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features 66 Paying It Forward The IHSA encourages college riders to give back. BY KATHRYN SELINGA

76 Easy as 1-2-3 Stable upgrades for efficiency and safety. BY NATALIE DEFEE MENDIK

84 A Secure Seat Eight tips to becoming a better rider in the hunter/ jumper ring. BY JODI FORTIER

54 Decoding the

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32 Check out our fun facts on college riding. 36 We put breeches to the test and give our opinions. 46 Find out what poisonous plants to watch for in your pasture.100 Get to know Vicky Castegren of Hyperion Stud, LLC. 107 The Region I Connemara Show celebrates 46 years of competition. 183 North Carolina introduces legislation to protect its Outer Banks’ historic horse herd.



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232 Calendar

24 In Your Words

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32 Now You Know

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38 Stable Solutions

107 Across the Northeast

46 Ask the Vet

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48 Eventing Pointers 50 Saddle Seat Pointers 52 Business Bits

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Making Improvements I’VE HAD MY DREAM BARN planned out since I was seven—nine stalls, maybe 10 (I needed a good variety of horses to ride in my spare time), a 14' x 20' tack room, a heated wash stall, and plenty of fun, and not to mention, expensive additions. Now that my husband and I are in the process of building this “dream barn,” we’ve cut back on quite a few of the things that I thought I needed years ago, but we haven’t skimped on any of the important necessities; a 14' x 20' tack room, no, but a well-lit aisleway, that we have, and we saved money by sawing boards and beams from our land. This month, writer, Natalie DeFee Mendik, shows us some easy upgrades in and around our barns to make life easier and improve on safety. If you feel like you could use a few upgrades, turn to page 76. Also this month, Natalie, who has shown as an Adult Amateur through Fourth Level, with the privilege of also riding in England and Switzerland, sat down with (USEF) ‘S’ dressage judge, Tracey Lert, to discuss the importance of your dressage test sheet. “I love the way Tracy Lert is able to demystify the judge’s comments in terms that appeal to one’s common sense,” says Natalie. “Many people think dressage is confusing, but it’s actually quite formulaic.” To read “Decoding the Dressage Test,” and pick up some helpful pointers to improve your score, turn to page 54. We have some other great features in this issue as well. David Oliynyk gives us advice on how to develop a secure seat to become a better rider in the hunter/ jumper ring (page 84), and if you’re in the mood to be inspired, be sure to read Kathryn Selinga’s article on some amazing college students who are making a difference through the IHSA’s new Service Project Award program (page 66). In its first year, eight college teams participated, and they describe how giving back not only filled them with a sense of pride, but strengthened their bond as a team. So, if you want to improve your barn, your dressage test, your seat, or your community, you can find help here.

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I HAD THE PLEASURE of attending the AQHA Regional Championship and Super 6 Show, held July 17-22, at the Eastern States Expo Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA. Almost everyone that I met had come away with at least one ribbon, and many riders were trying to qualify for Quarter Horse Congress. One person who made a major impact on me Me with was Alissa Padget of Alissa Padget. East Hartford, CT. Alissa became involved with horses at age eight, when a friend of hers was riding at Ebony Horsewomen, a non-profit facility geared toward inner-city kids in Hartford, CT. The program prides itself on teaching horseback riding lessons and horsemanship skills to students who don’t have the means to pay for them. Aside from educating children about horses, the organization means much more to its students and volunteers, including both Alissa and Ebony Horsewomen founder, Patricia Kelly. “Ebony Horsewomen’s mission is to empower youth, specifically, within the inner-city, through and by the use of horses and agricultural programming,” states Patricia. “I hear from parents that this is a great leadership organization for their kids. They find structure, and a direction. Horses help our children to heal, to find esteem, and in terms of leadership, they find that it’s impossible to control a horse until you can control yourself.” According to Patricia, the program has a very high success rate, with 100% of its students graduating from high school, 100% entering college since 2008, and 90% of them graduating from college. Alissa is one of the many success stories who started her riding career at Ebony Horsewomen. She credits the organization for providing her with a good foundation for horsemanship and riding. And, although she eventually moved on to White Birch Farm in East Hampton, CT, where she half-leases an American Quarter Horse and shows on the Quarter Horse circuit, she’s been known to return to the farm to volunteer. “For me, going back and volunteering there was kind of like a thank you to them,” she says. “I wanted to visit the place where I first started riding, and see how some of the old horses were doing.” This month, the 18-year-old is starting as a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, where she plans to concentrate on zoology and horsemanship. And, as for Ebony Horsewomen…they continue to empower children and teens, creating many more success stories on a daily basis.

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I just went through the August issue of the new Equine Journal. I love what you have done! The first section is great; I love your interviews with Olympic riders. I only have two requests. First, please do not combine Morgan news with Saddlebred news. As a Lippitt Morgan breeder, I pride myself on raising horses with direct lines back to Justin Morgan, with no Saddlebred outcrosses. It’s not a matter of not liking Saddlebreds; it’s all about purity. If you need more Morgan news in order to get our own section, let us know! Second, I am thrilled that the calendar section is now not separated by discipline. I love all disciplines! But, it would be very helpful if it were separated by region so I could zero in on the events close to home. Thank you! Congratulations on a very successful joint venture. – Paula Beck, Chester, MA

Thank you for all of the news about the farms in the Northeast, Arabian news (of course!), show results, and, well…all the rest of it! I always read the classifieds too for everything from horses, barns, and transport…Keep up the great work, Equine Journal! -Hilary Hume Hinds, Temple, ME

Thank you for using “Nagid” in the Heads Up Arabian Section! Not only is he cute and sweet, but he is super talented too. -Cheryl Dauphainais, Sutton, MA

I loved the shout-out from Leslie de Grandmaison [in the Eventing Heads Up column]. What a wonderfully supportive instructor I have! Katie Murphy, Hopkinton, NH

Thank you very much, EJ, for featuring Cricket & Blue in your Fashion Column last month! I was so excited to see C & B in print! Rachel Hunt London, Ontario, Canada



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Thank you for always providing timely and important information! I loved the Training Pointers by Kendra OwenRiley, as I am preparing to start my mare under saddle this fall! Rachel Pinello Winchendon, MA I loved the focus on reining—and purchasing a first reining horse. [It’s} very different from buying a jumper or a trail mount! Jess Bowers Via Facebook

I would like to thank Equine Journal for the years of great PR for the Arabian breed—wonderful articles on all our disciplines and human interest stories that tie all breeds together. I am never bored when flipping through the magazine. Keep up the good work. Angelique Anthony, Linonier, PA

I just read the funniest thing...The Last Laugh column “Fun ‘n Games” on the back page of the August Equine Journal. I was laughing so hard I was absolutely crying. So funny! Pamela Martin Dors Berryville, VA

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I love all of the news about what everyone is doing—all the local news, club news, and farm news. It’s a great community! -Mindy Lee Roland, Shady Point, OK

What’s not to like? [The new Equine Journal] has more pages than the Quarter Horse Journal, and covers so many different disciplines…I love the segregation of the Northeast and Regions for news. Great articles, and I like the tips. My favorites was the Last Laugh on the back page, it really did make me laugh. In general, what I personally like is the local news bit columns and stories—they give me a chance to stay in touch with friends and equine activities from my home states, since I have relocated to Florida. Kristina Karlen Ocala, FL

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What is your favorite horse-related application on your mobile device? Gas Buddy! So I can find the best price on fuel when I’m on the road with my horses! -Kanoe Durdan Godby My Horse—an addicting game where you care for your digital horse and train for competitions. The “horse” is very interactive; it responds to rubbing on the screen. The activities are realistic like feeding, grooming, mucking out the stall, etc. And, you must train for competitions before you compete. I love it! -Lindsay Smith Trail Logger. -Sandi Johnson The camera on my phone! Taking photos of his beautiful silly faces. -Christine Laporte The Compendium of Veterinary Products. It’s like a vet version of the PDR. There is full ingredient and label info on most available equine products like supplements, topicals, etc. -Stacey Golub Equitrail for my trail riding adventures. -Judy Rozbicki My favorite is USEF Equitests for learning my dressage patterns, as I am notorious for losing papers. -Alli Rowley

No apps, but I like having Equine Journal on FacebookSM so that I can keep up with the events and news of others. -Diana MacLeod Equisketch Records for tracking appointments and getting auto reminders when my horse is due for the farrier, shots, etc. -Phyllis LeBlanc The USEF Equitest application that shows all the tests with diagrams up to Fourth Level. A great way to study! -Mara Press Avery

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I use Equitempo to work on a steady rhythm with my horse. Also, I use Map MyRun to track trails and training routes. -Cheryl Rings

My Tracks—A GPS app that tracks where I am on trails, how far I have ridden, and for how long. It uses satellite overlays so you can see the trails up ahead. -Cheval Noire

Course Walk. It charts your crosscountry course, allowing you to take a photo of a jump and then pinpoint its location. The application also has links to live scoring. -Brenda Casey

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From our StaFF My favorite equine-related app is Horse Rider SOS. A majority of my riding time lately has been spent on the trails, and although I (luckily) haven’t had an emergency situation where I needed to use it, just knowing that I have my GPS activated and my phone on me when I go out for a ride gives me peace of mind should something happen. – Elisabeth Gilbride Executive Editor For Next Month:

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Anne Svensson sent in this photo of AQHA colt, “BurnE,” whose registered name is Waves Of Gold EE, with his mom, Eyed Be Skippin Gold. He is the result of frozen semen shipped all the way from Craig Schmersal’s farm in the U.S. to Svensson Ranch in Sweden.


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Clones Competing Following a recent Fédération Equestre Internationale meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, the FEI has announced that cloned horses may now compete in international competitions. It was decided that, “The FEI will not forbid participation of clones or their progenies in FEI competitions. The FEI will continue to monitor further research, especially with regard to equine welfare.” This decision reverses the FEI’s original position on the subject of cloning. There are currently no cloned horses competing, but two clones of the 1988 silver medalist, Gem Twist, are on the ground.


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bits & pieces POINTS OF INTEREST

Olympic mOments

Rich Fellers (Sherwood, OR) and Flexible put in a valiant effort in the Individual Show Jumping Final at the Olympic Games and came up with a top-10 finish on just five faults. The individual medalists in eventing (left to right): Sara Algotssen Ostholt, Michael Jung, and Sandra Auffarth.

Individual Dressage

Individual Show Jumping

Individual Eventing


Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro

Steve Guerdat and Nino Des Buissonnets

Michael Jung and Sam


Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival

Gerco Schroder and London

Sara Algotssen Ostholt and Wega


Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris

Cian O’Connor and Blue Loyd 12

Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo

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Zara Phillips receives her silver medal from her mother, The Princess Royal.

British Dressage star Charlotte Dujardin won her second gold medal of London 2012 when she was crowned Olympic Individual champion at Greenwich. She was the last rider to go and smashed Olympic records by scoring 90.089 percent.


The United States was represented by both Fellers and McLain Ward (Brewster, NY) in the Individual Show Jumping Final. Ward rode Antares F to a 12-fault effort in Round A. Five faults was the cutoff for the top 20 who qualified for Round B, so only Fellers returned to the ring.

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


The number of minutes that a rider in the Intercollegiate Dressage Association is allowed to warm-up his or her horse and prepare him for competition.

The number of disciplines recognized by the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. They are hunt seat, saddle seat, and western.

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The year that equestrian was classified as an NCAA emerging sport. At that time there were six participating teams: Auburn, Fresno State, Georgia, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, and Texas A&M.


Total number of teams in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (as of August 2012).

The year that 18-year-old Fairleigh Dickinson University sophomore, Bob Cacchione, began the prototype competition program that would eventually become the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. He had the help of his professor Jack Fritz.






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bits & pieces PREPURCHASE EXAM

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bits & pieces STABLE SOLUTIONS helpful hints for horse-keeping

Equine Emergencies 101 What You Need to Know About Bringing Your Horse to an Equine Referral Hospital

WhEthEr it’s you or your horsE, there are two basic circumstances that warrant going to the hospital— emergencies and scheduled visits with a specialist. in the New England/New york area, there are about a dozen equine referral hospitals, so at least one should be within a few hours’ drive of every horse owner. When your horse is ill or injured, the first thing that you should always do is call your regular veterinarian. Be prepared to give her the history of the problem and your horse’s vital signs so that she can assess the severity of the situation. she may recommend immediate transportation to the closest hospital; she may come to the farm to examine and/or treat your horse; or, she may ask you to monitor your horse and to call her back with updates. your veterinarian is the best resource for keeping your horse healthy, but some injuries or illnesses require a specialist. these veterinarians are at the forefront of their field and generally see patients at referral hospitals. Dr. Meredith Boulay of Backstretch Veterinary in Norfolk, MA, says, “the recommendation to refer your horse for hospital care can be made for a few different reasons. Part of being a good field vet is knowing when you lack any of the elements below that will enable you to do the right thing for the horse. “the first is expertise. in the Northeast, we are very lucky to have relatively easy access to a variety of specialists in surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, theriogenology (reproduction), ophthalmology, etc. Most of us in the field are general practitioners; we often have our own areas of particular interest, but we are usually not ‘board certified’ in a specialty. When we run into a case that is a little odd, sometimes it’s best to have someone look at the horse who may see similar cases every day. “the second is equipment and facilities. While the range of portable equipment—and the know-how to use it—is rapidly expanding in the field, 38

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Your veterinarian is the best resource for your horse’s health, but sometimes a specialist is required for more in-depth procedures.

there are many things that are generally confined to hospital settings. sterile surgery suites and ventilation anesthesia machines top that list. hospitals generally have more powerful radiographic (X-ray) and ultrasound equipment, a full range of gastroscopes and endoscopes, Mris, Cts and nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan). hospitals also have on-demand oxygen for compromised foals, the ability to run blood work and get results quickly for sick patients, and have slings and padded stalls for neurologic horses. “Emergency referrals are gener-

ally based on the potential need for immediate surgery or because the care involved is extremely intensive or timesensitive. surgical colics are an obvious example of the first situation, but so are potentially infected joints that may need to have aggressive surgical therapy to preserve the horse’s soundness; they cannot wait 24 hours to make that determination. severe eye problems, such as corneal ulcers, may require hourly treatments for a prolonged period, even if they don’t require surgery, and sometimes this is not easily accomplished on

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Planning Your Visit When you and your veterinarian decide that it’s best to take your horse to a specialist, you first need to consider the hospital options in your area. Dr. Galanthay explains, “Some hospitals have a reputation for being top-notch in one area, such as respiratory problems, while others are known for their skillful orthopedic surgeons. Your veterinarian will be ‘in the know’ about where the best specialists are that can help your horse.” In an emergency, you may choose a hospital because it is the closest one. When you call the selected hospital to set up the appointment (or notify them that you are en route in an emergency), be sure to give them contact information for yourself, your veterinarian, your barn manager/trainer if he/she is involved in the situation, and your insurance company if the horse is insured. Make photocopies of the insurance information to give to the hospital staff and specialist. It is your responsibility to notify the insurance company of your horse’s problem and any visit to the hospital. If you fail to do this at the outset, your horse’s bills may not be covered. Dr. Galanthay advises owners to make plans ahead of time so as to reduce their stress level once they are en route and 40

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Referral hospitals have more powerful radiographic and ultrasound equipment to help diagnose ailments quickly.

then at the hospital. “Arrange transportation for your horse if you will not be trailering him yourself. Will the shipper stay the whole day with you at the hospital while your horse is examined? Will the shipper do a return pickup if your horse stays overnight? Ask the hospital receptionist for the names and phone numbers of local hotels, in case you end up staying overnight along with your horse. The more prepared you are, the better you’ll hold up.” Dr. Galanthay recommends that owners bring a friend with them. “Your friend should understand the situation but won’t be as emotionally involved as you will be. She can take notes and help ask questions.” Hospitals will have common types of feed available for inpatient horses. Pellets, sweet feed, and senior feed will be formulations designed for “maintenance of pleasure horses” and there will be timothy/grass hay. If your horse is on a special diet that consists of either grain or roughage, be sure to bring along several days’ worth of food in case he is admitted to the hospital overnight. Label the bags and containers with your horse’s name, your name, and feeding instructions.

At the Referral Hospital If you have a scheduled appointment, be sure that your horse arrives “in shape” for the examination to be performed. As examples, horses must be fasted overnight prior to gastroscopy (visual

evaluation of the stomach), and a lame hoof must be soaked overnight before an ultrasound exam. Here again, this is why you should coordinate your hospital visit with your veterinarian so that she can make sure that you “prep” your horse properly. Dr. Boulay says, “When you walk into the hospital, you will have to confront the administrative side of things. In an emergency situation, this may be quickly establishing who the owner is and who has the ability to make life-or-death decisions about the horse.” Dr. Galanthay adds, “Costs are always a concern. You must speak up if you have to stick to a budget. Remember that tests to get to an answer for what is wrong with your horse cost money.” Examination and treatment of horses at referral hospitals is a team approach. There will be a lot of people around your horse, examining him and possibly initiating treatments in an emergency. You will probably be asked to step back while they hold the horse and do their jobs. There will be “layers” of people: students (if this is a veterinary school teaching hospital), assistants, certified veterinary technicians, DVM interns and residents, and senior clinicians. Dr. Boulay explains, “The insurance liability of the facility determines a lot of the ‘owners hands-off’ policy. This is because employees are covered by the hospital’s insurance and you, as an owner, are not. It is also because the doctors, technicians, and assistants have


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been trained in the procedure and the appropriate restraint techniques—they don’t know if you have been, and everyone’s safety is at stake, including your horse’s.� When I was working as a large animal radiology technician at a referral hospital (Tufts, 1983-2001), I would often allow owners to watch the procedure from safely outside in the corridor, looking in through a leaded-glass window. With trained technicians to assist me—one to position/hold the horse and one to hold the X-ray film cassette in the proper location—I could shoot 10 films in 10 minutes because my helpers were familiar with the procedures. If I was training new technicians, it would take me twice as long to complete a study because I would have to explain every step along the way to my helpers. Plus, radiation safety for clients was always a concern. Most ultrasound exams can be viewed by owners. Some surgery suites have adjacent viewing rooms, but some do not. Many surgeons prefer owners to wait in the reception area during the surgery. Don’t be alarmed—the surgeon just wants to focus all of his attention on your horse and not be concerned about the owner’s impressions of the procedure, even if it is just looking through a window. Dr. Boulay reminds owners who have scheduled appointments, “If you are bringing your horse in for an elective or diagnostic procedure, an emergency may unfortunately supersede you, depending upon the hospital staffing. While this is frustrating, we’d all want them to do the same and wait for us if we were in the reverse position.� If your horse stays overnight, be sure to identify any of his tack or clothing that you leave at the hospital. Clearly label the halter, cooler, sheet, and blanket with your name and the horse’s name. Communication concerning inpatient horses varies widely between hospitals. Day-to-day updates may come from a secondary veterinarian (intern, resident), but rest assured that these people communicate directly with the specialist at the top and that directives relative to your horse’s care are coming from the top down. Always feel free to ask about therapies, changes in medication or any other concerns that you have, including when you can talk directly with the specialist. Dr. Boulay says, “Visitation hours are usually limited to certain times during the day when the ‘barn chores’ are complete and staff is more likely to be available to answer questions in person. Visitation is not allowed for horses in isolation units unless there is a ‘viewing room.’ Visitation may sometimes be curtailed unexpectedly if there is an emergency occurring in the barn where your horse is stabled. Visitors should expect to go through foot baths and basic sanitation when entering the hospital and again when leaving. You don’t want to track anything in or out.� Above all, try to stay calm and relaxed. Your horse doesn’t want to see you worried! Dr. Galanthay reminds owners, “The hospital staff is accustomed to crying, distraught owners. They have your horse’s best interest in mind as they work, so just take a deep breath, step back, and think positive.� Remember that all of these skilled people are doing their best for your horse. Sue Perry is a Certified Veterinary Technician and equine massage therapist. She lives in Upton, MA, with two event horses and runs “Muscle Magic,� an equine massage service.


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bits & pieces ASK THE VET your horse health questions answered

Poison Patrol

Plants Your Horse Shouldn’t Eat By Ashley TAylor, D.V.M. of new englAnD equine MeDicAl AnD surgicAl cenTer

What are some common poisonous plants that I should be on the lookout for in my pasture? What are the consequences of my horse eating them? there are many poisonous plants that grow throughout the northeast. Luckily, most horses do not ingest poisonous plants unless they are on dirt lots and not supplied with any other form of food. the following are 10 of the most common poisonous plants to horses in the northeast: Bracken Fern: the plant causes thiamine deficiency in horses, which leads to weight loss, and over time, they will develop neurological symptoms that leave them uncoordinated and unable to stand. Bracken fern grows in low-lying moist areas of pasture and marsh. toxicity is associated with diets containing approximately 20% bracken fern for three weeks. Buttercup: this wildflower commonly grows in pastures or along fence lines and will cause excessive salivation, colic, diarrhea, and incoordination. Buttercup is not poisonous when cut and dried. Oak trees: these trees commonly grow in pastures or overhang pasture areas. acorns, buds, and leaves are the most poisonous parts of this plant, causing diarrhea, loss of appetite, poor hair coat, fluid buildup under the skin, and GI

upset. signs may occur within four days of consumption of the plant with death occurring within three to seven days. ragwOrt: this plant commonly grows in poorly maintained pastures and hay fields. no evidence of consumption is seen until signs of liver failure appear, and then they include loss of appetite,

weight loss, sensitivity to light, depression, incoordination, and jaundice. st. JOhnswOrt: this is a plant that commonly grows in overgrazed or eroded pastures, abandoned fields, open woods, or sandy infertile soils. It will cause sensitivity to light, as well as ulcerative and exudative dermatitis in

My horse constantly eats the leaves off of trees even though he has grass and hay available. What does this mean? What should I do? leaves growing on trees have higher moisture and sugar content than hay and sometimes grass, depending on the time of the year and the quality of the pasture. For this reason, horses sometimes prefer leaves to grass or hay, especially if they are in a pasture without grass. It is important 46

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to determine the type of tree the horse is eating leaves from because some are toxic to horses. red Maple and oak trees are two common trees where the leaves are toxic to horses. If your pasture contains these trees, I recommend removing them, or if it’s a large enough pasture, fencing them off. this can also be challenging in the fall or after a storm when leaves can travel into the paddock. In this case, it may be helpful to rake so the horse is not consuming large quantities of leaves. If

the tree is hanging over the pasture, then I would recommend cutting limbs back so the horse cannot reach the leaves.

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light-skinned areas of the horse. White hemlock: This will grow commonly along pasture hedgerows and pond areas in pastures. White Hemlock causes salivation, muscle tremors, paralysis, dilated pupils, incoordination, diminished heart and respiratory rates, and possibly colic. Red maple: You can find this tree in pastures or hanging over pasture fences. Wilted leaves commonly seen in the fall are toxic when fresh, whereas dried leaves are not toxic. Signs usually appear within a few hours but can appear as long as four to five days after consumption. Signs include lethargy, loss of appetite, dark red, brown or black urine, or pale yellow gums at first that turn into a muddy brown color. Increased respiratory rate and heart rate occur, as well as dehydration. WateR hemlock: Commonly seen growing along marshy areas in pastures, this plant causes central nervous system stimulation leading to excessive salivation, dilated pupils, nervousness, difficulty breathing, degeneration of the heart and skeletal muscles, seizures, convulsions, and respiratory paralysis. Signs of poisoning can appear within an hour of ingestion and death within two to three hours. milkWeed: All parts of this plant are poisonous, dead or alive. It will cause disorientation, spasms, loss of muscle control, rapid and weak pulse, diarrhea, respiratory paralysis, dilated pupils, kidney or liver failure, and death eventually due to respiratory failure. JimsonWeed: This weed commonly grows in overgrazed pastures and barnyards. It will cause weak or rapid pulse, dilated pupils, constipation, uncoordinated gate, muscle twitching, frequent urination, coma, and possible death. Symptoms can occur as soon as one to four hours after ingestion. The seeds are the most toxic part of this plant, and it takes only 0.1% of the horse’s body weight in seeds to kill it. It will take 1% of the horse’s body weight in leaves to cause death.

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My horse loses his cool as soon as we hit the starting box. Do you have any tips for keeping him a bit calmer?

A rider has to find a balance between her horse’s excitement and keeping him listening and under control.



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says, “Go.” Again, good timing is the key here (you should be getting led into the box as the timer says, “Two…One… Go”). Don’t worry if you are there alone. Eventers are a great, supportive group of people and are always willing to help fellow competitors. Ask any trainer in the warm-up area, and I’m sure you’ll find someone willing to lead you in. Finally, check in with your own nerves. The majority of competitors get nervous for cross-country and want to get to the box early. But, if you time it properly, it will make your horse more relaxed and ultimately make you more relaxed. If you’re a nervous competitor, make sure you address this in a proactive way. Make sure you are very well prepared prior to coming to the show with proper schooling and lessons. I am a big believer

in visualization. Imagine yourself riding out of the box on a relaxed, quiet horse and jumping the whole course well. Everything happens so fast when you’re riding a course. I find this helps to make riding a little more instinctual. The more confident and prepared you are, the more relaxed you and your horse will be. Have fun and kick on! Alison EAstmAn-lAwlEr has over 25 years of teaching and 30 years of riding experience. She is an ICP certified instructor, and a graduate “A” from Groton Pony Club. Having evented for the past 30 years, she has competed through the Preliminary three-day level. She has numerous wins throughout the East Coast on horses she’s brought along herself. For more information, visit

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As event riders, we hope our horses get excited about crosscountry, but we have to find a balance between their excitement and keeping them listening and under control. In my experience, horses that become a handful near the start box have figured out that the box means the start of their favorite phase! The exuberance comes from wanting to get out onto the course. Timing is very important to a successful departure from the start box. I believe less is more in the warm-up. Time your warm-up so you have just enough time to feel prepared, but your horse isn’t waiting around. Waiting around adds to your horse’s anticipation, and therefore, creates a bit of uncontrollable energy. If possible, have a helper on the ground communicate with the steward and starter that you won’t be going to the box until you get close to the countdown. If you don’t have a helper, you could go over to the start prior to being on your horse and discuss with the steward that you can’t go over to the box early. Ideally, you want to start walking there when it is very close to them saying, “Go.” You don’t want to be standing and waiting near it. Try to time it so they are counting down as you get closer and you only start going into the box as they get to: “Two…One… Go.” This takes calmness on your part. I don’t head to the area near the box with my horse until they are at 30 seconds. You can also have someone lead you into the box. They should take a light contact with your rein, pat your horse on the neck, walk calmly toward the box, and lead him towards it. They can then walk into it and let go as the starter


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The rider’s use of hands and legs, distribution of body weight in the saddle, and balance are a large part of communication with the horse, and will lead to a successful ride.

help keep the horse traveling in a straight line); your hands are like the steering wheel of your vehicle. The outside rein keeps your horse on the rail, while support with your inside rein helps to keep him traveling in that straight line. Remember, you don’t just turn your steering wheel in only one direction traveling down the road—you gently maneuver it the entire time you are driving. If you are asking for the canter from a turn, you must still support the horse on both sides to keep him in balance. As you are traveling down the rail in a straight line, you are responsible for speed and direction through the use of your body weight, balance, hands, and legs. Your hands help control the direction of the front end of your horse, while your legs control the direction

of the hind end. Horses move “away” from your leg pressure, making inside leg with some inside rein important to a successful straight trip down the rail. CHRIS CASSENTI is manager and lead trainer at Chrislar Farm in Rowley, MA, which she and her husband, Larry, founded in 1978. Although Chris is best known for her winning Morgan horses and equitation riders, she enjoys working with all breeds and riding disciplines. Chris holds NEHC “J” English and Western division and USEF “R” Morgans and Saddle Seat Equitation judge’s cards.


Riding any horse is similar to driving an automobile. When driving your car, you maneuver the steering wheel a little to the left, right and center, depending on where you are heading. If you are parking your car, you are “looking” where you are going; likely slowing down for accuracy, and taking your time pulling into that space. The young horse (or any horse) should be maneuvered in a similar way as driving a vehicle. Most of our horses have learned voice commands, which is great for communication. However, the rider’s distribution of body weight in the saddle, balance, and use of hands and legs are huge methods of communication when used correctly. When you are “looking” in the direction you are headed, that changes body weight distribution just enough to let the horse know that’s the direction you are heading and keeps you focused on your plan. Keep “looking” and then go there. Once your horse has learned to canter collectedly, remember that his head and neck should “bend” around your leg and toward the center of the ring when executing the turns on either end of the ring—thus, yielding to your leg, body, and hand signals and being in balance. Never ask a young horse to move into the canter unless he is already going forward at the walk (or trot). As he takes a couple of steps forward, ask him to step up into the canter from a straight line. Many young horses are asked to canter by pulling their head to the rail, and using inside leg. This puts them in the “haunches in” position, which causes the problem initially. When you ask your horse to canter, he should be traveling in a straight line, and signaled to step up with inside leg. Be sure to also support with your inside leg (to

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‹ Understanding both the proportions of the figures and the expectation of the level helps add accuracy and harmony to your test.

STEp 1: Understand both the test and the expectation of the level. Comments You Might See: • At Training Level: Needs to stretch forward to contact. • At First Level: Lengthening a bit rushed; needs longer strides, not quicker strides. • At Second Level: Needs to show uphill balance; losing collection and balance. One simple step you can take toward improving your scores is to pay attention to the paperwork beforehand. The USEF test sheets, which are the sheets judges use when scoring your ride, are a treasure trove of information. Test sheets can be found online at or through a web search. Listed at the top of each sheet is the test’s purpose, which clearly explains its goal. For example, the purpose listed at the top of 2011 Training Level Test 1 is “to confirm that the horse is supple and moves freely forward in a clear and steady rhythm, accepting contact with the bit.” The judges want to see that the basics are being correctly established in the horse’s training, with an eye toward the base of the training pyramid: rhythm, relaxation, and contact. “You should understand the purpose for the level at which you’re showing. Maybe you can do the shoulder-in or the haunches-in, but you still don’t have collection, thrust, and steadiness on the bit for Second Level. In that case, you should stay at First Level and consolidate things,” explains Lert. “The ‘purpose’ can keep people working in a much more productive way in their training and riding.” Below the purpose, the test sheet also clarifies what’s being introduced in this test; for Training Level Test 1, this includes working trot, working canter, medium walk, free walk, and stretching on the circle in the trot. These should all be elements in your daily schooling, executed with the elements established in the test’s purpose. Within the test itself, each movement is listed and scored separately, with a clear explanation in both the “test” and the “directive ideas” boxes. For example, in Training Level Test 1’s stretch circle, the rider is instructed to circle left 58

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Geometry and Beyond STEp 2: Ride accurately while using the arena appropriately relative to your level. Comments You Might See: • Circle not round. • Needs to stay on line (e.g. FXH, MXK, etc.). • Circle needs to be centered. Dressage tests are laid out logically using clearly identifiable patterns. Riding those patterns accurately can only improve your score—and your ride. For one thing, riding a sloppy test equates to just throwing away points. While the quality of your training and riding are of paramount importance, an accurate test is icing on the cake. In addition, riding accurately adds control to your training, helping you better harmonize with your horse. “Riders at the lower levels starting their journey into dressage have a lot of accuracy issues,” notes Lert. “While this is not the most important thing for sure, it certainly has an effect.” For example, Lert often sees riders at the lower levels riding too deeply into corners—likely a spin-off effect from being told not to cut corners. “This is not only an accuracy issue, but also a reaction to not understanding the requirement of the level.” Lert explains you shouldn’t ride any deeper into the corner than the smallest figure at that gait at that level. This means in a Training Level test, the smallest “figure” you would ride would be your turn up the centerline in trot; therefore, a corner should be ridden no deeper than a 10-meter circle in the corner at the trot. Also, at Training Level, the smallest figure performed in the canter is a 20-meter circle; so, riding the corners in the canter should reflect the larger size of that figure. Lert notes riding too deeply into the corners causes the horse to lose fluidity and balance. It helps to understand how the judge scores a movement such as a circle. “In judging, we look at basics first,” Lert

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20 meters in the rising trot at A, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward. Before A, the rider shortens the reins, with a working trot at A. The directive ideas for this score include “forward and downward stretch over the back into a light contact, maintaining balance and quality of trot bend; shape and size of circle; smooth, balanced transitions.” With this information, it’s clear not only how to ride the movement, but what criteria are deemed important with this movement at this level. Lert notes in the current version of the tests, the directives were revamped in order to be even more clear. Finally, the remarks you receive from the judge in the collective marks are designed to praise the areas in which you excel and offer guidance where needed. “Look at your test and try to sense from the judge’s comments what your weak link is,” explains Lert. “Take those remarks home and work on them together with your instructor.” Another basic tool in your arsenal is the USEF rulebook, in which the dressage section provides explanatory definitions and diagrams. Does the renvers leave your head spinning? Have a look in the rulebook, where you’ll find not only a clear explanation of the movement, but a diagram detailing the bend, direction of movement, and where the feet fall on each track. Availing yourself of these sources of information is a fundamental step toward being a thinking rider.

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for each gait, while tempo refers to the rate of those footfalls. “Rhythm is the four-beat walk, two-beat trot, three-beat canter. It’s the clarity of beats of gait,” says Lert. “Tempo is beats per minute.” To help better explain how beats-perminute and miles-per-hour differ, Lert explains that beats-per-minute is the number of footfalls the horse produces per stride, while miles-per-hour is the amount of ground the horse covers. For example, the passage is a two-beat gait, so it has a two-beat rhythm. As the passage has limited forward motion, it has few miles-per-hour, despite the fact that, on average, it has around 120 beats-per-minute (a collected trot is around 140 beats-per-minute). The Rhythm and Tempo passage does not cover a huge amount Step 3: Understand rhythm and tempo. Whether you ride at Grand Prix or at Introof ground, but still, the number of Comments You Might See: beats-per-minute is also not slow. • Hurried; medium trot needs length and ductory Level, everything comes back to solid basics. If the basics are in place, your If you have difficulty gauging your suspension (balance and tempo issue). horse will look and feel correct and solid. tempo, eyes on the ground can be • Small, hurried steps; needs to cover very helpful. Another great device ground (tempo and length of stride issue). for grasping tempo is a metronome, which, thanks to modern • Irregular steps over X (rhythm issue). technology, is quite easily accessible. iPhones and Android • Canter not always clear three beats (rhythm issue). phones have metronome apps. Clip the phone to your belt with the metronome running, and you get a clear idea of Maybe you’ve been told that your horse rushes, or the tempo. For example, establish a nice, collected trot, sync opposite, that your horse isn’t in front of the leg. Maybe your your metronome to that beat, then try to maintain that same collection tends to be too slow and medium too fast. It’s time trot tempo in the shoulder-in. Staying with the ticking rhythm for a refresher on rhythm and tempo. on your belt can be eye opening. Rhythm refers to the timing and sequence of the footfalls

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clarifies. “Then, we look to see if the criteria of the movement are fulfilled. If it is a circle, is it round and the right size? If it is a shoulder-in, is it the correct angle and correct number of tracks? Next, we look to see that it is in the correct gait, has sufficient impulsion, and sufficient submission for the movement. The smaller issues are the ‘modifiers,’ which can slightly alter the score up or down.” Understanding both the proportions of the figures and the expectation of the level, both of which are found within the tests and the rulebook, helps add accuracy and harmony to your test.


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Back to Basics STEP 4: Always make sure your training is solid. Comments You Might See: • Horse needs to be steadier in contact, especially in lateral work. • Needs to improve uphill balance in medium and extended work.

United States Dressage Tracey Federation (USDF) Gold Lert Medalist, Tracey Lert, has worn many hats in the dressage world. In addition to being a USDF Certified Instructor, she is a USEF “S” dressage judge and member of the USDF “L” Faculty, whose role is to educate new judges. An accomplished Grand Prix competitor, she has been long listed with the United States Equestrian Team (USET). In addition, Lert’s students have enjoyed success at the highest levels. Her father, the late Peter Lert, played a critical role in the development of dressage in the United States. Lert teaches and trains at American Sport Horse in Watsonville, CA. Visit her online at


No matter whether you ride at Grand Prix or at Introductory Level, everything comes back to solid basics. If the basics are in place, your horse will look and feel correct and solid. Without the basics, however, your test is likely to unravel at some point. “Always come back to the basics,” says Lert. “Generally, when things start to go out of whack, there are holes in the basics. Keep all the basics in line within each movement, even when you get to Grand Prix. You can always look to the training pyramid and see if you are adhering to the principles there. The pyramid is where the basics are.” Be sure to keep the fundamentals in mind when you think about moving up to the next level. “As a rider, be clear in your mind that you have all the parts and pieces ready to go forward for your own skill set as a rider and the horse’s training,” remarks Lert. “Spend enough time at a level to consolidate all the requirements of that level until you feel secure.” Lert notes she often sees horses that are exceptional athletes and are able to move up the levels because they are capable; however, at some point, it all falls apart. “Make sure you aren’t just riding on athletic ability,” she notes. Conversely, Lert explains that there are horses who are limited movers that still have all the basics and are ready to proceed. In both of these cases, scores should not be the

sole determining factor of whether or not to go on to the next level, but rather, the quality of your horse’s training and your ability as a rider. So, how do you put it all together? Do your homework— both researching what’s expected in your riding and working together with a good instructor to bring out the best in you and your horse. Keep your eyes open for comments from judges designed to keep you on the right track. All of these nuggets of information add up to help you achieve your best performance!



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n the 2011-2012 season, the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) launched an initiative with the intent to encourage team bonding and team spirit. What they got was much more awe-inspiring. In its inaugural year, the Service Project Award honored eight college teams, whose members donated their time and efforts to give back to their communities; but instead of just receiving recognition from the national organization, team members also gained new insights and the joy of helping others.



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“What I got the most out of [hearing the stories], was how excited the students were,” says Debbie Rittereiser, Chair of the Service Project Award Committee. “You could see how this changed them, and I thought that was the most amazing thing. And, that comes from when you do something for somebody else, you just get that really great feeling.” Along with building team spirit, the goal of the award was to get more riders involved in the community, build leadership skills, and build awareness of the teams and the IHSA on campuses and within communities. “[The team members aren’t] just a bunch of kids that are horseback riding—there’s more depth to them. I think this proves that,” says Rittereiser. From aiding helpless horses, sick children, and underprivileged families, to cleanup efforts after a devastating tornado, here are four of the award-winning teams’ stories:

Drew University After the discussion about starting the Service Project Award first came about at an IHSA board meeting, it was a no brainer for Karen Sykes and her Drew University Equestrian Team to enter the contest—after all, they had already been volunteering at a local food bank for about four years. “It

The Centenary College Equestrian Team volunteers gather for a photo at the inaugural Bowling for Jack’s Kids tournament.

started a few years back,” says Sykes. “I was trying to find a way to get the team to bond a little bit. I had done volunteer work at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and it’s a great organization. It really opened my eyes to what was going on in the world and with the economy.” So, Sykes presented the idea to her team, who answered with a resounding “yes.” “The first time we went…we worked in what they call a clean room. One of the companies had donated huge pallets of cereal. The [girls] spent the morning going through the pallets and scooping it out. They had to wear little hair nets, masks, and gloves, and they had to build the packages and seal the packaging that it was put into and tape it up, and they went through all this and worked together as a team,” explains Sykes. But what she remembers most about that day, is the grateful volunteer coordinator who told the girls, “‘You know, you just made over 3,000 packages of food for families.’ And they all kind of stood there and their jaws hit the ground…I was so proud of them,” says Sykes. “As we walked out of there, we all huddled around the cars in the parking lot and they said, ‘When can we come back?’ I thought it was great. September 2012



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fact that many leaves had not fallen The Drew Univerfrom the trees, made for a chaotic sity Equestrian mix. Downed branches, trees, Team has been and wires caused power outages volunteering at the Community and closed roads everywhere. In Food Bank of New Springfield, MA, where the Zoo in Jersey for four Forest Park & Education Center is years. located, 14" of snow fell in a 24-hour period, destroying enclosures for many of the animals at the park and causing a premature closing for the season. “A lot of the living quarters for the animals got knocked down, and the animals were stuck living in small enclosures because their big ones were completely trashed from the storm,” says Abby Raucher, a rising sophomore on the Mount Holyoke hunt seat IHSA team. Raucher’s teammate, Flynn Vickowski, used to work at the zoo, and when coach CJ Law told her team about the Service Project, they thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make a difference in their community and try to bring the award back to their campus. “So we went in large groups consisting of members from the equitation team and the western team, and we helped clean up and picked up branches and raked up tons of trash that had blown in, and we basically just helped clean the place up, so that they could repair all of the enclosures and open the zoo on time,” she continues. Although hunt seat and western teams don’t travel or compete together, the Award requires schools offering both disciplines to have everyone work together on their project. Raucher found that stipulation not to be daunting, but rather, rewarding. “It definitely brought the team together because we all thought it would be a good idea to go and help, and

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It was more than I could’ve expected.” And go back, they did. “We’re at the point now that we go a couple times a semester. They can’t wait—we put our schedule together and they say ‘OK, where are the food bank days?’” Since the Drew team first started volunteering at the food bank, they have been inspired further to help others. “This summer we actually sponsored a jump at a local horse show at Briarwood Farm in Madison, NJ. All of the proceeds from that show went directly to benefit the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.” Sykes has found that, not only does the community service work bring her team together and build stronger relationships, but it also builds character in the girls as individuals. “It’s interesting because, a lot of times you have kids on a team—some of them are really outgoing and jump right in and they want to be involved, and some are a little bit quieter. This actually drew out some of the kids that were a little bit quieter,” she says. Looking back on her time at the food bank with the team, Sykes recalls, “It was kind of funny—I was standing in this big pallet of canned goods and I was handing them out to the girls and they were like, ‘All right, this doesn’t look really good and I wouldn’t have this in my pantry, but it’s not dented, and it’s not expired, so let’s just clean this up and somebody can use it.’ I knew they were getting it at that point. “It’s the whole pay it forward thing…just knowing that as a coach I could provide that opportunity for them and knowing that they always want to go back—it’s great.”

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“[The riders are] doing this work, not for the recognition— they’re doing it because they want to.” ~Debbie Rittereiser

Centenary College rider Beth Jonas tries her hand at the Bowling for Jack’s Kids fundraiser.

we each volunteered at least six hours there, so we spent a lot of time together,” she explains. Lending a hand to those that couldn’t help themselves also gave the volunteers that warm, fuzzy feeling. “Everybody felt great. We really, really felt good helping the zoo because we all ride horses, so obviously everyone loves animals,” says Raucher. “We talked to a lot of people who ran the zoo and who worked there and they couldn’t thank us enough. They were so happy because we just came and did a lot of cleanup out of the goodness of our hearts.” And as for getting extra attention from other people for the team’s good deed, Raucher wasn’t so concerned: “We didn’t tell the world, we just went and did it,” she says. 72

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Centenary College

At Centenary College, students are encouraged to participate in community service. But when the IHSA announced the start of the Service Project Award, coach Michael Dowling got together with his team and co-coach Heather Clark, and they decided they wanted to make a bigger, more collective impact. “We were trying to look for an organization that didn’t really have any community support from a big group,” he says. The team wanted to do something youth-oriented, and Clark had just the organization in mind. She was already volunteering for Jack’s Kids, a group that helps pay for the basic expenses of families with kids who suffer from terminal illnesses. “They were already going to do some sort of bowl-a-thon, so we were able to jump right into that,” says Dowling. “It was a cause that we felt really strongly about and were excited to work with them, and they were really open to having our riding team jump on board.” Team members volunteered their time at the first annual Bowling for Jack’s Kids tournament, which raised $7,000. But for the riders, it was about more than money. “What it did for our team was act as a bonding experience in addition to creating awareness…As adults and professionals, we get caught up in our daily routines and we forget what good fortune we have, especially in riding, to be able to participate in something so wonderful, and that we’re healthy enough to be outside and fortunate enough to have the physical ability to ride. It’s such a privilege, and our students lose sight of that when they’re worried about who’s winning and who’s pointing out. So [volunteering is] creating a fabulous awareness…and it, in time, did bring them closer,” Dowling says. The most rewarding feedback Dowling received from his team, he says, was that even though they were all busy with their own lives, the members recognized what a great cause the tournament was for, and they were glad they participated. In the future, the coach has big plans for his riders, in and out of the saddle. “Because of the size and the magnitude of our team, hopefully we can go in more than one direction. Going forward it’s going to be a requirement of the team members to take part in this project,” he says. “I’m really a strong believer in giving back to the community.

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Equestrian Team had already been helping at the Adams County (PA) SPCA when they got the news that 18 Thoroughbred weanlings had been seized, and 10 would be arriving at their facility. Knowing that the association would be in dire need of assistance, “The kids that had been volunteering went to the team and me, and proposed that we undertake a project and help [the SPCA] with this. What they needed were volunteers to come in to their facility a couple times a day to help feed, water, clean stalls, and begin handling [the horses],” says Groomes. Like many of the teams in the inaugural year of the award, the girls from Gettysburg started their community service before the project was ever made public. “I was at the IHSA board meeting when this project came about, and when I returned [the team] just came to me and said, ‘We’re doing this, we just want your blessing.’ And I said, ‘Oh, well, by the way, this would fit in well with the Service Project,’ and handed them the application,” explains Groomes. Though most of the team members had some prior background with horses, all of them walked away with new insight. “The kids were asking me a lot of questions. It was really eye opening for them. Even some of the more experienced kids had never been around foals, so it was really interesting. There was a lot of talk amongst them about horses of various stages of life that maybe they hadn’t ever had exposure to. It definitely brought the kids that were involved together,” says Groomes. “They really enjoyed the closeness and the good feeling they got from helping.” When the team realized that most of the horses would hopefully be adopted out by the time they came back to school, the girls started thinking about what they could do next, according to Groomes. For their efforts, the Gettysburg College team was awarded a clinic with Peter Leone, who has recently become a great supporter of the IHSA and plans on offering the same prize in the future. “I received a phone call from one of my team captains that she had been called by a board member and said that we had won, and this was the date of the clinic, and asked if we could do it,” says Groomes. “They were so excited.” I reached out to Patte Zumbrun, who runs the Goucher College program and asked her if she could host it at her facility…We brought some of our horses, and she loaned me some of hers. We had a fabulous time and [Peter] did a wonderful job. The kids really learned a lot—it was a lot of fun.” « Kalley Hansel of Gettysburg College receives instruction from Peter Leone at the clinic her team won as part of the Service Project Award.

This is a wonderful time in these young people’s lives and they’re impressionable. And if we create this kind of awareness now and encourage them to do good things—for other people, not just themselves, which I think is what camaraderie and team spirit is all about, I think we can help develop a better person that will make contributions to society. So I think it’s a great idea, and I hope we see more schools jumping on board.”

Gettysburg College A few members of Janis Groomes’ Gettysburg College

If you’re part of an IHSA team and have been inspired to take part in the Service Project for the 2012-2013 season, “Basically it’s judged on participation, how many hours [the teams] put into it, what type of work they have to do—is it just writing a check, which is also beneficial? Or is it time together? That’s one of the things we’re really looking for— teams that work together,” explains Rittereiser. Most importantly, be sure to keep the real purpose of the project in mind throughout the process of completing it. “[The riders are] doing this work, not for the recognition—they’re doing it because they want to,” says Rittereiser. 74

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By Natalie DeFee Mendik

easy as Stable Upgrades for Efficiency & Safety

For just about every horse owner, the stable is a second home. Having everything at the barn running smoothly and efficiently makes life easier—and gives you more time to have fun with your horses. Just like home improvement DIY projects, there are many relatively easy upgrades you can incorporate into your stable. These simple and cost-effective renovations create a space that is safer, saner, and healthier for both horses and humans. Ready to get inspired? Have a look with us at these easy steps you can take to make your stable shine. 76

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Dutch Doors, stall Fronts anD WinDoWs With ammonia, dust, and mold build-up, it’s no wonder improved ventilation is high on many upgrade lists. Not only do these irritants smell bad, but also they can lead to serious upper respiratory issues in horses. “The first thing for a lot of people doing renovations to their barns is to look for things that are going to improve ventilation,” explains Christy Schulthess of Classic Equine Equipment (, the United States Equestrian Federation’s official stall manufacturer. Cutting in Dutch doors and windows is a great way to improve both airflow and natural light. Look for door and window replacements that are ready to install. For example, Classic Equine Equipment offers pre-hung windows and Dutch doors that



come assembled on a full-frame jamb, making installation a snap. Both windows and Dutch doors can either open fully or feature grill work. Look for quality hardware that can stand up to the challenges posed by weather and horses. Thin-gauge metal can rust and delaminate, creating sharp edges that can cause injury. Also, watch for protruding parts on the interior of doors and windows, which also pose a risk to the horse. In addition to window replacement and window alterations, John Rose of Precise Buildings (, a custom stable builder that combines Amish craftsmanship with innovative engineering, recommends adding cupolas to existing structures to add roof ventilation. A fan within a cupola does a great job promoting airflow; fans can even be thermostatically controlled. As a bonus, a cupola gives your stable’s exterior an attractive, polished appearance. While you’re making improvements in stabling, Schulthess explains that upgrading your stall fronts using kit components offers an affordable, customized system. Options such as doorway yolk openings and swiveling feed/ hay doors provide the ability to replace or add individual pieces. With mix-and-match abilities, you can tailor your stall doors to suit your own individual needs without a contractor. It’s not just stables that benefit from window additions: gloomy indoor riding arenas are hardly the place you’d like to spend your precious horse time. “We see a lot of older riding arenas that would benefit from the addition of windows between the support posts, which is really not a hard addition,” explains Rose. “They are not that expensive and they provide a lot of excellent lighting and ventilation.”

Open stall fronts improve ventilation and cut down on ammonia fumes and dust.

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[TOP PHOTO] Fans are a great way to

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fans designed for home use pose a serious fire hazard, as they do not have a sealed motor; dust in the motor can easily cause an electrical short. Furthermore, Schulthess notes that while the upfront cost of installing agricultural fans may be higher, you won’t have the replacement cost commonly associated with standard fans. 80


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LIGHTING Who doesn’t love a bright and cheery space? Your stable improvement list can easily accommodate lighting for the tack room, feed room, aisle, stalls, or wash bay. As with fans, light fixtures must be designed for agricultural use. Vapor-tight light fixtures are ideal for any location that may be exposed to the dust, moisture, flyspeck or weather elements. Keeping an eye on energy efficiency also pays off in the long run. “These days, you want to use energy-efficient T5 lighting,” comments Schulthess. These vapor-sealed electronic lights provide excellent luminescence while also being barn-safe and energy efficient. You can’t go wrong with up to 30,000 hours of lamp life and a rust-

TACK ORGANIZATION Digging around in the tack room for items that have gone MIA is a big waste of time. An easy way to get the tack room in order is to install an organizing system. Similar to a closet organizer, these systems feature a frame that is bolted to the tack room wall, and to which you can then attach mix-and-match pieces to suit your needs. Baskets, saddle pad holders, saddle racks, and shelves can be set up or moved to accommodate any tack storage needs. “This is an easy way to upgrade the tack room,” notes Schulthess, “which gives lots of storage options and opens up floor space.” PEACE OF MIND You may not have considered adding


resistant, waterproof housing. While the upfront cost of installing highefficiency fluorescent fixtures may be greater, the long-term savings pay off. In addition, Schulthess recommends contacting your power utility prior to installation, as many electric companies offer rebates for installing high-efficiency lighting, which can greatly reduce installation costs. “Although the sticker shock may be there initially, if you have the ability to offset cost on the front-end with rebates, they pay for themselves very quickly,” says Schulthess.


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Small Ideas, Big Difference Want to save yourself some renovation headaches? If you’re building a new structure, John Rose, of Precise Buildings (, recommends getting expert advice in order to avoid small details that can lead up to larger, long-term hassles. For example, he explains that the layout of your facility impacts your daily activity—and your bottom line. “When you have to move a hay bale four extra times, the sheer volume of labor and expense adds to your operation,” notes Rose. So how do you cut to the chase? Don’t underestimate the location of your support areas: tack, wash, feed, hay, and equipment storage. “Think through the placement of these areas for three key things: how far you have to move things to service the horses, ease of equipment access, and segregation of hay from horses, meaning that from a safety standpoint, you’re better off building a small pole building for hay storage than you are storing it over the horses.” Also, don’t forget that doors need to be available for people, too—not just for horses. If you have a 150’ arena, do you want to always have to walk 150’ to get to the main door? A convenient “people door” can make your day just that much easier.


a security system to your stable, but the benefits are well worth it, whether it’s keeping an eye on your animals, being alerted of intruders, or fire detection. “There are many security advances in wireless technology and the security industry as a whole,” notes Rose. Not only will you keep your horses and property safe and sound, you just might get an insurance discount, too. “Most security companies will work with you to provide your insurance company with what you need to get a discount,” explains Rose. “In many cases, insurance companies will offer insurance discounts when facilities have security, especially when it’s fire related.” MUD CONTROL There’s nothing worse than the muddy slop that is the hallmark of many turnout areas. A grid system subsurface is all you need to bring you one step closer to a mud-free lifestyle. This soil stabilization system offered

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Developing a secure seat will lead to a better performance in the show ring.

A Secure Seat 8 Tips to Becoming a Better Rider in the Hunter/Jumper Ring BY JODI FORTIER


here is no shortcut to good, effective riding. It takes many hours in the saddle to develop solid basics, and a secure, independent seat is no exception. The seat is the foundation on which we build an equestrian athlete. As the old adage goes, “no hoof, no horse.” The same could be applied to “no seat, no rider.”

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Defining an Independent Seat

A valuable tool in creating a secure and balanced seat is the use of ground poles and cross-rails.

Oliynyk defines a secure, independent seat as a rider who is well-balanced in the middle of the horse with a connection through both seat bones. There also needs to be a connection through the calf and inner thigh, which allows the rider to move through and be with the horse. A secure, balanced seat allows the arms to be free and elastic as well. In comparing the use of the seat through the three disciplines of hunters, jumpers, and equitation, Oliynyk believes in the same values. “Riding a jumper requires a correct upper body and a patient seat, allowing the horse to jump up to you through a balanced position. Jumpers can require a more demanding use of the seat as the rider stays in the tack with a more upright posture and open hip angle,” says Oliynyk. The same technique is applied in the equitation ring where the demands of tight turns, combinations, lengthening, and shortening of the horse’s stride may be required. It takes a secure, soft seat to follow the horse effortlessly through the challenges of the course. “Riding a hunter, while maintaining the same values, requires a softer, more relaxed position. There is a time to sit and balance and a time to get off the horse’s back and cruise with a closed hip angle. Staying soft and balanced allows the horse to do its job more effectively,” says Oliynyk.

For many athletes, separating upper and lower body strength and muscle can be much like rubbing one’s tummy while patting one’s head. For novice riders, trying to use the seat can often result in the whole body stiffening up, causing a rigid, bouncing effect in the tack. Most trainers have witnessed the outcome of a new rider dropping his or her irons for the first time. There can be a lot of knee-clenching, shoulder-raising, and tipping from side to side until a level of relaxation sinks in and the rider finds balance and center while letting the legs simply wrap around the horse. For the more experienced rider, trying to use a strong seat and back while continuing to keep the arms soft and elastic can be a challenge as well. It takes an extreme amount of strength to be a soft and fluid rider. David Oliynyk of Oliynyk Show Stables in Plainville, MA, shares his insight. 86


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The benefits of an educated seat are numerous. When a rider can engage the seat to collect, or bring the horse through downward transitions or to a halt, the result will be a round, supple and responsive horse. Stiffness, or standing in the stirrups, results in the rider trying to do the job with the hands or arms only, leaving the horse to hollow out or lean against the rider’s hands and drag through the transitions on its forehand. It is very difficult to balance a thousand-pound animal with arms alone. The rider’s core—namely seat, back, and abdominal muscles—needs to be strong enough to absorb and not become rigid or stiff, allowing for movement with the horse. A developed seat brings about great balance, which in turn, leads to safety. A strong and secure rider is less likely to become unseated. Then, of course, there is the comfort of the horse. One can’t help but grimace for the poor animal whose


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Working on the longe line is one of the most effective ways of developing an independent seat.

Longe Lessons

Working on the longe line is one of the most effective ways of improving your seat. Oliynyk is a firm believer in having a knowledgeable ground person to help develop good habits and strong basics. “Working on a longe line without reins is a start to learning to use the seat independently. It teaches the rider to connect through the seat and is a great exercise for all levels of riding,” says Oliynyk. “Riding with a longer stirrup, or without stirrups on the flat encourages the use of seat and leg in moving the horse into the hand. If the rider is frozen, it produces a stiff, hollow horse. Once the rider has an understanding of how to use the seat and leg, maintaining it with a shorter stirrup for over fence work can be achieved.” Oliynyk reiterates, “A rider, like any other athlete, must work toward a certain level of fitness.” Eventually, riders have the strength, balance, and security to ride a whole flat lesson without irons. Once you are secure and confident enough to work without reins and irons on the longe line, there are many exercises to strengthen your position on it.

While sitting the trot, and then eventually cantering, try the following arm moves: hands on hips; hands out like an airplane; hands straight over the head; arms out in front. The object is to hold a strong, straight-arm position without the arms, shoulders or back moving as the hips and seat absorb the movement of the gait. Keep the eyes focused ahead, the arms straight and strong, and the chest pulled up through the arms. It is important to have a straight back. Arched backs can be stiff and ineffective while roached, round backs set you behind the vertical of the horse.

Without reins or stirrups on the longe, hold onto the pommel and pull yourself deeply onto your seat bones at the trot. Once you have established the feeling of moving with the horse, try maintaining the position without holding the saddle.

Begin with the arms stretched straight up above the head, then out to the sides like an airplane; then, twist the torso left to right, allowing one straight arm to come over the neck of the horse and the other over the hindquarter of the horse.



It takes a lot of miles in the saddle to develop a “feel” for the correct use of seat, hands, and legs. They call them natural aids, but at times, it all feels very unnatural.


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rider is heavy and rigid on its back, and in turn, on its mouth.

Riding without stirrups encourages the use of seat and leg in moving the horse into the hand.

Try moving from one gait to the other without altering the position at all. This can be done on or off the longe line without irons. Keep the body vertical on the downward transitions as you deepen the seat. A halt comes as a result of resisting with the core, not standing and pulling. The shoulders should not come way behind the vertical, but instead, the seat should elicit downward pressure in the saddle.


Around the Ring

Another valuable tool in creating a secure and balanced seat is the use of ground poles and cross-rails. In addition to the longe line exercises, try these tips to improve your seat. Oliynyk likes to fine-tune the use of the seat with lengthening and shortening exercises. He will set a six-stride line and have the rider collect and put in seven strides, then relax and allow the six again. This not only helps to train the rider’s eye, but also helps him or her to develop a feel for a 10-foot stride and a 12-foot stride. The same can be accomplished with poles on the ground.


Try sitting to the trot over ground poles set at three to four feet apart. As the horse elevates its step, try to relax and maintain contact with the saddle. Allow the horse to close your hip to absorb the bounce in your belly. Keep the spine straight and the eyes straight ahead.


3 Canter over ground poles set at 10 feet apart; then try 12 feet apart. Again, try to let the horse take your seat and hip lightly without letting the upper body join in, rock or pump. At 10 feet, you may need to engage the seat to collect a longer-strided horse, and at 12, let the hip and seat follow to open the stride a bit more. Practice the cause and effect of an open hip angle, as opposed to a closed hip angle.

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DAVID OLIYNYK has been a show ring success both as a rider and trainer. His quiet and polite ringside demeanor disguises his highly effective methods of training. David was a child rider himself, training with Paul Valliere and later Anne Kursinski.

Set a grid or a series of four to five cross-rails spaced at 10 to 12 feet apart. Allow the horse to canter through while you hold a two-point position. The focus is on staying deep in the base, with your legs securely at the girth, heels down, eyes straight ahead, while you allow the horse to close your hip angle with every stride. The top half of the rider stays quiet and still. On a really good school horse, riders love doing this without reins as well.


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It takes a lot of miles in the saddle to develop a “feel” for the correct use of seat, hands, and legs. They call them natural aids, but at times, it all feels very unnatural. Keep practicing until you can sit softly and securely in the saddle while keeping the back and shoulders quiet and still, all the while allowing the arms to be elastic, the legs secured at the girth, and everything in a balanced, flowing position. If that isn’t enough, try putting it to the test while jumping a course of fences!

Winning the USET Talent Search East in 1989 was just the start of a bright career with horses. David’s proudest moments as a trainer include having Junior rider, Elizabeth Kenny, win the New England Medal at last fall’s equitation championships, and fellow Junior rider, Michael

Janson, take home the Massachusetts Hunter/Jumper Championship in the Junior medal final at Fieldstone last year. David also piloted “Generous” to numerous wins in 2011, including a sixth place in the prestigious Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix at HITS Saugerties last September.

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From Tuesday, sepTember 25, to sunday, september 30, dressage at devon (affectionately known as dad) will feature top competitors, horses, trainers, and judges from across the continent and around the globe, together for one of the highest-rated international dressage competitions and the most complete breed show outside of europe. olympic medalist, robert dover, calls dressage at devon “the standard by which all american horse shows should be judged.” dressage at devon opens with the three-day breed division, this year featuring more than 20 unique breeds. This is in addition to the young-horse classes where the stars of tomorrow get their start. The usdF breeders Championships east Coast series Finals and the born in the usa breeders awards are among the highlights of the show’s first days. most dressage at devon classes are FeI (Fédération equestre Internationale) level, including four Grand prix classes, the level of olympic competition. musical freestyle classes are a favorite. The Festival shops offer exclusive apparel, fine arts, antiques, and collectibles from more than 65 vendors, and food from burgers to full gourmet meals. In 2011, aussie horseman, Guy mcLean, drew rave reviews from equestrians and non-equestrians alike, as he and his four equine partners performed throughout the show, and he’s back by popular demand. The delaware Valley Combined Training association

Dressage at Devon brings together top competitors, horses, trainers, and judges from across the continent for one of the highest-rated international dressage competitions. An electronic scoreboard, the first-ever at a U.S. dressage competition, allows spectators to see the scores for each movement as the judges assign them.

(dVCTa) Quadrille performed as well, delighting audiences with their precision and talent. and, it wouldn’t be devon without the Ladies Hat contest on Friday. on sunday, the “cute factor” is in full play as the leadline class (children under six) is featured in

the dixon oval. devon is minutes away from Valley Forge National park, is approximately 15 miles west of historic philadelphia, and is a short drive to one of the nation’s biggest malls. plus, the region boasts fine dining, some of the nation’s September 2012

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[LEFT] It wouldn’t be Devon without the Ladies Hat contest on Friday! [RIGHT] Dressage

at Devon opens with the three-day Breed division, in which horses are judged for movement and conformation. More than 30 breeds are represented.

Where to Eat Within minutes, the area offers everything from diners to fine dining to fast food. Here are just a few. DILWORTHTOWN INN A candlelit atmosphere, roaring fireplaces, and exceptional cuisine make Dilworthtown one of the area’s most popular destinations. 610-399-1390 FOX & HOUNDS (DESMOND HOTEL) Located in the Desmond Hotel, Fox & Hounds is a modern interpretation of a cozy gathering place, featuring casual dining with a delicious, affordable menu. 800-575-1776 ELLA’S BISTRO Just down the street, Ella’s American Bistro features traditional American cuisine, interpreted through a contemporary French vision, perfectly balancing classical flavors with locallygrown ingredients. 610-545-8855 92


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KIMBERTON INN Located in historic Kimberton, this restaurant features fine dining and is surrounded by beautiful perennial gardens, a quiet stream, and a duck pond. 610-933-8148 GEORGES’ Georges’ is Chef George Perrier’s answer to casual stylishness on Philadelphia’s Main Line. It presents global cuisine with varied selections, along with unique presentations. 610-964-2588

Where to Stay COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT Courtyard by Marriott Devon has an indoor pool, spa tub, and fitness facility. Affordable and family-friendly, it is very convenient to the show grounds. There is also one nearby in Great Valley. 855-239-9300 THE RADNOR HOTEL This full-service hotel is minutes from the show grounds, and it provides first-class service and many amenities, including dining options. 610-688-5800

The festival area is famous for its culinary offerings and was voted “best food on the show circuit” by competitors. Enjoy a full meal or a light snack.

THE WAYNE HOTEL Following an extensive renovation, the Wayne Hotel has been reinvented to offer you a splendid alternative to traditional hotel accommodations. 800-962-5850 THE HAMPTON INN With several locations nearby, The Hampton Inns are clean, serviceoriented, and extremely comfortable. And, a free, hot breakfast is included. 800-285-1563 THE DESMOND HOTEL This is a one-of-a-kind hotel, conveniently located in Malvern, offering quiet and spacious rooms and multiple dining choices. 800-575-1776


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equestrian lifestyle TRAVEL What to Do The Plaza & The CourT aT King of Prussia Fantastic shopping at the East Coast’s largest retail mall is just minutes away from the show grounds.

invites visitors from around the world to explore its renowned collections, acclaimed special exhibitions, and enriching programs. 215-763-8100

CenTer CiTy and hisToriC PhiladelPhia Historic sites include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross house. 800-call-phl

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Fashion File: 6 Fall Trends for Horse People White after Labor Day. Spring colors in fall months. Barn clothes as streetwear. This season, fashion is tossing out the rules like yesterday’s shavings. Equestrian designer, Arianna Anderocci, reveals the six fall trends made for horse people.

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1 equestrian is Cool again.

“The equestrian trend was big last fall. It’s coming back this season,” Anderocci says. “We know what it should look like and how it should be pulled together, which is a huge advantage. All equestrians can be fashion-forward now. “To take it from show ring to street, tie a pretty bridle scarf around your handbag,” she advises.

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2 White is the New Black.

“White is a major color for fall,” says Anderocci. “I wouldn’t do white jeans, but cool separates, white bags, and white belts can definitely carry over from your summer wardrobe into fall,” she says. “In riding apparel, we can transition a lot of white outerwear—white zip ups, white button downs—from the show ring to everyday.” (Just maybe not on the same day.)

3 Spring is the New Fall.

“We’re seeing all different pinks, from bright magenta to blushy mauve tones, on the runway. A suede taupe bag with a mauve outwear jacket and white belt would look very on-trend,” she continues. “Traditional army greens and deep blues showed on all the major runways as well, which is a great fit with equestrian lines. You could do a green breech or riding jacket with a brown belt and brown boots.”



4 leather Detailing Isn’t Just for Tack.

“Leather is a huge trend for fall. We’re seeing leather details like elbow patches and collars on sweaters and jackets. Ralph Lauren does it really well,” she says. “That Bordeaux/ox blood color is so, so on-trend.” Anderocci likes the Der-Dau® croc leather embossed breech and Vogel’s ox blood riding boot. “Cleaned and polished, you can wear a paddock boot with a leather jacket and a long skirt or straight-leg jean,” she says. (It’s like two boots for the price of one. Think of the savings!)



5 Military Madness.

“The military look is big this fall, too. A four-button, tailored jacket like the R.J. Classics Platinum Collection Crossover™ coat and mandarin collar shirt (ie, rat catcher) buttoned up with jeans and a pair of boots is very military-esque,” says Anderocci. “You might do an army green shirt with a brown tweed jacket and boots.”

6 Clothes as accessories.

“It’s not so much about statement jewelry this fall. Clothes are the accessories. We’re seeing a lot of jeweled and embellished looks,” says Anderocci. “Swarovski-trimmed collars on show coats, rhinestone-encrusted belts, and jeweled pockets on breeches are some of the ways we can look fashionable in equestrian wear.” In a nutshell: clean your boots and slap a scarf on it. Instant fashion plate.

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Stallion Syndicates Discover the Benefits of This Popular Breeding Strategy By John AlAn CohAn, Attorney At lAw


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Stallion syndication is an effective way to own high-quality stallions at reduced pricing as well as spread the risk of such an investment to several parties.

and disbursements involved, and other information pertinent to the syndicate, including veterinary reports, breeding schedules, the pedigree information of mares nominated to the stallion, and other details. each co-owner, in turn, must keep separate business records in accordance with iRS regulations applicable to horse activities. a good Syndicate agreement will specify the duties of the manager, what sort of voting rights are conferred on the co-owners, and what sort of marketing plan or strategy will be implemented to promote the foals of the stallion produced under the syndicate. installment payments are often available, making it affordable to start up a horse activity. Mortality insurance on the horse is factored into the annual maintenance fee, but if some members don’t pay for their share in full, the promoter may require them to obtain separate

mortality insurance on their shares, with the loss payee designated as the Syndicate Manager. the syndicate is not a separate taxpaying entity, nor is it a partnership entity, and each co-owner is responsible for filing his or her own tax return in which deductions are made. Stallion syndications today are still a viable means to cut down on costs, and, can be a prudent economic alternative to outright ownership of high-quality stallions. legal counsel should be consulted to properly draft Syndicate agreements and to ensure that applicable tax and securities laws are taken into account. John AlAn CohAn is a lawyer who has served the horse, livestock, and farming industries since 1981. He can be reached by phone at 310-278-020; by email at; or, you can see more on his website at

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Stallion SyndicateS have been a popular vehicle for people engaged in breeding activities for over 40 years. this is a mode of co-ownership that applies to all types of horses in all breeds. during the 1980s, many people syndicated high-quality stallions as investment and tax strategies. these were thought to have the advantage of spreading risks of loss and sharing maintenance costs, as well as attracting investors to situations that could generate significant profits for all parties involved. today, the Securities and exchange commission continues to regard stallion syndications as “non-securities,” which means that the promoter can freely advertise and solicit the general public to buy stallion shares as long as the agreement is in correct legal form. each investor becomes a co-owner of a fractional interest in the stallion and is entitled to breeding rights. care of the stallion is delegated to a Syndicate Manager who has day-to-day charge of the animal. there are tax benefits for all members of a stallion syndicate. each investor is entitled to depreciate the cost of the fractional interest and to deduct maintenance costs from one’s income tax. in addition, investors may decide to lease a broodmare, and those costs are tax-deductible. of course, this is with the caveat that the taxpayer has the intention to be engaged in an activity for profit. the principal business advantage of a stallion syndicate is that each co-owner is assured of long-term breeding rights to the stallion at a fixed price, usually with a live-foal guarantee. drafting a Syndicate agreement is crucial to any horse syndication because there are important legal considerations, not to mention the importance of making the agreement compatible with Federal tax law considerations. the Syndicate Manager is required to keep accurate books and records of the syndicate to show all income


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Organic Fertilizers A Healthy Choice for Your Horse By Jennifer roBerts


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Using organic fertilizers ensures that your horses are not consuming large amounts of chemicals while out grazing.

mulated organic protein fertilizers. they both have their advantages; more simple fertilizers will be lower in cost and easy to obtain, while the more complex fertilizers will have a well-rounded nutrient profile that will feed the beneficial microbes in a more complete manner. all you have left to do after applying the protein-based fertilizer is water your pasture. it does not need to be excessive; infrequent watering encourages roots to penetrate deeper into the soil. Water your pasture once a week, in the morning, with the volume of approximately one inch per week. Obviously, rain can take

the place of this routine. Watering later in the day encourages fungus disease, so avoid watering close to dusk. Using organic materials in your pasture management does not need to be a difficult or expensive undertaking. Once you understand what your grass needs in order to be healthy, it is as simple as any other pasture management program. Keeping your pasture and your horse healthy can go hand in hand. We would love to feature your green ideas and projects. Contact ellen Whittemore at

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With Organic Farming becOming so popular within the United States, it is no surprise that an increasing number of horse owners are looking into organic material for fertilizer in their pastures. Organic pasture management ensures that your horses are not ingesting large amounts of chemicals while grazing. Organic fertilizers can be broken into two categories: naturally-occurring and processed organic fertilizers. the naturally-occurring compounds include manure (most horse owners have an excess of this!), worm castings, peat, and seaweed; while compost, bone meal, and seaweed extracts are considered to be processed organic fertilizers. getting started with organic fertilizers is as easy as stopping the use of chemicals. Pastures can easily be maintained on an organic program, without a lot of additional work. a thin layer of compost can first be applied with a shovel, and then spread out and through the grass to the roots with a stiff broom. composted material will replenish the microbes in the soil. the key to a successful organic pasture management program is keeping the soil alive with a wide variety of beneficial microorganisms and bugs. these microorganisms both nourish and protect the grass from disease-causing microbes. Your job is to feed the beneficial microbes and let them do their work. Using fresh manure will not have the same benefits; you may use composted manure, but compost that has many other ingredients is preferred. after you have applied a layer of compost, the next task is to apply a protein-based fertilizer. many sources suggest applying this in both the spring and fall at about 10-20 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Protein-based organic fertilizers can be as simple as cottonseed meal or cornmeal (both of which can be purchased in bulk at a feed supply store), or can range to the specially-for-



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Vicky Castegren On Golf, Her Guilty Pleasure, and Riding Grand Prix Age/Age Division: Amateur. Trainer/Farm Affiliation: Hyperion Stud, LLC.

Background: I started my horse business in 2000, with show horses that I competed throughout North America. In 2007, I hung up my boots and began my breeding and sales operation. My new operation consists of breeding mares, stallions, young horses, and upper-level competition horses.

The Trainer Who Has Influenced Me The Most: I had several trainers along the way while I was riding that were integral parts of my career. If it were not for each and every one of them, I would not have made it to the Grand Prix level.

Favorite Horse: Aftershock. I rode him in my first Grand Prix and took him on my European Tour in 2005.

When I’m Not Riding, I Like To: Spend time with my two children.

Best Piece of Riding Advice: Riding isn’t about the clothes you wear or the ribbons you win. It’s about the passion for the horse that drives us from within to create lasting memories.

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Guilty Pleasure: Homemade caramel with fleur de sel.

Why I Ride: Riding was an escape from reality on many occasions. Competing was just a part of my nature, and I love the connection I experienced between my horses and me.

Favorite Quote or Phrase: “Keep calm, carry on.”

If I Knew Then What I Know Now, I: Probably would have picked up playing golf instead.

The Last Book I Read Was: The Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille.

If My Horse Were a Person: He would be an avid reader and a lover of classical music.

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Worst Fall: I got bucked off a sixyear-old years ago and fractured two vertebrae. Luckily, I was back in the saddle four weeks later. Never again after that did I attach a phone or walkietalkie to my belt while I was riding.

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Region I Connemara Show

Names Blue Ridge Bluebell as Grand Champion BY LINDA HAINES

THE 46TH ANNUAL REGION I Connemara Show was held at Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock, VT, on July 28-29, 2012. Purebreds and halfbreds competed in-hand and in performance classes amidst sun and showers with rivalry,

camaraderie, and great fun. Connemaras are known for their wide ranging talents and solid conformation, and both were apparent over the weekend. At the show, stallions took center stage and Morning Glory’s continued on page 108

THE HAMPTON CLASSIC HORSE SHOW renamed its feature hunter ring in honor of Anne Aspinall, who died February 23, 2012, after a long battle with lung cancer. Anne was one of the original founders of the show when it was expanded from a small, one-day event to a rated, five-day competition in 1976, and she became a member of the board of directors. She taught generations of children and adults, starting out weekends at the Topping Riding Club in Sagaponack where the Hampton Classic originated. At that time, Anne was working as an editorial assistant for Look magazine in Manhattan. In 1976, the show was moved to Dune Alpin Farm in East Hampton, and that year it was hit by a hurricane that delayed its opening by a day and a half. The Hampton Classic, which received its official name in 1978, has been plagued with weather problems over the course of its history, but has continued to grow and is presently the largest outdoor hunter/jumper show in the country. Anne grew up in London and Bedford, NY. She studied at Porlock Vale Riding Academy in Devon, England,

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Bill Strain, proud owner of the Strain Family Horse Farm passed away peacefully, July 16, 2012, at the age of 72. Bill was a second generation horseman and started the family horse business almost 50 years ago. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He had a zest for life and believed in living it to the fullest, milkshakes and all! His sons, Bill and Dave, will proudly continue the family business, providing high quality horses to the Northeast, with the same professionalism and standards Bill Strain will established by their father. A true gentleman, he will be be missed by all. be missed. September 2012


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Top Performance Stallion Aluinn Durango, (Left) owned and shown by Sarah McRae. (Right) Grand Champion Blue Ridge Bluebell and Julia Latham in the Costume class.

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Ilyushin took the bow as Champion Stallion and Champion In-Hand for 2012. Ilyushin is owned and shown by Caroline Nesbitt. The top Performance Stallion Award went to Aluinn Durango, owned and ridden by Sarah McRae. Durango performed in dressage,






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jumpers, hunters, and then leadline with four-year-old Sydney McRae. Champion Connemara Mare went to Elphin Kookaburra, owned and shown by Sally Oxnard. Searah’s Calum took home the Champion Gelding honors. He is owned and handled by Lynn Bergeron. The Youngstock Champion was PS Finnegan McMor, owned by Ted Saggese and shown by Cailin Saggese.

Halfbred In Hand Champion kudos went to Dry Brook’s Tara’s Legacy, owned by Pat Shields and shown by Rebecca and Emily Shields. The Halfbred Performance Champion was Rob Roy on the Rocks, owned and shown by Leah Bouch. Leah also won the Junior Championship and the coveted High Point Trail Award with Rob Roy.

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and rode in South Carolina with the late Gordon Wright, a wellknown hunter/jumper trainer and author of Learning to Ride, Hunt, and Show. She followed his methods and produced numerous champions among her students. In 2007, Anne received the Hampton Classic’s inaugural Long Island Sportsmanship Award for her more than 35 years of dedication and service to the Long Island hunter/ jumper community. Anne was a past president of the Long Island Professional Horsemen’s Association and is remembered for her contributions to that organization. Her sister, Emily, is vice president of the Hampton Classic Board of Directors. The Hampton Classic’s Hunter Ring 1 will now be known as the Anne Aspinall Ring to honor her memory.

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Versatility is a cherished Connemara quality and a mightily contended award at the Region I Show each year. This year, Elizabeth Latham and Linda Haines brought Blue Ridge Bluebell along through the trail class, where she received second place; dressage, in which she took top honors; jumpers, where she placed third; hunters, where she placed second; and pleasure, in which she claimed first, to win the perpetual Sue Dexter Versatility trophy. She jumped her very first jumper and hunter courses with Latham to be competitive for the Versatility Award. Bluebell was also the mount of 11-year-old Julia Latham in pleasure, equitation, and the costume class. In addition, Bluebell was named the Grand Champion of the 2012 show. Mountain and Moorland 110 equine


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Other deceased Long Island trainers are recognized at the Hampton Classic and other local hunter/jumper shows by means of the Mini and Adult Cassidy Maclay and the Mini and Adult Hoskins Medal equitation classes. These divisions are also part of the Long Island High Score Awards Association’s year-end awards program. Both trainers taught in the 1970s and died young. In addition to teaching and training, Hugh J. B. Cassidy III organized horse shows at Old Field Farm. Robert Hoskins, a protege of George Morris, taught at the former Old Mill Farm, Gold Coast, and other Long Island stables. He is fondly remembered by his former students. The classes named for these trainers pay tribute to their high standards in the teaching of horsemanship. Many people mentored by Cassidy and Hoskins went on to train and compete at high levels.

Ponies (British Shetland, Connemara, Dales, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Fell, Highland, New Forest, and all sections of Welsh) have been welcomed into the Connemara Show and the In Hand Champion Mountain and Moorland (excluding Connemaras) was Laurel Highland Cracker Jack, owned by Laura and John Hamilton and shown by John Hamilton. Sportsmanship and volunteerism were evident throughout the weekend. Show managers Allison Beck, Susan Goodhouse, and Amy Plavin coordinated, communicated, and problem-solved with style. Carolyn McEvitt kept volunteers in the right spots while she managed the dressage venue. Thanks to Lisa Sylvester, the secretary’s booth ran smoothly. Lori Metz was awarded the Sportsmanship Award for her work on the show program and modeling the sportsmanship needed to put a successful show together.

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(L - R) Joe Lombard, Velma Emery, Teri Scheidel, Anne Ross-Raymond, and Melody Taylor-Scott present Jockey Tammi Campbell-Piermarini and her race horse trainer and owners with their winnings.

dr. richard sheehan Jr.—a track vet for over 25 years; and Jessica stepped in again to explain the art of handicapping the program. the sixth race of the afternoon Spends a Day at the Races was dedicated to the North east thoroughbred sporthorse Association. By Melody Taylor-ScoTT the four-member board of direcA dAy At the rAces, tors, consisting of hosted by the North east President Melody thoroughbred sporthorse taylor-scott, Vice Association (NetsA) and held President Attorney on July 28, began trackside Anne rossas the morning mists rolled in raymond, secretary and out over suffolk downs teri scheidel, and racecourse in east Boston, treasurer Velma MA. NetsA accommodated a emery, along with group of interested horsemen perennial favorite as they gathered and watched Joe Lombard, horses breeze just 50' away. went down to the the morning program winner’s circle to began with speakers present a trophy to presenting and answering the winning rider, questions from the attendees. Suffolk Downs Analyst Jessica Paquette (center) presents NETSA President Melody Taylor-Scott (left) and NETSA Vice President Anne Ross-Raymond tammi campbelltammi campbell-Piermarini, (right) with a $2,500 sponsorship for the NETSA Horse Show. Piermarini, and race currently the leading rider at horse Bishop of suffolk downs with over 2,100 Nola’s connections. At 11:30 a.m., attendees moved to wins, and now the third leading female the trophy presentation was followed the comfort of the topsider room rider of all-time, offered opinions immediately by a ceremony for the with a beautiful view of the track relative to racing surfaces and riding presentation of a check for $2,500 below. the time between races was morning works and races. Jockey to NetsA from the suffolk downs filled with interesting and informative Vernon Bush, who won over 3,100 racecourse as a title sponsor to the speakers; the officers of NetsA were races and has ridden at every track on North east thoroughbred sporthorse the east coast during the past 30 years, introduced, and explained the reasons Association’s October 7 Jockey club for the formation of this new organijoined the group later. tIP affiliated horse show. suffolk suffolk downs commentator, Analyst, zation, which is devoted to providing downs is a longtime supporter of the more opportunities for new careers for and Publicist Jessica Paquette also effort to re-home OttBs and find future off-the-track thoroughbreds (OttB). stopped by and fielded questions on careers for the athletes that race there. Melody taylor-scott spoke about her the meaning of different kinds of races NetsA is also hosting a pre-show ebook that covers the whole re-homing and who her favorite picks were for the hunter clinic with OttB specialist, process from track to competition day. After training hours were over, the Melody taylor-scott, on september or trail. A full program of speakers group was joined by Jim Greene, whose 23 at the Great Oak equestrian eighth Pole Organization has often been followed, including ellen O’Brien of cANter; retired steeplechase rider and center facility in Berlin, MA. For cited for their excellent help with rehamore information about NetsA, visit trainer, tom Kirlin and his wife dawn; bilitation and providing services for the scott Lombard of corinthian Insurance; workers on the backside at the track. 112 equine


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two post University equine students Return from Study Abroad at Huntley School of Equitation After spending five months in the United Kingdom taking part in an outstanding preparation program for the British horse society (Bhs) Assistant instructor examinations, post University juniors heather Whiles of durham, Ct, and Kelsey stinneford of Wayne, me, returned in June from huntley school of equitation in gloucestershire, england. “We just loved the experience, learned so much, and made lots of friends! We advise any interested Kelsey Stinneford practicing before a show. student to take advantage of the terrific instruction and horses at qualifications. in addition to completing huntley—it is well worth it,” was the a very in-depth syllabus for each of the message from both heather three examinations—stage 2 and 3 and and Kelsey. preliminary teaching test (ptt)—the huntley is one of the top training students had fun learning the english centers in england for these interway of riding, which is somewhat nationally recognized instructor

different from the styles in the U.s. “i couldn’t believe how much i learned at huntley!” said Kelsey. “the instructors were outstanding!” training for the ptt is also rigorous since candidates are required to give a class lesson, a lecture presentation, join in discussions, and answer questions on various topics detailed in the syllabus. in addition, they prepare 11 lesson plans and several lectures in advance—any of which can be used on the day. “We got our subjects for the lessons and lecture at the beginning of the examination day, so the practice we had done at huntley was very important and really helped us to do our best,” said heather, adding, “it was so worth all the hard work!” post University’s successful study abroad program in england started in 1998. since then, more than 25 equine students have completed—and enjoyed—their Bhs training abroad.

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(L – R) 2011 Ride for the Cure committee members Sharleen Dineen, Nancy Austin, Judi Mitchell, Faith Brouillard, Julie Vicalvi, Edna Liberty, Rebecca Eddy, Penny Foisey and Nina Kneeland.

Connecticut ride For The Cure Helps Local Breast Cancer Survivor Get Back In The Saddle When PoMFreT, CT, resiDenT Judi Mitchell found a lump in her breast, she immediately had her doctor on the phone. only a few short days later, a mammogram and ultrasound confirmed that at age 47, she had stage 2 breast cancer, and she was to begin treatment immediately. over the next eight months, Mitchell underwent a lumpectomy, eight rounds of chemotherapy, and 35 radiation sessions. Five years later, she has a new lease on life and is thrilled to be cancer free. “When you get that diagnosis, you take a step back and reassess the important things. it’s really hard to take anything for granted once you have cancer. Life is too short,” Mitchell said. it is exactly this positive attitude and outlook that brought Mitchell back to riding horses, one of her longtime passions that she lost touch with over the years. “after going through breast cancer, i reconnected with horses and the ride for the Cure. There is something so therapeutic about wrapping your arms around a horse’s neck. You just feel better,” she said. in 2007, she joined the volunteer committee responsible for organizing the Komen Connecticut ride for the Cure, an annual equestrian trail ride that raises money for breast cancer research as well as local education, screening, and treatment programs across the state. The passion of the other committee members for horses, riding, and breast cancer research was

contagious. Two years ago, Mitchell decided to fully commit herself back to horses and purchased an 11-year-old Tennessee Walking horse mare named amazing Grace in tribute to her battle with breast cancer. “We can’t forget about finding the cure for breast cancer and the women who haven’t had the success i’ve had. Komen is one of the largest breast cancer organizations, and i loved that my efforts could have a local impact. The ride for the Cure is an amazing event with amazing people, and i’m thrilled to be part of it,” Mitchell said. The 12th annual Komen Connecticut ride for the Cure will be held on sunday, september 30 at Twisted Tree Farm in hampton, CT. over 100 riders, many of them survivors like Judi, will ride in support of breast cancer awareness. other riders joining them will ride in memory of family members who lost their battle with the disease. one common passion they all share is their bond with their horses. in some cases, the bond was an important factor in getting many of the riders through their illnesses. To register or make a donation, please visit and click on the ride for the Cure tab. “it is sad that people are still battling breast cancer. We need to find the causes and cures for this disease. it is so critical that we continue to fight. That is why i ride for the Cure,” Mitchell said.

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The Maine MiniaTure horse Club (MMhC) is proud to announce that the Fourth annual Pine Tree Classic Weekend was held on June 23 and 24, 2012 at the Cumberland Fairgrounds in Cumberland Center, Me. The combination american Miniature horse registry (aMhr) and american Miniature horse association (aMha) weekend drew record numbers of Miniature horses from all over the region and beyond. as with past years, this show had national and world quality horses out displaying what Miniature horses can do. Judges Charles schroder (2012 aMha World judge) and Debra Mooney were a delight for both exhibitors and show staff. MMhC offered classes that ranged from youth, amateur, and open in areas of conformation, driving, and performance. exhibitors were also treated to the popular Lobster and Chicken Feed, Welcome Barbecue, Youth ice Cream Meet and Greet, and other fun and games. MMhC offered Mentored novice classes at the Pine Tree Classic, allowing a new exhibitor to be helped in the ring by a more seasoned show person. The supreme halter horses for the aMha show were srF silk stockings and srF night rider from sawmill river Farm in West Brookfield, Ma. The Champion of Champions – over horse, unanimously chosen under both judges, was awarded to Tricetta C image of Padron from Tricetta Miniatures in stamford, nY. The Champion of Champion – under horse went to srF silk stockings from sawmill river Farm in West Brookfield, Ma. This show always brings out exceptional horses with superior quality. as with any horse show, the event’s success is always in the hands of volunteers and sponsors. For more information on the Maine Miniature horse Club, visit

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Relay for life equestrian Trail Ride To Raise Funds for American Cancer Society $25 and for juniors under 18 years old it is $12; and post-ride fees are $30 and $15, respectively. Pre-entries are accepted until friday, october 5. in addition to the trail ride, Jean McNeill navigates Feather Dust through the “H” there will also be a special at the 2011 trail course competition. course set up in the arena for those riders who love trail lunch will be held at 1:00 p.m., and obstacles and want to challenge themthere will be a raffle drawing and the selves and their horses. each participant awards Ceremony for Top fundraiser must raise a minimum donation of $35 of the Day and the adult/Junior trail to the american Cancer society to enter course winners. last year, Jane sparda the trail course. Registration will begin was the top fundraiser, gathering $435 at 8:30 a.m., and the course opens at 9:00 for the cause. a.m. and closes at 12:30 p.m. at the 2011 for more information on this event, event, riders had to navigate their way please contact Rosie at 508-922-1336 or through, over, and around obstacles that Visit relayforlife. spelled the word “hope,” and played egg org and for further informaand spoon, while their horses could bob tion about each organization. for apples, and more!

Vermont 100 Sees Ultramarathon Runners and Endurance Riders Sharing the Trails By Sue Greenall

iT is like no oTheR eVenT in The world. The Vermont 100 is the last 100mile race that has ultramarathon runners and endurance horses sharing the trail at the same time. historically, the events ran together but over the years they split into two different and distinct sports, leaving the Vermont 100 unique in having both. on July 21, 350 runners and 80 horses gathered in West Windsor, VT, for the 24th running of the event. Proceeds raise funds for Vermont adaptive ski & sport, an organization that funds sport activities for disabled athletes. This year, the race was very special in that Dr. quentin llop, a veterinarian who suffered a T10 spine fracture eight years ago and is also legally blind, completed the 50-mile division. his wife, libby, rode in front of him and his son, quentin Jr., assisted at the holds. it was truly inspirational to see this family working together to achieve such an accomplishment. he finished in a time 116 equine


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of 8:32 on his homebred horse, Mable. The Vermont 100 is organized and run by dedicated volunteers. a small core group meets throughout the year and recruits a large number of volunteers who make it all happen. after Tropical storm irene tore through a great deal of the area where the trail goes, extra effort was required to pull off this event. several reroutes were necessary, including passing through the village of Woodstock in the early morning. Citizens, still in their pajamas, cheered the runners and horses along! on friday night, runners, riders, and their crews joined together for the briefing. Runners commented on how much they respect the horses and were amazed that anyone could ride for 100 miles! The riders were pretty sure they couldn’t run 10 miles, let alone 100! at 4:00 a.m. the next morning, the runners started, with the horses going at 5:00 a.m. They would catch the back of

the run about six miles out and spend the rest of the day traveling along the trail together. friendships have formed between runners and riders that have lasted for years at this event. The 50-mile ride had 38 horses start and 33 finish—a 90% completion rate. The winner was lana Wright’s “Mind of his own,” ridden by amy Warrrington in a time of 5:46. Dave augustine’s shyrocco Rimbold finished fourth and earned the Best Condition award. all six of the 75 milers finished, but one was disqualified for being over time. kathy Downs on Bey Gibby finished in 9:50 and Daryl Downs was second riding Barbara kemmerer’s ellis Mesiah and also won the Best Condition award. The 100-mile ride had repeat winner Christina Phillips on lana Wright’s elegant Pride. Courtney Walker, who came in third place, earned Best Condition with her homebred, hermione Granger. next year will be the 25th anniversary of the Vermont 100 and plans are already in the making for it to be a spectacular event. a huge thank you goes out to all of the landowners, volunteers, and organizers. for more information, visit

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Tyrone Farm will host the 28th Annual Pomfret Hunter Pace and Second Annual Pace for a Purpose on October 7, 2012. With the addition of an equestrian fundraising campaign to benefit the Day Kimball Hospital Deary Memorial Cancer Fund, riders are able to help local patients who are in need of treatment or screenings and don’t have the resources to obtain them. Caylei Arnold, 23, from Willington, CT, received recognition for being the highest fundraiser in 2011. Arnold began riding in the Pomfret Hunter Pace five years ago. Nine days before her second time riding in the event, Arnold’s grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. “The night before the hunter pace, as we were loading up the trailer with our tack and supplies, I got the phone call that she had been rushed to the hospital and was not responsive,” said Arnold.

“She died that night. It was a shock to us all.” Arnold still decided to ride the next day. “I rode knowing that if she was still with us, my grandmother would’ve Caylei Arnold aboard Lily. given me a piece of her mind if I hadn’t gone. She didn’t have time to fight the battle, so I partici- available for purchase as part of the Sound the Bugle Equestrian Collection pated in this benefit at the event as a on Etsy, with 10% of sales going directly way to help local residents who were to the Deary Memorial Cancer Fund. battling the same disease.” The pace will feature an eight-mile Arnold plans to return to the Pomfret course along hay fields and wooded Hunter Pace and to raise funds for the trails during Pomfret’s peak fall foliage. Pace for a Purpose again this year. For her achievement, Arnold received Participants and spectators can also enjoy the Pomfret Lions’ barbecued a custom portrait of her horse from chicken dinner. For online registraequine artist Helen Scanlon. This tion or for more details on Pace for year, Scanlon will again be donating a Purpose, visit or a portrait to the highest fundraiser contact Amy Jakowski at amyjak@ and is additionally offering a specially designed pendant, which will also be

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CONGRATULATIONS TO WOODRIDGE FARM’S Jordan Stiller of Needham, MA, on her fancy new horse she got from Maggie Boylan and Val Renihan! Keep an eye out for this pair!

DANCING WITH RIDERS The ballroom dancing phenomenon has officially hit the horse show world! Deirdre DePrisco, former New England Equitation Champion, has been a professional ballroom and latin dancer, instructor, and choreographer for years. She and her husband, Dan Radler, are the owners of Ballroom Dance New England and Ballroom Dance Florida and are also U.S. National Champions. Now Dee and Dan have a new protégé who also knows a thing or two about winning championships: hunter rider Sandy Ferrell! Dan and Sandy have competed at the Yankee Classic Dancesport Championships in Boston.

Corinne Milbury won the Adult Hunter Derby at the Fieldstone Spring Festival, the NAL Adult Hunter Classic at Vermont I and the M&S Adult Hunter Classic at Vermont II; and Carly Corbacho won the NAL Adult Hunter Classic at Vermont II.

represent the U.S. at the Cornerstone Farm’s (Haverhill, “CoilOg International Show” in MA) students had a great show Kilmeauge, Ireland, in August. at Northeast Benefit. Old friend, Heather will be aboard Oak Tricia O’Connor, came up from Park Clover, owned by Keiran Florida to win the Hunter Derby Cahill, and coached by Derek and was Pre-Green Champion McConnell. The CSIO** event with the young horse, Vintage, will be held over four days and that she and Monica Hunt culminates with a grand prix. imported. She also won the Ride & Drive on Pomerol and was third with her jumper, Bellatrix, CENTURY RIDE in the $5,000 Classic. Ashley Congratulations to Liz Benney of Upton, MA, on completing her Morin won her NEHC, MHC, and USDF “Century Ride” at Apple THIS Medals. Nic Horgan, aboard Knoll Farm. A Century Ride is a his new horse, Captain 33, was dressage test performed when Children’s Hunter Champion and won the Eq Classic. Taylor continued on page 124 Kimball and Treffor won the Children’s Hunter Classic and were second in the Hunter Derby. Jess Lusty won an NEHC Medal; Anthony DeSimone won both the adult eq classes; and Sydney Berube, with The Magic Word, was Champion Pet Pony and reserve champion in the Small Green Ponies. Liz Benney of Upton, MA, completed her USDF “Century Ride,” a dressage test Alexa Bayko won an performed when both the rider and the adult hunter class on horse’s age added together total 100! Essex St.


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Corinne Milbury of Woodridge Farm had great success in the hunter ring this year.

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Carly Corbacho of Woodridge Farm won the NAL Adult Hunter Classic at Vermont II.


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Pony Hunter Classic Champion Jeremiah P. Duck, ridden by Annabelle Revers.

26th northeast Benefit horse Show Draws Nearly 300 Equines to Three County Fairgrounds By MeloDy Taylor-SCoTT

The 26Th running of The northeast Benefit horse Show, held at the northampton Three County fairgrounds in Massachusetts on June 26-30, 2012—a favorite on the new england summer horse show circuit— fielded nearly 300 horses and ponies. Show managers Debbie Tate and fred hunt created an excellent horse show for all involved. equestrian Management Solutions kept the fences up and paddock masters russell Stewart, ron Clohecy and Jackie gazzara, along with announcer Melissa Brown, kept the rings running smoothly. hunter ring ii was enlarged and resurfaced and the

$150 Ride and Drive class winner Tricia O’Connor.

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main hunter ring was set with courses designed by rob gage of fallbrook, CA. Judges for this year’s show were Carol Coleman of Wellington, fL, Meg Schulman of Littleton, Co, and Peter Van guysling of guilderland, nY. Tuesday, June 26, was northeast Benefit equitation Day held in the main jumper ring. Judge Peter Van guysling handled a full card of equitation for the juniors, beginning with novice through all of the Medals. Wednesday, June 27, was pony day, and rider Abigail Brayman piloted Take Me home to a clean sweep of The Small Pony hunters, Champlain Trimble to the green Pony Championship, and Dreamland to the Large Pony Championship, also winning the equisport/uSef Pony Medal aboard Take Me home. Annabelle revers took the Medium Pony hunter Championship with April rose and piloted Jeremiah P. Duck to win the northeast Benefit Pony hunter Classic. The Short Stirrup hunter Championship went to goldbug and rider Laurel Smith. on Thursday, June 28, the Children’s hunter Championship went to Captain 23 and nicholas horgan, who also won Saturday’s Junior/Amateur equitation Classic. in the jumper ring, Tricia o’Connor took home the blue in the

$150 ride and Drive class. friday, June 29, brought the northeast Benefit Children’s hunter horse Classic, with Treffor and Taylor Kimball as the winners; the Children’s hunter Pony Classic went to Leap of faith and Bryce hall, and the Children’s hunter Pony Champions were holiday Lights and hannah Woolley. in the jumper ring, Alyssa B. Kinsey and grisset again won the $5,000 northeast Jumper Classic. The $1,000 northeast Children’s Adult Jumper Classic went to ready to go and Alexa riccio. The exhibitor party followed in the arena in conjunction with a uShJA Zone 1 meeting. on Saturday, June 30, equador and olivia Van der Meer took the Junior hunter Championship, while the Children’s/Adult hunter Classic went to Snap Shot and Meghan Moran. The Younger Adult hunter Champions were gama Coronado and Molly Yake, and the over 35 Adult hunter Champions were rain King and nora Keefe. Winning the northeast Benefit Adult hunter Classic were fraser and Sarah grogan; the $800 2'6'' hunter Derby was won by Werbeau and Julie Letourneau. Tricia o’Connor and her Vintage took wins in the Pre-green hunter Championship and $1,200 northeast Benefit 2'9'' hunter Derby. for more information, visit

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continued from page 122 both the rider and the horse’s age added together total 100! liz, who for years competed in the hunters, winning at all the old famous shows, has turned to dressage in recent years. So many old friends came out to cheer her on, including many vets from Mass equine, farrier Dave Ballou, and liz’s longtime trainer, Paul Valliere and his wife, Jill. liz’s mount was in a Moment, who she bred herself and showed in the adult hunters before turning to eventing with him and eventually dressage. liz is only the 114th person to ever join the Century Club and only the second from new england! The celebration of liz’s riding accomplishments continued that night as she and her husband, David, hosted a dinner at a local restaurant.

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hitS Saugerties Ellen Toon and Invincible Pave the Way With a Win in the $5,000 Devoucoux hunter Prix held at hitS Saugerties on Saturday, July 21, ellen toon and her own invincible picked up their fifth qualifying class and are on their way to hitS Championship Weekend for their second appearance in the Diamond Mills $500,000 hunter Prix Final. “i was a little rusty coming into this class,” admitted toon of South Salem, nY. “But, [invincible] is such a seasoned and enthusiastic competitor, he always makes me feel $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix winners Kathryn Haefner more confident. as soon as he picked up a canter in the ring, i and Bentley. knew we were going to have a good day.” Saturday’s Devoucoux hunter Prix took place in the newly debuted Outside Course at hitS-on-the-hudson and featured a dynamic track built by Rian Beals of Saugerties, nY. Laena Romond of Colchester, Vt, was the second place finisher in the hunter Prix. She and heritage Farm, inc.’s Pioneer combined an 84.5 and an 86 for a total score of 170.5. She was followed by Maria Paglieri of Clinton, nJ, in the irons on Snap Decision in third with an 84.85 and an 85 for an HITS’ Tony Hitchcock presents Ellen Toon and Invincible with their awards after their win in the $5,000 overall score of 169.5. Devoucoux Hunter Prix. Melissa Feller of Lincoln Park, nJ, aboard Rosso Rossini earned a final score of 164 for fourth Fischer of Montgomery, nY, in second place. Rounding out the top five was aboard harper hills’ Rio’s Reflection. David Oliynyk of Franklin, Ma, riding She combined an 81 and an 82 for an Cascor’s Splendor. overall score of 163. Finishing in third was Brendan Weiss of Southampton, Pa, riding Piedmont to a 77 in the first $1,500 HITS Hunter Prix round and a 75 in the second for a total Kathryn haefner of hamburg, nY, score of 152. has won three of the four $1,500 Rounding out the top five was hitS hunter Prix that she has shown Missiaen Jenkins of Flanders, nJ, in this season. She piloted her own in fourth on Caro Z with an overall Bentley to a win in the first hitS score of 151.5, followed by Cara $250,000 hunter Prix Final qualifier Garito of Colts neck, nJ, aboard of the summer at hitS Saugerties on abundance with a score of 151 Sunday, July 22. the duo earned the for fifth. top scores in both rounds with a pair to learn more about the Diamond of 83s for an overall winning score Mills $500,000 hunter Prix Final, visit of 166. Following haefner was alanna

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[LEFT] Megan Tardiff and Cabana Boy at the Groton House Horse Trials. [RIGHT] Stephanie Mallick aboard Vaquero at the Tom Davis clinic at Linden Woods Farm.

Congratulations to Megan Tardiff, who won her Open Preliminary division at the Groton House Horse Trials with Cabana Boy. Tardiff was also the winner of a $250 USEA Area I Educational Scholarship, which she used toward a cross-country clinic at Ledyard Farm with Lucinda Green. Two days following the intensive clinic, she reported that she “had one of [her] best and most confident stadium rounds ever at the Preliminary Level,” at GMHA.

SPOTTED: TOM DAVIS Linden Woods Farm in Durham, NH, was happy to host a clinic with Tom Davis, an ICP Level 2 Instructor, during his busy eventing season this summer. The clinic saw riders of many levels, including an Advanced student and a number of green horses. Stephanie Mallick reports that her mount, Vaquero, had a great flat lesson, and she sends a big congratulations to Amy Greer, who organizes the clinics and is pregnant with a little girl! On July 8, Stephanie participated in another clinic with Tom, this time with her horse Abe, at Scarlet Hill in Groton, MA. Tom spent the day schooling 130 EQUINE


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BACK IN ACTION Grant Wilson, an international show jumper, will be back in the Northeastern United States this fall, holding jumping clinics at event barns. He will return to Coyote Spring Farm in Lee, NH, on September 6-7.

A GRANT FOR GMHA The Green Mountain Horse Association was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Le Samurai Fund in July, to aid in the education of USEA Area 1 Adult Amateur Riders participating in events at their site. The organization planned to use it toward a long-format educational event for Novice and Training Level riders at their Novice/Training Three-Day Event held August 6-9, 2012. Rebecca Broussard and Amy Tryon established the Fund in memory of the great four-star horse, Le Samurai.

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at Open Novice. With a score of 27.0, the pair had the best dressage test of the competition and led their division by 5.5 points. With “Garth’s” education and progression in mind, Katie chose to ride longer approaches in stadium, incurring time penalties but no jump faults. They were double-clear on cross-country to end the competition in second place. The pair has continued to compete in Area 1 and will travel to Maryland for the East Coast Young Event Horse (YEH) Championships on October 18.

Burnham Summer Horse Trials on July 28-29. Heather Carlson and her new off-the-track-Thoroughbred (OTTB) from Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, Solvent, had a fabulous third place finish in Beginner Novice B. Stephanie Izzi and Bainne came in fifth in their second Training Level event together. And, Valerie Golaszewski and her new mount, Bartax, also an Akindale OTTB, rocked their very first Starter Test and brought home a fourth-place ribbon!

SUMMER SUCCESSES TRUE TALENT True North Farm sends a huge congratulations to Caroline Miller and Chase for earning the reserve championship in Beginner Novice at the Area I Championships at Fitch’s Corner! And, kudos to Maura Eldridge and DD for their eighth-place finish in that same, large division. A big shout-out also goes to Madi Schluter and Jenn Ricci, who rode beautiful cross-country and show jumping rounds.

FROM STARLIGHT TO STONELEIGH-BURNHAM Riders from Starlight Farms in New Milford, CT, had a strong showing at the Stoneleigh-

Triple Combination Farm out of Ferrisburgh, VT, has had a busy summer. Mary Brust and Petey came in eighth at their first Novice event together, at the Old Chatham Horse Trials on July 8. Andrea Waldo and Smudge finished in sixth place out of 23 in the Open Novice division, and Tesla Parker and Ryker ran their first sanctioned Beginner Novice course at the Cosequin Stuart Horse Trials July 12-15. Then, at the Hitching Post schooling trials on July 18, Brust won the Senior Beginner Novice A division on her dressage score of 30.5 with Cordi, while she finished sixth at Novice Level with Petey.



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Unh summer horse Trials Sees Strong Turnout The UniversiTy of new hampshire hosted its fourth annual summer U.s. eventing association (Usea) sanctioned horse trials on July 8, 2012. nearly 115 competitors enjoyed topnotch competition at the Beginner novice, novice, and Training levels. Two special events recognized the performance of Junior/young riders and adult amateurs, respectively. The Unh summer horse Trials has supported the Usea area i young riders program for the third consecutive year by hosting the smartpak young rider’s Team Challenge. This unique competition allows members of the area i young riders program to form teams at each competition level; a course walk is provided by an area i coach and mentoring from an experienced young rider is available during the event.

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area i adult rider program (arp) members also had the opportunity to compete for the arp Low score award. awards are given to the three bestJacqueline Gilbert and Sea Squall won the Open Training placed arp B division. members in each competitive division. Both programs are supported by funds from area i, and riders only needed to be a member of the program to be eligible for recognition. “we are always excited to be able to support and recognize both amateurs and Junior/young riders,” says Chair of the organizing Committee Christina Keim. “These groups Grace Reilly and Navajo were the winners of the Open Beginner are really the backNovice E division. bone of the sport of eventing, and it is fun navajo; the reserve Best scoring for them to have their own opportunipony Clubber was Catherine ties for recognition.” meehan riding mustang molly; and the requiring students to assist with Best scoring Unh student or alum the organization of the horse trials has was Janet Calder schlenker with been a component of the Unh equine sullivan’s secret. program curriculum for over 40 years. open division winners were as recently, proposed revisions to the follows: Training a: first officer Campus master plan (Cmp) threatened and ann wicander; Training B: portions of the cross-country course sea squall and Jacqueline Gilbert; and the equine facility itself. a public Training C: sandretti and Devon outcry, led largely by members of Belding; novice a: sullivan’s secret the eventing community, has helped and Janet schlenker; novice B: Double contribute to the retraction of the or nothing and william ward; novice proposal to move the equine facilities. C: semi-automatic and maura Gorman; The University of new hampshire novice D: noble and Cassie farley; equine program will hold its final Beginner novice a: aim high DDD and horse trials of the 2012 season on Dawn Dascomb; Beginner novice B: september 29-30. July’s Gem and eva malone; Beginner The following are the special award novice C: high Boy and emma parker; winners from the July event: The Best novice D: Bailey sweet and victoria scoring Connemara was won by shao Lin finn and mary Lee; the Best scoring Law; and Beginner novice e: navajo and Grace reilly. pony Clubber was Grace reilly aboard September 2012

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connecticut dressage & combined training assoc. Holds Ride-Critique-Ride with USDF L* Judge Claudia Tarlov Submitted by Cheryl matthewSon

their test of choice for a qualified judge and receive verbal feedback immediately. this is followed by the chance to ride the same test again and be given both a score and a written report just like is done at a show. tarlov’s feedback was both helpful and inspiring to equestrians. She has an educated eye and is straightforward when providing feedback to a rider. She provides the participant with what is possible with a horse, and all riders left feeling motivated about their mounts and their goals. cdcta would like to thank all the riders, horses, grooms, and trainers who supported this club activity and who left a bit wetter than when they arrived! also, special thanks to Mary Beth Bain

(L-R) Ride-Critique-Ride participants Cheryl Matthewson on Zilbergeist and Donna Legere on Bennett 007.

for organizing the event and to all the volunteers who gave their time and energy to help out. Most importantly, thank you to claudia tarlov for judging and to Grandview Farm for allowing cdcta to utilize the facility. If you are interested in participating in a Ride-critique-Ride, please visit to attain information on the upcoming one this month.

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June 2, 2012, could not have been a wetter day, but this did not dampen the spirits of those who participated in the connecticut dressage & combined training association’s (cdcta) Ride-critiqueRide at Grandview Farm in columbia, ct. Five brave horses and riders rode through rain, wind, and mud to show their dressage tests to uSdF “l” Judge, claudia tarlov of colchester, ct. By the lunch break, the event was moved to the indoor ring where seven more riders demonstrated their dressage tests and received feedback and a chance to ride the test again. and then…the rain stopped! a Ride-critique-Ride is a unique educational opportunity for a rider to perform

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LONDON BELLE, owned by Crossen Warmbloods of Coventry, CT, had a wonderful first outing at King Oak’s Dressage Days. She finished fourth and first in Training Level Tests 1 and 2, respectively. This lovely mare never batted an eye or missed a beat. She is one to watch!

MOVING TO BETHANY The IDA Dressage Team at Post University will be moving with Coach Liz Doering to her new place, Sperry View Farm (formerly River’s Edge Farm), in Bethany, CT. Moving her business to Bethany with Liz is Vicki Hammers-O’Neil, a wellrespected dressage trainer and clinician. Vicki is planning to support the team by helping the coach keep the horses fit and going well at the levels needed for effective team practice.

FALL FESTIVAL: A CALL TO ARMS Debbie Carr-Kirk, the NEDA Membership Coordinator, is hoping all the regular Fall Festival team players have marked their calendars and are ready to join the fun for another “September Vacation” in the beautiful Hudson River Valley. This year, the show will run 134 EQUINE


September 13-16. Debbie hopes the folks who took part in the Northeast Volunteer Workshop Series got some experience volunteering at local dressage competitions this summer, and that those participants will join NEDA at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, NY, this year.

On June 29, 2012, the Official USA Olympic Day occurred where hundreds of Olympians and Paralympians participated around the country in interactive and informative public speaking events. U.S. Para-dressage rider, Mary Jordan, of Wells, ME, traveled to Saco, ME, where over 400 campers were awaiting her arrival. During Jordan’s presentation, she spoke about many topics, including personal and family values, sportsmanship, goal making, how each child may become involved in a sport, and the value of perseverance. She introduced what makes her a Para-Equestrian athlete and showcased a video of her training for her dressage freestyle with her horse prior to the Paralympic Selection Trials.


A huge congratulations to Endel Ots and Rubato (Rosario x Swiftest Finesse), owned by Donna Cameron of Cutler Farm in Medfield, MA, on their win in the Wellington Dressage Classic. It was Rubato’s first Prix St. Georges test, and he took home the blue with a 74.5%.

Congratulations to Amy and Lance of Sherwood Stables in Austin, TX, on the purchase of Lorelei HM from Hof Mendenhall Hanoverians in Groton, MA. Linda Mendenhall tells us, “We are going to miss our Lillypad, but are very excited for her future and welcome Amy and Lance to the Hof Mendenhall family!”



On July 22, 2012, Wild Aire Farm hosted their fourth Horse Power Dressage show of the year. Gretchen Demone presided over the tests that ranged from

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test with her horse, Nanook, and Caroline received a score of 63.2% in her Third Level test with her horse, Zorro.

DOMINATING DRESSAGE Warren-McMullin Dressage had a great show at the Green Mountain Horse Association Dressage Days on July 20-22, 2012, in South Woodstock, VT. Bill McMullin competed Ginny Pitt’s young horse, Rapture, for the first time, riding him to Training Level Champion all three days with a high score of 76%. Bill Warren rode Team Romantic LLC’s Romantic to a win in a large Freestyle class with 74%, and he took Bonnie Miller’s Gerente to a second place finish in the Prix St. Georges. Courtney Fanara rode Brighella to a 65% and a 63% in Prix St. Georges, finishing second and third respectively. Danielle McNamara then rode her own Camelot to a Fourth Level championship. Sue Keith earned her USDF Silver Medal on Danbury. Patty Cullen took her Pagemaker into Third and Fourth Level tests with very respectable scores in the high 60s. Sue Nissman took home the blue ribbon in Training Level with her own Cajun. Jen Narbonne rode Willemsen at Fourth Level winning with 64%, and then earned a second place finish on Romeo with 63%. Jean Klauke and Zorro were honored with two Fourth Level championships. Rebecca Hicks rode River Run Roscoe, owned by Bev and Art Dudley, to a win in the Intermediaire II class. It was a busy show for Roberta Carleton. She won on Rawleigh in Third Level, and earned a second place in the Intermediaire. She also rode her own Kir Royal to two Third Level championships.


Intro level to Second level. Congratulations to Therese Hillman and her horse, Harley, on being the high point test of the day; the duo scored a 77%! For complete results, as well as upcoming shows and series standings, check out

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Celebrating Our angelic Partners A Special Event at the 2012 New England Breed Show When the 2012 neW england Breed Show Series rolled into ten Broeck Farm this June, owners Orintha and Phil Silva wanted to add an extraordinary event to the lineup. In addition to three full days of showing and the nearly 100 entries, the Silvas hosted a sold out benefit dinner and orchestrated an evening of equine entertainment for over 200 guests. a portion of all proceeds from this busy weekend were earmarked for the Community hospice house in Merrimack, Ma, owned and operated by home health and hospice Care (hhhC). employees, volunteers and friends of hhhC make up a group who give comfort to those in need and offer invaluable support to families, affectionately called “angels” despite the very

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difficult circumstances. “We are thrilled to present the hhhC with $5,000, which we know will help so many people during very trying times,” says Orintha. “the (Above) The MeridCommunity hospice ian Equi-Dance house took care of my Company, with mom, and they have Dawn Fraser, Amy Gage, and Robin taken care of loved Zeigler. (Right) A ones for several people Musical Freestyle associated with our was performed by farm. this was a way Paige Finnegan, riding Tirza, and for us to express our Orintha Silva, riding appreciation for the Karola 1. awesome care the staff provides every day.” the evening show, “Celebrating our angelic Partners,” was designed to highlight horses for their unique ability to offer a true partnership to so many. the show started with a welcoming message from dr. Karen Baranowski, President and CeO of hhhC. the program was comprised of several from foal to retirement with the special acts, including a parade of sparkling attention and care given at every stage angels played by the child stars of ten of life. the night concluded with a Broeck Farm and a dazzling white stunning grand Finale Freestyle ridden pony. the audience was also amazed by Orintha Silva and Paige Finnegan, by the energetic performance given which received a standing ovation from by Pepperell’s own Fire Chief, toby the audience. tyler, who demonstrated some western For the latest events and complete reining maneuvers. Several horses from details on this show, visit the farm were also highlighted with heartwarming stories about the journey

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On One Of the hOttest days we have seen for the month of July, brave souls appeared at apple Knoll farm in Millis, Ma, for the mid-summer CRda schooling show. high point awards were handed out for Open, adult amateur, and Junior divisions. Congratulations to all of our high point winners! special thanks go out to sue McKeown and ellen strauss for the smooth flow of the show on July 15 as well as the many volunteers who were able to attend and help out! the most exciting event of the day occurred at 9:45 a.m. on this sweltering July day. Liz Benney, a longtime CRda member, rode first Level, test One to 136 equine


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her membership in the dressage foundation Century Club. for those who are unaware of this honor, riders become Liz Benney and eligible when In A Moment. their age, combined with their horse’s age, add up to 100 years. Originally bred as an event horse, In a Moment (or “Minty”) was bred on Liz Benney’s farm and was raised by her. since swapping over to dressage exclusively, Liz and Minty have been a staple at CRda shows and are favorites

of those who attend regularly. On behalf of CRda, we would like to extend our congratulations to Liz and Minty for achieving this milestone with a score of 63.448%. CRda has many exciting competition, clinic, and volunteer opportunities avail-

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Fun in the sun The Central Vermont Dressage Association Summer Schooling Show SuBMiTTeD BY anne TraCY

Most oF the high scorers at the central Vermont Dressage association (cVDa) summer schooling show, held august 4 at green Mountain horse association (gMha) in south Woodstock, Vt, were cVDa regulars. Mother and daughter, Polly and Nicole schmid, were the top scorers of senior First Level (Polly on Whistler) and Junior training (Nicole on Last invitation). the high scorers at second Level and above were sheila McLevedge, the sole rider at Fourth Level, and the Lusitano, hM sol. she has been riding the 13-year-old grey gelding for four years. Jutta Lee was the top scorer at senior training Level on Jack ohaus’ six-year-old Morgan, LBF Panama Jack. this was Panama Jack’s first show. Jutta Lee also claimed the top two spots in the Musical Kur—first

able throughout the year. For a list of remaining events, please visit or email for further information. Volunteers and new members are always welcome! Show ReSultS

Polly Schmid and Whistler garnered the High Point Senior at First Level Award at the CVDA Schooling Show.

with a 73.75% on her glorious Feeling, an eight-year-old Wurttemberger gelding; and second with Linda Williamson’s Braveheart. Nathalie Ferneau and her sevenyear-old selle Francais-cross gelding, Brother Bear, were top Juniors at First

Training level, Test 2 2011 Catherine Sebastian and Double Major, adult amateur noah rostcheck and Pumpkin Spice, Jr/Yr Training level, Test 3 2011 Catherine Sebastian and Double Major, adult amateur elizabeth DaPonte and Kiwis Poco Diva, Jr/Yr First level, Test 1 2011 alison redston and Tony 47, Jr/Yr Janet Menn and Dev Diego, adult amateur First level, Test 2 2011 alison redston and Tony 47, Jr/Yr CC Maher and Zeus, adult amateur Sarah o’neill and Mythic Feronia, open First level, Test 3 2011 Jean Tenerini and Hotshot, open Chris Messina and Theo, adult amateur Second level, Test 2 2011 lisa Millett and Prado, open Darlene Dwyer and Santana, adult amateur Fei Junior Team 2009 Caroline Forsberg and Zorro, Jr/Yr Second level, Test 3 2011 lisa Millett and Prado, open laura Fox and espresso, adult amateur eventing novice Test a Jennifer Dinisco and obiku, adult amateur alexandra Gaither and Chess, Jr/Yr eventing Beginner novice Test B Katie Davies and Diversity Dan D Jeans, Jr/Yr Claire Cummings and nala, adult amateur.

level. it was their first time showing at First Level. ashley adams was high scorer in the event division. aboard geoff and Joan Nichols’ nearly four-year-old irish import, cooley ice, she earned a 64.50% and a 64.78% in Novice a and B, and a 64.78% on her own thoroughbred, corbin, at Preliminary Level. For more information on cVDa, visit

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July 15, 2012 CrDa Show Submitted by Jill DiGregorio 1st place results: introductory Walk-Trot Test a 2011 Katie Balzano and Cool Conversation, adult amateur ashley ross and Carina, Jr/Yr introductory Walk-Trot Test B 2011 Helen Varker and Mr. President, adult amateur lydia anderson and Celebration, Jr/Yr introductory Walk-Trot Test C 2011 ariana Cora and Midnight Mystique, Jr/Yr Jennifer Slade and J.r., adult amateur Donna lapierre and nevada’s Hallmark, open Training level, Test 1 2011 Ginny Halfpenny and noble Playgirl adult amateur ariana Cora and Midnight Mystique, Jr/Yr Donna lapierre and nevada’s Hallmark, open

Sheila McLevedge aboard HM Sol was the winner of the award for High Point Second Level and Above.

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SADDLEBRED SUCCESS Several New England Saddlebred enthusiasts traveled to Lexington, KY, July 9-14, for the 76th Annual Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show. David and Kristen Cater, of Cater Stables in Dunbarton, NH, took several horses. Molly Codeanne and CH Callaways Born With Style were reserve in the Jr. Exhibitor Three-gaited 13 & Under Stake. Ariella Silber rode Tachycardia to win the Road Pony Under Saddle Grand Championship. They were also reserve in the AHHS Youth Medallion Road Pony Under Saddle class. Extremely Fortunut and Brittany Cloutier teamed up to win the Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure qualifying class and finished the show as Reserve Grand Champions of the division. Clara McCool was Reserve Pleasure Equitation 13 & Under 138 EQUINE


Champion. She rode CH-EQ Callaway’s Royal Request. And, Stocco and Amanda Murchison won the Adult Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship. Gary, Marsha and Devon Garone, of Fairfield South in Richmond, NH, also took a nice lineup of horses. Gavin Gagnon was reserve in the Senior UPHA Challenge Cup with Kalarama’s Personality Plus. Jan Beardsley-Blanco was Reserve Amateur Fine Harness Champion, driving her mare, A Magical Melody. Elaine Gregory, of Brookfield, VT, was on the rail when Blaze Of Sonshine was reserve in the Novice Roadster class. He is owned by Ann MacMurray Cox and was driven by Luman Wadhams.

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SSLLC High Definition, shown here, was purchased by Carla Jackson-Greenside of Kingston, MA.

on July 7-8 in South Woodstock, VT. Pokey was ridden by owner Esther Fiddes. Esther said Saturday was hideous weather with 89% humidity in the early morning, but Sunday was one of those perfect Vermont days.

SOLD! Megan Maglaras-Stevenson of

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A Magical Melody and owner, Jan Beardsley-Blanco, were Reserve Amateur Fine Harness Champions at the Lexington Junior League Show.

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PVF Peace of mind and suzy stafford. megan maglaras-stevenson, of new sharon, me, purchased Pondview maharajah.

of Taylor river Farm. Megan purchased Carlaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gelding, Pondview Maharajah (aljaks Double Whammy x Baymeadow Prima Diva). Winning the Classic Pleasure Saddle Championship at new england last year, Megan looks forward to continuing with this seven-year-old geldingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show career.

BaBy Boom it was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;coltâ&#x20AC;? year for Bill Haines at ledyard Farm in Kings Ferry, nY. His broodmares produced five colts and two fillies. ledyard Maximilian (Town assets x Mendon Belle amie) was the first colt born. The second was a chestnut colt, ledyard Makers Mark (CBMF Crown Prince x Whitemud lady Tisera). on april 5, two foals were born: Dutch-Morâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joy had a bay colt by CBMF Crown Prince that Bill named ledyard Mysterious Prince, and CBMF Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Touch Me had a brown filly by Mizrahi that Bill named ledyard Merry Me. rare Piece produced ledyard rare assets. The bay colt is sired by Town assets. There were two foals sired by astronomicallee: Wintopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Princess Vanity produced a chestnut colt, ledyard Master Mason; and anna nicole produced a bay filly, ledyard unique Monique.

Park To Pleasure Kristen ricker of Maine writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;in September of 2010, i purchased the love of my life, undulataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diamond Jim, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;James.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He was the first Saddlebred i ever owned. Being a performance horse for 15 years, you can bet he was a lot of horse. Together, we worked hard in teaching each other things. as James turned 17 this year, i spent the last off-season teaching him to flat walk and to move slower so that we could show in pleasure divisions. James has had his best show season

of his life this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;i recently purchased a new Saddlebred mare, Callawayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rare affair, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jazzie,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; who will be finishing up this season in the Threegaited Performance Horse division. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many new Saddlebreds have come to Maine, and it gives us all something to look forward to at the showsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;competition. Hopefully, the Saddlebreds keep pouring into Maine and keep our classes filled in the years to come.â&#x20AC;?

anoTher signaTure June 1, 2012, brought the arrival of libertineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Signature (Statesmans Signature x eMr Starfire x iron Forge Starman) at Valerie radtkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eMr Morgans in Big Fork, MT. This all-bay filly (no white, just like her sire!) will stay in Montana until the spring of 2013, when she will come east to louisa-Marcelle eadieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lMe Dressage in north Salem, nY. She will be busy growing up for a few years until she chooses her discipline.

Take Two June 2012 also brought a re-do of a successful breeding of Statesmans Signature x JPr Have

Mercy. The first breeding produced PVF Peace of Mind, driven by Suzy Stafford of Stafford Carriage Driving to 2012 championships at live oak and little everglades combined driving events in the Preliminary Single Horse division. Suzy has chosen to purchase the impending foal from the Statesmans Signmature x Mercy rebreeding in utero from Deb Kieffer of Parlor View Farm in elmira, nY. Congratulations to all involved!

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Maine Morgan Horse Show July 5-7, 2012 Deerfield, NH photos: Chris Cassenti

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Congratulations to Diane Bozyczko who recently hitched up and drove her Miniature horse, Henry, for the first time at her trainer Sue Rogers’ Land’s End Farm in South Reading, VT. Sue did an awesome job helping Diane out with the tiny equine!



The Granite State Carriage Association (GSCA) has been busy over the summer months—on July 7 and 8, 11 members participated in the Sue Rogers Ride and Drive held at Land’s End Farm in Proctorsville, VT. Secretary David Herrick reports that they were greeted with perfect temperatures, lots of sunshine, and beautiful scenic

views of the mountains and valleys. All participants enjoyed two days of riding and driving, food, camping, and camaraderie around the campfire. Then, on July 13-15, members participated in the 11th Annual Look to the Mountain Ride & Drive in Chocorua, NH. This four-day outing attracted over 40 attendees from as far away as Cape Cod and Connecticut—

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In conjunction with the Amesbury Carriage Museum, The Carriage Barn sponsored a Sporting Day of Driving on June 30 and July 1. Their museum’s collection of over 200 antique vehicles, which have been shipped all over the world, was on display during the event. The Carriage Barn was also recently featured on the WCVB

television show, Chronicle, which will be airing just as this issue goes to press!

WINNING WITH A CAPITAL “W” Zwantsje W, owned by Scott and Deb Thomas of Ellington, CT, and driven by Jamie CinqMars of Springfield, MA, won the Friesian Carriage Pleasure Driving class at the NEFHC Friesian Horse Classic show in Topsfield, MA. Jamie and “Swan” also went on to win Reserve Champion Carriage Pleasure Driving Horse in the Championship class as well as the Bronson Memorial Perpetual Trophy. Jamie and Swan work with trainer Danielle Barrasso out of DD Performance Horses in Feeding Hills, MA.

Jamie Cinq-Mars drives Zwantsje W to first place in the Friesian Carriage Pleasure Driving class at the NEFHC Friesian Horse Classic.


JEANINE EATON OF EAST CORINTH, VT, sent in this photo of herself driving her five-year-old Morgan, Criterion’s Spirit, at his first parade on July 4.

from what we heard, everyone was in good spirits! Rumor has it that the event included a brazen Beagle, a horse dressed in pajamas, and moonlit rides. To find out whether this is fact or fiction, visit the club’s Facebook page at GSCAdriving.

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36th Annual lorenzo Driving Competition Boasts Warm Weather and Beautiful Scenery By Carol BuCkhout

The 36Th AnnuAl lorenzo Driving Competition, held on the stately grounds of the lorenzo State historic Site in Cazenovia, nY, kicked off with beautiful weather. This year’s event, held July 21-22, drew entries from across the northeastern u.S. as well as Quebec, Canada. officials included: judge, Micki Bowen of unionville, PA; judge, Bill

Pony Grand Champions Tara Crowley and Gelihaf Harri.

venditta of Cochranville, PA; technical delegate, Phil Ferro of Jamesville, nY; ringmaster, Matthew Ferro of Jamesville, nY; and long-standing announcer, Debra McCarthy Tiny Rubenstein Memorial Trophy recipient Robin Groves of Schuylerville, nY. driving Thor’s Toy Truck. The marathon Concours d’elegance, named in The husband-and-wife team of Tara honor of r. James hubbard, mayor of and PJ Crowley, from old zionsville, Cazenovia from 1943-1944, was awarded PA, had a banner weekend. Tara’s large to the lovely Friesian/Saddlebred pony entry, gelihaf harri, was named cross pair owned by norbert Major of grand Champion Pony, while the elegant ll’Assumption, Quebec, Canada. This Friesian, Bram, shown by PJ, received the was norbert’s first time attending the lorenzo show, and he promised to return Single horse grand Championship. robin groves of Brownsville, vT, was next year! nicole Cable from Batavia, awarded the Tiny rubenstein Memorial nY, received the Jane Sadoff Memorial Award, which recognizes the competitor Trophy, awarded to the most approthat exhibits overall joy and spirit. priate turnout for a lady to drive on the lorenzo Driving Competition, inc. is marathon. nicole showed a pair of grey ponies that were competing for their first a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to education and giving back. time as a pair!

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The WAlDingFielD hDT (horSe Driving Trial) was held on the grounds of the groton house Farm in hamilton, MA, on July 14-15, 2012. officials for the day included: President of the Jury, Dana Bright; ground Jury, Deirdre Pirie; Technical Delegate, ellen ettenger; Course Designer, holly Pulsifer; veterinarian,

Henry Tarryk driving Whippoorwill King Jubilee.

Annemarie Butler; and learner judges, Susan rogers and lauren reece. very Small equine (vSe) with no Marathon was scored separately to accommodate those not ready for a marathon drive. Carrie Wind driving Kateland’s Inkspot and Timberhill’s Scarlet Destiny. nancy Botte, driving Twister, brought home the blue ribbon in Scarlet Destiny. First place in the that division. linda Petersen won her Preliminary Single Pony division was division, vSe with Marathon, driving awarded to Kaylee Angstadt, driving Kateland’s Diamond in Disguise. Kerandi’s orbit. Preliminary Single horse Pair horse had a small division this was awarded to henry Tarryk, driving the year. nancy lindley-gauthier took Morgan, Whippoorwill King Jubilee, and home first place with her haflinger pair, the intermediate division was won by Crimson and lexicon. The Single horse/ laura Smith, driving her Quarter horse/ Pony Training division was won by Arabian, Arther Dent. gale hepfinger, driving Black Diamond holly and nat Pulsifer, and all their Devin. The Preliminary vSe division volunteers, once again put together a was won by Carrie Wind driving her wonderful event. pair, Kateland’s inkspot and Timberhill’s September 2012

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Saratoga driving association Annual Driving Trial To Take Place October 7 We are delighted once again to hold our annual horse driving trial at akers acres in Valatie, nY, on october 7. this year, the event falls at the end of the first week of october and may feel a little late, but as always, is in the height of prime foliage when all the autumn leaves are at their peak. thank you to chris akers for once again being a gracious and caring host. We love the location in Valatie, nY, with its beautiful paths through the woods and the leg stretching trip around the cornfield at the beginning of the marathon. For all those new to the sport, a driving trial is a three-phase event presented on one day. the phases: driven dressage, timed obstacles, and Marathon are the same phases as in a three-day combined driving event, though the marathon is shortened. this year, we are looking to vary things a little. Marc Johnson is our course designer and he is planning some interesting variations. last year, Marc added an extra hazard, which was great fun to drive. this year, we are looking for some changes in the route. We don’t want our smart horses to know the paths better than the drivers—so we are going to alternate the course a bit. Who knows? the water may be so low that we decide to add the water crossing this year. You can always count on Marc to put in those little twists that make planning a route

Cecily and Jack Hajek with her 2011 Championship Single Horse ribbon.

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through a hazard to be a little more challenging. it just isn’t as Steve Naile of Oakencroft Equestrian takes the pulse and much fun if there is respiration on Pat Musser’s pair of very small equines in 2011. only one path through the gates. and all combinations of Very Small in past years, Barbara akers has equines (VSe), ponies, horses, drafts, designed the cones course and they have or mules. Part of our goal is to provide been straightforward and well received. a learning opportunity and present Marc’s cones courses have been known sufficient challenges, so that competito produce sleepless nights for competitors can learn and will be prepared to tors.Who will design the cones course go on combined driving events if they this year? that remains to be seen. choose. this is our Saratoga driving holly Pulsifer is our judge, and as association event in a central locaalways, we are delighted to have her tion, five miles from the interstate. We spirit and direction. it wasn’t that long want our club members to participate. ago that she came to akers acres for even if you doubt you are ready for the the first time and taught us how to championship or your turnout is not too run a horse driving trial. We were very fancy. this is a great place to get started, skeptical and doubted we could do it or show off how far you have come. ourselves. We have been learning levels: the driving trial is for training, every year, and holly continues to Preliminary levels and the divisions are: help us improve. Single Pony, Single horse, Pair Pony, Pair our club is very lucky to have the horse, and VSe (if sufficient entries). resources of holly and her good friend Stabling: there is limited stabling Susan Koso, who was our judge at on the grounds; call Barbara akers at lindenwald. these ladies bring their 518-392-3490 or email to knowledge and experience to our shows reserve stall to arrange. and our annual conference. they are Send entries to: Jeff Morse, green eager to help new competitors, train Meads Farm, 236 Perry’s peak road, volunteers, and gather ideas from experirichmond, Ma 0125. enced members that have opinions they We look forward to have a good want to bring back to american driving turnout this year and welcome you all to Society management. We are very fortunate to have their help, and we encourage join us. if you aren’t able to compete, come everyone to welcome them and ask any and volunteer at the event. We always questions you have. need timers, score keepers, cone Jeff Morse is the event organizer and pushers, score runners, and lots of other can be reached at greenmeads@gmail. jobs that make volunteers invaluable. com. entries close September 30, but we come and spend a lovely day outdoors appreciate knowing earlier that you are and have lots of stories to share with planning to come. this year we welcome a new technical your friends. the roads are accessible and most jobs will let you sit down, so delegate, terry Bruno. it is always intereven if you are a little shaky on your esting to bring in new officials because feet, we can still use your help. let Jeff they see things slightly differently and Morse know if you are available. We always have suggestions that help us to will treat you well, feed and appreciate improve our event. you, and give you a t-shirt. how many the driving trial is a friendly show places will give you that? and, every where old friends gather and socialize. competitor that goes by will thank you We want to welcome newcomers to the for having come out to help! sport, experienced drivers, new horses,

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rhode Island driving Club To Merge with MCDS Submitted by mug tomany

a suBCommITTee rePresenTInG members from massachusetts Carriage and driving society (mCds) and rhode Island driving Club (rIdC) met in april after both clubs voted on exploring the possibility of merging the two clubs under a new name. a letter was drafted to present the pros and cons of such a merger. one

fact was that 40% of mCds members were also members of rIdC and merging the clubs would make good economic sense. We also felt a new name could be more representative of the geography of our present membership. one concern was that activities would be too widespread, but after looking at the activities from both


clubs, it was apparent that the current members often participated in both clubs events, and that those events would continue to happen. The letter asking each member to vote on the merger was then sent and the results of the votes were unanimously in support of the proposal. officers then met to go over name suggestions. as of January 2013, members will join the southern new england Carriage and driving association. Lifetime members from both clubs will be honored. We will have a meeting in november to come up with a slate of officers and to develop a subcommittee to address changes to the by-laws. Watch the rIdC website for updates as they happen. We look forward to an exciting inaugural year.

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Colonial Carriage & driving society Invitation to the 21st Annual Lenox Tub Parade Submitted by Kay Konove

The end of The summer season and the beginning of fall in the Berkshires during the Gilded age of the 19th Century was signaled by the annual Tub Parade in Lenox, ma. Women and children from the local “cottages” brought out their finest horses and carriages, decorated them with flowers from their gardens, and paraded down main street in a competition for the most resplendent turnout. The event ceased around the start of World War I and the implementation of income tax, which brought an end to the Gilded age of extravagant wealth and summer social seasons in the Berkshires. fast forward to 1989 when members

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Gelderlanders Jack and Simmer are put to a Light Trade Drey Builder’s Van with Peter Bravmann as whip, Carrie Cranston as front passenger, and Gioia Bravmann as rear passenger.

of the Colonial Carriage & driving society worked together with the Lenox Chamber of Commerce to recreate the Tub Parade. They wanted to bring back the beautifully groomed horses put to antique, restored, or new vehicles in celebration of the role that horses played in a time gone by. Commercial vehicles were added to the line up, and they have included the high Lawn dairy milk wagon, fire pumpers and a cigar wagon. The lead vehicle carries the Grand marshall, a person selected for his or her significant contributions to the community. The parade concludes with the wonderful “old Times”—a public road Coach driven by harvey Waller of stockbridge, ma. The Coach was built in 1866 by Cowland and selby in england. The event is not a competition, but each whip (driver) receives a lovely memento of the day. The applause from the crowds is most appreciated by all the participants. You are invited to join the festivities in Lenox on saturday, september 15. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. If you are interested in driving, you need to be a member of Colonial Carriage. membership information and parade details can be found at

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Beth Moschetti driving the Percheron Belgian cross, Nick, to a Fringe Top Surrey from the 1800s, with Peter Moschetti as her passenger. September 2012

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CONDOLENCES Our condolences go out to Strawberry Banks Farm of East Aurora, NY, on the passing of their stallion, Hey Hallelujah++// (Huckleberry Bay x Hallelujah Bask). The six-time national champion passed away on July 24, 2012. The impressive grey stallion is the only horse in the history of the breed to win the Triple Crown in both English pleasure and pleasure driving.

founding of the W R Brown Maynesboro Stud. Maynesboro was one of the foundation stud farms for the Arabian breed in 1912. W R Brown held endurance rides to prove the Arabian horses would be the best choice for the U.S. Army Cavalry. There will also be a 25-mile endurance ride and 12-mile pleasure ride. For more information, contact the ride manager, Walter Nadeau, at 603-752-7928 or at

ASHLEY IS AWARDED Congratulations to Ashley Schmook, of Chester, NH, on winning the Region 16 Scholarship. Ashley will be attending the University of Maine at Orono, ME, to study pre-veterinary medicine. She is active with the New Hampshire Arabian Horse Association working on the Sponsorship Committee and the Year-end Awards and Banquet Committee. Ashley shows her Arabian mare, Arula, at local open shows. Her involvement with the Arabian breed and the New Hampshire Arabian Horse Association will continue during her schooling.

NEW PARTNERSHIP FALL FROLIC Quarry Hill Farm will be holding their annual open house on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The event, held in Lakeville, CT, will be celebrating the extraordinary beauty, athleticism, and versatility of the Arabian horse. Reservations are required; please

Congratulations to Sharon Carroll of Bangor, ME, on the purchase of MVA Cool Casanova (Ramses Mishaal HP x SKF Tiarra). Sharon purchased this yearling colt from Laurie Emery at Mountain View Arabians. We wish them the best of luck in the future!

MILES TO GO On September 15, 2012, Region 16 will hold their annual 50-mile endurance ride in Berlin, NH. Sponsored by Region 16 and The Berlin Coos County Historical Society, this 50-mile ride will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 148 EQUINE


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JESS SMALL OF LIVERMORE, ME, AND HER 2003 Half-Arabian mare, ABD The Big Chill (Goldmounts Royal Design x GAF Khloe Rae), successfully competed in the open hunter ring at the Highview Horse Show in Cumberland, ME, on July 15. In Chilly’s second show over fences, they were named Special Working Hunter Reserve Champions and won the Modified Adult Amateur Medal class. Chilly was the only Arabian/Half Arabian at the show.

Honeysuckle Rose North in Troy, NH, is happy to announce their expected foals for 2013. S S Heiress (Amurath Baikal x Lainy Shahzana by Ansata Shah Zam), the matriarch of Honeysuckle Rose North, is expecting her third foal by *Ecaho in March 2013. Elita HRN (*Ecaho x S S Heiress) is expecting a foal by *ZT Marwteyn (*Marwan Al Shaqab x ZT Ludjteyna) in May 2013. This winter will surely be a long one waiting for these two fine foals to make their entrance!

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[LEFT] Craig Sutter and Steppin Up Wimpy after their multiple wins at the NERHA Northeast Classic. [RIGHT] TJ Ryan and Steve McAllister riding Sienna and Lizard at one of Chipaway Stables’ 2012 team penning events.




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in Intermediate Open, while daughter Taylor earned top honors in the Youth 13 & Under and Rookie Level 2 on West Coast Commander.

SWEET SUCCESS Ariel Hug left the Classic with a first place in the Limited Open and a first and a second in the Rookie Professional, riding James Labar’s Sweet Sugarpepto.


And, O’Rourke also finished first with Smart Lookin Juice in a number of divisions, including Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, and Limited Non Pro.

Fall may be just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean that Chipaway Stables in Acushnet, MA, will be slowing down any time soon! The facility’s team penning series is in full swing, with events running every other Saturday, starting on September 1.



Lisa Boon showed what she was made of at the NERHA Classic, riding Cheryl Fletcher’s SLJ Hangten Juice to the win in Novice Horse Open 2.

If you thought Ten Broeck Farm in Pepperell, MA, only hosted dressage events, guess again! The Pepperell Horse Owner’s Association will be holding a Versatility Series there, starting on Saturday, September 22, with following events taking place on November 17 and December 8. For more information, visit

MOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO Brook Run Farm in Kent, CT, had two successful riders at the Classic—Tammy Hoefer and HR Jacs Okie Spark took the win


The results are in from the Northeast Reining Horse Association (NERHA) Classic and Derby held June 15-17 in Northampton, MA, and many competitors came away from the event with multiple wins, including Craig Sutter of Greenwich, CT. Sutter was on a roll at the Matt Sanborn Derby, taking home top honors in Level 4 Non Pro, Level 2 Limited Non Pro, Prime Dawn Castillo and The Royaltys Smokin. Time Non Pro, Level 2 Limited Open, and Level 1 Open, the duo scored the win in Novice all while riding his own Steppin Horse Non Pro 2. Up Wimpy, a six-year-old mare by Wimpys Little Step and out TURNING HEADS of Berrys Enola Gay. And, in the Stony Ford Ranch’s head trainer, Classic, he won in Prime Time Jeremy Gates, took wins at the Non Pro. The horse and rider Classic in Green Horse 1 and 2, team train with Jerry Coleman of riding Smartchicnhollwood. Gata Rein Ranch in Middletown, NY. IT TAKES TWO Daniel Sanborn rode Nancy Gavlik’s Lil Ruf Kid to the win in A WIN TO TREASURE Novice Horse Open 1, and then NERHA Treasurer, Dawn Castillo, was also successful in the Derby, went on to earn top honors in the Open division aboard Kaci Jo winning Level 1 Non Pro, and O’Rourke’s Smart Lookin Juice. taking reserve honors in Level In Novice Horse Open 2, he took 2 Limited Non Pro with The second on Lil Ruf Kid. Royaltys Smokin. In the Classic,

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eastern Mountain Ranch horse association Holds Cowboy Race at Gelinas Farm by Jane moulton

The easTeRn MounTain RanCh horse association (eMRha) saw 19 riders compete in the Cowboy Race at gelinas Farm in Pembroke, nh, on July 1. a cowboy race is a timed and judged obstacle course. The object is to do each one correctly and efficiently so that you receive a plus score. Your run through the course is also timed. a combination of score and time determines the winners. in the open division, riders were competing for cash prizes, while in the green division they competed for awards. some of the obstacles that horse and rider teams were required to use included a bridge, a cowboy curtain, a tree branch, a large square bale of hay that riders had to use to mount from, a square box that they were asked to execute a 360-degree turn in, a jump, and a flag that they were

(ABOVE) Tom Martin completing the obstacle race with Lena. (LEFT) Elaina Enzien shares some words of encouragement with Woody.

required to move. in the open division, Kirslyn Foster-Yee of Concord, nh, rode Twigs to victory, while elaina enzien of Bow, nh, took second place aboard Woody. sherri Trombley and Roadstar, Paige austin Buterfield and san Man, and Tom Martin and Lena took third through fifth place, respectively.

Connecticut Renegades state Championships Draws 30 Competitors The ConneCTiCuT Renegades’ Connecticut state Championships were held on sunday, July 22 at C&s Ranches in Bethany, CT. The event was

Overall winner Bruce Tolhurst riding Miss Kitty.

a resounding success, drawing a total of 30 riders and one Wrangler (a rider age 12 or under), and shooters from throughout the northeast, including

Overall Cowgirl Amy Lunt riding Laddy.

Taking top honors in the green division were Casey Bardier of Pembroke, nh, riding atti, followed by shari Landry of Loudon, nh, riding Prince to second place. Madyson Richard of hookset, nh, took third place with Teddy, and shannon nolin of Chichester, nh, took fourth place aboard Flex. Tom Martin of Chester, VT, rounded out the top five riding Lena, and gail Bunch of oxford, Ma, rode gus to sixth place. For more information on the eastern Mountain Ranch horse association and their upcoming events, visit

Connecticut, new York, Massachusetts, new hampshire, and Rhode island. Top honors of the day went to Connecticut Renegades member, Bruce Tolhurst of Marlborough, CT, who was crowned the overall winner. also placing well was overall Cowgirl amy Lunt of Weare, nh. in the Ladies 1 division, Kelly sommers of Middlefield, CT, took away the win, and in Ladies 2, emma Reichert of Mechanicville, nY, was the winner. additionally, Ken Forcier of oxford, CT, took home the blue in the Men’s 1 division. all first place recipients received personalized belt buckles. Richard Karp of Tyngsboro, Ma, was the lone sharpshooter for the day, with no penalties acquired. The Connecticut Renegades’ next scheduled event is the Four Town Fair demonstration and hang over Match, to be held september 5-6, 2012. To learn more about the club, visit September 2012

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We look forward to seeing you at the Strain Family Horse Farm! Sandy, Bill, Chris, David, Kris, Carly, Logan, Billy, Garrett, and Collin.


Offering 1. Black gelding. 11 yrs 16 h. Warmblood cross, Jumps, trails, quiet and very broke.

14. Chestnut gelding. 11 yrs 15.2 h. Big bodied, great on trails, ranch horse, neck reins.

2. Reg. QH Bay gelding. 5 yrs 15.2 h. Western pleasure, trails, teaming penning and sorting.

15. Reg. Appendix QH Bay gelding 8 yrs 15.3 h. Points in Hunt seat, good mover.

3. Paint gelding. 11 yrs 16.1 h. TB / Paint cross. Jumps, trails, evented and shown.

16. Reg QH Sorrel gelding. 7 yrs 16 h. Walks, trots, canters, jumps and good mover

4. Grey gelding. 9 yrs 16 h. TB / QH cross. English, western, show, and trail.

17. 66: Pinto gelding. 11 yrs 15 h. Wyoming ranch horse, solid build, trail rides the best

5. Buckskin gelding. 9 yrs 16 h. QH / TB cross. Trails, ranch work, neck reins.

18. Reg. QH. Buckskin mare 13 yrs 15 h. Shown English, western and halter - very broke

6. Reg. QH Black gelding. 6 yrs 16 h. Big bodied, shown, trail rides, broke and quiet.

19. Pinto Draft cross gelding 10 yrs 16.1 h. Field hunter, solid, husband horse

7. Appaloosa mare. 10 yrs 16.1 h. Cross country, events, trail rides and been shown.

20. Reg. QH Chestnut gelding. 6 yrs 15 h. Team penning / sorting, ranch horse and trails

8. Grey mare 5 yrs. 12 h. Welsh cross, well started, very quiet and fancy.

21. Pinto Draft cross gelding. 11 yrs 16.3 h. Fox hunted, big solid kind horse

9. Paint/ Appaloosa gelding. 7 yrs 14 h. Fancy, well broke large pony, jumps and trails.

22. Grey gelding Warmblood cross 5 yrs 16.3 h. Good mover, nice young prospect

10. Chestnut mare. 8 yrs Fancy large pony, jumps, does changes, very broke.

23. Reg QH Blue roan gelding, 4 yrs 16 h. Ranch, trail, show horse, been around cattle

11. Reg. QH Chestnut gelding. 7 yrs 15.1 h. Shown 4-H English and western.

24. Reg QH chestnut mare. 8 yrs 15 h. Been shown, trail ridden, knows leads, neck reins

12. Reg. QH Chestnut gelding. 9 yrs 15.2 h. Big bodied show horse, quiet. 13. Liver chestnut / White paint gelding. 15.2 h. 6 yrs. Trail rides, team penning, open horse shows.

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[LEFT] Madison Roberts and Certain Chippin. [RIGHT] Cindy Walstedt with Half a Cookie.

Congratulations to Cindy Walstedt of East Hampton, CT. Cindy and her horse, Half a Cookie, recently competed at the Region 6 Quarter Horse Championships held at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, and took home a top ten in Novice Amateur Trail, Novice Amateur Horsemanship, and Novice Amateur Showmanship.

EVANS’ BEST Madison Roberts took her horse, Certain Chippin, to Region 6, and earned a sixth place in Western Halter, third place in Horsemanship, and was ranked fifth in the region in Horsemanship. She also reports that stablemate, Sierra Young, recently started leasing Artful Advantage. Both girls ride with Maegan Evans of Evans Performance Horses in East Hampton, CT.

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STARS FROM SHOWSTRING The Showstring show team brought home many ribbons from Region 6. Scott Jones rode Alexandra Mahaffy’s Just Say the Word to the win in Senior Under Saddle and also earned the Circuit Championship, while David Miller rode him to victory in Senior Hunter Hack. Scott also went on to win the Junior Under Saddle Regional Championships riding Sarah Rosciti’s Nuthin Escapes Her. Then, Alexandra and “Colton” took top honors in Youth Under Saddle and Youth Hunter Hack. Youth rider Kayla

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Davis piloted her horse, You Must Be Dreaming, to the Circuit Championship in Youth Hunt Seat Equitation while Amateur exhibitors Donna Woods and Charlotte Wright both rode their horses Sky’s Blue Wishes and Design By Art to second and third places in the Amateur Hunter Under Saddle. Congrats also go to Cindy Anderson, whose horse, He’s Hot N Handsome, aka “Bentley,” is currently ranked number three for Junior Hunter Hack—he was first under all five judges in the division at Region 6 and won circuit champion as well as Regional Champion with David aboard. With Cindy in the stirrups, the duo earned second and fifth in Novice Amateur Hunter Under Saddle and fourth in the

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Way to Go, White Birch! in news from White birch farm, Karlin Klucznik earned top honors in novice amateur Showmanship and Hunter under Saddle with a major innovation, as well as adding the regional championship award and circuit championship to her resume of wins. and, student alissa Padget made her region 6 debut with little uptown Girl.

celeste lagonick and absolute heirloom took the aQha Novice amateur trail circuit and region 6 championships.

Slack and her own deluxe chex account, whom she recently purchased in april, earned the novice reserve regional all around and aqHa all around while in West Springfield. She also wishes to send a shout out to stablemates Kelsey urban and Katie Kopf—Kelsey took home the youth regional all

Miles of sMiles colonial Hill quarter Horses’ riders came away from region 6 with many smiles—and ribbons! Kelsie annelli competed in the youth Hunter under Saddle and youth Hunt Seat equitation riding The big oh no. alyssa Salafia competed in the allaround events, including novice

youth barrel racing, Trail, Showmanship, Hunter under Saddle, Horsemanship, Pleasure, and equitation aboard laser Pass the Zippo, aka “laser.” brianne lenehan also rode The big oh no, aka “owen,” in novice youth Hunter under Saddle and novice youth Hunt Seat equitation. makala clifford and boogie at the bar, aka “nico,” placed in novice youth Trail, and they also competed in the all-around events. Kristyn ceruti is working hard with unbeleagably choclit—“Viper,” who is new to the show circuit and is coming along quite nicely! and Valerie Slimskey made quite a splash at her first region 6 show, doing all-around with absolute Heirloom, aka “abbe.” celeste lagonick, abbe’s owner, reached a huge goal of hers by placing first and second in novice amateur Trail, taking home the circuit award and the coveted region 6 belt buckle for winning the class! dawne Wilson took home region 6 fifth, seventh, and ninth placings in Green Trail with abbe, nico, and laser,

respectively. She wishes to congratulate all of her clients for jobs well done with many top five placings from all!

Qualified! Greyledge farm horses— Selectively dun, Huntin a barmaid, duies creditor, Paid the Piper, blushing fancy chip, and Prinizziples Sabrina—all qualified for the novice World Show while at region 6.

BiG NeWs froM GoiN’ Broke farM chris St. cyr of Goin’ broke farm in Sutton, nH, wishes to congratulate baylee Smith on earning novice youth Western Pleasure champion and circuit champion out of 47 horses and under three judges at region 6—a large feat for a 12-year-old who just started riding two months ago! congrats also go to baylee on the recent purchase of Gucci’s Spotlight. and, trainer Jacki St. cyr also placed high in several classes, including the Green Horse championship, where she earned third place.

region Six Championship Show Makes a Major Come Back in New England by KriSSy mailman, courTeSy of THe american quarTer HorSe Journal

After A one-yeAr absence, the region Six Championship made a strong comeback in 2012, with more than 1,300 total regional entries, on top of the entries for the AQHA pointed show. As folk packed up to head home, many paused to think about the show’s positives, including attracting youth and newcomers.

Priority: Youth especially encouraging at the 2012 region Six were the number of youth and novice youth exhibitors. AQHA

Professional Horseman Part of the fun at the region six championships included the aisle hop t.r. Potts of Party, where people browsed through the barn aisles, socializing and Windsor, Ct, sampling tasty treats. thought that was a major great job organizing youth activities for highlight of the show. the entire family, whether they were “In our area we usually have 15 to 20 showing or not. entries in a (youth) class. Here there have been 40-50 entries per class,” Potts said. “It’s important to continue Newcomer Fun developing youth. they are the future of Growing up riding hunter/jumpers, this industry.” Gretchen Dietrich never thought she’d the region Six Championship did a continued on page 158 September 2012

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Clinician, Dan Bergstresser, at work.

Empire State Quarter Horse Association All Novice/Rookie Show in Elmira, NY SubmiTTed by CHarloTTe JayneS

ESQHA HEld tHEir firSt All Novice/rookie Show in Elmira, NY. for a first time show it was successful, and everyone that attended had a wonderful

time. We had 35 horses, with 20 entering the AQHA classes, and five were rookies to an AQHA show. We ended up with several new memberships to

Empire as well as to AQHA. the ice Cream Social on friday night was a big success; everyone made their own sundaes with various toppings, and they really enjoyed the event. the ice Cream Social was sponsored by larry and Charlotte Jaynes and their staff from Wine Mountain Show Services. Of course, the usual candy in the show office was also a smash. Everyone needs a little chocolate now and then! Not enough can be said about all the volunteers that helped make the show a really fun day. dan Bergstresser did an outstanding job at the clinics, as he always does; he even had a request to do a western pleasure clinic, which of course he obliged. He worked with each exhibitor to help them in areas that they needed a little polishing up in. thank you, dan, for a wonderful job. david Phillip was our judge and he did a superb job. He took the time to make each exhibitor feel special, and that is what it is all about. david also volunteered his time for the show. His knowledge of the industry shone through in his ability to judge the beginners and make them feel comfortable at their own skill level. As for our own head chef, Harold frey, he stood up to the test. Harold

Region Six Championship Show find herself at an AQHA breed show. it all started when, while attending Oswego State University of New York, her coaches dan and Jill Bergstresser of Jd Performance Horses approached her. “i grew up riding hunters and competed on Oswego State’s hunt seat team in the (intercollegiate Horse Show Association),” Gretchen said. “i came in as a novice and worked my way up to the open division.” during her junior year Gretchen was asked to start competing in the western division for her team. “i was a little nervous at first, but once i got used to the different tack and feel i was hooked,” she said. “i did the horsemanship my junior year and the reining my senior year. it’s been great getting to show western.” Since graduating, she has stuck with her new venture and continues to ride with Jd Performance Horses in Oswego, NY. during the region Six Championship, the hunter/jumper 158 equine


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Riders wait to be pinned during one of the classes.

turned western rider placed an impressive eighth in horsemanship out of 38 entries. it’s her first regional Championship and only her third AQHA show. “the thing that draws me in is getting to show the all-around. i can do English one day and then do trail and horsemanship the next day,” Gretchen said. “it’s a good challenge. the classes are different but the same skills translate

from one event to another.” Gretchen plans to continue showing American Quarter Horses and competing in the all around. She already has next year’s Novice Championship marked on her calendar. Held July 19-22 in Springfield, Massachusetts, the region Six includes AQHA affiliates from Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and the Maritime Quarter Horse Association.

(THiS PaGe) ToP PHoTo: Larry Jaynes; boTTom PHoTo: eliSabeTH ProuTy-Gilbride; (oPPoSiTe PaGe) MicheLLe cLark

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Ardie Stroman, who was wonderful on the PA system. She kept the exhibitors informed as to what was going on and what class they needed to be in. She even had to be able to tell their age from the announcerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stand to make sure they were in the youth and not adult classes. Harold and Ardie contributed to the show by Show Manager Larry Jaynes with Head Chef Harold Frey. volunteering their time, which helped to make it a huge success. rounded up some delicious food for As for Wendy and Loren Tousley, everyone from breakfast straight everyone knows how hard they work through lunch. We had many compliwhen they are given a task to do. Wendy ments on his talents as a chef. Keep up not only ran the gate, but also filled in the good work Harold, and thank you with Harold in the food booth. She is for going out of your way to come truly a woman of many talents. Loren down and help us with the show. It was not only was the ring steward, but also truly appreciated. handed out the awards for each class, Now, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk about our announcer,

and my grandson, Ryan Clark, made sure she had them in hand so she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go looking for them. Ryan, Michelle Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, did a great job working on his first show. Last, but not least, was my everfaithful office crew, and as always, they did one bang-up job, making everyone feel right at home. Larry made sure everyone knew what class they wanted to go in and made sure they were at the gate to enter that class. He took care of the rings to make sure they were properly groomed and ready for the exhibitors. And a special thank you to our faithful treasurer, Ed Brenkus, who drove in from Marion, NY, on Sunday to help out and pay the bills. Show ReSultS High Point Cooler Winners: open adult: Davison Kelley and The Money Factor. open Youth: Brittany Halderman and light Brunch. nov amateur: Davison Kelly and light Brunch. novice Youth: Sylvia Clark and Blue Boy escape. adult Walk Trot: Donna Seeley-lombardiâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;and My only escape. Youth Walk Trot: Brittany Halderman and light Brunch.

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Connecticut Horse shows Association Announces Venue for 2013 Finals ConneCtiCut Horse sHows Association (CHsA) is pleased to announce that the 2013 CHsA Finals will be held on August 24-25, 2013, at Fox Crossing equestrian, LLC (formerly the Morris equestrian Center). Fox Crossing equestrian, LLC is a full service boarding and training facility occupying 25 serene acres of natural beauty along route 61 (south street) in Morris, Ct. A completely renovated barn, newly fenced paddocks, a booming lesson program and riding rings have come to life over the last two years. we met owner Cindy italiaander while she was giving a guided tour of her operation. riders were taking steeds through their paces in the center’s 200’ x 80’ ring, an instructor bathed a horse within a heated wash stall in the attached paddock, and a worker mucked out a stall. the energetic former Manhattanite, whose first life was in the hustle and bustle of the haute-couture fashion world, can’t believe how far her new, more earthy business has come in a mere two years. its anniversary is February 28. Cindy moved from Manhattan to Litchfield some 15 years ago. After she left the fashion business, she helped her husband with a travel company that operated high-end tours to private gardens around the world, mostly in europe, especially Great Britain. As the mother of 10-year-old twin boys, Max and eli, Cindy had searched for a place offering riding lessons in the area for quite some time. “time after time, i kept thinking i needed to create the void i felt i was looking for that would satisfy the needs of a riding program.” says Cindy. she took her sons to what was then the Morris equestrian Center several years ago and had what can only be described as a vision. “it needed a lot of renovation and loads of tLC, but the bones were here,” she said. “i felt it was a place where we could give kids experiences that were 162 equine


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safe, educational and fun. we allow our kids to be hands-on with the horses, saddling them before and after rides and being involved in all aspects of horsemanship. “i also saw that the stables and indoor riding area were connected, which was a big plus that you don’t always find at other facilities,” she added as her stable manager, Katie sutton-eagleston, walked in. sutton-eagleston, a skilled horsewoman whom Cindy calls “a valued partner and friend,” lives on premises and conducts nightly checks on the horses boarded at Cindy Italiaander and Vivienne. Fox Crossing. nucleus of the facility’s vibrant lesson Having been only a recreprogram. Cindy handpicks all the ational rider but looking for a new instructors at Fox Crossing and they all passion to throw herself into, Cindy have their students’ needs and desires and her husband, Michael, purchased foremost in their minds. the Morris equestrian Center in while it took time to make the necesFebruary of 2008. they poured in quite sary repairs to improve the stables, the a bit of money and countless hours reception from the public was swift and of hard work to transform a rundown gratifying, she said, adding, “we actually stable into a thriving facility that now are at capacity with our boarders and boards some two dozen horses and our lessons have gone extremely well, offers numerous lessons from four topas have our summer camps. i love what flight instructors. the couple basically gutted the stables i do and it’s something that i want to keep improving upon and growing.” and modernized the structure, cleaned to cater to the boarders at Fox up the indoor and outdoor riding areas, and rebuilt outdoor fenced-in areas. they Crossing, the lesson horses are kept in a separate stall area. there is a boarders’ also renovated viewing areas and office lounge with viewing windows to the spaces. in short, they breathed new life arena and a tack room that includes into the stables. individual lockers for the boarders. the “My husband looked at me like i was lesson side also has a heated viewing crazy when i said i wanted to buy the area and both lounges are wiFi accesproperty,” said Cindy, who owns two sible, making them ideal sanctuaries horses and keeps the two horses of her for parents with a little work to do twin sons at Fox Crossing as well. “But while their children enjoy themselves. i guess i looked at it as a needle in a Lessons are conducted on english haystack that i had found. i saw what saddles; although Cindy said those wasn’t being offered at stables that i wishing to ride western can be accomhad ridden at with my children and i modated. the facility also has a 200’ x believed i could offer that here.” what Fox Crossing offers is a relaxed, 300’ outdoor arena and bridal paths that are busy in warm weather. family atmosphere that doesn’t intimiCindy takes pride in being an owner date the young riders who form the

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who likes to get her hands dirty and her boots in the stirrups. Service is not just a buzzword to Cindy. She is available to her clients seven days a week, including evenings. She plans on keeping her clients happy. “I truly enjoy coming to work every day…and I love the business I own. I am very involved with the day to day operation, which makes a huge difference in owning and running a business. “At other facilities you may not see the owner. I enjoy being here and can’t wait to get to work and get myself busy. I ride a couple of days a week now,” she said. It may seem a long way from designer dresses to jodhpurs and a riding helmet, but Cindy said the career switch came quite naturally for her. “I didn’t start to ride until my late 30s but I was always around animals,” she explained. She remembers going to care for her friend’s pony in a stables in Westchester County, NY, as a young girl, and knowing then she wanted a pony of her own someday. Well, that pony turned into two dozen horses and a 25-acre farm. “I want to make sure that we grow in a natural way,” she said, when asked what the future of Fox Crossing is. “We will be painting the facility this summer and doing some landscaping. I

wouldn’t rule out adding more stalls and I would like to have a top-shelf tack shop. But we never want to lose sight of why we started the center in the first place, which was to create a warm environment where both children and adults could ride in a safe and nurturing manner.” The facility has reached out to the community and hosted several shows last year. The center offers schooling shows as well as rated horse shows throughout the spring and summer so that lesson students that are interested in showing can gain experience and practice while they learn. The center also offers transportation to boarders and students that are interested in seriously showing travel with Fox Crossing trainers to off-site schooling and rated horse shows throughout the annual show season. They also work with many of the local private schools, including, Rumsey and Taft, offering their students a chance to fulfill riding as their obligatory sport credit. Cindy also cited the growth of the center’s summer riding camps, which expanded from six to nine weeks in one year and will be 11 weeks this year. The camps are designed for boys and girls ages six and up and are opportunities for beginning riders to learn the

fundamentals of horsemanship in a safe and encouraging environment, she said. “Advanced riders are challenged and continue to learn new things. Students learn how to ride, care for the horse, make new friends, play games and enjoy arts and crafts.” Students are divided into small groups based on age and ability to ensure individual attention. The business offering both horse boarding and riding lessons has been successful from the start and continues to thrive solely on word of mouth. Loyal boarders, lesson students, friends and members of the community provide the referrals that are keeping Fox Crossing busy. “I can’t believe where we are,” said Cindy, as one of the horses she owns, appropriately named Gucci stopped by with his rider for a quick visit. “Especially in this economy, we feel very fortunate to have been successful thus far.” The facility can accommodate 25 boarders who have horses of their own. The facility is open seven days a week and is under the constant supervision of the barn manager who lives on the premises. More information is available online at or email Visit the barn by calling 860-567-1788 to set up an appointment. September 2012

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Bay state trail riders association Members Go Camping with Horses SuBMitteD BY BeCKY KalaGher


4-H & Open Horse Show 3 County Fairgrounds Northampton, MA Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012

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Julie Grant with Penny and April at the Fourth of July campout.

Penny and April at the Fourth of July campout.

again sometime soon.” This past weekend, Ellen and I had the pleasure of camping with our horses Lego and Boba Fett in Escoheag, RI. It was our first camping trip with these two horses and they were both fantastic. We met some really nice people who made the camping experience that much more enjoyable. Many thanks to Jane and Phil for their kindness and hospitality and to Shirley and Neil for taking us to the beach, Dunkin’ Donuts and showing us the many trails that surrounded the camping grounds. I just wanted to thank them all and to say from my horse Boba Fett and I, many more happy trails, and may the horse be with you! the Fourth of July campout was held at Wallis pond in Douglas, ma. our hosts for this camp out were rose and Bill Zariczny. rose sent me the following about the campout: Julie Grant and I were the only overnighters. We had a few visitors from my family on Thursday night and Saturday night. Joe and Louise Brothers stopped by too! Many dog walkers and swimmers walked through and took advantage of the port-a-john. My new puppy (Italian Greyhound) April got some good training and had loads of fun with Julie’s Penny as well as all the attention from so many different people. We did several short rides and went swim-

ming every day. We achieved much good PR for the organization and we’d like to thank BSTRA for the work they do in the forest. Julie said this campout was all about the dogs! on June 10, lurissa hosted her 14th annual scavenger hunt out of the Department of conservation and recreation’s (Dcr) Upton state Forest. lurissa did her usual great job with help from the shults Family. Gary shults horseshoeing was the official sponsor of the ride. Not only do they sponsor the event, the whole family provides the food for all the ride participants. i am sure i missed a great lunch! We have plenty of events happening in september and we invite you all to join us. september 1-3 will be our last campout event for the year, held at myles standish state Forest. on september 9 there will be a pleasure ride at Grace Note Farm in pascoag, ri. september16 will be the sue Brainard memorial Fall hunter pace. and september 30 will be the olde West theme ride out of myles standish state Forest. please check out our website for further information on all of our upcoming events at Show ReSultS the following super sleuths were our winners for the scavenger hunt: Senior division: 1. Bill and angie Knott; 2. ann Sellew; 3. Mary Caesar; 4. Jane rutledge; 5. Dru Davison and Debbie Sandstrom; 6. Sue lukey and elaine Christianson. adult division: 1. leah Kennedy, Meghan letourneau, and Patty letourneau; 2. Sandy Wedge and Deb Yacino; 3. Kathy Wicks and Maryanne Zariczny; 4. ellen Browning; 5. Pam Colwell and Kris low; 6. Phil rutledge. Junior division: 1. Jonathan Graveson.

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For those that like to campoUt with their horses, we offered two opportunities at the end of June and on the Fourth of July. the June campout was in rhode island at arcadia National park. Jane and phil rutledge were the hosts of this event. this was Gina Fitch and her friend ellen’s first camping trip. What follows is the email that she sent to Jane and then what Gina posted on the smartpak website. “i hope this email finds you well. i just wanted to thank you and phil for being so kind to ellen and i at the camping trip. i also wanted to send you a link from smartpak where we were able to share with all our smartpak friends about that weekend. i hope you enjoy it. i hope to meet up with you all

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The Third Annual Ride for the Cure to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure will take place October 8.

green mountain Horse association Has Fall Foliage Trail Riding That Can’t be Beat Submitted by Karey WaterS

THe Trail sysTem surrounding the green mountain Horse association’s facility in south Woodstock, VT, is known for its fantastic beauty yearround. each autumn the scenery comes alive with the fabulous fall colors, making riding at gmHa nothing short of breathtaking! if you haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy the green mountains on horseback, there’s no time like the present. We invite riders of all disciplines, ages, and abilities to join us for these opportunities to enjoy gmHa’s legendary trails at your own pace with your favorite friends, both human and equine. gmHa offers a wide variety of opportunities to take to the trails during the fall. our Fall Foliage Pleasure rides, set to take place september 21-23 and october 5-7, allow riders to embark on unique trails, many of which are open only for these events! all trails are marked, so riders can enjoy them at their leisure, departing in groups of friends or alone after the morning briefing. riders can choose to sign up for just one day, or make a vacation of it and join us for the full three-day weekend. entry fees include a catered lunch each day, which is often served at a scenic vista on-trail. a three-day entry also includes our Friday night dinner, 166 equine


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Two riders enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Ascutney during GMHA’s Fall Foliage Rides.

which is a great way to relax with new friends and old, and stabling in gmHa’s pristine shed row barns for your horse. our foliage rides are often the highlight of the year for many of our participants! Please note that the Fall Foliage i weekend in september is open to gmHa members only. Join today, or come out for Fall Foliage ii in october, which is open to all. immediately following Fall Foliage ii, the Third annual ride for the Cure will be held at gmHa on monday, october 8. spend your Columbus day holiday supporting susan g. Komen for the Cure, all while enjoying a fantastic 10 miles of trail. This very popular event

has filled for the last several years— please register early if you are planning to attend! still more fall trail riding opportunities are available to gmHa members! members’ days trail rides are free to our members and offer five marked loops of trail for your riding pleasure. There is no set schedule for the day—pick up a map at the gmHa office and plan your own ride. These loops vary from five to 20 miles in length and include some of gmHa’s most popular trails. new for 2012, gmHa is also offering free stabling on members’ days! in addition to these great riding opportunities, your gmHa membership ($75 for an individual, $30 for juniors, and $125 for a family) supports the association’s trail maintenance and preservation programs, and provides you with a full year’s worth of discounts at select events, subscriptions to all gmHa publications, voting rights, and more! Fall members’ day dates include september 10 and 17, and october 15-21. To learn more about any of gmHa’s trail events, or to become a member today, please visit or call the office at 802-457 1509.

Dates to Remember: • September 21-23: Fall Foliage ride i (open to members only) • October 5-7: Fall Foliage Ride II • October 8: Ride for the Cure • October 13: 50-Mile & Limited distance endurance ride • October 15-21: Members’ Days Trail rides

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Silver heels riding Club Prepares for Final Show of the Season Submitted by liz HannaH

So far we’ve had a great Show season. we’ve seen new horses and faces, along with regular members. every year is a little different— sometimes certain classes are nearly empty, and other years, there seems to be resurgence. this year, we are seeing large class sizes in walk/trot 12 & Under in english, and surprisingly, the western classes in that same division are larger than typical, too. It is great to see so many children involved in showing. In June, we held our annual Special awards Show. the weather was beautiful, and we had a great turnout. the end of the day winners were presented with silver gist belt buckles, each engraved with their division name. we’d

like to thank the sponsors that helped to make the show such a success: adult western Class: east Coast Blacksmith and farrier; adult english: Boulder Brook Stables; Ya western 14-17: don ray Insurance; Ya english 14-17: hidden Pond farm; Ya western 13 & Under: Simply equine design; Ya english 13 & Under: Nickerson-remick; walk-trot western 12 & Under: granite State farrier Services; walk-trot english 12 & Under: Blue Seal feeds, derry, Nh; Novice rider walk-trot western 13 & over: Brumby Saddlery; Novice rider walk-trot english 13 & over: triangle Service Station; Leadline: Jolt electric; driving: timmy Bolduc, farrier. on September 9, our final show

of the 2012 season, will be doublepointed. that means there will be two judges in each ring. for those of you who are accumulating points and have only had the opportunity to show in one other Silver heels event, showing in September qualifies as two shows. therefore, you would be eligible for year-end awards. the judges will be Kendra owen and amanda Lord in ring one, and erin Lilienthal and Matt drown in ring two. Save the date for our annual awards celebration. this year, the annual awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, december 1 at ashworth By the Sea. the banquet is always a nice way to celebrate the accomplishments of the riders and to end the year. finally, we would like to thank all of you who have joined us over the last six months. we are pleased to be able to continue to bring a high quality, professional and fun horse show to the southern New hampshire area. for more information, please visit

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There are plenty of weekends open for members to volunteer to host rides, so please contact Connecticut Trail Rides Association (CTRA) Secretary Kim Dore at 860-309-4507 or email if you would like to host a ride, fundraiser, potluck, etc. The weekend of August 31 through September 3, 2012—Labor Day weekend—is an official lot holding weekend. On Saturday, September 1, there will be a kid’s turkey hunt hosted by Ann Dominick. Saturday night is Louie and Fran’s Famous & Fabulous Annual Spaghetti Supper at 6:00 p.m. in the pavilion…so bring your appetites! Reservations are requested. Bingo will follow after supper. On Sunday, September 2, there will be a breakfast hosted by Patti Crowther and Cathy Watson from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the pavilion. On Sunday, September 9, is the Strain Family Horse Farm Annual Fall Trail Ride and Luncheon. The Strain family in Granby, CT, hosts the ride. The ride will be a slow three hours of wooded

trails, road and water crossings. The ride starts at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be served prior to the start of the ride, and a chicken luncheon with dessert and beverages is available after the ride. The cost is $8. It is recommended that you bring a chair. Reservations are required; please call 860-653-3275. On Sunday, September 16, there will be a ride on the Larkin State Bridle Trail, hosted by Karen Dilger. The ride start location is at the trailhead on Christian Street in Oxford, CT. For details and directions, contact Karen at 203-723-1566. The weekend of September 22-23 is the Camp Boardman Memorial Trail Ride weekend. This is the last official lot holding weekend of 2012 season. Contact me, the ride host, at 860-3094507 for more details and the actual date of the ride. There will be a ride on Sunday, September 30, hosted by Lynn Gogolya at Steep Rock in Washington Depot, CT. Riders should meet at 10:00 a.m. at the horse trailer parking area, near the

riding ring, off River Road/Tunnel Road. The ride will start at 10:30 a.m. and include trails on the old railroad bed, train tunnel and several crossings of the Shepaug River. For more information, contact host Lynn Gogolya at 860-4859092 or 860-489-2878 (work). There are no club rides or activities currently scheduled for the following weekends: October 6-7, 2012; October 13-14, 2012; October 20-21, 2012; or October 27-28, 2012. The official Camp Closing is on October 30. All personal items, RVs, etc., must be removed before Halloween night, October 31. If you cannot remove your RVs by that date, you must contact the camp director. The CTRA Annual Banquet and Elections will be held the weekend of November 3-4. The hosts will be Ann and Jim Dominick and full details will be direct mailed. Nominees for CTRA officers are as follows: President: Gigi Ouellette; VicePresident: Fran Torsiello; Treasurer: Betty Pokrinchak; Secretary: Kim Dore; and Camp Director: Larry Adkins. As a reminder, CTRA now has an official website, We also have a Facebook page and group—find us by searching Connecticut Trail Rides Association. This is your club; please get involved! Contact me at 860-3094507 for more information on how you can take part!

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Southern New England Horsemen’s Association Show Season Marches On Submitted by Cynthia Anne Bowen

The Southern New England Horsemen’s Association continues to have a great show season. Our third show on May 27, 2012 at Woodstock Fair Grounds was judged by Kelli Wainscott and had 97 entries. We have also experienced a surge in memberships, with quite a few people signing up the day of the show. Remember, to be eligible for year-end awards, you must make two monthly membership meetings and exhibit in three shows. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. 170 equine


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at fields Memorial School in Bozrah, CT. Our official horse show photographer, Cindy Jo Ameen, is taking terrific pictures of our riders and horses. We are still looking for show help at the gates. If you work the gate for the whole day, you will get two free classes, or one free class if you work half a day. This is a great opportunity for exhibitors to get paid entries for themselves or their children. Our June 24, 2012, show was held at the Woodstock Fairgrounds with Ed Golembeski judging. For the second

time this year we had over 100 entries. July 1 found us back at Falls Creek Farm; Natalie McGowen had the judging honors. Even on the Fourth of July weekend we had a good turnout, with entries in the high 80s. Our remaining show for the season is our affiliate show with the Colchester Lions Club on September 16, at Hebron Fair Grounds in Hebron, CT. Melissa Proulx will be judging. Don’t forget we have our high point day-end award at every show. This is based on the same horse-rider and/or horse-handler combination. The highscoring combination for the season will receive a special award at our year-end awards banquet. For more information about our club, visit our website at

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the first of three club hunter paces, held June 17, was a great success! not only was the weather perfect, we had a super turnout. We welcomed 15 new members who signed up to be a part of the WGha family. there were 53 riders on a 10-mile course with 30 optional jumps. a big thank you goes to mike and Luann Grafe for all of their hard work getting everything prepared for the hunter pace! as always everyone had a fun filled day. the second and third hunter paces took place July 22 and august 19, respectively. more on those events can be found in an upcoming issue. if you were one of the lucky riders to place, you are eligible for year-end awards.

West Greenwich horseman’s association Holds Overnight Camping Trip and Hunter Paces SuBMiTTeD By TAMMy LAMPHeRe

West GreenWich horseman’s association (WGha) has been busy with lots of rides! it’s not too late to become a member or just come to a ride. check us out at wgha for all the details. on the weekend of June 8-9, eva Platt and i hosted an overnight camping trail ride at escoheag, ri. it was a last

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minute ride so the turnout wasn’t big, but those who did get to come enjoyed a BYos (bring your own steak) dinner on Friday night and a big breakfast on saturday. after doing their choice of two different 10-mile loops, there were giant grinders for lunch. hopefully, next year we get a bigger head start and let more members know.

Show ReSultS Winners from the first hunter pace are as follows: Hunter Division: 1. Becky Griffin; 2. Michael Germaine and Ron Walker; 3. Heidi Smith and Sarah Hanks; 4. Jim Hallam and Ray Austin; 5. Loretta Vincz; 6. Sandra Stavens. Hilltopper Division: 1. Carolyn Beekman and Susan Sikes; 2. Jane Gurzenda and Cynthia Kiers; 3. Judy Hambleton; 4. Pat Grimsand and Laura Murphy; 5. Brenda Button; 6. Jordan Smith and Sarah Meentzer. Junior Division: 1. Morgan Griffin; 2. Katherine Stavens; 3. Mackenzie Coffey and Alexandra Coffey; 4. Laina Fesenmeyer; 5t. Tatam Coutu, Tess Coutu and Angie Freeman.

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Norfolk Hunt Club Mark Your Calendar for Polo, Hunter Paces and Foxhunting subMitteD by D.a. hayDen

Polo in the Country

A portion of the proceeds for the event benefit the Westport Land Conservation Trust, which has preserved and protected thousands of acres of open space in this “right to farm” community. Entry fees include lunch for riders: $60 in advance and $70 on the day of the event. Spectators may purchase lunch on site. If you have questions, email or call Tom Lewis at 617-780-2599.

With another sell-out event expected, Norfolk Hunt Club member and Polo In the Country chairperson, Greg Sandomirsky, announced that a limited number of reserved tailgate Informal spots and table tickets Foxhunting Season are available for the 10th Begins Annual Polo in the Country The Norfolk Hunt Club’s on September 16 at the 117th consecutive season Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase of drag foxhunting begins Course in Medfield, MA. with informal hunting Tailgate and table tickets on Tuesday, September must be reserved and 4. Attire for September are sold on a first-come is a ratcatcher, with Norfolk’s Polo in the Country is a fun family event. first-served basis. General admission tickets are available on the day of the event. The festive, family-focused event, sponsored by Jake Kaplan Land Rover/ Range Rover of Norwood, will feature a match between Norfolk Polo and Byfield Polo. The day includes a parade of Norfolk hounds, pony rides, face painting, a demonstration by the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department K9 Unit, halftime entertainment by the Barnstable Barn Burners Precision Equestrian Drill Team, a tailgate contest and a traditional candy toss for children. Preferred seating under a tent (bring your own food and drink) is available by reservation only ($25 per seat/$200 per table of eight) and includes preferred parking. Reserved field side tailgate spots are $75 per car. Driver and The Adams Farm fixture is a favorite on the Norfolk Hunt September schedule. guests pay general admission. General admission is $10 per adult, $5 per child and includes free parking. General on September 23. The hunter pace riders wearing tweed jackets instead admission spectators are encouraged to route, which begins at the corner of of the black jackets required for formal bring their own chairs. Horseneck Road and Fisherville Lane, hunting. Norfolk will hunt on Tuesday in Norfolk’s gorgeous Westport, MA, and Saturday mornings throughout hunt country, will take riders through September, with hound schoolings Westport Hunter Pace private farms, lush pastures, and on Thursday mornings. September Norfolk members and Westport waterside trails. An assortment of fixtures include favorites like Adams Hunter Pace chairpersons, Gaelen jumps—including Westport’s famous Farm in Walpole and the Trustees of Canning and Tom Lewis, have been stonewalls—punctuate the course. The Reservations Powisset Farm in Dover. working with Norfolk member, stunning water views make the event For information on hunting with Lisa Alvord, and her husband, Joel, unlike any hunter pace in the country Norfolk and proper turnout for rider throughout the summer, to make the and are available to the riding public and horse, visit or Westport Hunter Pace an exceptional only once a year. experience for riders and spectators continued on page 174 September 2012

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continued from page 173 call Ruth Lawler, Associate Master of Foxhounds at 781-431-1461.

June Hunter Pace a Smashing Success Preceded by days of thunder, lightning and drenching rain, Sunday, June 3, dawned with clear skies to welcome Norfolk’s Spring Hunter Pace starting from the Norfolk Hunt Steeplechase Course in Medfield. Norfolk member and Hunter Pace chair, Michael Paparo, ably assisted by his wife, Norfolk member Jessica Macho, orchestrated a terrific event, attended by over 150 riders. A new course, lunch for competitors and great camaraderie among riders, Norfolk member Shelly Rota and her horse, Eli, get ready for the Norfolk Hunter Pace. spectators and horses alike created lasting memories of showcase ideal hunt horses, capable a wonderful day. of negotiating the natural obstacles Winners of the first flight were: found in hunt country. As well, Noel Estes and Susan Baton in first; the event features many historic, Sarah Morton, Maddie Lichten, perpetual and distinguished trophies. Susanne Lichten and Jennifer Chasse Of particular interest is the Heard Cup in second; and Cami Jamerson and division, which presents riders with Robiny Jamerson in third. Winners of the second flight were: Mary Tamburri, 25 obstacles, including classic hunting challenges, a “gone away” and “lead Kay Hunt, Tori Berg and Kailin over.” Other qualified divisions offer Krikorian in first; Liz Hartman, Alex Hartman and Cindy Jezerski in second; an exciting course, with jumps up to a maximum height of 3’. and Jessie Caprioli, Lindsay Domijan Open classes are available for those and Rebekah Nydam in third. riders who do not participate regularly with one of the nine New England New England Hunter Trials hunts. These riders are welcome to On Sunday, October 7, the New compete in the event and their particiEngland Hunter Trials will be pation is encouraged! A special 2’6” hosted by Green Mountain Hounds, class will also be available. at Lemon Fair Farm, in beautiful Local boarding and entertainment Shoreham, VT. This venue, located in the fertile Champlain Valley of western for horses and riders is being made available. Contact Hospitality Chair Vermont, promises to be beautiful Porter Knight at at the height of fall foliage season, For class schedules and registration featuring views of the Adirondacks information, contact Hunter Trials and the Green Mountains. Secretary Kate Selnby at kselnby@ The New England Hunter Trials For general queshas been held annually at various tions, contact the Green Mountain New England foxhunting locations Hounds Masters of Foxhounds. Elaine since 1932. Norfolk hosted the event Ittleman, MFH at elaine_ittleman@ in 2011. The event was organized or Terry Hook, MFH at for the purpose of creating tion for horses that run regularly For more information on all of these with a New England hunt, ridden events, including entry froms, results, by equestrians who are members of and more, visit New England hunts. It is designed to 174 equine


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Tri-State Horsemen’s Association Thanks Members for Another Great Year Submitted by Sharon Plante

AS yOu READ THIS, THE SHOW season is complete. Hopefully you had a chance to attend either the open show or dressage series. Maybe you attended both. Now, we all have the Annual Banquet to look forward to. Mark you calendar for November 3, 2012. This year, the year-end awards banquet will be held at Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. Find the most current information about the banquet on the Tri-State Horsemen’s Association (TSHA) website, Be sure to check your year-end standings and the spelling of your name and your horse’s so your information will be correct in the banquet program. TSHA would like to thank all who helped make the show season a great success. It takes many people to make the shows run and everyone who assists is appreciated. The annual Moonlight Pleasure Trail Ride was held on Saturday, August 4, at Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown, CT. Everyone who attended enjoyed the great food and the warm talk around the campfire before the riders headed out at dark. The raffle provided by My Pony’s Closet was well received by everyone. Once again this was a favorite event of the trail riders. If you missed it, be sure to plan to attend the beach ride on September 29. See the website for more information. Members may choose to receive the TSHA monthly e-newsletter containing current information about upcoming TSHA events, point standings, as well as interesting stories about fellow TSHA members. To receive the e-newsletter, simply email, sign up at a TSHA event, or fill out the survey found on the TSHA Facebook page. All respondents to the survey will be entered into a contest to win a great prize! The deadline for submitting applications for TSHA scholarships is almost here. If you have completed requirements for one or more of our scholarships, be sure to get your application(s) in the mail today. The deadline is September 1.

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Maine horse Association Reports on the Downeast Horse Congress The 33rd AnnuAl downeAsT horse Congress was held June 15-17, 2012. There were three rings, three disciplines and lots of fun. The directors of the Maine horse Association, Inc. (MhA), led by President Jo hight, decided to double the MhA points at this show, although there was only one judge per discipline. early arrivals were greeted with an evening meal of pizza and sodas and all received a goodie bag as they checked in at the secretary’s office. every morning, exhibitors woke up to coffee and doughnuts. saturday morning, they were treated to a wonderful and free Father’s day breakfast of pancakes served up with Maine-made maple syrup, a great way to rev up the saturday events. Thanks

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to servers Mary Fields and nathan Gerrish. Friday and saturday evening began with the playing of the national Anthem and the presentation of the American flag by Jared Johns and his beautiful and talented Quarter horse, reese. honoring the flag is the part of our shows that never gets old—thanks to Jared and reese for bringing it to us this June. All day and evening on Friday, the pleasure show was held in the coliseum. The judge was Patty Kent from west Virginia, assisted by ring person, Jess small. during the evening session of the show, exhibitors and spectators were treated to the annual downeast Ice Cream social. The coliseum was the scene of saturday’s hunter/jumper show, judged by Joe lombard of Medway, MA. saturday morning, the in-hand classes along with the Miniature in-hand, trail and obstacle classes were held in ring three. The dressage ring ran concurrently in the infield, judged by Jerri neider of warner, nh, and managed by

elizabeth Tewksbury. Along with the show’s regular divisions and classes, there was also the Challenge of the Breeds. six classes were offered and four of them were required to participate in to win. The entire Congress was managed and organized by rick drew, who was supported by his wonderful and competent gang of volunteers. Margo Gerrish and Amanda Cady handled the silent auction that ran throughout the show. The winners were announced sunday noon. other volunteers that should be thanked for their undying desire to work are: secretary Pat leclerc and assistant regan Grant; course designer and steward Paula Jean o’neill; stabling manager and award presenter Florence leClair and her assistant sharron Coffin; eMT sherri Thornton; treasurer lee Cheever; and the many, many volunteers that our shows could not do without. Thanks also go to the many class and division sponsors that make the downeast Congress the show that it is.

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northeast Friesian horse Club Celebrates Members’ Success suBmitted By Kelsey evans

whew! ThiS summer heat has been brutal, but autumn in new england is cool and beautiful—perfect weather for one of the most important Friesian events of the year, the KFPS (Royal Friesian horse Studbook) inspection. Friesian foals and adults from around new england will be inspected by Dutch judges on conformaJulio Mendoza and Maurus earned the Sport Predicate for tion and movement their excellence in dressage. and awarded premies and predicates based year, when the mercury was just a on their suitability. it tad lower. is a wonderful opportunity, particularly Bill and Doris Kennedy of for Friesian newcomers, to learn more Connecticut welcomed a new Friesian about registry standards, to network foal to their midst this spring. omega with other enthusiasts of the breed, and is a filly out of the Kennedy’s lovely most of all, get to see some gorgeous mare, Gracie. Says Doris, “we named Friesians at their best! This year, the her omega for a few reasons: The name KFPS new england inspection will means ‘last of a series’ and she is probbe held on Friday, october 5, at Ten ably the last of the wolf Den Friesian Broeck Farm in Pepperell, Ma. hope to foals. The symbol is shaped like a see you there! horseshoe and it is a designer name in Meanwhile, to keep us cool, here is keeping with my designer theme (last some member news from earlier in the


foals were armani and Calvin). we call her Meg. She was 102 pounds at birth—a big filly. She’ll be tall like her mother no doubt (Gracie is now 16.2 hands). She is a character already.” Sarah isherwood enjoyed some rollicking springtime fun with her Friesian mare: “Daatje and i participated in the Myopia Spring hunter Pace on May 20, 2012 and had a blast! She was a total rock star, babysitting my teammate’s green horse and jumping with bold confidence!” Mendoza Dressage, located in Union Bridge, MD, is happy to congratulate trainer Julio Mendoza and the sevenyear-old Ster Stallion, Maurus, on earning the prestigious Sport Predicate for their excellence in dressage with several wins and scores up to 69% at Third level in USDF rated shows! Congratulations to all our northeast Friesian horse Club (neFhC) members and their horses on their accomplishments large and small! To learn more about the neFhC, please visit our website at, or visit us on Facebook!

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new england Pinto association Successful Season For Our Members suBmitted By eileen flynn

Show SeaSon iS well UnDeRwaY as we approach fall. we are a little behind on results, so we will show May’s Spring Spotacular (May 11-13) results, then go through the season, and results will be published as soon as we can get them. The July 7-8, 2012, show was a tremendous success despite the oppressive heat on Saturday. we will have more information on this next month.

The Pinto world Show reported that entries were up a little from last year. Pinto Congress will be held this fall, go to for more info. Several new england members, as of now are placing first in the country this year. in the open divisions, lee McKenna is placing first nationally in open english Pleasure and halter/horse. ann DiGiovanni is first in halter, Paula

laughlin is first nationally in hunter over Fences, ideal Driving, Jumper over Fences and Tobiano color in the miniature horse division. in amateur, Paula laughlin is placing first in halter/Miniature. Kathy McCullough is first in the standings now in english Showmanship Pony, Trail in hand and western Showmanship. Jean St Denis is placing first in western Showmanship and english Showmanship. ashely hair standings right now are first in english Showmanship Pony Division! Congratulations to all of our outstanding members. For any Pinto news you may have, please forward to September 2012

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Yankee Walkers gaited horses of new england Meet New Member Cathie Anderson Submitted by Julie dillon

I met CathIe anderson Cathie Hatricklast summer when looking Anderson for a versatility coach. I wanted to prepare my horse and myself for the exciting new versatility competitions that are spreading across new england. I immediately liked her quiet philosophy of a no-nonsense approach to discipline combined with immediate reward and release. In June, our Yankee Walkers Club hosted a Versatility Clinic with Cathie. the event was very well attended and our participants and auditors re-training problem horses, Cathie is learned a great deal about commualso talented in teaching intermediate nicating with their horses both from and advanced horses and riders. Before the ground and in the saddle. though the end of the clinic, we were very her specialty is with colt starting and

happy that Cathie became an official member of our Yankee Walkers club to show her support and learn more about our gaited horses! Cathie and her horse, ruger, keep very busy as mounted shooting and versatility competitors. she has competed in every equine affaire Versatile horse and rider Competition since 2007! a proponent of “less is best,” Cathie also teaches transitioning from traditional bits to the bitless bridle. she cautions that this change should be done under supervision (if need be) with preparation and the safety of the rider as the primary consideration. “I believe that well trained, respectful horses can make an immediate transition to the bitless with no special training; they absolutely love not having a bit! however, in working with many problem horses that have absolutely no respect for their owners and drive through the bit, jig, buck, rear, etc., I prefer to transition with a hand-tied rope halter, with two

northeast fjord horse association Finding a Forever Fjord Submitted by angela young

I Was speakIng WIth a frIend the other day in regards to her newer mustang foal that she had rescued at five months old. he’s now nearing a year. she was asking if in years from now she’d still remember the first time she saw him so vividly in her mind as she does right now. You know that moment where you make that connection, know it was meant to be, feel that instant bond? Yes, the moment they steal our hearts and become part of our lives forever. I simply told her why yes, you do, and went into my own story of the first time I set eyes on my lovely fjord gelding 12 years ago. as a teenager I worked at a fjord 180 equine


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farm caring for the facility and earning my gas money. I fell in love with the breed instantly. Who wouldn’t? as years went by I had my favorites and saw them come and go as they were born at the farm and moved on with their new owners. there was one in particular that I became enamored with. I spent a lot of time with him training him and adoring him and then the time came when it was time for me to go off to school and for him to find his own home. of course, I would have loved to have him, and he was generously offered to me; however, I was off to college and already had a horse of my own. as years went by he ended up being shuffled to a couple of homes, but

eventually ended up right were I’d have wanted him to be—cared for and happy. I told myself that once I graduated I would get my own fjord that was just as perfect as him—a beautiful, brown dun gelding. I had continued to work at the farm part time through college and never encountered another fjord like him. his parents were really two of a kind. the stallion on the property was one of my personal favorites and personal projects, and the mare was just a barn favorite of all of the kids. no offspring of any other combination stole my heart like he did. now time had passed since then, and I had been waiting for my brown dun fjord to come in shining armor, but truth is that just wasn’t happening. his mom had four more foals. all of them were either red duns or mares, and we were running out of time. the mare was due to deliver in april of the year I graduated and was taking a break from breeding afterwards. What were the odds that this one foal would be my forever fjord? To be continued…

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clip on reins attached. This allows me to give a more serious correction than the bitless could do, as it is pretty hard to cause any pain with the bitless bridle. I am firm but fair when giving these corrections, with quick flick of my wrist to the reins, then an immediate release. Sometimes these bad behaviors; head shaking, refusing to stand to be mounted, rearing, etc., disappear immediately because many of them are caused by previous cruel treatment to the horse’s mouth…other times it may take two or three sessions for the horse to realize the extreme pain is not going to happen anymore, and the horse will relax/perform better with every bitless ride.” Cathie loves working with horses and their people and spends many hours attending clinics and educational seminars not only as a teacher but also as a student of horsemanship. Yankee Walkers is very happy to welcome Cathie as our newest member…and we will look forward to sharing our gaited knowledge with her as she so generously shares her time, skills and talent with us!

Cathie and “Ruger” at Equine Affaire 2011.

more information. The breed booth is a great deal of fun in that we meet folks that are excited about their gaited horses and/or are new to the gaited breeds. Many people come to see us Equine Affaire each year to get information and talk about our very special gaited horses. If you love visiting with folks and sharing stories about your horses, please come and spend some time at our Yankee Walkers breed booth! Your smiling face and warm hospitality is a very important part of educating the public as well as offering a warm welcome to new and

prospective club members. Last year, we added five new members during 2011 Equine Affaire! Put on your bling and ride in our breed demo and spotlight! Riding your horse at Equine Affaire is an exciting, challenging and fulfilling experience! If you have a talented, calm and unflappable horse, please consider riding with us in our breed presentations. Helen Weeman has volunteered her extensive show expertise and talent to coach and coordinate our Yankee Walkers riding demo. She can be reached at Now is the time to contact us as we are building our 2012 teams and scheduling practices. Each year many of our Yankee Walkers members saddle up and ride in the Walking Horse breed demonstration and spotlight presentation. Helen is a veteran of organizing drill teams and has years of experience with our demonstrations at Equine Affaire as well as many other shows and public events. Helen and the rest of our team will be happy to assist you with questions and concerns as you are making plans to join us.

Time to Prepare for Equine Affaire This year’s annual Equine Affaire starts Thursday, November 8, and ends Sunday, November 11. We are in the planning stages for setting up every aspect of our Yankee Walkers presentations. There is something for everyone! Here are the areas where you can help: Design and decorate our display booth and stalls: If you love red, white and blue, and making things look “just so,” join our decorating team! We will be setting up our presentation booth, C barn stalls and hospitality areas. We like to improve, update and refresh our design each year as we display images of our Yankee Walkers club members and their horses enjoying various activities with their gaited horses. So if you are particularly “crafty,” please contact Julie Dillon at horsefeathersnh@ and let’s to put your ideas to work! Meet and greet visitors at our Yankee Walkers breed booth: Ellen Flatley, club treasurer and secretary, has generously offered to lend her exceptional executive talents to our Yankee Walkers booth Volunteers so please contact her to reserve your time slots. Email for


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The National Sporting Library and Museum will celebrate POLO! Weekend on September 22 and 23. The Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, S.3448 recently went into effect protecting the Outer Banks’ historic horse herd.

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ON JULY 26, SENATORS KAY HAGAN AND RICHARD BURR of North Carolina introduced legislation to protect the free-roaming wild horses living on the Outer Banks in Currituck County, NC. The Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, S.3448, authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a new agreement with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, Currituck County, and the state of North Carolina to provide for the management of wild horses in and around the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. “These iconic horses have played an important role in North Carolina’s history, and it is vital that they continue to flourish for years to come,” said Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “The management agreement creates a safety net so that the Corolla horses will be able to thrive in their natural habitat in the event of a disease outbreak, natural disaster, or other similar threat.” The Corolla wild horse herd can be traced back to the arrival of Spanish explorers on the Outer Banks in the 16th century. Despite access to roam across 7,500 acres of public and private land, the current law caps the maximum number of horses at 60, a population deemed too low to maintain the herd’s genetic viability. The Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act allows for a herd of no fewer than 110 horses, with a target population between 120 and 130 horses. (

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A Plethora of Polo THE NATIONAL SPORTING Library and Museum will host a weekend full of polo on September 22 and 23, 2012. First up is a symposium to be held Saturday, September 22, from 3:00-7:00 p.m., featuring prominent experts in the sport, such as H.A. Laffaye, author of The Evolution of Polo and Polo in the United States; Michael H. S. Finney, a consultant on polo art for Polo Magazine; Dennis J. Amato, a contributor to several books on polo; and U.S. Polo Team Captain Charles Muldoon. On Sunday, September 23, a Polo Cup Match and luncheon fundraiser will take place at the Virginia International Polo Club in Upperville, VA. (

Don Weller’s watercolor, “Brady’s » Got ‘Em,” will be on display at the AAEA’s annual fall show.

The American Academy of Equine Art’s (AAEA) Fall Show will be on display from Saturday, September 15, through Wednesday, October 24, at The Scott County Arts & Cultural Center gallery in Georgetown, KY, with an Artists’ Reception on Friday, September 14, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This year’s event will celebrate over 30 years of showcasing equine artists’ abilities. “The annual Fall Show is particularly near and dear to my heart,” says AAEA President, Sheila Barnes. “We are always looking for new people and their ideas, and this show enables us to do that.” September 2012


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feI north American Junior and young Rider Championships Sees Abundance of Talent By louise Parkes

Dressage Region 5 took the young Rider team victory, while silver went to Region 7, who finished less than five marks behind. Canada/Quebec took team bronze. Brandi Roenick and Weltino’s magic, members of the Region 5 winning team, also took the individual gold, while monica houweling came closest to Roenick’s winning score of 74.974%, earning a 71.237% with Rifradin, while fellow-Canadian, Alexandra Reed riding VIP, took the bronze with 70.000%. And Weltino’s magic worked once again to

scoop the freestyle honors with a mark of 72.000%, while houweling took her second silver and another Canadian, mathilde tetreault, took bronze. the Junior team title went to Brandi Roenick and Weltino’s Magic won team and the Canada/Quebec team, on a score individual gold in dressage. of 200.642. But it was team silver medalist, Ayden uhlir from Region Kerkorian and malcolm, Katherine strauss 9, who took the individual title with riding Chellando, and Charlotte Jacobs sjapoer, when a mark of 69.684% left with Kachina, pinned Zone 5 into silver Ariel thomas and montfleury in silver while Zone 4 had to settle for bronze. ahead of laurence tetreault and Pissarro Keenan’s double clear with Vanhattan in bronze. laurence Blais claimed the proved pivotal to team success. this freestyle gold with Pissarro in her last was a 10th team gold for Zone 2 in the competition with this horse. Another Junior division. Canadian, mariah sutton, took freestyle Zone 5’s silver medal consisted of a silver with Renoir, while individual cham- three-member team, including Abigail pions uhlir and sjapoer filled the bronze mcArdle and the nine-year-old mare medal spot. Cosma, who produced a double clear the highest scores in both the Junior that put them at the top of the individual individual and freestyle were recorded leaderboard. by 15-year-old Colombian talent nicolas shawn Casady and Charlotte Jacobs tores Rodriguez and silver label, who went into a jump-off for silver when earned a 75.500% in the freestyle, but they also left all the poles in place, and they were ineligible for medals due to it was Casady and the eight-year-old their country’s designation. Zubantos who clinched the middle step of the podium.


Zone 2 riders stole the spoils in both the young Rider and Junior jumping team championships. young Riders mattias trom and Bosquinus, Callie smith aboard upstaire, meg O’mara riding sinatra, and lydia ulrich with santos utopia, recorded the 11th victory in the history of this event for their region. his team performance, with a clear first time out and a single mistake in round two, put 17-year-old tromp at the top of the individual standings early on. team silver went to a mixed team from zones 3, 7, and 8, and Zone 10 slotted into bronze medal position. Kilian mcGrath emerged to take Individual Gold, ahead of Callie smith in silver and lydia ulrich in bronze. Junior Show Jumping Individual Gold Medalist Zone 2’s Junior team of lillie Abigail McArdle and Cosma 20. Keenan aboard Vanhattan, Kira 184 equine


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Eventing Area V took Junior team and individual gold in eventing. Victoria new and fleeceworks mystere du Val were lying second after dressage on a score of 48.5, went into the lead after a clear round on cross-country day, and had just one pole down on the last day to complete the winning individual score of 52.5. the team total of 169.9 ensured a clear victory over the silver medalists from Ontario, while Area III took bronze. In the young Riders Championship, shaun Braun and Perfect Intentions, teresa harcourt riding Bonza twist of fate, lizzie snow aboard Coal Creek, and Kendyl tracy with ever so lucky, took team gold for Area VI, VII and IX. Another mixed team from Areas II, III, and IV took silver, while Ontario and Quebec claimed team bronze. And Connor husain took Individual Gold with

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On July 17-22, 2012, sOme Of the next generation of potential Olympians were displaying their talent at the feI north American Junior and young Rider Championships (nAJyRC) at the Kentucky horse Park. Open to riders between 14 and 21 years old, the busy annual event embraces the three Olympic disciplines of jumping, dressage, and eventing, along with the feI World equestrian Games™ disciplines of reining and endurance. Competitors from the united states, Bermuda, Canada, mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands are permitted to ride in these championships.

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ajPha Youth World championship show Attracts Equestrians from Across the Globe EntriEs camE from across thE nation and the globe for the 2012 american Junior Paint horse association (ajPha) Youth World championship show, held June 22-30, 2012. in all, 293 young equestrians from 34 states, plus canada, Germany, austria, australia, france, holland, and switzerland traveled to Will rogers memorial center in fort Worth, tX. seventy-three World championship titles were awarded in leadline, walktrot, halter, showmanship, English performance, western performance, speed events, and cattle events. a new flat fee for youth entering multiple classes offered $100 savings on six World championship classes or six introductory classes—Disciplined rail English, Disciplined rail Western, ideal Paint English, ideal Paint Western, Bareback English Equitation, and Bareback Western horsemanship— which were open to youth who had never earned a world or reserve world championship in aPha competition, and

Felix Lejour from France shows Indivisible in the Youth Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences class. This Kids Classic, shown by John O. Minier III, won the Youth 3-Year-Old Geldings class.

who rode regular registry Paint horses. During the Youth World show, the ajPha “code of conduct” was introduced, and the inaugural superior sportsmanship award was presented to Kristina hermanson of Yorba Linda, ca. also part of the show was the Youth World Games, a series of four classes held biennially in conjunction with the show, and the annual Youth team tournament, where eight teams vied

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Junior individual champions, canada’s haley franc and Jacs shy Boy, produced the only chink in the otherwise impenetrable armor of the U.s. reining riders who swept gold and silver in the Young rider team Gold Medal Young Rider Eventing Team members, Lizzie event, individual Young Snow, Teresa Harcourt, Sarah Braun, and Kendyl Tracy. rider gold, and the Junior team title. the Young rider team championship Piece of hope, heading off a strong chalwent to Usa south central, with silver lenge from snow, while Lexi scovil and going to Usa south East and bronze sky show filled the bronze medal spot. to canada. husain added nothing to his dressage Due to her strong score in the team mark of 53.9 to take the individual title championship, reed Kyle was last to go at his first naJYrc and only his fifth in the battle for the individual medals three-day event. Lexi scovil and sky and sealed it with a score of 218.5—a show finished in the bronze medal posifull 4.5 points ahead of her nearest rival. tion, and sky show received a special silver medalist Laura sumrall had a award, the horsepower trophy, after

for top honors in a hippology contest, knowledge relay, performance classes, and a parade of teams. aPha also hosted the Youth Judging contest on June 24. nearly 200 up-andcoming horse judges evaluated six performance classes and four halter classes. this competition awarded the Junior division hart scholarship to oklahoma Junior Quarter horse association member colt cunningham, and the senior division hart scholarship to Kelsey ritchie, with tulsa county 4-h.

four-point lead over Jake Letner in bronze. the Junior team from Usa south East took the win over canada, with just 1.5 points separating the two sides, while bronze went to Usa south central.

Endurance canada claimed the Endurance team title with three riders competing purebred arabians. Katherine Gardner rode af Big Bucks to take individual gold, finishing in six hours, 11 minutes, and 48 seconds. they covered the course at an average speed of 19.41 kilometers an hour, exactly the same as silver medalists Kelsey Kimbler and fringant—the horse that claimed the coveted Best condition award. But one second in the ride time decided the difference between gold and silver. cassandra roberts and ca classy marina took bronze with an average speed of 19.08 kilometers an hour and a finish time of six hours, 38 minutes, and 16 seconds. September 2012

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hunter/jumper news captured the West Coast U.S. Junior Hunter Championship title aboard Small Affair in Del Mar, CA, on July 23-24. The duo dominated the competition over a total of 47 other horse and rider pairs. Then, on July 24-25, Victoria Colvin rode Inclusive to victory in the East Coast Junior Hunter Championship. To top off the earnings, the East Coast’s Victoria Rose Green was the winner of a $1,000 grant annually awarded to the rider with the best essay detailing how her competitive experience affects her.

[TOP] Daniela Stranksy and Spencer Brittan receive top honors at the final Colorado Summer Circuit. [LEFT] Step by Step rider Jose F. Bonetti and trainer Hector Florentino at the Colorado Horse Park. [BOTTOM] Inaugural Alumni Cup winner Amy Kriwitsky of UConn.

FIFTEEN AND FLAWLESS After putting in fast and flawless trips during the $10,000 NAL Low Junior Jumper/A-O Classic at the Colorado Summer Circuit, 15-year-old Daniela Stransky earned top honors on her gray mare, Starlight, with 15-year-old Spencer Brittan riding his bay, Wonderful Look, to the second-place ribbon. Daniela, who rides with trainer Hector Florentino, also made her grand prix debut in the $50,000 Grand Prix competition. The two teens, who champion the charity Step by Step, were among the five riders out of 35 entries to advance to the jump-off. Stransky and Brittan’s earnings 186 EQUINE


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PATRONS AT THE HORSE PARK Also in attendance at the Horse Park was Jose F. Bonetti—he and Spencer’s twin brother, Clayton, and older sister, Kelsie, also put earnings toward helping the charity. Elsewhere on the A-Circuit, teen show jumping sensation and Step by Step supporter, Emanuel Andrade, was busy racking up ribbons and wins at the Kentucky Horse Park in both the Junior Jumpers and the Grand Prix classes! Step by Step founder and CEO, Liliane Stransky, and

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Colorado Horse Park’s owner, Helen Krieble, joined forces and hosted the very successful wildfire relief auction that raised thousands for the local families affected by the blaze. Auction items, such as golf clubs, equestrian attire, luxury accommodations, and fine jewelry and accessories, especially the trendy MULCO watches, were quickly snatched up by bidders. But, the single top-selling item in the auction was a photo taken by Liliane—the bidder was none other than Helen! In addition, Liliane designated $6,000 to purchase school backpacks and supplies for local children who have lost everything during the Colorado fires.

EAST MEETS WEST Kudos to Olivia Esse, who

The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association celebrated its inaugural All-Alumni Tournament at Valley Forge Military Academy and College on July 29 in Radnor Township, PA. The event drew competitors from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, and one lucky person, Amy Kriwitsky of the University of Connecticut, was crowned Alumni Cup Champion. Also successful at the tournament were: Amanda Cavanaugh of Susquehanna University, Alumni Flat Champion; Emily Rose of West Chester University, Advanced Flat Champion; Rebecca Del Pizzo of Arcadia University, 2'3'' Fences Champion; and, Debbie Kaufman of the University of Connecticut, 2'6'' Fences Champion.



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colorado Summer circuit Wraps Up Week Five With Another Win for John Pearce The $40,000 Grand Prix presented by Wells Fargo advisors was the highlight of week five of the colorado Summer circuit. Thirty-one competitive horse and rider pairs tested their mettle against a challenging course set by anderson Lima, with eight jumping clean to advance to the second round. Talented riders like hector Florentino, maggie Jayne, Kelsey Thatcher, and Bjorn Ikast gave the jump-off a valiant effort, but canadian olympic rider John Pearce had another victory in his pocket. Seemingly unstoppable, Pearce has become a frequent presence in the winner’s circle, this being his third win in five weeks of shows. This week his World equestrian Games partner chianto was the winning ride, with stablemate Johnny B Good finishing in eighth. “I’ve been riding for 41 years,” reported Pearce, “and I’m just starting to figure it all out!” Following in his father’s footsteps, Pearce began riding when he was 11 years old. he attributes his interest and passion for horses to his father. Like Pearce, Kelsey Thatcher, of South Jordan, UT, began riding at a young age, in her case, the ripe old age

of three. Now just 20 years old, Thatcher has become a strong competitor in both the hunter and jumper rings. During this grand prix, Thatcher bested many other top riders to take home the secondplace ribbon on her horse Dulf Van Den Bisschop, a 10-year-old stallion by heartbreaker out of a Vigaro mare. Finishing in third was Bjorn Ikast, a colorado horse Park favorite for 18 straight years. Ikast rode his horse, the aptly named colorado, as the closer in the jump-off. Strategically, Ikast chose to focus on Kelsey Thatcher and Dulf Van Den Bisschop were second in precision over speed, locking the grand prix. in his third-place ribbon. “It was a great day,” said Ikast. “my just 13 years old and jumped alongside horse is jumping well and we’re at a top some of North america’s top competifacility with a friendly atmosphere. The tors in his grand prix debut. riding a horse park is continuously improving.” borrowed horse, Brittan had only one rail down, hinting at his promising future. From the Pony Derby to the For more information on events at Grand Prix the colorado horse Park, visit another highlight of the grand prix was young rider Jackson Brittan. Brittan is

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$40,000 Grand Prix Champions John Pearce and Chianto.

13-year-old Jackson Brittan made his grand prix debut at the Colorado Horse Park. September 2012

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Charleston summer Classic Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Ponies and Parties great to see her ride so well her last year as a junior in $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby winner Julie Curtin Charleston,” said Mastriano. and Blackmail. Thursday’s $2,500 UshJa away the Medium Pony Grand Kahuna national hunter Derby saw 25 horse and the small/Medium Grand Kahuna. and rider teams take to the course, and sarah hanks and eyes Up won the it was Julie Curtin of Woodstock, Ga, Large Pony Grand Kahuna, and isabel aboard Blackmail, who won the class. Coleman and Kind Midas won the Large The opening week of the Charleston Green Kahuna. Classic closed out on sunday, July 15, “We were really pleased with the and awarded the coveted supreme turnout here in Charleston and enjoyed Kahuna Pony Classic Championship to celebrating our twentieth anniversary the top ponies in the small, Medium, and Large divisions as well as the small, with everyone,” said show Organizer Bob Bell. “We are even happier to Medium, and Large Green Ponies. The report, that everyone can expect a Most supreme Grand Kahuna Pony Grand Prix here next year and anticirider Champion was awarded to eyes Up, ridden by sarah hanks. stella Posey pate that the show will be even better than ever!” he added. and rockefeller won the small Pony For more information, visit Grand Kahuna, while samantha Posey and Falling Moon Celebration took

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The 20Th anniversary OF The Charleston Classic closed on July 21 with a bang with the $25,000 KnickerDoodles Pony hunter Derby. This was the second installment of the largest pony hunter purse in the country, and 25 pony and rider combinations tackled the course. Paige Parker and Champlain sovereign won, with a combined score of 176 points. in second place was Bergen sanderford riding Center ice, with a total score of 162, and third place honors went to Grace Gresset riding her own Daisy Due Blue with a combined effort of 156 points. John Mastriano of hainesport, nJ, trains Paige Parker, the celebrated junior rider who added the prestigious win of the $25,000 KnickerDoodles Pony hunter Derby to her resume. “[Paige is] heading off to Baylor in the fall, so it was

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[LEFT] Ronald Zabala-Goetschel was the first Ecuadorian event rider to compete at the Olympics. [RIGHT] Jamie Price is’s newest eventing coach.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING Kudos to Ronald ZabalaGoetschel, founder of Wise-Equestrian and the Dutton RZ Saddle line, who made history for his home country of Ecuador by being the first equestrian to participate as an individual in the sport of eventing at the Olympics! He finished 43rd overall, with 36 penalties in cross-country and seven in stadium, with a dressage score of 53.30. Zabala-Goetschel, who has been based in the U.S. for the past nine years, trains out of Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm in Pennsylvania.



Rising eventing star, Jamie Price of Illinois, has recently joined as its newest coach. RateMyRiding. com connects riders of all levels and disciplines to industryleading coaches. By submitting a photo or video to the coach of their choice, riders will receive a comprehensive written analysis

based on their specific riding and training goals. “I’m excited to work with Rate My Riding because it gives riders a chance to learn from professionals that they may otherwise not have the opportunity to connect with,” said Price.

SHOW ME THE MONEY Congratulations go out to United States Eventing Association (USEA) member Sarah Smith of Marietta, GA, who won a $1,000 grant through the USEF High School Equestrian Athlete program. She is one of over 5,000 program participants, of which just 11 riders were chosen for the award—one from each USEF Recognized Breed/Discipline Affiliate or International Affiliate Association. “When I lettered in this sport, it made me feel like I accomplished something big and made all the logging of the hours well worth my time. When I got my letter, I immediately put it on a saddle pad and I use

it at every horse show...” said Smith in her entry essay.

WATCH YOUR BACK Let’s hear it for three-day eventer and race car driver, Liz Halliday, who is lending her support to pioneering the medical charity, Spinal Research, throughout 2012. Spinal Research’s branding will appear on the front and sides of Halliday’s race car and overalls, as well as on the horse transporter she travels with to all of her equestrian competitions. “As an equestrian and racing driver I am all too aware of the risks my chosen sports carry and, on occasion, have witnessed firsthand how spinal injuries can affect lives,” said Halliday.

IN COMMAND Speaking of Liz Halliday, she and her partner, Benaughlin Little Hero, recorded a commanding victory in the One-Day Event at Tweseldown in Hampshire, England. “Benny” produced the

second best dressage performance of the day, scoring a 24.5, before effortlessly going clear in the show jumping arena. A similarly faultless cross-country effort over difficult ground conditions capped a tremendous event for the pair, who notched their third win of the season by an impressive margin of 7.5 points.

POLLARD’S PIZAZZ Michael Pollard’s new partnership with Ballingowan Pizazz has proven successful in no time. The pair won the Chatt Hills Summer 2 Horse Trials Open Intermediate in Georgia on July 15, leading from the start after adding just .4 time penalties on cross-country to finish on a score of 32.00. The previous weekend at Chatt Hills Summer 1 Horse Trials, Pollard, on his first outing with “Mango,” won the Open Preliminary A division with a score of 25.8, having established a convincing lead with a dressage test of 23.00.

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Germany Clinches double Gold In Olympic Eventing by louise Parkes

The gold medal-winning team from Germany.

Team and individual Gold Medalist Michael Jung riding Sam.

closing stages. There were just 12 clear rounds in the show jumping phase. mary King’s ride with imperial Cavalier kept the host nation’s hopes very much alive, but andrew nicholson and nereo matched that with a classy fault-free effort for new Zealand. however, when nicholson’s fellowcountryman, mark Todd, collected seven faults with Campino and Britain’s Tina Cook and miners Frolic picked up just a single time fault, the host nation was assured of silver and the Kiwis bronze. There was just one fence separating the top four in the individual final, and less than a The silver medal-winning British Eventing Team. 190 equine


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Sara Algotsson Ostholt riding Wega.

fence dividing the top three. Sweden’s algotsson Ostholt could afford only a single time fault, and seemed destined for the ultimate prize with her lovely mare, Wega, jumping quick and clean all the way. But as she explained afterward, she made a mistake on the last line of fences, which meant the difference between Olympic gold and silver, with Jung claiming the title. Germany’s auffarth won bronze. Karen O’Connor and mr. medicott would be the top scoring U.S. rider, finishing in ninth place. “it was a big dream for me to ride in my first Olympic Games, but every competition is very easy with Sam (his horse)—he always does a great job. i had hoped that if it all went perfectly we would have a medal coming to these Olympic Games, but never in my dreams did i think i would take home two gold medals!” said Jung.

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Team Germany repeaTed Their 2008 Olympic medal-winning performance when they claimed eventing team and individual gold at the London 2012 Olympic equestrian venue in Greenwich park. They clinched the team title even before their last rider went into the ring, and michael Jung set a new record in equestrian sport by becoming the first-ever event rider to hold Olympic, european, and World titles at the same time. after the team gold had been established, the battle for silver and bronze was waged between Great Britain, Sweden, and new Zealand, and it was the host nation that was eventually rewarded with silver while the Kiwis claimed bronze. it seemed that Sweden might be compensated for being pushed off the team medal podium when Sara algotsson Ostholt went into the individual final as the sole leader, after Germany’s ingrid Klimke left two rails on the floor in the team medal decider. But a last-fence error saw the Swede having to settle for silver, while Jung showed his extraordinary class to claim the gold, with his teammate Sandra auffarth securing individual bronze in equally convincing fashion. Less than 10 penalty points separated the four leading nations as team action began, and it was a super-tight battle between Britain and new Zealand in the

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Kristi Nunnink and R-Star won the CIC3*.

Kristi nunnink and R-star Win CIC3* at Rebecca Farm


Katherine Groesbeck and Oz the Tin Man took second place.

jumping courses. in the Training Three-Day a division, overnight leader pam fisher dropped a rail with Rigby to open the door for sarah haff and Defensive player to take home the blue ribbon. sarah started the weekend in fifth but made a steady climb up the leaderboard. in division B, erin Kellerhouse left all of the rails intact to maintain her lead with laurel Ritter and Mary Jo Bennett’s Raffaella. Both the advanced and CCi2* divisions wrapped up with only two competitors left to show jump. Geriann henderson took home the win in the advanced with Kingslee while florence Miller rode Tuscan sun to the win in the CCi2*. emilee libby and nonsensical won the CiC2*, Jennifer Mcfall and high Times led the victory gallop in the CCi1*, and Tiffany lunney rounded out the winners in the fei division aboard patent pending. Complete results are available at

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time allowed was Jolie Wentworth and The final phase aT The evenT Tracy Bowman’s GoodKnight. at Rebecca farm, held July 11-15 in “i thought [the course] was plenty Kalispell, MT, proved to be a test for big,” said Jolie. “i walked the course many riders, but in the adequan Usea and wondered if there was anything that Gold Cup CiC3* it did not change the wasn’t maxed out. as i said [earlier], overnight standings one bit. after the my horse is a really great show jumper. final horse crossed the finish line of i took a little extra time to walk the Richard Jeffery’s show jumping course, course so was late to warm-up, so i it was Kristi nunnink who came out on think i jumped about five fences. They top with R-star. weren’t ideal, but he is just a spectac“it has just been kind of magical actuular show jumper and just goes in there ally,” said Kristi. “she has been really and gives it his all. i was really thrilled.” good in all three phases—i couldn’t While the fei divisions were running be happier. in the main arena, two other arenas “i felt really comfortable coming into [stadium],” continued Kristi. “The jumps were going non-stop with horse trial and smartpak equine Usea Classic didn’t seem that big to me. i had seen series divisions tackling their own show some rough goes, but i wasn’t really too concerned as she really is a good show jumper.” Katherine Groesbeck and Oz the Tin Man dropped two rails but still managed to hold onto second position. “i am excited; i rode forward which i was happy with, but i wasn’t too happy with the two rails,” said Katherine. “for our first time at the level i am pretty satisfied with completing and getting a qualifying score.” The only pair in the CiC3* to leave all of the rails up in Geriann Henderson won the Advanced division with Kingslee. the cups and finish inside the CCI2* winners Florence Miller and Tuscan Sun. September 2012

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LARISSA BARILAR AND KLAUS SCHENGBER, who co-manage breeding at High Point Hanoverians in Chestertown, MD, have high hopes that Coeur Dashian (Coeur d’Amour x Starling) will dazzle the judges at the Dressage at Devon Breed Show, the largest horse breed show in North America, which runs from September 25-27, 2012.

PRESENTED BY… The California Dressage Society (CDS) is pleased to announce the return of as presenting sponsor of this year’s annual CDS Championship Show, to be held October 4-7, 2012. As the culmination of CDS’ year-long celebration of its 45th anniversary, these championships will be held at the beautiful Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC) in Burbank, CA, and will run in conjunction with the Great American/USDF Region 7 Championships and Breeders Championships West Coast Series Final. The show features almost $30,000 in prize money and awards, as well as the popular CDS Young Horse Futurity (including the Cal-Bred Futurity). For more information about 192 EQUINE


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“L”OOKING GOOD! Great Lakes Area Show Series (Glass-Ed) is the host for an “L” Education Program Part 1: The Judge’s Perspective. The program starts with Session “A” on September 15-16 in Kalamazoo, MI, with instructor Elizabeth Madlener. For more information, or to register, contact organizer Leslie Cash at Find more information about the “L” by emailing

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members to its already experienced and talented team. Hanna Hartman of Pottstown, PA, and Kathleen Ramey of Leesburg, VA, both bring extensive business experience to the position. Most recently, Hartman was a vice president and community office manager for National Penn Bancshares. Ramey brings extensive financial and administration experience. Currently, she is vice president of finance and administration for Computer Science Corporation. The third new board member, Glen Robinson of Lincoln University, PA, is currently vice president for Exelon Power Integration & Mitigation and has been the treasurer for Dressage at Devon for three years.

INSPECTION ALERT Oak Hill Ranch, the breeder of Heather Blitz’s Paragon, will hold its 10th Danish Warmblood Inspection on September 21, 2012, when representatives from the North American Danish Warmblood Association (NADWA) will inspect the breeding stock. “We are very proud to be able to stage another annual inspection of our U.S.-bred horses,” said Freeman, who is a founding member of the NADWA. Oak Hill Ranch’s four-year-old stallion, Ripline (Hotline/Blue Hors Cavan/Rambo), the first U.S.-bred Approved Danish Warmblood stallion, is currently in training with Heather Blitz in Florida. Visit for details.


(ABOVE) Topaz, a Kiger Mustang who competed successfully in dressage in the past, is a new four-legged therapist at the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville, WA. (LEFT) On June 26, 2012, Classic Sporthorses welcomed this beautiful colt, Armani. He is out of the Dutch mare, Eerste, and is by the now deceased Dutch stallion, LeFeu.

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Gurney SiGned The united States Dressage Federation (uSDF) is pleased to announce that two-time olympian and 2007 roemer Foundation/uSDF Hall of Fame inductee, Hilda Gurney, has been signed as the clinician for the 2013-2014 nutrena/ uSDF adult Clinic Series. The series will be begin in the spring of 2013 and run through the end of 2014, with a clinic in each of uSDF’s nine regions. Hilda Gurney is an Fei “i” Judge and large “r” Dressage Sport Horse Breeding judge as well as a decorated competitor. For more information about the nutrena®/ uSDF adult Clinic Series, or to find specific dates and locations for the series (available in January 2013), visit the uSDF website at, or, call the uSDF office at 859-971-2277.

CirClinG Around The Wisconsin Dressage & Combined Training association will be hosting a lunging of the Horse and lunging of the rider workshop on november 11-12 at Sunflower Farms in Bristol, Wi. Contact Stephanie Severn at hopefulfarm@ for details.

exCellenCe AChieved The united States Dressage Federation (uSDF) is pleased to announce that region 5 Young rider, Brandi roenick, and Weltino’s Magic were awarded this year’s Fiona Baan “Pursuit of excellence” Memorial Trophy by earning the highest combined average score by a Young rider in the three dressage tests. Seventeenyear-old roenick, of Scottsdale, aZ, and Jen Hlavacek’s 10-year-old Westphalian gelding, Weltino’s Magic, earned triple gold at this year’s uSDF/Platinum Performance north american Junior & Young rider Dressage Championships (MaJYrC) at the adequan/Fei north american Junior & Young rider Championships presented by Gotham north. roenick reigned supreme in the Fei Young rider Division with an overall combined average of 72.482%. She secured a hat trick with three top finishes by earning 70.500% in the Team Test, 74.947% in the individual Test, and 72.000% in the Freestyle. For more information about the naJYrC, the Fiona Baan “Pursuit of excellence” Memorial Trophy, or the roemer Foundation/uSDF Hall of Fame, visit the uSDF website at

the quality of competition at dressage at lexington is always high, with a strong showing of both amateur and professional riders.

Dressage at Lexington Features the Sporting Horse Amateur Challenge BY DeBBie roDriGueZ

This was a banner year for Dressage at Lexington. The heat wave broke the day before horses started to arrive, and competitors enjoyed a pleasant mountain breeze as storms went around the Virginia horse Center for all three days of the show. The show, held July 13-15, had strong entries in both quantity and quality. over 400 horses and riders met up to test their skills. The sport horse division, judged by Dinah babcock, filled the

coliseum friday, starting with a strong Under saddle division. high Valley hanoverians and annette Coleman came on strong with the four-year-old gelding Don frederic hVh winning the four- and fiveyear-old colts and geldings Materiale class with a score of 80%. Their winning streak continued with the filly Champion rebelienne, a fancy, black 2009 filly by rotspon. The Virginia Tech foundation

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BiG hit Sandro Hit was a big hit as the surprise guest at the 50th birthday party for Dr. ulf Möller. The party, attended by about 100 people, was at the mare and foal station under renovation near Performance Sales international in Hagen, Germany. ulf rode Sandro Hit to be the 1999 German and World champion. The stallion is now 19 years old.

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continued from page 193 continued a long tradition of success with their breeding program as students exhibited the broodmare Flambeau to the Mare Championship. Rebecca Splan introduced the VA Tech students to the show ring by having them exhibit some of the school’s breeding stock at Lexington. The mares and foals from the program have become a regular fixture in the championship classes over the years. Approximately 100 amateur riders entered the popular Sporting Horse Amateur Challenge. The Challenge, or SHAC as is commonly known, was sponsored by the Horse of Course this year. Started about 15 years ago with classes just at Training and First levels, it now is hotly contested through the

FEI levels as well. It is an opportunity for amateur riders to compete at a great venue among their peers. They ride two or three classes over the weekend with the scores averaged to determine the winner. This year, Amanda Harper on her horse, Perfect Timing, clinched the win in the First Level SHAC, when they trotted down the center, the first ride of the day on Sunday, and scored a whopping 73.226% in First Level Test 3. The Prix St. Georges Challenge is another Lexington tradition that draws

The success of Dressage at Lexington lies in the hands of the many volunteers that contribute their time to the horse show.

the riders. This year, Alex Robertson on Rocher, a 16.3 hand, bay Westphalian gelding took the lead over last year’s winner Babsi Niehardt-Clark on Vodina. His powerhouse ride earned a 72.237%. Sponsors Ron and Susan St. Onge started the class nearly 20 years ago and now keep the tradition alive in memory of their favorite horse, George.

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WHAT CAN ONE SAy ABOuT A BEST friend and companion…a friend that is sensitive and intuitive and a friend who is there at all times? This is my wonderful friend, Piaget. Piaget is a beautiful or (one should say handsome) 17 hand bay Bavarian Warmblood with the largest chocolate brown eyes that will melt even the non horse person’s heart. But, in those big beautiful eyes are intelligence, kindness, and most of all, the knowledge of the 27 years of training and taking care of his “human.” In those eyes are the love and kindness of a schoolmaster. Being an older novice dressage rider (if one could claim such), I have been given an opportunity of a lifetime to lease an upper level FEI schoolmaster, and what an experience. I could journal endlessly what my master teaches me with every ride, from cantering properly to “oops…that was a flying lead change” (accidental on my part, of course). But, what I can most equate it to is that older, wiser friend who is a caregiver, the friend that is with you through good 194 equine


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times and bad. Actually, this caregiver instructs you through the motions. It becomes clear why someone falls in love with these magnificent creatures and the discipline. I am sure Piaget, when traveling from Germany as a 12-year-old, did not realize that he and his talented young owner, Kathryn, would travel up the dressage pyramid to FEI level, regional championships and nearly landing a spot on the young Riders team. But, time marching on, and Kathryn needing to pursue her education, has led to my being granted time with this lovely “old soul.” Being somewhat of an “old soul” myself, I realize every moment and lesson is invaluable. Every lesson from Piaget demands proper seat position, and he responds to the slightest leg change, “oh…does mean a cue… canter, counter canter?” The unspoken dressage language seems endless. But, my old man is patient and kind with all of my foibles. He looks at me with his soft eye, and I can see him say, “No, it’s like this.”

Before I end this testimony on the value of a schoolmaster, please be patient as to let me share with you that Piaget took me to my first recognized show this May. you can only imagine the insecurities felt by this grandmother/ school counselor. Not one counseling technique that I have acquired or used in my many years could calm the feeling in my stomach before my first test. As I climbed on and headed to the warm up arena my mind buzzed with the thoughts of why am I here or how could I possibly impersonate a dressage contender? I should be home knitting or something as such. But, showing in a recognized uSDF show with people who know this foreign world of dressage…this is crazy!! I will tell you it was amazing. My wonderful old boy looked back at me with a twinkle in his eye and what seemed like a smile by his bit, and I did what he instructed. Feeling the connection my old salt took me through the motions, which led to a ribbon of every color. This, my friend, is the value of a schoolmaster. So when that little girl begs for what my depression-aged parents called a “hay burner,” and she is not quite sure where the love of this creature came from but only it had been there from the time she remembers, do not disregard that older equine with the softest most loving and forgiving eye. The knowledge, connection and love of a schoolmaster are invaluable!

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Caitlin Reed aboard the Lippitt Morgan mare, Hortons Bay Beauty.

JANE MYERS OF ASH ROYALTY Lippitt Morgans in Centralia, MO, sent in this photo of their new colt by Mint Jacob and out of Covenant Elizah Moro.

WAY TO GO! Thirteen-year-old Caitlin Reed and Lippitt Morgan mare, Hortons Bay Beauty, had a great outing at the Missouri State Fair Horse Show from July 31 to August 4. They received five good-placing ribbons out of six classes—with classes as large as 40! They came home with a second place in reining, and also competed in showmanship, English and western horsemanship, and English and western pleasure. Hortons Bay Beauty is owned by Jane Myers of Ash Royalty Lippitt Morgans in Centralia, MO.

STAYING BUSY The Lippitt Morgan Horse Registry, Inc. has been busy promoting the Lippitt Morgan

gene pool with ads, promotions, and many one-on-one conversations with new people who previously didn’t know the Lippitt Morgan horse existed! This November 1-3, The Lippitt Morgan Horse Registry will again have a presence at the three-day Small Farm Today Trade Show in Columbia, MO. This is a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday event related to sustainable farming and all heritage American farm animals and plants/seeds. The registry will have a Lippitt Morgan present each day and will also have demonstrations and a half-hour presentation about the Lippitt Morgan. They welcome anyone in the area to go to the event and stop by their booth to gather up Lippitt

Congratulations to 13-year-old Lisa Teresa Mauriello, of Montague, NJ, and Crossfires Desert Rose, who were the Morgan Open High Point Award winners at the June Windy Hollow Hunt Dressage show on June 8-10 and also at the Sussex Dressage Show on July 21-22.

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GRAND NATIONAL 2012: GOLD MEDAL PROGRAM The American Morgan Horse Association is happy to announce that all Gold Medal finals winners at the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show® will be

awarded a beautiful leather halter as a tangible reminder of their great accomplishment. The halter will be in addition to the gold medal, cooler, plaque, and other commemorative memorabilia each winner receives. This year’s Grand National will take place October 6-13 in Oklahoma City, OK, and will be a horse show to remember! For more information, go to, or look for the show on Facebook!

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Kristen smith takes top honors at USEF Saddle Seat Adult Medal Final Kristen smith of smithfield, KY, rode stephens College’s Who needs mama through heavy downpours to the championship win in the United states equestrian federation (Usef) saddle seat Adult Amateur medal final, under the tutelage of Zubrod stables. the final took place friday, July 13, as part of the lexington Junior league Charity horse show in lexington, KY. “it was very wet, but definitely worth it in the end,” said smith, a member of 2012 U.s. saddle seat Kristen Smith and Who Needs Mama took to the World Cup team heading to Parys, championship win in the USEF Saddle Seat Adult south Africa in december. A very talented group of riders from Amateur Medal Final. tn, and Paul Boone from Concord, nC. across the country performed on the smith not only took home the rail as a group and completed an indiChampion title, she also received a vidual pattern created by the judges. beautiful cast resin sculpture created by the judging panel was lisa Waller from noted artist, Patricia Crane, a freedman heiskell, tn, Bill Waller from heiskell,

harness handcrafted leather bag, the traditional Usef Gold medal, and a bouquet of roses. she also received a championship cooler and an engraved leather halter for her mount. the reserve champion in the final was Katie moeller, riding Virtual Volcano. third place went to taylor deer, riding tanbark heiress. fourth place went to Ashley Baird of hinsdale, il, aboard Cf night. fifth place went to Alexis Pearson of salisbury, mA, aboard tommy Bahama. sixth place went to dr. morgan Wolin of Chicago, il, aboard rhythm latte. seventh place went to sally mcewen of Birmingham, Al, aboard trussardi. eighth place went to Jennifer mcGowan of Cross lanes, WV, aboard heir Brained scheme. ninth place went to Katie BartlettPagan of owensboro, KY, aboard Bartlett’s retail therapy. tenth place went to dana daveo of new York, nY, aboard the martini shot. for more information about the medal final, contact Jennifer mellenkamp, Usef director of national Affiliates at, or call 859-225-6955.

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Chester Weber and his team in the marathon phase at the CAI Beekbergen.

Chester Weber is making headlines again after driving his team to an impressive fourth place overall at the prestigious CAI Beekbergen in Beekbergen, Holland. Weber and his horses, which he co-owns with Jane Forbes Clark, managed to take the top four when he swapped his lead horses between the dressage and the marathon phases. “I think it was a risk, but [they] rose to the occasion,” Weber commented.

ON THE LIST The following drivers have recently been short listed by USEF for the 2012 FEI World Para Equestrian Driving Championship for Singles: Karen Gorham, Grade II; Pam Johnson, Grade II; and Diane Kastama, Grade I. Stay tuned in coming months to learn about the

outcome of the event, which is set to take place in Breda, The Netherlands, August 30 through September 2.

ABE LINCOLN’S DRIVING APPEARANCE The Columbus Horse & Carriage Festival was held June 16 and 17 in Columbus, WI, offering something for everyone. Driving enthusiasts flocked to the event to participate in the horse and carriage competition, while nonequine enthusiasts were able to enjoy Civil War reenactments, a parade, period dance, music, costumed actors, and residents. The event was such a big hit that even Abraham Lincoln made an appearance, driving a pair of black Gelderlanders!

AUTUMN’S ARRIVAL My Lady’s Manor Driving Club will be celebrating Fall Day in the Park on October 28 in

Winterstown, PA. Attendees will be able to enjoy a day of riding and driving on the trails and participate in a potluck social throughout the course of the event. For more information, email or call Sue Fair at 410-239-7196 or 410-812-2498.

DRIVE WITH THE NATION’S BEST Also coming up, mark your calendar for The National Drive, to be held October 9-14 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. This event is devoted exclusively to recreational equine driving and has been a success for the past seven years. A series of clinics, demonstrations, and private driving lessons will be included within the event, and it will feature a list of the nation’s top driving experts, including Mary Ruth Marks, Melissa Boyd, Muffy

Seaton, and Stacey Giere. For more information, visit

EDUCATION CONNECTION The American Driving Society recently announced that the Hoopes-Addis Education Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to financially support carriage driving educational activities, is partnering with the driving program within the Equine Studies Department at Delaware Valley College. This new partnership will help to ensure that all funds received are used strictly towards educational purposes.

ADS MEMBERS MEETING Lastly, be sure to mark your calendar for the ADS’ annual Members Meeting, September 28-30 at the Candlewood Inn in Fitchburg, WI. The event will feature clinics with Jeff Morse, Boots Wright, and much more!

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MEREDITH AND STACEY GIERE OF Maple Crest Farm in Brecksville, OH, donated the use of their facilities for the Western Reserve Carriage Association (WRCA) CAA Proficiency Evaluation Weekend, July 6-8. CAA evaluator, Jerry Trapani, of East Ipslip, NY, braved the record heat to check WRCA members on their driving knowledge and skill and later gave a presentation explaining the various levels of the Proficiency Program. And Brant Giere discussed modern vehicle maintenance and demonstrated how to install and grease new wheel bearings. The event, organized by WRCA President Henry Rish, drew 10 proficiency candidates. Striving for their Level 1 certification were Meredith Giere, Stacey Giere, Sunny Jones, Cathy Rhoades, Susan Burrows, Linda Ickes, Carol Millhoan, Henry Rish, Kay Rish, and Mary Thomas. The Proficiency Weekend was one way for WRCA to meet its goal of educating members to be better, safer carriage drivers. Funds for this and other educational opportunities have

Jon and Nancy Roemer driving their Fjords.

been raised through the Bowman Leather Carriage Show Harness raffle. A few tickets are still available for $10 a piece and may be obtained through the website The drawing will be held at this year’s National Drive. September is shaping up as a very busy month for WRCA. Leading off activities will be the return of the popular Byers Woods Drive, near Ashland, OH. Scheduled for Saturday, September 8, the event will be hosted by Jeff and Mary Ann Tock.

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Black Swamp Driving Club Remains busy throughout autumn months Submitted by roger higginS Jr.

FALL IS HERE, BuT THE BLACK Swamp Driving Club has a very busy event calendar for the remaining driving season. We have added a new drive and updated some events already confirmed with new information. The Annual Banquet has been confirmed. It will be held at the Royal Buffet in Findlay, OH, on November 11. The buffet has something for everyone, even beef and other entrees for the land lovers. We will meet at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. We are having the auction again this year, so everyone please bring your donated 198 equine


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items to make this a success and a fun part of the activities. The Board of Directors has some other ideas to make this a great year-end event, so please plan to attend. We have added a new drive as well. The Emmons and Higgins Families are hosting the Mohican Wilderness Drive in Loudenville, OH. This area is truly beautiful and relaxing. It’s a great place to drive. The club has often talked about a two-day event, so we have submitted this drive to see how it is received. We can arrive on the evening of October 19, and we have the rest of the weekend

The Hilltoppers Drive, September 16, combines a foxhunt with a carriage drive. After the return of the morning’s hunt, riders and drivers will enjoy a potluck lunch together before the carriages roll. Jon and Nancy Roemer’s farm near Dover, OH, provides a wonderful venue for both groups. Roger and Susan Murray invite WRCA members to join drivers from the Black Swamp Driving Club on September 23 for the annual Coonhunters Drive, held near Tiffin, OH. The drive features both a sixmile and a four-mile route over very rural roads and along the historic Sandusky River. Check for more details and directions to drive locations. Congratulations go out to several members for their recent achievements. Margaret Shenker, Debbie Schuster, and Carol Millhoan turned in winning performances while Wendy Pengal picked up a second at the Metamora CDE June 15-17. At the Elk Creek CDE Bob Burrows was second in Training Horse Pair while Pam Hess and Donna Crookston each earned honors in their divisions. Bev Patrick earned second with her pair at the Gladstone HDT. Correction: In the July issue, we ran a photo with an incorrect caption. The photo above should have been used instead.

at the campground. There are two hotels located near the drive location for those who don’t want to camp. The drive location is right along the Mohican River. The BSDC newsletter will have more details and directions. If anyone has questions, call Julie Emmons at 740-361-3885 or Roger Higgins Jr. at 740-251-7193. There is new information regarding the Maumee Bay Sleigh Festival. There are new flyers that just came out, so watch for details and updates of this event in the newsletter. If anyone has pictures or news that you would like to place in the article, please email me at or call me at 740-251-7193. The club always extends an open invitation to the public to come and join us. We have a good time and always keep safety a priority. We have a lot going on, so come and check us out.

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Our condolences go out to Dana and Brittany Desiderio of Desiderio Ltd, on the loss of Grand Canyon. The 1994 gelding was a staple in the Desiderios’ lesson program, teaching many beginning riders the ropes.

CONDOLENCES Our condolences go out to Madeline Western on the loss of her mare, Navigators Elegant KC. Together they had many national titles in both the working hunter and hunt seat equitation divisions and showed successfully on the open circuit.

THIRTY YEARS STRONG Congratulations to Beth Thomas of Stone Hollow Sport Horses and her husband, Greg! The couple recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

BUDDING STAR Rebecca McGown, longtime Arabian horse enthusiast and youngest daughter of Cindy McGown and Mark David of Royal Arabians, is celebrating the release of her first album with Invictus Records. She will also be performing live during the Arabian Breeder Finals in Scottsdale, AZ, this October.

HEADED OVERSEAS Congratulations to Adil Abdulrahman Mustafa of Iraq on the purchase of Bint Ali Rabah (Suad El Lysaan X Ali Rabah) from Courtney Arabians in Ottumwa, IA, with the assistance of Honeysuckle Rose North Select Arabian Sales!

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Congratulations to Denise Cosutto and Tamara Torti on the birth of Landinair GOA (Landkonig x Caraechstrodinair). This Half-Arabian colt is also a registered Hanoverian. Tamara tells us that “Landinair already shows a joy for jumping, along with three uphill and expressive gaits very suitable for dressage. We love this colt and have plans to breed for another one in 2014.” September 2012



TAMARA TORTI’S EXCEPCHANEL (Escudo II x Caraechstrodinair) has had an impressive show season thus far, being named both the Region 3 Champion in Half-Arabian Sport Horse Mares In-Hand, Amateur to Handle, and the Pacific Coast Half-Arabian Sport Horse Mares In-Hand Amateur to Handle Champion with Johanna Constance on the line.


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the 4 13 ranch would like to send out congratulations to elphiro tiger (saphiro X MG elliza) and Jack shea! Jack purchased tiger from the ranch last summer. this July, the pair participated in endure For the Cure to benefit the Susan G Komen Foundation. tiger and Jack finished first on Saturday’s 12-mile course and tied for first on Sunday. Great job!

New PArtNershiP Congratulations to lori Conway on the purchase of Hollywood Gold Digger from Keith Tracy in Cave Creek, aZ. “Digger” is a four-year-old Half-arabian reining gelding who has already earned a Scottsdale Top Ten and regional Championship.

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[LEFT] Rachel Ory took wins aboard Lorca in the $4,000 Level Four Open Futurity and the $2,000 Level Two Open Futurity at Reining By the Bay. [RIGHT] Bill Thomas and Wimpy’s Best Jac won the $5,000 Level Four Open Derby and the $2,500 Level Two Open Derby.

DOUBLE WINS Congratulations to Rachel Ory on her wins in the $4,000 Level Four Open Futurity and the $2,000 Level Two Open Futurity at Reining By The Bay. Ory, the assistant trainer for Tom Pierson Training in South Boardman, MI, rode Peter Phinny’s Lorca to tie with Jose Vasquez in the $4,000 Futurity. (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) PHOTOS: IMAGEWORKS, IMAGEWORKS, COURTESY OF OMEGA FIELDS, COURTESY OF OMEGA FIELDS/FLETCH PHOTOGRAPHY


Maren Ludemann riding Darlin Feature. Bill Thomas, Jr. also topped Cadyn Ludemann riding Jus Getting It Done at the PRCA the leaderboard at Reining Pro Rodeo in Hamel, MN.. By The Bay, earning wins in Barrel Race, part of the NRF reining show. This was the the $5,000 Level Four Open Reining Championships will be Tour held in Winona, MN, July first time competing for Derby and the $2,500 Level held at the Ariat® Tulsa Reining 8-10. Maren also placed in the Two Open Derby with the both riders! Classic on August 30-31 in Tulsa, 1D group at the event. At the six-year-old gelding, Wimpy’s OK. Be sure to check this section Cowgirl Tuff Tri State Futurity, Best Jac. Thomas trains reining for an update on the event in a ALL IN THE FAMILY Derby & Open Barrel Race, July and reining cow horses out future issue of Equine Journal! Maren Ludemann and her 13-15, in Winona, MN, both of Saginaw, MI, and has Also, USEF is now accepting daughter, Cadyn, have both riders placed in the money; and placed top 10 in the nation in bids to host the 2013 Adequan/ been busy at Minnesota and lastly, Maren placed second at both disciplines. USEF National Open Reining Wisconsin barrel racing events. the August 2-3 Jackson County Championships. The event will The mother-daughter team Fair Open Rodeo in Black River take place between June 1 started off their summer REINING DEBUT Falls, WI. and November 1, 2013, and is competing in the Professional Arballo Reining Horses of San required to be a CRI3* or CRI4* Rodeo Cowboy Association 32nd Diego, CA, wishes to congratuand may be held in conjunction Hamel Rodeo, held July 5-8 in late Linda Dalton for taking a USEF’S UPCOMING EVENTS with an existing reining compeHamel, MN, where Cadyn took win aboard Arrows Misty Jet, The United States Equestrian tition. Interested in holding it first place in the Novice division. and Pat Hart and Eddies Hickory Federation (USEF) recently in your hometown? Email Leah Then, Cadyn took first place in for placing second at Willow announced that the 2012 Oliveto at three events at the B. Tuff Open Glen Equestrian Centre’s July 14 Adequan/USEF National Open September 2012



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exceeding expectations Highlights from Reining By The Bay 2012 By alden Corrigan

2012 Merial RSnC national Finals Draw 6,056 Teams to Oklahoma City Fairgrounds The RanCh SORTing naTiOnaL Championships (RSnC) hosted the 2012 Merial RSnC national Finals in Oklahoma City, OK, on July 3-8, 2012 in conjunction with Battle in the Saddle. This outstanding event accommodated 6,056 teams and had payouts of $298,649 (excluding saddles and other prizes). The RSnC finals was an enormous success and broke many records, and the growth in the sport continues to exceed expectations. Last year in ardmore, OK, at the hardy Murphy Coliseum, RSnC had 4,093 teams participate over the course of six days. This year RSnC Lisa White and Larry Newport sorting. had a 50% increase in Ranch Sorting cowboy mounted shooting, cutting, participation. ranch pleasure, ranch remuda chalRSnC was very happy to be a part lenge, roping, versatility ranch horse, of the Battle in the Saddle line-up of and working cow horse competition. events, with the likes of barrel racing, 204 equine


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$15,000 Added Level 4 Non Pro Derby winners Tish Fappani and Premier Diamond.

Derby and were third in the $20,000 added Level 4 Open Derby, behind andrea Fappani on Smoking Whiz and Matt Mills on Freckles got a Shiner. Tish Fappani and her Premier Diamond captured the top spot once again in the Markel $15,000 added Level 4 non Pro Derby. and, following his wife’s lead was andrea Fappani, who marked a 231.5 in the $20,000 added Level 4 Markel Open Derby with Silver Spurs’ Smoking Whiz.

Monday started with a line of trailers all the way back to the main road, ready to check in. People were greeted with maps, coupons, horse fans, buckets full of goodies, and help unloading horses, tack, and feed to stalls. Tuesday kicked off the event with classes, and Wednesday was the longest day with lots of classes and teams, and a great dance sponsored by SF Quarter horses. Thursday was the first of two finals for contestants, and it was a great night to see some fantastic sorting. Friday was a continuation of classes and ended with the Producer’s Dinner and the official unveiling of the Ranch Sorting national Championships Song by Barry Ward. Saturday saw some great sorting, and Sunday was the finale with Cowboy Church by Open Range Ministries, and more classes and finals. For more information on the Ranch Sorting national Championships, visit

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Reining By The Bay, held July 18-22, saw Kim Muehlstaetter and her Custom Smart mark a 143.5 in the $10,000 added Level 4 non Pro Futurity, in which they were named champions. Muehlstaetter also went on to take the reserve spot after Tish Fappani in the non Pro Level 4 Derby on Daddy Day Care. in the $33,000 Markel non Pro Derby, Lauren Booth swept every division she $5,000 Added Level 3 Open Futurity winners Tanya was eligible for, winning the Jenkins and Gunnit. $10,000 added Level 3 non Pro Derby, the $2,000 added Open Futurity on gunnit (gunner Prime Time non Pro Derby, the $4,000 x Dunnits Cowgirl) and West Coast Level 2 non Pro Derby, and the $2,000 electric (electric Motion x West Coast added Level 1 non Pro Derby on her Bubbles), respectively. six-year-old, Brennas Dream. in the $42,000 added Markel Open also successful at the show was Derby, no Wimpy Cowboys and Jenkins Tanya Jenkins, who earned first and won the $10,000 added Level 3 Open second in the $5,000 added Level 3

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CEE ME BEE DYNAMIC, “PETE,” a registered Quarter Horse with a history in western pleasure, is a new equine therapist at the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville, WA.


CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Mindy Lee and her Quarter Horse stallion, Leo Bar Star Jingles, on their placings at the Westark Horse Show held July 14 in Lavaca, AR. Leo won Ranch Pleasure under one judge and received second place under another, then went on to place well in the Hunter Under Saddle class, Stallion Halter, Trail, and English Equitation.

NEWS FROM UP NORTH Patricia Inskip made the 14-hour trek from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to West Springfield, MA, to attend her first Region 6 show and was happy to report that she and her horse, Sweet

Blue Shadow, qualified for the World Show due to her reserve standing in Novice Amateur Hunter Under Saddle. She and “Willow” also placed second in Green Hunter Under Saddle, resulting in a third place for the region. Joining her was barnmate Roxanne Carter Thompson of Prince Edward Island, who is trying to qualify her mare, Sheza Lil Asset for Quarter Horse Congress, as well as Paget Houston, of Trenton, Nova Scotia. Roxanne received top ten placings in Showmanship, top five Regional Champion in Halter, and made the finals in Horsemanship and

Hunter Under Saddle. Paget earned firsts, thirds, fourths, a fifth, and a seventh in her classes in Halter, Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, and Hunt Seat Equitation with Sumac Sheza Pickle. Their overall results for the Region 6 portion of the show included a third place medal in Showmanship, a third place medal in Western Horsemanship, a fifth place medal in Halter, and a sixth place medal in Hunter Under Saddle. Riding Electric Range, Raylene MacPhearson placed first under both judges in Novice Youth Western Pleasure, earning her Novice Achievement Award and qualityfing for the Youth Rookie of the Year Award for Nova Scotia. The teams ride with Lope-m-Slow Quarter Horses and thank Darren Boswall, Ryan Burnett, Carol Houston, and Jeff LeBlanc for their help in making the trip a success.

REGION 6 DEBUT Myrna Steeves of New Brunswick also made the long drive to

Region 6 with her own Question Me Good—the duo is making their debut in English classes this year and were happy with their outcome at the show!

SHOWING OQHA THE WAY The Ohio Quarter Horse Association (OQHA) welcomes Chris Cecil Darnell as their newest President, after former President, Dr. Scott Myers, was promoted to the role of Executive Director. Darnell served on the OQHA Board of Directors for eight years, and is also a past president of the Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association, where she continues to serve as treasurer. She also sits on the NSBA Board of Directors and serves on the AQHA Shows and Professional Horsemen Committees. Her family owns and operates Cecil Breeding Farm; Darnell herself owns Simply Show Services LLC, a show management company used by numerous shows, including the Reichert Celebration, NSBA Show Your Colors, and the Southern Belle Invitation, among many other shows in Ohio.

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Team italy Takes the Win At the 2012 Youth World Cup

Emily Winegar riding MDB Uno Momento, captured two bronze medals in reining for Team USA.


The 2012 AmericAn QuArTer horse Youth World cup in Kreuth, Germany, which ended on July 28 with the second day of all-around competition, saw international teams vie for medals in Western Pleasure, horsemanship, Trail, Western riding, and Showmanship. Team Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sophia raschat and Team Austriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reneĂŠ Brieger both finished the event with success. eighteenyear-old raschat from munich, for whom this was the fourth Youth World cup, won the second show in Western Pleasure, with cmJoys Lotta radical (radical revolution-Luxurys First by Lotta Luxury; owned by marleen Van de Put of Belgium) and also claimed the title in hunter under Saddle.

ÂŤ With 65 points, Team Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sophia Raschat was crowned the 2012 Youth World Cup High Point Rider.

in Western Pleasure, Team Luxembourgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Liz Stors and cant Stop Talkin (Sweet Talkin chip-elite motions x The elite Feature; owned by Zoe Pauly

of Luxemborg) placed second, and Team Germanyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daniela Wagner-Winter and One hP (A new Perspective-Sheri hollywood x Boston revolution; owned by roberto Arditi of italy) were third. in hunter under Saddle, Team Luxembourgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sylvie Peters and cant Stop Talkin placed second, with Team israelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tal rainer and WB Diamond Dawn (cL Sierra Serenade-Silent Dweena x Silent chaffer; owned by christine Petersen of Germany) following in third place. read additional class coverage at -Courtesy of The American Quarter horse Journal


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Large Animal Emergency Response Training Still a Hot Topic Submitted by Shea Porr, Phd

EmErgEncy prEparEdnEss isn’t something most people think of, particularly where their animals are concerned, until disaster strikes. in the midst of a crisis, they wish they’d been better prepared. Even afterward, the memory of the need fades quickly and people often still aren’t prepared when it happens again. Virginia cooperative Extension has been working with first responders and animal industry groups, including the Virginia Horse council, to try and encourage people to be ready before it happens to them. One of the programs conducted annually in Virginia is the technical Large animal Emergency rescue (tLaEr) training. this year, nearly 100 firefighters, animal control officers, veterinarians and horse owners from Virginia and surrounding states participated in the 2012 tLaEr trainings held in Henrico and middleburg in June. during this three-day event, participants engaged in discussions on various topics, including animal handling and manipulation, trailer safety and incident management, barn fire response, and how to deal with down or trapped animals. they also participated in hands-on training in simulated exercises covering typical emergency incidents. Only a quarter of those participating

had ever had training in handling large animals during emergencies before this program, but nearly half of them had been involved in an incident with one—mostly animals trapped in fences or holes, or in relation to a trailer accident on the road. during this training, participants learned most about using not only specialized large animal rescue gear, but also about how to use equip-

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ment that comes on most fire trucks in a large animal rescue. they also learned how to handle large animals, including where to stand and how to manipulate the limbs safely, which increased their comfort level in being around and dealing with them. indeed, nearly three-quarters of the participants became more comfortable handling and being around horses as a result of this training, which may facilitate a faster, more successful rescue in the future. comments included, “tomas and rebecca (the instructors) are awesome! they are down-to-earth and approach situations practically and realistically!” and “great class! i learned more at this training than i have in 12 years of being an animal control officer!” since 2009, nearly 500 participants have been involved in nine sessions of this training. these events have been supported by such groups as the Virginia Horse council and the Virginia Horse industry Board as well as local and state businesses with an interest in the horse industry. Visit for more information on this training, or contact dr. shea porr at cporr@ or your local extension office for information on programs in your area. For more information on the Virginia Horse council, visit

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ohio arabian & all Breed trail society Has Good Outing at 2012 Celebration suBMitted BY MiCKie newnaM

Sjaantje and Suzy Stafford with owner, Gail Aumiller, during the Advanced FEI #9 test at the Susquehanna Valley Whips & Wheels Horse Driving Trial in June.

International Friesian show Horse association Sjaantje and Suzy Stafford Earn Prestigious Title suBMitted BY gareth selwood

Linda Wainwright and Diamond Tie Tac.

Show ReSultS the ride results for the Celebration are as follows: 50 Mile Middleweight division: 1. Patty deMott (also Best arab); 2. Mary Mast (also Best half arab); 3. Kim andrea. lightweight division: 1. theresa heger (also Best of the rest); 2. lorelei heineman; 3. Melissa wagoner; 4. Becky McCarty. overall: Ch: Patty deMott; res: Mary Mast. 25 Sunday Junior division: 1. Bailey Clark. lightweight division: 1. Mary west (also Best Pinto). Middleweight division: 1. leah Palestrant; 2. danusia Casteel. heavyweight division: 1. deb henderhan. Best of the rest: 1t. Bailey Clark; 1t. deb henderhan. overall: Ch: deb henderhan; res: leah Palestrant. 25 Saturday Junior division: 1. shelby Moucha. lightweight division: 1. Millie turner; 2. amy Yatsko; 3. Kelly Moucha (also Best arab).

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Becky McCarty and Fadbai Fanatic. Middleweight division: 1. Jessica herrmann (also Best of the rest); 2. linda wainwright (also Best half-arab); 3. danusia Casteel; 4. terry Boylan. heavyweight: 1. diana Mcdonald. overall: Ch: Jessica herrmann; res: linda wainwright. novice division 1: 1. greg Monsanty (also Best half arab); 2. terri hadlock (also Best arab); 3. Kathy gaddis; 4. ron latorre; 5. Patti Cerano; 6. Kimba Justice. novice division 2: 1. sara shimko; 2. Candace Carlson; 3. althea Boryk; 4. Jenny stein; 5. rob Pilskin; 6. samantha terry; 7. david Boryk. novice Junior division: 1. tessa Pipcak (also Best tennessee walker); 2. Ciara Brinkerhoff; 3. austin thompson; .4. hannah stein. novice overall Ch: tessa Pipcak; res: greg Monsanty. Recreational Distance saturday: Janet Brown; Carolyn Jones; Pius Felder; Manuela Felder; Kimba Justice; Jordyne shaver. sunday: vivian stefanchik; Carolyn sullivan; Mollie eastwood; Kathy Coddfield; Joanne Fassbender.

gaIL aumILLer’s seveN-year-oLd mare, sjaantje (tsjerk X ritse), the 2011 useF Friesian driving National Champion, the 2011 International Friesian show Horse association (IFsHa) National Champion Carriage Pleasure driving working single Horse in both open and amateur classes by unanimous judges decision, and the 2011 IFsHa grand Nationals winner of the anita mellot Perpetual High Point driving trophy, has added yet another honor to her growing list. on July 7, 2012, sjaantje and whip/trainer, suzy stafford, earned their final two points of the required 10 for the Friesian Horse association of North america/ KFPs (royal Friesian Horse studbook) driving Predicate title of “sport” by scoring a 67.6% in the FeI advanced Level #9 driven dressage test. the driving predicate title is a new KFPs/FHaNa program here in North america and requires earning 10 points by scoring above 60% in the FeI #9 driven dressage tests before an “r” judge in a 100 x 40 m arena. sjaantje’s scores ranged from a 64.4% to a 71.6%, and her 10 points were earned in just six tests. For more information on the IFsHa, visit

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Last summer was waterLogged for members of the ohio arabian and all Breed trail society (oaats) and this summer, for the most part, we can’t buy a rainstorm. For those of you who weren’t at the 20th annual Celebration 2012 Competitive trail ride on July 6-8, it was hot and dry, but we managed to have a good time anyway. everyone rode smart and took care of their horses and no horses, riders or staff had to be treated, which is pretty good for a heat index of about 105 degrees or so. sunday was better, with one nonheat-related issue. High dollar tripped, sending the rider, steve stoffer, flying. Last we heard from missy, his shoulder wasn’t broken but badly sprained and maybe torn. Hopefully by the time you read this he will be recovered, or at least well on the way. we recently had a nice surprise, too; those of us who have known Jo for years remember her riding her mare oreo. oreo has a different owner now and he brought her out to the ride. they did quite well too, winning reserve in the Novice ride. It is always nice to see former distance horses pop up to show newbies the ropes. that’s it for this month; we hope to see everyone at the Cracked oaats Crunch on september 15-16.

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American Friesian Association Dedicated to the Friesian Horse Submitted by Button Lee

Thanks to a dedicated group of individuals who love the Friesian horse, the American Friesian Association has been formed. The American Friesian Association (AFA) was organized to preserve and promote the purebred Friesian horse in America, to promote the Friesian Derivative horse in America, and to serve the owners of these horses. The AFA is committed to the breed standard of the purebred Friesian horse, as interpreted from the Friesch Paarden Stamboek (FPS) with regard to the needs of American owners for a healthy, sound horse suitable for performance in the current equestrian world. Our goal is to maintain the beauty and uniqueness of the Friesian horse, as it has been known throughout history. The AFA is also committed to high standards of quality, integrity, honesty, and fairness for all horses and members. The founders recognized the evergrowing demand for an American-based registry for the Friesian. The AFA wishes to register purebred and partbred Friesians while providing equal and fair representation for all horses and owners while maintaining the quality and integrity of the breed. The AFA was born out of a need for an American registry with American rules; and for owners who have felt like they deserved a registry that they believed in, and did not feel so distant and out of reach. There was a need for a registry whose interest lies in promoting the Americanbred and owned horses, offering them attainable goals, and allowing for equality for all purebred Friesians. The AFA will honor horses of quality through breed inspections and predicate levels, and we have built these standards into our rules. The AFA will view all purebred registered Friesians as equals, offering the ability to earn predicates and status to all horses based on their individual quality and ability. Inspections will be done using a “blind judging” system, meaning that the horse’s pedigree, owner, trainer, and other information will not be

disclosed to the judge(s) prior to their being judged and receiving their scores. For those owners who wish to breed their horses, AFA will offer pedigree information, inspection results, and performance scores to empower them to make wise breeding decisions. The AFA understands that many purebred Friesian owners may not feel comfortable immediately switching over to a new American registry, and with the foreign based registries not allowing dual registration, the recording option has been developed by the AFA as a good way for owners to “try out” the AFA without putting their original registry affiliation in danger. This gives the owner a chance to learn more about the AFA, see where the organizationis going, and decide if they want to continue with membership and registering horses. Recorded horses may at any time be upgraded to Registered horses. Additionally, the AFA meets the requirements of IFSHA (International Friesian Show Horse Association) by microchipping and DNA testing our horses as a means of positive identification, so that all our registered horses may participate in the IFSHA and USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) recognized Friesian shows. The AFA is also recognized by the USDF (United States Dressage Federation) as a breed registry, so our members and their horses may participate in the USDF Breed Year-End Awards. Here are just a few highlights you can look forward to with the AFA: Sensible breeding practices – AFA will register all purebred Friesians equally; the opportunity to belong to a registry that wants to hear your voice and concerns; inspections with licensed American judges and blind judging for all horses, purebred and derivatives alike; and an emphasis on breed type, movement, and conformation, with athletic talent and ability also considered important. Also, all honors/status/predicates earned by your horse from the foreign registries will be honored by AFA; there

World Class Miniature Horse Registry Holds World Championship Show Submitted by Ken Garnett

Thanks to everyone who was involved, the 17th Annual World Class Miniature Horse Registry (WCMHR) World Championship Miniature Horse Show was fantastic! It was like a reunion this year with many exhibitors returning to this show after being away for a number of years. Many people brought back horses that were in the very first world championships, and it was a pleasure to see them and observe how they have excelled in the show ring. The results will be posted online at We wish the best of luck to all members who are continuing to show at other world championships this year.

are AFA status/predicate level earnings; AFA Supreme Sire or Supreme Dam awards; AFA Friesian Fun Riding and Driving Log Program; AFA Year-End Awards for many competition and promotion categories; AFA Lifetime Cumulative Awards for individual performance as well as for production of quality performance offspring. And, members receive a timely response to inquiries, requests, registration documentation, transfer of ownership, etc.; a place for the Friesian Warmblood (cross) complete with mirrored benefits of a purebred; recording of horses belonging to foreign registries, allowing participation in AFA inspections, as well as allowing the owners to “try on” the AFA; tracking of bloodlines, inspection scores, and performance records; and a forum for having fun and enjoying our Friesian or Friesian derivative. For more information visit american or email info@ or call 912-462-6330 and ask for Button Lee. September 2012

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ohio haflinger Association To Hold Last Social Event of the Season Submitted by Katina WilSon

As I wrIte thIs, mAny of you were fortunate enough to be showing at the new york Gold Classic in horseheads, ny, on July 13-15, 2012. I hope that the weather cooperated and everyone had a wonderful time! I had a lot of fun showing and visiting with friends in Ashland, oh, at the Buckeye haflinger show, which took place June 29 – July 1, this year. everyone in attendance enjoyed the pizza night on friday with a lot of new mounted games to participate in. Luckily for everyone at the fairgrounds, the huge thunderstorm that devastated most of ohio missed the fairgrounds and headed south, although the brief rain and cooler temperatures were most welcome by all! saturday was a busy day with halter and performance classes. my favorite classes were not the ones I showed in, but rather the youth classes.

how exciting to watch the next generation of horsemen and horsewomen work extremely hard as they prepared their horses for the ring! this is a reminder about the remaining social event on the 2012 calendar for the ohio haflinger Association (ohA). It will be held at Jacob J. yoder’s Valley View Acres located at 23390 snively 10 and under class participants at the Buckeye road in Danville, oh, on Haflinger show. october 13 beginning at 10:00 a covered dish to share as hot meal a.m. the drive is 15 miles, and riders items will be provided. are welcome. Bring a sack lunch. A fire As always, if you would like to stay side chat will be held on friday evening informed on ohA’s current events via (please bring your own hot dogs, buns, the Internet, please visit ohiohaflinger. etc.) rsVP is required by september com. If you are on facebook, please 30, so please call Jacob at 740-599-7052. “friend” us! Dinner will be at 3:30 p.m. Please bring

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foundation for the Pure spanish horse To Offer Super-Saver Option at IALHA Celebration the 2012 InternAtIonAL Andalusian & Lusitano horse Association (IALhA) national show and foundation Celebration is a horse show that has been in the making for over a decade. Bring your horses to fort worth, tX, from october 15-21, because no matter how you ride or what type you breed, there is a place for your efforts to shine. the two groups, the foundation for the Pure spanish horse and IALhA, have worked together to put on a spectacular event that everyone can attend. using the super–saver option can save entrants hundreds of dollars, making the most important show of the year and also one of the most economical to participate in. the special super-saver can be used for every usef class from halter to show hack, dressage to driving 210 equine


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and Doma Vaquera to spanish walk. the savings also include the opportunity classes, so the more you show, the more you save. super-saver rates are available on a graduated basis now through september 15. no matter when you pay, you will have a blast and save some cash. from the hugely popular working equitation classes to leadline and heritage costume classes, you can show the world that your horse is truly versatile with style. Don’t miss the opportunity to see old friends, meet new ones and attend the many educational opportunities that are held throughout the show. the very popular saturday night demonstrations are going to be amazing. Bring some canned food items to donate at the gate to alleviate hunger in the fort worth area.

Cobra of Mares that will be seen at the National Shows.

If you don’t have a P.r.e. horse, this is the place to come and find out what they are all about. the best P.r.e. and Andalusian horses in the nation will be on hand, and some of them will even be offered for sale. there will also be a live auction of an amazing, well-bred P.r.e. horse donated by medieval times. tickets for the opportunity Drawing horse, fantastica, will also be for sale at the event. fantastica is a spectacular mare generously donated by natalie merritt of regal merritt farms in ocala, fL. she is in foal to Pagano mAC, a son of the olympic horse, evento. for more information, visit or call 505-294-0800.

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Baroque equestrian Games & institute (BeGi) Show Competitors Invited to Special Seminar submiTTed by sharon madere

ConneCtiCut’s first Baroque equestrian Games schooling show was held in august 2012, and in preparation for this inaugural event, the competitors were invited to an enlightening day of learning on June 30. Well-known classical trainer Patricia norcia from Clinton, Ct, brought a group of her students to Willow run stable in Wilton, nY, for this special educational event. With fortunate timing, rodigo da Costa Matos (a senior rider and trainer from the Portuguese school of equestrian art) was able to attend the BeGi presentation. rodrigo was in the u.s. to conduct a series of clinics at Patricia’s facility, and we were honored to have him as

our guest—and even more honored by his enthusiasm for the BeGi vision: “the Baroque equestrian Games Tina Cristiani Veder and Bruno Gonzales (riding Luistano stallion Bariloche) explain and demonstrate key principals are excellent exercises for of Classical Horsemanship. the development of the horse and rider, and they inherent traits facilitate a greater or are also great fun as well.” lesser degree of collection and desirBruno Gonzales and tina Cristiani ability for higher performance. Veder, the founders of BeGi, structhis was followed by a discussion tured the day’s curriculum to include on the sequential exercises from the a broad range of topics. first, several Baroque equestrian Games Classical of the andalusian and Lusitano stalschooling (Cs) section, and how, when lions of Caballos de los Cristiani were done correctly, they help develop the worked on the longe line, and Bruno and tina pointed out their differences in balance of any horse. Movements from conformation and gait, detailing which continued on page 212


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Introduces Tamar’s Ventures Submitted by tamara dirrim

Tamar’s VenTure would be considered an example of a morab breeding operation that follows the principles of conformation, temperament, understanding of breed type and strives for the morab blend. The venture all started with my first pony of color, and I have been stuck on colorfulness ever since. my pony was a buckskin pinto and a silver dapple. she was a welsh cross with a lead mare and pony personality all rolled into one. This pony taught me to appreciate intelligent horses. as I grew up I was always intrigued with arabians and morgans. These two breeds seemed to have a certain proudness about them. as is well-known, these breeds are very intelligent and possibly sometimes too much so at times. when I was able to breed my pony mare to an arabian stallion, I jumped at the chance. That was the start of my breeding venture that led to my current day breeding operation. I ended up acquiring that stallion, and then I bought a pair of morgan mare sisters and a couple of arabian mares. I was on my way! my main goal was to produce a morab with a very easygoing personality so that they would be easy to handle and train. In conjunction with personality, I wanted good conformation that would make the morab able to be an all-around mount. some of my morab foals have gone on to the show ring,

Blus Silver Phantom, a black Morab stallion.

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Amandas Suzy Q, the Morgan mare that is the foundation of Tamar’s Ventures, with her Morgan Colt, TMV Carbide Silver Hawk.

trail riding, family enjoyment and into search and rescue. I have had ones that can do dressage and also be the family trail horse. I focus on finding very loving homes in hopes that they will live a long, happy life with their new owners. later on, I found out that one of my mares carried a silver dapple gene. breeding this mare has produced some silver morgans and morabs. Thus, suzie, the morgan mare, became the foundation of my breeding program. she throws beautiful foals that are pretty and have very nice conformation and grow up to be well balanced and proportioned. In addition, they have fantastic temperaments and are very people oriented. due to their great conformation, they provide a very comfortable ride. They are the complete package. The morgan sisters were of the old foundation type of breeding as well as the arabian stallion. The arabian lines consist of the babson, brown, blunt, Crabbet, maynesboro and Kellogg. The morgan lines consist of lippitt, old Government, old midwest, brunk, and devan. This became the foundation

continued from page 211 the Initiate Phase were demonstrated by one of bruno’s students, meghan watt. bruno and Tina explained that, in contrast to other types of competitive tests, the Cs Patterns are designed to actually improve the horses as they are ridden. Included was a large-screen presentation explaining the history of classical horsemanship, which culminated in its highest artistic expression during the baroque period. with illustrations and diagrams, the audience learned about the collection and balance of the horse, including a series of images showing horses progressing through the phases of training, and the resulting change of balance. The day culminated with bruno giving riding demonstrations on three different horses in various phases of training, showing how to correctly perform a selection of the exercises from the Classical schooling and the mounted maneuvers sections of the Games. The entire gathering was infused with sparkling enthusiasm and discussion, and excited anticipation for the august beGI schooling show that would soon be taking place. The baroque equestrian Games & Institute (beGI) is an exciting new organization dedicated to teaching, rewarding and celebrating the elegance and artistry of classical horsemanship. we invite you to join us on this journey back to its historical foundation! Visit to learn more. To host a clinic in your area, contact sharon madere at

of my morab breeding program, and this has produced consistency in their personality and qualities that make the morab a great mount for the show ring, family and youth projects. This is a breed that is well-rounded for a variety of pursuits. In my particular breeding program, I was lucky to be able to add terrific color to my morabs. For more information, visit

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The InTernaTIonal QuarTer Pony association (IQPa) is offering one free IQPa registration with every 2012 Quarter Pony association (QPa) membership! Please contact the IQPa for details. This offer expires soon. Thank you, Quarter Pony enthusiasts, for your support. It’s because of you, our members, that the association is successful. It is with our best regards that we wish you a pleasant close to the show season. Your efforts in promoting this fine breed are appreciated. Please do share your stories with us for print in future articles. The Quarter Pony is a wonderful breed. For many, this little horse means much more than just a pony. It may mean beauty, power, intelligence and companionship. The experience gained from participating in equine activities

can be very rewarding—skills to carry over into life, not just left behind on the farm. The breed can contribute wonderful things for folks willing to partake in the qualities that these ponies have to offer. as a lifelong Quarter Pony advocate, I highly recommend this breed to adults as well as children. Though height ranges may vary, they are a useful size for a wide range of disciplines. These ponies are not at all limited by stature. Instead, I believe it is advantageous. Blessed with the opportunity to experience a variety of horse and pony breeds, I remain true to the Quarter Pony. Their gentle and willing attitude, as well as great looks, simply cannot be beat! I would certainly encourage you to get to know the Quarter Pony for yourself, if you have not yet done so. 214 equine


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Simple Barnyard Tips: • When grooming your horse, use caution not to drop cockleburs onto the ground. They are sure to multiply in growth seasonally. • After grooming, if you have an open stall area, it’s not such a bad thing to leave a few of those mane hairs lying about. Some birds may use them for nest making, and help get rid of some of your bugs.

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In these tImes of major economic issues, unfortunately even horses of the rare Curly horse breed are facing an increasing risk of becoming abandoned or in need of rescue. therefore, Curly horse rescue (Chr), a volunteer organization that was founded to help in these cases, has had a lot to do during the past few years. most of the time, there is nothing wrong with the horses—some of them are even registered and are offspring of great bloodlines. one group of horses that was saved by Chr is the so-called “Kansas 5.” It

Woody and Peter Schumann.

is said that they had been running free for most of their lives and had not been handled. Woody, an impressive, big buckskin Curly gelding, who stands at 15.2hh, was part of this group. he is out of Buttercup aBC 2324 and from houdini aBC 468. I became more and more interested in Woody as I learned about him. meanwhile, the group moved from Kansas to Kentucky, and a member of Chr started to handle them. It turned out that Woody was quite a shy and sensitive boy, but very willing to please at the same time, and outstandingly

calm and gentle. In the beginning, it was hard to even approach him. thanks to the Chr foster that did an amazing job, it was finally able to happen. By that time, my family had already adopted Woody and my husband had visited him two times. the third time, in may, I also went to Kentucky with my husband, who was going to a clinic with Paul Dietz and Woody. after the clinic and some more work with Paul it was clear that we could bring Woody over the ocean to Germany. as of press time, Woody has been part of our herd for two weeks now and he is developing amazingly. We do it step by step and he is an eager learner, always willing to please. We feel that this gentle giant is a great addition to our herd and we are happy that he is with us! for information on the american Bashkir Curly registry, visit

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registered Morgan gelding. Drives, rides english and western, jumps. Show wins in working Hunter, Carriage Dressage, Hunter under Saddle, over Fences, reinmanship, etc. a real nice all around gelding with no vices and no issues. 1 of several quality horses at 603-465-2675. See online: Fastad: #852338.

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GuesT House For lease 30 MinuTes east of san Juan Capistrano 20 min W of i15. european equestrian estate upscale Kitchen Bathroom & throughout, garage washer dryer. Property has 8 stall Barn, Cross Ties, Turn out, Jumping & Dressage arenas, round Pen, access to trails, Bring your horse for additional fee. Fastad: #849400.




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CLASSIFIEDS mandated. Responsibilities include everything from barn chores, riding, training, lessons, showing horses, etc. This is an all around full time position requiring your dedicated efforts. You will be working with horses of various disciplines in both Western and English environments and with clients and prospective sales prospects as well. If you are confident you qualify for this position, send your resume and qualifications immediately to 603-465-2672.

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in June’s real estate Showcase, i offered a few tips on how to make the small acreage work for you. This month, we’ll add a few tips that make thinking small easy and fun. When we began our search for a horse property, we wrote out our wish list. The list was fairly simple: 10 to 15 acres (or more if we happened to find it), a level spot for a future indoor arena, wide open fields for grazing, and a big old farmhouse. Unfortunately, our budget was limited. in fact, if i told you just how small our budget was, you’d fall off your horse laughing. Well—that’s what our real estate agent did, anyway. After she dusted herself off, she sat down with us and put a little realism into our farm search. With our limited funds, we probably weren’t going to find a big, old farmhouse…and if we did, it wouldn’t sit on more than five acres, especially if we wanted to stay in Connecticut, a state where open land commands top dollar. We settled on six acres and we had to make a few compromises, but the smaller acreage is working better than we ever thought it could. if your budget is limited to the small acreage farm, here’s how to make it work. First of all, let’s look at the horse living arrangements. On most farms we looked at, the barn was in great shape— the house, well, not so much. We expanded our search to include houses that had no barns or just a run-in shed for shelter. your horses don’t need a barn to be happy. run-in sheds and paddocks work quite well for most situations. in fact, study after study proves that our horses’ digestive, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems all work better if they can move about freely. if you have one small field, use the rotational grazing method to preserve grass. The rule of thumb is one to two acres of grass per horse (if you don’t want to feed hay), but you can make it work for more horses if you use a sacrifice paddock. On small acreages, you might have to supplement hay year round. if your fields are not in the best of health, take soil samples from several

Your horses don’t need a barn to be happy. Run-in sheds and paddocks work quite well for most situations.

different sections and send them to your county extension office. They can help you determine what sort of help your soil may need and what types of grasses would grow best. Keep your fields, stalls, and paddocks clean of manure. This is an absolute must on small acreage. learn how to compost that manure. if you compost correctly, you can shrink the size of the manure pile by half or more and sell the rich fertilizer. Our neighbors are growing all sorts of things from our horses’ waste, from pumpkins to blueberries. Use stall mats to cut down on wood shavings and to reduce the amount of waste material. Wood shavings take a long time to decompose, so the less you add to your compost, the better. Maintain fences. The smaller the acreage, the more pressure is put on those fences, particularly if fenced areas are small. Check wood for protruding nails, splinters, and bolts. Check and maintain gates. Check metal fencing for sharp edges. Manage mud before it becomes a problem. Keep horses off grassy fields when the ground is wet and remove

manure, hay, and soiled bedding from dirt paddocks. Wherever organic material mixes with soil, you’ll have mud. if you’ve got a real problem around gates, entrances to barns, and paddocks, consider investing in geotextile fabric. Geotextile fabric is a permeable material that helps to drain, separate, and retain soil. if it’s installed correctly, geotextile fabric will go a long way to warding off or fixing a mud problem. Talk to a land expert to see what is right for your situation. invest in adequate storage. if the property didn’t come with a shed or shelter for equipment, build one or consider an inexpensive fabric shelter. Although the fabric shelters are not as durable as wood, if money is tight, they make adequate shelters for rakes, bedding, and wheelbarrows—all the tools and equipment you need to store on a small property. you’ll find that, on a small acreage, it’s critical to have a place for everything and to have everything in its place. These days, money is limited, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams. you really can think small, while living large. September 2012

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                    

 

            

                   


   

   


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              

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Dream Quest Farm. 100’ x 120’ indoor riding arena with rubber footing, 42’ x 80’ equipment barn and round pen. 12 stall horse barn with heated tack room and office, automatic water feeders in all stalls, heated bathroom with stall shower and laundry, wash stall area, removable panels for stall expansion, 11’ 6” wide center aisle. Double stall doors allow paddock access 24/7. 39.8 acres with dramatic mountain views, a full eventing course with water jump, three permanent turn-out sheds plus two portable shelters. Excellent outdoor arena. Seven paddocks each with automatic water feeder. Waste outlet hookup for RV trailers. Turn-key equine property. Build your home here for your own piece of Horse Heaven!

The best in rural living yet within minutes of town. Efficient Colonial on 9.5 acres with well-designed floor plan offers gourmet kitchen with granite & stainless, walk in pantry and dining area with gas fireplace; open dining room, living room with fireplace and elegant private study with hardwood floors throughout. 5 bedrooms including a 3rd floor master suite with jacuzzi tub and steam shower. Partially finished basement with surround sound. 2nd floor studio with skylights. 32’x36’ horse barn with center stamped concrete aisle, heated tack room, fenced in pastures and more!



Listing Agent: Kathleen Hoisington

Listing Agent: Kathleen Hoisington

Listing Agent: Suzy Yucht

c. 1806 Center Hall Colonial and Carriage Barn conversion. Original house has 7 main rooms, 2 fireplaces and 2 baths while the carriage house wing has 3 main rooms, 2 baths and fireplace with woodstove insert. Workshops and enclosed porch, plus a perfect studio apartment with private entry. Outbuildings include barn with the center core having a floored second story. 29.63 acres with established gardens.

c. 1890 Vermont Farmhouse with seven main rooms, four bedrooms, 1.5 baths. Remodeled kitchen and baths. Thoroughly refreshed inside & out. Restored original barn with seven 12x12 stalls, wash bay with hot and cold water, heated tack room, office, slate roof. 8 paddocks with 2 pasture tracks, pasture hydrant. 60 foot diameter round pen. 120’ x 72’ indoor arena with great footing. Outdoor arena.

Premier 4,000+ square foot home with exquisite Victorian detail. 38.5 acres of land designed perfectly for horses with an oversized barn/garage, another separate heated garage with roughed in 2-story apartment, magnificent pond, stone walls, garden areas and perennials. Totally private with easy access to town. Please go to our website – there is an abundance of detail you won’t want to miss!

“Horse Heaven” and a lovely home to boot! 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with a Rembrandt designed kitchen, woodstove and sun room overlooking the pasture. 3 section barn with open carriage bay, center tack room, new 4-stall addition as well as other stalls of various sizes in the older part of the barn and 1,400 hay bale storage capacity. 12’ x 52’ run in shed allows horses to live outdoors by choice 24/7. All of this plus a pond on 12.56 acres located in the heart of Bennington County’s most extensive horse trail system.






Listing Agent: Kathleen Hoisington

Listing Agent: Kathleen Hoisington

Listing Agent: Kathleen Hoisington

Hoisington Realty, Inc. | 489 Main Street | Bennington, VT 05201 888 442-8337 | | September 2012

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Wetherbee Farm Real Estate Massachusetts Office Gladys R. Fox

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19.2 Acre Farm With Two Separately Deeded Homes. One To Live In, One To Rent. Pond And The Waterfall Invite You In!




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(802) 899-1878 Ask for Sandy.



Far Meadow Farm Equestrian Center

Exclusive commercial riding facility in the heart of Litchfield County. 21-stall horse barn, additional 2-stall horse barn, 100' x 200' indoor riding arena with offices, bathrooms, viewing room and maintenance facility. 11 paddocks, 2 outdoor riding rings, 7-room house. Includes all furnishings and equipment. Next to White Memorial and Winvian Resort. The ultimate in a horse facility. 24,224 sq. ft. riding ring, 8,425 sq. ft. horse stable, and a 1,533 sq. ft. 7-room/3-bedroom house.

$2,350,000 Contact Ted Murphy at E.J. Murphy Realty, LLC 860-567-0813

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LIBERTY STUD: 211+/- ACRE FARM IN COLUMBIA COUNTY NY, 113+/Acres in Paddocks & Pasture ideal for any Equestrian Venture. Farmhouse: 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths and wide board ďŹ&#x201A;oors nearing completion of renovation. Stallion Barn: Tongue & Groove Entry Hall, w/Slate Floor, 2 OfďŹ ces, Lounge, Kitchen, Feed room and Bathroom. Six 14' x 16' Stalls, 2 Wash Stalls, Breeding Area and Storage Bays. Mare Barn: Tongue & Groove Entry Hall, OfďŹ ce, Kitchen, Heated Wash Stall and Laundry room w/ Lavatory. There are 41 Stalls, Feed room, and Lab. Run-In Sheds: Two 36' x 78' with Electric. Enclosed ends for Feed or Storage. Asking Only $746,400â&#x20AC;ŚE472


GRAY HORSE FARM: APALACHIN, NY Circa 1900 Home: 2 car Garage, Workshop, Florida Room, Country Kitchen, Full Bath, Dining room, Living room w/ďŹ replace. Upstairs: 3 Bedrooms and Full Bath. Basement: Game room. And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an In-ground Pool. Stable: 17 Stalls, Tack room, Feed and Storage area. 2nd Barn: 60' x 80' Indoor Arena, OfďŹ ce/Tack room, Feed and Storage area and 7 Stalls. 24 Stalls total. Âź Mile Track, Pastures, Paddocks, Turn-out Sheds, and 75' x 150' Outdoor Arena. 15.6 Acres, minutes to Tioga Downs Racetrack, in a neighborhood proven to afford the services, albeit Boarding, Training, Lessons and/ or Horse Sales. MOTIVATED SELLER. ASKING $374,200â&#x20AC;ŚW502


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Custom home built by Fintan Keegan a premier Boston builder. One of a kind, secluded equestrian property on 5+ acres. Impossible to duplicate. Compound offers elegant main residence & a detached garage w/private in-law apt or large office with full bath. Stunning gunite pool w/stone surround/spa/waterfall & gardens. Private entrance to New Morton indoor arena. 6 stall New England pole barn, outdoor arenas, pastures. To many amenities to mention , call for brochure. $1,750,000 Coldwell Banker 318 Main Street Northborough, MA 01532 508-393-5500 Karen Scopetski

South Woodstock, Vermont

Antique post and beam home w/guest quarters on 54.15+/- acres with exposed timbers, attractive wood floors and abundant charm. Included is a 40 x 20 outbuilding with potential for home occupation and a separate 72 x 20 post and beam barn with stalls. Approximately 10 A in pasture w/an active brook running through the land. Minutes to Green Mountain Horse Association.


MLS #4172929

5 Central Street, Woodstock, VT 05091 802-457-2244 Toll Free: 877-227-0242

Truly Fantastic Horse Property

30 Magnificent acres mostly pasture. Improvements include an 80' x 150' indoor lighted arena with a 14' overhead door, 28 matted horse stalls, equipment barn, loft storage to accommodate 9,000 bales, 3 tack rooms, feed room, outdoor riding ring, 25 paddocks. Perfect for a serious equestrian business or hobbyist. * Seller willing to finance the property with favorable circumstances


MLS# 4167382

Bert Inman Vice President and Managing Broker Re/Max Town and Country Phone: 603-357-4100 ext.117 Email:

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Calendar september 1 | Poplar Place Schooling Show, Hamilton, GA. 76-582-9999, www.

2 | Carriage Town Horse Show, Amesbury, MA. Felicia Knowles, 63-474-3156,

7-9 | Fox Lea Farm Sept, Venice, FL. Linda Aldrich, 941-484-4321, www.

1 | Cape Cod Hunter Horse Show Finals,

2 | Oak Rise Farm Pleasure Show, Goffstown, NH. 63-656-9730, www.

1 | U.S National Hunter Breeding Championship, warrenton, VA.

2 | Central Virginia Show Jumping Assoc Show, Manakin Sabot, VA. Gail Thompson, 84-883-350, cvsja@

1 | Buckingham Equestrian Center, Dillwyn, VA. Mary Svalstedt, 434-985-7427,

2 | Foxtrack Horse Trials, Southern Pines, NC. 910-692-5793,

8 | Bellemount Stables, Beaverdam, VA. Erin Culpeper, 84-448-2977,

2 | Baymar Farms INC. Morganville, NJ. Jim Smith, 732-591-9600, www.baymarfarms. com.

8 | Summerplace Farm Horse Show, The Plains, VA. Tom Finch, 540-364-06, info@summerplacefarm. com.

1 | Foxtrack X-C Schooling Day, Southern Pines, NC. 910-692-5793,

2 | Beland Stables Fall Dressage, Lakeville, MA. David Beland, 58-947-6982, belandstables@

8 | Four Oaks Farm, Palmyra, VA. Aileen Ryalls, 434589-8488,

1 | PVDA at Loch Moy Farm, Adamstown, MD. Betty Thorpe, 31-562-798, www.

2 | Open All Breed Dressage Show, Augusta,

Medway, MA. Nancy Venezia, 58-428-2621, www.

1 | Elmington Farm, LLC Horse Show, Berryville, VA. Kathie Hamlin, 540-955-6219, kathiehamlin@

1 | Snowbird August II, Long Valley, NJ. Claudine Liberatore, 917-371-4551, www. 1-2 | ECTRA Sanctioned Events - Middle Dis-

tance CTR, Woodstock, VT. Robin O’Farrell, 82-457-259, 1-2 | ECTRA Sanctioned Event Extended Distance, Woodstock, VT. Robin O’Farrell, 82-457-259, 1-2 | Heritage Arabian Classic II, Lexington, VA. Janet Beehler, 84-586-1647, 1-2 | Virginia Classic Andalusian/Lusitano Show, Virginia Horse Center, VA. 1-2 | Quentin Fall Show, Quentin, PA. Pamela Rush, 94-396-416, 1-2 | NCDCTA Dressage Champs / Labor of Love, Raleigh, NC. 919-225-8700, 1-2 | Labor Day Dressage Classic I & II, Conyers, GA. Donald Faso, 770-822-7181, donfaso@comcast. net. 1-2 | Labor’s Reward, Aiken, SC, Kay Whitlock, 910-315-5959,, 1-2 | Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Horse Trials September, Leesburg, VA. Margaret Good, 73-777-8776, 1-2 | OHAHA Fall Show, Springfield, OH. Dave Daugherty, 614-989-2385, ddaughe1@insight.

NJ. Barbara Batson-Passos, 973-219-144,

3 | Briarwood Farm September I, Flemington,

NJ. Katharine Benson, 98-86-844,

5 | AKF Summer Jumper Show #12, Mills, MA. 58376-2564, www.appleknoll. com.

8 | Country Hill Farm, Westminster, MD. Marsha Herbert, 410-876-2950,

6-9 | Aiken Fall Festival I, Aiken, SC, Megan Godard, 83-432-9100, www.

8 | West Milford Equestrian Center, Newfoundland, NJ. Ellamae Battipaglia, 973-697-1149,

6-9 | American Eventing Championships at Chattahoochee Hills, Fairburn, GA. Jean (Jj) Johnson,

8 | Belt Buck Series, Bernardston, MA. Holly Orvitt, 413-834-3979, www.

6-9 | Boston Jumper Classic, South Hamilton, MA. John Manning, 413-478-858, jmanning @crooker. com.

8 | Harriman Cup, Old Westbury, NY. Elizabeth Hedley, 516-484-343,

6-9 | Moorestown, Moorestown, NJ. Robert Allen,

856-235-5623, www.woodedge. com.

7-9 | Annual Magnolia Summer Sizzler, Perry, GA. Lynn Daniel-Glover, 478-955-330, magnoliaaha@

1-3 | OAATS 212 Ride List, Little Manistee National Forest, MI. Wayne Gastfield, 231-924-265,

7-9 | Chagrin Valley Hunt Club Classic Horse Show, Gates Mills, OH. Keeley Gogul, 440-423-4414,

1-3 | Lancaster Fair, Haverhill, NH. Evelyn ElMS. 63-787-9834, www.,

7-9 | Country Heir September I, Fayetteville, OH. Frankie Stark, 513-875-3318,

1-3 | Hopkington State Fair Horse Show, Concord, NH. Deborah Curtis, 63-224-6123, cstables@,

7-9 | Dixie Gulf Panhandle Ruff-Out, Baker, FL. Linda Smith, 850-537-7444, smith.benfl491@yahoo. com.


8 | WRCA - Drive, Ashland, OH. Jeff & Mary Ann Tock,

5-9 | The Texas Sport Horse Cup, Tyler, TX. Kathy Brunson, 972-467-68,

1-2 | Town Hill Farm Horse Trials, Lakeville, CT. Sharyn Cataldo-AntiCO. 413-569-386, slcataldo@

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8 | Dressage and CT at Buckhorn, New Hill, NC. 919-795-511,

8 | Boots and Britches Schooling Series, Clayton, DE. Laura Blevins, 32-659-1366, deerantler1133@

7-9 | MSEDA Dressage at the Park I & II, Lexington, KY. Susan Posner, 859-221-3462, sposner0@


8 | BHSA Jumper Classic & Hunter Benefit Show, Spotsylvania, VA. Gegi Winslett, 540-972-1342,

5-9 | The North Coast Jumper Classic, Moreland Hills, OH. Mary Silcox, 941-915-3449, mjmor1@aol. com.

1-2 | Silverwood Farm H.T., Camp Lake, WI, Lisa

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8 | Fox Chase Farm Pony Show, Middleburg, VA. Maureen Hanley, 540-687-5255,

8 | Softwinds Farm Dressage Schooling Show & CT. Hopkins, SC, Janet Brown, 83-776-274,

6-9 | Summer’s End Horse Show, Ocala, FL. Jane Brown, 727-483-2300,

Cannata, 268-889-4700,

8 | The Friendly’s Horseman’s Club, Denver, PA. Alice Hummel, 717-484-2222,

5-9 | Hits on the Hudson VIII, Saugerties, NY. Thomas Struzzieri, 845-246-5515,

1-2 | Old Salem Farm September, North Salem, NY.

Daniel Fitzsimmons, 914-669-5610, dksl99@optonline. net.

7-9 | Long Island Classic, Setauket, NY. Adrienne Cotter, 516-297-1539,

8-9 | Cornerstone Farm Charity Show Series, St. Jacob, IL. 618-644-2500, 8-9 | Moriah Farm Hunter Horse Show, Warrenton, VA. Bill Yeager, 540-95-3561, horseshows@ 8-9 | Deep Run Fall Show, Manakin Sabot, VA. Anne Tucker, 84-749-3324, www. 8-9 | Bridgewater College, Weyers Cave, VA. Ashley Holsinger, 540-234-811, aholsing@bridgewater. edu, 8-9 | AHAME Autumnfest Horse Show - Classic AA Pleasure, Skowhegan, ME. Lee Cheever, 27-6768529,, 8-9 | Fall Classic I, Lexington, KY. Deborah Murphy, 859-221-6937, 8-9 | Five Points Horse Trial, Raeford, NC. Abby Schlicht, 910-875-274, 8-9 | High View Farm September, Pittsford, NY. Jack Frohm, 585-381-755,

Calendar september 8-9 | Poplar Place Farm September Dressage, Hamilton, GA. Donna Stegman, 76-582-3742, donna@

12-15 | New York Morgan, Syracuse, NY. Naomi Blumenthal, 315-487-7733,

15 | 1st Annual Ride for the Cure for New Hampshire, New Boston, NH. 82-362-2733, www.

8-9 | Stepping Stone Farm September, Ridgefield, CT. Joan Healy, 23-438-7749,

12-15 | North Carolina State Championship, Raleigh, NC. William Whitley, 919-839-472, whitley@

15 | Hampshire County Riding Club RiDE, Chesterfield Gorge, MA. Lise Krieger, lisekrieger@

8-9 | How To Handle and Trim Your Own Horse, Lafayette, GA. 76-397-847,

12-16 | Maryland Horse & Pony Show, Upper Marlboro, MD. Becky Foster, 443-417-7976,

15 | Tyrone Farm Judged Pleasure RiDE, 3rd, Pomfret, CT. Susan Boone, 860-928-3647, www.

12-16 | American Gold Cup, North Salem, NY. Mary Silcox, 941-744-5465, www.

15 | Fox Chase Farm Horse Show, Middleburg, VA. Maureen Hanley, 540-687-5255,

12-16 | Brownland Farm Fall II, Franklin, TN, Robin Anderton, 615-791-8180, brownlandfarm@

15 | Stone Bridge Farm, Natural Bridge, VA. Katrina Weinig, 540-291-1000,

9 | Oak Rise Farm Gymkhana, Goffstown, NH. 63656-9730, www.oakrisefarm. com. 9 | Silver Heels Riding Club, Fremont, NH. Cindi Adams. 603-382-789, 9 | The Friendly’s Horseman’s Club, Denver, PA. Alice Hummel, 717-484-2222,

12-16 | Buffalo International, Buffalo, NY.

15 | Kelly’s Ford Open Horse Show, Remington, VA. James Moore, 540-399-1800,

12-16 | Eastern Estates Exposition Horse

15 | Carlton Farms Greensprings Hunter Series, Williamsburg, VA. Sissy Dykstra, 757-220-3553,

9 | ECTRA Sanctioned Event- Competitive Ride Clinic, Nottingham, NH. Kelley-Anne Jack, 27-749-965,

Susan Schoellkopf, 716-877-9295, becandbtrc@aol. com.

9 | GRHSA, Chesterfield, VA. Terry Kinch, 84-590-235,

Show - The Big E, West Springfield, MA. 413-787-127,,

9 | EKG Stables & Hill Valley Farm, Spotsylva-

13-14 | Great American/USDF New England

nia, VA. Erin Grampp, 540-582-6272, eringrampp@aol. com. 9 | Red Gate Farm, Hamilton, VA. Christine Vitkus, 540-882-3530, 9 | Lake of the Woods, Locust Grove, VA. Mary

Tinsley, 540-972-2238,, www.

9 | Heritage Acres, Dillsburg, PA. David Heiser, 717-432-2688, www. 9 | MacNair’s Dressage and CT. Raleigh, NC. 919851-1171, 9 | Independence Stable Dressage Schooling Show, Belchertown, MA. Dottie Brittingham, 413-284-371, www. 9 | Tanheath Hunter Pace at Babcock Hill

Equestrian Center, Coventry, CT. Melanie Chace, 58-5794840,

Breeders Championships Series Qualifier & Final at NEDA Fall Festival of Dressage, Saugerties, NY. Debra Reinhard, 23-264-2148,

15 | TTC Schooling Dressage Show, Mocksville, NC. 336-998-5280, 15 | Summit Hill Jumper Show, Apex, NC. 919362-7899,

13-15 | Morgan Judging Clinic, Syracuse, NY.

15 | Running Start X-C Schooling Day, Southern Pines, NC. 910-245-7330,

13-15 | NSHR National Championship Finals, Springfield, IL. Cynthia Clinton, 937-935-1753,

15 | Maynesboro Stud Memorial RiDE, Berlin, NH. Walter Nadeau, 63-752-7928, WJNadeau@

13-16 | Aiken Fall Festival II, Aiken, SC, Jp Godard, 83-643-5698, www. 13-16 | Devon Fall Classic, Devon, PA. David Distler, 610-964-550, 13-16 | NEDA Fall Dressage Festival: Great

American Insurance Group/USDF Region 8 Dressage Championships Recognized by USEF; CDI Saugerties; USDF Breeders Championships, Saugerties, NY. Beth Jenkins, 58-733-3672,

15 | Quintynne Hill Farm Dressage Schooling Show & CT. Wagener, SC, Toi Trent, 83-649-1527, 15 | Great American Insurance Group/USDF Breeder Championship Series Final and Deep South Dressage and Combined Training Association Show, Cottondale, FL. Mary Benson, 850638-8352, 15 | Heritage Equestrian Center Horse Show, East Greenwich, RI, Kim Fairbanks, 41-884-6773, kim@

9 | New Boston Farm Hunter Show, Gray,

13-17 | Showplace Fall Classic, Wayne, IL. Patrick Boyle, 630-497-1770, www.

15 | Keystone Performance Breeders, Mohnton, PA. Bridget Hanley, 484-269-9750, appadiditt@

9 | Derry Trail Riders, Haverhill, NH. Pat Darmo-

14-16 | NEDA Learner Judges Program, Saugerties, NY. Sally Davenport, 781-378-1881,,

15 | Majestic Farm Equinox Dressage Show, Batavia, OH. Barbara Mc Carthy, 513-625-355,

9 | Bucks County Horse Park Horse Trials,

14-16 | Downeast Medal Finals - Class D Hunter/Jumper Show, Skowhegan, ME. Paulajean O’Neill, 27-657-3274,

15 | Ridgefield Equestrian Center September, Ridgefield, CT. Wendy Banks-Pola, 23-438-7433,

ME. Paulajean O’Neill, 27-657-3274, paulajeanoneill@ fal, 978-372-1986, www. Revere, PA. Melanie O’Neill, 215-766-717, melanie.

15 | Sussex County Benefit September, Augusta, NJ. Shirley Grisewood, 973-948-522, sudsncg@

MA. April Bayko, 978-373-4610, info@ridecornerstone. com.

14-16 | Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC. September, Wellington, FL. David E. Burton Jr., 561793-5867,

9 | Monmouth County September, Freehold, NJ.

14-16 | September County Heir, Fayetteville,

15 | Different Drummer Farm Equitation/ Hunter Jumper Series “Final” Horse Show, Candia, NH. Jodi Fortier, 63-483-2234,

14-16 | Dunnabeck Horse Trials, Carbondale,

15 | NHQHA “Live Free and Ride” AQHA Novice and All Breed Show, Concord, NH. Chrissy Ives, cives@

14-30 | The Big E - Fair, West Springfield, MA.

15-16 | VADAF Dressage at Rose Mount I & II, Spotsylvania, VA. Sharon Ackley, 540-898-788,

15 | End of Hunt Equestrian Center Horse

15-16 | Yellow Rose Festival I & II, Irving, TX. Barbara Richardson-Lewis, 93-439-7717, lewis_16881@

9 | Cornerstone Farm Horse Show, Haverhill,

George Richdale, 732-780-3150, 9 | North Country Hounds Hunter Pace, Hartland, VT. CONTACT: Harry Glass 603-795-2101 or

10 | TWA CHSA Hunter Show, Spotsylvania, VA. Georgine Winslett, 540-972-1342, g.winslett@earthlink. net. 10-13 | 69th Annual 3-Day Ludwig Horse Show, Glenmoore, PA. Beth Engle, www.

OH. Frankie Stark, 513-875-3318, kittykatstark@aol. com.

IL. Myke Ramsey, 618-559-453,, 413-25-516, horseshow.

Show, Suffield, CT. 860-668-9990,

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Calendar september 15-16 | Arabian Horse Association of Indiana Pro/Am, Rochester, IN, Terry Leek, 874-265-5530,

18-23 | Middleburg Classic, Leesburg, VA. Nardeen Henderson, 757-846-8176, middleburg@aol. com.

21-23 | Plantation Field Horse Trials, Unionville, PA. Denis Glaccum, 610-316-450, denis@fairhill. com;

15-16 | Fall Classic II, Lexington, KY. Deborah Murphy, 859-221-6937,

19 | Hampshire County Riding Club Meeting, Goshen, MA. Lise Krieger,

15-16 | Glen Head Fall, Middle Island, NY. Sandy Fallon, 631-271-5314,

19 | Foxtrack Horse Trials, Southern Pines, NC. 910-692-5793,

21-23 | Southeast Medal Finals, Jacksonville, FL. Bob Bell, 843-768-553, www.

15-16 | GMHA September Horse Trials, South

Woodstock, VT. Molly Hutchins, 82-457-159, molly@,

19 | Dressage at Dunmovin, West Chester, PA. Doreen Garland, 610-416-3839, dunmovin2@verizon. net. 19-22 | Arabian & Half Arabian Sport Horse

15-16 | NWPAHA Summer Classic Open Dressage Show, New Castle, PA. Cynthia Kniess, 724-2902834,

Nationals, Nampa. ID, Marlene Kriegbaum, 33-6964500,, www.

15-16 | VADA/NOVA Autumn I, Leesburg, VA. Michelle King, 73-868-962,

19-22 | Arabian Celebration at Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY. Robert Battaglia, 480-585-739, info@

16 | Horse Power Show Series, Southbridge, MA. Nancy DiGregorio, 58-764-7725, wildaire@charter.

19-23 | Princeton Show Jumping Sept. II, Princeton, NJ. Debi Jaynes, 69-924-2932, debijaynes@

16 | Oak Rise Farm Dressage/ Two-Phase, Goffstown, NH. 63-656-9730, oakrisefarm@comcast. net.

19-23 | The Kentucky National, Lexington, KY. Suzanne Mayo, 615-838-7560, 19-23 | Twin Rivers Fall Horse Trials, Paso Robles, CA. Christina Gray, 33-340-836,,

16 | Arabian Horse Association of Massachusetts Open Fun Horse Show, Spencer, MA. Sandy Crowe, 56-473-2545, 16 | SEHA Medal Finals, Medway, MA. Jaqui

Gazzara, 58-274-546, www. 16 | Azrael Acres Horse Show, Uxbridge, MA.


16 | Speakeasy Summer Series, Palmyra, VA. Leslie Davis, 434-960-1220, www. 16 | Hazelwild, Fredericksburg, VA. Teresa Seay, 540-891-711, www.

22 | Glenmore Hunt Pony Club, Lexington, VA. Diane Hinch \ Majorie Hays, 540-886-681, hays5@

Neck, CT. Carol Birdsey, 860-344-184, rbirdsey1@

20-23 | 7 Springs Farm Clinic, Pittstown, NJ. Dick

McCoy, 98-238-9587,

20-23 | Eastern States Exposition Horse Show - The Big E, West Springfield, MA. 413-25-516,

16 | Antares Dressage Schooling Show,

21-23 | Poplar Place Horse Trial, Hamilton, GA. 76-582-9999, www.

16 | Chase Meadows Farm September, North Salem, NY. Joan Healy, 23-947-400, 16 | Folly Farm September, Simsbury, CT. Cara

Chapel, 86-658-9943,,

16 | North Shore Horsemen’s Assoc., George-

town, MA. Paula Newton, 978-462-3732, mlrahlson@

21-23 | Maine State Horse Show Association State Championship - Class A Pleasure Show, Skowhegan, ME. Ricky Drew, 27-272-82, asamnews@ 21-23 | Andrews Osborne Academy September, Willoughby, OH. Laura Webster, 440-942-8700,, 21-23 | Equestrian Sport Productions, LLC. Florida State Fall, Wellington, FL. David E. Burton Jr., 561-793-5867,

16 | Biscuit Hill Farm Horse Show,

21-23 | Majestic Farm Championship - Great American/USDF Breeders’ Championship Series, Batavia, OH. Barbara Mc Carthy, 513-625-355,

16 | CDCTA Ride-Critique-Ride with Ann Guptill,

21-23 | Otter Creek Fall Horse Trials, Wheeler, WI, Lena Warner, 715-658-162,

Shelburne, MA. John Manning, 413-625-019, East Haddam, CT.

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22 | Coventry Farm, Ashland, VA. Cindy Carson Downing, 84-798-23, www.

2 | Haddam Neck Fair Horse Show, Haddam


16 | Halcyon Farm Fall, Dillsburg, PA. Barb Kohr,

16 | MassQHA Trail Ride, Sutton, MA. Don Gillespie, 58-523-3913,

22 | Moriah Farm Jumper Horse Show, Warrenton, VA. Bill Yeager, 540-95-3561, horseshows@

22 | Elmington Farm, LLC Horse Show, Berryville, VA. Kathie Hamlin, 540-955-6219, kathiehamlin@

20-23 | Grand Fall Classic, Westbrook, CT. Jane Dow-Burt, 860-399-6317, jane@westbrookhuntclub. com.

Pinehurst, NC. 910-295-75,

22 | Autumn Olive Farm Show Series, Goodchland, VA. Syndi Pickney-Blunk, 84-457-377,

2 | Crossing Pointe, Troy, VA. Debb Pyle, 434-86-

Farm, Locust Grove, VA. Davera Ackenbom, 434-9607975,

16 | South Run Riding Winter Series, Nokes-


22 | Fox Chase Farm Jumper Show, Middleburg, VA. Maureen Hanley, 540-687-5255,

22 | Whitestone Farm, Fredericksburg, VA. Kathleen Bonner, 540-840-5484,

20-23 | Buffalo Showtime Fall Classic, Hamburg, NY. Craig Brown, 585-657-4528, cmbrown@

ville, VA. Joy Goodenough, 571-224-8486,

22 | Tyrone Farm Introduction to Fox Hunting, Pomfret, CT. Susan Boone, 860-928-3647, www.

2 | The Hunter Experience at Fox Whisper

16 | Sandstone Farm, Millwood, VA. Luci Strange,


21-23 | Tryon Fall Classic, Tryon, NC. Bob Bell, 83-432-9100,

22 | Lighten Up Dressage Show, Huntersville, NC. 74-947-92, 22 | Running Start Schooling Horse Trials, Southern Pines, NC. 910-245-7330, 22 | Shallowbrook Horse Show, Somers, CT. Sally Allison, www. 22 | Snowbird September I, Long Valley, NJ. Claudine Liberatore, 917-371-4551, cjlinc23@yahoo. com. 22 | Stoneleigh-Burnham School HT, Greenfield, MA. Mina Payne-Williams. 413-773-8333, 22 | Saddle Rowe Horse Show, Medway, MA. Tina Geoghegan, 58-533-718, www. 22 | Kentucky Stables, Harrison, NY. Naomi Gauruder, 914-381-2825, 22 | Stonybrook Saddle Club Summer English/Western Show Series, Plum, PA. 412-767-5750, 22 | Tufts Cummings School Open House, Grafton, MA. 58-839-5395, x 84899, open_house. 22-23 | Cowboy Mounted Shooting, Dunstable, MA. Dina Baratta, www. 22-23 | CPJHSA Benefit Horse Show, Carlisle, PA. Donna Bernini, 717-764-356, 22-23 | Dressage at Lamplight September, Wayne, IL. Lloyd Landkamer, 630-497-1770,

Calendar september 22-23 | Howard County Community Grand Prix, Clarksville, MD. Melissa Mattey, 443-518-1970,,

27 | Dressage at Devon Breed Division, Devon, PA. Joy Evans, 32-540-3422, woodlynfarm@aol. com.

22-23 | Marlborough Horse Trials, Upper Marlboro, MD. Donna Bottner, 31-53-8549, bottners@

27-30 | Deerfield Fair, Newton, NH. John Lampropoulos, 63-394-7699, www.

23 | Sandy Point Stables Horse Show, Portsmouth, RI, 41-849-3958,

27-30 | Gallop in the Glen I, New Market, TN, William Graves, 865-475-15, www.

29-30 | GMHA Fall Dressage Show, South Woodstock, VT. Karey Waters, 82-457-159, kmanner@,

27-30 | Eastern States Exposition Horse Show - The Big E, West Springfield, MA. 413-25-516,,

29-30 | Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Isle September, Yaphank, NY. James Rice, 516-322-533, www.

23 | Oak Rise Farm Pleasure Show, Goffstown, NH. 63-656-9730, www. 23 | Azrael Acres Horse Show, Uxbridge, MA. azraelacres@gmail,com, 23 | Central Virginia Show Jumping Assoc.

Show, Manakin Sabot, VA. Gail Thompson, 84-883-350, 23 | Hidden Haven, Mechanicsville, VA. Carol Anne

Chiamardas, 84-883-38,

23 | Rivanna Run Hunter Show Series, Fork Union, VA. Robin Wood, 434-974-1583, rivannarun@ 23 | Sandstone Farm, Millwood, VA. Luci Strange, 540-837-1261, 23 | Brighton Stables Dressage and CT, Knightdale, NC. 919-632-7700,

28 | MHC Days of Champions, Northampton, MA. Deborah Tate, 58-759-9512, 28-29 | The Bourbon County Secretariat Festival, Paris, KY. Danielle Waller, 52-625-1655, 28-30 | Autumn in New York, Syracuse, NY. Naomi Blumenthal, 315-436-1933, nblumenthal@ 28-30 | CFHJA Fall, Tampa, FL. Danielle Becker Scott, 813-361-3783, www. 28-30 | Chagrin Valley FarMS. Chagrin Falls, OH. Linda Joseph, 440-543-7233, cvf@chagrinvalleyfarms. com.

Tiffin, OH. Roger Murray,

28-30 | Jump Start Horse Trials, Lexington, KY. Shelley Ryan, 859-224-3411,

23 | North Shore Horse Shows Association, Danvers, MA. Janice Flynn, 978-774-5654,

28-30 | MA Horsemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Council Days of Champions, Northampton, MA. Deborah Tate, 58-7599512,

23 | Pemiquaney Riding Club, Plymouth, NH.

28-30 | Josh Lyons Clinic, Concord, NH. Kelly Nor-

23 | WRCA and Black Swamp Event - Drive,

Cathy Day, 63-786-937,

23 | Fairfield Co. Hunt Club September, Westport, CT. Naomi Gauruder, 23-227-8445, naomi@ 23 | Gardnertown Farm September, Newburgh, NY. Patricia H Dencker, 845-564-6658,

mandeau, 63-731-2624, kelly@concordequestriannh. com. 29 | Johnston County Horse Show Series, Four Oaks, NC. Michele McLaughlin, 919-9341344, mclaughlin,

29 | Topline Horse Center, Yorktown, VA. Pauline

23 | New Albany Classic, New Albany. OH. Mat-

Creeden, 757-591-8791,

23 | Thomas School September, Melville, NY.

29 | Silver Lining Farm, Manakin Sabot, VA. John West, 84-337-7567, ponyman4ever@

thew Burke, 614-939-3000,

Nancy Thomas, 631-692-6840, 23 | Lord Creek Farm Hunter Pace, Lyme. CT. Sarah Carlson, 860-434-1974, scarlson@highhopestr. org, 25-30 | Dressage at Devon, Devon, PA. Patsy

Albers, 610-293-965, www. 26-29 | ASHAV, Lexington, VA. Kent Moeller, 540-4642962, 26-30 | Old Salem Farm Show, North Salem, NY.


29 | Turner Farm Hunter Schooling Show, Great Falls, VA. Kim Karanik/Sarah Kirk, 73-759-3500, 29 | Fenridge Dressage and CT, Mebane, NC.


29 | World of Horses, Cumberland Fair

Grounds, ME. Brenda, 27-985-9144, bbriona@gmail. com. 29 | Briarwood Farm October, Flemington, NJ. Katharine Benson, 98-86-844, www.

26-30 | Culpeper Finals, Culpeper, VA. Kristen

Vale, 845-246-8833,

29 | Gardnertown Farms October I, Newburgh, NY. Patricia H Dencker, 845-564-6658,

26-30 | Princeton Show Jumping September III,

29-30 | Summer Finale Horse Show, Oneco, CT.

Princeton, NJ. Debi Jaynes, 69-924-2932, debijaynes@

Eileen Hunter, 23-272-259, www.

26-30 | USGPL Finals, Culpeper, VA. Thomas Struzzieri, 845-246-8833, www.

29-30 | Pumpkin Patch Dressage, Camden, SC, Janet Brown, 83-776-274,

29-30 | MSRHA Fall Slide I & II, Canton, MS. Sue Perry, 870-930-759, 29-30 | Capital Challenge Equitation, Upper Marlboro, MD. Oliver Kennedy, 31-952-7944,

29-30 | Middleburg Horse Trials, Middleburg, VA. Jennifer Mosle, 73-21-123,, 29-30 | Pine Meadow Farm September, Fort Edward, NY. Celeste Othmer Brown, 518-746-7463, 29-30 | Pinehurst Fall Dressage, Pinehurst, NC. Sue Smithson, 910-295-3375, smithson@pinehurst. net. 29-30 | Rita & Irish Flynn Memorial, Wellington, FL. David E. Burton Jr., 561-793-5867, 29-30 | Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Horse Trials, Tryon, NC. Laura Weicker, 828-859-619, office@ 29-30 | University of New Hampshire Horse Trials, Durham, NH. Christina Keim, 63-862-1174,, .

29-30 | KILE Open Horse Show, Harrisburg, PA. Katie Patrick, 717-787-295,, www., 29-30 | R.O. Ranch/ACTHA CTC Saddle Series, Mayo, FL. 866-813-1617, clnfuquay@yahoo. com. 30 | Brookhill Farm Horse Show, Charlottesville, VA. Lynne Beegle Gebhard, 434-96-549, 30 | Oak Rise Farm Gymkhana, Goffstown, NH. 63-656-9730, www. 30 | Lake of the Woods, Locust Grove, VA.

Mary Tinsley, 540-972-2238,, 30 | CRDA Summer Schooling Show, Mills, MA. 58-376-2564, 30 | Cornerstone Farm Open Schooling

Show, Foster, RI, 41-397-9242, 30 | Susan G. Komen Connecticut Ride for the Cure, Hampton, CT. 30 | Fox Heath September, Furlong, PA. Claire Harris, 215-850-3895, clairetharris@yahoo. com. 30 | Smoke Rise Riding Club September,

Kinnelon, NJ. Shirley Grisewood, 973-283-12, September 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arabian Horse Association, Inc. of Maine Application for Membership

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

$25 $40 $17

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

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


Membership Application

Membership Application

Arabian Horse Association of MASSACHUSETTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

City: _________________________State: _____________Zip: __________

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

DOB: _______________SS#: _______________Email: ________________


New: ______ Renewing:______

Address: _______________________________________________________________________________

AHA#: _______________________ Member Since: __________________

Telephone: _____________________________________________________________________________

____ $80.00 AHA Adult with Competition Card

E-Mail: _________________________________________________________________________________

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

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

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

____ $65.00 AHA Youth with Competition Card

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

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

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

â?&#x2019; Other (specify)

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

(Under 18 years by 12/31/09)

____ $25.00 AHANE Individual Membership

You may also join AHANE online via the AHA website:

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

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

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

â?? Renewal

â?? Single $20

â?? Family $30

â?? Individual Lifetime Membership $350


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


â?? HERD South Eastern MA Chapter

State____________ Zip___________ Phone________________

I would like to Help

Email ________________________________________________

â?? by volunteering for trail work days


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

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

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


) Pony

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

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

*TUIJTBQQMJDBUJPOGPSâ?&#x2019; a new membership

â?&#x2019; a renewal?

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

â?&#x2019; Combined Training

â?&#x2019; Other________________

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

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

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



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

TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED $________________


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

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

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

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

Family Membership ($40.00)

Individual Membership ($30.00)

Horse Nominations ($25.00 per horse)

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


Horse(s) Nominated for Year End Awards

Membership Form ) Renewal Membership ) NEW Membership

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


] Adult


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


] Joint


Two (2) adults in the same household.


] Family


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


] Youth*


Address: _____________________________________

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

City: ____________________ State: ___ Zip Code:_______


Telephone: _______________ E-Mail: ________________


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


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

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

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

] Lifetime


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

] Joint Lifetime

Empire State Quarter Horse Association Membership Application

Name: ______________________________________________ Address: ____________________________________________

Type of Membership Name:_____________________________AQHA # _____

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

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

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

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Connecticut Trail Rides Association, Inc. Membership Application

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


Two (2) adults in the same household.

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

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

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


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

Join Us!

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

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Family includes children under 19


Pat Boutwell 18380 TR 51 Bluffton, OH 45817



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


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

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

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

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

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

Membership Required (Circle One)

Renewal? Yes / No

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


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


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


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

Annual Dues: Family : Individual: Youth :

$30 ____________ $25 ____________ $20 ____________

Lifetime: $250 __________

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


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

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

Green Mountain Horse Association

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

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

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

For membership information on Green Mountain Horse Association, visit

â?? Individual Life: $250.00

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

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

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

Gypsy Horse Association Membership Application

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

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

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

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

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New England Pinto Association Membership Application

___ Individual $25

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

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

For more information contact:

Nancy Moos: 781-536-4119 or

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

___ Youth


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

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

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

___ Family

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


Individual: __________________________________________

$31 per year: _____________________

___ Life


Youth (18 and under) Birth Date: ________________________

$29 per year: ____________________

___ Riding Program


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

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

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

Interested in learning more about Barrel Racing? Find the district in your area and get involved today!

#1 in Barrel Racing Where Beginners Can Be Winners

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

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

The New England MINIATURE HORSE Society

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

New Hampshire Hunter Jumper Association


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

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



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




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

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


Name(s) _________________________________________________________________


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

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


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

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

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

Please check one: New Member: _____

Renewal: _____ Date: _______

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

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For information on the Norfolk Hunt Club visit:


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Northeast Friesian Horse Club

Ohio Haflinger Association

Membership Form

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

Thank you!

Membership Application

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

Northeast Miniature Horse Club Membership Application

Membership Application First Name: ______________________

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

Last Name: ______________________ Address: _________________________ _________________________________

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


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

State: _________ Zip: ______________

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

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

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

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

$45 (__) Corporate

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

(__) Club

$50 (__) Youth under 18 $15

Names of Adult Members: ________________________________________________________________

Renewal #: ____________________

City/State/Zip:_______________________________ Phone: ___________________________________

Youth Members (with ages): ______________________________________________________________

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

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


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

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

Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association Membership Application The Northwest Connecticut Draft Horse Association was formed in 1989 by a group of men (the first night about 40 men showed up, later joined by many females) interested in learning more about and promoting the draft horse. The mission of the group was to inform and educate the general public about the history and use of the draft horse.



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

The public events sponsored by the club and the many informative programs at club meetings accomplished this mission. The horse owners were happy to get their horses and old-time equipment in front of the public at the many events they sponsored---a Fall Field Day, now named after two of our charter members who were so instrumental in the early success of the day, Bucky Ballard and Frank Colburn. Sleigh riding always paints such a nostalgic picture and they sponsored many sleigh rallies at both the Goshen and Harwinton Fairgrounds. Now the June “Dust--Off” is added to the list of sponsored events. The ownership of a horse is not necessary to join the club, just the interest in the draft horse, a desire to make new friends who are also interested in draft horses and a willingness to help out at our events. The annual dues are $25 for single membership and $45 for family membership, due each January 1. Members have one vote on any issues before the club, you receive a newsletter each month, refreshments and a program at each meeting. We also try to hold events for members and guests only at no cost. We have a good time together and draft horse people are friendly and helpful. To become a member of the NWCDHA send your check to Treasurer Donna Marciano, 47 Stoneridge Drive, Torrington, CT 06790. We hope you consider joining. We are sure you will enjoy being a member of our club.

Name:_______________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________ City: __________________________________________ State _______________ Zip ______________ Phone Number: ________________________________________________________________________ Do you own a horse?______________________________ Breed_________________________________

Quarter Pony Association • PO Box 104 • Cambridge Springs, PA 16403 September 2012

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


Southern New England Horsemen’s Association

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southern New Hampshire Dressage and Combined Training Association, Inc.

The Rhode Island Driving Club, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

The Rhode Island Driving Club, Inc.

Saratoga Driving Association Membership Form

(under 18)

D.O.B. ____________________________

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

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

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

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

Name ________________________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________________

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

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

Name _________________________________________________________________________

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

Address _______________________________________________________________________

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

Phone (H) ____________________________________ (W) ______________________________

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

Email _________________________________________________________________________

Child’s First/Last Name:

Date of Birth:

Family/children _______________________________________________________________

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

Silver Heels Riding Club

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

Junior - $20.00

Lifetime - $200.00

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

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

$ ____________________


Vermont Quarter Horse Association Inc. Membership Application

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

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


Virginia Horse Council 2012 Membership Application

New Member


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

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

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


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

Year End Award Nominations: Name of Horse: _______________________________________________

*Total # of memberships purchased above _____________

Total $ enclosed _____________

Membership runs 1/1 - 12/31

Address:______________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________

Email: ____________________________________

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

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

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

West Greenwich Horseman’s Association Membership Form WEST GREENWICH HORSEMAN’S ASSOCIATION, INC. OF RHODE ISLAND, President: LuAnn Carpenter-Grafe, 382 Weaver Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817; Vice President: Mike Grafe, 382 Weaver Hill Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817; Treasurer: James R. Hallam, 979 Victory Highway, Greene, RI 02827; Secretary: Marcia Stewart, 127 Robin Hollow Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817. Membership: $20.00. Name: ____________________________________________ Telephone: ____________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________________ City/Town: _____________________________________________________Zip Code: ________________ Membership includes subscription to Equine Journal $20 List people in family: ______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________

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

❏ New ❏ Renewal

Equine Journal

Affiliation Is a Winning Combination!

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

Western Reserve Carriage Association

Affiliation Includes:

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

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

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

Please send Membership Application, $25 membership fee (payable to Western Reserve Carriage Association) and our signed Liability Disclaimer that you can print from our website to: Dave Antes, 3919 Wyoga Lake Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224-4949 • phone: 330-928-6001 • fax: 330-928-1290

WORLD CLASS MINIATURE HORSE REGISTRY, INC. 12009 Stewartsville Rd., Vinton, VA US 24179

Tel./Fax: (540) 890-0856 Divisions: A-34” & under B over 34”-38” Types of Registration: Open, Qualified & Hardship

• Free editorial space featuring full color photos • Free display advertising • Sponsorship opportunities • Free membership coupon • Free subscription to the Equine Journal • Discount on subscriptions to sister publications • A free 20-word classified ad


To learn more, email or call 603-903-1244

MEMBERSHIP FEE - US Funds Only $32 US $47 Canada $67 Foreign Countries

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Fight Fear With Fear The YelloW horse, mY FirsT intrepid steed, wasn’t scared of much. his biggest fear reaction in most situations was to stop and lift his head slightly. Consequently, i was lulled into a false sense of security about fear in horses. it’s undeniable that my young mare is more, shall we say, sensitive than my middle-aged gelding was. so, i decided to start cataloging the things that Gorgeous is wary of, and the things she accepts without question, to find a possible pattern to her behavior. Afraid of: Butterflies. i had no idea how vicious these creatures actually are, but Gorgeous has clued me in once or twice. They simply flutter right up into your face and you dare not take the time to think what awful thing is going to happen next! Not afraid of: Huge threatening wasps. i tell you, it takes all my intestinal fortitude to sit quietly in the saddle as a wasp the size of a small fighter plane cruises around us looking for a landing strip. meanwhile, Gorgeous is standing quietly without a care in the world—as long as the wasp isn’t followed by a butterfly. Afraid of: Her shadow. Yes, the old bromide does apply here. Gorgeous has been known to be loping quietly until her shadow catches up. Not afraid of: Thunder and lightning. one day i rushed out for a lesson hoping to dodge the rain. No luck—as soon as my boot hit the stirrup the rain began—followed by thunder and lightning. Did Gorgeous seem to notice? No, she was just glad that darned shadow was gone. Afraid of: The other mare having a minor hissy fit at the far end of the ring. Not afraid of: The big dressage warmblood flamboyantly cantering by with only a dog’s width between us. speaking of dogs, Gorgeous has done a few acrobatics with me aboard at the sight of one of the barn dogs. Duke is 266 equine


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always around and couldn’t care less about pestering the horses. his biggest vice is to trot into the ring and find a comfy place to lie down and supervise. Gorgeous seems to feel affronted by him, however. Therefore, of course, i have become wary of him too. i don’t need to tell you how much good that has done either of us. The scenario goes like this: Gorgeous is going along doing her job. i am feeling slightly confident that things are going well. Uh-oh, here comes Duke. (Keep in mind that Duke is not barking. he is not chasing us. he has merely committed the sin of trotting briefly across our path at a respectable distance.) i tense up. Gorgeous tenses up. i tense up because Gorgeous tenses up. Gorgeous tenses up more because i’ve tensed up more. i shorten the reins to forestall “an incident.” Gorgeous’ head comes up because i shorten the reins. i lean forward because i’m frustrated that her head came up. she goes faster because i lean forward. eventually, she is imitating the action of a carousel horse on red Bull while i bounce helpfully on her back. This is, obviously, counterproductive. And yet, it has become like one of those picking-at-each-other routines that old married couples have—tedious, irritating, and completely unfathomable to everyone around us. so, i had a talk with her the other day. i told her, “Gorgeous, we just have to stop this dog cha-cha-cha routine. in the words of a famous human, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Gorgeous looked at me for a long, thoughtful time. As i headed off, i’m pretty sure i heard her say, “And butterflies.” Ange Dickson Finn is an award-winning freelance writer, western pleasure competitor, and retired horse show mom who’s still trying to figure out why butterflies are scarier than wasps. Visit her at and, or email her at ange@

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