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Your Connection to the Northeast Equine Market

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March 2013

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ERDHA Sleigh Rally ~ Page 26


Horse Tales


Lynn Palm

Palm Partnership


George Peters

From the Ranch


Mitzi Summers



Summers Dressage

Volume 4 Number 1

The colorful Gypsy Vanner ~ Page 2


The colorful Gypsy Vanner by Sally Colby The origin of horse breeds is often surrounded by myths, legends and true stories about who started the breed and how it was used. The Gypsy Vanner is one of those breeds; and one that has become more recognized following recent television programs featuring gypsies. However, there’s confusion about Gypsy Vanners, starting with terminology such as ‘Gypsy cob’. “A cob is between 14.2 and 15.2 hands,” said Lydia Piper, who owns several Gypsy horses. “It’s an English term for height classification that isn’t used too often here.” Piper explained that ‘vanner’ is an obsolete term used to describe a grade draft horse. “It’s a ‘vanner’ as in pulling caravans for the gypsies,” she said. “The gypsies use the term too, even though the horse doesn’t fit the size category. A horse should be around 15 hands to be considered a vanner.” The accepted terminology for the true Gypsy horse is Gypsy Vanner and refers to horses from England and Ireland; not associated with European gypsies. The first people to import Gypsy horses to the United States were Dennis and Cindy Thompson, who brought them to Florida in 1996. The term ‘Gypsy Vanner’ is the official term that is used by the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society. Although the Gypsy Vanner has been in the United States for less than 20 years, there are multiple breed associations and numerous misconceptions about the breed. Piper referred to Robert Bakewell, a British agriculturist who is recognized for selective breeding of livestock. His work spawned breed associations and registries, along with ideals for each breed. Prior to Blakewell’s work, breeds were developed primarily according to geography and for the specific purpose that animal would be used for. Bakewell was instrumental in developing the Improved Black Cart Horse that later became the Shire. “Shires used to be spotted,” said Piper, “but when they came up with the breed association, they restricted (registration) to various color patterns. Pinto wasn’t one that they kept.” When the pinto Shires were no longer desirable for the Shire breed registry, the gypsies were more than happy to take them. And although Shires are large draft horses, Piper noted that Shires weren’t always as large as they are now. “In the 1800s, Shires were not 19 hands,” she said. “But Shires were historically a large draft breed. They became a dock horse and worked in the cities where they were needed to pull a lot of weight. You couldn’t string a lot of horses together and still maneuver them, so a bigger horse was an advantage. But

out in the farm fields, you could string another horse to plow or to haul something heavy.” As the Shires were becoming a larger draft horse, the gypsies still needed a horse that was smaller and hardier, and one that could pull a caravan. They selected horses and bred them for their own purposes using several breeds, including heavy pony breeds of the British Isles. Although there are claims that Gypsy horses have been bred for hundreds of years, Piper says that mass production of wagons didn’t occur until the mid-1800s. The traditional, colorful gypsy wagon was developed at around the same time. “The horses and wagons evolved together,” she said. “Before that, they may have had carts, but not caravans.” The colorful gypsy wagons and the covered wagons that settlers used to travel westward are often thought of as being the same wagon, but they aren’t. “They both have canvas tops, but the closest thing to a gypsy wagon in this country is the shepherd’s wagon used in the west where the shepherd would live in it and stay with the sheep,” said Piper. “They’re a small mobile home, not a moving van.” Drum horse, another term confused with Gypsy Vanners, actually has nothing to do with the breed. Piper explained that the Drum horse is a modern interpretation used to describe some of the queen’s parade horses. “She has a couple of hairy, spotted draft horses that are used in parades to carry kettle drums,” said Piper. “The reins are attached to the stirrups, so the rider is driving the horse from his legs. They’re drumming as they’re parading.” How did Piper end up with Gypsy Vanners? She worked on a Shire farm when she was in college and was familiar with that breed. She owned a Shire stallion, but was intrigued by the smaller and flashier Gypsy horse. In 1999, before acquiring horses via the internet became common, Piper purchased a Gypsy horse, ‘Wren of Castle Pook’, and had her imported to the United States. Piper’s Shire stallion and her mare ‘Wren’ produced ‘Gurdy Run Merlin’ the stallion she has today. Gypsy Vanners can be used for a variety of events, including jumping, although Piper uses hers purely for pleasure riding. The Gypsy Vanner is a compact, heavy and powerful horse with heavy feathering and a full mane and tail, and usually with traditional pinto markings. Piper says that Gypsy Vanners have some of the mellow, laid back traits of draft horses as well as pony traits such as curiosity.

Whippoorwill, a black and white full Gypsy Vanner gelding, and Robin, a bay and white Shire x Gypsy Vanner mare.

Lydia Piper nuzzles with her 16.2 hand stallion Gurdy Run Merlin, the offspring of an imported Gypsy Vanner mare and a Shire stallion. Photos by Sally Colby

Another lesson learned by Mark Munzert Just a few nights past, heading in from a day on the road, I decided to stop and visit with a horse I have worked with but hadn’t seen in about a month. We, I believed, had a good level of trust. The first clue should have been her nibbling at my knuckles as I gave my hand to allow her to sniff and recognize my scent. I don’t particularly like the idea of hand feeding and in the back of my mind it should have registerd that others had been doing this deed. It didn’t register. I set about to greet the other horses in the barn then returned. I stepped into her stall to adjust her blanket and she was compliant with that. As I stroked her neck moving toward my exit, she more than lip-nibbled at my hand aiming to gulp down a non-existent treat. I didn’t respond, I reacted. I pulled my hand away quickly and ‘pinned my ears’ (used body language) to move her away. As she spun away in retreat she launched with both feet. I nearly read the manufacturers stamp on her shoes. I avoided the imprint as I was able to get clear quickly enough. I’m still in reaction mode when I began to mutter, chastizing her verbally but it wasn’t long before I realized that I had not assessed ‘her’ situation. This six year young fireball had been couped in her stall for over 24 hours. Yes, a couple feet of snow and low temperatures are tough to deal with but far tougher for us than for horses. The well meaning, humanizing, treatment from the barn’s owner really wasn’t what she needed. Nor was hand feeding, again, not her fault. But hindsight being what it is, I believe it was a combination of circumstance that brought her to where she was. And, I was complacent, forgetful and unwary...dangerous places to be. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it here: I’ve learned more about people, and myself, from horses than I’ll ever learn about horses from people. Another lesson learned. Mark Munzert is a public speaker and writer from Tully, NY who works regularly with ‘problem horses’. He can be contacted at

End of winter early spring ice and mud serious injuries to your horse, from bruising of their soles to even broken bones from falling on the ice. Driving over the paddock area with a tractor or truck may help in breaking up sheets of ice. If you have a blade, try grading the paddock or turnout area to provide better sloping for drainage, and to remove frozen chunks of mud that can cause cuts or bruising to your horse’s feet. You can also add material to icy areas to assist in better footing. Recently, we saw our young Morgan slip badly on a large area of heavy ice that appeared behind the barn. We were checking our paddock area thoroughly for just such conditions, as we had planned a week’s trip away, and wanted to be sure everything was in good working order for the caretaker in our absence. In the frigid weather, the ice had quickly built up from melting snow and a bit of runoff from our watering trough. Ed tried to break up the ice with the tractor and bucket, but was not successful in his attempts. Realizing we needed to act quickly, as this was the horses’ favorite path past the goats’ shed from the barn through the paddock, we had to devise a way to make the footing safer. We did not want to use salt or sand, as salt can be caustic to their feet, sand is slippery on ice, and both salt and sand can be ingested by the horses and cause problems. I looked around and found that there was some old wet hay and bedding underneath a shed roof behind the barn. I used a grass rake to rake out the material and spread it thickly on top of the ice, testing it out as I went along. It worked well, as the bedding was thick enough not to be slippery on the ice, and

Snow is actually much easier for horses than having to wade through mud or slip on icy paths to access food or the watering trough. Photo by Judy Van Put would not be covered up by a light snow, and provided a quick fix that we were satisfied would alleviate the situation. Ashes from your woodstove are another material you can use for better traction on the ice. If you burn wood, as many of us do, you can accumulate your wood ashes in a covered ash can outside. Once the ashes are cold, they can be spread along paths and icy spots in the paddock; they do a fairly good job of pro-

viding traction and as long as they are used in your paddock and barn area (and are far enough away from your front door) they shouldn’t be too messy. Make a list of areas around your barn and paddocks that are problematic — or better yet, take a photograph for future consultation — and once the spring ice and mud season is over, you’ll be better informed and able to work on a drainage plan for next winter.

Managing your horse’s skin by Marilyn Munzert Good management practices can prevent blemishes and scaring of the skin by cuts, abrasions or sores. Some horses are prone to rubbed-out manes and tails. Sleazy hoods provide some protection against rubbing, but your horse will still want to rub his mane and tail if they itch. Practicing horse hygiene will keep itching at bay. Wash him with only top-quality products, following shampoo with a conditioner to keep his skin from feeling dry, and rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all residues. If he itches from fungus or bacteria, use an anti-fungus or Betadine shampoo, or spray diluted Listerine on the top of his tail. Make sure you wash thoroughly between his hind legs and under his tail after schooling him. Prevent barn injuries by continuously evaluating your horse’s environment for safety and comfort. To prevent stall accidents and hock sores, bed with wood shavings four to six inches deep. A mere inch of shavings on rubber mats won’t absorb much urine and manure, and can leave the stall floor slippery. It also won’t provide enough protection as your horse lies down or gets up, and can lead to hock sores. Keep barn aisles clear of clutter, and open stall doors as wide as possible when leading him in or out. Try to avoid stabling stallions and mares next to each other. Poor stall-to-stall relationships are the source of many cuts, abrasions, or worse, so monitor your horse and any new neighbors he may have. Keep his stable halter snug, so that only a finger fits between it and his head. A snug halter won’t slip off, is less likely to catch on protrusions, and won’t shift around leaving rub marks.

Exercise caution outside by never turning your horse out on questionable footing. Ice, mud, or slick grass can cause him to slip, and rough footing can cause a trip or stumble. If you can find a suitable site, exercising him on a longe line is a safer alternative. Avoid turning him out with other horses, as well, as even a light kick or nip can scar him. If he must live with other horses outside, provide each horse with a separate feeder to avoid nips and kicks. Ill fitting saddles can cause sores at the withers, hips and around the girth, and those sores won’t heal until you make adjustments. A properly fitting saddle should sit balanced from side to side and front to back on your

A poorly fitted blanket can cause shoulder rubs. A blanket or sheet should fit snugly, but with some play in it. Photo by Sally Colby

horse. You should be able to easily place your hand between the pommel and your horse’s withers. The saddle’s skirts shouldn’t rub his hipbones. A well-shaped, good-quality saddle pad can help, but if problems persist, shop for a better-fitting saddle. A poor saddle/cinch configurations or a dirty cinch can cause girth galls. Keep your cinch clean with a mild disinfectant. A poorly fitted blanket can cause shoulder rubs. A blanket or sheet should fit snugly, but with some play in it. If it’s too large or small, it will rub at the shoulders and/or the withers. For a good blanket fit, measure from the middle of your horse’s chest around his side to his tail. Blankets are often sold by length in increments of two inches, using even numbers, round up to the next size if your horse measures an odd number of inches. Safety-check any show grounds where you truck your horse to compete. Inspect your horse’s temporary stall for sharp objects on the walls or anything hanging from the ceiling. Examine the floor for holes or areas where he could get a leg or foot stuck under a door or wall. Check surrounding areas for obstructions that could block a walkway or turnaround area. Keep trunks and saddle racks in stalls reserved as tack rooms and well out of traffic areas. Ensure crossties are securely fastened to the wall, and place portable stall mats under them. If your horse’s show stall has a Dutch-style door (which swings out on hinges), keep it closed to save space and prevent injuries except when passing through it. If footing is poor, scout around for the best spot to school, and diplomatically address show management about the problem.


by Judy Van Put After weeks of bitter cold and snowy weather, the heart quickens with the arrival of a few warmer sunny days, bringing the promise of spring. But how easily we forget that along with the warmer daytime weather we are left with muddy paddocks; and that dealing with snow is actually much easier for our horses than having to wade through mud or slip on icy paths to access the watering trough. The areas where our horses spent most of their time during winter are the high-traffic areas: those nearest the barn, along the paths to the paddock, and around the hay and watering areas. High traffic compresses and compacts the soil, making it difficult for vegetation to survive and water to percolate through. As a result, water will flow over ground rather than underground, and becomes the perfect scenario to create muddy and icy conditions. Paddocks and turnout areas that are fairly level and not sloped will be more difficult to remedy in mid-winter when the ground is frozen. Remember that water travels down hill, so by being diligent with a rake and shovel on a regular basis, you can open up drainage channels and draw off much of the standing water. Keep these channels open and working to encourage better drainage. Diverting roof runoff with the use of gutters will also help. Try to conserve your use of water, such as when filling water buckets or hosing down horses or equipment — turn down to a lower flow to decrease the amount of waste water on the ground, and turn the hose off when shampooing or washing. Icy areas are dangerous and can cause


Biography of a little-known hero of the horse world by Mitzi Summers All of us have heard of certain horses that have been made famous in folklore. Some of the stories have been embellished but are based in truth, some are purely fiction. There is Comanche, the lone survivor of Custer’s Last Stand. The name of Figure comes to mind, the legendary plucky stallion who served as the foundation sire for the Morgan breed. Even Pegasus, the mighty white, winged steed who, carried his proud rider Bellerophon. However, there are ponies and horses who have served their fellow horses well in their quest to survive and understand the wiles and whyfores of their human companions. Their wisdom is not written down until now, as horses have all of our smarts but no opposable thumb. Rather it has been carried from horse to horse, and since I have been described as a certifiable ( and this could be taken many ways, if you know what I mean), Horse Whisperer, I have chosen to impart to the public some of the things that are whispered to me. Actually, most of the time, as with our dogs, horses feel that they are yelling at us with their body language, but that we just do not get it. For example, you have led the other horses out to the pasture,

your horse is almost standing on his head in his stall to be let out, and the observant visitor wonders why he is acting so funny….does he want to also go out? Goldie, the School Horse Goldie lived in the 50s’ and 60s, when riding schools were starting to really flourish and there were superb authors such as Margaret Cabell Self to help humans begin to deal with and understand their equine counterparts. But who was there to help the horses learn what was expected of them and, better yet, how to get the best of all two-legged life forms? Goldie emerged and took her place in school horse history. Her powers of Horse ESP were phenomenal. She was a palomino Quarter horse mare and she spent most of her life at a huge riding establishment in Walled Lake, Michigan. Since many of the students were beginners and intermediates and did not have a clue, and some of the instructors were not the brightest bulbs in the box, Goldie stepped in to give the school horses some coping tools. The use of geography was one of the most valuable resources that she used. Do you think that when your horse refuses to leave the barn, or tries to go in the middle of the ring, that this was something that he just came up with? Not at all, he is just fol-

Cover photo by Sally Colby Lydia Piper poses with her 16.2 hand Gypsy Vanner stallion Gurdy Run Merlin.

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lowing the basic Goldie tenets of ring riding: 1. If it is obvious within the first two minutes that the person on you does not have a clue about anything, just turn and go back where you came from. Standing in the way at the in gate will do many things for you. It creates a traffic jam so that the other horses in the lesson will not have to mindlessly trot around for an hour. It gives the others a chance to also stop at the gate. The instructor will not know how to cope with more than one problem at a time and it will probably take the rest of the hour for her to sort everyone out. There is also the distinct possibility that someone forgot to close the gate and you will be able to go out of the ring and back to your stall. 2. The other position is to go into the middle of the ring. This can be done directly — just a quick right or left. If you decide to go with this option you may have the advantage of unseating the rider. This always results in a lot of time passing before you have to work again. Or you may simply just go closer and closer to the inside every time around until you end up either on top of the nonobservant instructor, or out of her field of vision entirely if she is one of those who stands in the corner and just looks at whoever is closest to her. I once saw a pony successfully spend the entire hour in the middle of the ring and no one noticed. The rider finally gave up and decided to freshen her makeup. 3. If humans decide to present you with anything like poles on the ground, the rule is to always go around them or to stop at them. This is very important. You may, as a horse, think, “What is the big deal? It is not hard to go over them, in fact I have to cover more ground to go around them!” Do not be mislead into this false thinking. If you carry a rider successfully over poles on the ground then the next, admittedly ridiculous step is that they will raise the stupid thing and expect you to jump it! This can lead to all sorts of ridiculous demands from the instructor. 4. If you are asked to learn to do “trail obstacles”, remember this rule: Pretend to be afraid of everything!” I have seen

misguided horses cross over a truly absurd bridge (it had rails and was high and everything), that was placed out in the middle of the ring. If we horses ever had reason to distrust the reasoning of our supposedly intellectually superior human handlers, this would be the reason. There was no water anywhere….no quicksand, no roads or traffic underneath, just a human constructed bridge placed in the middle of the ring. No sane horse should ever cross such a thing1 If they talk you into doing this they will think they can talk you into anything! Remember Black Beauty not going over the bridge in the storm because it was going to collapse? Well, this reason is just as relevant. Trail competitions bring in all sorts of crazy objects that no horse would ever see on a real trail. The smart thing to do is to never go over anything, and then you will never be put in a position to do anything at a show. Open a mail box? Of course, it has a snake in it …….go over a tarp, indeed, it is covering up a drop into 12 feet of water…and do not let them convince you otherwise! There were many things that Goldie shared, but I think one of the most amazing was in teaching school horses how to physically tighten all of the muscles in their backs, and the ligaments and tendons in their legs, to produce the most jarring gaits that any human tried to sit to. Horses have told me that this is really quite easy. After all, they have the ability to feel a fly and move their skin to be rid of it, so the act of tightening their entire body to be rid of a rider does not require that much of a learning curve. This skill is especially valuable for beginning riders or for women who are well endowed chest-wise and are supposed to learn how to ride the sitting trot. In both these categories of rider it is not uncommon to be able to discourage them from ever coming back to sit on you. Of course there are so many things that Goldie shared… jokes to pull on your riders so that you all have something to laugh about in the pasture at night, but those can be shared at another time.

Building a partnership with your horse Communicating with Your Aids-Keys to Success, Part 5 sition (a change from one gait to another or speed within a gait). As you complete the smaller circle and come back to the large circle, prepare to make a transition to an extended walk. Do this by putting more weight in your seat, following the movement with the hips while lightly squeezing with the legs and opening the fingers to let the horse increase his gait. Continue the extended walk on the large circle. When you arrive at the nine o’clock position on the large circle, prepare for a downward transition to a slower walk. Turning the horse onto the smaller circle will naturally tend to slow his speed. Ask for a downward transition by decreasing the weight in your seat and decreasing the movement of your hips following the horse’s movement and by decreasing and relaxing your leg aids. If necessary, slightly close the fingers on the reins. The horse should slow his gait in reaction to this communication. As you complete the small circle and approach the large circle again, ask your horse for an upward transition to a jog or trot. Time the communication so that your horse will be jogging or trotting as he comes back onto the large circle. The aids communications for this upward transition is the same as for the transition from slow to extended walk: seat-legs-hands. While placing more weight in your seat, move your hips forward to follow the horse’s movement as you lightly apply leg pressure. Open the fingers to allow the horse the freedom to move forward. If you do not get a re-

sponse, continue on a larger turn and repeat the aids sequence to ask for the upward transition. Keep the horse jogging or trotting on the large circle. Change directions to track left. We will use this direction to work on downward transition. Continue the jog/trot around the circle until you arrive at the three o’clock position. Once again follow the smaller circle and prepare for a downward transition to the walk. As you start to close the smaller circle, apply more weight in your seat, decrease hip movement, keep legs on contact but not squeezing, and lightly close your fingers on the reins. The horse should respond by giving you a downward transition to a walk. Continue walking on the large circle. As you approach the nine o’clock position, enter the smaller circle at the walk. As you begin to close the circle, ask for an upward transition to an extended walk by applying more weight with the seat, following with the hips, squeezing lightly with the legs, and opening the fingers. When you are on the larger circle

again, continue an extended walk to the three o’clock position. Add Some Challenge As you enter the small circle at three o’clock, prepare for a downward transition to a walk. Keep your seat working lighter, leg lighter in response, and let the horse come back to his natural walk within the small circle. This time, before returning to the large circle, ask for an upward transition within the small circle. Remember the aids sequence: 1) increase weight in the seat, follow with the hips, 2) lightly squeeze with the legs, and 3) open the fingers to allow forward movement. Time your aids communication so that you are jogging or trotting by the time you are back Jog/trot one entire large circle to the left. Gradually make a large, wide figure “8” turn so that you are tracking to the right. On the large circle, prepare to extend the jog by applying more weight in your seat. Continue following the motion with your hips. Be prepared because the increased speed will make

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by Lynn Palm Here’s simple exercise to help you communicate more clearly with your aids. You will need a large area to ride in and a horse that already has basic understanding of the rider’s seat, leg, and hand aids. Circles-within-a-circle exercise The pattern for this exercise uses a large circle and two smaller ones done within the large circle. If you think of the large circle as a clock face, then the smaller circles we will do within it will be done at the three and nine o’clock positions. During the exercise, keep the horse’s body positioned straight on these circles. This means that his body is slightly bent or arced to follow the circular track. Start by asking the horse to walk forward on a large circle to the right. Communicate your request by using the aids together in the proper sequence. The first aid used is the seat. The rider’s shoulders are positioned slightly back so that her seat puts more weight in the saddle as her hips follow the horse’s movement. The leg aids follow with a light pressure to ask the horse to move forward. Finally, the hands encourage forward movement as the fingers open slightly on the reins to allow the horse the freedom of movement. The sequence is: seat-legs-hands. Once you establish a walk, continue on the large circle. At the three o’clock position, make a smaller circle to the right within the large circle. We will use this smaller circle to prepare for a tran-

Tack Talk by Joe Migdal, Mandak Tack & Horse Sales Proper blanket fit It is easy to get the proper fit for a blanket with a little attention to detail. An improperly fitting blanket will cause wither and shoulder rubs; a blanket that is too large can pose danger from straps and excess material. So you want to get it right. Measure your horse Find a level spot and have someone help hold your horse. Use a flexible cloth measuring tape or baling twine. • Stand your horse squarely on all four legs and face him to the left. • Hold the measuring tape/baling twine at the center of your horse’s chest at the point where neck and chest meet, and • Keeping your tape/twine level and having the person holding the horse

hold the tape/twine on the center of the chest, measure around the widest part of the shoulder and along the barrel and around the widest part of the hindquarter — to the center of the tail. • Your tape/twine should remain tight and level against all measuring points of the horse. If you used the twine, mark the twine (cut it, tape, knot, etc.) and either bring it to the store or place it on a tape measure. The blanket size for your horse is the resulting measurement from the chest to the center of the tail. If you measure 78 inches from chest to tail, then your horse wears a Size 78. If your measurement falls in the middle of blanket sizes, use the next highest size. Fit the blanket on your horse You have purchased a turnout blanket

in your horse’s correct size. It’s easy to dress him in this new blanket, have him look classy, and make him comfortable. 1. Fasten the blanket, in the case of an open front blanket, so that the chest straps allow some fabric overlap and the blanket back falls at the top of the tail. It should fit comfortably across the shoulders and be neither be too loose nor too tight. 2. Your horse blanket may have bias or straight surcingles or it might have just a single surcingle. In the case of bias surcingles, cross them under your horse’s belly. Each of the three surcingle styles (straight, bias, single) should be fastened and adjusted to permit a hand’s width between the straps and the horse’s belly.

3. To fasten the blanket’s leg straps, pass the right leg strap between the hind legs and secure at the left D-ring. Likewise, pass the left leg strap between the hind legs, cross through the right strap, and fasten to the right D-ring. Finally, adjust the leg straps to allow one hand width between your horse’s thighs and each leg strap. You may also parallel fasten your leg straps — left strap to left D-ring and right strap to right Dring. Be certain, if you use this method, that the blanket fits securely and the hand’s width rule is met. Common problems of incorrectly fitted blankets A blanket that is too big or too small

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Partnership from 5 this gait more bouncy. The legs still stay on contact with a light squeeze to support forward movement. Make at least one large circle at the extended jog/trot. Use one of the smaller circles to ask for a downward transition to the walk. Reverse directions and repeat this part of the exercise. The seat and leg aids do most of the communicating for this exercise. The reins should become your most passive aids for all riding. Circles are great for training the horse and the rider. The smaller circles help the horse with downward transitions because he will naturally slow down on them. Moving onto the larger circle encourages forward movement. The circles also give the

rider some markers to help time the upward and downward transitions. If the horse does not respond to a light leg squeeze, first try moving the leg back slightly and reapply the aid, and then give the horse a little bump with the leg to get his attention if necessary. When you get a response to a leg aid from the horse, keep the legs on contact with the horse to maintain the request for forward movement. Always strive to use the lightest of aids! If you need more response to a request for an upward transition, add your voice by giving a cluck. Learn more about Palm Partnership Training™ by going to or calling 800-503-2824.

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Triple Crown Nutrition becomes title sponsor of PRO junior young rider scholarship program Triple Crown Nutrition has joined forces with the Professional Riders Organization to promote junior young rider development through the Triple Crown JYR PRO Scholarship Program. Developed by Marcia Kulak; a board member of PRO, the scholarship is now in its third year and offers a significant training reward to participants. Riders compete at designated events on the east and west coasts and earn points based on their per-

formance and horsemanship. Juniors and Young Riders are judged by professional members of PRO, many of whom also act as mentors throughout the year. “We are thrilled to have Triple Crown Nutrition join us in supporting this worthy scholarship program where we not only focus on spotting upcoming talent, but we are really trying to encourage juniors and young riders to strive to become more competent horsemen ear-

lier in their careers,” said Marcia Kulak. “We strongly believe that a one week scholarship for a rider and their horse at a high performance rider’s facility is incredibly educational and will encourage these young people to set high goals for themselves and the development of their horse.” Triple Crown JYR PRO Scholarship Program will take place at designated events on both coasts. It is a Training Level pro-

gram for juniors and young riders. Riders who wish to participate must be junior members of PRO. Riders are evaluated and scored by professional members of PRO at designated observation competitions. Scores are tabulated independently of the competition and juniors are ranked on the Triple Crown JYR PRO Leaderboard. The two top point earning riders from both the east and west coast will each earn a

scholarship award with Sinead Halpin and Marcia Kulak on the east coat, Tamra Smith and Shannon Lilley on the west coast. Sinead Halpin was eager to volunteer her time to host a scholarship award winner: “This opportunity is so important and I really wanted to be a part of the program.” The scholarship award includes a week of training and boarding of both horse and rider at no cost to the scholarship winners. “All of us at Triple Crown Nutrition are excited about this opportunity to support Marcia and PRO in their efforts to develop the next generation of outstanding professionals,” said Michelle Mulcahy of Triple Crown

Nutrition. “We look forward to meeting these young riders, hearing about their goals and cheering them on!” Designated competitions for the 2013 Triple Crown JYR PRO Scholarship are: Surefire Horse Trials (Area 2), June 2123; Millbrook Horse Trials (Area 1), Aug. 1-4; Galway Horse Trials (Area 6), March 28-31; Rebecca Farm (Area 7), July 24-28 and Aspen Farms (Area 7), Sept. 6-8. Detailed information about the Triple Crown JYR PRO Scholarship Program can be found on the PRO website: www.professionalriders.o rg/tlsa-scholarship-program and on the Triple Crown Nutrition website:

Tack from 6 it is too small. It is important to allow a hand’s width between each leg strap and the horse’s thighs and it is equally important to allow the hand’s width between belly and surcingles. When straps and surcingles are too loose, the danger is that the horse may get his legs trapped in them. Leg straps secured too tightly will cause rubs. Remember, if your horse is comfortable in his properly fitted blanket, he will be much happier to stay dressed.

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may cause a lot of rubbing. Because the horse is uncomfortable, he may actually rid himself of the blanket. When the neck of a blanket is too large, it will hang lower on the horse’s back. This causes rubbing and consequent slippage. When the horse rolls or stands up after rolling, there is great danger that he will step on the blanket material. The blanket is too large when it extends beyond the top of the tail. A blanket should reach just over the top of the tail. If it does not reach that far,


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Alice Root or Kim Senn 6000 Rock Road Verona, NY 13478

(315) 363-6124 Fax 315-363-6124 The Root Farm believes that horses are a source of physical and psychological benefit to persons with disabilities or challenging life situations. We maintain a dynamic arena for therapeutic and recreational engagement with the horse, with particular emphasis on equestrian vaulting for all ages and abilities.


Contact: Joyce Haak 417 County Road 39 Afton, NY 13730 607-206-3867 Fax: 607-639-1393


Scales Roping Chute, Accessories Full Line of 3 Pt Hitch Equipment Roping Arenas Sweep Systems Squeeze Chutes

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H.G. (Bill) Barnes, DVM, MS Sandra Tasse, DVM 63 Henning Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Clinic/Office: (518) 583-7273 Fax: (518) 583-4388 Saratoga Equine Veterinary Service, P.C. is a full service ambulatory and surgical facility specializing in: Arthroscopy, Colic Surgery, Fracture Repairs, Shockwave, Reproductive Medicine, Digital Radiography & Ultrasound, Dentistry, Wellness Programs, Lameness Evaluations, Geriatric Medicine, Prepurchase Evaluation, IRAP, Stem Cell Therapy, Laceration Repairs, Castrations & 24 Hour Emergency Care.


Greene County Horseshoe Supply, Inc. Contact: Butch Colbert 10711 Rte. 32 Greenville, NY 12083 518-966-5549 Fax: 518-966-5130

Afton Farrier Supply carries quality, competitively priced farrier supplies. We feature all major brands of steel and aluminum horseshoes, and stock the foremost brands of nails, rasps and other hoof care products. Daily Shipping via UPS!

Complete line of farrier supplies, horseshoes, tools, etc. Over 200 new and used anvils, forges, post vises, available/bought, sold, and traded daily. Kerckhaert, St. Croix Forge, Capewell, Bellota, BloomForge, Vector, Delta, Mustad, GE Forge & Tool. Direct Distributor for All Brands of Shoes and Farrier Equipment.




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Fencing & Pole Buildings

Contact: Michael Chase

PO Box 32, Hall, NY 14463 585-773-0101


Equine Fencing of All Types: Q post & board Q electrobraid Q coated hi tensile Q split rail We also sell Priefert equipment (stalls, corral panels, dog kennels), Miraco heated waterers, treated round posts, split rail. All for retail do-it-yourselfers Contact: Melissa or Deb 2033 Brothertown Rd. Deansboro, NY 13328 (315) 841-4910 (315) 841-4649 Fax

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Horse e Appraisals y Lynn by ASEA Certified Equine Appraiser available to provide written report complete with color photographs, registration papers & any other pertinent data utilized to provide an accurate appraisal. May be utilized for insurance, divorce, bankruptcies, sales, etc. 5489 Mariaville Rd, Schenectady, NY 12306

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The Strain Family Horse Farm 30 Sakrison Rd., Granby, CT 06035 860-653-3275 FAX: 860-653-5256

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New England’s largest quality sales stable. 41 years same location supplying the East Coast with family trail and show horses. We buy horses and take trade-ins. 3 week exchange guarantee on all horses and ponies.

3 generations of horsemen and women. Horses available for sale suitable for every sport, lesson or family use. Several auctions each year feature new and used tack, equipment and trailers, followed by horses and ponies from local consignors as well as out west. Heritage Farm is also home to the New England Stock Horse Series, has a lesson program and both Hunt Seat and Western IEA teams.



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ADK offers quality care for both horse and rider. We Also Buy and Sell Horses. Contact Us For More Information on Boarding, Lessons, Horse Training, Events, and Trail Rides.

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We offer complete pole barn packages, lumber, trusses, cupolas, stall parts, reflective insulation, and all accessories for metal roofing & siding. We carry most manufacturers such as Fabral, Metal Sales Manufacturing, Union Corrugating and many others.


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Adirondack Foothills Equine Contact: Sandy Schlotter 116 County Route 17A Comstock, NY 12821 518-538-0202 Fax: 518-642-3755


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Meader Supply Corp. 23 Meaderboro Road Rochester, NH 03867 Ph. (603) 332-3032 Fax: (603) 332-2775 Carrying a complete selection of draft and horse size harnesses in leather, biothane and nylon. Draft horse tack and supplies, books & videos, and horse care products. Also carrying a complete line of farrier supplies. Shoes, nails, tools and much more.

Contact: Joe Migdal / Teddy Smith

67 Middleline Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020

518-885-1158 Fax: 518-885-7772 NOW CARRYING POULIN GRAIN!! Offering a full line of western and english tack, turnout sheets and blankets, saddle fitting, stable supplies and equipment, treats, supplements, gifts, barn boots and gloves, Electrobraid fencing and installation, gates, stallmats, horse ales and transportation. Mon.-Fri. 9-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 1-5, or by appointment

We Service What We Sell! We sell horse trailers & stock trailers as well as cargo, equipment, dump, snowmobile and utility. We have an 18,000 sq. ft. facility with on site DMV & a full service shop. 2201 St. Rte. 17K Montgomery, NY 12549 845-361-2246 Fax 845-361-2141 Email:

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From The Ranch To You by George Peters One of the fastest growing Western Cattle Working events in the nation is called Ranch Sorting. The basics of this timed event are two people on a team, 10 head of cattle in a round pen numbered 0 to 9, a time limit, an attached or second round pen with an opening between the two pens. These round pens, in the shape of a figure eight, are 50 to 60 feet across, with the opening 12 to 14 feet wide. The flagger/judge is stationed with a good view of the opening, and signals when time begins. As soon as time begins, a cow’s number is announced. That is the first animal to be moved from the pen holding the herd to the other pen. The cattle are then moved in numerical sequence until time expires, or all 10 have been moved in order under the time limit. If a team member rides into the cattle pen, and let’s say number six is called, six is the first animal to be moved, or “sorted” through the opening over to the other pen. Next is seven, then eight, nine, zero, one, two, etc. Any wrong, out of order numbered animal, through the opening is a no time,

as is any animal once sorted returning to the pen. The riders typically split up, one sorting through the herd, the other stopping wrong numbered cattle at the opening, and preventing sorted cattle from returning. Many teams switch positions for each cow, but it is not required. Communication between the teammates is a must, just to be sure which animal is next, who’s doing sorting, who’s working the opening, helping each other find the back tag or neck number of the next cow, and lots more. Many of the people who have done cattle drives find this event to be the next step up in quickness of the event, the challenges of riding and cattle handling, and overall growth in horsemanship skills needed to do well. In both events, the rider and horse need to be in the right place and do the right thing, working the cattle from the correct angles, and knowing when to put pressure on or when to back off pressure for a moment. It just happens a little quicker in sorting, plus if a cow gets away in the cattle drive, go get it back. If a cow gets away in sorting, it’s all over, in some cases

very soon. The event has many ins and outs, such as hoping to sort “clean”, bringing only the correct cow to the opening, or no more than two so the gate guard has only one wrong animal to turn away, not two or all but one. Movement at the gate to help get the animal into the next pen is critical. Most teams start slowly, and gradually increase the tempo as they start get-

ting more animals sorted, therefore fewer left to sort. When it goes well, the team almost appears to develop a rhythm. When some renegade cow jumps to the gate out of order, it just went bad fast. Typically mistakes in this event are putting too many animals near the opening, poor moves in the herd or at the opening, going to fast too soon, and many more. I have done them all, but

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have also had many great rides. The difference is sometimes the cattle, but more often doing things controlled and correct on the good cattle leads to successful runs. The best ways to get better are to go do it, watch those who win, and do as they do. Ride your horse and practice the skills of a reined cow horse to keep you and your horse sharp, quick, and correct. Oh and have fun, life is

too short to worry about those bad go’s, just learn from them. Remember, nothing shows the weakness of a horse or rider like a cow.

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1392 Route 32, Schuylerville, NY 12871 Tracy Gauy sorting out the numbered cow needed during a Ranch Sorting Event.


Greene County Horseshoe Supply

Butch and Tammy Colbert of Greene County Horseshoe Supply carries Barrel, Ranch, Pleasure, Trail, and Roping Saddles, with over 400 saddles in stock at all times. They are a dealer for Circle Y, McCall, Reinsman, Dakota, Big Horn, Simco, Billy Cook, Long Horn, Tex Tan, Cactus Saddlery, Colorado, Dale Chevez. Along with Professional Choice Products, Ropes & Accessories, they carry all types of tack, accessories, horse supplies, and stable equipment. They carry accessories for the Driving Enthusiasts, which includes

NYSQHA 2013 SHOW SCHEDULE All Shows held at the Superior Housing Equine Sports Complex, Cobleskill Fairgrounds, Cobleskill, New York. • First Show - AQHA All Novice Show - May 17th. *Novice and Rookie Classes* One Judge. FREE CLINIC - 6:00 p.m. • NYSQHA Youth Sponsored AQHA/NSBA Show - May 18th - 19th - Split/Combined, Three Judges. • Liberty Circuit - AQHA/NSBA - July 9th - 14th - Split/Combined, Double Judged. Classes - 6 Judges. • AQHA/NSBA - August 22nd - 23rd - Split Combined, Double Judged - 2 Judges, 24th - 25th - Split Combined, Triple Judged - 3 Judges. • AQHA/PHBA/NSBA/ End of the Year Show - September 14th - 15th - Split Combined, Double Judged, 2 Judges, END OF YEAR EXHIBITOR’S PARTY • Exhibitors are eligible to enter a Drawing for a FREE Saddle to be given away at the end of the year by Shupperd’s Tack just for entering a class at our Shows. • NSBA Classes offered at NYSQHA Shows. • Flat fees, Ala Carte Prices and Free Super Size Classes are offered at all Shows. • Food provided by Glen’s Concessions at all Shows. Looking Forward to seeing YOU at Cobleskill in 2013! For more information, please visit our website at: Ad sponsored by WeatherWatch Performance Horses

Some of the tack available in the store. Over 400 Saddles are available at all times. Light Horse, and Draft Horse Harnesses and Collars. They always have a large selection of sheets, blankets, and turnouts in all sizes. You will never have a problem getting the proper type and fit for your horse. Due to large quantity purchases, Butch can offer affordable pricing on many items. If you need something special just ask. If he doesn’t have it, he can

find it through his many distributors. Stop in and see Butch, Tammy or Steve. They would be happy to help you outfit you and your horse! Greene County Horseshoe Supply is located on Route 32 in Greenville, NY (across from the Greenville Drive-In) and is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach them at 866-966-5549, 518966-5549 or e-mail

Contents of 2 Tack Shops A COMPLETE LINE OF On Sale! Check It Out... FARRIER SUPPLIES IN-STOCK. OVER 200 NEW & English Riding Clothes USED ANVILS, FORGES, POST VISES AVAILABLE / Brushes • Ariat Riding Boots BOUGHT, SOLD, TRADED DAILY Field Boots • Jodhpurs 50% Off • Kerckhaert • Bellota • BloomForge Breyer Horses • Saddles h is l Engl • Capewell • Vector • St. Croix Forge Al Pads • Blankets Clothing • Delta • Mustad • GE Forge & Tool

• Light Horse & Draft Horse Collars • Harness & Equipment • 4’6” Stall Mats • Horse Tack & Supplies Rain Sheets om $49.00 Fr • Farmco Feeders • Round Pens

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# 1500 Shire Turnout Rugs In Stock All Sizes $90.00 # English Tack & Clothing # Breyer Horses # Australian Outback Coats

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Used Western Saddles $$ Top Prices Paid $$ We Welcome Trades!

• Circle Y • Dale Chevez • Reinsman • Dakota • Big Horn • Simco • Billy Cook • Long Horn • Tex Tan • Colorado • Cactus Saddlery • McCall

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Greene County Horseshoe Supply was established in 1991 with farrier supplies and tack. With a complete line of farrier supplies, horseshoes, tools and over 200 new and used anvils, forges, and post vises available. Kerckhaert, St. Croix Forge, Capewell, Bellota, BloomForge, Vector, Delta, Mustad, GE Forge & Tool are some of the brands carried. They moved to their present location in 2000. This allowed for more saddles and tack to be carried, along with the gift shop which carries unique gifts for the Non-Horseperson, and Horseperson alike. A wide selection of Yankee Candles, Custom Gift Baskets, Porcelain, Pitchers & Bowls, Indian & Western Figurines and much more… They have just added Outback clothing and hats. In 2008, a 30 foot x 60 foot warehouse was added for more storage, and plans are being made to expand in 2013 with more retail space. You will see Greene County Horseshoe Supply at select auctions during the year. On May 11 this year they will host a farrier clinic with Dave Farley, sponsored by Kerckhaert/Horseshoe Farrier Product Distribution of Kentucky. And plans for another clinic in the fall; date to be announced later. Greene County Horseshoe Supply


EQUIPMENT / GENERAL (STABLE / JUMPS / DRIVING, ETC.) McConnellsville Sands & Material, Inc. North Creek Heat Pond Hill Ranch

BOARDING FARMS Adirondack Foothills Equine Hannay Miniature Horse Farm Kast Hill Farm McConnellsville Sands & Material, Inc. Pond Hill Ranch Renegade Farm

FARM SERVICES Chase’s Farm and Home E&A Fence, LLC George & Swede Mandak Tack & Horse Sales McConnellsville Sands & Material, Inc. North Creek Heat

BREEDING FARMS McConnellsville Sands & Material, Inc. BUILDINGS / BARNS AND ARENAS Adirondack Foothills Equine Chase’s Farm and Home George & Swede McConnellsville Sands & Material, Inc. North Creek Heat

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CLOTHING Greene County Horseshoe Supply Mandak Tack & Horse Sales CONSTRUCTION-BARN BUILDING Adirondack Foothills Equine Chase’s Farm and Home McConnellsville Sands & Material, Inc. North Creek Heat EDUCATION / EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS / 4H / PONY CLUBS Saratoga Equine Veterinary Service, PC EQUIPMENT / GENERAL (STABLE / JUMPS / DRIVING, ETC.) Chase’s Farm and Home E&A Fence, LLC George & Swede Greene County Horseshoe Supply Mandak Tack & Horse Sales

FARRIERS SERVICES Afton Farrier Supply FEED / HAY / BEDDING Chase’s Farm and Home Endicott Feed and Tack Kast Hill Farm King’s Agriseeds Mandak Tack & Horse Sales McConnellsville Sands & Material, Inc. Triple Crown Nutrition FENCING E&A Fence, LLC Greene County Horseshoe Supply Mandak Tack & Horse Sales Williams Fence of CNY, Inc. FUN WITH HORSES (TRAVEL / TRAIL RIDING / CARRIAGE RIDGES, ETC.) Adirondack Foothills Equine Pond Hill Ranch GIFTS Greene County Horseshoe Supply Honey Hill Farm Store Kast Hill Farm Mandak Tack & Horse Sales

HEALTHCARE Chase’s Farm and Home Endicott Feed and Tack Greene County Horseshoe Supply King’s Agriseeds Mandak Tack & Horse Sales Miller’s Homemade Soaps


HEALTH / VETERINARY SERVICES / FARRIERS Afton Farrier Supply Greene County Horseshoe Supply Saratoga Equine Veterinary Service, PC

SHOW / EVENTS / CLINICS Adirondack Foothills Equine Heritage Farm, Inc. Pond Hill Ranch SHOWING Hannay Miniature Horse Farm Pond Hill Ranch

HORSE CAMPS Adirondack Foothills Equine Pond Hill Ranch Renegade Farm

SUMMER PROGRAMS Heritage Farm, Inc. Pond Hill Ranch

INSTRUCTIONS Adirondack Foothills Equine Heritage Farm, Inc. Pond Hill Ranch Renegade Farm

TACK / SADDLERY / HARNESS/ SUPPLIES / CLOTHING Endicott Feed and Tack Greene County Horseshoe Supply Honey Hill Farm Store Mandak Tack & Horse Sales Pond Hill Ranch

REAL ESTATE / REALTORS North Creek Heat Posson Realty, LLC

TRAIL RIDING Adirondack Foothills Equine Mandak Tack & Horse Sales Pond Hill Ranch

SALES-HORSES (EQUIDS) Adirondack Foothills Equine D&H Arabians Hannay Miniature Horse Farm Heritage Farm, Inc. Mandak Tack & Horse Sales Pond Hill Ranch Spicewood Cottage

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TRANSPORTATION / TRAILERS / TRUCKS George & Swede Greene County Horseshoe Supply Mandak Tack & Horse Sales McConnellsville Sands & Material, Inc. Paul Congelosi Trailer Sales

HORSE OWNERS BUYERS GUIDE LISTING ADIRONDACK FOOTHILLS EQUINE Contact: Sandy Schlotter 116 County Rte. 17A Comstock, NY 12821 518-642-3755 Fax: 518-642-3755 We offer quality care for both horse and rider. We also buy and sell horses. Please contact us for more information on boarding, lessons, horse training, events and trail rides. AFTON FARRIER SUPPLY Contact: Joyce Haak 417 Co. Rd. 39 Afton, NY 13730 607-206-3867 Fax: 607-639-1393 Afton Farrier Supply carries quality, competitively priced farrier

supplies. We feature all major brands of steel and aluminum horseshoes and stock the foremost brands of nails, rasp and other hoof care products. Daily shipping via UPS. Experienced farrier on call. CHASE’S FARM AND HOME Contact: Michael Chase P.O. Box 32 Hall, NY 14463 585-773-0101 Conklin independent business owner; Fastrack direct-fed microbials, enhanced feed utilization, reduced colic, founder and tying up, improved stamina.

D&H ARABIANS Contact: Debbie Hess 3880 NY Rt. 11 Marathon, NY 13803 607-849-4860 Beautiful St. Egyptian and Egyptian bred Arabians for sale. Mares, filly and colt. Gorgeous and personable. Excellent bloodlines. Happy, well behaved Arabians for a reasonable price. Come see our boy “Prince Lbadi!” E&A FENCE, LLC Contact: Aaron Miller 771 St. Hwy. 163 Fort Plain, NY 13339 518-993-5177 Installers of quality equine fence including wood board, vinyl, horse rail, woven wire, hot-cote and more. Serving NY, CT, MA and surrounding states. Also fence painting.

ENDICOTT FEED AND TACK Contact: Ladd Yost 1320 Campville Rd., Rt. 17C Endicott, NY 13760 607-785-5333 Fax: 607-687-2713 Specialty equine and pet foods from Nutrena, Purina and Ward & Van Scoy. Animal health needs/aids. Quality tack and supplies.

GEORGE & SWEDE Contact: Greg Newell 7155 Big Tree Rd. Pavilion, NY 14525 585-584-3425 Fax: 585-584-8853 McCormick tractors 23 hp to 230 hp.

GREENE COUNTY HORSESHOE SUPPLY Contact: Butch Colbert 10711 Rt. 32 Greenville, NY 12083 518-966-5549 Fax: 518-966-5130

Complete line of farrier supplies, horseshoes, tools, etc. Over 200 new and used anvils, forges, post vises, available/bought, sold and traded daily. Kerckhaert, St. Croix Forge, Capewell, Bellota, BloomForge, Vector, Delta, Mustad, GE Forge and Tool. Over 400 saddles in stock at all times! Circle Y, McCall, Reinsman, Dakota, Big Horn, Simco, Billy Cook, Long Horn, Tex Tan, Cactus Saddlery, Colorado, Dale Chevez. Professional Choice ropes and accessories, horse tack and supplies, blankets and turnouts. Round pens, Farmco products, stall mats. Horse trailers. Used saddles wanted - Top prices paid! Check out our Gift Shop and Yankee Candles! We have many unique gifts in stock at all times! Custom gift baskets, porcelain, pitchers and bowls, Indian and Western figurines, Outback hats and clothing line, and more.

HORSE OWNERS BUYERS GUIDE LISTING HERITAGE FARM, INC. Contact: Diane Raucher Miller 30 Florence Rd. Easthampton, MA 01027 413-527-1612 Fax: 413-527-7599 Three generations of horsemen and women. Lessons, auctions, hunt seat and stock horse shows. Always horses for sale.

HONEY HILL FARM STORE Contact: Cheryl 198 Honey Hill Rd. Fulton, NY 13069 315-952-3788 Fax: 315-593-1670 We carry saddles, bridles, harness and DAC products. A little something for everyone. Most horse accessories, also some

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KING’S AGRISEEDS Contact: Tim Fritz 60 North Ronks Rd., Ste. K Ronks, PA 17572 866-687-6224 Horse owners and dairy and livestock producers look to King’s Agriseed for the seeds that provide their animals with the best nutrition available. MAIN STREET INSURANCE AGENCY INC. Contact: Linda D. Kruszka 120 Main St., P.O. Box 276 Attica, NY 14011 585-591-1590 Fax: 585-591-1637 Full service insurance agency. Specializing in horse mortality and horse farm insurance. Life • Business • Recreational vehicle • Auto • Home. Licensed in NY, PA, FL.

MCCONNELLSVILLE SANDS & MATERIAL, INC. Contact: Aaron Scott P.O. Box 70 Blossvale, NY 13308-0070 315-339-2900 Fax: 315-339-3900 Screened sand for horse arenas and bedding. Call for delivered price 888-339-2900 ext. 10.

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KAST HILL FARM Contact: Dorothy Perry 126 Kast Hill Rd. Herkimer, NY 13350 315-866-1188 Fax: 315-866-2514 Poulin Grain dealer. Small animal feed, shavings, horse boarding, indoor arena.

MANDAK TACK & HORSE SALES Contact: Joe Migdal/Teddy Smith 67 Middleline Rd. Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518-885-1158 Fax: 518-885-7772 Now carrying Poulin grain! Offering a full line of western and english tack, turnout sheets and blankets, saddle fitting, stable supplies and equipment, treats, supplements, gifts, barn boots and gloves, Electrobraid fencing and installation, gates, stallmats, horse sales and transportation. Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun 1-5 or by appointment.


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HANNAY MINIATURE HORSE FARM Contact: Gene F. Smith 4453 Michigan Rd. Cazenovia, NY 13035 315-655-9748 Miniature horse breeding and training farm. Train horses for driving, jumping, showing and as pets.

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POND HILL RANCH Contact: Harry O’Rourke 1683 Pond Hill Ranch Rd. Castleton, VT 05735 802-468-2449 Fax: 802-468-0578 Horses bought, sold or leased. Largest selection of top quality horses in the East. English and western. Family, trail, performance and jumping. Horses and ponies leased for the season. All horses guaranteed. Full service tack shop, lessons and boarding.

POSSON REALTY, LLC Contact: David Posson 787 Bates-Wilson Rd. Norwich, NY 13815 607-334-9727 Fax: 607-336-6381 www.possonrealtyfarmsandland.c om Over 40 years experience in selling farms throughout NY State! Farmer owned and operated! RENEGADE FARM Contact: Lynn Bakos 5489 Mariaville Rd. Schenectady, NY 12306 518-864-5518 Fax: 518-864-5077 Horse farm on over 40 acres with loafing sheds and trees, Western and English riding lessons by ARIA certified instructor. Boarding, leasing, summer day camps, indoor and outdoor arenas.

SARATOGA EQUINE VETERINARY SERVICE, P.C. Contact: H.G. (Bill) Barnes DVM MS 63 Henning Rd. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-583-7273 Fax: 518-583-4388 Services include Arthroscopy, Fracture repair, Colic surgery, Shockwave Therapy, Wellness programs, Mare Reproductive medicine, Digital Radiography and Ultrasound, Video Gastroscopy/Endoscopy, Dentistry, Lameness evaluation, Pre-purchase evaluation, seasonal vaccines, Ambulatory care and more. SPICEWOOD COTTAGE Contact: Avis C. Bruce-Hurley 1688 Old Harbour Rd. Woodford, VT 05201 802-442-4769 Several Lipizzan/Standardbred grays. USLR 15.2+H. Elegant gaits. Friendly. $2,000-$9,500. Call Avis.

TRIPLE CROWN NUTRITION Contact: Michelle Mulcahy P.O. Box 692 Lake Luzerne, NY 12846 800-690-8110 Whether you’re looking for higher fat, lower carbs, a senior diet or sound nutrition for your growing horse, Triple Crown feeds, forages and supplements make it easy to provide your horse with the best in equine nutrition.

WALKER’S FARM HOME & TACK Contact: Amy Walker-Bailey 5565 St. Rte. 4 Fort Ann, NY 12827 518-639-5883 Fax: 518-639-5237 Outfit the horse and rider all in one convenient location. Full line Western and English tack shop. Clothing for riders and casual dress. Barn and farrier supplies, supplements, roping equipment. Home decor, gifts and toys for all occasions.

WILLIAMS FENCE OF CNY, INC. Contact: Melissa or Deb 2033 Brothertown Rd. Deansboro, NY 13328 315-841-4910 Fax: 315-841-4649 Installation of all types of horse fencing including: Post & Board, Electrobraid, Hot Kote/Horse Kote, Split Rail, Flex Rail, Mesh. Authorized dealer of Priefert, Gallagher, Miraco waterers, Bekaert wire, Fertrell and much more. We sell everything to build your own fence!

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By Judy Van Put

Can farmers go away on vacation? Here in upstate New York the weeks that fall between mid- February

and mid- March can often be the most grueling of the year. Almost daily snows coupled with biting winds burden the

farmer and make chores more difficult, especially after having already dealt with a long winter; and so it is the time of year that some dream of taking a break and heading south for a brief respite. But for those who have horses, cows, chickens and other animals, the thought of going away on a vacation is daunting, with the

question raised of ‘who will take care of the livestock, household pets and farm chores?’ In some instances, family members may be willing and able to pitch in and help, but when that is not the case, it is important to seek out a qualified and reputable caretaker. If there is such a person in your area, chances

are good that your veterinarian will know. You can also ask at your local feed store or tack shop or put in a call to the office of the county Cooperative Extension agent. You’ll want to have some questions ready when you first contact the caretaker, and ask for references. You should be satisfied that he or she has had ad-

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equate experience in caring for horses, cows and whatever other animals you may have, and comfortable with how your questions were answered during the telephone interview, before arranging for the person to visit your farm. Also important is whether the caretaker lives within daily driving distance, or if he or she will be staying at your farm in your absence. Set up a day well enough in advance of your vacation to spend with the care taker to allow adequate time for her/him to get to visit with your animals and become familiar with your routine; ideally the visit will be scheduled during the time of your morning or evening chores — or both. Plan ahead to have a clear and concise list of exactly what you expect the caretaker to do, and at what time. All feeds and supplements should be clearly labeled, with the order of feeding and other chores listed. Be specific as to how much hay to give each animal, or which ones need medication or supplements. With horses, it is important to know if there is an order in which you turn them out into their paddock or pasture (for example, I always turn out our aged mare first, so that she will have time to pick her way through the snow or ice at her own speed before the younger stable mate, who tends to rush her) and whether or not to remove safety halters or close the stall doors. We keep our young mare in her stall at night but leave the older mare’s door open to enable her to move freely about to keep her joints from stiffening up. Be sure to go through your entire routine, in case you may have forgotten to write something down; the more details you provide, the better the caretaker will be able to perform your daily duties. He/she will probably have a few questions to ask of you. Point out where your animals’ outside water source is located, and any special care that might need to be taken. In our spring-fed watering trough, for example, our caretaker knows to check that it is running at a good flow when she comes morning and night; if it is running

Betsy Moles wins Mustang Magic at Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo The invitational Mustang Magic gathered 14 of last year’s top Mustang trainers to the 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo to compete for $10,000 in prize money. Favorable weather drew weekend crowds of nearly 150,000 to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, packing the John Justin Arena with a standing-roomonly crowd. Betsy Moles of Woodstock, GA, and her mustang mare, Whispering Hill’s Perfect Ten, from the New Ravendale, CA, herd management area, took home the championship. Veteran trainers traveled from across the country to compete in classes in handling and conditioning, compulsory

maneuvers, trail, and reining, before the top ten moved on to the finals. The freestyle finals, an exciting crowd favorite, gave trainers an opportunity to showcase their horses’ individual talents through a creative routine involving music and props. Moles held second place before the finals, 16 points behind J-Dub Weisiger of Fort Worth, Texas and his mare, Honeybadger, and scored an impressive 168.5 points in the freestyle finals to become overall champion by just half a point. Moles won $3,500, a $150 gift certificate from Gypsy Tails, and a Rafter DS Ranch alpaca saddle blanket. Weisiger and Honeybadger took reserve champion honors, with

Rance Butler of Leesburg, Texas, and Felina placing third overall. Moles was also honored as the Fan Favorite of the event through text message voting, and was awarded a custom Gist Silversmiths belt buckle. The Mustangs were sold in a public adoption auction immediately following the competition, with the 14 mares bringing a total of $48,000. The average adoption price was $3,400 and the high seller was the reserve champion, Honeybadger. Trained by J-Dub Weisiger, the attractive six year-old pinto mare gathered from Paisley, Oregon, sold for $17,500. Mustang Magic and other Extreme Mustang Makeover events pro-

vide a way for the public to adopt gentled mustangs with a solid foundation of training, while the proceeds go to producing further training competitions and adoption programs. This year marks the fifth year of the Mustang Magic event, an especially popular Extreme Mustang Makeover Event due to the close competition between veteran trainers. Mustang Magic featured 5-6 year old mares in eyecatching colors such as grey, pinto, palomino, roan, and buckskin. The Extreme Mustang Makeovers are made possible through a partnership

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Tales from 15 slowly she knows to clear the screen over the water intake pipe of any debris that may have accumulated, to prevent the pipe from freezing. Don’t forget to add in the care of any other house pets you might have — if there’s a dog that needs to be fed and walked twice a day, barn cats that need food, etc. After you and the caretaker are satisfied that your routine will be followed and your animals will receive good care in your absence, write down the dates and times you expect him/her to work, and be sure you understand what the charges are per day or per visit, and what they entail. As you prepare for your vacation, remember to set aside adequate time to thoroughly check your fence lines and gates to be sure all are working properly. No one needs the worry of animals

getting loose from a faulty or weak fence line or gate that doesn’t close securely. (We added an extra closure to secure our two goats’ turnout, as they tend to act mischievous when we’re away.) Stock up ahead of your trip to make sure there is plenty of food, hay, medications and supplements your animals might need. Make a list of all emergency numbers where you can be reached, as well as the number for your veterinarian, farrier, firehouse, ambulance and neighbor if necessary, and post it where it is easily seen in the barn and house, ideally by the telephone or access door. By taking the time necessary to find a reliable and experienced caretaker with a clear understanding of the tasks involved in running your farm and caring for your animals, you can make the dream of a vacation into a reality.

Be sure to check fences and gates before going away to be sure all are in good working order. Photo by Judy Van Put

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Community youth walk the red carpet The Yo-Sco-Haro club youth gathered for their sixth annual Fashion Show. This event by invitation included the Driftwood Riders 4-H Club, SUNY Cobleskill students, and the New York State Quarter Horse Association Youth. They walked the red carpet in their show apparel in front of 50 members and honored guests. The Master of Ceremony for the event was Elly Beauchea, club member. There was both western and English show attire modeled for the audience, with participants ranging in age from 9 months — 22 years. Other recent club activities include

a trail ride at Connie Sondergaard’s in Worcester and a Christmas party with Santa Claus at Cooperative Extension. Many of the youth attended the New York State Saddle Horse Association Annual Banquet on Jan. 26 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga. At that time they were presented with their yearly awards. The youth group is waiting with anticipation for the new show season starting in May. The Yo-Sco-Haro Riding club will be putting on their 66th horse show on June 8 and 9. The club is based in Schoharie County.

Yo-Sco-Haro Fashion Show Participants First row: Molly and Delaney Schoenfeldt Second Row: Jessica Harris, Rebecca Panzera, Deryn DiMarco, Kristine Hay Third row: Hannah Wetsell, Emma Panzera, Alexa Livingston, Zelda Howard-Martin, Leah DiGioia Fourth row: Sierra Harris, Amanda Bucci, Megan Krisowaty, Carley Edick, Megan Kenny, Evelyn Crumg, Gabby Schrom, Mikaela Harris, Ava Moreland and Katie Dolen

by Mark Munzert I rolled out of bed and over here to tickle the keys of the ol’ confuser ‘cause I couldn’t sleep thinking about it. The ‘it’ is a particular circumstance earlier today and some added similar instances in the past. My bag of tricks includes some business consulting in equine environments and often involves helping people realize weaknesses and strengths from another’s perspective and formulating plans to improve. I digress. What is preventing my shut-eye tonight is the wide and varied spectrum of degenerating training. Trainers of horses and trainers of

people that lack the skill, intellect, moral quality, and common sense that ‘professionals’ are assumed to have. Today’s episode involved a fairly regular client that called me yesterday pleading that I ‘stop-by’ (that’s an hour away) to help her assess a ‘new’ trainer for her ‘green broke’ horse. I entered the indoor arena in time to watch the usual longeing, sensitizing, and such. I saw a few mixed signals to the horse but all in all a fair job being done. The owner had questioningly alluded to the rate the trainer was charging and how much

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HORSE AUCTION CALENDAR To have your auction listed in this calendar, contact your Country Folks Sales Representative, or Tina Krieger at 518673-0108 or e-mail: tkrieger@ Saturday, April 27 • 11:00 AM: Adirondack Animal Land, 3554 State Hwy. 30, Gloversville, NY. Largest Annual Horse & Tack Auction in Upstate New York. Tack, trailers and equipment at 11. Over $60,000 in new & used tack sold to the highest bidder. Horses to follow at 1 pm. This is a catalog sale. All consignments must be in our office by April 10. All horses & donkeys must have Negative Coggins within 1 year. Cash or good check accepted. New food concession, new restrooms, more parking. Call for consignment forms at 518-883-5748. Dave and Tye Eglin, 518-848-7040 (Dave), 518-774-8594 (Tye).

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Mustang from 16 with the Bureau of Land Management and the generosity of sponsors Western Horseman, Pfizer, Vetericyn, Roper Apparel & Footwear, Twister Trailer, RES Equine Products, Gist Silversmiths, Martin Saddlery and Smith Brothers. Since the first Extreme Mustang Makeover event was held in 2007, the Mustang Heritage Foundation has facilitated the adoptions of more than 4,300 gentled American Mustangs. In 2013, the Foundation in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management will continue to increase its efforts to raise awareness of adoptions of America’s Mustangs. About the Mustang Heritage Foundation The mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation and the goal of the Extreme Mustang Makeover events including Mustang Magic are to increase the adoption of Mustangs across the country. The Mustang Heritage Foundation created the Extreme Mustang Makeover events to showcase the recognized value of Mustangs through a national training competition. For more information, visit Date: Event – City, State April 26: Mustang Million Adoption - Fort Worth, TX April 27: Mustang Million Adoption - Burns, OR April 28: 2013 Mustang Million Adoption - Fort Worth, TX May 3-4: Extreme Mustang Makeover – Norco, CA May 4: Mustang Million Adoption - Murfreesboro, TN May 5: Mustang Million Adoption - Norco, CA May 10: Mustang Million Adoption - Fort Worth, TX May 11: Mustang Million Adoption - Elm Creek, NE May 12: Mustang Million Adoption - Fort Worth, TX Aug. 2-4: Extreme Mustang Makeover – Gloucester County, NJ Sept. 16-22: Mustang Million Event – Fort Worth, TX Oct. 4-6: Extreme Mustang Makeover – Albany, OR Nov. 8-10: English Specialty Event – Gainesville, GA

Betsy Moles of Woodstock, GA, and her mustang mare, Whispering Hill’s Perfect Ten, from the New Ravendale, CA, herd management area, won Mustang Magic at Fort Worth Stock Show.

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Equine E-D-P (Emergency Disaster Preparedness) lar: power outages, decreased or inability to travel for supplies due to the condition of the roads, extreme cold or heat, damage to buildings and fences, and difficulty getting fresh water (mainly due to power outages). Also, with most disasters in the Northeast, we usually have ample warning and therefore can decide whether to shelter in place or evacuate to a safer area. Evacuation may seem like a simple solution compared to bunkering down and dealing with the elements, however keep in mind you will have to take enough supplies for days incase your home is damaged and you cannot return immediately. You may also want to take gear or other items that may become damaged if left behind. You also need to make sure you leave early to avoid traffic lockdowns or high winds that may be starting before a storm actually hits (transporting horses in a trailer when wind gusts

exceed 40 mph is dangerous). Whether you decide to stay or go, here is a list of things you can do ahead of time to prepare: 1. Have all of your horses’ paperwork, registration papers, vaccine records, etc. in one folder in a safe place (or take them with you if you are evacuating!). Proof of ownership of your horses is very important to have (registration papers, photos, bill of sale). You will need the proof of ownership to get your horses back if they end up lost or on some else’s property. 2. Permanent ID can be very helpful in getting your horses back after disaster strikes. Forms of ID can include tattoos, microchips, brands, or photos. If your horse routinely wears a halter, keep an ID tag on the halter similar to what your dog would wear, with your name, phone number, and address on it. Other forms of temporary ID can also work in a pinch. You can use large animal body paint to


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paint your name or phone number on the side of the horse or slip a neck ID band on and write down the number from the neck band. 3. Make emergency arrangements for trailering your horse if you don’t own a trailer. Make sure your horses are good at loading on a trailer quickly, and if they are not, then practice the procedure. This could save their lives! 4. Find out where you can take your horses in an emergency for stabling. During an emergency, people will make the effort to accommodate horses no matter what, however it is still helpful to have a safe destination in mind. You can also check to see if the stabling will want to see a current Coggins test or health certificate, and either send them a copy ahead of time, or make sure you bring the paperwork with you. Keep in mind that not having the proper paperwork could restrict your movement across state lines. 5. If you can’t take your horses with you when evacuating, decide whether they would be safer left outside or in a barn. If the pasture has good fencing and limited trees, it may be safer to keep them outside. Do not keep horses outside if they are in barbed wire or electrical fencing or if there is a lot of trees. Make sure you prepare the barn by securing large objects and turning off the power to the barn to prevent an electrical fire. Also determine how long their feed and water supply will last in case you are unable to return immediately due to road closers, washed out bridges, etc. 6. Check for alternate water sources on your property. This is especially important if you rely on electricity for pumping water from a well. An alternative is to have a gen-

erator to run the well. 7. If you are planning on transporting your horses yourself, make sure the gas tanks are full and there is current insurance coverage on all vehicles. Also be prepared to bring feed, water (12-20 gallons per horse per day), and medications for the horses. 8. Having a basic first aid kit with both horse and human supplies that you can bring with you may also be invaluable. 9. Handy emergency tools to have if you are not evacuating: chain saws with fuel, hammer and nails, wire cutters, and a fire extinguisher. It is also useful to keep regular bleach (hypochlorite) around. You can add 8 drops to 1 gallon of water and let it stand for 30 minutes before drinking (in case obtaining purified water is a problem). 10. Keep a list of emergency contact info: State Response Team, Dept. of Agriculture, Office of the State Vet, local fire dept./animal control/police, and your local vet. There are a few things to keep in mind after an event is over. Notify your family and friends that you are okay. Inspect the premises before turning out horses. Take pictures of damage for insurance claims. If you find lost horses, use caution in handling them, as they may be startled from the storm. Notify officials and local horse owners that you found them. If you have lost your horses, notify officials and be prepared to ID the horses and show proof of ownership. Remember that not all emergency personnel have animal experience, therefore you will need to work together with them and your veterinarian when rescuing a horse out of a dangerous situation. Here are a few more notes specific to certain types of disasters: For winter storms, shelter and warmth are

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key to keeping horses comfortable. This is especially important for very young or old horses. Keep an extra supply of hay, since there will be no pasture horses can obtain food from. Fermentation of hay in the hindgut will also provide more body heat than feeding grain. Be careful of pasture dangers such as deep snow, ice spots where a horse could fracture a leg, and downed trees or power lines from heavy snow or ice. For hurricanes and tropical storms, you have to be prepared for wind damage and flooding. This could mean collapsed barns, electrocution, dehydration, and barbed wire tangles. Having your horse current on vaccines before these storms is very important. Tetanus and EEE are the most important, due to possible injuries from debris and the large amount of mosquitoes that may develop after a storm due to excessive amounts of standing water. In case of a fire, learn how to use a fire extinguisher and what classes/types of fires they can be used for. Keep the fire dept. phone number nearby. Practice good fire prevention: maintain electrical wiring, post no smoking signs, clean up all debris and keep weeds mowed away from the barn, and avoid storing feed and bedding on top of the barn. On scary fact to note: the burning rate of loose straw is 3xs that of gasoline. A horse in a stall with straw on fire only has 30 seconds to escape. Counter that with the fact it may take 30-60 seconds to catch, halter, and lead a horse out of a barn. Make sure you keep a halter near the stall and that you have a halter and lead for each horse you have. It may be impossible to be completely prepared for all disasters all the time, however even just reviewing the above steps and making a few small changes (such as training horses to trailer load or having a separate halter and lead for every horse) can make a potentially bad situation go smoothly. You can visit our website for more information on what to have in an equine first aid kit, for which most of the supplies can be obtained from your local veterinarian.

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by Sandy Tasse, DVM After recent events on the East Coast with Hurricane Sandy, and the increasing threat of global warming making storms and other nature events more intense, it is important to have a plan laid out for your horse in case of a catastrophic event. Because you won’t have time to calmly think during an emergency, take the time now to develop an effective emergency plan. Horses require extra consideration because of their size and transportation needs. Keep in mind that emergency circumstances will highlight the weaknesses rather than the strengths of your plan. The first step is to decide which disasters are likely to strike your geographical area. In the Northeast, we are primarily dealing with floods, hurricanes, tropical storms, blizzards, ice storms, and fires. Other than fires, the types of problems that arise from these disasters are simi-

Winning Weekends preview of 2013 events Winning Weekends is very excited to announce a new event in 2013 welcoming Nancy Cahill to upstate New York for a clinic on June 15 and 16. This two-day clinic will focus on general horsemanship and more advanced training such as lead changes and trail obstacles. The clinic will be limited to just 10 riders and will be held at The Homestead in Ionia, NY. Auditors will be welcome with pre-registration. Cahill began training horses as a

teenager, continued through her college years at Texas A & M and still does so at her training facility in Madisonville, Texas. She has coached the U.S. Youth Quarter Horse World Cup team five times along with multiple AQHA World and Congress champions and national High Point winners. Sharing her training philosophy, Ms Cahill states, “After working with horses for 37 years, I have developed a practical and successful philosophy of how

to train horses and their riders. While there are different types of riders and horses, they all have some things in common. Communication and horsemanship are two of these things. True horsemanship is when the rider and horse are able to work together. Horses come to this relationship with instincts, built-in behaviors, and personalities. It is up to their rider to take all of these into account when working with, training, and riding the horse. Knowing how

best to ask the horse to do what you want is as important as the horse learning to understand what you are asking. Once you both learn this, the fun can begin!” We are certainly looking forward to what should be an educational and enjoyable weekend. We’ll be starting off our 2013 Horse Show Series with our fifth annual “Show & Tell” event to be officiated by

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Converting trace styles on your harness by Emily Kunelius, Meader Supply Corp. Have you ever found yourself in a position where you needed to have a different style trace than those on your harness? Perhaps you have a harness with slotted traces, but found that you needed to use chains. Or maybe you have always had chain traces on your harness and now have a cart that requires the use of slotted traces. Is there a way to make these conversions without having to get a complete set of brand new traces for your harness? Fortunately, the answer is yes. There are quick and easy options to make both of these conversions without the high expense of purchasing new traces. Along with not costing as much money, using these conversion options also allows you to still have your original trace ends to use when needed. Converting chain traces to slotted If you have chain traces but wish to convert them to slotted, the addition of stub tugs will provide the answer. A

stub tug consists of a short, thick strap with a snap on one end. The snap is used to attach the stub tug to the chain on the existing trace. The strap contains two or three slots, just like a slotted trace. This slotted trace end can then be attached to the cart single tree in the same way a normal slotted trace would. Converting slotted traces to chain Converting slotted traces into chain style is just as easy. The conversion can quickly be done with the use of a chainstyle trace extender. This trace extender consists of a very short strap with a buckle on one end and a length of heel chain on the other. The buckle is attached to the existing slotted trace, using one of the slots in the trace as the hole for the tongue of the buckle. The other end of the trace extender is the heel chain needed. Another option to convert slotted traces to chain is a trace adapter. This adapter is a small metal piece of hardware that slides into the slot on the slot-


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ted trace. A chain can then be added onto this piece, or the adapter can be purchased with a two-link chain already attached. A snap or a buckle and you’re done! As you can see, these conversions are done by taking the existing trace and adding the desired end onto it. In this way, you have the ability to hook up as you need without getting a whole new

trace. The stub tugs and trace extenders can be purchased in leather, biothane, or nylon to match your harness. Converting your trace style doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be quick and easy when done with the above items. The less time spent harnessing up means more time with the lines in hand. That always makes for a good day.

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Horses will follow at 1:00 PM This will be a Catalog Sale. All consignments must be in our office by April 10th. There will be a $35.00 consignment fee, plus 10% commission on all Saddle Horses, Ponies, Mini Horses and Donkeys. (All Horses and Donkeys must have Negative Coggins within one year) Call for Consignment Forms 518-883-5748. Consignors will be paid the day of the sale.

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Training your horse to willingly pick up his feet by Bob Jeffreys & Suzanne Sheppard Picking up young horses’ feet, or even older horses that have never been properly taught, can be a traumatic experience for the horse, and sometimes dangerous for you. Anyone handling a horse is also teaching that horse, so let’s teach them to “give” you their foot in a safe, relaxed way whenever you ask for it. Because they are prey animals with a flight response to real or perceived danger, many horses are initially reluctant to “give” their feet. Their very survival depends on their ability to flee from a potential predator or dangerous situation. In contrast, when we are confronted with something new, we walk straight up to it, look at it, touch it, or otherwise engage it. This difference in approach is most aptly reflected in the act of trying to pick up a horse’s foot. If we walk right up to him, grab his leg, pinch his tendons or chestnuts, and try to pull it off the ground, we might be in

for a long day. However, if we act just a little bit more like a horse by “asking” him to pick up his foot, we could turn this situation around in a very short amount of time. Start by introducing yourself to the horse with some kind words and then begin sacking out the horse with your hands all over his body, getting him used to your touch and building his trust in you. Make sure you can touch him anywhere, including his legs and hooves, without him flinching or being scared. Then apply just a little pressure on his shoulder until he’ll shift his weight just slightly away from your push. When he does, reward him with praise and a release of the pressure to let him know he did what you wanted. When he’ll take weight off the foot you want to pick up every time you ask, then you can proceed with the next step. When asking for the left front foot, use your shoulder to press on his shoulder until he shifts his weight off

the left foot. Now place your left hand between his front legs, just above the back of his knee. Lift up, but only about a half inch or so; you are just bending a weightless leg at the knee joint, which will raise the foot off ground. As it comes up, cup the hoof in your right hand and let it rest there for a few seconds before returning it to the ground gently. Repeat many times, praising him each time. You can now begin to transfer the hoof to your left hand so you can work on it with your right hand. Remember — don’t grab the foot, just cup it, and he won’t fear being trapped. Repeat the procedure on the right front foot. Use a similar approach to lift the hind feet. To pick up the left hind, step in close to the horse by his flank area and apply pressure first with your hand, then your shoulder on his hip until he shifts his weight. Then slip your left hand between his legs, down to just below his hock and lift the foot gently off

the ground. When he’ll pick it up every time you ask, cup it in your right hand, and then place it back on the ground, releasing it gently. Reverse the directions and repeat on the other side. This lesson will probably take an hour or so, and will help your horse to balance on three legs, giving you a light leg so that is easy to hold because he is supporting his own weight so you don’t have to. Be gentle and work more underneath the horse, rather than bringing the foot forward, backward or more to the side, even though that would be more comfortable for you. Keep in mind the horse is still in the learning phase at this point and you’re setting the tone for how he will accept having his feet handled for the rest of his life. ©Bob Jeffreys Feb. 1,2013.Visit them at, or call 845-649-8869 for info on clinic, events and training at Two as One Ranch in Middletown, NY.

Winning from 20 an AQHA Introductory Show, with Open, Novice Amateur and Novice Youth AQHA sanctioned classes. The Show & Tell weekend is a little different format than rest of the Winning Weekends Horse Show Series events. In special classes each exhibitor will receive a short critique of their

performance over the public address system by judge Gretchen Mathes. Those that attended in past years can attest to the detailed feedback that exhibitors receive. This is a must attend event for exhibitors and spectators alike. Gretchen Mathes is the owner and manager of Powder Brook Farm, a large training facility located in Harwinton, CT. Ms Mathes has been training, showing and raising champion Quarter Horses at Powder Brook for 41 years. She has coached World and Congress champions in both youth and amateur

classes and holds judges cards with AQHA, NRHA, NSBA and WCHA. She has judged at every major show in the country. In 2007 Gretchen was named as AQHA Horsewoman of the Year by the Professional Horseman’s Committee and serves on the Stud Book and Registration Committee for AQHA, is the AQHA Director for the New England States and CQHA Vice-president. Sponsorship and advertising packages, as well as indoor and outdoor vendor space are available for this incredible weekend. Sponsors and Vendors to date in-

Upcomingg Eventss Att Adirondack k Foothillss Equine Ranch h Sortingg Bucklee Seriess - 5 Shows March 2nd & March 30th Sign Up 9:00 AM Start 10:00 AM Gymkhanaa - Sundayy March h 3rd $20/Rider • Arena Opens @ 10:00 AM Billyy Smith h “Winterr Series”” Clinic March 16th & 17th

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clude: Cowgirl Couture, Right at Home Farm and Rug Rat Wear. Sponsors receive a discount on vendor space rental. Information and forms can be found on the Winning Weekends website. Other show series dates are May 18-19 and June 1-2 also at the Fonda Fairgrounds. The show facility offers a covered show arena, ample outdoor warm up areas and plenty of camper hook ups. The Winning Weekends Horse Show Series offers eight divisions for all levels and seats of riders and great series awards and ribbons to the top three point earners in each di-

vision. Special events held during the series include several added $$ Challenge classes, Equitation, Halter and Showmanship Championship classes, a Best Junior and Amateur Rider award, Ride for a Reason classes to benefit several great local charities, exhibitor parties and more. Series stalls can be purchased at a cost of $75, which is a $30 savings. Additional information about any of the Winning Weekends events scheduled for 2013 can be found on our website, or by calling 518-466-2445.

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AQHA Professional Horseman Gretchen Mathes. This exciting event will be held on May 4-5 at the Fonda Fairgrounds located just off exit 28 of the NYS Thruway. In addition to classes offered in eight divisions held at all Winning Weekends Horse Show Series events, this show is also approved as


Promoting and encouraging perpetuation of the miniature horse breed through the World Class Miniature Horse Registry, with shows and educational demonstrations.

$13. Single membership, $33. Family

Contact Laura Hayner at 518-848-4858

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Jane Moulton, President 232 Eldridge Lane, Fort Ann, NY 12827 518-632-9227

Eastern Connecticut Draft Horse Association Exchange Street Arena PO Box 58, Attica, NY 14011-0058 Tickets Sales: Tickets@AtticaRodeo.Com All other inquires: AtticaRodeo@AtticaRodeo.Com

Eastern Regional Draft Horse Association Individual $14. Family $20. Youth $7. Roberta Healy 3418 St. Hwy. 29, Johnstown, NY 12095

Green Mountain Draft Horse Association

Grafton Trail Riders Box 34 Cropseyville, NY 12054

Jean Cross - GMDHA VP 271 Plank Road, Vergennes, VT 05491 802-877-6802

$15 member $20 family Send your check payable to GMDHA to Karen Myers, 1233 Satterly Rd., Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

Hudson Valley Ranch Horse Association President ~ Scott Keyes Vice President ~ Jeff Harrison Secretary ~ Tacey Shannon Treasurer ~ Linda Delisle

B.O.D. ~ Mark Samu ~ Kathy Urbanski Youth Advisor ~ Mark Samu Charter Rep ~ Linda Delisle P.O. Box 31 Argyle, N.Y. 12809 ~

NATIONAL BARREL HORSE ASSOCIATION For more information and a downloadable membership form visit or call 706-722-7223

New York State High School Rodeo Association

Betsy Christensen 300 Rockland Rd. Guilford, CT 06437 203-457-9112 State Secretary Dale Naegeli ECDHA Treasurer Box 715 Coventry, CT 06328

Equine Addiction Horse Club, Inc. PO Box 115, West Stockholm, NY 13696 Attn: Jen Bruno 315-212-0381 •

The Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association John Ingram, President - 845-657-2032 Matt Smith, Vice-President - 845-883-4007 To promote draft animals in the Hudson Valley, communicate with other draft animal enthusiasts, including horses, mules, oxen. Our events are festivals, plows, fairs, etc.

E-mail Robin at Ask about our up & coming events New Members always welcome!

Mid State Riding Club Nancy Moos Membership Coordinator 1245 Ferry St. Marshfield, MA 02050-1802 781-536-4119 (phone calls 8 am-8pm)

NEW ENGLAND WALKING HORSE Richard Lashoones, Treasurer NEWHA - PO Box 225, Marshfield, VT 05658 802-426-3781

New York State Horse Council, Inc. Stephen Ropel 221 New Road, Nassau, NY 12123 sropel@nyc or 518-366-8998

Randolph, VT Contact: Jyl Emerson, President 802-522-2156

New York State Draft Horse Club Gordon Howard, V.P. 315-436-5982 For more information visit

Associations New York Percheron Association Linda Tangen - 518-673-5921

The New York State Plantation Walking Horse Club Walking comfortably into the future.

Renesselaer County Draft Animal Association

Web site Tri-County Pony Club, Inc. This organization is dedicated to fostering a positive, affordable, and safe environment for the promotion and enjoyment of equines. Bringing youth and equines together since 1959.

Get the latest news, events and membership information on our web site: Lynne Baldauf at 518-872-9320

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Vermont Farriers Association c/o Ken Norman, VTFA President 1292 South Rte. 116, Bristol, VT 05443 802-353-0705

Diane Crandall 107 Breese Hollow Rd Hoosick Falls, NY 12090 E-mail: Web site:

Washington County Draft Animal Association Membership is $30/year. Send dues to Jan Skelly, 3375 County Route 30 Salem, NY 12865. For more information call Karin Vollkommer @ 518-584-6933 Check Washington County Draft Animal Association out on facebook.

THE VERMONT HORSE COUNCIL Roger Morin, President 802-899-4030 5 Weekends of 16 AQHA Shows 1 NYSSHA open Show $9000 added to Futurities Contact: Kim LaFlair 48 Lake Road Ballston Lake, NY 12019 518-399-3414

Saint Skutla Icelandic Horse Club Seeking to promote the Icelandic horse, to educate, and to provide support for all who enjoy this unique breed

For more infomation contact Andrea Barber 585-624-4468,

Woodstock Riding Club PO Box 726, Woodstock, NY 12498 President - Hannah Moskowitz Vice President - Dawn Clayton Secretary - Roberta Jackson Treasurer - Jane Booth


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New York State Saddle Horse Association

New York State Quarter Horse Association, Inc.

New York State Quarter Horse Association Submitted by Robyn Stultz Great News if you live in the Northeast and believe in the predictions that Punxsutawney Phil made on Ground Hog Day! An early Spring and warmer weather are on the way for Exhibitors and Trainers to begin preparing for the 2013 Show Season in New York and what a great season it will be with NYSQHA! New York State Quarter Horse Association will be hosting 16 Shows at the Superior Housing Equine Sports Complex at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds in Cobleskill, NY. Our First Show of the Year will be an AQHA All Novice Show held on Friday, May 17. Once again, AQHA is offering a FREE 45-Day Trial membership for Novices and Rookies. What a great way to experience the benefits of an AQHA Membership and become involved in showing at AQHA approved Shows! Following the conclusion of the Show, at 6 p.m., NYSQHA is hosting a FREE Clinic for any interested Members or Non-Members to attend and/or participate in.

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The Youth of NYSQHA will be hosting an AQHA/NSBA Show on May 18 and 19 that will be split combined with three judges. During this Show, the Youth will be holding fund raising events to help raise proceeds for the Youth Team to represent NYSQHA at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in October of this year. NYSQHA held it’s 2012 Year End Awards Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Our special guest was the All American Quarter Horse Queen, Emily Messing from the Massachusetts Quarter Horse Association. Ms. Messing gave a presentation on the requirements to become the Congress Queen and shared her experiences of her reign thus far. The Youth held their annual auction, with proceeds going towards future activities throughout the year. The auction proved to be a successful fund raiser and was fun for all! New York State Quarter Horse Association recognized and awarded the Top Three Point Earners of each class and the All Around Winners from each Division. It was great being able to celebrate goals done and many goals won! Congratulations to All of the Class Winners, Reserve and Third Place Finalists. The following are the 2012 All Around Winners: Novice Amateur All Around Champion: Smooth Playin Chip — Sandi Allen

Novice Amateur Reserve All Around Champion: Chance To Escape — Karen Cias Novice Amateur Honorable Mention All Around Champion: Sweet Lil Charlie — Dawn Clayton Amateur All Around Champion: Lil Bit Of Krymsum — Vito Latini

Association News

Amateur Reserve All Around Champion: Unmistakeably Blue — Nicole Thomas Amateur Honorable Mention Champion: Sweet Lil Charlie — Dawn Clayton Novice Youth All Around Champion: NYPD Blue — Madison Frasier Youth All Around Champion: Ready Set Win — Katie Dolen Youth Reserve All Around Champion: This Sheiks A Star — Mikaela Harris Youth Honorable Mention Champion: NYPD Blue — Madison Frasier Small Fry All Around Champion: I Be The Kats Meow — Morgan Hipkens Small Fry Reserve All Around Champion: MWS SevenSFlashyDude — Hannah Wetsell Bruce Cater High Point Halter Gelding: Simply A Cowboy — Kathleen Powers Bruce Cater High Point Halter Mare: JCG Dodge City Kitty — Helen and James Groff High Point Senior Performance Horse: Mr Bugs Dee — Jim TenHoeve High Point Junior Performance Horse: Sleepin In Style — Debbie Parker Sarah Roberts Youth Award: Hannah Wetsell New York State Quarter Horse Association concluded their evening by recognizing Members who were the 2012 Top Ten and or Finalists at the AQHA Regional Show, the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA World Show. Also recognized for their many years of volunteer service was Heather Delucia — Past President; Kim LaFlair — Past Treasurer and Norma Sano — Past Newsletter Editor. Congratulations to all and looking forward to seeing YOU in 2013!

Congratulations to One of Our NYSQHA Members ~ Bonnie Ritter with BB Indeeana Special 2012 All American Quarter Horse Congress — Amateur Select - Pole Bending Top Ten - 9th Place 2012 AQHA World Championship Show — Amateur Stake Race Top Ten - 9th Place Congratulations from NYSQHA on your Top Ten Placings at the Congress and the World!

Eastern Mountain Ranch Horse Association Message from the EMRHA President

Moulton at 518-632-9227 or

Spring is just around the corner and EMRHA is gearing up for a busy spring. We will start off March with a Reining Clinic on March 2 and 3 with Rene Gagnon at Sandy Hill Quarter Horses, 232 Eldridge Lane, Fort Ann, NY. We will be back at Sandy Hill Quarter Horses on March 23, for a Ranch Roping Clinic with Joanne Gelinas–Snow. This clinic will go over the aspects of the ARHA ranch roping class. For more information on these clinics see our website at or contact Jane

April will see us back at Sandy Hill Quarter Horses. On April 14, we will offer EMRHA Youth members an intro to ranch horse clinic. This is a great clinic to introduce youth to ranch horse. We will have our annual Intro to Ranch Horse Weekend on April 20 and 21. We will offer clinics and demos on Saturday, followed Saturday evening by a pizza party and our 2012 Year End Award presentation. Sunday morning will bring our Intro show, offering open, amateur, youth and

green adult and green youth classes as well as a walk/trot class. Come find out what ranch horse is all about at a relaxed, fun event. We will again offer three ARHA approved shows in 2013. June 22 at Sandy Hill Quarter Horses, Fort Ann, NY; Aug. 3 at Cobleskill Fairgrounds, Cobleskill, NY; and Sept. 7 at Gelinas Farm, Pembroke, NH. These shows will offer ARHA classes in open, amateur and youth divisions and Green classes in green pro, green amateur and green youth divisions. Day End Versatility awards will be

offered in the youth and green divisions and $300 added money for Day End Versatility in the open and amateur divisions. To be eligible for EMRHA year-end awards, you must be an EMRHA member and nominate the horse and rider. Membership and nomination forms are available on the EMRHA website at Don’t forget to log your horseback riding hours for year-end awards also. We hope to see you this spring at one of our events. Happy Riding,

Vermont Farriers Association calendar of events March 9 - Saturday, Clinic with Mike Wildenstein Vermont State Technical College, Randolph Center, VT May 10 - Friday, Pre certification Clinic - Ira Brook Farm, Ira, VT June 1 - Satuday, AFA Certification, examiner Danvers Childs - Ira Brook Farm, Ira, VT Nov. 1 & 2, Friday and Saturday, Forging Clinic and Contest - location and clinician to be announced Contact information for all events is or call 860-558-7397.

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Hudson Valley Ranch Horse Association plans a variety of events for 2013 Hudson Valley Ranch Horse Association (HVRHA) will kick off the year with the annual Open House/Awards Celebration on March 16 at Win$um Ranch in Schuylerville. The day begins at 10 a.m. with some ranch riding demonstrations, opportunities to practice with your horse, and catch up with friends. If you can stay for lunch, please bring something to share. Win$um Ranch is known for it’s delicious potluck gatherings! After lunch we will award our 2012 winners and celebrate the accomplishments of our members. If you are interested in becoming involved in Ranch Horse Events, stop by and see what it is all about. Board members will be available to answer questions, accept membership appli-

cations, and introduce you to events that may work for you. There really is something for everyone, even a stick rodeo and silent auction. Bring the whole family! Our annual Roping Clinic is scheduled for April 13 at Win$um Ranch. Whether you are just learning or are an accomplished roper, this event is sure to have opportunities for everyone. We will begin at 10 a.m. on foot, practicing ropehandling techniques. After lunch we will be on horseback roping dummies and live cows. Visit our Facebook page for more information and to let us know if you can join us.

HVRHA has two ARHA shows planned for 2012. Our June 8 show will be at Win$um Ranch, and the Sept. 21 show location will be announced soon. HVRHA is an affiliate of American Ranch Horse Association (ARHA). If you are interested in becoming a

member of ARHA or would like to learn more about the association, visit their website at ARHA Rule Books are offered for sale on the website and are very helpful as you plan for which classes are right for you and your horse. ARHA membership is not required for participation in HVRHA shows or events. HVRHA will round out the season with a Showkhana, and a Cowboy race. Dates and locations of these events will be announced soon. Remember to renew your memberships. You can do this online at

Stephanie Carte was the Youth Champion at the 2012 HVRHA Cowboy Race. Photo courtesy of

Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association The Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association is in the planning stages for our annual Spring Plow to be held on May 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Saunderskill Farm, 5100 Rt. 209, Accord, NY 12404. We have several teams of horses and mules plowing the field, an ox, a wagon ride, many vendors, good food, children’s activities and much more.

ciation is starting their 32nd season. We, also, have driving classes, monthly meetings, a square dance, auction, dinners and a great social network for those interested in Draft Animals or just having fun.

This event is FREE to the public… donations graciously accepted.

On Aug. 2 you will find us at the Ulster County Fair, New Paltz, NY, and on Aug. 25 we will be at the Dutchess County Fair, Rhinebeck, NY, showing our driving skills. Both are all day events.

We are inviting other draft animal groups to join us to make this a bigger event.

Members DO NOT have to own livestock, just have an interest in keeping the activity alive.

We are, also, inviting vendors, crafters, and folks who are willing to demonstrate a skill.

For more information, vendor contracts, (Vendor Space $35 for 10 foot x 10 foot area), etc. please e-mail Robin at, or call 845294-9016, or John, 845-657-2032.

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High & Mighty Therapeutic riding/driving center Volunteer Training Learn to assist people with special needs through equine assisted activities!!! We would love to serve more of these very special children and adults, but we need additional volunteers. Horse experience is great but not a requirement. Only one training is needed. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to

be outdoors. Age 14+ contact Laura Corsun at 518-672-4202 or e-mail Our next volunteer training opportunities will be held: Friday March 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday March 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday March 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 71 County Route 21C Ghent, NY 12075

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We are pleased to announce that we have joined up with Dan Grunewald to offer a twoday clinic on April 27-28. The clinic will be held at

Adirondack Foothills Equine Getaway in Comstock, NY from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. Dan holds ABRA, ARHA, and WSHC judges cards and has expertise to offer as a judge, trainer, and competitor. Dan judged our fall 2012 show and impressed us with his knowledge, professionalism, and friendly manner. For more information on Dan visit his website at Spaces are limited as the clinic is open to only 12 riders. Auditors are welcome.

NYS National Barrel Horse Association Memorial Day Weekend Barrel Racing is back at the Fonda Fairgrounds On May 24-27, the Fonda Fairgrounds in Fonda, NY, will be home to the New York State National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) State Championships. Spectators are welcome to come watch this Championship Event. Spectator admission is free and there will be several vendors on site. Friday starting at noon riders will compete in the Senior Championships run with the awards to follow. At 6 p.m.

riders will compete in a $500 added 4D Format Sweepstakes Barrel Race, this race is open to all barrel racers, and you do not need to be a NBHA Member. Saturday the Opening Ceremonies will start at 8 a.m. with the first go. The Little Partners Race will start approximately at 5 p.m., followed by the dog races, stick horse race and music. Sunday at 8 a.m. the second go will start. At approximately 5 p.m. the Youth Championship Runs will start with the awards to follow. Monday at 10 a.m. the finals will start, followed by the awards

ceremony which will crown the weekend champions. Come see if the NBHA is for you and your horse. Stay for the weekend and watch as Championship runs are made and the winners are crowned. Enjoy this fast paced speed event as some of the best horses and riders in New York State barrel racing compete for divisional saddles, prizes and added money in excess of $10,000 up for grabs. Much of this show’s success depends on its sponsors. Sponsoring is a great

way for a business to reach a large customer base. Different levels of sponsorship are offered, ranging from $550 saddle sponsors to $10. Ads can also be placed in the sponsor book that is handed out at the show and vendor spaces are available. Deadline for Sponsor Book Ads is May 1. Please contact the NY State Director Samantha Eyster at 518-673-2885 or 518-424-0972, for more information on sponsorships or the show in general. Learn more about the NBHA Divisional Format at

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Despite a postponement due to a high wind advisory on Jan. 20, the Easter Regional Draft Horse Association was able to hold their 13th annual old fashioned, horse drawn sleigh rally on Sunday, Jan. 27. The day was sunny, cold, and somewhat breezy, but brave teamsters and

whips came out to Classic Carriage Service in Johnstown, NY, to participate in the horse show classes and give free rides to the public. The snow conditions were just right for sleighs or wagons, with both being used for the rally. The horse show classes in the morning included

Currier & Ives Team class winner was Fred Bennett of Salisbury Center, NY.

Four abreast of Belgians owned by Harvey Hemstreet and Frank and Debbie Bradt.

Currier & Ives for single and team, reinsmanship, sleigh dog, and obstacle. L yn Howard of Poestenkill, NY, won the Currier & Ives single class driving Green Meads Galen put to a Portland bobsleigh. Fred and Robyn Bennett of

New York State Draft Horse Council Meet Teresa Link, our new youth representative Hello my name is Teresa Link and I am now the youth representative for the NYSDHC. I live on a farm in Taberg, NY where we make maple syrup, hay, and have a team of spotted draft horses. I am involved in all aspects on our farm and I enjoy being outside. I have always liked horses and have been around them since I was little, but four years ago we finally got a team. We only hitch our team up to wagons and sleighs now but I want to make time and learn how to ted or rake with them. I plan on someday showing our horses or at least bringing them to a club event. I will be attending Morrisville College freshman year of college for Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation and would like to be involved with draft horses there also. I would like to become more active with draft horses, the club’s events, and its members. I look forward to meeting and talking with you. I

want to learn more about draft horses, especially on showing and farming with them. Thank you for this opportunity to be your representative. Club mourns passing of Art and Marianne Ospelt Following e-mail was received from Linda Harrington: I hope that the DHC club knows and has acknowledged the recent death of Art Ospelt on Dec. 18 and his wife, Marianne, on Jan. 4. They were both founding

members of the New York State Draft Horse Club and continued their membership to this day. They both died of cancer. A card to the family and a small donation to the Cancer Society for these two people who did so much for the club to keep it going (the sale trailer was obtained by Art and made road-worthy, he and Ron Wallace built the metal steps that are still used, and many other things to numerous to remember at no cost to the club, not even for the raw materials!).

Salisbury Center, NY, won the Currier & Ives team class driving a Percheron/Belgian team. Thank you to the other club members who helped make the sleigh rally a success: Keath & Dawn Fortier, Dan Patterson, Joe Patterson, Jim Hemstreet, Harvey Hemstreet, Frank and Debbie Bradt, Tom Sposato, Drew and Carol Gregg,

Currier & Ives Single class winner was Lyn Howard of Poestenkill, NY. and Bill Clark. Additional pictures of the sleigh rally can be seen on the Eastern Regional Draft Horse Association Facebook page. The next club event will be the Spring Dinner meeting to be held on Saturday, March 23, at the Ephratah Rod and Gun Club, State Highway 67,

Hudson Valley Ranch Horse Association Spring and summer will be here before we know it, and Hudson Valley Ranch Horse Association board members are busy preparing for another fun filled year of shows and clinics. HVRHA will host our annual Open House and Member Banquet at Win$um Ranch in Schuylerville on March 16. Open House is just that, “open” to anyone who is a member, interested in being a member, or just interested in finding out what HVRHA is all about. Bring your horse and join us as we introduce a few Ranch Horse events. We will ride from 10 a.m.–noon, eat lunch, and then announce our 2012 HVRHA winners. Please mark your calendars for the following events as well: April 13 - Roping Clinic at Win$um Ranch June 8 – ARHA Show at Win$um Ranch Sept. 21 – ARHA Show, location TBA Showkhana – TBA Cowboy Race – TBA

Our new Youth Representative, Teresa Link, with her pair of Spotted Drafts, Mike and Dixie (and Dad).

Ephratah, NY. Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. and Jeanette Lossee, guest speaker, will talk about how horse owners can prepare for emergencies and natural disasters. For more club information, contact Tamara Healy, club president at 518762-6749 or

Once again, we would like to thank our members for their valuable input, assistance, and ongoing participation in HVRHA events. Members are the fuel that keeps us going. We are currently accepting membership renewals and welcoming new members. Membership

forms can be found online. Please check us out at, find us on facebook, or send us an e-mail at Thank you to our past, current, and newly elected Board Members who have put many hours of planning, work, and thoughtful preparation into making each year more and more successful. 2013 HVRHA Board of Directors President – Scott Keyes Vice President – Jeffrey Harrison Treasure/Charter Rep – Linda Delisle Secretary – Tacey Shannon Youth Advisor – Mark Samu Board Member – Kathy Urbanski

New York State Horse Pullers Association Spring Pull of Champions It’s getting to be that time of year again to come and watch a contest requiring large equine athletes to show their brute strength, and prove to be the best. This is one of the largest horse pulls in the northeast. It’s the Pull of Champions in Syracuse, NY. Each spring the NYSHPA sponsors this pull that brings in some of the best

teams of horses in the USA and Canada. There are two classes of horses to be pulled, the lightweight class, which are horses that weigh in with a combined weight of 3,425 pounds and under and the heavyweight class which are the horses that have a combined weight of over 3,425 pounds. The Horses will compete on the Dynamometer. A pull on the dynamometer is a little dif-

ferent that the traditional flat bottom stone boat pulling that some are used to seeing. This type of pulling is a resistance pull, when the team of horses are pulling the load and pushing into their collars, they lift the the preset weights on the machine. Once the weights are lifted oil is released to valve to let it flow through. The preset weight is the same and a constant weight through-

out a given load. When the team stops pulling and the weights are lowered, the valve is closed. The pull takes place in the coliseum at the New York State Fairgrounds on Saturday March 30, at noon. Following the two classes of horses there will also be a Mini Horse pull. Admission for the day is $10. For more information please contact Doug Smith 607-849-3028.

President of the NYS Horse Pullers Association Larue Austin pulls with his heavyweight horses on the Dynamometer.

Sanctioned Miniature Horse Pull to be held at West Wind Farm, Johnstown, NY On April 13, the NYSMHPA Eastern Division will hold a pull at West Wind Farm in Johnstown, NY, at 1 p.m. There will be four classes, 32 inch - 38 inch, plus a Novice Class (if you didn’t place in any of the four classes you may enter). Entry is on the day of the show, and measuring will be 1 1/2 hours before. For information on classes, and

sponsorship opportunities contact Butch Miner at 518-993-4604. If interest warrants, Butch will host an informational meeting — give him a call and let him know.

April 27: Troy PA. For information Fred Wolfer 716-560-9699

June 19: Sardinia Carnival. For information Fred Wolfer 716-560-9699.

May 18: Big Spring Kick Off Vennago Draft Horse and Pony Association, Frankin PA. For information Fred Wolfer 716-560-9699. June 2: Springville Dairy Fest. For information Fred Wolfer 716-560-9699.

high and holy ‘method to train a horse, any horse.’ “I have all the videos and I have read all the books and I got my certification last month,” she informed excitedly. The owner of this establishment, Carlin, knew the ‘lass’s Mum’ and wanted to interview her over lunch at a local bistro. Before beverages arrived we realized our interviewee drank much too much of soand-so’s evocative ‘Kool-Aid’. That is not to say that ‘Kool-Aid’ is necessarily a bad thing. Some people, however, whence intoxicated are compelled to pour ‘Kool-Aid’ others do not want to imbibe. And, so it was with the lass. It didn’t take long to determine she would not receive an employment offer. Too quick to rap and rattle with little ability to listen. Her downfall wasn’t her skills or back ground as much her inability to ‘see’ from another’s point of view. She had ‘grown-up’ in Carlin’s barn but her perspective was of different focus. I would be the scapegoat to shield Carlin from the ‘lass’s Mum’. I’ve met many, not just trainer’s, whose devout loyalty to what they know now prevented them from learning more and teaching to more clients later. Another trainer shot straight from the hip with the target your purse. He wears a cowboy’s brim but is the very antithesis of the integrity and honesty ‘cowboy’ means to me and my brethren. He’s nice as a sunny Easter Sunday until you opt adverse to his suggestions or question

why. He schmoozed so well, dancing on emotion with all the boyish charm he could muster. Smiling and lying in the very same breath but if his flirt didn’t work nor does he or your prized horse. He trains at his place because “that’s the way I do it” which translates to your horse likely hung around in the pasture. Just before you were to arrive to see your horse a great rush to do something to impress you happened. This pattern continues until you come to the realization that this dude is full of stuff. You eventually get gumption to pull your horse, pride, and purse out of there. Nobody benefitted from that except you did get a lesson in ‘sleaze’. Little Megan is dropped off 15 minutes early for her lesson. She got started grooming and tacking up her lesson horse Penelope. Her instructor peeks around the door-jam of the heated tack room without a greeting. ‘Top-Notch Trainer’ (that’s what the brochure said) Brianna is telephone engaged scheduling an appointment for her next tattoo. Emerging from the tack room, Brianna glances at the clock and decrees to the 10 year old ‘you’re kind of early’. ‘Topnotch’ more or less indicates to meet her in the indoor arena where tractor and manure spreader share space with a car. Megan and Penelope wait. Upon ‘Top-Notch’s’ arrival she uses her cell phone to call ‘Dumas’ to move the ‘explicative’ tractor. She moves her car and upon ‘Dumas’ arrival begins to chastise

him until he volleys ‘I would have moved it out but you blocked it in’. Another rider reminds Megan her helmet isn’t strapped as she settles onto her saddle. Brianna quips defensively ‘I saw that too. I was just about to tell her myself’. The lesson is interrupted by cell phone exchange joking about needing Bailey’s in her coffee, reviling in her love life and needing some butts as she lights her last and discards the package to the corner. Mitigated observation with the occasional bark of instructions to the young lady horse addict that thought she was getting a riding lesson. “TopNotch’ smiles when Megan’s Mom arrived with checkbook in hand. Again, these instances were scribed to encourage you to think of what you do or don’t want and expect from trainers and to remind trainers as well. It is not the end all and it isn’t to condemn: ratty attire; chewing tobacco; ‘Kool-Aid’; smoking; or cell-phone use. But skill, intellect, moral quality, common sense, and add safety, professionalism, understanding, preparedness, and integrity as things trainees should expect. I’m well aware of many professional, courteous, skilled, beyond reproach trainers and I’ll be the first to tip my hat to them. Unfortunately, just one bad apple can taint the whole bushel. Mark Munzert is a public speaker and writer from Tully, NY who works regularly with ‘problem horses’. He can be contacted at

Other shows to be held in 2013…

Degenerating from 17 it would be for the month and all seemed reasonable. Except — that I expect more from people. I’d write, ‘this gentleman’, but the ratty attire, disheveled appearance, mumbling and the regular spat of tobacco warrants not a ‘gentleman’s’ claim. Nor did it evoke images of any semblance of professionalism, ability or respect. This is a ‘business person’ doing business? If my Dentist appeared like that, or my Veterinarian showed up with a wad of chew stuffed in her cheek, I wouldn’t be impressed. My client and friend had succumbed out of desperation, a strong desire to help her horse, and some others’ opinions to bring this trainer in. Responsive to lack of professionalism my friend justified in her body language and asked “the training was okay?” “Well, if okay is good enough for you,” my retort. And if ‘okay’ is good enough, you’d stop reading now. Since you’ve read this far it’s my guess that you want better for you and your horse. Whether you’re a trainer or on the other end of the check, ‘okay’ probably isn’t what you are striving for. This little written word thing is just about making us think. Think of what we want and expect from trainers and for trainers to understand what we want from them. There’s more. A while back I met a young woman interviewing for a job at a well-known ‘hunter-jumper’ barn. She espoused soand-so’s method as the one and only,

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March 30: Syracuse Fair Grounds, Syracuse, NY. For information call Fred Wolfer at 716-560-9699.

We pull miniature horses 32 - 38 inches in four different classes. Ten feet is a full pull. You have three chances to achieve the distance of the 10 feet. We start out at 500 pounds of weight on the sled and have gone up to 3600 pounds.

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NOTE: Calendar entries must arrive at the Country Folks office 2 weeks prior to our publication date in order to be included in the calendar of events. Email: MAR 2-3 EMRHA Reining Clinic with Rene Gagnon Sandy Hill Quarter Horses 232 Eldridge Lane, Fort Ann, NY. Morning and evening sessions each day Intro to reining & intermediate reining 7 riders per session. Contact Jane Moulton, 518-632-9227 or email On Internet at MAR 2, 30, APR 13, MAY 4 & 25 ADK Buckle Series Adirondack Foothills Equine, 115 County Rte. 17A, Comstock, NY. 5 shows, ranch sorting. Classes No. 6, 4 & 2, youth. Must attend 4 out of 5 shows to qualify for buckle. Signup at 9 am. Contact Sandy Schlotter, 518-538-0202 or e-mail adkfoothillsequine@ On Internet at MAR 3 Gymkhana Adirondack Foothills Equine, 116 Co. Rte. 17A, Comstock, NY. 5 events, 3 sivisions: Pee-wee 3-11, Juniors 12-17, Seniors 18 and up. Multiple games for all ages and abilities. Family oriented. Contact Sandy Schlotter, 518-538-0202 or e-mail On Internet at MAR 8-10 Bruce Hayes Fundamental Horse Training Clinic Adirondack Foothills Equine, 116 Co. Rte. 17A, Comstock, NY. Come join Bruce as he walks you and your horse through the fundamentals of horse training through natural horsemanship theory. Contact Sandy Schlotter, 518-538-0202 or e-mail On Internet at MAR 9 2013 General Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner Pine Hill Farm, Taunton, MA. 7 pm. New members welcome! Join us for a night of good food and meet MassQHA. Contact Marge Tanner, 603-731-9307 or e-mail Vermont Farriers Association 2013 Spring Clinic Vermont State Technical College, Conant 102 Lecture Hall, 81 Judd Dr., Randolph Center, VT. Lunch will be served. VTFA annual meeting held during break. Afternoon demo moves to Rough Terrain Farm, 634 Bedor Rd., Randolph Center, VT for demonstrations of the topics presented in the morning lecture. Contact Mark Schneider, 802379-0565 or e-mail MAR 16-17 Billy Smith “Winter Series” Clinic Adirondack Foothills Equine, 116 Co. Rte. 17A, Comstock, NY. This clinic is a horse and rider training series, each clinic builds on the previous one. Auditors $35/person. Contact Sandy Schlotter, 518538-0202 or e-mail On Internet at MARCH 21 CNY Horse Club Monthly Meeting J.M. McDonald Sports Complex, Cortland, NY. 7 pm. Speaker TBA. Contact Margery Talutis, 607863-4261 or e-mail MAR 23 EMRHA Ranch Roping Clinic with Joanne Gelinas-Snow Sandy Hill Quarter Horses 232 Eldridge Lane, Fort Ann, NY. Morning and evening sessions, 7 riders per session. Contact Jane Moulton, 518-632-9227 or e-mail On Internet at ERDHA Spring Meeting Ephratah Rod & Gun Club, State Highway 67, Ephratah, NY. Dinner at 6:30 pm. Guest Speaker: How to prepare for emergencies & natural disasters.Contact Tamara Healy, 518-762-6749. Lessons with Rene Gagnon Adirondack Foothills Equine, 116 Co. Rte. 17A, Comstock, NY. Rene believes in creating the best foundation for the horse and the rider. You can learn with your horse. Contact Sandy Schlotter, 518-538-0202 or e-mail On Internet at APR 7 2013 Clinic Twin Pine Farm, Pepperell MA. Please go to for more details. Clinician to be announced. Contact Marge Tanner, 603-731-9307 or e-mail ERDHA Driving clinic for Novice & Youth Drivers West Wind Farm, State Highway 29, Johnstown, NY. Contact Tamara Healy, 518-762-6749. APR 14 EMRHA Youth Intro to Ranch Horse Clinic Sandy Hill Quarter Horses 232 Eldridge Lane, Fort Ann, NY. Trail & cattle clinics. EMRHA youth $ 25. Contact Jane Moulton, 518-632-9227 or e-mail On Internet at

APRIL 18 CNY Horse Club Monthly Meeting Homer Senior Center, Main and Water Streets, Homer, NY. 7 pm. Election of officers and dish to pass. Contact Margery Talutis, 607-863-4261 or email APR 19-21 2013 MassQHA Novice & Open Show Tri County Fairgrounds, Northampton, MA. Open All Breed, 4H & Novice AQHA classes, division high point awards at end of weekend. Also again this year will be our Versatility Challenge! Contact Marge Tanner, 603-731-9307 or e-mail APR 20-21 EMRHA Intro to Ranch Horse Weekend Sandy Hill Quarter Horses 232 Eldridge Lane, Fort Ann, NY. Saturday - clinics & demos; Sunday - intro show. Come give ranch horse shows a try, open to all horses. Contact Jane Moulton, 518-632-9227 or e-mail On Internet at ERDHA Spring Plow Day Sand Flats Orchards, Fonda, NY. Contact Tamara Healy, 518-762-6749. Rene Gagnon Horsemanship Clinic Adirondack Foothills Equine, 116 Co. Rte. 17A, Comstock, NY. This clinic is designed to help you and your horse work as team. Come learn from the best coach around. Contact Sandy Schlotter, 518538-0202 or e-mail On Internet at APR 27 NBHA NYS Championships Awards Benefit Barrel Race JP’S North. Entries open 9 am, close at 10:15 am, run at 11 am. Contact 800-237-4488, Laura Derrick 518-746-0087, Samantha Eyster 518-6732885, 518-424-0972. Apr 27-28 Hudson Valley Ranch Horse Association Adirondack Foothills Equine, 116 Co. Rte. 17A, Comstock, NY. Come show off your horse’s working ranch and versatility skills at the HVRHA working horse show. Contact Sandy Schlotter, 518-538-0202 or e-mail On Internet at APR 28 NBHA Districts NY 02 & NY 05 Burnin Time Arena Gansevoort, NY. Entries open 9 am, close at 10:15 am, run at 11 am. Contact 518-793-3513, Laura Derrick 518-746-0087, Samantha Eyster 518-6732885, 518-424-0972. APR 28, JUN 9, JUL 7 & AUG 11 ISLIP Horsemens Association Gymkhana Event for All Ages and Skill Bohemia Eqestrian Center, Bohemia, NY. 9 am start. Also money barrels pointed by NBHA NY03 and on June 9 & Aug. 11 pointed also NY NPBA money poles. Contact Sue or Sheralee Fiore, 516381-9577 or e-mail MAY 4 Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association Annual Spring Plow Saunderskill Farm, 5100 Rt. 209, Accord, NY. 10 am - 4 pm. This event is free to the public, donations graciously accepted. For more information, vendor contracts, (Vendor Space $35 for 10’ x10’ area), etc. please e-mail Robin at, or call 845-294-9016 or John, 845657-2032. Mustang Million Adoption Auction Tennessee Livestock Center, Murfreesboro, TN. 150 Mustangs will be available for adoption through a live bidding process at the Tennessee Livestock Center. Horses adopted through this event are eligible to compete for a $1,000,000 purse at Mustang Million held Sept. 16-22, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. Contact Kyla Hogan, 512-869-3225 or email On Internet at NBHA Districts NY 02 & NY 05 JP’s North, Greenville, NY. 9 am start **pre-entry. Contact 800-237-4488, Laura Derrick 518-746-0087, Samantha Eyster 518-673-2885, 518-424-0972. MAY 5 NCBRA Benefit Barrel Race For information contact Jennifer Romriell 518-8838957. MAY 9-12 2013 MassQHA Spring Shows Northampton MA. Four AQHA shows and sets of points. Contact Marge Tanner, 603-731-9307 or email MAY 10 Vermont Farriers Association Pre-Certification Clinic Ira Brook Farm, Ira, VT. Call 860-558-7397 or email

MAY 12 NBHA Districts NY 02 & NY 05 Hurricane Hill Arena, Argyle, NY. Entries open 9 am, close at 10:15 am, run at 11 am. Contact 518638-8133, Laura Derrick 518-746-0087, Samantha Eyster 518-673-2885, 518-424-0972. Tough Enough to Show Your Colors Open Show Altamont Fairgrounds. The TriCounty Pony Club open show has classes for all levels. All breeds are welcome. Reasonable prices. Call for flyer. Contact Theresa Reynolds, 518-922-5593 or e-mail On Internet at MAY 16 CNY Horse Club monthly meeting J.M. McDonald Sports Complex, Cortland, NY. 7 pm. Contact Margery Talutis, 607-863-4261 or email MAY 17 NYSQHA AQHA All Novice Show Cobleskill Fairgrounds, Cobleskill, NY. Sponsored by NYSQHA - Novice & Rookie classes. Free clinic following the show at 6 pm, Free AQHA 45 day trial membership! Contact Sandi Emanuel, 518-294-2022 or e-mail On Internet at MAY 17, JUN 28, AUG 2, 30 & SEP 20 NBHA NY 03 Oakwood Farm, 238 Oak St., Medford, NY. 6 pm warmups. NBHA 4D Barrel Racing classes for all ages including Lil Partners. Contact Sue or Sheralee Fiore, 631-226-9105 or e-mail MAY 18 NBHA Districts NY 02 & NY 05 Double M Arena, Ballston Spa, NY. Saturday entries open 9 am, close at 10:15 am, run at 11 am. Contact 518-885-9543, Laura Derrick 518-746-0087, Samantha Eyster 518-673-2885, 518-424-0972. NYSQHA All Novice Show Triple judged. Call 518-882-1878 or e-mail MAY 18-19 New York State Quarter Horse Assoc. Youth Sponsored Show Cobleskill Fairgrounds, Cobleskill, NY. AQHA/NSBA approved, split/combined, three judges, Judges - John Tuckey, Betsy Tuckey & Dawn Clason. NSBA Judge - John Tuckey. Contact Sandi Emanuel, 518-294-2022, or e-mail On Internet at MAY 19 Horsedrawn Plowing Demonstration Chris Chase Farm, Cato, NY. Horses used to plow field to be planted with corn from 11 am to about 4 pm. Horse drawn wagon rides, refreshments, club members to answer questions. Contact Gordon Howard, 315-436-5982 or e-mail ghoward1951@ On Internet at NBHA Districts NY 02 & NY 05 Double M Arena, Ballston Spa, NY. Sunday entries open 10 am, close at 11:15 am, run at noon. .Contact 518-885-9543, Laura Derrick 518-746-0087, Samantha Eyster 518-673-2885, 518-424-0972. MAY 24-27 ERDHA Memorial Day Weekend Wagon Ride Fort Plain, St. Johnsville, Stratford, Dolgeville. Contact Butch Minor, 518-993-4604. NYS NBHA Championships Fonda, NY. Contact Samantha Eyster 518-6732885, 518-424-0972. JUN 1 Vermont Farriers Association AFA Certifcation Ira Brook Farm, Ira, VT. Examiner Danvers Childs. Call 860-558-7397 or e-mail JUN 1-3 Tom Curtin Clinic Adirondack Foothills Equine, 116 Co. Rte. 17A, Comstock, NY. At his clinics, Tom Curtin offers instruction on horsemanship, colt starting, cow work, ranch roping and can also provide private sessions as well. Contact Sandy Schlotter, 518-538-0202 or e-mail On Internet at JUN 2 NBHA Districts NY 02 & NY 05 Hawthorn Farm, Gloversville, NY. Contact 518725-5924, Laura Derrick 518-746-0087, Samantha Eyster 518-673-2885, 518-424-0972. JUN 9 NBHA Districts NY 02 & NY 05 Ker-A-Mel Arena, Argyle, NY. Entries open 9 am, close at 10:15 am, run at 11 am. Contact 518-6388015, Laura Derrick 518-746-0087, Samantha Eyster 518-673-2885, 518-424-0972. TCPC Open Show Altamont Fairgrounds. The TriCounty Pony Club open show has classes for all levels. All breeds are welcome. Partial proceeds benefit LEAP. Contact Tri-County Pony Club, Theresa Reynolds, 518-9225593 or e-mail On Internet at JUN 16 NBHA Districts NY 02 & NY 05 Adirondack Foothills Entries

Entries open 9 am, close at 10:15 am, run at 11 am. Contact 518-796-1818, Laura Derrick 518746-0087, Samantha Eyster 518-673-2885, 518424-0972. JUN 16-30 NBHA Barrel Race Adirondack Foothills Equine, 116 Co. Rte. 17A, Comstock, NY. The NBHA divisional format allows riders of all skill levels a chance to win money and prizes in barrel racing competition. Contact Sandy Schlotter, 518-538-0202 or e-mail On Internet at JUNE 20 CNY Horse Club monthly meeting Homer Senior Center, Main & Water Streets, Homer, NY. 7 pm. Annual Chicken BBQ and dish to pass. Contact Margery Talutis, 607-863-4261 or email JUN 21-23 Equine Valley Association AQHA/PHBA/NSBA shows Fairgrounds in Cobleskill, NY. 8 am start time. Three judges. Classes run once over three days. One NSBA show. Contact Sandi Emanuel, 518294-2022 (home) or 518-231-7807 (cell), or e-mail JUN 22 EMRHA ARHA Approved Ranch Horse Show Sandy Hill Quarter Horses 232 Eldridge Lane, Fort Ann, NY. ARHA classes as well as green rider classes. Day end awards. Contact Jane Moulton, 518632-9227 or e-mail On Internet at JUN 23 Equine Valley Association AQHA Special Events Show Cobleskill, NY. Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Trail classes. Starts 1 pm or later. Contact Sandi Emanuel, 518-294-2022 (home) or 518-231-7807 (cell), or e-mail JUN 28-30 Equine Valley Association AQHA/PHBA/NSBA Show Fairgrounds in Cobleskill, NY. Shows start at 8 am each day. Three judges. Classes run once over three days. Contact Sandi Emanuel, 518-294-2022 (home) or 518-231-7807 (cell), or e-mail JUN 30 NBHA Districts NY 02 & NY 05 Adirondack Foothills Entries Open 9 am, close at 10:15 am, run at 11 am. Contact 518-796-1818, Laura Derrick 518-746-0087, Samantha Eyster 518-673-2885, 518-424-0972. JUL 9-14 NYSQHA Liberty Circuit Cobleskill Fairgrounds, Cobleskill, NY. AQHA/NSBA approved. Split/combined, double judged. Six judges. Circuit awards for individual classes. Flat fee or Ala Carte. Contact Sandi Emanuel, 518-294-2022, or e-mail On Internet at JUL 12-14 NBHA Syracuse Super Show NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY.

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JUL 15-21 2013 Region 6 Championship Show and Super Six Show Series Springfield MA. Six sets of points at the biggest AQHA Show in the area, Series championships to be awarded at the end of the week!. Contact Marge Tanner, 603-731-9307 or e-mail JUL 16-21 172nd Annual Saratoga County Fair Ballston Spa, NY. County and Open Draft Horse Competitions, Western and English saddle competitions, and Gymkhana. Contact Jeff Townsend, 518885-9701 or e-mail On Internet at JUL 28 NBHA Districts NY 02 & NY 05 Cobleskill Fair Cobleskill Fairgrounds, Cobleskill, NY. Entries open at 11 am, close at 12:15 pm, run at 1 pm. Contact Laura Derrick 518-746-0087, Samantha Eyster 518-673-2885, 518-424-0972. AUG 2-4 Extreme Mustang Makeover Dream Park, Gloucester County, NJ. Trainer applications due Feb. 15. Join us as Mustang trainers compete for $25,000 in prize money. All competing Mustang will be available for adoption following the competition. Contact Kyla Hogan, 512-869-3225 or e-mail On Internet at AUG 3 EMRHA ARHA approved Ranch Horse Show Sunshine Fair Cobleskill Fairgrounds, Cobleskill, NY . ARHA classes as well as green rider classes. Day end awards. Contact Jane Moulton, 518-6329227 or e-mail On Internet at AUG 15-18 NBHA Colonial Nationals Lexington, VA. On Internet at

How Forever Feels by Sherrie Hartwell

Looking for room to run. High energy, not good with chickens!!! Free to good home! Jack Russell, 3 years old.

There is no doubt that in the business of Standardbred racehorses there are a lot of tough horses and pure athletes. The little racehorse How Forever Feels more than fits both categories. H2F as he is affectionately called at the farm has proved to be one tough little horse. H2F now as a 14 year old race horse is due for a well-earned retirement this year. In November of 2011, as a 13 year old, he suffered a break in his hind cannon bone during a race. After radiographs were done, trainers Lonny Hale was advised to have the horse put down. Hale

How Forever Feels refused and started the rehabilitation process. H2F was placed on stall rest for some time and was taken back to have radiographs done

H2F had won a lot of races prior to his injury for his owners Dr. Micheal Kessler and John Talarico of Speed to Burn Racing Stable, and he sure hasn’t changed his ways. He was raced in a Qualifying race in Vernon and won that in 1:57! The following week he was entered to race at Vernon Downs where he finished second. H2F was raced at Vernon with a win in October and November until the meet there was over. Then he was raced in Saratoga and picked up another win in Monticello in January 2013. As he stands in the winners circle to have his picture taken after his wins, you can see the pride that he has, with his arched neck and ears straight forward almost posing for his picture. He will be continuing to race, next in Buffalo, NY and will be officially retired at the end of this year. Few horses come back to the tack after an injury like he endured, not to mention come back and win. He sure is a tough racehorse that loves what he does.

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throughout his time off. Eventually he was allowed to start swimming in the pool on the farm. In a little bit less than a year he was given the go ahead to start back training to race again. He, with hard work and dedication, had overcome an injury that had not only threatened his racing career but also his life. This is one of the many reasons why he has become so special to those who have had the chance to know this little horse.

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