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The Wild West is Moving East
The Baroque Breeds on Tour
Driving With A Purpose
The Pedlar examines the Versatility and Trail Challenge phenomenon that has recently struck the Northeast.
Coming to an arena near you—discover where you can see these legendary equines perform.
Explore the ins and outs of developing an intercollegiate riding team.
Meet three horsemen who have overcome their disabilities to enjoy their equine partners.
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line-up of feature articles this month, which range from finding western ranch horse and versatility competitions near you to learning about driving mentorship programs for equine enthusiasts with disabilities. If you are a western rider that is either looking for a new niche to compete exciting equestrian sport, Versatility and Advanced Trail classes may be for you.
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Although they were once more common on the western side of the country, these competitions are becoming popular on the East Coast, as well. In her article, “The Wild West Is Moving East,” writer Erin Fitz discusses what you should expect if you choose to try out these types of events in the future, and where you can find them within the Northeast. To learn more, visit page 34. Next up, fans of Baroque horses—which include Lipizzans, Andalusians, Lusitanos, and Friesians—should be sure to check out Christina Keim’s article, “The Baroque Breeds on Tour,” on page 40. In it, you’ll get a sneak peek behind “Apassionata: The Beginning,” a performance tour which has showcased these breeds in Europe, and is now making its way across the U.S. You’ll also learn about Gabriella Herrmann, and her family’s history with the Royal Lipizzan Stallions, which was the inspiration of the Disney film, Miracle of the White Stallions, and where you can see them in action this summer. Although many of us are able to ride, we often take this for granted. For those who share our passion for horses, but can no longer enjoy horseback riding, driving is an exciting alternative. In Sarah Wynne Jackson’s article, “Driving with a Purpose” on page 58, three drivers share inspirational stories about the challenges they’ve had to overcome in life, and how they’ve been able to pursue their passion for equines with the help of their mentors. Lastly, be sure to check out this month’s Rave Rides column on page 16 featuring Hodges Village Dam located in Oxford, Mass. Not only are these trails a peaceful environment to ride at, they are also the setting for the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar’s inaugural trail ride, set for September 29, 2012! For more information on our upcoming ride, visit www.pedlar.com.
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Thank you for the March issue article on Mary Jordan’s Olympic quest, “Chasing the Dream.” Mary’s determination and incredible work ethic are admirable even before taking into account her MS diagnosis. It was wonderful to see that her hard work is paying off and that she has such an uplifting and positive view on riding and life. I’m hoping that you’ll continue to update Pedlar readers as her riding career continues. -Page Cerulli, West Stockbridge, Mass.
I really enjoyed reading “Chasing the Dream.” What an inspiration it was to see someone pursuing their dream with everything they have and not letting anything, even a physical disability, get in the way! I’m excited to pursue my own dream of winning a saddle in competition someday, and not to give up when “life” makes it hard. Thanks for the encouragement! -Mathea Turk, Mt. Shasta, Calif.
The article I enjoyed most in your March issue was “In the Saddle” by Chris Cox [with Cynthia McFarland]. I felt like I could relate to everything that they were talking
about. Horses can be amazing therapy. They give you a chance to escape the reality that the world throws at you every day. I believe that it is very important to understand what your horses are trying to tell you just by looking at the way they act. For me, reading their body language (ears) is always an important thing. -Becky Tanner, via Facebook
I have to say the article about camping with your horse was great! As an avid camper, I think that all angles were covered. The part that was the most informative to me was where she recommends to call ahead to
see what the footing is like if it’s an area you have never been to. This was definitely a great guide— one of the better I’ve read—for camping with your horse. -Cheryl Dauphinais, Sutton, Mass.
Congratulations to Paige Cerulli! She won a white all-purpose saddle pad from SmartPak by random drawing, for submitting a letter to us. Be sure to email us your letters at firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar, Attn: Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride, 83 Leicester St., N. Oxford, MA 01537 for a chance to win this month’s prize, a Standard Fly Mask by Professional’s Choice!
For the month of March, we asked our readers how many trail rides they were planning to attend this year. Here are the responses we received:
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Hot Topics In March, we shared a photo of someone wearing high heels with horseshoes on the bottom of them on Facebook, and asked if anyone would be brave enough to wear them. The following is some of the feedback we received:
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It’s crazy how “equestrian style” has become the thing for 2012…I guess I was just ahead of the trend… -Amanda Ciejko
Needs a trim—isn’t walking correctly. Gross. -Sandra Perkins Does it come with a hot blacksmith? -Bridget Grannis
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EQUESTRIANS CAN ENJOY THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT OF FORESTED WETLANDS, PICTURESQUE FLORA, AND DIVERSE WILDLIFE WHILE RIDING ALONG THE FRENCH RIVER AT HODGES VILLAGE DAM. What you need to know: There is free parking located at the main entrance of Hodges Village Dam off of Howarth Road. Restrooms are available near the entrance and there are also water hookups on site. Riders should stick to the trail markings to avoid getting lost. Equestrians are allowed on trails located both east and west of the French River. Highlights: In 1959, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed Hodges Village Dam after severe flooding caused tremendous 16
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damage in the region. Now there are over 15 miles of trails available for horseback riding and other recreational activities. The scenic trails take riders along the French River and through lush woodlands inhabited by deer and a variety of other wildlife. Take note: Hikers, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers also share the trails located on the east side of the river. Additionally, hunters and motor-cross vehicles are both allowed on the west side of the French River, so be sure to stick to the trail paths at all times, and wear blaze orange during hunting season. Upcoming events: The Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar Trail Ride, a New England Horse & Trail affiliated event, will be held September 29. For more information, call 508-9875886.
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TWO FOALS, A DASH OF SPRINKLES, AND A CHERRY ON TOP! by Brittany Bevis. 32 pages, hardcover, Caballo Press of Ann Arbor (caballopress.com), 2011, $18.47. This colorful book, intended for kids 4-8 years old, tells a charming story of a curious little girl staying on her grandparents’ farm. Each page spread is fully covered with an eye-catching watercolor illustration by Pam Talley. The story focuses on little Madison, who has just noticed that one of the foals on the farm is covered in spots. Thinking the foal is sick, Madison races to her grandfather to tell him. Her grandfather tells either a delightful story or a massive lie, depending on how you look at it, to explain why the foal is spotted. The story involves God, a couple of horses, and a messy accident involving His favorite dessert. While the story is cute and sure to capture the interest of kids (at least, Christian ones), the watercolor illustrations are what appealed to the child in me. What little girl wouldn’t like to spend the summer on her grandparents’ farm, looking out her bedroom window to see the horses happily grazing? The story captures the sense of wonderment and boundless imagination of horse-crazy kids, and it’s a great length for a bedtime story. BOTTOM LINE: A whimsical and colorful book for kids.
BOOK RAJA: STORY OF A RACEHORSE, by Anne
Hambleton. 262 pages, Old Bow Publishing (oldbowpublishing.com), 2011, $14.95. This is Anne Hambleton’s first book for young readers 11 and over, and let’s hope it’s not
the last. It’s told from the point of view of Raja, a sensitive, kind and incredibly talented Thoroughbred who dreamed of winning the Triple Crown. Raja’s mother told him that he was destined for greatness, but after failing to meet his goal, he found himself bounced around like so many off-thetrack Thoroughbreds. Raja had nearly every job a horse could have, and lived under conditions ranging from good to downright terrible. Ultimately he ended up in the care of a retired steeplechase jockey and his young niece. There, Raja once again hoped to achieve greatness (but you’ll have to read it to find out how the story ends).
This book gives kids a great overview of the many jobs a horse can have, and as it’s told from Raja’s perspective, the readers can be sensitive to how the horse feels in each of these roles. It’s wonderful to see a book that highlights the many talents of retired racehorses. The book also includes a glossary of horse terms, plus ten illustrations by award-winning artist Peggy Kaufman. Though the length of it is quite a commitment, the story moves right along and is rarely dull. BOTTOM LINE: A fast-paced story with a heart.
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by Dominique Barbier and Keron Psillas. 72 pages, hardcover, Trafalgar Square Books (www.horseandriderbooks.com), 2011, $24.95. As a big believer in the value of meditation, I felt butterflies in my stomach when I read the title of Dominique Barbier’s newest book, thankful that a renowned horseman had finally applied the principles of meditation to equestrian sports. After thumbing through the pages, however, I started to feel misled by the title. This short, artful book brings readers on a spiritual journey, guided by Barbier. Essentially, it is a beautifully written account of her philosophy on life and horses. Though it is certainly thoughtprovoking and profound, it is not for everyone. Metaphysical philosophers, spiritual individuals and free thinkers may feel right at home amongst the beautiful prose, elegant poetry, and calming images in the book. Those hoping for practical information about how to incorporate meditation into their lives will be better off looking elsewhere. BOTTOM LINE: Beautiful, but not for everyone.
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DVD War Horse by Walt Disney Pictures The general public may enjoy this ﬁlm about the bond between a young man and his horse that even war cannot destroy, but the knowledgeable horseman will not ﬁnd it plausible. Example: According to the ﬁlm, if you look your horse deep in the eye and slowly explain that you want him to come when you whistle, it will work. This also works if you want him to plow the ﬁeld. Bottom line: If you’re looking to see the bond that exists between you and your horse, dust off your copy of The Black Stallion and keep waiting. -Erin Fitz
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The National Horse Show Association of America has welcomed R. Bruce Duchossois to its Board of Directors. Duchossois, from Aiken, S.C., is a leading exhibitor in the Adult Amateur Hunter division and has been deeply involved in numerous aspects of equestrian sports. “I started showing at The National in the 60s at the old Garden and in 1973 I was champion aboard Kim’s Song,” said Duchossois. “So the National was and always will be the highlight of my riding career.”
Each month, Classic Equine Equipment will spotlight a 501(c)(3) equine charitable organization through its Little Bits newsletter. Any reader who submits proof of donation to the organization within 30 days of newsletter publication will be matched at a rate of 25%. Classic Equine Equipment will donate a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $1,000 each month to the spotlighted charity. (www.classic-equine.com)
Fantastic Farms In Vermont, Chittenden County Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for their 2012 Horse Farm of Distinction Award. In 2011, the award was established to recognize Vermont farmers who set high standards and achieve a level of excellence in all aspects of equine activity. Applications will be accepted until June 1. (www.vtfb.org)
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PROPER PEST CONTROL WILL CREATE A HAPPIER, SAFER ENVIRONMENT FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR HORSE.
Pest Protection By Sue Perry
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he war against pests requires a simultaneous attack from two directions—keeping the insects that are present off your horse and preventing newcomers from joining the enemy troops. Although there are some more obvious ways to keep the pests at bay (fly spray, fly masks, and fly sheets), there are a few alternative approaches that equestrian consumers don’t always think about. Here, we cover some of these methods in two steps—from being proactive by preventing reproduction of pests, to general techniques of keeping them out of arm’s reach—to help prevent them from attacking both you and your equine.
Proactive Pest Control
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is preventing them from breeding, and this varies between species. Mosquitoes breed in areas with standing water, so do your best to eliminate these from your farm. Empty, scrub, and refill paddock water buckets and pasture stock tanks routinely. If the water gets stale and scummy, mosquitoes will thrive. Low areas in the barnyard and paddocks that have semipermanent puddles should be filled in with sand or fine gravel. Flies love fresh manure in which to lay their eggs. Muck out the stalls thoroughly in the morning and pick up the manure again in the evening if the horses have spent some of the day indoors. Pick manure out of small paddocks daily. In larger pastures, the horses will tend to have “lawns,” clean areas where they graze, and “latrines,” sections where they deposit most
of the manure. Pick up the latrines several times a week. Manure is usually piled up somewhere, awaiting disposal. Farms with large acreage and multiple pastures can rotate the horses between them and spread the manure/stall waste mix on the unused fields. It is important to spread this thinly so that it dries out. Once the manure is more than 40% dry, no fly can reproduce in it. Composting is another option for manure disposal, and if properly done, it kills fly larvae, parasite eggs, weed seeds and diseasecausing bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli. Composting is the aerobic decomposition of waste. It occurs in the presence of oxygen and a little moisture. With the right balance of air and moisture, micro-organisms break down the waste, generating tremendous amounts of heat in the process. It is the heat which kills these insects. Please refer to composting resources to learn the technique. Stables in suburban areas usually don’t have room to spread or compost manure, so it must be hauled away. Dana Hall School Riding Center in Wellesley, Massachusetts, takes their manure to a compost facility in a dump truck daily. Sage Farm puts their stall waste into a large dumpster, which they pay to have hauled away twice a month and replaced with an empty dumpster. Another approach to reduce the population of house flies and biting stable flies is to use fly predators, which “are tiny, wingless insects that are about 1/8 the size of a fly. They never bother people or animals, don’t bite and you really won’t notice them after you put them out where flies are reproducing,” according to Tom Spalding of Spalding Laboratories. “Fly predators are parasites in that they use the fly cocoon for their own benefit. In taking over the fly’s cocoon, they kill the immature fly. By keeping the good fly predator populations elevated, the bad pest fly population can be nearly eradicated. Fly predators are
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Want a new, convenient alternative for getting rid of those nasty pests? Raising Guinea Fowl at your barn may be the solution to your problem. Guinea Fowl are perfect for pest control because their natural diet consists mainly of insects— especially ones that are a nuisance to your horse, like ticks. Not only do guineas help with ticks, they also scratch through manure, which can help to control flies at your barn. Guinea Fowl are relatively inexpensive to purchase and maintain. People who are new to raising them should start out with keets (Guinea Fowl hatchlings up to 8 weeks old) instead of purchasing fertilized eggs or adult guineas; eggs have to be incubated properly for a certain period of time, which can be costly and time consuming and adults are much harder to train than keets, and will often try to fly back to where they came from. The Guinea Fowl International Association (GFIA) recommends purchasing about 30 birds per 10 acres of land to start off. Guinea Fowl will cohabitate well with many different barn animals. “I have kept guineas and horses together for 10 years and they get along just fine,” says Terri Thompson from GFIA. “I actually keep my guineas and chickens together in the coop at night.” Thompson says that it is important to remember to coop them at night—otherwise they will roost in the trees where they are at great risk to predators. Guinea Fowl are also fabulous little helpers for people with gardens. They eat all of the insects that destroy plants without damaging the plant itself. They also like to eat weed seeds, which means less time pulling pesky weeds out of the ground for you. For more information on raising these remarkable birds, visit the Guinea Fowl International Association’s website at www.guineafowlinternational.org. 26
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Fly predators, which are applied to manure, help reduce both house and stable flies.
shipped in a breathable, sealed pouch with instructions printed on the outside. You just open the pouch and sprinkle the fly predators near manure and other pest fly breeding areas,” he says. “While fly predators stop pest flies from reproducing, they do not affect existing adult flies. You can’t expect a fly-free environment immediately following the first release of predators if you start after adult flies are already present (they have a 21-day lifespan). Thus, it’s important to start using fly predators in the spring before the flies come out. This timing depends upon geographical location and its typical weather patterns.” As an example, Spalding said that a horse farm with two to three horses in Massachusetts should start using fly predators on May 4 and continue until the end of August. Spalding Laboratories would send six shipments of predators at regular intervals during that time period and they would then be sprinkled onto the manure pile and the fecal areas in the paddock. For someone living in a more southern location, such as Oklahoma City, Spalding suggests they should have started on March 28 and end on September 26.
A number of insect repellents can help keep the bugs away, and some of these products and methods used to control the
pests are a little less ordinary than others. First off, fans in the barn—above the stalls, on the vertical bars, at the ends of the aisle, in the grooming areas—keep the air moving so that the flies have a harder time landing on, and staying on, the horses. Farrier Steve Torode of Sterling, Massachusetts, always sets a large fan on the floor next to the cross-tied horse that he is shoeing. It keeps the annoying flies away from everyone and ensures that the horse won’t make a sudden move to dislodge a fly, just as Torode is trying to accurately tap in a nail. Traps help reduce the existing fly population by luring the pests to them and then preventing their escape. House fly odor traps come in dump-andreuse models and trap-and-toss models. There are also outdoor scented bottles that attract wasps as well. Don’t put odor traps in the barn, as they will bring insects from the whole neighborhood to your facility. Instead, put them outside in a place that you don’t mind bugs going to. House flies and other insects are also attracted to, and then become stuck to, sticky traps and the coils of sticky yellow fly paper that you hang from the ceiling. Sticky traps can go in the barn, as they will get the flies there but not bring more in. Biting stable flies will not be trapped by the house fly traps—they need a different style of trap, some of which are reusable. A high tech method for keeping flies
away is to use automatic barn misting systems for insect control. These kits include a motor-driven pump, with a timer programmed to dispense an insecticide mist that is released at certain periods throughout the day. Packages for spray kits are available to horse owners with facilities that range from four-stall barns to 50-stall barns. Ike Tower of Pyranha says, “It is important to use an appropriate fly spray concentrate in a misting system. Once properly diluted, it will not clog the system’s nozzles. The formula should also be designed to stay perfectly mixed inside the drum and not separate into layers. This ensures consistent, effective insect control rather than wasted product and/ or weak applications.” Equine supplements containing garlic and apple cider vinegar used as key ingredients have also proven helpful for repelling insects. “People have been feeding their horses apple cider vinegar and garlic for years, but it always created a gooey mess,” says Rod Johnson, President of HorseTech, which is the creator of Buggzo!, a popular equine supplement that helps repel pests. “So we decided to produce a supplement with these ingredients in it, using a pH buffered apple cider vinegar, and putting it in a pellet form. It’s easier to feed, and less messy. The product also includes vitamin B1, which is known to have a calming effect on horses. It’s worked well, has nice levels of ingredients, and is guaranteed.” Johnson adds that although the supplement was created with flies in mind, he’s had customers tell him on many occasions that they’ve found fewer ticks on their horses when using the product as well. With permethrin listed as an active ingredient, spot on fly control products have also proven helpful in deterring not only flies, gnats, and mosquitoes, but ticks as well. These products work in two ways: first, they repel insects, but also kill those pests that just don’t stay away, on contact. Winning the war against bugs means being savvy about the enemy and putting together a whole “package” of pest control measures that will work best for you and your horses. Sue Perry is a Certified Veterinary Technician and equine massage therapist. She lives in Upton, MA with two event horses and runs “Muscle Magic,” an equine massage service.
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In The Saddle
“PePto” brings unique Personality traits and a willing disPositon to his job as a clinician’s “demo” horse. But I have found that each horse is born with a distinctive trait that might be from his sire or his dam, or even reach back a generation. Even with young foals, I can see the personality differences when they’re with their dams or playing with other foals, and whether they’re brave and courageous or timid and cautious. You can tell a lot about a horse by watching his eye; the strength of his personality shows in his eyes. Intelligence, kindness, willingness, fear or panic—all are revealed through the horse’s eye. You can tell when a horse feels settled by studying his eye.
Avoid Personality Conflicts
Getting Personal: Part 1 By Chris Cox with Cynthia MacFarland
YOu Can’t begin tO understand a hOrse, let alOne build a relatiOnship with One, until YOu admit that everY hOrse is a unique individual.
ecause of that, you can’t approach each horse in the same way. Your techniques with different horses might be similar, but the application varies, depending on the horse, and this is something a good horseman learns through experience. For instance, I might have a horse that fights the bit and doesn’t want to become soft through his poll. Instead of working on that horse’s head, I focus on gaining control and softness with my legs, by getting the horse to bend his body. When I again ask him to break at the poll, he’s much more likely to do so after he’s soft and yielding through his body.
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bloodlines. Some horses are softer personalities, while others are strong characters. The better you know your horse, the more you understand how to work successfully with him. As you work with more horses, you discover that some have more consistent personalities, in that they’re the same whether you’re on the ground or in the saddle. Other horses are very easygoing until you actually ask them to perform. Personally, I don’t pay much attention to the differences between mares and geldings; I think horsemanship is more about recognizing individual personalities than about males or females. I love to ride good mares; they have a lot of heart. On the other hand, not all stallions make good performance or using horses, and some offspring are much better than the stallions ever were.
I’ve found that a surprising number of horse owners, especially first-time owners, don’t really consider personality when choosing a horse. A person often is drawn to a horse for the wrong reasons. Color and beauty are important, but they should never be the deciding factors when buying a horse. Just as with seeking a human partner, personality and suitability should be primary concerns when looking for a horse. That gorgeous buckskin colt you have your heart set on, or that fiery black mare with the spark in her eye, might not be the right horse for you if your personalities don’t mesh. In addition, your ability and knowledge must match the horse’s personality and experience in order to have a good partnership. A sensitive horse with a high energy level won’t require as much assertiveness when you correct and work with him. Likewise, a lazier horse with less forward motion requires more energy and assertiveness on your part. The bottom line: You must be brutally honest about your abilities when shopping for a horse. The more experience and knowledge you gain, the more effective you can be in dealing with a wide range of horses. But if you’re starting out or are an intermediate rider, it’s important to have a horse whose personality can enhance, not deter, your learning. Once you’ve built your confidence, feel and timing with that horse, you can apply
When a horse gets the consistency he craves, he develops into a reliable performer.
the same techniques to more challenging horses with greater and greater success. You can avoid a lot of problems down the road by starting with the right horse. If you are new or fairly new to riding, seek professional advice and find a horse that already has a proven track record of looking after his
rider. He might not be the color of your dream horse, and he might have a few miles on him, and, in fact, he should. But the key is finding a first horse that is a joy to ride so you can build your confidence, apply your techniques and improve your skills. Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of
pairing a young, green horse with an inexperienced or nervous rider. A novice rider needs a solid, seasoned and mature horse as teacher and guide. You need to gain confidence and skill before you can successfully handle a young horse because he is much more sensitive and unpredictable than an older, well-trained horse. Once you’ve ridden many horses and can reschool an older horse, polishing all the techniques on him that you would apply to a young colt, that’s when you’re ready to start a green horse. Horses are like clothes. Like it or not, you do outgrow some horses. This doesn’t mean you have to sell them, but realize that you might need another horse with more ability. Once you’ve accomplished all you can with a horse, you can’t continue to improve if you don’t step up to another horse that offers different challenges and requires you to become a better horseman or horsewoman. Photos and column reprinted from Chris Cox’s book, Ride the Journey, with permission from Western Horseman Magazine. To purchase a copy of Ride the Journey, visit www. westernhorseman.com.
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Ask The Vet
By Alfredo Sanchez-Londoño, MV, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)
Not all horses are good candidates for joint injections, so be sure to speak with your vet.
I’m currently preparing for show season, and have tried using joint supplements for my older show horse, but they just don’t seem to be working. I’ve heard about hock injections, but am unsure of whether I should use them or not. Can you tell me if this is effective? What makes a horse a good candidate? What are the risks of hock injections, if any, and are there any other options?
As horses age it is not uncommon for them to develop osteoarthritis in multiple joints that can interfere with their activity levels and their ability to compete or continue with their routine exercise regimen. The most important thing to do is to have your veterinarian perform a complete lameness evaluation of the horse including flexion tests to determine the joints that could be involved and the severity of the lameness the horse may have. It will also be of value to perform radiographs of the affected joints to help determine the potential changes that can be occurring with the bones and the joint space. It is very common for people to discuss
joint problems in the old horse, but it can also occur in younger horses. People will often use a variety of joint supplements, just like you have attempted, and may not have had a very positive result or may only see a mild improvement. These joint supplements are also known as nutraceuticals, and will consist of many different ingredients that are supposed to help with joint health. In general these products will only provide symptomatic relief that is not enough for the demands being placed on the horse, such as jumping, showing, or whichever discipline he does. Another way to try to help reduce lameness related problems in horses is by the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The most common one is phenylbutazone, but excessive or chronic use of these medications can have side effects such as gastric ulceration or kidney problems in some horses. Another concern with the use of NSAIDs is that they may be prohibited from use in competitions, so it will be important to know the rules for each discipline and event that you may be taking your horse to. Depending on what your veterinarian finds, it will be important to discuss the possibility of performing joint injections. Not all horses will be candidates for performing intra-articular injections, as one with severe changes will probably not respond adequately or as expected, compared to a horse that does not have significant radiographic changes. Medications that can be used intra-articularly include corticosteroids and hyaluronan. Corticosteroids are potent anti-inflammatories that will help decrease the clinical signs of lameness due to osteoarthritis. The other medication commonly used is hyaluronan or sodium hyaluronate, which is normally found as a component of articular cartilage and will provide the joint with adequate lubrication and prevent the bone on bone contact that continues to progress to severe
osteoarthritis. Hyaluronan helps in reducing the clinical signs and symptoms of lameness by decreasing inflammatory factors, and will also support adequate joint health by stimulating production of hyaluronan within the joint. Hyaloronate can be used either intravenously in cases in which multiple joints are affected or intra-articular when used in combination with corticosteroids to inject into particular joints such as the hock. When the hock is injected, the hyaluronan will be released into two separate joints—the distal tarsal joint and the tarso-metatarsal joint, which are the two lower joints in the hock. To perform a hock joint injection, the horse usually has to be sedated and a nose twitch is sometimes applied, as no movement can happen when the needle is being inserted into the joint as it could potentially break and cause major damage in the joint space, and would need to be removed surgically in the majority of cases. The area where the needles are going to be placed will need to be cleaned completely to decrease the chances of contamination and infection of the joint, as this can be one of the most common complications when performing joint injections. After hock injections it is usually recommended to rest the horse for a few days because this will in theory allow for better penetration of the medication into the tissues and will decrease the inflammation present in the joint. It is very important to discuss with your veterinarian a plan of action for each horse, as not all the therapies will apply to all the horses and may require a different frequency of administration, depending on the severity of changes and the activity level of the horse. If using NSAIDs, make sure to monitor him very closely for changes in appetite, behavior and consistency of the fecal material, because as previously mentioned they can have significant gastrointestinal disorders that can result in these clinical signs. Radiographs of the hock joint will be helpful to determine the extent of the damage present and will serve as a guide to determine the prognosis of the horse.
About the Author Alfredo Sanchez-Londoño, MV, MS is an assistant professor and clinician at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and, specifically, the Tufts Ambulatory Service in Woodstock, Conn. He obtained his MV (Medico Veterinario) degree from Universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Colombia in 1997. In 2000, he completed the requirements of the Educational Committee for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) at Purdue University, then completed an internship and a Large Animal Internal Medicine residency/Master of Science degree program at Purdue University in 2005. He joined the Tufts Ambulatory Service in July of 2005. His main interest is Equine Medicine covering all aspects, from newborns to the growing geriatric equine population. He has performed research on respiratory diseases in horses, focusing on exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), inflammatory airway disease (IAD) and recurrent airway obstruction (RAO).
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[By Erin Fitz] he Wild West has a romantic, timeless quality that in one way or the other captures the hearts of all Americans. Maybe it’s watching Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven that won you over… it could be that worn in pair of cowboy boots, or just the fact that every time you swing into the saddle,
you imagine a great prairie plain in front of you with 2,000 grazing head of cattle. Well, the Wild West is starting to make it’s way East in the form of competitions specifically designed to test the horse and rider the way they were once tested by a day of hard, cowboy work. MAY 2012
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Wood crossings such as bridges or the “teeter-totter,” shown above, are popular obstacles in trail or versatility competitions. Commonly known as versatility or Advanced Trail classes, the popularity of these events is spreading across the country and moving towards the East Coast. Currently there are a number of organizations that run competitions such as The Extreme Cowboy Association (EXCA), which hosts Extreme Cowboy Races (EXR), the Eastern Mountain Ranch Horse Association’s (EMRHA) Cowboy Race and The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), which has launched its own Trail Challenges. Additionally there are individually run versatility competitions, like the one held at the Equine Affaire each year. Competitions generally consist of a timed and judged obstacle course designed to test the athletic prowess and skill of the horse and rider as well as overall horsemanship. If you think you want to test your Wild West skills, here’s a general idea of what you can expect.
A common theme among all the different organizations and events is horsemanship. Judges are constantly looking for signs of a solid working relationship, a horse and rider team that could survive the toughest of days out on the trail. But what exactly is horsemanship and how is it scored? It is the skill of horseback riding and is evident through a number of key visuals. For 36
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Another popular obstacle commonly used is a platform.
example, most judges will add points for horses that work in a natural frame on a loose rein, indicating relaxation and good trust. Other visuals demonstrating good horsemanship and likely to earn more points include starting on and maintaining the correct lead, straightness, sliding stops without pulling the horse’s face, keeping the horse’s hind leg planted on a turn around, and balanced riding. It should never appear as if the horse is being maneuvered by sheer strength. The judge will deduct points for such things as a gaping mouth, head throwing, cross-cantering, uncontrolled speed, a rider balancing on the reins, or excessive spurring.
The basic premise is that all obstacles should represent something you would possibly encounter on a day’s trail ride. Obviously some modification and use of the imagination is necessary. Again this is where horsemanship is such a big part of the competition. If rider and horse have a solid working relationship built on trust, then most of the obstacles should be surmountable. However, there are some common themes to be aware of and certainly practicing in advance would lend to a better ride. Be sure to revert to our sidebar to learn more about the obstacles that you could face in a trail or versatility competition.
Precise scoring systems can vary depending on which organization or show you are competing in. Many follow a point based system that break the ride down into completing the obstacle and overall horsemanship. In general, points are given or subtracted based on the horse’s attitude, the rider’s horsemanship and overall team performance. Most competitions allow only a certain amount of time to complete each obstacle. If the horse and rider pair do not complete the obstacle in the given time, they will be flagged and required to move on to the next one. You can expect to see 10-15 obstacles on course. Time will be translated into points and added to the points received for each obstacle.
Safety is a big consideration when pondering your first event. You should know your horse well and have practiced a variety of obstacles at home. You should also feel confident your mount will not completely lose his cool if you encounter something unexpected. Additionally, your horse should be able to perform many of the standard western riding movements such as spins and stops. As the rider, a realistic assessment of your ability is essential. Make sure you are skilled enough to handle the challenges presented
without putting you or your horse in an uncomfortable situation. Finally, whichever event you choose to enter, be sure to read ahead. While most classes have the same basic concept, there are variations on scoring, rules and course design. For example, some require western clothing, tack and memberships while others are open to all riders.
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of the prize money, have a pretty steep entry fee. On a more relaxed note, the AQHA has also started to get involved. The organization hosts a number of events called “Trail Challenges” across the country. This July, one will be held in Lodi, New York. Stephanie McCommon, Manager of Recreational Activities for the AQHA, stated the goal of each Trail Challenge is, “Teaching recreational riders more horsemanship skills. Most events have a clinic component and often the judge assists as well as judges.” Competing will earn your horse Trail Challenge merits if he is a registered Quarter Horse. The event is open to all breeds but you must have an AQHA membership. McCommon concludes, “I think recreational riders are looking for a little more challenge.” Also local, the EMRHA offers its own Cowboy Race at Gelinas Farm in New Hampshire. Trail obstacles are set out in a natural setting, and it is a timed, judged event. Jane Molton, EMRHA President, says, “Really we are looking to see a horse do the obstacle correctly more than pure speed. It’s a fun event, anybody can do them.” Local versatility competitions, like the annual Cowboy Race hosted by the EMRHA, usually charge around $30-$50 to enter, there are no annual membership fees, and you will certainly get a taste of the sport. The downside is that there are no regional or national finals should you find yourself doing well. Finally, as interest continues to escalate, many private barns are hosting their own trail challenges. Keep your eyes peeled on the calendar guides and your ears open and you will likely hear of a low key event in your area.
Ranch Horse Shows
If racing top speed through an obstacle course just isn’t your thing but you still feel the call of your inner cowboy, you might want to check out the Ranch Horse shows. Ranch Horse associations are dedicated to preserving the original working ranch horse and most shows come complete with roping, cows, and trail obstacles. The competition itself encompasses a more rounded evaluation, involving five separate classes: Ranch Riding, your basic flat class; Ranch Trail, the obstacle course; Ranch Cutting, working cattle; Ranch
While the sport of versatility is certainly growing in the Northeast, it’s still in its infancy. The EXCA generally holds two events and those are located in Massachusetts at Crimson Acres Farm. Peter Whitmore, Crimson Acres ranch trainer, is also the EXCA National Advisory Board Member for the Northeast Region. In 2009, Whitmore participated in the Extreme Mustang Makeover which led him to compete in the 2009 National Finals for the Extreme Cowboy Race. While he didn’t win any prizes, he was really pleased with the performance of his Mustang Isaac, with whom he had been working for a mere 120 days. Whitmore enjoys the EXCA events because he finds, “They build confidence and teamwork. The emphasis on horsemanship, overall as well as at each obstacle, is also a big draw for me.” Whitmore also realized the chance to go to the National Finals was a unique opportunity. “Not many people in their lifetime will get the chance to compete at the National Finals for anything; what a great experience.” However, Whitmore is the first to admit paying a yearly membership fee ($65) for a one- or two-time ride might be tough on the average family. For a professional rider this might be a great way to advance to a national level with relatively little competition. But for the first time competitor or amateur rider, a local event might be the better way to start. The Equine Affaire and the Everything Equine Exposition also host top quality versatility competitions. If you’re well practiced and want to take a run at their prize money, they provide an exciting, serious competition right here in New England. While there are no membership fees, both events require a video along with your registration demonstrating your ability to ride. Also, these events draw a big list of competitors and, because
Horse and rider teams may be › asked to walk through streamers.
What to Expect… Here are a few common obstacles and tasks that you may be facing while participating in a trail competition:
crossing: Horse and rider may be asked to cross bridges of wood, seesaws, tarps, walk through a ravine, or navigate a water crossing. dragging or carrying: A team may be asked to drag an item such as a tire or a log, or carry an item, such as a flag, tarp, pole or even a second rider. rider: May be asked to shoot a pistol, throw a spear, shoot an arrow, open and close a gate, spear stationary rings, mount from the wrong side or mount and ride bareback, or stand on the back of the horse. Jumps: Horse and rider must navigate over hay bales, logs, ditches, poles, three-step banks, barrels or PVC jumps. Basic maneuvers: Backing through a pattern, roll backs, spins, lead changes through a pattern, side pass, circles big and small, stops, zig zags, and ground tying could all be on course. expect the unexpected: You may be asked to trailer load, ride through a tunnel or water sprinklers, or even complete a pallet pull. Speed is critical but it must be controlled and balanced. Most important, the rider and horse are constantly judged on teamwork and quality of the ride.
‹ Many versatility competitions often consist of jumps.
of different clinicians across the nation. It’s a very relaxed, laid back horse show.” The cost is $350 but it includes clinician fees, horse show fees, social event and meals, stalls and shavings over a two- or three-day period. Currently the NVRHA’s closest competition is in Wisconsin. Hawks commented, “We would love to come to the Northeast and have discussed holding an event in New York.” While Ranch Horse shows remain hugely active out West, you can certainly find them out here in the East as well. Get in touch with the EMRHA or one of the other organizations listed to find an event near you.
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Conformation, in-hand; and Working Ranch Horse, comprised of reining, working the cow, and roping. The combined scores will give the rider with the highest total the blue ribbon for the day. The EMRHA also hosts Ranch Horse shows. Molton comments, “Ranch Horse shows offer a variety of classes— some including cattle. Varying divisions allow the novice to get started on a simple level and work their way up.” He continues, “We offer a green class, so they can ride a horse two-handed. We don’t disqualify if you lose your cow back to the herd, you can try again to get it, and the reining pattern is a little more easy.” Awards are offered at the show and there is a day-end versatility award if you enter two cattle classes, two non-cattle classes, and a conformation class. The National Versatility Ranch Horse Association (NVRHA), American Ranch Horse Association, and Ranch Horse Association of America are additional organizations following a similar format. These Ranch Horse shows place a heavy emphasis on learning in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Frequently a clinic will be held in
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conjunction with the show to help participants learn some of the riding techniques they may not be familiar with. Channing Hawks, State Representative for the NVRHA says, “The main purpose is education based. All events are required to have a clinic followed by a schooling competition. They are usually two- to three-day events.” Western wear is necessary. Channing continues, “Riders have a lot of fun and experience a variety
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New England might not have vast open skies or soaring mountains, but in our heart resides a piece of the West. The growing popularity of versatility and trail obstacle events speak to the cowboy in all of us. If you think you and your horse are up to the challenge, check out a versatility event near you—you might be surprised at how far you can go.
Events held in the Northeast?
Specific clothing/tack requirements?
Different competition categories
Approximate cost per class
What do you win?
Yes, Orange, MA, Fall
Must be western tack and western apparel
Chance at regionals
Must be western tack and western apparel
$350 for 2-3 day event
Chance at regionals and national finals
Equine Affaire Horse & Rider Versatility
Yes, Springfield, MA, October
Prize money totaling $5,000
Everything Equine Extreme Trail Challenge
Yes, Essex Junction, VT, April
Prize money totaling $2,700
EMRHA Cowboy Race
Yes, NH, July
Must be western tack
End of day prize money
Yes, NY, July
End of day ribbons
Yes, Multiple dates and locations
Depends on event
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THE DEVON HORSE SHOW AND COUNTRY FAIR CELEBRATING OUR 116TH YEAR May 24th â€“ June 3rd, 2012 Benefiting Bryn Mawr Hospital
A Philadelphia Tradition Since 1896 The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor horse shows in the country. Over 100,000 spectators and 1,500 horses participate, from all over the United States. Saddlebred/Hackney and Harness Ponies/Road Horses will start Wednesday, May 30th. Special Stable Incentive awards will again be offered and the traditional Devon Hospitality for exhibitors.
General information: (610) 964-0550 Tickets: (610) 688-2554 FAX: (610) 964-1608 www.devonhorseshow.org
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DISCOVER THE MYSTIQUE OF THESE LEGENDARY EQUINES BY CHRISTINA KEIM
For centuries, horsemen have been drawn to the mystical charm of the horses known as the Baroque breeds, a list which includes Lipizzans, Andalusians, Lusitanos, and Friesians. These animals are known for their powerful, athletic bodies but also their kind and willing dispositions. Their compact conformation lends them not just to the collection required of the Grand Prix dressage arena, but also the popular haute ecole, or “airs above the ground,” made most famous by the Lipizzan stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.
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Each of thEsE brEEds’ historiEs have seen them serve as the mounts for both warriors and royalty. Many of them have been the victims of war, both literally and figuratively, causing limited breeding populations to be threatened. Today, these animals are prized by their owners and supporters for the same qualities which made them valuable in an earlier era: personality, presence, and beauty. For many horsemen today, their first exposure to the Baroque breeds came through seeing them perform in a traveling show. These demonstrations appeal to equine aficionados of any experience level and can even captivate non-horse loving friends and family. But what is it really like for these horses on tour? Why are they so popular with the trainers and handlers who work for the shows? After hundreds of years, why do these breeds still capture the imagination?
Gabriella Herrmann and her family have been linked to the Lipizzan breed for over 300 years. Her father, Colonel Herrmann, assisted General Patton with the evacuation of precious Lipizzan breeding stock during World War II (this story is told in the Disney film, Miracle of the White Stallions). Herrmann came to the United States and established a 200-acre ranch outside of Sarasota, Florida, to assist in preserving and promoting the breed. “Our family was one of the first to bring the Lipizzan to the U.S., after World War II,” says Herrmann. “When we began to take them on tour in the 60s and 70s, we were the only show of its kind.” Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallion Show features the performances of 14 horses, all stallions. Herrmann says that it is impossible to specifically identify when she began to love the breed so much, as she was literally raised alongside them. “They are very intelligent, very giving animals,” she remarks. “But you can’t take them for granted. You must earn their respect. After my father passed, it took two years before the animals believed that we were worthy of their respect.” Herrmann says that all of the horses that go on tour are bred and raised by her family and their apprentices. “As horses retire, new, younger horses come in,” she says. “It always depends on the horse. We watch them train. Some are ready to join the show as a 5-year-old, and others not until they are eight or nine.” According to Herrmann, the Andalusian and Arabian are two foundation breeds for the Lipizzan, and her family judiciously crosses their horses with the Andalusian to help refresh the lines. “There are only six main lines for the Lipizzan,” she says. “It is necessary to occasionally bring in some foundation blood to the breed. I currently have several half42
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Andalusians.” Sylvie Willms is an equipe for the European traveling show, “Apassionata: The Beginning,” which launched a 66-week long U.S. tour in April of 2012. Willms and her parents have made a lifetime career of breeding and performing with their horses at liberty and in the haute ecole. Willms says that she works with Arabian and Lusitano horses most frequently, but will also be performing with Friesians on the North American tour. “I have worked with many more breeds throughout my career. It’s really all about building a relationship with these wonderful animals, as every horse is unique and special.”
Willms’ colleague on A scene from the tour, fellow equipe Apassionata’s Luis Valen a, works European tour; the primarily with the company recently Lusitano. His passion and launched its love for this Portuguese 66-week long tour breed is apparent. “The in the U.S. in April. Lusitano [is] the oldest saddle horse in the world,” says Valen a. “For centuries it was used as a weapon for war, one that was perfected in terms of perception, courage, flexibility, swiftness to respond, and beauty. These traits have remained over the centuries. In our times, what was once an intrinsic warrior is now a piece of living art.”
Are you interested in seeing the Baroque breeds on tour? Here is some information about where our sources can be spotted on the East Coast this season:
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Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions Visit www.hlipizzans.com to learn how to get tickets for each date.
Life on the road is not easy for horse or human. Attendees at their performances likely spend little time pondering what the day to day logistics of a show requires. Needless to say, coordinating all of the components is a production in and of itself. Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallion Show no longer plays large coliseums, instead preferring to perform at parks and equine facilities. Herrmann says that this was a deliberate choice for several reasons, including the fact that the show’s staff (which includes about 10 riders) does everything themselves. “We set up our stalls, set up our tent,” she says. “We are with the horses 24/7. We are completely self-contained.” Herrmann says that a typical schedule is for the horses to arrive about a week ahead of time, and then to perform one show a day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “We are not a one-night stand,” she continues, pointing out that the advantage to this schedule is that it gives the horses time to settle in and adjust to a new venue. The company also allows guests to have access to the horses, and they can visit with the animals at their stalls as well as attend training sessions. Even when not on the road, training sessions at their Florida base are open to the public three days per week. “This practice gives horses a chance to learn to ride with an audience, to hear the music and applause,” says Herrmann. As many of the horses in the Apassionata tour are based in Europe, planning the logistics for this show has been a significant undertaking. Willms says that concern for the
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horses’ well-being on Friesians are tour is of paramount a popular breed importance. “During featured in our shows, our horses Apassionata’s are housed in transU.S. tour. portable stalls, which in turn are built up either inside the arenas themselves or in special stable tents, which are heated if it is cold outside,” she says. “During days off between shows, the horses go back to a farm where they can relax in beautiful fields.” Valen a says that the entire process of training his horses helps prepare them to be a performance animal. “From the time he is born until the age of three, the Lusitano is totally free, roaming in a group of other horses until he acquires the strength necessary to begin the learning cycle,” he explains. “At the age of three he returns to the stables, where he will find his future companion— man. For the future to be bright, man must make the horse his companion and friend.” Valen a says that the daily training of his horses is what helps to create their intense bond. “In this training, the horse will become used to different means of transport, from modern trucks to single trailers, and he realizes that this is part of his routine,” he says. “Teaching show horses means teaching them the various experiences of changing locations, as well as climate, and this is why the Lusitano is renowned for being easily adapted to the situations he is faced with. A Lusitano is an eclectic horse.”
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Each performance tour is defined by its equine actors. While most of the shows demonstrate performances of dressage, including “upper level” movements such as pirouettes, flying changes, and the piaffe and passage, audiences are also thrilled by mounted and unmounted demonstrations of the haute ecole as well as performances at liberty. In watching these MAY 2012
Walk, Trot, Vogue: From Sales Prospect to Super Model
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BY LA POMEROY Sorry, Tom Brady, but once upon a time, your super model missus, Gisele Bundchen, was enchanted by another tall, dark, and handsome stud: from Fairy Tail Farm. In 2000, Sorento, Florida, horsewoman Dia Colleen Frost imported an untrained Friesian, Matsjo Ut Et West, as a resale prospect on the Wellington winter circuit. The farm’s advertising campaign had helped generate some press in local equestrian publications, and with sales of its black horses brisk, Fairy Tail was building a reputation as a resource for this still relatively unique breed to the United States. How does a horse go from hot-to-trot to haute couture? Photographer Steven Klein found Frost and her Friesian through a mutual acquaintance in the graphics department of a Wellington publication. Klein told her that Vogue Fashion Editor, Grace Coddington, “Needed a beautiful, exotic horse for a shoot.” Vogue had discovered Matt (as Frost called him) through Fairy Tail advertising. “That,” Frost said, “is how we connected.” Working with New York City-based Jenny Landy Production, Inc., makeup artist Diane Kendal (for Calvin Klein color), and hair stylist Guido Palau, Vogue was planning a 13-page spread, ‘Mighty Mighty,’ hailing the return of self-assured chic through an equestrianinspired storyboard by Sally Singer, and shot by Klein, using models Bundchen and Carmen Cass. Before Matt joined their haute couture company, Frost faced a few questions from planners: “Could they get on him? Could they shoot at my barn? Could we bring him to a different location? They needed a horse accepting of the atmosphere and assurance that we could get him there on time. The shoot took one day, all day, while they chased the light. It was a pretty serious atmosphere. Time,” Frost said, “was money.” Four layouts with Matt made it into the magazine, including the final, full-color spread of Bundchen and Cass as Callaghan and Givenchy-clad Grecian goddesses draped on Black Beauty. Matt stood quietly as his legs were hosed down by a pony-tailed Bundchen in a Tom Ford for Gucci micromesh dress with built-in corset; trotted, neck arched, behind a briskly walking Cass in a Marc Jacobs Lurex jacket and full tulle skirt; and stood draped in roses to match Bundchen’s red Valentino long-sleeved top and pencil skirt. “They didn’t request anything special or different. He was clean and shiny, and they never touched him, except when models were on him or handled him. It was no different than a show for us. The easiest thing about the shoot was getting Matt ready and there.” After that, everyone simply let the horse work his magic. “He charmed the models. Absolutely,” Frost said with tender pride. “He is a Friesian!”
shows, it seems that the horses enjoy the audience almost as much as the audience enjoys them. “Our horses are show horses,” says Willms. “They are used to performing in arenas in front of big audiences. They love to be pampered and in many cases you can see that they are really enjoying the exercise. Sometimes I even have the feeling that they are spurred on by the audience applause.” When training her Lipizzans at home, Herrmann says the arena and the stands are very close together, allowing a real connection between the audience and the horses. “The horses really love it,” she says. “When visitors come to see them, the horses come to the front of their stalls. People fall in love with them. The horses interact with the people.” Of course, future performance horses must be properly introduced to life on the road, and these trainers emphasize that the bond and partnership created with each individual is what contributes best to their success. It is not uncommon for horses to remain part of a tour well into their 20s. “I usually start to introduce my horses to their future life as show horses at an early age,” says Willms. “But I do it in a very playful way, without putting any pressure on them. Sometimes I even let the foals run around on the training grounds and let them watch the older horses exercise. Usually, when they are three or four years old, most of them are ready to perform.” Valen a says that it is only through correct, humane training, with adherence to the principles of classical equitation, that the horses can be trained to perform to such a high degree. “I have devoted my life to the love of
horses and have always Performers of trained them without Apassionata force and according demonstrate to the centuries-old “airs above the classical traditions of ground.” European equitation,” he remarks. “This work is the result of careful and gentle training to produce a partnership between horse and rider. The horses are trained as athletes and it takes many years to rear them, as no force is used. The welfare of the horses is of the greatest importance, for these athletes can only perform if in top condition and happy with their human partners.” Willms also emphasizes the importance of developing a true partnership with her horses. “It’s all about bonding and making the trustful connection,” she explains. “You have to be very patient to eventually be accepted as part of their group and receive
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carried away by these wonderful creatures, bonding with me through a magical connection, accompanied by wonderful music that easily makes them forget everyday life.” ~Sylvie Willms
attract their audience? For Valen a, the audience connects to the rich history behind the Lusitano breed, even if they are not wholly familiar with it before attending. “When we put together a new show in a country we are not familiar with, we take care to showcase the best we have to offer,” he says. “Accordingly, our Lusitano and Iberian horses will be representing years of experience in the world of equestrian art, a longstanding tradition in Portugal.” Valen a points to the appearance of the Lusitano in many artistic images to its appeal to a general audience. “In nature, there are several elements that are mesmerizing to man, such as fire, the sea, and also the horse, due to its personality, gait and the important role it has played in centuries of mankind’s history,” he notes. “The Lusitano has inspired poets, painters and sculptors, as seen in the paintings in the foremost museums, which show royalty mounted on Iberian horses, or the sculptures in great cities, also representing the Iberian horse and its rounded and imposing lines. As the Duke of Newcastle said, [the Lusitano is] a worthy horse for a king on a victorious day.” Herrmann feels that her audiences connect to her Lipizzan horses on a deeply personal level. “Different people take away different things,” she says. “Senior citizens know the history of the breed, the war, and their rescue by General Patton. We get many families who come, some having been brought as children, who now bring their children. We really focus on entertainment and connecting with the audience.” Willms finds that audiences connect with the elegance of her horses and especially the freedom and partnership demonstrated in the liberty performances. “People love to be carried away by these wonderful creatures, bonding with me through a magical connection, accompanied by wonderful music that easily makes them forget everyday life,” she says. “Friesian horses have only recently been introduced to dressage and people love to watch these impressive animals doing their nimble moves. They look exceptionally good in the arena because of their deep black coat and their impressive size, yet they are so very graceful. Their looks are just stunning. To me, their proportions are almost perfect, and I have noticed Friesians have many a fan on our tours.” Whether it is their rich history, their amazing presence, or simply the demonstration of deep respect and partnership, the Baroque breeds capture the imagination and love which many horsemen feel for their animals. These unique breeds are preserved and promoted through their exposure to a wider audience in these traveling shows.
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Gabriella Herrmann and one of her assistants demonstrate a rear-up with one of their performance horses at Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut.
their unconditional love and trust. You are not to betray their trust. They are very intelligent creatures and you only get the results you want if you pay them full respect, bringing forward their abilities and not forcing them into anything.” Keeping the horses’ work fun and encouraging them to play helps them to stay enthusiastic to be a part of a show for a career. “You can say, ‘once a show horse, always a show horse,’” says Willms. “Horses that are used to exercise and performance become so used to their life as show horses that they simply can’t do without. They love what they do and they are eager to learn new things. They never seem to tire of this life.” Willms and her team will bring 15 geldings to the North American tour, ranging in age from
Horses and riders from Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions perform a Pas de Trois at Roseland Cottage.
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four to 17. “Technically, there is no age or career limit,” she says. “Some of my horses have done up to five seasons in a row and they don’t seem to get tired of it. Of course, you have to make sure they get enough time to rest in between the performances and also get to replenish their energy levels between the seasons.” Valen a also works to build relationships with his horses that last a lifetime. “They last for a long time, right up to the age of 30. Normally, the horses I use in the shows are over 8 years old and go on until God takes them. They love the audiences, the applause, and leading the life of a performer.”
Capturing the Imagination
It is undeniable that audiences are captivated by the performances of the Baroque breeds. The passion and love which the trainers have for their horses comes through into their art. So is it even possible to specifically define which qualities
Getti G ng Started d EXPLORE THE INS AND OUTS OF DEVELOPING AN INTERCOLLEGIATE RIDING TEAM BY KATHRYN SELINGA
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“A LOT OF TEAMS FUND THEMSELVES OR DO FUNDRAISERS— SOME ARE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL AND OTHERS JUST COVER THE BARE MINIMUM.”
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The Dana Hall Riding Center has been an integral part of the campus life since the 1930â€™s. The goal of the Riding Center is to create an atmosphere where everyone can learn the values that horses and riding can teach â€“ responsibility, determination, self discipline, and sensitivity. Students have the opportunity to spend time at the Riding Center as part of their academic day by taking riding for physical education credit. Dana Hall has a highly successful interscholastic equestrian team and Dana Hall students also compete in local and A-rated shows throughout the Northeast and in Florida. Many Dana Hall riders have been successful in regional and national competition as well as on the Olympic level. 45 Dana Road, PO Box 9010, Wellesley, MA 02482-9010
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o you’re graduating from high school and are all set to attend your dream college in the fall—but wait—your new school doesn’t have an equestrian team in your discipline. Riding and competing has been a huge part of your life and you can’t imagine living without it, but your chosen college is one of very few in the country offering your major…so what do you do? One easy solution is to find other students with an interest in the same discipline, and form a club or team. This may seem like a huge undertaking and a daunting task, but with help from the right people, you’ll be riding and competing for your school in no time. We spoke with representatives from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA), which offers both hunt seat and western opportunities, and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) to find out what it takes to get the ball rolling and start up a riding team. 52
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If you find yourself in a situation where your school does not currently have a team, fear not—there are plenty of people to help you along your way in developing one. While there are materials that students can find online to help guide them through the process of starting a team, “The Regional President is really the key in all of this, helping the schools along,” says Suzanne Payne, coach of the Smith College hunt seat team in Northampton, Massachusetts. Payne knows first hand, as she also serves as the IHSA Region 3 President.
Payne suggests that Michelle Dressner figuring out who your and Zoe Spieler of Regional President is, Smith College. which can be found at www.ihsainc.com, and contacting him or her should be the students’ first step. “Once this person finds me then I go through the process of referring them back to finding out how much support they’ll get from their college—if the athletic director is at all interested in starting a varsity sport they’ll take it from there. If not, [the students should] go to the next person.”
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That can include the club sports director, or even the student government association (SGA) if need be, according to Payne. â€œThatâ€™s what I try to help the students find out firstâ€”who can get them started,â€? she continues. Christina Keim of the University of New Hampshire and Region 2 President concurs, â€œSome teams are club, some varsity, and some are part of an academic program. The students need to figure out what their niche is going to be at the start...and if itâ€™s going to be a club sport, the school might be able to help with funding.â€? Hopeful teammates must then go about finding a club advisor, which can be any faculty or staff member, whether they have horse experience or not. Both Payne and Keim agree that the next step after that should be to go back to the Regional President. â€œAfter theyâ€™ve gotten their advisor, it needs to come back to the Regional Presidentâ€”they need to sign off on the schoolâ€™s membership,â€? says Payne. â€œTheyâ€™re going to ask how many riders the team will have, and try to help with the logistic side of things,â€? adds Keim. The students must then find a coach and a barn to ride out of (which can also be done beforehand). â€œEvery team needs a coach. Some schools have an equine program staff member, or they can hire a coach, right down to a team that essentially has a student coach,â€? says Keim.
Once again, the Regional President can come into play here. Many are often familiar with local barns and trainers and can suggest ones to approach. They may even be willing to play a bigger role: â€œAsk the Regional President in the area if theyâ€™re willing to coach, or one from another schoolâ€”lots of trainers coach more than one team,â€? says Payne. In terms of finding a barn to ride out of, â€œYou need one that has some sort of lesson program thatâ€™s going to be able to accommodate a little bit of diversity in [the ridersâ€™] backgrounds. Barns that have an IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) team are a good place to get started because they have experience,â€? explains Keim. Then comes the paperworkâ€”show entries, memberships, and figuring out what sort of funding is available. This may be one of the most daunting parts, but the club advisor and coach should be able to help. â€œOften times if students are frustrated, Iâ€™ll tell them to have their advisor or the SGA contact me directly and I can help them out,â€? says Payne. When to figure out what kind of funding is available will depend on how much financial ability team members have. The more the need, the earlier youâ€™ll want to talk with school representatives to figure out how much, if any, financial support can be attained. â€œFunding can be toughâ€”it depends on the school. At UNH we looked at becoming a club sport, but thereâ€™s a limited pot of money,â€? explains Keim. â€œWe have schools in our region that fall under the student organization categoryâ€”as long as they accept everyone on their team, they get a certain amount of money.â€? Keim suggests that students talk to their peers or coaches from different schools in their area and ask how they get funding. Many clubs also find creative ways to help reduce the
cost of riding. â€œA lot of The Johnson and teams fund themselves Wales University or do fundraisersâ€”some IDA team. are highly successful and others just cover the bare minimum,â€? says Payne. Once the membership to IHSA is accepted, fees have been paid, and paperwork completed, itâ€™s time to start scheduling shows. â€œWhen [any new members] join, we put them on the regional mailing listâ€”everything is done through email. As soon as they join they become part of that list and each show sends out entry blanks and prize lists through it. And I go over how to fill them out with the new members,â€? says Payne. Any particularly ambitious team that wishes to host its own show may have that opportunity as well, if all of the right pieces are in place. â€œHosting a show is a lot of work. Itâ€™s a lot of fun and can be a good opportunity to bond, but you need to be a team for a couple of seasons before youâ€™re ready to host a show. One of the hardest things is making sure you have enough horses. Sometimes schools donâ€™t know the work going into it and the costsâ€”you need judges, an EMT, and ribbons,â€? says Keim. â€œYou need a certain number of horses to get enough riders, or youâ€™re going to lose money.â€? Payne suggests wannabes join forces with another school their first time out. â€œWhat we do is have [the colleges] co-host [with one another at] first. That way they get the chance to learn. I always tell them to contact me so they donâ€™t guess their way through it. And thereâ€™s a section online that they can read to help them out as well,â€? she says.
The IDA has a similar process of starting up a team as the IHSA. Because of the
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structural differences between the two organizations and lower familiarity with the IDA, however, Johnson and Wales University Dressage Team Coach and IDA Region A Representative Crystal Taylor suggests that students first post flyers around campus, barns, and tack stores, and post the information on Facebook to gain interest and form a team of the needed four riders at the four specified levels: Intro, Lower Training, Upper Training, and First Level. “We’re trying to get interest,” says Taylor. “There’s probably a lot of dressage riders that are out there that don’t think about riding on a college team.” Taylor notes that the team is not limited to four riders, as schools can sometimes send two teams to a show, and it is always good to have alternates as well. Students should also contact the school to let them know they’re interested in starting a team. “The people that get together need to put together a written proposal for the athletics department or club sports office that is 500 – 2,000 words,” says Taylor. They will also need to find a college representative that can act as a liaison between the school and the IDA. Interested students should then visit www.teamdressage.com to read the rules and bylaws and download forms, and get in touch with their regional representative. “They need to find out who their regional representative is and contact
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them to let them know they’re interested, find out show dates, and the membership fees,” says Taylor. Then comes the challenge of finding a coach and a barn to ride out of. “They have to go out and find a barn where they can ride at as a team,” explains Taylor. Like with the IHSA, she suggests the riders ask the regional representative, as they’ll likely have many contacts. Taylor also advises that students visit the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) website. “Look under certified instructors, and look under “L” program graduates,” she says. “They’re a huge contact because that’s where you’ll find the dressage enthusiasts. “You can also find all of the dressage facilities in the area and go visit them. And there’s the NEDA (New England Dressage Association) website—students could also use that—they have a bulletin board they can advertise on looking for a dressage coach.” But, Taylor says, “That’s where the price goes up for some of the colleges—finding a coach and taking lessons.” And that is where the quest for funding comes in. “A lot of teams do a lot of fundraising to help with traveling fees. We also have teams that get funds through the college,” says Taylor. She recommends the students inquire about financial assistance when they first contact the school about starting a team.
And, Taylor adds, “The IDA offers grants for people setting up a new team. We have ones up to $500 that are offered in the fall and spring— they’re called assistant grants. Applications can be found on the website.” Candidates will need to include their budget and what they need for aid when applying. Once all of the details are ironed out and the paperwork is complete (which can be done by the coach, according to Taylor), a team can start scheduling shows. “The regional representative has a calendar and will give teams the schedule. If they’re interested in hosting a show, they should talk to the representative and plan what date would work.”
Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge to start a team, it’s time to take action. After all, there’s no better feeling than competing in a sport that you love with a group of great people who share a common interest. “It’s challenging—in a good way,” says Taylor. “It’s a lot of work to get a team started from scratch,” adds Keim, “but [it helps] if you have a lot of enthusiasm, and the IHSA is supportive… It’s a great organization to be a part of and get involved in, so it’s worth the effort.” Find out more about the IHSA and IDA, and their unique competition formats by visiting their websites.
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Driving with a Purpose Discover how This Discipline has influenceD Three horsemen wiTh DisabiliTies By Sarah Wynne Jackson
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magine living in a world in which normal, everyday activities such as climbing stairs, going shopping, and visiting a friend present a challenge. Then imagine a sport that eliminates those barriers, gives you a true sense of independence, and even allows you to compete with everyone else. That is what combined driving does for many people with a variety of disabilities.
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Mary Gray, owner of the Mary Gray Driving Center in Danville, New Hampshire, and United States Driving for the Disabled Northeast Regional Contact, once competed in 100-mile endurance rides. When the polio she’d contracted as a child eventually made riding too difficult, she switched to combined driving. Since then, she has competed in five World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships abroad. She is also known throughout the driving community as a match maker, putting people with disabilities in touch with the folks who can help them learn to drive. Although a formal mentorship program might develop in the future, Gray points out that the mentor/mentee relationships that exist are a direct result of the very inclusive and welcoming attitude of the combined driving community in general. “Driving is not a one-man sport, whether you’re disabled or able-bodied,” she says. “We’re a small group of people across the nation and it takes a lot of hands. We know we need each other.” Even competition is inclusive. All drivers compete according to skill level, not age or gender. Rules allow for adaptive equipment such as specialized reins, supportive seats, and seat belts so those with disabilities can compete side-by-side with able-bodied drivers. Because of this hospitable approach, “there are plenty of drivers out there who love to share their sport, whether the person wants to drive for pleasure or compete,” says Gray. “The mentor is always a non-disabled person to make up for the disability that person has. Someone has to be able to jump off the carriage and grab the horse if necessary.” As with any equine sport, people with disabilities get into driving for various reasons. Gray says, “Many of them have no competitive aspirations whatsoever. They just want to enjoy the companionship of the animal, and the sense of freedom and independence driving gives them. Others want to someday compete in the World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships. Depending on a person’s limitations, driving is not an option for everyone, but it is an option to consider.”
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Sara St. Peter (Above) competing at the Waldingfield Horse Driving Trials with Charlie Ballou as navigator; Charlie Ballou (Right) competing at the Tunbridge Driving Trials.
DRIVER: Sara St. Peter Randolph Center, Vermont HYP: What is your disability and how did it occur? St. Peter: I’m a quadriplegic. I had a work injury in 2000. HYP: How did you get involved with driving and meet your mentor, Charlie Ballou? St. Peter: I sat on a horse for the first time when I was two, and was always interested in three-day eventing. I dabbled in all three disciplines, but never had the money to seriously compete. After my injury, I wasn’t interested in therapy laps, so I started teaching riding, but it was really difficult for me not being able to do it myself. Mary Gray put me in touch with Charlie, who’s been driving horses forever. HYP: How has your mentor helped you achieve your goals in driving? St. Peter: Charlie has connections all over the place; he put me in touch with the people who created my carriage, which had to be created and built specifically for me. Charlie has been great with trial and error. It took us a few tries, but we’ve come up with a setup with my reins that works pretty well. I don’t have finger function, so I have loops on my reins that I put on my wrists. But I can only shorten my reins so far by pulling my arms back. Charlie sits behind me in the carriage with a set of auxiliary reins so he can take over if I need him to.
HYP: What qualities does your mentor have that make your mentor/mentee relationship work so well? St. Peter: Charlie is unflappable. He’s such a stable, steady guy. He has a real acceptance of my condition and he’s willing to go wherever we need to go to make it work. I can ask him a question about anything and he’ll always give me a solid, honest opinion, usually with a funny comment thrown in. He never expects more than I can give and we have a great time, even if I need to vent or blow off steam. He’s so giving of himself, and he’s always available to go for a drive with me.
MENTOR Charlie Ballou Maranatha Training Stable, Brookfield, Vermont HYP: You are Sara St. Peter’s mentor. What is your experience in the field of driving? Ballou: I’ve been training and competing in combined driving and open pleasure shows for 25 years. HYP: What is your role as mentor? Ballou: Sara already has a great attitude and she’s already determined. My func-
HYP: What do you find challenging about being mentor to a person with a disability? Ballou: One challenging part for me is whenever we go out, I have to be very aware of our surroundings at all times for any potential problems or accidents waiting to happen. We’ve come up with some ways to prevent accidents, like the auxiliary reins so I can take over in an emergency, but I try not to interfere unless
it’s absolutely necessary. Another challenge is that Sara doesn’t have finger function, so using the reins can be difficult for her. We’re training her pony to respond to voice commands. Sometimes we have to get creative. For instance, right now we’re training him to canter on voice command, so I’ll canter him on the longe line while she sits there in her wheelchair and gives him the voice command at the same time. HYP: What do you find most rewarding about being a mentor? Ballou: Driving her pony is the real highlight of Sara’s life. When she’s having a bad day, she says it’s so nice to be driving. She really connects with her pony, it gives her a sense of independence, and it’s real therapy for her. It’s rewarding to be able to help her achieve that.
into driving? Ann Miles, Executive Director of the Carriage Barn Equestrian Center in Newton, New Hampshire, says, “Although there are only a few therapeutic driving programs out there, you can find them by contacting the United States Driving for the Disabled, social service agencies, and regional groups that focus on [particular conditions] such as autism or spinal cord injuries. You can also find a mentor by getting in touch with the American Driving Society, state driving clubs, and local combined driving trainers.” When choosing a mentor, Miles recommends, “Look for someone who appreciates fragile increments of positive change, who has a lot of compassion, and is willing to work within the parameters of your own abilities and limitations. Safety has to be a strong focus, as well as a sense of fun.” St. Peter says, “It’s really important to find the right fit and somone who has a huge amount of humor. You rely on them so much and you can get into situations where you get pretty close with your trainer. Sometimes Charlie is holding a tissue because I can’t wipe my nose…he’s OK with that, and you have to be OK with that, too.” From the mentor side of the relationship, Ballou says, “Try not to be too discouraging. As long as it’s safe for the driver and the horse, let them experiment and try things to see what happens. If it doesn’t work, they’ll know they did all they could to make it happen. If it does work, they’ve just overcome a limitation. Be positive and concentrate on safety.” Gray encourages potential drivers not to be shy when looking for a mentor because mentorship is a natural fit for the driving community. She says, “The whole idea of paying it forward and helping those who know less than you do is the basis for our driving clubs. It’s an important part of how we pass on the information, tradition, and welcoming manner of our sport.”
DRIVER Paul Roberti East Providence, Rhode Island HYP: What is your disability and how did it occur? Roberti: I’m a complete paraplegic. I’m a very competitive person and I used to compete in triathlons. In July 2003, I was riding my bike and was hit by an automobile. HYP: How did you get involved with driving and meet your mentor, Beth Stone? Roberti: When I first got injured I competed in wheelchair fencing, but last year, I was looking for something new. When I was younger, I rode horses until high school, so I thought I’d try dressage. Beth Stone’s [Cornerstone Farm in Foster, Rhode Island] was the closest therapeutic riding center, so I went there. We tried dressage, but it didn’t work because of my lack of balance. Beth suggested carriage driving and so I started last April. HYP: How has your mentor helped you overcome your particular challenges? Roberti: Balance is my biggest challenge. Beth had a wooden two-wheeled cart that she modified, just so I could get started. But her husband had to pick me up and put me on it. It worked all right, but I really needed a carriage made just for me. Beth helped organize a fundraiser last summer to raise money for my new carriage. HYP: How does your mentor inspire you? Roberti: She’s there for me to do whatever it takes to help me accomplish whatever I want in this sport. I lease an American Saddlebred gelding named Riley from Beth. The first time I started working with Riley, he was in one of his moods and he tested me. Afterward, Beth said that I passed his test. He knows now that when I’m behind him, I rule the roost. She’s helped me learn how to do that. Driving is just another thing that says that, despite the disability, I can do anything I want in this life.
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tion is to try to make it happen for her. Even though when we met, I’d had no experience at all with disabled drivers, I think it’s our job to help a disadvantaged person. She brought her horse here and we’ve been working together ever since.
Miles explains why driving can have such a huge impact on the life of a person with disabilities: “For many of these people, their whole life is doctor appointment after doctor appointment. Plus, they could be juggling other challenges like academics, or four or five different types of therapies throughout the week. Working with horses opens a doorway for them because it’s so totally different from any other part of their life.” MAY 2012
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LORRAINE BURKE AND LORD CAMELOT STILL GOING STRONG By Paula Rodenas
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n March 24, 2012 at Stonewall Farm in Keene, N.H., nine teams came to test their skills against themselves and other teamsters. In addition to the Sap Gathering Contest, an obstacle course/log skid area was set up in one of the front pastures for drivers to try their hand. Unfortunately there was no snow left on the ground so the horses had a harder pull with the sap tanks this year. The 18 equines in attendance ranged in breed from the Suffolk Punch who were in the majority this year, to Haflingers. Other breeds represented were Belgians and Percherons. The day started right at 10:00 a.m. Glen Yardley, Stonewall Farm Manager, met with the drivers as a group to discuss the rules of the contest prior to the start. Horses were to walk and trot only in the marked area on course; any canters would lose the driver points. Each team was assigned a numbered pinney to wear and would collect sap and water only from the 40 buckets with lids that were the same color as their pinney. Collecting
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FOR MANY YEARS, dressage rider Lorraine Burke and Lord Camelot were featured performers at the World of Horses at Belmont Park. This year the World of Horses was canceled, but Lorraine and her 20-year-old Hanoverian are still going strong. Lorraine acquired Lord Camelot as an unbroken 2-year-old. She trained him herself, with the help of a ground person, and introduced him to the bit, the saddle, and the weight of a rider on his back. In a span of nine or 10 years, she brought him gradually from Training Level to Grand Prix, with a few delays along the way. “I didn’t push him, so that I would have him for the long run,” said Lorraine. In September 2001, Lord Camelot was diagnosed with West Nile virus. It took him several months to recover, “But,” said Lorraine, “Luckily, he came back without a hitch.” Lorraine competed in the musical
World of Horses Canceled The New York Racing Association (NYRA) canceled the World of Horses this year. An NYRA spokesperson commented only that they are “going in a different direction.” Last year the event was canceled at the last minute when the NYRA veterinary department demanded 72-hour EHV (equine herpes virus) certificates the day before and there was no time to comply.
“For 13 years, the World of Horses was a unique experience in sharing local equestrian disciplines with racing fans,” said World of Horses Chairlady Betsy Gulotta. Former Spirit of Long Island Drill Team Coach Joanne Gould compared the group to a family. “It has been an incredible venue to highlight the different disciplines of horsemanship to the non-horse viewer,” she said. Organizers and participants hope the World of Horses will be reinstated in the future.
Drill Team Dates Kayla Krenicky, present coach of the Spirit of Long Island Drill Team, announced some 2012 dates on which the team is expected to appear. After the West Babylon Festival and Muttontown Picnic, which took place in April, the drill team can be seen on Saratoga Racetrack’s Opening Day, on July 15; at the Northport V.A. Hospital September 3; and at the Yaphank Pumpkin Festival September 29-30. There will also be a drill team clinic on May 19 that promises to be of interest to riders and spectators alike.
NSHA Swap Night The Nassau Suffolk Horsemen’s Association (NSHA) held its annual Swap Night on March 3 at Huntington High School. It attracted a large crowd, and there were numerous vendors, such as award-winning quilter Diana Berthold and Betsy Grabher of Bracelet Buddies. There was plenty of information available for local equestrians. The Hofstra University riding team was represented, as well as Horseability, a therapeutic riding program that was holding a sale to help finance its move to Old Westbury on April 1. Equine Director Antoinette De Gruccio, who won numerous Islip Horsemen’s Association awards last year, said that volunteers are always needed. For information, call 631-367-1646. Also represented were the Island Long Riders, a mounted shooting group; the Long Island Equine Medical Center; and Dawn King, Rachel Ambrosino and Katie Brannick from Amaryllis, a horse rescue organization. The evening included a Chinese auction and a raffle. There was a lot of buying and selling, and the evening provided an opportunity for old friends to reconnect after the winter. For more information on the Nassau Suffolk Horsemen’s Association, visit www. nshaonline.org.
freestyle at Intermediaire I and received high scores. Performing a grand prix to music at Belmont was different, because, she explained, “It’s an exhibition rather than a competition. There are no constraints.” Lorraine’s daughter Kaleigh, 15, is presently showing at First Level with a Paso Fino named Cody. Lorraine said his trot and canter are good, and he only reverts to his natural Paso gait when he is tense. Kaleigh performed with her mother at Belmont two years ago. Both mother and daughter have earned numerous yearend awards from the Islip Horsemen’s Association (IHA). Lorraine and Lord Camelot were the Grand Prix Champions in 2008 and 2009 and took the FEI Reserve Championship last year. Kayla has done well at local shows and was the IHA 2010 and 2011 First Level Junior/Young Rider Reserve Champion. “Lord Camelot had a natural extension,” said Lorraine. “It was the collection that he found hard. Cody is the opposite.” Lorraine hopes to compete again this year. She attends occasional clinics and also teaches a few students. Last winter, Lord Camelot was in his stall from December through March because of huge amounts of snow. “This year, he’s been out a lot,” said Lorraine, who appreciated the mild weather. One of the things she looks forward to this season is a dressage and reining exhibition with Patricia Norton Barbato at the Bohemia Equestrian Center in Bohemia, N.Y. The Norton family also participated in the World of Horses for many years in reining demonstrations and in the Parade of Breeds. Lorraine noted that a new Western Dressage division was started by the Morgan enthusiasts and may be included at Quarter Horse shows. Lord Camelot’s latest accomplishment is the perfection of his one-tempis. “Last year his ‘ones’ clicked,” said Lorraine. She is proud of what she has achieved: “Taking a young horse all the way to Grand Prix.”
David Heisler received third place driving his Suffolk Punch drafts.
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from another color would lose competitors points. Lids were to be replaced properly on the buckets or participants would lose points as well. In the event of a tie, the equine team members’ behavior points would have the human team members’ errors deducted and hopefully a winner declared. Artist Mary Iselin had a wonderful display inside the buildings of a series of paintings from former years of Sap Gathering. Her husband George competed in this year’s contest with his Belgians, Belinda and Molly, and won the first place ribbon for the day. Visitors could tour the sugarhouse to learn more about the sugaring process and watch syrup being made, and samples were available. There were activities for everyone, young and old. Hay rides were available with the Stonewall Farm team of Belgians. And lunch and refreshments were served in the Community Room of the Learning Center. The following are the final results from the 2012 Stonewall Farm Sap Gathering Contest: In first place was George Iselin, followed by Liz Clark in second and David Heisler in third. Carl Porrovecchio and F. James Brady rounded out the top five. Laurel Iselin finished in sixth place, with Bart Cushing coming in seventh, Alfred Blichmann in eighth, and Peg Dockham in ninth place. For more information, visit www.stone wallfarm.org.
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Newport Interscholastic Polo Team Makes History at national cHaMpionsHips By karena Garrity
hree young, female polo players from Newport County put their small state on the map by becoming the first Rhode Island team to advance to the National Interscholastic Polo Championship Tournament ever. Under the tutelage of seasoned coach and President of the Newport Polo Club, Dan Keating, 16-year-old Jenna Davis, 15-year-old Abby Mackenzie, and 17-year-old Minnie Keating (Dan’s daughter) placed fifth at the 22nd Annual National Interscholastic Championship Polo Tournament, where they competed against eight other top teams from all over the U.S. and Canada. “This year we had the right formula of girls to make it,” says Dan, who is extremely proud of his team’s accomplishments. “These girls worked very hard all season, practicing whenever they could. They all have great spirits and take criticism well and they know what they
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have to do to get better.” The Rhode Island team, which practiced together for the first time this year, did not take their own horses to the tournament, which was held from March 1-4 at the Virginia Polo Center at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. Instead, they used horses on the premises, which made this challenging tournament that much tougher. “This was an exciting opportunity for our team and a tall order for us to compete at this level,” explains Dan’s wife and Minnie’s mother, Agnes Keating. “These girls did a great job riding horses they were not familiar with and competing against top teams. We are very proud of their horsemanship abilities, jumping on these horses and only getting a few moments of warm-up time before going out to compete and getting the most out of them,” explains
Agnes. “They are exceptional riders and they rode noticeably well, much to the dismay of their opponents.” The Newport girls lost to the number two ranked team from Cornell University and beat the sixth ranked team from Toronto. In the end, Maryland was crowned the 2012 champion. Also competing in the tournament were UConn, Maui, Garrison Forest, Virginia Jrs., and Culver. Coach Dan attributes the Rhode Island girls’ success to their hard work ethic, as well as the abnormally warm winter weather, which allowed the team to practice for a longer season. “Most years, since we practice outside, we have to stop in December once the ground freezes. This year, the girls were out practicing in 38-degree weather,” he explains. Dan adds, “These girls are all sophomores and juniors in high school so they will be playing together next year and hopefully we will back at nationals, doing even better.” All the girls on his team have plans to continue their polo careers at the college level soon. For more information on the Newport Interscholastic Polo Team, visit www.nptpolo. com. For more information on interscholastic polo, visit www.uspolo.org.
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MHC Board Members Sally Hill, Felicia Knowles, and Debby Tate at the banquet.
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he Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council (MHC) held their ever-popular, 51st Annual Year-End Awards Banquet on March 3 at the Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center in Marlborough, Mass. Honoring the high score award winners in over 70 divisions, it was a lovely evening with dinner, dancing, and a great time for all involved. Beginning the social hour with face painting and balloon animals for the kids and a delicious cheese station and cocktails for the older crowd, attendees were able to catch up on the latest news. After, MHC President Joan Travers announced the surprise Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominated for her hard work dedicated to enriching the organization, and the creation and promotion of the MHC Saddle Seat and Stock Seat Medal Finals which are held at the South Shore Horseman’s Council Shows, the Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council recognized Marty Fairbanks with this award. This year’s Person of the Year Award honoree was an especially difficult secret to keep. As well as being an integral member of the extended family that is the Massachusetts equestrian community, the winner has also been essential to the success of his own family and their very well-known and respected Morgan horse farm, Driftway Meadows. To many members he is known primarily as “Joan’s husband,” a title which may sound less important than it really is. Any organization lucky enough to include Joan on its board, including MHC, New England Horsemen’s Council, New England Morgan, and the Farm Bureau, know that when selecting Joan Travers they are really getting a two-for-one deal, a pair of dedicated equestrian professionals whose knowledge, experience, and professionalism
Joan Travers presents Judith Cherry with the Year-End High Point Morgan English Pleasure Award.
would be hard to match anywhere else. For his many years of support to the Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council, dedication to his family, both immediate and extended, and for being an all-around great guy, the MHC 2011 Person of the Year Award was presented to Mike Travers. A delicious buffet dinner of Chicken Cordon Bleu, steak tips, rice pilaf, tarragon vegetables, chicken soup, and a choice of chocolate cake or cheesecake was served prior to the awards ceremony. In typical MHC style, this year’s prizes were a wonderful collection of unique, hand painted items created by Slate Expressions. Each one was decorated with the MHC logo, the division champion and reserve champion, and the winning horse or rider’s name painted on decorative slates, wooden shadow boxes, whip racks, letterboxes, and keepsake tins, along with gorgeous championship ribbons. Along with the three year-end high point trophies awarded, the MHC also offers two annual scholarship awards. This year’s Dorothy Potter Scholarship went to Christina Cooper and Nicole Barberio, and the Board of Governor’s Scholarship was awarded to David Wise. The Esther Byrd Memorial Trophy for High Point Morgan English Pleasure was presented to Judith Cherry and DRF Immortal Mae. The Dorothy Connors Memorial Trophy for High Point Hunter Rider was given to Skylar Fields
hite Haven Farm in Upton, Mass., will be hosting their Spring Lecture with Katrina Altmaier, DVM, on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. The lecture this year will focus on the growing tick problem in New England that has developed over recent years and the diseases they often carry that can affect horses, such as Lyme disease and Anaplasma. “It’s such an important issue to discuss and really be up to date on,” says Donna White of White Haven Farm. “We’ve seen horses with some really weird symptoms over the years. Five or six years ago it was always Lyme disease, but there are so many different diseases being spread now.” Ticks are a lot more prevalent than ever before and they continue to pose a threat to animals and humans even throughout the winter months. Hunters in Maine this winter found an alarming number of dead cow moose and their calves completely covered in ticks that many believe caused their deaths. Donna remembers a time when there weren’t any ticks in Maine or Vermont at all, but that is clearly no longer the case. “We’re having more and more problems because the ticks are out 12 months a year now,” she says. The lecture will focus on teaching the similarities of common tick-borne diseases, clinical differences, available diagnostic tests, and currently recommended treatment options. The fee is $25 to attend and there is limited enrollment. For more information on the clinic or to sign up, call 508-5293388. To learn more about White Haven Farm, visit www.whitehavenfarm.com.
and the Marilyn Shea Memorial Trophy for High Point Pleasure Horse was awarded to Black Eyed Susan and Allie Powers. Following the ceremony, DJ Greg Beddard fired up the music to finish the evening celebrating the 2011 Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council year-end champions with dancing and a great time. For more information and the complete list of year-end champions, visit www. MAHorseCouncil.com. MAY 2012
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for green horses and riders as well as for more experienced riders to dust off the winter cobwebs. This year, the show committee welcomes Kim Jungherr back to her roots to judge the hunter classes. Joe Lombard is a perennial favorite in the pleasure ring, and the committee is pleased to have him back again this year. Last year’s Dressage High Score rider Katherine Dwyer The show used to be held on one aboard Aly’s Crown Jewel. day, encompassing hunter, pleasure, and equitation classes with the morning session in the enclosed sand ring, with the jumping phase the large ring devoted to a Dressage division. being held over the professionally designed Shortly after current management took over, and built outside course. This is a modified it became obvious that the show could not cross-country phase, and allows horses and properly accommodate everybody with this riders an early spring schooling competition format and the Weston Dressage & Two-Phase with affordable entry fees. Dressage divisions include USDF Introductory Event was born. On Sunday, the dressage classes take place in continued on page 68
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and USEF Training Level classes. There are Pre-Elementary, Elementary, Beginner Novice and Novice two-phase divisions. Judy Travers-Lawless will be manning the judge’s booth at this year’s show. Both competitions take place at the Ruth B. Dickson Memorial Rings on Concord Road in Weston, Mass. New volunteers are always welcome, and there are plenty of jobs available for non-horsey parents! Weston-Wayland Open Spring Horse Show, Inc. is a nonprofit organization which is run soley for the benefit of the former 4-H Rings located on town conservation land. As such, all volunteer jobs also qualify for high school community service hours. For further information and prize lists, visit www.westonshows.com, email email@example.com, or call Linda Cabot at 508-788-9181.
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he Connecticut Horse Symposium was held on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18 at the University of Connecticut’s Horsebarn Hill Arena in Storrs, Conn. The event was sponsored by the Department of Animal Science and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut as well as Beneath the Sheaths Equine Cleaning. It featured a fantastic, diverse vendor fair, clinicians, and demonstrations. There were many vendors Jessica Chickering discusses barefoot trimming with a present including feed companies, group of attendees. tack shops, unique horse product suppliers, and horse clubs and nonprofit organiza- found a home with some attendees! Jessica tions. The symposium staff would like to thank the demonstrated barefoot trimming on Robbie vendors for their support of this event, and looks while discussing her evaluation of the horse’s forward to working with them again next year, in age, sex, breed, hoof health, and whole body health history and how she uses that addition to finding new sponsors and vendors! On Saturday, T.R. Potts of Potts Performance to help the horse move more effectively and Horses gave two clinics: one on improving your naturally. On Sunday, Dr. Michael Stewart and horsemanship skills for better Western Pleasure and one on improving your trail performance. Kristen Guadagnino presented two clinics In the first clinic, T.R. used fundamental drills on the biomechanics of performance horses. to teach the riders how to refine their horse- In the first one, Dr. Stewart discussed manship skills in order to more effectively common issues seen in performance horses communicate with their horse and improve and how it relates to riders and trainers with their chances of success in Western Pleasure Kristen longeing the horse, demonstrating classes. In the second clinic, using different exercises that will help improve your horse’s obstacles encountered on the trail and in the performance. In the second clinic, Kristen Dr. Michael Stewart presenting his Biomechanics ring, T.R. taught the riders how to enhance their instructed riders on how to execute the exer- of Performance Horses demonstration. horsemanship skills in order to more effectively cises discussed in the first clinic and helped communicate with their horse and increase their them to improve their horse’s performance Stephanie Rypsyc, Jessica Upham, Meagan Grady, and Kaitlin Way. success in trail classes. He is an outstanding based on the issues discussed by Dr. Stewart. If you would like to be on the mailing list for A great time was had by all! Thanks to teacher and after the clinic, more than one rave all participants and attendees. The money next year’s symposium, are interested in review from a participant was heard. The UConn Morgan Drill Team gave a generated from this event goes to support becoming a sponsor, vendor, speaker, or wish to thrilling St. Patrick’s Day performance next, future symposiums, equine research, and give a demonstration, call Dr. Jenifer Nadeau at which delighted the audience. That was followed equine extension programs. Three University 860-486-4471, fax her at 860-486-4375, or by an exciting demonstration involving jumping of Connecticut independent study students, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, don’t by the UConn Equestrian Team and Coach two work study students, and one graduate forget to visit www.animalscience.uconn.edu/ student were involved in the planning, orga- equine/extension/extensionEvents.php for more Alena Meacham. The second half of Saturday included a nizing, and running of this event along with upcoming events and information! Our popular Barefoot Hoof Trimming Clinic by Jessica Dr. Jenifer Nadeau. This event would not riding camp horsemanship safety clinic will be Chickering. Jess Upham, a student at UConn have been possible without their hard work held on June 2. We look forward to seeing you who helped with the symposium, was able to and dedication. Alma Farnsworth also greatly at next year’s symposium to be held March 2 provide a rescue horse named Robbie for the assisted Dr. Nadeau with ideas for sponsors and and 3, 2013! Don’t miss out on this great clinic. By the end of the day, Robbie had even vendors. The students included: Daniel Palmer, educational opportunity!
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Erica and Julia Thalmann and Kristyn Rice of Mystic Pony Club get ready for the “In The Barn” phase.
The Senior D qualifying team: Julia and Erica Thalmann, Melissa Billings, and Rachel McGregor.
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he New York/Upper Connecticut Region of the United States Pony Clubs (USPC) held its qualifying Quiz Rally on March 25 at Post University, in Waterbury, Conn. Quiz is a non-riding team competition where Pony Club members show their knowledge and skills in horse management and rally rules for dressage, eventing, mounted games, polocrosse, show jumping, and tetrathlon. Additional questions are asked about foxhunting, polo, vaulting, distance riding, safety, and veterinary care. Seventy-five members from nine clubs participated—many attempting to qualify for a spot on a regional team that will compete at the Pony Club Championships in Lexington, Va., July 25-29. The following are results from the Quiz Rally: The first place Junior D team from Granby Pony Club included team members Teagan Lapuk, Anna Lombardo, Megan Stanyard, and Emma Forster. The first place Senior D team from Shetucket Valley Pony Club was comprised of Carlie Poworoznek, Melissa Billing, Corrina McKelvey, and Rachel McGregor. And the first place C team was made up of Suzanne Dunn, Chiara Salati, Erin Salati, and Olivia Gamsu from the Brumbies, Millbrook, and Sleeping Giant Pony Clubs. The following competitors qualified to compete at USPC Championships in July: In the C and Upper Level divisions, Chiara Salati of Brumbies Pony Club, Emilia Blakeslee of Shetucket Valley 70
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Pony Club, Julia Reynolds of Old Chatham Pony Club, and Courtney Whitelock of Running Fox Pony Club made the cut. In the Senior D division, eight members qualified, creating two teams. On Team A are Erica Thalmann and Julia Thalmann of Mystic Pony Jennifer Garber holds Nimo during the “In the Barn” Club and Melissa Billings and Rachel phase, along with fellow teammates from Oakendale McGregor of Shetucket Valley Pony Pony Club. Club. On Team B are Carlie Poworoznek and Corrina McKelvey of Shetucket Valley Pony Club, Isabel Battista of Brumbies Pony Club, and Kirstyn Rice of Mystic Pony Club. The Junior D division qualified seven competitors, also creating two teams. Team A will be made up of Rose Battista of Brumbies Pony Club, Morgan Antonazzo of Running Fox Pony Club, Kelsey Magoveny of Sleeping Giant Pony Club, and Kylie Shingleton of Oakendale Pony Club. Team B includes Teagan Lapuk of Granby Pony Club, Jennifer Garber of Oakendale Pony Club, and Alessia Salati of Brumbies Pony Club. The Senior D “B” qualifying team: Carlie Poworoznek, Next up for the New York/Upper Corrina McKelvey, Kirstyn Rice, and Isabel Battista. Connecticut Region will be their qualifying rallies for games on May 6 at Mitchell University, Mitchell Farm, and Kent School for Farm in Salem, Conn.; show jumping and dres- their continued support. For more information about the United sage June 16-17 at Kent School in Connecticut; and eventing and tetrathlon on June 30, also at States Pony Club and local clubs, visit www. Kent School. The region is very grateful to Post ponyclub.org.
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Mass. Farm Bureau Members Rally to Help Rescued HoRses
he call came in late on Thursday, March 8 asking for help. The Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) and Animal Rescue League (ARL) were in the midst of a major rescue effort, taking in 32 malnourished Miniature horses. But these little animals presented a big problem—there was not enough hay to feed them. Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) was notified of the situation, reached out to its members for assistance, and within a matter of hours, was able to secure an ample donation of hay to nourish the abused animals. Finding good hay at this time of year isn’t easy, however, and there is a shortage due to the fact that 2011 was one of the wettest growing seasons on record. Because of all the moisture
The Mini horses surrendered to the MSPCA and Animal Rescue League were treated for intestinal parasites, malnutrition, rain rot, and hoof problems resulting from neglect.
from summer storms and snowfall in October, it was difficult for the hay to dry properly in the field. On top of that, all hay is not created equal; first cut hay tends to be very fibrous and difficult for Mini horses to digest. Second cut hay is rich in nutrients and more suitable to
their dietary needs. The response was typical of the Farm Bureau membership—quick, quiet, and effective. Farmers from Dunstable, Littleton, Newburyport, Stoughton and Taunton, Mass., pitched in to help the unfortunate equines. Family members helped load bales of hay onto large trucks to be hauled to the MSCPA farm in Methuen, and the ARL’s facility in continued on page 74
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Piscataqua Hounds Hunter Pace Series Set to kick off on June 2 By cheryl Bucklin nileS
The second of the series will be the 10th Annual Woods, Water & Wildlife (WW & W) Pace to support Moose Mountains Regional Greenways on August 11, 2012, also to be held at Branch Hill Farm/ Steve Lyons riding Jasmine, Carole Lyons riding Monet, Bill Wormell CSFCT in Milton riding Tey, and Renee Wormell riding Raffle at a previous hunter pace. Mills, N.H. There will be lunch for sale at the WW Berwick, Maine, at Houston Horse Farm in & W Festival. Admission to the event is the fall. For more information please contact Cheryl always free for our riders. It’s a wonderful mix of talks, exhibits, raffles, hay rides, and Niles at 200 Sixth Street, Dover, NH 03820, call 603-749-0452, or email piscataquahounds@ much more! The third pace of the series is still to be comcast.net. You can also download forms from determined, and will take place in North www.piscataquahounds.com.
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Dedham. Over 220 bales of hay were donated to aid in the recovery of the Minis! “When a situation like this presents itself, it’s the Farm Bureau that gets called on to help out,” said Richard Bonanno, MFBF President. “The Farm Bureau works to support agriculture in the Commonwealth, but as our members have demonstrated, it’s not only farmers who reap the benefits.” The effort was coordinated at MFBF’s Marlborough headquarters, where staff contacted Farm Bureau members who produce hay as a commodity. MFBF would like to thank the individuals who stepped up to the plate and met this challenge. They are: Lisa and William Colby of Colby Farm in Newburyport, Arthur Lopes of Taunton, Charles
McNamara of McNamara Farm in Stoughton, Dan Pickard of Indian Hill Farm in Littleton, and Charles Tully of Tully Farm in Dunstable, Mass. These individuals contributed the hay, and in some instances delivered it themselves, so that the emaciated equines would have appropriate forage to begin their road to recovery. The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation is a nonprofit, member-driven organization representing 6,100 family members across the Commonwealth. Its mission is “to protect the rights, encourage the growth, and be of service to its members, in the best interest of agriculture.” For more information, contact Dr. A. Richard Bonanno, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, by calling 978-361-5650, emailing rich@ mfbf.net, or visiting www. massfarmbureau.com.
his year’s Piscataqua Hounds Hunter Pace Series kick-off will be June 2, 2012 at Branch Hill Farm/Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust (CSFCT) in Milton Mills, N.H. A snack will be provided in the morning, as well as a stirrup cup and a light lunch. The brave riders rode through pouring rain at this event last June; hence, there will be a rain date this year on June 3. Though soaked, most reported having a great day at last year’s event, and participants this year can look forward to the same. The views of Branch and Salmon Falls Rivers from the tote roads and the gapable jumps are spectacular! There were also some participants who were out for their first hunter pace last year that became addicted to the sport; returning for more in August and September.
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ewksbury Hospital Equestrian (T.H.E.) Farm in Tewksbury, Mass., will be hosting their annual 5K Run/Walk this year on Saturday, May 5. The 5K run or walk will take participants through the beautiful countryside surrounding T.H.E. Farm. This is a fun-filled event that also helps out a great cause. “It’s not just about raising money,” said Susan Lorenti, President of T.H.E. Farm. “It’s also about raising awareness of our mission—to enrich lives through the healing power of horses.” The course begins and ends at the horse barn at T.H.E Farm. While the horses have the morning off, runners will start the trek up ‘Horsebreak Hill,’ then trot through the historic architecture of the hospital’s stone buildings. Participants will then continue on and enter the trail route winding through beautiful farmland and fields to gallop to the finish. The start time for the event is 9:00 a.m. for runners and 8:45 a.m. for walkers. There is a $25 entry fee for participants, and T.H.E. Farm asks that runners also obtain sponsors this year in order to raise more money. The first 100 participants to register
will receive a free backpack, so be sure to enter early to get one! There will be water stops available along the route for participants, and there will be snacks and beverages offered at the end of the race. Each runner who finishes the race will be awarded a horse ribbon for their participation. T.H.E. Farm will also be holding their Helicopter Golf Ball Drop on the same day as the 5K in hopes that some of the runners and their families will hang around a little longer and watch it take place at 1:00 p.m. Participants can buy numbered golf balls for $20 each or three for $50, which are then taken up into a helicopter and dropped over a hole on the golf course. The participant whose ball lands closest to the hole will win $1,500, with second place receiving $500 and third place receiving $250. “The Golf Ball Drop is our second largest fundraiser,” said Lorenti. “It is a lot of fun to watch and our pilot gets a kick out of showing off a little!” Come support T.H.E. Farm on this exciting day. For more information on T.H.E. Farm and their upcoming fundraisers, visit www.t-h-e-farm.org.
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Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center to Host second AnnuAl Hoe down FundrAiser
proceeds go directly toward the Greenlock TRC program and horses. For more information, please email greenlocktrc@gmail. com or visit www. greenlock.org.
MSPCA at Nevins Farm Hosts equine PHysicAl tHerAPy lecture
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Elliott Jakabhazy, a student at Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, riding Stellar with the help of handler Alicia Hoffman.
n March 23, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm hosted a presentation by Jennifer Brooks, PT, MEd, CERP, and owner of Equine Rehab Services, now called Horse ‘n Hound Physical Therapy, on how physical therapy can benefit equine patients recovering from muscularskeletal or neurological injuries and illnesses. The presentation was part of the MSPCA’s March Equine Guest Lecture Series, which offered weekly lectures by equine professionals. The over 20 attendees were interactive and curious as they learned the basics on choosing a physical therapist and how physical therapy can benefit their horse. They asked many questions, experienced modalities like electrical-stimulation treatments directly, and gained important knowledge to help them better preventatively care for their horse’s physical well-being through regular stretching techniques and
cross-training exercises. Proceeds from the Equine Guest Lecture Series benefit the MSPCA’s Equine Center. The MSPCA at Nevins Farm is the only open admission animal care and adoption center for horses and farm animals in the region, and has been greatly impacted by the tough economy. The nonprofit has experienced four straight years of record equine surrenders, with 80 arriving in 2011. For more information on the adoption process visit www. mspca.org/nevins, or contact the Equine Center staff at 978-6877453 x6113.
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anheath Hunt Club will hold their Spring Hunter Pace on June 10 at Tyrone Farm in Pomfret, Conn. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and teams may ride out between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. There are four divisions in this hunter pace: Hunters, for those who want to run and jump; Hilltoppers, for those who move at a moderate pace and pick and choose fences; Trailblazers, for anyone who likes to relax and enjoy the scenery while riding; and Juniors, for any team that has at least one rider under the age of 18. Western riders are encouraged to compete. The pace will be about 8 miles long, taking riders around the farm and the surrounding countryside. Participants will be able to canter along the edge of the hay fields, trot along wooded lanes, and just enjoy the spectacular view from the top of Prospect Hill. The crosscountry course on the farm will be included.
There is a variety of jumps, all optional, that range in height from 18'' to 3'. Entrants will have the opportunity to jump banks, ditches, logs, cord wood, coops, a snake fence, an aiken, and numerous downed trees left from last year’s hurricane. The pace will be set by one of the Masters of Tanheath Hunt. Ribbons will be awarded to tenth place in each division. Teams are also eligible to compete in the Tanheath Pace series—the second pace will be held on September 9 at Babcock Hill Equestrian Center in Coventry, Conn. The pre-entry fee is $35. Post entries will be accepted the day of the pace at a $40 fee. Visit www.tanheathhunt.com for more information and entry forms, or call Melanie at 508-579-4840 with any questions. Don’t miss the opportunity to ride at historic Tyrone Farm in late spring when the property is lush and in full bloom. You won’t be disappointed.
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Orion is a 10-year-old chestnut Quarter Horse gelding. Orion has wonderful ground manners and very comfortable gaits; he has only been ridden in a hackamore. Orion’s previous owner played Parelli games with him. He needs a strong intermediate rider that rides western.
Bear is a 9-year-old dark bay Arabian gelding. He came to the MSPCA as a stallion without much training, though he was easy to handle even as a stallion. He is sweet, smart, handsome, and has great manners. We have been working with him extensively on the ground, and he has loads of potential. Bear is looking for an experienced home to start him under saddle.
Maggie is a 16-year-old, 15.3 H, Quarter Horse mare. This girl is a blast to ride! She has been ridden both hunt seat and western, and loves to go! With wonderful ground manners, she’s a pleasure to work around. She stands quiet for the vet, farrier, on the cross ties, and to be clipped. Maggie loves to be groomed! Undersaddle, this girl would do best with an experienced rider who has soft hands and a good seat.This hearty girl is barefoot and enjoys work.
Save the Date! Horses Helping Horses Spring Trail Ride Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle, MA We have many horses available. Check out our website to see which one may be right for you!
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The first pleasure ride of the season will be on May 25-27, 2012.
GMHA’s pleasure rides are fun for riders of all ages and abilities.
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f you and your horse are up for some of the most memorable trail riding imaginable in the heart of Vermont’s verdant Green Mountains, then mark your calendar for GMHA’s Memorial Day Pleasure Ride on May 25-27. Participants can ride on one or all three days, stable onsite at GMHA’s permanent stables, or trailer in each day. This historic event, open to GMHA members and non-members, is known for its stunning scenery, diverse trails (no two rides are ever the same!), and abundant social opportunities. “GMHA offers the right combination of logistical support, the company of other riders, and the opportunity to enjoy some quality time with my Arab mare,” says Dana Bingham of Williston, Vt. “The trails are perfectly marked, challenging but safe, and breathtakingly beautiful.” GMHA’s Memorial Day Pleasure Ride begins and ends at the club’s facilities in South Woodstock, Vt. Daily trails are clearly marked, often with short and long loop options. Trail distances vary between 5 to 18 miles. Participants attend a morning briefing and then are free to ride the trails at their own pace. A catered lunch, included in your entry fee, is served at a scenic spot on trail; in the event of bad weather, lunch is served at the GMHA Youth Center. 80
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The trails surrounding GMHA are considered by many to be among the best in the world, enabling you to take in Vermont’s natural beauty from horseback. “The trails are diverse. There are beautiful country roads and riding by and through elegant estates,” says Linda Bennett of Kensington, N.H., who is a regular at GMHA’s spring and fall trail rides. Each day, riders embark on a unique course of trails, many of which are open to participants for only that day. This enables even our most veteran equestrians to experience new trails each time they join us for a ride. A typical day of riding includes a variety of wooded trails, country roads, and open fields with magnificent vistas. Permanent stabling is available at GMHA, where horses can relax in 10' x 10' matted stalls with drop down grates. Accommodations for riders can be found in a variety of local bed and breakfasts, inns, rental homes, and campgrounds. “I love hanging out at GMHA because I know my horse is comfortable and secure in her stall, and there are always people around to learn from, including experienced and friendly staff,” says Nancy Folbre, of Montague, Mass. Besides quality time in the saddle, the Memorial Day Pleasure Ride (and its
counterpart Fall Foliage Ride) holds many great opportunities for socializing. A Friday night dinner provides equestrians with the chance to enjoy a tasty meal while connecting with others to recap the day’s adventures. GMHA has a special surprise planned for this year’s Memorial Day Ride dinner, which is sure to please attendees. “There are many levels of companionship to enjoy,” says Bennett. “There are your good friends that you see regularly, but I particularly like reconnecting with friends I see only at GMHA. I’ll be going to pleasure rides until I’m unable to mount my horse!” Some riders make the Pleasure Ride Weekend a full vacation getaway, taking advantage of many area attractions, including Woodstock, Vt. Known as one of the “prettiest small towns in America,” Woodstock offers great shopping, restaurants, art galleries, a spa, golf course, and much more. For those who can’t get enough of the trails, incredible hiking and biking opportunities abound. As Bingham aptly sums it up: “The GMHA trail events are a great way to take a vacation with your horse. They are so relaxing, and it is wonderful to be able to spend time without having to deal with the stress, early wake up calls, and preparation that can come with showing. The horses also love it!” For more details, please visit www. gmhainc.org, and download our Trail Omnibus or contact the GMHA office at 802-457-1509.
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of
National Trails Day—Hosted by BSTRA, Inc. Sat., June 2 — 10 am — Greenbriar Recreation Area Hodges Village Dam, Oxford, MA Help raise money for trails on NTD Free NTD T-Shirt for first 50 registered participants.
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Registration Fee: x Adults—$15 x Children under Equestrians 12—$10 x Course is approximately x $10 for lunch only 8 miles Free parking
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y now you should have received a direct mailing with the list of rides and club events planned for 2012. If you are a paid member of CTRA and haven’t gotten one, please call me at 860-309-4507 or email email@example.com. As I sit here putting our news together in mid-March, the sun is pouring through my picture window, it’s about 70 degrees, and my horses in the main pasture have all made their way down to the pond at some point to go wading and splashing and then flopped down and rolled. It is so The entrance of CTRA’s Camp Boardman. nice to be able to leave the kitchen door open so the pooches can come and go can meet in the pavilion and pitch in to at will and I’m not playing ‘doorman’ to help set up/clean up. There will also be all the four-legged creatures we share our a ‘gourmet’ pancake breakfast hosted by Karen Dilger on Sunday morning—bring house with. In club news, the Camp Boardman a hearty appetite as there is a rumor going cleanup was the weekend of April around that the pancakes will be some21-22 and the official camp opening was thing special! The next ride offered will be held on the weekend of April 28-29. Camp opening weekend was also a lot the weekend of June 2-3, hosted by me. The ride will include parts of White holding weekend. The first trail ride on the CTRA Memorial Foundation as well as some schedule for 2012 is the weekend of dirt roads in the reservoir abutting the May 12-13. This ride will include the nature preserve. There will be a couple beautiful wooded trails and dirt/gravel of places during the ride for those carriage roads at White Memorial who’d like to get in a nice canter, to circle Foundation in Litchfield and Morris, around and rejoin the slower paced equesConn. This will be a slower to moderate trians. Overall this will be a more moderate paced ride, for all those who haven’t been paced ride. There are still plenty of weekends open able to get into condition yet. For complete details and reservations, please contact me for members who would like to offer to host either by cell at 860-309-4507 or email rides. Please contact me to get your rides on the schedule. firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see everyone at camp or out The next scheduled event will be held at Camp Boardman on Memorial on the trails. This year I’m going to Day weekend. This is also a lot holding attempt to bring Scootch my camping weekend. The first item on the roster pooch riding with us. I found him a of things to do will include a horseshoe mesh backpack, so he can enjoy the tournament at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, great outdoors! Keep safe and enjoy May 26, followed by a potluck supper at your equines. For more information on the Connecticut 6:00 p.m. and then Bingo. The horseshoe tournament will be hosted by the Dilger Trail Rides Association, visit www.ct-trailFamily; the potluck supper will not have rides.org as well as our group and page an official host, but everyone attending on Facebook. 82
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he Maine Horse Association (MHA) would like to introduce another of the new directors in this month’s column. Peggy Drummey is definitely not new to the horse world, having owned and enjoyed horses for the past 33 years. She has built and cleaned stalls, driven trailers, made suits, been a grounds person and kept all the horses at home while loving every minute of it. All three of her children have shown, but her son traded riding in for hockey and soccer. Her oldest daughter was very successful on the Maine circuit and her youngest daughter was a successful national rider, competing on both the Saddlebred and Morgan circuits. They traveled to the UPHA/American Royal National Championship in Kansas City six times and to the Morgan finals in Oklahoma twice, bringing home many awards and memories. When the children aged out of equitation, Peggy managed the NEHC Saddle Seat Medal Finals. It grew and developed, attracting many riders from New England and other surrounding states. She also started and ran the East Coast Equitation Event, which was an equitation final for both the 18 and under riders as well as for the Walk-Trot riders. One day Peggy found herself home with a horse that needed work and all of her children were in college or beyond, so she began riding at age 50. She then decided to do the big “no-no” and buy a green horse for a beginner rider. But for the past nine years Peggy has been developing her riding skills on her special Friesian. She says she is lucky to have such a great partner. As it is with potato chips, you can’t have one horse and she has been collecting again. Now, her two granddaughters are riding and showing in Walk-Trot and Leadline. “I am lucky to be able to share my passion with my daughters and granddaughters,” Peggy says. By the time you read this, the organization’s shows will have begun. Most of the Maine events rely not only on your support in the show ring, but also on your support in sponsoring classes. Breed clubs, businesses, and individuals can sponsor their favorite classes or events. The horse world has had a couple of short years due to the economy, so let’s all get together and make this a really great season. Would you like to take part in the behind the scenes part of the competitions? All of the events need volunteers, all you have to do is call the manager of the show. The MHA sponsored event, the Downeast Horse Congress is coming soon. This show has classes for nearly all breeds, English, western pleasure, equitation, hunter/ jumper, and even dressage. There are also many welcoming activities and double points for MHA members. For more information on the MHA, visit www.mainehorseassoc.com. See you at the shows!
Bay State Trail Riders Association MeMbers AnticipAte nAtionAl trAils dAy by lisA GriGAitis
s I sit down to write this article, we are in the midst of some of the most beautiful weather for the month of March, consisting of almost a whole week of weather in the 60s. If you are working like me, you probably won’t be able to get out and enjoy a nice ride but at least our days are now longer and we will have an extra hour in the evening to go to the barn and spend time with the horses in daylight instead of darkness. Bay State Trail Riders Association (BSTRA) is gearing up for a busy season with many rides planned and even some new locations. Check out our calendar of events on our website at www.bstra.org. As we move into spring, we should all be thinking about what ways we can improve the trails that we ride on. BSTRA will be hosting many trail work days, and you might even want to organize your own work day. We have already held work days on: April 14 at West Hill Dam in Uxbridge, Mass.; April 22 was the Earth Day cleanup in Douglas, Mass., as well as on the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) in Bellingham, Mass.; and April 28 was the Park Serve Day cleanup in Upton, Mass. Up next will be our National Trails Day event, which will take place on June 2. Please see the BSTRA website for more information on this event.
National Trails Day
BSTRA is planning a 20th Anniversary Celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Greenbriar Recreation Area of Army Corps of Engineers’ Hodges Village Dam in North Oxford, Mass. Why is this such a big celebration? Because if there was just one day of the year that defined what BSTRA is all about, it is National Trails Day! National Trails Day (NTD) exists to encourage all Americans to get outside, connect with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments, as well as federal land managing agencies to experience, appreciate, and celebrate trails—the natural places where they can find scenery, peace, happiness, and health. Dedicated volunteers, outdoor enthusiasts, trail lovers, and those new to the outdoors are all key ingredients to National Trails Day. It’s a time to give back to the trails and introduce new people to the outdoors. In 2011, more than 330,000 trail enthusiasts participated in more than 2,000 NTD events
nationwide, and 38,300 volunteers contributed 188,833 hours of volunteer labor—worth more than $4 million—at 799 trail work projects. More than 3,400 miles of trails were maintained or constructed by volunteer groups. Other participants hiked or walked 5,026 miles, paddled 386 miles, rode horseback for 885 miles and biked nearly 2,600 miles. It is in that spirit of National Trails Day that BSTRA holds an annual NTD fundraising event to raise money for Massachusetts trail projects. New England Horse and Trail (NEHT) affiliated and open to both BSTRA members and the public, the event offers marked trails for horseback riding and hiking—an opportunity to get the whole family out to enjoy the beautiful trails. After spending time on the scenic trails of Hodges Village Dam, participants will return to the parking area for lunch, there will be a presentation of awards, and a raffle of items donated by BSTRA’s many NTD business sponsors. Get your NTD papers in advance and collect tax-deductible sponsor contributions for Massachusetts trail improvements. There is no registration fee when you collect $50 or more on your NTD papers (checks are to be made payable to BSTRA, Inc.). The six participants bringing in the largest dollar amount in sponsor contributions will each be awarded generous prize packages to thank them for their efforts. Please visit www.bstra.org to print your NTD papers. Collections must be turned in at the registration table by 11:00 a.m. in order to qualify for awards. Regardless of which way you choose to participate, 100% of the money raised from this fundraiser will be used for trail projects.
Riders taking part in BSTRA’s 2011 National Trails Day event.
On another note, in March, club president Becky Kalagher opened the Wednesday night lecture series at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Mass. She gave a presentation on preserving trails and how you can get involved, along with a segment on trail etiquette and safety. If there are any groups or organizations that would be interested in having such a presentation made, please contact BSTRA at bstra@ charter.net. We hope to see you in May at our Spring Hunter Pace. That’s always a lot of fun for both horse and rider. If you are interested in helping out the day before for set up or the day of the pace, we would be grateful. Many hands make a very successful event. Please contact Sharron at email@example.com for volunteering. For more information on the Bay State Trail Riders Association, visit www.bstra.org.
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Lincoln MKS. We felt that along with revitalizing our luxury products, it was also important to create partnerships with prestigious organizations—like the Norfolk Hunt Club—that share our same commitment to excellence.” For more information on Lincoln’s luxury line of cars, visit www.lincoln.com. Grounds for Celebration is also being supported by friends and sponLincoln Joins Grounds for sors including Bully Boy Distillers, Celebration Lincoln, the luxury car maker, is partnering Harpoon Brewery, 90+Cellars, and with the Norfolk Hunt Club to become a Grogan and Company. The event is expecting a sell out platinum sponsor of Grounds for Celebration, the club’s biennial fundraiser to preserve and crowd and tickets will not be sold at the protect land for recreational use. The gala event, door. Guests are encouraged to reserve which takes place under a tent at the Norfolk tickets now for the “Prohibition” Hunt Steeplechase Course on the evening of themed evening, which includes cockMay 24, will feature new Lincoln car models tails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent and on display. Lincoln test drives will be offered live auctions, and music and dancing Aiden Kennedy, son of show chair Catherine Kennedy throughout Memorial Day weekend, including to the Grammy nominated band, and trainer Cormac Kennedy, at the 2011 Norfolk Hunt during the Norfolk Hunt Horse Show and the Bellevue Cadillac. Horse Show. For further information on Grounds Norfolk Derby Cross. Jim Kieran, a representative for the car for Celebration visit www.norfolkhunt.com the class highlights include a $2,500 Hunter company, said, “Lincoln is proud to be a sponsor and to purchase tickets, contact sarah@sarah- Derby and $5,000 in prize money in the jumper ring. Last year, many local riders of the Norfolk Hunt Club’s Grounds for monaco.com. walked away with cash, ribbons and trophies, Celebration gala event. At the start of including Norfolk Hunt member Lucy 2011, Lincoln set out to re-invent the brand’s Norfolk Hunt Horse Show luxury driving experience. This begins “The Norfolk Hunt Horse Show is boasting Hemenway, who took home a blue ribbon with seven new products in the next few $10,000 in prize money this year, and encour- in the $500 Mor Linn Farm Jumper Classic years, including the newly designed 2013 aging local show barns to come out with junior and Cyndy van der Meer of Saddle Rowe in and adult competitors Medway, Mass., who won top honors in the alike,” stated Catherine Hunter Derby. The outdoor setting at the Norfolk Kennedy of Mor Linn Farm. Catherine, a Hunt Steeplechase Course provides lots of room Norfolk Hunt member, for viewing the action in the rings, and ample is chairing the event parking affords space for cars and trailers of all this May. The show—a sizes. Last year, spectators were able to cheer New England tradi- competitors representing many local barns and tion for 102 years—is trainers including Ron Zohar of Shining Valley; commonly attended Karen McCarthy, Jeanie Clarke, and Cormac by many of the top Kennedy of Mor Linn; the Norfolk Hunt local show barns and Stables; Saddle Rowe; Little Acorn; and many Catherine is expecting more. A fabulous day out for young riders, the short an even larger crowd at this year’s event, which stirrup ring is always buzzing. There are also is set for May 26-27. several leadline classes where the youngest riders The friendly, inviting can show off their talents. In addition to their show atmosphere offers ribbon, children receive a goodie bag filled with a class for every rider, sweet treats at the end of each class. Great food, shopping at the vendor booths, from hunters to jumpers and a visit from the Norfolk Hunt hounds to equitation. This year, some of make the Norfolk Hunt Horse Show a great Owen Hughes and Simba at the 2011 Norfolk Derby Cross. orfolk’s spring hunting season began in mid-April with good-sized fields of riders and enthusiastic volunteers. Many members of the field had sent their horses south for the winter months, so they were particularly excited to be reunited with their equine partners and to start foxhunting again. Norfolk’s spring season continues through the end of May.
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weekend event the whole family can enjoy. For more information, contact Catherine Kennedy at 617-817-2702 or fosterkennedy@ gmail.com.
Norfolk Derby Cross
Competitors in the Norfolk Hunt Derby Cross are encouraged to register early to save on entry fees. Pre-registration saves $5 off the cost of entering on May 28, the day of the event. Norfolk Hunt member and Derby Cross Chair Erica Foley commented, “We had a terrific response to our first ever Derby Cross last spring. This year, the event will be even better, as we have eliminated wait times for competitors. The courses will be set up for all levels and remain up for the day, so a Beginner Novice rider can follow an Elementary or Novice rider, without waiting for changes to be made to the course.” Norfolk Hunt Club member and master jump builder Patrick Keane will partner again this year with USEA Technical Delegate Jim Gornall, to design a course that incorporates the natural obstacles on the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course with show jumping challenges. Last year, Gornall commented, “It’s great to be here at the Steeplechase Course, as it brings back fond memories of my first eventing experience at this very site.” For more information on the Norfolk Hunt Derby Cross visit www.norfolkhunt. com or contact Erica Foley at 508-380-5181, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norfolk Spring Hunter Pace
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est Greenwich Horseman’s Association’s (WGHA) 2012 ride season is off and galloping. The weather was so ride-friendly that the club was able to host three winter soup rides! The second soup ride was held on February 18 at Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown, Conn. Celeste Santos and Linda Krul marked a fun ride and 12 participants came out for a cool winter stroll and hot soup prepared by Ida Sweet, President Lu, Celeste, and Darlene. On March 4, over 20 riders joined WGHA for its third winter soup ride. Ida hosted the event at Goddard Park in East Greenwich, R.I. The weather, again, was great and the footing was just what those barefoot horses needed. On March 11, Celeste hosted the great Equinox Daylight Savings Ride. An unbelievable 37 riders came to enjoy a perfect spring day. Celeste planned the event for later in the day and this clever idea
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After breaking attendance records last year, Norfolk Hunt member and Hunter Pace Chair Michael Paparo is expecting a large field of riders for Norfolk’s Spring Hunter Pace, to be held on June 3. “We have a great course encompassing over eight miles of trails in the heart of Norfolk’s hunt country,” said Mike. “As with all hunter paces, the early bird gets the worm, so we encourage teams to arrive early, and take advantage of our 8:00 a.m. start time.” Teams of two or three can compete in the event, with special prizes awarded for the best-matched teams. The Norfolk Hunter Pace offers Flat and Jumping divisions. Clearly marked trails show ways around all jumps for those riding in the Flat division. Jumps include a variety of natural obstacles found in Norfolk’s country, as well as stonewalls, coops, brush, hogbacks, logs and more. For further information on the Norfolk Hunter Pace, visit www.norfolkhunt.com or contact Michael Paparo at 401-651-3282 or email@example.com.
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Scenes from the Daylight Savings Ride at Pachaug State Forest.
brought participants from as far away as New Hampshire. Everyone commented on what a great day it was and of course, the soups make the ride! Please visit www.orgsites.com/ri/whga to see the details on our events and plan to be impressed! It’s never too late to become a member, sign up for the mileage program, volunteer to plan a ride, or just help out! MAY 2012
Yankee Walkers: Gaited Horses of New England SpotlightS membeR StoRieS Donna Randolf’s Versatility Adventures Submitted by donna Randolf
Ember and I just finished our first (out of eight) versatility class. What a great experience! You all know me, and I was a nervous wreck between the snow and ice, trailering in it, and bringing Ember somewhere different. But Todd, being the wonderful husband that he is, drove us there and back with no problems. Ember was her usual self, blowing and snorting with her tail over her back for the first 10 minutes. I started working her like I’ve been taught, and making her work until she started to listen to me. The trainer asked if I’d like someone to help me and I said, “No, I’m OK, I’ve got to learn how to deal with her.” And after 5-10 minutes of working hard in circles, she settled right down. For obstacles there was a wooden bridge, raised ground poles, a gate to open, to close, and to go through, mats to walk over, a fence to open, walk through, and close, and the super scary hanging tarp. Ember managed to pull it down from the rafters! After they repaired it, she eventually would go under and around it without too much trouble. She’ll get better. Each week the obstacles are going to get more challenging and I am looking forward to them. I feel so good about her…and me. What a great way to make the winter go by faster, and work with Ember instead of just having her “sit.”
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was lame. He pleaded, “Would you please ride my horse? I think there is something wrong with him.” Avis happily stepped up into the saddle and eased the horse forward, and with a light seat and her educated hands, the horse glided right into a perfect four beat gait like nothing she had ever experienced. The horse was one of the gaited Morgans, which was still common in the days before the smooth-gaited stock was culled in favor of the more popular trotting horses of that breed. At 71 years young, Avis tells this thrilling story like it was yesterday! Growing up among a family of Standardbred enthusiasts, Avis has a wealth of knowledge regarding breeding, movement and biomechanics. Her favorite horse was a Standardbred gelding she called Big Red. Big Red not only had a beautiful trot but with Avis’ patient guidance and educated seat and hands, he was able to perform: flatwalk, running walk, amble, working rack, racing rack, and of course, pace! Today, Avis and her husband Bruce have two Standardbred mares and several non-gaited Lipizzan youngsters that will be ready for sale in the spring. As their herd is reduced and the young stock is sold, Avis has decided it is time for her to purchase her “last” horse, which is gaited, of course! Maybe, she says, it will be a Rocky Mountain Horse. But whatever breed she chooses, it will certainly be one that reminds her of her all-time favorite horse, Big Red.
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While visiting a nearby barn in her late teens, club member Avis Hurley met an unskilled rider who was holding a beautiful horse that he thought
For the past 25-plus years, I’ve been fortunate enough to look out my window and see horses. As with most of us, we’ve had a lifelong passion and mine drifted specifically toward those
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weighing close to a ton. I got my first Percheron mare as a weanling and we had close to 20 years of riding and driving together. During that time, she gave me a beautiful filly, who in turn, over the years, gave me another filly. I consider myself lucky to have the chance to drive single as well as a mother-daughter combination. As much as I love driving, trail riding for me is the ultimate relaxer. I’ve ridden my big girls on the trail as well as a couple of draft crosses, but in the back of my mind I was yearning for a gaited horse. My first step was to contact Julie Dillon (gaited horse instructor and owner of Horse Feathers Riding Academy in Goffstown, N.H.). We spent time on the phone and she suggested some reading material to help understand the different gaited breeds and footfalls: Easy Gaited Horses by Lee Ziegler. From there, I did a lot of research on the web and ultimately corresponded (frequently) with Melissa Bailey at Walking After Midnight Farm in Cross Junction, Va. Keep in mind, I had never ridden a gaited horse, just heard about their smooth gait, which was intriguing versus the energy I was expending with drafts and draft crosses on the trail. So, for me the first order of business was to get the ‘gaited experience.’ Melissa invited me to her farm, and I rode maybe ten Tennessee Walkers over a few days and felt a huge smile cross my face on those ‘test drives.’ I fell in love with Cookie (aka: Ebony’s Molly Ann), an 8-year-old strawberry roan with flaxen mane and tail. I fell in love with her personality, looks and the smooth gait that was a dream! Selfishly, my goals are now to ride as often as I can; enjoy the social network of a couple local riding clubs; and ride in supreme comfort, because my ultimate goal is to be riding strong when I’m 90! Some of my friends said, “You bought what? All Tennessee Walkers are hyper, nervous and basically crazy!” However, that statement is far from the truth! Yes, Cookie is flashy but she is calm, sane, forward, and the smoothest ride on the planet. When I ride, I find myself laughing continued on page 87
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out loud! I’ve had Cookie since late fall, and we’ve trailered to meet friends on a number of rides, did ground driving and longe lining. And so the story continues—I boarded a flight recently to visit my brother in Indiana. Somehow we decided to drive to G&G Flat Shod Farms in Kentucky, and all of a sudden Cartier is part of my life! Cartier is a 7-year-old, 16.1 hand registered Tennessee Walker gelding. Of course, it’s all Cookie’s fault, as she’s been hounding me for a barn companion! Needless to say, I’m so excited. I rode him on the track; went for a trail ride through the woods, including water, ditches, and bridges and he was not phased! I am anxious for you all to meet him and Cookie on the trails all around New England.
Yankee Walkers is very lucky to have Ellen not only as a returning member but also as our club secretary and treasurer for 2012! We appreciate her organizational excellence, math skills, and wise advice. Yankee Walkers is also very pleased to have Nancy Kitchen as a returning member, and as our Trail Chair for 2012. Nancy is a very experienced rider, trail master, and gaited horse enthusiast. The club is also very appreciative of Jody Pellecchia, a new member, who also agreed to be our Show Points and Awards Chairperson for 2012!
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heTri-State Horsemen’s Association (TSHA) was formed 40 years ago to provide riders in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island areas with an opportunity to enjoy their horses in a fun, family atmosphere. The organization has grown over the years, and now offers members the opportunity to enjoy their horses at a weekend horse show series, dressage shows, trail rides, hunter paces and more! And TSHA is set to celebrate their 40th anniversary in style with lots of activities for its members! The big, new open show program book has hit the mailboxes, featuring “40 Years of TSHA” on the cover. If you did not receive it, look for one in your local tack shop or feed store. This year’s shows will be held on June 1-3, July 13-15, and August 17-19 at Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, Conn. The TSHA Open Show Committee has been working diligently to put together a great series for 2012. The committee has implemented many of the ideas and suggestions put forth by exhibitors and many
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he Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association (NWCDHA) has a group drive scheduled for May 6, 2012 (rain date May 20) at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, located at 125 Phelps Way in Pleasantville, N.Y. The most notable feature of the Preserve is the system of carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. Designed to complement the landscape, the carriage roads, many of which are accessible, allow visitors to experience and enjoy the natural wonders of the area. These scenic paths wind through wetlands, woodlands,
meadows, and fields and past streams, rivers, and lakes while traversing wood and stone bridges. The panoramic view of the Hudson River remains a spot of beauty for all who visit. The group will also be presenting a live haying demonstration in August, another trail ride for October, and the Fall Field Day in November. For more information on these events or joining our club, contact club president Tony Roswell at trozwell@ aol.com, visit www.northwestctdrafthorse. com, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NWCTDHA.
changes have been made to make the Tri-State Horsemen’s Association events better than ever! The class list has been revamped to provide classes for all exhibitors on both Saturday and Sunday, and new classes have been added. The changes being made include moving the Jumper divisions to Saturday afternoons, returning the Gymkhana divisions to Friday nights, and running all of the double-judged classics (including a new Saddle Seat Pleasure Classic and Western Pleasure Classic) on Saturday evening. Hunter riders will be pleased to note that Over Fences classes will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition, this year the show office will be located in the Belt Buckle Bar—sorry, no alcohol will be served! The open show has also instituted a Ribbon Buy-Back Program, for clean, pristine ribbons won during the weekend that the recipient does not wish to keep. The first dressage show of the season will soon take place, on May 5 at the Woodstock Fairgrounds. The show added Western Dressage to the regular class list this year. This new class is expected to be well received, although it will be strange to see the glitzy western riders warming up with the more traditional dressage riders! The new management of the dressage shows is working hard to keep them fresh and appealing, while continuing to offer exhibitors a well-run event with top judges and competition. The remaining dressage shows will be held on June 17 and July 29. The first TSHA trail ride of the season was held on April 22, at the Blessing of the Horses in Escoheag, R.I. TSHA Trail Chairwoman Flo Harmon has put together a great lineup of rides for 2012. The following dates are in place for the remaining rides: Governor’s Day Ride on May 12, Moonlight Ride and Cookout on August 4, and the popular Lobster Beach Ride on September 29. For more information on the Tri-State Horsemen’s Association, visit www. tristatehorsemen.com. Speaking of the website, it is your best source for up-to-the-minute information on all TSHA events and activities. It contains show information, scholarship guidelines, membership information and much, much more. Check it out! MAY 2012
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Erin Featherstone with Sportsmanship Award winner Kylie Abrego, Nora Andrews and Board Member Kristen Guadagnino.
Geoff and Logan Allison with Humanitarian Award winner Harpur Schwartz and Sally Vita Allison.
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e wanted to let you know what a wonderful time my family had at the banquet Saturday night. This was our first time attending and we thought everything was great. Our daughter had such a wonderful time.” That’s what one of the attendees at the Banquet stated. “It was fun!” said another. “It was just plain fun!” They were among the 480 who attended the 79th Connecticut Horse Shows Association (CHSA) Annual Awards Banquet held on March 3 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. This year a new prize, The Hal Vita, Sr. Humanitarian Award, was given by his family for those who strive for excellence in volunteering service to the equestrian world, schools and community. This perpetual award was presented to Harpur Schwartz for her outstanding contribution to the High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center. Another award was the Skylinvue High Point Challenge Trophy, given to the horse or rider actually accumulating the most points over the show season. This year’s winner was Hobgoblin, owned by the mother-daughter team of Teri and Melissa Henry of Ellington, Conn. Riding out of Oak Meadow Farm in East Windsor, Conn.,
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“Puck” acquired nearly 1,600 points in hunter, equitation and pleasure divisions over the 2011 show season. For the second year, the Challenge of the Barn Baskets was a focal point as folks bought tickets to vote for the barn basket they most wanted. Once again, Sarah Weaver and the Chestnut Hill Show Stables won the award with the amazing basket of horse items, goodies and services including a huge rideable stuffed pony on wheels. Second place in the contest was Oak Meadow Farm with their theme of three baskets, one for horses, one for trainers and one for kids with all kinds of party foods (chips, candy, etc). All proceeds from the barn baskets, raffle, and auction items go to the scholarship fund. A very delicious meal accompanied the presentation of ribbons and awards for more than 42 divisions. This was followed by dancing until midnight to the disco music of Joe “The Vaz.” Our thanks again to Chairman Deb Krawitz, and her Banquet Committee.
Harpur Schwartz wins Hal A. Vita, Sr. Humanitarian Award Submitted by ChriSten SCarpa
This year CHSA accepted a new year-end award. The Hal Vita, Sr. Humanitarian
Award was donated by his family in his honor and is open to all CHSA members who achieve excellence in volunteer services in the community as well as the equestrian world. This year the winner of the award is Harpur Schwartz. When Broadway, her little warmblood, began painfully foundering it opened up a new chapter in her life. After regaining his health he was retired to his new home at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center so he would have a purpose. This began one of the most meaningful parts of her life—her connection with the renowned riding center. That was in 2008, she was in eighth grade, and she has been volunteering there ever since. High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center in Old Lyme, Conn., offers a variety of therapeutic and educational programs that have proven the rhythm and movement of sitting and walking on a horse can improve the balance, strength and flexibility of a rider. This helps the rider mentally to communicate and form a bond with their horse, which gives them confidence, hope and pride, which can be life changing for them. Harpur is a volunteer horse leader. She even learned carriage driving so that she could give carriage rides to those unable to sit safely on a horse. She feels that horses are an autistic child’s perfect companion because they understand, react and listen without words. In 1962, Hal Vita, Sr., opened the doors of Shallowbrook Equestrian Center where he touched the lives of hundreds of adults, children and families who came through those stable doors. He founded the Connecticut Valley Hunt Club and coached generations of riders, including his own children, to national and state equestrian
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championships. Hal taught much more than the fundamentals of horsemanship; he instilled a lifetime of strength, courage and pride in each student who had the honor of riding with “Mr. Vita”. Ever since becoming a member of CHSA, Harpur has been a faithful volunteer. At the awards banquet, she has helped organize 70 excited young children waiting to receive their proper year-end ribbons and awards for the Parade of Champions. At every CHSA Finals she assisted in the secretary’s booth and was a great asset, helping to organize, oversee, and clean up the VIP tent. She even finds time to present ribbons to the winners! At such a young age, Harpur shows extraordinary charity and kindness. Humanitarianism can be described as an ethic of kindness, benevolence and sympathy extended universally and impartially to all human beings. Harpur gives 200% regardless of the return. She has integrity, is honest, truthful, responsible, and compassionate. She has saved, improved and enriched the lives of people and horses in her community and beyond. I am truly inspired by Harpur’s passion and commitment.
Kylie Abrego Takes Home Good Sportsmanship Award SUBMITTED BY NORA ANDREWS AND ERIN FEATHERSTONE
Our wonderful friend Kylie Abrego deserves this year’s Sportsmanship of the Year Award because she always puts the horse first. Whenever there is a problem she does her best to help the horse. Even if Kylie is not competing she will always go to the show to help—from holding a crop to putting on some last touch ups of hoof oil—she is always willing. At the shows whether she is participating or not, she always cheers us on and is never a poor sport and always congratulates people on their success. It is so contagious that all we can do back is give her our best of luck and always congratulate her, too. No matter what the circumstance is she is always smiling, happy, and ready to help! If it’s anything, I love spending time with Kylie. She constantly laughs and smiles. Even if she falls off during a show or misses a change she will come out of the ring smiling and always learns from her mistakes. I have never seen Kylie upset over not getting a ribbon. Please take our word for it: Kylie Abrego is Sportsman of the Year. MAY 2012
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for national qualifications. If you haven’t qualified nationally, you may still be able to go. Please submit a letter of intent to MassQHA to be considered for state qualification. Good luck to everyone going! MASSACHUSETTS QUARTER HORSE YOUTH ASSOCIATION asks that if you feed Nutrena brand food to your horses, dogs, cows, or rabbits, please save your Nutrena tags for the Massachusetts Quarter Horse Youth Association. MassQHYA can raise money for club acitivities by collecting Nutrena tags. Please Jen Rosciti and Absolute or Scotch took top honors in Donna Rosciti and Scotches Old Gold were contact Marge Tanner at pedlr704@ Amateur Horsemanship and Performance Geldings at the High Point team in Select Amateur, aol.com for details on how you can the Connecticut Quarter Horse Association Banquet. Select Pleasure and Horsemanship, and Open help. Also, any MassQHYA members Performance Mares. interested in participating on the TROY GREEN QUARTER HORSES (TGQH) is excited Youth Excellence Seminar, Youth World Show Point Youth 14-18, and Youth Showmanship and to announce that as of March 1, due to their Team, Congress NYATT, Region 6 Team Tournament, Equitation; Tianna Powers and Bring It On Big expanding program, the operation has moved Leadership Team or any other teams should read Boy took the High Point Novice Amateur, Reserve to an all-encompassing, state of the art equine the 2012 MassQHYA Bylaws and Team Selection/ High Point Amateur, Amateur Showmanship and facility located in Seekonk, Mass. The facility Policies. The guidelines and requirements can be Trail, and Novice Amateur Horsemanship and Trail; boasts a 100' x 300' indoor arena, 45 spacious found on the MassQHA.com Youth page. You can Holly Richards and A Hot Review were second in stalls, separate tack, grain, hay and shavings also contact Marge Tanner at firstname.lastname@example.org Amateur Equitation and third in Novice Amateur storage, a wash stall and kitchen, all under one for information. Equitation; Jody Boles and Fourteen Carat Art roof, as well as a large outdoor arena. TGQH also came out on top in Novice Amateur Hunter Under extends a sincere thank you to the Fasolo family SHERRYE JOHNSON-TRAFTON put on a great cow Saddle and Equitation and Select Hunter Under and Pine Hill Farm for hosting their business at horse clinic on March 24 at Shamrock Stables Saddle and Equitation; Jen Rosciti and Absolute their fine facility and allowing them to grow their in Gardiner, Maine. The focus of the clinic was or Scotch took the win in Amateur Horsemanship program for the past few years. to prepare the horses and riders for working and Performance Geldings; Maggie Fortune cow horse events, utilizing a mechanical cow to THE CONNECTICUT QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION and Fantastic Invitation were the winners in improve the horse’s athletic abilities to include (CQHA) BANQUET was held February 4 at the Rocky Amateur Performance Mares and Senior Trail; Lisa better stops and roll backs, and teaching the rider Mazurka and Pine Chexed were third in Amateur Hill Marriott. Members, friends and family enjoyed and horse to see eye-to-eye with a cow, along Showmanship, Trail, Horsemanship, Performance the awards presentation, Italian style buffet and with framing/aligning the horse up with a cow. Geldings, and Novice Amateur Trail; and Donna dancing. A special thank you goes to Christine Rosciti and Scotches Old Gold were the High Potts and Nancy Mutchler for all their hard work WHITNEY RIDGE STABLES of Higganum, Conn., Point team in Select Amateur, Select Pleasure and providing the outstanding awards. As always, would like to congratulate their winning show Horsemanship, and Open Performance Mares. Gretchen Mathes did a fabulous job for the club teams who did so well at the Spring Breakout as the master of ceremonies and presenting the show in Virginia. Brook Steneck and Skylar won awards. Amy Rader created and began distribution THE MASSACHUSETTS QUARTER HORSE the circuit championship in Novice Youth Trail, ASSOCIATION (MassQHA) General Membership of the new CQHA Guidebooks. These will be availAmanda Steneck and Moby were the circuit chamMeeting and Youth Meeting were held at the able to CQHA members. Also announced at the pionship winners in Novice Amateur Hunter Under Fasolos’ Pine Hill Farm in Taunton, Mass., on March banquet, The Battle of the Barn 2011 winners were Saddle, and the Steneck family’s horse Simon was 10. Dr. Bruce Indek presented an informative clinic Potts Performance Horses, followed by second the winner in Senior Trail. A special congratulaon chiropractic care of horse and rider. MassQHA place recipients Showstring Farm and third place tions goes to Beth Stanton for placing first in every thanks Dr. Indek for sharing his knowledge with recipients White Birch Farm. class that she showed in over the weekend. everyone in attendance. Thanks also go to Donna and Ron Fasolo for opening their beautiful farm POWDER BROOK FARM’S show team had a very TONI GREGOIRE of MassQHA would like to thank successful 2011 season on the Connecticut Quarter and home to the club. Everyone enjoyed deliWhitney Legace for putting on a great clinic on March cious food and desserts prior to the meeting. Horse Association (CQHA) circuit. At the CQHA 24, and thanks Windswept Farms and Robin Hinton Upcoming MassQHA events were discussed, as well Banquet of Champions held Saturday, February for hosting the clinic. Credit for helping to make the as state qualifications for the 2012 AQHA Novice 8, the following winners were announced. Kelsey clinic a success goes to behind the scenes workers Championship Show. Please see www.AQHA.com Urban and Radical McCue earned the High
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t was a fifth and a first for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) in Houston,Texas, during the Pfizer Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show, held March 1-3, 2012. The event pulled in returning world champions, new challengers, and longtime contenders from an incredible four countries (USA, Canada, Argentina and Germany), eight states, and one province. And it was a first for the AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championship Show, making up the other half of the weekend’s marquee event at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Top-notch shooters from across the country—including several Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association World Champions— competed in Youth, Select Amateur, Amateur, and Open divisions for the first AQHA world championships to be awarded in the discipline.
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AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major has a long history with Black Hope Stik, and an even longer one with the mare’s family tree. That— plus a few more factors—added to the sweetness of their world championship in Open Versatility Ranch Horse at the 2012 Pfizer Versatility Ranch Horse and AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championship Show. “She is a product of our horse operation on the mare side,” Mike said. “The first horse I broke, when I was 7 years old, was kin to her mother (Hope Stik by Rails Skipper Pine). On
Heads Up continued from page 90 Sue Vescovi, Amilyn DeCarteret, Diane Holston, and clinic attendees Amanda Putney, Kellyanne Whitmore, Mackenzie Whitmore, Onna Downey, Kristine, Rebecca Chevalier Downey, Sidney Latendre, Gini, and Peggy. Editor’s Note: There was a factual error in last month’s column, which stated that Dan Carlson and Cynthia Ambrosey were in attendance at the MassQHA banquet. Dan and Cynthia were not at the banquet, but instead earned AQHA national high point awards in their respective divisions. If you have any Quarter Horse news or photos to share, please email Tina Karlen at email@example.com.
the bottom side, I’ve known this horse and all of her family, all of my life. I’ve rode hundreds of them, broke hundreds of them. And then our stud that we won two world championships in this competition on (in 2009 and 2010), Smart Whiskey Doc, is her sire. So we’re really, Open Cowboy Mounted Shooting Champions Chad Little and really proud of this mare.” Hickorys Irish Gold. Surprisingly enough, Mike, of Fowler, Colo., wasn’t convinced that he and his On the morning of March 3, Laurie and her homebred 7-year-old black mare could pull the 2004 chestnut were leading the pack heading whole deal off. into Ranch Conformation and Working Ranch “I knew I wasn’t gonna win it,” he admitted. Horse. For Laurie, though, the realization that “I feel so sorry for Mozaun [McKibben]—he she was sitting at the top wasn’t something she had a lead coming into this last deal. I told wanted to dwell on. him, ‘Mozaun, the only way you can’t win this “Everyone was telling me we were ahead, but is if you fall off.’ I knew he wasn’t gonna fall I didn’t want to know,” Laurie recalled. off, but I never would’ve dreamed his horse Ranch Conformation was a snap for Laurie was gonna slip and fall down. I hate that worse and Areal Chic Magnet—they walked away than anything. He and I tied last year—he beat second in the class. Up next was the final me in the cow horse—and so I was reserve last hurdle: Working Ranch Horse. year. And now I’m honored to tie with Tripp “I just wanted to get through our reining [Townsend] this year. It’s just a big honor.” and not make a huge mistake, and get through Tripp, riding Sixes Sixgun, tied Mike with our cow—we managed that,” she said. “I just 34 points, but when it came down to the tie- couldn’t be happier.” breaker of the highest Working Ranch Horse Laurie has had Areal Chic Magnet for a few placing, Mike and Black Hope Stik rode off the years now—she purchased the gelding from Gary world champions. and Lynda Paxton of Mangum, Okla., in 2008. Mike’s initial win aboard Black Hope Stik in “He’s a really good horse—really good minded, Ranch Cutting set them up for success. Headed really quiet, he’s good in the trail and has a ton of into the morning of March 3, Mike and his cow,” Laurie said of Areal Chic Magnet. mare were sitting fifth in the overall standings. As far as the competition goes, Laurie is a A second place finish in Ranch Conformation huge fan of the people she shows with and behind Mozaun and Lil Ruf Catalyst, plus the classes she’s riding in. win in Working Ranch Horse, guaranteed the “The people are just wonderful—you won’t World Championship for Mike and his mare. continued on page 92 “It’s tremendous how talented all of these cowboys are,” Mike said of his competitors. “The thing about all these guys here is that at the flip of the coin they could do this whole competition again tomorrow and anybody here could be standing right where I’m at.”
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Laurie Shelton and her champion mount, Areal Chic Magnet won the Amateur Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship this year. The 2012 event had been a ride for Laurie and Areal Chic Magnet: The duo won Ranch Trail and Working Ranch Horse, plus had strong finishes in Ranch Conformation, Ranch Cutting, and Ranch Riding, which all helped them clinch the Amateur World Championship.
Open Versatility Ranch Horse World Champion Mike Major aboard Black Hope Stik. MAY 2012
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Maine Quarter Horse Association Has Big Plans for May By MarsHa Polley
aine Quarter Horse Association (MeQHA) is gearing up for some fun events in the month of May. Some of these events are open to all breeds, so keep the club in mind if you are looking for horse related activities and don’t yet own a Quarter Horse! The month kicks off with our Spring Fun Show on May 6. The show will be held at the Maine Trail Riders Association grounds in Litchfield, Maine. The show will have three age divisions and classes that include Showmanship, Equitation, Trail Class, and a few speed events such as Barrels. It is open to all breeds of horses. Wanda Lounder of Double L Stable in Hancock, Maine, will be the judge. Wanda is the 2010 AQHA Most Valuable Professional, and aims to give participants the best show experience possible. She takes the time to talk to the riders and gives them tips after the classes. Many riders use this show as a little practice to get ready for the rest of the show season and Wanda’s helpful advice is the topping on the cake. A copy of the class list can be found on the MeQHA website at www.meqha.org under the Events tab. The fees at the show are only $6 per class or $35 for unlimited classes. The Maine Trail Riders will also have a food booth open at the event with many options available for sale. The second event of the month is the MeQHA Trail Challenge, to be held on May 13 at Sable Oak Equestrian Center in Brunswick, Maine. The club has been hosting these events for a few years now (formerly known as trail trials) and they continue to grow. These are also all breed events and include Youth and Adult divisions. The best way to describe a Trail Challenge is to say that it is a short, judged trail ride. Riders head out on a short trail ride and encounter judges stationed at obstacles along the way. Some of the obstacles are natural but others are not. You may be asked to cross a tarp or to back your horse through poles. The overall course is not timed so you do not have to rush through it. This year AQHA has implemented a program that gives Quarter Horse owners the opportunity to earn Trail Challenge Merits on their equine’s permanent record. Again, the Challenge is open to all breeds of horses, but only Quarter Horse owners are eligible for Trail Merits on their registration papers. The cost of the Challenge is $15 for members of MeQHA and $25 92
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meet a better group of nicer people,” she vowed. “They’ll give you the shirt off their backs and help you with anything you need. It’s a great atmosphere [with] lots of fellowship. I just love it.” Racing around the arena during their victory lap, Areal Chic Magnet donning his world champion neck wreath during a fancy slide, the horse and rider team are certain proof that honing of horsemanship skills pays off in the end.
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for non-members. Lunch is included for participants. MeQHA is looking for volunteer judges and set up crew for this event as well. If you cannot ride or are not ready to ride please consider signing up to be a judge. It’s a great way to learn about the event. For more information check the Events tab on the MeQHA website, www.meqha.org or call Marsha Polley at 207-582-1494. May wraps up with MeQHA’s Pine Tree Classic Horse Show held at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds on May 25-28. This is an AQHA pointed show with six judges. Those familiar with MeQHA shows will be happy to learn that the club has come up with several flat fee options to make the show more affordable. MeQHA is excited to add the new AQHA Ranch Horse Pleasure class to its class list as well. It is a great opportunity for ranch horses in Maine. For more information on this, and to see a complete class list, visit www.meqha.org.
How fast is fast? Well, Chad Little was plenty fast enough at 10.031 seconds, which won him the very first AQHA Open Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championship. It was about five years ago that Chad, of Saint Michael, Minn., met up with his World Champion mount Hickorys Irish Gold. “I got her when she was coming three,” Chad recalled. When it comes to possessing qualities needed in cowboy mounted shooting, Hickorys Irish Gold fits the bill perfectly. “She’s got a little run to her; she’s plenty fast, but she’s got the ability to turn,” Chad said. “She’s got a lot of rate when I ask for it. Mainly, she’s just broke and in my hand. When I ask her to do something, she’s willing to do it.” Open Cowboy Mounted Shooting wasn’t Chad’s only win of the night—he and Hickorys Irish Gold also won the Rifle class, which currently is not an AQHA-approved class. Chad’s quick firing ways trace back to one fateful day in 2000, when his neighbors rode over and introduced him to what would become his life’s passion. “Some really good friends of ours—they had been doing [cowboy mounted shooting] for a year or so—came over and said, ‘You gotta try it.’ So, I tried it once and that was it and here we are.” For more information on the AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Championships, visit www.aqha. com/versatility.
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Hall of fame Inductees, all-around award wInners announced at annual event
he American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is an organization that works for its members. Each spring, it holds an annual convention to review member-submitted rule changes, appoint new AQHA Directors, induct new members to the AQHA Hall of Fame and present year-end awards. The 2012 Convention was held March 9-12 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The new AQHA Executive Committee was elected on Monday, March 12. This fiveperson committee is responsible for implementing important decisions made by AQHA members through the Board of Directors. AQHA’s new Executive Committee includes President Gene Graves of Grand Island, Neb.; First Vice President Johne Dobbs of Champaign, Ill.; Second Vice President Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas; member George Phillips of Sumrall, Miss.; and member Dr. Glenn Blodgett of Guthrie, Texas.
Hall of Fame Inductees
The 2012 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place Sunday, March 11. This year, AQHA inducted six legends into the Hall of Fame: Bob Loomis, Gordon
2011 AQHA President Peter J. Confrancesco III honors AQHA Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Loomis.
Walter Fletcher (above) and Gordon Hannagan (right) were also inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Hannagan, and Walter Fletcher, and horses Hollywood Dun It, Indigo Illusion, and Streakin La Jolla. They join the 226 inductees of the past 30 years. In addition to the Hall of Fame inductions, AQHA Director-AtLarge Homer Stude of Wright City, Miss., was presented the Merle Wood Humanitarian Award at the Hall of Fame Banquet.
Professionals of the Year
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The 2011 Don Burt Professional Horseman of the Year, the Professional’s Choice Professional Horsewoman of the Year and Most Valuable Professional awards were presented Saturday, March 10. The awards were presented by AQHA Corporate Partner Professional’s Choice. Gene Parker of Orrum, N.C., was named the 2011 Don Burt Professional’s Choice Horseman of the Year. The 2011 Professional’s Choice Professional Horsewoman of the Year is Marilyn Randall of Bridger, Mont. And Larry Little of Mebane, N.C., received the title of Professional’s Choice Most Valuable Professional or “MVP” of 2011.
2011 AQHA All-Around Award Winners
The all-around awards were presented at the awards banquet on Saturday, March 10. The highest honors for the year included: Bank of America All-Around Junior Horse Streakin Boon Dox owned by Joe and Carla Spitz of Lamar, Colo.; Bank of America All-Around Senior Horse Vital Signs Are Good, owned by Joe and Karen Moran of Laguna Hills, Calif.; Bank of America All-Around Amateur Hours Yours And Mine and Kaleena Weakly of Shelbyville, Ill.; Markel All-Around Youth Certify This Chex and Brianna Tamulewicz of Westerville, Ohio; and Bank of America World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse Cold Cash 123, owned by T-Bill Stables Inc. of Claire, Mich. Stay tuned to www.aqha.com for information on rule changes and be sure to visit www.aqha.com/convention for future convention dates.
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NRCHA Stakes Open Champions Jon Roeser and Heart of A Remedy.
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NRCHA Stakes RoeseR bRotheRs take open, inteRmediate championships
he 2012 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stakes took place in Queen Creek, Ariz., this year at the Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre. The five-day event took place from Wednesday, March 21 through Sunday, March 25 with many exceptional riders and horses competing for top spots.
Jon Roeser won the NRCHA Stakes Open Championship by 4.5 points riding Heart Of A Remedy. The pair started out with a 219 in the herd work, and followed that with a 219 in the rein work. “I drew well in the herd. After that
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I just had a feeling about the day. He was so soft and responsive in everything we did,” said Roeser, of Lemoore, Calif. But the 5-year-old stallion and the veteran trainer weren’t finished. When Roeser saw his cow for the fence work, he knew they had a chance to score big. “I liked the cow from the herd work—I knew it was good. We didn’t stay long on the end. We got a good right turn and got out good for another big left turn. The cow still had a little gas so we circled really fast—it was great,” he said. The judges agreed and rewarded the pair with a 227—the highest cow work of the event. Roeser owns Heart Of A Remedy’s sire, Heart
Carol Roberts purchased Oaks Dual Rey several years ago sight unseen—and the decision has proven lucrative, as the pair has won over $33,000. On Sunday, March 25, Roberts and the TR Dual Rey gelding won the National Reined Cow Horse Association Stakes Non Pro Championship—and supplemented those earnings with an additional $6,802. “He’s been really consistent for me,” noted Roberts, of Ojai, Calif. “I plan to keep showing him this year and then start competing in the bridle. He’s not going anywhere soon.” The pair began the finals competition with a 217 in the herd work. “He was really good today. Phillip Ralls and Corey Cushing picked out incredible cattle for me. I thank them, as well as my other herd help Doug Williamson and Jon Roeser—they were great!” Roberts and Oaks Dual Rey then marked a 216 in the rein work, and finished strong with a 221.5 in the cow work. “I was really happy in the rein work. Then our cow work was pretty awesome—I was just trying to stay in the middle of my saddle,” she said modestly.
Limited Open Championship
Jeff Veitch and Fifth Avenue Lena won the NRCHA Stakes Limited Open Championship during the preliminary competition, as they were the only ones in that division to advance to the finals. But there was more on the line, as they’d also qualified for the Intermediate Open finals, and finished fourth—making their take for the weekend an impressive $7,279! “I was happy with our herd work in the finals. We got one fresh cow cut, and even though the other two didn’t pan out, my horse tried and I was happy and in the hunt,” Veitch said of his 211 in the herd work. “We didn’t get along too well in the rein work—that 209 hurt me.” Limited Open Champions Jeff Veitch and Fifth The pair found redemption in the Avenue Lena.
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tion between 16 countries. The 2014 Youth World Cup is slated for College Station, Texas. The international event offers more than just a competition—it provides a chance for international American Quarter Horse enthusiasts to learn from the industry’s leading riders and trainers as well. While at the Youth World Cup, five youth plus one coach and manager Members of the Italian Team during the 2011 AQHA Youth from each country will take part World Cup Opening Ceremony. in educational seminars, discipline The impact that the competition has on team clinics, leadership training and, finally, competition. Five additional youth from each country are members’ and supporters’ lives is monumental. “It’s amazing to see where Youth World Cup invited by each international affiliate to attend the education and leadership portion of the week’s leads competitors. These are the riders who go on to be industry leaders in their counevents and to cheer on their teammates. At the 2010 event, clinics were taught by tries,” said David Avery, AQHA Director of renowned reining trainer Shawn Flarida; International Affairs. “Just at the 2010 Alltech AQHA Cutting and Working Cow Horse FEI World Equestrian Games alone, we had World Champion Boyd Rice; cutting and four international riders who had come up western pleasure trainer Gil Galyean; AQHA through the Youth World Cup ranks. Jessica Professional horsemen Charlie Cole, Casey Sternberg, who back in the day rode at the Hinton, Robin Frid, Carla Wennberg, Andy Youth World Cup for Team United Kingdom, Moorman, David Dellin and Teddy Johnson; was one of those four riders at the 2010 and AQHA judge Holly Hover. Kenny World Equestrian Games and she’s also had Knowlton, AQHA International Committee so much success in National Reining Horse Chairman from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Marilyn Association competition.” For more information on the Youth World Randall, AQHA Youth Committee Chairman, were also very key to the success of the 2010 Cup, visit www.aqha.com/youth. Youth World Cup.
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merican Quarter Horse youth riders will head to Kreuth, Germany, July 21-28, with the hopes of taking gold medals back to their home countries. The 2012 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup will be hosted at the Gut Mastheshof, one of the biggest and most comprehensive facilitated riding centers in Europe. According to the official 2012 Youth World Cup website, www.ywc2012.com, “Situated in southeast Germany, not so far away from the border to the Czech Republic and Austria, Gut Matheshof [offers] all elements needed for an event like the Youth World Cup.” [The facilities boast] numerous indoor and outdoor riding facilities, plenty of stables…apartments within walking distance, and a variety of catering opportunities including restaurants, a cafeteria and a pizzeria.” While in Germany, riders will battle it out in Cutting, Reining, Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Trail, Western Riding, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, and Showmanship. To level the playing field, competing Youth World Cup team members do not show their own horses. The Youth World Cup is an international event that is held every two years and is hosted by a different country each time. However, every fourth year, the event is hosted in the United States. The 2010 Youth World Cup was held in Oklahoma City and boasted a competi-
Intermediate Open Champions Dan Roeser and Roosters Rozalena.
fence work, marking a 222. “She’s a great fence horse. This is only her fourth three-event show, so I was pretty proud of her,” he said of
the mare, who is owned by Coal Creek Ranch. Veitch has ridden the 4-year-old cow horse, by Lenas Wright On out of Fifth Avenue Cash, since she was purchased at the Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales as a 2-year-old. “She was green last year, but she’s coming around,” he said. “I thank Giacomo Mattioli, the owner of Coal Creek Ranch. I’ve worked for him for three years and we’re building this program together and it’s been great. I also thank my family and wife Leta, as well as Jimmie Paul for his help. I also had great herd help here—I couldn’t have done it without Brad Barkemeyer, Corey Cushing, Chris Dawson, and Ted Robinson.”
Intermediate Open Championship
Riding top reined cow horses is a family tradition for the Roeser family—as was evidenced at
the NRCHA Stakes, when Jon Roeser won the Open Championship and Dan Roeser took the Intermediate Open title. Dan was riding Roosters Rozalena, and finished with 645.5 composite. The win was worth $5,745, and came with a Gist Silversmiths buckle and a C.R. Morrison plaque. Roeser and the 5-year-old mare began the competition with a 211 in the herd work, and a 211.5 in the rein work—but finished with a spectacular 223 in the cow work. “Things were fairly average in the herd and rein work—I was just trying to stay in there.” He added, “I drew a really good cow in the fence work and I have a really good fence horse—so I knew my horse could do it if I didn’t screw up!” Roeser purchased Roosters Rozalena, by Gallo Del Cielo out of Rosezana Lena, as a yearling at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, and then sold her to Rush Creek Ranch LLC. He explained, “She’s done pretty well. As a 3-year-old she didn’t have it all together, but she had a good 4-year-old year and her 5-yearcontinued on page 98 MAY 2012
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2012 Cactus Reining Classic Draws top riDers from across the worlD By alDen corrigan
Non Pro Spotlight
Terry Holland of Lodi, Calif., and her 8-yearold, Timber Winner, had their work cut out for them in the SmartPak $8,000 Added Non Pro 7Up Maturity, having to run off twice to clinch the title of High Point Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Primetime Non Pro. Terry competed in the Intermediate Non Pro and Primetime Non Pro circuit during the week, capping off her trip to Scottsdale with the SmartPak Non Pro 7UpMaturity. The pair competed in all four of the Non Pro Maturity divisions winning the Level 1 and Intermediate in a run-off and placing third in the Primetime and fourth in the Level 2 divisions. The Non Pro rider is a big fan of the 7Up Maturity division. “Last year was the first year for these Maturity divisions and I happened to have a really nice horse who just came up seven. He was a great horse and in great shape but most of the Maturity divisions [at other
shows] last year only had one or two levels, so I played around in that last year. So this year they come out with four divisions, and the money is almost over $2,000 in each of them…it’s great money, so it’s just like a derby with older horses and the competition level is pretty tough and the money is getting good. There are some awesome horses out there that still have wonderful show careers ahead of them like my horse.”
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or the second consecutive year, the first in the three-show series that also includes Reining By The Bay and High Roller Reining Classic posted a hefty 15% increase in entries. In addition to horse and rider combinations from as far away as Great Britain, the Cactus Reining Classic, held March 6-11, 2012 in Scottsdale, Ariz., also attracted a number of riders who had competed in the 2010 World Equestrian Games.
$23,000 Added Non Pro Derby winners Francesca Sternberg and Smart Like Valentino.
From Across the Pond
Francesca Sternberg flew in from England for the Conquistador Whiz $23,000 Added Non Pro Derby, leaving her husband and two children behind. She only had three days to prepare for her first ride on her sister’s horse, Smart Like Valentino. Smart Like Valentino became available for Francesca when her niece who had been riding him went off to college. “Valentino was spare so Roseanne asked me if I wanted to take him and show him. So that’s what we did, and this is only the fourth time I have ever sat on him. He’s done an excellent job to get somebody ready in four rides…it’s pretty impressive.” Her limited time in the saddle didn’t stop Francesca from marking a 222.5 to take the Non Pro Level 4 Derby Championship honors, edging out Anne Reynolds and her Shiney And Very Smart, who marked a 221.5 to take
home the Limited, Primetime, and Level 1 honors. Acknowledging the stiff competition Francesca pointed out, “You’re only as good as the people you compete against and there are some amazing horses and riders here, and that really helps you up your game.”
One Lucky Lady
Pat and Jim Warren made Jan Peterson one happy lady when they offered to sell her Star For The Chicks. “I wanted that horse more than anything. I had been going to horse shows with Pat for a long time and she kept trying to get me to buy my own show horse, because she kept lending me horses, and this one worked out and I just fell in love with him. When Pat started training with Andrea [Fappani] we had Andrea ride him and he’s done a phenomenal job on him.” Cactus Reining Classic was no exception for Andrea and Star For The Chicks. They marked
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old year just started off well, too!” The Marsing, Idaho, trainer noted that he had a great group of friends that helped him. “I have a whole bunch to thank—Jake Telford, Brandon Buttars, Ted Robinson, Zane Davis, and of course my brother Jon. I always help them and they always help me—I really appreciate them,” he said. Shawn Hays took Thecrowdlovesme to the Intermediate Open Reserve Championship with a score of 645, winning $4,001. The Intermediate Open Reserve title pushed Thecrowdlovesme’s lifetime earnings to almost $20,000. For a complete list of results for the NRCHA Stakes, visit www.nrcha. com. 98
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Intermediate Open Derby Champions Shane Brown and Hollywood Golden Gun.
Non Pro Masters Champions Morris Kulmer and Dreamy Lil Sailor.
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a 150.5 to win the SmartPak $10,000 Added Open 7 Up Maturity Level 4 title the day before Jan began showing “Hoover.” “Having someone of Andrea’s caliber ride him, he’s really tuned up, but he’s still kind to me. Obviously I’m not going to go anywhere near as fast as Andrea…The horse has such a good mind… he knows when I’m on him and he knows when Andrea is on him and he steps it up and steps it down as he needs to. He’s just wonderful.” Andrea’s competition strategy combined with Star For The Chicks’ ability to adjust to his rookie rider Ladies Reining Champions Tanya Jenkins and Roosters Custom Spook and Pat Warren competed in the $500 resulted in reserve champion- Shiner. P/T Non Pro and the $500 Intermediate Non Pro. ship honors for the duo in Primetime Rookie and Rookie Level 1 as well as Anderson’s Lost In Tinseltown tied the highest combined score in Rookie Divisions Fappani with a 222.5 for second. This for Ladies. scenario did not change for another 20 runs until Craig and Lee V. Snyder’s Eyed Be A Royal Chic marked a Leading Lady Tanya Jenkins continued her domination scorching 225.5. Then seemingly out of nowhere with of the Cactus Reining Classic Ladies Reining and High Point Ladies titles. The only 10 horses to go, Hollywood Golden two Open horses that helped make it happen Gun, ridden by Shane Brown, marked this year were Roosters Shiner and That a career high score of 227.5, besting Little Step Up. “[Roosters Shiner] is just a the leaders by two full points. Two runs real easy, consistent horse. He can just about later the 2011 Cactus Reining Classic plus everything and not have to overwork. Open Level 4 Derby winners Andrea He’s not one that needs a lot of warm up. Fappani and Tinker With Guns were We bought him last year at the National in the pen. Could the pair post backReining Breeders Classic when he was five, and to-back victories in the Equidome? The his first show with us was Reining By The Bay; answer was a resounding yes. Fappani after that we tweaked a few things to get him and “Shooter” topped Brown’s score by in my program and by High Roller Reining a full three points. $25,000 Open Derby Champions Andrea Fappani and Classic last year he was perfect, and he went on Tinker with Guns. to win the Derby at the Scottsdale Classic, and The Wild Card he was Champion Novice Horse Open Level Shane Brown entered the Open Derby with the class on Spook Off Sparks. “We had given 2 here.” one horse versus Andrea Fappani and Craig the mare some time off and we were testing her The 6-year-old full brother to Wimpys Little Schmersal’s strings of three each, yet he managed here. I think we’re going to skip the Derbies Buddy, That Little Step Up took the reserve to best the rest of the field to take home on her, it’s not really fair to her, as I wasn’t able championship honors in the Novice Horse the Open Level 4 Derby Reserve Champion to put in that much time on her due to her Open 1 division. and Intermediate Open Derby Championship physical problems so we’re going to hold back honors. “I have a couple of Derby horses, but and maybe get a couple of embryos out of her,” Hollywood Golden Gun was the only one we said Fappani. Shootout in the Equidome “The other horse I showed, Custom Spook, is Not one rider in the field of 69 competitors brought. We bought him this past May. He’s a in the Conquistador Whiz $42,000 Open 5-year-old and he’s shown a couple of times as another one that Pat [Warren] and I have been Derby held anything back. Every group of a 3-year-old and then I showed him as a Novice sharing at all the shows. Pat showed him twice 10 horse and rider combinations proved Horse last year. I didn’t really Derby him, he was here and he did a good job. I missed one of his better than the last. The lead went back and a little immature when I bought him mentally, stops in the Derby, but otherwise he was honest and good…He’s doing pretty well for Pat and forth between Andrea Fappani on Spook Off and I wanted to give him plenty of time.” Shane’s strategy was a good one as the 227.5 that’s the main focus. We bought him for her, Sparks. He was first in the pen setting the pace and she’s having fun on him. I feel lucky that I by marking a 222.5, a score which remained he marked was the highest ever on the horse. get to show him every once in a while.” in the lead until he bested himself on Custom For more information and full results from Spook, marking a 223 to secure the first and The Big Gun second positions. Unlike Shane who only had one shot at the the 2012 Cactus Reining Classic, visit www. Six horses later, Craig Schmersal and Tim Derby, Fappani came fully loaded going first in cactus-reining-classic.com.
National Cutting Horse Association Announces 12 eAstern nAtionAl chAmpions Rey Of Cash drew up ninth in the second set and marked a 225 to win the $3,000 Novice, a full four points over Cullen Chartier on Swoopn Indian. Six-year-old KTZ Rey Of Cash is owned by Rodney Wrinkle of Lebanon, Mo. He was bred by Judy Garrett of Allen, Texas, from a line of dams that have offspring earnings in the multi-million dollar range. Cullen Chartier of Weatherford, $10,000 Novice Champions Austin Shepard and Great Chief. Texas, won his biggest payday to date for the reserve title on Swoopn Indian, earning almost $7,000.
Susan Dunne of Clinton, N.C., is no stranger to the finals at Eastern Nationals. Last year she qualified in five classes ranging from the $2,000 Limit Rider to the $35,000 Non Pro. This year, she got her first major champion$10,000 Novice Defending $10,000 Novice Champion rider ship win in the $15,000 Amateur riding KG Austin Shepard, of Summerdale, Ala., and Imyahuckleberry. The pair marked a 222 for Great Chief, owned by Joel Colgrove Sr. of a three point lead over the runner up. Dunne and KG Imyahuckleberry Boligee, Ala., scored 221.5 points to win the $10,000 Novice division. Shepard also rode were finalists in the $5,000 Novice/Non Sweet Lil Cat 007 for John and Nancy McCoy Pro last year at Eastern and Amateur of Houston, Texas, for a reserve championship. finalists at Tunica, the Cotton Stakes and Great Chief and Shepard have been finalists the Southern Futurity. $15,000 Amateur Champions Susan Dunne and KG Karen Cole of Batesville, Miss., and Bless Imyahuckleberry. at the Southern Futurity and Augusta Classic. The 5-year-old gelding walked to the herd with This Deal led the go-round with a 219 and $17,500 in earnings under his belt. Great Chief marked the same score in the finals for the came out on top of a field of Senior Youth reserve championship. is by Cats Red Feather. competitors, after leading Matthew Dedden to a Junior Youth title. It was the first time a horse has won both youth class championships at the $3,000 Novice Junior Youth Dean Domann of Gainesville, Texas, and KTZ 2011 NCHA Junior Youth World Champion Eastern Nationals. Funk and A Cat Named Sue marked a 220 Matthew Dedden of Burlington, Ky., struck gold again with A Cat Named Sue at Eastern for the win. In her 10-year cutting career, Funk Nationals. The pair won the Junior Youth was also a finalist in multiple limited age events two years ago and have made their way back with Boons Chita Blue a couple of years ago. Chisholm Clark of Fountain Inn, S.C., to the winner’s circle again with a 221. This would be the first of three champion- marked a 219 in the finals for the reserve ship wins at this show for A Cat Named Sue, title after leading the go-round with a 221 on owned by Matthew’s sister, Chloe, and one Swinging Til Five. of two wins for Matthew. A Cat Named Sue, by High Brow Cat, is a 12-year-old gelding $2,000 Limit Rider with $80,000 in earnings. Arlan Kannas of Ralph, Ala., and Dual Catolena Kolby Moore of Morriston, Fla., and Smart not only led the go-round of the $2,000 Limit Little Cranbar came in reserve just a half- Rider, they came back to claim the finals victory point behind Dedden. Smart Little Cranbar with a 219.5. is owned by Bill Wilkins of McAlpine, Fla. Dual Catolena is a 6-year-old mare owned by Judy Livingston of Eutaw, Ala. Kannas earned a check exceeding $7,000 for the win. Senior Youth Lance Cooper of Bucyrus, Kan., landed the A Cat Named Sue made the record books $3,000 Novice Champions Dean Domann and KTZ when he and Jackie Funk of Elk City, Okla., reserve championship on 9-year-old Widows Rey of Cash. 100
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he National Cutting Horse Association’s Eastern National Championships concluded on March 16, 2012. The show was presented by the 6666 Ranch, and began March 5. Nearly 1,000 competed for a portion of the purse worth over $460,000. Last year’s Open Reserve Champion, Sam Shepard of Verbena, Ala., posted a 226 to win the Open title this year aboard Playin Witha Cat, owned by Arthur Noble of Madison, Miss. Playin Witha Cat’s $5,000 win took his earnings past the $100,000 mark. Shepard won the $3,000 Novice on the 7-year-old gelding last year, in addition to placing fourth on him in the Open finals. This year, he also earned a check in the $10,000 Novice in addition to his Open victory. Gabe Reynolds of Simpsonville, Ky., marked a 221 on Bad Dogs and Guns for the reserve championship for owners Shawn and Lisa Minshall.
May Play. Cooper also qualified for the Junior Youth finals on the mare owned by Cody and Jim Young.
$35,000 Non Pro
Lynn Johnson of Gainesville, Texas, rode Justa Swinging Kodo to her first major victory in the $35,000 Non Pro. The duo posted a 218.5 for the win. Justa Swinging Kodo is a 9-year-old gelding bred by Don Bussey. Johnson finished Matthew Dedden and A Cat Named fifth in the $35,000 Non Pro at Sue tied for the $50,000 Amateur the Eastern Nationals last year. Championship. Reserve champion Pam Deaville of Covington, La., marked a 216 on $50,000 Amateur SDP Hicapoos CD, by CD Olena. 2011 Junior Youth World The gelding has over $150,000 in Champion Matthew Dedden of earnings, and was also a finalist in Burlington, Ky., and 2011 Senior the Open under current NCHA Youth World Champion Aubrey President Keith Deaville. Pigg of Collinsville, Ala., split the victory for the $50,000 Amateur, both marking a 219. $15,000 Novice/Non Pro Dedden rode A Cat Named Sue, Freckles Meow and Jason McClure of Hayesville, N.C., marked 219.5 the gelding that also won both points for the $15,000 Novice/ youth class finals this year. Pigg’s Non Pro win after also leading the mount was Royals Magnificat, a go-round with a 219 the day before. 7-year-old High Brow Cat son that McClure purchased 5-year-old she also qualified for the Senior Freckles Meow in a 2008 horse Youth finals with, and finished sale for $1,600, and has more than third in the Non Pro later that day. Each of them earned nearly earned his money’s worth. He won the aged event at the All American $6,000 for the split win. Congress on the mare last fall. Going into the finals, the mare had Non Pro earnings of $27,000 and picked up Chad Gann of Leighton, Ala., and another $7,500 for this win. Smart Little Paprika marked a 223 Lauren Chartier of Weatherford, for the Non Pro win to finish up Texas, and Swoopn Indian were the Eastern Nationals this year. reserve champions with 217.5 Gann finished in the Top 15 for points. Swoopn Indian was also the World Non Pro standings reserve in the $3,000 Novice last year, and now has earnings earlier in the show under Lauren’s exceeding $300,000. husband, Cullen Chartier. Smart Little Paprika had more than $60,000 in lifetime earnings going into the finals. She $5,000 Novice/Non Pro Tim May of Saltillo, Miss., and is a daughter of Triple Crown Exclusive Thyme came out on top of Cutting winner Smart Little of the $5,000 Novice/Non Pro Lena out of Peppys Playful Lena, with 218 points. The pair were a producer whose offspring have reserve champions at the Arbuckle earned more than $360,000. Jessica Fields of Auburn, Ky., Mountain Futurity and NCHA riding MK Kittylena took the Derby finalists last year. Exclusive Thyme, by One Time reserve with a 220. The duo also Pepto, is a 5-year-old gelding with had a Novice/Non Pro victory at earnings nearing $50,000 going Eastern in 2005. For more information on the into the finals. Reserve champion Page Bowman National Cutting Horse Association, of Simpsonville, Ky., earned 217 visit www.nchacutting.com or call 817-244-6188. points with Scoot Over Here.
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New England Pinto Horse Association Hosts successful Driving clinic submitteD by eileen flynn ricci
espite unusually cold weather for our mild winter, New England Pinto Horse Association (NEPtHA) sponsored a well informed, highly attended driving clinic by Mary Gray this past February 26, 2012 at Hillside Meadows Equestrian Center in Grafton, Mass. Several driving teams showed up from all over New England. For more information on Gray, be sure to read the driving feature on page 58. Craig McCoskery, our dedicated Youth Director, and NEPtHA President Paula Laughlin hosted this event and did an outstanding job in planning right down to a scrumptious lunch. The event ran
for several hours with semi-private lessons for each driver and their horses. NEPtHA plans on running this event again in the fall. There will be an update in next month’s column on the Pinto National Convention in Oklahoma City, Okla. Several NEPtHA members will be honored there. May 11-13 is our ‘Spot’tacular combined Pinto/Paint show held at Fall’s Creek Farm in Oneco, Conn. We expect a very large turnout! Spectators are welcome, and there will be great prizes for fundraiser classes. It will all be held indoors. Our website is updated, our prize lists are done, and we are ready for the 2012 show season! For more information, visit www. nepinto.com.
Western Massachusetts Appaloosa Association AnticipAtes upcoming sHow seAson by Jen wHitmore
pring has sprung and now that our spotted friends have fully shed out, let the 2012 show season begin! With the Western Massachusetts Appaloosa Association (WMAA), Appaloosa owners have some great options when it comes to the show scene. Their regional show, the Yankee Color Classic, has been among the top three Appaloosa Horse Club’s (ApHC) regional shows for the better part of the past decade and for good reason. On June 15-17, you will be able to find a variety of Appaloosa enthusiasts in the Coliseum of the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds earning ApHC points as well as fabulous prizes. For those just getting into 102
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showing or looking for the relaxed atmosphere of open shows, WMAA has a three-show series at the Westfield Fairgrounds open to riders of all ages and horses of all breeds. This year the competitions will take place on May 13, August 5, and September 23. Creative and practical prizes are given out at each show with larger items provided as day-end awards. New to the class list this year will be a Green Horse Walk-Trot division for those just starting to get their horse out there and are not quite ready to add that third gear in yet. For more information on the Western Massachusetts Appaloosa Association, visit www.westernmaapp.homestead.com.
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Saratoga Driving Association ENCOURAGES MEMBERS TO TAKE A LOOK AT ITS NEW WEBSITE SUBMITTED BY JAMES CLARK
I Trippcrest Farms’ Percherons took reserve champion at the North American Six Horse Hitch Classic.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO TRIPPCREST FARMS of Harrison, Maine. Their Percherons, proficiently driven by Chad Cole, took the reserve championship at the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Finals, held in Denver, Colo., from January 20-22. WILDERNESS RIDGE FARMS of Sagola, Mich., were awarded the championship at the Finals with their Belgian geldings driven by Bud Miller. THE HIGH POINT WINNERS of the Ax Man Jagger Rutledge of HH Horse Loggers working Finals in their respective breeds were a team of his logging Suffolks. as follows: Hammersmith Belgians of wise combative and dramatic series depicting Defiance, Ohio, represented by driver Jason the logging industry in North America. Jason, Honsberger and owners Craig and Chris his son Jagger, and fellow logger and teamster Hammersmith, took top honors in the Belgians Chad Miano and their crew from the Blue Ridge division; David Carson Farms and Auction Mountains of western Virginia, introduced to Services’ driver James Kuepfer and owner David prime time television, a quieter, less destructive Carson of Listowel, Ontario, took the win in the and more restorative alternative to what is generClydesdales/Shires division; and Ames Percheron ally found in the modern day logging industry. Farm’s driver Travis Shaw and owner Dick Ames Learn more about the television series by visiting of Burnsville, Minn., earned the top spot in the www.history.com. Percherons division. VIRGINA HORSE LOGGER JASON RUTLEDGE, his crew of logging men, and rare Suffolk Punch draft horses were highlighted on Season 5 of the series Ax Men on the History Channel. Jason’s company, HH Horse Loggers from Copper Hill, Va., made its debut on the series on March 11 and has since graced at least three episodes of the other-
PRINCE HARRY was spotted arriving in style at a charity polo match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as he drove a matching pair of grey Lusitanos bred by Interargro Lusitanos. Send your driving news to cedarknollfarm@ gmail.com.
n the past 10 years, the Saratoga Driving Association (SDA) has experienced significant growth in membership and exposure in the carriage driving community. This is thanks in no small part to the vision and enthusiasm of the club officers and Board of Directors and their continued commitment to improving the club and reaching a larger segment of the driving community and the general public. The Internet provides a wonderful means of bringing people together, united in a common pursuit, hobby, love, or obsession. In hopes of providing a centralized and current place to add club-specific and pleasure driving information to our steadily growing membership and to the non-federated driving community and general public, the SDA has continued to expand and improve its website, www.saratogadriving.com. Visitors to the site are immediately greeted with a slideshow of members’ horses and turnouts, photographed during competition, pleasure drives, and clinics. New images are added regularly as events occur, showcasing the wonderful diversity of equines, vehicles, harnesses, drivers, and attire that comprise the SDA membership as well as many friends and SDA sister organizations. The left side of the home page provides quick link information for other sections of the website, along with an indicator of when certain sections were most recently updated. There is also a section on the left side to renew membership and initiate new membership. Most recently, new sections have been added to expand the website and tailor the information to further serve as the face of the SDA. The website is organized into the following sections and functions: Home—the first page that you land on when you arrive at the site. This page contains a welcome message and general information about SDA, as well as the slideshow of horses and turnouts. About Us—the founding principles, mission, and target audience of SDA, along with links that allow the visitor to join the club and review the club bylaws. continued on page 104 MAY 2012
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picture perfect day in Ocala, Fla., provided the idyllic backdrop for the conclusion of competition at the 20th Annual Live Oak International Combined Driving Event. Taking the lead the first day and never looking back, Chester Weber and the team he co-owns with Jane Forbes Clark concluded their performance by putting in a solid round in the cones competition, thereby earning Weber an unprecedented ninth National Four-in-Hand Championship title. “It is very nice to have it back,” says Chester Weber earned his ninth National Four-In-Hand Weber of the trophy. Championship title at the Live Oak International CDE. Topping other classes in the FEI division, Australian Janelle Marshall turned in a total score of 126.39 to come away with the win in the Single Pony class. Jennifer Matheson maintained her lead in the FEI Pony Pairs competition, and Allison Stroud put in a double-clear performance to secure her win in the FEI Pony Teams with a score of 150.28. After battling hard throughout the entire competition, Leslie Berndl prevailed in the highly contested FEI Single Horse division, edging out Sterling Graburn by 0.1 points. Misdee Wrigley-Miller turned in a final Allison Stroud took top honors in the FEI score of 142.37 to win the FEI Pair Horse Pony Teams division. class. She was also awarded the Anne Bliss Memorial Award for the most elegant lady For more information on the Live Oak driver throughout the competition. International, visit www.cailiveoak.com.
Rhode Island Driving Club votes in 2012 officers
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he Rhode Island Driving Club (RIDC) has had a very busy winter schedule. At the January meeting, hosted by Janice and Charles Meszoely, the club voted to keep its current officers for another term. Mug Tomany will serve as president, with Cat Luce as vice president, Bonnie Jean as treasurer, and Christine Bailey acting as secretary. Members at large are Janice Meszoely and Pat Musser. The club also voted to hold our annual Two-Day Pleasure Show on August 25-26 at Celtic Cross Farm. The rest of the calendar was presented and is available at www.ridrivingclub.org. In February, club members carpooled to
the Saratoga Driving Association’s Mid-Winter Conference, where they listened to many knowledgeable speakers address topics on horse dentistry, driven dressage, new American Driving Society (ADS) rules, and core exercises and massage for the horse. Many members were working on taking the Carriage Association of America’s Level 1 Driver Proficiency Test. They had a practice weekend where they worked on carriage maintenance, proper grooming, the proper harnessing sequence, and general horse feeding and care. The test took place in April. For more information on the Rhode Island Driving Club, visit www.ridrivingclub.org.
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Calendar—a continuously updated list of events, clinics, drives, and conferences along with a downloadable version. As details for the events are made available to the SDA, they are posted with the event listing in PDF format accessible via a clickable link. The SDA strives to add compelling events to the calendar with as much prior notice as possible to allow spectators, competitors, and clinic attendees to plan ahead. library—a repository of materials presented by equine professionals, personalities, and enthusiasts at SDA clinics and conferences. All content in this section is provided in downloadable format (PDF) to allow easy printing and device-agnostic viewing. Many of these presentations are quite large files so be prepared for a little download and/or playback time if you choose to view them in place. sda store—offers logoed merchandise for sale, available exclusively from the club. links—a list of member sites, professional service offerings, equestrian and driving merchandise sources, clinician and veterinarian contact information, and other equine points of interest. Volunteer—have you ever wondered what goes into organizing and running a driving event? Or what kinds of jobs comprise the volunteer workforce that is so critical to the success of these events? This page provides an overview of volunteer jobs, what to expect at an event as a volunteer, and answers to some frequently asked questions in this area. Contact Us—a web form that allows you to contact the club officers about anything you may have on your mind regarding SDA and pleasure driving. The Saratoga Driving Association prides itself on the currency of information on its website, and presenting that information in a pleasing, useful, and easily-navigable format with intuitive organization. It is the specific mission of the SDA to promote the sport of carriage driving, including commitment to the driving community as a whole and support of those friends and colleagues that make huge contributions to the discipline as clinicians, providers of professional services and products, and competitors. At the heart of this endeavor, always, is the love of the noble horse and the impact these wonderful creatures have on our lives. The SDA website exists to glorify the horse and to provide outreach into the community for the purpose of perpetuating a very old and fine tradition of carriage driving. Please visit www.saratogadriving.com to see what is happening with the club!
Jacob Arnold Wins FEI Single Horse Division at 2012 Cai-b littlE EvErgladEs CombinEd driving EvEnt
Competing against 16 single horse entries in his first competition with Hal, Arnold had a strong third place finish in dressage with a 44.37, just 4.26 points out of first. After finishing second on the fast marathon, with his brother Samuel as navigator, he moved into second place before cones. Starting at just .32 points out of first in the very FEI Single Horse division winner Jacob Arnold driving challenging cones course, Arnold had Halstead’s Shale. two balls down and .01 time penalties, performance. The win was a great recognition which was enough to put him in first of his tremendous performance this weekend. place overall. “Hal is very smart, talented, and well trained. In 2010, Arnold won the FEI Single Horse class driving his family’s Morgan I had been told that a Hackney Horse would horse, Spring Hollow Dark Shadow. not quit and he did not. I was very pleased With the win in 2010, having just in the marathon; he gave more every time I turned 18, he became the youngest asked,” continued Arnold. Tracey Morgan took top honors in the FEI person to win a CAI (International Single Pony division with Declaration, and Driving Competition) in the U.S. “Little Everglades Ranch is a beau- Elizabeth Keathley went home as the winner tiful venue for driving and I was thrilled with Rollingwoods Vidar in the FEI Pair Pony to be in a position to win again this division. Representing the Northeast, Leigh year,” Arnold said. “There had been Semilof of New York was the winner in the only one clear round in the FEI cones Preliminary Pair Horse division with Starshine and being the first time I had driven Regulus and Clearwater Midnight Majic, and Hal in a competition, I was not sure Lisa Singer took top honors in PRE Pair Horse how we would do. I was a bit disap- HC with LR Ami Bengali and John Paul. Leigh Semilof took the win in the Preliminary Pair For full results, visit www.littleevergladessteepointed that we had two balls down, Horse division with Starshine Regulus and Clearwater but was very happy with Hal’s overall plechase.org. Midnight Majic.
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SEF 2011 Junior Equestrian of the Year, 19-year-old Jacob Arnold won the hotly contested FEI Single Horse division for the second year in a row at the CAI-B Little Everglades International Combined Driving Event (CDE), held February 23-26, 2012. This year, driving Marie Quist’s Hackney Horse, Halstead’s Shale (Hal), Arnold’s win is an important finish in the second selection trial for the World Championship for Single Horses scheduled for September 12-16, 2012 in Companhia das Lezírias, Portugal.
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speaker, presenting ideas on expanding club membership. Her talk included group exercises where folks were asked Members enjoyed a potluck supper and guest speaker at the to exchange seating arrange- March 21 meeting. ments, thus sharing thoughts on possible new links to their communities An assortment of hats, bits, aprons, and other acceswhere potential interest in carriages and driving sories were laid out for view and for sale. We are all looking forward to spring and could be found. This part of the evening and all the interaction generated was most well summer activities, which are right around the received, seeming to promote further socializing corner. Volunteers have started signing up for our Pleasure Horse Show in June. Stay tuned to for everyone. In addition, members had been invited to bring our list of events, which can be found on the horse-related items for a tag sale during the meeting. club website at www.colonialcarriage.org. MAY 2012
n a very spring-like evening, March 21, about 21 members of the Colonial Carriage and Driving Society (CCDS) got together in the Coach Barn at Orleton Farm in Stockbridge, Mass. And they brought an array of tasty potluck dishes from their favorite recipes with them. The meeting was called to order by co-president Maureen Gamelli. After covering old and new business, Maureen introduced our guest speaker Ann Miles of the Carriage Barn Equestrian Center in Kingston, N.H. Ann, who holds a PhD. in education and counseling, proved to be a very motivating and inspirational
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Gaetana D’Alesio-Spina and her new gelding, Ferretti. CHRIS AND LARRY CASSENTI’S CHRISLAR FARM in Rowley, Mass., recently saw many sales. LINDSAY AND JAMES FIELD of Rowley, Mass., sold Eight Bar (Hoosier Viking x Hoosier MS Foxy). The 9-year-old gelding was purchased by Barbara Draper and family of Nottingham, N.H.
CHRIS SOLD UVM OPPORTUNITY (UVM Tennyson x UVM Eloquence) to Paige Crowley of Edmond, Okla. The 6-year-old gelding will be shown in the 13 & Under Western Pleasure division under the direction of Kelly Kraegel Varner of Cottonwood Creek Ranch in Guthrie, Okla. GAETANA D’ALESIO-SPINA purchased Ferretti (Mizrahi x CMS Ballistic) from Firewind Morgans in East Burke, Vt. The new duo will make their debut this season under the Chrislar Farm stable banner. JULIE SPANIEL of Sprucewood Morgan Farm in Colchester, Vt., sent in news of a colt born in February. He is by Minion Millenium and out of Julie’s mare, Stonecroft Ms Treble. A few weeks later, her mare, Graywood’s Gweniver, had a brown filly by MEM Bailamos.
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CASEY MCDONALD DOUGLASS purchased RWF On Display (Stand And Deliver x FRF Stolen Moment). The 4-year-old mare was owned by David Hebble, and trained by Mary Cockriel and Bob Kellert of Rivers Edge Inc., in Elizabeth, Colo. Ella’s show career will continue under the direction of David Rand of RAND. MAX LIBERTY of Lakefront Farm in Gray, Maine, purchased TRE Someday (Queen’s Romeo x Belle Escada) from David Hebble of Winston Morgans. This 4-year-old gelding was also shown under the Rivers Edge stable banner, and will continue his show career with David Rand.
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KRISTINA VINE of Wild Wind Stables in Wallingford, Conn., purchased Twin Ledge Isabell (Meldon Algonquin x Little Acre Victoria). The 5-year-old mare will be used to teach students all about riding and showing Morgans.
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ELYSE HENAULT of Warren, Mass., sold her 5-yearold chestnut gelding Jazzs Liberty Star (Jazzs’ Rustyash x Mint Jasmine). The Kirby family of Tiverton, R.I., purchased him. STACEY STEARNS of Connecticut and her Morgan horse Kerry Killarney were champions in Limited Distance (LD) and won a gold medallion at the Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Association’s (ECTRA) year-end awards. Several other riders took top honors aboard their Morgan horses, including Rhonda Batchelder from Vermont, who followed Stacey and Kerry Killarney in reserve with Ashmoro Billy Alan. They also won a gold medallion. MEGAN THOMPSON of Connecticut and UC Minuet were fifth in the LD division and won a silver medallion.
Burnie Thompson riding Depot View Dynamite Dolly. BURNIE THOMPSON, also from Connecticut, and Depot View Dynamite Dolly were reserve champions in the Junior division. ESTHER FIDDES of Connecticut and LBF Hickory Smoke earned fourth place in the Middle Distance division and won a gold medallion. WILSON GROVES from Vermont finished fifth in the Driving division with UVM Worthy.
Hawks NeopolitaN, owned by Mary Coleman of Pennsylvania, was recognized for achieving 7,000 competitive miles in his career by ECTRA. AMHA President Harry Sebring was on hand to present the award.
iN tHe Horse world’s people’s cHoice awards, CH Callaway’s Born cH callaway’s born with style and Molly rodney Hicks will be judging at the kentucky state With Style and Molly Codeanne topped codeanne won a people’s choice award. Fair’s world championship. the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited 13 & Grand National & World Championship Morgan Seat Equitation 14-Year-Old division. Gavin rode Under division. The mare is owned by Rick and Horse Show. The show will be held in Oklahoma Callaway’s Born A Star. Lynn McNamara and Kate Harvey Codeanne of City, October 6-13. Cedarledge Farm, and the duo shows under the truly NaugHty by Nature and owner Kathy direction of Kristen and David Cater of Cater rodNey Hicks of Rodney Hicks Stable in Richmond, Comeau were reserve in the Open Mare Harness Stables. CH A Dream in Color, also owned by Mass., will be judging at the Kentucky State Fair’s Pony division. This duo shows under the direction Cedarledge Farm, was reserve in the Adult FiveWorld Championship Horse Show. The event will of Rodney Hicks of Rodney Hicks Stable. Rodney’s Gaited Pleasure division. Kate Codeanne showed be held in Louisville in August, and Rodney will be wife, Janet Crawford Hicks, was the Reserve Artist the mare under the direction of Rob Turner of LM judging in the Hackney/Harness Pony division and of the Year. Turner Stables. Roadster Horse and Pony divisions. gary garoNe of Fairfield South in Richmond, gaviN gagNoN, who rides with the Garones Send your Morgan news to firstname.lastname@example.org. N.H., will be judging Saddle Seat Equitation at the at Fairfield South, was reserve in the Saddle
scHeNgruNd stables Farm Manager Amanda Krall reported two foals born so far this season. The first was a bay filly by Cartier and out of SSLLC Evening Edition. The second was also a bay filly, and is named SSLLC Cover Girl (Graycliff Tony x SSLLC Stop And Stare).
AMHA Convention Wraps Up at Hilton Walt Disney WorlD resort WitH sUn anD smiles by sUzy lUcine
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he 2012 American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Convention was held at the Hilton Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., from February 20 through March 3. Tony Lee, Pat West, and Glenn Winograd were the convention co-chairmen, and AMHA Region 4 and the Florida Morgan Horse Association hosted the event. “The 2012 AMHA convention and Lauren Foy presented Cheryl Marcelonis of CPM Stables with annual meeting was Morgan fun in the AMHA Golden Reins Award. the Florida sun,” said Cindy Mugnier, AMHA Past President and Region 1 Director. “It was wonderful to visit with members from around the country, Canada and the UK, and to celebrate the accomplishments of our wonderful horses and the people who love them.” Several Florida Morgan breeders Nancy Caisse received the AMHA and owners opened their doors on Promoter Award. Wednesday, February 29 for selfguided tours. The Morgan Marketplace and for sport horses, dressage for the silent auction also opened on Wednesday. Morgans, combined driving That evening, a welcome reception was held for and the World Equestrian Games, with Dr. Wendy Ying, those in attendance. On Thursday morning, March 1, the semi- USEF judge Bill Woods, nars started off in full swing with a discussion and internationally known on traditional Chinese veterinary medicine coachman David Saunders. Various committee meetings were held throughout the event. The American Morgan David Rand received the AMHA Man of the Year Award. Horse Institute (AMHI) Gala Auction was held Thursday evening, and with models wearing western attire from almost $17,000 was raised, with the top Showgirls Apparel, Showtime Apparel, and selling item being a custom bronze bust Harris Saddlery. There were also business and veterinary of the bidder’s horse of choice, donated by Maretta Kennedy. Holly Linden had the topics discussed on Friday. The afternoon winning bid of $3,000. The Yum Kee Fu session ended with the annual meeting of family donated five nights at their Key West, the AMHA members, followed by Fla., home. Sherry Cole had the winning bid the awards banquet. Conky Price was the of $2,500 on the vacation package. Once again, evening’s emcee. “The convention was really fun—warm Tony Lee was the top bidder on the Fus’ oceanfront property in La Jolla, Calif. His winning weather and great times with family and Morgan friends,” said Sara Foy, AMHA Region bid was $2,400. On Friday morning, April 2, an awards 1 Director. “The AMHA Youth Council had breakfast was held with AMHA Youth a great meeting and then a fabulous working President Rebecca Jones as the event’s Emcee. session out by the pool. The Awards Banquet Later that morning, a show ring fashion was wonderful, honoring many special folks show was held. Linda Weber of Hawkewood from the New England area.” Saturday’s topics included discussions on Farm presented models wearing appropriate Caleb and Josh Noble accepted the AMHA attire from the saddle seat and hunt seat equine land protection issues, horse and rider Breeders Hall of Fame Award for Burkland divisions; and Allyson Hughes worked Farm. continued on page 109
New York Stallion Service Auction Raises OveR $37,000 tO Benefit new YORk RegiOnal MORgan shOw
fielded questions, both specific and general, from the audience. Auctioneer John Bennett started the bidding in the Stallion Service Auction, and Ivan Beattie read the pedigrees while Annette Bakic ran the Power Point presentation, showcasing each stallion and their offspring. The high bid went to Astronomicallee, donated by C. A. “Tony” Lee III. This perennial favorite stands at Broadmoor, and his service was purchased by Sharon Kessler for Erdenheim Farm. An exciting moment during the The highest bid at the New York Stallion Service Auction evening occurred when the frozen went to Astronomicallee. semen of Saddleback Sealect, who Visit www.NYMorganStallions.com to see all was born in 1972, was the subject of a bidding war between a bidder in the room and an of the stallions whose services sold enough for unknown bidder on the phone. His service was their offspring to be eligible for the Sweepstakes ultimately purchased by Brenda Matusik, and classes at the 2013 and 2017 New York Morgan Regional Show. was the third highest bid of the evening.
to riding programs that sell your barn and the breed, to how advertising makes a difference, and how to sell your horse face to face. New England-based trainer David Rand sat on this last panel. The last event of the successful convention was the AMHA/ WWF Stallion Service Auction. Bill Carrington was the auctioneer and David ‘Tuffy’ Owens read the pedigrees. Rick and Debbie Lane accepted the AMHA Breeders Hall of Fame Award Mizrahi topped the for Cabot Morgans. sale with a bid of $6,000 from Vermonter Phil Alderman; and AMHA Convention BKC Valiant Star, who stands at Rand, received continued from page 108 the second highest bid of the evening, $3,500. yoga, several veterinary related topics, advances New York Morgan owner Catherine Haynes in equine sports therapy and rehabilitation, how made the third highest purchase of the sale. local clubs can help inspire growth in the breed, With a bid of $3,400, she won the breeding to as well as several marketing presentations. The Astronomicallee. William Haines of Ledyard Farms in Kings marketing discussions covered everything from the electronic society and online advertising, Ferry, N.Y., was the highest bidder on the cover
of The Morgan Horse, with a bid of $6,000. “I thought the convention was well planned, and the seminars were very informative and timely,” said Harry Sebring, AMHA President. “I was disappointed in the attendance, especially considering the location and the accommodations. It’s always good to have fellowship with our Morgan friends.” As the convention came to a close, plans were already underway for next year’s event, which will be held in the Pacific Northwest. For more information on the American Morgan Horse Association, visit www. morganhorse.com. show results
The following is a list of attendees from the Northeast that received significant awards at the convention: AMHA Golden Reins AwARd: Cheryl Marcelonis. AMHA PRoMoteR AwARd: nancy Caisse. CeCil BRown sPoRtsMAnsHiP AwARd: Barbara irvine. AMHA MAn of tHe YeAR AwARd: david Rand. sHow HoRse HAll of fAMe: HVK Courageous flaire and Kickapoo Kracker Jax. AMHA BReedeR’s HAll of fAMe: Burkland farm and Cabot Morgans. loCAl CluB newsletteR: Vermont Morgan Horse Association (third consecutive year). MAsteR’s CeRtifiCAte: eileen Hunter, Charles door, shirley Goodspeed. 20-YeAR JudGes’ AwARd: Michael Carpenter, luman wadhams. ● MAY 2012
he 2012 New York Morgan Horse Society Stallion Service Auction (NYSSA) was a resounding success. The combination of stallion services, additional items, and a silent auction resulted in raising more than $37,000 for prize money in the Sweepstakes classes at the New York Regional Morgan Show in September. Speakers included J. Bryan Hickman, who is the front man for fundraising for the Morgan Pavilion at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington; Jeff Wilson and Josiah Brown, who informed the audience of the formal goals of the western dressage movement as delineated by a new Western Dressage Association of America; George King, President Emeritus of the New York Horse Council, spoke about the Horse Council and how it advocates for the horse industry in New York State; and a panel of experts—Bonnie Sogoloff, Ivan Beattie, and Lynn Peeples—who answered questions about breeding posed by moderator Carol Stone, and
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onnecticut Morgan Horse Association (CMHA) held their Annual Awards Banquet on March 17, 2012 at the Nutmeg Restaurant in East Windsor, Conn. The banquet recognizes year-end award winners, whose placings at 14 horse shows and various open competitions are tracked—and 2011 was a very good year! CMHA would especially like to thank board member Shannon Santoro for tabulating points throughout the year and Vice President Debbie Hargraves for organizing the banquet. The Annual Meeting was held prior to the banquet. Several board members were re-elected and Caitlin Wolfe of Cheshire, Conn., was elected as the newest one. Ribbons and awards were presented in 34 categories to many CMHA members and their horses. Several special awards were also given out. At the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Annual Meeting in February, board member Eileen Hunter of Cheshire, Conn., received the AMHA Master’s Certificate. She was nominated by CMHA for her years of service and was recognized again at our banquet. Newsletter editor Stacey Stearns of Storrs, Conn., was recognized as the 2011 CMHA Person of the Year. CMHA also awards college scholarships to members each year. We had numerous applications this year, but two rose to the top. Brynne Cummings of South Woodstock, Conn., and Kerry Wolfe of Cheshire, Conn., both received scholarships towards their education. The Sue Brander Sport Horse Scholarship was created last year to assist a member in the sport disciplines. Members submit applications and an essay outlining their goals for their Morgan in a sport discipline. Kris Pollock of Deep River was selected as this year’s recipient. She will be attending a jumping clinic with her Morgan gelding. CMHA would like to thank all of its members and supporters for making 2011 such a memorable year. Plans are already underway for 2012, and the club hopes to see everyone at the Connecticut Morgan Horse Show on June 7-10, the CMHA Trail Ride on June 16, and the Connecticut Summer Finale on September 29-30. For more information, please visit us at www.ctmorgans.org.
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he American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) is pleased to announce the following five equestrians have been named to Team Morgan 2012 and will take part in an international three-part equitation competition at the Bluegrass Morgan Classic in Lexington, Ky., in July. Sascha Mills, 19, of Goldsby, Okla., Kendra Peeples, 18, of Oxford, N.J., Gaetana D’AlesioSpina, 19, of Mendon, Mass., Lauren Foy, 20, of Kingston, N.H., and Lauren Bruss, 20, of Columbus, Ohio, will all be competing. Ellery Walker, 16, of Marshall, Mich., has been selected as the team’s alternate. Trainer Suzanne Haberek of Broadalbin, N.Y., has been named as the team coach. AMHA is pleased to partner with the Bluegrass Morgan Classic to hold this competition, which will take place July 4-7 against a South African equestrian team. This year, the competition will be different from years’ past, in that it is a three-day event with each equestrian showing in saddle seat, hunter seat, and driving. A three-member equitation judging panel will mark the cards and awards will be given to the overall high point rider for both rail and pattern and the overall high point team. In 2007, the American Morgan Horse Association and the American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust approved Team Morgan, an international, multi-discipline competition program for Morgan youth ages 14-21. Past Team Morgan events have included saddle seat competitions in South Africa and the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show, as well as a competition in North Carolina in August 2009, and against the Stephens College Equestrian Team in November 2010. Founded in 1909, the American Morgan Horse Association is a nonprofit organization serving more than 50,000 Morgan horse owners, breeders, exhibitors, and enthusiasts throughout the United States. AMHA serves as a parent organization to more than 90 recognized Morgan horse clubs and national service organizations. For more information on America’s original horse breed, contact the American Morgan Horse Association, Inc., by writing to 122 Bostwick Road, Shelburne, VT 05482; calling 802-985-4944; or visiting www.morgan horse.com.
CMHA 2012 Scholarship recipients Brynne Cummings and Kerry Wolfe.
Caitlin Wolfe and Lauren Santoro took top honors in the Beginner’s Walk Jog Western Equitation division. show results
The following is a list of the Connecticut Morgan Horse Association 2011 year-end award winners: AMATEUR HUNTER PLEASURE: CH: Grand Cru Valentino; RE: MEM Main Street. AMATEUR PLEASURE DRIVING: CH: Medomak French Invasion. AMATEUR WESTERN PLEASURE: CH: Sunny Acres Most Wanted.
Saddle Seat World Cup Selection Trials A SucceSS At WilliAm WoodS univerSity By reBekAh SAvAge
Brooke Boyer riding Dancing Bear in the rail work portion of the three-gaited division.
Sarah Track, the saddle seat instructor at WWU, was pleased as well. “It went really great. We had really positive feedback from judges, families, and riders. The horses were really well behaved and patterns went really well,” said Track. “It was great to have top-level trainers here and [for them] to be complimentary.” For more information on the Saddle Seat World Cup visit www.usef.org.
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Ky.; Brittany Mc Ginnis, 19, of Fishers, Ind.; and alternate Rachel Rafolski, 20, of Brunswick, Ga. Riders trying out for the World Cup team rode two different horses. They were judged 50% on rail work and 50% on pattern work, and had to ride two different patterns in front of a panel of six judges. Riders were only allowed a 7-minute warm-up to become acquainted with his or her horse before being judged. WWU provided the competitors with mounts for the trials. Saddle seat riders from WWU acted as grooms, scribes, ran the concession stand, and did much more behind the scenes work. The school’s saddle seat teaching tech class came up with the patterns. Barbe Smith, who served on the six-judge panel, was impressed with the involvement and support from William Woods University and the strong field of riders. “I think [having William Woods University] involved is invaluable. I don’t think anyone else could do the job they do; from the staff to the students, they were all great,” she said.
illiam Woods University (WWU) in Fulton, Mo., hosted the United States Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup selection trials on March 31. A total of 32 riders competed in both the three- and five-gaited trials. Of the 32 participants, there were 20 three-gaited riders and 12 five-gaited riders. Five equestrians from each division were selected to compete in the 2012 Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup in Parys, South Africa, in December. A sixth rider for each division was chosen as an alternate. The riders selected for the three-gaited division are: Brooke Boyer, 15, of Johnston, Iowa; Brooke Jacobs, 31, of Georgetown, Ky.; Alexandra Lawson, 18, of North Salem, Ind.; Nick Maupin, 18, of Sussex, Wis.; Abigail Mutrux, 16, of St. Louis, Mo.; and alternate Emily Chapman, 17, of Tucson, Ariz. The riders selected to compete in the fivegaited division are: Hunter Chancellor, 16, of Evansville, Ind.; Angela Darrow, 20, of Hartland, Wis.; Drew Taylor Hewitt, 16, of Advance, N.C.; Ali Judah, 22, of Louisville,
Libby Lukas presents Linda Roto and Mary Shurtleff with their ribbons in the Carriage division. BEGINNER’S WALK-JOG WESTERN EQUITATION: CH: Lauren Santoro. BEGINNER’S WALK-JOG WESTERN PLEASURE: CH: Sunny Acres Most Wanted. BEGINNER’S WALK-TROT ENGLISH PLEASURE: CH: Medomak French Invasion; RE: Cabot Six Six Six. BEGINNER’S WALK-TROT HUNTER PLEASURE: CH: Hylee’s Seven Come Eleven; RE: Mattina’s Splendition; 3. Hylee’s The Devil I Am. BEGINNER’S WALK-TROT HUNT SEAT EQUITATION: CH: Lauren Santoro; RE: Molly Guglielmino; 3. Camille Henry. BEGINNER’S WALK-TROT SADDLE SEAT EQUITATION: CH: Jenna Blocher; RE: Charlotte Smith. CARRIAGE: CH: UC Cadberry; RE: Salt Creek Choreography. CLASSIC ENGLISH PLEASURE: CH: Stella Blue; RE: Sarde’s Still Smokin. CLASSIC PLEASURE DRIVING: CH: Season’s Hot Hot Hot; RE: Farabee.
Endurance winner Megan Thompson with sons Burnham III and Dale.
COMPETITIVE TRAIL: CH: LBF Hickory Smoke; RE: UC Minuet. DRESSAGE: CH: Cedar Hill Dynasty; RE: Cedar Hill Just A Joy. ENDURANCE: CH: UC Minuet; CH: Depot View Dynamite Dolly; RE: Mic Mac Amulet. FITTING AND SHOWMANSHIP: CH: Nicole Bobbi; RE: Colleen Costello. HUNT SEAT EQUITATION: CH: Sara Pizzuto; RE: Bianca Krzynowek; 3. Jada Goodwin. IN-HAND 3 AND OVER: CH: LNT Casanova; RE: Equinox Romeo. JR. EXHIBITOR CLASSIC PLEASURE: CH: Sarde’s Still Smokin. JR. EXHIBITOR COMPETITIVE TRAIL: CH: Depot View Dynamite Dolly; RE: Mic Mac Amulet. JR. EXHIBITOR ENGLISH PLEASURE: CH: Holly Brook Sudden Impact; RE: Hylee’s Christmas Beau. JR. EXHIBITOR HUNTER PLEASURE: CH: Hylee’s The Devil I Am; RE:
Jada Goodwin displays her ribbon she earned with Speakeasy in Outside Competition. RJMF The Great Bambino; 3. Equinox Romeo. JR. HORSE PLEASURE: CH: Tacori; RE: Indian Creek Splendid Son. OPEN ENGLISH PLEASURE SADDLE: CH: Medomak French Invasion. OPEN HUNTER PLEASURE: CH: MEM Main Street; RE: MEM Naughty But Nice. OPEN WESTERN PLEASURE: CH: Sunny Acres Most Wanted. OUTSIDE COMPETITION: CH: Speakeasy. ROAD HACK: CH: Drakkar Noir; RE: Banbury Hill Belletrist. SADDLE SEAT EQUITATION: CH: Nicole Bobbi. WORKING HUNTER: CH: Talladega; RE: Speakeasy. YOUTH PLEASURE: CH: MEM Naughty But Nice; RE: Grand Cru Valentino; 3. RJMF The Great Bambino. MORGAN TIME: CH: Valerie Bentley; RE: Stacey Stearns. ● MAY 2012
Heads Up By Lauren Bousquet
Arabian news THE CRANBERRY KNOLL ARABIANS AND SPORT HORSES crew in Fairhaven, Mass., would like to welcome Shelley Moniz of Fairhaven, Mass., to their family of riders along with her new mount, Saladins Vangorder (Gordie). Gordie can be seen in the Open Purebred Sport Horse division with trainer Cheryl Lane-Caron and in the Adult Walk-Trot and Amateur Sport Horse In-Hand division with Shelley for their first year showing.
CONGRATULATIONS TO JAN SHARP, owner of Darker N Bey, who was recently recognized with an Ambassador Award. The award is given to an Arabian for outstanding achievement in representing the Arabian horse community to the general public. “Darker” received the award because he connects with children and senior citizens as well as those with disabilities at camps, horse shows, and charity events. The gelding had suffered serious medical conditions as a colt, including a fractured skull and massive infection.
CONGRATULATIONS ALSO GO TO ALICE DRAPER of Erin, Ontario, and Bill and Alexis Doughty of Cape Charles, Va. Alice’s horse, CCF Integriti+//, and the Doughtys’ horse, Church
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Creek+++//, both earned 348.5 points in 2011, which tied them for the 2011 AHA High Point Achievement Award. THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION (USEF) has made some changes in 2012 in regard
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LEPRACHAUN SCR was also a recipient of an Ambassador Award for his work on the trail with the Rancho Cucamonga Equestrian Patrol, as well as his many parade and event appearances. “Leppie” connects with trail users in isolated locations that deputies can’t normally access. He also enjoys participating in parades like the Tournament of Roses Parade, where he gets lots of attention from children.
(Clockwise From Top Left) Shelley Moniz and Saladins Vangorder; Darker N Bey was recently recognized with an Ambassador Award; 2011 AHA High Point Award recipient Church Creek+++// with owner Bill Doughty of Bayview Farm; Leprachaun SCR helps emergency personnel learn how to use a large animal sling. to the Arabian divisions. The Arabian division no longer utilizes the traditional ratings, (“A,” “B” or “C”). Now the competition is considered USEF Recognized in the Arabian division. Send your Arabian news to email@example.com.
New England Arabian Trails Organization Awards Banquet A SucceSS with 40 GueStS in AttendAnce By Fred MAStele
n Saturday, March 3, 2012, New England Arabian Trails Organization (NEATO) held their seventh Annual Awards Banquet at the Colonial Inn Restaurant in Webster,
(L-R) Alexandra Coffey, Mackenzie Coffey and Rachel Harris display their ribbons earned in the Junior 10 and Under division.
Mass. Along with the excellent food and awards, NEATO President Roxanne Winslow introduced the new officers and board members for 2012/2013 as follows: Roxanne Winslow was elected President; Fred Mastele will be serving NEATO Club President Roxanne Winslow (L) and Faith as Vice President; Edna Liberty was Brouillard (R) present Edna Liberty with the Delight’s appointed as Secretary; Cheryl Mastele Dainty Lady’s High Mileage Trophy. will carry out the duties of Treasurer; and Jean Morrison, Karen Harvey, and Patrick (CTR), with awards for both Arabian/HalfArabian and Open Breed divisions. The awards Roach will be serving as Board members. There were approximately 40 people in atten- included ribbons, Breyer horses, and other dance that enjoyed a wonderful meal of either goodies for the juniors 10 years of age and stuffed chicken breast, grilled salmon with under, and coolers, saddle racks, helmet bags, lemon dill butter, prime rib, or pasta prima- and various other useful items for the adults. Perpetual trophies were also awarded to several vera for the adults. Those 10 years of age and under could choose from chicken tenders or individuals. The Neeraz Trail Versatility Trophy hamburgers with fries, pasta and sauce, or donated by Sisu Farms was won by Tammy Lamphere and Wimszical. The Delight’s Dainty grilled cheese. Following dinner, junior and adult awards Lady’s High Mileage Trophy (Open Breed) were presented for Recreational Riding, Pleasure donated by Faith Brouillard was won by Edna Trail, Endurance and Competitive Trail Rides continued on page 114
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Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association Celebrates Year-end awards banquet
NHAHA Summer Jubilee Open Horse Show August 9-11, 2012 Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH Judge: Mary Trowbridge, Bridgewater, CT Divisions for Arabians/1/2 Arabians, Morgans, Saddlebreds, Friesians, Appaloosas, Color Breed, Novice, Academy, Dressage Suitability, Sport Horse, Sit A Buck, Command Class and a Pro-Am Open Pleasure Class! New This Year!-Amateur/Jr.Exhibitor Open Pleasure Class & Trot for Paws NHSPCA Fundraising Walk-Trot Pleasure Class.
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(Above) Lorraine Murray (L) and Anne Cardoza present the RIAHA Rider of the Year Award to Misty Baker. (At Left) Anne Cardoza presents the Pleasure Mileage Award to Lory Walsh.
horse and a list of their accomplishments. Awards handed out at the banquet included champion coolers, jackets, rain sheets, fly sheets, watches, halters, dressage whips, cones and standards with cups, tool boxes, leg wraps, saddle pads, cell phone holders, treat bags, leads, and bridles, to name a few. All in all, attendees and board members alike enjoyed themselves, and look forward to another great show season in 2012. For more information on the Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association, please visit www. riarabianhorseassociation.com.
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committee found it more pleasing and beneficial time-wise to call the rider and name all their accomplishments. Instead of a ribbon, each recipient was awarded a plaque with both their name and the name of their
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he Rhode Island Arabian Horse A s s o c i a t i o n’s (RIAHA) yearend banquet was held at Bella’s restaurant on March 11, 2012. All attendees arrived on time and the Master of Ceremony Pauline Comire greeted everyone present. Walter Comire gave the invocation and all enjoyed a family style dinner of chicken and roast beef. Anne and Robert Cardoza present the High Point The raffle table is always Half-Arabian Championship to Stacy Hopkins. filled with a variety of goodies. This year, Kevin Dwyer managed the They first recognized the new table and did exceptionally well selling tickets. 2012 Board of Governors with His efforts were rewarded with a record high a round of applause and all the profit, which added up to nearly $300. RIAHA show volunteers were presented is grateful for Kevin’s success and for his assis- with a token of appreciation. Instead of the usual line up tant Lori Murray as well. After the amazing dinner, Pauline resumed of divisions and calling all the her duty of commencing the awards ceremony. recipients in order of placing, the
Liberty and Saintly Bar (Roanni) with 552 miles. The Greymist Arabians High Mileage Trophy (Arabian/Half-Arabian) donated by Cheryl and Fred Mastele was won by Tammy Lamphere and Wimszical with 513.5 miles. The FCC Brigadier Versatility Award donated by Jane Samuels went to Pamela DeSimone and Dakotas Braveheart. NEATO congratulates all the year-end award winners and thanks all the members for their support in 2011. The club would especially like to thank everyone that
attended the NEATO rides and/or volunteered their time to manage or help at the pleasure rides, a CTR or endurance ride. Without the help and support of the members and others, the club could not provide these events. They hope members will continue to give NEATO their support and participate in whatever way they can, whether it’s as a rider or volunteer. Club officials wish everyone success and many happy trails in 2012. The club plans to have several pleasure trail rides in 2012. The dates are posted at www.orgsites. com/ct/neato, along with the registration forms and directions.
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Bigger and Better than ever after 57 years
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he Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show held in Scottsdale, Ariz., in February was the place to be for Arabian enthusiasts, showcasing some of the most beautiful horses representing the breed. Farms, breeders, and trainers brought their superstar horses to vie for coveted titles at the prestigious show; which, for many is the gauge of the industry. The extremely successful Scottsdale Signature Stallion Half-Arabian Pleasure Driving Champions Program was prominently Halsteads Deven and James Lowe. featured throughout this year’s show. With an incredible, high quality selection of young horses sired by some of the 175 nominated signa- Arabian Western Pleasure Champions Sonoma Jazz and ture stallions; classes were big LaRae Fletcher Powell. and competition was intense, Performance classes showcased as breeders competed for the large monetary prizes. The beautiful colt Sultan ORA, who was the amazing courage, strength and Champion Weanling at the Arabian Breeder stamina of the Arabian with a full Finals, saw a repeat, unanimous win in the non- array of class types. The versatile auction Signature Stallion classes. Breedings are Arabian competed in Working Cow auctioned on the Wednesday night of the show Horse, Reining, Hunter Pleasure, (one breeding per Stallion)—the marquee was English Pleasure, Western Pleasure packed and bidding was busy for this exciting and Driving to name a few. The event. The Signature Stallion Auction unites Scottsdale Show is known for amateurs and professionals alike in this acces- enticing visitors from all walks of life and for increasing an awareness Junior Filly Champion Herondina JCA. sible, high-profile Arabian program. and love for the breed. Magnificoo, who is now 23, was honored on Attendees were the Saturday night of Championship able to walk from Weekend—it was an emotional moment ring to ring (six for the crowds as Echo entered the ring. That rings in total) and night also included some annual favorite see these beautiful championship classes such as the $5K Liberty, horses perform in Gamblers Choice and Mounted Native so many ways, for Costume. It was standing room only for this the 10-day dura- magical night. Youth classes were highly competitive, as tion of the show. The Scottsdale usual. Scottsdale provides an excellent platform Classic halter for these young riders—the future of the breed. classes were $100,000 in scholarship money was awarded to filled with stun- young riders at this show. There was record attendance this year, and ning horses. The Scottsdale Supreme it’s no surprise. The show’s reputation precedes Champion and it, and it is highly anticipated by many every Senior Stallion year. The competition truly offered something Champion was for everybody. Next up is the Arabian Breeder Finals the beautiful Aria Impresario. His in October. For more information, visit www. grand-sire, Echo scottsdaleshow.com. Junior Colt Champion Prince of Persia.
Heads Up By Kim Ablon Whitney
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Sarah and Lauren Ebell with their ponies. KATHY FLETCHER AND LAUREL TINNEY of Grazing Fields Farm (GFF) in Buzzards Bay, Mass., both kept quite busy in Wellington, Fla. Kate Johnson and Millthyme Lambrini were stars in the THIS Medal, with top–four finishes every week, including a couple of wins! Emma Fletcher and her pony Ivy Green made their Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) debut; Jenny Swanson, Devon McCarthy, and Holly French all had new mounts in the jumper ring, and adult riders Marge Sidman, Renee Portnoy, Mindy Whitman, and Cindi Boudreau all had fun both in and out of the show ring. ASHLEIGH HENDERSON STEWART has been picking out some fine young horses from Europe—daughter Hayden Stewart and her recent import, Farmer Brown, were WEF champions in the children’s hunters their first week out, while big sister, Avery, had a great season in the jumpers on her new horse, Utopia. GFF alumni Caranine Smith and Taylor Schoonover were on hand to do some riding and showing, and Casey Larusso, Margot Sanger Katz, and Megan Winkhaus were also welcome additions to the Florida crew! Jen Ritucci was also at WEF to help with training and riding, and kept everyone entertained with her tales of travel and celebrity encounters! Back home, everyone took advantage of the mild weather to do some winter showing with Amber Woodruff. Julie Chandler Kelly and her riders are all very happy in their new home and have been busy showing and training, and USEF “R” judge Nancy Murphy braved the only
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Jenny Swanson with her new mount, Patriot K, and barnmate Jen Ritucci. snowstorm of the season to present a horse showing clinic! SEVERAL OF JEN SULLIVAN’S STUDENTS in the lesson program won year-end awards at their very first Cranberry Circuit High Point Awards Banquet. THE GRAZING FIELDS IEA TEAM also had a successful inaugural season, with Nicole Lundquist, and sisters Cara and Kate San Fratello qualifying for the Zone finals. And special congratulations are in order for Debbie Lamonica and Julie Barry on their recent purchases of their horses Gilligan and Vivaldi, respectively. KIP ROSENTHAL AND PAM AND RANDY MULLINS will be the featured clinicians at this year’s USHJA sponsored clinic. It will be held on Monday, July 23, after warm-ups for the Head of the Bay Classic. SARAH AND LAUREN EBELL have journeyed a long way from their birthplace of South Africa and are making a splash in the pony divisions here in the U.S.! The Woodridge Farm students are leasing fantastic new ponies this year; Sarah will be aboard Tiggydoo and Lauren will be piloting Woodlands Moon Fox. These two will be combinations to watch in 2012! WITH THE MILD WINTER THIS YEAR it’s hard to believe that last year several barns suffered a collapse of their indoor arenas. Most have rebuilt including Hidden Brook Stables of
Lebanon, Conn. Their 70’ x 140’ indoor by Franklin Builders of Pennsylvania is just about complete after losing it to heavy snow on January 27, 2011. Holly Rebello and everyone from the farm is looking forward to riding indoors after riding outside all winter! ARE YOU A CURRENT USHJA junior or amateur member, 21 years of age or younger? If so, you can register for the USHJA’s newest program, the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge (HQC) presented by Sweet Briar College. The HQC educates and recognizes young equestrians who have exceptional horsemanship knowledge. The goal of this program is to ignite passion for advancing horsemanship education and make it an integral part of equestrian life. BOTH A STUDY GUIDE and the Level One and Two quizzes are available online. High-scoring participants advance to the more challenging Level Two Quiz, and several top ranked scores advance to the HQC Finals, held in conjunction with the Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session in November 2012. The HQC Finals include a written test, hands-on practicum, and many educational clinics and seminars. High scoring participants have multiple opportunities to qualify for the Finals and earn the right to audit the EAP National Training Session. Registration is free! Send your news for future columns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HITS Ocala Winter Circuit Wraps Up NINE WEEks of shoW JUmpINg
$100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix
High Performance riders were well primed for the HITS Ocala season finale—the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by Great American Insurance Group. Judging by the crowds that gathered and the challenges presented within the ring, this grand prix was the most exciting class of the season. Forty-one competitors attempted to pocket serious prize money and valuable qualifying positions for the 2012 Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. International Course Designer Florencio Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico, set the toughest track of the season as Aaron Vale of Morriston, Fla., and Karen Cudmore of Omaha, Neb., went head-to-head in the jump-off. Cudmore prevailed as she and Blair Cudmore’s Shea captured first place after a four fault jump-off round in 52.13 seconds. Vale and Honeylands Douglason, owned by Doug’s Crew, dropped two rails in the jump-off in 48.65 seconds to finish in second. HITS Ocala delighted equestrian enthusiasts from around the world via a live webcast of the day’s events. Courtesy of HRTV, the Network for Horse Sports, and A Good Show, the Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix went viral. Expert commentating was provided during the event by HRTV Host Caton Bredar, with
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After one of the most dominant seasons ever at HITS Ocala by any rider, Tracy Fenney finished the season leading the way in the 2012 Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix Rider Rankings with her $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix winners Karen Cudmore mount MTM Centano. The and Shea. pair earned $84,500. HITS Thermal’s Chris this season wasn’t enough, 16-year-old Michael Pratt and Cruise finished at second place Hughes of Allendale, N.J., repeated history in the standings with $72,800 and Francie when he won the R.W. Mutch Equitation Steinwedell-Carvin with Taunus ended in third Championship for the second year in a row at place with $60,955. HITS Ocala. “This is a fun class to do because of how it’s set up,” said Hughes. “It’s really challenging, $10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix Kate Conover of Ocala, Fla., and Redfield’s Peron finished the season strong with a win in the $10,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix, which marked their second victory together over the course of the season. The third place finalist at the inaugural Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix last September, Conover again has her sights set on the class for this year. Second place was awarded to the winner of the inaugural Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final, Samantha Schaefer and John Skinner’s Wonderland, while fellow finalist Jane Gaston and her own Lumiere finished in third. Maryland native Mary Lisa Leffler and Rolling Acres’ Gerona 92 finished in fourth place to add R.W. Mutch Equitation Champion more points to their standings. Michael Hughes.
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HITS Ocala’s Mary Lisa Leffler and Gerona 92 finished the season leading the way in the standings for the 2012 Diamond Mills $500,000 3'3'' Hunter Prix Final. Once a grand prix team, the duo now excels in the hunters as they plan to make stops at HITS Culpeper and eventually HITS-onthe-Hudson for the greatest show jumping weekend of all time. HITS Thermal’s Joie Gatlin and Nick Haness finished closely in second and third place and will undoubtedly make the trip across the country this September for the chance of a lifetime.
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but it’s definitely good for improving your riding. We all help each other out in this class and it’s good when you can compete and have fun with your friends in a class like this.” The Championship is designed to challenge riders with an array of tests, which include gymnastics lines and flying lead changes, all without help or assistance from their trainers. A panel of judges, as well as a schooling area committee, award a total score to each contestant based on their performance during two rounds of competition. The top riders who returned for the second round to join Hughes were Hasbrouck Donovan of Gainesville, Fla., Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kan., and Alexandra Carlton of Madison, Conn. Hughes finished ahead of the pack, while Holloway placed second, Donovan third, and Carlton fourth. These riders displayed their talents all season long with outings in
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he 2012 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit was one of the most exciting seasons ever at HITS Post Time Farm with outstanding weather and nine weeks of non-stop hunter/jumper competition. All season long, riders from every level showcased their talents as the road to HITS Championship Weekend, scheduled for September 7-9 at HITS-on-the-Hudson, made its annual stop in Ocala, Fla.
various classes, including the Grand Prix, Junior Hunters, and Junior Jumpers.
$25,000 Marshall & Sterling Team Barber Child/Adult Jumper Classic
The $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix wasn’t the only big event in the Grand Prix field—the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Team Barber Child/Adult Jumper Classic saw 78 competitors prepped to compete. Katherine Edgell of Flanders, N.J., and her own Miss Kitty captured the first place ribbon. The pair has had great success together for many years at HITS Ocala, Culpeper and HITS-onthe-Hudson. In 2010, Edgell and Miss Kitty won the $15,000 Marshall & Sterling Child/ Adult Jumper Classic night class at HITS Ocala. Each year, they make their way to the Marshall & Sterling League National Finals in Saugerties, N.Y., in hopes of capturing the national title and consistently finish within the top ribbons. “She’s amazing—a once in a lifetime partner,” said Edgell of her beloved mare. “I gave her an opportunity to shine and she owned it. She navigated the first round flawlessly and I knew she was in the zone and that the jump-off could be ours. I executed the turns just how Emil [Spadone] and I planned and we got it done. Every win we have together is special but there was no better way to end the circuit than to win the biggest class on the final day.”
Edgell’s excitement for Miss Kitty was not only for her win, but potentially bigger news. “We are in the process of breeding her and hopefully she is already pregnant.” If Miss Kitty’s career is any indication of her breeding potential, someday her foal will undoubtedly find its way to the ribbons. Second place was awarded to Charlene Graham of Fairport, N.Y., aboard her own Capricette. Graham had an amazing season, starting with being crowned the overall champion of the $20,500 Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper Championship at the HITS Ocala Pre-Circuit. Third place was awarded to another member of Redfield Farm in Califon, N.J., Olivia Dorey and Redfield’s Wynand. Antarès honored the Circuit Champions of HITS Ocala with a Parade of Champions prior to the $100,000 Sullivan GMC Truck Grand Prix, presented by the Great American Insurance Group. Special awards were also presented to a slew of competitors that helped make this season one of the most memorable ever. After an outstanding winter circuit, HITS Culpeper’s spring and summer series has already begun. On May 23, HITS-on-the-Hudson ignites as the road to HITS Championship Weekend kicks into high gear with qualifiers for the Pfizer Million, Diamond Mills
$25,000 Marshall & Sterling Team Barber Child/ Adult Jumper Classic winners Katherine Edgell and Miss Kitty.
$500,000 Hunter Prix Final and $250,000 HITS 3' Hunter Prix Final, which will take place September 7-9. For more information on the upcoming season in Saugerties, N.Y., visit page 127. To learn more about Horse Shows in the Sun, visit www.hitsshows.com.
Retirement Sale Sunday, May 20, 2012 • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. f After 12 years in business, Far Meadow Farm will close May 31, 2012. As we prepare to retire, we have a large selection of horse related items for sale, including: Horse Supplies Blankets Leather Goods
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For more information call 860-567-9850 The Kerry Milliken Clinic, originally scheduled for June 2nd, has been cancelled. We wish to thank our clients, vendors and employees for their business, their support, their loyalty, and their friendship.
Margie Engle and Reed Kessler Share Victory in USeF national Show JUmping championShip
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Commenting on the decision to share the title and not jump another round, Engle explained, “I actually thought beforehand that it was a lot of jumping that the horses had done and it had been really hot all week. Four rounds in basically three days is a lot. My horse had plenty of energy, but it is a lot of jumping big jumps and you want to have a little bit left, have something left at the end. We still have two more observation trials and an Olympics. I went to Reed, and for the welfare of the horses, it was the best idea to save them and not do anymore pounding. They jumped their hearts out and I think it was best to try and save them for what’s really important for what’s ahead. It was a quick decision for me. This way there are no losers. Both of us are happy this way.” Kessler agreed with the decision, but left the ultimate choice up to her trainer, Katie Prudent. “I don’t make those big decisions; Katie does. But for Katie, it immediately made sense,” she stated. “I agreed with Margie. We had the jog first thing the next morning and these horses had been jumping huge tracks all week. I would hate to be greedy and make them do one more round and God forbid something went wrong for the jog. I’d hate to be greedy just for the money or the title. I thought that was a great idea and Katie made the decision. I said it was awesome because [Margie] was 99% probably going to beat me.” Kessler’s voice shook with emotion as she took in the magnitude of her accomplishments. She was the only rider to jump double clear through the first two rounds. Although she had rails with both of her horses in the later rounds, she still remained at the top of the standings in a field of exceptional horses and riders, and now the possibility of an Olympic dream lies open. “I just can’t even believe I’m sitting here. I really didn’t think I would be in this position,” Kessler said after the class. “I was just looking forward to having a really positive first experience and so far it has been that! I think it would be unrealistic of me just to expect to be on the team. I have no experience and Cylana
he 2012 USEF National Show Jumping Championships and Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games concluded on Saturday evening, March 24, with an exciting fourth and final round under the lights at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. It was a full house of over 7,000 spectators as veteran competitor Margie Engle and young rider Reed Kessler tied for the championship title and shared the victory gallop. The competition included both the national championship and the selection trials for this summer’s Olympic Games, which were held concurrently. For the national championship, riders’ scores carried over through each of the four rounds of competition and $200,000 was awarded to the top 12 competitors overall. Those standings also helped to determine the long list for the riders that will compete in the Olympic Games in London this summer. Alan Wade of Ireland set the courses for all four rounds of competition held throughout the week and finished out with another great course. Twenty competitors returned for the final round, and just three were able to clear the course without fault. The final two horse and rider combinations on course were Margie Engle and Indigo and Reed Kessler and Cylana. Each came into the last round carrying cumulative scores of eight from the previous three rounds. Both pairs then had a score of four over the final course to finish with 12 fault totals. The riders agreed to jump their horses no further in a jump-off and share the championship honors. In addition to her ride aboard Cylana, Kessler was the first rider to clear the course without fault in the final round with her horse Mika. Kessler and Mika carried 13 faults into the round and kept their total score at just that. The pair finished in a three-way tie for third place overall with Mario Deslauriers and Jane F. Clark’s Urico and Rich Fellers and Harry and Mollie Chapman’s Flexible. Kent Farrington and RCG Farm’s Uceko also jumped a clear round over the last course and finished on an 18 fault total to earn the fourth place prize overall. Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Cortes ‘C’ were the only other pair to clear the course. The duo carried 20 faults into the final round and remained at that score for the overall standings. Madden ended up tied for the fifth place prize with Laura Kraut and Stars and Stripes’ Teirra.
and Mika are both relatively green at this level too. From here Margie Engle on in, I’ll do what(top) and Reed ever [Chef d’Equipe] Kessler (bottom) George [Morris] tells shared the chamme and I’ll do my very pionship in the best. It has just been USEF National the best week of my Show Jumping life. I couldn’t predict Selection Trials. any further because I could not possibly have predicted this.” The 11th week of competition at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) concluded on Sunday, March 25, with the $25,000 Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic in the International Arena, as Scott Brash and Intertoy Z took the title. For full results, visit www.showgroundslive.com.
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$150,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSIO 4* winners Nick Skelton and Carlo 273.
Nick Skelton and Carlo 273 Conquer $150,000 Wellington equestrian realty grand Prix Csio 4*
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The final jump-off round belonged to Laura Kraut and Cedric, who came the closest to Skelton and Carlo 273 with their clear round in 37.14 seconds to finish in second place. Colombia’s Daniel Bluman was faster than Kraut in 36.87 seconds with his mare Sancha LS, but had a rail at a tall liverpool vertical to finish in sixth place. Skelton and Carlo 273, an 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding, earned back to back victories in the $32,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series
ick Skelton of Great Britain continued his winning ways at the 2012 FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) with a victory in the $150,000 Wellington Equestrian Realty Grand Prix CSIO 4* on March 4, riding Beverley Widdowson’s Carlo 273. The pair beat out Laura Kraut and Cherry Knoll Farm Inc.’s Cedric and Richie Moloney and Equinimity LLC’s Ahorn Van De Zuuthoeve, who finished second and third, respectively. Forty-eight entries showed in the grand prix, jumping a course set by Anthony D’Ambrosio of Red Hook, N.Y. Eleven riders representing eight different countries made it to the jump-off. Just five entries were able to jump without fault over D’Ambrosio’s shortened jump-off course. Italy’s Luca Moneta guided Neptune Brecourt, owned by Mastroeni Nicoletta, to the first double clear in 46.92 seconds, which eventually finished in fifth place. Richie Moloney and Ahorn Van De Zuuthoeve cleared the final course in 39.76 seconds to take the lead, but finished third in the end. Moloney and his mount were immediately pushed from the top when Skelton and Carlo 273 blazed through the course in 36.60 seconds to take over. Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum was next to compete in the jump-off and rode EOS Sport’s Bella Donna 66 to a double clear in 45.94 seconds to land in the fourth position.
Laura Kraut and Cedric finished in a close second place.
during weeks two and three and finished second in the $32,000 WEF Challenge Cup Round 8. With Kraut and Cedric, as well as several other fast combinations to follow, Skelton knew he could not leave the door open. He noted, “I didn’t leave a lot. Maybe to the double I could have left one more stride out. I went a little bit wide to that, but the rest he was very, very good.” The first few competitors did nine strides down the last line, but when Skelton saw Moloney do the line in eight, he decided to do the same. “I saw the jump-off course before, but I didn’t really study it that well because the second part of the double was in the way, so I went along and stepped off on the side of the ring,” he explained. “I thought it would probably be nine strides, but then Richie went in eight, so I thought I’d better do that.” Skelton also watched Kraut and Cedric go at the end, and knew it was going to be very close. “Cedric jumped great. He is a fast horse,” Skelton said. “He is a little horse and he takes a lot of little strides, which makes you think he’s not very quick, but he is very quick.” Commenting on her round, Kraut noted that she did not get to see Skelton’s whole jump-off. “I only saw the last line and he did seven and then eight strides,” she said. “When I was standing on the platform watching, Beezie [Madden] and George [Morris] and I thought I should do eight and nine because he’s not big and doesn’t have a very big stride. I tried to go fast as I could to that point. I did eight on the first line. I got there so well and landed strong, so I thought, ‘What the hell, I’ll give a try,’ and got the second eight easily. In hindsight maybe I should have tried for the seven, but that’s not always the best thing for him. It’s hard for him to win when it’s a gallop like that; he does better with a lot of turning.” Third place finisher Richie Moloney was pleased with his horse Ahorn Van De Zuuthoeve in the class. Eric Lamaze and Derly Chin De Muze, Scott Brash and Intertoy Z, and Kent Farrington and Uceko, all had four faults in the final round. Lamaze stopped the clock in 38.47 seconds to place seventh, Brash completed the course in 39.58 seconds to finish eighth, and Farrington finished in 41.80 seconds to earn ninth place honors. Harrie Smolders and Exquis Walnut De Muze had eight faults in 39.64 seconds to place tenth, and Matt Williams and Samantha Tuerk’s Watch Me VD Mangelaar rounded out the jump-off finishers with eight faults in 43.62 seconds to finish eleventh. For full results, visit www.showgrounds live.com.
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that she suddenly was flying after that. Her turn after the combination to the wall definitely sliced some time off and allowed her to move in front of me. It was a great class and a lot of fun, I knew it was going to be difficult to beat Beezie going in, but more than anything I was pleased with how well my horse did.”
The morning of Wednesday, March 28, began with a 1.30m Open Jumper class. Michael Morrissey was the first in the ring with Vorst, completing the first course with ease and keeping all rails in place. He moved into the jump-off, once again concluding with a clear round and posting one of only three doubleclear efforts. His time of 32.602 seconds stayed solid until Leslie Howard took her turn with Goed Zo. Howard’s quick pace through the short course and tight turns eventually earned the talented duo the blue ribbon ride. Morrissey tried to regain the lead aboard Padie Blu Cardu, once again going clean and moving into the jump-off. Despite beating their previous time, the pair moved into second place
he Tampa Bay Classic, held at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Fla., came to an end after an exceptional week of competition. The main highlight was on the concluding day, and competition was fierce as the nation’s top riders strived to pave their way to the 2012 World Cup Finals in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. The $50,000 Grand Prix of Tampa CSI 2*-W was the last opportunity for riders to qualify for the impending World Cup Finals, and the battle came down to two as Beezie Madden and Margie Engle fought to the finish. Madden and Mademoiselle emerged the victors, beating Engle’s jump-off time by only 0.6 seconds. “I think Margie was a little faster in the beginning,” commented Madden. “My plan was to keep myself in contention if I had a rail down in the beginning, but I was already a little bit into the jump-off by the time I had the rail—it was a good thing I had the end of the ring.” Engle described the scene as she watched Madden jump the double combination, “I saw when Beezie hit the fence in the combination
$50,000 Grand Prix of Tampa CSI2*-W winners Beezie Madden and Mademoiselle.
behind Howard with a time of 31.999 seconds. Some of the nation’s top riders took their turn at the technical track of the Open Jumper classes on Thursday, March 29. Nicholas Dello Joio and Geledimar Z were the big winners, claiming the victory in the 1.40m Open Jumper class with the fastest clear effort. On Friday, March 30, ten riders moved into continued on page 126
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into the schedule while not losing sight of the show’s great history and origin,” said Godard. Pierre Jolicouer is joining the team as course designer. Judges will include John Barreth, Matt Collins, Jerre Frankhouser, Streett Moore and Susie Schoellkopf. In addition to the $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 23, 2012—which offers an ideal opportunity for young riders with sights on the highest level of show jumping and experi- Last year’s grand prix winner, Christina Kelly, enced riders to test out young horses—the aboard HH Narcos Du Marais. show will feature a $7,500 Welcome Jumper Stake and a $5,000 Amateur-Owner/Junior staff are focusing on making the show the best Jumper Classic on Thursday, June 21, 2012. it can be for all who attend,” said Ross. “This year the June show will be a dynamic New jumper classes include a Young Jumper Series (5- to 6-year-olds, and 7- to 8-year-olds) community event! Families across the community are welcome to come watch top-notch and a Low Child/Adult Jumper division. The Horse Show Committee is also experi- equestrians compete at one of the most beautiful encing a rejuvenation with Tracy Harris joining and historic shows in the country while enjoying Jen Ross as co-chair. “2011 was a challenge with Family Day, Vendor Alley, and food and drink all the rain and made it difficult for exhibitors, all right in on the historic grounds of the Hunt spectators, and sponsors to enjoy the show. Club in Westport, Conn., a landmark in Fairfield With a new show management team for 2012 County. Admission is free,” added Harris. For more information on the Fairfield County focused on innovative changes to the show schedule and also ways to cope with unfortu- Hunt Club’s June Benefit Show, visit www. nate weather should it happen again, the show equusfoundation.org/fairfield.php.
ow in its 89th year, the Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show, which benefits The Equus Foundation and will be held on Tuesday through Saturday, June 19-23, 2012, is getting a facelift. “We are deeply grateful to the Fairfield County Hunt Club for being selected as the beneficiary of the 2012 June Horse Show, and are thrilled with the new energy and enthusiasm being expressed by the committee and the show management team,” said Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman of the Board of The Equus Foundation. William Aguirre and JP Godard will be managing the 2012 Fairfield Show. Godard manages a successful horse show circuit that takes place throughout the Southeast. He is also a recognized USEF course designer and has officiated at Devon, Pennsylvania National, Washington International, Hampton Classic, Legacy Cup, and Winter Equestrian Festival to name a few. Aguirre has been involved with the Fairfield June and August shows for over 15 years. “I am very excited about being a part of an event with such history and tradition. We plan to make some updates and incorporate some new classes
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Jumper Classic. Bates and Monsieur Taloubet entered the ring with one thing on their mind—speed. The duo broke the beam in 39.304 seconds and nabbed the championship. Landrie Folsom and Santa Teresita Fantasma followed in second with a time of 41.834 seconds.
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the Tampa Bay Welcome Stake jump-off. The nation’s top riders joined the series, attempting to garner the championship prize in the $32,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake CSI2*. Molly AsheCawley and Carissimo were the top finishers as only one of three double-clear efforts. In the Low and High Junior/AmateurOwner classes, blue ribbons were awarded to Ashley Prusak and Rabin for their amazingly accurate and speedy double-clear effort during the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, and to Alexa Adelson, who rode Padie Blu Cardu in the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers Power and Speed class. Later in the afternoon, Heather Villemaire and Ca Va took control of
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the course, mastering the track and riding to the top in the Adult Amateur Jumpers. KC Van Aarem and High Five were the first to complete the first round course without fault and move into the jump-off during the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers. The duo broke the beam at 32.472 seconds, setting the standard for the remainder of the class. It seemed as though no other rider would be able to beat their time and accuracy, with Meg O’Mara and Tebow earning another doubleclear round, but unable to master Van Aarem’s time. The pair took third place for their clear effort in a time of 34.624 seconds. But when Ashley Prusak and Rabin entered the ring, the duo left all rails intact as they crossed the finish line. Almost instantaneously, the pair picked up a fast pace, and began their race against the clock. They took wide turns, using their large stride to their advantage, tripping the timer at 31.944 seconds. The $1,000 Adult Amateur Jumper also saw a highly competitive group. Seven horse and rider combinations were able to master the first round, moving into an extremely heated jump-off, but it was Heather Villemaire and Ca Va who won. Villemaire and Ca Va provided the most riveting first round, surprising the spectators as the 12-year-old gelding saved Villemaire through the triple combination, correcting a bad distance that could have cost them the chance to continue into the short course. The covered arena was alive with an energetic buzz on Sunday, April 1, as riders gathered to compete for victory. Elizabeth Bates and Monsieur Taloubet came out triumphant in the $2,500 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner
Wednesday, March 28 began with the Green Conformation Hunters, with riders taking on their Hunter and Handy courses with nothing short of confidence and skill. The well-crafted pattern of the course, designed by Keith Bollotte, was evident as Hunt Tosh directed Say Again to each fence with perfect striding. The Handy round included a trot fence that steadily led to a bending line, followed by an ending rollback. The next division was the Green Working Hunters with a competitive group. Tosh and Say Again were yet again a dominant team, taking the first place ribbons in both classes. Amanda Steege put in distinguishable rides with Big Girls Don’t Cry, earning the second and third place ribbons for their efforts over fences. Thursday, March 29 commenced with a competitive class of Pre-Green Hunters, completing the division for the first week of the Tampa Equestrian Series. Submerged in a group of talented horse and rider teams, it was Adrienne Iverson who would take the championship honors. She directed Maximus to a triplet of winning rides. Following closely behind, Steege piloted her second horse of the Pre-Green Hunter division, Winter Wonder to the first and third place wins, securing her first week one title of reserve champion. The continuation of the day included the Performance 3'3'' Hunters, which brought Steege to the top yet again, taking the championship with Cashmier and reserve with Prestigious. Friday, April 30 began with Amateur-Owners for those 35 and over. Mary Eufemia generated a third place Hunter round and a winning Handy course, sealing her championship with another first place in the Under Saddle. A continuation of the day showed even more triumph as the 3'3'' Amateur Hunters were next to compete. This time it would be Lynn Seithel guiding Versace to the top. While these exhibitors completed only a first day of showing, Seithel was able to jump to the top of the class with a fourth in the Hunter and a first in the Handy. The main ring opened on Saturday, March 31, with exceptional rides by the Large Junior Hunters. While the majority of the division had clean and careful rounds, it was Hasbrouck Donovan that impressed the judges. The accomcontinued on page 127
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plished junior showed Fidelia, gaining two wins. The Amateur-Owners were the next to arrive at the arena. Robin Swinderman and Inxs earned second and first to gain the championship title. The Small Junior Hunters started off the concluding day of
Saugerties, which has become one of the most important and pivotal circuits of the show season,” said Struzzieri. “Our goal was to create something simple, inexpensive, and centrally located to a large audience of riders. We hope that this final helps to shape these young riders into the competitors that we will one day cheer on in the grand prix stadium.” A panel of three judges will evaluate the young riders and their ponies over two days in a model phase, an under saddle phase and an Olympian Margie Engle and Lord Spezi on over fences phase for small, medium and large course at last year’s $25,000 SmartPak Grand ponies. Throughout the final, class sizes will be Prix presented by Pfizer Animal Health. monitored and feedback will be given to each beautiful show grounds in the country. Property individual competitor. Other special classes include the $10,000 updates continue in Saugerties as HITS has Marshall & Sterling Child/Adult Jumper added a new ring which will be known as the Classic during Weeks I and IV, weekly $10,000 “Outside Course.” This multi-elevation riding Junior/A-O Jumper High Classics, as well as area will offer a unique opportunity to showcase weekly $10,000 Brook Ledge Open Welcomes, some of the special hunter classes and take some which will kick-off each week on Wednesdays. of the time pressure off of the more convenWeekly $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix and tional rings, helping to create shorter show days $1,500 HITS 3' Hunter Prix will attract the and diversity in the schedule. For more information, visit www.hits best of the best among hunter riders looking to secure their spot in the Diamond Mills Hunter shows.com. Prix Final. Each week will feature two grand prix, one on Friday and one on Sunday. Both will be qualifiers for the Pfizer Million and boast prize money ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. HITS-on-theHudson will again Professional and Olympic athletes are faced with enormous pressures and expectations. welcome riders from all They know that success is built not only on technical knowledge, but mental training levels and all corners of and psychological readiness. To increase their level of mastery, many of these athletes the world to the heart use a performance coach in addition to their trainer. of the Hudson Valley Equestrian athletes - from beginner to Grand Prix - are often faced with the same pressures for world-class show and demands - in and out of the show ring - without the benefit of this valuable coaching relationship that can help dissolve the mental blocks to greater riding excellence. jumping opportunities at one of the most • Are you frustrated with producing the same ride after • Want to maximize your learning potential,
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his year, HITS Saugerties will be in a qualifying frenzy as riders spanning the spectrum of levels will make HITS’ Championship Weekend the last stop on their summer show schedule. Highlighting the schedule at HITS-on-theHudson this spring and summer will be the 14 qualifiers for the famed Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, seven for the second annual Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final and seven for the inaugural $250,000 HITS 3' Hunter Prix Final. All three big-ticket classes will meet in Saugerties, N.Y., on September 7-9, 2012. The HITS Saugerties Show Series will get underway May 23 with three consecutive weeks of hunter/jumper competition. Action returns to HITS-on-the-Hudson July 18 to kick off three weeks of summer showing, including the New York Horse & Pony Show. The last two weeks of competition begin August 29 and will cap the season with HITS Championship Weekend. In addition to the many grand prix and hunter qualifiers for HITS Championship Weekend, equitation riders will earn their moment in the spotlight with weekly Marshall & Sterling Junior Medal qualifiers. This year, the Marshall & Sterling Junior Medal Final will become part of the coveted weekend and join the National Professional Horsemen’s Association’s (PHA) Medal to compete indoors at HITS-on-theHudson. For the first time ever, HITS will erect a tent on the Saugerties show grounds for these classes, similar to the one used in Thermal, Calif., for the World Cup qualifiers. Highlighting the Summer Series will be the premiere of the all-new HITS Children’s Hunter Pony Final to be held on August 4-5. This new Pony Hunter Final was birthed from the aim of HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri to provide a finals atmosphere to young riders and their ponies nationwide. “We felt it was important to create an opportunity for Children’s Pony riders here in
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COURTNEY COMEAU reports that, as of press time, she was in Belgium helping to prepare Joris VanSpringel for a CCI3* in Italy. Since being in Europe as VanSpringel’s groom, Courtney has kept busy riding and longeing his event horses, including Lully des Aulnes and Fyona van de Holtakkers, as well as driving their two-horse van and five-horse lorry to and from competitions. APPLE KNOLL FARM out of Millis, Mass., has added a new Tadpole division for their combined tests. The division, which has a fence height of 2'3'', was designed for riders not quite ready for Beginner Novice (2'7''), but needing bigger fences than Elementary offers (2'0'').
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THE GREEN MOUNTAIN HORSE ASSOCIATION (GMHA) in South Woodstock, Vt., will host its first Future Event Horse, Young Event Horse, and New Event Horse tests during their June Horse Trials on June 1, 2012. The divisions will include yearlings through 5-year-olds as well as the new category defined by USEA called New Event Horse. Yearlings through 3-year-olds will be shown in-hand and judged on conformation and gait. The 4- and 5-year-olds and the New Event Horses will be judged in-hand for conformation, in a dressage test, and over a jumping course for suitability to become high caliber eventing horses. For more on these divisions, visit www.useventing.com/programs. SUZANNE ADAMS recently shared her experience at one of Andrea Waldo’s Stress Less Riding clinics with USEA Area 1. She commented that one of the key aspects that Waldo covered was visualizing the best moment they ever had as riders, remembering, “This is why we do it!” Another exercise that participants did was write down
what they were really afraid of—most came up with things like embarrassment and disappointment. Adams said that she couldn’t possibly include all of the great lessons learned, because “it was that good.” Area 1 also reports that organizers were diligently working on the 2013 calendar at the Organizers Meeting, held prior to the Annual Meeting. Before the competition calendar was ironed out, items were discussed such as Area I spending; newly purchased equipment including cross-country timers and radios; event secretary training; and innovations in footing. WE WERE SAD TO HEAR that British eventer Polly Stockton lost her top ride, Westwood Poser, to a freak accident. “Mossie” got out of the horsewalker at co-owner Arthur Comyn’s yard in Ireland and galloped on to the road, where he was hit by a lorry. He died instantly. THE PEDLAR OFFERS ITS SINCEREST CONDOLENCES to family and friends of Amy Tryon. A member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic eventing team, Tryon passed away in her sleep at age 42 on Thursday, April 12. As we go to press, the cause of her death is still unknown. Stay tuned in our next issue for a full memorial on this great equestrian. THE INFAMOUS PAIR of Peter Atkins and HJ Hampton, better known as Henny, will be competing at Badminton May 3-7, in hopes of earning a spot on the Australian Eventing Team for the London Olympics. To support the trip and their Olympic bid, friends of Atkins introduced a fun fundraising campaign, where fans can purchase anything from carrots for Henny to his air transport. Visit www.shop.runhennyrun.com to see what other goodies you can buy, or contact Amanda Edson at firstname.lastname@example.org directly for large donations.
THE ROLEX KENTUCKY paired up with the Retired Racehorse Training Project to present “Thoroughbreds For All!” It will be held April 28 at West Wind Farm in Lexington, Ky., after the crosscountry phase at Rolex. The event is an invitation to shop for the horse of your dreams and an evening of education and fellowship for people who favor off-the-track Thoroughbreds. It will be a celebration, marketplace, and symposium of Thoroughbreds in second careers. For more information visit www. retiredracehorsetraining.org. Send your eventing news to kathryn.selinga@ pedlar.com.
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Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper Take Home THe FirsT adequan usea Gold Cup oF 2012
(Clockwise From Above) CIC3* winners Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper; Marilyn Little-Meredith rode to the win in the CCI2* with RF Smoke on the Water; Jimmie Schram and Bellamy took the win .
Dutton will surely boost his chances of getting on the flight to London. Although Mystery Whisper was originally purchased by the Wildasin family for their daughter Arden to ride, Dutton temporarily has the ride until the Olympics. “Arden does his gallops and some of his trot sets,” explained Dutton. “She is slowly getting used to him, but I think it has been a good process because I got to know the horse, and I will be able to help her better from me riding him. The plan is to give him back after the summer though.” The Olympics are definitely in Mystery Whisper’s sights, but he still needs to do a CCI to get qualified. Dutton does have a plan worked out for Ben. The pair will be heading over to do the CCI3* at Saumur in France this May in an effort to make a bid for the Olympics. For his win in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup division, Dutton took home an Adequan USEA Gold Cup Trophy, $500 in prize money, a seven-dose box of Adequan, $200 Point Two gift certificate, and $500 worth of Nunn Finer Products. In addition, he won a year’s lease for a Mercedes SUV. Sandwiched between Dutton’s horses, Marilyn Little-Meredith rode RF Rovano Rex
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hillip Dutton entered the final round of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup CIC3* at the Red Hills Horse Trials with three rails in hand. However, the significant lead was wasted as he and Mystery Whisper jumped clean around Fuzzy Mayo’s course and added only three time penalties to finish on the score of 35.7. Only seven of the 20 rounds in the CIC3* were completed without poles falling. “I’m very excited about Mystery Whisper,” said Dutton. “It is a bit of a fairy tale to have the horse for a very short amount of time and all credit to Heath Ryan who actually bred the horse, broke the horse, and educated the horse. It’s been pretty easy so far to get to know him, and it’s fortunate that the Wildasins have allowed me to ride the horse for a while.” “Mystery Whisper is a full warmblood,” explained Dutton. “Traditionally my horses have been Thoroughbreds, but now I virtually don’t have any Thoroughbreds which is a bit disappointing to me. That’s just the way it’s been. Nowadays you need to look for a quiet, good moving, good jumping horse that can gallop. With my strength being the crosscountry, when I am looking for a horse it is OK if it is a little bit slower but better in the dressage or show jumping. To a degree it doesn’t really matter what breed they are as long as they can gallop.” Dutton’s third placed horse, Team Rebecca LLC’s Ben, is also a full warmblood. “Ben is just an absolute superstar,” he said.” He has just been eventing now for about a year and a half so his climb through the ranks of eventing has been pretty steep. He just tries in every phase. I have devised a bit of a gallop routine, especially for putting him head to head with another horse and he went very well yesterday. He is still a green and up-and-coming horse. This year he still has a lot to learn, but by the end of the year he is going to be a seriously good horse.” With a water jump created to replicate the one at Greenwich Park and the similarities pointed out of the twisty cross-country course and electric atmosphere, the focus of the CIC3* was definitely this summer’s Olympic Games. A first and third place finish at Red Hills for
to the red ribbon in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup division. The pair did drop one rail during stadium, but had it in hand after thirdplaced Michael Pollard and Icarus had three fences down. Little-Meredith is no stranger to large show jumping courses on grass, as she has ridden in grand prix and international derby competitions that are held under similar circumstances. “I think that whenever you have the hills in the course it really adds a very strong element to it,” said Little-Meredith. “There was an incredible atmosphere which was fantastic—there was a lot of energy; it was fun to ride here in front of all of these people—but the horses definitely feel it and there’s lot to look at. Coming off of cross-country and keeping their attention in the ring and focused on their job is a lot of work.” For her second place finish in the Adequan continued on page 130 MAY 2012
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Valinor Farm Horse Trials Hopes to attract over 200 competitors
alinor Farm in Plymouth, Mass., will be hosting its annual USEA Recognized Horse Trials on June 9-10. Last year’s trials turned out nearly 200 riders over the two-day event and organizers hope that this year’s will be just as successful. Registration for the competition opened April 24 and will run through May 22. Valinor will be hosting Preliminary/Training, Novice, Training, and Beginner Novice divisions for the event. “This truly is a great event for riders of all different levels—the footing is fabulous, the terrain is spectacular, and the jumps are friendly!” says event secretary Robyn Risso. The schedule for the weekend is tentatively set to start with dressage at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, followed by show jumping at 11:00 a.m. and cross-country immediately following for the Preliminary/Training, Training, and Beginner Novice divisions. Sunday will see the same schedule with Novice and Beginner Novice divisions. Riders should wear their crosscountry attire during show jumping classes. Ribbons will be awarded up to sixth place for each division in addition to some great prizes sponsored by SmartPak and the Hitching Post Tack Shop. The Valinor Farm Horse Trials is one of the few events in New England sponsored by the Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) this year. The T.I.P. will be offering cash prizes and ribbons for the best placing off-the-track Thoroughbreds in each division, according to Risso. If you are competing a Thoroughbred, be sure to register with the T.I.P. before the trials. For more information, visit www.tjctip.com. For more information on the Valinor Farm Horse Trials, visit www.valinorfarm.com. 130
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he popular Groton House Farm Horse Trials will take place this year at the farm’s facilities in Hamilton, Mass., during the weekend of June 29 – July 1. Registration for the event will begin on May 15 and will continue through June 12. Divisions included will be Preliminary, Preliminary/Training, A scene from last Training/Novice, Training, Novice, year’s Horse Trials. and Intermediate/Preliminary if there is enough demand for it. For top finishers in each section, there will be one who will judge the dressage tests. Ann Getchell of Massachusetts and Janine Preece McClain of trophy and eight ribbons awarded. In addition to the regular ribbons and Vermont will be the judges for cross-country. trophies handed out in each in each class, there And Susie Banta Lowery will be judging the will also be six perpetual trophies awarded show jumping classes. There are several nearby accommodations during the trials. The Jim Stamets Award will be given to the lowest scoring Senior Training that participants can book in advance as well. rider; the Janet Read Memorial Trophy will Country Garden, Lakeview Motor Lodge, be presented to the rider and groom of the Kaede B&B, Arbor Inn Motel, Essex River Intermediate horse with the lowest dressage House Motel, Village Green, Motel 6, Comfort score; the Willowdale Trophy will be awarded Inn, and Sheraton Ferncroft are all surrounding to the low scoring Senior Open Novice rider; accommodations located within 13 miles of the Windrush Farm Trophy will go to the oldest Groton House Farm. Food will be available on the grounds during horse to finish in eighth place or above; the Muffin Cup will be given to the lowest scoring the event. Participants should take note that Junior Training horse; and the Lomax Cup will there is no cross-country schooling available be awarded to the lowest scoring Junior/Young at Groton House and also levels may be divided or combined at the competition as Rider Open Preliminary horse and rider. Those overseeing the event include Ray entries warrant. There are no electric hookups Denis of Massachusetts, who will act as the available, and motorcycles and ATVs are not Technical Delegate for the trials; as well as Bill allowed on the grounds. For more information on this event, visit McMullin of Massachusetts, Jerilyn Nieder of New Hampshire, and Jane Ashley of Vermont, www.grotonhousefarm.com.
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USEA Gold Cup division, Little-Meredith took home a seven-dose box of Adequan and a $100 Point Two gift certificate. In addition to her three-star finish, LittleMeredith topped the leaderboard of the CIC2* with RF Smoke on the Water. “He hasn’t had a weak moment all weekend,” she said. “So he really deserved the win.” Smoky then got a little break before heading to the Fork. “I would love to get him qualified to do something fun this summer in Europe,” Little-Meredith added. “When they are this good and
they step up this strongly you have such a tendency to keep on running with it, but this is new to him too, so I want to go easy on him.” In the CIC*, Jimmie Schramm led from start to finish with Bellamy. The pair added nothing to their dressage score of 46 to lead the victory gallop. Kendal Lehari made a long climb from 11th place in the Advanced to finish on top with Daily Edition. Riders were picking up time penalties left and right in that division so her single digit time penalties gave her a huge overnight leap which she maintained with a clean show jumping round. -Courtesy of the USEA
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ould you use more preparation before you ride a dressage test at a show or event? Would you and your horse benefit from a “trial run” in the show ring without all the pressure of a real competition? Would you like to receive constructive feedback from a judge and then get to ride your test again? If this sounds like something you need, then CDCTA has a great opportunity for you! It’s called a Ride-Critique-Ride. In a Ride-Critique-Ride, a participant performs the test of their choice and receives verbal feedback from the judge at the end of it. The rider will then be given a short break in order to reflect on their performance and to prepare to improve the next ride. She or he will then execute the same test again. This time the rider will receive an official test score like she or he would at a standard show. Official USEF dressage tests are used for this and USEF/USDF regulations are followed. Some local organizations (CDCTA included) will accept these tests towards year-end awards and other happenings, which require scores to be submitted. Interested in participating? CDCTA is offering two Ride-Critique-Rides with local
judges and barns this year. The first will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Grandview Stable in Columbia, Conn. Claudia Tarlov, USDF Silver Medalist and L-Graduate with Distinction, will be the judge. The second will be held on Sunday, September 16 at Fox Ledge Farm in East Haddam, Conn., with Ann Guptill, an “L” judge. Ann is also a USDF Certified Instructor and serves as a faculty member for USDF
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by eliminating the longer Roads & Tracks and the Steeplechase parts of the test, thereby reducing the amount of area required to host the sport. Because eventing requires so much volunteer support, the staff at Southern 8ths is always reaching out to add volunteers to contribute their time, talent, and energy to help build and support this local venue and all it will bring to the community. Anyone can volunteer; no horse experience is needed. Simply visit the Southern 8ths website, and fill out the volunteer form. Volunteers will receive a gift to keep the memory alive such as a hat, T-shirt, coupons, free schooling, and facility use for clubs and associations (for volunteer groups). For information, call organizer Foy Barksdale at 919-656-8593 or email email@example.com. diAnA derosA
f ever there was a place that shouts Jennifer Davis “Long Live the Long Format,” aboard Cor de Southern 8ths Farm is that place. Chasse at last year’s On May 3-6, the farm will host Southern Eighths/ the second annual So8ths/Nikon Nikon Three-Day Three-Day Event in Chesterfield, S.C. Event. This long format three-day event is where Beginner Novice, Novice and Training Eventing Association (USEA). This historic level riders can negotiate their ultimate long ruling now allows those riders that represent format test in a USEA recognized Training the majority of the sport’s participants to earn Three-Day, Novice Three-Day and Beginner USEA National Year-End Points and eventing championship qualifications. Novice Three-Day event. The long format is the traditional version of This year’s event will be the first to offer the Beginner Novice and Novice levels as recog- the sport, which dates back to the early 20th nized three-day events. In the past, Training century and was first introduced in the 1912 has been recognized at the three-day level but it Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. While it was only this past February that the other two changed slightly over the years, in 2004 the were added into the fold by the United States Olympics changed the sport to the short format
Instructor Certification, conducting workshops throughout the U.S. CDCTA is fortunate to have the expertise of both these judges as part of the effort to help riders and horses prepare for and improve in the show year. To register for a Ride-Critique-Ride, visit www.cdctaonline.com for contact information, rules, and registration information. Space will be limited so be sure to plan your show schedule and preparation early! Participation in a Ride-Critique-Ride will help you to improve your performance, confidence, and scores this show season!
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t was a full, exciting three days to wrap up the Southern Pines Horse Trials series at the Carolina Horse Park (CHP) in Raeford, N.C. Coming off a successful Southern Pines Horse Trials I, held March 10-11, with nearly 350 entries competing at Beginner Novice through Preliminary, the Carolina Horse Park continued to impress two weeks later Sinead Halpin won the Open at the Southern Pines Horse Intermediate Division A with Manoir Trials II. With each division De Carneville. competing for enticing prize Southern Pines I to the PROs at money and incentives, this first stop on the PRO (Professional Southern Pines II, these events are Riders Organization) National a highlight of both the CHP and Tour Circuit, included over 60 the eventersâ€™ calendar.â€? â€œI continue to be impressed Advanced Level entries. Winners of the Advanced Division with the many improvements and A included: Michael Pollard and enhancements Carolina Horse Judeâ€™s Law in first, Becky Holder Park has made to both its events and Canâ€™t Fire Me in second place, calendar and facility,â€? said twoand Kristin Schmolze on Ballyaffin time Olympic Gold Medalist and Bracken taking third. In Advanced Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Division B, Clark Montgomery on Champion Phillip Dutton. Boyd Martin and Neville Bardos, Loughan Glen showed why he is a favorite for the U.S. Olympic team, competing in Open Intermediate while Will Faudree and Pawlow B, brought the spectators to their and Becky Holder and Courageous feet as they soared through both Comet proved they continue to the cross-country course and the show jumping ring, proving be contenders. â€œWe were thrilled with how well themselves yet again as inspiring this past weekendâ€™s event ran and Olympic contenders. For more information and full the incredible level of competition we saw exhibited,â€? says event results from Southern Pines Horse organizer Sarah Connell. â€œFrom Trials I and II, visit www.carolinathe very beginning level riders at horsepark.com.
Heads Up By Lynndee Kemmet
THE NEW ENGLAND DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION (NEDA) is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. The dressage organization started in 1972 with just a handful of volunteers but now is the largest single American Dressage Organization chapter in the U.S. with over 1,800 members. NEDA hosts major competitions and has also earned a national reputation for attracting top quality trainers from all over the world to its educational events. Katherine McHugh, current president of NEDA, said it’s exciting for the organization to have spent four decades supporting the discipline. “NEDA was born from the idea that if the sport of dressage was to flourish in this country, two elements had to be present. First, there had to be a way to give riders access to the best European methods and trainers, because at the time we didn’t have many resources here. Second, horse enthusiasts and the general public needed the chance to observe the beauty of the sport by watching the best it had to offer.” To help celebrate its 40th birthday, NEDA is launching its latest goal of bringing dressage exhibitions to other disciplines as a way of highlighting it. So watch for NEDA-sponsored exhibitions this year.
the championships are held in late summer. But the plan for 2013 is to hold them around mid-October. AND THIS YEAR’S ADEQUAN/USDF ANNUAL CONVENTION is heading south to New Orleans. The annual convention is scheduled for December 5-8 and will feature an array of networking and educational opportunities. It will culminate with USDF’s Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet, which highlights USDF’s top volunteers and competitors. This year’s host hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans, is located right on Canal Street in the heart of the French Quarter, providing attendees access to the best that the city has to offer. For more information visit www.usdf.org.
(Above) Elysium Farm Fund founder Abbey Henderson with her horse, Astro. (Right) Tammy Paparella and Ana Capri at the 2011 NEDA Spring Show.
ASHBY STOCK FARM in Ashby, Mass., reports that it’ll be hosting a Conrad Schumacher clinic May 4-6. Schumacher, a leading German trainer who has been conducting clinics in the U.S. for many years, will be holding several clinics in the Northeast this season. Bill Warren and Bill McMullin will also be hosting a clinic with him at Dry Water Farm in Stoughton, Mass., on May 9-10. During the Ashby Stock Farm clinic, Friday will be open to all riders but Saturday and Sunday is dedicated to Region 8 Junior and Young Riders. Auditors can come on any day. For more information, contact Nancy Later at firstname.lastname@example.org. CAROLE MACDONALD
THE DRESSAGE FOUNDATION is currently accepting applications from U.S. dressage breeders who want to continue their education in the U.S. or overseas. The Elysium Farm Fund for U.S. Breeder Excellence, established at The Dressage Foundation in 2011 by Abbey Henderson, provides financial assistance to breeders pursuing educational opportunities related to breeding that will advance their careers, promote sound breeding practices, and further enhance the quality of U.S.-bred dressage horses. The fund supports attendance at educational programs related to breeding, such as a United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Sport Horse Seminar, the American Hanoverian Society Breed Orientation Course, the Hannoveraner Verband’s Breed Orientation Course, or similar educational program. No preference is given to programs focusing on a particular breed. Preference is given to USDF members. The maximum amount to be awarded will be $1,000 per year for those held in the U.S. and up to $5,000 per year for programs held overseas. Completed applications are due by May 1, and grant announcements will be made no later than August 1.
THE ANNUAL USEF DRESSAGE FESTIVAL OF CHAMPIONS will be moving west next year, after several years of being held on the East Coast. The USEF announced that it will be held on the West Coast in 2013 and is seeking nominations from organizations interested in hosting the event. Normally, when hosted on the East Coast at the U.S. Equestrian Team headquarters in New Jersey,
THE FEDERATION EQUESTRE INTERNATIONALE (FEI) has announced that riders from 41 nations have qualified to compete in the equestrian events at the London 2012 Olympic Games, of which 11 of those nations have qualified riders for the dressage competition. And in that list is a Japanese rider who made headlines around the world. Hiroshi Hoketsu, who was the oldest competitor at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is now set to be the oldest rider at the London Olympics; and if he does compete, he’ll be the oldest Olympic equestrian competitor ever. Hoketsu earned a slot as an individual competitor and he will be 71 at the time of the Olympics. Although based in Germany, he rides for Japan and is at the top of the FEI rankings for the Asia-Oceania league. ALL EYES MIGHT BE ON GREAT BRITAIN this year, but in 2014, France will be the center of the equestrian world. The country was already set to host the 2014 World Equestrian Games but now it will also host both the dressage and show jumping World Cup finals in the city of Lyon as well. The show jumping finals were initially supposed to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, but Mexico has now opted to apply to host them in 2015 instead, and France stepped in to take over for 2014. Send your dressage news to email@example.com. MAY 2012
Charles River Dressage Association LOOKS FORWARD TO 2012 WITH SOME EXCITING CHANGES SubMITTED by JILL DIGREGORIO
he Charles River Dressage Association (CRDA) has had some changes in their Board of Directors and line-up of officers. Kathy Eidam, Amy Rossiter, and Bradd Martone have joined on the Board, replacing Barbara Gokey, Pam Murray, and Kathy O’Leary, who had each devoted much time and effort to the club in years past and to whom we offer much thanks and appreciation for all they have done. Suzanne Walker joins us as club secretary. Cindi Dickerman, Kate Champa, and Linda Currie all continue in their roles of treasurer, vice president, and president. As far as planned events, 2012 features a familiar agenda. For up-to-date information, be sure to visit www.crdressage.org. CRDA will hold four schooling shows (in May, July, August, and September). We are excited to announce that Sue McKeown will be our new show secretary and show manager, and will handle all four of the competitions. CRDA
is beyond thrilled to have Sue’s expertise, as shows are probably our biggest organizational challenge. Sue also introduces us to yet another change; Fox Village will give you online access to your times and scores in a much more efficient way than we’ve delivered to you in the past. Sue had this to say about what she can help bring to the club: “I think the things that make me a good secretary are that I’ve been a competitor for many years, getting my gold, silver, and bronze medals, and training and riding my horse Marshal (Marty) to the Grand Prix Level. I have been a secretary for over 10 years, for shows such as NEDA Spring, Mystic Spring, Summer, and Fall, and the Centerline at HITS, and I am really excited to be working with Charles River, as I know how important their schooling shows are in supporting the dressage community in New England.” CRDA hosts a Spring Adult Camp featuring clinicians Lynne Kimball-Davis and, new this
year, Alix Szepesi. In May we host Cindy Snowden and our special clinician this year is Kathy Connelly, who comes to us in October. We hope to schedule another clinic (perhaps in November), so if you have a favorite clinician you’d like to ride with, contact CRDA and we’ll investigate! Club meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the “Party Barn” at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, Mass. Be sure to check www.crdressage.org to make sure there hasn’t been a schedule change. All are welcome to attend. Discussions include what needs to get done, but we often manage to fit in some socializing over a beverage or a snack. Finally, the CRDA is 100% run by volunteers and we always benefit from more help. Interested in writing an article? Helping out at a clinic? Volunteering at a show? It’s a great learning opportunity and we simply could not exist if not for all of our fantastic volunteers. There are not enough words to describe how invaluable you really are. Just drop a line to any of our officers if you can lend a hand. To all our supporters, we appreciate each and every one of you and hope that you will continue to support CRDA. Here’s looking forward to an exciting year of changes in 2012! For more information, visit www.crdressage.org.
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CRDA 2012 Schooling Shows
All shows are held at Apple Knoll Farm, 25 Forest Lane, Millis, MA 02054 May 6th - Spring Schooling Show Opening Date: April 2, Closing Date: April 23
August 12th - August Schooling Show Opening Date: July 9, Closing Date: July 30
July 15th - Summer Schooling Show Opening Date: June 11, Closing Date: July 2
September 30th - Jean Kendall Memorial Schooling Show Opening Date: Aug. 27, Closing
CRDA offers a vast array of classes and offers excellent year-end awards in the following categories: (For a copy of the prize list and show entry form, go to www.crdressage.org) Intro Level (any test): Average of 3 highest scores at a minimum of 2 shows by 2 different judges (JR, AA, OPEN)
Second Level and Above: Average of 3 highest scores at a minimum of 2 shows by 2 different judges (JR, AA, OPEN)
Musical Freestyle: Average of 2 highest scores at a minimum of 2 shows by 2 different judges (JR, AA, OPEN)
Training Level (any test): Average of 3 highest scores at a minimum of 2 shows by 2 different judges (JR, AA, OPEN)
USEA TOC: Average of 3 highest scores at a minimum of 2 shows by 2 different judges (JR, AA, OPEN)
Leadline: Average of 2 highest scores at a minimum of 2 shows by 2 different judges (JR ONLY)
First Level (any test): Average of 3 highest scores at a minimum of 2 shows by 2 different judges (JR, AA, OPEN)
Riders with Disabilities: Average of 3 highest scores at a minimum of 2 shows by 2 different judges (JR, AA, OPEN)
Above Leadline: Average of 2 highest scores at a minimum of 2 shows by 2 different judges
Vintage: 50 to 59 Years of age - 3 scores by 2 different judges, all scores used (all divisions rated together) Tower Hill Masters: 60+ years of age - 3 scores by 2 different judges, all scores used Overall High Score
CRDA Clinics and Events 2012 Whether you enjoy being a student or an auditor, come join the fun and educational clinics!
April 28-29, 2012 CRDA held its annual Adult Camp with Lynne Kimball-Davis & Alix Szepesi. Clinic was held at Tahuri Farm in Upton, MA.
May 19-20, 2012 – CRDA Clinic with Cindy Snowden Opening Date: April 2, 2012
Postmark Closing Date: May 1, 2012
Contact: Linda Currie, 22 Winston Road, Holliston, MA, 617-974-4441 or Lmcjixa@gmail.com Place: Tahuri Farm, 332 Mendon Road, Upton, MA 01568 Cost: Members: Private - $90.00; Non-members: Private - $105.00 Auditors: Members: $5.00; Non-members: $10.00
October 20-21, 2012 – CRDA Special Clinic with Kathy Connelly Opening Date: August 27, 2012
Postmark Closing Date: September 24, 2012
Contact: Kate Champa, 37 Creighton Street, Providence, RI 02906, 401-351-1683 or firstname.lastname@example.org Place: TBD Cost: TBD Auditors: TBD
TBD – Stay tuned for more clinic additions! If you have thoughts on additional perspective clinics, CRDA would like to hear from you! In the meantime, if you have questions or suggestions, contact Linda Currie at 617-974-4441 or Lmcjixa@gmail.com. Additional information will be available on the CRDA website, www.crdressage.org as it becomes available!
January or February 2013 – CRDA Year-end Awards & Banquet – Date TBD! Additional information will be available on the CRDA website, www.crdressage.org later in the year! In the meantime, if you have questions, contact Linda Currie at 617-974-4441 or Lmcjixa@gmail.com.
Not interested in showing? CRDA would greatly appreciate your help volunteering your time! Contact Linda Currie at email@example.com
For further information on CRDA shows, please visit www.crdressage.org MAY 2012
Northern Riders Top Competition at New Global DressaGe Festival by lyNNDee Kemmet
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iders from the Northeastern U.S. and Canada took their fair share of blue ribbons at Florida’s newest dressage series, the Wellington Equestrian Partners’ Global Dressage Festival (GDF) at the Stadium show grounds in Wellington, Fla. This year’s Florida winter circuit, the heart of which is in the Wellington area, featured nearly a dozen international-level CDI competitions, including five-star level events. Northern-based riders did well in both national and internationallevel competition against some of the best riders from throughout North America and Europe. Among these Northeastern winners is Alix Szepesi of Hamilton, Mass., who earned multiple blue ribbons in GDF competition, one of which was with William, owned by Margie Kelk. The Alix Szepesi and William earned first place in USEF pair scored a 75.541% for blue and First Level Test 2 and high score at the Global high score of the show in USEF First Dressage Festival. Level Test 2 competition even though they were a last minute entry. “His owner was a support system behind me is a huge plus.” Also showing well at GDF has been Canadian originally going to compete with William, but sometimes he gets nervous in the warm-up and Olympian Ashley Holzer, who is based in New he was a little naughty, so I decided to show him York in the summer season. Holzer has done instead,” Szepesi said after her win. William is well with both Pop Art and her newer partner a show jumper converted to dressage after he Breaking Dawn. She qualified both horses for the Olympics during the Florida season. showed a dislike for some types of fences. Their high score award bested former During a CDI3* competition, Holzer and Northeastern rider Christopher Hickey, who Breaking Dawn narrowly lost out to Heather now resides at Hilltop Farm in Maryland. Blitz and Paragon in the Grand Prix Freestyle. He and Balissa HTF earned the second Blitz and Paragon scored a 75.350% to take highest score at the same show with a blue while Holzer and Breaking Dawn scored a 73.714% in USEF Second Level Test 1 with the 74.275%. Talking about Breaking Dawn after that ride, Holzer said that he performed “pretty 5-year-old mare. Another big winner on the GDF circuit has good for a horse who hasn’t seen this atmobeen Connecticut-based rider Tina Konyot sphere at night. He handled himself so well. who earned blue ribbons in Grand Prix compe- He’s an incredible horse. He only learned the tition, including a Olympic Grand Prix Special one-tempi changes in November. I am proud win in the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Classic of him and will not push him, just allow it all CDI3* with a score of 72.644% aboard her to happen.” Also in CDI3* competition at the GDF, partner Calecto V. Konyot gave some credit for her success in GDF competition to Steffen Holzer had Grand Prix wins with Pop Art Peters and Anne Gribbons, who were giving including in the $15,000 Wellington Dressage Elite Developing Clinics in Florida this winter. Classic Grand Prix with a score of 71.447%. The clinics are for horses and riders who are The pair has been successful for some time and Holzer herself has been one of Canada’s contenders for the U.S. Olympic team. “The last clinic with Steffen and Anne gave leading riders for two decades. She has been me direction,” Konyot said. “He is still a stal- on three Canadian Olympic teams—1988 in lion, and that can be difficult sometimes, but Seoul, 2004 in Athens and 2008 in Beijing and I was very happy today. We are headed in a now it appears that she’ll be competing at the direction where we are both happy. This training 2012 Games in London. She also represented program is the best one I’ve ever had, and having Canada in the first World Equestrian Games
Ashley Holzer qualified for the 2012 Olympics with horses Pop Art and Breaking Dawn (shown).
in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990 then in Jerez, Spain, in 2002, Aachen, Germany, in 2006 and also the World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1989 and Las Vegas, Nev., in 2009. She also won team gold at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba, and team silver at the 2003 Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo. Another Canadian rider, Anne Sutherland of Toronto, enjoyed success, collecting multiple blue ribbons during the $50,000 Florida Dressage Classic. She and her 13-year-old Rhinelander gelding, Lancelot Fly, won two Adult Amateur Prix St. Georges classes and also earned the Everglades Dressage Adult Amateur Achievement Award. “This is my first season in Florida and I am so delighted to be here,” said Sutherland, who rides with Nancy McLaughlin in Canada. “I can’t believe how well the show was organized and everyone was so nice. I just love being here.” Canadian Paralympic competitors also did well at the GDF in para-dressage competition. Among them was Lauren Barwick, who has represented Canada in the Paralympics and World Equestrian Games, Ashley Gowanlock and Toronto-based Jody Schloss. Gowanlock’s wins included a top score of 75.000% in Para Test of Choice competition with her partner Maile. Schloss earned a show high score riding Inspector Rebus to a 72.500% in the FEI Para Test of Choice in mid-March. Schloss started riding at age 11 and returned to the sport after a 1996 injury. The GDF winter series continued through April and included a new Dressage Nations Cup CDIO3* that consisted of team competition in the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire levels. More information can be found at www. globaldressagefestival.com.
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Southern Maine Dressage Association Schooling Shows To offer Para Dressage Classes By susan PenDleTon
he Southern Maine Dressage Association (SMDA) will be holding a series of dressage schooling shows that will take place at the Hollis Equestrian Park in Hollis, Maine, on May 6, judged by Adam Cropper (L); June 10, judged by Willette Brown (r); August 5, judged by Susanne Hamilton (r); and September 16, judged by Patti Swan (L). SMDA’s schooling shows include classes for Intro, Training Level, First Level, Second Level, and Third Level and above. SMDA also offers a Musical Freestyle class. Although the majority of the SMDA riders are at the lower levels, the show is run in accordance with USDF rules and there are typically several rides at Third Level and above—it’s a great place for riders to practice moving up to the next level. Ribbons are awarded to sixth place, and large classes may be split into Juniors/Seniors at the show manager’s discretion. SMDA shows are popular in the southern Maine community, and usually fill with approximately 65 rides beginning at 8:00 a.m and ending at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Susan Pendleton riding Orion at a previous SMDA Schooling Show.
For the 2012 season SMDA is trying something new by offering a Para Dressage class for disabled riders. This will be run in either the small or large arena, depending on the test being ridden.
In addition to SMDA’s four regular schooling shows, there will be four SMDA-affiliated shows offered this year. Three of these competitions will be held at Greystone Stables in Berwick, Maine, on May 13, July 22, and September 23 and the Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization (SPHO) is offering one SMDAaffiliated show at the Hollis Equestrian Park (HEP) on July 15. To qualify for SMDA year-end awards you must be a member and submit scores from three tests at three different shows—at least two of these must be from regular SMDA schooling shows. The HEP is located off Route 5 (New County Road) in Hollis, Maine. There’s a large sand competition arena with good quality footing (even in the rain), and a sand warm-up ring that was completely upgraded in 2008. There are restrooms, bleacher seating, and picnic tables for auditors. Due to poor sales in previous years, SMDA will not be providing a food booth at their 2012 shows; however, bottled water will be available for sale and riders and spectators are welcome to bring their own tailgate-style food. There are convenience stores located within 2 to 3 miles of the show grounds as well. Spectators are welcome at no charge. For more information about SMDA, our schooling shows, and other programs (including detailed information on SMDA’s show policies and information on entries), visit the club’s website at www.southernmainedressage.com.
Europeans Dominate on floriDa WinTer CirCuiT By lynnDee KemmeT
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Prix Special with a score of 72.689%. Coming in second was Tina Konyot and Calecto V with a 70.444%. Vilhelmson-Silfven also took both first and second in the CDI Grand Prix at the Derby. First was with Favourit and a score of 72.043% and second was with Divertimento with a score of 71.149%. Konyot and Calecto were third. This was the second year in a row that Vilhelmson-Silfven has spent much of the winter on the Florida circuit. She was just as successful last year in taking blue ribbons away from the crowd of North American riders that have made up the usual corps of winter circuit riders. The Florida winter dressage circuit is beginning to show signs that it might become much like the winter show jumping circuit, which for the past several years has attracted many of Europe’s top show jumpers. There is little doubt that the Florida
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arch definitely belonged to European riders competing in the Wellington Classic Dressage and International Horse Sport Palm Beach winter series events. And one European in particular dominated. Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven won the CDI Grand Prix, the Olympic Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the prestigious Palm Beach Dressage Derby, held March 1-4 at Dressage at Equestrian Estates. A week later, she did the same at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II. At the Derby, Vilhelmson-Silfven won the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle with Favourit on a score of 77.300%, just ahead of Todd Flettrich and Otto with a second place score of 76.200% and Heather Blitz and Paragon with a third place score of 73.450%. With Divertimento, Vilhelmson-Silfven won the Olympic Grand
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven won the CDI Grand Prix, the Olympic Grand Prix Special, and the Grand Prix Freestlyle at the Palm Beach Dressage Derby.
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he Green Mountain Horse Association and Vermont Dressage Days are teaming up once again to provide an exciting program for New England dressage riders. The Green Mountain Dressage Championship (GMDC) is a year-end awards program for riders competing in Vermont’s USEF/USDF recognized dressage shows. The goal of the program is to promote dressage competition at all levels in the state of Vermont, and to provide riders with a season-long goal, attainable within the local area. GMDC shows for 2012 will include GMHA’s June 15-17 Dressage Show; GMHA Dressage Days, to be held July 20-22; Vermont Dressage Days, which is set to take place August 11-12; and GMHA’s Fall Dressage Show, scheduled for September 29-30. This program will be open to any horse and rider combination participating in Bill Warren and Gerente II at last year’s GMHA GMDC shows. Competitors must declare Dressage Days. a horse and rider combination and level of competition, and pay a nominating fee in order four eligible shows, in which case the lowest to be eligible for the GMDC. Horse and rider of the four scores will be dropped. Ribbons combinations are only eligible at one level per and awards will be presented for first through season. Once declarations are filed, the rider is sixth place at Training, First, Second, Third, under no obligation to submit scores or tests, Fourth, and the FEI levels. To become a part of and there are no membership numbers or cards this exciting new awards program, please visit to keep track of! The program will be adminis- www.gmhainc.org or www.vermontdrestered by the Green Mountain Horse Association sagedays.com for further details and a declaration form. in cooperation with Vermont Dressage Days. A limited number of sponsorship opportuniOnce a horse and rider combination has been declared, the high score from each ties are available for this program! Sponsorship competition will count towards the GMDC. is a great way to support dressage in Vermont The best three out of four scores at the while gaining exposure for your business. For declared level of competition will be averaged details, please contact the Green Mountain to determine the winner of the championship. Horse Association’s Karey Waters at 802-457Riders are encouraged to participate in all 1509, ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
a long list of nations—Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, and Argentina. Classes were so full at the Derby that wait lists were started well before competition began. Both the Derby and the International Horse Sport Champions Cup CDI3* were held at the newly upgraded Dressage at Equestrian Estates, also known as the IHS Champions Park. The 50-acre facility now has 10 rings, 15 acres of parking, 150 horse stalls for international horses and 200 temporary stalls. “The IHS Champions Park offers a wonderfully unique country atmosphere in Florida, an atmosphere that horses really like,” says Managing Partner Lars Petersen. “It’s laid back and very natural. Horses like to work here in a natural setting, away from the hustle and bustle.” The arena layout and footing in the main competition rings and warm-ups were upgraded this year to include one of the premier arena footings available in the world, GGT Footing. “This footing is used all over Europe at many top competitions,” Petersen said. Petersen is not only one of the managing partners, but was also one of the top competitors during the shows at the park. He is one of Denmark’s leading riders and during the Derby, he cleaned up in CDI Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire competition, winning both with Willano with scores of 72.982% in the CDI Prix St. Georges and 70.921% in the Intermediaire I. The Intermediaire I Freestyle was won by Colombian rider Marco Bernal riding Farewell IV to a score of 71.525%. Petersen also had much success during the International Horse Sport Champions Cup with the Danish Warmblood Mariett. The pair placed third in the Grand Prix and won the Olympic Grand Prix Special with a score of 70.667% ahead of second place finishers Eliana Cordia van Reesema and Jewel’s Adelante with a score of 67.356%. The top American pair in the IHS Champions Cup was Katherine Bateson Chandler, who rode the Dutch Warmblood Nartan to victory in the CDI Grand Prix with a score of 70.234%. Second place, however, went to another European rider who had come to enjoy the Florida warmth—Germany’s Anja Plönzke. She and the Oldenburg Le Mont d’Or placed second with a 68.745%. That German pair went on to take the blue in the CDI Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 72.200% later in the show, beating out second place finisher Mikala Gundersen, who rides for Denmark. Gunderson and My Lady scored a 71.175%. For more information on Wellington Classic Dressage, visit www.wellingtonclassicdressage. com. And for more on International Horse Sport Palm Beach, visit www.ihspb.com.
9th Annual PVDA Ride For Life to Benefit Johns hopkins Avon foundAtion BreAst Center
In addition to enjoying great food, guests can mingle with the riders and dance in the gala area where the band will perform or down in the dirt where music will be broadcast. Both days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., there will be an exciting competition among dressage riders, many who were touched by breast cancer. Families also can enjoy boutique shopping from more than 45 merchants. Shopping hours are extended through 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday will also feature pony rides, face painting, horse arts and crafts, stick horse building, T-shirt decorating, stick horse races, face painting and magic shows by Tony Ware. Daytime admission is free. Dancing Horse Challenge admission is a $25 per person donation; free for children under age 10. Tickets can be purchased online at www.pvdarideforlife.org. Gala admission is a $100 per person donation; $50 for children under 12. All reservations must be made by June 17. Tickets can be purchased online at www.pvdarideforlife.org or by contacting Jeannette Bair at 443-691-0390 or email@example.com. Children’s gala reservations must be made by contacting Bair. All event proceeds will be donated to the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. Since its inception in 2004, the annual PVDA Ride for Life has raised over $400,000 for breast cancer research. This year, the event committee hopes to raise over $100,000.
ombining equestrian entertainment at its best with family fun and support for breast cancer research, the Potomac Valley Dressage Association (PVDA) will present the 9th Annual PVDA Ride for Life, June 23-24, at the Prince Georges Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. Attracting as many as 6,000 visitors throughout the course of the weekend, the event will feature a two-day USDF-licensed dressage show, the acclaimed Dancing Horse Challenge, children’s activities, boutique shopping, a black-tie Sons of the Wind demonstrated Airs Above the Ground at last optional gala, silent auction year’s PVDA Ride for Life. and many more opportunities for family fun, while raising funds for the Johns ages on the concourse. They also can shop Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center in for Ride for Life souvenirs and visit the silent auction area to bid on such items as jewelry, Baltimore, Md. “The Ride for Life event greatly supports our artwork, crafts, memorabilia, gift certificates efforts so that more patients can become survi- and riding clinics. For vors of this disease, as well as receive quality care previews, visit www. at Hopkins, and through our training efforts, pvdarideforlife.org. New England Dressage Association Immediately also elsewhere,” said Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, administrative director of the Johns following the Dancing 2012 QUALIFIER AND FINAL BREED SHOWS Horse Challenge is Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. For the Great American USDF/New England The weekend’s highlight is the Dancing “Dancing in the Dirt,” Breed Show Series and Championships Horse Challenge, to be held on Saturday, from which invites everyone and NEDA Year End Awards 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. As one of the premier eques- in the stands to come trian nights on the East Coast, this lyrical blend down to the sand arena All shows qualify for the USDF New England Series Championship of dance, music, lights and equestrian prowess is and dance to the live For more information, please visit sounds of the Unruly woven into a moving theatrical performance. www.nedasporthorse.org Featuring international and national riders Blues until 11:30 p.m. First Three Shows of the Series With a “Survivor” and Olympians, the Dancing Horse Challenge becomes a call to heal, to give, and most impor- theme, the Saturday June 9 & 10, 2012 (2 different shows) Secretary: Kathy Grisolia, Ten Broeck Farm Dressage Sport Horse I & II 22 Oak Street, Amityville, NY 11701 black-tie tantly, to celebrate life. The initial line-up of night Judges: 9th-Jos Sevriens, 10th-TBD HM/FX: 631-264-0980, riders performing musical freestyles includes: optional gala will kick Prizelist: website-www.tenbroeckfarm.net cell: 631-338-6340 * Sign up for the NEDA $2,100 Sporthorse Sweepstakes at show email: firstname.lastname@example.org Julio Mendoza, FEI international trainer known off at 5:00 p.m. with a 1 Old Farm Lane | Pepperell, MA 01463 www.tenbroeckfarm.net for his dramatic costuming and horsemanship; cocktail reception and Silva Martin, Grand Prix rider and trainer; strolling magic by Bill June 30, 2012 & July 1, 2012 (2 separate shows and qualifiers) Secretary: Kerstin Witaszek Lauren Sprieser, USDF Bronze, Silver and Gross. Gala guests will Windswept Farms I & II 645 South Washington St., Judges: Jayne Ayers and Carolin Walz Belchertown, MA 01007 Gold Medalist, USEF Developing Listed rider, have special seating for * Sign up for the NEDA $2,100 Sporthorse Sweepstakes at show Phone: 413-695-0693 and NAYRC Gold Medalist; and Bent Jensen, the Dancing Horse 233 North Main Street | Petersham, MA 01366 email: email@example.com Olympian and trainer competing in upper Challenge and can July 20, 2012 Secretary: Meredith Ferland level dressage in both Europe and the United go back and forth Western New York Dressage Summer Festival email: firstname.lastname@example.org States. Other acts will include Dutch Chapman from the show to the (Followed by Dressage Show Summer Festival I & II) auction and the recepReining and more to be announced soon. Judge: Sue Madden Mandas (S) Prizelist: www.wnyda.org New this year, the Maryland Horse Industry tion for appetizers, as * Sign up for the NEDA $2,100 Sporthorse Sweepstakes at show Board will present one of its Touch of Class well as free beer and Houghton Equestrian Center (Houghton College) | Houghton, NY 14744 awards to a preeminent dressage horse sire at wine courtesy of Bob the Dancing Horse Challenge. Throughout the Hall, Inc. and Ingleside www.neda.org evening, guests can purchase food and bever- Vineyard. MAY 2012
News In The Nation
Robert Levine, Red Cross CEO of the Palm Beaches, accepted a check from Kim, Peggy, and Charlie Jacobs during the American Express Ride for the Red Cross in Wellington, Fla.
Hollywood horse trainer, Bill Lawrence, trains a colt for “Baby Joey” scenes in the movie War Horse. Lawrence will speak at NASC’s Annual Conference opening reception on May 9.
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has worked for more than 20 years training liberty horses and other animals for major motion pictures. Other events planned for that week include NASC’s awards ceremony and workshops on various industry topics. (www.animalsupplements.org)
In Florida, the first annual American Express Ride for the Red Cross raised an amazing $33,600 on March 26. Several of the world’s top grand prix riders, including Joe Fargis, Rodrigo Pessoa, Debbie Stephens, and Candice King, gathered with over 30 participants for a trail ride through Grand Prix Village, followed by a catered reception. Legendary equestrians such as Anne Kursinski and John and Beezie Madden also attended the reception. (www.redcross.org)
The International Polo Club Palm Beach celebrated St. Patrick’s Day during the Second Annual International Weekend, in an effort to bring traditional, international sports that may not be mainstream here. It was the U.S. versus Great Britain and Ireland in Croquet, Cricket, Polo, Tennis, and Rugby. Highlights include the U.S.’s win over Great Britain/ Ireland in golf, cricket, and rugby, earning the International Weekend Trophy. (www.internationalpoloclub.com)
Following Your Dreams
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Fashion icon Cornelia Guest was the speaker at the “Women in Business Luncheon” on March 15 at The Players Club in Wellington, Fla., organized by the Palms West Community Foundation. Guest turned her passion for animals into a profitable business, by producing vegan chocolate chip cookies, writing a healthy cookbook, and launching a line of crueltyfree handbags. Guest’s advice inspired her audience: “Find your passion and stick with it.”
Julie Tannehill, Maggie Zeller, Mason Phelps and Maureen Gross at the Women in Business Luncheon.
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On March 9 in Wellington, Fete Cheval raised a whopping $200,000 to help the EQUUS Foundation support horse-related charities across the U.S. The evening started with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a beautiful dinner. McLain Ward was the evening’s guest judge for riding events like Musical Stalls and the Dolly Parton, where participants had to ride a sitting trot wearing a bra filled with apples. (www.equusfoundation.org)
Annual AYHC Symposium Celebrates 35 Years serving Youth leaders
herry Blossoms and spring weather greeted nearly 250 youth horse leaders as they arrived in Herndon, Va., for the 35th Anniversary of the Annual Youth Horse Council (AYHC) Symposium, held March 23-25, 2012. Volunteers, teens, industry professionals and other youth horse enthusiasts gathered to participate in roundtable discussions, attend lectures and arena sessions, network and honor leaders in the youth horse industry. Whether they were youth, adult leaders, or professional track, participants registered their enthusiastic comments on Facebook. As youth participant Chelsea Jones said, “I had to leave early but I still learned a lot and it was fun! Love meeting horse people.” Sabrina Ginn, adult leader and a frequent Symposium participant, wrote, “Thank you for offering such a great Symposium every year!” Christy Landwehr, CEO of the Certified Horsemanship Association, complimented the organizers, then noted the event’s networking value: “Great job, everyone, and so good to see you all!” The weekend started Friday with a pair of fabulous pre-conference tours. The Leesburg tour visited Morven Park which put on a spectacular show with hounds, carriages, Olympic athletes, and a trek through the cross-country course. This was followed up with a tour of the Equine Medical Center. The Middleburg tour visited the Virginia Tech Mare Center with sessions on composting horse manure, and obesity and exercise research on pregnant mares. The group’s next stop was to the National Sporting Library and Museum, followed by freestyle shopping in the equine mecca of
downtown Middleburg. The evening was packed with teen activities and roundtables. The inaugural edition of Horse Smarts Roundup, an equine knowledge contest, presented prizes through tenth place. Saturday started early with a continental breakfast and the AYHC Morning News presen- A Morven Park docent and Louie Louie educate AYHC members about tation by Weber Stibolt marathon carts and the basics of driving. of Marlyand 4-H, and Blair Willete of the National Reining Horse tained them, too—on the “Positive Effects of Youth Association, with commercials by Beth Hypnosis.” Sunday morning brought a more Powers from YMCA Camp Willson and Marla serious, but equally educational note with Dr. Lowder from Alaska 4-H. The crowd and news Tom Lenz presenting “Horse Welfare Wars: crew laughed their way through the hilarious When Emotion and Facts Collide.” The American Youth Horse Council extends presentation and then headed off to more serious fare to seminars on a wide variety of topics a sincere thank you to all those who helped from Goal Setting to Equine Nutrition, and make the event a great success, especially the from Drill Team 101 to Marketing the Horse hosts, the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension. Industry. That afternoon, the trip to Frying Pan As AYHC President Ward Stutz commented, Farm Park revealed a wonderful community “The 2012 AYHC Symposium was a pleasure resource and offered live demonstrations—Vir- to be a part of. The pre-conference tour and ginia’s famed Chincoteague Ponies and Native educational sessions were fabulous and our hosts American Riding—and was capped off with in Virginia made the event run so smoothly it an opportunity to Ride-A-Cutter with Jim was amazing. They are to be commended for McDonough. That session was so popular with their excellent work!” Make plans to join the group for the 36th the audience that a live auction was held to raise funds for the AYHC by auctioning off two test Annual AYHC Symposium, to be held April 12-15, 2013 in Hartford, Conn., at the rides for adults. Event highlights included two exceptional Windsor/Hartford Marriot Airport Hotel. For keynote addresses. Saturday evening, Dr. more information on the American Youth James Wand educated the guests—and enter- Horse Council, visit www.AYHC.com.
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CONNECTICUT MORGAN HORSE ASSOCIATION President: Melissa Curtis, 477 Dowd Ave., Canton, CT 06019; 860-693-2248. Vice President: Will Filosi, 321 Rt. 165, Preston, CT 06365; 860-887-6831. Secretary: Debra Becroft, 67 Hanover St., Yalesville, CT 06492; Treasurer: Lisa Cocco, 71 Old Farms Road, Cheshire, CT 06410; 203-699-8447; Membership: Melissa Curtis, 477 Dowd Ave., Canton, CT 06109; 860-693-2248.
chapter with more programs and events available, please check.
â?? HERD South Eastern MA Chapter
Town__________________________________________________I would like to Help State____________ Zip___________ Phone_________________
Connecticut Morgan Horse Membership Application
â?? by volunteering for trail work days
â?? by holding a ride
â?? with other projects that might be needed
â?? I do not want my name released on any mailing lists
â?? I do not want to receive the Yankee Pedlar or MA Horse
Mail this form along with your check made payable to BSTRA to: Rose Zariczny, Secretary, 216 Grand Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895; For more information call 401-762-4805.
Youth Membership ($20.00)
Family Membership ($40.00)
Individual Membership ($30.00)
Horse Nominations ($25.00 per horse)
(please list children under 18 with birthdays and name of horse nominated on separate piece of paper.)
Children under 18
Horse(s) Nominated for Year End Awards Please make check payable to CMHA, Inc. and mail with application to: Melissa Curtis, 477 Dowd Ave., Canton, CT 06019.
Charles River Dressage Association Membership Application
Colonial Carriage and Driving Society Membership Application Form YES, Iâ€™d like to be a member for $25
Name _______________________________________________________________________________ Farm Name __________________________________________________________________________
Email ________________________________________________ â?? by helping on a ride
â?? I want to receive the Bugle online
January 1 through December 31, 2012
CHARLES RIVER DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION, President: Linda Currie, 617-974-4441, l.currie@comcast. net; Vice President: Kate Champa, 401-351-1683, firstname.lastname@example.org; Membership Director: Carol Burkhart, 508-359-9961, email@example.com. ____Junior (DOB__/__/__) ____Adult Amateur ____ Professional _____ Vintage (50-59) _____Masters (60+)
Address _____________________________________________________________________________ City _________________________________________ State ____________________ Zip __________ Telephone ___________________________________________________________________________
We Own ________________________________________________________________Horses/Ponies
I would be interested in helping with (check any that are applicable):
My/our driving interests are: ( ) Pleasure ( ) Educational Seminars ( ) Carriage Horse ( ) Competition ( ) Draft Horse
â?’ Monthly Meetings â?’ Volunteering at shows/clinics
Make check payable to: and mail to:
Colonial Carriage and Driving Society Kay Konove, P.O. Box 1593, Stockbridge, MA 01262
Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc.
We are a USDF Group Member Organization and a USEA affiliate. Dues: â?’ *OEJWJEVBM ZFBST â?’ $35 Junior VOEFS â?’ $55 Family (includes 2 members) â?’ 64%'GFFGPSFBDIBEEJUJPOBMGBNJMZNFNCFS .FNCFSTIJQZFBSJT%FDFNCFSstm/PWFNCFSth/EARLY BIRD SPECIAL4JHOVQCFGPSF+BO HFUBEJTDPVOU
*TUIJTBQQMJDBUJPOGPSâ?’ a new membership â?’ a renewal? Name: ______________________________________________ Date: ________________________________
â?’ Public Relations/Advertising â?’ Quarterly Newsletters
â?’ Managing shows/clinics â?’ Fund Raising
â?’ Other (specify)
The Charles River Dressage Association is a GMO (Group Member Organization) of the United States Dressage Federation. Annual Dues: Individual $55, Business $100. Add $12 for each additional family member. Please make your check payable to: Charles River Dressage Association, 4 Jade Walk, Medfield, MA 02052 For more information, call Linda Currie at 617-974-4441.
Connecticut Ranch Horse Association Membership Form Mail form and a check made out to CT Ranch Horse Association to: Andrea Hills, 772 Brooks Rd., Middletown, CT 06457. Name: ____________________________________________________
Membership: $25.00/person; $15.00 for each additional family member
City: ________________________________ State:____________________ Zip:____________________
City: ______________________________________ State:____________________ Zip:____________________
Phone: ___________________________ Email: ______________________________________________
Day Phone: _________________________________ Evening Phone: __________________________________
Tell us about yourself and your experience: Team Penning and Roping: Prior and/or current rating: Team Penning: _________ Roping: __________
Email: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Family Memberships Only: List the additional names and dates of birth (for Juniors only). To help us to plan activities, please answer the following questions: My primary interest is in: â?’ Dressage Will you volunteer? â?’ yes â?’ no
â?’ Combined Training
visit our website: www.cdctaonline.com email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make checks payable to: CDCTA and mail completed application and check to: $%$5".FNCFSTIJQDP4IFMCZ8BKDTr$IBSMJF$JSDMF 4PVUI8JOETPS $5
Team Penning or Roping experience: ______________________________________________________ Additional Family Members (please add age for members under 18 yrs): Name: ______________________________________ Experience: _______________________________ Name: ______________________________________ Experience: _______________________________ Signature: ______________________________________________________Date: __________________
Connecticut Trail Rides Association, Inc. Membership Application
Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc. 2012 Membership Application â??
New Member â?? Renewal Type of membership desired: Individual/Junior $30.00 (Please attach name and date of birth of each junior member on a separate sheet) â?? *Family $45.00 â?? Corporate, Business or Farm $50.00 â?? Horse/Pony $15.00
Name Address Phone
Zip Code Email
Horse/Pony ($15.00 each): (if pony, indicate size-â€”-S, M ,L)
TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED $________________ INTERESTS: â?? Hunter â?? Jumper â?? Breed â?? Western â?? Pleasure â?? Dressage Do you wish to receive the Pedlar from CHSA? â?? Yes â?? No â?? We agreed to abide by the rules set forth by CHSA, if applicable, I declare that I am an Amateur in accordance with â€œUSEF Article
â?’ Individual Membership (Must be 18 years old) ..................................................................................... $25.00 â?’ Family Membership (Includes children under 18 years old) .............................................................. $30.00 â?’ Lifetime Membership .................................................................................................................................... $255.00 â?’ Lot Dues ................................................................................................................................................................ $45.00 â?’ Stall Dues ($5.00 per stall) ................................................................................................................................ $5.00 â?’ New Members one time charge ................................................................................................................... $10.00 s .EW -EMBERS ONLY "EFORE PAYING FOR A CAMP SITE YOU MUST CONTACT THE CAMP DIRECTOR Ann Dominick at 352-208-1809. s 9OUR NAME WILL BE PUT ON THE LOT LIST IN THE ORDER THEY ARE RECEIVED 9OU CANNOT HOLD A LOT unless you have a horse. Amount Enclosed $ .AME
GR808 Amateur Status.â€? SIGNATURE ______________________________ (If junior, parent or guardian must sign) DATE ______________ *A Family is a married couple or parent(s) and all children under 18. If showing Walk/Trot or Jog Divisions, please identify (S)addle, (W)estern or (H)unt seat. Show entries must be made using registered name or points will not count.
Make checks payable to CHSA and mail to: CHSA Membership, c/o G. Jensen, 195 Wildwood Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410. Points accrue immediately upon receipt of application and dues by Show/Steward at a CHSA Member Show or the postmark date of an application and dues by the Membership Chairman.
-AKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO #42! AND MAIL APPLICATION TO +IM $ORE #42! SECRETARY ,ITCHFIELD 2D -ORRIS #4 06763 s $UES MUST BE PAID BY -ARCH ST IN ORDER TO RECEIVE YOUR YEARLY SUBSCRIPTION of the Horsemenâ€™s Yankee Pedlar and to hold your lots.