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contents 56 Catching the Bug

A Guide to Buying Your Child’s First Pony. BY SUSAN WINSLOW

features 40 Beyond the Classroom Equine professionals reflect on what they learned from riding in college. BY JENNIFER ROBERTS

52 Camping Out Ten steps to summer camp success. BY JENNIFER ROBERTS

60 Who’s Got Talent? A guide to the USEA’s Young Event Horse Program. BY CHRISTINA KEIM


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14 Editor’s Note 16 On the Road 18 Letters to the Editor 20 In Your Words 25 Points of Interest 28 Now You Know 30 10 Things 32 Prepurchase Exam 34 Hunter/Jumper Pointers 36 Western Pointers 38 Ask the Vet

lifestyle 69 Travel 74 Equestrian Fashion 76 Health & Fitness 78 Collecting Thoughts 123

the scoop 83 Industry Wide News 93 Industry Wide Affiliates 99 Hunter/Jumper 113 Eventing 118 Dressage 123 Driving 127 Western 131 Distance Riding/Trail 135 Morgan 137 Arabian 141 Quarter Horse 145 Baroque 148 Breed Affiliates


100 Danielle Goldstien of Starwyn Farm kicked off her show season with a win aboard Carisma. 123 Jacob Arnold drives to the top of the Live Oak Combined Driving Developing Rider Program. 135 HVK Hot Ember changes hands. page 56

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on the cover The Bureau of Land Management will be holding a Wild Horse and Burro Adoption at the Champion’s Center in Springfield, OH, on April 25-26. To learn more, visit page 23. Cover Photo by John Wheland Photography.

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Resilience I CONSIDER WORKING AS AN intern at the Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) in Woodstock, IL, as one of those life-changing experiences. I applied to the internship to work for their magazine, but found that I learned so much more by working with the horses and other animals on the farm that had suffered at the hands of people in one way or another. When we went to investigate a farm, it was heartbreaking to see the horses suffering, but for those that we were able to help, it was amazing to see their transformation as they became healthy and learned to trust again. One thing I learned was that horses are very resilient creatures. There were about 25 horses at HAHS, but it was a group of Pryor Mountain Mustangs that really intrigued me—they were a true testament to horse’s resiliency. In learning about this specific strain of mustang, I found that they are one of the few groups verified by DNA to descend from the Colonial Spanish Horse. The HAHS group had been at the farm for quite a few years before I met them and by then had adapted to domestic life. They were inquisitive and peopleoriented, and while they all had individual personalities, most were calm and friendly, choosing to walk up to the fence to greet you. They make great partners for experienced riders since they are known for their hardiness, stamina, surefootedness, and intelligence. You can read more about the mustang this month in our Now You Know column (page 28). We are dedicating our March issue to youth, and while an untrained mustang may not be suitable for your child’s first mount, a pony can definitely fit into the cards—you just have to know how to go about finding the perfect one. This month, Susan Winslow brings you tips on picking the perfect pint-sized companion from those that know best in “Catching the Bug: A Guide to Buying Your Child’s First Pony.” Read more on page 56. If a new horse or pony isn’t in the near future, a great way to satisfy your child’s horse-crazy appetite is by letting them go to horse camp. There are a lot of factors to consider and Jenn Roberts breaks them down in her article, “Camping Out: 10 Steps to Summer Camp Success” on page 52. We have a lot of great articles and columns geared toward youth this month, so be sure to take a look through the issue and let us know what you think. Managing Editor

Be a Part of the Equine Journal » This month in our “In Your Words” column, we asked what your most memorable college riding experience was. See the answers on page 20. We would love to feature your answer next month. Visit us on Facebook, or send your answers to » If you have a great photo of your horse you would like to see as our Photo of the Month, email it to » Do you have a horse health or training question? Send your questions to, and we will have a leading veterinarian or trainer provide the answers you are looking for.



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Getting Older Doesn’t Always Mean Getting Wiser AS AN EQUESTRIAN, I HAVE MADE some smart decisions when it comes to horses, as well as some not so great ones. You’d think that now that I’m 30 years old, all of the decisions I make are good ones, but that isn’t always the case. This past month, I was planning on attending the Colonial Carriage & Driving Society’s (CCDS) annual banquet, which was held in Lenox, MA. I had been anticipating this event for the two weeks prior to it—I had met a few of the club’s members previously at sleigh rallies and carriage driving events held in the area, and was looking forward to seeing them again, as well as meeting other members of the club that I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to via email or over the phone. Unfortunately, I never made it to the event. The day of the banquet, they were predicting that there would be snow here in the Northeast. My husband, who was planning on attending the banquet In my college riding days, I sometimes with me, gently reminded me about the made mistakes—and I still occasionally forecast, but I just chalked it up to the make them. weathermen being wrong again. “It’s not going to snow,” I scoffed. “And even if it does, we’ll probably only receive a couple of inches, like we did the last time.” At 4:30 p.m., we set out for Lenox. There was some snowfall as we left, but it was melting as it hit the ground. If you’re not familiar with Massachusetts, the town of Lenox is set in the Berkshire Mountains. I should have realized that just because the snow falling in southern Worcester County wasn’t so bad, that didn’t mean that would be the case in the Berkshires. The closer we got to the Springfield area—which was supposed to be our halfway point—the heavier the snowfall became. My husband reminded me that it would probably just get worse. We were already 45 minutes into our hour and a half ride, so I told him to keep driving (yes, he was the one driving, so I probably should have listened to him). That was a big mistake. We ultimately ended up having to pull off of the road at one point, because it was just the plow trucks and us on the highway…and at some points, just us. I was finally ready to admit defeat, and shot an email off to Kay Konove at CCDS to explain we wouldn’t be able to make it. We had already driven 2 ½ hours, and hadn’t reached our destination. Since we were pulled over at a McDonald’s rest area, I asked the woman working there how close the next exit off the highway was, only to find out we would have to drive another 18 miles to turn around. The ride back home was an additional 2 ½ hours, making our round trip a whopping five-hour ride. As we go to press with our inaugural youth issue, I’ve had the joy of looking back on my own past as a young equestrian. There have been some questionable decisions that I’ve made in my youth, but this one takes the cake.

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I love this publication; it is always full of interesting articles! I especially like the reviews of products. -Beth Thomas, Johnstown, PA

We love hearing from you! Send us your letters to the editor for a chance to win next month’s prize of North Woods Animal Treats. All letters received by March 15 will be entered in the drawing. Send your submissions to editorial@, or to Equine Journal,l Editorial, 83 Leicester Street, N. Oxford, MA 01537. Congratulations to Beth Thomas for winning March’s letter-of-themonth! She will receive some North Woods Animal Treats.

With winter weather upon us, here is a picture of my Tennessee Walking Mare, Sunday, with my son. My son was out in the pasture in the process of making a snowman when Sunday came to investigate and stuck her nose right in his face like she was asking if he needed help. -Susan St. Amand, Strasburg, VA 18


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This is my Quarter Horse gelding Major Whirlwind. I had to sell Major at one point and was certain that he was going to a wonderful home. The new owners had agreed to contact me if for whatever reason they would not be able to or want to keep him. I was devastated and for four years had a recurring dream that I’d be buying my horse back some day. One day after coming home from work, we received a call from a complete stranger that he was the owner of a horse named Major and that my name was on the registration papers. He had tracked me down through the AQHA. Through conversation with this gentleman, we found out that Major had in fact changed hands at least three times before ending up with him and that he was now trying to sell him and that of course he wanted to sell him with papers, which he wanted me to sign so he could transfer him into his name. I told him that I’d really love to see Major and we went to visit him the next day. My husband did not think it was the same horse. He was nearly white and the horse we knew was a dark roan. But I knew it was him, and Major recognized me too. He walked up to me and put his head over my shoulder and pressed his cheek against my face— something he always did before I sold him. We offered him cash money for Major (considerably less than he asked for) and that is how my dream came true and Major ended up back in my possession. Needless to say, he will never leave again. He is now 24 years old. Thank you for sharing my story, -Ute Shepherd, Greenwich, OH I just wanted to share my vet’s story. She is the daughter of Dr. Bob Orcutt, a vet who was known as a Morgan breeder and competitor. My equine vet [Dr. Helen Noble at SRH Veterinary in Ipswich, MA] is the most special person...she’s been to Asia three times to help with animals in undeveloped countries, and now she is heading to the Philippines to help there in the aftermath of the devastation. I am just sharing her story. She writes: “We are going to areas that receive little or no international relief aid. This is an eyewitness, fact finding trip laying the foundation for the future...our team is raising funds for the relief work, the start-up projects leading to transformational development, and for travel. Resources for Philippine Rural Communities Corporation is a charitable organization for the benefit of rural communities in the Philippines founded by Cora Carter just before Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit. If you would like to partner financially, please donate any amount. Nothing is too small or too big. Since no bureaucracy of any kind is involved, your donation will be efficiently put to use. Please make out your check to Resources for Philippine Rural Communities Corporation and mail to: Resources for Philippine Rural Communities Corporation, 2703 Heath Lane, Duluth, GA 30096. -Pamela Mansfield-Loomis, Via Facebook

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later he’s now the top horse for the team. I love going back to see him! - Lisa-Marie Beckwith It’s hard to pinpoint my most memorable experience…the riding team in college was the experience! - Lucy Green Hooking my mallet into the stadium railings while playing indoor polo and managing not to fall off! - Cindy Downs Realizing for the first time that riding is indeed a team sport! - Jody Davis Being the underdog team headed to nationals, then winning the Women’s Intercollegiate Polo Championship in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, TX. - Jenn Donnelly Being asked to ride second field with the local foxhunt, what an amazing experience! It was my first time riding in fields and jumping natural obstacles. - Jeannine Mahoney

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Riding a gaited horse for the first time in a lesson. It was a great learning experience! - Hope Elizabeth Palmore Working a great youngster for two years. Eight years

The camaraderie…from beginner riders to advanced riders, we were all brought together by the love of the horse and ended up being amazing friends because of it! - Bethany Bonner

From Our Staff I had a great time competing on my college equestrian team, but my most memorable experiences while attending Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, were all the fun times riding down to the beach and cantering along the oceanside with my friends. Not everyone is lucky enough to get to do that on a weekly basis! - Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride, General Manager

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Equine Journal Advertorial

The Bureau of Land Management Announces Upcoming Wild Horse and Burro Adoption

THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THEY WILL BE HOLDING AN UPCOMING WILD HORSE and Burro Adoption on April 25-26, 2014 in Springfield, OH. The event will begin with a Friday Preview from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by Saturday’s Adoption from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Adoption is available on a first come, first served basis.

WHERE: Champion’s Center, 4122 Laybourne Road, Springfield, OH DIRECTIONS: The facility is on the North side of I-70. Coming from the East, from I-70 West, take exit 59. Travel straight as though you are going to get back onto I-70 West, but before the on-ramp you’ll see the sign for Laybourne. Turn right. Travel ½ mile and the facility will be on your right. If you’re coming from the West, take exit 59 off of I-70. At the end of the exit, turn left and cross over I-70, just on the other side of I-70 turn left, you’ll see you’re turning as if to get on the on-ramp for I-70 West, but there is a sign just prior to the on-ramp for Laybourne Rd. Turn right onto Laybourne and travel ½ mile. The facility will be on the right; the Wild Horse and Burro Adoption will be in the covered arena. If you use Google Maps, Mapquest, or other GPS, you can use these coordinates: 39.89550, 83.732216.

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To adopt a wild horse or burro, you must: ■ Be at least 18 years of age ■ Have no prior conviction for inhumane treatment of animals or for violation of the Wild FreeRoaming Horse and Burro Act ■ Have adequate feed, water, and facilities to provide humane care for the number of animals requested ■ Provide a home for the adopted animal in the United States until you receive title from the BLM NOTE: Parents or guardians may adopt a wild horse or burro and allow younger family members to care for the animal. For more information, visit www.blm.govv or call 866-468-7826.

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POINTS OF INTEREST p. 25 | NOW YOU KNOW p. 28 | 10 THINGS p. 30 | PREPURCHASE EXAM p. 32 ASK THE VET p. 38 | QUICK TIPS p. 34 & 36

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… And Called Him MacaronKeinnedy,

Luck of the Irish

[ E-BOOK ]

Ten Conformation Myths

As a child, Caroline edy’s nn the late John F. Ke ny called daughter, had a po ger un Macaroni. Her yo a pony brother John had . named Leprechaun

Who doesn’t want to be Irish for a day? ay? Well, here’s your chance! Brush off your green Leprechaun hat and coat, take your four-leaf clover out of retirement, and check out South Boston’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and legendary green river on March 16, 2014. Whether you are a parade participant or a spectator, you are sure to have cloves of fun! Come check out the floats, bagpipes, trucks, horses, leprechauns, and of course, St. Patrick himself…who looks pretty good for a man that was born in 370 A.D.! For details, visit

BY JUDY WARDROPE, 102 pages, electronic book, JW

Equine (, 2007, $32.95.

This valuable reference guide addresses 10 popular conformation myths, while showing readers an alternative way to evaluate conformation in a “built for the function” system. While other conformation manuals focus on individual pieces of the horse, this e-book takes a look at how all of the individual pieces com me together to form an athletic equine. BOTTOM LINE: Dispelling confor-

Gone Camping We asked: Did you go to horse camp as a child?

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mation myths that we have believed for years, this is an interesting read and priceless referrence guide for anyone looking to select horses that can compete in a division that complies with their overall conformation.

Racetrack practitioner Jeff Blea, DVM, partner in VonBluecher, Blea, Hunkin Inc., Equine Medicine and Surgery, in Sierra Madre, CA, was installed as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) during the association’s 59th Annual Convention in Nashville, TN. Dr. Blea possesses significant expertise in ethical and policy issues affecting racetrack veterinarians and is a strong advocate for improving the racing model for both the horse and the practitioner through adoption of uniform rules among racing jurisdictions. 26


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(Wo)Man of the Year

USA Equestrian Trust has awarded $55,000 in grants to help fund four projects by equine non-profits. The projects funded as part of the grants were: ■ American Saddlebred Horse Association to help redesign its database of registered Saddlebreds, members, competitions, and show results, as well as upgrade its website. ■ Arabian Horse Association to assist in revamping its website to help the organization market and promote the breed. ■ Sacramento Area Hunter Jumper Association to offer a free training clinic to its members, who are entry-level exhibitors and lowbudget owners. The money for this grant was allocated from funding reserved for hunter/jumper activities in California and Nevada. ■ USEF Equine Health Research Fund for a research project at the University of California, Davis that is identifying novel drug therapies for the treatment of the nervous system disease, equine protozoal myeloencephalopathy.

To cap off a record-setting year, show jumping superstar Beezie Madden added one more record to her résumé at the United States Equestrian Federation’s Pegasus Awards dinner, becoming the second person to ever score the USEF’s Equestrian of the Year title three times. The dual Olympic team gold medalist cemented her status as one of the sport’s elite producing top finishes stateside and abroad, in addition to capturing one of the few individual titles that had eluded her, the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final crown.

The PATH to Education The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) announces the launch of the new PATH Intl. channel on YouTube. This channel will feature videos of the many different aspects of PATH Intl., including its emphasis on standards and credentialing in the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) field. PATH Intl. plans to provide new videos regularly and provide links to other videos of benefit to PATH Intl. centers and individual members. The PATH Intl. YouTube channel, and its introductory video, is available at


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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) estimates that 40,605 5 wild horses and burros are roaming on BLM-managed rangelan nds, based on the latest data available.



In 1971, the United States Congress recognized mustangs as “living symbols of the historic and pioneer spirit of the West.”

Since 1971, the BLM has placed more than 230,000 wild horses and burros into private care.


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According to the legend, Robert J. Eggert, a Ford Division market research manager, first suggested the Mustang name. Eggert received the book, The Mustangs by J. Frank Dobie, from his wife in 1960. The book’s title gave him the idea of adding the “Mustang” name for Ford’s new concept car.

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bits & pieces 10 THINGS 10 fun facts about the Welsh breed


The Welsh breed has four sections: Section A – Welsh Mountain Pony (not exceeding 12.2 hands (U.S.) or 12 hands (U.K.); Section B – Welsh Pony (not exceeding 14.2 hands (U.S.) or 13.2 hands (U.K.); Section C – Welsh Pony of Cob Type (not exceeding 13.2 hands) and Section D – Welsh Cob (exceeding 13.2 hands with no upper limit). Section A and D are favored in Wales; Section B is most popular in the U.S. Section A is the foundation of all Welsh ponies and cobs.


The word “cob” refers not to size but to body type (solid bone, short coupled, and muscular). Welsh Cobs have the same characteristics as the smaller Sections—hardiness, intelligence, gentle natures, an eagerness to please—but can be 16 hands or taller.



Having inhabited Wales for over 2,000 years, the Welsh have had a long association with people and have an affinity for them, including children. They perform excellently in therapeutic riding.

King Henry VIII ordered all horses under 15 hands to be destroyed, but the Welsh ponies that escaped to the rugged terrain of the mountains thrived and developed athleticism and a high degree of intelligence. Queen Elizabeth I annulled the law, and many Welsh ponies were named after her.



Welsh ponies and cobs often excel in dressage and jumping as well as driving, cross-country, and western disciplines.

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A 13.1 hand Welsh Pony stallion, Flying Diamond the Bailef, was reserve national champion of the 2012 Extreme Cowboy Race held in Fort Worth, TX.

14.3 hand Section D mare, Cobble Hill JHN Imogen, qualified for the Open Training division of the 2013 American Eventing Championships in her second competitive season and placed 23rd. Her sire, Sapphire Crème of the Crop, won the Open Novice division at USEF/USEA Grass Ridge Horse Trials in Sonoita, AZ, after less than two months of jumping experience.



14.3 hand Welsh Cob stallion, North Forks Brenin Cardi, won a 2013 CDI (international level dressage) Freestyle class at Rancho Murieta, CA, in his first season showing Grand Prix CDI.

Sources: Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America, Board member and publicity chairman Martha Stover; Welsh breeder and international judge Suzanne Moody, Unionville, VA; Welsh researcher and breeder of Section B’s and D’s, Linda Davis; Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America website and printed flyer; Winterlake Welsh Farm website (home of North Forks Brenin Cardi); Welsh Cob breeder Cindy Normandeau of High Desert Cobs, AZ, owner of Sapphire Crème of the Crop; Welsh Cob owner and eventing champion Nicole Musmanno, owner and rider of Cobble Hill JHN Imogen; The Welsh Cob, Wynne Davis, published by J.A. Allen, 1998.



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Archeological evidence (sizes of bits and shoes) suggests that Julius Caesar brought Welsh ponies back to Rome and used them in chariot races.

In the 15th Century, Welsh Cobs were used by British knights to lead the larger war horses over great distances. Matching the destriers stride for stride, the Cob developed a forceful and ground-covering trot.

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Jodhpurs Devonaire Kids All-Pro Dev-Tek Ribbed Jodhpur

Even our pickiest tester approved of these low-rise jods, with the thick elastic waistband, chevron stitched knee patches, and (her favorite) no uncomfortable interior leg seams. Made with the latest in fabric technology, the German style ribbed EPS fabric has an incredible amount of stretch and is designed to wick moisture in order to keep the smallest of riders cool and comfortable. The belt loops add a classic styling to these zip front jods. As an added plus, every purchase helps support the United States Pony Club.

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Irideon Issential Jods

The well-placed seams gave these jods the look of a much higher end pair, without the high-end price. Made of a light, wicking fabric, we could almost hear the mother’s collective sigh of relief (hang out at the pony ring long enough, and the chorus of “I’m too hot!” can drive anyone crazy). We also loved the adjustable jodhpur straps, which helped to give a customized fit. The thick elastic waistband did twist a bit when put through the wash cycle, but it was easy to straighten back out.. BUY THEM:, $59.95.

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TuffRider Cotton Embroidered Pull-On Jods

The first thing you notice about these adorable pull on jods are the jumping horses embroidered on the back. They also feature knee patches and a false fly front for a traditional look. The material was not as stretchy as some jods, and was also thicker, which means they are a bit more constrictive than lighter-weight jods. But they are also less likely to show the wear and tear that happens daily from children. They come in great kid-approved colors like hot pink with white accents, tan with chocolate, and black with hot pink.

This month our junior testers reported in on essential equipment for the littlest equestrians.

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TuffRider Cotton Pull-On Jods

These tried and true economical jods are terrific for the beginner who is looking to try out a few schooling shows, or for schooling—no matter the level you ride at. They are not only easy to wear and care for, but also very comfortable. Being a cotton/lyrca blend, they lasted well; however, in warm weather, they were quite hot to wear. The drawstring kept them snug and secure…no matter how many times they had to try that line again! BUY THEM:, $28.99

Devonaire Kids Classic Cotton Jodhpur

These cotton jods feature soft, stretchy cotton that pulls on easily and were child approved as comfortable. Yet, they still held up to anything the pint-sized tester could put them through. The zipper and clasp style made them easy to get on and the topstitched side seams create a tailored look. These traditionally styled jods also feature knee patches and hemmed cuffs with pant straps. BUY THEM:, $59.95.

This month’s products for review will be donated to the BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center.

Our testers:: This month, our Prepurchase Exam was conducted by: Kelly Ballou, Managing Editor; and d Jennifer Roberts, Social Editor, with the assistance of Nathan, Kiera, and Avery.



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Hunter/Jumperr Pointers With Nancy Prosser


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Lifting your eyes up and looking ahead in the direction that you are traveling allows you to feel what is going on underneath you.

magical distance and compromise your overall ride. This will allow you to be straight down your line not only to the fence, but away from it too. If you are turning after a jump, follow the correct track and draw a line with your eyes to the next fence. With your eyes up and forward, you will be able to feel if your horse is crooked or drifting and make any necessary corrections. You don’t need to look down at your mount to do this. To help, choose a point to ride to in the ring and focus on that. Ride to that spot after your jump. Keeping your tempo consistent and supporting your horse with your outside aids through a turn will help you to be straight out of the turn. I will often ask riders to look away (briefly) when approaching a fence so they don’t become fixated on finding a distance by looking down. This can stop that from happening. Continue riding directly toward the first jump, eyes looking toward the next fence on your course. On the way to a bending line, I will ask riders to look for the second jump in the line on the approach to the first jump. This will allow for a smooth adjustment and distance to the first jump as well as setting the horse up

to land and bend to the second jump. When in the bending line, the rider should look up and forward to the next point of destination. The riders will feel the ride as well as look where they want to go. Adjustments can become smoother and offer a more finessed ride to the jumps. When your body is feeling what is going on, you will be relaxed, less tense, and able to follow and communicate better with your horse. As with all my students, one of my goals as a trainer is to develop equestrians that ride with confidence and horses that enjoy their work, staying both safe and happy. Soft eyes are a big part of this. NANCY PROSSER is the owner and trainer of the hunter/jumper training facility West View Farms in Wellington, FL. Prosser, who champions the charity Step by Step Foundation, grew up riding on the East Coast with top trainers including Ronnie Mutch. Since turning pro, Prosser’s students have earned many prestigious wins and year-end championships.


Eyes are really important in not only getting to your jump correctly, but to also help with your overall ride. You can improve your eyes, and thus your performance, tenfold with practice. “Having soft eyes” means that you are focusing in a direction, but not looking directly at one thing, seeing “softly” and with peripheral vision. By lifting your eyes up and looking ahead in the direction that you are traveling, you are able to feel what is going on underneath you. This in turn will promote softer adjustments to your horse’s stride on the way to the fence and make a better jump overall. When riders have “hard eyes,” this means they have the tendency to drop their eyes and look down at the bottom of the fence. This can cause them to have stiff hands and affects their ability to use a proper release and get the best jump possible from their horse. It can also cause a rider to add strides, get in “too deep” to the fence and/or become unbalanced and cause ducking to one side or the other. Your focus should be forward, looking down the line to the center of the next fence, or to where you want to go. When you drop your eyes, inevitably you drop your head. Your weight tends to be too far forward, and it can cause you to be out of sync with your horse. This can cause a too close distance, a “chip,” which in turn will make you have to move up to make the desired number of strides down the line. To ride smoothly, remember “eyes up and forward,” looking straight ahead. Wait for your horse to take the jump, don’t anticipate or look down to find that

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Western n Pointers With Chris Culbreth


What do you look for in a western pleasure prospect?

Because I show Arabians, I look for a horse that represents the best of our breed. Arabian type and look are very important to me. That being said, there are certain conformational traits I have found that make for a champion in any breed. I will start with the most important part—disposition. I want a horse that likes to work and enjoys his job. No matter how conformationally superior a horse is, if he does not want to do his job, he will never truly be great. Additionally, it is not fun for the horse or me. Conformationally, I want a horse that is built to stay Disposition is a very important characteristic for any western pleasure prospect—if he does not want to do his job, he will never truly be great. sound. The horse that will win at a national level will have to be perfectly trained, and this that predisposition. I also try to stay a strong back. Think of a suspension requires consistent training over a long away from excessive use of spurs. bridge. The further apart the two career. Ideals of breed standards typisupport towers are (the horse’s front As with any horse, well-shaped and cally are based on what makes a horse a and rear legs), the weaker the bridge forward ears are highly desired. When will be in the center (the horse’s back). I look at a horse’s eyes, I like to see a good athlete. The word balance is often used in I like a horse with a neck that comes horse with a calm and understanding, western pleasure. This means things out a bit higher in the shoulder than yet curious, look. most people do, as I prefer one that can like pasterns are not too long or too short, and not too straight or too sit up in the bridle. For me, it is easier CHRIS CULBRETH sloped. Cannon bones should be relato teach a horse to drop down after and his clients have tively short with good clean bone. I his shoulders are balanced than it is to garnered many teach him to rise up. Horses set too low national and reserve like to see hocks that are close to the can be a challenge to keep balanced. national championground and set well under the body. In the Arabian breed, we often laude A long hip with some angle is always ships. Areas of success a horse for a long neck. A long neck is preferred. Straight, well-set tails are include English, pretty and looks cool. However, if it is important. I will steer away from western, hunter pleasure, so long that it creates an imbalance in park, show hack, driving, and equitation. He is horses with busy tails. If their first the horse, then you can have problems. response to any pressure is to swish a licensed judge and officiates widely all over Oftentimes, too long a neck can mean their tails, I would be concerned. I try the U.S. and Canada, as well as South Africa, too long a back. A short back is usually to start with horses that do not have Brazil, and Australia. 36


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bits & pieces ASK THE VET your horse health questions answered

That Covers It Taking a Look at Common Skin Conditions

What are the most common skin problems that you see in horses? Are they preventable and how can you treat them?

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The skin is the largest functioning organ in the body. It serves to: 1) provide a barrier from the environment, such as protection against microorganisms, toxic agents, insects, mechanical insult, and weather and ultraviolet radiation from the sun; 2) thermoregulation; and 3) allow absorption of nutrients and limit passage of water and electrolytes, such as control of evaporation (sweating). When the skin becomes damaged, either from injury or as a result of compromise or sensitization of the immune system, its susceptibility to disease is significantly increased. There are a variety of dermatologic conditions that affect the horse, but only a few that are routinely observed. ■ Scratches is a condition caused by numerous agents, such as bacterial or fungal infections, dermatophilosis, mange, photosensitization, and contact hypersensitivity. It is observed on the distal limbs as ulcerative and crusted wounds with matted hair. Treatment consists of clipping the hair, keeping the wounds clean, and applying topical ointments. Prevention is directed toward the exact cause of the disease. ■ Dermatophilosis (rain rot) is a bacterial infection that results from prolonged exposure to moisture. It is observed on the dorsum (back) of the horse as small scabs and matting of the hair. The underlying skin is often irritated and produces a serosanguinous discharge. Treatment consists of removing the horse from the moist environment and cleaning the affected areas with betadine or chlorhexidine. Antibiotics are warranted in more severe cases. Prevention is to provide shelter and/or blanketing during rain and snow. 38


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■ Urticaria (hives) is an allergic response caused by numerous agents, such as pollens, insects, drugs, and even diet. It is typically observed on the face and body and may extend down the limbs, as raised areas of skin that may or may not itch. Treatment consists of observation and/or administration of anti-histamine or steroid drugs. Prevention is directed toward the exact cause of the hives. ■ Sarcoids are thought to be caused by a viral infection. There are six classifications, and each typically has its own characteristic appearance (minus the mixed lesions). Lesions can be located across the body. Treatment consists of observation, surgical excision, and chemotherapy. There is no known prevention. ■ Squamous cell carcinoma a is a malignant cancer of Implementing proper management protocols for your the epidermis. It is observed horse is important to minimize his risk of developing at mucocutaneous junctions, certain skin conditions. such as around the eyes and genitalia, and in non-pigmented skin, as ulcerative and/or reddened there are two forms of acquired photolesions. Treatment consists of surgical sensitization: 1) ingestion of certain excision, chemotherapy (drugs and radiaplants or drugs (e.g., St. John’s Wort tion), and cryotherapy. There is no known or potentiated sulfa and tetracycline prevention, but protection from sunlight drugs), and 2) liver disease. It manifests for light-skinned horses is recommended. as ulcerative and/or reddened areas that ■ Melanoma is a benign cancer often produce a serous discharge. Treatment seen in older and/or grey horses. It is and prevention are directed toward the observed around the perianal region and cause of the photosensitization. underside of the tail but can be located Most skin conditions in horses are in other areas of the body. It manifests similar in appearance but require as nodular and/or ulcerated lumps. different treatments. It is therefore important to have your veterinarian Treatment varies with the lesions and examine your horse to establish a diagincludes observation, surgical excision, and chemotherapy. There is no known nosis and plan of action. Implementing prevention, but a vaccine has been devel- proper management protocols into a oped to prevent the disease. barn or stable is equally as important to minimize the risk of your horse devel■ Photosensitization results from exposure to ultraviolet radiation from oping these diseases. Your veterinarian the sun. This may be a typical “sunburn” is an excellent resource to consult with of non-pigmented skin, but in horses regarding development of a plan.



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BEYONDthe CLASSROOM Equine Professionals Reflect on What They Learned from Riding in College


s you head off to college, your main focus is on learning, earning your degree, and working toward your future career. While time spent in lectures, labs, and study groups are essential, college is more than that.

A healthy social life is imperative, as we mature so much during the years that we spend in college, but for equestrians that goes beyond the parties and the difficulties with roommates. Horseback riders learn to compete as a team in a normally individualized sport, learning from and leaning on each other. Not only do college riders walk away from their education with a degree and lifelong friendships, but also with newly acquired skills from competing as a team, both on and off the horse. We spoke with a handful of professional horsemen and women this month as they assessed how intercollegiate riding influenced their careers.



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OLYMPIC DREAMS Before Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden was an Olympic medalist and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equestrian of the Year, she was competing with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team at Southern Seminary Jr. College in Virginia where she graduated as valedictorian with a degree in liberal arts. It’s really no surprise that Beezie continued riding while in college. She tells us, “I grew up riding with my parents who owned a stable. I got my first pony at the age of three, and I have been riding ever since.” In college, Beezie certainly made her mark winning the esteemed Cacchione Cup as an individual, as well as helping her team make it to National Championship honors in the team rankings. Now, Beezie rides for her husband John Madden of John Madden Sales in Cazenovia, NY. Just last year, Beezie won the 2013 FEI World Cup Finals Championship as well as being named the 2013 USEF Equestrian of the Year. Simon, the horse that she won the World Cup Finals on, was also named the 2013 USEF Horse of the Year. Beezie explains that competing with her IHSA team directly translates to her successful showings at the Athens, Bejing, and London Olympics. “Riding in college allowed me to experience riding as a team member and learn how to help make the team cohesive. I think this helped me with competing on a team, which is very different than how riders normally compete!” However, it was the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen when Beezie felt the full extent of what she learned in college. “At Southern Seminary, I learned how to hop on a strange horse and execute a course with it,” Beezie explains. “The World Equestrian Games format includes switching of horses between the top riders in the final phase. We only get two warm-up fences with each horse before we take them into the arena over an international course at the highest level of competition.”

EQUITATION ASPIRATIONS Kalyn Healey Fogarty graduated in 2006 from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, with a degree in biology and a minor in biochemistry. However, after college she didn’t find a job in a lab—instead, she continued toward her dream of being involved in the horse industry. She now owns Artemis Training and Sales, a hunter/ jumper training barn in Long Island, NY, named after her beloved equitation mare Artemis. Kalyn teaches riders of all ages, but focuses mostly on those looking to compete in the Short Stirrup through Big Equitation divisions in the local Kalyn Healey Fogarty and A circuits. with two of her students. While she was active on the A circuit prior to college, she found riding on the team a welcome change of pace and a wonderful learning experience. “After competing on the A circuit in high school it was a nice change to compete on the IHSA and Varsity circuit. Riding as a member of a team


Kalyn Healey Fogarty laughs when asked about memories from college that will stick with her. “At Nationals in Harrisburg when I was a senior, I was walking down the long chute toward the entrance of the ring. I was on deck. The owner/handler of the horse I was riding suddenly tells me, ‘Sometimes when you are two strides away he doesn’t know that he is supposed to go to the jump and leave the ground.’ I looked at the lady like she was crazy. She was telling me that the horse basically didn’t understand what jumping was as I was about to jump him around a 3'6" course. Then she continued, ‘But usually if you kick him really hard it’s fine and he figures it out.’ Great. We had a lovely round and ended up third. I felt the hesitation that the owner described, but luckily he decided he knew how to jump that day!”

where every rider’s points count was a very unique experience compared to the individual nature of riding outside of college. It was very special to have a team of girls who all rooted for each other and helped each other both in the ring and outside of it.” Taking the Stonehill College team by storm, she was a member of the 2003 National Championship IHSA Team, as well as winning ribbons in the open over fences at multiple Varsity Tournament of Champions. As a senior, Kalyn was the bronze medal winner in the Individual Open over Fences at the IHSA 2006 National Championships. She attributes much of her success after graduation to what she learned while competing in college. “I learned that hard work and mental preparation is just as important as talent. Riding in college was very different than riding on the circuit. You don’t get to practice on the horse that you draw or use your own tack. You don’t get the advantage of a warm-up jump or get to pick the bit that goes in its mouth. You have to study the horse while someone else warms it up. No matter how great your eye is or how many ribbons you once won in the Medal and Maclay classes, you are on a level playing field with your competitors. It is necessary to study the horse in other ways—watching it with other riders, noting how the other riders were successful or unsuccessful on the horse. This taught me to go beyond relying on natural talent and really breaking down my riding into a methodical and thoughtful plan. This has translated into my professional life in many ways. I am able to watch my students and pick up on the subtle things that they are doing on their horses and help them to grow as riders.” Kalyn is already proving that she puts thought and hard work into training her riders and horses. One of her students was awarded fourth place in the prestigious USEF Medal Finals in Harrisburg, PA, this past October. In addition to this, her pony riders have ribboned in the pony hunters at the USEF Pony Finals, Devon Horse Show, and Washington International Horse Show; while her equitation students have qualified and ribboned at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Marshall and Sterling Finals, and Professional Horsemen’s Association (PHA) Finals. However, the ability to analyze horse-and-rider teams

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“The IHSA is the great equalizer in our sport. You do not have to come from a lot of experience or money to be accepted. Everyone has the same chance to do well.” — Tom Brennan —

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Tom Brennan and Gramercy Park.

Committee, vice chair of the International Hunter Derby Task Force, and is a member of both the USHJA Hunter Working Group and USEF National Hunter Committee. Tom is also the commentator for the USEF Network for the International Hunter Derby Finals. Tom says that much like Beezie and Kalyn, he is able to attribute much of his success to what he learned riding on the team. “I do a fair amount of catch riding for people at horse shows. I could not be as calm and confident about it without my experience in the IHSA. The college riding experience also forces you to look at the bigger picture—to see how a group of people can work together to accomplish a larger goal.” He has seen his fair share of victories since leaving the IHSA ranks. “Intercollegiate riding is very valuable for someone who intends to make a career in this industry. It both teaches and forces you to be adaptable.” His adaptability has proven to be a component to his success, being


Unlike Beezie and Kalyn, Tom Brennan was not aiming for the professional legions prior to his experience in college. Graduating in 2004 Cum Laude with a degree in psychology from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, Tom had a very limited involvement with horses before college. He says, “I took lessons at a local barn and had some friends with horses, but we did not go to shows. We had a lot of fun, though!” Riding for four years on the Stonehill College IHSA/ NCAA Equestrian Team with coach Sheila Murphy, Tom started in the Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter division and moved up to the Open division before he graduated, a testament to his dedication and talent. Tom tells us, “I went to Nationals three times and captained the 2003 National Championship team. I participated in the first NCAA championships before boys were disqualified from competition. We participated in the Tournament of Champions series with a lot of success. The IHSA is the great equalizer in our sport. You do not have to come from a lot of experience or money to be accepted. Everyone has the same chance to do well. “ Tom is currently the professional rider and trainer at Tony Workman’s Winter Hill Farm in northern Virginia. In addition to his responsibilities for the clients at Winter Hill, Tom has a small “r” judge’s card and tries to involve himself as much as possible in the governance of the sport. To that end, Tom has been the chairman of the Young Professionals

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named the 2012 World Champion Developing Professional Hunter Rider and riding Gramercy Park to the title of 2012 World Champion Hunter Horse of the Year. In addition to these honors, he has earned the titles of WCHR Regional Champion 2010-2013, 2013 Gulfport International Hunter Derby Champion, 2013 Gulf Coast Winter Circuit Champions – Green Working, Performance Hunter, and Regular Conformation, and tri-colors and Indoors in Green Working and Green Conformation divisions. Technical skills and the ability to adapt were not the only things that Tom gained from his time on the team. He also fostered lifelong relationships. “I learned early on to surround myself with good people in this business. This is as important as talent and work ethic. Nothing goes perfectly and the people around you—peers, employees, and clients—see you through the problems that come up. “On another level, this industry has inherent difficul-


“Whether you’re a rider or not, you must be able to envision yourself at every school that you apply to. You must ask yourself the question, ‘Will I be happy here?’ You will be spending the next four years there, not your parents, not your college counselor or your trainer…you must be happy and comfortable with your decision. You know what you are looking for and what is most important to you in your schoolwork, social life, and riding endeavors. Take the reins in your college decisions!” -CJ Law, Mount Holyoke College.

ties, making it hard to have a “normal” personal life. My college equestrian team exposed me to the people that have become my family and friends for a lifetime. Not only did I meet my wife, but also I made such close friends that we still talk regularly and go on vacation together.”

BEYOND SHOW RINGS AND RIBBONS When heading off to college, you may be focused on your academics (and should be!), but don’t discount the leadership skills, the analytic abilities, and the lifelong friendships that you will form while competing in college. Not every equestrian in college goes on to be a horse trainer; many choose to continue riding, but only as a hobby. However, the skills that they learned while competing on the team continue to help them as they continue on their career path. Sharalyn Lima, a graduate of Endicott College and a member of their intercollegiate team, now works at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and calls upon her experience daily as she discusses the program with aspiring high school riders. Kristen Kasper, an alumni of Mount Holyoke College and an assistant project manager at Florida NextGen Test Bed and research assistant at NEAR Lab ERAU, finds that the time management skills she learned on the team are now an essential part of her daily life. No matter where your career takes you, the time you spend on your college equestrian team is time well spent.

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Talk to your child and learn what type of camp experience they are looking for. Are they looking to spend three hours a day in the saddle, or would they prefer to ride a little and play a lot? Asking these questions in the beginning of the process will help guide you to the appropriate camp.


Making the choice between a residential and a day camp is one that relies on your gut feelings and your child’s personality. Many day camps cater to children as young as four years old, while residential ones tend to limit their groupings to ages seven and over. Even if your child is over seven, a day camp still might be the best choice for their first time experience. Make sure your child is

While March may seem a bit early to be making plans for this summer, it’s important to start thinking about summer camp. Camps are already filling up, and if you are anything like me, you want to have first choice when it comes to where and how your children spend their summer. These quick tips should help you to narrow down the search for that perfect camp, and then the rest is up to you.

ready to make the leap to a residential camp… being homesick is no fun!


Try to match your child’s riding ability to the level of expertise that the camp offers. Some camps span from the beginner to the advanced rider, while others focus solely on one ability level. You do not want your child to feel as though they are under-challenged or overfaced while they are away. Unless your child wants to try something new this summer, be sure that they offer the same discipline as what your child rides. Also look at the focus of the camp; is the goal to teach a variety of general horsemanship skills or is it to get the campers show ring ready? Again, look at your child’s aspirations and see how the camp can help them to reach their goals over the course of the summer.

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Knowing what type of riding experience your child is hoping to gain from camp will help with the selection process.


If your child has a horse, one of your concerns may be whether or not she can bring old Trigger to camp with her. Bringing her horse may give her more time to practice and become a team with him, while riding unfamiliar horses gives your child another valuable experience. This depends on you and your child’s personal preferences and goals.


Ask about the staff’s qualifications. While the credentials of the head instructor will often be advertised extensively, it is important to know more about the staff members that your child will be spending the majority of her time with. See if the camp has a screening process for the counselors that they hire, and ask a bit about the process. Also, see if they have recommendations and reviews available from past campers.


What is the safety record for the recent years of the camp?? Obviously when dealing with horses the unexpected can happen, so do not rule out a camp because they have had a few mishaps. There is a degree of risk when riding and caring for horses, but what you should be concerned with is how the camp minimizes those risks.


What is the camper-counselor ratio? Learning horsemanship skills can require a lot of one-on-one supervision. Typically, equestrian camps have a ratio of five to six students per counselor, allowing them to get a hands-on feel for the skills. Also ask how the campers are broken up amongst the counselors and if there is ever a chance for one on one time to learn certain skill sets.


If your child has special needs, be sure to ask the camp director how they will be met. Some special needs that you may need to discuss would be vegetarian diets, learning disabilities, a non-English speaking child, or physical disabilities. See if the camp and the counselors have prior experience with children with similar needs.


Cost may be a factor when looking into the camps. Take the time to decide what you can reasonably afford, but try not to focus solely on cost, as a bad camp experience is not worth any amount of money. Some camps may also offer financial aid or scholarships, so if cost is the only limiting factor in an otherwise perfect camp, it may be worth discussing budgets with the director.



Go visit the camp. You may find that the website consists of carefully planned shots that do not show the whole story or that the camp is even more wonderful than you ever imagined. Spend time with the staff and get a tour of the facility. Be warned though, after you see the camp, you may be asking if you can come (many places also have adult camp weeks…you may want to join in on the fun)!


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Sally Ross Davis with her son, Mason Davis, riding Rollingwoods Undeniable.

A Guide to Buying Your Child’s First Pony


uying a pony for your child is both an exciting and daunting experience. We all harbor the childhood fantasy of the adorable Thelwell-type pony, full of irresistible hi-jinks, personality, and talent. Those ponies are out there, but it takes a combination of determination, knowledge, and a touch of luck to find the right one.

Before you begin the search, it’s important to develop honest parameters regarding price range, your child’s interest, ability, and goals. It’s also important to consider the family’s ability to handle not only the initial cost, but the continuing financial outlay that comes with equine ownership. Word of mouth has always been a helpful way to find a well-schooled, hand-me-down packer from a rider who has outgrown his or her pony or is college-bound. But with the help of a trusted trainer and good old-fashioned networking, it’s still possible to find great ponies on the open market. Prices range from free leases to triple digits, depending on breeding, age, temperament, and show record. Don’t be tempted to overface a child with a flashy pony that is beyond his or her ability, as fear is one of the greatest crushers of lifelong riding enjoyment. While age is a consideration, there are still many ponies going strong well into their late teens and twenties. Enlist the Help of a Pro


Kathy Borylo, owner of Springtide Farm in Boxford, MA, a leading hunter/jumper facility, has been helping adults and children find suitable family and competition mounts for over 35 years as a professional coach and trainer. “It is a leap of faith for the customer when buying a first pony with a trainer,” says Borylo, “and also a huge responsibility for the trainer. One benefit of working with a reputable trainer is that they know others in the business who are honest professionals who will always represent their horses and ponies in a fair way. A trainer can evaluate your riding skills and goals, and do the leg work to find the most suitable mount for you,

saving you time and money in the long run. We know people in the industry and we are out at all the shows, so we know the market. A good trainer can also help you evaluate the sale horse—the personality, conformation, way of going, and suitability to your riding style, experience, and goals.”

Be Realistic Sally Ross Davis, owner of Rollingwoods Farm in Olive Branch, MS, along with her sisters, Dr. Ruth Willburn and Joanna Willburn, specializes in breeding and sales of top quality Welsh ponies for family mounts up to U.S. Pony Finals competitors. She offers sage advice to prospective buyers, “Be realistic about your expec-

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Ten-year-old Livi Weinstein and her pony, Prince Charming, demonstrate the bond between ponies and their owners.

Trial Period and Prepurchase Exams When you find the right pony, it’s helpful to ask for a trial period and insist on a prepurchase exam, the cost of which is covered by the buyer. Short term insurance coverage may be purchased for the sale pony, and a trial period will help the buyer evaluate both the compatibility of the child with the pony, and the pony’s behavior in a new setting. “Although the prepurchase exam has its limitations, it is one of the most valuable services your veterinarian has to offer,” says veterinarian Dr. Annemarie Butler, owner of North Shore Equine PC in Newburyport, MA. “The examination provides a significant amount of information regarding the horse and oftentimes will stimulate discussion between the owner and purchaser regarding how the horse has been cared for, issues he/she has had in the past, and how he/ she responds in various situations, etc. I will typically advise

clients to have a prepurchase examination performed largely due to the inherent costs of keeping horses. Regardless of the purchase price of the horse, the cost of even the most extensive prepurchase exam is minimal compared to the monthly and annual costs of caring for the horse after purchase. If a purchase is made without knowledge of a medical condition that limits the performance of the animal, the purchaser will nonetheless be left responsible for the horse’s care.” Dr. Butler explains the process, “A general prepurchase examination includes a thorough physical examination as well as a musculoskeletal exam (otherwise known as a lameness exam). The physical exam includes examination of the horse’s heart, lungs, eyes, etc. The musculoskeletal exam includes examination in motion whether on the longe line, under saddle, or both as well as flexions. Additional testing at the time of the exam includes, but is not limited to, radiography, ultrasonography, endoscopy, and blood work. The goal is to provide the purchaser with as much information as possible to make an educated decision regarding purchase.”

The Power of the Pony Pony ownership can foster lifelong friendships, a sense of responsibility, and accomplishment for a youngster, and can be one of the most thrilling times in a child’s life. So when you’re ready to make the purchase, do your homework, work with a professional if possible, and take the time to ensure that you’ve made every effort to find a safe, suitable, healthy pony for your child to love and ride. Chances are, it will become a beloved member of the family in no time.

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tations. If your child is a beginner, don’t buy a green pony. You have to remember that buying a pony is very different from buying a horse, because the majority of pony riders are children, and there is a learning curve.” Davis also advises buyers to do their homework on pedigree. “Check your bloodlines before you buy, because certain bloodlines carry certain traits. We have a mare line that produces excellent children’s ponies, real babysitters that take good care of young riders. Here at Rollingwoods, we breed for disposition as well as talent and that is an important factor when buying a pony for your child.”

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TALENT? A Guide to USEA’s

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Marilyn Payne, FEI judge and co-chair of the YEH Committee, says that the program also serves to provide a showcase for young horses destined to become amateur or young rider mounts. For many breeders, this is an incredibly lucrative market and participation in the program serves as a spotlight for their horses. The YEH program allows four- and five-year-olds to compete against other animals of the same age. 2013 was a big year for the program; according to Rob Burk, senior director of programs for the USEA, there were 21 regular YEH competitions held, and two championships, for a total of 23 contests, with 254 horses competing across the country. Nine of out of 10 of the USEA’s Areas hosted at least one YEH competition. Though the program is not quite a decade old (the first competitions were held in 2004), it is already producing results. “I love the fact that the only three horses who were products of the YEH program that were entered to compete in the Preliminary Level at the American Eventing Championships [in 2013], finished first and second in the Preliminary Horse division, and first in the Preliminary Amateur division,” says Burk. “Those odds are astronomical and proof that the program has done a good job of identifying potential.” Today we will take a look at the basics of this program, its impact on event horse breeding in the U.S., and plans for the future.

When the YEH Program was first conceptualized, the USEA looked to similar programs already in existence abroad to use as models. Payne says that England’s program is amongst the best established, and culminates each year with a competition at Burghley. “However, the horses only compete in the ring,” says Payne. “In the Irish program, the emphasis is on crosscountry. We took a little bit from each program.” Horses are assessed in three areas during a Young Event Horse competition: conformation and type, dressage, and jumping. While the primary goal of the program is to provide a showcase to find future CCI3* and CCI4* horses, Payne says that an equally important objective is to encourage be low key and inviting, and the intensity increases throughout breeders to breed horses specifically for the sport of eventing. the year, culminating with the most difficult courses at the cham“Most breeders focus on either dressage or jumpers,” says pionships. Jumping tests usually consist of five to six fences each Payne, a sport horse breeder herself for the past 30 years. for cross-country and show jumping. “As you breed for eventers, some will be better suited for “For the four-year-olds, all the fences should be lower and more introductory in nature,” says Payne. “Horses are dressage or jumpers, so you place them there. However, we are really looking for the athlete that will be a CCI horse. encouraged to trot fences in preparatory competitions. By Usually this animal is a Thoroughbred or has Thoroughbred the time you reach the championships, horses should be able blood. They need to be able to go the distance.” to canter and jump out of stride.” The YEH Program also gives trainers a place for young horses to train and school without the pressure and strenFrom the Breeder’s Perspective uous effort of a bigger competition. Horses are assessed in Tim Holekamp of New Spring Farm in Missouri and Florida three areas: conformation and type, performing a dressage is well known to eventers as the owner of the Trakehner test, and the jumping test, which includes a gallop. “The stallion Windfall; he also currently serves as the co-chair jumping test is a much shorter course than even what you of the YEH Committee. Although he has chosen in recent would see at a lower level event,” says Payne. “The dressage years not to enter his own horses in YEH competition, so is quite basic; horses walk, trot, and canter, and the rider as to avoid concern about conflict of interest, in future should aim to show off the horse’s gaits. We reward horses years, he may do so again. He and his wife initially became ridden freely forward and with quality gaits.” involved in order to get an accurate outside evaluation of the potential of their homebreds. Horses compete at regional qualifying competitions throughout the year; those with outstanding scores at the regional events are “[We] have been breeding horses mainly for eventing for eligible to compete at one of two national championships (East nearly 30 years,” says Holekamp. “It took us half that time and West). Generally, early season competitions are intended to just to get a grasp of what parameters are most important 62


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Future Event Horse and New Event Horse: Similar Names, Unique Programs The USEA has two additio ona nal programs that are sometimes confused dw with Young Ev Eveent Horse: Future Event Horse (FEH) and Neew Event Horsse (NEH). Each of these unique programs has itts own goals and objectives—though all three are inteended to help lp provide an introduction to the sport of evventing, provvide a framework and opportunity for feedback regarding th he potential and training of event horses, and promote th the breeding of horses for the sport. Venues will often ho ost these competitions concurrently. The Future Event Horse program is a feeder for YEH and was firrst introduced by the USEA as a pilot venture in 2007; it becaame a full-fledged program in 2008. FEH classes focus on iden ntifying the potential of yearlings, two-year-olds, and threeyeear-olds to become an upper-level event horse. Horses are presented in-hand and each age group is judged separately; pr ideally, the genders are divided as well, when entries allow it. id According to the USEA, FEH judging is based primarily upon the horse’s conformation and the quality and correctness of the horse’s gaits. Judges are looking for horses that show the event horse “type,” as well as the correct conformation that leads to long-term soundness. Eventers are intended to be athletes, so horses that combine excellent conformation and show an uphill build, correct joint alignments and angles, along with an active, swinging gait, will generally score well. Horses can qualify for championships through their scores at regular season competitions. In addition to gaining the feedback from judges regarding their youngster, FEH exhibitors also can get a sense of what their horse might act like as they begin to get out and about and begin their development as an event horse. Breeders receive valuable feedback on the type of young stock that their programs are producing, which can help inform future breeding decisions. The New Event Horse program was created to provide a venue to introduce the sport of eventing to horses and riders. It is modeled upon the YEH format; however, the intention of NEH is to find horses with the potential to be a safe and fun mount for adult amateurs, juniors, or young riders at the Preliminary Level and below, rather than looking for the next upper-level prospect. Horses must be at least four years old to compete. pr J st as at a YEH competition, NEH competitions are scored Ju on conformation and type, a dressage test, and a short jumping test. Th T e dressage test used is actually the same as for the fouryear-o old YEH competition, but the jumping test is more basic and fen nces are set from 2’3” to 2’7”. Horses can be asked to jump ban nks, ditches, and water in addition to solid fences, but the types of o questions presented should be no more difficult t an at Begiinn th n er Novice. Overall, the entire test is intended to o be more bas asic and introductory in nature than at a YEH com mpetition. In th the judging, a greater emphasis is placed upon temp per e ament and d su s itability. According to the USEA, “while athleticcis i m, scope, an nd elastic gaits are a necessary component of a succeessful event ho ors rse, a horse that may not be a viable four-star prros o pect should no not be unnecessarily penalized in this c mpetition du co due to an appareent lack of scope.” T e winner off an Th a NEH competi titi tion is likely to be a horse whos ose conformation on, temperament, and performance indicate that the hey will remain so sound physically and nd m mentally and show the potent ntial to be a fun an and safe mount at the Tr Trai aining and Preliminary le levels. 64 4


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and to aim our breeding toward those features. Having the YEH to help sort our horses was important to us, particularly 10 years ago, when the program was just beginning.” Holekamp says that even with horses purposely bred for the sport of eventing, the vast majority of prospects will not make it to upper-level competition. “Using a system of thoughtful and expert judging and scoring, we hope to create a ranking system that will provide early feedback to breeders and owners, wherein horses can be sorted into likely best-use, in terms of levels of competition,” says Holekamp. Holekamp feels that the demands of the YEH competitions are just right for those horses aiming for an upper-level career. “All countries that have developed YEH programs have settled on [years four and five] as the key years for ‘aiming’ a horse in eventing,” says Holekamp. “The four- and five-year-old levels of our YEH are set mainly at Novice Level for four-year-olds and Training Level for five-year-olds, with some obstacles one level higher at the year-end championships.” Program coordinators are hoping in the next few years to increase the network of breeders who send their horses to compete at YEH events. Holekamp sees many advantages for breeders in doing so, first of all in terms of promoting their own breeding programs and selling progeny. “There is no doubt that horses found in the top five or 10 at championships gain value, as well they should,” says Holekamp. “People who wish to sell horses have found that there are buyers at qualifiers and championships, and it is sometimes the middle finishing horse that gets sold afterward. Not everyone, by a long shot, is looking for the next Team horse.” Secondly, breeders can benefit from the feedback provided by program participation. “The YEH is a measuring tool,” says Holekamp. “Those of us interested in breeding eventing horses here in the U.S. are looking for ways to efficiently, successfully, and profitably [move] horses upward to the highest level of use each horse can reach.” Holekamp adds that the YEH is an inexpensive, nonstressful, and enjoyable way for breeders to get their horses on the upward path. “Our judges are rapidly gaining experience as the program grows bigger, and we can expect uniformity and precision to steadily improve,” says Holekamp. Holekamp is so dedicated to the YEH Program that he is a sponsor of the Holekamp-Turner Lion D’Angers Grant; for at least the next five years, the highest scoring five-year-old at the championships will receive a grant to compete at the Young Horse Championships in Europe as a seven-year-old (if they are qualified to compete at the CCI2* level at that time). Holekamp feels that this kind of incentive is more meaningful than a big cash prize at the championships itself, as it keeps the training of talented youngsters focused on moving forward toward bigger goals.

From the Trainer’s Perspective Kelli Temple of Round Hill, VA, has ridden at the international level for years. She has regularly competed her horses at YEH competitions, and thinks that supporting these events is important for many reasons. “I think it is important to encourage the development of young event horses in the U.S.,” says Temple. “[The YEH Program] gives the breeders a chance to showcase their young stock. It encourages riders to buy young horses and bring them along to the upper-levels, which in turn creates a market for selling young horses that have the potential for the upper-levels.”

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Temple feels that the program helps to increase overall awareness of the quality and type of horse that is suitable to become an upper-level event horse. “The point is to choose exceptional horses in each of these age groups,” says Temple. “For a horse to be competitive, it must be able to perform at the upper end of its age group’s skill level. Some horses just don’t develop that quickly, but then they are not good candidates for the program.” Temple adds that there are plenty of young horses that don’t really show their potential until they are six or seven; these horses should not be pushed into the YEH Program. An additional benefit of participating in the YEH is that young horses are given the experience of competing in a “big show” environment. Temple says that for those horses that are ready to compete at this level, participation can help increase their exposure, which helps when advertising sales horses. Temple intends to continue to participate in the YEH Program with her youngsters, but acknowledges that there are areas in which the program can improve. “I’d love to see more educated judging…and I think there would be more participation if there was more exposure for the winners.”

The dressage phase of the YEH Program is basic, with an emphasis on quality gaits.

Looking Forward


Payne says that the YEH Committee is committed to constantly re-evaluating and adjusting the program. For example, the judging criteria for the cross-country/gallop section was recently re-evaluated to ensure that the best event horse, not the best jumper, came out on top. For the YEH Championships the USEA has made a concerted effort to hire experienced Young Event Horse evaluators from countries with established programs such as Germany (YEH Championships in 2011), and the U.K. (YEH Championships 2013). Program leaders have also been working on improving the training of judges who officiate in the YEH classes, as it requires a different technique than many judges are accustomed to. “All of our judges are licensed in eventing or dressage, and so already have learned a methodology for judging,” says Payne. “[For YEH competition], they had to learn how to give an overall score, as opposed to giving a comment and score for each individual movement.” Holekamp says that there will always be unknowns about horses, such as their overall endurance, their ability to remain sound long enough to get to international championships, and their overall rideability, and that these qualities can be hard to assess in a program like the YEH. “But really clever evaluation programs along the way may be able to help with this, too,” says Holekamp. “Definitely scoring and judging can always be improved, and a good program tries hard to continuously tweak its methods as it matures.” Temple feels that more riders and trainers will bring their young stock to competitions as the quality of courses and design, as well as the experience of judges, improves. “I think sometimes the YEH qualifiers are perceived as afterthoughts during the main event and it is important for these developing horses to have inviting and well thought out courses to encourage confidence and good jumping form,”

says Temple. “It’s important to have course designers and judges with experience bringing along young horses so that the riders feel the competition is worthwhile.” Payne would also like to see more American-bred horses coming through the YEH ranks. “We need to continue to expand the breeding programs here,” says Payne. “Trainers are still going to Europe because they can see more horses in a small area.” Payne attributes the sharp increase in program entries for 2013 to the Lion D’Angers Grant; in the future, she would like to see similar grants or awards given to breeders of winning horses. “We have been trying hard this year to network with breeders,” says Payne. “We want to get them thinking that their horse could be an event horse.” As for the long-term? Payne says that the hope is that within 10 years, graduates of the YEH Program will be successfully competing at the upper-levels internationally. Holekamp agrees that this is an important benchmark. “Looking back at how the scoring system performed in terms of accuracy is critical,” says Holekamp. “We also would like to have contributed to the development of great breeding programs so that people think to come here to shop instead of going to Europe,” adds Payne. Finally, program coordinators hope that the overall number of competitions offered will continue to expand, as will the number of judges qualified and enthusiastic about judging them.

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Equine Affaire ➜ Columbus, Ohio

Four Days of Fun for Equestrians


THE 2014 EQUINE AFFAIRE rolls into the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH, from April 10 through 14, offering a wondrous celebration of the horse. The four-day event has everything from educational seminars to breathtaking performances, with a wide variety of clinics and demonstrations hosted by some The Versatile Horse and Rider Competition at Equine Affaire is just one of the many things to do and of the leading equine experts and see while attending the four-day event. riders in the country. English and western disciplines are well represented, EQUINE AFFAIRE AT A GLANCE so there is a seminar, clinic, or demonstraOHIO EXPO CENTER tion for everyone, whether you’re new to State Route 56 SW, London, OH 43140 the sport or a seasoned veteran. APRIL 10–13, 2014 Featured clinicians include Guy Thursday – Saturday:: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. McLean (Quietway Horsemanship), Sunday:: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Stacy Westfall (General Training, Reining), Kerry Kuhn (Practical ADMISSION INFORMATION Horsemanship), Carol Coppinger (Parelli Adults Daily: $15.00 Natural Horse-Man-Ship), Richard Four-day Pass:: $50.00 Winters (General Training, Reined Children (7–10) Daily:: $8.00 Cowhorse), Jim Wofford (Eventing), Children 6 & Under:: Free Janet Foy (Dressage), Marc Johnson (Driving), Gary Lane (Easy Gaited), General admission includes access to all Bernie Traurig (Jumping), Dana Hokana clinics, seminars, and demonstrations as well (Western Pleasure and Hunter Under as the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition. To Saddle), Michael Barisone (Dressage), order tickets, visit or call To get to Equine Affaire at the Ohio Expo Molly Powell (Barrel Racing), Tommie 740-845-0085. Tickets will also be available at Center: Take Interstate 71 to 17th Ave. (Exit Turvey (Trick Training), Jeff Wilson the door. Cash only at the door. No refunds. OEC 111) and go west.. (Note: There will be no access (Western Dressage), Wendy Gruskiewicz will charge for parking. No pets. to the Ohio Expo Center from 11th Avenue.) (Hunter Pleasure), Kenda Lenseigne (Mounted Shooting), Karen Ososki March 2014

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The popular Fantasia provides the perfect ending to a perfect day of learning, shopping, and absorbing all things horse-related at Equine Affaire.

(Equine Biomechanics), and Heidi Potter (Centered Riding and Horse Agility). Also, as an exciting new event this year, the “Foundation First” clinic series will feature Guy McLean, Stacy Westfall, and Richard Winters training three unbroken horses over the course of four days, with a final session outlining the challenges and outcomes of this unique learning experience. While the Equine Affaire is full of horse-related experiences, just steps away, the city of Columbus is a hub of arts, culture, shopping, and dining, and it’s worth planning an extra day to explore. From the hip, artistic North Shore Arts District to the historic architecture and ethnic food in the German Village to the wide variety of nightlife in the Arena District, the area is filled with exciting destinations. Whether you take in a Buckeye’s game at Ohio State, a shopping spree in the 200 stores of the Easton Town Center, or enjoy the free Carpe Diem String Quartet concerts at the downtown Harrison Parks Community Center, there is something to please everyone in this exciting city. For more information and tickets for The Equine Affaire and the Fantasia, visit For more information on what to do and where to stay in Columbus, visit To read more on Equine Affaire Ohio, visit

Equine Affaire Ohio will once again offer acres of equine products and services with something for everyone.

WHERE TO EAT THE COLUMBUS BREWING COMPANY RESTAURANT T This restaurant, in the Brewery District and Barley’s Brewing Company in Short North, is the oldest continuously operating brewpub in the city, and offers a fun and relaxed eating experience with an economical menu. THE BUCKEYE HALL OF FAME GRILL This unique sports restaurant in the Grandview District is licensed by nearby Ohio State University. JUERGEN’S GERMAN BAKERY AND RESTAURANT T If you’re looking for an authentic German meal, visit this wellknown stop in the German Village.

THINGS TO DO AT EQUINE AFFAIRE EQUINE AFFAIRE’S FANTASIA The 2014 Fantasia will provide the perfect ending to a perfect day of learning, shopping, and absorbing all things horse-related at Equine Affaire. Equestrian performers will be traveling to Columbus from throughout the United States with a variety of breeds and acts choreographed to musical styles ranging from traditional and country to classical and contemporary. As veteran Fantasia-goers have come

to expect, the show will highlight the brilliance, grace, and athleticism of horses and demonstrate the spirit, willingness, and intelligence that horse enthusiasts cherish most in their equine companions. Fantasia will run April 10 through 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $12 to $25, plus shipping and handling and advance tickets may be purchased through March 31 online at or by calling 740-845-0085. TRADE SHOW A perennial favorite, the Equine Affaire Ohio trade show will once again offer acres of equine products and services with everything from tack, apparel, and grooming supplies to trailers, farm equipment, fencing, and barns. Browse through four huge trade show buildings and a host of outdoor exhibits to find just what you were looking for, and some items you weren’t. BREED PAVILION AND HORSE & FARM EXHIBITS Whether you’re looking for your first horse or are thinking about a change in breeds, Equine Affaire’s Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits will provide invaluable opportunities to explore your options as dozens of breeds and registries will be showcased and on hand to answer your questions.

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Equine Affaire offers opportunities for horse enthusiasts from all disciplines to learn from the pros.

YOUTH PAVILION AND CELEBRITY HORSE SHOWCASE At the Equine Affaire Youth Pavilion, young horse enthusiasts will find exhibits by youth organizations, presentations geared toward young riders, breed spotlights, and a host of fun activities including model horse painting, a trivia quest, stick horse making, and a stick horse rodeo. Famous equines from the competition and cinematic arenas will be on display and ready for photos at the Celebrity Horse Showcase. THE VERSATILE HORSE AND RIDER COMPETITION Don’t miss the Versatile Horse and Rider Competition for a thrilling look at incredible horses and riders competing for $5,500 in cash and the coveted title of Champion. The event takes place on April 10 and 11 and consists of a timed and judged race through an obstacle course that tests a full range of horsemanship skills and frequently pushes horses and riders out of their comfort zones. The qualifying rounds of the competition will take place on Thursday, April 10 in the 72


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Cooper Arena and the top 10 horse and rider teams will advance to the Finals on Friday afternoon in the coliseum at the Ohio Expo Center.

WHERE TO STAY RED ROOF INN – NATIONWIDE ARENA (Three miles from the Ohio Expo Center) 111 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus 614-224-6539, $104.99 HILTON GARDEN INN – OSU (3.65 miles from the Ohio Expo Center) 3232 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus 614-263-7200, $129 HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN Capitol Square (3.75 miles from the Ohio Expo Center) 175 E. Town St., Columbus 614-221-3281, $105 RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL (5.25 miles from the Ohio Expo Center) 4900 Sinclair Ave., Columbus 614-846-0300, $83 BEST WESTERN PORT COLUMBUS (6.25 miles from the Ohio Expo Center) 1450 Airpointe Dr., Columbus 614-337-8400, $94-$104

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No Kidding Around

Style for Young Equestrians

Children’s author Maya Patel had it right when she said, “Small children are convinced that ponies deserve to see the inside of the house.” We suspect, if allowed to linger, ponies would also happily rummage through their young owners’ bureaus and closets, inspiring us to wonder, what is sensible and stylish in kids’ equestrian attire to pony up to this season? BY L.A. POMEROY

Dublin Pytchley Childs Adjustable Waist Jodphurs ($99) Kids grow, so shouldn’t good jods do the same? The Pytchley comes in traditional beige and has a two-inch adjustable waistband on a front-zip, front slash-pocket, cotton/nylon/lycra blend breech. The adjustable design is thanks to buttons on each side of the inside of the waistband, plus a buttonhole elastic strap p that can be tightened or loo osened to fit. Worn by kids, but made for parents, these breeches stretch with your child, not your wallet. Heritage Performance Kids Gloves ($26.95) Bold graphics from the official glove of the USEF are right in stride with color-blocking and teech-friendly trends. Th he oh-so astral 2014 Stars staay grounded in the official Pan ntone color of the fashion year (Radiant Orchid), whille the beat goes on for last season’s hippy chic fave,, Peace and Love. As an added bonus, both are touch hscreen friendly. Herita

Horseware Ireland Kids Cotton Lined Chaps ($50) The water-logged look doesn’t wear well on anyone (or on leather chaps). These unisex-sized, cotton-lined chaps from Horseware Ireland are waterproof, windproof (another plus), and breathable. Rain didn’t stop Kent Farrington from winning the Trump Invitational, and it won’t stop your little future champion from riding either. q Skorpii DUO and LUXURY Spur Covers ($38-$69, not including shipping and handling) In France, no teenage show jumper would be caught without her Skorpiis. These b elegant leather spur covers, in a simply sop phisticated duo or luxury line accented with Swaarovski elements, add style to a strong leg, as w well as preserve a like-new finish to spurs. Thee worldwide web equals worldwide shopping g: Skorpii is happy to ship to the U.S. Sko

›› TIPS TO TAKING THE LEAD(LINE) When dressing little ones for leadline classes, take your cue from how the adults at the same show are dressing, and keep to a similar look but with added pops of young, fun color. Vests and jackets tend to bunch up unflatteringly on little bodies, so

stick to crisp and simple, as well as colorful shirts or blouses. A nice touch at the neck for boys is a bandanna, or a little brooch for a girl. And if you’re looking for that Tim Gunn “wow factor” when you enter the ring, coordinate that leadline look by

putting your horse walker and rider in matching accessories or shirt colors. Best tip: Little cowpoke jeans will lay smoother if you sew heavy elastic under the instep to keep pants pulled down snug inside boots…and always smile.

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EVERY RIDER SUFFERS FROM STIFFNESS IN AND around the front of their hips. It’s the nature of this sport. On a horse, we sit with our legs bent at the hip. The degree of the angle depends on the rider’s discipline. We never sit like we are in a chair; one must bring the foot under the hip (hip to knee to ankle). In dressage, the leg is to be long and the hip is to be more neutral. When jumping, the legs are more bent and the hip flexor is shorter. Elasticity is the art of being strong in all long ranges of motion. Anyone jumping horses can get stuck allowing the junction between the pelvis and leg to stay short. In return, the elasticity in the lower core will be limited. The lower body’s entire mechanical range might be limited because the hip flexor or quadricep is too tight. Tight hip flexors are usually a result of overactive quadriceps. This creates tension and causes the muscle to shorten. The quad connects right there in the front of your hips (higher than you would think) and plays a huge roll in pelvic positioning. This is a very large and strong leg muscle. It actually consists of four different muscles, with one of them crossing over the front of the leg from the hip and connecting to the knee. Your whole leg could be pulled rotationally and shorter to one side if you have a muscular imbalance in your quad. Tight hip flexors only mean one thing: the pelvis is not operating efficiently and cannot be trusted. Either riders adjust themselves mechanically to be OK with it in the saddle or they fight the natural “pull” when they ride. In both cases, the seat looks rigid and uncomfortable. You don’t want to learn to compensate, you want to eliminate the tension in the leg.

What to do about tight hipflexors?

This USC student places her knee centered on a BOSU ball and reaches behind her to grab her foot. Working the pressure with the hand creates a comfortable stretch. The closer you press the foot to your glute, the more intense the stretch. Always breathe while stretching.

Train the Hip-Flexor Try to lengthen and break up fascia build-up. Chances are this area has been tight for a long time and it will take time to release the muscle fibers. You can break up the muscle tissue by foam rolling or finding a professional who specializes in Myo-fascial release. You will also need to strengthen the opposing muscles to the quadricep (your glutes and hamstrings). Doing these exercises will stop “pulling” in your hip. By increasing the muscle tissue opposing the hip flexors/quadriceps, you will have more symmetrical strength in the hip overall. A demonstration is in routine four on BioRider Fitness’ DVD, which is now available online through membership. Please visit BRIDGET BRADEN is the innovation behind the popularr BioRider Fitness program, including a full line of video workouts. She is also a USDF Gold Medalist and the head trainer at BioRider Dressage at Sterling Farms in North San Diego County, CA.



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The donkey kick is a terrific exercise that targets muscle recruitment directly opposing the hip flexors. Strengthen the connection between the glute and hamstring with donkey kicks and you will feel a release of tension in the hip flexor.

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equestrian lifestyle COLLECTING THOUGHTS The Trainer Who Influenced Me the Most: Dottie Morkis. She started teaching me four years ago and has been such an inspiration for me. It’s amazing to see the talent she can get out of her horses and she shows where hard work can get you.

Favorite Horse: Definitely my pony, Tony 47.

Lucky Charm: I always wear my horseshoe necklace.

Worst Fall: When a little grey pony attempted to roll while I was riding and I had to leap off him. Guilty Pleasure: Definitely shopping for new saddle pads and polo wraps. You can never have too many colors!

When I’m Not Riding I Like To: Hang out with my friends and play the tenor saxophone.

Best Piece of Riding Advice: Always try your hardest, and never take your horse for granted. If you keep your horse happy then he will be happy to put in a 100% effort for you. Why I Ride: Because horses are really compassionate. All horses have potential and are so talented. I also love to see how much improvement is made. If I Knew Then What I Know Now: I would take every opportunity I had to go to shows and observe. The more experiences the better.

Favorite Quote or Phrase: “He

Alison Redston On Music, Music Movement, Movement and Tuesdays with Morrie

knows when you’re happy, he knows when you’re comfortable, he knows when you’re confident, and he always knows when you have carrots.”

The Last Book I Read Was: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.

If My Horse Were a Person He Would: Be the cool kid at school that

Trainer/Farm Affiliation: Angela Rice and Dottie Morkis, Sage Farm Background: I was the youngest of four girls and all of my older sisters rode. I recently won the Dressage Pony National Championship with Tony 47 at the Dutta Corp/USEF Festival of Champions.



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Why I Chose Dressage: Because when I watched it I was always so curious how the riders were making the horses do that. I would watch, and I would see the horses move and bend in ways I did not think were possible.


all the girls liked, and the nicest and sweetest person.

Age: 15

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the scoop Massachusetts 4-H Club PostRaises Funds for Cancer Care Program KUDOS TO THE BLAZIN’ SADDLES– Hampden County Horse Power 4-H Club, of Westfield, MA, whose members recently raised $955 for The Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson in Northampton, MA, by sponsoring a pacer trail ride and open community

day. Club members have also donated school supplies in back packs, handmade pet beds and donated them along with food and treats to the local animal shelter, rang bells for the Salvation Army, collected coats and food donations for the local shelter, and more in the past.

Mark Your Calendars The Rhode Island Federation of Riding Clubs will be hosting their Horseman’s Bazaar and Indoor Yard Sale on March 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Metcalf Elementary School in Exeter, RI. Admission is free and there will be food available, along with tack, trailers, and other goods. For more information or if you’d like to reserve a table, visit

Traumatic Stress in Youth Being Researched at Touchstone Farm TOUCHSTONE FARM, IN TEMPLE, NH, is the site of a research study on the effect of equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) on symptoms of post-traumatic stress in adolescent boys. Researchers from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts and from Washburn University in Topeka, KS, are partnering with Touchstone Farm and the Wediko School in Windsor, NH. The Horses and Humans Research Foundation awarded the $50,000 grant to fund the study. Touchstone Farm will run multiple 10-week sessions, which began in February, so that a total of 30 boys will participate in EFP at the farm with corresponding control groups at Wediko. March 2014

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The Return of the Galloping Grandfather Harry de Leyer Greets Fans in Long Island ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY PAULA RODENAS

HAD THERE BEEN A TIMED JUMP-OFF between Harry de Leyer and Santa Claus, Long Island’s “galloping grandfather” would have beaten the man in red to the wire. De Leyer went from Virginia, where he presently resides, to Rider’s Choice Saddlery in Ronkonkoma, NY, on December 23, 2013 to sign copies of The Eighty-Dollar Champion n by Elizabeth Letts (Ballantine 2012), as well as Breyer models of his Snowman. He was accompanied by his daughter, Harriet, who at age four declared that de Leyer’s new horse looked like a snowman. The name stuck. Most readers will find the story of Snowman familiar: His rescue from the slaughterhouse by de Leyer, how he was sold and kept jumping fences to return to de Leyer, his prowess in the show jumping arena, and his Professional Horsemen’s Association of America (PHA), AHSA (now U.S. Equestrian Federation), and National Horse Show championships in 1958 and 1959. The book describes it all in detail. One of the first people to publicize the grey gelding’s talent was the late journalist Marie Lafrenz, who wrote for the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlarr and handled public relations for New York’s National Horse Show. Lafrenz headlined Snowman as the “Cinderella horse” and considered herself his fairy godmother. On one occasion in 1958, she and de Leyer handwalked Snowman through the streets of Manhattan during the National to appear on the Tonight Show with Johnny

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Carson. The horse rode up in the freight elevator, was perfectly behaved on the set, and even let Carson sit on his back. He was then walked back to Madison Square Garden, where he won his class that night. Harry de Leyer lived on Long Island for many years, where he taught riding at the Knox School, hunted with the Smithtown Hunt, competed, and established Hollandia Farm in St. James, where he taught and trained. De Leyer came from a farm background in Holland in 1950, lacking the background of the classically trained cavalry officers from other nations who arrived in the United States after the war. His riding style was uniquely personal, relying on balance and timing. Among the autograph collectors this past December was Breeze Tigar, 10, who wanted a book signed for her grandmother, Bonnie Vezzi, who rode Snowman many years ago as a student of de Leyer. A large crowd wound its way through the store, and de Leyer greeted everyone with warmth and humor. Snowman lived until 1974. De Leyer eventually moved to Virginia, where he still rides at 86, despite having broken his back in 2005. He agreed to a Breyer

Nine Day-End y Championships Awarded At First Show of Hillside Meadows Fall/Winter Series ON DECEMBER 8, 2013, HILLSIDE Meadows Equestrian Center in Grafton, MA, held its first open schooling show of its 2013-2014 Fall/Winter Series. Even though there was a definite chill in the air, many exhibitors took advantage of the opportunity to attend and get more 84


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model of Snowman only when he learned the proceeds would be directed to the care of rescued horses. De Leyer’s family and friends are urging him to move back to Long Island, and it is clear that his memories are strong. “I showed here with Snowman, and my farm was here in St. James,” he said. He especially remembers watching his children grow up and compete. When he came to the United States from Holland in 1950, de Leyer never dreamed that he would become a legend. “That was luck,” he said. “I want to thank all the American people who made it possible.”

This show offered a quiet, relaxed environment for both exhibitors and their horses, with day-end championships in nine divisions, from Leadline to Open Hunter. There was also an Open Model Horse/Pony class this season, which was won by Meaghan Donahue and Rick’s Wild Ace. In WalkTrot 13 & Under, Paige Nyren and Jaybird were champions, followed by Morgane Inhabre-Coureshne and Just George in reserve. The Walk-Trot 14 & Over Champions were Amy Kuo and Fairy, while Stephanie Anderson

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UPHA-14 Winter Tournament At Chrislar Farm a Success CHRIS AND LARRY CASSENTI’S Chrislar Farm in Rowley, MA, hosted one in a series of United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Winter Tournaments held during the winter season on Sunday, December 8, 2013. The facility was festively decorated inside and out for the holidays. According to Tournament Secretary Sarah Lettre of Wright-Way Stables in Augusta, ME, “Chrislar’s location is welcoming, convenient, and attracts many UPHA-14 instructors/trainers from the New England area who are always graciously accommodated for a day of winter showing. “The Chrislar staff and clients go ‘all out’ for everyone who attends, serving a large variety of hot dishes and wonderful foods enjoyed by all.” Jennifer Sullivan officiated as judge.

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and Baxter finished in second. The Leadline winners were Anna Kuo and Baxter. Ashley Gronbach and Jazzin Asset took reserve. Hayley Arndt and Baxter were Walk-Trot Canter 13 & Under Champions, with Lauren Airey and Southern Charm as reserve champions. Walk-Trot Canter 14 & Over was won by Abby McGuinn and Jazzin Asset, with Lara Bogdanovich and

[ABOVE LEFT] Judge Jennifer Sullivan and Tournament Secretary Sarah Lettre with Miss Kitty. [ABOVE RIGHT] The trainers gather for a group photo. [RIGHT] (L-R) Judge Jennifer Sullivan with ring-persons Taylor Welch and Natalie Molea and announcer Kevin Solimine.

The facility was bustling with eager and enthusiastic participants who enjoyed riding in the heated indoor arena. Chrislar’s Kevin Solimine was announcer for the event; Kevin Hios took photos; while Taylor Welch and Natalie Molea acted as ring mistresses, organized trophies, and presented awards. The Chrislar staff worked all week preparing for tournament day with Ann Walker, Jackie Medico, and Sarah Keyes efficiently moving riders in and out of the ring with the help of many students. Larry Cassenti and Chuck Jenkins enjoyed meeting, greeting, and parking attendees. Heading up the great feast was Jan Jenkins with the help of many others. The Chrislar competition began greeting attendees at 8:00 a.m., judging

Nips N Nickers coming in behind them. And, the Open Crossrails 18" Championship went to Laney Whitaker and Morning Glory. Rebecca Rinoldo and Gracie won the reserve championship. The next two shows of the series are March 2, 2014 with Buster Stone and April 6, 2014 with Jessica Roberts. Exhibitors who compete in at least two of the three shows will qualify for series-end awards. For more information and full results, visit

started promptly at 10:00 a.m. and concluded at 3:30 p.m., and a hot and social lunch was provided. Participating stables were: Chrislar, Chase Farm, CPM Farm, Edgewood Farm, Fairfield South, High Tail Acres, Legacy Stable, Northgate Stable, S&S Stable, Taylor River Farm, and Verrill Stable. Lettre, who kept everything organized and running well, reported, “This is always a well-attended tournament, this year bringing 84 exhibitors, 25 ‘outside’ horses, over 150 vehicles parked, and feeding well over 400 hungry attendees!” For more information about the Winter Tournament Program, contact Sarah Lettre at 207-626-5680 or visit The UPHA Chapter-14 will hold the first USEF “A”-rated horse show of the season, the Spring Premiere Horse Show, set for April 16-19, 2014 at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, MA. March 2014

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Save the Date IHSA Nationals Return May 1-4 to Harrisburg, PA Forty title classes for hunt seat and western riders will be up for grabs at the 41st IHSA Nationals. »

Director, Robert Cacchione, in announcing a renewal contract had been signed to return in May 2014. “Thank you, IHSA, for choosing Harrisburg. We look forward to working with you,” Greig told Cacchione. The IHSA Nationals present 40 title classes and over 450 riders—from more than 8,900 riders and 400 colleges in the IHSA—that have progressed through qualifying events to earn the privilege of competing for their school at the championships. Since 2012, thanks to live web-stream, following the action and results for your

favorite colleges has never been easier: Public admission to the championships is still free and more people than ever can also now watch from computers or smart phones. Results and links for last year’s championships, which saw a historic tie in the Collegiate Cup between hunter seat teams St. Lawrence University and Skidmore College, and AQHA Trophy team win for West Texas A&M University, are available at


LOOKING FOR THRILLING EQUESTRIAN competition on the first Saturday in May? Sure, there’s always the Kentucky Derby. Or you can follow four times the riding action instead, when the 41st Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships return for the second consecutive year to the Pennsylvania Farm Expo, May 1-4. It will offer spectators—in-house and online— four nonstop days of hunter seat flat, over fences, western horsemanship, and reining title challenges before some of the industry’s most discerning rated judges. The return to Harrisburg was confirmed at last year’s championships when Michael L. Pechart, executive deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; Mathew Meals, deputy secretary for animal agriculture; and George Greig, from the office of the secretary for the Department of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, joined IHSA Executive



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[LEFT] Kami Wolk, MFH, and Howard. [RIGHT] Daun DeFrance and Trevor.

Wentworth Hunt Club Holds Annual Hunt Ball SUBMITTED BY MARILYN MARIANO


WENTWORTH HUNT HELD ITS annual Hunt Ball on November 23 in Rochester, NH. Held at the historic Governor’s Inn, it was a festive occasion, with hunt members, guests, and friends turned out in their finest. This year’s masquerade theme added a fun element to the evening. Our annual silent auction and raffle was a big hit, raising money for the hounds. Thanks to Kelly Perkins for organizing the event, and to all the volunteers that helped. Wentworth joint MFH’s Kami Wolk and Sue Levy handed out hunt awards to members and horses who distinguished themselves throughout the year, as follows: ■ Best Pony Hunter: Diane Kane’s pony, Kosette, aka Rosie. ■ The Brindle Silver Tray Award: Linda Saba’s horse, Sterling. The award is donated by Cindy Jenkins, in memory of Brindle, a horse that came from a background of hunting at Genesee Hunt, and is awarded to the best representative of a well-behaved, honest hunt horse; a packer, honest, and athletic animal, that anyone could ride. ■ Master’s Trophy: MFH (Master of Foxhounds) Kami Wolk’s horse, Hurricane Bay, aka Howard. The Master’s Trophy was donated in honor of Joey, Lena Amerian’s top level dressage horse that she led first field on and whipped-in on when needed. The award is given to the horse that has excelled in other equestrian sports, was an accomplished hunter, and stood out during the season

at hunter trials, paces, etc. ■ Best Hound Trophy: Van Gogh ■ The Silver Helmet Award: Daun DeFrance. The Silver Helmet was donated by Ron Carey for the hunt member who exemplifies the true spirit of foxhunting, through hunt etiquette and manners in the field, and whom we’d be proud to have represent our hunt. ■ Volunteer of the Year Award: Marilyn Mariano ■ Involuntary Dismount Award: Susan Hanna ■ The Silver Fox Award: Ron Carey is the first recipient of the Silver Fox Pitcher. New in 2013, it is donated in memory of Deb Bloomberg. It is for the seasoned foxhunter who is a great inspiration to those around them, exemplifying that hunting knows no limits and that all are equal out in the field. In addition, Marilyn Mariano was awarded her colors, and Kelly Perkins and Jean Jeffords were awarded hunt buttons. Additional awards were distributed at our Landowner’s Party in December. Beautiful, hand-drawn certificates were presented to those horses (or ponies) that participated in at least half of the hunts of the 2013 season. Kerry Rodger’s Napolean was the horse that hunted the most—just squeaking past Linda Saba’s Sterling by one outing. ■ Qualified Hunt Horses this year: Kerry Rodger’s Napolean, Linda Saba’s Sterling, Marilyn Mariano’s Phoenix, Daun DeFrance’s Trevor, Kami Wolk’s Khyber,

Jean Jefford’s Kamou, Ann Pembroke’s Cygnus, Sue Levy’s Hannah, Tracie Sales’ Champ, Kami Wolk’s Trinidad, Diane Kane’s Gal, Ellen Madigan’s Jethro, Michelle Myrdek’s Sparks, Kelly Perkins’ Chandraki, Susan Hannah’s Solis, Cynthia Pierce’s Andy, Linda Fernald’s Fohr Wheel Drive, Sarah Isherwood’s Daatje, David Maguire’s Ezza, Ann Wicander’s Cali (ridden by Walker Greenwell), and Lauretta Greer’s Lumina. In other news, we are getting ready for an exciting year. Wentworth is hosting the New England Hound Show, Sunday May 4, 2014 at Echo Ridge Farm in Lee, NH. We also are preparing for our annual dressage schooling show to be held on Sunday, May 18, at the University of New Hampshire. Also, see the calendar for dates for our upcoming hunter pace series. All are welcome and it’s a fun, welcoming environment and an opportunity to ride some of our beautiful hunt territories. The Wentworth Hunt annual meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 23. All members are encouraged to attend. We will be electing the new board and planning for the 2014 season. There are many opportunities for volunteerism, so please come out and get involved. In the meantime, hunt members, hounds, and horses look forward to spring. Hounds are tucked-up in their kennels, enjoying several long walks per week. A few lucky horses and riders have headed south to the Carolinas for some warm weather riding, eventing, and hunting. Others are using the off-season to take lessons, work on dressage, go on long, snowy trail rides, or wild and woolly beach rides. Some horses (and riders) are enjoying a welldeserved rest, and are dreaming of the upcoming season. March 2014

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Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Members Start Thinking Spring SUBMITTED BY BETH STONE

EVEN THOUGH THERE’S STILL A chill in the air, things are warming up for a busy season for the Tri-State Horsemen’s Association (TSHA). Spring will be here before we know it, and the various TSHA committees have been hard 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 preparing for the best TSHA Open Show Series ever. Once again, the weekends will kick off with a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, and classes will begin on Friday at noon. Changes to the class schedule will help make the weekend run smoother and be even more relaxed and enjoyable for exhibitors. In addition to being affiliated with the Paint Alternative Competition (PAC) and Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association (RIAHA) incentive programs, TSHA Open Shows will again be taking part in he Jockey

Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) for off-the-track Thoroughbreds. This year’s open shows will be held on June 6-8, July 11-13, and August 15-17, at beautiful Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, CT. Information about the shows will be posted soon on the TSHA website,, and will be mailed to all members and exhibitors. The 2013 dressage show dates are May 24-25, June 28-29, and August 2-3, at the Woodstock Fairgrounds in Woodstock, CT. Once again, the dressage shows will include traditional classes as well as western dressage classes. This year, the dressage shows will not be requiring riders to volunteer in order to be eligible for year-end awards, but it still will take lots of manpower to keep the shows running smoothly! If you would like to help with the TSHA Dressage Shows and earn “TSHA Bucks,” which can be applied to entry fees at any TSHA event, please email the dressage show manager at Watch

your mail; the 2014 dressage program will be arriving in your mailbox. The next TSHA membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 5 at Trinity Episcopal Church on Route 6 in Brooklyn, CT, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Take a break from the cold and join us for some warm conversation and find out what TSHA has planned for the coming year! Voting on changes to the Constitution and Bylaws will take place and all TSHA members are welcome! What is fun, informative, full of photos, and easy to navigate? The TSHA website! Check it out at It’s the best place to find the most up-to-the-minute information about all TSHA activities, events, scholarships, Nutrena feed-tag program, and much, much more. Our sponsors help us provide the very best competitions and prizes while keeping our costs to exhibitors as low as possible. If you would like to support the Tri-State Horsemen’s Association this year as a sponsor, please check out the website for more information. Just a reminder…If you have not renewed your TSHA membership for 2014, now is a great time to get that done. Remember, your membership includes a subscription to the Equine Journal, so renew now and don’t miss any issues! Membership forms can be found online at the TSHA website. Until next month, “Think spring!”


Norfolk Hunt Club Announces New Huntsman; Grounds for Celebration Set For May 22 SUBMITTED BY D.A. HAYDEN, PHOTOS BY KATHIE DAVENPORT

Norfolk’s New Huntsman Effective April 1, Ms. Heather Player will be joining Norfolk as its professional huntsman. Norfolk’s current huntsman, John Elliott, will be retiring this spring and relocating to Virginia after 11 successful years with the Club. In announcing the selection of a new huntsman for Norfolk, joint Masters of Foxhounds Owen Hughes, MFH, Ruth Lawler, MFH and Tom Lewis, MFH, issued the following statement: “We are thrilled to have Heather join the Norfolk family. If you haven’t already

met Heather at one of the many hunts she attended with us this fall, you are in for a real treat. Heather is a consummate professional, with 20 years of experience working in foxhunting environments in Massachusetts and Virginia. She brings to Norfolk a strong understanding of drag foxhounds and drag hunting, combined with a tremendous respect for the tradition of our sport. Heather is an elegant and accomplished rider and a positive presence in the hunt field. She is a strong communicator who is comfortable with

our many foxhunting constituencies: members, guests, landowners, and volunteers. What’s more, Heather has worked with Norfolk’s hounds, having served as an honorary whipper-in as well as helping us during the recent fall season.” Heather is a graduate of the 2011 Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA) Professional Development Program; her mentor was Andrew Barclay, retired huntsman of Green Springs Valley Hounds. For the past two years, Heather ran her own business as a trainer and barn manager specializing in field hunters. In this capacity, we have had the pleasure of having Heather chaperone her clients while foxhunting with Norfolk. Prior, Heather worked at the Myopia Hunt Club, spending four years as a professional whipper-in and as acting huntsman for the fall 2010 formal

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Get Ready to Rhumba! On Thursday, May 22, 2014 the Norfolk Hunt Club will be hosting Grounds for Celebration, a gala evening dedicated to raising funds to preserve and protect the land for equestrian and recreational use. Grounds for Celebration is a biennial event and the Club’s largest fundraiser, with the specific goal of providing critical funds for the ongoing maintenance of over 200 miles of trails and open space. Grounds for Celebration is chaired by Norfolk members Sarah Monaco and Ros Smythe, who are supported by a leadership committee of Norfolk members and volunteers, including Donna Guadagno, Nancy Harrod, D.A. Hayden, Lisa Lewis, Diana McNamara, Amey Moot, Desmond O’Leary, and Charlotte Saul. This year the party will have a Havana Nights theme, featuring a casino with gaming tables. Guests will step into 1950s Cuba under a tent at the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course, and enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music, and dancing. Bully Boy Distillers, Boston’s first craft distillery since prohibition and a sponsor of the event, will be serving special Cuban cocktails. Individual tickets to Grounds for Celebration are $125 per person. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

Grounds for Celebration Drawing for Robert Douglas Hunter Painting A stunning still life oil painting by renowned Boston artist Robert Douglas Hunter will be the prize in a limited ticket Norfolk Hunt Club Grounds for Celebration drawing. The 26" x 20" inch painting, titled “Arrangement with Brass Ewer” is valued at $10,500. No more than 300 entries will be included in the drawing. The drawing will take place at Grounds for Celebration. Entries are $100 each or 3 for $250. Robert Hunter is regarded as the “Dean” of the Boston school of painting. In early 2001, the Cape Cod Museum of Art opened a new naturally lit gallery named in Hunter’s honor, and mounted a retrospective exhibition of his paintings in the new space. A member of the Copley Society of Boston, the Guild 96


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of Boston Artists, the Provincetown Art Association, and the Allied Artists of America, Mr. Hunter’s paintings are in the collections of the Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC; the Chrysler Art Museum, Norfolk, VA; the Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, WA, (Solo Exhibition, 1988); The Michelson Museum of Art, Marshall, TX; and the [ABOVE] Norfolk’s Masters of Foxhounds (l-r) Tom Lewis, MFH, Southern Alleghenies Ruth Lawler, MFH and Owen Hughes, MFH. [BELOW] Heather Museum of Art, Player will be the Norfolk Hunt Club’s professional huntsman. Loretto, PA. His work is also in collections at Harvard University, Northeastern University, Phillips Andover Academy, Tufts University, and in numerous private and corporate collections including the New England Life Insurance Company and the John Hancock Insurance Company. Robert Douglas Hunter has long been a proponent of preserving and protecting open space and is an avid supporter of the Norfolk Hunt Club. Mr. Hunter’s wife Liz is a member of the Norfolk Hunt Club and has served in a variety of board positions with the Club. The Hunters reside in an historic home included: Gail Anderson, ex-MFH, and in Walpole, MA, which also houses Mr. Hunter’s studio, where he continues to her husband Paul O’Rourke; Dominic Cammarata and his wife Carolyn paint daily. For further information on the Regan; John Decembrele and his wife drawing, to review drawing rules and for Christine; Martha Drum, ex-Associate, entries, visit MFH; George Fiske; Nick Gleysteen and his wife Paula; D.A. Hayden; Owen Spotted in New York… Hughes, MFH, and his wife Mary; Ruth Several Norfolk Hunt members Lawler, MFH, and her husband Chris; attended the January 24 Masters Ball Tom Lewis, MFH, and his wife Ailene as part of the Masters of Foxhounds Robinson; Carol Mansfield, MFH, and Association annual meeting in New her husband Mark Roche; and Sarah York City. Norfolk members attending Monaco and Tim Johnson.



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New York/Upper CT Region n of Pony Clubs Discusses the Pony Club Approved Helmet SUBMITTED BY BARBARA KIL

FOR OVER 30 YEARS THE UNITED States Pony Club (USPC) has taken the lead when it comes to protective headwear. In the 1980s Pony Club realized that the little velvet helmets with the elastic chinstraps were not really protecting our heads if we fell from our horses. In 1980, USPC started to track accidents, requiring clubs to fill out reports. After three years they had a helmet tested at an independent laboratory and required all their members to wear these helmets. In 1986, the USPC asked ASTM to develop a helmet for horseback riding. This study continued for 12 years with the result of a 26% decrease in the number of head injuries since the start of the standard helmet requirement. There was a time that riders would go into a tack shop requesting the “Pony Club

approved helmet.” Today riders simply Hillary Ballek having her helmet checked with look for the ASTM/SEI (American the rest of the Wild Things games team. Society for Testing and Materials/ Safety Equipment Institute) label to be certain they are buying a helmet that will With concussions a very hot topic of discussion these days, the helmet protect their heads. The United States Pony requirement takes on even more imporClub is very proud of having taken the lead in requiring junior riders to wear ASTM/ tance. All Pony Club leaders are now required to do an online certification on SEI approved helmets. Not only do we require them to be worn but we also train concussion. Leaders learn how to recogour volunteers and instructors in the proper nize the symptoms and what to do. fitting of these helmets. At the beginning Safety around horses and horse of very mounted activity, rally, or lesson, management have always been a priority of the United States Pony Club. Our goal helmets are inspected for proper fit. The Washington State 4-H Video,“Every in teaching proper care of horses is not Time Every Ride,” was once required just to do well at a competition or pass viewing. But it is still our motto—no one your next rating, but to make safety around horses second nature. It’s just the gets on his or her horse without a helmet, with the strap attached. way we do things every day.


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Hunter/Jumper news YO OUTH SCHOLARS Co ongratulations to Jessica Peetersen and Emily Mulligan. Bo oth youth riders were aw warded scholarships from th he North Shore Horsemen’s Association at their 66th A yeear-end awards banquet at the Danversport Yacht Club on January 18, 2014. o


CONGRATS GO TO CAROLINE OLSEN OF Sherborn, MA, on the purchase of Sugarbrook Adorabelle, aka “Shadow.” They sure do make an awesome pair!



Kudos to Heather Reid and Absolut Ice on being named the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Stirrup Cup winners in Adult Hunter Zone 1, as well as earning reserve champion in the Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council (MHC) Amateur Adult Hunters and third place in the New England Horsemen’s Council Amateur Adult Hunter last year. The dynamic duo, who ride out of Evenstride Farm in Byfield, MA, finished 2013 with a great season.

of 2013. “Fanny” is also a very competitive Derby horse and JoJo is looking forward to a fun summer, competing in the adult hunters and 3’ derbies. They ride out of Fair Harbour Farm in Acton, MA.

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) media A iintern, Eileen Cody, wrote iin to share a mid-season update with us from Zone 2, Region 1. As we go to 2 press, she reports that Cornell University has taken the lead in the regional standings with 233 points, having taken home high point team honors at four of the shows. Last year’s regional champion team, Alfred University, currently sits in second place with 206 points, while Ithaca College stands in third with 176 points. And Cornell is currently dominating the USEF/Cacchione Cup stand-

ings, holding the top three places with junior Georgiana de Rham in first place with 65 points, freshman Chelsea Huss in second with 59 points, and sophomore Meredith Meyer in third with 54 points. Ithaca College junior, Marla Van Buskirk, follows Meyer in fourth with 51 points.

TAKING THE REINS And in news from St. Lawrence University, the school’s IHSA team captain, Jessie Lewis, was recognized for her leadership as head of the 2013 Collegiate Cup IHSA National Championship Team during the USEF Collegiate Luncheon, held in conjunction with the USEF Convention, on January 11.

PLAYING FOR KEEPS Hilltop Farm’s Riverman is once again being honored with the USEF South Pacific Award, given annually to the leading U.S.-based jumper sire based on the success of their offspring in USEF competitions. The South Pacific Award is

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A FANTASTIC RIDE JoJo Howland and Fantasia Rouge also finished 2013 with great success, winning the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Zone 1 Adult Amateur 51 & Over Horse of the Year Award. JoJo purchased the eight-year-old Belgian Warmblood in the summer of 2012 as a pre-green horse and spent some time getting to know her before moving up to competing in the adult amateurs in March

[LEFT] Heather Reid and Absolut Ice. [RIGHT] Emily Mulligan is awarded her scholarship from the North Shore Horsemen’s Association. March 2014

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Frances Land and Vieanne Top $25,000 Holiday Finale Grand Prix

$25,000 Holiday Finale Grand Prix winner Frances Land riding Vieanne.

Teran and ARK Partners LLC’s Tam Tam Hero had the fastest round of the night in 39.521 seconds, but had one rail down to finish fourth. Land is currently in school at Emory University and rides on the weekends at her family’s farm in Georgia.

Jumper Highlights ESP’s Holiday Finale hosted a $10,000 Open Jumper Stake class with a win for Danielle Goldstein and Israeli Equestrian Partners’ Carisma. Thirty-one entries showed with 14 clear rounds to advance to the jump-off. Just five of those were able to jump double clear, and Goldstein had the fastest round of

37.618 seconds for the win. Lorenzo De Luca and Neil Jones Equestrian’s Utopias finished second in 38.172 seconds. Lauren Tisbo was third and fourth, stopping the clock in 38.573 seconds aboard Roundthorn Madios and 39.131 seconds with Darcon Scheefkasteel Z. Both horses are owned by Tequestrian Farms LLC. The $1,500 Tackeria North American League (NAL) Child/Adult Jumper Classic was held on Friday with a win for Jacklynn Carey and Sher-Al Farm’s Lexa 22. Stephanie Ann Cook and Lionsway Farm’s Eastbound and Down earned second place.

Hunter/Jumper News continued from page 99 donated by Joan Irvine Smith and is named after her international grand prix competitor and sire, South Pacific. This is the third consecutive year that Riverman has earned this title!

SAME SHOW, NEW LOCATION St. Christopher’s Horse Show announces that this year’s event will be relocating to a new site. This year’s show is set to take place at Swan Lake Stable in Littlestown, PA, where it will continue Danielle Goldstein and Carisma.



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CONDOLENCES We are sad to report on the passing of Andrea Little Eaton of Ipswich, MA, after courageously battling cancer for the past two years. She was a graduate of the Ethel Walker School and was well-known in the community, working at Centennial Farms alongside her father, the late Don Little, and brother. She enjoyed participating in show jumping, foxhunting, and three-day eventing.


EQUESTRIAN SPORT PRODUCTIONS (ESP) hosted its Holiday Finale horse show on January 1-5 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a full schedule of great competition. The show featured a $10,000 Open Jumper Stake as well as the $25,000 Holiday Finale Grand Prix, held under the lights on Saturday night. Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY, was the course designer in the International Arena at PBIEC. He set the track for 44 entries in the $25,000 Holiday Finale Grand Prix for an exciting win for Frances Land aboard the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare Vieanne (Andiamo x Voltaire). The pair had the fastest of three double clear rounds in the jump-off in 39.556 seconds. They beat out Shane Sweetnam and Mimosa, owned by Sweek Oak and Spy Coast Farms with their time of 41.195 seconds. Gabriela Mershad and Mershad Stables LLC’s Skara Glen’s Basel also cleared the short course and finished third with their time of 43.162 seconds. Roberto

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Tracyy Fenneyy Goes Two for Two With Bookend Performances at HITS Ocala AFTER JUMPING TO THE TOP OF the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented by Zoetis, on Friday, January 24, Tracy Fenney of Flower Mound, TX, found success again on January 26 in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, this time aboard MTM Farm’s Centano. Lucky enough to have two grand prix mounts to choose from, she also capped the ribbons in 12th with Friday’s victor, MTM Timon. Twenty-three combinations made up the starting field and jumped a course set by Jerry Dougherty of Bokeelia, FL. The original track included 13 obstacles and 16 jumping efforts, including a double combination at the sixth fence and a triple two jumps later. The buzz about Sunday’s grand prix was the all-new Ocala Horse Properties Stadium. The stadium was constructed for special classes at the 2014 Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) Ocala Winter Circuit, including the inaugural Great American $1 Million Grand Prix to be held on March 24. “The Ocala Horse Properties Stadium is a game changer here in Ocala. This new ring will open the door to hosting international jumping events at Post Time Farms,” said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri, who flew to Florida for the ring’s debut. With 11 advancing to the jump-off, speed was the number-one priority. True to form, Fenney and MTM Centano did what they do best—they went fast. They were third to challenge the jump-off course and set the Great American Time to Beat with the first clear round in 46.02 seconds. Fenney had eight challengers to ride behind her and spared no time in making

their jobs a real test. Even she admits that sometimes her competitors underestimate MTM Centano. “Centano is a really big horse, so most people look at him and assume he is slow,” said Fenney of the gelding, who has proved to be anything but slow. “His stride is deceiving because he covers so much ground.” Derek Braun of Lexington, KY, was the next to ride clear in the irons of Split Rock Farm, Inc.’s Cyraneiky. Despite the clear trip, their time of 50.19 seconds was a full four seconds slower than Fenney’s, landing them in second. Daniel Damen of Ocala, FL, challenged two trips later with a clear round aboard Chuck & Dana Waters’ Quintus 66. Their time of 50.21 seconds, just three one-hundredths behind Braun, settled them in third. The fourth and final doubleclear effort of the day came from Jordan Coyne of New Port Richey, FL, and her own Cordovo. They were handed fourth place honors after posting a time of 51.17 seconds. Lisa Goldman of Hawthorn Woods, IL, who won both grand prix during week I, capped the top five on Mary Goldman’s Centurion B. She was fractions faster than Fenney in 45.39 seconds, but took down a rail at the second-to-last jump to pick up four faults.

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Silverado finished second. Saturday’s $1,500 Marshall & Sterling (M&S) Children’s Jumper Classic saw a win for Alexandra Indeglia riding Hans, with Hana Bieling and Wonderland Farm LLC’s Rainbow Brite in second. In the $1,500 M&S Adult Jumper Classic, Jacklynn Carey and Lexa 22 earned another victory. Annie Gardner and Cassandra Z finished second.

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In the $1,500 Low Children’s Jumper Classic, Anderson F. Wagner earned a win aboard Thunderball. Carly Dvorkin and Joe Saltim Z placed second. In the $1,500 Low Adult Jumper Classic, Christina Cohan was the winner aboard Susan Dixon’s Shamrock. Elizabeth Craven and

[ABOVE] $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and $50,000 HITS Grand Prix winner Tracy Fenney aboard MTM Timon. [BELOW] Derek Braun finished second in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix.

The $2,500 Equiline NAL Low Junior/ Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic was also held on Saturday, with a win for Stephanie Novas aboard Aretina M. Allyson Shryoc placed second aboard Cheval d’Espoir Z. Erin Haas and North Face Farm’s As Di Chupito were victorious in the $2,500 High Junior/ Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Gabriella Mershad and Mershad Stables LLC’s Udonna placed second. March 2014

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Kent Farrington g and Blue Angel Win $125,000 Trump Invitational Grand Prix CSI 2*, Presented by Rolex [ABOVE] $125,000 Trump Invitational Grand Prix winners Kent Farrington and Blue Angel. [BELOW] Candice King and Kismet 50 finished in second place. »

Donald Trump had another great year hosting the event and looks forward to 2015. “I just want to congratulate Kent and our great champions,” Trump smiled. “They are amazing athletes. As a novice, I think the weather made it more exciting. Last year we had the sun beaming down, and it was hot. I had no idea that these athletes could even perform in this kind of weather. I was very surprised by it, and it was amazing. I think it really made it quite exciting.” Commenting on his success with Blue Angel, Farrington noted, “That horse was already a winner before I started riding it. Lauren Hough had a lot of success with [her], and [she] continues to be a great horse. It’s great to win two in a row. A big win is always exciting and for this event, to be part of it and to

Ronan McGuigan and Capall Zidane Race to Victory in $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 2* IRELAND’S RONAN MCGUIGAN AND Capall Zidane were double clear and blazing fast for the win in the January 18 $50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 2*, the highlight 104 EQUINE


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win it is really special for me.” Paige Bellissimo, chairwoman of the event along with Georgina Bloomberg and Ivanka Trump, summed it up nicely with her take on the day, stating, “Everything came together except the weather, and all of the riders did an incredible job and really showed what great athletes they are to prevail through these conditions.”

Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) with top finishes for McGuigan, along with Todd Minikus and Quality Girl and Nicholas Dello Joio aboard Carlos V.H.P. Z. Luc Musette of Belgium set the course for the Saturday night competition with 44 entries, nine clear rounds to advance to the jump-off, and seven clear rounds over the short course. The fantastic crowd that braved the unusually cold Florida weather was treated to a thrilling show in the jump-off as the

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KENT FARRINGTON AND ROBIN Parsky’s Blue Angel added another victory to their roster of recent wins with a top finish in the $125,000 Trump Invitational Grand Prix, presented by Rolex on Sunday, January 5. Held at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, FL, the second annual event brought together many of the best in equestrian show jumping for a day of great competition and charity fundraising, set on the lawn of Donald Trump’s scenic estate. Despite substantial rain, the grass footing that was newly replaced after last year’s event held up well throughout the day’s competition to give Farrington his second consecutive victory. He won the inaugural contest in 2013 aboard Amalaya Investments’ Dynamo. International course designer Anthony D’Ambrosio, of Red Hook, NY, set the track for Sunday’s highlight competition with 28 horse and rider combinations, eight of which cleared the course without fault to advance to the jump-off. Seven entries returned over the short course with three double clear efforts. Farrington and Blue Angel led the victory gallop with a time of 36.85 seconds. Candice King and Bellissimo LLC’s Kismet 50 finished second with a clear jump-off round in 38.76 seconds, and Todd Minikus and Legacy Stables LLC’s Uraguay were third in 38.88 seconds. Lauren Hough and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala had the fastest four-fault round in 38.30 seconds for fourth place.

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$50,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSI 2* winner Ronan McGuigan riding Capall Zidane.

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few rounds later, Dello Joio and Carlos V.H.P. Z completed the third fastest time in 40.33 seconds. It was a very close race, as Sweden’s Alexander Zetterman and Cafino finished fourth in 40.50 seconds, and Kaitlin Campbell and Rocky W stopped the clock in 40.52 seconds to place fifth.

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SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF Art & Design’s (SCAD) win at the Tournament of Champions Winter Classic, held January 25 at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, was their second tournament win this season, having also won the Preseason Classic in Lynchburg, VA, in September. Having never previously won a single tournament event, SCAD won two of three this year and easily won the Tournament Series Championship for the first time. SCAD’s Tori Smolinski won in Walk-Trot-Canter and Cecilia Langley earned the blue ribbon for the second time this season in Walk-Trot, quickly establishing a decisive lead. Bridgewater College’s only lead occurred after Michaela Bragg won the first class of the show—in Intermediate Flat—over SCAD’s second place Ryan Genn. Michael Kocher took a third place in Class 2, Open Fences, to give SCAD the lead they would hold the rest of the day. When Bridgewater lingered a little too near for a little too long, SCAD scored two final blows in the last two classes, when Lydia Todd took third place in Open Flat, then Quinn Lowsky won Novice Flat. The 2013-2014 Series Championship finished exactly the same way, with SCAD Coach Ashley Henry taking the Series Championship trophy home to Savannah, GA, for the first time ever. Bridgewater College ended up as reserve champion for the Series Championship for the second year in a row.

The field of teams was one of the most competitive ever, and the scores reflected that competitiveness with all 20 teams scoring in double digits. Predictably, Goucher and Mount Holyoke finished in the top team ribbons, but there were some real surprises. Virginia Tech rode extremely well, taking the third place team ribbon. Mary Washington took advantage of the home team advantage, claiming sixth place, and Kentucky and Findlay took seventh and eighth places in a renewal of an old Zone 6 rivalry but with two new coaches. One of the real highlights of the Winter Classic was the Tournament of Champions Medal. All eyes were on Chase Boggio, riding for Tufts University in Boston. Boggio is well-known in national level equitation circles; in his first appearance as a collegiate rider back in December he had won the Open Fences for his Tufts team, but this was his first shot at the Tournament of Champions Medal. Judge Tom Brennan watched two groups of flat riders, calling back half to jump on a random horse, then recalled four—Boggio, Taylor Rose of Bridgewater College, Blake Roberts of Virginia Intermont College, and Kaitlan Parker of Bridgewater College—to test additionally on a horse that he had handpicked for them. In the end, Boggio lived up to his billing and won the final Tournament of Champions Medal of the season, with Rose finishing in reserve. Parker finished in third place.



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THE GREEN MOUNTAIN HORSE ASSOCIATION keeps upping their game! The association has announced it will be running a CIC* in 2014 as part of their August Festival of Eventing. Over the weekend of August 8-10, the Beginner Novice through Intermediate horse trials will offer the inaugural CIC* and $10,000 in prize money for the Intermediate division.

WELCOME! Congratulations to Elisabeth Affeld on the purchase of her new horse, Stormn James KD, from KD Trakehners. She is preparing him for a career in eventing and plans to compete on her college equestrian team. Best of luck to both in their endeavors!



U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Area I congratulates John Bourgoin on being the 2013 recipient of the USEA’s Cornerstone Instructor’s Award! The award goes to grass roots, lower-level instructors around the country. John has competed up to the Advanced Level and brought along multiple horses in the sport. This season, he moved his current horse, Fernhill Ballinaboola a.k.a. Billy, up to Preliminary after winning the Area I Training Championship.

John runs Arbrook Farm with his wife, Alice, in North Ferrisburgh, VT, and teaches countless children and adults how to ride and take care of their horses. He’s been an instructor for the Charlotte (Vermont) Pony Club for 36 years, teaches at the Area I Young Rider Clinic every summer, has served for years as an Area I Young Riders selector, and helps to prep and coach young riders at the GMHA Novice/Training three-day.

IN WITH THE NEW Speaking of Area I, the council recently announced that their new treasurer is George Cheney. George replaces Michelle Brochu, who exited after 18 years.

UPDATE Larkin’ Hill in New York has added Training Level to their June horse trials, but has canceled their August event.

Sccarlet Hill’s Denise Goyea heeaded south to Ocala, FL fo or some winter training with Scott Keach and Sharon w White, but she’ll be back in W April to start the season in th he Northeast. For the 2014 seeason, Scarlet Hill will be hosting a USEA Young/New h Event Horse competition E on August 29, as well as a o ccross-country schooling sshow July 2, and the Scarlet Apple three phases are A sscheduled for July 9 and September 1—to top it all S off, the farm is currently in o the mi middle of a big renovation of the stadium jumping field!

HARD WORK PAYS OFF Coyote Spring Farm out of Lee, NH, has announced their own year-end award winners. Horsemanship Junior went to Natalie Czepiel, while Horsemanship Senior was awarded to Judy Eitler. Sarah MacDonald won the Sportsmanship Junior Award, with Sportsmanship Senior going to Ken Peterson. The Hardest Working Junior was Laine Metz and the Hardest Working Senior was Brittany Powers Jamison. And, Emily Lentz won the Most Improved Junior Award, with Deirdra Baldwin taking home Most Improved Senior.

LOOKING AHEAD Mark your calendars! Ledyard farm in Massachusetts will be hosting Lucinda Green at their facility on June 12-13 and again June 14-15. For more information, visit

THE COME BACK TRAIL Three cheers for 2014 Worth the Trust Scholarship Young Adult Winner Heidi Siegmund! After severe injuries from a freak accident left her in the

hospital and out of the saddle for a few months, Heidi made an unlikely recovery and returned to eventing quickly, moving her mare Sierra up to the Preliminary Level. As the scholarship winner, she will receive $3,000 to put toward training in hopes of upper-level success.

CHASING BETTER DAYS The eventing world has had a tough winter. January marked a sad month, as the USEA lost Area IX member, Don Gerlach. Don, 59, was known as a fierce competitor, a caring friend, and a selfless individual that could always be counted on. The heartbreak would only continue that month, as three outstanding equine partners would lose hard-fought battles. Buck Davidson’s CCI2* mount, Santa’s Keeper, suffered a leg injury in competition and eventually succumbed to it after his condition deteriorated. Buck was quoted as saying that “Simon” was, “the kindest horse in the world.” Allison Springer’s newly acquired mount and Olympic Silver Medalist, Lionheart, was euthanized on January 18 following complications due to colic. Allison said, “This was one of the most challenging and heartbreaking weeks of my life. Lionheart dealt with this as the true champion he was, never giving up.” The devastion would come once again with the news that Tim, Karen, and Patience O’Neal had lost their Advanced Level partner, True Avenue, due to colic. “True Avenue was and is the most incredible horse I’ve ever owned or ridden,” said Karen. “She would do anything for me and my daughter, Patience, she loved her job, and especially loved cross-country.” Our hearts go out to each and every person, and equine, who was touched by these beautiful souls.

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Andrew Nicholson Celebrates Second $50,000 HSBC Rankings Bonus Andrew Nicholson ended the 2013 eventing season atop the HSBC World Rankings, aided by his Rolex Kentucky win aboard Quimbo. »

Mr Cruise Control, and Pau winner, Nereo—who last month was crowned Eventing Horse of the Year by the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses— occupying first and second places. “This is a great honor, and it doesn’t get more special than this,” Nicholson said, after being presented with a silver salver by HSBC’s Sponsorship Manager Kate Fullam at Olympia, The London International Horse Show in December. “I’m very grateful to HSBC, which has helped raise the profile of top-level eventing massively. The competition is a lot fiercer now right from the beginning of the season because of the focus on world ranking points. Thanks to Nereo, Mr Cruise Control, Avebury, Calico Joe, and Quimbo, and my team at home, we’ve pulled it off again, and I’m now focusing on the 2014 eventing

season, the World Equestrian Games, and of course Rio.” Giles Morgan, HSBC Group Head of Sponsorship & Events commented: “On behalf of HSBC I would like to congratulate Andrew on ending the eventing season as the leading rider in the HSBC World Rankings. This, along with his victory in the 2013 HSBC FEI Classics series, is testament to Andrew’s talent and his commitment to the sport. We wish all the riders the best of luck for next season.” “HSBC has made a tremendous contribution to global eventing during its partnership with the FEI, helping to propel the sport onto a mainstream stage,” said Ingmar De Vos, FEI Secretary General. “As well as supporting the highest level of eventing as title sponsor of the HSBC FEI Classics for six successful years, HSBC has helped young riders at a grass roots level to develop skills enabling them to come up through the ranks to compete internationally, and this positive impact on the sport will be felt for many years to come.”

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NEW ZEALAND’S ANDREW NICHOLSON has collected his second consecutive $50,000 bonus after an extraordinary 2013 eventing season as the uninterrupted leader of the HSBC Rankings. Nicholson was first awarded the HSBC bonus in 2012 after retaining the top spot in the world eventing rankings since the London 2012 Olympic Games in Greenwich Park, where he led the bronze medal winning team and secured New Zealand’s first medal of the Games. The 52-year-old, born and raised on New Zealand’s North Island and based in Great Britain since 1980, held the HSBC Rankings lead for 19 consecutive months as of press time, and also won the HSBC FEI Classics. He also ended the 2013 eventing season as the leader of the British Eventing Rankings for the 15th time in his career, with Luhmühlen winner,

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Dressage news thee Judges Roundtable and Jud dges Committee Meeting. In addition, as one of the partners in Shooting Stars Dressage Horses, LLC, Cindi is proud to announce th heir German Riding Pony, Caadillac Jack, was licensed ass a Westfalen Riding Pony Sttallion. The six-year-old Damon Hill Gelding, D Dosselfurst, was recently D im mported and will be in training with Cindi.

Lemack, Annmari Ingersoll, Karin Worm, Sherry Meier, Jennifer Moran, Paula Keller, Rebecca Langwost-Barlow, Danielle Rowland, Angela Sasso, Rebecca Vick, Allison Woods-Perez, and Jessica Zoskey. Region 3: Kathleen Betzel, Meris Greges, Amy Lanier, Kristen Petzold, Adrienne Rogers, Vickie Rollack, Amy Speck-Kern, and Cynthia Thaxton. Region 7: Ryan Bell. Region 8: Joanna Gray-Randle, Jennifer Anttonen, and Jutta Lee.


EVERGLADES DRESSAGE’S DECAVAN WAS awarded the highest premium rating from the North American division of the Oldenburg Horse Society.



The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) would like to congratulate the 11-year-old, 17-hand, Westfalen gelding, Legolas, owned by Akiko Yamazaki’s Four Winds Farm LLC, and ridden by Steffen Peters of San Diego, CA, for being named 2013 Adequan/USDF Grand Prix Horse of the Year. Legolas’ median score of 75.926% made him the top horse in the United States competing at this level and the recipient of USDF’s highest honor for the second year in a row.

ists and trainers Scott Hassler, Michael Klimke, and Ingo Pape conducted the sessions. As a participating member delegate, Cindi Rose Wylie attended the 2013 Adequan/ USDF Annual Convention held in Lexington, KY. She took part in the Board of Governors General Assembly Meeting, and attended


T renowned PRE Grand The Prix dressage stallion, P IInvasor, that made Rafael Soto a legend in the dresS ssage ring, has passed away aat age 24 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The grey sire died while Soto was in London at the 2013 Olympia Horse Show performing a demo with the Real Escuela de Jerez.

“L”EARNING USDF congratulates the following new graduates of the USDF “L” Education Program. Region 1: Robin Birk, Rebecca Blikslager, Mary Callan, Lynn Doki Camina, Rhonda Dretel, Wanda Escobar, Donna Gatchell, Wanja Gerlach, Kristine Hamilton, Tristin Hardy-Butler, Heidi


OUT AND ABOUT Cindi Rose Wylie of Quarterline Dressage in Georgetown, MA, attended the Young Dressage Horse Trainers Symposium (YDHTS) at Hassler Dressage in Chesapeake City, MD. The YDHTS is an intense retreat for trainers focused on developing young horses through FEI levels. Top young horse special-

Au Chocolat was the 2013 New England Dressage Association Yearling Fillies Year-End Champion as well as U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Silver Stirrups National Champion and Zone Champion for Dressage Sport Horse Breeding. She also was fourth for USDF Yearling Fillies and third for American Hanoverian Young Fillies. Au Chocolat (Ampere x Dhalia) was bred and is owned by Kris Conquest of Epsom, NH. She was shown in-hand by Jeff Conquest and was reserve grand champion at her first show at Ten Broeck Farm in Pepperell, MA, with a score of 80%. She went on to earn an 83.3% the following day at Ten Broeck Farm and an 80% at her final show at Windswept Farm in Petersham, MA.

Au Chocolat was the 2013 New England Dressage Association Yearling Fillies Year-End Champion.

Hilltop Farm is proud to share the news that Don Principe, owned by Marydell Farms and bred by Adelheid Bruening, has been named the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year for 2013. The USEF Leading Sire system has become a valuable way for stallion owners, breeders, and trainers to evaluate the success of a stallion’s offspring in many different venues from competitions

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throughout the United States. With top results throughout the season by offspring such as Danseuse MF, Dinah Shore MF, and CCS Legolas, Don Principe was the clear champion this year.

Congratulations to Christina Nascimento on her recent purchase of Royal Windsor. Royal Windsor is an 18-month-old Hanoverian gelding bred by Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods of Coventry, CT. He is sired by Royal Prince and out of SPS Winala.



Congratulations are in order for Windhorse Dressage junior rider, Regan Salm, and her eight-year-old gelding, Karat. This pair was awarded USDF Junior Second Level Year-End Champion with a score of 69.5%!

USEF has named Kai Handt of Wylie, TX, as the U.S. ParaEquestrian Dressage Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor. The Search Committee, chaired by Eric Straus; USEF Para-Equestrian Eligible Athlete Committee; and USEF Para-Equestrian High Performance Committee recommended Handt for this position.

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SHE SAID YES Congratulations to Gina Viola and Jared Hill of Natick, MA, on their recent engagement! The future looks exciting for this happy couple.

WINDHORSE IN WELLINGTON Windhorse Dressage riders of Dover, MA, took home many blues and various achievean ment awards during m th he Global Dressage

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Para-Equestrian Runs 5K to Raise Money for Charity ARTICLE AND PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDSAY Y MCCALL

ON JANUARY 19, 2014, PARA-EQUESTRIAN ELEANOR (ELLIE) Brimmer took part in the 16th Annual Key West 5k Run in Key West, FL. For Ellie this was a benefit of The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. Ellie recalled her experience: “I met up with the Strides For Hope 2014 group from the Greater Ann Arbor Cancer Support Community a couple of days before our race. We had 25 or so people that were very happy to get out of the cold and into the tropics of Key West. It was good timing for me as my horse Carino had just been moved onto a lease situation and I was waiting for my new horse Louie to arrive from Europe. Prior to the race, we were all required to raise a minimum of $2,900 and the group as a whole raised $90,000. It really is amazing and I love that the money goes directly back into the community of Ann Arbor (MI) and people that really need it.” She continued, “I can’t remember the last time I participated in an athletic event that wasn’t a horse show. While the event was very different, the passion and sportsmanship the competitors exhibited was very much the same. At the race registration I ran into Sandy Rafferty, a para-dressage steward. Sandy had a stroke on Thanksgiving and has been working very hard on her own recovery; she is currently using a cane for balance and has an eye patch to help with some vision issues. She had planned independently to walk the 5k as well, and it made me really proud to see another member of the para-equestrian community really striving to reach a tough physical goal. “On the day of the race I ended up walking with Jana Eveswell from our group. I really enjoyed getting to know her better—she is a cancer survivor and has a child with Cerebral Palsy like me. The race course was beautiful and I was happy I was able to finish the race, sticking to my walking plan and not feel too fatigued at the finish. I’m already looking forward to participating in Strides for Hope again next year, and improving from my finish this year.” Ellie, the 2011 Para-Equestrian Dressage Grade III Reserve Champion who was long-listed for the 2012 Paralympics, also entered 2014 with aspirations to qualify for the World Equestrian Games, set for later this year in Normandy, France.


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Working for Victory The USEF Dressage Observation and Strategic Planning Session THE FIRST U.S. EQUESTRIAN Federation (USEF) Dressage Observation and Strategic Planning Session of 2014 took place in midJanuary at Havensafe Farm South in Wellington, FL. Lead by Robert Dover, U.S. Dressage Chef d’Equipe/Technical Advisor, the session provided training and strategic guidance for athletes as they look toward international competition and the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The session featured 18 athlete/horse combinations over three days. Dover was able to work individually with each athlete/horse combination, striving to enhance training practices and assist athletes in achieving their competition goals. Athletes’ personal

Dressage News continued from page 118 competition in Wellington, FL. Assistant trainers, Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen and Michele Sizemore, were awarded with three special honors between the two of them. Mary received the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider Award for a second year in a row aboard Kathy Hickerson’s stallion, Schroeder. Schroeder and Mary also made their debut

trainers/coaches were also invited and participated in the sessions. Day one of the session included: Katherine Bateson-Chandler with Jane Clark’s Alcazar; Elaine Cordia-Van Reesma with her own Jewel’s Adelante; Catherine Haddad-Staller with her own Montrachet; Shawna Harding with Tonya Rowe’s Rigo; Chris Hickey with Cecelia Stewart’s Ronaldo; Jami Kment with her own Zania; Leslie Morse with her own King’s Excalibur; and JJ Tate with Elizabeth Guarisco’s Faberge. Days two and three of the session included: Susie Dutta with Tim Dutta Inc.’s Currency DC; Shelly Francis with Patricia Stempel’s Doktor and Danilo; Catherine Haddad-Staller with her own Mane Stream Hotmail; Chris Hickey

in the Intermediaire I, scoring a respectable 64%. Michele and head trainer, Diana Mukpo’s, Falesto D made an exciting debut in the USEF Four-Year-Old Test earning a 74%. Michele also competed Nicole Polaski’s lovely five-year-old mare, Lumiere Gold, in Training Level earning 75.8% both days, which gave them The Horse of Course High Score Award for the entire competition. In addition, Michele was awarded the much-deserved

with Hilltop Farm Inc.’s Douglas Hilltop; Adrienne Lyle with Peggy Thomas’ Wizard; Sharon McCusker with her own Wrigley; Cesar Parra with Michael and Sarah Davis’ Van the Man; and Caroline Roffman with Hyperion Farm, Inc.’s Sagacious HF and her own Her Highness O. “I thought the training session was fantastic,” said Lyle. “Robert was able to take what everyone had been working on with their own coaches, build on that, and really motivate riders to raise their bar and bring out even more brilliance in their performances.” “The three-day USEF High Performance Observation and Strategic Planning Session at Havensafe Farm produced excellent results,” said Dover. “Thanks to Betsy Juliano and her great staff as well as Jenny Van Wieren-Page for a beautiful and well-organized clinic and to the athletes who truly rose to the occasion and proved that America is most certainly producing more depth of world-class horses and top riders.”

Premier Horsemanship Award, recognizing her hard work on and off the horse. Cinny Little and her mare, Raphaella, made their Wellington debut scoring 62% at Training Level. Cinny was awarded the Adult Amateur Achievement Award for her great display of horsemanship and riding. Nicole Polaski rode her gelding, Ronin, at First Level for only their second time, earning a solid 64.1%. Junior rider Regan Salm and her gelding, Karat, competed at Third Level earning a super 68%. Regan and Karat continue to shine down centerline as the young pair moves up the levels!

NEW BEGINNINGS Margaret Duprey and Cherry Knoll Farm have purchased a new horse for Todd Flettrich to train and compete. The eight-year-old bay Danish Warmblood gelding by Blue Hors Romanov, recently arrived from Germany. The horse was shown abroad in the Young Horse division. “My goal is to try-out for the Pan Am Games,” Flettrich said. “This horse is naturally talented. He needs to complete his training to that level. At this time, his muscle and strength development do not match his capabilities, but he’s just a special horse.”

Dressage contact listings French Light Dressage (tsl), Dave Donnelly, 236A Waters Rd., East Greenbush, NY, 12061, 949-697-6797,, b=breeding, t=training, s=sales, l=lessons

Mary Lauritsen (left) and Schroeder are presented with the Custom Saddlery Most Valuable Rider Award during the 2014 Adequan Global Dressage Festival 1 CDIW and National Show.



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[1] Diane Creech and Devon L placed fourth in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a 72.300% and earned a 65.880% in the Grand Prix. [2] Kevin Kohmann and Robin Moore during the presentation of the Tack Matters Award. Kevin rode Barry Giske’s 16.2-hand, sevenyear-old Oldenburg gelding, Sir Savoie (Sir Donnerhall x Hauptstutbuchriley) in Fourth Level Test 1, scoring a superb 70.751%. [3] (L-R) Katarina Stumpf, Michele Hundt, and Kelly Molinari during the Turn Out Award presentation. Katharina Stumpf was impeccably turned out with both her horse and her fashion sense when she donned a silk scarf suggestive of Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, to offset her steel grey pantsuit. [4] Paula Matute (left) won the 2kGrey Best Seat Award; Paula and Firmamento Ymas turned in a 62.838% performance in the FEI Junior Team Test. [5] Teacher and Grand Prix dressage rider Anna Whit Watkins won the “Best Hands” Award. Watkins and her 18-year-old KWPN gelding, Oublette (Amulet x Jinnardi), were second in the FEI Grand Prix Special with a youthful 63.157% after turning in a 67.30% performance on in the FEI Grand Prix.


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THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DRESSAGE & Eventing Association (NHDEA) is pleased to announce the following events for the 2014 Season. On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the NHDEA Annual Meeting and Potluck will be held at the Marion Gerish Community Center at 39 W. Broadway in Derry, NH, featuring speaker Diane William, who will be discussing saddle fitting basics. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. 122 EQUINE


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On Saturday, April 19 a Ride Review Ride will be held with Cindi Rose Wiley at the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm Equine Center at 400 Broadway in Methuen, MA. On Saturday, May 31, the club will host a dressage clinic with Bill McMullin, also at the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm Equine Center. Sunday, June 8 will bring the NHDEA Summer Dressage Schooling Show at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH, with Ida Anderson Norris (S) and Lori Barnard (r) judging the

events. An Intro to Eventing Clinic with three-star eventer, Gina Fiore, will take place Sunday, June 29, at Hilltop Equestrian Center in Somersworth, NH. A Step Up Eventing Clinic with Fiore will be held in August; the exact date and location are to be announced (TBA). On Sunday, October 5, the NHDEA will be hosting its Fall Dressage Schooling Show at the University of New Hampshire showgrounds in Durham, NH. Willette Brown (r) will be judging, with the second judge TBA. And on Sunday, November 23 the club will hold its Year-End Awards Banquet at the Puritan Backroom at 245 Hooksett Road in Manchester, NH. Dates will be announced soon for our sponsored two-phase and three-phase shows. All levels of riders and horses are encouraged to attend. Please visit our website at for more information or to sign up.

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[ABOVE] Jessica Axelsson presents an Introduction to Carriage Driving. [LEFT] Jacob Arnold is the inaugural apprentice driver in the Live Oak Combined Driving, Inc. Developing Driver Program.

MOVING ON UP Congratulations to Jacob Arnold on becoming the inaugural apprentice driver to Chester Weber in the Live Oak Combined Driving, Inc. Developing Driver Program! Jacob arrived at Live Oak Plantation in Ocala, FL in January 2014, and is training and competing a single horse while also working as part of Weber’s training and competition team.

Court House. Thirty-nine people from five different New Jersey counties and one Pennsylvania county enjoyed a night dedicated to the sport of carriage driving. Most of the participants were beginner drivers or just building some interest in learning more about the sport! Participants included youth 4-H members, 4-H leaders, and others from Cape May County and neighboring areas.



The Cape May County (New Jersey) 4-H hosted Jessica Axelsson for a presentation on Introduction to Carriage Driving on January 15 at the Cape May

United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA), World’s Champion Horse Show, and American Road Horse And Pony Association (ARHPA)

Hall of Famer Samuel Mitchell Brannon passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the age of 78. He trained and presented many legendary World and National title winners for every division of the industry that he loved, including Fine Harness World’s Grand Champion CH Reata’s Virginia Wolf. Sam also enhanced the scope of the American Saddlebred industry in various ways outside the show ring. He was instrumental in organizing the Saddlebred’s first trip overseas to Equitana in Germany. He also graced the “big screen” riding and driving his chosen breed in Grace Kelly’s last movie, The Swan. Sam is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and many wonderful friends.


GIVING BACK January 5 was the My Lady’s Manor Driving Club (MLMDC) Annual Meeting, election of officers, and expo prep. The meeting was held at Anne

Councill’s house in Stewartstown, PA. Six brave people ventured out to attend and help out: Sarah Bruce, Mark Eades, Marcy Wozniak, Chris Dehne, Dana Bright, Pam Kister, and Anne. Susan Kary was elected as the new president, while Anne Councill was re-elected to the position of vice president. Attendees collated promotional material and stuffed 250 bags donated by Driving Essentials and simultaneously held a short meeting. Dana Bright reported that the American Driving Society (ADS) had extended the time period to make donations. Any contributions up to $50,000 was matched, so it’s double your money! The club moved to do a donation during the match period. The ADS is the prime sponsor for the horse expos and the club is happy to kick some back whenever possible.


« Chris Dehne, Mark Eades, and Pam Kister relaxing after the work at the MLMDC Annual Meeting.

Carriage Driving USA and Florida Fresh Meat held “A Day of Clinics” at Cranewood Farm in Ocala, FL, on January 10. This was

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Southern New England g Carriage Driving Assoc. Holds First Meeting of the Season SUBMITTED BY CAT LUCE

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND Carriage Driving Association (SNECDA) held its first meeting for the 2014 season at the home of Janice and Charles Meszeoly on January 5. Following a delicious potluck dinner, a vote was held to elect a slate of officers for 2014. Elected were: President: Mug Tomany; vice president: Kelly Pesek; treasurer: Madeline Leone; secretary: Cat Luce; and members-at-large: Ginny Halfpenny and Janice Meszeoly. All members who attended and paid their dues for 2014 received the new SNECDA lapel pins. Paid members who were not in attendance will receive their pins in the mail. The show committee consists of

members Carleen Crummett, Ginny Halfpenny, Lisa Terrell, Adrienne St. Cyr, Cynthia Sauer, Janice Meszeoly, Elsie Rodney, Kelly Pesek, Madeline Leone, and Mug Tomany. They gave an overview of the 2013 driving shows; the arena driving trial (ADT) at Highland Hill Farm in Berlin MA, the Great Amercian Scurry at Dickson Rings in Weston, MA, and the SNECDA Carriage Days at Celtic Cross Farm (CCF) in Dudley, MA. The decision was made to hold the Scurry and the ADT again at their present locales. It was voted to hold Carriage Days again at CCF but the event is in need of a new show manager if it is to proceed. If any club member is interested in volunteering for this posi-

tion, please contact Mug at mtomany@ or 860-923-3302. The activities committee consists of members Christine Bailey, Carleen Crummett, Carol Carpenter, Cynthia Sauer, Janice Meszeoly, and Kelly Pesek. They are currently in the process of arranging this year’s activities for the club. They are considering several pleasure drives for this year—one at Arcadia Horseman’s area in Escoheag, RI, in May and another in June at either Miles Standish State Park in Massachusetts or Goddard State Park in Rhode Island. A Red Cross first aid certification course is being planned for March. Details to follow. A bomb-proofing clinic is being planned for July. For more information regarding upcoming events, visit and look for our calendar of events and news updates. If any club member wishes to post a news item, photo, classified, or any driving event of interest to club members to the club’s website, please contact Kelly Pesek at

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in Lexington, KY. Seven-year-old PVF Peace of Mind, “Hunny,” owned and trained by Suzy, was the Morgan Carriage Driving Champion HOTY, as well as the Carriage Pleasure Driving Intermediate Driven Dressage Champion HOTY. Gail’s eight-year-old Friesian mare, Sjaantje Sport, also trained by Stafford, was the National Champion Friesian Driving HOTY and the National English Pleasure Driving Reserve Champion HOTY.

a benefit clinic and luncheon, with proceeds being donated to the United States Driving for the Disabled (USDFD) Team, which is heading to England for the 2014 championships in June. Single, pair, and four-in-hand lessons were provided with Koos de Ronde, Suzy Stafford, and Thorsten Zarembowicz. The weather was great, there was good, Texas barbecue-style food, and happy people—and about $500 was raised!

UPDATE A key change will be taking place for the Lorenzo Driving Competition this year, set for July 19-20: Participation in the Pleasure Drive-Pace (formerly known as the marathon) is not required in order to qualify for a division championship. This rule change is a response to competitor feedback from previous years. The Pleasure Drive-Pace will be held on Sunday morning of the two-day show and will be scored as a separate divi124 EQUINE


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Suzy Stafford (left) and Gail Aumiller pilot National Champion Friesian Driving and the National English Pleasure Driving Reserve Champion Horse of the Year, Sjaantje Sport.

sion. The prize list, available in April, will be mailed to former competitors and will also be accessible online.

HONORING SAM Congratulations to Misdee Wrigley-Miller’s Sam on being named a 2013 U.S. Equestrian Federation Horse of Honor. The 2002 KWPN gelding was in the running for USEF’s International Horse of the Year title, which

was announced in January at their Year-End Awards Gala.

BEST OF THE BEST Horses owned by whips Suzy Stafford of Delaware and Gail Aumiller of Pennsylvania received several 2013 National Driving Championships and recognition at the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Horse of the Year (HOTY) Awards Ceremony held January 11, 2014

SNOW TUBES, PONIES, AND PUPS The Carriage Barn offers monthly beginner shows using the arena driving trial format, with a Carriage Association of America Proficiency Guide for Carriage Driving included for all participants. Antique vehicles are used along with new vehicles in each session, and their sleighing classes this past winter included snow tubing off the back of an antique sleigh and “dog sledding” with ponies. The record? Four snow tubes tied behind one sleigh in an open field!


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Saratoga Driving Assoc. Who needs a Driving Club? SUBMITTED BY CAROL FRANK


IN OUR CHANGING WORLD, WHAT we thought was important has disappeared, and trivial things go viral. How do we sort out what goes out with the bathwater and why do we say “No! We’re keeping this. Clubs? Really? How quaint. Why bother? What is it to me?” Do we need a garden club to grow flowers, Boy Scouts to raise a fine young man, or a formal worship to contemplate ethics? Who knows—it is all about personal choice. But when it comes to our driving club, the Saratoga Driving Association (SDA), I think it is a very important activity to promote and can’t be sustained if we are not a group. All animal activities are in peril, especially horses. In the last 100 years, horses have ceased to be an essential part of the human’s existence. We don’t need them, have the time to train them or ourselves, or the land to keep horses, or grow the hay to feed them. Rapidly it is all slipping away, unnoticed. It is hard to find a good horse, expensive to maintain, difficult to find a place to ride or drive, and everybody thinks you are plain nuts to risk injury by riding or driving. Instead, we erect fitness centers and sweat on machines. They’re fine if part of a program that involves sport, sweating under the sun, or being aware of nature. But if plugged into an MP3 player and wicking moisture away, is this really a substitute to cantering across a field at sunrise? Oh—so you think you can drive down your own path and you don’t need a club or a community or any friends with similar interests? Maybe you can. Maybe you don’t need a community. Maybe the $25 for membership dues is better spent going out for dinner than being around driving people. Or you’re done, and you don’t have a horse anymore. Maybe you realize that you just got too darn old, and so did your horse—so why even bother? Sometimes it seems like the time between green and done is the blink of an eye, and when our moment is done, it is time to pack it in and go home. Except horses, and our lives with horses are more important than just our lives. We get old. They get old. But when I looked at a harness in

[FROM TOP] Peter Bravman; Deb Manase at a driving trial in October 2013; Marsha Chavin with parents, neighbors, and friends. »

Germany from 1600 and saw that it was exactly the same as my new harness, it was a portal through history. We that have learned about horses, and have made them part of our lives, understand the forces of the past. As people search for meaning in this life, we have found it staring into a horse’s eye. In my opinion, the spiritual journey of a yoga class cannot compare with bringing a horse’s power and concentration through your body to your seat and hands, whether mounted or in the box seat. So what does this have to do with a club? Other people think we are crazy! We need to be around people like us so that we know we aren’t. Can non-horse people understand when we get wistful, thinking about our equine partners that are current or gone, all the incredible moments we shared, and injuries we survived? We are a modern day force bringing the interest in driving forward for another generation. We can view lots of training, events, and accidents on the Internet. We can buy everything we need online, but there is no substitute for coming together and sharing our ideas and stories, learning some new things, and competing or helping out. I have volunteered at lots of shows and I think it is an honor. I am thrilled to look at beautifully turned out, welltrained horses. A day out in the country with horses beats everything. When I first started driving, we had one trainer come once a year. No competitions and no listing of where to find other events, get equipment, or find other people or places to drive. Some people were connected through breed associations, but driving was not a separate discipline. Now this area is on the map, as a place of many drivers and where many events are held, but we still need your involvement and participation. We want you to come out to our events, support driving, and work with us to let people know about horses

in harness. Inspire and get inspired at shows. Bring the grandkids, drag a neighbor along, take the old person on rickety legs, and bring a chair, but participate. We are a friendly club, but our activities are around driving. Animals are an important part of life, they teach us how to communicate, to nurture, to be affectionate, to set goals, and many other important lessons. Electronics are useful, but when will we reach saturation, and will there be any other activities left to explore and enjoy? As a group we need to support each other, our sport, our animals, and our view of what is important. It works better if we stand together. March 2014

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Western Reserve Carriage Association Holds Organizational Meeting SUBMITTED BY MARY THOMAS

CARRIAGE ASSOCIATION OF America (CAA) President Dr. Tom Burgess, enticing auction items, and a sumptuous potluck lunch greeted Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA) members for the 2014 Organizational Meeting, held January 12 at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center in Chagrin Falls, OH. Members and guests were greeted as they arrived and were given the opportunity to sign for a bidder’s number and buy tickets for the Chinese auction, including the fabulous deal of an arm’s length of tickets for only $10. Entering Fieldstone’s large meeting room, attendees were overwhelmed with both the live and Chinese auction offerings. After opening remarks given by WRCA President Henry Rish, the 80 members, guests, and youth drivers moved to the loaded tables of food. As lunch concluded, WRCA member Roger Murray (and now CAA Vice President) introduced Dr. Burgess. Dr. Burgess has a large veterinary practice in Virginia, but is making time to visit as many CAA affiliates as possible during his term of office. Dr. Burgess delighted the crowd with his “Trials of Carriage Collecting.” His own collection began when he received a vis a vis as a birthday present. Although he had no horse, he enjoyed the beauty of the carriage and loaning it out to be driven in parades. He accidentally bought a sleigh at auction, then another sleigh, and finally a tub cart, increasing his collection and filling his garage, but still no horse in the barn. When he was riding along in a parade, the driver suddenly turned the reins of his draft horses over to Dr. Burgess. This experience was a revelation and convinced him that he definitely needed horses of his own. It wasn’t long before a young pair of Friesians filled his barn. At a show in North Carolina, Dr. Burgess had trouble hooking his pair to his drop pole vehicle. When he arrived at the show the next morning, he found that his wife Gloria had sold the vehicle. What a reversal: Horses but no carriage! 126 EQUINE


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However, Dr. Burgess now has four beautiful antique carriages, including one that had been driven daily by Mr. Rockefeller to his New York office. Dr. Burgess emphasized how much he has been helped by fellow CAA members and how much he has learned from the educational opportunities provided by CAA. During his address, Dr. Burgess pointed out programs and events that CAA offers to assist drivers such as the Driver Proficiency Program, educational conferences, and travel to driving events around the world. He outlined the exciting 2014 lineup of CAA scheduled events. Dr. Burgess turned the podium over to Laura Simak, the head therapeutic driving instructor at Fieldstone Farm. She gave a brief overview of the services offered at Fieldstone for their 135 weekly clients and the new veterans driving program. She concluded by offering tours of the facility after the meeting. Then it was auction time! Ken Bonnigson from Baker Bonnigson Realty and Auctioneers, Inc. in Clyde,

OH, took center stage along with his ring-men sons, Kenny and Kristopher. The high selling item was a beautiful Log Cabin quilt made by Meredith Giere of Brecksville, OH. After spirited bidding, the quilt was knocked down, but Giere offered the back bidder a quilt, too, at the winning price. Other items that interested bidders were a set of tickets to an Ohio State basketball game, framed antique hunting prints, WRCA logo jackets, a certificate paying entry fees for the June CAA Classic show, and Bowman Leather show reins and bits. During breaks in the live auction action, Stacey Giere held drawings for the Chinese auction winners. Deb Svoboda kept track of the winning bidders and WRCA Treasurer Ann Petersen was kept busy settling accounts. All-in-all, the meeting was a fantastic success, ensuring a wonderful driving season for WRCA. March brings two events for WRCA members. March 14-16 is the Great Lakes Area Driving Series (GLADS), American Driving Society (ADS)approved arena driving trial at Windy Knoll Farm in Sullivan, OH. Visit glads. us for more information. And on March 28-30, the CAA Proficiency Weekend will be held at the Gayla Driving Center in Georgetown, KY. John Parker from England will be the evaluator. Contact the CAA office at 859-231-0971.


Colonial Carriage g and Driving Society Anticipates Spring Events SUBMITTED BY LAURIE DANAHER

WINTER IS A QUIET TIME FOR Colonial Carriage and Driving Society. We have been laying low in the cold and blustery weather, but have still been able to enjoy the company of fellow members at our festive holiday open house and at our annual meeting and banquet. We have lots of fun scheduled for this, our 25th anniversary year, and are always happy to welcome new members. You don’t need to be a driver or own your own driving animal to join. Meetings are held monthly, and we

offer many opportunities to gather and share our talents. Upcoming events for 2014 include our potluck meeting on March 20, Spring Seminar on April 12, and a fun barbecue meeting on May 14. Don’t forget to add the 16th Annual Orleton Farm Pleasure Driving Show, set for June 13-15, to your “must do” list. Information can be found in the American Driving Society Omnibus or on the club website. Be sure to “find us on Facebook” or visit colonialcarriage. org for current information.

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[LEFT] Brian Bell and Footwork Revolution. [RIGHT] Bridgette Lanham’s impressive stallion Einstein recently passed away.



The reining world is accustomed to seeing milestones shattered during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC). This year’s event proved no different with an NRHA first going into the record books: Arcese Quarter Horses USA became NRHA’s first Two Million Dollar Owner. The operation, based in Weatherford, TX, officially has $2,007,400 in earnings. ARC Walla Dun Did It and NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani added more than $35,000 to Arcese’s total with a go-round placing and a top 10 finish in the Level (L) 4 Open Finals. To make the accomplishment that much sweeter, the stallion was sired by their very own Walla Walla Whiz.

JOINING THE CLUB The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) is excited to welcome its newest board member, Gil Merrick. Gil

brings over 30 years of management experience including extensive international business experience to the WDAA. He has served in a variety of senior management roles for top companies and as the managing director for dressage at the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) from 2005-2009. Gil is a highly recognized equestrian and respected clinician who focuses on the correct gymnastic development of the horse. He was among the first avid supporters for the WDAA.

SHE SAID YES Congratulations to Anna DiLorenzo of Dover, NH, on her recent engagement to Ian Clifford. Best wishes to the happy couple!

BIG MONEY NRHA Professional Brian Bell racked up more than $35,000 in official earnings at the 2013 NRHA Futurity after qualifying his stallion Footwork Revolution and Memorable Revolution, owned by Wagner & Vandorp, to the L4 Open Finals. That total

brought his 2013 earnings to more than $86,000 and boosted him over the one million dollar earnings plateau. Currently, Bell has $1,023,590 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings.

WELL WISHES NRHA member and Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher suffered a skiing accident in the French Alps. Michael and his wife, Corinna, are heavy supporters of the NRHA European Futurity and reining in Europe, and Michael was recently part of the Reining Horse Sport Foundation (RHSF) Slide to Remember held at the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show.

MILLION DOLLAR MAN Mike McEntire hit another milestone by becoming the NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Rider after his Open Finals performance at the NRHA Futurity. McEntire’s performance aboard Maggie Jac Whiz, owned by Tim Anderson, in the NRHA Futurity L4 Open Finals earned him over

$10,000, giving him the last push he needed to cross over the million dollar mark.

GREENER PASTURES We send our condolences to Bridgette Lanham for the recent loss of her stallion, Einstein (Great Red Pine x Silversnow Pinestep). Randy Hamilton bred the 1997 AQHA stallion. During his successful show career he accumulated NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $139,000. During the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show, Einstein was recognized for becoming the 26th NRHA Million Dollar Sire.

PASSING ON We were sad to hear that Mary Ann Jansma, age 49 of Randolph, WI, died on January 9, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loved ones. Horses owned by Jansma earned more than $240,000 during her involvement in reining. That total placed her among the top 100 owners in NRHA history.

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Annual Awards Banquet Held by the Northeast Six Shooters SUBMITTED BY DINA BARATTA

team to watch for the upcoming season. Speaking of teams…Cara Peters and Ace began competing in 2013 and earned the Most Improved Team of the Year. Cara and Ace attended weekly practices hosted by the Northeast Six Shooters and worked hard. This achievement was well deserved. Steve Roy’s beautiful horse Harry earned the Most Improved Horse Award. Steve’s patience and hard work paid off this year and Harry flourished. The key to this sport is making tiny achievements with your horse to become a solid team. Cindy Karp and Pete Colombo were both honored for always looking great; they were the Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl. Dina Baratta won the Most Massachusetts High Point Champions Joe Lauzon and Ghost. Improved Rider Award. Grace

Western News continued from page 127 NOT TOO RUF After becoming a Two Million Dollar Sire in 2009, Lil Ruf Peppy (Peppy San Badger x Rufas Peppy), owned by Lil Ruf Peppy Syndicate, has now become the NRHA’s ninth Three Million Dollar Sire with official NRHA offspring earnings of over $3,006,100. The 1991 stallion has $28,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings that includes his 1995 NRHA Derby Limited Open Championship with NRHA Professional Tom McCutcheon at the reins.

OFFICIAL Road to the Horse Owner and Producer Tootie Bland is thrilled to announce an elite panel of judges for the World Championship of Colt Starting competition, which will be held on March 13-16, 2014 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Six official judges will take to the arena floor to judge the world’s most « [ABOVE] Lil Ruf Peppy has now become the NRHA’s ninth Three Million Dollar Sire. [BELOW] Hot Coded Candy (shown here with her foal Starbucks Candy) recently passed away.



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prestigious horsemanship competition. The 2014 judges will be Mike Kevil (head judge), Bryan Neubert, Cody Lambert, Joe Wolter, Jack Brainard, and Jon Ensign.

CONDOLENCES Jennifer (Thomas) Greene, age 44, recently passed away, at her home in Deland, FL, after a long illness. She was born in Rutland, VT, on February 4, 1969, and was the daughter of Clinton and Linda Thomas. Jennifer grew up in Proctor, VT, and graduated from Proctor High School. She was an avid animal lover, especially horses, and enjoyed competing in horse shows. Jennifer was also a talented artist who enjoyed drawing and painting. She will be missed.

END OF AN ERA Hot Coded Candy, a mare who produced offspring earning over $333,000 in NRHA events, recently passed away in her sleep at Cinder Lakes Ranch in Valley View, TX. Born in 1991, the sorrel mare was by The Hot Express and out of Candid Cody. She was bred by Perry Corder of Crockett, TX, and was owned by Sally Ress of Evergreen, CO, at the time of her death.


THE NORTHEAST SIX SHOOTERS held their Annual Awards Banquet with the New Hampshire Cowboy Mounted Shooters to celebrate the many accomplishments of club members during the cowboy mounted shooting season. The 2013 season was a year filled with countless accomplishments and more than 50 members attended to congratulate their fellow competitors. Shad Smith and Lacey were honored for their High Point Regional win—this is an amazing accomplishment! Joe Lauzon and Ghost earned the title of Massachusetts High Point Champion for the 2013 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) season, for the fourth consecutive year. Wendy Gibbons and Woody won the Massachusetts High Point Champion Cowgirl in only their second year competing. They are a

Brogan was the Wrangler of the Year. They also honored Debbie O’Donnell, Steve Armato, Steve Roy, Jennifer Roy, and Paul Tassi for their service to the club as board members. They are the back bone of this club and are the reason it continues to grow every year. For more information, visit

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Ohio Arabian and All-Breed Trail Society Working on 2014 Season SUBMITTED BY MICKIE NEWNAM

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, another banquet will have come and gone. I’ll have a report from that next time. Also by the time you read this, the ride list should be set and up on the website, and the spring mailing should be close behind. I’m looking forward to hitting the trails this year, although it will be a bit different with Phoenix. I rode Akela for so long that he was like a part of me, and since I raised him, he had a lot of faith in me. Phoenix had a rather sheltered life up until I got him so it might be an interesting year. Hopefully not too interesting. He really wants to be brave, but it’s hard! I think I might need to invest in a three-step mounting block to carry with me to rides, however, because somehow the 14.2- to 15-hand horse I was looking for ended up being 15.2 and a half.

[TOP] Corgi patrol, hard at work! [BOTTOM] Becky McCarty and Wineglass Dominus+. »

I have one addition to my list of Recreational Riders. Along with the list I submitted for the last issue, earning the 50-hour Award were Diana Barr and Amazing Grace. We’re hoping to have a clinic again this year. Look to your schedule to see if we manage to pull it together. If we do, please consider volunteering if you can. Our sport is sometimes a fairly well kept secret, albeit unintentionally. So any advertising we can do, any encouragement to people to try it, helps to further the sport. Without a big enough rider base, the managers lose money. And when the managers lose money, sooner or later the ride goes away. We’re hoping to have the clinic at a new site, so it would also be a chance to check out some new trails. That’s

always a good thing! I’ve pretty much made it my annual goal to ride someplace new each year. So far I’ve been doing pretty well at it. There is no more news since we’re between seasons. Please remember that I’m always looking for news and photos, so feel free to send anything my way. And I hope to see you on trail!


Vermont Equine q Riding & Driving Association Zero to Fifty in One Day at GMHA SUBMITTED BY MEGAN ROSEN

THREE PROMINENT HORSE CLUBS in central Vermont are co-sponsoring “Zero to Fifty in One Day: Trail Riding Competitions & Strategies for Success,” on March 22, 2014. Hartland Riding Club (HRC), Vermont Equine Riding & Driving Association (VERDA), and Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) are kicking off the spring riding season with a fun and informative one-day clinic. The clinic is for new or prospective trail competitors, but also for anyone who values trail riding as a useful cross

training and conditioning activity. A broad spectrum of competitive formats will be covered, from judged pleasure trail to competitive distance to 50-mile endurance. Topics covered will include: horse suitability, equipment, conditioning, judging and scoring, and strategies for success. There will be short presentations, hands-on exercises with horses, and a panel discussion. All of the clinicians have 20 or more years of experience in some aspect of competitive trail riding. Dan Boyer and Joan Stratemeyer are

certified competitive trail judges and accomplished competitors and breeders of trail horses. Heather Hoyns, DVM, is a veterinary judge for competitive trail and FEI endurance, dressage, and combined driving competitions. Jenny Kimberly and Debra Fisk are high point winners in endurance and competitive trail, both locally and regionally. Information and ride calendars from local and national competitive trail organizations will also be available to help participants to plan their upcoming season. The clinic will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at GMHA in South Woodstock, VT. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The participation fee is $12 for youth and $18 for adults. The closing date for registration is March 14. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. Register online at or contact Megan Rosen at 802-457-1509. March 2014

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West Greenwich Horseman’s Assoc. Says Hello to New Season, Goodbye to Old Friend SUBMITTED BY TAMMY LAMPHERE

HELLO READERS: THE CLUB HAS been busy scheduling rides and events so please go to and start marking dates. West Greenwich Horseman’s Association (WGHA) held its annual Christmas party/December meeting on the fifth at LuAnn and Mike Grafe’s festive home. Thirty members came to celebrate with great food and social chat. The ugly necklace did not show up this year. So we are hoping it makes it next year. Does anyone know who has it? If so, send Sandy Andrews a quick note. November 30 was our annual two days after Thanksgiving soup ride. Nine riders came to East Beach in Charlestown, RI.

Jacyln Snow on her beloved Nicolette. »

The weather was great for a long ride on the beach and tasty soups made by member Eva Platt. On January 12, 2014, WGHA held its first meeting of the New Year. This is also the club’s big anniversary year. It is 30 years old and to celebrate, big plans are being made and a date is close to being set. It is going to be fun! If you have any pictures that you would like to add to our albums, please contact Linda Krul or Celeste Santos. Our January meeting is famous for its ugly gift swap and pizza! There were a few really ugly gifts and lots of pizza from

Dan’s Place just off exit 5 on Route 95. All members should be familiar with our mileage program. Joye Dolan volunteers to keep record and calculate miles that members accrue during the ride season. It only involves WGHA

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The Faraway Horses—The Life Story That Inspired Buck, Winner of This Year’s Audience Award at Sundance

skills are legendary—so much so that The Horse Whisperer, both the novel and Robert Redford’s film, is based largely on him. Now his life has been portrayed in Buck, a moving documentary that won The Audience Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Globe Pequot Press is proud to reprint Brannaman’s moving autobiograph, The Faraway Horses, in which he shares his life struggles, his methods for training, and a prescription for living a harmonious existence—whether it involves horses or not.

Also by the author: Believe: A Horseman’s Journey

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Vermont 100 Ride and Run Faces Elimination After 2014 SUBMITTED BY SUE GREENALL


WHEN THE VERMONT 100-MILE RIDE and Run Committee met in mid-December 2013, it was an emotion packed evening. After 25 years, the event faced some hard decisions. Event coordinator, Julia Hutchinson O’Brien, addressed the committee by first thanking them for years of dedication to the race and then announced that due to increasing obligations to her growing family, she needed to step down. However, the most serious issue facing the event was whether or not it would continue at all. Despite a public apology to local residents about early morning fireworks, some neighbors still feel that the race needs to move. The Vermont 100 Ride and Run raised $65,000 in 2013 for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport (VASS), which funds yearround sport opportunities for disabled athletes including recovering soldiers. Although the sport of 100-mile ultramarathon started with both runners and horses, the Vermont 100 remains the last event in the world to have both participate on the same course at the same time. The course takes entrants through seven towns using mostly privately owned trails that are maintained annually by the race committee. Other groups throughout the year enjoy many of these trails. Country stores, motels, restaurants, and gas stations have one of their best weeks of the year due to this event. Julia read off the options—move the event out of the area, hold one more final event at the current venue, or find a new director and work with the town officials

to keep the event where it is. Without hesitation the group chose the third. “I know many of you are tired after putting in so many years to make this event a success,” stated Julia, “and we all know we need new people.” “This event is so good for local businesses that having it move out of the area or not happen is unthinkable,” commented Lou Schmertz, owner of the Skunk Hollow Tavern. The committee was not unsympathetic to the neighbors’ concerns about the congestion the event brings to a very rural area. Suggestions were brought forth such The Vermont 100 is the last event in the world that has both runners and riders on course at the same time. as directing all traffic to the race site on paved roads and using only a short section of reviewed for relocation but none have dirt road. Entrants will be asked to limit been found suitable for both runners and themselves to one vehicle at the site to horses. “We have all agreed that we don’t help reduce the traffic. “This area might want to split the event,” said Julia. “After see 50 cars in a day,” explained ride site all, we are the last one to have both.” landowner, Sue Greenall, “but for the 2014 will see the Vermont 100 Ride three days of the race there are 500, and Run at Silver Hill Meadow in West plus the large trucks and trailers with Windsor, VT, but without cooperation from entrants and local support, this could the horses.” be the last race. “We hope that is not the Plans have already been made to move the trail away from neighboring case, but a lot has to happen in the next six months,” was Julia’s final comment. houses and to work with the local For more information, visit vermont100. officials to make the event less disruptive. Several sites in the area have been com or

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of our members. Jaclyn Snow, who had been in ill health, died on January 10, 2014. She was a beautiful person both inside and out. Although her career in ballet was a huge success, most of us remember her riding the trails. This past year, Jaclyn and her beautiful Cheval Canadian mare, Nicolette, were seen enjoying the hunter paces. She and her mare received the championship ribbon in the Trail Blazer division. Jaclyn always radiated a positive and happy spirit and will be missed by everyone.

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Quote of the Month

“The longer you’re around horses, you’ll come to realize that a horse will eventually cause you to feel every emotion imaginable.” - BUCK BRANNAMAN

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[LEFT] Spencer and Adriana Day of Lakefront Farm in Gray, ME. [RIGHT] Clayhill Chrome Plated was the highest selling horse of the MidAtlantic Morgan Sale.

NOW OPEN Spencer and Adriana Day recently opened Lakefront Farm Inc., in Gray, ME. It is a full-service training facility for Morgans, Saddlebreds, and Hackney Ponies, and provides a lesson program in three seats with limited boarding space. Summer riding camps are also in the plans. Lakefront is the realization of a lifelong dream of both Spencer and Adriana’s. Equipped with an indoor arena and two outdoor arenas, the farm has multiple turnout pastures.

gelding, CBMF Momentarily. The reigning Grand National Youth Pleasure Driving Finals Champion, shown under the direction of Broadmoor, was purchased by Ellie Stevens of New Castle, NH. Susan Casper of S&S Stables in Stratham, NH, was Ellie’s agent.

GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE… Clayhill Chrome Plated (Serenity Grandmaster x Tribecca) was the high selling horse at the Mid-Atlantic Morgan Horse Sale, held January 14-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The coming five-year-old gelding

HOT PURCHASE Chris Cassenti of Chrislar Farm in Rowley, MA, was pleased to share the news that Gaetana D’Alesio-Spina of Mendon, MA, recently sold her many-times champion pleasure mare, HVK Hot Ember (Noble Flaire x Pinehaven Ember), to Claire Campbell (and her parents) of Mendon, MA. Claire will continue her training/instruction with her Walk-Trot Classic Pleasure mare under the direction of Jane Belleville of Whispering Belles Farm in Mendon, MA.



Stoneleigh Flair For Life (HVK Courageous Flaire x Stoneleigh Nitethyme) was recently sold by Jennifer Shutitowski to the Veinotte family of Uxbridge, MA. The 2012 Grand National Amateur Ladies Hunter Pleasure Champion will remain in training with Mike and Liz Murphy of Legacy Stable in Mendon, MA.


IN A MOMENT Taylor Ekovich of New Port Richey, FL, sold her five-year-old

was purchased by Melissa Lambrecht of Wynter Thyme Manor in Bethany, CT, for her daughter, Montanna Lambrecht, to show. They will compete in Junior Exhibitor Park Harness and Saddle classes.

Gaetana D’Alesio-Spina (shown here) sold her mare, HVK Hot Ember, to Claire Campbell.

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Morgans Win Big At the UPHA-AHHS Awards Banquet

Morgan News continued from page 135 the dinner and the riders from Corinthian Stables in Fairview, PA, were very pleased to receive their trophies of original artwork by Jeanne Mellin Herrick. Brenda Hills won in the Western division with Heartmeadow Detente. Laura Kiefhaber was the Amateur English Pleasure Champion with SDS Kinsman’s Crusader. This pair also recently won the 2013 U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Champion Horse of the Year in that same division. Todd and Sandy Trushel were thrilled to see their outstanding junior rider, Taylor 136 EQUINE


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Harry Sebring (center) received the 2013 Richard E. Lavery Professional Horseman’s Award. His son, Jim, and his daughter, Jessica, were on hand for the presentation.

UPHA Richard E. Lavery Professional Horseman’s Award. Harry has been training Morgans for almost 40 years and continues to serve the equine industry in countless ways, through the American Morgan Horse Association, UPHA, U.S. Equestrian Federation, and numerous local and regional organizations. He and his wife, Carolyn, and their three children, Jim, Jessica, and Sara, are an asset to the breed. The convention also featured a luncheon in the breathtaking Renaissance

Hudson, presented with the NYSMHS Junior Horse Person of the Year Award. Usually reserved for the 14 to 17 age group, this is the first time a walk-trot rider has been acknowledged for his or her dedication to the sport. Taylor’s written entry showed her dedication to riding and showing, her scholastic abilities, church activities, and her talent in piano and karate. Her desire to become a veterinarian and her impressive Youth Contest results all added to winning this award. Congratulations to Taylor and Corinthian Lucky Charm.

Ballroom at the InterContinental Hotel earlier in the day as they honored their 20-, 30-, and 40-year members, Chapter Horsemen of the Year, and Chapter Honor Shows of the Year. Saturday evening offered a Gala Black Tie Affair “Chicago Style” in the elegant Grand Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel where they presented top awards and live auction items to bid on. Throughout the three-day event, many forums and educational lectures were also available.

Corinthian riders shine at the New York State Morgan Horse Society’s Holiday Banquet for high score awards. (L-R) Brenda Hills, Taylor Hudson, Sandy and Todd Trushel, and Laura Kiefhaber.


SEVERAL MORGAN OWNERS, trainers, and horses were recognized during the United Professional Horsemen’s Association-American Hackney Horse Society (UPHA-AHHS) Awards Banquet that was held January 17, 2014 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL, as part of the 2014 UPHA-AHHS Convention. The evening started with cocktails and dinner while guests indulged their imagination with the museum’s inspiring and hands-on exhibits and live science experiments. The UPHA Morgan Classic Pleasure Driving winner was Iconic, who was shown by George Liberty of Juniper Farms Equestrian Division. The homebred gelding is trained by David Rand of Rand in Falmouth, ME. The UPHA Morgan Park Harness winner was Merriehill Home Stretch, who was driven by owner Jack Gatewood of Dantree Farm. David Rand also trains this stallion. Mattie Frances Willard won the UPHA Morgan Senior Challenge Cup Championship. She is instructed by Cindy Mugnier of Belchertown, MA. Harry Sebring of Sebring Stables in Richmond, MA, received the coveted

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DENVER BRONCOS MASCOT AND PUREBRED ARABIAN GELDING, THUNDER, took to the field after every touchdown the AFC West Champion team scored and even made his way to the Super Bowl in February!



Congratulations to Chelsea Minarsky of Mossup, CT, for passing her State of Connecticut Insurance Exam. She is now licensed in the state to conduct business in personal and commercial insurance!

MONEY, MONEY Three cheers go out to the to the 2013 Arabian Professional and Amateur Horse Association (APAHA) High Point Amateur Prize Money winners! With a total payout of over $11,500, it was a great program to be a part

of. Michelle Pease Paulson was the big winner this year earning $2,912.50 with Prince LOA and earning $1,747.50 with BSF Starbuck. In third place, Ashley Lauren Toye and Chance To Jam brought home $1,281.50, while Natalie Hunt and Dancn To Victory won $1,165. Rachel Enns and Glory Stealer rounded out the top five, winning $1,048.50.

A “ROZE”Y FUTURE Roze Arabians of Elizabethtown, PA, is pleased to announce the arrival of Amer Azhaar. This exciting young stallion is by the

recently exported Laheeb Al Nasser and his paternal grandsire is the internationally renowned sire Al Adeed Al Shaqab. Amer Azhaar’s dam is the respected Dorian Binthadidi who is by the international champion, Hadidi.

SHE SAID YES Congratulations to Lauren Bousquet and Matthew Lubas of Enfield, CT, on their recent engagement.

at the endurance rides and have reeceived the Northeast Regional Ju unior Limited Distance Championship with American C Endurance Ride Conference E (A AERC). They successfully ccompleted five rides to qualify for the award. Mackenzie fo ccompeted on her sevenyyear-old straight Egyptian mare, Maeedah Gasaara (Thee m Black Majic X Gasaara Moniet), B aand Alexandra competed on her eight-year-old Arabian h mare, Fiona. m Fiona was adopted from Arabian Rescue Mission just A over two years ago. They o had pulled her out of the New Holland Auction pen. Both girls are spending the winter months conditioning for the 2014 season and are planning to do a couple of 50-mile rides in the upcoming year.

SOLD! Varian Arabians congratulates Shamrock Farms on the purchase of Monaco Jullyen V (*Jullyen El Jamaal x Misti Morn V). We can’t wait to see him in the western pleasure arena!


GOING THE DISTANCE Mackenzie, 12, and Alexandra Coffey, nine, had a successful 2013

Congratulations to Mandy and Aaron Le of American Canyon, CA, who recently announced that they are expecting a new addition to their family. We know that Eli will make a great big brother!

STONE HOLLOW NEWS 2013 was a wonderful show year for the horses and riders of Stone Hollow. Sport Horse Nationals was phenomenal, and to top it off, several of their horses earned U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Horse of the Year awards. FR Hercules++++// was national and Region 15 Reserve Champion in Purebred [LEFT] Roze Arabians is pleased to announce the arrival of Amer Azhaar. [RIGHT] Alexandra Coffey on Fiona.

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Desperado V was tall, dark, and extremely handsome and he sired it. His exotic head was well known, but most of all, he had proven his ability to sire national champions in both halter and performance. He carried a high-set tail, beautiful eyes, and emoted Arabian charisma. His disposition and trainability were transmitted to his offspring and are easily verified by contacting any trainer working with a Desperado V youngster. Desperado V was the leading sire on five of the Arabian Horse Registry A of America (AHRA) stud o books and he was a Sire b of Significance. o

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LIKE FATHER LIKE SON The two-time Reserve National Champion Stallion Shaddofax sends his congratulations to his son Shaddo Magniphied on being the winningest halter horse at the 2013 U.S. National Horse Show.

ENGAGED! Congratulations to Carol Landkrohn and Christian A. Padilla of Stony Hill Farm in Ruffs Dale, PA, on their recent engagement. Carol is the daughter of Robert and Charmaine Landkrohn and Christian is the son of Ralph and Lori Padilla. Carol is a graduate of the California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in

[ABOVE] The legendary stallion n Desperado V has passed on to o greener pastures. [RIGHT] Sandy Lane recently passed away y after a battle with Alzheimer’s. »

SO GLAMOROUS Congratulations to Josh Carignan of Hartford, CT, on the purchase of SF Glamour Shot from Carol Brunette in North Oxford, MA.

WINNER, WINNER Congratulations to Julie Shick of Ortonville, MI, on being the lucky winner of the 2013 Arabian Horse Youth Association Shadow Trailer raffle! A total of 276 tickets were sold, earning a record breaking $27,600 for the youth association.

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Carousel Farms sends their C congratulations to Marlene Duttry on the purchase of D Afires Fascination. He is A a four-year-old purebred gelding sired by Afire Bey V! A very special thank you go oes out to Dwane Hankins fo or breeding and selling this sp pecial guy.

business administration and is the barn manager of Stony Hill Farm. Christian is a team leader at Tractor Supply Company and is in training to become an assistant manager. Carol and Christian met working as Squires for the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival.

Arabian contact listings Baldwin Stables (tsl), 108 Cedar Lake Road, Deep River, CT, 860-526-5989,


LO OVE IS IN THE AIR BUN IN THE OVEN Aristocrat mare, Windsong Bey, is confirmed in foal to multinational champion Mirage V++++//. Her two other foals from this cross were both reserve national champions. We can’t wait to see the next foal-to-be.

TYING THE KNOT Justine Sabrina and Eric Rovan of Schamburg, IL, were recently married at the beautiful Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in Whistler, BC, Canada. We hear that it was a lovely ceremony and a truly special weekend for all who attended.

LOSS OF A LEGEND Desperado V passed away on January 13, 2014. The incredible stallion was a legend in the Arabian world. Sired by legendary Huckleberry Bey++, Desperado proudly carried on the incredible style and traditions that made Varian Arabians so successful.

Congratulations to Alyssa Burd and Matt O’Rourke of Somers, CT, on their recent engagement! Best wishes for the future for the happy couple.

GREENER PASTURES We were so sad to hear of the sudden passing of Rosa Lehnig’s Half-Arabian eventing partner, PL Irish Thunder, in mid-January. Condolences to his family and fans.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD Congratulations to Diane Grod on the birth of her grandson, Spencer Charles. Her son Steve Grod and his wife Kandace will be incredible parents!

PASSING ON Our deepest condolences go out to Cheryl Lane-Caron on the passing of her mother, Sandy Lane. Sandy was an Arabian breeder and competitor who introduced her daughter Cheryl to the incredible Arabian horse.


Hunter/Jumper. Nationally he was also fourth in Specialty and fifth for Grand Champion Arabian Gelding. For Region 15 he was third for Sport Horse and third for Specialty. Karen Morris’ GA E-Khwaytor ++ was fourth nationally for Hunter/ Jumper and for Region 15 he was third as well as fourth in Specialty. His awards helped his breeders, Robert and Denise Gainey, earn second place for Arabian breeders. Miranda Kuchera’s Anglo gelding, RA Peaceinyourheart+, was sixth nationally for Specialty and in Region 15 he was fifth for both Hunter/Jumper and Specialty. Peace also earned several placings in the North American Anglo Arabian Horse Association’s Year-End Awards. Topping all that off, this lovely grey earned his Legion of Honor.

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North American Anglo-Arabian Assoc. Announces Year-End Award Winners SUBMITTED BY PEGGY INGLES


THE NORTH AMERICAN Anglo-Arabian Horse Association (NAAAHA) has announced the winners of its 2013 High Point Program for AngloArabians that compete in working hunter, jumper, eventing, dressage, sport horse under saddle, conformation, endurance, and competitive trail. All shows and rides, whether rated or unrated, counted toward these awards. Galileo and Ashley Wren were awarded top honors, [ABOVE] Galileo was named the High Point Anglo-Arabibeing named the High an of the Year. [BELOW] Khemos Khopi swept the DresPoint Anglo-Arabian of sage division and the Sport Horse Under Saddle division. the Year. In the Hunter/ Jumper division, Wren and Galileo were the champions, with Alexis and Bill Doughty’s One More Round as reserve champions. The amazing duo of Vermiculus and Lauren Kieffer took home top honors in the Eventing division. Heather Rudd rode John Albright’s Khemos Khopi to not only a championship in the Dressage division but also in the Sport Horse Under Saddle division. Madison Benicky and Pudding on Anglo-Arabians are the third oldest Aires were the Dressage Reserve breed in the world, having been bred Champions, while NF Miss Scarlett in France as far back as the early Slew and Marian LaLonde were the 1800s. The breed is comprised of a reserve champions in the Sport Horse combination of Thoroughbred and Under Saddle and Conformation diviArabian blood, requiring no more sions. Paula Nelson and Al-Marah than 75% Thoroughbred and no less Oliver Twist won the hotly contested than 25% Arabian to be registered. Conformation Championship. Anglo-Arabians are highly respected Endurance and Competitive Trail worldwide as exceptional athletes, were combined, with the final tabulaespecially in the Olympic disciplines, tions awarding AJ She-Ra and Alexis and are highly ranked in the world in Jones the championship and SS the sport of eventing. Allsfairn War and Susan Young the Visit NAAAHA’s website, NAAAHA. reserve championship. com for more information.


Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association Holds Installation of Officers and Dinner Meeting SUBMITTED BY LORI MURRAY

THE RHODE ISLAND ARABIAN HORSE Association held its Installation of Officers and Dinner Meeting on January 30, 2014 at the Greenville Inn in Greenville, RI. The invocation was given by past president Walter Comire. Pauline Comire installed Kevin Dwyer as president, Rebecca Eddy as vice president, and Shirley Russell as treasurer pro tempore. Shirley Russell and Lori Murray were sworn in as new members of the board of directors, which includes Walter Comire, Jr., Lucille Guilbault, and Joanne Jalbert. Following the installation and dinner, president Kevin Dwyer officiated at a short business meeting. Upcoming events include the Year-End Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Village Haven Restaurant in Forestdale, RI, on March 9, 2014. Look for a full report of all winners and photographs in an upcoming issue. The Year-End Awards Committee met in January to review the program rules. Most notably, changes were made to the point system. If you plan on participating in this program, please be sure to read the rules. Any questions can be directed to year-end awards chairperson, Julie Baker, at juliebaker68@ Please remember that your year-end award application form must be postmarked prior to your first show in order for points to count. A reminder to all associate members that memberships expired on December 31, 2013. If you have not already sent in your renewal, please do so at your earliest convenience. Membership forms can be downloaded from our website, We have an exciting year planned and look forward to seeing you at our events! March 2014

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Arabian Horse Association of New England Announces Year-End Award Results CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR YEAR-END AWARD winners! We had a fabulous year, with a great banquet at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. We will have a write-up for the banquet for you for the next issue. We are looking forward to a great 2014! SHOW RESULTS PUREBRED HALTER Champion: SI Prince Ali Shiraz, Thomas or Fran Bonenfant; Reserve Champion: CA Charisa, Crossen Arabians LLC; Third: HHF Sangria Rose, Thomas or Fran Bonenfant; Fourth: RCA Firecracker, Christine Silvia. PUREBRED SPORT HORSE IN HAND Champion: RCA Firecracker, Christine Silvia; Reserve Champion: Chesney, Jenn Roberts; Third: HHF Sangria Rose, Thomas or Fran Bonenfant; Fourth: JCB Baton Rouge, Taylor Bibbiani; Fifth: SI Prince Ali Shiraz, Thomas or Fran Bonenfant. HALF-ARABIAN SPORT HORSE IN HAND Champion: Moonshine Malachi, Cheryl Lane-Caron; Reserve Champion: LH Feels so Good, Caroline Ventura; Third: Arox II, Anna Kjems. PUREBRED SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE Champion:: Jazz-N-It Up, Rhonda Messier; Reserve Champion:: JCB Baton Rouge, Taylor Bibbiani; Third: Chesney, Jenn Roberts; Fourth: Khoncise, Crossen Arabians LLC. HALF-ARABIAN SPORT HORSE UNDER SADDLE Champion: LH Feels so Good, Caroline Ventura; Reserve Champion: Arox II, Anna Kjems; Third: Moonshine Malachi, Cheryl Lane-Caron; Fourth: CA Cartier, Crossen Arabians LLC. PUREBRED DRESSAGE-TRAINING LEVEL Champion: CA Dezarae, Crossen Arabians LLC; Reserve Champion: Khoncise, Crossen Arabians LLC; Third: Chesney, Jenn Roberts. HALF-ARABIAN DRESSAGE-TRAINING LEVEL Champion: Moonshine Malachi, Cheryl Lane-Caron; Reserve Champion: Prince Paso, Anna Kjems; Third: Arox II, Anna Kjems; Fourth:: CA Cartier, Crossen Arabians LLC. PUREBRED DRESSAGE-FIRST LEVEL Champion: Jazz-N-It Up, Rhonda Messier; Reserve Champion: JCB Baton Rouge, Taylor Bibbiani; Third: CA Dezarae, Crossen Arabians LLC; Fourth: Khoncise, Crossen Arabians LLC. PUREBRED DRESSAGE-SECOND LEVEL Champion: Jazz-N-It up, Rhonda Messier. HALF-ARABIAN DRESSAGE-FIRST LEVEL Champion: Moonshine Malachi, Cheryl Lane-Caron; Reserve Champion: Prince Paso, Anna Kjems; Reserve Champion (tie): CA Cartier, Crossen Arabians LLC. PUREBRED HUNTER Champion: Chesney, Jenn Roberts. HALF-ARABIAN HUNTER Champion: LH Feels so good, Caroline Ventura. PUREBRED WESTERN Champion: CA Charisa, Crossen Arabians LLC; Reserve Champion: CA Leilah, Crossen Arabians LLC. WALK-TROT Champion: Prince Paso, Anna Kjems. OVER FENCES Champion: Chesney, Jenn Roberts; Reserve Champion: Arox II, Anna Kjems. EQUITATION Champion: Anna Kjems. NATIONAL LEVEL HIGH POINT Champion: Arox II, Anna Kjems. AHA SHOW DIVISION HIGH POINT Champion: Jazz-N-It up, Rhonda Messier.



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TIFFANI SCHUNK WITH HER own Acute Select wearing the Equine Journall rain sheet Tiffani won during the 25 Days of Christmas contest.



We were sad to hear that Byron Shane Russell, 35, of Richmond, IN, passed away on December 20, 2013. Born April 16, 1978, in Richmond to Alan Russell and Tami Harkleroad Russell, Shane was a life-long resident of Richmond. He was a 1996 graduate of Centerville High School. Shane was a nationally known horse rider and trainer. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the National Snaffle Bit Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

BABY ON THE WAY! Congratulations to Kathy and Chris Medvidofsky of Jacksonville, FL, who recently announced that they are expecting their first child this summer!

ONLY THE BEST We would like to congratulate new owners, Alan, Monica, and Blake Edler, on the purchase of 2012 Congress Champion, Only Invite The Best, from former owner, Dr. Corey Seebach, and

his wife, Dr. Candice Hall. “Betty” will be under the supervision of Jess Bergantzel Show Horses.

SHE SAID YES Congratulations to Katie Donovan and Peter Faulkner of Ayer, MA, on their recent engagement.

LEAVING A LEGACY Edward F. “Bud” Alderson, 91, of Sharpsville, IN, died December 22, 2013. Alderson was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2004. Born in 1922, Alderson grew up taking care of many animals and even showed draft horses in 4-H. He bought his first Quarter Horse around 1940 and sported a reputation as a match-race jockey, Roman rider, all-around cowboy, and could sit in an English saddle for jumping. Alderson judged for 45 years

th hroughout the United Sttates, Canada, Europe, and So outh America. His credits in nclude officiating at the All American Quarter Horse A Congress and the AQHA and American Quarter Horse Youth Association H (A AQHYA) world championship shows. He was o laater appointed to the ccommittee that developed AQHA’s Amateur division A iin 1985. He served as the ffirst amateur committee cchairman and helped implement AQHA’s Hunter Under Saddle class. Alderson U became an AQHA Honorary Vice b President in 1986, and received P AQHA’s 50-Year Breeder Award A in n 2003. He helped establish the Indiana Quarter Horse Futurity and the Indiana Quarter Horse Association (IQHA) in 1955, and was the past president of the IQHA. In 1988, he was inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Fame at Purdue University.

BEST OF THE BEST Congratulations to Eric Mendrysa on his recent purchase of 2013 Congress Two-Year-Old Non Pro Champion, First N Line (Kenny). The three-year-old gelding was bred and raised by Masterson Farms and is by RL Best of Sudden and out of Sheiks Bodys Hot, a daughter of Zippos Sheik.

Laney and Gary Gordon will be presenting the horses in the open halter events while Linda Gordon will be showing some prospects in the amateur classes.

IN MEMORY Longtime Quarter Horse racing enthusiast and AQHA Director Emeritus George Loeb, 90, of Sun City, CA, died December 9, 2013, due to kidney failure. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Loeb loved racing horses. He met his wife, Shirley, in New York City, but the couple eventually ventured west, first living in New Orleans, then Fort Smith, AR, and Houston. Loeb eventually owned an outstanding stable of horses at Los Alamitos Race Course. In their heyday, the Loebs were among the leading Quarter Horse owners at Los Alamitos Race Course and were named the 1979 Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association (PCQHRA) Champion Owners. Loeb was a former PCQHRA president.

SOLD! Sandra Morgan, the owner of the late Good I Will Be, has purchased Congress Reserve Champion Stallion, Mechanic, from Johnny, Shane, and Holt Pope. The gorgeous 2010 sorrel stallion by A Good Machine and out of Zippin

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NEW BEGINNINGS Congratulations to Buddy Laney on becoming the manager and halter trainer at Fossil Gate Farms located in Argyle, TX.

BOYD RICE ON ROYAL SMART FLETCH WON the Open Working Ranch Horse division of the AQHA Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge in Fort Worth, TX, for breeders Kit and Charlie Moncrief. March 2014

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Ending on a High Note At the Palm Partnership Training AQHA Trail Challenges Series 2013 MARKED THE FIRST SERIES OF American Quarter Horse Associaiton (AQHA) Trail Challenges at Lynn Palm’s and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon’s Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, FL. Sanctioned by the AQHA and sponsored by SmartPak, a trail challenge is a course of six to 16 obstacles that tests a horse-and-rider’s ability to work as a team and navigate through natural obstacles they might experience on a trail. Open to registered Quarter Horses as well as other breeds, over 200 horse-and-rider combinations

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competed in four events for prizes in Training, Intermediate, and Master levels. The first annual challenge series was a great success. With riders from eight states showing more than 15 different breeds throughout the series, judges and competitors alike had their work cut out for them. In addition to individual class awards sponsored by SmartPak, Kerrits, Sneak-e-Snacks, and Alliance Saddlery, winners earned ribbons supplied by AQHA and vied for high honors including Gist Silversmiths

belt buckles for high point in each level and silver trophies for high score and reserve high score of the series. Palm Partnership Training is proud to announce the 2013 winners: Gist Championship Buckle Training Level: Rosetta Johns and Love a Good Night (AQHA); Gist Championship Buckle Intermediate Level: Shawn Charles and Splash; Gist Championship Buckle Master Level: Celine Reilly and Rewarding Invitation (AQHA); High Score Silver Trophy: Shawn Charles and Splash; High Point AQHA Youth Training Level: Mikayla Moore and Miss Face It (AQHA); High Point Youth All Breed Training Level: Breann Karbiwnyk and Rusty Executive (AQHA); and High Point Adult All Breed: Robin Coleman and Harley.


BUYING HISTORY Potential bidders gathered January 18, 2013, for their chance to buy a piece of ranching legacy at the 2014 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in Fort Worth, TX. For the Best of the Remuda Sale, consignors are strictly ranches

Masterson Farms, LLC, announced the resignation of Bobbie Parker as its breeding manager. Colin Anderson, DVM, the long standing attending veterinarian of the farm, will assume responsibilities for all breeding operations. Amber Powell will continue her duties as the breeding assistant.

Bill Collins of Sherwood Park, AB, Canada, passed away on December 31, 2013 at the age of 89. During his long and triumphant history in the equestrian world, Collins wore many hats, including rider, trainer, coach, breeder, judge, and advocate. Collins was known across North America, and the world, for his talent with cutting horses and was the first Canadian inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2007. He was also instrumental in introducing the sport of cutting to Great Britain.



Two-time AQHA World Champion, Lets Shake Em Up (Innovation Only x JR Fancy Can Zip), has been purchased by the Martz Family. “My family and I are very excited about the addition of Lets Shake Em Up,” said amateur Chelsea Martz. “My younger sister, Paulina, and I have really missed showing trail. When our trainers, Judd and Jennifer Paul, heard that ‘Riley’ was for sale, they thought he would be exactly what we were looking for.”

Mr. and Mrs. James D’Aveni of Peabody, MA, are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Marie D’Aveni to Adrien Paul Peacock, son of David and Brenda Peacock of Billerica, MA. Danielle and Adrien are both graduates of Endicott College where they met freshman year.

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that have earned the AQHA Zoetis Best of the Remuda Award. The high seller went for $16,250 from the R.A. Brown Ranch of Throckmorton, TX, for RAB Go Pep Hancock, a 2005 sorrel gelding by Gold Peppy Freckles and out of Mis Smooth Hancock.


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Competition in the Sunshine State Heats Up On Florida Gold Coast and Gulf Coast Quarter Horse Circuits THE FLORIDA Gold Coast and Gulf Coast Quarter Horse circuits came to a close January 6, 2014, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center on the Florida State Fairgrounds. The Florida Gold Coast Quarter Horse Circuit has been met with rave reviews Gulf Coast Quarter Horse circuits. on all fronts, and it comes as no surprise. With brand new $1,000 Hunter Pairs Classic, footing, some of the country’s riders competed over an individual course, and then best clinicians, generous sponsors, and six full days of horse riders were called back to shows, including exciting, jump the course abreast newly-introduced classes, with their chosen partner. the circuit went above and The class was sponsored in part by The Collection, a top beyond, offering everything of the line hunter clothing exhibitors could want. “It was an excellent horse company, which also sponshow,” said Tyson Furlong sored the $1,000 Collection of Pople Ridge Farm in New Hunter Classic and the $1,000 York. “From the office staff to Collection Non-Pro Hunter the courses, it was all great. Classic. The two hunter clasMichael [Morrissey] does a sics, held under the lights with great job running the show. an accompanying exhibitor party, were a definite highlight The new footing in the main during the Florida Gold Coast ring was unbelievable; it was awesome footing to show on. Quarter Horse Circuit. “We did the Hunter divisions, The Florida Gold Coast the [Collection Hunter] Classics, Quarter Horse Circuit and the Pairs class, which was featured six full American really cool. It was the first time Quarter Horse Association we’d done anything like that. My (AQHA) shows and five days son showed in it with a partner, of events including hunters, and they actually ended up equitation, AQHA reining, winning it!” western pleasure, trail riding, The Pairs class Furlong driving, showmanship, halter classes, roping, and the referred to was one of the newly added—and well newest event, ranch pleasure. received—features of this For more information year’s Florida Gold Coast about the Florida Gold Coast and Gulf Coast Quarter Quarter Horse Circuit, visit Horse circuits. During the 144 EQUINE


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Offers Learning Opportunities About the Breed SUBMITTED BY BARBARA CLARK

THIS IS THE OFFICIAL YEAR OF the horse but it is also the year The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse has dedicated to educate all people who love horses about our very amazing, very special, practically unbelievable breed. Are you interested in learning? What’s that you say, “A horse is a horse is a horse?” Take a look at this short video and tell me that you don’t want a relationship with your horse just like this person has with her young P.R.E.: This video is a good example of why people love their Pure Spanish Horses. The owner of this horse is having the time of her life with him and he is still too young to even ride! Members of The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse have been asked to contact their local 4-H, Pony Club, or other youth horse groups to offer

them a free subscription to The P.R.E. Horse magazine for their club so that the equine youth groups can learn more about the breed that originated in Spain. If your local youth club has not been contacted it is probably because there is not a Foundation member in your area. Please contact us at The Foundation headquarters and we will make sure that your local group learns about this unique breed and give them a subscription. Call 505-294-0800 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST) or email If you love to get together with your horse friends for a good time we can supply you with an excuse to have a rainy or snow day party! The Foundation has thousands of educational DVDs highlighting the P.R.E. horse that everyone will enjoy. Simply contact the office and we can provide some free entertainment for you. We

[ABOVE] Your P.R.E. will become your best friend! Lee Burton rides her stallion bareback on the beach in Georgia. [LEFT] The Cobra class is one of the most popular events at a P.R.E. halter show.

even have P.R.E. bingo and trivia games! It is a great way to spend time with friends when you can’t be in the saddle. Any effort to learn about the P.R.E. breed is incomplete without exploring the interesting Spanish equine culture that is intertwined with hundreds of years of world history. One of the favorite classes at Pure Spanish Horse halter shows is the Cobra class. No, this is not a class filled with poisonous, biting snakes. It is a very unique class where three mares are attached together side by side and judged as a unit. The horses should be as similar as possible; they should resemble triplets. It demonstrates that a breeder can reproduce quality and is a required class for a breeder to enter if he/she is competing for the most coveted trophy in the show, the Best Breeder Award. Historically, the cobras were used to thrash wheat in the field since the mares were not usually ridden. To learn more about the P.R.E. breed, visit The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse at or contact us at and we can help put on an event on in your backyard! March 2014

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Eastern Regional Andalusian Horse Club Looks Forward to New England Classic Shows BY DR. DIANE KOZWICH

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THIS SUMMER THE EASTERN Regional Andalusian Horse Club (ERAHC) will hold our U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF)/International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) “A” rated shows, the New England Classic Dressage Show and the New England Classic Breed Show at a new venue. This year the shows will take place at the Three County Fairgrounds located at 41 Fair Street in Northampton, MA. It is not far from South Hadley where the shows were in past years. It is easy to get to, just off the exit 19 ramp on I-91 and there is plenty of parking. The show grounds include covered seating at the outside arena and stadium seating around the inside arena area. Northampton is charming and restaurants are five minutes away. So are hotels. We are looking forward to seeing you at our new facility. The shows always feature clinics, barn parties, and an exhibition of our beautiful horses. The exhibition and show are open to the public and we encourage everyone to visit with our members and their horses while enjoying the show. The New England Open Dressage Show



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is on Friday, July 11, 2014. As in the past, there will be two dressage arenas, each with its own warm up area. One arena will be inside and one outside. The New England Classic Dressage Show includes FEI classes: Prix St. Georges, Intermediaire I, Intermediaire II, and Grand Prix. The “A” rated New England Classic Breed Show is on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, 2014. The show features both halter and saddle classes. This year the breed show has expanded to include other baroque horses including Friesian and Gypsy/Drum classes. The Open Working Equitation classes are on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, 2014. These include obstacle and trail classes, timed and un-timed. There is also a pattern ridden similar to a dressage or western test to judge the horse’s willingness. Tack and attire for working equitation classes can be

western, dressage, English, saddle seat, or native Spanish or Portuguese. These are fun classes and really test how well your horse is trained. The Baroque Equestrian Games Institute (BEGI) will hold a full array of classes on Saturday, July12. This is a new riding competition that upholds and rewards the principles aspired to by the Classical Schools of Horsemanship. Visit for more information. The exhibition is at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 11 and will last one hour. This is a must-see, and this year will be awesome in a stadium environment. At our previous location, we were limited to a small number of spectators. This year we will be advertising the event and reminding all that the exhibit is open to the public. As always, we are looking for volunteers to help at the shows; we need gate keepers, runners, ribbon givers, and more. Please contact Linda Denniston at if you want to volunteer. We look forward to seeing you at our New England Classic shows and wish our competitors good luck.

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American Bashkir Curly Registry Features Breeders Throughout the Nation SUBMITTED BY SUE DAVIS

SPRING IS DRAWING NEAR and it is time to start thinking about the arrival of foals and the breeding of mares for next year. The American Bashkir Curly Registry has breeders across the country that can provide you with either beautiful foals for your herd or stallion services for your mares.

The registry would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of its U.S. breeders and their locations throughout the country. Be sure to contact one of these fine farms when searching for your first hypoallergenic Curly, or if you are looking for a youngster or stallion services!

The incredible stallion, DCC Traveler.

American Bashkir Curly Registry U.S. Breeders High Desert Equine Center, 5555 Wilcox Ranch Rd. Reno, NV 89510, 775-475-2250 Stallions: WW Peter Lakota ABC 3638 Warrior Starberndt ABC 3445 Maximum’s Pride ABC 3650, MFTHBA 06-90273

WASHINGTON Cozy Nook Curly’s, 537 Hotchkiss Rd, Colville, WA 99114, 509-684-1695 Cell: 509-680-1077 cozynookcurlys@ Stallion: CNC Poetic Motion Xpress PB 749 Traveling Moon Ranch, 4217 N. Kenney Rd, Otis Orchards, WA 99027, 509-891-9353 Stallion: DCC Traveler ABC 2450 Kimberlie Moore Lightfoot, 4731 Selfs Rd, Cashmere, WA 98815, 509-782-9653 Stallion: DSF Colby Britches ABC 3803 Hidden Meadows Curly Horses, 2146 B Upper Dry Creek Rd, Chewelah, WA 99109, 148 EQUINE


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509-935-7570 hiddenmeadowscurlyhorses. Stallion: TC Talon ABC 3977

TEXAS Stag Creek Farm, 2500 CR 116 Comanche, TX 76442, 254-8426011, Cell: 254-842-4051 Stallions: Angel’s Spirit ABC 3652 Tall Trees Misdemeaner ABC 3540 Curly Pines Ranch, 147 Rocky Lane, Bastrop, TX 78602, 512-965-7543 Stallion: SFT True Heart ABC 3644 Golden Curls Ranch, 7480 CR 4095, Kaufman, TX 75142 Stallion: Renegait Chesterfield ABC 3665

OKLAHOMA Adena Warner, 6801 Bryant Ave., Edmond, OK 73034

SOUTH DAKOTA Diamond Willow Ministries, P.O. Box 438, Fort Thompson, SD 57339, 605-245-2183 Stallion: DWM Mato Akicita ABC 3843 Heartland Country Curlies, 25127 474th Ave, Baltic, SD 57003, 605-201-7129 heartlandcountrycurlies@ Stallion: Stag Creek Mikade ABC 3857

IOWA Richardsons Curly Horse Ranch, 1259 310th Ave, Woodburn, IA 50275, 641-342-6180 Stallions: Sir Patrick MJT ABC 274 Kreskin ABC 461

INDIANA Woodke’s Walnut Woods, 1466 E. 550N., Monterey, IN 46960, 574-542-2457 Stallions: DCC Drifter ABC 2287 SLL Sir Patricks Lil Chip ABC 3366 MVR Eclipse ABC 3358

NEW YORK Hardscrabble Farms, 7 Townshed Rd, Minerva, NY 12851-9713, 518-251-3424,,

Stallions: Thunder Road ABC 2800 WW Quarter Moon ABC 2454 Hawk Mountain Curlies, 63 Mill Rd, Cossayuma Lake, NY 12823, 802-238-3800

KENTUCKY Rocky Ridge Farm, 2347 Hempfling Rd, Morning View, KY 41063, 859-356-0749 Stallion: Es Spar Go ABC 1698 Three Feathers Native Curly Horses, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342, 502-839-3978 Stallion: TFN Nagihanhepi Wi To ABC 3954 Hidden Cave Ranch, Burkesville, KY 42717, 270-433-3225 Stallion: Stag Creek Lydiker ABC 3854

TENNESEE Silver Storm Farm, 1911 Ballplay Rd, Madisonville, TN 37354, 423-442-6368



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Eric Grulke and his Morab, Bandit, on the cross-country course.

Pure Morab Horse Assoc. A 12-Year Old Morab Gets a New Life SUBMITTED BY ERIC GRULKE

PROLOGUE: ERIC STARTED HIS experiences with his Morab as a 61-year-old “horse husband.” A willing partner with his wife Ginny in caring for and occasionally trail riding their horses, he decided to become more involved and skilled at riding after a painful novice experience. It was three years ago on Mother’s Day when I had an epiphany about riding. I had been riding Bandit, our Morab gelding, whenever Ginny and I went on trail rides. My prior horseback riding experiences involved trail riding, and we had done adequately at the typical walktrot pace of our trail riding group. Bandit enjoyed trotting but did not stretch out well at the walk, so our typical pattern was a series of fall-behind-catch-up movements. His other distinctive trait was a sometimes-explosive spook from surprises on the trail, so I had to stay alert during our trips. On this particular Mother’s Day, Bandit was apparently not fond of a mare in the group. He had moved away from her location several times as we were warming up for the ride. As we stood waiting for the ride to start, something spooked Bandit from the rear. He performed a lateral arabesque to the left. Unfortunately I had worn a pair of polyester pants, perfectly appropriate for the warmer weather that day and so I slipped in the Wintec

saddle, going right while Bandit went left. Classical physics still applying to most of what we humans do, I was unceremoniously dumped on the ground. As I lay on the ground figuring out how to breathe with the pain in my ribs, I thought that maybe taking a riding lesson or two might be a wise thing to do. This incident triggered my interest in eventing. It looked like fun, included three different elements, and I had recently won an auction bid for riding lessons from Windy Knoll Stables, an eventing barn, at a fundraising auction. So I started. At first, I rode the school horses, learning walk-trot transitions and some cantering. We went over cross-rails and I

did a fun show at the farm at the “Greenie” level. After a year, I started lessons on Bandit. By this time, Bandit, who was bred by my wife Ginny, was about 12 years old and had been used lightly for trail rides and other random riding activities around the farm. Regular lessons once a week were good for both of us. Bandit got used to the trailer and the lesson stable grounds, and became comfortable with working along other horses during group lessons. We started making progress on control issues, and the number of rider errors started to go down. Bandit became less “flighty” on the trail, (although he still occasionally has his moments). By the end of the second year of lessons, we had done a local event or two at the Starter level, and I had joined MSEDA (Mid-South Eventing and Dressage Association). We began setting some goals with respect to shows, and improved our ability to do dressage and

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Connecticut Color Breed Association Announces 2014 Events SUBMITTED BY NICOLE SOUZA

THE CONNECTICUT COLOR BREED Association is hosting the following events in 2014: On Saturday, April 5, there will be a Trail Course Clinic held at WBF, LLC in Portland, CT from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with overnight stabling available. Sunday, April 6 will see the Spring Warm Up Schooling Show held at WBF, LLC in Portland, CT. On Sunday, May 4; Sunday,

June 1; Sunday, July 6; Sunday, August 10; and Sunday, September 7, there will be horse shows at the Haddam Neck Fair Grounds in Haddam Neck, CT. Sunday, October 5 will host the Versatilty Challenge Horse Show at the Haddam Neck Fair Grounds in Haddam Neck, CT. Visit or our Facebook page, “CT Color Breed,” for more information.


Yankee Walkers: Gaited Horses of New England Holds Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting SUBMITTED BY LOREN STEVENS

THE YANKEE WALKERS AWARDS Banquet and Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 9 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come and bring all your gaited-horse-loving buddies for an afternoon of celebrating this year’s events, planning next year’s activities, and catching up with Yankee Walkers’ friends. Each year we look for a central location for our banquet with easy access from major highways to make our banquet as available as possible for our members coming from all over New England. We are also equipped to Skype in any members unable to attend. The Stage Neck Inn located in York Harbor, ME, has been selected as a beautiful central location that accommodates our needs as a club. The Stage Neck Inn is located at 8 Stage Neck Road, York, ME. For more information and directions to the restaurant, please visit The Stage Neck Inn also reserved a lovely, large private room with scenic views for Yankee Walkers, giving us the quiet space to conduct our annual meeting and to mix and mingle 150 EQUINE


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together. The charge will be $32 this year, which covers the room rental and the delicious luncheon. The luncheon includes soft drinks, coffee, tea, salad, seafood haddock, caprice chicken, and a vegetarian selection available, with chocolate mousse for dessert. Advance reservations are required, so please send a check in the amount of $32 per person payable to Yankee Walkers and include the names of attendees in your party with their choice of entrees to: Loren Stevens, Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England, 7 Murray Drive, Atkinson, NH 03811. Please contact Loren or Julie Dillon with any special dietary needs, and they will work with the Stage Neck Inn to accommodate your preferences. We will once again hold the famous and very humorous Yankee Walkers’ auction, with proceeds to benefit the club. Please bring new or used (in good condition) items to be auctioned off. Items can be horse related or not, serious or humorous. We appreciate the dedication of our members to furthering gaited

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Eric Grulke and Bandit.

Pure Morab Horse Assoc. continued from page 149 to jump. Jumping has been an interesting challenge, as Bandit needs to be properly encouraged. His initial thought is “Why?” So I need to set his canter just right and give plenty of leg to get over the first obstacle. Once we “get our groove on,” he is quite talented at clearing obstacles. This fall, we competed for the first time at the Beginner Novice Level. Unfortunately, our dressage test left much to be desired. We took the wrong lead in a canter, broke a gait or two at the wrong time, and finished crooked. I discussed this with my instructor, and we decided Bandit needed a lot more warming up than I had suspected. In stadium jumping, we had a refusal at the first fence (obviously, rider error—not enough impulsion, which gave Bandit time to ask his question, “Why?”). However, in cross-country, we were clean on time and penalties. He even cantered the water obstacle, which I had planned to trot to ensure he would keep moving through it. Lessons have been a great growth experience for Bandit and myself. I need the discipline of working on riding every week; I am still able to see progress most days. Because of the diversity of eventing, we have plenty of opportunities for improvement and mixing up training exercises to keep both rider and horse engaged. Bandit has a personality that keeps the rider honest, so he has been a great partner for helping me learn. And, he still has excellent potential for improving his skills in dressage and jumping. All in all, it’s been great to learn on a Morab!

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THE CHAMPION OF THE 2013 World Class Miniature Horse Registry (WCMHR) World Champion Fuzzy Foal Contest and the $100 award was sent to Jennifer and Cheyenne Mandy of Royal Spruce Farms for their entry, “Royal Spruce Farms Sunday Surprise.” Sunday Surprise, a silver pinto stallion, was foaled June 9, 2013. The sire is Kinghill Kaleidoscope Fury and the dam is Morning Stars Royal Rocket.

The reserve champion title and $50 award was shared by the fabulous 2013 pinto foals born at Banks Miniature Horse Farm in Clayton, NC, owned by Bill and Pam Banks. Start taking photos of your fuzzy foals early this year. The deadline for the 2014 WCMHR World Champion Fuzzy Foal Contest will be December 31, 2014. Awards will be posted at by January 15, 2015.

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Directors Meeting ■ Equine Affaire club participation and Gary Lane clinician ■ Expanding gaited dressage in New England ■ Planning for promoting our gaited breeds throughout New England in 2014. For more information about the banquet please contact Loren at lhhstevens@ or Julie at We look forward to seeing you all for lunch as we plan an exciting 2014 season.

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Anticipates April Equine Affaire SUBMITTED BY KATINA WILSON

AFTER A RECORDbreaking wind chill for two days, it is certainly nice to sit down and write the March news! March 20 heralds the first day of spring, and I look forward to longer hours of daylight and warm sunshine! Yet another reason I look forward to March is the fact that it brings us all closer to the perfect way to showcase our spectacular breed, the annual spring Equine Affaire, which will be held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, OH, from

April 10-13. This enormous event is popular among thousands, and gives Haflinger owners the opportunity to showcase the “golden horse with the golden heart.” Hopefully all that are able to will have the chance to go to Columbus and watch the breed demonstrations as well as shop. Do not forget that the popular Fantasia will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings beginning at 7:30 each night. Tickets are required to enter.

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Hit the Road A trailer is one of the most important necessities in horse ownership—after all, it tows your ‘“baby on board.” Much like shopping for equine companions, it is important to determine your needs, including the number of horses you’ll need to transport on a frequent basis and how far you’ll be traveling, not to mention any extra amenities for you and your four-legged friends. Here, you’ll find a collection of great manufacturers and dealers to help find a trailer to truly suit your needs.


IMPROVEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY MAKE THINGS better in our lives. This is particularly true with respect to horse trailer construction. Innovations include aluminum construction for lighter weight and lack of surface and frame rust (which reduces trailer life, affects appearance and resale value); rubber torsion axles providing a lifetime of low vibration suspension; radial tires for less vibration and greater durability; a leak proof one piece aluminum roof (see Kiefer Manufacturing for the only trailer with this feature); and lifetime warranty Rumber floors. Rumber boards first appeared in horse trailers in 1992. The boards were designed to replace aluminum and wood floors covered with rubber matting. Board construction uses 100% recycled tires and plastics. The 1 ½" x 7" tongue and groove boards are installed running front to back in a trailer. They are supported underneath with floor supports, running side to side, approximately 10" to 15" apart. In between these floor supports, Rumber boards will “flex,” thus reducing physiologic stress on joints and soft tissue. Horses experience less muscle fatigue associated with transportation than in a trailer with an aluminum or a wood floor. Rumber boards are tough, durable, and easy to clean with no floor mats to move. Merely bed the horse area like a stall. Upon returning home, remove the wet sawdust and manure. Every 10 weeks plus, wash the floorboards with a hose or pressure washer and the surface texture will remain fresh for life. Do yourself a favor and buy a trailer with Rumber flooring—your horse will thank you every trip you make.


DRIVING ONTO THE LOT AT PAUL CONGELOSI TRAILER Sales can be quite an experience. Lucy, their Border Collie, will be happy to greet you as you get out of your vehicle (hopefully with a ball or a stick in hand!). As you walk in, you can see their 18,000 square foot facility and 300+ trailer inventory. They believe that buying a trailer, especially a horse trailer, is a long-term investment. There are many different trailer manufacturers and many different dealers across the U.S., but they believe that their commitment to long-term service sets them apart. There are a few questions to answer as you consider your needs for a new or pre-owned horse trailer. How many horses do you want to haul? Do you prefer a straight load or a slant load? Might a stock trailer do the trick for you? Paul Congelosi Trailer Sales has been in business for over 30 years, and over this time they have gained the knowledge to help lead you in 152 EQUINE


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EBY HORSE TRAILERS PROVIDE UNMATCHED QUALITY, dependability, and value. With several standard and custom models to choose from, Eby has a trailer to fit your individual horse transportation needs. Eby’s flagship Victory model is the most customizable commercial grade trailer in the industry. Standard features include an all aluminum sub-frame, aluminum diamond plate flooring, premium rubber floor mats and wall liner, prepainted aluminum sheet side panels riveted to heavy duty extruded aluminum side posts, LED lighting inside and out, and name brand running gear. Victory is commercial. If you only need to haul a couple of horses for personal use, then the Eby Victory II model is right for you. Victory II maintains Eby’s rugged construction while keeping the trailer easy to operate. Victory II’s are available in two horse bumper hitch and gooseneck, and 2+1 gooseneck configurations. The trailers feature Eby exclusives such as the Snap Latch System and Torque Rod Ramp Lifter. The Snap Latch System is used to facilitate one handed breast and tail bar operation as well as divider removal, making it a snap. The adjustable Torque Rod Ramp Lifter eliminates the use of torsion springs and gives you the ability to adjust the tension on the system to make the ramp easy to lift. Pacesetter, Legacy, and Polo models are also available from Eby. You can find out more about Eby at or contact Eby today at 800-292-4752 to find a dealer or retail sales facility near you.

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thrown its way. Today, the diverse line of products reflects the strength and dependability that Kiefer offers. From horse to industrial, livestock to utility construction, and even the newly released fuel tender trailer, Kiefer is ready to serve its customers in finding the perfect trailer to match their needs. With a combined knowledge of the industry, dedication to the markets, and its across-the-board excellent service, Kiefer is unrivaled as a company that puts its customers first. A customer-first business model is priority and is best exemplified in the Freedom LQ horse trailer. It starts with a basic trailer idea, and with the help of dedicated, professional staff, customers design the trailer they need with all the features they want. They can choose from a wide range of sizes, floor plans, and configurations including slide-outs and custom interiors for their perfect blend of luxury and comfort. And, because Kiefer Manufacturing makes it, customers can rest assured knowing they’ll be getting the build quality they deserve. Kiefer strongly believes that its customers know the trailer they want, and it’s the Kiefer mission to help take what their clients want, and turn it into a reality. Learn more at


KINGSTON’S WARM BLOOD CLASSIC ELITE PLUS two-horse trailer with and without a dressing room is built with extra long stalls, higher butt and breast bars, higher side wall padding, and double-sided tongue and groove side wall panels. These trailers are specifically designed for large warmbloods and offer more comfort, convenience, safety, and space than any other all-aluminum trailer in their class. Kingston is dedicated to creating the best all-aluminum horse trailer in the industry. The new Warm Blood Classic Elite Plus is no exception. Every step of the construction process is carefully checked to ensure the highest standard of quality and performance. Kingston’s Warm Blood Classic Elite Plus is built with an uncompromising commitment to safety and quality. The allaluminum mainframe is designed to withstand rough road conditions. The stylish aluminum baked white acrylic enamel outer skin is bonded to the frame with a special adhesive designed to reduce wind noise, buffeting, and rattling. The easy lift drop down tailgate, rubber torsion axles, and D.O.T. approved lighting and break-away switch add to the functionality of these smooth riding trailers. The strength and durability of Kingston’s all-aluminum trailers are sure to provide long, dependable service and top resale value. Kingston Trailers…built better since 1960 under the same ownership. See your local Kingston Dealer or contact Kingston at: phone, 781-585-4337, 800-504-3088; fax, 781-585-7135; visit their website,; or email,


SINCE 1987, ORCHARD TRAILERS HAS BEEN BASED ON the philosophy that the relationship between owner and

horse is unique. From day one, this business has been established and grown by people who themselves own horses and have committed themselves to promoting the best practices of horse ownership. Located in Whatley, MA, Orchard carries a full line of horse trailers, utility and cargo trailers, and Recreational Vehicles (RVs). Orchard Trailers understand that their customers come to them in search of a safe, practical, and affordable horse trailer. Therefore, trust is the most critical aspect of the dealer-customer relationship. This philosophy and values they bring to each interaction with their customers is what led Orchard Trailers to become the leading horse trailer dealer in New England within three years of their founding. That level of commitment to customers does not end once they walk out the door. Their highly experienced technicians and specialized horse trailer service area ensures that your trailer will be maintained and repaired to the highest standards. Only a handful of other dealers in the region have a service department, and among them Orchard is one of the best equipped and most experienced. They invite you to look through their new and used trailer and RV offerings on their website,, or plan to stop in and see why Orchard Trailers has been New England’s Leading Trailer Dealer for over 20 years! For more information, call 800-998-8779.


IN 1976, GEORGE YERED BEGAN TO REPAIR TRAILERS, developing a small, loyal following. Thirty-seven years later, the 15,000 square foot shop that Yered Trailers calls home in Medfield, MA, is one of the largest trailer repair shops and dealers in New England. This is truly a testament to their success and incredible track record for quality work, along with excellent Customer service. The company stocks a full line of trailers, including Sundower, Cimarron, Featherlite, Trailers USA, Cotner, Bri-Mar, and Cargo Pro, offering a wide variety of equine, cargo, and utility trailers. Additional products are available to meet clients’ needs, such as brake parts, gooseneck hitches, trailer tires, trailer lights, camera systems, and stall mats. You’ll only find quality products available at Yered Trailers. Employing five associates, each with over 20 years of experience in the horse and trailer industry, Yered Trailers is able to offer their Customers a multitude of services including everything from minor repairs and hitch installations, to major service installations (including welding and fabrication). They are also a licensed Massachusetts Department of Transportation Inspection Station. With many repeat Customers and referrals, they service much of the Northeast and are able to assist Customers and friends around the country by drop shipping parts and trailers to them. Today, Yered Trailers continues to uphold its original foundation, honesty, quality, and above all, respect for not only the trade, but most importantly, the Customer! For more information, visit, or give George a call at 508-359-7300.

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THOSE OF US WHO ARE passionate about horses have one thing in common. We all want wide open, quiet spaces to enjoy them. If we’re looking for a horse property, that often means searching beyond the confines of urban and even suburban areas. But move too far off the grid and you might find yourself regretting the move. Here are five common reasons for rural buyer’s remorse and how to avoid them. ■ OK, we now have plenty of peace and quiet, but the location feels too isolated. When we searched for a horse property we wanted to be off the grid, too. But how far off the grid was the real question. Our aversion to strip malls, traffic congestion, and endless subdivisions sometimes led us too far away from civilization. In 154 EQUINE


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REAL ESTATE TIP Be realistic about how much acreage you really need to pursue your dreams and stick within those limits. Plan on a two- to three-acre minimum per horse for grass turnout, although a good pasture rotation plan will make even a small property feel big. ■ Zoning issues. Before you make an offer, talk to the town or county’s zoning officer to be sure your plans for the property will be allowed under current zoning laws. If possible, get it in writing. Never count on current usage to carry over to new stewardship. ■ The house and barn are money pits. No matter how pretty the land, be careful buying rural properties that need substantial work. Unless you have unlimited funds and time, you might find yourself regretting the choice. If you have to sell, a half-renovated home in



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

American Bashkir Curly Registry

Connecticut Morgan Horse Association

Hypo-Allergenic & Versatile

Promoting the Morgan breed.



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American Saddlebred Association of Maine, Inc.

Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club

Understanding, appreciating, breeding & using the American Saddlebred.

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

Arabian Horse Association, Inc. of Maine

Empire State Quarter Horse Association

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

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

Arabian Horse Association of Massachusetts

The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse

Promoting the Arabian breed of horses.

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


Encourage breeding, exhibiting, and promoting the Arabian horse. •

Connecticut Color Breed Association

Gypsy Horse Registry of America, Inc.

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

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

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


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Gypsy Horse Association Breed

Arabian Horse Association of New England •

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


Purebred Morab Horse Registry

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

Dedicated to breeding, buying and selling Morab horses. •


Promoting, Protecting and Perpetuating the Miniature Horse.


Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association

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

Advancing and promoting the Arabian and Half-Arabian horse.


New England Paint Horse Club • www. •

Northeast Fjord Horse Association


Promoting and Enjoying the Norwegian Fjord Horse.

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



Working to promote your ponies.

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Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England

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

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



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The New England Miniature Horse Society •

Northeast Miniature Horse Club

The Baroque Equestrian Games & Institute

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

A competition rewarding the elegance and grace of classical horsemanship.





Maine Morgan Horse Club, Inc. •

352-502-5422 • •

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

Black Swamp Driving Club Carriage driving enthusiasts.


Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association


A promotional organization for the Haflinger horse. • •

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Ohio Haflinger Association


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Providing affordable quality dressage events. •


Developing and furthering the art of driving for pleasure.

Endurance riding, competitive trail riding and pleasure riding.


Enjoying all aspects of driving horses. •

Southern New England Carriage Driving Association

Encouraging and promoting the sport of trail riding.

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

Serving Northwest Ohio’s riders since 1980.

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

National Barrel Horse Association

West Greenwich Horseman’s Association

#1 in Barrel Racing Where Beginners Can Be Winners.

Sharing a love and interest of horses.

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Western Reserve Carriage Association

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

Sharing a love of driving equine powered vehicles.


The New England Region/ Carriage Association of America

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Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training Assocation, Inc.



Saratoga Driving Association

Connecticut Trail Rides Association, Inc. •

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

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


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

Ohio Arabian & All Breed Trail Society

Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc.

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New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association

Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc. •

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


Colonial Carriage and Driving Society

New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association


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Protecting the future of trail riding. â&#x20AC;¢

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




Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc.

New York Upper Connecticut Region

US Pony Club

Supporting individual Pony Clubs in this region







Norfolk Hunt Club One of the oldest registered Fox Hunts in the United States.

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

Southern New England Horsemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association Offering English, western, saddle seat and Miniature classes. Youth & adult exhibitors. 7 shows per year/year-end awards through 6th place. â&#x20AC;¢

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Watch Out: It’s The Year Of The Horse AS I WRITE, WE’VE ENTERED THE Year of the Horse in the Chinese horoscope. Although I know next to nothing about Chinese tradition or horoscope forecasting, I do know a bit about horses. So I feel perfectly justified in making 11 predictions about what life will be like for you this year. PREDICTION #1: Even if you plan well, you are probably going to have some surprises related to health. This year there are likely to be some medical expenses you might not have expected, as well as some you probably did expect. If you have to get other medical procedures, be sure to stand still; being fidgety makes it worse. You’ll do better if you keep up with your regularly scheduled health activities and exams. Especially dewormers. PREDICTION #2: Some days you won’t feel like doing a darn thing. No matter how hard your family, co-workers, boss, and friends urge you on, you just won’t want to perform at your best. You might even dump a few people. You’re unlikely to turn down a treat, however, and may be tempted to work a little harder for carrots than for sticks. PREDICTION #3: You’ll relish days off when you don’t have to do anything but stand around and enjoy the outdoors. When you’re feeling frisky, you might break a few fences, or jump right over them. If friends invite you to join in some games, enjoy yourself but don’t put up with unnecessary roughness. PREDICTION #4: You’ll be getting new shoes and/or pedicures this year. Even though you may grumble about having to do this, be sure to choose a good shoe-fitter. Nothing will slow you down more this year than having sore feet. PREDICTION #5: You’ll need to train regularly to perform at your best. Don’t be grouchy with the people who help you do this; try to remember they want to work with you, not against you. If you find yourself being jerked around, you have a right to complain. It’s best to do so firmly but reasonably, without too much kicking and biting. 176 EQUINE


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PREDICTION #6: Food will be very, very, VERY important to almost all of you this year. Although you’ll probably be tempted to graze a lot, you might benefit from grains and fiber in your diet too. Spring greens will be extremely delicious, but watch out for too much sugar. Especially molasses. If you break out and go a little crazy food-wise, you might find yourself with a terrific tummy ache. PREDICTION #7: You won’t want to be alone this year, and you’ll really value your friends—most of them. Some will be unbearable bossy. Make sure you play nicely. If you have a very close friend, you may find yourself calling them a lot when they’re away. You’ll find that the old saying “You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours” has special meaning for you this year. And you’ll enjoy eating out with friends, as long as they don’t get too close to your food. If you live alone, consider a buddy such as a dog or goat. PREDICTION #8: You might go on a lot of trips this year, or you might be the stay home type. You may find yourself doing things like hiking along nature trails; being put through your paces at big conventions; jumping obstacles that others have put in your way; work-type conferences where you

do a lot of cutting, sorting, and penning; and entering beauty contests. It’s very important to have the right, well-fitted gear for these activities, and also to look your best. Although some of you will enjoy these activities and others won’t, most of you will find travel stressful. Make sure you drink enough water. PREDICTION #9: When there are storms coming, you’ll want to stick close to your friends to weather them. They may make you feel nervous and out of sorts, but this too shall pass. A really good coat helps. PREDICTION #10: Sometimes, you’ll find yourself falling asleep on your feet. It’s OK to lie down and take a nap from time to time. PREDICTION #11: You’ll kick up your heels whenever you get the chance! Happy Year of the Horse, everyone! No matter what this year actually holds for you, I can safely predict you’ll spend as much time around horses as you possibly can. ANGE DICKSON FINN is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom who’s really looking forward to Year of the Horse. Visit her at, or email her at



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