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2017 Volume 2

Fiesta of the Horse

Lake County Rodeo ~ Clearlake Junior Horsemen Drill Team ~ Stay Safe Event Local Rider completes Tevis ~ Horse Faire at the Pear Festival ~ Junior Gymkhana Event

When was the last time you had your horse or stock trailer in for “grease & pack bearings� service? A well-maintained trailer is a safer trailer


Lake County Horse Council Journal ~ 2017 Volume 2

Contact: Lake County Horse Council P.O. Box 1551 Kelseyville, CA 95451 707-263-3899 2017 LCHC Board of Directors Visit for Board profiles President: Debbie James~ 338-1014 Vice-President: Whitney Braito ~ 530-961-2470 Secretary: Jaxan Christensen ~ 489-4382 Corresponding Sec: Alice Chevalier ~ 349-1929 Treasurer: Robin Aceves~ 600-1114 Directors: Mike Riley ~ 279-0343 Carol Thorn ~ 349-6847 Brenna Sullivan ~ 263-0911 Lauren Fuller ~ 541-218-6859 Cheryl Johns LCHC Committee Chairs Executive Committee ~ Debbie J ames Finance Committee ~ Robin Aceves Membership Committee ~ Kim Riley Trails Committee ~ Kar en Sullivan Communications / Social Media Calendar— Kim Riley 279-0343 Journal Editor –Brenna Sullivan Website & Facebook – Kim Riley 279-0343 Advisors/Advisory Groups Disaster Rescue -Lynette Bertelli, 279-2125 Dressage/Driving -Sally Green, 279-9595 Trail Safety -Carleene Cady Veterinary -Jerri Waddington, Youth Council -Carol Thorn, 263-5082 Youth Representative: Cheyenne Nau-Venegas

Inside this Issue President’s Message, Mission Statement


Blast from the Past


Fiesta of the Horse


Lake County Rodeo


CLJH Drill Performance


Play Day at HSEC


Tevis Cup


Snake Bites in Horses


Stay Safe Event


Ranch Horse Versatility Event


Wild West Days Parade


Business Support


Business Support


Junior Schoalrship Gymkhana


Horse Faire at Pear Festival

Back Cover

Cover Photo A Friesian and Andalusian during the Grand Entry at the Fiesta of the Horse in June. More photos on page 6. Photo by: Bill Eaton

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The Lake County Horse Council is incorporated as a non‐profit, public benefit, membership organization under California Corporations Code sections 5000‐9927 and IRS tax‐exempt status of IRC 501(c)(3). All donations are 100% tax deductible. © Lake County Horse Council. All rights reserved. The Lake County Horse Council is a non-profit volunteer organization. This journal is published for informational purposes only, and has been written and edited in good faith with no willful, negligent, malicious, or fraudulent activity in mind. * * * Please contact us with any errors or omissions. * * *

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President’s Message

The year already seems to be flying by it is August already and it has been a hot summer so far. Our biggest annual event is coming up in September: the Horse Faire at the Pear Festival. We need membership volunteers this is a big endeavor we need help with setup and take down we also need to borrow horse panels 12 ft preferably if you can help with this please call me at 338-1014. The year started out with a bang the January event Equine and Wine Jamboree was a huge success, and we gained quite a few new members,. We also had a Mothers Day overnight ride in May at Cowboy Camp on May 13 and 14 it was a small turnout but fun was had by all and the weather was magnificent. Other matters that LCHC has been supporting is the Bell for Bikes program at Highland Springs. With increased usage by cyclists safety has become an issue; equestrians worked to address these concerns with bells at the kiosks that cyclists can opt to use while out riding. Past board member Carleene Cady was instrumental in getting the school bike team coaches, high school principals, hikers and equestrians together to discuss safety on the HS trails. The bike team has certain days that they will be riding out at the park and will provide big signage to let hikers and equestrians know that they will be out riding on certain trails. It was determined that the bells would be too distracting for the team during practice so bells are optional but notification is imperative. For non-team cyclists there will be bells provided at the kiosk for cyclists to use and return after their ride. Having advanced warning of an approaching cyclist will take the surprise factor away from cyclists and equestrians and hikers meeting on the trails. LCHC also set up a booth at the inaugural Ag and Natural Resource Day at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Our booth had saddles on hay bales and a roping dummy; the kids loved it. We look forward to doing this again next year with some more fun ideas for the kids. The location for the Westside Community Horse Park has been changed to a 10 acre parcel off of Hwy 175. It has been approved by the Parks and Recreation Dept. and was approved by the City Council. I want to thank all the wonderful people that work hard on a daily basis for LCHC. Kimberly Riley, Brenna Sullivan are the backbone of keeping everyone informed. Jaxon Christensen the best Secretary anyone could ask for. This is her last year as Secretary so we will be looking to replace her for next year any volunteers? And thank you to Robin Aceves, our Treasurer and my partner in crime! We will be having a How to be Safe and Prepared out on the Trail event on Sept 16. Details in the Journal.

The Lake County Horse Council’s Mission is to:      

Promote and preserve the horse as agriculture, industry, and recreation Inform the public about horse community goals, projects, and events Promote educational programs for the horse industry Support private and public equine facilities and activities Serve as liaison between the horse industry, the community, and government agencies Promote all aspects of the equine industry

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A blast from the past…. Jaxan Christensen shared this photo of a Clearlake Junior Horsemen campout from the 1970s. The club went on a 3-day trail ride up on Cobb, led by Anne Dunnebeck. What a great collection of CLJH members, advisors and parents!

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We welcome submissions of articles, photographs or any Lake County horserelated topic to the Journal! Please email if there is something you would like to see in the next newsletter!

Professional Trainer Tip: “[On steep hills] sometimes I am standing so forward to get off the horse's back, that my feet get hit by the horse's stifles as she propels herself upwards. Think of the lifting power that requires. The horse and rider, together, even on a small Morgan or Arabian, weigh over 1,000 pounds, so each hind leg must basically lift some large percentage of that with each step. Some riders will gallop the very steep uphill sections of a trail, as it may be easier for the horse. Conversely, as the horse comes down one of these steep declines, it will sort of "squat"with its hocks way underneath itself, and, if it is wet and slick, sometimes even slide a few feet now and again. Riders who live in steep terrain get used to helping horses deal with all of this.” ~ Denny Emerson

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Fiesta of the Horse June 12, 2017 marked the 4th Annual Fiesta of the Horse at Rancho de la Fuente in Lakeport. This year’s acts included Grand Entry with Joy & Jocelyn Bennett doing a flag presentation and national anthem, Brenna Sullivan with a gaited endurance horse, the Hooves and Wheels Quadrille, a Garrocha & Arabian Breed Demo, a Quarter Horse breed demo, Carol Biggs' Friesan Ty pulling a Market Wagon, a Peruvian Horse demo with Nancy Leese, Mexican Charros with Freisian and Andalusian dancing horses and the Random Chaos Drill Team. Exhibitors and spectators alike were treated to great weather and an excellent venue. Photos: Bill Eaton


Carol Biggs and Gypsy

Bennet girls in Grand Entry

Rancho del Lago Peruvians

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Hooves and Wheels Quadrille

Charros with Friesian and Andalusian

Random Chaos Drill Team

Hooves and Wheels Quadrille

Carol Biggs

Rancho del Lago Peruvians

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Lake County Rodeo

The Lake County Fairgrounds again hosted the 2017 Rodeo over July 4th weekend. Cole Euken captured these photos of the speed events, roughstock and barrel racing. All photos used with permission.

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Clear Lake Jr. Horsemen Perform at the Rodeo

The Clear Lake Junior Horsemen’s hard work culminated in an excellent performance at the Lake County Rodeo. CLJH members started drill practice back in February at M Square Farms. They moved practice to Gaddy Shack Ranch when the weather got better and worked hard in the months leading up to the Rodeo sometimes practicing twice per week. CLJH members who participated in drill throughout the year included Dallis Beverlin, Alexandra Hundley, Josie Keithly, Danelle Maglietta, Tucker Murray, Ciara O’Boyle, Morgan Rogers, Serenity Shores, Kia Kohler, Shalyn Keithly, Mykenzie Menshew, Kaitlin Menshew, Bryanna Caylor, Bri Thomas, Berlin Rudolph, Riley Sullivan and Riley Hanson. Sam Rush was the Drill Master with help from Carol Thorn and Helen Finch in the organizational aspects of the club. CLJH was proud to show another drill team at the Rodeo! Photos by Euken Photography and used with permission. To view photos, visit Euken Photography’s site at:

Riley Hanson

Kia Kohler

Alexandra Hundley

Drill members Tucker Murray

Shalyn Keithly

Josie Kiethly

Leaving arena

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On July 29, 2017 Hooves and Wheels and California Dressage Society members participated in a Play Day at Highland Springs Equestrian Center. There were obstacles and cone patterns for both riding and driving teams to negotiate. Events such as these help desensitize the riding horses to the minis/ponies and carts. Photos by Liz Rohnstock.

Judy Mitchell and her mini

Barbara Kroboth and pony negotiate obstacles

Sandy Davis

Anna Macomber and her Lusitano

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Finishing the Tevis Cup Local rider completes famous 100 mile ride in under 24 hours. The Western States Trail Ride, informally known as the Tevis Cup traverses 100 miles of the Sierra Nevada mountains in 24 hours and is considered one of the toughest, most prestigious endurance rides in the country. The ride was started in 1955 by Wendell Robie on a bet that the horses of modern times were as tough as the horses of their grandparents’ generation. The ride was the first to develop strict veterinary standards, birthed the modern sport of endurance and embodies the true spirit of “to finish is to win.” Many endurance riders dream of completing Tevis; here is a story of one local rider, Brenna Sullivan, who completed this year. “We left early for the journey up the mountains and vetted in amidst the gorgeous backdrop of Van Norden Meadows. I attended the rider meeting where they explained the new course. The trail was moved this year due to snow in the high country and we would have to take Duncan Canyon. We knew it was gong to be a time crunch to make cut-offs. I didn't need my alarm and was up around 3am. The start was a bit hectic; after waving bye to my crew at 4:30am we made our way to Pen 2 in an epic 'hurry up and wait' situation. The clock struck 5:15 and we were off! The first 5 miles or so was a blur but I remembered to look up and soak in the majestic beauty of Soda Springs around us. We were deposited on a gravel road where the horses could finally settle and hit their stride. I tried to keep Sky at a dull roar; the climb up to Lyon Ridge mellowed her a bit and we arrived at the top with our game face on. She drank well and we headed out towards Cougar Rock. She sailed right over in her 'on a mission' mode and we popped down Elephant's Trunk and into Red Star. We pulsed in at Red Star and I hurried through the vet line. I had heard that Duncan Canyon was technical and wasn't sure how fast I would be able to go. I was already a full hour past my budgeted arrival time due to course changes. We only had 3 hours to make Robinson Flat cut-off time. We worked to pass a few long lines of horses who weren't travelling quite fast enough. The trail was technical going and as soon as we got behind a horse it disappeared in plumes of powdery dust. Thankfully, Sky stayed on her feet and avoided tripping on the hidden chunks of granite. We hit the bottom of the canyon and started our climb into Robinson. Ride Management had extended the cut-off by a 1/2 hour since the new trail took much longer than anticipated. I squeaked in right at noon and was met by my crew. Sky pulsed in relatively quickly considering the climb and I wasted no time in getting into line and vetting through; reaching subsequent cut-offs ever on my mind. We used out hour hold to eat and regroup. We left Robinson and ticked off the miles into Dusty Corners on a wide Forest Service road. From here, the trail narrows to Pucker Point which is a straight drop to the river below. Sky pulsed decently at Last Chance at 50 miles but was very hungry. I needed to keep moving to make the Deadwood cut-off; luckily, on a tip I had packed a little stuff backpack. I put an entire flake of alfalfa in this backpack and ran down the first canyon leading Sky. Sky was able to rip off pieces of hay off my back as we went. I tailed her up the canyon to Devil’s Thumb and we dunked in the trough and electrolyted at the top. I gave her a break to eat some at Deadwood. Thankfully, her gut sounds had improved at this check and I vaulted on to try to beat cut-off to Chicken Hawk.

Down the next canyon, we ran into an emergency; a rider had come off her horse and was 20 ft down the embankment. Luckily all got sorted, but it was scary. The climb up to Michigan Bluff for me was a low point. Sky and I were both feeling the effects of the canyons. After a quick round of drinking, eating and electrolytes at Michigan Bluff, we pushed on. I knew I needed to make haste to Pieper Junction, but Sky told me fairly emphatically that she was only interested in walking. So we did that. It was a drag, but the walking did her well; we pulsed right in and vetted through at Chicken Hawk. I kept checking my watch; we could still make Foresthill cut-off as the last canyon was small compared to the previous two. I started jogging down the trail for a bit to let Sky eat out of the backpack and then hopped on again. Sky felt this change and picked right up; we racked down the canyon, pushed up the other side and reached Foresthill with a couple minutes to spare. We were 69 miles in and Sky was ready for a break. Luckily, Foresthill is the second mandatory hour hold. Sky dug into her hay and mash for an hour while I fixed boots, affixed glow lights and changed tack. We left Foresthill in the dark and began our long descent to Franciso’s. The tree cover obscured the moonlight and I couldn’t see a thing except the horse in front of me and the faint knowledge of the American River roaring below. I just gave all trust to the horse and we absolutely flew down that trail. That was probably one of my favorite couple hours of riding ever! After Francisco's we crossed the American River and rolled down this wide road to Lower Quarry. We were in a huge pack attempting to make the cut-off. After Sky vetted through at Lower Quarry (92 miles), I knew if we just kept a consistent pace we would get to Auburn. We crossed No Hands Bridge and climbed Robie Point just at the faintest light in the eastern sky. Sky and I crested the hill to the timed finish, and did our victory lap down in the Fairgrounds crossing under the banner at 4:59am to the cheers of my fine crew! She vetted through strongly and I couldn’t hold back the tears! It took a village to get Sky and I through this ride from my crew and friends to the volunteers, vets and fellow riders. Mostly, thank you to the WSTF Board who made a top notch event in a year with challenging conditions. Their dedication and hard work makes it possible for mere mortals like me to experience this "ride of a lifetime" 62 years after Wendell Robie first crossed these mountains. And, of course, all my gratitude to my fine horse. I knew from the first moment I sat on her that she was the one.”

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Rattlesnake Bites in Horses: A retrospective review By: Carey Bazaay Rattlesnakes can pose a serious threat not only to humans and small animals, but also to horses. Horses bitten by rattlesnakes have historically had a higher mortality rate compared to other species, but according to the results of a recent study, their chances for a recovery might be better than originally thought. Because rattlesnake venom contains a mixture of natural products, a bite can cause numerous problems in horses including extensive tissue damage, coagulopathy (clotting abnormalities) and/or thrombocytopenia (low platelet counts) leading to bleeding disorders, cardiovascular toxicity (heart damage), and neurotoxicity (nerve damage).

immune response, and isotonic crystalloids to keep the animal hydrated; and More than half of the horses in the study required a tracheotomy to maintain respiratory function. "Most horses in the study had a good prognosis after being bitten by rattlesnakes," Fielding reported. "But more research is needed to evaluate the importance of specific treatments as some of them such as corticosteroids and antimicrobials may not be necessary."

In the event a horse is bitten by a rattlesnake, owners are advised to call a veterinarian immediately and immobilize the animal to reduce the amount of toxin spread throughout the system. As with most ailments, A recent retrospective study led by Langdon Fielding, the quicker the horse receives veterinary attention, the DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, of Loomis Basin Equine better prognosis they have. Medical Center (LBEMC) in Loomis, Calif., reviewed The study, "Rattlesnake envenomation in horses: 58 records of 58 equids that had received treatment for cases (1992-2009)," was published in March 2011 in rattlesnake bites at either LBEMC or the Veterinary the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of Association. The abstract is available online. California, Davis, between 1992 and 2009. Fielding Symptoms of Snake Bite in Horses: hoped to evaluate treatment and outcome in horses with rattlesnake envenomation. Pain, shock, swelling at site, puncture wounds/fang Fielding applied a ten point scoring system, known as marks, sloughing of tissues near site, extensive or minor bleeding, cardiac arrhythmias, collapse, rattlesnake bite severity score (RBSS) in which a score of 10 is the worst possible scenario, to each case paralysis, respiratory distress or sudden death. for comparison purposes,

Treatment of Snake Bite in Horses

Key findings in the study included:

Pre-veterinary Intervention: A compression wrap/tourniquet may help slow the spread of venom, though tourniquets on the face are not indicated. Keep the horse calm and the heart pumping naturally until veterinary care comes available. If possible, wash the wound with soap and water. Applying hot or cold compresses is not recommended.

The overall mortality rate of equids in this study was 9%, a lower percentage than reported in previous studies; All horses with an RBSS of eight or less survived; The study's most successful treatment was an equinederived antivenom (made by "administering low doses of venom to horses and then harvesting the plasma," explained Fielding), and all nine horses that received the antivenom survived, had no complications in treatment, and recovered completely; Other treatments identified in the study included antimicrobials for fighting infection, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain, corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and control

Veterinary Intervention: Antivenin is key to the treatment of a poisoned horse, and is effective when administered within 24 hours of the incident. If the bite was observed, any details about the snake’s appearance will guide the choice of product. Veterinary treatment will include fluid therapy, corticosteroids, pain medication, wound care, tetanus and antibiotics.

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Willits Jr. Horsemen Association to host 3rd Ranch Horse Versatility Show

Stay Safe Event: Trail Emergencies Join the Lake County Horse Council at Gaddy Shack Ranch for a Stay Safe Event focusing on trail emergencies. Speakers will be ER nurses Diane Bajada and Carleene Cady with information on how to handle a range of trail emergencies. Pot luck, wine and beer and dancing under the stars to 80s and 90s music! Come socialize with the LCHC and learn important, potentially life-saving information!

Event information: Start time: 5pm Location: Gaddy Shack Ranch, on the corner of Gaddy Ln and Soda Bay Rd. Beer and wine available, bring a pot luck dish to share!

Audience listens to presentations

The Willits Jr. Horsemen Association will host the 3rd of its 3 part Ranch Versatility Show on September 30th at the WJHA Arena. The Judge will be B.J Lemaster. There will be classes in Ranch Riding/Pleasure, Ranch Trail, Ranch Reining and Ranch Horse Conformation in the following divisions: Open, Novice W/T, 17 and under and 18 and over. This is a buckle series.


Saturday, September 30 @ 9 AM Willits Junior Horsemen's Association Arena 901 E. Commercial St., Willits, California 95490

Upper Lake Wild West Days Parade A selection of photos from Missy Glazier-Hill from Wild West Days parade in early June.

Kenn McCarty and his stylish Friesian

Beautiful western re-creation

Carol and Bill Biggs

Glenn Benjamin with a team of Percherons

Above: The riding group representing Lake County Horse Council. Huia Pope, Dave Lowrie, Karen Sullivan, Brenna Sullivan and Kim Ross

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P.O. Box 1551 Kelseyville, CA 95451

Photo by: Lana Thompson

6th Annual Horse Faire

Photo: Wild West Days

Come visit the horses at the Pear Festival! The 6th Annual Horse Faire at the Pear Festival will give the public a chance to meet Lake County’s finest equines! There will be breed demos, talks, special demonstrations, children’s activities, tack booths and more!

Schedule of Events: 

10:30am Horse Fair Opens

11-12pm Round Pen Breed Demos

12-12:30pm “Endurance and finishing the Tevis Cup”

12:30-1:30pm “Packing for the Back Country”

1:30-2pm “Assessing Your Horse: When To Call Your Vet”

2-3pm Round Pen Breed Demos

3-4pm Open Round Pen

4pm Horse Faire Closes

We look forward to seeing you there!

Horse Council Journal August 2017  
Horse Council Journal August 2017