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EquineJournal November 2013

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BEFORE YOU CRY Sending Your Child to College

Recipe for Success The Makings of a Champion

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of a Champion Lisa Castellucci shares her recipe for success in the ASPCA Maclay Championships. BY ANNE LAMORIELLO

Check out our western headstall picks on page 28.

features 36 The Color of Success Learn how palominos, pintos, and other color breeds are rocking the sport horse world. BY PAMELA MANSFIELD

50 And They’re Off! The finer points of sending a kid, and maybe a horse, to college. BY ANGE DICKSON FINN

58 Working for a Change A look at the new Ranch Horse Pleasure classes. BY JENNIFER ROBERTS



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14 Editor’s Note 16 On the Road 18 Letters to the Editor 20 In Your Words 23 Points of Interest 26 Now You Know 28 Prepurchase Exam 30 Halter Pointers 32 Reining Pointers 34 Ask the Vet

lifestyle 70 Travel 74 Equestrian Fashion 76 Collecting Thoughts 78 Media Review

the scoop 83 News and Affiliates 92 Industry Wide Affiliates 97 Hunter/Jumper 109 Eventing 115 Dressage 127 Driving 133 Western 139 Distance Riding/Trail 145 Morgan 148 Arabian 154 Quarter Horse 157 Baroque 161 Breed Affiliates



32 Teach your horse to slide in for the win with Todd Martin. 112 Janelle Phaneuf and Irish Ike have a great run at the King Oak Horse Trials. 145 Suzy Stafford and PVF Peace of Mind win at the New York Morgan Region 2 Championships.

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tail end 164 Real Estate 170 Marketplace 173 Affiliate Directory 177 Directories 187 Stallion Paddocks 188 Classifieds 189 Calendar 192 Last Laugh 8


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Hannah Lavin of Volo Farm riding Niffer Cancian’s Aramis Z in the Pre-Green Hunters at the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.

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Thankful for Horses READING THIS MONTH’S Last Laugh, “Thanks to You,” by Ange Dickson Finn really made me think of how lucky I am to have horses in my life. Particularly when Ange writes that she is thankful for, “Wet saddle blankets. It’s not so easy to be thankful for them at the time, but when you reach that goal—whether it’s your first flying lead change or a championship at a national show—you are suddenly very grateful for the hours you spent getting there.” I am nowhere near winning a championship at a national show, but my mare, April, and I did accomplish our goal of flying lead changes this summer. The pride and happiness that comes with reaching that moment of understanding and ability between horse and rider is truly something that is hard to get anywhere else. Ange also shines a lighthearted look at what it takes to send your child off to college in the article “And They’re Off! The Finer Points of Sending a Kid, and Maybe a Horse, to College” (Page 50). She explains the complicated mix of emotions, planning, and budgeting—not to mention deciding whether the horse will be going with your child. If you are, or will be, living through this situation, take a moment to relax and laugh as you read this piece. In the sport horse world it is common to see chestnuts and bays with the occasional grey, but every so often a pinto or a palomino will come on the scene and dominate the competition and people’s attention. This month, Pamela Mansfield caught up with riders and drivers who are thankful for their colorful counterpart. Grand prix jumper, Rich Fellers, for example, credits his amazing Appaloosa, Sure Chic, who took him to the top of the field in the 70s, as the reason why he doesn’t pass up a horse that may not fit the perfect jumper mold, including his 2012 Olympic mount, Flexible. Read more on Sure Chic and other amazing sport horses of color in “The Color of Success” (Page 36). There are so many reasons to be thankful for the horses in our lives, whether it is as simple as the feeling of peace as you watch them graze in the pasture or the thrill of winning on a national level. It’s hard to top the power of a horse. Managing Editor

Be a Part of the Equine Journal » This month in our “In Your Words” column, we asked what your biggest pet peeve was in the warm-up ring. See the answers on page 20. We would love to feature your answer next month. Visit us on Facebook, or send your answers to » If you have a great photo of your horse you would like to see as our Photo of the Month, email it to » Do you have a horse health or training question? Send your questions to, and we will have a leading veterinarian or trainer provide the answers you are looking for. 14


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The mother-son team of Arne Wolze (L) riding Nandalino, and Jutta Lee (R) riding Glorious Feeling, were both given the opportunity to ride with—and learn from—Christoph Hess.

worst nightmare: I would pinch my knees against the saddle to help me post to the trot, and my legs would consequently fall back, my toes pointing out. I quickly realized that it’s much harder to cheat in a dressage saddle, because you’re forced to sit differently. Furthermore, I didn’t really want to cheat, because I was trying to impress my future husband. It was a very humbling experience. Dressage itself is a very humbling experience, which is why, when I attended the NEDA Fall Symposium at the Equestrian Center at Pineland Farms on September 28, I was reminded of Kate’s words from the prior year. This year’s clinician, Christoph Hess, was quick to point out how humbling the discipline is, stating, “when we’re all sitting on the sidelines, we feel like experts, but when we’re sitting in the saddle, the horse is quick to put us in our place.” Featured riders that I watched included Gwyneth McPherson, Aylin Corapcioglue, Arne Wolze and his mother, Jutta Lee, and Brendan Curtis. These equestrians were all very talented, and rode at different levels, but also displayed the humility that you must have when schooling in front of many people. Despite their audience, it was also apparent to me that they still managed to learn something. I can’t speak for all of the auditors that were there, but I know I learned a lot while attending the event. I certainly gained a deeper sense of the meaning of dressage, and finally understood why NEDA isn’t just focused on competition, but truly is about learning, too.

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LAST YEAR, WHEN I ATTENDED MY first event presented by the New England Dressage Association (NEDA), Kate O’Connor asked me a question that left me perplexed. “Why aren’t you a NEDA member?” she asked me. “You’re a dressage enthusiast, aren’t you?” “I don’t compete anymore,” was my response. “I haven’t in a long time. And I’m not sure when I will again.” Although I had worked for the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar, and now the Equine Journal, for over a half decade, and included coverage of NEDA events in both magazines, my perception of the organization was that it was more competition oriented than anything else. I recognized the NEDA Fall Festival and Spring Show as being two of the most prestigious dressage competitions here in the Northeast, which is why I was surprised by the next words that came out of Kate’s mouth. “But NEDA isn’t just about competition,” she explained to me. “It’s so much more than that. It’s about learning, too.” At the time, I didn’t think much about what she said. As someone who was previously an avid competitor on the hunter/ jumper circuit, I have always been very goal-oriented. I’ll now shamefully admit that I was one of those riders who wanted instant gratification. And in riding, this is a mindset that you just can’t have. I’ve learned this the hard way, but it didn’t come from competing in the hunters and equitation. This mindset didn’t come until later in life, when I was a college graduate, and was convinced by my husband, JP (then boyfriend who I had been dating for three months), to try dressage. The first thing JP said the day he started working with me was that he was going to put me back on the longe line. “I don’t need a longe line,” I scoffed. “I’ve been riding for years.” He explained to me that I wasn’t using my core, and didn’t have a balanced seat. By putting me back on the longe line, I could concentrate on developing a better seat without having to worry about everything else that was going on while riding. At first I protested, but then I figured that I might as well humor him and try it out. I’ll show him, I thought. But then something funny happened. After following JP into the indoor arena and mounting the horse, he subsequently took the stirrups off of the saddle. I have never been a fan of riding without stirrups, and it’s no surprise why: it’s hard work. But if you’ve ever made the switch from trying to ride without stirrups in a close contact saddle to doing it in a dressage saddle, I’m sure you feel my pain. It’s much harder…at least, if you were never riding properly to begin with. I am ashamed to admit that for years, I used to “cheat” when riding without stirrups in a close contact saddle. I was every dressage rider’s


I wished that you had included more about going barefoot in the article, Farriery 101. My horse is barefoot and has been for years… it truly is possible and is so much better for your horse. -Katie Longview Vernon, VT

I really liked Driving Pointers by Terry Elliott. I always watch the hitches when I go to fairs, but I never knew what they were judged on. Bravo! - Camille Gavin, Lexington, VA A TuffRider Sheet for Your Thoughts! We love hearing from you! Send us your letters to the editor for a chance to win next month’s prize of a TuffRider Thermo Manager Stable Sheet. All letters we receive by November 15 will be entered in the drawing. Send your submissions to, or to Equine Journal, Editorial, 83 Leicester Street, N. Oxford, MA 01537. Congratulations to Camille Gavin for winning November’s letter-of-the-month! She will receive a thermal blanket from TuffRider.

I wanted to send you this picture of me and my halfAndalusian mare, Sonrisa TLM. We had just won High Point Championship for Amateurs. -Elizabeth Morosani, Candler, NC 18


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Many years ago, I was a Crabbet line Arabian breeder living in New York state. I liked that line as the hip is longer and therefore the horses are more versatile for a variety of uses and not just Arabian breed showing. I had two foals a year, and spent so much time with these youngsters, that they were true pets and easy to train. I went to Al-Marah Arabians in Barnsville, MD, for five years in a row to attend horse management seminars and training clinics. Bazy Tankersley’s horses were all so well socialized and well handled. They were also big bodied, sturdy, and versatile. We ended up purchasing a beautiful mare from Al-Marah who was one of the sweetest mares on the planet and nothing frightened her or made her anxious. Since she was three at the time we bought her, I credit Bazy and her staff with the kind handling. That mare, Al-Marah Breeze, gave us two beautiful foals—one of which was a Top Ten driving mare. Breeze herself qualified for the Washington International. You could ride her western or English, down the

road, or at the fairgrounds. This is a far cry from some of the training at breeding farms today. The Arabians we had competed at breed shows, open hunter, and dressage shows, and you could take them anywhere. They were never unsound or ill and they never had weighted shoes or were mistreated. In this country, where we over breed everything, Bazy was a true horse person and will be missed. -Janet K. Lane Via Email My friend from high school passed away. I’ve read cover to cover each issue of your magazine. I never saw mention of her, so I’m writing. I hope you can use it to let fellow horsemen know of her loss. None of us live a perfect life, but I feel she tried hard to help horses and people. Thank you for listening, I love your magazine by the way…keep up the good work. Brenda W. Imus, 61, of Kennedy, NY, passed away March 23, 2013. Brenda was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was an advocate for the sound and humane treatment of gaited horses and devoted her life to the education of horse owners and lovers. She traveled around the country to horse venues and expos to serve as an invited clinician to teach her principles. She authored and published five books including Gaits of Gold and, most recently, The Gaited Horse Bible. Brenda also invented and developed her own ground-breaking line of horse saddles and bits, which were designed to provide comfort to horses in a way that was never before considered. Her legacy to her four legged-friends and their owners will live on long after her passing. Donations can be made in Brenda’s name to Friends of Sound Horses at -Sarene Powell Kennedy, NY


The article on gaited horses on the trail was an interesting read. A lot of my friends have started riding gaited horses but I never understood the appeal…I may have to give it a try. -Pam Jasnec Marlborough, MA


What is your biggest pet peeve in the warm-up ring?

Out of control horses with riders yanking on the horse’s mouth. -Bretta Anderton People who don’t obey the rules of the ring. Or those who don’t care who’s coming—they take the rail even if you call it. -Lauren Bousquet People not calling their fences and not listening to you when you call yours. -Melissa S. Donald Parents and coaches screaming! -Beth Johnston

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Trainers watching the horse’s head as they draw rein/yank at the horse’s mouth. They cannot be bothered to watch where they are going. -Francesqua Curtis-May Riders talking on their cell phones. It used to be passing too close, or going in the “wrong” direction, but barrels got me over that! If my horse can’t handle it, then I need to do more training! -F.J. Thomas Riders who don’t follow the rules, or try to longe their horses in an already crowded arena. -Claire Ziff Trainers showing off. -Andrea Moore

People who don’t respect the red ribbon in my horse’s tail…it’s there for a reason. -Stephanie Klebes

People who don’t understand passing left shoulder to left shoulder. -Lisa M. Boch

Yelling trainers or parents. Even though it’s not at me or my horse, I feel like the negative energy just unsettles us both and makes us that much more nervous for the classes to begin. -Heather Jade

Discourteous riders. -Andrea Tracy-Tucker

People who act like they own the ring. -Jaye Fisher Coaches who think that warm-up is the time for a lesson. -Terrie Shaft

Being cut off! -Peyton Stewart

From Our Staff

My biggest pet peeve is people not looking over their shoulder when coming back onto the rail. It wouldn’t hurt for a quick glance over to make sure you aren’t cutting someone off and causing a rider to have to quickly stop their horse; just like merging in traffic. -Angela Savoie, Account Executive

What is on your horse’s holiday wish list?

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Standing in the middle of traffic talking on a cell phone or people trying to longe horses in front of jumps. Another one is when there is open schooling and people lead horses in to let them sniff the jumps and stand in the way while you are cantering down a line! -Beth Thomas

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Competitors who are notoriously late and somehow manage to get collecting ring officials to wait for them and keep everybody else waiting. -Cobus Ackermann


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Photo of the Month An ecstatic pair reacts after they were named champions at the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show.

Vet in Your Pocket


Horse Side Vet Guide (HSVG) is a brand new app for iPhone users designed to help caretakers of horses (and other equines) make better healthcare decisions for their companions. This observation-based app is all about what you actually see, helping you to better observe your horse’s symptoms, and then offering guidelines on what to do afterwards. The app is powered by an extensive and ever-growing knowledge base on everything from common problems to rare diseases: lists of observations, skills, how-to videos, veterinary diagnostics, diagnoses, treatments, and so much more are available to you “Horse-Side.” HSVG is intended to increase the quality of communication between horse owner and veterinarian—for the benefit of the equine. November 2013


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Hit the Trail

Every equestrian has a favorite trail. Just thinking about riding there brings you a feeling of peace, being close to nature, and closer to your equine friend. In celebration of trails, the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) is announcing a “My Favorite Trail” essay contest. The top three entries will be awarded gift certificates from Riding Warehouse, with $250 in gift certificates going to the first place entry, $150 for second, and $100 for third. In 500 words or less, simply describe a favorite trail or trail system where you love to ride. Have you had an incredible wildlife encounter, an “ah-ha” moment with your horse when you conquered a particular challenge, or do you just love the beautiful scenery? Send your entry and contact information by November 30, 2013, to endurancenews@foothill. net or mail it to AERC, Attn: Trail Contest, PO Box 6027, Auburn, CA 95604.

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Did You Know?

A horse is considered an ungulate, which means “a mammal with hooves.” Horses have one hoof for each leg, making them odd-toed ungulates. Cows have two hooves per leg, making them even-toed ungulates.

Home Sweet Home We asked: Do you show your love of horses through your home décor?

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The Kentucky Horse Park has been chosen as an overall winner in the Top 25 Amusement Parks and Water Parks in the United States category by TripAdvisor in its 2013 Travelers’ Choice awards for attractions.

Amos is Famous!

Little Amos the Wonder Horse is back, and in a big way! This pint-sized trickster will be featured in the new book from National Geographic Kids, 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets: Inspiring Tales of Animal Friendship and Fourlegged Heroes, Plus Crazy Animal Antics. In addition to Amos, meet many other amazing pets. The book will be released in May of 2014.

Just Say No!

Although your horse may be begging for a bite of festive corn stalks that you have used to decorate your jumps and add a bit of seasonal flair to your barn, it’s best to say no. Corn stalks can potentially hold mycotoxins produced by molds that develop when the plant is grown under unfavorable weather conditions. The most dangerous is the mycotoxin fumonisin, which can cause equine leukoencephalomalacia, causing facial paralysis, ataxia, and potentially death.  It is nearly impossible to determine if the corn you have purchased contains mold or bacteria, as they are rarely visible on the exterior of the stalk.

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


A judge awards points to the horse and rider team based on a scale that ranges from 60 to 80, with 70 being considered average.


The total prize money at National Cutting Horse Association events now exceeds $39,000,000 annually.


High Brow Cat, who had his first foal crop in 1993, is currently the number one ranking National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) sire, with over $56,000,000 in foal earnings. 26


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The current all-time leading performer is Poco Quixote Rio (Doc Quixote x Poco Lady Liz) with lifetime earnings of $1,091,734.



Each competitor is allotted 2 ½ minutes to work their cattle. This is referred to as a “run.”



The first cutting competition was held in 1898 in Haskell, TX. The sport originated on the cattle ranches, where it was the horse’s job to separate cattle from the herd for sorting, vaccinating, and castrating.

bits & pieces PREPURCHASE EXAM

Western Training Headstalls Weaver’s Stacy Westfall ProTack Oiled Browband Headstall

Our tester loved that the leather of this bridle was soft and pliable without any pre-ride oiling needed. This heavy-duty 5/8" Hermann Oak harness leather bridle featured rounded edges and floral conchos for a high-end look. Although the bridle was durable, it was also tapered enough along the browband to avoid being too bulky. The ease of the use was perfect for training with stainless steel buckles that allowed for quick bit changes. Overall this bridle gives you style with great features that make it a breeze to use. The bridle only comes in horse size, so when it was used on the tester’s smaller equine, the straps for the bit adjustment and length adjustment overlapped, making it a bit more bulky, but it didn’t interfere with the use. BUY IT: $77.30,

Hi-Ho Silver! This month our testers took headstalls “out on the range” and put them through their paces. Rockin’ SP Single Ear Headstall

Buckaroo Browband Headstall

This bridle features oiled, hand rubbed Hermann Oak harness leather, which was soft and supple, but benefited from extra oil before the first ride to add a bit more moisture and flexibility. The quality leather was heavy weight and double stitched for a durable feel. The tester liked the sizing choices for the bridle, including choosing between a 5/8" or 3/4" browband. The rawhide brow keepers added a bit of interest to the bridle and kept the straps neatly in place. It also came with the option of ties or buckles at the bit end depending on your preference, which the tester loved, since she finds the ties too time consuming. BUY IT: $97.50,

A high quality product at a budget price, our tester enjoyed the soft, pliable, heavyduty Herman Oak harness leather that is pre-oiled and ready to ride in right out of the box. The classy, rolled single-earpiece gave the look of higher-end bridles, as well as making it extremely adjustable, allowing for the bridle to fit a wide range of horses. The buckles were well made and allowed for easy adjustments. The tie-ends did allow for a classic look, but our tester found that the tie-end leather was made of a lesser quality than the rest of the bridle, and was quite difficult to manipulate; luckily it is an easy fix to replace this with a new strip of leather. Who could resist this great bridle made in the USA? BUY IT: $39.95,

This month’s products for review will be donated to Discovery Riders Inc.

Our testers: This month, our Prepurchase Exam was conducted by: Kelly Ballou, Managing Editor; and Jennifer Roberts, Social Editor.



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bits & pieces QUICK TIPS riding tips from top trainers

With Mark Sheridan


I will be showing my young Quarter Horse in his first halter class next month. How can I be competitive and show him to the best of his ability?


Most of the tips in this column will help make your experience in halter more enjoyable and more competitive. Most importantly, it will give you the tools that will make it easier for the judges to place you closer to the top of the class. Reading your rulebook in detail, and knowing all of the rules, is one of the most important things that exhibitors can do to help their chances of success. Every breed association or club will have the rules that will be enforced regarding lip chains, class procedures, and how the class will be judged. There are many rules that change from year to year, and judges are required to keep up on them. Class procedures are important; make sure to always give the ring stewards and gate people the courtesy they deserve. Know your equipment rules, and be certain that your halter and leads are properly adjusted and fitted to your horse. Make sure that your halter is pulled up and fitted so that it is not hanging loose on your horse’s head. I also want to note that the chains need to be sturdy and not the smaller ones that I often see, which look like chains one would use to walk his or her dog. It is not so important that the halter has an abundance of silver, but more so that it fits well. We are judging your horse, not the halter. Just make sure that your halter is clean, well made, and fits your horse properly. Do your research and find companies or saddle makers that specialize in quality, handmade show halters. A well-fitted halter on a horse is just as important as how well your hat is shaped. On the class procedures, it is 30


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extremely important to walk your horse to the judge. So often, when an exhibitor walks to the judge, the judge has to step to his left to see the horse track because the exhibitor walks straight toward him, putting the horse a few feet to his left. It is important for the judge to see the horse track at the walk and trot. If he cannot see it track correctly, he will have to either re-track the horse or move into position to see the horse track. This leads to two more important tips, the first one being: make sure that your horse is broke to trot and leads well, and that he’s able to make the sharp turns, making it easy for us to judge him. Keep in mind that if a judge cannot adequately view and inspect your horse, he must place it accordingly. It doesn’t matter if it’s a first-time weekend horse show or a five-time world champion halter horse at the World Show; if we cannot properly view and judge them, they have to be placed with that in mind. Years ago, halter horses could bounce around, kick out, and misbehave, and still win, but those days are long gone. It is important to train your halter horse just like you would a performance horse. I have a simple theory when teaching horses to square up. I teach them to start with the outside right hind first, then the left hind, and then the front feet last. Remember to adjust the horse’s weight accordingly to be able to move his feet. If they are leaning on a leg, they will not be able to move that particular leg. Horses are easy to train, as long as you do your homework, stay consistent, and spend the time on them. The second important tip is to make sure that you space your horse with enough room to make it easy for the judge to walk around him. This cuts

down on the chance of horses kicking and, more importantly, allows the judge to have enough space to get a good view of your horse from the front and back. Always keep this statement in mind: to place your horse, we must be able to see him. Keep an eye on the judges, and be ready to show your horse when they arrive for the inspection. It’s very important to be aware of where the judges are, especially in a multi-judged event. As a judge, I can say that we always strive to place the class in the right order and to get the numbers correct all day long; making it easy for us to do so will help you out as well! MARK SHERIDAN has over 30 years’ experience producing winning, allaround show horses. He is an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) AAAA rated judge, as well as a National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) Category 1 judge. Mark has had articles published in many national magazines and has produced a three-part DVD series.


Halter Pointers

bits & pieces QUICK TIPS riding tips from top trainers

Reining Pointers With Todd Martin


How can I begin to teach my horse to perform a sliding stop?

Todd Martin and Pure Whizability, owned by Sergio Elizondo, demonstrate a correct stop with a rounded back and lifted shoulders.



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see the horse relaxed in the approach, covering the ground with confidence. To achieve this, I must train for the body— from the shoulders back. Keeping this in mind and the horse’s body correct, the head will go down to a point at which he will be comfortable. Once I have this control, I will add the verbal cue of whoa—not when I stop, but when I back up. I want my horses to think that I am not wanting them to stop. Rather, I want them to think that I am going from forward to reverse. This is why the back up is so important. “Whoa” is actually telling the horse to put his body in the position of reverse, which consists of a rounded back and lifted shoulders, with the head in a relaxed position. Without the lifted back, he cannot roll his hind end underneath himself without

elevating his entire front end. Increase the intensity gradually from a walk to a trot and then to a lope. If things get a little rough, take a step backward and use the foundation to fix it. But remember, what does not get rough is not being challenged, and what is not challenged will not get better. Todd Martin is a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Reserve Limited Open Futurity Champion, an NRHA Reserve Limited Open Derby Champion, a multiple time National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) finalist and a Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA) Futurity Finalist. He is also an open champion at multiple derbies and futurities. He and his wife, Taumi Martin, own and operate Todd Martin Performance Horses in Boerne, TX.

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Before I begin to worry about teaching the stop at a lope, I will first require that the horse have a full understanding of reverse. Not that he will just move backward when I pull on the reins, but that he will also get softer on the reins and increase speed when motivated by rocking my legs into his belly. The rocking of the legs does two things: First, it gives him a pace or cadence, which also controls speed. Second, it teaches him to lift his belly, allowing room for his hind end to fold underneath it. As a result of him lifting his belly, he will lower his head. This is the form that I want for his body to take when I ask for the stop. I will also require that the horse have a firm understanding of following his nose, and how to run a straight line. Why does the horse have to know how to run a straight line? Because if he does not run straight, then he will not stop straight. The same goes for the reverse. I want to be able to back in a circle to the left or to the right. Why does he have to know how to back toward both directions? Because if I cannot back the horse to the left or to the right, I cannot correct for the straight back up. In the stops, it is important for the horse to be at least starting to understand how to break or to give at the poll and at the withers. This is not as crucial as the other requirements, but it is still important. I have found in my teaching that if I stress the importance of having this part of the foundation, people tend to put a lot of emphasis on pulling and jerking a horse around to try to get them to put their heads down and low. This will actually work at times, but gets the horse much more worried about the stop and less concerned with the approach. The approach to the stop is very important in finishing for a big stop. I want to

bits & pieces ASK THE VET your horse health questions answered

An Element in Excess Identifying Selenium Toxicity in Your Horse


How would you recognize selenium toxicity in your horse and what can be done about it?


Selenium toxicity is usually a chronic condition in horses that are exposed to high levels of this element in the soil or in toxic plants. Plants that are considered to be selenium accumulators include locoweed, milkvetches, poisonvetches, prince’s plume, and goldenweeds, which are commonly seen in areas of the Southwest United States. Selenium toxicity can also occur acutely if the animal is inadvertently overdosed. Acute selenium toxicity can be life threatening, and clinical signs may include gait and neurologic abnormalities, labored breathing, muscle fasciculations or tremors, bloating, abdominal pain with diarrhea, and respiratory failure that can lead to death. Horses will tend to not eat plants high in selenium if they have other sources of nutrition, because the plants tend to have a garlicky odor that is usually not palatable for horses. If the horse ingests these plants chronically, it could lead to selenium toxicity. Clinical signs of chronic toxicity include hair loss of

health hints Conversely, being deficient in selenium is also harmful to your equine’s welfare. A lack of selenium in your horse’s diet may cause an increase in susceptibility to disease, due to a depressed immune system, and a decreased fertility in breeding stock. In more severe cases of selenium deficiencies, horses may exhibit weakness, impaired movement, difficulty in swallowing, impaired cardiac function, and respiratory distress. Selenium deficiencies have also been attributed to cases of tying up in performance horses. 34

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the mane and tail, excessive salivation, respiratory difficulty, and cracking of the hooves, which could potentially lead to signs of lameness. Excessively high levels of selenium can damage the keratinocytes, which are the cells responsible for forming keratin, a primary element present in hair and hooves. Toxic levels will cause the selenium to alter the keratin molecule, which will cause the clinical signs of hair loss and hoof cracking and sloughing. If the hooves are cracking and horizontal lines start developing over them, make sure you contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Without treatment, the hoof could slough or expose the sensitive Most horses will avoid plants high in selenium if they have other laminae to the envisources of nutrition, because the plants tend to have a garlicky ronment, which will odor and are unpalatable. be extremely painful high, this could pose a risk for chronic and cause severe lameness and developtoxicity. If you are concerned about ment of abscesses. the amount of selenium in the hay, it is If any of these signs appear in your possible to perform a hay analysis that horse, it is recommended that you will provide this information. consult with your veterinarian so that It is also very important to discuss a blood sample can be obtained to changing your horse’s diet or adding measure present selenium levels. any supplements with your veterinarian, Feed labels should always show as these alterations could start adding the amount of selenium present, and minerals that could potentially be toxic the recommended FDA dose for daily for your horse in the long run. If your consumption should not exceed more horse happens to have high blood levels than 3mg per day. It is also important to of selenium, it is important to remove know from where your hay originated. If them from the source, being either it is coming from an area of the country pasture, hay, supplements, or grain. where levels of selenium in the soil are

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Learn how palominos, pintos, and others are rocking the sport horse world

[TOP] Goldhope Farm’s First Premium KWPN colt, Heroic Times, by Goodtimes out of Alino Queen.


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hen talented sport horses enter the show ring, it’s inevitably that rare contestant with a splash of color that will turn heads. Some people just love color or the departure from tradition. Others register mild surprise or even shock. Are those spots? Do pintos belong in dressage? Are palominos even allowed? Can that spotted horse really jump?

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A horse with color that is competing in the upper levels leaves a lasting impression, like Art Deco, the Oldenburg Paint from Silverwood Farms, who earned high scores at Prix St. George in dressage and went on to be a sought after stallion producing colorful offspring. At Dressage at Devon 2013, the perlino filly Gold and Pearls from Goldhope Farm caught the spectators’ and judges’ eye in the breed classes. And once in a great while, a horse of color can rock the mighty world of show jumping where dark or chestnut colored warmbloods reign supreme.

Such a horse, an Appaloosa, once belonged to Olympic Show Jumper and 2012 Equestrian of the Year Rich Fellers. Sure Chic was born in 1969, a dark chestnut with roan markings and a blanket. His flashy colors became more muted as he aged, but there was no question he was an Appaloosa, Fellers says. Together they shared their earliest jumping experiences over poles in the 1970s and went all the way to the top of the sport of show jumping. He was Rich’s first horse, given to him as a birthday present when he turned 11 Rich Fellers and Sure Chic years old. “Sure Chic helped prove that color and was bred to be a racing size don’t limit success. Appaloosa,” he recalls. “My parents bought him at an Appaloosa farm in Washington State, but I don’t know why they went there, specifically. My mother was riding a half-Arab horse, and we went looking for a tall Thoroughbredtype horse for my dad.” While looking at the horse out in the field, “a little, short, stocky one was following me around,” says Rich. His parents surprised him with the gift of the little two-year-old Appaloosa. No one could have imagined the great things this pair would accomplish. “We started with halter classes and riding on the flat—walk, trot, canter. There were some bumps in the road, but we learned as we went. At first he wouldn’t jump anything with me. He hit the brakes even with a pole on the ground.” They entered local shows in the Tacoma, WA, area. Eventually they worked their way up to hunter hack and 2' verticals, then on to Appaloosa hunters, then the jumper classes. “He was a special horse and my first horse,” Rich says. “As a kid you don’t have any idea of the quality of the horse you have. He was quite an athlete.” By the time Rich was 16, he was competing on the West Coast circuit and in Canada with Sure Chic. They won the Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows and competed in World Cup Qualifiers. Rich was pretty sure Chic was one of the few

horses with color on the circuit at the time, except for one or two, including the appropriately named Different Drum. “I could talk for hours about what Chic did,” says Fellers of the horse he owned for 33 years. In his old age, Chic went blind, but managed quite well by following around a companion horse who wore a bell. Just three days before he would have turned 35 years old, Chic passed away. Even then he made history, this time as achieving the honor of oldest horse to ever live at the retirement farm. “He had a big effect on me. He is the sole reason why I have so much belief in small horses that a lot of people would have turned away from. When I think of the success I had with that Appaloosa…” Asked about how others felt about seeing a horse with spots in the arena, he admits, “I was told to my face that Appaloosas don’t belong in this sport, he’s too small, Apps don’t jump. Well the proof was in the pudding.” As testament to his partnership with his horses, Rich’s 2012 Olympic mount, Flexible, a small Irishbred chestnut stallion, was named International Horse of the Year.


Dressage is a relatively new passion for Shannon Lemons, who grew up in the western tradition on a ranch. Her family ran a trail riding business, and it wasn’t until she got back into horses after veterinary school that she welcomed a change of pace and was introduced to dressage by a friend. Perhaps it was the western influence, but she was drawn to a beautiful half-Paint, half-Arabian 10-month-old colt from Texas named Shaman. When she lost her horse suddenly, Shaman, now a high energy five year old, was graciously given to Shannon and she decided to make him her dressage horse. “They say you get the horse you need, not necessarily the horse you want,” she offers as one reason how she ended up with a flashy Paint horse with 30 days of training. Five years after they started their journey, the pair competes at Second Level. This summer, Shannon won a scholarship from the U.S. Dressage Federation to advance her training program. Her devotion to the sport and giving of her time to Rocky Mountain Dressage in Colorado earned her the Carol Lavell Gifted Memorial Fund Scholarship for Adult Amateurs. Shannon describes herself as Shannon Lemons and “hooked on dressage,” and while she Shaman are successful at Second Level. realizes Shaman is not the typical November 2013



Combined driving competitor Pamela Biggi made the switch from dressage in 2000 to a sport that tests horses in three phases—dressage, cones, and marathons—while pulling a carriage. She was used to looking a bit different from the other competitors with her grey mare, Cindy Lou Who, a big Percheron who proved her talent, and despite her heft, was agile and light in the dressage ring. Now her buckskin pinto, Finn (Far Niente—Italian for “easy going”), gets a lot of attention even though colorful equines and a variety of breeds are not unusual in this sport. His color comes from his mother, a cremello pinto mare crossed with a New Forest pony stallion. “I don’t think the judges in driving care about color at all, they’re just looking for a horse that moves well,” Pam says. Finn was trained by Marc Johnson, and the experience has opened a whole new world for Pam and her flashy pony. Combined driving demands a lot of a horse or pony. There is a Pamela Biggi and Finn flying six to eight kilometer maraaround a corner at the Black Prong HDT in 2012. thon at horse driving trials 38


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Pam attends, including Nature Coast Horse Driving Trial (HDT) and Black Prong HDT in Florida, and local events near her New Hampshire home. “[Finn] loves his job, and people are always coming up to me asking if they can take pictures of him,” she says. At 14.1 hands, he looks adorable in harness, impeccably groomed for dressage, or rough and ready for the challenging marathon that follows.


While many warmbloods come to the U.S. from Europe, Goldhope Farm in Pennsylvania is sending a few back overseas with gold coloring that is gaining attention, breeder Lauren Efford says. She recently returned from showing her palomino and perlino colored warmbloods in Dressage at Devon’s breed classes. “They certainly bring color to the ring. When people see a horse like that at The perlino Oldenburg/ISR filly, Gold one of the most presand Pearls, offers color and talent. tigious breed shows in the country, they say, ‘Wow, I had no idea that horses with that pedigree and type come in colors like that!’” Lauren shares. Lauren has had an interest in breeding since age 12, when her first horse, a Palomino Appaloosa came in foal. She eventually realized her dream of combining international quality with color when she and her husband Robert started their farm. She imported her foundation mare, Alino Queen (a Michellino X Alibi graded Danish warmblood and a palomino) from the Netherlands, initially for a client, but then re-purchased her for her breeding program that focuses on all-around ability for gaits and jumping, with the added bonus of color. She now has three generations of a line that produced Gold and Pearls, a stunning perlino filly who has the two dilute genes that come from two unrelated buckskin parents. Genetic testing shows that she will produce buckskin foals every time she is bred to any stallion other than a grey. The Goldhope Farm foundation mare, Alino Queen, was described in a European magazine as “the lost golden treasure of Denmark” after her full sister, who the breeder had kept in Europe, passed away shortly upon Alino Queen’s arrival in the U.S. The perlino filly Gold and Pearl’s lineage is indeed impressive, and includes the sire of the 2012 British Gold and Bronze Dressage Medalist Mistral Hojiris. A half-brother to Alino Queen, Hello Yellow has proven his success at Intermediate II. Color in the dressage and jumping world is often a surprise. “Eight out of 10 horses at Dressage at Devon were dark bay and black. Most people don’t realize they can get the pedigree, quality, and athletic ability along with special color,” Lauren says.


dressage type, she says, “He taught me more than four other horses would have done.” At first he didn’t like the training and would hollow his back and hold his head high in the air. “Now he’s stronger and actually struts around.” Shannon has already achieved her First Level scores toward a bronze medal and is working on her Second Level scores. “He’s not one who scores really high because he doesn’t have a lot of big gaits, but sometimes he does really well,” she says, especially in the new tests that emphasize teamwork, training, and ability. “Now any horse can go in there and score high if they are trained well and if the pair has a good relationship.” Her goal in going for the bronze is simple. “I wanted to show off how far he’s come. I’m proud of my boy.” With his coloring, Shaman stands out. “The only disadvantage to my gorgeous horse is when I screw up, everyone remembers what horse it was. It’s not about looks, but it does make people notice him, and say, ‘you’re the one on that Paint horse!’” Shannon has a younger warmblood now as well. Her trainer Sarah Martin encourages her students to enjoy and make the most of their horses no matter the breed or color. Shaman is always her test horse for competing at new levels. “You have to work smarter with Shaman and be so correct to get what you are asking for,” she says. “I know some judges don’t like color, but that’s changing. There are a lot of people out here (in Colorado) who ride non-typical dressage horses and some international judges are very supportive of it.” One of the comments she’s especially proud to have received on her judge’s card is “well matched pair.”

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he last time Lisa Castellucci spoke to the media about her win at the ASPCA Maclay Championship came a few months ago, she says, much to her surprise. It seems even after 32 years people still are interested in hearing about her dramatic win at Madison Square Garden in 1981. Though the venue has changed a number of times since its inception in 1933, the event remains the elite showcase for young riders. Considered “the proving ground of champions” and the Super Bowl for junior riders all rolled into one, the list of Maclay winners reads like a Who’s Who of the riding world: including George Morris, Katie Monahan Prudent, and Leslie Burr Howard, to name a few.

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Jacob Pope succeeded in coming out on top of a field of tough competition to win the 2012 ASPCA Maclay National Championship. [INSET] Lisa Castellucci with her Corgis, Tallulah and Fannie.

To make it to the ASPCA Maclay Championships involves a lot of variables throughout the career of a young rider, but especially during the year of the competition. Qualifying is a challenge from Regionals right through the selection process. A certain percentage of equestrians are selected based on the total number of participants in a given region in order to keep the number of riders manageable at the Maclay competition. From its inception, Alfred B. Maclay, an ASPCA board member and accomplished horseman himself, conceived the championship “to inspire young riders to develop the best horsemanship skills and instill in them respect and compassion for their equine partners.” Stacia Klein Madden, owner and trainer of Beacon Hill Stables in Maryland, whose student Brianne Goutal won the event in 2005, and a 1987 ASPCA Maclay winner herself, says that for her, Castellucci was the one to watch. “She had a very unique style,” recounted Madden. “[Lisa] was somebody I would look at, even video when I could, and try to emulate her.” We tracked down Castellucci because of her unprecedented sixyear participation in the Maclay and because she is currently the only individual in its history to finish second two years in a row (1979 and 1980) before winning it in dramatic fashion in 1981 at age 18, her final year of eligibility. She relives the journey of that year with all the excitement as if it were yesterday. She says she and Lisa Tarnopol were tied going into the final phase. To break the tie, the judges asked for a re-ride, where they switched horses and rode without stirrups. Tarnopol’s horse was a spirited 15.2 hand mare. “Her horse was like sitting on a pony, she was so small,” says Lisa Castellucci, “and she had a high head carriage, straight up in the air. I had to use no leg, a quiet seat, and very soft hands.” She rode the entire course off the

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inside of her knees to keep her calm. Castellucci rode the course first with no faults. Tarnopol made one misstep on Castellucci’s 17.2 hand Foreign Exchange and it was over. Lisa Castellucci’s goal was finally realized. At her summer home in Narragansett, RI, we sat down to find out what young riders and parents need to know when they set their sights on competing in the ASPCA Maclay, as well as possibly sidestepping some pitfalls.

Lesson One: Parental & Financial Support Lisa (center) with (left to right) sisters Gina and Jennifer, Paul Valliere, and mom, Judi Castellucci. “The most important part was that my family got on board 100 percent right from the beginning,” explains Lisa, who took riding lessons along with her mom and two siblings, with Celia and Paul Valliere. Reinforcing the importance of parental support as she did way back then, Lisa’s mom, Judi, happily joined in on the conversation. “I drove the girls back and forth to lessons and was at every event,” Judi recalls. Lisa’s two sisters took riding lessons, as did Judi, and Jennifer, Lisa’s sister, also made it to the Maclay Championship in 1984. Lisa’s dad Ken, who owned a successful stone contracting business, although not at every — Lisa Castellucci — lesson, supplied the financial support, another key factor.

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After the first few lessons, Lisa was singled out by Paul Valliere. Lisa’s mom was up in the stands and [Valliere] approached her and said they needed to talk. “I think we’ve got something here,” Judi recalls Valliere’s words. “Your daughter is a natural and I want to take her right out of this class and into the show ring…” The next question posed by Valliere was: How involved do you as parents want to get? Valliere outlined the investment of time and money. A family meeting happened that night, recalls Judi Castellucci. When they saw Lisa’s enthusiasm and how quickly she took to the sport, they were in it for the long haul. Back then Judi didn’t work, so it was easy for her to be at every lesson and The 2013 Region 1 Maclay winner, Michael Hughes. every event. Ken wasn’t at most of the lessons, but attended nearly all of Lisa’s competitions. Today, having one parent available to taxi the youngster back and forth to practices may be more difficult because many households have two working parents. What scenario doesn’t work? When one parent isn’t on board with the decision personally and financially. “Racing is called the sport of kings,” says Lisa, “and today [hunters, jumpers, and equitation divisions] are pretty close.” Lisa considers herself lucky to have parents who were able to provide all around support.

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of the Maclay, being able to ride different horses at any given time?”

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and on the show circuit. The trainer should be able to find horses to suit the young rider as they progress in ability. Valliere found the horses and made all the arrangements to trailer them back and forth to competitions, taking a huge burden off of rider and parents. Throughout her career, Lisa recalls having some 15 or 20 horses that she rode and competed on as she moved up in ability. “[The equitation and hunters were] another whole different string of horses,” Lisa explains of the different divisions, pointing out that you need a different mount for hunt seat and equitation disciplines. “I did have a lot of hunters and two equitation horses before Foreign Exchange,” says Lisa, referring to “Rags,” a true find, and a big 17.2 hand Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred mix who her family bought for a very reasonable price. Her hunter, Touch the Sun, who is in the Hunter Hall of Fame, was a Thoroughbred and three-year veteran of the racetrack. During any one time in her career, Lisa says she rode five horses a day, which is another key factor—having a trainer to provide a variety of steeds to

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hone horsemanship and riding skills. The equitation horse has to be a much flatter jumper and be very quiet. “In equitation it’s all about the rider. In the hunters, the rider is inconsequential as far as appearance, and it’s more about the skill to bond and show off the horse at its best,” says Lisa. For her, a stickler for an all-around disciplined style, she looked good on hunters and

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equitation horses because of her unique style. “Isn’t that the whole idea of the Maclay, being able to ride different horses at any given time?” says Lisa.

Lesson Three: Dedication & Education From the beginning, Lisa threw herself into riding at the expense of any social life. Although she did play some organized sports very early on, once she committed to riding she dedicated herself to that endeavor. Lisa’s routine was set—school and then to the barn to ride and train, before returning home to complete her schoolwork. While many of her fellow riders attended private school or had private tutors, she attended public schools right through high school. When Valliere recommended she compete in Florida in the winter her parents sat down with her high school teachers to find out how that might be accomplished. “They didn’t know what to make of it all,” Lisa recalls of her high school teachers and classmates. “[The school] had no idea what I was doing.” But they did allow her some independence to take schoolwork with her to Florida and send it back for grading. As more parental support, her father took ownership of that task as well. Lisa and her mom stayed in Florida for the winter shows and her Dad and sister flew in every weekend. After her hunter, Touch The Sun, passed away, Lisa went off to college and settled for a life outside of horses. Now 50, she is married, and living and working in New York. The ASPCA Maclay Championship proves time does not lessen the magnitude of the accomplishment. Maclay champions are always in demand.

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Off! The Finer Points of Sending a Kid, and Maybe a Horse, to College

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f you have a child headed to college this coming year, congratulations! If you have a child and a horse headed to college, my condolences. But perhaps I can help by revealing some of the things I learned from sending my own kid/ horse combination to college. And I’ll also share some other things I’m just making up to help distract you from the complicated mix of feelings you’re probably experiencing right now. When our daughter went off to school (an experience now safely behind us all) the second question everyone asked us, right after “where’s she going?” was, “what are you going to do with the horse?”

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If you are facing the decision about how, or more importantly whether, to send an equine off to school with your offspring, here’s a simple math equation that might help. First, write down the estimated total cost of your darling’s college education. Don’t forget the allowance, the cell phone, the trips home, and so forth. Then, add to that your best estimate of the total amount to keep a horse, including showing, for those college years. Double both numbers to allow for your kid taking the leisurely route through college, the horse having unanticipated vet bills, the cost of gas, hay, and pizza going up, altogether new horse needed, etc, etc, etc.

Add the numbers together. For extra credit, compare it as a percentage of your current retirement fund. In actual fact, the number you come up with is not the important part of the exercise. It’s more important to carefully notice what you do when you have arrived at that number. If you shriek in horror and can’t look directly at it, you might consider simply sending the horse to college and selling the kid. If, however, it only takes a few antacids, sedatives, or belts of strong beverage for you to finish this exercise, things just might work out. November 2013

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The most important thing is, to discuss these things candidly and rationally with your child. Then, have a lawyer draw up a binding contract spelling out the conditions of activating Plan B, have your child sign in front of witnesses, notarize it, and keep it handy, because no one has a shorter memory than a college student.

In that case, you need to begin off-to-school shopping. The key element here is, how do you minimize your shopping time and maximize your shopping dollar? Very simple. Look in your tack room, or garage, or rental unit, or living room as the case may be. You’ve got several years’ worth of accumulated tack and gear, and containers for said tack and gear, haven’t you? Now is the time to make this investment pay off. For starters, don’t even think that you might send any of this tack or gear off with your college student for its intended use: care and showing of the horse. It absolutely won’t do, because either this stuff was bought for a horse long gone, or won’t fit in with the showing program your child will be entering (even if they’re just continuing the type of shows they’ve always done, and for which they’ve always used the same tack). Believe me, for some reason parents can’t understand, they’ll need new stuff for the horse.


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So your job here is to re-purpose this stuff to serve the many needs of the modern college student. For example: grooming buckets, once properly cleaned, make great shower caddies, trashcans, or step stools. Muck buckets are even better! They can be used for additional guest seating, holding the TV, a makeshift table for pizza parties, carrying a semester’s worth of clothes home to be washed, and so much more. Saddle stands make perfect clothes or towel racks, and there’s absolutely no reason you can’t make a cute dorm bed blanket out of a cooler or turnout sheet. English saddle? Great pillow. Western saddle? Set it up on end for a jacket caddy (hang it off the horn). For clothing storage, forget about the old standby, the footlocker. You’ve got tack trunks that will work just fine once you get several years’ worth of dirt and cobwebs off. And the tack that was formerly in them can be repurposed as well.

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Braided reins can be used as an impromptu clothesline or a stand-in for a bulletin board/message center. O-ring bits make handy belt or scarf hangers. Hoof picks can be used as multipurpose tools, and grooming brushes are fine for sweeping up crumbs from the floor or cleaning the bathroom. If you’re thinking, “what?! Give up the chance to buy the cute, all-matching dorm room accessories or school branded objects?” please listen to the voice of reason. Here are the facts: 75% of what you send your child to school with will never be used. 15% will be loaned out and not returned. 5% will be “re-appropriated” or lost. Only 5% of all that cute, themed, matching, expensive stuff you bought will actually be used, and by the end of the first year, it will be faded, ripped, stained, torn and/or hated. The only creatures that can destroy manmade items faster than horses are college students. Besides, you’ll enjoy shopping for things to send the horse off to school more than for your college kid. Why? Because the horse will be much more appreciative when you’re finished. And here’s another important thing to consider. Your child who’s all keen on continuing to ride and show during college? She hasn’t actually experienced college yet. I personally raised a child who adored showing, lived for showing, and swore down to the tips of her toes that she would continue to show during college. To make things even more convenient, her horse was already at a training center just a few minutes’ drive from the university she was about to attend. It was a picture-perfect set up. And “set up” is just how I felt when she actually stepped into the big shiny new world of college and found that there were, in fact, even more fun things to do in life than riding.

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Now, here comes another decision point for you. If you have done that math problem I suggested earlier and lived through it, try a little thought experiment: how will I feel if we send the kid and the horse to school together, and she/he stops riding? If the answer might be an act that could land you in some sort of institution, it’s time to formulate plan B. We can’t always know how our kids will react once they get into their studies and all the other college activities, but we can certainly make up sensible contingency plans to address multiple possibilities. Your plan B might be like mine. I decided the only cure for the situation was for me to start riding once she stopped. Of course, it entailed an entirely new horse and all the accoutrements, but that was just collateral damage. Other Plan Bs might be to find a way to allow your child to stay connected to horses without actually having one right at hand. It could be a riding stable for your child to take lessons or work in. Or, volunteering at horse shows. Or riding during summers. The most important thing is, to discuss these things candidly and rationally with your child. Then, have a lawyer draw up a binding contract spelling out the conditions of activating Plan B, have your child sign in front of witnesses, notarize it, and keep it handy, because no one has a shorter memory than a college student. Now, some of you may be thinking, I’ve got it made, because my child is attending a school with a riding program, and they’ll supply the horses. And my child is an excellent rider, an elite rider in fact. I can breathe easy. Or not. Because of course the coaches will be depending on


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your elite rider to help bring along the greener horses in the program. And your kid, being a typical teen rider, will probably think that’s dandy! Throw me on anything, coach! I can do it! That’s good, that’s the way our kids learn—challenges are great. Just one piece of advice: sign up for the college’s medical insurance. And check your own insurance coverage for mental health services, as need be. Collegiate riders, like any athletes, face a lot of extra time demands for their sport. Classes, homework, lessons, workouts, shows, horse care, maybe another academic club or two—great, that leaves less time for the unsavory parts of college like partying, right? Puh-leeze. However, it does make great preparation for real life, which, as you know but your precious child does not yet, goes at warp speed and expects us to keep up, even if we’re overcommitted, overworked, and over-partied. All kidding aside, a higher-education experience that includes horses can teach your child teamwork, leadership, time management, and flexibility. The keys to getting through it, for you, your child, and the horses, are the same keys to success as a rider. Good planning. Good communication. Good attitude. And the ability to pick yourself up and get back in the saddle when something goes awry, as it eventually will. If the dollars you spend for your child and horse or riding program reinforce these skills, everyone will win in the end. Meanwhile, savor the moments. Ange Dickson Finn is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor and retired horse show mom. Visit her at, or email her at

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Working for a Change A look at the new ranch horse pleasure classes BY JENNIFER ROBERTS


new division, rewarding an old kind of horse. Say hello to ranch horse pleasure, where forward movement and a true “working” horse is recognized. Horses that can do it all are now being rewarded: horses that can move cattle in the morning, ground tie and relax while the rancher eats lunch, trot out briskly as they check the fence line, then run barrels at an impromptu rodeo that night.

Rewarding Ranch Horses Ranch horse pleasure shows the versatility of the true ranch horse, this individually worked and scored class emphasizes free flowing movement as well as a level minded horse. The score sheet that the judges fill out for each horse and rider combination score 58


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each movement as well as the overall impression of the pair. Mitchell shares his thoughts, “I think it helps the judging that there is a score sheet for the judges to work from (like reining and cow horse).” This is not just another trail class or western pleasure class. The class specifications are very different, with the athletic, working western horse being rewarded. “In ranch pleasure, judges look for a perfect, handy horse with manners, versatility, and movement,” said AQHA Senior Director of Judges Alex Ross. “There’s a real emphasis on forward movement and ground-covering gaits, while rules of cadence still apply.” Ross continues, “It’s called ranch pleasure. The horses should not perform the gaits as they do in traditional western pleasure classes. They should be presented in a more forward-moving style than the typical western pleasure horse.” “To succeed in ranch pleasure, the horses have to perform well at basic maneuvers taken from trail,


While working ranchers have long appreciated the value of these versatile horses, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is now offering classes custom-made for these remarkable athletes. Part pleasure, part trail, and a whole lot of fun, ranch horse pleasure is quickly impacting the Quarter Horse show scene. Mark Mitchell, an amateur rider from Reno, NV, recently made his move into the ranch horse pleasure scene. “I showed in the ranch pleasure class in Las Vegas last month. I can assure you, it’s not western pleasure—far from it. And, the judges are on top of it and truly are looking for forward moving ranch-type horses.”



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Interested in trying out ranch pleasure, but not sure that you and your horse are ready? Take a look at AQHA Sample Ranch Pattern 1 to see if you and your horse have what it takes.


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Walk Jog Extend the jog at the top of the arena, stop 360 turn to the left Left lead 1/2 circle, lope to the center Change leads (simple or flying) Right lead 1/2 circle Extended lope up the long side of the arena (right lead) Collect back to a lope around the top of the arena and back to center 10. Break down to a jog 11. Walk over poles 12. Stop and back


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western riding, horsemanship, and reining,” explains AQHA Professional Horseman Bill Bormes of Castle Rock, CO. “This class is, right now, producing an educated horse, capable of moving on in his careers, successfully competing in any number of events.”

Through Their Paces In ranch horse pleasure classes, horses enter the ring individually and complete their pattern, which is determined by the judge. The pattern consists of the specified gaits: the walk, the jog, extended jog, lope, and extended lope; as well as three of the five “optional” maneuvers and a change of direction. The five option maneuvers that the judges may choose from are sidepasses; turns of 360 degrees (or more); walk, jog or lope over pole(s); lead changes (simple or flying); or any other maneuver that it is reasonable to ask of a typical working ranch horse. While judges are encouraged to create their own patterns, AQHA is helping them out as the division is kicking off. According to Ross, “AQHA is including sample patterns in the 2012 AQHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations, but judges will be able to draw their own as long as they include the required gaits and three of the optional maneuvers.” The horse and rider combination are judged on movement, which looks at cadence as well as the rhythm of gaits. Smoothness and consistency in performance are scored, as well as how they perform the optional maneuvers. Score sheets are then posted for the exhibitors’ benefit. Many exhibitors have found that judges are looking for even more forward movement than they had expected, which is

Looking the Part

Turnout rules are a bit different than other AQHA classes. Horses must be shown with no hoof polish. Manes must be left natural, not banded or braided; tail extensions are prohibited. Trimming the horse’s muzzle, jawline, and bridle path are approved; however trimming inside the horse’s ears is highly discouraged. Silver on saddles and bridles are also discouraged. encouraging exhibitors to really go for it and take chances as they encourage their horses to take longer and longer strides with more forward movement, especially in the extensions.

Change In The Works This new division is really catching on, and the excitement is spreading. “For the first year, ranch pleasure was solely approved for the Open division so that AQHA could gauge the response of exhibitors,” said Tom Persechino, AQHA executive director of competition and breed integrity. “The time came to analyze the class, and the show entries, plus requests from competitors, solidified that ranch pleasure needed to also be offered in the Youth, Amateur, and Select Amateur divisions.” Competitors enjoyed the class and the numbers really supported the new division as well as adding additional age groups. Mitchell says, “It was neat for all of us to show together: from trainers down to rookies and horses that would not normally compete against each other all in the same class. And, most importantly, it’s low pressure and fun! I encourage everyone to give the class a try.”

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OUR HOLIDAY WISH LIST What are you hoping to unwrap this holiday season? We pulled together some things we love…and we’re confident that you will too!

The Bit Blanket

Rain Shelter Barn Jacket

Do you have CBC? CBC, or Cold-Bit Compassion, is the term Bit Blanket, the electric bit warmer, has coined for the concern riders, trainers, and others in the horse world have over bitting a horse with a freezing cold bit. And they’re serious about it. Cold bits can cause discomfort, pain, soft-tissue damage, and related training problems. Preserving a horse’s sensitive mouth, preventing bridling/training problems, and avoiding head-shyness by warming a freezing cold bit before asking your horse to accept it should be part of every rider’s grooming ritual. Bit Blanket™ does it easily and effectively. Find it online at

Kerrits’ new Rain Shelter Barn Jacket is your first line of defense against the cold, wet, and windy days ahead. It’s the ideal companion for the roughriding, fast-striding cowgirl in all of us. The jacket is streamlined for a long, lean look; carefully cut to contour in an ergonomic, tailored equestrian style. Front pockets are sewn into the piped princess seaming to add to the jacket’s flattering lines. Two back zips open from waist to hip for extra room, or when fully closed they give a smooth and classic look to the jacket’s silhouette. And no worries if your favorite equine rubs up against you with his dusty, winter coat—dirt is cleverly camouflaged by the jacket’s plaids or the heathered texture of the solid shades! Learn more at

Holster by B.I.T.S. Back in the Saddle (B.I.T.S.) is back at it again with this unique leather pouch that is handcrafted completely in the United States. The Holster is made of Marlboro leather and features a front flap closure and two zip compartments. It fits around your waist and can also be worn across your chest. It is the perfect accessory for everyday use! Available in three colors: smoke, sienna, and dusk. You can purchase it online at or by visiting LA Saddlery at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Noble Equine’s Over the Calf Peddies Noble Equine worked extensively with equestrians to solve one of their most common complaints—riding boots just aren’t very comfortable. Every inch of Noble Equine’s Over the Calf Peddies Socks are built with this concern in mind. The footbed is made with extra cushion, perfect for a long day at a show or around the barn. The unique Ankle Shield padded protection wraps around the entire ankle area and makes blisters, and even the dreaded boot break-in period, things of the past. The ultra thin calf is made to fit perfectly over breeches and under jeans or jods. Noble Equine’s Opti-Dry technology wicks away moisture, keeping your feet dry and comfortable. Over the Calf Peddies not only give you cushion and comfort, but also come in 13 fun colors and prints to show off your style! Available in sizes for both women and girls, Over the Calf Peddies are priced starting at $12.99. 62


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VenTECH Ballistic Protection Boots Made with durable top grain leather patches, Ballistic nylon outer shell, and lycra binding, these boots provide protection to vital areas of the horse’s leg. They are especially tough and able to endure rigorous wear from riding in any discipline. The UltraShock lining gives your horse added protection from impact and interference. Equipped with VenTECH technology and breathable neoprene that conforms to your horse, they allow heat and moisture to escape, keeping your horse cool, comfortable, and performing at its best. Heavy-duty elastic straps with trim to fit adjustable hook and loop fasteners ensure a perfect fit. Look for them at

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Home of the Quarter Horse Congress ➜ Columbus, Ohio By Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride


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Lauren Holbert riding Goodbars Best Yet at the 2012 Quarter Horse Congress.

exhibitor. The show is also well known for its Queen Contest, one of the most prestigious equine pageants around. Likewise, Congress is where a number of well-known equestrians got their start, including Stacy Westfall. “The Congress is a time of year all in itself,” adds Jessica Ross, assistant trainer at Greyledge Farm in Durham, CT. “It’s what everyone works for the entire year. Everyone comes together with the same purpose in mind: to show their Quarter Horse to the best of their ability. It brings together some of the greatest and most elite horses in the industry, and pushes other horses to become the next great ones.” Because of the show’s massive size, attendees rarely find themselves leaving the grounds. But when they do, they’ll

learn that the city itself also has a lot to offer. Most horse show junkies need their caffeine fix—while staying in this metropolis, equestrians will find a number of artisan roasters and craft coffee startups. In 2012, the city was ranked by The Atlantic as one of the top three largest metropolitan cities in the nation for fashion, which is good news for equinistas that can’t get enough shopping at the trade show. Additionally, there are a number of local events occurring at the same time as Congress, for those who want to immerse themselves in the culture. And while there are a number of food vendors on-site, when exhibitors find themselves wanting something different for fuel, they’ll find a variety of restaurants to explore within the city.

Photo: Jeff Kirkbride/Courtesy of Quarter Horse Congress

One of the most highly anticipated events of the year, Quarter Horse Congress is known for drawing a crowd on an annual basis. And it’s no wonder why: the event attracts 650,000 people annually, who not only compete in over 450 classes featured throughout the three weeks of competition, but also peruse the 250-plus commercial vendors at its trade show and watch the numerous clinics and demonstrations that take place within that timeframe. “There’s a lot of things going on here,” says the show’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Katie Dobrowolski. “It’s the world’s largest horse show. We have people that come from all over the world.” In addition to its voluminous size, Quarter Horse Congress truly offers something for everyone: from team roping and reining to hunter under saddle and event pleasure driving classes, equine enthusiasts from all disciplines can find something to enjoy at the show, whether attending as a spectator or

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equestrian lifestyle TRAVEL

Things to Do CMH Fashion Week The Congress isn’t the only show in town throughout the month of October—equinistas visiting the start of the competition can also venture out and about to experience the Midwest’s fashion hotspot during CMH Fashion Week.

Congress Trade Show Highlighting approximately 250 commercial vendors, the trade show at Quarter Horse Congress features everything from equestrian boutiques to automobile dealerships.

Those who don’t get enough shopping at the trade show can step away for a day and enjoy even more purchasing power at Easton Town Center; attendees who bring their canine counterparts to the competition can also join in on the local fun by participating in the Halloween Pet Parade.

Featuring botanical gardens, art sculptures, and a one-mile walking loop, the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a must for tourists visiting the city.

German Village One of the city’s premier downtown neighborhoods, the German Village is a 233-acre historic residential district that is one of the most preeminent of its kind in the United States.

The Wilds For those willing to venture out a little further from the showgrounds, The Wilds is sure to provide fun and adventure; located on nearly 10,000 acres in southeast Ohio, this conservation center is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. 72


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Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

[FROM TOP TO BOTTOM] Easton Town Center offers shopping, dining, and more for Quarter Horse Congress attendees; The Wilds is one of the largest conservation centers in the world; visitors can explore one of the city’s premier neighborhoods, the German Village; The Franklin Park Conservatory features botanical gardens, art sculptures, and a one-mile walking loop.


Easton Town Center

Where to Eat Back Room Coffee Roasters

With offerings ranging from its original Breakfast Blend to the equine enthusiasts’ signature blend, “The Horse,” this micro-roaster has a wide range of caffeine for the early morning riser.

Café Brioso This artisan coffee shop provides highquality gourmet coffees and loose-leaf teas, as well as sandwiches, soups, salads, and baked goods. PHOTOS: (FROM TOP) JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS; COURTESY OF ELEVATOR BREWERY & DRAUGHT HAUS

Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

[ABOVE] Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus offers upscale cuisine sure to appeal to a variety of palates. [TOP] Columbus is home to the nationally renowned Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

American food; they also conveniently set up shop at The Congress, allowing exhibitors to replace typical fair food with a feast.

This downtown brewery offers a number of handcrafted beers, including one aptly named “Dark Horse”; for those who aren’t a fan of beer, the restaurant’s menu offers a variety of upscale cuisine sure to appeal to just about anyone’s palate.

Where to Stay

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Best Western Plus

Nationally renowned for their delicious gourmet ice cream, these scoop shops can be found throughout the city; signature flavors include brambleberry crisp, Riesling poached pear sorbet, and salty caramel, to name a few.

In close proximity to the horse show, this hotel offers adequate amenities at a decent rate.

Schmidt’s Restaurant and Sausage Haus Located in the heart of the German Village, this restaurant features German/

Ohio Expo Center Home to the Quarter Horse Congress, Ohio Expo Center allows first-come, first-served camping at the showgrounds, a great alternative to reserving a hotel room. 614-294-0150

Comfort Inn and Suites Offering affordable rooms that are known to be comfortable, this popular hotel remains to be a great place to stay that isn’t too far away from the showgrounds. November 2013


equestrian lifestyle FASHION

Bespoken For: Jackets

“Bespoke” outerwear speaks volumes about its wearer. Which of these lust and must haves speak to you?

From the “incline” of a collar to the placement of a vent, it takes 20 different measurements to make a jacket. Stylish streetwear can adopt an equi-look, but typically falls six to seven inches short of measuring up for real riding, which is why custom equestrian apparel expert Trish Bosley Brangier says that what separates tailored from off-the-rack (OTR) is in the details. One haute-to-trot trend that elegantly sets a jacket apart from the herd are custom buttons, hand-crafted with portraits of a beloved horse or pet, as front and cuff accents. When custom fitting an OTR jacket, be sure its seams offer at least 5/8" allowance for alteration. Always try jackets on over your regular show clothes (shirt, bra, and if appropriate, protective vest) and sit down, preferably in a saddle, to assure the jacket reaches the top of the cantle and judiciously covers your own hindquarters. BY L.A. POMEROY

MUST HAVE: FITS Chocolate Raspberry Collection Allie Jacket in black or mink ($150) This jacket offers all the warmth of multiple layers without sacrificing feminine curves, thanks to princess seams and a natural waist over a fashionably functional peplum. Fleece lining is perfect for tucking horse show pups inside for a cozy snuggle. LUST HAVE: Bosley Brangier Custom Whipcord Frock Coat (starting at $1,850) Custom made for an honorary whip for Upperville’s Piedmont Hounds, who wouldn’t bugle over such elegance in its equestrian glory? Like ice cream, this coat is tasteful, with custom tailoring that offers more than 30 flavors of fabric to choose from. Yummy.

MUST HAVE: EquiRex Riana Merino Jacket ($195) Merino wool delivers warmth without restriction in this lightweight edition that hugs the body in midnight, spring blue, or (guaranteed conversation-starter) antracite. The Netherlandsbased designer also offers a lightweight jacket made from 100% recycled polyester (PET bottles), which recently debuted in October. It comes in any color that’s “green.” LUST HAVE: Goode Rider Heritage Down Jacket ($259) An Amelia Earhart-worthy bomber inspired jacket, this piece of haute-coature comes in black and anything but drab olive green, with streamlining built to flatter; faux shearling and a removable fur hood warm consciences nicely, too.

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



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Kelli Marie Wainscott On Comedy, Cupcakes, and Champions

months old. I am the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Western Coach and Zone 1.5 Coordinator for Mount Holyoke College, and was also named the 2013 Connecticut Color Breed Queen.

The Trainer Who Influenced Me the Most: My mother was my trainer my whole youth career. She taught me all the basics and that the horse comes first—everything else comes second in regards to how you use the horse and competitions.

Worst Fall: It was off my Appaloosa gelding when he was four and I was 16. Riding bareback and bridleless without a helmet was not the smartest idea. Guilty Pleasure: Cupcakes!

Favorite Horse: I don’t have a

When I’m Not Riding I Like To:

favorite, but I really miss my first youth horse, Gypsy. She was a Morgan/Quarter Horse cross and had the sweetest soul.

Do anything involving horses.

Lucky Charm: I don’t have one, but my lucky number is 43. 76

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Best Piece of Riding Advice: Ride like you have all day. It will help keep your horse happy and goals will be reached quicker.

Why I Ride: It’s like breathing for me. I have to.

If I Knew Then What I Know Now, I Would: Choose a college with equine studies, intern with some top trainers, and take some time before going pro instead of giving up my amateur status at age 20.

Favorite Quote or Phrase: Champions are not those that never fail, but those that never give up!

The Last Book I Read Was: The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

If My Horse Were a Person He Would: Be Jim Carrey. He keeps us laughing and always comes up with a new way to be a goofball. He takes his job seriously, and like Carrey, makes even the most serious of situations turn comical very quickly.

Photos: Mystical photography

Age: 32 Farm Affiliation: Owner of Triple R Ranch  Background: I have been riding and showing all my life, since I was nine

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Best in Show






[ BOOK ] INSIDE YOUR RIDE: MENTAL SKILLS FOR BEING HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR HORSE, by Tonya Johnston, 270 pages, paperback, Equine Network (, 2012, $26.95.

[ BOOK ]

Sport Horse Conformation: Evaluating Athletic Potential in Dressage, Jumping, and Event Prospects BY CHRISTIAN SCHACHT. 144 pages, hardcover, Trafalgar Square

Books (, 2012, $27.95.

Conformation expert, judge, sport horse breeding authority, and veterinarian, Christian Schacht, shares his knowledge in this incredibly detailed and educational manual of conformation. Over 170 full-color photographs demonstrate the author’s evaluations of proper proportions and lines on the horse, continuing to teach about his already widely-accepted system of assessing sport horses. Each piece of the horse is analyzed, and then put together to discuss how the pieces work combined as a whole. BOTTOM LINE: Whether you are breeding for

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Any successful equestrian will tell you that riding well is just as much of a mental exercise (if not more) than it is a physical one. This book approaches that aspect of riding, focusing on mental preparation, and using this insight to improve your skills. The author gives many strategies for increasing a rider’s confidence, as well as improving his or her focus. The book takes a look at how a rider’s attitude can influence the outcome of each ride—both positively and negatively. The final chapters focus on coming back from a setback, such as a fall or a serious injury. BOTTOM LINE: It’s not enough to just be a passenger on a horse; learn how to get your head in the game as well.

[ BOOK ] RACING FROM DEATH: A NIKKI LATRELLE RACING MYSTERY, by Sasscer Hill, 196 pages, paperback, Wildside Press LLC (, 2012, $13.99.

Offering an insider’s view of the track, this book explores the behind-the-scenes action in the eyes of the struggling young jockey, Nikki Latrelle. Author, Sasscer Hill, has noticeably spent copious amounts of time at the track, both in the grandstand and in the barns, and is able to expertly guide her readers through the tack rooms, the jocks’ lockers, and the high-dollar suites where plots are hatched and scores are finally settled. Follow Nikki through an intricate tale of murder, highprofile drug use, family secrets, and the crazy day-to-day activities at the track. BOTTOM LINE: Whether you love racing, or just enjoy a good “whodunit,” this book is one to put your money on.

[ DVD ] RIDER BIOMECHANICS: HOW TO MASTER YOUR BODY IN THE SADDLE, with Colleen Kelly and Linda Parelli, Parelli Natural Horsemanship (, 2012, $159.99.

This two-DVD set brings you the insight of Colleen Kelly, a multi-discipline rider, coach, and judge, who also happens to be a biomechanics scientist. Her instruction, together with Linda Parelli, will help you achieve a balanced seat and posture. THE BOTTOM LINE: This set will leave you running to the barn, ready to try out all that you have learned!

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the scoop Dr. Octavia Brown recently spoke at a conference in Korea to promote the benefits of therapeutic riding.


First Premie and Champion Filly, Rosalind F.T., followed by her dam, Grace Fan Bosma.

FHANA Crowns Champions at Northeast Keuring MELANIE OLAJOS OF FAIRY TAIL Equines has a lot to be proud of. Her homebred Friesian filly, Rosalind F.T. (Sape 381 x Wander 352), earned First Premie and was Champion Filly at the 2013 Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA) Northeast

Keuring on September 19. “I am thrilled to have bred this spectacular filly…she has an amazing future in performance and will become an addition to our breeding program. Rosalind will be making her show debut next year,” said an ecstatic Melanie.

Therapeutic Ambassador Goes Abroad DR. OCTAVIA BROWN, PROFESSOR OF equine studies and director of therapeutic riding at Centenary College, was a featured speaker at a conference on the Pursuit of Evidence-Based Sports and Exercise Science, held in Seoul, Korea. She gave two lectures: “The Status of Research Into the Effects of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies” and “Educational Systems and Instructor Careers in Therapeutic Riding in the U.S.” While in Korea, Dr. Brown also met with the Korean Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and consulted on the future direction of that association. She visited and met with the Korean Racing Association’s Therapeutic Riding Program and the Samsung Therapeutic Riding program as well.

Small But Mighty Congratulations to Amanda Heppes of Washington and her Miniature filly,, aka Be`. The bay roan pinto, out of KS Just to Fancy and by Scott Creek Monarch Commotion, recently went to her first show at five months of age—taking first out of eight other mares, some of whom have won plenty of classes. Be` is set to become Amanda’s future carriage driving horse. « Amanda Heppes with Be`. November 2013


Open house visitors explore the MidAtlantic Horse Rescue’s new facilities.

MidAtlantic Horse Rescue

Moves to Permanent New Location, Receives Grants MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, Inc. (MAHR), a 501©3 nonprofit Thoroughbred rescue founded in 2002, recently moved its base of operations to Greener Pastures Equine Sanctuary in Warwick, MD, permanently. A scenic, 158-acre farm situated along the Sassafras River, Greener Pastures was the property of Doris Wear, and was permanently preserved as a horse sanctuary upon her passing. An open house was held on Friday, September 20, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Visitors were welcome to stroll around the farm and meet the horses, and hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine were served. Over 100 people attended the open house and over $3,000 was raised for the rescue. The highlight of the silent auction that was featured was a halter from the great Foolish Pleasure, which brought a top bid of $1,200. Also during the event, Herb and Ellen Moelis, co-founders of Thoroughbred Charities of America, gave a brief history of the farm and the rescue, and what a great partnership it will be. MidAtlantic Horse Rescue also recently received grants from national organizations. 84

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The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) awarded a grant through the Rescuing Racers Initiative to continue the “ASPCA On the Right Track” program, in which adopters of MAHR Thoroughbreds receive $200 toward lessons or training for their new horse. In addition, funds will be used for fencing and automatic waterers at the new farm. Thoroughbred Charities of America also awarded a grant to the organization for new fencing and sheds. Blue Horse Charities, Inc. approved a grant for ongoing operations. Both organizations have supported MidAtlantic Horse Rescue since its inception. MAHR Co-Founders Beverly Strauss and Virginia Suarez are delighted with the support of some of the most reputable organizations in the country. “These grants allow us to continue our mission of saving ex-racehorses from slaughter and placing them in good homes. Now that we have found a permanent home in Warwick, we are looking forward to being able to do even more for these incredible horses.” For more information, visit

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World’s Grand Champions Crowned At the Kentucky State Fair The final champion was crowned in the last class of the evening, the FiveGaited World’s Grand Championship. CHCallaway’s Annabel Allison topped the field with owner and trainer, Debbie Foley. CHCallaway’s Annabel Allison is by CHCaramac and out of Callaway’s Love Lucy. She was bred by Callaway Hills Stable. Behind the scenes, more excitement was to be had. After the show wrapped, numbers were calculated and organizers found that the dynamic webcast on the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Network of the show was viewed by record-breaking numbers of American Saddlebred enthusiasts, reports William Wood of USEF. The popularity of this webcast has been growing steadily since its inception in 2005, (where 2,300 viewers enjoyed the World’s Championship Horse Show), but viewer-

Sir Silver Knight was the Three-Gaited World Grand Champion, with Melinda Moore in the irons.

ship in 2013 broke all previous records. Video plays increased by more than 146% over the 2012 webcast, with over 175,000 plays this year. Page views, where fans looked at other items of interest on the main webcast page,

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Photo: Howard Schatzberg

On Saturday evening, August 24, 2013, three American Saddlebred World’s Grand Champions were crowned in Freedom Hall during the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville, KY. The first champion crowned on Stake Night was Wild Carrissima, who won the Fine Harness title for the third year in a row, driven by Bret C. Day for owner, Robert L. Pugh LLC. The 2005 bay gelding is by Rare Perception and out of Mia Carrissima and was bred by Skyview’s Mane Event/E. Lopez. Sir Silver Knight was the second champion crowned, taking the ThreeGaited division. The 2006 liver chestnut stallion by Sir William Robert and out of R.R. Silver Lady was ridden by Melinda Moore for owner, Annika Moriarty Bruggeworth. He was bred by Dena Tanner Lopez.


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[LEFT] Lexy Korytheo and Poetry in Motion, winners of the Holiday Acres Hunter Challenge. [RIGHT] Julia Harriman, winner of both the Equine Journal Pleasure Classic and the Two Town Trotters 4-H Classic, aboard TH Spiked with Class.

Wraps Up 2013 with August Event Article and photos By Will George

The fourth show of the Central Mass Horse Show Series (CMHSS) was held on August 25, as always, on the lovely grounds of Camp Marshall in Spencer, MA. This was the 4-H Fair Horse Show and was managed by Camp Marshall Director Jeanne Cassavant. The judges for the day were Steve Lampson in ring one, Karol Bennett in ring two, and Kate Rakowski in ring three. Even though there were over 120 entries, the judges kept things moving and the day went very smoothly. Holly Weilsma filled in for Kristen George Riner as announcer, as Kristen was home dealing with her little Emma’s broken arm—who is doing very well now. In the ribbon department, winning both

the Equine Journal Pleasure Classic cooler and the Two Town Trotters 4-H Classic was Julia Harriman on TH Spiked With Class. Congratulations! Other classic winners were Danielle Masion and Great Expectations of Sweet Spots Stables, who won the Tough-E-Nuf Walk-Trot Classic, and Lexy Korytheo and Poetry in Motion of Our Little Farm, who took home the Holiday Acres Holiday Challenge blanket. There were seven riders who won two day-end awards. Cara Tsombakos of Sunset Stables was the Color Breed and Green Horse Hunter day-end winner. Lindsey Marshall of Camp Marshall won both the English Adult and the Green Horse Open with Jebediah. Brianna Pesso and Westbrook of Lucky Horse Farm

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including show results, sponsor links, judges’ cards, and more, were up approximately 50%, with over 485,000 views. The top five countries viewing the live stream were the United States, Canada, South Africa, Great Britain, and the Netherlands. « Triple-repeat Fine Harness World Grand Champion, Wild Carrissima, driven by Bret C. Day.


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“I looked at the analytical data from the Redwing Farm website. On a normal week we get between 15 and 25 views. Last week we got 2,060, with 1,850 unique people from 12 countries,” said Redwing Farm owner Judy Werner. To review all results and judges’ cards from the 2013 Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show, visit the American Saddlebred Horse Association website, To view video coverage of the show on demand, visit

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were Medium Long Stirrup and Off-TheTrack Thoroughbred division winners. Arielle Johnson of Still River Stables took home the day-end award in Pre-Children’s Hunter and the Beginner division. Peter Whitten of Penny Brook Stables on Jets Blue Angel had a good day with awards in Stock Seat and Quarter Horse. In both Childen’s divisions, Alyssa Clark and Mount Theodore were top point earners. Lastly, in both the Equitation and the Hunter divisions of Short Stirrup, Abigail Granville of Four Winds Farm, riding Sir Lancelot, made Guinevere proud with both division wins. Everyone at CMHSS sends their condolences to Kerrie Labrie and her family for the loss of her father, Wayne Page. A familiar face at the shows and a real sportsman, he will be missed by all. The organizers also thank everyone who participated in or attended any of the events this year, for making 2013 a very enjoyable show season—they are grateful to have such a competitive but goodhearted group of riders. Visit to keep up-to-date on points and banquet information.

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Southern New England Horsemen’s Association Gets Set for Year-End Banquet Submitted by Cynthia Anne Bowen

The Southern New England Horsemen’s Association has completed another successful season. Our affiliate show, The Colchester Lions Club Show, was held on August 18 at the Hebron Fair Grounds in Hebron, CT. Our final club show, judged by Melissa Proulx, was held on September 15, at the Woodstock Fair Grounds. We had a terrific turnout with 82 entries. We are already planning our 2014 show season. All of our shows will be held at Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, CT. Here are our 2014 show dates: May 4; May 11; June 29; July 27; August 24;

and September 7. The date for our affiliate show, The Colchester Lions Club, will appear in a future column. Results from our October elections for 2014 officers and board of directors, as well as any rule changes will also be in a future column. Our year-end awards banquet will be held on November 23 at the Holiday Inn in Norwich, CT. Cocktail hour, featuring hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m., with a buffet dinner from 7:00-8:00 p.m. The awards and dancing will follow. The dinner buffet will also have vegetarian meals offered

as well as meals for anyone with special dietary needs. Children can have either the buffet or a chicken finger meal. Soda, bottled water, tea, and coffee are free all night. Dessert will be cookies and brownies. Tickets are $32 for adults and $13 for children 12 and under. Children five and under are free. We will be having our brown bag raffle and appreciate donations for this popular aspect of our celebration. We will also have a new feature this year—all adults will receive a free ticket for a chance to win an overnight stay and complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn. We want to thank all our exhibitors, members and non-members, for their support of our club in 2013. Don’t forget to keep saving the Nutrena tags for us. They are a terrific money raiser for the club. Check out our 2014 show dates and plan to join us. For more information on our club visit our website at

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New York Upper Connecticut Regional Pony Club USPC National Office Awards College Scholarships to Members Six outstanding Pony Club members were awarded college scholarships through the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) for outstanding sportsmanship, stewardship, and leadership through horsemanship. The recipients are chosen by a scholarship committee and administered by the USPC based on the requirements for each opportunity. The Dorothy Renfro Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually for higher education to an active Pony Club member who exhibits the qualities that Dorothy Renfro valued most: leadership, horse management, and volunteering time and energy to beneficial activities. She hoped to encourage horsemen and women in their academic pursuits. This year, there are two recipients of the Renfro Memorial Scholarship. Kaitlyn Vorbroker, a Traditional C-3 from 92

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Walnut Creek Pony Club, is currently attending Otterbein University, majoring in business administration with an equine science minor. Kaleigh Quinn, a Traditional B/ Horse Management (HM) H-B from Autumn Ridge Pony Club, is currently attending Quinnipiac University, majoring in athletic training/ physical therapy. The Stanley R. and Martha C. Helbert Scholarship is awarded annually to Pony Club members pursuing Liberal Arts degrees in areas such as literature, music, theater, and visual arts. Recipient Molly Ryan, a C-2 HM/On the Flat (FL) from Sinking Creek Pony Club, has been accepted to Virginia Tech, and plans to major in English. The Pony Club Jubilee Scholarships are awarded to Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony

Club. Applicants have achieved a Pony Club certification of C-2 or higher. The two recipients of the Pony Club Jubilee Scholarships are Emma Deane, a Traditional H-A from Moon Valley Pony Club, who is currently attending the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and Samantha Pitcher, an H-HM from River Bend Pony Club, has been accepted to the University of Virginia and plans to major in engineering. The Anson W. H. Taylor Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by Pony Club and the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) in memory of former USPC President and ELCR Founder Anson Taylor. The scholarship is awarded to a current Pony Club member who has been active with and committed to efforts on behalf of land conservation. This year’s recipient is Claire Siebols, a Traditional C-2/ HM H-B from Rockingham Pony Club. She plans to major in criminology or animal science. For more information about the Pony Club scholarship programs, visit or visit the regional chapter at

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Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Gears Up for Year-End Meetings Submitted by Beth Stone

That chill in the air is a sure indication that outdoor mounted activities will quickly be coming to an end, but things are just heating up for Tri-State Horsemen’s Association (TSHA) members! It is a busy time of year for TSHA with the election of officers for the coming year and the gala year-end awards banquet, both occurring in November. The ever-popular Lobster Ride was held on October 13 at Bluff Point in Groton, CT. Participants had the opportunity to enjoy beautiful beach riding and were treated to a delectable lobster dinner upon their return. If you missed this great event, mark it on your calendar to attend next year! It’s a great opportunity to “let down” your show horses after a busy show season! A membership meeting was held on October 2, where nominations were presented for TSHA officers and board members for the coming year. The November annual membership meeting and elections will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Members should have received a ballot in the mail with the

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continued from page 92 youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as four through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to over 500 adult members in its Horsemasters Program.

Wentworth Hunt Club 2013 Season News from the Hilltop Field Master Submitted by Jean Jeffords

We’ve been having a great season so far. The weather has been perfect, our venues are in great shape, and the footing has been fantastic. We’ve had many new riders and new mounts this year and it’s been a pleasure introducing them to the sport. Many have moved up to Second field and they are really enjoying the challenge and the jumping! Our Hilltop Field is a great place for riders of all levels. Our main goal is to provide a fun, comfortable, and slower paced hunt to our existing riders, some of whom are true veterans of the sport, and to introduce new riders and/or their mounts to the sport. For riders new to foxhunting, I will try to assess the experience and comfort level of each rider and their mount. Riders should be comfortable in the walk, trot, and canter, and taking many factors into consideration (territory, number of new riders, weather, etc...). I may use a variety of techniques to ensure a successful experience for all of the Hilltop riders. While we endeavor to follow the hounds and huntsmen, when an opportunity presents itself, I may alter the route slightly and place the Hilltop riders in a position where they

will get an optimal view of the hounds working the field. This year the Hilltop Field has had many opportunities to follow our “fox” and watch her lay the drag. On one memorable hunt, I was able to position the Hilltop riders so as the hounds and huntsmen entered the field we had a perfect view of the hounds as they hit the scent, gave voice, and then watched as the team of hounds, huntsmen, and whips worked the entire line where the scent was laid. The landscape of this territory was absolutely incredible; with mountain views all around and a beautiful sunny day, as you can imagine, being at the top of the hill was an exhilarating experience! While the Hilltop Field is a nonjumping field, I strive to provide a hunt experience equally as rich and exciting as one might experience in First or Second field. With new riders in the group this year, it has been a wonderful challenge to have been able to demonstrate to them, up close, just how a drag hunt is conducted, what the protocols in the field are, and all the etiquette requirements of the sport. As the season comes to a close, we still have many hunts left to enjoy. Happy hunting everyone! November 2013

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Norfolk Hunt Club Fall Season Gets Off to a Great Start with Record Attendance at Hunts and Events Submitted by D.A. Hayden, Photos by Kathie Davenport and R. Wolfe

Late August and September were tremendously busy times for the Norfolk Hunt Club. Informal foxhunting season began on September 7, and the Club witnessed record-breaking

attendance at the September fixtures. New territory, expanded routes, and improvements to Norfolk’s gorgeous hunt country attracted many members, guests, and junior riders—all of whom contributed to the large fields. Norfolk’s Masters of Foxhounds, Owen Hughes, MFH, Ruth Lawler, MFH and Tom Lewis, MFH have set a welcoming tone for the fall season. Tom Lewis, MFH, stated, “I’m thrilled to see such large fields of riders and horses. The camaraderie « Skylar Wolfe enjoyed the fox hunting clinic with Rich Wood.

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names of all nominees. Follow the directions included if you would like to vote, but are unable to attend the election to be held at the November 6 meeting. All adult TSHA members are encouraged to vote and to participate in guiding TSHA in 2013 by volunteering to serve on one of the many committees that keep our organization running smoothly. Check the website for the location of this important meeting,

and please try to attend! The biggest evening of the TSHA year—the annual Awards Banquet—will be taking place on Saturday, November 2, at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. The banquet committee has been working for months planning the perfect evening, and it promises to be a special night for all. Year-end awards for the open show and the dressage shows will be presented, along with several superlative awards. Add to that a great meal, a fun raffle, and the opportunity to visit with fellow exhibitors

between members, guests, and juniors is wonderful to witness. We are extremely grateful to our generous landowners for allowing Norfolk to hunt through their beautiful properties and are very fortunate to have access to such wonderful hunt country.” Norfolk’s dynamic team of Field Secretaries—members Anne Beale and Irene Todesca—report riders are really excited about hunting with Norfolk. With larger fields than ever before, the role of the Field Secretary is especially critical. All riders, including subscribers, are expected to check-in with the Field Secretary and pay cap fees 30 minutes before the start of all hunts. The check-in process is an easy one, thanks to Anne and Irene, who also warmly greet each rider, answer any questions they may have, and calm jittery nerves when necessary.

Mounted Foxhunting Clinic Attracts New and Junior Riders The Mounted Foxhunting Clinic, led by Norfolk member and trainer Rich Wood, attracted riders who have never foxhunted, as well as those who are rela-

continued on page 95 while not sitting on a horse—and it truly is an enjoyable evening. Congratulations to all of the year-end awards winners! Now is the time to renew your TSHA membership. Dues paid by December 31 will be $25 for an individual and $30 for a family membership. Remember, to remain a member in good standing, membership dues must be paid by December 31. On January 1, dues will be increasing to $35 for an individual and $40 for a family. A membership form can be found on the website.




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continued from page 94 tively new to the sport. During the first hour of the clinic, Rich reviewed hunt etiquette, horses appropriate for hunting, proper tack and turnout, and attire for riders. Following the lecture, riders tacked up and got on their horses for the mounted portion of the clinic. Norfolk’s huntsman John Elliott, assisted by whippers-in Mary Marks and Cynthia Cash, walked several of Norfolk’s hounds around the mounted riders and answered questions they had. John then moved the hounds in various directions to check for reactions from the horses. After the hounds left, Rich began directing group activities to simulate experiences one might encounter in the hunt field. He worked with riders in a large circle, focusing on keeping two to three horse lengths apart. He then worked on quickly changing gates, practiced a “hold hard” and “forward reverse” (to change direction) and a variety of other exercises. The riders then separated into two groups, jumping and non-jumping, and rode throughout the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course and the surrounding trail system. Lunch with Rich, where riders could ask more questions, served as the conclusion to the clinic. The Club extends thanks to Rich and to Norfolk member Julie Wheeler, who handled all the organizational details of the day.

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The Norfolk Field Hunter Show, held on September 8 and chaired by Norfolk member Carol Mayo, received rave reviews from competitors, volunteers and spectators. The show featured an inviting new course designed and built by Norfolk member Patrick Keane, who was assisted by his granddaughter Gabriella, who lives in Italy and is studying at the University of Massachusetts. Pat was the chief judge for the event and Norfolk member and trainer Sarah Morton judged the flat classes. Picture-perfect weather, spectators who cheered riders on and a dedicated group of volunteers combined to make the Field Hunter Show the most highly attended show in several years. Norfolk members who came home with ribbons and trophies included: Tom Lewis, MFH – Mini Field Hunter Division Champion; Ina Kamenz – Novice Hunter Division Champion; Erica Foley – Norfolk Hunt Club Members Under Saddle Piedmont

Richmond Trophy; Veronika Bulkin – Norfolk Hunt Club Members Over Fences Milton J. Zabarsky Memorial Trophy; and Dominic Cammarata – Norfolk Hunt Club Handy Hunter Patrick Keane Plate. The Members Pairs/ Teams class generated tremendous vocal enthusiasm from the spectators: first place went to the pair of Dominic Cammarata and Carolyn Regan; second place was captured by Bob Shuman and Veronika Bulkin; and third place was awarded to the team of Erin Fitzgerald, Tee Chambers, and Erica Foley.

Polo In The Country Draws Largest Crowd Ever Spectacular weather and the promise of a great day in the country drew the largest crowds ever for the [TOP] Norfolk Polo and Dedham Polo battled it out at Polo 11th annual Polo In The in the Country. [ABOVE] Norfolk member Fanny Lee and her Country, on September horse Louie at the Norfolk Field Hunter Show. 29. After conceiving Dedham Polo battled it out in an exciting and chairing the event for 10 years, match, with Norfolk taking the win. PlayNorfolk member Greg Sandomirsky by-play game commentary, provided by handed over the reins to new chairs Norfolk member Ted Eayrs and color this year, Norfolk members Tee commentary provided by Norfolk member Chambers and Katrina Sorrentino. Gil Rodgers kept spectators involved in the Polo In The Country is Norfolk’s excitement through every chukker. largest community outreach effort, Halftime entertainment included drawing spectators from throughout a parade of Norfolk Hounds, led Norfolk’s hunt country in the Charles by Norfolk Huntsman John Elliott, River Watershed area. This year, a Owen Hughes, MFH, and whippers-in, capacity crowd of over 1,500 attendees including Norfolk members Mary packed the general admission, reserved Marks, Bill Miller, and Cynthia Cash. tailgate, and reserved table areas. Another special feature of halftime this Fierce competition occurred both on year was a musical freestyle dressage the playing field and in the best tailgate performance by Olympic team reserve contest. First place in the tailgate contest went to the Goat Rodeo tailgate, featuring member and Pan American Games Gold Medalist Heather Blitz, who competes a petting pen of baby goats, farm-to-table on the world stage and is the head food prepared from local ingredients, and trainer at Cutler Farm in Medfield, MA. guests sporting western wear. Second Throughout the day, children could also place went to the tableau from Mad Men, enjoy face painting, pony rides, and a featuring furniture, clothing, signage, candy toss, making the day special for all food, and drink from the 1960s. family members. On the playing field, Norfolk Polo and

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Hunter/Jumper news [ABOVE] Nora Andrews and Vanity Fair with trainers Louisa Fedora and Tricia Carlton of Movado Farms, Inc. [LEFT] Addison Keyworth and Berry after their win in the 18” Hunter Derby at the CHSA Finals.

also celebrated big wins at the CSI events at Chantilly and Valkenswaard during her first time competing in Europe.


SWEET VICTORY Congratulations to Addison Keyworth and Berry on winning the 2013 CHSA Finals 18” Hunter Derby. The pair also finished fifth in the Short Stirrup Medal and fourth in Short Stirrup Hunters. PHOTO: (TOP RIGHT) REFLECTIONS PHOTOGRAPHY; (BOTTOM) RON SADECKI

FIVE RIDES Nora Andrews and her Horse, Vanity Fair, had a very successful showing at this year’s Connecticut Horse Shows Association (CHSA) Finals, held at Fox Crossing Equestrian Center in Morris, CT, August 23-25. Nora participated in five events—she was champion in the Hunter Pleasure division, and took first place in the first ever CHSA Hunter Derby in the 2'6" division. Additionally, she was reserve champion in the Modified Children’s Hunter division and fourth in the Children’s Equitation Medal class. The 11-year-old equestrian has been

riding since age six, and has been guided by trainers Louisa Fedora and Tricia Carlton, co-owners of Movado Farms in Durham, CT.

WHAT A PLEASURE Kudos to Maddie Gesmondi of Morris, CT. The youth rider was not only awarded reserve champion in Connecticut Training Hunter 18" at the CHSA Finals, but also came in fifth place in Children’s Pleasure Pony riding Steel My Heart.

Hannah Robbins and her pony, As it Fits, aka “Puzzle,” have been making their way in the jumper world! After years of competing at New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association shows, the duo tried their luck in the jumper division, to learn that they found the pony’s final piece to the puzzle. After a strong season in 2012, Hannah made the decision to try and qualify for the 2013 USEF Pony Finals. They were seen riding the 3'9" Child/ Adult Jumpers at Fieldstone and competing at the Westbrook

Hunt Club show, among many other local competitions. Although a stumble at Westbrook left the team a little shaky, preventing them from qualifying for Pony Finals, Hannah and Puzzle are back at it again, with the goal of making it to Lexington in 2014. Keep an eye out for them in the New Year!

BABY ON BOARD Congratulations to Nat and Alexis Arlander of Beverly, MA, on the birth of their son Callan Zane Arlander! Born at 9:36 p.m. on August 29, 2013, this little man weighed in at five pounds and measured 18.75 inches. We hear that mom and baby are both doing great!

HOME AGAIN Sloane Coles has returned to her roots in The Plains, VA, where she’s not only established her new business, Spring Ledge, LLC, but has made a comeback in a big way. Just six months after returning to Virginia, she guided Remonta Eden to victory in the

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TRIPLE CROWN WINS Equifit CEO Alexandra Cherubini had a dream summer with her horse, EquiFit Carlos. The Adult Jumper Championship they won at the Hampton Classic completed their team’s own personal “Triple Crown” as it followed championships at Devon and Lake Placid. To add icing to the cake, Alexandra

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Brianne Goutal and Nice De Prissey

Mound, TX. The longtime partners were able to complete another perfect course, breaking the beam in 40.75 seconds to put the pressure on the remaining riders. Brianne Goutal and Nice De Prissey, Gallop to Victory in $200,000 American Gold Cup owned by Remarkable Farms LP of Royal Palm Beach, FL, were ready to answer CSI4*-W Presented by Suncast the challenge when they stepped onto the grand prix field next for the short course. a tall vertical, and finishing away from On a perfect day in front of a Utilizing her mount’s large stride, Goutal the gate over a wide oxer. sold-out crowd of over 4,000, 25-year-old was able to race quickly to each obstacle Tracy Fenney was the first in the ring Brianne Goutal added her name to the and leave each rail untouched. They sped historical list of riders who have won the during the opening round. Her faultthrough the finish line in 40.18 seconds to less round meant she was the first in $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, capture the early lead. the ring for the tiebreaker with MTM presented by Suncast. Although Beezie Madden’s mare Coral Timon, owned by MTM Farm of Flower Ireland’s Alan Wade presented Reef Via Volo, owned by Coral many tests on the grand Reef Ranch of Rancho Santa prix field for the riders, Fe, CA, is one of the smaller including an open water, horses on the circuit, she has a skinny fence, a tall a large stride. Madden was plank vertical, a verticalable to leave out strides in oxer double combination, lines to stay right on Goutal’s and an oxer-oxer-vertical heels. Unfortunately, she laid triple combination. Ten on the gas to the final oxer of the original 36 starters and incurred four faults, advanced to the jump-off. forcing her to settle for third For the tiebreaker, place, despite her competitors began over a time of 39.65 seconds. new oxer-vertical bending Charlie Jayne was just line to a tall vertical and the 0.2 seconds slower than last two obstacles in the Madden with Chill R Z, triple combination. Then owned by Maura Thatcher they made a sharp rollback $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W winners Brianne Goutal and to a single over, bending to Nice De Prissey. continued on page 100

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continued from page 97 $5,000 Twilight Jumpers 1.30m Mini-Prix at Great Meadow, over a field of riders that included Ian Silitch, Ragan Roberts, and Manuel Torres.

A Successful Summer

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G&C Farm’s Mark Bluman and Luis Larrazabal wrapped up a highly successful summer show season before heading back to Wellington, FL, where G&C Farm is based. Both riders spent five weeks at the Vermont Summer Festival, where Luis and G&C Flash finished fifth in the $30,000 Manchester and the Mountains Grand Prix. Mark finished on top of the $10,000 Sir Ruly, Inc., Open Jumper Awards at the Vermont Summer Festival. He started the circuit off with a win in the $10,000 Manchester Designer

Outlets Welcome Stake the first week of the Vermont Summer Festival with G&C Lagran. He also finished fourth in the class with G&C Carla while Luis was third with G&C Flash. Mark and Luis also piloted G&C Carla and G&C Flash to top finishes in the $30,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix during week one. Mark Mark Bluman, pictured on G&C Blue, finished the Vermont Summer Festival was second with at the top of the $10,000 Sir Ruly, Inc., Open Jumper Standings after winning G&C Carla and three of the six $10,000 Manchester Designer Welcome Stakes. Luis was sixth with G&C Flash. horses will now return to with another first place finish During week five, Mark picked Florida to enjoy some wellwith G&C Blue in the $10,000 up another welcome stake deserved time off before the FTI Theory Welcome Stake. He also victory in the $10,000 Not Your Consulting Winter Equestrian Daughter’s Jeans Welcome Stake. finished third with G&C Lagran. Festival in Wellington, FL. Luis, Mark, and the G&C He kept his winning streak alive

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GMHA Derby Day Features Great Competition and Fun The Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) hosted its third annual Derby Day, judged by Keri Kampsen of New York City, in South Woodstock, VT, on August 16, 2013, just before the start of the August Hunter Jumper Show. New for 2013, Equitation Derbies were added to the class list, allowing more riders to enjoy the fantastic derby course. GMHA thanks the Kedron Valley Inn for sponsoring Derby Day for the third year, with a special thanks going to Wendy Jackson for coming out on the course to present the awards. John Manning’s derby course featured a variety of traditional hunter fences, all adorned with fabulous decorations. There were several solid fences, borrowed from GMHA’s fantastic cross-country course, including brush racks, log tables, ramps, roll tops, and a permanent hedge fence, as well as a festive pen, constructed with high and low options in each direction and a twostride. GMHA’s famous water crossings

were featured on the 3' Hunter Derby handy course, which sent riders through the river and on a short adventure into the next field before returning through a different crossing to the main course. The day kicked off with the 2'6" Junior/Adult Amateur Equitation Derby, which consisted of one round, with the top five riders coming back for a test. Crystal Piffath was the clear winner, riding an accurate and stylish test aboard Janna Wandzilak’s big, chestnut gelding, Carnivale. Second place went to Annie Chickanosky, riding Center Stage. Julia Helft rode Sure Lee Mellow to third place. The $500 2'6" Junior/Adult Amateur Hunter Derby followed, with each rider completing a classic round, and the top 12 returning for a challenging handy round. Once again, Piffath and Carnivale bested the large class to take the top ribbon and prize money. Helft and Sure Lee Mellow returned to compete in the Hunter Derby as well, this time taking second place. Third

place went to Kelsey Williams, riding Larissa Russin’s Captiva Native. The fences and stakes went up in the afternoon, with the start of the $300 3' Junior/Adult Equitation Derby. This time it was Claudia Tarrant and her own Sahara B who bested the field. Close behind in second place was Sara Eddy-Stewart aboard D. Lennox. Paige Gaylord rode Hakuna Matata to third place. Next was the $500 3' Hunter Derby, which brought several professionals out on the course for the first time that day to compete in the open class. Once again, all competed in the first round, with the best 12 coming back for a handy trip. Paige Gaylord returned aboard Hakuna Matata, riding to her second third place finish of the day. Don Bourque rode two horses in the class, with Dianne Bresse’s Balmoral placing sixth, and Lisa Hankin’s stylish chestnut, 7th Heaven, getting in the money with a second place finish. The winning round went to junior rider Adelaide Toensing and Alexandra Carlton’s Carakter.

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and Alex Jayne of Elgin, IL. With an error at the vertical before the last fence, their four-fault round would place them in fourth in a time of 39.86 seconds. With horses of a similar size and speed, Kent Farrington and Uceko, owned by RCG Farm of Ridgefield, CT, tied with Katie Dinan and Nougat

Du Vallet, owned by Grant Road Partners of New York, NY, for fifth place after they each lowered the height of a fence and broke the beam at 40.97 seconds to round out the top six finishers and seal Goutal’s victory. The next stop for Goutal was the New Albany Classic, and she hopes to qualify for the team at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

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[ABOVE] 3' Hunter Derby winners Adelaide Toensing and Carataker. [LEFT] Crystal Piffath and Carnivale took top honors at Derby Day, winning the 2'6" Equitation and Hunter Derbies.

Fifth Annual Downeast Medal Finals Draws a Record Number of Riders Not even the rain on Friday, September 13 could dampen the spirits of the riders, trainers, and parents who were attending the fifth annual Downeast Medal Finals. With a record number of 145 riders qualified for this year’s finals, sched-

uling was sure to be a challenge, but one that the management was prepared for and met head on. While maintaining the highest standards, each day finished in time for everyone to make dinner plans. The combination of super courses and the excellent cooperation of trainers made the show run smoothly and kept everyone’s spirits up beat. “It’s a wonderful show to put together and run,” said show manager Peggy Lynch of Essex, MA. “This is my second year here and I am delighted « Leadline winner Ander Erickson on Cookies n’ Cream, with trainer Ginger Klingenstein Albert.

with how the show is going, the town is very welcoming with great restaurants and places to stay. We still have things we want to change for next year as we will be anticipating even more horses and riders, but for the most part we feel we are on the right track.” IDEXX, the title sponsor, is in its second year with the show. IDEXX Laboratories, headquartered in Maine, is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technologybased products and services. Farm Family, Allied Realty, Blue Seal, and Shaun’s of Maine are just a few of the sponsors who support this show. “We are very fortunate to also have many of the stables and farms support us as well,” said Ginger Klingenstein, committee member. “Without this continued support from not only the corporate world but from our trainers and parents, the show would not be able to give back everything that we do for our exhibitors.” Saturday’s Team Challenge is always a big hit and this year didn’t disappoint.

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Kent Farrington and Zafira Victorious In $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix for Second Consecutive Year Farrington’s time of 38.51 seconds defeated Richie Moloney on Slieveanorra (40.00 seconds) and Georgina Bloomberg on Juvina (44.03 seconds). Moloney was going for his second grand prix victory in two days, having won the $40,000 Longines Cup previously with Carrabis Z. Moloney, of Riverhead, N.Y., also rode Slieveanorra to second place in the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier, and those three performances propelled him to the top of the $30,000 Longines Leading « $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix winner Kent Farrington aboard Voyeur at the Hampton Classic.

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Medal Finals were a wonderful event to officiate. The large, covered arena, friendly staff, and a division for everyone to show in made for a fantastic show. It was a great competition— fun town, too!” If you didn’t attend this year, make sure you qualify for and attend next year’s event, to be held September 12-14, 2014. You will be glad you did.

The 32 riders combined into eight teams marched into the ring for their course walk dressed in costumes ranging from a cowboy theme to scary witches, including hats and brooms. The parents were able to watch all of this while enjoying an exhibitor’s dinner, compliments of Pizza Hut and Subway, in Skowhegan; The Barn, in York; and of course, Shain’s of Maine. The Sunday Medal classes from WalkTrot Poles to 3' Junior Equitation ran seamlessly with the wellthought-out courses of judge Amy Eidson. “The Downeast Junior Medal Final winner, Haley Anderson. 102 equine


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For the second straight year, Kent Farrington stopped the jump-off timers faster than anyone else in the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic on September 1, this time on Zafira. He won the event in 2012 on Voyeur.

Rider Challenge, with 229 points. Brianne Goutal earned 177 points to claim second, and McLain Ward earned 169 points to claim third. Farrington earned 100 points with his victory in the FTI Consulting Grand Prix and finished fourth (158.5 points). Farrington, of Wellington, FL, had planned to defend his FTI Consulting Grand Prix title with Voyeur, who jumped faultlessly to finish fifth in the qualifying event. But he said Voyeur had a swollen ankle the morning of the competition, so Zafira moved from backup to first string. It was the nineyear-old Dutch Warmblood mare’s biggest grand prix start. “I thought that maybe my odds weren’t as good with her as with Voyeur, but I thought she could do it,” said Farrington, 32. “This was a big step up for her, and she answered the question.” Farrington became the fifth rider to win the Hampton Classic Grand Prix on consecutive years in 38 renewals. He joins show jumping superstars Rodney Jenkins, Michael Matz, Margie Engle, and McLain Ward. Third place had special meaning for

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Collegiate Tournament of Champions Preseason Classic Kicks Off the School Year with a Number of Riders to Watch By Jim Arrigon

The Collegiate Tournament of Champions started in high gear with the Preseason Classic, hosted by Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA, on September 21. It took exactly one horse show for new Director Eddie Federwisch to make his mark on the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) team, which won the Tournament of Champions for the fist time ever. While coaching at Virginia Intermont, he won more Tournament of Champions trophies and Series Championships than any other in the 22-year history of the tournaments. SCAD was victorious in only one class, with Madison Haridon winning Intermediate Flat, but they scored points in every class, totaling 31 and winning by two points over the second place team, “Randolph squared.” Randolph’s two teams tied for second place with 29 points apiece. The Yellow Team won the tie-breaker as one of only three teams with two blue ribbons, while the Black Team was one of only two teams with points in every class. There always is a home-team advantage, but nobody can deny second-year coach Chris Mitchell has, in one year, assem-

bled a group of exciting young riders who work as a team. Bridgewater also won two classes, scoring 28 points to finish in fourth place. Coach Jerry Shurink’s two teams had finished last season by winning champion and reserve at the final tournament they hosted in January 2013. Only one team won three classes. After a slow start, St. Andrews topped three of their next four classes—Novice flat and fences, and Intermediate Flat—while scoring 27. New transfer to St. Andrews, Emillie Wilson, won the blue ribbon in Novice Flat. Wilson is one of several students to transfer to St. Andrews, having been a team point rider at Virginia Intermont last season. Cami Graff followed that by winning the Novice Fences before freshman Kimmy O’Keefe was victorious

Kent Farrington and Zafira

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Bloomberg, 30, for several reasons. First, she said that the Hampton Classic was to be her final show of the year, since she’s pregnant and expecting to give birth late this year. Second, this was the first time she’d placed among the top three in the grand prix at the Hampton Classic, which she considers her hometown show. And third, she said that she’s never placed well when her father, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is at the show. But he was there that day, cheering from the VIP Tent. “So I hope I’ve broken that spell,” she said with a smile. 104 equine


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Dennis J. Shaughnessy, chairman of FTI Consulting, congratulated the winning riders and expressed his admiration for their performance over the demanding course designed by Guilherme Jorge of Brazil. Only five of the 34 starters reached the jump-off, with another three missing the jump-off by incurring 1 time fault. Just prior to the start of the FTI

Consulting Grand Prix, the Hampton Classic’s Board of Directors held two special ceremonies.

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in Intermediate Fences. Coach Matt Arrigon and the Knights won the Zone 4 Championship in his inaugural year with St. Andrews last spring, and they intend to defend that title. Finishing out the top eight teams in the ribbons were Lynchburg College and Goucher College. Goucher’s Joey Fink won the Tournament Medal class, with a final test that included Delaware’s Anna Loughman and Kimmy Counts from Mary Washington. Carrie Dahmer, U.S. Equestrian Federation “R” judge from Lexington, KY, presided over the event. This was her second time judging the tournament. The announcer was Ariadne Paxton of Lexington, VA. The Holiday Tournament of Champions will be at Centenary College in New Jersey on December 5, followed by the Winter Classic at Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, in January. There is a plan for a fourth tournament event this season, sometime in the spring, with the idea of prepping top teams for zones and nationals. Another new event in the planning stages is a head-to-head tournament bracket in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) format.

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[LEFT] RIHA Adult Medal 2013 Champion, Rebecca Shipps. [RIGHT] RIHA Junior Medal Champion, Lauren Henry. [BELOW] RIHA Mini Medal Champion, Emma Fletcher.

Rhode Island Equitation Championships A Success at New Venue By Mary Beth Hendrick; photos by jilluann valliere

The 33rd Annual Rhode Island Equitation Championships (RIEC) was a year of firsts. It was the first year that the show was held at Heritage Equestrian Center in East Greenwich, RI. The new venue offered a picturesque, hedge-rimmed main ring and two rings to handle warm-ups. Owners Kim Fairbanks and Michael Kent accommodated all of the Equitation Committee’s requests by providing new footing, an enhanced watering system, and bleachers for spectators. The large grass area provided ample room for spectators, vendors, a presentation area, and the exhibitor’s tent. In addition to his course design duties, 2013 marked the first year that Tom Hern was also the show manager. “I think everyone puts a lot of thought and effort into the event each year and the riders and trainers really do enjoy the day,” Tom said after the show. Safety was a high priority and this year saw a clear separation between horses and spectators that worked really well. Some new awards were presented for the first time this year. Beverly Gifford Vars was honored with the first-ever RIEC Lifetime Achievement Award. Vars was one of the founders of the very first Rhode Island Mini Medal Finals in 1980 and has played an important role ever

since, not only in the organization of the show, but in training many winners and qualifiers throughout the years. This year also saw the first time that there were two recipients of the David Charette Memorial Sportsmanship Award, donated by Mary and Deb Charette. The Junior award was presented to two-time Rhode Island Medal Champion Michael Janson and the Adult award was given to Ashley McDonald, a Rhode Island Medal Champion and Rhode Island trainer who is a cherished instructor and a willing volunteer to the Rhode Island Horseman’s Association and the RIEC. Both of these deserving winners demonstrate a love of the sport and true sportsmanship. Presented to an equitation horse that has demonstrated commitment, athleticism, heart, and longevity in the sport, the Peter Kagan Award, donated by Dapper Dan Farm and Ashley McDonald, was presented to Kamala Duffy’s and Suzanne Hourihan’s Appaloosa gelding, Apache. Apache has been a consistent winner in Rhode Island in just about every division and has qualified and shown with many riders in the Rhode Island Finals. When he isn’t in the show ring he can also be seen cantering through the ocean

waves in Middletown. Congratulations to the Medal Finals winners: Rebecca Shipps in the Adult Medal Championship; Lauren Henry in the Junior Medal Championship; Emma Fletcher in the Mini Medal Championship; and Rebecca Hein in the Adult Mini Medal Championship. This year’s High Point Rider, Alexandra Indeglia, took home the custom-made trunk sponsored by Ron Clohecy and Mariel Saccucci. The Joseph Ferrucci Memorial High Point Trainer Award, sponsored by Mark DeBlasio and Heritage Equestrian Center, was awarded to Robert Graham. For more information on the Rhode Island Equitation Championships, visit November 2013

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[LEFT] Patrick and Michael Keough and Dianne Johnston present Wendy Wood and Roma with the Barbara Keough Side Saddle Trophy. [RIGHT] Russell Clark presents Hope Cushman with the Vixen’s Cup Trophy.

Myopia Hunt Club Hosts 113th Annual Horse Show By Wendy Wood; photos by kim cutler

On August 31 and September 1, 2013, the 113th Annual Myopia Horse Show took center stage at the Myopia Schooling Field in Hamilton, MA. One of the longest running horse shows in the country, the Myopia Horse Show is a fixture and a favorite amongst horsemen and the community alike. The show includes hunter, equitation, and jumper classes held over two days. This year’s competition was well attended in spite of intermittent New England thundershowers. The Myopia Horse Show is unique for having one of the few remaining natural

outside hunter courses in the country. The Saturday schedule highlighted many traditional classes enjoyed by spectators of the show at a festive ringside Patrons’ Luncheon. Among the attendees’ favorites was the Old Campaigner Cup, the Leadline class that has not only been the beginning of many illustrious equestrian careers, but also honors the horses and ponies that for many years have allowed these debut performances. Saturday also featured the Ladies’ Side Saddle Hunter class with the Barbara Keough Trophy, won this year by Wendy

Wood and Roma; and the $2,500 Myopia Hunter Derby, won for the second year in a row by Anna Pavlov and Adelante. Other popular Saturday classes included the Qualified Hunters, the Family class, and Pairs of Hunters over fences and under saddle. The final class of the day, the Vixen’s Cup, was won by Hope Cushman and Max. The Vixen’s Cup, a longstanding Myopia tradition, recognizes the best junior foxhunter. It is held on the outside course over traditional hunt field obstacles, including coops, walls, hedges, and ditches commonly found on the hunt field. The highlight of the Sunday schedule was the $2,500 Myopia Jumper Classic, held on Myopia’s beautiful, grass grand prix jumping field. To the crowd’s delight, it was won this year by Andrea Little Eaton on Mr. Nighttime, two very popular, local competitors in their debut classic performance together.

MHC Days of Champions Medal Finals Weekend Long Competition Boasts Beautiful Weather story and photos By Melody Taylor-Scott

Competition was tight at the highly esteemed 2013 Massachusetts Horsemen’s Council (MHC) Days of Champions Medal Finals, held at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA, September 27-29. Show chairman Felicia Knowles and manager Debbi Tate presented a wonderful weekend of Medal Championships, which also included a Friday night “President’s Dinner,” catered by Spoleto’s Restaurant 106 equine


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following the Adult Medals, with the help of chair Susan Cooper, announcer Melissa Brown, secretary Charlene Brown, and jump crew Equestrian Management Solutions. Scott Alder of Chelsea, MI, not only designed the course for the 59 Younger and 39 Older Adults competing on Friday, but also presided over the division as judge. Additional judges Meg Schulman of Littleton, CO, Carol

Coleman of Wellington, FL, and Carolyn Vincent of Greenvale, NY, had their work cut out for them, sorting through over 300 riders. Cady Z. Bickford riding Qualtiko,

hunter/jumper owned by Emily Hill and trained by Mary Beth McGee, took a clean sweep in both the Open Section B and the 2013 Older Adult Medal Championship, followed by reserve champion Amy P. Chuckrow riding Bristol Highlights, trained by Phyllis Cervelli. The Younger Adult Medal Championship was awarded to Sarah Broadbent aboard Haley Lamoureux’s Giovanni. Broadment is trained by Phyllis Cervelli. Reserve went to Casey Zuraitis on Unforgettable Flight—the duo works with trainer Mary Drueding. Sunshine and perfect weather greeted the Juniors on Saturday, September 28, as the 122 exhibitors rode in the five sections of Open Equitation classes prior to the Junior Medal. The Medal course presented an interesting option line of verticals on the diagonal, allowing the rider to choose their path but requiring them to jump in both directions, along with multiple rollback turns to single fences. With only five points separating the top six that were called back to test, Jordan Stiller rose to the top to win the 2013 MHC Days of Champions Junior Medal riding Rafiki. Stiller rides with

[TOP] Emma Fletcher was victorious in both the Open Equitation and the Mini Medal. [BOTTOM] Junior Medal Champions Jordan Stiller and Rafiki. »

trainer Cookie DeSimone. Moving up from fifth in the callback to earn reserve champion was Christine Talbot’s student, Marissa Kinnally, aboard Domino Baio. The great weather held for the 92 exhibitors in the Mini Medal on Sunday, September 29. The competition was close with the top four holding their positions after the first and second rounds. Riley M. Scharlan and Taylor Svenconis joined the eventual winners in the callback to test on the flat that asked for multiple transitions and extensions of stride. Emma Fletcher won both the Open Equitation and the 2013 Mini Medal. Fletcher, who was aboard Always Formal, trains with her mother, Kathy Fletcher. The Reserve Mini Medal Champion was awarded to Makenzie Palmer

riding Heartbreaker. Palmer trains out of Saddle Rowe, which also boasted having riders place second and third. For more information, visit

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[LEFT] Marilyn Little and RF Tabasco won the Breda CIC2*. [ABOVE] Claire Seibols and her newly purchased My Kinda Girl garnered a fourth place in their first event together at the Stoneleigh-Burnham Horse Trials.



Marilyn Little has been spotted around the world, having multiple successes in events overseas. She won the Breda CIC2* in the Netherlands riding the 13-year-old Trakhener gelding, RF Tabasco, finishing on their dressage score of 38.8. In the CIC3*, she and the 11-year-old Oldenburg mare, RF Demeter, finished as runners-up on their dressage score of 49.3. “We had a fantastic week of eventing at Breda,” said Little. “The partnership with Tabasco is developing by the day, and it continues to be a pleasure to get to know him. He is probably one of the smartest horses I have worked with, not to mention one of the most talented.” Then, later in September at the Schenefeld CIC3* in Germany, Little and Demeter again grabbed the reserve spot after completing with a faultless cross-country performance, adding just four faults in the stadium for a score of 41.2. She also finished 12th with Tabasco, securing them

qualification for the Boekelo CCI3* in October, though an injury forced the pair to withdraw. “I am over the moon with the performances of these horses in their summer and fall competitions,” Little commented. “The events and results at Blair Castle (GBR), Breda, and now Schenefeld have provided a wonderful lead up to each horse’s respective fall CCI competition (Pau CCI4* for Demeter).”

GRATEFUL FOR GMHA Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) reports that, for their third and final horse trials of 2013, despite previous nights of rain, conditions for dressage were only a little soggy, and by the time stadium commenced at 11:00 a.m. the footing was perfect! The cross-country and stadium courses designed by Janine McClain jumped beautifully, and were praised by riders and by the technical delegate, Helmet Boehme, as being fair and interesting. Anna Loschiavo, riding Prince Renan, was the overnight leader in the Open Preliminary division, tied with John Bourgoin on Fernhill Ballinaboola. Anna

excelled, riding double clear through stadium and crosscountry to win on her dressage score of 29.1. Local rider Paige Skipper, Marcia Kulak, Ashley Adams, Lisa Saabye, Sophia Middlebrook, Jane Hamlin, Sarah Noble, Hannah Ouellette, Suzie Kent, Erin Cheever, Jillian Nelson, and Ben Leahy were all division winners as well. GMHA was very thankful, as always, for its many volunteers including Larry Knowles, who fence judged while his daughter Kate was busy winning a division of Junior Novice; and Laurie Hudson of Hitching Post Farm in South Royalton, VT—who also runs recognized events at her farm but found time to support GMHA, compete herself, and arrange for several of her students to volunteer through the weekend.

DRESSAGE QUEEN Course Brook Farm (CBF) will be constructing a new dressage arena, which they plan to dub the Renate Lansburgh Dressage Arena. Although she’s been retired for several years, many boarders and friends of Course Brook Farm have worked closely with Renate. CBF boarder and student of Renate, Rica Trujillo, remarked: “Renate was always very correct

in her training. Some of what she taught me I didn’t fully appreciate at the time, but with more experience I have come to realize how valuable her lessons were. Her love of horses and concern for their wellbeing was apparent in the way she taught and her approach to training.” Renate continues to be an integral and valuable member of the CBF community and to honor her they decided to create a new arena in her name. There will be a dedication ceremony for which the farm is working out details. The farm is also launching a fundraising initiative for the construction of the arena. For more information, visit or contact CBF’s general manager, Sharon Cora, at

HER KINDA GIRL True North Farm (TNF) congratulates Claire Seibols on the purchase of My Kinda Girl, a seven-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred that TNF’s Kay Slater brought along to Novice, and who is having a super time with her new kid, a freshman at UMass Amherst!

WELCOME! Kudos to Katie Murphy, who has been named as Area I’s new adult rider coordinator. Area I sends many thanks to outgoing coordinator Mary Ann Fernandez, who has done a spectacular job with the program.

YOUNG AND PROUD Congratulations to Young Riders Arielle Aharoni, Megan Benson, Cole Ganow, and Tayler Stewart, who received scholarships from Area II, which covered their entries into the Waredaca Three-Day Event, as well as embroidered coolers.

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Offers Five Cross-Country Routes to Competitors By Cherie Chauvin

Show jumping ring steward Jen Amber holds a pot of mums for Intro event competitor Kathleen Coyle’s horse, Rock N’ Bid, who went on to jump a clear round. »

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to have fun running the course over some new routes and playing with the addition of several new fences. There were five courses flagged in about four hours with almost 20 volunteers during setup. And, it was discovered that Roger has a detailed plan for each level’s course planned out…all the way through 2018! Course builder Tyson Rementer will make his visions a reality. Because the event runs on a state park, organizers were able to snag the unsuspecting public—bikers, hikers, and even military service members in training—and make them new fans of eventing. To top off this year’s contest, Marlborough hosted a Jim Wofford clinic over the competition course on

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On September 21-22, amidst the thrill of Plantation Field and the anticipation of the American Eventing Championships, Marlborough Horse Trials hosted their 22nd annual event in Upper Marlboro, MD, on the beautiful grounds of the Rosaryville State Park. The grounds were covered in lovely mums—yellow mums and purple mums, and even red and orange ones, too. They were everywhere—in at dressage at A, mingled in with the pretty painted poles in show jumping, and stuffed under, beside, and on top of crosscountry jumps. Marlborough ran as a one-day event this year, with almost 150 horses at Beginner Novice through Preliminary on September 21. They also ran an Intro event the next day, September 22, followed by an afternoon of crosscountry schooling. Roger Haller was the brain behind the cross-country course—he seemed

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Wednesday, September 25. With 16 riders and five full courses to play with, Jim found himself in an eventing playground! Organizers are thankful to Jim, and hope to make that sort of schooling opportunity a permanent feature of Marlborough Horse Trials of the future. They also extend a huge thank you to all the riders, grooms, family, friends, and support teams who contributed to the success of each rider, and to the Marlborough Horse Trials Board, officials, and army of volunteers. The following are the 2013 Marlborough Horse Trials division winners: Open Preliminary A – Katie Domino and Rush W; Open Preliminary B – Lisa Mendell aboard Hokus Pokus; Open Training – Courtney Olmstead with Young Lad; Training Horse – Rosa W Lehnig and PL Irish Thunder; Training Rider – Amy Boccia riding Whisper Lea; Novice Rider A – Suzy Gehris on Taking a Taxi; Novice Rider B – Sherry Stephenson with Pygmalion Prince; Open Novice – Skyeler Voss and MTF Cooley Caliber; Beginner Novice Rider A – Wendy Wentorf-Owens riding Landrada; Beginner Novice Rider B – Kelsey Ann Quinn aboard Private Benjamin; Open Beginner Novice – Michelle Warro and Ave Ravina; Intro Rider – Michaline West on Double Exposure; and Open Intro – Myra McMichael aboard He’s My Beau.

[LEFT] Emma Ciafone and Cady O’Daly Gabriel won the new Junior Beginner Novice 14 and Under division. [RIGHT] Senior Training Amateur Champions Beth Weisberger and R. Hocus Pocus. [BELOW] Anthony Patch and Laine Ashker claimed both the USEF Advanced and the USEA Gold Cup championships.

Champions Emerge At American Eventing Championships By Leslie Threlkeld, USEA

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The 2013 Nutrena U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) American Eventing Championships (AEC), presented by VTO Saddlery, came to a close September 29. The first year of the AEC at the Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, TX, can be deemed a resounding success. Competitors had endless compliments on the facilities and the courses, and the Brunson family was a very gracious host. Sunday typically belongs to the Novice and Beginner Novice riders, but due to a severe thunderstorm Saturday night, the Advanced show jumping was rescheduled for early Sunday. As she cleared the last fence that morning, Laine Ashker raised her fist in victory as she and Anthony Patch officially became the 2013 U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Advanced Champions, the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series Champions, and $20,000 richer. Ashker and “Al” put in one of only three doubleclear show jumping rounds in the division of 13. She had stated Saturday that show jumping is Al’s best phase and her worst. “He’s not a horse that tends to get nervous in the ring,” Ashker said. “He’s my backbone in the show jumping; I get so nervous. I feel like it’s usually my weakest phase, but he has made it one of my stronger phases because he gives me so much confidence going in. There is no other horse I’d rather be on going into the show jumping.” With top placings in Advanced divisions at Millbrook and Richland Park

this summer, it seems like their whole season led up to this point. “He’s been consistent,” Ashker said. “I think the horse has always had it in there. I think I’ve let him down due to my inexperience and my age and my confidence issues. I think finally I’m starting to live up to the horse that I ride.” Kristi Nunnink has a good show jumper in her Holsteiner mare R-Star, and they unsurprisingly posted one of the other clear rounds to become the USEF Advanced and Gold Cup Reserve Champions. Ellen Doughty and Sir Oberon pulled an unfortunate two rails to drop from second to third. The following are the champions of the other very competitive divisions: In the Open Intermediate Championship, Bonner Carpenter and Basco were victorious. Elizabeth New and Uppercrust D laid down a gorgeous, clear round under pressure to become the Junior Preliminary Champions. Kimberly Keeton led her division, Senior Preliminary Amateur, from start to finish. Beatrice Rey-Herm’s Tout de Suite added another win to his record, this time as Preliminary Horse Champion with Leslie Law in the irons. Madeline Backus claimed the Junior Training division on her homebred P.S. King of Hearts. In the Senior Training Amateur division, Beth Weisberger and R. Hocus Pocus took top honors. Tamra Smith and Sunsprite Syrius are this year’s Training Horse Champions. Julia Denton and Win/Win Situation

were the winners in Senior Novice Amateur. In the Junior Novice division, 14-year-old Olivia Brashear and Apple Jack claimed victory. Carrie Meehan and Cavalier took home the championship honors in Novice Horse. Beth Stelzleni lead the Beginner Novice Horse division from start to finish with Beth Huddleston’s Giselle. The Senior Beginner Novice Amateur Champions were Hannah Smitherman and Buster Brown. Anna Conley and Reba’s Song are this year’s Junior Beginner Novice Champions. The Junior Beginner Novice 14 and Under division, which was added as a brand new division this year, was won by 13-year-old Emma Ciafone and Cady O’Daly Gabriel. For more information and full results, visit November 2013

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Presents Stellar Weekend for Competitors By Mary Buffum

The King Oak Farm Horse Trials were held in Southampton, MA, on September 7-8, 2013. Junior and adult riders competed in dressage, show jumping, and cross-country, not only for the terrific prizes, but to also gain invaluable experience.  Great courses, great footing, and a well-organized event, paired with beautiful early autumn weather made for a picture perfect weekend of competition at King Oak Farm’s Fall Horse Trials. Three hundred horse-and-rider combinations competed for the ribbon awards and special prizes presented by generous sponsors. Bit of Britain and Mrs. Pastures Cookies sponsored 17 divisions and Westfield Whip sponsored six. First place winners from each of the 17 divisions received a pair of Nunn Finer American Open Front Boots,

while second place winners from six divisions received their choice of a dressage whip, jumping bat, or longe whip from Westfield Whip. All third place winners received a gift pail form Mrs. Pastures Cookies. Winners included: Preliminary Open A – Cooley Dawn Raid and Ashley Adams; Preliminary Open B – Zues and Caroline Teich; Preliminary Open C – Irish Ike with Janelle Phaneuf; Open Training A – Vertical Limit and Mikki Kuchta; Open Training B – Tuck Everlasting with Eliza Eddy; Open Training C – Esccord RGS with Katie Murphy; Open Novice A – Vianna Gray with Taylor Freundlich; Open Novice B – Class Act and Susan Boquist; Open Novice C – My Combination and Katherine Gieseke; Open Novice D – Irish Sea with Paige Skipper; Open Novice E – ABF Special Agent and Mikki Kuchta; Open Beginner Novice – Spencer and Amy Bresky; Beginner Novice Horse – Barrichello and Susan Provenzano; Beginner Novice

Rider A – Lexxus and Karen Norton; Beginner Rider Novice B – Bling It On with Skylar Langford; Beginner Novice Rider C – Daddy Said Yes with Maura Eldridge; and Beginner Novice Rider – Elite Valentine Cruise with Caitlin Brown. Competitor Mikki Kutcha of Patterson, NY, stated, “This year, King Oak enlarged the show jumping warm-up area. It was an excellent improvement allowing for more warm-up fences and more space to keep a good canter. “Tremaine Cooper’s Preliminary crosscountry course had some challenging combinations, especially the big stone table at fence six, with a bending line to offset houses two strides apart (fences seven and eight). If you went the direct route, you had to ride very accurately to get the line just right. There was an option to jump one house and then circle without penalty and jump the second house, as they were numbered separately. Janelle Phaneuf, my working student, planned to take the direct route and rode it well. The water and coffin combinations also required accurate turning to be rewarded with a smooth, clear go. Everything rode very well for the winning Open Preliminary C pair.” Now in its 31st year, the King Oak Farm Horse Trials is a competitive event held twice annually (spring and fall) for top international, as well as local, riders and their horses, testing partnership and athletic prowess in the triathlon of equestrian sport: dressage, cross country, and stadium jumping.

Open Preliminary C Champions Janelle Phaneuf and Irish Ike.

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Jock Paget is Supreme At Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials By Kate Green, Courtesy of FEI

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they pulled rails from the second and third elements of the triple at fence 10. “I think he was still in too much of a forward gear after cross-country,” said Fox-Pitt, who finished second in the HSBC FEI Classics. “But Jock’s achievement is fantastic and I hope he enjoys the moment. This has been a brilliant competition; it was a proper four-star and the cross-country and the optimum

[ABOVE] Jock Paget and Clifton Promise won the 2013 Burghley Horse Trials. [BELOW] Andrew Nicholson claimed second place aboard Avebury (shown), third, and eighth, as well as the HSBC FEI Classics Championship.

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New Zealand native Jock Paget, 29, kept a cool head in the last few minutes of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, the final leg of the HSBC FEI Classics, to lift the top prize at the much-respected British CCI4*, held September 5-8, 2013. It was 14 years ago that a rider last captured both Badminton and Burghley in the same season on the same horse, and Paget’s now dual-winning mount, Clifton Promise, seemed to grow in confidence around the show jumping track. With one rail down on the last fence, the Land Rover Trophy and third place in the HSBC FEI Classics series was in the bag for the pair. “I was nervous because I wanted to win, but I knew I had two rails in hand and I had a lot of confidence in how Promise was jumping in the warm-up,” explained Paget. “I have altered a few little things with him this year, since my training with [European Champion] Michael Jung, and now give him a little more room in front of fences. “It’s really only just sinking in that I’ve won Badminton, let alone Burghley, but I know that it’s a very special achievement.” One of Paget’s chief mentors, Andrew Nicholson (NZL), was second, third, and eighth—another record. “I brought three horses and I still can’t beat him,” the 52-year-old Nicholson joked about his former protégé. No horse has ever won back-to-back Burghleys, but Andrew came very close to achieving that accolade with second place on the 2012 winner, Avebury. He also finished third on his 2012 Pau winner, Nereo, and eighth on Calico Joe, and rounded off the day by scooping up the $150,000 HSBC FEI Classics title for the first time. “It does feel like a great achievement to have been so consistent,” Nicholson said. “That’s really what staying at the top is all about.” Although nine of the 19 horses jumping in the morning session went clear, there were none from the 24 in the afternoon. Nicholson had a fence down apiece on Avebury and Nereo and, with the latter horse, overtook William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Parklane Hawk after

time had exactly the right influence.” Ingrid Klimke’s (GER) FRH Butts Abraxxas does not have the best of show jumping records, but he went clear on his last CIC3* run and Klimke said she had decided not to practice in between. The strategy seemed to work well, as they only lowered the third fence to rise two places and round out the top five finishers. Paget now has the opportunity to claim the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing—which awards $350,000 to a rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky, Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, and Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in succession—if he makes his way to the U.S. in April.

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SPOTTED! Heather Blitz wowed an overflow crowd of 1,500 at the Norfolk Hunt Club’s Polo in the Country on September 15, 2013. Riding to Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” Blitz demonstrated all the dressage movements to commentary by Cutler Farm Dressage owner Donna Cameron.

EMERGING ATHLETES Congratulations to the riders chosen for the Emerging Dressage Athlete Clinic with Lendon Gray that was held at Torre Vista Farm in Celina, TX, on September 26-27, 2013. The riders were: Amanda Hester, Kate Romano, Sarah Whitney, Anna Campbell, Allison Hopkins, Abby Fleischli, Bronwyn Cordiak, Sophie Holland, Courtney Bauer, and Courtney Roberts. PHOTOS: (TOP) COURTESY OF PHELPSPHOTO.COM; (BOTTOM) COURTESY OF SUSANJSTICKLE.COM

THREE CHEERS FOR NADINE BURBERL AND Fashion Designer OLD, who won the Five-Year-Old Division Championship at the 2013 Young Horse Championships.

STAR FROM SHOOTING STAR Congratulations to the UB40 daughter, Eliscia SSF, that was evaluated at the KWPN-NA (Royal Dutch Warmblood Studbook of North America) keuring at Apple Lane Farm in Lancaster, MA. The mare, bred and owned by Scot and Carol Tolman of Shooting Star Farm in Spofford, NH, received her Star predicate, as well as the ribbon for the best dressage horse at the keuring.

HIGH PERFORMANCE PLANNING The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to

announce the High Performance Dressage Committee’s plan for a series of High Performance Dressage Observation and Strategic Planning Sessions in preparation for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. A total of six two-day sessions will be held on the East and West coasts; two in November 2013 and a further four between January and April 2014. At these sessions, Robert Dover, U.S. Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe, will work with athletes and their personal trainer/coach to provide training and strategic guidance for

MAKING MOVES North American Junior/Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) Individual Gold Medalist, twotime USEF Festival of Champions Young Rider National Champion, and mom, Mary-Haskins Gurganus, has recently relocated her horses and training program to Rollover Downs, a respected equestrian facility in New Bern, NC, owned and oper-

ated by Pan American Games team veteran Bethanna Perry. “She delivers top of the line management and care, and it’s refreshing to be around someone on my same page: a hard-working rider and mom. It’s also cool that my kids have a family-oriented place to ride with lots of ponies,” says Gurganus.

CELEBRATING A LIFETIME The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Marilyn Heath will be presented with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. Marilyn, of Naples, FL, has been a long and faithful volunteer to USDF through her dedication to judge education and involvement with USDF’s “L” Education Program and the Delaware Valley Combined Training Association (DVCTA). After becoming a USEF “S” Judge in 1989, Marilyn could have worked toward becoming an FEI dressage judge. She chose, instead, to focus on judge education and became an “L” faculty member in 1992.

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continued from page 115 As the co-chair and chair of the “L” Education Program, Marilyn exhibited strong leadership in updating the program and its materials, promoting consistency among other judge education programs, and providing accessibility to judge education to a wider audience.

Condolences Equine Canada regretfully reports that the 21-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Korona, beloved partner of Canadian Dressage Team rider Shannon Dueck, was humanely euthanized on Saturday, September 21 as a result of agerelated health issues.  “Korona was a talented, powerful, yet elegant international competitor, whose charisma in and out of the competition ring was legendary,” said Equine Canada President Michael Gallagher. “Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the Dueck family and all of those who had the privilege of knowing this great horse.”

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Cutler Farm Dressage is proud to welcome Mary Wanless for three days of clinics and lectures, November 8-10, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Mary is an internationally renowned coach, the author of

[LEFT] Anne Gribbons will be inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame in December. [RIGHT] Charles de Kunffy will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet.

the Ride with Your Mind book series, and has eight instructional DVDs to her credit. She coaches riders at all levels, from relative novices to top international dressage riders. In fact, one of her students is Cutler trainer Heather Blitz!

Hall of Famers The USDF is pleased to announce that Charles de Kunffy and Anne Gribbons will be inducted into the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame (HOF) at the Salute Gala and Annual Awards Banquet on December 7, 2013, during the Adequan/USDF Annual Convention in Lexington, KY. Induction into the HOF is an honor bestowed on individuals and horses that have made outstanding contributions to dressage in the United States. Charles has become known as a lifelong educator, prolific author, and charismatic instructor, and has had a resounding impact on dressage in America. For more than 50 years he has dedicated his life to teaching classical dressage and sharing his passion for training and riding with horses and riders from all walks of life. Anne has been a driving force in

all facets of dressage in the United States. Her profound career has spanned over four decades and has made a considerable impact on the sport. During her time as an international rider, Anne represented the United States at the 1995 Pan American Games, in which the United States Dressage Team won the silver medal. Her extensive involvement with USDF and USEF has resulted in the development of the American Dressage Pipeline, which was implemented during her tenure as USEF Dressage Technical Advisor and National Coach.

Windhorse is Winning It was a fantastic end to the show season for Windhorse at the NEDA Fall Symposium/Regional Championships. Every single Windhorse combination placed in their respective divisions. Head trainer, Diana Mukpo, came in fourth in the Grand Prix Open Regional Championship with a 64.7%. Assistant trainer, Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen, for the second year in a row, took the Fourth Level Open Championship with Kathy Hickerson’s stallion, Schroeder, scoring a 67.8%! Mary also rode Nicole Polaski’s Ansgar to a sixth place finish in the Prix St. Georges

(PSG) Open Championship with a score of 67% in a class with close to 30 horses. Joanna Sentissi came in seventh in the Adult Amateur Fourth Level with a 61% in her first regional championship. Nicole Polaski came in fourth in the Training Level Adult Amateur division on her gelding, Ronin, with a 64.4%, moving up four places since last year’s competition—way to go! Junior rider, Regan Salm, with her gelding, Karat, won both of her championships, earning over 66% at the FEI Junior Level and close to 70% in the Junior Second Level Championship. All horses and riders were highly successful in their open classes, earning several blues. This includes Joanna Sentissi’s gelding, Attraction, coming first in the Amateur Adult division of the Third Level Sweepstakes. Nicole Polaski’s VIP made his North American debut at the FEI levels placing highly in both the PSG and Intermediaire I with Mary.

New Beginnings Congratulations to Diane Choquette and her trainer Kelly Cordes on the purchase of Fairfax from Riverfront Farm

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tickets to the dressage events as well as meetings with European young horse dressage experts. Participants will be responsible for their own travel to the championships as well as meals and hotel. USEF will assist with obtaining hotel rooms.

Remembering Wentz On September 3, 2012, Jonathan Wentz had his final ride aboard NTEC Richter Scale at the London Paralympics. Later that month, Wentz, 21, passed away from an uncommon heart condition that occurs in young athletes. One of Wentz’s goals in life was to grow the para-equestrian discipline through encouraging young disabled athletes to participate in the sport he loved. In 2013, the Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund was created so young, U.S. para-equestrians may continue to fulfill their own dreams in the equestrian sport. For more information about the Jonathan Wentz Memorial Scholarship Fund, visit

Don’t Miss Out! The USEF is now accepting applications for the “Verden Experience.” In 2013, USEF began providing the opportunity for a small group of riders, trainers, breeders, and owners of dressage young horses to participate in a trip to the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses. The 2014 championship will take place in Verden, Germany, on August 6-10. The “Verden Experience” will be led by USEF Young Horse Coach Scott Hassler and will include

World Class Teachings Patrick and Marisol Burssens’ International Dressage Academy (IDA) at Little Ranches in Wellington, FL, recently hosted an educational RideA-Test Clinic with acclaimed FEI 3* judge Cesar Torrente. The clinic brought riders of all levels to IDA, where Cesar Torrente (right) and Patrick Burssens of IDA Farm. Torrente helped them boost their scores with judged rides, reviews, and He did FEI Young Horse classes lion proved invincible and was all re-rides. earlier this year but was in an business throughout the three Torrente, a native of Colombia awkward, goofy stage. Like his days of Third Level competition, and South American and Central father, I think he will be slow which began with a 69.024% on American Games Dressage Team to mature to full potential. Thursday in a field of 20. The Gold Medalist, was the first dres- He has a lot of growing to do following day Ripline produced a sage judge promoted through but is clearly on his way,” said test that was worthy of 75.641% the 2013 FEI 3* program and owner Mary-Haskins Gurganus. to finish second among 23 travels the globe to judge and The 16.1-hand, four-year-old starters, and on Saturday he beat teach at venues like IDA. chestnut is by Haskins’ stallion, a field of 15 to win again with a Richmond, out of an Espri mare. score of 71.711%. Blitz also rode her client Rockin’ Ramone Cindy Dix’ Picasso’s Bleu into Mary-Haskins Dressage’s Ramone Heather’s Hatrick the winner’s circle in the FEI rocked Pinehurst Fall Dressage, U.S. Dressage Team Gold Medalist September 21-22, in North Heather Blitz completed the NEDA Intermediaire I with a score of 67.368, and Blitz’ assistant Carolina, with a 76.552% win in Fall Festival show at Saugerties, trainer, Katie Robicheaux, the Sotheby’s Stakes First Level NY, with two wins and a second finished second in four classes and placed second in his second on Oak Hill Ranch’s five-year-old riding Leonardo Da Vinci and ride of the day, First Level Test 2, approved Danish Warmblood Avignon at Third and Fourth with a strong 75.00%. Ripline (Hotline x Blue Hors Level respectively. “This was his fourth show. Cavan - Rambo). The young stal-

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[1] Young Phoenix Blum was the winner of the Junior/Young Handler Award. [2] The Grand Champion and USDF Mare Champion of the 2013 Breed Show was the eye-catching 2008 German Oldenburg mare, Sanibelle, bred by Louise Rascoe and owned by Susan Craft. [3] Cinderella, a 14-hand buckskin German Riding Pony, ridden by Erin Brook Freedman of EBF Sport Horses based in Oak Hill, VA, went home with a blue in the Suitable to Become a Dressage Horse – 6-Year-Olds. [4] Ashley Holzer and her Swedish Warmblood, Jewel’s Adelante, garnered first place in the FEI Grand Prix Open (Grand Prix Special). Ashley was also winner of the FEI Grand Prix Open (Grand Prix Freestyle) with a score of 72.83% on Breaking Dawn. [5] The show had something for even the youngest rider with their Leadline class. [6] Dressage at Devon wouldn’t be complete without their annual Ladies’ Hat Contest sponsored by Dark Horse Chocolates and The Engraver. After entrants displayed their haberdashery in the Dixon Oval, Jennifer Reed, a radio personality from 92.5 WXTU/ Philadelphia, announced the three winners. 3

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Equestrians Work on “Riding in Balance” At Carousel Dressage Adult Camp By Linda Powers

The adult dressage camp sponsored by Nancy Later Lavoie of Carousel Dressage, held at the Ashby Stock Farm in Ashby, MA, September 27-29, 2013, was a huge success! Friday began a picture perfect weather weekend for all. Campers arrived during the day and were encouraged to ride in either the outdoor or indoor arena before settling their horses in. The format included a Friday night demonstration ride and lecture on “Riding in Balance,” with Nancy riding and speaking. Following the demo was an informal barbecue that even included s’mores over the fire pit. This was a perfect environment for the 10 campers to meet and greet over great food and drink. Saturday morning’s rides began bright and early and Nancy was ready to go. Each horse was uniquely different in their training and ability, and yet, Nancy seamlessly adjusted the exercises accordingly, without veering from the basic system she uses in training all her horses and students. All campers were confident, capable riders who willingly participated in all that was asked of them. It was a joy to watch for spectators. The daily lunch breaks offered opportunities to ask questions of Nancy as well as good, all around “horse talk.” Susan Rainville of White Spruce Farms said, “Adult camp was a great

experience for me in so many ways. As an instructor myself, it is always good to watch others teach so I can have a fresh perspective for my students. As a student, I was thrilled with Dressage camp was the perfect environment for the 10 campers to meet and greet over great food and drink. my lessons from Nancy. She is such a positive force and feeling riders. I would like to and really helps keep riding peaceful give people the tools they need to and in balance. I walked away from problem solve and succeed even when camp feeling relaxed from the beautiful I am not present. As a rider, one needs setting of Ashby Stock Farm and posito be open to suggestions in order for tive about accomplishing my goals with this type of training to work. It was my horse, Tattoo, and my students.” so delightful to spend a weekend with According to camper, Karen a group of ladies such as the one we Chevalier, “Nancy has incredible had at Ashby Stock Farm. Everyone insight in assessing the communication supported each other and we were able between rider and horse and the ability to work together as a team to make to clarify exercises in enhancing the dialog between the two. Camp was such improvements and gain awareness. There was only relaxation and learning.” a welcoming and supportive environThe weekend ended with many ment. The group of riders and horses campers exchanging email and contact covered a wide range of training levels, information as well as toasting each which was fantastic to observe in each other with a glass of wine. It was a lesson. I can’t wait until next year. Nancy was wonderful, and what a great, special weekend with special campers and a very special instructor. fun group of riders!” Organizers thank Jennifer Waurinen, Sunday morning was another inforSusan Raineville, Patrice Lagrant, mative day of lessons and Nancy was Tamison Rose, Martha Goodwine, eager to begin. Her expertise and skill Karen Chevalier, Liz Shepard, Deb set were on point and her ability to Brewer, Marlene Berghout, and Wendy use humor in a difficult moment put Terebesi for making the weekend a all the riders at ease. “One of my goals valuable learning experience for all. as an instructor is to create thinking

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Baroque Equestrian Games Institute First Official Games & Gala a Success Submitted by Tina Cristiani Veder, Photos by Judy Robichaux

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More than two-dozen horses and riders entered the Games and participated in the Gala, traveling from numerous states ranging from Florida to Vermont, and even Ontario, Canada. The East Complex Arena was decorated with lavish artwork along with inspiring quotes from the old masters. Winners of the competition received beautiful product awards along with cash prizes. Jos Sevriens, originally from the Netherlands and a graduate of the French School of Equitation at Saumur, served as judge for the inaugural

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Games, and his wisdom and insights were truly to be treasured. Riders were encouraged and challenged, and spectators educated, as he offered his open remarks after each pattern. Bruno Gonzales and Tina Cristiani Veder, co-founders/ creators of the Games, along with Jos Sevriens and Patricia Norcia, gave lectures and demonstrations over the course of the two days, helping to bring greater understanding about the classical principles, and the conformation and balance that allows horses to excel at higher collection. The event was educational, festive, and fun for both riders and spectators. On Friday night, the Grand Gala, an equestrian theatrical production, traced the history of man’s unique union with the horse. About 400 spectators were in attendance and were enthralled by the star-studded performance featuring gorgeous horses and well-known profes122 equine


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[1] Queen Isabella. [2] Art of Marialva 5. [3] Xenophon. [4] The Breeder’s Showcase. [5] Lady in Red. [6] The Classical Schooling section of the games.

sional riders from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, decked out in lavish costumes and elaborate tack. The Gala was created to help benefit and bring awareness to HoofBeats Therapeutic Riding Center. The whole show was an overwhelming success. Plans for next year are already underway, with the possibility of extending it to a three-day event. Great appreciation goes out to everyone who volunteered, attended, competed, or participated—this triumph belongs to all of us! If you are interested in learning more about this exciting new journey back to the historical foundations of classical horsemanship, you are whole-heartedly invited to join us for upcoming clinics, seminars, schooling shows, and competitions. We hope to see you soon! For more information, visit




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Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Assoc. Member Shares Experience at Ride Critique Ride with Claudia Tarlov Submitted by Penny Folsey

On August 24, I had the pleasure of participating in the Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association’s (CDCTA) Ride Critique Ride with Claudia Tarlov. I found myself looking forward to it all month long and it served as a goal in my schooling. I rode Training Level Test 3. The morning of the event dawned as a picture perfect day; Grand View Stables is a beautiful facility with great footing both indoors and out. The clinic was so successful, a second day had to be added to accommodate all the rides. I set to work tacking up my horse,

Capriccio, and getting myself ready to ride. The warm-up was taking place in the indoor arena. I spent about 20 minutes getting warmed up. As the rider before me finished up, I headed down to the dressage arena. I rode my test, trying to do my best, and we had a decent ride. Claudia thought our test was pretty good, and we decided on a couple of areas to focus on improving for the second test. One area was the bending line loop, ridden in both directions. She pointed out that a better bend, and change of bend, being careful to not cross X, could easily improve my score.

I also need to work on my stretching trot circle. Claudia was very helpful in giving me pointers that would improve my horse’s reach. I felt relaxed and comfortable following her instruction. I rode my second test and improved my score by four points. I was thrilled. The insight I received by this critique ride really helped me complete a better test at Arabian Sport Horse Nationals. I frequently think that when we school and take lessons we do not really wonder about what the judge sees as we ride our tests. We practice elements of our tests, whether it be good geometry, soft transitions, or square halts, but we seldom have the opportunity to hear what the judge really thinks when we put all the “parts” together at a show. I saw many familiar faces that day. It was really a fun and relaxing way to spend my Saturday. I look forward to the next CDCTA event that I can attend, as they are always well run and friendly and the clinics are great learning opportunities.

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The New Hampshire Dressage & Eventing Assoc. Shares Four Reasons on Why You Should Join Submitted by Stefanie Rossetti

Founded in the late 1970s, The New Hampshire Dressage & Eventing Association (NHDEA) is a small but growing GMO (Group Member Organization) of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) based in Manchester, NH. We are the only USDF GMO in New Hampshire. Our membership year runs from November to that of the following calendar year, so with renewal time upon us, now is the perfect moment to join NHDEA. Dues are a lean $37 per year and give you a great bang for the buck! Here are some reasons to join us: 1. NHDEA puts on well-organized and friendly events that appeal to a range of equestrians throughout the riding season. We also frequently plan an indoor winter clinic for those stir-crazy, snowy months. Our clinics give our membership and the riding community at large great opportunities to learn from some of the top clinicians in the area. Some clinics, typically our dres-

sage clinic, are club-subsidized to keep lessons affordable for everyone. As more and more event riders have joined our membership, we’ve also beefed up our eventing clinic schedule and added club-sponsored two- and three-phase shows to our roster. In an effort to further expand our eventing offerings, we will be organizing both beginner and advanced eventing clinics in 2014. 2. NHDEA holds two dressage schooling shows per year—one in the spring, and the second in the fall. Over the past two seasons, we have upgraded both our show venue and our judges. All of our schooling shows are now adjudicated by U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF)licensed judges at the University of New Hampshire show grounds in Durham, NH. If you’ve ever wanted to dip your toes in the rated show waters, NHDEA competition will give a rider a good sense of what a rated show is like. Our schooling shows follow USEF-rated show regulations, while

maintaining the friendly and learning atmosphere of a schooling show. 3. Are you a Junior Rider? Juniors make up roughly 40% of NHDEA’s membership and for that reason we offer many opportunities for our young riders. There is a spot on our board of directors for a Junior representative; we offer Junior-organized clinics and we sponsor a team for Lendon Gray’s Youth Dressage Festival, Dressage4Kids. In 2013, we had two teams due to the strong interest in the festival. 4. The members of our board of directors strive to keep a pulse on the membership’s wants and needs. As members let us know what interests them, we collaborate to guide the club into meeting the goals and needs of our membership. A brilliant, cohesive, and gregarious board, we are actively seeking new members to join us for 2014. We believe that adding new board members is the only way our club will continue to evolve. If you’ve ever wanted to give back to the dressage and eventing community and can spare a Tuesday evening once per month and a few weekend days during the riding season, please contact us. Board member inquiries can be sent to Lydia Neusch at Membership inquiries can be sent to Stefanie Rossetti at November 2013

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[LEFT] Meggie Strong, driving Kateland Farm’s Mini horse, Maverick, at the Genessee Valley Riding and Driving Club’s 31st Annual Driving Show. [RIGHT] Bonnie Andre steering her Percheron/Dutch Harness Horse cross, Laddie, through water at the GVRDC show.



Catherine Frangenberg checked in with an update on Genessee Valley Riding and Driving Club’s 31st Annual Driving Show, explaining that the event consisted of driven dressage and a cones obstacle course, as well as a 0.8-kilometer path through woods and water and a covered bridge. The designer of the cones and cross-country course was Robert Heinold of Rochester, NY, Katherine Wood Copa served as dressage judge, and Billie Hill was obstacle judge. Competitors had a choice between presenting a Training or Preliminary Level test and added any points earned in the two obstacle classes to their final score for championship placing. The organizers arranged the schedule so that exhibitors could smoothly transition from one ring to the other, and reserved the early afternoon for cross-country—allowing for plenty of time to socialize and enjoy light refreshments at the conclusion of the show.

The landowners at Paduka Run in Geneseo, NY, Hank and Laura Miner, provided the optimum environment and landscaping. The surrounding area was large enough to offer sufficient space for young and novice horses, who were allowed to move about and safely spend some of their energy outside the confines of a ring. The organizers thank the volunteers, who were the exhibitors themselves, their friends and acquaintances, and riding members of the sponsoring club.

CHAMPIONS IN MINIATURE Congratulations to Joan McMahon on her winning team at the world’s largest pleasure driving show. Blazin B Moon Shadow and Woodson’s Lady Raven were named Miniature Pair Champions at the 42nd anniversary of the Walnut Hill Driving Competition held in Pittsford, NY.

BIG FUN The North Country Draft Horse Club had its 28th Annual

Fall Driving Competition on September 15 at Trixie Belle Farm, in New Bremen, NY. There were four different contests offered: single horse log skid, team log skid, single horse obstacle, and team obstacle. Among the winners was club president William Scofield, as well as his 14-year-old grandson, Adam Fields. And, Linda O’Neil was the happy winner of the annual Draft Foal Raffle, held at the event.

UP-AND-COMERS A Wisconsin 4-H group was spotted at the Villa Louis Carriage Classic in September, with over 20 ponies and youngsters competing with singles and three four-in-hands. Kudos to the club and event organizers for getting a new generation of participants involved!

FLYING HIGH The eight-year-old Friesian mare, Sjaantje Sport—owned by Dreams Come True Farm in Carlisle, PA and driven by amateur owner, Gail Aumiller,

and trainer, Suzy Stafford of Wilmington, DE—was the High Point Carriage Horse at the August 16-18 Baroque Breeds New York International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) Region 2 Championships at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY. Aumiller and Sjaantje Sport also won in Turnout at the IFSHA Region 5 Buckeye Baroque Show in Springfield, OH. The pair teamed up with rider Jodi Van Sprang of Harrisburg, PA, to claim the Drive and Ride Championship as well.

GROUP THERAPY Granite State Carriage Association reports that there was a good turnout for their Labor Day weekend event, held at Horse Tenders Mustang Rescue in Greenland, NH. Ten trailers and a tent set up camp for the weekend, and several trucks and trailers came in just for the day on Saturday. Among those camping were new members Mary Murphy and Shawn Beck

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Saratoga Driving Assoc. Introduces Board of Directors and Officers for 2014 Submitted by Carol Frank 

By the time you read this, the Saratoga Driving Association’s (SDA) Driving Trial will be past and our Annual Meeting might already have been held, as it is scheduled for November 3. Winter looms ahead, but we still have the cooler days of fall to enjoy. For many, this is the best season of the year. The trees put on a color show for us, and even when they are bare, crunching through the leaves to the sound of your horse’s hooves is a wonderful treat that those, condemned to live in warm climates, never experience. It is also a time of reflection. For the board and officers of SDA, we hope that we meet the needs of the membership. We hold two competitions a year—the Lindenwald Pleasure Show scheduled for May 25, 2014 and the Annual Driving Trial planned for October 5, 2014. The Get Ready for Spring–Mid Winter Driving Conference will be on February

15 and clinics are held throughout the warm months. At these events, we like everyone to come and support in whatever capacity they can. Feel free to bring a horse, your kids, your motherin-law, your old college roommate—and share our sport. We want to promote driving and share with our friends and community the love we have of horses. Competitions are not more important than recreational driving. However, at the competitions we tend to have toilets, more people looking out for us, and fewer dangerous things that can spook us and our horses. We have the best membership in the SDA. There isn’t a person that isn’t interesting, conscientious, or crazy that they spend their time and money on horses as they do and are part of a special breed that has not forgotten the importance of horses in our lives. We

are blessed with wonderful leadership. Barbara Akers has been vice president of the club since its inception. As a licensed American Driving Society (ADS) judge, she travels to competitions and clinics to improve her skills and returns with ever-increasing knowledge to help us have better events every year. Jeff Morse is head of the ADS Pleasure Driving Committee and travels to the ADS meetings, runs the Morgan shows throughout the year, is the organizer for the driving trial, and is a frequent speaker at our conference and holds clinics for our club, but also all around the country. Kathleen Conklin is on the board and has been a first class resource to innumerable people wanting to learn how to improve whatever aspect of their horsemanship. Whether it is tricking out your trailer, improving your turnout, decorating your helmet, talking about mules vs. horses, what to do with some behavioral quirk in your critter, or something to do with the annual membership book, Kathleen is a wonderful resource to all of us.

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junior riders that joined in on the fun: Meagan Jette and little Madeline Finke riding her pony next to her mom. By 1:00 p.m. Monday, GSCA members had departed, feeling that there was good attendance and a busy mix of activities over the weekend.

continued from page 127 from Natick, MA, longtime members Cresca Albright, Laurie Goodwin, Ginger Chiapetta, Dave and Liz Herrick, Becky Greenan, and Caroline Townsend with granddaughter, Megan Jette, as well as Linda Bennett, Rick and Joan Vanderploeg, and Sonja and Bob Cahill. Boo Martin was also there with her four-in-hand of Welsh Cob geldings. New members Cindy Schlener of Hubbardston, MA, and Phyllis Strickholm of Lyndeborough, NH, came in for the day. The Horse Tenders hosts, Stephanie and Kris Kokal, were on hand all weekend and graciously offered to ride out at 2:00 p.m. each day with any adventurous riders interested in exploring some of the unmarked trails. On Sunday, Dot Rourke and her friend Bev Salo showed up with their Minis to drive some loops around the farm. Ginger Chiappetta, Cathy McLeod, Linda Bennett, and Linda and Bill 128 equine


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Just For You The Carriage Association of America (CAA) recently announced that it has formed a new Facebook group, “CAA Chapters,” for driving and carriage clubs that are affiliated with the CAA, and invites members to join!

Blown Away Junior rider Madeline Finke, her mom, Carrie, and a friend joined the Granite State Carriage Association for their Labor Day weekend event.

Wormell brought their horses to ride, and Syliva Miskoe, with her daughter Hillary, drove their Haflinger. Several members and their guests came without their horses just for the yummy

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barbecue at 3:30 p.m. Cathy McLeod rode her young Paint mare, which was trained by the Kokals, and Sonja Cahill rode her mustang who was trained at the farm. There were also two

In case you missed it, not only did William Shatner and Thunderbolt repeat as World Champions in Amateur Roadster to Bike at the 2013 Worlds Championship Horse Show in Louisville, KY, but a video of “The Shat’s” winning class from his perspective has also been circulating around the Internet. It’s a must-see!

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Western Reserve Carriage Association Members Attend Several Events After a potluck lunch, Stacey discussed the route. Once hitched and saddled, participants could warm up by tackling a cones course before moving out along a quiet wooded trail leading Kristen Sullivan’s pair on Mr. Rockefeller’s to Brecksville Stables. Not only was the day planned for riding and driving, but it Roads at Acadia National Park in Maine. was also used as an experiment to show Goshen, KY, September 13-15, Stacey park officials that there could be carriages Giere and her horse, Timeless Concord, as well as riders safely using the park trails finished second in Intermediate Single at the same time. Horse. John Hubbell, DVM, and his Heather Raw and her Haflinger gelding Standardbred, My Girl, earned sixth in recorded a fine third place finish at the Training Single Horse, and a Dartmoor Indiana combined driving event (CDE) on mare with Mary Thomas took home third August 30 to September 1 at the Hoosier in Training Single Pony. Horse Park. They competed in the large Ivan Burkholder and Fanny Miller Training Single Pony division with the are busy getting ready for their WRCA help of Barb King. meeting, to be held November 11 at A group of Western Reserve members Woodlyn Coach in Mt. Hope, OH. The spent a glorious week in Acadia National lunch is set for noon with time reserved to Park in Bar Harbor, ME, driving the view the wonderful collection of vehicles Rockefeller carriage roads. The views varied on display throughout Ivan’s facility. from the oceanview from Day Mountain, The Holiday Dinner is fast to the lakes, pine forests, and of course the approaching. It will be held again at beautiful stone bridges throughout the park. the Oaks Lakeside Restaurant, on The varied restaurants of Bar Harbor were December 8. The WRCA auction will enjoyed by the group, who was hungry be held at the January meeting rather after a full day of driving. The members that than at this event to allow more time made the trip were Jon and Nancy Roemer, for socializing with driving friends Polly and Ann Petersen, Krisitin and Caleigh and enjoying the review of the WRCA Sullivan, Dexter and Carol Millhoan, and Kay driving year. Check the website wrcarand Henry Rish. for more information. At the Hermitage CDE, held near

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trian and lives up in the hill towns. She just started driving Jake Moon, a Morgan, after her 29-year-old Standardbred passed on. You will see Cindy’s name on where to send your checks for membership, clinics, and the conference. She has served on the board for the last year and is a very lovely horseman that will bring new energy to our group. Ilyana Meltzer is the club secretary. Her enthusiasm and hard work are excellent traits in continuing to have a vibrant club. She raised very provocative questions on what to do to promote this sport and horsemanship. Having horses, keeping them, and finding a good one when you have a specific need, are all challenges we each face. We love our

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Joanne Cholakis is just stepping out of the treasurer role into a position on the board. Without Joanne’s business acumen and organization, this club would not have grown and developed over the years. When Joanne became treasurer, we had a bank account of $600 and a membership of 11. Bringing the money in, developing the relationships with our members and vendors, and keeping us organized and timely has been a wonderful help to the club. Joanne is handing the reins over to Cindy Kimmey, who is newer to some of you. Cindy is a retired sheriff and lifelong eques130 equine


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horses, we love driving, and are up against a digital world where simulations of life are rapidly replacing the thrill of a strong trot or canter on sunny morning. Ann Willey is again hosting our Twelfth Night party on January 11, 2014 at her lovely home in Chatham, NY. If any out of towners want to come, we can arrange some places to stay. Ann brings the legal brains to the board. She has gone from being a Welsh Pony person to a Friesian breeder, which makes you wonder about the difference between the horses from the feed and manure perspective, but she has been an asset on the board and and is a wonderful hostess. So put our dates on your calendars and plan to come out and join us!

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Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA) members continued their driving season through the summer and fall, attending several events. Linda and Floyd Wells hosted the annual Carlisle Reserve Drive on August 25. After a noon potluck, several lucky winners gathered prizes before Linda Wells outlined what trails were available. She also announced that carriages were permitted on the park trails once a week. Dates for driving are listed on the park’s website. The Carlisle Reserve is over 1,800 acres, offering several miles of smooth, wide trails with a variety of terrain, some hills, bridges, prairie, and woods. Eight turnouts and a couple dozen members and guests enjoyed a delightful afternoon of driving in perfect weather. A new drive, hosted by Meredith and Stacey Giere, began at the Oak Grove Picnic Area in the Brecksville Reservation, part of the Cleveland MetroParks system. Not only did carriage drivers attend, but several riders participated as well. Arriving members were asked to take the Whatsit Quiz. Twenty unusual items were to be identified—things such as roger rings, boling gun, tail weight, body roller, trace extenders, sidecheck, overcheck, and an open bridle, had been gathered by Meredith, numbered, and arranged for the quiz. The top score earned an unusual looking lead rope.

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[LEFT] Max Montoya and his pair competing at the 2013 Hermitage Classic. [RIGHT] Steve Wilson and his Lipizzans claimed the Advanced Pair Horse division.

Hermitage Classic Showcases Top Driving Competition; Family and Social Events By Lindsey LeMaster

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First-class equestrian competition and entertainment was guaranteed at the fourth annual Hermitage Classic, September 13-15, in Goshen, KY. This U.S. Equestrian Federation-sanctioned combined driving event (CDE) showcased top driving competition and social events on the grounds of historic Hermitage Farm. Event proceeds benefitted Oldham Ahead, a local nonprofit committed to preserving farmland. General admission for weekend competition was free and open to the public. In addition to the exciting competition, weekend activities included the Classic Kids Zone, featuring pony-pulled carriage rides and a petting zoo; the Classic Vendor Village, with local merchants and artists; and equestrian demonstrations from the local mounted games association and a six-in-hand Clydesdale draft horse demonstration by Brelee Clydesdales from Troy, Ontario, Canada. Hermitage was thrilled to have an increased number of entries in this year’s Classic, and the competitors spanned generations and geography. Kent Brownridge from Connecticut was the winner of the Advanced Single Horse class with his Dutch Harness Horse, Nendrini. Esther “Boots” Wright drove up from Florida to win the Intermediate Pair Pony with her German Riding Ponies. The Preliminary

Avery Wilson competes in the Preliminary Single Pony class with MMH Winterson’s Gold. »

Single Pony class was hotly contested, with experienced competitors including Avery Wilson, the 12-year-old grandson of Hermitage owner Steve Wilson. Avery was driving MMH Winterson’s Gold (aka “Spike”), a Haflinger gelding. Steve Wilson drove his Lipizzan pair to victory in the Advanced Pair Horse class. And, watching Casey Zubek with his Advanced four-in-hand of Dutch Harness Horses was one of the highlights of the event. The officials for the 2013 Hermitage Classic were some of the best in the world. Renowned FEI driving judge Dr. Klaus Christ of Germany was the president of the jury. Martha Hanks-Nicholl was a ground jury member, who had just returned from officiating at the World Pair Driving Championships in Slovakia. The international level course, complete with seven lovely obstacles and a new windmill hazard, was designed by Barry Hunter of England. Impressive, perfect, and spectacular were some of the descriptive words used for the Hermitage CDE. Combined driving, a three-phase test of athletic endurance, mental stamina, and precision for both the horse and

driver, has an extra challenge generated by the addition of a vehicle. Horses and ponies, without benefit of rider, must exhibit the highest level of training and willingness to perform. Contestants can communicate with the horse only through voice, reins, and the touch of a whip. Hermitage Farm wishes to thank its generous event sponsors: 21c Museum Hotels, Blue Grass Motorsport, BrownForman Corporation, Elite Horse Transport, James and Misdee Miller of Hillcroft Farm, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Harrods Creek Farm, Kentucky Boardworks, Korbel Champagne, Live Oak International, McCall Group, Mindsalt, David T. Orthwein, Republic Bank, Sterling G. Thompson Co., The Voice-Tribune, YUM! Brands Foundation. For more information, visit November 2013

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[LEFT] Lexi Buckheit, Miss Rodeo New York (center), at Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, pictured with Miss Rodeo Wisconsin and Miss Rodeo Texas. [RIGHT] Dan James and Smart Little Mustang placed fourth in the prestigious Zoetis Freestyle Finals and were announced as the 2013 Mustang Million Fan Favorite.

PAINTED RANCH HORSES Popularity is growing in the stock horse world for Ranch Horse Pleasure classes, and the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) has opted to include a new class for the discipline at the upcoming APHA Open/Amateur World Championship Paint Horse Show. The second of two premier events hosted by the association annually, the Open/Amateur World Show is slated to take place November 6-17 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX.

attend and introduce themselves to the massive crowds at the concerts. Buckheit will still be traveling to the Adirondack Stampede Charity Rodeo in Glens Falls, NY in November; where she will crown her successor, Miss Rodeo New York 2014. Lexi’s year will culminate in Las Vegas, NV, representing New York State at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, which runs in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.



Miss Rodeo New York 2013, Lexi Buckheit, recently traveled to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming. During her trip, Buckheit not only got to watch competitors in action, but got to commentate during live events in the finals. Each state queen is invited as “Rodeo Royalty” for three to four days during the rodeo, in which they work a charity pancake breakfast, ride in one of the vast Cheyenne Frontier Days’ Parades, and

Dan James and Smart Little Mustang, also known as “Punk,” demonstrated what can be achieved in the Double Dan Horsemanship Program at the Mustang Heritage Foundation’s Mustang Million. After several days of competition in the Legends division, James and Punk earned their way to the Mustang Million Zoetis Freestyle Finals with 19 other competitors. Inspired by the Tonto character in the recent film The Lone Ranger, James and Punk brought

the audience to their feet with a performance that showcased the horsemanship and entertainment that Double Dan Horsemanship is known for. Performing bare back and at liberty, James illustrated the partnership and trust he has developed with this once wild mustang.

CONDOLENCES Elizabeth Ellen Buechler, 65, of Terre Haute, IN, passed away on September 19, 2013, in her residence after an eight-month battle with cancer. Survivors include her husband, Dr. James R. Buechler; one daughter, Michele E. Truxal; one step-son, Raymond Buechler; two stepdaughters, Betsy Pennington and Nancy Buechler; two grandchildren, Nicholas Truxal and Mia Truxal; and her dog, Eli. Elizabeth was a member of the American Paint Horse Association. She loved her horses and dogs.

MAKING A COMEBACK Six-time World Champion Dan Mortensen has announced he will come out of retirement

to compete in The American Rodeo on March 2, 2014. He will be competing in the broncriding event, where he will face the top 10 in the world after the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Mortensen won one All-Around World Champion title and six World Championships in bronc-riding, tying for most all-time wins with the legendary cowboy, Casey Tibbs. In 2003, he became the first roughstock cowboy in Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association history to exceed $2 million in career earnings. He retired from the sport in 2008 and was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2009.

BE THERE! Reining fans: make plans to be in Oklahoma City on Thursday, December 5 for the $75,000added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open World Championship Shootout. This “Open to the World” class is one of the largest, added-money, NRHA Category 1 classes in

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Set to offer $4 Million Pot The National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) World Championship Futurity has long served as a “must see” in horse sports, and 2013 will be no exception. More than 2,000 threeyear-old future stars will vie for a chance at the $4 million purse during the event’s 21-day run, beginning November 23 in Fort Worth, TX. The Futurity is the highlight of the year for the cutting horse industry, drawing an international audience of more than 12,000 to Fort Worth and thousands more by web and television. “When people say ‘The Futurity,’ in horse sports, they are often referring to the NCHA World Championship Futurity,” said NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell. “The Futurity not only showcases these premier equine

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Hall of Famers Ten outstanding members of Paint Horse history will be honored at the 2014 APHA Convention as they are inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame. The 2013 class includes five horses and five people who have significantly influenced the Paint Horse industry. They include horses Colonels Smokingun, Dixie’s War Drum, Indian Music, Sky Bar, and Sky Top Bar; as well as people Ray Graves, Walter Merrick, Ed Roberts, Virdin Royse, and Wanda William.

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athletes and incredible horsemen, but NCHA also crafts an event that is family friendly and focused on the western heritage of this great nation. Plus, it all happens in Fort Worth, and we’re proud to be a part of the fabric that makes up the City of Cowboys and Culture.” The Futurity will be a featured special event on RFD-TV in December, where the show will be made available to more than 16 million households across the United States. The show will tentatively air on December 21, one week following the December 15 Open Finals. Ramping up the value of the Non Pro and Amateur divisions is the addition of sponsor products designed to make the competitors’ cutting horse experience even better. For the Non Pro Futurity

well as Oklahoma City were Lisa Boon area firefighters and and Whoa By The police officers. Way; meanwhile The line-up is Jessica Ferris nearly finalized with and Done Being these riders already Smart took home scheduled to attend: the top honors celebrities – Lyle in the Non Pro Lovett and Michael and Rookie diviSchumacher, plus sions. The Al two others to be Dube Youth 14-18 announced soon; NRHA Champion was Hall of Fame represenCourtney Clark tatives – Clint Haverty, and Wind Him Up. Bob Loomis, Dick In the incredibly Pieper, and Carol Rose competitive Six aboard an offspring of Shooter Series, Shining Spark; crossit was Carneil over riders – Charlotte Brumback and Rocky Dare is just one of the many exciting riders that Bredahl-Baker, Russell Greyhouds Doc will be at the RHSF “A Slide to Remember.” Dilday, Johnny Rotz, Oleana that were and Guy Thomas; and freestyle named the champions of the local Oklahoma charity. The 2013 reiners – Shane Brown and Rookie II division. In the Non event will benefit the Oklahoma Pro division, Rachael Young and City National Memorial & Museum Rocky Dare, plus two others to be announced soon! Smart Little Stepper reigned and will be held in Oklahoma supreme; while the Rookie City during the NRHA Futurity & Professional division was won by Adequan North American Affiliate Play Ball! Tabitha Fargo and Ms Suga Spark. Championship Show on Friday, Congratulations to Lisa La Clair’s December 6. The RHSF “A Slide son, Mason La Clair, on his invitato Remember” includes celebrity tion to play in the O-D Showcase Slide to Remember guests, representatives of the All-American Bowl in Orlando, Since 2007, the Reining Horse NRHA Hall of Fame, cross-over FL. This Richmond, NH, native Sports Foundation (RHSF) has riders from other equestrian has quite the football career in produced a unique, entertaining disciplines, freestyle reiners, as front of him! reining horse event to benefit a

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NCHA World Champion Futurity

Champion is a year’s use of a Four Star Horse Trailer provided by Wayne Hodges Trailer Sales and sponsored by Metallic Cat. In the Unlimited Amateur division, the Futurity Champion will receive a round pen courtesy of Choice Barns. The Futurity will also celebrate one of the sport’s most accomplished stallions, High Brow Cat. High Brow Cat is the leading sire of cutting horses, with his progeny having earned more than $56 million—putting him on top of the list of all-time leading American Quarter Horse performance sires. He also gained nationwide attention when he was sold as part of a reported $10 million package to owner Colt Ventures of Dallas, TX. Added to the splendor of the Futurity is the $200,000-added Mercuria Energy NCHA World Finals, which brings the point year in weekend cutting competition to a close. The World Finals is a high-energy event that is a favorite for cutting horse fans and showcases the sport’s veteran equine athletes. It kicks off November 29 with final rounds taking place December 7.

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Mustang Million Awards $200,000 and a Ram Truck to Legends Champion

Scenes from the Cowboy Sports Association Connecticut State Championship.

Cowboy Sports Association – Mounted Shooting Holds Annual Show and State Championship By Allison Forsyth, Photos by Jeanne Lewis Images

On Saturday, September 14, the Connecticut Renegades held their annual show at the Four Town Fair in Somers, CT. Once again it was a huge hit! On Sunday, September 15, the first Cowboy Sports Association Connecticut State Championship was held at the Round Tuit Ranch in Enfield, CT. Fifteen riders participated in the event. The following were top winners: Allison Forsyth and her handy little horse KC won overall. Roger Dinsmore on Booger took reserve champion, followed by Joan Davis on Cherokee, Sherri van Tassel on Trigger, and Pat Aresco on Boon. Class winners were Abby Jenner on Pippi for the Apprentice class, Chrissy Turrini on Magic for the Novice class, Sherri van Tassel and Trigger for the Amateur class, and Allison Forsyth and KC for the Limited class. Joan Davis and Cherokee also conquered two shotgun courses, running clean on both runs! Congratulations to all— especially to first time buckle winner, Chrissy! The organization thanks the ground crew and riders for helping to make it such a successful weekend.

A week of exciting competition in Fort Worth, TX, came to a fantastic end with the crowning of the Mustang Million Legends Division Champion. Tom Hagwood of Torrington, WY, and his mustang gelding, Merv, were given a check for $200,000 and a 2014 Ram truck for their efforts. More than 190 trainers and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mustangs they had gentled and trained since April, entered the Legends division of Mustang Million with hopes of winning their share of the $624,000 designated purse and a number of prizes, including a custom Martin saddle. Trainers completed three preliminary classes including: Horsemanship, Trail, and a Pattern class. The trainers with top 20 combined preliminary scores were invited back for the Freestyle finals. Scores for the finals were awarded for a combination of compulsory maneuvers, horsemanship, and artistic interpretation. Hagwood led the pack after the three preliminary classes, but a clean slate was given to each competitor entering the finals. Those competing in Mustang Million chose their mustang partners from adoption auctions held in Oregon, California, Texas, and Tennessee. After adopting one of the available mustangs, trainers automatically became eligible for Mustang Million, an event offering $1,000,000 in cash and prizes and a division for every level of horseman or woman. Hagwood selected the five-year-old sorrel gelding from the Oregon adoption. He was his first choice. “Merv was in a large pen of geldings. He wasn’t meek, but wasn’t tough or the leader of the group. He seemed to have the right amount of courage. It was love at first sight.” Hagwood’s winning freestyle performance focused mainly on horsemanship maneuvers. “Being from Wyoming, I couldn’t bring a lot of props to Texas,” he said. “When people asked me what I was doing for the finals, I told them I just wanted to show a broke horse.”

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The Heat Was On At the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association/Classic Equine Eastern United States Championship By Andrea Lamoreaux

At the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA)/ Classic Equine Eastern United States Championship in Murfreesboro, TN, on September 4-7, 2013, over 230 CMSA mounted shooters engaged in five stages of competition. In the end, it was Chad Little of St. Michael, MN, with an overall time of 77.216, taking the Overall Championship, and Cody Clark of Columbia, TN, capturing the Reserve

Overall spot with a 79.084. In the Women’s division, Dianne Lipham of Lynchburg, TN, was the Overall winner and Amanda Porter of Morrison, TN, was reserve. In the Cimarron Eliminator Men’s round, Chad Little, who currently holds 27 world records, set a new world record time of 15.246 on course number 12.  The new Senior Incentive finals, sponsored Equine Mega-Omega, had 37 competitors and was won by Tracy

Gooch of Red Oak, OK, and Mark Rizzo of Oxford, CT, in the Limited division. Joyce Nelson of Okeana, OH, and Chuck Chunn of Ft. Smith, AR, won the Open division. Sharon Hagedon of Granby, MO, and Mark Tice of South Lyon, MI, captured the Senior Overall Bonus Bucks sponsored by Platinum Performance.  Total payout for the Eastern U.S. Championship was over $84,000 in cash and additional awards from the corporate sponsors, including pistols from Cimarron, Ruger and Colt’s Manufacturing firearms, and a lever action rifle from Taylor’s & Co. Montana Silversmiths buckles that were awarded for each class winner, and Tony Lama

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[ABOVE] After leading a week of preliminary competition, Tom Hagwood was able to hold onto the top spot in Mustang Million. [BELOW] Bobby Kerr qualified two horses for the finals, finishing second and third with his mustang geldings.

photo: (bottom) Courtesy of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association

Hagwood finished first with a total score of 357 points. Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion, Bobby Kerr of Hico, TX, who qualified two horses for the finals, finished second and third with his mustang geldings, winning a total of $160,000. Road to the Horse Champion, Dan James, placed fourth with Smart Little Mustang and was awarded $50,000. James was also voted Fan Favorite by the attending crowd and received a bonus of $5,000. Mary Kitzmiller from Kemp, TX, was given $50,000 for a fifth place finish with Gandalf the Bay, a four-year-old gelding adopted by Kelly Jackson. Complete results can be found at In the future, Hagwood wants to continue to campaign his mustang gelding with plans to qualify the horse for the National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championship Show. He says Merv’s single greatest attribute is his mind. “He is the greatest horse I’ve ever trained. He has a home with this family.” The purpose of the competition is to showcase the beauty, versatility, and trainability of these rugged horses that roam freely on public lands throughout the west, where they are protected by the BLM under federal law. The BLM periodically removes excess animals from the range to ensure herd health and protect rangeland resources. Thousands of the removed animals are then made available each year to the public for adoption. More than 5,500 wild horses have been adopted through Mustang Heritage Foundation events and programs since 2007.

Connecticut Barrel Horse Association First Annual Benefit Show for the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation


Bethany, CT September 8, 2013

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[1] The winner of Division 3, Brittany Fantarella on Skeeter. [2] Emily Swift and Zee were the winners of Division 4. [3] Rita LaMadeleine and Seeker won Division 2. [4] The Division 1 winner, Jenna Schwab on Black Jack.

ÂŤ Over 230 talented competitors took part in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association/Classic Equine Eastern United States Championship.

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[ABOVE] The Poker Run Best Hand of the Day was won by Jane Rutledge. [LEFT] Jonathan Graveson, Carolyn Weeks, and Annamaria Paul at the Poker Run.

Bay State Trail Riders Association Member Enjoys Her First Poker Run Pleasure Ride Submitted by Lisa Grigaitis

Photos: Becky Kalagher

I can’t believe I am sitting in my camping trailer on vacation in Gettysburg, PA, writing the article for the November issue of the Equine Journal. I wish I had Roy here with me so I could ride him on the battlefield tomorrow, but he is on his own vacation at Becky’s house right now. I am really excited to ride Roy’s temporary replacement on the battlefield tomorrow, something I have wanted to do since I saw the episode of Best of America by Horseback a few years ago. During my stay, the Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association held a ride at the campground where we were staying and they had over 150 horses riding on the battlefield. On August 18 we held our Poker Run Pleasure Ride at Inman Hill Wildlife Conservation Area in Mendon, MA. Having never participated in a Poker Run before, I had no idea how it really worked. Let me start by saying I have no idea how to play Poker and fortunately all I needed was luck in this game. We started out at the registration table by receiving

a playing card that was in a sealed envelope. We needed to find three more cards, which were also in sealed envelopes out on the trail. When we checked in upon return we were given one more card, which made up our hand. If you were lucky enough to make a poker hand with your cards it was placed by the highest to lowest hand. The trails were marked superbly and we had a delicious lunch of pizza and homemade goodies. Special thanks to Bellingham Animal Hospital for sponsoring this ride.  Bay State Trail Riders Association (BSTRA) is offering some great prizes for our 40th Anniversary Raffle. The drawing will be held at the BSTRA Banquet in February, 2014. If you would like to purchase tickets, please contact Lynn Paresky, 40th Anniversary Raffle, 76 NW Main St, Douglas MA 01516 and make your check payable to BSTRA Inc. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The following prizes are up for grabs: 1. Equi Royal Regency Event Winner 17" Saddle Package; $569.99 value;

Results: Poker Run Senior Division 1) Jane Rutledge; 2) Phil Rutledge; 3) Becky Kalagher. Adult Division 1) Lisa Grigaitis; 2) Kathy Wicks; 3) Carolyn Weeks. Junior Division 1) Jonathan Graveson.

donated by JT International Distributors. 2. Bringing Home the Tree original oil painting by Betsey MacDonald; $500 value; donated by Betsey MacDonald. 3. Bayside Resort Hotel S. Yarmouth Mini Vacation for two nights (valid 10/11/13 to 5/1/14); $200 value; donated by Bayside Resort Hotel. 4. $350 gift certificate for Hay or Shavings; donated by D&J Farm Supply Inc. 5. Tekna 18" S Line Dressage Saddle with changeable tree (Medium Wide installed); $625 value; donated by Tekna Saddlery USA. 6. $200 gift certificate to Smith Brothers; donated by Smith Brothers. 7. 15" Black Leather Custom Pete Hennessy Parade Saddle with matching bridle and breast plate, lots of silver and fully tooled; suggested retail $3,000. If you are attending Equine Affaire 2013, please stop by and visit the BSTRA booth #823. We will have many items for sale including our new line of T-shirts and sweatshirts and we love catching up with our members and new members to be. November 2013

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[LEFT] The Flamingo Palace. [RIGHT] Shannon Loomis and Quinn after his walkabout.

Ohio Arabian & All-Breed Trail Society Gets Fun with Flamingos Article and Photos by Mickie Newman

Once again, the flamingos descended upon Caesar Creek State Park in Waynesville, OH, for the Abi-Khan+ Challenge and Flamingo Fling. And the camp was definitely pink! Even the animals got into it. The Loomis clan’s Greyhound Dobby sported a flamingo collar (and had fun in Candy Carlson’s pink kiddie pool), and Tess and Doug Searcy’s cat Roadie was very tolerant about playing dress-up. Flamingo Bingo was even more cutthroat than last year and Mollie and Maureen had lots of cool flamingo prizes. Their contests for this year were also quite competitive. Best

Overdone was Candy Carlson for her Flamingo Palace (she says she’s opting out of judging for next year so you have time to make plans!). Best Dressed Horse was Monica Gaynor’s Pusher’s Lucky Cash, and he looked very stylish—the pink really showed up on his black coat. Best Dressed Rider was Tess Searcy, who dressed in high fashion for dinner—including a temporary flamingo tattoo on her back—and rode not only in flamingo tights but a pink tutu both days. It was a smaller crowd than usual, but we had fun. There was a bit of excitement when Quinn, the horse Morgan

Loomis was riding, decided to leave without her early Sunday morning. Quinn was there at 6:00 a.m. when Morgan fed him, and suddenly at about 6:30 a.m. he was gone. He apparently decided he liked one of the trails and wanted to go play there again. Luckily he was dragging his lead rope, so Shannon said it was kind of like tracking a snake. And thankfully it was the 3.5-mile loop, not the 20-mile one! Everyone in their group was nicely warmed up when it was time to hit the trail. With that, we are out of space for this month—don’t forget to turn your recreational hours in to me by December 1, and make sure Jo has your distance paperwork. Happy riding! Abi-Khan+ Results: 50-Mile Heavyweight: 1) Mollie Krumlaw-Smith (also Best Arabian); 2) Janet Kirkpatrick. Lightweight: 1) Becky McCarty (also Best Part-Arabian); 2) Tess Searcy. Middleweight: 1) Patty DeMott; 2) Danusia Casteel (also Best of the Rest); 3) Denise TudorHayes; 4) Rachel Collins; 5) Shannon Loomis. Junior: 1) Morgan Loomis. Grand Champion: Becky McCarty; Reserve Champion: Tess Searcy. 25-Mile Heavyweight: 1) Lorelei Heineman; 2) Carol Beckner; 3) Kristin Puett. Heavyweight: 1) Jim Prueter; 2) Monica Gaynor. Junior: Kay Rothermund. Grand Champion: Jim Prueter; Reserve Champion: Monica Gaynor. Novice 1) Kayla Steiner (also Best Arabian); 2) Jill O’Banion (also Best of the Rest); 3) Kristin Puett; 4) Pam Dowling; 5) Kendra Schide.

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Recreational Distance Saturday: Celeste Phares; Carolyn Sullivan; Diann Marksbury; Cassie Ackley; Shulah Greatwater. Sunday: Candy Carlson. 25-Miles Only (Sunday): Lorelei Heineman; Kay Rothermund.

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West Greenwich Horseman’s Association Hosts Over 50 Riders at Hunter Pace Submitted by Tammy Lamphere

Rhode Island Society for the Prevention Could you have asked for of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) Breakfast better riding weather? I think not! West Ride held at Goddard Park. We had 38 Greenwich Horseman’s Association riders saddle up and head out for a great (WGHA) is having a great ride season and trail ride. We couldn’t have had more there are still a few more rides planned. perfect weather. A special thanks to the Check us out at orgsite/wgha/ and volunteers: Marcia Stewart, Julie Nadro, make plans to get a few good rides in Jim Mcgee, Nathan Stewart, Erin Stewart, before the snow. Remember, we will plan Auntie Marilyn, Denise Anthony, and a few soup rides as long as driving is safe. finally the Levasseur family for cooking Soup rides will be announced by email up our great breakfast sandwiches. It and/or Yahoo and they will usually be was nice to see some familiar faces and announced the week before. some new ones too! Thanks to our riders, Our last hunter pace of the season we were able to raise over $1,000 for was held on August 25, 2013. Fifty-three the RISPCA. riders attended the event. Our president, Lu Grafe, and her husband, Mike, did continued on page 142 an excellent job of cleaning the trails and Lu marked a twisty, turny trail through the midway. Everyone loves that part of the ride! Year-end results have been tallied and all awards were handed out at the Fall Fest, which was held on September 21, 2013. September 15 was The proud winners at the WGHA Hunter Pace. the Second Annual

GMHA Distance Days Features 77th Annual 100-Mile Competitive Trail Ride By Anne Tracy

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Riding the Vermont 100-Mile has been Ray Johnson’s dream for many years, the first to-do on his bucket list. Being awarded the grand championship and numerous other titles at the 77th Vermont-100 at Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) in South Woodstock over Labor Day weekend, on his 15-year-old Arabian gelding WBA Chanceful, was a pure bonus. Chanceful covers a lot of ground and prefers to trot and canter over walking.

“He doesn’t like to walk!” said Johnson. “We ride alone, no one else wants to ride with us,” he explained, matter-of-factly. “He gave me a really good ride, even though the weather wasn’t great—hot and humid and really difficult. He handles heat well; me, not so much! We were in the 60-Mile endurance ride last year—he knew it was a race and was out of control the whole ride. For this ride, he mostly kept his manners, though he still wore me out. I like a horse with spirit!” On the other hand there is Charlotte

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“I must not forget to thank the difficult horses, who made my life miserable, but who were better teachers than the wellbehaved school horses who raised no problems.” - Alois Podhajsky, Director of the Spanish Riding School, 1939

WGHA Hunter Pace Results: Hunter Division: 1) Linda Krul, Celeste Santos-Rivera; 2) Mary Palumbo, Deb Persson; 3) Cathie Mestemaker-Harris, Phyliss Alexander; 4) Jeff Gardener, Katherine Gardener, Kara Lonngren; 5) Becky Griffin; 6) Ray Austin. Hilltopper Division: 1) Kathy Moore; 2) Lory Walsh, Tammy Lamphere; 3) Angela Young, Samantha McGuire; 4) Karen Unsworth; 5) Denise Anthony, Marcia Stewart; 6) Michele Fesenmeyer.   Trail Blazer Division: 1) Pamela Desimone; 2) Jaclyn Snow; 3) Jane Samuels, Elizabeth Lynde; 4) Meridith Johnson; 5) Melissa Winsor; 6) Joye Dolan.   Junior Division: 1) Ashley Milks; 2) Mackenzie Coffey, Alexandra Coffey; 3) Laina Fesenmeyer; 4) Amanda Osowski.

Tate with Weathervane Triumph, who has a long, low, and ground-eating stride, covering the miles without fanfare. A 13-year-old Morgan/Standardbred gelding, he has done the Vermont-l00 before, along with stablemate, Gabby, ridden by Chris Zeoli. The two are good, solid trail horses—Triumph was judged Best Unregistered Trail Horse; Gabby was Heavyweight division winner and best Thoroughbred-type. Second in the Heavyweight was l00-mile regular Jenny Kimberly on Wilson and Robin Groves’ Derwanda Ricardo, a Morgan gelding, who won all the Morgan awards as well as Horsemanship for Jenny. Marlene Bottesi on her Omar’s Montana and

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Scenes from the New Hampshire Ride for the Cure.

New Hampshire Ride for the Cure The second annual Susan G. Komen New Hampshire Ride for the Cure was held on September 14, 2013 at the Hillsborough County 4-H Foundation in New Boston, NH. The trail is about 10 miles and takes the riders through the town of New Boston and around Dodge’s Farm. Co-chair Jessica Hempfling said, “We raised over $10,000 with 23 riders

and are very pleased. We hope next year will be even bigger.” The weather was beautiful and so were all of the pink horses and their riders. Hempfling and her co-chair, Jennifer Winslow, were very pleased with the turnout and are hoping to continue to grow this event over the coming years. The highest fundraiser was Shanon Noga

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and a 10-miler over the weekend. Ellen Tully kept the large number of entries organized and out of the path of the longer rides. For many, it was a first experience in competitive trail riding, and it was provided as a learning tool for everything from hands-on judging to pace and timing on the trail. Judging is a challenge on shorter rides because of lack of distance—there are often not enough chances to see changes and fewer opportunities to evaluate riders and horses; Dr. Joan Hiltz was game and left several ties to ensure fair scores.

continued from page 141 Wanda Stazick on Amorata Alibi were the other two-thirds of the trio. Sally White, last year’s reserve champion with her Half-Arabian palomino, Whitey, and Deb Fisk on her Arabian DB Prophet were Middleweight and Lightweight division winners. Prophet was also GMHA Horse of the Year, a repeat from last year’s 100. The 100-Mile had the fewest entries anyone could remember, while the 60-Mile, which takes place the last two days of the 100, had only four entries. Cathy Demmick, on her Appaloosa/Arabian gelding, Texas Sonset, was grand champion of the 60-Mile, with Lynn Hartman on Syrocco Melody in reserve. The 40-Mile was won by Robin McGrath on Aikanes Sunflower, seconded by Brittany Perna on Randallane Porsche, doing their mileage on the middle day of the 100. The judges were Eva Norris and Dr. Ann Chaffee. The general manager was Lee Alexander.    With an eye to upping the number of entries in future 100s and 60s and 40s, GMHA offered two 15-mile rides 142 equine


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with $1,095 and the “pinkest” horse prize went to Jennifer Scanlon. Scanlon and a group of friends and family rode in honor of her mom, Kathy, who attended the event but did not ride. The group wore pink T-shirts that said “kick cancer” and “we ride for Kathy” on the back. Volunteers showed their support and many local companies offered donations for prizes. Photographer Samantha J. Walton offered her time and took beau-

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100-Mile Grand Champions Ray Johnson and WBA Chanceful.

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Kirsten Jones, a 10-year-old WGHA member, decided to start her own company, Flying Hooves, to take the nasty chemicals out of products for people and their furry friends. Kirsten started to make a helmet deodorizer with all natural therapeutic essential oils. Not only does the helmet deodor-

izer kill odors but it kills germs too! It is sold in an earth friendly spray bottle (costs $10). Kirsten also has a full line of products for dogs, horses, and their owners. All items will be up on her Facebook page, Flying Hooves, and on her Etsy site soon. Orders for helmet deodorizer can be placed by calling her mom, Tammy 401-226-1135 or by emailing tammymello2003@yahoo. com.

Photos: (top) anne tracy; (bottom left) Jessica Hempfling; (Bottom Right) Photography by Samantha Walton

Equestrians Display Shades of Pink in Support of Breast Cancer Research

NH Ride for the Cure

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Photos: (top) anne tracy; (bottom left) Jessica Hempfling; (Bottom Right) Photography by Samantha Walton

tiful photos. The support is overwhelming and humbling at the same time, according to Hempfling. Riders traveled from all over and everyone had a great time. Stephanie Dreyer, who traveled from Martha’s Vineyard to participate, said, “We had a lovely ride, which featured the spectacular Dodge Farm. [It was] such a highlight to ride through a pumpkin patch as perfect as any seen in a picture book. Sharing the day on our horses with those who are in remission or supporting friends and loved ones with cancer was amazing and a humbling reminder to embrace all moments, no matter how small.” It was a rewarding and fun day, from the pink ribbons in horses’ tails to horses that were dyed various shades of pink. There was a sea of pink in support of such an impor-

tant cause. Tammy Bennett was among the many survivors who have participated both years and always comes with a big smile that makes the ride that much better for everyone. Hempfling stated, “Seeing the survivors on their horses and hearing them thank us is why I do this.” The enthusiasm for next year’s ride has already begun and so has the planning! Through events like the New Hampshire Ride and the Vermont and New Hampshire Races, among others, the Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has raised more than $8.1 million since 1993. Of that, more than $6.7 million—75% of the monies raised— underwrote breast cancer education, screening, and treatment in Vermont and New Hampshire; the remaining 25% was dedicated to breast cancer research. Visit for more information.

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Morgan news « Suzy Stafford and PVF Peace Of Mind winning the Carriage Driving Championship at the New York Morgan Region 2 Championships.



Gold medalist Suzy Stafford continued her winning ways this summer with her Morgan mare PVF Peace Of Mind, bred by Parlor View Farm in Elmira, NY. Competing at the New York Morgan Region 2 Championships in the Open Hunter Pleasure division, Carriage Driving division, and the First Level ridden dressage class. First off for the weekend, Stafford and “Hunny,” as she is known to close friends, came out winning a second place in Open Hunter Mares, followed by the winning ride in the dressage arena at First Level Test 1. The pair’s last ride of the weekend found them standing in the top five in the Open Hunter Championship. The remaining classes of the last day showed the strength in both of these amazing athletes. The Carriage division was one of the larger ones. Stafford and Hunny stayed focused and proved their fitness

and training program was a successful one. Their elegance in the Turnout class, relaxation, and consistency in the Working class, and Hunny’s athleticism in the Cones secured the Overall Carriage Driving Championship title. “I was thrilled to see so many entries in this division! This is mainly what I train for at home, [Combined Driving and Carriage]. This division is growing and gaining popularity. This is the way to end a five-day show. This horse is amazing, she is so trainable and athletic. Her work ethic is amazing and I swear I see her smiling for the crowd. She loves to show off,” Stafford said, laughing.

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FUN FOR ALL Ledyard Farms’ Open Barn on September 10 was a huge success. A full bus from the New York Morgan Show in Syracuse shuttled guests to Ledyard Farms in King Ferry, NY. More than 175 Morgan lovers and community members lined the farm’s outdoor arena to watch the world’s first all-Morgan joust.

The performance by Paragon Jousting was part demonstration on how jousting horses are trained and part competition as Scott Rodlin and Becca Cooper lanced rings, ran an obstacle course, jousted, and sword fought from their Morgans. Becca began the show on four-year-old CBMF Headliner and finished by jousting on three-year-old Ledyard’s Nicolas. Scott rode 18-year-old Menomin Mister Yankee as an example of a “finished war horse.” The partygoers then headed inside for a viewing of the young Morgans at Ledyard. Fourteen Morgans were presented in-hand, ranging in age from four months to two years old. Guests were very excited to see the outstanding offspring that Ledyard’s broodmares have produced over the last few years. The evening continued with a buffet dinner, tours of the farm, and lots of great conversation.

SOLD! Melissa Morrell of Moreland Farm in West Brookfield, MA, has been busy with sales.

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Scott Rodlin (left) and Becca Cooper (right) of Paragon Jousting demonstrated the sport during Ledyard Farms’ Open Barn. » November 2013



At the Granite State Morgan Horse Show On August 27, at the Granite State Morgan Horse Show in Deerfield, NH, a tribute was made during the evening session to an influential member of the Morgan horse community—Meg Preston. A warm welcome filled the arena as her son, Randy, joined her. Meg’s journey in the Morgan breed began when her late husband, Dick Preston, asked for her hand in marriage. Meg agreed to this proposal on one stipulation—he would buy her a Morgan horse. Little did they know that this

simple purchase would impact not only their lives, but also the entire Morgan community for generations to come. In the early 1960s, Meg and Dick bought Rum Brook Farm in Epping, NH. It was here that Meg’s passion for breeding and her vision of promoting the Morgan horse became a reality. Her foundation mares were the government-bred UVM Vision and UVM Misty. Her stallions included Green Meads Galaxy, Serenity Marchtime, Windcrest Highlander, and her pride and joy, the home-bred, Immortal Command. Meg’s Rum Brook Farm revolutionized equine breeding as one of the first farms to ship fresh-cooled semen across the country. The results of this breeding program « Josh Noble led Immortal Command into the ring during a ceremony to honor longtime Morgan breeder and friend, Meg Preston.

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continued from page 145 Jennifer Keuhn and Nicole Panek of Morning View Stables in Gilbertsville, NY, sold JNP Simply Delorean (Simply Maserati x Hillwood Irish Tapestry). The 11-year-old bay stallion was purchased by Julie-Ann Costello of Quiet Acres Morgans in South Deerfield, MA. Then, Melissa represented Julie-Ann in the sale of her four-year-old gelding, Ledyard’s Scootin’ Man (Man In Motion x Boot Scootin’ Boogie). He was purchased by Jessa and Tina Dandurand of Canterbury, NH. Joanne Galving of Deer Run Farm was their agent.

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featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning show on September 15. The feature highlighted Growald’s new memoir, Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself. Eileen and her father, David, frequently drive their Morgan horses in Acadia National Park in Maine. See more at

Improved Saddle & Bridle magazine released the newly revised edition of Riding For Success: Both In And Out Of The Show Ring. Hailed as one of the most influential books on the subject of saddle seat riding, Gayle Lampe’s acclaimed hardcover book has been revised and is now available in large paperback form. With the addition of several new chapters, the book’s 400-plus pages are more relevant than ever.

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 For more than four decades, Gayle has established herself as a renowned author, judge, coach, world champion rider, and professor, as she helped found the nation’s very first four-year academic degree program in equestrian science at William Woods University in Fulton, MO, and served as the saddle seat program director there for 41 years. For more information, visit

AMHA Partners With PATH INTL. In the spirit of promoting the discipline of therapeutic horsemanship and the Morgan breed, the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) has partnered with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

continued on page 147 (PATH Intl.) as its newest discipline colleague. This partnership is mutually beneficial to each organization, as PATH Intl. will be recognized as a partner in support of the AMHA Therapy Horse of the Year Award, which is given each February as part of the Annual AMHA Convention. “As witnessed through the AMHA Therapy Horse of the Year Award, Morgans make excellent companions and partners for therapeutic horsemanship programs,” says AMHA Executive Director, Julie Broadway. “We hope our new partnership will serve to educate PATH Intl. members and member centers about the virtues of the Morgan. Conversely, we hope Morgan enthusiasts learn more about the benefits of therapeutic horsemanship.”

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Meg Preston & Immortal Command Honored

are more than 120 registered Morgans with the Rum Brook prefix. Some of the most well known include: Rum Brook Stardust, Rum Brook Athena, Rum Brook Starina, Rum Brook Immortal Bliss, Rum Brook Interlude, and Rum Brook Immortal Mystic. In the early days, to help promote her Morgans in the show ring, Meg had her horses with Dr. Bob Orcutt and Pat Tataronis of Burkland Farm, as well as with Jim and Anne Anderson of Hobby Knoll Stables. Meg was also known to give young trainers an opportunity with the quality stock of Rum Brook Farm, including Betty Daniels, Linda Piper, Rick Lane, the late Rick Stevens, Mike Carpenter, and Jim Fisher. Meg promoted her Rum Brook offspring in the show ring and the versatility of the Morgan horse at her renowned Rum Brook Farm open barns. She would welcome the public and showcase her Morgans in every discipline, from carriage driving to park saddle, and everything in between. The experience of these open barns had an astounding impact on many. Another special guest at the show to help honor Meg, was led into the ring by Josh Noble of Burkland Farm. Twenty– seven years ago, on March 4, 1986, Meg met what some would argue to be the “most beloved man of her life.” By the great Waseeka’s In Command and out of

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Offers Competitive Classes The Summer’s End Horse Show, put on by the Florida Morgan Horse Association, was held on September 5-8, 2013, in Ocala, FL. Janet Barber officiated over the competitive classes in the horse show that was an ode to the end of the summer. In the Classic Pleasure Driving, it was James and Margaret Morton’s Envisions Royal Touch that took home the championship, while Jerome and Shirley Modell’s Gradells Dresden Doll took home reserve. Castleridge Que Sera and Sarah Cahill were the big winners in the Classic Pleasure Saddle division, taking home the blue ribbon in the qualifier and the ladies classes. Caitlin Ferkile and MEM Show And Tell won the Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure blue ribbon and championship, while Rick Davis’ Futurity Gazelle won the ladies class. In the Hunter Pleasure division, Treble’s Take The Stage took home the Open Championship, while MLB The Ingenue came in reserve. In the Junior Exhibitor Hunter Pleasure Championship, it was Alexandra Popper and Still the Same that came away victorious. Barbara and Anton Nesse’s Be My American Hero was truly a hero, winning both the Junior Horse qualifier and the championship.

In the Park division, it was Ann Smith’s Cedar Creek Uproar who reigned supreme; taking home top honors in the Harness Championship, the Junior Exhibitor Harness class and the Park Saddle Junior Exhibitor class. The western pleasure classes were hotly contested, with a lot of quality horse and rider combinations. Hollybrook Touche won the competitive Open class, as well as the Western Pleasure Amateur Championship and the Western Pleasure Amateur Masters class. Caitlin Ferkile and HVK Marquise were victorious in the Junior Exhibitor class, while Brenda Matusik’s PL Precious Blessing won the class for the Junior Horses. In the hunt seat equitation classes, Alexandra Popper came through as the clear champion, handily winning the AMHA Hunter Seat Medal and the qualifying class. Caitlin Ferkile continued her winning ways from the rest of the weekend, taking home the blue ribbon in the Saddle Seat Equitation class. Kaylyn Minnis and Rachael Winograd showed great promise for the future, winning top prizes in the Walk-Trot Equitation classes. For complete result and details on next year’s show, visit

Meg’s foundation mare, UVM Vision, Immortal Command was born! Better known as “Butch,” the stallion had a brief show career that included Grand Champion Stallion at the 1993 New England Regional Morgan Horse Show. He proved to be a remarkable breeding stallion and has sired more than 275 Morgans. He is a threetime United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Morgan Sire of the Year and has consistently been ranked one of the top breeding stallions in the country. In addition, he received the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Silver Stirrup Award three times for siring performance horses, as well as being ranked in the top 10 of the American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) Father Factor an

astounding five times. Immortal Command continues to produce world champions. Some of his world-class offspring include: Festival Calypso, Intrepid Immortal Beloved, Maximum Command, Plum Haven Minuet, Prindles Mere Mortal, C & B Divinity, Rum Brook Immortal Bliss, Rum Brook Immortal Mystic, Andrea’s Radiance, and Sweet Georgia Brown. He is the grand-sire of Evolution, Intrepid Dynasty, Intrepid Behold, Meet George Jetson, Silver Heels Synergy, and Burkland Rafinesque. For Butch’s first 21 years, he was the king of Rum Brook Farm...For the last six years, he has been the king of Burkland Farm, where he is still standing at stud. At 27 years old, Immortal Command is a true tribute to one woman’s vision and dedication to the Morgan breed.

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Arabian news CASTING A SPELL Adandy Farm sends their congratulations to Wendy and Arielle Fisher on the recent purchase of Stratocaster AF (Gitar MF x Strawberry Lace). What a gorgeous pair!

TRUE COW SENSE In the midst of a successful upper-level dressage career, purebred Arabian Zee De Man (Zee Impressive x Zee Bunny), owned by Laura Hinson, has switched gears and begun to work cattle. Recently, he placed sixth out of 27 Quarter Horses in the Reining with Cow class.

These were the largest classes of the show. They also won a trophy for being the oldest horse at the show!

INSPIRING THE YOUTH Trowbridge’s Ltd celebrates their success at Youth Nationals! They would like to congratulate Rory Ronan and Spirit of Sante Fe on their win in the competitive Purebred Hunter Pleasure Junior to Ride 14-17, and a third in the Purebred Hunter Pleasure Junior Owner to Ride 14-18; and Megan Tracy on her top ten in the Half-Arabian Country Pleasure in the 13 and Under division on their home-bred Deacon Blues at her very first Youth Nationals!

IN THE RIBBONS CONGRATULATIONS TO CHERYL LANE-CARON and Moonshine Malachi++++/. Malachi was recently awarded his Legion of Supreme Honor and Legion of Supreme Merit per the Arabian Horse Association.


WELL WISHES We send our best wishes for a quick recovery to Lora Collman of Rosewood Farm in Greenfield, NH. Lora fractured the head of her radius and will be laid up for a few weeks. We can’t wait to see her back in the saddle!

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OLDIE BUT GOODY! The 27-year-old Arabian gelding KJ Gerwazy (*Karadjordje+++ x Moonlight Hope) competed with 15-year-old Eva Larsen at the California Dressage Society’s Junior/Young Rider Championships. He is owned by Diane Plant and has only been ridden by Eva for a year. Together, they placed third in Dressage Seat Equitation 14-18, seventh in Training Level Test 3 15-17, and 10th in Training Level Test 2 15-17; scoring in the mid-to high 60s in their tests.

At the Marlborough Horse Trials, Half-Arabian PL Irish Thunder (PL Diamond Hill x PL Eladdins Lite) and owner/rider Rose Lehnig won the Training Horse division. Congratulations!

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON A father/son duo took in big wins at the East Coast Championships. Anglo-Arabian Hy Class Affair won championship honors in the Yearling Sport Horse In Hand (SHIH) Gelding class, while his sire, Hy Wynds, won Champion SHIH Stallion Hunter Type and Reserve Champion SHIH Stallion Amateur to Handle.

JOINING THE CLUB Kathy Knappitsch and 35-year-old Anglo-Arabian General Lee, owned by Erica Elias, are one of the newest members of the Dressage Foundation’s Century Club and also the oldest horse on record to have participated. This team is from Fairview, TX, where Kathy owns a dressage facility and General Lee is a


Anglo-Arabian Cathar De Gamel (Quatar De Plape x Miss Mark De Gamel) and Maxime Livio of France won the 2013 Le Grand Complet 3* at Haras du Pin. The 14th generation Anglo, with 41.24% Arabian blood, also won the 3* at Sandillon back in May.

Intermediaire I with a score of 65.658% with Kassie Barteau. This was the highest level at the show. BV also won ECC Reserve Champion Prix St. Georges with a 66.579%. The pair also won the Intermediaire I at the prestigious open show, Chattahoochee Hills Dressage in Atlanta, GA. Bonne Vivant ++++// and Barteau made their final haltsalute together at the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals. ASA Farm would like to publicly thank Kassie for the great job with Bonne Vivant++++// and congratulate them on their super wins. Kassie has accepted a position at Al-Marah Arabians as their head trainer in Florida. Mark Miller is relocating the farm after his mother, Bazy Tankersley, passed.

Huge congratulations to Racheal Tuscher and her Arabian stallion LL Darkh Image (BC Classic Image x Velvet Darkness), who were named champion in the First Level 14 and Under division at the California Dressage Society’s Junior/Young Rider Championships. Rachael also rode Darkh Image’s Half-Arabian daughter SG Kamilah (x Canadian Tango) to a third place in Training Level 14 and Under.



boarder and a semi-retired lesson horse.

CARBON COPY The amazing Anglo-Arabian Tamarillo has won Badminton and Burghley in the past and was William Fox-Pitt’s mount on the British team for many years. Now, thanks to advances in technology, Biddesden Stud has cloned Tamarillo with the help of Replica Farm. “Tomatillo” was born on June 20, 2013, and will hopefully follow in his “big brother’s” footsteps.

WEDDING BELLS Congratulations to Marnie Carpinella of Woodbury, CT, on her recent engagement to her longtime boyfriend Mike Angelino. We couldn’t be more excited for the happy couple!

Kellogg Arabian Horse Center held a weekend of festivities for friends, supporters, and alumni. This once-in-a-lifetime event was held on October 5-6, 2013 at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA. Events including a “Santa Maria Style” dinner, including a “Roast and Toast” for everyone to share their memories. Pictorial and video presentations featuring some of Cal Poly’s leading horses and riders were shown at the Arabian Horse Center. Tours of the Kellogg Mansion, the brand new W.K. Kellogg Arabian horse library, the original Kellogg stables, and the Arabian Horse Center were also available.

MAKING CHANGES ARABIAN AT COPPER MEADOW The lovely Arabian mare, In Single (Wiking x Justonetime), who competes as “Sienna,” and her owner Mike Morris competed at the Copper Meadows Horse Trails, finishing third in Open Novice Senior out of 24 entries. This was their first event together in over a year.





Cal Poly Pomona, the oldest Arabian horse breeding farm in the United States, celebrated their 75th Anniversary in October. In celebration of this anniversary, the W.K.

At the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, the show commission announced that next year, the Sport Horse In Hand classes will be split into Dressage Type and Hunter Type divisions.

Congratulations to FR Hercules++++// on earning his Legion of Masters! “Henry” has earned all of his points in sport horse disciplines: in-hand, under saddle, working hunter, and hunter hack.

Horse Youth Judging Contest, which took place at U.S. Nationals in October.

WHATEVER THE WEATHER The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) announced that WeatherBeeta is now the “Official Horse Blanket of AHA,” entering into a three-year sponsorship agreement. Showing their dedication to the Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA), WeatherBeeta provided $5,000 worth of goods to the Arabian

PONY POWER Jacqueline Hollandsworth competed on the purebred mare RSA Talk of the Street (TTT Omaran x Haap Nicole), owned and bred by Jacqueline Raysik, at the National Dressage Pony Cup Show. They won the Champion Arabian Award and Reserve Grand Champion Intro Level Adult Amateur. They also earned qualifying scores for regionals.

PASSING ON We send our condolences to Cathy Vincent of Adandy Farm on the loss of her mother. Edith Pamelia Vincent, 90, of Greenwood, DE, entered eternal rest on August 24, 2013. She could always be seen celebrating Cathy’s wins and will be missed by the entire Arabian community.


Hy Class Affair with handler Ray Yarborough and Hy Wynds with handler Donald Williby.

Congratulations to Half-Arabian mare Ability (MHR Nobility x Nikita), owned by Gregg and Nancy Shafer and ridden by

Kristin Hardin, who competed in the Gold Coast Horse Show Series at Los Angeles Equestrian Center. In both 1.10m jumper classes Ability entered, she came out with the blue ribbon!

SILVER STATUS Two Arabian-bred foals were recently awarded Silver Premium status at Rheinland Pfalz-Saar International (RPSI) inspections. Con Te La Piaffe (Piaff x Virag) is a Half-Arabian filly bred and owned by Shayna Dolinger of Showbiz Farm. EF Meeko (Goldmaker x Katchina Doll) is an Anglo-Arabian colt bred and owned by Pam Dors of Evergreen Farm. Congratulations, breeders!

CONDOLENCES The original foundation stallion for Eleanor’s Arabians, Crown Musc+ (*Muscat+ x Crown Juel), has passed on to greener pastures. The sire of 106 registered get, Crown Musc+ has produced 10 national winners and 25 Class A champions, reserves, and regional winners. In addition to

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Sabrina also had the duty of sole ribbon runner and must be commented for a job well done. A new class was instated this year—the “RIAHA Ride For A Cause Pleasure Classic.” The Entry Fees from this class were donated to the Arabian

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winning the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund Raffle at Sport Horse Nationals! Shayna won a breeding to the incredible stallion *Oration.

continued from page 149 Fire Musc+, his national winners include Musc-U Ask, Norsks Muscamigo+, Jewel Salona, Grand Casino+, River Of Dreams+, Miss Alley Cat, CMS It Will Be Me, CMS Kat Man, and CMS Little Sierra. Crown Musc+’s stall, where he has been holding court for 28 years, will remain empty, a fitting tribute to a show horse, a sire, an inspiration, and a friend.

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Congratulations to Caroline Ventura on the purchase of CA Arabella.

of Rucellaa. CA Arabella was bred by Crossen Arabians, LLC., owned by Tom and Susan Crossen in Coventry, CT.

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Imported Polish Arabian Stallion *Empres (Monogramm x Empressa) earned a whopping 86.46% in Training Level at an open dressage show in Canada in September! Not only did they win their class, but they were also champion and reserve at First Level. Did we mention he is 18 years old?

We Like the Odds! Shadow Trailer has generously donated a two horse, bumper pull, Pro Series trailer, with a $15,000 value, to be raffled off

for the benefit of the Arabian Horse Youth Association (AHYA). Only 300 tickets will be sold; get your ticket for $100 and have a one in 300 chance of winning a new trailer! To buy a raffle ticket, contact the Youth & Family Programs Director, Shawna Strickland, at 303-696-4505.

Meet the Arabian It was truly a great event at the Bridgewater Fair. The Trowbridge Ltd. Team enjoyed meeting all the fair-goers and their special horses loved all of the extra attention. We hear that “Gang Green” can’t wait to do it again next year and introduce the Arabian horse to even more wonderful people!

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The Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association’s (RIAHA) annual open horse show was held at Dwyer’s Red Rock Farm in Foster, RI, on September 8, 2013. Mother Nature blessed us with a beautiful day. Anne Cardoza and Rebecca Eddy, co-managers of the event, celebrated their first year at the helm of such a task, and must be complimented for the success and smooth operation of the whole day’s activities. Management wishes to thank all the volunteers who assisted in all phases of operation. We couldn’t have done it without you. Special recognition also goes to our judge, Sandy Wedge. A lot of work and time is put into organizing a show and without dedicated members and friends, none of this would be possible. Thanks to Lu, Nancy, Shirley, and Rachel (and recruited persons that I might have overlooked) for overseeing the secretary’s booth and distribution of awards. The raffle table was manned by Jen Lentini, and was assisted by her granddaughter, Sabrina Randall, a young lady with professionalism way beyond her years.

Horsemen’s Distress Fund. Most of the exhibitors participating helped to make this class a total success. RIAHA wishes to thank all the following sponsors and donors for their generosity: Dover Saddlery, Cowboy Magic, The Paddock, Inc., North Woods Animal Treats, Smith-Worthington, Tractor Supply Co., Equine Journal, The Perry Family, Lori and Rick Murray, Fernwood, The Eddy Family, Norm’s Auto Repair, Comire’s LedgeWood Farm, Sugar Maple Arabians, Foster Bear Arms, Scituate Portable Restrooms, AL JO Arabians, and Nancy Russell. A special thank you goes to our host facility, Dwyer Equine, LLC at Red Rock Farm.

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The Arabian Horse Celebration Committed to the Arabian Horse With the goal of developing an awareness of and appreciation for the Arabian as a show and family horse throughout the world, the Arabian Horse Celebration has high hopes for their annual show. The Second Arabian Horse Celebration was held September 18-22, 2013, in Louisville, KY, on the famous green shavings in Freedom Hall. Putting the “show” back into the event, the Celebration not only promotes the Arabian horse to the existing Arabian horse community, but also the general public by providing an entertaining venue for everyone to experience the fun and satisfaction of being

involved with the breed. Over $22,000 in prize money was awarded to the winners, plus half of all of the entry money was paid in the 71 jackpot classes. New this year was the $2,500 SF AfterShoc Scholarship for the saddle seat equitation riders aged 14-18. Abigail Patience Gay went home with the $1,500 top prize astride VSH Elektra. Raven Gropp and Baske Afireball took home the $1,000 second place prize. The team in charge of the Celebration is made up of owners, breeders, trainers, amateurs, professionals, and just plain lovers of the Arabian horse, with one

common goal—they want to put on an event that promotes the Arabian in a positive and fun light. In addition to a horse show, the Celebration featured an extensive program of seminars and demonstrations, which were interesting, educational, and promotional for the breed. The Stallion Row was another incredible piece of the show, showcasing some of the top stallions in the industry. According to Tim and Marty Shea, “The Stallion Row was the focal point of the Arabian Horse Celebration. Not only were the stallions thrilling to watch, but people actually met to talk and do business. We will be a part of it again.” The Celebration team welcomes volunteers, ideas, input, and support. The Celebration is an opportunity to show others just how satisfying involvement with Arabians is! More information and complete results can be found at

The following are the winners from the RIAHA annual open horse show: Arabian Halter: 1. John Nixon, Apostle V F; 2. Pamela Santerre, CLF Believe In Magic; 3. Meegan Horan, A F Debussy. Open Sport Horse In-Hand: 1. Maggie Walsh, JF Rodanas Pharo; 2. Pamela Santerre, CLF Believe in Magic; 3. Hannah Taylor, Riddick. Open Halter: 1. John Nixon, Apostle V F; 2. Samantha Fisher, LDA Ttafaafs Legacy. Open Western Equitation: 1. Samantha Fisher, LDA Ttafaafs Legacy. Arabian/HalfArabian Walk/Trot/Canter Equitation: 1. Olivia Perry, JJ Miss Liberty; 2. Anna Perry, AO Stormchaser; 3. Meegan Horan, AF Debussy. Open Walk/Trot/ Canter Equitation: 1. Oliviia Pery, JJ Miss Liberty. Arabian/Half-Arabian Walk/Trot/Canter Pleasure: 1. Anna Perry, AO Stormchaser; 2. Olivia Perry, JJ Miss Liberty; 3. Meegan Horan, AF Debussy. Open Walk/Trot/Canter Pleasure: 1. Olivia Perry, JJ Miss Liberty. Open Sport Horse Under Saddle A.M.: 1. Maggie Walsh, JF Rodanas Pharo; 2. Hannah Talor, Riddick. Open Green Horse Walk/Trot Pleasure: 1. Kim Lussier, All Zip and Spice; 2. Anah DeAngelis, At The Finals; 3. Cynthia Downs, Adahnis. Open Western Discipline Rail: 1. Samantha Fisher, LDA Ttafaafs Legacy. Arabian/Half-Arabian Walk/Trot/ Canter Pleasure Championship: 1. Anna Perry, AO Stormchaser; 2. Meegan Horan, AF Debussy; 3. Olivia Perry, JJ Miss Liberty. Open Walk/Trot/Canter Discipline Rail: 1. Olivia Perry, JJ Miss Liberty. Open Sport Horse Show Hack: 1. Hannah Taylor, Riddick; 2. Maggie Walsh, JF Rodanas Pharo. Green Horse Walk/Trot/Canter Pleasure: 1. Kim Lussier, All Zip and Spice; 2. Anah DeAngelis, At The Finals. Arabian/ Half-Arabian Walk/Trot/Canter Discipline Rail: 1. Meegan Horan, AF Debussy; 2. Anna Perry, AO Stormchaser; 3. Olivia Perry, JJ Miss Liberty. Open Western Pleasure: 1. Samantha Fisher, LD Ttafaafs Legacy. Green Horse Walk/Trot/Canter Discipline Rail: 1. Anah DeAngelis, At the Finals; 2. Kim Lussier, All Zip and Spice. Open Walk/Trot/Canter Pleasure Championship: 1. Kim Lussier, All Zip and Spice; 2. Olivia Perry, JJ Miss Liberty. Open Sport Horse Under Saddle PM.: 1. Maggie Walsh, JF Rodanas Pharp; 2. Hannah Taylor, Riddick. Open Walk/Trot Equitation: 1. Ana Lemire, WF Tspeculation. Arabian/ Half-Arabian Walk/Trot Equitation: 1. Ana Lemire, WF Tspeculation; 2. Pamela Santerre, CLF Believe In Magic. Open Walk/Trot Pleasure: 1. Ana Lemire, WF Tspeculation. Arabian/Half-Arabian Walk/Trot Pleasure: 1. Ana Lemire, WF Tspeculation; 2. Pamela

Charlene Perry and A O Stormchaser won the first annual RIAHA Ride for a Cause Pleasure Classic to benefit the Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund. Santerre, CLF Believe In Magic. Open Walk/Trot Discipline Rail: 1. Ana Lemire, WF Tspeculation. Arabian/Half-Arabian Walk/Trot Discipline Rail: 1. Ana Lemire, WF Tspeculation; 2. Pamela Santerre, CLF Believe In Magic. Leadline Equitation: 1. Arabella Fisher, LDA Ttafaafs Legacy; 2. Laren Reilly, JJ Miss Liberty; 3. Zoe Lemire, Chocolate; 4. Ashley Reilly, Sky. Leadline Pleasure: 1. Lauren Reilly, JJ Miss Liberty; 2. Zoe Lemire, Choclate; 3. Arabella Fisher, LDA Ttafaafs Legacy; 4. Ashley Reilly, Sky. Leadline Suitability: 1. Zoe Lemire, Chocolate; 2. Lauren Reilly, JJ Miss Liberty; 3. Arabella Fisher, LDA Ttafaafs Legacy; 4. Ashley Reilly, Sky. Costume Class: 1. Ana Lemire, WF Tspeculation; 2. Zoe Lemire, Chocolate; 3. Pamela Santerre, Believe In Magic. Low Hunter Under Saddle: 1. Anne Cardoze, Savoy Shaman V. Open Low Hunter Over Fences B: 2’: 1. Anne Cardoza, Savoy Shaman V.

DAY-END CHAMPIONSHIPS Arabian/Half-Arabian Walk/Trot: CH: Ava Lemire, WF Tspeculation; RE: Pamela Santerre, CLF Believe in Magic. Arabian/Half-Arabian Walk/Trot/Canter: CH: Anna Perry, A O Stormchaser; RE: Meegan Horan, AF Debussy. Open Walk/Trot: CH: Ava Lemire, WF Tspeculation. Open Walk/Trot/Canter: CH: Olivia Perry, JJ Miss Liberty; RE: Kim Lussier, All Zip and Spice. Open Western: CH: Samantha Fisher, LDA Ttafaafs Legacy. Open Sport Horse: CH: Maggie Walsh, JF Rodanas Pharo; RE: Hannah Taylor, Riddic. Open Green Horse: CH: Kim Lussier, All Zip and Spice; RE: Anah DeAngelis, At The Finals. Leadline: CH: Lauren Reilly, JJ Miss Liberty; RE: Zoe Lemire, Chocolate. Open Low Hunter 2': CH: Anne Cardoza, Savoy Shaman V. Day-End High Point Grand Champion: Ava Lemire, WF Tspeculation. RIAHA Ride for a Cause Pleasure Class: CH: Charlene Perry, AO Stormchaser.

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The Arabian/Half-Arabian Sport Horse National Championships


Lexington, VA September 18-22, 2013

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[1] Chris Bickford and Shezaffirecracker were victorious in both the Carriage Pleasure Driving Working Championship and the Carriage Pleasure Driving Gambler’s Choice. [2] Katie Wojcieszek’s SDF Entourarge++++// won two national championships and a reserve championship, in addition to four Top Ten awards. [3] Winston Dwyer and her own SWA Barberry Bey were champions of the Purebred Sport Horse Show Hack. [4] Hope Springs Eternal and Kristin Hardin were named the national champions in the Arabian Jumper Championship. [5] Laura Killian and MS Spanish Legacy won the Half-Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle Amateur to Ride. [6] Traci Moss’ Have Enough was named the Sport Horse In-Hand Supreme Champion.

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THE 2013 AQHA REGION TWO CHAMPIONSHIP held a “Ride for the Cure” Cancer Survivors Ride and exhibitor party, where those affected spoke to attendees, to raise funds for cancer research and honor people impacted by the disease.



Reliance Ranches LLC’s Feature Hero won the September 1 All American Derby. The race offered a $2,809,784 purse, which is the richest ever offered in the history of American Quarter Horse racing. Feature Hero was ridden by Jimmy Dean Brooks and trained by Eddie Willis. His race record stands at four wins, three seconds, and three thirds in 14 starts.

Francis A. Buchanan, 82, of Kensington, NH, died August 26, 2013 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Lynn, MA, on March 20, 1931, the second of seven children of John and Dora (Livermore) Buchanan. He married Lucille C. Mara in 1953 and moved to Kensington in 1955. An accomplished horseman, horses had always been a part of Frank’s life. When he and his wife moved to New Hampshire they rode their two horses the 35 miles up the median of Route 95. He purchased his first Quarter Horse in the ‘60s and became a life member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). In the late 1960s he and fellow AQHA members formed the New Hampshire Quarter Horse Association and later the New England Quarter Horse Association. In 1966 he became a lifetime member of the National Reining Horse Association (Membership #17) and a founding member of

the Northeast Reining Horse Association (NERHA), having been cited with a 25-year accomplishment award in 1994. He served both local organizations for many years as an officer and on the board of directors.

TAYLOR MADE Congratulations to Taylor Dyke! Taylor competed at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Championship Show in Team Penning and Ranch Sorting on her horses Mamas Berry Special, Sweet Lil Playgun, and Zacks J Flo, representing her home state of Maine in Oklahoma City. Taylor finished within the top ten in Ranch Sorting—well done!

A TRIBUTE TO THE KING High Brow Cat, the legendary stallion who stirred national headlines after being sold for

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The Vermont Quarter Horse Association held their Fall Trail Ride on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Pond Hill Ranch in Castleton, VT. Riders enjoyed a scenic ride through the mountains of beautiful Vermont and then had a fabulous catered lunch. Be sure to check out the event for next year!



The Empire State Quarter Horse Association Fall Show Welcomes Exhibitors From All Over the East Coast By Katie Navarra, courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Journal

The 2013 Empire State Quarter Horse Association Fall Show kicked off on Wednesday, September 18, at the New York State Fairgrounds Coliseum Show Complex in Syracuse, NY. “This show is bigger than last year,” said Charlotte Jaynes of WMF Show

Services, which provides management services for the show. The total entries surpassed 2,000 by the time the show concluded Sunday. “Having five judges is a big help in increasing entries,” she added. The ESQHA Fall Show attracted

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won’t want to miss this amazing educational event!

$10 million earlier this year, will be the subject of a special tribute during the 2013 NCHA World Championship Futurity in Fort Worth, TX, November 21 through December 14. The sire of earners of more than $55 million, High Brow Cat is the nation’s leading sire of American Quarter Horse performance horse earners and is nearing the top of the list of all American Quarter Horse sires. High Brow Cat, owned by Colt Ventures of Dallas, TX, will make a rare personal appearance at the Futurity during the Open semi-finals.

Youth Stars The Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association sends their congratulations to their 2013 Congress National Youth Activity Team (NYATT) participants! Showmanship: Katie O’Connell and Alyssa Fasolo; Horsemanship: Makayla Flowers and Lauren O’Connor; Pleasure: Matt Labrie and Alyssa Fasolo; Reining: Erica Peterson; Hunter Under Saddle: Chelsea Gorius and Grace O’Connor; Barrel Racing: Onna Downey and Makayla Flowers; and Alternates: Ryan Flowers and Olivia Cundari.

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MassQHA was disappointed to announce that their fall trail ride was canceled due to an environmental issue with a salamander habitat. They thank their organizers and everyone at Waters Farm for their hard work and dedication to this event.

Applicants wishing to obtain scholarship funding from the American Quarter Horse Foundation for the 2014-2015 academic year can download the scholarship guidelines for a complete list of criteria and requirements at The deadline for 2014 scholarship applications is December 1, 2013. The Foundation awarded 133 students with a total of $277,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Foundation scholarship program has given more than $5.7 million in financial assistance to more than 1,000 AQHYA members since its inception in 1976. Available scholarships range from

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Say Yes The American Quarter Horse Youth Association’s national officers and regional directors will host the annual Bank of America Youth Excellence Seminar (YES) July 7-10, 2014, in College Station, TX, in conjunction with the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup. You

Hadley Bergstresser is only 5 1/2 months old and she has already been to her fair share of horse shows. “She went to her first show when she was 10 days old,” Jill Bergstresser, her mom and trainer, said.

$500 to $25,000 and vary in length from one to four years.

Greener Pastures We report the recent passing of three-time AQHYA World Champion mare, Modern Rival (Maggie), at the Kupcakz won the Champion of Champions age of 29 with our title at the 2013 World Conformation Horse condolences. Association Breeder’s Halter Futurity. Owned by sisters, Erin and Alee Brown of Oklahoma City, In between, exhibitors OK, Modern Rival was by Modern showed off their horses and Mac and she amassed nearly won $185,000, according to 1,000 points in several events. Don Falcon, WCHA Breeder Erin and Maggie were back-toCommittee Chairman. “A lot of back AQHA World Champions people got checks, and thanks in Hunt Seat Equitation at the to our stallion owners and spon1990 and 1991 Youth World sors, we were able to do that,” Show, as well as being 1990 Don said. “It’s a big undertaking, reserve and 1991 world chambut it’s rewarding.” pions in Showmanship. Kupcakz (Grand Slam Touchdown x Gold Temptation), a 2009 sorrel mare, won the The Best of the Best Champion of Champions title, a The 2013 World Conformation class she qualified for by being Horse Association (WCHA) Grand Champion Mare. Breeder’s Halter Futurity ended “It feels great,” said Melinda with a bang. Minnis of Sanger, TX, who The show started September owns Kupcakz. “It’s even better 20 in Tunica, MS, with Weanling because we just came from the Colts, a class with 50 entries, and concluded September 21 with an (Breeders Halter Futurity in exhibitor party that was both the Iowa) and we did exceptionally well there, too.” Kupcakz finale for the WCHA Futurity and was bred by Danny Glenn of the kickoff for the Big Money Dalton, OH. Futurity the next day. November 2013

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continued from page 155 trainers, amateurs, and youth competitors from as far as Iowa, Florida, Ohio, Montreal, and Ontario, plus many mapdots in between. “The coliseum is a big draw because it gives riders a chance to give their horses experience in the coliseum before going to the All American Quarter Horse Congress,” Charlotte added. During the five-day show, exhibi-

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[ABOVE] Shayla Vanvleck leads Blazing Hot Socks, “Tucker,” to her first class of the weekend. [RIGHT] Exhibitors that are also members of the American Roan Horse Association competed for $3,500 in paybacks from the organization.

tors had the opportunity to enter in a variety of classes from trail and western riding to pleasure driving, western pleasure, halter, showmanship, working hunter, hunt seat equitation, and equitation over fences. Increased paybacks, points, and paybacks for National Snaffle Bit Association and Roan Horse Association classes offered additional incentives for riders to haul in for the show. A total of $20,245 in cash and awards was handed out. “So many exhibitors compliment the friendly atmosphere of this show,” Charlotte said. “We want it to be an enjoyable experience for them!” The Empire State Quarter Horse Association has approximately 250 members. The association also sponsors a youth club, the Empire State Quarter Horse Youth Association.

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Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club Shows Off its Pride at Virginia Classic Shows Article and Photos Submitted By C.M. Stockton

The 21st Annual Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club’s (ERAHC) Virginia Classic shows took place over an extended Labor Day weekend again this year at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. The one-day ERAHC Open Dressage Show had a packed house on Thursday, after which the three-day Andalusian/Lusitano Region 6 Championship Breed Show hosted an exceptional turnout of horses, handlers, riders, and owners. A full array of halter and under saddle classes displayed the wonderful beauty, temperament, versatility, and athleticism of the Iberian breeds. “American” classes were presided over by U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) judge Wayne Hipsley, while specialty classes for purebred Spanish horses (Pura Raza Española, or PRE) were judged by Mercedes Gonzalez Cort of Spain, and ones for purebred Portuguese horses (Puro Sangue Lusitano, or PSL) were judged by João Ralão Duarte of Portugal. The show again offered open classes for working equitation and introduced

A full array of under saddle and halter classes were displayed at the 21st Annual Eastern Andalusian Horse Club’s show.

classes from the Baroque Equestrian Games. Saturday evening featured the “fun classes” (costume, musical freestyle, etc.), kicked off by a flag ceremony honoring the host and native countries and a parade of native Spanish and Portuguese tack and attire. Throughout all, the stars of the show were the exquisite PRE/Andalusian and PSL/Lusitano horses, and the “halfAndalusian” horses that demonstrated

how these breeds cross with others to produce exceptional sport horses. The Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club continues to offer one of the premier venues in the U.S. for exhibiting Andalusian and Lusitano horses. And ERAHC is also proud to continue its tradition of offering one of the friendliest environments you can find anywhere to show and learn about the Spanish and Portuguese purebred and crossbred horses. Mark your calendar for Labor Day weekend next year and come join in!

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Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse Who is on your Fantasy Stud Team? Submitted by Barbara Clark

Just like the National Football League’s (NFL) Fantasy Football game, many of us imagine creating the perfect combination in our breeding program.

Have you been dreaming of your fantasy stallion? Is your dream stallion Fuego de Cárdenas or Norte Llovera? What stallions would you bring to your

fantasy stud team to breed to your favorite mares? Would you breed your mare to Cíclon IX, Invásor, Dominante XXIX, or Evento? The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse is holding its 2014 annual stallion service auction over the next few months and here is your chance to get the foal you dream of at a price you can’t resist, all while supporting the breed you love. Stallion owners, we need you to participate too! If you have an exceptional stallion of incredible quality please consider

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[ABOVE] Are you dreaming of a snowy white P.R.E. to breed to your mare? [BELOW] It doesn’t matter what discipline you ride. There is a P.R.E. stallion that is perfect for your mare.

donating him to the foundation stallion service auction by calling 505-294-0800 or by emailing info@prehorse. org. You will receive a charitable donation letter for your federal income tax. Every year the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse has the best breeders donating stallion services so that you can get the perfect match for your mare. If you are a mare owner and are dreaming of that perfect foal, now is your opportunity to get the foal of your dreams by bidding on a service from the stallion of your choice. This is an occasion for you to continue to enhance your efforts and improve your quest for the perfect horse. All proceeds from this auction will go toward the many programs the foundation has to preserve, protect, and promote the Pure Spanish Horse (P.R.E.). In this auction, some P.R.E stallions are also providing a service to mares of all breeds. If you have a non-P.R.E. mare but you love the P.R.E. breed and want to introduce its characteristics into your program, you can breed your mare to a P.R.E. stallion and then register the foal in the Spanish Heritage Horse Registry at the Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse. Opportunities for stallion services available to nonP.R.E. mares are limited, so don’t let this offer pass you by. You can get your dream foal by logging onto and start your bidding at 158 equine


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SHOW RESULTS Northeast Friesian Horse Club Classic Horse Show Friesian Mares In-Hand: 1) Shanna, Annemarie De Boer; 2) Curly Sue, Rebecca Eccard. Gypsy Horses In-Hand: 1) Jackson of Dungarvan, Amanda Valli; 2) Galways Fiona, Deborah Richards. Western Horses In-Hand: 1) Jackson of Dungarvan, Amanda Valli; 2) Dakota Braveheart, Lea Blanchet. Hunter Horse In-Hand (MHC): 1) Darach D, Sheila McCarthy; 2) Lyra D, Danielle Barrasso. Friesian Geldings In-Hand: 1) Thijs, Ethel Nye; 2) Macht of The Manor, Ethel Nye. Open Horse Colts & Fillies: 1) Jackson of Dungarvan, Amanda Valli; 2) Darach D, Sheila McCarthy. Morgan In-Hand: 1) HEF Excalibur’s Command, Ethel Nye. Friesian Amateur Handler In-Hand: 1) Shanna, Annemarie De Boer; 2) Zacharia, Julie Spaniel.

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Canadian Horse In-Hand: 1) Canadream Kamouraska, Lesley Wendt; 2) DuHameau Gina Phedre, Josee Grenier. Friesian Stallions In-Hand: 1) Steffan S, Danielle Barrasso. Friesian In-Hand Championship: 1) Thijs, Ethel Nye; 2) Shanna, Annemarie De Boer. Color Breed Model: 1) Jackson of Dungarvan, Amanda Valli; 2) Dakota Braveheart, Lea Blanchet. English Horse In-Hand: 1) Nebo Knight Ryder, Amy Riley; 2) Darach D, Jenna McCarthy. Open Junior Handler In-Hand: 1) Flowers Bo Doc Gal, Leann Cravenho; 2) Dakota Braveheart, Lea Blanchet. Open Horse Colts & Fillies 2 and Under Championship: 1) Jackson of Dungarvan, Amanda Valli; 2) Darach D, Sheila McCarthy. Canadian Horse In-Hand Championship: 1) Canadream Kamouraska, Lesley Wendt; 2) Quaire G Beauty Wild, H-, Mireille Gravel.

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It is getting chilly here in New England, but here are some results from the Northeast Friesian Horse Club Classic Horse Show to help us think back on warmer days! What a great showing from the Northeast Friesian community—congratulations to all participants, and it is never too early to think about participation next year! For more information, visit

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Nye; 2) Callaway’s Having A Party, Holly Tumiel. Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Open: 1) Comoshun’s Legally Blond, Olivia Bingham; 2) Marije fan it Hiem, Morgan O’Neil.

Open Halter Championship: 1) Nebo Knight Ryder, Amy Riley; 2) Jackson of Dungarvan, Amanda Valli.

Friesian English Show Hack: 1) IRA,Victoria Mayer; 2) Harry Fan’e Aldedyk, Rebecca Eccard.

Friesian Period Costume: 1) Renaissance, Sheila McCarthy; 2) Steffan S, Greer Lesnieski.

Friesian Carriage Driving Singles/Pairs: 1) Asberry H., Larry Davis.

Command Class: 1) Glenaught Colonel, Barbara Coughlin; 2) Nakia, Rachel Chastney.

Ladies Pleasure: 1) Hidde Van De Korts, Shelly Breen; 2) Bouke, Allyson Kennedy Spencer.

Junior Exhibitor Hack: 1) Renaissance Espionage, Taylor Welch; 2) Nakia, Rachel Chastney.

Life Begins at 40 Walk-Trot-Canter Am Pleasure: 1) Master F.H., Alexandra Suchocki; 2) Isabella Rhiannon, John Tumiel.

Friesian Liberty: 1) Lineke Fan Boer, Rebecca Eccard; 2) Steffan S, Danielle Barrasso. Open Trail In-Hand: 1) AAA Master In Disguise, Genevieve Angel. Trail Under Saddle, Walk-Trot Open (all seats): 1) Dakota Braveheart, Lea Blanchet; 2) Norchesnes Fellow, Brigitte Boisvert. Trail Under Saddle, Walk-Trot-Canter (all seats): 1) Framed, Genevieve Angel. Open Pleasure Scholarship Class: 1) Callaway’s Having A Party, Holly Tumiel; 2) Marije fan it Hiem, Morgan O’Neil. Walk-Trot Pleasure Open to all Ages: 1) Ranch-L Zorro Jammy, Victoria Tenaglia; 2) Flowers Bo Doc Gal, Leann Cravenho. Morgan Hunter Pleasure: 1) Framed, Genevieve Angel; 2) HEF Excalibur’s Command, Ethel Nye. Canadian Walk-Trot Pleasure: 1) Ranch-L Zorro Jammy, Victoria Tenaglia; 2) Norchesnes Fellow, Brigitte Boisvert. MHC Saddle Seat Classic: 1) Patchwork Stage Star, Lesley Wendt. Adult Equitation: 1) I’m Fancy, Huh?!, Amy Avitabile; 2) Master F.H., Alexandra Suchoki. Friesian Dressage Suitability: 1) Elbrich fan de Kremme Jette, Julie Kent; 2) Curly Sue, Rebecca Eccard. Open Walk-Trot Pleasure Adult (18 & Over): 1) Renaissance, Sheila McCarthy; 2) Ranch-L Zorro Jammy, Pam Tenaglia. Open Walk-Trot Equitation (10 & Under): 1) Flowers Bo Doc Gal, Leann Cravenho; 2) Aerie Meadow Rocket Man, Grace Brenner. Friesian Western Pleasure: 1) Floris Fan’t Reidfjild, Rick Jones; 2) Hellel fan de Marren, Julie Kent. Open Walk-Trot Equitation Adult: 1) Renaissance, Sheila McCarthy; 2) Ranch-L Zorro Jammy, Pam Tenaglia. Open Dressage Suitability: 1) Zacharia, Lillianna Joseph; 2) Quaire G Beauty Wild, H-, Mireille Gravel. Gentlemen’s Pleasure: 1) Isabella Rhiannon, John Tumiel; 2) Vilmar Vande Weeme, Nick Yaroma. Gypsy Open Walk-Trot Pleasure: 1) Galways Fiona, Deborah Richards; 2) Tarzan, Livia Brine. Friesian Hunt Seat Pleasure: 1) Hidde Van De Korts, Shelly Breen; 2) Curly Sue, Rebecca Eccard. Family Pleasure Class: 1) Ranch-L Zorro Jammy, Pam Tenaglia: 2) Flowers Bo Doc Gal, Leann Cravenho. Open Pleasure Driving Novice Horse: 1) Francisca W.W.F., Larry Davis; 2) Nebo Knight Ryder, Amy Riley. Open Freestyle 50/50: 1) Quillane Apollo, Elizabeth Francis. Friesian Junior Horse: 1) Victor Myles, Robin Desmond. Open Pleasure Driving: 1) Asberry H., Larry Davis; 2) Quillane Apollo, Amy Riley. Friesian Green Rider Walk-Trot Equitation: 1) Shanna, Annemarie De Boer. Limit Pleasure Horse Open: 1) Lineke Fan Boer, Rebecca Eccard; 2) Sunny Scout, Brenna Audette. NEHC Pleasure: 1) Macht of The Manor, Ethel


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Life Begins at 40 Walk-Trot-Canter Am Pleasure Championship: 1) Glenaught Colonel, Barbara Coughlin. Friesian Dressage Hack: 1) Zacharia, Lillianna Joseph. Open Hunter Pleasure: 1) Macht of The Manor, Ethel Nye; 2) Game On, Britnay Turner. Canadian Walk-Trot Pleasure Championship: 1) Ranch-L Zorro Jammy, Victoria Tenaglia. Ladies Pleasure Horse Championship: 1) Hidde Van De Korts, Shelly Breen; 2) Bouke, Allyson Kennedy Spencer. Limit Pleasure Horse Championship: 1) Lineke Fan Boer, Rebecca Eccard; 2) Patchwork Stage Star, Lesley Wendt. Open Costume: 1) Amber, Sarah St.Pierre; 2) Dakota Braveheart, Ashley Micks. Open Long Line Freestyle Class: 1) Steffan S, Danielle Barrasso.

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Earlier this year I received a phone call from a young man named Lee. His girlfriend, Erin loved horses and he wanted to take her on a trail ride and propose to her! The only problem was that she was very allergic to horses. Erin had ridden as a young girl but had become so allergic she was no longer able to be around horses. Lee knew that it would make her so happy if she ever got the chance to ride again, so he set out on a quest to find out if there was such a thing as hypoallergenic horses. In his research he found the American Bashkir Curly! Lee then set about trying to track down Curly ranches that might be able to accommodate his desire to propose marriage…on a trail ride. Sadly, he was met with much disappointment, as everywhere he called he was told that they were unable to help him. Finally, on one of his calls, the ranch owner suggested that he call High Desert Equine in Reno, NV. Thus, he called us! Of course, we specialize in trying to provide well-trained Curlies, so we were more than happy to accommodate his needs. Noticing that the phone number was long distance, I asked where he was phoning from…New

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Ohio Halfinger Assoc. Halflingers Canter for the Cure SUBMITTED BY KATINA WILSON

EVERY PERSON HAS HIS or her own story to tell, and every person has also been touched by cancer in some way, shape, or form. Each of us knows someone who has fought this dreaded disease during his or her lifetime. Millions of everyday people have been called to raise money [ABOVE] Charlotte and Queane in the line-up of an English Pleasure class. [RIGHT] Charlotte and Queane to help fund cancer-fighting waiting for a class. research. Another way to take part in the fight is to join a Queane was the only representative for Relay for Life group, or you can even the Haflinger breed at the show. She did ride your Haflinger! The following story manage to turn many heads with her was sent to me from Marge Greenisen: braided mane and pink, glittery hooves. The annual 4-H “Canter for a Cure” Since this was a fun show, there were Benefit Horse Show was hosted by The many amusing classes such as the Wells Judge’s Choice and 4-H Equestrians at Fargo Race, Egg and Spoon, and a the Buckeye Horse Park in Canfield, Carrot Race. Our thanks to the A Team OH, on August 3-4, 2013. Charlotte Stables for all of their help and support Thompson, Joel and Carol Sue for the show. Greenisen’s granddaughter, rode Queane There are two poignant connections for GHP in many of the classes. It was the Charlotte, Haflingers, and the show. We first horse show for both Charlotte and lost Carol Sue to breast cancer, so we are Queane. They brought home several very supportive of fundraising for breast ribbons including a third place in cancer awareness. Norma Jean Campbell, western pleasure—not bad for your first a longtime Haflinger owner who also lost show when there are 20 in the class! her life to cancer, was involved in the early days of the Buckeye Horse Park. One of the barns bears her name. This facility is a hidden gem for horse


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On the glorious last weekend of summer, Yankee Walkers was privileged to host Gary Lane and his wife, Ruth, for an amazing clinic in Weare, NH, at Sugar Hill Stables. Gary began this clinic with a morning of classroom lessons, educating the group of eight riders and many auditors on the components of proper flat walk and running walk gaits, which includes for every gaited breed the even rhythmic four-beat footfalls, over stride, and headshake. “Without these three elements of gait,” Gary emphasized, “the horse is not walking and most likely is stepping pacing or hard pacing.” Gary also covered the history, evolution, and footfalls of the various gaits for all horses, such as the amble, single foot, rack, flat walk, running walk, trot, fox trot, canter, and gallop.   Gary next explained step-by-step techniques for encouraging relaxation, lowering the horse’s head, strengthening the horse’s top line, and engaging the hind end to allow the horse to flat walk properly. Regarding relaxation, Gary stated, “Collect the horse’s mind first, and he will collect his body.” He continued, “The horse’s gait is in his top line, but his heart and soul are in his mouth.” Gary reviewed the German Dressage Training Scale with the clinic participants, emphasizing the need to build these skills from the bottom up gradually over years. At the base of the pyramid are rhythm and relaxation, followed by looseness. In the middle of the scale are contact and impulsion, also defined as the back-end push. Contact is the most difficult of skills to acquire, as every horse requires a different level of contact at ever changing moments. At the top of the pyramid, and one of the last skills to acquire, are straightness and collection. Gary emphasized that as a professional trainer, he slowly takes two years to work horses through the German Training Scale. Horse training is an unhurried, deliberate, and patient art. Gary then worked with small groups,

followed by individual horse and rider pairs to identify and correct bitting issues, training needs, relaxation techniques, health problems, and saddle fit. Riding in the clinic were Patti Crowther, with her Gary and Ruth Lane rest after a productive day of teaching and private lessons. Tennessee Walking Horse, Cletus; Leslie Auger, riding Julie Dillon’s commitment to the sound gaited horse. Missouri Fox Trotter, Jesse; Ramona Special thanks also goes to Julie and Murray and her son, Ray Raem Scotti, Matt Dillon for their extraordinary hospiriding the Tennessee Walker, James; tality in opening their lovely home to the Jody Pellecchia on her Rocky Mountain clinic participants and treating us all like Mare, Dixie; Ellen Flatley on the Walker, royalty, to Jody Pellecchia for bringing Cartier; Julie Dillon on the Walker, Gary to New England and providing deliGrey John, and lastly, Loren Stevens on cious meals and desserts for us all, and the Walker, Aceman. Gary also offered Adrienne Berard for opening Sugar Hill private lessons on Friday and Monday Stables to Yankee Walkers and caring so to students interested in one-on-one, well for our horses. in-depth work with their horses. Gary encouraged clinic participants to call him anytime with continued training issues with their horses, stating, “You are not an interruption of my day, but the purpose!” Gary will be back with Yankee Walkers in New England next Whether its newsworthy or just plain May for continued funny, you’ll see it first at the Equine education for the gaited horse and Journal Facebook page! rider. Please let EQUINEJOURNAL CODE Yankee Walkers know if you are interested in participating in the clinic or viewing as an auditor. For more information regarding Gary Lane and his instructional philosophies and training techniques, please visit windScan the QR Code with your Smartphone QR Reader app. Yankee Walkers would like to thank Gary and Ruth Lane for their expertise, encouragement, and


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sagging gates for just a few pennies. n Clean the bathroom. This sounds like one of those no-brainers, but bathrooms are…well…personal. We often tend to live with things that aren’t quite up to par. As long as we’re not having company who cares, right? Well, not true if you’re trying to sell your house. Dingy grout and dirty glass shower doors turn buyers off. Consider re-grouting the bathroom for a pristine, fresh look. Pay special attention to bathrooms in the barn where dust and grime can really collect. Put up fresh curtains and shower curtains wherever needed. n Unclog all drains. Pay special

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If you’re selling your property, you do everything you can to beat the competition. How do you do that? Ensure your farm is more appealing to potential buyers than any other farm they tour, of course. But, no matter how hard we try, it’s easy as a seller to overlook simple repairs that can make a world of difference. We might have learned to live with the faded paint on the front door, but buyers notice these things and it can take away from a good first impression. This month, we share simple repairs that could help you seal the deal. n Create a beautiful entryway. Trimming back overgrown bushes doesn’t cost all that much, but can have a huge impact on how buyers feel about a potential home. Entryways are your chance to make a great first impression. Consider replacing or at least putting a fresh coat of paint on a faded entry door while you’re sprucing up. n Clean your heating and air vents and be sure to change all filters. This is a low cost fix that packs a big punch. Not only will you breathe easier, but your buyer’s home inspector will as well. It’s one of those things a home inspector will always have you change so you might as well do so before putting the property on the market. n Replace all burned out light bulbs. As a horse owner, I sometimes live with two or three spent light bulbs over my vanity. It seems there is always something else more pressing than changing a light bulb—like cleaning stalls or paddocks, for instance. But, a potential buyer will look favorably on a house filled with light. Be sure all lamps and fixtures have clean and bright bulbs in them before you put your house on the market. This goes for the barn as well. Replace all bulbs in barn aisles and stalls as needed. Dust them off as well. n Repair all latches on gates and in the barn. Latches that are functional and in good repair suggest the farm has been well cared for. You can replace latches that don’t work and shore up

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American Bashkir Curly Registry

Connecticut Morgan Horse Association

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Promoting the Morgan breed.



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American Saddlebred Association of Maine, Inc.

Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club

Understanding, appreciating, breeding & using the American Saddlebred.

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

Arabian Horse Association, Inc. of Maine

Empire State Quarter Horse Association

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

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

Arabian Horse Association of Massachusetts

The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse

Promoting the Arabian breed of horses.

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Arabian Horse Association of New England Encourage breeding, exhibiting, and promoting the Arabian horse. • •

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

Gypsy Horse Registry of America, Inc.

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

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Dedicated to the promoting, showing, and exhibition of the Friesian horse and its derivatives.

Purebred Morab Horse Registry

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

Dedicated to breeding, buying and selling Morab horses.


Promoting, Protecting and Perpetuating the Miniature Horse. 774-200-0364 • •

Quarter Pony Association Working to promote your ponies.

Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association

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

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

Promoting and Enjoying the Norwegian Fjord Horse.

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

Northeast Friesian Horse Club

Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England

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

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


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

A competition rewarding the elegance and grace of classical horsemanship.


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Black Swamp Driving Club Carriage driving enthusiasts. •


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



The Baroque Equestrian Games & Institute

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Maine Morgan Horse Club, Inc. •


A promotional organization for the Haflinger horse.



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International Friesian Show Horse Association

Charles River Dressage Association Providing affordable quality dressage events.

Colonial Carriage and Driving Society Developing and furthering the art of driving for pleasure.

Endurance riding, competitive trail riding and pleasure riding.


Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc. Since 1928 - “The Oldest State Organization of its kind in the Country.” •

Saratoga Driving Association Enjoying all aspects of driving horses. •

Southern New England Carriage Driving Association

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

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

West Greenwich Horseman’s Association

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Sharing a love and interest of horses. •

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National Barrel Horse Association 706-722-7223 •


Serving Northwest Ohio’s riders since 1980.


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Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training Assocation, Inc.



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



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10 | Stepping Stone, Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Janie Weber, 203-438-7749,, 10 | Shallowbrook, Somers, CT. CONTACT: Sally Allison, 203-731-1757,, 13-17 | The Final Chase, Katy, TX. CONTACT: Pauline J. Cook, 281-924-6579.

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16 | Windcrest Farm, Hebron, CT. CONTACT: Armand Chenelle, 860-944-3625,

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17 | Castleneck Farm Horse Show, Essex, MA. CONTACT: Michael Keough, 978-768-7998,,

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22 | CJL Farm Inc, Long Valley, NJ. CONTACT: Claudine Liberatore, 917-371-4551, cjlinc2003@yahoo. com,

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01-03 | PSJ Medal Finals Horse Show, Aiken, SC. CONTACT: 803-649-3505,, 02 | Avon Valley Show Stables, Avon, CT. CONTACT: 860-677-5260,, 02-03 | Lake St. Louis Schooling Show,

24 | Evenstride Horse Show, Byfield, MA. CONTACT: Olana Laffey, 978-465-9115, olanalaffey@, 24 | Hunter Ridge Horse Show, Ashaway, RI. CONTACT: Wendy Brayman, 401-499-3718, November 2013

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(required by Act of August 12, 1970: Section 3685, Title 39, United States Code). 1. Equine Journal 2. (ISSN: 1067-5884 ) 3. Filing date: 10/1/2013 . 4. Issue frequency: Monthly . 5. Number of issues published annually:12. 6. The annual subscription price is 19.95 . 7. Complete mailing address of known office of publication: MCC Magazines, LLC, PO Box 936, Augusta, GA 30903-0936 . Contact person: Kolin Rankin. Telephone: 305-441-7155 ext. 225 8. Complete mailing address of headquarters or general business office of publisher: MCC Magazines, LLC, PO Box 936, Augusta, GA 30903-0936 . 9. Full names and complete mailing addresses of publisher, editor, and managing editor. Executive Editor/General Manager, Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride, 83 Leicester Street, North Oxford, MA 01537; Managing Editor, Kelly Ballou, 83 Leicester Street, North Oxford, MA 01537. 10. Owner: MCC Magazines, LLC, PO Box 936, Augusta, GA 30903-0936, Wholly-owned subsidiary of Questo, Inc., PO Box 936, Augusta, GA 30903-0936, W.S. Morris III, Mary E Morris, W.S. Morris IV, J Tyler Morris, Susie Morris Baker, THE MORRIS FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, Augusta, GA. 11. Known bondholders, mortgages, and other security holders owning or holding 1 percent or more of total amount of bonds, mortgages or other securities: None. 12. Tax status: Has Not. 13. Publisher title: Equine Journal. 14. Issue date for circulation data below: September 2013. 15. The extent and nature of circulation: A. Total number of copies printed (Net press run). Average number of copies each issue during preceding 12 months: 20,973. Actual number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 16,108. B. Paid circulation. 1. Mailed outside-county paid subscriptions. Average number of copies each issue during the preceding 12 months: 10,980. Actual number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 6,777. 2. Mailed in-county paid subscriptions. Average number of copies each issue during the preceding 12 months: 0. Actual number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 0. 3. Sales through dealers and carriers, street vendors and counter sales. Average number of copies each issue during the preceding 12 months: 358. Actual number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 297. 4. Paid distribution through other classes mailed through the USPS. Average number of copies each issue during the preceding 12 months: 0 . Actual number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 0. C. Total paid distribution. Average number of copies each issue during preceding 12 months: 11,338. Actual number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 7,074. D. Free or nominal rate distribution (by mail and outside mail). 1. Free or nominal Outside-County. Average number of copies each issue during the preceding 12 months: 4,210. Number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 2,695. 2. Free or nominal rate in-county copies. Average number of copies each issue during the preceding 12 months: 0. Number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 0. 3. Free or nominal rate copies mailed at other Classes through the USPS. Average number of copies each issue during preceding 12 months 0. Number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 0. 4. Free or nominal rate distribution outside the mail. Average number of copies each issue during preceding 12 months: 1,235. Number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 2,500. E. Total free or nominal rate distribution. Average number of copies each issue during preceding 12 months: 5,445. Actual number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 5,195. F. Total free distribution (sum of 15c and 15e). Average number of copies each issue during preceding 12 months: 16,783. Actual number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 12,269. G. Copies not Distributed. Average number of copies each issue during preceding 12 months: 4,190. Actual number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing date: 3,839. H. Total (sum of 15f and 15g). Average number of copies each issue during preceding 12 months: 20,973. Actual number of copies of single issue published nearest to filing: 16,108. I. Percent paid. Average percent of copies paid for the preceding 12 months: 67.6% Actual percent of copies paid for the preceding 12 months: 57.7% 16. Total circulation includes electronic copies: No Report circulation on PS Form 3526-X worksheet 17. Publication of statement of ownership will be printed in the November 2013 issue of the publication. 18. Signature and title of editor, publisher, business manager, or owner: Scott Ferguson, Controller. I certify that all information furnished on this form is true and complete. I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleading information on this form or who omits material or information requested on the form may be subject to criminal sanction and civil actions.,


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Thanks to You DOES YOUR FAMILY TRADITION include talking about what you’re grateful for as you sit down to dinner on Thanksgiving day? Ever since our daughter got us tangled up with horses, they’ve been on my gratitude list. I’ll bet they’re on yours, too. Here are a few of the things I give thanks for… • Getting to be a horse show mom. It taught me patience. Lots and lots and lots of patience, which I would later need for learning to ride in mid-life. • That we never found that mythical “push-button” horse for our daughter. She learned to work hard for her wins, and learning to do that was much more useful than ribbons and trophies. • Caffeine. Especially that it comes in hot and cold forms. • Ibuprofen in all forms, for early classes, late nights, and long lessons. • Sparkly shirts in a western pleasure ring. Sparkly browbands in an English ring. • Little kids in their first horse show. That wholehearted happiness at a show is something we should all strive for! • Wet saddle blankets. It’s not so easy to be thankful for them at the time, but when you reach that goal—whether it’s your first flying lead change or a championship at a national show—you are suddenly very grateful for the hours you spent getting there. • Patient trainers and instructors. God bless them, every one. • Friends who’ll lend you their boots, fix your hair, zip your chaps, check your number, share their lunch, let you cry on their shoulder, cheer you on, and so much, much more. • My first horse, who taught me what I needed to know when I needed to know it. And my second horse, who taught me I didn’t know as much as I thought I did. • Judges who didn’t see my mistakes. Or pretended they didn’t. • Judges who’ll give you an encouraging word of advice in the line-up. • Warm soft noses, whuffly breath, big eyes, and “hello” knickers, especially the ones that are given even though I don’t have treats. 192 EQUINE


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• That feeling after you take your boots and breeches off. • The first cool breezes of fall (The first winds of winter, not so much). • Breaking my ribs, which finally made me ride from my core correctly. Slow learner… I also asked some of the horses at our barn what they’re thankful for. Here’s their list: • Grass. • Spring grass. • That patch of grass across the fence. At that point I had to tell them the food topic was closed. They also came up with… • Wet saddle blankets, when they come off. And my rider brushes me down. • The moment my rider finally gets that flying lead change we’ve been working on. After I’ve been giving her clues on how to do it forever… • Trail rides. Except on hot days. Or really cold days. Or rainy days. OK, trail rides on perfect days. • Turnout. • The chiropractor and the massage guy! • Fresh water. • That cute mare down the shedrow… • Calm dogs. Barn cats that keep the mice and snakes away. • Short trailer rides.

• The saddle fitter. • Patient trainers and instructors. Our humans aren’t the only ones who need them. • Soft hands. • With treats in them. • Humans who speak horse—even if only a little. • Little kids at their first show. They’re so happy, and we feel it. • Good footing. • Rolling. Almost as good as the chiropractor and more fun. • Bareback riders, if they really know what they’re doing. • Confident riders. Even if they take a long time to become that way. • Short training sessions. Long grazing sessions. • Feeling fresh when the weather changes, and getting to let it out. • The whole “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” thing. • That we don’t eat birds for special occasions. Or any occasion! My mare would add, “That she broke her ribs. Because now she rides from her core.” Yeah, it’s not easy being a slow learner. But I’m still grateful. ANGE DICKSON FINN is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom who is always thankful for her horse. Visit her at, or email her at



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