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Volume 51 • Number 9
36 Meet “The Bills”
42 The ABC’s of Eventing
Learn how Warren-McMullin Dressage creates success through compassion.
Get the inside scoop on this invigorating sport, not for the faint of heart.
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Let TV host Darley Newman take you on a tour of her favorite places across the globe.
inside this issue [ departments ] At the Ingate Rave Rides Media Review Business Bits In The Saddle Stable Solutions Canine Corner Ask the Vet News in the Region
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[ breeds & disciplines ]
North American Junior & Young Rider Championships
76 Dressage 82 Eventing 88 Hunter/Jumper 100 Morgan/Saddlebred
104 Driving 108 Quarter Horse 111 Western Sports
115 Color Breeds
Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Horse Trials
News in the Nation Real Estate Calendar Classifieds Directories Affiliation Forms Advertiser Index The Horse’s Mouth
Connecticut Horse Shows Association
Bay State Trail Riders Association
Connecticut Trail Riders Association
Norfolk Hunt Club
Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England
Tri-State Horsemen’s Association
Connecticut Dressage & Combined Training Association
Southern N.H. Dressage and Combined Training Asssociation
106 Saratoga Driving Association 115 New England Pinto Horse Association
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112 USEF National Youth Reining Championships
Dr. Cesar Parra and Grandioso winning the Small Tour at the International Horse Sport Champions Cup in Loxahatchee, Fla., in March 2011. Dr. Parra has had much success over the years, most recently being named the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/ USEF National Intermediaire 1 Champion. With Grandioso, Dr. Parra hopes to compete for the United States at the Pan American Games this fall. Photo by Sharon Packer/www. horsesportsphotography.com.
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At the Ingate
elcome to our September issue! By the time this magazine gets
mailed to your front door, many of our young readers will have already begun school, and your summer plans have likely started to slow down. If you’ve yet to book a vacation, there’s still time enjoy adventures on horseback. This month, trot along with
Angela and me posing with our half-marathon medals.
Equitrekking star and producer Darley Newman in our Great Getaways feature, “Equitrekking Adventures” on page 48. Newman takes us abroad to Ireland and Jordan, as well as to the tropical island Maui, where equine enthusiasts can journey to many fascinating and exotic locations on horseback. We’re celebrating two unique riding disciplines in our Fall 2011 Dressage and Eventing issue. Enthusiasts of these sports probably already know that both are derived from military training. Many dressage movements that are used in competition today were originally developed for military personnel to perform in battle. Likewise, eventing was once used as a “militaire” test in the 20th century, to assess if a horse was appropriate to use for cavalry. Those new to eventing can get an in-depth look at its history in Christina Keim’s article, “The ABC’s of Eventing” on page 42. In it, you’ll learn about the different phases that make up the discipline, the levels of competition, and where to start if you’re ready to show. Also, “The Bills”—Bill Warren and Bill McMullin—are a household name in the region, making them prime candidates to profile them this month. Although they’re always on the go—riding, training, and judging at events throughout the East Coast—our Assistant Editor, Kathryn Selinga, managed to catch up with them to find out how they became two of the Northeast’s top trainers. To learn more about this dynamic duo, turn to page 36. Lastly, while many of our readers were spending most of their summer days at the barn or traveling, our Art Director, Angela Antononi, and I were busy training for our first halfmarathon, the inaugural Providence Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon. Since the passing of my family’s beloved horse, “Whinny,” I haven’t been able to ride nearly as much as I’d like. Physical exercise, such as running and yoga, has helped keep me active while I’m awaiting my next trail ride or lesson. Share with us what physical activities you enjoy when you’re not at the barn on our new forum at www.pedlar.com.
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toning your jumping form over the crosscountry fences. The organizations host at least three events each year on the protected land, including a multi-discipline horse show, a dog show, and a three-phase. Upcoming events include a trail ride on October 16 and the ABC Benefit Horse Trials, scheduled for October 23. For more information visit www.btabolt.org.
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What you need to prepare: There are over 100 miles of trails and 1,200 acres of protected land located in Boxford, Mass., all maintained by the Boxford Trails Association/ Boxford Open Land Trust (BTA/BOLT). Lockwood Forest is a favorite spot in the trail system among equestrians. Parking is tight, with room for a handful of trailers between two sites—Lockwood Lane and Middleton Road—so trailer-pool when possible. There are no restrooms or water for people, and no trash receptacles, so come prepared. There is, however, a brook that runs through the forest near the Lockwood Lane entrance available when your mount gets thirsty. Trail highlights: According to Copland, the Boxford trails system and Lockwood Forest offer something for every horse-rider team, from enjoying a relaxing day on the trails and conditioning your horse with hill work, to perfecting your dressage in the flatlands and
Take note: There is no trail fee, but those who visit the forest regularly are strongly urged to become members of BTA/BOLT, a volunteerrun, nonprofit group. No motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed on the land, though hikers, bikers, snowshoers, and dogs off leash are welcome, so be aware you could come across them. BTA/BOLT asks riders to please stay off trails and jumps when the ground is wet and soft, and cross-country fences are closed for several weeks before their horse trials. Send us photos of you and your horse out on the trail and you could win! If your photos are featured in next month’s Rave Rides, you’ll receive a free Mane ‘n Tail gift set! Please email high resolution photos (minimum 300 dpi, at least 4x6 inches) of yourself riding at your favorite state or national park, free access land, or beach, along with why you love riding there, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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her best-sellers, Cross-Train Your Horse and More Cross-Training. This massive book doesn’t merely provide tips for success, but rather a whole plan for how to develop your dressage skills and your horse’s performance from beginning to end. With emphasis on the horse’s physical and mental well-being, Savoie has created a dressage training guide that walks us through the stages in a clear, and dare I say a fun, way. You need not be an advanced dressage rider, or a dressage rider at all, to benefit from her guidance. Savoie introduces the horse-rider relationship in a straightforward yet entertaining way. Overflowing photos, diagrams, and even cartoons
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an unsurpassed reputation. Dover saddlery has used many of Langrish’s photographs as catalog cover images, including the 2011 annual catalog. (www. boblangrish.com)
HIts isn’t just for equestrian sports anymore. the new HIts triathlon series is the first race series to feature five distances at each event, with races taking place at different destinations every month of the year. With distances suited to triathletes of all levels, the series assures a challenging course geared to the unique level of training, endurance, and personal goals of participants. (www.hitstriathlonseries.com)
Christine Baranski, Faith Middleton, and Jacques Pepin will again be hosting the Celebration of Connecticut Farms.
A Taste of Conn. Actress Christine baranski of The Good Wife, Mamma Mia, and many other Hollywood hits, will accompany tV Chef Jacques pepin and Connecticut public radio’s Faith middleton as hosts of the 2011 Celebration of Connecticut Farms, to be held september 11 at Jones Family Farms in shelton, Conn. this is the state’s largest fundraiser to help preserve farmland in the state. the event will feature food and drinks prepared by some of the state’s best chefs. (www.CelebrationOfCtFarms.org)
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the FeI World equestrian Games has chosen Normandy to be its location in 2014, with Alltech as the title sponsor. the seventh
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Dover saddlery, Inc. recently congratulated equestrian photographer bob Langrish on A Whinny being awarded Bob Langrish with his wife, Pam. for Willie member of the On October 6 in Order of the british empire by the Nashville, Willie Nelson will accept a Queen of england, which he received Whinny Award for his contributions in for his contributions to equine saving horses from slaughter. the Whinnys photography and art. In his nearly are an awards program set up by the 40-year career, Langrish has accumuWomen’s Horse Industry Association, and lated 400,000 images and achieved the event will raise money for several equine charities. Nelson opposes the slaughter of wild horses, and of his own Basse-Normandie Regional herd of 70 horses, 25 to 30 were rescued Council Chairman Laurent Beauvais from slaughter. His daughter Amy and and Alltech President Dr. Pearse granddaughter raelyn have joined in the Lyons celebrate the announcement fight, working with the state of tennessee’s of Alltech being named title legislative branch on this issue. (www. sponsor of the 2014 World womenshorseindustry.com) Equestrian Games.
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On the trail, you want a horse that’s alert yet relaxed, one who’s willing to travel on a slack rein at the pace you’ve established.
to get home or back to the trailer as soon as possible. • He needs to establish his position in the herd (the other horses on your ride) and is trying to push to the front, find a safe spot somewhere in the middle, or crowd the other horses to assert his dominance.
If Something Hurts
Quelling the Urge to Surge By Jody Gilbert With John Lyons
YOU DON’T HAVE TO PRANCE YOUR WAY DOWN THE TRAIL. LEARN HOW TO REDUCE YOUR HORSE’S ANXIETY, AND YOU’LL REDUCE HIS TENDENCY TO JIG.
t one time or another, you’re likely to encounter a horse who just can’t seem to contain himself. He pulls against the reins, dances in place, tries to push ahead, and generally seems unwilling or unable to settle down. Maybe it happens when you start out on a ride. Or maybe it happens all day long, turning into a constant struggle to hold your horse back as he fishtails down the trail. A lot of the time, it happens when he knows he’s close to home. Whenever it occurs, riding a horse who’s wound up like that can be uncomfortable, nerve-wracking, and scary. But being that horse is probably even worse. He’s not being willful or uncooperative for the fun of it. A jigging horse has some real concerns, and we can’t improve the situation unless we approach things from his perspective. 22
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Why is He Jigging?
Generally speaking, a horse jigs because he wants to go and he can’t. But there can be various reasons that precipitate his urge to surge: • He wants to escape or ﬁnd relief from some physical discomfort or pain. (Poorly fitted tack is often the culprit here, or a painful bit.) • Perhaps you’re keeping a tight hold on the reins and the horse is seeking a break from the pressure. (If you’re maintaining a death grip on your reins, it may mean that you’re nervous yourself, which can further increase your horse’s anxiety and the impulse to jig.) • Your horse is anxious to stay close to other horses and gets worried when you hold him back from them. • Your horse may be insecure about being away from familiar surroundings and wants
Since one potential cause of jigging is physical pain, you’ll want to rule that possibility out right away. All kinds of behaviors are triggered simply because a horse is trying to avoid discomfort. Make sure your horse is healthy and sound—and don’t forget about his teeth. If his mouth aches, even gentle rein pressure can cause pain and distraction. He may also compensate by holding his jaw unnaturally, which could affect his balance and, eventually, his confidence. Be sure that his tack is comfortable and that it fits. Pay special attention to the way your bridle is adjusted, and be considerate when choosing your bit. The bridle should allow you to communicate effectively with your horse without causing pain or anxiety. An excellent option is a full-cheek snaffle because it allows you to send clear, direct instructions, instead of relying on leverage and restraint to force him to respond.
When You’re the Culprit
Once you’ve determined that there are no underlying physical concerns that could be creating the jigging problem, you should turn the spotlight on yourself. It’s very natural for riders to pull back on the reins when a horse is jumping around or trying to surge ahead. It’s also common to try to hold a horse back by not letting go. Often, even if the horse does try to relax, we may be too preoccupied or insecure to loosen the reins, so doing the right thing provides no relief for the horse. If you think about it, it’s not hard to see how this all makes the situation worse. For starters, it’s uncomfortable for your horse to have constant pressure on his mouth, so he’s going to try whatever he can think of to get some slack in the reins. Like jig. He may also grow claustrophobic with his head movement so restricted. Another invitation to jig. In many cases, constant pulling turns into a vicious circle: We grow tense and lock down
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When the rider is relaxed and confident on the trail, it’s easier for the horse to be relaxed and confident, so be sure to assess your own body language.
on the reins; the horse senses that tension, gets nervous, starts to panic from the rein pressure, and jigs harder; we get more frightened and tighten up even more, and so on. Throughout it all, communication comes to a screeching halt. The reins have turned into constantly applied brakes that are useless because the horse is using his own—far stronger—gas pedal.
A Matter of Instinct
Calm Those Nerves • Make sure your horse isn’t jigging because of pain or discomfort. • Use the calm-down cue or hips over technique to relax and slow a prancing horse. • Remember that keeping steady pressure on both reins is not going to slow your horse and may actually cause him to start jigging from anxiety and frustration. • Practice the essential cues at home in a no-pressure environment so your horse will be able to respond to them in a more exciting situation, like on the trail. • Be an active rider and give your horse lots of small tasks to focus on to keep him engaged and confident rather than fretful or insecure. 24
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Our remaining three jigging triggers—the desire to stay close to other horses, being anxious to return to a familiar setting, and the need to establish position within the herd—sound different from each other, but they have something in common: They’re all instinctdriven. It’s your horse’s nature to want security, and that’s really what these needs are all about. It’s important to keep that in mind, especially if you find yourself growing frustrated or losing your temper—he’s just trying to do what his instinct tells him will keep him safe. Does that mean you should let him ignore your cues, fight his way to the spot he wants, or hightail it back to the barn? Of course not. We’re rechanneling our horse’s instincts every minute we’re around him, and maintaining control on the trail is no exception. But once you understand that your horse is jigging because he wants to hurry home where he can feel secure, or he’s scared of being left behind by the horses up ahead, or he needs to establish himself as a member of this new herd he’s suddenly found himself in, you can deal with those specific causes instead of just tackling the general symptom of jigging. So let’s return to the trail for a minute and see how you can get a jigging horse under control.
Your horse is prancing around like crazy, dancing and pulling against the reins, and you feel like you’re about to lose what little control you
might have over him. What should you do? First, remember that you need to use one rein rather than two. Ease up on both reins for a minute, even if your horse seems poised to jump out from under you. Then, take a firm hold of one rein (but don’t jerk) and prepare to ask him to relax and slow down. In this situation, you have two especially good ways to accomplish this: the calm down cue and the hips over technique. The calm down cue is a request to have your horse lower his head. When your horse understands this cue, you can apply pressure to just one rein and have him lower his head. That head position will help him settle down. A lowered head is innately relaxing to a horse, and it doesn’t lend itself to prancing and jigging. In fact, the calm down cue is an excellent way to keep your horse from jigging in the first place, since it promotes relaxation and gives him (and you) something positive to concentrate on. The hips over technique also works to preempt problems and bring your horse under control if he starts to jig or get too quick. Again, apply firm pressure to one rein, but in this case, you’re thinking about having him take a big step to the side. If you pick up the left rein, for instance, you want him to step his hindquarters over to the right (make sure that the instant you feel that big step to the side, you release the rein). Your horse’s feet will be busy turning him, so he’ll have to stop dancing around. If this is enough to steady him, you can go back to moving forward, now on a looser rein. But if he begins to jig again, repeat the exercise on the other side. You can keep this up, alternating sides, until he understands that going quietly is much less work and earns him a loose rein. This technique is also great training for you as a rider because you’re practicing a specific, effective response instead of instinctively pulling back on both reins.
Working Through the Urge to Jig
When you ride your horse, you probably have a pretty good idea of where he may start to jig—or you can sense when he’s getting a little wound up and might begin to dance around. So the name of the game is to ride him actively. Don’t just wait until his nerves are starting to fray or you get to that spot on the trail where he wants to run. Give him plenty of little jobs to do as you ride along the way. They don’t have to be monumental tasks. In fact, they can be as small as circling a tree or moving his shoulders over for two steps and then back again. Always make sure you give him a release the moment he does what you ask. He needs to be assured that the release will be there so that he doesn’t get worried or defensive.
If your horse jigs because heâ€™s trying to push to the front of the line, go ahead and let him ride in front. But while heâ€™s there, keep him busy. Have him ride around rocks, trees and flowers at the trot, and ask for lots of changes in speed and direction. When he seems ready to take a break, have someone ride up beside you or in front of you. If he starts getting charged up again, put him in front and go back to work. Give him another chance to rest in second place, and continue in this vein until he gets comfortable in the number
two spot. Remember, this is an exercise, not punishment. Youâ€™re working him hard so that he can direct his thoughts and his energy toward something positive instead of getting into a battle of wills with you. If your horse jigs because heâ€™s determined to crowd the pack or run up on the horse in front of you, focus on setting and main-
Sidestep Around a Common Trap
One all-too-common response to â€œďŹ xingâ€? a jigging horse is to assume that better control will come from using stronger hardware. For many riders, this means going to a harsher bit, which is almost guaranteed to backďŹ re. For one thing, if the horse is jigging because heâ€™s feeling trapped, using a bit thatâ€™s designed to make him feel more trapped is not going to improve matters. If the problem arises from a rider keeping constant or excessive pressure on the reins, the horse is still going to ďŹ ght to escape that pressure, regardless of the severity of the bit. In addition, introducing a strange, newâ€”and potentially painfulâ€”device isnâ€™t going to help a horseâ€™s conďŹ dence or understanding of what the rider wants him to do. At best, it may be another distraction for the horse. At worst, it could give him an even more compelling reason to jig.
Preacher relaxes and slows and John immediately softens his hands. The release is Preacherâ€™s reward.
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The simple act of turning provides Preacher with a task and a focus, which alleviates anxiety.
control, and slow his progress. These exercises should include the calm down cue, hips over, shoulders over, and executing maneuvers like heading a few steps in a different direction, or doing serpentines for a while before getting back on course.
Calm and Steady
A jigging horse can turn a relaxing trail ride into a stressful experience for you, your horse, and other riders, and resolving the problem may take some time. But if you use techniques such as the calm down cue
taining an even speed. Keep several horse lengths between you and the next horse. If he settles down, leave him alone. If he starts prancing and trying to speed up, circle various trail obstacles to widen the distance again. Keep yourself focused as well. You don’t want to get distracted and wait until you’re 3’ from the horse in front of you. Back home, work on speed control and stopping. Add lots of transitions to your routine so that you can adjust your horse’s gaits and speed easily. He needs to realize that the horses in front of him aren’t going to leave him behind, so practice where other horses are working, if possible. Ride behind them part of the time, and then go your own way for a minute or two. This will help him build confidence and independence. What about the horse who wants to kick it into high gear the minute he knows he’s on the home stretch? You don’t want to let him run back to the barn or the trailer and arrive hot and sweaty. But neither do you want to end your ride with 20 minutes of jigging or playing tug of war (which, come to think of it, is likely to make him hot and sweaty, too). In this situation, as in the others, it’s important to engage the horse in lots of exercises that occupy him, keep you in
Changing positions within the string will help this buckskin learn to take his cues from his rider, not from the other horses. Keeping several strides between horses is a good strategy.
and hips over to bring him under control instead of pulling back on both reins, you’ll be well on the way to improving the situation. Riding actively and keeping your horse occupied with small requests—which earn lots of reassuring releases—will help him develop confidence. And practicing various control measures back home will further strengthen his ability to respond to your cues even when his instincts are telling him to dance his way down the trail.
Teaching the Calm Down Cue The calm down (or head down) cue teaches a horse to relax when he’s excited, such as on the trail, where he may be a little too jazzed up to listen to your requests. To teach the cue, hold light pressure on one rein until your horse drops his head just a tiny bit—a fraction of an inch is plenty. Focus on the tip of his ear, and the instant you see it drop, release the rein. Wait just a few seconds and do it again. 26
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If we don’t try to get along wIth each other and all fIght to preserve the woodlands, none of us wIll have a place to enjoy our sport.
Hunting Season Safety By Sue Perry
We all love to enjoy the trails on crisp, fall days, but it’s important to knoW hoW to share them safely With other users, particularly hunters.
e might wish that we didn’t have to share them with others, but throughout a significant portion of the year, riders and hunters need to learn how live in harmony with one another. To find out the best time to go trail riding during hunting season, as well as safety rules that all riders should adhere to, we spoke with Becky Kalagher, President of Bay State Trail Riders Association, who also has enjoyed deer hunting for over 30 years.
Hunting Season Schedules
You will find hunters in the woods in the late fall and early winter, generally October through February. There are actually many different, overlapping “hunting seasons” during this period. Each one is for a different species of animal (everything from deer to squirrels and pheasants) and a different type 28
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of weapon (e.g. shotgun, muzzle loader, bow and arrow). In Rhode Island, you can even hunt with a falcon! To make the situation even more complicated, each state has its own hunting season calendar and hunting regulations. Massachusetts and Connecticut have no hunting on Sundays but Rhode Island does allow it. To learn more about hunting season in each state, turn to our sidebar at the end of this article. Kalagher says, “I make a point to publish the hunting season dates and information for all three states in our monthly BSTRA newsletter, The Bugle, every October.” The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game website has a useful Outdoor Recreation Map, which lists all of the State Wildlife Management Areas by district, along with a phone number for each district. There are notes for management areas about
whether or not hunting is allowed. What Kalagher finds most helpful is that the website then lists all of the State Forests and Parks within each region, with a contact number for each one. “Also noted for the parks is what activities are allowed, and one of the activities listed is hunting. So you just have to look up the state forest or park that you are interested in riding in to see if hunting is allowed there. In the central region of Massachusetts, there are 15 forests and parks, 10 of which allow hunting.” “As far as town-owned property is concerned, one would have to contact the town itself (town hall, police department) to find out what the allowed uses are on their property, including both horseback riding and hunting. The same is true for Land Trust type properties. The Trustees of Reservations do allow hunting on some of their properties, as well as riding. Visit their website at www. thetrustees.org.
There are several things that horseback riders can do to ensure that everyone stays safe during hunting season. Ride only where you have permission to. Trespassing with your horse is not only illegal, but can also put you at increased risk if the area that you are in caters to hunters. Avoid riding at peak hunting times if you will be sharing the woods with hunters. Early morning is a popular time for them (especially on weekdays before work), so head out with your horse later in the day. Be aware of hunting season dates and where hunting is allowed. During these few months of the year, try to do most of your trail riding on Sundays or where there is no hunting allowed. As both a trail rider and deer hunter, Kalagher offers the following advice: “If you do ride on other days of the week during
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Department of Game and Wildlife Contact Information to learn more about hunting rules and regulations in your state, here is some helpful contact information for fishing and wildlife authorities in various parts of New england:
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New Hampshire New Hampshire Fish and Game Department http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/ 11 Hazen Drive Concord, NH 03301 603-271-3211
Vermont Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/ 103 South Main Street Waterbury, VT 05676 802-241-3700
Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/ massachusetts 1 Rabbit Hill Road Westborough, MA 01581 508-389-6300
Connecticut Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection http://www.ct.gov/dep/hunting 79 Elm Street Hartford, CT 06106-5127 860-424-3000
Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/ bnatares/fishwild/ 3 Fort Wetherill Road Jamestown, RI 02835 401-423-1920
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orange vest and walking alongside Magic’s left shoulder, the hunters will not see me if they are to our right. Magic is very dark brown and very wooly (thanks to Cushing’s disease), so she could resemble a bear through the trees. How do I make sure that the hunters realize that she is not “game”? She’ll get too hot if she hikes in an orange blanket and she doesn’t have a saddle on to attach a quarter sheet to. So my mother Whether you are hand-walking or riding your and I invented the horse on the trails during hunting season, “blaze orange equine everyone should wear blaze orange for safety. chill choker” to solve this problem. The choker is made of lightweight fleece hunting season, please stick to the main trails (no bushwhacking!) and wear lots of fabric, so it can go in the washer and dryer, fluorescent orange. The bigger the area of and fits around the middle of Magic’s neck. It fluorescent orange, the quicker it is to spot is visible from both sides and rests far enough you. A blaze orange hunting coat is great and away from her chest so that she doesn’t get if it’s not too hot, a fluorescent orange quarter too hot there. The choker was such a success during our sheet for your horse is also a good idea. When you are out hunting, it is movement that hikes that I tried using it while trail riding catches your eye. The orange really stands out on Cody, my chestnut Appendix Quarter and instantly identifies the movement as off Horse. He could be mistaken for a large deer. It worked just as well, staying in place and limits, in other words, not game.” “In my opinion, visual warning of your providing a great visual “don’t shoot” signal presence is the most important safety tool. as we trotted along the trail. Anyone with a sewing machine and The second-best warning is audible. Bells, such as sleigh bells attached to your saddle, basic seamstress skills can make a blaze are a nice addition. However, the sound is orange choker for her horse in about 20 not particularly loud and doesn’t carry a long minutes. Purchase a yard or two of the most distance. The sound of voices [talking] will fluorescent orange fleece that you can find carry better and can be heard further away with 12-15'' of 1.0-1.5 inch wide Velcro. than bells. But trying to talk the whole time Measure around your horse’s neck about 1/3 that you are riding can be a bit taxing.” Try of the way down from his ears. Then measure singing, especially something like “Jingle around his neck about 9'' further down Bells,” at Christmas time. If you sing off-key, towards his withers. Lay the fleece out flat on a table. An inch at least it will make you laugh out loud. You can find blaze orange clothing at down from the top of the shorter side of outdoor sports stores that cater to hunters, the fleece, draw a line equal to the shorter trappers, and camping enthusiasts, as well as measurement of the neck plus an extra inch (to allow for hemming), and mark a in some tack shops. spot in the center of the line. Then, measure down about 10'' and make marks The Orange Chill Choker There is a familiar saying, “Necessity is the collateral to your first line, including one mother of invention” and that applies to that matches up with the center of the first hunting season safety for your horse. I take one. This should also be the center of the my 27-year-old Thoroughbred mare hiking line you are about to create. Draw a second on the trails every weekend all year long. We line here, parallel to the first one. This should cover about 5 miles on each hike in one of be the same length as your measurement of three state parks in central Massachusetts. the large portion of the horse’s neck, plus an The problem: if I am wearing my fluorescent extra inch.
Now, draw lines connecting the two original ones, creating the shape of a trapezoid. Cut out the marked section of fleece. Make a half-inch wide hem on all four sides using the sewing machine, to keep the edges from fraying. (Put the hems onto the inner, smoother side of the fabric so that the fuzzier side will be on the outside and the smoother part will be next to your horse’s hair.) Cut a length of Velcro to match the length of the angled short sides. Sew one side of the Velcro onto the outside of the left part of the fleece. Sew the other side of the Velcro onto the inside of the right part of the fleece. Cut off any pointy ends of Velcro that may stick out. Wrap the choker around the middle of your horse’s neck, attaching the halves of Velcro underneath by his esophagus. Now you’re ready to hit the trail!
Sharing the Trails
We all enjoy the trails. Riders should be polite to whatever types of trail users they encounter—hikers, dog walkers, cross-country skiers, mountain bikers, snowmobiles, trappers, and hunters. If we don’t try to get along with each other and all fight to preserve the woodlands, none of us will have a place to enjoy our sport. As Kalagher puts it, “Most of the year we can ride freely on land that hunters use, so during the hunting season it’s our turn as riders to back off a little and let them enjoy themselves. Respect the law, respect each other’s mode of recreation, and respect the land you use.” Sue Perry is a Certified Veterinary Technician and equine massage therapist. She lives in Upton, Mass., with three event horses and runs “Muscle Magic,” an equine massage service.
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READing to Animals By Charlene Arsenault
IN GRADE SCHOOL, IT CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE BEEN A HECK OF LOT EASIER READING EXCERPTS FROM TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD TO A COCKER SPANIEL RATHER THAN TO THE TEACHER AND THE REST OF THE CLASS. DOGS ENJOY A GOOD STORY NOW AND THEN, AND THEY’RE GOOD LISTENERS. PLUS, THEY DON’T EVER MAKE YOU FEEL SELF-CONSCIOUS.
hat’s why the READ (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program is not only popular, but effective. A recent study conducted by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University showed that students who read to dogs experience a slight gain in their ability, and improvement in their attitudes toward reading, as measured on the Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) and Elementary Reading Attitude Survey (ERAS), respectively—while those who read to people experienced a decrease on both measures. 32
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“As with all academic studies exploring a new area, this small study raises more questions than creates answers,” said Lisa Freeman, DVM, MS, PhD, one of the study’s authors and the research mentor for lead author Dawn Lenihan, a third-year veterinary student. “The READ program remains very popular among students in the local community, and we look forward to finding out more answers as it continues.” READ’s mission is to “improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors.” There are affiliate READ programs in most
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states, and information and links can be found at www.therapyanimals.org. â€œKids and dogs just make sense,â€? said Tammy Fontaine, who volunteers with the Connecticut based Cold Noses, Warm Hearts. â€œMost kids put their guards down, and reading to the dogs is so much less intimidating. They donâ€™t have to worry about the dog laughing if they make a mistake or mispronounce a word.â€? A fun element of working with children through the READ program is the ability to make subtle corrections â€œfrom the dogâ€™s perspective.â€? Fontaine will sometimes explain to the child, â€œRose didnâ€™t quite understand that word. Can we try it again?â€? â€œThe child really wants the dog to enjoy the story,â€? said Fontaine, â€œso they redo the word. Itâ€™s really a lot of fun to see the kids more comfortable reading out loud.â€? Fontaine, who has three dogs, two cats, and a house rabbit, got started doing animal assisted therapy, which is the general category to which READ belongs, as a result of being an occupational therapist by trade. She registered her own first therapy dog more than 10 years ago and has since been working with her two other dogs. READ programs, she said, usually take place in libraries or schools. â€œSchool programs are much more involved, and arranged through the reading specialist, and of course have to be welcomed by the school committees. Library programs are usually done once or twice a month, or even less, and through the childrenâ€™s librarian.â€? The popularity of the READ programs has created a shortage of volunteers to run them. In general, said Fontaine, not only is it a growing problem with READ, but also for animal assisted therapy programs. Fontaine not only volunteers with Cold Noses, Warm Hearts, but is also an evaluator for Delta Society and Intermountain Therapy Animals, helping to get animals registered for therapy dog teams. Fontaineâ€™s therapy dog team goes to work with her out in the occupational therapy field, where her setting is in acute rehab. Fontaine and her dogs are only available to do the READ programs at libraries, which are usually on the weekends. â€œThis is definitely getting popular, but there are not enough volunteers,â€? she said. â€œAnd one volunteer can only do so much. Most of us work a regular 40-hour job, and do this for fun on the side.â€? To learn more about the READ program, and how you can help, contact Thumper519@msn.com.
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By Dr. Alfredo Sanchez-Londoño, MV, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)
A horse can sometimes, but very rarely, have a negative reaction to a sedative, which could cause tremors.
Dear Dr. Sanchez-Londoño, My horse was recently treated for choke, and had a reaction to the sedative that caused tremors. While it was not shock, it got me thinking about the subject. Could a stressful situation like choking cause shock? What are the signs? And most importantly, what can I do to help?
Choke in horses is different than what typically happens in humans, since the majority of times when a horse “chokes” it is the esophagus that is obstructed and not the trachea, meaning that their breathing is not compromised. In some instances the airway can be affected but this is very rare. It would be unusual for a horse that has “choke” to have an episode of shock, unless it had been ongoing for a very prolonged period of time and the horse was severely dehydrated. The fact that your horse developed tremors after it was sedated could be due to other reasons. An important fact to know is what
breed the horse is, as there is a disease called Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP) that typically affects Quarter Horses or Quarter Horse crosses that have the sire Impressive in their lineage. Sometimes they can show signs of tremors as you are describing happened with your horse. Sometimes horses can develop an anaphylactic reaction to medications which typically will be immediate and cause increased temperature, increased breathing rate and heart rate, and profuse sweating. If any of these signs are present when an animal is given a medication it may need to be treated with epinephrine to prevent any further clinical signs. It’s important to know what particular medication was given to sedate the horse as this could be one to avoid in the future. If the horse developed tremors shortly after the sedation was administered it could be possible that a very small amount of the sedative was given into the carotid artery
which could have been displaced due to the choke that was present. The esophagus of the horse normally lies on the lower part of the left side of the neck and is in very close proximity to the jugular vein and also the carotid artery, so theoretically the blood vessels could have been displaced and a small amount of the sedative may have got into the artery, but it was not enough to cause the horse to have a seizure. Another possible explanation could be if there are any abnormalities within the blood vessels of the horse’s neck that could cause a decreased blood supply and consequently the tremors that were observed. It will be important to remember this episode in your horse and make sure to tell any veterinarian that works on him what has happened when he is sedated, so a different sedative is used, to hopefully prevent this from happening again. If for any reason these clinical signs did occur again, a complete physical examination of the horse will need to be performed to rule out any other causes for the clinical signs. An ultrasound may be needed to evaluate the blood vessels in the neck area to determine that there is no obstruction or abnormality with them. Dear Dr. Sanchez-Londoño, For the past few spring and summer seasons, my horse has suffered from allergies. He is constantly flipping his head up and down, lifting his lip and snorting. I just recently found out that this may be Head Shaking Syndrome, and it can be painful. Can you tell me about this syndrome and what can be done to alleviate the pain so I am prepared for it come next year?
Head shaking in horses can present in very different ways. In your case, it looks like your horse is displaying a vertical head shaking, but it can also be horizontal (side to side) or a
About the Author Alfredo sanchez-Londoño, mV, ms is an assistant professor and clinician at the Cummings school of Veterinary medicine at tufts University, and, specifically, the tufts Ambulatory service in Woodstock, Conn. He obtained his mV (medico Veterinario) degree from Universidad de La salle in bogota, Colombia in 1997. In 2000, he completed the requirements of the educational Committee for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (eCFVG) at purdue University, then completed an internship and a Large Animal Internal medicine residency/master of science degree program at purdue University in 2005. He joined the tufts Ambulatory service in July of 2005. His main interest is equine medicine covering all aspects, from newborns to the growing geriatric equine population. He has performed research on respiratory diseases in horses, focusing on exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (eIpH), inflammatory airway disease (IAD) and recurrent airway obstruction (rAO).
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problems, masses within the nasal cavity, and allergies. From the description of this horse it is possibly due to allergies, especially if it is worse in the spring and summer, but it will be important to make sure that none of the signs are present in the fall or winter months as some horses may occasionally start showing signs at that time of the year. In some instances it is possible that the signs disappear for a period of time, but itâ€™s very likely they will resume after a few years again. It is important to Head shaking can be caused by middle ear abnormalities, ear have your veterinarian mites, or neurological issues, to name a few problems. perform a complete combination of movements. There are multiple physical examination, including examination causes that have been recognized in head of the eyes, ears and teeth and a complete shaker horses, including middle ear abnor- neurologic examination. Depending on these malities, ear mites or other insects affecting the results it may be required to perform further ears, neurological issues, vision problems, teeth diagnostics including radiographs, endoscopy,
and possibly a complete blood count and biochemistry profile to rule out any other causes for the problem. It would also be a good idea in this case to investigate the allergy issues that are affecting the horse. The treatment for head shaking in horses will vary depending on the cause, that is, if a cause can be identified. In some cases it is not possible to identify a specific reason for the problem. Several medications including corticosteroids, nonsteroidal medications, and antihistamines may not make any difference to alleviate the problem. Other methods that have been used include chiropractic and acupuncture therapy. A few devices that are similar to a heavy hair net can be placed over the nose area or the upper forehead, with the idea of preventing the trigeminal nerve from firing and causing the headshaking movement. These devices may not work in all horses and a diagnosis of the trigeminal nerve being affected will need to be reached. It will be important to have your veterinarian evaluate your horse and ideally have him/her be able to visualize the type of reaction the horse is having, so a simple idea is to videotape the horse as he is having one of the attacks.
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Dressage Queen. noun. She or he who talks the talk but can’t walk the walk. Has the most expensive equipment but doesn’t know how to tack up a horse. Doesn’t want to get their (newly manicured) hands, breeches, or boots dirty. Looks down at others. Temperature drops a solid 20 degrees upon their arrival. Does not actually enjoy riding. Bill McMullin 36
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YOU WON’T FIND any of those at Dry Water Farm in Stoughton, Massachusetts. There weren’t any before Bill Warren and Bill McMullin of Warren-McMullin Dressage came to town, and none have emerged since the internationally acclaimed duo arrived on the scene in the spring of 2010. What is abound at the farm are passionate, talented, and most of all, caring dressage riders. Their clients, who know them better as “The Bills,” gush about every facet of what they do—bringing hard work and compassion to the table, and expecting the same from their students. The proof of their successes can be found not only on paper, but also in the longevity of their clientele. One of Warren’s students has been working with him since 1985. Another, Winky King, has been training with him for 11 years. “His demeanor [is what draws me to him]. He’s so kind, but still demanding. He’s great with green horses and advanced horses. And I really trust him, which is a great feeling.” Louise Grossman is thrilled with the progress she’s made since working with McMullin. “I ride a school horse here, and was at a stand still with my training,” she says. “I began taking lessons with Bill Mac and he changed my life,” noting that she began advancing again almost immediately, “he wants his students to succeed so badly.”
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Bill McMullin with Dry Water Farm owner Danielle McNamara and her horse Camelot.
gymkhana, did some hunt seat for a while, and then ultimately did quite a few years of eventing, until finally coming around to doing dressage full-time starting in the late ’80s,” says McMullin. “I started riding in Rhode Island and did the same as a child—I rode hunt seat and western, and was fortunate enough to have someone come to our farm at one point and just tell me that I was going to learn dressage,” Warren says with a laugh, “and fortunately I fell in love with it.” Warren isn’t the only one thankful that he and McMullin fell for the sport. They have been valued clinicians, judges, riders, and trainers throughout the United States since before they met, and became somewhat of an unstoppable force since then. They have also been invited to participate in numerous events, including special performances like the Vermont Mozart Festival. Though 2011 marked the first year the Festival did not take place, the Bills were part of it for many years. “It’s something I had been involved in for 20 years and Bill [Warren] for 12 or 13…we’d do a dressage exhibition at the Grand Opening Concert of the Mozart Festival
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The Bills have been in business together for 13 years. They started out in Rhode Island, where Warren is from, in 1998 at Phoenix Rising Farm with 25 horses under their wing, and stayed there for the next eight years. From there, they moved to Cutler Farm in Medfield, Massachusetts, before settling in at Dry Water Farm just over a year ago. Since the beginning, their jobs have been multi-faceted. “We’re involved in all aspects. I would say first and foremost we are riders and trainers. We instruct a lot as well. We also judge and teach a lot of clinics,” says Warren. McMullin elaborates on the topic, “I think the main thing about the business is it’s diverse…each part compliments one another. You need to be out there in the ring showing yourself to get the exposure, so that you have clients that want to have horses with you. And then you want to have your students out there and teaching them to do well in the show ring, which helps to promote the business. Then, ultimately, those students want to buy other horses as they go on and people come to you.” While both of the Bills ride dressage at the FEI levels, neither of them started out in the discipline. “I actually started riding western,
Bill Warren instructs Winky King at his home base in Stoughton, Massachusetts.
every summer at Shelburne Farm. They’d have about 2,000 people come and set up picnics on the lawn and watch us ride dressage to the music…it was neat because a lot of us that were dressage professionals got to come together and work on our sport as an art form. It really was a very special event,” says McMullin. “There was no money involved—we did not get paid…not everything in life is about getting paid. We did it for the love of what we do and it was nice that a group of people were willing to do that, and we wowed the crowds…it was a creative experience that helped us grow as riders,” adds Warren. While their passion is riding and training— whether money is involved or not—the Bills feel strongly about always continuing their education. Warren is currently working toward his international judging license, while McMullin was recently approved to go on to get his “R.” “We’re constantly striving to improve our own education,” says McMullin. Their biggest hope is to transfer their feelings about progressive learning to their students, especially the young ones. “What we’ve tried to stress—and we did a lecture for young riders in Wellington last year and we’ve just been invited to do another one next year—is that you have to constantly keep up with your education. I don’t think you reach a certain point and say ‘that’s it, I’m now a trainer or a teacher and I don’t have to learn anymore.’ In this profession I think you’re always having to further your
sage; their strong attention to detail; and their gratitude for what they have—all characteristics that ultimately brought the pair together. These qualities can be credited to their upbringing and the horses that have impacted them early on in their careers. “I can’t say that I really had a good competition horse until later in life, which I always wish that I had earlier on, but in some ways I had to take horses that probably were not so talented and make something of them. In the long run that helped me develop more as a rider than to just have it all handed to me early on,” explains Warren. Bill McMullin riding Cenia at Welcome Back to White “It probably honestly has been Fences IV, 2010. a little bit of a hindrance in developing my career, too, because I had those horses—and I couldn’t move on at certain times to another horse because I still had financial responsibility to them, and it does hold you back a little bit. But it’s been really important to me,” says McMullin of his older horses he grew up with, and that his family still owns. And while they appreciate the beauty and complexity of highlevel dressage, they often feel more accomplished when completing the basics. “When I can ride smooth transitions, that’s a great feeling more than the actual movement itself,” says Warren. “I can be just as happy getting on a student’s horse or a lower level one reason or another, they can also find a new horse…getting it warmed up properly so that it horse for a rider in search of a new partner. “I was moves correctly and really well—even to ride a in need of a horse—we looked for several months. beautiful 20-meter circle…all those details that They would ride [the potential horse] first and call go into bringing the maximum expression out me if it was appropriate,” says Leslie Cokin, who of the horse and acceptance of the aids—that’s found her Hanoverian, Rohanna, thanks to the what it’s about,” chimes in McMullin. With all of the responsibilities of their jobs, dedication of the Bills. So how did this dynamic duo meet? You can Warren and McMullin have little down time, thank their fellow judge Janet Black for that. but they don’t complain. “I feel like we have so “Bill [Warren] had worked with Janet for a long many perks that when we talk about not having time in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island days off for long periods of time and very seldom area in the mid-80s and separate from that, being able to take vacation, we get to do so much I ended up working with her in Vermont… that so many people are not fortunate enough to. she would come on a regular basis for We work hard, we get to do what we love, and clinics and teach me and my students, we’re our own boss—so the tradeoff is that we so she’s actually the one who brought us have to juggle things around and we can’t always together. She wanted me to bring my leave the business,” says Warren. In the end, the Bills simply recognize how horses down and work with Bill to get more help with them—and that’s how it privileged they are. “The main thing is we’re doing something that we like to do and we’re started,” says McMullin. The Bills can be defined by their deep surrounded by great people and nice horses,” dedication to the horses and people they says McMullin. “We are fortunate that way—we have a work with, as well as the sport of dreswonderful group of people and the family that owns this farm is beyond wonderful…they run The Bills with student Winky King a terrific stable and we’re very happy to be here,” and her horse Winsome. concludes Warren.
give up, and that crushes me when we have to say goodbye to a horse that we’ve had for so long and put so much time and energy into. It’s more than just a horse—it becomes part of the family.” “I still have these horses my family raised that were born on their farm in Vermont. They’re 26 and 28 and we had the mother of them until she was 34, so in my experience they really are part of the family—we don’t give them up or sell them and there’s a lot to be said for that,” adds McMullin. But when a horse must leave their tutelage for
education,” Warren comments. “We encourage the younger ones to not tie themselves down with trying to run a business too early.” Working student and manager Courtney Fanara is one of their success stories. “I’ve known them since I was a little kid—I bought my horse from Bill Warren. I wanted to further my education and I talked about [becoming a working student] with them. I went to Florida with them over the winter, then started fulltime—I love it.” Part of what Fanara enjoys is how friendly everyone involved in the Warren-McMullin operation is—from the clients to the horses. For them, it’s like a family. “What I least enjoy is when we have to sell a horse,” says Warren, “We become attached to them and we love the training process. And when we have to let go of one—to me it’s like a piece of art that you have to
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OF EVENTING A Newbie’s Guide To This Exciting Sport By Christina Keim
venting is a sport which is far more complex than it is often given credit for. When people think about this discipline, the first image that pops into their mind is most likely a horse and rider dropping into a water jump, launching over a ditch and rails, or simply galloping along through the woods. The cross-country phase of an event is, for most competitors, the heart and soul of the contest and what separates the sport from others. However, to be successful at an event requires much more than just being effective in crosscountry. In fact, the ideal event horse must be a versatile athlete. “The idea of the competition is that this is about creating an all-around horse,” says Malcolm Hook, Chairman of the Eventing Technical Committee and Vice Chair of the National Safety Committee for the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). “The event horse can do more than just one thing; 42
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they must be proficient in each phase.”
The History of Eventing
Eventing is a sport whose roots lie with the training of cavalry horses in the early part of the twentieth century. Originally known as the “militaire” test, the sport was developed by military officers with the idea of assessing if the horse was appropriate for use by the cavalry. Early “combined tests” expected much of the horse, especially in terms of stamina, bravery, and obedience. Horse and rider both needed to be brave and bold, able to handle the demands of challenging terrain and imposing fences. “The sport of eventing has evolved dramatically over its nearly 100-year history,” says United States Eventing Association (USEA) Communications Manager and Eventing USA Editor Emily Daily. “What once began as a military-based training and endurance test has morphed into a sport that requires the horse and rider to excel in all three phases, possessing
the accuracy and obedience for dressage, the stamina and bravery for cross-country, and [the ability to] still jump a clear and careful round on the final day of the competition over the colored poles.” The event horse must have complete and total trust in his rider, and creating this becomes a key objective during the process of training. “The development of a level of trust between the horse and rider must come first,” says Hook. “Then horses must learn boldness and a willingness to go forward for the crosscountry phase.” Eventing’s popularity has been boosted by its presence at large international sporting events like the Olympics and the World Equestrian Games. While the vast majority of the USEA’s membership competes at a much less intense level, the essence of the original sport is retained in these more basic forms of competition. The horse is still expected to be obedient, supple, and bold, as well as trusting of their rider.
Modern day eventing tests horses and riders in each of three distinct phases: dressage, crosscountry, and stadium jumping (sometimes called show jumping). The dressage phase is always held first, and is meant to show that the horse and rider can communicate seamlessly as well as display the suppleness, obedience, balance, and fluidity of the horse’s movement. The performance of the horse in the dressage ring is important because the skills of the horse and rider there will translate to their performance in the jumping phases. “In dressage, the horse has to demonstrate their degree of balance and obedience,” says Hook. “The horse will demonstrate that they can lengthen and shorten their frame as well as their overall suppleness. This is important preparation for what comes after in cross-country and show jumping. There, the horse must be able to gallop, balance, lengthen and shorten strides for
combinations, etc. Dressage gives the horse the tools to answer these questions.” The cross-country phase is traditionally held after dressage. It involves the horse and rider galloping over natural terrain, jumping a variety of fixed obstacles along the way. “Cross-country used to be called a test of endurance,” says Hook. “Today’s sport doesn’t call for as much endurance as it used to, but it is still a test of the horse’s boldness and willingness. It is a demonstration of the relationship between the horse and rider.” “The cross-country test is often the most challenging and exciting phase of the competition, requiring speed, stamina, and athleticism,” says Daily. “Horses and riders negotiate banks, ditches, water complexes, and many other types of jumps.” The final phase of an event is stadium jumping. This was originally intended to check that the horse, after having completed a rigorous endurance test the day before, remained sound,
supple, and fit enough to be able to carefully jump a course of fences that will fall if the horse is careless. “In show jumping, horses and riders must demonstrate accuracy and agility, in spite of being fatigued from the previous day’s test,” says Daily.
Once you understand the basic phases involved in the sport, it is helpful to take a look at the various forms of eventing competition, and appreciate a bit more the differences in the demands placed upon the horse and rider at each one. To begin with, there are two main formats: the horse trial and the three-day event. Riders will frequently refer to both styles of competition as “going to an event;” however, the design and demands of both types are distinct. “Horse trials are competitions that are used to train horses and prepare them for a three-day event,” says Hook. “Competitors face many of SEPTEMBER 2011
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the factors that will be presented at a three-day event, but over a shorter distance with a fewer number of obstacles.” Horse trials are usually run over one or two days; larger ones with many competitors may expand to three or even four days, generally in order to allow for two days to complete the dressage phase. Recognized horse trials in the United States are overseen by the USEA and USEF, and offer competition at standardized levels, known as Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, Preliminary, Intermediate, and Advanced. Three-day events are almost always held as international competitions, and therefore fall under the auspices of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). These competitions are designated by the letters “CCI” followed by an asterix. CCI is short for Concours Complet International, which, translated from French, roughly means the “complete international test.” According to Daily, the CCI**** is the
toughest level. “Less than ten of these events occur world-wide, making it the premier destination for elite riders.” A CCI* is roughly equivalent to Preliminary Level, a CCI** to Intermediate Level, and a CCI *** to Advanced. “CCI competitions are held under FEI rules for three-day events, including the General Rules and Veterinary Regulations,” says Daily. “Up until only a few years ago, CCI events required a four-part cross-country phase, making it a true endurance test. It included a warm-up and cool-down hack called Roads and Tracks (Phases A & C), a gallop around the Steeplechase track (Phase B), and the final cross-country 44
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course (Phase D). These classic-format events occurred from Preliminary through Advanced levels of CCI competitions; however, nowadays they only take place at the Preliminary and Training levels.” The modern CCI, usually called a “short format three-day event,” does not include Phases A, B or C. The cross-country test alone remains; the track is usually longer and more demanding both physically and technically than what would be asked at a horse trials. Hook says that when eventing first became an organized sport, the only type of competition offered was a three-day event. “Even horse
trials used to have a roads and tracks phase,” says Hook. “A three-day event will always be held over a minimum of three-days, and sometimes four to accommodate the dressage over two days. Putting two questions to the horse in one day at that level is too much to ask the horse to do.” “These days, the first veterinary inspection will take place the day prior to the start of the competition, allowing the vets to make sure all the horses are fit and healthy for the event,” says Daily. The term “CIC” is used to describe an international horse trials; these shows are also run under the FEI Rules and Regulations with levels designated by an asterix. CIC’s are used as an intermediate step for horses that are ready for international competition but not yet ready for the demands of a CCI. “A CIC will prepare horses and riders for a CCI,” says Hook. “As horses and riders move up, there are big step ups in the development and skills required. At a CIC, the cross-country test is shorter, with fewer jumping efforts. These competitions are also usually held over a fewer number of days [than a CCI].” For many eventers, aspiring to ride in a CIC* or CCI*is a long term goal and career highlight. Relatively few horse and rider combinations make it to the most elite levels of competition, for various reasons. Hook says that there are many event riders for whom it is their personal goal to be a Novice Level competitor, and being competitive at that level is their end objective. However, he emphasizes that the real purpose of the lower levels of eventing and horse trials
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in general is to train and educate the horse. “For those who want to go to a higher level, the lower level horse trials must be used as a training tool,” says Hook. “They provide riders with an assessment of the overall ability of their horse, as well as show horses the questions that they will need to learn. If you remember that the education and training of the horse is and should be the paramount goal of the rider, then the purpose of the lower levels becomes to introduce the horse to the sport.” FLATLANDSFOTO
So You Think You Want to Event…
Eventing is a sport that has the knack of attracting riders to “crossover” from other disciplines. Before you drag your confirmed show hunter or Third Level dressage horse out onto the cross-country course, it is important to learn a bit more and get some guidance and help. “If you’re curious about getting started in eventing, I suggest that riders do a bit of research,” says Daily. “Locate an eventing trainer in your area, or visit an event to watch and learn. Contact the U.S. Eventing Association and we’ll help you get started with the basics. Check out www.DiscoverEventing.com to brush up on your eventing knowledge, and join the USEA—you’ll need to be a member to compete [in sanctioned events].” Overall, eventing is a sport known for having a diversity of successful athletes. “Horses of all breeds and sizes can become successful eventers, though at the top tiers of the sport, most of the horses are Thoroughbreds or have a considerable amount of Thoroughbred blood because of the 46
“WHEN CHOOSING AN EVENT HORSE, THINK OF YOUR OWN GOALS—ARE YOU PLANNING TO COMPETE AT THE LOWER LEVELS, OR ARE YOU HOPING TO ONE DAY RIDE AT SOME OF THE TOUGHEST EVENTS IN THE WORLD?”
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~ Emily Daily stamina and athleticism required at that level,” says Daily. “When choosing an event horse, think of your own goals—are you planning to compete at the lower levels, or are you hoping to one day ride at some of the toughest events in the world? Breeding, soundness, conformation, athletic ability, and temperament play a monumental role in the event horse’s life and can determine their limitations within the sport.” Choosing which level to start out at for a rider who is experienced in another discipline is not always clear cut. “The lowest level of the sport recognized by the USEA is Beginner Novice,” says Daily. “With 2'7'' jumps, this level is designed to introduce riders new to the sport. It’s still recommended that you partner with a knowledgeable trainer before heading to your first event, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for you and your horse.” “Anyone who has never evented and is on a
horse new to the sport should enter their first event at a low level,” says Hook. “Remember that we are trying to have fun. Overfacing risks injury to horse and rider. Just because you have been doing Level 3 jumpers, for example, don’t feel foolish for doing smaller jumps at an event.” For more information on transitioning to eventing from another discipline, read our article, “Taking the Plunge,” in the June 2011 issue of the Pedlar on page 34.
Eventing is a sport which tests both the horse’s and rider’s abilities and skills in three unique yet interconnected phases. Eventers thrive on the complexity required to prepare their horse for the challenges of each phase, as well as developing the overall relationship with their mount that makes success possible.
Equitrekking host and producer Darley Newman (pictured right) riding in the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. PHOTO COURTESY OF DARLEY NEWMAN/ EQUITREKKING
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Equitrekking Adventures By Elisabeth Prouty-Gilbride with Darley Newman
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DARLEY NEWMAN, host and producer of the Emmy Award winning television series Equitrekking,, now in its fifth season on PBS, is no stranger to horses or traveling, which is why we asked her to share her favorite places to visit in the world. Read on to learn more about different equine adventures that can be explored abroad, or right here in the United States.
Take a Visit to the Emerald Isle “Ireland will always have a special place in my heart. That may be my number one and is a place that I could visit over and over again,” says Darley. “In Ireland, Mount Juliet, Castle Leslie, Killarney Riding Stables, Willie Leahy’s Connemara Trail, and more are great places where anyone can saddle up. Each resort offers riding catering to different skill levels, as well as additional activities for equestrians who are traveling with non-horsey family members.” Located in Kilkenny, the Southeast section of the country, Mount Juliet is known as one of Ireland’s great country estates. It was a private residence until 1987, and boasts a rich equestrian heritage. For over 200 years, it was home to The Earls of Carrick before being sold to the McCalmont family in 1914. Major McCalmont founded Ballylinch Stud, a successful Thoroughbred-breeding farm, which was home to champion racehorse, The Tetrarch, as well as 11 classic winners, whom were bred there. Mount Juliet still honors its equine history—the bar in the main house is named after the Ballylinch Stud horses. Guests can enjoy afternoon tea
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Mount Juliet, one of Ireland’s great country estates.
while viewing Ballylinch Stud, the River Nore, and the country’s emerald green pastures from the main estate house. Featuring 16 miles of bridle paths and a cross-country schooling field, which consists of 24 jumps and a water complex, Mount Juliet attracts equestrians with varied riding experience. Aside from horseback riding, the resort also offers biking, world-class golf, a luxury spa, walking trails, and fishing. Similar to Mount Juliet, Castle Leslie is another estate that offers horseback riding in the Irish countryside. This destination is unique, as its hosts are the family that still maintains the estate. With over 1,000 acres of private land, 21 miles of bridle paths, and 300 cross-country fences along the grounds, there is truly something for everyone. “Each [destination] requires different skill levels, depending on what you want to do,” says Darley. “If you are a beginning rider or getting back into the saddle after a while away, you might want to consider a stationary adventure at somewhere like Castle Leslie, an eccentric castle with a great cross-country course (and a fun virtual horse) or Mount Juliet, a beautiful estate where you can brush up on your skills or hack about.
Omey Island is another location within the Emerald Isle that can be traveled on horseback.
If you want to challenge yourself with an inn-to-inn horse ride along the craggy and dramatic Connemara coastline, you can go ride with Willie.” Known as the land of horses, there are many places within Ireland that offer adventures on horseback. “I’ve been three times now and [have] literally driven (not for the faint of heart) around the entire country, riding the beaches in Donegal, wild Connemara’s West Coast, the inland countryside, and beyond.” Located in the far western part of the country, Connemara is famous for its ponies…known as Connemara Ponies. “You might want to saddle up on the beach or the mountains here,” Darley suggests, “but a scenic drive is also a good option.” Those who choose to ride through this part of the country can do so alongside Willie Leahy, described as “the incarnation of an Irish horseman.” Equestrians can ride the Aille Cross Trail and complete an optional Irish hunt. Depending on the time of year that you go on your trip, you can either hunt with the Galway Blazers or ride to Knock Ash and jump on the farmland surrounding Aille Cross. With Leahy’s expertise, riders new to the Irish hunt are given an in-depth look at the sport.
For equestrians who enjoy the scenic backdrop of the mountains, Ireland’s Ring of Kerry is another popular vacation destination. The trails there cover a large variety of terrain, such as country lanes, forests, mountain tracks, bogs, and a four-mile stretch of golden sand at Rossbeigh. “There’s a great horse culture in Ireland, especially in places like Adare, which has been voted the prettiest village in the country,” says Darley. “Adare has these beautiful thatched roof cottages, boutiques, and the very nice Dunraven Arms Hotel, which is also horse themed. You can train in cross-country and show jumping at Clonshire Equestrian Centre in Adare, located near the Shannon Airport, which is smaller than Dublin and more manageable to fly into.” From the Irish countryside to beautiful coastline, there are opportunities on horseback abound for riders of all levels and disciplines. And, once you’ve finished your ride for the day, there is one more part of Irish culture that Darley recommends visitors (of age) sample: “You have to try Guinness in Ireland. I’m not a big Guinness drinker, but I indulge in a pint on each trip. It supposedly does taste different in Ireland.”
If you’ve always had your heart set on taking a tour of Hawaii on horseback, Maui may be the spot for you. While visiting the island, Darley recommends combining a variety of rides to make a multi-day trekking vacation. “You can ride one day into the crater of a volcano, the next at a working ranch with beautiful views of the Pacific, or a romantic sunset adventure in the West Maui Mountains. “Riding into the crater of a volcano on Maui has to top my list as one of the most amazing places in the world to explore on horseback,” Darley continues. “Haleakala Volcano is one of the most unusual rides that I’ve ever experienced.” Beginner riders beware: the round trip for this 50
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ride is 7.5 miles and takes around 4 hours. Prior riding experience is a must. Visitors travel from about 9,870 feet to around 7,500 feet, so be prepared for changing altitudes and changing views. The horses are well-conditioned to the altitude and steep terrain, making riding the best way to travel. Haleakala is an active volcano, but the last eruption is thought to have occurred in 1790. The dynamic crater is home to many rare insects and has its own particular ecosystem, so keeping to the trails is important. Darley also recommends riding at the Western
(Above) Darley riding in Haleakala Volcano; (Left) exploring Maui on horseback at Piiholo Ranch.
style Piiholo Ranch. “Maui has a unique Paniolo (cowboy culture) and you can experience this at Piiholo and by strolling through the nearby cowboy town of Makawao,” she emphasizes. Piiholo Ranch is a working cattle ranch open to the public that also serves as a sanctuary for the Hawaiian State Bird, the endangered Nene. Beginner and advanced equestrians are welcome to ride through areas of rainforest and lush rolling hills overlooking the sea. “I loved the diversity of the riding on Maui,” says Darley. “One day, we were in this otherworldly volcano and the next in a rainforest, which is all part of Haleakala National Park. You can ride horses in these very different environments—the harsh, spectacular, and always changing volcano and the lush, tropical environment with native Hawaiians at Maui Stables.” To get to Maui Stables, visitors have to drive the Road to Hana, which has hundreds of cliffside curves. Darley recommends leaving enough time for the Road to Hana to take in the waterfalls and spectacular views, describing this area as “old Hawaii.”
Arabs that predominantly reside in the desert. “[While in Jordan] we went out with a wonderful guide, Bedouin Atallah Swalhen, who is also an award-winning endurance rider,” says Darley. “Atallah has participated several times in the Wadi Rum Desert Race. I was a little nervous to ride his Arabian horses with him in the wide-open desert, but they were well trained and responsive. It was wonderful. I
highly recommend riding with Atallah.” The Wadi Rum Desert, also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon,’ features a landscape similar to the moon’s. It consists of a variety of pink, red, and white sandstone formations, adorned with 2,500-year-old rock formations, known as petroglyphs. Some areas of the desert feature rocky sand mixed with large dunes, green shrubs, and bright blue skies. This desert was also made famous on screen in the film Lawrence of Arabia. “Riding with the Bedouin and getting to know their culture and how they survived in the desert was a treat,” Darley continues. “We camped in these large black tents woven of goat hair and awoke to a beautiful desert sunrise. It was magical. We rode to these petrogylphs that are thousands of years old and took in
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Riders who enjoy a warm, but dry, climate and appreciate the beauty and elegance of the Arabian horse may want to try vacationing in Jordan. One interesting attraction for riders is the Wadi Rum Desert, which can be toured on horseback with the Bedouin, an ethnic group of
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surprising wildlife, like this pretty red bird, the Senai Rosefinch, which we were lucky to encounter in a quiet cove.” Also in Jordan are the Royal Stables, which date back to 1958, and are located within the Al Hummar Valley. Over 150 of the country’s finest Arabian horses reside at the Stables, with bloodlines tracing back hundreds of years. The Stables were founded by the country’s royal family. While visiting there, Darley held an exclusive interview with HRH Princess Alia. “You need to get special permission to visit the Royal Stables, but it can be done. I can’t guarantee that Princess Alia will be there, as she was for our visit, which made for a unique insider’s tour.” Another “must do” while in this exotic country is visit the ancient city of Petra. This spot was chosen by the Nabateans, a tribe of nomads who created the city over 2,000 years ago in the middle of the desert. The city’s residents created their own oasis, building dams and water channels to avert streams and capture rain water. Petra ultimately grew to become an important place for trade. Tourists can explore the siq, a mile-long corridor leading to the Treasury, which was made famous by the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Inside is where Harrison Ford finds the Holy Grail. Instead of riding horseback through this ancient city, tourists will find themselves aboard a camel, the same way the ancients would have traveled. The Treasury is thought to be a large temple or tomb,
but its purpose continues to be a mystery. Built to shield the rain and wind, it has withstood much harm over the years, including bullet holes from locals, who believed it stored jewels. “Often overlooked is Little Petra, a suburb of Petra, where there are usually less tourists,” says Darley. “It’s a smaller version of the big city, but no less enthralling.” This mini, compact version of Petra is perfect for exploring on horseback. This area is thought to have been a refueling area for people traveling to big Petra. Tourists can observe the water channels which were once used by the natives, who depended on the rain, as well as the architecture of what is thought to have been used as dining rooms in ancient restaurants.
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“There are many, many choices for destinations to saddle up for an hour, a day, a week or longer, and great destinations where you can ride and your companions can either ride with you or experience other activities,” Darley concludes. Whether you enjoy relaxing in the countryside, touring an island on the Pacific Ocean, or visiting a country rich in history, you can find a place to visit on horseback. Hopeful travelers can discover more exciting destinations at www. equitrekkingtravel.com. Log onto www.equitrekking.com to view clips of show episodes through Ireland, Jordan, Maui, and many more locations.
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he Waters Farm 9th Annual Donkey & Mule Show was held in West Sutton, Mass., on July 16, 2011. With perfect weather, the show was well attended, attracting nearly 30 exhibitors from across New England. Two spectator classes were added this year— the braying contest and the egg toss. The event is designed to be a mini-clinic and show so that novice, backyard owners can bring out their animals and participate while learning and gaining experience. There is a great camaraderie amongst donkey and mule owners that is seldom seen elsewhere. The more experienced handlers are always willing to lend assistance and offer advice and encouragement. To minimize handler and animal fatigue during the hot weather, Waters Farm had three areas open with events running concurrently. Ring 1 was under the direction of judge Grace Yaglou, where the in-hand, pleasure, and equitation classes were run. Ring 2 was set up for the trail classes, and Ring 3 was the cones course. Pleasure and equitation classes were run concurrently throughout the morning. The trail and cones competitions were completed whenever the exhibitor was not in a Ring 1 class. At the lunch break, those courses closed and got reset for the driving events. The last class of the morning was the coon jumping. Again this year, perennial favorite Bob Fagan beat out all of the
AUTUMN WEATHER TURNS thoughts to trail riding. Although Long Island is a long, narrow suburban community, at 118 miles long, 20 miles wide, and isolated by its island status, it houses more than 30,000 horses and their owners and riders. Space is limited, but riding is still very much a part of the Island’s activities. The following is a list of areas where you can hit the trails on Long Island. Most trail riding takes place in designated parks, the largest of which is the 3,473-acre Connetquot River State Park in Oakdale. There are 50 miles of hiking trails and bridle paths that are wide enough to accommodate carriages. The Paumonak Driving Society holds picnic drives there, close to a building that in the early 20th century was the exclusive Sportsmen’s Club. Members rode the Long Island Rail Road out there to fish and hunt. Blydenburgh Park is situated in an area of Suffolk County that was settled by one of Long Island’s first resident families. It was later developed into a family-owned park open to the public. Like Connetquot, Blydenburgh has riding trails that are wide enough for carriages. There is also a practice ring
and parking for trailers. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of new trails in manorville amid the pine barrens Forest preserve was held in June 2011. this facility is expected to be very popular with hikers and riders. the sandy trails of manorville Hills County park are 6-8' wide and stretch through five miles of tall trees and attractive countryside. there is a mounting ramp for handicapped riders. For information contact the manorville Hills County park, County route 111, manorville, Long Island. Deep Hollow ranch in montauk is America’s oldest cattle ranch. It has a unique history: Captain Kidd is said to have buried treasure there, and teddy roosevelt set up camp there upon his return from the spanishAmerican War. boarding and trail rides are offered, and it is a popular tourist spot. riding in suffolk County is also offered by the babylon riding Center in North babylon, family owned and operated since 1964. It features lessons, boarding, a summer camp, pony parties, indoor and outdoor rings, and riding on the trails of belmont Lake state park. sweet Hill stable in melville has 900 acres of trails through West Hills County park, outdoor rings, an indoor arena and lessons for both english and western riders. Caumsett park in Lloyd Harbor has a private stable called the Willow tree equestrian Center on its grounds, and miles of trails that extend out to the Long Island sound. Combined training events and dressage shows were held there in years past. the stable was designed by John russell pope, who also designed the main house. the site is the former estate of marshall Field III, who bought it in 1921 and gave it the name Caumsett, which means “place by a sharp rock.” the property was acquired by New York state in 1961. moving into Nassau County, closer to the metropolitan area, is the muttontown park preserve with 550 acres of trails plus a practice ring. It is located on a former estate built for Charles Hudson and was later purchased by King Zog of Albania in 1951. Nature lovers enjoy the trails as much as riders, and the muttontown Horse Owners and Nassau suffolk Horsemen’s Associations hold an
annual picnic there. the Old Westbury Horsemen’s Association works with the Village of Old Westbury to preserve trails in an attempt to serve riders and hikers and maintain the tranquil atmosphere of this historic section of Long Island. the Old Westbury equestrian Center is an active training center. Old mill Farm in Jericho is now known as the Nassau equestrian Center. set on over 45 acres, it offers lessons, trail rides, boarding, and a summer camp. the manager is John russo, whose family is very experienced in running stables. John became president of the Nassau equestrian Center in 2009 and has been steadily improving the property. there are two miles of incorporated trails, as well as access to the muttontown trails. For over 100 years a stable has existed at Hempstead Lake state park off the southern state parkway, offering boarding, english and western lessons, and trail rides around the lake. One of New York’s leading racehorse trainers, Gary Contessa, got his start there before he went on to train stellar thoroughbreds. this stable is presently under new management. Years ago there were two stables at bethpage state park, but today only the bethpage park stables remain. the facility has an indoor arena, two outdoor rings, hosts a summer camp, and offers lessons as well as rides through the park on trails bordering the golf course. At this point, I cannot resist a ride down memory Lane. I took lessons at park stable way back when the indoor ring was actually a “bubble,” and the horses had to pass through an airlock to enter. It was so narrow that it was almost impossible to canter all the way around. every student had a favorite mount, and the trail rides were guided by an instructor who was like a mother hen, watching out for all kinds of danger (such as a blowing scrap of paper) and willing to change horses if anyone encountered a problem. Of course, there are numerous small barns, backyard stables, and other riding facilities on Long Island as well. please note that fees and/or permits may be required to ride at many of the Long Island parks. Check with Long Island tourism for further information. september 2011
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competition with Poco. The afternoon opened with the Costume class. This year’s group included Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and a Slumber Party among the many fabulous entries. The creativity of the costume designers and the animals’ cooperative, good-spirited nature is amazing. Everyone was heartbroken to learn of the passing of John Henry,
the incredible mule from New York who broke barriers to the showing and driving world for mules. As a tribute to him, this year’s show was dedicated to his memory. Kathleen Conklin, “John Henry’s human,” had agreed to be the guest judge this year and planned to use John Henry for a driving clinic at our show. Our sincere condolences go out to Kathleen on her incredible loss. For more information, visit www.watersfarm.com.
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The Equus Foundation Helps Raise $21,000 foR local summeR camp pRogRam work among the campers in activities geared towards science, literacy, physical fitness, career development, and of course, fun. Since many of the students came from economically deprived families, the opportunity to be on a farm, interact on Kids learn about the anatomy of a horse during Horse a personal level with the horses, and learn Trails to Learning. basic riding skills was a life changing event. Taking life science classroom learning directly take apart a bridle and put it back together—not to the horses facilitated motivation and interest in an easy task for even an experienced equestrian. the kids. Students read the novel Chosen By A Another group seated around a table compared Horse which addresses equine abuse, received daily the human skeleton to an equine skeleton with riding instruction, and learned to groom, tack, the help of James Roman. And of course, there bathe, and care for their horse. Experts including was the group of campers learning to ride horses a veterinarian, farrier, and equine dentist talked to under the able instruction of Melissa Liptak. “We are deeply grateful to the donors that the campers on everything from horse anatomy, responded so quickly to our emergency,” said hoof care, and horse psychology. EQUUS Foundation board members Lynn Patella. “There is something magical about this Coakley and Susan Weber visited with Patella camp. The beauty of the horses, the awe of watching at the camp, observing the attendees actively them for hours throughout the day, almost makes engaged in equine activities. Under a shaded time stop for a little while. It is an experience that tree, a small group led by Jeanene Lyons were will be remembered for their entire life.” For more information please visit www. engaged in discussion of Chosen By A Horse, while another small group were learning how to equusfoundation.org.
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Vermont 100 Endurance Ride and Run Welcomes over 400 participants
ike Brigadoon rising from the mist, Silver Hill Meadow in West Windsor, Vt., became home for 350 ultra-marathon runners and 80 equestrians on July 16-17, 2011. The event is the last one where runners and riders share the same trail of over 100 miles in the world. Ultramarathoning started in California when a rider, whose horse was lame, decided to run the course instead. The winner of the 100-mile race was Elegant Pride, ridden by Christina Phillips and owned by Lana Wright of Chesapeake City, Md., and West Windsor, Vt. Pride came close to the course record but did not break it in a time of 11:54. He also earned the Best Condition Award. JS Comet, owned and ridden by Cheryl Newman of Candler, N.C., was awarded Best Vet Score. In addition, Paul Sideo, hailing all the way from Spokcane, Mo., rode KMA Chazz to win the Cavalry Award. Paul received no assistance throughout his 16-hour ride.
The Moonlight in Vermont 75 was won by Bey Gibby, owned and ridden by Kathy Downs of Maine, in 11:32. They also received the Best Condition and Best Vet Score awards. The Kathy Brunjes and Christina Phillips at the 70-mile mark of Moonlight in Vermont 50, as the Vermont 100 Endurance Ride and Run. well as Best Condition and Best This year’s event enjoyed perfect weather Vet Score went to Syrocco Cadance, owned and ridden by Dr. Meg Sleeper. The horse with temperatures in the mid-80s, a cooling was entered in the Vermont 100 but slipped breeze, and a full moon. The trails, thanks to her halter at 4:30 a.m. and ran through the the dedication of the Vermont 100 committee, neighborhood until she was found quietly were in excellent condition. Dr. Kent Kay grazing in Hartland, approximately eight commented, “This was about as good as it gets. miles from the ride camp. After being exam- The weather was perfect. It felt like it was an ined by the veterinary staff, she was declared early fall day. Everyone was in a good mood. fit to ride and entered the Moonlight 50, The horses were all happy. I have to think that which started at 2:00 p.m. Clearly she was this was one of the best rides that I have ever unharmed by the incident, but had given been involved with.” For more information visit www.vermontenher owner and ride management a morning duranceride.com or www.vermont100.com. to remember.
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Gentle Dove Farm to host Charity obstaCle and trail rally by Joann long
o you want to have fun with your horse going down the trail and periodically test your skill at various obstacles with a chance to win prizes? Judged trail rides, trail trials and versatility type events are becoming increasingly popular. This year, Gentle Dove Farm will be organizing its fifth obstacle trail event, this time with a slight twist. The Gentle Dove Farm Charity Obstacle & Trail Rally consists of a ride with six judged obstacles and three practice obstacles with the chance prize pickups along a trail of several miles. The pace divisions include Turtle (slow, walk/trot), Butterfly (moderate, walk/trot/canter) and Rabbit (fast, trot/canter). There will be multiple pickups along the trail with division prizes. The pace
of the trail ride is the choice of the rider group. The trail rally will be held on September 11 at its new location, Knight’s Farm in Honeoye, N.Y. Horse and rider are measured against a set standard as they negotiate each judged obstacle. Join other equine enthusiasts for several miles on a trail ride in this low key, fun competition! Riders can raise funds for themselves through pledges to sponsor their participation in the Gentle Dove Farm Charity Obstacle and Trail Rally. Pledges can be gathered from your friends, neighbors, relatives, and co-workers up until the day of the event. This easy going competition is an un-timed, marked trail ride on which riders will go out and negocontinued on page 66
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tiate several obstacles, with a judge positioned at each one. Riders will be scored by multiple judges, each with their own style. The judge will compare the way the horse and rider negotiate the obstacle with a standard. The course is often designed using natural obstacles that already exist on a particular trail, such as walking over logs, opening a gate, maneuvering through a creek, or over a ditch. In trail riding, you may also encounter manmade obstacles such as trash on the path, objects to carry/drag, and maneuverability jobs to demonstrate your precision and control. Riders will be given a time limit to navigate through a particular obstacle so that riders behind them are not held back. Riders are judged individually and strictly on how well they negotiated their horse through an obstacle with an emphasis on calmness and safety. There are no time require-
ments on the trail ride portion and the participant is only judged while completing the challenges. Riders will be categorized to help them compete at the appropriate level. Divisions for the rally include: Green Horn for the novice horse or rider, Trail Boss for the more experienced horse and rider, and Junior rider for those age 18 and younger. A $50 rider registration fee is required to reserve a ride time. Registration forms and fees must be received by September 1. Ride times will be pre-assigned and rides will begin at 9:00 a.m. Also available is an optional Versatility Obstacle Challenge, where five to six creative obstacles will be set up near the barn to test horse and rider skill before or after their trail ride. The Versatility Obstacle Challenge entry fee is $20 pre-registered. For registration forms and directions visit www.GentleDoveFarm. com. For more information contact Joann Long at JKLong@ rochester.rr.com.
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year’s qualifying period. For example, the qualifying period for the 2011 Finals ended on Sunday, July 31. The Equitation Medals qualifying period for the 2012 Finals began on August 1, 2011 and will run until Sunday, July 29, 2012. Once you reach 70 points in a Medal class, you automatically qualify and are exempt from showing in that class for the rest of the season. For divisions other than Medals, (Hunters, Pleasures, etc.) the qualifying period for the 2012 Finals will be December 1, 2011 to July 29, 2012. For complete rules and regulations, and to learn how you can become a sponsor or advertise in the Finals program, visit www. chsafinals.com.
Each winter, to celebrate the achievements of the year, CHSA holds its gala Year-End Awards Banquet. More than 500 people gather to honor the winners of the more than 100 Year-End Awards. Trophies, ribbons, and medals are presented to those competitors who have reached designated goals during the season. The 2010 Pre-Children’s Hunter Year-End Awards were given out at the CHSA Awards Banquet in March.
he Connecticut Horse Shows Association (CHSA) is the oldest state organization of its kind in America. It was founded in 1928 by a group of Connecticut riders to encourage and promote the interest of horse shows in the state, which include the most popular breeds, hunters, jumpers, dressage, driving, English and western pleasure, and all equitation seats. CHSA welcomes all riders who seek good sportsmanship and enjoy the thrill of competition. Its intent is to give young and new riders, amateurs, and professionals a chance to compete for awards while trying to improve their skills or those of their horses. CHSA does not run or manage horse shows as an organization. Rather, it has approximately 100 affiliated shows, enabling riders and horses to compete for more than 100 year-end awards in all types of riding and driving (see the list at the end of this article). CHSA sets dates for show affiliations to avoid conflicts and establishes and enforces uniform rules for affiliate shows. Rules are coordinated with the United States Equestrian Federation, the Connecticut Hunter Jumper Association, and the New England Horse Council. The organization works with show managers and reviews each show’s prize list in order to maintain high standards. CHSA keeps records of member horses and riders participating at member shows. Competitors
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accumulate points for themselves and their horses or ponies for year-end awards in their chosen disciplines.
CHSA has also established a scholarship program for members pursuing higher education. Since the program has aggressively been trying to build the fund’s resources, it has given more the $40,000 in scholarships.
CHSA Finals and Medal Finals
CHSA introduced its Finals event five years ago to provide a showcase to encourage and promote interest in the beginner and intermediate classes and/or divisions for all members of the organization; promote CHSA and the benefits of membership; increase participation at CHSA approved horse shows; and benefit the CHSA Scholarship Fund with any surplus funds. Riders qualify by accumulating points in CHSA classes held at shows recognized by the organization during the qualifying period, which this year ran from December 1, 2010 to Sunday, July 31, 2011 for divisions other than Equitation. In classes or divisions for horses and ponies (i.e. Children’s Pleasure Pony), the 20 with the most points accumulated during the qualifying period will be invited to participate at the 2011 Finals. There must be at least 10 horses/ponies with 25 points or more for the division to be included in the Finals with the exception of CHSA English Pleasure (since there is only one class per show), where the minimum number of points accrued is 12. For the CHSA Equitation Medals, the qualifying period runs year-round starting immediately following the close of the current
The official publication of CHSA is Around the Circuit (ATC), which is published and mailed to members a few times a year. This newsletter used to be monthly but has been substantially replaced by CHSA’s website, www. chsaonline.com. Points, the rule book, applications, upcoming affiliated shows, and important announcements are published there. CHSA is also an affiliate of the Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar and maintains space in each monthly issue, where we share feature stories of affiliated farms; banquet and sportsmanship information; biographies of directors, officers, and other human interest stories regarding Association activities; and more. We may also publish articles submitted by members. The ATC is still circulated once or twice throughout the year and at the end of the year, with final year-end points and banquet news. The following are the CHSA year-end division awards: american saddlebred Open 3-Gaited Amateur 3-Gaited Junior Exhibitor 3-Gaited
Saddle Seat Hunt Seat Beginner 11 and Over Western Seat
John Porter and March to Glory competing in Children’s Equitation at the End of Hunt Farm Show.
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dressage Training Level First Level Second Level Third Level & Above driving Open Carriage Driving Open Pleasure Driving lead rein Saddle Seat Western Seat Hunt Seat Walk-Trot/Jog equitation Hunt Seat Beginner 11 and Over Saddle Seat Western Seat Walk-Trot/Jog pleasure
Brynne Cummings riding HVK Latin Wild in Morgan English Pleasure.
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Saddle Seat Academy Equitation Under 15 Equitation 15-17 Adult Equitation Pleasure Equitation
2009 Adult Western Equitation Champions Gert Delin and Rockys Leo Son at the Bethany Horse Show.
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Bay State Trail Riders Association Spring SeaSon recap Submitted by becky kalagher
finally have time to get caught up on some of our latest events. In May, Lurissa Marston and her awesome crew hosted our 13th Annual Scavenger Hunt in Upton State Forest. This ride was sponsored by Gary R. Shults Horseshoeing with Gary doing the cooking for the day’s event. Congratulations to this year’s winners. In the Senior division, first place went to Debbie Sandstrom and Dru Davison with second place going to Bill and Angie Knott at the Grace Note Farm ride. Lynn Paresky. Bill and Angie Knott took third place, followed by Ann Sellew, Donna Johnson, and Susan Lukey, respectively. A large amount of raffle items helped BSTRA raise almost In the Adult division, Dayna $6,000 on National Trails Day. Thompson took top honors, with Julia Taddei earning second place. Kelly and Hodges Village Dam. With 31 riders, Shaw received third place, followed by Cheryl their sponsors, and the raffle, we collected a Fitzpatrick, Lisa Grigaitis, Ann Adams, and grand total of $5,924.50. Darlene Falcone in fourth place; Leah Kennedy Congratulations to our top six collecand Pattie Letourneau in fifth place; and Jen tors: Lynn Paresky, Becky Kalagher, Donna Shults and Dawn Foley in sixth place. Johnson, Julie Taddei, Macy Gotthardt and Conner Shults, who participates in many Jeff Briggs. The official sponsor for this ride BSTRA rides, took first place in the Junior was The Saddle Shed. division. Behind him in second was Lauren Sheehan. Britney Remillard, Lillian Klosen, Kira Additional Highlights Rasmussen, and Abby Rapiejko, earned the Members have enjoyed several campouts third, fourth, fifth, and sixth places, respectively. so far this year, including Otter Creek Horse Trails in New York, Myles Standish State Forest, and Douglas State Forest, both located Grace Note Farm Annual Ride Our other May event was the annual ride at in Massachusetts, and also in Escoheag, R.I. Also, here is a hint on some exciting news: Grace Note Farm in Pascoag, R.I. This ride was sponsored by Webster First Federal Credit BSTRA helped to purchase a parcel of property Union and showcased the superb cooking of in northern Worcester County that connects inn owner Virginia Sindelar, with her able assis- trails and preserved property on both sides. Participants finish up their ride on National tants Sue and Ray Quirk and Rose Zariczny. More details to come soon. Trails Day. I am also pleased to announce that BSTRA Although not planned as such, this ride fell on Mother’s Day, which had beautiful weather, has been approved for the 2011 Combined support eligible charities. They can choose from unlike previous rides that always seemed to fall Federal Campaign (CFC) as a member of the a list of those that have submitted applications on a sweltering hot day in mid-summer. For Animal Welfare Fund. Our listing will be Bay and been deemed qualified by the CFC. The CFC has an extensive application and those of you who would like to treat themselves State Trail Riders Association 90621. A government sponsored campaign, this is screening process to protect federal employees. to some great trails and extraordinary cooking, please call Virginia at 401-567-0354 to book a the world’s largest workplace fundraising drive As an organization that has promoted responthat supports eligible nonprofit organizations sible use and stewardship of our trails, I am stay for you, and your horse, too. providing health and human service benefits. hoping that this campaign will help us continue This campaign is the only authorized solicita- our work. So, if you are a federal employee or National Trails Day On June 11, our National Trails Day ride was tion of employees in the federal workplace on know someone that is, please ask them to make our organization their choice. held. This is a major fundraiser to support all behalf of charitable organizations. For more information on the Bay State Trail Each fall, beginning September 1 to the club’s trail projects. The ride was held in Oxford, Mass., using both the town’s property December 30, federal employees are invited to Rider’s Association, visit www.bstra.org. 70
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Bay State Trail Riders Association invites you to the
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Connecticut Trail Riders Association Announces cAndidAtes for office submitted by Kim dore
Betty Pokrinchak for Treasurer, Ann Dominick for Camp Director, and Kim Dore for Secretary. Nominations can be made from the floor on election night for anyone who would like to run for a position on the executive board. Elections will take place at our 71st annual fall banquet hosted by Sally Doyle and Cathy Ives, on Saturday, November 5, 2011. The banquet will be held at Litchfield Fire House on West St., in Litchfield, Conn. Music will be provided by Music Express with host Mike German. There will be a social hour from 6:00-7:00 p.m. with cheese, crackers, veggies, fruits, and dips followed by a buffet style dinner from 7:00-8:00 p.m. There will be chicken, seafood, pork, potatoes, veggies, salads, breads, desserts, tea, coffee, and soda. The meeting and elections will run from 8:159:00 p.m. with dancing to follow. Costs will be $20 per adult, $10 per child age 6-12 and $5 per child under age 6. t Expanded Inventory There will also be grab bag/door prizes and a t Faster Checkout 50/50 raffle. A separate t Enhanced Pictures flyer will be mailed at a t Product Wishlists later date.
fter the passing of Jim Wheeler, which we reported on last month, it seemed things could only get better for Connecticut Trail Rider’s Association members. However, Bud Dore, Kowboy Ken, Karen Dilger, Dominic Spear, and Fred Pokrinchak are all on the injured list, some due to equine accidents and some not. Fortunately, most members will be well along in their recoveries by the time you get the news. During a very short meeting on Saturday, July 2, the general membership approved hosting a website for CTRA for one year (with a review of whether it was beneficial to the club in 2012). Louie Fox made his rounds as head of the election committee and the following is a list of members running for office in November: Gigi Ouellette for President, Lisa Fox and Fran Torsiello for Vice President,
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September Rides and Events
september 2-5: CTRA is holding an official Labor Day Weekend party—this is a lot holding weekend (only one more after this to hold your lot). On Saturday, there will be a Turkey Hunt for kids, hosted by Ann Dominick, followed by our annual Spaghetti Supper, hosted by Louie Fox and Fran Torsiello, at 6:00 p.m. Desserts will be provided by Patti Crowther. On Sunday, there will be a breakfast from 9:0011:00 a.m., followed by the adult Turkey
Hunt hosted by Ann Dominick. There will be another breakfast from 9:0011:00 a.m. on Monday, if there are leftover breakfast supplies. Please note, the Sunday breakfast held on Fourth of July weekend was a sellout. september 11: The Strain Family Horse Farm Trail Ride will be hosted by Bill and Sandy Strain in Granby, Conn. The ride will be a slow three hours, starting at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be served prior to the ride and a fried chicken luncheon with dessert and beverage will follow. The cost is $8. The ride will include water and road crossings, and it is recommended that you bring a chair to relax in after the ride. Be sure to call 860-653-3275 for reservations. In observance of the 10th anniversary of September 11, don’t forget to wear your red, white, and blue! september 17-18: The Camp Boardman Memorial Trail Ride Weekend will be held (this is also the last official lot holding weekend). Please contact hosts Louie and Lisa Fox at 413-258-4907 for the exact date (Saturday or Sunday), the ride time will be at 11:00 a.m. september 25: The Larkin State Bridle Trail Ride will be held in Oxford, Conn. The ride is hosted by Karen Dilger and will start at 11:00 a.m. Please call Karen for exact meeting location and other details at 203-723-1566. october 8-10: There will be a White Memorial Ride, hosted by Kim Dore at Berkshire Livery Stables on Sunday. The ride starts at 10:00 a.m. and will have some roads and possible water crossings. Most of the trails are wide enough for carriages, so those who would rather drive than ride are also welcome. The scenery in this nature preserve of thousands of acres is spectacular and enjoyed by hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers alike. For details and reservations, contact Kim at 860-309-4507 or email@example.com. Many thanks go out to our kitchen crew— Larry, Cathy, and Sally—for the wonderful breakfasts. Thanks also to Richard Dilger for coming to camp after work and painting the upper bathrooms! As always, if you have news of any kind, please pass it on so we can all share it. Once the new website is up and running, we will be able to post old and new photos as well as current events. There are plenty of horsey things going on. Unfortunately, we don’t always get the information in a timely enough manner to include in our Pedlar news, but we should be able to do so online. A notification will go out as soon as the website is up. Stay safe and enjoy your rides!
Norfolk Hunt Club 3RD ANNUAL WESTPORT HUNTER PACE SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 SUBMiTTED By GAELEN CANNiNG, D.A. HAyDEN, AND TOM LEWiS
Norfolk Hunter Trials
Tradition continues with the Norfolk Hunt Club’s presentation of the Norfolk Hunter Trials on Sunday, October 23, at the Norfolk Hunt Kennels at 181 Centre Street, in Dover, Mass. The Norfolk Hunter Trials are an important part of the Norfolk Hunt experience.
They provide an opportunity to compete and socialize with people who share similar interests in land preservation, camaraderie, and good sport. All riders, including nonhunters and professionals, are invited to compete in the Open division. Norfolk Hunt Club member Dominic Cammarata will chair the 2011 event, which will feature a variety of divisions, including: Novice Qualified, Novice Open, and Novice Pairs, with jumps from 2' to 2'6''; Junior and Open Qualified with fences up to 3'; and Open and Pairs with fences up to 3'. Novice, Qualified, and Open classes include special obstacles of a Lead-over, Gone Away, and Hold Hard, which are perennial favorites with Norfolk members. Further information, a full description of the event, rules, class divisions, and entry forms may be found at www. norfolkhunt.com. To volunteer, please contact dominic. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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he Norfolk Hunt Club will host the Third Annual Westport Hunter Pace on September 25, 2011. Located at the corner of Horseneck Road and Fisherville Lane in Westport, Mass., the event begins at 8:00 a.m., with the last rider out at 1:00 p.m. The Westport Hunter Pace is a particularly special event, as landowners open their private farms to the riding public, to benefit local conservation efforts. Proceeds from the event go towards the Westport Land Conservation Trust and Norfolk Hunt’s efforts to preserve and protect land in the Charles River Watershed. The course will offer eight to 10 miles of terrain through open fields and wooded trails, most of which is usually not available to the general riding community. Spectacular views of the Westport River, historic farms and lush pastures lined by stonewalls may be enjoyed throughout the ride. The event provides by far the best of riding opportunities in southeastern Massachusetts. The 2010 pace featured perfect blue skies, light breezes, and safe footing for more than 120 riders. Pace organizers and Norfolk Hunt Club members Gaelen Canning, Lisa Lewis, and Tom Lewis are hoping for similar weather this year. In case of inclement weather, the rain date for the pace is October 2. Teams of two or three riders can compete in one of two divisions: Jumping or Flats. Participants under 16 years old must have an adult rider on their team. The Jumping division will encounter 20 or more inviting fences and stonewalls, which will not exceed 3' in height. A way around every obstacle is available to all riders. The Jumping and Flats teams finishing closest to the pre-determined optimum time will be awarded blue ribbons. Ribbons will also be given to the other nine top finishing teams in each division. The entry fee is $60 the day of the event, or $50 if paid in advance. Entry forms and further information is available at www.norfolkhunt. com. Direct all questions to email@example.com or call Tom Lewis at 617-780-2599.
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NHC member Dominic Cammarata on Badger at the 2010 New England Hunter Trials.
New England Hunter Trials
The New England Hunter Trials will be hosted by the Norfolk Hunt Club on October 30, 2011 at the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course, at 240 North Street, in Medfield, Mass. Originally designed to showcase hunt horses and riders from hunts throughout New England, the event is currently open to foxhunters, nonhunters, and professionals. The New England Hunter Trials has been a tradition since 1932. Courses include a variety of fences traditionally encountered in hunt country, from stonewalls, coops, logs, and brush jumps, to cordwood, ditches, and banks. Each course is designed to delight riders and horses of varying abilities. The popular Heard Cup class, open to qualified foxhunters, always presents both a great challenge to competitors and a great spectator experience, as obstacles are
larger than in any other division of the day. Carol Mayo, a Norfolk member and professional dressage and eventing trainer known to many local riders, will chair the 2011 event. Carol is planning some new classes for both novice and junior riders. Watch for news on our website at www.norfolkhunt.com. To volunteer as a judge for the event (this is a very popular volunteer opportunity!) contact Carol Mayo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-654-6161. Volunteers and competitors are invited to a party at the Steeplechase Course immediately following the event.
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General admission and fieldside tailgating tickets are still available for Polo in the Country, to be held on September 18, 2011 at the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course in Medfield, Mass. For reservations, information and advance tickets, visit www.norfolkhuntpolo.com. book sales have really taken off and this book is going like hotcakes as it has very detailed instructions from starting young horses under saddle, to finished lateral work. Every aspect of development for multiple gaited breeds is explained. This truly is a training manual for those wanting to improve their hands-on skills or just obtain a better understanding and respect for the knowledge, patience, and dedication required to develop a finely trained horse. Freedom to Gait by Anita Howe. Copyright 2011. Howe’s brand new book combines comprehensive explanation of the smooth gaits with cautionary advice on getting your horse into a relaxed, neutral frame. It is an easy to read volume of classic information on getting and keeping your horse in gait while using natural horsemanship techniques. There are many great books that address balance, movement, and training. These are just some that focus on our easy-gaited breeds. Whether you order them online or download them into the latest razor thin reading device, they all give greater insight into how and why gaited horses allow us to ride all day and dance all night! For more information on Yankee Walkers, Gaited Horses of New England, visit www. YankeeWalkers.com.
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ummer has flown by at an incredible pace, and it has been a memorable season for many Tri-State Horsemen’s Association (TSHA) members. All of the club’s events this year have been extremely well-attended. The open show, dressage, and trail committees worked hard to put together a great schedule of events and deserve our thanks and appreciation for providing such wonderful opportunities to enjoy our horses for fun and competition. The open show series concluded its season on August 19-21 with a strong turnout, many large classes, and tough competition in numerous divisions. The open show committee prides itself on offering a top-quality competition without the rated show prices. All of the 2011 open shows have been well attended, despite extremes of nature like the extreme heat in July and torrential rain in August. The facility at Falls Creek Farm provides not only a great place to show, but somewhere friends can get together after a hard day of competing to relax and visit. The open show committee continues to
work hard, auditing points and working diligently to determine year-end award winners! Watch your mail and check the website—information will be posted as soon as it is available. Open show management wants to thank everyone who volunteered. We assure you that your help does not go unnoticed. It takes many people to put on a show of this magnitude. The TSHA dressage shows also had a successful season and will be presenting their year-end awards at the Banquet. Thanks to the hard work of Chairwoman Denise Williams and her dedicated committee, the dressage shows ran smoothly and were enjoyed by all. Many horses moved up in levels and it was great to see the improvement in the riders. We would like to thank Jeff from Falls Creek Farm for all he does and for putting up with us for another year. The Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 5, at the Port n’ Starboard Restaurant in New London, Conn. The theme
this year is “A Red Carpet Event” and it promises to be a very special evening. Chairwoman Alicia Cugini and her committee are putting together a special evening with raffles as well as presentations of division awards for open show and dressage. A reservation form will be included with year-end point standings, and will be available on the website. The trail committee, headed by Flo Harmon, has also been having a busy season! The Moonlight Ride was lots of fun for all who attended. There was plenty of great food and potluck dishes provided by TSHA and the riders who attended. Everyone enjoyed time around the fire with friends and then a ride through the dark Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown, Conn. Plan on joining the TSHA trail riders at the annual Lobster Ride on October 3. Check the website for more information. Remember, trail riding is for everyone, even our show people. Don’t forget our general meeting will be held on October 5, and will include the nomination of officers and directors. Elections will be held at the November 2 general meeting. If you can’t make the election meeting, be sure to send in an absentee ballot. Visit the TSHA website at www.tristatehorsemen.com and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on TSHA events and activities, plus photos.
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IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT summer is nearing the end, but that means the Pan American Games will soon be upon us. The Games will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October and pre-Games action will be taking place in the Northeast. The 2011 National Dressage Championships will serve as the Selection Trials to choose the U.S. Dressage Team for the Games. The event, known as the Festival of Champions, will be held at the U.S. Equestrian Team headquarters in Gladstone, N.J., September 8-11. For more information, visit the USET website at www.uset.org.
GMHA Dressage Days CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY
CONGRATULATIONS TO STEFFEN PETERS on a great showing in Aachen, Germany. Not only did he and Ravel take second place in the prestigious Grand Prix Freestyle, but he also took wins with the 9-year-old Weltino’s Magic in both Intermediaire I and Prix St. Georges competition. Steffen has had the horse since it was four.
CONGRATULATIONS TO REGION 8 RIDER ISABELLE LEIBLER and her partner Watson 108. With a score of 74.00% they earned the individual gold medal at this year’s North American Junior/ Young Rider Championships held the last week of July in Kentucky. Isabelle and the 14-year-old gelding rode their winning freestyle to music from her favorite movie, ET. It was only the third time the pair had Steffen Peters and ridden that freestyle and they Ravel took second certainly did it in style. place in the Grand Prix freestyle THE INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN in Aachen. FEDERATION (FEI) has come out with its long list of judges for next year’s Olympic Games. On the list are Stephen Clarke (GBR), Maribel Alonso (MEX), Evi Eisenhardt (GER), Wim Ernes (NED), Ghislain Fouarge (NED), Isabelle Judet (FRA), and Gary Rockwell (USA).
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THE UNITED STATES DRESSAGE FEDERATION (USDF) has announced the dates and locations of the FarmVet/USDF Adult Clinics, featuring Lilo Fore. This clinic series
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he Green Mountain Horse Association hosted its 40th Annual Dressage Days competition on July 22-24, 2011. Dressage Days, which began in 1972 as a small, one-day show, has grown into one of the largest and most popular dressage competitions in New England. Over 250 horses and riders attended the three-day show at the GMHA grounds in beautiful South Woodstock, Vt. The 40th anniversary was celebrated with a party on Friday, July 22. This festive occasion, which featured a Hoe Down theme, included a delicious barbecue, live music, and two special highlights. Ruth Hogan Poulsen performed a fun and fabulous freestyle aboard Otelo, owned by Kathy Hoisington. Following the barbecue, a historical showcase video slideshow was presented, highlighting many of the horses and riders who contributed to a memorable four decades of dressage at GMHA. This year’s USEF/USDF recognized show was a Level 3 competition. Qualifiers were held for a variety of national programs, including the USEF/Markel Young Horse Championships, Developing Horse Championships, and Brentina Cup Championships. Musical freestyle performances, always a season highlight, took place on Saturday, July 23. Nora Batchelder and Bretone bested the competition, taking home the FEI Freestyle Test of Choice blue ribbon and prize money, with Bill Warren and Romantic close behind. Jennifer Wilson-Horr and Unika took top honors in another big class, the $500 Prix St. Georges continued on page 78
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ach year as fall approaches, preparation intensifies for the annual International Dressage at Devon Horse Show. The show combines worldclass dressage competition and the largest dressage/sport horse breed show outside of Europe with international Fall Festival shops, an array of food, and the Ladies’ Day Hat Contest. The event will take place from September 27 - October 2, 2011 at the Devon Horse Show Grounds, located on U.S. Route 30, in Devon, Pa. The Performance division, which takes place from September 29 October 2, offers spectators the opportunity to see top riders from North and South America and catherine Haddad took the win in the Grand Prix Europe. The classes help qualify Freestyle riding Winyamaro at last year’s Dressage riders for events like the Olympics, at Devon. Pan American Games, and the World Championships. The musical freestyle is thing from martini glasses to the occasional decorative squirrel. Fascinators are also expected always one of the crowd pleasers. An exciting enhancement is being offered this year, but baseball caps don’t qualify. The by Dressage at Devon and FLR Sports Radio. Ladies’ Day Hat Contest will take place on A credit-card sized personal receiver will allow Friday, September 30. All ladies in fancy hats you to follow all the commentary of some of will be admitted to the show at no charge. Of course, there are also refreshments. the foremost experts in the world of dressage including Natalie Lamping, Monica Sinks, “Mimosas on the Midway,” an all-you-can-eat Suzanne King, Kathy Connelly, Ann Moss, brunch, on Sunday, October 2 from 11:00 a.m. Kem Barbosa, Sara Schmitt, Alison Head, and to 2:00 p.m. at the Centerline Café, is often the Johanna Gwinn. Listen as they comment and focus of a relaxing day out. Spectators interested give personal opinion and insight into the horse in something a little more casual can sample and rider during their performances. For only ice cream, funnel cakes, soups, sandwiches, $35 you get a behind the scenes perspective hot dogs, burgers, fries, micro-brews, and wine and cheese. exclusive only to those with a radio. Dressage at Devon tickets are $10 for general This year, an exhibition from the Australian horse whisperer Guy McLean promises to draw admission. Children under 12 are admitted a large audience. The self-taught Australian has free. For more information visit www.dresentertained, inspired, and educated thousands sageatdevon.org. worldwide in his horsemanship abilities. He is on tour for the first time in the U.S. with his team of four horses: Hope, Sequel, Pride, and Heads up Spinnaby. “He’s amazing,” says Lori Kaminski, continued from page 76 President and CEO of the Dressage at Devon Board of Directors, “his horses trust him so AlSo coMInG uP SHortly are a couple much he can ride them through fire. He also of big new england Dressage association orchestrates a team of four horses to move in (neDa) events. one is the fall festival, synch using no bridles, no saddles, and no which also serves as the UsDf region 8 whips or spurs. “ championships, scheduled to be held in But Dressage at Devon isn’t all about horses. saugerties, n.y., september 13-18. this year’s With the recent interest in magnificent hats show will feature something new—$6,000 of sparked by the royal wedding in England, the prize money from www.Dressageclinic.com. annual Ladies’ Day Hat Contest promises to be those eligible for the prize money include bigger and better than ever. Creative entries in all gold members of Dressageclinic.com. the past have included hats adorned with every-
Bill Warren and Gerente As II competing in the Prix St. Georges class.
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Stakes, with a score of 68.816%. On Sunday afternoon, the Judy Cummings & Caureus Award was presented for the first time. Given to the high score adult amateur at the Prix St. Georges level, this year’s inaugural winner was Rowan O’Riley, aboard Rebel Rockstar. This very special award was created in memory of Judy Cummings, a former competitor and GMHA board member, by her close friends. O’Riley also took home the FEI Adult Amateur High Score of the Show Award. GMHA congratulates its High Score Members, Keith Angstadt (Open), Kaylee Angstadt (Junior), and Brenda Hilfrank (Adult Amateur). Other top honors went to Sharon McCusker and Wrigley (FEI Open High Score of the Show), Hannah Keohane and Kenneth (FEI Junior High Score of the Show), and Joy Congdon and Wixen FFH (Open Fourth Level High Score of the Show). Next up is the Fall Dressage Show set to take place on October 1-2, 2011. Visit www. gmhainc.org, for all of the results and to learn more about upcoming events. tHe FAll WeekenD SyMPoSIuM is the second major neda event that will soon be upon us. this year it will feature one of the world’s most successful riders and trainers—Kyra Kyrklund. registration is now open for the symposium, to be held november 5-6 at the University of massachusetts’ hadley farm. for more information on both events, visit neDa’s website at www.neda.org. Send your dressage news to Lynndee at email@example.com.
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nce again, hundreds of young test, an equitation test, and a riders from across the U.S.—and dressage test. This year’s event the world—gathered for the annual was again held at the HITS Youth Dressage Festival. And show grounds in Saugerties, coming out on top this year with the highest N.Y., over the weekend of score overall was a 15-year-old rider from July 8-10. Gray was pleased with how Orlando, Fla., who had never before competed well things went this year. “We at the Festival. Rachel Robinson earned the top spot with had about 30 more entries than scores of 73.60% in Training Level competi- ever before, even though we tion, a whopping 77.297% in a First Level test, lost a lot of pony clubbers to a perfect score on the written test, and a 92% their festival. Our volunteers in equitation competition. She also scored a 96.429% in dressage trail competition and a 66.40% in the Prix Caprilli, two classes that she had never seen before at a show. Robinson’s win in two divisions earned her a load of prizes to take back to Florida, including a Mountain Horse jacket, books, a wool blanket, and two saddles—a German Klasse and a Pro Trainer Platinum Zurich. The annual Youth Leoness team members Alexander Dawson, Jennifer Salinger, Devon Dressage Festival, Gillespie, and Jettke Gray. created by Olympian Lendon Gray, drew a usual crowd of top were fabulous, taking on the extra load. While young riders who spent three days enjoying we love seeing so many very young competinot only the competition, but also all of the tors taking dressage seriously, it is exciting to fun, friendship, and educational opportunities see how many riders who previously particithat are part of it. The Festival is a three-part pated for years at YDF are now successful on competition that aims to reward young riders the international scene…and coming back to for their horsemanship. It consists of a written volunteer for us.”
Rachel Robinson and Mis Diversify took wins in Equitation First Level 11-15, Training Level 15, and First Level 11-15.
Robinson might be a newcomer to the Youth Dressage Festival, but not to riding and competition. She has been riding for more than seven years, showing mostly Paint horses in both English and western competition. She began competing in dressage three years ago and just started showing in recognized events in the last year. “I competed at the USDF Region 3 Championships last October in Conyers, Ga., and placed fifth out of 25 in the Junior/Young Rider Training Level division and won the USEF Dressage Seat Equitation Medal for Region 3. Later this month, I am riding in the National Equitation Medal Final at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Ill., and I am very excited about that!” she said. Robinson only heard about the Youth Dressage Festival six months ago. “What really sold me on participating were the ‘fun’ classes of Prix Caprilli and Dressage Trail and the fact that it is a show just for kids and young riders. At a typical show, there are mostly older adults and not too many children and teens, so this was a great opportunity to meet and watch other youth.” And while she is now a winning dressage rider, Robinson said she’ll be continuing to compete in her other riding disciplines. But dressage is clearly taking a lead in her riding career and she is hoping to compete one day in the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. “It would be a dream come true to be selected for the Young Rider Olympic Dream Program through The Dressage Foundation,” she said. One of the best parts of the Festival is that riders have the opportunity to feel what it’s like being part of a competitive team. And the young riders really know how to have fun with
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he Dressage Foundation’s Continuing Education for Dressage Instructors Fund has awarded a $1,250 grant to Mija Paris of Oregon to help her attend the United States Dressage Federation’s Instructor Certification Program. Mija said, “This funding will be used to attend Instructor Certification workshops, and will help expand my dressage education as a rider, trainer, instructor, and judge. It will allow me to access new information to help me develop a more well-rounded knowledge base. In addition, I will be able to pass along the new knowledge I gain to my students.” Maryal Barnett established this Fund in 2007, in order to provide grants for dressage instructor education. Since that time, over $10,000 has been awarded to USDF Group Member Organizations and individual dressage instructors. “We want to encourage dressage instructors and GMOs to take advantage of the grants that are available for furthering instructor education,” said Jenny Johnson, Administrative Director for The Dressage Foundation. “If instructors continue to learn and improve, then
it. The team uniforms and decorations in the barns often show great creativity. Six teams earned wins in their respective divisions—The Leonesses, The Justice League, the CDA Blue Bonnets, the Newberry Kids 2, the Quarterline Quartet, and The Maine Attraction. The Leonesses—Jennifer Salinger riding Leopold, Alexander Dawson on Absolute Dream, Jettke Gray on Sharpies Black Hat, and Devon Gillespie riding My Blew Angel—earned the award for highest overall team score with 257 points. The winner of this year’s Corinne F. Gray Award, named in honor of Lendon Gray’s mother and given to honor those who have dedicated much of their lives to helping children and adults enjoy all aspects of horsemanship, was given to Marie Banks and Alice Peterson. To promote fun, education, and good sportsmanship, awards were given for a variety of things, including best decorated barn, best turnout, best horse care, etc. The Most Determined Rider Award went to Ingrid Slattery. But horses also receive awards. Among this year’s equine winners was the Appaloosa, Danny, for most spots, the 27-year-old Ludwig for most experience, and Tanner for being “the Pony with Personality Plus.” For more information on the Youth Dressage Festival, visit www.dressage4kids.com.
Mija Paris riding 6-year-old Andalusian stallion, Kamiakan.
everyone benefits.” Individual grants range from $500 to $1,500 each and are awarded twice per year. GMOs may apply for financial assistance of up to $1,000 for instructor clinics, and those applications are due at least 90 days prior to the event. For more information please contact Jenny Johnson at 402-434-8585 or visit www.dressagefoundation.org.
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Stephanie Mallick riding Abe at the UNH Horse Trials.
UNH EVENT ORGANIZER CHRISTINA KEIM is collecting photos, memories, and similar contributions for riders who have taken part in their competitions, for inclusion in a retrospective booklet to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the UNH Horse Trials. Photos can be sent as an attachment in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; scans or copies can be sent to her at 278 Mast Road, Durham, NH 03824. If you have memories to share or have played a role in the history of the event, please get in touch with her. Chris can also be reached by phone at 603-862-1174. NEW JERSEY NATIVE KRISTIN SCHMOLZE was named to the Short List for 2011 Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for the Pan American Games after taking seventh place at The Event at Rebecca Farm with her equine partner Ballylaffin Bracken. The Mandatory Outing at the Richland Park Horse Trials in Richland, Mich., on August 25-28 will determine the final roster for the games—a CCI** event—which will take place October 20-23, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
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YET ANOTHER BLOW WAS DEALT TO EVENTING GREAT PHILLIP DUTTON this year, when he lost his talented partner, Woodburn, in early August. The horse had to be euthanized when it was discovered he was suffering from massive internal bleeding. At the time this issue went to press, the cause was unknown. Through his recent tragedies, however, we can see light. We get this sinking feeling that riding has become more and more (in every discipline) about the winning, the money, and the prestige, instead of the love of the sport and the bond with the animal. But just as Boyd Martin and Dutton reminded us that the passion, purity, and love still remains in many when they ran into their burning barn to save the life of Neville Bardos, Dutton again showed the world his compassion in his address to fans on www.phillipdutton.com after the passing of Woodburn. “Most horse people understand the trust, love, and respect that one has with a horse after a certain bonding time together. For those fortunate enough to ride around a four star, this love, trust, and respect is multiplied by 100,” he said. “I realize that this is part of the sport and life, and I feel very fortunate to have had Woodburn as a partner, but it is very difficult to accept his loss. He will be terribly missed.”
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN ONE MORE HEARTBREAK IN THE WORLD OF EVENTING turned into an inspiration when local hero Grace Pilkington thought only of her horse Hershey, running into her burning trailer to save the animal’s life. Pilkington, 14, of Massachusetts and her mother Deborah were driving through New Hampshire on their way to the Area I Young Rider Eventing Camp at GMHA in late July when they noticed steam from a malfunctioning water cooler billowing out of their trailer. The pair stopped in the breakdown lane of the highway, and Grace rushed into the trailer, despite the fact that there was now fire coming from it, to unhook her horse’s head while Deborah lowered the gate. Hershey escaped with minor smoke inhalation and a slightly singed fetlock, while the trailer was destroyed. Kudos to Grace and Deborah! Send your eventing news to kathryn.selinga@ pedlar.com.
CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO STEPHANIE MALLICK of Abenaki Farm in Campton, N.H., for qualifying for the American Eventing Championships (AEC) in Beginner Novice Horse, to be held September 8-11, 2011 at Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Ga. She qualified on Abe with her second score by going double clear in jumping to finish in fourth place at the UNH Horse Trials on July 10. Her first qualifier was at King Oak, where she took first place. The AEC has been known to draw more than 500 entries and approximately 20,000 spectators from 42 different states. Competitors range from
NOW FOR AN UPDATE ON THE GMHA CROSS-COUNTRY UPGRADES; at the time this issue went to press, approximately $100,000 of the $200,000 in funds needed had been raised toward the project. Work has already begun on restoring existing jumps, and the plan is to begin initial site work this fall. The organization is having a fundraising contest for local barns to benefit the Upgrade Project, and encourages riders of all ages to participate. The barn that raises the most amount of money will receive up to 15 saddle pads embroidered with the Upgrade Project logo and a private, informational course walk with Tremaine. In addition, barns raising $500 or more will have their efforts acknowledged with a sign at a jump during the GMHA Horse Trials. The winners will be announced at GMHA’s September Horse Trials.
SPEAKING OF BOYD MARTIN, since that devastating morning when his barn burned to the ground with six horses trapped inside, he and his wife Silva were forced to put the promotion of a recent project off to the side. The pair has completed a series of informative eventing videos geared toward the general riding public. The Martins are now planning to help raise money for their new facility through the sale of these training videos. It is a means for their fan base to receive something in exchange for their financial support. You can see the teaser videos at www.boydandsilvamartin.com/Pages/boyd/TrainingVideos.html.
Phillip Dutton and Woodburn took second place at the 2010 Rolex Kentucky. Woodburn will be sadly missed.
Boyd Martin and Crackerjack took the win in Open Preliminary.
Paige Garson and Combalache took top honors in Junior Training Level.
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tors’ dinner on Thursday, breakfast on Friday, and Friday night competitors’ party, nothing was amiss. In the heat, no dressage jackets were required and free water and ice were available for competitors and horses alike. Also, giant fans were put in all the tented stabling. The grounds, which were re-graded and re-seeded for the use of five dressage rings, were top notch and there was great fun to be had at the Saturday night Hawaiian dinner. Area I Preliminary Champions Ferial Johnson and Bali Hai. The cross-country course was enhanced and included new fences, and the while Boyd Martin and Quinn Himself stadium courses were well designed, with riders were victorious in Novice-B, and Eliza performing their last phase in front of guests Farren and Bantry Bay’s Joey finished first in attending the benefit luncheon and Beginner Novice. In Junior competition, Paige Garson and the spectators in the Stadium Arena. The jumping tracks were of above Combalache took top honors in Training Level, average difficulty—appropriate for Emily Romania and Sterling Account were championships. Each competitor the winners in Novice, and Grace Reilly and taking part in the championships Navajo came in first in Beginner Novice. In the Area I Championships, Ferial Johnson had to qualify during the event year, by placing first through third in at and Bali Hai were the top Preliminary finishers. least one USEA sanctioned event. In Senior competition, Anna Welch and Lone Every competitor felt honored, Star III were the team to beat in Training, pampered, and challenged to be Gwendolyn Braglia and Crown ‘N’ Seven were winners in Novice, and Sandra Holden and Cano part of the event. First place Horse Trials winners Cristales were victorious in Beginner Novice. In Junior competition, Joa Sigsbee and Kestral were as follows: In Open competition, Boyd Martin and Crackerjack won the championship at Training Level, Leigh came out on top in Preliminary, Casaceli and Cleo won in Novice, and Kate Brown Darrah Alexander and Mighty Elvis and Short Stop placed first in Beginner Novice. For more information on the Fitch’s Corner prevailed in Training, Susan Berrill and Precious Z won in Novice-A, Horse Trials, visit www.fitchscorner.com. Area I Junior Novice Champions Leigh Casaceli and Cleo.
rea I offered a new format to its championships this year: Beginner Novice through Preliminary were combined at Fitch’s Corner in Millbrook, N.Y., over July 22-24, 2011 in a traditional event format: dressage, followed by cross-country on day two, and then stadium on the third day. The championships were held in accordance with their normal horse trials competition. It was a scorcher with up to 105 degree temperatures, but the hospitality, sponsorship, and courses were exceptional. From the secretary and the course designer giving tours of the updated track, and the volunteers who stayed until 9:00 p.m., to the sponsored free competi-
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Open Training A winners Eliza Farren and Bantry Bay’s Winston.
he University of New Hampshire hosted its third annual summer U.S. Eventing Association (USEA) sanctioned horse trials on July 10, 2011. Nearly 140 competitors enjoyed top notch competition at the Beginner Novice, Novice, and Training levels. Returning to this year’s event was the Area I Junior/Young Rider Team Challenge, a contest which provides members of the Young Riders program participating at the lower levels the opportunity to get a taste of team competition. Besting three other teams to win the Challenge this year were Haley Farwell riding Double Take III, Paris Bermudes
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and 16 recognized dressage show. CDCTA will sponsor four team members who will each compete in one dressage class. This score will count towards the overall team score. There is also an opportunity to compete in the musical freestyle as an individual. Last year the CDCTA team captured first place in this championship! If you are interested in becoming a 2011 team member, you must have paid your CDCTA dues by March 31, 2011. Please visit www. mysticvalleyhuntclub.com to learn how to earn qualifying scores for a team. Interested club members should email Donna Legere at email@example.com.
n Sunday, October 9, the Connecticut Dressage and Combined Training Association will hold its annual USEF/USDF recognized dressage show at the lovely Carbery Fields Farm in Lebanon, Conn. Classes are offered from Training Level through Grand Prix and will be adjudicated by Ida Anderson Norris, an “S judge.” In past years, this has been a well run and popular show. The facility is easily accessible with ample parking, a large indoor arena for warm-up, and a well maintained outdoor arena for testing. The CDCTA volunteers are welcoming and helpful to both two-legged and fourlegged competitors. A food stand will be on the premises to satisfy your every need. The organization is very appreciative of Carbery Fields Farm in supporting this event. A prize list with all the details can be obtained at www.cdctaonline.com.
the event. “I think the popularity of this competition shows that there is still a real need for events which focus on providing a quality experience for riders at the lower levels,” says Organizing Committee Chair Christina Keim. “We continue to be grateful for the enthusiasm which the eventing community shows in their support of this event, both as riders and volunteers.” Event Secretary Liz Oertel says that UNH’s summer event has a different feeling than those run by the program in the spring or fall due to the large number of community members who help to put the show together. “The summer horse trials gives us the chance to make so many new friends as we meet volunteers at work days and the event itself,” says Oertel. “We also run the UNH Event Camp the week before the horse trials, and many of the participants stay to help us build the show jumping course the day beforehand.” The University of New Hampshire Equine continued on page 85
Open Novice D winners Brianna Kablack and Chunky Monkey.
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Program is celebrating its 40th year of hosting USEA horse trials at its Durham, N.H., campus. For much of that time, the facility has hosted two trials each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. An additional summer date was added in 2009 to accommodate the needs of riders who were seeing an increasing number of local, one day horse trials closing their gates. “The staff and students here at UNH work very hard to put on a high quality event,” says Keim. “We are constantly refreshing our
stadium jumps, creating new cross-country fences, and trying to create new routes and challenges on our courses.” The University of New Hampshire Equine Program will hold its 40th Anniversary Celebration in conjunction with its fall horse trials on October 1-2, 2011. Special events include an Area I sponsored clinic with international course designer Richard Jeffrey (who will design the show jumping course for the event) and the Area I Adult Team Championships. For more information visit www.equine. unh.edu. For a lisiting of results from the event, visit www.pedlar.com.
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he Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer Horse Trials were held on July 30 and 31, 2011, boasting terrific weather on both days. This was the second year the trials were held at the end of July instead of on the 4th of July weekend, and it has been a successful change. The end of July is generally a dryer part of Kelly Foster and Irrefutable took top honors in Training B. the season as it was this year, and the change of date has also drawn some new competitors that, in the past, usually had other commitments on the holiday weekend. When people come for the first time to see and Caroline Daly and Finnegan took home the enjoy Stoneleigh-Burnham’s beau- blue ribbon in Novice C. tiful campus and course, it is always The course posed some challenges a plus for the school and sport. This year, the cross-country course changed with several new combinations direction from what it had been for the past and bending lines at both levels. several years. This course started in the front Although this took some riders right hand field and went around the back of by surprise, the majority of horses the school with the majority of the lower level handled it with ease. A ditch on courses staying out back. This allowed dres- the novice course out back was not sage to continue on, as cross-country did not what one young horse wanted to become a distraction for those horses to see. do and unfortunately sent Denny The upper level courses began once dressage Emerson to the hospital with a had finished and did come down into the left neck injury. Our get well wishes are hand field over the mound and to the infamous sent to him. Pam England and Cracked Pepper took the win in The Starter Introductory Level Preliminary B. water complex. Very fine pollen, silt, and algae made the water more difficult with its discol- has grown since its inception two oration, but the majority of horses sailed right years ago. This year, there were 13 entries. Young at the end of their cross-country ride. For more information on the Stoneleighriders, young horses, and senior riders rejoining through with no penalties. Entries were plentiful in the Beginner Novice the sport after years off all seemed to enjoy their Burnham Summer Horse Trials, visit www. and Novice divisions with three sections of each. day, offering big smiles and hugging their horses sbschool.org.
On The Scene Vershire Schooling Trials & Parents’ Day Schooling Trials July 14-15, 2011 Vershire, VT PHOTOS BY STAN PHANEUF
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reen Mountain Horse Association held a two-day Starter Trial on July 2 and 3 where youth from the Junior Horsemanship Clinic tested their newly learned skills from their 10 days of instruction, and local riders joined the competition. Tremendous thunder and lightning that ripped through Kedron Valley on Sunday caused a delay in the schedule. All of the horses and riders that headed for cover in the barns were rewarded with bright blue sky as the event finished, once the storm had passed. The smallest Junior Horsemanship Clinic competitor Kari Hyyppa won her division, Elementary C, on her pony
Beginner Novice/ Elementary D winners Daryl Kinney and Rosie’s Girl. Beginner Novice B winner James Day aboard Tucker. SEPTEMBER 2011
Toni. James Day won the Beginner Novice B division. Local rider Daryl Kinney of Tamarack Hill Farm in Strafford, Vt., rode three horses over the weekend and took home two first place ribbons and a second place. Clinic co-director Jim Gornall designed and built the cross-country course. The stadium course designer was GMHA Event Coordinator Karey Manner. The weekend would not have been possible continued on page 87
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without the help of the many volunteers. Local volunteer dressage judges for the weekend included Story Jenks from Shoreham, Gayle Davis of Cornish, N.H., Anne Hennessey of Woodstock, Karen McCollom from Bethel, and stadium judge Mary Hutchins of Norwich, Vt. GMHA is grateful for their contribution of time. For more information on the Green Mountain Horse Association, please visit www.gmhainc.org.
Elementary C winners Kari Hyyppa and Toni.
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early 50 riders took advantage of a beautiful summer day at the Southern New Hampshire Dressage & Combined Training Association’s schooling show on July 17 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. Sponsored by the Holistic Animal Healing Clinic of Exeter, N.H., the show was busy, with 80 rides scheduled. Despite the July heat, there were only a few scratches, and the club ran two rings in order to fit everybody in. The rider and horse pairs ranged from those making their dressage show Melissa Hannon riding Rosewall’s Northern Hero in debut in Intro A, to a few showing at Intro B Adult. Second and Third Level. Judges Jerilyn Nieder (r) in the main ring and Gail Harrington For many riders, it was one of their first dresfor Intro, kept busy scoring and providing sage shows, and several said they plan to come helpful suggestions for improving future tests. back for the SNHDCTA Fall Show, which will Show co-manager Lisa Smith said, “We were be held on September 24 at Oak Rise Farm in thrilled with the number of rides, and it’s always Goffstown, N.H. fun to watch new horse and rider pairs come A huge thank you to show volunteers, out and try dressage, or see folks move up the including Lisa Smith, Claire Smith, Stefanie levels, and practice new tests at our shows.” Rossetti, Lydia Neusch, Maria Ghigliotti, Erin The atmosphere may have been friendly, but Cosgrove, Karin Denhard, Elaine Rose, Karen competition was tight, with several placings O’Malley, and Sonja Fridell. decided on collective marks. The high score Complete results and more show photos can of the day was captured by Gale Hepfinger be found at www.snhdcta.org. on Devin, riding Intro A with a 72.5%. In Training Level and above, both Kelly Pullen and Show RESultS Deb Deburdo scored over 70% in First Level. Mackie Morgan, riding Just My Luck, was the The following is a list of some results from the high scoring junior, with a 66.90% in Intro B. 2011 SNHDCTA Summer Dressage Show,
Claire Smith riding Diamond Girl in Junior Training Level Test 3.
sponsored by Holistic Animal Healing Clinic: Class #1, 2nd & 3rd level sponsored by: the neusCh Family: 1.. michele routhier, stockholm, 59.337%; 2. megan morrell, denzel, 59.429%. Class #2, First level 1 sponsored by: steFanie rossetti & debi barka: 1. deb deburdo, konic, 68.621%; 2. ada Caron, mysterious beau, 67.586%; irene kuzma (Jr), trinity, 64.483%; 3. suzanne krauss, in the mood, 63.793%; 4. dawn marrier, Cinder, 58.966%; 5. debi barka, bantry bay’s lily , 54.828%. Class #3 First level 2&3 sponsored by: the neusCh Family: 1. kelly pullen, Wonder of dresden, 71.622%; 2. deb deburdo, konic, 70.800%; 3. kelly pullen, risico, 70.000%; 4. michelle brochu, huey, 66.216%; 5. michelle brochu, huey, 65.161%; 6. stephanie hudon, French allure, 61.892%; 7. dawn marrier, Cinder, 56.200%. Class #4 training 3 adults sponsored by: bantry bay & irish park Connemaras: 1. kimberly meyer, skipper’s southern pine, 64.40%; 2. suzanne krauss, in the mood, 62.80%; 3. ada Caron, mysterious beau, 59.60%; 4. katrina hartlen-mooers, magdalyn, 58.40%; 5. Christina billings, Claridge nobl phoenix, 58.40%; 6. katrina villemaire, dusty, 57.60%; 7. Carly neilson, trystan, 56.80%; 8. anne marie paquin, Jna ali bud baba, 56.80%. Class #5 training 3 Juniors sponsored by: d4k (erin Cosgrove): 1. irena kuzma, trinity, 64.80%; 2. Claire durfee, santa baby, 63.60%; 3. Claire smith, diamond girl, 62.00%. Class #6 training 1 adults: 1. sonja Fridell, ambehavin Jr., 67.500%; 2. anne marie paquin, Jna ali bud baba, 58.333%; 3. paula dubois, it’s raining, 56.667%; anne ross-raymond, reality affirmed, 51.300%. Class #7 training 1 Juniors: 1. leah lemay, dusty image, 60.000%; 2. brianna brand, my lasting illusion, 59.700%; 3. katy krauss, out like a lion, 53.800%. Class #8 training 2 adults sponsored by: Waltzman memorial Class (erin Cosgrove): 1. katrina hartlen-mooers, magdalyn, 69.300%; 2. anne marie paquin, Jna ali bud baba, 63.900%; 3. paula dubois, it’s raining, 58.214%; 4. Christina billings, Claridge nobl phoenix, 56.100%; 5. sonja Fridell, ambehavin Jr., 54.643%. Class #9 training 2 Juniors sponsored by: smith Family (lisa, Claire, dan, diamond girl & kinvara): 1. irena kuzma, trinity, 65.400%; 2. leah lemay, dusty image, 63.900%; 3. brianna brand, my lasting illusion, 62.500%; 4. Claire smith, diamond girl, 61.786%; 5. katy krauss, out like a lion, 56.071%. Class #10 intro a adult sponsored by: smiling Cat Farm: 1. gale hepfinger, devin, 72.50%; 2. paul sullivan, praise, 61.30%; 3. melissa hannon, rosewall’s northern hero, 53.10%; 4. melissa hannon, rosewall’s northern hero, 48.80%; 5. deborah Cockrell-duchemin, boom or bust, 47.50%; 6. amanda archibald, brilliant mrs. W, 41.30%. Class #11 intro a Juniors: 1. kayla mcdounough, stay Forever brave, 57.50%; 2. marina Callahan, gandolf, 51.30%. Class #12 intro a gaited: 1. Jennifer Johns, ranger, 58.10%. ●
Editor’s Note: In last month’s issue of the Pedlar, a photo of Emma Schick riding Vin Diesel at the Stuart Pittman Clinic was incorrectly labeled as Courtney Bolduc riding Chamber. september 2011
Heads Up By Kim Ablon Whitney
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Laurel Tinney and Latin Lover at Apple Knoll’s Starter Trials.
pion and reserve ribbons, which were won by the following horse and riders: Glynhafan Red Kestral and Holland Nievergelt, Moonlit Night and Natalie Freedgood, Loverboy and Marissa Cintolo, Equador and Olivia van der Meer, and Polar Express and Laura McCallion. AUGUST FARM OF HOLLISTON, MASS., SENDS ITS VERY BEST WISHES to Deb Weinstein who is headed to Virginia Tech. August also congratulates Annie Fitzgerald on her brave and accurate rounds in the Norfolk Hunter Derby, where she finished fourth (we hear this was a terrific class!). Also congrats to Tyler Bui for her IEA National Sportsmanship Award. Other recent winners include Reilly Lockwood, August’s newest Short Stirrup rider, for winning several equitation classes on Raggedy Andy; Aly Murphy and Thunderstruck, who qualified for all their adult medals in one day; and Skylar Laakso for doing the same in the junior medals!
IN THEIR SPARE TIME, GRAZING FIELDS’ STAFF has been spotted in some unexpected venues… Laurel Tinney and Latin Lover joined Amber Woodruff for team penning at Chipaway Stables over Memorial Day Weekend, then spent the next Sunday winning their first-ever combined training event at Apple Knoll’s Starter Trials! Following in mom’s footsteps…McKayla Langmeier (who’s still in jods and shows small ponies!) won the hunter derby during Vermont Week 2. Speaking of Vermont, it’s always great to see Gerry Briggs back up in the area! He looks wonderful, and is in better shape than ever. He’s very busy these days, judging and designing courses all over the country.
WOODRIDGE FARM OF SHERBORN, MASS., is off to a great spring/summer show season! Pony jock Jordan Stiller was the star, winning the AdirondackGreen Mountain Challenge awarded to the overall horse-rider combination amassing the most points during the two weeks at Skidmore Saratoga and the first two weeks of the Vermont Summer Festival. After her Grand Children’s Hunter Championship and M&S Children’s Hunter Pony Classic wins at Skidmore Saratoga, she went on to win another M&S Children’s Hunter Pony Classic as well as two Children’s Pony Hunter Championships in Vermont! Besides taking home lots of loot, the best part was that Jordan got to judge Leadline with Jennifer Glass. Meanwhile, Camilla Bennett won High Adult Jumper Championships at both HITS Saugerties and Skidmore Saratoga, where she also won the M&S Classic. Laura Rose Cannistraro also won a High Adult Jumper Championship during Skidmore Saratoga. Abby Bertelson won a $2,500 Jr-A/O Jumper Classic at the Fieldstone Spring Festival. And three cheers for Jacquie Maggiore for winning tricolors at all seven shows she’s competed at in the Younger Adult Hunter division aboard her new horse, Contina. Jacquie and Sarah Cabot both won their sections of the Adult Hunters at the Fieldstone Spring Festival. Finally, through the end of July, Woodridge Farm had four riders in the top 40 of the national Ariat rankings, including Haleigh Landrigan, Carly Corbacho, Amy Cooper and Jacquie Maggiore.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NORTHEAST BENEFIT SHOW IN NORTHAMPTON on celebrating their 25th anniversary! Lots of shows come and go—it’s impressive when one endures! We hear the weather was perfect and the show was well managed with a nice atmosphere.
Jen Tate and Brentwood were Pre-Green Champions.
daniela Stransky riding ikarus at the 2011 fei america’s Jumping Championships.
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Virginia Shaw’S riderS from Stonewall StableS in nobleboro, maine, have had a super season so far! Katherine benard and bacchus, Carly ransdell aboard Halestorm, and marina Godin and storm Warning are all headed to mini medal finals. Justine ransdell and Giovanni have had a great season since June as well. stonewall sends a big thanks to shane powell for helping with the lease on Gio. Finally, Clara mugnai and more About me have been cleaning up in short stirrup! Also, Virginia has a new busi-
CongratulationS to daniela StranSky of stranksy mission Farm in Wellington, Fla. the 15-year-old equestrian piloted her gray gelding, Ikarus, to the Junior Jumper best Individual rider medal during the final leg of the 2011 FeI America’s Jumping Championships. the event was hosted by the ecuador equestrian Federation at the Guayaquil Country Club in ecuador. more than 85 top young show jumping riders attended the event from over a dozen countries. Send your news for future columns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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$50,000 HITS Grand Prix Champions Kevin Babington and Mark Q.
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ITS-on-the-Hudson ran 11 simultaneous rings and welcomed over 1,700 horses to its Saugerties show grounds, rising to the top of summer show jumping. Grand Prix and Hunter Prix riders alike continue on the road to qualifying for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix and Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. In the jumper ring, Kevin Babington established himself as a prime contender for September’s Pfizer Million. The Irish Olympian and his own Mark Q were on a roll, winning their second Pfizer Million qualifier in three weeks. At HITS Culpeper, Babington won the $40,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Heath. They then captured the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, presented by Pfizer Animal Health, at HITS-on-the-Hudson IV. “This is a new horse that I didn’t realize would be such a strong contender for the [Pfizer] Million, but I think we’ll be ready,” said
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Babington. “We got a late start on qualifying because I didn’t think he would be this good so soon. But, it looks like I was wrong!” Babington has pocketed an impressive $27,000 in prize money this month and has four of the eight Grand Prix needed to become eligible, putting him within striking distance of earning a place on the Pfizer Million Top 40 Rider Rankings. Alissa Kinsey and Grisset on course during the $10,000 M&S Another high performance rider Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic. to win big during HITS-on-theHudson IV was Olympian Margie Engle. She Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final. Keenan is just 14, and dominated the Junior picked up right where she left off this spring, when she piloted Ashland Farms’ Lord Spezi to victory Hunters. In the Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under, in the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix, presented she took the championship aboard her own by Pfizer Animal Health. Engle also finished tenth Madison and was reserve champion in the Small aboard Lord Spezi, putting her at $22,000 in prize Junior Hunter 15 & Under aboard Confidential. money and five of the eight classes needed to Keenan also rode to victory in the $3,500 M&S Junior/Amateur Jumper Low Classic aboard become eligible for the Pfizer Million. Marshall & Sterling League veteran Alissa Chansonette Farm LLC’s Firework. The Ocala, Fla., based Don Stewart Stables Kinsey took the blue in the $10,000 M&S Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic in the Strongid had three different riders score impressive wins in C 2X Stadium in the irons of her own top mount the equitation rings. Meg O’Mara won the USEF Grisset. The Atkinson, N.H., pair put away 79 Medal, Hannah Spiegler won the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Medal, and Hasbrouck Donovan total starters in the class to capture the win. “These classes always get really good numbers, captured the USEF Talent Search Medal. Stewart’s riders are eager to toss their hats in the but 79 is huge,” said Kinsey. “I had high expectations going into the class—my horse has been ring for a chance to earn a wild card spot in the first going well lately, but I saw a lot of really compet- ever Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final. “Nowhere else can you compete for that kind itive rounds before the jump-off. I just kept of prize money,” added Stewart. thinking, how fast do I need to go to win?” The Champion Rider from each of the four Kinsey plans to return to HITS Saugerties to compete in the Marshall & Sterling League sections of the Junior Hunter Final will be given a wild card berth in the inaugural Hunter National Finals September 14-18. New York City native Lillie Keenan led the way Prix Final—a chance to compete for a recordin the hunter rings as she piloted Donald Stewart’s breaking $150,000 winner’s purse. For more information on HITS-on-theConfidential to victory in the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix, moving one step closer to September’s Hudson, visit www.hitsshows.com.
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Lady Hunter Classic, aboard Wyatt. Show ring veterans, Robin Hood and Hayley Anderson won the $2,000, 2'9'' Always Carry Cash Hunter Classic. In the jumpers, Little Rascal and Jordann Cyr won the Rose du Bois $2,500, 3'3''-3'6'' classic Rose du Bois Jumper Classic Champions Jordann Cyr and Little Rascal. and in the NHSPCA $2,500, 3'9''-4' Jumper Classic, Play On and Victoria Birdsall cashed in on their home turf. Making a big comeback this year were the hunter derbies. The Eaton & Berube Markel Insurance Co. sponsored a $2,500 pony derby which was won by Ferdinand and Sydney Berube. Cressbrook Stables sponsored the $2,500 Junior/ Amateur 2'9'' Hunter Derby and taking the top honors was Oliver ridden by Hayley Anderson. The Eaton & Berube Markel Insurance Pony Derby Champions Sydney 3' Friends of Apple Knoll Berube and Ferdinand. Hunter Derby was held on the grass derby field. It was such a treat and Gandalf. In the equitation ring, the 12-14 divito see the horses galloping a real derby course out there. Victoria Birdsall and Baheera were sion Champion was Devon McLeod and the right at home taking their victory lap in the 15-17 Equitation Champion was Jesse Fortier. field, followed in close second by Jesse Fortier The winner of the Eaton & Berube Adult Equitation Classic was Christina Severino. Jackie Snyder took top honors in the Stone Pony Junior Equitation Classic. In its inaugural year, the Different Drummer Farm Equitation Classic was run in the same format as the WIHS class. The hunter phase was won by Tess Renker, the jumper phase was won by Jesse Fortier, and the work-off phase was won by Colby Wood. We look forward to fine tuning this well attended class in the future. For more information on the NHHJA Summer Classic, and a complete listing of results, visit Cressbrook Stables $2,500 Junior/Amateur 2'9" Hunter Eaton & Berube Adult Equitation Classic Champion www.NHHJA.com. Derby Champions Hayley Anderson and Oliver. Christina Severino.
ew Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association hosted its fourth annual Summer Festival at Silver Oaks Equestrian center in Hampton Falls, N.H., the week of July 5-10, 2011. The show was attended by nearly 450 horses and riders and the weather couldn’t have been more desirable for a summer event. The show was managed by John Manning of Sherburne, Mass., and officiating were Rita Timpanaro, Linda Reynolds, and Diane Langer. NHHJA had a spectacular selection of hunter and jumper classes for riders of every age and ability. The festival kicked off on Tuesday, July 5, with the team challenge and dinner sponsored by Magnificent Muffins. Riders decked themselves and their mounts out in team costumes to liven up the event. Also at the festival, the incredible dog challenge, sponsored by American K-9 Country was a real treat to watch. Kensington Equestrian Center sponsored an ice cream social and NHHJA held a silent auction to benefit NHSPCA. Over $2,500 was raised to support their efforts. There was a fabulous selection of vendors for the ultimate shopping experience as well. Even if you weren’t a rider, there was much to see and do over the course of the week at the Summer Festival. For the competitors, there was a hunter classic for every fence height. Among the classic winners were Ever So and Liesl Bencks, taking home the $500, 18'' Woodland’s Irish Rose tri-color. The $500, 2'3'' Above The Clouds Classic was won by Dark Star and Grace Jackson. Ron Zohar rode to victory in the 2'6'' $2,500, Midnight
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than later—he surprises me with how much knowledge he has for such a young horse,” Boyd said of her partner. The course was fairly simple in concept with 10 obstacles, and offered riders four option fences with the higher to be set at 3'3". Boyd complimented Rheinheimer’s design stating that the lines rode very well, “They did a good job of using the whole ring and making the lines where you could do 12 or 13 strides, so you could really gallop. It almost felt like you were in a totally different ring from what you were in [earlier]. It felt real open, you could flow in the gallop—you could USHJA National Hunter Classic Champions Elizabeth leave strides out or add, you could really Boyd and Marksmann. decide depending on your horse. They However, Boyd elected not to take the unique gave you a lot of nice options and no footage was written down, you just walked it and decided option with her winning mount Marksmann.“I decided that because he is so young, I need to your own track.” In all, Boyd had four mounts that she would practice that at home first. I’m a real believer in place in the top 12. Following her closely was practicing then doing, and I’ve never done it—not Woodstock, Ga., pro Julie Curtin aboard the even in a Derby, so why risk scaring a young Greg Burrow owned Vince and the Martin horse,” Boyd said. The pair’s smooth execution over fences in both rounds proved more than Schlaeppi entry Ramano. Moving to the second round, Rheinheimer enough to impress judges and claim the victory. designed a handy eight fence layout which included another four options, but with an unusual twist on Wee Warriors and Ponies the last optional fence. After fence #7, a skinny The final week of competition was much like vertical headed directly towards the ingate—riders an adventure packed vacation itinerary—one could opt for a sharp right turn and gallop halfway moment you’re enjoying the sport with friendly down the rail to an oxer in front of the judges, or competitive rivals, then shopping together for continue straight out the ingate to take two left the social gatherings. turns and jump fence #8, an oxer outside the ring, This was also the week where the Wee in front of the spectator tent and continue at a trot Warriors of the Pony divisions battled for the to the end of the arena rail. coveted titles of Grand Pony Kahuna and the “Cantering out of the ring I think was a glory of being named Most Supreme Pony brilliant fun idea. It’s something you used to Kahuna. The 2011 Most Supreme Grand see a lot in the past—my dad said they used to Pony Kahuna was Paige Parker partnered with show at Blowing Rock and they would jump Champlain Sovereign, owned by The Hill in and out of the ring, then go gallop around Farm. This marked Paige’s second occasion as an outside course. It takes a lot of discipline to top Pony Kahuna having won the title in 2009 accomplish that and in this day and age I think with Cherrybrook Skye Blue. we’re going back to things from the past, like cantering in and out of the ring. I’ll definitely go USHJA National Hunter Classic home and practice this with my horses now that Not to be outdone by either the Wee Warriors we’re starting to see it more,” Boyd remarked. or Robin Stoney’s infamous “Pain Killers,” She is a strong advocate for trail riding and Pros and Amateurs gathered on the $2,500 the use of natural obstacles, sharing her fortune USHJA National Hunter Classic, sponsored in having access to many acres of fox hunt land by Rick Hendricks. Thirty-two entrants took at home that offer an array of training possi- on another diverse two round layout by course bilities from actual hedges, to a ring designed designer Joe Carnicom. Leading the pack with to jump in and out of at several points. “I use scores over 90 in both rounds was Woodstock, this with Brunello (her Derby horse) a lot— Ga., based Julie Curtin of New Vintage Farm, I’ll jump in the ring, cantering around, and aboard week one’s second place finisher Vince jump out over a hedge. I’m just lucky to have owned by Greg Burrow. it available.” continued on page 94
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ow often during the heat of summer can an exhibitor in the Southern portions of the U.S. say they enjoyed horse showing? While much of the equine community was experiencing uncomfortable temperatures from July 13-23, 2011, participants at the Charleston Summer Classics here were being treated to a resort like atmosphere. Week one at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center welcomed riders with a vacation sensory overload—from pleasant ocean breezes billowing across the beautiful grounds to put them in a beachy frame of mind, to tropical drinks under the ringside tent each afternoon. “Exhibitors are enjoying a resort escape that just happens to include a horse show! Everyone is having a ball,” said Bob Bell, President of Classic Company. Even with all the swaying palms, ocean scents, delectable shrimp, and ice cold spirits such as Robin Stoney’s infamous “Pain Killers,” horse showing still reigned as the supreme priority. The USHJA National Hunter Classic, sponsored by Rick Hendricks, had more than 25 entrants taking on a diverse two round layout by course designer Allen Rheinheimer. Among the challengers was Elizabeth Boyd of Camden, S.C., and mount Marksmann, the 6-year-old Hanoverian gelding sired by Rio Grande and owned by Marilla Van Beuren of Middletown, R.I. Boyd turned in a performance that demonstrated why she is among the best of the best in this sport. “I just started riding [Marksmann] in April, but at the Spring Aiken show he was Champion in the 3'3" Performance. He’s green in the sense that he’s never done anything like this [Derby style class] before, but he’s got such a good mind and such a good brain that I think he’s really going to shine in the International Derbies one day. Probably sooner
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he Green Mountain Horse Association hosted its third annual Team Jumper Challenge and Lobster Bake on Thursday, July 14. This event once again enjoyed great participation, with over 80 riders coming out to compete. GMHA thanks Suffolk Construction for sponsoring the event. Three divisions of competition were offered, allowing a variety of horses and riders to participate. Teams of three or four riders competed over a course of fences. The Tom White Hill Farm team of Sam Scheu, Kylie Lyman, All knockdowns were converted to and Alyssa Gagnon accept their ribbons and prize penalty seconds and added to the money for taking top honors in the $800 3'6'' Team rider’s time to create a final score. Jumper Challenge. The scores of each rider were then added together for the team score, with the best three to count. Teams with four riders would drop their worst score. Riders were a mix of summer hunter/jumper show competitors and local event riders. The day began with the 2'6'' Team Jumper Challenge. Four teams competed for the prize money, with the Speed Sisters team of local riders Jamie Fields, Cristin Roby, Elaine Johnston, and Leyna Hoyt. Second place went to last year’s winners from Litchfield, Conn., consisting of Alex Kavle, Erin Moore, Carly Puzacke, and Lauren Donahue. Following the awards ceremony, competition began in the largest class of the day, the $800 3' Team Jumper Challenge. Fourteen teams, a record number for this event, competed for the prize money. Although competitors Megan Schultz competes in the $800 3'6'' Team came from across New England to participate, Jumper Challenge for the Hurricane Hill Team. the top prizes went to Vermont based teams. Third place went to the team from Pirouette Conway, Eli Morgan, and Piper Oren, hailing Farm of Norwich, Vt., including trainer Jane from Fox Horn Farm in Charlotte, Vt. All were Hamlin, Caroline Young, Betsy Medinger, and bested by the Addison County based Twitchell Linda Kipperman. Second place went to Ashley Hill Farm team of Sue Perna, Jennifer Taylor, Grace Dayton, and Sam Scheu. The evening concluded with the $800 3'6'' Team Jumper Challenge, while many spectators and competitors enjoyed a tasty ringside Lobster Bake. The main event included four teams, made up of riders from across Vermont and New Hampshire. In the end, the Tom White Hill team edged out the two-time champion Tamarack Hill team. Tom White Hill didn’t need a drop score, with each of the three riders, Sam Scheu, Kylie Lyman, and Alyssa Gagnon, posting a fast, clean round. The Tamarack Hill team of Denny Emerson, Sue Berrill (riding twice on two gray horses), and Ariel Grald all Lila Gendal competes in the 3' division for the completed the course fast and clean as well, less “In the Navy” team.
“He’s just wonderful!” Curtin touted of the 10-year-old Warmblood gelding she’s been partnered with since May. “He can get a little nervous in the ring because he’s such an overachiever, but he’s always on his game. Vince was also the Grand Green Hunter Champion and Champion in the Second Year Greens here in Charleston.” Curtin admits to being a little nervous herself, as the promising gelding is currently for sale, but she’s holding hope that Vince will remain in the New Vintage family. The course of 10 obstacles offered riders four option fences, beginning with the first fence, a vertical with the higher option set at 3'3''. Curtin commented of the first round, “It was a very nice course, the higher options were good and having the long bending lines are always fun to do rather than the standard 5 and 6 [strides].” By the end of the first round, Curtin had all three of her mounts in the top five standings. For the second round, Carnicom designed a handy eight fence layout which offered four options again, as well as the return of the unique option on the last fence of either remaining in the arena to make a sharp left rollback off of oxer #7 to the final oxer set almost dead center of the ring or to exit the ring after #7 at a canter to make two left turns and jump #8, an oxer outside the ring in front of the spectator tent and continue in a trot to the end of the arena rail. This was Curtin’s first time showing at the Charleston Summer Classics—having come last year as a spectator to cheer on friends, she decided not to miss out on the 2011 event. “The weather was gorgeous and I’ve really, really enjoyed the two weeks here, showing during the day and staying at Seabrook Island with a lovely pool to enjoy at the end of the day. It’s the best vacation!” Curtin concluded. For more information or results from the Charleston Summer Classic visit www. classiccompany.com. than two seconds slower than Tom White Hill. GMHA thanks all participants and spectators for coming out to support a great night of jumping and lobsters! We hope to see many of you at next year’s Team Jumper Challenge. For more information on the Team Jumper Challege or to learn about GMHA, visit www. gmhainc.org, or contact Karey Manner at 802-457-1509.
Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows Feature Fierce competition
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rode clean, none could beat his time, with the closest being second place finisher Paris Sellon who had a time of 35.282 seconds on Orlando LA and third place finisher Lou Jacobs, who had a time of 35.433 seconds on Kachina. Sellon and Orlando LA won the High Amateur-Owner Championship with the two Jacobs brothers tying FarmVet High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Champions Charlie for reserve on Flaming Jacobs and Flaming Star. Star and Kachina. With their wins, the Jacobs brothers both nated The Hooker Family Children’s Jumper earned valuable points toward the $50,000 division. Closing day also featured the Juliam Year-End Championship Final of the Show Farm Lead Line Class and the C.M. Hadfield’s Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, Saddlery Parade of Champions. On Wednesday, June 29, Richie Moloney a season long, national series for junior and amateur-owner riders. The $50,000 Hall of rode Alsvid to the win in the Whiteface Fame Series Final will be held at the Alltech Mountain 1.45m Jump-off. Peter Lutz claimed National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse the championship on April in the 1.35m Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites Jumper Park in November. The Lake Placid Horse Show’s closing day class. In the Deeridge Farms High Amateuralso saw wins by Charlene Graham on Only You Owner Jumper class, Paris Sellon rode Orlando in the Horse Show Services North American LA to victory. Charlotte Jacobs took top honors League (NAL) Adult Amateur Hunter Classic; aboard Karonda Van da Schl’hof in the High Maddie Sisco on Summer Time in the Horse Junior Jumper class. Andrew Bourns on La Show Services NAL Children’s Hunter Classic; Bella Stella and Todd Minikus on Andino Von Katherine Strauss on Fardella in the Price Stekerbend also took wins in the two sections of Chopper NAL Children’s Jumper Classic (14 the WPTZ News Channel 5 Speed class. On Thursday, June 30, Todd Minikus and and under); and Rose Borzillo on The Flying Dutchman in the Price Chopper NAL Children’s Romy claimed victory in the Beacon Hill Horse Jumper Classic (15-17). These Classics culmi- Transportation 1.45m Power and Speed class. Richie Moloney and Bailey were successful in the High Peaks Resort 1.40m Open Speed class. Lou Jacobs rode Soleil to first in the Deeridge Farms Low Amateur-Owner Jumper class, while Jennifer Goddard claimed the championship in the Lake Placid Lodge 1.30m Speed class aboard Wynamorka. On Friday, July 1, Margie Engle and Indigo took top honors in the $30,000 Intercat, Inc. Open Jumper Classic. Jonathan McCrea and Tommy Bahama were crowned champions in the Adirondack Flying Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort High Junior Jumper Classic Service 1.35m Speed class. Champions Michael Hughes and Shockwave.
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nce again, the Intercat, Inc. Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows returned to the charming village of Lake Placid, N.Y., to host two weeks of top notch hunter/jumper competition from June 28 - July 3, and July 5-10, 2011. The shows, which proved to be a piece of heaven for hundreds of the nation’s top horses and riders, combined the thrill of competition with fun family activities and the natural beauty of the Adirondacks. “This was another great year for the Intercat, Inc. Lake Placid Horse Shows,” said Richard M. Feldman, Chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association. “For myself and so many riders and spectators, the Intercat, Inc. Lake Placid Horse Shows are a summer tradition. It was wonderful to welcome back so many familiar faces, as well as meet our firsttime competitors and visitors whom, we hope, will make the horse shows their summer tradition as well.” The first week saw a thrilling win by Jonathan McCrea of Ireland on Colorado, owned by Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables, in the $75,000 Mirror Lake Inn Grand Prix of Lake Placid, presented by Intercat, Inc., for the Whitney Perpetual Challenge Trophy. Only five of the starting field of 24 reached the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 17-jump, first-round course designed by Steve Stephens. McCrea, whose wife Chrissie was a Grand Prix champion in Lake Placid in 2007, claimed the win when he finished the eight-jump, tiebreaker course faultfree in 40.369 seconds. Prior to the Grand Prix, Charlotte Jacobs rode Karonda Van da Schl’hof to the win in the Pepsi Beverages Co. High Junior Jumper Classic. Jacobs topped a field of 23 entries, nine of whom reached the jump-off. She qualified three horses for the jump-off and was the last entry in the class on Karonda Van da Schl’hof. She blazed over the course fault-free in 34.807 seconds to edge Christina Kelly who had led with a clean ride in 35.410 seconds on HH Narcos du Marais. Jacobs’ win also gave her the horse show’s High Junior Jumper Championship. Following the win by Jacobs, her uncle, Charlie Jacobs, rode Flaming Star to victory in the FarmVet High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. After 11 of 29 entries rode clean to reach the jump-off, Jacobs set the mark to beat with the first clean ride and a time of 35.250 seconds. Although the final four entries all
â€œIâ€™m just happy to be here,â€? said Minikus, who had only recently recovered from Legionnairesâ€™ disease and pneumonia. â€œWe go to a lot of horse events, but this oneâ€™s special. The show jumping is fierce, and there are also a lot of fun activities for the family. It really is a great place to be.â€? The Richard and Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence was awarded to Minikus and McCrea, who tied as the riders with the most combined prize money in Lake Placidâ€™s two featured Grand Prix. Hunter riders also had their chance to compete on the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field during Scott Stewart took top honors in the $15,000 USHJA the $15,000 USHJA International International Hunter Derby on Carlos-Boy. Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern The course, designed by Richard Jeffery, Hay and Purina Mills. Taking top honors for featured a Winter Olympics theme as a tribute the second year in a row was Scott Stewart. Stewart finished with the top score in both to the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games rounds on Carlos-Boy, owned by Krista and held in Lake Placid. The course featured real Alexa Weisman, to win with an overall score snow brought in from the Olympic Ice Arena of 381.500 points. Kim McCormack was to help create simulated bobsled, hockey, skiing, second on her Sundance with 367.000. Stewart and other winter sport scenes set among tradicompleted the top four, coming in third with tional hunt fences. For more information on the Lake Placid and a score of 365.750 on Dedication, owned by Fashion Farm, and fourth on Empire, owned I Love New York Horse Shows, call 518-5239625 or visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com. by Becky Gochman, with 365.000.
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Darragh Kenny rode Castello to a first place win in the J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines 1.40m Open Speed Stake. And Lou Jacobs also earned a win riding Kachina in the Deeridge Farms High Amateur-Owner Jumper class. Olivia Dorey and Rendition were successful in the Crowne Plaza Resort NAL Adult Amateur Jumper Classic (18-40 years) on Saturday, July 2. In the Crowne Plaza Resort NAL Adult Amateur Jumper Classic (over 40 years), Martha Nevins rode Pablo Honey to the win. In the Adirondack Life Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Lou Jacobs and Soleil captured the win. Michael Hughes and Vendicat were named winners in the Sidelines Low Junior Jumper Classic, and Laura Chapot took top honors aboard Zealous in the Jamaica Tent 1.40m Power and Speed class. At the I Love New York Horse Show, which took place during the second week of competition, Todd Minikus won the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, presented by Intercat, Inc. on Pavorotti, his longtime partner on whom he won the Grand Prix of Lake Placid and a Pan American Games team bronze medal in 2007. Minikus was one of eight entries from the starting field of 25 to reach the jump-off with a fault-free ride over the Richard Jeffery designed course. In the tiebreaker, Minikus again went clean, finishing in 34.355 seconds, to claim the win.
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this prestigious Grand Prix is a feat Ward has achieved several times before. With $100,000 in prize money the lineup is spectacular, the course will be challenging, and the competition will be fierce. “Strength” in French is puissance, and few classes are more exciting than Washington’s high jump Puissance, which will take place in the evening on Friday, October 28. It was in 1983 that Anthony d’Ambrosio of Red Hook, N.Y., aboard Sweet ‘n’ Low, a 17.1 hand Thoroughbred gelding, set the indoor record of 7' 7 ½" that no one has yet to beat, although many have tried. For Anthony, it was almost an art form to jump the big wall and it was a combination of his experience and Sweet ‘n’ Low’s incredible talent that glided them over the wall that year. In the 2010 WIHS, Venezuelan Pablo Barrios and G&C Blanchee Z, owned by G&C Farm/Gustavo and Carolina Mirabal, cleared a height of 6'1" for the victory. The hunters are an orchestra of perfect timing and the equitation riders follow an ever-changing melody. An ensemble of hunter classes will take place throughout the week. The 2010 Leading Amateur-Owner Rider was Stacy Arani of Dover, Mass., and Grand Champion AmateurOwner Hunter was Bolero, ridden by Arani. The Grand Champion Hunter was Francesca with Madeline Thatcher of South Jordan, Utah, in the irons. Kelley Farmer of Keswick, Va., was the Leading Hunter Rider. TheWIHSEquitation Finals take place on Saturday evening and last year, 13-year-old Lillie Keenan of New York, N.Y., triumphed in the Junior Equitation Finals making her one of the youngest riders to win the class.
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he 53rd Annual Washington International Horse Show will be held on October 25-30, 2011 at the Verizon Center in the heart of Washington, DC. The tempo will pick up right from the start with the show jumpers as they display speed and agility to negotiate technical jumper courses. On Wednesday, October 26, Children’s, Adult, and Open Jumpers classes will be showcased. Thursday, October 27 will feature the Gambler’s Choice Costume class and on Friday, October 28, Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Open Jumper classes will highlight the show. In 2010, the Gambler’s Choice was won by Brazilian Rodrigo Pessoa and Palouchin de Ligny. Pessoa was dressed in an authentic Formula One uniform. He also earned the Leading Open and International Jumper Rider titles. The signature show jumping division of this highly anticipated event is the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix. Last year’s winner was Olympic Gold Medalist Mclain Ward of Brewster, N.Y., aboard Sapphire. Winning
McLain Ward and Sapphire took the $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix at last year’s Washington International Horse Show.
International Horse Show. You’ll also witness the pitter patter of the terriers in their race for the catch. These miniature speed demons will be showcased Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. How fast will their little legs carry them? Will one do a big flip like last year? Who knows, but the terriers never fail to please! Barn Night will take place on Thursday evening, when the local youth come to cheer on their friends. There are lots of prizes planned for that night with the chance for groups to walk the course with the course designer and get some autographs from their favorite show jumping riders. On Saturday afternoon, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., the melodious laughter of children can be heard on F Street outside the Verizon Center for Kids Day, which has pony rides. There will also be face and horseshoe painting and many more fun activities. And it is all free! Continuing the tradition of honoring our military heroes, WIHS will once again present a special exhibition by the Caisson Platoon from Fort Myer on Saturday evening, October 29. These service men and horses participate in the burials of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The Caisson Platoon presentation will take place Saturday evening prior to the President’s Cup Grand Prix. WIHS will also hold a Local Weekend and Zone 3 Finals October 21-23, at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Md. There, local riders qualify for a number of championships that take place at the Washington International. With over $400,000 in prize money, WIHS will attract the nation’s finest athletes. To learn more about the Washington International Horse Show, visit www.wihs.org.
65th Annual Buffalo International Horse Show To HosT Indoor CompeTITIon sepTember 14 - 18, 2011 “Winston” USHJA 3' National Hunter Classic, a two-round competition open to all riders and horses and ponies to be held in the evening on Saturday, September 17. Competitors will also have the opportunity to showcase their skills during the $500 “Shogun” Adult Amateur Hunter Classic, as well as the $500 “Say Hey” Children’s Hunter Horse Classic, and the $500 Children’s Lasty year’s $2,500 “Winston” USHJA National Classic Hunter Pony Classic. Other highlights Champions Sarah Mechlin and Winston. for hunter riders include the $1,000 “Scribbles” Pony Hunter Classic, which will be lent prize money during the five-day horse show. open to all pony hunters. The $1,500 IBM Silver The Children’s and Adult Amateur Jumper Stirrup Classic will give Pre-Adult Hunters and schedule features a $2,500 Up The Creek Pre-Children’s Hunters the chance to compete Farm Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic. The for excellent prize money on Friday, September Low Children’s and Adult Amateur Schedule 16. Junior riders will have the opportunity to also features a $1,000 Stephen Comunale Low compete in the $1,000 Up The Creek Farm Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic. The very Junior Hunter Classic and Amateur riders will popular $1,000 Ravenswood Grooms Class will have the chance to compete in the $1,000 “The also return as a favorite for jumper riders. For more information regarding the 65th Full Monty” Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic. Jumper riders will also have the opportunity Annual Buffalo International Horse Show, to showcase their talent and compete for excel- please visit www.thebtrc.org. Boarding • Training • Lessons • Camp • Sales & Leases • Horse Shows
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he Buffalo International Horse Show will host its 65th annual hunter/ jumper competition this fall at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. The show will be held on September 14-18, 2011, in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., at the home of the Buffalo Equestrian Center and SBS Farms Inc. The horse show will host a number of special classes in their large indoor arena, with great prize money and exciting competition to benefit the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. The five-day schedule features highlights for everyone to enjoy, including $25,000 in class prize money with $13,000 worth of hunter and jumper classics for children, adults, juniors, amateur-owners, ponies and professionals. Susan B. Schoellkopf of SBS Farms said, “This show is one of the oldest in the country and has held its tradition of beautiful old trophies with great presentations for each class. All of the proceeds support our therapeutic riders. On Friday night, we will have three therapeutic demonstrators show off what they have learned all spring and summer.” Hunter riders can look forward to the $2,500
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Morgan news ANGELA SAVOIE of Webster, Mass., recently sold Imperial Joy (Wachuset Imperial x Imperial Lass). The bay mare was purchased by Robin Borges of Middleboro, Mass. Robin plans on using Joy for pleasure riding, trails, and maybe eventually local showing.
MEG THOMPSON OF DEPOT VIEW FARM IN STORRS, CONN., and her 15-year-old twin sons, Burnie and Dale, completed their very first endurance ride this past June, the Pine Tree 30 Endurance Ride in North Waterford, Maine. Over the past year, they had suffered some injuries, both human and equine, so they were thrilled to be back competing on their Morgans as a family. The trio have entered competitive trail rides for years. Last year, Burnie was the AMHA Open Competition Competitive Trail Riding and Driving Champion, and Dale was the Reserve Competitive Trail Riding and Driving Champion. CAROLE MACDONALD
BILL HAINES OF LEDYARD FARMS IN KING FERRY, N.Y., is excited about the eight foals born at his farm this year—six colts and two fillies. There is a bay filly by DBA Street Talk out of Wild Imagings; a bay filly by Astronomicallee out of Wintop’s Princess Vanity; a brown Astro colt out of Graywood’s Epona; a bay colt by CBMF Crown Prince out of CBMF Can’t Touch Me; a brown colt by Town Assets out of Tempted; and a chestnut colt by Stand And Deliver out of Anna Nicole. Boot Scootin’ Boogie also produced a chestnut colt by Man In Motion, and Whitemud Lady Tisera produced a bay colt by Stonecroft Masquerade.
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THE GOOD HANDS SADDLE SEAT CLASSES will now qualify both first and second place riders for the National Finals. This rule change went into effect October 10, 2010 and will affect the qualifying classes throughout the 2011 show season and beyond, as well as the 2011 NHS Good Hands Finals.
The rule now reads: to fill a class, three competitors must compete with proper tack. A rider must place first or second to qualify for the National Horse Show Saddle Seat Event “Good Hands” Championship/Final. One win eliminates the rider from further competition in this class for the
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remainder of the qualifying season. Make your plans now to attend this year’s National NHS Good Hands Finals, held on October 22, 2011 at the Mane Event Horse Show in Springfield, Ill. For more information on the Finals, visit www.NHSGoodHands.com.
Angela Savoie recently sold her Imperial Joy to Robin Borges.
IN JUNE, SEVERAL U.S. MORGAN DRIVERS WERE IN ATTENDANCE at the CAI competition in Bromont, Canada. In the Pony Singles division, Stanhope Express and Mary Mott-Kocsis won with a final score of 112.48. Morgans placed one-two in the Horses Pairs division, with Lisa Singer taking top honors with LR Ami Bengali and LR Ami Sahib with a score of 131.83, and Alan Aulson finishing second with a score of 135.47 driving Nordby Coalie’s Duke and Nordby Shadow’s Sam Spade. Hotspur’s Red Rowl finished third in the Horses Singles division driven by Cheryl Rivers to a Cedar Spring score of 133.47 and UVM Farm campers Worthy was fourth in with Flash. the division with a score of 139.94 with driver Wilson Groves. LBF HICKORY SMOKE AND OWNER ESTHER FIDDES OF GOOSE ISLAND FARM in Bethel, Conn., continue to excel in trail riding competitions. Early in July, at the GMHA 50 Mile CTR in South Woodstock, Vt., they were overall reserve champions and won the Top Morgan Award. CEDAR SPRING FARM IN CHARLOTTE, VT., HELD ITS SUMMER RIDING CAMP the last week of June.
EilEEn HuntEr of HuntErs GlEn MorGans in Cheshire, Conn., welcomed a 16-year-old exchange student from spain to her family’s farm for one month. He was a member of a group of 25 students who were living with host families in the area. One of the group’s activities was to spend a day at Hunters Glen morgan, where the Cheshire morgan Youth Group gave them lots of information about the breed as well as riding lessons. the students from spain taught the Cheshire morgan youth members many spanish equine terms and told them about the horses and ponies they had in their country. in July, tHE MorGan world unExpEctEdly lost two world champions: Uppercase Innovation (And the beat Goes On x HVK Obsessed), owned by Cindy Fawcett and trained by Lynn and Kathy peeples of Waterford Farm; and Gamepiece (man In motion x Illustra so rare), owned by the Liberty family and trained by David rand of rand stables. Uppercase Innovation won the 2009 World Ladies english pleasure Championship with Kathy. In 2010, the gelding won the Grand National Ladies english pleasure Geldings Championship with Kathy and the Grand National Amateur masters english pleasure Championship with Cindy. He has been in the winner’s circle from coast to coast, beginning with his first victory at the morgan medallion in 2006. Gamepiece was bred by Lynn peeples, who showed him to his first blue ribbon in two-Year-Old park Harness at the 2006 penn-Ohio morgan show. His first world title came in 2009, as the World Junior exhibitor english pleasure 13 & Under Championship, shown by max Liberty under the direction of David rand. He was shown throughout the year by the three Liberty siblings, Adriana, George, and max. He started off this year winning the Junior exhibitor pleasure Driving Championship at southern states with George in the buggy. Our condolences go to all those involved with these two great world champion morgans.
BE surE to savE tHE datEs of February 29 - march 3 for AmHA’s Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. Have fun in the sun with all your morgan friends—plus discounted rates at the Walt Disney World resort! plans are shaping up, so follow www.morganhorse.com for upcoming news on what will be a fabulous time. tHE aMErican MorGan HorsE institutE is proud to announce that tess strumwasser of Falmouth, mass., is the recipient of the 2010 van schaik Dressage scholarship. tess was successful at Fourth Level before she started riding her
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It was very well attended with campers from the farm’s lesson program. the program stresses riding skills and fun with horses, culminating in a horse show and party under a tent. A camp favorite was Flashy star Five, brooke perlee’s miniature Horse, who was visiting the farm during camp. everyone learned to drive Flash, and this year he was painted with his skeleton to show his movement, but he also got really decorated! All the campers had a wonderful time and learned a lot about horses and riding. this is the third year the sogoloff family has offered this program. Helping with the instructions this year were older riders from Cedar spring Farm, paige Wood and Hailey perlee. the sogoloffs are already looking forward to next year!
luman wadhams sold lux Majestic to lila tater of El cajon, calif. clare simpson sold his winterset zeus to Jack Gatewood of Howell, Mich. for one of his grandaughters to show. conGratulations to lila tatEr of el Cajon, Calif., and trainer Anne Judd on their selection of the 4-year-old gelding, Lux majestic (DbA street talk x mantic sabrina) formerly owned and trained by Luman Wadhams stable in Warren, Vt.
bay morgan gelding, the Legacy of scotmadison. “even though he was very green,” she said, “I felt absolutely safe on him. Yet, at the same time, he was nicely forward and had a super work ethic. these were qualities that I had struggled to find in other breeds. “If any dressage rider tells me they are searching for a new horse, I always highly recommend that they consider a morgan,” she added. tess, a graduate of smith College, is a working student with Courtney King-Dye. QuEEn’s culturEd pEarl (MizraHi x QuEEn’s so rarE) was named FeI pony Champion and her rider, Ciara Cummiskey, won the FeI pony Highpoint rider at the Dressage Festival in saugerties, N.Y., July 8-11. Cultured pearl is owned by the Depietro family of Cumberland, r.I., and the team is trained by pam maloof.
Jack GatEwood and trainer Katie mair of sterling training Center in Howell, mich., have selected the english pleasure gelding Winterset Zeus (stonecroft byzantine x Cpm sabrina). Zeus was formerly bred and raised by Clare simpson of Winterset Farm in Katonah, N.Y., and trained by Luman Wadhams stable in Warren, Vt. Molly kErn was the reserve Junior exhibitor Hunter pleasure 13 & Under Champion at the New england morgan show with her new gelding, minon mardi Gras (minion Valentino x HVK Noble rose). the bay gelding was owned by robert and roberta marshall of seaway morgans in Lisbon, N.Y., and trained by Olivia Doutt piatt of Champion Hill Farm in Newstead, N.Y. molly will continue to show him under the direction of suzanne Haberak of trinity Farm in broadalbin, N.Y. Send your Morgan and Saddlebred news to Suzy at firstname.lastname@example.org. september 2011
2011 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final Dr. John STuTTS earnS The Win By STePhanie Doyle
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s a 6-year-old, Dr. John Stutts peeked through the fence at a Louisville, Ky., riding club to watch the horses warm up. That little boy fell in love with American Saddlebreds, and as a grown man, he turned a childhood dream into reality. The 2011 USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final was particularly exceptional because it was the 75th anniversary of the Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show held July 11-16. Stutts rode CF Cool Night Out to the title of Champion. Reserve champion honors went to Joel Dorignac of New Orleans, La. The bronze medal winner, Casey Morgan Tibolet of Charleston, W.V., rounded out the top three. “I am very excited,” Stutts said of his first place win. “It sounds corny, but people talk about dreams coming true. A dream came true for me today.” His early childhood aspiration began at Rock Creek Riding Club, where Stutts had a real seat to a show at age seven. The following year, he pleaded for riding lessons. They never came,
USEF Saddle Seat Adult Amateur Medal Final winner John Stutts aboard CF Cool Night Out. Joel Dorignac took reserve honors.
but he continued to watch the Saddlebred show world in amazement. Years later, as Stutts neared his 40th birthday and reflected on the past four decades, he asked his parents about any of their own regrets. Their answer: his never having riding lessons. So four years ago, at age 39, Stutts changed that. “It was my intent to ride equitation—it’s really my personality,” said Stutts, whose mother
watched the championship ride via an online live feed—her eyes filled with tears. Stutts, who began riding Open Saddle Seat Equitation classes in 2010, was trained by Zubrod Stables, who took home the “trainer’s trophy.” The riders performed on the rail as a group and were also required to complete an individual pattern selected by the judges. For more information about the Medal Final, email email@example.com.
2011 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show To offer over $250,000 in Prize Money
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first breed. The Morgan community has been honored to call the city its home for the past 37 years. “The partnership with Oklahoma City, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, and the Oklahoma State World Ladies Amateur English Pleasure Champions TTMF Fairgrounds make this area the French Enchantress and Sandy Hendrick at last year’s best place to hold a horse show in Grand National & World Championship. the country,” said Lee. “We invite everyone to join us and enjoy the show. You and world champions are crowned. It’s history in the making!” won’t be disappointed!” Competition begins Saturday, October Nava, with a dedicated and hard-working show committee and staff, joins an impressive 8 with three shows daily through Saturday, list of sponsors, officials, and volunteers to October 15. Show times are 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m., each day. Admission is free make this year’s event the best ever. “It is with great excitement that I come to throughout the week. For more information and updates on the Oklahoma each year as the manager of the Grand National,” he said. “This horse show is Morgan Grand National, visit www.morganwhere the best of the best in Morgans compete grandnational.com.
he 2011 Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show is shaping up to be another monumental event in the show’s 39-year history. More than 1,000 of the world’s finest Morgan horses from across the United States, Canada, and overseas will meet in Oklahoma City, Okla., on October 8-15 to compete for $250,000-plus in prize money. Since 1973, this show has represented the pinnacle of achievement in the Morgan horse world. For the fifth year in a row, Fred Nava of Kingston, Mass., will act as the show’s manager, and this year, C. A. “Tony” Lee of Birmingham, Ala., will serve in the capacity of show chairman. All eyes from the Morgan world will focus on Oklahoma City in October, as the city displays some of the best athletes of America’s
New England Morgan Horse Show Honors MeMbers of tHe CoMMunity for tHeir integriy, DeDiCation, anD CoMMitMent to tHe breeD
hree of the most distinguished women in the Morgan industry were honored at this year’s New England Regional Morgan Horse Show (NEMHS), held July 25-30, 2011. Nancy Ela Caisse, Katherine Thompson, and Florence Scanlon personify the integrity, dedication, and commitment to the Morgan horse that has marked their almost two centuries of cumulative contributions to the breed. The names Highover, Townshend, and Whispering represent breeding programs that are at once distinguished by the look each has marked on the breed. NEMHS salutes and thanks them for their farreaching contribution to the development of the Morgan horse, both in New England, and throughout the country.
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Florence Scanlon of Whispering Hill in Charlton, Mass., has been breeding Morgans of distinction for more than 40 years. Boutiquelike in choosing only the finest individuals to create a program that would ultimately achieve Kay Thompson driving her 17-year-old stallion, national acclaim, Highover Oaklyn Command. Whispering Hill Morgans reflect the versatility and family-friendly traits that characterize Nancy Caisse riding the breed. her 23-year-old From its earliest days, mare, Townshend the building of the farm Sweet Remark. incorporated a strong New England work ethic with the Florence Scanlon with importance of a family-cenher son, Dan. tered hobby. It would soon segue into the competitive Kay Thompson arena where the Scanlon For more than half a kids became a major force century, Morgan horses in the show ring with their have defined Kay family’s home-bred, raised, Thompson’s life. Horse and trained Morgan horses. crazy from her youngest Through Florence’s careful memories, to know study of pedigrees and idenKay and her Highover Morgans, is to be cognizant of the amazing tification of the characteristics that would come connection between a remarkable woman and to define the “Whispering” look, the Scanlons’ the horses she breeds. Those that bear her Morgans became well known throughout Highover prefix personify the strong character the region. After the unexpected death of her husband, that has defined Kay’s life. She possesses a rare enthusiasm and energy that she incorporates Florence became even more determined to preserve the Whispering Morgan tradition. A into all aspects of her life. Since purchasing her first Morgans in 1953, nurse by profession, Florence scheduled shifts Kay has developed one of the most widely that would maximize her time at home with her recognized breeding programs in the country. children and beloved horses. Those who know Florence best claim that her The success of the Highover program is fueled Morgans truly reflect the incredible insight that by her spirited personality. Throughout the years, she has been the she invests in planning the birth of each foal. In ultimate ambassador of the breed. The consum- addition to being respected for her knowledge mate volunteer, Kay’s efforts on behalf of of bloodlines, Florence is admired for the love Morgans have included a significant role in and kindness that she showers upon each of the founding the Granite State Morgan Horse animals entrusted in her care. The New England Morgan Horse Show was Society, organizing many Maine Morgan events, and serving on the Board of Directors the perfect setting to pay tribute to three of the of NEMHA where she was also club president. breed’s most remarkable women. Throughout Kay, an AMHA and NEMHA Hall of Fame the years, countless NEMHS titles have been Recipient as well as AMHA Youth Person of the won by Townshend, Highover, and Whispering Year, has worked tirelessly on this horse show’s Morgans due in large part to the incredible insight of their breeders. New England All American Futurity. photos shane shiflet
Nancy Ela Caisse was born into the wonderful world of Morgans as a third generation horsewoman, and for the last seven decades, she has been a moving force in promoting the breed. Nancy’s name and her historical Townshend Farm located in Bolton, Mass., are household words to those within the community, as her tireless efforts on behalf of the breed continue to promote it as the horse that can, and does, do everything. From a young, gutsy equitation rider who consistently challenged top saddle seat riders, to earning numerous ribbons in Green Mountain 100 Mile Trail Rides, carriage driving, and directing the daily operation of one of the oldest Morgan breeding farms in the country, Nancy has been tireless in her efforts in Morgan advocation, never missing an opportunity to introduce newcomers to America’s first and most versatile breed. She celebrates the breed through her work with local 4-H and Pony Clubs, open barn days, club and horse show committee work, and for the last 13 years as the coordinator of the New England Morgan Horse Association’s presence at Equine Affaire. A past AMHA Woman of the Year, AMHA Breeders Hall of Fame winner, NEMHA Hall of Fame recipient, and NEMHA President, Nancy’s dedication and commitment to these horses have colored every aspect of her life. As an amateur owner/trainer who not only shows her horses, but breeds them too, her accomplishments are as unique as she is.
As she approaches her 77th birthday, there is no doubt that her enthusiasm, and her love for the breed, make Kay Thompson a perfect recipient of this award.
Heads Up By Elaine Joseph
Chester Weber earned yet another win at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany. Psychology, followed by a Competitor’s Party in the evening. On Sunday, drivers can join in the fun with their choice of a Combined Test (Training, Preliminary, or Intermediate) or participating in GMHA’s first Continuous Driving Event, which incorporates a dressage test, cones course, and marathon pace into one competition. For more information, visit www.gmhainc.com.
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MAINE CARRIAGE DAYS will be returning for another year of fun on September 23-25 at the Topsham Fairgrounds in Topsham, Maine. Susan Koso of Vermont will be judging with John Greenall serving as Technical Delegate. The course of events includes Dressage and Cones classes on Saturday, with a barbecue starting at 6:00 p.m., and Pleasure and Pace on Sunday. An awards party will be held after the Pleasure Ring classes. To learn more, visit www.mainecarriagedays.com.
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that was enough to secure his fourth individual title in Aachen. IJsbrand Chardon came third and moved up to second place in the final individual standings. Weber finished seventh in the marathon to claim third place in the overall standings. THE NORTH STONINGTON WORKING DRAFT HORSE SHOW, held on July 10, was judged by Al Craig, who had been the manager of the entire Topsfield Fair for over two decades (since retired). Organizer Nita Kincaid said, “he was an excellent judge, gave good comments, and worked with the junior competitors.” The show, which included classes under saddle, men’s and women’s cart, men’s and women’s team, obstacles and log skids, culminated with a tie of Teamster of the Day (high points) between Diane Rockwell of Rhode Island and Dorothy Vallee of Connecticut. GREEN MOUNTAIN HORSE ASSOCIATION (GMHA) will be holding their Fall Driving Classic on September 10-11. On Saturday, classes will include Timed Obstacles, Pick Your Route, Designer Reinsmanship, Working classes, Carriage Dog, and Reverse
THE MT. WASHINGTON CARRIAGE ROAD WEEKEND was held July 16 and 17, 2011 in Gorham, N.H. This unusual event gave attendees a look at what it was like when horses were the only means of transportation up what was once the Mt. Washington Carriage Rd., and featured horseback, wagon, and carriage rides. Send your driving news to Elaine Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE UNITED STATES EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION announced that Team USA took another win July 14 at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany. Chester Weber and his fourin-hand team won the second dressage test in driving. Weber handled the reins of Jane Clark’s team—Para, Senate, Splash, and Uniek—in the dressage test, which was a rating competition for team classification. Weber competed as an individual for the United States, and the judges gave him scores of 193, 203, 194, 196, and 193. He and his team received a total score of 34.69. In the first dressage test, Boyd Exell, driving his team of black geldings owned by Támas Vincze of Hungary, received a winning score of 35.97 penalty points. Theo Timmerman won the individual cones competition, putting him in fifth place in the individual standings. Exell and Weber both drove double clear rounds to hold onto the top two slots. German course designer Dr. Wolfgang Asendorf had designed a fairly easy course, which resulted in an unusual 10 “double clears.” The marathon was the last competition for the individual standings. Germany’s 21-year-old Michael Brauchle, who won the marathon on the Soers showground in 2008, once again claimed victory in this phase. Brauchle was the eighth to go and flew through the obstacles, setting very fast times which his fellow competitors, including reigning World Champion Exell, were unable to beat. Exell finished second in the marathon and
Diane Rockwell (L) and Dorothy Vallee (R) shared the Teamster of the Day Award at North Stonington Draft Horse Show.
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he Waldingfield Horse Driving Trial was held at the Waldingfield Estate in Ipswich, Mass., on July 24, 2011. The day started out with brief rain showers but it soon appeared the weather would be perfect by the 8:30 a.m. start time for the first dressage tests of the day. A slight breeze and moderate temperatures made it comfortable Sarah Green and Pixie took home first place in the for the horses and their drivers. Preliminary Horse division. Mickie Bowen served as mare Kennebec Joyce for one of her early out President of the Jury, with Susan experiences and blew the competition away in Koso as the Ground Jury, Terry the Training Pony division. Pam Biggi driving Bruno as Technical Delegate, Cheryl Rivers and Kennebec Joyce won the Training Finn the Wonder Pony also performed well, Judy Gregg as Secretary, and Level Pony division. taking home the red ribbon for the day. Holly Pulsifer as Course Designer. Sarah Green drove her mare Pixie to first place Annemarie Butler was on hand working as the Equine division. Pat Musser brought out her veterinarian. This year the committee set up new pair, Ink and Smudge. Linda Peterson in the Preliminary Horse division, followed by two different rings for dressage. The Very Small put in a stellar performance with her awesome Henry Tarryk driving King, Linda Wilking Equine competitors had a separate ring that was Mini, Kateland’s Diamonds in Disguise, who driving Spinnaker, Harley Waller driving Cesar, and Sarah St. Peter driving Trotter. took home second place. scaled down for their size. Cheryl Rivers brought out her clients’ young There were six entries in the Very Small continued on page 106
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Saratoga Driving Association Hosts Pleasure Driving, senior CliniCs submitteD by Carol Frank
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t has been a hot, exhausting summer with lots of driving events. On July 9, we held a Pleasure Driving Clinic at Akers Acres with eight drivers looking to improve their skills under Jeff Morse’s instruction. The clinic was divided into solo instruction in the morning and then two Emily Upton van Driel with her Percheron. ring classes. Drivers got individual their thoughts in an exit interview with Lyn and guidance, and then the experiJeff to see what they thought their next steps ence of being in the ring together, might be. Beth Corteville spoke on volunteering learning how to show their turnand how important it is to have people helping outs to the maximum advantage. at competitions and other club events. Barb The idea was to get an assort- Jeff Morse instructs Sharon Newkirk and her Akers spoke about where to get information and ment of horses together in a clinic Standardbred at the Pleasure Driving Clinic. the importance of joining the American Driving setting as a good learning opportunity. At a show, an inexperienced horse may Horses have the right of way, then walkers, and Society and local driving clubs. It was a successful weekend, though the be overwhelmed by sudden exposure to other joggers, and groups must be less than four. The state park is very close to the Tappan Zee horses were less thrilled with all the work, the horses moving around him. Drivers may also not know what to do to avoid getting boxed bridge of the New York State Thruway and is heat, and the bugs. As a whole, they were an in, or how to handle the situation when things not hard to reach, but it’s crowded with metro- extremely cooperative bunch, and none of the politan people that are so amazed at seeing a new drivers went home with anything less than don’t go perfectly. Between farm equipment moving around and horse, they forget to get out of the way. Their a very positive experience with the friendlihorses acting up, it was a good time to acquain- dogs were leashed but went absolutely crazy at ness of the driving community and what a tance drivers and horses to new sounds and seeing a horse. It was humorous and worth the wonderful sport we get to do. Hats off to Lyn and Jeff and all the helpers for experiences, while teaching show etiquette. This $15 entry fee and $6 for parking. On July 16 and 17, Lyn Howard led the doing a superior job in promoting the sport. was also a chance to ask questions and learn how For more information on the Saratoga Driving Senior Clinic to introduce individuals over to prepare for the Pleasure Show ring. On July 16 Sallyann and Al Gerelli from the 55 years old to the world of driving. Six brave Association, visit www.saratogadriving.com. Mid Hudson Valley Driving Club invited us to souls got to enjoy driving a variety of horses join them at the Rockefeller Estate State Park with seasoned veterans next to them. Jeff Morse in Tarrytown, N.Y. Although there were only led the instruction and hosted the clinic at the Waldingfield Driving Trial two participants, it was a wonderful setting beautiful Green Meads Farm in Richmond, continued from page 105 and an interesting place to drive. There are over Mass. Although the temperature was in the 90s, 38 miles of trails in the park and many go out the breeze in the Berkshires and the beautiful In the Preliminary Pony division, and onto other driving trails, totaling 55 miles. views made it very pleasant. Mary Gray took first place with the The Senior Clinic was intended Dunns’ mare, Porsche. Nancy Slombo to expose people with little or no and Hunter brought home second and experience to what is needed to had a new navigator on the back step. pursue driving, and to give them a “It was the best fun I’ve had in years!” realistic view of the expenses assosaid Frake. ciated with the sport. Lyn hosted Ginny Halfpenny and Miss Muffin a lovely dinner at her home on took first place in the Intermediate Saturday night, and most of the division, which was small, due to two helpers, including Barbara Akers, unfortunate cancellations. Gina Handy, Rob Bailey, Beth Holly and Nat Pulsifer and all their Corteville, and Sue Mallery, were volunteers once again put together a on hand during the day and some wonderful event for drivers. The grounds were able to join in at the dinner. were well groomed, trails were trimmed Every year we learn from the and marked, and the lovely drive through event, and this model that Lyn Appleton Farm for the Marathon phase has promoted is constantly being made this event one that will live on in tweaked to see how it can be many memories. Sharon Newkirk, Joanne Frechette, and Sallyann Gerell improved. Participants got to share receive instruction from Jeff Morse.
36th Annual Carriage Drive & Competition at Knox Farm State ParK continueS thanKS to local SuPPort
hirty-six years after the first Village Racing Day in East Aurora, N.Y., that began as a part of its centennial observation, the tradition of carriage driving in Western New York is alive and well. The annual East Aurora Carriage Drive & Competition is one of only three regional competitions recognized by the American Driving Society (ADS). The event, conducted by the East Aurora Driving Society, is held on the last weekend in July at the Neil & Barbara Chur Family 2011 Gentlemen’s Single Horse Champion Andrew Equestrian Center at the beautiful Paulhamus driving his Friesian horse King Lieuwe K, put 633 acre Knox Farm State Park in to a Spider Phaeton carriage. East Aurora, N.Y. This year’s competition, held July 30 and class, “Turnout,” primarily judges the driver’s 31, drew exhibitors from New York, Ohio, attire, carriage, harness, and condition of the Pennsylvania, and Canada, and featured two horse. The highlight for many competitors and full days of carriage driving. The 35 classes spectators alike is the Strawberry Banks Pleasure tested the contestants and their horses’ skills Drive-Pace (commonly referred to as the maraon obstacle and pleasure driving courses. One thon). The challenging course winds through
the state park grounds, and ends as competitors navigate the Water Splash at the Chur Family Equestrian Center to the delight of spectators and photographers. The event is a community effort, made possible by the donations of individual class and championship sponsors and local businesses, and is supported by the work of nearly 40 East Aurora Driving Society volunteers. Officiating the event were Marsha Himler of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., ADS Judge; Gerald McCallum of Ontario, Canada, ADS Technical Delegate; Liz O’Donnell of East Aurora, N.Y., Show Manager; and Berit Taggart of Wales, N.Y., Show Secretary. The Pleasure Drive-Pace Coordinator was Susan Emborsky of Clarence, N.Y. This year’s announcer was William Young of Cherry Creek, N.Y. Though the competition’s venue had been in jeopardy for two years because of the formal closure of Knox Farm State Park, the agreement reached this spring between New York State and the Town of Aurora, coupled with the active involvement of a coalition of local equestrians and allied organizations, has helped to ensure that this event and the park’s carriage trail and Chur Family Equestrian Center will continue to be available for the regional equestrian community for years to come. For more information about local carriage driving resources, contact Liz O’Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heads Up By Tina Karlen
QuarterHorse news Torey Roderick and Outta Range qualified in Junior Trail for the 2011 AQHA World Show.
TROY GREEN QUARTER HORSES of Pine Hill Farm in Taunton, Mass., would like to congratulate their show team members that have qualified for the 2011 AQHA World Show. CoryWendy Welch of Salem, N.H., and Zippolocity are qualified in Amateur and Open Performance Halter Geldings. Torey Roderick and Outta Range, owned by Terrie Briand, are qualified in Junior Trail. In other farm news, the team had a great show June 26 - July 3, 2011 at the WPQHA 4th of July Celebration Circuit in Harlansburg, Pa. They picked up over 60 points with firsts and seconds in Novice Youth Trail, Novice Youth Pleasure, Novice Youth Showmanship, 14-18 Pleasure, Green Pleasure, Green Trail, and Junior Trail. Another successful weekend show was had for them in Oneco, Conn., July 14-17, 2011, with first place finishes in Green Trail, Novice Amateur Trail, Junior Pleasure, Amateur Pleasure, Novice Amateur Horsemanship, Green Hunter Under Saddle, Junior Hunter Under Saddle, 13 and Under Hunter Under Saddle, 13 and Under Showmanship, and Open and Amateur Performance Halter Geldings.
CURRENTLY ON THE AQHA SHOW LEADERS list is Sarah Beth Marchionne of Pembroke, Mass., and Broadway Lites. The pair is in second place in both the Open and Junior Green Hunter Under Saddle division with 50 points. Also Daniel Carlson of Sheffield, Mass., and Are You Charlie are in second place in the Amateur All Around rankings with 268.5 points and in the Amateur Limited Rider Hunt Seat Equitation division is Christine Potts of East Windsor, Conn., with 13.5 points.
THE LATEST JUSTIN/AQHA YOUTH AND AMATEUR “ROOKIE OF THE YEAR” AWARDS standings are out. The Amateur and Youth with the highest point totals will be recognized as respective Rookies of the Year for each state/province. The Amateur winner and the Youth winner will both receive a trophy belt buckle and a certificate for a pair of Justin boots. The Amateur Justin Rookie Leaders in New England are: Amanda Steneck of Connecticut showing Relic Hunter with 2.0 points; Wendy S Welch of New Hampshire showing Zippolocity with 5.0 points; and Jennifer A Delabruere of Vermont showing Zips Nationalplayboy with 9.0 points. The Youth Justin Rookie Leaders in New England are: Gabriella Guarino of Connecticut showing Isa Zippo Good Bar with 2.0 points; Sabrina Alexandra Janis showing Duies Creditor with 4.5 points and Morgan Stevens of Massachusetts showing Moscati with 4.5 points; Abigail Smith of Maine showing Always Carded with 3.0 points; and Catie Donahue of Vermont showing Just Hot to Trot with 1.5 points. SEVERAL MASSQHA MEMBERS were spotted at the Falls Creek Farm “Heat Wave” Classic in Oneco, Conn., held July 14-17. This was the last pointed show for the association for 2011. MassQHA received a very nice thank you card from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm for the donation they made to their equine program. The next General Membership Meeting is on September 10—it will be the first time that the organization has offered interaction via conference call with major trainers across the country. Vice President Mike McCallan is setting up a very interesting event. Send questions you always wanted to ask to Mike prior to the meeting and visit the MassQHA website for the date, time and directions at www. MASSQHA.com.
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The American Quarter Horse Association ANNOUNCES 2012 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
nduction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors in the industry. The Hall of Fame selection committee reviewed the nominees, and the AQHA Executive Committee recently approved the following three people and three horses for induction:
John Gordon Hannagan got his first horse at age 8. He became an auctioneer by chance when an ailing auctioneer needed a substitute. About a year later, Gordon was working regularly. His first big break came when he was asked to work the American Quarter Horse sale at the Chicago International Livestock Show Sale. Not long after that, Gordon bought his own place, Gordyville, a combination show and sale facility, where he runs the Breeder’s Classic Futurity Sale in October and the Breeder’s Classic Futurity in July. In between, the facility is host to breed shows, horse sales, rodeos, and auctions. Gordon started working ranch sales as well, including one at the historic King
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Hollywood Dun It first attracted attention at the 1986 NRHA Futurity, when the 3-year-old finished second. He followed that with a win in the 1987 NRHA Derby for his then-trainer and future owner, Tim McQuay. He earned $65,808 in NRHA competition. Hollywood Dun It retired to the breeding barn in 1989. His first two foal crops earned more than $200,000, and future crops helped him reach the NRHA million-dollar mark at age 16, the youngest sire in that club. “Dun It” would eventually become NRHA’s first $4 million sire. After his death, he reached the $5 million mark. He sired 1,194 foals that have won the The late Hollywood NRHA Futurity, the NRHA Derby and Dun It will be Superstakes, the National Reining Breeders inducted into the 2012 Classic, the All American Quarter Horse AQHA Hall of Fame. Congress Futurity, and numerous other futurities and derbies. In AQHA competition, his foals have won eight world Ranch. He began his own breeding program championships, eight reserve world championin 1951 with a roping mare. He’s a 30-year ships, and more than 11,000 points. His foals also breeder in a program that has produced two have points with the Palomino Horse Breeders AQHA Champions and has been involved of America and the International Buckskin with halter, performance, and racing American Horse Association. In 1998, Hollywood Dun It was selected as Quarter Horses. Gordon was a founder of the Illinois Quarter the model for the first Breyer Animal Creations Horse Association and has served as president reining horse. He was diagnosed with testicular and vice president. He is also in the Illinois cancer in 2004 and was euthanized in 2005. Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. CHERYL MAGOTEAUX
Bob Loomis won his first public notice as a reining trainer in 1972 when he was co-reserve champion at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity on Britton Princess. In 1976, C.T. Fuller sent High Proof to Bob for training. They won the NRHA open class at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, then the senior reining at the AQHA World Championship Show. High Proof’s elegant style changed the way reining horses were bred and trained. High Proof was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 1991. In 1978, Bob bought Topsail Cody to cross on his Boss’ Nowata Star mares. He began training the stallion in 1979 to AQHA and NRHA championship titles. Topsail Cody would eventually pass the million-dollar mark in progeny earnings. His son, Topsail Whiz, also a Loomis horse, would also pass the million-dollar mark. Topsail Cody was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 1996. In all, Bob has won six NRHA Futurity championships. He has written a book entitled Reining: The Art of Performance in Horses, and was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 1992. He is an AQHA 20-year cumulative breeder.
winners and the earners of $1.7 million. Walter was elected to the AQHA Board of Directors in 1993 and served on the Racing Council for 10 years. He was elected to the AQHA Executive Committee in 2002 and served as president in 2006.
AQHA Past President Walter Fletcher rodeoed through college and even after he graduated. He was a pretty good tie-down roper, too. However, in 1975, he decided to go another direction and traded a couple of rope horses for a daughter of Top Moon called Sweet Mooner, who became the foundation of Walter’s breeding program. For the next seven years, Walter bred Sweet Mooner to a different stallion every year, and when her broodmare career was finished, she had produced winners of more than $330,000. One of the mare’s daughters, Sweet Katrina, was the dam of the 3-year-old filly Sweet N Special, the 1990 racing champion. Like many AQHA members, Walter is a successful rancher and farmer, as well as a horseman. But his avocation has been successful, too. Walter and his wife, Pat, have been breeding racehorses for more than 30 years now, and their record is pretty impressive—seven stakes
Indigo Illusion was foaled in 1981, sired by Hall of Famer Beduino (TB) and out of Capri Copy, a daughter of Duplicate Copy. As a small yearling, she sold for $7,000 in 1982 at the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association Sale. It was a relative bargain. The mare went on to earn $867,000 and eventually sold for $1 million. Indigo Illusion began her race career in 1983 with a seventh place finish. Her next two trips were to the winner’s circle, a place she would visit 17 times in her life. In August that year, she ran what was then the fastest 440 yards recorded for a 2-year-old anywhere in the Faberge Special Effort Futurity. It was the second fastest 440 yards recorded by any racehorse. From July 1983 through July 1984, Indigo Illusion won 13 consecutive races. Upon retirement, she produced 19 foals. Of those, 13 were starters, and 10 were winners of $562,510. Of those foals, First Place Dash, sired 103 continued on page 110 SEPTEMBER 2011
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winners from 150 starters. His foals earned $4.6 million. Streakin Sixes has 110 winners from 198 starters. His foals have earned almost $2.5 million. Indigo Illusion died in November 10, 2007, at age 26.
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he Maine Quarter Horse Association announces its line-up of trail events for 2011. Now in its fourth year, the MeQHA Trail Trials has established itself as an event that aims to give riders and their mounts a chance to experience new obstacles in a fun and relaxed environment. This year’s event will take place, rain or shine, on September 18, 2011, at Glowin’ Dreams Farm in Livermore, Maine, with the send-off between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Open not just to Quarter Horses, but to breeds of any kind, the Trail Trials covers miles of trails filled with different obstacles to test your horsemanship as well as the partnership between you and your horse. The event is not timed, so riders can focus on mastering each obstacle without feeling the nagging pressure of a time limit. One highlight of the event is the free barbecue available to all the participants at the end of the ride. Due to growth in popularity, space on the Trail Trials is limited, capping at 30 horses. To learn more about the Trail Trials, contact
Donna Tripp at 207-582-5532 or Marsha Polley at 207-582-1494. Next up on MeQHA’s agenda is the 2011 Trail Ride, hosted by Donna Tripp in Parkman, Maine. The excitement starts with a makeyour-own pizza party on Saturday evening, October 15. This fun event will be hosted by Dusty and Patty Dowse, who will provide the pizza dough and pasta sauce. Anyone planning on attending should bring their own pizza topping, salad, or sweet treat to share. On the following day, October 16, trail riding will begin at 9:30 a.m. Those interested in driving on the trails are more than welcome to bring a cart. MeQHA suggests packing a lunch, halter, and leadline for a mid-day break on the trail. Riders who don’t want to trek back and forth between the campgrounds and their home can stay overnight Friday through Sunday. Learn more by contacting Donna Tripp. For more information on the Maine Quarter Horse Association, visit www.meqha.com.
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Streakin La Jolla
Streakin La Jolla was foaled in May 1985. The sorrel stallion had slab-fractured as a 2-yearold and came back after surgery to run as a 3-year-old. A screw in his knee started coming loose, and it was removed. He ran through the pain and retired undefeated, his biggest win the All American Derby Consolation after winning his Derby trial but failing to qualify. Running on the same ground on the same day, his Consolation time was faster than the final Derby time. After his connections retired him to stud, he stood in Louisiana before moving to Texas. He was the 2005 and 2006 Texas Quarter Horse Association Stallion of the Year. He was retired from stud duty two months before his death on June 11, 2009, due to an irregular heartbeat. For more information on the American Quarter Horse Association, please visit www.aqha.com.
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AT THE 2011 NATIONAL REINING HORSE ASSOCIATION COLLEGIATE REINING CHAMPIONSHIP, held deuring the NRHA Derby Show in Oklahoma City, Okla., 12 riders went head to head for the Lawson Trophy. The top four individuals in Open Reining at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Finals represented the IHSA, four riders were selected to represent NCAA Varsity Equestrian, and the NRHA selected four collegiate NRHA members to participate in the competition. Taking top honors was Jesse Gentile from Ohio State University with a score of 218 aboard Out Dun the Son from Gary Sanders of Steele, Mo. Paige Monfore of Auburn University rode Dunit Pistol Pete from Kathleen Ray of Aubrey, Texas, and Mckenzie Lantz from the University of Georgia rode Playgun Chic Olena from Teresa Wynn of Benton, Ky. Both posted scores of 215.5 to tie for reserve. ALL-TIME LEADING BARREL HORSE SIRE DASH TA FAME recently passed away at the age of 22 of unknown causes. In 2010 Dash Ta Fame was top sire of barrel horses for the eighth consecutive year. Also in 2010, he became the first barrel sire to produce earners of $1 million in a single year, according to Equi-Stat. There has only been one year since 2001 that the son of First Down Dash out of Sudden Fame has not held the top sire title. From 2000-2009 he sired 437 money earners that brought in more than $5.5 million in winnings. THE NATIONAL REINING HORSE ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS recently voted to approve an Animal Welfare and Medications rule, which will include a multi-phase testing and research
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visit www.ctrenegades.com. policy. This decision comes after direct input from NRHA members. “Making this decision is a big step forward in protecting the welfare of our horses. This Send your western sports news to chelsea.clark@ process gives us a great opportunity to collect data yahoo.com. specific to our sport and implement a program that is suitable for our industry. This policy, along with our Stewards Program, demonstrates our commitment to the well-being of our equine athletes,” commented NRHA President 1. Branded Hanoverian, 8 year, 16.2H, 14. Reg Paint black/white 50/50 color gelding Allen Mitchels. THE CONNECTICUT RENEGADES COWBOY MOUNTED SHOOTERS’ SHOWDOWN was held on July 17 at the Round Tuit Ranch in Enfield, Conn. With a modest turnout of 13 riders, it was a fun and fast match. Thanks go to Jen Seymour and the crew at Round Tuit Ranch for hosting another great event. Allison Carroll Forsyth came in first place, with Lisa Dinsmore in second, and Pat Aresco coming in third. For more information on the Connecticut Renegades,
Gelding, Dressage, Jumping, good mover 2. Branded Bay Hanoverian, 7 year 15.3H, Dressage, great mover, eventing, nice mare 3. Warmblood cross bay mare16H, star, 4 socks, 12 years, great mover 4. Warmblood Cross Liver Chestnut, 16.2H gelding, 10 years, star, lots of body 5. Warmblood Cross Dapple grey gelding, 9 years, likes to jump, great on trails 6. Warmblood Cross 16.2H Black Gelding, 9 years, always in the ribbons 7. Branded Hanoverian, 7 year old Bay gelding, sane pleasure horse, always in the ribbons. 8. 2 Draft Q horse crosses gelding 7-10 years old 15.3-16H real quite 9. Reg Paint red/white tobiano gelding 6 years, 16.2H 50/50 color points in western pleasure, horsemanship, huntseat equitation. 10. Reg Paint black/white gelding 10 years 50/50 color great on trails 15.2H showing 4H nice horse to ride and own. 11. Reg Paint Reg Pinto sorrel/overo mare 8 year 14.3H real quite, ride and show 12. Reg Paint red/white 7 year old great great family horse to ride and trail ride, really great mind 13. Reg Paint brown/white 16H 8 years likes to jump
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2011 Ranch Sorting National Championships Draws ThousanDs of horse anD riDer Teams
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anch Sorting National Championships (RSNC) hosted the Merial RSNC National Finals in Ardmore, Okla., at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum June 27 - July 2, 2011. This spectacular event accommodated 4,093 teams over six fun-filled days. The RSNC finals were a huge success, and broke many records—the growth in the sport continues to exceed expectations. RSNC had contestants attending from as far as Virginia and California and as A scene from the Ranch close as Ardmore, Okla. Winners were Sorting National Championships. awarded an abundance of cash and prizes. Those that were not in attendance, were able to watch via computer on live webcast. The join forces with these clinicians to provide assiswebcast was a hit, with 7,211 viewers watching tance to anyone who has training or clinic needs. Membership was a big factor during the finals. from as far away as Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, Between June 27 and June 29 there were 140 new members that joined RSNC. At that same and Venezuela. During the RSNC Finals, the partnership with time, RSNC membership grew to over 11,000. outstanding clinicians such as Aaron Ralston, This sport continues to explode all across the John Lyons, Kerry Kuhn, Kevin Meyer, Ken United States. RFD-TV was a wonderful addition to RSNC McNabb, Charles Wilhelm, and Al Dunning, was announced. RSNC was excited to feature and Finals. The Ride with Aaron Ralston, All-Around
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Performance Horse, and Cowboy Church were the shows on site filming for fall episodes. Be su to watch RFD-TV for more highlights of RSNC National Finals. The Western Wishes Celebrity Sort Fundraiser was a great way to have fun and raise money for kids that are critically ill, severely injured, or physically challenged and love the western way of life. Over $7,500 was raised for this wonderful charity. RSNC thanks all who attended in Ardmore, Okla., at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum June 27 through July 2, 2011. For more information visit www.ranchsorting.com.
2011 USEF National Youth Reining Championships PoPe, CosPer, anD harTman Take ToP honors By sTePhanie Doyle
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Pope said. Pope’s victory is just the latest in a long string of accomplishments that include showing at all three NRHA Non Pro levels and leading the nation in USEF Youth 19-21 division and Adult Amateur division; 2009 Mississippi Reining Horse Association Year-End Champion
USEF National Youth Reining 13 and Under Champion Olivia Hartman aboard Sailing by Starlight.
Youth 14-18; 2005-2007 Mississippi Reining Horse Association Year-End Champion Youth 14-18; 2009 Year-End Champion Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2; and 2009 Year-End Reserve Champion Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1. Elizabeth Cosper of Wilmington, N.C., was named USEF National Youth Reining continued on page 113
ichael Pope’s 7-year-old horse, Whizota, “tried his heart out,” and that determination edged the pair over their competitors into first place. Pope, Elizabeth Cosper, and Olivia Hartman were crowned USEF National Youth Reining Champions of three separate age groups at the 2011 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby on Saturday, June 25. The Youth qualified for the USEF Championships by earning points in Qualifying Classes throughout the country in 2010-2011. Pope, a 21-year-old from Theodore, Ala., won the 19-21 age division on a score of 141 over Pilot Point, Texas, rider Breanne Bertrand, who took the reserve spot on Stoned Chick with 140. Pope also claimed the third place position, riding Whizn Freckle with a score of 139.5. “I am very proud of my horse, he did well. It was a long trip to get here, but it paid off big,”
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Champion in the 14-18 age group after a great performance on Whata Dream. Cosper was an NRHA Youth Top Ten ranking in 2009 and she has a Southeastern Reining Horse Association Reserve Champion title and a Virginia Reining Horse Association Reserve Champion title. Cosper won with a score of 145.5 over Laura Sumrall of Summitt, Miss., who had 144 aboard Einsteins Fancy Pine, aka “Smartie.” Third place went to Javier Melo of Pinecrest, Fla., on Imasugaredpepto who had a score of 143.5. Olivia Hartman of Scottsdale, Ariz., won the 13 and Under division aboard Sailing by Starlight, owned by OK Ranch LLC. Her score of 140 put her well on top. Stephen Timberlake of Millington, Tenn., rode Electric Maid Chic to second place on 136.5, and Rylee Justus of Larkspur, Colo., took third aboard Ima Chocolate Dunit on a score of 132.5. In the CRI-Y which ran concurrently, riders
had their eyes on the 2011 SmartPak North American Young Rider Reining Championships at the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) presented by Gotham North. Will Letner of Harris, Mo., rose to the top this year on a score of 144 on A Genuine Diamond. Breanne Bertrand and Stoned Chick
he National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) welcomed Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) competitors to the NRHA Derby Show on June 30. Competitors were given an opportunity to participate in the first-ever NRHA Interscholastic Reining Championship, an event similar to the longstanding NRHA Collegiate Championship. The new class brought together the top four riders from the Individual Open Reining at the IEA National Western Championship and the top four riders from the 2010 NRHA Youth 14-18 division in an exciting competition where (L-R) NRHYA 2010 Youth Division Riders: Layla Choate, the youth will show unfamiliar horses Ashley Auditore, Kayli Mullins, and Laura Sumrall. donated by generous supporters. Layla Choate of Hazel, Ky., and Dunit Pistol everyday and ride as many different horses as Pete (donated by Kathleen Ray of Aubrey, Texas), you can.“ By doing so you will improve yourself earned the first Interscholastic Championship as a showman, Choate said. IEA riders included: Cody McMillion of title with a score of 217.5. Megan Foley of the Autumn Rose Equestrian Team in Powell, Hammond School and the Autumn Rose Ohio, rode Check This Dun It (donated by Equestrian Team’s Megan Foley, Jessica Lorrie and Terry Thrasher) and was awarded Cornwell, and Ciara Bartholomew. NRHA riders were: Ashley Auditore, reserve champion with a score of 217. Choate will be attending the University of Pepperell, Mass., Kayli Mullins, Weare, N.H., South Carolina in the fall where she will be Layla Choate, Hazel, Ky., and Laura Sumrall, majoring in environmental science. She offered Summit, Miss. NRHA and NRHyA would like to thank advice to young riders by saying, “Work hard
NRHA Interscholastic Reining Champion Layla Choate aboard Kathleen Ray’s Dunit Pistol Pete.
the following who donated their horses for the Interscholastic Reining Championships: Kathleen Ray of Aubrey, Texas, with Dunit Pistol Pete; Lorrie and Terry Thrasher of Cairo, Mo., with Check This Dun It; Carolyn C. Smith of Azle, Texas, with Showtime Pistol; Mindy Truex of Warsaw, Ind., with Streakin Catalyst; High Crest Reiners, Inc of Dayton, Mont., with Mr Awesome Affaire; Teresa Wynn of Benton Ky., with Playgun Chic Olena; Jordan Donnelly of Aubrey, Texas, with Hollywood All Star and J/P Anderson of Sallisaw, Okla., with Pkm Scootin Smart. For more information on the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, visit www.rideiea.com. placed second with a score of 140 and Tiffany Wynn of Benton, Ky., on I Gotta Whiz claimed third with a score of 135.5. For results from the North American Junior Young Rider Championships, turn to page 120. For more information on the USEF National Reining Championships, please visit www.usef.org.
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and High Roller Reining Classic). Always a fight to the finish, this year has been no different. The current leader is Janette Raymer and 5-year-old Easy Electric (Jacs Electric Spark x Miss Pine Leosan), trained by Mike Berg, with combined Cactus Reining Classic and Reining By The Bay earnings of $5,083.03. Equally impressive is that the duo has only been together since November. $33,000 Added Conquistador Whiz Non Pro Derby Champions Reining By The Bay is only Vicki Dias and A Bright Tag.
$33,000 Added Conquistador Whiz Non Pro Derby
Vicki Dias of Kingsburg, Calif., and A Bright Tag were on a roll at Reining By The Bay. The duo earned the championship in the Prime Time and Level 1 divisions as well as reserve in the Limited Level 2 and Intermediate divisions to Marilyn Scheffers of Riverside, Calif. It didn’t stop there; the pair was also awarded the Arenus Performance and Conditioning Award. Vicki bought 5-year-old A Bright Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Genuine Starbright) from Lance Griffin at the 2009 NRHA Futurity, and began showing the striking palomino in 2010. “I started showing him last year. I didn’t put a lot of pressure on him, I just wanted to get to know him.” Having just come off a successful tour of the 2011 NRHA Derby, they’ve just begun to up their game. “We made the Prime Time Finals there, and he’s starting to really come on. We’re just hooking up and having so much fun,” said Dias, who trains with Kim and Pat Yancey.
2011 Trifecta Non Pro Reining Challenge
Sponsored by the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley for the second consecutive year, the 2011 Trifecta Non Pro Reining Challenge prize is awarded to the highest money earning Non Pro horse and rider combination who have competed at all three Brumley Management Group shows (Cactus Reining Classic, Reining By The Bay, 114
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$52,000 Added Conquistador Whiz Open Derby Champions Andrea Fappani and Tinker with Guns.
the third Derby for “Six Pack” and Raymer. “He has the personality of a frat boy. He’s fun because he’s honest in the show pen, and he was made to compete but outside the show pen he’s pretty tricky. He likes to fool around a lot—he doesn’t like to focus, so he’s a challenge—but he’s taught me a lot about focusing, being very serious about riding, and about being very correct. In the show pen he puts his head down and does what I ask him to do, and he’s a really great slider.” What is Raymer’s strategy for the last leg of the Trifecta? “I never go to win, I go to have fun. I was in sixth place coming into Reining By The Bay, and I just loved seeing my name there [in the rankings]. That was exciting. I feel privileged to be in the company of those people, they are all awesome riders. My strategy for Las Vegas is to ride as well as I can, and to have fun. I only compete against myself.”
Andrea Fappani Wins Big
Repeating his 2010 domination of both the Futurity and Open Derby divisions, Andrea Fappani marked a 149.5 on Chihiro Niwata’s Heir Gun (Gunner x Hollywoods Heir) to
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win the $25,000 Added Spooks Gotta Gun 3 Year Old Futurity and marked a 231 on Tinker with Guns (Gunner x Tinker Nic) and a 227.5 on Custom Spook (Smart Spook x Custom Spinderella) both owned by Pat and Jim Warren’s Rancho Oso Rio to capture both the champion and reserve slots in the $52,000 Added Conquistador Whiz Open Derby. “Heir Gun, my futurity horse is one I got last year. I think he’s going to keep doing well,” said Fappani. “He’s really steady, and for a 3-year-old that counts a lot, he comes out every day the same. I think he has a pretty good future in front of him.” All in all, spectators and competitors alike enjoyed themselves at the 2011 Reining by the Bay, and of course, the animals were the real winners. Over $1,000 was raised to be donated to the Peninsula Humane Society-SPCA, and one dog, Serafino, that was showcased at the “Pooch Parade,” found a new home. For more information and complete results from the 2011 Reining by the Bay, visit www. reiningbythebay.com.
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ive days of gorgeous Northern California weather, phenomenal competition, and large crowds all coming together for a good cause, made Reining By The Bay 2011 one for the record books. The second stop of the “Triple Crown” of West Coast Reining Horse Association shows is held at the Horse Park at Woodside, a unique outdoor venue boasting a huge pen in a beautiful country setting overlooking the San Francisco Bay. This show benefits the Peninsula Humane SocietySPCA, and is a perennial favorite. The double digit increase in horses over 2010 was proof that the exhibitors, owners, trainers, and spectators alike appreciate the personalized treatment, incredible and innovative awards, and good fun that Reining By The Bay prides itself on. One of the most unique aspects of the show is the huge crowd of horse enthusiasts from all disciplines that gather under the four tented seating areas to watch the Open Derby each year. The standing room only crowds included riders from the dressage, show jumping, Saddlebred, and hunter worlds, as well as supporters from the town of Woodside.
Eileen Flynn Ricci with DPS IMA STAR and DPS RICCIN FOR THE STARS at the 2011 Pinto World Championships.
AjPHA Youth World Championship Show hands out $100,000 in prizes
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ith summer half behind us and the Pinto World Show now concluded, we have just two shows left for the season. July’s results and pictures will be published in an upcoming fall issue. Two Miniature mares, 2-year-old DPS IMA STAR, and 5-year-old DPS RICCIN FOR THE STARS, represented NEPtHA at the 2011 Pinto World Show in Tulsa, Okla., in June, bringing home six world titles in Halter, Hunter, Jumper, Trail, Pleasure, and Open Driving. They are New York bred mares
from Due Process Stable in Esperance, N.Y., managed and owned by Judge Sandy Croote. They are owned and trained by Eileen Flynn Ricci of Plainfield, Conn. Both mares have regional, national and world titles in Pinto, the American Miniature Horse Association, American Miniature Horse Registry, and World Class Miniatures. Flynn Ricci was also High Point Miniature Champion for the Miniature Open division at the World Show, bringing home six belt buckles, numerous ribbons, jackets, and gift certificates.Both continued on page 116
he dust has settled on the 2011 American Junior Paint Horse Association’s (AjPHA) Youth World Championship Paint Horse Show, held June 24 – July 2, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas, at Will Rogers Memorial Center. The AjPHA Youth World Show displayed the talent of both the Paint Horse breed and the young people who exhibit them; with 73 world-title classes in a full array of disciplines. Youth are classified as competitors ages 18 and under who are required to show a horse they own personally or that is owned by a family member. In all, both the breed and the upcoming generation were well represented by 326 horses and 1,150 entries during the course of the nine days’ worth of activities, where the Association presented over $100,000 in cash and prizes. The top youth were recognized for their culminated efforts at the completion of the show with the Youth Awards Presentation on July 2 that followed the Stick Horse class, Parents’ Western Pleasure, and the Youth Versatility Challenge. In the All-Around 14-18 division, Taylor Prince of Las Vegas, Nev., took top honors continued on page 116 Taylor Prince finished her final year as a Youth rider by winning the All-Around 14-18 Award.
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showing One Flashy Sensation. Following in reserve was Ashley Wildes of Lakeside, Calif., showing HezaTexas Hobo. In the All-Around 13 & Under division, it was Drew Rogers of Bakersfield, Calif., showing Shez Eye Candy, who took first place. In reserve was Alexandra Marlow of Victoria, Texas, riding Glowin Easy. Marlow also earned top honors in the All-Around Novice Youth division, followed by Johanna Proefrock of Cedarburg, Wis., Marcus Banister earned the High aboard Fleetstreet Max. Point Western honors, as well as Earning the High Point reserve in the same division. Western honors was Marcus In High Point English, Halley Banister of Brighton, Colo., showing Sacreds Barbie Doll. Armstrong of Breckenridge, Colo., Banister also took reserve aboard and Brother Jack Daniels were the team to beat. Calli Rouse of A Sacred Shine. Everson, Wash., and Chansation took reserve. Lauren Spivey of The Woodlands, Texas, and A Son Of A Zip took home the Elegant April Award, which came with a lovely trophy and $200 U.S. Savings Bond, donated by Jennifer and Margie Chan. For more information about APHA and the AjPHA World Championship Show, including entry details and results, visit www.aphaworldshow.com. Elegant April Award winners Lauren Spivey and A Son of Zip.
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of her mares did an outstanding job competing against others from all over the United States and Canada. NEPtHA encourages everyone to participate at the World Show. There is a special fund set up with the New England Pinto Horse Association for youth, so start planning now! Hotel rooms book up quickly. Visit www. pinto.org for more information. If you have any club news to share, email ericci@ hotmail.com.
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this past spring. Their Crabbett mare, Raptures Aria, had a cute Welsh/Arabian cross colt by Welsh stallion Bur Dal Lord Solomon. This colt was purchased by Mary Kay Newton’s daughter Sarah for her two children, Samantha and Molly. The farm looks forward to watching all three grow together. The farm also has a Holsteiner/Arabian cross filly out of their mare Spring Sojourn by the Holsteiner stallion, Riverman. The filly is big and beautiful and will be one to watch on the show circuit! She is currently for sale. Ash Lane Farm is also looking forward to competing at Sport Horse Nationals this month. ALTHOUGH SUMMER IS NEARLY OVER, and fall will be here soon, there are still many shows and events to keep Arabian enthusiasts busy in September. First, Region 16 will be holding its Championship Endurance Ride at Le Grandes Horsemen’s Camp Area in Escoheag, R.I. This popular ride is also sponsored by the New England Arabian Trail Organization. To learn more, contact Ride Manager Roxanne Winslow at 860-460-0851 or Ride Secretary Cheryl Mastele at 860-349-1200. ARABIAN HORSE OWNERS should also start gearing up for Sport Horse Nationals, to be held September 28 - October 2. The annual event is to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. For more information, visit www.arabianhorses.org. Send your Arabian news to Lauren at leb92884@ gmail.com.
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THE ARABIAN HORSE CLUB OF CONNECTICUT “A” SHOW IN WEST SPRINGFIELD, MASS., was a blast for Nixon Hills Arabians of Marlborough, Conn. The team went Varian Arabians’ Savoy Shaman V was named Grand home with two big wins in the Champion in Arabian Stallion in halter at the 2011 HVAHA Purebred Halter division. Judy and Arabian Horse Show. John Nixon brought their horse RHODE ISLAND ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION’S Apostle VF to Reserve Grand Champion Purebred Annual Open Horse Show on August 28 will Gelding in halter. Dee Bowen brought SF start at 9:00 a.m., while the secretary’s booth Lodes of Looks to Grand Champion Purebred opens at 8:00 a.m. With numerous new classes, Mare in halter. This was “Dixie’s” first time at a exhibitors will enjoy all the amenities the farm big show, with only one AHCC schooling show has to offer including a large warm-up ring and under her belt. Congratulations to the team at a jumping ring for the newly reinstated jump Nixon Hills! classes. Fences will be set for all levels from crossNot only did horses owned by Nixon Hills rails to over two feet in height. Chris Picardi (R ) have a good weekend, but horses bred by and Walter Comire will be judging the jumping them did great at the Buckeye in Ohio. A Wild classes. Registration forms are available at www. Storm, a.k.a. “Norman,” with owner Ever Hess, riarabianhorseassociation.com or by contacting went Top 8 in the Amateur Owner Country Julie Baker at 401-710-9961 or by emailing riaha. English Pleasure Championship and his email@example.com. full-brother Zinfyre, a.k.a. “Alvin,” with owner Christine Ryan, went Top 8 in the ASH LANE FARM OF NEW BRAINTREE, MASS., HAS Country English Pleasure Open Championship. BABIES! The farm had a couple of very nice foals These horses and riders are from Springwater Farms, Stockton, N.J. Both geldings are out of Nixon Hills bred Grace Under Fyre and are by A Wild Fire. Grace is now in foal to Multi National Champion, A Fires Heir, for 2012 foal. Grace also has babies by A Temptation, The Hurricane, and Vegaz. Also, congratulations to Pam and Dave McGardy on their acquisition of SF Lodes of Looks. Dee Bowen would like to extend a huge thank you to John and Judy Nixon for bringing Karomoso to Nixon Hills for her to spoil. Karomoso is an accomplished Western Show Horse with a Reserve Canadian National Champion Western Pleasure, and has garnered numerous U.S. Top Tens. He is a character and has settled in well!
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VARIAN ARABIANS’ BRED “SAVOY SHAMAN V” WAS AWARDED Grand Champion Arabian Stallion in halter at both the 2011 Hudson Valley Arabian Horse Association (HVAHA) Show and the Arabian Horse Club of Connecticut Show. Both were held in West Springfield, Mass. Owners Anne and Bob Cardoza would like to extend their thanks to Kevin Dwyer of Dwyer Equine, LLC for training and showing him to these achievements.
Ash Lane Farm recently celebrated the birth of ALF Rubicon and ALF Bartholomew Cubbins. SEPTEMBER 2011
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Britain’s Lee Pearson has become an Paralympic icon with nine Paralympic Gold Medals to his name (pictured at Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games).
Support for Paralympians Para-equestrians bidding to compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games can now apply for funding as part of a new grant scheme. Eurovestech Plc, the pan-European development capital fund, has put up a grant to support 15 equestrian athletes from any country, whether they plan to compete on their own horse or a borrowed horse. Interested riders should contact their National Federation. (www.uspea.org) Tenn.’s Finest
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This year’s Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association World Versatility show attracted over 500 entries.
Colbert’s Creativity Congratulations to patti Colbert of bertram, texas, who received the 2011 Fern sawyer Award from the National Cowgirl museum and Hall of Fame. patti was recognized for her contributions to the advancement of the museum, particularly by creating the concept for its popular Cowgirl U program. she is also the creator of the extreme mustang makeover, through which more than 2,000 of America’s mustangs have been adopted. (www.cowgirl.net) COUrtesy OF VOICe OF tHe teNNessee WALkINg HOrse mAgAzINe
the tennessee Walking Horse breeders’ and exhibitors’ Association (tWHbeA) World Versatility show, held July 22-24 in murfreesboro, tenn., was the largest yet, with 502 entries. the array of versatility classes included reining, dressage, jumping, western riding, barrel racing, trail, and flat shod rail classes. One highlight was the $2,500 reining Jackpot, won by Hey Cowboy and Jessica schultz of Florida. (www.twhbea.com)
2011 Fern Sawyer Award recipient Patti Colbert.
Racehorses Rock the Indiana-based, all-volunteer organization Friends of Ferdinand is getting ready for its second Annual rockin’ the racehorse fundraiser on september 30, which will raise money needed to re-home and rehabilitate retired racehorses. each year, 2,000 racehorses find themselves unwanted in Indiana. the fun-filled night includes dinner, dancing, live music, and a silent auction. (www. friendsofferdinand.org)
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2011 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships ShowcaSeS top equeStrianS in Many DiSciplineS
fter a week of intense heat and one suspenseful afternoon of strong thunderstorms, the 2011 Adequan/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North wrapped up under sunny skies at the Kentucky Horse Park. The competition in all five disciplines—dressage, endurance, eventing, reining, and show jumping—was intense, and the approximately 250 riders from six countries showed that they had come to win.
The first competition to wrap up this year was the inaugural North American Young Rider Endurance Championship. The 75-mile ride on Friday, July 29 featured both CEI2* and CEI4* divisions. The United States brought home four gold medals, three silvers, and two bronze medals in the competition. In the CEI4* division, Team USA took home the Gold after accruing a collective ride time of 25 hours, 25 minutes, and 31 seconds. Individually in the CEI4*, Kelsey Russell and My Wild Irish Gold (USA) took home the gold, Lindsay Bean and Tektonic (USA) earned the silver, and Kyle Gibbon and Missu Koran (USA) finished with the bronze. Also in the CEI4* division, Tektonic received the Best Conditioned Horse Award. In the CEI2*, the team gold medal was awarded to Team USA Northeast A, whose
collective ride time totaled 25 hours, 40 minutes, and 57 seconds. The silver was awarded to Team USA Southeast with a collective ride time of 25 hours, 49 minutes, and 19 seconds. Individually in the CEI2*, the gold medal was awarded to Sophia Bashir and Dazed and Amazed (USA), the silver was presented to Cassandra Roberts and SA Belshazarr (USA), and the bronze to Steven Hay and Khalil Asam (USA). Sir Valient, who represented Colombia in partnership with Camilo Andres-Villa, received the Best Conditioned Horse Award in the CEI2* division. Individual Junior Reining Gold Medal winner Lane Wilson.
The SmartPak North American Junior Reining Championship concluded Saturday, July 30 with the individual championships at the Alltech Arena. Canada secured two gold medals and three bronze medals, the United States won a gold and two silver medals, and Mexico received a silver. The individual Young Rider gold medal was awarded to Will Letner and A Genuine Diamond (USA) for a score of 218.5 from the judges. A ride-off was needed to break a tie of 217.5 for second place. In the end the silver went to Laura Sumrall and Einstein’s Fancy Pine (USA) and taking home bronze were Shelbie Friesen and Golden Lena Chex (CAN). In team competition, Team Canada Alberta and Manitoba loped away with the gold on a score of 632. The team from Mexico—consisting of a group of cousins —took home the silver with a score of 619.5. Taking home the bronze was the team from Gold Medal CEI2* Endurance Team Forest Green, Kyle Gibbon, Lindsay Bean and Steven Hay.
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Saskatchewan, Canada, with 615 points. In the Junior division—included in the competition for the first time—Lane Wilson (CAN) rode No Finer Shiner to a gold medal, scoring 207. Tiffany Wynn (USA) won the silver on I Gotta Whiz with 187.5, and Emily Wilson (CAN) earned 182.5 on Miss Cielo Chex for the bronze.
The competition at this year’s USDF/Platinum Performance North American Junior and Young Rider Dressage Championship was stellar, and upon completion of the event, judge and President of the Young Rider Ground Jury Linda Zang praised the competitors for the quality of riding they displayed. The United States brought home three golds, two silvers, and four bronze medals. Canada secured one gold medal and two silvers. The gold medal in the Young Riders freestyle competition was awarded to Isabelle Leibler and Watson 108 (USA). The pair turned in a brilliant test and received a score of 74.00%. The individual silver went to Chase Hickok and Palermo (USA), who received a score of 70.725%. Rounding out the top three and taking home the individual bronze were Mackinzie Pooley and Jonkara (USA) with a score of 70.004%. In the team competition, the Young Riders from Region 5 took home the gold with a score of 198.104. The silver medal was awarded to Team Canada British Columbia/Quebec, who amassed a score of 197.027. The team from
Gold Medal Young Rider Eventing Team members Devon Brown, Sarah Kamensky, Libby Head and Emily Renfroe.
Young Rider Individual and Freestyle Dressage Gold Medal winners Isabelle Leibler and Watson 108.
Region 8 took home the bronze with a score of 196.132. In the Junior division, Sarah Loewen (CAN) turned in an expressive performance aboard Ricardo to receive a 69.675% from the judges, clinching the individual gold medal. Monica Houweling and Stentano (CAN) earned a 67.70% from the judges, which was good enough to take home the individual silver medal. The individual bronze medal and score
of 67.15%, went to Julia Burtt and Aaron IV (USA). In the team competition, Region 1 received the gold with a score of 199.189. Silver was awarded to Region 5 with a score of 195.856 and taking home the bronze was Region 8 with a score of 194.297.
Teams from the same zones took home gold medals in the Junior and Young Rider divisions in show jumping competition. The United States was awarded four gold medals, four silvers, and four bronze medals. Taking home the individual gold medal in the Young Rider division was Katherine Dinan (USA), who piloted Vancouver quickly and carefully around the courses to finish with a score Individual Junior of 10.14. Finishing just Show Jumping Gold behind Dinan in the Medal winners silver medal position Samantha Schaefer were Samantha Senft and and Trezebees. Early Morning (USA), who amassed a total score of 10.24. Finishing in the bronze-medal position were Danielle Korsh and San Diego (USA). They earned a score of 16.57. In the Young Rider team competition, the gold medal went to the riders from Zone 4, who Individual Show Jumping Gold Medal Young Rider winners Katherine Dinan and Vancouver.
finished the week with a team total of 12. The silver was awarded to the team from Zone 10 with a total of 15. The team from Zone 2 took home the bronze with a score of 16. Taking home the individual gold in the Junior division was Samantha Schaefer and Trezebees (USA), a 15-year-old Belgian-bred mare, with a score of 4. The silver medal was awarded to Frances Land (USA) and the 11-year-old British Warmblood, Merlin, who also had a score of 4 but was slightly slower in the jump-off than Schaefer. The bronze went to Hayley Barnhill and Toucan Tango (USA), who dropped one rail in the jump-off to bring her total score to 8. In the Junior team competition, the top two medals were decided by a jump-off. In the end, the gold went to the riders from Zone 4, who had a team total of 12 and added nothing in the jump-off. Finishing in the silver medal position—also with a team total of 12, but with 16 in the jump-off—was Zone 2. Receiving the bronze medal, with a score of 16, was the team from Zones 1 and 6.
The last discipline to wrap up was the USEA North American Junior Eventing Championship. The United States secured four gold medals and three silvers, while Canada took home one silver and four bronze medals. Devon Brown and Dynamic Image (USA) led the CCI2* from start to finish and won the individual gold after posting a flawless show jumping round to finish on their dressage score of 50.5. Jumping all the way from seventh to take home the individual silver medal were Jacob Fletcher and Falcon Splash (USA) with a score of 57.2. Dropping down one position to finish with the bronze medal were Joelle Baskerville and Malibu (CAN) with a score of 58.4. In the team standings, Area III’s team regained their lead to finish with the gold medal and 168.6 points. The team from Areas V and IX slid to the silver medal position with a total of 178.2. Canada remained solidly in continued on page 122 september 2011
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American Shetland Pony Congress Celebrates 65th Year at Iowa state FaIrgrounds bY lIsa Caldwell/the amerICan shetland PonY Club
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he American Shet- Hal and Deb Bryant land Pony Club with their patriotic (ASPC), Inc.’s, two-pony hitch in the National Cong- opening ceremonies. ress celebrated its 65th observance in July by returning to its original home in Iowa and posting a stunningly successful competition. The 2011 American Shetland and American Show Pony National Congress was held July 12–16, 2011, at the beautiful Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. More than 500 ponies from across the United States and Canada competed for 364 national occurred in several different locations across the country. However, the recent opening championship titles. The event’s return to Des Moines was historic. of the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition The first American Shetland Pony Congress was Center on the fairgrounds and the historic held in 1947 at the Iowa State Fair’s National 65th Shetland Congress provided the perfect Horse Show. The event remained there until opportunity for the ASPC/ASPR Congress 1970. Since then, the ASPC Congress has to return to its roots. Ponies and exhibitors came from at least 20 states spanning the entire country. With 505 ponies accounting for more than 1,700 entries, participation in this year’s national championship was up nearly 25% over last year’s Congress. Competitors won premium paybacks, incentives, jackpots, and breeders’ Futurity winnings of between $53,000 to $55,000. A beautiful opening ceremony in
the original show pavilion featured a parade of past champions and comments by one of the competition’s original ring men from 60 years ago. Six long-term exhibitors’ families who have been supporting the Congress for decades and across generations were also honored during this ceremony. ASPC President Pat Sanders noted that, with the success of this year’s Congress and an increasingly positive financial picture for the event, the ASPC hopes to find a permanent home for this long-running event. “We have so many options for sponsorships when we put our Congress in a nice facility like we experienced in Des Moines this year. Truly, the sky’s the limit,” said Sanders. With 60-plus years of history to build on, increasing entries for the show and growing interest in American Shetland Ponies and American Show Ponies, the future for this historic event may, indeed, be limitless. For more information about the ASPC/ ASPR National Congress, the American Shetland Pony Club or other programs involving American Shetland Ponies, visit www.shetlandminiature.com.
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third to secure the bronze with a score of 233.2. In the Junior division, Alyssa Phillips and Sundance Bay (USA) had a brilliant and quick stadium round to finish on the score of 52.7, which was enough to clinch the individual gold. Overnight leaders Sable Geisler and Evil Munchkin (CAN) pulled the first rail of a double combination on course, bringing her total to 56.3 and dropping her to the silver medal position. Edging up into bronze medal position with a speedy clear round were Brook Peckering and Abby Rhode (CAN). In team competition, Area V led from start to finish and ended the competition with a score of 184.4 to clinch the gold. Holding onto second was the team from Area VI, finishing with a score of 205.2 to take home the silver. Rounding out the top three, the bronze medal was presented to the team from Ontario with a total of 219.8 points.
Vaulting and Para-Dressage
Non-championship events also took place in the form of a vaulting demonstration during the Opening Ceremonies and a pair of para-dressage freestyles prior to the dressage freestyle championships.
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HISTORIC GENERAL COCHRAN HORSE FARM LOCATED IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY OF NEW YORK…NOW REDUCED TO $998,400
Cape Cod Equestrian Property in East Dennis, Mass. boasts an antique 1870’s Cape farmhouse suitable for restoration, four stall barn complete with hay loft and tack room. The barn includes a 2 bedroom apartment with workshop and a 2 bay garage. Property also has a 1,000 sq. ft., renovated 2 bedroom modern ranch home.
General Cochran, personal physician to George Washington, became the 1st Surgeon General of the United States and received as payment this property. In 1790 built his Mansion with 9 Fireplaces, off the road in a sylvan setting. $500,000 spent to restore this property. Although modernized, authenticity of yesteryear abound. Entrances ﬂanked with Limestone Pillars, a guest cottage, manager’s house, tenant house, stabling for 23 horses, 15,000 feet board fencing and ½ mile training track on 177 acres are reminiscent of a bygone Era.
Property sits on 2.75 acres, 1 mile to beaches and Sesuit Harbor on Route 6A. Limited business zone.
Offered at $875,000
George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, General Lafayette and many other dignitaries of the time had frequented the Mansion. Own one of the most historic horse farms anywhere. NOW OFFERED AT $998,400…E433
Horse Farms Are Our Only Business! Phil King, Broker • Gary Feinman, Consultant 518-875-6220 www.equineproperties.com
For more information, you’re invited to call:
19.2 Acre Farm With Two Separately Deeded Homes. One To Live In, One To Rent. Pond And The Waterfall Invite You In!
• Indoor arena 80' x 200'
• 4 Outdoor horse showers.
• 3 LARGE grass pastures with automatic water bowls.
• 31 matted stalls and aisles. Brand new roof completed July 2011.
• Large feed room with elevator room to enter main house (Delivers you directly into butler’s pantry. Great for groceries).
• 5 additional grass paddocks with pumps for water.
• 2 Heated tack rooms.
• Main riding ring
• 1 Bathroom. • All stalls have individual water faucets.
• There is a half mile track that surrounds the entire property that riders have enjoyed when not in the ring. Easy access to trails.
• Jumping ring
A very active barn that has remained full all year. Designed to keep show horses comfortable. Additional announcer’s booth with a P.A. system that serves the barn as well. Barn hosts many 4-H events plus shows of our own and summer camps.
Price For Facility and Main House $895,000, Price For 2nd Home $229,000 Package Deal $1,100,000
Freedom Farm 128
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(802) 899-1878 Ask for Sandy.
247 Acre E Equestrian Facility Ashby, MA
Facility offers: • Ideally located on Rt. 119 attractively set back from road • Common area with large oﬃce, reception area, kitchen extensive storage, wash stall area, laundry and 3 handicap bathrooms • 39 matted stall barn with automatic waterers • Heated tack room • Two heated observation rooms
• Two indoor arenas’ - 72' x 240' and 66' x 66' • Three outdoor arenas • 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment in renovated farmhouse, wood floors, storage, porch and garage. • Studio and 1 bedroom also included
Woodstock, Vermont Architect-designed for beautiful form and superior function, this traditional style home (11 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths) built in 2005 on 10.24 +/- exceptional acres is situated to gain southerly exposure as well as east/west views over the river valley. Handsome 3-stall barn, several acres of fenced pastures, run-in sheds, 4-bay equipment shed, and a spring-fed swimming pond complete this lovely country property.
For more information and to set up a showing, please call:
MLS # 4064062
5 Central Street, Woodstock, VT 05091 802-457-2244 Toll Free: 877-227-0242
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Princeton, MA - 4.75 acres w/4-stall barn, grain & tack areas, large loft. 64x128 &, 100x200 outdoors & 60 ft round pen. Cape home w/3 bdrms. $315,000
Pembroke, NH - Gentleman’s Farm on 9.4 acres near shopping, schools and main roads but very private. 40x80 barn w/3-stalls & rm for 3 more, grain/tack rm, loft, & basement w/3 garage doors for equip, cars, etc. Pasture w/run-in. 75 x 150 outdoor & round pen. Access to miles of trails. Farmhouse 3-4 bedrooms. Workshop w/own entrance. Enclosed dog yard. Offered at $430,000
Alstead, NH - 5-stall, A&B barn w/tack/grain area, grooming stall, WU loft, hay chute, & storage. 5-bay equip shed. 38.3a w/lg, fenced grass turnouts. Wooded area has timber value. Ext trails & dirt roads. 3 bdrm house (MBR w/ ba). Oil & Wood furnaces. Offered at $450,000
Sterling, MA - Fab 9+a equestrian farm offers privacy but close to RT109 & RT 2. 9 stall barn w/2 direct turnouts, htd tack rm, loft, 3 vinyl fenced fields, round pen. 4 bdrm Colonial, 2 huge screened porches, HW flrs in kitch & livi rm. Meticulously maintained. Under Agreement. Offered at $640,000
Southwick, MA - Since 2005-Horse Farm of Distinction. 80 x 150 Indoor w/great ventilation & natural light. 100x150 outdoor, round pen, turnouts, & fenced fields 17 stall barn, 2 htd tack rms. 2 stalls in first barn plus storage. 8.4 ac. Custom Contemp w/3 bdrms. Det gar w/huge doors. Offered at $1,550,000
Upton, MA - Wonderful, unencumbered (not in 61A or APR) land. Deeded approvals for a 60 dog kennel & a cattery for 40 cats. Beautiful land for farming of all types. 3-bdrm ranch. Could be subdivided. 20 mins to Boston. Offered at $1,850,000
Stone Valley Farm in Douglas, MA is on a 9 acre Retreat Lot. Two stall Pole Barn (could be 3 stalls) with electricity & water. Electrified Paddock fencing. Only 1/4 mile to the Douglas State Forest for riding trails & regular competitive equestrian events. 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Cape was built in 2004 with 2,740 square feet of living area, AC, 9' ceilings, 1st floor Master Bedroom, Jet tub, Enclosed Porch, & Generator hookup. An Excellent buy at
Crescent Brook Farm is a professional quality horse facility 70 miles from NYC and 5 minutes off of Taconic State Parkway. It’s convenient location is close to major connecting roads. The farmhouse sits amidst 33 acres offering privacy and panoramic views. Great for entertaining with 15 rooms, 7 bedrooms, 5 baths (4/1) and 2 fireplaces in living room and dining room. Look out over your domain from bay windows in Master Bedroom suite and Country Kitchen. Award winning T-shaped barn with 14 stalls, a birthing stall, office and tack room. There is a 125' x 185' sand ring, 7 well designed paddocks, all interconnected to a main corridor offering easy access to barn. Actively being used for boarding and breeding, the property easily handles 20 horses.
$449,900 Take the Virtual Tour at www.TheMercureGroup.com Call Karen Mercure for a visit at 508-476-3507
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CONCORD– Rare 10 acres! Riverfront Farm, very special one of a kind, premier equestrian property! 20 miles-Boston $6,900,000
GROTON-, 33 acres, open fields. 25+ Stalls, Indoor & Outdoor arenas, trails. Two homes, 4 potential lots $1,650,000
WAYLAND – Updated Colonial, 4 BRs, 3 baths, Perfect farm less than 15 mi-Boston, new indoor arena! 6+ stalls, trails $1,199,000
PEPPERELL– 17 acres, 2 barns, 23 stalls, indoor and outdoor arenas. Trail access. Turn-key, 5 min. from Groton center. $975,000
HARVARD– 4 open acres! 4 BR contemporary, 4 stall barn, wash stall, tack, two large fields and access to trails! $710,000
200 Baker Ave. Concord, MA 130
HARVARD– Gorgeous land! 24 acres, 4-7 stall barn, flat, fenced fields. 4 BR, 3 baths. Room for indoor arena! $1,180,000
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calendar 1 n ERAHC Classic Open Dressage Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Linda Denniston 301-447-6240, email@example.com or www.erahc.org.
4 n MA01 District National Barrel Horse Assoc. Barrel Race, Raynham, MA. CONTACT: Karen Miller 508-2372294, firstname.lastname@example.org or nbhama01.com.
10 n Tyrone Farm Introduction to Foxhunting, Pomfret, CT. CONTACT: 860-928-3647 or www.tyronefarm.com.
1 – 4 n Mystic Valley Hunt Club Horse Show, Gales Ferry, CT. CONTACT: Michelle Urgartechea 860-464-7934 or email@example.com.
4 n MRF Dressage Schooling Show, Nottingham, NH. CONTACT: Michele Routhier firstname.lastname@example.org www.mrfdressage.com 603-490-8958.
10 – 11 n NABA IBHA & Open “Autumn Classic” Horse Show, Swanzy, NH. CONTACT: Kelli Wainscott 413-695-8343 or email@example.com.
2 – 3 n ISR/Oldenburg Inspection at Hill Top Farm, Colora, MD. CONTACT: Holly Fisher 410-658-9898, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.hilltopfarminc.com.
4 n RI Equitation Championships, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: www.rihorseman.com.
10 – 11 n EMRHA Ranch Show & AQHA & All Breed Versatility Ranch Show at Gelinas Farm, Pembroke, NH. CONTACT: Joanne Ives 603-228-1244 email@example.com.
2 – 4 n Kentucky Classique Horse Trial at Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: www.useventing.com.
4 n Oak Rise Farm Gaited Dressage Show at Oak Rise Farm, Goffstown, NH. CONTACT: 603-656-9730, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.oakrisefarm.com.
10 – 11 n Stepping Stone Farm Horse Show, Ridgefield, CT. CONTACT: Naomi Gauruder 203-650-3148 or email@example.com.
2 – 4 n ERAHC Classic Andalusian/Lusitano Show, Lexington, VA. CONTACT: Linda Denniston 301-447-6240, crqhf@aol or www.erahc.org. 2 – 4 n GMHA 100/60-Mile Ride, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: www.gmhainc.org. 3 n FEH/YEH at Stony Brook Horse Farm, Peterborough, NH. CONTACT: 603-924-3940 x110.
5 n 2011/2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby, Carson City, NV. CONTACT: Jennifer Kisner, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ushja.org. 7 – 11 n HITS-on-the-Hudson VIII, Saugerties, NY. CONTACT: 845-246-8833, email@example.com or www.hitsshows.com.
3 n 2011/2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby, Bridgehampton, NY. CONTACT: Jennifer Kisner firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ushja.org.
8 – 11 n Putnam Boston Jumper Classic, South Hamilton, MA. CONTACT: www.bostonjumperclassic.com.
3 n Cape Cod Hunter, Medway, MA. CONTACT: Pat Larsen 401-847-5459 or email@example.com.
9 – 10 n Myopia Hunt Club Horse Show, S. Hamilton, MA. CONTACT: Beth Manning 413-625-9967 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 n CDSS at The Equestry, New Haven, VT. CONTACT: Kate Selby 802-453-4424 or email@example.com. 3 n Newport International Polo Series at Glen Farm, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: 401-847-7090 or www. newportinternationalpolo.com. 3 n Norfolk Hunt Fall Hunt Season Begins, Dover, MA. CONTACT: Carol Mansfield 508-655-2528 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 3 n USHJA and Dover/Emerging Athletes Program - Region I, Buffalo, NY. CONTACT: Jennifer Kisner email@example.com or www.ushja.org. 3 – 5 n BSTRA Labor Day Campout, Carver, MA. CONTACT: Rose 401-762-4805, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.bstra.org.
10 – 11 n AHAME Autumnfest, Pleasure Rated AA at Skowhegan Fairgrounds, Skowhegan, ME. CONTACT: Lee Cheever 207-676-8259 or email@example.com. 10 – 11 n Diamond Mills $500,000 3'3'' Hunter Prix Final, Saugerties, NY. CONTACT: 845-246-8833, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.hitsshows.com. 10 – 11 n GMHA Fall Driving Classic, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: www.gmhainc.org. 11 n ACTHA Competitive Trail Challenge at the Madison County Fairgrounds, Brookfield, NY. CONTACT: Karen Nowak, 315-899-7778, email@example.com.
9 – 11 n FCF/CQHA Horse Show at Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT. CONTACT: Ellie Keene 401-527-9132.
11 n ECTRA NEATO 2/AHA Endurance Ride, Escoheag, RI. CONTACT: Cheryl Mastele, firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-301-6767, or www.ectra.org.
9 – 11 n Laurels At Landhope CDE at Woodview And Glen Willow Road, West Grove, PA. CONTACT: James O’rourke 610-486-0710, email@example.com or www.laurelscde.org.
11 n Charity Obstacle & Trail Rally Organized By Gentle Dove Farm, Hosted by Oakhill Farm & Ranch, Bloomfield, NY. CONTACT: Joann 585-738-7477, JKLong@rochester.rr.com or www.GentleDoveFarm.com.
9 – 12 n Larry Whitesell: Gaited Horse Clinic at BelleMar Farm, Douglas, MA. CONTACT: Jenn Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 n Cornerstone Farm Horse Show, Haverhill, MA. CONTACT: April Bayko 978-462-9434 or email@example.com.
10 n ECTRA NEATO 1/AHA Endurance Ride, Escoheag, RI. CONTACT: Cheryl Mastele 860-3016767, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ectra.org.
11 n Eastern CT Draft Horse Association’s Draft Horse Demonstration at the Hebron Fair, Hebron, CT. CONTACT: www.hebronharvestfair.org.
10 n Newport International Polo Series at Glen Farm, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: 401-847-7090 or www.newportinternationalpolo.com.
11 n Independence Stable, Belchertown, MA. CONTACT: Dottie Brittingham 413-284-0371, email@example.com or www.independencestablellc.com.
10 n Avon Valley Show Stables Horse Show, Avon, CT. CONTACT: Dee Dee Wilbur 863-677-5260 or Jumpit30@yahoo.com.
11 n New Boston Farm Hunter Show Rated B at NBF, Gray, NH. CONTACT: Paulajean O’Neill 207-657-3274 or Paulajeanoneill@yahoo.com.
4 – 5 n New England Paint Horse Assoc. Horse Show at Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT. CONTACT: Audra Perlman 603-852-2877.
10 n CCDS Lenox Tub Parade, Stockbridge, MA. CONTACT: Maureen Gamelli 413-243-3407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 n New York Area and Beyond - Riding with Purpose Course Begins at Little Creek Farm, High Falls, NY. CONTACT: Julie Robins email@example.com.
4 n Carriage Town Horse Show, Amesbury, MA. CONTACT: Felicia Knowles 603-474-3156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 n Sunset Farm, Waterford, ME. CONTACT: Stephanie Hatcher 207-423-7352 or email@example.com.
11 n North Country Hounds Hunter Pace, Hartland, VT. CONTACT: 603-795-2101 or northcountryhounds.com.
3 – 5 n Hopkinton State Fair, Contoocock, NH. CONTACT: Lynda Kreiger 603-340-4098 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 3 – 5 n Lancaster Fair Horse Show, Lancaster, NH. CONTACT: Evelyn J. Elms 603-787-9834.
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calendar 11 n Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix, Saugerties, NY. CONTACT: 845-246-8833, email@example.com or www.hitsshows.com.
17 n Heritage Equestrian Center Horse Shows, East Greenwich, RI. CONTACT: Charlene Brown, 401-849-2696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 – 25 n WCHR Regional Competition, Leesburg, VA. CONTACT: Diane Popp email@example.com or www.ushja.org.
11 n The Mountain Top Inn & Resort Hunter Pace/ Trail Ride, Chittenden, VT. CONTACT: Louise Bienieki 802-483-6089, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mountaintopinn.com.
17 n Tyrone Farm Judged Pleasure Ride, 3 of 3 series end awards, Pomfret, CT. CONTACT: 860-928-3647 or www.tyronefarm.com.
21 n CCDS Meeting at Orleton Farm, Stockbridge, MA. CONTACT: Maureen Gamelli 413-243-3407 or email@example.com.
17 – 18 n State Championships National Barrel Horse Association Barrel Race, TBA, MA. CONTACT: Karen Miller 508-237-2294, marineraussies@comcast. net or www.nbhama01.com.
22 – 25 n Eastern States Expo - Saddlebreds/ Hackneys/Morgans Horse Show, West Springfield, MA. CONTACT: Carol Keller 413-205-5016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
17 – 18 n New England Pinto Horse Assoc. Horse Show at Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT. CONTACT: Meredith Daigneault email@example.com.
22 – 25 n Westbrook Hunt Club-Grand Fall Classic Horse Show, Westbrook, CT. CONTACT: Naomi Gauruder 203-650-3148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 n Tanheath Hunter Pace at Tara Farm, Coventry, CT. CONTACT: Melanie Chace, 508-579-4840, www.tanheathhunt.com.
23 – 25 n GMHA Fall Foliage Ride, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: www.gmhainc.org.
11 n The Pines Horse Show, South Glastonbury, CT. CONTACT: Marie Foohey 860-633-5694 or email@example.com. 11 n Yankee Clipper Horse Show, Marshfield, MA. CONTACT: Mary Beth Hatch 781-294-9377 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 13 – 15 n Great American/USDF New England Breeders Championships, Saugerties, NY. CONTACT: Debra Reinhardt 203-264-2148, email@example.com or neda.org. 14 – 18 n Eastern States Expo - Hunters/Jumpers Horse Show, West Springfield, MA. CONTACT: Carol Keller 413-205-5016 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 14 – 18 n Marshall & STERlING league National Finals, Saugerties, NY. CONTACT: 845-246-8833, email@example.com or www.hitsshows.com. 15 – 18 n NEDA Fall Festival - Great American/ USDF Dressage Show, Saugerties, NY. CONTACT: Debra Reinhardt 203-264-2148, firstname.lastname@example.org or neda.org. 16 – 18 n ECTRA Chesapeake Fall Competitive Trail Rides, Elkton, MD. CONTACT: Cate Peloquin 410-652-3454, email@example.com or www. ectra.org. 16 – 18 n Downeast Medal Finals, Skowhegan, ME. CONTACT: Paulajean O’Neill 207-657-3274, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mainehorseassoc.com. 17 n CVDC: Bits & Bitting Seminar at East Haddam Grange, East Haddam, CT. CONTACT: www.cvdrivingclub.com. 17 n Newport International Polo Series at Glen Farm, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: 401-847-7090 or www.newportinternationalpolo.com.
18 n Barre Riding and Driving Club Gymkhana Series at Felton Field, Barre, MA. CONTACT: Tanya Coran 508-397-5429 or email@example.com. 18 n BSTRA Sue Brainard Memorial Fall Hunter Pace, Douglas, MA. CONTACT: Sharron 413-267-4826, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.bstra.org. 18 n CDSS at Dalneich Stables at Hibernia Farm, Cornall, VT. CONTACT: Ariana McBride 802-462-3740 or email@example.com. 18 n Cornerstone Farm Schooling Horse Show Series, Foster, RI. CONTACT: Beth Stone 401-397-9242, info@ cornerstonefarmri.com or www.cornerstonefarmri.com. 18 n Folly Farm Horse Show, Simsbury, CT. CONTACT: Naomi Gauruder, 203-650-3148 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 18 n Horse Power Hunter/Jumper Series at Wild Aire Farm, Southbridge, MA. CONTACT: 508-7647725, email@example.com or www.wildairefarm.com. 18 n MHC’S “The Classic” Horse Show and Pleasure Finals, Amesbury, MA. CONTACT: Steve Lampson 978-204-4800 or Lampson@aol.com. 18 n North Shore Horsemen’s Assoc. Hunter Horse Show, Georgetown, MA. CONTACT: Mary Lynn Rahlson 603-228-5680 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 18 n Polo In the Country, Medfield, MA. CONTACT: Greg Sandomirsky 508-359-6704 or email@example.com.
23 – 25 n NorthEast Reining Horse Association Reiner’s Rendezvous at Falls Creek Farm, Oneco, CT. CONTACT: www.nerha.com. 23 – 26 n Buck Brannaman Clinic at 7 Springs Farm, Pittstown, NJ. CONTACT: Dick McCoy 908-238-9587, Lara@7SFarm.com or www.7SFarm.com. 24 n Newport International Polo Series at Glen Farm, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: 401-847-7090 or www.newportinternationalpolo.com. 24 n Mount Holyoke Open Western Show, South Hadley, MA. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mhcriding.com. 24 n Stoneleigh-Burnham School Fall Horse Trials, Greenfield, MA. CONTACT: www.sbschool.org. 24 n Saddle Rowe Hunter/Jumper Horse Show, Medway, MA. CONTACT: Tina Geoghegan, 508-533-7108. 24 n SNHDCTA Fall Dressage Schooling Show, Goffstown, NH. CONTACT: Karen O’Malley, 603-3827044, email@example.com or www.snhdcta.com. 24 n Tyrone Farm Cross-Country Jumping Clinic with Ann Geoghegan, Pomfret, CT. CONTACT: 860-928-3647 or www.tyronefarm.com. 24 – 25 n Central Mass Horse Show at Camp Marshall, Spencer, MA. CONTACT: Will George, Wgeorge79@aol.com.
17 n ECTRA VERDA Competitive Trail Ride, Springfield, VT. CONTACT: Karin Lewis, 603-4772867, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ectra.org.
18 n SMDA Schooling Show, Hollis, ME. CONTACT: Rebecca Jones 207-337-8901 or email@example.com.
24 – 25 n Northeast Six Shooters Border Wars Cowboy Mounted Shooting Weekend, Dunstable, MA. CONTACT: Dina Baratta 781-696-0039, masixshooter@ gmail.com or www.masixshooters.com.
17 n AQHA Novice and All Breed Show at Townsend Training Farm, Pembroke, NH. CONTACT: Joanne Ives 603-228-1244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 n SouthEast Hunter Horse Show & 2011 Medal Finals, Medway, MA. CONTACT: Jacqui Gazzara 508-274-5406 or email@example.com.
25 n 2011/2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby, Lexington, KY. CONTACT: Jennifer Kisner firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ushja.org.
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calendar 25 n 4th Annual The Maine Event, Double Judged Pleasure Rated B at Hollis Equestrian Park, Hollis, ME. CONTACT: Ricky Drew 207-272-0082 or email@example.com. 25 n Barre Riding and Driving Club Versatility Challenge at Felton Field, Barre, MA. CONTACT: Tanya Coran 508-397-5429 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 25 n Fall Sepcial Olympics Equestrian Games, Etna, NH. CONTACT: Liz Claud email@example.com or www.highhorses.org. 25 n CDA Schooling Show at Once Again Farm, Meriden, CT. CONTACT: www.ctdressageassoc.org. 25 n Cutter Farm Schooling 2-Phase and Dressage Show, Dracut, MA. CONTACT: Marina Burliss 978-6977858, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cutterfarm.com. 25 n CVDA Fall Schooling Show at GMHA, South Woodstock, VT. CONTACT: www.cvda.org. 25 n Fairfield County Hunt Club Horse Show, Westport, CT. CONTACT: Naomi Gauruder 203-650-3148 or email@example.com.
classifieds calendar 25 n Westport Hunter Pace, Westport, MA. CONTACT: Lisa Lewis 508-740-9270 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 28 – Oct 2 n HITS Culpeper Finals, Culpeper, VA. CONTACT: 845-246-8833, email@example.com or www.hitsshows.com. 29 – Oct 2 n Deerfield Fair, Deerfield, NH. CONTACT: Lurline Combs 603-627-8645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
never useD pennsburY JoG cart $500. Houghten pleasure Driving show cart, w/vinyl covers used twice, $700. 1-770-855-4202.
hoRses foR sale exp. FielD Hunter percH morGan cross 15.3, 10 years old. sound, easy ride. rider medical issueforces sale...$9500. contact: 603-332-5081.
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25 n St. Peter’s Church Charity Horse Show, Bethany, CT. CONTACT: Leslie Hutton 860-621-6988. 25 n Volo Farm Schooling, Westford, MA. CONTACT: Andy 978-692-7060 or email@example.com 25 n Vermont Classic Horse Show, Lyndonville, VT. CONTACT: www.vhsa.org.
DartmoutH, ma. 3 br, 2 ba ranch on lovingly maintained 3.28 acres w/3-car Garage and attached 32' x 32', well-appointed 2-3 stall barn w/loft, grain & tack rooms! enclosed paddock, 3/4 acre fenced-in grazing field. House has double-sided fireplace, central ac, finished basement. $399,000. call alden Hill r.e., (508) 636-0600.
25 n Horse Power Dressage Series at Wild Aire Farm, Southbridge, MA. CONTACT: 508-764-7725, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.wildairefarm.com.
25 n Sandy Point Stables Horse Show, Portsmouth, RI. CONTACT: Charlene Brown 401-849-2696 or email@example.com.
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25 n Nettie Dearborn Memorial Trail Ride, Plymouth, NH. CONTACT: Cathy Day, 603-786-9037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 n North Shore Horsemen’s Assoc. Pleasure Horse Show, Chester, NH. CONTACT: Lee Bernier 978-462-3732 or email@example.com.
200 acres in maine, close to nH route 16. seven horse fenced pasture, 3 story barn with apartment. also available, 7,000+ square feet. beautiful new home on additional 10 acres. a real must see. Quiet, private setting, gorgeous views all around. call 207-636-3818 for details/photos.
30 – Oct 2 n MHC Days of Champions, North Hampton, MA. CONTACT: www.mahorsecouncil.com.
25 n CMHSS Horse Show at Camp Marshall, Spencer, MA. CONTACT: Will George firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cmhss.net.
25 n Merrimack Valley Dressage Show at Bradford Equestrian Center, Bradford, MA. CONTACT: Lynda Angstadt 978-374-0008 or email@example.com.
maGniFicent colt bY conQuistaDor xii, son of indiano xvii. Dam is by Don marco. this wonderful colt has blood lines, conformation, balance, & presence. His temperament is fantastic. He loves to learn, wants to please & is very affectionate. He has charisma & kindness. He will excel at upper level dressage or combined training. Great stallion propect, carries the black gene. excellent home only. $12,000. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-996-7514.
MiniatuRe Donkeys oak tree “WaY oF tHe cross” Farm, is now offering discounts on the purchase of two or more of our registered miniature donkeys. they are gentle souls, trusting, friendly, and very people oriented. both young and old can enjoy them. For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact: 806-663-2510, email@example.com.
tHe perFormance eDGe sport psYcHoloGY, Doris J. Worcester licsW, ccbt Where excellence in the ring comes from within, through positive performance coaching. contact: 508-987-2005 www.equestriansuccess.com.
tack, appaRel & gifts tHe best prices ever FounD on custom voGel boots, contact mary at firstname.lastname@example.org, authorized Dealer, Guaranteed Fit, references. eQuinetreasurecHest.com. monthly specials and unique merchandise.
tRaileRs 2 Horse Gooseneck-2003 sunDoWner sunlite 777 aluminum trailer with with rear ramp and front side ramp. extra tall, extra wide; can accomodate two oversized warmbloods comfortably with extra head room. Head divider and lots of ventilation. tack room features; 50'' tack storage room,carpet on Floor, blanket bar,6-Hanger bridle bar. trailer sells new $22,999.00! asking only $10,000! located in colchester vt. call sarah at 802-578-5174. september 2011
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