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MIDWEST FEBRUARY FEBRUARY 4 – A Bit More 4-H Club tack sale, Lily Lake, IL. Visit http://abitmore.webs.com/tacksale.htm FEBRUARY 4-5 – Four Winds Equestrian Center Clinic: Preparing Your Horse For The Trials and Obstacles: by Steve Lundean, Salem, WI. Contact Teri, General Manager, 262/5372262 or teri@4wec.com. Visit www.4wec.com. FEBRUARY 10-12 – NIHJA Show Indoors, Fields & Fences Equestrian Center, Gurnee, IL. Contact Anita Schadeck 847/2444121. Visit http://www.fieldsandfences.com/events.html FEBRUARY 11 – Equine Nutrition Workshop Kenosha County Center, Bristol, WI. Contact Liv Sandberg 608/263-4303 or sandberg@ansci.wisc.edu. Visit http://kenosh.uwex.edu. FEBRUARY 13 – McHenry County Horse Club Meeting Speaker Dr. Pattie Manke FEBRUARY 15 – Horse Owner Workshop, Elkhorn, WI. Contact 262/206-2704. FEBRUARY 16 – Horse Owner Workshop, Union Grove, WI. Contact 262/878-5720.



FEBRUARY 16 – “Ask the Horse Feed Expert” seminar, Country Feed & Supply, Princeville, IL 309/385-3333. FEBRUARY 18-19 – Paddock Hills Equestrian Center, A Jump Building Weekend with Dan Starck. Contact lisahabbley@foxvalley.net. FEBRUARY 24 – BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding Volunteer Training, Poplar Grove IL. Contact Sarah Newland 815/765-2113 or snewland@braveheartsriding.org. Visit www.braveheartsriding.org.

MARCH 2-4 – Illinois Horse Fair 2012, Illinois State Fair Grounds, Springfield, IL. Visit http://www.horsemenscouncil.org/HorseFair/. MARCH 2-4 – NIHJA Show Indoors, Fields & Fences Equestrian Center, Gurnee, IL. Contact Anita Schadeck 847/2444121. Visit http://www.fieldsandfences.com/events.html. MARCH 2-4 – JP Giacomini Working Equitation Clinic, Sunflower Farms, Bristol, WI. Contact 262/857-8555. Visit http://www.sunflowerfarms.com/.

FEBRUARY 26 – WDCTA Annual Conference & Awards Banquet (tentative, depending upon speaker availability). Contact Pam Doolittle 608/644-9423 or psdoolittle@yahoo.com.

MARCH 3-4 – PATH Advanced Instructor Prep Course, BraveHearts, Harvard, IL. Contact Sarah Newland 815/943-8226 or snewland@braveheartsriding.org. Visit www.braveheartsriding.org.

FEBRUARY 26 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Dressage, Fields & Fences, Gurnee, IL. Contact Anita Schadeck 847/2444121 or Anita@FieldsAndFences.com. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/.

MARCH 10 – Show Animal Clinic, Joliet Junior College. Registered at www.purinamidwest.com, 815/541-3406.

MARCH MARCH 1 – Pond Management Meeting, Tri-County Stockdale Co., Joliet, IL 815/436-8600.

MARCH 15 – Horse Owner Workshop, Most Feeds, Crete, IL. Contact 708/825-3417. MARCH 16 – Horse Owner Workshop, Karp’s Garden & Feed, Hobart, IN. 219/942-2033. MARCH 16-17 – 2000 Olympic Dressage Champion Christine Traurig, Sunflower Farms, Bristol, WI. Contact Alice Guzik 847/514-0652 or dressageclinics@gmail.com. Visit http://www.sunflowerfarms.com/. MARCH 17 – Four Winds Equestrian Center Semi-Private Clinic by Dan Grunewald, Salem, WI. Contact Teri, General Manager, 262/537-2262 or teri@4wec.com. Visit www.4wec.com. MARCH 17 OR 22 – Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program New Volunteer Training, Richmond, IL. Contact Danielle 815/382-9374. Visit www.mstrp.org.




MARCH 19 – Horse Owner Workshop, Early Bird Feeds, Goodfield, IL 309/965-2555. MARCH 24 – Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club sponsored Horse & Tack Consignments, IL State Fairgrounds Barn 14, Springfield, IL. Contact D. Horner 217/243-1293

Boarding starting at $520.00

MARCH 25 – Fox Valley Saddle Association Auction, Hampshire, IL. Visit http://www.fvsa.org/. 170 Acre Equestrian Facility Conveniently located just 5 miles west of Hwy. 94 or 15 minutes north of Gurneee Mills Mall, in Bristol, WI.

MARCH 24-25 – USEF/USDF Dressage Show Indoors, Fields & Fences Equestrian Center. Gurnee, IL. Contact Anita Schadeck 847/244-4121. Visit http://www.fieldsandfences.com/events.html. MARCH 30 – BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding Volunteer Training, Harvard, IL. Contact Sarah Newland 815/765-2113 or snewland@braveheartsriding.org. Visit www.braveheartsriding.org. MARCH 31–Annual Illinois State Horse Judging Seminar with Chuck Schroeder, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. For registration material and details contact Kevin Kline, kkline@illinois.edu.

APRIL Amenities: 3 Outdoor Dressage Rings 1 Outdoor Hunter Ring 1 Make-up Ring 3 Heated Indoor Arenas 125 Turnouts 22 All-weather Turn-outs 24 Hour Security and Horse Monitoring Boarder Lounges & Washrooms Individual Tack Lockers

APRIL 6-8 – Alex Gerding Clinic, Touchstone Farm, Brooklyn, WI. Contact: Caryn Vesperman 608/455-2208 or touchstonefarm@gmail.com.

Hunter/Jumper Trainers Michelle Lyons Becky Zinke & Ariel Univer Rhonda & Rene Arza

APRIL 14 – Fox Valley Saddle Association Warm-up Show, Hampshire, IL. Visit http://www.fvsa.org/. APRIL 15 – Fox Valley Saddle Association Open Show #1, Hampshire, IL. Contact: Sandy Kucharski. 815/568-6772. Visit http://www.fvsa.org/.

Dressage Trainers: Connie VanderWeele Darcy Drije Curtis Sage Andre Huefler

APRIL 20-21 – 2000 Olympic Dressage Champion Christine Traurig, Sunflower Farms, Bristol, WI. Contact Alice Guzik 847/514-0652 or dressageclinics@gmail.com. Visit http://www.sunflowerfarms.com/.

Upcoming 2012 Events: JP Giacomini Working Equitation Clinic March 2, 3 & 4 Bettina Drummond Clinic May 3, 4, 5 & 6 IDCTA Schooling Shows June 17 • August 5 • September 29 Buck Brannaman Clinic September 14, 15, 16 & 17 Bettina Drummond Clinic October 11, 12, 13 & 14 PLUS: Weekly Summer Camps for ages 8-16, and Mini Camps for ages 6-8 19000 128th St. Bristol, WI 53104



APRIL 20-22 – Midwest Horse Fair, Madison, WI. Visit http://midwesthorsefair.com/. APRIL 21 – Illinois Paint Horse Show, Paint-O-Rama, **Gordyville USA, Gifford, IL. Contact Show Mgr: Lorna Wyrick 309/826-3643 or LWyrick270@ctechinternet.com. (**not a year-end high point qualifying show) Visit www.illinoispainthorse.com. APRIL 21-22 – Classical Dressage with Tom Poulin, Paddock Hills Equestrian & Event Center, Union, IL. Contact Lisa Habbley, 815/923-4755 or lisahabbley@foxvalley.net. Visit http://paddockhillsequestrian.com/. APRIL 28 – Four Winds Equestrian Center, Look Into The Judges Eye Clinic with Dan Grunewald, Salem, WI. Contact Teri, General Manager, 262/537-2262 or teri@4wec.com. Visit www.4wec.com.






APRIL 28 – Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program New Volunteer Training, Richmond, IL. Contact Danielle 815/382-9374. Visit www.mstrp.org.

JUNE 2-3 - Illinois Paint Horse Show, Gordyville USA, Gifford, IL. Contact Show Mgr: Steve Pfaff 815/942-5542. Visit www.illinoispainthorse.com.

JUNE 16 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Dressage & CT, Cross Winds Farm, Marengo, IL. Contact Kelly Watson 815/923-7400. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/.

APRIL 29 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Dressage & CT, Valley View Acres, Woodstock, IL. Contact Amber Bauman 815/455-3020 or valleyview8@yahoo.com. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/.

JUNE 3 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Mini Event & Dressage, Winsom Farm, Beecher, IL. Contact Diane Hansen 847/638-1052 or diane.r.hansen@comcast.net. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/.


JUNE 9 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Dressage & CT, Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove, IL. Contact Denise DeCicco 815/675-6048. Visit www.springgrovehorseshow.com or http://www.idcta.org/schooling/

JUNE 17 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Dressage & CT, Sunflower Farms, Bristol, WI. Contact Elizabeth Kieffer 262/8578555 or office@sunflowerfarms.com. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/ or http://www.sunflowerfarms.com/.

MAY 3-6 – Bettina Drummond Clinic, Sunflower Farms, Bristol, WI. Contact 262/857-8555. Visit http://www.sunflowerfarms.com/. MAY 5 – Spring Grove Horse Show Pleasure Show, Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove, IL. Contact 815/ 675-6048. Visit www.springgrovehorseshow.com. MAY 6 – PTS (Place To Start) Hunter/Jumper Show, Fields & Fences Equestrian Center, Gurnee, IL. Contact Anita Schadeck 847/244-4121. Visit http://www.fieldsandfences.com/events.html. MAY 6 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Dressage & CT, Silverwood Farm, Camp Lake, WI. Contact Lisa Cannata 847-2356410 or Dressage@silverwoodfarm.net. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/. MAY 6 – Four Winds Equestrian Center Open Horse Show, Salem, WI. Contact Teri, General Manager, 262/537-2262 or teri@4wec.com. Visit www.4wec.com. MAY 11-13 – Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute Intro to Equine and Small Animal Acupressure, Bridlewood Equestrian Center, Lake Geneva, WI. Contact Kathi Soukup 815/541-0308. Visit www.animalacupressure.com. MAY 11-13 – Janet Foy Clinic, Judds Green Meadows Farm, Belleville, WI. Contact Mary Hanneman 608/455-1037 or mahanneman@gmail.com. MAY 12 – Open House Celebration and Erin Direks Clinic, Kelly's on 41 Equestrian Center, Wadsworth, IL. Contact: 847/951-0670 or info@kellyson41.com. Visit www.kellyson41.com. MAY 12 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Dressage & CT, Cliffwood Farm, Richmond, IL. Contact Kara Wintz 815/678-7000 or kwintz@cliffwoodfarm.com. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/. MAY 14 – Mid-State Morgan Show, Fox Valley Saddle Association in Hampshire, IL. Visit http://www.fvsa.org/. MAY 18-21 – Alex Gerding Clinic, Touchstone Farm, Brooklyn, WI. Contact Caryn Vesperman 608/455-2208 or touchstonefarm@gmail.com. MAY 19 – Illinois Paint Horse Show, Double G Stables, Sterling, IL. Contact Show Mgr: Doug Nichols 309/275-8250 or nascarchamp52@yahoo.com. Visit www.illinoispainthorse.com. MAY 19–Spring Grove Horse Show Hunter Show, Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove, IL. Contact 815/ 675-6048. Visit www.springgrovehorseshow.com. MAY 19-20 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Mini Event & CT, Barrington Hills Riding Center, Barrington, IL. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/. MAY 20 – Fox Valley Saddle Association Open Show #2, Hampshire, IL. Contact Sandy Kucharski 815/568-6772. Visit http://www.fvsa.org/. MAY 25-27 & 28-29 – Martin Black Horsemanship & Cow Working Clinics, KarMik Acres, Woodstock, IL. Contact Karen or Mike 815/477-9704 or info@KarMikAcres.com. Visit www.KarMikAcres.com. MAY 26 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Dressage, Paddock Hills Equestrian Center, Union, IL. Contact Lisa Habbley 815/9234755 or lisahabbley@foxvalley.net. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/. MAY 26–Spring Grove Horse Show Speed Show, Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove, IL. Contact 815/ 675-6048. Visit www.springgrovehorseshow.com. MAY 31-JUNE 3 – USEF 'A' Hunter/Jumper Show featuring a USHJA Hunter Derby, Fields & Fences Equestrian Center, Gurnee, IL. Contact Anita Schadeck 847/244-4121. Visit http://www.fieldsandfences.com/events.html.

JUNE JUNE 1-2 – 2000 Olympic Dressage Champion Christine Traurig, Sunflower Farms, Bristol, WI. Contact Alice Guzik 847/514-0652 or dressageclinics@gmail.com. JUNE 2 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Dressage & CT, Marquis Stables, Belvidere, IL. Contact Amy Walker-Basak 815/547-9173 or walktalk1999@aol.com. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/.

JUNE 10 – Fox Valley Saddle Association Mini Event #1, Hampshire, IL. Visit http://www.fvsa.org/. JUNE 10 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Mini Event & Dressage, Frontenac Farm, West Dundee, IL. Contact Cindi Martinovic 847/426-0938 or frontenacfarm@msn.com. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/. JUNE 12-15 – Advanced Horse Camp, Fields & Fences Equestrian Center, Gurnee, IL. Contact Anita Schadeck 847/2444121. Visit http://www.fieldsandfences.com/summercamp.html. JUNE 15-18 – Alex Gerding Clinic, Touchstone Farm, Brooklyn, WI. Contact Caryn Vesperman 608/455-2208 or touchstonefarm@gmail.com.

JUNE 19-22 – Beginner Horse Camp, Fields & Fences Equestrian Center, Gurnee, IL. Contact Anita Schadeck 847/244-4121. Visit http://www.fieldsandfences.com/summercamp.html. JUNE 23 –Main Stay Therapeutic Riding Program New Volunteer Training, Richmond, IL. Contact Danielle 815/382-9374. Visit www.mstrp.org. JUNE 23 – Illinois Paint Horse Show, Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, IL. Contact Show Mgr: Donna Daum 815/239-1171 or daumshowhorses@aol.com. Visit www.illinoispainthorse.com. JUNE 24 – Fox Valley Saddle Association Dressage Show #1, Hampshire, IL. Visit http://www.fvsa.org/. JUNE 24 – IDCTA Schooling Show Series, Dressage, Fox Valley Saddle Association, Hampshire, IL. Contact Gail Gardner 630/8300790 or eyeevent@sbcglobal.net. Visit http://www.idcta.org/schooling/ or http://www.fvsa.org/.



Lead Lines Roll With the Changes by Sandy Kucharski, editor/publisher o say that this past year has been a roller coaster ride would truly be an understatement. But, as someone always up for an adventure, I must admit that the ride has been interesting. Let me explain...


For those who are reading this column for the first time, welcome! I look forward to getting to know you though the pages of this publication. For those who are back visiting an old friend, it’s great to see you

again. I’ve been writing about my experiences in the horse world–as well as life in general–in this column for the past 17 years, as the former editor of The Sentinel. The newspaper had been published by The Libertyville Saddle Shop since the 1970’s, but as they permanently closed the doors on the business this past fall, they also ceased publishing The Sentinel.

there. Over the past 17 years, I’ve come to know so many interesting people in the horse industry, especially in our Midwestern Region. I’ve learned that these people are passionate about their horses and the activities they participate in with them, and I also know they enjoy staying in touch with the other horse people and events that are happening in their area.

This was a low point on the roller coaster track, but I was determined that the ride wasn’t going to end

Just like these readers, I’m a passionate horse enthusiast and I truly enjoy putting this publication together and playing a part in keeping our corner of the horse world connected. No matter what discipline we might be into, as horsemen we all speak the same language. While it was sad to see the end of an era come with the closing of the Libertyville Saddle Shop and The Sentinel, I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue to bring you a first-rate publication. A newly formed allied partnership with Purina® makes this venture even stronger and gives us a wider range of distribution. Feeling like I’m rounding another corner on that roller coaster, the prospect of taking on the full responsibility for getting this publication produced and distributed is a little frightening, yet exhilarating at the same time. I’m thrilled, however, to be sharing this ride with a fellow fun-loving, passionate horse enthusiast; my daughter Lisa, the associate editor. With a fresh, up-to-date perspective from her college studies in journalism, communications, marketing, and graphic design, the publication is already benefiting from her contributions. Not wanting to keep all the fun to ourselves, we’ve managed to involve the rest of our family in this new project too. My father-in-law and niece contributed to logo design, husband is completing carpentry on a new office space, oldest son Kevin is the computer and internet troubleshooter and youngest son Justin helps with photography and animal chores. Even my quarter horse gelding, Max, modeled for the cover shot. As I finish writing this column, I’m sitting in the coaster car as it’s slowly climbing a big hill. I’m filled with anticipation, waiting to get this first issue on press and in the mail. I’m not sure if it will literally take my breath away, but I expect that I’ll have a big smile plastered on my face as I hand out copies to old friends and new acquaintances at various venues, including the upcoming Illinois Horse Fair in Springfield in March. We want to make this an interactive publication, and we’d like to keep everyone connected by print, on our website and through Facebook. Please visit us at www.midwesthorsesource.com and LIKE us on Facebook. We welcome your comments and hope you’ll join us for the ride!





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MIDWEST ROUNDUP Aussie, Guy McLean, Headlines Illinois Horse Fair–March 2-4, Springfield, IL Also...Western Dressage, Gaited Riding, Barrel Racing


n addition to previously announced headliner Guy McLean, who will both conduct clinics and star in Illinois Horse Fair’s HorseCapades evening entertainment, a new Western Dressage clinic is being added, along with gaited riding and barrel racing clinics, and mounted games.

@yahoo.com . Guy McLean

Information on clinicians, schedules, and special host hotel rates are posted at www.HorsemensCouncil.org/ HorseFair as they are finalized. Those interested in having information emailed to them may sign up for Horse Fair Updates. For information on exhibiting contact Joy Meierhans, Horse Fair Manager: (630) 557-2575 or JM@TheMeierhans.com.

Illinois Horse Fair will be March 2 – 4 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. It is sponsored by Purina Feed, Midway Trailer Sales, Illinois Farm Bureau and Koetter & Smith, Inc. (official shavings supplier), and produced by Horsemen’s Council of Illinois. McLean is the Australian horseman now amazing Americans with his performing horses, demonstrating extraordinary feats of trust and intelligence. Following Horse Fair, he will compete in the Road to the Horse Colt-Starting Competition. Joining McLean will be Charles Wilhelm of Castro Valley, CA, the trainer/communicator/motivator who garnered so many positive reviews from participants and auditors for his clinics at last year’s Horse Fair. Trainer/showman Tim Austin will do training demonstrations, including retraining horses off the track and a reprise of last year’s popular introduction to cattle handling. Riding clinics at Horse Fair New at Horse Fair will be a Western Dressage clinic by Lynne Levy of Milwaukee. Having just formed its national association in 2011, Western Dressage takes the principals of classic dressage and puts them into a more relaxed frame, Levy says. Levy also will host a gaited riding clinic at Horse Fair. Another exceptional opportunity to ride at Horse Fair is a barrel racing clinic with Storme Camarillo, co-instructor with renowned expert Sharon Camarillo. “Storme knows how to get in and get things done; she’s an analyzer

and a fixer, making her an effective and outstanding coach,” Sharon says.

with some pretty unusual equipment – from hockey sticks to old socks.

Applications to ride in all three clinics, as well as participate in other aspects of Horse Fair, are available at www.HorsemensCouncil.org/ Horse Fair.

For the first time, Horse Fair will have a queen, chosen in a contest being coordinated by Pam Siegler. Young ladies interested in wearing the crown should contact Pam for an application form at (217) 553-1755 or email gpsigler@mwii.net.

In addition to these clinics, Illinois Horse Fair offers seminars by horse experts, great shopping with 140 vendors selling all things equestrian, and more horse trailers for sale on site than any other event in the state. Programming includes 25 breed and sport demos, stallion row and parade, HorsesForSale aisles and the All-Youth Horse Judging Trials. Mounted Games will be introduced to Horse Fair attendees with special demonstrations by North Central Prairie Region Pony Club riders. Mounted Games is a unique equestrian sport that emphasizes teamwork, speed, accuracy and fun. Mounted Games teams compete in an exciting array of relay races

Talent call for HorseCapades Horses with special talents and abilities, including liberty, are being sought for HorseCapades, the Friday and Saturday evening entertainment at Horse Fair. Owners are encouraged to ready audition videos and contact HorseCapades coordinator Karen Freese at (217) 412-1064 or dkfreese@hotmail.com. Also new this year will be an auction on Sunday afternoon, conducted by Staley Auction Service and featuring a selection of quality horses. Contact Chris Staley for auction contract at (309) 370-4337 or staleyauction

Horse Fair tickets Horse Fair opens at 1 p.m. Friday with a reduced $6 admission charge. Saturday or Sunday Horse Fair tickets are $12 adult and $6 child/senior; weekend passes are $20 adult and $10 child/senior. HorseCapades (evening show) Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. requires a separate ticket: general admission $9 adult, $6 child/senior; reserved seating $15 adult, $10 child/senior. Saturday evening shows have been a sell-out for the last three years. Advance tickets may be purchased with a credit card online at www.HorsemensCouncil.org/HorseFair or by calling the Council office at (217) 529-6503. Cash only at the door. Volunteers are needed for a variety of responsibilities, ranging from manning information booths to hospitality. They can work for a few hours a day or for the whole weekend. To volunteer, contact Cheryl DeMent by email at paintfilly71@yahoo.com. Illinois Horse Fair is produced by Horsemen’s Council of Illinois (HCI), voice of the horse industry in Illinois. HCI is affiliated with the American Horse Council and is the statewide association of equine organizations and individuals working to provide centralized representation for Illinois’ horse community and its multi-billion-dollar economic engine.

Steffen Peters and Janet Foy Symposium at Sunflower Farms With over 350 auditors, the event was a huge success for all involved.


with her horse Divine, URINA® Feeds was a proud were two of our winners. sponsor of the Wisconsin (Shannon Langer & Meg Dressage & Combined Training Williams not pictured). Association’s Steffen Peters & Janet Foy Symposium held at Sunflower Farms, manSunflower Farms in Bristol, WI, aged by Phil May, and staff on November 19th-20th, 2011. did a marvelous job hanMore than 350 auditors dling the additional traffic, watched Steffen & Janet work Shelly Reichart rides with Steffen. Katie Foster, Hazelhurst, WI Andrea Mitchen, Middleton, WI Phil May and Kirk Dailey horses, and people. Phil’s with 31 different riders and their are proud Regional my horses happy, healthy, and fit; Reichart special attention to detail was evident horses at their respective levels, coverenabling me to be successful at home Ambassadors for Purina® Feeds. and appreciated by everyone whom ing Training Level through Grand Prix. training and on the road competing. Specializing in dressage training and attended. Saddler’s Row provided gifts, competing, Paradigm Farm’s horses are door prizes, and silent auction items Shelly Reichart, from Paradigm Farm Purina® Feeds gave away 40 bags of powered by Purina® Feeds. Shelly says, which topped off the event and comin Lake Mills, WI, participated with her Ultium® Competition Horse Feed, dur“Purina’s past and ongoing research, pleted the weekend with a buying trade USDF Regional & National Grand Prix ing the Symposium, to the riders. Katie wide range of products, and their pershow-type feel. Champion horse, Welttaenser (a/k/a Foster, from Hazelhurst, WI, pictured sonal understanding of the demands “Wally”). Pictured here, Steffen gives with her horse Sacramento and Andrea Sunflower Farms buys their Purina feed dressage puts on my horses while trainShelly helpful advice while riding Mitchell, from Middleton, WI, pictured at Horn Trevor Feeds Inc. and competing has kept ing, travelling, Wally. Paradigm Farm and Shelly




MIDWEST ROUNDUP J.P. Giacomini Working Equitation & Classical Dressage Clinic –March 2-4, Sunflower Farms, Bristol, WI.


n March 2-4, Sunflower Farms in Bristol, WI will be hosting the J.P. Giacomini Working Equitation and Dressage Clinic. Working Equitation draws on the dressage, hunter/jumper, and working cow horse traditions. Dressage riders will find themselves learning to jump and ride obstacles one would find in an open field. Hunter/jumpers will be learning obstacles and working cows. Ranch, trail horses, and extreme cowboy aficionados will learn some dressage. Riders in working equitation use the tack and costume of their respective countries and discipline. Working equitation is open to all breeds of horses. There are multiple levels of riding from Introductory at walk and trot with no jumps, to Novice with a working canter

between obstacles, to Preliminary requiring canter between obstacles with simple changes of lead, a reinback, and low jump, to Intermediate that includes some lateral work, to Advanced with flying lead changes. Working equitation has four phases in competition. 1) Dressage uses selected tests from the USDF. 2) Ease of Handling is a slow phase evaluating a horse’s maneuverability through obstacles. 3) A Speed phase through the obstacles. 4) The last phase is Team Penning using a lance. Everyone gets to walk the course with the judge. Check out this YouTube showing how to ride the obstacles, the Ease of Handling and Speed Phases and Team Penning. http://www.YouTube.com/watch?v=CZ1 iORZtewU

Jean-Philippe, ‘JP’ Giacomini, has evented, steeplechased, trained and coached Olympic level riders, as he will take the riders through riding the obstacles and dressage. JP is known for finding lasting solutions to equine problems, teaching piaffe and passage, and is a strong supporter of working equitation. Visit the Sunflower website, www.SunflowerFarms.com under Special Events for Rider and Auditor registration forms, and waiver forms. For more information or questions, email Office@SunflowerFarms.com or call 262/857-8555.

Illinois State Horse Judges Seminar featuring Chuck Schroeder –March 31, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL


he annual Illinois State Horse Judges Seminar is scheduled for March 31, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Illinois. Registration and classroom instruction will begin in room 150 Animal Science Lab, 1207 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL. Tentatively, some live classes may also be held in the afternoon at the UI Stock Pavilion a few blocks south of the Animal Science Lab, depending on arena conditions. This seminar is open to all youth and open horse show judges, potential judges, exhibitors and spectators of horse events. It is designed to encourage uniform standards for judging and exhibiting horses at Illinois youth and open shows, and to yield a directory of judges for show committees. It will cover criteria for show ring tips, ethics and standards, judging multibreed 4-H classes, type standards for stock, hunt, sad-

dle and draft halter, Western showmanship, Western pleasure, stock and hunter seat equitation, Western riding and trail. Fees for this seminar are $20 for youth (under 18 years), $30 for adults and $50 for adults wishing to take the written and live judging exam for listing in the Illinois Horse Judge’s Directory. The clinician is Chuck Schroeder from Delaware, OH. Chuck has been a 4-H judge for 35 years. He also has judging cards with ApHC, ABRA, ARHA, AMHA, AMHR, ASPC, NSBA, GVHS and POAC. He has judged the International, National or World Show Championships for most of these associations in the last several years. Chuck has also judged the European Appaloosa Championships in Germany twice and the Australian Miniature National Show. This year he will be judging the POAC International show in Missouri

and the AMHA World Show in Texas. He is a member of the Ohio State 4-H Judges Committee and is President of the Great Lakes Appaloosa Horse Club. Chuck Schroeder is a retired teacher and basketball coach, and has taught riding classes for and was the first coach of the Intercollegiate Horsemanship Team at Ohio Wesleyan University. He now spends more time judging, conducting clinics and working with his own horses on his small breeding farm near Delaware, OH. The Illinois State Horse Judges Seminar is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension and the UI Department of Animal Sciences. Registration materials may be obtained from: Kevin H. Kline, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 388 Animal Sciences Lab, 1207 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801. E-mail: kkline@illinois.edu

Paddock Hills Positioned as a New Venue for Equestrian Events


elebrating the New Year, Paddock Hills Equestrian & Event Center has “hit the ground galloping” to offer McHenry and surrounding counties a new venue for top-notch equestrian sport, education, and more. Beginning in 2012, and located in Union, Illinois, Paddock Hills is catering to the needs of the regional horse community, with plans to expand its focus to both state and national events.

Hosted by well respected professionals, upcoming clinic events include Dressage with Tom Poulin, Eventing with Jon Holling, Dressage with Jayne Ayers, and Centered Riding with Ann Usher. Anticipated scheduling also includes Eventing with Boyd Martin and Western Trail Class Horsemanship with Lynn Palm. Dressage riders can look forward to March of 2013 with Hilda Gurney.

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Paddock Hills is also hosting two IDCTA Schooling Show series, May 26 and September 9, as well as its own three-part Vineyard Series Mini Event. The Vineyard Series will debut in June and feature the introduction of its newly designed cross country course. Paddock Hills is also a member of the McHenry County Tourism Bureau as a newly featured destination in agricultural tourism. Featuring the premier of

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the adjacent Prairie Orchard Vineyard in 2011, Paddock Hills hosts family, group, and wine connoisseur events in the spring of 2012. For more information follow Paddock Hills Equestrian on Facebook, visit the websites at PaddockHillsEquestrian.com and PrairieOrchard.com, email Lisa Habbley at manager@PaddockHills Equestrian.com or call 815-923-4755.



What’s the Coggins test really for? Understanding the disease and its prevention. by Debra J. Hagstrom, M.S. Equine Extension Specialist University of Illinois


ost people that have horses have heard about the Coggins test but don’t know much more than the test is required by state law. In fact, many people think the Coggins test identifies Coggins disease; however, the disease is actually named Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). Equine Infectious Anemia (aka swamp fever) is a disease with no cure and no vaccine. It is a viral disease that attacks the horse’s immune system and is very closely related to the HIV virus in humans. Equine Infectious Anemia is a blood-born infection that is spread through blood-feeding insects, reusing hypodermic needles and syringes, etc. Most often, the EIA virus is transmitted between horses in close proximity by biting insects, such as mosquitoes, horse flies, stable flies and deer flies. Illinois falls within the “Hot Zone of EIA” on the national map (A complete map of the Hot Zone can be found at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ animal_health/animal_diseases/eia/downloads/eia1996.pdf ); therefore, it is important for horse owners to have a basic understanding of EIA, the importance of a Coggins test, and the related Illinois state regulation. When horses are exposed to the EIA virus they may develop severe, acute signs of the disease and die within 2 to 3 weeks. Fortunately, this acute response is rarely seen in natural situations where blood-feeding insects transmit low doses of the virus. Nonetheless, this form of the disease is the most damaging and the most difficult to diagnose because the signs appear rapidly and often only manifest as a fever. In the early stage of the infection, the horse usually tests negative for antibodies to EIA, requiring that blood samples be collected at a subsequent date (generally 10 to 14 days later) to confirm or exclude EIA as a diagnosis. During this period, it is prudent to quarantine the horse (or the farm) if EIA is strongly suspected.

The clinical signs of this acute form of EIA are rather vague; and in mild cases, the initial fever may be short lived (often less than 24 hours). As a result, horse owners and veterinarians may not observe this initial response when a horse is infected with EIA virus. These infected horses often recover and continue to move freely in the population. Sadly, the first indication that a horse had been exposed to and infected with EIA virus may well be a positive result on a routine annual test. If the horse survives this first acute bout it will progress to either a chronic case or become an “inapparent carrier” of the virus. The chronically infected horse develops a recurring clinical form of the disease which includes fever, depression, weight loss, edema of the legs, under the chest and other underbody surfaces, and anemia. The animal may also have an irregular heartbeat and a jugular pulse may be seen. When these symptoms are evident the horse will test positive for antibodies to the EIA virus. The horse with chronic EIA is the classic “swamper” who has lost condition, is lethargic and anorexic. By far the majority of horses found to be positive on serologic tests to EIA are “inapparent carriers” that show no overt clinical abnormalities as a result of infection. These horses are the most dangerous to other horses as they show no symptoms of being sick and move through the horse population freely. However, their serum contains antibodies against the EIA virus, their blood consistently contains EIA virus, although in concentrations dramatically

lower than in horses with active clinical signs of disease, and they survive as reservoirs of the infection for extended periods.

to allot time for a licensed veterinarian to come to your farm and take a blood sample from your horse, plus the time it takes the Illinois Department of Agriculture to process the blood and run the test

“Controlling, preventing, and minimizing the spread of EIA involves identifying infected horses and eliminating their contact with uninfected horses. Identification is accomplished with the Coggins test which is extremely reliable.” Controlling, preventing, and minimizing the spread of EIA involves identifying infected horses and eliminating their contact with uninfected horses. Identification is accomplished with the Coggins test which is extremely reliable. This test identifies the presence of antibodies in the horse’s blood which fight the EIA virus. If the antibodies are present it means the horse is EIA positive, is a carrier of the EIA virus, and is able to infect nearby stable mates or any other horses it comes into close proximity to. Illinois state law requires a horse over the age of 12 months to have a negative Coggins within the past year to be able to go to an advertised event including sales, shows, parades, rodeos, public auction or to travel across state lines. Plan accordingly prior to a scheduled equine event as you need

which, on average, is about two weeks. In order to be compliance with the Illinois EIA law you must have the official paperwork in hand at the event as proof of negative Coggins. Having the blood sample submitted to the state is not sufficient. In the case that the Coggins comes back positive on a horse state law requires that the horse be quarantined until death and permanently identified with a freeze brand indicating it is EIA positive if the owner does not wish to euthanize the horse. The quarantine requirements stipulate that the positive horse be kept in an insect proof stall at all times and cannot be removed from the enclosure except to be euthanized or shipped to slaughter. For more information visit http://www.agr.state.il.us/ AnimalHW/equinereq.html



Checkerboard Chatter with Purina Sales Specialists Kirk Dailey, Kelly Grosskreutz, Kindra Callahan

Kirk A. Dailey REGION: Northern 1/3 of Illinois and Southern 1/3 of Wisconsin BIO: Kirk was born and raised in a horse family. His father founded Dailey Horse Company, in Livingston, WI. At the age of 8 he started showing halter, showmanship, horsemanship, and western pleasure, but he caught the rodeo bug in junior high school and has never looked back. In WI High School Rodeo he competed in steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, and bull riding and later competed in Intercollegiate Rodeo in the Great Plains Circuit for University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Along the way, he’s started many colts and he currently enjoys team roping and trail riding with family and friends.

Kelly Grosskreutz


he Midwest Horse Source is an Allied Partner with Land O’ Lakes Purina, so each issue we will feature this column, Checkerboard Chatter. The column will be alternately authored by Kirk Dailey, Kelly Grosskreutz and Kindra Callahan. If you are a regular Purina customer or if you’ve ever visited their booth at a horse fair or seminar in our region, you have most likely seen one or all of these three individuals. This issue we’d like to briefly introduce you to each of them.

REGION: Central & Eastern Wisconsin BIO: Kelly started riding at the age of nine and showed in showmanship, western pleasure, horsemanship, hunter under saddle and equitation. She earned a degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Equine Business from the University of Wisconsin—River Falls. After college, she managed a 60-horse breeding and training farm with a focus on English pleasure and halter Arabians. Before coming to Land O’ Lakes Purina, she was fortunate enough to have worked for world-renowned trainer and clinician Lynn Palm. In addition, she’s started several colts including her current horse, used primarily for pleasure riding.

Kindra Callahan REGION: Burlington, Iowa, Northern Illinois, NW Indiana BIO: “I took my first ride at six weeks old; however, I am told my family knew I was an animal lover when I first ran away. At 2 years old, my frantic mother found me standing in the middle of the pasture amongst at least 10 farm horses! I was walking in a circle making sure to provide each with equal attention – petting their muzzles of course.” Kindra grew up in northwest Illinois on a small family farm; raising livestock, helping with grain production, baling hay

FEED TESTIMONIAL: “I started out selling feed as a Stable Consultant in Rosemount, MN, for a Purina Feed Dealer. I have been a District Manager and/or Equine Specialist in the geography I now serve in for the past 14 years. I specialize in customizing feed diets based on current forage analysis and existing conditions within horse barn’s management style…looking at what ‘true’ research is and applying it’s ‘real’ costs in recommending feed programs.” CONTACT INFO: Kirk A. Dailey Cell: (815)761-1668 Email: KADailey@landolakes.com

FEED TESTIMONIAL: “I've wanted to work for Purina since I was 12. I sold my first customer at 13 when I switched the entire boarding barn to Omolene 200--I flat refused to have my new horse eat anything else. Later, as a farm manager, I had the opportunity to participate in a Strategy Feeding Trial and to visit Longview Animal Nutrition Center. I saw firsthand Purina's success and commitment to research and development. I have now been with Land O’Lakes Purina for 4 years and focus on providing individualized programs that work for each horse and each management style.”

CONTACT INFO: Kelly Grosskreutz Cell (715) 410-0250 Email: KLGrosskreutz@landolakes.com

and showing horses. She competed in the 4-H and Open Breed Show all-around horse events and in 2002 was named her county’s Equestrian Ambassador. She shares, “My true passion is evaluating live animals. I have been judging livestock and horses since my early FFA days and carried this with me through college. I attended Black Hawk College, East Campus where I competed with the 2005 National Champion Horse Judging Team and received my Associates in Applied Sciences. “ After Blackhawk, she transferred to Kansas State University and continued her judging career, earning a spot on the 2007 AQHA World Champion Team and finishing her Bachelors in Animal Sciences and Industry. She then decided to further her education at K-State in Equine Nutrition while having the opportunity to coach the 2008 AQHA Reserve World Champion Horse Judging Team. As a Lifestyle Species Specialist for Land O'Lakes Purina Feeds, the majority of her time is focused on equine, working in the greater Burlington, Iowa area, across Northern Illinois and into NW Indiana. When she’s not working, she enjoys helping her husband with the Black Hawk College Horse Judging Team, judging open and youth horse shows, playing with their dogs or riding one of their AQHA geldings.

FEED TESTIMONIAL: “I have seen the difference Purina has made with my animals, let me help you see the difference too! Our horses and my beloved miniature donkey eat Strategy GX and Enrich 32. Our dogs LOVE PMI Nutrition’s Infinia! Their coats have NEVER looked this good! With Corgi’s any help in the shedding department is a plus! I have a passion for the science behind the feed tag. Let me help your entire feed program with a hay analysis and assessment of each individual’s feeding need.”

CONTACT INFO: Kindra C. Callahan Cell: (309) 507-2383 Email:KCCallahan@landolakes.com



Introducing Sarah Hoffman Serving Purina Feed customers at the following stores:

Main Street Country Store, Walworth, WI Midland Crossing Mercantile, Newark, IL Elburn Feed Store, Elburn, IL Sarah Hoffman Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed Lifestyle Specialist Even as a child, horses were Sarah’s first passion in life. She began riding at age seven, and quickly climbed the Junior and Equitation ranks during her years in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Hunter circuit. After her junior hunter years, Sarah continued her passion at Iowa State University as the captain of the Equestrian Hunt Team her freshman year. Following her passion, she moved to Colorado to become an assistant trainer at a Hunter/Jumper farm, where she was inspired to make her passion into a career as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Since graduating she has worked for Hill’s Science Diet in Animal nutrition in Kansas and Nestle Purina in Retail Sales in Wisconsin/Illinois. Most recently she worked at Morrie Waud Equine Center, an equine referral clinic, combining her passion for veterinary medicine and her love for horses. Since returning to Wisconsin, Sarah has changed disciplines, and has now discovered a newfound love for Barrel Racing. This past year she qualified and competed in the

National Barrel Horse Association World Show in Perry, Georgia where she qualified for the final round. She also started competing in the Central States Rodeo Association traveling to numerous rodeos across the Midwest. Sarah lives in Delavan, Wisconsin with her husband, 3 dogs, and 4 horses. When she is not riding or competing she is continuing her need to help horses perform to their fullest extent as a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. Sarah is a Lifestyle Sales Specialist for Land O'Lakes Purina Feed serving the customers of Elburn Cooperative in Northern Illinois and Main Street Country Store in Southern Wisconsin.

CONTACT INFO: Sarah Hoffman: Cell: (608) 322-6435 Email: SEHoffman@landolakes.com



Overcoming the Odds Aliboo Farm celebrates with two very special “Taylors.” Taylor the “Horse of the Year” with Nancy Whitehead and Taylor Flury.


n Friday, December 2, 2011, AliBoo Farm held a very special holiday party celebrating their tenth year in business anniversary, as well as the phenomenal accomplishments of Taylor Flury and her horse Taylor, aka Role Model. Several years ago, both horse and rider experienced life changing situations. Taylor, the rider, faced the challenge of enduring two brain surgeries as well as life-threatening infection complications. As a two-year-old, Taylor (Role Model), the horse, broke her shoulder and it was perceived that she had ended whatever riding career she would have had. That all changed when the two came together. Taylor’s owner, Nancy Whitehead, gave Taylor half ownership in the mare to use her as a broodmare. Overcoming all the odds against them, the pair ended the 2011 show year with Role Model receiving the 5 year old USEF Jumper National Champion title. After a year of hard work, the party was thrown to honor the championship pair, and also for all the people who helped contribute to their success. In an effort to give back, AliBoo Farm raffled off a carousel horse with the proceeds benefiting an organization known as the Midwest Brain Tumor Foundation, a fund started by Taylor’s surgeon, Dr. John Ruge. The party was well attended by friends, family, sponsors, supporters, and clients. The raffle itself generated $1050.00 and was won by Paul Homb of Purina. Since he didn’t really have a suitable place to display the horse, Paul offered it to the O’Sullivan family. Thrilled by his generosity the family decided to match what AliBoo had raised raffling off the tickets. In the end, a $2100.00 donation was made to the foundation and those in attendance enjoyed a magical evening. Team AliBoo has now set their sights on 2012 with hope for another safe, healthy, and fulfilling year. To learn more about the inspiring story of T2, please go to www.aliboofarm.com.

AliBoo Farm is a Regional Equine Ambassador for Purina. They are pleased with the results they get from using the Purina Feed they purchase from Tri-County Stockdale, Joliet, IL.



Jewel’s Journey... Molding a young Friesian into a Champion.

by Meagan McIsaac


am a professional dressage rider with the dream of riding internationally for the US. I took on Friesian breeder, Sue Neipert’s first Friesian 10 years ago for training and to sell him. Frankly, I only wanted to work with warmbloods. This was also the case when Sue brought me Jewel to start under saddle in December of 2009. The goal was to start her under saddle for the preparation of the Keuring in September of 2010 for the IBOP. The first three months were awful. My attitude toward the overweight and out of shape broodmare, who only had driving experience, was not high. She was the least favorite in the barn and probably the most dangerous due to the fact she did not have any balance and ran like a bat out of hell. There was no canter, however, I called the way she moved, “The Flail.” After the first 3 months, I told Sue to take her home and breed her because there was no way I could get her to learn how to canter. But Sue had faith in her Friesian and said keep going. At the end of the fourth month, I could see a glimmer of canter (meaning 3 steps) so I tried harder! I tried everything from working her over poles, jumping, riding in deep snow, lunge lining, and teaching her the lavade to slow her down.

From January to March, we took her to Open Shows and actually ended up winning the Walk/Trot class! In April, Jewel and I were a part of the GLFHA demo at the Midwest Horse Fair, wearing a dress that covered her entire body but the legs. During the summer we used a few dressage shows as preparation for the Keuring. We had a minor set back right before the Keuring, which entailed Jewel not being able to pick up the left lead. It came out of nowhere, so I was worried about our performance. During this time, Jewel’s nickname was and sometimes still is – The Black Vapor. The Keuring came with terrible weather and bad footing. I informed Sue that with Jewel’s balance issues and the condition of the arena, I could not promise that it was going to go well. Jewel and I did complete the IBOP test, but I was disappointed because it was not our best. However, we were still Champions out of three horse and rider combinations. As a professional, this made me very happy for Sue. She had faith in her horse as well as my training abilities and we ended with a positive victory. But I still had not warmed up to Jewel until a month later when we were the flag holders at the 2010 World Dairy Expo. This was a huge honor with a lot of pressure as the whole world was watching us. Amazingly, nobody could tell how terrified Jewel is of flags from watching our performance from that day. It took 3 months of flag training to

Jewel and Meagan McIsaac perform. get her to accept me carrying a flag while riding her. Our performance consisted of carrying a flag while the National anthems of both Canada and the US were being sung in a dark coliseum in a spotlight wearing a dress that laid over her back with the stands full of people with flashing cameras as well as objects in the arena while being streamlined on CNN. Wow! I did not want to drop the flags because she spooked at any number of things. Needless to say, we were a success and it was the last performance my father ever saw before he passed away a week later, which the thought still bring tears to my eyes to have shared that with Sue and Jewel. But the journey had just begun. Sue now informed me of a Sport Predicate that Jewel could earn and she wanted to keep Jewel in training for one more year. The requirements were to complete five tests of the Z1 or 3rd level earning 60% or higher. At this time, Jewel could perform a 60% at Training level. I told Sue that it was going to probably be my greatest challenge, but I would try. So, after a winter of training, we were ready to take on the next obstacle. By June, Jewel & I accomplished 5 consecutive Z1 tests of 60% and higher to earn her Sport Predicate. But Sue loved to watch her Friesian show so we had also qualified for the USDF Region 4 & the Midwest Championships. We qualified for 1st and 2nd levels as well as 1st and 2nd Freestyles, meaning 8 championship rides. To my big surprise we were Midwest Champions at 1st and 2nd level Freestyles! USDF Reserve Champions at 1st and 2nd levels, 6th

place at 2nd level in Midwest Championships and 7th place in USDF! But we still were not finished. In October, Jewel and I competed at 3rd and 4th levels. If there were such a thing we would have received a second Sports Predicate through 3rd level as we again earned 5 consecutive scores of 60% at 3rd level. We also earned 68% at 4th level and 77% for our 3rd level freestyle. Needless to say, this was an amazing experience for me. To see a horse that I started and had very little faith in at the beginning, now broke a personal record for me. She also helped me earn my last USDF rider medal, which I am honored to be one of 12 in the country (according to the July 2011 USDF Connections) to have earned all 6 medals thanks to Sue’s Friesian, Jewel. There is still more. Jewel and I accomplished USDF HOY all breeds for 2nd level musical freestyle, 2nd place USDF all breeds for 1st level freestyle, 3rd place all breeds 1st level, 5th place all breeds 2nd level. We also ended up placed 19th in the county in the 1st level freestyle and 21st in the 2nd level freestyle. In November, Jewel and I were one of 26 horse and rider combinations out of more than 100 to be chosen to ride with Olympian Steffen Peters and USEF Judge Janet Foy for the WDCTA Symposium. In 2012 we were asked to be one of the evening performances in Epic Night of the Horse on Saturday night for the Midwest Horse Fair. What an honor!

Sue and I attended the GLFHA and were awarded the Dressage Champion award and a beautiful director’s chair as well as the High Point of the club with 1500 points. The dream is not over, but just begun. There are many more competitions in the future and several new goals such as competing at FEI levels. But all this began because of one Friesian breeder’s dream of breeding and owning the best quality Friesians. I have to say, her goal has been met and new ones now need to be made. Thank you to Sue Neipert & Meadow’s Gait Friesians for your faith in my training abilities and in your beautiful and talented Jewel. I now have faith in her as well and look forward to training her every day. We are looking for sponsorship as we make our way to competing FEI and tackling the International arena. It has been a long road, but we are almost there. However, the costs involved are great and Team Jewel would appreciate any help along the way. All sponsors would have high visibility during our competitions, events, websites, and well as Facebook. Please contact Megan for further information. Thank you in advance for your faith in Team Jewel as we head for the International arena!

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Illinois 4-Hers Shine at National Contests T

he Illinois 4-H Horse Project state winners in Horse Bowl, Hippology, and Speech continued to display their knowledge of equine subject matter by earning recognition in two National Contests. The Illinois 4-H’ers competed at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH on October 18-19, 2011 and at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup on November 5, 2011 as part of the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. The 2011 Illinois 4-H Horse Bowl team gave a great performance at Congress and walked away as reserve champions out of 19 teams coming up a measly two points short in the final match of the competition. Makaela Mason (of Maquon) earned the reserve champion individual medal while Amber Schlomer (of Galesburg) found herself one point out of the top ten. At Eastern Nationals the Horse Bowl team had a tough go of it and ended up out of the ribbons. The Knox County team also included Zoe Underwood (of Galesburg), and Louis Riesing (of Abingdon). The team was coached by Loretta Brinegar of Galesburg.

At the Congress contest, the 2011 Illinois 4-H Hippology team came away with numerous team medallions. The team earned third place in both the written phase and the team problem phase while landing just out of the ribbons in judging. In stations, the team rounded out the top five and Molly McGhee (of West Chicago) was two points shy of tenth place individually. Individually, Kayleigh Pivonka (of Winfield) tied for the fifth place medallion in the written phase with Molly just a few points out of tenth. In the end the team placed seventh overall and again Molly fell two points short of the top ten. At Eastern Nationals, the Hippology team again found themselves just shy of several ribbons. As a team, they earned fifth place in the written phase with Kayleigh, Molly and Megan Richter (of Leaf River) one, two and four points out of the top ten individuals respectively. In judging, the team finished just out of the ribbons and Alexis Patinos (of Wheaton) lost the tie-breaker for the tenth place individual. In stations, the team placed fourth, a mere seven points out of the reserve champ slot while Molly came away with the sixth high individual ribbon in the same phase. The third place ribbons were theirs in the team problems phase, just five points from the top spot. In overall standings, the team placed third and Molly rounded out the top ten with her individual performance. Jenna Sabo (of Carol Stream) coaches the hippology team to their many ribbons. Two Illinois 4-H’ers competed in the Public Speaking contests as well. Besting a field of twelve, Josie McAllister (of Flora) talked her way to the champion medal at Congress with her captivating formal speech entitled Fire Horse. Lisa Parker (of Moweaqua) also delivered an individual presentation on the Circulatory System of the Horse at both contests. The activities of the State 4-H Horse Bowl, Hippology, and Speaking contestants are supported by the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

Barrel Bash Names Winners for Team Purina P

urina® Feed marked its second year as Exclusive Feed Sponsor of BB Productions, LLC’s Barrel Bash competitions in 2011. Managed by Renea Beech Bolling, the Barrel Bash Series holds premier barrel racing events across Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Team Purina is a competition within the competition that rewards barrel racers for feeding Purina Premium Horse Feeds. At the Year-End Barrel

Bash Series in Columbia, MO, Purina handed out year end awards as follows: For more details about Team Purina Barrel Bash 2012 go to www.barrelbash.com or email Renea Beech Bolling at bbbarrelbash@yahoo.com. Photos provided by Fessler Photography, Mt. Grove, MO.



Living the dream... SPOTLIGHT ON HORSE KIDS Name: Nicolette Adams

Age: 14

Home: Libertyville IL

What is your favorite horse activity? My favorite horse activity is jumping cross country. I also like to groom and spend time with my mare, Pixies aka Pixie. Tell us about the horse(s) in your life? The horse in my life is my thoroughbred mare, Pixies. I bought Pixie in December of 2010 in Virginia from Phyllis Dawson. When they took her out of the stall, I knew she was going to be mine. Two months after I bought Pixie, we went to Aiken, SC for two weeks to train with Heidi White. Aiken was great fun and I learned so much. And, we had a blast. We then went to an event in April and Pixie and I did really well for a first show together. I was so proud of our performance. After the show we were heading back to the barn and Pixie colicked. That night Pixie had emergency colic surgery. It has been seven months to return to where she was. Its been months of rehab and I didn't think that she could come back. But she has came back bigger and better. Her dressage has improved tremendously. Heather Lingle, my trainer, has helped us get Pixie through all of the rehab. Pixie is now jumping well and her dressage is improving every day. I am so proud of her. How long have you been involved with horses and how did your involvement start? I have been involved with horses for 10 years. My involvement started when I was 3 years old. My family went on a trip and there were pony rides. Once they put me on the pony, I wouldn't get off. We got back from vacation and my mom looked into riding lessons. All of the trainers told us that the lessons were going to be a waste of time and money. Fortunately, I proved them wrong. I was very lucky to get my first pony when I was four. Her name was Cappy. When I grew too large for her, I got my second pony named Phoebe. I owned Phoebe for eight years and she taught me almost everything I know. After Phoebe, I purchased Pixie. What horse related clubs/organizations do you belong to? I belong to the United Sates Eventing Association. I enjoy spending time at my barn, Kelly's on 41 and Patch 22, and assisting with the pony rides and the petting zoo. Kelly's has been a great adventure. What would be an ideal day be for you? My ideal day is to go to the barn. I would like to ride or go to an event. Or, anything to do with my horse. I love to go to Kelly's/Patch 22 and help with the ponies and the petting zoo. I get to help train junior horses and ride the cross country course with my friends. What is your biggest challenge? My biggest challenge is dressage. I was brought up as a hunter and my ponies didn't care what I did with my hands. Pixie is very sensitive and I have difficulty softening my hands and being more supple. I am working on that challenge by doing more dressage and learning how to go with Pixie without pulling on her face or losing contact. How do you finance your hobby? I would like to thank my dad for financing the only love of my life. I also thank my mom for all of her support and driving through the years. What other activities/interest are you involved in? I am not involved in any other sports. I would rather pursue riding. My other activities are photography and skiing. What famous horse or horseman would you like to meet? The person I would like to meet again is Phyllis Dawson. I would love to meet her again because in the short amount of time that I was with her, she gave me a lot of knowledge and new perspective on riding. What is your most memorable horse-related moment? My most memorable horse related moment was when I was sitting in the arena and trying to make the decision to save Pixie or not. I had such a hard time with that because, I loved her so much and I wanted more time with her. I know that we could achieve so much because she is such a good girl. But the other half of me was thinking of how much pain she must be in and how long that she would have to deal with the uncertainty of surgery and rehab. I just couldn't fathom how we could go through that. I am very happy with the decision to go forward with the surgery. What have horses taught you? Horses have taught me everything I know. The lessons they have taught me are responsibility, discipline and respect. Responsibility because I have something to take care of and be responsible for. Discipline because of the effort it takes to be what you want to be. Respect, because you need to respect the animals and respect yourself. What grade are you in, and what are your plans for the future? I am a freshman at Libertyville High School, in Libertyville, Illinois. My plans are to concur High School, keep riding and hopefully become a successful Chef. What have you learned through your experiences? The biggest lesson for me is to find a home. A friend of our family built a state of the art facility but it was cold and it seemed that everyone was putting on a show. It was very cool but it wasn't home. We went to another barn with lots of kids my age but it was the other extreme. When we went to Kelly's, the care was great and everyone at the barn makes it feel like a family. We didn't know what to expect, but the owner, the trainers and the grooms have made the transition great. Pixie went from the emergency room to Kelly's and it has been a very positive experience.



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t doesn't matter whether you ride horses for competition or pleasure, every owner wants a sound, happy, willing partner for their mount. The more comfortable the horse, the better he can concentrate on his job and the more successful you will be at yours. But keeping a horse sound and healthy throughout the year can often be a difficult task, especially in the winter, when the ground is cold and hard. Issues such as stiff joints, arthritis, and tight muscles are more prominent because the horses are confined to their stalls, wrapped tight in hoods and blankets. Concerned for their safety in the mud, snow and ice, we are all reluctant to let them run and stretch outside. In our attempt to keep them from getting hurt, we don't seem to help. Our horses still become sore, irritable and off in their gait. You would too if you were physically and mentally confined in a box. The days are shorter, nights are longer and the visits from you become shorter and less frequent. Have you ever stood outside in the cold, slept on a bad mattress, worn uncomfortable shoes, or had stiff joints after sitting in the truck too long? How did you feel after the last football game that you stood and shivered watching? How many days does it take you to recover after a big show? I am sure you become crabby, irritable and unfocused. Imagine how your horse must feel! A sore horse is more than unproductive, he costs money and time. Time for diagnosis, time for treatment, time for healing. Money for vets, chiropractors, shoers, therapies, supplements, medications, and pain killers. You probably have more money and energy invested in you horse's well being than in your own. There is nothing more disappointing than working towards a major competition but your horse becomes too sore to practice. The first time a horse looks “off” a decision needs to be made. Is he sore or is he hurt? Do you work through it or take time off and treat it? Do you have enough time before the next show to lay the horse up for rest? Do you scratch your entries and lose your money or push forward? Just like when we have an ache or pain, sometimes stretching and increasing blood flow makes us feel better. Immobility is not always the answer. We are inundated with ads for liniments, specialty pads, magnetic therapy, joint supplements, ulcer medications, vitamins and pain killers to keep our horses moving and sound. What to do? Put the time and the money into prevention! Sometimes the key to improving movement and avoiding unsoundness is as simple as eliminating the cause of the problem. Even a small change in routine can result in big problems for your horse so you should expect that all the stresses winter will take a toll on his health and performance. Spend serious time locating both the source of your horse's discomfort and in making him comfortable with the inevitable stress of being confined.


First examine his home environment. Is his stall completely level, matted, and deep with bedding? What is the base footing? If your show horse spends 23 hours a day locked in a box, it better be comfortable. Has the horse developed vices to combat boredom? Weaving, cribbing and wall kicking all threatens soundness. Does he get an opportunity each day to stretch out and move naturally? Longeing is neither stretching nor natural. Horses need to run and move without restriction, without blankets. Is the turnout dangerous with mud and ice? How is the footing in your work arena? Do you provide proper leg support? Does your work saddle and pad fit properly? Is your horse trimmed or shod properly and regularly? Do you sit square and centered when riding? Next, write down all the changes that you force upon your horse in the off season. Does the horse get a dose of sunshine everyday? Is he accustomed to wearing the blanket you put on? Does it restrict his shoulder movement? Has his hay changed for the winter? Are you supplementing his feed to provide nutrients that he is lacking? Do you brush, curry, and rub those muscles less in the winter? Are you stiff when you ride due to big boots and heavier coats? All of these little changes can combine to cause bigger problems.

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Prevention starts with education. Eliminate the problems that you can control. Remember the horse is an animal and needs fresh air and sunshine just like we do. Research the problems that arise and consult farriers, veterinarians and nutritionists. Learn the proper way to wrap legs. Bad wraps can cause irreparable damage. Ask others what they have had success with and what has failed. We have a horse who vets say should be lame but remains sound year round on quality supplements. The extra money we pay monthly to keep horses happy and comfortable pays off because it keeps the vet away. Nutrition is not always the answer but it is a good start to maintaining year round joint comfort and soundness before you have to resort to pricey medication. Some of you will read this and think that I am overly cautious and the pampering is unnecessary. Your horse has spent thousands of hours training to make your dreams come true. He would rather grow a nice winter coat and run in the snow. He wants foot long whiskers. He wants to stand outside in the sunshine. He doesn't want his mane banded or pulled, he doesn't want his feet polished, and he doesn't want to wear a polka dot slinky. He does all that for you!



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Yes, it is obvious and unnecessary as you become a more accomplished equestrian. You need to learn to rise up on the correct diagonal as the horse is making the transition from walk to trot.

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Start off by taking a sitting trot. Maintain the sitting trot for an extended period of time if possible. Have a trainer or assistant help you on the ground while you ride around. The assistant should announce out loud, "Now, Now, Now" to you when the outside foreleg is coming forward. While they are announcing this you should try to feel what they are announcing and attempt to rise up into your posting trot with the timing of their voice. It might take a few trys to focus in on what you are feeling underneath you. If you always search for the diagonal by looking over your horse's shoulder then it might be hard to just simply sit there on focus on feel. Either way, practice it as much as possible with a helper on the ground and see how many times you can come up with the correct timing and feel. It is a pretty simple exercise to accomplish. After a little practice with a person's help then try it on your own announcing the “now” to yourself. Before you go looking over your horse's shoulder to verify if you are correct in your response first change your diagonal a few times back and forth to see if posting on the wrong diagonal helps confirm what you may or may not already know. You can always check over the shoulder for exact confirmation if need be. After enough practice, you should be able to eventually come up right away on the correct posting diagonal or at least with only a few strides of sitting trot first. It will definitely look cleaner in a competition and a lot more polished if you can remove that habit from your repertoire. Thank you for the terrific question!

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From the Side of the Trail by Kandee Haertel wenty-five years ago I came to the realization that what I really wanted to do for “recreation” was ride my own horse down a good trail. I did not want to hike. Bicycle trail riding was too rough and technical.


Riding rental trail horses did not provide the sense of freedom I was seeking. I wanted to ride my own horse on a trail where and when I wanted to ride. That realization eventually brought The Lady into my life and I entered the world of horse ownership. All of you understand that decision completely changed my life forever. The first trails we ever traveled were those at DuPage Forest Preserve District’s Waterfall Glen. I did not have a trailer at that time and those were the only trails that I could ride to direct from the barn. That riding was what I dreamed about and wanted. The fact that those trails were a couple miles of road riding, including crossing a very busy four-lane road, did not stop me from riding there often. It was on those trails that The Lady and I really formed our relationship. Put together a green rider and an inexperienced three-year old mare and you can safely assume that some of our rides there were very intense learning experiences! After several months, I moved The Lady to a very small, private boarding place that was within a very short, not intense, ride to the trails at Waterfall Glen. That was a wonderful time because we traveled the trails even more often and for longer periods because I did not have to consider a longish road ride back to the barn as part of the day’s ride. We rode in all kinds of weather and learned a lot about each other. Riding my own horse on trails was really happening and it truly was a dream come true. It was only a matter of months of truly enjoying Waterfall Glen’s trails when a newspaper article indicated that because there were no horses being kept at home in DuPage County, the Forest Preserve District was considering closing all the trails to horses on their properties. WHAT?! I personally knew that was absolutely not true. Not only were there three horses were The Lady lived, I had met many riders who routinely rode at Waterfall Glen and kept their horses in their backyards. That possible action on the part of the Forest Preserve District soon lead to the formation of Trail Riders of DuPage (TROD) as an organized

25 years of trail riding. group of riders to promote horse trails in DuPage County. That marked another major turning point in my life because I was no longer “just a trail rider”, but I was also an instant horse trails advocate. As many of you know from reading this column, my career as a horse trails advocate gradually grew to that of a national-level horse trails advocate through work with not only TROD, but Illinois Trail Riders, the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois, the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource, and the Back Country Horsemen of America. That commitment has lasted more than twenty years until my semi-retirement in 2010. I say semi-retirement because advocacy on that level is something that you can never truly retire from. The emails asking for assistance and requests from my time still arrive and really cannot be ignored. With the economic downturn and the state of our government, trails advocacy has become more important than ever. It seems that anything to do with recreation and conservation is on the chopping block at the local, state, and federal levels. One side of me says it okay because we have people who are struggling enough to simply live and need assistance at levels they cannot even consider recreation of any type part of their lives. But, to me, the truth is that without our recreation areas life becomes only work and struggle and there absolutely must be

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more to life than that. Not only must open space and the ability to get outdoors be maintained for our use, but also for future generations. Americans are losing their connection with the land and I believe that we must continue to advocate for open spaces so that there can be places to experience nature, to escape from urban and suburban areas, and to understand what nature offers and enjoy it. Most of our open spaces are free to experience. Even in these days of joblessness and decline, everyone should be able to go to a park or preserve and relax and enjoy for even a brief time. For those of us who have the luxury of owning our own horses, our way of life is even more threatened because many of our decision makers have no knowledge horses and see horses as big, messy critters that damage trails. Many of the general public are frightened by the size of our horses and have never experienced the joy that horses offer. I have come to understand that very few horse owners are willing to take the time to become horse trail advocates who speak at public meetings and educate our decision makers. Even when a decision had a direct effect on what were considered “personal” trails, very few would attend a meeting or speak to the decision makers. When I was a bornagain advocate, this fact distressed me almost to the point of tears. Now I understand that, even though I still find it disappointing. However, there are many ways that you can be an

advocate without spending large amounts of time or money. Read the information on websites such as the following: • Horsemen’s Council of Illinois – www.horsemenscouncil.org • Illinois Trail Riders – www.illinoistrailriders.com • Equestrian Land Conservation Resource – www.elcr.org • Back Country Horsemen of America – www.backcountryhorse.com • American Trails – www.americantrails.org There are many local organizations that have websites and you can find them by searching “horse trails” or “horse trail organizations.” Educate yourself. As you learn more about the challenges that your horse trail advocates are facing, join the organization(s) that represent what you would like to see happen. Then take the time to take the simple actions they request of their members, which is usually involves sending an email. It really is that simple and something that even you can do. Please become an advocate. Doing these things does not mean that you will become a career advocate like me, but it does mean that you will be a part of a movement to save trails for horseback riders. That really is important.



Horse Werks by Carolyn Kakuska

Learn why lateral movements benefit gaited horses.

ouldn't is be great if you could just pop up on your gaited horse, ask him to gait, and without effort he steps off into the perfect gait, at the perfect speed and is just waiting for you to ask him to do something else? Actually, that can happen for you. All it will take is an understanding of your horse and his nature and why it is important for you to incorporate lateral movements in your training sessions with your horse.


Simply stated a lateral movement is a movement performed by the horse in any direction that is not forward or backward. Some examples of beginning level lateral movements are circles, forehand turns and haunch turns. Other examples are the leg yield and half pass. Some more advanced lateral movements are a side pass, roll back or pirouette.

of movements done by a horse that are sideways or lateral. These movements are so important to a horse's behavior and his nature you can see rudimentary lateral movements used on a regular basis within the herd. A foal will learn to move away from the slightest pressure during the earliest moments of life. His mother will gently push him into position to nurse and as he responds and moves away from that gentle push he has performed his first lateral movement.

While executing any of these movements the horse is expected to move away from the pressure of your hand and halter if you are on the ground or your leg and bridle if you are in the saddle. At one time or another all riders have executed a lateral movement. No doubt, you have already asked your horse to move away from pressure at some time in your relationship.

As that baby grows up and starts to learn and understand what is and is not acceptable in the herd he will make some mistakes. It is the responsibility of the herd leader (usually an old mare) to correct him. So she might drive him out of the herd and make him move until he understands how he should behave in the herd. In order to do this she may possibly push his hip with a nip and make him move away from the herd. Again a lateral movement was performed when she moved him. The old mare understands that ability to control another horse's space is essential to gain the capability to control his mind and thereby governing the entire herd and keeping them safe.

For example, on the ground in the crossties you might have asked your horse to move his hips and step over so he is centered on the mat. Or if you are riding you may have performed a circle to go back to ride with a friend behind you on the trail. Maybe you have even done a side pass at a show or on the trail. These are all examples

Using the herd dynamics as a model you can now understand why lateral movements are the foundation to body control both on the ground and in the saddle. Initiating lateral movements and changing a horse's space by will assist the rider or handler to have body control. A forehand turn can be used during a training session

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to help your horse regain focus should he get distracted. Or a circle can help a horse who does not want to go forward when on a lead rope. And when used properly newly gained body control will lend itself to mental control of your horse. Once you have complete body control you will then have mental control and now you are the leader. For horse owners and riders lateral movements are valuable training tools. A crisp and properly timed forehand turn will instantly rebalance your horse. This rebalance will often assist your horse to go back into gait or simply improve his gait. A haunch turn will rebalance your horse and help him learn to shift his weight to his hind quarters. Once he is rebalanced he will be better able to perform his gait. Leg yields and half passes encourage your horse to rebalance and move away from leg pressure. The more you teach your horse to move laterally, bend and rebalance the easier it will be keep him straight, stay collected and maintain solid gait. Lateral moves also benefit you and your horse on the trail or trail classes at shows. As you horse becomes proficient at moving away from your leg and improves his ability shift his weight he will be able to side pass easily to avoid obstacles on the trail or in the show ring. It will become easier for you to maneuver your horse whenever or wherever you ride him. Lateral movements also have physical advantages as well. They help the horse gain and maintain better balance, become more

supple and develop responsiveness to leg aids. Also lateral movements encourage your horse to evenly develop muscles on both sides of his body. Furthermore, practicing and mastering lateral movements improve impulsion. Improved impulsion precedes better collection which will in turn produce better movement. Simply translated improved movement means a better and smoother gait for you. There are many valuable reasons to start to use lateral movements in your training program. You will see improved communication skills with your horse. You will be able to better read him and know when to offer him additional help by using a lateral move. Your horse will appreciate this new communication because he will feel safer with you as his leader. Using the lateral movements you have taken control of his body so you will be able to control his mind. The best part of training your horse to use lateral movements is he will be more responsive to your leg aids and he will become a willing partner for you. Your horse will also be stronger physically so you will be able to ride him longer without worrying about him getting hurt. But most of all it's about the gait and the use of lateral moves will improve the gait of all gaited horses. Your horse will learn to rebalance himself and have greater control of his body. His impulsion will be stronger and he will be much easier to collect and his gait will be consistent, effortless and in a word perfect.






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WISCONSIN DEALERS 1. Premier Cooperative Mineral Point, WI 608/987-3100 2. Premier Cooperative Mount Horeb, WI 608/437-5536


3. Oregon Farm Center Oregon, WI 608/251-9657 4. Claws 2 Paws Animal Supply LLC Stoughton, WI 608/873-8014

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5. Frontier FS Cooperative Ixonia, WI 920/261-1718




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6. Horn Bros. Inc. Muskego, WI 262/679-1717 7.


Landmark Services Co-op Elkhorn, WI 262/723-3150




8. Landmark Services Co-op Burlington, WI 800/800-3521

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9. Landmark Services Co-op Union Grove, WI 262/878-5720

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10. Main Street Country Store Walworth, WI 262/275-0620 *See ad on pg. 10

2. Cherry Valley Feed and Supplies Inc. Cherry Valley, IL 815/332-7665 3. Woodstock Farm & Lawn Woodstock, IL 815/338-4200 4. Grayslake Feed Sales Inc. Grayslake, IL 847/223-4855 *See ad below 5. Animal Feed and Needs Arlington Heights, IL 847/437-4738 6. Elburn Co-op Feed Store Elburn, IL 630/365-1424 *See ad on pg. 10 7.

Trellis Farm and Garden LLC St. Charles, IL 630/584-2024

8. Sublette Farmers Elevator Company Sublette, IL 815/849-5222 9. Midland Crossing Mercantile Newark, IL 815/695-1130


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11. Horn Trevor Feeds Inc. Trevor, WI 262/862-2616 ILLINOIS DEALERS 1. M and W Feed Service Ltd. Elizabeth, IL 815/858-2412






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10. D & H Ag. The Country Store Yorkville, IL 630/553-5826

16. Country Feed & Supplies Princeville, IL 309/385-3333

11. Tri-County Stockdale Co. Joliet, IL 815/436-8600

17. Paws Claws and Exotics Too Pekin, IL 309/925-3111

12. Ludwigs Inc. Lemont, IL 630/257-3097

18. H&H Feeds Stronghurst, IL 309/924-2521

13. Capital Pet Inc. Country Club Hills, IL 708/798-4800

INDIANA DEALERS 1. Karp’s Garden and Feed Hobart, IN 219/942-2033

14. Most Feeds and Gardens Crete, IL 708/672-8181 15. Andres & Wilton Farmers Grain & Supply Peotone, IL 708/258-3268

2. Crown Feed & Supply, Inc. Crown Point, IN 219/663-0139 3. Leo’s Feed and Garden Cedar Lake, IN 219/374-6757