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features 46 Setting the Standards Learn how to design a hunter/ jumper course for your arena. BY KATHRYN SELINGA

66 Opportunities Abound An increasing number of opportunities exist for intercollegiate and interscholastic equestrian athletes in every discipline. BY CHRISTINA KEIM

82 The Real Deal Quarter Horse trainers dish on the breed, the show circuit, and what the outside world needs to know. BY ELISABETH PROUTY-GILBRIDE

86 Flooring that Fits A guide to selecting stall flooring that meets your needs. BY JENNIFER ROBERTS

88 The Advent Barn Celebrate 25 days of magical fun this holiday season.

76 Inside the Helix

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28 Fun trivia on everything Quarter Horses. 34 Winter care tips to keep your horse healthy. 103 Spend some time with wild horses while traveling to Chincoteague Island, VA. 108 Learn how customer service can benefit your business. 106 Fun and fabulous gift ideas for every equestrian. 117 Winning Weekends Equine Events wraps up their show series in Schoharie County, NY.



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14 Editor’s Note

103 Travel

209 Marketplace

16 On the Road

106 Equine Fashion

212 Real Estate

18 Letters to the Editor

108 Business

218 Calendar

20 In Your Words

110 Going Green

220 Affiliate Coupons

23 Bits & Pieces

112 Collecting Thoughts

228 Directories

24 Points of Interest

114 Business Bits

246 Classifieds

28 Now You Know 30 Prepurchase Exam 34 Stable Solutions 38 Ask the Vet 40 Driving Pointers

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Giving Thanks AS THANKSGIVING APPROACHES every year, I always add my horses to the list of things that I am thankful for. Now that my son has turned three, I would like to share more of my riding time with him, with the hope that he will at least appreciate horses, even if he doesn’t love them like I do. Pony shopping will, hopefully, be in my future, but right now he enjoys being led around on my trusty Quarter Horse, April. She is laid back like many Quarter Horses are, but there is much more to the breed than just a steady disposition. Whether you jump, barrel race, or ride western pleasure, the Quarter Horse has you covered. This month, Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride talked to four top trainers about the Quarter Horse show circuit and some common misconceptions about the breed in “The Real Deal” on page 82. If you are a hunter/jumper rider, don’t miss Kathryn Selinga’s article on course design, “Setting the Standards.” There is a lot to consider when setting a course— striding, arena space, terrain, and footing—and understanding all of these factors not only helps when setting a practice track, but also when riding a course at a show. To guide you through all of the factors, we enlisted the advice of 1996 Olympic Course Designer and FEI licensed “O” Jumping Course Designer, Linda Allen, and Professor of Course Design and Construction at Centenary College, Tara Clausen. Find out more on page 46. Also up this month, we have the article “Inside the Helix: DNA Testing for Color Breeds.” Constant advancements in DNA testing takes out some of the guesswork in breeding for color and adds value to your business. Who doesn’t like that? Find out more on page 76. And, if you or someone you know is a young rider, turn to page 66 to learn about some amazing opportunities that exist for college and high school equestrians— some that surprised even us at the Journal. Writer Chris Keim takes us through seven groups that offer the chance to compete in riding as a team—a great way to combine your favorite sport with the camaraderie of others who share your love. We have some great features lined up this month, but I am also excited about the changes we’ve made based on your feedback. Now, you can find all of your breed- and discipline-related news combined into one, easy-to-read section with an enhanced design. Let us know what you think!

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BETWEEN THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE HOLIDAY season, attending year-end award ceremonies, and setting aside enough time to get to the barn, we often get so wrapped up in our own busy schedules that we forget about others around us that are less fortunate. After spending my entire summer going to horse shows, I’ll admit that I was so preoccupied trying to balance my work life and my social life, that I had neglected to think about how lucky I am to ride horses. The past few months have been pretty difficult for me. I am blessed to have a job within the equine industry where I get to do two things I love—go to horse shows and meet with top professionals (and their horses!), and then go back to the office and write about it. You’d think it doesn’t get much better than that, right? Well, for me, it apparently wasn’t enough. A few years ago, my family’s horse passed away, and although Winnie was an equine that I inherited through my husband, I often felt like she was my own. I’d give anything to be back in the barn, brushing her, and walking around the facility and spending time with her while she grazed. It was the first chance I ever got to actually have a horse that I could (kind of) call my own. Since Winnie’s passing, and moving back to Massachusetts, I haven’t had as much of a chance to ride as I used to. I’ll go trail riding, but since I’ve been spending so much time on the road, following others who are showing on their own equines, I really missed having a horse I could call mine, and was hoping I might get an equine-related gift this year. But on September 29, just after fall started and the show season began to slow down, I attended the Lovelane Hoedown V, a fundraiser for the Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, and was reminded of how fortunate I am—with or without a horse. The Hoedown was held in Dedham, MA, at Broad Oak Farm, a private facility owned by Jim and Joanne Halpin, and attracted over 600 attendees. A number of local chefs sponsored the event, which was themed “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” The night kicked off with hors d’oeuvres and a performance by James Montgomery, and was later followed by a concert featuring the Grammy Award winning Tedeschi Trucks Band. Of course, everyone in attendance was promised a night full of fun and excitement, but the real highlight of the evening for me was talking to parents of Lovelane students and learning how both they and their children had benefited from participating in the riding program. And based on the amount raised from the event, it appears that I wasn’t the only person who was affected by this. “Although we haven’t completely finished the process of totaling all funds raised, we generally net a little over $400,000 for the event,” says Development & Communications Manager Sally Spiers. “Because the Hoedown is a huge undertaking, we hold it every other year, but the funds raised will help us pay bills over the next couple of years.” The amount raised on September 29 may seem like a lot of money, but as most equestrians understand, riding and owning horses is costly, and between paying vet and farrier bills, the expenses can add up quickly. In addition, try paying for heat and lighting in a 160' x 72' indoor riding ring, as well 16


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as a therapy room and administrative offices. This holiday season, I invite you to find a nonprofit organization of your choice to donate to. Donations do not have to be monetary—whether it’s volunteering at a therapeutic riding facility or equine rescue, hosting a house party, or donating an item to a non-profit’s wish list, there are many ways that you can make a difference. “We’re always looking for really good Me and my husband, JP, at the volunteers,” Spiers says. Lovelane Hoedown V. “Particularly if people are comfortable both with children with special needs and with horses. We’re a very volunteer heavy organization. If you think about the lessons going on in the ring, we have one paid therapeutic riding instructor, but we also have up to three people volunteering during the session. If you have a whole afternoon of these therapy sessions, we’re going to have 10 – 15 volunteers a day, so volunteers are great.” Spiers also suggests that people who wish to donate something should contact a facility to see if they have a wish list. Items aren’t always horse-related, and some of the products on Lovelane’s wish list include: iPads (for use in the program as communication devices for non-verbal children), color clipboards for use in their “Barn Buddies” program, a projector, a new portable CD player, a vacuum cleaner, walkie talkies, plain or solid color T-shirts for decorating, horse treats, a power washer, three- or five-pound hand weights, kids’ sized wheel barrows, and focus toys. Tack, blankets, and other horse-specific items are also great gifts for donation, but it’s sometimes best to call a facility ahead of time to make sure they need a specific size or product. “We never turn things away, but given the economy, we have so many people offloading tack, that we don’t always know what to do with it,” Spiers adds. If you’re still looking for a way to contribute to the community, the options are endless. There are many local benefit horse shows held in the area that are just an Internet search away. The Susan McDaniel Run for Lovelane, which is set for June 9, 2013, is one of many local races that benefit equineassisted therapy programs. So whether you’re passionate about helping horses in need, or reaching out to others who are less fortunate than you, please consider the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season.

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We just got our issue in the mail…we love how you include so many breeds. I also like the equine homes for sale, as we are looking for a home with a barn. We are still waiting for you to start including more for the younger crowd (young teens), as we enjoy Equine Journal as a family.

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Shame on the USEF for these ridiculous rulings. Whoever created these rules should be fired or sued in court for their discriminatory policies. -Lynda Peterson Princeton, MN

I read the article in the Equine Journal’s Sport Horse edition titled, “Do You Really Qualify as an Amateur,” that Emily Pratt [USEF Director of Regulations] reviewed for accuracy. If the goal of the USEF is to make dressage more elitist than it already is, these rules will make certain wealthy riders do not have to rub elbows with riders who are not. Obviously, the USEF rules committee is intent on keeping lower-income, hardworking riders out of the club room and winner’s circle. My daughter trains horses and has given me riding lessons...I cleaned the tack room a couple of times in appreciation. One of her clients offered me her horse to use if I’d like to compete. Because of my daughter’s occupation, and the fact I swept the tack room, the USEF rules won’t allow me that pleasure of competing as an amateur... does that make them breathe a sigh of relief? What purpose does that rule serve? I find pleasure and therapy in riding a horse and have the advantage of free lessons and a free ride on a horse, so shame on me? 18


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I would like to see more on the Nokota horse, but otherwise, I love Equine Journal. More on Lippitt Morgans, too, please! -Jan Wells Via FacebookSM Thank you so much for selecting my comments to be your “Featured Letter” for the October issue! My boys are all enjoying their treats! -Penny Peck East Longmeadow, MA I so enjoy reading the Equine Journal that I was shocked to read in “Base of Support” (Sport Horse Special Edition) that you did not discuss the oldest, and by far, the very best safety stirrup, the Foot Free™. Not only does its design go way back to the Elizabethan period, but it is used today by the Queen, is perfectly balanced, unlike the Peacock, and keeps the foot in perfect position, unlike jointed or offset stirrups. I hope, for your readers’ sake, you will mention this wonderful product in your next issue so they have an educated opportunity to make a choice. -Joe Gitterman Via Email

Thank you so much for acknowledging my husband, Thomas, and our stallion, SI Prince Ali Shiraz, in the October issue of the Equine Journal. Any exposure helps our small farm. You made my day. -Fran Bonenfant Orange, MA

I am writing you to let you know that I found some incorrect information regarding award results in the August edition of the Journal. The results you posted for the Foundation of the Spanish Horse All Breeds dressage awards were from 2011. The current 2012 standings can be found on the USDF website. I was pleasantly surprised to find a nice photo of me, and Fenix XXXIII, who did win all breeds champion again this year, but at Prix St. Georges and Fourth Level Freestyle, not Third Level. -Alexis Martin-Vegue Via Email The October issue was wonderful! I loved reading about Gypsies and the author’s travels! -Jess Bowers Via Facebook

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Yes...I know I’m not supposed to admit that…but I am currently looking for another horse and refuse to look at anything not flashy colored. –Sasha Ferryman (Urbana, OH)

When my mother, Kimberly Meyer, bought me my first horse, we were looking for a purebred bay Arabian gelding around the age of 10. We ended up with a purebred chestnut Arabian mare that was five years old! -Kayleigh Meyer (Storrs, CT) I always said I’d never own a bay because they’re boring... my little copper penny bay has clearly proven that statement false. -Stephanie Klebes (Warren, MA)

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I know color doesn’t matter, but I am a sucker for a goodlooking Paint Horse. -Myke Ramsey (Carbondale, IL) Yes, I hunted for a blood bay for months. I looked at others but wanted the blood bay. I ended up with a mostly white Pinto! -Suzanne Adams (Beverly, NJ)

No, but I don’t look at a horse seriously if it is a color I dislike: grey, cremello, or very pale palomino or buckskin. It’s attitude and conformation, then gender for me before color. There are too many horses available to buy one if I don’t like the looks of it. I just keep looking until I find the right one. –Troy Palmer (Pocahontas, AR) I guess we all have our ideal color or a horse we would really love to own, but I believe when the right horse comes along, you don’t really see the color—you just know it’s the one for you. -Michelle Bailey (Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, UK)

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When I was younger, it did. I only wanted a bay or a grey. Now, as an adult, I know better that color doesn’t matter. -Cindy Carpenter (Wausau, WI)

Sort of. After years of owning (and constantly washing) greys, I decided my next horse would not be one. I was very methodical about what I wanted: a small, dark gelding. What did I end up with? A tall, grey mare. –Kandace York (Luckey, OH)

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Black Caviar Black Caviar, an Australian Champion Thoroughbred racehorse, unbeaten in 22 race starts, is the highest rated sprinter in the world. She has become an international sensation by shattering records and delivering unrivaled performances on two continents! And now, Breyer® has created a Breyer portrait model of this racing champion, an official Black Caviar product, to commemorate her unbeaten record. Black Caviar’s most recent victory was in the 2012 G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in the United Kingdom, which was followed by a special congratulatory pat from Her Majesty the Queen. This incredible performance highlighted just how exceptional Black Caviar is, as she was the first mare to win this race in almost 30 years! The Black Caviar model will be available from Breyer retailers and at

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App Alert!

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce the release of the free NRHA App for the iPhone® and iPod touch®. The NRHA App contains the 2012 NRHA Handbook, which includes NRHA bylaws, rules, regulations, and judges’ guide, along with the standard NRHA Patterns. The app can be downloaded to the iPad®, with an optimized version coming soon. Search for “NRHA” in the iTunes® store.

Tauber for President The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Board of Directors recently assembled in Lexington, KY, for the 2012 USEF Mid-year Meeting where the election of a new president topped the agenda. Olympic Gold Medalist, David O’Connor, has served as the USEF president since 2004, and since 1917, only 12 individuals have served in the presidential role. Chrystine J. Tauber was the Committee’s recommendation for the office. The nomination was not contested, and she was elected, unanimously, to serve a four-year term commencing in January 2013. When asked to envision her role as president, Tauber commented, “Looking back over my career in the horse industry, spanning some 50 years, I realize how fortunate I am to have had so many great opportunities to work with talented horses, trainers, and fellow leaders in the equestrian world who provided me with invaluable knowledge and experiences. Through working together and our shared love of horse sports, I have come to know and appreciate all the wonderful breeds and different disciplines that make up the special tapestry of the U.S. Equestrian Federation.”

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The 2013 American Horse Publications (AHP) Student Internship Listings and applications are now available online at to college students who have an interest in horses and seek a career in equine publishing media. “We’ve redesigned the listings to make them more userfriendly for students to search on the internships which interest them,” says Judy Lincoln, AHP Student Programs Coordinator.


During a recent National Sales Meeting, colleagues in Pfizer Animal Health’s U.S. Cattle and Equine Business Unit decided to forgo some food and beverages through-out the week, and instead, donate the money saved to Bethel Orphanage in Juarez, Mexico. The $11,000 donation from Pfizer Animal Health represents about six percent of the orphanage’s annual operating budget.


Zenyatta earned her place in Thoroughbred history during her nearly undefeated three-year career. Now, the beloved mare will have a permanent presence at her home track of Santa Anita Park in California, with a new statue created by artist Nina Kaiser. Zenyatta will also be recognized with the first-ever running of the $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes.

A Spoonful of Salt a full-sized horse does best on a diet that offers 1 mg to 6 mg of iodine each day to keep his thyroid gland working properly. Because the iodine content of hay is too low to measure, it is best to rely on supplementation—from salt or other sources—to meet your horse’s need. Many supplements and fortified feeds already add it. it’s always best to know what your horse is consuming, since too much iodine can cause thyroid damage. all full-size horses require at least one ounce (two tablespoons) of salt per day for maintenance (and up to three ounces/day when perspiring heavily). This is a good way to add iodine and provide the needed salt as well. Granulated salt that you buy in the grocery store comes in both non-iodized and iodized versions; one teaspoon of iodized table salt contains 0.4 mg of iodine (3 tsp = 1 Tablespoon = 15 ml). White and brown salt blocks generally do not contain iodine, whereas blue and red ones do. sea salt, kelp, and other natural salt sources can vary tremendously in their iodine content. From Juliet Getty Ph.D,

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

$2,584,243 The current lifetime earnings of Ochoa, the new leader on top of the American Quarter Horse racing all-time earnings list.

The number of members that comprise the American Quarter Horse Youth Association, including members from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and South America.

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bits & pieces STABLE SOLUTIONS helpful hints for horse-keeping

Winter Weight Management Keep Your Horse Healthy Through the Colder Months By Sue Perry

Before deciding hoW to keep weight on your horse during the winter months, it’s important to know how to evaluate his present weight and recognize if it needs to be altered. A horse who is in good body condition is better able to withstand the environmental stresses of winter than a horse who is lean and already struggling to maintain his weight in october. Body condition scoring for horses is based on a scale of 1-10 that was developed by veterinarians and nutritionists as a way to objectively evaluate a horse’s weight, both as an initial exam and then again at subsequent intervals so that changes can be noted.

Body Condition Scores For Horses emaciated: All bone structure is easily visible. no fat palpable over spine, pelvis or shoulders. Very Thin: Slight fat covering the spine and tail head. prominent pelvis. other bone structure slightly discernible. Thin: Some fat on spine. Withers and shoulders accentuated, but bone structure not visible. Lean: Slight ridge visible over loin. pelvis not visible. front end not obviously thin. Moderate: Loin is flat (no crease or ridge). ribs not visible but easily felt. Shoulders and neck blend smoothly into body. Moderately Fleshy: May have slight crease down loin. ribs barely palpable with light pressure. Some fat in withers and shoulders. Fleshy: May have crease down loin (a dip along the back above the pelvis). ribs are difficult to feel. fat deposits along withers, neck, and behind shoulder. Fat: crease down loin. ribs very difficult to feel. Soft fat around tail head. fat creating a thick neck. Obese: obvious crease down loin. patchy fat deposits over ribs. flank filled in with fat (no abdominal tuck).

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Start Out Healthy two Massachusetts equine veterinarians offered input on the winter weight management issue. dr. Sarah d’oench works with the Massachusetts equine clinic in Uxbridge, MA. dr. Allison Miller is on the Backstretch Veterinary team, based in norfolk, MA. “the average horse with good husbandry should hold his weight just fine over the winter,” says dr. d’oench. “it’s the old ones and the hard-keepers who may have trouble. Be sure to pay

attention to how much your horse is drinking (several gallons per day). We see an increase in impaction colics in the winter due to dehydration, and this is worse in older horses, which tend to have poorer intestinal (gi) motility to begin with. check each horse’s manure output daily and note any changes.” dr. Miller says, “Address any medical issues that may predispose the horse to weight loss or affect the ability to gain weight. older horses should be tested for cushing’s disease well before





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Horses require shelter from the cold wind, rain, and snow. Healthy horses in good body condition can live outdoors 24/7, unblanketed, if they have a large, threesided shed, fresh tepid water, salt, and plenty of high-quality hay. Daytime turnout and nighttime stabling is the most common winter management routine in the Northeast. A blanket will be required if the horse doesn’t have a long coat. Two or three layers will be necessary if the horse is body-clipped. Remember— shivering burns calories! Dr. Miller reminds owners to remove the blanket(s) every day or two to assess the horse’s condition. “You need to catch weight loss early on and address the problem. Underlying dermatologic conditions, such as rain rot or severe chafing, must be noted promptly and treated. Just because your horse is wearing a blanket does not mean that he no Horses are more likely to drink tepid or warm water than very cold water, and it is important for them to stay hydrated in the winter to longer needs a thorough daily Dietary grooming to keep his skin and avoid impaction colic. Considerations coat healthy.” A full belly is a warm belly. Pasture buddies can be a source of horse’s body condition, so it’s important Dr. D’Oench says, “The large intestine, weight loss. If your horse is in a group to not continually increase the amount colon, and cecum are a horse’s furnace. turnout situation and is low in the of food until this time period has These organs make heat as they digest pecking order, he may not be getting been reached.” hay. Feed good quality hay as that’s enough to eat. Don’t let size fool you—a Both veterinarians agree that the key for both warmth and nutrition. Miniature horse with a dominant attihorses are more likely to drink tepid You don’t want your horse to get cold, tude can back off a big Trakehner. Put or warm water than very cold water. because shivering burns a lot of caloout one pile of hay per horse, plus two Dr. D’Oench says that this is especially ries. Lean horses don’t have enough more, so that everyone can get enough. true for older horses. “Icy water on insulating fat to keep them warm, so If you can, feed the hay in smaller their exposed tooth roots really hurts, they will be more likely to get cold and amounts several times a day. This is so they don’t drink.” Free access to a shiver than their better body-condicloser to the natural grazing rhythm salt block will also encourage drinking. tioned friends.” of horses and discourages waste due Thirsty horses are not only more If you feel that your horse needs to to trampling. prone to impaction colic, but they are put on a few pounds before the winter, Dr. D’Oench says that every horse also more likely to stop eating hay consult with your veterinarian. Dr. responds to various feeds and supple(even if they are still hungry and a Miller cautions, “Dietary restrictions ments differently. If you try one diet for bit chilly). because of a horse’s age or metabolic a month and don’t see your horse gain Dr. Miller recommends, “A warm, condition may prevent the safe addithe weight that he needs to before the pelleted mash once or twice a week tion of certain foods to the diet to help winter, try something else. is never a bad idea, especially if an with weight gain. Soaked beet pulp, fat owner notices that the horse has not supplements, and corn oil are usually been drinking as much as he normally safe ways to add fat and calories to a Sue Perry is a Certified Veterinary does each day.” Impaction colics horse’s diet. Technician and equine massage therapist. require holding the horse off feed “It’s important to note that it will take She lives in Upton, MA, with two event until the impaction resolves, thereby three to four weeks after a diet change horses and runs “Muscle Magic,” an contributing to weight loss. is made to notice a change in the equine massage service. 36

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the winter, and treated if necessary, to eliminate an underlying metabolic predisposition for muscle wasting. This can translate grossly into weight loss. A dental exam should be performed, and any abnormalities addressed, so that the horse will not have difficulty chewing his food. “Horses coming off a vigorous show season, cribbers, or horses with recurrent colic episodes may need to be assessed for gastric ulcers. The ulcers may predispose that horse to further colic episodes (for which he may have to be held off feed), and they may interfere with the ability to gain weight despite an adequate diet.” Take a fresh manure sample to your veterinarian’s office for a fecal egg count. The results will indicate the horse’s parasite load. Your veterinarian can then advise you on a fall deworming protocol.

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bits & pieces ASK THE VET your horse health questions answered

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Learn How To Treat Eye Injuries and Avoid Serious Complications BY ALFREDO SANCHEZ LONDOテ前, MV, MS DACVIM (LARGE ANIMAL)


How are eye injuries commonly treated?


Eye injuries in horses are fairly common and can certainly have serious complications if they go unnoticed or untreated. Injuries can be classified into different categories, and depending on the seriousness, they will require immediate and aggressive treatment. Some horses will have seasonal allergies that can cause eye irritation and tearing. This condition in itself is fairly easily controlled by using antihistamines, or in some cases, antiinflammatories. One of the concerns with this particular condition would be if the horse is rubbing its head on solid objects, which could have the potential to cause trauma to the eye or the eyelid. Eyelid lacerations are seen in horses that get the lid caught on objects such as hooks, boards, or other hardware in the stall. It is an impressive and concerning scene to walk into the stall and see the horse with a large amount of blood coming from the eye area, but it is important to remain calm and evaluate the situation. Once you have evaluated what is happening, contact your veterinarian to discuss the findings so that the repair of the eyelid can be done as soon as possible, which will increase the chances of adequate healing and fewer complications.

If the horse has a swollen If a horse has eyelid or seems to be excess tearing, it squinting and have excess is possible that he tearing, it is possible that has a foreign body in his eye. he may have a foreign body embedded in the lid. In most cases, the horse will resist evaluation. In this situation, contact your veterinarian. The horse will usually need to be given a sedative and a local injection to block the nerves to the eyelids so that an adequate and complete evaluation can be performed. If during the examination a foreign body is identified, it will be removed carefully to prevent any further damage, and the eye will be evaluated to check for evidence of any corneal damage. Corneal ulcers in horses to see how large the corneal ulcer is, can be extremely painful, and if and this will also help monitor the progneglected, can cause severe damage to ress of healing as the horse is treated. the eye, possibly leading to complete Depending on the severity of the loss of vision or removal of the eye. corneal ulcer present, it can be treated Horses with corneal ulcers will usually at the barn, or in some cases, the have swollen eyelids, excess discharge horse may need to be sent to a referral (usually white or yellow) from the hospital for more aggressive treatment. corner of their eye, and will try to stay In the majority of cases, topical mediaway from the sun or bright lights. cations will need to be administered If you notice these signs, you should frequently to prevent further infection contact your veterinarian immediately. and damage to the cornea. Usually a fluorescein stain will be used

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Driving Pointers With Sara Schmitt of Hawk Hollow Ranch


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If you think the course is going to be challenging, pick routes that won’t make your horse have to start and stop too many times.

is that changing rein or direction takes longer than staying on the same rein, and many short steps take much longer than the same or a few more, longer steps. Pace out all options. Sometimes the one you think is long is the best one. The other thing to keep in mind is, if it is sandy or muddy, your horse will struggle and the carriage will slide, so go a bit wider. My favorite part of combined driving is the marathon, not because of the speed and fun, but because of the challenge of knowing my horse well enough,

and making a plan that works for him and makes me competitive. SARA SCHMITT a skilled dressage competitor, trainer, and instructor, and talented combined driver. She is a USET long listed driver, and most recently, she won the 2011 Bromont International CAI Intermediate Single Horse and the Elk Creek CDE Preliminary Single Horse with Kaboom.


When I start looking at a marathon course, I ask myself a few general questions. Is it sandy or hilly on the long side or short? Do I have the maximum obstacles or less? Do I think my horse is fit enough, or is he/she going to be struggling at the end? These questions need to be answered before I start picking routes in the obstacles. I also find the start and end of every section a day or two before I compete on marathon day. If I think the course is going to be challenging, I will pick routes that won’t make my horse have to start and stop a tremendous amount. Starting and stopping and getting the carriage going can take a lot out of a horse, and the smaller the animal, the more it takes out of him. I also will figure out where the course is easier so I can slow down and give my guy a bit of a breather. I approach each and every obstacle the same way—I stand back and take a general look. Is it large or tight with a lot of things in my way? Is this obstacle the first obstacle? Typically, I won’t take really tight turns in the first obstacle, as the horse is not always listening his best at that time. At the second, third, and fourth hazard, I will try a tight turn or two. I think that all but the most advanced horses can only do up to three really hard turns per obstacle. At the last obstacle, I try to open up my turns to finish with some horse left. When I go into the hazard, I try to get a location on all of the gates, and then try to figure out all options from a to b to c to d, etc. I then ask myself if my horse turns faster left or right. Which does he prefer? I then will pace out each turn, but I pace out the steps my horse will take, not necessarily the way my carriage goes. A good rule of thumb

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body will relax with it. The key thing to focus on is when the horse gives in to your pressure, you release. When you are first starting out trying to learn to do this with a horse, it is best to seek out an experienced horseman to help you out. You can get your horse, and yourself, into some unfortunate situations if you do not know how to do this or exactly what you are trying to accomplish. The basic foundation of a horse is very similar to a child going through the early years of school. If a child doesn’t master the basics in the beginning, he or she will only go so far before the missing skills stop his or her progress. For example, if a child

doesn’t master phonics in the beginning, it will be very difficult for that child to become a good reader. This will cause problems in learning in future grades. Horses are no different. No matter what, you do not want to skip a grade with any horse. Punk Carter is one of the cutting horse industry’s icons and most respected members and “activists.” He is a past president of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and has been an NCHA Director for over 30 years. He was inducted into the NCHA Members’ Hall of Fame during the Futurity in December of 2002. Check out his new website,

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Before starting a young horse on cows, it is very important to establish a strong foundation. Without the strong foundation, it is just a matter of time before everything will start to come apart. You do not want to get into dealing with patch jobs on a young horse. When you head down that road, the horse will never make it to the level he could have if he had mastered the foundation before moving on to cows or any other advanced work. One of the most important things I am looking for before even thinking of advancing a horse to cows is to make sure the horse is soft in the face. If the horse is fighting the bit, with his nose sticking out, his back will hollow out and none of his movements will be in balance. I want a horse to be able to do all basic maneuvers with his nose tucked and no resistance. This includes loping circles, loping a straight line, stopping, backing, and turning—always with his nose tucked, back rounded, and no resistance. The key exercise to get all of this happening is headsetting the horse. There are many ways to headset a horse. Some trainers prefer to develop headsets on the ground; others prefer to do it on the back of the horse while riding. Personally, I like to drive my horses on the ground with long reins before going at it from horseback. I start by working to get softness from side to side. After this is achieved, I will start working for softness in the pole. When the pole softens, the entire


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Standards Learn How to Design a Hunter/Jumper Course for Your Arena

Setting up extra fences allows you to change up your course without having to move jumps around.

Safety First above all else, allen suggests that those planning on creating a course should seek the advice of a licensed designer. “anyone setting up a course for a competition, whether it’s a little one or a bigger one, should take the opportunity to work with a licensed course designer two or three times to get insider tips, and so they don’t inadvertently get someone hurt or send someone backwards in progress,” she says. next, there are certain features that every course, no matter the discipline or difficulty level, should have. “there are two overriding principles when you set up jumps,” she continues. “number one, they’re safe and number two, whatever you set is appropriate for the occasion—for whatever show or class it is, and the level of experience the people jumping the course will have. and i think it’s really important that you have both of those things. if you meet those two objectives, then you won’t go wrong.” clausen agrees. “any course should have the appropriate distances [between fences] so that it’s safe, and have safe equipment as well, including rails and cups. the united 48

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States equestrian Federation (uSeF) now requires safety release cups on oxers. Schooling shows don’t, but if the organizers have them or have access to them, it’s a good safety practice.” “the number of falls, especially horse falls, has gone down dramatically [since making breakaway cups mandatory at rated shows], because the pole will get out of the way…to me, this is as important in schooling as it is in a competition. You don’t want to turn a mistake into an accident. any horse can make a mistake and you don’t want to turn that into an accident and have either horse or rider hurt,” adds allen.

The Basics When putting together a track, it is also important to know who your riders will be so you have the appropriate number and type of obstacles. in hunters and hunter equitation, there are typically eight fences, which includes each jump in a combination. “Basic elements of the hunter course would be a single jump, direct lines, and something that’s going to encourage a flow to the canter…a hunter course should use distances that are the same so that the horse can pick up one canter and stay the same from beginning to end. and a hunter course should be fairly basic in terms of the questions that it’s asking, because you really just want to give the horse the opportunity to jump well,” says clausen. “When you get to an equitation course, that’s where a bending line becomes very appropriate; potentially with something like a rollback turn somewhere on course, and possibly including an in-and-out or a combination,” she continues. in jumpers, there is an eight-fence minimum, and combina-

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Setting up a jumping courSe, whether for practice or a schooling show, can be a daunting task. there are a number of factors and details that go into each track that must be considered to provide a safe experience for equestrians and their horses, including striding, arena space, footing, and more. to break down the components piece by piece, we talked to 1996 olympic course Designer and Fei licensed “o” jumping course Designer, Linda allen, and professor of course Design and construction at centenary college, tara clausen.

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tions are only counted as one question. Most courses have around 10 obstacles, according to Allen. There is also a sixjump minimum for jump-offs. When planning, you should also make sure you have the right amount of equipment for your needs. “You can’t design a course with 15 obstacles if you only have eight to work with, so you have to know what you have to work with and be flexible,” says Allen. On the other hand, if you have ample equipment, that can work to your advantage. “A lot of times what I like to do is, if I have the space, include additional jumps that I may or may not use in each individual course. If I’m setting for a horse show where we’re doing different divisions or different trips, I might have a quarter line jump that I use as the first fence in the first round, but then I don’t use it in the second round,” Clausen explains.

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Using 10' rails in an indoor arena can help with spatial issues.

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Once you are familiar with the elements and equipment that you’ll need, it’s time to think about the environment that you’ll be working in. “If you’re building a course in a 70' x 120' indoor arena, you’re very limited in size and therefore limited in what you can set. Having a 200' x 250' area in a field someplace, that’s very different. And if you create the

same course for both, it would be inappropriate for one or the other,” says Allen. So what should you do differently? “Some of the things I tend to do for a smaller ring or an indoor arena, where the horse’s step is going to tend to shorten, is I wouldn’t set on a regular stride…if you set a five stride line at 72', you’re going to end up with maybe half of the riders adding in six and potentially chipping in, and some of the riders doing the five and leaving long or having to battle to do it,” says Clausen. “What we actually do at Centenary that helps [in the indoor], is we have 10' rails instead of 12' rails. So that can


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“If you’re doing a schooling show, then it should be preparation for a rated or licensed show. If it’s very different conditions, it’s not good preparation.” ~Linda Allen says Allen. “That’s the ring that [a beginner] would have the easiest time with because pretty traditional hunter courses fit in it. You have to be more experienced to come up with things that ride as smoothly and easily, especially for novice riders, if the ring is more square or has a different shape.” But even the most basic arenas can throw you for a loop. “Even if it’s rectangular, you need to know if the ends are

rounded or square, because with very rounded ends, you can’t use the same number of strides on the long side of the arena, because you run into the curve—so that’s a factor,” explains Allen. “And what’s unique is sometimes, as a course designer, you get thrown by little things like a drain in the middle of the arena, or trees in a field, if it’s outdoors.” The size and shape of the arena don’t just factor into how many fences can be placed in a course, but where they are set up as well. “The track is what determines how long the course is. In a small arena you’d be lucky to get two jumps up the long

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No matter your discipline, footing can make a world of difference. Over fences or on the flat, daily training and competition of any sort affect the longevity of your horse’s body, and the terrain that he rides on can accentuate or minimize the impact. We asked eventing’s high-flier, Boyd Martin, to weigh in on the topic.

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EJ: Does footing really make a difference? BM: Absolutely. Good footing is an investment in your horse’s long-term health. In order to be competitive, to be on top, all our of horses are in a fairly demanding program. So we are very keen to find any way we can lessen the wear and tear on their joints and tendons. If you have really good footing in your arena, you can reduce the concussion from every footstep, from every jump. Take that, times how many training fences you may jump in a year, and it really adds up.

EJ: How has having good footing at your facilities helped you? BM: Ha ha! It’s made me very popular with the other trainers in the area who are all trucking in to train at the farm. But seriously, when you ride daily on a very well prepared surface, the horse is now super comfortable. It’s like if you are a runner and you put on shoes that don’t fit right. How many miles are you going to run with a happy look on your face? So say when I am flatting in Silva’s (Boyd’s wife and dressage rider) ring, the horse steps onto that great surface and we are off. It literally feels good under their feet. Another point is that I feel the horses stay sounder when ridden on good footing, but I am certainly not the first rider to ever point that out.

EJ: What elements do you look for in your footing? BM: I look for a footing that is made up of a sand with great moisture retention and has textiles blended into it that provide the vertical and lateral support for my training. It’s really important that I can manipulate the footing with either moisture or with a harrow for my flatwork and jumping needs. And one thing that riders really need to remember is that it must also drain well to minimize the downtime for training after a large downpour. There is nothing more depressing than looking out at an arena that looks like a lake.

EJ: How do your needs in eventing differ from other disciplines when it comes to footing? BM: I don’t think that my needs are any different from any other rider/trainer who wants to compete their horses at the very highest level. But I think that you really need to have a surface that has flexibility so it can be fine tuned to either your dressage or show jumping needs. I certainly think it’s very important that we, as horse people, educate ourselves on the different types of footing that are available out there. The science that goes into this stuff is amazing.

EJ: Tell me about a time where footing has been a deciding factor in a competition. BM: I think as eventers we are pretty lucky in that the arenas and warm-ups all over the country are in pretty good shape. Mostly it’s dealing with cross-country conditions and show jumping on grass, but that’s another story. I have found that the organizers are really on top of what it means to have good footing in the warm-ups and so on. They know it will attract and keep a really first rate score of competitors. You are not going to be bringing horses back to a venue where you are slipping and tripping in bad footing.



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Terrain Now that you’ve considered the size and shape of your arena, plus the setting, you’re good to go, right? Well, not quite. Believe it or not, the footing and terrain also play a big part in how you should design your course, as it can have a substantial affect on the stride of your horse. It’s such a big factor, in fact, that Clausen begins her Course Design and Construction class with typical distances and things that can change a related distance on course, “like going uphill or downhill; toward the gate or away from the gate; the footing—whether it’s hard, soft, deep, that type of thing,” she says. “Generally, fairly solid footing will lengthen the horse’s stride. They’ll get across the ground better. However, older horses will have the opposite reaction with harder ground,” says Allen. “Deep ground pretty much consistently shortens horses’ strides…going uphill, their stride will shorten and their ability to jump the width of an oxer lessens. Going downhill, you would think it’s the opposite, but it actually varies…the ground needs to be fairly level and have


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side, so you’re going to go up and down a number of times. In a field, you don’t want to go the length of the arena, come back, the length of the arena, come back, and so on—you’d do more short diagonals, utilizing across the arena,” says Allen. “Whether you’re setting for practice or horse shows, especially if you’ve got a smaller ring, pay attention to how far off the corner your jump is, coming out of the turn to a line. A basic rule of thumb is you always want it to be at least three or four strides off the corner so that the rider and the horse have the opportunity to get out of the corner and get straight before they’re getting to the jump,” adds Clausen. The same can be said about the type of obstacles used. “If I was going to add a liverpool or something of the sort, and I thought some horses or riders might have an issue with it, I would just make sure that I didn’t put that in a corner, or a complicated or bending line—and I wouldn’t put it at the end of the ring on the short side so they’d have the opportunity to get a good, straight approach,” she continues.





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Logistics and Preparation

Over facing your riders can cause backward progress, or even injury.

No matter how much knowledge you have of course design, nothing can replace proper preparation to make things go as smoothly as possible. “It’s really important that you draw the plan to scale on a piece of paper—draw out the arena really accurately, and then when you draw your obstacles on the plan, draw them to scale. So the size of your obstacle in your indoor arena is going to be much bigger than a big outside arena…you have to have it accurate in order to know what will fit. Otherwise, you’re going to be standing out there in the middle of the arena setting up and discovering that your calculated course just doesn’t fit that well,” says Allen. “Once I have it on paper, what I’ll always do is first just lay out a rail everyplace that I want a jump, so that I don’t have to move a lot of stuff more than once. So I’ll actually lay out my entire course with just poles on the ground and make sure that what I had in mind and on paper does indeed fit in the ring the way that I like it to, so I can make any modifications before I have my standards in place,” adds Clausen. If you’ll be setting up multiple tracks for different disciplines or levels, be sure to take that into account as well. “If you’re changing from hunters to jumpers, you should know which jumps will stay in the same location, and if other jumps are moving to other locations. A lot of people start out and they draw a different plan for each course, and then when they’re building it, they’re shuffling through a lot of paper. Most experienced designers will put all of the courses on one piece of paper and use

different colors to mark the numbers on the course,” explains Allen.

The Final Touch Keep in mind that oftentimes, riders who are participating in schooling shows will move on to rated shows at some point, so it’s imperative to simulate one. “If you’re doing a schooling show, then it should be preparation for a rated or licensed show. If it’s very different conditions, it’s not good preparation,” says Allen. And, most of all, both of our experts stress the importance of safety. “Make sure the safety of horse and rider is number one. You don’t want to over face your riders and horses. Of course, when you’re designing a course you don’t always know who they are until they get there and they’re jumping. In that respect, less of a challenge is more, rather than getting caught up in trying to make it too, too challenging,” says Clausen.

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American National Riding Commission The American National Riding Commission (ANRC) has existed in its present form since 2006. Based upon the “American System of Forward Riding,” taught by Captain Vladimir Littauer, its statement of purpose is “to promote the highest quality of educated riding and related services within schools, colleges, universities, and public or private riding establishments.” The ANRC offers its members instructional riding clinics, forums, symposiums, and a newsletter, in addition to hosting the ANRC Intercollegiate Equitation Championship and offering rider certifications at progressive levels of skill. The ANRC also partners with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) to offer the USHJA/ANRC Horsemanship Program.



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An increasing number of opportunities exist for intercollegiate and interscholastic equestrian athletes in every discipline.

nterscholastic (high school) and intercollegiate (college) riding organizations have increased in number and breadth as the notion has taken off in popularity. While riding in itself is an individual sport, the opportunity to represent one’s school or barn in a team competition has allowed riders to experience benefits similar to members of more traditional school sports teams. Here, we will briefly highlight several of the organizations that cater to high school- and college-aged equestrian athletes.

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The ANRC’s Rider Certification program is unique in that it allows equestrians to demonstrate a progressive growth of their skills. Attaining rider certifications is considered a pre-requisite to becoming a teacher. Certifications are offered at levels from Introductory through Level Five; each testing asks riders to demonstrate progressive skills on the flat and over fences. As riders proceed through the levels, they must also show their skills over jumps in the open, while THE ATHLETIC longeing, and on a written test. Riders EQUESTRIAN LEAGUE at all levels are required to provide oral AIMS TO PROMOTE evaluations of their performance. Riders PRACTICAL HORSEMANattaining levels four or five may then SHIP AND IS OPEN TO choose to proceed into the ANRC Judge’s ATHLETES IN FOURTH Certification program. THROUGH 12TH GRADE. The highlight of the year for the Commission is its ANRC Intercollegiate Equitation Championship held in April. This team competition allows riders to present a program ride, a hunt seat medal course at 3', a derby style course at 3' and a written test. The winner has the best overall score from each of the phases. In 2011, a Novice division started at the 2'6" level to allow less experienced riders with similar goals to compete. Riders must provide their own mount; many ride university-owned horses. For more information about the ANRC, visit

Athletic Equestrian League Founded in the fall of 2010 by its president, Sally Batton, the Athletic Equestrian League (AEL) aims to promote practical horsemanship for riders. Membership is open to athletes in fourth through 12th grade. The AEL offers five levels of competition, based upon 68


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previous riding experience in balanced seat horsemanship. “At a competition, each rider/athlete does a fence phase, a flat phase, and then an unmounted practical phase,” says Batton. “They go directly from one to the next.” Each phase gets a weighted score, which is added together to come up with one mark at the end of the competition. “The score is similar to a grade in school,” says Batton. “This makes it very understandable to the riders and their parents. They also get to take home written feedback from the judges on their score sheets.” In the riding phases, athletes know exactly what will be expected of them, based upon their level, as the tests are available in advance. “The fences test is most similar to what we think of as an equitation test,” says Batton. “There are no more than four fences, which are jumped with other tests like halts, sitting trot, and changes of direction, mixed in. For the flat phase, riders have a set list of movements that will be performed in each direction. Each movement gets a score.” This new organization started in New Hampshire and currently has seven teams participating and a total of about 50 members. Batton is hoping that the membership will spread across New England, and ultimately the country, due to its objective scoring, the low cost of competition, and its promotion of all-around horsemanship. “Competition attire is more relaxed,” says Batton. “All riders wear the same color shirt to represent their school. All riders get medals. Because all three phases are scored together, a rider who is weaker in one area and stronger in another can still get a good score.” For more information on the AEL, please visit

Intercollegiate Dressage Association The Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) was founded with the intention of introducing and promoting the sport of dressage to students through competitions and educational opportunities. Originally conceptualized in 1995 by Michelle Hoffman, then a student at Mt. Holyoke College, in its early years the IDA hosted competitions organized among both high school and college teams. In 2003, the IDA became


While riding in itself is an individual sport, the opportunity to represent one’s school or barn in a team competition has allowed riders to experience benefits similar to members of more traditional school sports teams.

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THE USEF HIGH SCHOOL Equestrian Athlete Program, established in late 2009, recognizes riders in grades 9 through 12 for their equestrian activities with a varsity patch and pin. The program was developed to provide recognition for the accomplishments of young equestrians and to encourage their future involvement in equestrian sport. “USEF recognizes the dedication of equestrian athletes preparing for competition through practice and training sessions as similar to other students in high school athletic programs; and, USEF developed this program to honor individual achievements with a varsity letter in the student’s chosen sport, regardless of the availability of an equestrian team or club at their school,” says Terra Schroder, National Affiliates Representative at USEF, in a prepared statement. Applicants must show verification of at least 100 hours of equestrian activity, which includes any direct training time on or with horses such as riding, longeing, and driving, but not preparations and routine care such as tacking up, barn chores, and commuting to the barn or shows. In addition, they must compete in at least three shows per academic year, which can range from local schooling events to 4-H or Pony Club competitions, to interscholastic shows, in addition to USEF-sanctioned contests. Competitions can be in any discipline and at any level of experience. In addition, applicants must be USEF members. Students may apply for recognition for each of their four high school years; the patches add one star for each year of participation. Older students can also apply retroactively for earlier years, but must show verification for 100 hours of practice and three competitions for each year. For more information, visit usef. org/highschool.


a college-only organization and now has nearly 40 schools participating across the country. At an IDA show, each school is represented by teams of four riders, with one each competing at Introductory Level, Lower Training Level, Upper Training Level, and First Level. Riders are assigned to their levels based on their previous riding and showing experience; as they earn points at IDA competition, they move up and gain the opportunity to compete as an individual at the National Championships. Teams randomly draw a group of four horses; the coach must decide which horse is most appropriate for each rider on their team. Riders then have a 10-minute warm-up period with the horse and their coach prior to entering the arena to perform their test. The IDA hosts its National Championships each spring, featuring the top 12 teams in the country. Individual competition also is held at each of the four levels, with the top 12 individual riders vying for the win. For more information, visit

Intercollegiate Horse Show Association By far the largest of the intercollegiate equestrian organizations, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) has over 8,700 members attending nearly 400 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Founded in 1967 by Bob Cacchione, who remains its Executive Director, the IHSA allows riders, with a wide range of experience in either hunt seat or western riding, to compete as an individual or on a team. Founded on the principle that any college student should be able to

participate in horse shows, regardless of their financial status or riding level, the IHSA offers eight levels of hunt seat competition (ranging from Walk/Trot through Medal/Maclay) and six levels of western competition (ranging from Walk/Trot through Open/Reining). Riders are placed into their initial level of competition, based on their previous riding and showing background; as they earn points, they can earn the opportunity to compete at the Regional Championships as well as move up in the ranks. Riders at an IHSA competition randomly draw a horse provided by the host school. The horses are warmed up for the competitors, who are not allowed to do any preparation on the animal before entering the competition arena. Riders must rely on their skills to catch-ride their draw to the best of their ability. To determine the winning school at a competition, each coach must designate one rider per level as the school’s “point” rider. Those riders’ points count toward the team total, with the best seven (hunt seat) or best five (western) results to count. The school that has earned the most points at the end of the day is the winner. Another unique facet of the IHSA is that its members may continue to compete after graduating, in a separate alumni division, with opportunities to compete at Regionals, Zones, and Nationals. IHSA members are eligible for a number of scholarships provided by sponsors of the organization. Recognition is given for members with outstanding academic performance and sportsmanship. For more information, visit


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Finishing its 10th year, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) introduces students in private or public middle or secondary schools to equestrian sports and promotes and improves the quality of equestrian competition and instruction. Based upon the model established by the IHSA, the IEA now offers interscholastic competition in the hunt seat, western, and saddle seat disciplines. National Intercollegiate Rodeo Equestrians competing at IEA shows must ride Association horses that are provided by the school hosting the The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) competition; they are allowed a short warm-up period to was founded in 1949 to “preserve western heritage through become acquainted with the animal, during which time collegiate rodeo.” Today, its mission is to foster and they may be coached. Hunt seat develop collegiate rodeo in order to classes are either equitation on the provide educational and competiAdditional Resources flat or over fences, ranging from tive opportunities for students. cross rails to three feet; western Sarah Neely, Director of Public THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN classes are judged on horsemanRelations and Administration for Federation is affiliated with several ship or reining, while saddle seat NIRA, says that competing on a of the intercollegiate organizations classes allow riders to show on college rodeo team requires some profiled in this article. In addition, the rail and individual workout previous experience with the USEF has several other resources to classes. Levels are offered in each sport, but that many coaches do assist students looking for informadiscipline based upon the rider’s an outstanding job of teaching new tion on collegiate riding and other previous experience. competitors. “The sport of college related opportunities. The IEA is unique because rodeo includes saddle bronc riding, USEF Equestrian College Search is teams may be formed in affiliabareback riding, bull riding, tiethe resource designed to help students tion with schools or with barns. down roping, steer wrestling, team search for colleges with equine-related A barn team might be made up roping, barrel racing, breakaway degree programs or equestrian teams of individuals attending different roping, and goat tying,” says Neely. based on their interests. Over 150 school districts but who train at Membership in NIRA is open schools are profiled at this time. To the same facility. School teams to students attending accredited access the college search, visit usef. may train at a school-owned colleges and universities; currently, org/_IFrames/colleges/search.aspx. facility, but in many cases, are the organization boasts approxiUSEF also has a prepared brochure, based at a local trainer’s farm. mately 3,600 student members in called A Guide for the Collegiate The IEA is affiliated with USEF, 11 regions. Most current members Equestrian, to assist students looking to USHJA, IHSA, and the National attend schools west of the continue their equestrian education in Reining Horse Association Mississippi River, with the largest college. The brochure is available online (NRHA). Hours earned on IEA numbers in Texas and Oklahoma. at, and copies are available for teams may be used toward the Neely says that the current interested individuals or organizations. USEF High School Lettering membership fee is $260 per year. Also be sure to visit equinejournal. Program (see sidebar). However, members also often must com/education for a list of financial For more information, visit contribute in some way toward the resources, colleges, boarding schools, feeding, care, and maintenance of and helpful education-related articles.



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Interscholastic Equestrian Association

The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA, formerly known as Varsity Equestrian) is the organization responsible for promoting equestrian sport in the NCAA. In 1998, equestrian was listed as an “emerging sport” within the NCAA; the NCEA has been working since then to try to elevate equestrian to championship status by promoting the benefits of the sport to sponsors, institutions, riders, parents, and industry professionals while further developing its rules and competitions. At an NCEA contest, two riders from competing teams will ride “head-to-head” on the same randomly drawn horse. Riders are allowed a four-minute warm-up (five minutes for reining) with their mount prior to entering the ring. The rider with the higher score wins and earns points for her team. The team at the end of the day with the most points wins the competition overall. Only “elite” athletes are eligible for membership on an NCEA team, and there are teams for both hunt seat and western riders. Hunt seat riders compete at the 3'6" medal level, while western riders are eligible for reining competition. Riders participating on NCEA teams may be awarded scholarship money from their school, but there are restrictions on what other types of money or prizes they may accept for competition. To learn more, visit


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From the striking gold of a palomino to the flashy pinto, who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love awesome color? Color breeding for many is a big business. With constant advances in science, DNA testing is an accessible resource for breeders. Join us for an insiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look at color gene testing.


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The Basics of Color The interaction of just a few genes determines the wide variety of horse coat colors. Chestnut/sorrel, black, and bay form the basic coat colors that provide the springboard for further possibilities. These “hard colors” are controlled by the interaction of two genes, Extension (red factor) and Agouti (black factor). Extension governs the production of red and black pigment, while Agouti governs the distribution of black pigment, either throughout the body or at the points. Dr. Denny Crews, professor at Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Sciences in Fort Collins, CO, and expert in the field of animal genetics, explains how these genes work together to create the palate of horse color options. “Once you have the genotype at Agouti and Extension, you’ll basically be able to predict whether you will have a sorrel, a black, or a bay,” explains Crews. “There are ways, based on phenotypic color, to infer genotype. In other words, if you have a sorrel horse, you know it is completely recessive at the red gene; a black is completely recessive at the black gene.” Further colors come into play through the dilution genes or modifying genes consisting of Cream (cremello), Champagne, Dun, Pearl, and Silver. Crews explains that the terms “dilution” and “modifier” are often used synonymously; they refer to the ways sets of genes interact to modify the base coat color, essentially bleaching out the hard color.


Color testing can tell breeders what mutations their horses are homozygous or heterozygous for, and therefore, predict the possible color outcomes of the offspring.

Color breeders often seek specific answers in DNA testing. “For breeders concerned with producing horses of a particular color, color testing can tell them which mutations their horses are homozygous for (having two identical copies of a gene) or heterozygous for (having one normal and one mutated copy of the gene), and therefore, predict what possible forms of the gene (known as alleles) a horse can pass to its offspring,” notes Dr. Kathryn Photo:

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The interaction of just a few genes determines the wide variety of horse coat colors.

30-50 hairs pulled from the mane or tail with the bulb-like follicle attached. Samples are mailed to the lab, where DNA is extracted from the follicle. If all this talk of science makes you fear for your pocketbook, take heart— testing is reasonably priced. For example, the University of Kentucky’s test laboratory charges $25 per desired test. At the lab, a procedure on the hair samples is performed. “Color variations are caused by mutations in various genes. Mutations that involve insertions or deletions of bases (nucleotides A, C, G, T that create a DNA sequence)

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are detected by DNA fragment analysis that measures the size difference between the normal sequence and the mutated sequence,” explains Graves. “The Agouti mutation that produces black versus bay is an example of this type of mutation. Many colors are caused by a single-base change (C>T for example) that changes the structure of the protein that the gene codes for. Chestnut versus bay or black is an example of a single-base change mutation. These Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNP) mutations are detected by what is known as a

Whatever breed and color are the hallmarks of your stable, DNA testing is an easy and effective technology that will advance your breeding program.


Graves, Director Animal Genetic Testing and Research Laboratory in the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky. “For example, the tobiano spotting gene is dominant, meaning only one copy of the mutation is necessary to produce that color pattern. It is desirable for breeders of tobianos to have a homozygous stallion or mare for this mutation, because no matter what color horse they breed to, a spotted offspring will be produced.” Breeders interested in genetic testing will find it a simple process. Testing is done on hair samples consisting of

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Color Testing and the Bottom Line: A Breeder’s Perspective



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Dilution genes, such as the Cream gene, create further colors by essentially bleaching the base color.

TaqMan® assay—a patented procedure where different fluorescent dyes mark the mutation or the normal form of the gene, and send a signal to the machine that is used to run these assays.” Crews explains that the field of color genetics is an evolving science. “There are an increasing number of color genes we can do genetic tests for. We are learning more all the time about coat-color control in horses. If color is important in your breeding program, keep up with the advancements in the field.” In addition, genetic testing cannot only reveal recessive genes, but also genetic issues related to color, such as Lethal White Syndrome, which occurs when a horse is homozygous for frame overo. These foals appear to be healthy but actually have a nonfunctioning colon. “Horse breeders need to be aware that there are color genes out there that, in certain forms, can be unhealthy or lethal,” cautions Crews. “They need to keep that in mind as they design a breeding program that is breeding for color.” Whatever breed and color are the hallmarks of your stable, DNA testing is an easy and effective technology that will advance your breeding program. Whether a first-time breeder or long established in the field, expert consultation with a respected lab is a must for any operation. “Have a good understanding of the genetics and pattern of inheritance for each color mutation, as well as how the color mutations affect each other,” says Graves. “Breeders should always breed for quality animals first, and color is icing on the cake.” NATALIE DEFEE MENDIK can be found online at « The PHA/PtHA multiple world champion, Chicos Bandelero, of Coyote Creek Ranch.


Ann Stockstill, of Coyote Creek Ranch ( in Winona, TX, operates a large breeding operation with American Paint Horses forming the cornerstone of her program. Stockstill, who owns multiple World APHA Champions and sells Paints throughout the U.S. and abroad, chatted with Equine Journal about genetic testing and the business of breeding. Equine Journal: Could you tell me about your own experience as a breeder with DNA testing in your breeding program? Stockstill: I specialize in black and white homozygous and doublehomozygous Paints, so one of the first things clients want to know is if the horse is homozygous. When I sell to foreign countries, that’s basically what they’re looking for, especially in stallions. I just sold 21 horses to Brazil; a lot of South American countries are getting big on buying Paint Horses to start their own herds. DNA is also used to verify the parentage of horses. My stallions have their DNA on file with the APHA and AQHA, so that when someone is registering a foal, they can verify that the foal is actually the result of a breeding to my horse, and that his semen was used to inseminate the mare that the breeding contract was for. Sending cooled and frozen semen requires the DNA procedure. This protects both parties. The stallion owner knows that the semen that was shipped went to the correct mare, and the mare owner knows that the semen belonged to the stallion they contracted for. In some cases, more than one mare is bred with the shipped semen, but only one has actually been paid for. The DNA procedure requires a breeding certificate and shipping permit to eliminate the mare owner from registering more than one foal per paid shipment, and that the stallion owner ships semen from the correct stallion. Equine Journal: Does DNA testing give added value to your business? Stockstill: With Paint Horses, it definitely does. I have horses whose bloodlines are far superior to other horses that are homozygous or double-homozygous, but that’s not what buyers are looking for. They want a guarantee that they will get a “Paint” every time, so they’ll go with a horse whose bloodlines I wouldn’t consider the best. You’ve got to concentrate on horses that have excellent pedigrees and color. I look for performance, conformation, and pedigree. You’re going to command more money in the Paint industry with color. Many foreign countries prefer black/white Paints over other colors, and they are looking to buy homozygous horses, especially if they are homozygous for tobiano and the black gene. Many countries, such as Brazil, will only allow breeding animals into the country (no geldings), and the stallions must have a show record or their sires and dams must have show records. They want proof of homozygosity through DNA certification. I check for the black gene; my studs are homozygous for black and tobiano. A lot of people think homozygous for black means they only throw black, but they throw the black gene, which could be buckskin, bay, black, grulla—those are the major colors you’d get. One misconception that Paint owners have is thinking that they can breed an overo horse to a tobiano and get a foal that is homozygous for tobiano, which is not the case. However, they can get one that is homozygous for a particular color. I provide a link on my website that helps mare owners predict what color their foal will be by putting in information about the mare and the stallion they are breeding her to.

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Dave Miller riding Caught Ya with Scott Jones of Showstring at their home base in Oneco, CT.


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Real Deal Quarter Horse Trainers Dish on the Breed, the Show Circuit, and What the Outside World Needs to Know By elisaBeth Prouty-GilBride


you’ve been riding for a long time, chances are you’ve come in contact with a Quarter Horse, whether it was on a family vacation at a working ranch, competing against one at an open show, or taking your first riding lesson. These equines are versatile, athletic, and aim to please, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. We’ve spoken to four New England trainers who compete within the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) show circuit to get an insider’s perspective on what these horses are really all about, common misconceptions about the industry, and what the outside world needs to learn about them.

David Miller and Scott Showstring, Oneco, CT


Background: David Miller has been a professional

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in the Quarter Horse industry for approximately 20 years, and has specialized in the hunters for the past four years. He’s a two-time Reserve Congress Champion, Hunt Field Derby Champion, Reserve Intermediate Champion at the AQHA World Show, and is a National Snaffle Bit Futurity (NSBA) High Point Champion. Scott Jones has been a professional trainer on the circuit for 10 years. His recent accomplishments include winning the Three-Year-Old Under Saddle at Quarter Horse Congress and taking third place at the AQHA World Show in the Junior Under Saddle and the Senior Under Saddle. Specialization: David rides in Quarter Horse Working Hunter and Hunter Hack, coaching amateur and youth

riders in those divisions, as well as the Equitation Over Fences and the Equitation on the Flat. Scott specializes in hunter under saddle, and also competes in NSBA futurities. Both trainers also occasionally compete in and take their clients to other stock breed competitions, such as Paint and Appaloosa sanctioned shows. Equine Journal: Do you see any differences between

the Quarter Horse circuit and other shows where you’ve competed? Dave: All the stock breeds follow pretty much the same format as the AQHA shows. For me, the only advantage that USEF shows have is there are more classes for me to compete in [as a hunter rider]. All of the stock breeds have a limited number of fence classes, so most of my horses can compete in one, maybe two classes a day, where at the USEF shows I can have a minimum of two, three trips a day…then, if I cross over to the non-rated classes, I can compete even more. Scott: At NSBA futurities, there’s a lot of money up for grabs, so it becomes really competitive fairly quickly. At AQHA, you compete for points. It’s still competitive, but their shows have a different style. If you hang $50,000 worth of prize money in front of somebody, things start to change right away. That’s no different from the hunter world, though…as soon as hunter derbies started paying money, people came out of the woodwork to win it. Things are much more intense with shows that offer money than those that don’t. November 2012

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tion about Quarter Horses and the AQHA show circuit? Dave: That [the breed] is short, fat, and has little strides. A lot of trainers that take their clients to USEF rated shows will call about horses I have for sale, and their first question is: can they make it down the line? Absolutely! Our horses compete on a 12' to 13' stride line, and compete up to 3'6''. Most trainers are quite surprised when they come to see what our horses look like. Most people at the USEF rated shows don’t ever even realize that I’m competing on a Quarter Horse. Regarding the AQHA show circuit, I think a lot of the world still thinks of us as just a bunch of cowboys, but there are a lot of people who cross over from the hunter world. There are a lot of top [hunter] trainers and riders who either currently compete or have been rather successful on the Quarter Horse circuit. Peter Pletcher, Louise Serio, Linda Langmeier, and David Oliynyk have all been to and shown at Quarter Horse shows. They’ve been to the Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA World Show, and many of them have even become world champions. There is a lot of cross over, but sometimes the average person doesn’t realize it. Also, our world is governed just as heavily as the USEF by show stewards. Our professional horsemen have codes of conduct that we have to sign and abide by. We have fines and suspensions for people who step out of bounds on the ethical treatment of animals. Rather than waiting until they got in trouble, like other industries did, AQHA has taken a proactive step. Just last week they released a new list of prohibited equipment that’s not even allowed on the fairgrounds. Our stewards are well-trained in animal welfare, exhibitor conduct, and have to be knowledgeable in understanding hunters, jumpers, equitation, western horses, cattle classes, halter classes— 84

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basically everything. A large focus for AQHA right now is animal welfare, and why they need to be in front of it and not behind it.

Dave Miller and It Just Comes Natural winning the Virginia Classic Huntfield Derby.

Troy Green and Torey Roderick, Troy Green Quarter Horses, Seekonk, MA Background: Troy Green has over two dozen All American

Quarter Horse Congress Championships in Junior and Senior Pleasure, versatility, reining, halter, and western riding. He’s coached clients to over 50 Congress championships, has won three AQHA World championships, and has trained two Congress All-Around horses. Torey Specializes in trail, hunter under saddle, and preparing youth and amateur exhibitors for the show ring. She has multiple AQHA All-Arounds, circuit, state, and regional championships as well as world show qualifiers and finalists. She has coached clients to multiple congress top-tens, regional and circuit championships. This year she qualified horses for the 2012 World Championship Show in junior and senior trail. Specialization: Troy’s background is in training All-Around horses, with a foundation in the pleasure horse. He has had much success in the pleasure arena, winning at all the major futurities. Torey also brings a number of clients to compete in all-around events such as showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, trail, and pleasure. Currently she has an amateur that qualified for the 2012 World Show in Amateur Showmanship and is also seventh in the nation. Equine Journal: Do you see any differences between the Quarter

Horse circuit and any other shows where you’ve competed?

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(L–R) Katie Fraser, Julia Jordan, Taylor Duncanson, Kayleigh McDonnell, Torey Roderick aboard Detailed Artifacts, Jackie Hughes, Steve Hughes, and Troy Green at the Region 6 Championship Horse Show.


Troy: I went to the Paint World Show one year, and have a couple of Appaloosas that I ride, and I have gone to open shows, which is where I started. There are some differences between some of the shows—you’re going to have a higher quality of competition at the Quarter Horse shows, although you can sometimes find very nice quality horses at the open shows. I’ve actually found horses at open shows and bought them and then did very well on the Quarter Horse circuit. You have to remember that everyone starts somewhere, and many people may start out riding at open shows and then make the transition to competing on the Quarter Horse circuit. Torey: I showed hunters and went to open shows when I was a kid, but right now the schedule is so demanding, that we’re just doing the Quarter Horse circuit. Last year, I went to some Appaloosa shows and the Reichert Celebration out in Forth Worth. That’s kind of nice, because they have all different breeds there, so if you do have multiple breeds, you can bring them all. Based on my experience when I was younger and the input we get from some customers coming from the hunter circuit, [the Quarter Horse circuit] is more friendly, and you can mingle from barn to barn, which makes it a more laidback atmosphere.

Marie-Jos’ee Paquette, Rachelle Bouchard, Katie Fraser, and Torey Roderick with Troy Green on Detailed Artifact at the 2012 Western Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Memorial Day Show.

show to compete at? Troy: I’ve always been partial to the

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Congress because it’s the largest show there is. The World Show attracts the same group, but the Congress is the largest, single breed horse show in the country. They have close to 20,000 entries and over 10,000 horses. It’s a big deal. When you say that you’ve won at Congress, you really feel like you’ve done something—it’s kind of our Super Bowl. Torey: My favorite show is the World Show. The World Show isn’t as big as far as numbers, but [at Congress] I think it’s a little more intense. However, I feel the schedule at the World Show allows you to prepare your horse better; you don’t have to wait in line to longe or ride at 3:00 a.m. I like the venue too—I like Oklahoma City. It’s that pinnacle that you look forward to all year, after all the other shows. Equine Journal: What do you think is the biggest misconcep-

tion about Quarter Horses and the AQHA show circuit in general? Troy: I’ve always found that when you go to the jumping world or the dressage world, the top-level people have a lot of respect for what we do. I’m not sure that lower level riders always do, because our pleasure horses go very slow—they may think that’s easy to do, but it isn’t. The pleasure classes

are one of our hardest classes because we have to have a lot of control of the body, and a lot of lift with their body. But there are some people who won’t make their horses lift up and so they don’t get quality of movement. There is a group of people up here that are very talented. Massachusetts doesn’t have a lot of trainers that compete as far as the Quarter Horse world goes, but Connecticut and New York have quite a few. Since I originally moved up here about five years ago, I noticed that the quality of horses has gotten better. Torey: In the Northeast, there’s a handful of very good trainers, but it’s not as populated as if you go to Ohio, Florida, or Texas. With any type of show you go to, there are always some great horses, but there is always the chance that you will see poor examples of the breed or discipline…it depends on who you’re watching. If you’re not educated on who and what to watch for, you might not see the best representation of the breed. You might even see peanut rollers, where the horses are moving poorly with their heads down, but have no lift with their bodies, which is crucial. It’s our job is to keep the horses moving to the best of their ability—whether it’s for a pattern class or a pleasure class. November 2012

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By Jennifer Roberts





hen building a barn, many of the options you choose are for the convenience of the horse owner. A well-designed tack room helps to keep tack together in a structured environment, while an organized feed room makes chores easy. However, when it comes to choosing stall flooring, you should consider the well-being of the horse first and the rider second. CAROLYN KYLE, THE VICE PRESIDENT OF IGK Equestrian, LLC, has considerable experience with helping barn owners select their flooring options. She tells her clients to choose a forgiving flooring to ease strain on joints and ligaments, then select materials that dry or absorb wetness quickly, to reduce the risk of slipping and minimize harmful ammonia odors. After you have satisfied your horses’ needs, you can begin to think about the barn owner. Kyle suggests selecting a flooring option that is easy to clean, repair, and maintain, while holding up well. It’s also imperative that it fit well into their budget. There are many things to consider when choosing a floor for your horses. According to Susan Proud of Abacus Sports Installations Ltd. and Abacus Surfaces, “Quality, versatility, and cost are just a few factors to consider, but in my experience, together they pose the biggest problem. You cannot always have all three at once.” Proud says that barn owners should identify the factors that are the most important to them. She states, “My suggestion is to pick the two factors that you think are the most important, and then try to get the third factor the best that you can.” 86


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If you are looking to provide cushioning and comfort: Consider foam or rubber-filled mattresses; they have a lot of “give” to them. Many of the mattress systems are one-piece and are custom fit to your stalls. The mattresses will keep your horse off the cold floor, while supporting the joints and ligaments. The systems can be a bit more expensive than other flooring options when initially being installed, but the durable, waterproof top keeps the horse cleaner and healthier, and it saves on bedding costs. The mattress of open-celled foam, engineered specifically for the rigors of a horse stall, stays flat and will not compact over time.

If you are looking for a low-maintenance option: Consider concrete or asphalt because they hold up well and remain level over time. They are, by far, the most durable flooring options. They are also easy to clean and disinfect, rodent-proof, difficult to damage, and low maintenance. On the downside, concrete and asphalt have no give and are not easy

Choosing a floor that fits your budget, is easy to maintain, and meets your horse’s needs can be difficult, but it is possible.

on a horse’s legs. They are also cold and hard. It is not recommended to use concrete and asphalt in a stall unless covered by rubber mats, a mattress system, or a very thick layer of bedding.

If you are looking for odor and bacteria control:


Consider foam or rubber mats because waste materials won’t be absorbed into the floor like they would with dirt or clay. An optional waterproof top cover will add an additional degree of bacteria control. They can be installed over any compact, level surface and are often used over existing flooring that is hard or slippery. Rubber mats are easy to clean, easy on horses’ legs, and provide good footing. Mats have the tendency to move or curl unless secured by a wall or interlocking pieces.

If you are looking to save money: Consider topsoil and clay; they are readily available and relatively inexpensive. They tend to get slippery when wet, especially if packed. Clay is closest to a natural tread for horses, dust-free, easy on the legs, and noiseless. Maintenance is required for clay floors, as they need to be leveled and repacked yearly and replaced every few years. Clay may also retain odors and can be difficult to keep clean.

If you are looking to reduce bedding: Consider foam or rubber-filled mattresses or rubber mats because less bedding is needed for cushioning. The waterproof top cover of the mattress systems allows waste materials to be removed along with bedding, reducing labor to muck out stalls and keeping disposal costs down.

What to Avoid Both of our experts had a few flooring options that they think

should be left out of your line of thinking. Carolyn Kyle tells us, “I know some barn owners swear by sand, but sand causes dust, and dust causes respiratory problems in horses and humans. Owners of sand barns go to incredible lengths to keep sand under control. We’ve had some owners of sand facilities tell us they were using between 2,500 and 3,500 gallons of water a day just to keep dust under control. Sand can also cause intestinal impaction and colic for horses fed on the floor.” Susan Proud says, “I would actually urge people to stay away from pavers in stalls. We sell pavers, and I think that they are beautiful; but, there are crevices to hold bacteria, and unless they are in a wash stall, they are difficult to clean. However, when talking about barn aisles, rubber pavers are absolutely my top choice for a beautiful and safe environment.” Kyle also encourages barn owners to stay away from wood. She states, “Wood will eventually rot from spilled water, urine, and manure.” It can also be very slippery when wet.

The Right Floor The options for stall flooring are numerous, but it is important to pick the right flooring for you. The right flooring will help to keep both you and your horse happy and comfortable. Susan Proud sends a line of caution against a poorly chosen floor by stating, “Your horses can develop injuries with the wrong floor. The wrong floor can cause joint stress. Bacteria can flourish in a poorly chosen floor, causing huge veterinary bills. Bacteria can be especially important to watch for in a clinic environment or foaling/breeding area.” Find flooring that fits your needs and that you will be comfortable leaving your horse on. Depending on your horse’s routine, he could be spending a lot of time with your choice! November 2012


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Celebrate 25 Days of Magical Fun This Holiday Season By Ange Dickson Finn

December 1: You jump out of bed and dash to the Advent Barn. You unbolt the door to Stall 1, flinging it open with great delight. Inside, you behold…you behold…a draft horse. A draft horse? You have to admit to being just a little disappointed, since drafts have never been your thing. A big, shiny, heavy-boned Percheron with a gorgeous neck, and his mane braided with red and green ribbons. Yeah, OK, he’s great looking. But, you had something a little—shall we say—smaller in mind. You trudge away, wondering about this Advent Barn thing. December 2: With a bit less enthusiasm, you saunter into the Advent Barn on the second of December. Your draft horse nickers in welcome, and you sigh. You’ve started this thing, so you might as well keep going. Maybe something good will turn up before the 25th, anyway. Stall 2 has a much wider door, and you’re a little concerned. You slide the door open and a silvery gleam catches your eye. Curious, you push the door open further. The morning light falls on—no, it can’t be! A great big, fancy, one-horse open sleigh! Wow! Red shiny body, sleek polished runners, leather seats, all the traces, even sleigh bells. Now you get it! The Percheron is to pull the sleigh! But there’s no snow on the ground 88

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yet this year to enjoy a sleigh ride. December 3: Really curious now, you make the Advent Barn your first stop. Stall 3 also has a wide door, and as you lay your hand on it, it’s quite chilly. How in the world could that be? You throw open the door, and it opens onto a wooded vista covered with white, perfect snow! Quick as a flash you back that Percheron up to the sleigh. You’ve never done this before but the Perch helps you get him all hitched up. You call the family out of the house. Winter coats and blankets are in the sleigh, you guide your Percheron through the magical stall door, slap the reins on his back, and off you go! December 4: What could top yesterday’s Advent Barn surprise? You head out to see. Stall 4 is smaller, thank goodness. You open the door and gasp. It’s unbelievable! It’s your pony, your first pony. Why, she’s been gone for 20 years! But, it’s Tink for sure—she has that scar on her shoulder. You throw your arms around her neck and remember Christmases past and happy times long gone. She and the Percheron will have fun playing together, you’re sure. December 5: On the fifth day, you open Stall 5 curiously. Delight

Don’t you love the holidays and all the rituals that make the season stand out? Like gingerbread cookies, trimming the tree, singing carols, and having parties. The only thing is, our horses are left out of the fun, pretty much. Oh, sure, we might decorate the stalls or use them in our Christmas cards or give them home-baked treats for the holidays. But, that’s about it. So, I’m proposing a novel way to combine our horse passion with our holiday fun: the Advent Barn. Think Advent Calendar, only horse-themed!

Imagine This:

You walk into a beautiful stable decorated like a Victorian Christmas card. Arranged on two sides of a spacious center aisle are stall doors—25 of them! Your heart jumps at the idea that you get to open one of these ornate, handsome doors each day until Christmas. Who knows what horsey/ Christmassy surprises lie inside? Spirited steeds and lavish tack? Delectable treats for horse and human? You can hardly wait to find out.


fills you when you see, as real as life itself, you and Tink at your first horse show. You didn’t know what you were doing, but steady Tink took you over each jump safely, you won a ribbon, and you were delirious with joy. You stand in the door and watch the memory over and over. DECEMBER 6: Will Stall 6 hold another magic adventure, or something lovely from your past again? You open the door with great anticipation. Why, it’s a little girl and her mom, seen dimly as a dream. The mom is explaining that they don’t have money for a pony that can jump. She’s promising her daughter that they’ll drive through the country and find some horses to pet, though. You know that very soon, these two will turn up at your fence, admiring and feeding carrots to Tink. And, you know you’ll load her into the trailer and follow them back to their place. Quietly you close the door and go groom Tink. DECEMBER 7: You head for Stall 7 feeling very good. It was great to see Tink and the little girl so happy. Stall 7 is a smallish door and you open it easily. Inside on a little brass tray is a piece of paper. You take it in your hand; in golden, shining letters it says, “Certificate good for a lifetime of perfect flying lead changes.” Hooray! It has been on your Christmas list for years. DECEMBER 8: Today’s the day you planned to get a tree. But, you can’t miss your trip to the Advent Barn first. Sliding open Stall 8, you are surprised to see, once again, your Percheron hitched to the sleigh. Even better, a perfect evergreen rests in the sleigh. Chuckling, you lead the big old guy

up to the house to deliver his cargo, and thank him with a bucket of carrots. DECEMBER 9: What will you find today in Stall 9? You decide to check before you join your family to trim the tree. And, good thing you did, because it’s filled with ornaments. They are all your favorite ornaments lost or broken over your many Christmases, including the best one of all: a horse’s head with a holly garland! DECEMBER 10: As you head out to the Advent Barn, your mind goes over the rest of your to-do list. More parties, baking, cards, gifts… Stall 10 is a very narrow door, the smallest yet. You slide it open and, ta-da! Inside, a neat stack of Christmas cards all sealed, stamped, and ready to deliver. What a Christmas treat! DECEMBER 11: You’re having a party tonight for your barn friends, and everything is in high gear back at the house. All you’re lacking is some cookies and gifts for them to take home. You take a break and sneak out to the Advent Barn; from behind the door of Stall 11 you get a whiff of something delicious. Peeking in, you see two plates piled tall with cookies!

One plate has gingerbread horses with a sign in front that says, “For your guests.” The other plate of carrot-shaped oat cookies has a sign saying, “For the horses…” DECEMBER 12: The party’s over, the house is a mess, you’re supposed to be shopping for gifts, and the noisy evening is still rattling around in your head. You open Stall 12 wishing for a little downtime. There, in Stall 12, is your own horse grazing, a comfy rocking chair, and a clear night sky with brightly shining stars. You sink into the chair as your horse nuzzles you gently. Time stops, and the spirit of Christmas whispers your name. And there are all those doors still to open… Check back next month as we open doors 13-25, and be sure to enter our 25 Days of Christmas contest for your chance to win some great prizes! Please visit to enter. ANGE DICKSON FINN is an awardwinning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom. Visit her at and, or email her at ange@ November 2012



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an insider’s Perspective on island Life ➜ Chincoteague Island, Virginia By elisaBeth Prouty-GilBride

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Long before Marguerite Henry made Chincoteague, Va, popular with her 1947 bestselling novel, Misty of Chincoteague, the town’s Pony Penning and Carnival—held the last Wednesday and thursday every July—has always been a staple within the community. During the event, which has acted as a fundraiser for the island’s volunteer fire department since its inception, the ponies are herded from neighboring assateague island and swim across the assateague Channel to Chincoteague island. they are then paraded to the carnival grounds and auctioned off. the day following the auction, the ponies then retreat back to the wilderness of assateague island, where they stay protected from civilization. “the swim and parade always take place on Wednesday, followed by the auction on thursday,” says Suzanne taylor, executive Director at the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. “the entire week is very festive—the funny thing is, the swim back to assateague has gotten to be almost as popular as the swim over.” However, taylor notes that although the Pony Penning and Carnival are popular amongst locals and tourists alike, visitors can see the ponies any time of the year. “for most of the year, they are roaming free at the Chincoteague national Wildlife refuge, which you can drive out to. there are also bus tours that you can take to

Island visitors can enjoy watching wild ponies roaming free on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge year-round.

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The Assateague Lighthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a popular tourist destination.


« The Pony Penning and Carnival, held the last week every July, is kicked off with ponies being herded across the Assateague Channel to Chincoteague Island.

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Barbecue lovers can unite at Woody’s, where they can choose between pulled pork, smoked chicken, baby back ribs, and more melt in your mouth meals for a reasonable price. 410-430-4429

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Visitors looking for a quick bite to eat can find fresh sandwiches and soups at this take-out joint. 757-336-6005

With over 34 flavors of daily homemade ice cream, sherbet, sorbet, and no fat low carb and low calorie frozen yogurt, this ice cream joint has something


get out to the other side of the island that people can’t access otherwise. It offers an opportunity for birders and people who enjoy nature to see places they wouldn’t ordinarily get to enjoy.” Equine enthusiasts can also visit nearby Queen Hive Farm in Assawoman, VA, a local facility that offers nature trail rides to equestrians of all abilities. And horse-crazy visitors who still haven’t gotten their fix can go to the Chincoteague Pony Center, which gives riding lessons on Chincoteague Ponies, as well as pony rides for their younger, less experienced counterparts. Aside from the ponies, popular tourist attractions on the Wildlife Refuge include the beach, the Assateague Lighthouse, and the Herbert Bateman Visitor’s Center, which is open year-round and boasts a marine aquarium and a film about the wild horses. And in Chincoteague, Misty fans can visit the Museum of Chincoteague Island, where they’ll see the preserved Misty and Stormy, as well as additional exhibits, which depict the culture of the maritime community. Just like most oceanside villages, Chincoteague offers a variety of coastal cuisine, from restaurants that feature a casual environment with inexpensive fare to those that have more upscale dining. And for those who enjoy turf instead of surf, many more options abound, including the Sea Star Café, which caters to vegetarians, and Woody’s Beach Barbecue. To top it all off, visitors would be missing out if they didn’t end their meal with ice cream from one of the local shops. “The Island Creamery is probably the most popular,” Taylor comments. “They make their own ice cream, and most any time you come here, there’s a line of people waiting to get in.” From visiting wild horses to taking a trip to the beach and enjoying the local food, Chincoteague can provide something for almost everyone. “There are a lot of small town people here. You walk down the street and everybody basically knows one another and looks after each other. This is a very family oriented place,” Taylor says, adding, “I think what people enjoy most of all, though,

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this local restaurant offers fine dining with seafood, steak, and everything in between on its menu. 757-336-5831

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Tourists can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere within a maritime community that boasts fresh seafood at many local restaurants.


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Take the kids for a riding lesson or a pony ride on one of the island’s own Chincoteague Ponies, or visit the Misty Museum, which includes memorabilia of Misty, the horse that put the small town on the map. 757-336-2776 Assateague Lighthouse Tours & Oil Shed Art Shows

Take a tour of the Assateague Lighthouse, which was built in 1867 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Call ahead to inquire to inquire about the Oil Shed Art Show schedule. 757-336-3696 Wildlife Bus Tours

Offered from April through November, these bus tours access areas of Assateague Island that are normally available only on foot. Covering 15 miles over approximately 90 minutes, tourists can spot Chincoteague Ponies in their natural habitat along with other wild animals. 757-336-3696 PHOTOS: DANIEL ALLEN

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Gift ideas for all the impossibly picky horse-lovers on your list.

Fashion File: Holiday 2012

Finding the perfect gift is tricky. Finding the perfect one for the equine enthusiasts on your list is downright complicated. For reasons unexplained by science, horse ownership makes seemingly normal people impossibly particular about the brand, color, and/or fit of everything and anything horse-related. This year, we did the heavy lifting for you. Here are the holiday’s hottest fashion picks—for every budget—courtesy of equestrian designer, Arianna Anderocci-Vastino. By Carley SparkS

Gifts Under $50

Terry Stack Belts Personalize your present with the Terry Stack interchangeable belt system. “Buckles range from classic equestrian horse heads to bejeweled statement items and the leathers from classic saddle brown to hot pink reptile,” says Anderocci-Vastino. “At $30 to $50, you can add a new buckle or leather and build their collection every year.”

Gifts Under $400

Phyllis Stein Tee-shirts Finally, a cool horse tee! “Phyllis Stein is a super-cute, hand-screened T-shirt line ($39), with horse-themed sayings like ‘Medal Queen,’ ‘I Rocked Show Season 2012,’ and ‘Cute Mover.’ It’s vintage-rocker-tee-meetshorse-show,” says Anderocci-Vastino. “And, all her designs are limited edition.”

Canino Stirrup Clasp Bracelet “Catherine Canino is a silversmith, based in New York, who has done work for major labels like Ralph Lauren and Banana Republic®. She takes inspiration from equestrian hardware and turns it into jewelry. It’s subtle and elegant, but doesn’t scream equestrian. I love the Stirrup Clasp Bracelet in woven leather ($280),” says Anderocci-Vastino. GiGi Teddie Tote “GiGi does amazing leather handbags and accessories in luxe materials like viper and embossed python. For $285, the Teddie Tote is a great carryall or horse show tote. Choose bright colors for the fashion-forward horse lover or the taupe for a more neutral option,” says Anderocci-Vastino. Ariat® Pelham Crossbody Go high-end with the Ariat Pelham Crossbody handbag ($395)! “It’s a great day-to-night bag for the girl on the go,” says Anderocci-Vastino. “It’s Italian calfskin and has all the equestrian details we love, like harness bridle straps and brass horse head hardware. This line will take Ariat to the next level and cross over into mainstream fashion.”

Gifts Under $150

Le Fash Polos “New this season, Le Fash introduced the first bamboo polo shirt ($128). It’s super soft and luxurious and naturally has all the technical qualities we look for in performance wear—antimicrobial, moisture wicking, temperature control. It comes in a five-button polo for women, or a three-button classic polo for men,” she says. Samshield V-skin Vented Gloves “Samshield just launched a glove line, the Vskin Vented Glove ($69.50). They polled riders to come up with the perfect design and then ride-tested it for a year with France’s Kevin Staut. The end result is a glove made of four different materials—leather, silicone, Lycra® and spandex—strategically placed to maximize durability, breathability, grip, flexibility, and thinness,” says Anderocci-Vastino. Asmar Merino V-neck “The Asmar Merino wool v-neck sweater ($136) with contrasting elbow patches is a great barn-to-dinner piece and ties into the equestrian trend that is huge this fall. It’s 100% merino wool, so it has natural body temperature regulation and moisture-wicking properties,” Anderocci-Vastino says. “It would look great paired with a Le Fash polo.”

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Good Service is Good Business How to Keep Your Customers Happy By Jennifer roBerts

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Keeping your customers happy is a vital part of maintaining a good business.

edge allow us to give the proper service and help to educate our customers. misinformation is worse than no information. a store without knowledgeable sales associates can be a disservice to their customers.” from pitch forks and water bucket selection to saddle and helmet fitting, it’s important to have a staff that can answer questions intelligently. Knowing the rules (or at least knowing where to find the rule books) is another wonderful asset; knowing if that bit is legal for the dressage ring or helping your customers select a pair of legal spurs, can really help to foster customer loyalty and trust. educating your customers is another great way to make them feel included in your business. Why do you suggest a certain product? Sharing your knowledge

with the customers helps them to feel like they are making informed decisions and that you care. it’s easy to take an additional 30 seconds to explain why the product is the right one for the customer, helping to make it clear that you care more about him or her than the sale. This applies to every business (certainly not just tack shops!), for instance teaching someone how to tack their own horse, instead of doing it for them, is a lasting lesson! for Karen, providing quality customer service isn’t hard, but it does require a bit of forethought. “listen. Be honest. Be helpful. offer advice when asked, but only if it is based on known facts and not just on your opinion.” above all, follow Walt Disney’s advice, “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.”


The moST viTal aSSeTS of every business are its customers. Keeping your customers happy and making them feel like an integral part of your company not only keeps them coming back to you, but also expands your business with positive referrals to their friends and associates. We talked to Karen rudolph, the manager of a successful tack shop, for her professional opinion on what makes for good customer service. for Karen, the old cliché, “the customer is always right,” is still a good motto to live by. “it is always important to be sincere and listen to what the customer is saying—don’t just assume you know what they want and need.” remember that they came to your business for a reason; try to provide the product or service that he or she is looking for to the best of your ability. it is more productive to tell customers that you cannot provide what they are looking for, and then present them with a few alternate options instead of immediately trying to sell them something else; people will remember you for being honest and trustworthy. on the same line of thinking, it’s important to be able to anticipate needs. Did you have a customer purchase clippers and a new set of blades? The simple act of suggesting blade lubricant can help the customer feel as though you care about them (and want to save them an extra trip to your store!). offer add-on products without being pushy; make the customer feel like you care and that you are sincere—not just that you want to make an additional sale. Try to make sure that you surround yourself with knowledgeable individuals. you may not always be around to answer questions and talk to customers, so make sure that your employees can provide accurate information as well. according to Karen, “at The equestrian Shop and The equestrian Shop, North, we employ horse people who have backgrounds in many different equestrian disciplines. our backgrounds and knowl-

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What Does “Green” Really Mean? A Look at Recycled Rubber Stall Mats By EllEn WhittEmorE

As you MAy knoW, MAny pRoDucts used on an equine facility are in fact “green,” such as recycled rubber stall mats, but what exactly does that mean? this month, we’re going to look at what the designation “green” really means when it comes to building materials.

A third Party review there are multiple ways in which a product can be green—from being composed of recycled material to using less energy to produce. there are also third party independent organizations that review products for their contribution to a sustainable environment. the most well-known and established in the united states is the united states Green Building council (usGBc),, a non-profit, independent trade organization that has developed a certification system to promote sustainable buildings and sites called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). products that the usGBc deem sustainable garner points that contribute to the overall LEED rating of the building or site. Whether or not you have a building that achieves an overall LEED rating, it’s nice to know that the products you are using at your facility have been deemed to be contributing to a green environment by LEED.

Humane Manufacturing company LLc of Baraboo, WI, ( makes a product called LoktuFF™ standard Interlocking stall system. According to tonia Frenzel at the company, their stall mats are green in several ways that earn LEED points. First, they are made of recycled material—in this case, buffings or recycled rubber—that is shredded off old tires when they are retreaded. Humane only uses buffings from farm-grade tires as 110 equine


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recycled rubber stall mats are just one of the many ways to go “green” in your barn.

opposed to passenger grade, which can contain metal and fiber cords that you certainly would not want your horses walking on. Also, the buffings are intercepted before they reach a landfill where they can be contaminated. secondly, the company’s production process uses less fossil fuel than others as it requires less oil. thirdly, the buffings are locally sourced, cutting down on fuel to transport them to the plant. Lastly, the mats have low Volatile

organic compound emissions, which can have adverse health effects for you and your horse. so, hopefully, next time you come across a product that touts itself as green, this column will have inspired you to ask just what that means. We would love to feature YOUR green ideas and projects. Contact EllEn WhittEmorE, Equine Facility Architect, at

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Makayla Flowers On Her Favorite Horse, Why She Rides, and Cheesecake. Age/Age Division: 16/Youth Trainer/Farm Affiliation: Keith Miller, Miller Quarter Horses

Background: I started riding at five with backyard lessons from a trainer in Kansas, and I bought my first pony there! Then, I moved to New Hampshire where I started jumping and doing Quarter Horse shows, and it has led me to where I am now! I have earned multiple high points at shows, earned a halter ROM and performance ROM, and three trophies for Grand Champion Halter Mare with Formally Yours. I also broke our two-year-old, earned multiple top 10s at the regional championship, and qualified for Novice Championship with three of our horses. The Trainer Who Has Influenced Me The Most: I have

Favorite Horse: Although it’s very hard since I have five at home that I work with, my favorite horse has to be my cremello, Country Treasure, “Tali.” He is my most versatile horse, and is willing to do anything for me! I’ve had him since I was seven years old, and we grew up together! It’s hard because I love my horse Formally Yours, “Hillary,” a lot, too. She and I have learned a lot together in the year I have been riding her, and we have accomplished more than I have with any other horse I’ve owned.

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Worst Fall: I’ve had many, but the worst has to be when I fell off Tali; he reared when I was riding him to the barn, and the footing gave out. He flipped over, crushing my ankle between him and a rock, leaving me with a serious bone bruise on my right ankle.

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thing I’m naturally good at! Not to mention, I love it and the work that comes with it! No other sport that I know of is as demanding as horseback riding! It’s so competitive on so many levels.

Guilty Pleasure: My mom’s homemade chocolate soy cheesecake!

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Equine Comfort Products introduces its new Eventer Pad, made from a combination of high-tech materials that allow horse and rider to meet and conquer the many challenges in the eventing world. The pad’s innovative design features a flannel cotton bottom and a non-slip foam top with compression foam underneath and outer mesh on its flaps, making it moisture wicking, breathable, shock absorbing, and durable, and preventing it from sliding while providing maximum ventilation for heat transfer.

Freedom Footwear

This month, Ariat International’s most recent line of western boots—the Freedom Collection—hits western retailers, boutiques, and online. The unique footwear is detailed with patriotic and military-themed stitch patterns and a digital camo print lining to honor the men and women of the armed forces. Along with creating the military-inspired Freedom Collection, Ariat is also supporting PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes (formerly NARHA Horses for Heroes).

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Tredstep Ireland has introduced two new winter styles to its collection of high tech riding gloves. The Arctic H2O and Polar H2O are both designed using materials that provide exceptional protection from the cold and wet, while eliminating the need for bulky fabric on the palm that can interfere with the reins. While both products are 100% waterproof, the Arctic H2O has an extended wrist and secure Velcro closure, and the Polar H2O features a super-extended, knitted ribbed cuff for added protection against precipitation, and is less bulky than most gloves. 114 EQUINE


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WINNING WEEKENDS EQUINE Events hosted their eighth annual Horse Show Series in 2012. Events were held at the Fonda Fairgrounds in Montgomery County and the Cobleskill Fairgrounds in Schoharie County, NY. For the fourth year, Winning Weekends offered their unique Show & Tell event.

During these Show & Tell classes, each exhibitor received a critique of their performance and tips for improvement over the public address system from judge, Margo Ball. Two exhibitors were chosen as this year’s Most Improved Riders, Cheryl Rudolph and Marsha

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WHAT DOES WALT WHITMAN HAVE TO do with horses? The fact is that much of the horsey Huntington/West Hills area of Long Island was once owned by the poet’s family. Whitman (1819-1892) was born in a farmhouse built by his father, which has been restored as a historic site and tourist attraction. Prior to his birth, the Whitman family had owned a large parcel of land, which today houses Walt Whitman High School, the Long Island Equine Medical Center, woods, private homes, stables, and numerous riding trails. One of the centerpieces and largest remaining farms in the area is Stanhope Stables, formerly known as Melody Farm. In Whitman’s era, it was a dairy farm. When civilization built up around it, the farm became a place for horse owners to board and ride. Ted and Clare Brinkmann bought the farm on Downs Road around 1956 from Lewis Ledyard, who owned it and all the adjoining property. It is not known when the Whitmans lost or sold it, as the local historical society records do not go back that far. Ledyard moved to Brandywine, PA, leaving the property abandoned until the Brinkmanns

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Blazing Wins Blaze of Sonshine, with Luman Wadhams of Wadhams Stable in Warren, VT, in the bike, took the unanimous win from the judges, as well as being the crowd favorite in the U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) Roadster to Bike Classic, held during the Kentucky State Fair in August in Louisville, KY. During the show, James and Misdee Miller Blaze of Sonshine and of Hillcroft Farm in Paris, KY, purchased the talented geldLuman Wadhams won the ing, from Ann MacMurray Cox of New Brunswick, Canada. USTA Roadster to Bike His training and showing will continue under the direction Championship in Louisville. of Larry Hodge of Kalarama Farm. November 2012


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continued from page 117 came along. The hayloft was full of corn, and large rats were scurrying around. The Brinkmanns restored the property and ran a boarding facility for many years. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, riders could wind their way through several hours’ worth of trails that took them past the Thomas School of Horsemanship, Rice Farm (which once belonged to jockey Ted Atkinson), a Boy Scout camp, and many dirt roads and potato farms. The Brinkmanns built a large indoor arena so that boarders no longer had to battle the winter snow and ice. They ran horse shows, and their son, Dr. Ted Brinkmann Jr., practiced veterinary medicine and played polo. Dr. Brinkmann is now practicing at a small animal clinic in Florida and still plays polo. The Brinkmanns’ house had a plaque 118 equine


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Alyssa Tacinelli and Mystery Commander were the Unity Stables Showmanship Reserve Champions and earned a top five in the Walker’s Farm & Tack Halter Championship.

Te shown by Jennalinn Teal VanHeusen for owner Tammy Donato. Second place went to Invite This Edition shown by Crystal Marshall for owner Cathy Elia. Two new special events were added in 2012, including the Right at Home Farms $100 Added Trail Challenge, won by Step Ahead Two Tango and Crystal Marshal for owner Maryanne Dronchi. Sherrie Van Tassel rode Sippa Black Gold to second place for owner Ashley Barnard. The North County Horses Hunter Classic, also new this year, was won by Jem Trader and Katelyn Kveragas. Following in second place was Copenhagen Angel, ridden by Teddi Monette for owner Amanda Vance. Winning Weekends was able to

stating: “This house was built by John Smith the carpenter in 1785.” The front barn was built around the same time, the big cow barn probably after World War II, and a smaller barn in the early 1950s. In addition to the riding rings, there was a hunt course behind the house. The early years were a struggle for the Brinkmanns, as the suburbs had not yet expanded, and there were few boarders. But, after World War II, there was a housing boom, and Long Island communities began to spread eastward. By the 1970s, there was a large, congenial group of boarders who rode the trails, took lessons, and competed in horse shows. Brinkmanns’ right-hand man was Blair Stevenson, who also played polo and was popular with all the boarders. In the late 1980s, the Brinkmanns left, and the farm was briefly owned by Joan and Arthur Boesch. The Boesches had

donate over $550 to several local charities. Ride for a Reason class winners Natalie Conte, Haley Claes, and Amanda Swartz, as well as Hannah Chorlton received a special award donated by Robin Hoods for participating in multiple Ride for a Reason classes during the show series. Winning Weekends also collected donations for the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley during exhibitor parties as the entry fee to participate in Carrot Trail. Now busy planning for 2013, Winning Weekends will be once again planning a “Show & Tell” event, and are happy to announce that Gretchen Mathes will be judging. For more information, visit

lived across the street from the stable in a contemporary home next to Round Pond, where Whitman is said to have written some of his poetry. Around 1997, Melody Farm passed into the hands of Nancy Henderson, who renamed it Stanhope Stables, painted the red barns blue, and converted the hunt course into additional turnout paddocks. Nancy contributes to the Long Island equestrian community by running recognized dressage competitions, which have disappeared from many other locations in recent years. The farm’s quiet atmosphere contrasts greatly with the bustling, commercial Jericho Turnpike, which is located a short distance down winding West Hills Road, virtually within walking distance. It is a pleasant haven for horsemen and a reminder of yesteryear, bringing the 18th century into the 21st.

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Roberts, who received awards sponsored by Shupperd’s Tack Shop. New for this year were AQHA classes in the Open, Green, and Equestrians with Disabilities divisions. This year’s Funny Farm Designs Best Junior Rider was Arianna Italiano, and the Cowgirl Couture Best Amateur Rider was Tammy Barnard. Both riders earned these awards from points accumulated based on their placings in specific classes, a written test, and general sportsmanship. New for 2012, the Championship class placings were expanded to top five, not just champion and reserve. The Walker’s Farm & Tack Halter Champion was Step Ahead Two Tango shown by Crystal Marshal for owner Mary Ann Dronchi, and reserve was Huntin for Cruise, owned and shown by Jennifer Austin. The Unity Stables Showmanship Champion was Tammy Donato and That Would Be Te; reserve went to Alyssa Tacinelli showing Mystery Commander. The Equine Clinic at OakenCroft Open Equitation Champion was Tammy Barnard aboard Just Swattin Bugs, followed by Cheryl Rudolph showing No Emotions Involved to reserve. The WalkTrot-Jog Equitation Champion was Ashley Barnard with Sippa Black Gold, followed by Gayle Russell and CS Black Diamond. The Triple Crown $100 Added Pleasure Challenge winner was That Would Be

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Caslyn Bennett and optical illusion from Quinapoxet falls farm won the holiday acres hunter Challenge; the Tough-e-nuf farm walk-Trot Classic cooler was taken home by Kasidy Murphy of highland equine farm; The Two Town Trotters 4-h Classic was won by Kelsey ober and Monty riding with high View farm; and the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar Pleasure Classic halter was earned by nicole Gwinner of Mountain View farm aboard Mannie. as always, there were 32 day-end awards given out each day and a weekend award in each division. while there are too many to list, double winners on saturday included Katherine stewart and Key largo of Gold nugget farm, who won both the 4-h division and the Medium long stirrup division; niamh o’sullivan and absolootly Ready of high View farm won both the stock seat division and the Color Breed division; allons-Y, ridden by stephanie Klebes won both the Green horse walkTrot and the adult walk-Trot; Merideth haley and heza awesome Travelor of Tough-e-nuf were both hunt seat senior and Quarter horse division Hosts Final Shows of the Season winners; and Julia hurlburt was only a By Will GeorGe double winner on saturday as she took the short stirrup hunter and hunt seat Junior division trophies, but was beaten all five did an awesome job and the The final shows in The 2012 out for her usual third division win by show was finished by 2:00 p.m. on both Central Mass horse show series Brianna Cloutier of Gold nugget farm, days. The ringmasters as always were (CMhss) were held saturday and who won short stirrup equitation. Dave st. John, Jess Rupert, and John sunday, september 29-30 at Camp on sunday, Merideth haley and Caslyn webb. everyone at CMhss would like Marshall in spencer, Ma. There were Bennett were double winners again, and to extend their thanks and gratitude to approximately 100 riders each day, with Julia hurlburt regained her form to win Jess, whose busy schedule is going to many working hard to get their final all three divisions. Joining them as double prevent her from working on the events points in the heated competition for winners were Paige humphrey of Camp next year. she did a great job and will year-end awards. Marshall with Boom shanka Riot in Green be missed. The judges on saturday were wendy horse and hunt seat senior. The final classic winners were Brayman, Marge Tanner, and Mary some of the weekend winners Katherine stewart of Gold nugget Charette. on sunday, Mary Charette included Katherine stewart, Julia farm, who won the four winds farm again adjucated the event, and was hurlburt, Merideth haley, emma equitation Classic riding Key largo; joined by scott laffey and fred hunt. Jacobson, ariele Johnson, McKensie Mclarnon, Brianne fulginiti, Jennifer leo-Bubar, niamh o’sullivan, Christina Kent, lindsey Marshall, Gail Bunch, Madison Pease, Caslyn Bennett, emma sellers, Katelyn Keene, Mazilyn smith, emerson forde, sarah anderson, and allyson shogren. for more information, points, or to make suggestions for the upcoming Kasidy Murphy and I’m Way Too Cool took the top Nicole Gwinner and Mannie were the winners in season, please visit spot in the Tough-E-Nuf Walk Trot Classic. the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar Pleasure Classic.

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diminish the excitement of the match for everyone that came to see Italy make its long-awaited debut in our international lineup.” a rematch is in the works for July or august, 2013. Italy took a 2-1 lead in the opening period, with goals by nasi and P. elser to uSa’s single point by Stiegler. uSa rallied back in the second chukker with four goals by Steigler, answered by a Penalty 4 conversion by P. elser, for a 5-3 change of lead. In the third period, uSa continued its attack with two points by friedman and another by Steigler, silencing Italy for an 8-3 advantage. The Italian defense held up better after halftime, allowing only one point to uSa’s rice, another to friedman in the fifth period and one to Stiegler in the sixth period. The Italian offense regained some momentum in the final chukker, with goals by P. elser and M. elser, but the clock ran out on their comeback, resulting in an 11-5 win for uSa. after six chukkers, the match concluded with a champagne trophy presentation, including the inauguration of the uSa vs. Italy silver cup, as well as the naming of the best Playing Pony, Media dora, an argentine Thoroughbred mare owned by Chip Steigler. With two debuts this season, the Polo Series has hosted 27 nations over its 21 seasons, including england, Ireland, Scotland, france, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, nigeria, South africa, egypt, India, new Zealand, australia, Chile, argentina, Costa rica, Jamaica, barbados, Canada, hungary, dominican republic, netherlands, Kenya, brazil, and newcomers China and Italy. for more information on the newport International Polo Series, please visit

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The debuT of ITaly on SaTurday, September 15, 2012, in the newport International Polo Series drew an enthusiastic audience with many Italian supporters from throughout the region, including notables: debora del Sesto, Vice Counsel of Italy; pop icon/singer/ actress, Paula abdul; and alex and ani duo Giovanni feroce, Ceo, and Carolyn rafaelian, designer/founder. as a highlight of the 2012 season, the match featured uSa vs. Italy playing a sixchukker match on the polo grounds of historic Glen farm in Portsmouth, rI. Competing for Italy were four players from rome, home of Italy’s oldest polo club, including Marco elser, who scored twice; Peter elser, with a hat trick; allegra nasi, who added a goal; and ugolino de bourbon. uSa was the victor, on a final score of 11-5, with a

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First nh ride for the Cure Raises Money for Local Breast Cancer Education, Screening, and Treatment Thanks To The 30 riders who took part in the First annual new hampshire ride for the Cure on september 15—as well as the generosity of the hillsborough County 4-h Foundation’s equestrian Club—the Vermont-new hampshire affiliate of susan G. komen for the Cure has raised another $14,000. “we’re very happy with the turnout and the results,” said affiliate President, debbie Peretz. “The first time out of the gate is always the hardest, and our co-Chairs, Jessica hempfling and Jennifer winslow, and all of the volunteers, did a terrific job of putting this admittedly challenging event together and pulled it off without a hitch.” each registered rider was asked to

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Rowley Riding and driving Club Celebrates 35th Anniversary at Fall Open Horse Show By Chris Cassenti

Emily Janvrin and Silver Lake In Touch proudly display their blue ribbon. « (L-R): Show officials Sarah Zarba, Pat Zarba, Donna O’Brien, and Donna O’Rourke.

shows are so important to horse owners who wish to compete locally with different breeds of horses.” The RRdC holds two competitions each year; one in the spring and the other in the fall. Those who are members of the club earn points toward year-end awards in each division. The awards banquet is held each year at Angelica’s, in Middleton, MA, where everyone enjoys a great meal, raffles, a dJ, and

high hopes Therapeutic Riding To Host Holiday Hoedown and Market on SundAy, noveMBeR 18, high hopes Therapeutic Riding, inc., will be hosting one of Connecticut’s don’t miss events—the high hopes holiday hoedown and Market in old lyme, CT. visitors will be able to celebrate the prelude to the holiday season with family and friends at high hopes’ 120-acre facility and indoor arena from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Transformed into a marketplace teeming with fun for the whole family, this holiday event is also fittingly charitable. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item; last year, thanks to generous public turnout, 17,000 124 equine


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Elise DeBernardo spins the raffle ticket drum at the 2011 event.

attendees celebrate their show ring success for the year. The club also offers two $500 scholarships at the banquet each season. if you have a student qualified, please be sure to submit your application. For more information about RRdC, the awards banquet, or the 2013 horse shows, please contact Pat Zarba at, or visit rowleyridinganddrivingclub.

pounds of food was donated to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen. Shoreline will again be the benefactor this year. A collection of more than 60 booths featuring unique merchandise will offer a jump-start on holiday shopping. warm food will be on hand with some of Connecticut’s hottest vendors like The Cheese Truck from new haven, CT, and Chester’s BBQ of groton, CT. Activities to keep the family entertained are set to include games, as well as activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, and more. Attendees can anticipate winning spectacular raffle prizes like the new iPad, an Xbox, or a day of Beauty. young and old alike will enjoy the eclectic, upbeat tunes of the talented local kid-band, Silver hammer. For more information on high hopes Therapeutic Riding, visit highhopestr. org or contact Susan Shulman by calling 860-434-1974 x 128, or emailing

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The Rowley Riding And driving Club (RRdC) held their Fall open horse Show on Sunday, September 9, 2012, celebrating their 35th anniversary on the Conservation/ greenbelt land on Route 133 in Rowley, MA. There were classes representing every discipline, and the weather was perfect. The classes were quite competitive, boasting 11 entries in the walk-Trot divisions. officiating as judge for the day was donna o’Brien from new hampshire. horse show secretary, Pat Zarba, ran an efficient secretary’s booth with the assistance of Sarah Zarba and donna o’Rourke. Pat said, “i am pleased with the number of entries and the quality of horses that attend our show. it’s a great place for individuals and lesson kids to come and enjoy a great day of showing!” Judge donna o’Brien also commented, “what a nice show, offering classes for everyone! These one-day

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Raeanna Conte claimed first place in Junior Cloverleaf Barrels riding Dinero.

A young competitor in an English equitation class.

Stonybrook Saddle Club Open Show Wraps Up Competition Season by natalie mueller

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On Saturday, September 22, 2012, there was excitement in the air as everyone joined together for the last regularly scheduled Stonybrook Saddle Club (SSC) Open Show in western pennsylvania. SSC offered classes in english and western disciplines with many age divisions, as dave Loreski acted as the judge. Jessica bowers and twist won a bevy of classes to claim the High point award for the day. their accomplishments included wins in: Senior Grooming and Showmanship; Open trail; Working Hunter Over Fences; equitation Over Fences; Senior english/Western equitation; and Senior down and back. the pair also claimed second place in Hunter Hack; Open english/Western equitation; all day pleasure; Open english/Western pleasure; Senior Cloverleaf barrels; and Open pole bending. Other results from the competition are as follows: In Horse Halter, first place went to Chris Cafazzo and true prediction, with Courtney reddy and Jess following in second. In pee Wee/ Junior Grooming and Showmanship, it was rachel Sproat and Copper who claimed the top spot, with second place

going to ashley Worst and prize. Cross poles was won by Stephen Wilson aboard Ledgendary mist. In Junior english/Western equitation, first place went to rachel Sproat riding Copper, while Courtney reddy and Jess claimed second place. amber Wolosencuk and Copper took home top honors in novice Walk/trot equitation, with Shanna Williams and poco claiming the reserve spot. novice Walk/trot pleasure went to erica thornley aboard nick, and in second place was Shanna Williams with poco. In Over the Hill pleasure, Kristine Weaver and mack were the victors. Carisa Holshue and nick won novice Walk/trot down and back. In Junior down and back, it was mackenzie arenth with Chase claiming the top spot, while Kara Weaver and mack took second. nicole Cammuso won first place in Open down and back aboard Chick’s Flyin’ by, and second was taken by mackenzie arenth and Chase. novice Walk/trot barrels saw erica thornley and nick in the top spot, followed by Carisa Holshue and nick in second. In Junior Cloverleaf barrels, first place went to raeanna Conte riding

Stephen Wilson and Legendary Mist won in Cross Poles.

dinero. mackenzie arenth and Chase came in reserve. nicole Cammuso won Open Cloverleaf barrels aboard Chick’s Flyin’ by, while second place went to raeanna Conte and dinero. Carisa Holshue won novice Walk/trot pole bending with nick. In Junior pole bending, first place went to mackenzie arenth and Chase, followed by natalie Krzywiec and nick. Stephanie Cribbs claimed first in Senior pole bending riding Saga, while second place was awarded to Wade Cribbs and Honey. SSC thanks all of the volunteers that helped throughout the summer. For more information, visit November 2012

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Rhode Island 4-h equestrian team Well-Represented at Regionals By Diane Martin

A teAm of 20 Rhode IslAnd 4-h horse members from six different clubs participated in the new england Regional 4-h horse Program at eastern states exposition in West springfield, mA, on september 19-22. ninety-eight youth participated in this event, representing all six new england states. Rhode Island brought 15 horses, five teen leaders, and five chaperones to the facility. delegates participated in riding and driving classes, horse judging, quiz bowl, general knowledge exams, and individual state awards. Rhode Island team members included: Allie Calcagni of Bradford, who came in seventh place in english Pleasure and sixth in hunter Under saddle; Brittany Carpenter of Charlestown won first place in fitting & showmanship,




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seventh in english equitation, first in english Pleasure, eighth in Command, and fourth in Bridle Path hack; Victoria Chalko of Coventry came in 10th place in Western equitation; emily Charette of tiverton finished in sixth place in fitting & showmanship, ninth in General Knowledge, and won first place in horse Judging; megan elwell of little Compton claimed ninth place in english equitation and third in english Pleasure; and martha ennis of Brooklyn, Ct, won fourth place in fitting & showmanship, fifth in driving Reinsmanship, and second in driving Pleasure. Also on the squad, Jessie Gagnon of north Kingston finished in first place in fitting & showmanship, fifth in Western equitation, seventh in Western handiness, 10th in General Knowledge, and fifth in Western Pleasure; lori hassell of Portsmouth came in third place in Western equitation and ninth in Western Pleasure; Courtney lambert of Coventry claimed ninth place in english equitation; sarah leach of sterling, Ct, won second place in fitting & showmanship, fourth in english Pleasure, and ninth in hunter Under saddle; heather lilligren of Ashaway came in fifth place in fitting & showmanship and second in horse Judging; Allysha little of Portsmouth won second in english Pleasure and 10th in hunter Under saddle; and Callum

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mcConnell of Greene claimed ninth place in fitting & showmanship. olivia marandola of moosup, Ct, also represented Rhode Island, winning seventh place in fitting & showmanship; as did Anna masson of Wakefield, who also came in seventh place in fitting & showmanship; Allie nekrasz of Portsmouth won third place in fitting & showmanship and second in english Pleasure; mackenzie smith of hope Valley finished second in General Knowledge; Chelsea steitz of Greene came in 10th place in fitting & showmanship; Kayla Whittier of Portsmouth claimed fourth place in fitting & showmanship, first place in english equitation, fifth in english Pleasure, and seventh in Bridle Path hack; and hayley Williams of Coventry won fourth place in english equitation, ninth in english Pleasure, and seventh in hunter Under saddle. sarah leach received the Rhode Island stable management Award, heather lilligren won the Rhode Island team spirit Award, and Jessie Gagnon claimed the Rhode Island team sportsmanship Award and also received an honorable mention for the dick Woolam new england sportsmanship Award. to find out how to join a 4-h club in Rhode Island, contact Kristy horan at

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took the early lead for the 2013 Series Championship. Mount Holyoke had their hands full of southern teams early in the day, with Bridgewater, St. Andrews, and Goucher all having strong starts and challenging for the lead in the first half. Bridgewater College broke hardest from the gate, with Lauren Casey and Taylor Rose winning their first two classes. Goucher’s Karli Postel won the first Open Fences class, while St. Andrews took three straight second places. Virginia Intermont (VI) was nowhere to be seen. Del Val made a bit of a run at the leaders in the middle of the day, and Virginia Intermont won three out of four classes late in the day—they had more blue ribbons than Holyoke or anyone else, from Ashleigh Ramey, Danielle Clark, Megan Kelty, and Jasmine Stippich. Just as it looked like Intermont would overcome the big Holyoke lead, Jessica Murray and

Hannah Thornton ran off two straight wins for Mount Holyoke, and the Stippich win for VI in the final class was too little, too late, to catch them. Randolph College from Lynchburg, VA, gave a noteworthy performance and shocked everyone when they took the third place team ribbon, behind the leadership of new coach, Chris Mitchell, and Intermediate freshman (and last year’s ETS Medal class winner), Meaghan Hynes, of York, ME, who scored 11 points with a blue ribbon in Intermediate Fences and yellow in Intermediate Flat.

Equestrian Talent Search Medal Sixteen high school riders took the challenge of the Equestrian Talent Search Medal class. The riders had been selected out of the Equestrian Talent Search clinic groups from six locations in the past year. Cary Hundley from Baltimore, MD, finished as the big winner, taking home the

embroidered trophy saddle pad and a $5,000 scholarship to Virginia Intermont College. Cory is a high school junior and trains with Jamey Prettyman. The reserve champion was Amanda Ko, a senior from New York who hopes to ride for Mount Holyoke next year. The judge for the Tournament was Creigh Duncan, a USEF “R” judge from Princeton, NJ. Horses were provided by Gettysburg College and University of Mary Washington, in addition to Goucher College. The Tournament of Champions continues December 8 at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH, a northern suburb of Columbus. The finale in the series will be hosted by Chatham Hall boarding school in Chatham, VA, on January 26. For more information on the Tournament of Champions 2012/ 2013 competition season, visit of_champions.

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Hunter/Jumper news BY KIM ABLON WHITNEY

[LEFT] Ridgetop riders with trainer Allegra Valberg at her wedding. [RIGHT] Haleigh Landrigan was the winner of the Zone 1 Adult Equitation Finals at the USHJA Zone 1 Finals.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR Congratulations to Allegra Valberg, who wed her long-time love, Rebekah, in a beautiful ceremony. So many horse people were in the crowd, including Cookie and Frank DiSimone, Kelley and Steve Frasca, Sarah Summers and husband Eric Feudman, Carly Fisher and Neo Ruiz, Wendy Johnson and husband Charlie, Carin Zuchero, Tami Carboni, Dr. Liz Maloney and Steve Tully, James Morris, and Laura Martino and husband Mike. Many Ridgetop Farm riders were there to join in the celebration as well. Allegra looked stunning, and everyone in attendance remarked about the love between these two! In other news from Ridgetop of Holliston, MA, Adriana Miglioulo will continue the lease on Bugatti from Grazing Fields Farm. Ridgetop also welcomes the Mount Ida Equestrian Team. Allegra recently bought Sunday Hope from Wendy Johnson, and Kelley and Allegra were beginning to show her this fall in some baby green hunters. At press 128 EQUINE


time, the Ridgetop team was looking forward to MHC finals with Leah Menaul and Target P, Marie Ralff and Regards, Jenna Frasca and Winston, and Devon Frasca and Chyna.

WAY TO GO, WOODRIDGE! Woodridge Farm of Sherborn, MA, got off to a fantastic start for the 2012 finals season. Samantha Peck was a winner in the inaugural NESC Equitation Championships at the New England Summer Classic. Abby Bertelson topped a field of nearly 80 riders to win the 2012 MHJ Junior Equitation Championships. Haleigh Landrigan, who finished the 2012 National Ariat® point standings in first place, was the winner of the Zone 1 Adult Equitation Finals at the USHJA Zone 1 Finals. Also qualifying for the National Ariat Adult Finals was Carly Corbacho, who finished sixth in the national point standings. Jordan Stiller defended her Zone 1 Children’s Hunter 14 & Under Finals Championship at the USHJA Zone 1 Finals, this year on a horse. Samantha

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Hamzavi brought home the SEHA Mini-Medal Equitation Finals Championship. Woodridge Farm was also proud of their two qualifiers of the $250,000 HITS Hunter Prix Finals in Saugerties, Corinne Milbury and Jacquie Maggiore, who both made the final round!

A GREAT SEASON Newbury Farm of Littleton, MA, enjoyed a very good Abby Bertelson was the 2012 MHJ Junior Equitation Champion. summer of showing! Cory Hardy had great success Classic at the Hampton Classic. in the hunter derbies, Congratulations also to winning the Fieldstone June Josephine and Anna Eugene Hunter Derby on Mary Chase’s for their first year qualifying Le Chasseur, and then the Manchester Classic Hunter Derby for equitation finals! Other champions and class winners on Connor, also owned by Mary from Newbury included Helen Chase. Cory finished up the Lunsmann, Katie Faraone, summer earning the reserve champion honor at the Hampton Patricia Hurter, Mary Chase, and CR Lugana, ridden by Cory Hardy. Classic in the First Year Green Newbury would also like to division on Le Chasseur. congratulate Patricia Hurter Jean Sheptoff and Ami Des on the purchase of her new Gemmes won both the May Amateur-Owner jumper, Zazu, and June Fieldstone Grand and send a special thanks to Prix classes and ended their Emil Spadone. After finishing up summer by finishing second at indoors this fall, Newbury will in the High JR/AO Jumper


in Memory ReBeCCA WARneR l’heuReux, 24, OF Dover, MA, Mirror lake, nh, and Alexandria, VA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on september 18, 2012. the beloved daughter of Mary Crane (former MFh norfolk hunt and norfolk hunt Pony Club District Commissioner) and Bob l’heureux, Becca received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in French and english from the university of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, where she competed on the intercollegiate horse show Association equestrian team all four years. Following her college graduation Becca worked as a research associate and as the executive assistant to the senior vice president at the McCormick Group in Arlington, VA, while boarding her horse in Middleburg, VA, with lynn symansky. Becca and her younger sister, Katie, have been successful competitors on the “A” hunter/jumper circuit and at combined training events, training with nona Garson and suzy Gornall. Both Katie and Rebecca have foxhunted extensively in the u.s. and abroad with their parents. A celebration of Becca’s life was held on saturday, september 29, 2012 at the Dover Church in Dover, MA, followed by a horse drawn procession at Forest hills Cemetary in Boston, MA, where eugene McKay, exhuntsman of Myopia hunt, blew “Going home.” in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Becca’s memory to the Dana Farber Cancer institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, sW 460F, Boston, MA 02215-5450 (please note Rebecca l’heureux/Dr. David Reardon on the check memo line) or to the Green Mountain horse Association, P.O. Box 8, south Woodstock, Vt 05071 (note Rebecca l’heureux on the check memo line).

head south to the Winter equestrian Festival, where they are thrilled to share the beautiful facility, Kelianda South, with Kenny and linda langmeier.

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nicole oliynyk’s venerable hunter, Sea Walker, was awarded the 2011 rood & riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse of the Year award during the Thoroughbred owner and Breeder association’s

annual awards dinner in lexington, KY. Sea Walker was bred by Hedgestone Management in ontario and had nine starts in his race career. With nicole, he had 17 wins in 2011, three championships and three reserve championships. Wins at WeF, Fieldstone, Skidmore, and lake Placid rounded out their stellar year. Paul and Jill Valliere, who used to own Sea Walker, were on hand to accept the award for nicole at the dinner.

Mclain Ward and Antares F Capture the 2012 Pfizer Million While the tunes of concert headliner, Michael McDonald, played in the background, Mclain Ward soaked in another Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix victory on sunday, september 9, 2012. After riding to a win in the inaugural event in 2010 aboard the famed mare sapphire, Ward returned Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix winners McLain to glory, this time in Ward and Antares F. the irons of Grant Road Partners, llC’s Antares F, who was fresh off the Olympic Games in london. “With being injured and trying to qualify for the Olympics, our schedule was a little unpredictable this year, but i knew that i wanted to be a part of this class, and it was a great thing to aim this horse to at the end of his year,” said Ward. “the jumps were beautiful, and the course was hard. You needed a real Olympic caliber horse to jump a lot of those obstacles.” Ward, of Brewster, nY, was one of three riders to produce clear Jill Henselwood and George followed rounds over Olaf Petersen Jr.’s in second place. intimidating track. Petersen tested riders with scope, turns, distances, and set the bar high with a and everything in between. time of 39.87 seconds. McCrea “i designed this course with a picked up eight faults in a time scopey horse in mind, as well as a rider that could solve a lot of tech- of 44.01 seconds for third, and henselwood had a rail late in the nical questions,” said Petersen Jr. course for four faults, in a time of With only two trips behind 45.36 seconds for second place. him, Ward rode clear, but was Rounding out the top five soon challenged when Jonathan McCrea, of east Windsor, Ct, guar- was another irish rider, Darragh Kerins, of Wellington, Fl, with anteed a jump-off aboard Candy two time faults in the first round tribble & Windsor show stables’ on lisona, owned by Maarten Colorado. twenty-six rounds later, huygens and him, and Brazilian Jill henselwood, of Oxford Mills, Olympian Rodrigo Pessoa, of Ontario, who also just returned Wellington, Fl, with a rail in the from another Olympic Games first round aboard Pessoa show for her home country of Canada, stables, llC’s Winsom. sealed a three-horse jump-off with For more information on Brian Gingras’ George. the Pfizer Million, please visit in the jump-off, Ward was the only one to go double-clear November 2012

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hunter/jumper Amateur Adult Mini Equitation Classic winners Raquel Powers and Caprichoso Z.

Draw Over 100 Riders to Glen Farm pion tri-color in the 2012 Junior Medal The weaTher aT This year’s Championship. what made this all rhode island equitation Championships, the more special was the fact that the held at Glen Farm in Portsmouth, ri, on reserve champion in both classes was his sunday, september 2, turned out to be younger sister, hannah Janson. Brother perfect for a horse show—mid-70s with and sister displayed genuine happiness a nice breeze and the sun occasionally and pride for each other. Michael and peeking out from the clouds—quite a bit different from other years when the show hannah are both trained by mom, Kim Janson, David Oliynyk, and Paul Valliere. has dealt with hurricane remnants and Mariel saccucci, trained by Dyanna warnings! One hundred nine horses and rucco of Nevaeh Farm, won the ponies competed on Tom hern’s inviting amateur adult Medal Championship, and challenging course, while judges Fran Dotoli from North hero, VT, and Fifi capping off wins they had previously schmidt from hopkinton, Ma, scrutinized earned at both the 2012 Connecticut hunter Jumper association Medal Finals their riders. while all of the competitors and the 2012 Massachusetts hunter worked hard and put in quality rides, several deserve special recognition for their achievements. raquel Powers, with Kim Janson’s gelding, Caprichoso Z, won both the amateur adult Mini equitation Classic and the amateur adult Mini Medal Championship. winning both classes is quite an accomplishment, but add in the fact that she trains herself, and it is truly amazing! Michael Janson also scored a double win by taking the blue in the Open equitation Open Equitation Classic Under 18 and Junior Medal Classic Under 18 and the cham- Champion Michael Janson. 130 equine


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Hanna Janson took reserve honors in the Open Equitation Classic Under 18 and Junior Medal division.

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2012 rhode island equitation Championships

Jumper Medal Finals, an unheard-of accomplishment made all within a two-week period! Mariel’s first round score of 90 in the Medal class also earned her the high Point rider award and a custom-made tack trunk by ron Clohecy. This was her second year in a row winning the prize. This year’s high Point Trainer award went to silverstone stables’ Dawn Dorrance, who had more than 25 riders qualified for the competition. Three of her students won classes: Nina rotondo earned the blue in the Mini equitation Classic 11 and Under, Madeline Motta took first place in the Junior equitation Classic 12-17, and Quinn Traendly won the amateur adult equitation Classic and later took the bronze medal in the amateur adult Medal Championship. Many other silverstone riders earned ribbons throughout the day as well. The 2012 David Charette Memorial sportsmanship award, sponsored by Mary and Deborah Charette from Claddagh Farm in Tiverton, ri, went to arlene Davis, who is a familiar face at most of the rhode island horseman’s association (riha) horse shows. arlene is known for her clever wit, quick laugh, and willingness to help people in the equine community, whether transporting horses, customizing tack, or laundering and repairing blankets. riha and the rhode island equitation Committee strive to improve the rhode island Finals each year, and if this year is an example, 2013 looks to be something to look forward to! Visit for more information.


Connecticut hunter/Jumper Association Medal Finals Feature Flawless Performances By Tara lynch

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The 2012 ConneCTiCuT hunTer Jumper Association (ChJA) Finals attracted 307 exhibitors from eight states, to the beautiful Fairfield hunt Club on August 17-19, in Westport, CT. The event was once again orchestrated by the hard-working ChJA equitation Committee, chaired by Karen Amedeo and holly rebello, who collaborated on every detail to ensure each guest had a wonderful experience. From William Aguirre’s challenging courses, show secretary Tara Lynch’s attention to detail, gate keeper Matt Brayman’s efficiency, and judges Carol Molony and rita Timpanaros’ expertise, the weekend went off flawlessly. Qualifiers were excited and pleasantly surprised to be presented with a beautifully embroidered saddle pad and program upon their arrival. Also celebrated, were those riders in their last year as a Junior. Commemorated by a decorated fabric bulletin board, riders received this memento as a sign of the past and future within the organization. Thanks to the generosity of the many sponsors and advertisers, over 150 prizes and awards were presented to the 10 finalists and their trainers in each of the two hunter Classics and five Medal classes. on Friday afternoon, ringmaster ed nowak’s hunting horn called the first of 25 horses to compete in the Adult hunter Classic. Taking top honors after two rounds were Capital risk and Tracy Thomson from the Fairfield County hunt Club. reserve honors went to Tip Toes and Kathleen osgood from rockinghorse Farm. The second class of the day was the Children’s hunter Classic. Lena rae reeb of Larkspur Farm and Patriot topped 25 entrants, followed by the Fairfield hunt Club’s own Victoria orlin riding rainsox. on Saturday morning, the Pony Medal started the day of competition. Taking top honors and the first place prize was Victoria orlin. Following close behind her was reserve champion Lena rae reeb. Winning the Adult Medal with the high score of the weekend (90),

(L-R) Pony Medal Reserve Champion Lena Rae Reeb with Champion Victoria Orlin and third place recipient Dimitra Ippolito.

(L-R) Adult Medal Reserve Champion Melissa Groher with Champion Mariel Saccucci and third place recipient Brenda Tananbaum.

Children’s Medal Champion Hayley Snell riding Annie.

was Mariel Saccucci from navaeh Farm, with second going to Melissa Groher of Kelianda Farm. As the weekend’s high Score rider, Groher was also presented with a custom made wooden trunk. in Saturday’s last class, the Junior Medal, Anastasia Bezsylko of Benchmark Farm triumphed over 75 other entrants in her ride as she earned the win. Taking second place was McKayla Langmeier of Kelianda Farm. on Sunday, the Master’s Medal

contenders started off the day. in the end, rebekah Chenelle from Windcrest Farm took top honors, followed by Sydney Smith from Cedar Brook Farm. The last—and largest—class of the weekend was the Children’s Medal. hayley Snell of Windcrest Farm bested 77 riders, with Bryanne Serignese of ABF equine taking reserve. For more information on the ChJA Finals, visit November 2012

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Maclay regional Medals Awarded to Final Four Before Alltech® National Show It was a full weekend for junior riders as the final four regions concluded their asPCa Maclay regionals on september 22 and 23. the anticipation was tangible as the nation’s top riders competed for the chance to attend the prestigious asPCa alfred B. Maclay finals during the alltech national Horse show this fall. Michael Hughes captured the first place honors for region 1, with lillie keenan riding to the top of the ranks for region 2. Meg o’Mara took the championship in the asPCa Maclay regionals for region 3, while taylor schmidt claimed the top spot for region 4. the Grand fall Classic in westbrook, Ct, saw great competition from riders, but it was Michael Hughes who stood out above the rest for the second consecutive year. Hughes laid down a beautiful round, and rode to the top of the leaderboard and the chance to battle the best at the asPCa alfred B. Maclay finals. abby Bertelson earned the second place position, while sydney schulman rounded out the top three. region 2 was alive with excitement at old salem farm when lillie keenan repeated her victory from 2011, taking home the blue ribbon prize for her

round over fences and efforts in the flat phase. the 2011 Pessoa/ usef Hunter seat equitation Medal winner, schaefer raposa, followed on keenan’s heels to take the second place award, while elizabeth Benson rode to the third place honors. It was a fantastic finish to the southeast Medal finals in Jacksonville, fl, for Meg o’Mara as she successfully won the region 3 asPCa Maclay regionals during her final junior year. thirty-seven skilled riders navigated the equitation course, and the top six riders were asked to return to the ring for a test. o’Mara claimed first with a confident performance aboard elevstar farm’s Vancouver, capturing the coveted prize. liza fisness took the second place honors, with Hasbrouck donovan securing third place. the kentucky national welcomed junior riders to the kentucky Horse Park, and inside the prestigious alltech arena, riders competed for pole position. It was an astounding event for uphill farm, as two of their riders landed the first and second place posi-

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tHIs Year’s downeast Medal finals drew over 100 qualifiers to the skowhegan fairgrounds on september 14-16, 2012 in skowhegan, Me. this was the fourth year for the Maine finals, and according to the exhibitors, spectators, and parents, it was “over the top fun and enjoyable.” with a new committee in place and new show management, the event received great reviews. IdeXX laboratories, located in westbrook, Me, was the presenting sponsor for the event, and shaine’s of Maine provided dinner saturday afternoon while spectators watched the team Challenge. Butterfly wings, dragonheads, cowboys, and more from the youngest exhibitors were walking and trotting poles alongside their partners, who jumped at higher levels.

sunday’s Medal classes were met with great expectations and culminated with a victory gallop for each of the divisions. the courses, designed by well-known rider and trainer Mark Jungherr, offered the right amount of challenge for each level. two scholarships were handed out this year as well—one from downeast Medal finals and the other from the Maine Hunter Jumper association (MeHJa). katherine kirkwin, who was also the winner of the adult Medal, was the recipient of the downeast Medal finals scholarship, and emma aerosmith received the MeHJa scholarship.

Michael Hughes was crowned the winner of the Region 1 ASPCA Maclay Regionals.

tions. taylor schmidt was the victor, while Meredith darst pinned second. lizzie Van der walde was awarded the third place ribbon. the top qualified riders from each region will now travel to the 129th alltech national Horse show, to be held october 30 through november 4, 2012, at the picturesque kentucky Horse Park in lexington, kY, for the finals. the anticipation is high as the riders and their talented mounts compete for the coveted title. Michael Albert, Ginger Klingenstein Albert, Kate McDonald, and Stephanie Plasited with Amateur Adult Medal winner Katherine Kirkwin and Instant Karma.

all in all, the weekend was a huge success. regarding the 2013 event, Ginger klingenstein albert was quick to say, “next year will be our fifth year and we will be even bigger and better.” for more information, visit November 2012

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Connecticut Horse Shows Association Celebrates Sixth Annual Finals Submitted by Cynthia Jensen

The Connecticut Horse Shows Association’s (CHSA) Sixth Annual Finals was a great success. USEF judges Jimmy Lee of Keswick, VA, Michelle Morosky of Revere, PA, and back by popular demand, Joyce Przebowski of Medford, Long Island, kept the show rolling on three beautiful days of the last weekend in August. The High Hopes Therapeutic Riding facility welcomed CHSA back for a second year to enjoy their wonderful facility. Each year, more riders and horses qualify for these Finals and

CHSA 2012 Finals Championship Awards The Clothes High Score Champion Award Incognito, ridden by Cali Ebersole, owned by Cali Ebersole. Children’s Pleasure Pony CH: Farnley Classical, owned by Raegan Sage Olson. Reserve: Lots of Dots, owned by Kathryn Roy. Adult English Pleasure Champion: Movado’s Monet, owned by Annette Komlo. Reserve: Roosevelt, owned by Elizabeth Wentworth. Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure Champion: Sing Freely, owned by Sally H. Russell. Reserve: Scotland Yard, owned by Maddie Davis. CHSA English Pleasure Champion: Lots of Dots, owned by Kathryn Roy. Reserve: Roosevelt, owned by Elizabeth Wentworth. Walk-Trot Hunt Seat Pleasure Champion: Royal Treasure, owned by Jaime Richard. Reserve: Brownland’s Cashew, owned by Kate Rand. Hunter Pleasure Champion: Movado’s Masquerade, owned by Nora Andrews. Reserve: Sebago’s Gold Charm, owned by Melanie Conley. Quarter Horse Hunter Under Saddle Champion: Movado’s Monet, owned by Annette Komlo. Reserve: Zee Couldn’t Resist, owned by Thomas J. Rogers. Short Stirrup Hunter Champion: Glynhafan The Magician, owned by Liam Scott. Reserve: In The Spotlight, owned by Robin D. Vinson. Pre-Children’s Hunter Champion: Bugsy, owned by Caroline Orzech. Reserve: Knightsbridge, owned by Hannah Coutu. Long Stirrup Hunter Champion: Dennis The Menace, owned by Meaghan Smith. Reserve: Personal Best, owned by Teri L. Henry. Modified Adult Amateur Hunter Champion: Movado’s Monet, owned by Annette Komlo. Reserve: Sierra, owned by Kristen K. Guadagnino. Color Breed Pleasure Champion: Lots of Dots, owned by Kathryn Roy. Reserve: Ratchett Dude, owned by Sharon Isom. Modified Children’s Hunter

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enjoy the wonderful atmosphere that encourages and promotes interest in the beginner and intermediate classes for CHSA members. More than 450 riders and horses qualified for Finals this year, and 30 more than last year participated in 21 classes this year. The big excitement of the competition was the Low Training Jumper class that was held under the lights on Saturday night. Twelve riders made it to the first round of the class, with six returning after clean rounds for the jump-off. The Champion: Grandios Zuckwolf, owned by Cali Ebersole. Reserve: Marketable Assets, owned by Heavon Allen. Low Training Jumper Champion: Draego, owned by Matthew R. Belcourt. Reserve: Heart Maker, owned by Hannah A. Hatter. Walk-Trot Hunt Seat Equitation Champion: Catherine Hommel. Reserve: Kylie Hwalek. Pre-Children’s Equitation Medal Champion: Zoe Swayne. Reserve: Allyson K. Quirk. Short Stirrup Equitation Medal Champion: Alyssa McIlquham. Reserve: Liam Scott. Children’s Equitation Medal Champion: Cali Ebersole. Reserve: Clara Bechtold. Modified Adult Amateur Equitation Medal Champion: Shelby Dumond. Reserve: Hilary Zak. CHSA 2012 FINALS RESULTS Walk-Trot Hunt Seat Equitation 1. Kris Kross, ridden by Catherine Hommel; Bernadette Keyes, owner. Walk-Trot Hunt Seat Pleasure 1. Royal Treasure, ridden by Addison Keyworth; Jaime Richard, owner. Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure 1. Sing Freely, ridden by Kate Stufano; Sally H. Russell, owner. Quarter Horse Hunter Under Saddle 1. Movado’s Monet, ridden by Annette Komlo; Annette Komlo, owner. Hunter Pleasure 1. Movado’s Masquerade, ridden by Nora Andrews; Nora Andrews, owner. Children’s Pleasure Pony 1. Farnley Classical, ridden by Raegan Sage Olson; Raegan Sage Olson, owner. Adult English Pleasure 1. Movado’s Monet, ridden by Annette Komlo; Annette Komlo, owner. Color Breed Pleasure

crowds went wild when the electronic timers announced the winner of the class, Draego, ridden ably by his owner, Matt Belourt of Hamden, CT. There were lots of thrills, and the cheers resounded as the barn folks all clapped to encourage their teammates. Cali Ebersole, riding Incognito, was the recipient of the Clothes Horse High Point cooler when she won the Children’s Medal class with an amazing score of 86.5. A high point of the show was the presence of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), who came to the competition and filmed all of the Saturday events. They produced a three-hour show which aired on their channel for several weeks. Next year, CPTV plans to be on hand to film the entire three-day 2013 Finals, which will take place at Fox Crossing Equitation in Morris, CT, on August 23-25. Save the dates. 1. Lots of Dots, ridden by Kathryn Roy; Kathryn Roy, owner. CHSA English Pleasure 1. Lots of Dots, ridden by Kathryn Roy; Kathryn Roy, owner. Short Stirrup Equitation Medal 1. Bittersweet Opal, ridden by Alyssa McIlquham; Maria Moalli, owner. 12 - Pre-Children’s Equitation Medal 1. Poised By The Bay, ridden by Zoe Swayne; Cali Ebersole, owner. 18 - Lead Rein Hunt Seat T1. Chesapeak, ridden by Ainsley Strecker; Susan Strecker, owner. T1. All Tucker’d Out, ridden by Alexandra Bailey; Holly Rebello, owner. T1. Royal Treasure, ridden by Emilia Richard; Jaime Richard, owner. T1. My Teddy Bear, ridden by Emilia Alpert; Mary Fischer, owner. T1. Miss Daisy, ridden by Peyton Rousseau; Robin D. Vinson, owner. T1. 14 Carrot, ridden by Zachary Rebello; Holly Rebello, owner. T1. Breakfast At Tiffany’s, ridden by Sonya Frisbie; Trudy Wissel, owner. T1. Cinnamon, ridden by Mae Mannis; Mia M. Mannis, owner. 14 - Modified Adult Amateur Equitation Medal 1. London Fog, ridden by Shelby Dumond; Holly Rebello, owner. 16 - Children’s Equitation Medal 1. Incognito, ridden by Cali Ebersole; Cali Ebersole, owner. 30 - Low Training Jumper 1. Draego, ridden by Matthew R. Belcourt; Matthew R. Belcourt, owner. 11 - Short Stirrup Hunter 1. Glynhafan The Magician, ridden by Liam Scott; Liam Scott, owner. 20 - Long Stirrup Hunter, 5 Entries 1. Dennis The Menace, ridden by Meaghan Smith; Meaghan Smith, owner. 13 - Pre-Children’s Hunter 1. Bugsy, ridden by Caroline Orzech; Caroline Orzech, owner. 17 - Modified Children’s Hunter 1. Grandios Zuckwolf, ridden by Cali Ebersole; Cali Ebersole, owner. 15 - Modified Adult Amateur Hunter 1. Movado’s Monet, ridden by Annette Komlo; Annette Komlo, owner.


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Eventing news the cup for 2012. It’s a bittersweet result, as Holder retired Comet from upper-level competition at the conclusion of the American Eventing Championships. To read more on the AECs, turn to page 141.


WELL WISHES Here’s hoping Caitlin Silliman has a speedy recovery after a serious fall that left her in the Intensive Care Unit with a fractured skull. Caitlin was released from the ICU a few days after the incident, which took place after a successful weekend competing in the two- and three-star events at Plantation Field. The following Tuesday she was trotting around the dressage arena with a four-year-old when the horse stumbled and Caitlin fell on her head—luckily, she was wearing her helmet.


Let’s hear it for the United States Equestrian Federation CONGRATULATIONS TO KATIE MURPHY AND ROGER DEMERS, TRAINING WITH THE PROS (USEF), who who were married on September 8, 2012, in an outdoor ceremony at her Congratulations to Grace recently family’s home, Huckleberry Farm. An intimate affair, Katie and Roger Fulton, 13, of Finksburg, MD, announced shared their day with close family beneath a pergola overlooking the and Kaylin Medlin O’Neal, 14, the debut of rolling fields and the mountains in New Hampshire. Horses, Garth and of Charlotte, NC, who were their Frangible Emitt, were included in the photography. the highest-scoring riders in Technology Grant the PRO Junior Young Rider Program—taking Training Level Scholarship one step closer to making the Award Program on the East Meyer, who died suddenly on WELCOME! sport as safe as possible for all Coast. Fulton, who was the September 1. Barbara was Stony Brook Farm in horses and riders. The Program PRO Junior Young Rider born July 27, 1920, and had Peterborough, NH, welcomed will allow organizers of USEF Training Level Scholarship called Finality Farm in Dover the filly Henrietta to their family licensed eventing competitions, Award Program Leaderboard Plains, NY, home since 1952. on September 2. The beautiful with divisions at Preliminary Champion, won a weeklong She was involved with the bay with a big white star and Level and above, to apply for training opportunity with three white socks is by Contango Millbrook Pony Club for 58 Marcia Kulak, the founder of years and acted as Joint District assistance in the implementaand out of the farm’s mare, tion of frangible devices. With a the program. Medlin O’Neal Commissioner or District North Run. complete application, USEF will will work with Will Faudree at Commissioner from 1966 distribute the specified devices his Gavilan Farm in Hoffman, until her death. Barbara also SPOTTED: SINEAD HALPIN requested or grant money up NC. Read about their experiserved on the National Board Sinead Halpin was recently to $500 per property to qualiences at of Governors and the Advisory spotted in Millis, MA, teaching fied events. blog. and Combined Training a clinic at Apple Knoll Farm. committees in the ‘80s and Over 20 lucky equestrians, early ‘90s, and was honored ranging from Beginner Novice as a “Regional Legend” at to Intermediate levels, got the the 2004 United States Pony opportunity to ride with her Clubs 50th Anniversary Jubilee on September 15-16. Saturday Celebration in Philadelphia. She focused on honing in on show will be sorely missed. jumping skills, while Sunday’s lessons were geared toward cross-country. Sinead will be BITTERSWEET GOODBYE back at the farm for another Becky Holder and Courageous clinic on November 17-18. Comet rode to three top finishes in the 2012 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series, CONDOLENCES garnering an impressive 625 We were sad to hear of the points to become the keeper of passing of Barbara Scott Henrietta, at two days old, with North Run. November 2012



Madison Gallien riding Over the Moon.

Ava Wehde aboard Watson’s Amirah.

GMHa september Horse trials Sees Local Young Riders Thrive Green Mountain Horse association (GMHa) welcomed over 215 horses to their grounds in south Woodstock, Vt, for the september Horse trials over september 15-16. it was a spectacular fall weekend in Vermont for the competitors, ranging from the Preliminary Level down to Junior Beginner novice riders. on saturday, dressage rides took place for all 215 entrants in four rings,

with stadium jumping being offered in two other rings at heights of 2'7'' to 3'7''. the challenging courses tested the skill of the riders and training of their horses. the cross-country portion of the horse trials was held on sunday. an exquisite blue sky and light breeze made the gallop over the Janine McClain designed course across the Birch Hill fields and GMHa property a thrill for the riders.

Local young riders in their first attempt at the Preliminary Level were included in the Junior Young rider open Preliminary (JYoP) division, where ava Wehde of Plainfield, nH, took third place on Watson’s amirah; and in fourth place was Madison Gallien of Grantham, nH, aboard over the Moon. in open training, Kristen Miller of reading, Vt, was third with Game on; and Madlen Fields from Hartland, Vt, claimed fourth on Clonmethan Crest. in the Junior Beginner novice a division, Melissa Baumann of south reading, Vt, and Mystery were second; and Mollie Faccio of strafford, Vt, won third with artie in Junior Beginner novice B. the Best overall score by a GMHa Member award went to Lisa samoylenko of Bedford, Ma, and Bonaroo, with a score of 26.0. another special award, the Kia Kaha trophy, was presented to the lowest scoring adult novice amateur rider, Barbara Fitch, aboard Donte, with a score of 29.0. Many terrific judges offered their insight to competitors, including robert stevenson of Wyoming, Curtis Green of Maryland, Jim Gornall of Massachusetts, Mary savidge of Vermont, Margaret Hutchison of new York, and Janet Briggs of new Hampshire. GMHa thanks the over 60 volunteers who helped coordinate and scribe for all of the phases of the event. For more information, visit

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connecticut dressage & combined Training association Holds Clinic with Stephanie Baer

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The connecTicuT dressage & combined Training association (cdcTa) hosted an eventing clinic with stephanie Baer at King oak Farm on august 25-26. anyone who has visited or competed at King oak knows what a wonderful venue the farm provides with cross-country fences for Beginner novice through Preliminary Level. The cross-country course includes banks, ditches and a water jump. clinic participants were able to school over each of these with the expert advice from stephie, a well-known and respected trainer based in orange, Ma. The cdcTa clinic included groups ranging from elementary to Preliminary. Watching the various groups school over the cross-country fences was a fun and enlightening experience for all. stephie is exceptional at explaining the questions a cross-country

obstacle presents to the horse and rider, instructing the rider on how to approach the problem, and providing feedback on addressing common issues. stephie also emphasized body position in her jumping instruction. “Keep the withers in front of you!” was a common recommendation for many riders. special thanks to Tom and Fran cross for hosting the event and to cdcTa member, Mickey Lorenzen, for organizing this wonderful clinic!

Town Hill Horse Trials Four members of the Beginner novice cdcTa Team were victorious in their attempt to bring home a silver trophy on october 1 at the Town hill horse Trials in Lakeville, cT. Team members included: debra goodrich, riding sparrow’s Flight; crystal King-adanti, and Just My Bill; Karen norton, aboard

Lexxus; and, alison silvester, with Lida. all four riders had a solid dressage effort in Beginner novice Test a. alison was in the lead individually with a 23, followed by Karen in second place with a 30. debra scored 34, putting her in sixth place, and crystal scored 37, placing her in tenth. The team was in first place after dressage. The stadium course was made up of verticals, oxers, and an in-and-out combination. The course rode well, and the team remained in first place after the second phase with three clear rounds. The cross-country course consisted of 14 fences, most being solid jumping efforts with a maximum height of 2'7''. Team members all went clear and under the optimum time, resulting in a firstplace finish for the Beginner novice adult division! alison, Karen, and debra finished on their dressage scores, placing them in first, second, and sixth place, individually and respectively. crystal finished in seventh place overall. The team was awarded the traditional large championship ribbons and a beautiful blue fleece cooler with bright white lettering that said, “adult Team challenge area 1.” The ladies were very proud and surprised to be awarded a beautiful silver cup that was being retired. after engraving the trophy with the riders’ names, the trophy will be presented to cdcTa! November 2012

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eventing Jamie yale of Blue Bell, Pa, and smooth sailin’ were the winners in Junior young rider novice, while Matthew Flynn of oldwick, nJ, took the top spot in novice Horse with chopard, and Lauren chumley of Baptistown, nJ, was victorious in the novice rider division aboard snF Maarta. Heather Gillette of califon, nJ, claimed the Beginner novice Horse division with Boris o’Hara, and Heather Loeber of Lebanon, nJ, riding spruce Meadow onslow, won in Beginner novice rider. katie cantine of Montclair, nJ, was the Junior young rider Beginner novice champion aboard Mama Mia. next up for the horse park, which is run by a nonprofit corporation, will be a schooling event on november 4, and finally a Mix and Match Horse trial on December 1. there, participants can complete two dressage tests, do a fix-a-test, omit dressage and do two cross-country courses, do three stadium courses and a cross-country school, and so on. For more information, visit For full results from the recognized horse trials, visit

Jamie Merrill won the Preliminary/ Training division aboard Class Clown.

Bucks county Horse Park Horse trials Hosts Over 100 Riders By Maureen Ferris

Griffin of Florida presided over the dressage rings, while alex orr and susan Macrae judged the show jumping rounds, and Macrae also judged the cross-country phase. Winners of the Bucks county Horse trials were as follows: Jamie Merrill of egg Harbor, nJ, riding class clown took top honors in the Preliminary/training division, with ashley steele and uno following in reserve. rebecca Hindle of ramsey, nJ, and Zeagrigo won open training a, while Wendy Furlong of Pittstown, nJ, and Jazzmine claimed first place in open training B.

Ashley Steele and UNO came in second in Preliminary/Training.

Plantation Field Horse trials Come to a Close with a Wonderful Day of Jumping at tHe 2012 PLantation FieLD international Horse trials, held september 20-23, 2012, in unionville, Pa, eventing fans enjoyed world-class competition, a bareback high jumping contest, a jousting demonstration, and a parade of the cheshire Hounds in the main stadium, as well as a silent auction and 140 equine


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vendor village around the venue. in the featured event, Will Faudree was crowned the cic3* winner in a competition that came down to the wire. Faudree and Pawlow put in a flawless effort over the weekend. they landed in fourth place after dressage, and then added zero penalties in the jumping phases to score

their biggest victory of the season up to that point. Five-time olympian, karen o’connor, was second aboard Mandiba. she led the competition throughout the first two phases, but a mistake at the third fence in the stadium round cost her the victory. in both the cic2* and the cic1*, the victors won impressively from gate to wire. susan Beebee set the standard in the two-star on Wolf, and sharon White was unbeatable in the one-star on severn sky. Beebee was thrilled with Wolf’s effort, as they added only 3.2 time faults on the

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Bucks county Horse Park in revere, Pa, hosted a united states eventing association (usea) recognized horse trial on september 9, 2012. Beautiful late summer weather, challenging courses, and good footing made the day extra enjoyable for the 110 riders who came from the entire midatlantic region to compete. awards were given both to the best dressage scores in the nine divisions that were offered, including Beginner novice through Preliminary/training levels, as well as to the overall best scores in those divisions. Jane cory of new Jersey and Merrilyn


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Courageous Comet Wins Last Competition

Becky Holder and Courageous Comet won their final Advanced competition together at the 2012 AECs.

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Saturday, September 8, waS the busiest day of the 2012 Nutrena uSea american eventing Championships (aeC), hosted by Chattahoochee hills in Fairburn, Ga. while the advanced through training levels tested their show jumping skills in the final phase of competition, Novice and beginner Novice tackled the cross-country. marc donovan’s show jumping course caused costly rails to fall, but one excellent round brought a bittersweet ending to one pair’s already legendary career. becky holder got her wish for one more solid show jumping round from tom holder’s 16-year-old thoroughbred gelding Courageous Comet before retiring him. becky and Comet headed into the final phase with two rails in hand, almost nine points ahead of Laine ashker and anthony patch. holder and Comet were able to leave all but one rail in the cups within the time allowed and took home not only the win in the $20,000 merial advanced aeC division, but also the uSeF advanced National Championship. holder and Comet have developed quite a fan following during their partnership together, and they received a standing ovation from spectators as

they galloped through the finish flags. “he is the best gift ever,” becky said. “I have said this before; the best thing in the world that you can ever have is a dream to wake up and work toward every single day. It is an amazing feeling to have that kind of inspiration in your life, and he has been that for me his entire career.” Second place in the aeC advanced division went to Laine ashker and anthony patch. they were one of only five double-clear rounds in show jumping and the only pair in the division to finish on their dressage score. “It has always been a head game for me, and to put all three phases together has almost never happened. I was not really happy with the dressage, but I was really happy to be able to handle the pressure of the crosscountry and, most importantly, handle the pressure of the show jumping,” Laine said. “I was in a fabulous class with my own coach, buck [davidson], and Leslie [Law], and Jon [holling], and becky [holder], and some really big names going behind [me], and they were really putting on the pressure. I was happy to be able to step up to the plate.” Laine and anthony patch’s performance secured the top two placings for off-the-track thoroughbreds. “I am a huge advocate of the thoroughbred, and I like all the second career programs,” Laine explained. “really, that is what the sport is all about—to take the underdog and make them something great. ‘al’ was a second career, he ran a few races and was not so good at that. Now he has sort of found his calling, and it is all about the journey.” For more information on the american eventing Championships and results from all divisions, visit Courtesy of USEA

Will Faudree and Pawlow won the CIC3*.

cross-country course and sealed the win with a flawless jumping effort on a score of 39.9. “I’m so pleased,” she said after her win. buck davidson was second on d.a. adirmo, adding nothing to their dressage score of 47.5. davidson was also second in the CIC1* on Copper beach and third in CIC3* on ballyNoe Castle rm. white proved a popular winner in the CIC1*, scoring on a homebred for owner Lucy Iliff. they stopped the clock one second late in show jumping to finish on a three-day total of 41.4. It was Severn Sky’s first one-star, and he put in a very professional effort in the big arena. Caroline martin scored the highest victory of the day, when she took the $1,000 winner-take-all prO bareback puissance title by jumping 5’11” on Quantum Solace. Four brave souls tackled the wall, and martin rode confidently in each round and never looked in danger of being beaten. more than $12,000 in cash and prizes was presented to the winners, including $3,500 as part of the prO tour Series. In the CIC3*, the true blue Girdwood trophy was presented to will Faudree for his win. Lizzie Snow and Coal Creek cleaned up, winning the young rider award, the best Conditioned award, and Coal Creek was honored as the highest-placed american thoroughbred with the Cayman went trophy, given by annie Jones in honor of her wonderful champion. buck davidson won the StevenGale trophy for being closest to the optimum time in the CIC3* on ballyNoe Castle rm. For more information, visit November 2012

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Dressage news INSPIRATIONAL Eastern New York Dressage and Combined Training Association (ENYDCTA) and New England Dressage Association (NEDA) member, Anne Kulak, recently joined The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club! In order to qualify, the horse’s and rider’s ages must add up to 100 or more years, and they have to ride any level test at a dressage show. Anne is 80, and her horse, London Gem, is 20. Amazing! She rode her Century Club ride on September 23, 2012, at the Stockade Polo and Saddle Club show in Glenville, NY.

SERAPHINA HM (SOLEIL Q X EM DAY DREAM), owned by Hof Mendenhall Hanoverians, was the reserve champion filly at the Breed Show at Brookside.

DIGITAL DEMANDS The USDF has now launched a mobile version of their website! Droid users can also nab a USDF app that will allow them to navigate the mobile website without utilizing their web browser. Check it out today by simply visiting from your mobile browser or downloading the app from the Droid store.

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VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Catherine Chamberlain of Chandler, AZ, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 USDF Youth Volunteer of the Year Award. This prestigious award honors one outstanding youth volunteer. At only 17 years of age, Catherine serves as the Chair of the Arizona Dressage Association’s (ADA) Junior/ Young Rider Committee and as a Director of their Board. In addition to contributing articles to the club newsletter, Catherine attends every board meeting, providing her invaluable youth perspective, volunteers in

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Silver Medal. Regan Salm, with her gelding, Braveheart, had scores of 67% and 68%, which placed her first for Junior riders in Third Level both days, and she placed sixth in the FEI Junior Regional Championships. Diana and Pascal won the Open Grand Prix Regional Championships and competed in the Grand Prix CDI over the weekend, returning with strong scores in a highly competitive class. And finally, Mary competed Nicole Polaski’s, Ansgar, in the Third Level Championships, landing in third place, and took home the Regional Championship jacket and cooler in the Fourth Level Open division with a 71%!

DAVID DONNELLY RELOCATES Classical dressage trainer, David Donnelly, has relocated French Light Dressage to beautiful Old Chatham, NY, in the Hudson Valley. Donnelly is a professional trainer and instructor with more than 30 years experience, and specializes in a holistic approach, practicing techniques of the French and modern classical schools. He has worked in France, Germany, Denmark and

It was quite the week at the NEDA Fall Festival for Windhorse Dressage of Salem, MA! There was success by their students from Training Level to Fourth, and both Head Trainer, Diana Mukpo, and Assistant Trainer, Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen, returned as Regional Champions at Grand Prix and Fourth Level, respectively. Nicole Polaski was eighth in the Adult Amateur Training Level Championship division with her horse, Ronin, in a class with close to 30 people! Joanna Sentissi, with her horse, Ziezo, won her Adult Amateur Third and Fourth Level division over the weekend, and earned two scores Classical Dressage trainer, David Donnelly. toward her USDF


numerous positions at every ADA-recognized competition, and spearheaded a fund to be used to assist the youth of ADA in pursuing educational activities to further their riding knowledge and experience.


At the ISR/Oldenburg N.A. Inspection held at Windswept Farm in Petersham, MA, on September 9, 2012, Lord of the Rings (Landfriese II x Czarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Precious Lacey) was awarded Premium Status as well as high score foal. He is owned and bred by Crossen Warmbloods.

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Welcome Karat Congratulations are in order for Windhorse Dressage junior rider, regan Salm, on the purchase of her new partner, Karat. everyone at Windhorse Dressage is thrilled for regan and her exciting partnership, and they look forward to their bright future in the Fei ring!

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The united States equestrian Federation (uSeF) is pleased to announce the addition of uSeF elite Youth Dressage Training Sessions in the fall of 2012 and spring of 2013. These sessions

Leah Winston and Samara took first place in the USEF Young Horse Test for 4-Year-Olds during the Wellington Classic Dressage Fall Challenge held at the Palm Beach County Jim Brandon Equestrian Center on September 15-16, 2012, which also earned them the Vita FlexÂŽ Victory Pass Award.

will be led by uSeF Youth Coach, Jeremy Steinberg, and will be a unique opportunity for up-andcoming youth athletes to hone their riding and horsemanship skills. These training sessions have been made possible through a generous donation from Kristen McDonald and the Marquis George MacDonald Foundation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited that the Marquis George MacDonald Foundation has given so generously in support of the youth riders in the u.S.,â&#x20AC;? said Steinberg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyone involved with the youth in this country understands that these riders are the next generation of high performance riders who will be representing the u.S. in international competition in years to come.â&#x20AC;? For more information on uSeF elite Youth Dressage

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SafetY firSt Jutta lee and nancy Maclachlan were the two winners of the Courtney King Dye Safety award during the HiTS on the Hudson Dressage CDi. Sponsored by The Horse of Course, inc., the Safety award is designed to recognize upper level riders who chose to ride in an approved helmet. at HiTS, the two highest scoring riders, one in the large tour and one in the small tour, were presented with $500 gift certificates to The Horse of Course. lee and Maclachlan chose to compete in approved helmets, and their good example was justly rewarded. lee and her mount, Glorious Feeling, earned top scores in the small tour, including

a 65.965% in the Prix St. Georges. They also scored a 66.711% in the intermediare i for the win, and took blue in the intermediare Freestyle with a score of 68.042%. Maclachlan and Deniros Time were the safety winners in the Grand Prix division, scoring a 63.340% in the Grand Prix and 64.489% in the Grand Prix Special.

cutler competeS Congratulations to Bonnie Padwa and Caroline Forsberg of Cutler Farm Dressage. They traveled to Saugerties, nY, where they competed in the neDa Fall Festival. Bonnie placed fourth in the adult amateur uSDF Prix St. Georges Championship with a score of 62.3%. Caroline also placed fourth in both her Fei Junior Team Test and her Third level Test 3 with scores of 62.095% and 64.744%.



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CvDa Fall schooling show Finishes Out the Season with Fun By anne traCy

Dr. Cesar Parra and Van the Man kicked off the fall season with a win in the Grand Prix CDI at the 2012 New England Dressage Fall Festival.

NeDa Fall Festival Features Successful Dressage and Breed Show By Catherine o’neil

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David Marcus and Don Kontes placed third in the Grand Prix Special at the CDI-W NEDA Fall Festival.

finally, Danielle Gavriluk again with highlife K taking the Fourth level sweepstakes. The highly-anticipated CDi classes had many familiar names on the rider list. Topping the CDi Grand Prix class with an impressive 69.745% was Cesar Parra and his mount, van The Man, owned by Michael Davis. Melissa Taylor and her gelding, schumacker solyst, won the CDi Grand Prix Freestyle with a 70.300%. Finally, in the CDi Grand Prix special, lars Petersen and Mariett, owned by Marcia Pepper, took the top spot with a 69.600%. eighty-seven entries this year made the Breed show the largest one held in

the past 10 years. Talented breeders and horses were certainly showcased this year, with large classes and competitive championships. sweepstakes winners from the Breed show include Kathy hickerson’s entry of harpo MG in the Colts/Geldings/stallions group, as well as elizabeth hotchkiss’ entry of royal Dancer for the Fillies/Mares. The NeDa Grand Champion spot was taken by Fie studnitz andersen’s entry of rocazino, who was also the UsDF Breeder’s Championship series top stallion finalist. reserve was won by Meredith hoag’s entry of saskia, who was the UsDF Breeder’s Championship series top filly finalist. with 17 breeds represented in individual Breed classes, the sport horse Breed show was not only a testament to the expertise of New england breeders, but also a great display of the diversity of the New england dressage horse. For full results, visit

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This year’s Fall FesTival was undoubtedly a success, marked by a significant rise in numbers for both the sport horse Breed show and the regional Championships held september 13-16 in saugerties, Ny. The biggest competition ever for NeDa, this year’s Fall Festival had a total of 609 entries, chalking up to a total of 1,554 rides, up from 1,487 last year. with no rain, the show saw its best weather in the past 10 years! Twenty-nine vendors were on site this year, up from 21, providing the show with top-notch shopping right on the grounds. There was plenty of time for socializing, with parties hosted by hof Mendenhall,, and Trilogy by Performance saddlery. The regional Championships also saw improved numbers, jumping from an already impressive 288 in 2011 to 324 this year. in the Jr/yr Division, ashley Conroy-Zugel took the NeDa Championship with the Oldenburg gelding, rolex. For the adult amateurs, Galina Pavel took the top spot with her mount, Duplo. The Fall Festival Dressage sweepstakes drew big classes with: Danielle Gavriluk and Black Diamond taking Training level; Fie studnitz andersen and rocazino taking First level; heather Mason and Nor’ee at second level; elizabeth Niemi and Toronto winning Third level; and

CaNDaCe PisCOPO haD TO share top honors in the Training senior division with two other riders at the spring schooling show, but at the Central vermont Dressage association (CvDa) Fall schooling show, she had the high spot all to herself— with her six-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Cassanova. another repeat high scorer from previous CvDa shows this year was 15-year-old lauren Buck on her Quarter horse/Thoroughbred cross, sundancer, with a top score of 75.6% in Training level Test 3 Junior. a pupil of heidi hauri-Gill, lauren also rode at First level. in their first year competing at second level, andrea Morgan and samba earned high points in second and above. samba has lived with andrea all his life,


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and she knows the Lusitano cross gelding well. Bekki Read comes by her love of horses genetically—her grandmother was Charlotte Read, who raised Connemaras and evented the Connemara stallion, An Tostal, many years ago. Dwarfed in size by all the Thoroughbred and warmblood horses, they made up for it in determination and sheer grit. Bekki and Archer, a Thoroughbred/Connemara gelding, were tops at First Level Senior. She has had the nine-year-old gelding for five years. They’ve evented a lot, but this was their first dressage show. “He gets nervous and tight in the dressage phase at events in anticipation of the jumping phases, so I thought he needed a quiet just-dressage outing. He was a little tight in his first test but relaxed some in his second,” said Bekki. Elizabeth Hicks also has family ties to dressage; her mother, Audrey Hicks, is a dressage enthusiast and competitor. Elizabeth’s dun mare, Saphron, age 20, is a lesson horse

at the Hicks’ farm. “Cantering is her strongpoint, and we both like to jump. I wasn’t sure we were doing well while in the arena, but I guess we were!” she said. The pair topped the First Level Junior division. Kristina Dege was slated to ride her mare, Espiritu de Grace, in the Eventing division, but the mare was injured and on stall rest. So, Kristina rode her instructor, Rita Berube on Disney. Michelle Lemieux’s, A and B, a large class at the end of Smokey Stover. “I rode him four the day. times before the show, and he was Kathy Bruce rode a Dutch out of shape from being at pasture. Warmblood, Bubbles, owned by Debbie He tends to be long and lazy, but at Chandler. This was in his first show the show, he knew what he had to in Vermont, winning First Level Test do—he livened right up and was eager 2 Senior. Bubbles is a six-year-old bay to show off.” Kristina has evented gelding with “a great mind, much more since she was 11; she’s now 17 and was mature than his age indicates—a really thrilled to earn the top score of 73.5% in nice horse and a lot of fun.” her two rides in Novice Event tests

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1. Beatrice VDL was the Mature Horse Champion as well as the Dressage at Devon Grand Champion. 2. Coeur Dashian was the pick for Dressage at Devonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Follow the Foal and won fourth place in Fillies of 2012. 3. Dr. Cesar Parra and Simply Nymphenburg won the Five-Year-Old division of the FEI Young Horse Finals at Dressage at Devon. 4. The FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle Open CDIW USEF HP GA was won by Chris Hickey aboard Witness Hilltop with a score of 73.775%. 5. Don Frederic HVH won the Materiale Championship. 6. Sir Wanabi took home first place in the USDF/Great American Insurance Group Stallion Championship. (Please visit for all classes and results)

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The horse world mourns the loss of a great competitor and advocate for para-equestrian sport. Jonathan wentz passed away september 30, 2012. wentz had recently returned from london where he was a member of the U.s. Team that earned seventh place at the 2012 Paralympic Games. At those Games, wentz also finished fourth in the Individual Test and fifth in the Freestyle Test in Grade 1b competition, riding Kai handt’s NTeC richter scale. These strong results earned wentz the distinction of being the highest-placed American equestrian at either the london olympic or Paralympic Games. wentz enjoyed an extremely successful career with NTeC richter scale, a horse that carried him to the world Championships, Paralympic Games, and a National Title. In 2010, the pair represented the U.s. for the first time at the Alltech® FeI world equestrian Games, and the

following year, they claimed the UseF 2011 UseF National Para-equestrian Championship. In 2012, the combination earned reserve champion honors at the 2012 UseF National Paraequestrian Championships and Paralympic selection Trials prior to traveling to london. wentz also finished in sixth place with silvano at the 2012 National Championship. As well as competing at the highest level, wentz was a tireless advocate for his sport. he served on the UseF Youth Council, representing para-equestrian, and was a member of the UseF Para equestrian Technical Committee. Additionally, he served as an ambassador for hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and para-equestrian dressage from an early age. wentz was also a student at southern Methodist University in dallas, TX, with a keen interest in political science, history, and law.

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Flatlanders Dressage & combined training assoc. Member Visits the Spanish Riding School Submitted by Shannon Klepper

this article isn’t actUallY aBOUt the spanish riding school in Vienna. instead, i’m referring to our personal experience with a not-so-famous riding school in northern spain. a couple of years ago, i wanted my children to experience life outside of our rural existence in Ohio. although none of us spoke spanish, i moved my four children to spain and enrolled them in public school for a total cultural immersion. although all of the children adjusted very well to their new surroundings, my youngest child, annie, had periodic bouts of homesickness, and she especially missed her pony, Pepper. Using my best “spanglish” to search out somewhere for annie to ride, we discovered a riding school within a 30-minute walk from our apartment. i was a little concerned about her

10 tries to get her name correct—Zocky (pronounced thocky). the instructor, Patricia, was very sweet to annie; perhaps she sensed my nervousness, but she asked if i could help her with teaching the class. this eased my mind greatly in that i could be right there in the center of the arena if anything went awry. Patricia helped me with my spanish, and i helped her with her english. teaching a riding class isn’t easy, and having a new student who didn’t speak the language added a great deal of stress. it was reassuring to see my homesick daughter smile the entire time, even though her legs were burning. it obviously doesn’t matter what language you speak, or what country you live in—ponies make little girls very happy!

taking lessons in a foreign country. Prior to her first lesson, annie’s siblings and i drilled her with every possible spanish, equestrian, vocabulary word we could think of! We arrived at the school early and were able to watch the class before hers. the horses looked very nice and well trained, but there was one chubby, little black pony that was an obvious troublemaker. annie and i both hoped that she wouldn’t be stuck with him! Our favorite pony was a little grey mare [ equine journal affiliate ] that reminded annie very much of Pepper… that’s the one that annie was paired with. it took us about Offers Many Benefits to

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[LEFT] Corinthian Velocity, owned and shown by Todd Trushel, was the winner of the Weanling Stallions class at the New York Regional Show. [RIGHT] Taylor Hudson is all smiles riding Corinthian Lucky Charm.

Todd and Sandy Trushel of Corinthian Stables in Fairview, PA, finished the show season with blue ribbons and victory passes at the New York Regional Morgan Horse Show in Syracuse. The show started with their colt, Corinthian Velocity (Hot Wheels x Zoom Zoom), winning the blue ribbon in Weanling Stallions. Later in the week, this sporty colt took the reserve championship in the New York Morgan Futurity Weanling class. Trushel’s stallion, Heartmeadow Détente, had a blue ribbon week at Syracuse. Winning the Morgan Western In Hand class, this Tug Hill Commando son is undefeated in 2012, with five shows and five trophies with Todd at the lead. Riding Détente and winning the Western Pleasure Amateur Masters class was 150 EQUINE


Brenda Hills of Conneautville, PA. This amateur western entry has been making victory passes all season, but Brenda had her eye on this win for months! Another excited rider at Regionals was Taylor Hudson, daughter of Dave and Laurie Hudson of Fairview, PA. Taylor finished her first year of competition with two reserve championships in Syracuse, riding Corinthian Lucky Charm, owned by Brenda Hills. Showing in the Walk-Trot Hunt Seat Championships for Equitation and Pleasure, Taylor’s smile said it all. To see more photos of the winners go to

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won the Reserve World Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure 14-17 Championship. Earlier in the week, they won Division 1 of their qualifying class. The mare is owned by Roland and Laura Cloutier. Owen Binnie rode I’m Impressive to an exciting reserve win in the Junior Exhibitor Show Pleasure qualifying class. The gelding is owned by Pam Binnie. Gary, Marsha and Devon Garone and Kyle Gagnon of Fairfield South in Richmond, NH, coached Kailin Elizabeth Baechle to a reserve championship ride on Harley Rally in the Saddle Seat Equitation 15-Year-Old class. Kalin is no newcomer to the winner’s circle in Louisville, having been champion with Devote and Platinum Asset.

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Stables, LLC, in Rye, NH, sold Rye on the Rocks (Burkland Nicholas x Carlyle LaMae). He was purchased by 17-year-old Taylor Carroll of Dover, NH.

GRANITE STATE YOUTH Sara Harb of Plaistow, NH, was awarded the Granite State Morgan Horse Society’s 2012 $500 Youth Scholarship. The 17-year-old attends Keene State College in Keene, NH. She shows under the direction of Cheryl and Tony Marcelonis of CPM Stable in Newton, NH. Making the presentation was the club’s vice president, Melinda Harrison.

BIG CHANGES Caleb Noble, a third-generation Morgan horseman at his family’s Burkland Farm in Rowley, MA, graduated Cum Laude this past spring from Lyndon State College with a degree in broadcast journalism.



morgan the lunch break. once participating uSeF judges are confirmed, an announcement will be made here, in this column! attendance is limited to 60 people. To register and for more information, contact Marilyn Childs at 802-685-4853.

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He won three national awards for his news pieces and is now working at WMur Channel 9 in Manchester, nH. Caleb also started his own business, noblesteed Productions, where he is producing equine sales and promotional videos. and, Caleb’s older brother, Joshua, married Melanie Johnson on august 11 in Woodstock, CT. The two met more than 10 years ago at the new england Morgan Horse Show. after the wedding, they were off to the Massachusetts Morgan Show, and then honeymooned in aruba, before loading up horses and driving to Granite State. Josh showed their three-year-old Burkland The Big Ticket to win the

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UPHA News Mark your calendars for the uPHa/american royal national Championship, to be held november 13-17, in Kansas City, Mo. “Pure excitement” is the theme of the 2013 uPHa Convention scheduled for January 3-5 at the celebrated Caesars Palace in las Vegas, nV. The new Year will kick off in style—Vegas Style—with a Thursday night event to remember. For updates, keep checking the uPHa FacebookSM page and website, Make your Caesars Palace

graduate caleb Noble with his family (from left) Josh, Helen, and lief.

DoN’t Miss tHis Morgan enthusiasts will have a great opportunity to learn from and communicate with leading uSeF judges at an indoor equine clinic and lunch on april 6, 2013. The event will be held at the Sharon School in Sharon, VT, just off exit 2 of i-89. Four respected uSeF judges, who are also leading trainers, will participate in an open session at 10:00 a.m., followed by the chance to pick one and meet with this person in a separate room for one hour. There will be time to meet with a second judge before

Jim and Michelle McCleester recently relocated to Kinzu Morgans at Blueberry Hill Farm in Scandia, Pa. The McCleesters previously worked at Sebring Stables in richmond, Ma. Kinzu Morgans is owned by Darryl and Kathleen Pierce, and is home to the three-time World Champion That’s My nick. For more information, go to

MoRgAN MADNess quality Stables, in oneonta, nY, was invited by Wendy and Ken ayers of Morgandy Farm to participate in the Montgomery agricultural Day in September that was held at their Morgan horse farm in Fort Plain, nY. quality Stables students, along with their Morgan horses, demonstrated the versatility of the Morgan horse to some 3,000 people who were in attendance. in

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addition to exhibiting the Morgan horse in the traditional show ring attire and classes, all of the horses at some point during the day were turned out in costumes—the favorite being the horse and rider dressed from the Harry Potter series. The horse, legendary & noble, was a winged horse and the rider, Kirsten qua, was a member of the Gryffindor House. a highlight at the end of the day for the quality Stables riders was being introduced to Congressman Paul Tonko, who was there meeting and greeting the public. after introductions were made, pictures were taken and later put on Congressman Tonko’s Facebook page of him with the Morgan gelding, Gradell’s Wild Tradition.

Bobbin Hollow equestrian Center will be holding its annual adult Saddle Seat riding clinic on January 18-20, 2013 at its facility in naples, Fl. Guests of the adult Saddle Seat Clinic will enjoy three days of personal and group riding instruction along with special after-hours social activities. This clinic is offered to beginner to advanced riders and includes a customized lesson plan, daily one-on-one riding assessments, showlevel instruction to enhance riding proficiency, and takehome tools to help riders stay focused and fit. as well as a very popular treat, a relaxing and/or deep tissue massage by a certified lMT. in addition, they will offer personal and private one-onone riding sessions that

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identify and remedy problem areas caused by personal setbacks, such as fear, injury, accidents, or whatever it may be. Students wanting this program specifically will need to sign-up in advance, this is set aside for limited number of riders and is a first come first serve basis. For more information, visit

Wedding BellS Congratulations to Kristi evans, who married Joe ressler on June 2 in their hometown of rutland, Ma. The newlyweds own and operate evans Farm in rutland, where they raise and sell all natural angus Beef. Kristi previously showed her Morgan, Hylee’s Dann osgood,

New York regional Morgan horse Show A Resounding Success The New York regioNal MorgaN horse Show, held September 12-15 in Syracuse, NY, was well attended. everyone enjoyed fabulous weather, great hospitality, plenty of vendors, and

in the Junior exhibitor and amateur english Pleasure divisions under the direction of Melissa Morrell at Moreland Farm in West Brookfield, Ma.

great competition! The New York State Morgan horse Society hosted this american Morgan horse association regional championship show. Taking on the judging assignScott Root and Steve davis awaiting the results from the Four-Year-Old Sweepstakes class.

newlyweds Kristi and Joe Ressler.

ments were Josh Merritt and Phil Fountain; Bernard Parker joined the team for the New York Sweepstakes classes. Nicole Cable judged the carriage driving classes, while Dorothy Maxfield officiated over the dressage ring. Naomi Blumenthal served as the horse show manager. For complete results and details about next year’s show, visit


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Abby Bemis driving Weathermont Ethan.

lippitt Country show Attracts Enthusiasts From Coast to Coast By HeatHer Jackson

It was a lovely event for those who attended the lippitt Country show on august 18-19 in tunbridge, vt. the lippitt Morgans, as always, were breathtaking, magnificent, and oh-so-gorgeous! the organizers thank everyone who made the effort to bring their horses to the show—the hard work, time, and money that it took to do so is appreciated. saturday evening, august 18, the lippitt Club youth also put on a fabulous pizza dinner (which included ice cream sundaes!). In the same hall where dinner was served, Claire wagner had put up a wonderful display of the photos submitted for the calendar contest. People seemed to have a great time looking at and voting for their favorite pictures. Carolyn stearns’ storytelling after dinner and dessert was another special treat—thanks also go to her for her great stories, and for the wonderful job that she does with announcing at the show. Many people traveled from far distances, including Claire and Guy wagner, Connie trawick, and stefanie sibley’s grandmother, Betty lambert—all from California! Janet heineck also came from the west Coast,

traveling from washington state to view the gathering of lippitt Morgans. friends from near and far reconnected, and new friends were made. Marilyn Childs was present, with her program and document-the-classresults-pencil in hand. Dave Godding gave Janet heineck a carriage ride around the fairgrounds with randallane exclamation—a memory I’m sure Janet will treasure for a good long while. robert lippitt Knight’s granddaughter, winter Knight, came to watch the horses from ringside. Betty lambert smiled widely as she watched stefanie and randallane Genesis win the western Pleasure Championship. the weathermont farm contingent cheered and whooped loudly at ringside for their very successful horses and exhibitors. norman and amy Brooks brought four horses to the show, and their 11-year-old granddaughter, Brooke haynes, did a fantastic job helping to exhibit those horses in all types of classes—in-hand, jumping, trail, and driving! she was a treat to watch. the show committee was comprised of lisa fenton, Donna and Paul sullivan, anne hablitzel, Paula Beck, nancy Plimpton, Cheryl Godding,

Cathy white, lori wyman, Joy smith, and Claire wagner. these people did a tremendous job with planning the show, getting the word out, and running it. all in all, a wonderful time was had by all at this year’s lippitt Country show. again, the organizers thank everyone who made the event possible, and those who made it to the show— both spectators and exhibitors. for more information, please visit

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Driving news Herrick made a splash when they arrived at the event in a 1936 Rolls Royce limousine. In equine news from the event, Rick and Joan Vanderploeg brought their Morgan pair to the event, while Don and Karen Gammon drove their Haflinger pair, Dick and Linda Misiaszek took their Haflingers with them, Liz and Dave Herrick drove their Morgans, and Sonja and Bob Cahill went out with their Arabian mare, Ms. Breeze, who is now retired from competition and was formerly owned by three GSCA members.


Gail Aumiller recently returned from the Glen Willow CDE, held September 7-9 in West Grove, PA, with some exciting news to share. She and her horse, Sjaantje, entered the competition’s new Training Level division. Gail hoped she and Sjaantje would to do better than they did in their first combined driving event, held in Ohio last July, and the duo certainly did! They finished with a 72.5%, winning Training Level dressage and earning the second highest score of the day out of 44 tests, falling second to her own trainer, Suzy Stafford, who finished with

a 75.7%. The dressage division wasn’t all that Gail and Sjaantje were successful in: they won Training Level cones with one ball down, and were second in the marathon to take a second place overall in the competition.

DRIVING DEBUT Shelly Temple made headlines this past September when she debuted a new pony, Hemingway, in his first CDE as a single at the Glen Willow CDE. The nine-year-old German Riding Pony, who was previously driven as part of a pair in Advanced level competition, earned a third

Shelly Temple debuted Hemingway at the inaugural Glen Willow CDE.



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place in his first outing, which Shelly was pleased with. “My goal for Hemi was to provide a safe and positive outing in his first event as a single,” she commented. “We had a wonderful time at Glen Willow; it was well organized, friendly, the footing and weather were great, and the vibe was relaxed but competitive. I’m so happy we made the trip!”


The Granite State Carriage Association (GSCA) held its third annual Greenfield Drive and Ride at the Kokal’s HorseTenders, LLC farm in Greenfield, NH, on September 1 – 3. The event featured a barbecue cookout on Sunday and drew over 35 participants. Not only did people enjoy riding and International combined driver Chester Wedriving on horseback, ber will be evaluating submitted photos for the Vita Flex Victory Team Photo Clinic. but Dave and Liz



If you’ve always wanted to get some advice from a worldrenowned champion, now’s your chance, with the Vita Flex Victory Team Photo Clinic. Anyone who wants to participate can upload their pictures for the chance to be selected to be evaluated and critiqued by nine-time USEF National FourIn-Hand Champion, Chester Weber. All you have to do to enter is visit the company’s Facebook page at facebook. com/VitaFlex, and upload a photo of yourself and your team. Photos can be uploaded through November 1.


Gail Aumiller driving Sjaantje Sport during their Glen Willow CDE Training Level dressage test.


fei World single Driving Championships Awards Christoph Dieker with Gold Medal By Cindy Timmer

Christoph Dieker of Gemany won the fei World single Driving Championships at Companhia das Lezirias, portugal. Dieker placed second in dressage, stayed on silver after the marathon, and only had one fault in the final obstacle driving competition. michael Barbey of switzerland won the silver individual medal; the bronze medal went to Wilbrord van den Broek of the netherlands. the German team successfully defended their gold medal. team silver was won by switzerland and the bronze was awarded to the netherlands. the event drew 73 competitors from 20 nations at the very comfortable and well laid-out competition site, with eight wonderful obstacles, designed by “o” course designer richard nicoll from the United states. Dieker was one of the first who drove dressage, and received a score of 39.55

for his test with 17-year-old fst elmor. “this definitely was not my best test ever with this horse. i have been lucky,” Dieker commented. in the marathon, Dieker missed a gate in obstacle 4, which cost him precious seconds. But, he finished just behind kwiatek and held on to his second place position in the standings. Barbey set his first step toward a medal in the marathon, which he won, driving his 13-year-old kWpn gelding solo V. Barbey was sitting in seventh place before the cones, and honored the traditional swiss precision. he passed the finish line with only 3.29 penalty points for exceeding the time allowed, which would move him up to claim the silver medal, as none of his fellow competitors managed to stay clear.

Van den Broek was very happy with his bronze medal, which he thanked 16-year-old oscar, the horse with which his father Jan won the gold medal in 2008, for. Van den Broek came in third in dressage. Detlef Bohlmann, Dieker, and Dieter Lauterbach took the lead after dressage and maintained their comfortable position throughout the whole competition, leading Germany to gold. the netherlands was poised to take silver before the cones, but dropped to bronze when the swiss put down excellent performances in the cones competition. the polish drivers lost bronze when Bartolomiej kwiatek made four faults. for more information, visit

FEI World Single Driving Champion Christoph Dieker driving FST Elmor.

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Takes a Look at the Year in Review suBmiTTed By Carol frank

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the saratoGa DriVinG assoCiation (sDa) is delighted to once again brag about our great organization and all we have been able to offer the driving community. organizations go through cycles, and we have strived to have our club continue to grow and expand on what we can offer our members. our clinics have all been full and met the different needs of sDa drivers. Jeff morse held clinics in June, and the senior Beginner Clinic, orchestrated by Lyn howard, took place in July. they have been repeated annually and continue to draw eager participants. Larry poulin brought his expertise in may and september where participants could take lessons in harness or under

saddle. having him multiple times during the summer gave drivers a chance to work with an instructor, develop a training plan, see the progress, and modify that plan. it is a formula that promotes growth. With Jeff being relatively local in richmond, ma, drivers are also able to follow up with him. We anticipate bringing robin Groves on may 4-5, 2013, for two days of lessons and are looking for input regarding what structure people would prefer. since we’re constantly striving to improve our driving skills, the club holds two american Driving society approved shows each year. the annual pleasure show at Lindenwald is a lovely, relaxed environment under the historic shade

trees of the martin Van Buren estate in kinderhook, ny. summer shows can be hot under the blazing sun, but Lindenwald feels like another era. also, roxbury organic farm provided a pleasure pace, looping past the cows, sheep, and cultivated fields. Beyond the historic trees, remote from the competition, route 9 passes by and the local community comes to watch. having an audience appreciating the turnouts, and bringing the community to this national park site to see the carriages and tour the presidential mansion, makes for a unique show. Unfortunately, the show at Lindenwald did not draw enough competitors in august. everyone that participated was very pleased, and in the days of the Columbia County Coaching society, when they held their show at this location, it was hugely popular. the board has decided to move the show to June 30, 2013, in hopes that we will avoid conflicts and increase participation. Details will be in the american Driving society omnibus.

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Colonial Carriage & Driving Society Ventfort Hall is an imposing Jacobean Revival-style mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, the sister of J. P. Morgan. The setting for the movie, Cider House Rules, it is one of the approximately 75 so-called “cottages” built in Lenox, MA, in the late 1800s when the village became a popular Gilded Age resort. Horses and carriages were a large part of that lifestyle. Ventfort Hall is currently the home of The Museum of the Gilded Age and has a carriage barn just waiting to be restored. Tjasa Sprague, one of the founders of Ventfort Hall Association which oversees the restoration of the mansion, has always wanted to do something with horses at the historic site, but there is very little flat space available. The Annual Lenox Tub Parade, presented by Colonial Carriage since 1989, has featured all shapes and sizes of equines. An ice cream social after the Tub Parade was not entirely successful. How do you combine a small area with horses and an ice cream social?

It all happened with “Meet the Minis at the Mansion” on a beautiful early fall day, Sunday, September 9, 2012. Tjasa asked fellow Colonial Carriage member Carol Terry to help organize the event. Carol had two miniature donkeys ready to meet the public, and she contacted local Miniature horse owners. The response was immediate! At the event, Diane Bozyczko ground drove newly trained Henry. Vito, a 12-year-old grey dun mini donkey, was put to an easy entry cart, and Half Pint (owned by Sally Hart of Overmeade Farm in Lenox) was driven by Katie Ryan in a Bellcrown. Linda Kelly and Susan Wall brought Blue and a Meadowbrook Cart. Megan Potter brought Pickles from Undermountain Farm. Allison Terry led Charlie, a brown mini donkey, while the other volunteers drove around the grounds and in the 50’ x 50’ grass arena. Spectators were surprised to see what minis could do. David and Lisa Goble, who own almost a dozen minis in Lakeville, MA, and are

members of the Colonial Mini Equine Club (David will be holding a clinic at Equine Affaire), brought equipment used in performance classes at Mini horse shows, including jumps, ground rails, bridge/ teeter-totter, and weave poles. David demonstrated the use of the equipment with his minis, after which the other minis tried to use the equipment for the first time. Spectators definitely enjoyed that! “The minis were wonderful with people and even a man in a wheelchair,” Tjasa commented. “The event might connect people with horses and driving that might not be reached any other way.” Volunteers with the minis were treated to ice cream cones by Ventfort Hall, and the minis got goodie bags with treats. Carol said that the highlight for her was “meeting the other mini owners and presenting the breeds to people who appreciated the opportunity to meet the minis.” It was so successful that it will probably become an annual event, and plans include a larger arena. It’s a perfect warmup for the Tub Parade the following weekend, which took a new route this year from Shakespeare & Company. Of the 16 entries in the parade, three were VSE (Very Small Equine) singles and one pair. They are always a crowd favorite! For more information about minis and driving, feel free to contact Carol Terry at 413-243-3569 or

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so save the date! We are in the process of planning another interesting line-up of events. By the time February rolls around, drivers need to dust off the mental cobwebs, spend social time with their peers, raise money with the raffle, and begin to figure out what they want to do when the snow melts and their critters’ hair sheds off. We are also very pleased with the relationship between our club and Colonial Carriage and Driving Society. Our joint membership program has promoted mutual participation in activities planned by each club. Thanks to the warm relationship between our clubs, we are able to join in the wonderful events that they hold as well. Our website was one of the first of any driving club. Designed and maintained by James Clark, who has been very wonderful to us, we encourage you to use it and recognize that we are now able to link our documents to you and not overburden your emails. Be sure to send in current photos so we can continue to stay fresh.

In response to how we run our club, we try to include the voices of all the members. There are many ways to participate. We have four officers and four board members. Positions change over time, although there are no term limits; one can always ask to be nominated for a position. This year, Beth Corteville stepped down as secretary, and Ilyana Meltzer became interim secretary pending this year’s election. Anyone interested in having a role on the board or being an officer should tell any board member, and when there is an opening, which does happen, we will discuss it with you. If you are available to help out in some other capacity, or if you would like the club to consider other activities, let us know. We want your participation and would like to hear your ideas. Speaking on behalf of the board and officers, we work very hard to meet your needs and produce the best possible events, clinics, and conference. We are glad to do it and eager to serve. Let us know what you like, comment on what you don’t like, and come out and volunteer.

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The Driving Trial is in its 15th year, and all the details of the show will be in next month’s magazine. When we first started, we doubted that we could pull it off; but, our driving trial is well attended and participants have a great time. Our Annual Meeting with elections will be held November 4 at the Saratoga Harness track. Come and join us for the brunch buffet at the track, where the trotters can go happily around with their heads high in the air and no one cares, as long as they do it very fast. In January, we hold the Twelfth Night Party and have prevailed on Lyn Howard and Jack Alexander as our generous hosts. We recognize that this is not a convenient location for everyone, so if anyone else would like to step up and invite the club to their hearth, we’d be glad to hear from you. Our annual Get Ready for Spring Conference will be held on February 16, 156 equine


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Northwest connecticut Draft horse association Holds Haying Demonstration at White Memorial Conservation Center Submitted by Cornelia JaCquier

The weaTher was specTacular for the Northwest connecticut Draft horse association (NwcDha) haying Demonstration. It was held at white Memorial conservation center in litchfield, cT, on august 19. The event was organized by member, ed Dorset, and we also owe a huge “thank you” to both ed and member, Dan coutu, for getting all the equipment in place in time for the demo. we were unable to actually bale this year, but the mowing and raking went off without a hitch, and the event was well received. The white Memorial representatives, along with the many spectators, felt the event was a great success and are already looking forward to next year.

November 4 will be our annual plowing contest at wright’s Farm on Old Grassy hill road, in Orange, cT, from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. If you own a driving animal but do not know how to plow or harrow, bring your animals out anyway. You can enjoy a drive around the field, hook to the stoneboat and work the obstacle course, or ask one of our veteran members to help you hook to a plow. Members also participate in a friendly plow match, which determines who can plow the straightest row. The public is welcome as spectators, or they can hitch a ride on one of the wagons. we ask for a donation of $5 per carload, and refreshments are also available.

we are already planning for our annual christmas party in December. For more information on this event or on joining our club, contact president Tony roswell at, or visit or




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rhode island driving club Celebrates Carriage Days 2012 Submitted by mug tomany

After deAling with tropicAl Storm irene at the 2011 rhode island carriage days, we were dealt a perfect weekend this year. the grounds at celtic cross farm, in dudley, MA, looked beautiful with the freshly-painted ring and all the bright flower gardens. dana Bright, technical delegate, inspected and approved our cross-country course, which consisted of newly-cleared gravel roads and more water crossings, with one big enough to be a future water obstacle. John St. cyr worked hard to make them weatherproof. Marsha himler was our judge for dressage, the rhode island driving club (ridc) cross-country drive, and ring classes, with Susan Koso volunteering her time to judge the cones classes. the courses were driver-friendly and received rave reviews from competitors. there were many new horse-and-driver combinations that were thrilled by completing Saturday’s combined event. the weekend started late friday afternoon with a competitors’ briefing, and a wine and cheese social sponsored by Janice and charles Meszoely. thanks to all of the great volunteers, dressage and timed obstacles began early on Saturday morning with cross-country running in 158 equine


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the afternoon. A new element was added to the obstacle in the apple orchard, and all but the VSe’s got to go through the big water crossing. combined score winners were as follows: Very Small equine (VSe)—elsbeth lowell with Bea; novice pony—cindy fletcher driving chick a Boom; novice horse—carolyn lemoine driving funquest Majestic feather; open pony—Bob Koopman driving Misty; open horse—Mary washburn driving without a doubt; Multiples—carrie wind driving Kateland’s inkspot and timberhill’s Scarlet destiny. on Saturday evening, competitors and officials enjoyed a barbecue buffet and music by local guitarist, Al libera. A silent auction was set up, with items donated by local businesses and club members. competition resumed on Sunday morning, with ring classes and cone classes running simultaneously. championships were awarded after an entertaining errand obstacle course was won by gale hepfinger. championships were based on dressage, timed obstacles, working and reinsmanship classes. winners included: VSe champion—Joan fletcher; novice pony champion—cindy fletcher and reserve champion, Michelle hulse; novice

horse champion—gale hepfinger and reserve champion, hannah Kalichman; open pony champion—Kelli gerrior; open horse champion—cicily hajek; Multiples champion—pat Musser and reserve champion, Adrienne St. cyr. plus, cindy fletcher won concours d’elegance and the wendy Award for high point pony. for a complete list of results, visit i want to send out a special thank you to Mike tomany, reva Seybolt, Jane and elsbeth lowell, olivia Smith, dave Bomster, cat luce, carolyn lemoine, Shelia guimond, evan St. cyr and Sue ito for all of their hard work before the show, painting signs and rings, setting up the dressage and cones rings, clearing roots from the trail, weeding gardens, and building obstacles. i also want to thank william lawson for returning as our announcer and nancy lawson for controlling the paddock area. the show couldn’t happen without support from our volunteers. And, last but not least, a big thank you to John and Adrienne St. cyr for letting the rhode island driving club use their wonderful farm to host our show and our various club activities throughout the year.

Bonnie Jean driving Max through the new water crossing at Celtic Cross Farm in Dudley, MA.

(L-R) Rhode Island Carriage Days 2012 Officials Marsha Himler, Susan Koso, and Dana Bright.

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Cindy Fletcher won Concours d’Elegance and the Wendy Award for High Point Pony, driving Chick a Boom.


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Western reserve Carriage association Holds a Series of Club Drives submitted by mary thomas

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Late summer provided the perfect setting for a series of Western reserve Carriage association (WrCa) club drives. hosts ted and sunny Jones opened their beautiful tannerwood Farm to WrCa on august 18. after enjoying lunch in their shady yard, 16 turnouts tackled the cones course, practiced a test in the groomed dressage ring, and took a trip through the water crossing. Later in the afternoon, sunny brought out her pair to lead the group through her extensive wooded trails. the Carlisle reserve, part of Lorain County’s park district, offered WrCa members a wonderful driving opportunity on august 26. hosts Floyd and Linda Wells organized the day, held a well-received lunchtime raffle, and gave trail maps and suggestions for enjoying the trail system. Wide, smooth trails, great for antique vehicles, took the 12 turnouts around the 1,800-acre park through woods, over bridges, and across meadows. the “flashy five,” driven as a group by Jeff and mary ann tock, Cathy rhoades, and Bob and Cathy Franks, proved that “small” can be big driving fun. the rain slowed and the dark clouds turned friendly just in time for the noon-

time potluck meal at Byers Woods near ashland, oh, on september 8. WrCa members were warmly greeted by hosts Jeff and mary ann tock, and everyone was presented with a horseshoe prize. after lunch, a drawing, complete with some interesting mystery items, finished as the sun appeared and the five turnouts prepared to drive. the trails were wide, mowed, and varied in terrain, with wooded areas featuring wildlife. members learned that Byers Woods is open to carriage drivers daily, unlike most ohio parks. Congratulations are extended to longtime WrCa member, donna Crookston of saltsburg, pa, and her morgan gelding, rG Cowboys Black Cadillac, for representing the u.s. at the Fei singles driving World Championship, september 12 - 16, in Leziris, portugal. the pair had represented the u.s. in two previous World Championships. the indiana Combined driving event (Cde), august 31 – september 2, at the hoosier horse park, attracted a hardy group of WrCa members. stacey Giere piloted her horse to the top spot in preliminary single horse and took a second blue driving mary thomas’ dartmoor pair in training

pairs. Bev patrick garnered first in preliminary horse pairs, while margaret shenker took the Best hazard award. susan Burrows, Bob Burrows, Carol milhoun, Cathy rhoades, and Cathy Franks brought back honors as well. the well-run event handled the 60-plus entries efficiently in spite of dire weather threats, compliments of hurricane isaac. september 16, 2012, found 11 turnouts and 38 members taking advantage of a gorgeous early fall day of driving. Jon and Nancy roemer again hosted our club, providing us with beautiful views and challenging drives. Jon started his Norwegian candle and cooked hot dogs as everyone laid out their food, and enjoyed a great potluck meal. the final drive of the year was the swine Creek drive, hosted by don and Carm dalton. this fall event was held october 21, 2012. everyone met at 11:30 a.m. for a potluck meal in the lodge. participants drove on paved park roads and trails in the woods. the trails were 10' wide with a fine granular surface, and suitable for antique vehicles. the wooded trails were 6' wide and groomed with a dirt surface, which were best for marathon or stronger type vehicles. up next for WrCa is the Wine and Cheese reception at Woodlyn Coach, mt. hope, oh. ivan Burkholder and Fanny miller will present beautifully-restored vehicles and answer questions about restoration of antique carriages—it will be an event not to be missed! plans are well underway for the annual holiday party scheduled for the oaks Lakeside restaurant in Chippewa, oh, on december 2. Nancy roemer and deb svoboda, as usual, have a great afternoon planned. the annual election of board members will be held in conjunction with the party. if you are interested in a board position, contact president henry rish. Check for more details on these events and the upcoming election. it’s not too early to make plans to attend the first ohio arena driving trial (adt), to be held January 12, 2013 at Windy Knoll Farm in sullivan, oh. adts are held indoors, and they are great fun. Get your equines ready for another season of driving. haven’t a clue on what to do at an adt? Come watch or be a part of the action as an event volunteer. Check out or the american driving society Omnibus for more information. November 2012

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Looks Forward to Upcoming Events This Holiday Season Submitted by roger HigginS Jr.

Happy THanksgiving! iTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Time for the holiday season to begin and time for us to give thanks for another great driving season. The Black swamp Driving Club (BsDC) still has a few things left for the remaining season. Here is the list of remaining events for the BsDC: The annual Banquet will take pace on november 11 at Royal Buffet in Findlay, OH (confirmed). Then, Christmas on the Farm will be held in kenton, OH on December 15 (confirmed). please watch the BsDC newsletter for updates and confirmations of events and activities. some events may be confirmed or changed at the last minute, and i may not have a chance to get the information in the article. at the annual Banquet, the buffet will be sure to have something for everyone. We will meet at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. We are having the auction again this year, so everyone please bring your donated items to make this a success. please remember, this is one of the important activities that helps fund the club for the year. so, please bring your donations and bid. The auctioneer will let you know when your bid is too high! There are some other 160 equine


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things in the planning stages as well for the evening activities, so please plan to attend. Refer to the BsDC newsletter for more details. you can also contact any board member for information. There is another important event for the club that is fast approaching. We are looking for anyone interested in becoming part of the board of directors. We have a total of three positions open. There are two, three-year terms, and one, one-year term. please let any officer or board member know if you would like to be added to the ballot. The new board of directors will be voted on at the banquet. This is your club, so please step up and make a difference. i realize the information for the banquet and the board of directors is the same as last month, but these items are very important to the club, and i feel they were needed as a reminder for this issue. some members may receive their issue before the banquet. in this article, i am adding something for another interest that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t often address. The club also addresses the conservation of horse-drawn vehicles. There are several people in the club that have a carriage collection and others that like to restore and preserve the

history of carriages. The club offers a variety of areas and information on driving and restoration of horse-drawn units. it varies from each person as to what is collected. i know in my family, we have a wide variety of unitsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from wagons, to sleighs, to carriages. When collecting carriages, this opens up other possible avenues. some people will also collect accessories such as carriage or sleigh robes, carriage lamps, sleigh bells and even vintage clothing that was worn in that era. my family also collects tools, wagon and buggy jacks, anything that is connected to horse-drawn vehicles. The club combines both driving and conservation in its activities. members can help with the information and contacts that they have gathered over the years. We have had a great driving season and should reflect on how thankful we are. During this holiday season, give thanks to the many blessings that we encounter. please keep an open heart and mind to the world and the elements in it. We are truly blessed, and we have a lot to be thankful for. sometimes we take a lot for granted; let it be Thanksgiving every day. if anyone has pictures of club activities, or pictures you would like to submit, please send them to me via email. i know there are several members who take pictures, so please send them and any news to place in the article to my email address at, or call me at 740-251-7193. The club always extends an open invitation to the public to come and join us as well. We do have a good time and always keep safety a priority. We still have a few events left, so come and check us out. This is all the news that i have for this month. if there is something you need to add or would like to see in the article, please let me know.

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Our condolences go out to Alicia Puliafico of Woodstock, CT, on the loss of her 25-year-old mare, Kapital Flashback. Alicia bought “Flash” 15 years ago, and showed her in showmanship, country pleasure, saddle seat equitation and native costume. The duo earned multiple “A” show wins in all divisions, as well as a regional championship in saddle seat equitation.

SOLD! Congratulations to Kisra Arabians of New York on the sale of Kisra Aamorah to Mr. Dhafer S. Qahtani of Saudi Arabia with the assistance of Honeysuckle Rose North Select Arabian Sales.

READY FOR ACTION Carol Brunette of North Oxford, MA, recently sent her stunning chestnut mare, SAF Bey Trynyty 162 EQUINE


(Bey Shahzan X Trysckyt), to Dwyer Equine in Foster, RI, to begin her career as a performance horse! She was bred by Mitch and Charlene Siddell of Serenity Arabian Farm in Manchester, IA.

WINNER, WINNER Conway Arabians of Chatsfield, MN, sends their congratulations to Dale, Laurie, and Rachel Enns on Glory Stealer +// earning his Legion Of Excellence. Way to go!

NEW PARTNERSHIP Congratulations to Taylor Koenigsberg of Ebensburg, PA, who purchased the Anglo Arabian gelding A Carbon Copy from Ricci and Stephanie Desiderio’s Tranquillity Farm in Chester, NJ. Taylor purchased this horse with her own savings and is looking forward to perfecting her over fences skills!

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CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations are in order for Jessica Clinton and Gabriel Destoto on their recent engagement! Jess currently trains for Vicki Humphrey Training Center while Gabe trains for Stachowski Farm. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this talented couple!

END OF AN ERA Our condolences go out to Sonny and Cheryl Harrison for their loss of Famous Shaklan+// (Ba-di Atrevido x Famemiss by Fame VF+). He was laid to rest at Sport Horse Nationals due to a severe case of laminitis. Famous Shaklan+// was an ambassador for dressage and sport horse venues.

HUDSON VALLEY RETURNS The Hudson Valley Arabian Horse Association is thrilled to announce the resurrection of

their all-Arabian show for 2013. It will be May 10-12, 2013, at the Eastern States Exposition Center in West Springfield, MA, so mark your calendars and get excited for another great show!

DYNAMITE DRIVING The three-quarter Arabian pony, Rebel Rebel, “Mac” went to the GMHA Fall Driving Classic on September 8-9, 2012. Mac is owned by Sarah Flint of Matlock Farm. Sarah’s friend, Laura Wiper, showed him in Open Single Pony. He then showed in Timed Obstacles with a seventh place finish. In the Working Pony classes, they were third, and in the Reverse Psychology class they were fourth. On the second day, he showed in the Open Training Combined Test. In the dressage phase they were first, and in cones they were second. The duo ended up the overall champion in the Training




[LEFT] Hailey Lisak competed at the Arabian Horse Association of Massachusetts Open Fun Show on Chelsea Minarsky’s Zomars Banner. The pair finished the day as the Walk/Trot Division Champions. Congratulations! [RIGHT] Jess Small of Livermore, ME, and her 2003 Half-Arabian mare, ABD The Big Chill (Goldmounts Royal Design X GAF Khloe Rae), successfully competed at the Downeast Medal Finals, coming in sixth in the Modified Adult Medal out of 15 riders. Jess and Chilly train with Sarah Shraiberg of Avalon Meadows Equestrian Center in Otisfield, ME.

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Welcome to the World Dan and audrey Humphrey of Gray Cat Farm in Chichester, nH, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first daughter, Piper rose Humphrey, born September 6, 2012, weighing 8 lbs 2 oz and measuring in at 20.5'' long.

open SucceSS Purebred pony, HMF najid Fadl, and ashley ann lavoie did well at the Big e Hunter Show, where they competed in the Children’s Hunter Ponies. The duo earned a fourth in the hack and a third and an eighth in the over fences portion. They also showed in the Zone Finals Pony equitation Challenge, taking home a fifth place award.

neWS from 4 13 The 4 13 ranch would like to send out congratulations to two of their arabian Friesian crosses for their show ring success in September. alegre romance (Hertog Jan v.d. Paddensteeg x Spring orchid Meldy) and her owner, Kathy Towery, placed third in Ha/ aa 2-Year-old Mares at arabian Sport Horse nationals. native Flint (Hertog Jan v.d. Paddensteeg x elisha Mariah), won the Green Country arabian Horse association Half-arabian Colt Futurity Championship and was second in the Ha/aa open Colt class at the Tulsa State Fair in Tulsa, oK. Flint was shown by Kristi George.

hmf najid fadl and Ashley Ann lavoie competed successfully at the big e hunter Show.

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anjanette Williby has some exciting news to share! She recently attended the american Warmblood Society inspection with two of her horses. WCa Hy Voltage was the gold medal winner and attained Supreme status with his score of 83.35! Her other colt Hy Pryced Diamond did very well also scoring 79.35 just narrowly missing Supreme with piper rose humphrey made her Blue Preferred. appearance on September 6, 2012.

GcAhA hA colt futurity champions native flint and Kristi George at the tulsa State fair held September 27, 2012.

maynesboro Stud memorial ride Sees Three-Way Tie in 50-Mile Ride On September 15, 2012, the berlin and Coos County historical Society (bCChS) of new hampshire celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the maynesboro Stud and its founder, William robinson (W.r.) brown, with an endurance horse ride beginning and ending at the maynesboro Stud barn. brown was the most important breeder of Arabian horses in the United States from 1912— when he developed his facility—to 1933, and also put the breed on the map as

the preferred choice for long-distance riding. the barn has been restored by the Society over the past 10 years. Seventeen members of the brown family traveled from all over the United States to attend this historical event. thirteen equestrians competed in the 50-mile ride, with the win being a three-way tie among: Kathryn Downs, of Jefferson, me, riding her Arabian, bey Gibby; ruth Ferland, of Cornish, nh, aboard Jedidiah blackguard, a half-Arabian; and Sally White, of

marlboro, Vt, with rSF rusty, another half-Arabian. because of the rocky ending to the trail, the trio decided to keep their horses safe; there was no mad dash to the finish line. the three lead riders finished at a slow pace, abreast, holding hands with Ferland—the rider in the center— holding her reins in her teeth. In the 25-mile competition, 19 participants rode, with Cindy and peter Seames of Oxford, me, coming in first and second, respectively. the bestconditioned horse of the event was Zambizy’s red Comet, a half-Arabian, ridden by Wendy bejarano, of W. Windsor, Vt. the historical Society would like to thank the astonishing number of sponsors that supported the event. November 2012

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1. Jess Small and her Half-Arabian mare, MVA Kahlua n Cream, were the Half-Arabian Versatility Champions for the second year in a row. 2. Emily Thorndike, riding Rangers Golden Casper. 3. Caleb Moody of Hamden, ME, was a fierce competitor in the Leadline division! 4. Sarah Swazey won the Adult Equitation Open aboard her Swedish Warmblood mare, Minuet.

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iowa gold star arabian Horse show Draws 300 Horses to Five Days of Competition Des Moines once again Drew a world audience of arabian horse enthusiasts as it hosted the 2012 iowa gold star Futurity and Fall classic Horse show during Labor Day weekend, august 31 to september 3. with approximately 300 horses at the iowa state Fairgrounds and thousands of exhibitors and spectators, the five-day horse show featured not only competition, but also a stallion service auction, great shopping, and entertainment for the whole family. in addition to arabian horse owners from all across the United states, there were international participants from countries such as Brazil, argentina, australia, and Uruguay to name a few. Founded in 1944, the iowa arabian Horse association (iaaHa) has long been the voice of the arabian horse 164 equine


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in the state with a mission to foster and encourage the improvement and use of the arabian (and Halfarabian) horse by providing The Iowa Gold Star, in just a few short years, has exhibition, educational, and managed to become a show that Arabian enthusiasts promotional opportunities. look forward to every year. The cornerstone program of the iaaHa is the gold star Futurity, a breeding program that allows exhibitors were able to enjoy extra opportunities to have fun, including arabian horse breeders an opportunity jackpot classes, stallion presentations, to bid on breedings to the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top dog races, costume contests, and a tier of stallions at the gold star stallion progressive barn party. everyone is service auction, then compete for prize invited to put the gold star arabian money in subsequent years. in 2012, Horse show on his or her calendar more than $150,000 will be awarded in for 2013â&#x20AC;&#x201D;they hope to see you in Des prize money to the winners, with the Moines, august 29 through september champion gold star Yearling auction colt and Filly each taking home a check 2! For more information about the iowa gold star Futurity, visit for $19,040! with a Vegas-inspired theme,

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rhode Island arabian Horse association Holds Annual Open Horse Show Submitted by Pauline m. Comire

Our annual Open HOrse sHOw was held on september 9. It was a gorgeous day; although heavy storms were predicted, we were spared as they came during the night and we all awakened to a nice sunny but crisp day. It was ideal weather for our exhibitors and quite pleasant for the spectators. This was our second year at red rock Farm, and Kevin Dwyer, manager of the facility, along with Jennifer lisak and the farm staff, did a great job of grooming everything to perfection. The grounds are beautiful, and the ring was appropriately decorated with Corn stalks and Mums. Much to my surprise, the horses totally ignored the decorations and performed beautifully. as always, the office staff kept the line short and on the move. Carrots and goodies greeted the exhibitors as they picked up their numbers. we must credit show Manager, lori Murray, for a job well done, as this was her

first year at the helm of such a big task. Overseeing the operations of a horse show is not easy and is very stressful. all will agree that her first time as manager is to be commended. lori has left for a well-deserved vacation, but not before telling me to make sure to thank all those who helped her along the way—especially her office staff, ground crew and all who, in some way, helped to make the show a success. we must not forget the generosity of our sponsors and those who recruited sponsorships and donations. They will not go unrewarded. I could go on and on briefing you on the show and all the fun that was experienced by riders and spectators. The following are the first place winners of the 45 classes offered and the 11 division day-end champions, along with the High-point Grand Champion of the day.

Arabian Halter: John Nixon, Apostle V F. Half-Arabian Halter: Jocelyn Stokowski, D A Bowflex. Open Sport Horse: Rebecca Eddy, Good Kharma. Open Halter: John Nixon, Apostle V F. Miniature Horse Showmanship: Stacy Hopkins, Heath Crest Adonis Blue Mist. Miniature Horse Halter: Stacy Hopkins, Heath Crest Adonis Blue Mist. Open Western Equitation: Olivia Perry, J J Miss Liberty. Arabian/Half-Arabian Equitation: Anna Perry, A O Stormchaser. Open Equitation: Jaidyn Ramirez, Winchester. Arabian/Half-Arabian Pleasure: Anna Perry, A O Stormchaser. Open Pleasure All Ages: Jaidyn Ramirez, Winchester. Open Sport Horse Under Saddle A. M.: Rebecca Eddy, Good Kharma. Open Green Horse W/T: Jennifer Lisak, Bask’s Minstril Doll. Open Western Discipline Rail: Olivia Perry, J J Miss Liberty. Arabian/Half-Arabian Open Pleasure Championship: Anna Perry, A O Stormchaser. Open Green Horse Pleasure W/T/C: Jennifer Roberts, Gameel Ibn Elzoghall. Arabian/HalfArabian: Olivia Perry, J J Miss Liberty. Open Western Pleasure: Olivia Perry, J J Miss Liberty. Open Green Horse Command W/T/C: Jennifer Roberts, Gameel Ibn Elzoghall. Open Sport Horse Under Saddle P. M.: Rebecca Eddy, Good Kharma. RIAHA Equitation Medal Class W/T/C: Anna Perry, A O Stormchaser. Open Walk/ Trot Equitation: Hailey Lisak, Zomar’s Banner. Arabian/Half-Arabian Walk/Trot Equitation: Morgan Kennelly, Ttafaafs Jalaj. Open Walk/Trot Pleasure: Hailey Lisak, Zomar’s Banner. Arabian/ Half-Arabian Walk/Trot Pleasure: Audrey Romcaioli, Newmar Attallah. Miniature Horse Showmanship: Stacy Hopkins, Heath Creat Adonis Blue Mist. Open Walk/Trot Discipline Rail: Ava Lemire, Chocolate. Arabian/Half-Arabian Walk/Trot Discipline Rail: Jocelyn Stokowski, D A Bowflex. RIAHA Equitation Medal Class W/T: Morgan Kennelly, Ttafaafs Jalaj. Lead Line Equitation: Sydney Macglashing, Mighty Aphrodite. Lead Line Pleasure: Zoe Lemire, Chocolate. Lead Line Suitability: Zoe Lemire, Chocolate. Egg And Spoon: Erika Jones, Diamonds And Dice. Water Wave W/T: Jennifer Roberts, D A Bowflex. Open Schooling Hunter X - Rail: Equitation On The Flat: Jaidyn Ramirez, Winchester. Open Schooling Hunter X - Rail: A: Jaidyn Ramirez, Winchester. Open Schooling Hunter X - Rail: B: Jaidyn Ramirez, Winchester. Open Low Hunter Equitation On The Flat: Jennifer Roberts, D A Bowflex. Open Low Hunter Over Fences A: 2': Jennifer Roberts, D A Bowflex. Open Low Hunter Over Fences B: 2': Jennifer roberts, D a Bowflex. Open Hunter Equitation On The Flat: Jennifer Roberts, D A Bowflex. Open Hunter Over Fences A: 2' 3'': Jennifer Roberts, D A Bowflex. Open Hunter Over Fences B: 2' 3'': Jennifer Roberts, D A Bowflex. DIvISIOnS CHAMPIOnS Arabian/Half-Arabian W/T: Jocelyn Stokowski/D A Bowflex. Arabian/Half-Arabian W/T/C: Anna Perry/A O Stormchaser. Open W/T: Hailey Lisak/ Zomar’s Banner. Open W/T/C: Jaidyn ramirez/ winchester. Open Western: Olivia Perry/J J Miss Liberty. Open Sport Horse: Rebecca Eddy/Good Kharma. Open Green Horse: Jenn Roberts/Gameel Ibn Elzoghall. Leadline: Zoe Lemire/Chocolate. Open Schooling Hunter X - Rail: Jaidyn Ramirez/ Winchester. Open Low Hunter 2': Jenn Roberts/D A Bowflex. Open Hunter 2' 3'': Jenn Roberts/D A Bowflex. Day-End Champion: Olivia Perry, J J Miss Liberty.

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ROOTING FOR SHOOTING Joe Lauzon has been busy on the cowboy mounted shooting circuit this year! The Men’s 5 competitor followed up his performance of being crowned Overall Cowboy Champion at the Northeast Regional Cowboy Mounted Shooting Championship at Falls Creek Farm the weekend of August 3-5, with an equally impressive win at the Northeast Six Shooters’ Massachusetts State Championships on September 30, where he also won the Overall Champion title. Amy Lunt, a Ladies 4 competitor, has also been bringing fierce competition to the circuit this year, earning the title of Overall Cowgirl Champion at the Massachusetts State Championships. With the season drawing to an end, it will be interesting to see how many awards these dynamic riders will pick up at the Mass Six Shooters Year-End Dinner, set to take place on December 1.

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Brantmayer of Bridgeton, NJ, and her mustang trainee, Pauly D. Amanda captured the championship at her first Extreme Mustang Makeover, held August 10 – 12 in Gloucester County, NJ, alongside the six-year-old mustang gelding. In addition to being named champion, Brantmayer received a custom Gist Silversmith belt buckle for being the top rookie trainer, and Pauley D was adopted for $2,000.



In exciting news from the Midwest Horse Fair, multiple National Finals Rodeo qualifier and Women’s Professional Rodeo Champion Sharon Camarillo will be featured as a clinician at the 2013 event, to be held April 19 – 21 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. Opportunities are still available to work with Sharon. For more information, please visit

Doug Williamson emerged from the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity a bit richer after giving a stellar performance with High Brow Shiner and finishing in fourth place. Although he didn’t take the win, he collected $50,000, earning a paycheck that was possibly the most meaningful out of all of his earnings that spanned the course of five decades, as it put him over the million dollar mark, making him a Million Dollar Rider. Also passing the million dollar milestone was Very Smart Remedy, whose third place finish in the Open Futurity with rider Anne Reynolds, allowed the team to collect $60,000 and placed the horse over the top. And rider Corey Cushing became the youngest-ever NRCHA Million Dollar Rider when, at age 32, he rode CD Diamond to a $100,000 victory in the Open Futurity, in addition to qualifying four horses for the Open finals and leaving the competition with over $158,000 in earnings. Kudos to all riders for their achievements!

Amanda Brantmayer and her mustang trainee, Pauly D, at the New Jersey Extreme Mustang Makeover.

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[LEFT] Joe Lauzon and Ghost were the Overall Champions at the Northeast Six Shooters Championship. [RIGHT] Amy Lunt and Pecos contributed to the fierce competition, where they ultimately earned the title of Overall Cowgirl.


Four Town Fair Features Connecticut Renegades Cowboy Mounted Shooting Club BY ALLISON FORSYTH

THE CONNECTICUT RENEGADES Cowboy Mounted Shooting club members were once again invited to be guests at the Four Town Fair in Somers, CT, on Saturday, September 15. The Renegades provided two one-hour long shows that included an opening flag drill, demonstrations of rider levels from beginners to advanced, and the favorite, match races. The Renegades were pleased to highlight one rider and horse during this event by having them carry the American flag and lead the riders during a drill and National Anthem. Natural horsemanship trainer and farrier, Geoff Goodson of East Hampton, CT, was selected to participate in the Extreme Mustang Makeover. He has two newly acquired mustangs from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and entered one of them, Little Joe the Wrangler, in the contest. “Lil’ Joe” was a wild mustang taken from the Utah/ Nevada border. For many riders, it was a long day, which is how the following day’s match earned its name, “The Four Town Fair Hangover Match.” More than 20 riders were in attendance at Round Tuit Ranch


Riding Cherokee, Joan Davis was named Overall Cowgirl and won the L3 belt buckle.

Open Futurity Champions Corey Cushing and CD Diamond.

Corey Cushing and CD Diamond Win Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship Overall Winner Bruce Tolhurst took the SM4 belt buckle riding Miss Kitty.

in Enfield, CT, on Sunday, September 16, to compete for a buckle in their respective classes. The Overall Winner was Bruce Tolhurst of Marlborough, CT, on Miss Kitty, and the Overall Cowgirl was Joan Davis of West Granby, CT, on Cherokee. Other class winners included “Kowboy” Ken Forcier of Oxford, CT, on Red; Wendy Gibbons of Mendon, MA, on Woody; and Kelly Sommers of Middletown, CT, on Blues Chyna Girl. Sunday’s match also included two “wranglers” (riders under the age of 12). These young equestrians are required to ride the same course as all the other riders, but they carry two cap guns. Although they are not able to shoot and hit the targets, they must ride within the expected distance of each target and aim at each one. If the range master believes they would not have hit the target had they been live firing, it can be counted as a miss. Kayla Davis of West Granby, CT, shot clean on Cherokee, and Abby Jenner of Enfield, CT, also shot clean on Somebody’s Angel. For more information on the Connecticut Renegades, visit

WITH FOUR HORSES IN THE National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals in Reno, NV, on September 30, 2012, the odds were most definitely in Corey Cushing’s favor. He still had to work for every bit of the $100,000 championship paycheck as he staged a thrilling come-from-behind victory on CD Diamond, owned by San Juan Ranch. It was an emotional night for the 32-year-old Scottsdale, AZ, trainer as he talked about his first Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship and the high-scoring 222 cow work that sealed the win. “It always comes down to the fence work, and that’s what it came down to today,” Cushing said. Todd Bergen, who won the 2011 Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship aboard Shiners Dun Juan (Smart Shiner x Cremes Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena), claimed the $80,000 reserve championship check with This One Time for owner Pam Bailey. He admitted it was disappointing to see the championship slip away, but he couldn’t help being happy that his long-time friend and fellow trainer reached the winner’s circle. “I’ve known Corey and watched him

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Ariat Tulsa reining Classic Crowns Shawn Flarida National Open Champion The AriAT TulsA reining Classic, held August 29 through september 2, wrapped up in Tulsa, OK, with two major titles awarded to two of the most recognizable names in the sport once again called out in the winner’s circle. shawn Flarida was awarded the gold medal and the elite title of “2012 national reining Champion” as a result of his 223 score in the Adequan/ useF national reining Shawn Flarida and Sternberg’s Shiners Chic were crowned USEF National Open Champions at the Ariat Championship. showing Tulsa Reining Classic. Pete Kyle and A Ruf Gal took reserve honors. rosanne sternberg’s shiners Chic, a seven-year-old American second place went to four different riders aboard Julia Kraetshmar’s gun smoke Quarter horse stallion by smart Chic O Dennis and Jarvis Anderson riding Pretty with a tied score of 218. The roster of lena out of eboney shines, Flarida is riders included greg gottschalk showing Peppy Chec, owned by Vicky King. perhaps the most accomplished rider in Dun Won A spook; Mandy McCutcheon on in the Turnabout Farm non Pro reining, and adds yet another accolade Cee n smoke; Mandy McCutcheon aboard Futurity, long-time top reining non Pro to his long roster of accomplishments. Dun it Dually; and ronald Thompson Mandy McCutcheon rode to victory on The silver medal went to Pete Kyle riding Taris Dreamer, who was also the Customized gunner, a three-year-old aboard his own A ruf gal with a 221 level 3 Champion. American Quarter horse mare by score. Pete and his wife, Tamra, own For more information about the gunner and out of Custom Made Dun and operate Kyle ranch in Whitesboro, it. “she is a really sweet horse with a lot Ariat Tulsa reining Classic, including TX. A multiple gold medalist in useF the schedule, live webcast and links of try,” McCutcheon said of her mare. classes, Kyle was also the AQhA World to more information about any of “i am so excited about how well we did Champion in 2001. the components listed above, visit and i’m very proud of her.” Two riders claimed the bronze medal in the Turnabout Farm non Pro Futurity, with a score of 220: Mike Mcentire

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show since he was 12 years old,” Bergen said. “You just watched him and knew he was going to be here one of these days. You knew he was going to be one of the best in the industry.”

Non Pro Championship King hill, iD, horsewoman, Anne reynolds, already the national reined Cow horse Association’s only female and only non Pro Million Todd Bergen and Shiners Dun Juan took reserve Anne Reynolds and Very Black Magic topped the Dollar rider, set yet another record Non Pro division at the Snaffle Bit Futurity. when she won her fourth consecutive in the Open Futurity. nrChA snaffle Bit Futurity non Pro for the Futurity Open finals. she collected $13,704 for the non Pro Championship aboard her home-raised “i’m just really happy with my Championship with Very Black Magic, stallion, Very Black Magic (Very smart horses. i’ve had a great show so far,” and also showed his full brother, smart remedy x Magical lena x little lenas reynolds said. Medicine Man, to fifth place in the legend), owned by her mother, Joyce For more information on the nrChA Futurity non Pro, which came with a Pearson. it was reynolds’ eighth time snaffle Bit Futurity, visit $5,482 check. Both horses also qualified winning the title. 170 equine


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2012 high Roller Reining Classic Offers Smokin’ Hot Competition in Sin City by alden Corrigan

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The 2012 high RolleR Reining Classic, held at the South Point Arena and equestrian Center in las Vegas, nV, on September 9-15, resulted in a 37% increase in entries over 2011, living up to its reputation as one of the most popular destinations of the year. over $270,000 in added money and prizes brought out the top horses and riders from the U.S., Canada, and beyond. Among them were $40,000 Added Conquistador Whiz non Pro Derby winner otto Stanislaw DVM of Phoenix, AZ, and his sixyear-old Miss Silver gun (Colonels Smokingun x Miss Taris Rey), who won the division with a 221.5. Additionally, Stanislaw topped every division he was eligible for, taking home a whopping $14,590.34. After riding for 40 years and competing specifically in reining for 14 years, Dewayne Copus, 79, from Santa Barbara, CA, won his very first Bob’s Custom Trophy Saddle at the 2012 high Roller Reining Classic. he and Crome Plated Step (Wimpys little Step x Crome Kist Dun it) took home both the Primetime non Pro high Point Champion Saddle, the Rhodes River Ranch CDR Farms Masters non Pro high Point Award, and a gist Silversmith Reserve Champion Buckle in the Primetime division of the SmartPak non Pro Maturity Challenge. As the winner of the 2012 Trifecta non Pro Derby Challenge, loren Booth of orange Cove, CA, was awarded a trip to the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler, British Columbia, where she can put up her boots, take a break from competition, and relax. Brian Welman of River Falls, Wi, took home the top honors in the SmartPak open Maturity Challenge open level 4 & intermediate open marking a 225.5 on seven-year-old Reminhick (Reminic Ringo x hometown hickory). Casey Deary of Weatherford, TX, and Americasnextgunmodel (Colonels Smoking gun x Cee Dun it Do it) marked a 226.5 in the $70,000 Added Spooks gotta gun open Futurity level 4, earning bragging rights and a check

$70,000 Added Boom Shernic Open Derby Level 4 Champions Andrea Fappani and Smoking Whiz. « Cody Clock and Chics Dream About Me won the Intermediate, Limited, and Level 1 Championships in the $70,000 Added Spooks Gotta Gun Open Futurity.

for $12,870.80. The pair also edged out Andrea Fappani and Son of A Twisted gun, who marked a 225.0. if there were a stop of the show award, it would have gone to Cody Clock and Chics Dream About Me (Wimpys little Step x This Chicsdundreamin). The pair marked 224.50 to win the intermediate, limited, and level 1 Championships in the $70,000 Added Spooks gotta gun open Futurity with one spectacular stop

after another. Andrea Fappani of Scottsdale, AZ, and five-year-old Smoking Whiz (Topsail Whiz x glendas A Smokingun) continued their winning ways in the $70,000 Added Boom Shernic open Derby level 4. The duo went fifth out of 38 in the draw and their score of 230.5 could not be beaten for the rest of the class, earning the pair a $12,521 payday. To learn more, visit

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Becky Lawrence riding Plain Little Sister at the Vermont Gymkhana Championship.

Dave Miller and Scott Jones returned from the Empire State Quarter Horse Association (ESQHA) Fall Show with success. Dave earned over 50 open professional points in the Working Hunter and Hunter Hack, was second with Just Say the Word, third with It Just Comes Natural, and fourth with Caught Ya in the $1,000 Hunter Stakes, and won the Junior Hunter Hack circuit on He’s Hot and Handsome. Student Cindy Anderson was second her first time showing in the Select Hunter Hack on He’s Hot and Handsome, and Scott was second in the $1,000 Added Senior Under Saddle Stakes on Just Say the Word.



Becky Lawrence and her Quarter Horse, Plain Little Sister, recently won the Vermont Gymkhana Championship at the Champlain Valley Fair, and were awarded a $1,000 prize as well as a beautiful Trophy Belt Buckle. Not bad for their first year competing at the fair!

CONGRATULATIONS! Congrats to Lindsey Slack— riding her own Deluxe Chex Account, she placed 11th out of 138 riders in Novice Youth Equitation at the 2012 Nutrena East Novice Championships. Lindsey rides out of Powder Brook Farm in Harwinton, CT. Barnmate Caitlin Ackerman also put on quite a show at the East Novice Championships with Zip Town Doc. Together, they won the Novice Amateur All-Around title, Novice 174 EQUINE


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READING, WRITING, AND RIDING Kudos to MassQHA Youth, Rose Blomgren, on riding her sister’s 12-year-old American Quarter Horse, Vestidiota, to win the Mass 4-H Western Senior State Championship at the State 4-H Horse Show held in Northampton, MA. She also placed second in the 4-H Youth of the Year contest, which entailed her taking part in six 4-H competitions throughout the year: Horse Judging, Hippology, Visual Presentation, as well as placing in equitation, pleasure, and fitting and showmanship at the state show. As an active Massachusetts Quarter Horse Youth Association Member, Rose was on the MQHYA delegation at the AQHYA

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Congratulations to Tammy Callahan of Pine Fall Farm in Lunenburg, MA, who was blessed with her first grandchild, Sean Patrick Callahan, born at eight pounds, 10 ounces and 22 inches long.

POWERFUL PERFORMANCES Potts Performance Horses brought a number of riders to compete at the New York State Fairgrounds in September, and Christine Potts and Anna Farnsworth both came home happy—Christine earned multiple wins in Junior Hunter Under Saddle and Amateur Hunter Under Saddle, while Anna and Achipofftheoldgold claimed first in Novice Youth Trail.

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2011 filly by VS Code Red and out of JDS Chip Sensation. Isobel was making headlines in August after taking the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) World Championships by storm—she won the Novice Amateur Western Riding division with Range to a Te and took fourth in Amateur Trail.

GREYLEDGE’S GREATEST Greyledge Farm wishes to congratulate May Stack on the purchase of her new horse, A Doll For Certain. And in other news from the farm, assistant trainer Jessica Ross claimed the Ladies 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Stake Championship with Don’t I Look Good at the Reichert Celebration, and Lisa Farrell and Chico took reserve honors in the Ladies $2,500 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Stake. Following in true Greyledge fashion, Sabrina Janis finished first in the Team Tournament Eq with Selectively Dun and followed that victory with another in Team Tournament Trail with Duies Creditor at the event. At the AQHYA World Show, Sabrina and Duies Creditor were named Reserve World Champions in the 13 and Under division, Linda Spicer and Invitation Zip took away two firsts, a second, and a third place in trail as well as earning top three finishes in Amateur Trail. Stacy Onofre and Zips Sleepy Sandman earned three firsts, two seconds, and one fourth place finish in trail, and Kay Spicer Onofre earned three first place wins and a second place in Amateur Select Under Saddle with her new horse, A Goodtime Casanova. A Goodtime Casanova also did well with Jessica Ross in the saddle, taking a first, two seconds, and a third place in Junior Under Saddle.


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Empire State Quarter Horse association Hosts First-ever Trail Challenge Submitted by tina turk

EmpirE StatE QuartEr HorSE association (ESQHa) hosted its firstever aQHa trail Challenge at turk’s Southwind Stable in Lodi, NY, in July. the event, dubbed the “Seneca Challenge,” was pretty successful for a first-time event in New York. We had five aQHa member participants and offered an open trail trial for nonaQHa members to introduce those participants to ESQHa and the trail Challenge program. aQHa provided beautiful ribbons and many vendors donated door prizes. a hand-drawn pencil sketch of the winner’s horse was awarded to the high point horse and rider of both divisions. the artist, Kris Gardner, was on hand to award the custom sketch to mary arsenault and

her horse, Dooley. Lilley’s tack and Feed donated many, very nice door prizes, as well as two special prices for the oldest horse-andrider combination and the youngest horse-and-rider combination. the oldest pair was Judy Gaudette and rocky. the youngest combination was macy Covert and her pony, Queen Elizabeth. Nicole mattoon received a bridle rack from Hidden Creek Welding for Sportsmanship. Brian rappleye was the head engineer and construction manager of each of the obstacles. Lee and Linda mastellar and family provided the items for our “hunting camp” obstacle. Louise and ralph Schroeder provided animals for our “animal farm” obstacle.

Gift bags from local businesses and wineries were provided to each of our volunteer judges to whom we owe a great deal of thanks! american Winery of interlaken, oh So Sweet Chocolates of trumansburg, and Lively run Goat Farm of interlaken helped us provide those gifts. our volunteer judges were Dave phillips, Jane Loope, Ed and tina turk, Lee and mary Davidson, Jaimee roundy, Brian rappleye, Sherry Wilson, Louise and ralph Schroeder, and Linda mastellar. We could not have done any of this without our judges! Show ReSultS aqha trail challenge Adult Training Level: 1. Carolyn mosher; 2. Jean lindsey. Adult Master: 1. kimberly Williams. Youth Master: 1. Whitney denison. Adult All Breeds Training Level: 1. peter deCloux. Open trail trial Adult Greenhorn: 1. kimberly maher; 2. tiffany Fisk; 3. kathy nedrow; 4. nicole mattoon. Youth Greenhorn: 1. dali denison; 2. molly mcqueen. Adult Trail Boss: 1. martha harksworth; 2. Christina Wilson; 3. Judith gaudette; 4. Wendy penfold; 5. debbie north; 6. mackenzie Covert; 7. Wendi rockefeller.

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Trail/Distance Riding news [ EQUINE JOURNAL AFFILIATE ] There’s no better way to vacation with your friends than to get out of the ring and take to the trails—these opportunities are available to GMHA members.

What a Quarter a Day Can Do for You…and Your Horse WHY JOIN A HORSE ORGANIZATION like the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA)? Fun. Companionship. Shared experiences. Educational opportunities. GMHA provides you and your horse a chance to change your routine and connect with friends away from your home, barn, or facility. It’s fun, affordable (less than 25 cents per day!), and you get to do cool things with your horse friends—like trail rides, clinics, schooling shows, sleigh rallies, and equine fundraisers such as the Ride for the Cure and the High Horses’ Therapeutic Riding Show. You can also take part in fun social events like “Boots and Bling,” the Annual Team Jumper Challenge Lobster Bake, Festival of Eventing, and the Yuletide Wassail Parade, which offer fun and entertaining ways to celebrate your equestrian interests. Educational opportunities thrive with 176 EQUINE


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the monthly Ridge Runners and Wheel Runners series, Eventing and Junior Horsemanship Clinics, and the Winter Education Workshops, which provide opportunities for you to learn more about a wide array of equestrian topics. At GMHA, you can find something to do almost every week during the on- and off-seasons. And, it only costs a quarter a day! That’s a lot of value for a $75 individual membership!

As a member, you’ll also receive these benefits: • Use of the GMHA grounds during “Member Only” dates • Participation in the Member Only Fall Foliage Ride • Reduced stall rates and discounted entry fees at select events • GMHA Magazine, GMHA Newsletter, Calendar, E-News

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and the latest updates • A vote on GMHA’s future at the annual meeting held each fall Your GMHA membership opens the door to a sense of belonging to a longstanding and respected community of equestrians. Plus, you’ll get the personal satisfaction of knowing that your contribution helps preserve one of the oldest, continuously-operating horse associations in the country. You’ll also be supporting a good cause. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, GMHA exists to promote horsemanship, educate youth and adults, and preserve open space by securing trail easements and maintaining and protecting trails. Add these benefits to giving yourself a reason (as if you needed one) to visit the breathtaking Green Mountains and Woodstock areas. The region is filled with beautiful vistas, hiking and riding terrain, golf courses, historic venues, and rolling farmlands—a truly unique Vermont getaway—even for your nonequestrian friends! So, get your quarters rolling and join GMHA today! For more information about joining GMHA, visit the website at, or call 802-457-1509.

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bay state trail riders Association Members Tour the Region on Horseback submitted by lisa grigaitis and becky kalagher

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August 19 found members of the bay state trail riders Association (bstrA) in Ware, mA, at domnarski farm, owned by matt and Lisa. thank you both for letting us stage out of your property and mark the trails. the course for this ride took us to the top of Pattaquattic Hill. the last section to get to the peak was a very steep stretch, around 120’, with some ledge rock. to do this right, we had to space out the horses and definitely hit a faster speed. We needed impulsion! matt had joined up with us before the Pattaquattic Hill climb and rode with us for the rest of the trip. It was actually quite interesting, as matt knows a lot of the local lore. If you ever run into him, ask him about Captain Kid’s rock and the treasure map found there! We have to thank Joan and her husband, ted sisley, for hosting the ride, and speroni excavation, from douglas, mA, (508-498-4676) for sponsoring the ride. on August 26, we held our “get to Know bstrA ride” in Athol, mA. What a beautiful August day. the purpose of this ride was to bring along a friend or friends who were not bstrA members so we could have a social ride and a chance for everyone to get to know bstrA. there was no entry fee; all they needed to bring was an item for the potluck lunch. our host, Pam browning, has a beautiful place, and we had plenty of parking and beautiful grass for the horses to graze on. our sponsor for this ride was over the Hill farm in uxbridge, mA, (508-4502781) owned and operated by sandy Wedge, who also attended this ride. Pam is in the process of building a new home, and she opened it up for socializing and lunch. What a beautiful view from her house. I managed to catch up to tammy dykstra out on the trail, and I enjoyed her company until we parted ways at the intersection of the short loop and long loop. I opted for the short loop, since this was my first ride since a riding injury in may, and that track was just perfect at 8.8 miles. As I was on my way to sign in, I noticed dr. daniel rice, who

was my family’s small animal vet when I was a child. It was fun catching up with him, and he even remembered my close friend, donna, who I rode with as a child, and my family. on september 9, we held our grace note farm Pleasure ride. the weather forecast earlier in the week was not looking very good, but we lucked out with a nice, dry day, and by the afternoon, we even had a beautiful blue sky. We are so lucky that Virginia opens up her bed Audrey O’Leary (left) and Marybeth Gorke Felice, at the Grace Note Farm Ride in Pascoag, RI. and breakfast for us each year. If you have never had the opportuConsider what is currently happening nity to ride in the george Washington in Vermont. the Vermont fish and management area in Pascoag, rI, you Wildlife department has proposed have to mark it on your calendar for next a number of new rules pertaining to year, or better yet, book a weekend with the use of Wildlife management Areas friends or family at the farm. You can (WmA). this means having rules that contact Virginia at 401-567-0354 to book make use open to those activities that are your vacation for you and your horse, compatible to wildlife. According to the and enjoy her food. I have to say, the WmA agency, horses are not compatible dessert this year was outstanding, and and are on the list to be prohibited on my favorite part of lunch. Virginia made these properties, except on designated a chocolate layer cake with a crème mint corridors. We certainly don’t want that to frosting on one layer and a fudge-like happen here in massachusetts! frosting on the inside layer. Massachusetts: no Hunting on thanks go out to sue and ray Quirk, sunday. Archery: october 15 - november who organized the day, and rose 24; shotgun: november 26 - december 8; Zariczny and dan salvucci for helping primitive firearms: december 10-31; small to get everyone parked in an orderly game: september 10 - december 31. fashion. And, we can’t forget to thank Rhode Island: Hunting allowed on our sponsor for this ride, d&J farm sunday. Archery: september 15 - January supplies, located in northbridge, mA, 13, 2013; muzzleloader: november 3-25; for hay and shavings. they can be shotgun: december 1-16 and december reached at 508-234-3489. 26 - January 2, 2013; small game: october As this is november, please keep 20 - february 28, 2013. rhode Island in mind that we have hunting season regulations require that anyone on their and to ride accordingly. An informed property, no matter what they are doing, rider is a safer rider. Listed at the must wear 200 square inches of solid end of this article are the seasons daylight fluorescent orange from the for massachusetts, Connecticut, and third saturday in october to the last day rhode Island. for most of the year, of february, 2013. we can ride on land that hunters use; Connecticut: no hunting allowed now, it is our turn to let them enjoy on sunday. Archery: september 15 themselves safely. massachusetts alone november 13 and december 19-31; has well over 165,000 acres under the shotgun: november 14 - december 4; division of fisheries and Wildlife. In massachusetts, we are fortunate that we muzzleloader: december 5-18; small game: september 1 - december 31. can ride on this property. November 2012

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Sharing the Love of Everything Equine submitted by Kim dore

Well…here We are at the midpoint of the month of September as I write this. the nights are getting nippy, the days are getting more comfortable with cool breezes, leaves are changing, and our activities planned are dwindling down to the last of the rides scheduled. the Connecticut trail rides association (Ctra) annual fall banquet and club elections are fast approaching. If you have not sent in your check for a reservation for the banquet yet, you will need to contact ann Dominick by phone at 352-208-1809. the banquet will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at the american legion Post #27, 418 Bantam road, litchfield, Ct 06759. there will be a social hour (snack trays) from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., followed by dinner (fried chicken, lasagna, macaroni and cheese, salad, rolls, dessert and cash bar) from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. the meeting and elections will will take place 8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and music to dance to will be provided by Mike Germon of Music express. as always, there will be a 50/50 raffle and an exchange of door prizes. If you are participating in the door prize exchange, please bring one gift per participant (wrapped or unwrapped and minimum value of about $10). Costs are $20 per adult, $10 per child age 6-12, and $5 for children under age six. Nominees presented for election are as follows—President: Gigi Ouellette; Vice-President: Fran torsiello; treasurer: Betty Pokrinchak; Secretary: Kim Dore; Camp Director: larry adkins. also,

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Susan adkins has requested to be on the election ballot in the position of club secretary. Nominations can be made from the floor at the time of election as well. Following elections, the newly elected executive board will set the date of the first official meeting of 2013. there are already plans for big things in the year 2013, including an “iron chef” breakfast challenge, a veterans’ benefit ride, a meet-and-greet weekend, and hopefully, a combined club get-together with other Connecticut trail riding groups. Now is the time to start thinking of ways you, as a Ctra member, can make a difference in how your club is run and what is offered to members. If we all pull together, we can improve on an already good base, by trying to make sure there are rides or club activities scheduled for every weekend from camp opening in april right through to our annual banquet and elections in November. For those of you who are reading this column and are not yet members of Ctra, consider joining us at our annual banquet—meet new people who share your love of everything equine, enjoy good comfort food, music, and a little foot stompin’ and boot scootin’ boogie. to all members attending equine affaire in Massachusetts, November 8-11, 2012, please stop by and visit with your fellow Ctra members exhibiting in the Better living Center, Fred Pokrinchak/Saddle ranch, booth #601, and Kim and Bud Dore/U.S. Wild horse and Burro association & Bureau of land Management Wild horse and


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Burro adoption Program in the (breed exhibits) Stroh Building, booth #2203-2204. On a more personal note, I would like to express my thanks to all who have supported my efforts in promoting the club by visiting the official website,, and our FacebookSM page and group at Connecticut trail rides association. Please consider attending more of the rides and activities that our members offer. Supporting each other by attending the various events on our club schedule encourages new members and those who have only thought’ of being more involved, to participate and work at making our club something to be proud of. Just a reminder…November also brings us thanksgiving. Don’t forget to express your thanks and appreciation to the people and animals that bring love and joy into your life. life, as we know it, can change in an instant, and those we love and cherish can be gone in a flash. Don’t put off making important decisions, like making a will or putting provisions in place for your human family members who may be impaired, or our animals, who are unable to make their own life choices. It is not an easy thing to do, to face thoughts of our own mortality, but the greatest gift we can leave behind to our surviving family and friends, is the gift of having thought ahead and made sure to keep our affairs in order and our final wishes known. as always, news and photos are always needed and welcome. a club newsletter is very hard to write without the input and participation of club members! the website is a continual work in progress, and again, information and photos from our past are urgently needed to improve the site. Suggestions are also welcome as to what you would like to see on our website. One thing I would like to do is to possibly have a member spotlight page to introduce both new and old members, and maybe a classified page, where members and non-members (for a reasonable fee) can post items like saddles, equipment, trailers, vehicles, campers, and horses for sale; and, if possible, a page where we can list other clubs’ rides, as long as they reciprocate and list our rides on their websites. after all, we have one of the greatest common denominators that joins us all together…the horse and trail riding! My best wishes to all of you for a wonderful holiday season.

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Show ReSultS 25 Mile Junior: 1) Kitra Casteel; 2) Courtney Fulscher; 3) Josh Casteel; 4) Shelby Moucha. lightweight: 1) Lorelei Heineman; 2) Carol Ann Beckner; 3) Steph Burk; 4) Kristin Puett. Middleweight: 1) Becky McCarty; 2) Danusia Casteel; 3) Lisa Gunter. Heavyweight: 1) Linda Wainwright; 2) Alex Uspenski. Best Pinto: Kitra Casteel. Best Half Arab: Linda Wainwright. Best of the Rest: Lorelei Heineman. Grand Champion: Linda Wainwright. Reserve Champion: Lorelei Heineman.

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FeI world endurance Championships

UAE Claims Gold, U.S. Finishes in Fourth Place By Kathleen landwehr

Frenchtown, NJ, competed as an individual with Syrocco reveille, and had an amazing day at euston Park. Sleeper was the first u.S. rider to cross the finish line, coming in 11th place with a time of 07:49:11. the pair had an average speed of 20.46 kph. with a time of 21:22:37, the united arab emirates (uae) claimed team gold and swept all of the individual medals. France won team silver with a time of 23:24:47, and oman won team bronze with a time of 23:55:46. hh Sheikh mohammad bin rashid al maktoum of the uae rode madji du Pont to individual gold with a time of 07:00:45 and an average speed of 22.82 kph, followed closely behind by teammates he Sheikh rashid Dalmook al maktoum on Yamamah (07:01:04), and ali Khalfan al Jahouri on Vendaval (07:01:04). the 2010 alltech® FeI

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tyrone Farm Judged Pleasure ride Series Crowns Champions By SuSan Boone

the tYroNe Farm PLeaSure rIDe Series, held in Pomfret, Ct, held events throughout 2012, with attendance growing at each successive one. Starting with 28 participants showing up on June 2 in the pouring rain, the next ride on august 18 hosted 30 equestrians. the final judged pleasure ride of the season was held on September 15, a perfect day for riding. there were 45 entries competing for the series-end awards. the first task was to open and close a rope gate. riders then had to 180 equine


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back around three cones in a zigzag pattern. Down in the field, riders were asked to canter and halt on command, which many of the participants had problems with. the last obstacle was to dismount, jog the horse in-hand, and remount. riders lost points for not running up their irons and not checking their girth before mounting their horse. this event utilized the fields around the farm, wooded trails, and a section of the rails-to-trails in Pomfret. First place went to Jenna Goldsnider, Loni Decelles,

Karen Downey, Kim trimble, and rosia Kennedy. Jenna and rosia were unbeatable this year! Series champions and reserve champions for 2012 were as follows: In the 17 & under division, Jenna Goldsnider took top honors, followed by malin hovstadius. melissa Dragon claimed first place in 18-35, with Loni Decelles taking the reserve spot. In 36-49, it was Kristen Strain who won the championship title, and erin Brown was right behind her in second. the 50-59 division was won by athene von hirschberg, with Betty Norris in reserve. and in 60 & over, rosia Kennedy came out on top, with Dwight Perry following in reserve. Congratulations go out to all of the competitors, and the organizers thank the landowners and the volunteers, who gave up a day of riding to serve as obstacle judges. For more information, visit

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Due to extreme weather, officials had to call off the 2012 Longines FeI world endurance Championships, held august 25 at euston Park in Great Britain, for the safety of the horses and riders. In an unusual finish to an endurance race, several riders were placed based on the position they were in at the time that the race was called, but the majority of the riders finished the sixth and final loop. the u.S. team made quite a showing against stiff competition, finishing in fourth place with a combined time of 24:45:00. Valerie Kanavy of Fort Valley, Va, was the first member of the team to finish aboard reach For the Gold in 20th place with a time of 08:00:06. Jeremy reynolds of Dunnellon, FL, and a Kutt above were right behind her, finishing 21st in a time of 08:00:09. heather reynolds, also of Dunnellon, FL, and riverwatch finished in 36th place with a time of 08:44:45. John Crandell III of west river, mD, was unable to finish the race when heraldic did not pass the mandatory re-check at Vet Check 5. margaret “meg” Sleeper of

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Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse Offers a New Clinic Series on Working with the P.R.E. in the Spanish Way SUBMITTED BY CYNTHIA SPANHEL

AT ITS APRIL 2012 ANNUAL MEETING, The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse (FPSH) created the Scholarship for National and International Study program. The goals of this innovative program are to make education about training, handling, and showing the P.R.E. more widely available in the

United States and to promote good horsemanship among all those interested in the Pure Spanish Horse. The recipients of the first scholarship awarded under this new program were Howard and Erica Peet of Peet Equestrian, located in Mira Loma, CA ( The Peets trav«

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eled to Spain on the program in May 2012, and were hosted there by Yeguada Pena de Bejar, founded by Jose Conesa and managed by his son Carlos Conesa ( For two weeks, Howard and Erica worked with this farm’s trainers, and while both Peets were already accomplished riders, trainers, and handlers with a long string of successes in the U.S. show ring, they returned home with many new skills and a strong desire to share them with others. The first of several FPSH-sponsored clinics on “Working with the P.R.E. the Spanish Way” was presented by the Peets on August 25, 2012, at Oak Hill Ranch in Agoura, CA ( These hands-on clinics are open to both amateurs and professionals and include: • How to handle your horse before the Spanish judges, including the traditional ring pattern • What the Spanish judges are looking for • How to set up your horse (the pose) • How to get the best walk • How to get the best trot • How to get the best canter • How to relax and have fun in the ring. Students of natural horsemanship, as well as dressage, who attend these clinics will find themselves on common ground with the Spanish way of handling the P.R.E. as taught by the Peets. The foundations of this approach are gentle teaching of the horse to yield to pressure, and the establishment of a sensitive and dynamic connection to the horse via the in-hand line. These techniques form a seamless connection to

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Members Enjoy a Successful Show Season submitted by Kelsey evans

NORTHEAST FRIESIAN HORSE CLUB (NEFHC) members have been busy this show season—so much so that we’re backlogged with show results and photos! Here’s a bit of news to catch us up on the many great events of the summer. If you attended the NEFHC Classic in July, you might have noticed a big black horse strutting around the ring that looked just a bit different from all the others. That horse was NEFHC member, Barb Coughlin’s, Percheron gelding and best friend, Glennaught Colonel. He had quite a success at the Classic, capturing a blue in Pro Am, a championship in Life Begins at 40, and a reserve championship in Open English Pleasure out of 13 horses. Congratulations Barb and Colonel; we’re always glad to see a larger cousin of our Friesians strutting his or her stuff in the ring! Donna Mori and her gelding, Titan, don’t attend shows often, but they had a great time at the NEFHC Classic. The pair almost didn’t attend, due to traveling complications, but with support from friends and NEFHC members, including club president, Michelle Loulakis,

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the horse’s work under saddle in that they emphasize harmony with the trainer/handler, relaxation, and classical correctness of the gaits. Cynthia Spanhel, a Texas P.R.E. breeder who does most of the training of her own horses and wants to show them herself, attended the California clinic and had nothing but praise for the methods and the Peets. She told the Foundation, “I really can’t say enough good things about this clinic and the Foundation for making it happen. How to handle my horses in halter classes has been my bugaboo. I left the clinic with the feeling that competent handling is within my

Donna and Titan managed to make it! The pair had a great time. Titan earned three third place ribbons—his first-ever at the NEFHC Classic. Great job Donna and Titan; we’re so glad you were able to take a break from the trails and join us! Meanwhile, elsewhere in New England, our members have been continuing their show season with great success! Kristine Erickson’s gelding, Roelie, is continuing to add Barb Coughlin and Percheron gelding, Glennaught Colonel, at the NEFHC Classic in July. to his list of showing accomplishments this year, most recently at won a reserve championship in Friesian the Connecticut Summer Classic. This In-Hand, and earned the championship was the first major show where he won in Friesian Pleasure, Jr. Exhibitor Hack, both of his classes, as well as the chamand Saddle Seat Equitation 17 and Under. pionships in Friesian Pleasure saddle Last, we’d like to send a shout out and Friesian Pleasure driving. Brynn to the accomplishments of NEFHC Cummings rode him to the Saddle member, Katherine Dow, of Van Guard Championship, and Kay Bennet was at Stables in Bow, NH. Kathleen recently the whip for the Driving Championship. earned a USDF Bronze medal aboard Brandon Marvelle has also been her equine partner, Paulus E! This enjoying a successful show season with recognition is awarded to riders who his gelding, Jort. At the Hopkinton State have achieved excellence in USDF/ Fair Horse Show in September, the pair USEF-recognized shows at three separate levels. Paulus and Katherine have earned median scores at First, Second, reach! Could it be any better than and Third levels in the mid 60s. They that? In my book, that is absolutely were also awarded the New England the way a clinic should (but rarely Dressage Association Scholarship to does) work. Howard and Eric are pursue continued education in the field great teachers.” of dressage. They have spent most of the summer working with renowned Other dates in this clinic dressage trainer, Pamela Goodrich, series include: and Katherine has been featured in • November 3, 2012, in Mira Loma, CA several local and national radio inter• November 10, 2012, hosted by views regarding her accomplished Xavier Farms, Lake Wylie, SC students and her own dressage expeClinic attendees can earn points rience. Katherine also recently won toward the FPSH’s Equestrian Book the Dressage Today “Show Us Your of Merits, and upon completion of Helmet” contest. The winning photo of the series, attendees will also have Katherine, riding Paulus E on the beach the opportunity to earn a special and wearing a Charles Owen safety designation. helmet, was chosen by popular vote of For more information on the Dressage Today readers and will appear Scholarship for National and in the DT October issue. International Study program and the For more information on the NEFHC, clinics, email, or visit our website at, or check call 505-294-0800. us out on FacebookSM! November 2012

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american Friesian association Remains Dedicated to the Friesian Horse Submitted by button lee

Thanks To a dedicaTed group of individuals who love the Friesian horse, the american Friesian association has been formed. The american Friesian association (aFa) was organized to preserve and promote the purebred Friesian horse in america, to promote the Friesian derivative horse in america, and to serve the owners of these horses. The aFa is committed to the breed standard of the purebred Friesian horse, as interpreted from the Friesch paarden stamboek (Fps) with regard to the needs of american owners for a healthy, sound horse suitable for performance in the current equestrian world. our goal is to maintain the beauty and uniqueness of the Friesian horse, as it has been known throughout history. The aFa is also committed to high standards of quality, integrity, honesty, and fairness for all horses and members. The founders recognized the ever-growing demand for an americanbased registry for the Friesian. The aFa wishes to register purebred and part-bred Friesians while providing equal and fair representation for all horses and owners and maintaining the quality and integrity of the breed. The aFa was born out of a need for an american registry with american rules. a registry was needed for american owners who have felt like they deserved one that they believed in, and wasn’t so distant and out of reach. There was a need for a registry whose interest lies in promoting the americanbred and american-owned horses, offering them attainable goals, and allowing for equality for all purebred Friesians. The aFa will honor horses of quality through breed inspections and predicate levels, and we have built these standards into our rules. The aFa will view all purebred registered Friesians as equals, offering the ability to earn predicates and status to all horses based on their individual quality and 184 equine


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ability. inspections will be done using a “blind judging” system, meaning that the horse’s pedigree, owner, trainer, and other information will not be disclosed to the judge(s) prior to being judged and receiving their scores. For those owners who wish to breed their horses, aFa will offer pedigree information, inspection results, and performance scores to empower owners to make wise breeding decisions. The aFa understands that many purebred Friesian owners may not feel comfortable immediately switching over to a new american registry, and with the foreign-based registries not allowing dual registration, the recording option has been developed by the aFa as a good way for owners to “try out” the association without putting their original registry affiliation in danger. This gives the owner a chance to learn more about the aFa, see where it is going, and decide if they want to continue with membership and registering horses. recorded horses may at any time be upgraded to registered horses. additionally, the aFa meets the requirements of iFsha (international Friesian show horse association) by microchipping and dna testing our horses as a means of positive identification, so that all our registered horses may participate in the iFsha and united states equestrian Federation (useF)-recognized Friesian shows. The aFa is also recognized by the usdF (united states dressage Federation) as a breed registry, so our members and their horses may participate in the usdF Breed Yearend awards.

Here are just a few highlights you can look forward to with the AFA: • Sensible breeding practices—AFA will register all purebred Friesians equally. • Opportunity to belong to a registry that wants to hear your voice and concerns.

• Inspections with licensed American Judges and Blind Judging for all horses, purebred and derivatives alike. • Emphasis on breed type, movement, and conformation, with athletic talent and ability also considered important. • All honors/status/predicates earned by your horse from the foreign registries will be honored by aFa. • AFA Status/Predicate Level earnings. • AFA Supreme Sire or Supreme Dam awards. • AFA Friesian Fun Riding and Driving Log Program. • AFA Year-end Awards for many competition and promotion categories. • AFA Lifetime Cumulative Awards for individual performance, as well as for production of quality performance offspring. • Timely response to member inquiries, requests, registration documentation, Transfer of ownership, etc. • A place for the Friesian Warmblood (cross), complete with mirrored benefits of a purebred. • Recording of horses belonging to foreign registries, allowing participation in aFa inspections, as well as allowing the owners to “try on” the aFa. • Tracking of Bloodlines, Inspection scores, and performance records. • A forum for having fun and enjoying our Friesian or Friesian derivative. For more information, check out the aFa website at, email info@, or call Button Lee at 912-462-6330.


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Norfolk hunt Club Jumps Into Fall Season with Great Events and Big Fields Submitted by d.a. Hayden

Foxhunting Clinic In anticipation of a fun season ahead, 20 riders attended the mounted foxhunting clinic, led by Norfolk member, richard Wood, who was ably assisted by Norfolk member, Julie Wheeler. The clinic, which took place at the Norfolk hunt steeplechase Course, drew experienced riders on green horses and those who were completely new to the sport. rich began the clinic with a brief overview of hunting etiquette and safety, including qualifications for a suitable hunt horse. he then reviewed proper hunt attire and conduct when near foxhounds, with help from Norfolk member and whipper-in, Mary Marks. Julie Wheeler looked straight from the pages of a foxhunting catalog as she modeled informal (ratcatcher) attire. The group then spent the rest of the morning working on riding exercises designed to mimic experiences one might encounter in the hunt field. everyone attending enjoyed the clinic.

David Thind, of Cutler Farm, performed a musical freestyle during halftime at Polo in the Country.

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Field Hunter Show The following day, the Norfolk hunt field hunter show, which was chaired by Norfolk member, The Norfolk and Dedham polo teams battle for the ball at Carol Mayo, took place Polo in the Country. on the lower field of the steeplechase Course. Norfolk member, Patrick keane, designed Polo in the Country a Huge Hit and built a gorgeous course, which was sunday, september 16, brought sunny both inviting and challenging for horse skies, temperatures in the low 70s, and and rider. over 1,000 attendees at the tenth annual The show drew several Norfolk Polo in the Country, the Norfolk hunt members who had not previously Club’s largest community outreach event. competed, including Tom lewis, John Prior to the six-chukker polo Decembrele, and Cami Jamerson—all match, the Norfolk County sheriff’s of whom went home with ribbons. The Department shared a k-9 unit demonjunior division featured champion and stration using one of its highly-trained reserve champion wins by the daughters German shepherds. as gourmet food of Norfolk member, sandy Niles—abby and special beverages were being Niles on atticus, and Didi Niles on shared at tailgates and on tables under sabrina, respectively—to great cheers tents, competition for the best tailand applause from the crowd. gate began. Winners this year were an olympic-themed tailgate, in support of Informal Hunting Gets Off to promoting polo as an olympic sport; a Puppy Party (including four eighta Great Start week-old Irish Terrier pups) created following a jam-packed labor Day by Norfolk members, erica foley and weekend, informal foxhunting season erin fitzgerald; and, a football theme began on Tuesday, september 4, at (in honor of the Patriots’ opening day), beautiful Green hills farm in sherborn. hosted by Norfolk member, George The Tuesday and saturday hunts during fiske, which included green astroturf september witnessed large fields tablecloths and a team of two- and of enthusiastic riders. Many three-year-old football cheerleaders. newcomers were among the a large crowd of family and friends, Norfolk members who were happy who really impressed the tailgate to be out hunting over gorgeous contest judges, Norfolk members, lee private farms and conservation land. Norfolk is very grateful to the McCloskey, Jess Macho, and Nancy harrod, attended George’s football landowners who open their proptailgate. George’s guests included his erty to the hunt and to all the land daughter, abby fiske; kirke hall and her preservation partners who support daughters, Merritt and Caroline (George’s the tradition of drag foxhunting. daughter and two granddaughters); Tyler The first saturday fixture of and amanda hoffman and their daughthe informal season started from ters, Charlotte and lilly (George’s son, adam’s farm in Walpole, which daughter-in-law and two granddaughters); is a perennial favorite. beautiful trails, inviting jumps, and gorgeous abby silk and her daughter, Camilla; Norfolk member, katherine Northern, and scenery served as a backdrop her daughters, emma and Grace; and, for the Norfolk hounds, who John and Julia hauck and their children, thoroughly enjoyed a morning of sloane, Jack, and reid. sport. The hunt concluded with halftime entertainment was provided a delicious breakfast generously hosted by Norfolk members, lisa lewis, by dressage professional, David Thind, Tom lewis, and David breslin. continued on page 192

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The Norfolk huNT Club’s fall season kicked into gear on labor Day weekend, with a foxhunting clinic and field hunter show; informal hunting started Tuesday, september 4.

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virginia horse Council Invites Equestrians to Explore the Trails Submitted by Sally aungier

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Norfolk members, Julie Wheeler and Rich Wood, ran a successful Foxhunting Clinic.

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continued from page 188 of Cutler Farm in medfield, who performed a musical freestyle to the delight of the crowd. his performance was followed by commentary from norfolk member, Donna Cameron, owner of Cutler Farm, who explained some of the dressage movements David performed, as David and his horse demonstrated. another highlight of halftime was the parade of norfolk hounds, which was led by norfolk huntsman, John Elliott; owen hughes; master of Foxhounds; and members and whippers-in, mary marks and Bill miller. at the conclusion of the parade, children were invited center field to pat and get to know the hounds. norfolk member, ted Eayrs, announced the game, with color commentary provided by norfolk member, gil rodgers. the norfolk hunt Club team of Walter Eayrs, Wayne Kant, terri Campbell, and Jenny Elkus vs. the Dedham Polo Club, with yaz grotnick, C.J. Brown, Christina micek, robin Wallace, and Laurel howe, was exciting from start to finish. norfolk jumped out to an early lead but was hotly and continually challenged by Dedham throughout the game. norfolk ended up with the win, 11 to 9. mark tashjian served as umpire. the day concluded with a parade of range rovers, the automotive sponsor of the event. tremendous credit goes to norfolk member, greg sandomirsky, who has chaired Polo in the Country for the past ten years. this year, greg was assisted by future chair and norfolk member, tee Chambers, along with a large group of volunteers from the norfolk membership. the 11th annual event is already in the planning stages!

Photo left: Sally aungier; Photo above: kathie davenPort

titions are also popular. information on vhC-sponsored trail rides can be found on the Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, the horse community has enjoyed a particularly good relationship with virginia state Parks. in 2002, virginia voters approved a $119 million bond package. included in this package was about $4.45 million for new horse camping facilities in the following parks: Douthat state Park, Fairy stone state Park, James river state Park, occoneechee state Park, and staunton river state Park. Collectively, there are 89 campsites for horse trailers in these parks. in addition, an equestrian center with two arenas was built in Pocahontas state Park. the last two equestrian camps to be finished, staunton river state Park and Fairy stone state Park, will open by the end of 2012. at staunton river, there are 13 water and electric sites, 13 covered stalls, picnic shelter, and a bathhouse. the camp will complement the 12 miles of multi-use trails. at Fairy stone state Park, there are 10 electric and water sites and 10 covered stalls. there are two common areas with picnic tables and fire rings for group gatherings and primitive restrooms. the park has eight miles of equestrian/ multi-use trails. For more information about all of the virginia state park facilities, visit dcr. parks/state_park. shtml. reservations are required for all of the state park campsites and stalls. For more information on trail riding and the virginia horse Council, visit virginiahorsecouncil. org; contact the vhC office at 888-4677382; email info@ virginiahorsecouncil. One of the barns at James River State Park in Buckingham org; or visit us on County, VA. The same units are available in all of the Facebook.

EvEry month thE virginia horsE Council (vhC) receives several inquiries from people who want to move to virginia to be near or adjacent to areas where there are public trails that are open to horse use. Presently, there are about 3,600 miles of trails and forest roads available for riding in the state. riders in virginia are fortunate to be able to select from trails in national parks, national forests, state parks, state forests, wildlife management areas, battlefield parks, and local parks. While the majority of virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trails are located in the mountains, there are many others around the state to choose from. the vhC published an informative guide to public trails earlier this year; Keep the ride alive! can be found on the website or ordered from the vhC office: wp-content/uploads/2012/02/vhC_trails_ brochure_webversion_FinaL.pdf. not only does virginia boast many miles of public trails, there are also many trail rides hosted across the state that give equestrians access to private properties that would not otherwise be available. on any given weekend during the spring and fall, riders can select from at least four or five trail rides and campouts around the state. various types of sanctioned trail compe-

Maine Horse Association Celebrating Our 77th Annual Champions & Award Winners! WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 2012 WHAT: MHA Annual Meeting: 3:00pm in the Theatre Room Social Hour: 5:00pm~6:00pm (limited finger foods!) Buffet: 6:00pm~7:15pm Awards: 7:15pm BUFFET MEAL: Garden Salad served at the table. Then buffet: Chef Carved Blank Angus Round of Beef, Honey-Mustard Chicken Breast, Seafood Newburg, Stuffed Filet of Sole, Baked Lasagna, Scalloped Potatoes, Rainbow Pasta Salad, Classic Potato Salad, Wild Rice Pilaf, Chef â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vegetables, Rolls & Butter, Beverage, Carrot Cake, Coffee, Cash bar. SILENT AUCTION will be available to bid on at 5:00pm and will close around 8:15pm. To donate to the silent auction, please bring your item to the banquet or email The silent auction maintains the scholarship fund while supplementing the cost of the banquet

This will be an evening of fun for all. Good food, great awards, a fantastic time with friends! Cut here and return bottom portion

Maine Horse Association Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet 2012 RSVP CARD Responses are due postmarked no later than November 7, 2012 ALL MEALS ONLY $25 each Name: _________________________________ # of adults: _____________ # of juniors: ____________ Phone #: ________________________________________________________________ (in case of questions) Table reservations may be made at $10 each (table of 10) # Of Tables (if reserved): __________________ Name on Tables: _____________________________________________________________ ($10 each table)

Please note tables must be filled. If you do not send in enough reservations from your group we will be forced to fill each table. If you choose to attend the award portion only, the cost is $5 each and reservations must still be paid in advance. Walk-ins at the door will cost $10 with no meal. # Attending with no meals: _____________________ Total amount enclosed $: __________________________

RESERVATIONS received postmarked after November 7th will be at MHA cost of $30 per person. No reservations will be allowed after November 13, 2012. No phone reservations! Please make checks payable to MHA and mail with this RSVP to: MHA~ Judy Kobilarcsik, 20 Beechwood Ave. York, ME 03909 November 2012

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Maine Horse association Prepares for Year-End Awards Banquet Submitted by Sylvia Corbett

Mark your calendars for THe MHa year-end awards banquet on november 17, 2012. There will be a raffle, pictures handmade by shirley Grass, a silent auction, great food, and a lot of socializing and fun. look for the ad reservation in this issue. congratulations to John Tumiel for winning the second leg of the Pine Tree sizzler Pleasure Horse challenge Trophy with his friesian mare, Isabella rhiannon. It was another great Maine show, the 12th year for the sizzler. This year, the sizzler benefited a fund administered by the southern Maine area agency on aging for veterinary expenses incurred by our senior citizens so that they may keep their beloved pets with them. The sizzler is also the last of the Hollis summer series. The winners will be announced at a later date. next came the american saddlebred association of Maine (asaM) summer spectacular, held august 31 to september 2, 2012. It is held in Topsfield, Ma. The show offers lots of fun events and barbecues, a live auction at the pink party, and a silent auction beside the arena. There are lots of challenge trophies, a night of huge pink ribbons for the winners, an ice cream social, and our own chuck-a-duck.

Show ReSultS PINE TREE SIZZLER WINNERS Adult Showmanship: real Performer, alison Fahey; the Golden verse, Carole mason. Youth Activity Showmanship: Star Splash leaguer, madigan Saunders, Sarah Pennell; Skips Got Swag, emma Katz, ashley Charron. English Horse In-Hand: royal Crest’s Stone Craze, amanda Cady; a real Performer, alison Fahey. Western Horse In-Hand: a real Performer, it’s a Principle thing, macaela Sargent. Model Hunter Type Horse/Pony In-Hand: the Golden verse. Model Walking Horse (2 Yrs and Over): adam’s blaze of Glory, lindsey mclean. American Saddlebred Inhand Open: royal Crest’s Stone Craze, lady’s Foxy Gold, lynn Harrington. Pony In-Hand: Future Star, mary Field; FHF Hellz bellz, nathan and margo Gerrish. Open Halter Champion: a real Performer, Future Star. Bridle Path Horse: blond & Good Carmel, Katy mann, Joy Janvier. Plantation 2-Gait Pleasure: million dollar ruby, Steve tillotson. Leadline Equitation Open (7 Yrs and Under): Starboard’s ring my bell, tatum milley, Peggy drummey; ranger’s Golden Casper, Kayleigh mills, theresa Guillemette. Arab/Half-ArabPleasure, Amateur to Ride: mva Kahlua n Cream, Jess Small; Leadline Pleasure Horse/ Pony Open: marno’s Firelight express, tatum milley,

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Thanks go to khristopher Gerrish for making the duck event a success. There was a full schedule of american saddlebred classes from in-hand to five-gaited to harness. There are also classes for Morgans, Tennessee Walkers, arabians, Hackneys and ponies, roadsters, Quarter Horses, friesians, and open pleasure classes. The friesian drill Team, dressed up in pink frills, put on a fantastic presentation. due to the food wagon’s early departure, the asaM treated everyone to doughnuts, muffins, and coffee for breakfast, and to a lunch of sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, and barbecue chicken, free of charge. next on the list was the autumnfest show, sponsored by the arabian Horse association of Maine. It was another really great show, held at skowhegan fairgrounds. The judge, John lampropolos, kept the classes running smoothly along with the ringmaster, ken logan. congratulations to two very hardworking teens who won the Jr. exhibitor High Point award and the Jr. exhibitor High Point sportsmanship award— emily Hawkins and kaitlin Goodspeed. congratulations also go to the winners of the Versatility awards. In the arabians division, chip-o-skip and J. robyn

Peggy drummey; leaguers Hopes n dreams, amanda Clemons, Sarah Clemons. Youth Activity Pleasure Horse/ Pony Open: meadow Creek’s exotic dancer, bayley Shaw; Scampitity, Kylie munsey, Carrie munsey. Walk/Trot Equitation Open (10 Yrs and Under): elsinore magic, tyler Hodgkins, theresa Guillemette; CbmF ruby, Caroline Cadorette, amy reny. Plantation Pleasure 3-Gait Open: million dollar ruby, adam’s blaze of Glory. Walk/ Trot Pleasure Horse/Pony Open: Star Splash leaguer, elsinore magic. Single Hackney Pony, Amateur to Drive: model of excellence, amanda Cady, nathan and margo Gerrish; Walk/Trot Pleasure Horse/Pony: elsinore magic, Star Splash leaguer. Hunter Pleasure Horse: mva Kahlua n Cream, Callaway’s Having a Party, Holly tumiel, John tumiel. ASB Country Pleasure Hunter: Stonecrofts Pot of Gold, amanda boutet; MHA Medallion Pleasure Horse/Pony: Stonecrofts Pot of Gold. Plantation 2-Gait Pleasure Championship: million dollar ruby, ace’s Golden aJ, loren Stevens. ASB Country Pleasure English Open: meadow Creek’s exotic dancer, royal Crest’s Stone Craze. MHA Western Pleasure: a real Performer, the Golden verse. Hunter Seat Pleasure Equitation: magical Stripteeze, Jack del Prete, a real Performer. Jr. Exhibitor’s Hack Horse or Pony: ranger’s Golden Casper, emily thorndike, theresa Guillemette. Arab/Half-Arab Hunter Pleasure: Chip-o-Skip, Holly tumiel, J, robin lovejoy

lovejoy took home the top prize with reserve honors going to Psyntrific and sharon carroll. In the Half-arabians division MVa kahlua n cream and Jess small received the award, with second place standing awarded to long Hope Mr. sensation. and in the open division, the award was presented to The Golden Verse and carole Mason, with IMa Jazzy Zipper and Wendy Gray following in second and Totally Bay and sylvia camandona finishing in third. The show treated its exhibitors to a pizza party, and an ice cream social. Many thanks to John Tumiel for treating all to a Pickle Throwdown, with lots of great homemade pickles, cheese, crackers, and drinks. These show committees work very hard on these shows, and they wish to thank everyone who sponsored classes, events, and special awards.




mva Kahlua n Cream. ASB 3-Gait English Show Pleasure: undulata’s diamond Jim, Kristen Chase-ricker; olympic moment, brittany Guillemette. Ladies Pleasure Horse (18 Yrs and Over): undulata’s diamond Jim, regal invitation, Joy Janvier. Amateur Pleasure Driving Pony: Future Star, FHF Hellz bellz. Plantation 3-Gait Championship: million dollar ruby, adam’s blaze of Glory. Road Hack Horse: isabella rhiannon, Holly tumiel, John tumiel; meadow Creek’s exotic dancer. Arab/Half-Arab Pleasure, Lady to Ride: mva Kahlua n Cream, Chip-o-Skip. Jr. Exhibitors Hack Horse or Pony Championship: Honour and Glory, Courtney Grant, dollie Hutchins; ranger’s Golden Casper, emily thorndike. ASB Country Pleasure Hunter Championship: Stonecrofts Pot of Gold, magical Stripteeze. MHA English Pleasure: the Golden verse, a real Performer. Hunter Pleasure Horse Championship: Stonecrofts Pot of Gold, mva Kahlua n Cream. ASB 3-Gait Show Pleasure Championship: undulata’s diamond Jim, olympic moment. Adult Equitation Open: regal invitation, the Golden verse. Youth Activity Pleasure Championship: Scampitity, ranger’s Golden Casper. NEHC Pleasure Horse/Pony: it’s a Principle thing. ASB Country Pleasure English Championship: meadow Creek’s exotic dancer, royal Crest’s Stone Craze. Pine Tree Sizzler Pleasure Horse Challenge Open: isabella rhiannon, John tumiel, Honour and Glory.


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Tri-state horsemen’s association Wraps Up Riding Season 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 and directors for 2013 and the gala year-end awards banquet both occurring in november. The ever-popular lobster ride was held on september 29 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! The annual Tsha hunter Pace was held on October 14 at Buffumville Dam in charlton, Ma. This was a new location for this event, and riders enjoyed the change in scenery. The foliage was beautiful, the jumps fun—but challenging, and the meal afterward was delicious. Both events provided a great opportunity to “let down” our show horses after a busy season! The membership meeting on October 3 was hosted by Brooklyn Farm and Pet supply in Brooklyn, cT, and featured an informative presentation on nutrition by a representative of Poulin Grain. also that evening, nominations were presented for Tsha officers and directors for the coming year. Thank you to Brooklyn Farm and Pet supply for their generous hospitality! The november membership meeting and elections will be held on Wednesday, november 7, 2012. Members over 18 years of age should have received a ballot in the mail with the names of all nominees. all adult Tsha members are encouraged to vote and participate in guiding the club in 2013. check the website for the location of this important meeting, and please try to attend! if you would like to vote, but are unable to attend the election held at the november 7 meeting, follow the direc-

tions included with the ballot. We also encourage all members of any age to volunteer to serve on one of our many committees. Only through the tireless effort of our committees can Tsha offer events and other activities for our members. committee participation is a rewarding experience and another great way to help guide the organization next year. The biggest evening of the Tsha year—the annual awards banquet—will be taking place on saturday, november 3, at the crowne Plaza, in Warwick, ri. The theme for the evening is “a night at the Masquerade,” so feel free to join the festivities in disguise! We’ve been working for months planning the perfect evening, and it promises to be a special night for all. Year-end awards for the open and 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 while not sitting on a horse. it truly is an enjoyable evening! congratulations to all of the year-end award winners! Tsha has also been working diligently this year to help members stay informed about events and activities within the organization. You can now stay connected through Twitter in addition to Facebook, visit our constantly updated website, tristatehorsemen. com, or receive our new monthly email newsletter

featuring current news, announcements, and a herd of interesting tips and information. sign up for the newsletter on the website or Facebook to keep abreast of current Tsha events, as well as the activities and accomplishments of its members. We also need your help. Please be sure to participate in our member surveys! Your opinion counts, and you will have the opportunity to win great prizes as well, like the 2013 Tsha membership generously donated by My Pony’s closet which was presented to a random participant of our last survey! speaking of memberships, right now is the time to renew! On January 1, 2013, yearly membership rates will be increasing…but you can avoid this increase if you join by December 31! Dues paid on or before December 31, 2012 will remain $25 for an individual and $30 for a family membership. all members renewing their membership before the end of each year also remain eligible to serve on the Tsha Board of Directors. a membership form can be found on our website, as well as in this issue!

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Silver heels riding Club To Celebrate Successful Show Season Submitted by liz HannaH

The Silver heelS riding Club’S 55th show season turned out to be a great one. We saw new faces and many of our regular members too. The double-judged show, held in September, was a success. results for all 2012 shows are posted on the silver heels website at This year we also raised money through raffles for lexi Sawyer, a 16-year-old who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. lexi and her family have been Silver heels members for quite some time, and the club decided to help the family defray some of the costs associated with lexi’s care. We’re happy to say that at the June 3 show we raised $200. The club matched the amount, and we were pleased to help lexi fulfill her dream to go to the Appaloosa national Show in Tulsa, OK.

With the close of the show season, we now turn our attention to the annual awards banquet. The banquet will be held on december 1 at Ashworth by the Sea in hampton, nh. This is a great time for all club members to come together and share in the celebration of a great season. Year-end high point winners will be recognized for their achievement. in addition to a superb dinner, there will be a raffle, dancing, and lots of fun! Whether you are going to receive an award or not, this is one of the highlights of the Silver heels show season—not to be missed! For more information on the dinner, please visit our website. The end of the year is also a time for us, as a board of directors, to talk about what worked this year, and what didn’t. MuchT:7.125” of what we discuss

comes from feedback from our members. if you have any thoughts or comments on the shows, please feel free to contact any director. All contact information is on our website. Finally, a big thank you to all of our sponsors, members, judges, and friends for helping to make 2012 a great year. hope to see you at the banquet! For more information, please visit


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Yankee Walkers, gaited horses of New england Celebrates A Year of Growth, Change, New Faces, and Remembrance Submitted by Julie dillon

Join us at Equine Affaire! equine affaire is going to be crazy busy once again! our Yankee Walker riders are performing both a spotlight on Thursday, November 8 at 1:00 p.m. and a Tennessee Walking horse breed Demonstration on friday, November 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the mallory arena. helen Weeman is our Team captain and has volunteered her time and skill to put a fresh new approach to our riding presentations. first time equine affaire team member, Judy hurley, will join our veteran riders loren and alexa stevens, sandi molinari, serena lovejoy, steve luoni, Julie Dillon, and lynn mclaughlin. Please stop by our Tennessee Walking horse breeders’ and exhibitors’ association (TWhbea)/Yankee Walkers breed booth, numbers 2212 and 2213, in the stroh building. We will be asking folks to complete a survey and submit their thoughts and opinions to TWhbea regarding the soring issue. our TWhbea semi-annual international meeting is at the end of November and your comments will be hand delivered by our New england regional Directors to the executive committee during this event. usDa official and maryland TWhbea Director, Keith Dane, will also be visiting our booth to speak with you and answer questions regarding recent developments, efforts being made toward change, and how you can be a part of this very important process. 200 equine


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Meet Donna Fultz, New TWHBEA Regional 3 Director/Candidate returning member Donna fultz has graciously agreed to put her name on the ballot in order to fill chris erinakes’ position as Director of region 3, which includes massachusetts, rhode island, and connecticut. chris is taking a break after completing over six years of Bettyann Cernese service and his term is expiring. Donna is a TWhbea lifetime member and has a great deal of for all of us in and out of the show knowledge and expertise in the training arena and on the trails. Jody Pellecchia of both trotting and gaited horses. she is our 2012 show points and awards began her education as a horse trainer chairperson and will be accepting your when she was just a youngster working year-end show results. Please send with her father. Together they bought, in your forms by December 7, 2012 trained, and sold horses in the boston to Jody’s address: 179 boxford road, area and each summer he assigned rowley, ma 01969-2417. Thank you, Donna a project horse to train. Jody for volunteering for this very over the years, Donna has worked important task! our recent growth will with many trainers of performance allow us to reinstate our Trail awards horses and has also trained horses for Program for 2013 by redesigning the trail and pleasure classes. her husband, trail guidelines in our bylaws and ed, and children, Nina and ethan, are adjusting the awards structure. We avid riders. sixteen-year-old Nina and are looking forward to making these 14-year-old ethan have already begun changes, which will be voted upon to develop their skills as third generaand directed by member interest and tion horse trainers under their mother’s involvement. The date for our Yankee practiced supervision. Walker annual meeting and banquet The duties of a regional director will be determined and announced include traveling to lewisburg, TN, in December. to represent the New england Tennessee Walking breeders and Welcome, Bettyann! exhibitors association members as well Yankee Walkers wishes to welcome as members of our equine community one of our newest members, bettyann at large. Volunteering to fill a Director’s cornese, lmT, of Pepperell, ma. seat is a contribution of personal time bettyann’s dream of owning a horse as and effort that few people are able to a child became reality when in her 30s invest, and we would like to thank chris she finally purchased her first horse, erinakes for his many years of service. skip’s misty breeze, aka “breezy.” We are very fortunate to have Donna’s breezy was an amazing Quarter horse unique and extensive equine perspecwho took bettyann on a journey of tive to carry to TWhbea during this barrel racing, team penning, and three extremely sensitive and crucial time day eventing. after a 15-year journey of change. together, breezy’s passing brought bettyann to the world of missouri fox Trotter. foxtrot’s Pandora entered her Year-End Awards Points it has been such a whirlwind of a year continued on page 202

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There is so much To be graTeful for in 2012 as our club membership has tripled in the past year! loren stevens, our vice president, and ellen flatley, our secretary/treasurer, are a dream team and as club president, i feel very fortunate to have their support as they have done a great job during this fantastic year of growth. ellen flatley, helen Weeman, and sandi molanari are diligently working on the details of making our presentations at this November’s equine affaire the best yet!

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Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses continued from page 200

Ohio Haflinger Association Members Make History SUBMITTED BY KATINA WILSON

“IF YOU SIT ON A TABLE, TIME passes by faster.” Have you ever heard such a thing? That old adage was given to me by one of my grandmother’s grange friends while I sat on a table and waited impatiently for the ice cream to freeze during a June ice cream social when I was younger. I think that as we advance in years time does seem to slip by faster. I have written about the June ice cream social, the Buckeye show, the Central Ohio show, and briefly touched on the New York show. Marge Greenisen graciously emailed me the following write-up about the recent Canfield Fair. History was made on September 2, 2012 when Glenn McCoy from New Waterford, OH, with his son “Bummer” on the box, drove his hitch of 10 Haflingers into the South Ring at the Canfield Fair. The Mahoning County Fair, otherwise known as the Canfield Fair, is the largest of its kind in Ohio. This was the first time that configuration was shown at the Fair. The horses were arranged with a single horse in the lead, followed by a team and then three abreast. Four horses were hitched together at the wheel. It was also interesting that our own Duane Stutzman was the judge in the South Ring for the Haflinger classes as well as many other breeds and grade ponies. 202 EQUINE


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Phil Greenisen announced for the show one evening and was also the announcer for the draft horse show in another ring. According to Marge, the Haflinger portion of the Mahoning Fair was another good Haflinger show. It sounds like the breed was well represented! Thank you Marge for emailing the write-up as well as the picture of the 10-horse hitch! The grand finale to the Haflinger breed shows was held this past weekend in Springfield, OH, at The Champions Center, and the National Haflinger Show did not disappoint. It was nice to watch our versatile Haflinger horse in the draft and pleasure divisions. How many breeds would be able to wear scotch-bottom horseshoes for the Draft Halter division, and then have the scotches pulled and be ridden in the English Pleasure class the same day? I would venture to say very few could handle those drastic changes with poise and confidence. I would like to extend a warm thank you to all the people who helped organize the sponsors, judges, and classes. I can only imagine the hours that went into organizing the horse show, as well as the extended hours that each person put in during the show to make sure that all classes went on without any major hiccups.

life three years ago and the wonderful disposition and charm of the gaited horse won her over. Bettyann now owns a second Fox Trotter, Prince Jester’s Jammer, and has been successfully competing with both “Dora” and “J.J.” in versatility and gaited dressage. Bettyann and her husband, Dan, enjoy riding the beautiful trails of Pepperell that adjoin their farm. For more than 12 years, Bettyann, the owner of Forward Motion Massage, has been providing massage and healing for both horses and humans. Bettyann takes an individualized and integrated approach to working with each horse and person. She is careful to spend time listening to each client’s needs and then draws on the many therapies and techniques in which she is trained to provide a customized session for that client. Bettyann is also a certified fitting agent for The ReactorPanel Saddle company. You can learn more about Bettyann and contact her by visiting

In Remembrance of Shylocks Golden Heir, 1984 – 2012 Heir’s great journey began the day he became part of the Weeman family. Heir had an active life traveling to shows, walking the walk, breeding, and being a faithful companion to Helen and her family. Heir has won numerous New England and Maine State championships during his horse show career and he stepped out of retirement in 1998 to become an NWHA/TWHBEA HeyDay Versatility Champion. His outstanding disposition and athletic ability made him a favorite in the show ring or just enjoying some leisure time out on the trails. Heir will be missed by many and remembered by all.


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[ CURLY affiLiate ] Photo contest entries.

american Bashkir curly Registry Annual Convention Held in Reno The 42nd annual convenTion of the american Bashkir curly Registry was held in Reno, nv, on august 16-18. attended by about 23 members, a good time was had by all. The meetings provided a lot of possible new changes for the Registry, which will hopefully bring in new members as well as allow for the breeding and registration of many horses that were previously restricted. The work on the new registration rules and allowances were hashed out with the board

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and members in attendance to try to find the most favorable allowances while still keeping the purebred curlies in a closed book. although all in attendance know that there will likely need to be some changes made along the way, a new and broader vision has been proposed that will then be put to a vote by the entire membership. The new proposal has been posted on the internet for scrutiny and discussion and the ballots will be sent in a line by line format, allowing members to vote for or against each aspect of the changes as opposed to a blanket vote. This way, members are able to vote specifically for each change. Ballots will be sent by postal mail soon. if you would like a voice in this decision, be sure to return your ballot! This decision will be a majority membership vote so it is important that each member participate. in addition to the meetings, there was also a lot of entertainment including a trip to Pyramid lake, a tour of the Bureau of land Management, a jumping demonstration and barbecue at high desert equine center, a trip to virginia

city, and of course the banquet. as always, the high Point winners were announced at the banquet. BB copper Sun aBc 1557 , owned by diane Mitchell was inducted into the aBc hall of Fame. and last, but certainly not least, our Breed Promotion award was given to caren Schuman for her outstanding contributions to the curly horse and the Registry over the past year with all the hours and hours of work she donated to: rewrite, correct, and update the studbooks; work on the reorganization of the registration rules and regulations; and create and update the new Registry website. her contributions this past year have been way above the call of duty and we want to thank her for her dedication and thankless hours of donated time and effort! We feel that these high Point Programs are an important aspect of our horses as it allows the world to become aware of those that are of

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champion quality. We urge everyone who has Curlies competing to sign up for these programs! although we still have the photo contest, our entries were few. So many take and post photos of their horses, so we were disappointed with the number of entries for this fun contest. We would like to encourage everyone to submit their amazing photos for next year’s contest and have included here a few of the photos submitted this year. We would like to thank all of those who made the effort to attend this year’s convention and help to make it a success. We would also like to encourage all members to try to make it to the conventions in the future as these events are important to help keep the registry in touch with its members and up to date on the desires and needs of its members. next year’s convention is being hosted by angie Gaines in Texas. We hope that as many members as possible will be able to attend to make it a successful event as well.

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Show ReSultS HigH Point Winners Performance Horse: ch: DCC Traveler ABC 2450, owned by Liz Mattke. re: Arwen Evenstar ABC 1595, owned by Heidi Williams. Versatility Horse: ch: DCC Traveler ABC 2450, owned by Liz Mattke. national Youth High Point: Lily Williams, Pendleton, Oregon. Frequent rider, Horse, Casual Division: ch: CC Contessa ABC 3341, owned by Gayleen Erwin. Frequent rider, rider, Casual Division: ch: Gayleen Erwing, Caldwell, Texas; RE: Diane Mitchell, Caldwell, Texas. Frequent rider, Horse, Competitive Division: ch: DCC Traveler ABC 2450, owned by Liz Mattke.

The InTernaTIonal QuarTer Pony association (QPa) is offering one free IQPa registration with every 2012 QPa Membership! Please contact the IQPa for details. offer expires soon. The QPa’s mission statement is to provide beneficial services for its members that enhance and encourage Quarter Pony ownership and participation. The club also hopes to generate growth of QPa membership via the marketing, promotion, advertising, and publicity of the Quarter Pony; to help organize shows in all the different regions of the u.S. that exhibit significant interest in the Quarter Pony; and to form alliances with Quarter Pony registries to ensure a common direction. Just a reminder to those of you looking to sell or buy a horse: We have a signed contract with an Internetbased group to host our classifieds. list your horses through the QPa website, allowing it to be posted on both our website and their equine website. By going through our site, they will pay the QPa a percentage of your fee. our sincerest apologies go to Deb Makinney from the QPa for having overlooked a photo credit in the July 2012 newsletter. It was such a beautiful photo taken of natalie lange and her pony, Shelby, just before Shelby was sold. rumor has it that she has gone to a fine home. For more information on the Quarter Pony association, visit; to learn more about their affiliate, the

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northeast fjord horse Association Heads to Equine Affaire left: members of the red rock Farm showing off their lovely Fjord tail at the NFHA horse show; riGHT: Two members of the Blue Heron Farm at this year’s NFHA horse show.

Submitted by angela young

As mAny of you know, the northeast fjord horse Association (nfhA) held its breed show this past July at the lovely hadley farm in Amherst, mA. the show was a huge success, despite some of the weather conditions. that did not stop the fun though. there was an excellent turnout of competitors and spectators alike. the banquet and auction were also huge successes, not to mention a ton of fun as well. the nfhA officers would like to extend their thanks to all of the supporters—young, old, twoand four-legged. without your support, the show would not have been as fun and successful as it was. we hope you will join us next year in our show adventures; however, at this time, it’s on to our next 2012 adventure: equine Affaire. equine Affaire is only a few short days away, and your club members and volunteers are working diligently to finish up the last few details. this year, we’ll have a booth and breed demonstration exhibiting

our fine breed of horses once again. we’ll be in a new location in the breed building, so make sure you look for that characteristic stripe and come visit us. you could also look for the crowd gathered around the stall as, at some points of the day, it might be graced by two fuzzy friends, both momma and baby. At the booth, along with our live model, we’ll have clubaffiliated merchandise available, as well as lots of information on the breed. the booth will be staffed all four days by your officers and various club volunteers, so there’s always a good time to stop by and chat about fjords. the only time the booth might be a bit empty is for our wonderful breed demonstration. the demonstration will be held in the mallory Complex on the saturday of the event at 1:00 p.m.. Please do, however, make sure you check your programs in case some last-minute changes occur. our demon-

stration will help show how very versatile the fjord horse can be, and it will highlight the features that make them so desirable. the equine Affaire will be our last large event for the year. At the booth, we’ll have a suggestion box available for things you’d like to see the club do next year. your suggestions are always welcome; however, any successful event requires manpower, so the more we put in, the more we get out. we thank all of you for your continued support and participation and look forward to seeing both new and old faces at equine Affaire. Be sure to check the website for updates and news. the horse show results will be posted on the horse show page, and details of equine Affaire will be on the equine Affaire page. As always, if you’ve got a great fjord story to share, contact Angela at

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there were some reAlly incredible miniature horses in the 2012 world Class miniature horse registry (wCmhr) world Championships that were some of the best hunter and jumper horses ever! lisa Garnett, l’s Photography, the official photographer of the show produced some fantastic photos. Information regarding photos is available at clockwise, From Top leFT: Frog level’s o Henry, owned by James Dovel of Triple D miniatures; karen miller of mini maker Farm; rachel Buhren and Broadmore; Taylor reed of cheery Acre minis.

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Member Searches for the Perfect Horse Submitted by monica Grundmann

My journey of buying a Morab horse started out with an unfinished childhood dream—to own a “life” horse that i could do distance competitions with. Then, i started to look for the perfect horse—i knew that arabians are the drinkers of the wind in distance events—but i don’t like their spooky nature, especially at my middle age! i loved the strength of the Morgan and then found out that there is such a breed that mixed the two—Morab, the perfect hybrid! My search list included: a light-colored gelding, standing at 15 hands or taller, and an age of at least seven years. i found a dark bay, Morab stallion who had just turned five, was barely broke and 15 hands, in alberta, Canada, far away from where i lived. We did tests with the vet, which included 20-minute longeing, a heart rate and lung exam, and leg X-rays— he passed everything! He lived on 250 acres of land for the first four years of his life; he had a calm temperament (despite being a stallion); and his strong

legs and hooves were a plus as well. He was bred by a top breeder of Morabs in alberta, and the founder of Morab Canada as well—and, he is one of the founding Canadian Morab Stallions. another horse in Vermont that was much closer, the same height, a gelding, and more affordable was on this list as well. but, some inexplicable notion came over me—i was attracted to this little photo of excalibur Legend on the internet. He was the one i chose even though he was too far away, much more expensive, a stallion, and dark bay in color. His calm temperament, conformation, strong hooves, and life out in nature were probably what attracted me to him the most—and then—i spotted something in his eye! The stallion part was the unnerving part. He is still a breeding/competitive stallion. i will admit, though, that i do not recommend

stallions for most riders. Throughout the first year of owning him, we got to know one another through four seasons of trail rides, formal dressage lessons, building confidence, and becoming completely and utterly bombproof. We did do some local dressage shows (and were always in the ribbons) while learning up to Second Level dressage movements. He did an a-circuit arabian show, which he won, as well as the Canadian national Morab show in 2007. We also did some mileage training with the ontario Competitive Trail riding association. Stay tuned for a future article on his successes in competitive trail and endurance.

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10 Fixes for Old Fences By Karen elizaBeth Baril

iF yOu’ve recently purchased a horse property on a budget, you might find yourself having to reinforce a few fence rails or posts. Fencing is just one of those things farm owners sometimes let go, but it’s one of the first things you should check before moving your horses to your new property. Keeping your equines safely contained in their paddocks or fields will be your number one priority as you make the big move. let’s take a look at what you can do to repair fencing that might be showing some signs of wear and tear. Walk all fence lines. Make a note of broken rails, loose nails, sagging gates, loose posts, rotted boards, or splintered wood. pay attention to places your horse will be tempted to test the fence; maybe there’s green grass on the other side, an adjoining paddock, or a nearby gate.



replace broken, rotted, or splintered boards.

hammer in or replace all loose nails, especially areas where horses might lean on the fence.


Back up the wood fence with electric, if possible. Most horses will lean or chew on wood fences if given the chance.


if the fence is electric, buy a fence tester to be sure the fence is “hot.” remember to turn the fence on whenever a horse is out, and post warning signs for innocent bystanders. electric isn’t the best option as a perimeter fence. it can fail when tree branches fall on it or even as the weeds grow.


your posts should be no more than 12 feet apart. if yours are farther apart, consider adding more posts. never shore up leaning fence posts with stakes or rocks. One good frost heave will dislodge all your


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One of the first things you should check before moving horses to your new property is the fence line.

hard work, and these quick fixes represent a hazard to your horse. remember that at least one third of the total post length should be buried, and be sure to bury them below the frost line for your area. Gate posts should be set in concrete. Gates are just one of those things that need maintenance. check metal gates for rust or sharp edges. Be sure the gate was hung properly; gate posts should be at least 25% larger in diameter than line posts. allow just enough space for the gate to swing correctly, but not enough space for a horse to get his hoof or nose trapped between gate and post. install the hinge bolts in opposite directions so that your horse cannot lift the gate off its hinges. check that the gate was made specifically for horse use and not agricultural. agricultural gates are not made to withstand the pressure of equines.


check to be sure there are no poisonous plants or trees that could shed their leaves into your horses’ paddock or field.


if the fence is made of wovenwire, consider adding a top rail if it isn’t already equipped with one. this will act as a sight rail and a no-push zone. if the fence needs splicing and repairs in spots, be sure to close all ends of the wire and sand rough edges as necessary to prevent injury.


check all electric 10 Finally, fencing with a fence tester to be sure it’s working as it should. Fixing electric fencing is inexpensive and an easy project for most do-ityourselfers. now that your fences are in good repair, you’re ready to move the horses home!


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92 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA 10301


Leyden, Massachusetts This stunning Gypsy Horse Farm on nearly 100 acres of private and secluded land is located in the hills of beautiful Western Massachusetts. This property boasts the best of everything! This gorgeous 4500sq ft post and beam, Southwestern Design home is just steps away from the 5 stable horse barn with attached 60x80 indoor riding ring. You’ll enjoy all endless riding trails in a serine country setting on and around this gentleman’s farm.


t5 Stable Horse Barn with Birthing Stalls t3 Levels of Open Living space tLarge kitchen with Breakfast Bar tOpen Dining Room and Entertaining Area with Stone Fire Place t5 Expansive Bedrooms

tAttached 60' x 80' Indoor Riding Ring trussed barn

t60 ft. diameter outdoor riding ring

tFull Office with Tack Room and Heat

t3 Stall and large 2 Stall run ins with Electricity and Water

tHot and Cold Water with Frost Free Spouts tHeated Grain Room

t4 1/2 Bathrooms

tLarge Pastures

t3 bay Tractor and Equipment Garage tNatural Springs, Ponds and Streams tApprox 30 Acres of Hay Fields

tMaster and Guest Sweets

t100’s of Acres of Conservation Land with Trails Within Riding Distance

tBilliard Room with Bar Area t8 Heated Garage Bays Including a Workshop with Lift and Wash Bay

tProperty Located just 15 Minutes from all Major Shopping and Highways

Contact: Doug Fontaine Cell: 413-522-8382

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Trainers Welcome!

Our facility is located conveniently on Cedar Street, Just off Rte. 16, Douglas, MA in Worcester County. The farm offers: t&BTZBDDFTTUPUIF%PVHMBT4UBUF 'PSFTUGPSVOCFBUBCMFUSBJMT t"NQMFUVSOPVU thYhJOEPPSBSFOB t-BSHFPVUEPPSTBOESJOH


Accommodations for an individual or couple available with lease of facility.

For more information or to schedule an appointlent, please contact George at: 508-476-2421

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Wrentham, MA

Private, Custom built Colonial style Farmhouse

Private, Custom built Colonial style Farmhouse, 3,000 s.f, with horse barn and Dressage Arena. Perfect for year round living or summer retreat. Ideally situated near Westport Harbor and Little Compton, RI. Elevated site with expansive views of the West branch of the Westport River. Inground pool and fine craftsmanship throughout.

$1,300,000 T. L. Holland Agency

Equestrian Dream Cape

Exceptional 4,000 sq.ft with barn, paddock & cape! Complete with central air, master suite-jacuzzi, custom bath, 40’ GREATROOM, Thermador range in gourmet kitchen. Pristine throughout! 2 barns with hot and cold water, intercom, 4 paddocks, riding ring, abuts trails! Sprinklers for home and paddocks! 10,000 watt generator!


3948 Main Road Tiverton Four Corners 401.624.8469 www.TLHOLLAND.COM

BEAVER DAMS NY: Contemporary Cape with first floor Bedroom, 2.5 Baths, 17x30 Kitchen/Dining Combo, Living room, Mudroom, additional 3 Bedrooms with Full Bath up. Attached 2 Car Garage, Wrap-a-Round Porch and Finger Lakes Winery Region views that go on for miles. 74x190 Indoor Arena, 17 Stalls, Tack Room, ½ Bath, Heated Concession/Viewing Room, 3 Paddocks, 2 Pastures, and a Heated 40x52x18 Shop for all your toys. 50 Acres, adjoins 600 Acres of State Land, located within 15 miles of Watkins Glen, Corning NY and Interstate 86. Retiring Owners offer a very realistic price of $597,300…W505. Additional acreage may be available.


LIVE THE GOOD LIFE IN GLOVERSVILLE, NY: Custom Log Home with all the amenities. This Home offers 5 Bedrooms, 3 ½ Baths, Den, Eat-in Kitchen, 2 story Stone Fireplace, gorgeous landscaping and a ¾ Acre pond. The Stable, with 9 Stalls, Indoor Arena and Elevated Observation lounge are all heated. There is an Outdoor Arena, Round Pen, Paddocks and Turn-out Sheds. Complimenting this picture is a Pool house, Heated In-ground Pool, and Heated Storage Building, all on 20 Acres of Private Manicured Grounds with extensive Blacktop Driveways. Purchased in 2007, now offered for substantially less than invested. ONLY $897,800… E474


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Charming County Estate or B&B Warren, MA

Tons of possibilities with this picture perfect property! Beautiful 11 room, 4,040 sq.ft. Colonial with 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 4 fireplaces, large living room, 3 season sun room, large deck, basketball court, newer furnace and windows. Den with built-ins, patios and balconies. Property includes 7 stall barn with tack room, water and elect and many large turnouts. Numerous trails on property and surrounding land. All sitting on 60+ acres which can be sub-divided. Road frontage with house lot possibilities. Woodlands ready to be forested. Conveniently located 15 minutes from Mass Pike and I-84. *Offered for $650,000 Owner will consider price adjustment for less acreage. Please contact 774-200-0852 for more information and showing.

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Calendar November Clinics, Seminars, Symposiums 1-10 | Clinton Anderson Clinic, Stephenville,TX. CONTACT: 2-4 | Equine Extravaganza, Richmond,

VA. CONTACT: Vicki O’Hara, 410-349-9333, vicki@, 3-4 | Gene Brown Driving Clinic, Mount Vernon, MO. CONTACT: 417-461-1255, 10-11 | USDF Clinic, Sherwood, OR. CONTACT: 11 | Deborah Dean-Smith, Lyman, ME. CONTACT: Joyce Brown, 207-985-0374, jbrown@, 17 | Maine Horse Association Year End

Awards Banquet, Lewiston, ME. CONTACT: Dollie Hutchins, mainehorseassoccontact@ 18 | 3rd Annual Standards of Hoof-

care: Veterinarian and Farrier Partnership, Grafton, MA. CONTACT: Continuing Education Dept., 508-887-4723, vetCEinfo@tufts. edu, Dressage & Eventing 1-4 | Galway Downs Three Day Event &

Horse Trials, Temecula, CA. CONTACT: Robert Kellerhouse, 951-303-6055, rkellerhouse@, 1-4 | Great American Insurance Group/ USDF Region 1 Dressage Championships and NCDCTA Harvest Moon Dressage Recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation , Williamston, NC. CONTACT: Martha Healy, 352-363-0085,, 1-4 | Great American/USDF Region 9 &

Southwest Dressage Championships & Hds Autumn Classic, Katy, TX. CONTACT: Kathleen Jones, 832-722-6121,, 2-4 | Rocking Horse T3D Event & HT,

Altoona, FL. CONTACT: Alice Andrews, 352-5168466,, 3 | TTC and Dressage Combined Test,

Mocksville, NC. CONTACT: 336-998-5280,

3 | CHP Starter Horse Trials, Raeford,

NC. CONTACT: 910-875-2074,

4 | Lollipop Farm Dressage Schooling

Show Series, Brooklyn, CT. CONTACT: 860-7742075, 4 | Brighton Stables Dressage and CT, Knightdale, NC. CONTACT: 919-632-770,

10-11 | Low Country Fall Dressage Classic, Johns Island , SC. CONTACT: S. Rebecca Housley, 843-568-6900, kennerleighfarm@aol. com, 10-11 | Poplar Place Farm Horse Trials,

Hamilton, GA. CONTACT: Donna Stegman , 706-582-3742,,

10-11 | Starr Vaughn Dressage II, Elk Grove, CA. CONTACT: Michele Vaughn, 916-6890409,, www.svequestrian. com. 10-11 | Texas Rose Horse Park Horse Trials, Tyler, TX. CONTACT: Kathy Brunson, 903-882-8696,, 11 | Cattolica Farm Dressage Show, Zebulon, NC. CONTACT: 919-269-4974, 17 | Dressage at Fenridge, Mebane, NC. CONTACT: 919-624-4060, 17 | Antares Dressage Schooling Show, Pinehurst, NC. CONTACT: 910-295-0075, www.

4 | Snowbird November I, Long Valley, NJ. CONTACT: Claudine Liberatore, 908-876-4200,, 4 | Washington Bridle Trails Association, Chevy Chase, MD. CONTACT: Anne Taylor, 202-669-5328, , 6-11 | Jump for the Children Benefit Horse Show, Raleigh, NC. CONTACT: Joan Petty, 919-556-7321,

7-11 | Tucson Fall Classic, Tucson, AZ. CONTACT: Jeffrey Gilbert, 520-762-9108 Ext. 28,,

17-18 | Tucson Dressage Club Fall Festival I & II, Tucson, AZ. CONTACT: Dian Seabury, 520-906-5545, dseabury@alumni.,

8-11 | Harvest Time, Germantown, TN. CONTACT: Barney Mallace, 901-754-0009,,

17-18 | Las Vegas Dressage Fall Fling,

Las Vegas , NV. CONTACT: Susan Gilligan, 702-401-8292,,

8-11 | Kentucky Fall Classic, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: Cheryl K Kincannon, 859-254-3343,,

17-18 | Ocala Horse Properties Fall

8-11 | NTAHC Shootout Arabian, Glen Rose, TX. CONTACT: Kristen Fisher, 214-284-7094,,

17-18 | Ram Tap Pony Club Benefit

9 | Zephyr Farm, Mahopac, NY. CONTACT: Naomi Gauruder, 845-621-4450,, www.bhcmanagement.

18 | MacNair’s Dressage and CT,

9-11 | SWVHJA Annual Horse Show, Lexington , VA. CONTACT: TBA, 540-389-3005,

28-12/2 Dressage at the Holiday and

9-11 | CFHJA November, Tampa, FL. CONTACT: Danielle Becker Scott, 813-571-2801,,

Event, Ocala, FL. CONTACT: Peter Gray, 352-425-6302,

Horse Trials, Fresno, CA. CONTACT: 559-332-2010, Raleigh, NC. CONTACT: 919-851-1171,

Horses, Wellington, FL. CONTACT: Lloyd Landkamer, 561-793-5867,, Driving 01-04 | Katydid Combined Driving

Event, Windsor, SC. CONTACT: Margaret Dils, 803-295-6785,, Horse Shows

2-4 |EQuestrian Sport Productions Fall Finale, Wellington, FL. CONTACT: David Burton Jr., 561-793-5867, www.equestriansport. com.

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4 | Ridgefield Equestrian Center November, Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Naomi Gauruder, 203-438-7433,,

17-18 | Poplar Place Dressage Show, Hamilton, GA. CONTACT: 706-582-9999, donna@,

10 | Reflextions Fm Dressage / versatility, Vass, NC. CONTACT: 910-639-9910,


4 |Our Farm November, Norristown, PA. CONTACT: Katharine Benson, 610-584-9900,,

7-11 | Atlanta Fall Classic I, Conyers, GA . CONTACT: Bob Bell, 770-602-2510, bbell@,

1-4 | Buffalo Showtime Grand Finale, Hamburg, NY. CONTACT: Craig Brown, 585-657-4528,,

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4 |Mystic Valley Hunt Club Horse Show, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-7934,

17 | The Event at Kelly’s Ford, Remington, VA. CONTACT:

9-11 | Dressage at Greystone, Lynnville, TN. CONTACT: Patty Littmann, 818-889-1202,,

10-11 | Gold Coast Fall Dressage, West Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: Noreen O’Sullivan , 561-227-1570,,

3-4 |Hunter’s Isle November I, Yaphank, NY. CONTACT: James Rice, 516-322-0533,,

3 |Gardnertown Farms Nov. I, Newburgh,

NY. CONTACT: Patricia H Dencker, 845-564-6658,,

10 | Saddle Rowe Farm , Medway, MA. CONTACT: 508-533-7108, 10 | Gold Creek Jumper Show Series November, Woodinville, WA. CONTACT: Jim Bagby, 425-806-4653, 10 | Holloway Brook Farm , Lakeville, MA. CONTACT: Brian Conefrey, 508-947-8424, brian@, 10 | North Shore Equestrian Center, Brookville, NY. CONTACT: Gail Chasin, 516-6269714, 10 | Old Salem Farm November I, North Salem, NY. CONTACT: Daniel Fitzsimmons, 914-669-5610,, 10 | West Milford Equestrian Center, Newfoundland, NJ. CONTACT: Shirley Grisewood, 973-697-1149,,

November Calendar 10-11 | Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC. November I, Wellington, FL. CONTACT: David E. Burton Jr. , 561-793-5867,,

17 | Gold Creek Equestrian Center November, Woodinville, WA. CONTACT: Jim Bagby, 425-806-4653,,

10-11 | Lehman Farms November Horse

17 | Halcyon Farm, Ltd. November I, Dills-

24 | Fall Festival I & II, Douglassville, PA. CONTACT: Doris Mac Donald, 610-754-9110,,

burg, PA. CONTACT: Barbara Kohr, 717-432-1367,,

24 | Herring Brook Farm Equitation Days, Pembroke, MA. CONTACT: June Blair, 781-924-1933,,

17 | North Shore Equestrian Center, Brookville , NY. CONTACT: Gail Chasin, 516-6269714,

24 | Westbrook Hunt Club November, Westbrook , CT. CONTACT: Jane Dow-Burt, 860-399-6317,

CT. CONTACT: Sally Allison,,

17-18 | Mid Atlantic Equitation Championships, Upper Marlboro, MD. CONTACT: Ellen Shevella, 434-242-8937,,

24-25 | Old Salem Farm Nov III, North Salem, NY. CONTACT: Daniel Fitzsimmons, 914-669-5610,,

11 | Cornerstone Farm H.S., Haverhill, MA. CONTACT: Pamela Hunt, 978-373-4610, info@

17-18 | Tewksbury Farms Stable November, Neshanic Station, NJ. CONTACT: Shirley Grisewood, 908-369-7203,

25 | Evenstride Farm November, Byfield, MA. CONTACT: Patti Jones, 978 465-9119,,

11 | Snowbird November II , Long Valley, NJ. CONTACT: Claudine Liberatore, 908-876-4200,,

18 | Shallowbrook Horse Show, Somers, CT. CONTACT: Sally Allison,,

25 | Hunter’s Isle November II, Manorville, NY. CONTACT: James Rice, 516-322-0533.

11 | Stepping Stone Farm November I,

Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Joan Healy, 203-438-7749,,

18 | Castle Neck Farm November, Essex,

MA. CONTACT: Michael Keough, 978-768-7998,

25 | Snowbird November III, Long Valley, NJ. CONTACT: Claudine Liberatore , 917-371-4551,,

11 | Thomas School November, Melville,

18 | Fieldstone Farm Nov. I , Halifax, MA.

25 | Mount Holyoke Hunter Show, South Hadley, MA. CONTACT: 413-538-3036,

Show, Pittsford, NY. CONTACT: Naomi Blumenthal, 315-436-1933,, 11 | Sandy Point Stables Horse Show,

Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: 401-849-3958,

11 | Shallowbrook Horse Show, Somers,

NY. CONTACT: Nancy Thomas, 631-692-6840,,

CONTACT: Scott Clawson, 781-679-0901,,

11 | Jack Frost Jubilee Fun Horse Show

18 | Old Salem Farm November II, North

Series, Ephrata, PA. CONTACT: Kriss Phelps, 717-354-5585,, .

Salem, NY. CONTACT: Daniel Fitzsimmons, 914669-5610,,

13-18 | The Las Vegas National, Las

18 | River’s Edge Farm, Bethany, CT. CON-

Vegas, NV. CONTACT: Stephanie Wheeler, 949-4431841,, 14-18 | Atlanta Fall Classic II, Conyers, GA. CONTACT: Bob Bell, 770-602-2510, bbell@, 14-18 | Final Chase H/J, Katy , TX. CONTACT:

Pauline Cook, 281-579-3443, cookie143@hughes. net, 14-18 | RMI Raleigh Benefit, Raleigh, NC. CONTACT: John Rush, 919-839-4702, rushshows@, 15-16 | Mount Holyoke Focus on Riding Admissions Event, South Hadley, MA. CONTACT: 413-538-3036, 15-18 | VHSA Associate Championship Horse Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Clyde Poarch, 540-349-0910, 15-18 | Fox Lea Farm November, Venice, FL. CONTACT: Kimberly Aldrich-Farrell , 941-4844321,, 16-18 | Chagrin Valley Farms November, Chagrin Falls, OH. CONTACT: Linda Joseph, 440-543-7233,, 17 | Johnston County Horse Show Series, Four Oaks, NC. CONTACT: Michele McLaughlin, 919-934-1344,, 17 | Bluegrass Fall Arabian Challenge, Louisville, KY. CONTACT: Krystina Firth, 859-6846952,, www.stonehurstridingclub. com. 17 | Gardnertown Farms November II, Newburgh , NY. CONTACT: Lori Johnsen, 845-5646658,,

TACT: Naomi Gauruder, 203-393-9259, naomi@, www.bhcmanagement. com. 18 | Winners Circle November, Yaphank,

NY. CONTACT: James Rice, 516-322-0533,, 18 | Mount Holyoke Gold Cooler Jumper Show, South Hadley, MA. CONTACT: 413-538-3036, 21-24 | AHAF Annual Thanksgiving,

Tampa, FL. CONTACT: Suzanne Cook, 954-8544638, 21-25 | Santa Barbara National

27-12/2 | Holiday and Horses, Wellington, FL. CONTACT: David E. Burton Jr., 561-793-5867,, www.equestriansport. com. 28-12/2 | Jingle Bell Horse Show, Del Mar, CA. CONTACT: Lance Bennett, 760-510-1111,, 28-12/2 | Thanksgiving, Waco, TX. CONTACT: Linda Kirk, 713-782-2942, 29-12/2 Blenheim Holiday Classic I, San Juan Capistrano, CA. CONTACT: Stephanie Wheeler, 949-443-1841,, 30-12/2 | Christmas Show, Katy, TX. CONTACT: Patricia Roddy, 281-389-3040, patroddy@sbcglobal. net,


Pro-Am, Santa Barbara, CA. CONTACT: Rae Deane Stone, 805-687-8711,,

3 | Hampshire County Riding Club Turkey Trot, Goshen, MA. CONTACT: Wendy Mimitz, 413-624-0020.

22-25 | SFHJA Annual Charity, Wellington, FL. CONTACT: David E. Burton Jr., 561-793-5867,,

4 | Fall Field Day, Morris, CT. CONTACT: Cornie Jacquier, 413-569-6421,

23 | Boulder Brook Eq Center, Scarsdale, NY. CONTACT: Audrey Feldman, 914-725-3912, ,

7 | High Hopes Volunteer Orientation and Training, Old Lyme, CT. CONTACT: Courtney Bernard, 860-434-1974 ext 121, cbernard@

23 | CJL Farm Inc., Long Valley , NJ. CONTACT: Claudine Liberatore, 917-371-4551, cjlinc2003@, 23-25 | AHASFV Annual Thanksgiving Show, Burbank, CA. CONTACT: Jeffrey Reichman, 805-300-3153,, www.ahasfv. org. 23-25 | Autumn Jubilee, City Of Industry, CA. CONTACT: Raizy Goffman, 626-333-1972, raizy@, 24 | CJL, Inc Horse Show November II, Long Valley, NJ. CONTACT: Claudine Liberatore, 917-371-4551,,

17 | High Hopes Volunteer Orientation and Training, Old Lyme, CT. CONTACT: Courtney Bernard, 860-434-1974 ext 121, cbernard@ 18 | High Hopes Hoedown and Holiday Market, Old Lyme, CT. CONTACT: Courtney Bernard, 860-434-1974 ext 121,,

Trail Rides 4 | 13th Eastern Regional Pleasure Trail Ride, North Brookfield, MA. CONTACT: Larry Underwood, 508-867-7855 , eregtrailride@ November 2012

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affiliates Equine Journal Affiliates American Bashkir Curly Registry American Friesian Association American Saddlebred Association of Maine, Inc. Arabian Horse Association, Inc. of Maine Arabian Horse Association of Massachusetts Arabian Horse Association of New England Baroque Equestrian Games & Insitute Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. Black Swamp Driving Club Charles River Dressage Association Colonial Carriage and Driving Society Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc. Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc. Connecticut Morgan Horse Association Connecticut Quarter Horse Association Connecticut Ranch Horse Association Connecticut Trail Rides Association, Inc. Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club Empire State Quarter Horse Association Flatlanders Dressage & Combined Training Association Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse Granite State Appaloosa Association Green Mountain Horse Association Gypsy Horse Association Gypsy Horse Registry of America International Friesian Show Horse Association Maine Horse Association, Inc. Maine Morgan Horse Club, Inc. Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association National Barrel Horse Association New England Miniature Horse Society New England Paint Horse Club New England Pinto Association New England Region Carriage Association of America New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association Norfolk Hunt Club Northeast Fjord Horse Association Northeast Friesian Horse Club Northeast Miniature Horse Club Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association Ohio Arabian and All Breed Trail Society Ohio Haflinger Association Purebred Morab Horse Association Quarter Pony Association Rhode Island Arabian Horse Association Rhode Island Driving Club, Inc. Saratoga Driving Association Silver Heels Riding Club Southern New England Horsemen’s Association Southern New Hampshire Dressage & Combined Training Association Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Vermont Quarter Horse Association Virginia Horse Council West Greenwich Horseman’s Association Western Reserve Carriage Association World Class Miniature Horse Registry Yankee Walkers Gaited Horses of New England

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American Bashkir Curly Registry Name: ________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________ Email: ________________________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________________________________________ Adult - $35.00 Junior (under 18) - $20.00 Family - $90.00 Breeder - $70.00 Make checks payable to the ABCR and mail with form to: ABCR, 71 Cavalier Blvd, #124 Florence, KY41042 Paypal OR Credit Card# ___________________________________________________________ Exp.Date: ___________________________Security Code: ______________________

American Friesian Association Please print clearly. Send this completed form and fees to:

American Friesian Association, Route 2, Box 60, Nahunta, GA 31553 • (912) 462-6330 Farm/Company:_______________________________________________________________ Your Name:__________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________ City/State: ______________Zip:___________ Phone: _________________________________ Fax:_________________________________ Email:_________________________________Website:_______________________________ Memberships run from January 1st through December 31st • Fee Schedule: All fees are given in US Dollars { } Individual: $40 All households must have an individual or family membership. { } Family: $65 Family memberships available for 2 or more members in a given household (must have same physical address). Please list first and last names of ALL members. { } Youth: $15

Youth membership requires one individual membership from an adult residing at the same physical address. To qualify for youth membership individuals must be under the age of 18 on January 1 of the calendar year in which membership is applied for.

{ } Lifetime: $250 Individual membership only. TOTAL FEES ENCLOSED $____________ •

American Saddlebred Association of Maine, Inc. Membership Application Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _____________________________________________________________________________________________ City: ____________________________________________________________ State: __________ Zip Code: ______________ Telephone: ________________________________ Email: _______________________________________________________

Family Membership: $30.00 (M/M & minor children) Junior Member: $20.00 (Under 18 yrs)

Senior Member: $25.00 (18 yrs & over) Lifetime Member: $100.00

If you are a first time Saddlebred owner who resides in the State of Maine, you are entitled to a free introductory membership for the calendar year in which you first purchased your Saddlebred. Enclosed is $____________ for membership in the American Saddlebred Association of Maine, Inc. for the year of 20____. Name/dob of Junior Members: ____________________________________________________________ For membership information please contact Please make checks payable to: American Saddlebred Association of Maine (ASAM) & mail to: Deb Hacskaylo, 76 Axtell Drive, Oakland, ME 04963. A membership card and ASAM sticker will be mailed to you. A copy of the By-Laws is available on request. You will also receive notice of meetings, show information and special activities.

Arabian Horse Association, Inc. of Maine Application for Membership

New Member ______ Renewal ______ Membership Year ______ ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP (Belonging to AHAME Only) 1. Individual Associate Membership 2. Family Associate Membership (includes children under 18) 3. Junior Associate Membership (under 18)

$25 $40 $17

FULL MEMBERSHIP (Voting rights in IAHA, Region 16 and AHAME) 4. Full Individual Membership $55 5. Full Family Membership $105 6. Full Junior Membership (under 18) $30

Please Note: Due to IAHA rules, full members MUST submit the date when you first became a member of IAHA in order to renew your Full Membership. Date: ________________________ If you are submitting a Junior Membership, please check here ______ Name _____________________________________ Date of Birth (required) _______________ Address ______________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip Code _____________________________________________________________ Social Security # ________________________________ Telephone ______________________ Please send this Application for Membership, along with your check made out to AHAME, to: Laurie Emery, 222 River Road, Madison, ME 04950


Membership Application

Membership Application

Arabian Horse Association of MASSACHUSETTS

Name_______________________________________Date ___________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________________ City___________________________________________________State________Zip______________ Email _____________________________Phone____________________________________________ Membership Fees: __$20 Junior __$45 Jr w/AHA __$25 Individual __$75 Ind. w/AHA __$35 Family __$10 per horse Year End Awards

__/__/__ Date of birth ( Jr.) ____-____-______ Soc. Security# F/AHA ______________________Junior Name(s) ______________________ Horse Name(s)

Make checks payable to: A.H.A.M. Mail to: 5A Farm Street, Blackstone, MA 01504 Memberships include a subscription to the Equine Journal

Name____________________________________________________ Address__________________________________________________ E-mail Address _____________________________________________ City____________________________State______ZIP____________ Phone _____________________________________________________ Membership ( ) $25.00 Make check payable to: Black Swamp Driving Club Send completed application to: Jacqueline Minges, Treasurer BSDC, 9048 Summerfield Rd, Temperance, MI 48182 Phone: 734-856-6122 Email:

Arabian Horse Association of New England Name: _____________________________Phone: ____________________ Address: ______________________________________________________

Send form and check payable to AHANE to: Jenny Stine P.O. Box 554 Harvard, MA 01451 Membership has increased to reflect an increase in membership from AHA.

Charles River Dressage Association Membership Application January 1 through December 31, 2012

CHARLES RIVER DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION, President: Linda Currie, 617-974-4441,; Vice President: Kate Champa, 401-351-1683, kchampa@earthlink. net; Membership Director: Carol Burkhart, 508-359-9961,

City: _________________________State: _____________Zip: __________

____Junior (DOB__/__/__) ____Adult Amateur ____ Professional _____ Vintage (50-59) _____Masters (60+)

DOB: _______________SS#: _______________Email: ________________


New: ______ Renewing:______

Address: _______________________________________________________________________________

AHA#: _______________________ Member Since: __________________

Telephone: _____________________________________________________________________________

____ $80.00 AHA Adult with Competition Card

E-Mail: _________________________________________________________________________________

(AHA membership, Competition Card, AHA excess personal liability insurance)

I would be interested in helping with (check any that are applicable):

____ $75.00 AHA Senior with Competition Card (AHA membership, Competition Card, AHA excess personal liability insurance) (60 years by 12/31/09)

____ $65.00 AHA Youth with Competition Card

â?&#x2019; Monthly Meetings â?&#x2019; Volunteering at shows/clinics

â?&#x2019; Public Relations/Advertising â?&#x2019; Quarterly Newsletters

â?&#x2019; Managing shows/clinics â?&#x2019; Fund Raising

â?&#x2019; Other (specify)

The Charles River Dressage Association is a GMO (Group Member Organization) of the United States Dressage Federation.

(Under 18 years by 12/31/09)

____ $25.00 AHANE Individual Membership

You may also join AHANE online via the AHA website:

Annual Dues: Individual $55, Business $100. Add $12 for each additional family member. Please make your check payable to: Charles River Dressage Association, 4 Jade Walk, Medfield, MA 02052 For more information, call Linda Currie at 617-974-4441.

Colonial Carriage and Driving Society Membership Application Form YES, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to be a member for $25 Name ___________________________________________________________________________ Farm Name ______________________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________________________ City _________________________________________ State __________ Zip ________________ Telephone _______________________________________________________________________ We Own _____________________________________________________________Horses/Ponies My/our driving interests are: ( ) Pleasure ( ) Educational Seminars ( ) Carriage Horse ( ) Competition ( ) Draft Horse Make check payable to: and mail to:

Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. Membership Form Memberships are from January 1 through December 31 and include a free subscription to Equine Journal and Massachusetts Horse Type of Membership: â?? New

â?? Renewal

â?? Single $20

â?? Family $30

â?? Individual Lifetime Membership $350


If you would like to be active in a local chapter with more programs and events available, please check.


â?? HERD South Eastern MA Chapter

State____________ Zip___________ Phone________________

I would like to Help

Email ________________________________________________

â?? by volunteering for trail work days


â?? I want to receive the Bugle online â?? I do not want my name released on any mailing lists â?? I do not want to receive the Equine Journal or MA Horse

â?? by holding a ride â?? by helping on a ride â?? with other projects that might be needed

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


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

Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association, Inc. We are a USDF Group Member Organization and a USEA affiliate. Dues: â?&#x2019; *OEJWJEVBM  ZFBST â?&#x2019; $35 Junior VOEFS â?&#x2019; $55 Family (includes 2 members) â?&#x2019;  64%'GFFGPSFBDIBEEJUJPOBMGBNJMZNFNCFS .FNCFSTIJQZFBSJT%FDm/PWEARLY BIRD SPECIAL4JHOVQCFGPSF+BO HFUBEJTDPVOU

*TUIJTBQQMJDBUJPOGPSâ?&#x2019; a new membership

â?&#x2019; a renewal?

Name: ____________________________________________ Date: _____________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________________ City: _____________________________________ State:____________________ Zip:_______________ Day Phone: _________________________________ Evening Phone: _____________________________ Email: ______________________________________________________________________________ Family Memberships Only: List the additional names and dates of birth (for Juniors only). To help us to plan activities, please answer the following questions: My primary interest is in: â?&#x2019; Dressage

â?&#x2019; Combined Training

â?&#x2019; Other________________

Will you volunteer? â?&#x2019; Yes â?&#x2019; No Website: Email:

Please make checks payable to: CDCTA and mail completed application and check to: $%$5".FNCFSTIJQDP4IFMCZ8BKDTr$IBSMJF$JSDMF 4PVUI8JOETPS $5

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Connecticut Horse Shows Association, Inc. 2012 Membership Application New Member â?? Renewal Type of membership desired: Individual/Junior $30.00 (Please attach name and date of birth of each junior member on a separate sheet) â?? *Family $45.00 â?? Corporate, Business or Farm $50.00 â?? Horse/Pony $15.00



Name _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________ State ___________ Zip Code ________________ Phone __________________________________________ Email________________________________________________________ Horse/Pony ($15.00 each): (if pony, indicate size-â&#x20AC;&#x201D;-S, M ,L)

TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED $________________


â?? Hunter â?? Jumper â?? Breed â?? Western â?? Pleasure â?? Dressage Do you wish to receive the Equine Journal from CHSA? â?? Yes â?? No â?? We agreed to abide by the rules set forth by CHSA, if applicable, I declare that I am an Amateur in accordance with â&#x20AC;&#x153;USEF Article GR808 Amateur Status.â&#x20AC;? SIGNATURE ______________________________ (If junior, parent or guardian must sign) DATE ______________ * A Family is a married couple or parent(s) and all children under 18. If showing Walk/Trot or Jog Divisions, please identify (S)addle, (W)estern or (H)unt seat. Show entries must be made using registered name or points will not count.

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

Connecticut Morgan Horse Membership Application CONNECTICUT MORGAN HORSE ASSOCIATION President: Melissa Curtis, 477 Dowd Ave., Canton, CT 06019; 860-693-2248. Vice President: Will Filosi, 321 Rt. 165, Preston, CT 06365; 860-887-6831. Secretary: Debra Becroft, 67 Hanover St., Yalesville, CT 06492; Treasurer: Lisa Cocco, 71 Old Farms Road, Cheshire, CT 06410; 203-699-8447; Membership: Melissa Curtis, 477 Dowd Ave., Canton, CT 06109; 860-693-2248.

Last Name________________________________ First Name _________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________________ City _______________________________________ State ___________ Zip ______________________ Telephone________________________________________________________________________________ Youth Membership ($20.00)

Family Membership ($40.00)

Individual Membership ($30.00)

Horse Nominations ($25.00 per horse)

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


Horse(s) Nominated for Year End Awards

Membership Form ) Renewal Membership ) NEW Membership

Occupation: ___________________________________ Spouse: ____________________________AQHA # _____ Occupation: ___________________________________ Youth: _______________ D.O.B. ______ AQHA # _______ Youth: _______________ D.O.B. ______ AQHA # _______


] Adult


Individuals, 19 & over, as of January 1st, 2011.


] Joint


Two (2) adults in the same household.


] Family


Two (2) adults & youths in the same household.


] Youth*


Address: _____________________________________

Individuals 18 & under, as of January 1st, 2011. *Must be accompanied by a parent/guardian membership.

City: ____________________ State: ___ Zip Code:_______


Telephone: _______________ E-Mail: ________________


Trainer/Barn: __________________________________ MAIL APPLICATION WITH CHECK (PAYABLE TO CQHA) TO:


s9OURNAMEWILLBEPUTONTHELOTLISTINTHEORDERTHEYARERECEIVED9OUCANNOTHOLDALOT unless you have a horse. Amount Enclosed $ .AME ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 3TREET ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #ITY????????????????????????????????????????3TATE????????:IP#ODE?????????????? -AKECHECKSPAYABLETO#42!ANDMAILAPPLICATIONTO+IM$ORE #42!SECRETARY

,ITCHFIELD2D -ORRIS #4s$UESMUSTBEPAIDBY-ARCHSTINORDERTORECEIVE your yearly subscription of Equine Journal and to hold your lots.

ERAHC Membership Name of Applicant (please print) ____________________________________________ Additional family members (Family memberships only)________________________________________________ Farm Name_______________________________________Website ______________ Address _____________________________________________________________ City_____________________________________State________Zip______________ Phone ________________________________ â?&#x2018; Family Membership $55* Cell _________________________________ â?&#x2018; Individual Membership $45* Email ________________________________ â?&#x2018; Juniors (18 and under) $20* **Please circle any information you do * $5 discount if paid before January 21 NOT want us to print or list on the ERAHC website**

] Lifetime


Individuals, 19 & over, as of January 1st, 2011.

] Joint Lifetime

Empire State Quarter Horse Association Membership Application

Name: ______________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________

Type of Membership Name:_____________________________AQHA # _____

â?&#x2019; Individual Membership (Must be 18 years old) ............................................................................... $25.00 â?&#x2019; Family Membership (Includes children under 18 years old) ....................................................... $30.00 â?&#x2019; Lifetime Membership .............................................................................................................................. $255.00 â?&#x2019; Lot Dues ......................................................................................................................................................... $45.00 â?&#x2019; Stall Dues ($5.00 per stall) .......................................................................................................................... $5.00 â?&#x2019; New Members one time charge ............................................................................................................ $10.00 s.EW-EMBERSONLY"EFOREPAYINGFORACAMPSITE YOUMUSTCONTACTTHECAMPDIRECTOR Ann Dominick at 352-208-1809.

Make checks payable to ERAHC and send this form with payment to: Brenda Hammar, ERAHC Membership, 53 Jeremy Hill Road, Pelham, NH 03076 Phone: 603-635-3868 Email:

Please make check payable to CMHA, Inc. and mail with application to: Melissa Curtis, 477 Dowd Ave., Canton, CT 06019.

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Connecticut Trail Rides Association, Inc. Membership Application

City, State, Zip: _______________________________________ Home Phone: _________________________________________ Cell Phone: __________________________________________ Email Address: ________________________________________ â?? One Year Membership (Individual or Family) $35 â?? Three Year Membership (Individual or Family) $95 â?? Life Membership (Individual or Family) $250


Two (2) adults in the same household.

CQHA points accumulation will commence with receipt of membership application and dues.

New for Amateur Select Exhibitors: You must declare how you want your ESQHA points to be tracked for the 2012 season: â?? Amateur Classes â?? Amateur Select Classes Make check payable to ESQHA Mail to: Maureen Miller, 1241 Powerhouse Road, Memphis, NY 13112-8779

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


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

Join Us!

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________ City: ________________________________ State:____________________ Zip:____________________ Phone: ___________________________ Email: ______________________________________________ Tell us about yourself and your experience: Team Penning and Roping: Prior and/or current rating: Team Penning: _________ Roping: __________ Ranch Horse Experience: ______________________________________________________ Additional Family Members (please add age for members under 18 yrs): Name: ______________________________________ Experience: _______________________________ Name: ______________________________________ Experience: _______________________________ Signature: ______________________________________________________Date: __________________

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Family includes children under 19


Pat Boutwell 18380 TR 51 Bluffton, OH 45817



Annual Membership fee: $36 Family membership fee: $36 + $10 additional fee per family member Visit our website or contact Pat Boutwell to receive a complete membership form.


The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse Invites You to Join Our Family! Name: ________________________________________________________________ Breeder/Owner Codigo if known or if applicable _______ Do you own? ( ) Stallion ( ) Mare ( ) Gelding Birth Date (optional):_______________ Farm/Ranch: ______________________________ Billing & Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________ City: ______________________________ Zip:_______________ State: _____________ Website: _______________________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________ Fax: ________________________________ Cell: ___________________________ Email: ________________________________

Passage Club - $12/Month See other benefit levels available at Please make checks payable and send to: The Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse 115 Elm Street. NE, Alburquerque, NM 87111 Questions about membership? See or call us at (505) 294-0800 or

GRANITE STATE APPALOOSA MEMBERSHIP FORM Name ___________________________________ Address_____________________________________ City_________________________________ ____State __________ Zip ____________ Email___________________________________ Phone ( )_______________________

Gypsy Horse Registry of America, Inc. Membership Application Please complete form and mail with appropriate fee to address below. Please make checks payable to GHRA.

Name: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Farm Name:__________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________Phone: ____________________________ City/State: __________________________________________Zip: ______________________________________ Spouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Name: ______________________________________________________________________________ Fax:____________________________________ Email: ______________________________________________ Website: ____________________________________________________________________________________ Full name of youth member and birth date, if applicable: ______________________________________________________

Membership Required (Circle One)

Renewal? Yes / No

Lifetime $500 Regular (Annual voting) $40 Associate (Annual Non-Voting) $35 Foreign (check this box for voting membership S ) $50 Youth (One time only, under 18 years old) $10 Would you like to be included in a published Breederâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List? Yes / No


International Friesian Show Horse Association PO Box 2839, Lompoc, CA 93438 VPJDF  r'BY   UIFQBSL!IXZOFUrXXXGSJFTJBOTIPXIPSTFPSg


Membership Application Name(s): ___________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________ Phone: ____________ Alternate Phone: ___________ Mobile Phone: ____________ Email: _________________ IFSHA Membership Number (if renewing):____________


USEF Membership No. _________ USDF Membership No. _______ Birth Date (Required for Juniors): ______

Annual Dues: Family : Individual: Youth :

$30 ____________ $25 ____________ $20 ____________

Lifetime: $250 __________

NAMES List all in family: Name, DOB, ApHC# ___________________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________


See website to nominate youth, N/P, or horses for year end points. Make checks payable to GSAA, enclose all paperwork & mail to:

Julie Dolder, 796 Meredith Center Rd., Laconia, NH 03246

Green Mountain Horse Association

Membership Type: â?? Junior (under 18) â?? Adult Professional* â?? Adult Amateur** *Professional - compensated for training and/or competition **Amateur - not compensated for any training and/or competition Membership Term - December 1 through November 30: â?? Junior Annual $30.00 â?? Adult Annual $45.00 â?? Adult Lifetime $1000.00 See website for horse membership application and Equine Identity Record form.

Maine Horse Association, Inc. Membership Application 2012 Each membership is entitled to a membership card and subscription to the MHA official publication (January 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; December 31). Return to: Dollie Hutchins, 9 Bauneg Beg Rd., Sanford, ME 04073 Type of Membership Requested:

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

For membership information on Green Mountain Horse Association, visit

â?? Individual Life: $250.00

Name ___________________________________________Spouse _________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________________________________ City _________________________________________________State __________Zip Code _____________ Phone No. (____)_____________________________ Names and birthdates of all children 17 & under:

1. _________________________________________ 2. ____________________________________ 3. _________________________________________ 4. ____________________________________

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

Gypsy Horse Association Membership Application

Name:_________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________ City:_____________________________State:_________Zip: _____________________ Email: _________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _____________________________________________________________ Farm Name: ____________________________________________________________ Website: _______________________________________________________________ â?? â?? â?? â??

General Membership - One Vote, Subscription to Equine Journal, $75.00 Associate Membership - No Vote, Subscription to Equine Journal, $50.00 Youth Membership - No Vote, $20.00 Founding Lifetime Membership available through Sept. 30, 2008, $525.00 Please see website for mailing information

Maine Morgan Horse Club, Inc. Membership Form Dues for January to December: $25 - Family (includes all children 18 & under) $20 - Individual (18 and over) $15 - Junior (under 18 years old) $400 - Life Member Special Memberships: To show your dedication to the Maine Morgan horse and support the activities of the MMHC. These special memberships are published in each newsletter throughout the paid calendar year and on the website. Below are the levels available and include a full family membership. Bulrush - $60 Sherman - $45 Woodbury - $35

Mail this form to: Karen Marlin, 10 Sea Grass Farm, Brunswick, ME 04011 Name: ____________________________________________________________________ Spouse: ____________________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________ County:_____________________________________Telephone:________________________ Email Address: _______________________________________________________________ Other Family Members (please list date of birth for children under 18 years of age): ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

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New England Pinto Association Membership Application

___ Individual $25

___ Mr. & Mrs. $35 Name (Adult Member (s)):__________________________________ Street: ______________________________________________ City: ________________________ State: ___ Zip Code: ________ e-mail address:_________________________________________ (for MassQHA use only; will not be shared)

phone number (____) _____-_______ Check here if you want to receive MassQHA Newsletter electronically: ❑ YES or ❑ NO (Newsletter will not be mailed to you.) Youth Name: _________________________ Birth Date: __________ Youth Name: _________________________ Birth Date: __________ Youth Name: _________________________ Birth Date: __________ USE ADDITIONAL PAPER IF NECESSARY.

For more information contact:

Nancy Moos: 781-536-4119 or

Make checks payable to: MassQHA MAIL THIS FORM AND PAYMENT TO: Nancy Moos, 1245 Ferry St., Marshfield, MA 02050-1802

___ Youth


(Aged 18 an under. Must be accompanied by an individual or Mr./Mrs. Membership of a parent or guardian.)

NEW ENGLAND PINTO HORSE ASSOC, President: Paula Laughlin; Vice President: Johnathan Blake; Treasurer: John Weigel; Secretary: Jac Cunningham.

Send to: Jan Foster, 809 Sandwich Road, E. Falmouth, MA 02536. Memberships run from 1/1/12 through 12/31/12.

___ Family

(Voting privileges for each Adult member; (perforadult) this membership families with 3 or more Youth.)


Individual: __________________________________________

$31 per year: _____________________

___ Life


Youth (18 and under) Birth Date: ________________________

$29 per year: ____________________

___ Riding Program


Family: ______________________________________________ $34. per year: ____________________ Children’s Name: _________________________________ Date of Birth: ___________________________

(This is a one time fee, however, if membership lapses in MassQHA this fee must be paid again to resume the Riding Program.)

Name: _________________________________________ Address: _______________________________ Town: ____________________________________________ State: __________ Zip: _________________ Phone: _______________________ E-mail Address: ___________________________________________

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THE NEW ENGLAND REGION/ CARRIAGE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA NER/CAA Annual Dues: $20.00/Family or Individual Name: __________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________ City: ______________________State:_________________Zip: ____________ Telephone: (____) _______________ Email:____________________________

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

The New England MINIATURE HORSE Society

Please make checks payable to NER/CAA and send to: Alan Retter, 35 Flagg Rd., Hollis, NH 03049 Phone: 603-465-2720 • Email:

New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association


President: Clinton Jury, Vice President: Victoria Chalut, Secretary: Dawn Schabacker, Treasurer: Laurie Slobody,

❏ Individual $30.00 per year - Please circle one: Adult



❏ Individual Life $160.00/yr - Please circle one:




❏ Family (2 Riders) $40.00/yr - Riders’ DOBs: ____________________________________

❏ Grand Family (3+ riders) $50.00/yr - Riders’ DOBs: ________________________________


Name(s) _________________________________________________________________


NAME ________ PHONE____________________ FARM NAME ____ MAILING ADDRESS _____ EMAIL ADDRESS _ CITY __________ STATE ZIP____________ JR’S NAME ___________________________________ DATE OF BIRTH _____ JR’S NAME ___________________________________ DATE OF BIRTH ____ MAIL TO: LAURIE SLOBODY, 55 CUTLER RD., WEST BROOKFIELD, MA 01585

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


Street ___________________________City/Town ________________________________ State _______ Zip ____________ Phone _______________________________________ Email ____________________________________________________________________ Date of Birth of Individual Member______________________________________________ Please make checks payable to: NHHJA Mail form & payment to: NHHJA c/o Barb Keating • 46 Indian Falls Rd. • New Boston, NH 03070

NEW ENGLAND PAINT HORSE CLUB EARLY BIRD SPECIAL ~ SAVE $10 if submitted before February 1st (Must be postmarked on or before February 1st)

Individual: $40.00 (Deduct $10 if before February 1st) $ ________________ Youth: (18 & Under as of January 1st) $30.00 (Deduct $10 if before February 1st) $ ________________ Youth Name & Date of Birth: ____________________________________________________ Youth Name & Date of Birth: ____________________________________________________ Youth Name & Date of Birth: ____________________________________________________

Please check one: New Member: _____

Renewal: _____ Date: _______

Name: ________________________________________________________________ Street: ___________________________City/Town: ____________________________ State: _______ Zip: ____________ Phone: ___________________________________ Email:_________________________________________________________________ Please make checks payable to: NEPHC Mail to: Karen Roy, NEPHC Secretary, 31 Mayflower Road, Londonderry, NH 03053 603-437-7006 •

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Northeast Fjord Horse Association “Promoting and Enjoying the Norwegian Fjord Horse” NAME: _____________________________________________________________________________ FARM NAME: _____________________________ PHONE: __________________________________ ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________________________ CITY, STATE, ZIP: _____________________________________________________________________ E-MAIL: _______________________________ # OF FJORD HORSES: __________________________

❏ Junior Membership – $15.00 ❏ Single Membership (1 vote) – $30.00 ❏ Family/Farm Membership (2 votes) – $40.00 MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: Northeast Fjord Horse Association MAIL NEW MEMBER APPLICATIONS AND DUES TO:

Rita Maccini, 152 Frank Williams Rd, Shelburne, MA 01370

OAATS MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION FORM Name _____________________________ AHA # (If applicable) _____________ Address ____________________________________________________________ City _______________________________ State ________ Zip _______________ Phone number _______________________ Email __________________________ ❑ New Member ❑ Renewal Member Membership runs from January 1st of any given year to December 31st of the same year. Membership and Horse registration must be current for any competitions and/or recreational riding hours to be considered for all programs.


New Horse Recording $15 Renewal Horse Recording $10 One-Time Recreational Riding Enrollment Fee $25

Horse Name ________________________ Breed _____ Age ____ Sex ______ Barn Name ______________________ Check One: ❑ New $15 ❑ Renewal $10 ❑ Rec Riding $25 Please make all checks payable to OAATS and send to:

OAATS, Inc., PO Box 231, Rising Sun, OH 43457 Please check the website for forms, schedules, program rules, news, and updates throughout the year!


Northeast Friesian Horse Club

Ohio Haflinger Association

Membership Form

The Northeast Friesian Horse Horse Club invites you to join our club formed because of our mutual admiration of the Friesian Horse. We are an official chapter of The Friesian Horse Association of North American (FHANA) & are organized under their rules & regulations. Name: ________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________ Telephone: ____________________________________________________ Email: ________________________________________________________ Family/Farm Membership: $55.00 • Individual Membership: $45.00 Associate Membership: $35 Please make your checks payable to NEFHC & mail to: Cathy Zine, 115 Waterford Drive, Hanover, MA 02339, 781-829-2086

Thank you!

Membership Application

Name: __________________________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________ City: ____________________________State: _____ Zip: __________________________ Email Address: ____________________________________________________________ Would you prefer your newsletter emailed to you? ❏ Farm Name: ______________________________________________________________ How did you learn about the OHA (person/website/event) _______________________________________________________________________ I/We own _____ (number) Haflingers (ownership is not required) My/Our main interest in Haflingers is: ____________________________________________ Please fill out the form above and send with $25 yearly dues to: Ohio Haflinger Association, Judy Winkler, 9622 Eby Road, Sterling, Ohio 44276 330-464-2254 • •

Northeast Miniature Horse Club Membership Application

Membership Application First Name: ______________________

Welcome! Our club is proud to offer three levels of membership. All members are listed on the club’s website and receive our electronic newsletter, which includes periodic updates on our rescue/emergency activities and any rescue horses available for adoption. Dues are assessed on a calendar year basis.

Last Name: ______________________ Address: _________________________ _________________________________

* All memberships include the entire household; adults and children, and one vote is allotted to each household for meeting and election purposes.


❑ Blue Ribbon ~ $25 ~ includes all adults and children in the household; ❑ Supreme Champion ~ $75 ~ Receives all the benefits of

State: _________ Zip: ______________

receipt of our electronic newsletter; and one vote in club elections.

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

Membership Information Name: _____________________________________ Email: ____________________________________ Address: ___________________________________ Website: __________________________________

Home Phone: ______________________ Email: ___________________________ Member Type: (__) Individual $30 (__) Family

$45 (__) Corporate

❑ I do not wish to have my email published on the club’s website

(__) Club

$50 (__) Youth under 18 $15

Names of Adult Members: ________________________________________________________________

Renewal #: ____________________

City/State/Zip:_______________________________ Phone: ___________________________________

Youth Members (with ages): ______________________________________________________________

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

❑ Full OAATS & AHA Member - Adult ($80) ❑ Full OAATS & AHA Member - Youth ($65) ❑ Associate OAATS Member - Adult ($30) ❑ Associate OAATS Family - Adults ($50) ❑ Associate OAATS Membership - Youth ($25)


Reg. Prefix: ______________________ Farm Name: _____________________ Club Name: ______________________ Corp Name: ______________________ Website URL: ____________________ Under 18-Age: ___________________

Please make check payable to: PMHA Mail to: Donna Lassanske, P.O. Box 203, Hodgenville, KY 42748 Membership term runs January 1 to December 31 of calendar year

Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association Membership Application The Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association was formed in 1989 by a group of people interested in learning more about and promoting the draft horse. Their mission was to inform and educate the general public about the history and use of the draft horse.



Lifetime ................ $200

Ownership is not necessary to join, just the interest in the draft horse, a desire to make new friends who share an interest and a willingness to help at our events. Membership includes monthly meetings with refreshments and a monthly newsletter. Good times are had and draft horse people are friendly and helpful. To become a member of the NWCDHA send your check to Treasurer Donna Marciano, 47 Stoneridge Drive, Torrington, CT 06790. We hope you consider joining. We are sure you will enjoy! Annual Dues: $25 single membership, $45 for family membership, due January 1. Name:_______________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________ City: __________________________________________ State _______________ Zip ______________ Phone Number: ________________________________________________________________________ Do you own a horse?______________________________ Breed_________________________________

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Membership Application RIAHA Affiliate Members: expires the following year on the last day of the month in which you joined.


Southern New England Horsemen’s Association

Adult: Includes one membership in RIAHA and AHA. _____ Basic Dues $40.00 _____ Competition Card $35.00

Youth: Includes one membership in RIAHA and AHA. _____ Basic Dues $30.00 _____ Competition Card $25.00

Name: ____________________________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________________________ City:______________________________________________State:______ Zip Code: ____________ E-mail: ___________________________________________________________________________ SS#: _____________________________ Main Phone: _____________________________________ Youth DOB:______________________ Alternative Phone: __________________________________ AHA#: ___________________________________________________________________________ Renewal or New Membership (Please circle one)

Any Questions: E-mail: or call (860)928-5580 Make Checks Payable to: RIAHA Mail to: Karen Richmond, 246 Freedley Rd., Pomfret Center, CT 06259-1205

Offering English, Western, Saddle Seat and Miniature Classes. Youth & Adult Exhibitors!

7 Shows Per Year/ Year-End Awards Thru Sixth Place For more information or to receive a membership form - return this form, call or email:

Karen Sapia, 57 Lathrop Rd., Uncasville, CT 06382 Phone: 860-608-7577rEmail: Name: __________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________ City:_____________________________State:___________Zip: ____________ Phone:_________________________Email: ____________________________

Southern New Hampshire Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc.

The Rhode Island Driving Club, Inc.

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

THE RHODE ISLAND DRIVING CLUB, INC., President: Marguerite Tomany - 860-923-3302. Vice President: Cat Luce; Treasurer: Bonnie Jean; Secretary: Christine Bailey. Name __________________________________ Address _______________________________________

Name __________________________________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________ City __________________________________________ State ________________ Zip _________________ Phone _________________________________ Jr. Rider

Town _____________________________________ State ______ Zip ____________ Phone _______________ New Membership ($25.00) ________________________ Renewal ($25.00) ________________________

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

The Rhode Island Driving Club, Inc.

Saratoga Driving Association Membership Form

(under 18)

D.O.B. ____________________________

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

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

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

Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Tri-State Horsemen’s Assoc. President: Alicia Cugini-Muscatelli, 401-265-5402; Vice-President: Jackie Cugini,401-949-4340; Secretary: Maegen Manning; Treasurer: Sharon Plante, 860-564-4700

Name ________________________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________________

Dues: Still only $25.00 per year, payable to SDA ❏ New Membership (welcome!) ❏ Renewal

City ___________________________________________ State _______ Zip Code __________________ Phone ___________________ Date _________ Email Address _________________________________

Name _________________________________________________________________________

A subscription to the Equine Journal is included in memberships. The Pedlar contains our official monthly newsletter of current news and upcoming events.

Address _______________________________________________________________________

INDIVIDUAL $30.00 ________________ Anyone under age 18 who is applying for Individual Membership must also list their date of birth below.

Phone (H) ____________________________________ (W) ______________________________

Family $35.00 _____________ If you are applying for our Family Membership Plan, please list the names of all persons to be included in the family membership and date of birth for each child under age 18.

Email _________________________________________________________________________

Child’s First/Last Name:

Date of Birth:

Family/children _______________________________________________________________

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

Silver Heels Riding Club

Name:_____________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________ Phone:___________________________Email:____________________ Youth Name:______________________ DOB: ____________________ Family - $30.00 Single - (18 or over) $25.00

Junior - $20.00

Lifetime - $200.00

Membership includes a one year subscription to the Equine Journal. All memberships expire on Dec. 31. Mail form and check payable to: Silver Heels Riding Club, Sheri Paplaskas, 6 Meadow Fox Lane, Chester, NH 03036 Note: to qualify for year-end points, both exhibitor and owner/leasee of equine must be a member of SHRC.

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I have enclosed a check for the amount of: Please mail this form and payment to: TSHA Membership, 948 Ekonk Hill Rd, Voluntown, CT 06384

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Vermont Quarter Horse Association Inc. Membership Application

❏ Family $30.00 ❏ Single $20.00 ❏ Youth $10.00 ❏ Lifetime Membership $200.00 Name: _________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________ Tel #: ________________________________Cell #: ___________________________________________ Email: ________________________________________________________________________________ Youth Name: ____________________________________________D.O.B. ___/___/___(18 and under) Youth Name: _______________________________________ D.O.B. ___/___/___

Membership includes one year subscription to Equine Journal. Please make checks payable to VQHA and mail to : Lucille Evarts, 3796 Green St, Vergennes, VT 05491 802-233-0567 •


Virginia Horse Council 2012 Membership Application

New Member


Membership Options for 2012 (Note All “Premium Memberships” Include Insurance Coverage) ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

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

$10 - Youth Membership (individuals under 18 years old) ❏ $25 - Individual Membership $50 - Premium Individual Membership ❏ $30 - Family Membership $500 - Lifetime Membership ❏ $75 - Premium Family Membership $50 - Commercial/Business/Farm ❏ $50 - Equine Group or Association (less than 100 members) $100 - Equine Group or Association (more than 100 members) $25 - Premium Lifetime Membership – Insurance Premium Payment Only


***Premium memberships provide “in-excess” insurance, runs from January through December 2012 and is not available for businesses***

Year End Award Nominations: Name of Horse: _______________________________________________

*Total # of memberships purchased above _____________

Total $ enclosed _____________

Membership runs 1/1 - 12/31

Address:______________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________

Email: ____________________________________

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

Name _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address (include county, city, state & zip) _________________________________________________________________________ Farm/Business/Corporate Name_________________________________Phone _____________ Email_________________________

Please return this form with your check to: The Virginia Horse Council, 368 Litton Reaves Hall (0306), Blacksburg, VA 24061

West Greenwich Horseman’s Association Membership Form WEST GREENWICH HORSEMAN’S ASSOCIATION, INC. OF RHODE ISLAND, President: LuAnn Carpenter-Grafe, 382 Weaver Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817; Vice President: Mike Grafe, 382 Weaver Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817; Treasurer: George Reddick, 1235 Old Baptist Road, N. Kingstown, RI 02852; Secretary: Marcia Stewart, 127 Robin Hollow Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817. Membership: $20.00. Name: ____________________________________________ Telephone: ____________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________________ City/Town: _____________________________________________________Zip Code: ________________ Membership includes subscription to Equine Journal $20 List people in family: ______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________

Individual or Youth membership $20.00_______________ Family membership $25.00______________ Please make check to: Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Mail to: Ellen Flatley, P.O. Box 1199, Ashland, NH 03217,

❏ New ❏ Renewal

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Affiliation Is a Winning Combination!

Do you get Equine Journal from another club? Make checks payable to West Greenwich Horseman’s Assoc. Mail to: Marcia Stewart, 127 Robin Hollow Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817

Western Reserve Carriage Association

Affiliation Includes:

Membership Form Please print clearly: Name(s):_____________________________________________________________ (As they will appear in the membership directory)

Name(s):_____________________________________________________________ (For name badges, if different than above)

Address:______________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip:__________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________________ Cell or 2nd Phone:__________________ Email (Please print):_____________________________________________________

Please send Membership Application, $25 membership fee (payable to Western Reserve Carriage Association) and our signed Liability Disclaimer that you can print from our website to: Dave Antes, 3919 Wyoga Lake Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224-4949 • phone: 330-928-6001 • fax: 330-928-1290

WORLD CLASS MINIATURE HORSE REGISTRY, INC. 12009 Stewartsville Rd., Vinton, VA US 24179

Tel./Fax: (540) 890-0856 Divisions: A-34” & under B over 34”-38” Types of Registration: Open, Qualified & Hardship

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For Sale

excellent selection of arabian family, breeding and show prospects. beautiful and typey. 207-399-6511. email: mvaemery@

casHmere kids and mandarin ducks for sale


arabian stud books. full set, issued by registry. 35 total books. $200. dawson arabians. 978-456-3303. Harvard, ma. the best place to buy, sell, or lease a horse online. innovative features make horse shopping straight forward and results oriented!

Curly Horses bred to excel in dressage and driving, 2008, curly coated 16hh bay curly sportfilly. this super sweet filly, c-c Her royal Highness, is ready for training. Price: $3,800. see more, creeksidecurlies@, 208-276-7540.

General several Well broke Horses available: We specialize in “quality” horses for trail, show and pleasure. english & Western. riding both indoors and outside; comfortable with ring work & trails/trips, etc. call us at 603-465-2672 or visit

Lusitanos bred and trained in america. We offer a great slection of horses from broodmares and five year olds, to every age group down to foals at their dam’s side. visit or call 919-770-1673.


Properties this Paint gelding can do it all. gentle, quiet, and a great performance horse in the arena as well as having miles of trail experience in all conditions. you will love him. no issues, no vices, 1 of several quality horses at 603-465-2672. fastad: #852339.

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Morgans uvm Paddington-for sale. Personable, tractable gelding. stellar example of the quality, disposition produced by historic uvm morgan Horse farm. exceptional pleasure horse-great for recreational use as well as being show ring star. 5yrs 15 hh. 315-404-7448. see online: fastad: #854321.

REGiSTEREd MORGAn GELdinG this little guy is gentle, no vices, great ground manners. 14.1H. He jumps, Wtc, takes both leads, and is great outside as well. saddle him up and go trail riding till the cows come home or have the kids jump on him bareback. a real nice gelding. 1 of several quality Horses at 603-465-2672.

registered morgan gelding. drives, rides english and Western, jumps. show wins in Working Hunter, carriage dressage, Hunter under saddle, over fences, reinmanship, etc. a real nice all around gelding with no vices and no issues. 1 of several quality horses at 603-465-2675. see online: fastad: #852338.

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Quarter Horses several Well broke Horses available: We specialize in “quality” horses for trail, show and pleasure. english & Western. riding both indoors and outside; comfortable with ring work & trails/trips, etc. call us at 603-465-2672 or visit

guest House for lease 30 minutes east of san Juan capistrano 20 min W of i15. european equestrian estate upscale kitchen bathroom & throughout, garage washer dryer. Property has 8 stall barn, cross ties, turn out, Jumping & dressage arenas, round Pen, access to trails, bring your horse for additional fee. (949) 283-1812. fastad: #849400. beautiful Horse ProPerty 15 acres just north east of san antonio. 3/2 1890 sq.ft home with many upgrades. 24 stall barn with kitchen & bath. Hay barn, tack room, garage. large arena and round pens with lights, all white vinyl fencing, 8 pastures. income producing property. currently running as a boarding facility at full capacity! the property is turn key & includes all equipment to run facility immediate income for the new owner. **seller will consider contract with 25% down. ** see fotoshow: (949) 283-1812. fastad: #854455. nantucket island - an equestrian Paradise - $1,595,000 this amazing 4-acre property includes a custom built 8-stall horse barn with apartment and is located just minutes to acres of conservation land andocean beaches. the barn features 2 tack rooms, grain room, hot/cold wash stall, spacious hayloft, several storage rooms and 2 full baths. the grounds are highlighted by well maintained grass paddocks, 2 auxilliary sheds & a 100’x200’ graded sand riding arena. the property is fully irrigated and offers frost free water hydrants at paddocks. tractor & trailer available. contact: mimi Huber, realtor. congdon & coleman real estate. 57 main street, nantucket, ma 02554 508-325-2073 mimih@ online photo: fastad: #852748.




Boarding FULL HORSE BOARDING, INCLUDING 2X daily feedings, daily turnout, daily groomings, and more. Large covered arena, 4-rail fenced pastures, large box stalls, individual tack lockers, and more. Prices start at $750/ month. Please call David for more information: (843) 368-2115. See FotoShow: FastAd: #854280.


Horse farm for rent, 20 minutes from Greenville, 45 minutes from Raleigh, NC. Lovely 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 bath, partially furnished home, built 2006. 10 stall horse stable, 15 ac. pastures, 140x240 riding arena, riding ring, lunging ring. Stable-cemented center aisle w/tongue & grooved walls, wash bay - hot/cold, stalls w/mats, feed room, tack room. 908-907-2742 days, 609-758-5656 nights or

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Full board stalls available in Dudley, MA. $450 per month. Show horse quality care, no drama. Miles of trails. Instructor available. Very peaceful and relaxing atmosphere! 774-535-3221.

PHEASANT WALK SOUTH IS PLEASED to offer retirement boarding on our brand new 15+ acre hunter/jumper farm in the heart of horse country! 2+ acre pastures with large run-ins, automatic waterers on lush, maintained grass. Owner lives on the property and has been an active member of the New England horse community for over 20 years. Board includes all of the amenities you would expect from a full-care facility as well as trimming (shoes extra), paste worming, and seasonal vaccinations. We have a hotel-style guest room attached to the barn that was specifically designed for our clients to come and visit their retirees for $25/night. For more information, please call Nicole at (978) 621-8588 or email at equibilitysporthorses@gmail. com. $450/month. FastAd: #849392.

NATURAL BALANCE EQUINE DENTISTRY Wendy Bryant EQDT 413-237-8887 Restoring Motion through Balancing in the Equine Mouth Improve Topline Maximize Performance Increase Flexion Trained & Certified under Spencer LaFlure “The Equine Tooth Fairy” Advanced Whole Horse Dentistry. FastAd: #844416.

Farm Supplies EXCELLENT QUALITY HORSE HAY, large and small bales available, tractor trailor loads only, call richard for pricing and details, 802-525-3645 or 802-323-3275.

EQUINE PROFESSIONAL, BARN MANAGER POSITION. THIS IS A full time professional position requiring significant equine experience with multiple disciplines. Impeccable references are mandated. Responsibilities include everything from barn chores, riding, training, lessons, showing horses, etc. This is an all around full time position requiring your dedicated efforts. You will be working with horses of various disciplines in both Western and English environments and with clients and prospective sales prospects as well. If you are confident you qualify for this position, send your resume and qualifications immediately to 603-465-2672.

Insurance CORRIGAN INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. Insurance to protect your farm, horses, home, autos and other needs. Call, email, or text for more info: Kelly A. Corrigan, President, 800-213-1634 Text: 301-807-8797.

Tack HARNESS /BRIDLES /COLLARS, HAFLINGER size. 2 Biothane harnesses, $250 each. 2 leather bridles, $50 each. 3 collars, $50 each. Western PA. 724-639-9686.

Training PROFESSIONAL TRAINING THROUGH gentle persuasion yet firm, consistent & persistent methods while never being cruel or angry. Finally, get your results and learn how to keep them!, 603-465-2672. FastAd: #851475.

Trailers Help Wanted HUNTER/JUMPER BARN LOOKING FOR full time employee. Responsibilities include (but not limited to)- feeding, mucking stalls, turning out & grooming. Horse show experience a plus. Housing negotiable. References Required. 617-504-9557. PRIVATE BARN, WESTON, MA, LOOKING FOR Asst. Mgr. for all aspects of horse and facility care year round. Apt., stall, inside ring in winter, VT cabin in summer, miles of trails. Non-smoker with own vehicle. Call 781-8991165 before 9pm.

4 STAR GN TRAILER. 2004 ALL ALUMINUM. 23' Long, 7' Wide, 7' High. 4 horse or 2 horse and carriage. Ramp load, rubber walls and floor. Low mileage. Excellent condition. Western PA. 724-639-9686. Many extras. $15,000.

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CERTERO V 16.1 H Black EE Aa PRE Andalusian Stallion. Registered LG-ANCCE and IALHA. Proven performance in Open Competition Dressage. This Stallion passes on movement, athleticism & sweet temperament. Multiple Mare Discounts Discounts for Early Booking.

FAVORITO KG 16.3H Black Bay, EE Aa Proven performance Stallion in Open Competition-Dressage and Jumping. This Stallion passes on movement, athleticism & sweet temperament. Multiple Mare Discounts Discounts for Early Booking.

Hector Rivera, owner. 708-417-5671 See additional photos at www.avalonandalusianfarm


Hector Rivera, owner. 708-417-5671 See additional photos at www.avalonandalusianfarm



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LEXINGTON a.k.a. Boho’s Cold Fusion Lexington is known as a “tight cob” having a short back and exceptionally good topline and rear. He is gentle and intelligent with a kind eye. 320-485-4144 New Germany, MN

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Lake Ridge LAKE RIDGE BRITISH STERLING. 8-year-old rated Model Stallion. USDF National 3rd level Gypsy Vanner Champion 2010. 4th level dressage, 15.1 hands, Homozygous for the tobiano and black gene. Shipped semen.


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2007 Black Silver Dapple Black EE Silver Zz Produces Silver 50% of the time Grandson of The Business Great Grandson of The Boss Booking select number of mares in 2013. Shipped Semen Only 309.224.2774

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ROSEVALE LEGGO Black, 16-2h. Currently at third level dressage and also showing at preliminary level combined driving. He will be advancing to intermediate level combined driving in 2012.

USEF HORSE OF THE YEAR, Carriage Driving 15.2H Dark Mahogany Bay. Athletic, typey and handsome. Kind and honest disposition. Stud fee $1,000 LFG.

Bill and Nancy Broe 258 Crest Lane, Ancramdale, NY Stud fee: $1,000 518-329-5249

Direct inquiries to: Dr. Susan McLellan 607-746-2723



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Advertisers INDEX 3D Belt Company, L.P............................................100

Farm Credit East.....................................................217

Orion West Lighting................................................58

A & B Lumber & Barns.....................................9, 172

Farms & Barns Real Estate, Llc.........................213

P. Joliceur.....................................................................96

Absorbine.............................................................17, 35


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

Achille Agway...........................................................195

GGT Footing/ Winsor Farms Sales.....................57

Performance Edge...................................................54

Advanced Barn Construction.............................105

Gray Barron Ranch..................................................79

Post University..........................................................71

Ag Structures/ Barn Store Of New

Hawk Trailers...........................................................111

Poulin Grain....................................................198, 199

England, LLC............................................................207

Horse Shows In The Sun.............................. 55, 136

Pro Fence.....................................................................37

Alltech Vermont......................................................113

Horse World Expo....................................................27

Purina Mills.....................................................196, 197

Andis Company, Inc.................................................98

25 Days of Christmas..............................................93

Quarry View Construction, Llc...........................123

Attwood ......................................................................45

IGK/ North Brook Farms.................................52, 53

Reeves International/Breyer Horses................98

Aubuchon Hardware...............................................33

In The Herd.................................................................90

Reuben Ide Farm....................................................215

Averett University....................................................71

J & E Manufacturing..............................................173

Saddle Shed, Inc.......................................................97

Back On Track Usa...................................................94

J & N Structures......................................................102

Schockman Lumber..............................................167

Becker College...........................................................21

J.M. Saddler.................................................................92

Shannon Peters ShowRingShine........................95

Blue Chip Structures.............................................157

Jumpers Academy..................................................132

Shuck Fence Company.........................................161

Blue Seal................................................ 190, 191, 252

Just For Ponies..........................................................95

Smartpak Equine.................................... 33, 43, 107

Bridgewater Farm Supply Co., I........................122

Just Horses................................................................189

Smith-Worthington Saddlery Co......................107

Bob Burelli Natural Horsemanship.................172

Kathleen Crosby Dressage..................................148

Southeast Hunter Association............................63

Casey & Son Horseshoeing School..................127

Kerrits Equestrian Activewear...........................186

Sox For Horses..........................................................92

Cazabu Farms..........................................................186

Key R-D Trailer Sales.............................................119

Spring Garden Farm..............................................143

CB Structures, Inc...................................................121

King Construction....................................................11

Springfield Fence Co., Inc....................................121

CCI Jumps....................................................................99

Kingston Trailers, Inc............................................185

Stillwater Farm........................................................126

Center Hill Barns....................................................116

Klene Pipe Structure.............................................189

Stoneleigh-Burnham School................................71

Century 21 O’Neil...................................................216

Kloter Farms...............................................................61

Strain Family Horse Farm...................................175

Circle B, Inc.................................................................32

Legacy Building Solutions....................................64

Sweet PDZ.................................................................102

Classic Equine Equipment.......................................4

Leonard Truck & Trailer, Inc................................161

Sweet Peet Of Ny...................................................172

Clear Span.............................................................. 3, 22

Lester Buildings........................................................59

T.J. Holmes Company, Inc....................................122

Coldwell Banker........................................................26

Linear Rubber Products.........................................58

T.L. Holland Agency...............................................216

Crop & Carrot Tack Shop, Inc.............................161


Tack Shack..................................................................39

Dana Hall Riding Center........................................73

Lucas Equine Equipment, Inc..............................51

The Carriage Shed..................................................115

Decarli Farm...............................................................54

Lucky’s Trailer Sales..............................................149

The Cheshire Horse Of Keene............................185

Desiderio Ltd...........................................................165

Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc.............................19

The Ethel Walker School.......................................73

Diamond Rv..............................................................201

M.H. Eby, Inc.............................................................116

The University Of Findlay..............................69, 75

DJ Reveal Inc..............................................................39

Maine Horse Association.....................................193

TNT Equine...............................................................119

DLMR Trailers...........................................................127

Maniatty Real Estate.............................................214

Tom Balding Bits & Spurs...................................102

Dover Saddlery........................................................109

Metlar Saddlery.........................................................97

Trailer Depot, The.......................................... 79, 173

Dr. Bensons.................................................................26

Morrisville State College........................................74

Triple Crown Feed.......................................................2


Morton Buildings......................................................31

Tufts University.......................................................189

Emerald Valley Botanicials...................................29

Mount Ida College....................................................50

United States Hunter Jumper Association.....65

English Riding Supply, Inc....................................29

MSPCA at Nevins Farm.........................................185

University Of New Hampshire.............................74

Equestrian Outfitters..............................................95

Muscle Magic..............................................................37

Vermont Technical College...................................69

Equestrian Shop, Inc.............................................167


Warren McMullen Enterprises...........................145


Northwoods Animal Treats..................................91

Warren, Ma................................................................217

Equine Journal 2012 Statement Of

Nutrena Feeds....................................................10, 41

We Cover Structures Inc......................................119


Oak Meadow Farm...................................................64

Wetherbee Farm Real Estate.............................217

Equine Journal Wheel Of Fun..............................81

Old Town Barns............................................................7

Wild Horsefeathers................................................100

Equine Properties..................................................216

Oliynyk Show Stables.............................................49

Will Williams Trailer Sales...................................181


On The Road Trailers, Inc..........................179, 203

Wilson College...........................................................75


Orchard Hill Farm...................................................113

Winsor Farm Sales.................................................203

Fairfield Equine Associates..................................39

Orchard Trailers, Inc..............................................251

Yered Trailers.............................................................25

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How to Hint You Want a Horse for the Holidays THe major gifT-giving season of the year is coming up, and let’s say you want a new horse (Duh! all horse people want a new horse, any time of the year). it may seem out of the question—but you don’t have to give up hope. Hinting for presents is a time-honored strategy, so as a seasonal public service announcement, i’d like to share with you some ideas on how to plant the idea that a horse would be the perfect gift for you this holiday season. first, you need to set the scene. People have this ridiculous idea that horses are really expensive, so you need to defuse that argument right away. The best way to do that is to find the shiny magazines with artful ads for big-deal show horses that really are fabulously expensive. Leave these lying around, or casually glance through them in front of your family and mention the outrageous prices. Talk about how you’d never be so foolish as to spend that much for a horse, when there are so many really great horses available for a song. Then, to drive your point home, leave some flyers or the local horse-trading magazine out with ads for horses that are much more reasonable. By comparison, your gift-giving family will start to recognize how modest your wish really is. next, start talking nonstop about how you’d like to try this or that discipline. The best strategy is to talk about how so-and-so (preferably your trainer or instructor) said you’d be really good at endurance or trail or mounted shooting, or whatever. and, sigh about how you’d love to try it, but your current horse(s) just wouldn’t be up to it. To up the ante, mention the prize purses that some of those riders get. Why, you can subtly imply, it’s practically a sure investment to get a nice (but not expensive) horse and get into this game; you’d win the money back in no time. next, find something—anything—that is less expensive when you have an additional horse. it could be the vet’s farm call fee. Divided among your current horses plus one more, you’d actually be saving money on the vet’s call, you 250 equine


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muse. and, some of that extra tack that you have lying around—it’s just going to waste. if you had a new horse, you could get your money’s worth out of it, too. next, start looking at trailers. if your family members ask you why, say that you’re thinking about scaling up from your current trailer. You figure you could go from a four- to a six-horse and maybe make a little pin money hauling friends’ horses to shows. or, if you did happen to get another horse…just let this sentence hang artfully in the air. Don’t be discouraged if you get eye rolls and muttered comments. Keep at it. You’re softening them up, and it must not be rushed. The next step is to start worrying aloud about your current horse or horses. if you only have one, you’re in a great position to capitalize on this. everyone knows that horses are herd animals, and it’s not good for their mental health to live alone. and no, dogs, cats, and goats don’t count. if you already have more than one horse, you might need to be a little creative here. You can mention that Tootsie’s been a little mopey lately, and maybe she needs a companion—another mare instead of just the boys.

if you have older horses, imply they need a young’un to shake them up; if you have young ones, they need an elder to whip them into shape. The goal is to plant the idea that somehow, the psychology of the herd is out of balance and only an additional horse will cure it. The final coup de grace should be delivered by simply becoming so moony and distracted in your everyday life, thinking and talking about your need for a new horse, that the family finally begins to fear for your mental health. You’ve most likely met your objective when you hear whispered, worried conversations among the family, or notice the horse-ad flyers you left out are lying near the phone. Play your cards right, and you just may find another warm, velvety nose in the barn on December 25. and if not, well…there’s always next year. start early. Ange Dickson Finn is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure rider, and retired horse show mom who knows to be careful what you wish for, especially at Christmas. Visit her at and, or email her at

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By Ange Dickson Finn


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