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Volume 51 • Number 3


3 8 Cross Training for Dressage  Improve your ride with Elisabeth Austin and Tina Konyot. 6

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46 So You Want to

52 Summer Camp

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inside this issue [ departments ] At the Ingate  Letters Rave Rides  Media Review   Business Bits  Canine Corner In The Saddle Stable Solutions Ask the Vet  News in the Region

66 Connecticut Horse Shows Association 68 Norfolk Hunt Club 69 C  onnecticut Trail Riders Association 69 Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England 70 West Greenwich Horseman’s Assoc.

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70 Tri-State Horsemen’s Association 71 Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association



74 Charles River Dressage Association



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101 Western Sports 106 Quarter Horse 108 Color Breed


110 Driving

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114 Arabian

102 National Barrel Horse Association Region 1 108 New England Pinto Horse Association

113 Colonial Carriage & Driving Society

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101 Connecticut Ranch Horse Association

112 Saratoga Driving Association

[ tail end ] 117 121 124 133 133 134 137 138

100 American Saddlebred Association of Maine

111 Blue Star Equiculture Sleigh Rally

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s riders, we know that we are taking a huge risk when getting on a horse, but our passion

usually helps us to overcome our fears. You’ll notice that the rider on our cover photo is wearing a velvet hunt cap, which over the years, has been a staple piece of attire among riders in the dressage arena—until now. While working on our March eventing and dressage issue, it was quite timely to learn that the




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had made some rule changes in both disciplines, effective immediately. The first rule change requires anyone riding in a U.S. when riding. The second change requires all riders mounted on a horse to wear protective the Prix St. Georges level and above. Although eventing riders have long been moving toward enforcing these rules, it wasn’t until 2010, after Olympic rider Courtney King Dye was seriously injured in a riding accident that the decision was made to enforce stricter helmet use in dressage. King Dye recently told the New York Times that when she does return to the show ring, she plans on wearing a helmet. However, in the same interview, Lars Petersen stated that although he’ll wear a helmet to warm up, he still plans to wear a top hat in the show ring, as he’s worn the same top hat and tailcoat for 22 years. How do you feel about the new USEF rules enforcing helmets and rider safety? Share your thoughts with us online at www.

          !"    #$%& or on our Facebook page. This month, we’ve covered two topics that will appeal to both dressage and event riders. In “Cross Training for Dressage,� on page 38, Elisabeth Austin and Tina Konyot share their secrets for developing collection and creating smoother transitions outside of the ring. Also, if you’re planning on holding your first horse trials this year, our handy guide on page 46 offers insight for running your event.




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A Good Success Story


e, at Tara Farm Rescue love a good success story, and we thought you would, too, since you, or at least, your magazine is part of it. Though Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar boasts hundreds of beautiful photos of horses, it is the one on page 129 of the September 2010 issue that gets my attention. There, at the bottom of the page, is a photo of a champion hackney pony named Lincolnshire’s Royal Cavalier, who at one time, called a horse rescue home. Cavalier was a rescue horse. Along with his brother, Jack, and their mother, Mambo, he came to us from an older couple who could no longer care for them. They were beautiful show ponies, not the typical rescue horse that often comes to us neglected, starved, and abused. All these hackney ponies needed was a new, loving home. Tara Farm had the resources to do just that. For the past few years, I have been photographing horses as they become available for adoption, and documenting the stories of

the others whose forever home will always be Tara Farm Rescue. Cavalier looks simply stunning. We are glad to see that he is so well-cared for. He is living proof that in every corner of the horse world, from rescues to racehorses, we are all connected, and the folks at Tara Farm Rescue could not be more proud. We could not be more happy about Cavalier and the success he and his new owner have been enjoying. Together, they have succeeded in showing people that there is no stigma attached to the word rescue, there is only joy and trophies. Our boy has become famous and it makes us feel so good, so proud, that it helps us carry through in times where no matter how much love and money there is, an animal isn’t always successfully rehabilitated. So many horses we have loved, have crossed that rainbow bridge much too soon, unable to recover from the abuse and neglect they have suffered before coming to us at Tara Farm Rescue. We are glad to see that at least

one of them is out there becoming famous and winning ribbons. Go Cavalier! For once, my tears are of joy, not sorrow. If there’s a way that I can publicly thank Tara Farm Rescue’s owner, Bonnie Jeanne Gorden, for starting in 1982, what would become a sanctuary for broken and bruised animals (and, in some cases, people) let this be it. You go, girl, and you go, Cavalier. - Stacey Weise Wallingford, Conn.



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by Phil Dandrea. 415 pages, paperback, Acanthus Publishing (, 2010, $17.95. Every American knows the name Secretariat. We all recognize him as the most remarkable racehorse of all time, with Triple Crown accolades to prove it. But literally behind this top Thoroughbred was Sham, another incredible athlete who had the misfortune of being born the same year as Secretariat. In both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness of 1973, Sham came in second, and his own lightning-fast speed has been forever overshadowed by the mighty Secretariat. That is, until now. Phil Dandrea eloquently captures the rivalry that rocked the American horse racing world of 1973. He chronicles the competing talents of Sham and Secretariat, from their first race together in which neither won (Sham took second and Secretariat third). From there, Dandrea paints a picture of a great horse that could only achieve second best to a legend. The author also makes the argument that it was Sham who actually pushed Secretariat to record-breaking performances. Whether or not you agree that Sham is partially to thank for Secretariat’s success, one thing is for sure: Dandrea weaves facts into a captivating story to show the “other” side of Secretariat’s success. BOTTOM LINE: Sure, you know how the story ends. It’s the events leading up to it that may surprise you.


144 pages, hardcover, Trafalgar Square Books (, 2010, $34.95. Many of us may have seen Lorenzo’s amazing feats of horsemanship on YouTube or even in person, but now we have the chance to learn more about the man himself and his amazing

Lusitano mares. Author Luisina Dessagne brings us a biography of this unique young man, including numerous photos of him and his team in action by Robin Hasta Luego. Like Lorenzo’s performances, the book presents him as some kind of mysterious, larger-thanlife being who has a special relationship with horses that mere mortals could never begin to comprehend. Therefore, the book follows suit, portraying Lorenzo as one to be admired, but not one whom we can relate to. The book, along with striking photos, recap the numerous highs and a few lows in Lorenzo’s life as he learned

his trademark style of liberty work and Roman riding, which involves him standing on the backs of two horses in motion, with even more horses in front or alongside, only controlled by reins. Fans of Lorenzo will be impressed by this biography of the man and his horses, but those interested in in-depth explanations of his training method will be disappointed. BOTTOM LINE: Fascinating but pretentious. BOOK DRESSAGE DREAMS 10, by Stephen Clarke. 208 pages, hardcover, LewisHarding (www., 2009, $40.00. Stephen Clarke is an FEI

Official International Judge, and has been an influential force in dressage in the UK. Now he brings his knowledge from across the pond to us. Well, maybe not his knowledge exactly, but rather insight from numerous dressage greats, all compiled in one place. This big, bold book is not a training guide. Rather, it is a visually impressive compilation of personal stories, organized so that each chapter highlights one famous rider who is known for achieving one particular movement flawlessly. For instance, the chapter entitled “Flying Changes” includes a page in which Clarke loosely describes how Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty exemplify the flying change. The following two pages include Salzgeber’s most memorable test, her daily routine, and how her career began, all in her own words. Following that are two pages written by Salzgeber’s trainer, Ernst Hoyos, about the duo. Finally, Rusty’s story is told through his famous rider. The entire chapter includes photos that pop off the page, and other tidbits of information as well. While the stories in Clarke’s book may not give you specific advice to score a perfect 10, they may well inspire you to keep working towards your goals. BOTTOM LINE: A rare look inside the lives of top dressage teams.

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ecoming a Canine Good Citizen is no small potatoes. According to the American Kennel Club’s website, “Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.” Elise Gouge, MPH, is owner of Pet Behavior Consulting, and also a certified dog and cat behavior consultant, certified professional dog trainer, and a Canine Good Citizen evaluator. To Gouge, having a dog become a Canine Good Citizen is a “valuable and important way for people to ensure that their dog is safe, well-socialized, and of sound temperament.”

To become a Canine Good Citizen, your dog must get along with people, including children.

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fully, in the end, the owners have the honor of knowing their dog is a Canine Good Citizen. If nothing else, they have an improved relationship and a better-trained dog to live with as a companion.” Gouge’s business focuses on teaching new behaviors, skill training, modifying problem behaviors (such as aggression and anxiety), and generally helping to create harmony between pets and people. She also has three Border Collies of her own. “I am committed to finding ways to improve the relationships between people and their pets,” Gouge said. “Embracing the knowledge of operant and classical conditioning as well as the dynamics that affect a person and their pet, I enjoy teaching new behaviors and helping change old ones.” A lifelong animal lover, Gouge originally treated training as a hobby. In 2004, she adopted a Border Collie who had fear and aggression issues. Rehabilitating him, she says, was like behavior immersion school. She was hooked. “I knew that I wanted to help others in similar situations,” she said. “Until that point, I worked in clinical and social services with children and families. Transitioning to counseling, consulting and teaching people about their




pets was an easy one, especially after all that I learned from my own experiences with pets.” The very first CGC test Gouge conducted, she failed the dog. Attempting to bite her, the dog was immediately disqualified. She encouraged the owner to continue working with the dog, use the test as a guide, and continue to address the dog’s fear of strangers. “It’s always tough to fail people and their dogs,” she said, “but I try to help them view it as a learning experience, not a failure.”  Usually, though, Gouge argues that achieving the status of Canine Good Citizen isn’t overly difficult. Emphasizing basic behaviors such as walking politely through a crowd, and not jumping on strangers, and welcoming petting from strangers, are behaviors that should be established with all pets and their guardians. “With regular practice and training,” Gouge said, “the CGC test is a solid accomplishment to be proud of, but not so lofty that the average pet owner would find it daunting.” Also, the CGC test is not unique to any certain breed. Rather, it is simply based on the dedication the owner has to socialize and train the dog properly. Differences among breeds do surface, but none so glaring, said Gouge, that it should prohibit a dog from attaining

the status. And the CGC test is important, she says, because it teaches the dog valuable and useful skills. “It’s also an opportunity to build the relationship,” Gouge said. “When owners take a class, they learn about proper training techniques and how their dog learns. This is very valuable for teaching other skills down the line or simply having the best possible relationship with the dog.” For people with a fearful dog, Gouge says, attaining a CGC is the ultimate goal.  “I have seen more than one owner cry from the sheer beauty of having their dog allow a stranger to pet them,” she said, “or being able to be separated from their owner without extreme anxiety.”  One of Gouge’s own Border Collies has a hard time meeting with other dogs. Working with his abilities and temperament, he finally attained CGC. It was a wonderful moment for her, and for many pet owners, it is a similar story. “Going to a CGC test is always a little stressful—everyone has performance anxiety,” Gouge said. “When each dog passes, everyone is so excited and happy. Seeing that pride and love on the face of the owner makes it all worth it.”


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In The Saddle

charles hilton

One Rein, Not Two

Riding A Runaway  By Jody Gilbert with John Lyons

Few riding experiences are as frightening as   having your horse take off with you. Losing   control of a horse is scary at any time, but when he’s FLeeing—maybe just a little spooked but possibly terriFIed—and oblivious to your cues, your fear may well match his. In such a situation, someone needs to keep a cool head, and it has to be you.


f course, that’s easier said than done when you’re sitting on a thousand-pound rocket flying at top speed and headed for a road, a crowded parking lot, a sheer drop, or a field full of holes. Even if you’re galloping down a smooth track that leads home, it’s hard to stay calm when you can feel your horse’s panic with every stride. Or maybe he’s not afraid, but merely looking for relief from stress, frustration or confusion. Either way, you’re not in control. And when you’re not in control, things can go wrong in a hurry. It’s a terrible feeling, and some riders remain fearful long after they’ve gone through it. The good news is, if you


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know how to ride out a runaway situation— or better yet, how to prevent it—you can rebuild your confidence. That will increase your horse’s confidence, too. What should you do to bring a runaway horse under control and get you both through the experience with the least amount of harm? What can you work on once you’re safely back home to help prevent anything like this from happening again? Here are some pointers for achieving both goals.

Riding it Out

Let’s talk first about what you should and shouldn’t do if your horse takes off with you. As a general rule, the most important thing is

Novice riders—and even some experienced riders who know better—are likely to react to a quick or bolting horse by hauling back on both reins. This is ineffective and can actually make things worse. For starters, you’re just giving your horse something to brace against. His engine (hindquarters) is still driving him forward. He’ll stiffen up and you’ll lose the opportunity to communicate with him altogether. (If your horse happens to be off the racetrack, you’ll encounter another reaction: acceleration. Race horses are taught to speed up when they feel their rider pull back on the reins). Another unwanted result of pulling back on both reins is that it’s likely to increase the horse’s anxiety. Your death grip on the reins conveys your fear, which amplifies his. Holding his head tightly can also make him feel trapped and constrained, leading to even more panic. To get some sense of what this is like for him, imagine that you’re swimming underwater and you start to run out of air. You swim as hard as you can to get to the surface, with growing anxiety. Then someone grabs your legs and tries to hold you back. You were worried before, but odds are, you’re now going to go ballistic trying to escape this life-or-death situation. Instead, use only one rein. This will help lead your horse’s nose, turn his front feet, and move his hindquarters. When he moves his hindquarters, the change in direction will slow him down. He is even more likely to respond to one rein if you have already worked on the head down and hips over cue.

to keep riding. Remind yourself, “I can ride as fast as he can run.” The key word here is “ride.” Don’t shut down and let fear get the better of you. Take a little inventory of how you’re riding and concentrate on these basics: • Sit deep in the saddle, lean back slightly, and remember to keep breathing. You don’t want to curl forward or grip tightly with your calves because those are speed-up cues. Holding your breath will make you tense, and that will frighten your horse even more. • If you’re wearing spurs, make sure you keep them off your horse. • Keep your eyes open. You’d be amazed at how many of us close our eyes when the going gets scary. It’s almost as though we’re






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If your horse takes off with you, keep a cool head, take a deep seat, keep your eyes open, and guide him in a safe direction.

avoiding a frightening movie scene. With your eyes open, you can ride deliberately and try to guide your horse away from danger. You’ll also be processing visual information, which keeps your brain busy. Thinking is a good way to keep panic at bay. • Check your breathing again. Talk or sing to keep from holding your breath. (But don’t holler or scream.) • Follow the rhythm of the horse. Along with getting yourself organized—and, if you’re lucky, a bit calmer—you can also

5 Exercises for Riding a Runaway Your basic plan should include, at a minimum, a lot of practice with these exercises in a safe environment: • Spook in place • Shoulder over • Hips over • Calm-down cue • Hip, Shoulder, Shoulder Here’s a brief look at what each move entails and where it can come in handy in averting or controlling a run-off situation.

1. Spook in Place

What’s involved: You can’t desensitize your horse to every scary thing he’s going to encounter. But you can teach him how to control himself when something frightens him. By gently spooking him (but not enough so that he moves his feet), you can teach him to stay put instead of tearing off in a blind panic when he’s 28

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Steering your horse in a large circle will help you gain control of your horse.

follow various strategies for getting your horse under control. Much of your success will depend on how well the horse understands certain cues (More on that in a minute). But let’s assume this horse has had little training. Maybe he belongs to a friend and it’s your first time on him. You haven’t had a chance to find out what he knows, other than he’s pretty good at tearing lickety-split down the trail without checking with you first. In this situation, you want to give him startled or frightened. Along with spook in place, you’ll want to work on sacking him out, so that he becomes accustomed to certain common “threats,” such as flapping paper and objects around his feet. How it can help: By teaching your horse to stand still for even a moment before he takes off, you’ll be able to get yourself better positioned to stay on and then ask for specific movements (such as hips over) that will deflect his impulse to flee.

2. Shoulder Over

What’s involved: You can control your horse’s front end by teaching him to move his shoulder and step over with his front leg. He’ll need to learn this exercise in stages: first a give to the bit, then a drop in head elevation, and then a relaxation of the long muscle in his neck, followed by the step to the side. How it can help: Asking your horse to perform this maneuver when you sense he’s

a simple request that he has a good chance of understanding. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s better than blasting along in a straight line. Ask him for a little bend and get him moving in a big circle. Attempting a big circle at first will still allow him to feel like he’s getting away from whatever scared him. You don’t want to crank him around and have him think you’re trying to make him go back. In fact, it’s unlikely that he’d let you. Not only that, but if you try to pull him into a tight about to take off with you is a good way to occupy him with a specific task. Having a runaway horse move his shoulder over results in a change of direction and causes him to travel at an angle, which will slow him down.

3. Hips Over

What’s involved: The hips-over exercise offers an excellent way to achieve control over your horse’s hindquarters. To teach him, pull back on one rein and hold pressure until he disengages his hips by stepping sideways with his hind feet. As with all of your requests, be sure to immediately release rein pressure so that he understands he did the right thing. That release is a powerful reward. How it can help: Like the shoulder-over maneuver, the hips-over technique allows you to give your horse a job to do if he’s getting worked up about something. It also can enable you to reposition him so

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Pressure on the inside rein helps to disengage the horse’s hips, which will slow his forward momentum.

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Notice that Seattle is starting to come back under control, and is giving his nose to light rein pressure.

turn at full speed, you could throw him off balance and actually make him fall. To cue the horse to start the circle, use a leading or open rein to guide his nose in the direction you want to travel. Concentrate on getting a little bend and look where you want to go. Don’t forget to breathe. Use a little pulsing give and take on the rein to prevent him from bracing against it, and release the pressure as soon as he begins to turn. If all you can do is maintain a little that he’s turned to face whatever has frightened him. If you do find yourself on a runaway horse, getting him to move his hips over will take some of the forward drive out of his engine and he’ll slow down. Make sure you’ve taught him to move his hips using either rein because to bring him under control may require a series of hip disengagements using one rein and then the other.

4. Calm-Down Cue

What’s involved: The calm-down (headdown) cue is useful in many situations. It’s simply a request for your horse to lower his head, which has the effect of making him calmer (in contrast to the high, readyto-flee head position). Teaching this cue is a matter of holding pressure on one rein and concentrating on the tip of your horse’s ear. The instant you see it drop—even a fraction of an inch—releases rein pressure. After you’ve 30

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bend and a big circle, just stay with it. He probably won’t slow down for a while, but he will eventually start to relax or get tired. The fact that you’ve given him a job to do will also help him begin to focus on something besides his panic. If you can, try to spiral him in and make the circle a little smaller because that way he’ll probably slow down sooner. Just remember to do it gradually.

Slowing the Engine

If you’re riding a horse with more training under his belt, you have more options. Instead repeated the process for a while, the drop will become greater and the response will come quicker. How it can help: You can use the calmdown cue to keep an excited horse from getting out of control—or, in some cases, to keep him from getting excited in the first place. A lowered head is not conducive to a flight response, so it’s a great technique for preempting a runaway situation. It sort of makes him think, “Well, my head’s nice and low, so I must not be planning to leave anytime soon.”

5. Hip, Shoulder, Shoulder

What’s involved: The hip, shoulder, shoulder exercise is an effective combination of moving your horse’s hips to the side and then having him step backward. It’s one of your best tools for gaining control of your horse, even when things are pretty dicey. The basic process involves a hip disengagement followed by stepping back with his right foot and then his left.

of trying to steer his nose (which really does nothing to slow down his engine), you can move his hips over or move his shoulder over. In both cases, he will be traveling at an angle, which will cause him to slow down. To move his hips over, take one rein and pull it firmly back to your own hip. Be steady and deliberate (no jerking), and hold the pressure until you feel him step to the side with his hindquarters. If you pull on the left rein, for instance, you want him to step his hindquarters to the right. This should be a radical movement, a really big step sideways. We sometimes refer to this movement as “disengaging the hip” or “connecting the rein How it can help: Hip, shoulder, shoulder provides a good way to capture your horse’s attention when he’s showing signs of agitation or simply wants to go faster than you want. You can stop after the hips over part if that seems to do the trick. But performing the whole exercise (especially if you’ve practiced it enough so that he’s comforted by understanding the routine) will help you keep his focus and remind him to downshift if he gets too quick on the way back to the barn. Your horse is wired to run first and ask questions later. But you can take steps to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable ride despite that flight instinct. The process is really two-fold: Learn what techniques you can use to bring things under control if he does take off with you and practice the maneuvers that will help you maintain or regain control so that he has a better chance of responding to your cues, even when the pressure’s on.

to the hip.” With his hips moving to the side, a horse can’t push forward with as much impulsion— so he will slow down. As soon as you feel that movement, release the rein pressure. This is his reward for doing what you wanted, even though it’s almost certainly not what he wanted to do. He should drop back to at least a trot, but he may speed up again. If that happens, give him a couple of strides and then repeat the process using the other rein. When you feel him move his hips over, release the rein pressure. If he speeds up again, let him have a few strides, pick up the first rein, and move the hips over from that side. You can keep up this alternating series of hips-over requests, switching from one side to the other, as long as necessary until he finally slows down for good. Then, once he’s under control and walking quietly, go on and give him a loose rein. When you use this technique, remember that moving the hips is essential. If all you’re doing is pulling his nose around, he may

not slow down. It’s hard to believe (until it happens to you), but your horse may be able to keep running forward even with his nose cranked around to your stirrup. The success of the maneuver depends on connecting the nose to the hips. Moving his shoulder over can be equally effective, but your horse must be well-practiced in responding to your cue. Controlling his front end by moving a shoulder requires a give to the bit, a change in head elevation, a relaxed neck, and a step to the side with his front leg. While this is not a hard sequence to teach under relaxed circumstances, he may not respond in an emotionally charged situation unless he’s very familiar with your request.

Remaining In Control

So you made it back from the runaway experience in one piece, still a little shaky as you watch your horse settle down to graze in your pasture. Now’s the time to assess what went wrong and what you can do to prevent things from going so badly in the future.

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Stable Solutions

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Getting Fit For Spring  By Sue Perry

Spring is finally here and you’ve planned out your horse’s competition schedule for the   upcoming year. Now it’s time to start his   conditioning work.


horse that is fit for his job will be able to perform better, and be at a lower risk for injury, than his unfit stablemate.

Fitness Considerations

When is your horse’s first big trail ride or show? How fit does he need to be to perform comfortably and safely? Knowing how fit he is now will enable you to plan how soon you need to get him on his spring conditioning schedule. In his book, Training the Three-Day Event Horse and Rider, Olympic veteran Jimmy Wofford recommends that riders use two tools to plan and organize their horse’s training. The first of these is a schedule. This will be a projection of what sort of work, how often, and how much, you intend to do with your horse over the next 30 days (with a new 32

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schedule for each month leading up to the competition). The second tool is a daily diary of the physical exercise that the horse actually gets. Include notes in the diary about how the training session goes and the horse’s physical condition. As you start to plan your horse’s conditioning program, the question that always comes up is, “How much work should I give my horse before a competition?” There are as many different answers to this question as there are horses getting ready for trail rides, shows, and events. However, there are some guidelines that everyone should follow. When you put your horse back into more strenuous work after an “easy” winter, there are three priorities to keep in mind with the training schedule. The first, and most important, is soundness. If your horse does not stay sound, you

won’t be able to compete in anything at all! All of your scheduling and all of your training sessions must be aimed at producing a sound, fit horse—not just a fit horse. The second priority is fitness. The horse’s heart, lungs, and muscles must all be conditioned enough so that the horse can easily complete the test involved. This required fitness level will vary depending upon the level of difficulty and the length of competition. And, unfortunately, to a certain extent you will have to find out for yourself just how much work your particular horse needs to be fit enough to compete and win. The third priority in your program is technical skills. This is where you schedule what days to practice show-specific activities that you will have to perform, whether it’s dressage test movements or jumping courses. Lessons with your trainer are “technical skills” days for your horse. Because soundness is the first priority, the most strenuous day in your horse’s weekly schedule should always be followed by the easiest day or a day off. Pushing the horse’s body to its limit results in small “micro-traumas” to the stressed tissues. This damage needs 24-48 hours to repair itself, with the resulting tissue becoming stronger than it was before. Back-to-back hard workouts put the tissues at risk for serious, permanent damage. The tissue “rebuilding” repair process has a long-term, beneficial outcome. As a horse’s fitness increases throughout his training program, his tendons, ligaments and muscles become stronger and will have a reduced risk of injury should he take an accidental misstep when he’s working or playing in the pasture.



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The starting point for a horse’s spring fitness program will depend on how much under-saddle work he has been doing over the winter. A horse that has been doing light flatwork or hacking two to three days a week will be “ahead” of the horse that has had only turnout for three or four months. In either case, building fitness takes time in the saddle. A horse can only get fit enough through regular, varied work. There are no short-cuts. Working six days a week, your horse will need two to three months to get in shape for a one-day competition. Slow, regular build-up in his work schedule will reduce the risk of soft tissue strains along the way (These are far more prevalent in horses that have intense but intermittent work). Assuming a “complete vacation” since Christmas, your horse’s fitness program should start with walking. This is low-stress physically but should be done as work. Ambling along with the reins on the buckle won’t be of much benefit. Make your horse actively move forward, accepting contact with the bit and stepping up underneath himself with his hind limbs. Insist on straightness for the lines, balanced bends on the turns and circles, and yielding away from your leg during lateral work. Start with 20 minutes a day at the walk. Gradually increase the length of your sessions over a couple of weeks. Trot work can begin after about three weeks of walk conditioning. Then cantering can be added after two more weeks. Gradually increase the amount of time spent in the trot and canter, keeping the horse balanced and moving forward. Your horse should be fit enough for more serious, competitionspecific schooling after six to seven weeks of conditioning work. Daily hacking out on the trails is also part of conditioning and schooling, especially for the young horse who needs to learn about the “real world.” Flatwork training should not be confined to an enclosed area, and you and your horse should not forget about such training when you leave the arena. Your horse probably finds it more enjoyable to be out in the fields and on the trail, where there is much more to see (training for show time!). But he is nevertheless expected to pay attention to you, his rider, and work to the best of his ability. Take advantage of his natural desire to go forward when outside of the arena and channel that energy into

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productive, powerful work (including better balance, frame, bend, and rhythm). After a month of conditioning on the flat and gently sloping terrain, you can start to gradually add steeper hill work to the fitness program. Working up hills, both long, gradual ones and short, steep ones, helps build up cardiovascular fitness, lung function and muscle strength. Hill work will get your horse more fit in less time, with less pounding on his limbs (assuming that you don’t gallop downhill), than staying on level terrain. Even if your competitions keep you in the arena (such as dressage, show jumping or western pleasure), it is still important to take your horse out cross-country. In addition to the fitness that comes from hill work, working on natural footing as opposed to a manicured sand arena teaches your horse to pay attention to where he places his hooves. He also learns to pay more attention to his own balance to keep himself upright. With seven to eight weeks of conditioning, your horse should be ready for short gallops on good footing. Always take note of your horse’s recovery rate from a given workout on these days. How fast does his heart rate and respiratory rate return to normal? These recovery times should decrease as your horse becomes increasingly fit. When making the workouts more strenuous over time, always increase just one factor—speed or time/ distance—but not both at once. In summary, always do a lot of long, slow, distance work before you go to any speed work or jumping. It takes a long time for

the horse’s body to strengthen and adapt to the training demands. But once you build a broad, strong base of fitness, your horse will be able to handle intense work sessions comfortably and safely. As your horse gets older (late teens), his ability to “come back into work” after a long lay-off decreases. Arthritis (and the resulting stiffness) in his joints develop after years of wearand-tear. Tendons and ligaments lose some of their elasticity. It gets harder to build muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. For these reasons, a complete winter vacation for the older horse is not in his best interest. It’s much better to keep things flexible and “ticking over” with light work, several days a week. A 20-year-old retired competition horse that gets half as much work in the winter as in the summer months will still be able to enjoy a good gallop with you for many more years to come.

Back to Work Following Injury or Lameness

The type of orthopedic injury or lameness dictates the type of lay-up and rehabilitation program that is used. Controlled exercise (i.e. hand-walking and then riding but no turnout) is often the prescription, but not always. Fractures need strict stall rest to heal but soft tissue injuries to tendons and ligaments (strain, tear) are handled a bit differently. The fibers in tendons and ligaments align in a very specific orientation for optimal function, and they only “know” which direction to align themselves in during the healing period by the body telling the tendon/ligament how it is to be used via exercise. Once the initial inflammation subsides with rest and leg wraps, the horse is gradually put into a walk program to stimulate proper healing. Initially, the horse is hand-walked five minutes, twice a day. After the first month, a controlled-exercise rehabilitation program is put into action, with the horse going for walks several times a day for gradually increasing durations. This will help tell the tendon how to heal (i.e. how to align the fibers for optimal function). Generally, soft tissue injuries are monitored every 6-10 weeks via ultrasound, with the frequency depending upon the structure

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involved and the severity of the problem. Based on the results of the ultrasound exam, the veterinarian will give the owner new exercise guidelines. Tendons and ligaments are very difficult and tricky to manage because there is a fine line between too little and too much exercise. There is a need for a certain amount of gradual increase in workload for the fibers to develop adequate strength and alignment. Even in the best possible case, tendon and ligament injuries never quite heal back to the same degree of strength and flexibility as before the injury. After two to three months of hand-walking, these patients are often given the OK to add daily walks under saddle. The under-saddle work is kept to straight lines and very broad turns rather than sharp corners and small circles. It is done on level, smooth footing. Some horses may require mild sedation, such as intra-muscular acepromazine, in order to remain calm for this under-saddle work. Once the under-saddle walking is up to 20-25 minutes a day, trotting under saddle might begin if the re-check ultrasound shows that the lesion is filling in adequately. Once the horse reaches 20-25 minutes of trotting, he is usually able to return gradually to more

regular work. Turnout for these horses is best decided upon with your veterinarian, especially if sedation is required. These horses should be started outside in a small paddock with an adjacent, calm equine companion. Monitor them closely. The best general advice if your horse is facing a period of lay-up and rehabilitation is to work out a program with your veterinarian for your horse’s specific problem and situation. All injuries are not the same and no two patients heal the same. For that reason, each patient should be monitored closely by both the owner and the veterinarian. Always be ready to adjust the rehabilitation regimen depending upon the progress of your particular patient. This will minimize the risk of re-injury and ensure the best possible healing. The most common failure of rehabilitation is pushing the horse too quickly or turning him out in the pasture too soon. Remember—slow and steady wins the race, and one big buck could blow it all apart. Sue Perry is a Certified Veterinary Technician and equine massage therapist. She lives in Upton, Mass., with three event horses and runs “Muscle Magic,” an equine massage service.

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

I have a mare that is pregnant and due to foal in the spring. I have never had any mares foal at my farm and want to know what I should be aware of to prepare for the foal. Also, what are the signs that I should be watching for if the mare is having difficulties foaling?

Being prepared for a mare to foal is very important, since you may need to assist quickly if she is having difficulties. As the foaling approaches, the mare may start acting restless (walking in circles, pacing, laying down and getting up frequently), which can go on for several hours. Once the mare breaks her water, the foal is typically delivered within a few minutes (10-15 minutes), even though maiden mares may take slightly longer. Mares will most of the time prefer privacy when foaling. The majority of them will do so at night, so make sure that you can monitor her for any problems without having to go into the stall constantly. If there has been no progress within 30 minutes, the mare may need assistance and you should contact your veterinarian immediately to increase the

chance of survival of both the mare and the foal. Common signs of problems are if the back feet are coming first, the head but no feet are present, feet are present but no head is seen, or if the mare is pushing without any success in delivery of the foal. Once the foal is born, the mare will lay on her side for a period of time (10-15 minutes), during which blood flow to the foal through the umbilical cord continues to happen. Do not attempt to get the mare up at this time unless other problems are occurring. Once the mare stands up, the umbilical cord will rupture, so do not attempt to ligate it ahead of time. There should be no large amount of blood coming from the umbilical cord, but if there is, make sure you call your veterinarian to discuss what will need to be done. The mare will proceed to pay attention to the foal and start cleaning it up. Unless there are any problems with placenta obstructing the nose of the foal, allow the mare to continue this cleaning and bonding time with the foal. The foal should start making attempts to get up

within the first hour, and should start nursing within the first two hours. If the foal does not seem to be acting normal or is unable to stand or nurse, you may need to assist in the process. If no improvement is noticed, your veterinarian will be able to help you evaluate the foal and any potential problems it may have. It is important not to forget about the mare’s health either. She should pass the placenta within three to four hours of the delivery; otherwise this may become an emergency that will need to be addressed as quickly as possible. Do not attempt to pull on the placenta that is hanging out, as this may cause significant bleeding and put the mare at further risk. Make sure the mare has enough feed and water available, as they will need to recover after foaling. Do not give large amounts of feed to the mare after she has delivered, since this could potentially cause her to start acting colicky. If this is your first time with a pregnant mare, or your mare’s first time foaling, be sure to consult with a veterinarian once she shows signs that she is ready to give birth. Are mares more commonly affected by urinary tract infections than geldings or stallions? I have a 23-year-old Quarter Horse mare that has been diagnosed with a urinary tract infection twice. Recently she has been having some difficulty urinating and occasionally I have seen some discoloration in the urine. What can be done to identify the problem?

Mares can certainly be affected by urinary tract infections (UTIs) due to the shorter urethra and the proximity to the anus, which can allow for fecal material to be introduced into the urinary tract, especially the bladder. Geldings and stallions can also be affected by UTIs. The most common causes for UTIs in horses are bladder paralysis, presence of kidney or bladder stones, trauma (especially at foaling) or presence of tumors. Clinical signs of UTIs include difficulty urinating, mostly evidenced by the animal posturing to urinate and little to no urine being evacuated, frequent urina-

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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An endoscopy of the urinary tract may show abnormal masses within the bladder.

tion with only small amounts of urine produced, or evidence of incontinence. Other signs that may be noticed are discoloration of the urine (typically blood tinged), fever, and decreased appetite that could lead to weight loss. Horses that have any of these signs should be evaluated by a veterinarian to identify the problem. A complete physical examination should be performed, and may include rectal examination, urine and blood collection for a complete blood count, and chemistry evaluation to determine if there is evidence of kidney problems or severe electrolyte abnormalities. The urine sample should be sent out for analysis and culture to identify the specific

bacteria causing the problem. In the majority of cases this will provide enough information to be able to make a diagnosis and determine adequate treatment. In the case of this mare, since she has already had previous UTIs, it may be necessary to undergo further studies to identify other problems. Some of the other tests that can be performed are a urethral and bladder endoscopy to evaluate for presence of masses, stones or any other abnormalities within this

portion of the urinary tract. If the problem is considered to be at the level of the kidneys it may be necessary to perform an ultrasound to evaluate their size, shape, and appearance. Once a diagnosis of a UTI has been reached, the treatment will consist of the adequate antibiotic and correction of any further problems that may have been identified during the diagnostic process. It is important that your veterinarian evaluate the mare as soon as any of the clinical signs are present to achieve a better and complete diagnosis of what could be happening with the mare.


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Cross Training For Dressage Improve Your Ride with Elisabeth Austin and Tina Konyot. BY SARAH WYNNE JACKSON


ressage demands concentrated, precise work that makes it all too tempting to become obsessive about perfection. There’s nothing wrong with reaching for excellence, but it must be balanced with less intense activities. Otherwise, horses and riders become sour and disinterested. Cross training is the ideal remedy. Doing things with your horse other than drilling dressage movements keeps them fresh and ready to please. These exercises also build fitness, strengthen mutual trust, and fine-tune skills. As with anything new, don’t do too much at once, but incorporate them into your routine gradually.

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The benefits of cross training your dressage horse are numerous. Most riders know the psychological gains it offers. Dressage is mentally and physically an extremely focused and intense discipline. Doing different activities with your horse promotes the release of tension and stress, plus gives them a fresher outlook. Cross training exposes your horse to a variety of experiences, which increases his confidence and bravery. Being accustomed to the uncertainties faced outside the ring, such as a bird flying up from a bush or a tractor rolling past, prepares him to remain relaxed and self-assured when at shows, where just about anything can happen. Putting any horse in a new situation forces him to listen to the rider rather than anticipating the next aid. That close attentiveness encourages obedience in demanding circumstances and carries over to work in the arena. Cross training also builds your horse’s trust in you, as well as your trust in and understanding of your horse. As if all those benefits weren’t enough of

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center of gravity. Going down hills, you should maintain contact with the horse’s mouth so he keeps his body somewhat collected and not strung out. The degree of contact you need will depend on your horse. Tina Konyot of North Stonington, Connecticut, says, “It’s easy for any of them to take a bad step, but some more than others. An older horse that is fit and accustomed to hills would need less contact than an unbalanced, unfit youngster. A horse that is less surefooted will need you to support their balance.” Start with shallow slopes and gradually work up to steeper ones. Walking forces the horse to truly carry himself, while the natural thrust of trotting and cantering can act as a crutch. Hill work and trail riding help to develop horses’ Focus on walking at first and muscles and improve concentration. save the faster gaits for after all the same mental payoffs, a closer relationship he’s become fairly strong on hills. Avoid going with your horse, and become a better rider. Your downhill at more than a walk, as it is overly balance, feel, and awareness in the saddle will stressful on joints. Once your horse is accustomed to hill improve, and you’ll learn how to give succinct aids at the right time without disturbing your work, you can vary it in many ways. Go straight up and down, or at an angle. Ask horse’s balance and tempo. for transitions among the gaits and within each gait. Maintaining balance while doing Up and Down Hills Done correctly, hill work develops the horse’s circles or serpentines on a hillside is an muscles and balance like no other exercise can. additional challenge. You can also put out some It’s important that he doesn’t tip-toe or rush ground poles. down hills with his hind end strung behind him, and he shouldn’t pull himself up hills with Hacking and Trail Riding his shoulders or leap with bunny hops. For riders dedicated to the fine art of dressage, When teaching your horse how to go up it may be unthinkable to take your mount and down hills, focus on the roundness of the out in the woods. But the change of scenery sacrolumbar joint (the top of the horse’s rump). and a lower level of intensity freshens a horse’s This area must release and lengthen when outlook better than any reward. your horse tucks his hindquarters underneath “Trail riding is an absolute necessity for all himself to “sit down” for dressage work. When horses, young and old,” says Konyot. “We need the sacrolumbar joint is round, your horse will to keep horses out of the arena as much as descend hills in balance, using his strong hind possible. You’ll fry a horse quickly by keeping end to carry his weight against gravity. In the them in the ring every day. Trail riding keeps other direction, he’ll reach far forward with his them happy. They can’t do a good job if they’re hind legs and power up the hill. not happy.” Your position and balance should adjust with “I have one day a week dedicated to the horse’s balance as you ride hills. Going up, trail riding or hill work,” says Liz Austin of lean your upper body forward with your legs Williston, Vt. “I find it especially helpful for back and when going down, lean back. Keep my grand prix horse. We’ll do a couple of loops your feet under you, so if your horse should around the field and some trot sets to help with magically disappear, you’d land on your feet. overall fitness. It’s fun and different. It makes The angle of your body will depend on the them more enthusiastic and improves their steepness of the hill; the steeper the hill, the forward mentality.” more angle you’ll need to stay with your horse’s “When I’m in Florida, I have a big loop to

an incentive to cross train your dressage mount, these activities also develop your horse physically. Working outside the arena develops his body systems differently than dressage work does, creating a broader fitness foundation. Horses that cross train are more coordinated, agile, athletic, and learn how to use their bodies in new ways. Because they aren’t bored and surrounded by a wall, they also think more “forward.” Cross training is good for you, too! You get



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Cavaletti and ground poles can help teach timing and balance.

trail ride,” continues Austin. “We’ll walk to a certain landmark, like a driveway or a tree, then trot to another landmark, then canter to another landmark. It makes them less spooky and more confident, especially if you go out alone. It’s just you and them and builds their confidence and trust in you.” The great thing about trail riding is that you can make it what you want it to be. Some riders, like Austin, focus on bonding with the horse, building trust, and promoting confidence. If that’s your goal, you don’t need to keep your horse in any sort of frame, although you should

keep your reins short enough for safety in case your horse spooks. Other riders use the trails as a way to improve their horse’s concentration and obedience in the midst of distractions. As you ride through the woods and fields, ask your horse to bend, collect and lengthen his frame, transition among the gaits and within the gaits. Do different sized circles around trees and bushes, leg yield to open and close gates, and sidepass along a tree line. Make sure you offer him frequent breaks like you do in the arena to stretch his neck and see his surroundings.

Cavaletti and Ground Poles

They are the simplest of tools, but cavaletti and ground poles can be used in infinite ways in your dressage horse’s program. Konyot says, “They teach the horse technique, timing, and balance. It’s very helpful if the rider simply maintains a balanced position and allows the horse to find its way through them.” Start with three or four and work up to as many as six or seven. At first, they should be touching or nearly touching the ground. As your horse gains Congratulations to our Junior-Young Rider familiarity and fitness Sydney Horgan riding her quarter horse mare, over time, gradually put Gypsy! They are the H.D.A. overall year end the cavaletti at higher positions. Your horse Junior Champions at Intro. Level! should negotiate them without hollowing his topline, which can happen if they are too high for him. Start on level ground, placing them about four and a half feet apart. Then increase or decrease the space between them until you find the right distance for your horse, so that he must pick himself up carefully and with power but without changing his stride. Later, you can use 508-763-3224 Barbara Ann Archer fairfield farm cavaletti and ground USDF Silver & 714 Snipatuit Road poles to influence his Bronze Medalist Rochester, MA 02770 stride. Konyot explains, “By varying the spacing



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between them, you can create a longer stride or shorter stride. You can adjust the height of the stride by how high off the ground they are.” Austin says that cavaletti and ground poles can be used to solve problems, too. “If you have a horse that’s short and quick at the walk or trot, you can set them so the horse has to slow down and improve his reach. Use one pole for horses that tend to be earthbound in the canter. “If a rider or horse is having a specific issue, cavaletti are a completely different approach, so they shake things up a bit and get them thinking in new ways. It puts you in a different situation with them, so you’re asking different questions, but getting the answers you need for the dressage work.”

No Open Land? No Problem!

Unfortunately, not everyone has fields and trails on which to ride. That’s OK! You can still give your horse the benefits of cross training. Use an empty pasture or paddock, ride around the outside of fenced turnout areas, or simply ride around the yard. Be creative, and you’ll find all sorts of ways to cross train your dressage horse. If you don’t have hills, go up and down a bank, perhaps alongside a gravel road or stream. Ride to the end of the driveway and get the mail from the mailbox. Brief stints in tall grass, snow, deep sand, or water with decent footing is excellent for the legs. Quiet gravel roads work well. You can also trailer to a state park, crosscountry course, the ocean, or schedule lessons in a different discipline. Even if you have to stay in the arena, you can make it enjoyable for your horse. Those handy with tools can make a sturdy “bridge” to walk over, like you see in western trail classes. Set ground poles in a maze to maneuver through or pick your way through scattered poles while teaching your horse to put his feet exactly where you indicate. If you really want to shake it up, hop on your horse bareback! “We have what we jokingly call ‘hunter hack day,’” Austin says. “My students go around the ring in a training level frame and do a big, stretchy, reachy medium canter or a little hand gallop. Let the horse really go forward. You want him to want to go forward. It’s excellent for their toplines and backs. It’s also great to get up in two point.”

Worth the Effort

Despite the numerous benefits cross training provides, some horses and riders are so accustomed to the arena that fear prevents them from going anywhere else. Get out there in stages, starting in a large enclosed area, then the open yard, before moving on to fields and trails. Have a friend with a quiet horse ride with you until you’re comfortable going out alone. When you discover how much you and your horse enjoy cross training, you’ll be glad you faced the challenge.

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f you have a facility, access to a cross-country course, several devoted volunteers and unlimited enthusiasm, you may be up to the task of organizing a horse trials. But before you take the plunge, heed the following advice from experienced organizers on a number of important show management duties. “My greatest advice is to shadow someone who is already running an event, preferably similar to what you think you would like to do,” says Erin Keehan, who has been a secretary and/ or scorer at events run by the Eastern New York Dressage and Combined Training Association (ENYDCTA) for the past 10 years. “New events seem to get hung up on the little things...portajohns, food for volunteers, [finding] volunteers, required administrative supplies [like] paper, pens, etc, and knowledgeable staff to cover areas such as announcing, scoring and food. It’s amazing how not having some of these things really messes with the prep.”

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are run by a “show committee,” headed by an organizer and assisted by a show secretary. “Having a knowledgeable, reliable and nonflappable person as your secretary [is a huge help],” says Keehan. “This [person] is the event’s main contact with customers, and at the event, visitors. This person is responsible for keeping everything organized and running smoothly. More times than not, the secretary becomes the “go-to” person at the event, as the organizer has other things to worry about.” In addition to greeting competitors and answering their questions at the event, the secretary’s job includes processing each entry (for sanctioned events, this includes verifying that all required memberships are up to date, ensuring all necessary fees have been collected, and that waiver signatures are completed) and usually, creating divisions and a time table for the event itself. Detail oriented, organized individuals are best suited for this task, which is challenging and rewarding all at the same time. If your event is expecting a decent number of competitors, the secretary will likely have her hands full helping them with questions, handling changes of division, mount, and/or rider, and scheduling the various phases. This still leaves a slew of other preparatory jobs that need to be taken care of. “Surround yourself

with people you can rely on and designate duties,” says Keehan. “Have someone handle dressage, another stadium, and someone else to assist with cross-country. Organizing an event takes a team. You’ll go insane trying to do it all yourself. Plus, all those extra eyes are really helpful so as not to overlook small details, like ribbons, pinnies, bridle numbers, toilets, and [even] housing for the officials.”

Recognized vs Non Recognized

One of the first questions you will need to answer is whether your event is going to be “recognized” or “non-recognized.” A recognized event is sanctioned by the USEA and the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF), which are the two governing bodies for the sport of eventing in the United States. The results from recognized events count for year-end awards regionally and nationally, as well as potentially qualify competitors to compete at the American Eventing Championships. Recognized events are required to comply with all of the rules and regulations of the USEF; while this might appear overwhelming, these requirements allow for competitions across the country to run smoothly, safely, and at a similar standard. In addition, running your event as a recognized show will allow you to advertise in the USEA’s Omnibus and be included on their


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Daryl Kinney riding Chequers Superstar at the GMHA September Horse Trials.

Stephanie Neumann and Marrakesch at the UNH July Horse Trials.

popular events started small and added levels, new fences and other details as time went along. “Having been an organizer for 33 years, and having seen the early demise of a number of events which tried to start at the top, my advice to any first-time organizer is to start slow and low,” says Ann Getchell, organizer of the historic Groton House Horse Trials, held at her family’s farm in Hamilton, Massachusetts. “Run beginner novice, novice and possibly training for a few years, and run unrecognized before signing up with USEA, which is expensive and requires strict compliance with a lot of rules, on pain of fines and penalties.” Groton House is well-known as a ‘destination’ event within the area, and its upper level courses have attracted riders from near and far for years. In fact, the event was the site of the selection trials for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. However, 48


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the events held at Groton House today have come a long way from the first formal event held at the farm in 1978, which was hosted in conjunction with a local Pony Club rally. “To defray the cost of building the courses, we decided to open it up to paying customers,” says Getchell. “We ran novice (then pre-training) and training because that’s what corresponded to the Pony Club levels. It never occurred to us to run unrecognized—a concept which I don’t think even existed then. We needed the Omnibus-—a very slim booklet which only came out once a year—to get the word out, and in fact had to have an insert printed because we had missed the deadline.” The preliminary level course at Groton House wasn’t added until the 80s, when the event began running on two weekends because it was getting so many entries. The intermediate and advanced courses were added in the 90s.

Kim McIntyre and Banda Calypso at the King Oak Horse Trials.

Today, Groton House runs on one weekend and offers divisions through the intermediate/ preliminary level. Over the years, Groton House organizers have also seen many changes to their event which were implemented by the governing bodies such as the USEA or USEF rather than event staff themselves. “We do run unrecognized [shows],” says Getchell. “A two-phase from elementary through preliminary [is held] at the end of May, and the Groton House Farm Summer and Fall classics, for beginner novice and novice. The Classics are run by my daughter Sarah and her friends, who saw the need for lower level competitions for kids and adults, and opportunities for baby horses.”

Staffing your Event

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website, giving your event wide exposure to the eventing community. Running your event as a non-recognized competition has its benefits, though. First, organizers can offer divisions at whatever levels they choose to. Many non-recognized events will offer classes with names like pre-elementary, elementary, and even starter beginner novice; fence heights may start as low as 18" and the crosscountry obstacles can be as basic as bales of hay or logs on the ground. Organizers may also offer “mix and match” divisions, where competitors can choose a harder dressage test and a less challenging jumping level. Because there are no standard rules governing a non-recognized event, the organizer has a great deal of flexibility regarding how they want their event to run. In addition, organizers of “schooling” events are not required to hire licensed officials or charge any of the fees that sanctioned shows must collect, thereby keeping the costs down for both organizer and competitor. Organizers of some of the most established events in the Northeast recommend caution when first getting started; some of today’s most

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will be the first to tell you that no event can run without the assistance of many dedicated volunteers. Volunteers are utilized by most events for everything from facility preparation (setting show jumps, decorating cross-country fences, and setting out signs, for example) to logistical details such as stuffing competitor packets, in addition to helping to run the event itself. “We think we have the best people in the world,” says Getchell. “We have always had amazingly loyal and enthusiastic members of both the committee and volunteer group, and seem to be able to keep them year after year.” To assist in procuring, training and otherwise attending to the needs of volunteers, many events will designate a volunteer coordinator, other than the secretary or organizer. “Leave the problem of securing staff to [the volunteer coordinator] so the organizer can focus on the event,” says Keehan. “An event can never have too many volunteers. There is always someone who forgets or who has car trouble.” The volunteer coordinator can be invaluable on the day of the event in ensuring that each job is attended to, as well as helping volunteers with their needs throughout the day (sunscreen, bathroom break, etc.) If you are not able to find a volunteer coordinator, you will need to recruit volunteers yourself. Start by contacting local eventing



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ORGANIZING A HORSE TRIALS IS HARD WORK BUT A REWARDING ENDEAVOR WHEN YOU SEE HAPPY HORSES AND RIDERS ENJOYING THE RESULTS OF YOUR EFFORTS. clubs, large barns with an eventing focus, and Pony Clubs. As volunteers agree to assist you, try to encourage them to bring a friend or otherwise spread the word. Once you have recruited volunteers, retention is your goal. The best reward is when you can build up a pool of volunteers who return to your event each year. Happy volunteers are usually your best recruitment tool for future events. Ensure that you match volunteers with jobs that they will enjoy and feel qualified to do, and plan a time either in advance of the event

or at the event itself where they will be trained to do their job. Reserve the harder jobs for those volunteers who have more experience or who have proven loyal and reliable in the past. “We always have two fence judges at every obstacle, at least one of whom is experienced,” says Getchell. “Our area stewards are always seasoned volunteers who know the drill.” Finally, make sure that you thank your volunteers, both in words and with some sort of tangible “thank you.” “We try to treat [volunteers] right, and give them T-shirts, hats, meals and parties,” says Getchell. At the other end of the spectrum are an event’s hired officials. Even non-recognized events will need to hire someone capable of judging dressage and show jumping; technical delegates, who act essentially like a referee, are required at sanctioned shows but can ease the burden on an organizer at unrecognized events as well. Keehan recommends speaking with other organizers before hiring your officials. “Ask them about officials they have hired and their fees,” says Keehan. “Consider traveling costs, [as] this is a big expenditure.” Keehan says that experienced organizers should learn a bit about each official before hiring them. It is reasonable to ask for references; you can also look up a judge’s officiating history online through the USEA or USEF websites. “Some

officials look great on paper,” says Keehan. “Their fees are low, travel [costs] not too bad—but then they get to your event and you learn that they are lazy, not very knowledgeable, needy, show up late, miserable to be around, run their rings late, and a host of other things. An organizer has enough on their plate without having to deal with this type of official.” Another way to get to know officials (as well as learn about how other events are run) is to volunteer at other facilities’ events before taking on one yourself.

Facility Preparation and Logistical Details

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Experienced organizers can tell tale upon tale of lessons learned, organizational mishaps and oversights corrected through on the spot creative thinking. However, there are a few areas in which our organizers have found a lack of planning can be hard to recover from. Keehan says that it is essential to have someone on your team who is familiar with eventing and its scoring. Nothing will turn off competitors faster than having to wait an excessive period of time for their results. Many events utilize computer software to assist with entry management as well as scoring. “Have someone who knows the system [be in charge of scoring],” says Keehan. “This is a huge potential hazard, especially when you have three phases going at once and scores coming from all directions.” Another common pitfall for organizers of

Riders competing crosscountry at the Valinor Farm Horse Trials.

recognized events is ensuring that you are attending to all of the various details required regarding paperwork, including the show program. “The new events I have been with don’t realize that the USEA and USEF require that certain documents appear in the program and be distributed to competitors,” says Keehan. “Check the websites yearly for updates as to what should be included, usually membership forms, evaluation forms and some type of ad for [the sponsoring] organization.” Other important details include finding a food vendor capable of supplying food and beverage to competitors and spectators throughout the day; ensuring that volunteers are also well fed and hydrated, and that porta potties are kept clean and are accessible at various points around your facility. There are many reasons why a facility staff or organization would choose to run a horse trials, but in general, longtime organizers do so in order to support a sport which they love. Organizing is hard work but a rewarding endeavor when you see happy horses and riders enjoying the results of your efforts.

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Perhaps one of the most overwhelming aspects of organizing an event is preparing the physical facility and attending to all of the myriad miscellaneous details that make an event happen, from ordering pinnies to copying programs to labeling the dressage tests. It can help if organizers think of the competitors as being customers; competitors devote a number of resources, including time and money, to attend an event, and even if they don’t win they expect a quality experience. This approach can help organizers balance “must haves” versus “would be nice to haves” in terms of prioritizing duties and tasks. Brainstorming a list of needs (both physical and duty wise) for each aspect of the competition and then setting down all of the tasks into a timeline is a helpful first step. The USEA actually provides a helpful tool for this, which can assist non-sanctioned event organizers as well (check out education.php?section=organizers for a whole list of helpful guides). When preparing your facility, it is important that you consider all of the various needs for both the show itself (location of all arenas and warm ups) and your competitors (parking, water for horses, food for humans, etc). “First time organizers get hung up on the cross-country, [which] seems logical,” says Keehan. “But that is just one phase. Not having adequate dressage warm-up or a boring stadium [course] can lead to potential negative feedback from competitors.” Recognized events at the preliminary level and up are required to use the services of a licensed course designer for the design of their crosscountry course; however, these experts can be invaluable in helping a new organizer maximize the use of their land as well as creatively increase the number and types of obstacles over time. Providing extensive advice on course design is beyond the scope of this article, but suffice it to say that designing courses which competitors find fair yet challenging is almost an art form. Utilizing the services of someone who is experienced and familiar with course design is an excellent investment in creating an event which competitors will want to return to. Decorating fences and applying fresh paint

can go a long way towards sprucing up a facility; however, the expenses related to adding these types of niceties can add up quickly. Be sure to balance aesthetics with your bottom line. Most competitors would rather jump a safe, fun track of fences than admire flowers and bushes along the way. Creative organizers can sometimes team up with local businesses for donations or even loans of décor and other amenities. If you are going to run an event, you must have awards. Keehan recommends awarding ribbons through eighth place. Awards can also be another opportunity for sponsors to support your event. “Don’t fret about actual awards, but if you can, contact local businesses for donations,” says Keehan. “Offer [donors] space in your program; it doesn’t have to be large. A lot of small businesses like to support local endeavors. It may not be a lot or a large sum, but it helps defray your costs and gets the community involved. Large corporations will often donate samples for competitor bags. Ask them for a couple of actual products to give away as prizes. You’ll be amazed at what kind of response you could get.”

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can endure through to adulthood. Summer camp can be the experience of a lifetime, and one to be remembered. For young equestrians, summer camp is an opportunity to spend more time in the barn, around horses, riding, and with fellow horse lovers. The memories of summer camp often include major milestones and first steps on the road to a life with horses. Take a gallop down memory lane with some fellow equestrian enthusiasts as they share what made camp such an amazing experience, often before current safety standards were made effective. “My favorite camp memory could have



We brought our own ponies and rode daily as we helped to take care of the horses, etc. We learned about training horses, bringing in hay, and lots of other things. Field trips included the fair and trips to the ice cream stand. We certainly did some wreckless things back then—jumping gymnastics bareback, getting pulled along on the hunt course on a reluctant pony, racing through the fields and trails, and so much more. We loved it and through it all became incredibly strong and brave riders. I had attended many pony club and 4-H camps, but nothing compared to living in the barn those two summers. We were allowed to experience things that today’s horsemen aren’t allowed to! Because of my wonderful camp memories, the first thing I did when purchasing Different Drummer Farm at the age of 21, was to begin a resident camp program. We had a bunk house attached to the house and ran a horsemanship program for serious riders. Though we no longer offer resident camp, we have been doing

ended up being a dangerous situation and it wasn’t much fun at the time, but looking back on it, is kind of funny. We were on a trail ride with about 15 campers and two camp counselors—one in the front and one at the back. I was 10 years old at the time. About halfway through the ride the kid behind me called out “Hey, Jackie, your saddle isn’t tied on!” “What are you talking about?” I said, confused. I looked down to my left and there was the girth, hanging and dragging on the ground. “Miss Catherine!” I called to the counselor riding up front. “My girth broke!” She rode over to me and examined the damage. It turns out that the leather was worn down so much that the girth just snapped in two. I ended up having to ride double with her all the way back to the barn with her ponying my horse, Charlie, at the same time. It was uncomfortable and inconvenient at the time, but it made for a good story.” -Jaclyn Adams, Londonderry, New Hampshire “My time at summer camp was very influential in my career choices later on. At age 13 and 14 (1970-1971), I attended overnight camp in Springvale, Maine. The ‘live in student’ program involved a two week stay in a bunk room in the hay loft of their barn. I signed on with a riding buddy and we were two of a very small group of maybe three or four campers.

camps for over 30 years as I believe so strongly in the experience!” -Jodi Fortier, Different Drummer Farm, Candia, New Hampshire “The pony club clinics during the summers at Green Mountain Horse Association will always stand out as one of my favorite memories of childhood. No wonder GMHA is still my favorite place on earth after so many wonderful summers there with my friends and our ponies and horses.” - Kay Slater, Vice President, Colonial Carriage & Driving Society, Harwich, Massachusetts “I had the best time at summer camp. I still have friends from that time. My parents would ship me and my horses off for eight glorious weeks. We would horse show—camp was also my introduction to eventing and drill team. I got to carry the American flag in the performance. My most fun memory was at a Vermont camp called Teelawooket. At the end of our lesson, if we were really good, we got to go bareback across the street to ‘the wash.’ The wash was a wide stream that we would get to trot and canter in, splashing and screaming all the way. It was great fun. I wish that they would send me now!” -Sally Hinkle Russell, President Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gales Ferry, Connecticut

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NEHC Year-End Awards Banquet Attracts a Crowd of Nearly 300 BY ELISABETH PROUTY-GILBRIDE

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ew England’s top horsemen, families, and friends converged at the 2010 New England Horsemen’s Council’s Annual Year-End Awards Banquet held January 29, 2011 at the Providence Marriott in downtown Providence, R.I. This year’s event drew a crowd of nearly 300 people, and attracted guests from as far away as Lexington, Ky. Attendees enjoyed a social hour that began at 5:00 p.m., followed by a 6:00 p.m. dinner. Immediately following dinner, President Joan Travers began handing out awards as 1st Vice President Sue Arthur addressed each recipient. Banquet attendees also remained entertained by the raffle prizes that were given away throughout the evening. Profits incurred from raffle ticket sales will be used to purchase awards for the NEHC Western Medal Finals, to be presented at the Octoberfest Horse Show on October 27-30 in West Springfield, Mass. Once all awards and raffle prizes were presented, everyone filled the dance floor and danced the night away. For more information on the New England Horsemen’s Council and a listing of all awards recipients, visit


A PROFILE OF MICHELLE MANFREDE By Paula Rodenas MICHELLE MANFREDE of Merrick, N.Y., ended 2010 as overall high point gymkhana Grand Champion of the Islip Horsemen’s Association with her horse, The Clippinator. The points were accumulated at five shows, and Michelle’s prize was a saddle. It was presented to her at the IHA’s year-end awards dinner. Michelle, 19, has been riding for 12 years and comes by her interest naturally, as both of her parents were involved with horses. “I was born into it,” she said. Her mother, Debbie, rode in rodeos and met her husband, James, when she became his riding instructor. Debbie taught Michelle as a youngster, riding along the beach at the Jamaica Bay Stable in Brooklyn. The Manfredes owned racehorses for a short time during the 1990s, including Burning Volcano, J.T.’s Writer and Northern Willie, all trained by Debbie. Michelle, who rides both western and English, bought her horse in 2007 from Babylon Stable, where he was a school horse. “He was the perfect horse for me,” she said. “He did everything— western, English, jumping and trails.”

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won flat classes and a few reserve championships at the Hidden Pond show series. She and her horse participated in the World of Horsesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Parade of Breeds for several years at Belmont Park. A student at Nassau Community College, Michelle is a member of the college riding team. She has competed in English flat classes and needs only one more point to allow her to move on to jumping. She is majoring in liberal arts and plans to continue her education and earn a veterinary technician certification. In high school, Michelle was known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the horse girl.â&#x20AC;? She attended Calhoun High School in Merrick, whose football team is called the Calhoun Colts. Once, during her senior year, Michelle brought The Clippinator to a pep rally and led him onto the field while her classmates cheered. She did not participate much in other sports, but concentrated on riding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a lifestyle for me,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my second life.â&#x20AC;? Even while she completes her studies, Michelle will pursue her passion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always at the barn, taking care of my horse and learning as much as I can.â&#x20AC;?

continued from page 56 The 13-year-old Paint-Quarter Horse cross was originally called Clipper, but, Michelle explained, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted a cool name, and we came up with The Clippinator, like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Terminator.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Western riding is Michelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preference, because, she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more relaxing, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more of an adrenaline rush.â&#x20AC;? The rush comes from barrel racing, her favorite gymkhana event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t beat it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The speed is awesome. All you see is the finish line.â&#x20AC;? Last year Michelle and her horse won almost every barrel racing event they entered. Michelle described The Clippinator as adaptable, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very quiet and goes with the flow. He has smooth gaits.â&#x20AC;? She is now working on pole bending, which requires a lot of lead changes. She is the only western rider at her boarding barn, Stanhope Stable in Huntington Station, where she practices her barrel racing techniques in the dressage arena when it is not in use. But Michelle has also done well in an English saddle, having

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he North East Ski Joring Association (NESJA) held a skijoring clinic at the Myhre Equine Center on January 16, 2011. Riders and skiers who wanted to learn all about this exciting sport were able to gain valuable insight as the day started with some history on the sport, information about NESJA and the competitions that are held in New Hampshire and Canada as well as across the country. The riders and skiers were put into groups to be worked with individually with the riders getting tips from rigging their saddles to getting the horses

used to the rope and skis. Skiers were given tips on rope handling, negotiating gates, spearing jousting rings and techniques on managing the jumps. As the riders and skiers were teamed up to practice there was a brief demonstration given by NESJA President, Christina Thorp riding her horse Dusty and pulling NESJA Vice President Geoff Smith. The day was filled with horses, riders and skiers going down the practice course with huge smiles on their faces. Even the horses seemed to enjoy the day. For more information regarding skijoring, visit NESJAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at

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Bay State Equine Rescue to Hold Annual wine, beer, and liquor tasting fundraiser


n Sunday, April 17, of the beautiful golf course from the from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. club’s two open decks. Mass Liquors of Worcester is find out how enjoying a taste of wine can help the event sponsor. They will bring save horses! Bigger and better than together unique wines, specialty ever, describes the Annual Wine, and microbrew beer and top-ofBeer, and Liquor Tasting Fundraiser continued on page 65 hosted by the Bay State Equine Rescue of Oakham, Mass. This is the eighth year for the popular event—which has grown so large it requires a new venue. The new location this year is the Leicester Country Club on Main Street in Leicester, Mass. While attendees enjoy discovering a favorite from an excellent selection of wine, beer, and liquor, BSER’s computer display educated guests at they can also savor views last year’s wine tasting.


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the-line liquors. Vineyards will be represented by knowledgeable servers, some of whom have traveled the world, visiting wineries to learn about those they are presenting. Ticket price includes music performed by the The Brian & Hugh Jazz Duo and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and Godiva Chocolates. There will be a silent auction and raffle. Casual pub style dining is available at the club after the event. Whether your companion animal is a dog, a ferret, a cat, or a horse— even if you don’t share your home with a four-legged friend—the fine selection of spirits will raise your spirit and support the rescue. The Bay State Equine Rescue is 100% volunteer and is dedicated to removing horses from neglectful or life-threatening situations. Some horses brought to the rescue are battered and starved. Others are healthy but abandoned at auction. With the help of dedicated

volunteers, BSER provides medical treatment, physical rehabilitation, and restoration of emotional balance to the rescued horses. The goal is to find safe, adoptive homes for eligible equines. Those not adopted are given permanent residence at the rescue. Bay State Equine Rescue, founded in 2002, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All proceeds from this and other fundraising events are used in the care of the rescue horses. Reserved tickets for wine and beer can be purchased for $30 per person; four for $100. Tickets for wine and beer will also be available for $35 per person at the door. Reserved tickets for wine, beer and liquor are $40 per person or four for $140. They can also be purchased at $45 per person at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at or by check, written out to BSER, c/o Karin Orsi, 286 Auburn Street, Cherry Valley, MA 01611. For more information on the Bay State Equine Rescue contact Karin Orsi at or 508-892-4765.

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Connecticut Horse Shows Association

Victoria Stevens; 7. Jessica Murray; 8. Christina Martinelli. Modified Adult Amateur Equitation: CH: Shana O’Conner; RE: Kayla Blanchette; 3. Izabel B. Carver; 4. Rebecca Paholski; 5. Kim Miner; 6. Stephanie Wise; 7. Ashley Minicucci; 8. Lynn Sanders. Pre-Children’s Equitation: CH: Hannah Coon; RE: Emery Smith; 3. Kaylyn Motta; 4. Jacey Chorlton; 5. Jenna Venuti; 6. Madelaine C. Lewis; 7. Ashley Murray; 8. Catherine Ferri.

To hold 78th Annual Awards Banquet

Half-Arabian Half-Arabian Halter: H.M. CH: Lucy of Aramoor TM, Joseph Struckus. Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure: CH: Heiranna, Danielle Laudano.

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n March 5, 2011, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn., CHSA will hold its 78th Annual Awards Banquet. Following is the list of those members who will receive awards. Ceremonies will start with the Parade of Champions, the Parade of Lead Line, and Walk-Trot Award winners. This will be followed by dinner. After dinner, CHSA will recognize those members who are to be rewarded for their achievement during the 2010 CHSA Show Season. Dancing will follow the awards part of the ceremonies. Show Results

Medal & Blue Ribbon: Julianne Troiano, Beverly Banerji, Devon LeMoine, Sophia Frisbie, Julia Sica, Addison Keyworth, Samantha Hansen, Courtney Ryan, Claire Shimanski, Sara Bolton, Kyla Sullivan, Hannah Miller, Madison Hart, Payton Lussen, Haley Resnick, Natalie Parsons, Mira Goberman, Katelyn Horky, Cayleigh Goberman, Jessica Van Buiten, Michaela Dunn. Walk-Trot Hunt Seat Equitation Medal & Blue Ribbon: Timothy Belcourt, Taylor Collar, Harper Sanford, Alex Jefson, Abigail Lottridge, Kyla Sullivan, Olivia Troiano, Paige Contenta, Meredith Ward, Olivia Sica, Haley Resnick, Caitlyn Feeley, Susanne McGrady, Mariel Picknelly, Alexis Woloshchuk, Caitlin R. Mogilka, Caroline Ferri, Allison Bornstein, Kayla Rodriguez, Alexandra Ferri, Shelby Bussolotti, Hannalore Beijerbergen, Kasi Ray, Carley Webber, Isabella Yee, Jamie Scarpantonio. Merit Ribbon: Charline Engerran, Julia Di Biase, Caroline O. Mancini, Dakota Pandolfini, Emily Mae Babcock, Austin Luke, Madison Nott, Olivia Adams, Emilia Caney. Walk-Trot Hunt Seat Pleasure Medal & Blue Ribbon:Buttons, Linda Evans; River’s Edge Caroline, Timothy R. Belcourt; Neverland, Linda Evans; Walk In The Park, Harper Sanford; Itsy Bitsy, Gia Sarkis; CoCo Puff, Sally H. Russell; Woodland’s Golden Grail, Linda Evans; In The Spotlight, Robin D. Vinson; Kris Kringle , Susanne McGrady; Mac-A-Roani, Kasi Ray; Lilly Pulitzer, Tiffany Bianco; Teddy Or Not, Morgan Parrotta; Machiato Dolce, Trudy Wissel; See Me Sparkle, Olivia Troiano; Rosecroft’s Marquee, Sally H. Russell; Starbuck, Julia Di Biase; Cute Cousin Andy , Sally Allison; Dream Come True, Trudy Wissel; Daddy’s Convertible, Jamie Scarpantonio. Merit Ribbon: One Moment In Time, Maddie Davis; Knight Light, Marissa Sylvester; Punky Brewster, Trudy Wissel; Zee Couldn’t Resist, Thomas J. Rogers; Kuzcotopia, Harper Sanford; Lakewood’s Astaire, Deb Krawitz; Silver Lining, Olivia Wertheiml; Snow Covered, Tracey Matthews; Diamond In Disguize, Olivia Sica. Hunters Short Stirrup Hunter: CH: Class Act, Savannah Giammarco; RE: Cinnamon Toast, Mary Mazzarella; 3. Rowfantina Maze, Linda Evans; 4. Kodak Moment, Hilery K. Slattery; 5. I Found Nemo, Mary Fischer; 6. Likely Choice, Trudy Wissel; 7. Severn’s Sweet William, Melissa Vogellus; 8. Teddy Or Not, Morgan Parrotta. Pre-Children’s Hunter: CH: In The Spotlight, Robin D. Vinson; RE: Outfoxed, Katherine Winchester; 3. Augustus Slew, Bianca Giolitto; 4. One Moment In Time, Maddie Davis; 5. Stella Luna, Isabella Passaretta; 6. Best Kept Secret, Ashley Murray; 7. Mac’s Bowtie, Chelsea Glissman; 8. Aberkrombie, Karlan St. Germain; Poetry In Motion, Shelby Roy. Children’s Hunter Pony: CH: Party Time, Anastasia Wittmann Romeo; RE: Got That Right, Trudy Wissel; 3. Dreams Come True, Anastasia Wittmann Romeo; 4. Skip Day, Caitlyn Zaranek; 5. Silver


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Lining, Olivia Wertheim; 6. Neverland, Donna Cordeiro; 7. Make A Wish, Rachel Roy; 8. Lots Of Dots, Rachel Roy. Children’s Hunter Horse: CH: Savvy Girl, Catie Pafumi; RE: Movado’s Pico, Mackenzie Kane; 3. Off-Broadway, Harpur Schwartz; 4. Nechima, Morgan Taniwha; 5. Unquestionable, Nancy Hamilton; 6. Kahlua, Sara Pancavage; 7. On The Rocks, Natalie D’Elia; 8. Livin’ the Life, Julie M. Solomon. Green Pony Hunter: CH: Patches Of Blue, Trudy Wissel; RE: Dreamland, Linda Evans; 3. Rollingwooods Stick Tight, Linda Evans. Pony Hunter: CH: Night On The Town, Lillian Wagner; RE: Belong To Me, Linda Evans; 3. Dreamland, Linda Evans; 4. Patches Of Blue, Trudy Wissel; 5. Imagine That, Linda Evans; 6. Twizzler, Trudy Wissel; 7. Rollingwooods Stick Tight, Linda Evans; 8. Lalaland, Linda Evans. Long Stirrup Hunter: CH: Starkist, Nancy Hamilton; RE: Jet Set, Sharon Aubrey. Modified Adult Amateur Hunter: CH: I Found Nemo, Mary Fischer; RE: Prince Charming, III, Susan L. Parrotta; 3. Gabriella, Chelsea Hunter; 4. The Professor, Lynn Sanders; 5. By Design, Kelly Glogowski; 6. Jet Set, Sharon Aubrey; 7. News Affair, Karen Ann von Bachelle; 8. Third Times The Charm, Ashley Adams. Adult Amateur Hunter: CH: Exhilaration, Colleen Sullivan; RE: Cibolla, Alissa Normandeau; 3. Maximus, Jenn Perry; 4. Morocco, Christen Scarpa; 5. London Fog, Laura Lohse; 6. Louis Vuiton, Charlene Van Buiten; 7. Minetta, Frances Moppet. Amateur Owner Hunter: CH: Matariki, Frances Moppet; RE: Unanimous, Jacqueline B. Strittmatter. Green Hunter: CH: Unanimous, Jacqueline B. Strittmatter. Connecticut Hunter: CH: Chopin, Robin Hirtle; RE: Argento, Victoria Stevens; 3. Hidden Creek’s Rainman, Katie Philbrook; 4. Cosmopolitan, Trudy Wissel; 5. Following Seas, Sally H. Russell; 6. Good Charlotte; Heather Hollay-Farr. Jumpers Low Training Jumper: CH: Zaire, Deb Krawitz; RE: Potential, Sally H. Russell; 3. Heart Maker, Sally H. Russell; 4. Movado’s Hylights, Mackenzie Kane; 5. Caleb, Samantha MacDonald; 6. Concerto, Amanda Larder. Connecticut Open Jumper: CH: Following Seas, Sally H. Russell; RE: Darco’s Symphony, Tracey Clark. Amateur Adult/Children’s Jumper: CH: Miss Daisy, Robert Richard; RE: Draego, Matthew R. Belcourt; 3. Just Do It, Kaitlyn Boggio; 4. Ben Jammin’, Sydney Dubchy; 5. Concerto, Amanda Larder; 6. Galler, Tracey Clark; 7. Darco’s Symphony, Tracey Clark; 8. Indie Film, Elizabeth Rice. Equitation Beginner 11 & Over Equitation:CH: Annika Carlson; RE: Allyson K. Quirk; 3. Karen Trescott; 4. Taylor Voels; 5. Autumn Ortiz; 6. Corrina McKelvey; 7. Kimberly Bienkowski; 8. Katie Siegel. Open Hunt Seat Equitation U/12: CH: Bryanne Serignese; RE: Mary Kate Pestana; 3. Phoebe Backman; 4. Catherine Ferri; 5. Kelsey Roy; 6. Abigail Wade. Open Hunt Seat Equitation 12-14: CH: Abigail Wagner; RE: John Porter; 3. Claire Kenna; 4. Casey O’Dea. Open Hunt Seat Equitation 15-17: CH: Irene Peluso; RE: Cassondra M. Funk; 3. Samantha Welch. Adult Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation: CH: Megan Coon; RE: Christen Scarpa; 3. Tracy Hart; 4. Maureen B. Keyworth; 5. Stacie Seidman. Long Stirrup Equitation: CH: Jennifer Weisenberger; RE: Bethany St. Pierre; 3. Sarah Byers; 4. Nancy Hamilton; 5. Sharon Aubrey; 6. Emily Layok; 7. Chauntelle McLenithan. Short Stirrup Equitation: CH: Mary Mazzarella; RE: Savannah Giammarco; 3. Cali Ebersole; 4. Olivia Ferro; 5. Carlie Poworoznek; 6. Sydney Fydenkevez; 7. Randi LaChance; 8. Tybal Slattery. Children’s Equitation: CH: John Porter; RE: Gabriella Tauro; 3. Lillian Wagner; 4. Olivia Marlow; 5. Victoria Schilling; 6. Connor Murphy; 7. Grace Tice; 8. Elizabeth Woznica. Junior Equitation: CH: Abigail Wagner; RE: Shanon Q. Lozier; 3. Sara Pancavage; 4. Harpur Schwartz; 5. Cassondra M. Funk; 6.

Hackney Pony Open Hackney Pony Driving: CH: Totally Excellent, Elizabeth Roden. Open Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving: CH: Lincolnshire’s Royal Cavelier, Lori Neumann; H.M. RE: Spark Of Gold, Bud Laivo. Roadster Pony Open Roadster Pony: CH: AG Houdini, Courtney Cahill. Color Breed Color Breed Pleasure: CH: Lots Of Dots, Rachel Roy; RE: Make A Wish, Rachel Roy; 3. Patches Of Blue, Trudy Wissel; 4. Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Trudy Wissel; 5. Teddy Or Not, Morgan Parrotta; 6. Madam Black Eyed Te, Nicole Souza; 7. Stonecrofts Sucrose, Trudy Wissel; Taboo, Anna C. Crane; 8. The Impressionist, Chelsea Thomson. Driving Open Carriage Driving: CH: UC Olympic Star, Richard Jones. Open Pleasure Driving: CH: UC Olympic Star, Richard Jones. Pleasure Children’s Pleasure Pony: CH: Lots Of Dots, Rachel Roy; RE: Got That Right, Trudy Wissel; 3. Kodak Moment, Hilery K. Slattery; 4. Dreams Do Come True, Jessica Sikorski; 5. Teddy Or Not, Morgan Parrotta; 6. Charlotte’s Web, Joyce Woznica; 7. Lilly Pulitzer, Tiffany Bianco; 8. Darby The Wonder Pony, Mary Fischer. Adult English Pleasure: CH: Movado’s Monet, Annette Komlo; RE: Big White Lie, Joyce Woznica; 3. The Original, Sally Allison; 4. Like A Rock, Jessica Edgerly; 5. Spencer, Suszanne Johnson; 6. Scootin Spiderman, Trudy Wissel; Hannah, Matt Couzens; 7. Jet Set, Sharon Aubrey; 8. Dot Dot Dash, Jessica Edgerly. Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure: CH: Make A Wish, Rachel Roy; RE: Double Take, Chelsea LeMoine; 3. Finer Things, Kate Marcelina; 4. Superhero Brother, Caitlin Leale; 5. Charlotte’s Web, Joyce Woznica; 6. I Found Nemo, Mary Fischer; 7. Can I Get There By Candlelight?, Trudy Wissel; 8. One Moment In Time, Maddie Davis. CHSA English Pleasure: CH: Lots Of Dots, Rachel Roy; RE: Class Act, Savannah Giammarco; 3. Dreams Do Come True, Jessica Sikorski; 4. Big White Lie, Joyce Woznica; 5. Movado’s Monet, Annette Komlo; 6. I Found Nemo, Mary Fischer; 7. Hannah, Matt Couzens; 8. Zee Couldn’t Resist, Thomas J. Rogers. Beginner 11+ Pleasure: CH: Hakuna Matata, Trudy Wissel; RE: Cute Cousin Andy, Sally Allison; 3. I Found Nemo, Mary Fischer; 4. Pep O Mint Patti, Trudy Wissel; 5. Formal Affair, Nancy Hamilton; 6. Zee Couldn’t Resist, Thomas J. Rogers. Hunter Pleasure: CH: Charlie In The Box, Claire Kenna; RE: Movado’s Monet, Annette Komlo; 3. Superhero Brother, Caitlin Leale; 4. Finer Things, Kate Marcelina; 5. Sophisticated Lady, Trudy Wissel; 6. Toying With Money, John Porter; 7. Sing Freely, Kelsey Greene; 8. Hannah, Matt Couzens. Quarter Horse Hunter Under Saddle: CH: Dreams Do Come True, Jessica Sikorski; RE: Dodd’s Killian’s Red, Cindy K. Dodd; 3. Movado’s Monet, Annette Komlo; 4. Pep O Mint Patti, Trudy Wissel; 5. Zee Couldn’t Resist, Thomas J. Rogers; 6. Toying With Money, John Porter; 7. Scootin Spiderman, Trudy Wissel; 8. Articulate Artifact, Eileen Keegan.

Trophies to be Awarded

CHSA members and past members have donated trophies to be awarded to members for specific achievements during a show season. Some of these trophies are “Challenge” trophies which are retired if won three years in a row by the same person. Others are “Perpetual” trophies, which means that they are never

retired, but are awarded year after year. This year CHSA is pleased to announce that a new perpetual trophy has been offered by the Romeo family, the Party Time Perpetual Trophy for High Point Children’s Hunter Pony. Party Time earned multiple championships on the CHSA, CHJA and NEHC and USEF Zone 1 circuits this year in the Children’s Hunter Pony division including CHSA Champion, CHJA Reserve Champion, NEHC Champion, USEF Zone 1 Reserve Champion, and 25th over all in the nation! Many congratulations to Party Time and his owner/rider Anastasia Wittmann Romeo and her instructor Mark Rarick of Oak Meadow Farm in East Windsor, Conn. Show Results

Listed below are the CHSA Trophies and their winners for the 2010 Show Season. Challenge Trophy Winners Skylinvue Trophy for High Point Winner (Horse or Rider): Lots Of Dots. End Of Hunt Trophy for High Point Small Pony Hunter: Twizzler. End Of Hunt Trophy for High Point Medium Pony Hunter: Night On The Town. First Frost Trophy for High Point Large Pony Hunter: Dreamland. Orion Farms Green Trophy for High Point Green Pony Hunter: Patches Of Blue. Orion Farms Trophy for Overall High Point Pony Hunter: Patches Of Blue. Edelweiss Farm Trophy for High Point Short Stirrup Rider: Mary Mazzerella. Sparkle City Memorial Trophy for High Point Children’s Pleasure Pony: Lots Of Dots. Perpetual Trophy Winners Lynch Family Trophy In Memory of Kenneth M. Bishop for High Point Junior Hunt Seat Equitation: Abbie Wagner. Parkers Sugarbear Trophy for Quarter Horse Hunter U/S: Dreams Do Come True. Robert Klein Memorial Trophy for High Point English Pleasure (Combined points: Quarter Horse Hunter U/S, Junior and Adult English Pleasure): Movado’s Monet. Party Time Trophy for High Point Children’s Hunter Pony: Party Time. Good Sportsmanship Trophy: To Be Awarded at Banquet.

2011 CHSA Show Affiliations

Following is the schedule of shows affiliated with CHSA from March through November 2011, as of January 15. Show details and contacts may be found online at Any shows that affiliate after January can be found at the CHSA website. 3/5 Sweetwater, Clinton. 3/6 BHC Management at Oak Meadow, East Windsor. 3/13 BHC Management at Oak Meadow, East Windsor. 3/19 Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook. 3/20 Shallowbrook Equestrian Center, Somers. 3/26 Folly Farm, Simsbury.

3/27 Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gales Ferry.


4/3 BHC Management at Oak Meadow, East Windsor.

8/6 Folly Farm, Simsbury.

4/9 Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gales Ferry.

8/13 Rivers Edge Farm, Bethany.

4/10 Rivers Edge Farm, Bethany.

8/14 The Pines Farm, South Glastonbury.

4/16 End of Hunt Equestrian Center, Suffield. 4/17 Folly Farm, Simsbury.

8/26-8 CHSA FINALS, High Hopes, East Lyme.

4/20-4/23 UPHA Eastern States Exposition.

8/28 Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook.

4/23 BHC Management at Oak Meadow, East Windsor.

9/1-4 Mystic Valley Equestrian Center, Gales Ferry.

4/28-5/1 Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook.

9/10 Avon Valley Farm, Avon.

5/7 Windcrest Farm, Hebron.

8/7-9 Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gales Ferry.

9/11 The Pines Farm, South Glastonbury.

5/8 Folly Farm, Simsbury.

9/14-18 Eastern States Horse Show, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA.

5/14 The Pines Farm, South Glastonbury.

9/18 Folly Farm, Simsbury.

5/15 End of Hunt Equestrian Center, Suffield. 5/21 Windcrest Farm, Hebron.

9/22-25 Eastern States Horse Show, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA.

5/22 Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gales Ferry.


5/28 Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook.

9/25 St. Peters Horse Show, Bethany.

5/29 Sweetwater Farm, Clinton.

10/1 Avon Valley Farm, Avon.

6/4 Folly Farm, Simsbury.

10/2 The Pines Farm, South Glastonbury.

6/5 Bethany Horse Show, Bethany. 6/10-12 Shallowbrook Equestrian Center, Somers. 6/18 The Pines Farm, South Glastonbury. 6/19 1st Governor’s Horse Guard, Avon. 6/20 Avon Valley, Avon. MEDALS ONLY

10/8 Windcrest Farm, Hebron. 10/9 Mystic Valley Equestrian Center, Gales Ferry. 10/10 Sweetwater Farm, Clinton. 10/15 Folly Farm, Simsbury. 10/16 Avon Valley Farm, Avon. 10/22 The Pines Farm, South Glastonbury.

6/25 Folly Farm, Simsbury.

10/23 End of Hunt Equestrian Center, Suffield.

6/26 Sweetwater Farm, Clinton.

10/27-30 Octoberfest, Oneco.

7/2 Windcrest Farm, Hebron.


7/3-5 Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook.

10/29 Shallowbrook Equestrian Center, Somers.

7/7-10 Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook. 7/13-16 Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook. 7/17 The Pines Farm, South Glastonbury.

10/30 Rivers Edge Farm, Bethany. 11/5 Sweetwater Farm, Clinton.

7/23 Sweetwater Farm, Clinton.

11/6 Mystic Valley Equestrian Center, Gales Ferry.

7/24 2nd Governor’s Horse Guard, Newtown.

11/12 The Pines Farm, South Glastonbury.

7/28 Avon Valley Farm, Avon. MEDALS ONLY

11/13 Shallowbrook Equestrian Center, Somers.

7/30 Windcrest Farm, Hebron.

11/19 Windcrest Farm, Hebron.

7/31 End of Hunt Equestrian Center, Suffield. 8/4-6 CT Summer Classic Eastern States Exposition, Western Springfield, MA.

11/20 Rivers Edge Farm, Bethany. 11/26 Westbrook Hunt Club, Westbrook. 11/27 Folly Farm, Simsbury. MARCH 2011



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Norfolk Hunt Club CONCLUDES FANTASTIC FALL SEASON Submitted By Dana Pope and D. A. Hayden

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Hunt’s Westport Hunter Pace in Westport, Mass., on Sunday, September 26. Friends of the hunt in Westport opened their land to the riding public for this magnificent 10-mile cross-country ride. Our thanks go to the Norfolk members who volunteered and the team from the Westport Land Conservation Trust, who, with local Norfolk Huntsman John Elliott with hounds on the beach volunteer support, encouraged over at Barney’s Joy. 150 riders to attend the pace. The scenery was breathtaking and trails and jumps were in perfect condition. The Norfolk Hunt’s relationship with the Westport and Barney’s Joy community is over 20 years strong. Norfolk’s opening hunt occurred at Charlescote Farm in Sherborn, on the first Saturday in October. Tradition continued with playing of bagpipes and the blessing of the hounds and horses before the hunt began. The weather was beautiful and the Norfolk Hunt is grateful to the many landowners and spectators who supported this special day. The land the Club hunts at its opening meet has been hunted by Norfolk for over 100 years. A new event for Norfolk this year was the Norfolk Hunt Country Barn Tour, held on Sunday, October 17. Five private barns were open to the public for the first time ever. Visitors could share Norfolk foxhunting traditions, meet the new litter of foxhound puppies, witness an Olympic-level dressage clinic, and shop at the Norfolk Hunt Pony Club used tack sale. The Club extends thanks to the very generous barn Hounds, horses, and riders were blessed at owners for showcasing their beautiful proper- Norfolk Hunt’s opening meet. ties. Many dedicated committee volunteers also in Grafton, Mass., (a 20-year tradition) and the deserve tremendous thanks. The Norfolk Hunter Trials were held Sunday, exciting Barney’s Joy hunt in South Dartmouth, October 24 at the kennels and drew an enthu- Mass., complete with a gallop on the sands of siastic group of competitors from both the Horseneck Beach. A wonderful hunt on October membership and the surrounding equestrian 30 included a route through the Barber Reservation, community. The New England Hunter Trials the cross-country course at Coursebrook Farm, and were hosted by Norfolk on Sunday, October the beautiful open fields along Western Avenue in 31, at the Steeplechase Course. A large group of Sherborn, Mass. The Veteran’s Day hunt featured competitors, volunteers, and spectators enjoyed a crossing of the Charles River, which was unusuthe New England’s, which has been a tradition ally deep due to several fall rainstorms. The last since 1932. These events require the work of Massachusetts hunt of the season took place over many volunteers and the Club thanks each and beautiful country in Westport, Mass., and included territory that had not been hunted in for more every one of them. Norfolk hunts on Tuesday and Saturday morn- than a decade. The season concluded with the ings, with hound schoolings on Thursdays. Some seventh annual joint meet with the Farmington of this season’s highlights included fixtures at the Hunt Club in Free Union, Va. Cummings Veterinary School of Tufts University continued on page 69

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ounded in 1895, the Norfolk Hunt Club had a fantastic fall 2010 season, with 28 Saturday and Tuesday hunts, 10 hound schoolings, and no cancellations. The Club is stronger than ever, with both riding and non-riding members who support Norfolk’s efforts to keep the land in and around the Charles River watershed open for equestrian sport. Without the support of the Hunt’s many friends, volunteers and, most importantly, the many land owners who open their land to the Hunt, a tradition of seven generations of New Englanders would cease to be. The informal season began Saturday, September 4, on the lands in Dover once owned by Amelia Peabody and now known as Noanet Woodlands, currently under the care of the Trustees of Reservations. The Club improved many trails and jumps in Noanet this past summer. Some new fences have been built at Adam’s Farm in Walpole, and are now known as the “Keane Line.” As well, the Steeplechase Course, the Exercise Field, and other favorite hunting venues have new fences to enjoy. Polo in the Country celebrated its eighth season as a Norfolk Hunt sponsored event in Medfield, Mass. The Club extends thanks to the many volunteers who staffed the exhibition match between Newport and Byfield Polo on Sunday, September 19, at the Steeplechase Course. Over 800 members of the community tailgated along the sidelines as the two teams battled it out with a final score of a tie at 9-9. A delight to all equestrians was the Norfolk

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Norfolk Hunt Club’s Joint Masters of Foxhounds, Owen Hughes and Carol Mansfield, along with Norfolk huntsman John Elliott and his staff, lead large fields of riders at all the season’s hunts. Three fields of riders—jumpers, pick and choose, and flat—are available at all hunts. A fourth field—hilltopping (slower pace)—is available on most Saturdays. Newcomers are welcome to ride with the hunt, but must be prepared to ride in fast company and contact a Master before hunting. Norfolk hounds continue to be trained and exercised throughout the winter months, and many Norfolk events are currently being planned. The Norfolk Hunt Club welcomes the support of all in the community who encourage the continued use, preservation, and protection of the fields and forests in the Charles River Watershed and beyond, for equestrian sport. Norfolk’s spring hunting season begins April 19, 2011. For more information about Norfolk Hunt Club, and to ride or volunteer, visit www.


t has been a long, long trail for me. I had promised myself that I would own a horse before my 50th birthday. As it turned out, my childhood dream was realized at age 47, when I purchased Conrad, my first horse. I had reached my goal three years early. I spent most of my childhood in Passaic and other very urban areas of northern New Jersey. My father was a truck driver so we moved around a lot. The one thing I remember as being a Cyndy Eromenck and Conrad. constant was my love for horses. Living in the city and having a desire to ride Internet horse sites. When a woman answered, horses was really an impossible dream. My she explained that the horse was not really a grandfather found a temporary solution though; Quarter Horse, but a Tennessee Walking Horse. a stick horse that he purchased for me at the Her mistake was the best thing that could ever downtown 5 & 10 cent store. I rode that trusty have happened to me. I knew nothing about stick horse weekly, literally down to toothpicks. gaited horses nor had I ever ridden one, but as Later in my teens, I was able to rent a horse we talked we made a connection and she agreed for trail riding, one hour at a time. You know to let me lease this horse for a year. The first time the kind of trail riding I mean, the kind where I rode Conrad I could feel the difference. He your horse mindlessly follows the one in front. seemed more like a big playful puppy wanting It didn’t matter though, I was thrilled to finally to please me. The experience was unlike that be riding a real live horse. It was about this of any rented horse I had ever ridden. To this time that I realized I was allergic to horses, day, I can call his name in a field of 20 other hay, and grass. How could that be? My dream horses and he will pick up his head and walk looked like it was going to be thrown out with over to me. I like to think that he picked me. I my Kleenex tissues. I underwent allergy testing purchased Conrad about one year later. I now have a horse trailer so our journey and then took allergy shots. This never really worked. To this day I still have to medicate in continues, far and wide. We still do mostly trail riding. The connection I feel with Conrad while in order to ride, but it’s worth it. Soon my horse riding days were temporarily a running walk is everything I ever wanted from a put on hold while I got married and raised a horse and more. I got to cross another item off of family of three great kids. I still went riding on my bucket list when we rode on the Jersey shore. occasion with my family, but it was not until The Tennessee Walking Horse is so versatile; he’s after 9/11, when we watched the smoke of at home on the trail and the beach but has also the burning towers for days from my town of won ribbons in gymkhana games. We have gone Clifton, N.J., that I decided to get back to the to several de-spooking clinics sponsored by the horses that I loved as a child. My girls became Morristown Sheriffs Department, where there very interested and before long we were all were smoke bombs to walk through, sirens blaring, leasing horses and riding together. Sharing this lights flashing, dogs barking, etc. We have taken passion with my two daughters has given me riding clinics with Diane Sept, and most recently attended the Equine Affaire in Massachusetts with some of the best times of my life. Suddenly I was 45. How did that happen? The Brenda Imus and Julie Goodnight. Thanks to my wonderful and very supportive time had come to search for a horse to purchase. At this point I like to think that fate really husband, my childhood dream has come true played my number. I was looking for a Quarter with my Tennessee Walking Horse, Conrad. For more information, please visit www. Horse because that was all I knew through the years. I called on an ad listed on one of those MARCH 2011



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s winter ever going to be gone? I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am so done with this white stuff. Our January 23 meeting was postponed until February 13 due to, you guessed it, snow issues. I am hoping that we have a good turnout with lots of volunteers for rides and club events...hint, hint. Any and all news—the good, the bad, the ugly, the funny—can be sent to me at 860-309-4507 or If you haven’t recieved a renewal application or haven’t gotten your Pedlar please contact either me or Betty Pokrinchak 860-868-2901 so we can correct this. If you weren’t able to make the meeting to volunteer to host a ride, etc., don’t worry there is plenty of “work” to go around and still time to step up and volunteer for something! Just give me a call and I can “plug” you into the schedule. Stay warm, give the ponies a nice treat, and dream of green trees, green grass, and warmer temperatures and maybe they’ll get here sooner!

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West Greenwich Horseman’s Association Winter Soup Rides are a big Hit Submitted by Tammy Lamphere


re you getting ready for a huge 2011 ride season? Tucker and I have been busy watching Clinton Anderson dvd’s and practicing for the up coming versatility show that is on the 2011 West Greenwich Horsemen’s Association schedule. For a list of all the dates, visit our website at Mark your calendars so you don’t miss any of the WGHA excitement. Also, don’t forget to send in your nomination forms and membership dues. The soup rides have been “hot!” So far we have had two riders this winter. The first one was at East Beach and the second was at Pachaug State Forest. Eva Platt makes the best soups and grilled cheese sandwiches. We had a great turn out for both and lots of laughs. The ride is usually about 10 miles, unmarked, and the horses seem to appreciate getting out of the indoor for the day. We have a few basic rules that we follow in order to put on a soup ride. The temperature needs to be around 30 degrees,

roads into the trails need to be clear, announcements will be posted on our website two days before the ride, and riders must BYOB (bring your own bowl). LuAnn Grafe, our Club President, recently lost her horse, Allee. Allee was a constant at many rides and she was our pace setter for all the hunter paces. She and LuAnn shared a special friendship that will never be broken. Allee will be missed by all. Our January meeting was held at Mike and LuAnn Grafe’s house. The house was packed. We had our usual meeting followed by a pizza party delivered by Dan’s. After we stuffed ourselves, we settled in to watch the Ugly Gift Exchange. The game is played when everyone brings in a wrapped gift that they got for Christmas but really didn’t want. Each person puts their name in a stocking that is passed around and names are pulled and you get a new gift, all the while trying not to pick the present with the ugly necklace. That necklace has been at coming to the Ugly

Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Announces Dates for 2011 Show Season Submitted by Beth Stone


ven though there’s still a chill in the air, things are warming up for a busy season for the Tri-State Horsemen’s Association. Spring will be here before we know it, and the various TSHA committees have been hard


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at work getting ready for another year of providing the finest open shows, dressage shows and trail riding opportunities in the Southern New England area! The open show committee has been busy scheduling judges, soliciting sponsors, and

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Gift Exchange for a few years! Ray Austin finally unwrapped the ugly necklace and he wore it well! Did Lu like her new bathroom accessories? Try to come to our monthly meetings. They are held on the second Sunday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the West Greenwich Town Hall. The meetings are informative and a good way to meet fellow riders without having to watch your horse! putting together this year’s class list. If you would like to support the Tri-State Horsemen’s Association as a show sponsor, email your interest to for more information. But hurry, the deadline for sponsorships is March 15. This year’s open shows will be held on June 3-5, July 8-10, and August 19-21, at Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, Conn. The 2011 dressage show dates are May 1, June 26, and August 7, and these shows will also be held at Falls Creek Farm. If you would like to help with the TSHA dressage shows, please email the dressage show manager at The next TSHA membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 2 at Classic Pizza in Brooklyn, Conn., beginning at 7:30 p.m. Take a break from the cold and join us for an informative discussion on equine dentistry. We are very excited about our new website at It’s fun, informative, full of photos, easy to navigate, and it is the best place to find the most up-to-the-minute information about all TSHA activities. If you have not renewed your TSHA membership for 2011, now is a great time to get that done! Membership forms can be found in this issue and online at the TSHA website.

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needed to be discussed. Some of the major events in the initial stage of development are Spring Plow Day, Spring and Fall White Memorial Wagon Ride, and Fall Field Day. These activities were on the table for discussion because of their success in 2010. Also, Ed Dorsett is trying to arrange a Haying Day so members can hitch horses to haying equipment. There were many other activities mentioned that will be discussed at future meetings. NWCDHA holds its meetings the first Thursday of every month starting at 7:15 p.m. People interested in joining or with questions about any of the planned events may email Secretary Geraldine Devoid at For more information on the Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association, please visit HADFIELD • ELITE • CHARLES OWEN • INTERNATIONAL HELMETS • ESKADRON • GPA


he January meeting of the Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association opened with the re-election of all the previous officers with Tony Roswell as President and Bryan Clark as Vice President. They were given this vote of confidence by the members because of their leadership abilities to initiate and manage the many activities of the association throughout the year. Donna Marciano was re-instated as Treasurer. The members appreciated her record keeping to the penny. Jeri Devoid will continue as Secretary. She has the ability to take all that is said at the monthly meetings and organize them into the “minutes of the meeting” and a monthly newsletter. After the election of officers Tony brought up some important business topics that

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By Lynndee Kemmet


Megan Burtness and Adieu d’Avalon. THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION issued a new helmet rule that applies to dressage competitions. Effective immediately, anyone mounted on a horse must wear protective headgear except those riders age 18 and over competing on horses in FEI levels and tests at the Prix St. Georges level and above (including FEI Young Rider Tests, the USEF Developing Prix St. Georges Test and the USEF Brentina Cup Test). CONGRATULATIONS TO MEGAN BURTNESS of Bridlewood Welsh. Megan was the winning ticket holder for the Oldenburg colt, Adieu d’Avalon, that was raffled off by the Oklahoma Dressage Society and Avalon Equine to raise money for the Courtney King-Dye Benefit Trust. Adieu made the trip to his new home in California in November and Megan is pleased with how easy he is to handle and just how stunning he is. SPEAKING OF COURTNEY KING-DYE, she reported on her website that she had a slight setback in January when she suffered a seizure and had to be taken to the hospital. She spent a bit of time in the hospital mostly to ensure that the seizure wasn’t related to anything serious. She noted that it was a reminder to her to slow down and give her body the time it needs to heal. Since hitting Florida this winter, Courtney has been busy teaching and making the dressage rounds and says it may have been a bit much. We wish



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Courtney King-Dye was on the Florida Circuit this winter teaching and making dressage rounds. her a continued recovery. AND HERE IS SOME NEWS that all the dressage world has waited to hear. The first foal sired by Totilas was born on January 23 in the Netherlands. It was a filly out of Moorlands Sajouti and she’s been named Moorlands Guinevere. Former Totilas rider Edward Gal was one of the first to visit the new little girl. CONGRATULATIONS TO DEBORAH MOYNIHAN of Connecticut. Deborah is the newest USDF Region 8 graduate in the “L” Education Program. And, she graduated with honors. The “L” Education Program prepares candidates to enter the United States Equestrian Federation “r” Judges Training Program and qualifies individuals to judge schooling shows. The program also serves to provide continuing education for licensed judges. The “L” program isn’t just good for those who want to be judges. Going through the program is also an excellent opportunity for riders to learn from licensed judges in order to improve their scores and view other rides from a judge’s perspective. Send your dressage news to Lynndee at


Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge I Starts the Race for the Pan American Games By Lynndee Kemmet


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he race to win a spot at the 2011 Pan American Games, scheduled to be held in Mexico in October, was in full swing at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge I, held January 8-9 at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. Contenders for Pan Am teams were out in force in Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire competition with Saturday’s Prix St. Georges class that was so large it was split into two. Two of the leading Prix St. Georges competitors scoring over the 70% mark were Faberge, ridden by JJ Tate and Robbie W, ridden by Diane Creech. Faberge and Tate were awarded the win in one of Saturday’s Prix St. Georges classes with a score of 71.842%, narrowly Prix St. Georges winners JJ Tate and Faberge. edging out Willano, ridden by Lars “Robbie W is a very exceptional gelding with Petersen and also scoring 71.842%. an incredible mind. Being the very confident Robbie W and Creech took the win and happy boy he is, I really want him to stay in Saturday’s other Prix St. Georges this way,” Creech said. To keep him happy and class with a score of 71.579%. The top Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I sound, Creech said she has a carefully designed five in that class all scored over 70%. winners Janne Rumbough and JR. work schedule that includes much time for him Rigo, ridden by Shawna Harding, scored 70.525% and so too did Pie, ridden come into his own, and he really felt like a real to relax and have fun. “A horse with such talent by Caroline Roffman. Fourth place went to FEI horse. Everything in the test just felt like is very rare and I am so grateful to my sponsors Petronius, ridden by Micaela Mabragana, with a whole new level of expression, strength and to have the opportunity to work with him. a score of 70.263% and fifth place went to carriage. It was his best trot work to date.” The Every day with Robbie W is a great day!” In Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges competiGolden Choice DC, ridden by Susan Dutta, plan is to have Faberge compete in a few CDI competitions in Florida over the winter season tion, Janne Rumbough and JR took another with a score of 70.00%. win showing that they’ll be ones to watch Faberge is an eight-year-old Westfalen and Tate is rather excited about that. “I’m excited to get back into the FEI show throughout the winter season. They also won gelding owned by Elizabeth Guarisco-Wolf. She purchased the horse two years ago from Chris ring, at the CDI level, and he is just a wonderful Saturday’s Intermediaire I. The Intermediaire II von Martels and handed the riding and training horse that I know so well having brought him on Saturday was won by Sommerville Harris and off to Tate. “We did the FEI young horse classes up the levels myself.” Tate said she watched Neptuno Yac. Sunday’s Intermediaire Freestyle when he was six years old and he was National Petersen warm up Willano and was impressed was won by Sarah Chatfield and Pattent. Sunday’s Intermediaire I win went to the pair Reserve Champion for Six-Year-Old horses, with what she saw so it rather surprised her that of Devon Kane and Don Angelo with a score of she and Faberge tied with them in the score.   behind Pikko Del Cerro,” Tate said. Robbie W, winner of the second Prix St. 73.158%. The high score of the show went to Tate is based in the summer at Scott and Susanne Hassler’s barn and they’ve helped her Georges class, is an eight-year-old Oldenburg Kane’s trainer Michelle Gibson riding Sanchez with the horse. She also gets help from Steffen gelding owned by Doug and Louise Leatherdale, in the FEI Test for Six Year Olds with a score Peters when he’s teaching on the East Coast. owners of Leatherdale Farms in Minnesota. He of 82.00%. World Equestrian Games team member After taking a Prix St. Georges win on Saturday, was bought from Lars Petersen and Melissa Nartan was a leader in Grand Prix competiFaberge and Tate competed in Sunday’s Taylor’s Legacy Farms just this past year. “Robbie W came from the stallion station tion. With rider Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Intermediaire I and finished sixth with a score of 68.421%, which, while not a win, was a good Blue Hors in Denmark, sponsors of the Blu the 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by finish to Tate. “I was thrilled with Fiji’s perfor- Hors International Horse Sport Champions Jane Clark won Saturday’s Grand Prix du mance on Saturday but also on Sunday. That Cup at the International Horse Sport Dressage. Sunday’s Grand Prix Special was won was his first Intermediaire I,” Tate said. “I was Dressage Palm Beach shows,” Creech said. She by Christopher Hickey and Douglas Hilltop. For more information on the Wellington elated after finishing the Prix St. Georges test. I is getting training help with the horse from Petersen and said she is definitely aiming him Classic Dressage Challenge I, please visit www. was on cloud nine, even before the score.” Tate said that Faberge has “really started to for the upcoming Pan American Games.

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Charles River Dressage Association Members Prepare for spring Submitted By Amy Rossiter


CRDA’s 2010 Eventing Test of Choice Year-End Award winner Ann Weidie.

volunteer for four hours, and ride in two different shows. The number of scores needed varies by level: some require a minimum of two scores and others require three. You can find these details in the Schooling Shows area of the CRDA website. There are a few clinics in the works this year, including the return of Laurel Myers on June 18 and 19. These events promise to

May 28 & 29, 2011

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pring is nearly here and it’s time for some annual Charles River Dressage Association events. Our Adult Camp will be held on April 16 and 17, at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, Mass. We welcome back Lynne KimballDavis and Cindy Snowden, a fabulous pairing of trainers. Our first show of the season will be held on May 8 if you’re looking for an opportunity to ride the new dressage tests. Opening dates will be coming up soon if you’re interested in participating in either of these events. We have three more shows planned for July 17, August 28, and October 2, also at Apple Knoll Farm. CRDA offers great year-end ribbons along with very generous prizes for the champion and reserve champion winners. To be eligible for the 2011 season, all you need to do is join CRDA prior to your first show,

be great learning experiences. Our popular summer camp is open to adults and juniors and will be held on August 5, 6, and 7. More details on all of these events will be posted at Before we start the new season, congratulations go to the 2010 year-end award winners. We’re

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very excited to honor the accomplishments of these riders. And we also thank the many volunteers who made these shows happen, because without them, the events would not have been a huge success. We hope to see all of these riders and volunteers— along with some new faces—at the 2011 shows so please come join us. If you’d like to be on the CRDA email list, contact us at charlesriverdressageassoc@gmail. com. You’ll find lots more information about CRDA at www., or you can call CRDA president Linda Currie at 617-974-4441. Once again, congratulations to the 2010 year-end award winners! Show Results

The following are the CRDA 2010 year-end award winners: INTRO AA: CH: Karen Whitney, Rayson D’etre, 68.17; RE: Anne Jensis-Dale, Classic Premonition, 64.17; 3. Susan Goldfischer, Goodnight Moon, 63.83; 4. Patricia Chmura, Will If I Want To, 63.33. INTRO JR: CH: Valeria Moore, Bitsy Girl, 68.67; RE: Emma McConville, Fat Boy Slim, 68.17; 3. Maggie Tarmey, Hidden River Panzer, 68.00; 4. Kathryn

Gilliland, Dream Catcher, 67.83; 5. Kyle Fryer, Guinness, 66.83; 6. Emily Cassidy, Will If I Want To, 66.00. TRAINING 1 & 2 AA: CH: Terry Brennan, Miss American Pie, 71.11; RE: Constance Brown, Real Love, 69.75; 3. Janet Menn, Dev Diego, 69.46; 4. Lara Crandall, Pumpkin Spice, 65.74; 5. Deidre Nestor, Andele, 57.56; 6. Cami Jamerson, Chic A Te, 53.92. TRAINING 1 & 2 JR: CH: Emma Shapiro, Hidden River Panzer, 69.04; RE: Alexandra Gaither, Country Rose Dolly, 63.24; 3. Caroline Kuldell, Polly, 62.89; 4. Bridget McConnville, Fat Boy Slim, 62.34. TRAINING 1 & 2 Open: CH: Pam Murray, Miss Gabby, 60.64. TRAINING 3 & 4 AA: CH: Constance Brown, Real Love, 66.53; RE: Elizabeth Benney, In A Moment, 65.87; 3. Mark Linster, A La Crafty, 65.33. TRAINING 3 & 4 JR: CH: Marie Wachter, Cruise The Horse, 60.40.  FIRST AA: CH: Mary Crowe, Forzando, 66.66; RE: Jill DiGregorio, The Real McCoy, 64.70; 3. Suzanne Rost, Diamond In The Rough, 63.20; 4. Karin Lagrange Wetherby, 62.77; 5. Susan Aquino, Philippides, 60.05. SECOND & ABOVE AA: CH: Linda Currie, Gemini, 67.49; RE: Darlene Dwyer, Santana, 62.24; 3. Dot Iorio, Finnikapan, 58.76. SECOND & ABOVE Open: CH: Lisa Millett, Prado, 63.40. EVENTING TOC: CH: Ann Wiedie, Baxter, 69.56. MUSICAL FREESTYLE: CH: Linda Currie, Gemini, 72.60; RE: Mary Crowe, Forzando, 68.13; 3. Dot Iorio, Finnikapan, 60.83. Vintage Awards: CH: Janet Menn, Dev Diego, 68.61; RE: Mary Crowe, Forzando, 66.66; 3. Karen Whitney, Rayson D’etre, 64.13. Masters Award: CH: Elizabeth Benney, In a Moment, 62.1; RE: Susan Aquino, Philippides, 60.05; 3. Dot Iorio, Finnikapan, 55.738. OVERALL AWARDS: AA: Janet Menn, 68.613; O: Lisa Millett, 62.87; JR: Valeria Moore, 68.25. ●

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ony Rowe’s Rigo took the blue ribbon in his first ever CDI Intermediaire Freestyle during the Gold Coast Opener CDI-W, held January 21-23, 2011. Ridden by Shawna Harding, the nineyear-old Hanoverian gelding by Rotspon took the win with a score of 69.542%. Coming in second was David Marcus riding Don Kontes to a score of 68.625% and third was Lisa Bukowski with Sinatra DVB scoring 65.708%. Held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center, the Opener FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle winners brought out many of the coun- Shawna Harding and Rigo. try’s top riders aiming to qualify for this year’s National Dressage Harding started off their weekend Championships and for a spot with a second place finish in Friday’s on America’s team for the 2011 CDI Prix St. Georges competition Pan American Games. Rigo and behind Paragon and Heather Blitz.


But the inaugural freestyle success really pleased Harding. “I am thrilled with Rigo’s progress and with his win in the Intermediaire-I freestyle,” Harding said. “This weekend was his first time doing the whole small tour at a CDI and the very first time in his whole career doing a freestyle! I think considering how new he is to this level of competition he did very well.” Harding and Rigo have been partnered since the fall of 2006. The gelding was started in Germany and was purchased by Rowe at the Hanoverian auction in Germany when he was five. “I have been training Rigo up through the levels and with Tonya’s support we won the Regional Championships at First Level in 2007, Second Level in 2008 and Fourth Level, as well as Fourth Level Horse of the Year, in 2009. In 2010 we won the USEF National Developing Horse Championship and Region 2 Prix St. Georges Championships.” The pair’s freestyle was developed with the help of Terry Gallo and Harding’s coach Roel Theunnisen.

Harding said the finishing touches weren’t made until just before the Opener. “I wanted to be able to ride it right away at the first CDI and in two sessions we had it done. I love the music and think it suits my music taste but mostly Rigo’s personality and his movement,” Harding said. In non-CDI competition at the Opener, Katherine Bateson Chandler and Dea II took the win in one of the FEI Prix St. Georges Open classes with a score of 70.263%. Behind them in second was Ashley Holzer riding Grand Marnier to a score of 68.684%. Caroline Roffman and Pie took the win in the other FEI Prix St. Georges Open class with a score of 73.158%. In FEI Adult Amateur competition, Janne Rumbough and her JR won Intermediaire I competition with a score of 67.105%. And winner of the FEI Intermediaire II Open competition was Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven with Don Auriello and a score of 70.526%. For more information on the Gold Coast Dressage Association, please visit

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upcoming events for 2011. Riders who compete in each PRO series event can vie for prize money at each destination with the ultimate goal of being listed at the top of the PRO Tour Rider and HAYGAIN Horse Leader Boards for a chance to win a cash bonus pool award. Last year, $50,000 in prize money was provided to competitions on the PRO Tour. This year’s schedule includes the Southern Pines II, to be held March 25-27 in Raeford, N.C.; The Fork CIC3*, to be held April 7-10 in Norwood, N.C.; the Bromont CCI3*, to be held June 9-12 in Bromont, Quebec; The Millbrook Horse Trials, to be held August 4-7 in Millbrook, N.Y.; the Plantation Field CIC3*, to be held September 16-18 in Unionville, Pa.; the Dansko Fair Hill International CCI3*, to be held October 13-16 in Elkton, Md.; and the Galway Downs CCI3*, to be held November 4-6 in Temecula, Calif. For more information on the Professional Riders Organization, visit

Colin Davidson and Draco at the Jersey Fresh CCI3*.


THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION approved new helmet rules for eventing riders during this year’s annual meeting. The rule change requires anyone on a horse to wear an ASTM/SEI-approved helmet at all times while mounted on competition grounds at U.S. nationally rated eventing competitions, and is effective immediately. For more information on specific rule changes regarding protective headgear for eventing, visit IFrames/RuleBook/Changes/2011.aspx.

OUR THOUGHTS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF COLIN DAVIDSON. At age 29, Davidson passed away in a car accident after his truck collided with a tree and rolled down an embankment near his home in Charlottesville, Va., on December 6. Although he was responsive when found by medics he was ultimately taken off of life support at the University of Virginia’s Neurological Intensive Care Unit after his conditions regressed. Originally from South Conway, N.H., Davidson was an advanced level competitor and was named to the 2010 U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Eventing Developing Rider List.

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THE BLACKSTONE VALLEY DRESSAGE & COMBINED TRAINING ASSOCIATION (BVDCTA) will be hosting an eventing clinic with Kim Cartier Dome on March 19. Next up on their schedule is a dressage clinic with Claudia Coombs on April 15 and 16. Both clinics will be held at Tahuri Farm in Mendon, Mass. For more information on these clinics and other upcoming events from the BVDCTA, visit

NATIONAL SAFETY OFFICERS (NSOs) from 22 nations attended the FEI’s annual NSO seminar in London on January 29-30, where they were shown provisional statistics for 2010. These statistics demonstrated that as the numbers of international events and participants increase, the incidence of falls have continued to decrease. Topics for discussion by NSOs at the meeting included the implementation of new rules, simplifying requirements for medical cards, and national qualifying procedures for CCI1*s. The major 2010 Pro Tour Event Series top ranking rider Philip aim for this year is to produce a DVD to Dutton at the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials and CIC**. help everyone involved in the sport share a common vision of cross-country riding in 1, 2011. Riders can spend three days of intensive line with the FEI Eventing Risk Management training with WEG competitor Scott Keach and Policy. For more information on eventing rule Grand Prix rider Ruth Hogan-Poulsen in time for changes, visit the eventing season. Send your eventing news to Elisabeth Gilbride at

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Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association Celebrates Year-End Awards at Afternoon Luncheon Submitted By Karen Norton

purple or blue fleece CDCTA jackets, and you will see a rider CDCTA members gather for a photo at the 2010 Year-End Awards Luncheon. who submitted Amateur: CH: Laura Barbash, SF Spotless. scores and won CDCTA Year-End Awards. Beginner Novice, Schooling Shows-Adult Amateur: CH: Show Results

The following are the 2010 CDCTA Year-End Award winners: Dressage Introductory A&B, Schooling Shows-Adult Amateur: CH: Laura Barbash, SF Spotless; RE: Valerie Syme, Misty; 3. Karen Lendvay, Phatt Tony. Training Level, Schooling Shows-Adult Amateur: CH: Linda Lambert, Wunderlich; RE: Linda Roache, Paradok Pippin; 3. Debra Pereira, Whipporwill Perseus; 4. Laura Barbash, SF Spotless. Training Level, Schooling Shows-Professional: CH: Laura Benzinger, KR Coconut. Training Level, RecognizedProfessional: CH: Wendy Luscombe, Kingston; RE: Sherri Pasquale, Zalani; 3. Meredith Hoag, La Fleur Lili Marlene; 4. Linda Lambert, Wunderlich; 5. Daniela Valentgas, Preferred Seating; 6. Linda Roache, Paradok Pippin. First Level, Schooling Shows-Adult Amateur: CH: Karen Norton, Red Baron; RE: Robin Cassella, Holiday. First Level, Recognized Shows-Adult Amateur: CH: Wendy Luscombe, Koriakin When fed at the of Narnia; RE: Meredith Hoag, recommended rate Le Fleur Lili Marlene; 3. Ann of two ounces daily, Margaret Meyers, Joshua S.; Better Blend Hoof will 4. Karen Norton, Red Baron; 5. provide the following: Daniela Valentgas, Preferred Seating; 6. Tara Manion, Biotin 20 mg Breanna. Zinc 600 mg Second Level, RecognizedCopper 200 mg Adult Amateur: CH: MaryBeth Methionine 1500 mg Bain, Dimension; RE: Tara Selenium 1.0 mg Manion, HS Timburrs King Kris. Iodine 2 mg Second Level, Recognized Vitamin C 500 mg Shows, Freestyle-Adult Amateur: CH: MaryBeth Bain, Dimension. Third Level, Recognized Shows-Adult Amateur: CH: MaryBeth Bain, Dimension; RE: Ann Margaret Meyers, Robinhall. Third Level, Recognized Shows-Professional: CH: Kari Allen, Ossborne.

Karen Norton, Red Baron. Beginner Novice, Schooling Shows-Junior: CH: Bonnie Dixon, GSF Ipso Facto; RE: Jim Iarusso, Hank. Beginner Novice, Recognized Shows-Adult Amateur: CH: Heather McGill, Miss Striker; RE: Karen Norton, Red Baron. Beginner Novice, Recognized Shows-Junior: CH: Bonnie Dixon, GSF Iso Facto. Novice, Recognized Shows-Adult Amateur: CH: Joanne Murphy, Wildwood Skier. Novice, Recognized Shows-Junior: CH: Lisa Russon, Dustin; RE: Emily Eschner, Orange Pippin. Training, Schooling Shows-Adult Amateur: CH: Joanne Murphy, Wildwood Skier. Training, Recognized Shows-Adult Amateur: CH: Mickey Lorenzen, Claidheamer. ●

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onnecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association members, friends, and family attended the 2010 year-end awards luncheon on Sunday, January 16, 2011. The luncheon was held at the First and Last Tavern, 220 Main St, Middletown, Conn., at 12:00 p.m. Attendees feasted on meat lasagna, penne with vodka sauce, freshly baked focaccia and assorted breads, arugula with shaved parmesan, and fresh mixed vegetables. The delicious meal was finished with cherry-topped cheesecake, tea, and coffee. After eating, attendees participated in the annual meeting and awards program. The CDCTA President, Elizabeth McCosh-Lilie, called the meeting to order. We learned about the state of the club including membership, funding, etc. A schedule of spring 2011 CDCTA activities was presented, including a silent auction to be held at the Gallery in Glastonbury, Conn., on March 25, 2011; In the Judge’s Eye: The New USDF Tests with Sarah Geike, to be held at Carbery Fields Farm in Lebanon, Conn., on March 27, 2011; Stadium Jumping with Sally Hinkle Russell at Mystic Valley Hunt Club, in Gales Ferry, Conn., on April 10, 2011; and a cross-country clinic with Ann Bowie in Canterbury, Conn., on May 1, 2011. For more up-to-date information, please visit After the meeting, the 2010 Year-End Awards were presented by Elizabeth McCosh-Lilie and Selby Wajcs. The first award was given to Cheryl Matthewson and Jenny Berelson for Outstanding Volunteer Awards for their unselfish devotion to promoting activities for the CDCTA during 2010. Each Outstanding Volunteer and Champion Award recipient was presented with a purple or blue full-zipper Lands’ End Fleece Jacket embroidered with the CDCTA logo. Dressage and eventing awards were given for the various levels within each discipline, schooling or recognized shows, and various divisions including Professional, Adult Amateur, and Junior. Recipients were required to submit scores before the closing date. All CDCTA members should consider submitting scores for year-end awards. Keep your eye out for


UNH Horse Trials 40th Annual Event to Return this Spring


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he University of New Katie Murphy Hampshire Equine Program and First Glance is pleased to kick off its 40th at last year’s year as host to United States Horse Trials. Eventing Association Horse Trials with its spring event, to be held on its Durham campus from April 30 to May 1, 2011. This spring’s event marks the first of three exciting USEA competitions to be held at the university this year. UNH’s horse trials are unique in that they are entirely coordinated and run by students in the Equine Program under the direction of Show Manager Christina Keim. “For many students, working at our horse trials provides their first exposure to the sport of eventing,” says Keim. “They are involved in nearly every aspect of the show, from facility preparations like painting jumps and setting up courses and dressage rings to actually staffing the event itself.” This spring’s event will be run under the supervision of President of the Ground Jury Jan Conlon of Maryland and Technical Delegate Sharyn Cataldo of Massachusetts. Founding organizer of the UNH Horse Trials, Janet Briggs of events are not in session. One of the greatest challenges faced by the New Hampshire, along with Judy Lawless of Massachusetts, will officiate in dressage, event was the seizure of a large portion of its while Ray Denis of Massachusetts will oversee cross-country course nearly 20 years ago. At Sunday’s show jumping. Competitors will ride the time, the cost of rebuilding the course cross-country courses designed by Dr. Jim seemed prohibitive and the continuation of the Gornall of Massachusetts and a show jump event was in jeopardy. Due to an outpouring course designed by students in the university’s of support in the form of letters and phone calls to university officials by event supporters, jumping instructor’s course. Keim notes that it was especially important funding was found within the university to to invite Briggs to officiate at UNH in 2011. rebuild many of the critical elements of the “Without the years of guidance which Janet course, including a bank complex, on an altergave to these trials, it is doubtful that they native site. This spring’s event will feature competition would exist as they do today,” says Keim. “Though she has retired from the university, at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, we are happy to have her back as a judge when Preliminary-Training, and Preliminary levels, with courses designed to allow northernher schedule allows.” The UNH Horse Trials has seen many based horse and rider teams the opportunity changes over its 40 years of existence. What to have a safe, fun, educational first outing of started as a two-level horse trials, offering what the season. Organizers are looking forward to the was then known as training and pre-training divisions, has evolved into a two-day, five-level event’s 40th anniversary celebration, to be held event. At one time, the dressage phase was held in conjunction with the fall horse trials on off-site; today, the facility boasts the capacity October 1-2, 2011. Additional horse trials will to host four dressage arenas and two warm- be held on Sunday, July 10 (Beginner Novice ups. The show jumping phase formerly was through Training Levels) and October 1-2, held across the street from the main facility, 2011 (beginner novice through preliminary requiring that horses and riders have police levels and host to the 2011 Area I Adult Team escort to get to the ring. Today, the show Championships). For more information, visit www.equine. jumping is held in an arena, which doubles as a dirt parking lot for commuter students when

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Galway Downs International Horse Trials Premier Event To Feature International Competition


op riders and horses from all over the western United States and Canada will be heading to the Galway Downs International Horse Trials on March 31-April 3. The West Coast’s premier event will feature international competition at the CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC1* levels, as well as national competition from the advanced level down to the novice level. The CIC3* will be the designated Adequan USEA Gold Cup division. Riders will have the chance to compete for extra prizes in addition to gaining points for the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Leaderboard. The year-end winner of the Gold Cup Series will be rewarded with a $20,000 check in addition to a year’s supply of Adequan. The international horses will perform both their dressage tests and their show jumping rounds on Friday, April 1, and then they’ll run across the Ian Stark-designed cross-country course on Saturday afternoon to determine the winners. The CIC awards, including $13,000 in prize money, will be presented at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. The national divisions will complete their competition on Sunday, April 3. For more information on the Galway Downs International Horse Trials, visit

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Hunter/Jumper news Caroline Johnson with Urostar C on Christmas morning.


taken an exciting new position at Linda and Kenny Langmeier’s Kelianda Farm in East Granby, Conn. Linda’s successful business has been growing and we’re happy to see Kyla joining another winning team. Best of luck to her!

CONGRATULATIONS TO TIMMY AND JENNY KEES of Norwalk, Conn., on the birth of their son, William Calloway Kees. William was born on January 19 and weighed in at 8 lbs., 11 oz. Jenny will be taking her maternity leave in Wellington. CAROLINE JOHNSON OF GRAZING FIELDS FARM in Buzzards Bay, Mass., experienced a storybook dream come true when she went out to the barn on Christmas morning and found her new horse, Urostar C, to greet her! Other new faces at Grazing Fields include sisters Hayden and Avery Stewart and Jenny Swanson. Jenny is headed to WEF with Grazing Fields joining clients Emily and Sallie Pintauro, Mindy Whitman, Coco McKenna, Katie Johnson, Molly Osier, and Ali Joyce. Good luck to all!

AFTER SEVERAL SUCCESSFUL YEARS working for Woodridge Farm, Kyla Makhloghi has

NEWBURY FARM of Littleton, Mass., finished up the 2010 show season with great success! Congratulations to Kristin Amichetti on winning the 18-35 Adult Sportsmanship Award at the New England Equitation Championships. Also notable, Jean Sheptoff and Peaches finished the year at a blistering pace—fresh off winning the $35,000 Grand Prix at Fieldstone Farm in August the duo were consistently in top ribbons in the High A/O Jumpers at indoors. RECENTLY TIMMY KEES OF BURR ASSOCIATES gave a clinic at Newbury Farm. All riders finished the weekend with a fresh perspective and renewed enthusiasm. Special thanks to Saddle Rowe and August Farm for their participation! Newbury is busy gearing up to send a dozen horses to the Winter Equestrian Festival while maintaining operations back home. ALLEGRA VALBERG AND THE TEAM AT RIDGETOP FARM are settling into their new location at Beaver Brook Farm in Holliston, Mass. Katharine Slayton has leased Eye Candy and Christy Harris has leased Belevedere. Both leases were

made possible by Kathy Fletcher and Grazing Fields. Leah Menaul bought Target P…thank you Kara Tedeschi-Halle. Allegra is now head coach at Stonehill College and is loving it! She’s looking forward to a great spring with both Ridgetop IEA and Stonehill Equestrian. IN THE FROZEN TUNDRA OF MAINE, planning is in the works for the 2011 show season. New Boston Farm of Gray, Maine, is running two “B” rated NEHC & MHA hunter shows on June 5 and September 11. Plans are also well underway for the Downeast Medal Finals to be held September 16-18. New this year are a Pro-Am class, a second $1,000 Hunter Derby, and a Parents’ Lead Line. There will be seven medals, many equitation and hunter classes, and the very popular Team Challenge. Look for more shows holding qualifying classes this year as well. For more information contact show manager Paula Jean O’Neill at JAY SARGENT’S book about her special friendship with Jojo the dolphin will be out soon. Stay tuned for more information on how you can get a copy. Meanwhile, John Bahret has launched his amazing new product, the stud tree. Ian Millar and McLain Ward have both endorsed it and when you see it you’ll know why. Only a horseperson who’s been in the trenches could design a product that finally makes putting in and taking out studs and last minute changes so much easier. Check it out at Send your news for future columns to COURTESY OF STEVE MAXWELL / WWW.CAMPUSEQUESTRIAN.COM

WHEN MICHAEL JANSON of Warwick, R.I., sets his mind to something consider it done. The (showage) 15-year-old told his mom that his goal was to qualify for the 2011 Medal Maclay and USET finals all before Christmas. Well, mission accomplished. Several years ago when he was a young mini-medal rider winning everything in sight, everyone predicted he was a future star and now he’s proving it. He and his sister, Hannah (herself a star in the making), are headed to Wellington with eight horses to spend the winter with longtime trainers Paul Valliere and David Oliynyk. We have a feeling 2011 is going to be a big year for Team Janson!

FIRST THE MACLAY left New York City and now it’s leaving New York State. Amidst a lot of contention, Syracuse has lost the Sporthorse Tournament and the Maclay Finals are headed to Kentucky. That’s a long haul for anyone in the Northeast.

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riders, generally speaking, don’t do enough dressage in their schooling. He rode a number of the horses throughout the week and stressed the importance of how good flatwork basics improve jumping. Thursday’s mounted session included more flatwork and gymnastic exercises (including schooling the always influential water jump), Friday brought flatwork without stirrups, and on Saturday, the riders put all the pieces together and rode over a course.

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he United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) provided 12 of the best up-and-coming jumping riders in the U.S. a chance to ride with the biggest legend in the game as the George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session took center stage at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center from January 4-8, 2011 in Wellington, Fla. This Training Session isn’t just about riding, it is about every aspect of being a complete horse person. From stable management to course design, no topic was left unexplored. Morris, the U.S. Jumping Chef d’Equipe demands diligence, determination, and execution. The 12 riders under his tutelage for five days exhibited all of these traits. The session began with flatwork, and Morris emphasized how jumping

Participants included Taylor Ann Adams, Hayley Barnhill, Victoria Birdsall, Chase Boggio, Molly Braswell, Anna Hallene, Kate Haley, Brittany Hurst, Lillie Keenan, Karen Polle, Kelsey Thatcher and Ali Wolff. “Having ridden with George many years back, this was a great refresher of the basic principles of correct riding,” said Wolff. “And like always, I learned new things that I hope incorporate back into my program. I just feel lucky to have the opportunity to train with him again.” The unmounted components included a veterinary tutorial with Dr. Tim Ober, the U.S. Team veterinarian, sports psychology with Jane Savoie, further insight on flatwork for jumpers with Olympian Anne Kursinski and a nutrition session with Dr. Mary Beth Gordon. A panel discussion with some of the Senior Team riders (McLain Ward, Laura Kraut and Beezie Madden) provided insight on how to make a career in show jumping, a horse welfare symposium with ASPCA ambassadors Georgina Bloomberg and Brianne Goutal, and a course design clinic with world-class designer Anthony D’Ambrosio all explored aspects of the equestrian world outside the competition arena. For more information, please visit www.

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owner Melissa Woodson of Highlands, N.J., aboard Spring Heeled Jack posted the first clean time of 30.811 and took command of the leaderboard until Kinsey and Grisset blazed into the arena and landed a clean time of 30.358 with six horses to follow. Despite truly valiant efforts, when the dust settled it was Kinsey and Grisset holding onto the top spot. After nearly a week of observation, course designer Dave Ballard took all he learned and applied it to a winding 13-obstacle,16 effort test with a time allowance of 84 seconds for the $25,000 North Florida Hunter Jumper Association Grand Prix, sponsored by Cedar Street Advisors. With a who’s who list of 21 starters, such as $10,000 Children-Adult Jumper Classic winners North America’s most winning Prix rider Alissa Kinsey and Grisset. Aaron Vale and Canada’s best export Hugh Graham, no one could predict the outcome. Genn, 15-year-old Meg O’Mara of Rumson, Lebanon, Ohio, based Wilhelm Genn had three N.J., blasted into the arena with Sinatra IV, mounts, including last week’s victor the charis- owned by Donald Stewart, and brought the matic Happy Z—who boast the most prix wins crowd to a roar with their amazing clear round for a mare in North America—the dynamic duo in 78.402. A jump off was assured. “It was really tough!” an overjoyed O’Mara scored the first clean ride with a time of 80.794. And just when it looked like a runaway win for continued on page 87

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how Jumping action took center stage for the finale of the Jacksonville Winter Series.  Starting with the $10,000 Children-Adult Jumper Classic, sponsored by Cedar Street Advisors, it was the Sunshine State’s own Alissa Kinsey and phenom mare Grisset taking the top spot. Dave Ballard of Olympic fame took over course designing honors for the final week of competition and created layouts that both tested exhibitors and took spectators’ breath away at times. A starting field of 27 crossed through the ingate on Saturday afternoon with high hopes of claiming the big prize in the $10,000 Cedar Street Advisors Children-Adult Jumper Classic. Nearly half survived the 68-second limited twisty 12-obstacle first round to advance into the dash for the cash jump off. Kinsey and her brilliant 14-year-old Hanoverian mare, Grisset, posted a clean time of 61.400—the fastest in the first round. From the 13 to return, Kinsey was about halfway down the list at seventh giving her the opportunity to check out her competitors and plan a strategy. The grand plan appeared simple—go fast and leave all the rails up in under the allotted 42 seconds. Rider-

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Genn, Vale, and Graham. “In the schooling ring I feel a bit intimidated; worried I’m in their way. I’m not cocky at all, I was 18th going so I figure I’ll just go in and try to get around the course. This is my second big grand prix.” Genn and Happy Z made short order of the finale round course of seven jumps posting a fast clear ride of 32.663. The challenge was set for O’Mara and Sinatra IV, the 10-year-old Belgium bred gelding who she’s celebrating the one year anniversary of their partnership with this week.


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described the first layout, “It started out with a roll back and then it was really forward. Sinatra doesn’t have the longest stride so I have to always ride him down the line harder. There were a lot of turns that aren’t natural for a horse.”  When none of the remaining field succeeded in advancing, the jump off took on the look of a horse race as both competitors share a reputation for being swift of hoof. O’Mara confessed to a case of nerves being in competition with the likes of

“Both of these horses [Happy and Sinatra] are very careful. I knew that, and second would have been amazing too! I was just going to go in and have fun,” O’Mara said with a broad smile. Her fun attitude and Sinatra’s sure footed style landed the pair a victory with a clean time of 31.296. “He’s the best horse ever! He was so good!” O’Mara gushed of her mount as friends and well wishers gathered round to congratulate her. Once she catches her breath, O’Mara and Sinatra will next head to Ocala and Wellington for more competition. For complete results of the 2011 Jacksonville Winter Series and all the Circuit Champions visit or

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the first blue ribbon of the day, then West Virginia’s Miranda Cain won the first section of Open Fences. By the time Annelise Wilhite of South Carolina won Class 4, the section B of Open Fences, nearly every team was on the scoreboard. Delaware Valley was the other consistent Eddie Federuich (L) and Jim Arrigon (R) presenting Ashley Wells team, with two blue (center) with the $5,000 Virginia Intermont College Scholarship. ribbons and four reds, but two zeros and a green ribbon left a gap Nineteen points in their final three classes was too large to overcome. Interestingly, Del Val’s enough to launch Del Val to reserve champion Ciara Menkens went on to be the winner of for the show with 30 points, an effort strong the Tournament of Champions Medal, despite enough to earn them series reserve champion managing only a single point in two open honors as well. The Aggies had previously been team classes. Late in the day, the Aggies got the big winners at the Holiday Tournament of consecutive blue ribbons from Chelsea Koerper Champions in December. St. Andrews started strong again, as they in Novice Fences, then Melissa Milligan made her way to the top of the pack in Walk-Trot. continued on page 90


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had in December when they led the Holiday Tournament all day before fading to second place. By mid-day, the Knights looked like they were able to stay with Intermont, but

ally strong finisher, Virginia Tech. Lynchburg finished back in the pack with an uncharacteristically mediocre performance. Virginia Tech and Lynchburg had come into the weekend in first and third place for the series championship. Nearly every team in the show is first in their region, so it was a frustrating day for many. The big surprise again was West Virginia, whose 25 points was enough to earn fourth place for the Mountaineers, paced by Cain’s early Open Fences win and Kait Scott’s blue ribbon late in the day in Novice Fences. The Mountaineers had previously surprised everyone with a seventh place finish at Virginia Intermont senior Andrea MacQueen won her the Tournament of Champions section of Intermediate Flat. PreSeason Classic in September in Baltimore. The other surprisingly Mount Holyoke College senior JoJo Gutfarb was 10th strong performance came from out of 22 riders in the prestigious Medal division. New Hampshire. Winning their a slow finish combined with strong finishes region for the first time ever this year, UNH by Intermont and Del Val sent St. Andrews to earned a spot in the Tournament and made the best of it, scoring 20 points and taking home third place. Mount Holyoke finished strong with 11 their first ever Tournament of Champions team points in the final two classes, but it was too ribbon, a seventh place. Rounding out the top late to catch the leaders. They claimed fifth teams was University of Mary Washington, who place with a tie breaker over another perenni- followed up their championship performance

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at the Tournament of Champions Preseason Classic in September with an eighth place performance at the Winter Classic. Virginia Intermont Coach Eddie Federwisch’s New Year’s resolution was to turn up the heat on his team in 2011, and it paid dividends in the first month of this new year. Intermont will take the Series Champion trophy home to Bristol for a record eighth time. The Series Championship is awarded to the highest point total of the Holiday Tournament and one other show. Skidmore scored enough in the Holiday Tournament to finish in the Top Ten even though they missed the other two shows. Mary Washington scored 53 points in two shows, but missed the required Holiday Tournament. The newest feature of the Tournament of Champions was the Equestrian Talent Search Medal class, for which top high school riders were invited to participate based on their performances in the Equestrian Talent Search series of clinics held at six locations around the country. Virginia Intermont College was the sponsor of the event, offering a $5,000 scholarship to the winner. Twenty-two riders began the class with equitation on the flat performances, after which the judge chose 12 to return for a jumping phase. Following the fences rounds, four riders were invited back for further testing, the same format as the collegiate medal. In the end, the winner of the ETS Medal and the VIC scholarship was Ashley Wells, a senior from Erie, Pa., who trains with Lew Trumble, the coach of the Edinboro College IHSA team. Ashley now has a choice to make, as she had previously committed to riding at Lynchburg next year. In reserve was Kayla Akers, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio. Kayla trains with Jim Arrigon at Beckett Run, and was part of the 2009 IEA National Champion team. She hopes to ride next year at either Virginia Intermont or St. Andrews. The judge for the event was Sarah Good of Kansas City. Sarah has judged the Tournament a couple of times previously, and judged the IHSA Nationals a few years ago. The show host was Chatham Hall, a girls boarding school in western Virginia. Chatham Hall and Equestrian Director Cricket Stone provided a wonderfully festive facility and about half the horses used in the show. The remainder of the horses came from nearby Virginia Intermont, Sweet Briar, Virginia Tech, and Randolph College. Teams enjoyed a sunny day with temperatures nearing 60 degrees, a welcome break for the many teams that had traveled from the Northeast and Midwest. Next Year’s Tournament of Champions Series will begin at Otterbein University in Columbus Ohio in September, followed by the 20th Anniversary Holiday Tournament at Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J., in December.

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hirty-two teen riders braved frigid weather to participate in the Collegiate Equestrian Talent Search clinic at the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center on January 22-23, 2011. The weekend event began with a Friday night seminar for riders and parents, held in a campus classroom building, discussing the differences between IHSA and NCAA riding and recruiting. Clinicians outlined benefits and drawbacks of each association, and worked on strategies for getting recruited. They also talked about collegiate dressage and high school riding opportunities. On Saturday, riders were divided into IHSA class levels and each group rode a two-hour mounted clinic with CJ Law, Mount Holyoke Equestrian Director and Coach of the IHSA Equestrian Team, winners of multiple National Championships; and Jim Arrigon, longtime IHSA National Secretary and veteran IHSA coach of four different teams, and the only trainer who has coached both collegiate and high school National Champion teams. Clinics focused on “catch riding” skills required to be a successful collegiate rider, and stressed fundamental natural aids and communicative skills, along with athletic fitness and strength. Much of clinic discussion centered around strategies for making an effective try-out ride, and each rider was given specific problem areas on which to concentrate and drills to help that effort. Clinic participants included about 20% seniors, 60% juniors, and 20% freshmen and sophomores. There was even one eighth grader in attendance. Between rides, students listened to the other clinics and had the opportunity to tour the Mount Holyoke campus in groups led by collegiate athletes. Following the Saturday clinics, the groups met again in the classroom for a seminar session involving narrowing college choices with riding as a factor, admission application techniques, and financial aid, with a visit from a Mount Holyoke College Admissions officer. Following the group discussion, coaches Arrigon and Law entertained questions from a very enthusiastic group for nearly two more hours, evaluating and recommending specific programs for individuals. The Sunday morning show began with Coach Law leading a detailed course walk, followed by horse show classes for each group in an IHSA show format. Johnson & Wales University Coach Dirk Fogg judged each group in an Equitation on the Flat class, and then an Equitation Over Fences

class. Riders were placed in each class like a regular IHSA show, while riders from different groups were arranged into teams for competition as well. Teams were required to name their groups, and help each other prepare for their classes. Team names varied, including the creative title, “Ninja Turtles Jumping Hurdles.” Following the show, additional awards were given for champion riders in each group, and for champion teams. Coach Fogg spoke to the group with general comments, and then met with each individual student for comments and advice about their rides. After the weekend, students will receive a report card with notes compiled from Arrigon’s and Law’s clinic notes, Fogg’s horse show notes, and Arrigon’s suggestions on homework to improve each individual’s skills. When seniors show an interest in a particular college, their BIO forms and report cards will be sent to coaches of those teams along with a personal note from Arrigon. Arrigon produces six of these clinic weekends annually, twice in Virginia, twice at Mount Holyoke, in Philadelphia, and Columbus, Ohio. Future events are planned elsewhere, including Texas and California. Clinicians this year have included some of the top collegiate coaches in the country, including Law, Eddie Federwisch of Virginia Intermont College, Cory Kieschnick of Delaware Valley College, Ian McCartney of Sweet Briar College, Matt Arrigon from Lynchburg College, and many others. Arrigon said, “Now that we’ve been doing these clinics for a few years, it’s fun that we’re starting to see many of our former ETS students showing up on most of the top IHSA and NCAA teams. Last week’s Tournament of Champions show included over two dozen former ETS students, riding for several different teams.” Equestrian Talent Search participants come from every part of the country, and from many diverse riding backgrounds. At the Mount Holyoke event, about one-third of the students came from the IEA Metropolitan Equestrian Team from Brooklyn, N.Y.; or from Briarwood Farm, Flemington, N.J. Arrigon is now preparing for the next Equestrian Talent Search event, to be held at Chatham Hall School in Virginia from March 12-13, 2011. For more information on the Equestrian Talent Search, visit or email MARCH 2011




Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show Series to Feature four grand prix events 13; $40,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix, May 15; $25,000 North Salem Grand Prix, May 20; and the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix, May 22. In exciting finishes at last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s horse show, Georgina Bloomberg and Metropolitan won the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix, while Catherine Pasmore rode My Boy to Georgina Bloomberg and Metropolitan won the $75,000 win the $40,000 Old Salem Farm Empire State Grand Prix during last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old Salem Grand Prix and two-time Olympic Farm Spring Horse Show. medalist Leslie Howard and Raimond W won the $25,000 North Salem Grand Prix. of Old Salem Farm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope that everyThe 2011 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse body will join us in May for what promises to Shows will feature a $20,000 Speed Derby, be our biggest and best Spring Horse Show $15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Series ever!â&#x20AC;? In addition to world-class equestrian compeClassic, a member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, $10,000 tition, the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows USHJA International Hunter Derby and also feature top-notch shopping. For more information on Old Salem Farm, $10,000 Leading Hunter Rider Award. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While our Grand Prix classes feature many including its year-long horse show schedule, of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best horses and riders, we also clinics, boarding, lessons and training, offer a full schedule of events for riders at every please visit or call age and skill level,â&#x20AC;? said Scott Hakim, President 914-669-5610.

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ld Salem Farm in North Salem, N.Y., will once again welcome top hunter/jumper riders from around the country when its Spring Horse Show Series returns from May 10-22, 2011. The two-week long horse show features top-notch hunter/jumper competition at one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful equestrian training centers. Prior to the start of the Spring Horse Shows, Old Salem Farm will host an unrecognized Local Day horse show on Sunday, May 8. In honor of Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, there will be free admission. Families are invited to come to the Farm and enjoy a beautiful day in the country while watching local exhibitors compete and prepare for the two weeks of competition ahead. Local Day will feature a full day of showing at every level and is the perfect warm-up opportunity for the Spring Horse Shows. There will also be lots of activities for the entire family. Highlighting the two weeks of the Spring Horse Shows competition are four Grand Prix events, all of which count toward USEF rider rankingsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the $25,000 Welcome Stake, May


First to show in the jump-off was Halpern and Sevastian K, who ended with 12 jumping faults and 15 on the clock, for a total of 27 faults. rodriguez and davinci claim victory in $25,000 Grand Prix Rodriguez and Davinci were next and jumped clear, setting the Great American Time to Beat at 51.061 seconds, a time which he Ocala January Classic came to an would go unrivaled. end on Sunday, January 23, and was Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude highlighted by the $25,000 HITS looked for their second win of the week Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal and came within a fraction of a second. Health, and the $2,500 Devoucoux Hunter A clear round in 51.889 seconds evenPrix, the first qualifiers of 2011 for the Pfizer tually placed the team in third. $1 Million Grand Prix and the Diamond Mills Webby aboard La Rocco Jun and $500,000 3'3" Hunter Prix Final, respectively. Rodriguez aboard his second mount Andres Rodriguez of Boca Raton, Fla., and Secret, both ended with faults on Andres Olivares’ Davinci took home the victory the field. Tromp, looking for his first in the $25,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Grand Prix win ever in Ocala, made a Pfizer Animal Health. The class saw 33 starters great effort aboard Renoir du Buisson, take the field on a course designed by Jerry with a clear round and a time of Dougherty of Bokeelia, Fla., that produced six 51.322 seconds, just tenths off the clear rounds for the jump-off. winning time. His valiant effort placed The first clear round of the class came early, him second. when Paul Halpern of Montreal, Quebec, Rounding out the top-five finishers Canada, and Amanda Weaver’s Sevastian K, $25,000 HITS Grand Prix Champions Andres Rodriguez in the class were Webby and La Rocco second in the order, jumped clean. Two trips and Davinci. Jun in fourth place and Rodriquez later, eventual winners Rodriguez and Davinci forced a jump-off with a clear effort of their own. John Bartko’s Tarco Van Ter Moude; Kirk and Secret in fifth place. The next 20 trips saw team after team fail to over- Webby of Whitehouse, N.J., and Tolleshunt The $2,500 Devoucoux Hunter Prix rounded come the course with rails down across the field. Horse Farm’s La Rocco Jun; Rodriguez and out the exciting return of show jumping at Four more would eventually go clean, his second mount, Olivares’ Secret; and David HITS Post Time Farm. The first qualifier for including Brook Ledge Open Welcome winners Tromp of North Salem, N.Y., aboard Renoir du the unprecedented Diamond Mills $500,000 Tracy Magness of Maryland and Mr. and Mrs. Buisson, owned by Beyaert Farm Inc. continued on page 94

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Hunter Prix Final, which will take place September 10-11 at HITS-on-theHudson in Saugerties, N.Y., saw 22 horse and riders go on the hunt. Taking home the victory with scores of 83 and 84 for a total of 167 points was an ecstatic Kelley Farmer of Keswick, Va., who showed new mount Capone, an entry Lisa Engel presenting the ribbon to Kelley owned by Mr. and Mrs. Farmer and Capone in the $2,500 Devoucoux Ernest Oare. Hunter Prix. Farmer was one of 22 starters on the field designed by $500,000 3'3" Hunter Prix Final Doug Russell of Ocala, Fla. The is another innovative offering duo earned the top score in both from HITS that has equestrians from around the country eager rounds to take home the win. Second place was awarded to earn their spot in this historic to Cathy Inch of Chelmsford, event, which takes place the same Ontario, Canada, and Katriina weekend as the Pfizer Million in Ruotsaloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rainier, while Ocalaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saugerties, N.Y. For more information on the own Megan Edrick rode Don Stewartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War Eagle to a third HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, visit or call place ribbon. The all new Diamond Mills 845-246-8833.

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THE MMHC DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW will be held Sunday, April 10. Sponsored by the Maine Morgan Horse Club, the event will be held at Kennebec Morgan Horse Farm in Woolwich, Maine. The judge is Yvonn Coleman-Larson and the closing date is April 4, 2011. For more information, contact Secretary Becky Totten at 207-522-9668 or BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS, LUMAN WADHAMS of Luman Wadhams Stable (LWS) in Warren, Vt., sold SPR Pompeii (Ultras Special Agent x Pompp And Pazazz) to Pam Curry-Semers of Ochelata, Okla., for his client, Gail Bratz of Stove Prairie Ranch in Bellvue, Colo. Keith Nelsen presented him to the 2008 World Futurity Two-Year-Old Stallion Championship. He was Grand National Youth English Pleasure Champion in 2010 with Alyssa Wick riding for LWS. The five-year-old gelding will continue his training and show career with Phil Fountain and Kirsten Tramposh of Peeper Ranch in Lenexa, Kan. ELAINE GREGORY of Wrightway Stables in Brookfield, Vt., continues to sell horses. Champagne’s Prince Charming was purchased by Kathryn Conway of Litchfield, N.H., and Ken Lambert of Bedford, N.H., for their daughter, Shannon, to show in Walk & Trot classes under

the direction of Darlene DeBlois, DarCol Stable in Litchfield, N.H. Claude and Sara Roy of Whitefield, N.H., purchased the very successful park mare Gypsy Diamond for their son, Matthew, to show in the Juvenile division. Matthew and Diamond will continue under the tutelage of Luman Wadhams Stable in Warren, Vt.

KRISTIN CHANDLER of Porter Corners, N.Y., graduated from SUNY Delhi for Vet Tech. Kris did show throughout her equitation and junior exhibitor years (and still does when time allows) under the direction of Suzanne Haberek of Trinity Farm in Broadalbin, N.Y. She now looks forward to working in her field and continuing her education to specialize in equine emergency care, as well as getting back into the show ring. FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, the Morgan horse won the TELUS Battle of the Breeds at the prestigious Spruce Meadows Masters. The Morgan beat out 11 other competitive breeds in this five-day competition, which included five different events: compulsory skills, precision driving, jeopardy jumping, barrel racing, and trail riding. Two riders from each team compete in each event, with points awarded according to placement.

Representing Team Morgan Horse were Cec Watson; Pat Crema drove JMF Beam Walker; Deb Clary rode and drove TLR Night Image; Katie Duke rode Blue Ribbon Dancer; and Kristin Burton rode Oaklea French Mist. Aline Young was the team’s chef d’equipe. “The Battle of the Breeds at the Masters Tournament is highly competitive and very difficult to win, a real fan favorite!” Aline Young said. “We are extremely proud of this win and have again become the breed to beat!” This isn’t the first time the Morgan horse has won the Battle of the Breeds in consecutive years; they also won in 2000 and 2001.

DAVE SPROUL of Portland, Maine, completed the prestigious New York Marathon this past November. Dave is better known in the Morgan world as a talented horseman whose accolades include many top ribbons in pleasure driving classes as well as assisting Rick Lane with a long list of Cabot In-Hand Champions. The consummate horseman, both in show horse preparation and presentation, Dave is meticulous in all that he does. A veteran high school science teacher in Portland, Maine, Dave traded both the classroom and the show ring for the streets of New York City last fall. A longtime runner and marathon competitor, he joined many other entries in hitting the pavement for the historic running of the 2010 New York Marathon. This year it attracted 124,000 applicants for its 45,000 spots, making it one of the most popular road races. The time limit for this course is 8 1⁄2 hours. Dave finished in 4 hours and 8 minutes, and placed 17,590 out of 44,969 total finishers. NINE-TIME WORLD CHAMPION American Saddlebred CH Gypsy Supreme was euthanized at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington in late December. He lived in the park’s Hall of Champions since 2001. He was humanely euthanized on December 22, surrounded by people who loved him, after a long battle with laminitis as a result of Cushings disease. John Nicholson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Park, said, “Gypsy was an outstanding representative of his breed in our Hall of Champions, but beyond that, he was a cherished member of our park family. Our staff and Dr. Robert Agne from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital worked very hard for a lot of years to keep Gypsy comfortable and give him a good standard of living despite his laminitis, because they were so devoted to him. They loved him and knew him well enough to say goodbye when it finally became necessary. The Saddlebred world has lost a great show horse, his fans have MARCH 2011




The late Gypsy Supreme was an ambassador for Saddlebreds during his retirement years at the Kentucky Horse Park.


CH Gypsy Supreme was buried at the Hall of Champions in a place of honor near other Saddlebreds CH Imperator, CH Skywatch, and CH Wild-Eyed and Wicked. The park has requested that donations be made in Gypsy’s memory to the Laminitis Institute at the New Bolton Center, 382 West Street Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348; 610-444-5800.


lost a legend, and our park has lost a fine friend.” Bred by William and Pamela Richardet, the chestnut son of Sultan’s Flashdance out of Kalarama’s Gypsy Lady was owned by Southwood Partners LLC, Donald and Ronnie Hess, for their daughter Emily Hess. Gypsy was voted the People’s Choice World Champion for the Decade of the 1990s. He was a five-gaited multi-titled world champion in the Open, Ladies, Amateur and Junior divisions.

LEGENDARY SADDLEBRED SHOWMAN DON HARRIS was honored with a 2010 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Lifetime Achievement Award during USEF’s Annual Convention, January 25 in Lexington, Ky. During more than five decades of training and competition, Don Harris’ fan following has exponentially increased. Those who know him attribute it to three things: impeccable training, consummate showmanship and perhaps most importantly and most simply, sincere kindness. Harris, of Cox’s Creek, Ky., has been selected to receive the organization’s highest honor—the USEF Lifetime Achievement Award and the Jimmy A. Williams Trophy. Through the years, Don has had a hand in the development of some of the most prominent American Saddlebreds ever known: CH Imperator, CH Giddy-Up-Go, CH Protege, CH Sultan’s Starina and CH Finisterre’s Gift of Love. Among his wins are repeat FiveGaited World Grand Championships, the Three-Gaited World Grand Championship and numerous reserves. His accolades include being named the American Horse Shows Association (now USEF) Horseman of the Year (1980); receiving the American Saddlebred Horse Association



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(ASHA) C.J. Cronan Sportsmanship Award (1996); and the ASHA Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). He has also been honored as Horse World’s Trainer of the Decade and Trainer of the Century.

THE AMERICAN SADDLEBRED REGISTRY (ASR) rule changes were passed by the ASR Board of Directors at their meeting held December 6, 2010. All rule changes are effective as of January 10, 2011, with the exception of the change to Section III. F. regarding Stallion Service Reports, which was effective beginning Monday, December 6, 2010. Although the Board approved a new fee of $150 for blood typing and DNA conversion, this fee is being held in abeyance because the University of Kentucky Laboratory has notified the Registry that there will not be a fee increase for 2011. The ASR encourages owners of stallions or mares who have not been blood typed or DNA tested to have them tested in 2011 as there is no guarantee that the fee will remain the same for 2012. The fee for DNA testing remains at $50 and the fee for conversions to DNA remain at $30 in 2011. Please contact Katriona Adams at 859-4751460 or with any questions. THE AMERICAN SADDLEBRED MUSEUM at the Kentucky Horse Park recently opened a new exhibit featuring Saddlebreds and Saddlebred owners that have played important roles in the movies, on television, and throughout history. Memorable celebrity horses featured include those that starred in My Friend Flicka, National Velvet, and Fury. Human celebrities in the exbhibit include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Clark Gable, Will Rogers, and William Shatner. The exhibit will run until December 30, 2011. Send your Morgan and Saddlebred news to suzy

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was huge for me. Everyone walking the red carpet and seeing that UPHA logo up in lights on the side of the Aquarium gave me a sense of great pride to be a part of this organization. And when we saw the Debra Stockwell (far right) presents the Morgan Classic Pleasure Driving honorees and Award to Richard Boulet, Terri Travers, and Sarah Grove. their horses filling that huge screen at the IMAX Theater with convention also had the strongest Morgan a packed house cheering them on, my heart participation in its history. Convention activities got underway on skipped a few beats. Assisting Bob in coordinating many of the Thursday morning with UPHA and AHHS activities, and encouraging and leading other Board of Directors meetings and an Equitation Chapter 14 members who were volunteering, Committee meeting. UPHA officers elected during the Board meetings were: Bret Day, President; Gary included Kristen Cater and Gary Garone. A record number of UPHA members from Garone, 1st Vice President; Tammi Conaster, 2nd across the country gathered at the Boston Park Vice President; Kris Knight, Treasurer; and James Plaza Hotel & Towers on January 6-8. The Nichols, Immediate Past President.

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oston Unites was the culmination of UPHA Chapter 14’s core belief that anything can happen with unity,” said Bob Funkhouser, one of the 2011 United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) National Convention committee members. “In my opinion, Hackney, Morgan and Saddlebred, active and associate members, all working together for a common goal is what the UPHA should be about. This time that goal was to host a convention that would make members truly thrilled they attended and those that missed it, sorry they did. It needs to be an event that everyone looks forward to every year, not just attend if they won an award. “There were so many different elements that were inspiring and entertaining that it’s hard to pinpoint a defining moment,” Bob continued when asked to describe his feelings about the success of this year’s convention. “Besides the all-out fun that was had throughout the four days, I think seeing everyone step up to the plate and participate in the Aquarium’s ‘Academy Awards Night’ as it was intended to be

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One of the topics of discussion held throughout the convention, included professionalism. The panel members included Kristen Cater, Kevin Maynard, and Tim Roesink. Another good discussion evolved around the topic of “Making Use of Technology/Marketing Your Program.” Leading this discussion was Daniel Barnes of WiNet Global and Parker Lovell of Cash Lovell Stables. Amateurs and trainers sat up at the head table and discussed a wide range of topics about “Trainer/ David Rand and Hannah Kelley receive the Morgan Client Communications.” Park Saddle Award. Panel members included: Raye Lynn Funkhouser and Gary Garone present Carol  Hillenbrand, Ling Fu Ann Anderson (center) with the Sallie B. Wheeler Wylie, Mary Gaylord McClean, Distinguished Service Award. Barbe Smith, Kim Cowart, Jim Lowry and Elizabeth McMillan. Andy and Lynda Freseth, Luman Wadhams, Maureen Campbell, Tim Arcuri, Bob Phillips and Holli Hayes led the discussion, “Operating a Training Business in Today’s Multi-Breed World.” The topics in the Equitation forums were lead by Dale Arnston, Barbe Smith, Scott Matton, and Ellen Beard. The convention committee also provided fun and education activities for the UPHA youth members while they were in Boston. Sharon Ellingwood, assisted by Cheryl Innis, took 28 youth skating at the Frog Pond on the Boston Common. Initially, they were given maps (similar to a treasure hunt) that helped them find their way from the hotel to the Boston Common. Thursday afternoon was open for sightseeing. UPHA Helen Crabtree Equitation Instructor Gary Garone (center) presents the Morgan That evening attendees gathered for a reception, Hall of Fame Award winner Lynn Harvey Pleasure Driving Award to Leslie and followed by several options: one group went to McNamara with husband Rick McNamara. Dan Kelley. the theater; another group boarded a shuttle Saturday morning also began with a conti- The fact that he talked about losing big games bus and traveled the Freedom Trail, visiting nental breakfast in the vendors’ area, followed and getting up the next day and life continued different points of interest across the city. After Friday morning’s registration, a conti- by forums throughout the morning. During should be a point well taken. When listening to nental breakfast was held in the vendor’s area. the luncheon, Curt Schilling was the moti- the testimonial of the St. Jude’s father, if you had There was a strong turnout of vendors as well vational speaker. The UPHA youth members a dry eye, you don’t have a heart or soul.” After the speakers, recognition was made to at this year’s convention, with 19 businesses involved in the Ribbons Of Service program having commercial booth space. Forums were made a presentation of $35,000 to St. Jude’s the 2010 UPHA Challenge Cup Champions, held throughout the morning and a luncheon Children’s Hospital (The total donations of the UPHA Classic Grand Champions, and a few two years they have been active in this program National Awards. was held after the meetings. A cocktail reception started off the final Friday evening was “Oscar Night” for the UPHA is more than $73,000). Camille Sarrof, a Board Horse and Pony Of The Year Awards and the member of the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, evening. The Overall Horse Of The Year Awards AHHS National Awards. This event was held at was on hand to accept the donation. Brian were presented in addition to the Hall of Fame, the world-renowned New England Aquarium and Boucher, a father of a nine-year-old girl who Instructor, and Trainer of the Year Awards. The IMAX Theater. This was a “show” unlike anything was saved by a ground-breaking transplant at awards ceremony was accompanied by one of that has been done before with the “walking of the St. Jude’s, spoke of the miracle they had been Boston’s best bands, Soul Kitchen. Following given because of St. Jude’s. There weren’t many the awards, many enjoyed dancing. red carpet” and much, much more. “I have great confidence that this year’s Convention-goers were bused to the aquarium dry eyes in the audience. “That luncheon both inspired us and moved us convention was a building block and that the where they enjoyed a cocktail reception before the awards ceremony. Then they walked the red to be better people. I think for all of us it put life next group will make the Nashville convention carpet into the IMAX Theater for the presen- in perspective,” said Bob Funkhouser. “The point just as special in 2012,” Bob Funkhouser said. For more information on the UPHA tation of the evening’s awards, followed by a that Schilling made about, ‘losing, not being failure,’ is something this group could really use. Convention, visit dinner back at the aquarium.

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Morgan Military Salute Team Seeks Team Members to perform at ceremonies and events


he Morgan Horse Military Salute team, lead by Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Christian J. Heidorf, a member of the American Morgan Horse and Vermont Morgan Horse Associations, is looking for new members. Colonel Heidorf retired in 2010 from military service after approximately 29 years, served in Iraq from 2004-2005, and was awarded the Bronze Star medal, Joint Services Achievement medal, Global War on Terrorism medal, Global War on Terrorism Service medal, and Combat Action Badge for his service there. He currently raises western working, military, foundation type Morgan horses at Dead Creek Ranch in Fort Edward, N.Y. Salute team members will be uniformed U.S. Army circa 1912 using the Model 1904 U.S. Army McClellan pattern service saddle and military tack. Saddles and tack will be acquired or reproduced to match the U.S. military specifications for the military horse circa 1912. The M1904 McClellan pattern saddles are available and will be restored to working condition when acquired. Bridles and other tack will be reproduced from originals. Uniforms will be made or acquired through purchase. The team will be mounted on solid black Morgan horses, the horse of choice for the U.S. military in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Bringing together seven solid black Morgans to conduct historically uniformed military salutes will distinctively and uniquely highlight the breed’s historical significance, deeply embedded in U.S. military history. A breed known for its ability to endure, its strength, stamina, and versatility, Morgan horses were highly sought after and widely used during the Civil War. Notable Morgans of this period included Rienzi, General Sheridan’s horse, a black gelding of Black Hawk lineage; Charlemagne, General Chamberline’s horse; and Pink, Colonel John Hammond’s horse, (5th NY Cavalry) grandson of Black Hawk, who survived 88 skirmishes, 34 battles, was wounded twice and continued to serve his master 25 years after the close of the war. The Salute Team will perform with one Salute Team Officer in Charge (OIC), one officers’ guidon bearer, to carry the stars and stripes guidon, and five branch of service flag bearers, carrying the flags of the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard. The team will have up to 10 trained horses/riders. Salutes will be performed to martial music, conducted in circa 1912 military uniform. The Salute Team will participate in opening ceremonies for major equine events, government sponsored programs, regional parades, special military ceremonies or events recognizing

LTC (Ret) Heidorf with Morgan Mount Rebel at the 2009 Eastern States Exposition.

or commemorating our U.S. military service members, veterans, and casualties of war. Prospective team members must be at least 18 years old, have riding experience at an intermediate or better level, and have an AMHA registered, solid black Morgan horse, at least three years old, plus a desire to work, learn, and perform with your horse. A regional location in southern Vermont will be identified for the team to meet and conduct training at. For more information, contact Mr. Chris Heidorf at 518-932-9959, 518-798-6451 desk,, or PO Box 207, Gansevoort, NY 12831.

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American Saddlebred Association of Maine Annual awards Banquet Draws a Large Crowd


he American Saddlebred Association of Maine celebrated the past, present, and future at their Annual Awards Banquet and Gala. Ninety-year-old Rellon Cole spoke of his showing career during his induction into the ASAM Hall of Fame. Brent Berry spoke of his first Saddlebred while joining his father in the ASAM Hall of Fame. Dollie Hutchins spoke fondly of her Mom, Geneva, as she joined her in the ASAM Hall of Fame. Following the three induction ceremonies, five horses were added to the ASAM Hall of Fame Horse division: Beau Grand (Betty Davis); Property Rites (Paulette Brim); Fire’s Supreme Sunrise (Ramona Cook); Venus in Gray (Ilona Michniewich); and King of Cono Wingo (Bob Levine). Before the Hall ceremonies wound down, the ASAM President announced next year’s Hall of Fame inductees: 100

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Theresa Guillemette, Sylvia Corbett, Madeline McLucas, Sarah Lettre, and Ann Lib Strout. Kathy Beckett and Margo Gerrish had the crowd of around 100 bidding at the silent auction. The event maintains the ASAM Scholarship Fund while the overflow of money helps support the club functions. This year’s auction raised over $1,800. Paulette Brim and Jo Ellen Grondin had the Spring Meadows Resort looking festive with hand crafted centerpieces and decorations. Dollie Hutchins lined up and organized all of the trophies and other awards, making for very smooth presentations during the evening. Earlier in the day the ASAM Annual Meeting was held. All officers held court. Kathy Beckett ended her three-year term without running for re-election and Regan Grant was elected to her first three-year term.

The evening of festivities culminated with the two outstanding membership awards and the presentation of the ASAM Scholarship. The $500 check went to Melissa Beckett. The Betty Davis Award for senior member went to long time ASAM supporter Paulette Brim. The Missy Hughes junior member award was presented to spirited Madison Brown.

ASAM Announces Hughes Riding Clinic

The American Saddlebred Association of Maine is welcoming Missy Hughes back to Maine for a clinic on March 18-20, 2011. Born and raised in Scarborough, Maine, Hughes started riding with Paulette Brim and then moved onto Annalisa Hall at Mariways Stables. She graduated from William Woods College and has made a big name for herself in the horse world. After training at Biggins Stables, she moved on to instruct and train at the esteemed DeLovely Stables. Hughes has come back to Maine to give back to her home community offering clinics two of the last four years. For more information, please contact Ricky Drew at 207-272-0082 or

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other very well-known names being honored include Shawn Flarida, Bob Kiser, Mandy McCutcheon, and Ronnie Sharpe.


Shawn Flarida (below) and Mandy McCutcheon (left) were both recently named as inductees into the 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame. CONGRATULATIONS TO TOM MCCUTCHEON AND GUNNERS SPECIAL NITE, USEF Equestrian and Horse of the Year. McCutcheon is the first reiner to receive this prestigious award, and is an NRHA $1 million rider, 2010 Adequan/USEF Open Reining Reserve Champion, and Kentucky Cup winner. The six-year-old American Quarter Horse, Gunners Special Nite, is the only multiple Gold medal winning horse for Team USA.


A COUPLE OF NEW ENGLAND IHSA WESTERN RIDING TEAMS are aiming at the IHSA semi-finals and nationals this year. Mount Holyoke College captain, Sarah Zabak, says that the team has been very successful. “The Mount Holyoke western team hosted its first two IHSA shows and came out

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THE CENTRAL MAINE TEAM PENNING ASSOCIATION recently announced that they have a new cattle promoter. The new home of CMTPA will be at Barry Higgins’ Maple Lane Farm in Charleston, Maine. The association is looking forward to this partnership and a successful future. A schedule of events for 2011 will be posted soon on the CMPTA website at DON’T MISS THE FINAL COWBOY MOUNTED SHOOTING CLINIC organized by the Massachusetts Six Shooters for the winter/spring of 2011. The last of three clinics is scheduled for March 26 at Riverfront Farm in Concord, Mass. The clinics are designed as introductions to the sport of cowboy mounted shooting for those aged 15 and over with access to their own horse. Registration for the clinic must be received no later than March 19. For more information, visit THE NATIONAL REINING HORSE ASSOCIATION has recently announced the 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees. The horses to be inducted are 1992 NRHA Futurity winner Boomernic, Shining Spark, NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step, and Collena Chic Olena, posthumously. Some

on top—twice! Putting on our first shows were no easy feat, but the team came away with 11 first and second place individual finishes, and highpoint team for both shows. I’m proud of how hard this team has worked and how far we have come.” “This year was full of change for us, with nine riders new to IHSA,” said Univeristy of Massachusetts at Amherst assistant western team captain, Meghan Gennings. “We are excited to have an Open division this year with our captain, Amanda Golembeski, leading high-point rider standings. It is amazing to see horses go full tilt in real reining patterns around the arena at Hadley farm.” To learn more about the IHSA, visit www. Send your western sports news to chelsea.clark@

onnecticut Ranch Horse Association is in its eighth year and going strong. We track points during events at various farms and fairs in Connecticut throughout the year and award year–end prizes in five divisions. Activities include team penning, team sorting, team roping, and breakaway roping. We also track points in barrel racing, versatility ranch horse, trail, and ultimate cowboy races. As a club we welcome new faces and hope that you consider joining the CRHA. Experienced competitors are more than willing to share their expertise while seasoned cowboys and cowgirls will find the competition challenging. Division I and Division III are our draw pot divisions which track points for team penning, sorting, and team roping where teams are randomly picked. This format has rewarded many riders for consistency and a bit of luck! Division II and IV are jackpot divisions in team penning and sorting, and team roping. In these events, teams are planned by the riders based on their ratings. Both of these divisions are essentially pro-ams. This keeps our more experienced continued on page 102 MARCH 2011



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The 2010 Lil Wranglers 12 and Under riders.

National Barrel Horse Association Region 1 Announces 2010 Massachusetts State Champions Submitted By Sandy Gosselin


n September 11-12, 2011, a crisp sunny weekend was in store for the MA01 NBHA State Championships held at Chipaway Stables in Acushnet, Mass. State Director Sandy Gosselin and district member Carolyn Le Vasseur rode the opening ceremony to Lee

Greenwoods’ “I Am Proud To Be An American” sporting the American and Massachusetts flags in honor of all those who served our country and gave their lives for our freedom. The competition started with the Lil Wranglers’ class of 12 & Under riders. These are the up and coming competitors who will surely be knocking

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trail, working cow horse, extreme cowboy race, barrel racing, break away roping and possibly other events that meet CRHA criteria, using the American Stock Horse Association as a guide. These divisions have considerably broadened our horizons and appeal. Brand new as well as seasoned riders are welcome and will find a niche in this western riding organization. Our members often participate in competitions at local fairs. We enjoy entertaining the crowds with equine activities rarely seen in New England. In our eighth year we hope to continue to grow and invite anyone to visit our website at Feel free to call any of our officers for more information.

on the doors of the youth division soon enough. I have got to say that these riders make the best of any situation due to their genuine desire to just ride and have fun. Top honors went to Kiki Maderios on Stars N Stripes, a been there done that pony who certainly will take her a long way. Reserve Champion went to Brianna Gosselin on North Fork Bar, a 30-year-old Quarter Horse that has been in the Gosselin family for three generations, and he is doing just that with Brianna. I was told of a conversation between these two young riders after the second go in which Kiki questioned Brianna on her first place win. Brianna told Kiki that was her first blue ribbon and Kiki said, “Well then, I guess you deserved it.” The camaraderie between these kids is amazing. Third runner up was Alyssa LeVasseur on Rosie. Fourth place went to Emma Bourgault riding Buddy, fifth place was awarded to Abbey Durr on Blackie, sixth place went to Paige Bourgault riding Brat, seventh place went to Kailey Coakley and Shoney, and eighth place was awarded to Jules White and Chipper. The first day of the states was a whirlwind of fast runs, fast horses, and a lot of tractor drags. With 63 Open riders to compete throughout the afternoon, those drag men were certainly busy keeping the ground level and that they did. Thank you to Rob Gosselin and Tom Pappalardo for their time and dedication. With the fastest time in the first go in Open 1D competition, a 16.302, and placing second in the second go with a 16.362, Ronda Savino and Call My Dad, aka Andy, were certainly consistent and it paid off. With an average of 32.664 Ronda and Andy certainly make a hard pair to beat. Ronda and Andy compete in rodeos as well and even though Andy has his moments with helicopters at one memorable rodeo, they certainly are a team to reckon with. Andy’s name seems very appropriate since Ronda always calls her dad after each run when he isn’t able to attend. Mike Savino, Ronda’s dad, is a great horseman and she is very lucky to have his keen eye for the sport and top barrel horses. Gail Gosselin earned reserve honors riding Intangible Cee Three. Melanie Gosselin took third place riding Master Breckenridge, who proved to be a barrel racing gold mine. Fourth place went to Mel Gibson riding Vegas Hot Rod who has come back in full force after being in layup for a year. Second division honors went to Jill Matson on Cisco, a Paint gelding with a lot of power. Jill competes on several different horses, each having their own style. She also races monster cars, and she says she tries to focus her barrel racing in the same way. Most of us know it is hard enough riding one horse well, so whatever she is doing is certainly working to her advantage. Kathy

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Couite and Rarest Gold took the reserve championship respectfully. Third place went to Chris Gibson on Buddy and fourth place went to Carolyn LeVasseur on Mr. Compus Wrangler. Nadia Federico-De Felice took home her first State Champion buckle riding Make Mine a Bug in Open 3D. Nadia has come along way with this horse and says it is difficult at times to juggle work and ride two horses. She loves the sport and time she gets with her faithful mount and would not trade him for anything. Reserve Champion goes to Olivia Hughes on Wonder Jet Sox who is certainly a legend in his own time. Grasa Cambell and Gypsy Rose took third place honors with Carolyn Sansoucy and Mercedes Slyzanatee coming in fourth. In Open 4D competition, Jill Matson placed on top once again on a horse called Smooth whom she had been riding for a few short months. Smooth is a beautiful chocolate Palomino owned by Johnelle Roderick, another MA01 member. Jill and Smooth had a great first go run, posting a 17.108. Their second go was a little slower but worked to their advantage placing her right in the top of the fourth division. Leanne Secondo and Dakota took reserve right on the heels of Jill and Smooth. Jerry Marone aboard Billys Twistin Quota earned third place and Molly Valente riding her Paint pony, Molly’s Midnite Express, came in fourth. In Youth 1D, Christopher Gibson dominated

the youth division placing first in both goes for an average of 33.392. Coming up on his heels was Shiloh Marchand on Heza Smokin Skipper, a grey gelding who will no doubt take her to the top in the future. Third place went to Kelly Couite on Tiny Rockin Angel, a grey mare she’s been riding for the past couple of years. Michael Gibson was the overall winner in the Youth 2D aboard Rajahs Destiny. This is Michael’s second State Championship win on Rajah. Not far behind him was Meagan Langevin on Cinnamon 2010 Open division winners at the Massachusetts State Moon Shadow who has become Championships. a fierce competitor this past year. Third place went to Olivia Hughes on Maderios riding Cross Skywalker to fourth. Honorable mention goes to Kelley Couite on Wonder Jet Sox. Ashley Talbot and Lady took Fancy and Grasa Cambell on Gypsy Rose for fourth place. Courtney Halfrey and Color Me Wimpy took their consistent clean runs. Gail Gosselin and Intangible Cee Three, aka home the glory for the Youth 3D with an average of 36.254. Chelsea Roy and Tuffer N Star Light Blackie, were an unstoppable team dominating the Senior 1D. With an average time of 32.836, took reserve with an average of 36.533. Anna Ghizari and Stormy were on top of the they were clearly on top of the charts and leaderboard in the Youth 4D with an average pushing the average two full seconds, so there of 37.716. Molly Valente was hot on her heels, would be no 2D winner. Bill Major Sr. took the Senior 3D win with taking reserve champion with Molly’s Midnite Express. Sameera Salame on Steel Magnolia Gilda Ohio Surprise, earning a buckle and wild took third place in the average with Colby continued on page 104

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Russell Dilday Crowned Three-Time Greatest Horseman


iders converged at the 2011 National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions presented by John Deere from January 29 – February 6, 2011 at the 1st Community Credit Union Spur Arena in San Angelo, Texas, to determine who would become this year’s World’s Greatest Horsemen. Russell Dilday and Topsails Rien Maker won back-to-back National Reined Cow Horse World’s Greatest Horseman Champion Russell Dilday riding Association World’s Greatest Topsail Rienmaker. Horseman Championships in 2008 and 2009. They finished fourth in 2010, but came back with a vengeance in 2011 to become the only three-time World’s Greatest Horseman Champions. Dilday and Topsails Rien Maker began the Finals competition on Sunday, February 6, with the fourth high herd work score—a 217—and marked the second high rein work score with a 218. “I thought he was as good in the cutting as he’s ever been for me. Todd (Crawford) had a huge herd work and had three points on us there,” Dilday explained. “I knew I had to press it in the reining, and after that was over I was really happy. My horse is so pure. Of course, Todd had another big Co-Reserve Champions Ron Emmons and Olena Oak. score in the reining.” With two events down, Dilday and Slider with a 219,” he said. Then, it was time for (Topsails Rien Maker) were tied with Ron Dilday and Slider to compete. As in every cow Emmons and Olena Oak at a 435, and horse event, the Championship came down to Crawford and Play Dual Rey had a 441 going the cow work. “Our cow was tricky and I wish I had gotten by him a little sooner in the first into the steer stopping. “I knew I was going to give it all in the turn—then we wouldn’t have cut it so close. roping—I didn’t want to leave anything behind. That cow was absolutely hammering us in the I want Slider to be recognized for being as turns. My horse had to really work—he has a great as I believe he is,” Dilday said. “Ron and heart bigger than my hat.” Dilday exited the arena, crossing his fingers I tied with a 220 and Todd roped well again and had a 216, and then we were only two that the cow work would be enough to earn the third title. “I was just hoping beyond hope that points behind.” Fortunately for Dilday, he and Slider drew it would at least be a 219 and let me tie with up fourth in the cow work, and he was able to them,” he said. Dilday got his wish and then watch both Crawford and Emmons and know some, as the judges awarded a 219.5—giving what he’d have to score to win. Crawford went the pair the title by a mere half-point. “This is first in the set on Play Dual Rey, marking a 217 huge. I can’t tell you how big it is to win this for an 874 composite. Emmons and Olena Oak again. I think my horse is so great—especially when you compete against horses like this. were next, marking a 219 to tie for the lead. “There was no safety for me. Of course Todd There’s not a bad one in this group. The only was good with a 217 and then Ron tied him way you sort out the winner is bad luck, and we

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card for next year’s world show. Del Santandrea took reserve on his old faithful horse Kansas. Carolyn Sansoucy was runner up on her new ride Cooper Top Amy. Honorable mention goes to fourth place recipients Bill Major and Heza Rowdy Royal, fifth place recipients Karen Miller and This Gals A Jet, and sixth place recipients Jerry Marone and Billys Twistin Quota for their efforts. Lisa Houle and Baron Star Lotta took the Senior 4D by storm, ultimately taking the championship. Reserve honors went to Del Santandrea on Bully Sport. On Saturday night, a team penning event was held with family and friends of the NBHA members riding for cash awards. This was the most fun I’ve had at a state championship. Everyone that was there had a great time. It did not matter if you were riding or watching. Everyone cheered one another on and the horses seemed to really enjoy chasing cattle instead of cans. Special thanks go to Gary David and Donna Lambert for helping with this penning. I could not have done it without you both. Also, thanks to Nate Viera, Jamie Marchand, Leo Marchand, and Dave Costa (owner of Chipaway) for helping with the cattle, and to Alyssa Brito who mustered up the extra teams to make it a great success. In team penning, the first place team was Leo, Tim, and Shiela Marchand. Second place went to Alyssa Brito, Levi Brito, and their mom, Lynn Ciano. Third place was a tie with Tim and Shiela Marchand back in the winnings alongside teammate Dawn Morris and Tim, Jamie, and Danielle Marchand. The second day of the states proved to be a bit chilly on the start but quickly warmed up as well as the competition. The fastest time of the weekend went to Gail Gosselin on her old faithful Intangible Cee Three aka Blackie boasting a time of 16.233. Blackie has a unique style for a big horse that always seems to put Gail in the money. Although we had a few technical difficulties with the computer system, thanks to Bob Gibson we were able to work through the glitches. While we were figuring out the average, Sharon Patnaude-Gosselin kept both the kids busy and the adults entertained with some old fashioned fun by finding sacks to play sack and relay races. Thanks to Reba Maderios for her help with State Championships booklet. If I have forgotten anyone I do apologize and again thank you to everyone who made this event a fun and successful one. For full results from the NBHA-Region 1 Championships, visit

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Co-Reserve Champions Todd Crawford and Play Dual Rey.

I knew I had enough to get down the fence,” he said. Crawford and Emmons were seen visiting when Dilday entered the arena to make his cow work run. “We knew that Russell could be huge down the fence. He’s proved it time and time again. We just waited to see what happened,” said Emmons. “And that’s what happened!” For information on the National Reined Cow Horse Association, call 580-759-4949 or visit the NRCHA official website at

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Cactus Reining Classic Top Riders Compete for over $100,000 in Cash and Prizes


t the WestWorld of Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 9-13, top national and international horses and riders will compete for over $100,000 in cash and prizes over five days of competition. This NRHA “A” rated event once again boasts its $70,000 added one-run Derby and two full slates of ancillary classes. Brumley Management Group is pleased to announce that Cactus Reining Classic, along with Reining By The Bay in Woodside, Calif., and High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., will all offer The Maturity Challenge. The Challenge will showcase horses age seven years and older who have aged out of Tinker With Diamonds and Randy Paul competing the existing Derby programs, and will in the 2010 Open Derby. be featured for the first time at all three be your chance to cheer on the sport’s rising 2011 events. Horse Show Managing Producer Amanda stars. Imagine the kids’ suprise when they are Brumley expressed her excitement over the asked to ride back into the arena for ribbons addition of the new $10,000 Added Open and awarded to them by the NRHA’s youngest $2 $5,000 Added Non Pro Maturity Challenge million dollar rider, Andrea Fappani. Arenus, a premier provider of innovaclasses.  “Our goal, as reining event producers, is to provide events that cater to the needs tive health and nutrition products for pets of the reining horse industry. Offering the and horses, is proud to sponsor the Arenus Maturity Challenge allows horses who have Performance and Conditioning Award. The aged out of the Derby competitions a place award recognizes one horse whose conditioning to continue to compete for significant prize enhances its stellar performance. The winner is money. Our intention is to grow the Maturity selected by a panel of judges and is presented a added money as the interest builds to support $100 gift certificate in a special awards presenit. It is our hope that these efforts benefit not tation and photo session. The award will be only the owners and riders, but the longevity presented at Cactus Reining Classic, Reining By The Bay and High Roller Reining Classic. of the horses as well.” Admission to the Cactus Reining Classic is New for 2011, both Cactus Reining Classic and Reining By The Bay will host Short Stirrup free to the public and there is no charge for 10 and Under classes for reining’s future cham- parking. For more information, visit www. pions.  A guaranteed crowd pleaser, this will MARCH 2011



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happened to have the least.” Slider, by Topsail Cody out of Jameen Gay, is 12 years old in 2011, and Dilday admitted that there was a good chance that they’d make a run at a fourth title. “We gave him some time off to nurse a tendon several months ago, but other than that he’s never been sore. If we don’t press him he might never be sore again. I hope he’ll last forever.” He laughed, adding, “I actually have a replacement for him—in about seven years it might be ready!” Dilday received the signature check for $30,000, along with a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Coyote Rock Ranch, a Gist Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Wagonhound Land & Livestock, custom handmade boots from Rios of Mercedes, a custom handmade hat from Shorty’s Hattery, and a monogrammed saddle pad from Classic Equine. Dilday, of Porterville, Calif., noted that a huge amount of credit for his success went to the people who support the industry. “I can’t thank any of the NRCHA’s sponsors enough for everything they do. The sponsors put money into the association, support us, give us product and exposure to the rest of the world—and they do a lot of it. It’s what helps grow this sport and this event.” He added, “I also specifically thank my sponsors which are Bob’s Custom Saddles, Classic Equine, Rios of Mercedes, Nutrena, Twister Trailers, and Circle N Stables.” Todd Crawford and Play Dual Rey and Ron Emmons and Olena Oak finished as co-reserve champions, each receiving a check for $16,500. They also took home monogrammed saddle pads from Classic Equine, and the Reserve World’s Greatest Horseman buckle was sponsored by Gardiner Quarter Horses. Both Co-Reserve Champion entries were formidable teams. Crawford, of Blanchard, Okla., is the NRCHA’s leading rider with more than $1.8 million in lifetime earnings, while Play Dual Rey, an eight-year-old stallion by Dual Rey out of Hiccup N Play, was the 2010 American Quarter Horse Association Super Horse. Play Dual Rey is owned by Play Dual Rey Partners. “I was just going to get my horse shown as good as I could, and try to get as high of score as I could,” said Crawford of his cow work. “This horse has got a lot of stop and heart. He’s a show horse.” Emmons is a multiple AQHA World Champion, and he and Olena Oak were backto-back AQHA Working Cow Horse World Champions. The Ione, Calif., trainer and the nine-year-old stallion, owned by Mel Smith and Nichole Scott, were also the 2009 Magnificent 7 Reserve Champions. Olena Oak is by Smart Chic Olena out of Fritzs Oak E Doakie. “I wasn’t really thinking of anything when it was time for the cow work. I was just going to let happen what happened. He’s a great horse, and

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The Rosciti family (at left) with Gypsy’s Little Image and Carl Yamber after earning Reserve World Championship at the 2006 AQHA World Championship Show.

CONDOLENCES TO THE DUBE FAMILY of Biddeford, Maine. Alain M. Dube, 56, of Biddeford, passed away Sunday on January 16, 2011, at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford. Al owned and operated Al Dube Quarter Horses in Biddeford. An accomplished horseman and successful farmer for over 35 years, he was a mentor for many as he quietly promoted the industry by freely giving his time, guidance and wisdom to horse-crazy young men and women. Al was also a well-known performance horse farrier. He made the cover of American Farriers Journal in March/April 1998. Alain was a lifetime member of the National Reining Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association and belonged to the Professional Horseman’s Association and the 4aHorse Breeder’s Association. OUR CONDOLENCES ALSO GO TO THE ROSCITI FAMILY of Rosciti Quarter Horses in North Scituate, R.I., on the loss of Gypsy’s Little Image, in January 2011. Her sire was Good Version and dam was Miss Shady Gypsy. During her show career she was an AQHA Reserve World Champion, AQHA Amateur and Open High Point Champion, two-time NSBA World Champion and earned over 600 AQHA Points. The Roscitis are expecting Gypsy’s last foal by Invitation Only via Recipient Mare in 2011. On a happier note, the Rosciti family announced that they are the proud new owners of Nuthin Escapes Her, a two-year-old sorrel filly by RL Best of Sudden, out of Escapist (TB). REGION SIX AQHYA reports that due to a number of conflicts with overlapping AQHA pointed



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shows, Big E construction Daniel Carlson and Are You Charlie (shown here at the 2009 AQHA schedules and timing, World Championships) finished the 2010 show season in Tampa, Fla. R6AQHA has decided to put showing A Good Flash for Rebecca Fazzina of the Region 6 Championship and “new” pointed Middletown, Conn., and seventh place was won shows on hold for 2011. This was a very difficult by Jim Farrell of Greyledge Farm in Durham, decision for the Board and only came after all Conn., riding Selectively Dun. Also placing options were exhausted but their final decision seventh in Junior Trail was T. R. Potts, of East was in the best interest of R6AQHA and their affilWindsor, Conn., riding Hez All That. iates. They have already begun the planning for this event in 2012 and expect it to be the grand IN GREEN TRAIL, the first place winner was Gino event we all want it to be within the region. Spagnola, riding That Sweet Thing for Donna Rosciti of North Scituate, R.I. Second place was MANY NEW ENGLAND AQHA EXHIBITORS awarded to Garry McAllister, showing Untwist My finished off the 2010 show season in Tampa, Zipper for Jennifer Annett of Newington, Conn. Fla., in December. This show circuit runs from Garry also rode Good to Be Radical to a third December 27 – 30, in a combined/split format. place win in the class for owner Katherine Hug of Congratulations to Dan Carlson, of Sheffield, Flemington, N.J. First and seventh place was won Mass., for being named both All Around Amateur by Whitney Legace, riding Protect My Chips for and Reserve All Around Amateur shows, showing Leonard and Nancy Krist of Marlborough, Conn. Are You Charlie, with wins in Showmanship, Eighth place went to Lisa Farrell, riding Invitation Horsemanship, Western Riding, Trail and Zip for Kay Spicer Onofre of Waverly, N.Y. Performance Halter Mares. THE TRAIL CLASSES AT THE GOLD AND GULF COAST SHOWS in Tampa had the most New England exhibitors leaving the show ring with awards. Tami McAllister rode Im Pretty Lazy to a win in Junior Trail for owner Andrea Schneebaum of Derry, N.H. In the same class, placing third was Lisa Farrell, riding Range To a Te for Isabel Scobie of Warwick, N.Y. Fourth place went to Garry McAllister, showing Untwist My Zipper for Jennifer Annett of Newington, Conn., fifth place was awarded to Whitney Legace riding Hot Rockin Potential for Libby Rinder of Durham, Conn., sixth place went to Tami McAllister

IN SENIOR TRAIL, second place went to Hot Rod Number Eight, shown by Garry McAllister for Katherine Hug of Flemington, N.J. Fourth place was awarded to Chipahde Do Dah, shown by Tami McAllister for Heather Lange of Norwalk, Conn. Seventh place went to Real Impulsive, also shown by Tami for Jennifer Smith of Niantic, Conn. NOT TO BE OUTDONE BY THE TRAINERS, the Amateurs, Novice Amateurs and Youth exhibitors also did well in the trail classes. Placing third in Amateur Trail was Zip It by Me, owned and shown

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Scenes from last year’s AQHA Convention.

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ach spring, AQHA holds a convention to review its rules and policies. The 2011 AQHA Convention will be held March 4-7 in Grapevine, Texas, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center. On Friday, March 4, the Convention will begin with a Directors’ Summit for the AQHA’s Board of Directors. A Marketing Forum, which is open to all AQHA members, will begin at 2:00 p.m. Mark Phillips from United States Livestock Genetics Export/USDA, will present “Emerging Markets—What do Europe and South America hold for AQHA and other breeds? How can and does the government help?” The managing director of LTI Associates, David Snodgrass, will present “China—The Final Frontier.” “New Tax Laws for Horse Owners” will be discussed by American Horse Council President Jay Hickney. AQHA

Treasurer and Executive Director of Operations Trent Taylor shares “By The Numbers—What will 2011/2012 bring?” Finally, Dr. Steven Schumacher from the United States Equestrian Federation will present “Medications and Thresholds.” The day will conclude with the President’s Reception beginning at 7:00 p.m. A membership general meeting will kick off the Convention on Saturday, March 5, with a Board of Directors’ Luncheon and Committee Meetings following. The AQHA Awards Banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. At the conclusion of the banquet, a concert with Paul Bogart and dancing will continue into the night. On Sunday, March 6, the Association will host an all-day tour of six major horse ranches. These farms will include: Valor Farm in Pilot Point, owned by AQHA Past President Clarence Scharbauer and home to the 1987 Kentucky Derby winner, Alysheba; JEH Stallion Station

and JEH Equine Reproduction Specialists in Pilot Point, owned by AQHA Past President Jim Helzer and wife Marilyn, and home to American Quarter Horse racing’s former alltime leading money earner, Refrigerator; Carol Rose Quarter Horses in Gainesville, known as AQHA’s all-time leading breeder of performance horses; Highpoint Performance Horses in Pilot Point, owned by AQHA Professional Horsemen Jason Martin and Charlie Cole, known for its all-around trainers, AQHA Superhorses and breeding; Main River Quarter Horses in Gainesville, owned by current AQHA President Johannes Orgeldinger and wife Astrid, and known for its breeding of excellent cutting and reining horses. Beginning at noon on Saturday, the American Quarter Horse Foundation will host an Ambassadors Luncheon. The day will conclude with committee meetings and the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet. The AQHA Convention will come to an end on Monday, March 7, with a membership business meeting in the morning, followed by a board of directors luncheon and new appointed AQHA directors meeting. For more information on the AQHA Convention, visit

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Wilson of South Windsor, Conn., placed second, riding Vickies Mr Do Good.

New England at the Florida Winter Circuit in 2010 and 2011.

by Sarah Yaglowski of Harwinton, Conn. In Novice Youth Trail, first place went to Deluxe Chex Account, owned and shown by Julia Anderson of Portland, Conn. Jennifer Krist of Marlborough, Conn., placed third and fourth, showing Protect My Chips. Also placing third in Novice Youth Trail was Hot Rod Number Eight shown by Jessica McAllister of Southbury, Conn., and Duies Creditor owned and shown by Sabrina Janis of Groton, Mass. In Youth Trail, third place was awarded to Libby Rinder of Durham, Conn., showing Hot Rockin Potential. In Novice Amateur Trail, Donna

Other first place winners at the Gold and Gulf Coast shows in December were as follows: Matthew Farrell riding Paid The Piper in Novice Youth Western Riding; Karla Papenfuss riding Manningmyinvestments in Novice Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation; Willys So Good, shown by Bryan Ambrosey in Geldings Three and Over; Broadway Lites shown by Scott Jones for Sarah Beth Marchionne in Green Hunter Under Saddle; Potentially A Willy ridden by Kelsey Urban in Novice Youth Western Pleasure. Congratulations to all the exhibitors from

In AQHA Racing news, Apollitical Jess was honored as the 2010 AQHA World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse during an award ceremony at Heritage Place Sale Co. in Oklahoma City on January 12. The three-year-old colt is bred and owned by Juan Alberto Tirado Lizarraga Rancho El Cabresto Inc.

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Nate Griffin with his Miniature gelding Rocky Hills Cosmic Cash.

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New England Pinto Horse Assoc. Elects officers for 2011 Submitted by Eileen Ricci


ning on attending the World Show, plan ahead, because the cut off date is May 1, and if you send entries in later than that, the classes cost almost double. If you plan on going from the New England club, let me know by emailing me at so we can track your results. Also our New England club will be able to help sponsor any youth attending the World Show. Nathan Griffin won his first Register of Merit for 2010, showing his stunning Miniature black and white gelding Rocky Hills Cosmic Cash. They achieved that goal in the Trail division.

e are all probably still digging out here in Connecticut, and if you do not have the luxury of an indoor facility then we fall prey to sleet, snow, and freezing temperatures. The saving grace is that show season is right around the corner and the club has added new classes and divisions for 2011! The World Pinto Show will be held in Tulsa, Okla., this year so there are no New England shows in June. The world dates are June 7-18, which includes 12 full days. If you are plan-

American Paint Horse Association Forms Partnership with World Conformation Horse Association


he American Paint Horse Association (APHA) recently entered into a partnership with theWorld Conformation Horse Association (WCHA). The associations agreed to recognize points earned by Paint Horses at each other’s events for a horse’s performance record as well as World Champion, Reserve World Champion, futurity champion and reserve champion titles. Top 10 finishes will be recognized as well. They will also work toward holding joint educational judging seminars. Members of both associations will benefit from more complete show and performance records for their American Paint Horses, thus increasing the value of their horses and the investment into their horse business. 108

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This agreement formally solidifies the relationship between the two associations, with APHA as the center of promotion and record keeping for the American Paint Horse breed and WCHA as the industry authority on correct conformation regardless of the horse’s discipline. By combining APHA’s continued work to preserve the American Paint Horse lineage, performance records and characteristics with WCHA’s intent to retain a high level of conformational correctness, the alliance will further the goals of both associations as well as working together for a better future for the horse industry. For more information, visit or call 405-282-8142.

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Margaret Roberts and Ima Gallant Jewel.

Nate and Po Po reside and train at Journeys End Farm in Johnston, R.I. Congratulations goes to Julie and Craig McCoskery on the birth of their new daughter Dylan right before Christmas! Another horse generation goes on. Elections were held for office seats for 2011. The results are as follows: President, Karen Benson; Vice President, Paula Laughlin; Secretary, Jac Cunningham; and Treasurer, John Wiegel. The directors are: Tom Melanson and Miranda Dirinberger for Maine, Janice Foster and Patti D’Anna for Massachusetts, Michelle Stygles and Jessica Hays for New Hamshire, and Eileen Ricci and Cheryl Golden-Lago for Connecticut. Congratulations to everyone! If you would like to join our club, which also includes a free subscription to the Pedlar, visit the back of magazine, fill out a membership card and send in a membership fee (cheaper than the movies!)—it’s that simple! Look for our Awards Banquet results in an upcoming issue of the magazine. If you would like to share your news with the club, please email ericci@hotmail. com. Let us know if you have any new foals for 2011. For more information, please visit www.

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International Buckskin Horse Association To Celebrate 40th Anniversary at National Convention of the current rules will be put in print for better understanding. These, plus the submitted rule proposals from members, will all be considered and deciphered for voting. All IBHA members are encouraged and welcome to attend this important 2009 IBHA Supreme Champion earner Kimberly convention. Remember, if any impor- Maxwell receiving her award at last year’s convention. tant proposals don’t pass at this year’s convention those proposals won’t be voted on of the dun factor markings. Dr. Fred Northrop, again until preparation for the 2014 edition of also an inductee, and a leading contributor to the IBHA charter club in Oklahoma, served on the rule book. Congratulations to the new inductees to the IBHA Executive Committee and served six the IBHA Hall of Fame at the Convention, years as IBHA President. Dr. Northrop served including Bonnie Hendricks (formerly Trent) in many capacities such as interviewer on the who founded both the ABRA and IBHR Judge’s Committee, member of the ad hoc (known now as IBHA), such as Chuck committees for the Queens Committee and VanHorn, former Vice President of Vanguard Scholarship Fund. These are some of the people Research. Chuck was an original inspector for that served to develop IBHA to become the IBHA, served on the Executive Committee, and leader in its category for Buckskin, Dun, Red served as IBHA President for six years. Chuck Dun, and Grulla horses. For more information about the 2011 IBHA did genetic research on Dun Factor and grulla colored horses in various foreign countries and National Convention, a schedule of events, and researched the affect amino acids have in clarity registration forms, visit

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he International Buckskin Horse Association National Convention will be held over three days, and will celebrate its 40th anniversary on March 10-12, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Lakeview in Clarksville, Ind. IBHA will discuss the many issues facing the association such as show rules and the classes that will benefit all IBHA approved shows. This year the various standing committees will use their workshop time to review and schedule many topics for their open committee meetings. Revisions of rules and proposals over and above those submitted from members will be reviewed for voting to have the 2012 edition of the IBHA rule book include many new and revised rules for the benefit of the members showing their horses. Some items of importance to discuss and propose will be Select Performance Classes, Performance Halter Classes, leased horses for youth, the allowance of cotton or ear plugs, the allowance of slip on hoof boots, and the addition of reining patterns, to name a few. Clarification of some

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Driving news

Chester Weber and his Four-In-Hand team at the World Equestrian Games. Weber and his combined driving team, visit


THE AMERICAN DRIVING SOCIETY has announced that the new rulebooks are ready to order. Unlike last year’s “loose leaf” version, this year they are smaller (6 x 9") and spiral bound. The ADS says that quantities will be limited with only a single printing, so be sure to order yours early. The cost for the rulebook is $25 each. To order, visit the American Driving Society’s website at

THE WORLD LOST YET ANOTHER MASTERFUL TEAMSTER, Elmer Richard (Dick) Sparrow on Christmas Eve in 2010. A veteran of the Korean War, he started showing Belgians in the 1950s and continued to show well into the 1990s. In the mid 70s, Dick Sparrow entered the Guinness Book of World Records for driving a hitch of 48 horses at both the Iowa State Fair and in the Rose Bowl Parade. Coors Brewery enlisted his masterful skills as teamster for their six-horse hitch for 17 years. For many years, he offered draft horse workshops throughout the country, teaching budding teamsters how to drive. Dick Sparrow died at the age of 81 after a long bout with cancer. He was honored at his burial with a hitch

of Belgians bringing him to his final resting place at Zearing Cemetery in Zearing, Iowa. To learn more about Dick Sparrow, join the Facebook page, Friends of Dick Sparrow.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHESTER WEBER who recently earned the “2010 USEF Horse of the Year for Combined Driving Four-In-Hand Horses” title during the USEF Convention in Lexington, Ky. “It was great to receive recognition in front of all of our sport horse peers,” said Weber. His horses that made the 2010 Horse of the Year winning team included Para, Boy W, Grumus, and Horus du Bois. For more information on

SLEIGH RALLIES have been all the rage this year! A phenomenal amount of snow (some would argue, too much snow!) has been dumped on the Northeast by numerous storms this winter. Sleigh rally organizers and sleigh drivers have been eating it up, however! The Colonial Carriage and Driving Society held their Winter Classic Sleigh Rally on January 16 at the beautiful Orleton Farm in Stockbridge, Mass., commencing with a parade of sleighs. The Green Mountain Horse Association, an all-encompassing organization for both riders and drivers, held its series for “Sleighing Combined Test” for two weekends in January. Blue Star Equiculture in Palmer, Mass., held their second annual sleigh rally on January 23. Sturbridge Village held its first Antique Sleigh Rally on February 5, which boasted a large turnout as well. Send your driving news to Elaine Joseph at

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Patricia Musser driving Taff, a 20-year-old Welsh Pony at the Blue Star Equiculture Sleigh Rally.

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High Point draft horse was awarded to Blue Star Equiculture’s Kelly, driven by Justin Morace. Glenn Van Oort driving Sophie to second place in Pleasure Pony—Single Hitch.

Blue Star Equiculture Sleigh Rally Old Sturbridge and Winter Fun Fest Village Sleigh Second Annual Event draws spectators and participants despite the cold Rally


High Point horse went to Green Meads Galen, an eight-year-old Morgan driven by Lyn Howard of Poestenkill, N.Y. High Point pony was awarded to Mae Star, a 13-year-old Morgan pony driven by Christina Alsop of Lee, Mass., who edged out Howard for high point driver by winning the hotly contested Ladies to Drive class. The obstacle course, designed by Justin Morace, was a crowd favorite, proving to be very exciting when Cabot French Curtsy, driven by Marcy Reed, edged out Darling Mr. Midnight, driven by Charlene Hopkins by half a second. A large number of spectators shared in the event and also got to enjoy a sleigh ride of their own, courtesy of Blue Star Equiculture’s resident horses, Charlie Daniel and Carter, retired carriage horses from New York City and Philadelphia, and later Iceman and Mark, Belgian geldings. Blue Star Equiculture invites all to return to our Draft Horse Derby, a carriage rally and draft horse show, on May 7, and looks forward to its third annual sleigh rally in 2012. Blue Star Equiculture is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization specializing in draft horse rescue and retirement, organic farming, environmental education and horse-drawn history tours. For more information, visit High Point horse went to Green Meads Galen, driven by Lyn Howard.

lue Star Equiculture Draft Horse Sanctuary and Organic Farm in Palmer, Mass., held its second annual Sleigh Rally and Winter Fun Fest on Saturday, January 22. Eight competitors braved unseasonably cold temperatures to take advantage of an abundance of snow. Despite the chill, the nearly windless, sunny day made for ideal sleighing conditions. Judge Grace Yaglou, a regular on the Morgan show circuit, had a majority of horses to choose from; all four horse division entries were Morgans and there was a Morgan pony entry as well. High Point draft was awarded to Blue Star Equiculture’s own Kelly, a 15-year-old Belgian mare driven by Justin Morace.

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he buzz among drivers started early in December. Old Sturbridge Village was going to be the host site for a new sleigh rally in Massachusetts. Melissa Graves from Belchertown, Mass., served as advisor and master coordinator for the rally working closely with the staff at Old Sturbridge Village. On February 5, 2011, months of planning came to fruition. The rally started at 11:00 a.m. Judge Peter Bravman from Shelburne Falls, Mass., was ably assisted by his wife, Gioia Bravman acting as ringmaster. Eighteen turnouts ranged from Miniature horses to the large draft breeds. Announcer Jodie Swain from Wilbraham, Mass., kept the rally moving right along filling in spectators with pertinent information about the equines and the sleighs. Equipment for the PA system was supplied by Jeff Sheltra and Derek Bove. Melissa herself put together the wonderful mix of music running in the background during the event. Melissa’s volunteer crew of secretaries, Lynne Frederick and Cheryl Weber, did a fabulous job of keeping all the class results in order and keeping track of the points. Albany Cutters, Portland Cutters, Express continued on page 112 MARCH 2011




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Carriage Association of America Winter Conference Draws over 150 Members from Across the Nation


he Carriage Association of America (CAA) held its 2011 Winter Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn and the Prom Center in Oakdale, Minn., on January 27–30. More than 150 CAA members traveled to the snowy Winter Conference to enjoy this year’s focus on sleighs and wintertime driving. Those attending this year’s CAA Winter Conference with horses, ponies, and sleighs enjoyed two separate sleigh rallies. The Conference attendees who weren’t either driving or riding in sleighs were able to attend the rallies as spectators. Although the sleighing conditions on Saturday weren’t ideal, 40 turnouts took part in the festivities. Sunday’s sleigh rally featured fewer turnouts but better weather and conditions. The discussions at this year’s CAA Winter Conference covered a variety of topics, including history of sleighs and sleighing, how to drive in the snow, horse health, types of sleighs and sleigh turnout, and sleigh bells. The ever-popular Showcase featured 29 vehicles, 12 of which were sleighs. One of those was a rare reindeer sleigh that won the People’s Choice Award

in the Showcase competition. A record number of Gold Certificates, denoting excellent restoration work, were awarded this year. In addition, there were several special Showcase divisions for bells (with more than 30 entries), lap robes (more than 30 entries), and photography (nearly 30 entries). The Carriage and Sleigh Showcase featured both newly restored vehicles and those that were previously restored and are now being used once again. The high-point winner in the restored division— recipient of the Carl Casper Trophy—was a Cutter owned by Jim Leo. This vehicle also won the Davis Documentation Award for having the most complete written history. The high-point winner in the vehicles-in-use division—recipient of the Sidney Latham Trophy—was Scott Teigen’s 1895 Landaulet. The People’s Choice Award went to John and Mary Block’s rare Red Ribbon Cutter. The American Driving Society held its Board of Directors meeting at the CAA’s Winter Conference, and the ADS and CAA directors, along with the local CAA Winter Conference organizing committee, enjoyed a group dinner. The CAA’s Board of Directors would like to thank the local organizing committee and all

Members attending this year’s winter conference enjoyed two separate sleigh rallies.

the Conference volunteers for their invaluable help in organizing and hosting this successful Winter Conference. Next on the CAA’s calendar of events are trips to Spain (April) and to Windsor, England (May). In early July, the CAA will hold its first Carriage Classic (a pleasure-driving show and more) at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. For more information on the CAA, visit www.

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The special award for Fuzziest Equine went to Registered Miniature Horses Blue and Moon.

Saratoga Driving Assoc. Holds Annual Twelfth Night Party

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sleighs and Double Bob sleighs were all spiffed up and on display for the public to see by their proud owners. Favorite classes were the Currier & Ives class and the Sleigh Dog class. Old Sturbridge Village reported just shy of 700 guests who came to see the rally which 112

is a great number for the time of year. Old Sturbridge Village staff reported that if the weather forecast had not been so ominous preceding the event that they could have easily tripled the audience based on the amount of inquiries they had before the event. The phone was ringing off the hook. Old Sturbridge Village sends out a big “thank you” to all for helping them turn this event into a big success. We look forward to a return visit in 2012. For complete results from the Old Sturbridge Village Sleigh Rally, please visit www.

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yn Howard and Jack Alexander once again opened their lovely home to the Saratoga Driving Association’s annual holiday gathering. As usual this time of year, we fretted about snow storms and if we should cancel, but we didn’t. About 30 people attended and enjoyed our host’s hospitality. It is especially lovely to be able to chat about our horses and plans in the middle of the winter. Lyn suggested a silent auction of items that people might have that are driving related. The idea went over well, and we may do it in the future for quality things that we have, that might be better in someone else’s home or barn. Although Lyn and Jack enjoyed hosting the party, it was suggested that someone else might like to offer

their home as a venue. So if you have an estate with a large party room and cozy fire place, are centrally located with lots of parking, and don’t mind last minute decisions as to whether or not we will cancel due to weather—call us. If you have a large venue where we could have a pleasure drive in the warm weather, let us know about that too! We would like to have our parties or competitions at a venue that is only a half hour away from all of our members, but it is difficult. Our membership is spread over a large area. We do apologize to anyone that is too far away to join us, and we are glad for all those people that do drive a distance to attend. For more information on the Saratoga Driving Association, visit


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Pony division champions Harley Waller and Always Say Please.

Peter Bravman and his Dutch harness horse took second place in the Pleasure Horse division.

Colonial Carriage & Driving Society Members enjoy Winter Classic Sleigh Rally Submitted By Eleanor Small


to Blue Star Equiculture Draft Horse Sanctuary and Organic Farm of Three Rivers, Mass. They provided rides in their express sleigh drawn by a team of Percherons, rescued from New York City and Philadelphia. Drivers were Angie Arahood and Justin Morose. The other sleigh, a beautiful double Albany cutter was provided by Karl and Laura Riva of East Canaan, Conn. Folks stood in a long line and did not care how long they waited for a ride. Classes were judged by John Greenall of W. Windsor, Vt. Club President Harvey Waller did a great job as announcer, as did Maureen Gamelli who took over to give Waller a break. Approximately 20 club volunteers worked diligently to keep the rally running smoothly. We also owe many thanks to Harvey Waller and his crew for snow removal efforts and all the plowing to accommodate parking for the trailers and some 300 cars and to prepare the show arena surface. We understand he had to call down to his associates in Connecticut for heavy-duty equipment. Once again, the beautiful Orleton Farm, with its sweeping landscapes served as a magnificent backdrop for this most memorable winter day and we thank the Waller family for their generosity. As we look forward ahead to spring, save the date for Saturday April 16, the Spring Driving Clinic at Orleton Farm. There will be a discussion and demonstrations on topics such as How Recreational Driving Relates to the Show Ring; How Elements Currier & Ives Horse division winners Bill Broe and Miss of Show Ring Experience Enhance Abigail with Karen Everett as passenger.

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he Colonial Carriage and Driving Society enjoyed a wonderful sleigh rally event on January 16, as 25 entries glided around before a record crowd of spectators at Orleton Farm in Stockbridge, Mass. With the help of Mother Nature giving us a major Northeast snowstorm of some two feet of snow earlier that week, the day proved most successful. In addition to the bonfire, spectators also enjoyed the hospitality of the carriage barn, where they could go inside to warm up and have a bite to eat, as well as a chance to visit the carriage museum, which was open to the public for part of the day. Downstairs in the barn, a grand collection of shining coaches and appointments could be viewed. Volunteer docents were on hand to answer questions and offer historical information. Outside again, two sleighs for rides proved to be a very popular feature. We are most obliged

Your Recreational Driving; How Your Body Mechanics Work in Symmetry with Your Horse in Riding and Driving; and The Progression of Taking Your Horse from Single to Multiples. Also, the popular paper bag auction will be back! For more details visit Show Results

The following are the results of the Sleigh Rally: Pleasure Sleigh Dog: 1. Onna Downey, 2. Kirsten Desjardin, 3. Judy Schnopp, 4. Marcie Reed, 5. Glenn Van Oort. Ladies to Drive: 1. Lyn Howard, 2. Wendy Murdock, 3. Danielle Wroblenwski, 4. Judy Schnopp, 5. Alyse Aubin, 6. Rebecca Eccard. Gentlemen to Drive: Jeff Morse, Bill Broe, Peter Bravman, Robert Labrie, Rich Downey, Dan Abbate. Novice/Junior to Drive: Robert Labrie, Wroblenwski, Onna Downey, Kirsten Desjardin, Rita Bellinger. Seniors to Drive: Robert Labrie, Lyn Howard, Christina Alsop, Ayse Aubin, Dan Abbate, Judy Schnopp. Mini Division Pleasure: 1. Judy Schnopp, 2. Kirsten Desjardin, 3. Onna Downey. Reinsmanship: 1. Onna Downey, 2. Linda Kelly, 3. Judy Schnopp, 4. Kirsten Desjardin. Currier & Ives: 1. Linda Kelly, 2. Onna Downey, 3. Judy Schnopp. Mini Champion: CH: Onna Downey; RE: Judy Schnopp. Pony Division Pleasure: 1. Harley Waller, 2. Alyse Aubin, 3. Christina Alsop, 4. Lydia Downey, 5. Glenn Van Oort, 6. Heather Van Oort. Reinsmanship: 1. Harley Waller, 2. Alyse Aubin, 3. Christina Aslop, 4. Glenn Van Oort, 5. Lydia Downey, 6. Heather Van Oort. Currier & Ives: 1. Harley Waller, 2. Christina Alsop, 3. Glenn Van Oort, 4. Lydia Downey. Pony Champion: CH: Harley Waller; RE: Christina Alsop. Horse Division Pleasure: 1. Lyn Howard, 2. Peter Bravman, 3. Bill Broe, 4. John Frost, 5. Rita Bellinger, 6. Marcie Reed. Reinsmanship: 1. Robert Labrie, 2. Rebecca Eccard, 3. Bill Broe, 4. Dan Abbate, 5. Marcie Reed, 6. Peter Bravman. Currier & Ives: 1. Bill Broe, 2. Lyn Howard, 3. Robert Labrie, 4. Marcie Reed, 5. Dan Abbate, 6. Rebecca Eccard. Horse Champion: CH: Bill Broe, RE: Lyn Howard. Obstacles Mini: 1. Onna Downey, 2. Judy Schnopp, 3. Kirsten Desjardin, 4. Linda Kelly. Pony: 1. Glenn Van Oort, 2. Christina Alsop. Horse: 1. Danielle Wroblenwski, 2. Lyn Howard, 3. John Frost, 4. Dan Abbate, 5. Marcie Reed. Pleasure Pace Pony: 1. Christina Alsop, 2. Glenn Van Oort. Horse: 1. Lyn Howard, 2. Marcie Reed, 3. John Frost. â&#x2014;? MARCH 2011



Heads Up By Lauren Bousquet

Arabian news Jennifer Roberts and Little Red Khorvette took top honors at the Region 16 High Point Year-End Awards.

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CROSSEN ARABIANS OF COVENTRY, CONN., was recently notified by USEF that their horse, Khoncise, ridden by Thomas Crossen Jr., was named Champion in Arabian Western Pleasure Adult Amateur for Region 16. Also, the Hanoverian/ Arabian gelding, CA Davign, bred by Crossen Arabians, recently won third place in First Level Dressage AA with a score of 66.316% in the USDF All Breeds program. Congratulations to CA Davign’s new owner, Judy Coats from Michigan. SISU FARM ARABIANS ANNOUNCES that Alexandra Coffey purchased a new trail horse on December 11, 2010. Arabella Lunna is an 11-year-old chestnut Arabian mare that had been used as a child’s trail horse with her prior owner. This mare is well suited for Alexandra. They have already had three trail rides since Lunna has come to the barn and they are making a great team. Alexandra is looking forward to the upcoming ride season with her new partner! EVERYONE WHO SHOWS ON THE REGION 16 ‘A’ CIRCUIT knows Marlene Kriegbaum as the super secretary. Marlene recently lost her husband, Ron, in January. Our condolences go out to Marlene and her family. CRANBERRY KNOLL ARABIANS will be holding a Used Tack Sale on March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Perry Paquette Farm in Fairhaven, Mass. Anyone can participate, and you can purchase a 10 x 10' space for $25. Just bring your own table and chairs and your used tack and 114


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equipment that you’d like to sell. Contact Katie Servis at 508-254-8640. If you are looking to just browse, the event is free.

THE REGION 16 HIGH POINT YEAR-END AWARDS were released in January. Ashley Vogt and Indyana Jones were Champions in Walk/Trot Pleasure, Walk/Trot Showmanship and Walk/ Trot Equitation. Jennifer Roberts and Little Red Khorvette took the championship in Purebred Arabian Sport Horse In-Hand Geldings, Purebred Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle, and reserve champion in Purebred Arabian Sport Horse In-Hand ATH. Cheryl Lane-Caron and My Kind Afire earned reserve champion in Purebred Arabian Sport Horse In-Hand Geldings and Purebred Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle. Cheryl was also the champion in Purebred Arabian Sport Horse Show Hack and Purebred Arabian Hunter Pleasure Open. She and Moonshine Malachi were reserve champions in Half-Arabian Sport Horse In-Hand Geldings and Champion in HalfArabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse. Stephanie Ranger and My Kind Afire took the championship in Purebred Arabian Sport Horse In-Hand ATH and Showmanship. Grace Cusick and GH Ventures Legacy earned top honors in Purebred Arabian Hunter Pleasure ATR and Hunter Seat Equitation. Amanda Baldwin and KA Khameo Bay took reserve honors in Purebred Hunter Pleasure ATR and Showmanship. Sandra Crowe and Rachmaninoff SRD were champions in Purebred Arabian Western Pleasure ATR and Barbara Mitchell and TO Jack of Diamonds took

reserve in that division as well. Jesselyn Dugas and Pinebrook Jack Frost took top honors in Half-Arabian Sport Horse In-Hand Geldings, Half-Arabian Sport Horse In-Hand Geldings ATH, Half-Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle Open, Half-Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle ATR, and Half-Arabian Sport Horse Show Hack. Jesselyn was also reserve champion with Moonshine Malachi in Half-Arabian Sport Horse In-Hand Geldings ATH. Maureen Quillin received reserve honors with Dually Noted in Half-Arabian Hunter Pleasure Junior Horse. Kathleen Nickerson and Sam J Steppin Out were crowned champions in the Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure ATR division. Congratulations to everyone!

REGION 16’S DELEGATES WILL BE VOTING on a Region 16 Director for the Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA) in March. The Director will participate in National Level decision making and also help with future planning of the association at the meetings in Denver, Tulsa, and also at the AHA Convention. Locally, they will be planning regional youth activities. ARABIAN HORSE CLUB OF CONNECTICUT (AHCC) now has a new Youth Director, Cory Livernoche. Her assistants are Amanda Baldwin and Alayna Mala. The club also announced that they have opened a website just for their ‘A’ Rated show. You can visit it at Send your Arabian news to Lauren at leb92884@


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2010 Grand Champion AngloArabian Church Creek with owner Bill Doughty of Bayview Farm.

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he North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association (NAAAHA) has announced the winners of its 2010 High Point Program for AngloArabians that compete in Working Hunter, Jumper, Eventing, Dressage, Sport Horse, Conformation, Endurance and Competitive Trail. All shows and rides, whether rated or unrated, counted towards these awards. This year’s Grand Champion Anglo-Arabian is the beautiful chestnut mare Church Creek, sired by the late Baladin d‚Oc and bred Dressage Champion Athena with by Virginia Tech. Current owners Rita Mason. Bill and Alexis Doughty of Bayview Farm in Cape Charles, Va., bought her last year Legion of Supreme Merit right out of a field as a four-year-old, breaking and Legion of Excellence. The Performance Horse and training her themselves. In Church Creek’s first year of showing, Registry named her the she earned one National Championship, Overall Grand High Point two Reserve National Championships and Horse of all breeds and six National Top Ten titles. In addition, all ages nationwide. Her she racked up 12 Regional Champions and stablemate, Anglo gelding four reserves. She has been named 2010 continued on page 116 USEF Grand Champion HA/AA Horse of the Year, HA/AA Sport Horse HOTY, HA/ Eventing Champion AA Specialty HOTY, HA/AA Hunter Reserve Snooze Alarm and Lauren HOTY, AHA Reserve High Point Horse Kieffer competing at the and won enough points to earn her AHA Kentucky Rolex.

Arabian Horse Association of Maine Hosts Annual Awards Banquet by Lee Cheever


rabian Horse Association of Maine started the year with a fabulous awards banquet celebrating the club’s 2010 show and riding season at JR Maxwell’s in Bath, Maine, on January 30, 2011. Seventy awards were presented in 47 different categories, and included handmade wooden products, clocks, wall tapestries, customized director’s chairs and of course, beautiful ribbons. AHAME President Andy Bailey once again acted as the master of ceremonies and awards were presented by Lynn Marie Bailey, head of

the Awards Committee. The traditional silent auction displayed the largest variety of items ever, and a slide show of pictures taken at the 2010 Autumnfest Show provided a way for everyone to remember what a great time was had at that event. Since AHAME structures awards in five different divisions, members Lynn Marie Bailey presents the Half-Arabian Amateur can earn awards in competitive trail Hunter Championship ribbon to Alexis Usher and reserve continued on page 116

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riding and hours in the saddle as well as four different levels of showing. This format provides opportunities for all members to earn recognition for the time they spend enjoying their horses regardless of their discipline or riding level. This year’s top winners in the Youth division were Breana Durgin and Tyler Hodgkins. Time in the Saddle awards went to Jess Small, Amanda Sandford and Lynn-Marie Bailey. Maine-bred horses winning national awards in 2010 included Dancin to Victory, National Champion in Sharon Carrol, Robin Lovejoy, Richard Lovejoy Arabian Western Pleasure Jr. Horse, Lil and Alison Clark accept their awards. Red Korvette at Sport Horse Nationals, and classes at both AHAME shows are donated to Mercedes Magikh for Top 10 Arabian Trail. Each year AHAME recognizes a member who the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute. performs outstanding service to the club. This Both shows feature an All-Breed Versatility year’s Member of the Year went to Treasurer Award that pays cash to the top three horses Laurie Emery. The Youth Member of the Year that earn points in specified open classes. The 2011 Spring Classic payout has been increased is Breana Durgin. Planning is underway for the club’s Spring through a generous sponsorship by Richard and Classic Show, to be held June 4 and 5, 2011 and Robin Lovejoy. AHAME will hold another Autumnfest Show, to be held September 10 and Show and Learn event this year following the 11, both at the Skowhegan Fair Grounds. same format as before. Exhibitors will show in a Classes are being added including Roadster class, the judge will provide comments and Horse, and an Open Driving Championship as suggestions to everyone, and then the class will well as reclassifying the Pink Ribbon class so be re-ridden and placed. For more information, anyone can enter. Fees from the Pink Ribbon visit

One More Round, came in a close second. Church Creek took the championship in Hunter/Jumper, Sport Horse Under Saddle, and Conformation divisions. Their One more Round received reserve honors in the Hunter/Jumper, Sport Horse Under Saddle, and Conformation divisions. Khemos Khopi, owned by John Albright, placed third in both Sport Horse Under Saddle and Conformation. Rita Mason’s Athena is the Dressage Champion, with Little Traverse Bay, owned by Samantha Giola, in reserve. The third place recipient is Philippa Sumsion’s HW Harvest Moon. The Eventing Champion is Snooze Alarm, owned by Lauren Kieffer. Tom Paleczny’s Raemes Magician received the championship in the Endurance/CTR division, with Susan Young’s SS Allsfairn War in reserve. Each champion and reserve champion received an engraved silver plate. All placings also received a large ribbon. For more information on the North American Anglo-Arabian Horse Association, please visit or call 410-823-5579.

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One lucky person will receive free enrollment to a 2011 Palm Partnership Training Ride Well Clinic.

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Select the Best and Lynn Palm have teamed up to offer a unique training package to one lucky western, hunt seat, and dressage rider. The winner will receive free enrollment to a 2011 Palm Partnership Training Ride Well Clinic, plus a special Select the Best & Palm Partnership Training gift package. The Ride Well Clinics, taking place in nine different locations, give riders personalized instruction with Lynn Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon. (

Montana was the perfect backdrop for the World Skijoring Championships, an extreme competition combining riding and skiing, held January 29-30. Modern skijoring involves a horse and rider pulling a skier around a horseshoe-shaped 800-foot long course at high speeds, as they negotiate over jumps and around slalom gates. Spectators were witness to incredibly athletic equus, riders, and skiers who competed for a hefty purse and the title of World Skijoring Champion. (

Just Wonderful JustWorld International’s annual fundraiser on January 21 was a huge success, with 650 guests in attendance and $238,565 raised. Olympic equestrian gold medalists, local dignitaries and foreign guests gathered in Wellington for fine food and entertainment, all for the purpose of helping children in the developing world through education and nutrition programs. (

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Get ready for North America’s largest horse exposition, Western States Horse Expo, planned for June 10-12 in Sacramento, Calif. This mega-event attracts the nation’s most well respected horsemen, with three jam-packed days of non-stop demonstrations. Highlights will include the Equine Dream Art Show, a huge trade show, the Magnificent Seven All-Around Stock Horse Championship, and the Annual Western States Expo Horse Sale. (www.

Bob Avila riding Brother White at the 2010 Western States Horse Expo.

Test of Endurance For three decades, the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships hosted championships in the disciplines of dressage, eventing, and jumping. In 2008 reining was included, and this year, the sport of endurance will be introduced. The endurance event at the 2011 championship, which will run July 27-31 at the Kentucky Horse Park, will use some of the same track that riders in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games used. ( MARCH 2011



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2010 Eclipse Awards Top Thoroughbreds Receive Recognition for their Accomplishments By Greg Russo


his year, the 2010 Eclipse Awards ceremony was held in Miami, Fla., at the Fountainbleu Hotel. As in most years, the champions in some categories are known in advance simply by the record they have compiled throughout the year. In the race for the title of Horse of the Year, the battle raged between Zenyatta, the darling of racing fans that had achieved so much in her illustrious career and was always available to her fans, and Blame, the horse that had defeated Zenyatta in the Breeeder’s Cup Classic to give her her only career defeat.   Awesome Feather was victorious in all six of her career starts and raced from May until November. After winning her maiden race easily, she was immediately entered in a stakes race and won the JJs Dream Stakes by one halflength. Owned and bred by the Jacks or Better Farm in Florida, she next competed in the three races that make up the Florida Stallion series and won all three. Trainer Stanley Gold decided it was time to tackle the big girls of the division and it was off to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Stakes. Facing the top two-year-old fillies in the country, Awesome Feather proved she was up to the task. The winner’s share of the $2 million purse brought her earnings to over $1.6 million. Breeder and owner Fred Brei entered Awesome Feather in the Fasig-Tipton sale just days after the Breeders’ Cup. Owner Frank Stronach shelled out $2.3 million dollars for Awesome Feather and she will be trained by Chad Brown. Not only did Brei get his wish for connections that would give his filly national exposure he also took home the Eclipse Award for Champion Two-Year-Old Filly.

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lengths. He was the odds-on favorite to win the Breeders’ Cup and the manner of his victory proved he’d be a force to reckon with as a three-year-old. Uncle Mo was purchased as a yearling for $220,000 in September at the Keeneland sale by Mike Repole. Plans call for the colt to have two prep races prior to his attempt at the Kentucky Derby. He is currently in training in Florida with Pletcher. As a juvenile, Uncle Mo was in a realm of his own and deservingly was named Eclipse Award Champion of his division.   Champion Two-Year-Old Male Uncle Mo.

The term “hickory” is the appropriate description for the three-year-old filly Blind Luck, who raced from February at Santa Anita until November at Churchill Downs in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic. She competed on synthetic surfaces, dirt surfaces, sloppy tracks and at distances from one-mile to one-mile and onequarter. All totaled, Blind Luck raced eight times in 2010 and won five, finished second twice and third once. All of her races were grade I or grade II and she ran against her own age group as well as her elders. Blind Luck began the year with a victory in the grade I Las Virgenes at Santa Anita. She also captured the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas and then the prestigious Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Shipped back to the West Coast, she ran second in the Hollywood Oaks at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, before being shipped by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to Delaware for the Delaware Oaks. Racing on a sloppy track, Blind Luck got up in the final stride to win by a nose. In her next race, the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, Blind Luck once again closed furiously to win by a neck over Havre de Grace. In the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, Blind Luck would be facing older female stars, where she fell two lengths short of Unrivaled Belle at the finish. Blind Luck was purchased by her connections

for only $11,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July sale as a yearling. She has earned over $2.7 million. She has already raced this year and finished second in the La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita.  

Champion Three-Year-Old MaleLookin At Lucky

Lookin at Lucky won the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple Crown, after finishing a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby. Lookin at Lucky took the grade I Haskell Stakes in impressive fashion by four lengths and followed that up with a victory in the Indiana Derby. In his final start of the year, he took on older rivals in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Unfortunate with a post position draw of 12, Lookin at Lucky was in contention until midstretch and wound up fourth to Blame, Zenyatta, and Fly Down. His exploits throughout the year made him the easy winner for championship honors in his age group. At the end of the season, he was purchased by Coolmore Stud Farm and was retired to stand at stud in 2011. During his career Lookin at Lucky was trained by Bob Baffert and earned over $3.5 million.  

Champion Filly Or Mare SprinterDubai Majesty

In a career that included 34 starts, Dubai Majesty won 12, placed in seven and finished third in six starts. Consistency was her game

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regardless of the level of competition she faced and she only got better with age. In 2010, Dubai Majesty made 10 starts. She was beaten by a nose in her first start of the year in the Sunshine Millions Filly or Mare Sprint and followed that with a head loss in the Pan Zareta Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La. Shipped to Keeneland for the grade I Madison Stakes, she once again ran second. One month after the Kentucky Derby, Dubai Majesty took the Winning Colors Stakes at Churchill Downs. After a third in the grade I Princess Rooney Stakes, Dubai Majesty proved her versatility by winning a sprint stakes on the turf at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. In her final two starts prior to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Champion Male Sprinter Big Drama. Sprint, she ran second by a head in the Presque Isle Masters at six and the finishing touch on Big Drama’s bid for the one-half furlongs and took the Thoroughbred sprint championship. Club of America at Keeneland.   In 2010, she raced at seven different tracks in Champion Turf Filly Or Maresix different stakes and she was rewarded for her Goldikova efforts with the Female Sprint Championship. Goldikova won over an international field while Dubai Majesty was sold in the days following demonstrating her customary devastating turn the Breeders’ Cup in the Fasig-Tipton sale of of foot. Unleashing a furious run in midstretch Horses of Racing Age. She was purchased as she ran down the game Sidney’s Candy and a broodmare prospect by the Yoshida family held off the rally of Gio Ponti to win by a of Japan. comfortable two lengths at the Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile. Goldikova began the year by winning the Champion Male Sprintergrade I Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp in Paris Big Drama Big Drama did not make his first start in 2010 and followed that with a neck score at Ascot until June in the nongraded Ponch Handicap at in England over Paco Boy in the Queen Anne six furlongs. He had been on the Triple Crown Stakes. In both those races, Goldikova was trail as a three-year-old and his connections meeting males. In the Prix Rothschild she won decided they would focus on sprints after a loss easily by two lengths in the one-mile race. Goldikova lost her only race of the year in in the Preakness and the West Virginia Derby. The four-year-old colt won by almost four the Prix Jacques Le Marois in Deauville France on a turf course that was labeled soft and not lengths in easy fashion. Competing on a one race per month schedule, to her liking. She still ran gallantly and finished Big Drama ran gallantly to finish second in second. In her final race prior to the Breeders’ the grade I Alfred G. Vanderbilt Stakes to Cup, Goldikova ran in the seven furlong Prix the brilliantly fast colt Majesticperfection. de la Foret. Goldikova is owned by Wertheimer and In the Forego Handicap, Big Drama once again finished second, defeated by the little Frere of the Chanel fortune. She is trained by former jockey Freddie Head. Her fantastic known Herecomesben. Big Drama trained exceptionally for the record earned her close to $6 million dollars. Breeders’ Cup. Unfortunately, he drew the In 2011, she’ll be raced as a six-year-old to dreaded number one post position. Faced with attempt an incredible four wins in the Breeders’ the possiblity of being shuffled back early if his Cup Mile. colt did not go for the lead, jockey Eibar Coa sent Big Drama right from the start. In a bril- Champion Turf Male - Gio Ponti liant display of speed and tenacity, Big Drama Trained by Christophe Clement, Gio Ponti never relinquished his lead and defeated long- began the year by being upset by a nose in the shot by more than two lengths. The win put Tampa Bay Handicap by Karelian. That race

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was a prep race for a trip to Dubai to contest the Dubai World Cup on turf at one mile and one-quarter. Facing an international field of 14 horses, Gio Ponti ran his customary good race and ran a very credible fourth beaten only a little more than one length. Given several months to recoup from his trans-Atlantic voyage, Gio Ponti returned in the grade I Manhattan Handicap at one-mile and one-quarter at Belmont Park. His closing rally fell one-half length short to stablemate Winchester. In the Man O’ War Stakes, he won by a neck while coming from eighth place in the early running of the race. Clement next sent Gio Ponti to Chicago for the Arlington Million, where he came in second to Debussy. After the Arlington Million, he was entered in shorter races in 2010. Entered in the one-mile grade I Shadwell Mile at Keeneland, Gio Ponti unleashed a powerful late run to win by one length while being ridden out to the finish. He then entered the Breeders’ Cup Turf Mile. With the excepion of catching Goldikova, Gio Ponti defeated the remaining Turf Mile field. Plans call for Gio Ponti to once again compete in 2011 as a six-year-old in his quest for more Eclipse Awards.  

Champion Older Male - Blame

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ore than 1,000 people convened either in person or online through live streaming video at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., on January 3. This historic first gathering of representatives from the horse industry converged to deal head on with difficult issues surrounding the management, sustainability, and economic viability of our horses and our horseback cultures. There were more than 209 people on site in Vegas, and another 879 unique viewers on the webcast who collectively put in an amazing 909 hours of live viewing from remote ranches and urban centers all across Public Lands Council President John Falen the U.S. speaking at the 2011 Summit of the Horse. The Summit caught the attention of media from across the country from the Wall be busy compiling, organizing, and publishing Street Journal to the Los Angeles Times, and in different forms the enormous amount of became an opportunity for ordinary horse data and information that was presented at the people in what could be once again a healthy, Summit. At least three different documentary viable, horseback culture to tell their story. film efforts will feature in part the presenters The buzz on the Internet was palpable and the people at the Summit, and help bring horse issues to light to an even broader audiand positive. Every single person who participated in ence. The equine academics in attendance are the discussions, and shared their experiences, collaborating with their colleagues across the frustrations, and challenges, came away with a country to use the material for research, for much deeper understanding of the true scope the education of students, and to build on the and breadth of the problems, and the absolute body of knowledge available. United Horsemen and the United mandate to move forward to make things Organizations of the Horse are entirely volunbetter for horses and horse people. The primary objective was to create a forum teer efforts whose leaders, staff members, and where the voices of the horse world, and those volunteers receive no compensation. In spite of deeply concerned about the health of lands a prestigious and world class roster of featured where horses both wild and domestic are speakers from Congressman Charlie Stenholm, managed, could be heard by a misinformed to Bureau of Land Management Director, Bob Abbey, to renowned animal scientist Dr. American public. Secondly, organizers hoped a broad based Temple Grandin, not a single one of the more coalition would emerge with the capacity than 45 featured speakers were paid an honoand resources to drive forward the legislative rarium or speaker’s fee, and most paid all of and regulatory changes necessary for restora- their own expenses to attend the Summit. All tion of a viable, sustainable equine industry. expenses surrounding the Summit are being Organizers also hope for an end to the unnec- paid for by members, sponsors, and contribuessary suffering of horses, and protections for tors who understand that 100% of its resources the ecological balances necessary on federal, are devoted to making a difference. For more information, contact Dave tribal, state, and private lands for free-roaming horse to forage and thrive sustainably. This Duquette at, coalition arose almost spontaneously from the 541-571-7588; or Sue Wallis at sue.wallis52@ energy created at the Summit, and is quickly or 307-680-8515. Memberships coalescing into a powerful and convincing and donations are welcomed and encouraged online at either or educational force. In the coming days and weeks volunteers will

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Blame stamped himself as a Horse of the Year candidate while racing in the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. Ultimately, Blame managed to take the win under the urging of jockey Garret Gomez. The final margin was a head but the manner in which it was accomplished put Blame at the top of his class. In the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, he won by four lengths. In his final race of the year, the Breeders’ Cup Classics, Blame got the jump on Zenyatta and gamely held her at bay during a stretch long challenge. The final margin of victory was a head and the win set up yet another showdown between Zenyatta and Blame for the title of Horse of the Year. Owned by historic Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, Blame was retired following the Breeders’ Cup to stand as a stallion.

Horse Of The Year - Champion Older Filly Or Mare - Zenyatta

Zenyatta’s stellar race record that was unblemished until Blame took her measure in the Breeders’ Cup Classic speaks for itself. In 20 lifetime starts the amazon mare took 19. In 2010 she started in six races, all of them grade I in status. She reeled off wins in the Santa Margarita, the Apple Blossom, the Vanity, the Clement Hirsch and the Lady’s Secret Handicaps before she faced the males in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. She carried upwards of 129 pounds (Vanity) and also carried a legion of fans wherever she raced. Her connections of trainer John Shireffs and owners Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss made her available to all her fans by allowing not only visits to the barn but pictures with the mare as well. Zenyatta was retired at the end of the season and will be bred to Bernardini in 2011.

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                                       


 

               





                                                

 

                

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Spectacular Horse Estate in Wrentham, Massachusetts

The meticulous grounds of this horse property boast rolling hills and trails all around. There is a 4-Stall Barn complete with electricity, heat, water and a hayloft. There is a separate riding ring with an electric fence and paddock equipped with an under ground sprinkler system. A horse trail was created around the property for convenience although the land abuts many acres of land that you can acquire permission to use. The Home on the property is an awesome 7,000 sq. ft. Custom Colonial situated on 7 acres including a pond. There are 11 rooms including 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Each bedroom has its own private bath. The Kitchen and Family Room has an Open Floor Plan which works great for every day living or large gatherings. The Dining Room has a corner fireplace for ambiance and a detailed tray ceiling with a crystal chandelier as the focal point of the room. The Bar/Billiard Room is set up like an English Pub including a full service bar and entertainment center. The Master Suite has French Doors leading out to a balcony, a wet bar, a gas fireplace and a marble surround jetted tub. The Master Bath has a private toilet, an all glass steam shower, a skylight for more natural light and is tiled completely in Italian Marble. There is nothing to want from this total package estate. Offered at $1,785,000. MLS# 71160156 Call Michelle at 508-561-4257 for more information or a private showing.

HISTORIC GENERAL COCHRAN HORSE FARM LOCATED IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY OF NEW YORK… NOW REDUCED TO $998,400 General Cochran, personal physician to George Washington, became the 1st Surgeon General of the United States and received as payment this property. In 1790 built his Mansion with 9 Fireplaces, off the road in a sylvan setting. $500,000 spent to restore this property. Although modernized, authenticity of yesteryear abound. Entrances flanked with Limestone Pillars, a guest cottage, manager’s house, tenant house, stabling for 23 horses, 15,000 ft board fencing and ½ mile training track on 177 acres are reminiscent of a bygone Era. George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, General Lafayette and many other dignitaries of the time had frequented the Mansion. Own one of the most historic horse farms anywhere. NOW OFFERED AT $998,400…E433

Horse Farms Are Our Only Business! *…ˆÊˆ˜}]Ê ÀœŽiÀÊUÊ>ÀÞÊiˆ˜“>˜]Ê œ˜ÃՏÌ>˜ÌÊUÊ iÜÊ9œÀŽÊ-Ì>Ìi 518-875-6220 email Visit our Web site with pictures at

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Tim Dutra Sales Representative s,OG(OMES s0OSTAND"EAM(OMES s"ARNS s'ARAGES


Northeastern Log Homes are made for life and for living. Wrap yourself in the warmth and comfort of a beautifully built log or post and beam home. Complement your home in the great American Tradition of a post and beam barn.

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AmericAn QuArter Pony AssociAtion Po Box 30 new sHAron, iowA 50207 telePHone: 641-675-3669 FAx: 641-675-3969 emAil: weB Address:



Peak Performance is just a Touch Away Massage Therapy for Performance Horses Susan C. Perry, BA, CVT, ESMT

Horses and Farm Animals for Immediate Adoption 978-687-7453

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508-344-8224 Quality Family Friendly Horses for Sale Several Show Ready Access to Trails right off of property Boarding • Training • Lessons

3 Bradish Farm Rd upton, MA 01568

508-529-7739 home email:


129 Sheep Davis Rd., Pembroke, NH Rte. 25 Moultonborough, NH



Lil More Conclusive 2004 Homozygous Tobiano/Homozygous Black 2011 Stud Fee: $650 (AI Only) Live Color Foal Guarantee

Oak Tree “Way of the Cross” Farm Farm/Breeders/Miniature Donkeys • Barn: 806-663-2510 Owners Joe & Kathryn Pucillo

Stock For Sale! Reasonable Prices! Discounts on 2 or more

© Photos by: Dusty Perin

Owned by: Lalobarun Ranch 978-609-3999

Know the value of your horse! • Tax Relief Benefits on Donations



• Estate Settlements



• Insurance Values


Corinthian Appraisals 89 Main Street, Suite 308 Medway, MA 02053



Standing at: Keyser Farm 603-387-8656




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Specializing in design and materials for equine structures since 1977

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barns/arena Const.

barns/arena Const.

Barn Building Headquarters

blanket/tack services

Barn & Arena Buildings Farm Design Metal Roofing Classic Equine Stalls Fencing Priefert Ranch Equipment Serving N.E. Since 1979

A superior riding & training environment.

96 Old Turnpike Road Salisbury NH 03268 (603) 648-2987 Fax (603) 648-2983

154 Martin Rd., Fremont, NH 03044

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

For information on our indoor riding arenas, call one of our ClearSpan™ Specialists at 1.866.643.1010 or visit Please Mention code FE1080.

Sevigny Custom Barns Horse Barns • Sheds 6/29/10 Storage Barns • Garages

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Will Sevigny

860-923-9001 Thompson, CT

Delivery Service Available



• Expert Repairs on all tack • Blankets Cleaned & Repaired

• Brass Name plates Engraved • Chap Repairs

Now Offering Trailer Service

Jennifer Safron • 11 Shady Ave. • Westminster, MA 01473




Horse Barns • Riding Arenas Garages • Restorations

I Create Ultimate Sport Horses Training, Making, Fixing, Strengthening & Marketing Dressage, Foxhunting, Jumping, Trails


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


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

Sport Horses

Bay Breeze Farm


Gina Arcate Manorville, LI, NY No state is too far for the price of safety! Licensed shippers available Let me help you & yours My program works! 631-767-4972

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LLF Equestrian LLC Goffstown, N.H.

• Lessons and Leases • Training for Horse and Rider • dressage/balanced seat/jumping • Starting and Retraining

Private Dressage Facility in Scituate, Massachusetts set on 25 acres has a few select stalls available. • Training through Grand Prix • Very Reasonable Rates • Frequent Clinics with International Trainers • 70 x 200 Indoor Arena with Top European Footing • Standard Size Outdoor Dressage Arena • 2 Outdoor Rings

Beth Konrad Brown 603-483-2121

camps 508-829-3687

• Heated Observation Room • Individual Paddocks for Daily Turnout

F.E.I. Rider/Trainer Rita Brown For Additional Information Please Call Barn 781-544-3097 or Office 781-545-3636

Full-Servi ce Equestr ian Center

• Boarding • Instruction • Professional Advice • Showing • Summer Camp

• State of the Art Dressage Facility • • Fabulous Footing • • Constructive, Supportive Training •

Jefferson, MA

Herb Robie: Trainer Nancy Hutson: Owner

860-625-9887 325R Shewville Road Ledyard, CT 06339

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

boarding lessons sales training

✶ coaching ✶ leasing ✶ clinics

Jeri Nieder - USDF Bronze Medal and “r”Judge

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

Tall Oaks Farm Jodi Pearson-Keating ■ FEI Trainer and


■ USDF Silver and

Bronze Medalist

■ Classical Dressage

Training & Lessons

Spacious, Matted Box Stalls Daily Turn Out ■ Heated Tack Room 70’x152’ Indoor with New Footing 100’x200’ Lighted Outdoor Sand Ring Truck-In Lessons Welcome

Jack and Nancy Dillon - Owners 55 Orchard St., Millis, MA 02054 (508) 797-8451 (508) 376-2038


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Barbara Ann Archer 714 Snipatuit Road, Rochester, MA Tel: (508) 763-3224

Teaching, Training, Boarding, Indoor Riding Arena






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USDF Bronze medalist Extensive eventing experience

Based in Bolton, MA Will travel to your facility

Why KentucKy?

Instruction That Travels to Your Home or Farm


• No harsh, New England winters • No extreme heat of the south • Long grazing season

Why Weber’s?


Clinics, lessons and training

Trust ~ Reputation ~ Experience ~ References Available

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Carousel Dressage Horses

For more info: 270-625-2679

International Grand Prix Competitor USDF Bronze, Silver anD GolD MeDaliST

Retire Your Equine Friend

Stalls and training available for Florida season. Quality Horses for Sale, Available for clinics.

“Your Full Time Professional A Auction Company” “Specializing in Auctions for the Equine Enthusiast”



Close to Home in Vermont 802-645-1957 or

Northeast Region Supplement This is the first ever regionally formulated hoof supplement designed especially to complement typical northeastern grass hays. The formula supports healthy hoof, skin, and coat by balancing deficiencies in typical northeast regional diets.

Auctioneers: Paul Z. Martin, Jr., Roger Spencer & Patrick K. Morgan PA AY 000144L



Over 20 Years Experience

for 64 two-ounce servings 89 cents per day

• Pleasure • CDE

• Competitive Trail

Distributed by Northeast Farrier Supply 210 Holabird Ave., Winsted CT 06098

R + W Horsedrawn Services Robin + Wilson Groves Box 588 • Brownsville, VT 05037


d n e l B r e t t e B Hoof

12 N. Railroad Avenue • P.O. Box 99 New Holland, PA 17557 Phone: (717)354-6671 ~ Fax: (717)354-8248

• Show



Martin Auctioneers,Inc.




cell: 1-561-714-7447

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June - October Oak Hill Farm, Pepperell, MA






Harness ~ Bits ~ Whips Apparel ~ New & Used Carriages Zilco ~ Ideal ~ Sprenger ~ Fleck Shop Online or in our Retail Store! Leola, Pennsylvania

800-622-8543 • 717-656-3500


161 Main Street, Medway, MA 02053 MARCH 2011







Tricia Concannon


Training for Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation 508.654.8277

Sweet Water Farm, South Lancaster MA


ArenA And stAll speciAlists

Standard • Boxes • Rolltops Walls • Gates Custom logos, finishing, repairs, rentals Scott Laffey Jr., 978-490-0873






Reliable Insurance


For Horses & Horse Operations Major Medical • Air Transport


Toll Free: 877-624-2638 e-mail:

Clubs • Events Boarding • Training • Instruction Equine Assisted • Therapeutic Horse & Tractor Drawn Rides Guided Trail Rides • Pony Rides Farriers Directors • Officers

Farm & Stable Policies Buildings, Tack, Machinery, Personal & Commercial Liability

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


30+ years experience

Mortality Insurance





Legal Counsel to Horse Professionals

DOUG DUBITSKY, ESQ.. 90 State House Square Hartford, CT 06103

The next step in footing. Ameritrack • GGT Sand Blend • Pinnacle | p: 888.461.7788

HUNTER/JUMPER Tricia Moss Trainer

41 Esterbrook Rd. Acton, MA

Ark Agency

Animal Insurance Agency


P.O. Box 223, Paynesville, MN 56362 Website: Email: Toll Free: 1-800-328-8894



Go Ahead Rub It In Award Winning Natural Herbal Products Two-Time Product of the Year – Horse Journal




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

Boarding • Training • Leasing • Sales 978-274-2600 • MARCH 2011

Barbara M. Odiorne, CISR

Tel: 978-376-8327 Fax: 978-750-4373 P.O. Box 43 Hathorne, MA • Farm • Equine • Liability • Auto • Home • Business

Certified Equine Appraiser

Horse Cents LOANS FOR: • Equestrian facilities

• Construction

• Farms and ranches

• Equipment

• Bare land

• Home sites

Call Karen Murphy at 800-562-2235 Call Karen Murphy at 800.880.1577, ext. 8721

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Printing Services

Denlore Equine Photography

Manure Removal For Large & Small Farms Other services available:

• Paddock grading • Arena footing • Barn/outbuilding demo & removal • Fencing demo & replacement

2767 Fay Brook Road Sharon, VT 05065 802-763-2516 E-mail:

Proud Sponsor of BearSpot Musical Freestyle

Gloucester Graphics, Inc.


Industrial Screen and Digital Printers

Proven Marketing Solutions for the Equine Industry

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C o n r a d 802-297-9600

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Peace Haven Farm

Natural Horsemanship Taken To New Levels

Robert J. Sadowski, Jr. 501 Mendon Rd. Sutton, MA 01590 Available for Farm Shoots



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

Tony DeCo




• Full Horsemanship Education • Clinics • Seminars • Day Camps

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413.634.8800 | Cell: 413.335.7151 71 Pleasant Street | Plainfield, MA 01070

photography Photography by Carole MacDonald specializing in horses 1 Bowman Lane Westboro, MA 01581


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Photography to Remember Beautiful Weddings Horse Shows Unique Portraits On Location Photography Ellen Leffingwell P.O. Box 284 Norwich, CT 06360

(860) 642-6325 home (860) 334-6206 cell

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• FARM SHOOTS • FINE ART • CusTom PhoTogRAPhy Books 603-496-8674

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Horse Farms Are Our Only Business!

• Phil King, Broker • Gary Feinman, Consultant email Visit our Web site with pictures at New York State

518-875-6220 March 2011







Saddle Fitting 25 Years Experience F Fitting All Makes F Travel to Your Barn F All Saddle Repairs © jeff kirk bride photog

(including converting foam panels to wool)

F Representing Duett Saddles F Tekscan Pressure Mapping

Hunt Seat Equitation • Dressage • Hunters/Jumpers Equine Studies with concentrations in: • Riding Instruction & Training • • Equine Business Management • • Equine Science • • Communications for the Equine Industry • NARHA approved instructor certificate program in Therapeutic Riding at Centenary (TRAC)


Saddle Fit service now available!

Colin Kimball-Davis • 508-397-3800 Call us at 1-800-236-8679 email:


On-site saddle fitting & flocking for all brands


Full English tack repair facility Albion KB Bridles New & Used Saddle Sales

Perfect Sit

Dressage, Jumping & GP

Saddle Fit & Adjustment Services Laura Martino 508-284-1693

Based in Norfolk, MA

845-533-0002 •

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

• Boarding • Hunter / Jumper • Training and Instruction • Community Lessons





Telephone & Office



workshops offered

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

STABLE SUPPLIES 61 Sever Street, Worcester, MA 01609

For admissions information call 877-523-2537 or for Equestrian facilities information email Trina Baker, Dir. of Equestrian Facilities at

We’ve Got All Your Farm Needs!

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Independent saddle fitting assessments and on-site saddle adjustments. Variety of new and used saddles at a range of prices affordable to most horse owners.

603.876.3707 Member, Society of Master Saddlers (UK)








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

BEDARD FARM INC. Good Quality Timothy Hay, Straw and Shavings Plastic Bags 3 1/4 cubic ft.

450-244-5463 St. Sebastien, County Iberville, Canada

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Employment Private 8 stall barn looking for assistant manager for all aspects of horse-care; stall and apartment in Weston, MA for winter, inside ring; VT cabin for summer; both with miles of trails. Non-smoker, energetic, own vehicle. 781-899-1165.

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Affiliates Southern New Hampshire Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc.

Colonial Miniature Horse Club Membership Application ❒ Individual: 1 adult, youth, all mailings, 1 vote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ❒ Farm 1: 2 adults, all mailings, youth, 2 votes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ❒ Farm 2: 3 adults (same address), youth, all mailings, 3 votes . . . . . . ❒ Single Youth: 1 youth, all mailings, no vote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ❒ I wish to sponsor a class(es) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ❒ I wish to sponsor a championship class(es) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Name:

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:

$25.00 $30.00 $35.00 $10.00 $30.00 per class $50.00 per class Total $________

Name ____________________________________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________________ City _____________________________________ State ________________ Zip ________________ Phone ____________________________ Jr. Rider (under 18) D.O.B. ____________________________

Farm Name:

Email ____________________________________________________________________________





Youth Name:

Date of Birth:

Youth Name:

Date of Birth:

Youth Name:

Date of Birth:

❒ Farm name and address posted on club website

Connecticut Morgan Horse Membership Application CONNECTICUT MORGAN HORSE ASSOCIATION President: William Filosi, 664 Pendleton Hill Rd., N. Stonington, CT 06359, 860-599-1274,Vice President: Debbie Hargraves, 105 Russellville Rd., Southampton, MA 01073; 413-568-0706, Secretary: Debra Becroft, 67 Hanover St., Yalesville, CT 06492; Treasurer: Lisa Cocco, 71 Old Farms Road, Cheshire, CT 06410; 203-699-8447; Membership: Shannon Santoro, 52 Breezy Hill Rd., Harwinton, CT 06791; 860-485-0314. Last Name

Please provide your email so we can provide you with up to date information

Make checks payable to CMHC. Mail to: Karen Nass 184 Old Richmond Road Swanzey, NH 03446


Please Make Checks Payable to: S.N.H.D.C.T.A, Inc. ❏ $35 Membership ❏ Main Interest Dressage ❏ Main Interest Combined Training ❏ Check here if you are willing to volunteer at club events. ❏ Check here if you are already a USDF “Participating” member.

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 Secretary: Karin Denhard, P.O. Box 144, Barrington, NH 03825. Your contributions are tax deductible.

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Telephone Youth Membership ($20.00)

Family Membership ($40.00)

Individual Membership ($30.00)

Horse Nominations ($25.00 per horse)

Where Beginners Can Be Winners

(please list children under 18 with birthdays and name of horse nominated on separate piece of paper.)

Children under 18


For more information and a downloadable membership form visit or call 706-722-7223

Horse(s) Nominated for Year End Awards Please make check payable to CMHA, Inc. and mail with application to: Shannon Santoro, 52 Breezy Hill Rd., Harwinton, CT 06791

Connecticut Trail Rides Association, Inc. Membership Application

Charles River Dressage Association Membership Application January 1 through December 31, 2011

CHARLES RIVER DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION, President: Linda Currie, 617-974-4441, l.currie@comcast. net; Vice President: Kate Champa, 401-351-1683,; Membership Director: Carol Burkhart, 508-359-9961, ____Junior (DOB__/__/__) ____Adult Amateur ____ Professional _____ Vintage (50-59) _____Masters (60+)

Name: Address:

❒ 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: Larry Adkins at 860-482-6445. • 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 $



I would be interested in helping with (check any that are applicable): ❒ Monthly Meetings ❒ Volunteering at shows/clinics

❒ Public Relations/Advertising ❒ Quarterly Newsletters

❒ Managing shows/clinics ❒ Fund Raising

Street: ❒ Other (specify)

City, State:

Zip Code:

The Charles River Dressage Association is a GMO (Group Member Organization) of the United States Dressage Federation. Annual Dues: Individual $55, Business $100. Add $12 for each additional family member. Please make your check payable to: Charles River Dressage Association, 4 Jade Walk, Medfield, MA 02052 For more information, call Linda Currie at 617-974-4441.

Make checks payable to CTRA and mail application to: Betty Pokrinchak, 81 Brick School Rd., Warren, CT 06754 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.

Maine Horse Association, Inc. Membership Application 2011

New England Pinto Association Membership Application

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


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

Send to: Kate Hair, 31 South Road, Oakham, MA 01068. Memberships run from 1/1/11 through 12/31/11. I hereby apply for and enclose payment for the following type of membership:

New ❑ Renewal ❑



$31. per year

Phone No. (____)_____________________________

Youth (18 and under) Birth Date:

$29. per year

Names and birthdates of all children 17 & under:


City_________________________________________________State__________________Zip Code__________

1. _________________________________________ 2. ________________________________________ 3. _________________________________________ 4. ________________________________________


Please enclose a check made out to the Maine Horse Association for the following: Membership Fee $________ Total $________



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$34. per year

Children’s Name:

E-mail Address:

Date of Birth: Address: State:



Affiliates Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc. 2011 Membership Application

The Rhode Island Driving Club, Inc. THE RHODE ISLAND DRIVING CLUB, INC., President: Sara Norris, 508-697-7557, ext. 20. Vice President: Maguerite Tumany; Treasurer: Bonnie Jean; Secretary: Sue Ito. Name

❏ 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





New Membership ($25.00)


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

Renewal ($25.00)

Send membership applications to: Bonnie Jean 100 Monson Rd. Wales, MA 01081


The Rhode Island Driving Club, Inc.

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.

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.

Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Lynn McLaughlin, President: or 603-523-4943 Rob Morin, First Vice President of ME & NH: or 207-832-7900 Jennifer Johns, Secretary/Treasurer: or 603-608-9240

Membership runs 1/1 - 12/31 Name:________________________________________________________________________________




Phone: ___________________________________

Address: City/Town:

Zip Code:

Email: ____________________________________

Year End Award Nominations: Name of Horse: _______________________________________________

Membership includes subscription to the Pedlar $20

Nomination: $12/horse and/or $6/rider x ______________(# of horses and/or riders) = ______________

List people in family:

TWHBEA Reg.#: _________________ Individual or Youth membership $20.00_______________ Family membership $25.00______________

Do you get the Pedlar from another club? Make checks payable to West Greenwich Horseman’s Assoc. Mail to: Celeste Santos, 964 Ekonk Hill Rd., Voluntown, CT 06384

Connecticut Ranch Horse Association Membership Form Mail form and a check made out to CT Ranch Horse Association to: Andrea Hills, 772 Brooks Rd., Middletown, CT 06457. Name: ____________________________________________________

Membership: $25.00/person; $15.00 for each additional family member

Please make check to: Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Mail to: Jennifer Johns, 180 Mitchell Rd, Nottingham NH 03290

❏ New ❏ Renewal

Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc. We are a USDF Group Member Organization and a USEA affiliate. Dues: ❒ $40 Individual (18+ years) ❒ $35 Junior (under 18) ❒ $55 Family (includes 2 members) ❒ $17* USDF fee for each additional family member Membership year is December 1st–November 30th/EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Sign up before Jan. 31, 2011 & get a $10.00 discount.

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

Is this application for: ❒ a new membership ❒ a renewal? Name: ______________________________________________ Date: ________________________________

City: ________________________________ State:____________________ Zip:____________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________

Phone: ___________________________ Email: ______________________________________________

City: ______________________________________ State:____________________ Zip:____________________

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

Day Phone: _________________________________ Evening Phone: __________________________________

Ranch Horse Experience: ______________________________________________________ Additional Family Members (please add age for members under 18 yrs): Name: ______________________________________ Experience: _______________________________ Name: ______________________________________ Experience: _______________________________ Signature: ______________________________________________________Date: __________________

Colonial Carriage and Driving Society Membership Application Form YES, I’d like to be a member for $25

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

Eastern Connecticut Draft Horse Association If you are interested in becoming involved with Draft Horses and their promotion, you are welcome to join this association. Complete the application and send it to: Membership Application, Mary Washburn, ECDHA Treasurer, 281 Parish Hill Road, Chaplin, CT, 06235. Membership fee must accompany this application to be considered for your membership. Name: ________________________________________________Phone: _______________________________________

Name _______________________________________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Farm Name __________________________________________________________________________

City: ______________________________________________ State:____________________ Zip:____________________

Address _____________________________________________________________________________

Email: __________________________________________ Receipt of Newsletter by email saves postage: Yes ___ No ___

City _________________________________________ State ____________________ Zip __________

Single Membership $25.00 (1 vote): Any individual (single) person who has reached his/her 18th birthday must purchase an individual membership.

Telephone ___________________________________________________________________________ We Own ________________________________________________________________Horses/Ponies

Family Membership $40.00 (2 votes): Married person’s and parents with children under 18 years of age. Please list name and birth dates of each child under 18 years of age.

My/our driving interests are: ( ) Pleasure ( ) Educational Seminars ( ) Carriage Horse ( ) Competition ( ) Draft Horse

As a member of the Eastern Connecticut Draft Horse Association, I agree that when participating or assisting at club sponsored functions that I will not hold any property owner(s), individual member(s), or officers of the club responsible for any accident or damages incurred by me or an equine or vehicle under my charge, ownership or control. I agree to abide by the rules of said Eastern Connecticut Draft Horse Association as set forth in the Constitution.

Make check payable to: and mail to:


) Pony

Colonial Carriage and Driving Society Kay Konove, P.O. Box 1593, Stockbridge, MA 01262



Adult family membership applicants must both sign.

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AFFILIATES Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. Membership Form Memberships are from January 1 through December 31 and include a free subscription to the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar and Massachusetts Horse Type of Membership: ❏ New

❏ Renewal ❏ Single $20 ❏ Family $30 ❏ Individual Lifetime Membership $350

Name________________________________________________ If you would like to be active in a local

chapter with more programs and events available, please check.


❏ HERD South Eastern MA Chapter

Town__________________________________________________I would like to Help State____________ Zip___________ Phone_________________

❏ by volunteering for trail work days ❏ by holding a ride

Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association Membership Application 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 $25 for single membership and $45 for family membership, due each January 1. Members 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 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.

Email ________________________________________________ ❏ by helping on a ride

❏ I want to receive the Bugle online

❏ with other projects that might be needed


❏ I do not want my name released on any mailing lists

❏ with________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

❏ I do not want to receive the Yankee Pedlar or MA Horse

Mail this form along with your check made payable to BSTRA to: Rose Zariczny, Secretary, 216 Grand Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895; For more information call 401-762-4805.

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

The Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Membership Application Name___________________________________________Date of Birth__________________________________ Address____________________________________________________________________________________ City___________________________________________State_______________Zip Code___________________ Phone No. (_________)______________________________________________Date: _______________________ Email Address________________________________________________________________________________ ATTENTION: Annual membership valid January 1 to December 31. INDIVIDUAL: $30 Anyone under age 18 who is applying for Individual Membership must also list their date of birth below. FAMILY: $35 If applying for Family Membership, please list the names of all persons to be included in the family. This can include a spouse and children under age 18 on January 1. Any children age 18 and over as of January 1 must have their own adult individual membership.

Family Member’s First/Last Name:

Date of birth (mandatory):

___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Signature: ____________________________________________________________________________________ Please mail this form and payment to: TSHA Membership, 948 Ekonk Hill Rd., Voluntown, CT 06384 Email:, Web Site:

❏ New Membership (welcome!)

Pedlar Affiliation

Saratoga Driving Association Membership Form Dues: Still only $25.00 per year, payable to SDA

For information on the Norfolk Hunt Club visit:

❏ Renewal

Is a Winning Combination!

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Affiliation Includes: • Free editorial space featuring full color photos


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

Northeast Miniature Horse Club Membership Application 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.

❑ 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.

• Sponsorship opportunities • Free membership coupon • Free subscription to the Pedlar • Discount on subscriptions to sister publications • A free 20-word classified ad

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 Melanie Greenwood, 739 Hurricane Rd., Keene, NH 03431



MARCH 2011

To learn more, email or call 508-987-5886

Index To Advertisers A & B Lumber & Barns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

Equine Diagnostics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Northeast Farrier Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

A Little Pet Vet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25, 37

Equine Properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Northeastern Log Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Achille Agway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Essex County Trail Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Oak Meadow Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

Active Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Esterbrook Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Old Salem Horse Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Advanced Saddle Fit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Fairfield Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Parelli Natural Horsemanship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Attwood Equestrian Surfaces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Fairfield South. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Paso Fino Del Fuego Farm, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Aubuchon Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Falls Creek Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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

August Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88

Farms & Barns Real Estate, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

Performance Edge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

Barn Pros, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Foster Meadow Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Pinto Horse Association Of America. . . . . . . . . . 55

Bedard Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Grand View Dressage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Prescription Specialties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Bennett Fine Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

Greater Boston Charity Horse Show. . . . . . . . . . 96

Professionalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

BHC Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Green Mountain Horse Association. . . . . . . . . . . 54

Prudential Prime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Briggs Stable. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Heritage Equestrian Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

Purina Mills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Brookfield Corner Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

Hess Home Improvement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

Residential Properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Cameo Fencing, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Richdel Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Camp Nashoba North. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Hill Top Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Smartpak Equine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Center Hill Barns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Hill View Mini Barns. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Smith-Worthington Saddlery Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Century Mills. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Holly Hill Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Southeast Hunter Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

Champlain Valley Exposition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

IGK Equestrian. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Springfield Fence Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Cherry Croft Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Kent Feeds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

Stoneleigh-Burnham School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Chrislar Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

Kubota Tractor Corporation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Strain Family Horse Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Circle B, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Larkin Hill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Summer Hill Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

ClearSpan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Laurel Hill Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Tack Shack, Llc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

Clothes Horse, The. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Laurentian Wood Shavings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

The Cheshire Horse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24, 65

Cornerstone Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Lester Building Systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Tufts University. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Costello Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

Linear Rubber Products. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Twin Ridge Farm, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Crop & Carrot Tack Shop, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Loth Lorien Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Volo Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Dana Hall Riding Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

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

Warren Mcmullin Enterprises. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Desiato Sand & Gravel Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

Merry Go Round Pens, Llc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Weathervane Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Dover Saddlery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Morton Buildings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Wellscroft Fence System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Downunder Horsemanship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Muck Truck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

White Haven Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Elite Equine Imports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Muscle Magic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Willowdale Trailers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

ENYDCTA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

Myhre, Dr. Grant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

Windriver Fence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Equestrian Enterprises. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

NEDA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Woody Pet Products, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Equestrian Outfitters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Assoc.. . . . . . . 85 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Equine Affaire, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Norfolk Power Equipment, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Yered Trailers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 MARCH 2011



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Dear Mouth, My name is Murad Mandour. I live in the Italian Apennines between Florence and Bologna and I have a business proposition for you. Oh, I forgot to tell you: I am a horse. OK, now that I’ve made that clear, here’s my business pitch. I am sure your readers, if not you yourself, have heard of the world-famous spa known as Montecatini in Tuscany. This is a place where humans go to “take the waters,” get massages and facials, and feel pampered. Above all in popularity, are the mud treatments at Montecatini. The mud in this part of the world is volcanic and very old. When you put it on your face and/or body, it dries and gets hard and in the process pulls all of the “bad” dirt out of you, leaving you soft and relaxed and glowing. A four day, three night stay at this spa can cost over $1,500 and guess what: You don’t even get the mud! Where I live, we have exactly the same mud. Every single day I go out and roll in it. It dries very quickly even though it’s thick. It coats me in a sort of armour all over my body and sticks my mane and tail hair together like cement. So here’s the business part. I can provide the exact same benefits as the Montecatini spa for a quarter of the price. For only $375 both horses and humans can come roll around with me in my very own pasture for four days and three nights and get an evening massage, plus hair styling, manicure and pedicure. Guests also get to share my intimate stall. For an additional $50, they can enjoy a bed of sweet Italian straw.

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I call my spa Murad Mandour’s Marvelous Mud Hole and my product is Murad Mandour’s Marvelous Mud. For every guest you send me I will give you 30% of the profit. As an additional incentive, all guests coming from a Mouth reference will receive a 15% discount. Act now Mouth! Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Murad Mandour (not) Montecatini, Italy

Dear Murad Mandour, Thank you very much for your letter and business proposition offering me the opportunity of a lifetime. We seem to have a great deal in common. I also run a similar spa over here in the great state of Maine, where the high quality of mud produces not only the best potatoes in the land, but also imparts a silky glow to the coat and unsurpassed strength to the hoof. In addition we have the sea, with its walk-in freezer temperature and super-ionic electro-magnetic kelp for fortifying fragile leg bones. While our mud does not possess the quick-drying quality of which you speak it serves to protect against the annoying noseeums and ithinkiseeumsbutamnotsures that torture both human and horse alike up here come spring. Frankly, I think an exchange of scams…er…services might work between us. My business manager is working on a combined program proposition which she will forward to you ASAP. You’ve Heard it Straight From The Horse’s Mouth

Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar (March 2011)  

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