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JULY 2021

ARTIST Samantha Sherry


TRAILER Set the Table

The goal of Lavender Fields is to create a farm that works for the environment and the welfare of the creatures that inhabit it. By working with the land, climate, and animals, we are able to create an atmosphere that is comfortable, thriving, and supports long term ecological balance. Located in the Sierra Nevada region of California, the area is critical to the environment and economy of the state and provides essential natural resources including fresh water, clean power, working lands, and famous wilderness. By embracing the Northern California lifestyle, and working with nature, we are able to create our own little slice of paradise.

JENNIFER AZEVEDO AA Equine Management BS Organizational Behavior with MN Horticulture Permaculture Designer

CONTENTS: ARTIST ARTICLES • Arena • A/A Spotlight • Barn • Nutrition • Temperature • Trailer • Training • Water CALENDAR GARDEN RECIPES • Drink • Food • Home




DIY single steel modular pods to use as a single run in shed, or connect to make your own custom shedrow. Many options available.




Lavender Fields offers a stand-alone equestrian safety fencing, that places the safety of the horse at the forefront of its design. Our #1 priority is a healthy horse and a healthy environment. Our fencing is strong, durable, aesthetically beautiful, easy to clean, stain resistant and virtually maintenance free for years. The rails and posts are manufactured out of recycled high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and combined with a patented bio composite that offers superior strength and longevity. The fence will not shatter or split in extremely cold weather. It will not sag in extremely hot weather. It will not split, crack, or fail like vinyl and PVC fencing. It is also impermeable to acids found in animal wastes, and is therefore, able to be installed in lieu of wood for stall walls.

Our durable bio-fencing is safe for containing all types of livestock and pets. I It will not splinter or fade. You will feel the difference in your hands, and hear the difference when it is struck - it sounds like metal and gives like plastic. Made from 100% recycled products, our bio-fencing will perform as intended. Contact Lavender Fields for your personal fence quote and layout options. jen@lavenderfields.co

Solectrac Electric Tractors are the clean, quiet, zero-emission alternative to diesel tractors. Our tractors can be charged by renewable energy, like wind and solar, and provide all the power of a comparable diesel tractor.

STEEL THE IDEA Lavender Fields is an authorized Versatube dealer. VersaTube manufactures pre-engineered DIY steel building kits. Contact us for ideas, a free design, and a quote for a new steel - arena, barn, shelter, carport, garage...you name it, we can help. EMAIL: jen@lavenderfields.co

ARENA: Rocks Rocks are the nemesis of any arena. One way to get rid of them is to walk around with a bucket - when you see them, pick them up. Or, you can: 1. 2. 3. 4.

First rip the area to loosen the dirt and bring up the rock and debris. Screen or rake the material to minus 3/8th of an inch, loading the debris into a container or hopper. Screen or rake to a depth of no less than 6 inches to lengthen the longevity of a rock free surface. Groom the arena.

Don’t want to do it yourself? Hire a professional with the proper equipment. A tractor, a stone rake that levels the target area and removes stones in one pass with a high volume hopper that holds the debris. The stone rake cleans and levels in one process leaving the arena ready and refreshed.

BARN: X-Tie Etiquette We expect our horses to be well mannered in the cross-ties. How about our human manners? Here are some do’s and don’ts for this hard working area of the barn. 1. Do not leave your horse unattended. 2. Pick up your horse’s manure immediately. Don’t let your horse drag it all over the floor or leave for some one else to pick up. 3. Unsnap the halter and hang it up when not on your horse. For two reasons, your horse isn’t using the space anymore, and it is a safety hazard hanging at horse leg height. 4. Remember it is a community space and share. 5. Attach cross tie snaps facing down to halter. If a horse pulls back, and snaps are up, you or your horse could loose an eye. Yes, it has happened. 6. Leave the area clean and free of all personal belongings. There should be no trace that you were ever there. 7. Keep all snaps and buckles of your halter secure and properly attached. If the horse shakes their head for any reason, that loose, dangling buckle can hit the horse in the eye. 8. Unhook your horse if someone needs to pass in the aisle. 9. Turn your horse around butt to butt. Do not turn your horse around with their head at another horse’s butt. For example, a nose in a mare’s butt is asking to be kicked. 10. Be courteous.

TEMPERATURE: Trailering The inside of a horse trailer can easily become 20 degrees warmer than the air temperature outside. Horses working to keep their cool and their balance can quickly become stressed, fatigued and dangerously overheated. To be safe, the trailering temperature cut off is 90 degrees. Here are more tips to help you keep your horses cool while traveling in hot weather: • • • • • • •

Hose the horse off before loading. Wet down shavings. Offer soaked hay or alfalfa for the trailer ride. Open trailer windows and vents. Do not put on sheets or coolers. Skip heavy quilts and bandages on legs and go with lighter-weight boots, and/or just bell boots. If you have to stop on the way, park in a shady spot if possible. Offer the horses water before you set out again. • Once you’ve arrived at your destination, unload, hose off, and offer more water.

FIRE: Goats Goats prevent wildfires?! Why, yes, they do. Goats are really useful creatures. At Lavender Fields, we use their milk, company, entertainment, and firefighting skills. Goats are being herded into fire-prone areas. These hungry herbivores move through the land, munching on shrubs, trees and grass, creating firebreaks. Since goats only stand about 3 feet tall, they will graze heavily on low-lying plants, creating a gap between the ground and higher trees. This gap can prevent fires from spreading or slow them down. In Spain, the recent wildfire severity is blamed on the declining number of herds grazing on the land. Goats are perfect for the job for a few reasons. Unlike some grazers, goats do not limit themselves to leaves or grass, they eat just about everything. Goats are able to traverse a wide variety of terrains, and they are naturally resistant to several toxic plants. They can also be herded, creating an even more effective grazing party. Using goats for fire prevention comes with the added advantage of not adding to the carbon footprint, compared to clearing brush with machines. The waste left by goats is simply absorbed into the ecosystem of the area. Studies have shown that a herd can reduce the available plant mass by 75% in 30 days. For example, when 15-foot-high flames reached an area that had been cleared by goats, the flames dropped to only 3 feet tall in lightly-grazed areas and stopped entirely in more heavily-grazed ones.

WATER: Solar Well Ever loose power and then loose your water? Not anymore. 10 Reasons for a Solar Well. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Easy to install. Seriously, easy. Cheap to maintain. Easy to maintain. Systems are modular and easy to upgrade. Complete systems can be shipped right to your door. Cheaper than installing main power. No ongoing operating costs. What better deal exists? The sun shines down and water is pumped up from deep underground, saving you from overpriced utility charges. 8. Systems are low cost and readily available. Google it. 9. Solar well pumps are capable of keeping up with well flow. 10. No external power required. Pump anywhere!

A/A SPOTLIGHT: Anjolie Anjali Daryani

What is your day job? Veterinarian – Primarily small animal. How many years did you train for your day job? My whole life! High school degree, 4 years of undergraduate courses followed by 4 years of Veterinary School. How old are you? 33 How do you fit in riding and competing? I showed frequently on the intercollegiate circuit when in college but I haven’t showed much at regular USDF rated shows. During Vet school, and once I became a Vet, I didn’t have the time to ride consistently or show. Interesting tidbit about yourself? In 2017, I suddenly became ill and was diagnosed with Dystautonomia which left me mostly bedbound for 2 years. In addition to not being able to work or stand, I was devastated that I was unable to ride. As there is no cure for dysautonomia, my return to the sandbox has been challenging. I can not tell you how many times I told myself and my trainer that I want to set up weekly lessons only to do one lesson and then feel sick for several weeks. It’s crazy how much I have improved and I do think riding was a big part of it. Each time I had to start all over again. As my health has steadily improved and my condition better managed, I am now able to get through a whole lesson and even able to come out to the barn the following day! On a few occasions I have ridden more than one horse a day! What is your horse’s name? I have 3 horses. Casanova, 13’2 hand, 30 year old, Welsh/TB gelding with floppy ears. He had a super successful jumping career at 3’9 and represented California in pony finals. Fiance, 14’1 hand, 13 year old, German Riding Pony gelding out of a Ferro mare. Schooling Prix St George and now teaching his owner the ropes! Honeymoon 14’1 hand, 4 year old, German Riding pony by Movie Star. She is just getting started but shows lots of promise for dressage both in her physical capabilities and her unflappable demeanor.

Your biggest accomplishment in the ring? After taking several year break from riding due to my health, I decided to support our CDS Foothill’s Chapter by attending the annual show. I entered my 30 year old 13’2 pony (that has been teaching beginner lessons for the last 5 years) and we won both our classes and ended up as the adult amateur high point champion! Your biggest accomplishment in life? Becoming a Veterinarian and learning that above all else, health matters most. Advice to other Adult Amateurs? This advice is specific to those AA’s who are trying to ride with a chronic illness. First of all, I see you! I see the struggle and the disappointment at the lack of progress and frustrating feeling that we are limited by our bodies. Here is my advice: 1. Never give up hope (I know that sounds cliché. But, I was told that there was absolutely no way that I would ride again by a specialist in a world renowned hospital. Now, I am working towards my bronze medal). 2. Surround yourself with a barn family that understands your condition and who are willing to help. My barn family helps carry me off the horse, helps prop my legs up and watches closely for signs of fainting. On days that I don’t feel well, they do everything from tacking up my horse and offering to warm them up. My trainer, Ana Gilmour, checks in frequently during my lessons and never makes me feel badly if I have to end a lesson early or can not do a movement. 3. Ask for and accept help. This one took me a long time to learn. It is very easy to say “I’m fine” when people ask me how I am. Now I am honest and say “I’m not feeling too well today actually” and when someone offers to help I don’t feed bad or think I “owe” them something. I accept extra help from people as well as equipment. Deciding to use a walker and motorized scooter were painful and demoralizing for me. But ultimately, if they decreased the risk that I would overdo it and feel sick, or they allowed to me to watch a horse show that otherwise would have put me in bed for a week, then that’s worth it! 4. Forgive yourself. Forgive your body for holding you back. I know I spent years resenting mine. Forgive yourself for needing to adjust your goals or to change your timeline. These are not failures! Health always comes first!

TRAINING: Budget Training is expensive and needs to be tracked in order to meet your goals. Download and print your own budget planner page HERE to track your expenses.

TRAINING: Plan Training is dynamic and needs to be tracked in order to measure success. Download and print your own daily planner page HERE to track your workouts and progress.

TRAINING: Whip A whip is an extension of your body and is used to communicate an aid. The whip allows you access to points of your horse that you would not otherwise be able to reach. The whip allows for communication and access to your entire horse’s body. It is important to train your horse the “language” of the whip in order to have the whip be successful in obtaining the response you desire. The horse does not automatically know what you want - you have to take the time to train it. Here are some movements you can achieve, on the ground, if practiced, are very applicable in everyday common situations without drama/trauma. 1. Forward 2. Backward 3. Ley Yield 4. Turn on the Forehand 5. Turn on the Haunches 6. Halt 7. Collection 8. Extension Being able to communicate clearly, and effectively creates a safe and calm space for you and your horse. For example, if a horse likes to swing their haunces around when mounting, hosing, or loading, if trained and practiced, you can, by yourself, with your whip, calmly and effectively ask your horse to move their haunces back in line, where you want them. Whip training is a vital tool and is worth the time.


The topline of the horse refers to the muscle cover over the top of the horse’s neck, back, loin, and croup. Perfo require well-developed toplines to provide balance and strength. Many factors contribute to the horse’s toplin including nutrition, conformation, age, exercise, disease, and chronic back issues. Nutritional factors include b because as the amount of fat tissue increases it will add depth to the horse’s topline as well. However, if we pr calories to maintain a body condition of 5 (moderate) or more in a horse that is in regular work, and don’t sup quality protein, the topline can be inadequate to provide optimal muscular performance.

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Many mature horses in work are provided large amounts of hay and pasture. Adequate body condition can with primarily forage, but in many cases topline can be improved with a simple feeding change. Conventiona concentrates are designed to meet nutrient requirements when fed at a minimal amount of 0.5% of body wei sport horses are fed less than this amount because of their more efficient metabolism and large amounts of fo results in shortfalls in amino acids, minerals, and vitamins in the horse’s diet. Because the digestion of protein o essential amino acids for forages is less than half of concentrates, it results in inadequate essential amino acid

Feeding a few pounds per day of a regular horse feed won’t provide adequate essential amino acids for man es, and a good topline will not be achieved. The way to ensure an adequate supply of essential amino acids an energy dense balancer pellet in your horse’s diet, like Pink Rose Organix Equine Boost & Balance. Balance designed to meet the protein, mineral, and vitamin requirements when fed at small amounts along with a lon source (hay or pasture). A balancer pellet will provide the required amount of essential amino acids to your ho you should see an improvement of the topline in 45-60 days.

Pink Rose Organix Equine Boost & Balance is a USDA Certified Organic feed for an optimized digestive sys healthy hindgut. A delicious, prescriptive blend of organic proteins, oils, and fiber that works with your pasture digestive efficiency and balance the diet. Boost & Balance focuses on hindgut function; driving animal health positive, cool energy!

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TRAILER: Set the Table The way you set your table is important, because it influences three things: 1. It indicates the tone/feeling that people have about being together. 2. It lets people know that you think they are important enough to put in extra effort for them. 3. It influences the appearance of the food served. When the table is set, meals eaten at your trailer can have a wonderful atmosphere and can keep you from spending money on eating out. With these simple tips, you’ll be able to make your own perfect restaurant table atmosphere, right in your own trailer. With a trailer setting in mind, we are keeping things to a minimum. Here are the three components of a placesetting: 1. Dinnerware - plates and bowls 2. Flatware - forks, knives, and spoons 3. Glassware - driniking glasses Here are the 6 rules and rules of thumb (use your thumb to measure) for proper dinnerware placement: 1. Allow 20-24” for each place setting with the plate in the middle. 2. The plate should be 1” from the table edge (rule of thumb). 3. Forks, tines up, to the left of the plate with bottom of fork 1” from the table edge (rule of thumb). 4. Knives, sharp edge toward plate, and placed on right hand side of plate. 5. Spoons to the right of the plate, bowls up. 6. Arrange flatware in order of use, from outside in towards plate. 7. Water glass at the tip of knife blade.









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Twin Rivers Summer HT

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SHP MGT July Classic

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Golden State Dressage





Sometimes called pincushions, this summer bloomer is fairly tolerant of drought and grows best in welldrained soil.

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This pompom-like flower is fantastic for attracting bees and butterflies. It also dries well, so snip a few to enjoy the happy hue long after growing season.

Also known as bachelor’s button, cornflower is an annual flower comprised of 10 trumpet-like petals. In the past it often grew as a weed in cornfields, which is how it got its name.

FOOD: Cheddar, Cilantro and Lime Grilled Corn INGREDIENTS:


6 Corn on the Cob ½ cup Brightland Olive oil ½ cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese ½ cup minced fresh cilantro 2 tbsp aleppo pepper Salt to taste

Heat up your grill to a high heat. Remove the husks from the corn. Brush the corn with Colavita Olive Oil using a pastry brush. Place the oiled corn on the grill and rotate it while it roasts, about every 5 minutes. This will ensure an even browning all around the corn cob. Roast the corn for about 20 minutes, then remove it from the grill and place it onto a platter. Assemble your toppings. Brush the grilled corn with some Brightland Olive Oil. Sprinkle on the cheddar cheese all around the cob. Sprinkle the chopped cilantro on top, as well as the Aleppo pepper. Squeeze a wedge of lime all around the cob. Salt to taste. Serve.

DRINK: Lavender Hummingbird INGREDIENTS:


1/2 oz Honey Simple Syrup 3/4 oz Lemon Juice 2 dashes Lavender Bitters 2 oz White Rum 4 drops Orange Blossom Water

Mix 2 ounces of white rum with 1/2 ounce of honey syrup, 3/4 ounces fresh squeezed lemon juice, 4 drops of orange blossom water with 2 dashes of lavender bitters. Mix well and pour over ice in a chilled glass. Garnish with a fresh lavender bud, or sprinkle a few dried buds on top.

BARN: Lavender Air Mist Spraying lavender essential oil into the air is a very quick, easy, and delightful way to refresh the energy in any space. You can buy lavender essential oil mists in many places, and you can easily make your own. All you need is a small bottle, preferably glass, with a spray top and essential oil of lavender. Pour fresh water into your bottle, add a few drops of lavender essential oil, shake it, and you’re done!

LAVENDER FIELDS: Essential Oil Smell the difference with the essential oil of Lavender Fields. We offer Lavandula angustifolia “Vera”, a true lavender. This type of lavender is the most coveted essential oil lavender by aromatherapists and prefumers. Many other varieties produce more oil, but sacrifice in fragrance and quality. True and pure L. angustifolia essential oils are used for skin ailments, nervous tension, anxiety, lack of restful sleep, aches, pains, and spasms. L. angustifolia is safe to use undiluted directly on the skin.

LAVENDER FIELDS: Market Bag Dimensions: 13” wide, 18” high, 8” deep, 3.5” drop, with a 6” x 7” inside pocket. Leather straps with nickel rivets and 100% natural golden jute fiber with water resistant lining that can hold over 100lbs. All bag sales translate directly into jobs, healthcare, and security for a group of mothers working in Bangladesh co-ops.

ARTIST: Samantha Sherry

Often varied in style and media, the pieces are unified by subject and theme. Within the work, equine imagery is symbolic and provides the vocabulary and distance necessary to explore deeply personal issues and motifs. My work examines the relationships between memory, family, identity, and loss. The collection, reassembling, and integration of non-traditional materials (i.e. horsehair) with more conventional art mediums and methods aid in the exploration of the continuums between these complex domains. Drawing upon my equestrian past (and present) horse forms and fragments become the language through which these ideas are explored and articulated.

Samantha Sherry

Samantha Sherry

Samantha Sherry

Samantha Sherry

Alexandrie Brut reflects the culmination of the unique, refined vision of Chloe Bello, a synthesis of her appreciation for wine culture, discriminating palate and superior attention to detail, gained from years of experience working in the fashion industry. Named in honor of her daughter, Alexandrie Brut Sparkling Wine is lovingly produced in small batches at Chloe’s boutique, female-owned winery in Napa Valley.

WE ARE THE MODERN SKIN MINIMALISTS. It takes less than you think to have vibrant skin. Our streamlined system of essential skin-nourishing products deliver vibrant results without unwanted extras. W/O is designed by environmentally conscious individuals who put skin health first. To put it simply, we’re into saving face.

SHOPPING GUIDE: ARTIST: Samantha Sherry BOOTS: Kingsley CHAMPAGNE: Alexandrie Cellars FEED: Pink Rose Organix FENCING: Lavender Fields GENERATOR: EcoFlow LAVENDER: Lavender Fields MARKET BAG: Lavender Fields OLIVE OIL: Brightland SACHET: Lavender Fields SKIN: W/O STEEL BUILDINGS: Lavender Fields TRACTOR: Solectrac

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Lavender Fields is a monthly publication that aims to provide inspiration for your equestrian life in the West. Each issue features an eques...


Lavender Fields is a monthly publication that aims to provide inspiration for your equestrian life in the West. Each issue features an eques...

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