21, and the popular Lobster Beach Ride on October 13 (extra fee for lobster). The open show committee has implemented many of the ideas and suggestions put forth by exhibitors, and many changes have been made to make the Tri-State Horsemen’s Association horse shows better than ever! Classes for all riders will begin on Friday at noon,

with a featured $100 Open Pleasure Jackpot class. Jumpers will return Friday night, including a 2'6" Jumper Jackpot class. There will be a hunter ring and a pleasure ring on both days, and an expanded Gymkhana division will keep us entertained on Saturday evening. Exhibitors can arrive on Thursday and are invited to attend a TSHA social event on Thursday evening. The June show’s Thursday evening social will be a potluck supper. Please plan on bringing your favorite dish and joining us! Class lists have been mailed and are available in local tack shops now! The closing date for the first TSHA dressage show of the season is May 13! This year, all TSHA dressage shows will be two-day affairs, with western riders competing on Saturday and traditional tests and two-phase ridden on Sunday. Overnight stabling and camping will be available, so join us and make a weekend of it! At the March membership meeting, changes to the constitution and bylaws were voted on. Some of the changes were approved, while others were not. Copies of the bylaws with the approved changes will be available soon to all members.

2013 TSHA Events May 11 Pleasure Trail Ride, Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown, CT May 25-26 Dressage Show, Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT June 7-9 Open Show, Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT June 29-30 Dressage Show, Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT July 12-14 Open Show, Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT August 3-4 Dressage Show, Woodstock Fairgrounds, Woodstock, CT August 16-18 Open Show, Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT September 21 Pleasure Trail Ride, Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown, CT October 13 Pleasure Trail Ride, Bluff Point, Groton, CT

The TSHA website is your best source for up-to-the-minute information on all TSHA events and activities. It contains show information, scholarship guidelines, membership information, and much, much more. Check it out at Members can also receive information through the TSHA e-newsletter. If you’re not signed up to receive it, contact publicity@ to sign up. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. Remember, if you haven’t renewed your membership for 2013, now is a great time to get that done! The membership form is available online at


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

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session, there will be a brownie sundae event, sponsored by Denim Ridge. Saturday morning, enjoy a pancake breakfast to honor all the show dads. Saturday evening, after the last session, there will be a party—details to come later. Raffles will be held for the adults; it’s possible to win some grand $100 gift certificates. One has already been donated (LL Bean), and another to Pier 77 Restaurant. Part of the raffle dollars will go to the MHA Scholarship fund. The scholarship was developed

in 1999 to help send a student to college. Entering its 14th year, we are attempting to increase the fund from $500 to $1,000, as the entrance fees to college have increased considerably in the past 14 years. Anyone can make a donation to the scholarship in any amount. Donations can be paid to the MHA, directly to Dollie Hutchins. Her address can be found on the MHA website. There will be many games and events for the children to do, one of which is finding the hidden lobsters, coloring contests, and more. Saturday evening’s session will be Charity Evening and will include three classes of which a portion of the

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Maine Horse Assoc. continued from page 104 entry fees will go to charities. One of the charities will be an equine rescue, and the other will be a children’s charity. Exhibitors and others are encouraged to donate in the name of the show. The show is full of many different divisions, some of which are: Appaloosas, Arabians and Half-Arabians, Color Breeds, Friesians, Morgans, Saddlebreds, Ponies, Quarter Horses, Standardbreds, Roadsters, English and Western Hunter Equitation, and Pleasure. There will be lesson rider, colt and filly, sport horse, and many miscellaneous driving and pleasure classes, such as Forty and Over Pleasure. Come on out and ride! Another big show coming up this year is The Highview

Riding Club Show. It’s their 50th anniversary show this year. They are building a commemorative program for all to enjoy. If you have shown at the Highview show in the past, they are looking for photos and stories for their program. Send them to Peggy Drummey. Her email and address are listed on the MHA website. This show is the longest-running MHA-affiliated show and one not to be missed. On a sad note, the Maine horse world has lost one of its members. Rellon Cole passed away recently at the age of 92. Many of the older members will remember him showing his American Saddlebred gelding around Maine and even at Springfield, MA. At the age of 90, he was inducted into the American Saddle Horse Association of Maine Hall of Fame. We all will miss Rellon.

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Abby Bertelson on Eclypso.

WOODRIDGE WINS AT HITS Woodridge Farm of Sherborn, MA, escaped the cold this winter and headed to their winter hideaway at HITS Ocala. Tri-colors were won by Abby Bertelson, Corinne Milbury, Jacquie Maggiore, Carly Corbacho, Jade Covens, Mia van Amson, and Sean Rogers. Top prizes and/ or class winners were Milo Fay, Lucy Meyers, Maddie Albano, Haleigh Landrigan, and Meghan Kaupp. Corinne was also a 3’ HITS Hunter Prix winner as well

as two-time Marshall & Sterling (M&S) Adult Hunter Classic winner. Jacquie was also the winner of a M&S Adult Hunter Classic as well as reserve circuit champion in the Adult Modifieds. Jacquie and Sean were champions of the Adult Hunters and Adult Equitation, respectively. Abby won two Maclays and a USEF Medal on Eclypso, was a class winner in the equitation on her new horse Croy, and was a multi-ribbon winner on her new junior jumper, Sandra Z.

Ever since Annie Dotoli and Aster Pieters brought their Tibri operation to the U.S. they have not only sold a lot of winning horses but their riders have quietly been piling up the wins as well. They enjoyed a fantastic winter season in Ocala. Tibri’s Eclipse Van Zellik was a multiple class winner in the Level 4 Jumpers, skippered by Tricia O’Connor. Sunny Drescher qualified for the ASPCA Regionals. Tibri’s Eternity was a winner of three National Ariat Medal classes during the Ocala circuit. Cedar Brook’s Alex Carlton won both an Ariat and an Adult Hunter class on him. Sophia Lothrop and Castell were winners of a 3’ HITS Hunter Prix, as well as many Mini Medal/ Maclay classes during the circuit.

KUDOS! Three cheers for Fred Hunt on winning the MHC Lifetime Achievement Award to go along with his NEEC Lifetime Achievement Award! Well deserved!

WELCOME TO HUNTER’S MOON Hunter’s Moon Farm, outside of New York City, is pleased to announce that Olympian Mario

Deslauriers joined its full-service hunter/jumper facility in April, alongside current trainers Pamela Polk and Kevin Kirk.

WELLINGTON KIDS It was fun to see the next generation of superstars showing in the beginner divisions in Wellington. Picking up top ribbons in WalkTrot were Natalia Torano and James Leone. Meanwhile, James’ brother, Mark, was winning in Short Stirrup. Then in Children’s Hunters there were twins Charlie and Katie Jacobs.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE Three cheers for the Fifth Annual Lip Sync to benefit Danny and Ron’s Rescue, coordinated by Kim Kolloff. This year featured very special guest, Gloria Gaynor, singing her classic song, “I Will Survive.” The room was alive with sequins, disco hairstyles, and an array of bright colors as people from the equestrian community and beyond came together to raise an unprecedented amount of money for Danny and Ron’s Rescue, a non-profit dog rescue based in Wellington, FL, and Camden, SC.

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hunter/jumper Members of the Walker’s equestrian team who participated in the Folly Farm IEA show.

Heritage Farm came out at the top of the “Battle of the Barns” with their lip sync mash-up of “Gangnam Style,” choreographed by Steve Williams. Their routine was alive with gymnastics, spot-on lip syncing and top-of-the-line red sequin leotards, black shorts and tights, and matching black sequin top hats. Next, it was an amazing rendition of the Andrews Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” performed by Mimi Gochman, Sophie Gochman, and Reid Arani that took the first place award for the Age Group division. The judges for the event included Dr. Betsee Parker, Georgina Bloomberg, Ryan Beckett, and Gloria Gaynor. Though 2012 champions, Marigot Bay Farm, did not win the Battle of the Barns this year, they did raise the most sponsorship pledges with over $24,000. The Arani Family of Marigot Bay was also to thank for making Gloria Gaynor aware of the event. Madison, Kelly, and Reid Arani wrote her an email to tell her about the event and ask for a small donation. They were amazed when Gloria’s manager wrote back saying Gloria would love to come perform and also be a celebrity judge. Through the efforts of the kids, parents, and supporters, Danny and Ron’s Rescue was able to make history at the Fifth Annual Lip Sync. The event saw five dogs adopted and

$120,000 raised for the organization. For more information on Danny and Ron’s Rescue, visit

NEW PARTNERS Back Bay Farm of Ipswich, MA, is excited to announce three new partnerships for the 2013 show season. Just moving up to the three-foot, Emma Crate is looking great on her new partner, Custom Made, thanks to DeeDee Rucco of Nevaeh Farm. Back Bay also sends appreciation to Lochmoor Stables’ Mindy Darst in matching the Welsh cross Alakazam to Mackenzie Stowell for the Short Stirrup division. And thanks to Chelise Storace of Cressbrook Stables for Fernhill Mr. Fox, Reeve Sobel’s new Irish Sport Horse—the pair will compete in the 11 & Under and Mini Medal in 2013.

than 60 grooms enjoying a day off from their duties at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival and playing in the soccer tournament at Wellington Park. Eight teams participated in the singleelimination tournament organized and sponsored by EquiFit, Inc., with the champion team winning three games to claim the title. Winning the championship and receiving a team trophy and individual trophies for each team member was the Purple team, with players primarily from M&M Show Stables. The Purple team’s Elio Tamayo was named as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and his teammate, Nathanael Santos, was named Most Valuable Goalie. In addition to the grooms, one team imported a ringer as Charlie Jayne got in on the fun and played.

NATION’S CUP Riders representing Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Sweden, and the United States vied for top honors

during Hollow Creek Farm FEI Children’s, Junior, and Young Rider Nations Cups. Many of the talented team members not only rode for their country, but also championed the international charity Step by Step Foundation. Nations Cup competitors, including teen talents Daniela Stransky, Emanuel Andrade, Jose Fernando Bonetti, Victoria Karam, Gustavo Machado, Maria Gabriela Brugal, and Maria Jose De La Torre, along with adults Mario Gamboa and Juan Ortiz, rode as members of “Team Step By Step,” a group of riders of all ages and levels who help raise awareness for the international children’s charity. The Hollow Creek Farm FEI Junior Nations Cup had six teams make it to the second round of competition with a win for Brazil. The teams from Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, USA, and Argentina all showed under the lights.

CLINIC NEWS Paula Dromlewicz, owner of Maple Leaf Stables in Jefferson, MA, hosted a clinic with Mark Rarick of Oak Meadow Farm. Riding in the clinic were Paula, Lauren MacCarthy, Kendra Dickenson, Cindy Anderson, Joan McDevitt, Bonnie Wilson Lowell, Elizabeth Pino, and Allie MacCarthy.

ETHEL WALKER WINS The Ethel Walker School Equestrian Team rode home with the first place finish in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) show at Folly Farm in Simsbury, CT. The team placed first out of 12 teams, finishing with an impressive 18-point lead over the second place team. Next up, regionals!

GOAL! The D-Teq Fútbol Fiesta presented by EquiFit, Inc. proved to be a huge success, with more

Mark Rarick at a recent clinic at Maple Leaf Stables.

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$100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix winners Andre Thieme and Contanga 3.

Andre Thieme and Contanga 3

challenge with another clear round was Aaron Vale of Morriston, FL. After winning the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis on Thursday, March 14, Vale and Zippo II, owned by 2VR Showjumpers, were fifth to go in the second-round order and were just over a second shy of the win with a time of 51.73 seconds. Third went to Megan Wexler of Reddick, FL, and Procedure, Inc.’s Cadence. They were the fastest in the jump-off with a time of 48.72 seconds, but picked up a heartbreaking rail at the final fence, the plank coming home, for four faults. Wexler, however, wasn’t the only one to find trouble at the plank. The diabolical fence also ruined clear rounds for Callie Morgan Smith of Bernardsville, NJ, on Captain Krutzmann and Thieme with Seth Vallhonrat’s Catharina 9. Thieme had four horses in the grand prix and made it to the jump-off with three, finishing fourth on Catharina 9 with a four-fault, 51.48-second round. He was also seventh on Quanshbob and finished out of the money with

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Take Top Honors in $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix ANDRE THIEME DIDN’T THINK IT was Contanga 3’s day when they were one of nine pairs to return to jump off in the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group, at HITS Ocala on Sunday, March 17. “I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to be fast enough, but when everyone started having rails, I reconsidered,” he said. “I am very happy with my horse’s performance.” Mexico’s Florencio Hernandez built

the track on which 48 pairs rode, including 14 obstacles with three double combinations. In front of a packed VIP tent and exuberant crowd that packed the grandstands at HITS Ocala for the richest class of the season, Thieme was first to return to the short course. He and Contanga 3 finished in 50.51 seconds, topping one of the largest grand prix fields HITS Ocala has ever seen. In the jump-off, the only rider to

Aaron Vale and Zippo II took second place.

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Beacon Woods Stables (tsl), Mick & Laurie Paternoster, Owners,Kris Bramley, Trainer, 99 Beacon Woods Lane, South Glastonbury, CT 06073, 860-430-2606 barn; 860-601-0670 cell,,

Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods (bs), 1209 South St., Coventry, CT 06238, 860-742-6486 Evenstride (btsl), ( 26 Orchard St., Byfield, MA, 978-465-9119, Holly Hill Farm (tsl), 240 Flint St., Marston Mills, MA 02648, 508-428-2621, hollyhill7@aol. com,

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$43,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8 winners McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness.

Rubyy et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Awarded to McLain Ward and Christine McCrea in Rounds Eight and Nine WEEK EIGHT OF THE 2013 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), sponsored by G&C Farm, continued on Thursday, February 28 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with the $43,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 8. Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY, was the course designer for the competition that boasted over 64 entries, only 17 of which cleared the course. McLain Ward and Super Trooper de Ness, an 11-year-old Belgian Sport Horse stallion by Vigo d’Arsouilles x Polydor, had the fastest time of 59.12 seconds.

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Second place went to Kent Farrington and Robin Parsky’s Blue Angel with a time of 61.46 seconds. Lauren Hough and Laura Mateo’s Quick Study were third in 61.83 seconds, and Beezie Madden placed fourth with a time of 62.53 seconds aboard Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’. Commenting on his winning round aboard Super Trooper, Ward noted, “I actually wasn’t thinking to beat Kent when I went in the ring. I was thinking fast, but kind of right behind them is what I was hoping.” The following week, Christine McCrea and Candy Tribble’s Zerly beat an all-star international field in

said Thieme who will make the trip back to Europe, $30,000 first-place check in hand, where his wife and six-year-old son wait. The $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group, wrapped up the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit on a high note as attention now turns north and riders take aim at qualifying for the Zoetis Million, set to take place during HITS Championship Weekend, September 6-8. For more information, visit

the $125,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 9 during WEF’s CSI-W 5* week sponsored by The Bainbridge Companies. Steve Stephens of Palmetto, FL, was the course designer for the Challenge Cup competition, which featured 84 entries in the first round course and 31 competitors making it through to the jump-off. Twenty-eight riders representing six different countries returned for the tiebreaker after three entries opted out of the final round. McCrea and Zerly raced to the win in 31.10 seconds, the fastest of 14 doubleclear rounds. The top five places were all separated by hundredths of a second. Placing second, Nick Skelton and Beverly Widdowson’s Big Star finished in 31.25 seconds. Daniel Deusser and Cornet d’Amour, owned by Stephex Stables and Pedro Veniss, clocked in at 31.43 seconds to place third. Daniel Bluman and Sancha LS completed the course in 31.44 seconds for fourth place honors and Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc.’s Cedric were right behind them in 31.46 seconds to finish fifth. “The course didn’t ride easy,” McCrea said. “I didn’t think it was small. I think the horses just jumped really well and the footing is good and there are really good horse and rider combinations here.” Nick Skelton and Big Star were holding onto the lead in the jump-off when McCrea and Zerly entered the ring and just edged out their time. “I saw Nick go in the jump-off and I thought there was no way I could beat him, but [Zerly] is very fast,” McCrea acknowledged. “I have no idea how I made the time. I flew from one to two. That is the only thing. The rest I am not really sure.”


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United States Victorious In $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup BY HELEN MURRAY

THE UNITED STATES PRODUCED a spectacular effort in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm to win America’s only Nations Cup, held Friday, March 1, 2013, for a fifth time on a total of four faults. Seven countries sent teams into the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center to contest two rounds of jumping over Anthony D’Ambrosio’s 12-obstacle track. Earning second and third place were the teams from Canada and Germany on five and nine faults, respectively.



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Leading-off for the U.S. were Kent Farrington and R.C.G. Farm’s Uceko. In the first round, they produced a four-fault trip with only a rail at the final oxer, marring an otherwise lovely effort. Farrington and the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding returned to the arena later in the evening with an improved performance, jumping an effortless clear course in round two. Second to go for the U.S. was Reed Kessler and her own 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Cylana. The pair produced two polished perfor-

mances as one of only five combinations to jump double-clear Friday evening. They never looked in doubt of a clear in the first round as they jumped a stylish, fault-free effort. Kessler and Cylana duplicated their impressive performance in the second round again, leaving nothing to chance and cruising over the course immaculately. Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm, Inc.’s Cedric jumped an impressive faultless effort in round one. In round two, the 15-year-old Holsteiner gelding once again looked as though he was on springs but just rolled the rail on the vertical at 11A for four faults. Anchoring the U.S. team were Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Simon. In round one, the three-time Olympian gave the 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding a very positive ride to the open water at six, resulting in the low brickwall on the take-off being dislodged. However, because Simon did not disturb the water or tape on landing, the pair was not penalized; producing the third clear for the U.S. in the round one. Madden did not return for round two, as the first three U.S. riders’ totals in their second appearances meant the U.S. win was secure without needing a score from her. The U.S. victory in the $75,000 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm was also vital in qualifying for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Season Series Final, to be held at the end of September. Robert Ridland made his debut as U.S. Chef d’Equipe a winning one, and acknowledged that this triumph was an important part of the plan in getting to the Finals. “People said to me ‘you’ve got your big guns tonight,’ and we did,” said Ridland. “We made it a priority to come here and do well.” For more information about CSIO Wellington, visit


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Connecticut Horse Shows Association Annual Awards Banquet a Smash Hit SUBMITTED BY GEORGE JENSEN

THE 80TH ANNUAL CONNECTICUT Horse Shows Association (CHSA) Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 2, 2013, was a gala event not to be missed. More than 460 people showed up to

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[LEFT] Richard Jones (middle), recipient of the Hal Vita Humanitarian Award, is surrounded by the Allison family and Harpur Schwartz, last year’s recipient. [RIGHT] Paige Vinson presents the Hummingbird Hollow Farm Challenge Trophy to Harpur Schwartz as the Children’s Hunter Horse Champion.



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Tracey Clark presents the Sportsmanship Award to Gabriella Tauro.

party clothes. Floodlights bathed the beautiful reflection pools outside all the full-length picture windows. The gala began with all of the Lead Rein and Walk-Trot winners for 2012 participating in the Parade of Champions, led throughout the elegant dining room by Kaitlyn Boggio, Harpur Schwartz, and Paige Vinson. In addition to the many year-end awards, some very special awards were also distributed. The honored Hal Vita Humanitarian Award is an award for one who does selfless acts of kindness to benefit the horse community, without expectation of acknowledgement or praise. Dick Jones was the recipient of this honorable award this year. Dick is a frequent competitor in the driving classes on the CHSA circuit, as well as a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and New England Horsemen’s Council (NEHC) Steward at many of the shows. Also presented was the Good Sportsmanship Award for a CHSA member who demonstrates good conduct and character during the year. This year, the award was presented to Gabriella Tauro of East Lyme, CT, who, in addition to being this year’s reserve champion in the Junior Equitation division, is co-captain of the Southeastern Connecticut Equestrian Team. In addition to our usual raffle, this year saw the return of the almost famous Challenge of the Barns gift baskets. Members of CHSA barns, as well as groups of people, put together themed baskets to be raffled off during

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Anastasia Romeo presents the Party Time Perpetual Trophy for the Children’s Hunter Pony division to Mia Mannis, as Taylor Collar, Gia Sarkis, Carley Burton, and Susanne McGrady display their ribbons. The Lead Rein and Walk-Trot award recipients show off their prizes.


the night—all for the benefit of the Scholarship Fund. Members strolled through the displays and voted for their favorite items. The winner, for the third year in a row, was the offering by the Chestnut Hill Farm—a fabulous full-sized jump, with each standard half of a full-sized zebra with zebra rails. It was constructed and painted just for this event by members of the Chestnut Hill Barn. This was the biggest contributor to the raffle, selling nearly $2,000 in raffle tickets. The lucky winner of the zebra jump was Orion Farm from South Hadley, MA. Following the fabulous food, and the awards and photo sessions, the floor was cleared for dancing until midnight to the tunes of DJ Tommy V, of Wallingford, CT. The kids love this the most—kicking off their shoes and donning the socks donated by the Schwartz family to zip around the dance floor. Indeed it was an evening of fun, frolic, and fantasy.

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[LEFT] The German Eventing Team continued its dominance in Nations Cup competition at Fontainebleau. [RIGHT] Reigning Olympic Champion Michael Jung lead the way for Team Germany.

Germany continued where they left off in 2012, after claiming team gold at the London Olympics and winning four out of six Nations Cup competitions, when they won the first leg of the 2013 tour at Fontainebleau, in France, March 21-24. The German powerhouse was made up of Olympic, World, and European Champion Michael Jung on Leopin FST; Olympic Team Gold Medalist Dirk Schrade aboard King Artus; Andreas Dibowski with Butts Leon; and Frank Ostholt riding Little Paint. The team will try to maintain their streak during the next leg of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing, scheduled for May 23-25 at Houghton Hall in Great Britain.



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Junior and amateur riders competing at Training Level at the event will automatically be judged during their cross-country rounds and will receive score sheets with written comments, which will provide valuable feedback for them and their trainers. The U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Professional Horsemens’ Council created the award in hopes that it will provide incentive for riders who demonstrate safe and appropriate crosscountry technique. Entrants will be judged on their gallop; preparation period; execution of jumps; rider position; and general impressions, and the winner will receive a Charles Owen Body Protector and helmet bag. For more information, visit

Triple Combination Farm out of Ferrisburgh, VT, welcomed a new boarder in March, the nine-yearold Morgan, McKenna, her owner, Lesley Huston, and her other rider, Cheryl Brownell.

PURCHASED! Congratulations to Linnea Matthews of True North Farm in Harwich, MA, on the purchase of What Goes Around, AKA, Leila!

SOUTHERN SUCCESSES Erin Renfroe of Water’s Edge Farm in Concord, MA, had a great outing at the March Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials. She claimed first place at Preliminary with Porter Creek, third place aboard Bimini Road at Training Level, second on Semper Fi in Novice Horse, with a dressage score of 25.70, and fourth place riding Wicked at her second event in Beginner Novice Horse.

BOYD IS BACK Mark your calendars and clear your schedules for Memorial Day weekend, as Boyd and Silva Martin will be returning for the fifth straight year to Fitch’s Corner in Millbrook, NY, for an eventing clinic! Boyd will be teaching stadium and cross-country techniques on Saturday and Sunday, May

25-26, and Silva will be finetuning dressage skills on Monday, May 27.

CONDOLENCES It is with heavy hearts that we report the passing of French event rider Bruno Bouvier, who suffered fatal injuries after a rotational fall on cross-country at Barroca D’Alva Horse Trials in Portugal on March 2. His horse, Arcilloso III, was not hurt. Our deepest sympathies go out to all who knew Bruno.

IN WITH THE NEW The U.S. Equestrian Federation recently announced the new Veterinary Panel for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team, which will play a vital role in the evaluation, selection, and success of the team on outings and championships in the coming years. The new members are: Dr. Mark Revenaugh, treating veterinarian; Dr. Duncan Peters, evaluating veterinarian; and Dr. Susan Johns, associate treating veterinarian. Congratulations!



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eventing « Will Faudree went clear in show jumping to win the Advanced division with Andromaque, and also took second with Pawlow.

Wonderful Weekend for Will Faudree At Southern Pines II ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY LESLIE MINTZ, USEA

THE OLD ADAGE ABOUT HOME field advantage held true in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup & PRO Tour Advanced division at Southern Pines II, on March 22-24, as North Carolina residents, Will Faudree and Susan Beebee pleased the local crowd with their top placings. “It’s great being so close to home because we have a lot of local people and sponsors here,” said Will. “And it’s fun when you can deliver to the local sponsors; it makes it exciting.” Will went into the show jumping phase with a pretty good chance of taking home the top prize, but with the pouring rain and tough course designed by Marc Donovan, anything could have happened. After he dropped only one rail aboard Jennifer Mosing’s Pawlow, Will was guaranteed the blue ribbon on at least one of his mounts, and when he came back into the ring with Andromaque, her clear round was just icing on the cake. “I am very, very excited for both of

Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships in Tyler, TX, to be held September 26-29. The winners of the other divisions offered at Southern Pines II were as follows: In Intermediate Rider, Victoria Jessop and Desert Mystery were the victors. Caitlin Silliman and Remington XXV came out on top in Open Intermediate A, while section B was claimed by Allie Blyskal aboard Sparrow’s Nio. In the Junior Young Rider Open Preliminary (JYOP) division, Nicole Doolittle finished in first with Tops. Kim Severson won Open Preliminary A riding Cooley Cross Border, Phillip Dutton and Mansfield Park were champions in Open Preliminary B, and in Preliminary Rider, Kimberly Keeton rode Wade and Tay to victory. Devon Belding and Sandretti topped the leader board in Junior Young Rider Open Training (JYOT). Andrew McConnon aboard Bacardi, Kelli Temple with Scirocco, and Alex Martone riding Le Corsair, took the Open Training A through C divisions, respectively. And, in Training Rider, Claire Williams and Practically Perfect claimed the top spot. For more information and full results, visit

them,” said Will. “I had one down on Pawlow, which was totally my fault. I was really happy with him though—he jumped well. “Andromaque was amazing. She sounded a bit like Serena Williams over every jump, but I know when she grunts like that she is just going higher and wider. I couldn’t be happier for her, I am just really excited.” Susan Beebee and Plan Bee Equestrian’s Wolf stayed securely in their overnight third-place position with a double-clear show jumping round. This was only the pair’s second Advanced, but they are sure to be a force to be reckoned with in the near future. The 22 horses and riders who completed the Advanced division at Southern Pines are now qualified for the Adequan Third place went to Susan Beebee and Wolf. USEA Gold Cup Final at the

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Phillip p Dutton Defends His Title At Red Hills Horse Trials ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY LESLIE MINTZ, USEA

CIC3* Champions Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice.


PHILLIP DUTTON KEPT HIS CROWN as the king of Red Hills with another win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup & PRO Tour Series CIC3* after an exciting cross-country finish. Last year Phillip drove home from Red Hills in a brand new Mercedes thanks to his win aboard Mystery Whisper. This year he traded the car in for another new one after winning the competition with Mighty Nice, a nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Dutton finished the Hugh Lochoredesigned course in six minutes and 34 seconds, eight seconds over the time allowed. The 3.2 penalties added to his dressage mark of 43 weren’t too many to grab the top spot, however, as overnight leader, Marilyn Little, garnered six penalties with RF Smoke on the Water to drop to a score of 50.7. “He is a pretty cool horse. He is so confident in himself—bordering on being arrogant on the cross-country,” said Dutton. “He has a great sense of what he can do, and he is a huge horse, but very, very clever.” Little headed into the finale of crosscountry sitting in the top two spots, but time proved tough to make and cost her the win with RF Smoke on the Water, while a run-in with a tree aboard RF Demeter dropped them out of contention. Rounding out the top three was the final pair to go, Buck Davidson with

« Marilyn Little finished second in the three-star aboard RF Smoke on the Water.

Ballynoe Castle RM. When they left the start box, Buck and “Reggie” still had a chance to win the division if they went clear inside the time. It wasn’t meant to be, as the pair earned 4.8 time penalties to settle for the yellow ribbon. “I think it was an exciting day for the crowd, with Reggie having a chance to win and being the last horse to go,” said Davidson. “I always feel that he is the best horse every single weekend, so I always feel like I let him down, but I got beat by two really good riders and two really good horses and you can’t win them all.” The CIC2* also concluded with the cross-country phase on March 9, and time proved a bit easier to make as the

top three pairs all crossed the finish line without any additional penalties. Jennie Brannigan, who also finished fourth in the three-star, rode Indie to the win. Little then finished second and third on a duo of eight-year-old mares, RF Azarah and RF Black Pearl. RF Azarah finished on her dressage score of 56.4 while RF Black Pearl added only a rail down in stadium—an impressive feat considering Little only rode the horse for the first time the week prior to the event and had never jumped a crosscountry fence with her before. Julie Richards won the CIC1* with San City, while Kyle Carter and Elizabeth New rounded out the top three with their mounts, FR’s Trust Fund and Uppercrust D. For more information and full results, visit


New Hampshire p Dressage g and Eventing Association Asks Dr. Regina Downey to Speak at Annual Meeting ARTICLE AND PHOTOS SUBMITTED BY LYDIA NEUSCH

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DRESSAGE and Eventing Association (NHDEA) held its annual meeting and potluck dinner on March 5. There, the club went live with its new name, logo, and website. NHDEA also invited veterinarian Regina Downey, of Holistic Animal Healing, to be the guest speaker. 122 EQUINE


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NHDEA guest Dr. Downey speaker, Dr. practices both Regina Downey. traditional and alternative medicine on small animals and horses. She owns a clinic in Exeter, NH, and makes barn calls.

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Attentive club members listen to Dr. Downey’s presentation.

NHDEA continued from page 122 After the business portion of the meeting, Dr. Downey introduced the idea of alternative therapies for common injuries and maladies. She cited some cases where these therapies have been a benefit to the animals when traditional veterinary medicine has not

been. Therapies such as chiropractic care and homeopathic medicines can also be an adjunct in the treatment. Using both the traditional and non-traditional therapies can not only alleviate the symptoms, but also identify and treat the origin of the disease or injury. The members had many questions about alternative therapies available for their horses. Dr. Downey brought along

some of the tools she uses for therapy and explained how she utilizes them in her daily practice. She also made it very clear that she does also practice traditional veterinary medicine. The members enjoyed pizza, salads, and a variety of wonderful baked goods. In addition to the business portion of the meeting, the club invited its young riders to come try out for a spot on the team we are sponsoring at Dressage4Kids (D4K), which is held in July at the Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) show grounds in New York. The junior riders took a mock test similar to the one given at D4K and had any questions answered regarding the festival. NHDEA is very excited to offer this opportunity to our young riders. We were pleased to see such a wonderful turnout at the annual meeting, especially because there were so many new members present. NHDEA has seen a significant growth in membership over the last two years. The board has been able to secure some fantastic clinicians and venues for the upcoming season. Information regarding our calendar of events is available at

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Connecticut Dressage g and Combined Training Assoc. Hosts Sports Psychology Clinic

(TOP) Donna Legere introducing Dr. Jenny Susser. (BELOW) Dr. Jenny gives auditors the thumbs-up.

CONNECTICUT DRESSAGE AND Combined Training Association (CDCTA) hosted a sports psychology clinic, featuring Jenny R. Susser, Ph.D (Dr. Jenny), on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the Baltic Fire Department in Baltic, CT. Dr. Jenny holds a doctoral degree in clinical health psychology, specializing in sports psychology. She is a former All-American swimmer and a current dressage rider. She has worked with college teams and a multitude of athletes. She was named the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Team Sport Psychologist and worked with the 2012 Olympic Dressage Team in preparation for the London Olympics. In 2010, she was the psychologist for the South African Para-Dressage Team and worked with some of the riders at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Dr. Susser works with Lendon Gray and Dressage4Kids, and some of the top young riders and juniors, Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) trainers, competitors, and adult amateurs all over the Unites States. Dr. Jenny immediately grabbed the attention of the over-50 participants. She spoke about riding in terms of learning, having fun, growing, and allowing oneself to experience some form of discomfort by getting a bit out of our comfort zones. Back-andforth discussion was held on fear versus anxiety, focusing on our thoughts, improving self-confidence, and preparation. She pointed out that fear is something real (like an actual event), but that anxiety is perceived, and explained how we can control and eventually change our fear and anxiety through focus and imaging. Dr. Jenny encouraged everyone to put something at stake in order to gain change. The more you invest, the more you gain! We were reminded that our horses always respond to our own self-confidence and they “…are like computers—they may not do what we 124 EQUINE


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want, but always what we ask.” Dr. Jenny explained our thought processes and provided explanations and exercises to change those undesirable thoughts and images, which would provide more mental toughness. She said change is possible, passion is essential, and mental toughness can only be developed by coping. We simply need to develop ways to cope better. It’s not as complicated as it sounds; it can be accomplished through some deep breathing, mental rehearsal, and practice. The afternoon session included exercises to replace negative thoughts and create positive, productive, and true thoughts through focus and preparation. We were provided with techniques and exercises to increase mental preparation and visualization, creating several ways to become more confident and less anxious. Last, Dr. Jenny stressed that, in order to advance and grow, we need to take risks and venture outside of our comfort zones. However, in doing so, remember that we are all individuals, and what may be good for another rider, may not be helpful

to oneself. Swim in your own lane, and don’t worry about what may be happening around you. Good advice, indeed! If you get a chance to participate or audit one of Dr. Jenny Susser’s seminars or clinics, jump right in and be prepared to be enlightened, empowered, and amazed! I know I was.



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Federation (USEF) National Young Horse Dressage Ranking List at press time. Degele’s other mount, Lakota, an eight-yearold gelding, scored an equally impressive 69.485% in the USEF Developing Horse Prix St. Georges test.

T Dressage Foundation The aannounced that a new fund has been established to provide b ffinancial assistance to North American, non-professional A rriders to attend the Spanish Riding School’s (SRS) Training R Center in Heldenberg, Austria. C Ralph and Freddie Dreitzler R eestablished the Heldenberg TTraining Center Fund in memory of E.L. Dreitzler, in conjunction o with the Dreitzler family and w Andreas Hausberger, chief rider A aat the Spanish Riding School aand director of the Training Center in Heldenberg. C



WHAT A MILESTONE! Congratulations to Anne Zahradnik of Hurley, NY, on receiving her United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bronze Medal over the winter— great work and wonderful scores! We can’t wait to see Anne hit the dressage ring with her Freestyle son, ALF Freetime, in the upcoming months.

ARE YOU INVITED? The USDF has announced entry and invitation qualifications for the 2013 U.S. Dressage Finals presented by Adequan®. Champion and reserve champions at each of the nine Great American Insurance Group/ USDF Regional Dressage Championships, who have achieved a minimum score, filed a Declaration of Intent,

and are U.S. citizens, will be eligible to compete. In addition, wild card invitations will also be available to high-scoring competitors in the regional championships, who are not otherwise eligible. The 2013 U.S. Dressage Finals, presented by Adequan, will be held November 7-10, 2013, at the Kentucky Horse Park. It will be the first head-to-head competition in dressage, showcasing adult amateur and open riders, at Training Level through Grand Prix.

DRESSAGE QUEENS Caroline Roffman, of Lionshare Dressage, is riding high this season as her charismatic coal-black Hanoverian, Her Highness O, in only her second CDI showing, scored a strong 71.211% to win the Intermediaire I at the 30th

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OLYMPIAN, GÜENTER SEIDEL, AND CORAL REEF Wylea earned two wins in their international competition debut at the Mid-Winter Dressage Fair CDI 3*/Y/J.

U USDF Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist, Heidi Degele, has m sstarted her 2013 dressage ccompetition season with ssweeping scores. Degele and her mount, Don Fredo, rode away with the Six-Year-Old winning score during the Welcome Back to White Fences I show held at Equestrian Estates in Loxahatchee, FL, on February 22-24, 2013. Scoring an impressive 77.8% in the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Young Horse Final for Six-YearOlds, Don Fredo ranked second overall, nationally, in the 2013 Markel/United States Equestrian

Beginning in 2013, the United States Equestrian Federation will provide the opportunity for a small group of riders, trainers, breeders, and owners of Dressage Young Horses to participate in a tour of the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses. The 2013 championships will take place in Verden, Germany, on August 7-11, 2013. The tour will be led and organized by USEF Young Horse Coach, Scott Hassler, and will include tickets to the dressage events as well as meetings with European experts.

Caroline Roffman and Robinson Lusitanos’ stallion, Uruguai, scored an impressive 66.477% in the FEI Prix St. Georges to take the Interagro Lusitanos High Score Lusitano Award during the Florida Dressage Classic CDI. May 2013

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Annual Palm Beach Derby CDIW/ CDI1*/J/Y/P/U25 and earn the Judith Guden Memorial Trophy. The victory positions the 16.2hand, nine-year-old mare and 2012 Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Champion as the highest-ranked Intermediaire I-1 dressage horse in the United States at press time.

for the 2013 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions presented by the Dutta Corp. The AGCO/ USEF Young Rider Dressage National Championship will feature the top 12 riders from the ages of 16 to 21 years old, while the AGCO/ USEF Junior Dressage National Championship hosts the top 12 riders in the 14 to 18 age bracket from across the United States.



Evergreen Farm, LLC, a small boarding, breeding, and show facility, has announced that coinciding with their first dressage show of the 2013 show season, they will be using their newly-constructed, full-size dressage arena. The addition of this arena brings the facility to a total of three rings. In addition to the new arena, Evergreen Farm also has a few more surprises in store. “We have opened the entries to include western dressage, as well as eventing, Prix Caprilli, and traditional dressage,” said owner-manager, Pam Dors.

The Jim Brandon Equestrian Center was draped in a hue of pink as the venue played host to the Challenge of the Americas, a benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through partner, Play for P.I.N.K. The event came back stronger than ever after a year’s hiatus. Orchestrated by Mary Ross, who lost her mother to breast cancer, the event included musical quadrilles, pas de deux, and reining freestyles by riders among the “who’s who” of top equestrian competitors in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. The winning Team International, sponsored by the Seley Parker Group of Merrill Lynch, included Todd Flettrich, Susanne Hamilton, Devon Kane, Nancy Later, Sharon McCusker, and Cherri Reiber.

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SUPPORTING OUR YOUTH The United States Equestrian Federation is pleased to welcome AGCO as the title sponsor of the Young Rider and Junior National Championships

Mason Phelps returned to the ring after a 15-year hiatus to perform a pas de deux with Olympic Bronze Medalist, Debbie McDonald, at the Challenge of the Americas.

WINDHORSE AT WELLINGTON At the Wellington Classic Dressage (WCD) Challenge CDI in Wellington, FL, Windhorse Farm students performed beautifully with their horses, yet again! Joanna Sentissi competed Ziezo K at Fourth Level and Attraction at Third Level and qualified both for regionals! Nicole Polaski and her gelding, Ronin, competed in the Training Level and First Level divisions, respectively, throughout the weekend. Nicole is qualified for regionals and earned a 68+%

at Training Level with Ronin. Regan Salm and her eight-yearold gelding, Karat, scored a well-deserved 70.1% at Second Level, completing her regional qualifications, and also debuted at Third Level. Well done!

HEADED NORTH Pan American Gold Medalist and Olympic team reserve, Heather Blitz, has announced that she will be relocating to Medfield, MA, this month. Blitz will be the resident trainer at Donna Cameron’s Cutler Farm Dressage. Together with her Pan American partner, the 10-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, Paragon, Blitz will also take Oak Hill Ranch’s five-year-old Hotline stallion, Ripline, as well as some young horses.


[LEFT] Congratulations to Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods on the birth of their Hanoverian colt on February 26, 2013. The colt is by Coeur D’ Amour and out of Cor d’Elise. [RIGHT] Shannon Dueck and Cantaris were the winners of the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider Award at the 2013 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival.



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Julia Battams has been appointed as Equestrian Australia’s Director of National Performance for Dressage and will retain her leadership of the country’s para-equestrian dressage program. A new dressage selection panel of veteran selector Maria Schwennesen, along with Richard King and Jacqui Van Montfrans, was also appointed.

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dressage [LEFT] Güenter Seidel and Coral Reef Wylea secured impressive scores in the FEI Freestyle. [RIGHT] Amelia Child rode Veto to both the team and individual FEI Young Rider championships.

Proves Successful for International Riders BY LINDSAY MCCALL FOR HORSEGIRLTV.COM

WITH THE CONCLUSION OF THE 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire CDI-YJ3* on March 10, 2013, competitors can now reflect on a successful week. The CDI featured some of the most talented dressage riders in the United States, including Steffen Peters, who navigated both Legolas 92 and Vaya Con Dios to Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) championships; Güenter Seidel; and Jan Ebeling. The Young Rider divisions were dominated by 20-year-old Amelia Child, whose powerful tests earned her horse, Veto, and her the FEI Young Rider Championship, both in the team and individual tests. Eighteen-year-old Brandi Roenick, who trains with Steffen Peters, had multiple wins over the weekend with Pretty Lady and the double gold Pan American Games

Dressage News continued from page 128 NEW PARTNERSHIP Chuck and Anne Koch’s Mr. Bockman has been sold to London Paralympian, Dale Dedrick, as a World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) U.S. team prospect. The 13-year-old Westfalen gelding was imported from Europe and has been in training with Grand Prix dressage rider, Chrissa Hoffman, in Ocala, FL. Dedrick, from Ann Arbor, MI, competed in the 2012 London Paralympics Grade II 130 EQUINE


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horse, Weltino’s Magic, owned by Jen Hlavacek. For many of these international riders, the Del Mar CDI3* was a chance to bring forward their new horses and prepare for the upcoming CDIs in the U.S. and Europe. Steffen Peters had a precise FEI Grand Prix test and performed an outstanding FEI Grand Prix Freestyle. In addition, his new horse, Vaya Con Dios, did not disappoint, winning both the FEI Intermediaire I and FEI Prix St. Georges tests. A mere two months ago, the 13-yearold Westfalen mare, Winci, was imported from Germany by Coral Reef Ranch, and renamed Coral Reef Wylea, for Güenter Seidel to ride. The duo may still be getting to know each other, but with starting scores of 74.375% in the

events, riding Bonifatus. He was the 2011 Para-dressage National Champion, and he is campaigning for a place on the U.S. team for the 2014 Alltech® World Equestrian Games.

SWEET REWARDS Congratulations to Mary Jordan and Sebastian, who earned the High Point Rider award at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival CPEDI3*. “Earning the high point award was a great feeling, especially after coming so close to going with the team to the London Paralympics,”

commented Jordan. “I was determined to make progress within my riding over the winter. It has been a long winter of training and traveling from Maine to Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. It was sweet to receive that award today.” Well done, Mary!

FANTASTIC FREESTYLES The Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) hosted an entertaining night of equestrian sport at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) Dressage Classic, CDI3*. The night’s schedule included an opening $10,000 Puissance, won

by Great Britain’s Tim Gredley and Unex Valente, which led into the highlight class of the week, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, sponsored by Horseware® Ireland. The winning score of 74.625% was put up by Tina Konyot and Calecto V for their second freestyle win in a row at the AGDF. Jacqueline Brooks of Canada, and her 2012 Olympic partner, D Niro, had a spectacular freestyle to a cheering crowd for second place and a score of 71.425%. Mikala Munter Gundersen of Denmark, and My Lady were third with a score of 69.800%.


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freestyle, the future for this pair is certainly bright. Leaving Rafalca at home for rest and relaxation before the big competitions commence, Jan Ebeling showcased Descartes. Owner, Cathy Shelton, handpicked Descartes in Germany, and Ebeling could not be more honored to ride and show the horse with the support of Cathy behind him. The duo earned consistent results over the Del Mar Dressage Affaire CDI3*. Torrential rains at the top of the competition forced the open show and warm-up rings to be closed, and show manager, Kim Keenan, had to make drastic schedule changes. However, riders that were not able to compete in the open show were able to sit with Axel Steiner, FEI 5* judge, and Sue Curry, United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) “S” judge, all weekend for the educational symposium, including a movement-bymovement breakdown on nearly every ride. It is like that, at times, when the horse show community commits to their sport and works together to make the best out of a difficult situation. The CDI-YJ3* at the 2013 Rancho Valencia Dressage Affaire proved successful for both horses and riders. As one of the top international horse shows in the United States, once again, it featured the world’s top dressage riders and even some famous faces.

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Baroque q Equestrian q Games & Institute ™

Shares Two Trainers’ Perspectives SUBMITTED BY PATRICIA NORCIA

AS A DRESSAGE TRAINER, I HAVE trained horses of all breeds, for many years focusing on correct training and lightness. In both competition and exhibition work, I like a horse that is powerful, light in the hand, and responsive to seat. This has been, in my experience, what many of my students search for as well. What attracts me to the Baroque Games is the system of training that creates these qualities through exercises that have been practiced for

Dressage contact listings Casa Lusitana (tsl), Tyngsboro, MA, 978-649-5300,, Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods (bs), 1209 South St., Coventry, CT 06238, 860-742-6486, French Light Dressage (tsl), Dave Donnelly, 236A Waters Rd., East Greenbush, NY, 12061, 949-697-6797, fullpass1@hotmail. com,

Patricia Norcia on her Andalusian stallion, Valiente, performing piaffe.

hundreds of years, and which teach collection from the beginning of the horse’s training to the haute ecole. Most students have difficulty understanding and feeling this balance, because they have little experience riding collected movements and are mostly trained on horses in a downhill or horizontal balance. It has been exciting to use the Baroque Equestrian Games & Institute™ (BEGI) system with them, and to see how their horses lighten, rebalancing in a way they’ve never felt before. And, this is accomplished by simply doing the schooling Patterns correctly. What I began to see were rounder, lighter horses that were more supple and more active in their hindquarters. We participated in the first BEGI schooling show and had enormous fun! Most of my clients simply want to enjoy

their horses, grow and improve with them, and do something creative and non-stressful. They thoroughly enjoyed the Mounted Maneuvers and spent hours polishing their musical rides, complete with costumes. We are looking forward to participating in the Virginia BEGI show, both in the competition and the evening exhibition. The Baroque Games are unique in that they appeal to riders of all disciplines, who ride in any saddle, and who have any type of horse. It is unique in that it creates a training scale for the Baroque horse that follows the progression of training from the beginning. I believe the BEGI will grow in the future, since it offers people another fun and useful training system and performance possibility.

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I began as the typical horse-crazy girl, and as I grew older, I found myself in love with the principles of dressage. I took the path most did—starting at Training Level and progressing on to my first warmblood, Wilfgang. We rode with many famous clinicians, and I spent countless hours reading Mueller, Klimke, etc. We achieved many national placings, culminating in Fourth Level Horse of the Year and National High Point Hanoverian. I then began to pursue my judging career, but here I reached a turning point. I had climbed this ladder and worked so hard, but upon nearing the top, what I was looking for was not there. I made Wilfgang into a top performer, but there was no mutual relationship between us. I knew I needed to find both! I tried many avenues—German, John Lyons, Racinet and Baucher—but, I could not put all the pieces together. Then, through a BEGI clinic, I met Tina Cristiani and Bruno Gonzalez. They



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were the first and only people who made clear to me how to attain this goal of putting the performance and relationship together. They used exercises from the Classical Schooling section to teach me to create and recognize the feel of balance between impulsion and selfcarriage. Through the Patterns, I was supplied with tools to work with on my own, allowing me to continue to advance in both theory and application. What makes BEGI different? First, training is approached from a different direction than modern trends, using the principles from the Classical period of riding—the 1700s in de La Gueriniere’s time. Balance is found, not by pushing the horse forward and down as we do now in competitive dressage, but by allowing him to find and develop his own balance as he moves from early to higher levels of collection. This is the opposite of today’s competitive dressage. Second, it’s fun! Who ever heard of a dressage competition being fun? The Games include the mental and technical discipline of the Classical Schooling section, the fun and thrills of the Mounted Maneuvers, and the creativity of the Musical Presentations.

And, the results speak for themselves. I could tell you of how my horses are lighter, more responsive, and more engaged now; I could go on about how student and horse are performing at a higher level, how they have a new understanding of the outside rein, and how their horses are more supple. But instead, let me talk about how my students are happier, striving to ride better and with more sensitivity, but doing it without the pressure to make it happen. They are discovering that riding is a pleasure and not an aerobic exercise, and they are finding, again, that joy and love of riding. That is the best result! Since I deal with such a wide range of breeds and backgrounds, my hope is that through BEGI, riders will begin to realize that there is an alternative to riding in the competitive dressage world. They do not have to give up their love for dressage or even showing, but can now do both while riding with a greater understanding, sensitivity, and enjoyment that benefits both themselves and their horses. And, who needs that? Everyone! I will be attending the Baroque Equestrian Games in Lexington, VA, and am excited to see it all begin to come together!

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Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training Assoc. Offers a Member’s Thoughts on the Classical Seat SUBMITTED BY GAEL BOURQUIN

IF WE BELIEVE IN THE CLASSICAL system of training, which puts the wellbeing of the horse first and foremost, then we must make an effort to become better riders. The seat of the rider comes first. The process of attaining a classical seat is the same as that of the classical training of the horse. It is a journey that has no end. You will grow and become a better person during your travels. I will not go into all of the details of the classical seat, because this has been done quite effectively in former issues of this publication. I will touch upon things that I discovered during my never-ending journey. I have found many books and DVDs that show and explain the seat, but one really needs a trainer that understands the process. This isn’t easy to find in today’s world of “I want it now.” There are some clinics that one can attend that focus on the seat, but most clinicians understand that this is not something that can be changed in a 45to 60-minute session. They may point out some things, but clinicians feel that this is something that your regular instructor should be helping you with. We, as riders residing in the U.S., do not have many good role models to emulate. Most of our publications are filled with photos of very incorrect riding posture. This can then become the image we hold in our minds. These people are also winning, so many students feel that time and energy spent on the proper equitation is not important. I feel that I was quite lucky to have an instructor that was a very correct and elegant rider. I used to watch him ride for hours after my lessons. I would try to copy how he looked. I also studied photos of many of the old masters in books. I know we all learn differently, but this was of great help to me. It is my opinion that longe work is the best possible way to attain the classical seat. When on the longe, the rider can leave the control of the horse to the person on the end of the line and

concentrate on his or her body. This can be difficult, because as riders, we have to put aside our natural instincts to pitch forward (fetal position) and fix things with our hands. Think about how strong a small baby can grip one’s finger. It takes time to re-route the brain and substitute a completely different response from what nature intended. When I could balance and influence the horse to the extent that I could do transitions between and within the gaits while on the longe, I still lacked what was needed. When I see old videos of myself, I am unhappy about how much movement there was in my body. I did not have the core strength to control my movement, and it was upsetting to the horse. It wasn’t until I retired from fulltime work and could ride more than one horse per day that I attained the strength to keep my posture. Knowing this, I am always advising people who can’t ride more than one horse or can’t ride every day to find a non-riding activity to help. There are many available such as Pilates, Alexander, and so on. Once the aforementioned came into place, I could really start to feel what goes on within the horse’s body. We then can start to have some harmony with our horse. I also feel that, in order to attain harmony with our horses, we have to be in touch with ourselves, both mentally and physically. A bad day can change the dynamics. If we have tension or pain (mental or physical), our horse is the first to know. We have to be the first to know and do something about the situation. We can change our routine, sit down, clear our head, and put problems on hold. Don’t take your problems with you to the saddle. I find that if I can’t put things aside, I will not have a good ride. Since this is a journey, we become older as we travel. Our bodies have a way of sneaking in little changes. We gain a few pounds, are not as agile, and little aches and pains creep in. We also may have incurred some injuries. We must become aware of how these affect

our riding. I find that I have a tendency to think that I can still do everything I could when I was in my 20s. I have to remind myself that it just isn’t so and that I have to work harder in some areas. Then, there is the ever-growing problem of our brains not telling us the truth. We swear that we are sitting up straight when, in fact, we are collapsed in one direction. Our bodies seem to want to return to their comfort zone. This comfort zone may not truly be what is best for us, but it’s what we are used to. Have a ground person monitor you as often as possible. For me, I found out that I carried my right leg too far back, no matter the direction. I wasn’t aware that I was doing this—it came about from a knee injury. Once it was pointed out to me, then I could work on the correction. If you are one that truly wants to attain and maintain a classical seat, you must become aware of all of your habits. It is hard work, but the rewards are tremendous. It is that wonderful feeling of being so in touch with your horse—that is the reward. When you are sitting correctly, balanced, straight, and supple, you can influence the horse with very little effort. For me, it was such a wonderful experience. I wanted more with less. I can see this in some of the students I teach. I can tell almost from the beginning who will continue on the journey and who will go on to something different. Keep in mind that we are all not going to look like Arthur Kottas or his daughter, Caroline. That does not mean that we can’t be correct in our classical equitation. It is the feeling that is important. I truly believe that one can’t reach the height of feeling what is going on in the horse and how to interact with this to produce the correct response without a correct classical seat. It is this seat that gives you the tools and the freedom to reach such heights. In closing, I would like to share with you my Body Awareness Check. If you have a mirror in your riding arena, it is helpful. I start with my head, and move down to my feet, checking to see if all are in proper alignment. I then start checking for the necessary amount of suppleness and relaxation necessary in all joints. Don’t forget your breathing and soft eyes. Last, but not least, get in touch with yourself and turn off the cares of the day. May 2013

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Driving news Jamaica was among the inaugural inductees to be forever honored for their achievements in the EQUUS Foundation/USEF Horse Stars Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday evening, March 8, at the EQUUS Foundation “Fete Cheval Etoile” at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Chester also made headlines this past month after competing his KWPN team at both Little Everglades Ranch and Live Oak International in Ocala, FL, and winning his division at both events.


Suzy Stafford secures the Intermediate Championship with PVF Peace of Mind at Little Everglades 2013.

DRIVING TO SUCCEED Following the Little Everglades International Combined Driving Event held February 21-24 in Dade City, FL, Suzy Stafford returned home with the tricolored championship ribbon in the Intermediate division with her own Morgan mare, PVF Peace Of Mind (Statesmans Signature x JPR Have Mercy), and was crowned the champion in the Preliminary division with J.P., a Hanoverian gelding owned by Diane Ameter. This is the first time Stafford and Peace Of Mind competed at the Intermediate level, winning dressage with a stellar score of 39.



Kudos to Gail Aumiller who was named 2012 Performance Driver by the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA). Her horse, Sjaantje Sport, didn’t do too shabby, either, being recognized as 2012 USEF Region 2 Friesian Driving Champion, 2012 USEF Friesian

Driving National Reserve Champion, and 2012 IFSHA ADS Open Friesian CDE Single Hitch Point Champion. Gail sadly reports that she had surgery on her rotator cuff in March, and had to cancel her spring driving events—however, she’ll be back in action by June!

attendees walked the two flagged hazards and watched Diane drive one of them; drove a 3-kilometer course marked around the property and out into the local park; and learned about possible adaptations in the sport of carriage driving from Walt Ashford.



Lindsay McCall wrote in telling us that the United States Driving for the Disabled’s (USDFD) driving clinic, held March 16 and 17 in Moorpark, CA, was a resounding success. Nine para-equestrians, including a youth driver, were in attendance at the event. Highlights included individual dressage lessons with Hardy Zantke and Jody Cutler on both days; walking a cones course while international Para-Equestrian World Champion Driver Diane Kastama gave a demonstration on it; and driving through the course with instruction from both Hardy and Jody. On Sunday, March 17, the

Chester Weber’s KWPN gelding

We are sad to report on the passing of former American Driving Society (ADS) board member, Mary Winter of Ames, IA. The owner of Three G Farms was a beloved teacher to many, and had worked in the public school system in Redwood Falls, MN, before obtaining her master’s degree at Pennsylvania State University and moving on to become a professor at Cornell University and then Iowa State University. In the driving community, she was well-known for the many driving activities that she hosted at her farm.

Chester Weber driving his KWPN team at Live Oak International. May 2013

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Stacey Giere, driving Bishop Field Dartmoors, Guy and Gale, in their Bowman Classic show harness with Bowman bits.


Western Reserve Carriage Association On the Sport of Traditional Driving SUBMITTED BY MARY THOMAS

MAY OFFERS PLENTY OF ACTION for Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA) members, beginning with the Sporting Day of Traditional Driving on Mother’s Day, May 12. At historic Zoar Village near Dover, OH, the event will provide participants a chance to show their traditional carriage turnout to judge Roger Murray of Tiffin, OH. Pictures will be taken during the turnout phase and presented to each driver.



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A cones field will challenge Sporting Day drivers to guide their equines neatly through the course. Both the turnout area and cones course will be located behind the old Zoar schoolhouse, which will also serve as the event office and lunch area for the day. However, the highlight of the day will be the country drive through restored 19th century Zoar, founded by communal-living German immigrants. Driving along the streets and alleys

of Zoar, turnouts will make five stops to perform tests. Can drivers execute a 180-degree turn, mail a letter, stop and back, discharge a passenger, or similar requests? Drivers will also pass the village garden, the site of a static display of antique carriages set up for viewing by Zoar visitors. Jon and Nancy Roemer, along with Henry Rish, Deb Svoboda, and Mary Thomas, urge members to participate, volunteer, or come to watch and enjoy a day out in the village. Lunch is included with the entry fee, and as a perk for the volunteers. All forms for participants and volunteers are on the website, Continuing with the traditional driving theme, WRCA members, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Bowman and son, Jacob, will entertain fellow members at an open house on May 25. Owners of Bowman Leather and Bits, they will open the doors of their new facility at 6705 Private Road 387, Millersburg, OH. Bowman Leather handcrafts beautiful custom-made carriage show harnesses, Saddlebred and Morgan fine harnesses, and show sets for road horses and ponies. Jacob has become a master of designing and producing custom-made bits for both carriage and show horses. WRCA members had the chance to work with Sterling Graburn on March 9-10 at Maple Crest Farm in Brecksville, OH. Graburn spent the first day working to improve drivers’ dressage skills and moved on to tips for better cones and hazard times on Sunday. These new skills were evident at the Ohio Arena Driving Trial (ADT), March 16, as several of the clinic drivers took home ribbons. Once again, WRCA members, Bob and Susan Burrows, put on a well-run event at Windy Knoll Farm in Sullivan, OH, for the 25 entrants. As membership in WRCA grows, it is with great sadness that we report the loss of one of our members, Fritz (Franklin A.) Backscheider, 82, of Batavia Township, OH. Fritz wasn’t just a member, but a wealth of knowledge about carriages, which he generously shared. He could always be asked to speak during learning sessions concerning how wheels should be cared for or how to fix a myriad of carriage problems. He volunteered at various events, including measuring wheels for Ohio ADT’s and the Ohio Combined Driving Event (CDE). He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Wanda Backscheider, and daughter, Beth Hery.



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Black Swamp Driving Club Kicks Off the Season This Month SUBMITTED BY ROGER HIGGINS JR.

DRIVE ON! THAT’S WHAT THE BLACK Swamp Driving Club (BSDC) is doing— driving on! Bring on the turnouts, and let’s get started! May is the kick-off month for the 2013 driving season. We have a lot of events and drives scheduled for the year. Here is the current list of drives and events already scheduled: May 4, Van Buren State Park, Van Buren, OH (confirmed); May 12, Zoar Village, Zoar, OH—This is an invitation with the Western Reserve; May 18, McCutchenville Inn Drive, McCutchenville, OH (confirmed); **May 31 – June 2, Carriage Round-up, Lexington, KY (canceled); 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); and October 19, Gillfillin Drive, Hites Log Cabin Drive, Kenton, OH (confirmed). **Please take note that the Carriage Round-up, scheduled for May 31 – June 2 in Lexington, KY, is canceled.

If anyone is interested in holding another drive or an event, please let the BSDC Board of Directors know so we can add it to the list. As you can see, we have many events scheduled, but it’s never too late to add one. 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. As we move into the new driving season, let’s address the importance of safety. Safety is one of the key factors in a successful driving season. Please make sure that the bases are covered before you leave for an event. Check, double check, and recheck. Have emergency numbers ready. Make sure safety kits are updated; make sure any updates to the carriage or other equipment are done before the last minute to avoid problems later. These are just a few reminders; there are many more. Everyone is involved with safety. If you see something that needs attention at a drive or event, speak up so it can be corrected. It’s better to say something and avoid a situation later. We need to look out for each other, and sometimes

The Higgins family covered wagon at a past Parker Bridge Drive in Upper Sandusky, OH.

things are just simply overlooked. We all like to have a great time, and safety is at the top of the list. The Black Swamp Driving Club has something going on for everyone. We have clinics, driving events, exhibitions, speakers, and we have experienced people in driving, as well as carriages and equipment. Our club takes part in other activities, such as carriage and horse auctions. At our meetings, wherever we might go, we usually update others with what we experienced at that event or what an item brought at an auction. When we communicate, it spreads valuable information about events that others might want to attend. When you have an event or a drive, please send pictures to me so I can add them to the article. 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.


Southern New England g Carriage Driving Association Presents its Calendar of Events SUBMITTED BY CATHERINE LUCE


ON MARCH 9, SOUTHERN NEW England Carriage Driving Association (SNECDA) held a Spring Tune-up for Carriages and Harness at Celtic Cross Farm in Dudley, MA. A business meeting and potluck luncheon followed Mike Tomany and Adrienne St. Cyr’s informative discussion. The club will also be hosting a number of other great events, including the following:

On April 20 there will be the Winning Spirit Driving Conference at the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton, MA. The SNECDA Arena Driving Trial (ADT) Clinic will be held April 27 at Highland Farm in Berlin, MA. August 3-4 will see the Celtic Cross Horse Driving Trial (HDT) take place in Dudley, MA. The judges will be John Greenall and Lisa Singer. Training,

Preliminary, and Intermediate levels will be offered, and this will be an American Driving Society (ADS)-sanctioned show. On September 22, the SNECDA Scurry at the Dickerson Ring will be held in Weston, MA. The SNECDA Pleasure Driving Show will take place October 13 at Celtic Cross Farm in Dudley, MA. The judge will be Jessica Axelsson. This will be an ADS-sanctioned show. And November 2 will be the Annual Fall Fun Drive at Sunsetview Campground in Monson, MA. We are looking for volunteers for the ADT, HDT, and the pleasure show. Please contact Cynthia Sauer at or mtomany@ May 2013

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Colonial Carriage g & Driving Society Holds Potluck Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, May 15, at Orleton Farm. This will be first barbecue of the season, held in celebration of National Carriage Driving Month. Cindy Tirrell and Tim Gabel will be our hosts. Start planning what favorite dish you will bring to share!


Upcoming Events ON MARCH 20, 32 COLONIAL Carriage & Driving Society (CCDS) members and guests gathered at Orleton Farm for the annual Potluck Dinner Meeting. A few people took advantage of the opportunity to sell/exchange/donate tack and turnout at the meeting, and business was brisk. A drawing was held for a gift certificate to the Barrington Brewery and Restaurant in Great Barrington, MA. Glenn Van Oort was the winner! Many thanks go out to Jennifer and Wayne Wilcox for hosting the meeting, and to the usual suspects who come early to get ready for the event (you know who you are!). The total number of members in the club is approaching 100, which would be a nice number for the 24th anniversary of the founding of Colonial Carriage next January. The annual meeting committee is already planning something special for the celebration.

At the meeting, there were announcements of many activities for drivers in the upcoming months. Members are encouraged to start collecting photographs from their equine adventures this year so the 2014 calendar committee will have a good selection. You can send them at any time through September to Kay Konove at, or by snail mail (we will return the photos) to Kay at P.O. Box 1593, Stockbridge, MA 01262. Speaking of adventures, a few members of the club had a great time at a recent meeting of the Litchfield Hills Driving Club. Dick Lahey conducted his famous Quiz Bowl—who would have thought that Carol, Debbi, Marilee, Kay, and Ron could remember so much trivia! They hope to bring Dick to Colonial Carriage later this year so the club can have the same experience. The next meeting will be on


Saratoga g Driving Association Holds Get Ready for Spring Conference SUBMITTED BY GINA HANDY

ON FEBRUARY 16, THE SARATOGA Driving Association (SDA) held its annual Get Ready for Spring Conference in Latham, NY. As usual, the planning committee for this event did an excellent job putting together the program and lining up a roster of interesting and informative speakers. Dana Bright, American Driving Society (ADS) judge, board member, and chairperson of the ADS Licensed Officials Committee, was first on deck and presented a topic called Planning for Success. “Success,” she said, ”is not a matter of luck—it takes planning.” One must not only identify a desired goal, but also identify—and then develop—the skills needed to reach 138 EQUINE


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that goal. That skill set does not include just knowing how to drive your horse, although that’s certainly a primary consideration. Skills like time management, organization, positive visualization, and memorization may also be necessary. Dana went on to discuss tips for preparedness and reducing stress, such as using packing lists, creating a routine for both you and your horse, and considering different scenarios ahead of time and having a solution in mind. As carriage drivers, we are all familiar with the necessity of carrying a whip at all times. It’s a simple but essential tool, and yet few of us are aware of its storied history. Carol Martin, president of Westfield Whip in Massachusetts, recti-

The 15th Annual Orleton Farm Combined Test & Pleasure Driving Show is set for June 14-16, 2013. Come join us as a competitor, volunteer, or spectator. You don’t need to be a member of the club, and no experience is necessary to volunteer. Contact Maureen Gamelli at 413-243-3407 or at The prize list is available at the club website, The Lenox Tub Parade, originally scheduled for September 14, will now be held on Saturday, September 21. Staging for the event will be at Shakespeare & Company again. The parade will be part of the What’s Out There Weekend, a national event in cooperation with the Cultural Landscape Foundation. We are looking for unusual vehicles put to parade-safe horses and ponies! Entries must be members of Colonial Carriage, so join or renew now so you won’t miss a single, exciting event in 2013!

fied that situation with her fascinating presentation on the evolution of whip making in the United States. At one time, there were about 40 whip manufacturers in the city of Westfield, employing about 80% of the city’s population. Of those, only Westfield Whip remains in operation today. Carol presented examples of whips in various stages of production and included samples of the various materials used, such as rattan, rawhide, and whalebone. While modern materials have eliminated some steps in the creation of a certified Westfield Whip, the basic method remains unchanged. Equine dentist and eventing competitor, Dr. Kraig Kulikowski, proved such a popular speaker last year that he was invited back to elaborate on his topic of dentistry for the performance horse. He used videos, still photos, and actual dentistry equipment to illustrate what is normal, types of defects, potential problems in the mouth, and how to establish a schedule for dental work based on your horse’s age, use, and other factors. He also went on to talk about bits—the

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different types, how they work, and the importance of a comfortable fit in the horse’s mouth. Al Craig started driving draft horses as a child in Maine, while logging with his father. Today, he is president of the Yankee Draft Horse Association and also acted as general manager of the Topsfield Fair for 20 years. Using family and show photos from his personal collection, he gave a delightful talk called Draft Horses—Then and Now, and he shared stories from his many years showing and working with draft horses. The last item on the schedule was a panel discussion entitled, Crash Course—Managing Equipment Failures, Bolts, Spills, Upsets, Rollovers, and Wrecks. Jeff Morse led the discussion, along with Barbara Akers, Susan Koso, Marc Johnson, Dana Bright, and Holly Pulsifer. Two sobering videos of serious accidents led to a lively discussion of what to do and what not to do when faced with accidents and runaways. Although every accident is different, there are some universal guidelines on what to do, such as establish priorities (humans, horses, property), summoning useful help (for instance, EMTs to deal with trauma situations), and trying not to make the situation worse than it already is. In other words, if you aren’t competent to help in an accident, don’t try! Of course, any discussion of SDA’s conference would be incomplete without mentioning the efforts of our wonderful volunteers, Eileen Van Oort and Joan Ann Handy, who make sure that everyone stays well-fed and watered throughout the day. Thanks must also go to D.D. Rapps, Saratoga Horseworks, Masterpiece Studio, Taborton Equine Books, and the many other vendors who donated items for our raffle. See you all next year.

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Western news BRINGING HOME THE BLUE Shawn Flarida Reiners sends its congratulations to Katsy Leeman on winning her very first National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Limited Non Pro class on Gallo Del Rojo at the Florida Classic in Tampa, FL.


ROCKIN’ RODEO The 18th annual Marion Rodeo will be held June 14-15 at the Ralph Eagle Memorial Arena in Marion, AL. According to rodeo co-chair, Jennifer Hoggle, it will feature “Mutton Bustin’” and “Little Wranglers” activities for children before the main event begins at 7:30 each evening. All proceeds will be donated to the crisis fund of the Perry County Fire Association.

TEAM SPIRIT After an interesting series of events at the UConn Club Sports meeting, the UConn Western Riding Team is happy to announce that they finally are a recognized UConn Club Sport! This means more funding for travel, entry fees, tack, and more! A huge thank you goes out to their fabulous E-Board members that worked hard putting together an application, financial report, and PowerPoint presentation on such short notice.

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Association (NCHA) is launching a new type of show in 2013, the NCHA Affiliate Grass Roots Cutting, to give members and affiliates a cost-effective way to increase their cutting participation. For affiliates, the new format offers flexibility, a nominal approval fee, and no entry fee percentages submitted to NCHA. Cutters receive recognition by having the show results published online, and their earnings count toward Achievement Buckles and toward a plaque presented when a rider receives $1,000 in earnings in approved classes.

AWARDING EXCELLENCE In conjunction with the 40th anniversary of America’s most prestigious college equestrian competition, organizers of the 2013 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships, May 2-5, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, are delighted to announce the debut of the EquestrianCoach. com Achievement of Excellence

Award in both Open Hunter Seat and Open Reining classes. This is sponsored by and Bernie Traurig, and it offers starstudded internships with World Equestrian Games Reining Gold Medalist, Tim McQuay.

IN SEARCH OF… National Cutting Horse Association, the world governing body for the sport of cutting, has secured Jim Harlan, president and CEO of MJM Global Search, Inc., to assist in efforts to fill the position of executive director of the more than 16,000-member organization. A timetable has been established to secure an individual by early summer.

NON PRO CHAMP Dianna Helm and Cat In The Night, claimed their eighth title with 220 points in the Arbuckle Mountain Non Pro Futurity. In addition, Helm took the reserve championship with 219 points aboard Boons Playin, which also secured the Four-Year-Old Non Pro Novice Championship for her.

HITTING THE SUNSHINE STATE The Western Dressage Association® of America (WDAA) is excited to announce its recognition of yet another state affiliate, the Western Dressage Association of Florida. Western dressage enthusiasts from every part of the state have worked together to bring a unique flair and great excitement to the discipline and their new affiliate. Respected trainer, clinician, and longtime western dressage supporter, Lynn Palm, and her husband, Cyril Pittion-Rossillon, even hosted the organizing group’s kick-off event! Western dressage activities from clinics to shows are already popping up all over Florida.

ENDLESS OKLAHOMA SKY The NRHA has signed a Letter of Agreement, extending the current contract for their NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North


Trevor and Rick Steed execute a sliding stop during their reining freestyle performance at the Challenge of the Americas Gala to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

We are sad to report the passing of Picasso By Q (Boomer), who was owned by Carly Veldman of Colbert, GA. The 18-year-old gelding was by halter stallion, Quorum, and had an astounding 7,283 points. He was also a 17-time American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World and Reserve World Champion in a variety of events ranging from working hunter to western riding. He was a true all-around horse that could compete and win in every event.

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western American Affiliate Championship Show. The event will remain at State Fair Park, in Oklahoma City, through the year 2018. This is the most recent equine event to extend its relationship with Oklahoma City and State Fair Park, following in the footsteps of the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show and the American Quarter Horse Youth Association’s World Show.

LIGHT HANDS The seventh annual Light Hands Horsemanship Clinic and Symposium will be held at Intrepid Farms in California’s beautiful and historic Santa Ynez Valley, near the coastal town of Santa Barbara. Developed by Intrepid Farms’ owner, Arthur Perry, after he saw Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Lester Buckley, Jon Ensign, and Dr. Robert Miller perform and present at an international horsemanship expo in Brazil in 2006, the event has brought widespread acclaim and attracts an audience from across the U.S. and the world. Presenters at the 2013 gathering on May 30 to June 2, 2013, are the four original clinicians. Dr. Robert Miller is loved and respected worldwide for his equine behavior lectures, books, videos, and devotion to natural horsemanship.

MILLION DOLLAR MAGNUM Magnum Chic Dream (Smart Chic Olena x Sailin Barbee) recently reached another milestone in his career by becoming the NRHA 12th Two Million Dollar Sire. Owned by Viola Scott, the 17-year-old sorrel American Quarter Horse currently stands at Cedar Ridge Stallion Station in Whitesboro, TX.

TRAIN THE TRAINERS™ The WDAA announces that the Western Dressage Association® of Colorado will sponsor the second Train the Trainers™ clinic and seminar in Castle Rock, CO, on May 7-8, 2013. The purpose of the program is to educate those professionals who want to learn how to train and clinic western dressage.

Horse and American Paint Horse associations, HBF Iron Man is exhibiting the value of mares bred to him, as his foals are winning in a multitude of events in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), APHA, Pinto Horse Association of America (PtHA), National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA), United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), and United States Dressage Federation (USDF) competitions.

MOUNT HOLYOKE SHOWS ‘EM UP When the Mount Holyoke College Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Western Team shows up to compete,

boy, do they show up! Taking the region by storm again this season, they are regional champions, now three years in a row. This year, it earned them a trip to the IHSA Western Semi Finals, hosted by Cal Poly, and held at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in California, March 23-24, 2013. For the past two years, Mount Holyoke has sent at least one rider to the IHSA Nationals as well. Coach Kelli Wainscott took over the reins as coach in November of 2010 and is very proud and honored to be a part of such a growing sport that encompasses her passion for riding and showing.

MAN OF THE HOUR Robin DeGraff and DeGraff Stables, Inc., of Midway, KY, co-owners of HBF Iron Man since 2006, are pleased to announce the purchase of the 50% interest from Celeste Fender of Honey Bear Farm to attain full ownership of the five-time American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Champion and multiple world championship-winning sire. Holding dual registration with the American Quarter

Mount Holyoke College’s graduating seniors: Juliann Gilchrist, Melissa White, and Leslie Whip (not pictured is Katie Guarino).

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Guy McLean Wins in Spectacular Style


AUSTRALIAN HORSEMAN AND clinician, Guy McLean, struggled to hold back the tears as he thanked Road to the Horse Producer, Tootie Bland, and all those who had helped him accomplish his dreams of a second World Championship of Colt Starting. Guy McLean was not the only one struggling to hold back the tears. A sold-out crowd in the Alltech® Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park was on its feet in applause, doing the exact same thing. Fellow competitors, Dan James, Obbie Schlom, and Sarah Winters made it a photo finish as the event made the move from Murfreesboro, TN, to Lexington, KY, for the very first time. Cowgirls Obbie Schlom and Sarah Winters were placing

first and second after the first two rounds of the competition. Winters was the first competitor to tackle the Obstacle Challenge, and with style and grace, she displayed amazing horsemanship. She set the bar high and was the second competitor to ever ride a colt through the Obstacle Challenge in a halter, the first person being her father, 2009 Road to the Horse Champion, Richard Winters. Schlom made her mark as a young and talented cowgirl, displaying patience and skill as she guided her 6666 Ranch gelding through each test. Dan James had a gelding that tested his horsemanship skills through the Obstacle Challenge, and like a true horseman, James put the best

interests of the horse first. Saturday night, the floor of the Alltech Arena opened for a RAM® Truck Tailgate Party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Road to the Horse. Many past competitors of the event attended the celebration, including Clinton Anderson, Curt Pate, Craig Cameron, Stacy Westfall, Martin Black, Chris Cox, Mike Kevil, Tommy Garland, Ken McNabb, Glenn Stewart, and Jonathan Field. Past competitors and sponsors donated personal items to be auctioned at the celebration to assist the Equine Services for Heroes™ Program at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, with a goal of raising $10,000. Sunday afternoon, event producer, Tootie Bland, was honored to present Central Kentucky Riding for Hope with a check for $97,000, thanks to the generosity and kindness of those at the celebration. For more information, visit May 2013

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Connecticut Trail Rides Association Offers a Quick Riding Season Recap and Looks Ahead SUBMITTED BY KIM DORE

HERE’S A QUICK RUNDOWN OF Connecticut Trail Rides Association (CTRA) news from January through April. January 6 was the first meeting of the year. March 29 was the official start of a new Hours Ridden program, initiated by member Carrie Torsiello. The program runs from March 29 through October 27 and is open to CTRA members only. The program will run on the honor system, and only hours spent trail riding are eligible. An award will be given at the end of the year at the annual banquet in November for the member with the most accumulated hours of trail riding. Contact Carrie at 860-307-4391 or at for more information and to let her know you are planning on participating. April 13-14, 2013, was the official trailclearing weekend. Those participating were to show up at Camp Boardman prepared to do some brush and tree trimming. Hot beverages and doughnuts were provided. April 27-28 was the official opening of Camp Boardman for the 2013 camping season. Camp opening was an official lot-holding weekend. May 4 and 5 is the official camp cleanup weekend. There will be hot beverages and doughnuts to start the day. Start time is at 9:00 a.m. If you have any questions regarding camp opening or camp cleanup, please contact Camp Director, Larry Adkins, at 860-482-6445, or CTRA President, Gigi Ouellette, at 203-515-0174. Although there is no official ride scheduled, anyone who would like to join CTRA Secretary, Kim Dore, for a leisurely ride in White Memorial Foundation on either May 11 or 12, 2013, (Mother’s Day weekend) is welcome to contact Kim at 860-309-4507 or at secretary@ On May 18-19, 2013, there will be 142 EQUINE


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an Open House weekend at Camp Boardman. This will be a free camping weekend for all attending. This weekend event is to encourage new memberships and use of the camp. Please note that volunteers are needed to help greet potential members, lead riders on short trail rides from camp, and answer questions about the club. To help make this weekend a success or to make reservations, contact Kim Dore at 860-309-4507 or at May 24 through May 27 will be the Memorial Day weekend at Camp Boardman! Saturday night, there will be a potluck supper at 6:00 p.m., with a general meeting to follow at about 7:00 p.m. Hosts for the potluck are Gigi Ouellette, Patti Crowther, Patti Kenefic, Olga Agostini, Karen Dilger, Lynn Gogolya, Cathy Crouse, and Kim Dore. Supper will include two meats, salad, potato salad, macaroni salad, fruit salad, coffee, and desserts. Sunday will feature a Pancakes Plus breakfast, hosted by Karen Dilger, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. There are no official rides scheduled, but there are always riders coming and going on this holiday weekend into the trails of Mohawk Forest. This is an official lotholder weekend. From May 31 through June 2, there will be a 50/50 Benefit Trail Ride and camping weekend at Camp Boardman. The proceeds of this fundraiser will be split between CTRA and the U.S. Wild Horse and Burro Association (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 is $50 per participant and can be paid by the participant, by pledges, or by a combination of both. For details and forms, contact Kim Dore (CTRA Secretary and USWHBA

Vice-President) at 860-309-4507 or at Deadline for entrees is May 15, 2013. June 8-9 and June 15-16 are open weekends with no rides currently scheduled. Please contact Kim Dore if you would like to host a ride on either of these weekends or on other dates. June 22 is a full moon ride from Camp Boardman. Riders should meet at camp at 6:00 p.m. for a potluck pizza party, and the ride is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. Bring flashlights and/or headlamps if you have them. Reservations are requested by June 20 and can be made by contacting Kim Dore. June 23 will be the White Memorial Ride, starting from Berkshire Livery Stable in Morris, CT. Riders are to meet at 10:30 a.m., and the ride is scheduled to start by 11:00 a.m. Trails will include groomed carriage roads, as well as dirt roads in the connecting reservoir. Bring a bag lunch and beverage. Contact Kim Dore, ride host, by June 22. We hope to see some new faces, as well as old ones, at camp and out on the trails. Remember to help out, volunteer, and participate in CTRA events, and most of all—enjoy your four-legged riding partner! We wish you all the best of health, wealth, happiness, and good weather!



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Ohio Arabian & All Breed Trail Society Discusses Trail Riding Etiquette SUBMITTED BY MICKIE NEWNAM

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, RIDE season will be in full swing. Since that’s the case, and since I don’t have a whole lot of other news yet, I’ll go through my annual etiquette article. First off, setting up camp. We’re fortunate that our sports allow us a lot of flexibility in how we care for our horses and ourselves. But, please do be courteous when setting up your camp. If pulling in next to another rider, leave space between the campsites for passage. Of course, we have a few sites where that can be difficult due to space. So, in those instances (for example, when we’ve had rides at Alum creek, which has a small campground), please keep your camp small to ensure that everyone will be able to fit in. In a perfect world, we’d all be able to get to camp early and have a relaxing time setting up, vetting in, etc. Since this is not a perfect world, that doesn’t always happen. Work and school schedules sometimes dictate that we have to arrive later than we’d like. If this happens, please check in as soon as you can, and if vetting is underway, vet in also. Setting up can be done as darkness falls, but vetting in at that time is difficult. It’s very frustrating for judges to see someone who has been in camp for two hours come wandering up for vetting just as they’re ready to head

off to supper as daylight is waning. Be courteous to your volunteers. That’s one thing we don’t usually have to worry about; we’re a friendly bunch. The radio club Morgan Loomis (R) with the year-end award for A that I use for Abi-Khan+ has told me Perfect Angel, a.k.a. The Devil’s Handmaiden. a number of times that it is their favorite event, largely due to the courtesy and friendliness of the riders. At other events, some people thank them, but at Abi-Khan+, it’s very rare for a rider not to say thanks. They do appreciate it. In any event, remember that without volunteers, the sport would come to a grinding halt. Also, please remember that we do share the trails with pleasure riders. Slow down when approaching, and remember to smile and say hi. You Shannon Loomis (R) with the year-end award for can’t buy that kind of public relaQuest for Star, a.k.a. Satan’s Butler. tions. Unfortunately, distance riders (endurance in particular) have a bad reputation for blasting down the trail with The same goes for newcomers to the no regard for anything else. I think we’re sport. Please remember that their horses changing that since, as I said before, we’re may not be used to being passed at a trot a friendly bunch and that shows. But, a or canter like ours, so ask for trail and second or two of saying hello, complislow down to pass. menting a horse, etc., can go a long way Those are the basics. If anyone has any toward making a good impression. And, other etiquette pointers they want to pass who knows, if the other riders see us along, feel free to email me at akela83@ having so much fun, they may decide to try a ride for themselves. Hope to see you all on the trail!


Vermont Equine q Riding & Driving Association Offers Exciting Distance Events in 2013 SUBMITTED BY WENDY BEJARANO PHOTOS: MICKIE NEWNAM

WHAT AN EXCITING VENUE VERMONT Equine Riding & Driving Association (VERDA) has lined up for May! We start the season with a three-day “almost anything you want” weekend on Mother’s Day weekend, May 11. We are offering a

Competitive Trail Ride and Endurance Clinic on Friday, May 10, at 5:00 p.m., at the Cornish Fair Grounds in Cornish, NH. If you are interested in distance riding but want to know more before you start, this is the place to be. You

may even bring your horse, and after the clinic, sign up for the next day’s entrylevel ride, a 15-mile conditioning distance ride (CDR). There will also be a 25-mile competitive trail ride (CTR), known as the Brown Bag 25. On Sunday, we offer a 30-mile limited distance endurance ride (LD), as well as a 50-mile endurance ride known as the Bare Bones 50. There is plenty of room for camping, plus there are a few stalls available. We have a snack shack, serving anything from breakfast sandwiches to burgers and hot dogs, throughout the weekend for a very

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VERDA continued from page 143 reasonable price. Hot showers and trailer electrical hookups are also available! For those of you just learning about distance riding, here is a brief description of these events. A competitive distance ride is a marked trail of 10 to 40 miles, to be competed in 1.5 hours to 7.25 hours, respectively. A veterinary judge, along with a lay judge, will do a brief examination of your horse, checking legs, tack area, hydration, and muscle tone. Then, you will be asked to trot your horse in hand for a soundness and way-of-going evaluation. This will be repeated after the specified distance has been ridden, and any changes will be noted. The horse with the least changes wins. Of course, everyone wins, because you just spent the better part of your day riding your horse on a fun trail! Endurance rides are very similar, although it is the fastest horse that wins. There is no minimum time allowed, but there are maximum times: seven hours and 15 minutes for 30 miles, and 12 hours for 50 miles. Again, you will be asked to present your horse to a vet judge before and after the ride, as well as during mandatory rest periods, usually called holds. At the hold, your ride time continues until your horse reaches the heart rate required by the veterinarian, usually 60 to 64 beats per minute. After

you cross the finish line, you have a specified time allowed, usually 30 minutes to one hour, to present your horse to the vet judge where completion criteria must be met. These requirements include soundness, pulse rate, respiration, and wounds. The motto of the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) is “To Finish is to Win,” and most riders competing in endurance enjoy the partnership with their horse and ride to their best abilities. Completion is everything! VERDA is happy to offer these and many more distance events throughout the year. See our full schedule at VERDA. org. There are two big additions this year for each sport. Our new three-day, 100-mile CTR will be included in points for the Florida Cup Trophy. This trophy is awarded to the horse-and-rider team that finishes with the highest score in three of the 100-mile CTRs on the East Coast. These include the: Florida 100, Virginia 100, North Carolina 100, New Jersey 100, VERDA 100, and the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) Vermont 100. For endurance, VERDA is offering a Triple Crown Award for any horse-and-rider team who successfully completes any distances at each of our three endurance events: the Bare Bones in May, Moonlight in Vermont in July, and GMHA’s endurance ride in October. So, plan to join us and get out there and ride! More resources are available at,, and

Casey Thompson and Magen Meldrum.

Suzette Fegan at the 2011 Brown Bag Ride.


Bay y State Trail Riders Association SUBMITTED BY LISA GRIGAITIS

BAY STATE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION (BSTRA) is planning its National Trails Day Ride on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the Greenbriar parking area adjacent to Army Corps of Engineers, Hodges Village Dam, in North Oxford, MA. Why is there such a big celebration of National Trails Day? That is because, if there was just one day of the year that defined what BSTRA is all about, it is National Trails Day! National Trails Day exists to 144 EQUINE


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encourage all Americans to get outside, connect with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments, as well as federal land management agencies, to experience, appreciate, and celebrate trails—the natural places where they can find scenery, peace, happiness, and health. Dedicated volunteers, outdoor enthusiasts, trail lovers, and those new to the outdoors are all key ingredients to National Trails Day (NTD). It’s a

National Trails Day Ride, 2011.

time to give back to trails and introduce new people to the outdoors. In 2012 more than 157,000 trail


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enthusiasts participated in 2,176 registered National Trails Day (NTD) events nationwide, and 21,400 volunteers contributed their labor—worth more than $2 million. More than 1,291 miles of trail were maintained or constructed by volunteer groups. Participants hiked or walked 375,000 miles, paddled 33,000 miles, rode horseback for 11,000 miles, and biked 200,000 miles. There are two ways to participate:

(1) pay the $25 registration fee to participate—$10 for age 12 and under, $10 for lunch only or (2) ride free. Get your NTD papers in advance and collect tax deductible sponsor contributions for Massachusetts trail improvements. There is no registration fee when you collect $50 or more on your NTD papers. The eight participants bringing in the largest dollar amount in sponsor contributions will each be awarded

generous prize packages for their efforts. I have been working with member Darlene Falcone on some new T-shirts and sweatshirts for the club. We are hoping by the time you read this issue, we will have them for sale. We will have a great new look and a nice variety of colors. Please be on the lookout for our new apparel. Happy Trails.


West Greenwich Horseman’s Association 2013 Ride Season is Here! SUBMITTED BY TAMMY LAMPHERE


CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE, WGHA. org/ri, to get the latest updates to the ride schedule. Back in December, West Greenwich Horseman’s Association (WGHA) held its annual Christmas party at Lu and Mike Grafe’s house. This is the party of the season. We started with our monthly meeting, and then went straight to the buffet. The WGHA members attending bring in most of the food, but Lu and Mike are always cooking and decorating to make the party excellent! After we were full with dinner and dessert, we headed over to gather under the Christmas tree, where all the gifts were, and we played the Santa swap. Of course, the ugly necklace showed up! A big WGHA thank you goes to our president and vice-president, Lu and Mike, respectively, for opening their home to all.

On March 10, 2013, WGHA held its monthly meeting. This one is important, because it is for nominations and voting of the club officers. Here are the results after the ballots were counted: president, LuAnn Grafe; vice-president, Linda Krul; secretary, Sandy Andrews; and treasurer, George Riddick. Results for the other departments were: Miles Program, Joye Dolan; and Equine Journal articles, Tammy Lamphere. I wanted to write a special thank you to Mike Grafe for the 12 years of sitting on the board as vice president. I, along with all WGHA members, will miss his ability to keep everything calm and on track. Mike will still be part of WGHA and will always be Lu’s right hand man at all her hunter paces and all of the other rides she hosts. I would like to thank Marisa Stewart for stepping in when we had a vacant seat for

Becky Griffin and Fire.

Lory Walsh and Kit.

secretary. I would also like to thank Mariann Gardener for all the time and organization she put into our Miles Program. WGHA welcomes both Linda and Sandy on board. The meeting welcomed three new members. Lisa Gibbs, from North Carolina, brought her two horses—a Thoroughbred/Paint and an Arabian. Dana Brown joined the club with her two horses—a Belgian and a Quarter Horse. And, Linda King, who is from Virginia, loves camping and trail riding with her two Quarter Horses. We have 101 members for 2013! Our endurance rider member, Kathryn Gardner, has some exciting news, as reprinted from a clip from the WGHA newsletter by Marisa Stewart. “Katherine Gardener came to our last meeting and showed us her beautiful gold medal she won in the North East American Challenge for Young Riders. The 75-mile ride took place in Kentucky, and she competed against riders from all over the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and elsewhere. She rode the 75 miles in six hours and 11 minutes (in addition, there was a total of three hours

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West Greenwich Horseman’s Assoc. continued from page 145 of ‘holds’ during this ride to rest the horse and rider, and to assure that the horse could continue; the clock stops for these ‘hold’ periods). Katherine is now qualified to compete in world events, the next being in France. All she needs is to be picked to compete. Good luck Katherine, and let us know how things go.” WGHA donated two gates for the riding ring at Goddard Park. We purchased the gates from Allies Tack and Feed in North Kingstown, RI. Hopefully, those ponies will stay put! WGHA will be 30 years old next year, and a few of the members have gotten together to start planning a party! No details are available yet, but if you have any ideas or want to join the party planners, give Celeste or Linda a call. On March 17, 2013, WGHA had a Daylight Savings/Saint Paddy’s Day Ride. Linda and Celeste hosted the ride at Pachaug. The weather was a bit chilly, but the turnout was excellent. Over 20 horses and riders came for a great day. The horses were all good, considering it was the first ride of the season, and they were ready! LuAnn Grafe, our president, has had a very sad winter, and she wanted everyone to know how much the cards and well wishes meant to her. Things are getting better. She and Faith will be flying down the trails this summer! Quote of the Month: “In training, there is a fine line, but a big difference, between doing something with a horse or doing something to a horse.”—Mark Rashid



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CONGRATULATIONS TO SUZY STAFFORD OF Aiken, SC, and Coatesville, PA, for her strong performance at Live Oak International. She and TTE Tea Time (Chub Lake Tea Time x Dancer Of The Dance), a 2004 black Morgan gelding owned by Wendy O’Brien, took top honors in the FEI Single Pony division. For more on Live Oak, turn to page 96.




Chris and Larry Cassenti, of Chrislar Farm in Rowley, MA, announced the arrival of their new staff member, Nicole Grainger. The Cassentis have known Nicole since she was a young girl showing her own Morgans. She graduated from the University of Vermont (UVM) and has been employed in both the horse and business worlds. She worked at UVM Morgan Horse Farm for four years, where she did everything from breeding, foaling, starting foals, breaking young horses to drive and ride, and riding in the show ring. She also taught UVM apprentice students. Nicole has experience teaching and training in all seats.

Olivia Bingham purchased Victory’s Lolita (Saddleback Sealect x Lily Langtry). The mare was owned by Melissa and Rachel Berry of Salem, MA. Melissa and Rachel purchased Claim To Fame (Beethoven x Elegant Heir). The nine-year-old gelding was owned by Sandra Tartaglinone. Both teams will show under the Chrislar Farm banner.

DRIVE WITH JEFF MORSE Jeff Morse will be conducting a carriage driving clinic at Winterwood Farm in Ballston Spa, NY, on June 1. Drivers of all skill levels are welcome. Whether you need help with a

specific problem, want to make sure you have thee right fit with your haarness and vehicle, or jusst want to come in for a ttune-up before your neext show, this is the clinic for you. Jeff is a nationallly-known trainer, co ompetitor and clinician with several decades’ w worth of experience, w and his expertise is aalways in high demand. Jeeff also works on the boards of the American b Driving Society and D tthe United States Equestrian Federation E ((USEF) Morgan Committee. If you are C interested in a private lesson with Jeff, please lesso contact Gina Handy at gina., or at 518-583-4316.

more than 70,000, a local club sponsor must have been in attendance at the event over the past three years, and there must be a breed demonstration using Morgans in a live presentation or performance. If more than one local club petitions for money at these events, the money will be split. Support is $500. Smaller trade shows must have club involvement and must have at least one Morgan on display. Support is $250. Funding is not always available, but the AMHA will try to accommodate your club the best it can. Applications must be submitted at least 60 days before the event. AMHA clubs may order AMHA retail items at a discount of cost plus 20 percent. For more information, visit or call 802-985-4944.


Morgan owner and awardwinning author, Ellen Feld, announced her newest book, Justin Morgan and the Big Horse Race. The story recounts the historic race between Justin Morgan and two “running horses.” The story introduces this famous race through

Two more foals were born on Bill Haines’ Ledyard Farms in King Ferry, NY. Farm manager, Rebecca Cooper, says there are now two colts and one filly. The second one foaled is a bay colt by Astronomicallee out of Mendon Belle Amie. The third is a bay filly, who is by HVK Bell Flaire and out of Tempted.


AMHA SUPPORT Did you know the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) offers funding to AMHArecognized clubs wishing to participate in local horse expos and trade shows? For major trade shows, with an attendance of

Olivia Bingham purchased Victory’s Lolita and will show under the direction of Chrislar Farm. May 2013

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LADY LIBERTY 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.

A HELPING HAND The United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Ribbons of Service Program is a shared-commitment program that encourages riders to show an American Saddlebred, Arabian, Half-Arabian, Morgan, or National Show Horse in saddle seat equitation competitions, and encourages donors to pledge funds for charity for each class in which the rider shows. The rider is not only responsible for raising

the funds, but for performing community service as part of his or her own contribution to the effort. In 2013, the UPHA Ribbons of Service Program will once again be open to all junior exhibitors who wish to participate in fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or another approved charity. However, for a rider to be eligible to win scholarships or prizes, he or she must compete in two saddle seat equitation classes in a saddle seat riding suit. UPHA Ribbons of Service Chairwoman, Helen Robertson,

Massachusetts Morgan Horse Association Celebrates Members’ Successes at Annual Awards Banquet BY CHRIS CASSENTI

THE ANNUAL MASSACHUSETTS Morgan Horse Association (MMHA) Awards Banquet was held on March 9, 2013 at the Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, MA. The location, banquet facility, meals, and awards were just perfect. The banquet was well attended by a number of equestrians, who were

Nick Roberts presents Kayla Candage with the Outstanding Youth of the Year Award.



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awarded ribbons and prizes for their successes in the 2012 show season, from English Pleasure to Park Harness divisions and everything in between. Additionally, everyone enjoyed Melissa Morrell’s “Trivia Contest” and enthusiasm announcing awards. Patsy Lloyd’s own White Mud Dixie

said, “I challenge all of you who have riders to get them involved. Help us show the general public that showing horses—where these riders learn sportsmanship, hard work and dedication—also teaches our youths to give back to their communities and to develop the leadership skills that will serve us all well in the years to come.” For more information about the UPHA Ribbons of Service Program, visit uphaonline. com/ribbonsofservice.html, or contact Helen Robertson at or call her at 502-802-6777.

Dance King, trained by Sebring Stables, was honored with the distinguished MMHA Horse of the Year Award. Although they were not in attendance, Sue Therrien and Dorren Babcock were the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award; and representing the youth equestrians in the club, Kayla Candage earned the Outstanding Youth of the Year Award, presented to her by Nick Roberts. In other club news, the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show will be held August 13-17, 2013 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. The theme for 2013 is “Cartoon Characters.” For a full list of the MMHA year-end award winners and more information on the upcoming show season, visit

Patsy Lloyd displays the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Association Horse of the Year Award.


the use of talking horses and heart-pounding action. Meet Justin Morgan and his friends in the hills of Vermont, and see who will win the race! The book will be available in July of 2013.

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Great Speakers, p , Great Events, and a Great Time At the AMHA Annual Convention LOTS OF MORGAN FUN AND EXCITEment took place at the 2013 American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Annual Convention. This annual gathering of Morgan members and enthusiasts took place February 21-23 in Portland, OR, at The Benson Hotel. Some of the highlights of the week included a farm tour to a local champion Morgan farm, Illahee, as well as a Parade of Pacific Northwest Stars. Informational and educational seminars included the topics of cowboy dressage, western dressage, saddle fitting, Morgan history, and a three-part extreme trail riding seminar with Mark Bolender. At the AMHA Annual Meeting of

Members, Sara Foy, of Kingston, NH, and Cindy Mugnier, of Belchertown, MA, were re-elected to represent Region 1; Sharon Skelly, of Byron, NY, was re-elected to represent Region 2; and Linnea Sidi, of Loveland, CO, was re-elected to represent Region 9. Ann Scussell, of Pittstown, NJ, was elected to represent the Region 2 seat vacated by Kathy Newcomb. And, Ling Fu Wylie, of Saint Peters, MO, was elected over Bill Pettis to serve as a Director at Large. More than $70,000 was earned at the annual AMHA/World Morgan Futurity Stallion Service Auction. The overall top-winning bid went to Dragonsmeade

Axios for $5,900, who went to Margaret Gladstone. Dianne Lents bid $4,000 for Mizrahi; Gaeton Lorino paid $3,425 for Graycliff Tony GCH; and David Helmuth was the top bidder on Dragonsmeade Icon for $3,300. The cover of the December 2013 issue of The Morgan Horse magazine went to William Haines for $3,000. Net income following expenses from this auction will be distributed to the AMHA Marketing Program, World Morgan Futurity, AMHA regional shows, the AMHA Show Grant Program, and AMHA’s marketing and promotions. Longtime Morgan supporters were recognized before the Morgan community on Friday, February 22, for their dedication to the breed at the annual Awards Banquet. The 2014 AMHA Convention will take place February 20-22 in Raleigh, NC. For more information, visit


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CONNECTICUT MORGAN HORSE Association (CMHA) held its Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on February 23 at the Nutmeg Restaurant in East Windsor, CT. Over 60 members attended the event. During the Annual Meeting, Kristina Vine was elected as the club’s new secretary. Megan Thompson and Stacey Stearns were elected as new board members. The club held a silent auction with many wonderful items donated by members and other organizations. The funds raised from the auction support our college scholarship for members. In addition to the year-end awards given in many divisions, the club also presented several special awards at the banquet. CMHA board member, Yvette Wall, was selected as Connecticut Morgan Horse Association Person of the Year. In addition to serving on our board, Yvette plays a vital role on the committees for the Connecticut Morgan Horse Show and the Connecticut Summer Finale Horse Show. We truly appreciate

everything that she does for the club. CMHA also recognized Sandra Johnson, who donated her time when she judged the Connecticut Summer Finale Horse Show. The Sue Brander Sport Horse Scholarships were awarded to Megan Thompson and Kris Pollock. Megan rides in competitive trail and endurance, and Kris rides jumpers. CMHA holds a youth essay contest every year, so that our younger members can share their thoughts on the Morgan breed. This year’s topic was “My Favorite Memory with a Morgan Horse.” Suzy Lucine and Stephen Kinney judged the essays, and the winners were announced at the banquet. First prize was awarded to Lauren Marshall, second to Lauren Santoro, and third to Nicole Bobbi. Everyone enjoyed the evening, and we would like to thank the people who made the CMHA banquet possible: Shannon Santoro, Terry Titus, Will Filosi, Bill Wilbur, Johnna Chenail, Kristina

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Arabian news C Congratulations to Kristie and JJason Putt, of Augusta, GA, on tthe birth of their daughter, Emma Kate Putt, on February E 25, 2013. We can’t wait to 2 ssee this little lady in the ssaddle soon!


MARCH BROUGHT THE BIRTH OF A BIG BAY COLT, COLT named Legend, out of Arabian mare, Elisha Mariah, by the Andalusian stallion, Mateo R, at The 4-13 Ranch.



Congratulations to Pam Magro of Connecticut on the purchase of HHF Ali Azar Casanova (SI Prince Ali Shiraz x Silvern Rapture) from Horses on the Hill Farm Arabians and the Bonenfant family.

Miranda Kuchera, a longtime Arabian horse owner and competitor, just finished a successful art show at the Westmoreland Museum of Art. It was her first combined show, and now she is preparing for a solo exhibition at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. The senior art major at Seton Hill rides her Anglo-Arabian gelding, RA Peaceinyourheart, at Stone Hollow Sport Horses.

BELLE OF THE BALL Midwest congratulates HRH Sheikh Ammar Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi on his purchase of the unanimous Scottsdale Champions Yearling Filly, Bella Vitorio ORA (Marwan x Anna Maria BHF).

ENGAGED! Congratulations to Kayla Mills and Doug Chapell of Cloverdale, British Columbia, on their recent engagement! Kayla is known for her countless victory passes aboard the Zodiac Matador grandson, LBF Wildcard. 152 EQUINE


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AWARD WINNING Eleanor Hamilton, of Eleanor’s Arabians, was recently honored with the Arabian Professional and Amateur Horseman’s Association (APAHA) Distinguished Service Award and the Amateur Working Western Rider of the Year.

T Arabian Horse Association The ((AHA) and the Ranch Sorting National Championships N ((RSNC) announced an agreement to develop joint m programs to attract horse p eenthusiasts to RSNC and AHA ccompetitions. Glenn Petty, Executive Vice President at E AHA, stated, “Ranch sorting is A eenjoying immense popularity. TThe ranch sorting organization was only formed six years ago w aand now has 18,000 members.” AHA will hold a judged exhibiA tion competition at the 2013 U.S. National Arabian & Half Arabian Championship Horse Show, October 18-26, 2013, in Tulsa, OK.

SO SUBLIME Congratulations to LJS Sublime (Scimitar x BA April’s Folly) on being named 2012 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Champion Horse of the Year in Amateur Training & First Level Dressage, plus United States Dressage Federation (USDF) All-Breed Awards in Open and Amateur. He was bred by Marie Emrey (Lazy J Sport Horses) and is owned and shown by Amy Ayres. They won three First Level Adult Amateur To Ride classes at Scottsdale in addition to winning Sport Horse In Hand Amateur To Handle Reserve Champion!

DANCING FOR JOY A big congratulations to Stone Hollow rider, Kelly Yoder, of

Ligonier, PA, on the purchase of the multi-national champion, Riverr Dance, from Ricci and Stephanie Desiderio of Tranquillity Farm in Chester, NJ. This is Kelly’s first horse, and she is excited to partner with this fabulous gelding as he teaches her what he knows! Welcome to the wonderful world of the Arabian horse!

PROUD PAPA National champion stallion, Hisani, sends his congratulations to his Scottsdale winning progeny. Miss Dasani was Reserve Champion FourYear-Old Classic Mares and Reserve Champion Scottsdale Signature Stallion (SSS) Four-Year-Old Mares. RC Jaleelah was Top Ten Classic Two-Year-Old Fillies, while Vhalkhyrie WHG and GH Markaine were both Top Ten in the SSS Western Pleasure Futurity.

NO EASY FEAT Prairie Rose Training Center and the Stanley family have announced that the USDF has confirmed that their Arabian Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) gelding, EA Cygnus+// (Hayel Orion x Coranette), has achieved a distinction only one other horse in the country has: earning a prestigious USDF Horse Performance Certificate at every level of dressage— Training through Grand Prix—a feat requiring more than 90 qualifying scores and making Cygnus only the second U.S. dressage horse of any breed to earn this accolade, and the first-ever Arabian to do so. Cygnus is also the only Arabian to be awarded the Adequan®/USDF Junior/Young Rider Grand Prix Horse of the Year.



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THREE DAYS, THREE WAYS The Imported Half-Arabian, Erodium (Emilion x Calamintha), and Canadian Olympian, Jessica Phoenix, have been making quite the splash in the eventing world. This pair had a fabulous fifth place finish last spring in the CIC2* at Jersey Fresh—their first run together. Since then, they have continued to forge a partnership, finishing 14th in the huge Red Hills International Horse Trials CIC3* and 12th in the Open Advanced at Pine Top.

CHAMPION CRABBET The Eastern Crabbet Arabian Horse Society has named its 2012 Crabbet Horse of The Year! The winner is the late Rakhassa Bey (Sundance Kid V x Bonwood Splendor), who was 48% Crabbet. Bred by Sue Eves, she was owned by the Doughtys of Bayview Farm before she passed away in late 2012.

the world, including Arabian race enthusiasts from Canada, Belgium, Egypt, England, France, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Qatar, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates were present to enjoy and witness this prestigious event. Among the highlights of the evening, Valiant Boy Sbfar, a four-year-old stallion, bred by Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and owned by Guy Neivens, was crowned the 2012 Darley Champion Horse of the Year, while Sam Vasquez of Houston, TX, took home the high honor of 2012 Darley Champion Owner for the second consecutive year, and Bill Waldron received the esteemed 2012 Darley Champion Breeder title.


Anglo-Arabian, Poeme D’Amour De Buissy, and Misti Cassar placed eighth in the $15,000 Level 8 Jumper, 1.45m at Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) Thermal on Saturday, March 9, 2013! Well done!

Congratulations to Arabian stallion Mojave Kid++++//, who was named USEF National Champion Horse of the Year in Arabian Dressage Second Level for the second year in a row. He also racked up a Regional Championship Horse of the Year award, three reserve regional championships and a fourth and fifth. He is owned by Lynn and Arnie Myhra and trained and shown by Summer Chapman.



Donald and Anjanette Williby, of Windy Creek Arabians, are proud to announce their two weanling colts, which were inspected and approved by the American Warmblood Society (AWS), won the gold and silver medals nationally in their division. WCA Hi Voltage was also the overall top-scoring horse this year, and he and his sire, Hy Wynds, still remain the only two purebred Arabians to be approved Supreme.

Kim Christy Show Horses and the Mistikal Marketing Centre would like to congratulate Forrest and Molly Dugas on their purchase of the stunning western pleasure gelding, Inspiration NA!



RACING SUPER STARS The Board of Stewards of the Arabian Racing Cup announced the results of the 26th Annual Darley Awards, held March 10, 2013, at the JW Marriott in Houston, TX. Dignitaries and guests from the USA and around

Pam Magro recently purchased the purebred colt, HHF Ali Azar Casanova.

SHE SAID YES Congratulations to Natalie Thomas and Alex Byrne of Chicopee, MA, on their recent engagement! Natalie grew up riding at Double A Arabians in Somers, CT, often showing the Half-Arabian, Woodacres Yankee.

BABY ON THE WAY Royal Arabians congratulates John and Debra Mitchell on the purchase of the unborn foal out of GC Merpsidita and by *ZT Marwteyn.

Congrats to HHF Arabians on their new addition.



Congratulations to Audrey and Dan Humphrey of Gray Cat Farm on the purchase of the yearling colt, Cochise SA (Padrons Psyclone x Backwoods Barbie), from ShowBiz Farm and Lisa Loring-Powell.

Paladin SF (Aul Magic x Padua Go) and owner/rider, Laine Sklar, competed at the Tucson Dressage Club’s Open Show. They earned 71.184% and a 66.19% and 68.69% at Second Level (Dover Medal classes), only missing the Adult Amateur High Point by one percentage point. This pair was also selected to ride in the Region 5 USDF Adult Clinic Series with Hilda Gurney in April!

STORK ALERT Congratulations to Fran and Tom Bonenfant of Horses on the Hill Farm Arabians on the birth of their colt on March 12, 2013, at 1:30 a.m. The colt is out of their straight Egyptian Al Khamza mare, SI Shadan El Zahra, and by their stallion, SI Prince Ali Shiraz.

HE’S ON AFIRE Exciting news! Afires Heir has been recognized by the Arabian Horse Times as a 2012 Futurity Top-Ten Leading Performance Sire (tied for fifth place)! Congratulations to all of his Futurity winners.

SAINTLY STALLION Congratulations to the Oldenburg NA- and RPSIapproved Half-Arabian stallion, Saint Sandro+++/, owned and bred by Tawna King, who won all of his sport horse in-hand classes in both Dressage and Hunter Type at the Heritage Classic Arabian Show. He also earned the highest in-hand scores of the show. May 2013

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Arabian Horse Association of New England Has Another Great Horse Show in the Works YOU MAY NOT BE THINKING ABOUT the show season yet, but we are, and we wanted to let you know about some exciting updates for 2013. First of all, there is something that hasn’t changed: $10,000 in prize money to be given away! Second, did you know that the Region 16 Championships will be in Springfield, MA, this year, starting July 10? We are so excited. Come to Arabian Horse Association of New England (AHANE) to qualify, or if you’ve already qualified by then, use it as your dress rehearsal.

Third, we want you to tell us the classes we should hold. We’ve kept the most popular classes, but there are now 20 classes to be announced. Any Arabian Horse Association (AHA)-sanctioned class can be proposed for these spots. Get your requests in early with your entry forms. As we add classes, we will be updating our website so that others can enter. (For a list of AHA classes, see Class_List.pdf). We have also added some exciting new classes, like a judged Leadline division and plenty of academy

classes—there truly is something for everyone! Be sure to check out our two full days of dressage, including tests up to Prix St. Georges. OK, now here are the important facts: Our show will be held June 27-29 at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA. Forms, a class list, and prize list are available online at shtml. Region 16 is not sending out the big book this year, but we hope to mail out our show information. If you need copies, let us know. Last, and most important, we truly appreciate your past patronage of the AHANE show. It is people like you who make the New England Arabian community a great group of friends and horse people. We’re looking forward to having fun together in June!


Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association Holds Annual Awards Banquet SUBMITTED BY PAULINE M. COMIRE



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Gem: Walk-Trot-Canter (3); Jelly Bean: Over Fences (3). Julia Eddy/Just Playing Around: Open Breed Walk-Trot-Canter (4). Rebecca Eddy/RAE Light My Fire: Arabian Halter/Sport Horse In Hand/ Sport Horse Under Saddle/Training Level Dressage/Walk-Trot-Canter Senior Equitation (1), Hunter Pleasure (2); Good Kharma: Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure and Sport Horse In Hand (1), Walk-TrotCanter Equitation Senior (3). Andrea Fiore/Heartbreaquer: Arabian Intro Level Dressage and Equitation WalkTrot-Canter Junior (1), Arabian Halter, Sport Horse In Hand, Sport Horse Under Saddle and Hunter Over Fences (2), Arabian Hunter Pleasure (3). Stacy Hopkins/Magics Goldn Fancie: Half-Arabian Halter (1), Trail (2), Equitation Walk-Trot Senior and WalkTrot Senior (1). Ava Lemire/Chocolate: Open Breed Leadline (1), Walk-Trot Junior (2). Zoe Lemire/Chocolate: Open Breed Leadline (2). Lin Murphy/Rockin Flame K: Arabian Western Pleasure and Trail (1); Kal Arabia

Lin Murphy (center) receives the High Point Rider of the Year Award from Lu Guilbault and Scott Ziegler.

Sunspark: Half-Arabian Western Pleasure (1). Lori Murray/Tamino: Pleasure Trail (1); Heza Magic Man: Pleasure Trail (3). Ashley Pearson/Irish Crème N Baileys: Arabian Hunter Over Fences (1), Equitation Walk-Trot-Canter Senior and Intro Level Dressage (2), Arabian Hunter Pleasure (4). Jaidyn Ramirez/Winchester: Open Breed Walk-Trot-Canter and Intro Level Dressage (1), Over Fences (2). Sabrina Randall/Leo’s Windy Gem: Open Breed Walk-Trot Junior (1). Nancy Russell/Solar Phlair: Competitive Trail (1), Pleasure Trail (2). In the Professional division, winners were as follows: The champion was Kevin Dwyer, as rider and handler, with BB


THE RHODE ISLAND ARABIAN HORSE Association (RIAHA) held its Annual Awards Banquet on March 10 at the Village Haven Restaurant in Forestdale, RI. After a family-style chicken dinner, the group was introduced to the new slate of governors for 2013, and all volunteers and sponsors were recognized, concluding with a round of applause for all of their dedication and hard work during 2012. This article is dedicated to our year-end champions, without room for much more; therefore, please check our website,, for all updates on club activities. Along with their awards, each recipient was presented with a mahogany plaque with all of their accomplishments engraved on it. It was a beautiful sight to see as each stood with his or her awards, proudly displaying their plaques. It was a photo to treasure. The following winners are listed alphabetically: Misty Baker/Glorious Sight: Arabian Halter and Hunter Pleasure (1); Willow Park: Open Breed Over Fences (1), WalkTrot-Canter (2), Equitation (2); Leo Windy

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Noble Heir, HHA Valentinos Vixen, HJ Romancero, BII Psyrengeti, HHA Light My Afire, CA Cartier, Mighty Aphrodite, and Baltic Star. In reserve was Rebecca GuilbaultTriplett with Sam I Am and AA Diamond Statement, and taking third place was Rich Gold with Arabian HT Electrify and Kal Arabia Sunspark. The Year-End High Point Grand Champions were as follows: The Arabian Grand Champion was RAE Light My Fire with owner, Rebecca Eddy. Kal Arabia Sunspark with owner, Lin Murphy, was Half-Arabian Grand Champion. The RIAHA Rider of the Year was Lin Murphy, while the Open-Breed Team was Jaidyn Ramirez with Winchester. For more information, visit

Kevin Dwyer accepts the first-place award in the Professional division from 2012 President Anne Cardoza.

Aboard Winchester, Jaidyn Ramirez (left) made High Point Open Breed Team of the Year.

Rebecca Eddy accepts the High Point Arabian Horse of the Year Award for her horse, RAE Light My Fire.


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Quarter Horse news so orrel colt out of Tee J Queen Ciindi and by Jana Whiskey Blues, born April 1.

(IHSA) Hunt Seat Regionals in Mystic, CT.


Congrats to Gabriella Marks on her purchase of two-time National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) World Champion, Blushing Fancy Chip. Look for Gabby and “Blushing” in the youth events at upcoming shows under the guidance of JoAnn Farrell.

G Gilliam Quarter Horses in n Roaming Shores, OH, rreports that Mariah Sherer’s mare, TooSleepyToCertify, m iss carrying a foal by Artful Move for 2014. Thanks go to M Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, A OH, for getting her in foal. O


EMILY KNITTER SENT IN THIS AMAZING PHOTO of Spanish Cinnamon Red, aka “Red,” shortly after his birth at Gary and Myra Stafford’s farm in Ludowici, GA. He was foaled on March 25 and is shown with his dam, Cagey, who carried him for a full year and 10 days. PHOTOS: (TOP) EMILY KNITER; (RIGHT) ACCLAIMED PHOTOGRAPHY/CASI GILLIAM; (LEFT) SARAH ROSCITI

BABY BOOM Rosciti Quarter Horses announces the birth of Harvey, by Extremely Hot Chips and out of Scotches Old Gold, on February 5, 2013. Sarah Rosciti


Speaking of Abby Stables, they have quite a few new foals that have been born as well. Marion Beachy’s How D Royal Rikki gave birth to a colt by Heza Stemwinder on February 1, followed by another colt on March 16, out of Not Real Shiny and Stemwinder. And Kenneth Brown’s Conlusion Ms Sc Scarlet gave birth to a colt by Kid Coolfried on February 4, followed by yet another colt out of Mis Sierra Lucy and also by Kid Coolfried on February 28.

QUALIFIED reports that Harvey also has a full sister that was born on February 13, and by the next issue, all of the farm’s spring foals should be here.

Rosciti Quarter Horses welcomes Harvey, by Extremely Hot Chips and out of Scotches Old Gold.

THREE’S A CROWD Jana Quarter Horse Farm of Williamsburg, PA, announces their new string of foals for 2013: a dun colt by Jana Whiskey Blues and out of Tee J Sissy Seven, foaled on March 20; a blue roan filly out of Jana Sugar N Cream and by Jana Whiskey Blues, foaled on March 21; and a


In other news from Gilliam Quarter Horses, their show season is off to a great start. Two of their horses have qualified for world shows in Performance Halter and Mariah Sherer’s WD Good Fellow is qualified for Senior Hunter Under Saddle.

Showstring Performance Horses welcomes the newest addition to the team at their new location in Boerne, TX: Caley Cofey comes to the facility with an extensive background in All-Around and Hunter Under Saddle.

PURCHASING POWER In other news from Showstring, congrats go to Michelle Canfield on her purchase of Livin for the Nite.

UP AND RUNNING After being on hiatus, the Connecticut Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) website is up and running again. CQHA members can get up-to-date news from the club by visiting

REPORT FROM REGIONALS Colonial Hill Quarter Horses congratulates Maureen Booth on her fifth place finish out of 17 riders at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association

WD Good Fellow is qualified for the World Show in Senior Hunter Under Saddle with owner Mariah Sherer. May 2013

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AQHA Convention Appoints New Executive Committee, Inducts Hall of Fame Members, and Presents Year-End Awards EACH SPRING, THE AMERICAN Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) holds an annual convention to review membersubmitted rule changes, appoint new AQHA Directors, induct new members to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and present year-end awards. The 2013 AQHA Convention was held March 8-11 at the Hyatt Regency Houston in Houston, TX. The new AQHA Executive Committee was elected on Monday, March 11. This five-person committee is responsible for implementing important decisions made by AQHA members through the board of directors. AQHA’s new Executive Committee includes President Johne Dobbs of Champaign, IL; First Vice President Johnny Trotter of Hereford, TX; Second Vice President George Phillips of Sumrall, MS; member Dr. Glenn Blodgett of Guthrie, TX; and member Sandy Arledge of Encinitas, CA. The 2013 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame induction ceremony was Sunday, March 10. This year, AQHA inducted 10 legends into the Hall of Fame: Bill Brewer, Kenny Hart, Frank Merrill, Guy Ray Rutland, Greg Whalen, Fillinic, Freckles Playboy, Lady Bug’s Moon, Miss Olene and

on Saturday evening. The highest honors for the year included Bank of America All-Around Junior Horse, Darling Catichi and Linnea Zueck of Golden, CO; Bank of America All-Around Senior Horse, Hard To Get Playboy and Corey and Marquette Powell of Abilene, KS; Bank of America All-Around Amateur, Hours Yours And Mine and Kaleena Weakly of Shelbyville, IL; Markel Insurance All-Around Youth, Good Time To Win and Erika Rodenski of Hickory, PA; and Bank of America World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse, One Dashing Eagle and Jose and Gustavo De La Torre of San Gregorio Racing Stables Inc. of Mira Loma, CA. For more information, visit

Poco Tivio. They join the 233 inductees of the past 31 years. In addition to the inductions, AQHA Professional Horseman Judy Bonham of Norco, CA, was presented the 2012 Merle Wood Humanitarian Award at the Hall of Fame Banquet. The 2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented at the awards banquet on Saturday, March 9 by AQHA Corporate Partner Professional’s Choice. This year, AQHA awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards to AQHA Professional Horseman Orin Barnes of Canyon, TX; AQHA Professional Horseman Clark Parker of Paradise, UT; and AQHA 20-year breeder John Hoyt of Whitesboro, TX. More than 110 high point titles AQHA’s new Executive Committee (left to right standing) George were given out at Phillips, Dr. Glenn Blodgett, Sandy Arledge, and (left to right sitting) the awards banquet Johne Dobbs and Johnny Trotter.


Empire State Quarter Horse Association Holds Annual Convention and Banquet THE EMPIRE STATE QUARTER HORSE Association’s (ESQHA) annual convention and awards banquet was held on February 2. The move to the Holiday Inn in Auburn, NY, was a nice change and worked very well for all that attended. This is always a big day of planning, learning, and rewards for our favorite pastime—being with our Quarter Horses. Committee meetings, a membership meeting, workshop, speaker, and banquet filled the time, and it felt like it went by in a flash. Comments Sunday morning at breakfast from attendees confirmed that it was well received. 158 EQUINE


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The weekend started with a fall show committee meeting Friday night, led by co-chairs Susan Grafton and Dan Bergstresser. The meeting focused on reviewing last year’s great show, good points, and areas that need some adjustments. The team worked a few hours, and it looks like this year’s show has all the potential to grow and be another big success. The dates are finalized: September 18-22 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. First thing Saturday morning, the board of directors met over continental breakfast to kick the day off. There was

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quarter horse great attendance by the board. I always like to take a moment to thank this group—officers, staff, and directors—for all of their hard work and dedication to ESQHA. As a group, they keep this association running successfully and at the highest standards possible. Next was the first of our general membership meetings for the year. The meeting covered reports from 20 of our working committees, finances, and communications. Some highlights included: updates on the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Novice Championships and the New York qualifying process, and these will be posted on the website; holding a large cash raffle over the year with prizes to be drawn at the fall show; and, two Novice shows planned for the summer. The main guest speaker for the convention was Ward Stutz, AQHA senior director of animal welfare and breed integrity. Ward made the trip up from Amarillo, TX, braving the cold temperatures of central New York. He presented an explanation of the Leveling Program, which was created to level the playing field at AQHA shows, and led a discussion on animal welfare and abuse

issues facing the Quarter Horse industry. Here, his focus was on what AQHA is doing at horse shows. He covered details from the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission and how seriously AQHA is pursuing this. About 45 people attended the more than two-hour presentation. The crowd asked many questions, which really enlightened the group on the policies and issues around these topics. Having Ward there gave everyone the chance to get questions answered. These topics are current and being updated all the time. For the latest information on these subjects, go to and search for either topic. The finale was our awards banquet in the evening. Participants of our pointed shows, adult and youth, plus those participating in our open show program, received recognition for the hard work required to achieve top levels in these programs. The banquet was a great time, with door prizes and an auction. We would like to thank all that attended. Details of the awards are available on the website. The last bit of news is that our AQHA and All-Breed Trail Challenge is ready to go. It will be held on June 23, 2013, at the

Chautauqua County Trail Riders Grounds at 3560 Gerry-Levant Road, Falconer, NY 14733. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., the pre-ride meeting is at 9:00 a.m., and ride-out is at 10:00 a.m. There are three divisions (Training Level, Intermediate Level, Master Level), Adult and Youth AQHA, and Adult and Youth All Breed. Our trail challenge is also approved by Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) and Ontario Paint Alternative Competition (OPAC). The fee is $25 and includes lunch. For more information, contact Kathy Stoll at 716-965-2051 or go to

Wendy Bingman at the Youth Workshop.

Members had the chance to show their moves after the banquet.


The Nancy Master’s Service Award went to Wendy (center) and Ken Tousley. May 2013

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Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse Connect to the Pure Spanish Horse Community SUBMITTED BY BARB CLARK



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Pinterest, and LinkedIn®. If you can recommend another venue for us, please send us an email at Our Twitter account has a great following, and you can read any of our tweets simply by searching for #P.R.E. Horse. We tweet out results and items at horse shows, clinics, and anywhere The Foundation has a formal presence. Members of The Foundation can have their information and photos tweeted for them by sending the information to info@ Follow us if you love the P.R.E. Horse! Our account on twitter is named PREHORSE. Our Facebook page can be found by searching for The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse. We love putting up photos of clinics and events on it and bragging about what our horses have accomplished. Visit our page to see the latest information and become our friend! Look here for notice of interesting, timely items that might affect the breed. Our Pinterest boards are simply fun! Pinterest is quite addicting. We currently have 12 boards all about the P.R.E. Horse. The boards represent many different aspects of owning, riding, training, and enjoying our breed. We also have a board for memorials. Many of the boards contain great videos people have sent us. If you would like to make a tribute to your favorite horse that has passed, send us the information and we will put it on our memorial board. You can look us up on Pinterest by searching for PREHORSE! If you haven’t looked into Pinterest, just give it a once-over, and you will see why so many people have become hooked on visiting it. One of the best ways to feel connected to the Pure Spanish Horse community is to read Ranch News in the monthly email newsletter put out by The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse (FPSH).

Fugitivo XII and Antonio Topete.

Kablieno with Chelsea Reed.

Rosalie Wenckoski and her favorite P.R.E. presenting the colors.

Members can submit articles about what they and their horses are doing every month. It is great fun and wonderful to get to know like-minded people and what they do with their Pure Spanish Horses. The newsletter is free, and you can sign up for it by letting us know at info@ if you are not receiving it. You don’t have to feel isolated any more. Join all your Spanish Horse friends on the latest digital social media. Now, we all live where there are lots of P.R.E. horses!


IF YOU HANG AROUND IN THE PURE Spanish Horse (P.R.E.) circles or attend any breed shows around the country, you will hear people complain about feeling isolated. In most parts of the U.S. and Canada, the P.R.E. horse is still a rare item. There are only a few geographic areas with sufficient populations of the breed to make it easy to get together with like-minded people—most notably, Texas, Florida, and Southern California. In fact, there is almost an envy that the rest of the country feels because of the concentrations of Spanish Horses that live in these areas. If you are one of the geographically-isolated breed devotees, you don’t have to feel alone any more. In the age of the Internet, all P.R.E. experts, aficionados, owners, and breeders are only a click away. Just like their owners, the P.R.E. Horse is a social animal. All horses are herd animals, but our breed is known for another social connection—the one they form with their owners, riders, and caretakers. For centuries, the Spanish Horse has been bred to connect to their humans, and this is one of their most endearing qualities. People are attracted to the breed because of their beauty or athleticism, but new owners soon learn that what they love most about the horse is the connection they make with them. Everywhere P.R.E. people meet, stories abound about amazing things these almost-human horses do for and to their owners. The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse is always seeking to improve; it is a part of our code of ethics. We have made a major effort to connect all people who love the Spanish Horse through a variety of digital social media. We invite you to participate and share your stories with us! The Foundation has active accounts on Facebook, Twitter™,

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Friesians in Pink Coming Soon to a Town Near You BY KARENA GARRITY

FOR ONLOOKERS, HOT PINK K adornments pop against the illustrious, jet-black coats of the Friesians who are part of the Friesians in Pink Drill Team. Moving with a mission, these phenomenally elegant equines draw attention wherever they go, and that’s the point! Riding for a cause, the horse-and-human couples that make up the team are taking full advantage of their good looks and stately manners, having a great time raising awareness and giving back. Decked out in big smiles, hot pink jackets, top hats, and tall boots, the members of the Friesians in Pink Drill Team are proud of their horses and their mission. A part of the Friesian Events Association (FEA), which was established in 2010 by a group of very social Friesianowning friends, the Friesians in Pink team enthusiastically rides at different shows, events, and demonstrations to raise awareness of breast cancer and other diseases. Since its inception, the FEA has donated $4,500 to help those in need— human and equine—who have been affected by disease or circumstances that

The Friesians in » Pink Drill Team at the 2012 Massachusetts Equine Affaire.

have put them in a place of need. “We are all part of this for the right reasons—to give back,” says Terri Ray, president of the Friesian Events Association and member of the drill team. “It is just a good time, showing off our horses and doing good for others. There is no drama and no ego in our group, and we always welcome new members.” But she cautions, “Once you get into this, it’s addictive; it’s so much fun that you won’t want to stop.” With a core group of six, the team has a total of 12 members. They travel throughout New England and hold monthly practices to tweak and perfect their in-depth routines at various barns and stables in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Their herd of trusty steeds is breathtak-

ingly beautiful. Always turning heads, it’s obvious that this welcoming, goodhearted group totally enjoys what it’s doing at all times. Mark your calendars to get a glimpse of this awe-inspiring, black-and-pink drill team strut its stuff in 2013. On May 4, they will be at the Ride/Re-Ride Dressage Show at Myhre Equine Clinic’s Kentucky Derby Day in Rochester, NH. On June 23 and August 11, the team will be at the FEA Shows at Hollis Equestrian Park in Hollis, ME, and, October 3-6, they will be at the International Friesian Sport Horse Association (IFSHA) World Show in Lexington, VA. For more dates and venues, as well as additional information, visit, email, or like the group on FacebookSM.


Northeast Friesian Horse Club Offers New Classes in Its Classic Horse Show SUBMITTED BY KELSEY EVANS

SPRING HAS SPRUNG, AND THE arrival of this May issue means that show season is upon us—and, it is only two months until the Northeast Friesian Horse Club (NEFHC) Classic Horse Show! The NEFHC Classic, to be held July 19, 20, and 21 in Topsfield, MA, has a number of new specialty classes to bring to exhibitors this year! Perhaps the most exciting one is the Open Long Lining Freestyle class, modeled after competitions at the Stallion Show in the Netherlands. Entries will be admitted one at a time to demonstrate their horse’s gaits in the long lines for the judge and the crowd. Second is Open Scholarship, a walk/

trot/canter class. All entry proceeds from this will go toward the NEFHC year-end scholarship award. Finally, 2013 welcomes the addition of the fun Family Pleasure class, which judges the joint efforts of two family members in the showing of one horse! One family member will enter the ring and perform at the walk and trot, then dismount, and switch with the other family member who will ride the second direction of the ring. While we are excited about these three new classes, we have over 110 more available in our three-day show, overseen by United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Judge, Grace

Greenlee. Our class offerings include Friesian, Morgan, Gypsy, and Canadian breed classes, open classes, and our ever-popular specialty classes, such as Friesian Fantasy Costume, Amateur Handler In-Hand, and Friesian Liberty. Additionally, the NEFHC year-end awards will now be open to horses of other breeds. Year-end award applicants must be at least an NEFHC associate member and have attended/submitted points from the NEFHC Classic. For those who will be attending the show, but might not be competing, or have the time in their show schedule for a bit of fun and games, we are pleased to offer a wide range of fun social events for kids and adults alike. These include free coffee and doughnuts every morning, an ice cream social, coloring centers, and scavenger hunts for the little ones, and the return of the popular 50-50 Chuck-A-Duck event! For more information on the NEFHC Classic, full class descriptions, a show list, and rules, visit May 2013

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American Bashkir Curly Registry Member Rescues Curly Mustang Through BLM SUBMITTED BY ANGIE GAINES; PHOTOS COURTESY OF GOLDEN CURLS RANCH

FOUR YEARS AGO, A BEAUTIFUL herd of black and bay Curly Mustangs was roaming the hills of Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon and enjoying the Black Rock Desert Playa. The playa is a huge, dry, flat lakebed of ancient Lake Lahontan, near Winnemucca, NV. For more information on this area, visit The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided the Curly Mustangs did not have the necessary grazing to sustain the herd and gathered them in the late months of 2009. Black Rock’s Golden Firefly, affectionately known as O’Sparky, was one of 14 Curly Mustangs gathered near the Winnemucca Herd Management Area in Nevada. He and his herd were placed on BLM’s online adoption site for 10 days. On the last day, he had no bids. Although knowing we did not need another horse at our ranch, I could not see him getting lost in the adoption maze. So, I placed a bid on the handsome, little one-year-old colt in the last hours. Soon, we were leaving the Lone Star State and heading northwest to Sparks, NV, where one of the largest holding pens, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is located. After an adventurous trip, several days long, we finally arrived at 164 EQUINE


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Palomino Valley. I was overwhelmed with excitement to see our newest member of Golden Curls Ranch. After greeting the folks in the BLM office, we walked up to the pen where Firefly was standing with his friends. Around his neck hung a tag with the numbers 0982. Here’s my new boy, O’Sparky. O’Sparky settled in quickly at Golden Curls Ranch. We later adopted a BLM Curly Mustang, whom we named Golden Curls American Honey, and discovered she was from the same herd as O’Sparky. What a small world it is. American Honey was chosen to be in the Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover, and we are proud to say the

first Curly Mustang in the competition, held in September 2011 at the John Justin Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. O’Sparky has grown into a wonderful young man. He currently is training in western/cowboy dressage with Donna Duvall, whose mentor is cowboy dressage founder, Eitan Beth-Halachmy. O’Sparky will begin competing later this year. We have taken him to many events to share his story and beautiful curls. He is always a gentleman and loves the attention. In January 2013, the American Bashkir Curly Registry held a membership vote to open the Stud Books, and one book now allows owners of BLM Curly Mustangs to register their wonderful horses. We know that our Curly Horses today can trace their ancestors back to the Curly Mustangs that roam the hills of Nevada, Wyoming, and other western states. We are most excited that O’Sparky will be the first Curly Mustang Stallion to register in the newly opened stud books for BLM Curly Mustangs. As a coming four-year-old, O’Sparky has made a wonderful transition to his forever home at Golden Curls Ranch, located 30 miles from Dallas, TX. We have been rewarded tremendously for adopting this awesome fella and invite you to share our journey. O’Sparky will be available for breeding in 2014 via artificial insemination (AI), both nationally and internationally. To see a short video of our Curly Mustang, O’Sparky: pFxLhXY. And, you can visit us for updates on his progress at The American Bashkir Curly Registry is located at, 71 Cavalier #124, Florence, KY 41042, and can be found at

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Yankee Walkers,, Gaited Horses of New England Holds 2012 Awards Banquet and 2013 General Meeting SUBMITTED BY LOREN STEVENS AND JULIE DILLON


YANKEE WALKERS GAITED Horses of New England celebrated its 2012 Year-End Annual Banquet on March 3 at the Common Man Restaurant in Merrimack, NH. With a great membership turnout, everyone enjoyed catching up socially, reminiscing about the fun times in 2012, planning exciting future events, and of course, sampling a delicious brunch. Despite having to postpone Year-End Award winners Sandi Molinari, Julie Dillon, the event because of the snowy Loren Stevens, and Alexa Stevens. weather, we welcomed 26 of our 65 Yankee Walkers members to this jackets and pewter belt buckles were year’s meeting. They traveled from as presented to the following honorees: far south as Lakeville, MA, and as far north as Augusta, ME, to be a part of SHOW RESULTS the festivities. Champion Model TWH: He’s Pushin’ Smoke, owned and shown by Sandi Molinari. Champion Our special guests from the Equine TWH Plantation, 2 Gait: Ace’s Golden AJ, owned Journal, Kathryn Selinga and her sister, and shown by Loren Stevens. Champion TWH Plantation, 3 Gait: He’s Pushin’ Smoke, owned Linnae Selinga-Puyear, also gifted and shown by Sandi Molinari. Youth Champion: Yankee Walkers with a donation of an Brook’s Little Lady, owned by Loren Stevens and shown by Alexa Stevens. High Point Dressage embossed dressage pad as well as other Champion TWH Horse Intro Division: Sandi Molinari, riding He’s Pushin’ Smoke. High Point treasures for our raffle. Debra Benati Dressage Champion Gaited First Level: Julie and Jeff Hendrickx donated their time Dillon, riding Prince Jester’s Request. High Point Rider: Alexa Stevens. Reserve High Point Rider: and talent to photograph the day’s event. Sandi Molinari. During the general meeting, members heard presentations from Congratulations to all our great horseNancy Kitchen, trail chair, and Lynn and-rider teams for an excellent year! McLaughlin, parade chair, outlining 2011 Yankee Walker Volunteer of the details of each newly-revived division. Year Ellen Flatley presented this year’s Following the voting process, Lynn gave 2012 Volunteer of the Year award to a great educational talk about preparing Gaited Horse Trainer and Tennessee and participating in judged and nonWalking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ judged parade presentations. Association (TWHBEA) Certified Yankee Walkers members heard Riding Instructor Helen Weeman from business reports from our officers Kennebunk, ME, for her tireless dediand committee chairs, and conducted cation to our Equine Affaire mounted presentations. Helen announced during old and new business. As there were no nominations for new officers, the the meeting that she would like to hear current slate stands to lead us through from folks wanting to volunteer for another great year: president, Julie the 2013 event this fall. Loren Stevens Dillon; secretary/treasurer, Ellen K. then presented a Lifetime Appreciation Flatley; and vice president, Loren Award in absentia to Dave and Peg Stevens. Whitaker for their dedication and service to the Yankee Walkers Club for over Jody Pelleccia and Ramona Murray, co-chairs of the show and points 20 years. Peg Whitaker has guided the committee, announced our Year-End club as chair of bylaws and served as Award winners. Custom-embroidered an invaluable counselor and advisor to

Loren Stevens, Champion Tennessee Walking Horse, Two Gait.

2012 Volunteer of the Year Helen Weeman.

each leadership team since then. Dave has served as chair of show points up to 2011, donating his time to recognize our Year-End Awards recipients. As auctioneer for our Annual Live Auction, we all enjoyed his hilarious delivery during the haggling each year. The awards were followed by our annual Yankee Walkers Auction. Helen Weeman was auctioneer, and Lisa Riopell-Gonzalez subbed as Vanna White. The auction raised over $600 in funds! We appreciate all contributions from our members, as well as those donated by the Equine Journal, Dover Saddlery, Tractor Supply, Apotheca Flowers, JC Compagna, Sanborn Feed, Griffinbrook Equine Emporium, Ace® Goffstown Hardware, and SmartPak™. The website calendar page has a list of exciting dates planned. Membership and points forms are available on our website, Send forms to: Ellen Flatley, P.O. Box 1199, Ashland, NH 03217. May 2013

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Gypsy yp y Horse Registry of America Inc. Looks Forward to Another Wonderful Year SUBMITTED BY JEANNE SCHLENK

THE GYPSY HORSE REGISTRY OF America Incorporated (GHRA) will be holding the Judges/Breeders Clinic May 4, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Unlike previous clinics, breeders will also be in attendance. The mix of judges and breeders will allow both an unusual opportunity to view different circumstances in the show ring. Carol Smettem-Minson will be flying in from the United Kingdom and hosting the clinic. Carol is the founder of many international registries for the Gypsy horse and has a wealth of knowledge on the breed. There will also be inspections available for all horses in attendance. This event will be held in conjunction with Aunique’s Ranch Ride in New Waverly, TX—a weekendlong camping, barbecue, fishing, riding, and campfire stories weekend, Texas style. Trail ride with your friends, spend the day fishing, or take advantage of the great photo opportunities. Tom O’Carroll, of Good Hands Training Center, will be hosting a Beginning Driving Clinic that will be held on site on May 5, 2013. Tom is world renowned for his training methods, and this is a great opportunity to start learning

to drive that beauAunique’s Ranch Ride will be tiful Gypsy horse. held in New Waverly, TX. All GHRA Members are welcome. The weekend promises to be an event to remember. Lunch and dinner will be provided for both clinics and the ranch ride. Camping is available on site. For more information on the event, call 281-4714472 or email ghra@ A scene from a past Having just finished GHRA World Show. the 2013 GHRA World Show, we are hard at work preparing for next year’s event. The North Carolina, South Carolina or GHRA is currently looking for members Tennessee, and are interested in being on interested in being on the show committee the Board, contact the registrar, Jeanne and the show setup committee. If you Schlenk, at 281-472-4472. would like to be part of either, email The GHRA website will be, or call 281-471-4472. going structural and surface changes Your participation matters! over the next few months. Please The board of directors also has an understand that these changes take time opening in Region 3. If you are a member and are difficult to maneuver. Allison of the GHRA and live in Alabama, McGovern, our webmaster, will be Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, continued on page 167 7


New England g Miniature Horse Society Announces New Foals and Show Dates SUBMITTED BY MARY ADAMS



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sired by SRF Nobility, making him a full brother to tiny SRF Premier. The first three New England Miniature Horse Society (NEMHS) shows will be held at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA, on May 26, June 30, and July 21, and the last show will be August 18 at Journey’s End Farm in Foster, RI. In addition to the regular American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) classes, all NEMHS shows for 2013 will have 4-H and Very Small Equine (VSE) divisions. These latter divisions are open to any Miniatures 38" or under. That makes

A one-day-old pinto filly by SRF Noble Heir and out of Buck Ons Hot Gossip at Sawmill River Farm.

these shows a great place to find out what fun it can be competing with a Miniature horse. Details of all shows, including class list and entry forms, can be found at Please send news (e.g. new foals) and photos to Mary Adams, 247 North Stone Street, West Suffield, CT 06093, 860-3709035, or email


SPRING IS FOALING SEASON, BUT AS this goes to press, only one farm has foals to report. By now, there should be more on the ground at various members’ farms, so check next month for more. Kristina Slobody, of Sawmill River Farm in West Brookfield, MA, reports that SRF Noble Heir’s first foals are arriving, and she is very excited. The first of his foals on the ground are a buckskin colt born on February 21, 2013, to SRF Revelette, and then a chestnut Pinto filly on February 27, 2013, to Buck Ons Hot Gossip. On Monday, March 11, 2013, SRF Enchantress had a buckskin colt,

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continued from page 166 doing her best to make the site more user-friendly and attractive. The Gypsy Horse Registry is growing rapidly. We are hard at work getting registrations out in a timely manner. We are revamping to present our members and their horses in a professional and attractive light. Members of the GHRA are proud of their Gypsy horses, and the GHRA is proud of the members and their many accomplishments with their horses. We welcome new members to join us in the newest venture of this majestic breed’s growth in the United States. If you have a Gypsy horse or a Gypsy cross and are interested in registering him, visit our website at, call 281-471-4472, or email We would be honored to have you join us. For more information, contact: Gypsy Horse Registry of America, Inc. PO Box 1861, La Porte, TX 77572. GHRA is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational organization.

Northeast Miniature Horse Club Spring Has Sprung! SUBMITTED BY VIRGINIA A. GONSALVES

FINALLY, IT’S WARM AND ALL ARE anticipating the fun of showing and Miniature events all around our area. Those furry little buffalo-like equines we enjoyed all winter are now metamorphosing into the beautiful and refined show animals of summer, which are practically unrecognizable to all but those who know them well. Horse enthusiasts can breathe a sigh of relief; gone are the cold trips to the barn through all kinds of weather. Yes, it’s time to celebrate for the horse lover. We all agree though, it’s well worth it. This year, again, featured one of Northeast Miniature Horse Club’s favorite events, Bonnie Day. Members and friends of Northeast Miniature

Horse Club (NMHC) proclaim that it was a true highlight of the year. Where else can one not only get feedback directly from his or her own horse’s mouth and other pets, too, but also dine on some of the best food in the Northeast as well? Cindy Moses, of Mocha Miniature Horse Farm, again hosted this annual event, which gains in popularity each year. Guests each brought a favorite dish to share for a potluck luncheon. We hear that Cindy had some really great leftovers as a great reward for all her work on making the day a success. Comments proved you can’t beat the food and that our NMHC families are competent with

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Northeast Miniature Horse Club continued from page 167 more than their horse skills. Our gang is not too bad in the kitchen either! Oh, well, we can always diet to get into those show clothes another day. The guest of honor was our own Bonnie Fog, who is a nationally-known animal communicator. Attendees were asked to bring pictures of their pets to assist in the communication process, and Bonnie gave each owner lots of information, including such things as any physical problems or areas of discomfort that their pets felt. Pets took this opportunity to communicate through Bonnie to their masters exactly what their preferences were and did not hold back about things that were bothering them or that they would like to have happen. Yes, our pets do know what they want all right. Owners were able to ask questions and get answers directly from the source through Bonnie. Among the attendees were both believers and skeptics, but all who attended thoroughly enjoyed the day, humor, and the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company. The event was a tremendous success, and many went home more attuned to their pets. Watch for our next Bonnie Day, and perhaps you can get some insight into what your favorite pet is thinking. We love to meet new folks! Donations

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from this event will go to assist the NMHC Rescue efforts. This was the best fundraising day yet, and the proceeds will go to making horses in need happy and comfortable. It doesn’t get better than that! A special thank you goes to everyone that contributed, including our own Cindy Moses, who opened up her home for this event; as well as Bonnie Fog, who shared her talent and humor with us all. Watch for news of our coming events. New Miniature horse enthusiasts are always welcome. You do not have to own a Miniature horse to become

involved; your interest in our breed is sufficient! For more information about our horses and our club, visit Our Miniature Horse Rescue is active in the Northeast area and often has rescued Minis or those in need of being re-homed who are seeking just the right forever families. A membership application can be found on our website, Facebook page, or by contacting Virginia A. Gonsalves at either momsminis@ or by phone at 508-822-3668. Remember, the Miniature horse does it all!

World Class Miniature Horse Registry Announces Exciting New Competition Opportunities SUBMITTED BY KEN GARNETT

SHOW SEASON IS WELL ON ITS WAY now, and there is a lot to look forward to in 2013. With the high cost of shows, and often, lack of participation, new innovative shows and specialized classes are popping up everywhere. There are shows being held entirely for Obstacle In-Hand classes this year. Obstacle Mini Trail has always been one of World Class Miniature Horse Registry’s (WCMHR) biggest attractions, because it is fun and challenging for both horse and handler. A show like this could be just the thing to create interest 168 EQUINE


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in Miniature horse classes in your area. The HC Obstacle Challenge will be heldJuly 26-28, August 30 to September 1, and November 22-24 at the Boys & Girls Home Equine Expo Center in Lake Waccamaw, NC. New In-Hand Obstacle classes for Miniature horses include: Tadpole In-Hand, Green Horse In-Hand, Youth In-Hand, Open In-Hand, and Master In-Hand. Contact event producer Mary MillerJordan at com or 910-234-3367 or visit highcotton- The second annual West Virginia Miniature Horse Championship will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013, at West Virginia University Reedsville Farm, Reedsville, WV. Complete details can be found at Another new club has been formed in Randolph County, WV—the West Virginia Any Mini Horse Club; details will follow soon. They already have several shows lined up for 2013. West Virginia is becoming an exciting place for Miniature horse shows, and there seems to be an abundance of top-rated show facilities within the state. Best of luck to everyone for the 2013 show season—we hope to see you at the WCMHR World Championship this year. Visit for details and for a list of upcoming shows and events.



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Northeast Fjord j Horse Association Member Shares How She Fell for the Breed SUBMITTED BY ANGELA YOUNG

THE MISSION OF THE NORTHEAST Fjord Horse Association (NFHA) is to promote the Fjord horse in any way it can. This year, we will be doing this again in a big way by hosting a Fjord show and inviting the Haflinger breed to join us, and by having a presence, once again, at Equine Affaire. We will also be promoting the breed by having a presence throughout New England at different events. In addition, personal stories also help to promote the breed. The following story from Karen Rosemark does a good job catching the special feature of the Fjord that we’ve all fallen in love with. I think my Fjord story is a good one about the heart of this breed. I had the horse of my life, so I thought, about 15 years ago. Due to a divorce, I was forced to sell him and was heartbroken to see him go. My heart was always thinking about my once-perfect horse, Ben, that I no longer had. He was an 18-hand Belgian with a heart of gold. Years later I remarried and was in the

position to own a horse again. I went in search of that perfect horse. It was not an easy task to make a connection with a horse like I had with Ben. I decided on a well-broke Quarter Horse from a dealer. Little by little, this horse emotionally unraveled. Our relationship ended with him bucking me off and hurting me. I returned him and went back on the search to find that connection I longed for. I became focused on a draft-type horse, since I was always drawn to their kind way, and all I could think about was Ben. A while back, I met a woman who bred Fjords. She called me out of the blue one day and asked if I would like to look at her Fjords. I almost did not go to her farm because I knew that I liked Fjords but probably would not be able to afford one—so, why go and just look at something I could not have? When I got to her place, I walked into her barn to see a Fjord gelding on the cross-ties. He looked directly at me as I did him, and from that distance, I knew.

I went over to touch him, and I felt an overwhelming feeling of love coming from him. I stood frozen as did he, and we just looked at each other. The woman said she knew I had my daughter’s pony at home and would be needing a buddy horse for a while. She said that I could take this Fjord for as long as I needed until I found another horse. She said he was a great babysitter, and I agreed. When I came back to pick him up, I was just so overwhelmed with love for this horse. At home, I walked him into his stall and he looked directly at me, lowered his head and leaned in to hug me. Tears came streaming down my face as I hugged him back. His owner called to see how he was fitting in, and I hesitated, but then told her that I totally loved this horse. She said that she thought I would. In a few days, the owner called again and told me that they would like this horse to be with me and that they would sell him to me if I was interested. The only problem was that he was out of our price range, but my husband saw the connection I had with him and said, “Do it; I’ll make it happen for you.” Well, he did, and this horse, named Mike, is my diamond from my husband. My daughter loves Mike so much that when it was time to re-home her small pony, she wanted nothing but a Fjord. We have two Fjords now.


New England g Paint Horse Club To Host Show with Silver Heels Riding Club SUBMITTED BY KRISSIE FIELDS

NEW ENGLAND PAINT HORSE Association (NEPHA) just finished up its first show in conjunction with New England Pinto Horse Association. Keep posted next month for information and results from the show. In addition to the show season, New England Paint Horse Association is pleased to announce its new venture with Silver Heels Riding Club. At the Silver Heels show to be held on August 18, 2013, located at the Tack Shack in Fremont, NH, New England Paint Horse Club (NEPHC) and Silver Heels Riding Club are proud to present a full slate of American Paint Horse Association-approved classes. American Paint Horst Association (APHA) judge, Steven Shank, of Ransomville, 170 EQUINE


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NY, will be judging both APHA-approved classes as well as Silver Heels classes. This is a terrific opportunity to try your hand at a recognized breed show with your American Paint Horse. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for another Showdown in Skowtown! This NEPHC show will be held on June 22, 2013, at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds in Skowhegan, ME. The show will be a New England Paint/Pinto combined event. The show is slated to be a two-judge event, adjudicated by Sandy Curl of Florida and Pat Smith of Georgia. Stay tuned for more information regarding this show. In other executive news, Kathleen Gallagher, of Salty Lane Farm in Derry,

NH, was recently elected as the third committee member of the executive committee for the Pinto Horse Association of America. Kathy is also slated for the presidency in 2017. Congratulations! Tyler Almonte is Kimberly Almonte’s son, Barbara Eldridge’s grandson, and Kelly Eldridge’s nephew. The information below is reported by Kim Almonte: Tyler is 18, has just graduated from Marine boot camp, and is now in combat training. I could not be more proud of him and what he has accomplished so far being a Marine. The trip to South Carolina was fabulous, and we learned so much about the military and what it takes to be a Marine. It is impressive! We don’t know where he will be stationed, but he is requesting Japan or California as his first choices. NEPHC wishes Tyler Almonte the best of luck in his future. The Almonte/ Eldridge family must be so proud, and we thank him for his dedicated service to our country. For more information, visit Submit news to

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Quarter Pony Association Incorporates New Awards Pilot Program SUBMITTED BY NICKI STEPHENS

GREAT NEWS! THE QUARTER PONY Association (QPA) has announced its approval to add additional events for members in which compete with their qualified International Quarter Pony Association (IQPA)-registered ponies: Polocrosse (not Polo) and Pair Pace—Sport Pony division; and Campdraft—Working Cow Pony division. Get out there and join those events!

QPA’s Facebook Conversations The Quarter Pony Association welcomes Facebook friends. Come check out the conversations, and meet other Quarter Pony (QP) enthusiasts from around the world. They’re talking about their IQPA-registered ponies in the USA, Germany, Australia, Canada, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and beyond. It’s such a fun way to connect! We hope to see you; come chat with us online. The QPA was pleased to present a chance to win a 2013 Youth Membership. An essay contest was held (closed in April) that was made available to QPA Facebook friends. Stay tuned to see this and other fun news.

New Awards Pilot Program The Quarter Pony Association and Aurora Horsemen’s Association (AHA) have announced the QPA-AHA awards pilot program. New in 2013, and in cooperation with AHA, the QPA will be instituting a new pilot awards program. Rhonda Lange, our Colorado QPA representative, will present quality re-purposed trophies to be awarded at the AHA 2013 Year-End Awards Banquet. The Quarter Pony Association is excited to participate in this new program—in support of AHA and our QPA members with qualifying IQPAregistered ponies! QPA would like to encourage all members to seek out similar opportunities within your local area saddle clubs. It’s a great way to recognize local members and their ponies! This year’s generous donors include: trophies by Jack of all Macs, Castle Rock, CO; and trophy re-purposing costs by Painted Peak Ranch and Realty, LLC in Franktown, CO. In further support of local vendors, QPA has selected Alpine Trophies, of Littleton, CO, to perform the trophy re-purposing.

Special thanks are extended to our donors, participating businesses, and the Aurora Horsemen’s Association for their support of this cooperative awards program. Further details may also be found at Thank you, Rhonda, for sharing this information.

Interested in Quarter Ponies? Do you have a pony you would like to register? Come join us in the Quarter Pony journey! We invite you to check our website, the Quarter Pony Association, and our affiliate, the International Quarter Pony Association. Also, remember to visit us both on Facebook. We look forward to you stopping by. Come and learn more. As a reminder, the QPA does not register ponies; however, our affiliate, the IQPA, does. It would be our pleasure to walk you through the application process. Your questions are welcome. For more information on the Quarter Pony Association, visit, and to learn about their affiliate, the International Quarter Pony Association. All submissions for consideration in QPA newsletters become property of the Quarter Pony Association, and no compensation for use shall apply. Submissions may be sent to


Ohio Haflinger Association Changes Show Dates SUBMITTED BY KATINA WILSON

JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE the show season figured out, there is a change of plans! In the previous issue of the Equine Journal, I listed the show dates for the 2013 season. Due to the draft horse division of the Haflinger world staging their national show at the Indiana State Fair in August, the new dates for the Central Ohio Haflinger Show will be August 9-11. This will allow for exhibitors to compete at both the draft nationals and at the Central Ohio show if they so wish. Please mark your calendars with this change. I also wanted to remind everyone

of the upcoming ice cream social and membership meeting. This year, the ice cream social will be held on June 15 at Leon and Annamae Millers house, 4096 Township Road 371, Millersburg, OH. If you are interested in enjoying great food and wonderful friends, please call the Miller’s to RSVP by June 1 at 330-893-3054. I also wanted to show the Ohio Haflinger Association (OHA) members a few pictures of foals born on Judy Winkler’s farm, Roll’n W. A filly, owned by Hickory Creek Performance Horses, out of Lady Liz

RWF by Newman RVM was born in late January. Another filly was born in early March. This filly is out of Daddy’s Girl RWF by Afghan Fire NTF. The Winklers also had a stud colt born in March, also owned by Hickory Creek Performance Horses. Congratulations to the Winklers and to Jill and Craig Sweeting. If you have anything to share with the rest of the Ohio Haflinger community, please remember to either email me at, or send stories about yourself and your Haflingers to: Katina Wilson, 42516 Township Road 1192, Warsaw, OH 43844. If you are on the Internet, and also on FacebookSM, please consider “liking” the Ohio Haflinger’s Facebook page.

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Team Effort Developing a Good Relationship with Your Realtor BY KAREN ELIZABETH BARIL

Equine Journal: Once you’ve found a Realtor you trust, why is it a good idea to sign a buyer’s contract? Shirley Sullivan: Laws vary from state to state. It’s not always required; however, it’s beneficial to both parties. From the agent’s point of view, representing a buyer involves a tremendous amount of work, which they’re happy to do, but having said that, a Realtor needs some assurance that she’ll be compensated for that work when the sale happens. The buyer receives highly upgraded services from the agent when they’re under contract, including putting

the buyer’s interests first. Realtors negotiate on their behalf, assist with due diligence, and more.

EJ: Can you tell us what a Disclosure form is? SS: Here in New Hampshire, all buyers (and sellers) must sign a Disclosure of Agency Relationships form at the very first meeting, but this is not a contract. The disclosure form is simply an explanation of the agent’s role in the process of buying or selling real estate, and, the seller’s or buyer’s options as real estate consumers. EJ: Why does a Realtor ask about the buyers’ finances? SS: We find that serious buyers are focused and want to be ready when the right property comes along, so we do recommend they get pre-approved for financing. This way, they’ll know that if they find a property that appeals to them, they can move forward and buy it. EJ: Do you find that sometimes you have to help buyers avoid making mistakes? SS: Absolutely. There are so many factors involved. For instance, if a buyer hopes to board horses to help pay the mortgage, we help him or her rethink this. It is a very common misconception among buyers that they can use a portion of board money toward mortgage payments. What is not wellknown is that the minute you rely on income from a property, it becomes a commercial loan with a whole new set of guidelines, including larger down payments. Also, what looks like a perfect property may have a restriction on the number of horses that local zoning allows. Using a Realtor that specializes in these kinds of transactions is critical, in my opinion, as these are

just two of many potential roadblocks. EJ: Is it ever OK to ask a Realtor to negotiate his/her commission? SS: Fees, by law, are always negotiable and should be left to the parties involved. The seller should, however, ask specifically what exposure their house would get over and above a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) entry. Buyers of horse farms and facilities want to see a lot more detail than MLS will ever offer. Most Realtor websites merely pull the MLS data into their company’s website. Specialty advertising, like the Equine Journal, is an important part of our marketing plan. EJ: Aside from enlisting the help of a Realtor experienced in selling horse properties, what makes a good agent? SS: First and foremost, a good agent is a good listener. Next, you want a good marketer. We develop long-lasting relationships with the majority of our clients. We try very hard to cover all the bases so that they’re confident when it comes time to make a decision. We’ve sold some farms two and three times over the years. I’d suggest that people interview a few agents, or ask for a referral. After deciding which agents have the most to offer you, choose the one you like, as you will be seeing a lot of him or her. May 2013

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OUR SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT farm began in northwest Connecticut. Before the Realtor® would agree to show us the property, she asked us to sign a contract. The contract stated that if we were to buy the property she showed us, that we’d agree to let her handle the transaction. That seemed fair—we signed the contract—and she showed us the property, which we loved. The only drawback was that it was just too far from our workplaces. We felt like we had wasted her time. After all, distance should have been something we’d already narrowed down, but the Realtor, a horse owner herself, simply took us back to her office, poured us a cup of coffee, and then asked a lot of questions. She wanted to know how many horses we owned. Did we trail ride, practice dressage, or did we plan on breeding or boarding horses? If we wanted to take lessons, did we mind having to trailer out? What were our goals for the future? And, perhaps the key question was—how far were we willing to travel to get to work? That began a team effort between our Realtor and us to find a horse property that fit our lifestyle. This month, we talk to Shirley Sullivan, owner of Farms and Barns Real Estate LLC, in New Boston, NH. Shirley is a 30-plus year veteran of all things real estate, with a prime focus on horse farm sales. Here’s what we learned.

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15-19 ■ SHOWPLACE SPRING CLASSIC Gilberts, IL. CONTACT: Patrick Boyle, 847-274-6834,,

10 ■ NH HORSE & TRAILL Deerfield, NH. CONTACT: John Lampropaulos, sherri2517@,

16-19 ■ SANDHILLS SPRING CLASSIC USEF H/J “A” SHOW W Raeford, NC. CONTACT: Leslie 540-4602305,

10-11 ■ NWHA VIRGINIA CLASSIC Lexington, VA. CONTACT: NWHA Office, 859-252-6942,,

16-19 ■ BUFFALO SHOWTIME I HORSE SHOW W Hamburg, NY. CONTACT: Craig Brown, 585-657-4528,

10-11 ■ AIKEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVALL Aiken, SC. CONTACT: 803-649-3505,,

17-19 ■ 2013 SUMMER GAMES EQUESTRIAN COMPETITION Bryan, TX. CONTACT: Sue Galkantas, 512-491-2943,,


10-12 ■ HVAHA 30TH ANNIVERSARY ANNUAL HORSE SHOW* West Springfield, MA. CONTACT: Beth Barnes, 860-302-2061, bbarnesarabshow@,

04 ■ BISHOP’S ORCHARDS DONKEY & MULE SHOW W Guilford, CT. CONTACT: Kimberly Brockett, 203-453-2338,,

10-12 ■ NHHJA SPRING SHOW W Swanzey, NH. CONTACT: Cindy McLaughlin, 603-533-5783,,

18 ■ H.R.C.N.J. HORSE SHOWS Wayne, NJ. CONTACT: Horsemen’s Riding Club of North Jersey, 973-872-4286,

11 ■ STEPPING STONE Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Janie Weber, 203-438-7749, weberjanie@hotmail. com,

18 ■ CARRIAGE TOWN HORSE SHOW W Amesbury, MA. CONTACT: Felicia Knowles, 603-474-3156,,

04 ■ THE FRIENDLY HORSEMAN’S CLUB FUN SHOW. Denver, PA. CONTACT: Alice Hummel, 717-484-2222, or Donna Fisher, 717-203-0797. 04 ■ WILD AIRE FARM HUNTER JUMPER SHOW W Southbridge, MA. CONTACT: 508-765-0641,, 04-05 ■ WESTON/WAYLAND HORSE SHOW W Weston, MA. CONTACT: 04-05 ■ THE BLACK-EYED SUSAN HORSE SHOW W Upper Marlboro, MD. CONTACT: 410-8677923,, 04-05 ■ SOUTHWEST CACTUS CLASSIC Scottsdale, AZ. CONTACT: Joe Husband, 602-821-4284. 04-05 ■ SHOW & TELL AQHA INTRODUCTORY SHOW W Scotia, NY. CONTACT: 518-466-2445,,

11-12 ■ THE BLACK-EYED SUSAN HORSE SHOW Upper Marlboro, MD. CONTACT: 410-8677923,, 11-12 ■ LAKE ST. LOUIS SCHOOLING SHOW W St. Louis, MI. CONTACT: John McQueen, 318-348-8233,, 11-12 ■ ALL GAME SHOW Parish, NY. CONTACT:, 11-12 ■ PSJ HORSE SHOW W Aiken, SC. CONTACT: 803-649-3505,, 12 ■ ASAM 18TH ANNUAL DUNGRASS LIVING CLASS HORSE SHOW Hollis, ME. CONTACT: Rick Drew, 207-272-0082,,

04-05 ■ WINDFALL FARM Goshen, OH. CONTACT: Erica Staib, 513-680-3690, ericastaib@,

12 ■ SOUTH SHORE HORSEMEN’S COUNCILL Raynham, MA. CONTACT: Brian Wise, 508-946-5477,,


12 ■ GLEN FARM HUNT SHOW W Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: Ted Torrey, 401-848-4536,,


12 ■ WHITE HORSE HILLL Richmond, MA. CONTACT: Paula Subklow, 413-698-2988, judy@,



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18 ■ YOUNG HORSE SHOW W Bethel, PA. CONTACT: 805-769-6006, info@younghorseshow. com,

18-19 ■ SPRING HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW W South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509, 18-19 ■ YOUTH/AMATEUR WEEKEND Scotia, NY. CONTACT: 518-466-2445, winningweekends@, 18-19 ■ CAROUSEL HORSE FARM OPEN SHOW SERIES Sterling, CT. CONTACT: Lisa LeDoux, 860-564-7892,, 19 ■ CONNECTICUT COLOR BREED ASSOCIATION HORSE SHOW W Terryville, CT. CONTACT:, 19 ■ WORCESTER CO. HORSE PROGRAM COUNCIL SHOW - CMHSS Spencer, MA. CONTACT: 508-885-4891,, 19 ■ MYSTIC VALLEY RATED HUNT SEAT T Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-7934,, 19 ■ HUDSON VALLEY HORSE SHOWS AT STABLES AT MIRABELLA Florida, NY. CONTACT:,

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MAY CALENDAR 19 ■ NHQHA SPRING NOVICE & ALL BREED SHOW W Pembroke, NH. CONTACT: 19 ■ CONNECTICUT COLOR BREED OPEN SHOW W Harwinton, CT. CONTACT: 19 ■ WILD AIRE FARM HUNTER JUMPER SHOW W Southbridge, MA. CONTACT: 508-765-0641,, 19 ■ NORTH SHORE HORSEMEN’S W Chester, NH. COUNCIL PLEASURE SHOW CONTACT: Sheralyn Prieskorn, 781-526-6604,, 19 ■ CORNERSTONE FARM HORSE SHOW Haverhill, MA. CONTACT: 19 ■ AZRAEL ACRES SUMMER SHOW SERIES Uxbridge, MA. CONTACT: 19-20 ■ SCHEFFELRIDGE FARM Paris, KY. CONTACT: Nori Scheffel, 859-509-0404, nori@, 22-26 ■ SOUTHWEST CLASSIC Tyler, TX. CONTACT: Patrick Rodes, 940-240-1207. 22-26 ■ LEDGES SPRING CLASSIC Gilberts, IL. CONTACT: Patrick Boyle, 847-274-6834, 22-26 ■ NASHVILLE COUNTRY Y Franklin, TN. CONTACT: Robin Anderton, 615-791-8182, 24-25 ■ MARYLAND SUMMER CLASSIC Owings Mills, MD. CONTACT: Alan Lohman, 410-596-2051, 24-25 ■ BURLINGTON SPRING SHOW W Burlington, KY. CONTACT: Jim Davis, 859-472-1322 or 859-912-1261, 24-26 ■ GREATER BOSTON CHARITY HORSE SHOW W Topsfield, MA. CONTACT: John Lampropolas, 603-770-1884, 24-26 ■ AMHA WESTERN NEW YORK K Hamburg, NY. CONTACT: Mike Kropp, 585-548-7626,, 24-26 ■ AHC OF CT HORSE SHOW W West Springifled, MA. CONTACT: Beth A. Barnes, 860-3022061, 24-26 ■ FALLS CREEK FARM/CQHA Oneco, CT. CONTACT: Marge Tanner, 603-746-3813, 24-27 ■ MEQHA PINE TREE CLASSIC AQHA/ NSBA Hollis, ME. CONTACT: 25 ■ MERRIMACK COUNTY 4-H LEADERS OPEN HORSE SHOW W Hopkinton, NH. CONTACT:, 603-780-4968. 25 ■ WESTBROOK HUNT CLUB MAY Y Westbrook, CT. CONTACT: Mary Lynne Rahlson 860-399-6317,, 25-26 ■ HOUSE MOUNTAIN HORSE SHOW W Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Virginia Horse Center, 540-464-2950, 25-26 ■ 103RD NORFOLK HUNT HORSE SHOW W Medfield, MA. CONTACT: Catherine Kennedy, 617-817-2702, fosterkennedy@gmail. com, 25-27 ■ COUNTRY HEIR Fayetteville, OH. CONTACT: Frankie Stark, 513-875-3318, 26 ■ SANDY POINT SHOW SERIES Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: Jay Sargent, 401-842-9300,, 26 ■ NEMHS SUMMER KICKOFF Millis, MA. CONTACT: Missy Tansey, 207-887-4050,



27 ■ NORFOLK HUNT DERBY CROSS Medfield, MA. CONTACT: Erica Foley, 508-380-5181, ehnf@,

12 ■ BSTRA SCAVENGER HUNT RIDE Upton, MA. CONTACT: Lurissa, 508-868-7397, risster38@,

27 ■ SMOKE RISE RIDING CLUB Butler, NJ. CONTACT: Shirley Grisewood, 908-832-7402,

12 ■ VERDA BARE BONES 50-MILE END RIDE Cornish, NH. CONTACT: Ruth Ferland, 603-675-6833,

27 ■ STEPPING STONE FARM MAY II Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Joan Haley 203-259-7783,

Y Hoosier National 17-18 ■ MAUMEE VALLEY Forest, Norman, IN. CONTACT: Connie Caudill, 812-967-5973,

29-06/02 ■ NASHVILLE CLASSIC Franklin, TN. CONTACT: Robin Andertone, 615-791-8182, info@,


31-06/02 ■ SBRAA LEE-JACKSON CLASSIC Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Karen Pennington 540-872-2637, horsesnheelers@,

19 ■ WGHA MAY BRUNCH & TRAIL RIDE Warwick, RI. CONTACT: Ida Sweet 401-8370732,,

31-06/02 ■ BOUMI TEMPLE HORSE SHOW Owings Mills, MD. CONTACT: Gary Baker, 540-687-3455.


HUNTER PACES 04 ■ BSTRA SPRING HUNTER PACE SET-UP Douglas, MA. CONTACT: Becky, 508-4763960,, 05 ■ BSTRA SPRING HUNTER PACE Douglas, MA. CONTACT: Sharron, 413-267-4826,, 19 ■ TANHEATH HUNTER PACE Upton, MA. CONTACT: Melanie Chace, 508-579-4840,,


24-26 ■ GMHA MEMORIAL DAY PLEASURE RIDES South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509, 25-26 ■ GRAND ISLAND RIDE Hiawatha National Forest, MI. CONTACT: 906-226-2161,, 25-27 ■ BSTRA MEMORIAL DAY CAMP OUT T Carver, MA. CONTACT: Rose, 401-762-4805,, 31-06/01 ■ TOP OF THE ROCK K Clark State Forest, Henryville, IN. CONTACT: Lois McAfee, 812-294-1776,


27 ■ WEST GREENWICH MEMORIAL DAY PARADE West Greenwich, RI. CONTACT: LuAnn Grafe, 401-397-2292,,



18 ■ NE SIX SHOOTERS GYMKHANA DAY Y Dunstable, MA. CONTACT: redlila@comcast. net,



04 ■ BILTMORE CHALLENGE Biltmore Estate, Ashville, NC. CONTACT: Cheryl Newman, 828-665-1531. 04-05 ■ WHITE RIVER SPRING RIDE Fremont, MI. CONTACT: Wayne Gastfield, 231-924-2605, 05 ■ RISPCA 11TH ANNUAL HORSE RIDE FUNDRAISER Warwick, RI. CONTACT: Julie Nadro, 401-438-8150,, 10 ■ TRAIL RIDING 101 CLINIC Cornish, NH. CONTACT: Douglas Bejarone, 802-484-3406,



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ADVERTISERS INDEX A & B Lumber & Barns..............................................9

Jumper Classic, Inc................................................119

Photoart By Jill .......................................................111

Achille Agway.......................................................... y 106

Kathleen Crosby Dressage.................................129

Post University......................................................... y 56

Advanced Barn Construction ..............................49

Blue Seal ...................................................Back Cover

Poulin Grain...................................................150, 151

Andis Company, Inc. ...............................................14

Kerrits Equestrian Activewear, .........................126

Precise Buildings .....................................................24

Ariat International ...........................................96, 97

Key R-D Trailer Sales............................................125

Professional’s Choice .............................................13

Attwood Equestrian Surfaces.............................10

Kim Sieurin/Esterbrookk ......................................113

Purina Animal Nutrition Llc..........................24, 25

Aubuchon Hardware ..............................................37

King Construction ......................................................3

Pyranha Inc................................................................50

B&D Builders ................................................................5

Kingston Trailers, Inc. ..........................................167

Ramard, Inc ...............................................................67

Back Bay Farm........................................................113

Kloter Farms..............................................................46

Rosewater Gypsy Farm .........................................76

Barn Store Of New England, Llc......................169

Kyriebrook Farm, Ltd. ..........................................131

Bay State Trail Riders Associaton ..................146

Labyrinth Farm.......................................................105

Becker College..........................................................53

Lake Placid Horse Show........................................94

Bedard Farm ...........................................................100

Legacy Building Solutions ...................................47

Blarney Stone Acres...............................................75

Life Data Labs, Inc...................................................69

Blue Seal Dealer ad ....................................162, 163

Linear Rubber Products........................................50

Bridgewater Farm Supply Co. ...........................114

Lubrisyn .........................................................................1

Center Hill Barns .....................................................49

Lucas Equine Equipment, Inc. ............................45

Cheshire Fair Horse Show w .................................... 93

Lucerne Farms ..........................................................65

Chocolate Horse Farm ...........................................75

Lucky’s Trailer Sales .............................................129

Circle B, Inc ..............................................................156

Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc............................23

Classic Equine Equipment ...................................29

Morrisville State College.......................................60

Clear Span..................................................................11

Morton Buildings.....................................................89

Dana Hall Riding Center....................................... r 60

Mountain Top Inn & Resort .................................69

Desiderio Ltd.............................................................81

MSPCA at Nevins Farm..........................................51

Dover Saddlery............................................................ y 4

Mt. Holyoke College................................................56


Myopia Hunt Club .................................................108

Emerald Valley Botanicials ..................................41

NEDA ..........................................................................132

Equestrian Outfitters...........................................146

Norfolk Hunt Horse Club ...............................39, 51

Equestrian Sports Promotion / Iron Springs

Norfolk Power Equipment, Inc...........................35

Triple Crown Feed ................................Inside Front

Farm .............................................................................84

North Brook Farms .................................................91

Tufts University...................................................... y 125

Equine Colic Relief Clinic ....................................134

Northhampton Hunter Jumper........................ r 108

University Of New Hampshire............................59


Nutrena Feeds ..........................................................31

Vermont Summer Festival...................................33

EQyss Grooming Products ......................................2

Oak Meadow Farm ................................................115

Vermont Technical College..................................58

Farm Credit..............................................................179

Old Town Cover Story.................................... y 18, 19

Volo Farm .................................................................113

Farnam Companies Inc.............................................7

Old Salem Farm .......................................................83

We Cover Structures Inc .....................................105

GGT Footing/Winsor Farm Sales .......................26

On The Road Trailers, Inc. ........................100, 139

William Woods University.................................... y 57

Hill View Mini Barns..............................................105

Orchard Trailers, Inc. ............................................209

Willowdale Trailers ...............................................123

Horizon Structures ...............................................129

Paul Congelosi Trailer Sales ................................15

Winsor Farm Sales, Inc. .......................................115

Horse Shows In The Sun ............................. 77, 117

Performance Edge................................................115

Yered Trailers ............................................................93

Saddle Shed ..............................................................34 Santa Cruz Biotechnologyy ................................... 68 Shire’s Equestrain Products- Contest..............21 Shuck Fence Company.......................................... y 49 Smartpak Equine..................................... 87,99, 155 Snug Cottage Hardware Inc. ...............................47 Spalding Advertising .............................................17 Springfield Fence Co., Inc...................................139 St. Andrews Presbyterian.....................................60 Stillwater Farm.........................................................73 Stoneleigh-Burnham School...............................59 Strain Family Horse Farm ..................................106 Sweet PDZ..................................................................37 T.J. Holmes Company, Inc. ..................................136 The Carriage Shed...................................................61 The Cheshire Horse Of Keene...........................106 The University Of Findlayy .................................... 57 Tom Balding Bits & Spurs ..................................159

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Soft Landing “I JUST DON’T BOUNCE LIKE I USED to.” How often have you heard your friends of a certain age say that? It’s our cute way of saying things that used to bend, now break; and, things that used to heal quickly, now take a lot longer. Thus, falling is a much bigger deal to us than it used to be—which leads to the worst enemies of riding: fear, hesitation, and excessive caution. So, I’ve decided that it would be a great service to my age cohorts to develop some fall prevention and remediation devices. I’ve got a team of brilliant rogue engineers and scientists working on it (at least, in my fevered imagination). And, here are some of their promising early projects, from least to most complex: 1. The mattress solution. This is actually one you can implement yourself. You see, you just lay out the pattern of what you want to work on that day in the arena, and fill in all the spaces with mattresses. That way, when you fall, you’ve got a place to land! Bonus: It makes it very clear to your horse where to put his feet, and where not to. Or, you could use “mattress walking” as an additional skill-builder for him. 2. The trampoline solution. A bit more complicated, this uses roboticallycontrolled trampolines. Combining the controls of a Roomba® robot vacuum cleaner with a mechanical cow-cutting device with the Mars Rover, the trampolines move along with you at any gait and in any pattern you may be riding. If you part company, the Robo-Tramp or Trampobot (we’re still market-testing names) senses your trajectory with its electric eye, and makes sure it is at the proper impact point. If you do it right, you can bounce right back up into the saddle! An instructional DVD is included. Bonus: Your horse gets so dang bulletproof from these moving trampolines, you’ll be able to ride him calmly through a demolition derby. 3. The circus solution. Have you ever seen those cool contraptions that the circus acrobats and vaulters use? You’re all strung up with a belt around your waist, and if you mess up your triple backward somersault on the high 208 EQUINE


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wire, you dangle gracefully in the air instead of crash-landing in the dirt. My research and development team has a similar concept for indoor arenas. Every rider is hooked up to a device that crisscrosses and zigzags along the struts of the arena, sort of a zip-line and circus acrobat device combined. If you have an unplanned dismount, instead of falling down, you fall up; as your horse goes galloping gaily off, you do your best impression of Peter Pan and fly gracefully above him. And, you can be lowered right back onto his back as he comes underneath you again. It’s a bit complicated, but less cluttery in the arena than the mattresses or the trampolines. 4. The antigravity solution. This is a very space-age concept, but my R&D team thinks we can get it to work. Of course, installation will cost you, oh, a NASA-sized budget, but it will be so worth it! Sophisticated sensors in your tack and clothing will instantly sense when you are beyond the point of no return—or even that most dreaded situation, when your horse is about to fall down with

you aboard. The sensors immediately activate the Antigravity Field installed in and around your arena, creating, with a combination of electromagnetic pulsation, superconducting discs, and magic, a completely gravity-free zone. There are some kinks to be worked out, of course; currently, both the horse and rider go gravity-free, as well as the arena footing, jumps, mounting blocks, assorted dogs, and anything else in the arena. Tests reveal that horses require a little desensitization to this experience, which is proving, shall we say, difficult. But, stay tuned; soon we expect to have the price down to equal the gross domestic product (GDP) of a small industrialized country, making it affordable for—well, nobody really. Until we get one of these on the market, though, you’re still at the mercy of gravity. So, just sit tight. Literally. ANGE DICKSON FINN is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom who is willing to test out antigravity, but not so sure if her horse is. Visit her at, or email her at



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