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contents October 2013

66 Farriery 101 How to Put Your Horse’s Best Foot Forward. BY NATALIE DEFEE MENDIK

features 40 The Atkins Advantage Australian eventing team member Peter Atkins reveals the keys to success on cross-country. BY KATHRYN SELINGA

48 Showing Off How to prepare Gypsies for In-Hand classes. BY NATALIE DEFEE MENDIK

56 Smooth & Steady The benefits of gaited horses on the trail. BY PAMELA MANSFIELD

62 The Power of the Horse Suzan Hamiliton Todd triumphs after tragedy with help from equines and art. BY ELISABETH PROUTY-GILBRIDE



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

lifestyle 73 Travel 76 Equestrian Fashion 78 Going Green 80 Collecting Thoughts

the scoop 83 News and Affiliates 92 Industry Wide Affiliates 97 Hunter/Jumper 109 Eventing 119 Dressage 125 Driving 132 Western 135 Distance Riding/Trail 138 Morgan 145 Arabian 151 Quarter Horse 153 Baroque 157 Breed Affiliates



122 Nicole Glusenkamp and Eeltsje F take home the high point honors from Dressage in the Rockies. 73 Acadia National Park offers fabulous trail riding and stunning views. 78 Learn the beneďŹ ts of using soil testing as a part of your organic pasture management. page 38

tail end 161 Real Estate 170 Marketplace 173 Affiliate Directory 177 Directories 187 Stallion Paddocks 188 Classifieds 189 Calendar 192 Last Laugh 8


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2013 Oklahoma Supreme Grand Champion, Sir Silver, standing at stud at Aunique Ranch. Read more on page 22. Photo by John Stephen Hockensmith.

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If the Shoe Fits ONE OF THE MOST important pieces of your horse’s athletic ability is his hooves, and if you compete in a sport discipline, that also means the right type of shoe for your horse to give him an extra edge. I learned early on in my reining horse’s training that there is much more to putting on a pair of sliders than just nailing them on. How much length does your horse need? Does he stop straight, or does one or both legs slide in different directions? Not to mention worrying about the correct angle and a healthy hoof. You really need to find a farrier who has the experience and knowledge in your particular discipline to get the best out of your horse in the ring. This month, Natalie DeFee Mendik discusses the importance of choosing the right farrier and the right type of shoe for your horse. Turn to page 66 to read “Farriery 101” and learn how you can improve your odds. If you’re talking about the perfect fit for trail riding, you’ll definitely want to consider a gaited horse. Breeds such as the Icelandic Horse, Rocky Mountain Horse, and Missouri Fox Trotter are touted not only for their smooth, comfortable gaits, but also for their great dispositions. See what the hype is about in Pamela Mansfield’s article, “Smooth and Steady,” on page 56. Also this month, Kathryn Selinga sat down with international eventer Peter Atkins to discuss how to have a successful cross-country ride. It all starts with having a well-thought-out plan, and also a back-up plan so you are prepared if something goes wrong. Atkins goes into detail on how to create a strategy that works for you. Find out more by turning to page 40. We also say goodbye to publisher Scott Ziegler this month as he moves on from the Equine Journal. Scott was passionate about the magazine and attended a great many shows and events throughout his time here. He will be missed and we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors. Keep an eye out for some great new changes as we head into the future.

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Horses and the Hamptons FOR MANY, LABOR DAY WEEKEND IS A time for families to celebrate one last weekend full of summertime bliss—this often includes cookouts, fireworks, and a final dip in the swimming pool before the cool, crisp air of autumn arrives. For horse people, this final chapter of summer usually signifies something different, as it tends to be our last chance to get out to a horse show and compete in warm weather before our grooming boxes are replaced with lunch boxes and school buses begin to supersede horse trailers, with which we have become so well acquainted. As a self-proclaimed “semi-retired” competitor, I committed to spending my Labor Day weekend at the Hampton Classic Horse Show, where I was given the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rich and famous, such as Lara Flynn Boyle, Kelly Ripa, Sofía Vergara, Christy Brinkley, and Mary-Kate Olsen, to name a few. The general public doesn’t believe me when I tell them that I was indifferent to these celebrity sightings. That’s because as a horse person and a journalist in the equestrian community, my definition of “celebrity” is a little bit different than your average person. The true stars in my world include the likes of Beezie Madden, Candice King, Kent Farrington, and Georgina Bloomberg, along with their powerful horses that carry them over five- and six-foot tall fences. The celebrities that I follow through reading and compiling the different pieces of the Equine Journal did not disappoint me while I watched the Longines Cup, held Saturday, August 31, and the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix, held on Sunday, September 1. While I am more familiar with Beezie, Candice, Kent, and Georgina, there were a few more competitors that I will be sure to add to my radar when attending future horse shows. Richie Moloney, who took second place in Sunday’s Grand Prix, is one to watch for sure. He had a banner weekend, as he won the previous day’s Longines Cup, as well as the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier. The Irish rider is no rookie to competing in grand prix—earlier in the summer, he won the Modified Grand Prix aboard Slieveanorra in Bromont—but this was my first time watching him compete at a show in the Northeast. His winning streak over the course of the holiday weekend clearly speaks for itself. Additional riders to watch out for include Longines Cup second place recipient Catherine Pasmore, and third place recipient Ronan McGuigan. Catherine has had a great year in 2013, starting it off as a member of the winning team in the fourth annual FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments at the Winter Equestrian Festival. And merely a month prior to competing at the Hampton Classic, she was victorious in the Grand Prix De Wolden in Zuidwolde, the Netherlands. Ronan also jump started 2013 by claiming victory at the Winter Equestrian Festival’s $15,000 Adequan 6-Year-Old Jumper Classic Final, riding Chapeau. 16


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[CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT] Me with Richie Moloney, Kent Farrington, and Georgina Bloomberg.

There are many reasons why I enjoy living vicariously through these athletes while at shows: it’s partially because I’m not sure I’ll ever have the nerve to attempt racing around a course filled with oxers, verticals, and liverpools at a breakneck speed, and also because my main forte has always been writing. And as talented as they are, these equestrians that are celebrities in their own right, still remain to be as humble as the rest of us. In the words of Ronan McGuigan, “As soon as I get home to my [newborn] daughter, Zara, four faults won’t matter to me anymore.��� This was also a sentiment that Georgina Bloomberg shared. Following the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix, she announced that she’d be taking a hiatus from competing, as she’s an expecting mom-to-be. Despite my lack of gusto toward the idea of competing in the Jumper division, it always helps to remember that all of these athletes weren’t born grand prix riders—they all got their start somewhere, and some of them do have additional priorities, just like the rest of us. For now, I’m happy with the notion of schooling 3' verticals, and in the future, making a comeback to the show circuit on a smaller scale, competing as an amateur.

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A TuffRider Sheet for Your Thoughts!

I was excited to read Kathryn Selinga’s article on redoing your barn. I’ve been looking for ways to update my aging barn on a shoestring budget for quite some time. Great article and a wonderful topic! - Addie Humphrey, Yorkshire, NY

We love hearing from you! Send us your letters to the editor for a chance to win next month’s prize of a TuffRider Thermo Manager Stable Sheet. All letters we receive by October 15 will be entered in the drawing. Send your submissions to editorial@, or to Equine Journal, Editorial, 83 Leicester Street, N. Oxford, MA 01537. Congratulations to Addie Humphrey for winning September’s letter-ofthe-month! She will receive a thermal blanket from TuffRider.

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I love, love, loved the article on hunter derbies! I’m so glad that they are becoming more popular—it’s nice to see a fresh take on the discipline. -Nicola Johnson Kingston, Ontario, Canada I just finished reading my copy of Equine Journal. I loved it, especially the hunter derby article. I look forward to getting this magazine; it’s just packed with all kinds of good stuff! -Lanie Hovelle, President and CEO, Britonne Saddle Savers The Unity Stables Beginners Luck Novice Horse Shows were held for the second year with much success. Thanks to some wonderful sponsors, like Equine Journal, Unity Stables, Valley Vet Supply, the Blight Family, the Fruehan Family, and many other wonderful people, we were able to provide Novice riders with some great experiences and awesome prizes. The purpose of the Beginners Luck Novice Shows is to offer a friendly introduction to showing for both English and western riders. Our judges offered everyone some valuable words of advice and encouragement. Our divisions included everything from Leadline to Canter classes, and each one offered Showmanship, Pleasure, Pattern, and Command. For fun, we also offered Freestyle Pattern classes, sponsored by Unity Stables, with the winners receiving cash prizes for their performances. Our chef, Tim Fruehan, provided the crowds with his barbecue specialties, allowing for The Unity Stables Barn Brats to use the profits toward fun items like logs for cross-country jumps! With the everincreasing number of participants, Unity Stables will plan to host more of these shows again for 2014. -Jen Joines, Unity Stables I am totally loving Equine Journal this month! My favorite features include the best places to live if you love horses (yay for Ocala), Getting a Leg Up on your College Riding Career, and more! -Caitlin Heller,

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All of my baling twine is picked up and recycled. -LaRee Castro I relocate harmless rat snakes into the barn for rodent control. -Wendy Miller Triche My barn communicates in person, via telephone, and through email to conserve paper. We also purchase sawdust for bedding, which (I feel) is better for the horses’ feet, utilizes a valuable material that would otherwise go to waste, and saves a lot of money. -Lexcey Felt We compost all of the manure that our horses produce. -Susan Deming

What green practices do you use around the barn?

We use guinea fowl instead of pesticides for our tick control. -Abigail Nash Browilow

Lots of recycling! We have aluminum and plastic recycling bins next to all of our trash cans. -Kate Severson

Grain bags for trash bags and anything else I can think to use them for. I even use them as floor mats in my truck; a friend at the barn turns them into really nice purses. -Linda Weiss

We compost heavily; I really think it is the best thing you can give your garden. We turn our compost often and cover it, causing it to break down more quickly. -Sharon Munyak

From Our Staff

I use all natural fly sprays and grooming products. They’re not only better for the environment, but they’re better for me and my horse. -Kelly Ballou, Managing Editor

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We use cloth towels in our bathroom instead of paper ones; it reduces waste and is less expensive—a true win-win! -NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center

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Bobby and Jeanne Schlenk’s Gypsy Horse breeding program at Aunique Ranch in La Porte and Waverly, TX, consistently produces some of the top equines in the country. The hallmark of their successful breeding and training program is the emphasis on producing sweet natured, versatile horses that meet and exceed the breed standard in conformation, color, personality, and athleticism. Aunique Ranch has a horse for every type of rider, from keen competitors with an eye on world titles to families looking for an all-around horse that can pack the kids to a show in the morning and go for a relaxing trail ride with Mom in the afternoon. Jeanne explains the qualities that led to the explosion in popularity of these versatile, colorful horses, “Gypsy Horses are a gentle, playful breed, with a build that enables them to do most anything in moderation. They are best at driving, pleasure riding, light jumping, light dressage, halter, and obstacle. Their 22

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ability to learn all of your habits and their willingness to please and understand what is expected of them will make their membership in your family one that will span the test of time. The Gypsy show horse world is expanding and growing along with the breed in the United States. In order to follow this path of growth, Aunique Ranch places a high emphasis on keeping all horses at the facility prepared and ready to accomplish any task we place before them.” That dedication to their equines has paid off with big wins for Aunique horses. This year, they have taken home multiple world championships, including King Koal’s 2013 GHRA World Show Champion, Aunique’s Kilchii’s 2013 GHRA World Show Junior Champion, and Gypsy Moon’s 2013 World Show Reserve Champion Mare. Sir Silver earned the 2013 Oklahoma State Fair Supreme Grand Champion. Their consistent success at the upper echelons of competition comes from teamwork including

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loving, hands-on care of the horses from day one. Jeanne says, “Here at the Ranch, we are all trainers. Everyone that is here, volunteer or employee, trains the horses every day. When we are at shows and someone wins, I remind them that they need to thank all the staff because their daily efforts lead to the end result.” Aunique Ranch offers concierge services to prospective buyers that extend far beyond just the purchase of a horse. Jeanne says, “We don’t have clients at Aunique Ranch; we have family. When a guest comes here, they come to see the horses, but because of the mutual love of horses, a bond is formed. Our main emphasis is putting the right horse with the right person for a forever home. Horseback riding is the only sport with two minds, from two different species, working toward one goal. Our goal is to achieve that team.” The ranch has a wide selection of equines for sale at all times, from foals to finished show horses. Top of the

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Photo of the Month

Three youngsters meet Delfin, Jenny Rolfe’s Iberian stallion. Jenny is a classical dressage trainer from the United Kingdom and author of Breathe Life Into Your Riding.

Signing On


KLN has joined more than 35 global partners promoting optimal animal health and nutrition through the exclusive Alltech Official Partner Program of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. This partnership provides KLN and their pet food line, Tuffy’s Pet Foods, with a number of marketing and promotional campaigns, giving their customers throughout North America and internationally in the Pacific Rim, Australia, and the Middle East, the opportunity to be involved in the excitement of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014. October 2013


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New This Fall

Not Just s For Pthie at pumpkins

Introducing the Mountain Horse Bianca Fleece Jacket. Versatility, comfort, and performance all rolled into one. The moisture wicking ability of the anti-pilling fleece will keep you warm and dry.

Fall Fears

If you have horses that are overweight, insulin resistant, or suffer from Cushing’s disease, you know about keeping them off of spring grasses. The non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) content is too high for free-choice grazing to be safe, increasing the risk for laminitis. But, don’t think you’re out of the woods once spring is over. True, summer is safer, but as early fall nights cool down below 40 degrees, the dangerous carbohydrates once again increase. Grass accumulates NSC as it is exposed to sunlight. The levels reach a peak in the late afternoon. During the dark hours, the grass uses this fuel for itself, and by morning, the levels are at their lowest. But, cold nights prevent grass from using as much NSC, resulting in a higher concentration during the day. Don’t be fooled by the brown grass you see in the late fall. Spread it apart and you’ll likely see some green at the base, which is high in sugar and starch. -Juliet Getty Ph.D,

Did you know seasonal treat can be a fabulous ese sweet tasting for your horse? Th ve much nutriha t no squashes do th t ey are healthy tional content, bu rse. It’s best to ho ur yo to feed to kins to under limit feeding pump ing sure to be y, da a two cups chunks all sm cut them into e. ok ch oid av to

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Sticks and Stones We asked: Have you ever broken a bone from falling off a horse?

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Yes, Too Many to Count! 13%


Yes, Just One or Two


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A horse can see better at night than a human. However, it takes a horse’s eyes longer to adjust from light to dark and from dark to light.

Read All About It!

An important Proposed Extraordinary Rule Change was introduced in March of 2013 by the USEF Veterinary Committee. Following extensive feedback from USEF Technical Committees, Working Groups, and from attendees at USEF Town Hall Meetings held in Florida in March, and via interactive webcast in June, the USEF Board of Directors has approved the following change. The change introduces a new category of rules called Prohibited Practices to the USEF Rule Book, which will take effect December 1, 2013. To read the entire rule change, visit Important points in this change include the following: ■ No horses or ponies may be injected within 12 hours prior to competing. ■ There are only three exceptions to this rule: therapeutic fluids, antibiotics, and Dexamethasone for the treatment of hives (specific dosing guidelines are provided for the exceptions concerning fluids and Dexamethasone). ■ All excepted substances must be administered by a veterinarian and cannot be given to a horse or pony within six hours prior to competing.

A Quarterback on the Back Stretch

Jake Delhomme was elected president of the board of directors for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association at the annual election of officers. The meeting was held at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs as part of Louisiana Cup Day, one of the four state bred championship race days. “I am all about moving forward for the best of this industry,” said Delhomme. “We have strong members on this board and I want us to use our best qualities to go forward.” Delhomme is a retired quarterback. He played his first NFL game for the Saints in 1999, and as the Carolina Panthers starting quarterback from 2003 to 2009. Delhomme holds most of Carolina’s quarterback records and led the team to Super Bowl XXXVIII in his first season with Carolina. Since his departure from Carolina, Delhomme has also played for the Cleveland Browns in 2010 and Houston Texans in 2011.

War Horse Brought to Life

Touch Press has launched an immersive, interactive app based on Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling children’s novel War Horse. This app presents the best-selling novel in an enhanced, interactive, digital edition, together with a specially filmed 80-minute reading of War Horse by Michael Morpurgo accompanied by live songs and music. The hero of the story, Joey, is a horse, who has extraordinary adventures both at home and on the battlefields of the First World War. This rich new digital experience also includes the complete text of the novel and beautiful, zoomable illustrations by François Place as well as 34 video insights, over one hour in total, with the author, historians, and other experts, telling the story of the novel and the First World War.

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



To qualify to be a Budweiser Clydesdale, the horse must be a gelding at least four years of age, stand 72 inches at the withers when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds and have a bay coat, four white legs, and a white blaze.


The American Cream Draft is the only breed of draft horse that is native to the United States.


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Brooklyn Supreme, a Belgian Draft stallion foaled in 1928, measured 19.2 hands tall and weighed 3,200 pounds. “Brookie” wore a 40-inch collar and had a girth measurement of 10 feet, 2 inches around.


Draft horseshoes can measure more than 20 inches from end to end, which is more than twice as long as the shoe worn by a lighter horse.

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Zephyr’s Sore Muscle Gel

This medicated liniment is a specially formulated brace that helps to maintain fluid levels within the joint while helping to tighten around the tendons and ligaments. Our tester found that following the directions and getting her horse into a good sweat after application really helped to quickly bring his legs down when they were a bit stocked up. But this isn’t just for legs; it worked to decrease stiffness throughout the body. This liniment has small amounts of capsaicin in it, so be aware if you are using it before a competition. BUY IT:

Easy to use and apply, this aloe vera-based liniment contains arnica, chamomile, and lavender. Not only does it smell incredible, lacking the medicinal menthol smell of many other liniments, but also it definitely removed muscle strain and pain from the tester’s hard working equine friends. The light color of this gel was exciting for our tester as one of her horses has a lot of chrome. If you have ever scrubbed liniment stains from white socks you feel her pain. We loved how this all-natural gel was safe for both horses and their humans! BUY IT:

Say goodbye to sore muscles! This month our testers put liniment through the ringer. Herbsmith Sound Horse Herbal Liniment

Our tester applied the Herbsmith Sound Horse Herbal Liniment to her senior horse’s sore body parts prior to riding (as directed) and, while it is hard to tell exactly the cause, he seemed to ride more freely when this liniment was used. It was reapplied post workout, after which the tingly menthol sensation really started to kick in. Her mount also seemed less stiff when riding and repeating application the next day. What’s more, this is an all-natural liniment made in the USA. BUY IT:

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This deep-penetrating liniment features MSM and hyaluronic acid to reduce swelling and aid in pain relief. The tester liked that the gel was easy to apply and had a milder scent than some other liniments. It helped keep her horse comfortable after a tough workout by decreasing stiffness and increasing circulation with the long-lasting warmth it provided. BUY IT:

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The Starch Truth A look at Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy By Casey Lynn Pacheco, D.V.M., and Grant Myhre, D.V.M., of Mhyre Equine Clinic


Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy is a disease caused by a genetic mutation that is characterized by repeated episodes of muscle breakdown resulting in severe accumulation of abnormal, starch-like structures (polysaccharides) within the skeletal muscle. PSSM is most commonly seen in Quarter Horses, drafts, and warmbloods. These horses have an increased insulin sensitivity, which causes them to deposit a large amount of polysaccharides into their muscle when fed a high starch diet.

Symptoms Horses with PSSM will often experience episodes of rhabdomyolysis (severe muscle breakdown) after overly strenuous exercise, especially following a period of several days of rest. Clinical signs may vary depending on severity and can include muscle fasciculations, a “tucked-up” abdomen, or a “stiff” gait. Horses experiencing more severe signs may show reluctance to move, an abnormal gait with weakness on one side, and recumbency. Some horses may also have dark brown urine or myoglobinuria during severe episodes of muscle breakdown. These clinical signs collectively are commonly known as “tying-up.” Should any of these occur, it is important to keep your horse well hydrated, refrain from strenuous exercise, and contact your veterinarian.

Diagnosis There are several diagnostic tests that can be performed to aid in the definitive diagnosis of PSSM. Routine blood work can be done, such as a chemistry test for muscle enzymes in the blood, which are more likely to be highest after an episode of tying-up. Since PSSM is an inheritable disease, genetic testing is also available. 34

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Another test includes a muscle biopsy, usually taken from the hind limb, to look for the storage of the abnormal polysac charides within the muscle.

Managing the Disease Unfortunately, there is no quick cure for PSSM; however, with proper diet and medical management, this disease can be controlled. Horses should also be exercised regularly with a comparable amount of turnout, if possible. If a long layup is required, a gradual increase in exercise is needed to prevent tying-up. With regard to nutrition, it is imperative to decrease the amount of starch in the diet and increase fat in order to decrease the concentration of starch in the muscle. The diet There is no quick cure for PSSM, but with a proper diet and medishould include less cal management, this disease can be controlled. than 5% starch and at least 12% fat. Today, there are many commercial diets available, but for most horses, grass hay with health hints mineral supplements is adequate as their Non-Structural primary source of nutrition. To increase Carbohydrates the amount of fat, rice bran or corn oil can be added to a predominately forage based Non Structural Carbohydrates diet. Vitamin E and selenium supplementa(NSC) describe the sugar and starch tion have also been used in the treatment content of horse feed. The digestible of PSSM. To avoid toxicity, it is important carbohydrates, or NSC, are the sum of the to test vitamin E and selenium levels in water-soluble carbohydrates (WSC) and the blood before any supplementation is starch. When looking for low carbohyintroduced into the diet. Prevention is the drate diets for your horse, it is important key to controlling this disease, and with to look at the NSC of both the grain and consistent exercise and proper nutrition, forage that your horse consumes. episodes of tying-up can be minimized.



What is Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM) and what can be done to alleviate symptoms?

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bits & pieces QUICK TIPS tips from top professionals

Driving Pointers With Terry Elliott


What criteria do you use when judging draft horse hitch classes? How do you determine your placings? A large amount of the expertise that goes into the judging of draft horse hitches is neither an art nor a science. In reality, whether most of us judges like to admit it or not, the majority of spectators, even if they have never driven a team, can do 75% of our job. Like us, they generally have no A team that is working correctly and as one stands out to the judges. problem picking the team that provides the most eye the wagon too large or too small for appeal and exciting presentation. The tance I place on fancy, patent leather the hitch? Is the driver properly attired hitch with the most animation, that is harness and chrome laden wagons and and does he or she drive in a relaxed, high headed, covers the ground, and equipment. On a list of low (one) to upright manner? is simply the prettiest is generally the high (10), I would place this in the two It is these differences where judges easiest to pick. to three range. It is low on the list, but distinguish themselves from the crowd It is the subtle differences where we, with everything being equal, which is not and from each other. We each place a little as judges, come in. Are the individual likely, I would reward the nicer wagon more or a little less significance on these horses working correctly, with their and harness. If we did not do that, there differences when making our decisions as heads forward, square in the traces, would be no reason for owners to strive where to place the hitch in the class. and straight in the single trees? Are to improve in these areas. As stated at the outset of this article, the teams working as one—uniform The technique I use in judging is to it is the overall presentation, eye appeal, take what I consider the “perfect” hitch in stride and in unison, with the same and flashiness that makes up the headset, with taunt traces and even and to start deducting points for all the majority of our decision. If that were double trees? Are the horses consistent questions listed in this article. I have not the case, we would not trot four or in height and color? In tandem and found that this makes it much easier to five rounds and walk only four or five unicorn hitches, are the lead horses not only place the top presentations, but steps. We want to see the pizzazz! positioned properly in the hitch and it also helps in placing the hitches that As for this judge, when it comes to the pulling their fair share of the load or did not perform as well. little things, I place a lot of importance is the single tree hanging and the lead on how each horse or team works in the horse working off center? Terry Elliott has over 30 years of expehitch. Are the traces snug and the single/ Then comes the rest of the hitch. Is rience in judging mule, donkey, and draft double trees even? If asked to rank the the harness clean and in good order? horse hitches. He has judged at the Georgia next in importance, I would say proper Are the horses well groomed and fit? State Fair as well as the Michigan Great Lakes fit and adjustment of harness would Does the harness fit properly and is it International Draft Horse and Mule Show come next on my order of priorities. adjusted correctly? Do the wagon and (twice), which boasts being the largest draft I am often asked how much impordriver present a pleasing picture? Is horse and mule event in North America. 36

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Training Pointers With Stacy Westfall


When a horse is not responding to spurs generally one of two things is going on; he doesn’t understand the cue or he is choosing to ignore the cue. If the horse is new to me, whether it is a three-year-old or a 13-year-old, I give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they don’t understand. This removes the feeling of resentment that can come when it seems that the horse is just ignoring cues. By assuming they don’t know, it is also easier to return to earlier lessons and reinforce the basics. Many horses that are naturally more laid back or lazy are ridden earlier in spurs. If the horse didn’t fully understand and respect “go forward” cues before spurs, he often won’t respond correctly to the added pressure. Before I allow riders to use spurs I require them to be able to move up through all gaits; walk to trot, trot to lope, etc. without the use of voice cues or spurs. Riders are allowed full use of their heels and a dressage whip. Removing the voice cues sets up a situation where the horse and rider must both focus on the leg cues. If the horse doesn’t respond to the leg cues, then the rider reinforces with the dressage whip. Many of the “go forward” issues that horses have can be seen even before riding. If a horse is reluctant and dull on a longe line when asked to move forward, then it is a good bet he will be the same when a rider is on his back. If the horse regularly swirls his head, swishes his tail, or even kicks toward the person longeing him instead of going forward, then you should suspect problems. If a horse is doing these things, then I encourage the handler to follow through by using the stick 38


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and string to drive the horse forward. Handlers are often reluctant to actually make contact with the horse’s body when using a longe whip or stick and string. Because they don’t follow through, the horse gets more and more confident in having an attitude. Horses with attitudes often buck or kick out the first time or two that the stick and string makes contact, and horses that buck or kick up their heels at the whip from the ground often feel free to do it while being ridden. When a rider feels guilty about using the whip while longeing, I will often ask them, “Would you rather fix this here or while you are riding them?” Most agree they would rather work out the horse’s attitude problems from the ground. Many people are surprised to hear that even after I have moved to spurs I still reinforce at times with either the dressage whip or the tail of my rein. When training a horse to move laterally for flying lead changes it is common for me to carry a dressage whip even though I have been riding the horse for months in spurs. I cue the horse with my leg, then the spur, and then follow through with the dressage whip. In my opinion, spurs are for refinement. They allow me to be more specific with my cue spots, and although they can improve forward motion with the proper training, they are not my final choice. What if you have double checked the training but you are sure that the horse is choosing to ignore you? Now you can feel free to get more creative. Do you remember when your mother would ask you to clean your room but you ignored her until her voice reached that “perfect” pitch of frustration where you knew you were really in trouble? If your horse is treating you this way, then you need to change your routine. If you normally cluck, bump, kick three times, and then follow through with the dressage whip, try clucking and then using the dressage whip. Next time maybe you skip the cluck and bump once, kick once, and then use the whip.

If your horse is not responding to your spur, you may need to go back to earlier lessons and reinforce the basics.

This two-part approach helps riders to remember to double check the basics and that training always has more to do with what is going on between your horse’s ears than any one piece of equipment. Great insight and an effective teaching style have made STACY WESTFALL one of the most popular and sought-after clinicians in the horse industry. She is an AQHA and NRHA Freestyle Reining Champion who impressed the horse world twice by winning while riding both bridleless and bareback. In addition to her accomplishments within the reining arena, Stacy Westfall is the only woman to win the Road to the Horse colt starting competition. In 2012, she was also inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.



I am currently riding a Quarter Horse that is not responsive to spurs. What can I do to get him to listen to me?

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Australian Eventing Team Member Peter Atkins Reveals the Keys to Success on Cross-Country


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Peter Atkins aboard HJ Hampton, better known as “Henny.�

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By Kathryn Selinga

Have a Firm Foundation

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t has been said in many ways and by many people that preparation, hard work, and timing are the elements that lead to success—so are you prepared to take advantage of good opportunities when they present themselves? While you may be on your own in pretty much Balance and an even tempo are must-haves in a successful cross-country trip. every other aspect “they’ve got more time to analyze and solve problem, and then I feel that I can ride of life, Equine Journal teamed up with the them forward up and over the jump.” none other than international eventing Create a Plan of Attack Atkins hasn’t reached the highest tier of superstar Peter Atkins to help you on eventing for no reason, and it’s not luck that’s gotten him there—his strategic planning and your way on the cross-country course. ability to think fast in every phase, especially Much to some people’s surprise, riding cross-country doesn’t actually consist of galloping uncontrollably toward large, immobile fences that could make even Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmerman’s stomach churn. While the part about the fences may hold true, whether a horse is green or a veteran, quick or slow, the first key to any successful trip around the turf is tempo. “My first basic thought, in all of my training, is I’m really focused on balance and tempo, because if the tempo is quick, the horse is reactive and they’re basically in flight (mode),” explains Atkins, who rides for his native Australia but is based out of Vermont and Ocala, FL. “The last thing I want to be doing is going into any sort of jump when the horse is reactive and not thinking. “And balance is just as important, maybe even more important, because the second they lose their balance, they think they’re going to fall over and again, immediately go into flight, get reactive, and stop thinking.” Atkins adds that, when working with young and inexperienced horses, riders can slow them down—even to a trot at Beginner Novice and Novice when necessary. That way,

cross-country, has enabled him to rise to the top. While it’s safe to say that most equestrians probably won’t be chosen to represent their country in eventing, those who take Atkins’ advice on creating a game plan—which is applicable for every level—will be equipped with the tools to complete many successful rounds in the future. Along with having an exceptional foundation of basics, Atkins starts by being in tune with and knowing his mounts. “You should know pretty well what your horse is going to do and make the plan for what your horse, or what you assume your horse will do,” he says. After becoming familiar with the horse’s habits and holding a consistent, balanced tempo, making detailed plans and back up plans during the course walk comes next. “If I have a chance to walk my course twice, say at the upper levels, the first time I’m looking to see what the problems are, and the second time I’m going to be looking around, making a plan. ‘This is where I’m going to sit up, this is where I’m going to put my leg on, this is where I’m going to be looking.’ And so I already have it in my head,” Atkins explains. “And say, with any sort of combination, technical (question), skinnies, or black flag options, the first time around I run through all of the October 2013

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[ABOVE] Riders should know what to expect from their horse and make a plan based

different scenarios so I already have all on that knowledge. [BELOW] Peter, shown at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky course walk, makes sure he runs through all of the possible scenarios and is equipped with back up of my back up plans all the way around plans the whole way around each course. (the course). “That way, if something starts to go wrong, I can change my plan quickly. I’m quick to change a plan if needed because the horse needs to be able to solve the problem. But I want to have all of my plans already there—it’s easier to change a plan than to come in with [nothing] and try to make it up on the fly.” It’s important, for experienced veterans with multiple horses in the upper levels and beginners with one horse at Novice alike, to focus on strategies similar to Atkins’ each time out. However, for less experienced competitors, he also offers this additional guidance to help concentrate on breaking things down and the multiple options on a course: “I have [my students] visualize and feel [their ride] in their body when they walk the course the second or third Pre-Plan time. And I always make them walk it by themselves the last Prepping long before showing up to an event is essential as time, so they’re not distracted by other people. If they go out well. When teaching, Atkins asks his students questions that there walking with a friend, they’re chatting and not thinking get them thinking about the outcome after each fence and about the course,” Atkins cautions. “I want them visualizing what caused it, that all riders should ask themselves as well: what they’re doing all the way around so they get it in their “How is your horse going? Was that a good jump? If it was a body, so they don’t have to think so much when they’re good jump, what did you do to create that good jump? How actually on course.” do you get good at creating that same good jump? And how By planning adequately and maintaining a steady pace, can you refine what you’re doing to make it even better? competitors are also able to keep from panicking when faced “If it was a bad jump, whose bad jump was it? Was it your with a tricky situation. And staying calm is especially important bad jump or the horse’s bad jump? If you did something with a young or spooky horse. “You make the back up plans to wrong, you want to figure out what you did wrong and what take the pressure off and make it easier for [the horses] to solve you can do proactively and different to solve that problem.” the problem…If I make life easy for them, they make my life Jumping tactics should be practiced beforehand as well. much easier too.” Along with balance and tempo, working on keeping the

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horse’s body straight to the jumps is of utmost importance. “If you’re still turning as you’re coming to a jump and the horse is bent, he can’t adjust his own stride and he can’t jump correctly in front with his knees. Nearly every horse that is turning over a jump or turning when he gets to a jump has one knee down or the other knee down. Knees down can catch jumps and things can go wrong.” For when courses are tough and technical, and time is of the essence at the upper-levels, Atkins practices angling fences—something more experienced equestrians can utilize as well. “I angle my jumps a lot and I do that right from the start to save time. Say I’m riding a good galloping Thoroughbred in Novice; I will do a practice angular jump like I will be when I’m going at the Preliminary or Intermediate events, so he gets used to jumping like that right from the start,” he says. “I’m training him for the top when I’m at the bottom as far as the angles go, how I treat them, and how I think about them.” And, the riders’ own bodies should not be forgotten when training either. One of the biggest keys to cross-country is being able to control and employ the gallop properly, but Atkins says many people have to be taught “to gallop along, how to keep that gallop, and change it with their body so the horse can gallop up and step over a jump,” he explains. “I see too many people, when competing, basically show jump their way around a course and gallop really fast in between. At the galloping fences, they gallop at them a little too fast without setting them up at all.”

As we’ve discovered, on cross-country, planning is the name of the game—and plan A, Always thinking about his next move, Peter is quick to change his plans when necessary. of course, is to get over all of the fences going to throw your body. You have to come in with a different on the first try. But when faced with a refusal, especially on plan; lift up through your chest, poke your bellybutton out, and a green horse, Atkins advises that riders “analyze why [the lift up your collar bone—(that gives you) something proactive horse] stopped, let him have a second to think and look, take to do that will solve that problem,” says Atkins. him away and settle him back down and start again, and try to figure out what to do differently to let him solve the problem correctly.” Remember What it’s All About Furthermore, we all know executing a well-thought out plan, In the end, if something isn’t working out, it’s important to especially after getting into a tight spot, is often easier said remember one thing: “If it’s not a positive learning experithan done. But, again, if a competitor has all of the possible ence or a fun experience for the horse or the rider, then it’s scenarios played out beforehand, it makes changing the plan on time to go back to the drawing board, fix that stuff at home, the fly easy. “Say the horse has a bad jump at the fence beforeand then try again another day,” says Atkins. hand for whatever reason, then I might change my plan about “I’m all about quality. Even if you start with little bits of how I’m going to approach the next jump,” Atkins states. quality work, you’ll create a quality horse really quickly. That being said, eventing is a huge mental game, and just as If you’re doing inconsistent work, then you’re creating an planning what one does want can affect the outcome, so can inconsistent horse. It’s like practice. There’s the old saying, thinking about what one doesn’t want. “If you come into a jump practice makes perfect—we’re human beings…we might saying ‘don’t throw your body, don’t throw your body,’ you’re have perfect moments, but we can’t create perfection.” 46

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Showing Off Gypsies in-Hand

By Natalie DeFee Mendik Photos by Mystical Photography

Showing horses in-hand is a classic art in which the quality and beauty of the equine shine through. The halter class is the perfect venue for the Gypsy horse, with its natural good looks and timeless breeding. Seasoned halter competitors share their insights into getting the most out of your time in the ring. What’s it All About?

Having an understanding of what the judge is looking for is a helpful starting point. In halter showing, the ideal candidate displays good overall conformation, notes Dedrah Wallk of Autumn Ridge Gypsy Vanners. She remarks that in her halter showing experience, her farm’s success can be attributed solely to the quality of their horses. “Good conformation results in an overall pleasing look of the horse. If a horse is really strong in one point but really lacking in another, he may not look ‘well balanced.’” An equine whose conformation is in complete harmony will place above one who isn’t as balanced in all the points of conformation, says Wallk. “A halter class is different from a ridden or driven class. The halter judge is looking for the horse that is closest to the breed standard. It’s for breeding horses,” explains Jamie Sharp of Superior Stables. “It’s not always the same horse you would want to enter in a performance class.” Wallk sees a correlation between halter success and performance success, as “the points of conformation on a horse typically relate directly to their use, and thus performance. Typically a horse with better overall conformation will have an easier time performing in his discipline, simply because he is built


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to have an easier time doing his job.” This includes a myriad of points, which denote good conformation according to the breed’s standards; these are theoretically the same points that predicate the ability to perform. Sharp goes on to note that as a halter class’ objective is to select breeding stock, she prefers the judges to bear in mind that with Gypsy horses they are evaluating a draft-type horse. This can be a bit of a confusing point, as she notes there are several styles of Gypsy horse in the United States that are used for different disciplines. For example, there are lighter-boned, lighter-feathered, taller Gypsy horses being used in English disciplines and the more traditional draft type of Gypsy horse is frequently seen in harness.

Fit and Ready

Preparing for in-hand showing begins well in advance with conditioning the horse. Gene Brown of Brown Training Resources, who shows Gypsies for Image Setter Ranch with his wife Sonya, really stresses the need for a foundation based on good condition. Brown’s conditioning program utilizes an average of two hours per day on the walker, as well as some “ponying.” He also incorporates driving, whether single, pair, or four-in hand, as an important aspect of his fitness program. “I believe there’s nothing better for conditioning than walking. One of the weakest things I see at shows is the lack of condition in the horses that are being shown. Many of the Gypsies I see at shows I would consider just too well cared for. Too much to eat and not enough work. Kind of like me,” remarks Brown with a laugh. “I think for the betterment of the horse and the betterment of the breed, you’d do well to show them lighter. I lighten by conditioning, not by less feed. I see Performance in halter classes feature elements of showmanship, as the horse must learn to be “on” in the show ring, and it’s the handler’s job to guide the horse to be a lot of Gypsy owners, who bring their horse his or her very best. out of the pasture, give him a bath, and take him into the ring. That pattern can’t provide success for very long.” Sharp also notes that the current trend in Gypsy horse horse is an English and Irish breed, he feels the breed is best halter showing is towards stockier horses. She explains that shown in English tack and attire. Brown presents mares in while the horse may be on the chunky side, you have to a hunt bridle and stallions in basic stallion tack without any include exercise for muscular fitness in your training program. decorative additions. “The purpose of stud tack is to present the horse in a collected, round frame, which is what judges should see. It has to be properly fitted to do its job.” Lookin’ Good Grooming and turnout are critical to any discipline in the show ring. “Your horse has to be impeccably clean,” says Sharp. Under the Judge’s Eye The handler must also look professional. Traditional, Performance in halter classes feature elements of showmanconservative colors and styles are most appropriate for the ship, as the horse must learn to be “on” in the show ring, and handler’s turnout. “Handlers should dress conservative, but it’s the handler’s job to guide the horse to be his or her very not drab—in a long-sleeved shirt, jacket, and slacks,” says best. Although showmanship and halter are separate venues, Brown. “I’m influenced by the carriage tradition, which has Sharp remarks, “If you are not a good showman, you are not clothing appropriate to morning, afternoon, and evening.” going to show well in any class.” Brown explains that he prefers simple, conservative tack that Sharp explains that training for halter showing involves doesn’t have any type of “circus” style; in fact, Gypsy horses practicing at home with your show tack. Teach the horse to overseas are not shown in tack. He notes that as the Gypsy stand still and square, while staying alert. The horse should 50

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remain attentive to the handler, not getting distracted, or conversely, falling asleep. The handler must stay focused as well. “Watch your horse’s position. Pay attention to the judge,” says Sharp. Being a showman is reflected the entire time you are showing your horse. “Eighty percent of classes are judged on the way into the ring.” “Judges also want the handler to have at least the basics of showing in halter down,” notes Wallk. She explains this includes such details as being able to set your horse up to stand square, and as the handler, knowing how to stay out of the way of the judge’s view of the horse. “The breed lends itself to draftiness and should be standing square,” notes Brown. He explains that the posture you are seeking to achieve shouldn’t be confused with parking the horse, as seen in some other breeds. Rather the horse should be presented modeling, by which he displays his conformation through showing definition in the throat, extension in the poll, some elevation, and expression. “The biggest mistake I see is that people don’t train for the class. I think it’s common for people to think if you show in a conformation class; it’s not a performance class, but it is,” explains Brown. “You’ve got to train for and condition for the class. There are certain requirements: trot when you are supposed to, model, and stand still.” The best candidates for halter showing success, explains Wallk, are horses that not only possess great conformation, but those that stand up well and enjoy being in front of people. She also notes that in the event a halter class has a wide range of ages presented in that class, such as mares or stallions aged five and over, the deck is often stacked against a mare that has had many pregnancies or a stallion that is showing his age. “These horses are still great for their age, but they cannot compete against horses 10 years younger,” comments Wallk.

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Much success at shows can be attributed to doing your legwork by gaining experience and being prepared. If you haven’t had much show experience, Sharp recommends going to shows and watching who’s doing well. Talk to successful exhibitors and assess why they’re doing well. Look at how experienced competitors have prepared themselves for the show. When you go to a show yourself, being prepared gives you and your horse the confidence necessary to succeed. “I get a feed stall and tack stall,” says Sharp. “All my gear is clean, organized, and ready for quick changes between classes. Arrive organized and stay organized. I also keep my horses happy and comfortable, which includes spending time walking and hand grazing.” Sharp points out that your horse is evaluated as seen at that moment by the judge. An important element is being prepared for that moment when you go to a show. This entails everything from having your horse mentally and physically at his best, having the horse properly trained for the class, and being prepared in every detail down to your shoes being shined and your number pinned properly in place.

Present and Future of Showing

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young,” says Brown. “I see these horses coming from a lot of new horse owners, which I think is a good thing. Because of this, however, they don’t have much experience in what goes on in other show rings.” Sharp also recognizes the inexperience of many competitors and is concerned about new competitors becoming discouraged. She explains that amateurs, juniors, and professionals are currently competing against one another, with the professionals often coming from extensive show experience with other breeds. She would like to see Gypsy horse showing grow in participation to the extent that the number of competitors would allow each of these three groups to be pinned separately. Brown also contends that the Gypsy horse associations need to create a clear platform, noting that judges and competitors aren’t totally clear on the standard to which Gypsy horses are currently being judged. “I don’t think they [the judges] are getting guidance from the different associations. The best judges I’ve seen in Gypsies have a Gypsy card, but also have cards in different breeds. I think [Gypsy associations] are lacking in what they are providing in judge’s training. If we can establish a foundation for conformation, which I contend has not been done, that would be very valuable. From that we need to develop a showing system that keeps conformation valuable. There’s not enough agreement on what conformation ought to be to develop a system of judging. I think a lot of breeds, especially in America, reward brilliance over good conformation. I feel that is a tragedy. When you reward brilliance over good conformation you end up with a hot-blooded horse who’s not much of an athlete.”

Sharp also recognizes the confusion that can surround Gypsy horse conformation, saying that her stallion, The Heavy Horse of Wales, a.k.a. “Teddy,” has met with a mixed reception over the years. “Years ago I was told by the judge that Teddy was a well-built horse, but he was so unlike the others presented there that he did not know where to put him. Recently the judge said she used him because in her opinion he was the closest to the breed type. I hope it is a sign that the judges are better understanding the breed.” “I think this is a wonderful breed that has a chance to grow in popularity in this country. I think the biggest obstacle for the breed that I see is that people import the horses taking information from a culture that doesn’t value the same things that we value.” Brown explains this includes having breed registries and showing the way horses are shown in the United States. “It gives people misinformation about the horses and the breed, and they get discouraged. We need to develop our own system for showing the breed and to develop registries that start in America. We need agreement in the U.S., to come together as lovers of Gypsies. Then I think the breed will flourish. Until we do that, it will struggle along as it is now.”

Why Show In-Hand?

“Halter classes are important for the breed as they set the standards and show all that watch the classes what to look for within that breed,” remarks Wallk. “In a halter class when you have horses lined up side by side, it’s easy to see the differences. I believe halter classes are a valuable tool for breeders and prospective buyers to see what they should be breeding for and looking for.”

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Smooth Steady Gaited Horses on the Trail By Pamela Mansfield photos by


he gaited horse is known for its natural, smooth way of going that makes for a comfortable ride. Many of today’s gaited breeds can be traced to the saddle horses of the 1800s that were preferred by postmen, doctors, traveling preachers, and others who had to spend long hours in the saddle.

While the days of depending on horses for transportation are mostly in the past, there are numerous gaited breeds whose abilities are in demand for carrying modern riders on long-distance trail rides, into the mountains on packing trips, and more. People enjoy them in the show ring as well, but each breed has something special to offer for those who want a pleasurable mount for the trail. It’s no coincidence that some gaited horse breeds originated in the rugged terrain and mountains of the United States. The Rocky Mountain Horse and the Missouri Fox Trotter are very popular among trail riders today, as is an imported breed from the rugged terrain of Iceland. Other popular breeds include the Tennessee Walking Horse, the Spotted Saddle Horse, and the Paso Fino, which has its origins in Spain. We looked a little more in depth into the Icelandic Horse, Missouri Fox Trotter, and Rocky Mountain Horse to learn from some who have extensive experience with riding the gaited horse. 56

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Icelandic Horse

The Icelandic Horse is easily recognizable with its short sturdy stature, unique gait known as the tolt, and an unmistakable full mane that adds to the animated picture they create as they travel tirelessly for long distances. Their popularity in the United States is increasing, and Susan Peters of Silver Maple Icelandic Horse Farm in Tunbridge, VT, has been part of the movement to help people learn to enjoy them. Besides the walk, trot, and canter, their additional gaits are the tolt and flying pace. “The tolt is a four-beat running gait with one to two hooves on the ground at all times,” says Susan. “It’s a fast, very balanced, very pleasurable gait to ride with a wide range of speed. Since there is no moment of suspension the rider can sit the tolt very smoothly and travel long distances very comfortably. The flying pace is a two beat lateral gait that gets ridden only on short distances at a very high speed. The Icelandic horse is also very sure-footed and level-headed which makes

them phenomenal partners on the trail.” The Icelandic Horse may be pony-sized, but covers a great deal of ground and is bred for durability. Susan first became familiar with the breed in 2001 when she visited Iceland. “If you’re lucky enough to go on a trek in Iceland, you can ride them for 20-30 miles without coming to a road.” She describes a barren landscape where these horses carry riders for miles between inhabited areas where the footing consists of compressed volcanic ash, big lava fields, and lots of rivers. Six years after that first ride, Susan and her family purchased a 200-acre farm in the mountains of Vermont. Now there are 40 Icelandic Horses at the farm, which offers those interested in the breed an opportunity to learn more through group rides, training, and lessons, youth camps, and summer camps for “grown ups,” as well as overnight stays, sale horses, special riding events, and shows. Susan’s enthusiasm for the breed is obvious. “They are very brave, people-oriented, and naturally curious. They are most popular for pleasure riding,” she says, but they are a very versatile breed. Susan foxhunts and her daughter competes in high levels in competitions specifically for Icelandic Horses. She has also competed in some lower level eventing competitions and is now working on some liberty training with all of her horses. “They are becoming more popular though they are still considered a rare breed in the U.S.,” she says.

Missouri Fox Trotter

While it was 1948 when the Missouri Fox Trotter first became a registered breed, the horse from the Ozarks region of Missouri was popular long before that time. Roy Brown is a lifetime member of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association (MFTHBA) and has been breeding them since the late 1950s. Both his farm and the MFTHBA are located in Ava, MO, which is headquarters for the breed. He says that each September for the past 55 years, Ava has been home to the MFTHBA National Fall Show and Celebration Show, where the Missouri Fox Trotter is showcased in multiple disciplines. People come from all over the U.S., as well as Europe to compete and enjoy seeing these horses in action. The celebration continues with many

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shows in Ava throughout the year, especially on Saturdays in summer. As a trail riding horse, the Missouri Fox Trotter has an impressive resume, having been selected by the U.S. Forest Service for their speed, stamina, and gait. From their earliest use in this employ, “they carried those guys real easy so they could ride back in the mountains and come back out in the same day,” Roy says. Around Ava, where trail riders get together and ride as a group each week, the Ozark Mountain terrain is hilly with clear streams. It’s here that the Missouri Fox Trotter’s comfortable way of going pays off for riders who enjoy hacking out into the wilderness. Most ride in western tack. “They can go all day long,” Roy says. Roy describes the breed: “The average height is 15 hands. The majority have good bone and density. They’re a pretty horse and come in all colors. The biggest thing about them is how they carry a rider.” Of their gaits, the fox trot is the most distinctive, he says. “They nod their head and bob their tail. You can hear one coming down the road. The rhythm sounds like ‘hunk of meat and two potatoes,’” he says with a smile in his voice. Anyone unfamiliar with the gait might not be aware of their unique way of going. Roy recalls a woman who phoned to report that she thought her horse was lame. “She said, the vet can’t figure it out. Every time he takes a step he shakes his head.” That’s the fox trot, and Roy says that’s only natural for this flashy horse. And indeed it is pretty to see. The Missouri Fox Trotter does not have a jog. Instead, “the horse is supposed to be doing the fox trot. The horse is real sure footed and it’s a natural gait.” Easy keepers with a kind eye, the breed is also known to be versatile. They are good around cattle and work like a Quarter Horse. Additionally they can be trained to jump or work in harness. As a trail horse, it’s not unusual to travel 8-10 miles per hour and carry the rider easily. After all, before they trekked into the mountains with the Forest Service riders, they carried doctors, lawyers, and county sheriffs on their travels in the Ozark Mountains.

Rocky Mountain Horse

Traditionally a solid color and most often known as a beautiful chocolate-colored breed with a flaxen mane and tail, the Rocky Mountain Horse has a distinctive four-beat ambling gait, with little knee action, called the single-foot, or rack. The breed originated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky, not in Colorado or the Rockies as one might think. They were first registered in 1986 when the Rocky Mountain Horse Association was formed in Lexington, KY. The Rocky Mountain Horse ranges in height between 14.1 to 16 hands. The four-beat gait must be pure without pacing, 58

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and when the horse moves you can count the four distinct hoofbeats—an equal rhythm that is comfortable to ride. Husband and wife Steve and Adrienne Prendergast found them to be the perfect choice for their 15 years of riding together on trails in both Massachusetts and Florida. “We started riding later in life and wanted safe horses. The Rocky Mountain horses are bred for their easy going temperament. These horses love trail riding. They run into the trailer to go riding,” says Adrienne, adding that they are very comfortable to ride without posting. “They have a walk, fast walk, or the rack. Our horses also cantered. We only used a mild snaffle bit and had very soft hands. Our horses responded easily and were never hard to handle.” Adrienne encountered just about everything on the trail without issue—including a bear—when riding her horse, Major.

Going the Distance with Gaited Horses

Gaited horses are starting to become popular among trail riders and many breeds are represented in the New England Horse and Trail Association (NEHT). Members accumulate miles, and one in particular has ridden 10,000 miles on horseback. Her current mount is a Spotted Saddle Horse. The president of NEHT, Janet Marantz of Pepperell, MA, says gaited horses are “still not as popular in New England as in some other parts of the country. This is surprising, since the first truly American breed, the Narragansett Pacer, was a New England-bred gaited horse, and it fed the bloodlines of Saddlebreds, Tennessee Walking Horses, and Rocky Mountain Horses. But there has been an uptick lately in gaited breeds on New England trails, especially Missouri Foxtrotters, Tennessee Walkers, and Spotted Saddle Horses. “The appeal is their comfort, their sure-footedness, and—in most cases at least—their calm temperament. For these three reasons, gaited horses are especially popular with older riders (easy on the arthritis!), with beginning or casual riders, and with the handicapped. But everyone, young and old, novice or pro, can appreciate a smooth ride and a sweet companion on the trail. Gaits really matter, especially on rough terrain, for the comfort of the rider and reduced effort for the horse. The ambling gaits are easier on both partners on the trail.”

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Power of the orse H Suzan Hamilton Todd Triumphs After Tragedy with Help from Equines and Art By Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride


er first love was art. Soon after, horses followed. Already consumed with a burning passion for artwork, Brooklyn native Suzan Hamilton Todd had a life-altering moment as a young girl when she first saw a horse in a riot. “I was just standing there, thinking, ‘what is this?’ It was the most powerful being I had ever seen,” she recalls.


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[riding] helped me to become a better all-around equine artist because I started looking more at the structure of them.” Through taking photos of horses that she’s inspired by, including that first Arabian that she purchased in Los Angeles, Suzan has been able to fine-tune her artwork. “I feel that the horse is a symbol of power,” she explains. “Being around the horse, on the horses…they make me feel powerful.” Although the strength of the equine has been a prominent theme throughout her artwork, it is one that truly hit close to home in 1999, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout her chemotherapy, she continued going to the barn and drawing her beloved equines. “My doctors actually encouraged me to continue riding as much as I could and to continue

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From that point on, Suzan was haunted by equines, and found herself drawing them throughout the rest of her life. Little did she know, these magnificent animals would help her to get into the High School of Art and Design in New York City and eventually the Fashion Institute of Technology. Later, they would help her cope with breast cancer, as well as allow her to enjoy numerous career highlights. Years after first seeing a horse at 10 years old, Suzan now lives in the Santa Ynez Valley in California. It wasn’t until she moved to Los Angeles, CA, in the late ‘80s that she started riding, and she never looked back. “I would never be here in the Santa Ynez Valley if it weren’t for the horses,” she says. “Once you’re bit by the riding bug, you’re bit. While I was in Los Angeles, I bought an Arabian. And

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drawing,” she relays. “They knew that it would be therapeutic for me.” And it was. Through it all, she also had another force that helped her through the storm…Steve Todd, whom she had been dating for a while. He encouraged Suzan and helped her to continue her relationship with equines. And while she was still undergoing chemotherapy, he proposed to her. The couple was later married while she was still in treatment. Suzan eventually did defeat cancer, with both horses and Steve at Suzan with her late husband, her side. They bought a 20-acre Steve Todd, on their wedding day. farm in the Santa Ynez Valley, where they planned to live out the rest of their years together with one another and horses at each other’s sides. Suzan had never been happier. However, in 2006, tragedy struck again when her husband passed away from a heart attack. This time, the equines that had once brought her happiness and had helped her feel powerful enough to overcome breast cancer, were unable to help her cope with her loss. Instead, they only brought back memories of her deceased husband. For up to four years after Steve’s death, the devastated artist could not bring herself to sketch a horse, let alone ride. Instead, she found herself drawing hawks, surfers…both helped her get her mind away from the tragedy. Ultimately, she decided to sell the farm, give away her beloved Argentine Thoroughbred, Winchester, and move to Santa Fe, NM, where she managed to recollect her thoughts, and eventually, began drawing equines again before returning home to the Santa Ynez Valley. Despite the many hardships that Suzan has encountered, she also recollects the many highlights of her career. In 2000, she was commissioned by Olympic dressage rider Debbie McDonald to paint a portrait of Brentina for owners Parry and Peggy Thomas. Additionally, her artwork was gifted to Jan Ebeling from the owners of Epona Farms in Hidden Valley, CA; and a piece of her artwork also appears at Hamilton Farm, the United States Equestrian Team Headquarters in Gladstone, NJ. And, Suzan is happy to report that she just started riding again a mere two months ago. For her, everything has finally come full-circle. “Because of the horses, I met my husband,” she says. “Because of the horses, I was able to overcome breast cancer. And because of the horses, I was given all of As a breast cancer survivor, Suzan has donated these opportunities that are pieces to benefits raising money for The Cure. coming to me now.” 64


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Through Artists’ Eyes For many, the horse is used as a therapeutic tool—whether we’ve had a stressful work day, an argument with a loved one, or are overcoming an illness, equines can help us to forget our troubles and relax. For equine artists, their work can also help them overcome difficult times. Here, Dee Kegley, Tom Myott, and Gretchen Almy explain to us how equine artwork has been therapeutic to them.

DEE KEGLEY I am known for my designer stick horses, but one particular time in my life stands out to me when my art got me through a tough time…I designed and made a costume for horse and rider and entered the Friesian Fantasy Costume class in 2012. My art gets me through a lot of difficult times and the joy it brings others is very rewarding. But, making our costumes from dress rehearsals to exhibiting in the show really brought a big bright spot to me in 2012, when both my mom, and our old, best friend, Buddy, a Cocker Spaniel Beagle mix, had passed away.

GRETCHEN ALMY I was in my late 20s and had recently lost my father. I decided my life needed to change. I was working as a designer for a product manufacturer and we designed items for the general public. Needless to say, this wasn’t the best use of my creativity, and I found it to be limiting. My father had just retired and wanted to get back to his passion in life, which was woodworking. However, he never truly got back to it…his life was taken too early. I decided right then that I would not allow that to happen to me. I would pursue my dreams of becoming a full time artist. The art was the easy and therapeutic part. I could lose myself and my grief in my work; it was all encompassing. This new direction and the therapy of working on my art helped me through one of the most difficult periods in my life.

TOM MYOTT Our lives are always filled with ups and downs. My father passed away last year, about a week before the Lake Placid Horse Show. For me, creating artwork is very therapeutic. When I get to my studio, I just kind of let everything else go out of my life and kind of subside, which really helps to focus on something and get involved in the artwork. I would say that the serenity of being in my studio and being able to produce artwork really does help.

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101 How to Put Your Horse’s Best Foot Forward By Natalie DeFee Mendik


he shoe-shopping lady is a stereotype we all know. But what about another kind of shoe business few outside of the horse world know about: the farrier’s regular visit. Trim and reset, glue-ons, eggbars. Any horseperson knows these terms, along with just how critical good hoof care is to the equine’s health and well-being. While shoeing has been around for millennia, not all horse owners feel entirely comfortable with the details of what goes on when their farrier is at work. What are some basics you should know about shoeing and hoof care? A little overview may be just what the shoer ordered.

How to Choose a Farrier

The place to start with ensuring your horse’s hooves are at their best is to select a quality farrier to maintain them. There are no mandatory licensing requirements in the U.S. to practice farriery; voluntary certification programs, however, attest to a shoer’s knowledge, experience, and skill. The American Farriers Association (AFA), for example, offers a certification program farriers can take part in to verify their competency; these trimming, shoeing, and written exams certify shoers at the AFA Farrier, Certified Farrier, Certified Tradesman Farrier, and Certified Journeyman Farrier levels, with Therapeutic and Educator Endorsement options. The Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association, Inc. (BWFA) is a 501(c) 6 trade association that since 1989 has offered free horse owners clinics across the U.S. and into Canada and offers five levels of farrier certifications: the Apprentice I and II, the 66

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Journeyman I and II and the Master Farrier level. The BWFA Farrier Referral Program was one of the first in 1989 to match up the horse owner with a certified farrier in their area available by phone, then by email and now by Facebook. In order to achieve an even higher level of education in specialty shoeing, a group of BWFA farriers and schools developed the Farriers’ National Research Center and School (FNRC) in 2001 to offer continued education for today’s working farriers. These farriers have the opportunity to earn credits toward a Farrier Science Degree. The National Farrier Training Center at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School is currently implementing phase one of a comprehensive licensing program involving oral, written, and hands-on examinations, as well as an apprenticeship period. This program is designed to demonstrate full knowledge of the industry, from equine physiology to corrective shoeing to business management. The American Association of Professional Farriers offers accreditation to its members with the goal of promoting continuing education. Farriers are recognized for their education and experience, and are required to seek out further training yearly. “Horse owners need to be more proactive about picking farriers that are better trained,” explains Mitchell Taylor, CJF, Dip. WCF, owner, and Director of Education at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School. A two-time AFA Educator of the Year, AFA Clinician of the Year, popular international speaker, and member of numerous committees and boards within the industry, Taylor plays an influential role in the farriery world. “In this country, we don’t have any minimum standards that one has to attain to be a farrier, so therefore anyone can shoe horses. The balancing and maintenance of the hoof is a critical part of the horse’s health, welfare, and comfort. It is a specialized trade. We can’t expect owners to know all the ins and outs.” Look for a shoer with credentials, a quality education, and satisfied clients who are willing to serve as references. Word of mouth also goes a long way: ask for recommendations among your network of equine contacts.


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Gone are the days when a hoof boot was designed to simply address emergencies. Like most horse gear on the market, hoof boots are an old favorite that has gone high tech. As a stand-by cover-up for a pulled shoe, or regular equipment for the barefooted horse, a variety of hoof boots address every need. Think gel inserts, ballistic nylon, high-traction urethane soles, quick yet durable Velcro® closures and orthotic design. Hoof-boots are the go-to option for barefoot horses that need extra protection and traction on certain occasions, such as working on rocky terrain or being exposed to hard surface conditions. Horses that have a hard time holding a shoe, those that are transitioning to or temporarily going barefoot, or need extra cushion and support to address orthotic issues are all occasions when a hoof boot may be called for. There are a myriad of styles of hoof boot on the market, so choose one which addresses your specific needs. “The main thing about boots is to get ones that fit your horse’s feet,” notes Taylor. “Hire someone to fit them for you, whether a farrier or boot specialist.”

There are thousands of different types of shoes and materials that vary depending on your discipline and your horse’s needs.

… And Now a History Lesson

You may have scratched your head a time or two when you’ve heard the term “keg shoes” mentioned. Like so many interesting terms, a little history puts it all in perspective. Casey explains that during the Civil War, the first factorymade shoes were shipped in wooden kegs. Hence, your basic open-heeled shoe not made by hand is still often referred to as a keg shoe. 68

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those that are right for the animal,” notes Taylor. The ideal shoe takes into account the horse’s frame, conformation, discipline, and environment. “The type of shoe you would come across varies widely by discipline,” remarks Link Casey, head instructor and co-owner of Georgia-based Casey and Son Horseshoeing School, which has been developing skilled farriers for over two decades. Casey received the Farrier of the Year Award from the BWFA S.H.O.E. Chapter in 2010 and was inducted into the BWFA Hall of Fame in 2005. A trail horse often has keg shoes, while jumping sport horses wear a wide web shoe for support landing off jumps, reining horses need a wide, smooth sliding plate, and racing, barrel, and roping horses favor a light-weight aluminum shoe with It’s important to do you homework and some type of traction. choose a well-respected farrier who has knowledge, experience, and skill. Open heel shoes are what most people think of when they think of horseshoes, while bar shoes have a closed heel. The metal that transverses the heel of bar shoes offers support. “Bar shoes create rigidity in the hoof capsule and minimize movement,” notes Taylor. “This often has a therapeutic effect.” Trailers, a lateral extension of the hind shoes, also provide support when needed. Whatever the type, fullered and rimmed styles are a popular alternative over plain-stamped; plain-stamped shoes are smooth, which Taylor notes can be slippery in most environments, whereas the grooved ridge around fullered and rimmed shoes offers better traction. Many shoes feature clips with either a single clip at the center-front of the hoof, which prevents the shoe from sliding backwards, or quarter clips with a clip on each side of the hoof, preventing the shoe from slipping sideways. “I’m a big believer in clips,” explains Taylor. “These minimize the shearing forces on the nails. Nails are the thing that most negatively impacts the hoof.” The most common material is traditional steel, but Taylor notes that as aluminum has become more affordable, it has also become more popular. “Aluminum can be thicker, so you can put more mechanics in the shoe,” says Taylor. In addition, synthetic shoes are a hot new item designed with specialty orthotic purposes in mind. “Every shoer should have some of these on their truck and know when and how to use them,” remarks Taylor.

What About Barefoot?

With the right situation, going barefoot can be an option as well. This applies to a horse with good hooves that are not compromised in some way, such as with laminitis or white line disease, or that works in a discipline in which shoes are not a must. A forgiving stabling surface, as well as non-rocky, non-abrasive footing, is a must to avoid wear-and-tear and bruising. Hoof boots [see sidebar] help in circumstances in which the horse can normally go barefoot, but needs extra protection on special occasions. For a horse that is already shod, transitioning to barefoot should be a gradual process, with hoof boots offering protection while the horse slowly builds up to more time barefoot. While barefoot, regular farrier visits are just as important as with a shod horse. Regular trimming maintains correct hoof conformation, ensuring the hoof structures are loaded correctly.

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Hoof Care Basics

Your farrier should be familiar with the type of shoes for your discipline and know what works best.

Taylor reminds horse owners of a few simple things to keep in mind: “The best advice I can give to owners is to hire credible people, don’t sacrifice the horse’s comfort in order to save money, and get on regular routine.” Being conscientious of your horse’s hoof health boils down to some key points. “Keep your horse on a five to six week shoeing schedule so the farrier can make sure the feet are correct,” notes Casey. “You can have a million dollar horse and 10 cent feet—then you can’t ride. You want your horse to stay sound and be able to perform. Pick a certified farrier that has taken classes, continued the education, and knows updated techniques to keep the horse sound and moving correctly.”

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Horse owner DIY includes doing all you can to keep your equine’s hooves in optimal shape. When your horse has good feet, the shoer has everything necessary to perform quality work. Here, basics go a long way: regularly pick out your horse’s feet. Check for any abnormalities, such as risen clinches or sprung shoes on shod horses, heat, cracks, or thrush. Avoid exposing your horse to excessively wet and muddy conditions. Casey explains regulating moisture content in the hoof is critical: excessive moisture increases bacteria growth, and wet/dry cycles cause the hoof to expand and contract, loosening clinches and causing cracks. Work together with your farrier (and veterinarian) to establish a regular shoeing schedule that suits your horse’s needs, generally somewhere in the realm of six-week intervals. “Don’t stretch a five-six week shoe job to an eight-ten week shoe job,” says Taylor. “Once the feet start getting long, to distort, to get flares, dishes or flat soles—these are things that can’t be fixed in one shoeing. It’s important to not let things go.” You know your horse’s hoof care is up to snuff when he’s sound, even, and balanced. “Feet should not have flares or cracks,” explains Taylor. “The sole of the hoof should have vertical depth, arched with the sole off ground, a healthy frog, and no significant hoof wall separation. Hooves should be uniform with the same basic shape and within the parameters of balance. The heels should be the same height and not rolled under. The horse should be able to keep the shoes on with clinches and shoe tight almost the entire shoeing period.”


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Adventures in Acadia

At Acadia National Park, dramatic views are just the beginning of what you will discover.

➜ Acadia National Park, Maine

Discover the National Park and the Surrounding Area BY JENNIFER ROBERTS


BREATHTAKING, PANORAMIC VIEWS AND A rich history come together to form the incredible Acadia National Park. Open to horseback riders, bikers, hikers, swimmers, and even automobiles in select areas, the park offers a multitude of ways to explore the over 49,000 acres of diverse terrain and Maine scenery. The amazing park consists of dramatic granite cliffs nestled next to sand and cobblestone beaches. Huge glacier-carved mountains climb from the ocean, holding deep freshwater lakes in their valleys. Discover marshes and meadows and dense evergreen forests as well. No matter where you are in the park, the ocean makes its presence felt, whether by sight, sound, or smell. Many trail riding enthusiasts have found that the park offers a simply unparalleled experience. Our very own Senior Advertising/Marketing Consultant, Karen Desroches, continues to head back to Acadia and the surrounding area despite the seven-hour drive that stands between her home and the park gates. “There are so many reasons that I continue to make the trek back. The riding is amazing, the views and vistas are incredible, and it is truly just one beautiful scene after another. It is honestly the most beautiful place I have ever ridden. Not to mention, the trails are well maintained and the footing is great, making it a stress-free ride.” However, it’s not just the trails that Karen enjoys. “There is so much to do both in the park and the surrounding area. When you are not riding, you can hike, bike, go shopping, and eat at incredible restaurants—it is all at your fingertips. One of

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. developed carriage roads and bridges that are perfect for horseback riding and driving.

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Where to Eat Jordan Pond House The only dining facility in Acadia National Park, the Jordan Pond House continues the 1800s tradition of the teahouse. Serving their famous baked popovers, rich lobster stew, and homemade ice cream with an incredible view of Jordan Pond, it is an experience not to be missed.

A guided carriage tour can be the perfect way to tour the park and learn about the history while enjoying the scenery.

restaurant to drive right by, but that would be a mistake. This low-key place, with its bright and open dining room, serves some of the freshest local food in the area. Seafood, prepared with imagination and skill, is the specialty. 207-288-9331

The Thirsty Whale Enjoy a charming pub atmosphere, known for their lobster rolls, famous fish sandwiches, and homemade chowders. Despite the name, at the Whale you

Located between Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor, this is an easy

Things to Do Carriages of Acadia Explore the incredible carriage roads of Acadia National Park that were


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The best place to enjoy an authentic “downeast” lobster bake with all the fixins. Traditional ingredients are cooked to perfection oceanside: lobsters, steamers, mussels, clam chowder, corn on the cob, and fresh blueberry pie for dessert.

Voted “Best Breakfast with a View” in Maine by Yankee Magazine in 2013, The Looking Glass Restaurant sits at the site of Mary Roberts Rinehart’s old estate. High on a hilltop, the restaurant offers spectacular views of Bar Harbor, Frenchman Bay, and the mountains of Acadia. From the award winning popovers at Jordan Pond House to the delectable homemade chowder at The Thirsty Whale, you will find something to please every palate.


Stewman’s Lobster Pound

Looking Glass Restaurant

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won’t go thirsty—the bar is fully stocked and there are 14 draught lines featuring local and regional craft beers. ThirstyWhale


the biggest perks however, is that you can explore the area with your mind at ease, knowing that your horse is safe in a well-ventilated, supervised, and secure stall back at your campground.” The carriage roads also offer the unique opportunity to drive your horse through the park. According to Deb Hoey Sargent of Moretown, VT, “We have brought our Morgan mare, Sonnet, driving and riding in Acadia many times over the years. We love the experience. We camp at the Wildwood Stables, and have been doing so since the early 1990s. We have watched the park and the stables grow through the years. When we first started going you needed to bring your own portable fencing. It certainly isn’t like that now!” On the outskirts of the park, lies the quaint resort town of Bar Harbor. Originally made popular by artists of the Hudson Valley School in the mid 1800s, Bar Harbor offers a rich history amongst amazing shopping, a wide array of dining options, gorgeous private summer homes, and incredible views.

Islesford Historical Museum The well-designed exhibits tell the story of the park islands and its people through ship models, navigation aids, dolls and toys, photographs, and tools. The museum, operated by the National Park Service, is located on “Little Cranberry Island” and can be reached by tour boats from within the park.

Kebo Valley Golf Club The eighth oldest golf course in America, this historic setting had been enticing golfers for over 100 years, challenging ability levels. According to the club, president William Howard Taft once took a 27 on the difficult 17th hole.

Bass Harbor Head Light Located at the southwestern corner of Acadia National Park in Bass Harbor, this single fully operational lighthouse stands on Mount Desert Island. Built in 1858, the scenic lighthouse, listed on the National Historic Register, perches on a rugged granite shoreline. Visitors may tour the grounds, but not the lighthouse itself.

Where to Stay Wildwood Stables Campground PHOTO: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE


developed by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., with the skilled tour guides and beautiful horses. Narrated tours enhance the remarkable panoramic views that the park is known for.

If camping is your thing, be sure to check out the Wildwood Stables Campground, which accommodates guests and their equine companions. Located within the Acadia National Park, a map of the park is provided in preparation for some amazing trail rides!

The Bass Harbor Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island marks the entrance to Bass Harbor as well as Blue Hill Bay.

The Bayview Hotel Attractively landscaped grounds offer beauty and privacy to this small, intimate hotel located on Frenchman’s Bay. Twenty-six elegantly appointed rooms with peaceful oceanfront balconies are within walking distance to the Village of Bar Harbor.

Ullikana In the heat of Bar Harbor, you will find this secluded, romantic haven by the sea, where charms of the past combine with comforts of the present. Colorful gardens surround this historic 1885 house that offers tranquility and friendly hospitality.

Bar Harbor Grand Hotel Just a short drive from the Acadia National Park, this is the newest hotel in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor. Offering a wide array of amenities, you will be sure to enjoy your trip in comfort, within a short walk to shopping and dining. October 2013


equestrian lifestyle FASHION

Fall Finds

Heat up your wardrobe as the weather cools down.

With any new season comes new looks and a few new “needed” pieces to add to your closet. While there are many fashion trends that hit the runway this season, we chose a few that we thought to be the most wearable (both out and about and at the barn). BY JENNIFER ROBERTS


Beanies are Big

Practical and darn cute, these knit hats have it all going for them. MUST HAVE: Kerrits Winter Knit Hat ($22.95) Adorable and flattering with the petite flexible brim, the fleece-lined interior keeps you warm and cozy.

Back to the Basics


LUST HAVE: Cashmere Fur Bonnet ($239.99) Cashmere cables are delightful, while the fur bobble offers up a whimsical flair. Does it get any better?

Classic patterns are making a comeback; but let’s face it: they never truly went out of style. MUST HAVE: Baker Classic Plaid Belt ($39.95) A quick and affordable way to add a flash of plaid to your outfit, the bridle leather belt features the iconic Baker plaid. LUST HAVE: Dubarry Bracken Utility Jacket ($549) The perfect combination of traditional and modern, this pure wool coat with Alcantara leather trim will remain a favorite for years.

Grey Matter

All over the runways, grey is certainly the new neutral for fall. MUST HAVE: Back on Track Scarf ($45.00) » Sleek with a fantastic drape, this gorgeous scarf can be worn in a variety of ways; not to mention, it has the great ceramic therapy that Back on Track is known for. « LUST HAVE: Gersemi Mani Sweater ($140) A lightweight cotton, (not-so) basic laying piece, this zip-front cardigan will become one that you grab on every occasion.



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From the Ground Up

The Importance of Soil Testing in Organic Pasture Management By Equine Facility Architect Ellen Whittemore

What do you think of when you hear the word organic? Like me, most people associate the word with avoiding things like pesticides or herbicides. However, Clay Nelson takes a broader holistic view when it comes to pasture management. Clay is one of the founders of Sustainable Stables, a firm that offers consulting services for equestrian facilities emphasizing conservation, land stewardship, and environmental health ( Clay helped me to understand that organic pasture management has many goals including improving soil conditions, increasing nutrient value, preventing soil erosion and polluted run-off, increasing biodiversity, and achieving this in a manner that is safe for both humans and horses. To reach these goals, one of the first things Clay recommends to his clients is soil testing.

The proper type and balance of fertilizers helps to create healthy grass that crowds out weeds.

When asked if you should fertilize and how you should approach it, Clay says, “Yes, yes, yes, you should fertilize!� But, he advises to use only the right type in the right amount. Ultimately the goal is to balance what will support a healthy stand of nutritious grasses with the judicious use of soil amendments. A soils test, by analyzing the available nutrient elements and pH, will indicate what type and how much fertilizer and lime should be applied. When you get the balance right the product is healthy grass that is, in and of itself, one of the best ways to discourage weeds. A healthy strand of grass will crowd out and outcompete weeds, whereas weeds are designed to thrive in stressed, nutrient-poor soils. Compost, often thought of as organic, can be a great way to fertilize, as it adds organic matter as well as nutrients to the soil and can help prevent erosion by acting as a protective coverage. However, even compost should be tested to make sure it contains the right mix of nutrients 78

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needed for the soils in your pastures and that any adjustments can be made as necessary.

Not Too Little, Not Too Much In his work, Clay finds that most pastures are under fertilized, however, too much fertilizer is not a good thing either. Underfertilized grasses are thought to have higher sugar content in the edible stem which, when consumed by horses, may lead to laminitis. On the other hand, overfertilizing pastures can result in nutrient runoff that can jeopardize the water quality of the larger ecosystem. Clay’s recommendation is

that soils be tested every three years. Your local cooperative extension can help you with this or a simple online search can help you identify a testing facility in your area. In the end, Clay left me with a new appreciation for organic pasture management and the idea that pastures need to be thought of as part of a comprehensive ecosystem and we and our horses are part of the system. We would love to feature your green ideas and projects. Contact Ellen Whittemore, Equine Facility Architect, at

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There have been so many people that it is impossible to pick one. Jane Soule, a founder of the Eastern Competitive Trail Riding Association (ECTRA), was a huge influence for me when I was a junior rider and there have been many others over the years since. Although my husband wasn’t involved with horses before we met, he has probably been the biggest influence. Without his help conditioning and training horses, there is simply no way I would be able to compete at the level I do. He is also a huge help with ground support (crewing) at events and planning ride details. He is a great endurance rider on his own right, but at the international level we are definitely a team that is successful because it is both of us.

Favorite Horse: Once again, I find it impossible to choose one, although I realize that is wimping out. I have competed 14 horses over the years, and have bred and trained nearly all of them myself.

Meg Sleeper

VMD, DACVIM On Learning and Living with Horses Age: 45 years Farm Affiliation: Canterbury Grove Farm Background: Meg competed in her first competitive trail ride in 1980. Since that time, she has completed over 14,000 miles of competitive and endurance rides in seven countries. She has been on the U.S. endurance squad for the last four world championships and has competed nearly entirely on homebred and trained horses. When she is not riding she is the Associate Professor of Cardiology/ Clinician Educator and the Chief, Section of Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lucky Charm: I always carry a piece of turquoise and my grandmother’s monogrammed pin (since she passed away) when I am competing. I carry the turquoise because I was told that the Navajos believe it to have power to protect travelers. I am not sure if that is true, but I love the stone. My grandmother (Mary Jane Sleeper—nee Beyer) was my biggest fan; even when I didn’t deserve a fan, and I love thinking she is watching over me while I ride. Worst Fall: I have been very lucky with injuries…I’ve had soft tissue injuries and bruises over the years, but nothing serious from riding.

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Actually, I should say if I’m not at work…that is where the vast majority of my time goes and the rest gets squeezed in as I can find the time.

Best Piece of Riding Advice: Take lessons every opportunity you can. When we stop learning, we stop getting better.

Why I Ride: I think this quote says it all: “In order to fly we only need reins.” Just being around my horses I can feel the frustrations and cares of the rest of my life ebb away and my heart rate slow. The effect is magnified when I ride. I joke that the horses are less expensive than therapy would be, but sometimes I think there is something to it!

If I Knew Then What I Know Now: When I learned as a rider to blame myself for not communicating well enough rather than the horse for not listening, my riding improved dramatically. I wish I could go back in time so that I rode with that knowledge from the start.

Favorite Quote: “I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side—I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.” -Bethania McKenstry The Last Book I Read Was: Voyager by Diane Gabaldon.

Why Endurance Riding? Endurance combines two things that are hugely important to me… spending time with my horse in a way that requires a true partnership and spending time on the trail or in the countryside. I have seen so many gorgeous places that I would never have been able to reach without the horse, and met a lot of wonderful people at the same time.

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The Horse Person Who Influenced Me the Most:

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the scoop Now completely restored, Fresh Creek Farm is involved in local conservation and responsible farming practices.

Susan Wagner presents Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable with their awards at Equine Advocates’ 12th annual benefit dinner. PHOTOS: (TOP LEFT) GLENN DAVENPORT; (TOP RIGHT) COURTESY OF FRESH CREEK FARM; COURTESY OF GYPSIES OF WHIPOWILL

Twelfth Annual Equine Advocates Awards Dinner & Charity Auction Brings Horse Welfare to the Forefront in Saratoga Springs EQUINE ADVOCATES, A NON-PROFIT equine protection organization and sanctuary in Chatham, NY, hosted their 12th annual benefit dinner on Thursday, August 1 at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Winners were Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco,

who were honored for their work to ban horse slaughter and dedication to the protection of all equines. Guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner as well as silent and live auctions, which raised money to support Equine Advocates’ mission to rescue horses from neglect, abuse, and slaughter.

A Second Chance for Fresh Creek Farm FRESH CREEK FARM IN DOVER, NH, started its new beginning late last fall when the neighboring Gorman family took a leap of faith and purchased the 17-acre equine facility at public auction. Standing around the auctioneer and fellow bidders that cool November morning, Tim Gorman realized the fate of the 13-stall, state-of-the-art equestrian paradise rested in his hands. Tim took on a group of builders and housing developers to place the winning bid and save the highly valuable and desirable land from becoming sub-divided into housing lots.

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Babies on Board Congratulations to Gypsies of WhipOWill in Mocksville, NC, on the birth of India, a spectacular black blagdon Drum filly out of their Clydesdale mare, Tess. India is the second foal born at the facility. Earlier this year, Feathered Gold Aine gave birth to Kyanna, a piebald Gypsy Vanner filly. “We could not be more pleased with our foals, and are looking forward to all of the fun and rewards that await us as Gypsies of WhipOWill’s we begin training and watching them grow,” said owner and Clydesdale mare, Tess, with newborn foal, India. operator, Glenda Williams. October 2013


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Roberts Repeats, Ioannou Takes Women’s Gold Division At USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championships By Andrew Minnick

Women’s Individual Coming into the individual competition at the National Western Complex in Denver, CO, the story was Mary McCormick looking for a fourth consecutive title in the Gold division, but it was clear from the beginning that she would have competition. The best of that came from Mt. Eden Vaulting Club’s Elizabeth Ioannou, who was coming off a team championship win on Saturday, and a strong first round individual score of 8.558, before ensuring herself a national championship with a fluid freestyle effort in round two,

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and an overall 8.450—just enough to get the better of McCormick, who finished second, with Emily Hogye in third. Ioannou vaulted on Jan Garrod’s 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding Urfreund Rosengaard and was longed by Emma Seely.

Men’s Individual In the Male Gold division, Kristian Roberts, representing the Half Moon Bay Vaulters, successfully defended his title with strong performances that scored above seven in both rounds. Vaulting on Jill Palmer’s Shire/Thoroughbred-cross gelding, Hudson, and longed by Carolyn Bland, Roberts earned a total score of 7.498. Following him in second with a 6.983 was Eric Garcia of the Tambourine Vaulters, and in third with a 6.808 was Gabe Aniello.

Open Pas de Deux Sisters Kimberly and Cassidy Palmer of Half Moon Bay Vaulters, vaulted on Sydney Frankel’s 16-year-old Percheron gelding, Cheval, to a 7.836 final score, and into the USEF Open Pas de Deux National Championship. The sisters beat out Leah Coe of Golden, CO, and Kristy Nicolo of Hebron, CT, in second place and Kalli Roberts and Daniel Janes in third.

Team Championships USEF Team Vaulting Championships were awarded earlier in the week. In the A division, the team from Mt. Eden Sun in Saratoga, CA, defended their title from 2012. The team was made up of vaulters Makayla Clyne, Alexandra Thrasher, Elizabeth Ioannou, Mackenzie Thurman, Bodhi Hall, and Michelle Guo. They vaulted on Jan Garrod’s Urfreund Rosengaard and were longed by Emma Seely on their way to a 7.518 overall score. The Warm Beach Revelation Team, from Warm Beach Vaulters club in Stanwood, WA, were Reserve A Division Champions.

[TOP] Kristian Roberts repeated as the Male Gold Division Champion. [ABOVE] Elizabeth Ioannou unseated the three-time defending champion to take the Women’s division.

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Seven U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) championships were awarded on Sunday, August 11, when competition in all six individual divisions and the Open Pas de Deux division wrapped up the USEF/American Vaulting Association (AVA) National Championships. The day saw Kristian Roberts repeat as Male Gold Division National Champion, Elizabeth Ioannou get the best of a three-time defending champion to take the top prize in the Women’s division, and the Palmer sisters stake their claim as USEF Open Pas de Deux National Champions.

In the B division, the Warm Beach Revelation team was able to get the best of Mt. Eden and snag the championship. Daniel Janes, Chad Andrews, Ruth Valsquier, Kaleb Patterson, Allison Mitchell, and Courtney Cavinaw, vaulting on Prize and longed by Patti Skipton, earned the win over the Mt. Eden Bollywood team. The C division’s team championship went to the Above and Beyond/ Apex Avant-Garde team from the Above and Beyond Vaulters Club in Snohomish, WA. For more about the USEF/AVA National Vaulting Championships, visit

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Scenes from the 2013 United States Pony Clubs Championships.

U.S. Pony Club Championships Prove Teamwork Still Takes Members to the Top The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) knew it was going to be an awesome championship week as soon as the trailers started arriving at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA, and the Kansas City Royale in Kansas City, MO. The weather was spectacular, the depth of talent incredible, and day after day the spectators were treated to an action packed competition in dressage, show jumping, eventing, polocrosse, tetrathlon, mounted games, and quiz. The excitement of the 2013 Pony Club Championships is beginning to dissipate but the memories and fun will last a lifetime. There were some interesting statistics this year in the hosting of Championships and here are the facts in numbers:

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8 – Days of non-stop competition fun: July 25-28 in Lexington for Championships East and August 6-10 in Kansas City for Championships West.   714 – Competitors traveled from far and wide to vie for equestrian supremacy.   37 – The number of regions that sent members to compete in Championships at either the Virginia Horse Center or the American Royal this year. They came from as close as next door in the

Virginia and Midwest Regions to as far as Middle California to show their Pony Club prowess.   7 – The number of disciplines offered at Championships East. Members could qualify to compete in eventing, dressage, show jumping, quiz, games, tetrathlon, or polocrosse. In the West, members could compete in five different disciplines—everything except polocrosse and eventing.   4 or 5 – The number of members on each team, usually one is a stable manager who helps the team perform at their best. All Pony Club competition is team competition to help promote sportsmanship and stewardship among members.   170 – Full time volunteers were required to help make Championships run smoothly and make it memorable for Pony Club members.   11 – Officials hired to judge and score competitors during the event.   15 – The age difference between competitors who must be 10 years old to compete but graduate from Pony Club at age 25. Many of these members are on the same teams together so that

older members can help younger members learn about caring for their horses and ponies.   2 – Facilities, the Virginia Horse Center, and the American Royal were excellent venues for the championship competitions.   50 – The percentage of more Horsemasters members that competed in Championships this year. Yvette Seger and Leigh Younce both competed at Championships East in eventing and both finished on their dressage scores! For more information and results from the 2013 USPC Championships, visit October 2013

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Cheshire Fair Horse Show Celebrates 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee

away with the President’s Award. Longtime exhibitors fondly call this show “Cheshire Worlds,” and this year it surely did live up to its name! For more information, visit

By Sue Weston

secretary Hazel Young, along with a very well-seasoned group of volunteers, pulled off yet another successful and amazing three-day horse show. Classes were offered for Arabians and HalfArabians, Appaloosas, Quarter Horses, Friesians, Morgans, Paints, and Pintos. There were also all-breed classes in western and English (hunt and saddle seat), including Junior Exhibitor, Color Breed, Master’s, Novice, Walk-Trot youth and adult, and Leadline. Some of these classes will not be repeated as they were for the anniversary celebration, but we will be adding a new division for Leadline special needs riders, as well as Versatility, at the exhibitors’ request. The list went on to offer 150 classes to fit all exhibitors, no matter age or ability. An entry form was included to encourage exhibitors to join in the Fair’s Cavalcade Parade to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Costumes were encouraged and Van Guard Friesians from North Hampton, NH, displayed their beautiful mounts in unbelievable ensembles. Cameras were flashing when they made their way past in the parade and the group walked

Scenes from the Cheshire Fair Horse Show.

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On August 2-4, 2013, the Cheshire Fair hosted their 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Horse Show. Under sunny, dry skies on Friday, the show started off with a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the new Gazebo, which was donated by the Lyle and Lash families of Swanzey, NH, in memory of relatives Bucky and Ellie Champney, who were fair participants for over 60 years. This year’s show offered many new classes to celebrate the 75th anniversary. One of those classes was Versatility, where the horse being shown was ridden in English tack and then changed into western tack to show his versatility. There was also a special needs Leadline class that went over very well with riders and the crowd. The show offered two $750 Open All Breed Pleasure Championships for western and English competitors as well. A new Diamond Anniversary class was open to past winners of any Gem Pleasure Challenge class, with the champion taking home a custom trophy designed by artist Liesl Dalpe, valued at over $400. The Cheshire County Pleasure division was sponsored by the Kingsbury Fund, with the championship class awarding gold and silver Pandora bracelets. The famous Gem Pleasure Challenge classes were a hit as usual, with entry numbers being way up. This year’s sponsorships were over the top in support of the 75th anniversary. The list goes on and on. Show manager Sue Weston and show


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A large field of riders participated in a favorite tradition, Norfolk’s 2012 Thanksgiving Hunt.

Norfolk Hunt Club Fall Season Begins, Norfolk Hunter Trials Set For October 20 Submitted by D.A. Hayden; Photos by Kathie Davenport

September showcased multiple special events and featured the beginning of the fall foxhunting season for the Norfolk Hunt Club. A Labor Day weekend Mounted Foxhunting Clinic was followed by special Norfolk activities every September weekend—the Norfolk Field Hunter Show, Polo In The Country, and the Westport Hunter Pace—all of which provided great opportunities for riders, volunteers, and spectators alike. Norfolk’s informal foxhunting (cubbing) season,

which began September 7, featured riders in ratcatcher attire enjoying fixtures at favorite venues including Adam’s Farm in Walpole, MA, Round Lot Farm in Medfield, MA, Green Pastures Farm in Sherborn, MA, and Powissett Farm in Dover, MA, among others. Norfolk’s Masters of Foxhounds, Owen Hughes, MFH, Ruth Lawler, MFH, and Tom Lewis, MFH planned terrific fixtures and promise September is only a taste of what is to come for the remainder of the fall season.

Norfolk Hunter Trials Norfolk member and Hunter Trials Chairman Dominic Cammarata, ably assisted by his wife and Norfolk member Carolyn Regan, reports the plans are set for the Norfolk Hunter Trials, scheduled for Sunday, October 20 at the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course in Medfield. The Norfolk Hunter Trials is a judged cross-country competition over fences in Norfolk’s hunt country. A fun, low-key environment will set the stage for a great day of rides over some of Norfolk’s classic hunting obstacles—stone walls, logs, brush, hog backs, etc.—complemented by the cheers of spectators and volunteers who encourage both individual riders and pairs. A “Gone Away” and “Hold Hard” are also included, testing the

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[LEFT] Norfolk’s Owen Hughes, MFH leads the field at the Boggastow Farm fixture, during the 2012 cubbing season. [RIGHT] Norfolk member Bob Shuman leads an enthusiastic group of beach riders at the spring 2012 Barney’s Joy fixture.


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Wentworth Hunt Club Welcomes Riders of All Experience Levels Submitted by Marilyn Mariano

I was always enticed by the idea of hunting—the camaraderie of the hunt, galloping across the countryside behind the hounds, jumping giant coops in the tree line. But I was a bit of a chicken. I had never tried it—would my horse even do it? I probably didn’t have the right attire and tack, and those snobby hunt people might not be very friendly or open to a newbie. Plus, those people are all crazy, aren’t they? So, I listened as people raved about hunting, lurked on hunting bulletin boards, and tried to gather the courage to just go try it. Finally, one day in October 2010, I made a phone call to someone I knew that rode with the Wentworth Hunt Club. I got the information I needed about “where and when,” gathered my courage, and set out to the hunt. It was a rainy Wednesday morning as I pulled my trailer into the field at Fine Nest Farm. Before I knew it, we were tacked up, and ready to go. I planned that day to go with the Hilltopping field, but on that particular day there was a low turnout due to the rain. Just two fields were going: First field, going fast and jumping the jumps, and Second

field, which would go a wee bit slower, and jumps were optional. That sounded good to me, but I was quickly convinced instead to ride in First field, as most of the members who were out that day preferred Second field, leaving the First field to be just a couple people. That seemed less hectic, so, with my heart pounding, I agreed to set out in the First field. All I can say is that I never had more fun in my life. From the moment the hounds took off down the trail, to the Huntsman’s final horn, I could not wipe the smile off my face. The hunt culminated in a gallop around several fields before the stirrup cup. We galloped at break-neck speed—I had no idea my horse could go so fast. The other riders were so friendly and outgoing. I learned that many of them had only been doing it a short time, others for their entire lives. They came from very diverse backgrounds, from polo players, to eventers, backyard trail riders, to horse professionals. Everyone shared a love of their horses, riding, the outdoors, and of watching the hounds work. From that day on, I have been hooked on hunting. I became a member that

Foxhunting is a sport that can be enjoyed by all.

year, and now rarely miss a hunt with Wentworth. I’ve hunted as a guest with other clubs, both in New England and in Virginia and Aiken. It’s become a huge part of my life. My pre-conceived ideas about the potential snobbery, or the level of riding expected were so wrong. We cater to all levels of riding—and usually there is a Hilltopping field and a Second field—one doesn’t have to start out crazily galloping in the First field. Everyone is made to feel welcome and wanted. There is also great opportunity to get involved—so many activities need volunteers, so it’s easy to participate and feel a part of things. So, if you’ve been thinking about hunting but haven’t given it a try yet, come join us! We even have unmounted “Learn to Hunt” clinics occasionally—visit our website,, for details. Hope to see you soon, and “Tally Ho”!

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continued from page 92 partnership and communication skills of horse and rider. The many volunteers who help with the Norfolk Hunter Trials are key to the success of the event. Always sporting a huge smile, Norfolk member Ruth Baltopoulos, who has traditionally held the position of starter, soothes the nerves of anxious competitors and wishes everyone a great time on course. Jump judges at every fence rate the rider and horse and share camaraderie with other members and volunteers. The Norfolk Hunter Trials welcomes riders from area hunts. All riders, including non-hunters and professionals, are welcome to compete in the Open divisions. To share in the fun, compete, or volunteer, contact Dominic Cammarata at dominic. Further information is available at

[LEFT] Norfolk member Erica Foley handily navigates a fence at the 2012 Veteran’s Day hunt in Dover. [RIGHT] Elected as a new Master in 2013—Tom Lewis, MFH—will join Owen Hughes, MFH and Ruth Lawler, MFH in leading Norfolk’s enthusiastic riders.

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in dressage; and sixth Overall in games and fifth in Horse Management, with a five-way tie between five teams that had zero points off. The Junior D Quiz team came in 12th; and the Introductory Level Show Jumping Team, on a mixed team with Metropolitan Region, finished 12th in Horse Management. The Tetrahalon Team finished fifth Overall and in Horse Management. Congratulations to all, and for more information about joining a Pony Club or a Pony Club Riding Center near you, please visit our website,

Qualifying Show Jumping and Dressage Rallies New York Upper Connecticut Region of the United States Pony Club held their Qualifying Show Jumping and Dressage rallies at Kent School on June 8-9. Congratulations to all the NYUC rally participants, volunteers, organizers, and clubs! Also thanks to Kent School for the use of their beautiful facility.

Overall 1. Brumbies/Mystic, 10.45 – Pegasus Cup; 2. Running Fox/Millbrook, 12.69; 3. Glastonbury, 58.66; 4. Oakendale, 111.23; 5. Shetucket Valley, 148.17; 6. Granby, 184.5. Horse Management 1. Running Fox/Millbrook – Theodore Pratt Memorial Cup; 2. Brumbies/Mystic; 3. Glastonbury; 4. Shetucket Valley; 5. Oakendale; 6. Granby. Qualified for Nationals Cameron Krieger and Jen Garber, Oakendale, Qualifying Introductory Division; Anna Ciampaglione, Anna Spreitzer, and Morgan Antonazzo (horse manager), Running Fox, Qualifying Division H/R; Jessica Quimby, Glastonbury, Qualifying Division H/R. LOW POINT INDIVIDUAL – RUNNING FOX PONY CLUB CUP Carlie Poworoznek, Shetucket Valley. PERFECT WRITTEN TEST Chiara Salati, Brumbies.

The Dressage Rally results are as follows, with the team name followed by their score: Overall 1. Brumbies/Glastonbury, 363.9 – Doodles Image Cup; 2. Mystic, 351.58; 3. Oakendale, 351.36; 4. Running Fox/Ridge Riders/Shetucket Valley, 348.28; 5. Granby/Shetucket Valley, 303.77. Horse Management 1. Brumbies/Glastonbury – Fox Ledge Horse Management Plate; 2. Mystic; 3. Granby/Shetucket Valley; 4. Running Fox/Ridge Riders/Shetucket Valley; 5. Oakendale. Qualified for Nationals Cameron Krieger and Julie Wright, Oakendale, Training Level.

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Competitors from New York Upper Connecticut (NYUC) Region took part in the United States Pony Club’s (USPC) Championships East, held July 24-28 at the Virginia Horse Park in Lexington, VA, this year. Teams competed in quiz, show jumping, dressage, eventing, games, and tetrahlon. Every third year, the USPC holds a national championship at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Our national office is also located at the Horse Park. In addition to the championship competitions, a “Festival of Learning” is also held. Mounted and unmounted camps are offered and a wide variety of clinicians come to teach. Teams travel to Kentucky from all over the country. On the off years when the East Coast holds the championships in Virginia, the West Coast hosts it’s own separate competition. Results from our region this year include fourth Overall and seventh in Horse Management in eventing; second Overall and eighth in Horse Management

The Show Jumping Rally results are as follows, with the team name followed by their score:

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[ABOVE] Teams assembled for Opening Ceremonies at the Virginia Horse Park in Lexington, VA.

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Southern New England Horsemen’s Association To Hold Elections This Month Submitted by Cynthia Anne Bowen

The Southern New England Horsemen’s Association has completed another successful show season. Our June 16 show was held at the Woodstock Fair Grounds in Woodstock, CT. Karol Bennett was our judge. The in-hand classes continue to draw a lot of entries and spectators who enjoy the variety of

breeds and color patterns. Our next show on June 30 was at Falls Creek Farm in Oneco, CT. Natalie McGowan judged. At this show, Kim Gonder donated a number of items for divisions and individual classes. We want to thank her for her generosity. Our July 28 show at the Woodstock

Fair Grounds was a tremendous success with 105 entries. Again, Kim Gonder generously donated items for divisions and individual classes. We also ran a wildly successful 50/50 raffle. Next month’s column will have reports on our affiliate show, the Colchester Lions Club, and our last club show. Election for 2014 officers and board of directors members will be coming up at our October membership along with any rules changes submitted by the membership. Please come to this meeting and support your club. Our Year-End Awards Banquet will be held on November 23 at the Holiday Inn in Norwich, CT. It will start at 6:00 p.m. More details will be available next month. And finally, keep the Nutrena tags coming. They are a great financial help. Visit us on the web at snehassociation. com to find out more. October 2013

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Tri-State Horsemen’s Assoc. Plans for a Busy Autumn Submitted by Beth Stone

The long, hot days of summer have become a fond memory, as cooler days, brightly colored foliage, and the best riding weather of the year signal the return of autumn. It is a busy season for Tri-State Horsemen’s Association (TSHA) members, with two important annual meetings and the annual Awards Banquet happening in the next month or so. After a busy show season, TSHA members are invited to relax and enjoy the exhilaration of hacking through the surf at the annual Lobster Ride, taking place on October 13, at Bluff Point State Park in Groton, CT. Afterward, enjoy a delicious luncheon featuring fresh lobsters and chowder. Please contact the trail committee through the website to make your reservations! As always, members’ lunch is provided by TSHA; please bring a side dish to share. However, there is an extra charge for lobsters—and reservations must be made ahead of time! The open show and dressage committees have both had extremely successful years, and their work is not over yet. Both committees have been working hard auditing show results to determine our year-end award winners. It is a huge amount of work to plan, organize, and run these events. And, long after we have packed up our show clothes for the winter, these hard-working TSHA members are checking and rechecking all points to ensure accuracy of year-end awards. TSHA owes these volunteers a huge amount of gratitude for all of the work they do. Speaking of year-end awards, the annual Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 2, at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick,

RI. The committee is putting together a special evening with raffles and superlative awards, as well as presentations of division awards for open shows and dressage. Members should have received a mailing with all of the details. Information and a reservation form are also available online at We hope to see you there! Wednesday, October 2, will be a General Membership Meeting. Watch for your e-newsletter or vistit the website for a time and place. Nominations for officers and board members for the coming year will be presented, and nominations will close that evening. If you would like to get involved in the management of TSHA, this is your opportunity! Members should have received the mailing seeking nominations, and nominations will also be accepted that evening, so plan on attending. The annual Election of Officers will take place on Wednesday, November 6, at the General Membership Meeting. Every adult member of TSHA is invited to attend and vote for officers and board members for the coming year. Your vote is important; please plan on attending or be sure to request an absentee ballot to mail in your vote. A guest speaker for the evening has not been confirmed at the time this article goes to print, but an educational program is being planned. Remember to check the TSHA website for the most up-to-theminute information on club events and activities. Current information and great photos are updated frequently! And now is a great time to renew your membership for 2014, and save $10. Membership forms will be available at the October and November meetings and can also be found on the website.

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Hunter/Jumper news

[LEFT] Julie Curtin riding Confetti in the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby at the Atlanta Summerfest show. [RIGHT] Mario Garcia and Pacha De Nantuel earned the win in the $5,000 Jumper Classic at the Atlanta Summerfest show.

ONE-TWO FINISH Kudos to Julie Curtin, who took a one-two finish at the Atlanta Summferfest show series—the equestrian was victorious in the competition’s $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby riding Mimi Washburn’s Confetti, and earned second place in the same division riding Donna Basinger’s Miramax. Additionally, she took seventh place riding Golinkski Equine, LLC’s, Rainbow Road.

FIRST AND THIRD Three cheers for Mario Garcia of Fort Lauderdale, FL! While riding at the Atlanta Summerfest show, the rider earned first place in the $5,000 Jumper Classic aboard Mistletoe Farms LLC’s Pacha De Nantuel, who was just purchased earlier this year from Reed Kessler. Mario also earned third place while riding Mistletoe Farms’ Corona Du Domaine Z.


Back Bay Farm riders racked up 70 ribbons in the last week of the Vermont Summer Classic in East Dorset this year. Congrats go to Meg Piermarini, Sarah Wanger, Jess Edlund, Emma Crate, Grace Perryman, Libby LeStage, Elizabeth Crate, and Amy Wanger. At Grazing Fields’ Head of the Bay, longtime Back Bay rider Ali Cotreau

took the championship in the Adult Amateur Classic and was named Best Adult Rider of the show. Amy Wanger scored reserve in Adult Specials, and Reeve Sobel took reserve in the Opportunity Hunters, while Cara Sciola was victorious riding Back Bay-bred Havana in the Pre-Children’s 2'6".

GUESS WHO’S BACK Back Bay’s own Jess Edlund attended Cornell University’s Summer College program, where she studied veterinary science and rode under Todd Karn, who is now head coach of the college’s Division I riding team. Jess also led eight young riders in two sessions of the Back Bay Farm Summer Clinic, offering horsemanship instruction and twice-daily riding lessons with Back Bay owner Robin Petersen. Congratulations also go to Libby LeStage on her newly leased partner, Paradox.

SPOTTED Guess who was seen eating lunch with his niece at Aurora Provisions in Portland, ME? It was none other than George Morris…EJ reader Jenni Bradley reports that she saw him at the cafe, and had a quick chat with “the legend,” explaining to him

that his nieces were one of the reasons that she started riding.

MULTIPLE WINS AND A WEDDING In news from Woodridge Farm in Sherborn, MA, Caroline Ellis attended her first Pony Finals and finished ninth in Small Pony Over Fences, and 30th overall on Millpond Patchwork. Meanwhile, Samantha Peck and Carly Corbacho both took reserve in their respective Massachusetts Hunter Jumper (MHJ) Finals divisions, Junior and Young Adult. Carly also qualified for Ariat Finals alongside barnmate Haleigh Landrigan, and Tegan Treacy qualified for National Children’s Medal Finals. Also, Abby Bertelson earned third place at the Hunterdon Cup aboard her horse, Eclypso, Melissa Welch was named champion of the Cape Cod Hunter Adult Medal Finals, and Mia van Amson and Dana Hall School’s Aramis were sixth at Junior Hunter Finals. And, last but not least, congrats to Joanna Prager who was recently married to up and coming Woodridge Farm rider, Gregory Johnsen.

DOUBLE SUCCESS Double H Farm, based in Ridgefield, CT, had some major success this summer. Quentin

Judge and HH Dark de la Hart were on the winning U.S. Nations Cup team in Bratislava, which is part of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series. Judge has now been on gold medalwinning teams in both of his Nations Cup appearances. In addition, Daniel Deusser of Germany and Cornet D’Amour represened their country at the ECCO European Championships in Denmark. Their being named to the team came after a second place in the Grand Prix of Hamburg and winning the 2013 German National Championships.

SOLD! Congratulations to Iain Clayton and his coaches Kandi and Rusty Stewart on the purchase of Pitch Black, a beautiful four-year-old Thoroughbred by Rock Hard Ten. He’s a lucky horse to have his own person now and to live at Grey Fox Farm!

PASSING ON Our deepest condolences go out to Chelsea Minarsky of Moosup, CT, on the sudden loss of her off-the-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) hunter, Valuble Concert, on August 12, 2013. Although “Kippy” was only five, Chelsea had done a wonderful job with her OTTB gelding.

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Olivia Woodson and Butterfly Kisses Win 2013 USEF Pony Medal Finals

Vermont Summer Festival Culminates with a Win for Emily Short and Grand Finale 3E Twenty-year-old Emily Short of Cheswick, PA, and the aptly named Grande Finale 3E won the grand finale of the 2013 Vermont Summer Festival, the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix, presented by Hand Motors, on Saturday, August 10, in East Dorset, VT. A starting field of 28 entries turned up for the final grand prix of the Vermont Summer Festival’s six-week circuit with 11 advancing to the jump-off over the 98

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course designed by Eric Hasbrouck. Julie Welles and Bazooka de Muze had set the time to beat at 40.10 seconds early on in the class, and as the secondto-last challengers, Short and Grande Finale 3E sliced nearly two seconds off of Welles’ time, crossing the timers in 38.65 seconds. Jimmy Torano and Walk About were the final entries on course, but eight faults would put them out of the running. Johnathan Corrigan finished third

2013 U.S. Pony Medal Finals winners Olivia Woodson and Butterfly Kisses.

back for additional testing on the flat. While others struggled slightly, Woodson executed the turn perfectly, putting the final exclamation point on her three rounds of blue ribbonworthy riding. As they were called back for awards, Lemke finished in third, Kurtz took second, and Woodson led the victory gallop for the first place honor. Woodson’s whole family was in attendance to share in the victory at her last Pony Finals. Sharing the top two spots with her best friend also made the moment extra special for the 13-year-old. “She’s really good, so I didn’t think I would beat her,” Woodson said of Kurtz. “We both support each other when we do well. I remember when I was walking out from my first trip, I looked up at Emma and her mom, and they both gave me grins and thumbs up. I thought, OK, I must have done well if Emma thinks it’s good.” For more information about the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, LLC, visit

on Olympic de Chamant with a double clear effort in 40.91 seconds, while young Charlotte Jacobs took fourth with Promised Land in 41.06 seconds. Torano produced the only other double clear effort to place fifth with Blue Sky Van de Olmenhoeve. “It’s only my second (grand prix) win, so it’s really exciting,” Short smiled after claiming victory with her 11-year-old Canadian Sport Horse mare (Jamestown x Chin Chin). “I’m really happy with my horse. She’s had a couple of weeks off, so I’m excited to be back in the ring and get such good results.” A hairpin turn back to a stonewall

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were called back, with Woodson sitting in the eighth place position aboard the medium pony Butterfly Kisses. One by one, the small, then large, and finally medium ponies returned to be tested over the second round course, which required riders to jump 10 obstacles, including an in-and-out and a trot fence, and demonstrate a simple change of lead. Woodson, of Wellington, FL, and Butterfly Kisses, owned by Erika Luter, executed the course nearly flawlessly, electing to avoid tight inside turns and instead make smooth, flowing turns. Two trips later, Kurtz, of Hudson, OH, returned in the sixth place position aboard Trademark, owned by David Gochman. She, too, delivered an excellent test with a well-executed simple change of leads. Many of the riders called back were shaken down from the top by minor errors during their tests, but one who held her ground was Emma Lemke of Franklin, TN. She returned in the third place position and would hold that spot through to the end. With two rounds of jumping already complete, the top four riders were Emma Kurtz and Trademark finished a successful week, taking announced and called second place.

The final day of the 2013 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pony Medal Finals in Lexington, KY, was the perfect conclusion to a close to perfect week for best friends Emma Kurtz and Olivia Woodson. Kurtz was extremely successful in the hunter divisions throughout the week, and Woodson bested a field of nearly 190 riders to win the 2013 USEF Pony Medal Finals, while Kurtz finished in a close second. Bobby Murphy designed the first round course for the class, testing riders and ponies over a track that included a trot fence, bending lines, rollbacks, and a halt directly in the middle of a line. Following the completion of the opening round, the top 25 riders returned for a second round of testing over fences. Three small ponies, 16 medium ponies, and six large ponies

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proved difficult for several riders, but that is where Short feels she made the time for the win, thanks to her mare’s maneuverability. “She’s awesome,” said Short of the mare formerly campaigned by Colombia’s Roberto Teran for Canadian breeder KingRidge Stables. “She tries really hard for me. I think a lot of that is because she’s a mare. She’s really fun and really careful. She’s quick in the turns. I rolled back to the wall really quickly and she just popped over it.” Short acknowledged that she rarely has to worry about speed when riding the mare, describing her as a naturally fast horse that is always happy to do

her job. Short believed their victory was the result of the hard work she has diligently put into her mare over the last two years with trainer David Jennings of Full Circle Farm in Nashville, TN. Jennings was especially pleased to see Short step up her game in the grand prix ring, noting, “Emily’s always very passive in the schooling arena. She wants to be so correct. The last jump we schooled over, I said to her ‘That’s not the way you’re going to win a grand prix. If you want to win, you’ve got to try to find the jumps faster.’” Short took her coach’s advice to heart, providing a thrilling finale to the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix, presented by Hand Motors. This was Short’s first time competing at the six-week competition.

Paul O’Shea and Primo De Revel Capture $75,000 Equestrian States Planning Group Grand Prix and finished over a vertical toward The inaugural edition of the the gate. Silver Oak Jumper Tournament drew Irish rider Darragh Kenny set the to a close on Sunday, August 11 with original score to beat in the jump-off, the $75,000 Equestrian States Planning clearing the course in 48.590 seconds Group Grand Prix. with Quiz. His total of four faults from The first round course designed by the first round would hold up for fourth Olaf Petersen Jr. of Munich, Germany, yielded only one clear round. Twenty-six place. Fellow Irishman Kevin Babington and Mark Q soon bested him, shaving riders showed over the track, and only off valuable time through the rollbacks Charlie Jacobs of Boston, MA, left all and clearing the course in 46.276 the fences intact aboard Flaming Star, seconds, which would earn the second but 10 would return for the winning place award, also with four faults from round format. The course featured an the first round. Ramiro Quintana of open water and a vertical-oxer double Argentina followed aboard Whitney. The combination, but the most daunting pair was right on Babington’s heels, but task was the oxer-vertical-oxer triple fell just shy of the time, breaking the combination coming off a tight turn for home, which caused 22 horses to lower 28 rails. The format for the class invited the top 10 finishers from the first round to return for the jump-off in reverse order of faults and time, with only Jacobs returning on a score of zero. The shortened track began over an oxer-vertical line to a new vertical-oxer line, before bending to a third oxer. Riders then rolled back and galloped over the first two $75,000 Equestrian States Planning Group Grand Prix fences in the triple combination winners Paul O’Shea and Primo De Revel. 100 equine


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$50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix winners Emily Short and Grand Finale 3E.

beam at 46.972 seconds to take home the third place award. When Paul O’Shea entered the ring he had his eye on the prize with his experienced mount, Primo De Revel. He quickly made his way around the arena, never wasting a second in the air and leaving each rail in place in a time of 45.112 seconds, and just his firstround four faults. “My plan was just to be a little bit faster than Kevin,” explained O’Shea. Between the third and fourth fences I did one less stride, and then to the last fence I also left a stride out. I had the advantage of watching him and everyone else go, so that was a big help.” All of the pressure fell on Jacobs and Flaming Star, because with less than four faults they would claim the win. Unfortunately, that would not be the case. They lowered the height of two fences, bringing their grand total to eight faults, finishing in eighth place to seal O’Shea’s victory.

Kevin Babington and Mark Q took second place.

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$25,000 Boston Strong Bonus Rider Check The Irish rider made a speedy The luck of the Irish was with inside turn to the double combination, Paul O’Shea Saturday afternoon at the and excluded a stride from the final Fieldstone Show Park as he piloted vertical-oxer line. He broke the beam Instant Karma to the victory in the $50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix, presented in 43.875 seconds, setting the pace for Charlie Jacobs and Flaming Star. by Gallo Dark Horse Wine, Ocean Spray, In a repeat from the previous and Samuel Adams, narrowly beating week, the pressure was on Jacobs Boston Bruins Principal, Charlie Jacobs. as he entered the ring aboard his Not only did O’Shea claim the win, but hot-blooded 13-year-old Irish Sport because of his back-to-back victories Horse, Flaming Star. Jacobs was hot (winning the $75,000 Equestrian Estates on O’Shea’s heels, erupting from the Planning Group Grand Prix at the Silver ingate with a quick speed and taking Oak Jumper Tournament prior to this all of the fences with ease. Despite competition) he nailed down the inauhis best efforts, Jacobs tripped the gural $25,000 Boston Strong Rider timers in 46.295 seconds for the Bonus Check. second place finish. Hometown girl Kristen Bumpus rode Not only did O’Shea win the Cupid to the third place finish, making majority of the $50,000 purse, but Saturday a day to remember for Boston $25,000 Boston Strong Rider Check and he also pocketed the $25,000 Boston at the Fieldstone Summer Showcase $50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix winners Paul Strong Rider Bonus. The rider bonus I. Seventh to take on the first round O’Shea and Instant Karma. is the brainchild of Silver Oak Jumper course, the duo became first to master Jeff and Scott put that up. It was a Tournament Chairman Jeff Papows the tough track. Bumpus had a refusal great idea, and they deserve a lot and Fieldstone Show Park CEO at the second obstacle of the jump-off, of credit for running two fantastic Scott Clawson. but they completed the course sans “It feels incredible to win that bonus,” shows. I will absolutely be back faults upon clearing it. They incurred next year.” O’Shea concluded. “It is fantastic that four faults for their drive-by, as well as two time faults for their final time of 56.681 seconds. Paul O’Shea had nearly qualified for the jump-off with three of his mounts, including $75,000 Equestrian Estates Planning Group Grand Prix winner, Primo De Revel. But, this time, four faults kept Primo De Revel and Wizz out of the jump-off. O’Shea did ride to a clean first round aboard Instant Karma, owned by himself and Michael Hayden. When he entered the Grand Prix Field, he was riding to win, leaving absolutely nothing to chance on the turf Saturday. Instant Karma won the $20,000 Welcome Stake for O’Shea the prior week at Charlie Jacobs and Flaming star finished in second place. Silver Oak. 102 equine


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Connecticut Horse Shows Association Seventh Annual Finals Moves from Coast to Hills of Litchfield, CT Submitted by Larry Schwartz

The Connecticut Horse Shows Association (CHSA) held its seventh annual Finals from August 23-25, 2013, and this year we moved off of the coastal area of Connecticut to the lovely, rolling hills of Litchfield, CT, and the Fox Crossing Equestrian facility in Morris, CT. New this year, on Friday, was the addition of the Connecticut Training Hunter Finals classes at 18", 2', and 2'6". The big excitement this year was the addition of the three CHSA Hunter Derbies, held on Sunday afternoon. The CHSA Hunter Derbies were run at three heights—18", 2', and 2'6", and mixed juniors and adults. The goal of CHSA Finals is to provide a showcase to encourage and promote interest in the beginner and intermediate classes for our members and all of the profits realized go to the CHSA Scholarship Fund. This year’s Registered United States Equestrian Federation judges were Joyce Przebowski of Medford, NY, and Tucker Ericson of Ocala, FL. Norman Bray of Lincolndale, NY, was the course designer. As always, one of the highlights of the activities under the big Nutrena VIP

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hospitality tent was the huge Whip The Wheel, which was spun all day as spectators and competitors alike took their chances at winning all different types of gifts—with proceeds also going to the scholarship fund. One of the main sponsors, Subway, provided free lunch daily and each afternoon the splendid, old fashioned Ice Cream Socials were held, sponsored by Blue Ribbon Ventures and BHC Management, Nutrena, and Richard Luckhardt. Richard was also the CPTV Sports commentator this year. At the end of the three-day event Laurie Gundlach had turned in the highest point score in a hunter or hunt seat equitation trip on Polidor, a 90, thereby winning the Arbitrage Tack High Score Champion dress sheet. In keeping with the CHSA plan for Finals, next year the high scorers and qualifiers will once again return to the lovely Fox Crossing Equestrian Facility for the eighth annual CHSA Finals event—scheduled for August 22-24, 2014. Enjoy the following collage of photos from the CHSA’s Seventh Annual Finals.

Results from CHSA Seventh Annual Finals Junior Exhibitor English Pleasure: 1) Prince Of Iron, Alyssa Benoit; 2) Movado’s Badger, Alexi Lucibello. Walk-Trot Hunt Seat Equitation: 1) Truly, Emma Adelson; 2) Clifford, Devon LeMoine. Walk-Trot Hunt Seat Pleasure: 1) Truly, Emma Adelson; 2) Abercrombie, Samantha Hansen. Hunter Pleasure: 1) Vanity Fair, Nora Andrews; 2) Prince Of Iron, Alyssa Benoit. Children’s Pleasure Pony: 1) Farnley Classical, Raegan Sage Olson; 2)Movado’s Matrix, Hailey LaForte. Adult English Pleasure: 1) Keystone Kopper, Naomi Gauruder; 2) Oberon, Kaysee Inman. Color Breed Pleasure: 1) Oberon, Ally Cox; 2) Mischief Maker, Daphne Bill. CHSA English Pleasure: 1) Vanity Fair, Nora Andrews; 2) Cody, Stephanie Marcelina. CT Training Hunter Level A: 1) Stillwater, Molly Leary; 1) Steel My Heart, Maddie Gesmondi. CT Training Hunter Level B: 1) Jedi, Kiera Gilbert. 2) Oberon, Janet Ellsworth. CT Training Hunter Level D: 1) Polidor, Laurie Gundlach; 2) Movado’s Believe, Kylie Katz. Short Stirrup Equitation Medal: 1) Kellogs Cocoa Krisp, Grace Debney; 2) Night Life, Logan Smith. Lead Rein Hunt Seat: 1) All Tucker’d Out, Alexandra Bailey; 1) 14 Carrot, Erin Grossman; 1) Movado’s Masquerade, Sofia Regan; 1) Movado’s Popeye, Kennedy Teasdale. Pre-Children’s Equitation Medal: 1) Mac’s Bowtie, Tessa Queirolo; 2) Bresco, Phoebe Williams. Modified Adult Amateur Equitation Medal: 1) Kodak Moment, Jodi Ebersole; 2) Sodapop, Karen Stryker. Children’s Equitation Medal: 1) My Funny Valentine, Lauren Morency; 2) Movado’s Timeless, Kylie Katz. Low Training Jumper: 1) Mayberry, Marina Coleman; 2) Just Do It, Mia M. Mannis. CHSA Jumper Classic: 1) Draego, Matthew R. Belcourt; 2) Storm Large, Tybal Slattery. Short Stirrup Hunter: 1) Rock Candy, Madison Jennes; 2) Night Life, Logan Smith. Pre-Children’s Hunter: 1) Loafers Lodge Devon, Olivia Troiano; 2) Fenway, Marcus Laguardia. Modified Children’s Hunter: 1) Movado’s Matrix, Hailey LaForte; 2) Vanity Fair, Nora Andrews. Modified Adult Amateur Hunter: 1) Close Up Magic, Amy Bartholomew; 2) Southern Comfort, Ashley Minicucci. The Arbitrage Tack High Score Champion Award: Polidor, Laurie Gundlach. CHSA Hunter Derby - 18": 1) Berr and Addison Keyworth; 2) Rock Candy, Madison Jennes. CHSA Hunter Derby - 2': 1) Mac’s Bowtie, Tessa Queirolo; 2) Loafers Lodge Devon, Olivia Troiano. CHSA Hunter Derby - 2'6": 1) Vanity Fair, Nora Andrews; 2) Polidor, Laurie Gundlach.


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Nayel Nassar and Lordan Victorious in Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix Nayel Nassar of Stanford, CA, proved that a 3,000-mile trip across the U.S. was well worth the effort when he rode Lordan to a hard-fought victory in the fourth-annual Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties. With the postcompetition tunes of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell playing in the background, Nassar prepared to make the trip home to Stanford, CA, $350,000 richer. Nassar, who rides for Egypt, and the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding he piloted to the coveted victory were one of only three riders to crack Olaf Petersen

Jr.’s course. “I can’t believe this—it’s very surreal, but this horse has been on a roll lately,” said Nassar, who is a senior at Stanford University in California and will soon graduate with a degree in economics. Upon graduation, he plans to ride professionally for Egypt in the U.S. Coming off a big two weeks on the West Coast, Nassar and Lordan were the second pair to ride clear. New Zealander Sharn Wordley of Ocala, FL, and Ashland Stables’ Derly Chin De Muze posted an early clear round in the third trip of the order, but crossed the timers just frac-

Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix winners Nayel Nassar and Lordan.

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tions over the 83-seconds time allowed for one time fault. Twenty-one rounds later, Nassar put together the winning formula with a fault-free ride in 82.76 seconds. He was later joined by Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, who guaranteed a two-horse jump-off with his own Quality Girl. Nassar’s clear jump-off round in 45.63 seconds was enough to keep Minikus on his toes, but Quality Girl was composed and focused as she entered the ring. After a thrown right front shoe early in the first round, Quality Girl attacked the jump-off course under less than perfect conditions. “I hate to make excuses, but she wasn’t quite herself as we warmed up for the jump-off,” said Minikus. When a rail came down, the pair was still guaranteed second and Minikus elected to pull up, airing on the side of his horse’s well-being. “It speaks volumes for the footing that my horse was able to jump the majority of that course without a shoe,” he added. Wordley and Derly Chin De Muze finished third while Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, rode Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s Royce to the fastest four fault effort in the first round for fourth. Capping the top five and still cashing a $75,000 prize money check, Hugh Graham piloted King Ridge Stables’ Distant Star 3E to four faults just three tenths of a  second behind Engle. While the buzz surrounding the Zoetis Million is rightfully the prize money, the course is always second on everyone’s mind. Petersen of Meunchen, Germany set the track for the second year in a row and was pleased with the result. “The thing I liked the most is that there were no falls. It’s rare to have that at this level and I am happy that everyone had a good experience,” he said. “The results prove that the difficulty was just right.” Nassar rode in the inaugural AIG $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal, CA, this past winter and was eager to compare the difficulty between his two milliondollar experiences. While the course was smaller in height, difficulty crept its way to the surface through other channels. “It was very technical and every stride kept us thinking,” he said. Minikus, the only American rider represented in the top three, revealed that when he used to dream of becoming a grand prix rider he never thought the sport would reach the level that it has in this country. “Where prize money is concerned, we are pushing the sport to equal events like golf and tennis,” he said.

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Horseman’s Exchange, LLC Tack & Apparel Consignment, 294 Great Rd., Rte. 119, Littleton, MA 01460, 978-486-0008, 978-7796119 fax, New England Equitation Championships, Cookie DeSimone 617-347-6413, Amy Eidson 401-789-5206, Kelley Small 508-835-1110, Phoenix Rising Horse Farm (tsl) 260 Pound Hill Road, North Smithfield, RI, 401-766-5500prhf. com Volo Farm (btsl), 84 Powers Rd., Westford, MA 01886, 978-692-7060, volofarm. com Walnut Hill Farm (btsl) Kellie Monaghan, Plainville, MA 508-699-1900,,

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Eventing news member, Desert Sonorous. “Deszi” is a lovely four-year-old Thoroughbred mare with an exceptional mind and kind personality. She recently competed at the Eleazer Davis Farm Young Event Horse show, and with less than 30 rides under saddle, she performed beautifully and confidently. We are very excited for this lovely mare’s future!


A GREAT BIG PAT ON THE BACK GOES OUT to Lainey Ashker and Anthony Patch on winning their first Advanced run this year at the Millbrook Horse Trials, then taking reserve in their next competition—also at Advanced—at Richland Park. Lainey decided not to take “Al” to Rolex this year and has been running him at Preliminary since the Fair Hill three-star last October, to help preserve her adored 14-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred’s health.



Mary Hutchins reports that the August Huntington Farm Horse Trials had great weather and that they were able to hold stadium this time around, as the field had finally dried out. The organizers would also like to thank the great fence judges who came out and volunteered—we hear they did a great job! And, three cheers for Cristin Roby of Lyme, NH, for acquiring the Flashdance Trophy at the event, presented to a rider over 40 who has never ridden above Novice Level. The award is given in memory of a horse that was

owned and competed by Tim Cook.

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE LONG FORMAT Congratulations to Triple Combination Farm’s Mary Brust and Spiderman for qualifying for the Waredaca Classic Training Three-Day Event in Laytonsville, MD, October 24-27. Their fifth place finish in Open Training at Huntington Farm’s August Horse Trials helped send the pair on their way.

UP AND COMING Katie Murphy of Murphy Eventing is proud to share her newest

Kudos to Claire Siebols, a Traditional C-2/H-B in Horse Management (HM) from Rockingham Pony Club of the Central New England Region, on receiving a United States Pony Clubs Scholarship! Claire won the Anson W. H. Taylor Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Pony Club and the Equine Land Conservation Resource.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Congratulations to Sarah Sparks and her husband, who will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this month—and who could think of a better place to spend it than the Fair Hill International Three-Day!

FALL INTO EVENTING If you’re looking to enjoy some fall eventing, head on over to Course Brook Farm for their USEA-recognized horse trials on October 12. They’ll be hosting Beginner Novice through Training Level competitors, with many new jumps and a brand new water complex designed by John Williams and constructed by John and Eric Bull.

WARM WELCOME True North Farm congratulates Jenn Ricci on the purchase of Schocolatine, aka “Cleo.” They finished fourth in their first event together at the GMHA Festival of Eventing!

ON THE MAP Ocala, FL, home of the Equiventures-organized Ocala Horse Properties Three-Day Eventing Series, has been ranked fifth for projected job growth by Forbes and was in Money Magazine’s top 15 market for real estate earlier in the year—which should bode well for the future of eventing and other horse sports in the area! Ocala-Marion County Chamber Economic Partnership President and CEO Kevin Sheilley said that the recognition indicates that good things are happening in Ocala. « Kevin Sheilley speaks to the crowd at the January 2013 Ocala Horse Properties Horse Trials.

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The Future of Eventing Shines At Eleazer Davis Farm Young Horse Competition By Laura Strassman

On Friday, August 23, Scarlet Hill Farm in Groton, MA, hosted a U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) Future Event Horse/Young Event Horse/New Event Horse competition organized by Eleazer Davis Farm. The USEA Young Event Horse program is designed for breeders, owners, and riders to showcase their young event horses. Yearlings, twoyear-olds, and three-year-olds competed in-hand and were judged on their conformation, movement, and their potential for eventing. Four- and fiveyear-olds competed under saddle in a dressage test, over show jumps, and solid fences. Their conformation was also evaluated and they were trotted in-hand to assess their movement. Event organizer, Lisa Samoylenko, underscored how the program spotlights young talent. “I’ve been involved with the program since it began, first as a rider/ breeder and now as an organizer. The quality of the horses improves every year. The top professionals in the U.S. need good horses—we need to start producing American horses that can compete internationally. The top riding horses at our show were mares—that bodes well for future breeding,” Lisa said. Erin Renfroe won the Five-Year-Old division on Wicked, and Beth Murphy won the Four-Year-Old division on her mare, Viva. The horses presented were of a high

standard in all age groups and many received scores that qualified them (L-R) Young Event Horse yearling competitors For Keeps with for the East Coast Elizabeth Chertavian and Forte EDF with Seija Samoylenko. Championships at Fair Hill. She had this to say about her experiRenowned young horse judge, Faith ence: “I enjoyed the opportunity to have Fessenden, presided over the dressage been on the judging team [with Nancy and conformation sections. Former U.S. Guyotte] for this terrific event. The team member Nancy Guyotte designed organization of dressage tests, conforand judged the jumping test. mation judging, in-hand classes, and a Katie Murphy, a competitor whose cross-country test smoothly handled by horse, Garth, was the Four-Year-Old Lisa Samoylenko and her ground team Champion at the Spalding Labs was notable.  USEA Young Event Horse National “Beautiful weather highlighted a first Championships last year, had this to say time visit to the marvelous Scarlet Hill about the event: “The entire team did facility where enthusiastic and capable a beautiful job ensuring that all horses riders, all with very nice horses, came and riders had plenty of preparation together to celebrate their sport. The time between their rides and presentaFuture Event Horses, New Event tions, allowing for calm young horses Horses, and four- and five-year-old and stress-free riders. It is an asset to Young Event Horses were exciting to Area I and the breeding community to see and judge. These classes provide have two of these shows during the terrific opportunities to help owners/ season (an earlier show was in June breeders and riders determine the suitat Green Mountain Horse Association) ability of a horse; as well as a talent to gauge progress and provide another search to encourage those to continue opportunity to showcase young and through the levels.” green horses.” Well attended by friends and spectaBecause eventers are not always tors and assisted by a strong group of familiar with in-hand presentation, sponsors, the day was very rewarding Fessenden gave a talk outlining the requirements and standards, as well as a for all. The full show results can be found at brief “how-to” on presenting the horses.

Waredaca Horse Trials Hosts Competitors from Beginner Novice Through Intermediate Article and Photos by Helen Casteel Photo: Lisa Samoylenko

Almost 350 competitors took part in Intermediate through Beginner Novice divisions at Waredaca’s August 17-18 horse trials in Laytonsville, MD. U.S. Chef d’Equipe David O’Connor returned as cross-country course designer for the Intermediate division.

The division was dominated by Frankie Thieriot and her lovely mare, Uphoria, who finished on their 30.80 dressage score. Jan Byyny and Inmidair also finished on their 35.60 dressage score for second, with Molly Kinnamon and Puttin on the Ritz adding just a few cross

country time faults for third with a 37.40. There were additional impressive low scores in the Open Preliminary A and B divisions. In section A, Stephen Bradley and Bedazzled were first with a 26.90, Courtney Cooper and R Star came in second with a 34.90, and eventing legend Bruce Davidson Sr. and Here’s Lola took third on a 35.50. In the B section, Maria Suarez Garcia and Irish Diamonds edged out Tracey Bienemann and Zara with a 36.60 to Tracey’s 37.40. Robyn Weaver and Gorsehill Belle were a couple of points behind in third with a 39.90.

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Green Mountain Horse Association Festival of Eventing Brings Six Days of Excitement for Enthusiasts The Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) Festival of Eventing, held August 6-11 in South Woodstock, VT, provided an unparalleled sporting and educational opportunity for event riders and enthusiasts. The week was blessed with good weather, which made for perfect riding conditions and set off the picturesque venue at the foot of Vermont’s Green Mountains to perfection. Tuesday through Thursday, five internationally-renowned clinicians worked with 35 riders to improve skills from Beginner Novice to Preliminary Level in dressage, stadium jumping, and crosscountry. The clinicians were Olympians Bobby Costello and Peter Gray, and four-

star international riders, Bonnie Mosser, Alison Springer, and Jon Holling, who, in addition to teaching, led riders and spectators in interactive discussions on horse welfare topics such as fitness, nutrition, and event preparation. Friday marked the first day of competition, with riders from Elementary to Novice Level in a one-day event. This event saw more than 100 equestrians, many locally-based, compete in the three phases. Many competitors stayed on at GMHA to enjoy the rest of the weekend, some competing again on Saturday, some volunteering, and others just enjoying the experience. Saturday and Sunday drew riders from as far afield as Virginia to test their skills.

Open Intermediate Champions Buck Davidson and Wiley Post.

The highlight was the Intermediate division, which attracted well-known riders, most notably Buck Davidson, who has represented the U.S. in numerous championships such as the Pan American

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In Training Rider A, Donna White and High Stakes led from start to finish on their 28.20 dressage score. Laura Pitts and Honestly So followed with a 33.10 and Caitlin Kuczynski and Remington Steele came in third on a 34.60. Kaelen Speck and Regal Dancer won Training Rider B on their dressage score of 31.80. Charlotte Collier and Rockfeller IV were second with 34.60 and Jamie Leuenberger and The Black Pearl claimed third with a 34.90. For full results and a calendar of upcoming events, visit

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Morgan McCue and Abecca GS moved up one place to first in Preliminary Rider, finishing on a 31.30. Talented young rider Grace Fulton and Leo the Lion Hearted were a couple of points behind with a 33.90, and Sawyer Gilker and Fine Art rounded out the top three with a 44.70. The Open Training division was very competitive with the top placers finishing within three points of each other. Tim

Bourke and Irish Ego led the group on a 25.90 and Lucia Strini and My Royal Cooley came in second with a 27.60. Melissa Fox and Diamond Legacy finished strong on their dressage score, a 28.20. “Horse” divisions at events usually feature professional riders on their talented young mounts, and the Training Horse group was no exception. Jocelyn Kriss and True Illusion won on a 19.10, while Erin Sylvester and Pet Me Pet Me were right behind her in second on a 19.80. Brynn Hamel and Showman finished third on a still very impressive 27.90.

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[LEFT] Lucia Strini and My Royal Cooley claimed second place in the Open Training division. [RIGHT] Open Preliminary A Champions Stephen Bradley and Bedazzled.

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New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association Announces New Scholarship for Riders of All Levels Submitted by Anne Burke, NHDEA Board Member

The New Hampshire Dressage and Eventing Association (NHDEA) is pleased to offer a scholarship for riders of all levels. Visit for complete details. How the Scholarship Works: 1) An interested party requests a scholarship application and/or brochure by phone, mail, or email at any time of the year. 2) Applications must be submitted and received at least two months before the event in which the award is to be used. 3) The scholarship committee consists of approximately three members, including the chairman and co-chairman.

It is best when the committee consists of a combination of current board members, recognized professionals, and NHDEA members who show the ability to be fair, unbiased, and understanding of NHDEA’s mission. 4) The scholarship committee meets approximately 10 days to two weeks after receiving applications to review all applications and allocate scholarships depending upon availability of funds, the number of qualified applicants, and some other minor considerations. 5) The committee puts each application through a “grid” that helps determine whether the applicant has

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Training, as well as Open Novice B riding Quantico; Meaghan Monroe with Hot Chili Tilly in Open Novice A; Suzie Kent aboard Jag and Rosemarie Albrizio with Evan GS in the Open Beginner Novice divisions; and Jennifer Clapp rode Gimme A Chance to the win in the Elementary division. The weekend was made possible by the collaborative effort of many people, without any one of which this amazing week would not have been possible. The GMHA staff, officials, donors, sponsors and, most importantly volunteers, worked around the clock to ensure

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Games and the World Cup. The new geo-textile/sand arena footing at GMHA rode marvelously, contributing to some very good dressage scores and many clear jumping rounds; and the beautiful cross-country course designed by Janine McLain and Tremaine Cooper provided an impressive test of both horse and human athletes. The cross-country took place under almost cloudless skies with a pleasant breeze, which meant neither horses nor riders were in danger of dehydration or heat exhaustion. Riders, spectators, volunteers, and sponsors alike spent an exhilarating day watching over 200 beautifully trained horses negotiate the course to decide the winners. Champions included Buck Davidson and Wiley Post in Open Intermediate; Tom Davis aboard King Dingaling in Open Preliminary; Marcia Kulak on RF West Indie in Open Tom Davis and King Dingaling won in Open Preliminary.

obtained even a basic “qualifying score.” All applicants must receive a minimum score of 60% to be considered. The grid consists of a variety of criteria that have been formulated to help fairly rate one candidate against another. A qualifying score does not automatically mean monies will be awarded—it is just a baseline. The committee attempts at all times to keep focused on how the overall membership can benefit from the educational opportunity our scholarships are providing. 6) The scholarship chairmen then notify all applicants of the outcome. Those who did not get scholarships are sent a fairly simple (but pleasant) rejection letter that encourages them to continue their pursuits. Those who get scholarships are first contacted by telephone and congratulated. They are notified that they will be mailed a “Letter of Agreement” (LOA) that is like a contract that outlines where, when, and how the money will be used as well as what the applicant is willing to do for NHDEA

continued on page 114 an enjoyable and safe event; that New England can offer such a well run and prestigious event at such a special venue is a testament to their dedication. For more information and a full list of results, visit

Eventing contact listings Bevin O’Reilly (tl), Brattleboro, VT, 413-478-1661, Kimberly Cartier Dome (tl), Candia, NH 03034, 603-483-0171, cartierfarms@, Stoneleigh-Burnham School (tl), 574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, MA 01301, 413-774-2711, fax 413-772-2602, Winchester Stables (tsl), Bevin O’Reilly Dugan, 336 River Road, Newfane, VT 05345, 802-365-9434,

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Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association Holds Schooling Show at Mystic Valley Hunt Club Submitted by Catriona Cleveland and Elizabeth McCosh-Lilie

earned by Karen Norton on Lexxus in the CDCTA Adult category, Emily Ballard on Silver Tassie in the CDCTA Junior category, and Frederica Davis on Talbott’s Town in the Non-CDCTA Member category. Congratulations to our show winners! The show ran like clockwork for the whole day with the many volunteers who support our shows. It is with great pride that CDCTA can run its shows and extensive programs entirely with volunteers for the club. As you read this article, we are in the final preparations for CDCTA’s third schooling show of the 2013 season, which will be held on Sunday, October 6 at the Glastonbury Hunt Club. Hopefully we will see many of you there. We are also making plans for our 2014 shows and clinics. If you have any ideas or wishes, please contact Donna Legere at We would love to receive your suggestions.

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in return. Some ways that people give back for their scholarship assistance could be giving a clinic, organizing a clinic, judging, writing articles, be available for publicity, photos, etc. The LOA also instructs them to provide receipts to the treasurer for all of their expenses related to their scholarship. It also explains that if for some reason they do not complete the program for which they have applied for funding, they must return the unused portion of the funds to NHDEA. 114 equine


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7) Once the recipient has signed the Letter of Agreement, they return it to the scholarship director. The director then makes copies, and sends the original to the treasurer requesting that she forward the funds to the recipients. Occasionally a recipient’s program will not be starting for several months, in which case, the money is maintained in NHDEA’s account until the event is close at hand and then the money is disbursed. 8) Copies of the LOA are sent to the appropriate committee chairmen so that they are aware services have been offered. Such as…if someone has volunteered a day of their judging services,

the competition committee chairman will be notified. 9) It is part of the scholarship committee’s job to be sure that proper publicity is maintained throughout the year both to educate the membership about scholarships and who has received them, but also to share with the membership the experiences that the recipients had as a result of their scholarships. 10) Fundraising efforts are encouraged as part of the scholarship committee’s need to keep the scholarship fund growing so that future (and larger) scholarships are ensured.

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those that competed in the combined What a fantastic show the test. The dressage rides covered the Connecticut Dressage & Combined Introductory tests to Third Level. It was Training Association (CDCTA) had an impressive day of riding. The results at Mystic Valley Hunt Club! Sunday can be found at High morning started out with rain for the Point Dressage Awards were earned by Training Level combined test riders. Matthew Hogan on Nautilus Too in the However, a short while later, the sun CDCTA Adult category, Kylie Schmidt came out and we had a glorious afteron MNP Take Two in the CDCTA Junior noon at Mystic. category, and Julie Wheeler on Sailfin It was a packed show with 40 combined in the Non-CDCTA Member category. test rides and 73 dressage rides between Best Score Combined Test Awards were the two dressage rings. Due to the high level of participation by our Junior riders, we were able to split the Elementary class into Junior and Senior classes. Our dressage judges, Nancy Young and Fie Anderson, provided many constructive comments for our riders. The jumping phase was judged by Mickey Lorenzen, who did an amazing job. The competition levels ranged from Elementary to Training Level among [LEFT] Matthew Hogan on Nautilus Too. [RIGHT] Emily Ballard aboard Silver Tassie.

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Dressage news YOUNG TALENT Ridden by Nadine Buberl in the First Level Test 1 at the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF)/U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF)-recognized Dressage at the Ranch, held June 15-16 at Hawk Hollow Ranch in Bedminster, NJ, the five year-old Oldenburg mare Fiderhit OLD (Fidertanz x Sandro Hit), owned by Michael and Sarah Davis, won her class and delivered the show’s high score: 82.759%.



German-certified trainer and biomechanics expert Dave Thind is proud to announce his relocation to his own “Aspire Farm,” a sport horse training, rehabilitation, and boarding center in Walpole, MA. To celebrate the official grand opening of Aspire Farm, the facility will be hosting a meet and greet and clinic with Dave the weekend of October 26-27. Both days will feature eight lessons with him, where he will answer questions and explain the lessons to auditors. Dave will also teach interactive lectures during lunch. Auditing is free for members of New England Dressage Association and Charles River Dressage Association. Dave works with riders of various disciplines, based on the German training system and an advanced knowledge of biomechanics. He has an ability to convey complex theoretical concepts and help riders not only to feel, but also to reproduce improvement. Dave himself has trained with former German Olympic Team Trainer, Martin Plewa, Brazilian Olympic Team Trainer Johan Zagers, and three-time German Professional Riders’ Champion Hartwig Burfeind. He has taught theory-

based courses in riding and riding-related biomechanics at educational institutions, including ones in Germany and Norway. Watch for Dave as a featured presenter at this year’s Equine Affaire in West Springfield, MA!

RIDING IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS Vermont Dressage Days proved to be another exciting outing for Foster Meadows. Jen Huber and Vito competed in Intermediaire 2 and Grand Prix over the weekend taking home red and blue ribbons. Jill Dumont and Skikkild’s Rosita had a great weekend at First Level, with Jill winning High Point Amateur Rider on Saturday. Clara Maynard and Diamond Delight had a superb ending to their summer season taking the prize of High Point Junior, winning their first ever Fourth Level Test 1 with a 68.286% and also winning their freestyle with a superb 75%.

Congratulations to Cynthia Pope on her purchase of Chantilly.

NEW PARTNERSHIP MEDALIST! Congratulations to Mary Jordan of Wells, ME. Mary joined Pineland Farms earlier this year and has made great strides with her horse Sebastian. Their two most recent shows were highly successful; earning Mary the last scores she needed for her USDF Bronze Medal! At the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Dressage Show, she earned first place with 74.625% in the FEI Para Freestyle and first place with 69.29% in the FEI Para Championship, including an FEI High Score award on Saturday. At GMHA, she scored a 71.154% at Third Level Test 3 for second place and the Adult Amateur Third Level High Score on Saturday, plus first place with 69.286% in the Grade IV FEI Para Championship.

Crossen Arabians and Warmbloods in Coventry, CT, proudly announces the purchase of Chantilly, sired by Contucci and out of Czar’s Precious Lacey (Alla’ Czar), by Cynthia Pope of Connecticut. Congratulations Cynthia!

GRADE A Huge congratulations to Nicholas Hansen who earned his United States Pony Clubs Traditional A rating, as well as the Dressage A. He sends a thank you to the horse Ann Sanders donated to Dressage4Kids, who helped him along the way.

FOR THE TRAINERS The Dressage Trainers Network is hosting a round table discussion titled “The Trials and Tribulations of Trainer and Student Relations.” This workshop will be conducted

by Joan M. Shulman, a CPCC certified professional life coach. Joan coaches clients to navigate relationships in the work place and in their personal lives. This roundtable event will focus on common dilemmas that arise between trainer and students. All instructors and trainers are invited. The seminar will take place on October 5 from 12:00-2:00 p.m., in Harvard, MA. For more information, contact Lisa Terrell at 978-838-9408 or email

INTERNATIONAL STARS The U.S. Dressage Team continued to show their resurgence on the international stage, cruising to a second-place finish in FEI Nations Cup competition at the CDIO3* Hickstead. The competition utilized a new format using the freestyle to determine Nations Cup results

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continued from page 119 rather than the traditional Grand Prix test. Leading the U.S. was Kathleen Raine aboard Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Program graduate, Breanna, along with Jennifer Mason, David Wightman, and Guenter Seidel.

Breaking Records Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro rode to a new Grand Prix world record of 85.942% at the European Championships Nations Cup, breaking the previous record of 84.447% the double Olympic gold medal pair set at London’s Olympia center.

Giving Back The Dressage Foundation is pleased to announce that a grant has been awarded to Utah Dressage Society (UDS) from the Michael Poulin Dressage Fund. The Fund’s Selection Committee chose UDS, a Group Member Organization (GMO) of the United States Dressage Federation, to receive a $2,310 grant for a young rider clinic to be held this month. The UDS Junior/Young Rider clinic will be held October 12-13, 2013, at South Hills Stables in Bluffdale, UT. The clinician will be Verena Mahin Sonstenes of Somis, CA, who has coached and competed through Grand Prix.

Success at HITS It was a fabulous weekend for Windhorse at CDI Saugerties! Head trainer, Diana Mukpo, and her gelding, Pascal, held their own in a very competitive field in the CDI Grand Prix where they scored 62.2% and in the Grand Prix Special with a 62.9%. Junior rider, Regan Salm, was second with a 63.5% in the CDI Junior Team Test and third with a 63% in the Junior Individual, plus had a solid performance for their first CDI freestyle. Two of Nicole Polaski’s horses won the prestigious East Coast Riders Cup (ECRC) for their respective divisions. After colic surgery earlier this summer, Nicky and Ronin came back 120 equine


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to sweep the Adult Amateur Training Level ECRC. Riding Nicole’s gelding, Ansgar, Windhorse assistant trainer, Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen, won the Prix St. Georges (PSG) East Coast Riders Cup with a 70% average in only his third outing at PSG. Nicky’s beautiful gelding, VIP, made his American Fourth Level and PSG debut with Mary, winning the Fourth Level class with a 66% and performing solid tests at PSG. Mary, with Majestic Gaits’ stallion, Schroeder, had a superb high score of 76% earning all eights in their collective marks at Fourth Level. Mary and Schroeder were honored with the Jamie Rudolph Memorial Award for highest score at Fourth Level for riders aged 14-25. Across the board Windhorse had stellar results. Joanna Sentissi had great rides on both of her geldings at Third and Fourth Level. On her Dutch gelding, Ziezo K, she brought home scores close to 64% and rode beautiful tests. The 18-year-young Attraction went through his tests with exuberance and earned a solid 62.5% at Fourth Level.

Condolences Our deepest sympathies to Alex Singh on the loss of her wonderful horse, Charmeur. They had a great journey together, learning so much. Charmie was so fortunate to have Alex as his “person.”


McConnell on their success at CADI. Dressage4Kids was proud to sponsor their team! Hannah, Caroline, and Haley placed second, third, and fifth in the Children’s FEI Preliminary Hannah Irons, Melanie Doughty, Haley Test on their Wheatley, and Caroline McConnell had a great own horses and outing at CADI. Melanie was 10th on a borrowed horse! In the freestyle Hannah IGK’s dust-free LiteStride footing was first, Caroline third, Haley was chosen for the facility’s sixth, and Melanie eighth. indoor arena upgrade that was Overall, Hannah was first, recently completed. The footing Caroline third, Haley fifth, and was met with rave reviews from Melanie 10th. riders and trainers.

Money, Money, Money

New and Improved

The Dressage Foundation’s Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Fund, established by Maryal Barnett, has awarded grants to seven individuals to attend the United States Dressage Federation’s Instructor Certification Program. Erin Sweeney of Gordonsville, VA, Bonnie Walker of San Diego, CA, Susan Springsteen of Uwchland, PA, Marilyn Rickman of Sonora, CA, Wendy Rhea of Wilton, CA, Tiffany Bragdell of Colora, MD, and Emme Johnston of Snow Camp, NC, each received a $1,000 grant to further their education as instructors.

The Kentucky Dressage Association (KDA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new member-friendly website, KentuckyDressageAssociation. com. In addition to providing information on KDA shows and clinics, the site now features an electronic version of the KDA Impulsion Newsletter, a blog, photographs from KDA shows, and a library of educational articles that will be expanded over the coming months. “I am very pleased with the updated look of KDA, and proud to announce the unveiling of our new website,” said Michelle Morehead, KDA president. “The new site will provide visitors information about KDA, our events, dressage showing tips, and highlights from our

Making Changes The Equestrian Center at Pineland Farms was delighted to receive a visit from Carolyn and Peter Kyle of IGK Equestrian.

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Windhorse Dressage of Millis, MA, sends their congratulations to Joanne Lawrence on the purchase of Rockette! We look forward to seeing this talented team in the ring.

Well Done Congratulations to Hannah Irons, Melanie Doughty, Haley Wheatley, and Caroline

The Junior/Young Riders are an active, enthusiastic, fast-growing part of the Utah Dressage Society and will be having a clinic October 12-13.

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Champions Reign At Dressage in the Rockies I, II, and III By Sue Weakley

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HM scored 70.135% (sixth place) and 72.581% (fourth place) at First Level, and 72.9% (first place) in the USDF Materiale Class. Mary Jordan and Sebastian competed in FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Team Test (69.107%), FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Individual Championship Test (68.869%), and the FEI Para Equestrian Grade IV Freestyle (67.625%) for first place. Huge congratulations to Sharon McCusker who, with Wrigley, was the highest ranked American rider in the CDI Grand Prix with a 66.106%!

Nicole Glusenkamp and Eeltsje F, a 12-yearold Friesian stallion, won the High Point Championship in the FEI division of Dressage in the Rockies II.

second day of the show. Glusenkamp has been riding Bob, a Dutch import, since he was four and this is his first year at the Grand Prix Level.  “Some of the movements need improvement—piaffe and passage— which is a matter of strength,” she says. “He is really good in all his extensions and lateral movements. I’m very happy that the judges see the talent of this very special Friesian.” To learn more about the Colorado Horse Park, go to

Ride with Debbie Meagan Davis Dressage is pleased to announce a fall dressage clinic with Debbie Bowman. The clinic will be held October 5-6, 2013, at Longview Farm in Stone Ridge, NY. Email Meagan@ for more information.

successful weekend. Jill Dumont, riding Skikkild’s Rosita, also had a successful weekend at First Level. Jill also took home the blue ribbon on Santa Mara, winning the FEI Freestyle Test of Choice. In the Grand Prix, Jen Huber on Vito had a great weekend placing second on both days.

Foster Meadows News

Truly a Delight

Foster Meadows had another great weekend at Dressage by the Seascoast I and II at UNH. UVM Filion, ridden by SarahJane Arthur and owned by Kelly Massero, had his first outing at First Level and had a very

Congratulations to Clara Maynard and her mount, Diamond Delight, who successfully competed for Region 8 as a Junior at the North American Junior/Young Rider Championships in Lexington, KY.

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The Equestrian Center at Pineland Farms was pleased to share their results from Centerline Events at HITS on the Hudson on August 16-18. Gwyneth McPherson and Chopard were awarded first place at Second Level (66.316%), while she rode Eskandar to many blue ribbons at Training Level (77.4%, 76.6% and 78.6%). Jennifer Dillon rode Dirigo at his second horse show away from the farm in three tests at First Level, scoring 71.774% (second place), 70.968% (fifth place), and 69.516% (third place). Marie DiBiccari and Reminisce

CHP for about 15 of them. At first, she entered eventing competitions, but realized she enjoyed the dressage day of eventing the most.  “Now, I go to the Horse Park to compete in dressage shows,” she says, adding that she hopes even more dressage shows are added to future Colorado Horse Park schedules. Another High Point Champion, Nicole Glusenkamp, says she particularly likes the staff at the Colorado Horse Park. “We love to come to CHP,” Glusenkamp says. “The staff is always friendly and helpful and there are always yearly improvements that make it easier to compete.”  Glusenkamp and Eeltsje F, “Bob,” a 12-year-old Friesian stallion owned by Paula Marsh of Wyning Edge Friesians in Boerne, TX, earned a 65.745% in the Grand Prix Open to land the High Point Championship in the FEI division at Dressage in the Rockies II on the

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Adventist Hospital Dressage in the Rockies I, II, and III, presented by Horseware Ireland and held at the picturesque Colorado Horse Park (CHP) August 5-7, was the ideal opportunity for riders to earn points and qualifying scores for regional dressage championships while enjoying the summer Colorado weather. Julie Burt, the Dressage in the Rockies I High Point Champion in the FEI division, earned a 67.643% in the Intermediaire 1 (I-1) aboard her own Genuine Gem, a 14-year-old Hanoverian mare (Gold Luck x Armandy). “Gem is incredibly tolerant of my learning and has a fantastic attitude,” Burt says. “We are competing at I-1 this year and scoring pretty consistently in the mid- to upper-60s, and hoping to compete at Grand Prix next summer.” Burt has been living in Colorado for nearly 20 years and competing at the

Dawson and Frederick Score National Titles At the USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals The Stanley Park Fairgrounds in Estes Park, CO, played host to 25 of the top Junior dressage riders for the 2013 U.S. Equestrian Federation Dressage Seat Medal Finals. Held in conjunction with the Paragon Dressage CDI, the annual championship hosted elite equitation competition in 13 & Under and 14-18 age divisions. In the 13 & Under division, Alexander Dawson topped the field of 13 to claim championship honors, while in 14-18 competition, Mickayla Frederick earned her first national title. All entries rode in front of the expert panel of Janine Malone, Joan Darnell, and Jane Weatherwax.

13 & Under Division Dawson, of Sturtevant, WI, traveled to Estes Park in hopes of capturing a national title with his own Kynynmount Shenanigans. The 13-year-old excelled throughout the rail work and pattern, which called for a sitting trot, to score an impressive 88%. “It’s been a long goal of mine and I’m

Gold Medalist Mickayla Frederick shows off her championship ribbons and HorseShow. com saddle pad during her victory lap at the 2013 USEF Dressage Seat Medal Finals. » 

really happy to be here. All the people here are super great and really good riders, so I’m really honored,” said Dawson of his experience over the weekend. From the moment that he entered the ring on Saturday, everything played out perfectly for Dawson and his 10-year-old Connemara cross pony. Earning reserve championship honors with a score of 82% were Mackenzie Perez, of Fort Worth, TX, and Lori Mosites’ 13-year-old Trakehner mare Eli Sheva. Third place honors went to Asia Ondaatje Rupert, of Greenwich, CT, and Julie Burt’s 14-year-old Hanoverian mare Genuine Gem with a score of 77%.

14-18 Division In the 14-18 age group, Fredericks, of Johnston, IA, scored a resounding

Winchester Stables Schooling Show August 21, 2013, Newfane, VT

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victory after receiving 85% with Robert Susa’s and her own 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding Wrainer Q. Vanessa Barnes, of Atlanta, GA, cruised to reserve champion honors after scoring 79% with Beth Villery’s 20-year-old Holsteiner gelding, Legende. Earning third place honors were Sophie Nasrullah, of Louisville, CO, and her own 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, Deveryk, with a score of 78%.


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[1] Anne Craven and Sleuth. [2] Cara Bailey and her pony watch the dressage ring. [3] Siobhan Hennessey’s lovely Connor. [4] Kimberly Westby and Erie Crest Belle. [5] Polly Schmid and Siobhan Hennessey warm-up before thir dressage tests. [6] Nichole Schmid pats her horse Wonderful as they finish their test.

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[LEFT] Sonja Cahill driving Ms Breezie at the Look to the Mountain Drive. [RIGHT] Dawn and Keath Fortier brought Lexus to the Look to the Mountain Drive and the Northeast Kingdom Drive/Ride.



Dave Herrick reports that the Granite State Carriage Association (GSCA) wrapped up their summer after enjoying numerous events, which included the Land’s End Farm Drive/Ride, held July 5-7; the Chocorua: Look to the Mountain Drive/Ride, held July 19-21; and the Northeast Kingdom Drive/ Ride, held August 2-4. During the Land’s End Farm Drive/ Ride, participants enjoyed great views of the mountain and valleys and warm weather. Three riders and six drivers— which included GSCA’s newest members, Kelli and Mike Gerrior—enjoyed two days of riding and driving, as well as food, camping, and fellowship. During the Look to the Mountain Drive/Ride, GSCA welcomed more new members—Jean Harvey, Dawn and Keath Fortier of Ghent, NY, Melinda Zimmer-Rankin, Sarah Curtis, and Marcial Socha. This year’s ride also welcomed newly accessible trails, as well. Aside from riding, attendees also enjoyed a potluck dinner, as well as taking refreshing swims in Chocorua Lake. One sweaty rider even took a dip in Heron Pond!

Unlike its predecessors, the Northeast Kingdom Drive/Ride was met with unsettled conditions, but that didn’t deter GSCA members from making the trek to Danville, VT. The event was attended by Dawn and Keath Fortier, Corin Brennan, Jean Harvey, Linda Stebbins, and the club’s newest member, Felicity Beech. The club enjoyed yet another “first” when Dawn ran the marked loop on foot with Keath trotting behind on Lexus. Following riding and driving, the group enjoyed another potluck barbecue on Saturday evening, and host, Bert Frye, joined the circle to share a few tall tales before evening showers sent everyone back to their shelters.

DRIVING FOR THE DISABLED United States Driving for the Disabled, Inc. (USDFD) hosted a successful, free driving clinic at Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship in Howell, NJ, August 10-11, 2013.The clinic was held in conjunction with USDFD, United States ParaEquestrian Association, United States Equestrian Federation, Celtic Charms Therapeutic Horsemanship, and Ann Miles of the Carriage Barn in New Hampshire. With nine participants and two nationally classified para-equestrians in attendance over the course of the weekend, the event catered to all levels of drivers. Clinician, Sara Schmitt, covered driven

Team Weber on the marathon course at Caen.

dressage, hazards and cones, and lessons adapted to the skill level of each driver. There were eight driving lessons on Saturday, August 10, and seven on Sunday, August 11. All drivers and potential drivers used horses and ponies provided by the Neuberg’s at Nearaway Farms, Ellen Weisfeld and Mary Alice Goss, Celtic Charms, Nancy Forsyth, and clinician Sara Schmitt.

IN IT TO WIN IT And in national news, Chester Weber remains undefeated in France, following his second win there in the CAI-A4 Caen August 23-25, against a field of 12 drivers and 60 horses representing seven nations. This victory is especially significant for Chester, as the competition was the test event for the 2014 World Equestrian Games. In early June, he had the strongest international finish of his career when his team led all three phases—dressage, marathon, and cones—of the World Cup-qualifying Saumur CAI-A4 against top whips, including Dutch team gold medalists Ijsbrand Chardon and Theo Timmerman.

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Black Swamp Driving Club Implements Changes to Make Improvements Article and photo Submitted by Roger Higgins Jr.

I can’t believe it’s October and autumn is upon us! The Black Swamp Driving Club (BSDC) still has some events going on. Here is the list of things yet to come. On October 19, the Hites Log Cabin Drive will take place in Kenton, OH. Additionally, our Annual Banquet has moved to November 16, to be held at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Arlington, OH. This is the list of events that we have on the schedule for the rest of the season. We still have several things planned. As always, please refer to the BSDC Newsletter for updates and changes that may occur. Sometimes things may change or be canceled and I will not have enough time to make the correction in the article, so check the newsletter. You might even get a phone call if things change at the last minute. Please plan to attend the annual banquet. It will be a little different this year, so be sure to watch the newsletter for details. We have had a wonderful driving season so far this year and the members have made it a safe one as well. Thanks to the members that are making the drives successful. Without your support it couldn’t be done. It’s fun to host events, but even more fun when the people enjoy the effort put forth by the host. The board of directors made some

changes to better direct the club. You will notice a change in communication with the members so please watch for details in the BSDC Newsletter. Also, if you are interested in becoming an officer, please let us know. We would like to put your name on the ballot for voting. You can contact any board member and we can forward the information. It would be great if you could put together a profile about yourself so we can let others know about you. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just some things that would be interesting to know. I want to take this time to thank everyone for a great term in being reporter for the BSDC. I will be leaving the board of directors and you will have a new reporter. I am not sure who will be taking over, but that will be announced later. As reporter, it is difficult to prepare the articles without information from the members. Please remember to forward any news item, picture, or update so we can continue reporting to our membership. Thanks to the Equine Journal for all of their help and consideration. It has been a pleasure to be your reporter and to send information to you each month. Until things are worked out with the new reporter, please send me any information and I can forward it on. Thanks again, it has been great working with everybody! If any members have people that are

interested in joining the club, please bring them along to an event. That way others can see what the club is doing and what we are all about. We always have an open invitation for anyone to come and join us. If you are interested in joining the club, or observing our events, please let us know. You can contact me at or call 740-2517193. I will be glad to help in any way I can. It would be great to have some new members added to the club. As always, I am requesting pictures of the events so I can add them to the article. They play an important part of our activities. It seems like we can get pictures for the newsletter but they don’t seem to make it for the Journal. So if anyone has pictures for the article please send them to me at higgy122@; I will be glad to attach them to the article.

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Colonial Carriage & Driving Society Members Enjoy a Summer Fun Day Submitted by Kay Konove

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A few drivers got to drive the circus train route through the woods, and several more games were planned before a deluge canceled the rest of the day. However, the friendly participants gathered in the coach barn to eat lunch and receive awards.

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The big top circus came to Orleton Farm in Stockbridge, MA, on July 28 for the Colonial Carriage Summer Fun Day. Thirteen turnouts “clowned around” during the costume parade and such driving games as Clown Cones, Take a Chance, and Stuffed Animal Toss.

Drivers with the fastest times in the games were awarded a box of animal crackers, and the drivers with the slowest times got a bag of candy peanuts. Such a deal! Maureen Gamelli, the colorful ribbon runner and announcer received a special trophy for her “act.” Harvey and Mary Waller were also honored as the gracious hosts of the annual event. We couldn’t have had so much fun without all the volunteers: Hilary Harty was dressed perfectly to be ringmaster, while Laurie Danaher was the extraordinary gatekeeper. Jack Alexander and others


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Western Reserve Carriage Association Members Stay Busy Driving Submitted by Henry Rish

Every year for five days in August the clock is turned back to the 1890s for the Walnut Hill Driving Show held near Pittsford, NY. A group of Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA) members attended as exhibi-

tors and spectators. Beautiful carriages, gleaming horses and ponies, and well turned out drivers, grooms, and passengers filled the ring throughout the duration of North America’s largest and most prestigious carriage driving show.

Jackie Payne with her Welsh/ Connemara mare Bailey had a great show, culminating in the Division A Large Pony Championship. Dr. Susan Orosz and her Morgan mare were named reserve champion in the Park Ladies’ Wicker Phaeton division. Picking up ribbons in the large Small Pony classes were Diane Schmidt with her gray Welsh pony and Mary Thomas’ Dartmoor mare. Heather Hossfeld’s pony pair garnered fourth in a Bonneted Phaeton class. Also enjoying the show were Eric Bergman, Linda

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[LEFT] Lyn Howard and passengers participating in Fun Day, which is always a crowd favorite. [RIGHT] Hilary Harty, ringmaster, and Maureen Gamelli entertained everyone in the ring. [BELOW] Maureen Gamelli caught clowning around with Laura Corsun and her circus horse, Thomas, at Fun Day.

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were quick on the cones crew. Carol Stoddard and Ron Terry were steadfast timers and scribes for the games. This summer activity was created for drivers who did not necessarily compete at shows. Now everyone wants to play because it’s so much fun! The club welcomed new members and all sorts of equines and vehicles, including three Minis, two Fjords, two mini donkeys, a Morgan, and three Percherons. There was something for everyone at this event. Entries included Laura Corsun, Lyn Howard (and many adorable grandchildren), Diane Bozyczko, Ron and Kay Konove, Sasha Truax, Sabrina Cameron, Sue Brennan, Cindy Baehr, Dorothy Aiksnoras-Vallee, Lynn Giuliani-Burke, Lauren Reiley, and Carol and Allison Terry.

Many thanks to the Fun Day Planning Committee for taking the circus theme “seriously” and making the day a big top success: Harvey Waller, Maureen Gamelli, Kay Konove, Carol Terry, Diane Bozyczko, Laurie Danaher, Marilee Wagner, Anne Hunter, and Carl Dudash. If you have a theme you would like

to see in the future, be sure to let the committee know so we can start working on costumes and decorations! Next meeting: Wednesday, October 23 (changed from October 16). Dick Lahey will be conducting his famous Quiz Bowl for the club. More details can be found at October 2013

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Saratoga Driving Association Members Wrap Up Their Summer with Multiple Competitions Submitted by Carol Frank

As I write this, summer is ending and Saratoga Driving Association (SDA) members are competing this weekend and out driving or wishing they were. I attended the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, NY, with Barbara Akers and Laura Corson, where they host two days of driving. SDA member, Bill Broe, was the judge and

Dick Leahey runs the open driving show on Saturday while Frank Casella has the draft horse show on Sunday. Both organizers have long driving histories and may come and speak at our Mid-Winter Driving Conference on February 16. It is always a fun show, but it is a fair. Two draft horses rattled by with chains with jumping dock dogs leaping

nearby and the squeals of pig races erupting in the background. A trapeze artist performed on an aerial above us, so close we could have been hit by her sweat. When she was joined by a motorcyclist I thought it was over, but when he started revving his engine, I could only pray. But it was the Western Pleasure Horse competitors in the next ring that complained about us scaring their horses with our carts. Up north at Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA), the annual combined driving event was well represented by the SDA. Ron Stevens, Ilyana Meltzer, Susan Gregorio, Christina Alsop, Lyn Howard, Susan Mallery, and Wilson and Robin Groves attended. Results are not in as I write this, but

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[LEFT] WRCA member, Stacey Giere, served as one of the ringmasters at the Walnut Hill Driving Show. [RIGHT] Mary Thomas gets here Dartmoor Mare ready for the Walnut Hill Show ring.

Bev Patrick has been busy competing, too. At the Metamora CDE, she earned the blue ribbon and at the Hickory Knoll CDE, she and her chestnut horses finished fourth in a strong field of Preliminary Horse Pairs. On Saturday, August 17, 2013 WRCA had the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Tannerwood Farms of Sunny and Ted Jones. Thirty-plus members, friends, and the Jones family had an enjoyable lunch. After lunch, 11 turnouts completed the cones, dressage ring, water crossing, and the groomed loops through the woods and around the dam. The highlight of the day was

the drive through extensive wooded trails led by Sunny Jones and her pair. The National Drive draws a large number of WRCA members each year. The 2013 edition will be held October 8-13 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. WRCA will return to historic Zoar Village on October 27 for a drive hosted by Jon and Nancy Roemer. Drivers will find new trails through the woods in addition to the usual routes around the village. Coming up on November 10 is the reception at Ivan Burkholder’s Woodlyn Coach in Mt. Hope, OH. Visit for more details.

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Eick, Meredith Giere, Don Schmidt, and Kay and Henry Rish. The Ohio Combined Driving Event (CDE), held at Windy Knoll Farm in Sullivan, OH, attracted a large contingent of WRCA drivers and volunteers. Finishing fourth in the Combined Test was Barbara Kurtz with Diana Beardsley right behind in fifth. Stacey Giere picked up second in the Intermediate division while Nancy Roemer’s Fjords were second in Preliminary Pair Ponies. In the Preliminary Ponies a Paul Sutton entry took fourth and Jackie Payne placed sixth. Three WRCA members Tracy Lauffer, Karen Wright, and John Hubbell finished third, fourth, and fifth respectively in Training Single Horse. As usual, the Training Single Pony division was large and competitive, but Margaret Shenker quickly established herself as the winner by posting the top dressage score and never looked back on her way to victory. Cathy Rhoades’ pony, driven by Barb King, picked up second, with Heather Raw, Carol Milhoun, and Mary Thomas finishing in the eighth, ninth, and 10th places. Also competing were Janet Yosay and Karen Thewlis. Wanda Backschreider, Don and Carm Dalton, Bob and Cathy Franks, Al and Angie Hohenbrink, Kim Stegh, and Kay and Henry Rish all remained busy as volunteers. Organizers Bob and Susan Burrows recognized Dexter Milhoun for his work improving the popular water hazard.

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I visited Wheelrunners last Tuesday and they were well set with a new hazard and ready to go. What is Wheelrunners you ask? Robin Groves holds a group training session at GMHA once a month. There are Wheelrunners for drivers, and Ridge Runners for riders. The drivers were divided into two groups in the large dressage ring. Each group had a morning and afternoon lesson. The first group of 11 drivers went between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and the second of nine drivers went between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Stalls were provided and most people got together for lunch. In the morning Robin had us negotiate the ring, avoid horses having issues, and make circles or other moves as she told us. The afternoon lesson was driving a pick-your-own-route through a cones course filled with different elements that we all need to learn how to drive. If you never attended a single competition, and never wanted to, this was still great fun. Talking with other drivers, seeing what they were doing, equipment they were using, sharing experiences, and just driving in a new place with all sorts of things and noises going by was fun. The horses got to see other equines and learn how to act in a ring with fellow drivers. It was wonderful training and cost me $60 for the day because I am not a GMHA member. One can sign up for the whole series and then it is discounted even more. If interested, participation must be approved by Robin, so you can be assured that you are safe to be there, and so is everyone else—that’s better than at a show. I write about Wheelrunners because it was excellent training and a wonderful

way to get instruction. We wonder if we could try something like it in our area. Jeff Morse has just built the most beautiful dressage ring at his home, Green Meads Farm, in Richmond, MA. Weekends are limited time, and trainers are pulled in many directions. Robin holds Wheelrunners on Tuesdays. We talked about inviting her down on a Wednesday. Now I am interested in seeing if people would like to try something like this at Jeff’s. Could the working folks occasionally take a day off? Are there enough retirees to fill the spots? We could probably do it with a minimum of five drivers and split the trainer’s cost. First, we need to know if you are interested. Give me a shout, or talk to Jeff Morse—let somebody know that it would work for you midweek and at Jeff’s location. Obviously in the fall, more weekend time opens up, but in the warm weather it seems everyone is fully booked or out showing. Most importantly Jeff now has this gorgeous dressage ring and I recommend coming out and driving. We are looking for suggestions and interest in doing some group activities out there. Is this something that appeals to you? We’d like to choose a day to set up a cones course, or bring a judge for informal dressage training. Remember, even if you don’t compete—it is always good for you and your driving partner to get another set of eyes on you. Maybe there is something you can improve, or expose to your horse that will help you. Finally, we are always interested in getting input from the SDA members. We welcome everyone’s participation, and as board members change, we need to have people step up and ask if there is a vacancy or offer to help out. We always need volunteers for events and we appreciate all your help.

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Sarah Orsak and My Cowboy Cadillac earned the Youth All Around Harris Work Saddle. Mikaela Sundgren and Art I Perfect may have had only their third show together as a team, but they made it count by taking the All Around Amateur Harris Work Saddle. One Cool Son Of A Gun and Brookelynn Baber took the All Around Novice Youth NSBA trophy. For Rhonda Hopkins and Lotza Te Time, a neck-and-neck high point race with barnmates Katherine Joos and Forbidden Pleasure ended with Hopkins winning the NSBA bronze for All Around Novice Amateur.

Reining Horses has become an official NRHA Corporate Partner. NRHA is a worldwide organization dedicated to the promotion of the reining horse and the sport of reining. Schmersal Reining Horses is the home of NRHA Professional Craig Schmersal and Pale Face Dunnit. “We are truly excited to partner with the National Reining Horse Association,” says Schmersal. “The NRHA is at the core of my family’s livelihood. Without the NRHA, we would not be blessed with the success we’ve enjoyed in the reining industry.”

CONDOLENCES PARTNERING UP The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce that Schmersal

We were sad to hear that Joe Kirk Fulton, a leading breeder of Quarter Horse racehorses for more than 50 years and the

breeder of legendary cutting performer and leading sire Peppy San Badger, passed away on Thursday, August 1, 2013.

NEW ADDITION Congratulations to Gina and Rich Cormier of Sebring Shores, FL, who recently announced that they will be making little Richie a big brother soon. We can’t wait to meet their new addition!

COWGIRL UP Dr. Eleanor M. Green, dean of veterinary medicine at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, will join 211 previous honorees when she is officially inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame at its

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The 2013 Show Your Colors American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Show announced all-around winners from the show, which was held preceding the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) Breeders Championship Futurity and World Championship Show on August 10-11, 2013. The judges for the show were Tom McBeath, Laura Kathryn Gilmer, Kendra Weis, and Brendan Brown. Taking home the Open All Around Harris Work Saddle was the sorrel overo, Shez Eye Candy, owned by Tracy and Suzanne Rogers. Ridden by Ryan Painter, Brad Ost, and Beth Case, the nine-year-old mare also competes with a youth rider in the 14-18 events.



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continued from page 132 38th Annual Induction Luncheon Ceremony on October 24, 2013. “Eleanor is a fitting addition to the other 211 extraordinary Honorees in the Hall of Fame,” said Patricia Riley, executive director of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Passing On Our condolences go out to American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)/NRHA judge Mark Guynn of Berthoud, CO, on the passing of his son, Dustin. Our thoughts are with him and his family during this difficult time.

Headed Down Under The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) proudly welcomes the Western Dressage Association of Western Australia as a Silver Level International Alliance Partner. Alliance Partners work jointly to provide educational curriculum, events, and competition that abide by the mission of the WDAA. This new Alliance is a formal organization in Australia and will address the needs of western dressage enthusiasts in western Australia. 

Congratulations to Samantha Tarby on the purchase of Peppys Scribled Dude.

Spagnola have done a terrific job preparing her to succeed at the NCEA (National Collegiate Equestrian Association) level.”

Congratulations to Richie and Susan Robinson of Swanzey, NH. They recently made Victoria a big sister when Vanessa was born on August 9, 2013 at 8:24 p.m. Vanessa weighed 7 lbs, 8 oz and measured 19.75 inches long.

Headed South South Carolina head coach Boo Major has announced the signing of Lindsey Slack of Burlington, VT, to a national letter of intent to join the Gamecocks for the upcoming season. Slack will join the western team and is expected to compete in Horsemanship. “We’re thrilled to have Lindsey join our program,” Major said. “She comes to us from Powder Brook Farm and Gretchen Mathes and Geno

The NRHA is excited to announce that 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Shining Spark has become the association’s sixth Four Million Dollar Sire. This historic milestone puts him among others such as Hollywood Dun It, Topsail Whiz, Smart Chic Olena, Gunner, and Wimpys Little Step. His offspring have won a total of $4,041,790 to date. The 1989 stallion owned by Carol Rose is by Genuine Doc and out of NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Diamonds Sparkle. Not only has Shining Spark led a successful career as a sire but a successful show career as well, earning over $55,000 with riders like Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Loomis and Three Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee Tim McQuay behind the reins.

Sold! Caroline and Matt Ventura wish to congratulate Samantha Tarby of Southbury, CT, on her purchase of Peppys Scribled Dude. “Turbo” is a double registered Paint/Pinto gelding. Look for this wonderful new pair around the New England show circuit. We wish you many wonderful shows and blue ribbons together.

He’s Not Lazy Welcome to the World

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Pine View Farm would like to announce the 10 NSBA World Championships, four reserve world championships, four Breeders Championship Futurity (BCF) Championships, and four BCF Reserve Championships that were won by eight different horses sired by Lazy Loper. “We’re just very grateful to the owners, exhibitors, and trainers of Lazy’s babies that are such an integral part of his success,” says Debbi Trubee, Pine View Farm breeding manger along with Roger Landis. “We were just tickled that Lazy cannot only sire the main event world champions but also world champions for the little ones in walk-trot classes. We think that speaks volumes on how incredible-minded and talented the Lazy’s are.”

Baby Makes Three Congratulations go out to Shane and Holt Graham-Pope on the birth of their son on Thursday, August 22, 2013. “He’s here—Samuel Stone Pope, 8 lbs, 12 oz,” says Holt Graham-Pope right after her delivery. “Our family is complete— C-section went great and he has some strong lungs. Thanks for all the continued prayers as the doctors take a closer look at him in the days to come.”

New Show in the Mix The Great Southwest Equestrian Center (GSEC), located in Katy, TX, has announced the creation of the Heritage Futurity. The new event, which will debut October 4-6, features $60,000 in total added money. According to GSEC General Manager, Sean Brown, the futurity takes place on the dates of a previous NRHA-approved show that had been held at the facility for the past two years. “Our idea was to grow that show into providing another quality futurity event for the reining community,” he noted, then added, “With the cancelation of a couple of existing reining futurities, there is a real need for such an event, and

we’re excited to grow what was originally our East Meets West Show into this niche.”

Tying the Knot Congratulations to Nick Wright and Stephanie Charron of Portsmouth, NH, on their recent marriage on August 24, 2013. We wish you a lifetime of happiness.

Gota Love Him Congratulations to Pamela Bilek of Chino Hills, CA, on the purchase of 2013 NSBA World Champion, Aint Gota Lot (Gota Lota Potential x Zips Fancy Fashion). The 2010 bay gelding was bred by Shelley Ruth Donovan of BSB Quarter Horses. Watch for “Bob” under the guidance of Highpoint Performance Horses.

In It To Win It The world’s greatest cowboys and cowgirls will descend upon AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX, on March 2, 2014, to take part in the richest one-day rodeo in history, RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo. When the dust settles at this action-packed event, the toughest competitors in the world will ride away with the most significant one-day cash payout ever awarded. Each one of these world-class athletes will compete for their share of the $2,000,000. The event is going to showcase the top 10 contestants in the world after the Pro Bull Riding (PBR) World Finals and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). In addition, any other athlete who wishes to compete against the world’s best will be eligible for part of the payout. There will be five qualifying events for each rodeo event, culminating with the semi-finals in Mesquite, TX, on February 21-23. The top qualifiers will then move on to compete against the top 10 in the world at The American on March 2. Out of the $2,000,000, each event will pay $100,000 for first and $25,000 for second. Then there will be a $1,000,000 side pot for the qualifiers. If a qualifier can win his or her event, the athlete is entitled to a share of the $1,000,000.

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Youth Reiners Score Big With Over $10,000 in Scholarships By Hayley Lewallen

The Reining Horse Sports Foundation (RHSF) is excited to announce the recipients of more than $10,000 in academic and need-based scholarships for seven youth members: Christi Gordon, Alexis Daggett, Blair Willette, Holly Lauth, Sarah McEntire, Taran Koch, and Amasa Smith. Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) from across the United States and Canada submitted applications for the RHSF Scholarships. The seven recipients were chosen by a committee based on academic achievement, financial need, future goals, and involvement in NRHyA and NRHA. Christi Gordon from Colorado, Alexis 134 equine


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Dagget from Wisconsin, and Blair Willette from Arizona were each awarded $2,000 in RHSF Scholarship monies. Gordon currently attends Colorado Christian University where she is majoring in business administration. Dagget currently attends Trinity University where she is majoring in biology and chemistry and intends to be a veterinarian. Willette will be attending Duke University in the fall where she will be majoring in chemistry. Holly Lauth of Minnestoa and Sarah McEntire of North Carolina will each receive $1,500. Lauth will be attending Southwest Minnesota State University in the fall where she will be majoring in radiography. McEntire will be attending Texas

[1] Mandy Whitney and Hootie won Overall Cowgirl. [2] Kelly Sommers and Chyna won Reserve Cowgirl. [3] Shad Smith and Lacey won Overall. [4] Rob Baratta and Tango won Reserve Cowboy.

A&M University in the fall where she plans on majoring in agri business and will compete on the school’s equestrian team. Taran Koch of Oregon and Amasa Smith of Virginia will each receive $750 from RHSF. Koch plans on attending the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls to pursue a degree in biology and health sciences. Smith is currently dual enrolled at Old Dominion University and Tide Water Community College where she is majoring in photo journalism. “The youth program is vital to our sport; the youth are our future. Being able to recognize our youth members for their involvement in the sport of reining as well as award them for all their hard work in school is an honor. I can’t wait to see what outstanding things these individuals achieve after college,” said Frank Costantini, president of the Reining Horse Sports Foundation. For more information about the RHSF Scholarship Program, go to rhsf. com or

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[LEFT] Bill Cameron, the timer, working hard. [RIGHT] Pure Country and LKA Khali Kateef. [BELOW] Jo Murray, Thomas Shipley, and Miles.

Results from the Salamonie Stomp I:

Ohio Arabian and All-Breed Trail Society Members Hit the Trails at the Salamonie Stomp Submitted by Mickie Newman

For those of you who didn’t make it to the Salamonie Stomp this year, you missed a great ride! Usually the weather for this ride is very hot—it is in July, after all. But this year it was gorgeous! We were actually running around in jackets in the morning— Maureen said that’s the first time she can ever remember wearing a jacket there,

for the July ride. The trails weren’t quite as dry as last year, but from what I heard there wasn’t nearly as much mud as there has been in the past. You should get this article just before Oak Openings, where the weather should be gorgeous also. It may well be the last year for this ride, so come check it out.

Saturday 25-mile division 1. Patricia Bullock on TPR Wind Socks; 2. Chloe Goff on Jammit (junior); 3. Stephenie Beason on Heather’s Rose; 4. Patti Jo Duda on Ho’s Cherokee Summer; 5. Gaill Otto on Fly; 6. Stacey Johnson on Be a Quiet Man (BC); 7. Janet Kirkpatrick on Ha Hi Fire; 8. Mira Mansuetti on Patrolon’s Star + (junior); 9. Alicia Mansuetti on Patralana; 10. Jennifer Wright on C.A. Ultra Sonic; 11. Cherie Gulick on Tias Amira; 12. Maggie Taylor on Comokado; 13. Kay Rothermund on LKA Kahli Kateef + (junior); 14. Mollie Krumlaw-Smith on Pure Country; 15. Thomas Shipley on Fadbai Prince (junior); 16. Monica Gaynor on Pushers Lucky Cash; 17T. Kimberley Leiter on Gospel of Luke; 17T. Mike Leiter on Moon.   Saturday 50-mile division 1. Kaylee Crotchett on Khemosabi (junior); 2. McKaleigh Borton on LM Freedom (junior); 3. Lois McAfee on LMS Hoosier; 4. Karen Cummings on Khruzin-N-Style (BC); 5. Connie Caudill on Hava Nahh; 6. Leah Palestrant on Zeus Apoll; 7. Becky McCarty on Fadbai Fanatic; 8. Kristin Budzynski on Cloudy; 9. Patricia DeMott on Cocoa; 10. Teresa Searcy on NiteTime Jamboree; 11. Robert Plummer on KM Khoraneedo; 12. Carol Ann Beckner on Chelsea Image Bee.  

Results from the Salamonie Stomp II: Sunday 25-mile division 1. Patti Jo Duda on Ho’s Cherokee Summer; 2. Janet Kirkpatrick on Ha Hi Fire; 3. Teresa Searcy on NiteTime Jamboree; 4. Mira Mansuetti on Patrolon’s Star + (junior); 5. Alicia Mansuetti on Patralana (BC); 6. Stacey Johnson on Be a Quiet Man; 7. Thomas Shipley on Fadbai Prince (junior); 8. Mollie Krumlaw-Smith on Pure Country. Saturday Recreational Distance participants: Shelley Nash, Celeste Phares, and Carolyn Sullivan on Saturday. Sunday Recreational Distance participants: Nicole Sula.

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Connecticut Trail Rides Association Has Successful Barbecue and Auction Weekend Submitted by Kim Dore

I hope everyone had time to get some quality if not quantity rides in this summer. Our barbecue and auction weekend was fairly well attended, about 45-50 members and guests enjoyed the grilled offerings of London broil, chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, as well as sautéed onions and mushrooms, tossed salad, fruit salad, coleslaw provided by the Dores, macaroni salad provided by Patti Crowther, potato salad provided by Karen Dilger, fresh corn cooked and provided by Dave Manley, and a huge cake provided by Gigi Ouellette and delivered by Kathy Watson. Gigi was laid up with a flu bug and unable to attend. The poker ride on Saturday had nine riders, with a mix of members and non-members. Ann Dominick had the top winning hand; Kim Dore was next; guest Paige Main was third; ride host Carrie Torsiello was fourth; Bud Dore was fifth and his significant other, Chelsy, was sixth. Jim Dominick, Cindy Shook, and Terry Shook all enjoyed the ride, but there was not a winning hand for any of them!

Our auctioneer, Louie Fox, and his “sidekick,” Dave Manley, did an excellent job keeping the bids flowing. Many thanks to all who helped make the barbecue and auction a success, with special thanks to all the following members and friends: Sally Doyle for making the coffee and making sure we got the hot water hooked up; Kathy Ives for the use of the instant hot water heater; Bud Dore and Tom Lago for sweeping the pavilion; Chelsy Lopardo for cleaning the tables; Dave Manley for collecting the money (he’s still bumming that he didn’t get any “tips”!); and Dick Jones for calling in his bids and then giving the items to those he bid against via proxy! A very special thanks goes to all who attended and spent their money on the food and auction items. Condolences to life member, Holly Scanlon, and her father, Larry Adkins, on the loss of Holly’s husband in August. This is a very rough time for the family as Holly’s mother-in-law passed away only days prior to her son. Please keep

Holly and her children in your prayers. The only ride currently scheduled in October is Columbus Day weekend. Karen Dilger will host a Bingo ride on Saturday, October 12, with a 10:30 a.m. start time from Camp Boardman into Mohawk Forest. For those who play to “win,” this ride is for advanced riders; those who are playing for “fun” must be at least intermediate riders. Bingo cards as well as locations of Bingo numbers will be given out—this should be considered a speed event! There will also be a pizza party in the pavilion at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night. For $7 per person, it is all you can eat pizza and soda. Pizza topping requests will be taken prior to the ride. The last weekend in October (26-27) is the official camp closing weekend. All personal items and campers must be removed from camp by October 31 at the latest. Our annual banquet and elections will be on Saturday, November 2. The location will be the Litchfield Firehouse. If you have not received a direct mailing for the banquet, please contact Kim Dore at 860-309-4507. The nominees for the executive board for 2014 are as follows: President – Gigi Ouellette and Carrie Torsiello; Vice President – Fran Torsiello and Lynn Gogolya; Treasurer – Betty Pokrichak, Sally Doyle, and Ruth Strontzer; Secretary: Kim Dore and Karen Dilger; and Camp Director – Cathy Ives.

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West Greenwich Horseman’s Assoc. Poker Ride Boasts Large Turnout, Big Prizes Submitted by Tammy Lamphere

If you haven’t heard about the wild time West Greenwich Horseman’s Association (WGHA) is having this year, you live too far away! I have seen a lot of new faces and a lot of the same old faces, which is a good mix. I hope you have gotten out for a few of the WGHA rides. There is still a full calendar of events. Just log onto our website for all the details at orgsites. com/ri/wgha. 136 equine


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On July 21, 2013, Lu and Mike Grafe held our WGHA Hunter Pace #2. This was, by far, the best hunter pace ever! I say that because for the first time in 25 years, I got a ribbon. Thank you to that crazy Arabian mare for a great ride. Seriously, it was a perfect ride with great trails and nice weather. Lu and Mike worked in crazy hot, humid weather to make sure the trails were

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Becky and Melissa showing off Melissa’s first place in the Trailblazer division.

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Results from the WGHA Hunter Pace #2 are as follows:

[ABOVE] A group picture of all the winners at the WGHA Hunter Pace. [RIGHT] Lu setting up for the hunter pace. [BELOW] Tammy Lamphere’s first hunter pace ribbon.

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“Never betray your friendship with your horse.” - Jack Brainard

Hunters 1. Loree Osowski; 2. Jim Hallam and Ray Austin (The Man Team); 3. John and Dee Minzy; 4. Rachael Boleg; 5. Linda Krul and Celeste Santos Rivera; 6. Erin Gwaltney. Hilltoppers 1. Julie Reed and Elizabeth Morris; 2. Maureen Rozzero and Kim Avila; 3. Denise Anthony and Marcia Stewart; 4. Tammy Lamphere; 5. Karen Unsworth; 6. Michelle Maynihan and Sherri Bankert. Trailblazers 1. Melissa Winsor; 2. Sue Sikes; 3. Jacklyn Snow; 4. Meredith Johnson. Juniors 1. Amanda Osowski and Caroline Marchand; 2. Riane Anderson; 3. Mackenzie Coffey and Alexandra Coffey; 4. Angela Young.

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continued from page 136 pristine. Thank you! We hope to see everyone at the third hunter pace.  On August 4, 2013 WGHA held its annual Poker Ride. There was a great turnout of 48 riders. The more riders, the bigger the prizes—and they were huge this year. The weather could not have been more perfect at Goddard Park for this ride. Thank you to Lu and Mike Grafe for nice trails, good KFC, and a good knowledge of a poker hand. Bill Coverdale won the best hand and a cash prize of $205—he also won the 50/50 and initially didn’t even want to come! The second best hand went to Sandy Pacheco for $125. Sue Sikes had the third best hand for $80, and Randy Owen got $40 for the fourth best hand. Marica Stewart won $40 for the worst hand.  If you missed out on all this excitement, don’t worry, there are a lot more rides planned for 2013. We ride until we can’t!

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CORINTHIAN RIDER WINS BIG Corinthian Stables is proud to announce that their young rider, Taylor Hudson of Fairview, PA, has won the prestigious Carol Russo Memorial Trophy at the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, NY. Taylor rode Corinthian Lucky Charm (Corinthian Classic x DSF Destiny Behold), owned by Brenda Hills. The memorial trophy, awarded to the Grand Champion Walk-Trot English Equitation rider, in the Open division, represents the lifetime of dedication that Carol Russo gave to her young equestrians in the Buffalo, NY, area. Taylor is the daughter of Dave and Laurie Hudson.


Taylor Hudson of Corinthian Stables won the Carol Russo Memorial Trophy.

Esther Fiddes of Bethel, CT, completed another Green Mountain Horse Association 50-mile ride on August 3-4 riding her 12-year-old chestnut mare, Quietude MacKenzie. They placed fourth. Over the years, Esther has competed with LBF Hickory Smoke, “Pokey.” This year, he was reserve champion of the ride, and Top Morgan. The smoky black, 15-year-old gelding also won the perpetual


Sylvia “Adair” (Shaw) Maker, 89, of Hartland Four Corners, VT, died on June 24 at her daughter’s home in Florida. Adair was born in West Springfield, MA, in 1923 to Richard Shaw, DVM and Elsie Howard Shaw. The family, with three daughters, moved several times before settling down in Shrewsbury, MA. Adair and her sister Beverly (Billie) worked hard to support their beloved ponies, but times were tough during the Great Depression and when pony rides failed to bring in the revenue, they started gaining the attention of passers-by with feats they were teaching themselves and their ponies, including Roman riding and rope spinning. Soon people were coming to watch the girls as their act flourished, and every child wanted a ride on their very special ponies. Adair and Billie’s partnership of resourcefulness and competiveness paved the way to a successful career as rodeo trick riders. After being spotted by a

scout while performing in 1943 in Toronto, Canada, they were selected to perform with great touring rodeo shows such as Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. In 1949, Adair formed another “partnership” with Dr. Wilber Maker (Bill), her father’s veterinary partner, and they began their wonderful 57-year marriage. During this time she was instrumental in the ever-

life by all that met her. She was truly a “strong woman.” She leaves her sons: Gerry and wife Linda, Tom and partner Nancy; her daughter Sylvia and husband Claude; in-laws Janice, and Carol; five grandchildren; one great granddaughter; her beloved sister, Beverly Shaw; and her extended family. She was pre-deceased by her soul mate and husband Bill Maker, DVM, sister Alberta Shaw, and sons Jeff and Richard. Memorial contributions in the name of Sylvia Adair Maker can be made to the Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England, P.O. Box 3221, North Attleboro, MA 02761.



growing animal practice that her father and Bill partnered. Adair and Bill raised and showed Suffolk sheep and Morgan horses, winning many top ribbons under the “Bildair Farm” name. The entire family participated in the horse adventure. Each one helped, if not competing in shows, trail rides, or carriage events. Adair and Bill especially enjoyed the cross-country phase of the driving events. Adair loved her family, numerous friends, her home, animals, and Vermont. She totally immersed herself in any project she took on, always adding her creativity, enthusiasm and sense of design and color. In many ways she was ahead of her time. She knew what she wanted and “she went for it!” Adair will always be remembered for her kind, infectious enthusiasm and zest for

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Spinner Trophy, which is given to the horse that most exemplifies the ideal trail horse in manners, attitude, and way of going. But this year, he was ridden by Esther’s husband. The following weekend, Esther and Jim spent their 39th anniversary in Stamford, NY, riding the 50-mile Stamford Stampede. Heavy rains made the already technical and steep new route trails even more challenging. LBF Hickory Smoke was Grand Champion of the Adult division and Top Morgan. Quietude MacKenzie got a first, and she and Esther won the Best Partnership Between Horse and Rider Award. Obviously, this means the couple did back to back 50-mile rides. Esther said all four of them were exhausted.

The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) is proud to sponsor Full Circle, a program to encourage individuals to provide a “safety net” for horses they bred, owned, trained, drove, cared for, or just admired. The initiative is modeled after a similar program first introduced by the American Quarter Horse Association. The Full Circle program allows, at no charge, anyone with interest in a Morgan to record his or her name and contact information in the AMHA record of that horse. If that horse should ever become unwanted, the individual with

custody of the horse at that time can contact the AMHA Registry Department to see if the horse has been enrolled in Full Circle. By enrolling a horse in Full Circle and providing your contact information for that horse, you give AMHA permission to provide that information to an individual inquiring as to the horse’s possible Full Circle enrollment. If you enrolled a horse, this is the point where you could be contacted by that individual, not AMHA, to help. From there, the options are up to you and the person contacting you; AMHA has no involvement or stake in the outcome. You can currently enroll a horse in Full Circle one of two ways: Download the form at full-circle, fill it out, and mail it to AMHA, 4066 Shelburne Rd, Suite 5, Shelburne, VT 05482; or call Erica Richards, registrar, at 802-985-4944, extension 301.

[ABOVE] Heather Berner and her Morgan mare, Lexi. [BELOW] Anita Hoitsma, front row third from right, is surrounded by family and friends.

TRYING NEW THINGS Heather Berner has always admired sidesaddle. She loved looking at old pictures of English ladies on foxhunts and going on country rides. But sidesaddle always seemed more like history to her, and she could never picture herself riding that way. Then one day she thought, “Why not?” Her boyfriend, Mike, purchased a sidesaddle for her last Christmas, and Berner and her Morgan mare, Lexi, have absolutely fallen in love. “She’s a very special and smart horse so she took to it immediately,” says Berner. “Selftaught through YouTube videos and old pictures, I was finally able to walk, trot, and canter both ways after a couple weeks of finding my balance. On a whim, I decided to enter an Open English class at a local show on July 21 riding sidesaddle. Out of a group of five hunt seat riders, we won first! I was elated. “From day one, I have had an immense respect for sidesaddle riders. I always do all that I can to spread the word about this awesome seat and to show

people that it’s not just a page in a history book!”

NEMHS HALL OF FAME Congratulations to Anita Hoitsma of Bridle Vale Farm on being inducted into the New England Morgan Horse Show Hall of Fame. The induction event, held at the show, also hosted the first Bridle Vale Alumni Northampton reunion. Alumni were so pleased and proud to have been a part of Anita’s legacy. The birth of Bridle Vale Farm started with a wedding anniversary gift back in 1962. John Hoitsma gave Anita a Morgan colt, Lippitt Easter Tweed. As you know, a one-horse barn doesn’t stay that way for very long.

For many years Anita and Bridle Vale became the “go to” stable. If you forgot your suit, pants, or derby, you checked with Anita before you panicked. If there was an AMHA Medal class that needed to be filled, she would either help fill it or lend a horse so someone else could. Whatever anyone needed, Anita was always there to help. Anita molded and shaped many a young rider into hard working adults. She kept them busy and out of trouble. She showed them that hard work and determination pay off. Many of the Bridle Vale students are still involved in the Morgan horse world. Others are still involved with horses, but none

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Sold! Morgan enthusiasts from coast to coast gathered in

Northampton, MA, in July for the New England Regional Championship Show. In addition to quality competition in the ring and enjoyable social activities, several sales were also made. Uppercase Clayton (And The Beat Goes On x HVK Obsessed), won the East Coast Pleasure Driving Championship with David Rand driving. Owned by the Raymond Ramsey family, he was purchased by the Kelley Family of Victory Lane, and will remain in training with David. Dianne Lents of Twisted Rose Ranch and her trainer, Tom Tornatore, enjoyed their trip to Northampton. They bought Simple Elegance (Cartier x B My Playmate). The six-year-old bay mare was bred and owned by Gay Gove, and shown under the direction of Richard Boule and Sarah Gove of Taylor River Farm. Mike and Liz Murphy of Legacy Stables helped first-time Morgan owner Cora Miller select Bling Bling (DBA Street Talk x Psychedelic Flaire). The nineyear-old gelding was owned and

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Patti Brooks with her daughter, Trisha Butterfield, and Trisha’s husband, Mark Butterfield; and her son, Jay Moreau.

shown by Mary Kuhn. Coming up from the Legacy Stables’ lesson program, Cora will show Bling Bling in the English pleasure and pleasure driving divisions. Rick Lane of Cabot Morgans managed several recent sales for George Schott of Maine Event Morgans. Kim Goddard is the new owner of MEM Just Now (Liberation First Star x MEM Just Because). The five-year-old gelding will remain in training at Cabot Morgans. MKS Just Cause (DBA Street Talk x Just Because) was purchased by Kevin Schengrund of Schengrund Stables LLC, and sold in foal to Kevin’s stallion, HVK Man About Town. The six-year-old broodmare, Marilyn Monroe (Serenity Masterpiece x Liberation Starbrite) was purchased by Earl Yoder. The chestnut sold in foal to Futurity French Command.

Saluting Bob and Patti Brooks This year’s New England Morgan Horse Show (NEMHS) was dedicated to Bob and Patti Brooks. This couple’s lifetime devotion to the Morgan breed defined their lives. Bob served multiple terms as the president of the New England Morgan Horse Association (NEMHA) as well as being an influential member of the NEMHS Show Committee while Patti, a longtime NEMHA Director and club secretary under three presidents (not Bob, she quips) also led the club as president. Patti stepped up to the challenge from then NEMHA President, Tom Dooley, to do “something” to help increase NEMHA membership… and one of the greatest historical accounts of Morgans here in New England was born. Her seven volumes of “Who’s Who In New England Morgandom” (Bob coined the title) represents a seminal, historical work in the recording of the people and horses who have been part of New England’s grand Morgan tradition. An astute educator and promoter, Bob initiated the Equine Breeders Seminars and the NEMHA/UPHA Chapter

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Most of all, the New England Morgan Horse Show stands out because of its tradition. In accordance with this theme, the show committee established the Northampton Hall of Fame, feeling that it is most important to remember those who got us to where we are today. This year’s honoree, Elaine Godsoe, brought all of that and more. Like so many committee members, Elaine’s involvement in the Morgan breed and this horse show came through her children. She was a dedicated horse show mother for years, supporting daughters, Karen Kyte and Bethany Godsoe. As the girls grew up Elaine became a dedicated competitor herself. She and her beloved Medomak Ever Beaming were a threat in pleasure driving classes wherever they went. During this period, Elaine became very involved in the New England Morgan Horse Show. During her years of service, she was instrumental in the formation of the New England Morgan Futurity. Its guidelines have become a prototype for futurities nationwide. Elaine also instituted the idea of barn representatives to improve the show’s hospitality and dress codes to improve its image. Elaine chaired the live auction for years, which is still a major fundraiser for this event. It seems there is not a part of this horse show she has not influenced. Although she retired from the show committee to spend more time with her family, her good work resonates and encourages all committee members to “carry on” with style and class.

Channel—as three new Morgan TV shows are now making their debut. The first episode was “Weber Training Stables” in Aqua Dulce, CA, which aired in July and will continue throughout the next 36 months. The second Morgan episode, which also debuted in July, featured the Carlino Family of Silver Creek Stables of San Martin, CA. Amazing stories are told of the passion owners feel for this breed and what a profound impact the Morgan has had on their lives and lifestyles! In September, the versatility of the Morgan horse was presented at the Grand National & World Championship Show in Oklahoma. This episode, filmed at a previous Grand National event, is titled “The Morgan Horse—America’s First Breed,” and will showcase to the world the broad versatility and suitability of the Morgan for all ages.

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14 Clinics for Training and Showing techniques early on, but of course earned his place in Morgan history with his passionate dedication to the creation of the AMHA Judging Standards, a committee he chaired for many years, and whose criteria have become embodied in current judging seminars as a prerequisite for earning a Morgan judge’s license. Bob and Patti have been inducted into the AMHA Hall of Fame, the NEMHA Hall of Fame, and the NEMHS Hall of Fame. The New England Regional Championship Morgan Horse Show extends its sincere thanks to Bob and Patti Brooks for all that they have done, and continue to do, for the great Morgan horse. Although Bob’s death marked the end of an era, their dedication to the breed is legendary and continues to inspire, while our reminiscing on the brown and orange of Storybook will always take us back down that sweet path of Northampton’s very special memory lane. Photo: Denlore Photography

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The beautiful Lippitt Morgan stallion, Major.

Menomin News Menomin Morgan Farm in Lebanon, ME, is proud to announce that their lovely western pleasure horse, Menomin Made to Answer, proved her versatility this year with her entry into western dres-

sage competition. She was the New England Regional Reserve Champion in western dressage at Basic Level and Introductory Level in her first competition. And then at only her second dressage show, the open dressage show held at the Massachusetts Morgan Horse Show, she was reserve champion in western dressage at the Basic Level, champion at the Introductory Level, and Overall High Point Western Dressage with a score of 74% in the Intro Level 4 Test. With all of this, she is still competing in the western pleasure division having qualified for the Grand Nationals in both Gentlemen’s Western Pleasure and in Open Western Pleasure. She excels at the dressage work and is looking for a partner to continue in dressage competitions and trail riding.

Remembering Major Our condolences go out to Dennis and Laura Tatro of Denlore Morgans. Their beautiful Lippitt Morgan stallion “Major” fought a noble fight but didn’t win. He had been part of a rescue mission a little over a year ago and had come so far in his life’s journey. He lived the last year of his life knowing kindness, love, and the best care a horse could ask for. Through the Tatro’s beautiful photos, Major’s memory will live on.

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Lippitt Country Show Pays Tribute to the Incredible Lippitt Morgan By Lisa Rivers, photos by denlore photography

The Lippitt Country Show was held in Tunbridge, VT, August 16-18, 2013. The show had three beautiful sunny days for competition. Horses arrived from Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The judge was Jennifer Sullivan from Scituate, MA. New to the show this year was an Open Dressage Day, held on Friday the 16, and judged by Mary Savidge. The Saturday night entertainment was Denny Emerson. He shared many heartwarming stories about his time as a teenager and as a young man with the Lippitt Morgans. Denny gave hope for the future and advice for now.

In Hand Division The Senior Championship and Grand Champion class winner was Randallane Genesis (Tiffin Ransom x Stillwater Rosemary) and Stephanie Sibley of Northfield, MA, and the Reserve Senior and Reserve Grand Champion was Weathermont Ethan (Wood Run Mandrake x Weathermont Annie) owned by Wes and Joy Smith of Springfield, VT, and shown by Abby Bemis. The Green Mountain Standard class winner was Brook Hill Anticipation (Ryegate Black Bart x Special Occasion) and Wendy Ayers of Fort Plain, NY. The Senior Mare Champion and the Grand Champion Mare was Dragonfly Seduction (Hawkridge Elidon x River Riders Rose) and owner Dragonfly Morgans of Troy, NH, and Senior Mare Reserve Champion was Randallane Crescent Unity (Randallane Genesis x Randallane Ravens Exodus) and Chantelle Waldron of Granville, NY. The winner of the coveted Lippitt Dusky Kate Trophy was Brook Hill Illumination (Brook Hill Constellation x Doublediamond Anniversary), owned and exhibited by Bill Kelly from Belmont, ME. The Lippitt Gelding 4 and Under class and the Reserve Grand Champion Gelding winner was Quail Mtn George Thomas (Quail Mtn Philip Sheridan x Quail Mtn Sarah Rose) and Norman and Amy Brooks of Stewartstown, NH. The winner of the Geldings 5 Years Old and Older class and the Grand Champion Gelding 142 equine


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was Baroncrest Sawyer VT (Abraham Elijah Ash x Old Vermont Cameo).

Junior Exhibitor Division The Junior Exhibitor Pleasure Championship—All Seats went to Randallane Mercedes (Randallane Genesis x Rosemary’s Baby) with Abby Boucher riding. The High Point Junior Exhibitor must enter fitting and showmanship, equitation, pleasure, and trail classes to qualify. This year’s High Point Award went to Brook Haynes and reserve went to Morgan Lyon-Visny.

horse won the Hunt Seat Pleasure class: Randallane Porche (Randallane Genesis x Rosemary’s Baby), belonging to Brittany Perna of West Halifax, VT. Porche also won the Hunt Seat Pleasure Championship. The Log Pulling class had four entries, with a course that the driver had to navigate the horse and a 12' log through with as few faults as possible. Coming out on top of the class was the entry of Amy and Norman Brooks with Imperial Knight. The Costume class is always fun to see. It is a favorite of children and adults alike. Every entry earns a blue ribbon. Imperial Knight, Randallane Paradigm, Sadawga Ina Ash, and Randallane Mercedes all had very unique costumes!

Half-Lippitt Championships Winning the Half-Lippitt Pleasure Saddle class and the championship was Morgandy’s Ballerina (Brook Hill Anticipation x Morgandy’s Belle) and Wendy Ayers. Morgandy’s Ballerina also won the Half-Lippitt In Hand Championship.

Performance Divisions The Carriage Driving Champion was Randallane Narnia (Randallane Genesis x Randallane Xanadu), with owner/exhibitor Nancy Dimick at whip. Randallane Genesis (Tiffin Ransom x Stillwater Rosemary) and Stephanie Sibley of Northfield, MA, took the blue ribbon in Hunter Hack. In the Open Jumping class it was Weathermont Miss Amanda (Tradition Starry Nite x Weathermont Sarah) who claimed the blue ribbon with Abby Bemis riding. Randallane Genesis continued his winning ways with Stephanie Sibley riding, claiming victory in the Western Pleasure qualifier and then in the championship. The duo also won the Road Hack blue ribbon and tri-color. Another Randallane

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[1] Judy Wesson Candage riding Blue Chip in the Amateur Park Saddle. [2] Karsan Taylor winning the Junior Exhibitor Classic Pleasure. [3] Lauren White winning the Equitation Championship Trophy. [4] Michelle Quinlisk on Hylee’s Nocho de Oro. [5] Jared Gove (left) and Ben Kaufman (right) in the Roadster to Bike class.

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Arabian news Cucamonga Mounted Patrol —so fun!

FireLight Arabians participated in the annual Breyerfest event held in Lexington, KY. They showed halter, costume, show hack, country pleasure, western sidesaddle, and hunter pleasure to over 8,000 people. Way to go!

owned and shown by Jacqueline Stott, who competed in dressage sport horse breeding classes at the Raleigh Summer Dressage I & II. Against all breeds, they were Reserve Champion Mare with scores in the high 70s and low 80s. They also won two Amateur to Handle classes and won both Arabian/Half-Arabian Individual Breed classes.



Nancy and Gregg Shafer’s HalfArabian mare Ability (MHR Nobility x Nikita {KWPN}) was named champion at Menlo Charity Horse Show in the .95m Jumpers with Kristin Hardin in the irons. Ability won three classes and placed fifth in the $1,000 Suzanne Rischman Open Jumper Classic.

Congratulations to purebred TA Eufelia (Kordelas X Eufelina) and owner Clare SalmonMorrow who earned the First Level Championship at the DDC Lemonade Dayz all breed rated dressage show. The horse was bred by Toskara Arabians.



CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRISTINE SILVIA AND RC Afirecracker who won the Sport Horse In-Hand (SHIH) stallions Amateur to Handle and Open at the Region 16 Championship. He also had the highest SHIH score at Region 16 with a 93!



Honeysuckle Rose North of Troy, NH, congratulates Al Khazna Stud of Abu Dhabi, UAE on the purchase of Marwlyssa HRN (*ZT Marwteyn X Elita HRN by *Ecaho). We are looking forward to watching this world-class filly compete in the European show ring!

WELCOME TO THE WORLD Congratulations to Sarah and Ryan Warriner on the birth of their son, Brayden Scott

Warriner, on August 2, 2013, at 3:58 p.m. Weighing in at 8 lbs, 14 oz, we hope we’ll be seeing this big boy in the saddle soon!

A KAYCE OF BLUE RIBBONS Congratulations to Just In Kayce+// (Showkayce x Kaitana) and his owner Suzi Lanini who were named Prix St. Georges Champions at the California Dressage Society Central Regional Adult Amateur Competition with a 59.342%. “Justin” and Suzi are also members of the Rancho

A couple notable in the Arabian horse industry has donated $3 million to the Colorado State University (CSU) Equine Reproduction Laboratory to propel teaching, research, and clinical services that have made the laboratory a foremost authority in reproductive science and techniques. Bud and Jo Adams, of Scottsdale, AZ, said the significant donation is their way of giving back to a program that benefited their horse business, Adams Arabians, for many years. It is the family’s second transformational gift to the university; 20 years ago, Bud and his late first wife, Louise, donated a barn and arena complex worth more than $1 million. The AdamsAtkinson Arena has been a key facility, where thousands of CSU equine students have gained a unique combination of scientific and hands-on learning.

PLAY IT UP Congratulations to DA Just Push Play (Triften x DA Addiction),

Midwest sends their congratulations to Adam and Amanda Fraser on the purchase of She’s Still Jammin ORA (Monogramm JD x She Be A Diva KBS). Be sure to watch for her in the ring at Tulsa with the Fraser family and David Boggs.

DOUBLE TROUBLE Caitlin Zech competed on her Arabian Autumn Rhapsody (Autumn Seance x Per Rhapsody) and her Half-Arabian Doubke XL (AE Excel x Grade) at the ODS Down Centerline Dressage Show. Autumn Rhapsody won High Score Training-First Level with a 74.2% in Training 3. Double XL won High Score Second-Fourth Level with a 69.8% in Third 3.

NEW ADDITION Congratulations to Anna and Steve Zaffke of Chatfield, MN, on the birth of their son Augustus Wilder. He made his grand appearance on July 25, 2013. He was 22.5 inches long and weighed an amazing 10 lbs, 4 oz.

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ROLLINGWOOD AT THE ROYAL RED Congratulations to Rollingwood Farm on a fabulous Canadian Nationals! The lovely Majic Trick, owned by Cynthia LaBreque, won the Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure Adult Amateur to Ride 19-39 with Debra Page, as well as the Half-Arabian Country English Pleasure Open with Charles Eithier. Born of Fire WL, owned by Kim, Linda, and Walter Misco, won the Purebred Country English Pleasure 40 and over with Blair Allen and reserve championship honors in the Arabian Country English Pleasure Open with Charles Eithier.

was inspected by the American Hanoverian Society and received high enough scores to be accepted into the Main Studbook, a huge accomplishment!



Arabian mare Perfect Love GWA (Night Runner GWA x Promise EF), owned by Elaine Tolari,

Congratulations to Pamela Atwood who has announced that her mare SAF Bey Trynyty is now in foal to SI Prince Ali Shiraz.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROLINE VENTURA and LH Feels So Good+/! The duo won the Half Arabian Hunter Pleasure Select Rider at the Region 16 Championships.

OPEN SUCCESS Nate Asby, who rides dressage with one hand because of mild cerebral palsy, won the Adult Amateur Training Level Test 3 class on his purebred Arabian gelding Tays Benazir (Tayako Bask x My Dee Ruffles) at the U.S. Dressage Federation « Congratulations to Mollie McGurck on the purchase of Al Muntazar Ali.

recognized open dressage show at the Lake Oswego Hunt Club in Lake Oswego, OR. Their score was 68.8%, greater than nine other non-Arabian horses in the class.

NEW PARTNERSHIP Congratulations to Mollie McGurck on the purchase of Al Muntazar Ali. This young colt is by SI Prince Ali Shiraz and out of SI Shadan El Zahra, he was bred and sold by Horses on the Hill Farm Arabians in Orange, MA.

FIRST CLASS Half-Arabian First Class Image (Frohwind x Flash Ofan Image), owned and ridden by Kathy Pittman, won their First Level Test 1 class with a 69.655% at the Green Country Dressage Classic II Show.

PONY POWER Arabian pony jumper Game On, registered as Paso Grande

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For the 21st year in a row, a large group of horses and riders from Ricci and Stephanie Desiderio’s Tranquillity Farm in Chester, NJ, made the long trip to the Arabian Youth National Championships in Albuquerque, NM. With Tranquillity’s riders ranging in age from five to 18 years old, the hard work these children had put in at home really paid off at the show. Collectively, they came home with nine national championships, eight reserve national championships, and 27 national top 10 awards. The youngest rider was fiveyear-old Logan Thomas who rode Half-Arabian Copa Cabanha in the Hunt Seat Equitation WalkTrot class. Logan’s sister Devon also competed in two Hunt Seat Equitation Walk-Trot classes earning a reserve national championship on AlMarah StarZone and a national top 10 award on BHF While You Were Out. Eight-year-old Vinnie Desiderio from Chester, NJ, son of Ricci and Stephanie, competed in Hunt Seat Equitation Walk-Trot and earned a reserve national championship. Cole Porfido, age 11, from Bernardsville, NJ, was showing on his Half-Arabian Copa Cabanha. This pair earned two national top 10 awards in Hunt Seat Equitation 13 and Under and in Half-Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle. The two Weinerman sisters, Samantha, 11, and Julia, 13, are also from Chester and joined in the show for the first time. Julia earned a top 10 title in Hunt Seat Equitation on Crimson Illusion. Samantha finished the show with a top 10 in Hunt Seat Equitation and another top 10 in Hunter Hack on her horse Superstarr JLP. Natalie Grammer, 13, of Far Hills, NJ, rode Breakaway PA to a unanimous national championship in Hunt Seat Equitation 13 and Under, and her own EVG Finale to a reserve national cham-

pionship title, also in Equitation. Additionally, Natalie and her horse were named top 10 in Hunter Hack, Working Hunter, and Equitation Over Fences. She also rode AlMarah StarZone to a top 10 in Hunter Hack. Allison Cederberg of Billings, MT, was coached by the Desiderio team to a national top 10 in Hunt Seat Equitation on Crimson Illusion. Among the winners this year was Desiderio’s own daughter, Alexandria. She garnered eight national championships and three reserve national championships on four different horses.


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continued from page 146 Beaux (El Paso Grande x Libertys Charm), and his 10-year-old rider Alissa Brandt, competed at the U.S. Pony Jumper Championships. They placed 24th of 44 in the individual phase on an extremely tough course, and placed sixth in the Pony Jumper Farewell class.

division, while Alani Iannoli and “Sunny” earned a top 10 in their sport horse under saddle class. Well done!

Medalists Heather Sanders of Littleton, CO, earned her USDF Gold Medal on July 28 on her Half-Arabian CP Mercury Bey+// (AA Apollo Bey x La Contessa De Rossa) at the Autumn Hill Dressage Festival. They earned a score of 62.979% in Grand Prix.

Save the Date Mark your calendars for October 6, when you can catch the Open Fun Show in Denver, PA, at the Friendly Horseman’s Club Show Grounds. You’ll get a chance to witness the world famous and always popular Halloween Costume Contest, among others. Proceeds go to the Pennsylvania Arabian Horse Association and the PAHA—South Central District Youth Group.

A Legacy in the Making Half-Arabian Silk Roads Legacy (Kopeli x Black Moons Molly) and Cassie Phelps competed in the U. S. Pony Clubs Midwest Championships on the Midwest/Rocky Mountain Region scramble team in dressage, finishing sixth overall. They also tied for first place in horse management!

Living the Dream Congratulations to Lin Murphy who obtained her lifelong dream of earning a national top 10 prize at Canadian Nationals. Lin and Kal-Arabia Sunspark were named top 10 in the Trail

All Aboard! All aboard the Chocolate Express V (IXL Noble Express x Calendar Girl V by Bravado Bey V)! All being Emily Shippee and Shan Wilson. Congratulations to the Shippee family on the purchase of this handsome four-year-old bay gelding from Sheila Varian/Varian Arabians. Thanks to Chris Wilson for taking him for a test drive while in California, and an especially big thank you to Tom Shippee, who saw the video online and pointed him out to Emily and Shan... well done, Tom, well done. Show dads and learn!

A True Angel Congratulations to the BMW Associates on the sale of Angel Of Glory BMW (Da Vinci FM X Halo Of Glory) with the assistance of Honeysuckle Rose North Select Arabian Sales. Angel Of Glory BMW will be heading to the Middle East and we are excited to watch her future unfold!

Top quality horses will head to Tulsa this month for a chance to win top honors.

The Best of the Best

U.S. National Arabian & HalfArabian Championship Horse Show Ranking as the most prestigious North American championship in the Arabian show horse industry, the U.S. National Arabian & HalfArabian Championship Horse Show will be held on October 18-26, 2013 in Tulsa, OK. As always, this flagship event will offer Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses while both amateur and professional riders or handlers compete in halter, native costume, reining, working

cow, cutting, trail, show hack, sidesaddle, park horse, driving, and English, western and hunter classes. But U.S. Nationals is so much more than a horse show. World-class shopping, elaborate barn decorations, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to get up close to some of America’s most famous Arabian horses await you. For more information, including a complete class list and listing vendors, visit

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A Resounding Success At the Arabian & Half/Anglo Arabian East Coast Hunter & Jumper Championships Submitted by Peggy Ingles

to the win in the Half/Anglo Arabian Modified Working Hunter, as well as On Tap to the first place finish in the Half/ Anglo Arabian Hunter Hack and the Half/ Anglo Arabian Hunter Hack ATR. In the Arabian Working Hunter division, it was FR Hercules and Caitlyn Saranchak that came away victorious. Caitlyn Saranchak also rode Angelica Bay to wins in the Arabian Working Hunter ATR and the Hunter Seat Equitation Over Obstacles Adult Amateur to Ride (AATR). In the Half/Anglo Arabian Green Working Hunter, PAS Divine Spirit and Margaret Squires were named the champions. Gold Reflection and Abby Tymchak won the Half/Anglo Arabian Modified Working Hunter Select Rider. AAA Legend of the Seas and Halen Korejwo won the Arabian Working Hunter 14.2 and Under class. The Hunter Seat Equitation Over One More Round won the Handy Hunter Jackpot. Âť

Full of Smiles, Laughter, and Good Times By Lurline Combs

The New Hampshire Arabian Horse Association (NHAHA) Summer Jubilee horse show was held August 8-10, 2013 at the Deerfield Fairgrounds in Deerfield, NH. Manager Sue Arthur did a great job keeping everything organized. The popular judge Jody Lasalle of Evans City, PA, presided, and the 148 equine


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steward was Deb Sukeforth of Lakeville, MA. This show offered some classes that are not usually on the prize list for most open shows. The Pro-Am class was a special favorite and got many entries. Other classes offered were English Show Hack, Arabian and Half-Arabian Country English

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New Hampshire Arabian Summer Jubilee Horse Show

Pleasure, Dressage Suitability as well as several novice, and limit horse and rider classes. This was a great opportunity to get young horses (and inexperienced riders) in the ring as well as a tune-up for Deerfield Fair the end of September. A pizza party sponsored by Center Ring Riding Accessories was held Thursday evening. Christy Balch donated the very popular Dunkin Donuts for the hospitality booth each day. Danielle Doucette did a great job manning the ribbon/trophy desk and assisting ringmaster, Joe Sukeforth, with presenting ribbons in center ring. Linda Marshall and Lisa Cote manned the gates. Jessica Morin stepped in at the last minute to help with photography on Thursday and Saturday. Caterers John

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The Arabian & Half/Anglo Arabian East Coast Hunter & Jumper Championships was held during the East Coast Champion Arabian Show on August 1-4, 2013 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA. The show offered a full slate of hunter and jumper classes and featured a Handy Hunter Jackpot class, with cash prizes and a custom tack trunk for the winner. Alexis Starer Doughty and her own One More Round took home the top prize in the inaugural Handy Hunter Jackpot. All champions received neck ribbons, rose garlands, coolers, and trophies. Divisions offered ranged from Junior Crossrails to Open Jumper. The Arabian-Bred Hunter & Jumper Association also awarded a High Point Hunter/Jumper trophy and ribbon to Luxemere Patrician, owned by Kimberly Graves and ridden by Alexis Doughty. The duo won the Arabian Green Working Hunter, Arabian Modified Working Hunter, Arabian Hunter Hack, and the Arabian Hunter Hack Amateur to Ride (ATR). One More Round and Doughty had a great show; in addition to winning the Handy Hunter Jackpot, they also won the Half/Anglo Arabian Working Hunter and the Half/Anglo Arabian Working Hunter ATR. Doughty also rode Church Creek

Obstacles Junior to Ride (JTR) class was won by Morgan Tabler. TRF Aladdin and Kimberly Graves were the big winners in the jumper divisions, winning both the Low Jumper and the Half/Anglo Arabian Jumper championships. Kim’s daughter Elizabeth Graves won the Half/Anglo Arabian Working Hunter 14.2 and Under on NT Legacys Aiyana. In the Half/Anglo Arabian Hunter Hack JTR and the Half/Anglo Arabian Hunter Hack Junior Owner to ride (JOTR) classes, Zahn RA and Sarah Cashwell took home the top prize. The crossrail classes were a hit, with many exhibitors in many divisions. Al-Marah Power Reign and Debbie McCaffrery won the Crossrails AATR. The Crossrails JTR was won by Kai Pasa Mahogany and Ingrid Rumbaugh, while Galeel Batal and Lindsay Shaw won the Cross Rails Walk-Trot 10 and Under.

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[LEFT] A huge thank you goes out to our members at Rollingwood Farm who raised nearly $11,000 for the Horsemen’s Distress Fund at the 2013 Region 16 Championships Horse Show. [RIGHT] Despite some less than ideal weather conditions, we had a wonderful horse show. Thank you to everyone who supported us (especially our sponsors and volunteers)!

Arabian Horse Association of New England As many of you already know, the Arabian Horse Association of New England’s (AHANE) 59th Annual Horse Show was a huge success with a large number of happy exhibitors and competitive classes. We had such a fabulous time and had a great amount of positive feedback; we can’t wait for next year’s 60th Anniversary Horse Show Bash! In addition to our exhibitors and owners, we would like to send out a huge thank you to all of our horse show sponsors. Without them and their support, we would not be able to continue to put on a top quality horse show each year. Please let our sponsors know how much you appreciate all that they do for the club. Many thanks go out to our two Gold Sponsors, Columbia Ford ( and Strawberry Banks

Farm ( Our supportive Silver Sponsors consisted of Alexander Advisors (alexanderwealth. com), Ariel Arabians, Cohn Reznick (, Crossen Arabians LLC (, DeSiato Sand & Gravel Corp. (, Desiderio Ltd (desiderioltd. com), Hy Tyme Stable, Jacobs, Walker, Rice & Barry, LLC (, Kahn Tractor & Equipment Inc. (kahntractor. com), Lyons & Wraight Insurance (, Nutrena Feed - Suzanne Andrito (, Pollansky Construction Co., Regal Bay Farm (, Regency Inn & Suites (, and Ventura Grain Co. ( Our Bronze Sponsors were Andros, Floyd & Miller, PC, Baldwin Stables (, Brightman Lumber Co. (,

Cranberry Knoll Arabians & Sport Horses (, Donald A. Dawson, Eastern States Exposition (, EquineSupply. com (, European Country Antiques (ecountryantiques. com), FarmVet (, G.M. Thompson & Sons, Inc (gmthompson. net), Gardner & Peterson Associates (, Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC (, Quarry Hill Farm (, and The Shaker, Morris Tool & Machine Co. ( Last but not least, we would like to thank all of Friends of AHANE who helped out the show with their generous contributions: Booth Flooring, Inc. (, Carol and Sam Carabetta, Hanco Plumbing & Heating LLC, Kirby Veterinary Hospital (, Personnel People (, Serenity by Lisa (, Stachowski Farm, Inc. (, and The Renter’s Directory ( Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the horse show. You are all very much appreciated—we hope to see you at our 2014 events!

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Rock Hill Stable, Dar-Col Stable, Kelsey Tremblay, and Sterling Hill Farm all made several trips to the winners circle. NHAHA was happy to see Deb Black and Coco Kiss back winning the Ladies Pleasure Open class. The Saddlebred Three-Gaited Show Pleasure class was outstanding with eight entries, and was won by Nason Bastarache from Not E Nuff Farm. A special thank you for all the western riders who toughed out the

ever-present Deerfield rain on Friday. They are a hardy group who persevered despite the downpours. It was nice to welcome back Sarah Flint and the clients from Matlock Farm. Sarah had not attended for a while so it was nice to have her back. This show gets Arabian exhibitors that normally do not attend the open shows. The NHAHA is so appreciative of them and all the exhibitors as well! They certainly help to make this show a success.

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Keech and Rebecca Morton kept the staff well fed. Announcer Christy Balch made sure that everyone was informed and ready for their classes. Riders from Not E Nuff Farm, Konstellation Farm, Traceway Farm, Winged Spur Farm, Bill Ritchie Training Center, Hidden Arabians, Diann Sanel, Springtime Stables, Edgewood Farm,

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MASSACHUSETTS QUARTER HORSE Association member and Quarter Horse Congress Queen, Emily Messing, was on the scene at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Show to hand out awards to aspiring kids from across the globe.


WORLD SHOW DEBUT Gilliam Quarter Horses of Roaming Shores, OH, is home from the Youth World Show! Congrats go to Mariah Sherer and WD Good Fellow on making their debut Youth World appearance. The pair placed ninth out of 24 in their split and 40th out of 119 in the Hunt Seat Equitation. As this issue goes to press, Mariah and WD Good Fellow are currently seventh in

the Nation in Youth Hunter Under Saddle, and holding. While competing in Harlansburg, PA, they also won the added money to the Senior Hunter Under Saddle, as they averaged first under all three judges; Mariah and “George” were first under all three judges as well.

Invitation, by Invitation Only. Among many accomplishments in 2013, “Lee” placed 13th overall at the 2012 Congress in the Two-Year-Old Western Pleasure, and fourth in the National Snaffle Bit Association Two-Year-Old Open Hunter Under Saddle. Look for Haley and Heza Ivy Invitation to hit the road together in the Youth 14-18 Hunter Under Saddle in 2014. Haley will also continue to show her great mare, Sweet Little Willy, in the Youth 14-18 Equitation, Showmanship, and Performance Mares.

WINNING WAYS Celebrating another first were Marlaina Gilliam and Sweet Little Willy. Laina and “Ebony” took the Quarter Horse world on fullforce, winning their very first Leadline class together. Great job, Laina!

PERFORMING POWER Also out of Ohio, Paulina Marie Martz won the first finals class

at Worlds—Performance Halter Mares—riding her six-year-old mare, Onlythebestchocolate. The duo, who also took first in the Intermediate division, ride with Judd and Jennifer Paul of Xenia, OH. New England native, Makayla Flowers, who has since made the move to Reddick, FL, took sixth place in the finals and third place in the Intermediate division with Formally Yours.

SUMMER FUN Jacki St. Cyr reports that the New Hampshire Quarter Horse Association (NHQHA) held its annual four-day, double judged, AQHA approved horse show at a new venue—the Deerfield Fairgrounds in Deerfield, NH, in July. The competition received positive feedback, as the new site offered better stalling, more lights, and a bigger and better arena than the previous one. Additionally, the NHQHA’s latest trail workshop was a great success with over 15 people in attendance, and the Blackwater Trail Ride, which featured a fabulous potluck barbecue lunch, attracted nine riders.

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[ABOVE] Mariah Sherer and WD Good Fellow. [LEFT] Makayla Flowers and Formally Yours took sixth place in the Performance Mares Finals at Youth Worlds. October 2013


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AQHYA World Show Features its First Freestyle Competitions By Larry Jo Starkman

The first freestyle showmanship contest, sponsored by Tommy Sheets, drew big cheers and applause from an enthusiastic crowd August 6 at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Championship Show, which took place August 2-10, 2013. Many in the audience didn’t know what to expect, but the evening started with a bang when Brian Bausch, trick roper, gun twirler, and trick rider, galloped into Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. After Brian finished his show, he sent his trick horse out of the arena before joining the judging panel that also included AQHA stewards Clark Parker, Casey Devitt, and Tracy Willis. First up was Paige Wacker, with Ima Moxie Man, who started by backing her horse halfway across the arena in perfect form, a feat that got the knowledgeable crowd screaming. Many of the exhibitors included costumes and props in their musical routines. They showed off their horses’ skills by doing extreme changes of pace within the two allowed gaits, walk and trot, and by adding movements not normally seen in showmanship, such as bowing. That last trick was shown by Kamiah 152 equine


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McGrath, a 13-year-old whose routine to the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Thank God for Kids” included costumed friends dressed as Big Bird, Mickey Mouse, and Santa Claus. “My mom thought of it because Youth World is all about the youth,” Kamiah said. She began developing the routine two months ago and practiced daily with Secrets Until Dark, aka “Stevie.” After the results were announced and the contestants made their way out of the arena, a little girl ran into the alley, enchanted by the performance. She wanted a hug from Big Bird. She got one. The freestyle horsemanship exhibition, held August 7, featured camouflaged soldiers, Yankee Doodle Dandies, and barefoot dreamers. AQHA stewards Orin Barnes, Denny Thorsell, and Tracy Willis were joined by guest judge

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Scenes from the Freestyle Horsemanship and Showmanship competitions.

and singer-songwriter, Templeton Thompson, to watch riders perform horsemanship routines to music. “It’s part of a western riding freestyle I did a few years ago at the Oregon Summer Circuit,” said winner Shea Graham from Cave Creek, AZ, of her performance. Graham entered the ring barefoot and played tag with her horse, Lets Talk About AOK, before climbing aboard bareback. At first, she used a bridle, but then dropped it and rode lead changes, pivots, and pace changes with just a wire around “Al’s” neck. “I’ve been practicing for about three weeks,” she said, with her mother, AQHA Professional Horseman Karen Graham, who added that they practiced bridleless every day at the show, with Mrs. Pasture’s horse cookies as rewards for good behavior. When the competition was over, while the judges marked their scorecards, teams from the Horse Bowl competition earlier in the day accepted their prizes. The audience clapped for event sponsor Sea Ridge Farms and Patty Vatterott of Wellington, FL, and gave a group “get-well” thumbs’ up to AQHA Second Vice President George Phillips of Sumrall, MS, who is undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer. For full results, visit

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The Eastern Regional Andalusian Horse Club Holds 2013 New England Classic Dressage and Breed Horse Shows Submitted by Linda Denniston

photos: Noreen Duffy Granbury of Duffy Productions LLC

The New England Classic shows were exciting, enjoyable and successful. The staff and exhibitors were pleasant in spite of the terrible 100-degree heat. The Eastern Regional Andalusian Horse Club (ERAHC) provided buckets of ice water and towels, plus cups of cool water for the dressage exhibitors as they left the arenas. The days did cool down for the breed show and working equitation classes on Saturday and especially Sunday, July 20-21. There were 63 horses entered in the dressage show on July 19, with classes ranging from Training Level through Grand Prix. There were 33 horses entered in the breed show covering a full spectrum of classes, including working equitation. We thank our show secretary, Shannon Pedlar, for her organizational skills and untiring support of our exhibitors. We also thank Noreen Duffy for putting together a great and easy to follow show program. Photographs from the show can be viewed at duffyproductions.jalbum. net. Look for show specials for all and remember that ERAHC members get a 10% discount. Photos can be ordered online via PayPal or contact Noreen Duffy directly on The Saturday evening Iberian Extravaganza was well choreographed and very entertaining. Patricia Norcia spent countless hours organizing the exhibitions and conducting rehearsals for our show. She also conducted fundraisers to offset the cost of these exhibitions. We thank Patricia for the many years she has provided her

expertise and dedication to the ERAHC New England Classic Horse Shows. We salute our volunteers without whose help the show would not have been such an enjoyable and successful endeavor. It is very diffi[ABOVE] Carol di Carlo on an Andalusian gelding cult to find volunteers competing in the inaugural Baroque Equestrian Game class. in a region that is not [BELOW] Nancy Himmelblau and her champion stallion, your “local territory.� Suplicio Da Raposa. [BOTTOM] Randy Byers competing in an We rely on our exhibiOpen Working Equitation class. tors, when not showing, and of course their family and friends. We have been fortunate in having a list of volunteers for the dressage show in the area, some of whom travel quite far to support the show. A special note of thanks is extended to our dressage show volunteers: Gesa Francke, Dr. Sabine Francke-Carroll, Dr. Diane Kozwich, Janet Tenney, Mary Cooper, Ellen Sproule, Jeanne Bond, Mindy Finelli, Ralph Finelli, and Abby Krudwig; and to our breed show volunteers: Gesa Francke, Dr. Sabine Francke-Carroll, Gerald Gamache, Dr. Diane Kozwich, Jeanne Bond, and Janet Tenney. All in all, we had a great show with lots of camaraderie and a wonderful, family atmosphere.

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each available stallion in the auction. They research what a particular stallion’s foals have accomplished, what the stallion is known to be prepotent for, and match it to the strengths and weaknesses of their own mares. Many breeders start their investigation by calling the stallion owner, asking their

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Northeast Friesian Horse Club Looks Forward to National Championship Show Submitted by Kelsey Evans

Congratulations to all who took part in the 2013 Northeast Friesian Horse Club (NEFHC) Classic Horse Show! As usual, attendees from cute little leadliners to spectacular costume exhibitors had a ton of fun competing in our wide range of Friesian and Open classes. A huge thank you goes out to our generous sponsors, including Scott and Shelley Kelnhofer, founders of the Fenway Foundation for Friesian Horses, who traveled all the way from Wisconsin for our show! Next on the docket for

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Friesian lovers on the East Coast is the International Friesian Show Horse Association (IFSHA) World & Grand National Championship Horse Show in Lexington VA, October 2-6. A number of barns from the Northeast will be in attendance, so why not plan a trip to support the home team. Stay tuned in upcoming issues for 2013 KFPS inspection results and more about nationals. In the meantime, keep in touch through our Facebook page, or visit our website,


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[LEFT] Many people were interested in learning how to load a horse safely into a trailer without pressure. [RIGHT] There were many participants in the clinics and they filled quickly.

American Bashkir Curly Registry Welcomes Paul Dietz to Germany for Special Training Clinics Article and Photos Submitted by Caren Schumann

Last year in Kentucky, we met horseman Paul Dietz and were very impressed at how he prepared our rescue horse Woody for his long journey home to Germany. At that point in time, we decided to invite Paul to have some clinics here at our place and to train some of ours and other interested peoples’ horses. Paul rode with his mentor, Buck Brannaman, since he was 14 and also learned from other outstanding horsemen like Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance. He is a great teacher with big respect both for the horses and the humans. We were interested in how he would be perceived by German participants and spectators. We had weekend clinics with foundation in the morning and horsemanship in the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday. They were nearly immediately booked even though we did not do too much marketing. During his clinics, Paul rode our Curly Horse, Champagne. She is an impressive 15.3-hand, six-year-old Palomino Curly mare. Our Curly Horses Tornado, Lilly, Lela, Sandor, and Sprighty also took part with clinic participants. Do you remember the rescue horse Woody, who was hardly touchable last

year? Peter was riding him during two clinics this year, and the progress of both is still incredible. Beside the clinics, Paul also offered private lessons. Many people were interested in how to load a horse safely and without pressure into a trailer. It was amazing to see how the horses easily overcame their fears with Paul’s methods, and self-loaded and unloaded in a calm and safe way. As Paul explained, it is all about controlling their feet, so a good foundation helps a lot when it comes to trailer loading. We had three really amazing clinics, and both we and our Curly Horses learned a lot. We will practice the things Paul was teaching us until he hopefully comes back next year to show us more of this amazing kind of horsemanship!

[ABOVE] Everyone walked away learning a lot and having a great time. [BELOW] During his clinics, Paul rode Champagne.

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Ohio Haflinger Assoc. To Host Fall Fest Mid-Month Submitted by Katina Wilson

My family spent the weekend of August 9-11 at the Central Ohio Haflinger Show, located at the Ashland County Fairgrounds; and as usual, the Haflinger families embraced new members to the show scene. As I was waiting outside the coliseum with my daughter before her class, I watched and listened to a conversation she had with another little girl who would be riding in the same equitation class. These two young ladies sat on their horses and contemplated the best method to make the ribbons in their hair stay in place while they were riding. The thought of hearing this conversation in another venue would be unheard of, and I thank all the Haflinger families for being so supportive and welcoming to everyone, regardless of what class someone is showing in, or a person’s level of expertise regarding horses. Recently, the Ohio Haflinger Association (OHA) board members decided that OHA needed an additional

get-together for the friends and family members. Please mark your calendars for October 19, because you will be able to try your hand at apple butter stirring! This Fall Fest will be held at Jake Yoder’s at 23390 Snively Road in Danville, OH.

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Connecticut Color Breed Association Has Successful July Show Submitted by Nicole Souza

Connecticut Color Breed Association (CCBA) has completed three horse shows of their five-show series. At our July 28 competition, we held two fundraiser classes for St. Jude’s Children’s Cancer Research Hospital and raised $200 worth of donations. The ribbons for these classes were donated by Mike and Laura Marquez of Vaquero Training

Center. The winner of the Walk-Trot class was Tricia Harris on her horse, You Can’t Have Me, and the winner of the Walk-Trot-Canter class was Kelli Stockwell and her horse, JHF Three Socks. We would also like to congratulate our July 28 Horse Show High Point Exhibitor Michelle Hunting and Reserve High Point Exhibitor Liesl Dalpe.

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Bonita Rox PA won the Reserve Champion Single Horse put to a Road Cart/Meadowbrook at the prestigious 2013 Walnut Hill Driving Show. Driver/ owner for Showme Haflingers, Brian Mitteer, drove “Bonnie” to qualify for this award. Brian stated that it was a great idea to work Bonnie more on the road than in the ring. In addition to doing very well in the ring, Bonnie was champion in this division for the Presentation Pleasure Drive. She didn’t bend as much as they would have liked to see in the show ring, but the road was one spot where they didn’t cut corners. The road driving is what gave her the stamina and good conditioning needed to win the reserve championship. Also, Bonnie is only seven years old, which is quite young considering most horses were much older at this show. Bonnie is an Ohio bred Registered Haflinger, now owned by Showme Haflingers of Moravia, NY.

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Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England To Offer a Gallery of Gaited Organizations at Equine Affaire Submitted by Julie Dillon

This year’s Yankee Walker breed booth presentation is a historic and unprecedented event! We are offering educational and program information from four gaited horse organizations in one large booth to create a “one-stop shopping” opportunity for the gaited community attending Equine Affaire.  These four organizations came together to request and successfully gain acknowledgment of dressage training and testing for gaited horses by the United States Dressage Federation in December 2012.   


The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association (TWHBEA) has traditionally been our exclusive Equine Affaire sponsor. However, this year it was proposed by the Yankee Walkers Board of Directors to also offer information about other national organizations. Our request was enthusiastically endorsed by TWHBEA’s Marketing Vice President, Joyce Moyer. Thank you, Joyce!  Our Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England club is responsible for working with Deb Putnam, Equine Affaire Administrator, for administration

and gathering the necessary forms and paperwork. As always our club volunteers will display TWHBEA promotional materials and meet and greet the public.  


The National Walking Horse Association (NWHA) provides safe (and fun) venues at which our members and friends showcase the walking horse at its very best. NWHA strives to improve the lives of horses and people by encouraging responsibility and sportsmanship. It promotes educational and recreational activities while preserving the unique qualities of the Walking Horse. NWHA is a proud affiliate of the United States Equestrian Federation and were the breed representative at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games.  


Since 1948, the mission of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breeders Association (MFTHBA) is to promote the breed through membership participation in expositions, fairs, horse shows, trail rides, and other venues.  New England Fox Trotting Horse

Club (NEFTC) volunteers will represent MFTHBA. The NEFTC was established in 1997 by Gin Stanley and Mary Duffy to promote the Missouri Fox Trotter in New England. NEFTC is the only Missouri Fox Trotter club in the Northeast. They hold annual trail rides as well as clinics for its members. Many of our gaited community are members of both Yankee Walkers and NEFTC, so we anticipate having a very knowledgeable pool of volunteers.  


Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) provides information to the public about the humane care, treatment, and training of gaited horses, with a special emphasis on the Tennessee Walking Horse; and promotes the exhibition of the flat shod and barefoot Walking Horse at competitions designed to showcase the natural gaited pleasure Walking Horse. FOSH also actively supports versatility events and has its own Versatility Program.  We are very happy to have FOSH Board of Directors member Gail Monahan joining us at the booth to present the FOSH program and educational materials. Our Yankee Walkers club/FOSH members will lend Gail assistance greeting visitors at the booth.  Though each organization will have separate tables and promotional materials, our volunteers will be briefed and educated on all information being provided. The emphasis will be on spreading the word about all of these fine gaited organizations. We are looking forward to seeing you all at 2013 Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA. Please visit our Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England Breed Booth. 




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and made new friends. Nicole started riding her right away, but things did not go so well at first. Nicole decided to show Shorty in walktrot classes that first year, because she was having some difficulty in getting her to lope consistently. We had Shorty measured before the 4-H show season and she was just barely pony height, so she decided to show her in the pony classes. She ended up taking first place in both her walk-trot classes at the District 4-H Show that year and also made it to the District 4-H Show in Grooming & Showmanship. Late that summer, she entered some walk-trotcanter classes at local open shows and did very well. This team has been to quite a few shows this year, some good, some not so good, but Nicole is learning to take the bad with the good. Nicole and Shorty’s biggest accomplishment so far this year was at the All American Youth Horse Show in Columbus, OH. She placed sixth out of 31 in Western Pleasure Registered Pony. They have qualified for the District 4-H show this year in Pony Trail, Pony Pleasure, Junior Horsemanship, and Junior Showmanship. They hope to qualify for the Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show, in at least one of these

classes, this fall. This would be her first trip to Harrisburg for the State 4-H Show. Shorty has become part of our family and we hope that Nicole will be riding her for many years to come. Nicole’s next goal is to compete at a Quarter Horse Show next year and the All American Youth Horse Show again. Not a bad start for Nicole and her second, first horse!

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When I suggested to my husband that we should buy a horse property he agreed without so much as a second thought. The reason for his enthusiasm soon became obvious. The ink wasn’t dry on the mortgage papers before he insisted we go shopping for a tractor. “We’ll need a big one,” he said without making eye contact with me. “A tractor is There’s no denying the amount of work a a necessary ingredient tractor can get done around a farm. to farm ownership— were best for our terrain, how you’ll see.” I could see he was much power take-off was in the throes of a serious case necessary to get the farm jobs of tractor daze. done—and, of course, the But, the truth is—I wasn’t attachments. As it turns out, sold on the idea of a big even tractors need accessories, tractor. The guy who put up including a bucket loader, a our barn had a big tractor and post-hole digger, and a forklift it looked tough to navigate, to start. Maybe a snow blower especially around our mostly forested six acres. It seemed to attachment and a york rake down the road. me that we might get by with After doing the research, we a small tractor or even one of purchased a sizable tractor—not those little ATVs with a dump the biggest, but not the smallest, wagon attachment. Or maybe either. The salesman asked if I’d we should save the money and hire help to do the farm chores. like to drive it around the lot. But, no. I’d won on the horse I looked at all the other shiny tractors I might crash into property and this tractor idea while getting used to the power wasn’t going away. I asked a take-off. I’d never even learned friend or two—fellow farm to drive a stick shift. I decided owners—for their thoughts. I’d learn in own my yard, where “You need a big one,” the most I’d take down was the Tim said. barn and a horse or two. Well, OK. But, maybe I Twelve months later I bet made a mistake to ask a man. you’re wondering if we really I turned instead to one of my needed that tractor, unless, girlfriends—a horse and farm of course, you’re a man—in owner, herself. which case, you know we “Absolutely,” she said. “Don’t needed it. It can haul manure, skimp on the tractor. It will dig post holes, and carry a become your best friend.” load of hay into the barn all The following weekend we in the same afternoon with no visited the tractor dealership. complaints. Try to find hired The salesman knew what help to do all that. style we’d need, what tires

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Horses FOR SALE Horses for Sale

october Calendar Clinics, Seminars, Symposiums 04-06 | Stoecklein Photography Workshop, Mackay, ID. CONTACT: 04-27 | All-American Quarter Horse

Congress Clinics, Columbus, OH. CONTACT: 740-943-2346,, 06-07 | Thoroughbred Pedigree & Conformation Clinics, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: Amy Bunt, 859-276-2291,, 11-13 | Touchstone Farm Fall Festival

of Driving, Temple, NH. CONTACT: 603-6546308,,

12-13 | Effective Riding Clinic, Castro Valley, CA. CONTACT: 510-886-9000,, 15-17 | USEF Stewards - C1 & C2 Clinic, Harrisburg, PA. CONTACT: Chuck Walker, 859-2256970,, 15-19 | PATH Driving Workshop and Certification, Temple, NH. CONTACT: 603-6546308,, 18-20 | Greg Eliel Clinic, Pittstown, NJ. CONTACT: Lara DeLorenzo, 908-238-9587,, 19 | Nikken Magnetic Products Clinic, LaFayette, GA. CONTACT: 706-397-8909, 19 | Bluebonnet Horse Expo, Austin, TX. CONTACT: 888-542-5163,, 25-27 | EAGALA Part 1 Training Workshop, Temple, NH. CONTACT: 603-654-6308, kyoung@, 26 | Horse Agility Training/Open Com-

petition with Heidi Potter, Guilford, VT. CONTACT: 802-380-3268,,

Dressage and Eventing 05 | Letter Perfect Farm Schooling Show, Uxbridge, MA. CONTACT, Kelli Mason,, 508-278-9905.

10yro Reg Tennessee Walking Horse Handsome & Solid Dappled Palomino 16 h. Smooth gaits. Great on trail alone or with others. Trailers, clips, bathes. UTD on shots, teeth, & farrier. 100% sound. owned for 8 years. $5500

06 | CDCTA Dressage & Combined Test Schooling Show, Glastonbury, CT. CONTACT:

Horses for Sale

06 | Kent School Fall Horse Trials, Kent, CT. CONTACT:

PRE Gelding, Dressage Prospect. PRE Bay Gelding. 16 hands, Training at 1st level dressage. Good all around trail horse. very flashy and energetic. Sire Bolero CLII Champion Dressage Stallion, Dam - Sevillana - Champions PRE mare. Dartagnon is revised and registered- Locatedat Lionheart PRE horses in Arizona , CAll Cam 949-813-1095 See online: FastAd: #876914.

06 | Derby Talk Farm, Atkinson, NH. CONTACT: Ron LeBlanc, 603-362-4234, rweblanc@,

10-13 | USEF Dressage Festival of Champions, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: Jenny Van Wieren-Page, 859-225-6949,, 11 | MVHC Schooling Dressage Show, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-7934, info@, 12 | Course Brook Farm Fall Horse Trials, Sherborn, MA. CONTACT:

12-13 | MVHC Rated Dressage Show, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-7934, info@, 13 | Gold Coast Dressage October Schooling Show, Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: 561-227-1570,, 13 | The Ethel Walker School Horse Trials, Simsbury, CT. CONTACT: 13 | CEPF Dressage, Butte Valley, CA. CONTACT:, 06 | Azrael Acres Horse Trials, Uxbridge, MA. CONTACT: 19 | Cross-Country Derby at Horse Power Farm, Canterbury, CT. CONTACT: Ann Bowie 860-334-1772, 26 | Letter Perfect Farm Schooling Show Championships, Uxbridge, MA. CONTACT: Kelli Mason,, 508-278-9905. 26-27 | Wellington Classic Dressage Autumn Challenge, Palm Beach, FL. CONTACT: 561-227-1570,

Driving 12 | Southern New England Carriage Driving Association Pleasure Driving Show, Dudley, MA. CONTACT: Cynthia Sauer, 16 | Colonial Carriage & Driving Society Meeting, Stockbridge, MA. CONTACT: Kay Konove, 25-27 | Garden State Driving Event

Horse Shows 02 | Ethel Walker, Simsbury, CT. CONTACT: Kathleen Battiston, 860-408-4354, 02-06 | International Friesian Show Horse National Championship Horse Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: 805-448-3027,, 03-06 | Gallop in the Glen, New Market, TN. CONTACT: Maryann Meiners, 636-398-4623,, 04-06 | Blue Ribbon Fall Festival, Waco, TX. CONTACT: David Morse 817-579-1100. 04-06 | New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Finals, Swanzey, NH. CONTACT: Cindy McLaughlin, 603-533-5783,, 04-06 | Showtime Fall Classic, Worthington, OH. CONTACT: Carl Brentlinger, 614-885-9475,, 05 | The Friendly Horseman’s Club Fun Show., Denver, PA. CONTACT: Alice Hummel, 717-484-2222, or Donna Fisher, 717-203-0797. 05 | Massachusetts Horse Benefit Show, Goshen, MA. CONTACT:, 05 | Stonybrook Saddle Club Fun Show October 2013

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Calendar october Series, Plum, PA. CONTACT: Mary Lynn Fentress, 412-767-5750. 05 | Stepping Stone, Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Janie Weber, 203-438-7749, weberjanie@, 05 | Windcrest Farm, Hebron, CT. CONTACT:

Armand Chenelle, 860-944-3625, armonchen@,

05-06 | PSJ Aiken Fall Classic, Aiken, SC. CONTACT: 803-649-3505,, 06 | Autumn Challenge, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-464-7934,, 06 | End of Hunt Annual Invitational Fall Show, Suffield, CT. CONTACT: Trudy Wissel, 860-668-1656, 09-13 | Fall Fun, Tyler, TX. CONTACT: Patrick Rodes, 940-240-1207. 10-19 | Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Harrisburg, PA. CONTACT: 11-13 | Woodedge Stables, Moorestown, NJ. CONTACT: Robert Allen, 856-235-5623,,

20 | Hudson Valley Horse Shows at Old Field Farm, Goshen, NY. CONTACT: 845-2946339,, 20 | Baymar Farms October Show, Mor-

ganville, NJ. CONTACT: Ellie Smith, 732-591-9600, 20 | New Canaan Mounted Troop, New Canaan, CT. CONTACT: Naomi Gauruder, 203-6503148,,

OH. CONTACT: Deborah Plettner, 513-325-3621,, 06 | Game Day and Steak Roast, Westfield, MA. CONTACT: 13 | Region 15 Arabian Meeting, Frederick, VA. CONTACT:, 13 | Charlie’s Fun Show and Fun Ride, Warwick, RI. CONTACT: 401-949-0413,,

20 | End of Hunt Farms USHJA, CHJA, CHSA, Suffield, CT. CONTACT: Trudy Wissel, 860-668-1656,

14-19 | North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, NC. CONTACT: Sheri Bridges, 919-733-4845,

20 | Wild Aire Farm Hunter Jumper Show, Southbridge, MA. CONTACT: 508-7650641,,

20 | Norfolk Hunter Trials, Medfield, MA. CONTACT: Dominic Cammarata, 508-345-4790,,

20 | Cornerstone Farm Open Schooling Show Series, Foster, RI. CONTACT: Beth Stone, 401-397-9242,,

Trail Rides

23-27 | Brownland Autumn Classic, Franklin, TN. CONTACT: Robin Anderton, 615-791-8182,, 24-27 | Texas Fall Classic, Irving, TX. CONTACT: David Morse 817-579-1100.

05-06 | Oak Openings, Swanton, OH. CONTACT: Cathy McClure, 419-622-4041, 12-13 | Kentucky Stampede, Knott County, KY. CONTACT: Amy Whelan, 606-638-4852, 12-13 | Oak Leaf Run, Hamilton, MI. CONTACT: Kris Dipple, 616-617-4673, or Bob Kurti, 616-896-6798,,

12 | Ridgefield Equestrian Center, Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Wendy Pola, 203-4387433,

24-27 | TSASA Octoberfest Horse Show, Springfield, MA. CONTACT: Sue Arthur,,

12 | Dapper Dan Farm Open Show, War-

wick, RI. CONTACT: Norman Monks, dmac923@,

26 | Cornerstone Farm, Haverhill, MA.

CONTACT: Monica Hunt, 978-407-5414,,

13 | AHAM Fall Pleasure Drive, Sutton, MA. CONTACT: Pat Gillespie, 413-575-9768,

12-13 | Ballyhigh Classic, Versailles, KY.

CONTACT: Joyce Brinsfield, 859-948-2632,

26 | Hunter Ridge Horse Show, Ashaway,

RI. CONTACT: Wendy Brayman, 401-499-3718,

13 | Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Pleasure Trail Ride/Beach Ride, Groton, CT. CONTACT: 860-564-4700,

12-13 | David Beisel Stables, Goshen, OH.

CONTACT: David Beisel, 513-236-0133,,

26 | Shallowbrook Horse Show, Somers,

CT. CONTACT: Sally Allison, 203-731-1757,,

14 | GMHA Ride for the Cure, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509,

13 | Washington Bridle Trails Assn.,

Chevy Chase, MD. CONTACT: Anne Wynne Taylor, 202-289-6655,

27 | Mystic & Shetucket Valley School-

ing Show, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: 860-4648644,

19 | GMHA 50-Mile & 30-Mile Endurance Ride, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: Green Mountain Horse Association, 802-457-1509,

13 | Evenstride, Byfield, MA. CONTACT: Olana Laffey, 978-465-9115,,

27 | Sandy Point Show Series, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: Jay Sargent, 401-842-9300,,

20 | BSTRA/Scantic Valley Ride, Wilbraham, MA. CONTACT: Sharron, 413-267-4826,,

13 | Avon Valley Show Stables, Avon, CT. CONTACT: 860-677-5260,,

27 | Just for Fun Show, Aiken, SC. CONTACT: 803-649-3505,,

16-20 | New England Equitation Finals,

29-11/03 | Alltech National Horse Show, Lexington, KY. CONTACT:

20 | Stonybrook Saddle Club Judged Pleasure Trail Ride, Apollo, PA. CONTACT: Pat Morris, 724-882-1842.

West Springfield, MA. CONTACT: Cookie DeSimone, 617-347-6413,, 16-20 | Brownland Autumn Country,

Franklin, TN. CONTACT: Robin Anderton, 615-791-8182,, 18-20 | Britannia Farm Fall Classic, Katy,

TX. CONTACT: Pauline Cook 281-924-6579.

19 | Sunrise Pleasure Open Horse Show Series, South Hadley, MA. CONTACT: Kelli at 19-20 | 16th PMHA Morab Nationals, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: Donna Lassanske, 270735-5331,

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30-11/03 | Dallas Harvest, Tyler, TX. CONTACT: Patrick Rodes, 940-240-1207.

Hunter Paces 13 | Tyrone Farm 29th Annual Pomfret Hunter Pace, Pomfret, CT. CONTACT: 860-9283647,,

Miscellaneous 05-06 | USDF “L” Program, Medfield, MA. CONTACT: Sally Davenport, 781-371-1881,, 06 | Camargo Hunter Trials, Cincinnati,

26 | CEPF 6th Annual Ride and Dine, Butte Valley, CA. CONTACT:,

Western Events 06 | CSA Creepin’ Towards Halloween Benefit Match, Enfield, CT. CONTACT: 18-19 | Fall Consignment Sale, Shawnee, OK. CONTACT: Cindy Bowling Garner, 405-2752196,, 18-20 | EPRHA Fall Spooktacular Show, Logan Township, NJ. CONTACT: 26-27 | CMSA WPQ/DWPQ Match, Dunstable, MA. CONTACT:,

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Era Key Realty .................................................. 162

Precise Building...................................................77

Achille Agway..................................................... 156

Esterbrook Farm............................................... 101

Priefert Ranch .....................................................39

Angel View Pet Cemetary ...............................61

Farm Credit......................................................... 161

Professionals Choice..........................................45

Aspire.................................................................... 124

Farms And Barns.............................................. 167

Prudential Ct Realty........................................ 163

Attwood Equestrian...........................................55

Grandview Farm .............................................. 166

Purina Animal Nutrition..................................... 4

Aubuchon Hardware..........................................54

Hill View Mini .......................................................96

Robert Paul Properties.................................. 169

Aunique Ranch Cover Story.....................22, 23


Saddle Shed..........................................................88

Back Bay Farm......................................................99

Horizon Structure...............................................90

Sandy Point Stables...........................................99

Back On Track.......................................................33

Intrepid..................................................................... 2

Saratoga Horsework, Ltd..................................72

Barn Store/Ag Structures.............................. 141

Jm Saddler.............................................................91

Shuck Fence..........................................................85

Bedard Farms.......................................................86

Kathleen Crosby Dressage............................ 121

Smart Pak Equine........................................11, 75

Bimeda Usa...........................................................35

Kent Nutrition ....................................Back Cover

Smith Worthington............................................77

Blarney Stone.......................................................53

Kerrits Equestrian...............................................79

South Shore Equine........................................ 108

Blue Seal Dealer Ad................................130, 131

Key R D Trailer......................................................82

Springfield Fence................................................85

Bridgewater Supply......................................... 137

Kingston Trailers.................................................86

Springwood Farm............................................. 101

Center Hill Barn...................................................90

Lubrisyn.................................................................... 1


Cheshire Horse.....................................................47

Lucerne Farms......................................................43

Stoneleigh Burnham..........................................70

Chrislar Farm...................................................... 143

Lucky’S Trailer................................................... 129

Strain Family Horse ..........................................82

Circle B................................................................. 155

Martin Auctioneer...............................................55

Sweet Pdz...............................................................70

Classic Equine Equipment...............................27

Mh Eby Trailers....................................................14

T J Holmes........................................................... 137


Millcreek Manuf....................................................47

The Carriage Shed...............................................24

Corinthian Insurance..........................................81

Mt Holyoke College............................................99

Tom Balding Bit...................................................86

Corner Stone.........................................................59

Neda...................................................................... 121

Tom Myott Art Gallary.......................................65

Dj Reveal.................................................................81

New England Equine Medical.........................42

Triple Crown Fe................................Inside Cover

Dkd Studio.............................................................65

New England Horse Labs.............................. 159

United Country Certified Auction................... 5

Dover Saddlery....................................................... 3

Nhra....................................................................... 115

United States Hunter-Jumper........................17

Dr. Myhre Clinic.....................................................35

Norfolk Power Equipment...............................13

Virginia Sport Horse...........................................47

Drumlin Gypsy......................................................51


Volo Farm...............................................................91


Oak Meadow Farm........................................... 103

Washington International................................69

Emerald Valley ....................................................71

Old Town Barns...................................................... 7

We Cover.................................................................85

English Riding ..............................................31, 37

On The Road............................................... 81, 107

Wetherbee Farm ............................................. 163

Equestrian Outfitters...................................... 121

Orchard Trailer...................... Inside Back Cover

White Haven Farm..............................................21

Equine Colic Relief..............................................89

Paul Congelosi ....................................................15

William Raveis . ................................................ 168

Equine Homes Real Estate........................... 165

Photoart By Jill.....................................................32

Willowdale Farm............................................... 108

Equine Properties............................................ 162

Polysols/Winsor Farm Sales............................10

Winsor Farm Sal................................................ 107

Equine Properties-Florida............................. 162

Poulin Grain...............................................116, 117

Yered Trailer..........................................................65

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Mirror, Mirror, You’re My Horse IT’S A BIT SPOOKY HOW HORSES know your mind even better than you do. I mean, of course I’ve read all the articles on how horses are prey animals, herd animals, and communication takes place at very subtle, non-verbal, even invisible levels. But still. The unnerving, and sometimes annoying, thing about it is that horses simply won’t let you lie. Not to them, not to yourself, and not to anyone else. People are much better about overlooking our little social lies. And I’m not talking about the ones we do to spare each others’ feelings, like, “Do I like your new haircut? Of course I do!” I’m talking about the little lies we try to act out to make ourselves feel better, like, “No, nothing’s bothering me,” or “Yes, I’m ready to go show!” We think we’re successfully fooling those around us. We might even think we’re successfully fooling ourselves. But friends, we’re not fooling our horses. You come from work, you’re pressed for time, you had a fight with the boss and your kid is not doing well in math. You figure a ride is just what you need. And you are so used to pushing through life with your game-face on, you don’t think twice about what’s really going on inside. At this point let’s pause for a little quiz. Given the above scenario, is your horse likely to: a) Stand with soft eyes and a dropped head as you tack him up and hurl yourself into the saddle? b) Look at you like you’re a horseeating tiger with a little Godzilla thrown in, showing an inch of white around his eyes? c) Skitter sideways each time you try to approach? d) Commence to bucking and kicking when you try to put a boot in the stirrup? or e) B plus C plus D? Oh, sure, some of you have Horse A. But most of us have or have ridden Horses B through E—or not ridden, or suddenly parted company with, as the case may be. Frustrating thing is, it’s not their fault. 192 EQUINE


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They’re just seeing through the façade, seeing the real you at that moment. And that’s the hardest thing to admit! To make it worse, if you’re really honest with yourself (and who likes to be that) you have to recognize that our horses are our mirrors in all our personality traits. For example, I had no idea just how impatient I acted most of the time until I started riding. But my first horse was happy to point it out to me. I came on too strong when things didn’t happen right away, and he let me know it. Oddly enough, once I got into my impatient place, nothing went right until I’d see my “real self” at that moment. Then we could both take a deep breath, and start over. I also had to face up to my latent indecisiveness. Oh, it’s not that I won’t make a decision. I’m just one of those who likes to keep my options open for as long as possible. But at the lope in a crowded pleasure class, or riding a dressage test, or approaching a jump, or doing most anything on horseback, “as long as possible” isn’t very long. And when your horse senses that you’re still pondering options, she’s apt to start making executive decisions pretty quickly. As in, “I’ve decided we’re just going to refuse this jump.” Or, “Cs coming up pretty quick, think I’ll start the circle at H instead.”

Or “Wow, this is a big class, how about I just speed up and pass all these slowpokes.” And in that interplay between you and your horse, everyone else sees the “real you” too. No place to hide when you’re riding. In dozens of little ways, I eventually came to see myself uncomfortably clearly in the mirror of my horse’s perception. She sees me as I am, not as I want to be—all my warts, insecurities, worries, and distractions. That’s the downside. The upside is, she loves me anyway. She’s not judging me, she’s just taking in what she senses and is reacting to it. When I change my energy, so does she. When I get it right, she’s happy to comply. In fact, after I got used to being so transparent to a horse, I started to take comfort in the fact that she’s doing me a big favor—giving me a chance to learn about myself and to change the things I want to change, without holding it against me. Now—if only the judges would be so kind! ANGE DICKSON FINN is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom who wishes she could fool her horse just once. Visit her at, or email her at



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