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ABOUT THE COVER

Owned by Charles H. Goodman Chicago, Illinois Bred by Mrs. F.D. Sinclair Estate Trained by

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Designed x Tra La La

GLENVIEW’S EXCELALANTE! & Barbara Goodman Manilow

Kenny and Donna Smith, Owners/Trainers Bob Griffin,Trainer Tom D. Pettry, Barn Manager PO Box 1379 • New Lenox, IL 60451 815-463-8418 (barn) 520-991-6536 (Donna cell) skylineASB@aol.com

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UPHA American Royal National Championship Three-Gaited Park Amateur National Champion Three-Gaited Park Amateur Champion Division A


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UPHA AMERICAN ROYAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CH

Bravo Blue

Northern Blues x AMP Leigh

Unanimous Ladies Five-Gaited National Champion

Heartland Majestic Heartland Equality x Seamair Glitter

Unanimous Hackney Pony Limit Champion Holli Hayes - Whip

Fort Chiswell’s Royal Kiss Callaway’s Northern Kiss x Royal Memories

Amateur Five-Gaited Stallions/Geldings Reserve Champion

Sugarland

Dun-Haven Regal Attraction x Mastercraft’s Princess LF

Unanimous 2014-2013 Amateur Roadster Pony National Champion Amateur Roadster Pony Champion

Undulata’s Susan McGee Undulata’s Nutcracker x Cherry Cherry

Ladies Three-Gaited 15.2 & Under Reserve Champion MacKenzie Lyttle - Up

Noble Charm

My Royale Charm x Wee Pee’s Darlin’

Unanimous Junior Five-Gaited Champion

Here Comes The Boom! Callaway’s Northern Kiss x Madame Cost A’ Lot

Junior Three-Gaited Reserve Champion

I’m A Sugar Shaker

Undulata’s Heir Apparent x CH Callaway’s Sugarplum

UPHA Five-Gaited Classic Reserve Grand Champion

Carson Nation Leatherwood’s Starlight x I’m Real

UPHA Fine Harness Classic Reserve Grand Champion

Tango’s Token Kiss Tango’s Parting Kiss x CF Deny Me Not

Unanimous Two-Year-Old Three-Gaited Champion

Total Knockout

Callaway’s Northern Kiss x Sterling Acres Wild Wing

Howard Schatzberg 2©14 Photo by Rachel

Park Pleasure Champion

The Ivy League

Totally Awesome x Cherry Flamingo

Unanimous AHHS Youth Medallion Pleasure Driving National Champion Junior Exhibitor Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Champion Kirstie Buerkley - Whip

Hackneys Trained by Majestic Oaks

Saddlebreds Trained by Visser Stables


Howard Schatzberg 2©14

Fort Chiswell’s Royal Kiss


Howard Schatzberg 2Š14 Photo by Rachel

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Bravo Blue


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Sugarland


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Carson Nation


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Noble Charm


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Tango’s Token Kiss


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Total Knockout


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Here Comes The Boom!


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LETTER FROM THE

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he show horse industry has seen many noteworthy events throughout the year— a multitude of great performances and exciting classes to be appreciated across the world. From stake night at Louisville to the championships in Bloemfontein, the International Show Horse magazine brought you the best coverage possible. The Parys Christmas Festival, where this issue will be available, will conclude the 2014 show circuit. With the breeding season in the northern hemisphere about to start in the next couple of months, this edition features all the top stallions available in the breeding world today. In this, our last issue for 2014, we look at the future in rising equitation stars as well as the exciting growth of the Dutch Harness Horse. Dr. Ross Millin penned an interesting read about international rugby star Johan Goosen and his Saddlebreds. Of course, as always, our advertisers enhance the magazine with their champion entries. As it is the time of year for thanks, we offer our appreciation to our many loyal advertisers, subscribers, contributors, representatives and fans for their support. The team at the International Show Horse magazine is looking forward to bringing you much more international show horse news in 2015. Happy Holidays!

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Sometimes life deals you a perfect hand and you are the girl lucky enough to love a horse called Rock-Me Braveheart Warrior.

Photo by Anel Fourie

BRAVEHEART

a tribute from the girl who loved him By Tharine Smith

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ot many horses are born and find their final resting place on the same farm. Even fewer people have the opportunity to see such a great career blossom for a horse like Braveheart.

His greatness was evident from his early beginnings and remained consistent with all the Blue Ribbons, Championship Titles and finally, his retirement. We were lucky to enjoy a lifetime of great memories with a once-in-a-lifetime horse and friend.

No horse has ever shown me how much he loved going into a show ring more than Braveheart. Being the center of attention was in his DNA! I think most of the time I was more scared of the crowds and shouting people outside the show ring than he ever was. He demanded your attention. Whether it was at home in his stable, where you could not dare pass without rubbing his favourite spot on his neck (he would show you exactly where), or in the paddock, where he would literally run you over until you gave him the whole bag of carrots you were hiding!

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BLUE RIBBON EDITION JULY 2010

After a championship class and a really competitive ride, I was glad I could be with you in your final hours to say goodbye, he would still gladly accept pats and treats from even the my friend.Thank you for an era of memories I will treasure forever. smallest of children. Thank you for trusting me on your back. He did, however, require acknowledgement as the best and most beautiful creature who ever lived. He loved to be Thank you for teaching me lessons, not only about horses, but also about life. reminded of that. I was lucky enough to have a final ride only a few days before I had to say goodbye.

Thank you for riding to Victory, with your whole heart, every single time.

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Johan on his way to score his try at Newlands, Cape Town, in the Springboks vs World XV encounter

JOHAN GOOSEN

“PERSONNAGE EXTRAORDINAIRE” If you say the name JOHAN GOOSEN, or GOOSE as he is affectionately known, very few people in South Africa, especially avid rugby fans, will not recognised his name.

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By Ross Millin him with horse riding and horses and possibly even fewer, with his latest passion, breeding and riding American Saddlebreds! It all started while he was busy with rehabilitation during one of his injuries and he got closer to Saddlebreds through his kicking coach, Bertus Pretorius. He bought a gelding,Thunder Nite (Hell-Of-ANite x Samoray) and put the horse in training at Bloemfontein’s Buck Ridge Stables of Elizka Jordaan. He showed the gelding at the 2013 Parys Indoor Show, got a top 5 ribbon in the Three Gaited Novice Class and there he met Newline Stud’s owner, Ross Millin. The two of them clicked immediately and Ross saw the sparkle in his eyes when they talked about Saddlebreds. Soon thereafter Johan was the co-owner of the newest addition to Newline Stud, the imported Sir William Robert stud, Sir William’s Knight. After Bloemfontein Show 2014, Ross also acquired a half share in the gelding Thunder Nite.


Ross Millin & Johan Goosen, happy owners of Thunder Nite

Mountainview’s Special New Yorker and Junior Hugo winning at Robertson

Johan Goosen & Thunder Nite at Parys Show

Thunder Nite & Junior Hugo winning the Park Grand Championship at Swartland Regional Show

The young stallion, Sir William’s Knight (Sir William Robert x Katharine’s Perfect Night)

Johan’ s rugby career took a turn away from South Africa and the Bloemfontein Cheetahs rugby franchise as he was signed by the Paris based French Top 14 club, Racing Metro 92, for a 3 year contract in August of 2014. Thunder Nite relocated to Tears & Roses Stables in Paarl and within 4 months Ross and Johan had a Grand Champion Park Horse when Thunder Nite and Junior Hugo in their debut show won the Open Park Qualifier and the Park Grand Championship Title at the Swartland Regional Show in September 2014. Although Johan will mostly be playing rugby in France and Europe for the next 3 years (the Rugby World Cup is in England in 2015), he is totally committed and involved in the decision making at Newline Stud. The broodmares in foal

Johan kicking a monstrous 56 m drop goal for Racing Metro 92, against ASM Clermont in France

to Sir William’s Knight will also relocate to his new farm in Burgersdorp in the foreseeable future. Recently Johan also became the co-owner with Ross of the imported mare, the Novice Five Gaited National Champion and WP Gentlemen Five Gaited Champion, Mountainview’s Special New Yorker (I’m A New Yorker x Abacus Claudia). Johan believes that horses and riding them have a calming effect - horses also give direction and focus in life. With the horses he has been acquiring in the past couple of months it is obvious that he is not only a champion on the rugbyfield, but he is also serious about replicating that success with Saddlehorse breeding and showing. He is looking forward to the venture with Newline Stud and to be part of the dream team, breeding top show horses, and showing them in South Africa and the United States. THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE Holiday Edition

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Dena Lopez. Trainer’s Equitation Cup Champion

By Deveau Zubrod Kreitzer

Photos by Doug Shiflet

CUTTHROAT COMPETITION:

The First-Ever Trainer’s Equitation Cup “Get your hands up!” “Heels down!” “Sit up straight and pull your shoulders back”. These are not uncommon words to hear being yelled across the ring. But this was not just any equitation class. Those riders being asked to exhibit exceptional form are the likes of Neil Visser, Nelson Green, and Debbie Foley. Yes, that’s right; Debbie Foley – and she even had a bun!

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group of 16 World Champion-caliber trainers dipped their feet into the hot water of equitation for a fantastic fundraiser to benefit the American Saddlebred Horse Association’s Marketing Fund on October 4th.

And just like any other class these trainers have performed in, they took this class very seriously.The warm-up ring was like the WWF ring of trash talk, with trainers ribbing each other, all in good fun of course. But, their competitive nature is one thing that has made them the best of the best; and they were also focused and prepared for the task at hand. Many of the trainers had instructors coaching them on the rail, and several even took equitation lessons throughout the week leading up to the class. “In the warmup, many were practicing their lead changes, and a lot of stirrup leathers were being hiked up before the gate opened,”

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laughed Michelle Partridge, the ASHA’s Media Production and Marketing Manager. “But when they came through that gate, they really took it seriously. I was so impressed, but as a former equitation rider myself, I have to admit that I really enjoyed watching the patterns, and being able to confirm that yes, hitting those center points, making smooth transitions, and keeping perfect form is indeed much harder than it looks!” “It was a great idea and a wonderful promotion,” said Debbie Foley.“So many people came to the show just to watch that class. All of the trainers were out of their element, but they all really came together for a good cause. It was not something that any of us would practice usually, and people were practicing ahead of time and really getting into the competitive nature of it. They made me shorten my stirrups six holes!”


The top 10 await their pattern.

Bella Hodge ready to cheer on her grandfather, Larry, and Ryan Visser, supporting her dad, Neil.

Debbie Foley has a bun!

“I thought the class was great,” added Dena Lopez, the winner of the inaugural class. “I thought the turn out from all the trainers that participated was fantastic. It’s always a positive thing to see so many come together for the same purpose and support it as a team. And we had fun doing it. There was laughter in the ring among the trainers, encouragement for one another, and even a little smack talk going on, all in good fun. It was very exciting for all of us in the class to hear how the crowd got behind us and supported us.They were loud and having as much fun as we were. Everybody sees us competing against each other throughout the year. I think it’s important for people to see that we work together, help and support each other.”

Neil Visser perfecting his equitation in the line-up, while judges Nancy Becker and Nancy McConnell look on.

presence at the show, since it is housed on the same property at The Kentucky Horse Park. “The Trainers’ Equitation Cup Class was literally put together in less than three weeks,” she said. “One day, I texted Bill Whitley and Bob Funkhouser and asked if we could host a Trainers’ Equitation Class, with the nominations for the trainers benefitting ASHA, and they thought it was a good idea, so they let me run with it.” Her great idea, and tireless work, made it possible to pull off an enormously successful class, and raise over $50,000 to help promote the Saddlebred breed.

“Mr. Whitley was a huge asset for the class,” continued Michelle. “He personally contacted the majority of the trainers. He is a tough man to say no to, but they were all enthusiastic participants.” Michelle Partridge has brought a youthful viewpoint, and a To participate in the class, each trainer needed to have at least a lifetime of Saddlebred experience, as an exhibitor herself, to the $100 nomination, but the top three nomination raisers received Saddlebred Association since she first started out as an intern in a Lifetime Membership to ASHA, valued at $2500. To nominate 2010. As the Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show was approaching, a trainer, you could fax, mail, or email the nomination form, or call she was brainstorming ways that the ASHA could have a Michelle directly.The top three money earners were Bret THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE Holiday Edition

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Bret Day, Melissa Moore and Kent Swalla were the top three money-raisers.

Day, Melissa Moore, and Kent Swalla. “Each and every trainer that participated encouraged everyone they knew to nominate them, I think this speaks volumes about the character of our professionals because they all wanted to help ASHA, and for that I am forever grateful,” said Partridge. “Most of the trainers that were nominated did participate,” she exclaimed. “And those that did not had good reasons for not being able to show, but we are counting on their participation next year! We are very thankful to everyone that shared their horse with the trainers enabling them to participate. I was very impressed with the quality of the horses, and the trainers had a great time. I was very humbled after the class because some of my heroes like Larry Hodge, Melissa Moore, Debbie Foley, (well they are all my heroes), but they said they had so much fun and were happy to help raise money for ASHA.” Not only did the trainers participate by competing in the class, but others were on hand to offer instruction, horses, and help in any way possible.“Fran and Kim Crumpler were my coaches, but they had a horse get sick that morning,” said Foley. “So Julie Kaufman came up to me before the show and said she was going to do my hair. I didn’t think my hair was long enough for a bun, but they found a tack sponge and they made me a bun from that!”

Lopez, the winning trainer, was awarded a one-year membership to the ASHA,The American Saddlebred Museum and the UPHA, a full color page in the 2015 Journal of the American Saddlebred commemorating her win, and a tricolor ribbon and trophy. The swag was great for Lopez, but the win was different than most for her. “Every win is important. In a performance class we want that win for our clients and their horses,” said Lopez. “In a performance class, I focus on the horse, and helping it to perform the best that it can. In the trainer’s class, it was about the rider. I had to dig deep to remember what I had been taught and learned over the years. As we were on the rail working, you could hear young riders telling their trainers, toes up, heels down, chest out, chin up. Wiggle and lift. It became a strong reality check that we had to practice what we preach. To be the inaugural winner of the Trainer’s Equitation Cup was a very emotional, rewarding, and personal win for me, and one that I will treasure always.”

Much like a National Championship Equitation Final, the riders first competed on the rail and then the Top 10 exhibitors were asked to stay in the ring to perform a pattern that had been posted that morning. No dropping of stirrups was allowed (thankfully!) and to be eligible all trainers could not have competed in an equitation class in the last 15 years.

Official Results: 1. Dena Lopez 2. Melissa Moore 3.Todd Graham 4. Bret C. Day 5. Kent Swalla 6. Nelson Green 7. Steve Wheeler 8. John Conatser 9. Chris Reiser 10. Melinda Moore Other Entries: Chris Brannan, Debbie Foley, Karin Folkers, Larry Hodge, Tre Lee and Neil Visser

One of the crowd favorites was Todd Graham, who finished third in the class after nailing a picture-perfect pattern. “It was like back in the day when Steve Wheeler and I were riding in equitation classes as kids,” laughed Graham.

Look for the Equitation Cup again soon, but as always, Michelle will be brainstorming ways to not only expand the Trainers’ Equitation Cup to include every region, but to keep the idea novel. “It was a big success, and we hope to keep moving it forward.”

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Hardin County Fair Kaelynn Donnelly-I’m Simply Silver-Show Pleasure Driving Champion

Sue Ward-LA Sir Top Hat-Five Gaited Show Pleasure Reserve Champion

Holly & Levi Hayes, Lisa McMackin-Lead Line Champion

Larry Meyer-Craycroft Himalayan-Hackney Pleasure Driving Reserve Champion

Alicia Schuckert-Heartland Electra-Open Road Pony Champion

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July 22-26
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Mercer County Fair Vicki Reed-Heir to A Kiss-Amateur Three Gaited Grand Champion

Cece Hagan-CH Billy Deluxe-Five Gaited Show Pleasure Champion

Kristen Bagdasarian-He’s Taylor Made-Ladies Five Gaited Champion

Vickie Clark-Arrowhead’s Bon Apetite-Open Park Champion

Lindsay Simpson-Give Me The Moon-Ladies Three Gaited Champion

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July 30-Aug 2 (Shelbyville, KY)

Shelbyville Horse Show Brooke Jacobs-A Holiday Affair-Five Gaited Show Pleasure Champion

Caroline Skinner-Captain Sparrow JJS-Adult Three Gaited Show Pleasure Champion

George Knight-Ridin High-Three Year Old Five Gaited Champion

Alia Hurst-Like A Boss-Amateur Three Gaited Champion

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August 1-2 (Winfield, WV)

KVHA August Victoria Daniel-Madiera’s Top Gun-Junior or Novice Five Gaited Champion

Casey Tibolet-Desdemona’s Majesty-Park Pleasure Champion

Gracelynn Jordan-10 & under WT Equitation Champion

Melissa Flint-Prince’s Black Tie Affair-Open Park Champion

Samantha Swiger-CH Man of Hour Dreams-12 & Under WT Pleasure Champion

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August 6-9 (Burlington, KY)

Boone County Fair Hallie Carman-Its Nighty Night-Open Five Gaited Grand Champion

Marie Bouvet-Juliette’s Premier Marche-Ladies Five Gaited Champion

Nina Izquierdo-10 & Under WT Equitation Champion

Holly Hayes-Heartland Majestic-Open Hackney Pony Champion Pleasure Driving Champion

Travis Reason-Showtime’s Scripture and Verse-Junior Exhibitor Hackney Pleasure Driving Champion

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August 15-17 (Ponoka, AB Canada)

Western Canadian Championship Rachelle Reichert-Celebration-Five Gaited Show Pleasure Grand Champion

Catriona Kozijn-Saddle Seat Equitation Grand Chanpion

Laura Malyk-Saddle Seat Equitation 14-17 Champion

Dallas Kitchen-May Bi Mi Ring-Alberta Futurity Yearling Champion

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August 29-30 (Kansas City, MO)

Mid America Charity Cathy Harris-Heartland Calypso-Harness Pony Champion

Shirley Richardson-Polar Express-Adult Country Pleasure Champion

Kelly Stewart-Fort Chiswell’s Royal Commander-Open Park Champion

Michael Graham-I Second The Motion-Open Five Gaited Champion

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September 13 (Shelbyville, KY)

Kentucky State Championship Ashley Hallock-First Round Pick-Show Pleasure Drivig KY State Champion

Kaeley Arterburn-Pleasure Equitation KY State Champion

Shelby Key-Creamview’s Tax Collector-Junior Exhibitor Country Pleasure KY State Champions

Charlotte Kurtz-Simply Nanette-Adult Show Pleasure KY State Champion

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September 20 (Louisville, KY)

Rock Creek Novice Show Devin Sell-Academy WTC 13 & Under Pleasure Regional Champion

Lauren McClure-Callaway’s Flying Blue-Three Gaited Novice Rider Champion

Whitley Walls-Academy Lead Line Regional Champion

JoAnn Fair-Semair Traveler-Road Pony Novice Driver Champion Rita Wheeler-A Storm Star-Novice Country Pleasure Section B Champion

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October 3-5 (Winona, MN)


Minnesota Futurity Teresa Atkin-CH Teuschers-Adult Country Pleasure Grand Champion

Cory Eickholt-Reedann’s Phind the Design-Junior Novice Five Gaited Champion

Doug Lindstrom-A Man of Fashion-Open English Pleasure Grand Champion

Dede Disbrow-Bump In the Night-Open Fine Harness Grand Champion

David Trussell-Heir A Dice-MN ASB Limited Breeders Weanling Champion

Bob Griffin-CH CF Burn Out-Open Park Grand Champion

Amy Weiler-CH Honest Impression-Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Grand Champion

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Ocotber 9-11 (East Lansing, MI)

ASHAM Sandra Rizzo-Shot An A Beer-Adult Show Pleasure Grand Champion

Sena Bowling-You Can Call Me Lucky-Open Five Gaited Gran Champion

Elizabeth Scoggins-Heartland Said and Done-Open Road Pony Grand Champion

Barbara Friedman-Early Edition-Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving Grand Champion

Lizzie Edgar-Tesoro-Open Three Gaited Grand Champion

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Elevation to Heaven on Earth:

A LOOK AT MADISON STRINGER

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hat exactly does it mean to a 14-year-old girl to have “horse fever?” Does it mean she’d trade any other activity just to be in the saddle every day? That she will read, reread, analyze, and memorize the same horse book, magazine, or show photos, with the same sentiment as she did the first time she came across the page? Does it happen when she eagerly looks forward to hard work, grueling patterns, exhaustive lunge lessons and purple knee bruises as if it is all just fun? When she balances impeccable school grades with traveling across the country twice a month to train? Or, perhaps, it is when a beautiful and talented animal can inspire in a young girl such resolve that her greatest dreams become attainable and such maturity that her growing demeanor and aptitude toward life is quite simply a natural product of her successes in the showring. “I’m really blessed to have the opportunities that I’ve had, and to own such a cool horse to show right now is a privilege for

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By Brittany DeVries me,” said Madison Stringer of her current mount. Madison had begun riding with Erin and Reese Richey of Cape Cod Farm and when it came time to purchase a new horse in 2013, hopefully as an Equitation horse for her, Erin immediately thought of the beautiful 2010 ASR Kentucky Futurity 2 Year Old Fine Harness champion I’m In Heaven. When Madison flew out to North Carolina from her home in Arizona to meet him, it was love at first sight. “We literally flew out to North Carolina and he was the clear cut decision. We meshed instantly and it was just meant to be,” Madison said of her gorgeous gelding. A Transition from Equitation to Three-Gaited This pair has already garnered great accolades. After a qualifier win and Championship reserve at Dayton in Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited in 2013, they went to the Kentucky State Fair for Madison’s first time and received a strong fourth in 13 and Under Saddle Seat Equitation - not an easy task with a Three-Gaited horse, nor as Madison’s first time ever competing at Louisville. Yet Madison’s trainer, Erin Richey of Cape Cod Farm, knew her


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student could bring it all together to perform. “After purchasing I’m In Heaven, we saw that he was much more horse than we had anticipated. Madison was always able to ride him though,” Erin said. Ride she did. Madison was up for the challenge, embracing her horse’s talents as keenly as a trainer would. “He gave us the indication that he wanted to be a three-gaited horse,” said Madison. “He is a very intelligent animal. He didn’t enjoy the Equitation idea, but he did it for me.” So, in Three-Gaited style in the 13-and-Under division, Madison and I’m In Heaven headed to the UPHA/American Royal and earned reserve in the qualifier there. Madison’s mother commented on Madison’s adept ability to switch from Equitation to performance. “It was our first time at Louisville, with a horse we just purchased. We had no idea what to expect and it wasn’t a lot of time with the horse. Madison, though, is always as cool as a cucumber. She can go through a stressful situation and pull it off. “ That’s exactly what she did, and her debut at Louisville is a testament to this young lady’s abilities even when starting her riding career a little later in life. Her mother says it best: “It’s been a joy watching her riding develop. She’s had an amazing drive and passion for it and it has been fun to see her transform from a girl in Academy to competing where she is now. I’m proud of her for being who she is.” After Louisville, Madison and I’m In Heaven switched gears to Three-Gaited and it was apparent the team was “in heaven” in this division, earning reserve in the 13 and under Three-Gaited qualifier at the Royal.They took that winter to hone their skills and then marched through a fantastic campaign season in 2014. After a reserve in the 14-17 Three-Gaited Championship at Midwest Charity, these two swept up the blue and tri-color in their division at Lexington Junior League. They went back to Louisville, this time in Three-Gaited, and earned fourth in a highly competitive sea of 14-17 Three-Gaited horses and riders. An Affection for Arabians Another reason for Madison’s smooth transition from Equitation to the three-gaited division is her experience with, and ability to switch over from, Arabians. Arizona is a hallmark state for the Arabian breed, so it was a natural transition to begin competing on the Arabian circuit. After getting her start in the Saddlebred world with Yount Stables and White Star Stables, she decided to pursue Arabian Equitation competition. Under trainers Kellie Wendling and Dalton Budd of Select Show Horses in Sheridan, Indiana, Madison and her Arab mare, Aphrodisiac, went to the 2013 National Championships and won the UPHA Breeds Junior 13-and-Under Challenge Cup and the 13-and-Under Half Arabian Saddle Seat Equitation National Championship.“Arabians are very different from the Saddlebreds,” Madison said.“Both have their breed qualities so they are both very beautiful in their own ways.” This feminine bay mare really began the foundation for Madison’s goals in the horse show world and, though it took great mental capacity for Madison to thrive in both industries, the mare heightened Madison’s naturalpassion and talent as a rider.

“Leaving On a Jet Plane” Not only has Madison balanced two breeds, but also this young woman has become a bit of an American show horse jet setter. She would travel to her Arabian barn in Indiana, fly up to Ohio to ride Saddlebreds with Erin Richey, and in between she would balance her academics and stay legged up with Michelle McVey at Desert Palms in Arizona.

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Cod Farm at least twice a month to perfect patterns and train on I’m In Heaven. When Madison can’t be in Ohio, she rides at Michelle McVey’s Arizona barn Desert Palms Equestrian Center to keep her legs strong. Both Erin and Michelle go the extra mile, or should we say 1,869 miles, to coordinate her training from Cave Creek, Arizona to Spring Valley, Ohio. “Erin sees things I need to work on and gives Michelle a call. Then, Michelle does drills with me and reports to Erin on my progress each week,” she said. “It feels really good that two people care so much about my success, and two people’s perspectives have helped me grow as a rider - they both have something different to say.” Gathering Madison on the West Coast side has been a tremendous pleasure for Michelle McVey. “She is an extremely hard worker on and off the horse and around the barn,” she said. “I love being able to teach her and work with her. She has a great work ethic and has a bright future in the horse industry.” The Stringers met Erin through a connection in their Indiana Arabian barn, and Erin and Reese Richey have opened the doors for Madison and her riding. “When you live in the West coast, everything is a little different,” Mrs. Stringer said. “It has been a real eye opener to step into a Midwestern barn. Erin has

opened our eyes to a whole new level of competition and it has been a joy to be a part of it. I don’t even know how to describe it: the level of competition, the beauty of horses that are there, it all elevates everything to next step.” Everybody knows how warm and lovely it is in Arizona year round. Well, weather (ahem, cold weather!) was a condition that Madison had to adapt to and ride in. “The first time I sent poor Madison out, Erin asked her if she owned a coat!” Madison’s mother explained. Aptly nicknamed “Arizona” at the barn, Madison now travels to the Midwest with winter layers and a Costco pack of toe and hand warmers in her luggage. Erin commented that “Arizona” has matured immensely in the past year as both a rider and as a young woman. “She is a very good student, a hard worker and a good listener,” Erin said of her talented pupil. A Drive to Succeed When not focused on horses, Madison turns her attention to school. “She’s kind of a geek!” her mother exclaimed with obvious pride and love for her daughter. “She loves math. Most children, you ask what do you want to be when you grow up and they will say an astronaut or something like that. She wants to THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE Holiday Edition

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Legged Up for 2015 Madison’s love for Equitation is unceasing, so she, her family, and her trainers are switching gears over the winter to prepare for her first season as a senior Equitation competitor. “ I personally love the challenge that Equitation poses, how you present yourself and your horse,” she said.“You have to nail your workouts for The drive to challenge herself, and succeed, is apparent the top ribbons. I think that is challenging and I truly enjoy that in all that Madison does in life. Having never shown in the portion of Equitation.” As Madison prepares for Senior Saddle Seat Three-Gaited division before, she climbed aboard and was Equitation in the upcoming season, she knows that her experiences immensely successful in a group of talented, respected and in the performance division with I’m In Heaven have taught her well-known World’s Champion 14-17 Three-Gaited horse horsemanship that she will take with her next year. Second, she and rider teams. “Being in such a competitive class with those has an amazing group of people around her who will support her talented girls helped me to overcome my nerves,” Madison through it. Finally, she knows the advantage of a true bond between said. That level of intensity can be seen as comparable to the a rider and her mount. “My goal next year is to get through it and competition level in Senior Equitation, so it has been very execute patterns to the best of my ability. There are lots of great good preparation for Madison to show in Equitation next year. riders in there but I know that the bond I build with my horse will help carry me to future victories.” Another very good cross-training workout for Miss Stringer is her spot on the US Saddle Seat Equitation Young Riders For her eleventh birthday, Madison didn’t ask for gifts. She asked Team.“Young Riders World Cup is such a special event,” she to be taken to Louisville, Kentucky in late August, where the said.“You only have seven minutes to warm up with your horse Saddlebred beau monde convene for the World’s Championships, and it is truly great how these riders perform. It’s challenging where a little girl will lose her breath staring agape on the rail as but I like a challenge.” Madison tried out one year earlier and green shavings fly. Before leaving that year, she gathered a handful was very close to making the team, so she tried again and of green shavings and put them in a baggie to bring home. She told made it for 2015 - as the youngest rider on the team. It turns her mother that she wanted to do this.“You know,” Madison said in out that three of her barnmates from Indiana are also on the the relaxed, reflective tone of a woman three times her age,“it has team, so Madison is able to reconnect with them. “It is fun to taken time, work and effort, but it has truly been worth it. Since I have friends in different states. On the circuit, I know people started riding, I’ve thumbed through magazines and thought ‘When from those I’ve known in the past. It’s a family and a community I’m older I’m going to be just like her.’ To be in it, with them, is truly a dream that has come to a reality.” to me.” be a geneticist. ”Madison said she wants to be a pharmaceutical engineer and loves math and science. She is involved with many math challenges and other state competitions and she takes two foreign languages, including Latin. “I enjoy my academics almost as much as I enjoy my horses,” she said.

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NO IT ISN’T

FUNGAL INFECTION OR A GRASS ALLERGY

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By Dr OJ Botha (BVSc) VetsBrands

ummer has arrived and along with it the usual epidemic of itchy scratching horses with strange lesions around its head and down the neck. Horse owners and trainersspend a fortune on a wide variety of magical potions that they religiously apply to these lesions to no avail. Rumors, advice and “I have heard” abounds. Grass allergy (due to bad Hay or Lucerne), Fungal infections, mites and even spells cast upon the horse by Sangomas are blamed. In the meantime our poor horses suffer and the lesions just get worse. The climax is reached in December, at Parys show when many Show horses enter the show ring weary from scratching and itching with its head and neck covered in brown or black polish bravely trying to hide the magnificent failure of its trainers or owners to correctly treat this simple syndrome! Cause True summer itch is caused by the allergic reaction of horses to the saliva of Culicoides (Midges) or Mosquitoes. If the biting of these two insects is dramatically reduced the symptoms of Summer itch will slowly disappear in spite of all the useless concoctions that is applied to the horses skin! If correct preventative action is taken in early spring before the biting insects start their activity the syndrome will not appear. The latest scientific studies have shown that other environmental factors (such as inhaled allergies or food allergies) may exacerbate the clinical symptoms. (Hallamaa RE).certain breeds of horses as well as certain individual horses may also have a genetic predilection for Summer itch. (Eriksson S et al). The bottom line however is that when a horse has the typical symptoms of Summer itch and it is seen only during the summer months then the allergy to the saliva of Midges and Mosquitoes is the reason and this should be treated. It is important to understand that some new and fresher hay or Lucerne that is obtained in early spring may also attract the Midges and

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Mosquitoes into the stable and in this way more bites arise that will start the symptoms. It isn’t the hay or Lucerne causing the problem it’s the fact that more Midges enter the stable and take blood meals from your horse! Symptoms The symptoms of true Summer itch in horses is always seen in Summer. It starts in late spring to early summer and disappears towards late autumn early winter. If the symptoms are seen in mid-winter it means that there is a complicating factor such as a deep skin infection, fungus or other allergy that is was secondary to the Summer itch seen in summer. Horses affected by true Summer itch are itchy as hell!. They are constantly rubbing their heads and necks on the barn doors or walls or any place that is available.True Summer itch is confined to the head and neck region of horses. Summer itch shows small areas of patchy hair loss but more importantly in these areas of hair loss the skin is often raised, red and inflamed. Summer itch gets worse and worse if treatment is not correct. The application of topical ointments and concoctions may temporarily reduce the symptoms but the disease will invariably progress. Diagnosis Summer Itch is diagnosed primarily by its Clinical symptoms and the history of the horse being affected during the summer months. Once an owner or trainer has seen the disease and knows what the correct diagnosis is, it is easy to recognize. In cases where owners do not want to accept the Veterinarians diagnosis or where there is any doubt as to the possibility of other secondary complications such bacterial, fungal ormite infections a skin biopsy may be performed by a Veterinarian and this will be analyzed microscopically. This will also confirm the diagnosis of Summer itch in cases were owners are skeptical about the diagnosis. I have diagnosed three cases of Summer itch in the last two weeks and in one case a


biopsy was performed with the following report attached. “The histopathological lesions are compatible with a type 1 hypersensitivity reaction and thus allergic skin disease in this horse. Although a specific allergen cannot be determined with histological evaluation, the most common allergen in horses indeed represents Culicoides hypersensitivity. Lesions are often seasonal. No clear indications of another condition could be detected in these samples.” Prevention It’s real, real simple! The only way to effectively prevent the symptoms of Summer itch is to reduce or prevent the amount of blood meals that Culicoides (Midges) or Mosquitoes take. So this means keep the Midges and Mosquitoes out of the stables! Both Mosquitoes and Midges are active in the dark. Very few mosquito bites occur in the day and even less Midge bites. It is thus imperative that horses suffering from Summer itch be stabled two hours before dusk and stay in the stable until at least two hours after dawn. Placing a high powered fan that hangs down from the roof and is directed towards the back of the stable is imperative.This fan should be on a timer and should be running for the duration of the dark hours. The most important factor in preventing Midge and Mosquito bites is however the application of the correct insect repellant at least one hour before dusk and at dawn. Grooms attending to horses affected by Summeritch must be explained how and why the correct and diligent application of the correct insect repellant is imperative. This may normally be done just before the horses are fed in the morning and evening. Closing the openings to the stables with mosquito net and spraying these nets with the correct insect repellant in the afternoon will further prevent Midges from entering the stable.

The correct insect repellant It is imperative that the correct insect repellant be used. Horse owners spend thousands or Rands every year on insect repellants that are non-effective, or at most partially effective in repelling and or especially preventing specifically Midges and Mosquitos from taking blood meals. In a landmark study performed by a leading Equine veterinarian it was proven conclusively that Citronella oil as well as Cypermethrin repellants do not have any significant repellency effect against Culicoides. If one studies the report critically it is shocking to see that Citronella oil actually attracted more midges than a negative control. (Page PC et al). In contrast it was proven that a 15 % DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide) formulation had a significant repellency effect against Culicoides. (Page PC et al). “The repellent efficacy of 15% N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET), 0.6% citronella oil, and 0.3% alpha-cyano-cypermethrin against Culicoides species was compared in three 5x5 Latin squares (15 replicates) under South African field conditions. DEET, Citronella oil or Alpha-cyano-cypermethrinwere applied to polyester meshes that were fitted to down-draught suction 220V UV light traps which were operated overnight. No significant repellent effect against Culicoides was found for the citronella oil or the alpha-cyano-cypermethrin. DEET had a significant repellent effect against Culicoides species and C. imicola for all catches made from after sunset to before sunrise”. Another researcher is Scotland proved that Eucalyptus oil was also highly effective as a repellant against Culicoides. (Trigg JK). During an extensive scientific study recently completed at a leading research facility, it was proven that a unique product containing DEET, Eucalyptus oil,Tagete oil (Kakiebos) oil, Lemon oil and Turpentine oil (Summer Itch Spray, VetsBrands) was extremely effective for more than 16 hours in preventing Mosquitoes from landing or feeding on horses. (Botha OJ et al).

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During the above study as well as a five year field trial study performed on more than 500 horses. It was also proven conclusively that the above product was completely safe, had no side effects and also had no irritant effects on the skin of horses when applied correctly. In plain English the above translates to the following: Do not trust Fly, Mosquito and Midge repellants that contains Citronella oil or Cypermethrin to effectively prevent Mosquitoes or Midges from biting your horses. Insist on using a product that contains DEET as well as Eucalyptus oil (Summer Itch Spray, VetsBrands). Do not use human products containing DEET as they are often to strong and formulated for human use and thus much more prone to causing allergic reactions in horses. Furthermore they are far more expensive than the Equine specific product (Summer Itch Spray VetsBrands). It is also important to note that Midges and Mosquitos transmit the dreaded African Horse Sickness (AHS) and therefore it is imperative that horse owners and trainers use a Mosquito and Midge repellent that has been proven to be effective in preventing them from feeding on horses. (Summer Itch Spray). To ensure that horse owners and trainers use Summer Itch Spray correctly and to prevent misuse of the product the manufacturers have decided to sell the product exclusively via Veterinarians and Vet owned Vet Shops. Treatment Treatment for Summeritch is based on systemically reducing allergic reaction and the inflammatory reaction that follows upon the injection of the insect saliva. The only truly effective treatment is

the correct use of Cortisone. Horses need to be injected with anshort acting injectable Cortisone, preferably intravenously, for two days in a row. This has to be followed up by a long acting depot cortisone injection or daily cortisone tablets administered crushed in the food for at least 4 weeks. This treatment needs to be administered by your veterinarian and should under no circumstances be attempted on your own. Trainers also need to remember that if they administer any form of Veterinary treatment without Veterinary supervision and anything goes wrong they are liable for all damages incurred. Topical cortisone and or other soothing ointments or liniment application, although not effective in curing the disease, may be used for the first few days to help in relieving the symptoms but should never be relied on to cure the disease. Summer Itch Spray application may be started on non-affected areas twice a day and extended to affected areas within three days of starting treatment once the worst of the inflammation and itching has abated. Conclusion If your horse has a seasonal allergy that is located primarily on the head and neck and is very itchy it most likely suffers from Culicoid and Mosquito induced Summer Itch. No amount of ointments or concoctions will heal your horse. The horse needs to be treated with Cortisone by a Veterinarian.The horse must be supplied with a fan in its stable. Products that do not contain DEET and Eucalyptus oil will not be highly effective in preventing Culicoid bites. The horse must be diligently sprayed with Summer Itch Spray twice a day according to the manufacturer’s instructions. The Summer Itch Spray applications must be done from early spring to late autumn.

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References: Unpublished. Evaluation of the repellence efficacy of a topical spray Formulation (Summer Itch Spray) against mosquitos on horses. Botha OJ Animal. 2008 Mar;2(3):3605. doi: 10.1017/ S1751731107001413. Genetic analysis of insect bite hypersensitivity (summer eczema) in Icelandic horses. Eriksson S1, Grandinson K, Fikse WF, Lindberg L, Mikko S, BrostrĂśm H, Frey R, Sundquist M, Lindgren G. Vet Parasitol. 2009 Jul 7;163(1-2):105-9. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2009.03.055. Epub 2009 Apr 5. Duration of repellency of N,Ndiethyl-3-methylbenzamide, citronella oil and cypermethrin againstCulicoides species when applied to polyester mesh. Page PC1, Labuschagne K, Nurton JP, Venter GJ, Guthrie AJ. Acta Vet Scand. 2009 Jul 14;51:29. doi: 10.1186/17510147-51-29. Characteristics of equine summer eczema with emphasis on differences between Finn horses and Icelandic horses in a 11-year study. Hallamaa RE. Vet Parasitol. 2012 Apr 30;185(2-4):265-73. doi: 10.1016/j.vetpar.2011.09.037. Epub 2011 Oct 1. Comparison of two trapping methods for Culicoides biting midges and determination of African horse sickness virus prevalence in midge populations at Onderstepoort, South Africa. Scheffer EG1, Venter GJ, Labuschagne K, Page PC, Mullens BA, MacLachlan NJ, Osterrieder N, Guthrie AJ

J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 1996 Jun;12(2 Pt 1):329-30. Evaluation of a eucalyptusbased repellent against Culicoides impunctatus (Diptera:Ceratopogonidae) in Scotland. Trigg JK


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STORIES FROM

Stopher Walk

The polished perfection spectators see in Freedom Hall each year is occasionally the result of unique and rapid problem solving in Stopher Walk and the “Make –up ring”. It is our desire to unearth some of these anecdotal stories and share them with our readers.

Dust off and jump back on!

In 2004, Lynda Freseth had taken WCC CH Blackberry Delight and owner/rider Ericka Nelson into Stopher Walk to warm up for the Three-Gaited Ladies Over 15.2 class. “Everything had gone well and we were ready to go in the ring,” Freseth reported. The winner of the previous class was exiting the ring when another horse came up and broadsided the waiting horse and rider. Jim (Blackberry Delight) fell back on his haunches and Ericka came off. “His tail brace was a major mess,” said Freseth. The brace had slipped up the tail and the bottom was severely bent. “Ericka’s top hat came off. We retrieved it, knocked the dents out and dusted the shavings off it and plopped it back on her head,” Freseth related. “We threw her back on the horse and told her to go in the ring and call a time140 THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE Holiday Edition

out so we could fix his brace. “Ericka is a very organized person who has everything thought out to the last detail. To have this happen, especially at Louisville…well, it was truly out of character for her to jump up, dusting off her coat, unfrazzled and jump back on! She gathered her reins and went straight in the ring. As he was trotting down the ramp, his brace slipped back into place but the bottom was still badly bent and was sticking straight out the back of his tail,” Freseth continued. “I yelled for her to keep going and not to call ‘time.’ ” The rest is history. Blackberry Delight and Ericka Nelson were the unanimous World’s Champions with what Lynda described as a “Great Performance!” They came back, later that week to be named World’s Champion of Champions Three-Gaited Ladies. In less than 2 minutes, crisis was, once again, averted in Stopher Walk.


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Zoe and PT Cruiser

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Zoe and Marty in their matching silks

By Shannon Ella

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE FOR THE SCHAFFEL DUO!

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oe started in the jog cart with her father Marty at a very young age and then sped into the Roadster scene when she hit the show ring with her very first roadster pony, PT Cruiser. Marty recalls seeing the little black pony win at Asheville, knowing immediately he had to hunt Rich Campbell down and acquire him for his daughter. The rest is history. Zoe went on to develop a partnership and friendship with PT Cruiser, who the Schaffel family unfortunately lost over a month ago. But the bond they shared is evident as Zoe explains, “I love all my ponies and horses, but there are no words to describe what it was like driving PT Cruiser. He was my friend and will always be in my heart, I’ll never forget him and how he took care of me for the past four years.” And taking care of her he did. PT Cruiser brought her to the winners circle several times each show season not only to gain numerous blue ribbons but also valuable experience that has turned her into the young

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horsewoman she is today. Marty even got to pilot PT Cruiser to several championships and blue ribbons throughout his career. Zoe is not only an experienced driver but also pilots several horses and ponies under saddle as well. Just this season she began riding her other black roadster pony pony Mr. Lucky Man and debuted at Chattanooga/Cleveland Charity horse show winning both of their classes. Her enjoyment of both riding and driving is evident as you can always catch a glimpse of her smile whether she is atop a speedy roadster pony or Saddle Horse, or directing one from the cart. She explains,“I had never ridden a pony under saddle until Mr. Lucky Man this year and it was so much fun. But I also love being in the jog cart and driving. I like the power and speed you feel when you’re behind your pony in the jog cart.” And her track record in the show ring proves that no matter where she might be, in the saddle or in the cart, her talent, feel, finesse and focus is what takes her to the top each time. Since Zoe has become so accomplished, Marty has been known as “Zoe’s dad” over the last few years. He explains that he has always preferred driving over riding, but admiring his daughter from the rail is just fine with him. He raves about her “great ring sense and how she always knows where everyone is in the ring, where the judges are and makes very clever decisions about when to pass or cut.” But lately after taking over the reins on the wellknown road horse IAMNOTACOW from Rebekah Cloninger and Jon Walker, Marty has been exercising his own sense of the ring, corners and speed, and now being known as “Marty”. With a winning debut at Southeastern Charity and two more wins to follow at Harvest Days, he recalls from their last show in Tampa, 146 THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE Holiday Edition

Florida “I found I could go at speed with confidence and keep it all smooth and together. That felt great!” And if you asked the horse, IAMNOTACOW he’d probably respond the same way. Marty explains that the one and only “IAMNOTACOW is one very special horse. He has a fun personality and loves what he does. When you hook him up and ask him, “Are you going to win?” He nods his head up and down and verbally acknowledges affirmatively.” Marty and Zoe credit the staff at Five Gait Stables with the highest regards, “David, Steve and Saul offer great tips and observations while we practice. Nikki and Amos take such good care of our ponies and horses that we feel lucky and blessed that they all care so much.” They have helped MLS Equestrian LLC gain some of the best Hackney Pony’s, American Saddlebreds and Standardbred in the business! Of course it is always important to know what to look for in a horse or pony, and judging by the quality that MLS Equestrian LLC and Five Gait Stables place in the show ring they know exactly what they want: the best of the best. Marty explains that his main focus was always to find a way to join Zoe in this sport, “something we could both do to cheer and encourage each other on,” Marty and Zoe’s biggest fan though? Mother and wife, Mary Ann Schaffel definitely takes that title, as she always makes sure that the duo is both looking their best to hit the gate and to cheer them on every step of the way. Marty sums it up pretty clearly,“I am grateful to be able to enjoy this sport with my wife and daughter. In the end, that is what matters most to me.”


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DK’s Jordan. National Champion American Dutch Harness Horse Association Weanling Futurity

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DHH-stallion Majesteit, imported to the USA by Vesty in 2000, one of the first stallions to come over. Majesteit turned out to be a great ambassador for the DHH

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Quest for High Steppers By Jenny Van Kammen

It may be hard to explain in commonsense terms, but once snared by the spell of the high stepper, its attraction is irresistible.

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he passion for high stepping horses is hard to understand for those who have never felt the thrilling excitement that only a show horse can give. For those who do understand, the feeling is known worldwide and has existed for centuries. A fancy horse with an upright neck, open and high front leg motion, natural carriage and a lot of suspension. The love of an excellent show horse is universal and bonds show horse people all over the world. The journey continues, but once snared by a show horse your pursuit never ends. .

THE EARLY DUTCH HISTORY It is a mystery how the Dutch show horse breed was entirely unknown in the United States until recently. Especially because the Dutch preference for high trotting horses with a lot of attitude dates far back. Unfortunately we can’t trace back when the Dutchmen was for the first time snared by the spell of the high stepping horse. The author Eugène Quadekker wrote: “ The medieval Dutch horses from the province Gelderland were highly appreciated as THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE Holiday Edition

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Far Left: The foundation stallion Oregon (Kurassier x Derka by Oberon) lived from 1950 - 1967. Six times National Champion Fine Harness in the prestigious class for approved stallions from 1959-1964. Oregon was the sire to 1273 foals, including 13 approved stallions, many excellent broodmares and an enormous amount of National Champion Fine Harness horses. Left: The foundation stallion and renewer of the DHH breed Renovo (Cambridge Cole x Linda by Humanist). Renovo lived from 1975-2000. Renovo sired 1320 foals, including 17 approved stallions, over 120 keur mares and an innumerable amount of National Champions in Fine Harness and In Hand. Right: The approved stallion Graaf Oregon (Oregon x Weidebloem by Oregon) born in 1965. The most influential approved sons by Oregon were Gloriant, Indiaan and Hoogheid. Far Right: The famous Champion Fine Harness horse Apollo (Renovo x Prins Oregon). A perfect example of Renovo’s offspring excelling in the Dutch show ring.

fine harness horses.” He also noticed that the constant features of horses from the Dutch province Groningen were “the very upright neck with high stepping action.” In the 16th century modern war asked for lighter build, less upright and faster horses. Although Dutch breeders were paid to breed for the cavalry, many of them refused to deploy their elite-breeding stock for this goal. Through the centuries Dutch people always had passion for breeding fancy, high trotting horses.

The substantial reduction of the horse population continued after the war. When tractors and cars became more prevalent, horses disappeared slowly from the farm. The group of DHH breeders shrank as the popularity of the riding horse increased. Dutchmen decided to cross their Harness mares with thoroughbreds and stallions from Germany or France which helped the increasing popularity of the riding horse now called the Dutch Warmblood.

THE INFLUENCE OF OREGON The stallion, Oregon, played a decisive role in the DHH-history. THE PROSPERING TIME OF THE ‘SUNDAY-HORSES’ This special creature was born in 1950. He was known for his For Dutch farmers the horse was a helper and a source of powerful trot, attitude and high open motion. Show horse income. Additionally, the fancy horse was also a status symbol. features that he passed on to his get. In a dark period Oregon By consistently breeding the best mares to the best and highest and his offspring fired up the passion for show horses. The Fine trotting stallions the so called ‘Sunday-horses’ distinguished Harness Classes achieved a higher level and the popularity of the themselves from the stronger built working-horses. DHH grew. The snare of the high stepper kept the DHH from vanishing. The first studbook in The Netherlands was founded in 1879 in the province Friesland. The other provinces followed by Through the influence of Oregon the fancy “Sunday establishing their own horse registries. The regional studbooks horse” developed into a high performing show ring organized shows, stallion approvals and keurings (the Dutch competitor. Unfortunately the popularity of Oregon had word for in-hand classes to judge horses for soundness, correct also an unavoidable downside. The gene pool of the DHH conformation and motion) to educate people and to reward breed became very small. The horses were becoming the best breeding products. very inbred and there was great concern for the breed’s future. Tragic consequences of Second World War and modernization With the start of the Second World War in 1940 the heyday of THE DUTCH HARNESS HORSE MODERNIZED BY the Dutch horse breed ended abruptly. Many Dutch breeders RENOVO were forced to give up their horses to the occupying forces. Fortunately Renovo was born in 1975. His name means 150 THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE Holiday Edition


Waldemar. Reserve National Champion American Dutch Harness Horse Stallion-Gelding

Renewer and Renovo literally lived up to that name. His fresh blood and positive influence revitalized the DHH breed. As only a three year old Renovo defeated the unbeatable, multi national champion son of Oregon, Indiaan by winning the National Championship Fine Harness for approved stallions. Renovo turned the Dutch Harness Horse into a modern show horse. He added refinement, sharpness and expression to the ‘Oregon-population’.What Oregon did in 1950, Renovo repeated in 1975. Renovo produced 17 approved sons, many famous broodmares and his offspring dominated the Fine Harness Horse Classes and keurings for many years. Without Oregon and Renovo it is unknown if the Dutch Harness Horse would have survived and made its way to America. Several get, grandget and descendants of Renovo found their way to America to start another chapter with the American DHH. With the knowledge of Dutch breeders and the appreciation of the American horsemen and horsewomen, the future is bright for the breed in the United States. ARRIVAL OF THE DUTCH HARNESS HORSE IN THE USA Twenty-five years ago Molly Webster from the Potpourri Farm in California discovered an old show horse breed in The Netherlands. She fell in love with the natural high trotting Dutch Harness Horse (DHH) and imported, in 1989, the first Dutch Harness Horses. Despite Molly Websters efforts the DHH didn’t make a large impact on American show horse people.

It all changed in 1999 when the Dutchman, Marcel Ritsma, visited the United States on a mission to find an American Saddlebred that would fit the DHH-breed. It was then that Clarke and Karen Vesty and their World’s Champion American Saddlebred Stallion Night of Roses were introduced to Marcel. The Vesty’s had never heard of a DHH before but their love of an excellent show horse made them travel to The Netherlands to familiarize themselves with this new breed.Their impression led to the importation of several DHH’s.The new introduction of the DHH resulted in more importations by many Americans and continues today.The growing population of the DHH and the growing enthusiasm to breed this type of horse in the United States resulted in the foundation of ADHHA. The American Dutch Harness Horse Association (ADHHA) founded in 2011 realizes the importance of the type of horse that has thrilled people and audiences for years. Through the foundation stock of Dutch breeders, the vision of the high stepper exists within ADHHA and its members and breeders. FUTURE OF THE HIGH STEPPER The first American Dutch Harness Horse National Championship Show was held in the fall of 2014.The National Champion Fine Harness Horse received the Renovo Cup. It was won by Anna, a granddaughter of Renovo. The show created lots of new interest in the DHH breed. ADHHA’s board, its members and breeders journey continues as they are committed to the continuation of what has been a fascination of many people all over the world for centuries, the snare of the high steppers. THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE Holiday Edition

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By Amanda Matheis

Jackass Racing Raises Over $23,000.00

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n Friday night at the American Royal Horse show the UPHA Young Professionals tried a new twist on fundraising by introducing the first ever Jackass Races event.

Several of the UPHA Young Professionals members participated in this fundraising event which saw a huge turnout and a lot of fun right after the last class of the horse show. A total of $23 000 were raised and it will be used to on

several projects that the young professionals have in the works. If you weren’t at the American Royal you missed some great fun! Brittany Logan and her co-chair Jeremy Granier worked very diligently to raise money for the UPHA, with the help from other young professionals such as Jessica Verrill and Samantha Sargent as well as Buckeye DonkeyBall, who brought the donkeys to Kansas City all the way from Wisconsin. Brittany said, “The best part of the races for me was to see the turn out we received.

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I honestly didn’t care how much money we raised I wanted this to be a funraiser not just a fundraiser. I was overwhelmed and thrilled by the funds we did raise but mostly I was excited about the large crowds that we had and to hear people the next day say how much fun they had. That’s what this business needs to be about; we need to bring the fun back to it.” Well she definitely succeeded in doing just that. 158 THE INTERNATIONAL SHOW HORSE Holiday Edition

The races were opened to all professionals of any age, and more than 50 trainers participated. Special mention to Constance Young and Mackenzie Lyttle who raised the most money, with Constance winning The Judges School Scholarship. After several elimination rounds, Kelly Hulse went on to take the blue ribbon. The Young Professionals are determined to do their bit in promoting the Saddlebred and we can look forward to a similar type of fun event is in the planning stages for next year.


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By Deveau Zubrod Kreitzer

MISS “P” AND HER “NICE GUY”

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ayton Lynn Walker has grown up surrounded by Saddlebreds. She first started riding when she was just 3-years-old.“We came up to a local farm in our area and I started a few lessons there. I was doing ballet at the time,” said Payton. “My mom said I had to choose between ballet and horses, and I chose horses.” Just like many horse crazy little girls, the decision was easy. She started taking lessons with Tammy Devore at Devore Stables and when she was 8-years-old she entered the show ring, on the renowned equitation horse, A Touch of Pizzazz. Her first year on the green shavings, she was crowned a World Champion, winning a division of the 8-and-under walk and trot class at the Kentucky State Fair.That win still ranks as one of the highlights of this young ladies’ career. That fall she began showing Believe Her in walk and trot equitation, and continued to take top ribbons at all the major shows over the next three years.Their accolades included a Reserve World’s Championship title for 9 year old walk and trot riders, as well as over 15 blue ribbons rides. Payton moved from academy to Walk & Trot equitation with Believe Her and from there advanced to the five-gaited pony division with Mango Mama. In 2013 she teamed with RWC Jackalberry for Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor and began showing the 6-year-old three-gaited mare, WC Caroline Brackenridge. After a year in three-gaited, the team took on the 13-and-under country pleasure division.They were reserve World’s Champions in their division at the Kentucky State Fair this year in their last show together. Payton’s newest show horse is the reigning 5-Gaited Amateur World’s Champion of Champions, Callaway’s No More Mr. Nice Guy. They made their debut in winning style at the Southern Saddlebred Fall Finale Horse Show in mid-October, and the crowd was buzzing with excitement for this outstanding new combination. Most recently, they were named the reserve National Champions in the 13 and under Five-Gaited division in Kansas City.

MISS P’S FAVORITE THINGS: What is your favorite food? Everything! Favorite music, singer, or band? Five Seconds of Summer. I also like Broadway show tunes. If I could have my dream job, it would be on Broadway. Favorite movie? Les Miserable What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? My horses What’s one thing you wish didn’t exist? The Devil What’s something no one knows about you? I would be happy to go watch every single Broadway musical ever produced.

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This exciting new team is looking forward to next show season, and is headed home for a winter of hard work in preparation. In the summer, Payton rides all the time on her trail horses on their farm in the mountains of Tennessee and Kentucky, and travels to Devore Stables to practice. This winter she will stay all day on Saturday’s to ride and help out. A typical practice session on her show horse is simple,“You get on, you do your thing,” said Payton. “If you do good, you will have a shorter lesson. If you do bad, it could take a while,” she added, laughing. Payton is enjoying the challenge of showing in the five-gaited division. “The biggest challenge is being quick, and learning to think quickly,” said Payton. “I used to have to stop and think about what I was doing and that doesn’t work on a gaited horse.” Riding American Saddlebreds is such a big part of Payton’s life; it’s shaped her into the person she has become today. It’s helped her to set goals and learn to make quick decisions. Her trainer, Tammy’s favorite piece of advice: Wake up and Ride! Payton is in the eighth grade at TK Stone Middle School in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. In addition to her mom, Holly, and Dad, Jon; Payton has an older sister, Randi who is 24-years-old, an older brother, Logan 22, and a younger sister, Avery, as well as the never-ending support of her grandmother, Ginny Stanley and Grandfather, PaPa Ron. Payton also has a puppy named Freckles and 2 trail horses named Cody and X. In her free time, she enjoys singing in advanced choir, and riding on her farm at home with friends. “We will play tag and hide and go seek on horseback.” She would like to pursue a career in law enforcement when she grows up.“I like risk and excitement and I think that would provide plenty of it.” Her favorite place she has visited is a tie between Costa Rica and Belize. “I like exotic places. The people there were happy just to be outside,” said Payton. “There weren’t a lot of iPhones and stuff. It’s a simple life,” she said, perhaps wise beyond her years.


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THE BUDZINSKI SISTERS

By Deveau Zubrod Kreitzer

BIG CELEBRATIONS FOR “LITTLE BUD!”

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quitation certainly runs in the family – and there is no denying that it is in the Budzinski sister’s blood. “Little Bud”, Ainsley Budzinski, is the 13-year-old younger sister to Sydney and is in the 8th grade at Parkview Middle School in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. Ainsley first started riding when she was just 4-years-old. “My sister wanted to take a lesson and after she started I wanted to take lessons too,” said Ainsley. “She was attending lessons with Sydney and academy shows for over two years before she started lessons,” said mom, Tina. “She literally grew up at the barn.” Ainsley began showing in academy at just six, and came out of academy in May of 2012, partnered with the seasoned equitation horse, CH-EQ Oh What A Feeling. Just a few short months later, in August 2012, she was crowned Reserve World’s Champion for 10-year-old riders, and in November, she took home the title of National Champion in the UPHA Challenge Cup 10 & Under Walk and Trot National Finals.The very next day she won the 10 & Under class for Walk,Trot and Canter. Just like her sister, Ainsley puts in an astonishing amount of saddle time each week. She rides in three private lessons a week, in addition to two group lessons. During a typical practice session she will work on both rail and patterns. “In groups we practice without stirrups for the whole 45 minutes,” said Ainsley.

her self-discipline, and “to never give up and always try to do your best.” One of her biggest challenges has been learning patterns, “and making sure I do them right, or at least trying my best to do them right,” she laughed. Her goal for the future is to always do the best she can, to have fun, and to make her instructor, Carol, proud. In addition to her sister, Sydney, and their parents, James and Tina, they have 2 dogs; Ellie, a Bischon and Miniature Poodle Mix, and Lucy, an Old English Sheepdog. They also have a Bunny named Nibbles that lives in her room, a Fish named Squishy, and a chicken named Stella, that lives outside. Ainsley has lots of time to figure out what she wants to do when she grows up, but right now she is interested in being either an instructor or having her own barn instructing special needs riders. “I have always interacted well with special needs kids and I think I would enjoy working with them,” said Ainsley. Her favorite place she has travelled to is Louisville for the World Championship Horse Show, because of how special the show is, and the opportunity to show at such a special place. She hopes to someday visit Hawaii because it’s warm and seems relaxing. In her free time Ainsley enjoys basketball and hanging out with her friends.

Her hard work and practice has paid off, and her most memorable moment was winning the Junior UPHA Challenge Cup National Finals in Kansas City recently.“I was very surprised to win. It made me feel very special,” said Ainsley. Ainsley adds that riding Saddlebreds and equitation has taught SOME OF LITTLE BUD’S FAVORITE THINGS: What is your favorite food? Steak Favorite music, singer, or band? Pop music. Favorite movie? Home Alone.The first one. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? My Sister What’s one thing you wish didn’t exist? Spiders What’s something no one knows about you? I’m good at math. I’m a good basketball player and like watersports. Last words: Never let other riders get in your head. I really want to thank Scott and Carol for always helping me and thank everyone else at Knollwood for their help making my dreams come true.

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A BIG WEEK FOR “BIG BUD”

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ydney Budzinski was just 5-years-old when she started asking her mom for riding lessons, and her relentless persistence finally paid off.

“She didn’t believe me for the longest time, and then she finally took me so that I would shut up, and it clicked,” laughed Sydney. It definitely clicked. Within a year, Syd was showing in Academy, and she was hooked.

Equitation World’s Champion with “Cartman” and was the Junior UPHA Challenge Cup Reserve National Champion. The following year, Sydney passed along “Cartman” to her younger sister,Ainsley, and she began a new partnership with the young horse, Royal Tryst. The first year they competed primarily in the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited division, as the flashy chestnut gelding was only 5-years-old.Then, in 2013, they entered the Senior Equitation division. Sydney and Royal Tryst were crowned the 14-year-old Equitation Reserve World’s Champions, and she placed in the Top 10 in all three of her National Finals.This year, the team took home the World’s Champion title for 15-year-old riders and was top 10 in the NHS Good Hands Finals before heading to Kansas City.

Under the direction of Knollwood Farm, Sydney Budzinski has been riding with Carol and Scott Matton and their team since her early days in Academy. She’s been showing in Equitation since she was eleven, and her accolades keep accumulating. For Sydney, practice is one of the key elements of her success, riding five times a week. She takes four private lessons, as well as a group lesson without Equitation comes with ups and downs, and the road has never been stirrups for the full 45 minutes. She rides her show horse, Royal easy. One of Sydney’s biggest challenges she has had to overcome Tryst, once a week. was having enough confidence to believe she could accomplish her goals. Riding has taught Sydney many life lessons and made her Most recently, she wrapped up a stellar week in Kansas City for the a stronger person. Two of the most evident life lessons are selfEquitation Finals. She finished third in the Senior UPHA National discipline and perseverance. “It taught me how to deal with stress,” Finals as just a 15-year-old rider, as well as third in the USEF Medal said Sydney. Finals. Her goals for the future are simple.“I want to do my best, and make Sydney first entered the show ring in 2010, on the renowned Scott and Carol proud,” she said. Emanating her trainer’s favorite equitation horse, CH-EQ Oh What A Feeling, when she was expression, her goal is to “ride like you have nothing to lose, and 11-years-old. Their partnership included a Reserve National just have fun.” Championship in the Junior Saddle & Bridle Medallion in their first season together, as well as the Silver Medal in the Junior Pleasure Sydney is a junior at Mukwonago High School. She hopes to pursue Equitation Olympics. In 2011, just her second year out of academy, something in the medical field when she grows up, as she enjoys she won the Junior UPHA Challenge Cup Pleasure Equitation helping people in emergency situations. She would love to travel on Finals, the Saddle and Bridle Junior Pleasure Equitation Medallion a mission trip to Africa one day, and her favorite place to visit is The and the Pleasure Equitation Olympics, taking home the “Triple Bahamas and Jamaica because of the different lifestyle they have. Crown” for Junior Pleasure Equitation, one of her most memorable riding accomplishments thus far. In addition, she was the 12-year-old In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, and playing sports; including tennis, and water sports. SOME OF BIG BUD’S FAVORITE THINGS:

What is your favorite food? Strawberries Favorite music, singer, or band? Country Music. Eric Church and Kenny Chesney Favorite movie? I’m obsessed with movies, I can’t pick just one. My favorite this week is Pretty Woman. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? My phone and my sister What’s one thing you wish didn’t exist? Mosquitos What’s something no one knows about you? My right foot is a full size bigger than my left and I can touch my elbows behind my back. Last words: I want to thank Scott and Carol and my parents and the whole Knollwood family. Confidence is Key.

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