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Volume 52 • Number 1

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28 Pony Power  Discover the Pedlar’s five steps to success in the hunter/jumper ring this year. 6

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36 Cash for College

46 The Building Blocks

Learn how to find the right equestrian team despite decreases in funding.

Take an inside look at creating a successful foundation for your program.


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10 At the Ingate  14 Rave Rides  16 Media Review   18 Business Bits  22 Stable Solutions 26 Ask the Vet  shawn McMiLLen

52 News in the Region

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80 Alltech National Horse Show

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102 Arabian 104 Quarter Horse/Western 109 Color Breeds


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112 News in the Nation 115 Real Estate 117 Calendar

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117 Classifieds

129 Advertiser Index 130 The Horse’s Mouth


118 Directories 126 Affiliation Forms

64 C  onnecticutHorse ShowsAssociation 66 Tri-StateHorsemen’s Association 69 ConnecticutTrail RidersAssociation 70 BayStateTrail RidersAssociation 71 YankeeWalkers, GaitedHorsesof NewEngland 72 NorfolkHuntClub 73 WestGreenwich Horseman’sAssoc. 73 MaineHorse Association 74 NortheastMiniature HorseClub 86 SouthernNew HampshireDressage andCombined TrainingAssociation 87 Connecticut Dressage& CombinedTraining Association 90 CharlesRiver DressageAssoc. 96 American SaddlebredAssoc. ofMaine 97 ConnecticutMorgan HorseAssociation 100 ColonialCarriage andDrivingSociety 100 SaratogaDriving Association 105 ConnecticutRanch HorseAssociation 111 NewEnglandPinto HorseAssociation

108 NRHA Futurity

David Oliynyk riding Lori Gaudet’s Generous. Highlights this year include Blue in the Devoucoux Hunter Prix and sixth in the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final. David owns and operates Oliynyk Show Stables Inc. in Plainville, Mass., and Wellington, Fla. His students won the prestigious New England Equitation Junior Championships as well as the Massachusetts Hunter/Jumper Junior Finals. Visit their ads on pages 34 and 35. Photo by Jilluann Valliere,

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At the Ingate


appy New Year, and welcome to our January issue! The start of a new year

always brings change and resolutions. Whether your resolution is to create a plan to qualify for a championship competition, or to receive a ribbon or award at a year-end banquet this season, we have tips to help you get started. offers “Five Steps to Success in the Hunter/Jumper Ring This Year.”


First off, Jessica McGlothin

Although the article is geared for pint sized riders who are looking to earn a championship ribbon at the end of the season, there are many suggestions within this feature that will help equestrians of all sizes and ages create a winning strategy for competition this year. To learn more on how to triumph this show season, visit page 28. Next, be sure to check out this month’s education feature, “Cash for College Riding.” In this article, author Sarah Wynne Jackson discusses how some college equestrian teams have started to dwindle because they’ve lost funding from their schools. Instead of giving up hope, however, many have started to get creative, and have held their own fundraisers to help offset their expenses. If you’re a high school student choosing a college based on their equestrian team, or are a current college student looking for creative ideas to help pay for show expenses, turn to page 36. On another note, be sure to read our Pedlar exclusive on the current state of New York City’s carriage horse industry on page 56. For those of our readers who aren’t aware, after the recent death of an NYC carriage horse, protestors have been trying to get a new legislative bill passed that will ban the horses from being used in the city. Writer Lauren MacCarthy gives us an in-depth look of both the protestors’ and the carriage horse drivers’ points of view. After reading the article, be sure to post your opinion on whose side you’re on in our online forum at forum. And if you still haven’t drawn a conclusion, MacCarthy has provided us with even more details and updates, which can be found at






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Rave Rides

Equestrians enjoy a ride at Hampton Beach.

during low tide.


Take note: There is a spacious picnic pavilion near the South Beach Parking Lot with tables and benches where you can relax and enjoy a picnic lunch. Just make sure to clean up any trash before you depart. Also, be aware that you will likely be sharing the seashore with pedestrians and dogs, so take caution while riding on the beach.





Bathhouse is closed during the off-season, but the North Bathhouse is open through midNovember and the Visitor’s Center Bathhouse is open year-round. Operating hours for the Visitor’s Center Bathhouse are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from October 12 through November 1, 2011 and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from November 1 through April 14, 2012. Highlights: Located just north of Seabrook Beach, Hampton Beach State Park offers soft white sand that is perfect for riding your horse. Protected grassy dunes border the gently sloping coastline and quaint buildings line the distant horizon, offering a beautiful view as you ride. You and your horse can even enjoy splashing through the many naturally formed tidal pools

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By Kate Naito BOOK

TEAM ROPING 101: by Kayla Starnes. 168 pages, paperback, Trafalgar Square Books (, 2011, $24.95. Ever wondered what team roping is all about? Team Roping 101 is here to give you an overview of all the basics. Author Kayla Starnes starts at the absolute beginning, with roping terminology and an overview of what the discipline is really about. From there, you’ll learn everything you need to know up to the point of your first competition. In the beginning, the author focuses on the technicalities of the sport, and it reads more like a stiff handbook for the USTRC (U.S. Team Roping Championships) than a welcoming introduction to newcomers. But once the book gets into topics such as tack, roper groundwork, and roping from horseback, it resembles a traditional how-to introduction of a discipline, with specific information to get newcomers pointed in the right direction. One-hundred and fifty color photos add some flair and show the excitement and precision of the sport in action. BOTTOM LINE: A solid introduction to team roping.


Rosenberg. 57 pages, paperback, AuthorHouse (, 2011, $22.28. If you are someone who’s afraid to go with your gut feeling, then Shelley Rosenberg has some advice for you in her new book. She is an Advanced Instructor for the Epona

Center and an expert in Equine Experiential Learning. In this short book, which is part autobiography and part workbook, Rosenberg reveals how she found her own intuition (which she describes as “simply understanding without judgment”) and helps readers to find their own inner voice. The book begins with a few stories of the author’s experiences in following her instinct. Then, readers will find 10 pages of workbook in which you can write about your journey to discover your own intuition. After that, the book jumps back to Rosenberg’s stories, with one more page of workbook in a later chapter. There seems to be a bit of a disconnect between the two pieces, as there is little

how-to guidance to lead you through the workbook pages. As a compilation of stories about the author’s experiences, the book is a good read and can certainly let readers consider their own life experiences; the workbook aspect, however, lacked integration. BOTTOM LINE: Learn from Rosenberg how to embrace your intuition. BOOK WHERE DOES MY HORSE HURT?, by Renee Tucker, DVM.

184 pages, hardcover, Trafalgar Square Books (, 2011, $26.95. Renee Tucker is a veterinarian with a background in bioengineering and is certified in equine chiropractic and acupuncture.

Add all those things up, and you get a doctor who really knows how to read a horse’s body. Her new book gives us 27 simple body checkups that we can do on our horses to learn the source of their pain. The first five chapters of this book give background information on the nature of chiropractic, but the majority of the text is dedicated to the hands-on practice of giving your horse “checkups” in all areas of the body, from head to tail. Lots of diagrams and photos help Tucker explain each evaluation, and while her language includes plenty of technical terms, she describes the examinations as clearly as possible. The checkup for each body part (for instance, the shoulder) includes symptoms indicating a problem, challenge level of the checkup, step-by-step directions for performing it, and diagnosis. While Tucker makes every effort to simplify the process, many of the checkups are moderately-to-very difficult to perform. BOTTOM LINE: A valiant effort to make equine chiropractic methods accessible.

GAME CHAMPION JOCKEY: G1 JOCKEY AND GALLOP RACER, Experience the world of horse racing without ever leaving your home with this new interactive video game for Wii and Playstation 3. Controls allow you to guide your horse, use your whip, and even jump fences. There are 19 different tracks offered to race on that are inspired by real horse racing tracks around the world. BOTTOM LINE: Now you can experience what it feels like to be a jockey without the real-life risk.




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Cool Your Jets EquiFit has launched their new GelCompression Therapy Line, which reduces inflammation, controls swelling, and decreases the risk of injury. Easy to use, removable GelPaks can be heated or cooled, and then adhered to an outer shell that provides adjustable air compression via hand pump. It’s all without the bulk of machines and cables associated with traditional cold therapy, making the GelCompression Therapy Line ideal for rehabilitation and post-exercise treatment. (

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Heads Up Troxel has introduced an all-new highperformance Venture helmet. The helmet incorporates the innovative CinchFit system, which naturally adjusts its fit to the movement of the rider’s head. Combined with the plush and highly-breathable interior, the Venture offers an unmatched level of comfort and stability. now riders have the opportunity to wear one helmet, regardless of what equestrian activities they enjoy. (







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Business Bits CEO Stephen Day cuts the ribbon at the new Libertyville, Ill., Grand Opening with Dover staff.

Cutting Edge Health In November, Pfizer Animal Health celebrated the opening of the Pfizer Animal Health Equine Research Center in Richland, Mich. The center, a $7 million investment, expands Pfizer’s global research and development network headquarters, and it will serve as the worldwide hub for research and development of equine vaccines and novel therapeutics. The Center adds 24,000 square feet of research laboratory space as well as paddock and pasture facilities. (www.animalhealth.


Looking Out for Farmers The Connecticut Farm Bureau has named Ashley McCullough as its new

Dover Grows Again

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Dover Saddlery has welcomed a new store in Libertyville, Ill. The Grand Opening celebration included a VIP Reception on November 17 with legendary Olympic show jumpers Peter Wylde and Melanie Smith Taylor, and famed eventer Michael Pollard. It was followed by a full weekend of festivities at the new store, where horse lovers got the chance to meet with representatives from nearly two dozen companies. (

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Stable Solutions

branding is an identification method used by many warmblood associations to signify a horse’s breed.

Equine Identification  By Sue Perry

from age-old techniques to modern technology,  there are a number of ways to prevent your horse  from getting lost or stolen


n unexpected cluster of tornadoes rips through several towns in your county, leveling buildings and tearing up fences. Displaced horses have been rounded up and placed in corrals at the state fairgrounds. You must be able to prove to the police which bay Thoroughbred and chestnut Quarter Horse are yours before they will let you take them back to your farm. With modern technology and age-old techniques, there are a number of ways to do this.

Coggins Test

The simplest form of equine identification is Coggins test papers. Every horse needs a negative Coggins test for equine infectious anemia (EIA) to cross state lines and enter most barns and competitions. Traditionally, the form had outline sketches of a horse at the bottom of the page where the testing veterinarian drew in the horse’s white markings and identifying scars. These drawings, coupled with the written description at the 22

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top of the page, identified the horse. The owner’s information was also included. With the recent advent of digital photography, the veterinarian can now take digital photographs of each horse (left side, right side, straight-on head) and put these on the Coggins test form rather than make sketches. This provides for more foolproof, accurate identification of the horse. In the above scenario, the police might release the horses to you with the digital photo Coggins tests as proof of ownership. But they might not, instead wanting to have permanent identification on the horses themselves, where the ID is linked to an ownership database.


Branding is the use of a metal tool to permanently make a scar-type mark on the skin of an animal. This also damages the hair follicles under the branding iron, resulting in either hair loss or re-growth of the hair as white on the scarred skin.

Many warmbloods have a brand above their left stifle. This signifies what breed they are (e.g., Hanoverian, Trakehner, Swedish Warmblood) but it is not unique to each individual horse. Even if the horse and his owner are registered with the breed association, all of the horses in that registry will have identical brands. Brands started to be used as permanent means of proving ownership in the western United States, where ranches had large numbers of horses (and other livestock) running loose in free range areas. Each ranch had its own brand logo and put theirs on all of their stock to deter theft and make it obvious to everyone just who owned their horses. All of the horses on a given ranch had identical brands. Individual-specific branding is most often seen in Arabian horses. Each horse’s unique breed ID number is placed along the crest of his neck in letters/numbers that are up to two inches tall. The brand may be partly hidden by the horse’s long mane. Contacting the breed registry allows you to match a specific horse with their breeder/owner, assuming that when a horse changes ownership, the records are updated. There are advantages to branding. The marks are easily visible to the naked eye. You don’t need a specific “tool” to read and identify them. This visibility serves as a deterrent to a potential thief. And, the brand’s simplicity could potentially speed up reuniting efforts in lost horse and disaster situations. However, there are two disadvantages to this type of identification. Putting the brand on the horse in the first place is obviously a painful procedure. It is also slightly disfiguring to the horse’s appearance, a disadvantage that will probably bother owners more than the horse, once the initial trauma has healed.

Lip Tattoos

Most people have heard about lip tattoos in Thoroughbred racehorses. Look under the upper lip of any Thoroughbred that started life in training to race and you will see a

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tattoo that begins with a letter, followed by five numbers. Since 1947, the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB) has provided the Thoroughbred industry with an effective, secure, practical and economical method of horse identification. Specially-trained technicians contracted by the TRPB identify horses who possess valid Certificates of Registration issued by The Jockey Club. They tattoo-mark the inside of the upper lip, photograph the horse and photograph the completed tattoo. All of this information is stored in the TRPB database. In accordance with an existing agreement with The Arabian Jockey Club, these technicians also identify, tattoo-mark and photograph Arabian horses racing at tracks in the United States and Canada. If your Thoroughbred does not have a tattoo and you would like him to get one, you must have his registration certificate from The Jockey Club and pay a fee of $68. The letter on the tattoo will represent the year that the horse was foaled. The following five numbers will be unique to your horse for that year. After the TRPB reaches the letter Z, it starts again with A. The Jockey Club further distinguishes horses by name. If you own a lip-tattooed Thoroughbred but don’t know its registered name, pedigree or breeding history, the TRPB is the source of this information. They can be contacted at 410-3982261 or via email at Lip tattoos are obviously a type of permanent identification for horses that have them, though they do fade over time. There is a huge

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database of information that can be accessed if you are able to read that number off your horse’s lip (it gets harder as he gets older). Proof of current ownership will depend upon whether the data has been updated whenever the horse has changed owners.


Microchips are common in dogs and cats, serving to prove ownership in cases where a pet is lost and manages to find its way to a shelter. They are also becoming more common in horses for just the same reason. Dr. John Wade, DVM of Microchip ID Systems in Folsom, La., explained how michrochips are beneficial to horse owners. “Microchips are a type of radiofrequency identification. It’s passive technology—no battery or power source is required for them to work. The chip itself is about 12mm by 2mm and is injected with a needle into the animal. In horses, we put the chip in the nuchal ligament just below the mane in the crest of the neck. The chip is placed about 1.25 inches deep into the tissue. It is standard to inject the chip from the left side, although it ends up residing fairly close to midline. It is also standard to read the chip from the left side. “To read the chip’s number, a scanner is passed along the neck, a couple of inches away from the horse. The scanner sends out a radio signal, which excites the chip. The chip transmits back the unique number that is on it. The number can then be matched with the owner information in our Equine Protection Network database.” The advantages of this type of identification are that inserting a chip is a very simple, relatively painless procedure. There is no negative reaction to the implanted chip because the nuchal ligament is almost avascular (no blood vessels) and the chip is unable to migrate through the dense tissue. This provides a permanent ID for the horse that is guaranteed for life (0.02% failure rate). Microchipping can be done on any horse and the chip contains a unique number for that horse. Costs run $35 to $50 to purchase a chip, plus a farm call fee for the veterinarian to insert it. There is a one-time fee of $17.50 for the horse’s information to be maintained in the database for his lifetime. You can contact Microchip ID Systems at 800-434-2843 for more information. Since this type of identification is not visible on the horse, owners are advised to post signs on their barns and pasture gates to warn potential thieves. “These horses are identified by microchips” is a crime deterrent. Wade says that microchips serve three

purposes for horses. “Here in Louisiana, horses are required to have permanent identification in order to get a Coggins test. Most owners choose microchips over brands and tattoos. Secondly, microchips provide proof of ownership in recovering horses in natural disaster areas or in the case of a stolen horse. It is essential that new owners of a microchipped horse provide their information to our database. “The third use is for internal management; that provides identification of individual stock on large breeding farms and for herds of embryo transfer mares. It costs a manager just $300 to buy his own scanner so that he can keep track of all of the horses under his control.”

eyeD Iris Identification

A new equine identification system using iris scanning technology is just coming onto the market in 2012. The iris is the pigmented membrane of the eye. David Knupp of Global Equine Management explains how the new process works. “Utilizing the unique features of the animal’s iris, eyeD establishes an identification code similar to how iris identification has been perfected in humans. A digital photograph, called an eyePrint, is taken by a veterinarian of each of the horse’s eyes using a special camera. The images are electronically stored along with photos of pedigree registrations and medical records. An eyePrint is more accurate than a fingerprint, and no two irises are alike. Even clones have different iris patterns. The computer assigns a unique number to each eyePrint.” There are numerous advantages to this new ID system. It is completely non-invasive and painless. It takes only minutes to capture the digital photos of the horse’s eyes, with no restraint required other than the owner holding the lead rope. The images are accurate and unique since every horse has a different iris pattern. Because the images are digital, it is easy to attach other types of information, such as ownership records, to the images. The major disadvantage to eyeD is that there is no visual marker on the horse, so you can’t tell if a horse is enrolled in the program just by looking at him. Equine identification is not something that we think about very often, if at all. But 2011 brought tornados and Hurricane Irene to New England, so be proactive and consider doing something to ensure that your horses will always belong to you. Sue Perry is a Certified Veterinary Technician and equine massage therapist. She lives in Upton, Mass., with two event horses and runs “Muscle Magic,” an equine massage service.

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[ your horse health questions answered ]

Ask The Vet


By Dr. Alfredo Sanchez-Londono, MV, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)

Keeping horses in a snow free environment during the winter season is near impossible for most New England horse owners.

My horse was recently turned out in an icy area, and sliced open his fetlock. What kind of dangers does this pose to him, how should I go about treating it, and what kind of precautions should I take?

Accidents like the one that you are describing are frequently seen in the winter and seem to be inevitable, since the horse would need to be kept in a completely snow and ice free area, which seems to be impossible for the majority of owners. When horses have lacerations of any kind, they should be evaluated by a veterinarian, but it is extremely important if these lacerations are over a joint, since the risk of infection within the joint can be a major

cause for future problems. The veterinarian will evaluate the wound to determine any possibility of communication with the joint space, and if necessary, radiographs of the area will be done to make sure that there is no evidence of any other abnormalities such as a fracture. If there is no communication with the joint space and no fractures are present, the wound will need to be clipped, cleaned, and scrubbed to remove any foreign material from it. Once this has been done, the wound can be sutured and then the area wrapped to prevent any further contamination and try to keep the sutures from breaking apart. The horse will need to possibly be placed on antibiotics

and medication to control pain and inflammation. It will also be important to make sure that he has been vaccinated against tetanus if it has been more than six months from the most recent vaccination. The sutures usually can be removed within 12-14 days, and then the horse can gradually be returned to exercise depending on the severity of the initial injury. Ideally horses should not be kept out in paddocks or areas where there is a large amount of ice build up to try to prevent accidents like the one described in your horse. If the horses are routinely kept outside it is important that they have winter shoes with studs to provide them with better traction. Of course,

About the Author alfredo Sanchez-Londoño, MV, MS is an assistant professor and clinician at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts university, and, specifically, the Tufts ambulatory Service in Woodstock, Conn. He obtained his MV (Medico Veterinario) degree from universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Colombia in 1997. In 2000, he completed the requirements of the Educational Committee for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) at Purdue university, then completed an internship and a Large animal Internal Medicine residency/Master of Science degree program at Purdue university in 2005. He joined the Tufts ambulatory Service in July of 2005. His main interest is Equine Medicine covering all aspects, from newborns to the growing geriatric equine population. He has performed research on respiratory diseases in horses, focusing on exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), inflammatory airway disease (IaD) and recurrent airway obstruction (raO).


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despite this they can still slip on the ice and cut themselves. I have an 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that has been suffering from back pain for a few months and recently has lost a significant amount of topline. I have also noticed some bumps over his back which appear to be painful when touched. What do I need to do to diagnose what is going on with my horse?

Horses that suffer from back pain can have several problems going on simultaneously, so it is important to have your veterinarian evaluate the horse and perform a complete physical examination including palpation of the neck, back, sacroiliac area and also perform a complete lameness examination. Some horses that have back pain can actually have varying degrees of lameness, especially due to abnormalities with their hocks, which can cause them to develop back soreness in the long run. If no lameness issues are detected, then the focus should be on the back of the horse to determine if it is muscle related or if there are any kind of bone abnormalities. It is important to perform manipulation of the back to determine the range of motion and any degree of discomfort the horse may show. Once a site of pain is identified, it will

be recommended to perform further diagnostic tests to identify its cause. The most commonly used diagnostic technique used is radiography, which will allow the veterinarian to determine if there are bone changes, such as arthritis or the possibility of “kissing spine,” where the spinal processes are touching or “kissing” each other either at rest or with the horse in motion, which will cause significant pain and discomfort of the back when the horse is ridden. These changes can also cause the horse to develop bony remodeling and potentially cause ligament inflammation also known as desmitis. The diagnostic test of choice to confirm supraspinous desmitis is ultrasonography, which will demonstrate areas of tearing or inflammation along the ligament. These injuries to the ligament can be palpated as swellings over the back of the equine similar to what you are identifying in your horse. If these diagnostic Lameness can sometimes be an underlying cause techniques are not enough to identify the of back soreness. problem, a bone scan or CT Scan can be time may be enough to correct the problem, performed to further identify the problem. The treatment for this condition will depend but in other cases more aggressive therapy such on the severity of the ailment. In some cases, as stem cell injection and shock wave therapy resting the horse for a prolonged period of may be required.

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Five Steps To Success In The Hunter/ Jumper Ring This Year

By Jessica McGlothlin

Go to a horse show…any horse show. Odds are that you will see masses of ponies. Odds are also quite high that there will be entire classes and divisions reserved for these sub-14.2 hand high wonders. No longer does the mention of ponies bring to mind roughshod, ill-tempered equines roaming in the backyard. The pony hunter/jumper industry is booming and continues to trend upwards. As we enter another show season, trainers and riders across the nation are laying out training and show schedules for the coming months. Whether for the weekend warrior or serious competitor, a strategy is essential to get the most out of time spent in the saddle. A “battle plan” will help optimize an equine’s promise during the show season; ensuring that the pony reaches peak potential during those key shows of the year—the championships. When laying out a battle plan for the coming season, several questions beg answering. With careful consideration, a program can be laid out allowing both horse and rider to make the most of the coming competition season.

Setting a Goal Determining an attainable, yet challenging goal for oneself can be the hardest part of the season. For a local league rider it can be as small as wanting to qualify for a schooling show championship. Regional and national level riders may be looking at Pony Finals or qualification for a pony medal at the New England Horsemen’s Council. Set a goal that will challenge you to ride your best throughout the season but that is also attainable. There is nothing more frustrating than pushing hard all season for a goal that is simply out of reach.




Beverly Jovais, a top California trainer based out of Alder Lane in Cotati, spends a large amount of time planning with her students. “Goals for the year are different for every student. We sit down at the beginning of a new year and talk in length about making goals that fit our horse, our budget, our time that we can spend in the saddle, our family situation, etc. These goals can be to ride better than last year or win a national final. We want to reach as high as possible while still being realistic.” Goals can be as simple as a top-five

placement at a local show or as complex as a top placing at Pony Finals. Set a goal that is attainable for both horse and rider. Considering budget is also an important—and often overlooked—part of setting a target for the year. The trail to the finals is long and expensive; some riders make the choice to show more locally simply in consideration of budget. Taking the time to set both a goal and a budget for the season will make for a much more stress free—and therefore more enjoyable— show season.

Determining the Correct Division Lisa Foster of Born Free Farm in Dover, Massachusetts, and Wellington, Florida, has watched her daughter and the pony Magical Diamond sweep the Medium Green Hunter world by storm. She herself is an accomplished rider, named the AHSA National Adult Equitation Champion for three consecutive years as well as an armful of other accolades. Foster has a formula for placing students in the correct division.






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“Usually, the child/pony combination will ‘tell’ you which division they should be competing in. You can tell just by watching them together. An additional factor is the child’s comfort level with the pony. The stronger the bond is between the child and pony—and by ‘bond’ I mean the child having the feeling that the pony is trying to help her in the ring—the more quickly the pair should progress. I do not like to see a child being over-faced by competing in a class or division 30


which is too challenging because it can scare her and set them—both horse and rider— backwards in training.” Riders should still be challenged, however. “I do not think a child should be kept in a division just because she is winning when she should truly be in a more advanced class/division. Also, at some point, the size of the rider becomes a factor, too, and may dictate that a larger pony, or the move to a horse, is necessary,” adds Foster.

Mapping Out Shows

Figuring out the correct competitions to attend is perhaps the most important aspect of the show season for the serious equestrian. Equines, like any high performance athlete, can only maintain peak condition and performance for so long before their body and psyche requires a break. Riders will also suffer, taking on too many high stress shows too quickly. The best trainers lead their students carefully through the season. Larger, more important shows are often foreshadowed by a smaller, more relaxed show and followed by a weekend of hacking and relaxed schooling. “Because we are in Wellington for about five months, it is easy to give the ponies a number of ‘vacation’ weeks during which they can just hack and trail ride to break up the routine of showing,” says Foster. “I strongly believe that ponies and horses, as well as the riders, need several breaks from showing


during the year for both a physical and a mental break. I want my ponies and horses to like the competition and canter around a course with their ears forward. Aside from a number of non-showing weeks in Florida, we generally take several weeks off at the second half of April/beginning of May, and end of August/beginning of September, as well as several consecutive weeks in the fall. During a couple of these breaks, we turn out the ponies each day but do not ride them.” Depending on the goal for the season, shows are often carefully planned in order to collect points. If at all viable, it is recommended to collect points as quickly as possible, allowing for a little breathing room later in the season. Equines and riders often benefit from a week or two of relaxed, thoughtful schooling before a large championship. Banking points earlier in the season allows this leeway. Many riders and their mounts break down at the end of the season after a mad rush to collect qualifying points. There is no reason for collecting points in a wild rush if both horse and rider are burned out and exhausted come championship time. Jovais looks to suit the needs of her clientele. “We pick our show schedule to meet the needs of the majority of our students. If a student qualifies for a national medal final, we will certainly make the trip. Most of our students like to stay close to home, especially in this economy. All of our students attend school (as opposed to home schooling) so it is


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difficult to miss too many Fridays. We stay in California in order to meet those needs.” The shows themselves factor in as well. Facilities are a very large component. Sensitive ponies may be taken to quieter show grounds that allow privacy and a more relaxed atmosphere in the stabling area. The arenas themselves also draw consideration. Many trainers like to take students to grass fields simply for the experience, while others will steer their clientele to smaller, sand rings for the comfort factor. “At the top of our show list is USEF Pony Finals,” says Foster. “Aside from the facility being top notch and the competition being as competitive as it gets, the children have a wonderful time seeing friends, participating in clinics, and attending various extracurricular functions while at the show.”

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Rider Preparation—Mentally and Physically

More and more trainers—and therefore their riders—are realizing how much of a difference correct rider preparation will make. While young competitors tend to be blessed with the buoyancy of youth and bounce back from just about anything, a bit of time spent on development will give a needed edge in the ring. “A child needs to be well rested, eat a healthy diet, and be on time and organized on show days,” says Jovais. “This is a big part of being successful in the arena. Rushing around looking for things last minute and skipping breakfast do not help to make a smooth round. Our barn also works with a sports psychologist on a regular basis to help with our mental preparedness and dealing with mistakes and disappointments.” Balance and strengthening exercises, such as yoga or Pilates, have been utilized for equestrians 32

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for some time to help find and lower the center of gravity. This offers several benefits, including a more secure seat, greater flexibility and pliability in the legs, and increased core strength. Nervous riders may also benefit from the basic breathing exercises often featured in yoga instruction. Cross training programs have also been marketed to equestrians with great success. This inclusive, be-prepared-for-anything training offers increased flexibility, strength, and cardio fitness while affording youth the opportunity to burn off a little steam and frustration.

Equine Preparation

Foster knows that the riders’ mounts require a very delicate balance as well. “The hunters, whether they be horses or ponies, can be a tricky balancing act. You want them fit enough to show without it being strenuous for them, but you do not want them so fit that it takes 45 minutes of longeing to get them quiet for the ring.” Taking care of the equine athletes is top priority. “We do not jump much at home, I am big on flatwork. The better the flatwork, the easier it should be to ride them around a course. If we are showing on the weekends, the ponies have Mondays off and sometimes Tuesdays, too. In Florida, we try to trail ride one day per week to give the ponies/horses a

mental break. The remaining weekdays consist of about 15 to 20 minutes of flatwork and on one day we will jump about 15 to 20 fences. I think of equine’s legs and hooves like tires—you only have so many jumps before they wear out. Additionally, our ponies do well in model classes and I am very careful to keep their legs as tight and clean as possible.” Shows and travel schedules are taxing on horses. A diet consisting of high quality roughage and a rounded grain will go far in keeping an equine athlete performing well. Many trainers choose to boost their animal’s diets with a joint supplement as well as a probiotic digestive aid. If the mount is healthy and happy the overall image projected in the ring is much more pleasant—a look that judges seek in the hunter ring. Big picture goals are important, as Foster realizes. “In the fall, I sit down and evaluate what each of our ponies and horses has done over the preceding season and then develop a game plan for the upcoming one. It is important to select a goal for the upcoming season because it gives the child something to strive towards. However, it is important to choose a goal that is achievable but yet still challenges the child. Aside from considering his or her riding abilities, you need to evaluate how committed he or she is, whether the rider has other demanding activities or is attending a school which frowns upon absences for horse shows.” It can be easy to get swept up in the admittedly complicated nature of the horse show and forget that this is about a child and their pony. And, while a battle plan and a successful show season is important, at the end of the day it is the horse and rider that truly matter.



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The Assumption College Equestrian Team has held fundraisers such as selling popcorn to help offset expenses.

Intercollegiate riding offers college and university students a wide variety of equestrian experiences they might never have the opportunity to enjoy otherwise. From hunt seat and western to dressage and polo, college teams compete in many disciplines.



he goal of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA), and other similar organizations is to allow equestrians of all skill levels the opportunity to ride and compete while a student at a college or university. The structure of competition eliminates the expense of shipping and even owning horses, and so puts the sport within reach of those who would otherwise miss this experience. Invariably, members say that their time on a riding team provided them with some of the best and most memorable of their college expe-

As a registered club, The Central Connecticut State University Equestrian Team is forced to share funds with other clubs on campus.




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Less than a year after starting at UMass Amherst, Katie Moran learned that the IDA team had been cut from the school’s budget.

riences. Not only do participants learn to ride and compete, they benefit from the camaraderie of a team, develop lasting friendships, and see new places when traveling to shows. But that opportunity is in jeopardy at many schools across the country and right here in New England. Many teams are getting less

funding from their schools and so students must pay more of the expenses themselves. This makes it challenging or downright impossible for some students to become team members.

The Sad Truth

We all know, of course, the major cause of the

funding issue. “The economy is bad, and it has been bad for quite some time now,” says Jerry Schurink, Head Riding Coach at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. He recently left the University of Massachusetts where he was the Director of Riding, Coordinator of the Equine Industries program offered by the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Head of the Equine Studies program, and coach of the equestrian team. Schurink continues, “State schools are getting less state funding, and even well endowed private schools are having to look at their costs. In today’s economy, a riding program has to be run like a business and be self-sufficient.” With fewer students going to college because of the costs involved, there are fewer “paying customers” to support expensive activities like riding. The amount of financial support a riding team receives from the institution can depend highly on how the team is classified. If riding is considered an extracurricular activity, it will likely be allocated very little funding. Depending on the school, a riding club may get more money, but NCAA teams usually get the most. Kayla Blanchette, alumni of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, as well as one of the riding coaches, says, “Our school has a registered club,

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$20,000 was recently cut from the UConn Equestrian Team’s allowances, forcing them to find creative ways to raise money.


and so we share funds with all the other clubs on campus.” Schools can have anywhere from around a hundred to several hundred different clubs looking for funding. “If the funds don’t exist, no more money can be issued to any club. We understand that we partake in an expensive sport, but as the interest from new students and transfer students increases,



our funds seem to decrease,” says Blanchette.

The Unfortunate Result

“The consequence is that students pay more out of pocket and they generally get less for what they pay, even though they’re paying more,” Schurink says. Catherine McIntyre, President of the Fairfield


University Equestrian Team in Fairfield, Connecticut, explains, “The number of weekly lessons per rider has dropped. This was a team choice made to allow more members to join.” “Even though dues increase every semester, we have had to cut back our lessons from ten per person to a miniscule five per semester,” Blanchette says. “For this reason, two riders who had qualified for the Zone Finals had to compete after their lessons had ended. They paid out of pocket for lessons so they could do their best at a competition they had worked so hard to qualify for.” Emily Hanink, co-captain of the University of Connecticut Equestrian Team, adds, “This past year, $20,000 was cut from team allowances. We have around ten shows a year and now we only have enough funding from the club sports office to pay for three of those shows.” Katie Moran, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, was a member of the UMass dressage team last year. She expresses her disappointment in the school’s funding cuts, “One of the reasons I chose this school was because of its dressage team. “But when I arrived,” she says, “I found the dressage team coach’s position as assistant riding director had been terminated and the team was no longer part of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, which made the Hadley Farm horses unavailable to us. We received no


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funding from the school last year, until we qualified for nationals, when they gave us $1,000.â&#x20AC;? Last year, Moran qualified individually for the nationals in the Training Level division. The funding issue can quickly become a catch-22. Due to limited financial support from the school, teams may not be run properly, club dues are usually high, and students get limited

riding and showing opportunities. Not surprisingly, teams often struggle to attract a strong membership base. In turn, seeing a low rate of participation keeps the school from allocating more funding.

Getting Creative

Instead of giving up, students are maintaining

a positive attitude and taking matters into their own hands. Rachel Henderson, President of the University of Maine Equestrian Team at the University of Maine, Orono, explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am a firm believer that every cent we spend as a team, we must fundraise back. If we lose sight of that, our team would not be the sustainable organization it is now.â&#x20AC;?


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Kimberly Vendola, President of the Ithaca College Equestrian Team in Ithaca, New York, agrees, “As a team it is up to us to publicize and promote our team both on and off campus.” “This has been the most difficult year so far for funding and we are still brainstorming ideas to raise money,” says Hanink. “In the past we have asked local businesses for support,

held silent auctions, and participated in My Sports Dreams, a fundraising initiative organization that raises sponsorship dollars for sports teams. We also earn money from hosting competitions and selling UCET apparel. Currently, we’re looking to hold an evening event with a DJ and invite community members and students to come out in support

of our team.” “It is hard to fundraise large sums of money in this poor economy and within a student dominant community,” says Henderson. “We do various fundraisers such as bottle drives, a calendar raffle, selling Yankee Candle products, a car wash, bake sales, and selling flowers on Valentine’s Day.”

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Success in the Face of Challenges

Despite today’s economic climate, some college riding teams are actually growing in numbers and accomplishments. Schurink says, “About five years ago, when the UMass team was losing serious funding, Bridgewater College purchased their own horse facility. The UMass team recently lost access to their horses for practice, but last year, Bridgewater went to the national championships and were fifth in the country. Bridgewater’s team started about 12 years ago with less than half a dozen kids. Today, we have 113 team members.” He continues, “Lots of factors contribute to the lack of funding for many teams. But it comes down to what is important to the institution. They each have their own philosophy. Some see a riding program as only a high cost. But a few schools, especially the smaller ones, look at what they’re getting for that cost. They see a strong riding team as a recruiting tool to attract students to their school.” Schurink believes the teams that have to ride at a private farm instead of a college owned facility are at greater risk of low funding. Schools that own an equestrian facility might be forced to manage the team like a business, as opposed to those renting a facility with a contract that can be terminated. He cites the University of New Hampshire as an example, “UNH has flourished in the last five years. They

went to the national championships last year for the first or second time in three decades. They have their own facility and they seem to be running the team like a business.”

me to train my horse on my own than to ride on the dressage team. It’s a disappointment because I was really looking forward to riding on a team.”

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If you’re interested in riding on a team in college, don’t be discouraged, just be a smart consumer. “Do a lot of research about the costs and what you’ll be getting for that cost. At UMass, I think the riding fee is fairly low but you have to pay for everything else. Other colleges cover all the expenses,” says Schurink. He reminds potential students to think about more than just the cost. “What type of riding does the college offer and what is the caliber of the riding? Research the coach’s experience and skill. Decide what you want to get out of the experience of riding on a college team.” For some, riding on the school team isn’t necessarily the best option. “Maybe you want to work with a certain top rider. Instead of riding on a team, choose a school because of its proximity to that professional who is willing to work with you and your horse,” says Schurink. “Or maybe you’d rather go to school, have your horse there, and ride on your own.” That’s what Moran of UMass decided was best for her. “After the funding cuts that were made last year and the problems we had, it just made more sense and is more productive for

McIntyre of Fairfield University believes the long term answer to the funding problem lies not with the colleges and universities, but with the community. She says, “Because of the expenses of the sport in general, and the desire of all teams to make it an option for any rider, no matter his or her personal financial capabilities, funding will always be an issue. “External support for the sport will be what allows it to continue to grow and flourish, much in the same way that donations and sponsorships allow universities to fund their football and basketball programs. This will always be a challenge for equestrian teams, as it is difficult to get ‘non-horse people’ to take an interest in the sport. “That being said, the more that the collegiate programs can get involved with the rest of the horse world, such as IHSA’s recent partnership with USHJA, it will allow the rest of the equestrian community to understand the mission of collegiate riding, the good it does for the sport and the riders, and why it should be something behind which the entire industry stands.”

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The Building Blocks of Breeding Create a SuCCeSSful foundation for your program


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By Karen E. Baril According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.” The same might be said of the horse. When we breed our mare or sell the services of a beloved stallion, we’re making a decision that will impact not only the life of the foal, but the future of our favorite breed, and the welfare of the horse industry as a whole. Sadly, there is a significant ‘unwanted’ horse problem in the United States today. Blame has been placed on a variety of shoulders from the Thoroughbred racing industry, to profit-motivated breeders, to irresponsible backyard breeders. Some blame the judges and competitors who chase ribbons instead of quality and substance. In the end, it doesn’t really matter who’s to blame. The real question is, what can we do to fix it? In the following article, we chat with Mary Jean Vasiloff, longtime breeder of foundation Morgan horses and owner

of Whippoorwill Morgans in Old Lyme, Connecticut; Susan Crossen of Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods in Coventry, Connecticut; and Ken Morris, Chair and U.S. Liaison of the Canadian Horse Heritage and Preservation Society (CHHAPS), to define the key ingredients of responsible breeding.

Establish Goals All interviewees agreed that the most important feature of responsible breeding is having both short-term and long-term goals. If you are not improving the gene pool, don’t even think of breeding your mare or stallion. Once you’ve determined your mare or stallion is suitable for breeding, (with regards to quality and substance), it’s critical to have a clearly defined mission statement that will guide your course throughout. All of our interviewees also agreed that seeking mentors was critical. ©




Mary Jean Vasiloff of Whippoorwill Morgans in Old Lyme, Connecticut, was only 14 years old when she began her search for quality registered Morgan stock, but even at that young age, she was developing her goals. “Every time I found a horse with the kind of mind, intelligence, disposition, and willingness I wanted, it was a Morgan,” she says. Vasiloff knew early on that she wanted to breed Morgans, but she wasn’t content with mediocrity. She wanted to breed the old foundation style Morgan that first made the breed so popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s.



“I revere the old-fashioned Morgans,” says Vasiloff, “that would work in a field, run a pick-up race, herd in the milk cows, and bring home the ribbons at the local show on the weekend.” Having a clearly defined goal helped her develop a breeding program that is unparalleled in the Morgan horse industry. Now, at 82 years old, Vasiloff can look back on a lifetime of doing exactly what she set out to—improve and preserve the old bloodlines. “I had a lot to learn,” she admits, “but was fortunate to find generous Morgan people who would advise and more importantly, criticize


me as I went along.” Today, Vasiloff looks forward to passing the torch onto others who are equally as passionate about the foundation stock she helped to preserve. Susan Crossen of Crossen Arabian and Warmbloods in Coventry, Connecticut, has a written mission statement to keep her breeding program on course. “Our mission is to produce beautiful, athletic, and tractable horses that can compete successfully in a variety of disciplines. Our goal is to breed our customers’ dream horse; whether it be for the show ring or a stay-athome companion.” She and her husband Tom have been producing quality horses since 1986. Crossen has produced exceptional horses like CA Anastasia, the 2007 USEF Horse of the Year for Region 16 Arabian First Level Dressage. According to Crossen, there should be universal goals whether you’re a professional breeder or a private breeder. “The common denominator should always be to produce a healthy foal with the ability, down the road, to do the job intended. Breeders should focus on producing a horse that is athletic, correct in conformation, and tractable—a horse that can be easily trained and ridden by both professional and amateur riders.” Breed associations and societies can take an active role in preserving the integrity of their


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Breeding is a commitment on several levels. Responsible breeders know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to make a financial investment, draw on the experience of mentors, and invest a great deal of time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breeders must have the financial resources to

cover any expenses that incur when breeding their have the very best bloodlines, but if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mare,â&#x20AC;? says Crossen. They should be prepared get exposure and the right opportunities, those to deal with whatever comes up, including great bloodlines go to waste.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Responsible breeding also starts with having complications with pregnancies and deliveries. Crossen cautions breeders to be prepared for the right attitude. The Canadian Horse is still inoculations, worming, hoof trimming, and recovering from near extinction, so you do see a providing the foal a safe place to birth and grow. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also imperative that breeders educate themselves on genetic diseases inherent in their particular breeds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been very fortunate,â&#x20AC;? 2004 APHA/PtHA says Crossen, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financially and emotionally Homozygous Tobiano taxing when things go Homozygous Black Stallion wrong. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced many sleepless CONFORMATION nights over the years. One must be truly TEMPERAMENT dedicated to the TRAINABILITY process and be willing to dig deep when the Breeders Trust 2012 going gets tough.â&#x20AC;? LCFG Morris agrees that a realistic assessment of HYPP N/N resources is critical for TCSA, TCFA, MMD any breeder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A responStud Fee $650.00 sible breeder is aware (AI Only) of his own strengths and limitations,â&#x20AC;? he Eileen Cashman says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an 978â&#x2C6;&#x2122;609â&#x2C6;&#x2122;3999 experienced trainer or doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the time, he teams up with a 1BJOUT!MBMPCBSVODPNtXXXMBMPCBSVODPN good trainer. You can

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favorite breeds. Although the Canadian Horse Heritage and Preservation Society (CHHAPS) does not register horses, they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;certainly trying to influence the course the breed takes in the future,â&#x20AC;? says Ken Morris, Chair and U.S. Liaison. Canadian Horse breeders are hoping to avoid the mistake of chasing market trends that satisfy for the moment, but do nothing to improve or preserve genetics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting to see more Canadians in open shows, dressage, jumping, eventing, and combined driving,â&#x20AC;? says Morris. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re competing against expensive European warmbloods.â&#x20AC;? The goal of many Canadian Horse breeders is to create a well-rounded animal that can compete with the best in every discipline as well. Morris continues, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can also take that same horse and have fun with it, hack out on trails, foxhunt, go for a country drive, or even hook him up to a small plow or harrow. Amateurs can challenge themselves and have fun doing it. There is a market, as a trainerfriend of mine put it, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;for an all-around horse with a brain.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Morris should know; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Civil War re-enactor. He chose the Canadian Horse, since so many of the New York Cavalry were mounted on Canadian Horses during the U.S. Civil War. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoping that by setting clear goals, Canadian Horse breeders can preserve the heritage of this wonderful breed.




Provide a Foundation

Delivering a healthy, well-bred foal is a good beginning, but responsible breeders provide


lot of breeders who are new. At the same time, a lot of old-time breeders are cutting back or have gotten out of breeding entirely. The best of the ‘new generation’ of breeders are humble and have a thirst for knowledge. They talk to the oldtimers and really listen. They pour through old books, articles, photographs, and they travel to visit breeding farms and watch horses working and showing. This gives them a perspective on the breed, how and why it’s changed over time and the variations between different regions or farms. Without this research, it’s easy to become ‘barn-blind,’ setting off on a trajectory that is contrary to the breed’s unique strengths.” These qualities can and should apply to all breeders. Morris also cautions against changing a breed to fit the market in an effort to make a profit. “A responsible breeder of a heritage breed like the Canadian Horse does not change the breed to fit the market, but finds the market that fits the breed. In some breeds, lucrative (though sometimes ephemeral) markets have been created for beautiful horses that you can’t even ride, or that only the most elite equestrians can ride. Surely, there’s a market for an all-around horse that the amateur rider, driver, and small farmer can do everything with.”


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today’s Morgan Horse. Crossen agrees that providing a foundation is critical. “Because we’re a small breeding farm, we are able to handle our youngsters frequently. Tom works with the foals when they’re small. He shows them in-hand as yearlings, and as 2- and 3-year-olds, which helps get them ready for their careers under saddle. We’re also always open to questions from our buyers in regards to problems that might arise in dealing with a youngster.” “With our Performance and Versatility programs,” says Morris, “we encourage members to get their Canadian Horses out in the public eye, at horse fairs and shows. For the breed to survive and maintain its desirable qualities, we need both well-educated breeders and owners getting their well-trained, well-presented, and happy horses out there doing things!”

that foal with a foundation that will start him on the path of a long and useful life. Vasiloff believes in a strong foundation as well as supporting the efforts of those who will carry on her legacy. Owners and their new horses have gone on to excel in combined driving, dressage, hunters, and western working events. Most recently, Whippoorwill King Jubilee and Henry Tarryk won the Preliminary Single Horse division at this year’s Laurels at Landhope combined driving event—just one example of Vasiloff’s positive impact on

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Breed associations can implement policies that encourage the responsible breeding of user-friendly horses that offer substance and longevity. Raising registration fees is one option, but keeping close tabs on what judges and professional trainers are promoting is critical to the overall future of any breed. The Canadian Horse and Heritage Preservation Society is committed to supporting

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and preserving the traditional Canadian Horse. CHHAPS sponsors fun, relaxed events that promote the breed. “The Canadian Horse wasn’t meant to be a long-legged, modern warmblood, but he wasn’t meant to be a one-ton draft horse, either,” says Morris. “Modern science now bears out the relationship between phenotype—how the animal looks—and how it acts. Breed just about any animal to be leaner and finer boned, and you also typically get an animal that is higher-strung and more reactive. Animal behaviorist Temple Grandin talks about this in her work. The ideal Canadian has a balanced temperament, is calm, yet energetic. He has an ‘on-off’ switch.”

Take Home Message

Before you breed your mare, have a particular goal in mind. Be sure your horse offers qualities that will be sought after in a buyer. In short, be sure you have a great mare, not a mediocre mare. Be honest about your stallion’s ability to contribute to the gene pool. If he is not above reproach in temperament, quality, substance, and conformation, he should not be bred. If you decide to breed, be sure you have the resources you’ll need. Seek out others that are more experienced and have similar goals. Finally, be realistic. Breed the kind of horse you’d like to own and ride for a lifetime.

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THE NASSAU SUFFOLK Horsemen’s Association (NSHA) welcomed Dr. Gregory A. Beroza as guest speaker at a November 3 meeting in Old Bethpage Village, N.Y. Although Beroza is a wellknown veterinarian and founder and Director of the Long Island Equine Medical Center, he by-passed medical topics in favor of “The Good, the Bad and the Controversial” in order to address current issues in the equestrian world. His views reflect those of the NSHA, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that strives to serve the local horse community, preserve its trails, and promote equestrian activities and interests. The good in Dr. Beroza’s lecture title is the fact that horses live longer and healthier lives. The bad included a lack of togetherness among the various equestrian groups and the people who do wrong by their horses, such as waiting to call the veterinarian until

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hanks to all the riders who took part in the Second Annual Ride for the Cure on October 10 as well as the generosity of the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA), the Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure raised more than $61,800, besting last year’s total by nearly $17,000. A 10-mile pleasure loop beginning and ending at GMHA’s facility in South Woodstock, Vt., the 2011 Ride led horse and rider through some of southern Vermont’s most picturesque towns and villages, during one of the best fall foliage seasons in memory, on what many riders claimed to be the most beautiful day of the year. Each of the 121 ride participants—up from 95 last year—committed to raise and donate a minimum of $250. All riders met the goal, many exceeded it, and one—Debi Culbertson of Horses and Woodstock, Vt.—took top honors riders decked in fundraising with her sum out in pink at of $1,560. For her efforts, Debi this year’s Ride. garnered a $250 gift certificate and a personally inscribed copy of Vermont mystery writer Archer Mayor’s next book, Paradise City, that will contain a character named Debi Culbertson. Fundraising prizes were also awarded to Gold Riders ($1,000+), Silver Riders ($500+), and Bronze Riders ($300+). The Pinkest Horse prize, awarded each year to the pinkest team of horse and rider, went to Teri Young of Manchester Center, Vt. “I’ve got to give my sincerest thanks to all of our

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news in the region Long Island Lines continued from page 52 it is too late. Beroza has sadly encountered this in his practice. The controversial centered on subjects that he has written about in his blog and with which many members of the audience were familiar. One was the carriage horse controversy in new york City. although Mayor Bloomberg recently spoke out in favor of keeping the carriages, there are animal activists who protest this tradition and would like to trade in the carriages for electric cars. Beroza noted that TV personality Bob Barker went to Washington, D.C. to argue against traveling circuses, rodeos, and other activities he considers inhumane, even though the horse has been a working animal for centuries and many owners still depend on it for their livelihood. During a lively discussion period, Kathleen Kleinman of the Muttontown Horsemen’s association pointed out, “We are living in ugly times for horses.” Her part of nassau County, once a haven for backyard horses, now finds its land dwindling. Frank Bradford of the nSHa emphasized the necessity of all groups working together. “Our

only protection is a loud, unified voice,” he said. Jerry Trapani, President of the Paumanok Driving Club, would like to see more people buying permits for the Long Island riding trails, since numbers are what influence the politicians. Susan Harvey, Deputy Director of the Meadowbrook Hounds Pony Club, commented that it is difficult to find riders who will venture outside of the ring unless they own their own horses. Elaine Wagoner, a teacher in the Patchogue-Medford High School district, related that she initiated an exchange between the schools and local stables whereby kids can be exposed to horses and learn. The education of young people is essential in order to make sure Long Island remains “horse country” in the future. Everyone agreed that a joint effort is essential in order to fulfill the needs of horsemen on Long Island. “We should all bond together to help each other stay in business and support our industry,” said Beroza. The nassau Suffolk Horsemen’s association encompasses all of Long Island and has a large membership. It was formed in 1967 and grew out of a pre-existing nassau County horse owners’ association. The county’s proximity to Manhattan promoted suburban growth that eventually eliminated many

of the small stables in nassau County, as well as roosevelt raceway, in favor of malls and condos. Some of the nSHa members are part of Long Island’s rough riders, a re-enactment group that performs at various venues. The loss of Commander Bill uhlinger, who died recently of pancreatic cancer, is mourned by all who knew him. Bill’s role is presently being filled by Frank Bradford. For information about the nSHa call 516-852-8612. The Old Bethpage Village restoration, site of the meeting, re-creates the life of the past through its buildings, exhibits, and rural atmosphere of the 19th century. The Paumanok Driving Club has participated in many of them. For more information call 516-572-8400.

Tanheath Hunt Club Celebrates blessing of the hounds, turkey trot, and More by leslie Cashel


he Blessing of the Tanheath Hounds occurred at Tyrone Farm in Pomfret, Conn., on November 6, 2011. Reverend Santilli gave the blessing for the hounds, the riders and the hunt on the top of a hill in glorious sunshine with a view of farm fields and hills. Master of Fox Hounds and huntswoman Susan Boone cast the hounds while riding Sunshine. Sherri Colby riding Noble and Melanie Chace on Bentley were the whipper-ins. Bill Wentworth led the first flight on Speedy and Susan Harvey led the Hilltoppers aboard Flash. Sixteen people were in the field including six riders from Old North Bridge as welcome guests. Garry Hawkins, Master Emiratis, Nancy Clemens, and several visitors followed in cars. The hounds were started in the jump field and cast into the adjoining woods. They picked up a scent and chased it across Tyrone Road and up into the fields beyond. There was no time for a planned drag hunt as the hounds were off on live scent. Tea was offered in the Tyrone Farm event barn with an over abundance of food and good company. The Turkey Trot consisted of a 6-mile ride through the woods and trails, around mowed hayfields, and along a river bed on the grounds of the Quinebaugh Hatchery in Plainfield, Conn., on November 13. All riders were welcome. This was a fundraiser for 54

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the Tanheath Hunt Club. Six figurines of turkeys were hidden along the ride and if participants were keen of eye and found one they could claim a real turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner. The weather was perfect for riding. Afterwards riders enjoyed a delicious lunch of cornbread, chili, sandwiches, and brownies. This is getting to be a popular event and every year more equestrians participate. The Tanheath Hunter Trials were held at Birchwald in Wrentham, Mass., on November 20. The 3-mile course included the fields on Burnt Swamp Road and wooded trails with two water crossings. A potluck lunch was held after the ride. For more information on the Tanheath Hunt Club, visit Show ReSultS

The following are the results from the November 20 Hunter Trials: MaSTErS PLaTE FOr quaLIFIED HunT MEMBErS: 1. Katherine Fernald, Pete; 2. Susan Harvey, Jumping Jack Flash. BOSun’S WHISTLE PLaTE FOr THE OPEn DIVISIOn: Julie Grant, Cherokee. Suzy SyLKOnIS PLaTE FOr LaDIES HunTEr: 1. ann Geoghegan, Brownie; 2. Kim Lussier, Spicey; 3. Ginny zukatynski, Bartok; 4. Lynn Wentworth, Elliot; 5. Cathy Leinert, Pumpkin; 6. Jen Eaton; 7. Terry Geoghegan, absolute; 8. Betty norris, Messenger; 9. Betsey MacDonald, Traveller; 10. andrea Wyrnn. ●

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riders,” said Lois Steele Whidden, the Ride’s founder, chair, and two-time breast cancer survivor. “They raised $61,800, in these economic times. It’s incredible.” Whidden noted that 75% of all of the money raised will stay in Vermont and New Hampshire and be used for breast cancer education, screening, and treatment programs. The remaining funds will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure national and international research programs. To pledge for the ride and to learn of other efforts to find a cure for breast cancer, including Tubb’s Snowshoe Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer and the Races for the Cure in Vermont and New Hampshire, visit For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www. or call 1-877-Go-Komen.

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Carriage Horse Death Sparks New Ban Efforts Carriage Horse Drivers Cry Foul


of the report—where she said that Charlie probably showed no signs of pain or any symptoms—the ASPCA suspended Corey without pay, and, as of press time, continued to keep her in a kind of employment The carriage horse industry brings in $15 million annually limbo, refusing to even speak in tourist dollars, according to New York City tourism with her about the issue. office estimates. On December 4, a second ASPCA enforcement officer, Henry Ruiz—a former NYPD officer who left his ASPCA job in 2010 after nine years—spoke with the New York Post. Ruiz said that the ASPCA commissioned an independent study about four years ago that determined the carriage horses were well cared for. He said the study was never released because it clashed with the ASPCA’s agenda. The agency claimed no such study exists. Ruiz now says the ASPCA is cutting ethical and legal corners in its attempt to abolish the city’s Carriage riders choose their horse and carriage by looks alone, horse-carriage industry. so drivers work hard to make horses look healthy and happy. “It’s like targeting. It’s like racial profiling,” he said of the society’s skewed efforts down their business is political and part of a plan to force them out of business so their to simultaneously ban and police the industry. Charlie’s death has become a starting point stable buildings, in prime sites in Manhattan, for animal enthusiasts to raise support for can be sold off to business people supporting pending New York state legislation seeking to the ban efforts. The carriage horse operators ban carriages from New York City, expected also claim that the forced retirement portion to come up for a vote in the New York of both the pending state and city legislaState senate later this month. The state bill tion sets a dangerous precedent, possibly (S.5013/ A.7748) would force the retirement allowing horse owners everywhere to lose their of all 215 city carriage horses for adoption ownership rights to their horses if animal rights as companion animals only, and ban any groups rally against them. Furthermore, animal non-police horses from New York City. A rescue experts outside of New York City say separate bill to ban carriage horses, Intro finding companion only placements for any 86, in city council committee, also includes horses now is difficult to nearly impossible, a forced retirement for all current horses given the economy. In many equine rescue as companion animals only. It also aims sanctuaries, budgets are strained and many to replace the tourist draw of the carriages horse sanctuaries, including several in New with electric cars designed to look like York state say they are near closure without vintage limousines, offering current carriage emergency funding. The Pedlar offers both sides of the story, horse drivers a first chance at an electric car license if they turn in their carriage license so readers can make up their own minds. To Carriage horses waiting for riders along Central learn more, an expanded version of this story and right away. Park South get water and grain from buckets The carriage horse operators are crying additional features about the controversy can be set down by their drivers. Ban supporters claim foul, and say that the current efforts to shut found at spilled grain draws rats.

hen a 15–year-old Percheron gelding named Charlie dropped dead on a Manhattan street after only 20 days of working as a carriage horse in New York City, his death set off a firestorm. There were renewed calls for a ban on the New York City (NYC) carriage horse industry; a split within the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) with charges of conflicts of interest and complaints against the society being filed with the New York State Attorney General; and renewed attention to the inner workings of the carriage horse industry that supporters claim pumps $15 million annually into the NYC tourist industry. What killed Charlie may never be uncovered. At press time, the results of a necropsy performed on his body at Cornell University Veterinary Hospital in October had still not yet been released by the ASPCA. As an independent society and the humane law enforcement authority that polices the carriage horse industry on behalf of New York State, they are not legally bound to disclose what happened. The preliminary report results released by the ASPCA in early November, three days after being received from Cornell, said that Charlie was “forced to work” with chronic ulcers and a fractured tooth. The society’s chief veterinary Pamela Corey initially supported the statement, but later called it “intentionally misleading.” In response to her apology and clarification


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December Foal Gentling Seminar Receives positive Response fRom attendees By KaRena GaRRity

to change the lives of horses through the education of people. “I believe that if I can educate, there will be no demand, so there will be no supply. If I get on my soap box and yell about these issues no one will listen,” says Twinney, who founded the Reach Out to Horses Rescue. She studied natural horsemanship under Monty Roberts and is internationally respected as a perceptive equine specialist. “We have to listen to the non-verbal language of the equus, give them a voice, and give them options and very often meet them where they are,” says Twinney. For Deborah Rosen of Stamford, Conn., this was her first encounter with Twinney and she was blown away. “I am very humbled by everything I have learned. Honestly, besides having my kids, this is the best thing I have ever seen or done.” “Working with Anna has been a life changing experience for me,” says one of Twinney’s longtime students, Braxton Dolce. “She is such a great model to look up to. She hits every facet when training us and the horses; mind, body and spirit. If this course doesn’t touch you, you are not paying attention.” Another one of Twinney’s students, Adam Edwards adds, “This experience really forces you to come face to face with your own personality as well as the horses’.” Truly remarkable to watch, the eight foals went from being virtually untouchable on

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his lady changes lives,” Paul Lemay said of Anna Twinney at her Foal Gentling Seminar, held November 28 through December 3 at Ray of Light Farm in East Haddam, Conn. The session, which lasted six days, was uniquely designed to give eight feral PMU rescue foals a voice, teach them about mutual respect, and give them a great start to life with humans, combining body language, energy, and interspecies communication. The foals were rescued from Canadian feedlots by EARS (Equine Angels Rescue Sanctuary) and Ray of Light Farm. Their futures were uncertain, to say the least. The “by-product” of the Premarin drug industry, which uses pregnant mare urine to create menopause treatments, these babies were taken from their mothers early and were barely handled by humans, opening them up to a lifetime of struggles and fear. However, through Twinney’s perceptive hands, heart, and soul approach to their first real human contact, these rescues were respected and listened to. “It’s not a system,” she explains. “It is a language and it’s not dominant, it’s not a you must do! It’s flexible.” Lemay, who first met Twinney last year when he adopted two of the Premarin rescues from that group, is still amazed, bewildered, and awed by the raw abilities of this calming horse whisperer who is dedicated to doing all she can

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day one, to wearing halters, being led through obstacle courses and getting hugs on day six all through the use of gentle, humane handling, without force. “If we follow the horse as our teachers they will lead us on the path to true authenticity,” says Twinney. “I believe that if you have the connection with the horse from the ground and you have done your homework, everything else will come with ease.” On the last day of the seminar, Twinney fought back tears. “This is one of the hardest clinics for me to teach, but also the most rewarding. You have all imprinted these foals positively and I am so proud. We have let them know that they have been heard and we will be there for them. Please share what you have learned with others.” For more information about Anna Twinney, visit For more information about adopting, sponsoring or fostering one of the remaining rescue foals go to

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Marilyn Graf at 401-397-7329. Tables are first come, first paid reservation. There is a limit of three tables per individual or organization. For directions and a reservation form, please visit www. Any additional questions can be emailed to There is always a variety of goods available at the event. Attendees can find anything from saddles and bridles to knick-knacks and collectibles. Following the Horseman’s Bazaar, the RIFRC’s next big event is the Blessing of the Horses on April 22, 2012 at the LeGrand Reynolds Horseman’s Area on Escoheag Hill Rd. in Exeter, R.I., starting at 11:00 a.m. RIFRC is also New England Horse & Trail

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he Rhode Island Federation of Riding Clubs’ (RIFRC) annual Horseman’s Bazaar and Indoor Yard Sale is once again at Metcalf Elementary School on Rte 3 (Nooseneck Hill Rd) in Exeter, R.I., to be held on March 25, 2012. Doors open to the public at 9:00 a.m. and the event will end at 2:00 p.m. Food will be available, and to all those asking about the strawberry stuffed french toast, it will be for sale again this year, back by popular demand. Table space is available for $20, and trailer space costs $10. After March 10 the cost of any available tables will be $25 and the cost of trailers will increase to $15. For more information, contact

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affiliated. Food will be for sale after the Blessing, and the cost for attending is only $5 per horse. The cost for attending with lunch included is $15 for NEHT members that pre-register. Those who don’t pre-register that want to attend both the Blessing and the lunch will be charged $20 the day of the event.

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Third Annual Hooves to Wishes Charity Event Donates ProceeDs to toys for tots founDation Wales, studying equine business management. In addition to helping the Toys for Tots Foundation she also implemented a progam to the feed tags from the college’s Equine Center to local rescue organizations. Out of her four horses, two were adopted. “Between working two jobs, going to (L-R) Judy Davis with Cresent Hill Encore and Dyanne school, competing in the IHSA, and taking Spatcher on Underwoods Lancelot. care of my horses, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to pull this event off. With only three weeks of planning, Hooves to Wishes raised over $400 and a box full of toys this year,” Cameron said. Everyone can plan early for next year’s fourth annual Hooves to Wishes Trail Ride, to be held the Sunday after Thanksgiving. A website for the event is in the works, thanks to Matt Cameron. A huge thank you goes out to all donors of raffle and lunch items including, Munroe Feed, Cadillac Village of Norwood, Jr’s Bar and Grill, Doris Gagnon, the Cameron Family, and Elizabeth Munroe-Mary Kay. Thanks also goes to Ellenor and Borderland State Park for helping make this event Riders preparing for the third annual Hooves a success. to Wishes Trail Ride. photos matt cameron


ooves to Wishes Trail Ride, held at Borderland State Park in Easton, Mass., on November 27, was a great success. Created by Ashley Cameron, Hooves to Wishes has been an evergrowing event each year. It was created to help the Toys for Tots Foundation. “I started this trail ride in hopes of helping children and families, by the donation of money and toys from each participant to help alleviate the pressure of the holiday season. I am thankful every day for the gifts that I have, which are my four horses, and I wanted to give back to those who aren’t as fortunate, and give them hope and fulfill their wishes this holiday,” Cameron said. Everyone who attended found it to be a rewarding experience, and a fun time to see other equine friends. Two riders have come every year to support the event—Dyanne Spatcher of Attleboro, Mass., and Judy Davis of Plainville, Mass. Spatcher and her 27-year-old gelding Underwoods Lancelot, and Davis with her 25-year-old gelding, Cresent Hill Encore, have ridden many miles together. “Trail rides are what keep our horses going. We both enjoy a reason to ride any time of the year,” the pair said. Cameron, 26, is a full-time student at Johnson and

2011 Breeders’ Cup fillies friDay takes center stage By greg russo


he Breeders’ Cup is the culmination of the Thoroughbred racing season. This year, the event was held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. It was the second year in a row that Churchill Downs was chosen as the venue to host the event. There are 15 Breeders’ Cup races run over the course of two days. On Friday, November 4, six races were contested with five of them earmarked for females. The extra day has evolved over the years and is now known as Fillies Friday. On Saturday, the remainder of the races were run, culminating with the premier race with a purse of $5 million, the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Although the results of many of the races did not leave a clear cut division leader on Friday, several stamped their winners as champions. Here is how the first six races unfolded. 60

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Juvenile Sprint

This race was inaugurated this year and featured 2-year-olds racing over six furlongs. The winner of the race was no surprise. Secret Circle, trained by Bob Baffert, had been impressive in his only start and he was made the prohibitive favorite. Quickly gaining the lead, Secret Circle opened up on his rivals by three lengths approaching the stretch run and coasted home by one length. The European filly Shumoos made a strong run along the rail to be a clear second.

Juvenile Fillies Turf

When jockey John Velasquez chose to ride the Todd Pletcher trained Stephanie’s Kitten instead of Stopshoppingmaria or Sweet Cat it was a sign of confidence. Velasquez is the regular rider for Pletcher. He rode Stephanie’s Kitten to victory in the Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland and must

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have seen enough in that score to want to ride the filly back in the Breeders’ Cup. His decision was rewarded when the daughter of Kitten’s Joy charged home to win by almost one length over Stopshoppingmaria. The field was deep in the Juvenile Fillies Turf with 14 entrants sent to the starting gate for the mile-long race. Velasquez was able to avoid traffic with his mount and found an open seam with one furlong to go. When he asked Stephanie’s Kitten to go she willingly responded, and was pulling away at the finish from Stopshoppingmaria, who had set the pace for the entire race.

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Yet another full field went postward for the seven furlong Filly and Mare Sprint. The overwhelming favorite for the race was Turbulent Descent. The filly had a roller coaster run, as she was bumped soundly at the start to knock her off stride, recovered to race into contention down the backstretch, was forced to pull back as nearby rivals cut her off, and somehow managed to briefly take the lead at the top of the stretch. But in the end, Turbulent Descent had little left continued on page 62

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for the stretch run and wound up fifth. In the meantime, longshot Musical Romance was prompting the early pace. After dropping back slightly on the turn, her jockey Juan Levya, maneuvered her to the outside for a clear run. Nearing midstretch, she found her way to the rail and took the lead from the tiring Turbulent Descent and Pomeroy’s Pistol. Musical Romance gradually lengthened her lead to one and one-quarter length at the wire over a fast closing Switch. The win was the first for jockey Levya in a Breeders’ Cup race as well as for Musical Romance’s trainer William Kaplan.

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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

There were three undefeated fillies entering the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies race contested at 1.06-miles—My Miss Aurelia, Grace Hall, and Weemissfrankie. All three would clash in the Juvenile Fillies and in addition would face 11 other rivals. The race proved that My Miss Aurelia is a filly of the highest class. She tracked the early pace set by Candrea and when jockey Corey Nakatani gave her the go ahead the bay filly quickly assumed command and coasted through the stretch to a three length score. Grace Hall mounted a rally from sixth and gallantly tried to gain ground on her rival but it was to no avail. Weemissfrankie got up for third but she was six lengths behind Grace Hall.

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The field of 11 fillies and mares that went postward for the 1.37-mile turf included the strong favorite Stacelita as well as the undefeated European import Nahrain. Longshot Perfect Shirl stunned her 10 rivals when she won the race at odds of 27-1. As California-based Dubawi Heights and Dynaslew set a somewhat pedestrian pace, jockey John Velasquez had Perfect Shirl in a relaxed fifth place. Favorite Stacelita was rated under a strong hold by jockey Ramon Dominguez in third. Perfect Shirl rallied through the stretch as Stacelita encountered a great deal of traffic problems and could not enter serious contention. Perfect Shirl got to the wire three-quarters of a length in front of the hard charging European duo of Nahrain and Misty for Me. Stacelita ended up tenth after a poor ride. Owned by Charles Fipke, who made much of his fortune in silver mining, Perfect Shirl was the first Breeders’ Cup winner for trainer Roger Attfield.

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have the star power of previous years with entrants such as the fabled Zenyatta. However, a competitive field of nine assembled for the $2 million race. Havre de Grace would have been the strong favorite but she was pitted against the males the next day in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Run at 1.12 miles, the Ladies’ Classic is the top event on Fillies Friday. Two 3-year-old fillies shared favoritism in the race: Plum Pretty and Royal Delta. Among the other contenders, It’s Tricky was the third choice. Plum Pretty, under Rafael Bejarano, went immediately to the front. Her closest pursuer was It’s Tricky, who raced about one length behind her rival. Royal Delta raced closer to the pace in fourth but her proximity to the leaders was attributable to the slow early pace Plum

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he tenth annual Pennsylvania Horse World Expo will bring the nation’s leading equestrian clinicians and entertainers, and horse owners eager to learn from them, to Harrisburg, Pa., on February 23-26, 2012. Horse World Expo is two events in one. The Expo itself features national and international clinicians teaching riders to train their own mounts, and unparalleled shopping with everything imaginable for horses under one roof. Theatre Equus, A Musical Equine Revue is a professionally choreographed and scripted show in which humans and horses partner to perform remarkable feats. Also featured at this year’s event will be the Trail Champions Challenge. The Challenge is a timed and judged event in which competitors negotiate a difficult set of obstacles that test athleticism, horsemanship, and the communication and bond between horse and rider. They are judged on the quality of horsemanship at each obstacle. And new for 2012 will be the Retired Racehorse Trainer Challenge, in which three local trainers will take an Off-the-Track Thoroughbred to retrain for another discipline. They will meet their horse and be judged on their “Day One” training techniques at Maryland Horse World Expo, January 20-22, then work with the horse at home for five weeks. At Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, they will complete a series of tests; the trainer who has made the most progress with his or her Thoroughbred will win the championship

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and prizes. Also new to the Expo this year will be Jim Wofford, a two-time Olympic team silver medalist and one of eventing’s most successful coaches. Wofford has produced riders on nearly every USET Eventing Team, and has had at least one student on every U.S. Olympic, World Championship, or Pan Am team since 1978. Among his students were eventing legends David and Karen O’Connor and Kim Severson. In addition to top equestrian clinicians and performers, the tenth annual Expo will feature hundreds of vendors, and equines of all breeds and disciplines. The latest in horsekeeping technology will be featured at the show along with apparel, barns, artwork, books, equestrian vacations, feed, trailers, tack, training, schools, and much more. For more information, visit Pretty established. At the top of the stretch, the field quickly closed in on Plum Pretty with It’s Tricky taking a brief lead first. Suddenly, on the outside, Royal Delta closed like a freight train and inhaled her rivals. The daughter of Empire Maker went on to win by more than two lengths with It’s Tricky maintaining second. Royal Delta was owned by the late Saudi Arabian Prince Saud bin Khaled who passed away earlier in the year. As a result of his death, she was sent through the auction ring following the Breeders’ Cup, where she fetched the incredible price of $8 million. She has earned over $1.6 million and plans call for her to race next year at four. For more information on the Breeders’ Cup, visit

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Connecticut Horse Shows Association antiCipateS upComing annual awaRdS banquet Submitted by geoRge JenSen


The Good Sportsmanship Award

Each year the directors vote on a nominee for The Good Sportsmanship Award. This award is given to a CHSA member each year based on conduct, cheerfulness, and character demonstrated during the show season, and is given at the annual Awards Banquet. Nominees for this award should be proposed by the members of CHSA. It is not necessary that this nominee be a competitor. It could be a trainer, instructor, groom—anyone at all who is a CHSA member. Key things to keep in mind are the nominee’s conduct and interaction with trainers, parents, show personnel, and other participants. The way a person handles success or defeat following a performance is a good indication of sportsmanship. Integrity, honesty, and adherence to 64

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The Chronicle of the Horse will publish their 2011 Annual Horse Show Issue in March 2012. This is the annual issue that carries the results all of the association’s high score award winners, and photographs of the CHSA Champions in the hunter, jumper, and hunt seat equitation divisions. Pictures and this information must be submitted to the Chronicle directly from our association. Therefore, if you wish to submit your championship photograph to the magazine, we must have it by Monday, January 9 in order to be sure that it is received at the Chronicle by their deadline. Photos submitted must be original high

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onnecticut Horse Shows Association’s (CHSA) 79th Annual Awards Banquet will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center on March 3, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. The popular format of the past four years will be followed once again with the big screens showing the award winners in order of presentations as listed in the programs. In addition to a raffle and a silent auction, we will again offer the very popular “Battle of the Barn Baskets.” Competition is already gearing up. Other details of the banquet and a reservation form will be published in the next issue of the Pedlar as well as in the Around The Mr. Brightside won his debut at The Big E in 2011. Circuit newsletter. We are looking for new, useable raffle items. the rules are also prime considerations. As in prior years, it is not necessary that these Nominations, along with a brief description items be specifically horse related. Once again of why you are making the recommendait is very helpful if items are dropped off before tion, should be sent to Kristen Guadagnino, the banquet so that they may be identified by Chairman of the Sportsmanship Award donor, listed in the program, and arranged care- Committee, 195 Hillstown Road, Manchester, fully at the banquet. Email Kristen Guadagnino CT 06040 or emailed to fullcirclefarmct@ at so that arrange- ments can be made for drop-off or pickup. Nominations for the Sportsmanship Award are due by February 5, 2012.

quality photographic color prints on quality photo paper professionally printed at high resolution; cannot be copies, proofs, scanned images, unclear photos of poor reproductive quality, digital images or vignette prints and photos; should be action shots only—no candid or award photos; a minimum of 3 ½'' x 5'' and no larger than 8'' x 10''; and must have the photographer’s name (even if not a professional)—if the photo was taken by a professional, you must have authorization given by the photographer for publication. If a horse or pony has won multiple championships only one photo will be used. If a horse or pony won its division with one rider and another rider won an equitation division on that same horse or pony, the photo with the equitation rider will be the one used. We will place a label with the exhibitor, horse, owner and championship title on the back. Please forward this information with the championship photo to: Cynthia Jensen, 195 Wildwood Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410. Photos must be received by January 9, 2012.

CHSA 2012 Annual Meeting Submitted by Cynthia JenSen

The 2011 CHSA Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. It will be held this year at Pazzo Italian Café on 60 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury. There are some changes to the Constitution which will be voted on by members present. For more information, visit the CHSA website at www.

Meet Elizabeth and Nathan Roden Submitted by betty Roden

Elizabeth “Betty” Roden started riding Saddlebreds at Eddie Grimes’ Stables in the late ’60s, by cleaning stalls in exchange for lessons. Eddie, in addition to being an owner and trainer, was President of the Connecticut Horse Shows Association and the New England Horsemen’s Council. Over the years Betty has shown 3-Gaited, 5-Gaited, Fine Harness, Show Pleasure, Country Pleasure, and many Roadster Ponies. She has been President of the American Saddlebred Horse Association of Connecticut, Connecticut Horse Shows Association, and the New England Horsemen’s Council. She


such as UPHA Chapter 14, Devon, Syracuse, Summer Classic, The Big E, Ohio Fair, Twin State American Saddlebred Octoberfest, and the Canadian Royal Horse Show in Toronto. Betty even won a Ladies’ class in Toronto. Totally Excellent has also shown in the prestigious Louisville, Ky., horse show where he also won several ribbons. Another pony on the show string is Michigan’s Habañero, who was also purchased as a yearling. “Hobby” is a Hackney Roadster Pony. Roadster Ponies are the speedsters of the Hackney breed. The pony pulls a two-wheeled cart at three speeds of trotting. It is no bigger than 12.2 hands and has a long mane and tail. The driver wears racing silks. “Hobby” was also trained by Rodney Hicks and has won many ribbons

throughout the East. Their third show pony, Mr. Brightside, is also from Canada and a half brother to Totally Excellent. This pony started training by Rodney Hicks but was finished by Betty and Nate. Mr. Brightside is a Hackney Pleasure Pony, and debuted at The Big E in 2011, winning the championship. A flashy bay with four white stockings, they hope he will be their next star. A Pleasure Pony also has a long mane and tail pulling a two wheel cart with a basket for the driver’s feet. Both Totally Excellent and Mr. Brightside are at the top of their divisions for CHSA Year-End Awards. For more information on CHSA, visit www.

Michigan’s Habañero is one of Middlefield’s Roadster Ponies.

is currently a Senior Director of CHSA and Senior Delegate of NEHC. Nathan, Betty’s husband, had a Saddlebred Pleasure horse as a teenager. In the ’70s, he bought a Saddlebred from Eddie Grimes which was how he and Betty met. Nate saw a Hackney Pony that he liked and bought it—his first of many. Hackneys became his first love. Nate went on to become President of the Northeastern Hackney Association which merged with the New England Hackney Society. He is currently President of the Northeastern Hackney Association. After 25 years of friendship, Nate and Betty were married in 1994. Nate is a self-employed excavator who owns RO-EX. Betty is a retired teacher who now substitutes in the Meriden school system to help support their hobby. They train the ponies in the evening after work. In the mid ’90s, Middlefield Farm became their home and is now also the home of five Hackney ponies and one chubby Lab, Chester. The farm covers about six acres with an outside riding ring, a round ring, with inside riding. The original facility was built in 1986 and was filled with Saddlebreds and a Hackney or two. Betty and Nathan love the energy and the beauty of the Hackney Pony. Today, there are three show ponies and two retired ponies residing at Middlefield. Totally Excellent, a cob tail, has been their star for many years. A cob tail is a Hackney pony that stands over 12.2 and under 14.2 hands. The pony is shown with a four-wheel cart, a viceroy harness, a braided mane, and a docked tail. Totally Excellent was born in Canada and bought as a yearling. He was trained for seven years by Rodney Hicks of Pittsfield, Mass., a well-known Hackney Pony trainer. Both Nate and Betty have shown Totally Excellent, winning numerous ribbons at shows JANUARY 2012



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Camden, and Lisa LeDoux for their help setting up. Youth member Samantha Tickey and member Diane LeDuc did a great job announcing and moved the evening along smoothly. New this year was a DJ with a projection screen. A slideshow of images from this year’s events was displayed throughout the evening. Brian Nigro Photography was kind enough to donate a CD of pictures to make this possible. The slideshow was well received and we will expand it next year. Another new feature at the banquet was the Oscar-style photo backdrop for banquet attendees to use for their commemorative photos. If their camera skills were not up to snuff, Gary Lawrence Photography was on hand to take professional shots. Surveys were also available and lots of member feedback Samantha Hill was named Outstanding Exhibitor. was received, so we can’t wait to put your suggestions into practice. There were a lot of Conn., on June 1-3, July 13-15, and August positive responses to the awards this year. 17-19. Also, the TSHA dressage shows will Champions received embroidered tall direc- be returning with tentative dates of May 20, tors chairs, and reserve champions were given June 24 and August at Wild Aire Farm in embroidered Equine Couture dress sheets, Southbridge, Mass. Visit our website at www. while third place winners got embroidered for confirmation and Ariat bags filled with Cowboy Magic prod- more information that will be forthcoming as ucts, fourth place recipients were given screen the committees start to work on improving printed jackets, fifth place recipients were these events for 2012. awarded screen printed hoodie sweatshirts, If you have not already sent in your TSHA and sixth place recipients got matted frames membership application or renewal, now is a with engraved brass plates. Banquet sponsors, great time to get that done. Remember, you My Pony’s Closet and Rocky Meadow Farm, must be a current member in good standing in provided fabulous awards for the Leadline divi- order to have your participation count toward sions, including some stuffed snoring ponies interactive awards or points to count in open that everyone wanted to take home! or dressage shows! Membership applications Everyone held their breath as the superlatives can be found in this publication or on the were announced. This year’s Outstanding Horse website. And remember, the TSHA website, went to My Sweet Juliet from Enchanting Allie., is the best place to The Outstanding Exhibitor was Samantha Hill go for the most up-to-date announcements and from Prospect Hill Farm, taking home a rolling information. While you are there, check out the tack trunk. Megan Ledoux, trainer at Carousel classifieds and the photo gallery. Horse Farm, won the TSHA Outstanding Professional Exhibitor Perpetual Trophy, given show Results in memory of Maria Cicchiello for the third year in a row. The Outstanding Versatility The following are additional results from the Horse Award went to RR Gold Bar Cal shown TSHA Awards Banquet, held November 5, by Meri Breault and Megan Ledoux. 2011: If you were unable to attend the banquet and 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuTSTanDInG HOrSE: My Sweet Juliet. STIrruP: 1. nicholas Muscatelli, Called To Duty; 2. antonia would like to arrange pickup of your awards, SHOrT DiCicco, Goodness Gracious; 3. Kate Silverman, Peanut Butter & please contact Alicia at Jelly; 4. alison Hazard, Hugs & Kisses; 5. Jason apinis, adhim raja; 6. Mark your calendar now with these important Hannah ayers, Painted Past. dates—TSHA open shows will be returning to MEDIuM/LOnG STIrruP: 1. Shea ryan, Sweet William; 2. aimee the beautiful Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, continued on page 68

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t’s finally 2012—may the new year bring health, prosperity, and great riding to all! The Tri-State Horsemen’s Association (TSHA) will do its part to ensure the latter prediction will come true for all of its members this year! Committees are now being formed to plan and organize the open shows, dressage shows, and trail rides. If you would like to take an active role in any of these events, please contact the appropriate committee chairperson for consideration. All Board of Directors’ and show organizers’ contact information can be found at Fresh perspectives, along with a long tradition of excellence, are what keep TSHA one of the most popular equestrian organizations in New England. If you cannot be part of a committee, your input is always welcome. The election of officers took place on November 2, 2011, and the following will lead TSHA in 2012: President Larry Burgess; Vice President Jackie Cugini; Treasurer Sharon Plante; and Secretary Maegan Manning. Elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors were Walter Comire, Meri Breault, Aaron Bravard, Jamilee Bravard and Beth Stone. Thanks to all of our outgoing officers for your dedication and hard work! Tri-State Horsemen’s Association would like to thank all of our exhibitors and members for a successful 2011 show season! The year-end awards banquet, held on November 5 at the Port N Starboard Restaurant at Ocean Beach in New London, Conn., was a resounding success with over 500 members in attendance. The Banquet Committee Chair, Alicia Cugini Muscatelli, and her committee of Karol Bennett, Jamilee Bravard, Meri Breault, Jacqueline Cugini, Megan LeDoux, Danielle McIver, and Chrissy Smith Maddox, did an amazing job putting everything together. This year’s theme was a “Red Carpet Event,” and the banquet lived up to its name. The room was beautifully decorated in red, gold, and black, with Oscar statue centerpieces and a red carpet on stage for award recipients to walk down. The raffle table was truly outstanding this year, thanks to Chrissy Smith Maddox’s spectacular basket designs, and Joelle Conover’s solicitation of sponsored raffle items. Bravard’s Horseshoeing donated a beautifully decorated horse shoe wreath as a door prize. A big “thank you” goes to Jonathan Blake, Kevin and Paula Boyles, Hannah and Timothy

affiliate news Top Hat and Tails. PET POny: 1. Mary Morton, STS Spirited away; 2. abigail Ferina, Jules Precious Baby; 3. Erika nicholas, STS Blonde By nature; 4. Josie continued from page 66 Guillemin, STS Peanut Butter Cup; 5. nicholas Muscatelli, Called To Duty; 6. Keely Purdon, Omega Bay Token. Hebert, Ja Jersey Girl; 3. Sarah nogacek, Didn’t need Love; 4. Emily 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuTSTanDInG POny: Jules Precious Baby. Layak, Mr. Brioso Brown; 5. Christine Gertsch, Say Please; 6. Kendra InTrODuCTOry TWO-PHaSE: 1. rachel Pratt-Lanoue, C&C Paula; 2. anderson, Belmont Butterfly. rebecca andre-Perry, Hey Boy; 3. Julia Driscoll, Seabury; 4. Kimberly OPEn HunTEr On FLaT: 1. Sara Misiaszek, Lyin’ Baby Blues; 2. Shea Bienskowski, Little Buddy; 5. Taylor Voels, Zee Couldn’t resist; 6. ryan, Sweet William; 3. Danielle Coleman, Hunters Blessing; 4. Taylor Voels, Darby The Wonder Pony. Sharon Isom, rarchett Dude; 5. Meagan Manning, Don’t Skip The ELEMEnTary TWO-PHaSE: 1T. Carlie Poworoznek, Darby The Honey; 6. Katrina Sharkey, added Expense. Wonder Pony; 1T. Carlie Poworoznek, Everything’s rosie; 2. Mitchelle SaTurDay OPEn WESTErn: 1. nicole renee Saulter, Sit Back In Style; Hanerfeld, Everything’s rosie; 3. alexandra aksterowicz, Darby The 2. Laura Sottile, OK He’s Invited; 3. Samantha Hill, Be My Valentine; 4. Wonder Pony; 4. Dennis W. Dwyer, Clove; 5. rebecca Watson, Fast Samantha Graf, BG The Sundance Kid; 5. Samantha Tickey, Graceful Temp. Version. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: InTEraCTIVE rECOGnITIOn: Interactive adult: 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuTSTanDInG EXHIBITOr: Samantha Hill. alicia Cugini Muscatelli; Interactive youth: nicholas Muscatelli; OPEn DrIVInG: 1. Gina Murphy, WW Dot; 2. Linda Whitford, Interactive Horse/rider Team: Desiree Plante Garcia, DJ’s Gold Winterhill Cyrus; 3. Bub Harmon, Ox Kill Quick Silver. Investment. OPEn JunIOr: 1. Megan Gunwald, rocketeering; 2. Samantha Hill, Be BEGInnEr nOVICE TWO-PHaSE: 1T. Karen norton, Lexxus; 1T. Kayla My Valentine; 3. Brooke nelson, Shot Of Spendor; 4. Kylie Melluzzo, Campbell, Tropic King; 1T. Kayla Campbell, Caddo Bar Doc; 2. Melissa STS My Fair Lady; 5. Josie Guillemin, STS Peanut Butter Cup; 6. Maggie rogers, Zee Couldn’t resist; 3. Melissa rogers, Everything’s rosie. Hickey, My Sweet Juliet; 6. Erika nicholas, STS Blonde By nature. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuTSTanDInG HunTEr On THE FLaT TEaM: (Given 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuTSTanDInG VErSaTILITy HOrSE: rr Gold Bar in Memory of Lauralinda Harris) Sara Misiaszek, Lyin Baby Blues. Cal shown by Meri Breault and Megan LeDoux. InTrODuCTOry LEVEL OPEn: 1. Hannah Taylor, Wolfgang. OPEn aDuLT: 1. Chrissy Maddox, Be My Valentine; 2. Jill Loomis, My 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuTSTanDInG TWO-PHaSE rIDEr: Karen norton. Serenity; 3. Gina Marshall, a Shot of Splendor; 4. Maegen Manning, TraIL 17 & unDEr: 1. Sumah Confer, Laced With attitude; 2. Gen Don’t Skip The Honey; 5. Taylor Bregquist, STS Certain Something, 6. remondi, Miss Scarlet; 3. Julia Lamonte, JP Gingersnap; 4. Erika alicia Brindisi, STS On The rocks. nicholas, STS Blonde By nature. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuTSTanDInG TWO-PHaSE HOrSE: Everything’s TraIL 18 & OVEr: 1. rachel Sherman, Bought For a Buck; 2. Cheryl rosie. Stomberg, Lady Misty Morning; 3. Samantha Graf, JP Gingersnap; 4. nOVICE WaLK-TrOT 11-17: 1. Lexie Smith, Wakondas M&M; 2. Meghan Mary-Jayne Foster, Morgan Manor Cappuccino; 5. David Gallo, Zippo Morrissey, Contessa rose; 3. Chaylee Mcadams, Baniera; 4. Brianna Boogie; 6. allison Gallo, Izzy Goodbar. Cost, Jus Lil Zeke; 5. Emma Hutchinson, My Serenity. rEGISTErED araBIan/HaLF araBIan: 1. Sarah nogacek, Wa Millenia SaTurDay LEaDLInE: 1. Georgia Barry, Lady Bug; 2. ariana amaral, Bask; 2. Suzette Gaudet, STS nadumus Starfire; 3. antonia DiCiccio, Didn’t need Loot; 3. Cora Grace Post, Jules Precious ruby; 4. Payton Bandiera; 4. Erika Christina, PM ala Wishta; 5. Jason apinis, adhim Lusson, Friends; 5. Zachary Confer, Laced With attitude; 6. Isabel raja; 6. Kim Martin, PM ala Wishta. McConnel, Simon. SunDay OPEn WESTErn: 1. Samantha Tickey, Graceful Version; 2. SunDay LEaDLInE: 1.Ella Stone, Lady Bug; 2. Payton Lussen, Friends; yvonne Sadinsky, Sit Back In Style; 3. Kyle Edmonds, HTF Zips Hot 3. Madilyn Wooten, Coppertone; 4. areanna Lovene, Mr. Mustache; rod; 4. Samantha Hill, Be My Valentine; 5. Samantha Graf, BG The 5. annemarie Barrette, Omega Bay Token; 6. Sophia Chiaverini, Hugs Sundance Kid; 6. Meghan nogacek, added Expense. and Kisses. nOVICE WaLK-TrOT 10 & unDEr: 1. Kayleigh Evon, Beauty High; 2. SaTurDay WaLK-TrOT 10 anD unDEr: 1. Lauren O’Connor, IMP Hannah Welch, Jules Precious ruby; 3. Morgan Butzier, Hunter’s ninety Six Jag; 2. Megan Zajack, STS Hawaiian Punch; 3. abigail Blessing; 4. alexandra Picard, General Patton; 5. Lily Congdon, Made Howard, Zip’s ahoy; 4. audrey Strmiska, Tinkerbell; 5. Kayleigh Evon, For Marvin; 6. Megan Zajack, STS Hawaiian Punch. Beauty High; 6. Mary Creekmore, Jules Precious ruby; 6. alexandra FIrST yEar JuMPEr: 1. Gina Marshall, a Shot of Splendor; 2. rebecca Picard, General Patton. andre-Perry, Hey Boy; 2. Kayla Campbell, Caddo Bar Doc; 3. alexandria SunDay WaLK-TrOT 10 anD unDEr: 1. Lauren O’Connor, IMP ninty DePalo, Me-Oh-My; 4. Tess Coutu, Lily; 5. rachell Sherman, Bought For Six Jag; 2. Hannah Tetreault, My Sweet Juliet; 3. alexandra Picard, a Buck; 6. nicole Longley, Brodie. General Patton; 4. alyssa Welsch, My Quick Investment; 5. Megan SCHOOLInG JuMPEr: 1. Kayla Campbell, Caddo Bar Doc; 2. Megan Zajack, Hawaiian Punch; 6. ashlie Johnson, JP Gingersnap. Grunwald, rocketeering; 3. Tess Coutu, Soda Pop; 4. Kayla Campbell, WaLK-TrOT GyMKHana: 1. Lissette Vasquez, Skipper Flame Bar; 2. Tropic King; 5. Kaitlyn Carcieri, Toastie;6. Lyndsey Walker, The Secret Callum McConnel, Simon; 3. Victoria Baron, Fancy Pants; 4. alyssa Is Out. Welsch, My Quick Investment; 5. Lily Congdon, Made for Marvin; 6. rEGISTErED MOrGan: 1. Hannah Taylor, riddick; 2. Sarah Messier, Morgan Butzier, Hunters Blessing. absolutely Positively. PrE-CHILDrEn’S: 1. Michelle Davidson, Ja Jersey Girl; 2. amelia OPEn JuMPErS: 1. aerial Mendance, Superstitious Jackie; 2. Sage Braman, Just My Luck; 3. Mary Donnelly, Enchanting; 4. Keely Purdon, Lefebvre, royal Van Gough; 3. Emma Cotnoir, Magnificent; 4. Kayla Show Me Will; 5. Tatum Coutu, Willow’s Hot Ticket; 6. Olivia Tourgee, Campbell, Tropic King; 5. Haley Breen, nemo; 6. Brooke Dougan, a Touch of Gold. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuTSTanDInG SHOWManSHIP TEaM: Grace O’Connor, I’ll Lope for Cash. CHILDrEn’S HunTEr POny: 1. Josie Guillemin, Hawaiian Punch; 2. Kelsey Coleman, Painted Past; 3. Lauren Bauer, Material Girl; 4. Sabrina Smith, Called To Duty; 5. Mary Morton, STS Spirited away; 6. Sabrina Smith, SS Spooky Spirit. CHILDrEn’S HunTEr HOrSE: 1. Kylie Melluzzo, STS My Fair Lady; 2. alyssa Clark, Mount Theodore; 3. aerial Mendance, Superstitious Jackie; 4. Hannah Swanson, Willow Park; 5. rebecca andre-Perry, Hey Boy; 6. alexandria DePalo, My Sweet Juliet. BaBy GrEEn HunTEr OVEr FEnCES: 1. Megan Ledoux, Zelda; 2. Gabrielle Perlmutter, Fleur’s My Silver Lining; 3. Holly rebello, Katonah; 4. rachel Sherman, Bought For a Buck; 5. amanda Lindgren, STS affair after Dark; 6. Dennis Dwyer, Clove. aMaTEur aDuLT HunTEr OVEr FEnCES: 1T. Kim Butler, Bull Market; 1T. Charlene Van Buiten, Louis Vuitton; 2. alex Santoro, How Do you Like Me now; 3. Stephanie Simpson, Willow Park; 4. allison Mador, STS attitude assured; 5. amanda Lindgren, STS affair after Dark; 6. alicia Brindisi, STS On The rocks. Tori Baron, Samantha Hill, Alyssa Welsch, and Nicholas rEGISTErED QuarTEr HOrSE: 1. Grace O’Connor, I’ll Lope For Cash; 2. Chelsea Minarsky, Dancer’s natural Iron; Muscatelli selling raffle tickets.

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Tori Baron, Desiree Plante-Garcia and Alyssa Welsch at the 2011 banquet. 3. Kyle Edmonds, IITF Zips Hot rod; 4. Laura Phillips, Jet Leaguer; 5. alyssa Clark, Sky Blue Eyes; 6. Samantha Tickey, Graceful Version; 6. TJ Ferri, CKS Spartacus. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuTSTanDInG WaLK-TrOT TEaM: (Given in memory of Zippos Strawman) Hannah Tetreault, My Sweet Juliet. InTrODuCTOry LEVEL JunIOr: 1. amy Macha, Zeta Tauri; 2. Chaylee Mcadams, Bandiera; 3. Stephanie Garcia, Mikey; 4. Cassidy Bouchard, Bailey’s redeemer Deluxe; 5. Gloria norris, C&C Paula; 6. Olivia adams, Darby The Wonder Pony. InTrODuCTOry LEVEL aMaTEur aDuLT: 1. Sarah Waterman, My-O-Mya; 2. Jennifer Crossman, Kr Classified Lady; 3. Beth Lowden, I Got you Babe; 4. Janice Shannon, Misty; 5. Kaitlin Bernard, uVM Jingle Bell; 6. Dennis W. Dwyer, Clove. nOVICE TWO-PHaSE: 1. Karen norton, red Baron; 2. Jessica Gross, Little Buddy. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuSTanDInG WESTErn TEaM: Cindy Brown, Kings Poco reed. TraInInG LEVEL JunIOr: 1. Brooke nelson, Mickey; 2. Megan Grunwald, rocketeering; 3. rebecca andre-Perry, Hey Boy; 4. Hannah Camden, Lord Sympa; 5. antonia DiCicco, Bandiera; 6. Kayla Campbell, Tropic King. TraInInG LEVEL aMaTEaur aDuLT: 1. Joelle Conover, Tribute To Security; 2. CJ Stumpf, andy; 3. Jamilee Bravard, Still Guilty; 4. Sarah Waterman, My-O-Mya; 5. Carrilynn Kissinger, Stormy Weather. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: BrEED HaLTEr CHaMPIOnS: registered Morgan: Hannah Taylor, riddick; rigistered Half arabian: antonia DiCicco, Bandiera; registered arabian: Suzette Gaudet, nadamus Starfire; registered Color Breed: Paula Boyles, Justice My Way; registered Quarter Horse: Kyle Edmonds, HTF Zips Hot rod. TraInInG LEVEL OPEn: 1. Holly rebello, Katonah; 2. Danielle rigby, Swing To The Music; 3. Jennifer ault, Windsor; 4. Hannah Taylor, riddick. OPEn SaDDLESEaT: 1. Ericka Morgan Shaedler, Bold romancer; 2. anna Cote, reedan’s Phat Cat; 3. Erika Christina, PM ala Wishta; 4. Sarah Messier, absolutely Positively. SCHOOLInG HunTEr: 1. allison Mador, STS attitude assured; 2. Holly rebello, Katona; 3. alyssa Simpson, Willow Park; 4. Megan Grunwald, rocketeering; 5. abby Perrotti, Miracles Happen; 6. alexandria DePalo, My Sweet Juliet. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuSTanDInG HunTEr OVEr FEnCES TEaM: allison Mador, STS attitude assured. FIrST yEar GrEEn HuTnEr On FLaT: 1. Melissa Sheffield, Just By Chance, 2. Desiree Cormier, Priceless; 2. Mary Morton, STS Spirited away; 3. Meri Breault, rr Gold Bar Cal; 3. Jennifer Crossman, Kr Classified Lady; 4. MaKayla Hazard, Equux Maximus; 4. Julia redmond, Brandida nSW; 5. Christine Gaudet, STS nadumus Starfire; 6. Sara Waterman, My-O-Mya. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuSTanDInG DrESSaGE HOrSE: Mikey. GrEEn HOrSE WESTErn: 1. Zoe Stapp, Talarosa; 2. Megan LeDoux, rr Gold Bar Cal; 3. allie Christensen, Gypsy Land Wizard; 4. Sumah Confer, Laced With attitude; 5. Jennifer Crossman, Kr Classified Lady; 6. Donald Bergeron, STS Dynamo War Breeze. rEGISTErED COLOr BrEED: 1. Bonnie Lowell, Willows rayne Storm; 2. Danielle Coleman, Hunter’s Blessing; 3. Paula Boyles, Justice My Way; 4. Caroline Ventura, Peppy’s Scribled Dude; 5. Sharon Isom,

ratchett Dude; 6. Samantha Graf, BG The Sundance Kid. SaTurDay WaLK-TrOT aDuLT: 1. rose Gagnon, Leaguer Go Lightly; 2. Gail Van Buitten, Kiss Me With Zip; 3. Sharon King, Fletcher; 4. Lari racine, rT Banners Black Mist; 5. Valerie Bergeron, STS rocky Ourey Fay; 6. Kimberly Guillemin, STS Silly Dilly. SunDay WaLK-TrOT aDuLT: 1. Lori racine, rT Banners Black Mist; 2. Kimberly navin, Cooper; 3. Gina Marie Fratantuono, Sugar Bars Boy; 4. Cheryl Stomberg, Lady Misty Morning; 5. Kimberly Guillemin, STS Silly Dilly; 6. ryan Quinn, Leo’s Windy Gem. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuTSTanDInG DrESSaGE rIDEr: Hannah Taylor. SunDay WaLK-TrOT 11-17: 1. Myra Hazard, Fancy Pants; 2. Kaitlyn Gran, Lil Miss Betty Buck-a-roo; 3. Chaylee Mcadams, Bandiera; 4. Victoria Baron, Jet Leaguer; 5. Catherine Chapman, radical Diamon; 6. Lexie Smith, Wakondas M&M. aMaTEur aDuLT On FLaT: 1. Sara Misiaszek, Lyin’ Baby Blues; 2. Danielle Coleman, Hunters Blessing; 3. alicia Briindisi, STS On The rocks; 4. Chelsea Minarsky, Dancers natural Iron; 5. Pam Machamer, Sweet William; 5. Maegan Manning, Don’t Skip The Honey; 6. alex Santoro, How Do you Like Me now. CHILDrEn’S HunTEr On FLaT: 1T. Gabrielle Perlmutter, Fleur’s My Silver Lining; 1T. Kylie Meluzzo, STS My Fair Lady; 2. antonia DiCiccio, Goodness Gracious; 3. nicholas Muscatelli, Called To Duty; 4. aimee Hebert, Ja Jersey Girl; 5. Madison Fermini, ratchett Dude; 6. Emma Cotnoir, Magnificent. SaTurDay WaLK-TrOT 11-17: 1. Mallory Tassone, Didn’t need Loot; 2. Meghan Morrissey, Contessa rose; 3. Victoria Baron, Jet Leaguer; 4. Myra Hazard, Fancy Pants; 5. Catherine Chapman, radical Diamond; 6. Emma Esposito, MGM Classic Jubilee. WaLK-TrOT HunTEr CrOSSraILS: 1. Megan Zajack, STS Hawaiian Punch; 2. Brianna Cost, Jus Lil Zeke; 3. Lily Congdon, Made For Marvin; 4. Hope Trowbridge, My Sweet Julia; 5. alexandra Picard, General Patton; 6. Brieann Stone, afternoon Delight. yOuTH GyMKHana: 1. Kyle Edmonds, Doca Dolly Dude; 2. Joseph Pace, Me-Oh-My; 3. Grasa Campbell, Gypsy rose; 4. Jeremy reid, Jamison Dean; 5. Gina Soscia, Cowboy’s Golden Blizzard; 6. Sabrina Smith, SS Spooking Spirit. OPEn EQuITaTIOn:1. Emma Cotnoir, Magnificent; 2. Megan Grunwald, rocketeering; 3. Stephanie Simpson, Willow Park; 4. Josie Guillemin, STS Peanut Butter Cup; 5. alyssa Clark, Mount Theodore; 6. allison Mador, STS attitude assured. aDuLT GyMKHana: 1. Cindy Brown, Kings Poco red; 2. Lisa Herman, Slick; 3. Greg Shofner, Dresses to Drift; 4. Joseph Pace, Me-Oh-My; 5. Lee Phillips, Little rare Bar; 6. rachel D’Ellena, Chubby Checkers. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OuSTanDInG In-HanD TraIL: Mary Jayne Foster, Morgan Manor Cappuccino. SEnIOr HOrSE: 1. rachael rowley-aquitante, Leaguers Zip; 2. Maegan Manning, Don’t Skip The Honey; 3. Maggie Hickey, My Sweet Juliet; 4. Katheleen Lamonte, Zeta Tauri; 5. Emily Janacek, Don’t Skip By Me; 6. Gina Brabeau, Sunshine romeo. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: nuTrEna CLuB SuPPOrT PrOGraM: TEar TaG COnTEST WInnErS: 1. Lisette Vasquez; 2T. Hailey royer; 2T. Kelsey royer; ParTICIPanT: nicholas Muscatelli. BEGInnEr WaLK-TrOT-CanTEr: 1T. yvonne Sadinsky, Sit Back In Style; 1T. Madison Fermini, ratchett Dude; 2. aimee Hebert, Ja Jersey Girl; 3. abigail Farina, Jules Precious Baby; 4. rhys Mills, Pep up Freight; 4. Kimberley Stewart, Man your Guns; 5. alison Hazard, Hugs & Kisses; 6. Victoria Deraimo, Monarch’s Sir Glo. OPEn DIVISIOn: 1. Samantha Hill, Be My Valentine; 2. Maegan Manning, Don’t Skip The Honey; 3. Jill Loomis, My Serenity; 4T. Grace O’Connor, I’ll Lope For Cash; 4T. Olivia Tourgee, Top Hat and Tails; 5. Kimberley Stewart, Man your Guns; 6. nicholas Muscatelli, Called To Duty. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: OPEn SHOW PrOFESSIOnaL EXHIBITOr OF THE yEar PErPETuaL TrOPy (Sponsored by TSHa Open Show Committee and given in memory of Maria Cicchiello): Megan Ledoux. SECOnD yEar GrEEn HunTEr On FLaT: 1. Megan Ledoux, Zelda; 2. Bree Ison, Lu It’s about Time; 3. amanda Lindgren, STS affair after Dark; 4. Glen remondi, Miss Scarlett. VInTaGE rIDEr: 1. Laura Sottile, Bears Lil Honey; 2. Elfie Janacek, Zips Classical Melody; 3. ann avery, Steebars Bobbie; 4. Pam Machamer, Sweet William; 5. Suzette Gaudet, STS nadumus Starfire; 6. Lori Purdon, Show Me Will. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: MODEL HOrSE CHaMPIOnS: Suckling, Weanling, & yearling: Kim Piette, Pippi Longstocking; 2-yEar-OLD: TJ Ferri, CKS Spartacus; 3- & 4-yEar-OLD: Paula Boyles, Justice My Way; 5-yEar-OLD & OVEr: Bonnie Lowell, Willows rayne Storm; POny In-HanD: Victoria Baron, Fancy Pants. FIrST LEVEL OPEn: 1. rebecca rioux, Shine; 2. Megan Grunwald, rocketeering; 3. Chris Curcio, Verdi; 4. Stephanie Barnes, Checker’s Honey Bunny; 5. Karen norton, red Baron. SECOnD LEVEL OPEn: 1. Jen ault, Kipling. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: PrOSPECT HILL FarM rISInG STar: antonia DiCicco. 2011 SuPErLaTIVE: DrESSaGE HIGH SCOrE rEGISTErED QuarTEr HOrSE PErPETuaL TrOPHy (Give in memory of Leslie niedhardt): Caddo Bar Doc. ●

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Connecticut Trail Riders Association ElEcts NEw OfficErs fOr 2012 submittEd by Kim dOrE


ell it’s that time to let you all know what’s been happening. It is mid-November as this is being written and a few members, Fred and Betty Pokrinchak of Saddle Ranch, and myself and Bud Dore, who are volunteers for the BLM and U.S. Wild Horse and Burro Association, are just back from five days at Equine Affaire…packing to go, putting up booths, displaying saddles and equipment, getting horses settled, exhibiting horses, talking to a gazillion people, taking down booths, packing up horses and saddles and stuff, unpacking horses and saddles and stuff…you get the drift…busy, busy! Hope some of you stopped by their respective booths to say hello! The Connecticut Trail Riders Association’s website is now up and running. It’s not completely finished, but will give people an idea of who we are and what we’re about. To check it out, visit and please get back to me with suggestions and feedback (keep in mind that it is still a work in progress). We hope the holidays found you all healthy and able to enjoy your equines, as well as good food and in the company of wonderful friends and family. Our election was held at the Litchfield Firehouse in Litchfield, Conn., on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Prior to the election, members enjoyed socializing with appetizers and a buffet meal. The minutes and treasurer’s report from the last meeting were read and old and new business was discussed, followed by the election of officers for 2012. The 50/50 raffle was won by myself and my husband Rick. Our new Executive Board has been determined. Gigi Oullette was elected president, and can be reached via U.S. mail at 203 Silvermine Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850, by calling 203-5150174, or by emailing Lisa Fox of Tolland, Mass., was elected vice president. Betty Pokrinchak was elected treasurer, and can be contacted via U.S. mail at 81 Brick School Rd, Warren, CT 06754, by calling 860-868-2901, or by emailing moonlightrn@ I was elected secretary, and can be reached at 59 Litchfield Rd, Morris, CT 06763, or by calling 860-309-4507, or by emailing or

Ann Dominick was re-elected as camp director, and can be reached at 15995 NW 19th Circle, Citra, FL, 32113, or by calling 352-595-5809 or emailing The date of Sunday, January 22, 2012 is set for our first meeting of the year. It is open to all members, friends, and those who are considering joining CTRA. The Executive Board and Board of Directors (only) will meet at 11:00 a.m. and the general membership and guests are welcome to join at 12:00 p.m. for some good food and conversation as well as the planning of the rides and club functions for 2012. A direct mailing will be sent to all CTRA members with this information along with membership renewals. Please keep in mind, dues, camp lot and stall fees need to be paid by March 1, 2012 in order for you to continue to hold your place and receive your Pedlar subscription. If you did not stay on your lot on one of the approved lot holding weekends for 24 consecutive hours, it will be given out to someone on the waiting list. If you were unable to stay on your lot due to extenuating circumstances, please contact your new club president in writing, with a waiver request, so the Executive Board may review it. For those non-members who will not receive a mailing, please call me at 860-309-4507 for more information and to RSVP. Depending on weather, parking may be limited and carpooling is recommended. In other news, we are sad to report that longtime member Betty Hastings passed away this past fall and Rick Anderson was hospitalized in November. Hopefully, by the time you read this, Rick will be fully recovered and enjoying the holiday season. As always, volunteers are needed and wanted for numerous tasks vital to keeping our club running. Please get involved— don’t be afraid to speak up and voice your opinion, as well as ideas for new rides, events or fundraisers. Speaking of fundraisers, anyone who would like to donate to the pavilion roof repair and replacement fund, please contact Elsie Howard at 860-379-9436 or Betty Pokrinchak at 860-868-2901 for details. January 2012



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Bay State Trail Riders Association

The Junior division winners at the Fall Hunter Pace.

wraps up the season with trail Clean-up Day submitteD by beCky kalagher


ell, by the time you read this our riding season will be wrapped up. Hopefully it will be a moderate winter so we can get

Some reminders: Please remember to renew your membership to Bay State Trail riders association. Please join if you aren’t already a member, as we have a lot to offer. We have a full calendar of events, year-end awards, membership discounts on our rides, monthly newsletter, and a subscription to the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar and Massachusetts Horse. We have trail work days to help improve our trail system and make a difference. Join us at our annual General Meeting and awards Banquet on February 4 at the Coachman’s Lodge in Bellingham, Mass. It’s a great social evening, and everyone is welcome to attend. If you are interested in hosting a trail ride or trail work day in your area please contact Becky at 508-476-3960 or bstra@ and we will get it added to our 2012 calendar.


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some riding in. We have plenty of recaps for our 2011 season. Let’s start with the Lea MacInnis Judged Pleasure Ride that had to be held a day earlier because of Hurricane Irene. A huge thanks goes to all of our helpers that were able to make the switch. Our winners for the day included Sharon Ellis in the Senior division; and Darlene Falcone, who took first in the Adult division, followed by Andrea Brackett, Lisa Grigaitis, Jane Luckner, and Susan Conley, who took second through fifth place, respectively. The Lea MacInnis Award goes to the highest scoring Bay State Trail Riders Association member (awarded at our Awards Banquet) and that honor will go to Darlene Falcone. The next big ride results are from our annual Sue Brainard Memorial Fall Hunter Pace. In the Junior division, first place went to Carlie Cichocks, followed by second place recipient Conner Shults, and third place recipient Mackenzie Coffey. In the Trail Blazer division, Raymond Hill, Suzanne Nicholas, and Mary McManus took top honors; followed by Lisa Grigaitis, Darlene Falcone, and Cheryl Fitzpatrick in second place;

Gloria and Jill Duhaime in third place; Mary Louise MacKenzie in fourth place; Cori and Janice Oehley in fifth place; and Ledra Bary and Jackie Fredenburg in sixth place. In the Hilltop division, Kathy Wicks and Donna Johnson earned the win. Nancy LeBel and Jeff Briggs took second place; Kristina Low and Pam Colwell took third place; Lysa Wilkins and Betsy Garnowski took fourth place; and Ann Sellew and Leah Kennedy took sixth place. In the Hunter division, Karen Parlin, Becky Kalagher, and Kathy Richards took first place, followed by Jen Shults and Dawn Foley in second place; Lisa and Natalie Beittel in third place; Mary and Robert Palumbo in fourth place; Jennifer Coffey in fifth place; and Tatiana Wegel, Karen Inouye, and Georgia Barry in sixth place. The BSTRA’s 23rd ride scheduled for Brimfield, Mass., also had to be moved to a different location due to the tornado that Fall Hunter Pace Hilltop division winners. went through that area and made BSTRA donated $4,500 towards the purchase the trails impassable. Scantic Valley Riders and Drivers hosted this ride and made the change to of a 16-acre parcel that connected these lands MacDonalds Farm in Wilbraham, Mass., with a in both towns and that was our chance to help preserve a property that would be used trail pace and obstacle course. The winners of the Trail Pace include first by equestrians. It was a great ride led by Sharon Jordan’s place recipient Diane Merritt, second place recipient Lee Root, third place recipient Bill husband Tom. Sharon’s horse had a leg injury Zariczny, fourth place recipient Rose Zariczny, so she couldn’t take us out as planned. After the ride we had an October cookout fifth place recipient Jerome Weeks, and sixth and met some of the other people that worked place recipient Alyssa Graveson. The winner of the Obstacle Course on getting this project done. I have to say that I was quite proud that was Darleen Falcone, followed by Carolyn Weeks, Jerome Weeks, Lee Root, Pam DeSimone BSTRA could make a difference like that and and Eddie Ortiz, in second through sixth preserve land for horseback riding use! On November 5, members Kathy Wicks and place, respectively. The Grand Prize winner was Jerome Donna Johnson worked on a trail clean-up of Weeks. He received an 8'' x 10'' portrait of the Southern New England Trunkline Trail his horse donated by Audrey Safford of (SNETT) in Bellingham, Mass. They spent five hours each with others on the work crew Belchertown, Mass. I missed that ride as Kathy Richards and I got cleaning up all kinds of illegally dumped trash. Again, it’s BSTRA members making a differa 4-hour tour of the trails on conservation land ence in our trail system! in Lunenburg and Shirley, Mass.

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Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Celebrates tennessee Walking Horses at 2011 equine affaire in springfield, Mass. subMitted by Julie dillon

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In the Yankee Walkers/ quine Affaire is our biggest opportunity to meet and greet those that Tennessee Walking Horse want and need to connect with our Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ gaited community. Throughout the Association (TWHBEA) year our members are hard at work on the trails, Breed Booth, club secrein the show ring, and ‘on parade’ promoting tary Ellen Flatley, Ramona our lovely Tennessee Walking Horses. And in and Willard Murray, Helen November we are fortunate to have those folks Weeman, Sandy Molanari, Both sporting full riot gear, Dennis Pelletier, a retired police volunteer to come out to Springfield, Mass., to Chris Erinakes, and Christine officer, rides Ranger, a black Tennessee Walking Horse gelding. ride in mounted presentations and share their horses and stories with the folks attending this four-day equestrian event. Each year the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association generously sponsors our Breed Booth and Display Stall and also sends educational materials as well as sign up gifts for those new and renewing members. This allows our club the honor and privilege of representing our Tennessee Walking Horses. Our members greatly appreciate this support, which in turn makes it possible for Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England to reach out, support, connect, and educate the folks attending Equine Affaire each year. Regardless of your breed or discipline, anyone who has the generosity of heart to Jenn Johns and Molly White join together to form attend Equine Affaire as a clinic attendee a gaited dressage demonstration, riding Ranger Lynn McLaughlin rides sidesaddle on a genuine or demonstration rider with their beloved and Stash’s Hidden Ace. antique saddle aboard Magna Magic’s Twilight. horse is truly to be commended. The planning, preparation, work, expense, and deter- Pfiffer held down the larger time slots while the youngsters on Thursday afternoon. These mination are well rewarded by the experience of our riders filled up as many Demonstration ladies also spent numerous hours visiting with sharing their love of horses with the thousands and Clinic schedules in the various arenas folks during the weekend at the booth as well as in the Horse and Farm Exhibit in C Barn. of others equally devoted to these wonderful as allowed. Friday’s 11/11/11 at 11:00 a.m. was a lucky As a result, five new members joined Yankee creatures. And it is a bonus to go to a place where we can talk about horses and everything Walkers and TWHBEA during Equine Affaire. time slot for our TWHBEA demonstration! It about them for four solid days without a single We are pleased to welcome returning member was extremely well received and the efforts of Helen Weeman of Kennebunk, Maine, and our group were rewarded with rave reviews. The person rolling their eyes in boredom! Our demonstration riders and breed booth new members Philip Sweeney of Amherst, Yankee Walkers Patriotic Spotlight Performance personnel are extremely dedicated and work Mass., Bettyann Cernease of Pepperell, Mass., was also a hit on Sunday morning. We all want to express our disappointment diligently every year to bring their very best Marilyn Deal of Nawgatuck, Conn., and Karen efforts in the saddle and on the ground to their Anderson and her horse Fear Nothing, who is that Diana Cammack and her beautiful horses were unable to join us this year and we look fellow equestrians at Equine Affaire. Thank you known in the barn as Fame. Our TWHBEA breed display stall was well forward to having her back with us for 2012. to all of our Yankee Walkers volunteers who We also look forward to the 2012 Yankee attended and our friendly Tennessee Walking participated, you did an outstanding job! The 2011 Yankee Walker Riders were: Dennis horses were very happily fawned over by many Walker Awards Banquet and General Meeting which is in the planning stages and will be held Pelletier, mounted police unit; Lynn McLaughlin, interested visitors. Educational presenters Molly White and Alexa early in the New Year. sidesaddle; Loren and Alexa Stevens, saddle seat For more information on Yankee Walkers, and two-gaited western show; Steve Tillotson, and Loren Stevens did a fine job in the Youth three-gaited saddle seat; and Jen Johns and Pavilion with a question and answer program Gaited Horses of New England, visit www. introducing our Tennessee Walking Horses to Molly White, gaited dressage.

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Norfolk Hunt Club Opens new TerriTOry in MiddlebOrO, Mass. subMiTTed by Ted eayrs and d.a. Hayden


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were new jumps, which were sited in and around Hawkswood Farm. Local townspeople followed by car, jumping out to watch the field of 40 riders gallop across open fields. For the residents of Middleboro, it was a wonderful opportunity to witness a tradi- Norfolk’s Mike Paparo and Owen Hughes, MFH, placed second tional celebration of rural sport and first in the Heard Cup at the New England Hunter Trials. across the open land. Local newspapers covered the event, so the rest of the community could enjoy pictures from an absolutely glorious day.

Norfolk Hunter Trials

The Norfolk Hunter Trials, starting from the Norfolk Hunt Kennels in Dover, Mass., took place on Sunday, October 24. A favorite of Norfolk members and local equestrians, the event was chaired by Norfolk member Dominic Cammarata, who was supported by a great group of volunteers. Results for the Norfolk Hunter Trials include: Gaelen Canning earning first place in Novice Open, followed by second place recipient Savannah Harvey, and third place recipient Zina Baltopoulos. In Novice Qualified, first place went to Mary Hughes, followed by Lynn Browne and Katrina Sorrentino in second and third place, respectively. In Novice Pairs, the winners were Catherine Kennedy and Katrina Sorrentino. Carolyn and Dana Pope took second place, and Erica Foley and Erin Fitzgerald earned third place. In Senior Qualified, the win went to Dominic Cammarata, followed by Owen Hughes in second place, and Carolyn Regan in third place. In the Open division, Julie Wheeler took top honors, with reserve awarded to Julie Wheeler, and third place going to Katherine Northern. In Senior Pairs, first place went to Dominic Cammarata and Carolyn Regan, with second place going to Owen Hughes and Stephanie Gill. A complete listing of results may be found at

New England Hunter Trials Escape October Snowstorm

On the morning of Sunday, October 30, four inches of snow covered the course for the New England Hunter Trials, at the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course in Medfield. Fortunately for riders and horses alike, Norfolk’s Masters watched (and believed) the weather forecast and rescheduled the Trials for Sunday, November 13. It was a

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great decision, as the day was spectacular and the footing was perfect for this year’s event, which has been a New England tradition since 1932. As host of the event, Norfolk designed beautiful courses, which included new and traditional foxhunting fences, much to the delight of the competitors. The New England Hunter Trials were chaired by Norfolk member Carol Mayo, who enlisted the support of over 100 volunteers from the Norfolk, Myopia, Tanheath, Old North Bridge, Green Mountain, and Wentworth hunts. The courses were expertly designed and built by Norfolk member Patrick Keane. Results for the New England Hunter Trials include Novice winner Suzi Gornall, followed by second place recipient Mary Hughes, and third place recipient Ginny Zukatynski. The Open division was won by Alyssa Gagnon, followed by Ferial Johnson and Katherine Northern in second and third place, respectively. In the Teams division, first place went to Sue Levy, Ann Wicander, and Jenn Mulstay. Second place was awarded to Dawn Defrance, Rachel Duffy, and Alyssa Carpenter, and third place went to Carolyn Regan, Erica Foley, and Erin Fitzgerald. continued on page 73

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lear blue skies, a light breeze, and shiny fall foliage, combined with the clip clop of horse hooves, the sound of hounds, and the promise of good sport enticed spectators of all ages on Saturday, November 5, as the Norfolk Hunt Club held its first formal hunt in Middleboro, Mass. As part of an effort to open more land for foxhunting, planning for the event started about a year ago, when the Hunt covered a shorter Middleboro route, in the spring of 2011. The idea to expand Norfolk’s foxhunting activity to include Middleboro is a result of discussions between Norfolk member Ted Eayrs (who is a local resident), Norfolk Masters Carol Mansfield and Owen Hughes, and Norfolk Huntsman John Elliott. Opening new territory for foxhunting is not an easy task. The challenge is to locate enough contiguous open land with established trails and open fields, so that riders, horses, and hounds can enjoy good sport for about two hours. Fortunately, Middleboro, the second largest town in the Commonwealth, has preserved much of its open space, making it a good choice for a new fixture. A number of potential locations in Middleboro were considered and it was decided to locate the hunt between George Davey’s Hawkswood Farm on Pleasant Street and Eayrs’ Blackburn Farm on Plymouth Street in North Middleboro. The land behind the farms includes large open fields and wooded areas. Land owners between the two “anchor” farms graciously granted permission for the hunt to go through, helping to start a new tradition for Norfolk. Using existing trails along the picturesque Taunton River, John Elliott and his volunteer staff of Norfolk members worked tirelessly to establish a course navigable for both riders and hounds. The route covered sizable agricultural tracts owned by the Bertarelli family, including the historic Fort Hill Indian site. The hunt then continued over to the river fronted fields owned by the Taylor family. Riders were treated to several fast-paced runs around large open fields and through wooded trails, which had retained some of the golden fall foliage. The damp conditions and clay soil ensured good scenting for the hounds. At the halfway point, a traditional stirrup cup, served by Norfolk volunteers, was hosted in the front and side yard of the beautifully restored Blackburn Farm. There, Eayrs treated riders to a quick history of the area, including landmarks dating back 9,000 years. And, then they were off again, out the back of Blackburn, to continue the hunt. Adding to the excitement of the country

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West Greenwich Horseman’s Assoc. MeMbers Plan Winter souP rides subMitted by taMMy laMPhere


inter is heading this way! We will try to outsmart old man winter and get in a few Soup rides! Stay tuned on our Yahoo group or our website at www.orgsites. com/ri/wgha for the latest updates. If you’re interested in learning more about the club, or joining, be sure to come to one of our meetings…it’s nice to chat with members and listen to plans being made for the 2012 rides. If you think you would like to host one, now is the time to do so. We would love to ride at new places or have a new idea for a themed event. We had a great turnout at the 2011 Fall Fest. Sixty-eight members came to Westwood Estates in Coventry, R.I., for the grand affaire! A big thank you goes to everyone who volunteered. Lory Walsh and Ida Sweet were in charge of the tasty array of entrees and desserts that came through the door. Each member brought a dish which was entered into a taste contest. There were three categories: entree, vegetarian, and dessert. Vickie Richardson’s apple walnut salad was the

favorite in the vegetarian category; Marilyn Graf’s stuffed cabbage was voted the best entree; and Denise Anthony’s chocolate pumpkin pie was awarded the best dessert. LuAnne and Mike Grafe did an excellent job on our year-end awards for the 2011 Hunter Pace Series. There were three paces this year. Mike tallies up all the scores from all the members who placed at each of the paces and winners are announced at the Fall Fest. The awards are beautiful and the first place winners of each of the three categories receive a WGHA jacket. In the Hunter division, first place went to Jen Coffey, followed by Loretta Vincz, Jeff Gardener, and Ron Walker and Michael Germaine (tied), in second through fourth place, respectively. In the Hill Topper division, first place went to Paula More. Second place went to Melinda Witham, Carolyn Beekman and Susan Sikes tied for third place, and Debra Northup and Karen Unsworth tied for fourth place. In the Junior division, Mackenzie Coffey was

The mother-daughter team of Jen and Mackenzie Coffey won the Hunter and Junior divisions, respectively.

named the winner, followed by second place recipient Anna Mason; third place recipient Andrea Reddick; and fourth place recipient Morgan Griffin. LuAnn announced that there was a surprise twist to the 2011 Hunter Pace Series…the winners of the Junior division and the Hunter division were a mother and daughter team, Jen and Mackenzie Coffey! We hope to see both old and new faces at the WGHA Hunter Paces in 2012. Quote of the Month: To change your horse you must first change yourself. -Clinton Anderson

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Maine Horse Association honors its ChaMPions and Medal Winners at the annual Meeting and aWards gala subMitted by sylvia a. Corbett


icky Drew, secretary of Maine Horse Association (MHA) and manager of the Downeast Horse Congress, was presented with a special award for his dedication and enthusiasm by President Jo Hight. Rick is retiring from the MHA secretary’s position, to which he has given his all, for which we are all very grateful. Jo Hight also gave special mention to the New England Medal winners. These young riders have worked extra hard for their wins in equitation in saddle seat, hunt seat, and western. In saddle seat, the winners were Brittany Guillemette, Courtney Grant, Lexi Lettre, and Miranda Hodgkins. Gavin Gagnon, although not an MHA member, was the final champion. The Jr.Western/Reining Seat Medal winner was Micaela Sargent, and the hunt seat winner was Christine Ramsdell. There were two Walk-Trot NEHC Medal winners, Carly Lettre and Emma Oullette. Congratulations to

all for the exceptional work. The MHA meeting and banquet was held November 19, 2011 with perfect weather that brought out many members to cheer on the champions. Several new board members were elected and we reluctantly said goodbye to some other board members. The 2012 officers are President Jo Hight, First Vice President Andy Baily, Second Vice President Sarah Shraiberg, Secretary Bonnie Green, and Treasurer Lee Cheever. The two new board members are Meg Hall and Peggy Drummey. Rick Drew was the emcee of the awards ceremony that followed a very tasty buffet dinner. The trophies were selected and organized by the very capable committee of Amanda Cady, Paulette Brim, and Margo Gerrish. The MHA Medallion winners were presented with beautiful new trophies. This year two young ladies earned scholarships. They are Melissa Beckett, who has

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In Senior Qualified, Ann Wicander took first place, followed by Sue Levy in second, and Rachel Duffy in third. While competing for the Heard Cup, Owen Hughes took the win, followed Mike Paparo, Pam DeVries, and Andy Eaton all taking second, third and fourth place, respectively. A complete listing of results may be found at already started college, and Micaela Sargent. The silent auction brought in over $1,000. This money supports the MHA Scholarships. The Christopher Vose Memorial Award was presented to Courtney Grant and Ricky Drew was awarded the Natalie B. Libby Memorial Trophy. These two awards are voted on from nominations by the general membership. Congratulations to John Tumiel for winning a free membership and many thanks to Ed Walsh for the wonderful programs. For more information on the Maine Horse Association, visit January 2012



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Apart from being show horses and companions, Minis are also often used for pet therapy.

Northeast Miniature Horse Club MeMbers show their Love for sMaLL equines subMitted by virginia a. gonsaLves

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There are Miniature versions of many breeds to suit every horse person’s needs.

these little horses is because their “pint size” can be more easily managed. The area required to house and exercise, not to mention the amount to feed, a 175 pound horse is far less than that of one weighing in at 1,200 pounds. Some of us who once enjoyed riding and managing strong large breeds now find ourselves in our not all that golden senior years, and can more easily train and clean up after our Miniature Horses. I, for one, can agree with this, since I am facing my 70th birthday in the spring and find driving Minis to be far more my speed and less physically demanding than riding astride! The Miniature Horse gives everyone a chance to thoroughly enjoy being involved with their equines. Because of their intelligence, eagerness to please, and memory, Miniature Horses are easily trained and whether used for pet, therapy, or show, these horses take their jobs seriously. These small equines are invaluable to many as guide and assistance horses and are often found working as therapy horses visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Since body types range from little Quarter Horses to Thoroughbreds and Arabians, enthusiasts of a variety of larger breeds can find Minis to suit their fancy. Owners may ask their Minis to engage in halter, jumping, driving, or liberty classes and our little horses will try their best to please. Though our horses are shown in-hand except when in harness, they can do pretty much anything that the big horses do and take their work just as seriously. Our shows offer

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uring November’s Equine Affaire, the Northeast Miniature Horse Club (NMHC) Breed Exhibit, which featured some of our members’ Miniature Horses, one common question was brought forward by many attendees: “What can you do with your horses?” Those of us who enjoy this remarkable breed like nothing more than answering that question. The fact that many of us have “matured” as owners of large horse breeds has added a whole new facet to our interest in our Minis. Let’s take this opportunity to answer this question and perhaps shed some light on the reasons why we have become enamored with our tiny charges. One of the reasons why many have chosen

a variety of classes to accommodate everyone from special needs to youth to amateur and professional. We also feature Amateur Owned Trained Exhibited classes which are for those that are not only amateurs but own, groom, train, and show their own horses, proving that with Miniature Horses you can do it all! Watch for news of our upcoming events. New Miniature Horse enthusiasts are always welcome. You do not have to own a Mini to become involved, your interest in our breed is sufficient! For more information about our horses and our club, visit the Northeast Miniature Horse Club website at Our Miniature Horse rescue is active in the Northeast and often has rescued Minis or those smaller equines in need of being re-homed, who are seeking just the right forever families. A membership application can be found on our website or by contacting Virginia A. Gonsalves at or at 508-822-3668. Remember, the Miniature Horse does it all!







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Tina Peters with her new horse, Larkin. Milthyme Lambrini. The Regionals were also a great show, with four riders qualifying to move on to the Maclay Finals at the National Horse Show in Kentucky: Alexandra Keiser, Allie Joyce, Holly French, and Nikki Ayoub.


SANDY POINT STABLES of Portsmouth, R.I., had a great outing at the Zone I Finals with Jackie Walker and Eliza Downing trading top ribbons throughout the show. Ice Capade was champion with Jackie in the Children’s Hunters, with Mozart in reserve with Eliza. Then Eliza won both the Equitation Challenge and the Hunter Challenge with Jackie in reserve! Eliza was high point rider and Jackie was reserve high point rider.

IF YOU HAVEN’T YET SEEN THE FLASH MOB performed at the New England Equitation Finals (NEEC) by the adult competitors, be sure to check it out. After only a week on YouTube it had 16,000plus hits and has been the talk of the horse world! Bravo to Woodridge Farm’s Melissa Welch for orchestrating the entire thing. What we love is that participants threw parties leading up to the event where they practiced the dance. Every year we hear stories from the event that remind us how truly special it is. Well done, guys! CONGRATULATIONS TO MITCH AND KATHY STEEGE on winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NEEC. What a treat to see Mitch, Kathy, Amanda and K.C. all together at a horse show here in New England! WOODRIDGE FARM (WRF) of Sherborn, Mass., would like to congratulate Tina Peters on the purchase of her new horse, Larkin. Cookie DeSimone and Greg Prince are excited about this pair and look forward to their debut in the new year. Cookie and Greg enjoyed one of their best fall seasons ever this year with five of their students winning equitation finals: Jordan Stiller, Haleigh Landrigan, Melissa Welch, Samantha Peck, and Ashley Lavoie. And good news for the future: Alixe Schwartz and Michele Cowan have WRF’s next generation of equi-

tation riders already on the way…the farm held a schooling show to introduce all their new students to competition and they were thrilled with the turnout and quality of their new young riders. GRAZING FIELDS’ adult contingent had a great time at the Putnam Classic—with Jenny Swanson earning the championship, Carrie Sue Wilson taking reserve, and Marge Sidman taking fourth in the Adult Hunter Classic. The same trio was first (Jenny), second (Marge), and fourth (Carrie Sue) in the Hunter Derby. Grazing Fields Farm of Buzzards Bay, Mass., started off the finals season with a bang with Alexandra Keiser winning the Rhode Island Junior Medal Finals on Anne Holman’s

VICTORY STABLES, INC of Stoughton, Mass., and trainer June Gillis-Ahern would like to congratulate Skyler Fields and Liseter Sea Cloud, who were champion or reserve at every show they competed in this season! They also won a slew of Short Stirrup Classics and Finals and three Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council and New England Horsemen’s Council year-end championships! CONGRATULATIONS ALSO GOES TO KATELYN KROLICK, another Victory Stables rider, on the lease of Devout, a veteran of the Big Eq and Large Junior Hunters. The pair made their debut together at the New England Equitation Championships. Victory thanks Susan Baginski of Baskin Farm, Mo., for Devout. AUGUST FARM in Holliston, Mass., congratulates Brandeis Equestrian captain Nikki Stamm on receiving the MHC Sportsmanship Award, and trainer Katie Schaaf on being named the MHC Person of the Year. Other highlights from MHC Finals include Alle Durkin’s eighth place in the Mini Medal Final, and Annie Fitzgerald’s and Tyler Bui’s ribbons in the Open classes. Many thanks to Karen and Bridgit Douglas for loaning Holly to Skylar Laasko. WE WERE VERY SORRY TO HEAR that legendary local amateur/owner hunter, Summary Judgment, owned by Mrs. Scott R. Foster and Lisa L. Foster of Dover, Mass., was euthanized this past summer due to infirmities of old age. He was 27. Scott Stewart found Luther, as he was known to many, when he was a 3-year-old at Gary Kunsman’s Four Seasons Farm in Readington, N.J. Lisa bought Luther and Scott Stewart successfully competed with him in a handful of shows as a Pre-Green

The Steeges at the New England Equitation Finals.

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Alexandra Keiser won the Rhode Island Junior Medal Finals on Anne Holman’s Milthyme Lambrini.

Heads Up continued from page 75 before moving right up to the Green Conformation the following year. Lisa and Luther were consistent winners for many years. among their biggest wins was capturing the older a/O Hunter Championship at Madison Square Garden in 1998. They were the american Horse Show association (aHSa) national reserve

Champion in 1992, and aHSa Zone I Champion for five years. aboard Luther, Lisa also won the aHSa national High Point adult Equitation award for three consecutive years. Even though Luther was retired in 2002, he still made the trip to his farm in Wellington each winter to enjoy the warm weather. Send your news for future columns to

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$25,000 EMO Welcome Stake winners Michael Tokaruk and Ultaire.

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eek two of the Atlanta Fall Classics put the jumpers center stage for the finale event of Classic Company’s 2011 season, held November 14 - 18, with two $25,000 classes. “The big money classes were a nice way to end the season for our exhibitors. It’s been a great year of shows and the new season will be even better!” Bob Bell, President of Classic Company said. Show jumping action kicked off on Friday, November 16, with the $25,000 EMO Welcome Stake presented by EMO Insurance. The field of 31 was a virtual who’s who of the sport with the likes of Olympic vet Chris Kappler, USET Champion Schuyler Riley, and show jumping Million Dollar Club member Wilhelm Genn taking on Allen Rheinheimer’s complex 12-fence layout with one goal—to clear the jumps and beat the 82 second time allowance. Thirteen riders succeeded in advancing to the jump-off. Along with the seasoned big names was up-and-coming pro Michael Tokaruk of the Eads, Tenn., based Spring Mill Farm, aboard the 18 hand Dutch gelding Ultaire. The pair were 22nd in the order of go. “The course was tricky enough, a nice class, and with that many clear I knew we’d have to take a shot in the jump-off and really go for it.” Ultaire’s clean time of 75.689 in round one was among the fastest, a feat Tokaruk attributes to the “massive stride and scope” of his partner. The twisty eight effort jump-off had an allowance of 48 seconds and a lot of challenges. Local favorite Chase Boggio of Alpharetta, Ga., and mount Hennessey were the first to gallop into the jump-off, but

dropped a rail to finish with 4 faults in a speedy 38.961. The first clean ride belonged to Riley aboard the Wolfstone Stables entry Goldmarie 33 finishing in 40.895. Archer, Fla., pro Derek Petersen scored the lead with a clear run on his mount Via Dolorosa in 39.626. That is, until Tokaruk and Ultaire cleared the final obstacle in a blazing 37.005, but with three horses still to follow. “It all worked out nice, I never really had to pull on the reins much and with that big ring he can just eat up the ground,” Tokaruk said. The duo’s time held and they clinched the victory. Tokaruk shared a little history of his partnership, “Ultaire’s fantastic, I rode him as a 5-year-old—he’s a Voltaire baby—and he’s 10 now, so it’s been a long time since I’ve shown him. I’ve been back riding him for 3 months and we’re clicking more and more every time we go into the ring.” Concerning their future Tokaruk said, “We’ll finish this year in the prix, then go home to enjoy some holiday downtime and prep for the winter season.” The $10,000 Adult-Children’s Jumper Classic had 37 fierce competitors vying for the top spot, and when the dust settled it was Jordan Irvan and Johnny Dublin taking the win. Call it déjà vu—Megan Edrick of the Ocala, Fla., based Don Stewart Stables, partnered with the Procedures, Inc. owned Cadence, claimed victory again in the $25,000 EMO Grand Prix. Edrick’s cool demeanor and precise actions made taking on some heavy hitters of show jumping and defeating the course work of Allen Rheinheimer seem like a walk in the park for this up and comer. Round one saw 28 entries cross the start timers in the hopes of clearing the 13 fences well below

the allotted 94 seconds and advancing to the jump-off round. Riley and Goldmarie 33 were the first on course and the first clear ride, posting a time of 82.765. A few rides later it was Chris Kappler piloting As Di Volare, an entry of Sand Castle Farm, to a clean time of 89.412. Soon after, Daniel Geitner of Aiken, S.C., brought Sympa home clean in 88.208. Seven more went clean and Edrick was the last clear ride in round one with a time of 85.029. Once more Edrick praised her 10-year-old Swedish partner Cadence. “We weren’t holding back and he came through for me again! He just loves this big field.” Round two’s 50-second allowance for the eight obstacle (nine effort) layout gave the appearance of a continuous turn, ending with a straight run to the finish line. Schuyler Riley guided Goldmarie 33 safely to a clear time of 42.158 to set the bar for the remaining horses. Kappler gave it his best but fell short with a downed rail. Geitner galloped Sympa into the arena and set the course on fire with a scorching clear ride of 41.048. Their lead held until the last pair but Edrick and Cadence knew what was needed to seize the win. “We had a set plan and track. I went inside from one to two which was a real slice across the center. I think that helped, I think it gave me the second I needed to be faster than Daniel,” Edrick said, then added of Geitner’s performance, “He’s so smooth. His ride was flawless.” Edrick claimed her second consecutive victory. The week also saw the crowning of several championship titles such as the National Classic Equitation Finals and Year-End Awards. A complete list of the 2011 winners and full show results can be found at the Classic Company website, or by calling the Classic office at 843-768-5503.

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with 225 points, was Olivia Chowdry of Golden, Colo., aboard Constantin 28. Third place went to Caroline Lynn of Paradise Valley, Ariz., on Kalvinretto and Paris Sellon of Los Angeles, Calif., on Orlando LA who tied with 220 points each. Alexandria Smith of Calgary, Alberta, and Calira finished first in the West Conference’s Junior division with 615 points. Second place honors with 455 Charlie Jacobs and Leap of Joy took top honors in the points went to Alicia Gasser Amateur-Owner division. of Scottsdale, Ariz., riding Don Francisco. Paige Coles of Wellington, Fla., placed third aboard Outrigger, earning a total of 410 points. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series also held its 2011 Year-End Championship at the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, Ky. Lillie Keenan of New York, N.Y., and Vanhattan emerged as the winners of the $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/AmateurOwner Jumper Championship, besting a field of the nation’s top horses and riders who were invited to compete based on their perfor- Christina Kelly and Camirage earned the Junior division mances throughout championship. the year. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame The Year-End Championship was decided after three days Jumper Classic Series is designed to give of intense competition. Riders amateur-owner and junior riders an opportuqualified for the $50,000 Show nity to compete at higher levels and serves as a Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/ proving ground for many riders who aspire to Amateur-Owner Jumper someday represent the United States in internaChampionship based on their tional competition. Any horse show offering a class that meets all performance in two preliminary rounds at the Alltech National the criteria set forth in the Show Jumping Hall Horse Show. Standings in the of Fame Jumper Classic Series specifications first two rounds determined and has prize money of at least $1,000 is eligible who moved forward to the final. to be part of the Series. For more information about the Show Rounding out the top three in the championship were Robert Lee Jumping Hall of Fame, or the Show and El Grecco in second place and Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Charlotte Jacobs and Promised Series, please visit www.showjumpinghall $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Land taking third place. Jumper Champion Lillie Keenan riding Vanhattan. harlie Jacobs, Christina Kelly, Steven Turilli, and Alexandria Smith emerged as champions in the regular season of the 2011 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. The Series completed 2011 with classes at approximately 100 horse shows across the nation, giving competitors an abundance of opportunities to accumulate points throughout the year. It featured separate divisions for amateur-owner and junior riders with standings kept separately for East and West Conferences. Charlie Jacobs of Buffalo, N.Y., and Leap of Joy topped the final standings in the East Conference’s Amateur-Owner division. The pair ended the season with 645 points. Emilie Martinsen of Wellington, Fla., finished in second place aboard Gucci with 640 points. Third place went to Tracy Weinberg of Lovettsville, Va., and Larone with 575 points. Top honors in the East Conference’s Junior division went to Christina Kelly of Nicholasville, Ky., and Camirage who finished the Series with 1,075 points. Kelly also took home second place honors aboard HH Narcos Du Marais, tied with Katie Dinan of New York, N.Y., and Belle Dame D with 640 points. Steven Turilli of Lonetree, Colo., and Raphael IV topped the final standings in the West Conference’s Amateur-Owner division with a total of 300 points. In second place,

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Top horses and riders from around the world showed up to compete during the Sasco Creek Farm International Open Jumpers $50,000 Welcome Stake, benefiting the Alltech Sustainable Haiti Project. Riders raced over the technical track set by Richard Jeffery, and with a blazing pace of 57.93 seconds the winning honors went to Todd Minikus riding Sweetheart. McLain Ward rode Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve to second place. The exciting jumper action continued Thursday as the best Junior and AmateurOwner riders gathered to compete in the evening’s Welcome Stakes. Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W took the winning honors during the Chansonette Farm $10,000 AmateurOwner Jumper Welcome, with Meagan Nusz and Banana D’ive Z claiming reserve. Lillie

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The 2011 Maclay National Championship, for the ASCPA Alfred B. Maclay Horsemanship classes, was the highlight event. Riders worked all year to qualify for this final, and after three phases of competition and a final test it was 17-year-old Sarah Milliren of Sapula, Okla., leading the victory gallop and taking home the champion-

ship honors. The judges asked Milliren, Demi Stiegler, and Elizabeth Benson to return to the ring for further testing, as just a point separated the top three. They were asked to switch mounts, with Milliren riding Stiegler’s Vigo, Stiegler riding Benson’s Calito 7, and Benson riding Milliren’s Terrapin Station. The three finalists then had to show over the course once more aboard the new mount without any warm-up or $250,000 Grand Prix CSI-W winners Richard Spooner and advice from their coaches. Cristallo. Returning in reverse order, Benson led the way but had a slight bobble at Keenan earned the top call during the Sleepy the first vertical, causing her to lose her stirrup. P Ranch $10,000 Junior Jumper Welcome, She regained her balance, but had a late change with Meg O’Mara and Sinatra IV following after the triple and eventually placed third. in second. Stiegler was next and kept a conservative pace In the $75,000 Double H Farm International at the beginning resulting in light rubs, and a Open Jumper class on Thursday, McLain slower hand gallop. The pair quickly became Ward and Rothchild led the victory gallop. more in sync, and finished the round nicely to Pan American Games Individual and Team earn the reserve championship. Gold Medalist Christine McCrea followed in Milliren was the last to go and she quickly second aboard Avenir. proved that she came to win. She picked up Speed was the name of the game as riders a nice pace from the beginning and was very competed in the $60,000 Spy Coast Farm Open smooth through all of the turns and options. The Jumper Speed Stake. The quick veteran pair of talented young rider showcased an exemplary Kent Farrington and Up Chiqui dominated the hand gallop and her wonderful horseman- class with blazing time, beating second place ship garnered her the judges’ top call and the finishers Nicholas Dello Joio and Notre Star De ASPCA Maclay National Championship title. La Nutria by almost four seconds. The winning “It’s so exciting, I’m so happy,” beamed pair broke the beam at an incredible 57.35 Milliren after leading the victory gallop. “I was seconds, to lead the victory gallop. surprisingly not nervous about the course, I was Nusz and Banana D’ive Z took the champiexcited because I knew that it was a good course onship honors during the Chansonette Farm for the horse I was on.” $15,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Stake. Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W took the second place honors for their time of 35.075 seconds. Jumper Highlights Wednesday -

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pen jumper action at the 128th Alltech National Horse Show, held in Lexington, Ky., wrapped up with a fast-paced jump-off during the Alltech National Horse Show $250,000 Grand Prix CSI-W, on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Richard Spooner and Cristallo were the first to master the technical course and qualify for the speed phase. The “Master of Faster” did not disappoint when he returned to the ring with his veteran mount. Cristallo broke the beam at 37.970 seconds with all the rails intact. They set a pace that no other horse and rider combination would be able to catch, and eventually led the night’s victory gallop. Nick Skelton was the last to challenge the short course with Carlo 273, and the speedy duo produced the only other fault-free round. They also managed to catch all the inside turns, and although they had a fast gallop through the end of the course, a slow start proved costly when they tripped the timers at 38.33 to place second. Young rider Jessica Springsteen had the fastest four-fault round after committing to the sharper turns with Cincinatti Le Silla. They stopped the clock at 40.660 to garner the third place award. Springsteen was also the winner of the Leading Lady Rider Award presented by Martha Jolicoeur, while Skelton earned the Audi Leading Rider Award and a one-year lease of an Audi Q-7 for his efforts during the week.

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Later in the day during the Sleepy P Ranch $15,000 Junior Jumper Stake, 12 of 23 entries posted clean efforts and moved into the enticing short course. In the end, it was Keenan and Vanhattan, for a second night, who emerged victorious in the High Junior Jumper class with their double-clear effort. Chase Boggio and Hennessey secured second place. The $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship put both equestrians and horses to the test as the qualifying riders competed for the coveted winning honors. This was the first time in the history of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame series that such a large purse was offered. Keenan and Vanhattan came out victorious again, followed by Robert Lee and El Grecco, who garnered second place honors.

Hunter Highlights: Wednesday Saturday

The professional hunter divisions were the first to take place, and it proved to be Scott Stewart’s time as he won over half of the blue ribbons with his talented mounts. The 14 Hands Winery Regular Conformation Hunters kicked off hunter competition at the Alltech Arena. The winner of the first class over fences was Sambalino, ridden by Scott Stewart. Taking home the blue ribbon honors in the Handy round was Elizabeth Boyd and Casallo.

The Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler Green Conformation Hunters were next and it was Stewart receiving the top call once again, before continuing his winning ways in the First Year Green Working Hunter class. The McNeil-Oare Second Year Green Working Hunters were up in the Alltech Arena, and the first blue ribbon was presented to Haylie Jayne for her ride aboard Humor Me. During the handy round, it was Holly Orlando and Sailor’s Valentine. In the Pony Lane Farm High Performance Working Hunters, Scott Stewart claimed victory once again, riding Garfield. Elizabeth Boyd and Brunello followed in second place. On Thursday, November 3, Stewart earned the highest honor of the day with his First Year Green Working Hunter mount, Dedication. Tammy Provost and Libretto earned the reserve championship. With their impressive efforts throughout the day, Stewart and Dedication eventually earned the Grand Champion Hunter Award. The Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Wheeler Green Conformation Hunters competed next and it was the beautiful Cold Harbor ridden by Hunt Tosh that claimed the championship prize. The reserve championship tri-color was presented to Scott Stewart and Touchdown. The blue ribbon prize and score of 88 during the McNeil-Oare Second Year Green Working

Hunter Stake class went to Jennifer Alfano for her ride aboard Miss Lucy, but it was second place finishers Holly Orlando and Sailors Valentine who claimed the division’s championship honors. Haylie Jayne and Humor Me took home reserve honors. The 14 Hands Winery Regular Conformation Hunters were next to compete in the Alltech Arena, and once again it was Stewart that piloted Touchdown to the championship. Picking up the reserve championship prize was Elizabeth Boyd and Casallo after the duo won Wednesday’s Handy class and earned two third place ribbons. Boyd took home her own championship prize in the Pony Lane Farm High Performance Hunters, riding her longtime partner Brunello. The reserve championship honors went to Wednesday’s handy winner, Garfield, ridden by Stewart. Laura Sexton and her talented mount Zoom captured the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters Championship with three blue ribbons over two days. The duo was also awarded the Grand Champion Amateur-Owner Hunter title for their excellent efforts in the ring. During the final stake class of the AmateurOwner 3'3" Hunters, Debbie Perkins showed Whispering to a score of 83 for first place. Their win Friday and third place finish in Thursday’s continued on page 82

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because my mother lived there for a while,” Morris explained. “My mother rode in that very ring, so it is very nostalgic going to Buffalo as I heard a lot about the city growing up.” SBS Executive Director Susan B. Schoellkopf organized the George H. Morris Educational Seminar. The purpose of the clinic was for riders to gain knowledge for success in the sport. “Susie is a very very old friend, she’s a very experienced horse lady and a great trainer. She runs that clinic like a tight ship,” Morris said. Held November 11-13, 2011, the event marked 25 years of Morris teaching at BTRC. Eight riders from three varying groups of experience (Intermediate, Advanced, Jumper) as well as auditors, gathered to experience his teaching and guidance. Joining the equestrians for this year’s clinic was also professional rider and trainer Jennifer Alfano who participated in both the Advanced and Jumper phases of the program. “I was just planning on the Advanced portion, but participating in the Jumper section was so much fun, it was a different experience. George’s clinics focus on back-to-basics horsemanship, no matter what level the rider may be at. I think that he does an amazing job and everybody benefits

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Owner Hunter title. Olivia Esse and her talented mount Illusion garnered the Small Junior 16-17 Championship for their efforts throughout the division. The duo were also the Junior Hunter Grand Champions. Illusion, with Esse in the irons, earned the top call for their score of 83.00 points in the Moyer Family $7,500 Small Junior 16-17 Hunter Stake on Saturday afternoon. Coupled with Olivia Esse won the Small Juniors 16-17 Championship their top honors on Friday, they scored with Illusion. the division’s championship tri-color. Esse also earned the reserve championship Colvin, two of the sport’s foremost Junior honors aboard her younger and more recent Hunter riders. It was Keenan and C Coast Z who took the championship at the end of the mount, Clooney. Vivian Yowan and Whatever rode to top judges’ decision, while Colvin and Touchdown honors during the $7,500 Small Junior 15 and scored the reserve championship prize. Meg O’Mara and Walk The Line posted Under Hunter Stake. On Friday, the duo earned the blue ribbon during the first Over Fences the highest stake score of the afternoon, class as well as the fourth place award for their executing a beautiful round during the efforts in the Under Saddle. With their high Greentree South $7,500 Large Junior 16-17 scores, the pair earned the division’s champion- Stake. Their top score combined with their second ship. Ailish Cunnife and Good Times took the and third place ribbons from Friday earned them reserve championship tri-color after earning the championship honors. Perfectionist, ridden by Heather Hooker, took reserve for their efforts three second place ribbons. Saturday’s Gochman Family Large Junior throughout the division. For more information on the Alltech National 15 and Under Champion was decided after a hack-off between Lillie Keenan and Victoria Horse Show, please visit

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The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center recently hosted a clinic with George Morris.

from their time with him,” Alfano explained. Throughout the duration of the clinic, Morris focused on teaching riders and auditors alike about proper horsemanship, correct riding, and the foundation of equitation. “George is the best teacher in the world—there is no teaching style, he created the system, he is the style,” Schoellkopf said. For more information on SBS Farms and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, please visit


Over Fences class garnered them the division’s reserve championship prize. Tracy Scheriff-Muser and Macallan were the day’s big winners, taking home the championship. They placed first in Thursday’s Over Fences class and also earned two second place ribbons and third place ribbons. In the Amateur-Owner 36 and Over Hunters, Becky Gochman and Sambalino laid down a beautiful trip, which would earn them top honors. Their win was coupled with a second place ribbon and third place ribbon for the division’s reserve championship honors. Katie Robinson and Rock Steady proved to be the most consistent pair, winning the Under Saddle and Handy class. Their top finishes were recognized with the tri-color for the championship. The final division of the day was the AmateurOwner 18 and Under Hunters. Jamie Auletto and Winnetoe picked up the reserve championship after earning three second place ribbons, but it was Laura Sexton and Zoom that dominated the competition. The talented pair earned three blue ribbons, winning the first Over Fences class, the Handy class, and the Under Saddle class. Sexton and Zoom were honored with the division championship, and then returned to the ring to receive the Grand Champion Amateur


he Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) hosted a popular and insightful clinic over November 11-13, conducted by the world renowned trainer, rider, and Chef d’Equipe of the United States Show Jumping Team, George H. Morris. His experience and knowledge have been invaluable to students attending the clinic for years, working to further each rider’s skills both in the aspects of horsemanship and riding. The clinic not only acted as a learning experience for riders, but it also raised funds to continue the progressive work of the BTRC. An accomplished horseman, Morris has played a crucial role, not only in the growth of countless notorious horses and riders, but also in the development of the current equestrian sport. He has often been referred to as the “founding father” of hunt seat equitation. Second to none, his teachings, technique, and style are admired around the world. His clinics are a rare and exceptional opportunity for riders of all levels and ages to learn from the finest. Morris has family ties to Buffalo, and looks forward to the clinic each year. “It is always very sentimental for me when I go back to Buffalo


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$500,000 Hunter Prix Final, HITS has introduced the all-new $250,000 HITS 3' Hunter Prix Final and welcomes the Professional Horsemen’s Association of America (National PHA) Medal and the Marshall & Sterling Junior Medal Final to the last weekend of showing in Saugerties—creating a true year-end finale. Aside from continuing to offer competitive stabling, feed and bedding prices, HITS Ocala Andres Rodriguez and Davinci took the $25,000 HITS Grand will also be a qualifying hot Prix at the 2011 HITS Ocala January Classic. spot for its own championship weekend. Grand Prix riders will have 16 chances opportunities for the $250,000 HITS 3' Hunter to qualify for the 2012 $1 Million Grand Prix Final. Continuing to set the standard Prix, including the season capstone $100,000 for American show jumping higher and Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by higher, HITS is proud to offer hunter, jumper, the Great American Insurance Group. Hunter and equitation riders the opportunity to be riders will have nine Devoucoux Hunter Prix part of a major final and is excited to classes with prize money ranging from $2,500 present HITS Ocala riders an early chance to $10,000 as they compete for a spot in the at qualifying. For more information on the HITS winter 2012 Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. Riders will also have nine qualifying show circuit, visit

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ITS, Inc. is pleased to announce that the complete prize list for the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit has been mailed and is now available online at, featuring class listings, schedules, and entry blanks. Kicking off HITS’ winter competition on the East Coast, show jumping action at all levels will get underway at Post Time Farm in Ocala, Fla., on January 18. New this year to HITS Ocala is an added week of A-rated competition, bringing the circuit to nine weeks of non-stop hunter/jumper action. The added week fills what used to be downtime between the pre-circuit shows and the rated circuit. The pre-circuit, unrated weeks run January 18-29, and the rated circuit runs February 1 - March 18, with the first week being A-rated, and weeks two through four being AA-rated. The 2012 HITS Ocala winter show season will be the first stop on the road to the world’s richest weekend in show jumping, scheduled for September 8-9, 2012 at HITS-on-theHudson in Saugerties, N.Y. In addition to the third annual $1 Million Grand Prix and second ever Diamond Mills

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Eventing news DELANEY STABLES of West Windsor, Vt., is happy to announce that Levi has found a new home in northern Vermont. His new young rider plans to enjoy Levi while improving her riding and working towards competing in the hunter/ jumper world. Congrats to the Brignulls! Dollie, formerly owned by the Lyfords, has retired from the school program and has found a wonderful home locally. She will enjoy a life of leisure and trail riding with her delighted new owners while being spoiled on acres of fields with grass. Having open slots to fill, farm owner Jill Delaney went out and got two project horses. Doey is a 13-year-old, 16.2 hand bay roan Thoroughbred that is being re-schooled after spending an amazing 10 years at the track. Sassy is a 3-year-old, 13.1 hand black with chrome filly that is smart, curious, and happy to start working. Everyone at the barn is looking forward to watching their progress while waiting for the perfect homes to come along for Rayos and Devon.

for the upcoming event season with dressage lessons, cross-country schooling, pace work, and unmounted lessons. The closing date for both camps is February 1 or until full. THE USEF HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING LIST was updated for the 2012 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team at the end of November. The selected athlete/horse combinations will participate in training sessions with U.S. Chef d’Equipe and Technical Advisor Capt. Mark Phillips this winter. The driving force behind the choices was success at the 2012 Olympic Games. The A-List consists of Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice, a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding; Sinead Halpin and Manoir de Carneville, an 11-year-old Selle Francais gelding; Boyd Martin and Neville Bardos, a 12-year-old Australian Thoroughbred gelding; and Boyd Martin and Otis Barbotiere, a 9-year-old Selle Francais gelding. THE PROFESSIONAL RIDERS ORGANIZATION (PRO) presented Jacqueline B. Mars with the As You Like It Owner’s Award at the USEA Convention on December 9 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Boyd Martin and Neville Bardos were named to the 2012 USEF High Performance A-list.

SPEAKING OF THE PRO, Phillip Dutton capped off his season by finishing in first place on the organization’s Voltaire Design Rider’s Leader Board with 77 points, after competing in six of the seven events. Buck Davidson finished in second place with 56 points. The PRO Tour Series included: Southern Pines II Horse Trials Advanced division, The Fork CIC***, Bromont Three-Day Event CCI***, The Millbrook Horse Trial Advanced division, Plantation Field International CIC***, Dankso Fair Hill International CCI***, and The Galway Downs International Three-Day Event CCI***. Dutton’s mount for the tour, William Penn, captured the Cassandra Segal - My Boy Bobby Award, after topping the PRO Tour HAYGAIN Horse Leader Board with 52 points. Send your news and photos for future columns to


THE USEA AREA I ANNUAL MEETING is set to take place on Saturday, January 15 from 12:004:00 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in West Springfield, Mass. There will be a silent auction from 12:00-3:00 p.m., as well as a lunch buffet, awards presentation, and keynote speaker Peter Gray. Register by December 31 for $20 per person, or at the door for $25 per person. For more information visit


JEANIE CLARKE has formed a new partnership with Charlotte Schickedanz and Galten Farms. Clarke will be the primary representative for Galten Farms—which has been a top breeder and seller of Trakehner horses for many decades, located outside of Toronto, Canada—in North America. Schickedanz enthusiastically explained, “Jeanie will provide our elite young horses with excellent basic training and will introduce them to the competitive dressage, horse show, and eventing arenas to which they are suited.” The horses will be available to be seen at Clarke’s facilities in Sherborn, Mass., and Ocala, Fla. Clarke has ridden for a 100-Day Stallion Licensing Test and Trakehner auction in Germany. She is a USEA Level II certified instructor and Coordinator of the USEA Area 1 Young Rider Program.

The award is offered annually to an outstanding owner who has made a large impact on a rider’s career and made exceptional contributions to the sport of eventing. Mars has owned horses for David O’Connor, Lauren Kieffer, Pan American Games Team Gold Medalist Hannah Sue Burnett, and Karen O’Connor, who nominated her. She received a Waterford Crystal Trophy and $5,000 in prize money that will be donated in her name to the PRO Tour event of her choice.

Levi with his new owner.


“It’s a big result for him, since he’s had a quirky past. He’s got tremendous ability, and the crosscountry round he gave me was fabulous. So for James alliston Dominates in CCi Competition him to go that well was really pleasing.” Jolie Wentworth of Martinez, Calif., claimed reserve in the CCI3*, lthough the rain on GoodKnight. Wentworth’s relareturned at the Galway tionship with Tracy Bowman’s bay Downs International Selle Francais gelding has been Three-Day Event building over the last year, aiming for on the concluding day of Galway Downs. November 6, 2011, it couldn’t “I think this has really just all come stop the juggernaut that was together at the right place at the right British rider James Alliston. time, and it suggests we’re building He started the day by winning a good relationship,” she said. “The the CCI1* aboard Mojo, then timing was really, really good on this placed second in the CCI2* one, because I’ve only had him for with Tivoli. He finished his a year.” day with a victory in the GoodKnight is known for his CCI3*, the last event on the expressive tail flips, and he flew over PRO Tour Series, aboard India the fences with his tail flicking away, McEvoy’s Jumbo’s Jake, and CC3* winners floating through the stadium course also placed seventh with his James Alliston and and giving Wentworth, 30, no worriown Parker II. Jumbo’s Jake. some moments. Alliston received a winner’s “I used to get nervous before the check for $7,000, from a CCI3* show jumping before I had this horse,” she purse of $21,000. The total prize money for the helps him.” Alliston, 27, owns one-star winner Mojo, admitted. “But he tries so hard, and I feel like Galway Downs International Three-Day Event although Jumbo’s Jake’s owner India McEvoy I’ve got it on him. It’s given me a lot of confiwas $33,000. “The [three-star win], it means a lot,” he has been competing Mojo this year and quali- dence that’s helped me on other horses. I help continued. “It was a nice moment hearing the fied him for this competition. But McEvoy him in the dressage, and he helps me in the national anthem. I saw my mom singing her is in veterinary school, and her schedule continued on page 86 prevented her from heart out and my dad crying.” With three good rounds under his belt, he being able to compete might have been feeling confident when he him that weekend. entered the ring on Jumbo’s Jake. But “I was “I’d like to thank feeling quite nervous, even after jumping on U.C. Davis for that,” Parker, because I’ve never [been] in that posi- joked Alliston. Alliston was also tion before. It was a great feeling to cross the 8i`Xk ecstatic with his second finish line,” he said with a smile. Jumbo’s Jake powered through the sloppy placed CCI2* horse, DflekX`e?fij\ conditions and never touched a rail, and Tivoli. N\Xk_\iY\\kX “Out of all of them, Alliston believed his nerves actually helped him on the Irish Sporthorse. “If you stop kicking, he [he] makes me the ;lYc`e just stops,” he said. “So if I’m a little excited, it most happy,” he said.

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“Riding everything I can has given me a little bit of insight into how he is,” she said. “He’s pretty laid back compared to my other horse. He gets a little tense and nervous for show jumping, so it was nice to go last because there were fewer horses around, but I was happy that he got better and better as he went around.” Max McManamy and Project Runway pulled two rails, but held onto third place in the CCI2*. In the separate CCI1* with steeplechase division, Crabo and Over Easy kept their lead the final day to finish in first, but were later disqualified. After reviewing the results sent to them by Galway Downs staff, the FEI disqualified the duo because horses must be 6 years old in a CCI, and Over Easy is only 5. Crabo hadn’t misrepresented his age before or during the event, according to the FEI. The new winner of the CCI1* with steeplechase was Andrea Baxter riding Indy 500. John Strassburger and Firebolt finished in second place. A portion of the general admission and patron’s ticket revenue at Galway Downs will benefit Operation Homefront, the official charitable partner of the Professional Riders Organization (PRO) Tour and of

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show jumping.” Finishing third in the CCI3* was Barbara Crabo and her homebred Swedish Warmblood gelding Eveready. Crabo, of Scottsdale, Ariz., survived an anxious moment at the double combination, but Eveready kept all the rails up to take home the yellow ribbon. Amber Levine on Oz Poof of Purchase was the only one that would stop the Alliston sweep. They pulled one rail in the show jumping to keep the lead they’d held in the CCI2* since Thursday, November 3. “He was really, really good,” she said of Oz Poof of Purchase. “He jumped great in the mud. I heard going in that we had a rail in hand, and we had that at fence three, but he jumped better and better as he went.” Levine, 23, a Temecula native who lives in Santa Rosa, Calif., has only been riding Teresa Groesbeck’s Anglo-Arab gelding for two months. But they’ve quickly forged a strong relationship. She credits her experience riding a lot of different horses from her “day job” in the hunter/jumper world for getting to know him quickly. 86

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honored as Volunteer of the Year. Neusch said, “Claire has been at every single event this year, and is always helping Junior Year-End Award recipients (L-R) Hannah Burk-McCoy, Marina to make everything Callahan, Ashlyn Kimball, Tess Jarek, Audrey Berenson, Dylan Musgrave, run smoothly.” and Torey Neusch. Other terrific volunteers who helped out over the year the junior rider with the highest individual test include: Stefanie Rossetti, Debi Barka, Dorothy score at an SNHDCTA show. Komarek, Erin Cosgrove, Lydia Neusch, Karen Sonja Fridell and her horse Ambehavin Jr O’Malley, Anne Lamoriello, Sonja Fridell, Torey won the Cherrie Olson Trophy, given for the Neusch, Dylan Leigh, Maria Ghigliotti, Elaine highest score (Training Level or above) at the Rose, Samantha Weatherbee, Anne Burke, SNHDCTA Summer Show. Claire Durfee, and Kim Sterl. Vice President Lisa Smith presented the Show RESultS year-end awards, including ribbons for the top riders, and trophies for the division winners. The following is a listing of the year-end diviMarina Callahan and her horse Gandolf sion winners: walked away with the Dino Trophy, given to continued on page 87

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embers of the Southern New Hampshire Dressage & Combined Training Association (SNHDCTA) had a lot to celebrate in 2011. The club had two dressage shows that drew so many entries, a second ring had to be added at each. SNHDCTA also hosted multiple dressage and combined training clinics throughout the year that were full. The year-end banquet, organized by Stefanie Rossetti, was held at the Puritan Back Room in Manchester, N.H. Over brunch, members enjoyed a slide show prepared by Claire Smith, featuring photos of club members throughout the year. Club President Lydia Neusch kicked off the event with a short retrospective review of the many 2011 events. She then recognized the volunteers that make the clinics and shows possible. Claire Smith, who is one of two youth representatives on the Board of Directors, was

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500 won the Galway Downs CCI1* with steeplechase division.

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he Northeast Regional Adult Amateur Dressage Championship was held at Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Gales Ferry, Conn. The championships are held in conjunction with the USDF recognized show which takes place in the middle of October. The Connecticut Dressage & Combinted Training Association (CDCTA) team was made up of the following members and horses: Merry Hoag riding Beaverwood’s Fairy Tale; Tara Manion aboard Breanna; Karen Norton with Lexxus; and Linda Roache on Paradox Pippin. All team members had to qualify with two scores from shows they had participated in that year. Each person rode one test at their appropriate level that counted towards the overall team score. Additionally, everyone had the option to ride a freestyle, in which they created their own test patterns to music they

had selected. After the scores were tallied, CDCTA came out on top as a team and Merry Hoag was the individual reserve champion. The team members walked away with special ribbons, awards, and other great prizes donated by the businesses that generously sponsor the Northeast Regional Adult Amateur Dressage Championship each year. If you are interested in being on next year’s team, please be sure to pay your 2012 CDCTA dues and start collecting your qualifying scores!

Further information can be found at www. Congratulations to the CDCTA team on another big win!


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continued from page 86 Juniors Intro: 1. Hannah Burk-McCoy, Chamber; 2. Marina Callahan, Gandolf; 3. ashlyn Kimball, MoeDebit; 4. tess Jarek, Breakfast at tiffany’s; 5. audrey Berenson, My Lasting Illusion; 6. Dylan Musgrave, amerdansk First Waltz; 7. torey neusch, ruslan. traInInG: 1. Leah LeMay, Dusty Image; 2. Irena Kuzma, trinity; 3. tiana Calderwood, Dusty; 4. Courtney Bolduc, Chamber; 5. Brianna Brand, My Lasting Illusion; 6. Jenna Marston, Vin Diesel; 7. Claire Smith, Diamond Girl; 8. torey neusch, ruslan. CoMBIneD traInInG: Courtney Bolduc, Chamber, 56.65. Adults Intro: 1. Linda Lamarche, Sassy; 2. Carolyn Colburn,

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The following is a listing of the club’s 2012 calendar of events: January 22: Annual Membership Awards Brunch, First & Last Tavern, Middletown, Conn. march 16: Annual Silent Auction, The Gallery, Glastonbury, Conn. march 25: “Ring Craft: Maximizing Test Scores & Minimizing Point Loss” Dressage Symposium with Dot Demis, Carbery Fields Farm, Lebanon, Conn. april 8: Stadium Jumping Clinic with Sally Hinkle, Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gales Ferry, Conn. april 29: Cross-Country Clinic with Ann Bowie, Horse Power Farm, Canterbury, Conn. may 13: CDCTA Dressage & Combined Test Schooling Show, Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook, Conn. June TBd: Ride-Critique-Ride; details to come! July 22: CDCTA Dressage & Combined Test Schooling Show, Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gales Ferry, Conn. august 25 & 26: Eventing Clinic with Stephanie Baer, Location TBD october 7: USEF/USDF Recognized Dressage Show, Carbery Fields Farm, Lebanon, Conn.

(Clockwise) CDCTA team members Merry Hoag on Beaverwood’s Fairy Tale, Tara Manion riding Breanna, and Karen Norton aboard Lexxus.

KitCat; 3. Suzann Locke, Brody; 4. Lani Wicks-reilly, Miss Minnie; 5. amanda archibald, Brilliant Mrs. W; 6. regina Downey, Dancer. traInInG: 1. Paula DuBois, It’s raining; 2. Sonja Fridell, ambehavin Jr.; 3. Suzann Locke, Brody. SeConD LeVeL: Hilary Millett, Paddington, 63.03. tHIrD LeVeL: Michele routhier, Stockholm, 60.74. Gaited Intro: Jennifer Johns, ranger, 62.11. traInInG: Julie Dillon, Prince Jester’s request, 65.01. ●

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Dressage news CONGRATULATIONS TO VERMONT RIDER ELISABETH AUSTIN. The Dressage Foundation gave Liz this year’s Anne L. Barlow Ramsay Annual Grant, which is worth $25,000. The purpose of the grant is to showcase talented American-bred horses ridden by United States citizens, by providing money to train and compete in Europe. Liz will be using the grant to take her homebred Dutch Warmblood, Olivier, to Europe to train with Carl Hester during the fall of 2012. Along with time spent training, Liz and Olivier intend to test what they’ve learned in Europe with their sights set on competing at the prestigious Olympia CDI-W.

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on Liebling II. The gelding had been the ride of Britain’s Carl Hester. And Patrik Kittel’s 2008 Olympic partner, Floresco N.R.W., has been sold to Morocco and will be ridden by Yessin Rahmouni, who is hoping the stallion will help get him to the Olympics representing his country. Germany’s Ingrid Klimke has taken over the ride on the 9-year-old Hanoverian Liostro. The gelding had been the mount of Birgit Finken. And a Malaysian rider is aiming for the Olympics next year by taking over the ride On Top, a 15-year-old gelding that had shown successfully in Europe with Leida Collins. The gelding’s new rider is Quzandria Nur, who trains in Europe with Anky van Grunsven.


AND SPEAKING OF ANKY, she reported in AND SPEAKING OF THE DRESSAGE November in her column in the Dutch newspaper FOUNDATION, sad news came out of the Der Telegraaf, that her husband, Sjef Janssen, organization when it announced the passing 61, underwent surgery for a brain tumor. Anky of its founder G. Lowell Boomer. He died on said the tumor was benign and that Sjef was November 20. Lowell was born on October recovering well. 12, 1911, in Burwell, Neb. In addition to a love for horses, he had a passion for music. He AND FINALLY, CONGRATULATIONS to Connecticut attended the University of Nebraska School young rider Isabelle Leibler, 16, on qualifying to of Music, and went on to win many state, Liz Austin and Olivier. compete in the 2011 Young Riders World Cup regional, and national competitions. Finals in December in Frankfurt, Germany. November 16 in Rio de Janeiro, where he had Lowell established The Dressage Foundation Isabelle already had a big victory this past year attended the FEI General Assembly the day in 1973, which has provided tremendous finanwhen she won the 2011 U.S. Young Rider National before. He was born in 1948 in Lodz, central cial support in advancing the sport in the U.S. Champ-ionships. Her partner in these successes Poland. After an impressive career in the textile Lowell won an extensive array of equestrian has been the Westfalian gelding Watson 108. industry and as a business owner, he joined honors throughout his lifetime. He was the first Along with being the Polish Equestrian inductee into the USDF (United States Dressage crowned Young Rider Federation in 2003. He Federation) Hall of Fame, and received the USEF Champion, she also became the organiza(United States Equestrian Federation) Lifetime claimed victory at the tion’s Secretary General Achievement Award. The Chronicle of the Horse 2011 North American in 2008. named Lowell as “one of the 50 most influential Junior/Young Rider horsemen of the 20th century worldwide.” Championships. WIH THE OLYMPICS COMING UP in London OTHER RECENT PASSINGS IN THE DRESSAGE this summer it is probWORLD include Wolfgang Niggli of Switzerland, Send your dressage ably no surprise that who died October 30 at the age of 89 and Michał news to lynndee@ international level riders Wróblewski, Secretary General of the Polish around the world are Equestrian Federation and Board Member of the scrambling to get their European Equestrian Federation (EEF). Editor’s Note: In our hands on a horse that Niggli won his first junior dressage competiNovember column, can help earn them a tion in 1937. He went on to compete in jumping credit for the photo spot at the Olympic as a teenager and rode in steeplechases before from Eileen Halloran’s Games. In the past studying engineering at the Zurich Technological Seat and Position Clinic months, a number of Institute and becoming a part-time riding officer should have been given leading horses changed in the Swiss cavalry. to In 1947, he took the opportunity of being based hands. As examples, Also, on page 96 of our Yvonne Losos de Muñiz, close to France’s prestigious military equestrian December issue an who rides for the school in Fontainebleau to perfect his riding and image of Jenette Boes Dominican Republic competed in many jumping and dressage compeand Artemis was mistakbut lives in the U.S., titions, as well as in steeplechasing. enly labeled as Jutta Lee has taken over the ride Wróblewski died suddenly on Wednesday, Isabelle Leibler and Watson 108. riding Glorious Feeling.





Northeast Regional Adult Amateur Dressage Championships Fourth AnnuAl EvEnt rEturns to Mystic vAllEy FAll FinAlE DrEssAgE show By Ann guptill

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he Northeast Regional Adult Amateur Dressage Championships (NRADC) were held at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club (MVHC) Fall Finale Dressage Show on October 14-16, 2011. Wonderful fall weather was the backdrop for the fourth annual event. The goal of this championship is to provide a venue for competition and achievement for adult amateur dressage enthusiasts while highlighting team competition and the musical freestyle. Riders from many New England states joined together in hopes of earning the win in both team and individual contests. The team championship rides were held on Saturday, October 15 and the individual championships concluded on Sunday, October 16. Teams are made up of three to four riders and are generally of mixed levels. Competitors ride in the highest test of their specified level and the top three scoring rides from each team are combined

Northeast Regional Adult Amateur Individual Champion Michelle Sigfridson. Connecticut Freestyle Championships FEI Jr/ YR Champion Nicole Nowak.

for the total. The highest scoring group earns the championship. Musical freestyles are required for those wanting to earn individual championships, and

added a festive and entertaining atmosphere to Sunday’s competition. The individual championships are based on combined scores from Saturday’s tests and Sunday’s freestyle rides. A very special aspect of the event is the continued on page 90

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Charles River Dressage Association Hosts 2011 Year-end CliniC witH sHannon dueCk submitted bY Jill diGreGorio


n Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20, 2011, Charles River Dressage Association (CRDA) was pleased to offer and host a weekend clinic with Shannon Dueck. Shannon is an FEI trainer and international competitor who represented Canada in world contests for many years and, with Korona, was the winner of an individual silver medal in the 1997 Pan Am Games. She is currently competing at international Grand Prix with Ayscha, who she has trained herself. Shannon’s training methods can often be found in her Dressage Today articles. The clinic was held at the lovely Tahuri Farm in Upton, Mass., owned by Liz and David Benney. They were both very gracious hosts and made everyone feel right at home at their beautiful facility. This was the first year that CRDA offered a year-end clinic for two consecutive days. Members were given the opportunity to send in their entries to ride for either one or two days, and participants were chosen out of a lottery system. The following is a list of the riders that received the opportunity to work with Shannon during her clinic: Cori Oehley riding Kilronan’s Image, Judy Lynch riding Urbanstar, Kate Champa riding Miss George O’Keeffe, Liz Benney riding In A Moment, Terry Brennan riding Miss American Pie, Deb Hyland riding Arroyo, me riding The Real McCoy, Brad Martone riding World Series, Brian Russell riding Mozart, Linda Currie riding Gemini, and Barbara Griscom riding Uno. CRDA also offered a very special bonus to their members. Once the riders had been drawn for each day, a second drawing was held, awarding one rider per day with a “free, paid for by CRDA” ride! Both Terry Brennan and myself were the lucky recipients of this very special bonus! The riders ranged from Training Level through Prix St. Georges. Right away it was apparent that each horse was first and foremost to be forward moving. Until each and every rider could show that their horse was freely moving forward, there would be no advancing onward from there. No matter what level the rider was at, if the horse did continued on page 91 90

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dult Amateur rider Janne Rumbough, and her PRE gelding JR, rode away as the winner of the Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance sponsored class at the Gold Coast Fall Fling, held November 12-13, 2011 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center in Palm Beach, Fla. The winner of the Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Award receives a beautifully embroidered cooler and Rumbough was thrilled with the victory. She is a well-known fixture in the winner’s circle on the Adult Amateur dressage circuit and shows her 17-hand, dapple grey JR out of her MTICA Farm in Wellington, Fla. Rider and trainer Kari Garber had Janne Rumbough and JR rode away as the winners of a smile on her face, which helped her the Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance take home the Premier Equestrian sponsored class. Sportsmanship Award, given to a rider who displays a high level of sportsmanship of fun. He tries so hard and that put a smile on my face.” during a show. Batistuta V.O., a beautiful buckskin Lusitano Garber competed the 12-year-old Americanbred Swedish Warmblood L.A. Baltic Destiny. stallion owned by Nan Sexton of Southgate “He’s a new horse for me and this was his first Farm and ridden by trainer Carmen Franco, time at a show,” Garber said. “Baltic is a horse showed he had all the right moves when he with a lot of enthusiasm and my ride was a lot went away with the High Score Lusitano

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silent auction that is held in conjunction with the show to benefit Horses for Heroes, a program for war veterans. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding is the local beneficiary of this event. Since the inaugural NRADC in 2008, over $10,000 has been raised for Horses for Heroes. The competition between champion and reserve teams was incredibly close with the Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association’s (CDCTA) team taking the championship with 191.20 points and the Lollipop team taking reserve with 191.068. The CDCTA contenders were Meredith Hoag, Karen Norton, Linda Roache, and Tara Manion. The Lollipop team was comprised of Karen Norton, Rebecca Rioux, and Michelle Sigfridson. Lucky Karen Norton rode on two teams, with two different horses, allowing her to earn both champion and reserve honors. The individual championship was also incredibly close. Michelle Sigfridson took home top honors with scores of 68.810% and

70.050% for a combined score of 138.860. Reserve went to Meredith Hoag, who had scores of 66.40% and 70.83%, giving her a combined score of 137.233. Every rider and trainer entered in the championship received a welcome packet which included gifts from sponsors and an NRADC baseball cap. The generous sponsors provided beautiful neck ribbons, prizes that were given at the awards ceremony and numerous gifts. In addition to the NRADC, the MVHC Fall Finale hosted the year-end presentation for the Connecticut Freestyle Championships, which awarded riders with the highest average freestyle score that they collected from participating at shows in the series over the course of the year. show results

The following are the year-end results from the Mystic Valley Hunt Club Fall Finale: FEI OpEn: Ch: heather Mason, Warstiener, 71.938%; rE: Tracy Durham, Emperor, 70.88%. uSDF: Ch: Marie Louise Barrett, roxorella, 68.915%; rE: Megan Zureck, Seydlitz h, 66.999%. FEI Jr/yr: Ch: nicole nowak, Gismo, 66.20%; rE: ali potasky, Chackamo M, 65.775%. ●


Level Test 2. As a top Adult Amateur competitor on the Wellington show circuit, Amy Swerdlin has made many trips into the winner’s circle. She was back in the spotlight during this competition, piloting her 4-year-old Oldenburg mare Scholastica to the win in First Level Test 1 as well as the Adult Amateur high score for the show. Thanks to her winning performance, Swerdlin also won the Everglades Dressage Adult Amateur High Score Award sponsored by Everglades Dressage and Bethany Peslar. “We just purchased Scholastica at the 2011

Spring Elite auction at Vechta. She went to her first show only two weeks out of quarantine and hasn’t looked back since,” Swerdlin said. “I was very happy with the ride at the Fall Fling. She felt very soft in the bridle and elastic for both tests. First Level tests can still be a little difficult for her at this point, but I am so pleased that she always tries her hardest. She has a fantastic temperament and seems to really enjoy going to the competition and getting the extra attention. I look forward to showing her this coming winter season in the FEI 5 Year Old Test as well as at First Level.” Swerdlin earned a high score of 69.483% and was pleased to win the award from Everglades which included a beautiful embroidered saddle pad and a certificate for a training session with Peslar. For more information, visit

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Shannon was the perfect solution for the dressage enthusiast. The clinic was also the perfect ending to the year! A big thank you to Liz and David Benney for hosting the event at Tahuri Farm, and to Kate Champa for all her efforts in volunteering to organize this clinic. CRDA would not be able to offer clinics without volunteers. If you are interested in learning more about CRDA clinics and shows, visit

High Point Lusitano Award winners Carmen Franco and Batistuta V.O.

Award. Sponsored by Interagro Lusitanos, the award recognizes the highest scoring Lusitano during a dressage competition and highlights the dynamic and competitive breed. Franco was very pleased with Batistuta’s performance, especially since it was his first time showing. “He is turning six years old and is a great stallion,” Franco said. “He was wonderful considering it was his first show. He is sensitive and has brilliance in his movements. He is going to be a great competitive horse. I am very excited about his future.” Sexton imported the handsome stallion from Brazil and Franco said Batistuta turned in a great first performance to win the Lusitano6:44 NEDA-holiday ad 7.87x4.72 11/9/11 High Score. He earned a 66.622% in First

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not move forward, that would be the beginning of each lesson. Once the forward button was found, the rest would fall into place. Each and every rider came to Shannon hoping to find ways to improve their riding relationship Page with their mounts and better their skills. PM 1 Whether attendees were auditing or riding,

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Jenna Blocher had a great first season showing Answer The Call in the Walk-Trot division. JENNA BLOCHER of Stonington, Conn., still hasn’t come down off of Cloud Nine from the results of her first show season teamed up with her parents’ bay gelding Answer the Call. They won the Walk-Trot Equitation 9 & Under Championship at Connecticut and the Walk-Trot Classic Equitation 11 & Under qualifier and championship at Mass Morgan. She is coached by her godmother, Cindy Mugnier. Next year, Jenna will be showing as a 9-year-old and has her sights set on competing at the Morgan Grand National. BOB AND SERENA LYNN BROWN AND SASHA KLEIN SOLD SPRINGMILL TEA PARTY, the 2011 Grand National Four-Year-Old Hunter Pleasure Mare Champion, to Amy Tomlin. She will continue to show the mare under the direction of Katie Mair of Sterling Training Center in Howell, Mich. Then the Brown-Klein family turned around and bought Leonardo’s Cry, the World Futurity Two-Year-Old Park Harness Champion from owner/trainer Bob Hughes. His training and showing will continue under the direction of Lynn and Kathleen Peeples of Waterford Farm. JOSH AND MEGAN MERRITT of Vernon, Vt., were agents for Elizabeth Highgas on the sale of MEM Beringer. The 6-year-old gelding was purchased by Isabella Tuscano of Deerfield, N.H. His show career will continue under the direction of Diana Levesque. AT THE ROYAL WINTER FAIR in Toronto, entries from



Milford Kinney with Marjorie Kinney at her 70th birthday celebration during the Royal Winter Fair.

Rodney Hicks Stable in Pittsfield, Mass., had a good last show of the season. Rodney drove Minute Maide to a blue ribbon win in the Open Harness Pony class and owner Susanne Harrod drove her pony back to win the Harness Pony Championship title. Marjorie Kinney drove her own Exhilarating to the Amateur Hackney Pony Championship. SCOTT MONROE of Sharon, Conn., and his black Morgan gelding, Bethesda After Dark (Wyoming Flyhawk x Dreams Kate FD), won the 2011 USEF National Single Horse Championship at Katydid, with a score of 132.39. A fairly new event in the growing driving community of Aiken, S.C., this marks the first USEF National Championship held at Katydid. THE CONNECTICUT MORGAN HORSE ASSOCIATION (CMHA) reminds members to send in applications for the Sue Brander Sport Horse Scholarship. Brander was a longtime Morgan owner and volunteer with CMHA. She lost her battle with cancer in October 2010. Two $100 training scholarships will be awarded at their Annual Banquet—one scholarship for an adult and one for a youth member. The scholarship is to be used by a CMHA member in any of the sport disciplines: carriage driving, dressage, competitive and endurance trail, reining, eventing, working hunters, combined driving, and working western. Applications are due no later than February 15 and winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Banquet on March 17.


By Suzy Lucine

THE GRAND NATIONAL & WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MORGAN HORSE SHOW is pleased to announce tentative agreements with the following eight judges for 2012: in the hunter and western divisions, Jennifer Sommers of Alta Loma, Calif., Pierre Loiselle of Hemlock, Mich., John Wich of Harshaw, Wis., and Richard Wright of McHenry, Ill., will be adjudicating. The Classic/ Park/Pleasure divisions will be overseen by Missy Hanover of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Shirley O’Gorman of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., Phil Price of Bellbrook, Ohio, and Jay Wood of Plato, Minn. The entire slate of judges will be announced soon. For more information on the 2012 horse show, visit www.

CMHA MEMBERS NICOLE BOBBI AND KRISTINA VINE participated in Chris Cassenti’s riding demonstration, “So you think you can ride Morgan English/Hunter Pleasure?” at the Equine Affaire in West Springfield, Mass., on November 19. During the morning section of the demonstration, Nicole was joined by fellow saddle seat riders Ellen Atkinson and Gaetana Spina as Chris Cassenti of Chrislar Farm described the basics of saddle seat riding and the Morgan horse show world. The equestrians demonstrated simple aspects of riding, including diagonals (at the trot) and leads (at the canter), and they performed a pattern and allowed the crowd to judge their individual rides. During the evening session of the demonstration, Gaetana sat out while Kristina filled in with her hunter pleasure mare so that Chris was able to describe to the crowd not only Morgan saddle seat horses, but also Morgan hunter pleasure horses. She compared showing Morgan horses to a beauty pageant, and explained each of the outfits the riders were wearing and each piece of tack the horses were wearing. Chris also asked the three riders to perform equitation patterns and again allowed the crowd to judge their rides. Chris did a great job making the demonstration interactive, informative, and fun to watch for everyone involved. Please send future Morgan and Saddlebred news to Suzy Lucine at


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Ind., rode James Williams’ Imagine My Surprise to the championship win in the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Saddle Seat Medal Final presented by Elisabeth M. Goth. The final took place Saturday as part of the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) American Royal National Championship Horse Show in Kansas City, Mo. The class was filled with top riders from across the country and included a challenging twophase competition that required rail work and patterns in both rounds. The reserve champion- 2011 USEF Saddle Seat Medal Final Champions Alexandra ship was awarded to Hunter Lawson and Imagine My Surprise. Chancellor of Evansville, Ind., riding Chanti’s Prayer, owned by Steven E. Chancellor. The bronze medal was awarded to Taylor Newton, of Liztown, Ind., riding Coco Mojo, owned by Melissa and Nick Maupin. Riders ages 17 and under are eligible to compete in the Saddle Seat Medal Final by placing first or second in an official qualifying class during the specified qualification period. Lawson, who was fourth in last year’s Final, won her equitation class at this year’s World’s Championship Horse Show at the Kentucky State Fair. Her name will be engraved on the Adrian Van Sinderen Trophy alongside a prestigious list of prior winners dating back to 1937. The American Horse Shows Association (AHSA) Hunter Chancellor and Chanti’s Prayer took Equitation Medal was established that year by reserve. the fourth President of AHSA, Adrian Van A reception was held after the preliminary Sinderen, as part of his strategy to connect horse people across the U.S. The original Van Sinderen phase for all riders, instructors, and family Trophy was awarded to the Junior Equitation members, where gifts were given to the particirider who accumulated the most points in AHSA pants and supporters were recognized for their generous contributions. Medal classes in a given competition year. Supporters of the 2011 final included: As the winner of the year’s Saddle Seat Medal Final, Lawson also received a Freedman Platinum Level, Elisabeth M. Goth; Gold Harness handcrafted leather bag. Both the Level, Steve and Terri Chancellor; Silver Level, champion and reserve champion received the The McGinnis Family, Glenn A. Werry, Jr.; traditional USEF medals and rose bundles Bronze Level, Thomas Brock, The Brown along with coolers and engraved stable halters Family; and Friends of the Medal Final, Mary for their mounts. The youngest rider in the Anne O’Callaghan Cronan. For more information about the USEF Saddle final—11-year-old Macy Miles of Rockport, Ind., was presented with a Breyer model horse Seat Medal Final, contact Jennifer Mellenkamp at or 859-225-6955. donated by Breyer Animal Creations.


he TSASA Octoberfest Horse Show, sponsored by the Twin State American Saddlebred Association, was held October 27-30, 2011 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. Kathy Boggs, Kathleen Peeples, and Tara Wentz Goosley judged the four-day event, which has become an annual fall favorite for many New England area barns. This year’s show hosted several divisions that were filled to the max with talented entries. Charmed Forever and Rob Turned topped the Open Five-Gaited Championship for owners Summerland Farm LLC and Tracey Osborn Pike in a nice four-entry class. Holli Esposito and SJ The Smart Lady put in a polished performance for the win in the Amateur Three-Gaited Championship. This team continues to earn tri-color wins together and gather new fans along the way. Trainer Deidre Henry drove It’s Ballistic to the winner’s circle in the Open Fine Harness Championship. The incomparable CH Free Willy made a couple of appearances at the show with owner Jayne Romano. Together, this pair swept the Open Road Pony qualifier and championship classes. The elegant Dun-Haven Truly Impressive and John Lampropoulos put in a stunning performance for the win in the Harness Pony Championship. Skymark and Sue Spann earned a trip to the winner’s circle in the Hackney Pony Championship. Olivia Schumacher drove Seamair Dear Sir to the winner’s circle twice in the Hackney/Harness Pleasure Driving Pony division, topping the qualifying and championship classes in a small field of good entries. The Five-Gaited Pleasure division continues to grow in popularity at shows nationwide. Don’t Ask Why WRF and Sharon Stoltz rode off with the top award in the qualifying and championship classes in this division. Rob Turner was back in the winner’s circle in the Park Pleasure Championship with Charms Dream Come True. This fine entry is owned by Parker View Farm. Betts Coup and Designed to Shine continued on page 94 January 2012



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2011 TSE/Tattersalls Fall Sale Top ConTending Horse sells for $52,000


The Fall Sale opened its doors on the morning of October 27, and closed the door in late afternoon on October 29, at the conclusion of its final session. The catalogue consisted of 358 entrants, including 33 consigned from the famed Callaway Hills Stable. The average per horse sold for the entire sale was $4,204. Outs constituted just 14% of the catalogue, while RNAs (Reserves Not Attained) remained consistent with the 7% projection. Harold Denton, Jr., of Conroe, Texas, signed the sales tickets for the two top sellers of the Fall Sale. Both entrants were consignments from Callaway Hills Stable in New Bloomfield, Mo., selling Friday in a select night session. Callaway’s It’s My Turn Now sold early in the evening for $52,000. A son $52,000 high seller, Callaway’s It’s My Turn Now of WGC sire WC Callaway’s Blue Norther, presented by Burt Honaker. out of Callaway’s My Girl, by CH Caramac, this 3-year-old was bred to perform five gaits. and in five gaits. Looking seasoned with homeHe exhibited with authority, assured in a double work accomplished, she demanded a $50,000 bridle and delighted the gallery. The chestnut bid before exiting the ring. By WC Callaway’s gelding with flaxen mane and tail was impos- Blue Norther, this young mare is out of CH Will sible to dismiss, and should command attention Shriver dam Callaway’s Sedosa, a full sister to WC CH Will’s Bulletin, WC Callaway’s Extra when compared to peers in the show ring. The second of the Denton selections was Extra, WC Caslon, and Callaway’s Trinket. Her the final offering of the Callaway Hills Stables second dam is the Hall Of Fame Broodmare consignment, Callaway’s Paint It Blue. This Dainty Model. Both top selling entrants 3-year-old mare was steady both in the bridle, continued on page 95

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the direction of Fairfield South. He earned the championship award following one of his signature performances. Quinn Mercier earned the reserve championship award followed by Cailin Bridges in third. The Walk-Trot division was also filled with quality entries vying for the win. Congratulations to Emily Vicari on the top award. Reserve honors went to Arielle Silber followed by Chloe Hauville in third. The Morgan division also hosted its fair share of good classes across all divisions. Richard Boule and CBMF Percussion topped the English Pleasure Championship for proud owner Molly O’Brien. The Wizard and longtime exhibitor Michaela Gillispie topped a deep Junior Exhibitor Championship for owners Caitlin and Tamra Lynch. Colleen Ames and Quabbin Comanche were the team to beat in the Hunter/Western Pleasure Junior Exhibitor Championship. Tedah and Jan Bruno topped a competitive Friesian Pleasure Championship for the win. AMZ Tiger Lilly and Joanne Lewis captured

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topped a deep Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship for owner Elizabeth Coup. Val Hallelujah and Tyler Lampropoulos topped the judge’s card in the Junior Exhibitor 15-17 Championship. CH Intriguing Masterpiece and Nicole Percoco were the big winners in the 14 & Under division, topping a competitive championship class following a stunning performance both ways of the ring. Magic Legacy and Marissa Marks topped the Adult Country Pleasure Championship, accepting the top award and tri-color ribbon in center ring following a hard fought class. The numbers in the Equitation division were nothing short of spectacular at the show. The NEHC Saddle Seat Medal Finals is a highly acclaimed event that draws impressive entries and record crowds each year. When the dust settled, the top 10 read like a ‘who’s who’ in equitation in the Northeast. Gavin Gagnon continues to excel in the division under 94

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the OTAB Pleasure Driving Championship following a clean class. Other winners in the OTAB division included Ira and Victoria Mayer’s win in the Road Hack Championship. CSF Spesally and Anthea Colinet earned first place in the Junior Exhibitor Hack Championship. The Academy division was filled with good quality competition in the Junior Exhibitor and Adult divisions. Joeylee Howe topped the WalkTrot-Canter Adult Pleasure Championship following a beautiful performance. Diane Sinosky took the Adult Equitation Championship. In the Adult Pleasure Championship, Katrina Snook earned a trip to the winner’s circle. Sophia Vasapolli topped the judge’s card in the Walk-Trot Lead Line Equitation Championship. Haily Rivet was the winning rider in the Walk Only Championship. All in all, the TSASA Octoberfest Horse Show was a big success. Exhibitors, owners, and trainers gathered to create a memorable event filled with good quality competition and fun in what was for many, the closing show of the season.

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n the late afternoon of October 29, the final gavel dropped on the 2011 Fall Sale. Although the future of Teater Saddlebred Enterprises sales is undecided, the nation’s oldest venue for the market of light horses quite possibly recorded the final Saddlebred sale within its historic pavilion. Built in 1892, Tattersalls was owned and managed throughout the years by various teams before Teater Saddlebred Enterprises formed specifically to take the reins in 1986. The 2011 TSE/ Tattersalls Sales marked the 25th anniversary for this management team, and the Fall Sale may well have been the final chapter of Tattersalls’ well-noted history. The Sales Pavilion, adjacent to The Red Mile in Lexington, Ky., is under contract and the pending sale could mark the end of an era that has stood longer than the memories of any current consignor. The pavilion hosted the sales of American Born in 1933, Indiana Peavine and Lily Merrill in 1966, and the famous Dodge Stables Dispersal in 1975. In 1997, under the direction of Teater Saddlebred Enterprises, a 2-year-old five-gaited gelding consignment brought $360,000 in a record Callaway Hills’ single session that averaged $31,012. Throughout its history, the list of champions that have passed through the Tattersalls gates has grown extensive. The most recent sale was no exception.


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were presented by Burt Honaker, up for Billy Greenwell. The reigning Three-Gaited Park Mare World’s Champion Sangria Splash was guided through the pavilion with Darrell Case in the irons. Confident and assured, she never backed an ear at the trot, and exhibited a beautiful easy canter. Entertaining the crowd, she also racked the straightaway to a surprised announcer and an enthusiastic gallery. The young mare is by Attache’s Thunderbolt, sire of RWGC and WC Joe Friday, WC Heavenly Thunder, WC CH The Attache Orchid, etc. She is out of WC CH Utopian Melody by Supreme Heir. A consignment from J. Darrell Case and Willowbank Farm of Simpsonville, Ky., she sold to Gerald and Debrah McKinney of Princetown, W.V., for $35,000. Purchased by Harold Denton, Callaway’s Paint Callaway’s Born To Be The Best, the first It Blue was well-guided through her five gaits by and only foal of WC CH Callaway’s Born Burt Honaker. For This, stirred the audience and initiated activity. The beautiful gray, junior mare by CH is by (SA) Tornaado. Selling with engagements Caramac, exhibited her pedigree for five gaits to the National Three-Year-Old Futurity and with confidence. Burt Honaker was up again the ASR Three-Year-Old Sweepstakes, Tronese for Callaway Hills Stable, and Melinda Moore looked a promising three-gaited or fine harness signed the ticket and took home the prize. prospect for new owner Dreamacres LLC’s Susan The bid board lit to $33,000 when the gavel Aschenbrenner of Urbandale, Iowa. A $22,000 fell. Callaway’s Born To Be The Best will make final nod sealed the purchase. World Champion Bungalow Eight, consigned Lawrenceburg, Ky., her new home. The Annika Moriarty Bruggeworth consign- by Edward R. Bennett of Shelbyville, Ky., was ment, Joe’s Fabulous Party, sold for $30,000 in presented to the public with John Field up for Saturday’s session. The 3-year-old gelding had Peter Palmer of Meadowlake Stables, agent, in plenty of chrome and a flaxen mane and tail Prospect, Ky. A proven horse with lots of presthat begged attention. Backing it up with steady ence, the large bay gelding proved adept under work in a snaffle bit, the young gelding was well saddle although his success began with a 2008 schooled in five gaits and only required finishing. World’s Championship in the Fine Harness Richmond DeHart presented this son of Joe division. He has continued to show with wins in Fabulous to the public for Ricky Cook, agent, fine harness at prestigious shows through 2010. of Cox’s Creek, Ky., and Delores Blankenship of Under saddle and doing three gaits, his division options for 2012 appeared versatile. A $21,000 Princeton, W.V., took the offering. A 2-year-old chestnut gelding by WGC sire phone bid from Judy W. Jones will send this WC Callaway’s Blue Norther was selected by Pat 5-year-old gelding to Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Deborah Richardson of Lenoir City, Tenn., Barnard of Valparaiso, Ind., as an addition to his stable. Callaway’s Kris Allen, presented under selected lot no. 173 for $20,000. Tobie McGuire, saddle for Callaway Hills Stable, trotted the a grand and flashy five-gaited gelding, has shown straightaway without an incident or break. Out with success with an amateur at competitive of Callaway’s Agatha Christie (BHF), Callaway’s venues throughout the country. Upheaded and Kris Allen is a full brother to WC and RWGC steady during his stay in the ring, Clark Clouse Adelita, WC CH Callaway’s Blue Agate, WC of Versailles, Ky., made the ride look fun and Callaway’s Little Dipper, and WC sire The easy. At eight, Tobie McGuire is old enough to Mystery Writer. Justin Bijack teamed with this have built an extensive stable of ribbons, and the young consignment to earn a $26,000 final bid. perfect age to carry a junior exhibitor or amateur The lovely, well-started WC Tronese entered with reliability. This was a consignment from the pavilion under the direction of Stephanie Blue Ventures LLC, in Chapel Hill, N.C. High Time’s American Child entered the sale Sedlacko, up for Kathy S. Capsuto of Shelbyville, Ky. The 2-year-old lit up the trot, and cantered pavilion with many wins to his credit, and has easily, wearing a snaffle bit like a double bridle. The been shown by juniors, amateurs, ladies, and reigning World’s Champion 2-year-old in-hand professional riders. Agent Dena Lopez presented is from the first crop of foals by the young fine him at five gaits with ease, and the attractive harness stakes winner Bobese. Her dam, Tronada, gelding appeared to be a good-thinking horse

Callaway’s Born To Be the Best lit up the bid board at $33,000.

Bungalow Eight, presented by John Field, earned a $21,000 bid from Judy Jones.

that would be enjoyable to ride. Consigned by Kay Marschel of Dallas, Texas, he earned a price of $17,500 and is now the property to Sandy and Ray Trail, who reside in Knoxville, Tenn. Multi-titled WC First Class Day TS was consigned by Annika Moriarty Bruggeworth of Mays Landing, N.J., and ridden to public offering by Richmond DeHart for agent Ricky Cook of Cox’s Creek, Ky. The Junior Five-Gaited World’s Champion was another selected by Judy W. Jones of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The young black gelding had plenty of go, and was catalogued as ready for an experienced amateur. The purchase price of this offering was $17,000. The Fall Sale was the final of the two TSE/ Tattersalls Sales for 2011. The 2012 sales dates are pending. For more information, visit www. January 2012



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irst off, the American Saddlebred Association of Maine’s Banquet and Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 14 at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland, Maine. We expect to have a huge banquet this year, considering the number of ASAM Hall of Fame inductees. Please remember to get your horse Hall of Fame nominations in as soon as possible.

ASHA Regional Points Find Mainers Doing Well!

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) High Point Awards Program was initiated in 2011 after considerable thought and effort by the Charter Club Council, comprised of volunteers from across the country who represent a broad spectrum of equestrian disciplines. The High Point Awards Program recognizes competition achievement by registered Saddlebreds and half-Saddlebreds

in a wide range of categories and disciplines at all levels, not only in the “traditional” Saddlebred show ring, but also in open breed competition (such as Open English Pleasure, etc.) and international (or sport horse) disciplines. The highest placing horse owned by an active ASHA member in each category is named High Point Champion. The program awards High Point winners in 10 regions as well as overall national winners. The specific categories recognized in each region vary depending on regional preferences. The program year runs from December 1 to November 30. Competitions are separated into three categories based on length (whether they are a one-day, two-day, or three-day event or longer) with points assigned on a sliding scale (e.g., there is a multiplier for points from two-day and three-day competitions). There is no enrollment required for the program. Every horse that has compe-

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tition results entered into the ASHA database (or submitted separately to the ASHA) is automatically eligible for consideration as long as its owner is an active ASHA member. Questions about the High Point Awards Program should be directed to Brenda Newell at or Susan Harris at s.harris@ Visit for more information.

ASB Successes at Equine Affaire

The ASHA American Saddlebred Booth and demonstrations at Equine Affaire were huge successes! Special thanks to all of the ASAM members who covered everything from working the booth, helping set up, and tearing down, and helping with the youth presentation and demonstrations. Special thanks also goes to Wildwood Farm for all of their efforts. We had well over 150 people sign up for the free introductory lesson. And thanks to the almost 20 regional stables who helped out with this program. For more information on the American Saddlebred Horse Association of Maine, please visit

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scholarship—one will be available for an adult and another will be given to a youth member. The scholarship is to be used by a CMHA member in any of the sport disciplines and will be awarded at the Annual Hannah Kalichman on Hope and Nadine Stearns aboard Teddy. Awards Banquet on March 17, 2012. The sport disciplines include: carriage driving, dressage, competitive trail and endurance, reining, eventing or working hunters, combined driving and working western. The 2011 recipient of the Sue Brander Sport Horse Scholarship was the Thompson Family of Mansfield Depot, Conn. Megan Thompson and her twin sons, Burnham III and Dale compete in competitive trail and endurance. For more information on the Turkey Trot and the scholarship, visit CMHA’s website at Liz Hocking riding Townshend Call It A Date.

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ixteen riders gathered on the sunny morning of November 20, 2011 at Bluff Point State Park in Groton, Conn., for the Connecticut Morgan Horse Association’s (CMHA) Second Annual Turkey Trot and Trail Ride. The trail at Bluff Point is a 5-mile loop, partly in the woods, with some opportunity to introduce horses to the beach and waves. The ride was open to all breeds; seven Morgan horses were in attendance, as well as Quarter Horses, Arabians, and other breeds. CMHA provided lunch for all riders with their registration fee. Various prizes were donated from the American Morgan Horse Association, Dana’s Doodles, Griffinbrook Ltd., The Traveling Tack Room, and Indian Hollow Stables. Carolyn Stearns also donated two turkeys as prizes. The registration fees from the Turkey Trot help fund the Sue Brander Sport Horse Scholarship for CMHA members. Applications were available starting in mid-December for the $100

American Morgan Horse Association HeAdS To orlAndo, FlA., For AnnuAl convenTion On Friday, March 2, an introduction to what is new in show ring attire will be presented in a fashion show. And on Saturday, March 3, there will be seminars that focus on two themes: marketing and horse health, all with an emphasis on helping the horse owner. “Since we have such a variety of 2010 AMHA Golden Reins Award recipients Carolyn and special seminars planned, we thought Harry Sebring at last year’s convention. we would open this up to the greater equine world,” said AMHA Executive Director, extended hours offered at the Walt Disney Julie Broadway. “And the schedule still isn’t World Resort as well as an unbeatable hotel room completely finalized, so we’ll be adding even rate at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort. To learn more, visit more exciting seminars in the coming weeks!” AMHA is pleased to offer its member price association/annual_convention/. For more information on America’s original to other organizations. The price for a one-day pass is $85. Pre-registration is encouraged, horse breed, contact the American Morgan but not required. Convention attendees can Horse Association, Inc., by calling 802-985also take advantage of discounted rates and 4944, or visiting January 2012



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he American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) is pleased to extend an invitation to current members of other equine organizations for a fun day of events at its Annual Convention, to be held this year in Orlando, Fla., at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort, March 1-3, 2012. On Thursday, March 1, three leaders in the sport horse arena will bring their expertise to the table for convention goers. Bill Woods has been recognized by the United States Dressage Federation as one of the 20 most influential members in the organization’s history. David Saunders is an award winning four-in-hand driver and is the former head coachman for the Duke of Edinburgh. Wendy Ying, DVM is a champion combined driving competitor who qualified a four-in-hand team for the World Equestrian Games in 2010.

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Kim Davenport drove Spy to victory in the Percheron Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cart division at the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair.

USEF National Single Horse Champions Scott Monroe and Bethesda After Dark. CONGRATULATIONS TO SCOTT MONROE of Sharon, Conn. Monroe drove his black Morgan gelding Bethesda After Dark to victory after the cone phase at the USEF National Single Horse Championships at Katydid. The pair earned a score of 132.39.

THE ROYAL WINTER AGRICULTURAL FAIR was held in Toronto, Canada, on November 4-13, and the U.S. contingencies made an impression on our carriage driving friends up north! In the Light Horse divisions at the Royal Winter Fair, Harvey and Mary Waller of Orleton Farm in Stockbridge, Mass., won several classes with their four-in-hand team. They won the Green Meadow Four-In-Hand class and the Green Meadow Four-In Hand Appointments class with Harvey as the whip. They were second in the Four-In-Hand Coaching Performance class. Mary won the Open Pair or Tandem class. Congratulations also go out to Kim Davenport of Salem, Conn., who drove and competed for Wilson Farms of Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Kim first participated in the Percheron Ladies Cart class where she had to place in the top two in order to compete in the Championship, ultimately taking home the blue ribbon. She then went on to win the Royal Ladies Cart Championship. The final was comprised of the first and second place competitors from the Belgian, Percheron, and Clydesdale/ Shire Ladies Cart divisions.


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SARA SCHMITT of Bedminster, N.J., also did very well at the event. Schmitt drove Kaboom to third place based on her score of 142.58.

THE CARRIAGE OPERATORS OF NORTH AMERICA (CONA) will be holding their 24th Annual Convention at the Port Orleans Resort in Walt Disney World March 1-3, 2012. Included in the convention is a trip to Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Fla. The resort is home to the Florida Carriage Museum of Gloria Austin. Also planned is a tour of the carriage stables at Sara Schmitt drove Kaboom to third place at the USEF National Single Disney. For more inforHorse Championships. mation, visit www.cona. Mass.; and Molly Osborn Higgins of Westport, org and follow the link to the 2012 Convention. Mass. She graduated from Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and the Katherine ANNE OSBORN BLISS, 77, of Sherborn, Mass., Gibbs School. passed away on November 13, 2011 at her home Bliss was an avid horsewoman and competisurrounded by her family. Bliss was born in tive carriage driver. She was an active member of Boston, Mass., on December 10, 1933, and was the American Driving Society and the Carriage the daughter of John B. and Molly (Harding) Association of America. For many years she was Osborn. She is survived by her husband of involved in numerous activities within the town 56 years, Edward P. Bliss, her children and of Sherborn. Donations in her memory may be their spouses, Molly H. and Elisha F. Lee, Jr. of made to The Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology, Dover, Mass.; Miriam L. and Peter B. McManus Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place of Marblehead, Mass.; Bonnie Bliss of North West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. Conway, N.H.; and Mary P. and Sandy S. McGrath of Hamilton, Mass.; and nine grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Joan Osborn Send your future driving news to Elaine at Dunkle of Naples, Fla.; Page Osborn of Boston,


World Champion Thorsten Zarembowicz Holds driving CliniC in Maine By roByn Cuffey

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tudents at Photo Finish Farm in Buxton, Maine, were privileged to train with World Single Horse Driving Champion Thorsten Zarembowicz on November 19, 2011. Zarembowicz won individual gold

Robyn Cuffey and Thorsten Zarembowicz driving The Golden Rule and Long Hill Soprano.

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and team gold at the World Championship in Italy in 2010. He was traveling from Germany to Florida with a stop on his way in Maine so attendees were lucky to catch him in the area. Never having met him, there was apprehension about his expectations and

teaching style, but he quickly put people at ease and everyone enjoyed their time with him. He was ready to hop in each cart and actually had his first ride in a Meadowbrook. The horses he worked with were Cobs and Haflingers as well as Standardbreds driven single and as pairs. The drivers ranged from first time horse owners to very experienced. He gave equipment tips, driver position changes, and challenges to continued on page 100

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n November 6, 2011 the Saratoga Driving Association (SDA) held its annual meeting and election of officers. In past years, the meeting has been held at a local library, sometimes with a guest speaker or the presentation of a drivingrelated DVD. However, this year, at the suggestion of board member Sue Mallery, the meeting was held at the Cindy Kimmey and Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, Kathleen Conklin at aka “the Racino.” the Annual Meeting. The decision to hold the meeting at the Racino paid off, as this was the view of the track beckoned some to the adjamost highly attended annual meeting in years. cent outdoor deck. Club business was conducted in between The club reserved a private room in Fortunes, one of the raceway’s restaurants, and members races. The meeting was called to order, enjoyed a delicious brunch buffet. Tableside and the ballot for the 2012 SDA Board of televisions broadcast the day’s harness races, Directors was presented to and accepted by though the pleasant weather and excellent continued on page 101

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horses and drivers. The two haflingers, All Smiles driven by Marie McAllister and AJ driven by John Cooper worked on bending and accepting the whip. Marilyn Ives and her Standardbred Misses C worked on steady rein contact and speed. Betty Foran drove her 4-year-old Welsh Cob, Quinn, working to improve the forwardness of his walk and trot. Robyn Cuffey drove Karen Libby’s 4-year-old Cob Betty Foran and Zarembowicz driving Quinn. mare Solara and worked on bravery and balance. Barbara Pretorius drove her newly off The Golden Rule and Long Hill Soprano, had the track Standardbred mare Surprise and got three sessions with Zarembowicz involving praise for her steadiness but needed to work various harness modifications. The last session on her patience in the halts. Pam Rhodes involved swapping the horses to the opposite drove her French trotter, Lonesome Cowboy sides. Cuffey’s gray Standardbred mare, Wendy S, and worked on steadying his rhythm. Ridgecrest, got high praise and worked on Misses C came back for another session with advanced level exercises like cantering circles driver Lisa King and was able to get straighter both ways and their biggest extended trot to with a good trot. Gloria Steiger drove half of smallest collected trot circles. Everyone was pleased with the day, Cuffey’s mare pair, The Golden Rule, and found out ways to get a horse to bend when Zarembowicz seemed to enjoy his time at the they are very sensitive to the whip and try to farm and there is hope that he will be able to go faster. Cuffey’s Standardbred mare pair, return in the spring.

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n Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 18 members met at Orleton Farm for the Colonial Carriage & Driving Society’s November meeting. Co-President Maureen Gamelli called it to order at 7:00 p.m. Harvey and Mary Waller were unable to attend, as they were in Kentucky at a carriage auction. Under old business, our calendar, comprised of photos submitted by members from previous years’ events, is now ready for purchase at $14.95 each. The Tub Parade video is also for sale at $20. Also, our Sleigh Rally date is now slated for Sunday, January 8, 2012. In other news, fellow driving enthusiasts Lyn Howard and Kay Konove were participants in the 2011 Equine Affaire. Kelly Casella reported that she and her husband Ray recently returned from attending the Royal Winter Agricultural Fair in Toronto, Canada. She highly recommends making the effort to visit the event. Maureen said we may be able to get a bus trip together for next year. The Wallers competed in several coaching and driving events at the Fair, winning some classes, as well as placing high in others. Ray and Kelly were about to depart for Lexington, Ky., for the estate carriage auction of the late Dinwiddie Lampton Jr. Lampton had been a noted carriage enthusiast, having acquired a large number of outstanding carriages and horse drawn vehicles. The Wallers were also in attendance at that auction. Jeannette Rotondo suggested the club make an effort to involve local 4-H members as volunteers for some of our events, hopefully introducing them to the driving world. The club had been asked to bring food items for donation to the Open Pantry in Great Barrington, Mass., and members came through with a nice assortment of goods. The meeting adjourned with a reminder of our Annual Banquet Meeting, to be held February 11 at Crissey Farms Restaurant in Great Barrington, Mass. We will have a live auction featuring Rikke Borge as auctioneer. Members were asked to see what horse-related items they could donate to be used for auction. For more information on the Colonial Carriage & Driving Society, visit

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Old-Fashioned Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rally RetuRns to old stuRbRidge Village


The real purpose of sleigh bells

According to Old Sturbridge Village historians, getting about in winter via sleigh over snow-packed roads was easier and smoother than navigating bumpy roads at other times of the year. Sleigh bells were for safety, not

just for decoration. The jingling sound prevented collisions since sleighs slid so silently over the snow. As writer Samuel G. Goodrich observed in 1840: “…a sleigh and horse go so quietly and noiselessly on the snow that some warning to the ear is necessary, especially at night…” After the first snow of the season, early New England families usually switched from wheels to runners, from carriage to cutter, and brought out the sleigh bells, foot warmers and fur robes. Moonlit sleigh rides were enormously popular, especially among the young and single. Goodrich wrote, “Parties of both sexes sit in sleighs as closely as they can be packed, and sometimes in each other’s laps.” For sleigh rally enthusiast and Lyn Howard driving a Portland Cutter, pulled by her Morgan, Sturbridge resident Anne Geyer, Green Meads Galen, at the 2011 Sleigh Rally. it is a thrill to drive in a sleigh at a forward trot when conditions are “just right” horses love the sound of the bells and show off on a packed, swift snow surface. “Imagine by carrying themselves proudly. The whole having the perfect horse and sleigh with a cozy experience of driving a sleigh can be romantic robe and warmers by your feet. The sleigh bells and peaceful, especially at the end of a storm and saddle chimes sound terrific. The driving when no one else is out.”

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the membership. Carol Frank, Barbara Akers, Joanne Cholakis, and Beth Corteville were re-elected as president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, respectively, while new board member Anne Willey joined re-elected board members Jeff Morse, Glenn Van Oort, and Kathleen Conklin. Anne replaces Sue Mallery on the board. Joanne Cholakis then presented the club’s financial report. Though the club ended up spending a bit more money than was taken in, SDA’s treasury contains enough of a financial cushion to make up the difference, thanks to the annual Mid-Winter Driving Conference, which remains SDA’s major fundraiser. Carol Frank followed up with a discussion about upcoming events for 2012. The club’s annual Twelfth Night Party will once again be

held at the home of Jack Alexander and Lyn Howard in Poestenkill, N.Y., on January 14, 2012. Call Jack and Lyn at 518-674-8582 if you plan to attend. Next, Carol talked about the aforementioned Mid-Winter Driving Conference. The scheduled guests are Dr. Kraig Kulikowski, an equine dentist, who will speak about bitting and the horse’s mouth; Holly Pulsifer, who will talk about designing and setting up courses for home practice; and Jeff Morse and Marc Johnson, who will discuss the 2012 ADS rule changes for pleasure and combined driving. The giveaway this year is an SDA key chain. At the conclusion of the meeting, many stayed to watch the races or play the electronic slot machines—it’s a fair bet that next year’s annual meeting will be held at the Racino. For more information on the Saratoga Driving Association, visit January 2012



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ld Sturbridge Village will celebrate the history and the joys of horse-drawn sleigh driving with an old-fashioned sleigh rally in Sturbridge, Mass., on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Antique horse-drawn sleighs—many of them between 80 and 120 years old—will converge on the Village for the sleigh rally, which will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will feature dozens of drivers competing in a variety of categories, including the popular Sleigh Dog and Currier & Ives divisions. The event is open to the public and free with museum admission. For more details call 800-SEE-1830, or visit A variety of horses and drivers will be at the Old Sturbridge Village Sleigh Rally. At last year’s event, some of the breeds represented included the Haflinger, Standardbred, English Shire, Gypsy, Clydesdale, Icelandic, Regular Mini, Morgan, Iberian Warmblood, Pinto, Welsh, Arabian, and Friesian. This year’s competition classes will include Pleasure Draft - Single Hitch; Pleasure Mini - Single Hitch; Pleasure Pony - Single Hitch; Pleasure Horse - Single Hitch; Sleigh Dog - All Hitches; Multi-Hitch (Mini and Pony); MultiHitch (Horse); Currier & Ives (Mini, Pony, Horse, and Draft); Junior to Drive; Ladies to Drive; and Gentlemen to Drive. Sleighs participating will include bob sleighs, Portland and Albany cutters, racing sleighs, freight sleighs, and more. Bob sleighs have “bobs,” which are double runners that make them more maneuverable and easy to turn sharply. Single runner sleighs can tip over if turned too sharply. Other winter activities at Old Sturbridge Village include ice skating (bring your own skates), horse-drawn sleigh rides around the Common, and sledding on 1830s-style sleds (weather permitting). After enjoying the museum’s outdoor winter activities, visitors can warm up indoors beside one of the Village’s many cozy fireplaces and take part in hands-on crafts and activities. Children can also spend time “pretending” in Old Sturbridge Village’s popular “KidStory” indoor play area.

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JENNIFER ROBERTS of Chesterfield, N.H., is proud to announce that her Half-Arabian gelding, CA Cartier, bred by Crossen Arabians in Coventry, Conn., is now CA Cartier +/. Since Jenn and “Louie” competed at the 2011 Sport Horse Nationals, the pair garnered enough points to receive the Legion of Supreme Honor title. WHITE BIRCH FARM of East Hampton, Conn., would like to congratulate their 2011 Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut Schooling Show year-end award winners! Congratulations go to Molly Diaz and Ben Kaset; Autumn Houle and KS Meriam; Shira Golan and Tommy Two Step; and Aviva Golan and Tommy Two Step. REGION 16 was well-represented at the 2011 Equine Affaire. Their booth included information on the Arabian breed, as well as equine inspired clothing, and goodies.Everyone who visited their table and donated $1 was given a chance to win two items, with the proceeds going to the Region 16 Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund. Winners had their choice of which item they wanted. The first prize, made and donated by Linda Misco, was an exquisite cross stitched bay Arabian horse head, matted and framed, which everyone wanted for their living room. The second item was an Amish crafted pine tack box made by Elmer Fisher Jr. from Ronks, Pa. All the barn folks wanted to take that box to their next show. The first name drawn was Cindy Reid from Paso Robles, Calif. Although she was thrilled her name was drawn and she would have loved the picture, she very generously chose to donate it back to the fund for next year. The second name drawn was Mr. and Mrs. John Denno of Windsor, Mass., who chose the tack box. The Region 16 Horsemen’s Distress Fund benefited with $1,200. THE CONNECTICUT RIVER ARABIAN ASSOCIATION (CRAA) extends their congratulations to all its




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THE NEW HAMPSHIRE ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION’S (NHAHA) Annual Meeting and Year-End Awards Banquet will be held on January 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Yard Restaurant in Manchester, N.H. NHAHA is asking their members to contact Sue Smith for more information via postal mail at 74 Rod & Gun Club Rd, Chester, NH 03036 or by visiting www. Club elections will be held during the meeting and nominations will be taken from the floor.

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members on a fantastic year. November 4, 2011 was the club’s fifth anniversary Year-End Banquet and Awards Ceremony which was held at The Gallery in Glastonbury, Conn. Members and friends traveled from all over New England to be greeted with hot appetizers and music. Following this was a wonderful sit-down dinner and dessert. A wide selection of silent auction items made many people very happy. Additionally, CRAA would like to thank their Fun and Learn Show hosts in 2011: Double A Arabians in April, judged by Jennifer Sullivan; DD Performance Horses in June, judged by Kyrsten Brawner; and Sterling Pointe Farm in September, judged by Deb Thomas. THE ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCATION OF MAINE (AHAME) is looking forward to a wonderful new year, with a line-up of shows including the Spring Classic Horse Show, to be held June 2-3, and the Autumnfest Horse Show, which will take place September 8-9. Both events will offer a large variety of classes for Arabian and non-Arabian owners, will give out an Open Versatility Award, and feature a Pink Ribbon Benefit class, with proceeds going towards the Dana Farber Institute for Cancer Research. Additionally, Arabian and Half-Arabian Versatility Awards will be offered at the Autumnfest Show. Other noncompetitive events slated for 2012 include the second annual AHAME Halloween Trail Ride, scheduled for Halloween weekend; and the second annual Ride and Learn Show Clinic with Jennifer Grady, scheduled for May 6. For more information, visit Send your Arabian news to Lauren Bousquet at



s many people know, the Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association (RIAHA) annual August Horse Show was postponed due to Hurricane Irene. This is one reason why you are reading about it at such a late date. This was quite a trip and an experience not to be welcome again. The staff did a wonderful job preparing for the show, which was held at a new facility. There was so much to offer exhibitors in the form of amenities, all to be postponed. It was a disappointment to all. Red Rock Farm, under the direction of Kevin Dwyer, was to be put to the test. However, all ran smoothly and everything was groomed to perfection when everyone involved had to get to work making phone calls to reschedule the event. Exhibitors had to be called, the caterer needed to be rescheduled, and advertisements for the event were repeated. The dedicated staff was back to square one, with a new show date changed from August 28 to October 8. There wasn’t much of a choice, as many other weekends were already filled with events. Those who attended would agree that the staff did a great job of putting things back together and held a great show. The exhibitors would also agree that it was a wonderful day and as for the weather, it couldn’t have been better. The temperature reached the 80s. There were a few drawbacks but all were remedied by great volunteers. The original caterer, for one, could not accommodate our new date; therefore, Richard Guilbault came to the rescue and was the cook for the day. No one complained and the food was great. Judy Kubiak filled in for the breakfast crowd offering doughnuts and coffee before moving on to running her usual raffle table. Bob Cardoza and Richard Murray combined their regular duties of parking attendents with helping with the set-up. Red Rock staff helped as well. Walter Comire pitched in before running to the ring for his duty of ringmaster along with Judge Chris Picardi. RIAHA was grateful that Mr. Picardi rearranged his schedule and was able to accommodate their new show date. Along with the regular classes, they reinstated the Jumping divisions this year and hope to continue to offer this again next year for the jumping enthusiasts.

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Arabian/Half-Arabian Walk/Trot Champions Stacy Hopkins and Magics Goldn Fancie.

All and all, it was a great day and the show was a success. This was the best year for sponsorships and RIAHA wishes to thank all who helped with generous donations and sponsorships. Manager Lu Guilbault, who always gives 100%, outdid herself again this year. Besides producing a great prize list, she made a large poster of all the donors and sponsors and posted it for all to see. Julie Baker, the year-end points chair, posted the standings to date for all members to see. This is the one show that gives double points. And members take advantage of the bonus to help their year-end standing. Exhibitors were greeted by a fine group of secretaries that kept the line short and on the move. As riders registered for their classes, they were given carrots for their horses and were offered goodies for themselves. This is how the organization likes to run their shows —with the exhibitors and spectators enjoying their day. They hope that all had a pleasant day and a fun one as well. The following is a list of some of the classes and winners: Kevin Dwyer won the Arabian Halter Mare/ Gelding/Stallion All Ages class with Savoy Shaman V. The winner of the Half-Arabian Halter Mare/ Gelding/Stallion All Ages was Stacy Hopkins with Magics Goldn Fancie. The Open Sport Horse In-Hand Champion was Jennifer Roberts with CA Cartier+/. Stacy Hopkins and Magics Goldn Fancie went away with the blue in Open Halter Mare/ Gelding/Stallion All Ages. Olivia Perry was the winner of Open Western Equitation with JJ Miss Liberty. The champion of Arabian/HalfArabian Equitation was Misty Baker with Glorious Sight. Shanna Gregg earned top honors in Open Equitation with Firefly by Carnival. Rebecca Eddy and RAE Lightmyfire took the win in Arabian/Half-Arabian Pleasure. Shanna Gregg won the Open Pleasure All Ages

with Magics Goldn Fancie. class with Firefly by Carnival. Julia Eddy won Open Walk/Trot/Canter with Jennifer Roberts and CA Cartier+/ won Open Just Playin Around. Sport Horse Under Saddle. Jennifer Roberts was the Open Low Hunter Olivia Perry placed first in Open Western 2' division champion on CA Cartier+/ and also Discipline Rail with JJ Miss Liberty. Rebecca Eddy won the Arabian/Half- won the Open Low Hunter 2'3" on DA Bowflex Arabian Pleasure Championship with and reserve champion on CA Cartier+/. She became the Day-End Grand Champion with RAE Lightmyfire. Julia Eddy was the victor in Open Discipline CA Cartier+/. Looking forward, 2012 will be off to a good Rail on Just Playin Around. Chelsea Minarsky received first place in Open start with the Installation Dinner, to be held on Green Horse Pleasure Walk/Trot/Canter aboard the first or second week in January. The club’s new slate of governors will be installed at this time Savoy Shaman V. Olivia Perry took top honors in Open Western and a brand new year of events and activities will be announced as well. The place and date of the Pleasure with JJ Miss Liberty. Chelsea Minarsky was the champion in Open dinner was not available at the time of this publiGreen Horse Command Walk/Trot/Canter on cation; therefore, check the website for all details. The Annual Banquet of Champions, to be Savoy Shaman V. Julia Eddy came away with the blue ribbon held at Bella’s Fine Dining Restaurant, a favorite in the Open Pleasure Championship with Just of club members, will be on March 4 or 11, pending at this time. The menu is to be a family Playin Around. Jennifer Roberts was the winner of Open Sport style dinner with meals prepared for members on Horse Under Saddle Championship with CA special diets. Check the website for all updates on Cartier+/. They also placed first in the RIAHA these two events. If you have any suggestions for special activiEquitation Medal Class Walk/Trot/Canter class. Stacy Hopkins was the winner of Open Walk/ ties that you would like RIAHA to host in 2012, Trot Equitation on Magics Goldn Fancie. The please feel free to call President Anne Cardoza. pair also won Arabian/Half-Arabian Walk/Trot She’s always open to new ideas. For more information on the Rhode Island Equitation, making them Arabian/Half-Arabian Arabian Horse Association, visit www.riarabianWalk/Trot division champions. Jaidyn Ramirez was the champion of Open Walk/Trot Pleasure on Burlwood’s Sunburst. Visit our website for: Andrea Fiore received t Expanded Inventory first place in Arabian/ Half-Arabian Walk/ t Faster Checkout Trot Pleasure with t Enhanced Pictures Heartbreaquer. t Product Wishlists The champion of the Open Walk/ Shop Trot Discipline Rail Online at was Amy Bibeault t English & Western Tack Your One Stop with Oliver. Andrea Fiore was the t Riding & Barn Apparel Shop for All Your champion of Arabian/ t Horse Supplements Horse Needs Half-Arabian Walk/Trot t Pet Feed & Supplies Discipline Rail with Heartbreaquer. They Log on Now to t Stable Equipment were the champion of See All the Great t Horse & Dog Clothing the RIAHA Equitation New Items & t Gifts & Toys Medal Walk/Trot as well. Features The Cheshire Horse Rebecca Eddy and 8 Whittemore Farm Road RAE Lightmyfire Fast FedEx Delivery Swanzey, New Hampshire placed first in Flat Rate of just $8! Arabian/Half-Arabian (603) 358-3001 Walk/Trot/Canter. 5"$,t"11"3&-t'&&%t4611-*&4 The champion of Open Sport Horse went New England’s Premier Equestrian Destination to Jennifer Roberts on CA Cartier+/. Stacy Hopkins placed )034&t1&5t-*7&450$, first in Open Walk/Trot


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Toni Gregoire with her horse, Nikki, and her dog, Haven. CONGRATULATIONS TO TONI GREGOIRE of Athol, Mass., for completing a very successful first show year with her mare Fancy Huh. This team has been named the Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) Champion in Open Aged Mares, Open Junior Trail, Amateur Mares 3 and Over, Amateur Select Showmanship, and Amateur Select Horsemanship. THE AQHA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW results are in. Congratulations to Reserve World Champion Gretchen Ingersoll of Londonderry, N.H., riding The One To Chase in Hunt Seat Equitation. Gretchen and “Bailey” also placed 13th in the Hunter Hack class at the show. T.R. Potts of East Windsor, Conn., is the Intermediate Reserve World Champion in Junior Western Riding, showing Hez All That for owner Debby Brehm of East Windsor, Conn. DANIEL CARLSON of Sheffield, Mass., earned some impressive awards at the World Show with his mare Are You Charlie, placing third in Amateur Trail, fourth in Amateur Horsemanship, ninth in Amateur Showmanship, and 14th in Amateur Performance Halter Mares. He was also the fourth place finisher in the 2011 Farnam All-Around Amateur competition, receiving a prize package that included $1,500 plus $250 in Farnam products. BETH STANTON of Cheshire, Conn., brought home some nice awards from the World Show, with She Made It Happen. Whitney Legacy placed third



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and will be joining veterans Johanna Letchworth and Maggie Fortune on the Varsity Equestrian Team. Congratulations Kelsey. Johanna claimed the team’s lone MVP of the day by defeating her opponent, 74.5-74 in an NCAA competition against New Mexico State at the New Mexico Sate Equestrian Center on October 29, 2011. She is a sophomore at South Carolina, and so far in the 2011-2012 season, has a 4-1 record in Daniel Carlson and Are You Charlie took a number of awards home from Horsemanship with two MVPs. the World Show. Maggie, of Hartford Conn., is a senior at the University of South showing the mare for Beth in Senior Trail, and Carolina. As the western team captain, she had a Beth placed sixth in Amateur Trail and 11th in 3-1-1 record in Horsemanship with one MVP for Amateur Showmanship. the 2011-2012 season at press time. MAGGIE FORTUNE of Hartford, Conn., and THE MASSQHA would like to announce the elecher mare Fantastic Invitation continued their tion results for 2012. Raeanne Bowden will be winning career at the World Show, placing fourth serving as President; with Michael McCallan in Amateur Performance Halter Mares and 11th taking the role of Vice President; Samantha in Amateur Horsemanship. Gretchen Mathes of Palmer was elected Treasurer; Diane Raymond Powderbrook Farm in Harwinton, Conn., showed will be the Recording Secretary; and Cindy the mare for the Fortune family to a seventh Anderson is the Corresponding Secretary. place win in Open Performance Halter Mares. The Board of Directors are: Nancy Moos, Jackie Hughes, Patti Liquori, Pam Currie, Toni Gregoire, THERE WERE SEVERAL OTHER TOP 15 WINNERS and Don Gillspie. The Newsletter Editor is Cindy from New England at the World Show. In Two-Year-Old Geldings, eighth place was awarded Hidell. The Youth Advisor, Queen/Princess Coordinator is Marge Tanner. to Be Elusive, owned by Dawn and Michael McCallan of Shirley, Mass., and shown by Jason THE MASSACHUSETTS YOUTH QUARTER HORSE Smith. In Senior Western Pleasure, ninth place ASSOCIATION would like to announce their elecwas won by Hes A Son Of A Chip, bred by Connie tion results for 2012. Alyssa Freitas will be leading Doubleday of North Franklin, Conn., and shown as President; with Jessica Stepanek taking on the by Pierre Briere for owner John McNichol. Lisa role of First Vice President and Amanda Putney Farrell of Greyledge Farm in Durham, Conn., rode serving as Second Vice President; Olivia Cundari Range To A Te for owner Isabel Scobie of Warwick, will be the Secretary; Rylee Desmarais will act N.Y., placing 10th in Junior Western Riding. Outta as Treasurer; and MaryKate Mahassle will serve Range placed 13th in Junior Trail, ridden by Torey as Reporter. The Board Of Directors are Macy Roderick for owner Theresa Briand of Cranston, Saulnier, Kelsey Brooks, Katie O’Connell, Amy R.I. Gretchen Mathes led Pine Chexed to 14th Putney, and Morgan Stevens. place in Open Performance Halter Geldings for owner Lisa Mazurka of Sutton, Mass. THE 2011 FARNAM SUPERHORSE WINNER was announced at the AQHA World Show on Sunday, POWDER BROOK FARM is thrilled to announce November 19, 2011. This year’s award was that Kelsey Urban is the University of South presented to Chex This Dually, who is owned Carolina’s newest Gamecock equestrian athlete,


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by Donald Tisdall of Castle rock, Colo. Chex This Dually, sired by Please Send Money and out of Docs Fashion Model, was bred by Durwood Strube of Proctor, Texas. The 2001 sorrel gelding earned 49 points in three classes. He was shown by aQHa Professional Horseman J.D. yates to the reserve World Champion title in Senior Tie-Down roping and Senior Heading and third place in Senior Heeling.

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s of January 2012, The Connecticut Ranch Horse Association (CTRHA) will be expanding its venues to include out of state events. With many of our members being from surrounding states, and many competitions being held short distances from Connecticut boarders, we felt it was time to expand. We are still working out some of the details and criteria for potential host facilities and welcome any out of state facility

The 2011 Farnam all-around amaTeur winner was announced at the aQHa World show on Monday, november 14, 2011. Lauren Eichstadt of Greenville, Pa., and Its My Lucky Detail, bred by Larry and Linda Whitaker of rogers, ark., earned 39 points competing in three classes to win the coveted title. In addition to the title, Lauren and Its My Lucky Detail took home a prize package that included $15,000, plus $1,000 in Farnam products, an embroidered fusion contour western blanket courtesy of WeatherBeeta, a rose bouquet, and a bronze by Lisa Perry. TraCy MarTIn

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New this year, AQHA recognized the top three Intermediate exhibitors in each class at all four of its World Championship shows. Just as with the championship titles, three Intermediate awards Championships wrap up in oklahoma City were given–champion, reserve champion, and third place. he AQHA World Show hosted In addition to receiving world 1,462 riders from the United States, titles, three individuals were Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, awarded top honors, which Italy, Mexico, and Venezuela who included the Farnam All-Around competed for more than $1.9 million in prize Amateur Award, Farnam money in addition to custom-designed trophies, Superhorse Award and the Montana Silversmiths champion belt buckles, Oklahoma City Leading Owner logoed Cripple Creek jackets and the honor Award. of being crowned an American Quarter Horse Farnam All-Around Amateur Association World Champion. contenders competed in a Exhibitors qualified for the event by earning variety of events throughout the a predetermined number of points throughout 2011 American Quarter Horse the year to secure a spot in each of the classes. Association Bank of America The show featured 94 classes, representing Amateur World Championship English, western, and halter disciplines. The Show. This year, 64 competitors Oklahoma City economy received an estivied for the award. mated $32.8 million boost during the show’s Senior Working Cow Horse World Champions Corey Cushing 15-day run. and Rising Starlight. continued on page 107

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to contact us for more information. We also plan to include Open, Pro-Am, and Novice awards in each division. We are looking forward to the new year and to including more venues and riders of all levels of ability. Points are being tallied for the year-end awards, and we will be hosting our Annual Awards Banquet in February. Please visit the website for more details at

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When he’s not shoeing horses or team roping, longtime CTRHA member John “Lucky” Matthews can be found on his Morris, Conn., farm with Bentley the Brahma Bull. John has held a lifelong commitment to animals, and last spring he purchased Bentley with the goal of training him to be ridden and to perform tricks. So far, he has been hugely successful, as Bentley is more than willing to show off for the camera and to anyone who wishes to be part of the audience. John started working with Bentley when he was 1-month-old by visiting him for a few hours twice a week. He brought him home when he was three months old and they were already fast friends. Along with his Australian Cattle Dog, Brody, Bentley has been taken just about everywhere John goes with a truck and trailer. Bentley has been attending ropings, pennings, and rodeos all season long and is well known among Connecticut Ranch Horse members. Bentley is now a steer, but he really prefers to think of himself as a very large and extremely

John’s Australian Cattle Dog, Brody, entices Bentley for a game of “tag.”

handsome dog. The work that John has done with him is evident from the moment you enter his pasture. Bentley comes over, asks that you give him a good scratch on his forehead and long, stately, neck, and then is happy to show off what he and John can do. Completely halter broke, Bentley will take a bow, stand on a pedestal, and will allow John to get on his back. John started to sit on him when he was about nine months old, and hopes to have him trained to ride this coming year. It is amazing how gentle and socialized Bentley is. After his performance, he shared 10-year-old Cody Martin’s apple cider, escorted us over to the gate, and then played with “his” dog, Brody. As amazing as it was to see how gentle Bentley was with us humans, watching him play with Brody

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was even more incredible. They ran around the pasture like they were litter mates and lifelong pals. John and his wife April also share a love of all creatures on their Morris farm. When you pull into the yard you are greeted by two pot belly pigs and two goats that the couple has rescued, three horses, and their latest addition, “Peeps,” a little Swedish Valhund rescue dog. Despite his lack of stature, Peeps keeps up with John and Brody at every turn. Connecticut Ranch Horse applauds the Matthews family for doing what they can to help save those whom others have forgotten! For more information on the Connecticut Ranch Horse Association, visit ctrha/wordepress.

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during the event. A large number of awards were given out to the winning exhibitors throughout the competition. In total, $319,000 in cash and $175,000 worth of prizes was presented to the champions throughout the week. The following is a list of some of the first place finishers. Terry Brooks, John May, and Kenneth Wallace were the champions of the #11 Masters Penning. Dustin Johnson, Mike Baker, and Jimmy Ham had the winning average in #13 Penning. The #11 Penning Average Champions were Brian Buckner, Paige Westfall, and Terry Brooks. Seth Hensley, Brett Hensley, and Cody Allred were on the first place team for the #5 with the #3 Incentive Penning Average. Sydney Duleba and Caleb Bromley were the champions of continued on page 108

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he United States Team Penning Association (USTPA) 2011 Wrangler World Championship was held at the state-of-the-art Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La., this year. A total of 1,605 teams, made up of penning, sorting, and costume and fun class competitors, turned out for the event, which took place from October 30 to November 5. There were many entertaining events held at the Championship this year, including the Exhibitor Welcome Reception that featured a Louisiana-style buffet and the Louisianan Cattlemen’s Association Awards Banquet. The banquet offered a smoked brisket dinner, free of charge to all exhibitors. Many participants also enjoyed the Halloween Costume Contest and the timed “Dash for Cash” One Rider on One Cow Penning Contest. There was also a kid-friendly Halloween Barbecue and special entertainment at the Cimarron Trailers Family Fun Night that was free for all competitors and their friends and family. A live auction and a silent auction took place over the week, as well. Nearly 500 stalls were used for competitors, as well as approximately 1,000 heads of cattle

Gary Estes in #11 Masters Penning.

Maggie Chase competing in #5 Penning.

AQHA World Show On November 11, Lauren Eichstadt of Greenville, Pa., who showed Its My Lucky Detail, received the title of All-Around Amateur. Its My Lucky Detail is a 2001 bay gelding, owned by Madison Eichstadt of Greenville, Pa. Sired by Last Detail and out of Run To Seattle by Seattle Song, Its My Lucky Detail was bred by Larry and Linda Whitaker of Rogers, Ark. Eichstadt and the gelding Senior Trail World Champions Jason Martin and Design earned 39 points competing in By Leaguer. three classes. They placed third in Amateur Working Hunter and Amateur Hunter plus $2,000 worth of Farnam products, a Hack. The pair also won the reserve champion WeatherBeeta blanket and an original Lisa Perry bronze. There were 46 contenders for the title in Amateur Equitation Over Fences. The Farnam Superhorse Award is the top Farnam Superhorse this year. Donald Tisdale of Castle Rock, Colo., honor at the AQHA World Show. It is presented to the horse who earns the most points in three was given the Farnam Superhorse Award on or more events in two categories during the November 19 with his American Quarter show. The winning owner receives $25,000 Horse Chex This Dually. Sired by Please Send

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Money and out of Docs Fashion Model, Chex This Dually was bred by Durwood Strube of Proctor, Texas. The 2001 sorrel gelding earned 49 points in three classes. He was shown by AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates to the Reserve World Champion title in Senior Tie-Down Roping and Senior Heading and third place in Senior Heeling. Rita Crundwell of Dixon, Ill., earned the title of the 2011 Oklahoma City Leading Owner for the eighth year in a row on November 19 at the 2011 American Quarter Horse Association FedEx Open World Championship Show. Crundwell entered 19 horses to compete in this year’s event. The award is presented to the owner who earns the most points with horses entered and shown in the 2011 FedEx Open World Championship Show. At least three horses must be entered and shown for an owner to be eligible for the award. All horses must be in the same single ownership identification as listed on the official entry form. For more news from the Bank of America Amateur and FedEx Open World Championship Show, visit January 2012



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NRHA Futurity andrea Fappani and LiL Joe Cash CLaim viCtory in LeveL 4 open Championship


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the Junior Youth Penning Average. The winners of the Senior Youth Penning Average were Jordan Byrd, Whitney Lynch, and Danielle Goyer. Jared and Jordan Lesh had the best average in the Open with a #8 Incentive Sorting. The #9 Sorting Average Champions were Dustin Johnson and Kris Potts. Paige Westfall and Matt Foreman’s team won the #6 Sorting Average. DeRoy White and Larry Newport were on the winning team for the #3 Sorting Average. For more information on the USTPA World Championship and a full list of results, visit


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The Buckles, ridden by Fappani team-member Arno Honstetter. The co-reserve championship paid $119,133 with 5%, $5,956.65, going to the nominators (Spook Off Sparks –

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he 2011 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) $540,000added Open Futurity finals were held November 24 - December 3, 2011, at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. This year’s riders were mounted on world-class reining horses all aiming for the $150,000 championship purse and their share of NRHA Corporate Partner and Futurity Sponsor awards. NRHA Professional and Two Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani and Lil Joe Cash were the first draw in the second section of the Open Futurity finals. They marked a 227.5 to set the bar in the $280,000-added Level 4 Open division. They held the lead and took the championship title. The pair earned $150,000 including the 5% nominator incentive. Kurt Harris, the nominator, earned $7,500. There was a tie for the reserve championship in the Level 4 Open division: Spook Off Sparks, also ridden by Fappani, and the last horse to work in the finals, Show Me

Level 4 Open Champions Andrea Fappani and Lil Joe Cash. Level 4 Non Pro and Level 3 Non Pro Champions Veronica St-Onge and Spooks N Sparks.

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Rosanne Sternberg and Show Me The Buckles – Rebeca Martin). Never before has a rider taken the championship and reserve championship (or co-championship) in the Level 4 Open Futurity. Fappani will leave his name in the NRHA record books yet again. Jason Vanlandingham and A Smokin Whiz tied with Eduardo Salgado and Gunner Boy in the Level 3 Open division. Both entries scored a 223. Following a run-off in which Vanlandingham scored a 226 and Salgado earned a 225.5, Vanlandingham was declared the Level 3 Open Champion. First place in the division paid $31,184.41 with nominator Sunrise Ranch LLC earning $1,559.22. In both the $75,000-added Level 2 Open and $35,000-added Level 1 Open divisions, Brazilian rider Salgado and Gunner Boy were victorious, winning $29,429.77, including a nominator incentive. Crawford and Cashn Rooster tied with Michael Boyle and Easy Lil Lady for the Prime Time division championship. This division winner is determined by a handicapped composite score. Nu Chex To Cash won the NRHA Sire & Dam Award totaling more than $10,800 with second place going to Smart Spook and third place going to Wimpys Little Step.

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The $260,000 added 2011 NRHA/Cinch Non Pro Futurity Finals welcomed back 53 Non Pros to compete in a clean-slate format for more than $560,000 in cash, approximately 30% larger than last year’s purse due to NRHA Nomination Program money. In addition to the purse, finalists received a variety of prizes from NRHA Corporate Partners and coveted NRHA Futurity titles. Quincy Cahill Allen and her Conquistador Chick marked a 219 in the first section of the finals to set the pace for the rest of the field. She led for most of the second section. However, with six runs remaining, Veronica St-Onge and Spooks N Sparks were ready to make their mark. They scored a 221 to claim championship honors in the $100,000-added Level 4 Non Pro and $70,000-added Level 3 Non Pro divisions. The pair earned over $65,000 for their wins. The reserve championship was awarded to Mandy McCutcheon who marked a 220 on Justa Smart Star. McCutcheon and the stallion earned over $28,000. Michael Jeffcoat and his Spooks Gotta Run earned the Level 2 Non Pro division and Prime Time Non Pro division championship after marking a 218. Jeffcoat earned more than $34,000, including his third place finish in the Level 3 Non Pro division. The Level 1 Non Pro Futurity Championship and Level 2 Non Pro Futurity Reserve Championship went to Germany’s Felix Schnabel and Gunner Be Good with a score of 215.5. For the win they earned more than $22,000. For more information on the NRHA Futurity, visit

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Appaloosa World Show BRINGs COLOR TO FORT WORTH, Texas


tors are to be commended for their patience, cooperation, and sense of duty to the horse industry during the brief halt in activity because of a potential case of infectious disease. Everyone handled the situation well and earned the respect of horse owners nationwide.” Now the ApHC is gearing up for the 65th National Appaloosa Show & 2012 World Championship Appaloosa Youth Show at the Built FordTough Livestock Complex at Tulsa Expo Square, July 9-21, 2012. Visit for the most up-todate information regarding this event. show results

Western Horse Champion Choclate Lady Fingrs, owned by Curtis and Priscilla Barns.

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xhibitors, owners, trainers, equine enthusiasts, and nearly 700 of the world’s most colorful Appaloosas came together October 21-29, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center for an exciting 2011 World Championship Appaloosa Show hosted by the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC). The annual nine-day international event showcased the world’s most talented Appaloosas and exhibitors, all of whom competed for amazing prizes and prestigious titles in 170 classes including cattle, western, English, jumping, games, freestyle reining, and halter. Some of the equine industry’s most exciting competitions are uniquely Appaloosa events such as the Rope Race and the horse against horse Nez Perce Stake Races—these are always among the crowd favorites! In addition to great classes, some of the most coveted honors in the Appaloosa industry were awarded at the World Show, including Nutrena Iron Horse, World’s Best Appaloosa Champion Cattle Horse, Western Horse, English Horse, Games Horse, World Show Leading Breeder and numerous high point awards. The ApHC proudly hosted the annual Toys for Tots Benefit in conjunction with freestyle reining, raising more than $1,300 and collecting five bins of new toys for the children of Fort Worth, Texas. The club would like to thank everyone who contributed and made this charity event a success. In summing up this year’s World Show, ApHC CEO Steve Taylor offered the following praises, “One of the most encouraging things about this year’s show was the overall quality of the Appaloosa horses being exhibited and the competitiveness within the classes. ApHC breeders and owners should be proud of what they have accomplished and they need to be recognized for elevating the status of our breed in the equine industry. “Just as importantly, World Show exhibi-

Open High Point Over Fences Horse Skip the Lineup, owned by Laurie Knox.

The following is a listing of the championship results from the 2011World Appaloosa Horse Show: World’s Best appaloosa: CH: shys Blue Boy, owned by abby Bruno, Moreno Valley, Calif.; re: Clearly uncommon, owned by richard and pam Brown, Greene, n.y. nutrena Iron Horse aWard: shys Blue Boy, owned by abby Bruno, Moreno Valley, Calif. World sHoW leadInG Breeder: Char o lot ranch, owned by the schembris, Myaaka City, Fla. open oVerall HIGH poInt exHIBItor: dale sullens, aubrey, texas. all-around non pro: Carissa Cruse, santa Fe, texas. Cattle Horse: CH: Hollywood darlene, owned by daniel and dorine Bennett, Madison, s.d.; re: Clearly uncommon, owned by richard and pam Brown, Greene, n.y. Western Horse: CH: Choclate lady Fingrs, owned by Curtis and priscilla Barns, Galatia, Ill.; re: shys Blue Boy, owned by abby Bruno, Moreno Valley, Calif. enGlIsH Horse: CH: shys Blue

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Boy, owned by abby Bruno, Moreno Valley, Calif.; re: skip the lineup, owned by laurie Knox, sherwood park, alberta, Canada. GaMes Horse: CH: sandy Jewel, owned by evelyn a. Hanchett and Jessica Hanchett-Botke, Jackson, Mich.; re: Jo dominoes red dog, owned by richard and Jeff lankford, princeton, Ind. open HIGH poInt oVer FenCe Horse: skip the lineup, owned by laurie Knox, sherwood park, alberta, Canada. non pro HIGH poInt oVer FenCe Horse: Memphis sensation, owned by page and dawson simpson, Jacksonville, Fla. HIGH poInt non pro: CH: sherri a. Mell, san antonio, texas; re: M. Wade smith, Geary, okla. HIGH poInt 35 & oVer non pro: CH: lisa Berger, Coral springs, Fla.; re: dr. ted Zajac III, Coopersburg, pa. non pro HIGH poInt Masters: CH: lori Conger, okema, okla.; re: Karen J. lewis, Kearney, nev. HIGH poInt noVICe non pro: CH: Kristi albin, san antonio, texas; re: tarah aitkens, edmonton, alberta, Canada. non pro GaMes Horse: CH: strawmans deuce, owned by Jena Johnson, rockfield, Ky.; re: Mega Jet, owned by ronald Harkins, Felton, pa., and andrew r. Harkins of york, pa. non pro Cattle Horse: CH: Freckles War Cloud, owned by richard schlough, reedsburg, Wis.; re: Credence, owned by sherri a. Mell of san antonio, texas. non pro Halter exHIBItor: CH: david W. Beck, stockton, Calif.; re: sylvia r. Haines, union Bridge, Md. non pro Western exHIBItor: CH: leigh Bruno, Moreno Valley, Calif.; re: tristanna Bickford, Cheyenne, Wyo. non pro sHoWMansHIp/equItatIon exHIBItor: CH: Carissa Cruse, santa Fe, texas; re: Kailie n. tsihlis, Bethlehem, pa. non pro enGlIsH exHIBItor: CH: Jennifer a. Carter, Clark lake, Mich.; re: page simpson, Jacksonville, Fla. ● January 2012



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Competitors line up during the Youth Champion of Champions Hunt Seat Equitation class.

2011 Color Breed Congress AttrActs NeArly 700 exhibitors from Across the NAtioN


into was not the only type of colored horse at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Expo Square this fall as Palominos, Buckskins, Appaloosas, and Ponies of the Americas (POAs) shared the spotlight in Tulsa, Okla., during the Color Breed Congress horse show on November 2-6, 2011. Almost 700 exhibitors, totaling 2,700 entries, representing 31 states and three different countries competed for cash and prizes during the annual event that was presented by the Pinto Horse Association of America, Inc (PtHA). The Color Breed Congress held classes approved by the Pinto Horse Association, Palomino Horse Breeders of America, American Buckskin Registry Association, International Buckskin Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, and the Pony of the Americas Club. “The basic idea of the event was really set up as six separate breed shows, competing at one time,” said Darrell Bilke, Show Manager and PtHA Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. “Then, to add a little fun to the event, we had the Color Breed Cash

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Pleasure Champions Sarah Clark and Real Decked Out Chip.

Challenge and the Champion of Champion classes that allowed all the breeds to show together. The exhibitors are showing the same

horses the same way, but against different horses and judges to add a little more prestige. It was exciting to see all the breeds compete together in one arena!” The Congress started with halter and longe line classes, moved to English and driving, and finished with trail, gymkhana, and western performance. Not only were the classes impressive, the awards were of equal quality, valuing over $100,000. Medallions and embroidered jackets, Kensington halter and saddlebags, and high point and reserve high point belt buckles designed by Gist Silversmiths were included on the prize list, but plenty of exhibitors took home a chunk of the $12,000 in prize money as well. Dual approved National Snaffle Bit Association classes offered a chance at cash and trophies, while the Color Breed Cash Challenge classes had an additional $500 added in the Open division disciplines. Perhaps the most entertaining classes were the Champion of Champion events for Youth, Amateur and Open competitors. Just by placing in the top two in halter or top three in their respective breeds’ performance classes, exhibitors were eligible to enter the final events. With such tough competition available, it is no surprise that Pintos, Palominos, Buckskins, Appaloosas and POAs turned out to create an impressive event. In keeping with PtHA tradition, more than 50 exhibitors had the opportunity to show off their moves in the Equine Chronicle Hula Hoop Hoedown. The entrant that kept their hoop up the longest won a cap and towel in their prize pack all donated by the Equine Chronicle. Lighthearted smiles were also seen in abundance during the Congress Cookout when the PtHA provided dinner for all the competitors and their families. Exhibitors and spectators alike also participated in the Dirty Dungo, which paid back $455 to the lucky winner, while the other half of the funds raised were donated to the Pinto Youth Scholarship Fund. To learn more about the Association, visit or call the PtHA Headquarters at 405-491-0111.







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A youth PtHA exhibitor after her trail class.

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New England Pinto Horse Association Announces september HigH point AwArd winners


inter has crept in and we can at least start planning for the show season. The club has already coordinated some of their shows, to be held May 12 and 13, July 7 and 8, August 11 and 12, and September 15 and 16, 2012. Dues for upcoming membership need to be in as of January 1, 2012. The Color Breed Congress was held in Oklahoma in November 2011. One of our members, Lee McKenna, cleaned house with several championships. She won championships in Open Stock/Halter Type Mares, Junior Amateur Showmanship, Junior Amateur Discipline Rail English, and Amateur Halter Mares Stock Hunter Type. She also earned fourth in Amateur English Equitation, fifth in Junior Amateur Western Showmanship, seventh in Open Hunter Under Saddle, tenth in Junior Amateur Hunter Under Saddle, and Reserve Grand Champion in Overall

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submitted by eileen Flynn ricci Lee McKenna with Luxury Edition after their win in Disc Rail English (at right) and (below) with Brie Saucier and Royal Invitation and Gabby Sgouris and The Wizards Wand.

Halter Mares. Lee did an outstanding job and made New England very proud! If you have any news or updates, such as a new foal or a new horse in the barn, please email so we can get you in our articles! For more information on the New England Pinto Horse Association, visit

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The following are the September High Point Champions: Mini horse: Mary adams, oTM Fashion By Magic. aMaTeur Mini: Mary adams, oTM Fashion By Magic. aMaTeur Pony: Kathy McCullogh, hez Tuff as nails. noviCe aMaTuer: anne Jennings, ultimatley Charming. noviCe youTh: Lilia Buccini, rock The Bank. Junior youTh: alee roberson, Blue Diamond Dell. senior youTh: Lilia Buccini, rock The Bank. BreeDing sToCK: hus Jan Foster, Zips Dirty Chip.●



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News In The Nation The European Tour Apassionata will make its U.S. debut April 2012 in Louisville, Ky.

Hit the Trails for ARC Head to Wellington, Fla., on March 26 for a trail ride through Grand Prix Village and neighboring equestrian estates, benefiting the american red Cross national Disaster relief Fund. Sheila Burke reynolds, Candice King, and Charlie Jacobs are chairing the fundraiser, which will honor show jumping legend rodney Jenkins. Participants are encouraged to wear red and prizes will be given to the best dressed. all proceeds go directly to the red Cross. (

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Professional association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PaTH Intl.) award winners were honored november 11 at the group’s annual banquet in Lexington, Ky. The banquet celebrated people and equines who change the lives of those with physical, mental, emotional, and learning challenges. Congratulations to all recipients, including Mary Jo Beckman of Loudoun Therapeutic riding, who was awarded the James Brady Lifetime achievement award. (

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From Across the Pond Apassionata, Europe’s most successful live show featuring more than 40 horses, will make the North American debut of its new show “The Beginning,” this year. Starting on April 27 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., it will embark on a 66-city arena tour. Connect with the show via Facebook and Twitter to get exclusive content and upcoming offers. (

renowned horseman Clinton anderson is planning four levels of horsemanship clinics this year at the Downunder Horsemanship ranch in Stephenville, Texas. It all starts april 25 to May 5 with the Fundamentals Clinic, in which participants learn how to transform a stiff, heavy and unwilling horse into a soft, supple and cooperative partner. The curriculum focuses on anderson’s horsemanship philosophy and over 30 groundwork and riding exercises. (

Team Canada Heads South Canadian clinicians Jonathan Field and Glenn Stewart will be stopping in Murfreesboro, Tenn., March 9-11, 2012, to compete in road to the Horse International. The two Canadian greats will work together to train a horse using natural horsemanship techniques. Field and Stewart will have tough competition from the Team uSa and Team australia horsemen. (

Getting Started Tommy Garland has been crowned the colt starting champion! He competed Glenn Stewart will be representing Canada in the 2012 against two other extraordinary Road to the Horse International. trainers, Chase Dodd and Brock Griffith, for three days with three young, unstarted horses horse didn’t even flinch as whips were cracked at the 2011 Equine Extravaganza Celebrity Trainer about his head and tarps were draped over his hindChallenge. On day one, Garland quickly gained the quarters while Garland rode him quietly around trust of his nervous horse, and by day three the the arena. (


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Clinton Anderson will be teaching clinics at his Downunder Horsemanship Ranch starting in April.

89th Royal Horse Show offers entertaining competition for all riding enthusiasts


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Eric Lamaze competed in Toronto with Herald 3—just days after his Olympic gold medal mount Hickstead collapsed and died while showing in Verona, Italy.

of the night, which continued through to the very end, besting a prominent international field to come out on top. The CDI 3* Dressage presented by Dominion Regalia began in the afternoon with the Grand Prix, where Ashley Holzer looked to maintain her near-domination of the series with her new horse, Breaking Dawn. Holzer was well on her way—taking the Grand Prix with an overall score of 69.319%. Victoria Winter finished in second with Proton and Gary VanderPloeg took third with Degas. continued on page 114

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n Friday, November 4, the honorable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, officially opened the 89th Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, Ontario, and with it, the prestigious Royal Horse Show at the Ricoh Coliseum. The action began with the initial rounds of both the $100,000 Canadian Show Jumping Championships, and the $20,000 Good Crop Services Indoor Eventing Championships where the top talent in equestrian sport met to vie for titles, cash, and in the case of the Canadian Ashley Holzer defended her CDI 3* title for at least the third Show Jumping Championships, year in a row—this time with Breaking Dawn. two coveted berths in the second week’s International division. The weekend’s Amber Marshall, was on hand during the rodeo championship entries included nine-time and held an autograph session for ticket holders Olympic veteran Ian Millar, his longtime immediately following the event. Opening weekend also included the return Canadian teammate Jill Henselwood, and defending Canadian Champion Yann Candele. of Horse Hockey, part of the Saturday matinee Waylon Roberts took the Good Crop Services horse show performance, where NHL stars Indoor Eventing Championship on Saturday Curtis Joseph, Darcy Tucker, Mark Napier for an astonishing fifth time in six years, and and Darryl Sittler exchanged skates for saddles Candele claimed the Canadian Show Jumping and steeds in an exciting polo match with Championships following a nail-biting two- professional polo players Dave Offen and round test, which saw the top five horses Cliff Sifton. The luck of the Irish was with Dermott separated by just four points heading into the Lennon on Tuesday evening, as he blazed final round. New Zealand’s eventing legend and double around the course in the $31,000 Jolera Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Todd, who International Jumper Welcome with his young had a disappointing first round in the Indoor mare Loughview Lou Lou; besting American Eventing series, threw down the gauntlet by superstars McLain Ward and Richard Spooner jumping clean and fast and very nearly took while laying groundwork to defend his 2010 the title from the Roberts family—including Leading International Rider title at the Royal. The story of the evening, however, was unseating Waylon’s father Ian Roberts, who had Eric Lamaze’s return to competition, just days been in the lead heading into the final round. In the end, second went to Michele Mueller after the death of his adored Olympic gold with Amistad and Todd jumped into third medal partner Hickstead, who passed away in riding Charley Farley. The night was capped by Verona, Italy. Upon entering the ring on his mount Herald the second and third rounds of the Canadian Show Jumping Championships in which 3, Lamaze was greeted with rousing applause, Candele gave a clean performance in multiple which quickly turned into a standing ovation rounds to finish the competition with no faults from the crowd. The pair jumped a solid, whatsoever. His equine partner certainly lived confident round with no rails down and just up to his name “Game Ready,” besting an two time faults, finishing in 10th overall and exceptional field containing Olympians and past settling any doubts as to whether he was ready to compete so soon after Canadian champions. Sunday, November 6, brought the action- such a trauma. $75,000 Ricoh On November 9, Scott Big Ben Grand packed Ontario Toyota Dealers Royal Rodeo to the Ricoh Coliseum once more. Bull riding, Brash of the United Prix winners bronc riding and barrel racing were the highlights Kingdom, set the tone Harrie Smolders of this exciting day. The star of CBC’s Heartland, with the first clean round and Regina Z.

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News In The Nation be randomly assigned to approved trainers and will be picked up from the Bureau of Land Management facility in Pauls Valley, Okla., Roping EvEnt plannEd foR laboR day WEEkEnd in May. “Our trainers have showcased the talents of Mustangs as roping partn 2012, the Mustang Heritage ners for years, and this event will Foundation will launch a allow them to focus on roping more new concept in its successful specifically to display the athletic Extreme Mustang Makeover ability and intelligence of American events with the first Extreme Mustangs,” said Mustang Heritage Mustang Makeover Team Roping. Foundation Executive Director The event is designed to show the Patti Colbert. trainability of Mustangs and their The Mustang Heritage Foundation ability to successfully compete in in cooperation with the Bureau roping events. The wild American of Land Management created the Mustangs previously untouched Extreme Mustang Makeover events by humans will begin training to highlight the recognized value of for the competition in May. The the breed through a national training Extreme Mustang Makeover Team competition. The events give the Roping will be held August 31 public a unique opportunity to see September 1 at the Wildfire Arena Holly Davis, a Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover 2010 finalist, the results of wild horses becoming in Salado, Texas. It will be held in displays the breed’s ability at roping. trained mounts and then have the conjunction with the Sixth Annual The competition will consist of four classes— chance to adopt one of these treasured animals. Resistol Roping. For more information on the Extreme Applications are due April 2, 2012. An steer stopping, heeling, team roping (option to estimated $30,000 in prize money will be up head or heel) and a maneuvers class to display Mustang Makeover Team Roping or other for grabs to the top 10 placing trainers. All the reining ability of the horse. In addition to Extreme Mustang Makeover events, visit www. Mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang competing for an estimated $30,000 purse, For more inforMakeover Team Roping will be available for trainers will also receive 50% of the adoption mation on the Mustang Heritage Foundation, adoption on September 1 following the event. price above the $200 minimum. Mustangs will visit

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On Saturday, November 12, the final day of the 89th Royal Horse Show, Harrie Smolders of the Netherlands won the $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Challenge with Regina Z to conclude the International Jumping division. America’s Lauren Hough finished second with four faults and a time of 35.28 seconds, followed by Ireland’s Conor Swail and Dermott Lennon in third and fourth respectively. Second, third and fourth were decided by times within one second of each other. Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward took the Leading International Rider title following a rather unfortunate rail in the first round of the night which left him out of the jump-off. “We were a little unlucky,” lamented Ward after the class. “My horse jumped well but I had a rail in the first round and that’s the sport. He jumped great all week and I’m very happy with him. Being named the Leading International Rider really shows how consistent we were as it was actually quite a good battle this week.” The exciting competition ended with celebrations that included the presentation of the “Cup” classes—the Governor General’s Cup

Lauren Hough and Quick Study took second in the $75,000 Ricoh Big Ben Grand Prix.

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Day Phone: _________________________________ Evening Phone: __________________________________

Tell us about yourself and your experience: Team Penning and Roping: Prior and/or current rating: Team Penning: _________ Roping: __________

Email: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Family Memberships Only: List the additional names and dates of birth (for Juniors only). To help us to plan activities, please answer the following questions: My primary interest is in: ❒ Dressage Will you volunteer? ❒ yes ❒ no

❒ Combined Training

❒ Other________________

visit our website: email us:

Please make checks payable to: CDCTA and mail completed application and check to: CDCTA Membership c/o Shelby Wajcs • 18 Charlie Circle, South Windsor, CT 06074

Team Penning or Roping experience: ______________________________________________________ Additional Family Members (please add age for members under 18 yrs): Name: ______________________________________ Experience: _______________________________ Name: ______________________________________ Experience: _______________________________ Signature: ______________________________________________________Date: __________________

Connecticut Trail Rides Association, Inc. Membership Application

Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc. 2012 Membership Application ❏

New Member ❏ Renewal Type of membership desired: Individual/Junior $30.00 (Please attach name and date of birth of each junior member on a separate sheet) ❏ *Family $45.00 ❏ Corporate, Business or Farm $50.00 ❏ Horse/Pony $15.00

Name Address



Zip Code Email

Horse/Pony ($15.00 each): (if pony, indicate size‑—‑S, M ,L)

TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED $________________ INTERESTS: ❏ Hunter ❏ Jumper ❏ Breed ❏ Western ❏ Pleasure ❏ Dressage Do you wish to receive the Pedlar from CHSA? ❏ Yes ❏ No ❏ We agreed to abide by the rules set forth by CHSA, if applicable, I declare that I am an Amateur in accordance with “USEF Article

❒ Individual Membership (Must be 18 years old) ..................................................................................... $25.00 ❒ Family Membership (Includes children under 18 years old) .............................................................. $30.00 ❒ Lifetime Membership .................................................................................................................................... $255.00 ❒ Lot Dues ................................................................................................................................................................ $45.00 ❒ Stall Dues ($5.00 per stall) ................................................................................................................................ $5.00 ❒ New Members one time charge ................................................................................................................... $10.00 • New Members only: Before paying for a camp site, you must contact the camp director: Ann Dominick at 352-208-1809. • Your name will be put on the lot list in the order they are received. You cannot hold a lot unless you have a horse. Amount Enclosed $ Name:

GR808 Amateur Status.” SIGNATURE ______________________________ (If junior, parent or guardian must sign) DATE ______________ *A Family is a married couple or parent(s) and all children under 18. If showing Walk/Trot or Jog Divisions, please identify (S)addle, (W)estern or (H)unt seat. Show entries must be made using registered name or points will not count.


Make checks payable to CHSA and mail to: CHSA Membership, c/o G. Jensen, 195 Wildwood Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410. Points accrue immediately upon receipt of application and dues by Show/Steward at a CHSA Member Show or the postmark date of an application and dues by the Membership Chairman.

Make checks payable to CTRA and mail application to: Kim Dore, CTRA secretary, 59 Litchfield Rd., Morris, CT 06763 • Dues must be paid by March 1st in order to receive your yearly subscription of the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar and to hold your lots.


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Zip Code:

AffiliAtes Maine Horse Association, Inc. Membership Application 2012 Each membership is entitled to a membership card and subscription to the MHA official publication (January 1 – December 31). Return to MHA Treasurer: Penny Cote, 11 Canyon Way, Windham, ME 04062. Type of Membership Requested:

❏ Family: $35.00 / $25.00 if received before March 1st (Includes husband, wife and all children aged 17 & under listed below.) Adult: ____________ Youth:____________ Age 17 & under. Date of birth required below. ❏ Individual: $30.00 / $20.00 if received before March 1st

❏ Individual Life: $250.00

Name_______________________________________________Spouse_________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________________ City_________________________________________________State__________________Zip Code__________ Phone No. (____)_____________________________ Names and birthdates of all children 17 & under:

1. _________________________________________ 2. ________________________________________

For information on the Norfolk Hunt Club visit:

3. _________________________________________ 4. ________________________________________ Please enclose a check made out to the Maine Horse Association for the following: Membership Fee $________ Total $________

Northeast Miniature Horse Club Membership Application

Interested in learning more about Barrel Racing? Find the district in your area and get involved today!

Welcome! Our club is proud to offer three levels of membership. All members are listed on the club’s website and receive our electronic newsletter, which includes periodic updates on our rescue/emergency activities and any rescue horses available for adoption. Dues are assessed on a calendar year basis. * All memberships include the entire household; adults and children, and one vote is allotted to each household for meeting and election purposes.

#1 in Barrel Racing Where Beginners Can Be Winners For more information and a downloadable membership form visit or call 706-722-7223

❑ Blue Ribbon ~ $25 ~ includes all adults and children in the household; ❑

Supreme Champion ~ $75 ~ Receives all the benefits of Grand Champion membership plus a $25 donation made to our Grand Champion ~ $50 ~ Receives all the membership benefits club’s Rescue/Emergency Fund. plus advertising space on our website’s Sponsorship Page (photo or ❑ Donation ~ Please accept the enclosed donation to the business card) and a link to member’s web site. club’s Rescue/Emergency Fund. receipt of our electronic newsletter; and one vote in club elections.

Membership Information

Name: _____________________________________ Email: ____________________________________ Address: ___________________________________ Website: __________________________________ City/State/Zip:_______________________________ Phone: ___________________________________

❑ I do not wish to have my email published on the club’s website Names of Adult Members: ________________________________________________________________ Youth Members (with ages): ______________________________________________________________

We Hope You’ll Join Us! Total Enclosed $______ Checks should be made payable to Northeast Miniature Horse Club. Send with this form to Virginia Gonsalves, 1138 Pleasant St., Raynham, MA 02767

Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association Membership Application

Saratoga Driving Association Membership Form

The Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association was formed in 1989 by a group of men (the first night about 40 men showed up, later joined by many females) interested in learning more about and promoting the draft horse. The mission of the group was to inform and educate the general public about the history and use of the draft horse. The public events sponsored by the club and the many informative programs at club meetings accomplished this mission. The horse owners were happy to get their horses and old-time equipment in front of the public at the many events they sponsored---a Fall Field Day, now named after two of our charter members who were so instrumental in the early success of the day, Bucky Ballard and Frank Colburn. Sleigh riding always paints such a nostalgic picture and they sponsored many sleigh rallies at both the Goshen and Harwinton Fairgrounds. Now the June “Dust--Off” is added to the list of sponsored events. The ownership of a horse is not necessary to join the club, just the interest in the draft horse, a desire to make new friends who are also interested in draft horses and a willingness to help out at our events. The annual dues are $20 per person, due each January 1. For this $20 you have one vote on any issues before the club, you receive a newsletter each month, refreshments and a program at each meeting. We also try to hold events for members and guests only at no cost. We have a good time together and draft horse people are friendly and helpful. To become a member of the NWCDHA send your check for $20 to Treasurer Donna Marciano, 47 Stoneridge Drive, Torrington, CT 06790. We hope you consider joining. We are sure you will enjoy being a member of our club.

Name:_______________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

Dues: Still only $25.00 per year, payable to SDA

❏ New Membership (welcome!)

❏ Renewal

Name Address

Phone (H)


Email Family/children

City: __________________________________________ State _______________ Zip ______________ Phone Number: _______________________________________________________________________ Do you own a horse?____________________________ Breed_________________________________

New England Pinto Association Membership Application

Southern New Hampshire Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc.

NEW ENGLAND PINTO HORSE ASSOC, President: Karen Benson; Vice President: Mike Favaloro; Treasurer: Ann DiGiovani; Secretary: Jac Cunningham.

Address ___________________________________________________________________________

I hereby apply for and enclose payment for the following type of membership:

New ❑ Renewal ❑


$31. per year

Youth (18 and under) Birth Date:

$29. per year


$34. per year Date of Birth:

Name: Town: E-mail Address:

Address: State:


I hereby apply for membership to SNHDCTA and enclose payment of $_________. Membership includes affiliate membership to USDF, USEA & The Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar, newsletters, and reduced clinic, lecture and SNHDCTA show entry fees. Membership year is December 1 - November 30th. For a full list of benefits visit our website:

Name ____________________________________________________________________________

Send to: Kate Hair, 31 South Road, Oakham, MA 01068. Memberships run from 1/1/12 through 12/31/12.

Children’s Name:

Please mail this form with check to: Joanne Cholakis, Treasurer, 23 Beacon Ave, Albany, NY 12203


City _____________________________________ State ________________ Zip ________________ Phone ____________________________ Jr. Rider (under 18) D.O.B. ____________________________ Email ____________________________________________________________________________ Please provide your email so we can provide you with up to date information

Please Make Checks Payable to: S.N.H.D.C.T.A, Inc. ❏ $37 Membership ❏ Main Interest Dressage ❏ Main Interest Combined Training ❏ Check here if you are willing to volunteer at club events. ❏ Additional Donation $______________

This organization is a USDF Group Member Organization; and its members are automatically USDF Group Members and USEA Affiliate members. Mail your check to Membership Director: Stefanie Rossetti, 270 Kennedy Hill Rd., Goffstown, NH 03045 Your contributions are tax deductible.

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AFFILIATES Tri-State Horsemen’s Association

Tri-State Horsemen’s Assoc. President: Larry Burgess, 860-739-3596; Vice-President: Jackie Cugini,401-949-4340; Secretary: Meri Daigneault, 860-287-2915; Treasurer: Sharon Plante, 860-564-4700; Membership: Cristina Daigneault, 860-779-0438.

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Zip Code


Email Address A subscription to the Pedlar is included in memberships. The Pedlar contains our official monthly newsletter of current news and upcoming events. INDIVIDUAL $25.00 ________________ Anyone under age 18 who is applying for Individual Membership must also list their date of birth below. Family $30.00 _____________ If you are applying for our Family Membership Plan, please list the names of all persons to be included in the family membership and date of birth for each child under age 18. Child’s First/Last Name: Date of Birth: Telephone: Email: Fax: Web Site: I have enclosed a check for the amount of: Please mail this form and payment to: TSHA Membership, Cristina Daigneault P.O. Box 59, E. Killingly, CT 06243

$ ___________________

860-779-0438 603-696-6042

Is a Winning Combination!

Memberships faxed or emailed will NOT be valid until payment is received.

West Greenwich Horseman’s Association Membership Form WEST GREENWICH HORSEMAN’S ASSOCIATION, INC. OF RHODE ISLAND, President: LuAnn Carpenter-Grafe, 382 Weaver Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817; Vice President: Mike Grafe, 382 Weaver Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817; Treasurer: James R. Hallam, 979 Victory Highway, Greene, RI 02827; Secretary: Celeste Santos, 964 Ekonk Hill Road, Voluntown, CT 06384. Membership: $20.00. Name:

Pedlar Affiliation


Affiliation Includes:

Address: City/Town:

Zip Code:

• Free editorial space featuring full color photos

Membership includes subscription to the Pedlar $20 List people in family:

Do you get the Pedlar from another club?

• Free display advertising

Make checks payable to West Greenwich Horseman’s Assoc. Mail to: Celeste Santos, 964 Ekonk Hill Rd., Voluntown, CT 06384

Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Julie Dillon, President: Loren Stevens, First Vice President of ME & NH: Ellen Flatley, Secretary/Treasurer:

• Sponsorship opportunities • Free membership coupon • Free subscription to the Pedlar

Membership runs 1/1 - 12/31 Name:________________________________________________________________________________ Address:______________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________

Email: ____________________________________

Year End Award Nominations: Name of Horse: _______________________________________________ Nomination: $12/horse and/or $6/rider x ______________(# of horses and/or riders) = ______________ TWHBEA Reg.#: _________________ Individual or Youth membership $20.00_______________ Family membership $25.00______________ Please make check to: Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Mail to: Ellen Flatley, P.O. Box 1199, Ashland, NH 03217,

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NEDA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91

Springfield.Fence.Co .,.Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73

Luckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.Trailer.Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Saratoga.Driving.Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99

Wellscroft.Fence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53

Paul.Congelosi.Trailer.Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

bArns/ArenA construction


A.&.B.Lumber.&.Barns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

Attwood.Equestrian.Surfaces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Center.Hill.Barns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

IGK.Equestrian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

Circle.B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Classic.Equine.Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Engineering.Services .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .3 Morton.Buildings,.Inc .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21


HeAltH Products

trAiler sAles & Accessories

Yered.Trailers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

Vet centers & serVices Fairfield.Equine.Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Tufts.University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

Websites Heartland.Veterinary.Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Horsetech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63

HorseCity .com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

Lubrisyn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

horsecurious .com. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61

Prescription.Specialties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 August.Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Esterbrook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Far.Meadow.Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Herring.Brook.Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

Smartpak.Equine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,.57,.67

HooFcAre Products Northeast.Farrier.Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Mystic.Valley.Hunt.Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Newbury.Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

Horse sHoWs & eVents

Oak.Meadow.Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .81

Champlain.Valley.Exposition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51,96

Oliynyk.Show.Stables,.Inc .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34,.35

Equestrian.Promotions,.Inc .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Strain.Family.Horse.Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105

HITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Washington.Equestrian.Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

MAnuer reMoVAl breeding

Anastasio.&.Sons.Trucking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89

Equine.Diagnostics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Lalobarun.Ranch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

educAtion & scHools

reAl estAte Equine.Properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Farms.&.Barns.Real.Estate,.LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

Averett.University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Cazenovia.College. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Dana.Hall.Riding.Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Morrisville.State.College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Mt ..Ida.College. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40

Fisher.Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 Vermont.Horse.Country.RE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

sPorts PsycHology Performance.Edge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76

Muscle.Magic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Otterbein.University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Post.University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Stoneleigh-Burnham.School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Thompson.School.Of.Applied.Science. . . . . . . . . . . . .44 University.of.Findlay,.The . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Vermont.Tech. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

stAble suPPlies Achille.Agway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Aubuchon.Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

tAck & equiPMent Bedard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111


Cheshire.Horse,.The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Cargill.Feeds.-.Nutrena.Feeds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Crop.&.Carrot.Tack.Shop,.Inc .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85

Kent.Feeds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

Dubarry.of.Ireland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Purina.Mills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

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Dear Mouth, Happy New Year! I hope you aren’t too cold up there in frozen Portland, Maine, and that you are spending some fun time prancing and snorting in the snow. Meanwhile, I have a question for you that goes back thousands of years. Back in November there was a scientific announcement that drawings of spotted horses, which can be seen in caves across Europe, were not, after all, figments of the artists’ imagination, but true replicas of what they had actually seen. I don’t know if you followed the subject, but was wondering what you thought about the whole ordeal. I guess the thing that struck me was how obvious it seemed from the outset that the spotted horses were real and not imaginary. Why do you suppose it took them so long to figure it out? Perplexed in Plainfield, CT

Dear Perplexed, Thank you for your New Year greeting and the same to you. About the spotted horses…I did in fact follow that story. While it caused great excitement in the scientific world, I, like you, was not surprised. For many years the theory about the spotted horses held that they depicted dream visions and were not real as pre-historic horses only came in two colors: black and bay. I’ve always found 130

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this theory to be wanting. If the spotted horse was a dream vision it seems to me it would have been illustrated all by itself, perhaps with other symbolic drawings or glyphs nearby. But in many instances the spotted horse is depicted together with blacks and bays and common horse sense tells me the artists were faithfully recording what they saw. As for why it takes so long for science to catch up with horse sense, it is because of the need to prove absolutely in science. Only recently have scientists been able to extract the DNA from fossilized bones to solve the color mystery. The DNA is so fragile and subject to contamination it must be extracted in a separate building. Furthermore, as DNA sticks to everything, none of the scientists can even go horseback riding (ever!) because it would risk contaminating the old DNA with the new. When you take such delicate and complicated steps into consideration, you can understand why it might take so long to prove even the most obvious supposition. I don’t think scientists are deaf and dumb to common sense; I think they have hunches and gut feelings like the rest of us. But their job is to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt and that can take years. Or as in this case, millennia. You’ve Heard it Straight From The Horse’s Mouth

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