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contents features 46 6 Food for Thought Nutrition tips for stallions, broodmares, and foals. BY KAREN ELIZABETH BARIL

54 Power Steering Accessing the keys to shoulder control. BY JENNIFER ROBERTS

58 Blurring the Lines From the gridiron to the dressage ring, Max Montoya has broken the barriers between mainstream and equestrian sports. BY KATHRYN SELINGA

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14 Editor’s Note 16 On the Road 18 Letters to the Editor 20 In Your Words 25 Points of Interest 28 Now You Know 30 Ten Things 32 Prepurchase Exam 33 Hunter/Jumper Pointers 34 Driving Pointers 36 Ask the Vet

lifestyle 65 Travel 67 Equestrian Fashion 68 Equestrian Fitness 69 Collecting Thoughts 102

the scoop 73 Industry Wide News 79 Industry Wide Affiliates 85 Hunter/Jumper 94 Eventing 99 Dressage 102 Driving 105 Western 108 Distance Riding/Trail 109 Morgan 113 Arabian 117 Quarter Horse 120 Baroque 123 Breed Affiliates

88 Hendrik Gundersen and Adlanteur handily win the $25,00 ESP Year-End Grand Prix. 102 Carolyn Wehle describes the challenges and the rewards of making the move from eventing to combined driving. 113 The talented Jim Stachowski is awarded th C.J. “June”

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Pearlie King, a 5-year-old Gypsy Vanner stallion owned by Robin Visceglia, is standing at stud for 2014 at Stillwater Farm in Cashiers, NC. Photo by Mark J. Barrett.

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Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride OPERATIONS MANAGER


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Our Obsession ’TIS THE MONTH OF LOVE— and who knows better about this heart fluttering, obsessed craziness than us horse people. It may be hard for those not afflicted to understand why we adore our equine companions so much, but I don’t have to explain it to readers—you understand, and every month we enjoy feeding into your lust with our content on all things horses. This month, Karen Baril tackles the topic of nutrition for your breeding stock. Whether it is your stallion, pregnant or lactating mare, or foal, Karen tracks down the best advice from equine nutritionists and veterinarians so you can be sure your horses are getting the proper nutrients to reach their peak. See page 46. A favorite pastime for horse llovers is wandering the aisles of the tack store staring, and perhaps drooling a bit, at the many pieces of equipment—one of them being dressage nosebands. There are so many choices, and what level you ride at, the experience of your horse, and whether it is legal in the show ring or not, all play a part in the proper selection. We had Natalie DeFee Mendik gather the facts from the pros on each type of noseband, so you can have the details at your fingertips. Learn about the many types on page 38. And for a story of a man who went from one passion to another, don’t miss our own Kathryn Selinga’s interview with former NFL guard for the Cincinnati Bengals, Max Montoya. He went from playing in two Super Bowls to competing in combined driving—with quite interesting marathon attire. He says there are more similarities between the sports than one may think. Hear more from Montoya on his experiences on page 58. We hope this issue will help satisfy your horse craze until the weather starts to warm up and we can get back to riding without having to bundle up. Managing Editor

Be a Part of the Equine Journal » This month in our “In Your Words” column, we asked what crazy things you did with your horse as a kid that you wouldn’t dream of doing now. See the answers on page 20. We would love to feature your answer to next month’s question. Visit us on Facebook, or send your answers to » If you have a great photo of your horse you would like to see as our Photo of the Month, email it to » Do you have a horse health or training question? Send your questions to, and we will have a leading veterinarian or trainer provide the answers you are looking for.



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Beating the Winter Blues THIS PAST MONTH, I AM ASHAMED TO report that I did not attend a single equestrian event. As I write this column, it is the beginning of January, and we’re in the midst of battling snowstorm after snowstorm (with a random thunderstorm thrown in between!), and temperatures that would make even penguins run for cover. Now that the holidays are officially over—although Valentine’s Day is soon approaching— I’ve found myself looking forward to the start of the year-end awards season, which for the most part, took a brief hiatus between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. However, not everyone may be attending an awards ceremony in the near future, or has the luxury of riding in an indoor. Here are a few things that I’ve been doing to help me cope while I’m waiting for the warmer weather—and show season—to begin.

Already dreaming of warmer weather: [ABOVE] Me with Robert Lee; [LEFT] Arsenio Garcia riding Bracewood Picture Perfect at the 2013 Saratoga Springs Horse Show.

Cleaning Tack Since I no longer have a horse to call my own, I’ve been sudsing up my tack with a sponge and leather cleaner, so that it’s ready to go, come spring. Although I don’t plan on using it in the show ring anytime soon, that doesn’t mean I can’t have the cleanest tack out on the trails!

Getting Fit When I can’t get in some saddle time, I make sure that I stay fit by working out…a lot. I spend a lot of time running on the treadmill, and we all know how yoga and pilates can help benefit the rider’s core, giving them a more balanced seat and an overall better position in the saddle.

Shopping ’Til I Drop I think we’re all pretty much guilty of this one, especially since (as this issue comes out), there’s been enough time to recover from Christmas, return all the no-nonsense gifts we don’t want or need, and purchase that new riding helmet we’ve been drooling over. Mine hit the five-year mark in 2014, and I want to follow proper safety procedures.

Pining After My Next Dream Horse This one isn’t too hard to do, since I work for an equine magazine—I can very easily take a look through the pages of the Equine Journal or go online to look for that $20,000 warmblood I would love to purchase in the near future. He’s also going to launch my Olympic show jumping career, even though I’ve spent the past three years plodding around on the trails.

Planning Out the 2014 Event Season I may not be competing this year, but I’ll certainly be making the rounds on the show circuit. Plotting out which events I plan on attending at the beginning of the year is something I have started to relish. Executive Editor



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A TuffRider Sheet for Your Thoughts!

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

It was a pleasure to read about the Congratulations to Columbus Day Camp Peggy Sise for winning of our New York Upper February’s letter-of-theConnecticut Region month! She will receive Pony Club in your a thermal blanket from TuffRider. December issue. This is a treasured tradition made possible by the hard work of pony club volunteers. At the end of the weekend the bonds between riders and their horses are much stronger. Have fun, pony club kids! - Peggy Sise, Franklin, CT

A girl, a horse, and a special bond Ainsley Myers, 13, and her horse, Gazant, share a hug in Sunset, LA, after a productive workout in the round pen. Gazant, a Dutch Warmblood, is stabled at Coteau Grove Farms—a breeding farm of Thoroughbred racehorses founded by her grandparents, Keith and Ginger Myers. Ainsley and her family love horses, and every afternoon after school she heads straight for the farm to work with Gazant. The two have developed a strong bond and obviously enjoy working with each other. 18


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I enjoyed reading the article “Left in the Cold” regarding the new equine sport “skijoring.” It’s a new, refreshing idea since the Cowboy Mounted Games. I like to peruse the Equine Journall every month—it has some great articles, however, as a pleasure trail rider, I would love to see more articles on trail riding, trails, and trail accessibility, and horse camping areas and overnight stabling facilities available, especially in the State of Maine, as I know there is an abundance of ATV/snowmobile trails and Rails to Trails open to equines as well there. - Susan St. Amand, Strasburg, VA I would like to give a big shout out to Elisabeth as well as the whole Equine Journall team for my box of Journals, copies of The Voice, and my calendars! Our clients will love them and I truly appreciate it. Thanks so much and Happy Trails! - Chris Wheeler St Cyr, South Sutton, NH I wanted to send you this fun photograph taken by my friend, Alissa Greenwald. The bay horse sitting like a dog is my six-year-old off-the-trackThoroughbred, Fletcher. He was napping next to his 40-year-old pony buddy, Blue, and sat up when my friend was walking by to catch her horse. He is actually sitting still, not trying to stand up! - Kelly Hunt, Via Email I would love to see an article on how beneficial horseback riding and trail riding is for its riders. The social and physical benefits as well as what we gain from horses. - Heather Evans, Via Facebook We’ve been perusing our December issue of Equine Journall and saw the article, “First Responders Converge,” written by Kathryn Selinga and highlighting the Equine Rescue and Training provided by our own Roger Lauze. We were thrilled with the article—as well as the exposure it affords our programs. We loved [Kathryn’s] writing and appreciate the amount of time that she spent on site and with Roger in producing this article. - Julia Pesek, Community Outreach Coordinator, MSPCA at Nevins Farm, Methuen, MA

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weather, but it’s OK—we took our socks and shoes off! -Misty Coe I used to be a roman rider with the Texas White Horse Troop in 1976. Roman riding is riding two horses while standing on their backs. We also jumped the team over a 2'6" jump. Today an 18" fence is big for me. -Susan Dudasik

Jumped bareback over a VW Bug parked next to a fence— with a halter and lead shank. Yes, I had no fear…or brains. -MaryAnn Wagner

What crazy things g did you do with your horse when you were a kid that yyou wouldn’t dream of doing now? For Next Month:

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We played chicken, riding at a gallop while sitting backwards, the first one to turn around was a chicken. -Beth Vann Galloping up and down steep rocky terrain like in the old western movies! -Jen Taylor Riding bareback while standing on my horse. -Sirpa Kivilahti We went swimming with the horses bareback in a bailing twine bridle in the freezing

Racing across the pasture toward the barn bareback with only a halter. --Lorri Casner Basara I rode for years without a helmet and went places totally by myself where no one knew where I was. No cell phones back then. -Myke Ramsey I used to jump huge fences pseudo sidesaddle (just threw one stirrup over so they were both on one side)...but I always wore a helmet, even back then in pre-helmet harness days (often the helmet would hit the ground before you did). -Karen Sliker Carrubba As a teenager I would run and jump on my horses from behind the hindquarters onto their back. -Karen Brown Henderson I would ride barefoot, shorts, tank, and no helmet, and jump anything that didn’t move! -Tina Bernard Nichols

From Our Staff Attempting to jump my pony, Stormy, sidesaddle—and by sidesaddle, I mean bareback with both legs on a single side. - Jennifer Roberts, Social Editor Equine Journall encourages everyone to ride safely.

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Riding bareback in a head collar while leading to others with just head collars on, a mile back to a field on the road. You don’t see danger when you’re young… plus, there was less traffic in those days! -Elizabeth Severn

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POINTS OF INTEREST p. 25 | NOW YOU KNOW p. 28 | 10 THINGS p. 30 | PREPURCHASE EXAM p. 32 QUICK TIPS p. 33 & 34 | ASK THE VET p. 36

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Photo of the Month

Audrey King and her first pony, Tony, in 1964. Audrey says, “I saved for years...had $103 dollars with nothing larger than a quarter. My folks kicked in the rest for a purchase price of $150 on my seventh birthday.” He was purchased from Kay and Russ Pfeiffer of a Welsh pony farm in Carnation, WA. They picked a good one for Audrey to learn on...with many more lessons for the next 45 years.


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Silver Anniversary In 1988, Mountain Horse founder Lars Sjöswärd created the world’s first winterlined equestrian riding boots—the Winter Rider, the hybrid riding shoes—Easy Rider, and the well-ventilated and cozy Rocky Mountain riding jacket, all with his young daughter Catherina in mind. Lars wanted Catherina to be warm and comfortable while riding during Sweden’s harsh winters. Twenty-five years later, Mountain Horse products are sold in 35 countries around the world. The company is still based on the same solid foundation as it was in 1988 with fashion, function, comfort, durability, safety, and innovation as its trademark features. Their passion for their products is matched only by their love for equestrian sports. [ BOOK ]

Dressage for the Not-SoPerfect Horse: Riding Through the Levels on the Peculiar, Opinionated, Complicated Mounts We All Love

What significant other? I have my horse!

BY JANET FOY WITH NANCY JONES, 192 pages, hardcover,


Share the Love We asked: Is your significant other jealous of your horse?

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Trafalgar Square Books (, 2012, $32.95.

Finally, a book for the rest of us: riding horses that just didn’t seem to read the manual. This expertly written guide uide discusses not only how to introduce the movements to your Media horse, but what to do when Review those plans go awry. A list of commonly seen “imperfections and evasions” accompanies the text and instructional photography. h BOTTOM LINE: These training tips and inno-

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Did You Know?Arizona,

Stay Informed, Get Discounts

In the state of wboys it is illegal for co a to walk through g in ar hotel lobby we s. their spur

Are you an alumnus from an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team? Whether or not you still ride, work in the horse industry, or simply recall riding for your team as among the halcyon days of your collegiate career, IHSA wants to hear from you. A new Alumni page and Alumni Contact List, launched on the official IHSA website (, have been created to bring former riders and teammates closer together. You don’t have to be an active competitor to stay connected or follow your former college or university coach and team.

What is Vegetable Oil? The ingredient list on your horse feed’s nutrition label is your most important source of information when evaluating a feed or supplement. Often times, feed items are clumped together in one term. This is typically the case with added fat. Many manufacturers will list fat content as simply, “vegetable oil,” leaving you, the consumer, with absolutely no idea of the source. The only thing this tells you is that the fat is not of animal origin. But there are many vegetable oils available—the most commonly added ones being soybean, corn, and coconut oils. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to know what is in your horse’s feed. Call the manufacturer for clarification. Don’t guess when it comes to your equine’s health. From Juliet Getty Ph.D,

Celebration The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is world-renowned for its “Musical Ride,” the stunning spectacle that is a living symbol of Canada. Breyer’s officially licensed beautiful black RCMP Musical Ride horse celebrates the striking appearance, impeccable training, and stellar choreography of the show.

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

There are no muscles in a horse’s legs below the knees and hocks, only skin, hair, bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and the assorted specialized p hoof tissues.


The horse’s circulatory system includes the fourchambered heart, which averages 8.5 pounds in weight, as well as the blood and blood vessels.


The horse’s digestive system is approximately 100 feeet long; most of the length is co omprised of the intestines. A fully developed horse will have 12 incisors, 12 premolars, and 12 molars. In addition to the incisors, premo olars and molars, some, but not all, equines may also have can nine teeth and wolf teeth.

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A horse’s skeleton contains 205 bones.

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The Marvelous Marwari BY JENNIFER ROBERTS


The Marwari is a rare breed of horse from the Marwar (or Jodhpur) region of India.

Known for their inward-turning ear tips, the Marwaris come in all colors; however pinto patterns are highly sought after by buyers and breeders. Although white horses are bred specifically for religious use in India, they are not accepted into the studbooks.



The Marwari often exhibits a natural ambling gait, much like the pace, called the aphcal, revaal, or rehwal.

Hair whorls and the placement of them are important to breeders and owners of Marwaris. Horses with long whorls down the neck are called devman and considered lucky, while horses with multiple whorls below the eyes are called anusudhal and are unpopular with buyers. Fetlock whorls are thought to bring victory.



Correct Marwari conformation is based on proportions that are all related to the width of a finger (which is said to be the equal to five grains of barley). The length of the face should be between 28 and 40 fingers, and the length from the poll to the dock should be four times the length of the face.


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The Rathores, rulers of Marwar and successful Rajput cavalry, were the traditional breeders of the Marwari. They believed that the horse could only leave a battlefield under one of three conditions— victory, death, or carrying a wounded soldier to safety.

Francesca Kelly founded the Marwari Bloodlines group in 1995, with the goal of promoting and preserving the breed. In 1999, Kelly and Raghuvendra Singh Dundlod founded the Indigenous Horse Society of India, an association that works with the government, breeders, and the public to promote and conserve the Marwari.


A registration process for the Marwari horse was initiated in 2009. The process includes an evaluation of the horse against the breed standards, during which identifiable marks and physical dimensions are recorded. After the evaluation, horses are cold branded with their registration numbers and photographed.




The exportation of the Marwari horse from India was banned for decades, but between 2000 and 2006, a small number of exports were allowed. Since 2008, visas allowing temporary travel of Marwaris outside of India have been available in small numbers.

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Dressage Girths Humane Dressage Girth

This unique looking girth not only got us thinking, but our horses seemed to appreciate it as well. The shaping allowed for freer movement of the front legs by giving the elbows clearance, but that was not the most appealing part of this girth. The elastic at the ends self-adjusts to provide equal tension on both billets through the use of the “humane” V billets. We found that while many horses performed at status quo in this girth, a few sensitive equines really seemed to be more comfortable and at ease with this sliding billet design. BUY IT: $153.90,

Wintec Pro Elastic Girth

This equisuede girth gives you the look of leather with the advantages of a synthetic. The elastic encased through the length of the girth, provides a seamless finish and allows the horse’s ribcage to expand and compress as he works. The shaping of the girth helps to avoid chafing and girth galls. Easy to wash and care for, it makes an excellent schooling girth with a look that is easily worn into the show ring. A bit stiff at first, it quickly broke in within a few rides. BUY IT: $69.95,

Keeping you centered as you head down centerline, girths are big news. This month, we put them through their paces. SMx VenTECH Dressage Girth

Easy to wash and care for, this girth highlights a ventilated neoprene that allows the horse’s heat and perspiration to escape, unlike traditional neoprene girths that trap in the heat. The liner is also completely removable from the rest of the double stitched nylon girth for easy and consistent st cleaning; just be advised that it takes a practiced hand or a few tries to put it back together again. The non-slip neoprene keeps your saddle in place without over-tightening. The high quality stainless steel roller buckles ensure that this girth will be long lasting, with the double elastic allowing seamless adjustability. BUY IT: $69.95,

Mattes Sheepskin Contoured Girth with Detachable Cover

This gorgeous girth really caught our eye. The luxurious sheepskin covering naturally relieves pressure points as well as wicks away moisture. Combined with the anatomically correct shape, it also provides excellent protection from rubs and galls. The system for removving the sheepskin makes cleaning a b breeze eze and is even easy to get the girth back to working order. The high quality stainless steel roller buckles have a unique spring system that make tightening the girth easy work. A bit thicker than the others we tested, you may need to go up a size to obtain the correct fit. BUY IT: $270,

This month’s products for review will be donated to the EquiCenter Therapeutic Riding Program.

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bits & pieces QUICK TIPS riding tips from top professionals

Hunter/Jumperr Pointers With Kim Barone


My young gelding tends to rise up against the bit and run at the fences. How can I slow him down and keep him soft and low in the bridle?



It sounds like your horse is anticipating the jump. A horse may anticipate the jump because he is nervous, lacks confidence, or because at some point in his training he stopped at a jump and was punished. Now he thinks faster is better. I find the simplest way to correct rushing at the jump is to take a step back and explain to him that you need him to remain calm and rhythmical to the jump. It is important for a horse to understand he needs to work in a calm, balanced canter with no I would start with a pole changes in rhythm. on the ground and canter a large circle with the same quality learn patience while jumping. can increase this slowly to an 11' or of canter you practice on the flat. He 12' canter stride, but make sure that he When he does this exercise easily remains rhythmical and patient while on should remain in the soft and low (it could take a day or a week), I canter as he approaches the pole, jumps would make a cross-rail and repeat the a bigger stride. the pole, and lands from the pole. exercise. As he begins to understand Once he is jumping in rhythm on a 12' that the jump is just flatwork with an If he becomes nervous in this exercanter stride, he should be able to jump cise, I would do a canter circle without obstacle in the way, he should start to a small course easily and confidently the pole. When he is quiet again, you have more relaxation with the jump. He without rushing the fence or changing can add the pole back into the circle. can then progress to a vertical and then his balance. single jumps, not on the circle. If he He should do this easily in both directions with no change of rhythm or rushes the jump again, go back a step KIM BARONE and her husband, Andy Barone, balance. It is important that you also and remind him what you would like. are the owners and trainers of Raven Ridge remain calm and relaxed while pracAs he becomes confident cantering in Farm in Watertown, MN. Kim concentrates on ticing the pole, and that if he makes a the rhythm and staying relaxed to the breeding, training, and coaching hunters and mistake and breaks to a trot, you don’t jump, you can start to increase the pace jumpers. Her horses and riders have many zone overreact and kick him at this point. in which you are jumping. At the beginand national successes in the hunter, jumper, If you have to make a decision on a ning, you may be cantering on a 9' or 10' and equitation rings. She has won numerous distance to the pole, choose the short canter stride to help with your control national and international hunter derbies and and his patience. As he progresses, you distance for now. This will help him to grand prix. February 2014

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Even if your horse is used to driving, he has to get used to a whole new array of sounds when preparing to pull a sleigh.

there’s one more very important sound to introduce your horse to—sleigh bells. For your horse to be desensitized to these, he needs to be hitched from the sleigh. Whoever is operating the bells, needs to have the ability to quickly stop the sound of them by wrapping them in cloth or burying the bells in your armpit. Remember, if you plan to attend a sleigh rally almost all of the vehicles will have a sleigh bells of some type. Saddle chimes and large diameter bells, often carried by draft horses, are usually the most unsettling bells for a new sleigh horse. Do a thorough job with the bell desensitization so that your horse is comfortable with the rapid shaking of them as well as silent bells that would suddenly drop near the horse’s feet. This happens more commonly than you would think. When the horse shows comfort being around the moving sleigh and having the sound of the bells around them, they are usually ready to be hitched to the sleigh. Our horses’ driving experience is often limited to pulling a two-wheeled cart. It is very important to know that pulling a sleigh will be quite different work for your horse. The first thing you will find is that your horse will have a hard time turning the sleigh when compared with turning a two-wheel

cart. If you always ask your horse to move forward as you are turning, it will relieve much of the shaft pressure required to turn the sleigh. Some horses will even feel claustrophobic pushing on the shafts in a situation where the runners do not turn easily. Sleighs also do not back up as easily as wheeled vehicles. If your horse is accustomed to the vehicle moving when he pushes the breeching strap, he may get claustrophobic when the sleigh does not move. The runners often dig into the snow so the sleigh is unable to be backed up. Remember that “forward is your friend.” Asking your horse to step forward immediately upon seeing him try to back will relieve the pressure and calm the feelings of claustrophobia. Start preparing your horse early with sound desensitization and improving the halt and stand command before the snow flies. This will allow you more time to enjoy that first fresh snow of the season. Have fun and enjoy the nostalgia of the perfect sleigh ride with your horse. STEVE WOOD owns and operates Wild Wood Sleigh and Carriage in Elk River, MN, with his wife Cathy. They offer sleigh and carriage driving training in addition to providing wagons, carriages, and sleigh rides for special occasions.


As a trainer, I find that one of the most common goals of clients is training their horses for driving. They want to take their family and friends for a sleigh ride. Driving our horses in the winter is one of the best ways to keep them in good condition. As you plan your sleigh ride, there are a few things to keep in mind for the comfort of the horse and the enjoyment of everyone. To prepare your horse for pulling a sleigh, there are a few things you can do. First, you must have a horse that stands still when asked. Sleighs are notorious for tipping if the horse jigs sideways or tries to back instead of standing still during a halt. So if your horse is used to taking a step back or sideways following a stop, you really need to put an end to this habit. The next step to prepare your horse for sleigh work is to check his reaction to sleigh sounds. The sleigh itself will create sounds that he does not hear in cart work. To desensitize him to the sounds of the sleigh, you first need to ground drive him while following the moving sleigh. If you have a seasoned sleigh horse you can have him pull the sleigh while you ground drive the inexperienced horse. First you follow while the sleigh travels over packed snow, then a patch of snow free gravel and concrete. The sleigh runners will squeak on the packed snow and will vibrate and grind the drive surfaces. You will want your horse to be comfortable following the sounds and comfortable with the sound on each side of him, and then finally following him. Once you have accomplished this,

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Cellulitis in horses is a bacterial infection and inflammation of the subcutaneous tissue that can happen in any area of the body, but it tends to be more frequent in the legs, usually the hind legs. The most common sign noticed is acute or sudden swelling that is warm and painful to the touch. As the infection progresses, the swelling may spread through the entire leg, causing serious discomfort, and the horse may avoid bearing any weight on it. If the infection is not controlled, the skin may start cracking or there may be evidence of discharge that is usually a watery yellow color, due to the presence of serum within. In some cases, the areas where this discharge is present will cause enough irritation to the area that there may be patches of lost hair. It is not uncommon for horses with cellulitis to have a low-grade fever and an increased heart rate. Normal skin has a variety of bacteria living on it, so if there is a break in the skin, bacteria can penetrate the tissues and cause infection and inflammation. That is why cellulitis can occur secondary to a wound or surgery of the limbs. Bacterial cultures can be obtained to determine the type of organism involved, but in some cases it may not be possible to find the exact causative agent. Other predisposing factors for development of cellulitis in horses include poor hygiene, breaks in the skin, decreased blood, and lymphatic circulation.

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Diagnosis A thorough physical examination and evaluation of the limb will aid in the diagnosis to rule out the possibility of other conditions such as a fracture, a tendon or ligamentous injury, or other conditions of the leg that can look similar in the initial stages. Some diagnostics that can be performed include bloodwork, (which will usually show increased white blood cells and fibrinogen), radiographs to rule out any bony abnormalities, and an ultrasound to confirm the presence of inflammation of the subcutaneous tissues of the leg.

Treatment Treatment includes administration of broadspectrum antibiotics The most common sign of cellulitis is sudden swelling that is and non-steroidal antiwarm and painful to the touch. inflammatory drugs. Hydrotherapy, bandaging, and hand-walking are usually recomPrevention mended to decrease the swelling. If there In some cases, cellulitis can be a is a wound that is identified, adequate chronic condition, especially if the wound care is required to prevent horse has a non-healing wound, which will provide the perfect way further damage and infection of the leg. In most of the cases, it is recommended for bacteria to penetrate the tissues to perform a culture of the fluid or the and cause infection. In horses that affected tissues to be able to establish have had serious and extensive laceraadequate antibiotic therapy. Once the tions of the lower limb there can be a swelling is reduced to a point where the compromise of blood and lymphatic horse is comfortable, it is recommended circulation due to the presence of scar to resume exercise to improve circulatissue, which can cause “flare ups” of the condition. tion to the legs. It is recommended that any small nicks and cuts that a horse sustains be IT ON HAND! cleaned and disinfected adequately; if there is more significant involvement, wash away bacteria by flushing it with your veterinarian will be able to deterclean liquid, so use plenty of fluid when rinsing out the wound, allowing the excess mine if there is a need to place sutures in the affected area or to start the to pour away, hopefully carrying away the bacteria with it. horse on a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.



What is Cellulitis? What is the cause? Can it be treated?

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CAVESSON connection A Look at Dressage Nosebands BY NATALIE DEFEE MENDIK



rop, flash, crank: there’s a lot of function, and maybe even a bit of fashion, involved when it comes to nosebands on dressage bridles. So how do you choose what’s right for you and your horse? Think rules, fit, and need to guide your quest.

By the Book First things first, let’s have a look at which nosebands are permissible for dressage under the national-level United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and international-level Fédération Equestre (FEI) rules. Generally speaking, riders may compete in dressage with a cavesson noseband, flash noseband, drop noseband, figure-8 noseband, crescent noseband, combined noseband (without throatlatch), and Micklem bridle, all of which must be made of leather or leather-like material, aside from its metal fittings. While all these nosebands are approved for some competitions at some levels, they are not approved for all competitions at all levels, highlighting the importance of understanding the rules, as well as the competition you are taking part in. The USEF ( and FEI ( rulebooks clearly spell out when you can and can’t use each type of equipment. The noseband’s function, explains Johnson and Wales University Equine Studies faculty and Intercollegiate Dressage Team coach Crystal Taylor, is to encourage the horse to chew softly on the bit, salivate, keep the mouth closed, and accept the bit—all of which will help achieve a better overall connection and harmony with the horse.

The Biggies The cavesson and the flash are perhaps the most widely seen nosebands in dressage today. Suzi Kuykendall of California-based dressage specialty store Dressage Extensions notes their most popular seller is the crank cavesson with a flash attachment, followed by a plain cavesson with flash. Take a look around any dressage event and you will see prevalence of these—and for good reason: many professionals feel the majority of horses go well in a cavesson/flash arrangement. ■ Cavesson: The cavesson, a somewhat thick strap that runs around the nose just below the cheekbones, is a classic noseband seen in all English disciplines. The action of it is mild. This noseband sits one to two finger widths below the projecting cheekbone; you should be able to fit two fingers under the noseband [see sidebar].



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The biggest thing to consider is the comfort of the horse.” — Tamla Nichols, Dressage Technical Delegate

The crank version of the cavesson has a roller and buckle system that allows you to tighten the noseband more than a regular cavesson, helping to prevent the horse from crossing the jaw. Padding built into the crank system prevents the cavesson buckles from rubbing the bones on the underside of the horse’s jaw. With a double bridle in dressage, only a cavesson noseband, crank, or traditional, may be used. In other words, all the nosebands listed below must be used with a snaffle for dressage competition, and none but the cavesson may be used with a double bridle. ■ Flash: Probably the most popular noseband in dressage these days, a flash is actually a cavesson with a flash attachment. The flash attachment, a thin leather strap encircling the nose just below the bit, hooks to the cavesson with a leather loop at the center of the nose. The loop may be sewn to the cavesson, or may be detachable. The flash attachment prevents the horse from excessively opening its mouth. When bridling your horse, adjust the cavesson before the flash, keeping in mind that if the cavesson is adjusted too loose, the flash will pull it downward. Be sure you can fit a finger or two underneath the flash strap. There are different ways of running the flash around the nose; some people buckle so the flash strap hangs downward, while others adjust with the strap going upwards. Generally speaking, buckling near the point of attachment and running the flash downward looks neater. Be sure to not to wrinkle any skin around the lips when adjusting the flash.


Some nosebands approved for competition dressage are less commonly seen in current American dressage. For example, Micklem bridles and combined noseband bridles are so rarely used by American dressage riders that many tack suppliers don’t currently carry them. ■ Drop: Many riders think of drop nosebands as old-school. While purists may be booing to see the drop listed as an “also-ran,” the fact is that you rarely see competition riders these days in this classical and practical piece of gear. Like the flash, the drop keeps the horse from opening the mouth. “I think the majority of dressage horses need a flash, but I occasionally use the drop noseband—especially on younger horses. Early on, you don’t have two nosebands on, so it’s not as constrictive for them,” explains Taylor. “They are

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TIGHTNESS: THE GREAT DEBATE Just how tight the noseband should be adjusted is something of a contested issue. You’re probably familiar with the twofinger rule, meaning you should be able to fit two fingers beneath the noseband. The USEF rulebook tackles the two-finger premise, demonstrating that two fingers should fit together under the cavesson just beneath the cheekbones. Also stated in the rulebook is that the noseband should not be so tight as to cause severe chafing. “For the tack check, the only fitting rule for nosebands that we are looking at is the tightness. Nowhere does it say exactly where your noseband should be. We don’t have the right to say, ‘Your noseband is too low on the nose,’” explains Nichols. “The noseband is a two-finger rule. If you look at DR121.6, there is a picture of where the finger should go. In my world, I don’t see a lot of nosebands that are too tight. I do see some that I think are snug, but if you look at that two-finger rule, you’ll see it’s pretty hard to get a noseband too tight. Even if you try to get the noseband tight, you can almost always get two fingers in right there.” Still, many horse welfare advocates question this technique, arguing there should be a standard measurement (after all, finger size can vary widely), as well as consideration for assessing tightness with other styles of nosebands. “The big issue is hand size. A petite female doing the two-finger rule is very different from a big, burly guy doing the two-finger rule,” remarks Nichols. “In my opinion, it’s a vague rule open to interpretation.” Academic researchers have also looked into the tight-versus-loose issue. A 2011 study undertaken by Duchy College in Cornwall, England, found that loose nosebands require greater rein tension to achieve the same effect as a tighter noseband with softer rein tension. This signals that noseband tightness may increase sensitivity to the bit. The “sweet spot” of just how tight a properly-fitted noseband should be in light of the horse’s welfare was addressed at the 9th Annual International Society for Equitation Science in July of 2013; Dr. Orla Doherty of University College Dublin and the University of Limerick discussed the issue of whether overly tight nosebands not only restrict normal movement, but could also damage soft tissue. Under development are pressure-detection systems that study the effect of noseband constriction on areas of the horse’s face. 42


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tricky to fit. You’ve got to take into consideration the size of the horse’s face, and you want to make sure you don’t block the airway at all.” The drop fits low on the horse’s nose, just in front of the bit. The center piece sits a bit higher than the straps, which attached by metal rings, drops down below the bit and under the chin. The front should be about three to four finger widths above the nostrils so as to not interfere with the horse’s breathing. Like the flash, you should be able to run a finger under the drop’s straps. ■ Figure Eight: This noseband has more than its fair share of alternate names: you may also know it as crossed, Mexican, or grackle. While popular in eventing and show jumping, the figure eight is less often used by dressage riders. This noseband works like a flash, keeping the horse from crossing the jaw and opening the mouth. The figure eight is not permitted in certain tests, such as those for four-, five-, and six-year-olds. Figure eights usually have sheepskin or felt padding under the center disk. The top straps of the noseband fit high by the cheekbones, with the connecting circle piece lying centered on the nose, and the bottom straps fitting under the bit like a flash. As figure eights can be adjusted high on the bridge of the horse’s nose, the nostrils can fully expand while breathing heavily, explaining why they are particularly popular in horse sports involving jumping and galloping. ■ Crescent: The crescent noseband is popular for keeping the mouth closed and stabilizing the jaw without interfering with breathing or bit action. Like the figure eight, crescent nosebands are not permitted in certain tests, such as FEI Pony Tests. The crescent sits so the metal pieces are centered above and below the bit.

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■ Combined: The combined noseband is one that hasn’t quite hit most U.S. dressage circles; in fact, in an informal polling of dressage riders, I discovered none had even seen one. It looks almost like a cross between a halter and a flash noseband. When used with a double bridle, the flash attachment must be removed. ■ Micklem Bridle: The Micklem bridle, an ergonomically-designed newcomer, has a unique combination of low throatlatch, half-cavesson, and modified flash. Unlike the combined noseband, the Micklem bridle is beginning to catch on; you can catch glimpses of it at competitions. Whichever style of noseband best suits your horse, the most critical factor, notes Taylor, is that the noseband is adjusted to fit your horse. “I look at the comfort of the horse to make sure the noseband fits properly,” says Taylor. “Some horses have wide cheekbones, some have narrow cheekbones. Make sure the noseband’s straps and cheekpieces fit comfortably around bone structure of the face. You also want to make sure it’s not too tight or too loose. Have a professional check your fit.”

Padding, Cranks and More Open any good tack catalog and you’ll find a variety of equipment made to suit just about every type of horse. Gone are the days of standard bridles with no bells and whistles. Think ergonomic design, soft leather, and generous padding. To relieve any irritation associated with the cavesson, padding under the noseband evenly distributes pressure and eliminates chafing. This padding can be either incorporated into the noseband itself, or may be a separate cushion that lies beneath the noseband. Made of gel, foam, neoprene, or sheepskin, padding under the noseband may include a channel in



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the center or Velcro tabs to keep the cushion in place. Horses that are sensitive to pressure in the poll can find relief in bridles that don’t have the cavesson’s strap running beneath the crown piece as most older bridles do. Monocrown bridles have just one strap that passes over the poll; cheekpieces and the cavesson buckle on either side. Another style allows the cavesson’s strap to pass over the top of the crown piece. Kuykendall notes these styles are gaining popularity. Horses that go better in a snug-fitting cavesson do well in a crank noseband with roller buckles, which allows for easy tightening. Crank nosebands, also known as the Swedish cavesson, come standard with leather padding to eliminate pressure points associated with the fit. While you may be cringing at the term “crank,” USEF “r” Dressage Technical Delegate Tamla Nichols notes she generally doesn’t see riders getting the crank too tight. Cavesson nosebands with a bit ring recess feature a tapered section where the bit ring may normally come into contact with the noseband, eliminating these two pieces of equipment coming into contact with one another. If fashion is your thing, the latest trends, explains Kuykendall, are a new interest in brown bridles, as well as popular-selling lined bridles, such as black with white or brown padding. While a noseband may seem such a simple choice, parameters such as the horse’s well-being, correct fit, and showing regulations come into play. “The biggest thing to consider is the comfort of the horse,” says Nichols. “Riders know their horses better than a ring steward or TD does. Most dressage riders are very compassionate about their horses.” Find the right noseband, adjust it properly, and don’t forget to use those keepers!

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ll horses benefit from good nutrition. But, horses that are part of a successful breeding operation might need their diets fine-tuned before, during, or after the breeding season has ended. “The goal of any breeding program is to produce strong, sound foals,” says Tania Cubitt Ph.D., an equine nutritionist with Performance Horse Nutrition in Weiser, ID. “Nutrition is a critical piece of any successful breeding operation and must be considered at every level: with stallions, mares, and foals.” »

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Body condition is often overlooked, but is a critical component to designing a nutritional program that works. Using the Henneke Body Condition Scoring system, assess your horse’s layer of body fat. Scores range from one through nine, with a score of one representing a horse that’s emaciated and a score of nine representing a horse that is morbidly obese. Most healthy horses in good weight will score somewhere in the middle. “An extremely thin stallion,” warns Cubitt, “with a body condition score of three or less, may not have the energy stores needed to make it through an active breeding season without compromising performance and fertility.” Let’s look at a few guidelines. BREEDING STALLIONS

» ASSESSING BODY CONDITION: “Stallions should be maintained in moderate body condition year round,” says Cubitt. That means enough fat to cover the ribs—enough to palpate, but you shouldn’t be able to see them. The withers should be rounded and the shoulder and neck should blend smoothly into the body. For those stallions that tend to lose condition, a higher body condition score (between six and seven) should be established before breeding season to ensure he doesn’t get too thin.”

Think of your breeding stallion as a performance horse, but keep in mind that just like a performance horse, his energy needs vary depending on his breed, his metabolism, his exercise program, and how active he is in the breeding shed.

» PROTEIN: On average, the breeding stallion requires 40 grams of crude protein per mega calorie of digestible energy. Avoid feeding too much protein—not only is this wasteful, but the extra protein will be excreted in the urine, contributing to a foul smell in the barn. Your stallion’s total daily feed consumption should equal between 2.0% and 2.5% of his body weight per day.

» FATS-DHA-OMEGA 3s: There are two common lipids found in semen: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA—an Omega 3 fatty acid) and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA—an Omega 6 fatty acid). A recent study at Texas A&M University’s Department of Animal Sciences showed that supplementing stallions with omega 3 fatty acids has numerous benefits. The study showed that omega 3s increase the number of sperm per ejaculate, increase the motility of sperm, and decrease dead and abnormal sperm. Cubitt recommends DHA found in marine sources such as algae or fish and krill oil as opposed to plant sources such as flaxseed, since they contain higher levels of Omega 6s and also ALA, which needs to be converted to DHA. Your veterinarian or equine nutritionist can recommend a quality supplement. » ENERGY: Think of your stallion as a performance horse, but keep in mind that just like a performance horse, his energy



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needs vary depending on his breed, his metabolism, his exercise program, and how active he is in the breeding shed. “Breeding stallions, on the average,” says Cubitt, “have daily nutrient requirements that are 25% above maintenance of a mature stallion during the off season.” Also keep in mind that your stallion is the cornerstone of your breeding program. He should look and feel like a rock star.


» ASSESSING BODY CONDITION: Mares should enter the breeding season with a body condition score (BCS) of at least five, preferably six. “Several research studies have shown that, on average, mares that are thin (condition score of less than five or “moderate”) at the beginning of the breeding season take longer to cycle regularly, get in foal later in the year, or have lower overall pregnancy rates,” says Laurie Lawrence, Ph.D. professor of equine nutrition with the University of Kentucky Animal and Food Sciences. “However, there is no advantage to having mares in fat or very fat body condition.” “If mares live outside in the winter,” says Lawrence, “It may


» VITAMINS AND MINERALS: A properly formulated stallion feed will have a balanced calcium to phosphorous ratio. Vitamin A and E supports stallion fertility, and Vitamin E is the primary antioxidant in seminal cell membranes and acts as a major protectant against oxidative stress.

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Because lactating mares can use the calcium from their own bones if their diet is not sufficient, it is important that they receive enough nutrients.

be desirable to have them start the winter with a higher BCS (above five). Similarly, mares that tend to lose weight during lactation should start lactation at a BCS above five.” That surplus of fat stores can buffer nutritional demands in late gestation and early lactation. After foaling, total feed consumption should increase. “Some lactating mares can eat between two and a half to three pounds of total feed (forage and concentrates) per 100 pounds of body weight. The actual amount will vary. For example, some mares produce a lot of milk, others produce less. The higher the milk production the higher the nutrition needs of the mare,” says Lawrence. » VITAMINS AND MINERALS: “Pregnant mares must consume enough calcium to meet her needs as well of those of the developing fetus,” warns Lawrence. “Pregnant and lactating animals can mobilize calcium from their own bones if the diet is not sufficient. So, to prevent this from happening, it is important that the mare receives a diet that is adequate in all nutrients.” Keep in mind that many forages do not provide enough copper for pregnant mares, particularly in late gestation. “Pregnant mares may not need a lot of concentrates, but they almost always need some type of supplement that provides major and trace minerals in adequate amounts,” says Lawrence. » FORAGE: In a recent study at the University of Kentucky, Thoroughbred mares in mid to late gestation were able to maintain weight and fulfill their protein requirements on forage alone. The mares were fed high quality alfalfa hay. If you have an easy keeper, consult your veterinarian before adding concentrates—you may only need to add a supplement. “A mare getting early maturity grass legume mix hay will usually need fewer pounds of concentrate than a mare getting late maturity grass hay,” says Lawrence. She cautions against feeding tall fescue, however. “Tall Fescue can be infected with an endophyte that produces compounds that affect pregnant mares.” Common signs of tall fescue toxicosis include lack of udder development and milk production, abnormal placentas, and even dystocia and foal morbidity. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/ CYNTHIA BALDAUF

FOALS: FROM BIRTH TO WEANING When it comes to feeding the youngsters, think balance. It’s almost impossible for a weanling to obtain all the nutrients he needs from dry forage alone. “A common observation of weanlings kept mostly on pasture is slow growth in winter followed by rapid growth in spring when pasture increases and weather becomes mild,” says Lawrence. But, those kinds of uneven growth rates put the foal at risk for developmental orthopedic

diseases. Achieve a moderate, even paced growth through feeding good quality forage and a concentrate designed for your youngster’s growth stage. Keep in mind that as early as 10 weeks of age, mare’s milk alone may not be enough to meet your foal’s nutritional needs. “Whole papers are written on the foal’s nutritional needs,” says Lawrence. “My recommendation is to use concentrates formulated for growing horses.” Some tips and guidelines for feeding weanlings and yearlings are: » Feed free-choice high quality hay or pasture. » Supplement with a concentrate formulated for the animal’s life stage based on the advice of your veterinarian or a nutritionist. » Use a weight tape to help you estimate your weanling or yearling’s size and re-assess weekly. » Divide all concentrate rations into three or four feedings. » Feed each weanling/yearling separately. » Provide both mare and foal with a constant supply of fresh, clean water. » Do not overfeed. » After weaning, your foal should consume between 2-3% of his body weight in forage and concentrates per day. Talk to your veterinarian about protein needs. A common misconception is that too much protein leads to developmental orthopedic disease (DOD). “Most people would be surprised to know that good quality spring pasture can contain more than 15% protein,” says Lawrence. “So, if protein caused DOD, all grazing horses would have it. The more important concerns are growth rate, which is fueled by calories first, and then protein and mineral sufficiency.” There are several factors involved in a good breeding program, including genetics, environment, and nutrition. Perhaps the most important take home message is to strive for balance. A balanced ration of good quality hay, grain, and supplements is the key to any successful breeding operation.

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o matter what you do with your horse, control of the body is essential. From the beginning of your horse’s training to advanced lateral work, the ultimate goal is for body control. As with much of the equestrian sports, the concept is simple, with the complexiety lying in the execution.


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We caught up with Austin Griffth of Autumn Rose Farm in Plaincity, OH, about shoulder control. Although only a senior at Ohio State University, he has wisdom and experience far beyond his years. After successfully competing on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) circuit, with multiple individual national titles as well as two High Point Rider of the Year titles, he gave up his amateur card and began training horses in addition to being a full time student. He has earned two National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) world titles, and also has three All-American Quarter Horse Congress wins under belt.


As you begin to progress in your horse’s training, certain pieces of the puzzle are difficult to put into place. For many horse and rider combinations, the control over the shoulders is their kryptonite. Trying to access control of their horse’s shoulders is something that many riders consistently struggle with.

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According to Austin, the beginning of shoulder control doesn’t come from trying to control the shoulders at all. “You want to find ways to access the entire body, put your horse through his paces, and make sure that you are both communicating well. Try not to focus just on your horse’s shoulders, even if that is what you are going to be working on that day.” As you work your horse, make sure that you are not trying to force him through the movements. “Legs are really important—don’t think that the shoulders can be controlled just by the hand.” Austin echoes that words of so many other talented horsemen, “A lot of people try to control the entire front end with the bridle, and that creates a disconnect with the front end and the hind end. It’s important to have a horse that is connected through the rib cage.” Many people try to force shoulder control without thinking

about how the shoulder is attached to the rest of the body. It is important to remember that the rib cage and the neck are both directly connected to the shoulder. By accessing the neck and the rib cage, you can begin to control the shoulder without him realizing that you are making him use it.

From the Top While Austin has many exercises to encourage his competition horses to use their shoulder, his first one is simple. “Its important that the horse knows what you want him to do. The more that a good horse can understand what you want, the better he will be. A lot of people want to do too much to make a horse listen to them. It is better to make sure that you are in the correct position and asking your horse correctly. If you don’t ask your horse correctly, how can you expect them to understand you?”

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If you’re not sure if you are in the correct position, it is best to enlist the help of a trained professional. Just a few small tweaks in your overall position may be enough to help the communication between you and your horse.

The Right Moves Sometimes, changes in position and clarifying the lines of communication are not enough. You need to get the horse to truly use his shoulder in order to control it. Austin says, “When I first start introducing shoulder control to a horse, I try not to force it in line with the body. Instead, I look for ways to make the horse use his shoulders and move them around. The more I am able to put the shoulders in a variety of positions, the more I will be able to manipulate the horse’s shoulder into the correct position when I need it.” Many of his exercises are simple, but obtain big results when done consistently. One of his favorites is over flexing the horse to the inside of the ring—creating an over bend in the horse’s body and forcing the shoulder to go out on the circle as the neck and the haunches bend in. “I really make them push their shoulder out, using a lot of leg to control the rib cage. I then allow the horse to come back to a more natural bend for a few strides, then I put the horse back into the over bent position, keeping the shoulder moving and the rib cage supple.” Depending on the horse, you may not need to perform the exercise many times before they understand the concept. Other horses may require constant reinforcement to really get their shoulders under control. Once the horse understands this exercise, it’s time to



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reverse the exercise, forcing him to counterbend and push his shoulder to the inside of the circle. The more dramatic the bend, the more difficult the exercise is for the horse and the more it will increase his overall flexibility and ultimately, shoulder control. Make sure that you are bending the horse predominately with your legs and seat, using the bridle to simply direct him. As your horse begins to understand the exercise, mix it up a bit, asking for various degrees of bend, both on the straightaways and on a circle. It is important to vary the routine, while still being consistent with your cues. The more your horse recognizes the cues, the easier it will be to access his shoulders and move them where you want them with the slightest of cues.

Putting It All Together A balanced horse is one that has complete control over his body; a broke horse gives the rider complete control of his body. “It is really important to get the body where you want it, in all aspects of riding,” says Austin. “Many people will focus on one specific time that they lose their horse’s shoulder, not realizing that they lack control of the shoulder on a more consistent basis.” Shoulder control doesn’t just make your horse circle more smoothly and straighter in his lines, it helps him spin faster while reining, cut cattle with more flexibility, and sidepass with a certain flair in your trail class. Obtaining control of your horse’s shoulders is worth putting the time in to accessing, so tell your horse to “move over baby, and give me the keys.”

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HERE AREN’T MANY BLARING SIMILARITIES BETWEEN combined driving and football. They’re generally each in a league of their own, connected by nothing more than competitors with an intense passion for what they do. But in recent history, Max Montoya has closed the gap between the two sports in a big way: The 16-year National Football League (NFL) Offensive Guard played for the Cincinnati Bengals from the 1979-89 seasons, followed by a five-season stint with the Oakland Raiders, playing in four Pro Bowls and vying for two Super Bowls throughout his career—now he’s traded in his cleats for reins and a whip, successfully competing in horse driving trials (HDT). Driving activities are few and far between in the Northeast during the frigid winter months, but the NFL is gearing up for its championship, Super Bowl XLVIII, to take place in New Jersey on February 2. In anticipation of the big day, we caught up with Max to get his take on getting involved in driving, the challenges of transitioning from one sport to the next, and how they’re different.



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EQUINE JOURNAL: WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO START DRIVING? MAX MONTOYA: My daughter rode Saddlebreds until she graduated high school. She went to college and was kind of out of the horse business, so my wife and I decided to look into some stuff for us because we enjoyed the horses. My wife rides a little bit… and I thought maybe there was something for me to do. I didn’t want to ride a horse because I’m too big—I’m an old offensive lineman—so I thought maybe driving would be good. It happened sometime in the late ’90s—I happened to see an article in some publication on Haflingers. I just saw the face of the Haflinger and I really like the eyes and the face of them. We met up with some people in Ohio—it’s big Haflinger country out there—and that’s kind of how we got started.

[ABOVE] Max Montoya started with his single Haflinger in pleasure driving. [RIGHT] Max Montoya drives a pair of Georgian Grandes at the 2013 Hermitage Classic, sporting his signature neon green mohawk.

EJ: DID YOU START WITH COMBINED DRIVING? MM: Actually, it was pleasure driving. That was about eight years ago. I had a couple of young Haflingers and I was a new driver and didn’t know much of what was going on—I was just learning and some friends kind of took me under their wings and we did some Haflinger pleasure shows. I used just a single Haflinger, and that was fun. After a couple of years of that I purchased a six-month-old Haflinger and found that I enjoyed showing them in-hand. So I showed the young two-year-olds and yearlings in-hand, and this one really nice one…I sent him to training for driving at the Gala Driving Center. Leslie and Jose Hernandez (Max’s trainers) were there at the time, and I didn’t know that they were involved in combined driving, but that’s how I started.


EJ: WERE ANY OF YOUR FOOTBALL SKILLS, ATHLETIC OR MENTAL, HELPFUL IN YOUR TRANSITION INTO DRIVING? MM: The competitive nature that you have definitely transitions; the work ethic; and the fact that you have to memorize so many plays is a big factor too in memorizing your marathon obstacle patterns. The preparation and the quick thinking [is helpful], because in football things change in the blink of an eye and on the line of scrimmage things happen and you’ve got to be able to adjust—same thing when you’re driving, things happen so quick when you’re going through the marathon and obstacles and such and you’ve got to be able to adjust on the fly and be quick about it and make decisions.

EJ: HOW IS IT GOING FROM BEING ONE OF TWO TEAMS COMPETING FOR THE WIN IN THE NFL TO BEING ONE OF MANY, WHERE YOU CAN BE FIRST PLACE OR YOU CAN BE 10TH PLACE? MM: It’s tough, but it’s just like anything else that you do. You give it your best and if you happen to win that particular week, that’s great. But it makes you look forward to the next time you’ll compete again when you’re always trying to win. I went to two Super Bowls with the Bengals when I played and we didn’t win either one of them, so you’re just constantly trying to win the big one. EJ: WHAT DO YOU DRIVE FOR A BREED NOW? MM: They call them Georgian Grandes—they belong to Steve Wilson, the owner of Hermitage Farm…in January 2013 [Steve] leased my Haflinger that I started out with three or four years ago for his grandson. He said, “Well I’ve got these Georgian Grandes, why don’t you try driving them.” So that’s

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trust with your horse. It’s a big deal, and with these Georgian Grandes, I’m starting to get more in tune with them and they with me. So things are looking good. EJ: IS IT HARDER NOT BEING ABLE TO VERBALLY COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU WANT FROM YOUR HORSES, AS OPPOSED TO BEING ABLE TO CONVERSE WITH YOUR LINEMATES? MM: Yeah, you know, that’s a great question because there’s a lot of verbal communication going on between the linemates on the line of scrimmage in football. You see a lot of guys talking to each other at the center, pointing things out, and you’ve all got to be on the same page. It’s a little difficult with the horses of course—when you’re driving all you have is your voice commands and really the feel and touch with the reins…it’s really tough, but that’s another thing that makes the sport so great…the athleticism of the animal. To be able to do dressage in a precise way and look beautiful and elegant and be supple and everything that it takes, and then to go out on marathon day—which is like Sunday game day for me—and just put forth the effort and blood and guts, it’s a lot of fun. Thank goodness we didn’t have to do any ballet in the NFL—we wouldn’t have been able to do it.

what I started doing last March and just really enjoyed the feeling of driving bigger horses. EJ: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE FOR YOU BETWEEN DRIVING PONIES AND HORSES? MM: Number one, the horsepower. You can really feel the horse power when you go from a single pony to a pair of ponies; I went to a pair of ponies last year…and then you can double that when you go from the ponies to the horses. And of course, they’re bigger and it’s a little tighter when you go through obstacles, so you still have to have the precision driving and you’ve still got to prepare yourself the same way—just the power and the bigness of the horse makes it very exciting for me. EJ: HOW WAS IT TRANSITIONING FROM HAVING HUMANS AS TEAMMATES TO HORSES? MM: It’s kind of wild. With teammates you can go out and shoot pool after practice and so forth, but once you put the horses up they’re left to their own doing. But we enjoy working together and you do have to work as a team. A lot of times they’ll save me or I’ll save them—we always have each other’s backs. As an offensive lineman we had to work as a group of five guys working together on the interior line. So there’s a closeness, respect, confidence, and trust that you have to have with the horse. I love that aspect of having that



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EJ: WHAT DO THE OTHER COMPETITORS THINK OF YOUR MOHAWKS, AND DO YOU THINK IT WILL INSPIRE OTHERS? MM: I think it’s great, and a lot of people look at us and they smile and laugh. A lot of the spectators give us a thumbs-up every time—they love it. I think if you’re not having fun then you shouldn’t be doing it. It kind of livens it up a little bit; plus with that fluorescent green they can see us out in the distance a little bit, so they know we’re coming. EJ: WHAT DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU DID WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED YOUR FOOTBALL CAREER, AND ALSO DRIVING? MM: Probably that it takes a lot more practice and a lot more dedication than what you think you are putting in when you first start. I think it’s true for both football and driving horses. You think you are very well prepared and you think you’re doing enough to win, but I’d say you probably have to put even more time and effort into it if you want to be good. Read the full interview online at


Max Montoya, who played as an Offensive Guard for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1979-89, made the switch to having horses as teammates after retirement.

EJ: SPEAKING OF THE MARATHON COURSE—YOU HAVE A VERY DISTINCT ATTIRE—WHAT INSPIRED IT, AND DOES THAT SPEAK TO YOUR PERSONALITY? MM: I like the color, I like the brightness of it—I’m not very flashy at all, I’m a kind of conservative person, actually, but I just like that you’re able to express a little bit the other side of yourself on marathon day. And the fluorescent green is basically because my farm is Frog Hollow Farm. But my navigator actually mentioned something about being a little zany, because last year I saw some ladies on marathon day at the Metamora CDE up in Michigan, and these ladies had some rubber chickens on their head—I thought that was so funny, and they were just having a ball and laughing, and I thought that was great. So that was the inspiration—I mentioned something about mohawks and my navigator looked online.

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A Happening Place for Horse Enthusiasts ➜ Harrisburg, PA BY ELISABETH PROUTY-GILBRIDE


HOME OF THE PENNSYLVANIA HORSE WORLD EXPO, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and the 2013 and 2014 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Nationals, among many more equestrian events, the city of Harrisburg has become the place for horse enthusiasts. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, located in the heart of the city, plays host to all of these events, and offers a cozy setting for everything from trade show to horse show. “It’s designed for agricultural activities, so it really lends itself to the horses, and the spectators,” says Denise Parsons, president of Horse World Expo.

A scene from Pennsylvania Horse World Expo’s Parade of Breeds.

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“It’s just such a nice facility, having the big arenas with all of the seating.” Word on the street is that the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo is one of the latest and greatest trade shows in town because of its new, cozy location, which boasts several different spaces—including an Equine Arena, dedicated specifically for horse and rider—that are conveniently located under the same roof. And although the Horse World Expo does not take residence in the entire facility, it does plan on expanding in the future. “In addition to the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, the Show Complex will also be hosting the National Pet Expo, something that will be new and exciting,” says Denise. With the equine event occurring February 27 through March 2, the National Pet Expo will coincide with the tail end of it, on March 1 and 2. Horse World Expo will offer numerous activities that are sure to please audiences, including the renowned Theatre Equus: A Musical Equine Review; The Parade of Breeds; and clinics and demonstrations featuring equestrian greats Linda Allen, Craig Cameron, Sonny Garguilo, Kenny Harlow, Guy McLean, 66


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Tommie Turvey, and Steuart Pittman, Jr., to name just a few. And the equestrian/allaround animal enthusiast can head over to the Pet Expo where featured celebrity trainer Victoria Stilwell will be making a special appearance. Additionally, attendees can enjoy watching Keystone DockDogs competing at the event, and Classic K-9s displaying their agility throughout the weekend. There are also a number of other activities available within close range to the area. “While visiting Harrisburg, you’re not too far from several trail heads for the Appalachian trail,” explains local resident, Megan Michael. “You can go hiking, and even possibly horseback riding. There’s also Gifford Pinchot State Park, which is close to here, and I know they have trails where you can go riding, too.” In addition to watching horses and riding, Megan points out several tourist attractions visitors can enjoy throughout the year, such as Hershey Park and Gettysburg, both of which are within a 30-minute driving distance or less from the city. Visit for more information on places to eat, things to do, and where to stay.


Chocolate Covered February, a popular event held at the same time as the Horse World Expo, is within a short driving distance, in nearby Hershey, PA.

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All Tied Up

Hair Accessories to Rope You In

By 1926, the Model T was becoming the transportation of choice, and the words “horse and buggy” were entering American slang for old-fashioned or, worse, a “young lady out-of-date, with long hair.” The era was saying goodbye to the full bun of the Victorian Gibson Girl, and hello to the roaring bob of breeches-clad Coco Chanel. Hair continues to make a statement, from a neat bun beneath the brim of U.S. Olympic Dressage Bronze medalist Michelle Gibson (yes, that Gibson family) to the low-slung ponytails all the rage of Texas runaways for Chanel Paris-Dallas Metiers d’Art 2014. Haute couture or hot to trot, what will always tie horses and hairdos together are accessories; which would rope you in? BY L.A. POMEROY

Doyennes of dressage or western pleasure can rein in golden tresses without muss or fuss. Of course more colors are available, too.

MUST HAVE: Rhinestone Spiral Hair Twist-Ins ($7.50-$10/set of four) White pearl to smoked topaz and every luster in between, twist-ins add twinkle without adding beneath your brim.

LUST HAVE: ShowChic Navy Hair Bun Holder with Rosette plus

LUST HAVE: Swarovski

MUST HAVE: ShowChic Blonde Hair Bun Holder with Scrunchie ($22)

“CHIC” Accessories Travel Case ($44) A rosette this lush trots from show ring to aprés party alone ($22) or in its own stylishly organized rhinestone case.

MUST HAVE: Kelley Cut-Out Horse Head Barrette ($22.95) A brushed-metal barrette gallops to life when your own hair color shines through. LUST HAVE: Beverly Zimmer Six

Horse Head Barrette ($30.95) Six finely-sculpted horse heads on a French clip of pewter make this a piece of art as much as an accessory.

Crystal Embellished ThreeProng Clips ($35) Keeping loose strands penned in becomes a sparkly snap with pops of amethyst and citrine, or sell-out favorites in clear, jet, and tortoise shell.


TO A PERFECT 10 Increase fullness in a bun holder using cut pantyhose approximating your hair color. Stuff the hose in a circular pattern inside the bun, leaving space for your own hair. Pin the bun as high as possible (the less space between the bun holder and hat brim the better).

Equinista (fashionista + equestrienne) L.A. Pomeroy y delivers award-winning coverage of equestrian art, life, and style. Learn more at and share your stylish suggestions by emailing February 2014

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equestrian lifestyle HEALTH & FITNESS

Developing Pelvic Stability Protect Your Back and Improve Your Riding BY BRIDGET BRADEN

PELVIC STABILITY IS THE PRIMARY protector of a rider’s lower back. There are 29 muscles that connect in our hips. They are naturally located to protect the lumbar spine and its surroundings. Stability comes from strength and balance. The healthiest benefit from fitness for a rider is developing pelvic stability. The pelvic muscles occupy the most surface area touching the horse when riding. I call this area the “communication headquarters” of a rider. Every weight change and pressure placement from the hips is felt by the horse. Additionally, ask yourself, where does the “force” of a horse’s trot or canter step get absorbed? Every step the horse takes that the rider does not support in the core and pelvic muscles, the lower back and hips end up taking in full force. If a rider sits unbalanced, slightly rotating the pelvis forward, it places stress on the lumbar spine. Add a suspended horse to this pelvic imbalance and you are going to have an injury. Riders tend to teach themselves to “sit” a certain way, allowing them to compensate, often causing tight hip flexors. Riders that frequently exercise throughout the week have better support in their hips and lower back, which means less time out of the saddle. Cross-training, when done effectively, strengthens the core to move, supported but elastic. A strong pelvis can control balance, weight, and pressure placement in the saddle. A symmetrical pelvis equals elastic hips. Let the “force” of the horse’s gait be absorbed naturally within the seat. Furthermore, having a stable pelvis will allow muscles in the leg to work independently, allowing you even better communication with your horse. Strengthen the muscles of the pelvic region with more regular workouts. Visit for more information on topics like this one.

Riders that frequently exercise throughout the week have better support in their hips and lower back, which means less time out of the saddle.


Crosstraining, when done effectively, strengthens the core to move, supported but elastic.


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equestrian lifestyle COLLECTING THOUGHTS

Scot Tolman On Family, Family the Arts, Arts and Breeding

Age: 53

Why I Breed Horses:

Farm Affiliation: Shooting Star Farm in Spofford, NH

I breed horses because my wife won’t let me have any more kids.

Background: We started breeding Dutch horses almost a quarter of a century ago, with the hope of breeding the quality of horse I wanted to ride, but couldn’t afford to buy. We’ve made my dreams come true, and I am currently actively training toward FEI with our homebred Contango mare.

The Trainer Who Influenced Me the Most: My breeder friends in Holland have done the most to educate me.

Worst Fall: When I was 12


years old, I jumped over a log on a trail next to a tar road. My stirrup leather broke, my horse veered into the road, and I fell onto the tar.

Favorite Horse: Totilas!

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Life is all about learning lessons. If I hadn’t gone through all of the bad decisions and terrible experiences, I wouldn’t have the life and knowledge base I do now.

Favorite Quote or Phrase: “Take your lack of talent seriously.” - John Irving

Lucky Charm: My family is my

When I’m Not Riding I Like To: Practice the arts. Whether it is

The Last Book I Read Was:

lucky charm.

writing, painting, or the theater.

Wild, by Cheryl Stayed.

Guilty Pleasure: Planning next

Best Piece of Advice: Horses

year’s breedings and watching stallion videos.

are born and spend the rest of their lives trying to kill themselves.

If My Horse Were a Person… She and I would probably be siblings. February 2014

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the scoop Amanda Chaplin he ped create the HHH help Big Bi g Brother Big Sister Mentoring Program.

Applications for Ohio Equine Affaire programs are due February 14.

Now Accepting p g Applicants

Teenager Helps Create New Program At Horses Healing Hearts


HORSES HEALING HEARTS (HHH), a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of children of alcoholics, announced their Big Brother Big Sister Mentoring Program, created by high school junior Amanda Chaplin, where equine experiential learning will work in tandem with building a healthy

relationship with an influential role model. “[My mom and I] always went [to HHH] on the weekends to volunteer. We wanted to be able to do more for them,” Chaplin said. “After a while we came up with the idea to get more involved through a mentoring program.” Well done!

OHIO EQUINE AFFAIRE, SET FOR April 10-13, will be chock-full of educational clinics and even some friendly competition, and is welcoming wannabeparticipants to apply. The Ride With The Best Program will feature the likes of Guy McLean, Stacy Westfall, Jeff Wilson, Karen Ososki, and many more, covering topics for everyone. The Versatile Horse and Rider Competition is a timed and judged race through an obstacle course that tests horsemanship skills and frequently pushes horses and riders out of their comfort zones. Those interested in taking part in either program can get all of the details at and must apply by February 14.

Grooming Glory Congratulations to Amanda Tucker, a junior equestrian science major from O’Fallon, MO! She is the first recipient of a new scholarship at William Woods University (WWU). Allen M. Bosworth of Greenville, SC, recently established the Bosworth Saddle Seat Grooms Award. WWU saddle seat students who have served as grooms at U.S. Equestrian Federation World Cup-sanctioned activities are eligible for consideration for the award. « Amanda Tucker received the inaugural Bosworth Saddle Seat Grooms Award. February 2014

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Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Announces “2014 Horse Farms of Distinction”

farm/community relations, proper and adequate insurance coverage, and compliance with state and local operating and instructing licenses. The extensive schedule of judging started in August and ran through November 2013. The 33 farms being honored achieved a final score of at least 85% to qualify for the prestigious designation. The honorees, listed by county, are as follows: Berkshire County – Berkshire Equestrian Center, LLC, Richmond. Bristol County – Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton; Chipaway Stables, Inc., David Costa, Acushnet; Johnson & Wales University Center for Equine Studies, Rehoboth; Lucky Buck Stables, Arthur Blais, East Freetown; Teaberry Farm, Kathy Jacques, Taunton. Cape Cod & Islands – Holly Hill Farm, Nancy W. Venezia, Marstons Mills; Pond View Farm, LLC, Sarah Doyle, West Tisbury; Smithfield Farm, Janice Foster, East Falmouth. Essex County – Essex Agricultural Technical High School, Hathorne; High Tail Acres, LLC, Dawn DelTorchio, Newbury; Lalobarun Ranch, Eileen Cashman and John Kellar, Newbury; Sons of the Wind, LLC, Julie Bottum, The Berkshire Equestrian Center was recognized as a Horse Farm Merrimac; The Barnyard of Distinction by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation.

Islip Horsemen’s Assoc. Celebrates Winners and Changes ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY PAULA RODENAS

THE ISLIP HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION (IHA) held its annual awards dinner November 22 at the West Lake Inn in Patchogue, Long Island, to honor its 2013 champions in numerous divisions of gymkhana, English, western, and dressage. Each discipline held at least three schooling shows during the year. In 2013, changes took place within the large organization. Sue and Sheralee 74


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Fiore stepped down after 26 years of chairing the Gymkhana Committee, and Dennis, Roseann, and Michelle James will be taking over their roles. Years ago, Dennis and Roseann ran the Eastern Gymkhana Association. Dennis and daughter Michelle were competitors, and Roseann was an announcer. Dennis hopes to see their first IHA season run smoothly.

In 2012, Mike Dalotto replaced Meredith Smith as chairman of the English Committee. Although he is only 22, Mike has competed and designed courses, and he presently teaches and trains. Some of the divisions, he said, were modified slightly to “make it a true horse show,” and he also tried to make the shows move along more quickly. The English schooling shows averaged about 90 entries each, and at the last show, an introductory Grand Prix class was added to acquaint riders with this concept. Laura Henagan was a busy lady, chairing the Western division, riding on the Spirit of Long Island drill team,

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THIRTY-THREE MASSACHUSETTS horse farms and stables across the Commonwealth were honored by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) for achievement in the organization’s “Horse Farm of Distinction” program. Recognition was given at the Farm Bureau’s annual meeting on December 5, 2013 in Taunton, MA, before a large crowd. MFBF President A. Richard Bonanno, PhD called these select farms, “the rising stars” and added, “These farms represent a safe and professional image. They truly showcase the horse industry in Massachusetts.” The Horse Farm of Distinction program began in 1990 as a means of giving public recognition to Bay State horse farms that set high standards and achieve a level of excellence in overall horse health, farm management, and compliance with public safety. Judging for all applicants is conducted at each farm or stable by horse industry professionals and representatives of MFBF’s Equine Advisory Committee. Farm Family Insurance Company and Farm Bureau affiliates also serve on the judging teams. Standards for judging include a broad spectrum of categories. Animal health represented half of the possible points to be earned, and took into consideration appearance of the animals together with evidence of a sound equine health program. Applicants are also judged on evidence of good

Maples, Gale and Kevin Meserve, Byfield; Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc, Josselyn Shaughnessy, Boxford. Hampden County – Silvercryst Farm, Paul and Anne Marie Gregoire, Southwick. Hampshire County – Green Acres Equestrian Center, Amanda Hodgen, Belchertown; Twin Orchard Farm, Charles Kaniecki, Southampton. Middlesex County – Andimar Farm, Laurie Marchant, Billerica; Berryfield Farm, George Berry, Lincoln; Harmony Horse Stables, LLC, Kathryn Cecere, Littleton; Pompositticut Farm, Jackie Kane, Hudson; Sterling Riding Stables, Dawn Frazer, Pepperell; The Ponderaia, Laine Raia, North Reading. Norfolk County – Yankee Stable, Edwin Little, Sharon. Plymouth County – Briggs Stable, LLP, John Dougherty, Hanover; Creek Crossing Farm, LLC, Alyssa Trifone, Hingham; Lazy Stallion Friesians, Caren Polillio and William Piazza, West Bridgewater; Whit Acres Farm, Kristen Whittaker, Norwell. Worcester County – Deer Run Farm, Robert Goodman, Sutton; Holly Hill West, Inc., Nancy Venezia, Harvard; Walking High Farm, Becky and Harry Kalagher, Douglas; Winterberry Farm, LTD, James and Sandra Kunkel, Dudley.

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Riding from Sea to Sea Alex McNeil and his Tennessee Walking Horse Trek Across the Country for Land Awareness BY SUSAN WINSLOW; PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALEX MCNEIL

AVID OUTDOORSMAN AND adventurer Alex McNeil of Warner, NH, was slogging through a rough patch of terrain while cycling across Canada in 2012 when he stopped for a rest. Noticing a horse grazing peacefully in a pasture nearby, he thought, “That’s the way to go cross-country.” In that moment, the seed was planted for his next adventure. Never mind the fact that he knew nothing about horses. He laughed when he said, “Two years after that day on my bicycle, I was at the same longitude, but south, in America, on my way across the country with my horse, Pepper.” Alex lives a life of adventure with a purpose. He is passionate about the planet, and, using his degree in environmental science with a minor in education, he embarked on his ride to spread a message about the importance of sustainable land use and conserva-

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tion; the sustainable use of land, not just conservation and not just development, but involving many stakeholders that care for the long-term use and health of local parcels of land. Preparing for what he called, “On The Hoof, Sea to Sea,” Alex researched routes and searched for the right horse. After reading Dan Aadland’s book, The Complete Trail Horse, he tracked down the author and wound up buying a four-and-a-half-year-old Tennessee Walker from him. From December 2012 through March of 2013, Alex threw himself into learning to ride and care for Pepper while preparing her physically and mentally for the challenge ahead. The duo hit the trail in March 2013,

leaving from Brookings, OR, and immediately began a steep learning curve. Alex recalled, “I’m an experienced hiker and mountaineer, so I know the first two weeks are always hard. But we were getting to week six and it was still really tough.” He persevered, making adjustments along the way, and a true bond was formed between man and his horse. He said, “As Pepper got stronger and I found the right feeding regimen for her, our daily miles increased.

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Islip Horsemen’s Association continued from page 74 editing the IHA newsletter, and being the mother of Leadline Grand Champion Keira Henagan. Laura said a fourth competition was added last year in the form of an extreme trail challenge, open to riders with any type of saddle or riding style. A modified trail course was timed and scored, and Laura hopes to offer it again in 2014. She also hopes to avoid conflicts with other shows, as this was a problem last year. Dressage chairwomen Liz Albano and Joanne Larkin said they had a lot of beginner riders, whom they encourage. “Our shows are run like U.S. Dressage Federation shows and judged by ‘R’ judges,” said Joanne. Last year new IHA Introductory tests (A and B) were added for riders not yet prepared to canter, as well as a leadline class. IHA also offers opportunities for riders to compete in a musical freestyle. The last dressage show of 2013 had 74 rides. The Spirit of Long Island drill team was acknowledged for its 20-plus years of representing Long Island. The team’s youngest member is Madison Burling, 76


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[ABOVE] The Leading Trainer of the Year winner, Cindy Laskow. [RIGHT] The new Gymkhana Chairmen, Michelle, Dennis, and Roseann James.

11, granddaughter of IHA Vice President Wendy Burling, and the oldest is Carol O’Doherty, 70. Special awards were presented to mark years of participation, including one that went to Ken Yanke for his 20 years. The Leading Trainer of the Year was Cindy Laskow of Crystal Brook Stables, whose students earned awards in schooling hunters, jumpers, and equitation. Youth group advisor Loretta Hall said that the youngsters, ages eight to 18, raise money for charity (such as Amaryllis

Horse Rescue), trips, and trail rides; assist at shows; and run a Jack Benny show in October for riders over 25. Several of the youth group members received awards for their service, including Michelle Kryle, who got the Sportsmanship Award and was also High Point Youth Grand Champion aboard Alotta Invy. More than 300 people attended the awards dinner, which featured music and dancing, a lavish cocktail hour and buffet, a Chinese auction, door prizes, and more. For more information, visit

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[ABOVE] Alex McNeil hooks Pepper up to a two-wheel cart for easier traveling in Oshkosh, NE. [LEFT] Alex (far left) and Pepper stop to take a picture with helpers they met along the way in Pennsylvania.

Riding From Sea to Sea continued from page 76 She got to the point where she would just follow me untethered, whether we were bushwhacking or crossing steep terrain and streams.” Pepper was not only ridden but also learned to drive a two-wheel cart, pulling it from western Nebraska to the Pennsylvania border, as it was an easier and more comfortable form of travel for



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her in the plains and Midwest. They camped as they made their way east, and Alex is still moved by the kindness of strangers who offered everything from a cup of coffee to a barn’s shelter. Thirty-eight hundred miles and 12 states later, the pair arrived at Hampton Beach, NH, on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 3:45 p.m. “My friends were waiting for me and I was 15 minutes late,” he joked. More seriously, he added, “In the media,

we see just a fraction of the 350 million people in America. Getting out on the roads and trails with a horse, I can tell you that people are much nicer than what you see on television.” Alex is writing a book about his adventure, titling it On The Hoof, Sea to Sea, that will be published this year. To view a chronological blog of the journey, visit “On The Hoof, Sea to Sea” on Facebook.

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Norfolk Hunt Club Shares History of Middleborough Hunt Country SUBMITTED BY FREDERICK EAYRS AND D.A. HAYDEN, PHOTOS BY KATHIE DAVENPORT

New Territory Boasts Interesting History Spring of 2011 marked the Norfolk Hunt Club’s first fixture in North Middleborough, MA. The Club has enjoyed hunting and hound schooling in North Middleborough during the following spring and fall seasons. The fixture, which is the brainchild of Norfolk member Frederick (Ted) Eayrs, links Ted’s Blackburn Farm with Norfolk member George Davey’s Hawkswood Farm, and land owned by the Bertarelli brothers. The area, still known by its Indian name, “Titicut,” or, “place of the great river,” has a Native American history going back 10,000 years. The following historical perspective is provided by Ted Eayrs. As area glaciers retreated, the first Native American inhabitants camped along the banks of the Taunton River, where they fished and hunted, leaving behind the “Folsom-type” arrowhead, which links this site with others throughout the country. As the settlement became permanent—around 8600 BCE—it occupied both sides of the river, in what is today Middleborough and Bridgewater, and was home to several thousand inhabitants. With an ample supply of fish and game, the early inhabitants also farmed the outlying areas, producing corn and other crops. Central to this settlement, located at the top of a steep hill overlooking the Taunton River, the Indians constructed an important fort. The fort’s location provided views far down the river in both directions, giving advance warning of an approaching

enemy. The site, known today as “Fort Hill,” was the subject of a 1950s archaeological excavation. The Norfolk Hunt rides along a trail that passes through the center of the original fort. To warn of approaching danger, it was the custom of Native Americans to build their settlements in areas surrounded by swamp, making it difficult for an enemy force of any size to sneak up without unintentionally announcing their presence. While 300 years of Colonial agriculture has drained a significant portion of this land, parts are still visible today and may be seen both on foot and horseback. The story is told that once a war party of Narragansetts approached the settlement by the river from the south; at the time most of the men were off hunting. The fort had been constructed with both a front entrance facing the river and a rear entrance. Exhibiting cunning and alacrity, and to give the impression there were many Indians ready to defend the settlement, the remaining old men, women, and children ran out the front door of the fort, quickly circled around out of sight and entered the rear of the fort, only to run out the front door again. The maneuver worked. Thinking they were outnumbered, the Narragansetts retreated. Bradford’s History of Plimoth Plantation records in 1621 John Winslow and Stephen Hopkins walked from Plymouth to Titicut to meet with the Native Chief Masasoit. Winslow and Hopkins observed the Indians fishing and harvesting striped bass from the river. The flat rock from which the Indians fished still sits by the river beneath the Middleborough trail used by the Norfolk Hunt Club. In the period following King Philip’s War, the Titicut settlement declined in population as natives either became Christianized or moved to other settlements. Seven of these so-called “Praying « Norfolk members Laura Marshard (left) and Gaelen Canning (right) thank local landowners at the Middleborough hunt fixture.

Indians” deeded the remaining land to the Town of Middleborough in 1771, for purchase by local residents. One of these local citizens was a Baptist Minister, Reverend Isaac Backus. Rev. Backus was an outspoken advocate for the separation of church and state. He lectured on the topic at Brown University in Providence, RI, and engaged in correspondence with James Madison, who was charged with writing the United States Constitution and later became president. Rev. Backus farmed the land, now comprising the rear of Blackburn Farm, to supplement his pastoral income. This piece of land is now home to the start of Norfolk’s Middleborough hunt fixture. The Middleborough fixture has become very popular with the members of the Norfolk Hunt Club, allowing access to deeply historic, picturesque, and private countryside. Riders can truly feel that they are traveling back in time, while galloping across large fields and following trails along this “place of the great river.”

2012-2013 Masters’ Dinner The 118th Masters’ Dinner, a black-tie dinner dance for Norfolk Hunt Club members, was held on December 14, 2013 and was chaired by Norfolk members Sarah Monaco and D.A. Hayden. Despite the snowy conditions, 135 hearty souls attended the event. As part of the evening’s program, Norfolk’s Owen Hughes, MFH, Ruth Lawler, MFH, and Tom Lewis, MFH, awarded colors to Norfolk members Sarah Monaco, Jessica Macho, Bob Shuman, and Tee Chambers. Reviving a traditional honor bestowed on junior riders, Mia Foley, daughter of Norfolk member Erica Foley; Hannah McGrath, daughter of Norfolk member Kevin McGrath; and Skylar Wolfe received Norfolk buttons. Owen Hughes, MFH, in awarding the buttons, recalled receiving his Norfolk button as a teenager. Skylar Wolfe received the Pungo Plate, awarded to a junior rider or advocate of junior riders who exhibits outstanding horsemanship and a commitment to hunting with Norfolk. And, in stunning recognition of the significantly large fields during the 2012-2013 season, a record 44 horses received qualifying certificates. Those receiving qualified horse certificates include: Beth Bauman and Libby; Phil Bauman and Lilly; Steve Browne and Oliver; Lynn Browne and Jojo; Veronika Bulkin and Charlotte; Dominic Cammarata and Brimson;

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Maine Horse Assoc., Inc. Holds Annual Meeting and Banquet SUBMITTED BY SYLVIA CORBETT

THE MAINE HORSE ASSOCIATION (MHA) held its annual meeting and banquet November 16, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn, ME. President Jo Hight of Scarborough, ME, brought the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. Directors were elected followed by a meeting of the board of directors to elect the officers. Sylvia Corbett of Gorham, ME, was elected president for 2014. Other officers elected were: Joanne Clough, first vice president; Mike Kobilarcsic, second vice president; Paulajean O’Neill, secretary; and Dollie Hutchins, treasurer and administrator. Elected to the board were Judy Kobilarcsic, Jennifer Clough, Regan Grant, and Dollie Hutchins. Former MHA President, Jo Hight, leaves the position as she was elected to the presidency of the New England Horsemen’s Council earlier in the month. Congratulations to Jo on her new endeavor. The banquet began with a very tasty meal followed by awards presentations, emceed by former MHA President, Andy Bailey. Horse show exhibitors and owners travel the state of Maine acquiring points

for each place they earn. At the end of the year these points are tallied and the top pointed winners are awarded with the State Grand Champion and State Reserve Champion of their classes. The awards and championship ribbons were gorgeous and beautifully presented. The trophies consisted of large glassware full of apples, carrots, and yummy chocolates. There were also trophies embroidered by Irene Bryant of Signet Monogramming and special equitation awards by Creative Awards. At the end of the ceremony, the winners of special awards and a scholarship were announced. There is a silent auction held at the banquet and at some of the shows. This year’s silent auction was a great success. There were about 80 items for auction, all donated by members of the association and it brought in over $1,000 dollars. These auctions fund the MHA Scholarship. This year’s scholarship winner was Michaela Vice. The Christopher Vose Memorial Award is presented to the outstanding youth

and is voted on by the youth of the MHA. It is presented by David and Pam Vose and was won this year by Emma Ouelette. The Natalie B. Libby Memorial Award is the adult award, voted on by the adult members of the MHA and was won by Margo Gerrish, who singlehandedly got exhibitors, spectators, owners, and others to sponsor most of the classes at many shows. Another outstanding MHA member this year was the winner of the Gray Perpetual Trophy. Each year the winner has to try to blow the hunting horn, a difficult feat. This lady did it with great success. The horse was Sonny’s Bar Lad, ridden by Kara Fortier, and owned by Kate Day. I believe it was Kara who blew the horn. Great job! Anyone can belong to the Maine Horse Association. The association promotes all types of riding, driving, trail, dressage, and family events. You need not own a horse to belong; all you need is a love for the horse and a desire to be involved in the association and events, and the promotion of the horse. There are representatives on the board, some of who do not own a horse, but are involved in the interests of horses. Some are involved in hunter/jumpers, Saddlebreds, Morgans, Minis, and one who represents many different breeds. Look us up on

Norfolk Hunt Club continued from page 79 Gaelen Canning and Slocum; Cynthia Cash and Surprise; Christy Cashman and Butterscotch; Tee Chambers and Finn; John Decembrele and Taos; Tracy Egan and Margaritaville; John Elliott and Nina; Erin Fitzgerald and King; Erica Foley and Xena; Stephanie Gill and Picasso; Stephanie Gill and Dakota; Nick Gleysteen and Spartacus; Chris Hajjar and Kalifornia; D.A. Hayden and Mosby; Owen Hughes and Simba; Cami Jamerson and Marra; Donald Kamenz and Shiloh; Ina Kamenz and Delilah; Polly Kornblith and Glory; Ruth Lawler and Hasty Pudding; Lisa Lewis and Otis; Tom Lewis and Bud; Jessica Macho and Maverick; Carol Mansfield and Blackjack; Mary Marks and Brock; Mary Marks and Turbo; Kevin McGrath and Cassie; Kevin McGrath and Willow; Bill Miller and Floyd; Sarah Monaco and Sonny; Fred Muzi and Chance; Mike Newman and Patrick; Mike Paparo and 80


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[ABOVE] Norfolk members celebrate their qualified horse certificates at the 2013 Masters’ Dinner. [RIGHT] Juniors (left to right) Mia Foley, Skylar Wolfe, and Hannah McGrath received their Norfolk buttons.

Percy; Carolyn Pope and Mackie; Dana Pope and Johnny; Carolyn Regan and Oreo; Bob Shuman and Squanto; Katrina Sorrentino and Cranberry; and Skylar Wolfe and Summer Breeze.

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[LEFT] The young Herbert girls showed that driving can be enjoyed at any age. [RIGHT] Nessa Minahan and Dilly gave an excellent driving demonstration.

New York/Upper Connecticut Region of Pony Clubs’ Members Enjoy Driving Demonstration SUBMITTED BY MICHAEL CHAMBERLIN

ONE OF THE BEAUTIES OF THE United States Pony Club is that members not only belong to local clubs, with the freedom to meet when and where it is most convenient for them and to plan activities that best meet their members’ interests, but they are also a part of a broader region made up of local clubs that enables members to hold larger, more structured activities (in Pony Club lingo, these often take the form of “rallies” dedicated to a specific riding discipline) and to form and share friendships with other horse-crazy kids from outside their local geographic area. The rallying season tends to start in the late winter or early spring with Quiz, followed in the warmer months with the riding disciplines of dressage, show jumping, eventing, games, tetrathlon, and so forth. Each year, the Pony Club rally season culminates with national championships in each discipline (which, this summer, will be held as a gala festival at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY). Many of these rallies, and last

summer’s Eastern Championships, have been described in prior monthly editions of the Equine Journal. As the 2013 outdoor riding season began to wind down, over 25 Pony Club members from the western part of the New York/Upper Connecticut Region (and as many former members and parents) gathered at Oblong Valley Farm in Amenia, NY, on a brisk but (mostly) sunny November day for a driving demonstration featuring a presentation by Nessa Minahan (driving a cart pulled by Dilly, a Gypsy Vanner cross), followed by cart rides given to all by Dilly and Nessa, and also by a Haflinger cross and a mini-Shetland (piloted by the two young Herbert girls). While not one of the 12 horseback riding disciplines officially recognized by the U.S. Pony Club national organization, driving is immensely popular and shares many attributes with the riding disciplines, and the fall driving demonstration provided not only an opportunity for Pony Club riders to watch some basic driving maneuvers and learn something about

driving commands and tack, but also to share in the somewhat old-fashioned experience of sitting in a cart and being pulled around by a cute pony. For young and old alike, it was a joy to see how professionally the Herbert girls were able to guide their pony carts around with their delighted passengers. Not to mention that it was a darn good excuse to do the types of things that Pony Club families love to do—like chat about the horse activities of the year past and year to come, laugh together, eat some tasty baked goods, drink hot apple cider, and feed carrots to horses and ponies. Participants included members of the Ridge Riders, Brumbies, Running Fox, Lakeville, and Millbrook Pony Clubs, as well as many of their parents and other family members. This is the time of year when Pony Club memberships are being renewed for the following year, and new annual memberships are being actively solicited. Pony Club offers a world of fun and learning for horse-crazy kids and their parents, all based on time-honored traditions of riding and horse management training designed to develop character, confidence, leadership skills, and to lead to a lifetime of safe and competent involvement with horses. For more information about Pony Club and the programs and opportunities that it offers, and to find a Pony Club or riding center near you, visit the U.S. Pony Club website at or the New York/ Upper Connecticut website at February 2014

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Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Looks Forward to Spring SUBMITTED BY BETH STONE

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE MAY BE COLD and raw, but things are just heating up for Tri-State Horsemen’s Association (TSHA) members in 2014. While you look out your window at cold and ice, start counting the days until spring! It will be here before you know it, bringing lots of fun and exciting things to do with your horse! TSHA members have lots to look forward to this year. The various committees have been appointed and are hard at work to make TSHA events better than ever for its members! Open show, dressage, trail, hunter pace, and clinic committees are meeting regularly in preparation for the upcoming season, and many exciting improvements and changes are being planned! This year, the TSHA open shows will take place on June 6-8, July 11-13, and August 15-17, at the beautiful Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, CT. The TSHA dressage shows, featuring tests for both English and

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western riders, will be held once again at the Woodstock, CT, fairgrounds on May 24-25, June 28-29, and August 2-3. Check the TSHA website,, for the most current information and announcements. Also watch for information about the first membership meeting of 2014, to be held on March 5. The location and details about the evening’s program can be found on the TSHA website. TSHA member Brieann Stone is featured in the 2014 Hodges Badge Company catalog, proudly waving a ribbon won at a TSHA Open Show. Each year, the ribbon company conducts a photo contest, selecting horse show exhibitors displaying their Hodges Badge ribbons. This year, Brieann’s photo was chosen from over 200 entries to be included in their catalog. The photo

depicts Brieann riding York Contract, her American Saddlebred gelding, after winning a Walk-Trot 10 and Under Equitation class at the TSHA Open Show. Don’t wait until show season begins— renew your TSHA membership today! Members receive periodic e-newsletters regarding TSHA activities and events, as well as “breaking news” throughout the year. Remember, your membership includes a subscription to the Equine Journal, so renew now and don’t miss any issues! Membership applications may be found in this issue and on the website. Meanwhile, stay warm and think spring!


Wentworth Hunt Club Landowners’ Support Makes Wentworth Hunt Possible Chuck Cox rides with Wentworth Hunt SUBMITTED BY ERIN COSGROVE

THE MANY JOYS OF HUNTING INCLUDE following the hounds on a fast gone away through open fields, hacking through wooded trails, and watching the hounds work the drag scent that has been laid. None of these would be possible without our unsung heroes—the landowners who graciously open their properties to the Wentworth Hunt. The Hunt honored its landowners with a holiday party on December 7 at Kelly Perkins’ lovely home in Lee, NH. Each landowner received a pewter Wentworth Hunt holiday ornament, and a heartfelt thank you from Sue Levy, MFH (Master of Foxhounds). Each landowner has their own reasons for sharing their property with the Hunt. 82


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George and Michele Cheney, who own Rest & Be Thankful Farm in Lyman, ME, are the most recent landowners to open their property. George and Michele coordinate with eight other landowners in the area to create one of the largest territories. “We did it to let people who care about land preservation know what’s available in Lyman, ME,” said George Cheney. His strategy worked, as one local property has recently been sold to a Hunt member. He adds, “It’s also exciting to see the hunt come through, especially when the hounds are in full cry. We’ll have neighbors lined up to see the action on hunt days.” From a different perspective, one of

the longest involved landowners is Chuck Cox, who owns Tuckaway Farm in Lee, NH. Chuck and his family raise organic vegetables and fruits on their farm, and manage the land with draft horses. Chuck has been involved with Wentworth Hunt for over 20 years. He began riding with the hunt, and his children were involved through the United States Pony Club. “It just made sense to

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Southern New England Horsemen’s Assoc. Announces 2014 Schedule Submitted by Cynthia Anne Bowen

The Southern New England Horsemen’s Association (SNEHA) has finalized its 2014 show dates. All shows will be held at Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, CT. Our affiliate show, the Colchester Lions Club, will hold their competition at the Hebron Fair Grounds in Hebron, CT. Our 2014 dates are as follows: May 4, May 11, June 29, July 27, August 24, September 7; the Colchester Lions Club show will be on September 21. We held our 48th Annual Year-End Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 23, at the Holiday Inn in Norwich, CT. Almost 200 members and friends helped us celebrate the accomplishments of our show riders. The SNEHA 2013 Year-End Overall High Point Award went to Shea Ryan with Real Spittin Image. The recipient of the Skip Van Patton Sportsmanship Award was Denise Rubino. And, the Ed Clarke Humanitarian Award was presented to Leah Blaise. Keep saving Nutrena tags for us—they are a great moneymaker for the club. Remember that this year there are no membership meeting requirements for eligibility for year-end awards. And, exhibitors only have to attend three shows. For more information, visit us on the web at

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share our property with the hunt,” said Chuck. While his children no longer ride, Chuck has high hopes that his young grandchildren will soon be out with the hunt! Tuckaway Farm is also home to the hound kennels, and the territory provides a great location to start working the young hounds before the season officially starts with hound walks and spring cubbing hunts. Wentworth Hunt is fortunate enough to ride on 11 different territories in New Hampshire and southern Maine. These include Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills, NH; Echo Ridge Farm in Lee, NH; Fine Nest Farm in Raymond, NH; Garrison House Farm in Durham, NH; Green Acres Stables in Madbury, NH; Myhre Equine Complex in Rochester, NH; Prodigue Farm in Rochester, NH; Red Horse Hill Farm in Tamworth, NH; Rest and Be Thankful Farm in Lyman, ME; Tuckaway Farm in Lee, NH; and Yorkfield Farm in Kensington, NH. Many of these territories have multiple adjacent landowners that are kind

[ABOVE] Cody Cramer (front, scarlet jacket) and Dana Zulager (third from left), who own Fine Nest Farm, enjoy riding with the hunt field at Rest & Be Thankful Farm. [BELOW] Kami Wolk, MFH, works with the hounds during a cubbing season hunt at Tuckaway Farm.

enough to allow Wentworth to hunt on their properties as well. The hunt would like to thank all of our wonderful landowners for a terrific 2013 season!

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REMEMBERING CLAIRE Step by Step supporters Richard Pratt, Liliane Stransky, Gustavo Murcia, Junior/A-O Champion Heather Hooker, reserve champion Daniela Stransky, and Hector Florentino celebrate victory during the final ESP Holiday Festival Horse Show.

STARTING THE NEW YEAR RIGHT Top junior champions, amateurs, and professionals, including Stransky’s Mission Farm’s Daniela Stransky, Mario Gamboa, Hector Florentino, and realtor Rodolfo A. Maya of Illustrated Properties jump started their efforts on behalf of Liliane Stransky’s Step by Step Foundation to guarantee a brighter future for children in the area by raising funds and gathering donations for charities Harmony House, The Lord’s Place, Iglesia Apostolica Fuente de Vida, and Children’s Home Society of Miami. PHOTOS: (TOP) MANCINIPHOTOS; (BOTTOM) COURTESY OF BRAVEHEART FARM

STEP BY STEP’S FINEST Also in news from team Step by Step, a group of the foundation’s stellar young riders collected blue ribbons left and right during the 2014 ESP Holiday Festival III Horse Show. Heather Hooker put things into high gear and rode Perle to the Low Junior/ Amateur-Owner Championship with Daniela Stransky taking the reserve championship aboard her grey gelding, Liverpool, in addition to a winning effort aboard her new mare, Winnie. In another ring at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), fellow Step by

Step rider, Emanuel Andrade, put in fast and clear rounds with his mount, Luky des Rocquelines, to tie for reserve champion in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner division. These talented teens are among a slew of riders of all ages, levels, and nationalities, who will be riding to raise awareness and funds for the foundation in 2014, both here and abroad.

FLYING HIGH Congrats to Skylar Laakso, a high school senior from Boston, MA, who won the Equestrian Talent Search Medal on December 7 during the Tournament of Champions show hosted by

Claire Davis’ love of horses and riding was memorialized before and during the National Western Stock Show, where the 17-year-old victim of the December 13, 2013, shooting at Arapahoe High School competed in previous years. On January 1, 2014, the Claire Davis Memorial Celebration of Life was held at the National Western Events Center. The National Western’s annual hunter/jumper event was renamed the Claire Davis Memorial Gambler’s Choice Horse Show, and a moment of silence will be held before each ticketed horse show this year.

RAISING THE BAR IN RHODE ISLAND The Rhode Island Equitation Championships (RIEC) wishes to welcome Anne Dotoli to their board of directors. “We raised the bar in 2013 with a new venue and lots of improvements, and we feel that adding Anne’s extensive show experience will help us with our goal of making the RIEC one of the best one-day medal finals in New England,” said Mary Beth Hendrick. Since moving to Rhode Island and opening Tibri Horses in Chepachet, Anne is eager to get involved with the state’s premier championship event.

ZONE 1’S CHOICE SHOW $8,000 Merit Scholarship recipient Skylar Laasko with trainer Katie Schaaf.

The Fairfield County Hunt Club’s June Benefit Horse Show benefiting the EQUUS Foundation was recently voted the Member’s

Choice Horse Show for Zone 1 by the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) for the second year in a row. Congratulations go to EQUUS Foundation Board member, Catherine Herman, who serves as a co-chair of the show with Sean Hogan and Michele Ippolito.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Kudos to Rob Feinberg, owner and trainer of Day Tripper, a 15-year-old Thoroughbred. Feinberg purchased the gelding as an underweight western pleasure horse, but managed to turn him around, bringing him back to good health and into the spotlight—this time as a competition horse on the hunter/ jumper circuit. This past summer, Day Tripper earned a number of ribbons, including seconds, thirds, fourths, and fifths, at HITS shows in Saugerties, NY, with Kathryn McCabe in the saddle. This horse is one to watch, for sure!

CONDOLENCES We were sad to hear of the passing of Susan Jane “Suey” Lightfoot. At age 52, the beloved equestrian passed away on December 15. Suey was the owner of Farwell Farms in Swanzey, NH. Although she never married, she took guardianship of Jason Martin and Jessica Davis, two family members who were like children to her. Suey was bitten by the horse bug when attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she had originally studied to become a vet. Instead, she left school early and moved to Lexington, KY, where she worked on a breeding farm for three years under Nelson Bunker Hunt. Also a member of the New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association, Suey’s life was consumed by a burning passion for horses and her business.

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New England g Rider Skylar Laasko Wins Equestrian Talent Search Medal Class THE EQUESTRIAN TALENT SEARCH (ETS) Medal class, held during the Holiday Tournament of Champions at Centenary College in New Jersey on December 7, offered a similar format to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) competition for high school riders recruited out of the national ETS clinic series. Twenty high schoolers began the class, with 10 called to the second phase and four called for final testing in reverse order. Skylar Laasko of Boston stayed on the top of the card. She trains with Katie Schaaf, coach of the Tufts University team. Among other prizes, Skylar won an $8,000 scholarship to Delaware Valley College for next year. The award is renewable, so essentially Skylar won $32,000 from Del Val, who has committed to offering the same prize at all ETS Medal classes in the future, including January 2014 in Virginia. The award

was presented by Del Val Coach Cory Kieschnick. The judge was Sarah Good of Kansas City, MO. This was her third time adjudicating the Tournament of Champions. Her judging credits also include IHSA Nationals. The announcer was Tim Cleary of Centenary College. ETS Medal winner Skylar Laasko with Jim Arrigon and Del Val’s Cory Kieschnick. IHSA Executive Director Bob Cacchione was on hand for the A new project for college bound event, providing his typical rousing students is a high school “Prep and motivational speech to tournaTournament of Champions.” Teams ment riders, coaches, and parents during the opening ceremonies. from Interscholastic Equestrian Perhaps the biggest after-story of Association (IEA), prep schools, barn teams, etc. are invited to compete in the weekend was the massive snowthe same format as the college tournastorm that trapped some competitors and organizers in the area until as late ment. Randolph College sponsors the as Tuesday following the show. The Prep Tournament Randolph Medal, which is offered at three different logo for the Holiday Tournament has for 20 years been the horse jumping jump heights. One of the big prizes is an entry to the ETS clinic at Randolph out of a snowflake. It was never more appropriate. College next summer.

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A $10,000 Open Jumper Stake was held on Saturday with a win for Victoria Colvin aboard Brigid Colvin’s Don Juan. Twenty-five entries showed over the first round course with just two riders qualifying for the jump-off. When Ken Berkley and Ax-Cent voluntarily withdrew from the second round, Colvin and Don Juan were the automatic winners, with Berkley earning second place. Alexander Zetterman and Cafino placed third with one time fault over the first round course. In the $1,500 Tackeria North

American League (NAL) Child/Adult Jumper Classic, Alexandra Cherubini and Equifit Cayenne 178 took top honors over Katie McNair and Biskit in second, and Alexandra Indeglia and Hans in third place. Cherubini and Equifit Cayenne 178 went on to also win Sunday’s $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Classic. In that class, Jennifer Blumenthal and Conley finished second and Jennifer Pennebaker and Zyou were third.

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EQUESTRIAN SPORT PRODUCTIONS (ESP) hosted its Year-End Awards Show on December 7-8, 2013, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The show concluded with an exciting win for Denmark’s Henrik Gundersen riding Adlanteur in the $25,000 ESP Year-End Grand Prix. Out of 32 entries, five horse and rider combinations qualified for the jump-off and three of those jumped double clear over the course designed by Pierre Jolicoeur of Wellington, FL. Gundersen and Adlanteur were last to go, with a winning time of 38.267 seconds. Theo Genn and Asirea Fortuna finished second with their time of 38.597 seconds. Ramiro Quintana and Ziedento were third in 38.730 seconds.

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Mount Holyoke y and Centenary College Race to the Wire in the Holiday Tournament of Champions MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE WON another Tournament of Champions event with Centenary College earning reserve champion. At first glance, despite a field of 25 of the best teams in collegiate riding, including 19 that are first place in their regions with nobody standing lower than second place, this 22nd Annual Holiday Tournament of Champions, held December 7 at Centenary College in New Jersey, seemed “business as usual.” Mount Holyoke earned 32 points, a typically good day for the Lyons, scoring in all but one class. The Lyons only won a single blue ribbon—Jessica Murray in Intermediate Fences—but had three red ribbons, a yellow, and two whites, never scoring lower than fourth place. Murray’s win put Holyoke in first place and they never looked back, despite a serious threat from Centenary in the end. After Centenary won the second-tolast class of the day, they totaled 30 points with one rider to go in the final class. Mount Holyoke was finished for the day, sitting on 32 points, with nothing to do but watch and hope. Centenary controlled their own fate, but their rider finished in eighth place— good enough for a ribbon but no points, and the Holyoke lead stood for the championship, their seventh tournament championship in 22 years. After winning three straight flat classes—Shannon Stepp in Intermediate, Morgan Hoke in Novice, and Averie Morgan in Walk-Trot-Canter—the Randolph College Wildcats were the only team with three blue ribbons. They could only muster a point in their final class, but that was enough to put them ahead of Boston University to take third place, launching them to the top of the Series Champion standings. Boston University’s impressive 24 points gives them a two-year average score of 22. Their Intermediate riders led the way, with a blue ribbon from Emily King in Intermediate Flat and a red from Leal Morehouse in Intermediate Fences. Open Flat rider, Carly Corbacho, who was reserve champion individually in the Tournament Medal, added another red to earn them 90


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[ABOVE] Mount Holyoke coaches with some of their winnings: Caroline Daly, Head Coach CJ Law, and Morgan Lynch. [BELOW] Tournament of Champions Medal winner, Chelsea Koerper, with Jim Arrigon, three-time medal winner Ciara Menkens, and IHSA Executive Director Bob Cacchione. »

the fourth place team ribbon. UMass, Virginia Intermont, and Delaware Valley finished in the fifth, sixth, and seventh places, respectively—all with 21 points and using the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) tie-breaker of most blue ribbons; most red ribbons; and most jumping points. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) finished out the top eight teams in the ribbons with 20 points. SCAD had been champions at the first of the threeshow series, at Randolph in September, and their eighth place was enough to keep them high in the standings for the Series Champion Award. Twenty-five top Open-level riders squared off in the Tournament of Champions Medal class, a two-phase individual championship with one rider nominated from each team.

ESP Year End Show continued from page 88 Lea Allen won the $1,500 Low Child/Adult Jumper Classic riding Komedie de Montesec with Jennifer Buchan and Craverz Z in second. Allen also placed third, riding Ginger 729. The highlight hunter class was the $5,000 U.S. Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) National Hunter Classic, with a win overall for Heather Caristo Williams riding Cornetto Royal. Tiffany Hammack and Graffiti placed second, and

Twelve were recalled for the second phase and four called for additional testing. In the end, Chelsea Koerper of Delaware Valley College won her first medal. Interestingly, the award was presented by Centenary College Equine Admissions’ Ciara Menkens, herself a Del Val alumna and former teammate, who was simultaneously honored as the only rider to have won the Tournament of Champions Medal three times.

Ashley Hotz and Cicola Z were third. In the Open Hunter 3’ division, Colin Syquia guided Jetset to the championship tri-color with Leslie Ducharme and Plays Well in reserve. In the Children’s/Adult Hunter division, Evangelista, ridden by Ally Marrinan, earned the championship tricolor. Danielle McIlquham rode Conlon’s Coco Chanel to reserve honors. Ali Tritschler rode Krunch to victory in two big equitation classes over the week—the Pessoa/U.S. Equestrian Federation Hunter Seat Medal and the ASPCA Maclay class.

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Equestrian Sport Productions Holiday Festivals Feature Grand Prix Riding at its Finest EQUESTRIAN SPORT PRODUCTIONS (ESP) hosted its Holiday Festival I competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, on December 13-15, 2013. Just weeks away from the start of the 2014 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF), many international exhibitors arrived early in Wellington to get their horses ready for the highly competitive circuit. The weekend featured a $10,000 Open Stake class as well as a $25,000 Holiday I Grand Prix with a roster of impressive horses and riders competing. The $25,000 Holiday I Grand Prix concluded a fantastic competition on Sunday with an exciting win for Sweden’s Alexander Zetterman and his brand new mount, Cafino. Jumping a course set by Anna Catalina Harris Cruz of Mexico,

[TOP] $25,000 Holiday I Grand Prix Champions Alexander Zetterman and Cafino. [BOTTOM] Holiday III Grand Prix Champions Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel. »

Zetterman and Cafino topped a 10-horse jump-off out of 37 original competitors. Just three entries were able to go double clear over the short course, and the pair’s time of 35.11 seconds earned top prize. Samuel Parot guided his horse, William Wallace, to second place honors in a time of 38.84 seconds. Ryan Genn, riding Cookie Monster, finished third with their clear jump-off round in 41.42 seconds. Zetterman and Cafino went sixth in the order for Sunday’s jump-off, and Zetterman explained his plan going into the second round. “I think there had only been one clear before me and my brother told me before I went in the ring that he was really fast and I should probably even think about going around for second place, but then I was just

jumping and I just kind of took the first stride I saw everywhere and it ended up being pretty good,” the rider explained. On December 20-22, the ESP Holiday Festival III featured even more grand prix competition, with 47 riders jumping a track set by Mexico’s Anna Catalina Harris Cruz. Ten competitors advanced to the jump-off with three double clear rounds. Second to jump-off, Ireland’s Paul O’Shea and Primo de Revel, owned by Michael Hayden, had the fastest round of the day in 35.029 seconds that could not be beat. Darragh Kenny and Goldrush, owned by Alexander LLC, finished second in 35.943 seconds. Jimmy Torano and Ben Maher’s Dolores MB placed third with their time of 38.655 seconds.

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UP-AND-COMING Congratulations to Ariel Grald, who was named to the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) 2014 Developing Riders/ Eventing 25 Program! Grald, from Randolph, VT, earned a “talent spotted” slot on the list, with her mare LBF O’Leah’s Image, an eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare. A Developing Rider is defined as a rider (age 25 and under) who has achieved a qualifying result at the CCI2* level. Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor lead the program and coached the accepted athletes in lessons under saddle, as well as a classroom component, with topics including theory, training, and course design. Grald took part in the training sessions held at Meredyth South in Ocala, FL, on January 20-24.

WILLIAM’S WISDOM Caroline Culbertson of the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) was on hand at the William Fox-Pitt clinic in The Plains, VA, in November. She reports that horses and riders from the Training Level through Advanced could apply to ride in the clinic, which saw about 200 auditors, riders, sponsors, and 94


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the experience of the horses. WELCOME! vendors line the arena on day one to watch 16 horse-and-rider The jumps stayed relatively The USEA Area I Council recently pairs participate in the once-insmall throughout the day, welcomed Hilary DeAngelis as a-lifetime experience. with even the Advanced group the new Area I Co-Chair. Hilary Arthur was back out and jumping no more than Training was voted in by the council and about with Allison Springer, Level height most of the time. will act as co-chair for the next joined by Advanced pair Kate The exercises were focused on year, moving on to the Area I Samuels on Nyls du Terrior for accuracy and footwork. Chair position with the board of the first group of the morning. “With event horses, the better governors approval when Heidi Next up was Jan Byyny on they are with their legs and the Beaumont’s mandatory threemore supple they are with their Why Not and Sharon White on year term ends in 2015. Under Suspection. Alexa Ehlers bodies, the less you’d like to see and Kate Brown were the last them jump too high. Because HOLIDAY CHEER to go before the lunch break, then, maybe, it’s because the The ponies of True North Farm after which Fox-Pitt taught the footwork or understanding isn’t starred in their very own photo greener horses or riders in the there,” Fox-Pitt said. continued on page 95 5 Training-Preliminary skill set. Malcolm Dilley and Nicole Kowalski, Lainey Ashker and Lisbeth Storandt, Chris Talley and Kristin Carpenter on their off-the-track Thoroughbreds, and Connor Husain and Skyeler Icke-Voss on their four- and fiveyear-olds were the afternoon pairs. Day two was focused on jumping. William Fox-Pitt applied similar concepts to all of the groups, tailoring the complexity of the footwork and exercises to True North Farm riders and ponies all decked out for their holiday photo shoot.


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USEA Annual Meeting and Convention Honors Year-End Award Winners, Looks to the Future COURTESY OF USEA

THE U.S. EVENTING ASSOCIATION (USEA) Annual Meeting and Convention got underway December 4, 2013, kicking off with a Richard Jeffery Show Jumping Workshop at Chatham Farm in Goshen, OH. Back at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati, OH, the convention continued Thursday, December 5, with a number of open forums as well as closed meetings to begin the official conferences. Throughout the week, several committees also met to discuss important matters, including Strategic Planning, Eventing Course Designers/ Builders, the USEF Event Owner’s Task Force, Eventing Licensed Officials, and the USEA Executive Committee. At the Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, December 7, U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O’Connor delivered a practical, passionate, and humorous keynote. He reviewed his first year as coach and

looked positively into the future. The membership also bid farewell to the outgoing board of governors, Matthew Fine, and outgoing president Brian Sabo as they finished their terms. The incoming board members were also announced—Debra Dealcuaz and Jack Leary. Diane Pitts has been promoted to the position of president. Mark Hart and Janet Horton were both re-elected this year to serve an additional term. The big event of the week was the Awards Dinner, where the year-end winners were honored from Beginner Novice through Advanced Level. For the first time in 20 years, the Mare of the Year and the SmartPak Horse of the Year were one and the same. RF Demeter, ridden by Marilyn Little and owned by the Raylyn Farms, Inc. and Team Demeter, had an incredible year competing both in the U.S. and Europe. Once again, Buck Davidson

was awarded World Equestrian Brands Rider of the Year for his many successes, and Sally Cousins was named Wise Equestrian Lady Rider of the Year. Caroline Martin, among her many year-end accolades, won Point

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« Fiona Moore and True North Farm’s pony, Bobo, were a big hit.

Eventing News continued from page 94 shoot for the holiday season. Kids and ponies alike were adorned in festive gear for the third annual event. We hear it was a sight to see!



Area I has announced that their 2014 championships for Beginner Novice through Preliminary will be held at Genesee Valley Riding and Driving Club’s (GVRDC) August 16-17 event in Geneseo, NY.

YEAR-END EXCITEMENT On December 8, 2013, King Oak Farm held their annual games day. Riders competed in an obstacle course, cone bending, barrel racing, and more. Everyone had a good time putting their eventing horses through something a little different! The end of the year was full of fun, as King Oak’s next event was their annual schooling

USEA President Diane Pitts presents Buck Davidson with the Rider of the Year Award.

show and Holiday Parade of Horses on December 29.

CAROLINA DREAMING The Carolina Horse Park will be hosting its inaugural CIC3* this

year, set for March 20-23 in Raeford, NC, to be held in conjunction with the Southern Pines Horse Trials II. “In our pursuit of team and individual medals [this summer] in Normandy, France, it is vital that we have top events in our country to test our skills in elite competition without having to travel overseas,” said Will Faudree, who sits on the CIC Executive Organizing Committee, along with Chairman Robert Costello, Marc Donovan, Heidi Doubleday, Jane Murray, Doug Payne, Lizzie Snow, and Lefreda Williams.

WINTER TRAINING There will be several 2014 High Performance Eventing Winter/Spring Training Sessions held this month across the Southeast, including February 3-5 and 24-25 in Ocala, FL, and February 12-13 and 19-20 in Aiken, SC. If you are interested in attending as an auditor, email Bryn Wells at

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Full Moon Farm Hosts First Recognized Horse Trials BY SUE O’DONNELL

colorful courses, there was hot food and drinks to warm up competitors and spectators alike between rides, as well as the smoothies that are a Full Moon staple. Regardless of the temperature, event attendees are regularly reminded that, “it’s always a good time for a smoothie!” Organizers were a little nervous in the beginning, as entries were looking low. It was the end of the season, the weather was looking questionable, and the daylight hours were looking short. But come event day, they were boasting a full list of riders—close to 180. It was so full, in fact,

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USEA Annual Meeting continued from page 95 Two Young Rider of the Year. There was a tie for the Stackhouse Saddles Adult Amateur Award between Bonner Carpenter and Frankie Thieriot. The USEA Pony of the Year award went to Snappy Dresser, ridden by Cosby Green. In addition to the year-end awards for competitors, there were a number of appreciation awards given as well. But one very special presentation was for the Ironmaster Award, given to an individual who has shown bravery, perseverance, and a positive attitude in the face of adversity. Jan Byyny received a fervent standing ovation as she approached the stage to accept this particular award. The event wrapped up with the Board of Governor’s meeting on Sunday morning, December 8. There, Mike Huber made another plug for a 3’5” division that would bridge the gap between the Training and Preliminary levels, which 96


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is being highly considered. He reminded the board that it wasn’t that long ago that a similar conversation was had in regards to adding a level below Novice. Now, the Beginner Novice Level is one of the most frequently entered divisions in eventing. Additionally, he asked for consideration in moving the Rider and Junior divisions to run on the weekends, and the Open and Horse divisions— which usually are stacked with more professionals—to run on Thursdays and Fridays. This would alleviate the problem of taking time off of work or school for amateurs and juniors, as many events run over several days, including weekdays. For more information and reports from the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, visit

Jan Byyny accepts the Ironmaster Award.


THE FULL MOON FARM family held their first U.S. Eventing Association (USEA)-recognized horse trials on November 17, 2013 at their facility in Finksburg, MD. Maybe it was their years of experience with their pipe openers and starter horse trials, but the November event went off with great success. Karen and Stephen Fulton seriously stepped up their game with exciting new crosscountry obstacles and a stadium course set over varied terrain; and with a loyal group of volunteers, the “Dream ShowJump Team” (borrowed from Waredaca), and a wonderful group of officials, the day ran smoothly and on time. In addition to the great organization and the

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Full Moon Farm continued from page 96 that they had to move the start time up slightly. And, the weather held out—it was breezy and chilly, but no rain. “It will not rain,” Stephen assured the crosscountry jump judges at their morning briefing. Stephen didn’t have to worry about weather though, as he announces all of their events from the comfort of a Land Rover provided by their event sponsor, Frankel Automotive Group. DeCarlo did a great job decorating the crosscountry course as well as the grounds, as did Sherrill Cooper for the stadium jumping course. On event day, Karen joked, “We have the largest number of pumpkins currently in captivity!” Stadium jump number seven in particular—the Baltimore Ravens fence—was a crowd

favorite, and Stephen made special note of the official event time at game time—it was a Sunday after all! The event was also the final event for Brian Ross, a mainstay of the eventing community worldwide, who judged the last ride of his 35-year career. “We didn’t know, or we’d have made a big deal out of it,” said Karen. So, if you rode in Brian’s ring for dressage you were part of a historical day whether you were aware of it or not! “To all of our competitors, volunteers, and supporters who believed in our day and helped to make it a huge success, we cannot say ‘thank you’ enough!” Full Moon follows up their successful event with their 19th anniversary, and will be planning for the upcoming season shortly. For more information and results from the event, visit


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Dressage news « Bethany Peslar and Endel Ots and their horses at Everglades Dressage.

passed away on November 30, 2013, peacefully in her sleep, at the age of 83. In addition to being a well respected member of the dressage community, she was one of the founding members of NEDA, a longtime board member, U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) R Judge, instructor, and trainer. She will be missed by many.


Everglades Dressage, located in Wellington, FL, and home to Grand Prix rider and trainer, Bethany Peslar, is proud to announce that Endel Ots Dressage has joined their prestigious and award winning business. Peslar is especially excited to welcome Ots as a great addition to her barn. “I’m very pleased to have Endel at Everglades,” Peslar stated. “It’s great that we can now collaborate and combine our experience and focus on the horses—especially the young ones. It’s a big plus to have a trainer here of equal caliber so that we can be the eyes on the ground for each other,” she added.

CLINIC AT CUTLER The recent Mary Wanless Clinic at Cutler Farm Dressage did not fail to impress. The worldrenowned clinician, who is a favorite at Cutler, worked with riders during the three-day event to share her knowledge and experience. “This was very much Mary’s clinic. She really worked the magic,” praised Donna Cameron about the clinic, which took place on November 8-10 at her facility in Medfield, MA. Nearly 150 people attended the event, which also included a long rider waiting list. Among the participants were

Cutler Farm’s head trainer and 2011 Pan American Games Team Gold and Individual Silver medalist, Heather Blitz, who bases her own instructional format on Wanless’ biomechanics tenets. Heather wowed the crowd with her rides on Olympic mount Paragon and Oak Hill Ranch’s Ripline. She also stayed and watched every lesson ridden in the clinic by her regular students, often interacting with Mary to discuss each rider’s particular strengths as well as areas of improvement.

CONDOLENCES Renate Lansburgh, a New England Dressage Association (NEDA) member for over 40 years,

Great job by the riders chosen for the Emerging Dressage Athlete Clinic with Lendon Gray that was held at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, ME. Selected riders were: Matthew Baillargeon, Allyssia Bryant, Elise Lesko, Hannah McCabe, Kristen Nowak, Nicole Nowak, Emily Smith, Emma Szegvari, and Emily Woods. Thank you Jennifer Dillon and Katelyn Kok for all your help organizing.



Congratulations to the Ullman Family; Meagan Davis riding Oficial RMC-1 has won the U.S. Pure Spanish Horse Association (USPRE)/U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) Year-End Award for the Second Level Open division.

Leatherdale Farm’s licensed Trakehner stallion Herzensdieb (2003, sired by Tambour, TRAK) was honored by the Trakehner Verband at the 51st International Trakehner Hengstmarkt in Neumünster, Germany. Doug and Louise Leatherdale received the Elite title from Prince Donatus Von Hessen, Herzensdieb’s breeder, and Lars Gehrmann, breeding director of the Trakehner Verband. This is the third honorary title received by Leatherdale Farms

Thank you to Francine Walker on the donation of Ferragamo, a wonderful Westphalian FEI gelding to Dressage4kids. Fargo is being leased by Courtney Dye and will be ridden by her student Koryn Staehling. We will be looking for this partnership in the show ring next year!



Heather Blitz, aboard Ripline, and Mary Wanless during the clinic at Cutler Farm Dressage.

GRANTING ACCESS USDF is pleased to announce a new grant program, Ravel Education Grants, supported through proceeds generated by sales of licensed jewelry designs of Ravel by Jane Heart Jewelry. Ravel is America’s most decorated Grand Prix dressage horse and a 2012 USDF Hall of Fame inductee. Developed by the USDF Youth Programs Committee in partnership with Akiko Yamazaki, Ravel’s owner, as part of the current USDF Shining Star Award program, this new grant is designed to recognize the most outstanding displays of sportsmanship among USDF youth. The Shining Star Award program recognizes acts of sportsmanship that show the individual has gone above and beyond what is expected of all USDF youth members. All USDF Shining Star Award recipients will be eligible for these grants, which will be used to cover expenses associated with attending an educational dressage event of their choice. Up to four $500 Ravel Education Grants will be awarded each year.


by Ravel) finished third in the First Level Open Championships. She and Eskandar (a four-year-old KWPN gelding by Zhivago) finished fifth in the Training Level Open Championships.

It was a job well done by Gwyneth McPherson of Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, ME, at the 2013 National Dressage Championships. Gwyneth and Chopard (a six-year-old gelding

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Announces Year-End Award Winners SUBMITTED BY LYDIA NEUSCH

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS GOES out to all of our year-end award winners! We know that you work so hard during the year and we are honored to give you awards that remind you of just how hard you have worked when the weather is dreary and grey. Thank you for choosing to be a part of our club and share your accomplishments with us!

SHOW RESULTS TWO PHASE DIVISION Pre-Elementary Junior: 1. Jenna Marston, Quiz Knows; 2. Leah LeMay, Dees Dusty Image; 3. Izabelle Tagavi, Zeus OR Shooting Star. Pre-Elementary Open: 1. Anne Burke, Achaean Ali Thea. Beginner Novice Junior: 1. Elise Lesko, Evan’s Worth the Wait; 2. Laura Pitassi, Dwayne. THREE PHASE DIVISION Elementary Junior: 1. Stephanie Pitassi, FF Jacobs Tune. Beginner Novice Junior: 1. Emma Schick, Minus the Raps. Beginner Novice Open: 1. Kimberly Cartier-Dome, Wasabi. Novice Open: 1. Kara Riley-King, Better Believe It. DRESSAGE DIVISION Third Level Open: 1. Hilary Millet, Paddington. Second Level Junior: 1. Morgan Mackie, Just My Luck. First Level Junior: 1. Morgan Mackie, Just My Luck; 2. Irena Kuzma, Trinity. First Level Open: 1. Kara Riley-King, Better Believe It; 2. Julie Dillon, Prince Jester’s Request; 3. Kim Manning, Beau Cheval; 4. Lisa White, Cedric. Training Level Junior: 1. Anja Stadelmann, Nott; 2. Elise Lesko, Evan’s Worth the Wait; 3. Emma Schick, Minus The Raps; 4. Jenna Marston, Quiz Knows; 5. Hanna Burk-McCoy, Winsome Wealth; 6. Ashlyn Kimball, Moe Debt; 7. Abigail Colburn, Just My Luck; 8. Julia Cassidy, Belle Isle Brandy. Training Level Open: 1. Kim Manning, Beau Cheval; 2. Megan Meyers, Sake Van Kretenerhof; 3. Angela Pandolfi All That Glitters; 4. Karen O’Malley, CCR Arreyo. Intro Level Junior: 1. Taylor Bruneau, All That Glitter; 2. Izabelle Tagavi, Zeus OR Shooting Star. Intro Level Open: 1. Katherine Cronk, Manhattan Gem. TROPHIES Cherri Olsen Trophy: Kara Riley-King. Dino Trophy: Anja Stadelmann.



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after Damsey was awarded the FRH title from the Hanoverian Verband and Fairbanks was awarded the title of Champion Stallion at his licensing in 2009.

WEDDING BELLS Congratulations to Emily Glidden and Kevin Ennis of Charlottesville, VA, on their recent engagement on December 2, 2013!

POSITIVELY WONDERFUL Upton, MA, resident Catherine Nelson, a popular dressage instructor and trainer, recently traveled to Scottsdale, AZ, to participate in a Positive Riding Clinic offered by Danish Bereiter Henrik Johansen. Clouds, cold, and historic rain didn’t dampen her spirits or excitement at developing some finer nuances in her riding. When asked why she came so far for a clinic, Catherine replied, “I had heard about Henrik’s Positive Riding System from my friend Susan McAlpine. I liked that Henrik’s System is a positive approach to training and teaching. It’s based on the theories and philosophies of classical dressage, as well as an understanding of the horse’s natural instincts, behaviors, and psyche. Henrik teaches that by studying the horse’s natural way of moving we can develop the horse’s abilities using a language that the horse understands. For me, it means that the horses I ride and the students I teach reach their full potential with less tension. I’ve learned new ways to bring my horse’s legs under her center of gravity, following my seat, which is the essence of ‘dancing’ with my horse!”

HEADED ACROSS THE POND Monica Burssens, daughter of international dressage

Henrik Johansen discusses thoroughness and balance with Catherine Nelson while the Westphalian mare Feleciana “audits” their conversation.

rider Patrick and Marisol Burssens of the International Dressage Academy in Wellington, FL, recently spent a month nurturing her skills in the dressage arena with renowned German master Klaus Balkenhol. Burssens immersed herself in the pinnacle of German dressage at Balkenhol’s facility in Rosendahl, Germany, and plans to use the experience to build her list of accomplishments and improve her own horses here in the United States.

UNIQUELY TALENTED Anne Cizadlo, of Wellington, FL, and Oldwick, NJ, had a fantastic show at Holiday & Horses in Wellington with her two mounts, Talent and Unique, both owned by Paula Runnells. Showing in the USEF First Level Test 2, Cizadlo and Unique scored a 71.081%. They then went on to compete in the USEF First Level Test 3 to earn a 75.484%. Cizadlo also showed in the USEF Second Level Test 2 with Talent to

earn a score of 69.605%. Talent and Unique’s owner, Paula Runnells, showed her horse Rubilat in the USEF Second Level Test 1 and earned a score of 60.143%.

WINDHORSE IN WELLINGTON The first show of the Wellington season for Windhorse Dressage of Dover, MA, showed great promise for the season. Nicole Polaski won her class, earning a personal best in First Level Test 1 with a 77.5% on Ronin. Michele Sizemore debuted Diana Mukpo’s three-year-old Falesto D in the ThreeYear-Old Materiale class. They won their class with an 80%, receiving eights in all categories. Michele also debuted Nicole’s five-year-old mare Lumiere Gold at First Level Test 1, coming in second with a 72%. Nicole rode her first First Level Test 2 on Ronin, taking blue with a 73.5%. Michele and Lumiere Gold also won their class with an amazing 80% in First Level Test 3.

Dressage contact listings 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,, b=breeding, t=training, s=sales, l=lessons

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Driving news « Performance Driver of the Year Gail Aumiller with Sjaantje Sport at the IFSHA Region 2 Friesian Championship Show.


be chasing national points in 2014, as Sjaantje will be on maternity leave.

SWITCHING GEARS Carolyn Wehle wrote in with quite the story, of her take on switching from eventing to combined driving: “I do pretty well in dressage. I scored a 16.5 in a recognized horse trials this year. Just when I think I am getting good, someone puts a horse out in front of me and gives me two, one-inch thick pieces of leather, no seat, no legs, and sends me into a dressage arena. If you appear to be able to put in a decent dressage test with one horse in front of you, then you get sent out with two. If you are good with two, then four horses out in front of you. “Oh and the outfits—I am not exactly a fashionista. Packing for dressage at an event is easy: breeches, stock tie, shirt, tall boots, black helmet…Packing for a combined driving event (CDE) is way too much work! I have to have an ‘outfit’ for dressage and for cones. You have to wear long sleeves. Your hat needs to match your coat/blouse; your hat, coat/blouse have to match your lap robe or ‘apron.’ Your hat, coat/blouse, and apron all have to match your carriage. I didn’t put even half this much thought into my wedding dress! ■ “Cross-country vs. Marathon: In cross-country there is a pretty specific course layout you need to follow. You jump the jump and continue on your way in one direction along the set route. There may be an option or two you can choose to take, 102 EQUINE


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STAR-STRUCK Congratulations to Eileen Ricci Flynn on receiving a Master

Amateur Certificate from the National Pinto Horse Association. The award is given for dedication to the industry. Eileen and her mare, DPS Ima Star, are nine-time World and Reserve World Pinto Champion, American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR) Mare of the Year, World Class Miniature Horse Registry (WCMHR) World Champion, multiple-time national and regional Pinto Champion, with many wins in numerous driving classes. The pair was also High

Carolyn Wehle drives Toverijk, with her husband, Justin, as navigator. »

but usually things are pretty straightforward. In driving, the good news is you have a ‘gator,’ better known as a navigator, who helps you when you have no clue where you are going. The bad news is you have a ‘gator’ that is a back seat driver telling you where to go. In my case it was my husband. Perhaps this wasn’t the best ideaI have ever had. “Head out to walk the hazards. You have to go through A, B, C, D at each hazard. There is no set route. You can go a thousand different ways as long as you go through each gate in the correct alphabetical sequence as fast as you possibly can. You cannot go through a gate backward until you have gone through it forward— clear as mud, right? ■ “Show Jumping vs. Cones: You head out to the show jumping field to walk your course. Find the judges box, start flags, and head for the first fence. All of the fences look different. You head out to the cones field, find the

judges box, start flags and head for the first set of cones—It’s a sea of at least 20 sets of yellow cones! I walk the course an average of 10 times and hope for the best. ■ “In Conclusion...These people are nuts! My husband, Justin, and I completed our first two CDEs this fall. We have a really cool, 15.3-hand Dutch Harness horse stallion named ‘Toverijk.’ He had never done a CDE and neither had we—it was truly a match made in heaven. I will say it was pretty fun to have Justin with me out there on course. Obviously, when I head out on cross-country I leave him at the start box and he meets me at the finish. It was great to have him involved and nice to have a second opinion (most of the time).”


Three cheers for Gail Aumiller of Carlisle, PA, who has been named the Friesian Horse Association of North America’s 2013 Performance Driver of the Year, an award that she has won the past three consecutive years. “Last year I won the award due to my good showing at two combined driving events (CDE), but this year I was only able to compete in one CDE, so I did not know if that would be enough. I was really hoping to win this title, so Sjaantje would be as proud of me as I am of her winning three national driving titles this year.” The pair won’t

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driving Point Division Driving Champion at the Woodstock Driving Show two years in a row.

SEEKING SENIORS The Carriage Barn in New Hampshire offered a fourweek course throughout 2013 and continues into 2014, with two hours of instruction each week. The final class is a carriage driving showing including cones and obstacles. The competitors dress, bring an audience, and everyone receives a green ribbon, as a symbol of hope. The idea of a program for seniors as part of the Portsmouth, NH, Recreation Department grew all summer in 2013. As new students signed up, mentors stepped up to share knowledge and inspiration. Everyone enjoyed coaching at the North Shore Coaching weekend. The Carriage Barn’s students also performed at their Holiday Open House, with four drivers in a drive-off in the indoor arena. The fall session ended with a tour of the neighborhood. The first winter session of driving, sleighing, and snow tubing has wrapped up and the second is underway. Contact The Carriage Barn for more details at 603-378-0140 or carriage-barn@

POWERING UP The Granite State Carriage Association (GSCA) has been on a winter break, but is gearing up for their next event, the GSCA Annual Meeting, to be held

The final class of The Carriage Barn’s four-week program is a driving show featuring cones and obstacles.

at the Puritan Back Room in Manchester, NH, on February 23.

to set the fastest time and an unbeatable standard.



Boyd Exell punched his ticket for the FEI World Cup Driving Final—slated for February 7-9 in France—with his exciting victory at the CAI-W in Geneva, Switzerland in December. The time difference between the top three drivers after the first round was less than two seconds, resulting in a thrilling winning round that demanded the most of the drivers’ skills. Exell had a short stop in the first obstacle in the first round, which cost him around six seconds, but the Australian powered around the final course

Kudos to My Lady’s Manor Driving Club for representing

the discipline, alongside the American Driving Society (ADS) and Carriage Association of America, at the Maryland Horse Expo, held January 17-19 in Timonium, MD.


Boyd Exell proved unbeatable in the FEI World Cup Driving at Geneva to earn his ticket to the Final in France. February 2014

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AS I WRITE THIS IN DECEMBER, the rush of the holidays is upon us… the weather has been changeable, with temperatures fluctuating between downright balmy and negative figures. Mid-December saw the arrival of back to back snow storms…let’s keep our fingers crossed that we can get a sleigh rally or two in this winter. December 8 saw a bit of snow, but we at Colonial Carriage were able to enjoy a wonderful holiday party. Normally hosted by Kay and Ron Konove, this year found us at the beautiful Devonfield Inn so as to afford the Konoves some more time to complete household renovations. The Inn was a wonderful place for a party, with plenty of room to spread out. A

potluck feast was had, with impromptu entertainment provided after dinner by member Carl Dudash tickling the ivories of the baby grand. Colonial Carriage members are a social group, and at this time, we also would like to extend welcome to new members Lauren Berrouard of Longmeadow, MA; Lisa Cenis of South Hadley, MA; Susan Giordano of Derby, CT; Barbara Pelletier of Granby, MA; Madeline Scully of Windsor, MA; and Karen Carhart of Lenox, MA. We are so glad to have each and every one of you on board! Watch this section in March for an update on our Annual Meeting and Banquet scheduled for January 25. Please consider joining our fun group for our potluck dinner and meeting on March 20,

2014, our barbecue meeting on May 14, 2014, or think about attending our Spring Seminar scheduled for Saturday, April 12. Spots go fast, so if you think this is in your future, please sign up! Check the website often for updates. Colonial Carriage and Driving Society is always happy to welcome new members. You don’t need to be a driver or own your own driving animal to enjoy this sport with such deep roots in our history. Meetings are usually held monthly, and we offer many opportunities to gather and share our talents. Be sure to find us on Facebook or check our website at for current information.


Western Reserve Carriage Association Wraps Up 2013 With Holiday Dinner SUBMITTED BY HENRY RISH

BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS DÉCOR greeted Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA) members and guests as they gathered for the annual Holiday Dinner. Held December 8 at the Oaks Restaurant in Chippewa Lake, OH, the event was organized by Deb and Bill Svoboda and Nancy and Jon Roemer. President Henry Rish ended the social hour by calling a short meeting to order by announcing that the biennial fundraiser auction was not being held in conjunction with the Holiday Dinner. Dave Antes explained that the famous “auction bank” had been located and would be a hot item at the auction. Fifteen club events, hosted by an enthusiastic group of members made 2013 a banner year. Recognized for their work in organizing events were Meredith and Stacey Giere, Jon and Nancy Roemer, the Dan Bowman family, Michele Steven, Sherry Olecki, Kay and Henry Rish, Barb Kurtz, Cathy Franks, Cathy Rhoades, Ted 104 EQUINE


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and Sunny Jones, Floyd and Linda Wells, Roger and Susan Murray, Ivan Burkholder, Fannie Miller, and Deb and Bill Svoboda. WRCA event hosts will receive a free year’s membership, a measure approved at an earlier WRCA board meeting. Several drives and events have already been proposed for 2014, with emphasis on the WRCA goals of providing educational opportunities and safe driving fun. Check for the latest information on the club calendar. Stacy Giere, director of the Great Lakes Area Driving Series (GLADS), was on hand to present information on the activities. February 14-16 and March 14-16 are the weekends for American Driving Society approved arena driving trials as well as private lessons with a judge/clinician. The events are scheduled for Windy Knoll Farm in Sullivan, OH. More information is available at or by calling 440-292-7198.

WRCA has purchased a complete set of approved competition cones. Members can sign up to use the cones at no charge as long as they are returned on time without damage/loss. A form is being prepared for cone sign out. To close the meeting, Henry Rish announced that Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center in Hartville, OH, has volunteered their facility for the February 2 WRCA meeting. Several speakers have been lined up for an equine educational program. Following the brief meeting, the buffet opened. The menu featured beef and chicken dishes, buttermilk mashed potatoes, a vegetable medley, green mixed salad, and plenty of hot coffee and tea for a cold, wintry day. A beautifully decorated cake complete with WRCA designs provided a tasty end to the meal. Deb Svoboda then took over and explained how the reverse raffle would work. All the prizes were purchased with Bonus Bucks, a program operated by Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supplies in Streetsboro, OH. Every time WRCA members buy something at Big Dee’s and identify themselves as members, five percent of the total sale goes to WRCA. Over $300 was collected this year, resulting in some very nice items for the lucky raffle winners.

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Western news

CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNIE WIGGINS AND Oshquahs Brio, who won Overall High Point at the Western Dressage Association of America World Show.

GREAT OPPORTUNITY The Western Dressage Association of America is excited to announce that the Western Dressage Association of North Carolina will sponsor a Train the Trainers clinic and seminar in Lumberton, NC, on February 18-19, 2014. The purpose of the program is to educate professionals who want to learn how to train, hold clinics, and judge western dressage.


The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to join with HorsePower, Inc. and Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), in announcing that the Adequan/ USEF Open Reining National Championship will be held as part of the Kentucky Reining Cup, which is being run in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, April 24-27, 2014 in Lexington, KY. The reining championship will also serve as the selection trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Team.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN The trials, tears, and triumphs of five mustang trainers on

Lisa Coulter recently made history in the sport of reining as both a rider and a coach.

held on December 6, 2013, at Promises to Keep in Derry, NH. their way to Mustang Million was featured in a new threepart miniseries on Nat Geo WILD. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mustang Millionaire,â&#x20AC;? which aired December 14, 21, and 28, 2013, gave viewers a backstage pass to all the action from the adoption auctions to the sold-out Legends Freestyle Finals. Mustang Million, the richest wild horse training event produced by the Mustang Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, offered $1 million in cash and prizes and was held September 16-21, 2013 in Fort Worth, TX. Over 400 trainers representing 40 states and the mustangs of their choice flocked to Fort Worth to compete in events from cow work to hunter hack after 140 days of training. Through the national event, 562 mustangs, yearlings to age six, were adopted into private care, saving taxpayers an estimated $6.7 million.

CANADIAN SUCCESS Lisa Coulter of Vernon, BC, recently made history in the sport of reining as both a rider and a coach. As a rider, Coulter made her mark on the 2013 USA Reining Series, finishing as the inaugural Open Division Reserve Champion. The series culminated with the CRI1*/2*/3* Oklahoma City competition, held in conjunction with the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show, which took place November 8-23 at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, OK. After tying for fourth place on a score of 214.50 in the

I DO Congratulations to Heather Markey and Ross Waniga on their beautiful wedding! It was

Oklahoma City CRI, Coulter brought her points total to 48, and was named the inaugural 2013 USA Reining Open Division Reserve Champion.

WELL DONE The Judson College Western Equestrian Team traveled to Berry College in Rome, GA, to compete against Berry College, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of North Georgia on November 16, 2013. Sophomore Mary Kilpatrick of Dothan, AL, placed fourth in Advanced Western Horsemanship, senior Shelby Crews of Greenville, AL, placed fifth in Novice Western Horsemanship, and junior Rylee Parnell of Tibbie, AL, placed fourth in Intermediate II Western Horsemanship. In Beginner Western Horsemanship, freshman Lindsay Tubbs of Brent, AL, placed third; sophomore Caitlin Autrey of Selma, AL, placed fourth; and junior Brianne Culp of Bruinswick, OH, placed fifth.

NOT TOO RUF Congratulations to Heather Markey and Ross Waniga.

Congratulations to A Ruf Gal (Lil Ruf Peppy x My Top Sail Gal),

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« Congratulations to A Ruf Gal on being named a 2013 USEF International Horse of Honor!

Western News continued from page 105 a 2006 Quarter Horse mare, on being named a 2013 USEF International Horse of Honor! Pete Kyle’s A Ruf Gal entered 2013 as one of the top reining mares in the country and continued to earn top results in her best season to date. A Ruf Gal’s phenomenal 2013 campaign began in April with a fifth-place finish in the CRI3* and a Reserve World Championship Freestyle title at the Kentucky Reining Cup. Next she won the CRI3* and the USA Reining Open class at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby in June, before earning 106 EQUINE


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results in 2013, A Ruf Gal earned the 2013 USA Reining Horse of the Year title. Additionally, with her accomplishments, she became only the 30th mare to earn over $100,000 in NRHA, AQHA, and FEI/USEF competitions. co-champion honors in the CRI3* and a top-10 finish in the Senior Reining division at the AQHA World Show. For her outstanding

BABY ON THE WAY Congratulations to Heather McCormick and Mike Judd, who recently announced that they are

expecting and that little Kaitlyn will be a big sister this summer!

AGILITY, BALANCE, AND SPEED The Barrel Racing Queen turned clinician will be attending the 2014 Midwest Horse Fair on April 11-13, 2014, in Madison, WI. Sharon Camarillo is an accomplished horsewoman whose career has encompassed many facets of the western equestrian world. She is a businesswoman who has been recognized by the Western and English Manufacturers Association as an innovator throughout the industry. Sharon is a multi-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, and an intercollegiate and Women’s Professional Rodeo Champion.


THE COWBOY MOUNTED Shooting Association (CMSA) held its 2013 Tony Lama World Championship at the Tri-State Expo in Amarillo, TX, with over 370 shooters competing Chad Little was the Overall Cowboy and with a record payout of cash World Champion. and prizes. Chad Little of St. Michael, MN, Men’s Limited class. Tammy Billingsley was the Overall Cowboy and World captured the Ladies Open Eliminator Champion with his total time of division and Jim Hanson held on for 76.232 seconds over five stages and the Men’s Open Eliminator. the Overall Cowgirl honors went American Quarter Horse Association to Tammy Billingsley of Darby, (AQHA) titles were captured by Zane MT, with a total time of 80.435 as Runyan in the Amateur division, she continued her title from 2012. Chad Little in the Open division, Blair Rookie of the Year honors went to Philippi in the Select Amateur, and Lisa David Peters, a Senior Men’s level 2 DeGeare in the Youth. with 7292 points. Zane Chunn of Ft. American Paint Horse Smith, AR, was the National High Association (APHA) winners Point Cowboy for 2013. included Maria Lasley in the The Cavalry class winner was Mike Amateur Classic, Marty Hagedon in Lewallen; the Taylor’s & Co. Rifle the Amateur Master, Dakota Medley class winner was Jim Hanson; and the in the Open Cowboy, and Trevor Cimarron Shotgun class winner was Lewallen in the Youth division. Matt Sronce. The Cimarron Eliminator Visit cowboymountedshooting. winner was Taylor Robertson in the com for complete results and total Ladies Limited and Zane Runyan in the times for each competitor.

THE CONNECTICUT RENEGADES 2013 Awards Banquet wasn’t just their seventh annual event, but the event with the most anticipation and prizes! Jeff Barrett of the Newington Gun Exchange in Newington, CT, was there to help cap off a great season. Not only did he bring some great Colt hats to award, and a great Colt LED wall sign, but he also brought a certificate granting the winner a new Cimarron Pieta pistol valued at $400! Congratulations to Bonnie Tyler, of East Granby, CT, winner of the pistol. The Renegades continued their evening of celebration by honoring the top riders of the season. The “sharpshooter” for 2013 was Joan Davis, of West Granby, CT. She had the most accurate season with the least amount of penalties recorded. The high point riders from the Renegades’ matches were Roger Dinsmore and Ali Forsyth. The most improved horse and rider team went to Bill Riel of Mechanicville, NY, and his mount, Blue. The Connecticut Renegades also inducted another Hall of Fame member. Jo-An Boehm of Simsbury, CT, has not only been the club treasurer since the beginning, but she also keeps scores at the events. The Connecticut Renegades 2014 season will begin the second week in April, with a clinic and match. For more information, visit their website,

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Ohio Arabian and All-Breed Trail Society Presents 2013 Awards SUBMITTED BY MICKIE NEWNAM



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[ABOVE] Tess and Jammer ready for the trail. [RIGHT TOP] Morgan Loomis shows off her flamingos. [RIGHT BOTTOM] Candy Carlson on Stormy.

SHOW RESULTS 2013 RECREATIONAL RIDING AWARDS 50 Hours: Lorelei Heineman and Kahdir Wind Dancer; Liz Shiplet and KB Bizi Lady (Birch); Liz Shiplet and Dip That Diva N Gold; Samantha Terry and Samuel Adams. 100 Hours: Celeste Phares and Teddy; Liz Shiplet and KB Bizi Lady (Birch); Vivian Stefanchik and Sir Winsor Dawn; Carolyn Sullivan and Puzzle. 250 Hours: Maureen Fehrs and Max; Monica Gaynor and Pusher’s Lucky Cash; Jo Murray and Izzy; Kristin Puett and TJS Mi Royal Louie; Carolyn Sullivan and Romeo. 500 Hours: Mollie Eastwood and Sierra; Lorelei Heineman and Septembers Legend; Kimba Justice and TS Chernanigans; Becky McCarty and Wineglass Perpetual Motion. 750 Hours: Barb Oberhaus and My Black Beauty; Carolyn Sullivan and Drachma Majic. 1,000 Hours: Leah Palestrant and Apollo. DISTANCE RIDING RESULTS The OAATS Horse of the Year: Captain and Amy Yatsko. The OAATS Competitive Horse: Wineglass Dominus+/ and Becky McCarty. The OAATS Endurance Horse: Quest for Star and Shannon Loomis. The OAATS Challenge Cup: Quest for Star and Shannon Loomis. The OAATS Junior Trophy: Morgan Loomis. The Dug Murray Helping Hands Award: Pam Rothermund. 2013 Trail Horse Awards: Captain and Amy Yatsko; American Treasure and Denise Tudorand

Hayes; Quest for Star and Shannon Loomis; The Perfect Angel and Morgan Loomis; Emmitt and Denise Tudorand Hayes; Black Merlot and Patty DeMott; Nitetime Jamboree+// and Teresa Searcy; Zeus Apollo+/ and Leah Palestrant; Wineglass Dominus+/ and Becky McCarty. Multi Year Jackets: LKA Kahli Kateef+ and Kay Rothermund; Pure Country and Mollie Krumlaw/Smith. The High Scoring Novice Horse Award: Romeo and Carolyn Sullivan. One First Year Novice Horse: TJS MI Royal Louie and Kristin Puett. One Second Year Novice Horse: Romeo and Carolyn Sullivan. 300 Mile Awards: Samah Gameela and Ken Wright; Sky Blu and Jinnifer Plummer; Fadbai Fanatic and Becky Mccarty; Par Rain Dancer and Jan See. 700 Mile Awards: Rushcreek Regan and Neal Shaffer; Winchesters Golden Boy and Lorelei Heineman; Pure Country and Mollie Smith. 1,000 Mile Award: Black Merlot and Patty Demott. 1,500 Mile Awards: The Perfect Angel and Morgan Loomis; Lka Kahli Kateef+ and Mollie Smith. 2,000 Mile Clocks: Lw Raajsreflection and Sandra Wright; Emmitt and Denise Tudorand Hayes. 2,500 Mile Awards: Captain and Amy Yatsk; American Treasure and Denise Tudorand Hayes. 4,000 Mile Award: Quest For Star and Shannon Loomis. 5,000 Mile Award: Nitetime Jamboree and Teresa Searcy.


I DON’T KNOW ABOUT the rest of you, but I’m done with winter. And keep in mind there’s a six-week lead-time for this article, so as I write this, it’s only mid-December. The first few days of December were great, but after that, things went downhill fast! I did still manage to take part in the Lebanon Carriage parade as usual. Not driving this year—Akela was my driving horse and Phoenix needs a lot more life experience before I even think of that with him! But I helped my friend Becki and rode with her. I know last year Carolyn Loedeman said she’d like to give it a try sometime, and with any luck, 2014 will be the year. If anyone is near Lebanon, OH, on the first Saturday in December, the parades are well worth checking out. There’s one at 1:00 p.m., and another at 7:00 p.m. where all the carriages are lit. It’s quite a sight! Anyway, maybe by the time you read this, things will have improved. Either that or I’ll still be cursing the weather. I live in Ohio so it’s not like there’s anything I can do about it, but it doesn‘t stop me from complaining. Several of our members (Mollie Krumlaw-Smith, Kay Rothermund, and Patty DeMott) went to the Kentucky Diehards ride and finished the 50 in good shape. I heard it did take them quite a while to thaw out afterward, however. It’s called Diehard for a reason. There may have been more members there, but those were the three I heard about. And since that was the last ride of the season, I have no more news. So I’ll keep this short as your results should be listed in here as well.

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Morgan news IN MEMORY Eileen Olson Hunter of Hunter’s Glen Morgans in Cheshire, CT, died November 27, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Meriden in 1949, a daughter of the late Clinton and Carol Plunske Olson and was the store manager of Hunter’s Pool in Wallingford for 30 years. Eileen was active in the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) and Connecticut Morgan Horse Association (CMHA), served on the board of both organizations, and volunteered for countless youth programs. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen Bobbi and James Bobbi Jr.; her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Dina Hunter; her companion, Greg Hunter; five grandchildren; two sisters; two brothers; and several nieces and nephews. In following Eileen’s wishes, a celebration of her life will be held on her farm in the spring. The time and date will be announced in the future.



In December, the American Morgan Horse Association Awards Committee announced the individuals who will be recognized at the annual convention, February 20-22 in Raleigh, NC. Among the award winners will be Suzy Lucine, former editor of the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar (1984-1986), and who has been a columnist and freelance writer for the publication ever since. Suzy will be the first recipient of the Mabel Owen Award. Established in August of 2013, the Mabel Owen Award recognizes a person or group in the media (written, photographic, print, video, electronic) with a documented body of work that has contributed

George Liberty drives his UPHA Morgan Classic Pleasure Driving Champion, Iconic.

above and beyond in providing content, adding to the public’s ability to learn about, enjoy, and record for posterity activities involving the Morgan horse. For a complete list of award winners, go to

REMEMBERING FERN Fern Bittner of St. Charles, MO, died November 28, 2013 at the age of 78. Loving wife of Groff Bittner; beloved daughter of the late Howard and Hazel Palmer; devoted mother of Stewart (Marsha) Bittner and Rhonda Mikiska; cherished grandmother of Jane, Jonathan, Charles, Lyndsay, Jessica, Jennifer, Katie, and Samuel; and treasured great-grandmother of nine. Fern taught at then Lindenwood College as the director of horsemanship for 25 years. After teaching she began

to work as a manager, judge, and steward of world championship horse shows, specifically Arabian, Morgan, and Saddlebred and all breed shows. She was a life member of AHSA, which is now the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Fern loved her horses and enjoyed teaching many people over the years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Fern’s memory to: American Saddlebred Horse Association 4083 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; or American Morgan Horse Association, 4066 Shelburne Road, Suite 5, Shelburne, VT 05482.

WINNING WAYS During the Annual United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Convention and Awards Banquet, held January 16-18, in Chicago, IL, 47

winners were recognized in the Hackney/Harness Pony, Morgan, and Saddlebred divisions. Winners from the Northeast included Merriehill Home Stretch, owned by Dantree Farm and trained by David Rand, in Morgan Park Harness; and Iconic, owned by Juniper Farms Equestrian Division and trained by David Rand, in Morgan Classic Pleasure Driving. For complete results, go to

MOM KNOWS BEST The Mom’s Choice Awards (MCA) named Justin Morgan and the Big Horse Race among the best in family-friendly media, products, and services. The MCAs are an international awards program that recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents,

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GERVASIO HONORED USEF recently announced Morgan horse trainer, Rick Gervasio of Ocala, FL, as the winner of the 2013 Barbara Worth Oakford Trophy. The award is presented to an equestrian showing in a non-reining western discipline. Gervasio has been riding horses almost as long as he has been walking. World renown as a trainer of winning Quarter Horse, Paint, and Appaloosa western pleasure horses, Gervasio accepted his first Morgan for training in 2008. The talented competitor and trainer quickly began to acquire the necessary knowledge to take Morgan horses to the top. Gervasio has competed at the Morgan Grand National for the last three years, garnering a plethora of top finishes. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 he earned multiple world and reserve world championships, as well as Grand National Championships in the ever-competitive Western Pleasure division. His versatility also extends to trail and western dressage. In five short years, Gervasio has established himself as one of the top western trainers in the Morgan breed.

IRENE E. YORK: 1918-2013 Irene E. York, 95, died November 26 at the Hyder Family Hospice House in Dover, NH. Born in Rochester, NH, on July 7, 1918, she was the daughter of George 110 EQUINE


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CHOSEN FOR THE TEAM Nineteen-year-old Quinn Mercier of Auburn, NH, was recently named to the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup Team. She rides with David and Kristen Cater of Cater Stables in Dunbarton, NH. Quinn, along with 11 other riders, [ABOVE] In 2002, Irene York drove Megabucks to a Reserve World Chamwill represent the United pionship in Louisville. [BELOW] Another one of Ellen Feld’s books about States in July 2014 during Morgan horses won an international book award. the International Saddle Seat World Cup competiaannounced. Memorials tion in Asheville, NC. iin her name may be made to Seacoast The Saddle Seat World Cup is Cancer Center, 789 a bi-annual international compeCentral Ave., Dover, NH tition originating in the early 03820, or the charity 1980s as an informal exchange of one’s own choice. of saddle seat riders between the United States and South GOING ONCE, Africa. Teams from as many as five nations now compete for the GOING TWICE… Bidding on the coveted World Cup titles. 2014 AMHA/World The USA Equestrian Trust and Morgan Futurity the UPHA have provided grant Stallion Service support for 2014. 6D Ranch Auction has begun! provided support for the trials. Remember to bid early and For more information about and Lena (Waldron) Leighton and had lived in the area all of her life. bid often! the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Also offered is the December During World War II, Irene served Team, the 2014 Saddle Seat 2014 cover of The Morgan Horse as captain in the Motor Corps; World Cup, and the complete list she was also a former chairman magazine, one of the most of chosen riders, go to usasaof the Junior Red Cross, and had widely read issues of the year! Online bidding will been a Girl Scout leader; she was past Worthy Matron of the Order close on February of Eastern Star. 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Bidding will Irene was very prominent in continue on the stalhorse circles and was known for her Hackney ponies and lions with the top 10 bid “amounts” and was inducted into the United non-stallion items on Professional Horseman’s February 21, 2014 at Association Hall of Fame. 7:30 p.m. EST during She was a member of the Dover Rotary Club and received the AMHA Stallion the Paul Harris Fellow Award. She Service Auction, had been very active in the restoheld at Renaissance Raleigh North Hills ration of the Garrison Hill Tower. Irene will be greatly missed by Quinn Mercier was family and friends for her love of selected as a memlife and many contributions to all. ber of the 2014 U.S. Memorial services will be Saddle Seat World held in the spring, date to be Cup Team. »


and others for their efforts in creating quality, family-friendly media, products, and services. Morgan owner and manytimes award winner Ellen Feld of Willowbend Publishing in Goshen, MA, wrote this book. For more information on the awards program and the honorees, visit For more information on Justin Morgan and the Big Horse Race, visit

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Harvest Days y Horse Show The Hallmark of Fall in the Sunshine State THE HARVEST DAYS HORSE SHOW W has been held each fall since 1967. This show has become Florida’s most popular state competition. It features Saddlebreds, Morgans, Roadsters, and ponies. The 46th Annual Harvest Days Horse Show was held on November 1-3, 2013, in Tampa, FL, with the honorable Suzy Shiflet officiating. A number of high quality Morgans showed up for the challenge, ready to give it their all. For most it was their last competition of the 2013 season. In the Classic Pleasure Saddle division, Rick Davis and JW Call Me Sweetheart made a clean sweep, taking

home the Junior Exhibitor qualifier and championship. Caitlin Ferkile’s MEM Show and Tell certainly showed off, winning the English Pleasure Junior Exhibitor class and Junior/Amateur Championship in style. Carol Addison and her own Kaboom won the English Pleasure Amateur class. The Hunter Pleasure division was the largest Morgan division at the horse show. Ann Smith’s Cedar Creek Yours Truly won the Open qualifying class with an astonishing performance. All Hail To The Chief and Rebecca Watters won the Amateur Hunter Pleasure class,

while Raindrops Keepher and Sarah Landmeyer won the Hunter Pleasure Junior Exhibitor class. In the end, it was Kimberly Dunn’s KD Electra that went home with the Hunter Pleasure tri-color. In the Morgan Park Harness Stake, it was Helen and James Rosburg’s CBMF Victory Pass that indeed took the victory pass. Barbara and Anton Nesse’s Be My Hunk O’Spunk reigned victorious in the Western Pleasure division, winning both the Open class and the Amateur to Ride class. The numbers in the equitation classes were surprisingly small, however that did not make any of them an easy win. Caitlyn Ferkile battled to the top of the Open Equitation, while Dakota Arnold went home with the Saddle Seat Equitation blue ribbon. Elisabeth Corbyn handily won the Walk-Trot Equitation class. For more information and complete results, visit


Connecticut Morgan g Horse Association’s Fourth Annual CMHA Turkey Trot Cold but Fun ELEVEN RIDERS BUNDLED UP ON the chilly morning of November 24 at Bluff Point State Park in Groton, CT, for the Connecticut Morgan Horse Association’s (CMHA) Fourth Annual Turkey Trot and Trail Ride. The trail at Bluff Point is a five-mile loop, partly in the woods, with some opportunity to introduce horses to the beach and waves. The ride is open to all breeds and we had Morgans, Mules, Appaloosas, and Arabians. CMHA provided lunch for all riders with their registration fee. CMHA President Will Filosi once again oversaw refreshments for the ride. Will offered riders coffee, hot chocolate, and doughnuts in the morning, stayed with the horse trailers while everyone was out riding, and had lunch ready when riders returned. Various prizes were donated from: American Morgan Horse Association, Equine Artist Sarah Brander, Likit, Valley Vet Supply, Big Y Foods, and Alltech.

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The registration fees from the Turkey Trot fund the Sue Brander Sport Horse Scholarship for CMHA members. Sue Brander was a longtime Connecticut Morgan Horse Association member and champion for the breed. She was very involved with our youth program, the Holiday Barn at UConn, the sport disciplines, and the Connecticut Morgan Horse Show (CMHS). She orchestrated the Hall of Fame Ceremonies for UVM Promise, Miss Roberta, and others at CMHS,

assisted with the Sport Horse Show, and championed the sport horse disciplines. Sue lost her battle with cancer in 2010 and the club formed the scholarship in her memory.

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Connecticut Morgan Horse Assoc. continued from page 111 Applications were available beginning in mid-December for the $200 scholarship. The scholarship is to be used by a CMHA member in any of the sport disciplines and will be awarded at the Annual Awards Banquet on March 1, 2014. The sport disciplines include: Carriage driving, dressage, competitive trail and endurance, reining, eventing or working hunters, combined driving, and working western. The 2013 recipients of

the Sue Brander Sport Horse Scholarship were Kris Pollock and Megan Thompson. Pollock, of Deep River, participates in jumping with her Morgan gelding under the direction of Johnna Chenail at Killingworth Equestrian Center. Thompson, of Mansfield Center, actively competes in 25- and 50-mile competitive trail rides with her two sons and their three Morgan mares. For more information on the Turkey Trot and the Sue Brander Sport Horse Scholarship, please visit CMHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at

Scenes from the Fourth Annual Connecticut Morgan Horse Association Turkey Trot.



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Arabian news Caroline and Matthew Ventura welcome Olivier RTA to their farm. »

At open hunter/jumper sh hows, both Elaine and Kristin eaarned many ribbons on him, th hanks to his speed and skill att leaving up the rails. Just a month before his untimely m death, Dunit won a $1,000 .9 95m class, a $1,500 .95m speed class, and two 1.00m ju umper classes.



STORK ALERT! Congratulations to Megan and Steven Mastropiero of Colts Neck, NJ, on the birth of their son Jack Ryder Mastropiero on November 19, 2013, at 2:44 p.m. Jack weighed in at six pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 inches long.



BA Vyagra Bey++++// had a big night at the Virginia Arabian Horse Association’s annual awards banquet! Winning the divisions of Dressage, Sport Horse In-Hand, and Grand Champion Sport Horse, his owner Jo Butterworth Devine is very proud of his accomplishments!

GODSPEED Our condolences to owner Elaine Enick and trainer Kristin Hardin on the recent loss of the nineyear-old Half-Arabian jumper EVG Allon Dunit (Saladins Allon x Jundunit). He was found to have inoperable tumors after seeing blood in his stool. Kristin started him on his path to five

national championships and four reserves, plus many open show jumper wins, back in 2009. At that time, Dunit still belonged to his breeders, Harold and Elizabeth Green of Evergreen Arabians. Elaine purchased him in 2010, and piloted him to two national and one reserve national championship in addition to wins at Scottsdale and several regional championships.


L Leah Beth Boyd and John Golladay, the head trainers G aat Cedar Ridge Arabians in Ames, IA, recently welcomed their first child w on N November 21, 2013. We hear that both mother and son are doing great!

The Hudson Valley Arabian Horse Show has announced their dates for the 2014 season! It will be held May 9-11 in West Springfield, MA. Check out their website for more information at


Jim Stachowski of Mantua, OH, won the C.J. “June” Cronan Trophy, which is presented to those excelling in under saddle show breeds. Jim Stachowski has managed and operated Stachowski Farms for over 30 years and helped the business expand beyond Ohio and into California and Arizona. Stachowski is not only highly regarded for his success in the show ring, but also for his innate ability to mentor young trainers as well as pair clients with top horses, helping many of those that have come through his program to earn national honors.

Ventura Stables, owned by Caroline and Matthew Ventura of North Dighton, MA, welcome Olivier RTA to their farm. “Oliver” is by Ajman Moniscione and out of the German-bred mare Swana. Caroline and Matt would like to thank Red Tail Arabians for the opportunity to own such a wonderful gelding. Watch for Caroline and Oliver this upcoming show season.

SMALL BUT MIGHTY Arabian pony-sized stallion AL Marah Swift (Al-Marah Quebec x Reem Al Fala) showed that size doesn’t matter when he competed against horses in the Las Vegas National Horse Show. Ridden by Kristin Hardin in the 2’6” Hunter Classic, they placed fourth in a field of 20 horses. « Jim Stachowski won the C.J. “June” Cronan Trophy.


GOING ASIDE Although fairly new to riding sidesaddle, Serah Volden volunteered to do a demonstration at her local dressage/ combined training club’s horse show after party. Serah and her Half-Arabian mare, GV Phar Better N Most (Questing Phar x Secret Silk K),

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hadn’t done much cantering aside yet, so Serah decided to show in an Intro dressage test. A crowd of spectators watched them, enthralled by the pair. When Serah halted at X at the end of the test, the crowd burst into applause! They won the class with a 77.5%. Serah says they are planning to show all next year in dressage and at some hunter paces, all sidesaddle.

BABY ON BOARD Congratulations to Rhini Sellman and Jeremy Bornstein of River Falls, WI, on the birth of their darling daughter on November 22, 2013. Jilian weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD Congratulations to Katrina Bonenfant on the birth of her daughter Marilyn on November 29, 2013, at 9:29 a.m. Marilyn came four weeks early and is doing wonderfully!

After a wonderful 25-year run, Arabian Nights dinner attraction in Kissimmee, FL, closed permanently on January 1, 2014. The dream and vision of owner, Mark Miller, became reality on February 29, 1988. Since then, it has presented more than 10,000 performances for more than 10 million guests. Miller said, “It has been an honor sharing my passion for the beauty and magic of horses with people from all walks of life over the last 25 years. Unfortunately, we have reached a point where the marketplace demands a cheaper product than we can provide. “Arabian Nights, which is the most honored dinner show of all time, was built for the highest excellence, not the lowest price,” Miller eexplained. “Just this laast August, we once aagain won the 2013 Orlando Sentinel O Award as Best Dinner A Show, proving that S our quality is still o unmatched. I always u believed there b would be a place w ffor a first-class, ssecondary attraction in this market. I was mistaken.” m


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A the 2013 At Neumünster N ((Germany) stalllion licensing for TTrakehners, one Half-Arabian stallion H eearned his breeding llicense. Gabun (Camaro x Galina II), a 2011 chestnut/ white pinto was the only Arabian-bred presented and approved. He was bred

HORSES ON THE HILL FARM ARABIANS SHARED this lovely photo of a SI Prince Ali Shiraz foal with the 84-year-old Joseph Bonenfant, who is very ill with Parkinson’s.

by Camelot Arabians in Bad Oldesloe, Germany. His dam, Galina II, is a Russian Arabian bred by Kossack Stud and sired by Vatican out of Gurba by Baghdad. She is classified as Elite by the German Arabian Verband (VZAP).

producer, with her most famous offspring being her son Hey Hallelujah++//, a multiple national champion in English Pleasure and Pleasure Driving and a U.S. and Canadian Top 10 Stallion, who predeceased her.



One of the breed’s legends passed away on November 25, 2013, at age 33. The remarkable Hallelujah Bask thrilled crowds at the national shows in the 1980s when she won titles in park competition. Later, she became an excellent

Pat Trowbridge and Miz Vogue VA, owned by Hennessey Arabians, went to the Home of the Innocents to introduce Arabian horses to the children there during the celebration. The charity association was engineered by Kim Jarvis.

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Arabian Horses Slide into Scottsdale At 10th Annual Arabian and Half-Arabian Futurities THE 10TH ANNUAL ARABIAN AND Half-Arabian Reining Horse Futurities will run February 13-23, 2014 at West World of Scottsdale during the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Founded in 1998, the Arabian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) promotes the natural, athletic abilities and versatility of Arabian and Half-Arabian horses. This event pays some $175,000 in prize monies, plus saddles, trophies, and buckles to Futurity winners. Currently the fastest growing of all Arabian disciplines, reining has attracted new participants even during the economic downturn. Reining competitions are all about action, not only on the part of horses and riders, but also with a


lot of vocal support from the audience. Four- and five-year-old horses compete in the Arabian and Half-Arabian Futurity Classic with elimination leading to finals classes in the Wells Fargo Arena. The top one-third high-scoring horses from the first two go-rounds advance to the clean-slate final—meaning no scores carry forward—for both amateur and professional competitors. The Non Pro Derby is fun and exciting for both the audience and competitors with a $20,000 event purse. Sponsored by Amani Reiners owner, Tim Anderson, of Milbank, SD, this event draws a lot of attention and a great deal of enthusiasm. “The Scottsdale Arabian/Half-Arabian Futurity Classic is my favorite show of the entire year,” explains Anderson. “At Amani Reiners, we will do approximately 15 reining shows this year, starting with Scottsdale and ending with the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. So to say it’s my favorite, is saying a lot.” « 2013 Purebred Futurity winner Dan Huss on Take a Spin, owned by Amara Spizzirri.

Arabian News continued from page 114 WINNING BIG Congratulations to Martha Rattner of Paris, KY, on winning The Vaughan Smith Trophy from USEF. It is presented to the best rider of any horse or pony breed shown in hunter pleasure, show hack, hunter hack, dressage hack, costume, sidesaddle, or western dressage. Martha Rattner has built a career based on professionalism, integrity, showmanship,

2013 Purebred Non Pro Champion Nicole Kent on Hazel de Boise.

“Our sport appeals to just about everyone,” says association president Eleanor Hamilton of Eleanor’s Arabian Farm in Rogers, MN. “Pros, non-pros, young horses, mature horses—we are extremely proud to have included something for all. We encourage all of our reining friends from American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) to donate breedings from their top reining stallions to our Futurity auction. This is a great opportunity to introduce your breeding program to our membership as the Half-Arabian—Arabian/Quarter Horse cross continues to excel in reining as more people focus on the special qualities of this cross.” See a complete schedule and additional information at

PENNY FOISEY RODE her purebred Arabian gelding, Capriccio AF, at Sport Horse Nationals in Lexington, VA, and brought home two top 10s in the highly competitive Training Level Dressage Amatuer to Ride and Adult AmateurOwner to Ride tests. and horsemanship, all attributes imparted on her by herr mentor, professor Norm Dunn. n In addition to her accomplishments in the Arabian and Half-Arabian and National

Show Horse divisions divisions, Rattner has been in the spotlight in the Sport Horse In-Hand division since 2009. 2013 saw her

win 23 regional championships, nine national top 10s, and a reserve national championship.

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Arabian Horse Association Annual Convention Lexington, KY, November 20-23, 2013 PHOTOS BY DEBBIE WASS FUENTES 1

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[1] Becky and Bob Nash. [2] Joanna Kale and Judy DeLongpre Kibler. [3] Arabian Horse Association President Cynthia Richardson. [4] Lori Conway, Katharyn Hart, and Mary Trowbridge. [5] Rebecca Fleck and Cathy Gage.




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Quarter Horse news MAKING THE CUT Congress champion Bailey Anderson has signed her National Letter of Intent to ride for the Georgia equestrian team beginning in 2014-15, head coach Meghan Boenig announced. She will ride as a member of the horsemanship team. A native of Millsap, TX, Anderson is the daughter of Tim and Tina Anderson.



Spook DeVille, an 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, was at the top of his game in 2012. He captured several racing titles, including the Western Classic Grand Champion Barrel Race title, and set a new Western Classic arena record for the fastest time. A tragic accident befell “Caddy,” though, in the spring of 2013. He escaped from his box stall during the night, and when his owner found him in the morning, she noticed extensive injuries to his chest, head, and legs. An inspection of the property revealed a large amount of blood in the arena and on a tractor drag. Caddy had apparently fallen on the drag during the night. His owner brought Caddy to the Equine Surgical Emergency & Critical Care Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital’s (VTMH) Large Animal Clinic. Further examination of the lacerations on his face revealed a frontal facial bone fracture and exposed right frontal sinuses. Six months after the accident, Caddy returned to competition, and much to his owner’s surprise, ran faster than ever, breaking new records and continuing his winning ways.

SAVE THE DATE! On Sunday, June 8, 2014, the

[ABOVE] Spook DeVille, ridden by Caitlyn Wood, has returned to championship form and captured several titles since his accident. [LEFT] Carlie Poworoznek and Shez Only a Zippo.


Second Annual Amanda Putney Memorial Horse Show will be held in Swanzey, NH. There will be Performance, Versatility, and Games divisions. This is an open show and is meant to be fun for all! Watch for the 2014 forms and other information on their website at amandaputneymemorialhorseshow.

Our condolences go out to Donna Rosciti on the loss of her mare, Scotches Old Gold, who was euthanized due to complications associated with colic surgery. During her successful career, Scotch amassed over 600 points in western pleasure, halter, showmanship, and horsemanship. The mare placed in the top 10 at the AQHA World Show in western pleasure and was a multiple Regional Experience Champion in western pleasure. Twenty-one people, including top trainers Gretchen Mathes, Carl and Trish Yamber, Gene Spagnola, Wade Black, Brett Clark, Dean Bogart, Steve

Reams, Matt Gouthro, TR Potts, and Troy Green, showed her in the Open division.

SCHOLARLY New York State Quarter Horse Association (NYSQHA) has selected two recipients for their 2013 college scholarships that will be awarded for the 2014 fall semester. Each youth will receive $1,000 that will be used at the college of their choice. NYSQHA would like to congratulate the 2013 recipients: Madison Frasier for Fulton Montgomery Community College, and Mikaela Harris for State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego.

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Collegiate Teams Compete For World Champion Honors in AQHA Horse Judging Contest Collegiate contestants competed in the Merial American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show Judging Contest on November 21-22, 2013, in Oklahoma City, OK. Fourteen senior college Division I teams, eight junior college Division II teams, and 30 Limited Individual contestants participated in this year’s event. The High Point Individuals for 2013 were: Division I: Marilyn Brandt of West Texas A&M University; Division II: Kelsey Matthews of Northeastern

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continued from page 117 Poworoznek of Uncasville, CT, who rides at Bit By Bit Stable, and her five-year-old registered Quarter Horse mare, Shez Only a Zippo, were a great example of that this past year by winning several major awards from dressage to jumping to games! They won the New York/Upper Connecticut (NYUC) Regional Pony Club Show Jumping Rally, were members of the winning games team for the NYUC Region, and then went on to represent the NYUC Region by competing nationally in Virginia at the United States Pony Club Nationals in games, and also won the Tri-State Horsemen’s Association High Scoring Quarter Horse of the Year Award in dressage.

Oklahoma A&M College; and Limited Individual: Amanda Solie of University of Wisconsin-River Falls. The High Point Teams were: Division I: West Texas A&M University Team A; Reserve: Colorado State University. Division II: Black Hawk College Team A; Reserve: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Team B. AQHA awarded scholarship funding to the top three teams in the junior and senior college divisions that is to be used for the education of students in the schools’ animal science departments or

Pleasure Champion, Sudden Persuasion (RL Best of Sudden x Pleasure Persuasion). The 2008 chestnut gelding was the 2012 Congress Champion in the National Snaffle Bit Association Maturity $10,000 Limited Horse Open Western Pleasure Stakes with Laura McAllister.

Heads Up Approved hard hats will be required for all English classes at the 2014 Built Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Championship Show.


Congratulations to Makayla Flowers of Ocala, FL, on passing her driver’s exam and receiving her license! We are sure to see her pulling the trailer soon!

The New York State Quarter Horse Association would like to announce their 2014 slate of officers. President: Ron Bubniak; first vice president: Eric Dolen; second vice president: Melissa Frasier; treasurer: Karen Dolen; secretary: Amy Bubniak; and board of directors: Bruce Emanuel, Christina Lewis, Herb Wheeler, Jena Volo, Allison Kraszewski, Crystal Marshall, Cheryl Rudolf, and Melanie Miller.


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Congratulations to the Maine Quarter Horse Association Saddle-Up Maine 2013 Trail

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equine-related fields. Contestants were tasked with scoring eight performance events and four halter classes. Their scores were compared against an official scorecard comprised of AQHA-approved judges, and they were given a score based on how closely they matched the official placings—a score of 50 meant that a contestant selected placings that represented a perfect match to the official placings. This year, contestants judged Tie-Down Roping, Heading, Working Cow Horse, Western Riding, Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, and Hunt Seat Equitation. In halter, contestants placed Aged Mares, Two-Year-Old Geldings, Performance Halter Geldings, and Three-Year-Old Colts. For complete coverage on the 2013 AQHA World Show, visit worldshow.

Challenge Year-End Winners! The winners were: All Breeds Adult High Point: Susan Oakland and Deuce; All Breeds Youth High Point: Shaynah Seames and Rio Wolf Creek; Quarter Horse Adult High Point: Pam Edwards and Splash This Chip; and Quarter Horse Youth High Point: Jared Johns and Zipp to Conclusion.

Rewarding Ranchers To honor the contributions that ranch horses have made to the heritage of the American Quarter Horse, the American Quarter Horse Association and Zoetis present to you the Best Remuda Award. The award

began in 1992 and has since recognized several outstanding ranches for their efforts in raising American Quarter Horses, an important tool of their trade. The 2013 award was formally presented to Matador Ranch of Matador, TX, during the opening ceremonies of the Working Ranch Cowboys Association (WRCA) World Championship Ranch Rodeo in Amarillo, TX.

Accepted Three cheers for Ezra Cushing, the son of Bart and Betsy Cushing of Gilsum, NH, on being accepted to Clark University for the class of 2018!

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USEF Names Lorick Stables as Number One Friesian Breeder and Owner SUBMITTED BY GARETH SELWOOD

LORICK STABLES IMPORTED THEIR first mare from Holland in 2002, but their passion for breeding Dutch horses began when they purchased their first Friesian in 1997. That mare, Diane D by Frans, produced, when bred to Warn, the two mares Zeva LSI and Vianke LSI, who are still the mainstay of this very special breeding program. These two mares have gone on to produce Mink LSI by Iron Spring Farms Teade and Nelis LSI by Sibald 30. Another great producer for Lorick Stables has been their imported world champion mare, Mentha fan Ferwalde, the dam of Hendrica LSI, 2012 U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Halter Horse of the Year (HOTY) who is still dominating the show ring in halter and under saddle with new owner, Little River Plantation. The great mare Tomasina D, a full sister to approved stallions Bonne and Teunis, is in foal to Sape for 2014 and is the dam of our beautiful Reserve World Champion Stallion, Wilrik LSI. Oukje-Elza, one of our mares bred by Diane Dominguez, is the dam of several champions, including our up-andcoming halter super star and Region 2 Champion Mare, Arja LSI by Teade. Lorick Stables is located in beautiful Youngstown, NY, just a few miles from the Canadian border and Niagara Falls. Not only do the LSI horses compete at International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA)/USEF-rated horse shows all over the country, they also exhibit at horse fairs and American Driving Society (ADS) events as well as U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) shows. The farm and horses are managed and trained by Gareth A. Selwood, a USEF Equestrian of Honor and multi-carded judge. The whole farm’s being, from structural concept to breeding and then personalized training and care, has been the passion of Lorie Washuta and Rick Butts, who for 120 EQUINE


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almost 20 years, have dedicated their time, resources, and energy to this winning farm of happy horses. Lorick Stables is excited for what the future holds and is pleased to announce that Nutrena Feed has joined their team as a sponsor and consultant.

Nelis LSI USEF Friesian Driving Horse of the Year and IFSHA Driving Horse of the Year Bred and owned by Lorick Stables, Nelis LSI has dominated the show arena since July of 2011. Nelis LSI began his show career in dressage with Eleine Eckroth on the tough Florida circuit, earning up to 74% at Training Level. When Gareth Selwood joined as trainer and manager of Lorick Stables in the summer of 2011, it was decided to make Nelis LSI our “all-around ambassador” for the stables and the breed due to his incredible disposition, athleticism, and talent. Nelis is a 2004 gelding by Sibald 30 out of Vianke LSI by Warn. At his first big show in 2011, he earned High Point Purebred Friesian at the Midwest Baroque Horse Society Show in Wisconsin, winning championships in halter, equitation, driving, and under

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saddle classes. His third show out, Nelis carried junior exhibitor Michelle Meyers to victory at the World Championship in Virginia in Hunt Seat Equitation and Pleasure, finishing the year as the USEF/ Performance Horse Registry (PHR) Driving Reserve Champion and the IFSHA Equitation High Point, and earning another HOTY National Championship in Junior Exhibitor for the Friesian division. In 2012 Nelis won regional championships in divisions from Halter to Equitation and Pleasure. As a competitive carriage driving horse, he continued to improve and, during his first outing at Walnut Hill, he won the “Fancy Dress” class and came in a respectable fourth in his first Reinsmanship class with Rick Butts. Nelis LSI still managed to win the National Champion Driving Horse of the Year title in the Friesian division and IFSHA Driving Horse of the Year without traveling to nationals far on the West Coast at Del Mar. In fact, Lorick Stables won the coveted PHR/USEF Friesian Breeder and Owner of the Year in 2012 without attending the World Show—and a large part was due to Nelis and his wins. In 2013, Nelis LSI continues to win championships at all the shows he enters in various divisions, including Show Hack, Dressage Hack, Hunt Seat, Show Pleasure Driving, Walk-Trot, and Carriage Pleasure Driving. With excellent placings at ADS events at Cazenovia and East Aurora, NY, he is placing well in Working, Turn Out, and Reinsmanship. Nelis LSI continues to make his mark and promote Lorick Stables and the Dutch horses they breed.

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Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club Shares a Member’s Story SUBMITTED BY MINDY FINELLI

THIS IS THE STORY OF HOW WE became enchanted with the P.R.E. breed (a.k.a. Andalusian) and started Cornerstone Farm Andalusians. We learned of the Andalusian breed during a dressage clinic we attended in 2005. We were pleasantly impressed and started doing some research. Then we found our first P.R.E. mare, Gitana del Sol, in 2006. She was six years old at the time and unbroken. Our first goal was to break and train her over the winter so that we could show her at the Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club (ERAHC) horse shows in Massachusetts and Virginia in 2007. True to this magnificent breed, she gave us no problem whatsoever and really seemed to enjoy learning. Needless to say, we were hooked! What followed was the purchase of several other mares to add to

our herd, all with the intention of starting a P.R.E. breeding program. Unfortunately, the economy took a nosedive just after we purchased our fifth mare; so very sadly, we had to sell three mares. It was now 2008. We decided to breed Gitana and the other mare we kept, Guardiana (still hoping for the best). Unfortunately, Guardiana lost her foal a month before her due date—a total shock to us. At that point we were really wondering if we were doing the right thing. A month later, though, when Gitana gave birth to a beautiful black filly, Anamora CFA, all concerns were gone. Anamora (a.k.a. Annie) and Gitana were both perfectly healthy. We were so happy! It was apparent to us that we had a very special filly here. Come show season we decided to take the two of them to ERAHC and see if what

we thought was a very correct filly was truly that. To our great enjoyment, Annie won her weanling class. She has since won first or second in every halter class she’s entered. Meanwhile, Gitana had off from breeding for a couple years so that we could work on her Working Equitation training, which she took to fantastically winning champion or reserve champion every time she was shown. In 2011, finances looked better so we looked into getting our own breeding stallion. To our amazement, the stallion that made us fall in love with this breed, Fandango del Sol, came on the market! What an excellent boy he is in-hand, under saddle, and in harness. We bred him to Gitana in 2012, and in 2013 we were blessed with a beautiful colt, Tango CFA. He is a very handsome, sweet, and well put together foal with his mom and dad’s great personality and intelligence. We very much look forward to this coming show season at ERAHC with Fandango, Annie, and now Tango (Gitana gets to take the year off or we’d have to get a larger trailer). For more information on Cornerstone Farm Andalusians and breeding opportunities, contact Mindy Finelli at 908-489-2069.


Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse Designer Foals for All SUBMITTED BY BARBARA CLARK


WE HAVE ALL SEEN THOSE CUTE designer dogs that are the rage everywhere. Now, you can make your very own designer horse…the horse of your dreams…the perfect horse just for you. Now every mare owner who is going to breed in 2014 can benefit from The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse’s 2014 Stallion Service Auction. It doesn’t matter if your mare is a Quarter Horse, a Morgan, an Arabian, a Friesian, a Gypsy, a warmblood, or if she has no breed affiliation at all. There are exceptional P.R.E. stallions whose services are available for you at a substantial discount. The best part about the auction is that all the funds received

Breed to a P.R.E. stallion if you want an international partner. Viviano and Marta Renilla. »

are used to support the many programs of The Foundation (501(c)3 public charity) such as rescue, scholarships, youth, awards, and much, much more. To learn more about The Foundation’s programs, visit You can feel good about breeding to these stallions knowing that you are helping other horses. This is one of those extraordinary instances where everyone joins together for the benefit of the

horse and in doing so, everyone wins. Why breed your mare to a Pure Spanish stallion? People who already own P.R.E. horses know the answer.

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The Pure Spanish Horse continued from page 121 They are the smoothest, smartest, easiest to train, most devoted, beautiful, powerful, and kind horses anywhere. If you want to know the truth about the breed just ask anyone who owns one...but be sure to ask when you have time enough to listen. Of course if you have a registered P.R.E. mare you are not only lucky just to own her, but you can have your pick of the most talented, athletic, beautiful, and morphologically correct sires on the planet to make your perfect foal. It is a good time to breed your next horse and with P.R.E. blood, chances are that your next horse will be your favorite. Horses that have one parent who is a Pure Spanish Horse can be registered in the Spanish Heritage Horse



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Registry that is operated by The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse. You don’t even have to be a member to take advantage of the inexpensive but prestigious registry. Purebred foals of revised parents can be registered in the P.R.E. Mundial Registry, also operated by The Foundation. So how do you bid on one of these magnificent stallions? It is easy. Simply visit the site; and bid on the horse that will make your perfect foal. There is a stallion service on this site for everyone. The auction ends on February 14: Valentine’s Day. If you would like more information, simply call The Foundation office at 505-2940800. There is one small disclaimer…unlike those designer dogs, none of our stallions are hypoallergenic. They do however, have the market cornered.

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Ohio Haflinger g Association Announces Driving and 10 and Under Division Winners SUBMITTED BY KATINA WILSON

BRRR! WINTER HAS REARED ITS bitter head and it is the week before Christmas as I write this. It seems strange to write about the final placings of the Driving division and the expanding 10 and Under division from the 2013 Haflinger Championship Challenge when there is snow gently falling outside. The 2013 Driving division was won by Walnut Ridge Farm’s Mackinac RM and second place was also captured by Walnut Ridge’s All American Ladd WRF. Third place was won by Brian Mitteer’s, Bonita Rox PA. Fourth place was won by Hendershot Haflingers’ LaDot’s Dazzle. Walnut Ridge’s Charlotte THF

won fifth place in the Driving division for this past year. The 10 and Under division saw 11 participants this past season. The numbers of younger riders is beginning to grow at a steady pace, which is wonderful news for the future of the Ohio Haflinger Association (OHA). Isabella O’Brien rode Abel of Chestnut Ridge to win the division for the year. Grace Kuhbander rode Whispers of the Fruit CA to capture second place. Saige Matheny rode her horse, Chalie a Star to third place. Fourth place was earned by Abby Alberts, riding Like a Charm. Rounding out fifth place was Erin Wilson, riding her horse, Cocoa

Chanel. I certainly hope that this division continues to grow over the coming years! Even though this is only the February article, I did want to list the upcoming 2014 shows so everyone could post them on their calendars: June 27-29 – Buckeye Haflinger Show, Ashland, Ohio; July 11-13 – New York Gold Classic, Horseheads, NY; August 1-3 – Central Ohio Haflinger Show, Ashland, Ohio. Tentatively scheduled is the National Haflinger Show, currently set for September 5-8. As always, it seems as though everyone has a wonderful time at these shows. So please plan on attending one, or all of them! Rumor has it that there will be a new class or two for the shows this coming season. Please do not forget OHA President Ian Wengerd’s call for more recent pictures of Haflingers in action. He wants to update the picture album that is displayed during Ohio’s Equine Affaire held in early April. If you can help, please call Ian at 330-264-9095. Thank you for your help!


American Bashkir Curly Registry Embracing Winter, Curly Style SUBMITTED BY DONNA LAROUX

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT about the time I became eligible for membership in AARP, I developed a very strong aversion to being cold. Before that, I rode my Curlies year round, and didn’t give the winter weather and frigid temperatures a second thought. Nothing kept me from going to the barn and riding unless the roads were too bad and I couldn’t get there. That was me from age 40 until, well…OK, then, 50. For the past four years or so, I haven’t ridden during the cold months, which, in northwest Indiana, can last a good four or five months! I huddled at home, venturing to the barn only once or twice a week to brush and visit the horses. This past fall I decided it was time to put on my big girl pants and start riding again through the winter months. I miss my two Curlies—Storm, my steady-eddie gaited “Cadillac” ride, and Prince, my

“Ferrari”—when I don’t see and ride them regularly. There’s just something about their smell, the lovely winter curls that you can bury your hands and face in, and that soft, welcoming nicker. Heaven! So, I steeled myself and made a few changes to my riding attire and one huge adjustment to my attitude. Suddenly, it didn’t seem so cold outside. Riding when the temperature was near zero became a non-issue. When it’s sunny with little or no wind, we ride on the frozen farm fields across the road from the barn, or trailer to the nearby park when the roads are clear. It’s such fun to see the tracks of wild animals in the snow and hear the birds chattering in the trees and bushes in the woods. When it’s too cold or windy to be outside, we stay indoors, playing with patterns and obstacles. I also started taking dressage lessons with Prince twice a month to

help keep me motivated to ride regularly. We trailer over to a friends’ barn—she in her English saddle, and I in my western saddle enjoy an hour of instruction together. My two Curlies are very different in temperament: Prince is the Curly that challenges me to be more than I am. More aware. More focused. More savvy. More skilled. As is typical of the breed, he has a great mind and kind heart. He consistently prompts me to be the best partner and leader of our herd of two that I can possibly be. I love that about him. His playful nature, quick mind, and big gaits keep me on my toes to be sure, but I wouldn’t change a thing about him. Storm on the other hand, has always been my go-to horse when I need balance and grounding in my life. He is my “port in the storms” of life. He’s a gentle soul that warms the heart and heals the spirit. We’ve competed in years past, but with an EPM diagnosis a few years ago, we now mostly enjoy ambling along the trails with friends. If you haven’t already done so, pull on those long johns, slap on the toe warmers, pull on your barn coat, hat, and gloves, and get out there and ride! I promise you won’t be sorry. February 2014

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The last USDA census reported that more than 165,000 farms were owned by women—double the number just 25 years ago.

The Power of a Woman ALTHOUGH WE OFTEN TAKE gender equality for granted these days, I remember a time when it was unheard of for a woman to apply for a mortgage. When my parents purchased their home in the late 1960s, the lender was interested only in my father’s income. The money my mother earned selling beauty products and delivering newspapers was thought of as “fun money,” even though it helped to buy necessities like groceries and school clothes. Today, things are a little different. During the last few decades while the total number of private farms continues to decline, the number of those owned by single women is increasing. In the last USDA census report, more than 165,000 were owned by women. That’s a whopping 9% of U.S. owned farms, and perhaps more strikingly, that figure is double the number just 25 years ago. While many of these women inherited full ownership through widowhood, the census also shows that 124 EQUINE


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the average age of femaleoperated farms is decreasing as well. That’s because more single women are choosing to purchase and manage their own farms—with or without a male counterpart. Some are brand new to agriculture, others were born into the lifestyle, but most of them have one thing in common—they are conscious of being good stewards of the land. Women are more likely than men to raise vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs. Historically, women have suffered prejudices when it comes to gaining financial and market support, but all that is changing. Let’s take a look at a few programs that offer support to women who choose agriculture as a way of life. ■ Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN): The WFAN “seeks to empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity.” WFAN provides conservation information for women, how



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■ United States Department of Agriculture FSA: Follow the USDA Farm Service Agency’s link to their Minority and Women Farmers and Ranchers link. There, you’ll find information on farm loans that help women get started—from land purchases to equipment purchases and improvements. Learn more at ■ Annie’s Project through the University of Maryland’s Extension College of Agriculture & Natural Resources: The innovative and

highly successful course curriculum is “designed to empower women in agriculture to develop networks and skills key to making successful business partners.” Visit ■ Women’s Agricultural Network (WAgN): The WAgN provides women with information on applying for grants and loan opportunities, following sustainable practices, and spotlights inspirational success stories. Chapters exist through many university extension programs. Check them out at

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

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Arabian Horse Association of New England •





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International Friesian Show Horse Association Dedicated to the promoting, showing, and exhibition of the Friesian horse and its derivatives.

Purebred Morab Horse Registry

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

Dedicated to breeding, buying and selling Morab horses.


Promoting, Protecting and Perpetuating the Miniature Horse.


Working to promote your ponies.

Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association

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

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


Promoting and Enjoying the Norwegian Fjord Horse.

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

Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England

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

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

The Baroque Equestrian Games & Institute

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

A competition rewarding the elegance and grace of classical horsemanship.

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

352-502-5422 •

Black Swamp Driving Club Carriage driving enthusiasts.


Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association



Northeast Miniature Horse Club •


Northeast Friesian Horse Club


Northeast Fjord Horse Association •



Quarter Pony Association

New England Paint Horse Club • www.



The New England Miniature Horse Society 774-200-0364 •


Maine Morgan Horse Club, Inc. •


A promotional organization for the Haflinger horse.



Ohio Haflinger Association



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Providing affordable quality dressage events. •


Developing and furthering the art of driving for pleasure. •

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

Endurance riding, competitive trail riding and pleasure riding.


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

Encouraging and promoting the sport of trail riding.

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

419-231-4688 • •

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

West Greenwich Horseman’s Association

#1 in Barrel Racing Where Beginners Can Be Winners.

Sharing a love and interest of horses. •

Western Reserve Carriage Association

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

Sharing a love of driving equine powered vehicles.

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The New England Region/ Carriage Association of America

603-465-2720 •


National Barrel Horse Association 706-722-7223 •


Serving Northwest Ohio’s riders since 1980.



Enjoying all aspects of driving horses.

Southern New England Carriage Driving Association

Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training Assocation, Inc.


Saratoga Driving Association

Connecticut Trail Rides Association, Inc. •



Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc.


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

Ohio Arabian & All Breed Trail Society •


New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association

Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc. •




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


Colonial Carriage and Driving Society

New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association


Charles River Dressage Association




Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. Protecting the future of trail riding. â&#x20AC;˘

Maine Horse Association, Inc. Encourage horseback riding in the state of Maine. â&#x20AC;˘

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Blue Ridge Trailers â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś91

New England Dressage Association â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś41

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Champlain Valley Expo â&#x20AC;Ś 107

New York Upper Connecticut Region

US Pony Club

Supporting individual Pony Clubs in this region


CHEMetrics, Inc. â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś52 Cheshire Horse â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś21 Circle B Barns â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś77 ClearSpan â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś17



Dana Hall Schoolâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś72

Norfolk Hunt Club

Deborah Marx â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś84 Downunder Horsemenshipâ&#x20AC;Ś53

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

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Empire State Quarter Horseâ&#x20AC;Ś118

Silver Heels Riding Club Promote and support an interest in horses, horsemanship and sportsmanship. â&#x20AC;˘

Eleanorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arabians â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś50 Equestrian Outfitters â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś29 Equine Affaire â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś31 Equine Colic Relief â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś57 Equine Homes Real Estate â&#x20AC;Ś125 Equine Properties â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś 127




Essex County Trail Association 52

Southern New England Horsemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association

Farm Credit â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś 124

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

Gray Barron Ranch â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś45 â&#x20AC;˘

Tri-State Horsemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association

Farms And Barns Real Estate 126 Heartland Veterinary â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś24 Hilltop Farm Inc. â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś22 Horse Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Hound Physical Therapy â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś37

New England Horse Labs â&#x20AC;Ś83 Nutrena â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś 5 Oak Meadow Farm â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś91 Old Town Barns â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś 7 On The Road Trailers â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś35 On The Road Trailers â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś97 Orchard Trailer Inside Back Cover Paul Congelosi Trailers â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś15 Performance Edge â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś93 Photoart By Jill â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś89 Polysols Inc./Winsor Farm Sales 10 Poulin Grain â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś 62, 63 Priefert Ranch

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Sandy Point Stables â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś84 Saratoga Drivining Association 61 Shuck Fence â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś92 Silver Drache Farm â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś49 Smart Pak Equine 14, 16, 19, 112 Springfield Fence â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś98 Stillwater Farm â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś23 Strain Family Horse Farm â&#x20AC;Ś78

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Horse World Expo â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś64

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Wentworth Hunt Club

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Volo Farm â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;Ś86

One of ten recognized hunts in New England, starting in 1976

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Promoting equestrian competitions and shows. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘

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Is He Your Type? DO YOU LOVE TO READ THOSE relationship and dating articles? I do! Give me something titled “What’s His Dating Style?” or “Four Ways To Tell If He’s The Man of Your Dreams” and I’ll drop what I’m doing and read every word. Never mind that I’m happily married, in spite of the horse, and doing everything in my power to remain so (except giving up the horse). I still love those silly teen-mag articles. So, in honor of the month of romance, Valentine’s Day, cherubs, and hearts, I thought I’d try my hand at one. Only about horses. Because from close observation and even (bitter) personal experience, I’ve learned that we gravitate toward certain types of horses, just like we do with guys. See if these categories ring a bell with you. TYPE ONE: The Bad Boy (or Girl.) OK, it’s an obvious place to start. I mean, it’s a cliché for human relationships, right? Well, same for horses. When you first see the bad boy, he’s likely to have flashing eyes, flaring nostrils, and a tattoo of barbed wire on his bicep. He’s the one your mom warned you about. He radiates attitude. So how do you interpret his behavior, if this is your weakness? “Oh, he’s spirited. He’s a non-conformist. He might be a handful, but he’ll change for me.” Nuh-unh! After you’ve been fighting with him for a year or so, you tearfully admit he really is a black-hearted pirate and you’re not going to change him. The Bad Boy breaks hearts—and sometimes bones. TYPE TWO: The Poet. The Poet is sensitive, intelligent, and soulful. You can see it in his eyes. And ears. And the way everything startles him. And what’s your take? “Oh, how beautiful. He has such a lovely soul. I can see he’s been hurt before by insensitive relationships, but I’ll just gentle him and we’ll be soul mates.” Mmm-hmmmm. And how many times will you end up in the dirt after he’s spooked at nothing again, 144 EQUINE


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before you concede that you may be soul mates, but you’re never going to be riding partners? TYPE THREE: The Dictator. You’re taken with this fella or girl because he or she has such a commanding personality. That toss of the head, the way he noses you for treats, that take-charge attitude. But take care! You may think it’ll be fun to have a strong-willed, assertive partner. But the Dictator doesn’t want to share power. When every schooling session or appearance in the ring turns into a battle of wills, you’ll be wishing you’d gone for Mr. “Whatever You Say, Dear.” TYPE FOUR: The Slacker. The Slacker is a clever one. He draws you in with the feeling that he’s not too bad, not too sensitive, and not too strongwilled. He’s just a laid back guy who wants to have a good time. He’s a surfer dude, an easy-going hippie type. Life’s meant to be fun, right? And the Slacker, at first, makes you think it will be. After all, the worst you’ll have to do is apply a little firmness once in a while if he gets too slack. Think again, Mama. If what

you want is a childlike personality that you always have to fuss at, nag, and harass just to do the simplest things, you’re in luck. If you were looking for a horse to hold up his end of the deal, keep on going and don’t look back. The Slacker will never step up to the plate. TYPE FIVE: The Con Man. The Con Man is that slick guy who you fall for, while your friends shake their heads and tell you how sleazy he is. You don’t believe it. He’s a flashy dresser and is always glad to see you. But he’ll cheat ya every time. The Con Man is the horse who is always fine in the warm up, but as soon as you get in the ring he starts cheating you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. There’s not an honest bone in the Con Man’s body. I’ve had more than one of the above. What about you? Oh, well—when it comes to horses, we just can’t help thinking with our hearts. ANGE DICKSON FINN is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom who falls for every horse she sees. Visit her at



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