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HAHS adds 28 acres to house more horses The Hooved Animal Humane Society celebrated its purchase of a 28-acre property with a ribbon cutting and mustang demonstration by professional horsemen Tracy Porter and TJ Clibborn, June 8. With the expansion, HAHS will be able to stay in Woodstock, Ill. and help alleviate the increasing demand for horse shelter services. Executive director Tracy McGonigle said the extra acreage was a rare find because it was adjacent to the current property, had an existing barn and more than doubled the current property. “There’s been such a demand for our services since I came here two years ago, but this is going to allow us to rescue more horses and have more pastures, McGonigle said. “We’re very excited to use one of the structures that already exist on the property as our new rehabilitation barn.” McGonigle said the program was looking to expand, but might not be able to stay in Woodstock to do so. McGonigle asked owners of two families with properties adjacent to the HAHS property to let her know if they ever decided to sell. The fami-

lies did sell and HAHS acquired one property in October and the other in December. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity we felt that we couldn’t pass up, and then to have it happen twice, because there were actually two separate purchases,” McGonigle said. “We felt really lucky and it is going to allow us to do more of what we’ve been doing and more of what we want to do.” Funding was provided by private donations, which McGonigle said had been set aside specifically for purchasing new property. McGonigle said the biggest deciding factor was the large, existing machine-shed on one of the properties. The barn will be outfitted as a rehabilitation facility with stalls and a hot wash rack. McGonigle said fencing needs to go up and construction on the barn’s interior will take place over the next year, with help from fundraisers. Program director Hillary Clark said she is excited to see HAHS retain its long-time Woodstock location. “I think that it’s really great to be able to expand,” Clark said. “We have a waiting list of animals from seizures and impound-

ments, so we definitely need the room. HAHS has been in existence since 1971, so to be able to more than double our property at this point, 42 years after its creation, is just really cool to have been around for that long and withstand the hard economic times.” Clark oversees several programs at HAHS, primarily the investigation program. With approximately 40 approved humane investigators throughout the state, sponsored by HAHS through the Ill. department of agriculture, HAHS can assign

cases to investigators in that area when the public calls in with concerns. Clark said horses come in to HAHS from all over the state and country, but predominantly from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Including horses in foster homes, HAHS maintains 66 horses, three potbelly pigs and occasionally other small animals like goats. McGonigle said most adoptions occur in warmer months because it is easier for people to put horses on pasture. So far this year, HAHS has adopted out 18 horses and fostered several others.

Trellis Customers Win Feed Attendees who visited the Land O’ Lakes Purina feed booth at the Midwest Horse Fair in April were given a chance to spin a wheel for various Purina prizes. Two Trellis Farm and Garden customers walked away with big prizes for their efforts. Betsy Schariet of Sycamore, IL, won 10 free bags of Purina feed. “I have never won anything before,” she said. Schariet chose

Purina Equine Senior for her 24-year-old quarter horse Smokey. Another local customer also won 10 bags of Equine Senior. Trellis Farm and Garden in St. Charles, IL, is a Land O Lakes Purina feed dealership that carries the complete line of animal feed products. Trellis is located in the big green barn on Kirk Road, which has been a feed and garden business for 49 years.

Rider donates ribbons to Headstart program Britta Lubkeman and her horse Steele Zipper (Cody) are a very competitive pair and are always in the ribbons, so it’s no surprise that each show season they collect a surplus of the colorful awards. A few years ago she decided that instead of collecting dust, she would donate her yearly haul to a worthy cause. Her aunt, Sue Walberg, is a teacher at a Headstart program in Michigan, and every spring they have a field day and each child gets a ribbon. The activities vary, but kids have ridden barrels set up like horses and had hands-on time with real minis. No matter what they do, they love receiving the beautiful ribbons they are awarded. What a great idea for re-purposing ribbons. Way to go, Britta!

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Larry Poulin Carriage Driving Clinic by Lydia Gray

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Members of the HUB Club pose with Larry and his cake. Lucky Illinois carriage drivers were able to enjoy the instruction of eight-time USET pairs champion and current FEI-level ridden dressage competitor Larry Poulin the weekend of April 12-15. I was particularly fortunate because not only did I have a driving lesson with him the Saturday of the clinic, I took advantage of this wonderful opportunity to also schedule a RIDING lesson with him that Monday. This was the fourth annual spring clinic that The HUB Club was able to arrange with Larry. The HUB Club, or Horse Und Buggy Club, is based in northeast Illinois and is dedicated to the sport of carriage driving. We’re becoming familiar now with a few of Larry’s key phrases and concepts, such as “gotta go, gotta go, gotta go” when he wants a horse to cover more ground, have more impulsion or be more forward; “no you can’t have it” referring to the rein contact when a horse becomes too strong in the bridle and leans on the driver’s hands; and “take him right but make him look left,” or vice versa, to supple a horse in the neck when he’s stiff. I knew I was definitely at the right place with the right teacher, as this excerpt from my pre-submitted bio testifies: “Newman would like to work on being soft and round in the bridle and not leaning on his driver’s hands, also not “setting” his neck but being supple left and right. This horse is quite talented at “hovering” above the bit, not really being on the aids or through. When he does truly connect over the back, he is able to collect, extend and demonstrate lateral work quite nicely. Could his hind end be more active and engaged? Absolutely!” Did we work on being more forward? Yes, Larry caught Newman offering a lovely lofty trot that went nowhere and instructed me to encourage him to actively gain more ground by alternately touching with

the driving whip each butt check (left, right, left, right) in time with his hind legs. Did we work on achieving honest contact? Yes, Larry watched me drive for a few minutes then hopped up onto the box to feel Newman’s mouth for himself. He said he’s a bit dull and unresponsive to half halts and that I should be quicker with my corrections—get in and get out. Did we work on suppling his neck? Yes, in order to make his neck more mobile, Larry suggested I always start out to the right (the side he finds it easier to soften) and keep him on a circle until he gives. Going left and going straight are not my friends right now. In the riding lesson that followed this driving lesson, Larry made a point of saying to the auditors how helpful it is to be able to ride your driving horse because you can do so much more under saddle than in the cart. For example, after watching our warm-up and flying lead changes, he had us spend the rest of the lesson in leg yield, both to free up his shoulders and front end as well as engage his hind legs and back end. While driving horses can leg yield to some extent, leg yields can be exaggerated on the ridden horse. Exercise One was leg yield on the small circle off the right inside leg. A few times around doing this and his trot became really big and free! Next we moved to the canter, and Exercise Two was head to wall leg yielding. Now, I have done this movement at the walk and trot, but never at the canter. There’s a first time for everything, and after we figured out what Larry wanted and how to do it, positioning Newman’s body in this way definitely opened him up in front and provided power behind. Both exercises will certainly help us on our journey to Third Level—which requires collection, self-carriage and flying changes—and we thank Larry for sharing his knowledge and expertise!

Hub Club member Grace Frejlach-Grubb drives a pair of small ponies.



Personal Column

Lead Lines

Milton just can’t keep things out of his mouth.

After graduating college this past May, I came home, caught up on some chores, and went to the barn to hang out with my “grad gift,” a yearling Appaloosa colt. Milton felt the need to inspect every water bucket

Love at First Bite

by Lisa Kucharski

I was attempting to fill, each scoop of his manure that landed in the wheel barrow, and even the clothes I was wearing. Once his stall was clean, I set my fork to the side to pet Curious George.

ken leg in December our little herd of horses seemed to have lost its color. Sure, we have buckskin, sorrel, paint and bay, but our blend looked bland without that splash of roan and that spot-covered blanket. I decided I would try to fill the void and find a little Rusty out there somewhere.

Milton greeted my hand with his muzzle and lowered his head when I started rubbing his neck. Then, the little stinker suddenly cocked his head toward me and chomped down right above my hip. While this is a behavior I am certainly working to correct, it has become sort of a joke in my family. Milton and I met in the same manner. It was definitely love at first bite.

Obviously, replacing a beloved animal is virtually impossible, but I was determined to get a horse with as close a likeness to Rusty as I could. It was a realistic idea, after all, since I was graduating from college in May, with only a small loan to pay back and I would be living at home, so I browsed the Web with every intention of buying. I must have searched just about every horse sale and rescue site, and by the end of January, Google could read my mind. I was picky. It had to be a red roan colt or gelding, Appaloosa or POA, and it was absolutely necessary for him to have a white, spotted blanket.

After losing my wonderful POA, Rusty, to a bro-

After missing important assignment information in class because of my obsessive hunting, which I often carried out on my phone during dull lectures, I decided the perfect horse was not out there just yet. I put a little more time back into my homework and my sleep, convincing myself that the right one would come along. I couldn’t help myself, though. I decided to look just one more time. For the fortyseventh time, I ran a search on DreamHorse. com. For some reason, I had overlooked a little roan colt in Wisconsin, bearing a remarkable resemblance to my pony. Instead of a small star, he had a blaze, but had the blanket. I was even more pleased to see that he was nearby, only a two-hour drive. When I finally noticed his name, I began to think God was telling me something. The colt called, Milton, was registered as “Shattered Over You,” a name I found all too appropriate. I immediately emailed Jeff, the owner, hoping I wasn’t too late. Jeff responded by the next morning and told me that I was more than welcome to come meet Milton. I knew it was more than a coincidence when Mom called me the next day and said, “I found this little Appy in Wisconsin on Dream Horse! Here, check him out! The ad number is…”. It was meant to be. Mom and I drove up to Plymouth to meet Milton in March. Even standing in his stall, the calm, yet feisty little guy had quite the personality. After admiring his likeness to Rusty, I went in to meet him. Milton cautiously approached my hand and let me pet him. Once he seemed comfortable with me in his stall, I turned to mom with an “I want him!” look. Suddenly, a sharp pinch on my leg made me jump back and Milton scurried to the back of his stall. He bit me! After the unexpected taste test, I offered my hand to him again and Milton tiptoed back to me. Although we had an interesting first encounter, I laughed at the idea that Milton was simply trying me out too. I wonder what qualities he was looking for in an owner.



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Keeping Your Horse Physically Balanced and Flexible provided by Jim Masterson, Equine Bodywork Therapist

So what’s all this hype about massage, bodywork, chiropractic and acupuncture, anyway? What’s next? Crystals? Voodoo dolls? Slaughtering a chicken under a full moon? No. However, this two-part, semi-scientific explanation may help to put it into perspective a little, and will give you some things you can do to help your horse stay balanced and flexible, without the above accoutrements.

How accumulation of tension affects your horse’s performance With horses, as with human athletes, repetitive work, pain, lameness, or compensation for any discomfort can cause tension patterns to develop in muscles and connective tissues that can restrict movement in joints and major junctions of the body. This accumulated tension and restricted movement can negatively affect performance and comfort, add to psychological and emotional strain, and sometimes result in a loss of willingness and behavior problems. These restrictive tension patterns can themselves eventually contribute to lameness. Even after the lameness or primary cause of tension is taken care of, the tension patterns and restriction often remain. A point has been reached where the horse cannot completely release this tension without help. The purpose of bodywork is to help the horse - or human - release accumulated stress and tension in the body that it cannot release on its own.

Key junctions of the body that affect performance There are three key junctions in the horse’s body that affect, and are affected by work or performance. They are: •

the Poll

the Neck-Shoulder-Withers Junction and,

the Hind End-Pelvic Junction

The most important in relation to overall mobility and comfort is the horse’s poll (atlasocciput). In my experience, tension, pain or discomfort anywhere in the horse’s body shows up as tension in the poll. Conversely, when that tension is released it has a positive effect on the rest of the body. The other two key junctions are (coincidentally) where the horse’s limbs join the body. Forces exerted by the horse’s limbs, as well as concussion during movement, are transferred to the body at these key junctions. Tension accumulates here as a result.

Torque and Unilateral Tension When tension begins to accumulate unilaterally, meaning more to one side than the other, forces are exerted in an unbalanced manner causing performance problems that may show up in things such as bending, lead change, and movement. This unilateral tension will also create what I refer to as “torque” on these key junctions, eventually leading to misalignment. When the Poll (atlas-occiput), Neck-Shoulder-Withers (C7T1) and Hind End (sacro-iliac) junctions become

torqued, it can have a neurological effect on the surrounding areas, as well as other, seemingly unrelated, areas of the body.

Keeping the Horse Physically Balanced and Flexible (without a lot of muss and fuss). Fortunately for the horse owner, the same fundamentals used in training the horse apply to releasing tension in the horse. You have probably heard from the very trainers whose words of wisdom grace these pages - The horse doesn’t learn from the pressure, but from the release of pressure. It’s the

same nervous system, whether we’re training or releasing tension in the horse. If you apply the principle of nonresistance to the key junctions of the body that have accumulated tension (resistance), then the horse’s nervous system will release tension. No chickens. No full moon.

Jim Masterson, Equine Bodywork Therapist for the 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 USEF Endurance Teams, and for equine athletes competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Equestrian Games competitions, teaches a unique method of equine bodywork to horse owners and therapists in which the practitioner learns to read and use the responses of the horse to touch, to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. This is an effective and rewarding method of bodywork that anyone can use to improve performance, while at the same time opening new levels of communication and trust with the horse.



Personality Profile

Indomitable Spirit Keeps Equestrian Dream Alive by Rich Rostron and Kathy Boettcher

Life doesn’t always follow according to our plans. If it did, Gitta Matsoukas would have owned a horse and learned to ride, a long time ago. She had discovered at an early age that she had a deep and abiding love for animals – horses in particular. If life did follow Gitta’s plan, her father would have purchased a horse for Gitta when she was 15. He was looking for the right horse when the idea was interrupted – interrupted by World War II. You see, Gitta grew up in Germany and there was no ignoring an interruption of that magnitude. The only thing WWII couldn’t interrupt was the dream that she would one day own and ride a horse. In September of 2008, at the age of 82, Gitta came to Meadowsweet Ranch wanting to know if we would agree to give her riding lessons, explaining that she had very little experience and had only ridden a little more than a hand full of times during her lifetime. At 86, Gitta is fulfilling that dream. She has purchased a horse – Susie – and is taking riding lessons here at Meadowsweet Ranch. The mere idea of owning a horse, however, seemed miles and miles away when the world was erupting in flames around her.

Interruptions The war changed everything. Gitta and other children were evacuated to the border. There, she attended school camp where field trips occasionally took the students to a nearby stable. She remembers the hayrides pulled by a team of four horses. At least those horses were up to the task of a wagon full of children. She remembered seeing draft horses pulling wagons for brewers and other businesses. Those horses were often forced to struggle against mighty loads. “They had to start getting going and the hide would almost bust on their shoulders they tried so hard,” Gitta said. “And they were whipped … and they slipped. It so bothered me.”

After high school, Gitta did manage a few riding lessons. But, that was interrupted too, as her focus turned to teaching. At the age of 26, Gitta put her dream on hold again and migrated to the United States. There, she worked as a secretary until marrying at 34. Her husband started a chemical company and Gitta went to work in the family business. Along with growing the business, Gitta and her husband raised two children. As the children approached adulthood, Gitta began to think again of making her equestrian dream a reality. Then her husband died and the dream was shelved again.

Gitta and Susie No one can doubt the intensity of Gitta’s love for horses. War, migration, career, family and death – not one of these dampened her determination to fulfill that dream.

Is her appreciation for owning and riding a horse today greater because of the long journey she followed to get here? Who knows? What is clear, however, is that destiny may have toyed with Gitta’s dream all these years but it never forgot her. In that light, Susie even seems the perfect horse. Susie, after all, is 28. That’s pretty close to 100 in people years. And that means that, next to Susie, Gitta is more than young at heart. Gitta is an extremely sweet-hearted person – always smiling, willing to try anything and always positive. If there is any negativity it is Gitta being too hard on herself about her progress as a rider. But each lesson is ended with focusing on the good that happened during the lesson. There is always a positive to reflect on. What it shows is that, for Gitta, riding a horse isn’t as simple as throwing a leg over the saddle; it goes much further – to learning to ride properly. You could say that she is driven to do so. She’s even cracked a rib falling off a horse on a student trip on some difficult terrain, but that never gave her pause about continuing in the pursuit of her dream. “It’s not to impress somebody,” she explained. “It’s to have a good understanding with my horse. If I’m going to enjoy a ride, I’d like to think my horse is not just a beast of burden … that we could inspire each other.” Susie and Gitta are a good match. Susie is patient and kind. She is quiet and as “bombproof ” as a horse can be. “She might snap at other horses,” Gitta said. “But, with me, she’s never, ever tried anything naughty.”

A Stubborn But Determined Student However, Gitta definitely has a stubborn streak. For instance, she refuses to wear a helmet while training with Susie. The only time I can get her to wear a helmet is if we are going on a trail ride. She doesn’t really like to wear one then, but I absolutely refuse to take her out for a ride without one. Growing up myself not wearing a helmet, I understand her feelings and it’s hard for me to put my foot down when I was raised to respect my elders, so we reached a compromise. I feel, and have told her many


Susie and Gitta Matsoukas a time that she should always wear a helmet when she is riding, but since Susie is so steady in the arena and we do walk/trot work, I’ve let her make her own decision on that. “In time, I’ll get it,” Gitta said, suggesting she has yet to achieve success in this arena. But, for anyone else looking on, it’s hard to see Gitta as anything other than an incredible success already.

Never Let Your Dream Die Gitta has truly been an inspiration and is admired by many here at Meadowsweet Ranch. But, I hope you’ll put some thought into this. I hope that no matter what your dream is, no matter what age you are, and no matter what curves life throws you, you will keep your dream alive and never feel like you are too old to live that dream. Your dream may need to be altered a bit. Maybe Gitta will never go cantering through a field with the wind blowing through her hair, but she is riding and she started riding when many would have said they were too old. She is having fun and she and Susie have formed a bond. Meadowsweet Ranch provides northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin horse riding enthusiasts with the closest ride-in access to miles of Chain O’Lakes State Park trails, affordable boarding, lessons for all levels, childrens activities and more.






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Personality Profile

Name: Shayna Rigsby Age: 9 Home: Woodstock, IL

How long have you been involved with horses and how did you get started?

I am a fourth generation horseback rider so I have been riding since I was a baby.

What are your favorite horse activities/ disciplines? I love showing horses and running barrels.

Tell us about the horse(s) in your life-

I have a pinto show pony, Dreamin About Tulsa. My grandma got her for me three years ago and we named her Dreamin about Tulsa because our goal was to show her in Tulsa, OK for the Pinto Worlds &/or Color Breed Congress. We made that goal a reality in November 2012 when my sister Kylee and I where able to show her at the Color Breed Congress. It was a huge success, Kylee won Hi-point leadline and I won Reserve Hi-point walk trot. Tulsa is a great trail riding companion, she loves to swim so much that one time she almost laid down in a pond with me. I guess the cool water felt so good when she was hot, but she changed her mind when she saw grandma coming after her and jumped up. It scared me but now I know not to let them put their head down in the water. Tulsa is so good we can even let new riders take lessons on her. I barrel race on my dad’s rope horse, Squirt. He is the perfect all around horse that will do any job we give him. I went to my first rodeo last summer and the other girls from our speed team, who are all older teenagers, waited for me to lead them into the arena through the chutes because they were all sure their horses would spook from the bulls. Squirt went right on through no problems, we were only 1.5 seconds off the winner! Squirt and I were also able to carry the American flag for the National Anthem at a couple of different shows which was such a huge honor.

What horse-related clubs/ organizations do you belong to?

I am a member of the Pinto Horse Association of America, Timmermann’s Show Team and Timmermann’s Speed Team.

What is your biggest challenge with horses? Showing horses is the most challenging for me since it requires so much focus and discipline.

What is your most memorable horse-related moment (so far)? When I was able to carry the American Flag.

Who do you look up to in the horse world?

My grandma, Dale Timmermann and my mom, Tammy Rigsby Timmermann.

What have horses taught you? That horses and humans are a lot alike.

What other activities/interests do you have aside from horses?

I love playing kickball and playing with my other pets.

What grade are you in and what are your plans for the future? I am in fourth grade. I want to be a world champion rider.



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From the Side of the Trail

Horseplay makes lifelong friends by Kandee Haertel Like many of you, as a child, I actually WAS a horse. There was no slow running for me – I trotted. Of course, I also galloped and shook my head in the wind or stomped my feet in frustration. It helped that my very best friend, Sharon, was also a horse. We became neighbors when I was 8 years old and Sharon was 11. We did everything together. In 1955, we even pretended to be the famous race horses Swaps and Nashua as we ran around the neighborhood. While we did other things that young girls would do, horses were always at the center of our friendship. Probably because she was the oldest; Sharon was the neighborhood leader. We held pet shows, made camps, forts, and built a racecourse. We tormented our younger sisters and went to “war” with the neighborhood boys if they encroached on “our” areas. We also discovered Elvis Presley, the art of bak-

ing, and color television together. But the solid base of our friendship remained horses. As time passed, we grew up, discovered that boys were not always the enemy and gradually grew apart. Other interests and friends made daily contact not as important. Fast forward six DECADES. By an unusual set of circumstances, Sharon and I are back in touch with each other and we discovered that our lives continue to have horses as a MAJOR part. Sharon and I both ride pleasure horses, but in completely different settings. She rides park/pleasure Saddlebreds in an arena. I ride pleasure trail horses over roads, creeks, and hills. After “being a horse” Sharon grew up, went to college, moved to Chicago, and got married. When her youngest

child was three she decided to enter the world of horses again and enrolled in a class at now long gone Blue Ribbon Horse Complex in Northbrook. That rekindled her love of horses and she ended up buying a young Appaloosa that she named Patches. Nobody ever told her that green horses and green riders are not a perfect match! She didn’t have a clue about green horses or training, so she considered herself lucky that Patches was a docile and forgiving 2-year old. With high hopes, she entered a class at the LaPorte, Indiana county fair. (This is a large county fair in the town where Sharon and I grew up.) Two weeks prior to the fair she approached an Arabian barn in LaPorte that had an indoor arena and asked if she could work Patches there every day until the Fair. Rain or shine, she rode Patches for two weeks. The barn owner then transported them to the Fair. They didn’t win a ribbon but she was definitely hooked on horse shows. Sharon ended up buying a young Arabian horse from that farm. Hindsight told her that this was another big mistake, but now the green horse-green rider thing is etched indelibly in her brain. Since the days of Patches, Sharon has owned the Arabian and then seven Saddlebreds, one after another. She remains captivated by the beauty of the American Saddlebred and has had many adventures with those she’s owned. Her Saddlebreds are mostly for show and all but one were always with professional trainers. She said, “That one exception taught me that, in fact, it’s probably a wiser move to keep a high strung show horse with a trainer than attempt to leave it in the pasture for days at a time and then head out to a forest preserve or trails!” In the Saddlebred showing that Sharon does, the rider’s role is to guide the horse’s performance when the time comes, and that performance involves high energy, animation, and fierce competition. Her current Saddlebred has become yet another chapter in her life. At a time in her life when she didn’t own a horse, she lost both of her parents within 18 months of each other. She became very depressed and constantly sad, and decided to push herself back to riding even though she had no motivation to do so. She took a few lessons at a barn on Warmbloods but found their style didn’t suit her and left her very uninspired and still sad. She decided to see if riding a Saddlebred again could perk up her mood so she booked a lesson at LaKona Farm in Zion. As if by magic, feeling that springy trot under her and looking through those eye level ears transformed her mood! Within a few months she was back in the game with a big black gelding. They showed locally, including Springfield, Oshkosh, and Belvedere. Due to lameness issues that horse is now retired. She then took the biggest plunge yet, buying a 4-yearold that was described to her as, “This one may never be an Amateur’s horse.” Each time Sharon went to the stable for a lesson and saw this mare, she wanted her, but the trainer always reminded her that what she loved about this mare was exactly why the mare wasn’t for her: the mare was all fire and fear. One day Sharon arrived for her lesson and the trainer asked if she felt up to riding something new. It was the mare! Sharon remembers her heart pounding as she climbed the stepladder to mount (she’s big), picked up the reins, and took a deep breath. Her confidence challenged, Sharon asked the trainer what would happen if she couldn’t do this and was assured that she would immediately take Sharon off the horse. Sharon did perform and the ride was like nothing she had ever felt. Sharon said, “I now knew how the astronauts felt when their rocket ascended! Undaunted by cautions, I bought the mare and it’s been quite an adventure owning her. She’s been ‘in my checkbook’ for 18 months now and I’m still hanging in there with optimism. I ride her once a week, though she’s been shown only by the trainer at large ‘A’ shows, winning blue ribbons every time. She and I are still not a team yet so the future is uncertain.” It’s difficult to imagine more different horse experiences for two little girls who used to “be horses,” but two “senior ladies” are very much enjoying their lives with horses. Sharon and I hope you are doing the same!



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Equestrian Flood Emergencies Into every life some rain must fall, but some people need an umbrella while others need an ark. Spoken from someone who needed the ark, it’s best to be prepared for both. Flooding has become ubiquitous in areas prone to rain such as the Midwest. According to recent NASA climate models, increased evaporation from climate change has led to less rain in dry areas and more rain in seasonally wet areas. Total rainfall across North America is up 7% while flood damage is increasing at a rate of 5% per year. Flooding can be disastrous to a farm. Many animals either die or are injured by drowning, being trapped in submerged objects, pneumonia, hypothermia or shock. Our farm was flooded this past spring when more than five inches of rain fell in a twenty-four hour period; the water came up in a flash, leading to a mad scramble to evacuate more than twenty horses through three feet of water. We were lucky to have prevented serious injury to all forms of life that call it home. The silver lining is the wisdom gained that we can know pass on. We came up with the following three “P” emergency safety plans for equestrian flood emergencies:

PREVENTION Prevention of floods, or other emergencies, comes from foresight. Always ask what could go wrong, and plan accordingly. Review your own situation with regard to proximity to waterways, creeks, rivers, or drainage areas; plan for the worst case scenario. Water accumulation can be prevented to a certain amount by enhancing drainage. Drainage can be improved with conventional methods using pipes, culverts, or open channels. Alternative options include the cultivation of wetlands and other natural drainage systems that provide a place for excess water to gather and evaporate before accumulation. Consider creating a high area such as a central mound in your corrals or paddocks for horses to move out of low water filled areas to higher ground. Levees and sandbagging can block flood waters as well if given enough advanced warning.

PLANNING Planning is particularly important if you live where flash floods or overflow water may rapidly enter your property. Determine what is necessary for immediate evacuation. When you receive warning of impending flooding, evacuate to a nonflood risk area as soon as possible. Don’t feel you are jumping the gun by loading

your horses and hauling them to neighbors across town or to other designated emergency areas (stables, racetracks, private farms, stockyard companies, rodeo arenas, show grounds, etc.). You are avoiding becoming a problem for emergency personnel, who may be needed in an unsuccessful attempt at evacuation. Plan for being without drinking water, power, gas, roads or communications if you wait out the flood. Good things to have on hand are flashlights, first aid kits, generators, stored food and water.

PLANNING Practice emergency procedures at least mentally or on paper on a regular basis. Be aware of your personal liability with volunteers coming to your rescue. Have a list of competent equestrians you can call in a pinch. Horses cannot cope with feeling trapped; they will kick, bite or run their handlers over to escape. Even experienced horse owners can be injured when handling strange horses in emergency situations. If the horse or human handler has panicked—it will be difficult to control the situation. In our experience, the flood waters made for some nervous horses. Gaining the horse’s attention while remaining focused on the plan leads to a safe evacuation. The horse will emulate the calm you display. Floods create uncertain environments. The moment may come when your life is in peril—let go of the horse, and save your own life. Horses are strong, instinctual creatures that can survive on their own. Evacuation does not have to be your only option. Consider the risk involved with moving horses through hazardous environments. Maneuvering in deep, thick mud becomes a potential problem for moving horses safely. Fractured limbs can be life threatening. Eye injuries may occur from horses pulling themselves out of mud and hitting adjacent stalls, fencing or other objects. If horses cannot be moved safely, provide food and clean water—horses keep warm by eating hay. Horses can usually handle a moderate amount of water up to their bellies for a reasonable amount of time. Some limb swelling will occur with prolonged water contact, but, in general, horses can handle their limbs submerged for 48 to 72 hours depending on the temperature of the water. Safety Check Inc. professionals are trained in equine health hazard analysis and accident prevention. For an equine safety consultation or barn walkthrough, please feel free to contact us at (815) 475-9991.



JUNE 28-30 – French Classical Dressage Clinic with Dominique Barbier, auditors and Riders welcome, McCrae Farm, Grayslake, IL. Contact 847/546-5164

JULY 3-7 – Showplace Summer Spectacular, Gilberts, IL. Contact Patrick Boyle, 847/340-1742 or Visit

JUNE 29 – Open Horse Show, McHenry County Fairgrounds, Woodstock, IL. Contact Suzanne 815/790-4460 or qtr.

JULY 4-7 – Arabian Horse Association Region 11 Championship, Springfield, IL. Contact Gary Paine 641/466-3320. Visit.

JUNE 29 – New Horse Owner’s Workshop with Christy Bourbonnais, Tractor Supply, Harvard, IL. Contact Tractor Supply 815 943-4104 or Visit

JULY 5-6 – Endless Valley Endurance & Competitive Rides, Spring Green, WI. Contact Linda Jacobsen

JUNE 29 – HUB Club Fun Driving Show, Fox Valley Saddle Assoc., Hampshire,IL. Contact Kris Breyer JUNE 29 – Lincoln Trail Riders Speed Show, O’Fallon, IL. Contact 314/603-0673. Visit JUNE 29-30 – AHDRA I My Backyard Endurance & Competitive Rides, Wyanet, IL. Contact Lori Windows JUNE 29-30 – Silverwood Dressage, Silverwood Farm, Camp Lake, WI. Contact Visit

JULY 6 – Boone County 4-H Open Driving show, Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, IL. Contact Kris Hall 815/871-1470 or JULY 6 – Open Driving Show, Boone Co fairgrounds, Belvidere, IL. Contact Kris Hall 815-871-1470 or Donna Burlo 779-772-3023 or JULY 6 – Producing A Versatile Horse with Christy Bourbonnias, Cripple Creek Ranch, Harvard, IL. Contact Christy Bourbonnais 815/943-4513 or Visit JULY 6-7 – Silverwood Dressage, Silverwood Farm, Camp Lake, WI. Contact Visit

JUNE 30 – Madison County Trailblazers Horse Show, Triangle H Farm, Edwardsville, JULY 6-7 – AHAM Endurance & IL. Contact Marilyn Cron 618-604-1967. Competitive Rides, Augusta, MI. Contact Visit Gene Dake JUNE 30 – FVSA Open Show, Fox Valley Saddle Assoc., Hampshire, IL. Contact Sandy Kucharski 815/568-6772. Visit

JULY 6-7 – Mounted Gun Runner Shoot, Golden Horseshoe Saddle Club, East Knox, IN. Contact Geary Manuel 765/776-0860. Visit

JUNE 30 – Hancock County Saddle Club, Carthage, IL. Contact Julie 217/4406747 or Amanda 319/795-3248. Visit

JULY 7 – Winsom Farm Jumper Shows, Winsom Farm, Beecher, IL. Contact 708258-6117 or Visit

JULY 2 – Hancock County Saddle Club Youth Show, Carthage, IL. Contact Julie 217/440-6747 or Amanda 319/795-3248. Visit

JULY 7 – B-Bar-C Interstate Horse Promoters Open Show. Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, IL. Contact DeLynn Erboe 815/547-5626 or Fran Vinik 815/5475629

JULY 3 – Arabian Horse Association All Arab Show, Springfield, IL. Contact Gary Paine 641/466-3320. Visit JULY 3-6 – Cross Country Trail Ride, Eminence, MO. Contact carolyndyer67@, or 573/226-3492

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JULY 9 – Pekin Riding Club Fun Show, Pekin, IL. Contact Visit

JULY 21 – Galesburg Boots & Saddle Club Show, Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, IL. Contact Rosie Allen 309/344-3605

JULY 13 – Lincoln Trail Riders Pleasure Show, O’Fallon, IL. Contact 314/603-0673. Visit LincolnTrailRiders.

JULY 23 – Pekin Riding Club Fun Show, Pekin, IL. Contact Visit

JULY 13-14 – Silverwood Dressage, Silverwood Farm, Camp Lake, WI. Contact dressage@silverwoodfarm. net. Visit

JULY 27 – Northern Illinois Outlaws Buzzards Banquet/National Day of the Cowboy 2013, 4-Stage Shoot CMSA DWPQ, 2 Stage Rifle, 2 Stage Shotgun, Amber Sun Acres-Malta, Malta, IL. Contact Mel Hass 815/824-2595 or Info@ Visit http://www.northernillinoisoutlaws. com/schedule.htm

JULY 14 – Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show, Sunflower Farms, Bristol, WI. Contact 262/857-8555. Visit JULY 19-20 – NIHJA Show, Silverwood Farm, Camp Lake, WI. Contact dressage@silverwoodfarm. net. Visit JULY 19-21 – Heartland America Miniature Equine Show, Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, IL. Contact Jean Estes 815/964-2146 JULY 20 – Our World of Horses hosted by the MidWest Renegade Equestrian Drill Team, McHenry County Fairgrounds, Woodstock, IL. Contact Bev Vlahos 815/5782115 or Visit JULY 20-21 – Northern Illinois Outlaws Oregon Trail Days. Contact Mel Hass 815/824-2595 or Info@ Visit schedule.htm JULY 21 – Open English Show, Fox Valley Saddle Association, Hampshire, IL. Visit JULY 21 – IDCTA Schooling Show, Judge: Joan Pecora, Sunflower Farms, Bristol, WI. Contact 262/8578555. Visit JULY 21 – Open Horse Show Buckle Series, Four Winds Equestrian Center, Salem, WI. Contact Teri at 262/537-2262. Visit

JULY 27 – Lake County Mounted Posse Open Horse Show, Lake County Fair Grounds, Grayslake, IL. Contact Ghislaine deKoning 847/360-9313 or double_g@comcast. net Visit JULY 27 – Lincoln Trail Riders Speed Show, O’Fallon, IL. Hotline: 314/603-0673. Visit LincolnTrailRiders. JULY 28 – Northern Illinois Outlaws Buzzard’s Hangover, 4-Stage Shoot CMSA DWPQ, 2 Stage Rifle, 2 Stage Shotgun, Amber Sun Acres-Malta, Malta, IL. Contact Mel Hass 815/824-2595 or Info@ Visit http://www.northernillinoisoutlaws. com/schedule.htm JULY 27-28 – Silverwood Dressage, Silverwood Farm, Camp Lake, WI. Contact dressage@silverwoodfarm. net. Visit JULY 28 – Hancock County Saddle Club, Carthage, IL. Contact Julie 217/440-6747 or Amanda 319/795-3248. Visit JULY 29 – Tazewell County 4-H Horse Show, Mineral Springs Park, Pekin, IL. Contact Central Illinois Riding Therapy 309/699-3710. Visit

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AUGUST 1 – Schooling for August 11 Mini Event (IDCTA approved), Fox Valley Saddle Association, Hampshire, IL. Visit AUGUST 1 – Cross Country Schooling (1:00 p.m. until Dusk), rain date August 6, Fox Valley Saddle Association, Hampshire, IL. Visit AUGUST 2-5 – Alex Gerding Dressage and Jumping Clinic, Hidden Pond Farm, Mazomanie, WI. Contact Pamela Doolittle 608/712-1400 or psdoolittle@ Visit alexgerding. com AUGUST 3 – Galesburg Boots & Saddle Club Fun Show, Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, IL. Contact Rosie Allen 309/3443605 AUGUST 3 – USDF Instructor Certification, Sunflower Farms, Bristol, WI. Contact 262/8578555 or info@sunflowerfarms. com. Visit AUGUST 3-4 – Mounted Gun Runner Shoot, Golden Horseshoe Saddle Club, East Knox, IN. Contact Geary Manuel 765/776-0860. Visit AUGUST 3-4 – Silverwood Summer Horse Trials, Silverwood Farm, Camp Lake, WI. Contact dressage@ Visit

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AUGUST 4 – Cattle Control With Your Horse with Christy Bourbonnais, Cripple Creek Ranch, Harvard, IL. Contact Christy Bourbonnais 815/9434513 or Visit AUGUST 4-10 – Shore to Shore Endurance & Competitive Rides, Across Upper MI. Contact Wayne Gastfield 231/924-2605 AUGUST 6 – Hancock County Saddle Club Youth Show, Carthage, IL. Contact Julie 217/440-6747 or Amanda 319/795-3248. Visit

AUGUST 9 – Pekin Riding Club Fun Show, Pekin, IL. Contact Visit AUGUST 9-11 – Horsemanship Clinic with Mark Schwarm, Sommers Gate Farms, Bingham, IL. Contact Lea Sommers 618/593-0999 or Visit AUGUST 10 – Pekin Riding Club Traditional & Western Dressage Schooling Show, Pekin, IL. Contact Nicole 309/2589237 or Janet 309/264-2923 or Visit AUGUST 10 – Lincoln Trail Riders Pleasure Show, O’Fallon, IL. Contact 314/6030673. Visit LincolnTrailRiders. AUGUST 10-11 – Louise Riedel Memorial Endurance & Competitive Rides, Arkdale, WI. Contact Elinore Tonsor AUGUST 10-11 – Silverwood Dressage, Silverwood Farm, Camp Lake, WI. Contact Visit AUGUST 10-11 – Reese Koffler-Stanfield Dressage Clinic sponsored by Purina, Sunflower Farms, Bristol, WI. Contact 262/857-8555 or info@ Visit AUGUST 11 – Mini Event (IDCTA approved), Fox Valley Saddle Association, Hampshire, IL. Visit AUGUST 11 – Northern Illinois Outlaws Six Shooters at Dawn, 4-Stage Shoot CMSA DWPQ, 2 Stage Rifle, 2 Stage Shotgun, Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere IL. Contact Mel Hass 815/824-2595 or Info@ NorthernIllinoisOutlaws. com. Visit http:// schedule.htm AUGUST 11 – Winsom Farm Jumper Shows, Winsom Farm, Beecher, IL. Contact 708-2586117or winsomteam@yahoo. com. Visit AUGUST 16-17 – Mounted Gun Runners Demonstration, Yellowstone Trail Fest, Hamlet, IN. Contact Geary Manuel 765/776-0860. Visit AUGUST 16-18 – Festival of the Horse & Drum: 1st Equus Film Festival, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles, IL. Visit FestivalOfTheHorseAndDrum. com

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IOWA DEALERS 1. Horse and Hound Country Store Ltd. Burlington, IA 319/752-6611 WISCONSIN DEALERS 1. Premier Cooperative Lancaster, WI 608/723-7023 2. Premier Cooperative Richland Center 608/647-6171 3. Premier Cooperative Mineral Point, WI 608/987-3100 4. Premier Cooperative Mt. Horeb, WI 608/437-5536 5. Oregon Farm Center Oregon, WI 608/7251-9657 6. Claws 2 Paws Animal Supply LLC Stoughton, WI 608/873-8014 7. Frontier FS Cooperative Ixonia, WI 920/261-1718 8. Horn Bros. Inc. Muskego, WI 262/679-1717 9. Landmark Services Co-op Burlington, WI 800/800-3521 10. Main Street Country Store Walworth, WI 262/275-0620 11. Horn Trevor Feeds Inc. Trevor, WI 262/862-2616 ILLINOIS DEALERS 1. M and W Feed Service Ltd. Elizabeth, IL 815/858-2412 2. Cherry Valley Feed and Supplies Inc. Cherry Valley, IL 815/332-7665 3. 4.

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Midwest Horse Source, June/July 2013  

All breed, all discipline regional horse publication, covering northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, northwest Indiana, and eastern Iowa.

Midwest Horse Source, June/July 2013  

All breed, all discipline regional horse publication, covering northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, northwest Indiana, and eastern Iowa.