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and Sam Van Fleet

Stable Devotion

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24 Dog Agility


Abigail Powell

Confidence, Companionship, and Fun! Barn Dog Diaries


26 Chloe Paoletta Feeling Whole Again Youth Spotlight

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28 Rocky Woods Reservation


Christina Andersen

Trail Guide


in every issue 5 From the Editor

features 8

The Roofs Over Our Heads

7 Your Letters 25 This Olde Horse


Melissa Ghareeb

30 Overherd: News in Our Community

Quiet Confidence

36 Partners

Horseperson Feature

Understanding and Preventing Barn and Arena Collapses

40 Massachusetts Events Calendar 46 Junior Horsemanship Awards 47 The Neighborhood

16 Palmer River


Equestrian Center

Bay State Equine Rescue

A Foundation of Horsemanship

Lend a Hoof

48 Is This Your Horse? 48 Advertiser Index 49 Massachusetts Marketplace

Farm Feature

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oday is a perfect autumn day — crisp air, blue sky, and a breeze to keep away the bugs; I hope we’ll be this lucky on October 3, for the 11th-annual Massachusetts Horse Benefit Show. Please join us, in Goshen, for a fun and competitive day to raise money for the horses at Bay State Equine Rescue, in Oakham. (Read about the Bay State Equine Rescue on page 20.) We’re giving away more than $10,000 in prizes and have $200 and $150 Classics. For a prize list and to enter online, visit

Haflinger mares Cat and Caszual with Miniature Horses Little Rasta Man and Peanut enjoying their morning hay and ramping up manure production for next year’s gardens at Pocketful of Ponies Farm.

A very special thank-you to the title sponsors of the Massachusetts Horse Benefit Show — Absorbine and Dover Saddlery. One of the things I love to grow in the manure produced at Pocketful of Ponies Farm is pumpkins (and carrots, too). This year I’ve got a bumper crop of Rouge vif d’Etampes, a bright scarlet pumpkin that’s a little squished in shape. These pumpkins will be decorating the grounds at the benefit show and will be for sale, proceeds to go to the rescue. Massachusetts Horse gives back to its community by covering and promoting competitions and events, giving out free Massachusetts Horse Junior Horsemanship Awards, featuring a nonprofit equine organiztion in every issue, and holding the annual benefit show, which in the past 10 years has raised more than $55,000 for equestrian-related nonprofits in the Bay State. My winter supply of hay is in the barn and three cords of wood are stacked on the porch: time to enjoy this beautiful fall day. I’m heading out the door to pick apples off my Granny Smith tree, some for me and some for my ponies. Enjoy this lovely season!

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Melissa Root’s Lend a Hoof article on Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary in the August/September issue is so well written. She really captured it all. In 19 years, it’s my favorite. I can’t thank you enough. Many blessings to you! Debra White Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, Norton

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To the editor: I had a great time meeting County Desk Liaison Holly Jacobson. I’m so appreciative that she took the time to come all the way to Middleboro for the Balmy Acres Buckle BlowOut Horse Show to cover it for the magazine, and to give the show a free Massachusetts Horse Junior Horsemanship Award. The recipient of the award is a talented young man, Anthony Ratti, who rode his beautiful palomino throughout the day. Thank you! You people are the best! Angela Balmes Balmy Acres, Middleboro

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The Roofs Over Our Heads

Understanding and Preventing Barn and Arena Collapses

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by Alessandra Mele


uring winter, horse owners know the joy that cantering through a fresh coat of deep powder can bring. But the season can bring heartache if we’re not prepared. This year, by late January, fear for the welfare of our barns — and of the horses warm inside them — grew with every falling snowflake. Each snowstorm heavier than the last, all over the Bay State barn and arena roofs were collapsing. Faced with a potential pattern of harsh winters, it’s important that barn and arena owners know how to prepare their structures for the elements, and that they have a plan should they be faced with the emergency of a downed roof. Three people who last winter experienced a roof collapse tell their stories, then building professionals provide advice so we all can weather the storms to come.

Letter Perfect Farm “When I texted my husband to tell him our indoor arena had collapsed, I told him right away, ‘I’d like the new arena to be purple,’” says Kelli Mason, owner of Letter Perfect Farm in Uxbridge. Right off the bat Kelli approached the devastation of her 16-year-old arena with humor, and has done her best to keep a positive attitude throughout the challenges that followed the disaster. She says she knows it was a miracle no 8

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one was hurt, and that gratitude for this has kept her pressing forward. Two days before the collapse, Kelli and a few of her boarders heard large booming noises coming from the 70' x 200' wood-and-metal arena. Kelli went to investigate and was met with an ominous sight. “Two of the lateral supports and two trusses had snapped,” she says. “I immediately removed two vehicles that were parked inside and told every-

“Within three seconds, the whole roof caved in and brought the entire structure almost completely flat.” one the arena was off-limits. There were horses living in outdoor sheds nearby, and we quickly moved them into the main barn, about a hundred and fifty feet away from the arena.” Kelli knew the snow had to be removed from the roof as soon as possible — something she’d been grappling with since the first storm: ice made the metal roof dangerously slick and avalancheprone. Local cranes had all been deployed to Boston. The roof was insulated, making it difficult to warm from the inside. Kelli was running out of options and additional braces were cracking.

She finally found a builder who would work with her to try to save the structure, and on February 26 a crane arrived from Connecticut. They spent much of the day removing great piles of snow from the sides and then the crane began slowly taking snow off the roof. After the crew had called it a day, everyone gathered near the barn. “It was at that moment when we heard what sounded like the chugging of a train,” Kelli says. “It was chug, chug, chug, WHOOSH and a big, final collapsing sound. Within three seconds, the whole roof caved in and brought the entire structure almost completely flat. It happened so fast that the horses safe in the barn barely had time to look up from their food.” The wreckage was devastating but, astonishingly, it could have been even worse. “As a result of that precise timing,” Kelli says, head shaking still, in disbelief, “no person or animal got hurt. We were shaken up and were very grateful that at least we had time to prepare for the event. Three barns we knew well had suffered collapses with no warning at all.” Kelli and her husband, Robert, got right to work with the rebuilding process. A purple arena may have been a stretch, but Kelli knew it was a good time to improve: “I looked at it as an opportunity to change a few things that have always bugged me, so that kept me upbeat,” she says.

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Finding a good builder was key. “Our first attempt with one particular builder didn’t go so well,” Kelli says. “I’d encourage anyone going through this to be very diligent in her research; don’t sign anything before you’re one hundred percent ready, and stay in constant contact with your trusted insurance company. We were fortunate: our insurance company was behind us all the way when working with the adjusters, and got our claim paid out quickly and painlessly.” As for the demolition and the rebuilding, Kelli and Robert got several quotes and stuck to their budget. “We selected Foley Construction Co., of Uxbridge, as our builders,” she says. “John Foley was very knowledgeable about indoor arenas and he showed us two that he’d built to point out features and answer questions. He then sat down with us and went over our budget. He showed us where we could save money and where it made sense upgrade.” Robert and Kelli kept the collapse in mind when working with the builder on a design. “We went with an asphalt roof. It’s a little hotter and the snow won’t just slide off, but it can be shoveled,” Kelli says. The couple are also making an effort to plan financially for snow emergencies. “We now have snow removal–specific savings set up,” Kelli says. “It costs a lot to have a building of that size shoveled, so we’re saving regu-

larly for it just in case. We also added the contents of the building to our new insurance coverage, as we struggled with our budget a bit because the arena footing wasn’t covered at the time of the collapse.” Kelli’s new indoor arena is now rebuilt, awaiting only new footing and mirrors for the walls. Throughout the process, Kelli made sure to look for the positives.

“We walked over and saw that an entire corner had caved in, pulling the fabric structure down with it.” “This year all of the horses have become much braver, spending a lot of time training in our outdoor arena, which makes showing away from the property easier,” she says. “Also, in the extra time I’ve had this summer because I wasn’t hosting any shows, I was able to take a bunch of young riders off the property to show and prepare for Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival. That’s been a very rewarding experience for everyone.” She’ll never forget how lucky they all were to have remained unharmed, Kelli says, and she looks forward to many rides in her new arena, purple or otherwise.

Highland Hill Farm At Highland Hill Farm, in Berlin, on the morning of February 15, Ginny and Greg Halfpenny were going about their usual barn routine. The night before, yet another storm had added to the piles of snow, but for them it was business as usual. Then a great collective spook among the horses, lasting just a few seconds, interrupted the couple’s chores. “When the horses all spooked at once, we were like, ‘Huh! That’s strange!’ but we didn’t really think anything of it,” Ginny says. A few minutes later, when Greg went outside, he understood what had startled the horses. “Greg told me the indoor arena had just collapsed,” Ginny says, “and I was shocked. We walked over and saw that an entire corner had caved in, pulling the fabric structure down with it. I immediately began to cry.” Ginny was distraught because the collapse had occurred despite the pains they’d taken to prevent it. When she and Greg purchased the property, the fabric indoor arena came with it. “It wasn’t in the best shape,” Ginny says. “The old fabric cover was getting pitted and in places it held snow, so just two years ago we replaced it, to help the snow slide off more easily. Also, the structure itself wasn’t one the insurance company would cover for snow load; it didn’t meet the current specifications. Massachusetts Horse


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Ginny and Greg surveyed the damage and called the police, who came to the farm and confirmed that there was no further danger, that no one was hurt. The Halfpennys shut off the electricity and filed a report. “The next step was to make arrangements for taking the structure down,” Ginny says. “That was the biggest and most expensive part. People don’t always consider it, but it was the demolition that cost us thousands and thousands of dollars. We recycled the metal but got only about nine hundred dollars for it, which doesn’t cover much.” Without insurance coverage for the structure, Ginny says demolition and rebuilding were initially an overwhelming prospect. However, they quickly found themselves surrounded by support from the local equine community. “My boarders were so awesome,” says Ginny. “They set up a website and a Facebook page called Highland Hill Farm Forward to rally a fund-raising effort. We didn’t ask for any of it; it was just their kindness and compassion. The funds generated from the site really helped our situation, and we’re so grateful for that.”

The fund-raising helped get Highland Hills Farm back on its feet, and Ginny and Greg focused on rebuilding. “We did end up having to refinance everything, but along with the fund-raising we have enough resources to rebuild,” Ginny says. The couple hired Amish builders who will work within their budget and understand the need for a strong, sound structure that will withstand Massachusetts winters. “At this point, the area where the indoor arena was has been turned into an outdoor arena and the new indoor arena is located just beside it. It will be bigger, with a wooden frame, metal sides, and a metal roof. The foundation is in, and we’re set to begin building this fall.”

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Dry Water Farm When Danielle got off the phone with her mother, who had just delivered the news that the roof at Dry Water Farm in Stoughton was collapsing, all she could do — an hour away from her barn and with her heart racing — was start making calls. “I didn’t have a lot of details, but I knew I needed help,” she says. “Immediately, I called the fire department. Next, I called my sister, friends, my vet, and local barns and just said ‘Please, I need your help, my barn is collapsing.’ When I got to the barn, it was incredible; they were all there, and they were all ready to help in any way they could.” And Danielle needed all the help she could get. The building that makes up Dry Water Farm, a large indoor arena with lean-to-style barns extending from each side, had sustained a roof collapse on the south barn, the home of 21 horses. “We began organizing an evacuation plan to get the horses out of the barn,” Danielle says. “The fire department needed us to remove the horses from the south side as quickly as possible so firefighters could close off the area.” This wasn’t an easy task given the towering drifts of snow, the frigid temperatures, darkness once the electricity was shut off, and the carnage of the south barn, which was groaning and creaking eerily as it threatened further collapse. Everyone grabbed horses and put them anywhere possible in the north barn. “The horses were all very cooperative and no one panicked,” says Danielle. “We had horses in the wash stall, in the grooming stall, on cross ties;

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we put Miniature horses in the garage off the house; people were just holding them — every spot where a horse could fit was filled.” With animals crammed into the north barn and as she still didn’t know if the structure was safe, Danielle realized that all of the horses had to be moved off the property as soon as possible — she just wasn’t sure where. “My boyfriend posted a call for help on our Facebook page,” she says, “and within minutes responses started coming in and my phone started ringing. People who barely knew me were offering any stalls they had,” she says through tears, emotional as she remembers the kindness of others. “It was the most incredible thing I’ve ever experienced.” Several barns in the area — Dorbill Stables, Walnut Hill Farm, Clover Valley Farm, Terrybrooke Farm, Rosebrook Farm, and Victory Stables — sent trailers and made room for the 33 horses that needed shelter. Owners were alerted, trailers arrived, and horses were shipped to safety. Evacuation complete, Danielle was then faced with the damage. Engineers quickly determined that the integrity of the building was intact; only the south side suffered, so there was no longer concern for further collapse. The uneven distribution of snow caused by wind was named as the cause. “All the snow from the storm the previous night had blown to the south side of the barn, totally overloading it,” Danielle says. “The first step in recovery was removing all that snow, which took almost two weeks. A crew of men shoveled snow into huge bags, which were then lifted off by cranes.” Once the snow was gone, Danielle got the green light to go into the barn and even bring back some horses. Plans to rebuild also started to take shape. “We met with a couple of construction companies,” says Danielle, “and settled on one that wasn’t just going to go in and demolish everything, but rather would develop a way to take it apart in pieces so we could save as much of the wood as possible and also keep the tack rooms and viewing room as intact as possible.” As construction progressed, Danielle was even able to exercise the horses again. “The workers were very careful, and the horses didn’t mind the construction, so when they finished up, at about four o’clock every afternoon, I was able to bring back some of my students and we started riding again.”

Danielle and the construction company set a goal for the completion date: July 1. “We pushed hard for that deadline,” says Danielle. “We host Bill McMullin Dressage during the warm months, which brings sixteen horses to the farm. We really wanted to have them back this year; we needed to keep the business going, as all sorts of new bills were coming in.” The company gamely met the difficult deadline and the 16 horses arrived on July 1 to an almost completed barn. “There are still some pieces under construction,” Danielle says, “but we were able to accommodate every one in a comfortable and manageable way. It’s the new normal, but we’re getting there.” Throughout the process, Danielle says, she was amazed by the strength and kindness of everyone who helped. “The unsettling thing about this issue is that I don’t know what else we could have done to prepare,” she says. “The best thing anyone can do is to have a plan in place if a collapse should happen, and know who you can call for help. In times of need, tap into the resources around you. I’ll never forget what a difference our equestrian community made for Dry Water Farm.”

From the Professionals Within that strong community are the builders who know equestrian structures best of all, and most are always willing to offer advice on how to make them last. Robert Therrien, owner of the Carriage Shed in White River Junction, Vermont, specializes in constructing Amish-built barns, arenas, and garages. Now, he says, is when it’s crucial to consider your barn or arena roof: “We seem to be entering a trend where we’ll be getting heavier snows,” he says. “Everything we build is engineered to local wind and snow-load requirements,” he says, “but we’ve recently taken it upon ourselves to upgrade the snow loads to withstand even greater amounts. I would tell anyone who’s going to be putting in a new structure to add at least thirty percent to the town’s recommended snow-load guidelines.” Robert cautions barn and arena owners to watch their structures carefully for signs of stress when the snow starts to pile up. “When structures are overburdened, you’ll see the sidewalls start to push out a little bit,” he says. “There may be some sagging in the bot-

tom of the truss system, or separation along the ridge.” Robert also recommends the present as when to make upgrades and repairs, before the snow begins to fall. “If you’re in need of upgrading your roof, I highly recommend replacing a shingle roof with a metal one; the snow melts and slides off metal much faster,” he says. “If you’re looking to improve an existing structure, cabling is a good option. This means cables are attached from one wall to the opposite, which helps to ensure that they don’t spread apart. Sometime just adding extra bracing will help carry the load. Always check with an engineer to make sure whatever you do is done properly.” Thomas Brownell, president of Circle B Barns in Lancaster, a full-service equine building company, agrees that extra bracing is an excellent measure to support older barns and indoor arenas through the winter. What he recommends foremost, though, is shoveling as the best method of collapse prevention. “Last winter, we sent out emails informing our clients how much dry snow weighs and how much wet snow weighs, so they could easily figure out how much weight their roofs were hold-

ing,” Tom says. “We told them to shovel their roofs — and the last thing you want to do is try to prove me wrong on that. If you’re at the point where you’re worried about the building, the best thing you can do is shovel it.” When it comes to new structures, Tom suggests you first consider orientation “When possible, it’s best to place a building so that it’s running north to south, so the snow can melt evenly. That way,” he says, “you won’t have one side of the roof carrying the majority of the snow load.” He also recommends always building well below frost level for a barn or arena fit for many Massachusetts winters to come. “Building at least four feet below frost is critical. If not, you risk the frost heaving your posts and pushing up walls. This isn’t a problem that would cause a collapse right away,” he says, “but when this occurs and the ground thaws, there can be a void left underneath the post in the ground, and over time the building will be compromised. When one wall is pushed up, it puts pressure on the other side of the building.” Tom points out that proper ventilation and drainage are factors sometimes Massachusetts Horse


overlooked as causes of roof collapse, but they’re important for both the health of the horses and the overall stability of the structure. “A well-ventilated barn won’t have ice dams,” he says. “Once ice dams start to form, they can cause a backup of snow and ice on the roof, which adds stress. It means your barn isn’t ventilated properly.” Moisture buildup in general is a big threat to barn soundness, and Tom says proper drainage will help avoid a host of problems, not just collapse. “Your barn should be an island: all water needs to drain away from the building,” he says. “When the snow melts, all that runoff must flow away. Water can cause posts to rot and weaken, and they won’t be able to support the roof as well.” Tim LaChapelle is a professional engineer at Reliable Truss Company in New Bedford with more than 35 years of experience. Considering the financial and emotional risk posed by a horse barn collapse, Tim advises owners to think beyond what the building codes require. “Building codes seek to balance safety and durability against cost,” he says. “Therefore, ‘building to code’ often means building to a minimum standard. For example, the codes per-

mit reduced design loads for agricultural buildings. This is justified in the belief that these structures are of low risk to human life. If I were to build a structure today, I wouldn’t want it designed as an agricultural building. I’d want it to be considered a commercial structure, which invokes more-stringent design parameters.” The line of communication between owner and builder should be open and honest, says Tim, and choosing a builder who specializes in equine structures is often beneficial. “Owners need to communicate both their immediate and their long-term expectations for the building use to the designer,” he says. “Your future plans may affect the designer’s choice of snow-load multipliers. My experience shows that contractors who regularly build horse arenas and stables build a more robust structure than does a generic pole barn builder.” Tim recommends metal roofing in order to avoid snow buildup, but cautions that it may be unsafe to shovel yourself. “Steep roof pitches and metal roofing will help reduce the collection of snow and ice; both features tend to shed snow,” he says. “Of course, removing the snow and ice is the quickest way

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to unload the structure, but being on a roof is always dangerous, and that danger is heightened by snow and ice. It’s also easy to damage the roofing material when shoveling. The safest approach to removing the snow from a roof is to hire a licensed and insured contractor who has the correct equipment to safely perform the job.” SAFETY, FOR BOTH THE horses in the barn and the humans caring for them, is the very strong message after the worst winter the Bay State experienced in decades. Maintain your structure (and know its limits) and have a plan for evacuation in place — these, with the support of your equine community, are the keys to preparedness and peace of mind, no matter what winter brings.

Alessandra Mele, who lives in Wilbraham, works in marketing at W. F. Young/Absorbine. She enjoys spending time with the horses on her family’s farm, especially riding her Quarter Horse, JoJo.

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Palmer River Equestrian Center


A Foundation of Horsemanship

by Melissa Root


horses back to the barn and others are preparing to ride. The center holds lessons seven days a week. Most take place in groups, from beginner to advanced, to promote teamwork and build confidence. Lessons last an hour and 45 minutes; this gives students time to fully experience what

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s you pull into the tidy gravel drive of Palmer River Equestrian Center, there’s everything you’d expect to see at a well-run horse facility — and so much more. Roomy paddocks stretch along the border of the long driveway as their equine occupants relax, graze, and enjoy the sunny summer day. Opposite the paddocks is a beautifully maintained, 14-stall schooling barn with a large outdoor riding arena nearby. These features are just the beginning of the 28-acre property owned and operated by Dawn Marie Cook. Nestled in the quiet town of Rehoboth and only a short drive from Providence, the focus of Palmer River Equestrian Center is horsemanship. “It’s all about the little ones,” says Dawn. “If we don’t teach them the value of good horsemanship, it will be lost.” From camps to trail riding, from lessons to competitive showing, Palmer River offers just about anything a rider — from eager beginner to equally eager advanced — could want. Board is available in an airy 28-stall barn with an indoor, second newly installed outdoor jumping arena, and there’s a crosscountry course with jumps ranging in height from 2' to 3' 3". All of these amenities are interspersed within a stunning landscape of mature trees and rolling pastures, giving the property the calming sense of a retreat. The warm and welcoming environment is a great start to your visit. Whether working, riding, or taking a rare break, Dawn and her staff are always happy to stop and chat.

Horsemanship From tacking up, to riding, to putting everything away, students at Palmer River learn every skill that will form the foundation to becoming lifelong equestrians. As she looks out into the distance, Dawn spreads her hands: “This is all for them,” she says. Beyond her gaze, she knows some students are leading 16

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horsemanship is all about. Every aspect of horsemanship is done as a group. “We don’t get started until every student is ready,” says Dawn. Although it’s not required, Dawn recommends that anyone interested in the program first take part in a day of horsemanship camp. This is available — usually during school breaks and vacations — to children ages seven to 16 and no experience is necessary. Among the activities are grooming, tacking, riding, basic stable management, and, most important, safe horsemanship. Children build confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills. In addition to the group lessons, Palmer River offers private lessons for both children and adults.

From Humble Beginnings to a Dream Fulfilled Some would call it fate that Dawn spent time at her first horse farm when she was just four years old. While her sister worked, she waited and watched. Within a year she was learning to ride. Over the years, she continued to train, which gave her a diverse back-

ground she could call on as a teacher. Dawn leased what’s now the Palmer River facility in 1992; “it was in shambles,” she says, shaking her head. Though she didn’t yet own the farm, that didn’t stop her from envisioning the future, and renovations began almost immediately. In 2006 she officially took ownership. Since then, expansion and improvement have moved faster than the horses on the cross-country course. The 14-stall schooling barn was rebuilt from the ground up and features stall doors customized, Dawn says, “to accommodate the little ones.” With grilles and handles situated lower than usual, kids have an easier time both opening the stall doors and interacting with their equine friends. Likewise, everything needed to groom and prepare the horses for riding is within arm’s reach in a meticulously maintained space. There was an indoor riding arena on the property, but more space was needed for both horses and riders. Work began on a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled 170' x 72' indoor arena with an enclosed two-story viewing gallery. To personalize the gallery space, the warm wood walls have been decorated with photos of riders and their horses. With the new indoor arena ready to go, the previous arena was converted to a 28-stall barn complete with two tack rooms, plenty of storage, and a wash stall. Wherever you look, the barn is neat as a pin. Expansion and improvement aren’t likely to slow anytime soon. The original outdoor ring has undergone several extensions and another is under way. As you approach the arena, you’ll see the stakes in the ground and the start of the underlayment. “This will accommodate more shows,” Dawn says. In 2015, Palmer River joined Grazing Fields Farm to participate in the South Coast Series Schooling Shows. This collaborative venture presents an exciting opportunity for local equestrians and a great

environment in which those new to showing can learn the ropes.

Lessons, Horse Shows, and More Palmer River Equestrian Center has two instructors and14 lesson horses. There are a number of breeds, such as Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse, Hanoverian, and Welsh, and each beautiful equine is proficient in its job and matched with riders based on their experience. Though Dawn specializes in dressage and combined training, she’s adept in all disciplines. Whether you want to ride for pleasure or to show, Dawn and her staff can help. Emily Dufort began riding with Dawn when she was just five years old. Now a college graduate who’s learned from top riders around the country in multiple disciplines, she still rides at Palmer River: “I’ve always felt most at home at Dawn’s,” she says. Horsemanship birthday parties — always a big hit — are two hours long and can accommodate 12 children with six ponies. Trail rides are a possibility, weather permitting. Palmer River boasts one of the biggest cross-country courses in the area, with a variety of banks, ditches, and water obstacles, and can accommodate beginner, beginner-novice, and training levels. Outside clinicians and instructors are welcome. If you’re looking for a new, comfortable home for your horse, the large stalls, all-day turnout, and on-site staffing 24 hours a day make Palmer River a very attractive option.

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DAWN TALKS ABOUT her students and horses with great pleasure. Now at Palmer River for 23 years, she says she’s looking forward to many more. And will she ever be satisfied that all the improvements she envisions are in place? She looks out at the children and nods: “They will someday,” she says, “for them.” Summer has faded but there’s still time to join the fun at one of the South Coast Hunter Series Schooling Shows. Palmer River will host a show October 4; the final show of the series will be at Grazing Fields farm, in Buzzards Bay, October 25. Photographer Melissa Root lives in Dighton with her husband and their two horse-crazy girls. Melissa hadn’t ridden since she was a child, but when her older daughter fell in love with horses, she says it was almost as if she was back in the saddle herself.



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ethic as well as demonstrating high-level care for the horses — traits Melissa daily brings to bear at the farm center. Equestrians have a tendency to define themselves by their styles of riding — hunters, eventers, reiners, for

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ear the busy interchange of Interstate 93 and Route 213 in Methuen is an unexpected sanctuary. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) at Nevins Farm is bustling on a Saturday afternoon; the parking lot is jammed with vehicles that carried families hoping to bring home a new pet. While many of the visitors are filling the Animal Care and Adoption Center, the Equine and Farm Center is quiet. The barn is empty — all the horses are outside in pastures, enjoying their daily turnout — except for a lone rooster in the stall nearest the entrance. Melissa Ghareeb, who lives in Medford with her two pugs, Nessie (13) and Pumba (7), and two cats, Bo and Daisy (both 15), has been the manager of the MSPCA’s Equine and Farm Center for seven years. It’s up to her to oversee the day-to-day operations of the farm and the healthcare of all the animals that call it their temporary home. She opens the stall door where the rooster is kept, skillfully herds him into a corner, gently picks him up, and packs him in the cardboard carrying case that he’ll be traveling in. Melissa says one of the best parts of her job is handling adoptions, whether it’s of poultry or of equines, and today this rooster has found a new home. As a child in Stoneham, despite not being allowed to have pets, Melissa had a strong connection with animals. “I was the kid in the neighborhood who was crawling under the bushes to hang out with the cats,” she says, grinning. “I knew every dog in the neighborhood.” It wasn’t until she was 13 years old that Melissa’s parents finally relented to their daughter’s requests to take riding lessons. She started riding at Pine Tree Equestrian Center, in Beverly Farms, and continued there throughout her teenage years. She recalls being at the equestrian center as often as possible, and worked there summers to pay for lessons. She credits the then owner of the barn with instilling a good work


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example — but Melissa is a bit different in that she doesn’t categorize herself as belonging to a specific discipline. “When I was a kid I was never interested in showing. I just kind of jumped and mucked around,” she says with a shrug. What she values more, she says, is the relationship between people and their horses.

From Human to Horse Healthcare Melissa went to Oberlin College, in Ohio, where she decided to explore a variety of avenues and see where her interests would take her. For a while, they led her to take a break from riding as she pursued a degree in English and religion, with an emphasis on Christian and Judaic texts. Later in her college career, however, she says she realized that something was missing, and started riding again. The thought of a career with horses, perhaps as a veterinarian, crept into her mind. It was this interest in veterinary medicine that in 2002 led Melissa to the MSPCA as a volunteer. As she held

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down a job at Tufts Health Plan, in Boston, she spent what time she could working with horses by shadowing an equine veterinarian and volunteering at the MSPCA a few times a week. Veterinary school ultimately didn’t work out, but in 2004 Melissa accepted a position at Nevins Farm as a care and adoption counselor and left her corporate job in the city behind. Her years in the corporate world didn’t go to waste, though. Many of the skills she learned while working for Tufts Health Plan have translated into her job at the MSPCA. “Frankly, you have to know about the business side of things in order to be working in the horse industry or in rescue,” Melissa says. “Thank God I know what a W-9 and a W-2 are and how 1099 forms work and I didn’t have to learn that here!” Melissa is happy with how things have turned out: “Here at the MSPCA it’s a great mix because I get to utilize that part of me that likes helping with the healthcare of the horses,” she says, “and that’s really my specialty.”

Rescue Boot Camp “Rescue horses are a little different from horses at your typical farm,” says Melissa. “They’re in an environment that’s totally foreign to them and they have health issues that you don’t encounter all the time at every other farm.” Four months after Melissa joined the staff at the MSPCA, a group of 30 severely neglected horses were seized by law enforcement and placed in the rescue’s care. “That case for me was boot camp,” she says. With so many issues among the group, treating them was intensive. As one of Melissa’s first groups of horses and still one of the most severe cases she’s seen, these animals had a profound impact on her: “All of those horses — all thirty of them — hold a very special place in my heart,” she says, “because I learned so much from them

and because they gave me and all the other horses I’ve worked with since then so much. I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from them on to every future horse that has come through here.”

been here every day. I want people to know that we’re a part of the horse community too, and that we’re a really cool thing right in their backyard.”

A Tough Job, Big Rewards Growth Over the years, Melissa worked her way up at the Equine and Farm Animal Center and became manager in 2008, “which,” she says, “was a terrible time to take this job,” thanks to the recession. The MSPCA has had to adapt to the changing economic landscape; because many people found they couldn’t afford to keep their equines, the number of surrendered horses now averages 65 annually. As the manager of such a large and multifaceted program, Melissa has evolved as well. “I’m a pretty introverted, shy person by nature,” she says. But, she adds, she quickly recognized that “you have to talk to people and engage people to make your program move forward.” In fact, one of Melissa’s goals has been to increase the public’s awareness of the Equine and Farm Center. “I grew up being a horse fanatic and I lived twenty minutes from here and I never knew it existed,” she says. “That’s always bothered me because as a kid I’d have

Not everyone is cut out for a job like Melissa’s — it’s physically grueling. “We like to say here that nobody should be paying for a cross-fit membership — she should just volunteer here,” she says, laughing. “One of our staff members wore a Fitbit one time and by the end of the day she had walked ten miles.” In addition to the physical demands, the job can be emotionally taxing: “I personally take it very hard when we don’t win some of the battles,” she says quietly. She adds that she constantly asks herself: “Am I doing enough for these horses? Am I doing a good enough job? Am I making the equine and farm animal world a better place?” One of the best parts of the job, she says, is watching the transformations that take place in the animals. “My favorite horses have always been the scared and the nervous. Those have always been the ones I’ve liked to work with,” she says. It’s these horses, she says, that are the most rewarding to see blossom into happy and well-loved companions.

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Each year the MSPCA hosts a spring trail ride and a fall beach ride, and Melissa says she’s always excited to see who attends. Many adopters bring their horses to these events, now as MSPCA alumni and beloved family members. “Sometimes you get tunnel vision in this job and it’s easy to lose sight of how many awesome horse owners and happy horses there are out there,” she says, “but we really do have a great community of horse people.” AS THE AFTERNOON wanes, it’s time to bring the horses in from turnout. Before the day is over, there will still be grain to feed, medications to administer, and hooves to pick out. The quiet barn comes alive with snorting and nickering — the sounds of eager horses anticipating their dinner. As Melissa moves with quiet confidence around the horses, it’s difficult to believe that she’s never actually owned one. “I do think of all of these guys as my own a little bit,” she says with a shy smile. Abigail Powell enjoys learning the ropes of dressage and eventing with her horse Maggie, a Mustang/Arabian she adopted from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. She also owns Miniature Horse Zipper and goat Billy Boomer. She and her husband live in Topsfield.

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Bay State Equine Rescue

by Christina Andersen


BSER, a nonprofit, is run entirely by volunteers. An oversize calendar in the barn entrance records the horses’ exercise routines, ensuring that they all stay on a rotated schedule. Volunteers with equine experience must come at least once a week to provide consistency for the horses. BSER welcomes those with less experience for barn-work days, which are scattered throughout the year. There are a dozen or so horses at the rescue; several more are in foster

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light mist clings to the open fields of clover and the early-fall foliage is bright against a gray morning sky. Embedded in the hills of Oakham, a mossy old stone wall provides the perfect backdrop for autumn’s first bursts of color. A long driveway winds through those fields and leads to a peaceful haven for the horses that make Bay State Equine Rescue their home. The barn sits atop a hill and overlooks the large pastures surrounding it. A stunning dun mare is busy nosing through her pile of hay, her thick dorsal stripe accentuating her dappled rump. Several volunteers flow in and out of the barn, shuffling around wheelbarrows and pitchforks and bringing various horses to the cross ties for their daily grooming. Susan Sheridan is bent over the grain bin as she scoops out each horse’s portion and supplements as Evoka and Megan. needed. A few fluffy chickens cluck around the barn while another volunteer cleans their area. Small yet mighty — the donated pitchfork she wields surpasses her height — Susan Sheridan is a hardworking woman. In addition to her full-time job, she is president and founder of Bay State Equine Rescue. “It chose me,” she says. As a child, says Susan, “I haunted my family for a pony, and it was finally easier for them to give in than to deal with me.” Twenty years later, when she led her daughter’s 4-H club, the group took on a few project horses as a way to help other equines in the area. “And before you knew it,” Susan says with a laugh, “we were Bay State Equine Rescue.” Managing an equine nonprofit was not always Susan’s intention. She and her husband bought the land in the late ’80s; they put up the barn in 1990 and only then built their home. Now she operates the rescue on her own property. She hoists a 50-pound grain bag with ease, then turns to smile: “We’re gluttons for punishment,” she says. 20

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situations. Since 2002, horses have been coming through her barn doors to heal and then go on to their adoptive home. For a young Thoroughbred like Bob, that means finding someone patient and willing to help him progress. His coat gleams in the early-morning sun, highlighting his health and youth as he trots around the round pen. But it wasn’t always that way. Volunteer Megan Koski free-longes Bob while Susan tells his story. It began with a call from a concerned citizen. A thin, frail Thoroughbred — a far cry from the athletic racehorse he once was — stood in a kill pen, no doubt waiting out his final days. The BSER stepped in to save his life. Once he was safely back in the quarantine paddock and full of intravenous fluids, the veterinarian who looked him over said she believed Bob had been “days from death.” Had she not intervened, he would have died in transit to the slaughterhouse. Bob was just five years old. Now Bob trots happily around the pen. He’s muscular and alert, and his copper tail swishes and glistens. Susan

admires him as she fields questions, directs tasks, finishes up her barn chores, and talks: “He’s feeling much better,” she says, “but now we realize he’s fresh!” Megan has been volunteering for about three years now. While taking her pre-vet courses at Becker College, she completed a 600-hour internship at the BSER. There was one horse in particular that caught her eye. She began working with, and training, an Arabian mare named Grace, who came to the farm after being left out in a field for seven years. She had little human or equine contact during that time, and the concept of a barn was a new one for her. When she came to the BSER, Grace was full of fear and anxiety. Megan was patient, gentle, and understanding as the two worked together — just what the mare needed. Grace’s anxiety no longer consumes her, and she has blossomed into a brave and trusty trail horse. Megan now works at a laboratory in North Grafton and boards Grace nearby. Megan cherishes the time she spends at the farm. “Susan has a positive vision for every horse,” she says. “I’ve learned more here about horses as individuals than at any lesson barn, and I’m so glad I found this place.” BSER horses have gone on to permanent homes, but even more have found homes through the rescue’s online placement program. Susan networks to find homes for local horses in need — before they have to come to the farm. When a horse arrives at the farm, there’s no urgency to find it a permanent placement, even when there’s a long waiting list. “We patiently wait for the right home for these horses; you have to screen for the right people,” says Susan. “We try to represent the horses fairly, and it can take time to find the right owner for each one. The horses have a home here.” The majority of BSER rescues are now off-the-track horses; the closing of

Suffolk Downs, late in 2014, brought an influx of Bay State Thoroughbreds in need. The rescue also works closely with animal control, making sure it can assist those in neglectful or abusive situations. With the quarantine paddock, BSER can save horses from auctions as well. One mare the BSER rescued soon seemed to be flourishing almost too much: she got bigger and bigger. The veterinarian confirmed what everyone had begun to suspect; she was in foal. In December 2013, little Manny was born. With the BSER’s networking and placement program, it’s able to find homes for most of the horses. Others, such as Evoka, have been at the rescue almost since the doors opened. Megan leads the strong mare from the lower paddock up to the round pen. Evoka tests her along the way with a nudge or a step into her space. She’s a beautiful Prior Mountain Mustang who’s holding on tight to her wild instincts, and who requires frequent reminders about respecting boundaries. Her golden dapples sparkle as the sun breaks through the cloudy sky. Evoka, bred in the Bay State, was born with bilateral cataracts, which compromised her vision. Perceived as useless, her previous owners planned on euthanizing her — until the BSER

intervened. The organization fundraised for a surgical procedure to remove the cataracts when Evoka was a yearling. She recovered well, but still has difficulties with distances. At 12 years old, Evoka is still full of spunk. She tears around the soft dirt of the round pen, bucking and changing directions as she pleases. Megan pushes her onward, and the two are soon joining up in the center. As they exit in unison, Evoka pauses to lift her head high, scanning the landscape in front of her. Despite her ongoing vision challenges, she enjoys being ridden in a familiar environment. There is some big and exciting news for the future. BSER has just purchased a farm that will be solely for Bay State Equine Rescue. The ability to become its own entity, with a caretaker on-site, will be extremely helpful for both the organization and the horses that desperately need its help. After 13 years of running the rescue on her farm, Susan says she’s immensely proud to continue BSER’s mission on this new property. As with most nonprofits, fund-raising is a constant uphill battle. Susan has gotten creative with her efforts and several fund-raising events are scheduled throughout the year. For example,

there’s the biannual shavings sale, which presents local horse people with an opportunity to buy a commodity they need and, simultaneously, to give back through their purchase. In fact, the proceeds provide the rescue with its bedding for the year. And every July, the BSER hosts a 5K run through Old Sturbridge Village, a great way to get involved and raise funds for the animals’ care. This year, people can help by attending and supporting the 11th annual Massachusetts Horse Benefit Show, on October 3 in Goshen. This is the fourth time BSER will receive the proceeds of the show, the magazine’s way to support the rescue’s mission: to provide shelter and a bright future for abused and neglected horses. Everyone is welcome to compete, spectate, and volunteer. To learn more about the benefit, please visit Growing up on Nantucket, Christina Andersen explored the beaches and rode the trails with her trusty pony, Whinnie. At UMass Amherst, she studied animal behavior with a concentration in equines. After graduation, she taught draft-horse husbandry to future farmers and veterinarians. She’s now a product specialist at SmartPak, and spends her free time riding and driving her adopted draft horses, Bill and Mark.

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Stable Devotion Wilbraham

Calliope and Sam Van Fleet

by Andrea Bugbee


“Some of the farmers try to take good care of these horses, but they’re just livestock to them,” says Barbara. “When the babies are born, they’re simply a by-product, so they’re sold for meat.” Four months after the foals are born, the babies are weaned, but the mares are usually pregnant again by

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ere’s a story that starts in a tiny stall in Manitoba and ends in Wilbraham — with many helping hands in between. Calliope is owned by Samantha Van Fleet, a Minnechaug Regional High School junior who spends almost as much time caring for her horses each day as she does at school. As Sam describes her, Calliope is a dreamy, Gypsy-esque, blackand-white pinto mare. One of her eyes is brown; the other glistens like a blue crescent moon. Calliope’s wavy white tail cascades to the ground, and her thick mane flowed two and a half feet long before Sam shortened it to better blend in with the other horses in the jumper classes they competed in over the summer. But Calliope is a 16.1-hand Clydesdale/Quarter Horse. She doesn’t exactly “blend” into the hunter/ jumper scene. In fact, the only place where Calliope’s singular looks seem common is on the Foal Haven Facebook page — an online space devoted solely to PMU rescues.

P M What? “PMU” is an acronym for Pregnant Mares’ Urine, an estrogen-rich commodity crucial in manufacturing Premarin and Duavee, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals’ hormone-replacement products for women. Although now less popular than they were a dozen years ago, Premarin products are still prescribed to reduce hot flashes, treat vaginal changes, and help reduce the risk of osteoporosis in menopausal and perimenopausal women. There are some 20 PMU farms remaining in Canada, and more in Asian countries such as China and Indonesia. According to Barbara Graham, an Athol resident who has rescued hundreds of PMU foals since 2002, first the mares at these farms are bred. Next, they spend all but the final weeks of their 11-month pregnancy immobile in straight, four-foot-wide stalls, catchers attached to them to collect their urine. Every seventh day they are let out for a few hours. The mares are comfortably fed, but water is limited to keep their urine concentrated. 22

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their nine-day post-foaling heat. Then the cycle repeats. Most PMU mares are draft horses because these large breeds produce more urine. They also throw big foals, which fetch better prices when auctioned by the pound. But finding homes for draft-type horses presents a particular problem for would-be rescuers. “The heavy, heavy drafts are difficult to sell because not too many people drive or pull any more,” says Barbara, who has made many journeys into Canada to buy PMU foals at meat prices, vet them and ship them south to Massachusetts, then sell them at cost to good homes. “A few of these farmers learned to trust me and they let me on their farms,” she says. “One of them said he’d just as soon see them go to good homes as go to slaughter. He asked me what I could sell.” She told him that draft crosses make versatile sport horses, and soon crossbred foals such as Calliope (from a PMU Clydesdale mare and a Quarter Horse stallion) were born.

Barbara’s suggestion hadn’t saved all of the foals, but finding homes for draft crosses gave more of these pharmaceutical foals a chance.

Twice Rescued For whatever reason, the person who bought Calliope as a PMU rescue foal in 2004 never did much with her. As Sam’s trainer, Melanie Conley, of Storm Hill Farm in Brimfield, says, “[Raising a foal] isn’t something to just pick up, like a hobby or a game of chess.” People who adopt foals need to understand the time, patience, and long-term commitment it involves. They’re 500-pound babies that need to be handled consistently, or they become powerful, 1,200 pound, semi-feral field problems. And that’s how Calliope arrived as a seven-year-old at Blue Star Equiculture, a drafthorse sanctuary in Palmer: She was absolutely beautiful, and virtually untrained. That was in April 2011. Back then, Sam was a 13-yearold volunteer at Blue Star who had only recently discovered her love of horses, during a riding lesson at summer camp. Blue Star’s director, Pamela Rickenbach, thought the expected new horse, Calliope, might be a good project for Sam. “When she arrived, we heard a lot of banging and smashing in the trailer,” Sam says. “There was no way I was going to take her off the trailer and lead her to the pasture. Once she was off, she galloped up the hill. She was running up and down the fence line. She was a little crazy.” During those early days, Calliope snaked away from anyone trying to catch her. She raised her head and turned when confronted with a halter. She trusted no one. When the staff at Blue Star compared Calliope’s strength and poor manners to Sam’s tiny frame and inexperience, they tried to talk the girl out of working with their obstreperous charge. “That made me even more determined to work harder and harder with Calliope,” Sam says. “I was a green rider and she was a green horse, and that

usually doesn’t work, but we brought out the best in each other. Even after only two weeks of her coming, I was already starting to bond with her.”

A Natural Trainer That first year at Blue Star, Sam was still learning the basics of riding, groundwork, and husbandry. Thankfully, the fates not only sent her Calliope, but they also sent her an unusual knack for horse training. Rather than resorting to force, or books, or professional trainers, Sam turned to Calliope. Ever attentive to the horse’s body language, Sam says she started responding to how Calliope wanted to be treated. And how was that? “She wanted to be treated like she was already a gentle broke horse, with small reinforcements,” Sam says. Moving ahead slowly and gently (it took Sam four hours to give Calliope her first bath), she eventually won the horse’s trust. “She was just a crazy, wild horse,” Sam says. “We had to work on ground manners, and we had to work up from there.” Then Sam taught Calliope to trot in hand, and on to ground driving. “I remember the first time I sat on her in an English saddle. That was successful,” she says, laughing. Not knowing whether anyone had ever ridden Calliope, Sam, with the help of a friend, had decided to give it a try. Trusting Sam, Calliope didn’t seem to mind at all. “Trust is the basis of everything — with horses, especially,” says Sam, who has twice now competed in the Youth Mustang Challenge, in which young horse trainers accept the care of a twoyear-old Mustang for 100 days, then compete at an exhibition showing off what their wild horses have learned in halter, showmanship, trail, and freestyle classes. This year, Sam earned second place. She had taught her horse to walk through a hoop, to stomp on balloons, and to walk over a teeter-totter. “She’s a great trainer,” says Sam’s mom, Donna Merwin. “I mean, she and Calliope started from nowhere. They’re quite a team, the two of them. You can see their bond when they’re at the barn just playing around or when they’re out on a trail ride. It’s almost like they grew up together. And now Sam has a oneyear-old PMU foal that we brought down last October.” Thanks to supportive parents and Barbara Graham, Sam now has Calypso, who is presently a nosy little toe crusher just learning to respect Sam’s space. Talking about her work with greenies, Sam prefers the term gentling to breaking. “Gentling is when you kind of find a

middle meeting point with the horse,” says Sam. “There has to be a connection with the horse. With the wild Mustangs, it’s lots of hours just sitting there getting them used to you. I let the horse have its own timing.” According to Melanie, Sam’s patience is one of her most outstanding qualities. “Sam has a steady disposition,” she says. “She doesn’t get rattled. She doesn’t get upset. She just quietly waits for the horse to understand what she’s asking. You don’t see that often with kids her age.”

From Blue Star to the Green Mountains Sam adopted Calliope from Blue Star in August 2012, and this summer Sam and her PMU wonder horse competed at the prestigious Vermont Summer Festival, as well as the Northeast Benefit Show and the Big E. “We went pretty quick to the A circuit with her,” says Sam proudly. “She’s doing the Low Child/Adult Jumpers at three feet six inches.” If you were to see them at one of these shows, they’d stand out not only because Sam is a diminutive girl riding a very large, drafty pinto, but also because Sam tends to talk to Calliope over every jump. After all, they’re teammates. “I treat her like a friend; like we’re equal, not one better than the other; like we need each other,” says Sam. “I love jumping, but if that weren’t Calliope’s forte, she’d still be the horse for me. She’s more of a best friend than a pet. The PMU foals are born to die because they’re just a by-product. Calliope could have been gone before her first birthday, but now she’s jumping on the A circuit.” To help save even more PMU foals, Sam has joined forces with Barbara and Andi Balser, a young Petersham woman who has been working with Barbara. In fact, Barbara and Andi just brought 11 foals south on September 9. Some are

placed; you can learn about others on the pair’s Foal Haven Facebook page. To support PMU foal rescues with a donation, visit FoalHaven or Of course, there’s the ultimate help, says Andi, a plea in her voice: “We also need homes. These babies need homes.” Southwick resident Andrea Bugbee is a Pony Club mom, an IEA mom, and a backyard horse enthusiast. She does most of her writing while she waits for her daughter in the parking lots of numerous wonderful stables scattered throughout western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.

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Kennel Club. Your canine companion, here’s a certain sense of accomhowever, doesn’t have to be a purebred plishment that comes from to compete: breeds and crosses are welmaneuvering a horse through a come. Your dog does have to be registrail course. Whether it’s a web of intritered by the organization hosting the cately placed poles in upper-level comtrials. You and your bulldog mix may petition or a pasture gate that needs to not place, but you’ll have a great experibe opened to enable a truck to pass ence together. through, there are many steps to exeMost communities offer classes in a cute. The successful outcome of the task at hand is the result of your careful training and practice. Precision, timing, and partnership also come into play when tackling an agility course with your dog. Agility is a sport in which the handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Dogs run off-leash without being lured with treats or toys. The handler is not permitted to touch the dog or an obstacle. This competiAny dog with good physical dexterity and energy can do agility. tive sport tests a person’s skills in training and handling her dog. variety of levels, from basic skills to Although dogs with certain body types competition-level training. may pose some challenges in training Not interested in competing but or handling, any canine with good phys- intrigued by agility’s challenge and ical dexterity and energy is an excellent strategy? Or perhaps you want to exercandidate for the sport. cise your dog and train him in the Dog agility is a team sport, says process? A quick Internet search will Nancy Bishop, instructor for the Cape yield do-it-yourself instructions as well Cod Kennel Club: “The better the bond as reasonably priced, ready-to-use obstayour dog has with you, the better it will cles for backyard fun. You can also use do in agility,” she says. your imagination to create interesting Agility is a huge confidence— and safe — obstacles from items you builder; after training, dogs that once already have in your home or barnyard. lacked it will run a course with speed Much like what’s found at versatiland enthusiasm. Nancy began particiity competitions for equestrians, your pating in agility back in 1994, when the doggy home course can consist of straw sport was new. “I was actually trying to bales, pool noodles, plywood, hula get some motivation from a dog,” she hoops, wading pools, and the like. Be says, “and knew right away that I was sure the obstacles are sturdy, stable, and hooked.” without sharp edges. It’s important to She’s been an equestrian since the ensure that your dog’s toenails can’t get age of 11, so she knows horses as well as caught in an obstacle so he doesn’t end she knows dogs. The foundation for up with a painful injury. training an agility dog is “similar to getTraining for agility is really an offting a horse used to spacing and stridshoot of the training that begins when ing for jumping,” she says. your canine is a puppy. When you introAgility titles are recognized by the duce a variety of surfaces and objects American Kennel Club and the United and the gamut of textures, sounds, and


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movements, he’ll grow into a dog confident in all situations, and you’ll be setting him up for success. Agility training calls for plenty of treats or a special toy reserved for this work. Break down each task into small steps. For example, to train your dog to go through a tunnel, use a child’s version. Gather the hoops so it’s quite short (use that ever-present baling twine to keep the tunnel bunched): this will enable the dog to see daylight at the other end. To secure the tunnel and prevent it from shifting, place sandbags or hay bales on both sides of its length. Lure the dog through with a treat, then praise generously when she has stepped through. Gradually lengthen the tunnel; encourage her by running alongside and cheering her toward the far end. Offer another treat or that special toy and reward with a brief game of tug as soon as she exits. Teach your dog patience by randomly pausing during the execution of an obstacle. By doing so, your dog will learn to wait for instruction from you. Selecting and tackling an obstacle must be your idea rather than hers. (Self-control is an important skill not only in agility, but in almost every other situation as well, and it will do a lot to make your dog welcome wherever you take her, whether it’s in your own barn or at a community get-together.) Training your dog for agility brings great rewards. As you and your best friend progress, you’ll be amazed at what you both can accomplish. In addition, you’ll realize that while you and your dog are working, your relationship is being enriched by the experience. Communication and trust grow as you both learn to run a course. Your dog will begin to look to you for direction — a benefit that goes far beyond the sport. Nancy, who holds classes at the Complete Canine of Cape Cod, in Hyannis, participates in agility trials with her golden retrievers almost every weekend. She compares the prepara-

tion to what she did when she was active in equestrian sports. In addition to the difference in the amount of effort and planning, “it’s much easier to travel with the dogs,” she says, but, she adds quickly, “I think I bring more stuff now than I did for the horses.” For Nancy, agility trials have just about everything she could wish for when it comes to quality time with her canines. “I enjoy the competition aspects the sport offers,” she says, “along with the titles earned and the various venues where trials are held, but the main reason I do agility is to have fun with my dogs.” Why not try it? With your sidekick beside you, head over to the riding ring, then jog toward those ground poles and take a couple in stride. Now you’re already on your way to becoming an agility team!

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Youth Spotlight Abington by Chloe Paoletta


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But I didn’t know how much they loved be thrown off again! Like his usual self, ver since I can remember, horses me until they helped save my life. Beau listened to my commands and we have been my passion. My auntie In early October 2010, when I was finished the rest of the course. Dea first introduced me to them 13, I fell off my horse. It wasn’t alarmFor two weeks, my life went on norwhen I was little because she had ing because I was an avid rider and had mally, except for the fact that every day horses. She used to take me, wide-eyed, dealt with many falls before. Every I was enduring terrible headaches. On down to her barn and we’d spend horseback rider can attest to the fact October 17, I woke up and vomited. hours just brushing them and enjoying After I threw up, their company. One though, I felt fine. I would think a threebegged my mom to let year-old girl would be me still have a sleepintimidated by these over because the next huge animals, but I day was my 13th birththought they were day and I needed to beautiful and majestic. celebrate! I became obsessed. The rest of the Horses became a weekend I felt normal part of everything I did. and I went to school My parents wouldn’t let on Monday with no me take lessons yet, so I problem, but at 4 A.M. watched every movie and read every book on October 19, I vomabout horses I could ited again. My mom find. Whether it was knew something about the anatomy of wasn’t right because I the horse or some fichardly ever throw up. tional story, I just ate it She thought maybe I up. One of my favorite Chloe and Buttons and Beaus in 2008. had a concussion from Chloe and Tiffany, summer 2015. books was part of the when I fell off Beau Canterwood Crest series, by Jessica that you learn very quickly just to get (talk about a blessing in disguise!) and Burkhart. At the time, there were only back in the saddle. So that’s exactly insisted we go to the emergency room. 20 books in the series and I swear I read what I did. Although I fought her tooth and nail, one a day! I was doing jumping gymnastics. she won. After years of begging, on my This didn’t scare me at all because I There were only a few people in eighth birthday my parents finally gave whole-heartedly trusted Deb. And not the ER, but when my mom told the docin. They let me take a horseback-riding only did I trust Deb, but I also trusted tors that I might have had a concussion, lesson for my birthday, but I could my little steed. Beau, a white Welsh they looked over my chart and immedinever stop after that. Working with pony cross, was about 12 at the time. ately ordered a CAT scan. these magnificent creatures was so He’ll always be my favorite pony. On it the doctors saw something much better than reading about them! Beau is usually the calmest, most they weren’t really sure about, so they The next summer I decided to attend kid-friendly pony you will ever meet. sent us to Children’s Hospital in my friend’s barn’s summer riding Heading toward the jumps he seemed Boston, where I was diagnosed with a camp. I fell in love with the horses perfectly content, but then he saw the malignant brain tumor. I was scheduled there, and the instructor, Deb Baretto, to have eight-hour brain surgery in two adjacent obstacles and got nervous. became like a second mom to me. I days. So many things were happening, I Beau started backing up, and before I switched barns after that and have felt as if my head was spinning, so I didknew what was happening, I was never regretted it. n’t say much. That night, I was lying in descending. Of course I had on my helbed with my mom and I remember sayOver the next few years I practically met, but the wooden standard hit my ing, “Oh my God, when will I be able to lived at Freedom Gate Farm, in forehead right below it. ride again?” Hanson. I rode and showed almost I thought I blacked out for a couThe tumor was in the brain stem, so every horse there. Deb and her daughple of seconds, but I wasn’t sure, so I taking it out really screwed up some ter Danielle, who became my best didn’t say anything. Deb immediately things. Therefore, I developed a rare friend, helped me accomplish things came over. She bombarded me with side effect called posterior fossa synI’d never even dreamed of. Every weekquestions: “Are you okay?” “Did you end we attended a different show and hurt anything?” I bounced right up, act- drome. This meant I couldn’t talk, walk, swallow, or do much of anything else. then I even qualified for and competed ing as if nothing had happened. I was Having PFS delayed when I could in the Massachusetts Hunter/Jumper determined to try again! begin chemotherapy sessions because Finals. Horses became my entire life. I I shortened the reins and kept my first I had to relearn everything. I spent loved them and they loved me back. leg on; there was no way I was going to


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six weeks at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, where I had a rigorous daily regimen of occupational, physical, and speech therapy. Deb, Danielle, and a couple of other friends from my barn visited me often. The first time they came, they brought a poster they made with all these pictures of us riding. It made me so happy, but sad too, because I never thought I’d ride again. I would just stare at it and cry. When my six weeks at Spaulding were up, I went home, but I still had to go in for four days every month for chemotherapy. My doctors all kept telling me I couldn’t go horseback riding — it was too dangerous, it was too risky, I wasn’t strong enough. I didn’t accept that, though. Horseback riding was my passion and I was pretty sure that not doing the one thing that made me happy was going to be the only thing actually hurting me. After many tears and a lot of begging, I finally convinced my mom and Deb to let me ride again. All my aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends gathered at the barn to watch me get back in the saddle. It was a freezing, snowy January morning, but I didn’t notice: I was too happy. Because I couldn’t do anything “too exhausting,” I mostly walked around and trotted. As small an accomplishment as that was, I felt like I’d conquered the world. Being back in the world I loved, I finally felt like me again. Shortly after that, I started chemo sessions and went back to school. Most people don’t feel well enough to be able to do that, but I was determined not to let cancer change my life — and as tiring as everything was, it didn’t. I rode every chance I got (which was mostly on weekends because I was fatigued on weekdays) and horseback riding became more than just a hobby: It was an actual therapeutic technique that helped me deal with all the stress, both mental and physical. There was something about being up on an animal like that, feeling its every breath and trusting in all its steps. Sometimes I could close my eyes and feel like I was somewhere else, happy and healthy. Horseback riding had the ability to make me feel whole again. Whenever I was feeling down, I would call Deb and tell her I was coming to the barn. One day it was pouring rain. We don’t have the luxury of an indoor ring, so when I told Deb I was coming, she was like, “Chlo, do you

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know the weather is terrible?” and I said, “Deb, I don’t care, I need to ride.” On July 25, 2011, I had an MRI and was declared cancer-free. It was the best day of my life (so far, anyway). We celebrated then and we’re still celebrating now. My whole family took me to Disney World and then in 2012 the Make-AWish Foundation brought me to the London Olympics. I could tell you that being a cancer survivor is the best thing ever, and it’s an amazing feat, but I’m going to be straight with you — it actually sucks. Because of the posterior fossa syn-

drome, I still get fatigued a lot, so it’s very hard for me to keep up with kids my age. I can’t do sports like I used to (horseback riding is the exception) and school is extremely difficult for me. My grades are probably the worst setback I’ve had to deal with because I used to excel in school and that’s still very important to me, but it’s just not that easy anymore. I’m still as smart as I was, but it takes me way longer to process the information and, aside from that, I can’t write easily because I still have weakness in my right hand. So I need continued on page 46 . . .

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Trail Guide Medfield

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The Trustees of Reservations have overseen much landscape restoration, which makes the wooded rides quite lovely. The six and a half miles of trails are extremely well maintained and marked with blazes and wooded signs.

blue trail, you’ll be back to the yellow loop: then either head back toward Chickering Pond and retrace some of the trail that returns you to the red loop and the parking lot or go south toward Echo Pond and the parking lot. Please note that the footbridge at Echo Pond was not engineered for horses and isn’t safe for riders. If you’re on the yellow trail, use one of the other loops to ride around Echo Pond and then reconnect to the yellow. There’s an open wood drainage pipe on the Echo Trail before you reach the pond; be careful not to get a hoof stuck in it. A better idea if you’re going south, at markers 16 and 17 is the Hardwood Notch Trail. The orange trail, at Fork Factory Brook, adds more mileage, and you can ride it as a complete loop. This is actually adjacent to Rocky Woods, just across Hartford Street (be careful crossing the road; it’s busy).

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ust minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Medfield is Rocky Woods, a 491-acre preserve under the auspices of the Trustees of Reservations. Footpaths and old logging roads weave through forest, granite ridges, and wetlands along the Charles and Neponset River watersheds, and ponds excavated by earlier generations as a source of water to fight fires provide restful views as you ride the trails. Rocky Woods has an interesting history. Originally it was considered common land of the town of Medfield, then it was divided into woodlots, whose new owners created those logging roads. In the 19th century, these same roads were used to take out great slabs of granite. (It’s possible that the Dedham District Court building, 1825– 26, was constructed from rock quarried in what’s now Rocky Woods.) In the late 1920s, one Dr. Joel Goldthwait bought up 300 acres of the individual woodlots; in 1942, he donated this land to establish the reservation. (It’s thanks to him that today we can enjoy the riding and walking trails: they were of his creation.) Other gifts increased the reserve by almost 200 acres. Rocky Woods is one of the best-kept secrets in eastern Massachusetts: I arrived at noon on a Saturday and there were only three cars in the ample parking area. Strolling or riding along the trails, it’s a wonder that more people aren’t enjoying this idyllic preserve. At Chickering Pond, on a lazy summer day, take a minute to watch as the fish jump for flies. You’ll see dragonflies, with their almost translucent wings, in large quantities around all the ponds. On that Saturday, I watched as two young boys arrived, put their lines in the water, and landed their first fish within five minutes. Note: All fishing is catch and release. For hikers who like the challenge of a steep, very rocky climb, there’s the 435-foot Cedar Hill Overlook, which affords expansive views. 28

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You’ll even find maps at a few of the major trail intersections.

Ride It Trails are technical and occasionally hilly. Footing consists of lots of gravel, pine needles, and exposed roots; the logging trails are smoother. I recommend hoof protection, and that you bring along a hoof pick. As a courtesy to other trail users — mountain bikers and hikers, for example — please clear manure to the side. Try one of the colored trail loops. I began with the red loop around Chickering Pond, which is shaped like a lollipop: a straight approach, then around the water. From the red loop, you connect to the yellow, which leads to the blue. I rode parts of the red and yellow, then did the entire blue loop. The blue trail, which takes you farther into the woods, circles the 420-foot Mine Hill ridge — the site of the old granite quarry. When you complete the

Another Trustees of Reservations property, Factory Brook consists of 135 acres of former agricultural land and the site of an old mill. The trails here wend their way around fields and climb through the woods.

Logistics The reservation is open daily from sunrise to sunset. As you enter, drive cautiously: there’s a 90-degree turn to get around the gatehouse and into the parking area. Park in the second lot so you have

room to circle in order for the trailer to open out toward the road. Parking is free for members of the Trustees of Reservations; for nonmembers it’s $5 — use a credit card at the self-service kiosk (near the gatehouse). Take the receipt and leave it, facing out, on the dashboard of your car. Although the bulletin board in the second parking area should have maps, it does run out of them, so I advise you to print one before you come. At any park it’s always a good idea, just in case. If you have a smart phone, the bulletin boards display a large map of the trails; take some photos to help you navigate. A port-a-potty is located behind the utility shed near the pavilion. Pack horse and human bug spray and be sure to use it before you head out — the ponds and wetlands are prime breeding grounds for many insects, including mosquitoes. This is also a high-incidence Lyme disease area; make sure you do a post-ride tick check of your horse and of yourself. As always, please clean up the area around your trailer. Rocky Woods and Fork Factory Brook participate in the Trustees Green Dogs program, whose aim is to encour-

age responsible dog walking to make possible the sharing of certain trails. Be aware that there are designated offleash areas for dogs, and these are labeled on the signage. All dogs must have a Green Dog permit, obtainable only by members of the Trustees of Reservations. At Rocky Woods, Sunday afternoons are dog-free; at Fork Factory Brook, dogs are prohibited all weekend. Rocky Woods allows a limited amount of bow hunting, daily except Sunday from mid-October through December. During hunting season, make sure you dress appropriately — that means blaze orange.

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THE ONLY SOUND as I rode along was hoofbeats and birds, and it reminds me that the peace of the woods is the reason many of us seek the trails in the first place. Enjoy your ride. Happy trails! Stacey Stearns, a lifelong equestrian from Connecticut, enjoys trail riding and endurance with her Morgan horses.

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Timing’s Everything is the fitting name Brianna Proulx christened her ex-racehorse (formerly known as All About John), who had raced at Suffolk Downs. Pulled out of a field to fill an Interscholastic Equestrian Association class without much training and gamely stepping up, the five-year-old bay gelding caught the attention of Monique Proulx, Brianna’s mother and owner of the Equestrian Shop, Ipswich. “We were looking for a low-budget horse to transition from ponies,” says Monique. “We went back to see him and his quiet mind really stood out.” Two years later, the teenage Brianna, who rides with Kathy Borylo at Boxford’s Spring Tide Farm,

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named Hussar Sunset. “We purchased ‘Czar’ as a six-year-old from a woman in Aiken, South Carolina, where he spent the winter

after she bought him off the track in Pennsylvania,” says Heidi Adams, El’s mother. At first Heidi rode the horse, but the connection her daughter developed with Czar is what’s special. El has been riding him for two years but more intensely recently, now that she’s working with Ashley Ireland, at Gathering Farm in Hamilton. Her goal is to move up the levels of eventing: The pair are finishing the year in novice level and hope to go to training level soon. “What I love about Czar is his funny personality in the barn or even riding,” says El. “He makes the experience enjoyable every day.” Surrounded by doting girls, Czar looks relaxed and happy in his second career.

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Horses Helping Horses Beach Ride The MSPCA’s Horses Helping Horses Beach Ride, the Equine Center of Nevins Farm’s most significant annual fund-raiser, will be held at a new venue this year: Crane Beach, in Ipswich. The event, a collaboration with the Trustees of Reservations, will be held on Saturday, October 17. Riders of all ages are invited to meet at the beach for an eightmile ride along the shore, followed by a hearty pasta lunch provided by event sponsor Borrelli’s Deli, in Methuen. Last year’s event drew some 200 riders and horses, as well as a few participants without mounts who walked. Led by several of the MSPCA’s horses, riders enjoyed a picture-perfect day, and almost $25,000 was raised for the nonprofit. Equine Center Manager Melissa Ghareeb says she

hopes this year’s ride will top that, as the pace of horses surrendered to the MSPCA continues to increase, and many of the horses are arriving in desperate condition. The MSPCA at Nevins Farm has more than 50 horses, with a wide range of abilities and needs, available for adoption. In addition to adoptive homes, the equine center seeks potential foster homes. “As the only open-admissions shelter for horses and farm animals in the region, we see a steady stream of unwanted animals coming to us, some in dire straits,” says Melissa. As a nonprofit without any support from state or federal agencies, the MSPCA is dependent on donations from individuals and from special events to be able to care for its animals. Advance registration is required for the ride this year. The cost is $30, which includes lunch and a limited-

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Canter Brook Equestrian Center Canter Brook Equestrian Center, in South Hamilton, is now under the management of David Wilson, owner of Flying High Stables. Flying High has been a tenant of the facility since May, following the collapse of its indoor arena at its prior location, in Andover. “Canter Brook has some

extraordinary features that drew us here,” says David. “As an eventing coach and trainer, I was drawn to the proximity of Bradley Palmer State Park and the Myopia Schooling Grounds, with miles of strength-building trails and great cross-country jumps.” One of the largest equestrian facilities on the North Shore, Canter Brook boasts 77 stalls, two indoor arenas (one of which is supported by a steel superstructure), a large outdoor arena, and ample turnout on 17 acres. “The two indoor arenas and all the stalls are connected under a single roof, so we’ll have no weather-related problems again,” David says. One of his first actions as manager of Canter Brook has been to fully utilize the facility’s two indoor arenas by establishing a series of winter jumper shows. “I want to provide a fun, learning opportunity for local riders

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earned points for the championship by competing and placing well at these events. The SHTC was organized to provide entry-level horses and riders with an experience that’s fun as they learn the ins and outs of eventing. Having a championship at the schooling level gives riders, no matter their experience, a goal. “We wanted to give the qualified riders a feeling of what it’s like to do recognized eventing and to experience the electricity of a bigger show environment,” says David Wilson, one of the creators and organizers. “The championship brings a new level of energy to lowlevel eventing in the area.” The date for next year’s SHTC is August 28 and it will again be held at Apple Knoll Farm. The organizers hope to add more qualifying events throughout Massachusetts and USEA Area 1. Qualification points

at a time of year when there aren’t many, and I’m on a mission to create goodwill for the farm,” David says. Classes range from cross-rails at 18" to 3'3" and the ambience is casual. Shows, to take place once a month November through March, begin November 8. For more information, visit

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Schooling Horse Trials Championship Apple Knoll Farm, in Millis, hosted the first annual Schooling Horse Trials Championships (SHTC) on Sunday, August 30. Sixtythree horse-and-rider pairs competed in championship and non-championship levels from Pre-Elementary through Beginner Novice. At the beginning of the season, 22 established events with unrecognized low-level divisions were chosen as qualifying trials. Riders

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Read to the Animals Nevins Reading Program aims to boost your child’s reading confidence and help animals at the same time. Accompanied by an adult, children aged six to ten read out loud to a canine, feline, or even rabbit audience for a fun family event. As the children practice reading, they’re also providing valuable social time to the adoptable animals. This free program runs through May on the first Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon at Nevins Farm, Methuen. Bring a favorite book, or borrow one from the MPSCA library. Registration is required. For more information, please email the

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Absorbine to Sponsor Fantasia The “Fantasia,” Equine Affaire’s legendary celebration of the horse, has long thrilled audiences with stunning animals, upbeat music, and exciting theatrics. The Bay State’s own Absorbine is proud to be the headline sponsor of the 2015 “Fantasia,” which promises to be the most exciting showcase of equestrian entertainment in its history. Equine Affaire will take place November 12 to 15 in West Springfield and will draw thousands of enthusiasts for four days of education, shopping, networking, and entertainment. At the height of this experience will be the “Fantasia,” Thursday through Saturday evenings. The show will feature a star-

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NEMHS Hall of Fame Ann Anderson, of Hobby Knoll Stables in Duxbury, was recently inducted into the New England Morgan Horse Show (NEMHS) Hall of Fame. True courage often lies in the gentlest of hearts. When you’re talking about Ann, truer words were never spoken. This award is long overdue because as a horsewoman and as a person, Ann is universally respected and loved. If she were to retire tomorrow, she could do so with great pride and rest on

laurels that were earned at a time when the competition was deep and her victories came from a combination of talent and hard work. In addition she is kind, gentle, and humble. With compassion; with skill; with courage and dedication; with her call from the rail to “Look ahead and make a plan”; with meticulously trained horses and memorable presentations, Ann is the epitome of all that we aspire to be: accomplished, gracious, true to our principles, and humble. Dr. Daniel Rice and his wife, Carol Ramsey-Rice, of Hubbardston, were also inducted into the NEMHS Hall of Fame. Carol has been involved with Morgans and the NEMHS for 66 years; her husband, a small-animal veterinarian, for 55. They met at a barn in Holden. Since their marriage, in 1956, they’ve raised more than 40 Morgans. They have supported and participated in the carriage division at NEMHS since its inception and say they enjoy watching their Morgans compete. Today, Tim, Jane, and Melissa Morrell, of Moreland Farm, present their beautiful carriage horses, which were raised by the Rices.

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Horse-shoeing Demonstration Collin Kimple, from Pittsfield, was one of six farriers who participated in a

horse-shoeing demonstration at the New England Morgan Horse Show in Northampton. The farriers were challenged to make something out of rasps. As they worked, they answered questions from the spectators gathered around the forges. The farriers also chatted with one another, sharing their ideas and techniques. Collin made grilling tools — a spatula, fork, and tongs. All the creations were featured lots in the show’s fund-raising silent auction, and together they brought in $1,200.

and instructors who have the passion and commitment to share their knowledge and real-life experiences using the Equi-Taping modality,” she says. “It’s very rewarding to receive testimonials from our Equi-Taping practitioners, along with stories of taping successes from their clients. Seeing the positive effects Equi-Taping can have in the lives of the animals makes our hard work, and that of our instructors, worthwhile.”

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The Pentucket Pony Club (PPC) welcomes Karen Herrick as its district commissioner. Karen volunteered for this role when Lynda Angstadt, who had hosted the club at her farm, Bradford Equestrian Center (BEC), and coached winning dressage rally teams, was ready to pass the torch. The PPC has also moved to a new home base, in South Hamilton, and Lynda will help during the transition. “Flying High Stables has a long tradition of welcoming kids and adults into the eventing world,” says Karen, who, with her daughter, Maddy, has been involved with the PPC for five years. The new home has outstanding facilities — and the skilled and forgiving mounts that Pony Clubbers need. “Hamilton is equestrian nirvana,” Karen says. “Our first goal for this location is to gear up for the

Equi-Tape Achieves Educational Milestone Equi-Tape, created specifically for horses by equine chiropractor Dr. Beverly Gordon, of Bernardston, uses elastic kinesiology to prevent injury, provide muscle support, and aid in healing. The Equi-Tape Education Team recently completed its 18th EquiTaping Certification, which marks a two-year milestone: more than 300 equine veterinarians, physiotherapists, certified equine massage therapists, and equine chiropractors have taken the course and earned certification. Beverly, who is also the creator of the Equi-Taping Methodology, says she’s pleased with the global acceptance of the certification curriculum. “We have a wonderful team of educators

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2016 Central New England Regional Qualifying Quiz Rally,” says Karen, who plans to lead the club for one year (she has served as treasurer). Among preparations for the rally are unmounted sessions with local veterinarians and farriers as well as field trips to area resources such as the Equestrian Shop (Ipswich) and Dover Saddlery (Littleton). In the past, PPC members have also been wel-

comed by the Myopia Hunt Club and had clinics with Myopia Polo, which the kids especially enjoyed. The club is also aiming to increase its membership. “We’ve gotten lots of inquiries from moms and budding equestrians as young as seven,” says Karen. In fact, Pony Club isn’t a resource just for kids; PPC offers a Horsemasters program for adult members as

well. “The parents of our kids love being able to learn about correct horsemanship and various disciplines almost as much as their children do,” she says. To learn more about the PPC, please visit

Overherdisms • “You’re going to get a nice bright trot.” • “I’m getting my salt fix.” • “I guess I should dry-clean this jacket some year, huh?”

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BRDC President Lynne Goodnow and Vice President Jane Lynds did a great job arranging our first event of the year, the Cabin Fever Potluck Dinner. Along with a Jeopardy! game and a silent auction, Betsy Merritt gave a very informative talk on barefoot trimming. March and April brought our annual Dental and Vaccination Clinics. A big thank-you to Christine Warburton for taking on the challenges of organizing these events every year. We kicked off our riding season in May with our wellattended annual Spring Trail Ride at Felton Field, Barre. Kudos to Margo Petracone and Larry Marshall for another successful weekend. Due to the cancellation of the 2015 New England Horse and Trail ride at Bear Brook, the NEHT annual awards were given out during this weekend. The club added a gymkhana on Sunday. Thank you to Lauren Johnson for organizing this event. Everyone had a great weekend! In May the BRDC hosted a Wendy Warner Clinic, at which Wendy presented new training techniques. Torrential rain forced the postponement of June’s scholarship show until September. Jill Poulin had to make that difficult decision: Thank you, Jill, for putting safety first. Our annual Fall Trail Ride will be held October 10 and 11 at Felton Field. Great people, great food, and beautiful trails await all who want to join us. To learn more and to register, visit or find us on Facebook. 7 Denise Kellicker

The Charles River Dressage Association is pleased to announce that Janet Foy will be the year-end clinician and the keynote speaker for the annual awards banquet. Janet is a USDF bronze, silver, and gold medalist; the author of Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse and Dressage Q&A; and


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and very approachable for adult amateurs. She’s a fabulous clinician. She’s classically correct in her approach and a great teacher. She’s also witty and brings a lighthearted energy to the arena. We learned a lot, and both of us wished we could ride in one of her clinics. The CRDA Janet Foy Clinic is open to juniors,

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Janet Foy with Rev It Up DBA, owned by Tracey Dikkers. The Charles River Dressage Association is hosting a Janet Foy Clinic November 21 and 22 at Apple Knoll Farm, in Millis.

an FEI “I” judge, a USEF “S” dressage judge, and a USEF Sporthorse “R” breeding judge. Janet has judged at major shows in this country, including the USEF Young Horse and Developing Horse Championships, and at national championships in Europe and in Central and South America. Now she’s an apprentice FEI technical delegate, a member of the Federation Dressage Committee and of the International High Performance Dressage Committee, and a USDF “L” faculty member. Several years ago a friend and I watched Janet in action at a dressage barn just north of Boston. Had I read her résumé beforehand, I’d have been utterly intimidated, but even with all of her impressive credentials, her style is warm, friendly,

adult amateurs, and professionals (all breeds and riding levels are welcome) and will take place on two days, on Saturday, November 21, and Sunday, November 22, at Millis’s Apple Knoll Farm. Participation will be determined by lottery. To enter the lottery, you must belong to the CRDA. If you don’t, you can send your membership info and dues at the same time you submit your entry form. The entries run from October 2 to October 31 (that’s an “inhand” closing date!), and winning entries will be drawn soon after. For additional details and the entry form, please visit Everyone —member or nonmember — is invited to audit. No preregistration is necessary but seating will be first come, first served. Janet will be available to sign books during the lunch

break, and copies of her books will be for sale. This is a great opportunity to see an internationalcaliber clinician in a local venue. We hope to see you there! 7 Amy Rossiter

Hampshire County Riding Club We’ve had a great summer with monthly trail rides in a variety of locations, two camping weekends with horses at Warwick’s Wagon Wheel Campground, and our annual open show. In addition, members constructed a woodland obstacle course on a portion of our trails and in July held an open house to celebrate its completion. The Woodland Trail Obstacle Challenge and Gambler’s Choice Competition then took place in August. Participants loved the 20 obstacles scattered along trails and the novelty and challenge of the gambler’s choice competition. On October 24 the club will hold its second annual Halloween Scavenger Hunt. To learn more, visit hampshire Two additional rides will round out the season. On Sunday, October 4, our Foliage Ride will take place at Northfield Mountain Recreation Area. Riders will head out at 10 A.M., independently with a trail map or as a group, to meet up at the mountaintop reservoir. Following the ride, we’ll share potluck fare and a barbecue at the picnic area. For details, contact Diane Merritt, at (413) 268-3372 or Our final ride takes place November 8 in the Hatfield farm fields, where we’ll enjoy hearty trots and canters or a quiet walk along the dike before winter’s freeze. To learn more, contact Lise

Krieger, at (413) 397-3447 or HCRC’s Annual Meeting will be held at the Westhampton Library on October 21 at 7 P.M. After a potluck social, guest speaker Rachel Hackett, a local riding instructor, will give a presentation called “Biomechanics and the Mind–Body Connection: Understanding Posture for Improved Performance and Behavior.” The president’s report and elections follow. 7 Diane Merritt

get every ride rescheduled that same day! Please join us next year; mark your calendars for June 29 and 30. We ended the summer with an impromptu Combined Test on August 22. The event was designed to welcome first-timers competing in the dressage and stadium-jumping format. Local dressage enthusiast and USDF “L” Program member Marion Miller served as dressage judge; longtime friend, rider, and

MHCEC to teach a jumping clinic on November 14 and 15. Join us for a special dinner with Bernie on Saturday evening. Returning for another season is the Gold Cooler Jumper Series. Dates for the competitions at MHCEC are November 29, December 30, and March 13. The Gold Cooler Finals will be held at MHCEC in April. For more information on any of our clinics or competitions, visit 7 Sharyn Antico

The Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center had a busy summer hosting several clinics and competitions. The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) provided two comprehensive trainings for certification (or recertification) in the field. EAGALA is the leading international association for professionals who incorporate horses to address mental-health and personal-development needs. Cathy Drumm came to us on the last Wednesday of each month for a Western Dressage Clinic Series. Lots of students attended more than one clinic, as did several auditors who came to watch lessons and listen to a lecture at the end of each session. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Cathy next summer; what a great way to learn more about the emerging sport of western dressage! The most exciting of the competitions was our recognized dressage show, which took place July 1 and 2. It was a huge success. Our two “S” judges, Louis Yukins and Scott Peterson, were fantastic — and, I might add, gracious as they willingly accommodated riders when the skies opened up the morning of the first day, dropping two inches of rain in less than two hours. We managed to

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Pittsfield’s Blythewood Stables held a Western New England Professional Horsemen’s Association Hunter/Jumper Show August 2. To learn more about the WNEPHA and its upcoming shows, visit

MHC alum Rosemary Alonso was stadium-jumping judge. Show manager Joy Collins designed some special rules for this competition. “I wanted all of our riding students to have a great fun experience first and foremost,” she says. Several outside riders with their green horses and local barns with their students attended as well. “Lisl Donaldson, of Wooden Horse Farm in Thorndike, suggested we do a whole series of these next summer,” Joy says, “and Kamal Rapinchuk-Soucar joked that his daughter Indra would be back next week with her two horses for another go.” Looking ahead, international-level hunter/jumper rider and trainer Bernie Traurig — founder of the online site EquestrianCoach — comes back to the

Granby Regional Horse Council The Granby Regional Horse Council invites you to participate in the best riding season of the year, fall! We’ll have our Annual Fall Foliage Ride and Feast on October 4 at Twin Orchard Farm, Southampton. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, then a wonderful meal. The ride starts at 10:30 A.M. The McDonald’s Nature Preserve Ride and Obstacle Course in Wilbraham will be on October 18 (rain date: October 25). If you haven’t yet been on these trails, it’s time to give them a try. The ride takes you on lots of them, and we’ll meet up with fun obstacles. For details about these rides, contact Diane Godek, at (413) 527-9532 or To learn more about the

GRHC, please visit granby 7 Jennifer Moreau

Myopia Hunt Club Myopia Hunt Club has a full calendar of events planned for fall. October brings two exciting Hunter Trials. On October 4, Myopia hosts its Hunter Trials, in Ipswich, followed by New England Hunter Trials on October 25 at Medfield’s Norfolk Race Course. Hunter trials are competitions among hunt riders and their horses to navigate all the various obstacles and challenges found on the terrain a hunt may typically encounter. It’s a great way to condition a potential three-day eventer because the hunter trial course is similar to a cross-country course. Hunter trials are fun to watch but they rely on volunteers, even volunteers without horse experience, so if you’d like to watch, please consider lending a hand. One of our most colorful events is the Blessing of the Hounds, this year on October 12 when we host a picnic for our landowners, then the Blessing of the Hounds and Riders, a tradition followed by most hunts. Continuing its commitment to a strong program for our younger members, the Junior Halloween Hunt (with costumes encouraged for horse and rider alike) is scheduled for October 30 at 4 P.M. We highly recommend heeled boots, but a safety helmet is all that’s required. On November 14 we’ll host the New England Hunts Joint Meet: that’s when all the hunts in New England gather for a ride through some of our best country. We anticipate that 100 riders and horses will participate. Our season ends with our Thanksgiving Day Hunt, which begins at 10 A.M. at Appleton Farms, Ipswich. We invite you — riders, Massachusetts Horse


bers. (Did you know that your membership of $25 saves you money not only at events like this, but also at a number of area retailers and service providers?) New England Horse and

spectators, and volunteers — to join us in our mission to preserve the future through the traditions of the past. For more information about the Myopia Hunt, including detailed scheduling information, visit 7 Lisa Wohlleib

streams and ponds, and near a dam. Riders and drivers will be able to spend a beautiful day with friends, admiring the fall foliage through their equine’s ears. We hope you’ll join us!

After a warm and sunny summer featuring a wellattended Mule and Donkey Show in August and the annual Picnic in the Park Versatility Competition in September, NEECA is moving into fall with a number of equally exciting events. The annual fall trail ride at gorgeous Lake Dennison will be held Sunday, October 4 (rain date: October 11). Registration begins at 9 A.M. and morning snacks and a lunchtime sandwich are included in the registration fee, which is $25 for NEECA members; $35 for nonmem-

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New England Equestrian Center of Athol

A gorgeous view from the 2014 NEECA Fall Trail Ride at Lake Dennison.

Trail mileage forms will be available at check-in. Rideout begins at 10 A.M. The seven- and 12-mile, mostly level, mapped and marked trails will take you through open areas and woods, along

One of the year’s final events, and one of the most enjoyable, is our annual Fall Social at the Athol/Orange Elks Club on Route 2A in Orange, this year on November 7. At this get-

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together we present year-end awards, and you’ll dine on an exceptional buffet and take part in a silent auction and a live auction provided by Massachusetts-licensed auctioneer Wayne Whitmore (#03053), of Quabbin Valley Auction in Orange. Everyone — members, friends, family, and newcomers — is invited to enjoy what’s always a delicious and entertaining evening. For reservations ($25), email Kathy D’Orto, at Improvements are continuing at Athol’s Equestrian Park, at 660 New Sherborn Road. Noel’s Nursery, of Orange, supplied beautiful landscaping and plants at the park’s entrance; an attractive new sign is being installed there; and with our DCR grant, Pete Lyman, of Athol, and our volunteers have been working on the creation of mini cross-country and confidence courses on our trail system. While the work is in

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progress, we’ve closed the trails for safety, but we hope everyone will ride them in the spring. For more information about NEECA events and membership, visit and find us on Facebook. 7 Laurie Neely

Old North Bridge Hounds Old North Bridge Hounds had a wonderful summer and the good times continued into early fall with lots of activities. Members and friends, old and new, rode through beautiful territory in Concord for our Summer Solstice Ride on June 19. On July 31 members rode across scenic conservation land and then partook of a delicious barbecue as the sun began to set over our Blue Moon Ride, in Berlin. A great time was had by all at the first in our series of hunter paces, held at Great Brook Farm in Carlisle on July 5. Well, a certain someone hit the dirt just as she approached the finish, but . . . The second in the series took place at Hazel Grove, Groton, on September 13; the final pace will wind through some lovely territory in Lincoln and will ride out from Red Rail Farm on October 4. Our huntsman, Ginny Zukatynski, her staff, and our hardy volunteers kept busy at our triweekly hound exercises, so all were fit and ready for the fall hunt season. It kicked off on September 15 with a hunt at Delaney in Stow, and that’s followed by hunts biweekly, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Our first hunt of the formal season takes place in Berlin on October 3, and Groton is the scene of the October 6 event. ONBH partners with the Norfolk Hunt for a joint meet on October 10 in Westboro and our Blessing of the Hounds takes place at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, in Sudbury, on October 17. The traditional Thanksgiving Hunt, on November 26, will be casting from the Old Manse in Concord, then our final hunt, on November 28, is in Berlin. Guest riders and spectators are welcome to join us at any of our hunts. For details on the hunter pace series and our complete fall fixture card, visit If you’re interested in riding with us as a guest, please contact Master and Huntsman Ginny Zukatynski, at (508) 751-3315, in advance of the scheduled hunt. 7 Susan Goldfischer

West Newbury Riding and Driving Club The West Newbury Riding and Driving Club’s Annual General Meeting and Social will be held in early November. This is when we elect officers and board members, we request and discuss educational and riding activities for next year, and volunteer awards are announced. In celebration of the winter holidays, the annual Yankee Swap will be held in early December. Plan to join the festivities for lots of laughs and great food. The WNRDC also reminds existing and new members to renew or submit their membership applications and modest fee by December 31 for a free subscription to Massachusetts Horse.

Memberships also include free or reduced fees for club activities and social events and the ability to vote in general elections. Western dressage made its debut in this year’s successful horse trials held at Pipestave Hill Equestrian Area. Additionally, the Pipestave Hill crosscountry course had some exciting updates thanks to the Adopt-A-Jump Program. Any individual or family may adopt a jump on the cross-country course and then maintain and decorate the jump as they wish. To learn more about WNRDC events, membership, and volunteer opportunities, please visit or like us on Facebook. 7 Liz Russell Massachusetts Horse


events Massachusetts

October 1 HOUND SCHOOLING, Dover.


1 – 2 CONRAD SCHUMACHER CLINIC, Dry Water Farm, Stoughton.

4 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Ridgetop Farm, Holliston.

1 – 4 DRAFT HORSE SHOW, West Springfield.


2 – 4 ERIC SMILEY CLINIC, Hamilton.



4 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Maplewood Farm, Berlin.

3 MHC-, NEHC-RATED HUNTER SHOW, Saddle Rowe, Medway.

4 BARREL RACING, Athol. (978) 660-7548 or


4 IEA WESTERN SHOW, Smithfield Farm, East Falmouth.

3 OPEN ARENA RANCH SORTING, Chipaway Stables, Acushnet. 3 OPENING MEET, Sherborn.

4 AMERIKHANA, Chipaway Stables, Acushnet.

3 HRC BEACH RIDE, Marshfield.

4 NEECA FALL PLEASURE RIDE, Lake Dennison, Winchendon.

3 GRAND OPENING, Great Road Farm, Garden, and Pet Supply, Littleton. 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.


3 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Hillside Meadows Equestrian Center, Grafton.

4 OPEN BARN, 9 to 2, Gill Equestrian, 39 Miller Street, Norfolk.

3 NEER NORTH FALL FAMILY CELEBRATION, West Newbury. 3 WINDRUSH FARM GALA, Pingree School, South Hamilton. 3 IEA HUNTER SHOW,Holiday Acres Equestrian Center, Rutland. 3 IHSA HUNTER SHOW. Fox Meadow Farm, Northampton. 3 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Holly Hill Farm, Marston Mills. 3 – 4 DOUG LEASOR BARREL RACING AND POLES CLINIC, Leverett. (413) 522-8879. 3 – 4 DANIEL STEWART JUMPING CLINIC, Westhampton. 4 CCDA CASUAL DRESSAGE SHOW, West Barnstable. 4 SOUTH COAST HUNTER SHOW, Rehoboth.



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4 WNEPHA HUNTER SHOW, Harmony Hill Farm, Great Barrington. 4 HUNTER JUMPER SHOW, Ipswich. 4 HUNTER PACE, Spencer. 6 FOXHUNTING, Medfield. 8 HOUND SCHOOLING, Dover. 10 DR. JENNY SUSSER WORKSHOP, Harvard. “Fear. What’s Your Factor?” presented by the Dressage Trainers Network. (978) 838-9408. 10 NBHA BARREL RACING, West Barnstable. 10 IEA HUNTER SHOW. Hadley Farm, Hadley. 10 USEA HORSE TRIALS, Course Brook Farm, Sherborn. 10 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Woodgate Farm, Jefferson. 10 ONBH AND NHC JOINT MEET, Westboro.


10 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Myopia Stables, Hamilton.


10 FOXHUNTING, Grafton.

4 HDA DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Briggs Stable, Hanover. 4 ONBH HUNTER PACE, Red Rail Farm, Lincoln. 4 GRHC FALL FOLIAGE RIDE AND FEAST, Twin Orchard Farm, Southampton. 4 SCHOOLING HORSE TRIALS, Plymouth. 4 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, South Hadley. 4 FALL ROUND-UP AUCTION,Heritage Farm, Easthampton.

10 TOM DAVIS CLINIC, True North Farm, Harwich. 10 – 11 BRDC FALL TRAIL RIDE, Felton Field, Barre. 10- 16 MIGUEL ANACORETA SOARES DRESSAGE CLINIC, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis. 11 SCHOOLING DRESSAGE SHOW, Beland Stables, Lakeville. 11 GROTON PONY CLUB THREE-PHASE, Groton. 11 WNEPHA HUNTER FINALS, Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, South Hadley.


Fear. What’s Your Factor? Dressage Trainers Network presents a half-day workshop with

Dr. Jenny Susser October 10 . 1 to 5 p.m. The problem with fear is that, while annoying it’s an important element of self preservation. There are very effective ways to work with fear that can improve riding, training, teaching, and personal enjoyment. Jenny is an enthusiastic and dynamic speaker, helping all types of athletes improve their performance through mental preparation. This interactive workshop is for all levels. Dr. Jenny Susser has a doctoral degree in clinical health psychology and specializes in sports psychology. A reception will follow the event. Cost: $60 (NEDA members $55)

Fellowship Building, 7 Elm St., Harvard, mA or (978) 838-9408

17 OPEN ARENA RANCH SORTING, Chipaway Stables, Acushnet. 17 IHSA HUNTER SHOW. Bonnie Lea Farm, Williamstown.


Eastern Regional Pleasure Trail Ride November 1 . North Brookfield Sportsmen’s Club . Rain or Shine 8 & 17 Mile Rides . Obtacles You’d Encounter on a Pleasure Ride . NEHT Affiliated $3,000 in prizes . Breed Awards . Dinner Banquet of Roast Beef or Chicken Barbecue . Raffle

Divisions: Men . Women 49 & Under . Women Over 49 . Novice Rider . Junior/Pony Club . Novice Horse . 4-H’ers

Registration and entry fees must be received by Sunday, October 25 and are required for those riding in judged divisions. Unjudged late entries accepted until ride fills or Thurday, October 29, whichever comes first. No late entries.

For more information, contact Larry at or (508) 867-7855. Special thanks to our sponsors: Vetericyn . Absorbine . Cowboy Magic . Poulin Grain . Uckele Health and Nutrition The Saddle Shed . Cheshire Horse . Crop and Carrot . Opa-Opa Steakhouse and Brewery . Williamsburg Tavern Massachusetts Horse


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17 JUMPER SHOW SERIES, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield. 17 SUNRISE PLEASURE OPEN SHOW, Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, South Hadley. 17 DRESSAGE SCHOOLING SHOW, Uxbridge. 17 FOXHUNTING, South Dartmouth. 18 IEA WESTERN SHOW, Crimson Acres, Orange.

Presents the 21st

Equine Expo Paraphernalia Sale


Restoring Motion through Balance in the Equine Mouth Improved Topline and Performance Increased Flexion

Saturday, April 30, 2016 . 9-3 Large marketplace of new and used items! Plus services for the horse, rider, and driver. Demonstrations All Day . $5 Admission

Horses . Ponies . Minis . Donkeys

Held in the indoor arena at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, Route 1, Topsfield

Wendy Bryant, EQDT (413)237-8887 .

Vendor Spaces Available . Free Parking

Contact Kay at: 978-768-6275 or

Certified practitioner in Natural Balance Dentistry®. Trained under Spencer Laflure of Advanced Whole Horse Dentistry Learning Center.


25 Forest Lane, Millis, MA ~ (508) 376-2564 Charles River Dressage Association Dressage Show Series: October 4 For more information, visit

Miguel Anacoreta Soares Dressage Clinic

World-Class Grooming Clinic with Cat Hill and Emma Ford

Classical Portuguese Master of Madrid, Spain October 10-16

November 7-8

Janet Foy Clinic November 21 & 22

Halloween Hunter Pace

CRDA members only. (You can join CRDA with your entry.) Enter by lottery between October 2 and 31. All invited to audit. For more information, visit

Marked trail course over 300 acres with optional cross country jumps. Ribbons for optimum time and best costume.

Prize lists and entry forms at:

October 25

One- or two-day groooming clinics. Everything you want to know about grooming and caring for your sport horse with handson braiing, clipping, and more. Check the website often as new events are added!

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18 HALLOWEEN SHOW, Groveland.

25 HORSE-HUMAN MIND-BODY CONNECTION CLINIC, Full of Grace Farm, Hadley. (413) 9772220 or

18 NORFOLK HUNT HUNTER TRIALS, Norfolk Hunt Kennels, Dover. 20 FOXHUNTING, Dover. 21 HCRC ANNUAL CLUB MEETING, location TBA. 24 MHC, NEHC, MHJ, SEHA HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, Pembroke. 24 MHC HUNTER SHOW, Haverhill. 24 HCRC SCAVENGER HUNT, Goshen. 24 TEAM PENNING, Chipaway Stables, Acushnet. 24 MSPCA NEVINS FARM BLANKET BLOWOUT, Methuen. 24 FOXHUNTING, Sherborn. 24 IHSA HUNTER SHOW, Mount Holyoke Equestrian Center, South Hadley. 24 DRESSAGE SHOW, Letter Perfect Farm, Uxbridge. 24 CATHY DRUMM CLINIC, Dry Brook Stables, Bernardston. 24 FAMILY WEEKEND HORSE SHOW, Greenfield. 24 HALLOWEEN SHOW, Hatfield. 24 – 25 EMPOWERING LEADERS WORKSHOP, Ohana Farm, North Brookfield. 25 IHSA HUNTER SHOW, Undermountain Farm, Lenox.

25 NEW ENGLAND HUNTER TRIALS, Norfolk Race Course, Medfield. 25 AMERIKHANA, Chipaway Stables, Acushnet. 25 JUMPER SHOW, Byfield. 27 FOXHUNTING, Medfield. 29 HOUND SCHOOLING, Dover. 29 – November 1 OCTOBERFEST SHOW, West Springfield. 30 MYOPIA HUNT JUNIOR HALLOWEEN HUNT, location TBA. 31 MHC, NEHC, MHJ, SEHA HUNTER/JUMPER SHOW, Pembroke.

Watch for the Year-end Awards Banquet Announcement!

Dressage Clinics Vern Batchelder Sharon McCusker Bill McMullin Bill Warren Like us on Facebook to see who’s coming!

31 HALLOWEEN SCHOOLING HORSE TRIALS, Pre-elementary to Training, Course Brook Farm, Sherborn. 31 WNEPHA HUNTER SHOW, Muddy Brook Farm, Amherst. 31 HALLOWEEN FUN SHOW, Camp Marshall, Spencer. 31 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, Greenfield. 31 PEACE HAVEN HORSEMINDSHIP™ PILOT PROGRAM, Plainfield. 31 IHSA HUNTER SHOW, Biscuit Hill Farm, Shelburne FAlls. 31 ACTHA TRAIL RIDE, Strongwater Farm, Tewksbury. 31 FOXHUNTING, Sutton.


31 – November 2 MARY WANLESS CLINIC, Medfield.




1 EASTERN REGIONAL PLEASURE TRAIL RIDE, North Brookfield Sportsmen’s Club. (508) 867-7855 or

25 HALLOWEEN HUNTER PACE, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis.

Dressage and Combined Training Show Series


25 5K FUND-RAISER, Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center, Rehoboth.




25 MHC-, NEHC-RATED JUMPER SHOW, Saddle Rowe, Medway.


Stalls Available

Stalls available in the 16-stall barn with attached indoor arena. Nestled at the base of Mt Toby this “Massachusetts Horse Farm of Distinction” provides outstanding care for you and your horse.

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1 SCHOOLING DRESSAGE SHOW, Beland Stables, Lakeville.

7 MHC-, NEHC-RATED HUNTER SHOW, Saddle Rowe, Medway.

14 OPEN ARENA RANCH SORTING, Chipaway Stables, Acushnet.


7 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Dana Hall School, Wellesley.

14 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Stoneleigh-Burnham, Greenfield.

7 – 8 WORLD-CLASS GROOMING CLINIC, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis.

14 IHSA HUNTER SHOW, Hadley Farm, UMass, Hadley.

3 FOXHUNTING, Sherborn.

8 MHC HUNTER SHOW, Haverhill.



14 – 15 BERNIE TAURIG JUMPING CLINIC, Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, South Hadley.

6 – 8 MARY WANLESS CLINIC, Medfield.


15 HUNTER JUMPER SHOW, Castleneck Farm, Essex. (978) 768-7969.

7 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Biscuit Hill Farm, Shelburne.


15 IEA WESTERN SHOW, Hillside Meadows Eqeustrian Center, Grafton.

7 RAISE THE BAR AUCTION, to benefit NEER North, Ipswich Country Club.

8 JUMPER SHOW #1, Flying High Stables, South Hamilton.

15 FOXHUNTING, Sherborn.

7 TEAM PENNING, Chipaway Stables, Acushnet.



7 NEECA FALL SOCIAL, Athol-Orange Elks Club, Orange. 7 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Holiday Acres Equestrian Center, Rutland. 7 WNEPHA HUNTER SHOW, StoneleighBurnham School, Greenfield. 7 IEA HUNTER SHOW, Spring Tide Farm, Boxford.

11 IEA HUNTER SHOW, RRed Acre Farm, Stow.

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Harmony Hill Farm

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October 25

Undermountain Farm

October 31

Muddy Brook Farm

November 7

Stoneleigh-Burnham School


12 – 15 EQUINE AFFAIRE, West Springfield.

21 IHSA HUNTER SHOW, Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, South Hadley.


21 – 22 CRDA JANET FOY DRESSAGE CLINIC, Apple Knoll Farm, Millis.



Western New England Professional Horsemen’s Association’s

Hunter/Equitation Shows

15 JUNIOR MEET, Sherborn.

Dressage Shows English and Western dressage classes. Tests offered for English include (USEF): Introductory Tests A, B, C; Training Level Tests 1, 2, 3; First Level Test 1. Western Tests (WDAA): Introductory Level Tests 1, 2, 3, 4; Basic Level Tests 1, 2, 3, 4.

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King Oak Farm


Featuring year-end awards in many divisions. Full 2015-2016 schedule can be found at:

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December 5 MHC-, NEHC-RATED HUNTER SHOW, Saddle Rowe, Medway. 5 SCENIC BEACH RIDE, Buzzards Bay.

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Junior Horsemanship Awards

Elizabeth Sawyer

good care of her horse, cheering on her friends, and helping others. Want to give out a free Massachusetts Horse Junior Horsemanship Award at your upcoming event? Just email These awards are made possible by Stephanie Sanders, Massachusetts Horse publisher, and Absorbine.

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Massachusetts Horse gives back to our community through its Junior Horsemanship Award program. The award is given to the junior exhibitor who has shown the best horsemanship and sportsmanship at a competition in the Bay State. This is the junior who is not winning, but who is working hard with a great attitude. This junior is taking

Emily Maselli

Anthony Ratti

certain accommodations that are sometimes hard to get. The best part is that whenever I get overwhelmed with everything, I have my outlet: I go to the barn and get on whichever horse is available. I do have my favorites, but they’re all wonderful and they help me in ways that no person ever could. Some people joke about horses being their therapists, but mine actually are. Since then, I started high school, joined choir and drama, and still ride every chance I get. I even rode in my first horse show since being back, in September 2013. I turn 18 in October and am a high school senior. This coming year is super exciting but nerve-wracking at the same time. I’m nervous about applying to colleges (I hope to go into the field of psychology and one day to become a child life specialist). On the other hand, I’m super excited to go to all the fun events that come with being a senior, such as homecoming, prom, and, of course, graduation! As I get older, I know horses will always be a part of my life. Nothing could change that. Nothing could ever take away the blessing horseback riding has been to me. 46

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Massachusetts Horse Benefit Show October 3 . Saturday 8 A.M. 140 Ball Road, Goshen, Mass. All proceeds go to the Bay State Equine Rescue. In the past ten years, $55,000 has been raised for nonprofits!

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ASSOCIATIONS ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• GRANBY REGIONAL HORSE COUNCIL Central & Western MA, (413) 527-9532 Family-oriented trails, shows, clinics. HAMPSHIRE COUNTY RIDING CLUB Goshen, MA, (413) 268-3372 hampshirecounty Monthly trail rides, open show, hunter pace, clinics, educational speakers. BARN CATS ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• PAWS WATCH Newport, RI, (401) 848-9867 Barn cats need homes! Healthy, fixed, vaccinated barn cats provide rodent control. Delivered! BEDDING/SHAVINGS/SAWDUST ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• PROGRESS PALLET Middleboro, MA, (508) 923-1930 Animal bedding in trailer-load quantities. Call/email for details. DRESSAGE ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• BRADFORD EQUESTRIAN CENTER Haverhill, MA, (978) 374-0008 Dressage for all disciplines and driving. Keith Angstadt, USEF dressage judge. CATHY DRUMM Pittsfield, MA, (413) 441-5278 Clinics, lessons, training, western and English dressage, hunter/jumper. FAIRFIELD FARM Rochester, MA, (508) 763-8038 Boarding, instruction, training, indoor. MARGARET HILLY South Deerfield, MA, (802) 595-1258 USDF “L” judge; FEI rider; private, semiprivate lessons; clinics. NANCY LATER LAVOIE Ashby, MA, (561) 714-7447 Training, lessons, clinics. Accepting new students of all levels. Top-class facility. WHITE SPRUCE FARMS New Braintree, MA, (978) 257-4666 Dressage shows, instruction, all levels/ages. EQUINE DENTISTRY ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• WENDY BRYANT, EQDT Northampton, MA, (413) 237-8887 Natural balance equine dentistry. Improved topline, maximized performance, increased flexion. Serving New England/New York.

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NORTHEAST EQUINE VETERINARY DENTAL SERVICES LEAH LIMONE, DVM Topsfield, MA, (978) 500-9293 Licensed professional veterinary dentistry. Routine preventive care, maintenance, diagnostics, extractions. EQUINE ENTERTAINMENT ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• DALE PERKINS/MESA FARM Rutland, MA, (508) 886-6898 Trick riding and much more. EQUINE MASSAGE ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• HORSEBACK AND BODY Northampton, MA, (413) 320-7690 Massage therapy for horses, humans. KIT CAT PHOTO & ANIMAL MASSAGE Central Mass., (636) 459-5478 Certified equine and canine massage. TOPLINE EQUINE MASSAGE Franklin, MA, (508) 254-7412 Certified and insured. EQUINE WELLNESS ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• BLUE RIBBON EQUINE Massachusetts (413) 325-5777 Massage, laser, LED, animal communication, “Where does my horse hurt” body checkups. HORSE WELLNESS Waltham, MA, (617) 314-5768 Equine physiotherapist and acupuncturist certified in Germany; equine massage. HAFLINGERS ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• SOMMER HILL FARM Adams, MA, (413) 743-9301 One Haflinger is never enough. HORSES FOR SALE •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• HERITAGE FARM Easthampton, MA, (413) 527-1612 Auctions, sale horses, shows, clinics, boarding, lessons, and training. STRAIN FAMILY HORSE FARM Granby, CT, (860) 653-3275 New England’s largest quality sales stable. Supplying NE with horses and ponies since 1967. Forty family, trail, and show horses to choose from. New loads every week. We buy horses, take tradeins and consignment horses. Great three-week-exchange guarantee. Find us on Facebook. INSTRUCTION/TRAINING •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• BACK BAY FARM Ipswich, MA, (978) 356-0730 Lessons, boarding, training, and sales.

GRANDVIEW FARM Dighton, MA, (774) 251-7422 Indoor instruction, training, showing, boarding. INSURANCE •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• A & B INSURANCE GROUP Westford, MA, (978) 399-0025 AFIS-designated equine insurance professionals. CORINTHIAN INSURANCE AGENCY Medway, MA, (877) 250-5103 Equine protection specialists. DON RAY INSURANCE Marshfield, MA, (781) 837-6550 Farm, mortality, major medical and surgical, clubs, shows, instructors. FARM FAMILY INSURANCE Carver: (508) 866-9150 Centerville: (508) 957-2125 Easthampton: (413) 203-5180 Great Barrington: (413) 528-1710 Marlborough: (508) 485-3800 Northborough: (508) 393-9327 Norwood: (781) 255-2002 South Deerfield: (413) 665-8200 Southwick: (413) 569-2307 Topsfield: (978) 887-8304 Westford: (978) 467-1001 Williamstown: (413) 458-5584 Worcester: (508) 752-3300 JUDGES ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• LILLIAN GILPIN Plympton, MA, (781) 424-4788 NEHC-carded judge. ED GOLEMBESKI Gill, MA, (413) 863-2313 4-H, open shows, clinics, lessons. LINDA ROBSON Hanover, MA, (352) 572-3923 NEHC A-rated judge. MINIATURE HORSE SUPPLIES ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• STAR LAKES MINIATURE TACK Atlasburg, PA, (724) 255-8583 Complete line of Miniature horse tack. NORWEGIAN FJORDS •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• BLUE HERON FARM Charlemont, MA, (413) 339-4045 Quality, purebred registered Fjords. PHOTOGRAPHY •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• C A HILL PHOTO S. Dartmouth, MA (508) 789-0541 Equine, family, and farm photography in New England.

KAREN MORANG PHOTOGRAPHY Find us on Facebook! Equine photography and events. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MELISSA N. Dighton, MA, (508) 863-0467 Equine portrait photography and events. REAL ESTATE •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ALTHEA BRAMHALL HOMETOWN REALTORS North Quabbin region, (617) 678-9300 Real estate is more fun with horse people! EQUINE HOMES REAL ESTATE LLC MA and NH, (800) 859-2745, ext. 704 Sally Mann, Realtor, MA and NH. BERNICE GIARD REALITY Oakham, MA, (508) 882-3900 Country properties. STABLES, FARMS, BOARDING •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• CARRIER’S FARM Southampton, MA, (413) 527-0333 Indoor, outdoor arenas, round pens, fields. GLENCROFT FARM Southampton, MA, (413) 527-8026 Boarding, pastures, ring, trails, fields. STRAIN FAMILY EQUESTRIAN CENTER Southwick, MA, (413) 569-5797 Boarding, lessons, training, sales, therapeutic riding. TACK •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• CHESHIRE HORSE Swanzey, NH, (877) 358-3001 English, western, feed, supplies, trailers. DR. COOK BITLESS BRIDLE (866) 235-0938 Safe, gentle, effective alternative to using a bit. SMARTPAK RETAIL STORE Natick, MA, (508) 651-0045 Tack, equipment, supplements, blankets, apparel, gear, gifts, clearance outlet. STERLING STEED ENTERPRISES Cincinnati, OH, (513) 309-7681 Draft, oversize, Baroque, custom, unique. TRANSPORTATION ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• J.R. HUDSON HORSE TRANSPORTATION West Bridgewater, MA, (508) 427-9333 Serving the lower 48 states and Canada.

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Massachusetts marketplace BLAZE ORANGE HORSEWEAR Now Accepting Boarders

For hunting season, riding safety, and visibility.

Large and Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Serving the North Shore since 1951

New 20,000 square-foot Facility!

Horse Leases Available partial $275/mo., half $400/mo., full $525/mo.

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Amherst Farmer’s Supply 320 Pleasant St., Amherst (413) 253-3436 . A.W. Brown Pet & Garden Center 144 Shaker Rd., E. Longmeadow (413) 525-2115 . Beaver Valley Farm 17 Main St., Pelham, NH (603) 635-2597 . Bernardston Farmer’s Supply 43 River St., Bernardston (413) 648-9311

Brattleboro Agway 1277 Putney Rd., Brattleboro, VT (802) 254-8757 . Bridgewater Farm Supply 1000 Plymouth St., Bridgewater (508) 697-0357

Erikson’s Grain Mill 113 Main St., Acton (978) 263-4733 Essex County Co-op 146 S. Main St., Topsfield (978) 887-2309

Country Corral 35 Main St., Williamsburg (413) 268-0180 .

Hardwick Farmers Co-op Exchange Rte. 32, Gilbertville . (413) 477-6913

Dodge Grain Company 59 N. Broadway, Salem, NH (603) 893-3739 .

Robbins Garden Center 28 Sutton Ave., Oxford (508) 987-2700


Sweet Meadow Feed & Grain 111 Coolidge St., Sherborn (508) 650-2926 Thibault’s Poultry 92 N. Spencer Rd. Spencer (508) 885-3959

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