NEW YORK HORSE FALL 2017
STORIES. ADVICE. HORSEPLAY.
Defying Gravity The Master
GEOFF TEALL: 10 WAYS TO MAKE GOOD RIDES BETTER
TWO RISING STARS REACH FOR THE HEIGHTS
JERSEY BOY, DECONSTRUCTED
The Artful Horse goes to the races
WALK/JOG CLASS: WHERE IT ALL BEGINS
UNDERSTANDING THE HERD MENTALITY
A YOUNG RIDERâ€™S 4 LIFE LESSONS (SO FAR)
ADVANCES IN TREATING EQUINE FRACTURES
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Artful Horse
Greg Montgomery’s classic posters capture the poetry in motion of Thoroughbred racing
And They’re (sort of) Off
Try being a Saratoga jockey at the National Museum of Racing’s newest attraction
Take a master class in horsemanship from one of the sport’s top teachers
A Portrait of Jersey Boy
The great champion is more than the sum of his parts
Once Upon a Time
The beginner walk-jog class at a county fair horse show is where it all starts for the smallest of competitors
While other teens are thinking about proms and midterms, Kendra Duggleby and Madison Goetzmann have their heels down and their eyes on the prize
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The Guide 59 60 61 62
You and your horse are a herd of two – and you’re in charge (or should be) House Calls
Diagnosing and treating an equine fracture The Bottom Line
Boarding horses should be only a piece of any barn’s business plan Beyond the Bottom Line
Let excellence be your hallmark
EQ Business: Up, Up and Away
Gourmet hay and climate-controlled stalls - it’s good to be a four-legged jet setter at the ARK at JFK’s new equine quarantine
On the Cover
“First Light” was created by artist Greg Montgomery for the 88th running of the Whitney Handicap, one of the iconic races of the Saratoga season. The image captures exercise riders at daybreak on the Oklahoma training track. Said Montgomery of the piece: “A gauzy, ethereal look reveals runners with their riders emerging from the mist, their hooves muffled by the soft loam. There’s not another place like it.”
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Jump Start Collected Thoughts
Gravity: It’s the law Thanks To Our Underwriters Calendar
Cooler weather isn’t putting a chill on equine events. Roadtrip, meanwhile, is ready for an Affaire to remember Leg Up
News, Notes and Conversation Starters Guest Column
Riding teaches so much more than good form on a horse Newsmaker
The Lorenzo Driving Competition plans a new Combined Test, Utility Division Armchair Equestrian
The hidden stories of New York’s first Thoroughbreds Off the Beaten Path
At Stewart State Forest, trek 22 miles of fields, forests and gravel roads Parting Shot
Human Centered Design name tag
“All this endless thinking. It’s very overrated.” — Violet Crawley, Dowager Duchess of Grantham, Downton Abbey
PHOTO OF SOLO AT THE CAZENOVIA COLLEGE EQUESTRIAN CENTER BY NEW YORK HORSE STAFF
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Gravity: S Nature’s way of keeping riders humble
I have finally lived up to a legendary George Morris saying. Not the one I’d aspired to, perhaps. That would be the one where he explains why he selected Beezie Madden to be the anchor rider on the U.S. Olympic show jumping team: She has “ice water in her veins.” No, I heard his words ringing in my ears for an entirely different reason. But it was a Georgeism nonetheless; the one that goes “Get back on the horse or go to the hospital. Back on, or the hospital.” I did not get back on. For the record, thanks to what is referred to in my family as the “stubborn gene,” this particular unscheduled dismount at the canter was followed by the diagnosis of a fractured vertebrae but not before: A. Checking my cursing reflex – it was unscathed – and then standing up based on the medically undocumented theory that if I could wiggle my toes I must be OK. B. Untacking, bathing and returning the horse to her stall after fetching not one but two carrots because she seemed a bit nonplussed at the sudden disappearance and over-the-head acrobatics of her rider. C. Driving myself home, convinced that leg spasms and back pain resembling a white-hot poker could probably be cured by lying on the couch watching TV with a handful of aspirin and a Coke Zero. D. Conceding defeat, an ambulance, the ER, and the opportunity to become a bonafide statistic: One of the 35% of American adults who were given painkiller prescriptions by medical providers. I write this, on the mend, with the sure and certain knowledge that someday – preferably later rather than sooner – I will find myself back on the couch, cursing Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation (“What goes up, must come down”) but accepting that the only way not to fall off is not to get on in the first place. And so for us, the most of us – the horse-crazy kids who became horsecrazy adults whose days of flying over fences and dreaming of praise from George Morris are barely visible in the rear-view mirror – a few words to ride by from another famous horseman, Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never give up.”
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he is the original Equinista, a word she created from fashionista + equestrian. The name fits like a T – a designer tee she probably scored at a hidden-treasure vintage clothing shop. LA Sokolowski-Pomeroy began her career producing news on the racing industry for Saratoga Springs-based OurTown TV. The Hudson Valley native earned degrees in English, Journalism and Equine Business, and went on to oversee press relations for national and FEI-level clients including the Atlanta Olympic Committee, IHSA Nationals, Live Oak International, National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, USET Festival of Champions and World Pair Driving Championships. Her writing regularly graces the pages of New York Horse and is regularly honored for quality. In 2010-2011, Sokolowski-Pomeroy earned back-to-back American Horse Publications Awards for best freelance equine journalism, and in 2016 she accepted a Syracuse Press Club award for outstanding sports writing for an NYH feature on the legacy of show jumping legends Harry and Snowman. This year, her contributions as an equestrian sports journalist and publicist earned her one of the industry’s highest accolades: the AHP Chris Brune Spirit Award, presented to the person who has done the most consistently to assist and support the association. “I have never stopped appreciating how the people who were once my heroes have since become my peers,” said Sokolowski-Pomeroy. “Never has that been truer than since joining the fine company … of Spirit Award winners.” She also received her second consecutive (and fourth overall) AHP writing award for No More a Prisoner, a look at the horse-human bonds built in the Arizona Wild Horse & Inmates program.
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Autumn in NY horse show, part of the Syracuse PHA circuit. Toyota Coliseum, NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse. More info: syracusepha.org
NYS Draft Horse Club Sale. Tack and equipment Oct. 5; horses sold Oct. 6. Cortland County Fairgrounds, Cortland. More info: email@example.com New York State Horse Council’s 49th Annual Fall Pleasure Ride. Madison County Fairgrounds, Brookfield. More info: nyshc.org
CNY Dressage & Combined Training Association educational series: “Cross Training for the Equestrian.” 6 p.m., Manlius Library. More info: cnydcta.org
“The History of Classical Horsemanship: Improving Performance through Classical Principles.” presented by the Baroque Equestrian Games and Institute. Voltra Farm, 6000 Rock Road, Verona. More info: voltrafarm.com
Equine & Wine fundraiser for Sunshine Horses horse rescue with wine flight and pasta dinner. Greenwood Winery and Bistro, East Syracuse. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and more information.
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Central New York Reining Horse Association Fall Classic & NEBT Futurity. Toyota Coliseum, NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse. More info: cnyrha.net
89th annual Genesee Valley Hunt Races, Nations Road, Geneseo. A full day of horse racing with wagon rides, dog events and shopping. More info: geneseevalleyhunt.org/races Ranch riding and reining clinic with NRHA champion Scott Loomis. Morrisville State College Western barn, 7364 Swamp Road, Morrisville. More info: email@example.com
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CNY Dressage & Combined Training Association year-end awards luncheon. Guest speaker is Mindful Equestrian Lisa Eklund. Lincklaen House, Cazenovia. More info: cnydcta.org “Improve Your Feel and Timing of Aids,” a dressage seminar and demonstration with trainer Michelle LaBarre. Voltra Farm, 6000 Rock Road, Verona. More info: voltrafarm.com
LEG UP: ROAD TRIP Equine Affaire is a don’t-miss celebration of all things horse
it the road and indulge your passion for horses at Equine Affaire, the premier equestrian expo that brings together hundreds of clinics, entertainment, exhibits, and acres of shopping in four amazing days. This year’s Affaire is Nov. 9-12 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Where to start? How about with clinics, seminars, and demos from many
of the nation’s leading names, including Phillip Dutton, Olympic medalist and the world’s No. 2 ranked eventer; NRHA million dollar reiner Craig Johnson; and natural horsemanship trainer and clinician Julie Goodnight. Equine Affaire’s “Ride with the Best” program also gives selected riders a chance to receive individual instruction at more than 50 clinics. Regardless of your discipline, you’ll find sessions to help you and your horse excel. Ready to be entertained? The Versatile Horse & Rider Competition
is back with its signature timed — and judged — obstacle course created to test communication, horsemanship skills, and athleticism. At night it’s Fantasia, Equine Affaire’s signature musical celebration of the horse. Check out the new Equine Fundamentals Forum, browse the largest horse-related trade show in the east, and visit the breed pavilion to learn about horses of a different color. There’s much more but our advice is: Just go. For more information visit the event website at Equineaffaire.com.
News, Notes and Conversation Starters With the help of an incredible triple-clear performance from Beezie Madden and Darry Lou, the Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team battled from behind to win the Spruce Meadows’ BMO Nations Cup in September. Tied with Brazil after the second round, Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland tapped the two-time Olympic gold medalist and Dutch Warmblood stallion to seal the victory in the jump-off. “My plan going first was to put in a real solid round that they had to go a little to beat,” Madden, of Cazenovia, said after the win. “I’m so excited for this horse; he is a new one for me, and he is only 9 years old. This was the first time I went really fast with him, and over big jumps in a jump-off, so I am so happy with him.” Madden, with teammates Lauren Hough, Charlie Jacobs, and Lillie Keenan, gave the U.S. its eighth Nations Cup podium appearance and fourth gold medal of the year.
Cazenovia rider places in Top Three at national dressage championship On her first trip to the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage National Championship, Cazenovia’s Kimberley Dougherty and her own Oldenburg mare, Celebration, placed third in the 4-year-old division with a final score of 8.02. The score places them in the top tier of some of the finest evolving dressage horses. Dougherty, head trainer at Canterbury Stables, has owned the mare since she was 6 months old. “[Celebration] came out with more power” in the finals, Dougherty said. “I thought she was super ... She was rideable and I think, overall, for her first time here, I am really happy with her.” Dougherty and Celebration bettered their performance over the two days of competition. Their first-round test yielded a score of 7.9; they improved to an 8.0 in the final test, which counted for 60% of the final score.
New Expo Center at Fair targets 2018 for opening Construction on the new Exposition Building at the state fairgrounds may begin as early as November, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says. The 133,000 square foot facility – with flexible space for horse shows, trade shows and other events including motocross – has a “substantial completion” date targeted for the opening of the 2018 Fair. When set up for horse shows, the center will have a 150’x300’ arena, bleacher seats, and 130 horse stalls. The new space, officials said, will allow the Fair to better compete for national and international equestrian and sports events. The project is expected to create over 700 construction jobs.
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Beezie’s triple clear brings U.S. more Nation’s Cup gold
NY Track owner honored as ‘Equine Savior’ Jeff Gural, owner of three racetracks – New York’s Vernon and Tioga Downs and the Meadowlands in New Jersey – received this year’s Equine Savior Award. It’s given by Equine Advocates for Gural’s commitment to the aftercare of racehorses, their safety during their racing careers, and toward maintaining integrity and honesty in racing. Gural has become a driving force in keeping trainers suspected of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs, and those trying to buy or sell horses for slaughter, out of his three racetracks.
New York riders chosen for USHJA Nationals Three upstate equestrians have been chosen for the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association 2017 Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session. Selected as riders are Maura Cherny, 18, of Cazenovia, and Kendra Duggleby, 17, of Cleveland. (Read more about Kendra starting on page 47.) Chosen as a stable manager is Gabrielle Baker, 19, of Phoenix, a Cazenovia College junior. They are among 24 athletes chosen from more than 180 who participated in regional clinics this past summer. “I’m eager to see this talented group … get the most out of working with the industry’s best teachers and leading professionals, and am even more eager to see what they do after the session,” said Sally Ike, chair of the EAP Committee. The national session will be Nov. 9-12, at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.
NY Horse wins national writing awards Zippy Chippy may have gone 0-for-100 in his racing career, but his story continues to be a big winner: The tale of the lovable loser took first place in American Horse Publications’ national writing competition for author Bill Flynn. The story was chosen as the best personality profile. Having America’s losingest Thoroughbred in our pages was a very fun ride – and we’re guessing that’s something Zippy’s jockeys never, ever said. A third-place award for best instructional article went to NYH Editor Janis Barth, for a piece on a clinic by the Spanish Riding School’s Andreas Hausberger. The AHP awards, for material published in 2016, included 783 entries of which 71 were finalists.
NY Names in the News Jenna Doktor, of Corfu, and Savannah Short, of Coram, received
the 2017-18 Bridget Kate Publicover Scholarship given by the Morrisville College Foundation to students majoring in an equine program. Trainer Brenda Peck and Galemont Farm in Warners, were the Zone 2 winners of this year’s USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Stable Challenge. Wade Tomaszewski of Buffalo received the Race for Education’s Robert J. Frankel Scholarship, given annually to a student whose family is employed in the racing industry. A licensed groom and driver, he’s a junior at Villa Maria College pursuing certification to become a Physical Therapy Assistant. ABC Dream Team from Otego, and Saddlebrook Equestrian Team from Schwenksville, tied for fifth place in the Upper School Team Championship at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western National Finals. Winning the Syracuse qualifier earned Sam Flarida of Ohio a spot in the 2017 FEI World Reining Championships for Junior and Young Riders in Switzerland, where the U.S. team took home the silver medal.
LEG UP: GUEST COLUMN
Four life lessons learned from horses
don’t remember a time when my family didn’t have a horse. My earliest memories are of being led around on my mother’s mare, begging for a few trot steps. Family members insisted that it was ‘just a phase.’ Spoiler alert: They were wrong. From a young age, I knew that I wanted horses to be part of my life forever. At Cazenovia College, I studied equine business management, but the life lessons I learned because of horses didn’t come about because I chose to go to school for horses. I can’t pinpoint an exact moment when they became clear to me. What I know is that without horses, I never would have learned some important rules for living.
Hard work is the key to success While some little girls dream of growing up to be a princess or a doctor, my dream was to win a world championship. In dreaming, I became a goal setter. I’ve seen it with my fellow equestrians, too. We’re a pretty motivated bunch. Nothing comes easy, and nothing is guaranteed. We’re taught from the start that anything can happen with hard work, and with that we find a way.
Confidence is key, overconfidence is dangerous One of the first lessons everyone learns when working with horses is that they can sense how you feel. They know when you’re nervous, and think they should be nervous, too. So equestrians develop an aura of confidence. Sometimes, though, this backfires. Sometimes we get overconfident, leading to careless mistakes. Here’s what I’ve learned: Developing humility is essential to success. It’s OK to admit that you can’t control everything.
It’s OK to ask for help My first semester I was asked to tack up a horse for an intercollegiate hunt seat show. While I’d dabbled in hunter under saddle with my little Western gelding, I wasn’t entirely confident when it came to tacking up a 17 hand warmblood. I nervously asked a senior on the equestrian team for help, expecting to be ridiculed for not knowing something so simple. That day, I learned something very important. No one can know everything, and that’s OK. 16 NEW YORK HORSE NYHorseMag.com
Always say thank you
When I was about 10, I was showing at a large open show and it wasn’t going my way. As exhausted, frustrated 10 year olds do, I started whining. A family friend pulled me aside and gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received. She told me that I needed to be thankful. Sure, I wasn’t winning, but it wasn’t the end of the world. I was able to spend a beautiful day doing what I loved, with family and friends that supported me, and a horse that was trying his heart out for me. All things considered, she said, I had a lot to be thankful for, and I needed to show it. I still get caught up in the stresses of life, but I always try to go back to that advice and offer a sincere thank you. I cannot fathom who I would be today without horses in my life. The money and hours spent do not even begin to equal the priceless life lessons learned in the barn. Happily, it wasn’t a phase. New York Horse editorial intern Kelsey Keathly is a 2017 equine business management graduate of Cazenovia College.
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By Kelsey Keathly
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The art of the wheel Lorenzo Driving Competition wants to ‘reflect where the sport is going’
eather may have cancelled this year’s Lorenzo Driving Competition, but no amount of rain can dampen plans to come back better than ever in 2018. Ideas are already in the works for new classes and experiences at Lorenzo that reflect the increased interest in the area of Combined Driving. “As we go forward, we want to reflect where the sport is going,” said Lorenzo Board President Carol Buckhout, “while maintaining the quality of the classical
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pleasure driving experience that competitors have come to expect from Lorenzo.” For 40 years, Lorenzo has been a premier destination, showcasing the art of classical pleasure driving and attracting competitors from across the northeast and Canada. What sets it apart are the signature showgrounds on the lawn of the Lorenzo State Historic Site, overlooking Cazenovia Lake. And that’s where the excitement begins. In 2018, the plan is to expand the show to three full days – Friday to Sunday, July 20-22 – and offer a new Combined Test with a driven dressage test and cross-country drive that would include obstacles in areas of the showgrounds never before part of the competition. The combined test could
be done in a traditional pleasure driving carriage or in a marathon-type vehicle. “We would utilize part of the trails on the traditional pleasure drive – a signature Lorenzo event – but also set up obstacles that would take advantage of the unique historic setting,” Buckhout said. Among the treasures of the Lorenzo site, just outside the village of Cazenovia, are a one-room schoolhouse and 150-year-old granite horse troughs that could be designed into a one-of-akind, cross-country course. Buckhout said the hope is that Friday will be the day for the Combined Test, and that competitors will remain for the pleasure driving classes on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the traditional Lorenzo enticements – Saturday night’s belt-loosening barbecue dinner and Sunday’s pleasure drive with mimosas – a new Utility Division will allow drivers to compete with their Combined vehicles for a second championship. What’s next? “We want to hear from you,” Buckhout said, to see if there’s interest in the driving community for the Combined Test and Utility Division. She stressed that the Lorenzo board needs to know as quickly as possible if the new events will attract drivers, so there is ample time to create a competitive experience with LDC’s signature flair. “We’d like to hear this fall,” she said, “so we can plan for next year.” Contact LorenzoDriving@ hotmail.com to say “Yes! I’m interested” or for more information about the new classes and plans for the 2018 show. Check the Lorenzo Driving Facebook page and website, lorenzodriving.com, for the latest details. “We’re excited about next year,” Buckhout said. “Our goal is to offer more opportunities to increase the number of competitors who come to the show.”
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Tracking the forgotten tales of New York’s Thoroughbred history
n June 19, 1867, the first winner of the Belmont Stakes was a surprise by any modern measure: Ruthless was a filly and a New York-bred one at that. One of five champion sisters out of the mare Barbarity – known collectively as the Barbarous Battalion – Ruthless won by a head and then went on to demolish the field in that year’s Travers Stakes, winning in a gallop by two lengths. So here’s a little horse bit of history: Thoroughbred racing in the United States originated in New York in the 1600s. And yes, that would be news to most railbirds, who associate Kentucky, blue grass and bourbon with the sport. Into that largely unsketched past comes a new book by Allan Carter, From American Eclipse to Silent Screen: An Early History of New York-breds ($21.95, Shires Press, the publishing division of Northshire Bookstore). “There is a traditional adage in racing that ‘a good horse can come from anywhere,’” writes Albany Law School’s Bennett Liebman in the book’s introduction. “Allan has demonstrated that a good horse can come from anywhere in New York State. Whether it’s from Nassau County, Suffolk
County, Staten Island, the Bronx, or Delaware County, Alan has shown where the good New York horses have come from.” Carter, official historian at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, explores New York’s rich history before the advent of the state’s Thoroughbred breeding program in 1973. It features legendary breeders such as August Belmont, Pierre Lorillard, Francis Morris, and Sanford Stud Farm, and tells the stories of great racehorses including Hall of Fame members American Eclipse (inducted in 1970) and Ruthless (inducted in 1975). Carter is also the co-author, with Mike Kane, of 150 Years of Racing in Saratoga: Little Known Stories & Facts from America’s
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Most Historic Racing City. In Eclipse to Silent Screen, his impeccable history is blended with storytelling to create an intriguing read; one that weaves New York’s legendary horses and horsemen into the broader fabric of American racing. There’s more, including vintage photographs, online at facebook.com/ HistoryNYBreds. The book is available for purchase at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame; at Northshire’s location on Broadway in Saratoga Springs; and other outlets in the village, including Impressions, Lyrical Ballad, and Five Points. Books may also be ordered directly through the author by sending a check for $27 to: Allan Carter, 3 Pinewood Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Gen. Nathaniel Coles bred a chestnut colt and named him American Eclipse, after the English champion Eclipse. Coles was certain his colt was also destined for greatness, and he was right. American Eclipse would be undefeated in eight races, his most famous challenge coming in the first North vs. South match. In May 1823, at the age of 9, American Eclipse beat southern sensation Sir Henry, a 4-year-old, besting him in two out of three heats over a four-mile course. He was inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame in 1970 Source: National Museum of Racing
BITS AND PIECES HIGH FIVE: NUMBERS OF INTEREST THIS ISSUE New York Horse took a spin through the stacks of research, news releases and other nuggets of information that come our way and gleaned these items of equine intelligence.
The odds on Perplexed, who won July 24 at Saratoga to become Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ longest shot victory
$52.1K The average purse per race in NY in 2016, according to the 2017 Jockey Club report
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$25.5K The average earnings per starter in NY in 2016
$45.8K The average 2016 auction price of a NYbred yearling, down 20.6% from 2015
The year FasigTipton, the oldest Thoroughbred auctioneers in North America, was founded
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OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Stewart State Forest Wetlands and ‘watchable wildlife’ await riders of all levels Editor’s Note: New York’s state parks, forests, wildlife preserves and private properties beckon riders of all abilities and interests. A diverse terrain awaits, from stone-dust paths and rolling hills to rugged mountains and wilderness lakes. Get out there and ride!
n the spirit of the season, Off the Beaten Path is migrating south for this issue’s equine getaway. Tucked into the lower Hudson Valley west of Newburgh, the horse trails at Stewart State Forest ramble along 22 miles of wetlands, fields and forest in northeast Orange County. Barely a hand span from the metro area, its 6,700 acres are an increasingly rare sanctuary from the daily crush, with 18 miles of paved gravel roads that penetrate deep into a still-wild New York. Horses are allowed on all public roads and trails except three: the Orchard Trail, Beaver Pond Trail, and Rock Wall. But that still leaves more options than you can shake a hoof at, including the 2 mile Scofield Lane Trail, traveling through disturbed woods and along a ridge above a swamp, and the 1.8 mile Buchanan Hill Trail, which traverses fields and forest and includes the highest point in the park at 658 feet. Download a map on the website: dec.ny.gov/lands/50095.html Horses are also not allowed on the new Great Swamp boardwalk, but it’s worth dismounting to stroll above and through this unique landscape. Riders heading south on the Scofield Lane Trail will find a spur leading off to the left that will take them to the boardwalk. There are hitching posts at either end, just before each entrance.
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Keep an eye out for: Stewart is one of the state’s “Watchable Wildlife” sites. The Department of Environmental Conservation describes it as “a oneof-a-kind place for animals needing transitional habitats – birds and butterflies that love grasslands and bushes, turtles and snakes that love open sandy fields, and frogs and salamanders that love small wetlands surrounded by woods and fields.” Don’t be surprised to spot a coyote or a bobcat along with squirmier species – Jefferson, bluespotted and marbled salamanders all call Stewart home. Required papers: Proof of a current negative Coggins certificate is required for all horses. Out-of-state horse owners are required to produce a 30-day health certificate. Open: Year round, but closed to non-hunters during regular big game hunting season, Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Portable toilets are available from April into autumn. Fee: Use of the trails and all facilities is free. Parking/Camping: There are numerous parking areas located throughout the forest. Parking for cars and horse trailers is available at the north end of Ridge Road and at Weed Road. Nerd alert, Revolutionary edition: While you’re in the neighborhood, visit Washington’s Headquarters at 84 Liberty Street, Newburgh, and walk through the rooms where American history was made. Washington made the fieldstone farmhouse his residence from April 1782 to August 1783, and it was here the nation’s future first president rejected the idea that he should be king after the Revolutionary War ended. Keep in mind: Carry a cell phone on you. That way if you part company with your horse – beware of equine-eating salamanders – you have the phone.
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Not 50, but Three Shades of Grey, open JFK’s equine quarantine
alk about traveling first class. Three jet-setting Irish sport horses were the first guests at the world’s only privately-owned animal reception terminal and quarantine, the ARK at New York’s JFK airport. Sandy, Jackson, and Polly – collectively, the Three Shades of Grey – splashed through a disinfectant hoof bath before heading to their climate-controlled stalls to relax and enjoy a postflight munch on timothy-blend hay. The $65 million ARK received final approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in time to receive the horses over Labor Day weekend. The trio, who were traveling with Peden Bloodstock, arrived on a CAL charter Sept. 1 from Belgium, and were released from their three-day quarantine on Sept. 4. This is Phase 2 of the facility, which sits on 14.4 acres with runway access. As part of Phase 1, the ARK Pet Oasis and Equine Export Center opened on Jan. 2, and since then has welcomed a well-travelled menagerie including dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, baby goats, and a pot-bellied pig. Phase 3 is expected to open late this year and will bring in a long-term pet boarding facility. The import quarantine features 12x12 stalls with natural light, bedding, and non-slip cushioned flooring; 24/7 observation by a staff trained by Olympic grooms; biosecurity oversight by the Cornell Veterinary School of Medicine; daily grooming, and hand walking if requested. Horses are loaded directly from their jet stalls into the quarantine by specially designed ARK vehicles. Horses staying in the ARK departure lounge are groomed on arrival and prior to departure and “any other special services requested.” No last-minute gallops to the gate, either: the facility is designed so jets can taxi up to the loading dock allowing horses to be loaded directly to their in-flight stalls. (And yes, you are correct: It does beat the heck out of complimentary peanuts and flying coach.) 24 NEW YORK HORSE NYHorseMag.com
Jackson, one of the first horses housed at the ARK at JFK airport’s new equine quarantine, coming off the plane
Jackson is released and led into the quarantine where he’ll hoof it through a disinfectant bath
Jackson relaxes in his stall, his temporary home for three days of quarantine
Artful orse H The
Greg Montgomery is famed for his posters of the midsummer classic, but he is an artist for all seasons
BY KATIE NAVARRA
f you’ve ever seen the Travers Stakes poster series, you know how eloquently artist Greg Montgomery captures the essence of the Saratoga track and Thoroughbred racing. What you may not know is this: Before 1985, he was unfamiliar with the equestrian world. “I didn’t even know which parts of the horse even took the saddle,” he recalled. At the time, he was working as the art director for General Electric’s corporate marketing communications operation in Albany. He had recently relocated from New Mexico where he
studied painting and lithography and then worked as an art director and set designer for public television. When Montgomery learned that GE offered tuition reimbursement benefits he decided to continue his art training and enrolled in a master’s program to learn serigraphy – the creation of prints using a silk screen. One of the first assignments was to design a silkscreened poster, a project he eagerly accepted. He had long admired the vintage British Railway posters that hung in rail stations between the 1890s and the 1930s. The artists used bold, solid colors, hard edges and typography to catch the attention of a passerby. “All of those elements drew in a person’s eye to the center of the visual,” he said. With a format in mind, all he needed was a subject. Early in the planning process he visited an art gallery in Saratoga, his new hometown. While he was there, a small sign in the window caught his attention. “The sign was advertising the Travers race,” he said. “I had never heard of it, so I asked the gallery owner what the race was all about.” The owner explained that the annual Travers Stakes – the Midsummer Derby – is the most popular race of the Saratoga meet. First held in 1864, the Travers is the third-ranked race for 3-yearold Thoroughbreds, behind only the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. A jewel of the late-August race card, its prestige and tradition draws spectators from around the world. “I couldn’t believe that all they had to advertise this famous race was a little sign. I asked if I could produce a poster as part of my class project,” Montgomery said. “The gallery owner put me in touch with the race committee, and they agreed.” A signature work, as it turned out, was in the starting gate. First, however, was one not-so-small matter: Montgomery had to learn about the sport of horse racing. For that, he visited the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga. There, the kaleidoscope of brightly colored jockey’s silks caught his eye and reminded him of a heraldic coat of arms. The bold, colorful silks represented the pageantry of the event, and were a perfect fit for the poster style he admired. “I wanted to incorporate the winning silks into the poster design, but there were more than 100 winners between 1864 and 1986. That was too many to fit on one poster, it would have become wallpaper.”
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In Legends of the Spa, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the track, Montgomery set the seven most famous horses to race at Saratoga between 1864 and 2013. Left to right they are: Exterminator, Kentucky, Man Oâ€™ War, Whirlaway, Native Dancer, Secretariat and Go For Wand. Standing at the rail are track founders William Travers, John Morrissey and Leonard Jerome. 30 NEW YORK HORSE NYHorseMag.com
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Instead, he chose a vertical layout featuring 15 different winning silks arranged in five rows of three each. Beneath the silks,
THE TRAVERS CELEBRATION Saratoga 1986 popped against a classically clean white background. When the design was revealed, it was so wellreceived that the race committee immediately commissioned another. “People started collecting them and began looking for them each year,” Montgomery said; 2017 marks the 32nd consecutive year that he has created the poster for the Travers Stakes. It is the longest-running series by a single artist for a single event in racing history. “One of the great challenges each year,” he said, “is to create something that is distinctive and independent of other years, and at the same time feels familiar and still says ‘Saratoga.’” Sometimes the outcome of the previous year’s race determines the focus of the next year’s image. This year’s poster is one. Titled Record Breaker, it honors Arrogate’s 2016 Travers victory in which he set a stakes and track record for 1 ¼ miles. In the image, the big gray colt, in full flight, kicks up clots of turf and leaves his closest pursuers in the dust. “Arrogate came from behind to win by 13-and-ahalf lengths in a record-breaking pace,” Montgomery said. “When something like that happens all of the sudden, it has to become the focus of the poster.” Similarly, the neck-and-neck race between Alpha and Golden Ticket in the 2012 Travers became the focus for the 2013 poster, Dead Heat. “There was no way I could have done anything other than that finish because it was such a rare occurrence in the race’s history and it was the moment everyone remembered,” he said. Other times, the poster captures quieter instants — a Thoroughbred’s morning bath, three haltered stable mates picking at their hay nets — or an elegantly-appointed spectator, binoculars at the ready, taking in the day’s first race. Regardless of the year or the subject, Montgomery begins his work with photographs taken at previous Travers races. On average, he uses between five and 11 different photos. With a pen or a pencil, he hand draws one element at a time. “I’ll like a woman’s handbag from one photo and a hat from another. I’ll take a jockey from one photo, the silks from another and the horse from a third image,” he explained. “I’ll draw each element on its own sheet of paper.” Each piece is then cut out and placed to create the desired scene. The final arrangement is scanned into a computer where Montgomery redraws each individual component, adds color and the tiniest 32 NEW YORK HORSE NYHorseMag.com
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details. “Even the grains of dirt in the track are hand drawn,” he said. This is the step where his business partner of 30 years and now wife, Paula Rosenberg, becomes involved. “She’ll ask me if I’m really putting eyelashes on a horse and suggest that it may be too much detail,” he laughed. It can take up to three months to draw one poster, but the planning takes much longer. For months before pen ever touches paper, Montgomery and Rosenberg review photographs and discuss what may make the best visual for the coming year’s poster. In addition to the beloved Travers posters, Montgomery works with polo clients in Florida and Virginia and he continues to work as an illustrator 34 NEW YORK HORSE NYHorseMag.com
and designer accepting projects and commissioned portraits. His commissioned work includes 44 covers for the re-issue of the famous horse racing-themed murder mystery series by Dick Francis. In 2015, the Racing Museum held a 30-year retrospective of the Travers posters. Montgomery travels extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe and Asia, capturing images with pen, paint and camera. His clean colors, dynamic form, and unusual use of white space make his work unparalleled in the field of equestrian, sporting and poster art. “This is the kind of career you don’t outgrow,” he said. “I’m 68, and I’m blessed to have a skill that continues to get better and is still fun.”
Riders Up! Here’s the chance to live out a fantasy measured in furlongs
PHOTOS BY ERICA MILLER/COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RACING AND HALL OF FAME
o ahead and cross “ride a racehorse” off the bucket list. Ten dollars and a pair of closed-toe shoes puts the experience that has been compared to having your saddle fastened to a locomotive within the reach of every rider – even those whose nerves of steel expire at a collected canter. Ready to Ride! – a Thoroughbred racehorse simulator – opened this summer at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs. The cutting-edge electronic equine was designed to perfect the art of Thoroughbred race riding and is used as a training tool by instructors and professional jockeys around the world. The simulator replicates the experience of riding a real racehorse, minus those pesky little equine habits like spooking. Advanced software on Ready to Ride! – sensors are placed on various parts of the horse’s ‘body’ – allows the rider to race against other simulated Thoroughbreds projected in front of them on a high-definition screen. Testing stamina, balance and timing, the rider must strategize to control the horse without incurring penalties: faults can include poor balance, running into the back of another horse and incorrect positioning, any of which will result in the horse running out of energy before the end of the race. Designed in England by Racewood Simulators, Ready to Ride! features a digital rendering of Saratoga Race Course as the setting for this oneof-a-kind experience. The rider races against five other horses at varying distances on the simulated Saratoga track and wins or loses based on the quality of the ride given. Competition can be set at three levels of difficulty and various course conditions can be applied. To take a spin on the simulator, riders must be at least 54 inches tall (4-foot-6) and sign a release form. The rider is required to wear closed-toe shoes, dress in long pants or wear the half chaps provided by the Museum. A safety vest and helmet are also provided. The cost is $10 per ride.
Retired jockey Robbie Davis demonstrates the new Thoroughbred racehorse simulator at the National Museum of Racing.
SEE HOW THEY RUN A behind-the-scenes walking tour of Saratoga Race Course’s famous Oklahoma Training Track is available through October. Tickets are $15, which includes admission to the National Museum of Racing. For reservations and more info call: (518) 584-0400 ext. 120 or email email@example.com.
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“Leap net will appear” AND THE
— JOHN BURROUGHS
“If you concentrate on the basic principles of riding, you will succeed. Period. The end.”
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PHOTOS BY ALINA BRAZZIL/US HUNTER JUMPER ASSOCIATION
ell, says Geoff Teall, it’s beginning to look like you know what you’re doing. Now, a nice slow gallop. A collective exhale escapes the five riders in the ring as their horses lengthen. Teall is approving but, as they have learned over the past few days, his bar is set at perfection and they are not there yet. Not. Even. Close. So it is only a matter of time before – “Good God,” Teall says. “Back down to the walk.” And you’re the advanced group, he says to no one in particular except the heavens. Into the center come the riders and horses, lining up for their regularly scheduled dose of reality. Teall is right, they are the advanced riders, a top group selected for the US Hunter Jumper Association’s Emerging Athletes Program because of their skill and potential. But it isn’t Teall’s mission to make them feel good about themselves. He is here to coach them in
the relentless pursuit of the frustratingly elusive, aka riding better. Over five days at the Cazenovia College Equine Education Center, Teall — one of the nation’s leading hunter and hunt seat equitation trainers — will drill them in mounted flatwork, gymnastics exercises, and coursework. The training session, one of 10 around the country, is an opportunity for young riders to pause in their quest to go higher and wider, and become informed and experienced horsemen. It’s intense. One of the fathers watching from the stands will be overheard on his cellphone telling his wife not to call their daughter and ask how it’s going. At the moment, the answer is: It’s not going well. “Now, what are we going to do next?” Teall asks the group once the line of horses and riders has settled. “Cavalettis?” one rider ventures. “No!” The group waits. A collective inhale. “You’re going to work without irons,” Teall says. “Without irons. Why? Because you all stink.” NYHorseMag.com NEW YORK HORSE 39
Heels down. Sit tall. Gabrielle Baker of Phoenix, NY, works on the flat under the watchful eye of Geoff Teall at the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program
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He sends them back along the rail. “…It’s always good news and bad news with you. The good news is you guys are good enough to accomplish what we want to see. The bad news is that we need to work very hard. You don’t ride as well as you should.” It’s easy to forget how challenging this is, Teall continues, leavening the critique with a salting of insight. “Riding is very difficult, but it’s not complicated,” he explains, as the group canters, minus stirrups, sent off with a smile and a mock warning, “now nobody fall off.” Broken down, it’s simple pieces. Heels down. Sit tall. The maddeningly difficult part, he says — the art of riding — is in putting the pieces together. “The best riders in the world do the simplest things well. If you concentrate on the basic principles of riding you will succeed. Period. End of sentence.” OK, well maybe a few more things. “Everything you do on the horse affects the horse. Where your stick is. How you adjust your stirrups. You have to really feel and understand,” Teall says, and for every rider, even the best, that is a continuous and occasionally painful journey. To ride better is to be reminded of every imperfection, every time hands touch reins. “When you’re around horses, one of two things is happening. Either you’re training the horse or the horse is training you. And the horse, I hate to say it, is a much better trainer than you are.”
TEALL’S TRUISMS Don’t make it complicated, stay calm, and other words to ride by from master clinician Geoff Teall, regardless of your discipline: “The biggest thing you can do to improve your riding – believe it or not – is heels down.” “You learn how to do this stuff by doing it. Don’t worry about it, do it.” “Everything you do in riding horses has to be calm. As excited as your horse is, that’s exactly how calm you have to be.” “Don’t complicate things. Make it easy. You have to learn to look at things and figure out how to make them easy.” “The longer you can be on the horse – longer leg, longer body – the more you can influence the horse and the lighter you can be with your hands. The more you can stretch your leg down and around, and the more you can make your body tall, the less you need your hands to achieve the result.” “The warmup isn’t about the luxury of allowing the horse 20 minutes to get up to speed. Put them right to work ... Horses have 23 hours a day to do whatever they want. One hour a day they can work. That’s why we call it the working walk, the working trot – because they’re working.” “If you’re not sure if they’re carrying you forward, they’re probably not.” “Remember, the horse is going to go much more toward the reward than he is away from the punishment. Release is the reward.” “In the canter, stretch yourselves up and back. As you stretch yourself, fix your seat in the saddle. The canter is about sitting.” “Find the things you need to work on with your horse and work on those. You don’t need to work on everything in every lesson.”
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THE LEGEND, DECONSTRUCTED PORTRAITS OF JERSEY BOY BY JESSICA BERMAN
hampions, it has been said, do not become champions when they win. The victory is simply the expression of their character. And Jersey Boy, by all accounts, is a character. There’s a second depth to those deep, otter-brown eyes. An expression – were he a kindergartener rather than a 15-year-old Hanoverian – that says not merely intelligence, but mischievous, willful and, given too long a lead, too smart for his own good. He is legendary for his feisty disposition, for aggravating all of his humans, his ability to see and spook at invisible objects, and general opinion that he is the center of the universe. He is also legendary for his ability to leap tall objects in a single bound; a copper-plated, blanket-shredding, ribbon machine built on muscle and brains and heart. And so all is at least semi-forgiven.
With longtime rider Jennifer Alfano on board, Jersey Boy – aka Lewis – brought Buffalo’s SBS Stables unparalleled accomplishments in the hunter ring. He began his string of victories in 2008, and went on to claim more than 30 major titles including USHJA International Hunter Derby champion and USEF National Horse of the Year, along the way becoming the sport’s highest money earner. In mid-August, during a ceremony at the 2017 USHJA Championship, Jersey Boy formally retired from competition. “Life without Lewis will be very hard, but the memories will last forever,” SBS owner Susan Schoellkopf said. “Jennifer and I would like to thank Lewis for taking us on this amazing journey and for giving us both a horse of a lifetime.” The applause and the show ring accolades will always echo. The honor was all ours. NYHorseMag.com NEW YORK HORSE 43
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“We showed him in the jumpers for a while and then decided to do the hunters and the rest is history. He’s such a powerful jumper and could do all of the turns faster and harder than anybody … It didn’t matter how big the course was or how hard it was.” — Susan Schoellkopf
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For Kendra Duggleby there is only one direction: Up
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the third time, and called her selection, “one of the proudest achievements of my life.” Then, in September, another capstone moment: She was chosen for a third year for the EAP National Training Session, one of 16 riders selected from more than 180 who participated in the regionals. “It’s really amazing to go to these clinics and be paired with world-class trainers,” she said. “The program is helping the sport grow because it teaches good horsemanship. If you don’t have good horsemanship, you can’t possibly know what’s going on underneath you while you’re riding.”
Kendra jumps her own Soft Parade at the USHJA regional Emerging Athletes Program
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arly training as a barrel racer has come in handy for Kendra Duggleby. It’s one of her secret weapons – a mental edge for the rising hunter/jumper star who traded galloping around obstacles for flying over them. “When I’m in the jumper ring, I flashback to my days running barrels,” she said. “Since I started off going fast, I have the luxury of knowing that when I need to beat the buzzer I can ride fast.” The 17-year-old from Cleveland – a small village on the north shore of Oneida Lake – admits she wasn’t thrilled originally about switching from gymkhana to English. “My parents say that I was kicking and screaming at first when I had to try English,” Kendra said. But once she understood the discipline, she was hooked. And the skeptic is now an A circuit equestrian with national honors. Kendra has competed at the US Pony Finals and qualified three times for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s hunt seat national championship. This year, on her last trip to the IEA finals, she placed third in the nation in two prestigious classes: Open over fences and the Leading Rider Championship. “I cried a little bit when it was all over,” she said. “This year was the best one yet. I couldn’t have asked for better horses or better rides.” In June, she was invited to a regional US Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Athletes Program for
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Best Turned Out, at the 2016 EAP Nationals
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Kendra cleans tack as part of the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, held this year at Cazenovia College
Kendra became involved with horses the same way younger siblings get involved in most hobbies: They follow in an older sibling’s footsteps. Sister Kierstyn asked for riding lessons and so Kendra wanted to ride, too. The local Swap Sheet led them to a trainer. Many parents would have stopped there, but the family owned property that included a dilapidated 150 year-old cow barn that had potential for horses. Friends, Kendra recalled, told them to “tear it down and start over.” Instead, they chose to renovate, winching and cabling the sagging barn. The family project for two horse-loving daughters became North Riding, transitioning from Western to hunter/jumper along with the girls. In 2003, they added an equestrian team – TAPS/North Riding – which today is one of the longest-running squads in the country. It has been both a launching pad and a cornerstone for Kendra, who now manages North Riding and specializes, with trainer Tracy Forman, in transforming young, green, and problem horses into successful competitors. Exhibit One: The big bay she rode at this year’s Emerging Athletes Program. Soft Parade, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred, went 0-for-13
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racing at Aqueduct and Finger Lakes before starting his second career in the show ring. “Kendra’s horse is a little excited,” EAP clinician Geoff Teall deadpanned as Soft Parade went sideways, straight up and fast-forward in one warmup before redeeming himself over fences. “As excited as your horse is, that’s exactly how calm you have to be,” he added, with Kendra – composed and apparently super-glued to the saddle – the very definition of unflappable. The EAP regional clinics are an intensive five days of instruction in flatwork, gymnastics, horsemanship, grooming, and barn management. From those clinics, 16 riders are invited to attend the four-day National Training Session with Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Wylde. The nationals marry “competition and education to create a dynamic opportunity for young, talented riders to learn and showcase their skills,” said Sally Ike, chair of the EAP Committee. “The clinicians give you their numbers and tell you to call if there’s anything you have questions about,” added Kendra. “It’s nice to know they’re standing behind you to help out up-and-coming horsemen and women.” Plus: “It’s cool to be around kids with the same aspirations.” Leading the Kendra cheering section, wherever the course is set, is the big sister who lit the spark. Kierstyn, an accomplished rider in her own right, describes Kendra as a beautiful, talented equestrian. What separates her from the rest, Kierstyn says, is Kendra’s ability to keep pushing forward when the stars don’t align: “She has an incredible passion for the industry.” No surprise then that Kendra enjoys spending the majority of her days in the saddle and around the barn. She has been attending high school online since her sophomore year to provide the flexibility to compete on the show circuit. As part of the program, she’ll also earn a two-year college degree along with her high school diploma. The barn, meanwhile, has provided countless lessons in navigating social situations. “Owning a boarding stable is like running a small community,” she said. “There’s a big social component, and I’ve learned how to resolve problems without causing a big to-do. I find myself using those skills outside the industry.” It’s the industry, however, that holds her; and look no further than the 2017 IEA Nationals to understand where that will go. The IEA format requires that riders compete in unfamiliar tack on unfamiliar mounts, drawing their horses the day of the competition and entering the arena after a brief, if any, warm up. Kendra rode last in the Open fences class and piloted a big bay named Mikey to the Top 3 in the nation. Heels down. Eyes up. Leading with her heart. Soaring.
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Excellence HEIGHT OF
Remember to dream, Madison Goetzmann says of her show jumping journey
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Riding hopefuls, repeat after Maddy: “Dream big. In this sport, hard work and dedication pay off. You’ll have both good and bad days, maybe more bad than good at first, so it’s important to always keep your chin up and keep at it!” At 17, Madison ‘Maddy’ Goetzmann is not just living every horse-crazy little girl’s dream, she’s building a future with the potential to shine as brightly as her mentors: The Skaneateles teenager trains with Olympic medalist and four-time USEF Equestrian of the Year Beezie Madden and husband, John, an accomplished coach, breeder and trainer of show jumpers at John Madden Sales in Cazenovia. She began the way many kids do, with the shortest of stirrups. Maddy started riding at age 3 at the pony camp across the street from her home, and had to share her first horse – Malibu Barbie, “a small palomino with a big heart” – with her oldest brother. She started competing in grade school; placed third in the ASPCA Maclay Finals, the pinnacle of equitation competition, when she was a high school sophomore; and was Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month for May. For that, she garnered a few words from the legendary George Morris, president of the Hall, that any equestrian would happily embroider and frame. Said Morris: “Madison is an excellent rider.”
DREAM TRIP Little girls dream about horses. Big girls do, too. Asked if she could compete any horse, at any venue, Maddy Goetzmann’s eyes light up at the prospect of riding at Aachen, Germany, much like mentor Beezie Madden, who was part of the victorious US Nations Cup team in July. Her dream horse for that round? Maddy wants her saddle cinched on a darling of the Longines Global Champions tour: Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz’s chestnut Hanoverian mare, Fit for Fun.
Yes, savor that. She earned the honor on the Grand Prix field at Old Salem Farm, and at the Devon Horse Show where she won the Junior Jumper Reserve Championship. Thanks, Maddy said, went to her 10-yearold Westphalian gelding, Prestigious – “he’s an incredible horse … (with) amazing scope” – and the team at her side. “John and Beezie have really been helping me,” she said. “Beezie rides him, showing me how to make things better and how to improve your horse.
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It’s been a real help watching Beezie flat my horse and jump him.” The admiration goes both ways. “Maddy’s the kind of up-and-coming young talent a coach can only hope for. She’s a really great kid and rider, with lots of talent and a solid work ethic,” said John Madden, who knows a thing or two about talented female equestrians. Still, and none too surprisingly, it was Maddy who was quaking in her tall boots three years ago, at the prospect of training under such a singularly successful team. “Shortly after I started, my fears vanished; I realized they are the most kind and thoughtful people,” she said. “What I cherish most about training with John and Beezie is that they are so motivated to teach. I am eager to learn, and they are eager to share their knowledge, so it works out perfectly. “Every lesson that either John or Beezie gives varies, depending on what the horse or rider needs. Although one goal that we have every time we ride is to always work to improve your horse. You can’t expect perfection from your horse every day, but you can expect improvement.” While equitation is the foundation, Maddy does love to go against the clock in the jumpers. Maybe it’s all about the numbers, since her favorite school subject is math: “Strategies I have for memorizing formulas and basic math rules also apply to memorizing courses and striding between fences. “Remembering over-fence courses becomes natural as time goes on,” she added. “Practice definitely makes perfect when it comes to being able to memorize your track. One thing I do to help
remember where I am going is to always repeat the course in my head three or four times right before I enter the show ring.” The hours of lessons and training and more lessons are the investment Maddy makes in her future. Over this past summer she competed internationally or, as John put it, “getting her feet wet in the bigger classes.” Wading in up to her knees might be more accurate. In June, her inaugural trip to the famed Spruce Meadows showgrounds in Canada, Maddy piloted her big bay, Atticus Diamant, to victory in the 1.45m Canadian Utilities U25 – her first international win. Characteristically, she credited Monty, as the 8-year-old, 18-hand Selle Francais gelding is known around the barn. “He has such a big stride and covers the ground so easily … I’m able to make some pretty big moves,” she said. “So it really was Atticus who gave me the edge.” With Prestigious, she finished second in the Cardel Homes Jumper 1.30m Junior/Amateur class at Spruce Meadows. Atticus and Prestigious are both “incredible horses,” Maddy said, “and I feel so grateful to be able to ride them.” The time that she has, she adds, is dedicated to getting a better feel for each. “I’ve only had these horses for a short time, but already feel I’ve developed a special bond with them,” she said. “They are both very social in their stalls so I’m always looking forward to greeting them in the morning. There’s no better way to start the day.”
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In the beginning… The lessons of the fall are rooted in summer, at leadline classes and beginner walk/trot and junior hunter over 2-foot fences. Here, at the youth horse show – where classes are $3 in advance, $4 the day of the show – young riders learn life’s early lessons about dedication, character and the occasional pony with a mind of its own. BY JANIS BARTH P H OTO S B Y PAT L O U I S E
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ou may now enter for Class Number 21.” In the show ring, chaos erupts in extremely slow motion. Despite the presence of riders and reins, the horses are treating the in-gate as an equine meet-and-greet. On one side of the arena, a three-horse pileup occurs
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at a pace that can best be described as a meander, then untangles itself at something on the sluggish side of a stroll. From the good-natured gray to the dark chestnut whose rider never loses his smile, they are all four-legged candidates for sainthood. Except, of course, for the pony, whose tiny devil horns are clearly visible through his little, pricked ears. This is the Beginner Walk/Jog Western Pleasure class at the 178th Madison County fair, among the oldest in New York. A commemorative plaque on a large rock marks the spot on the Brookfield fairgrounds where, once upon a more historically significant past, the great orator Frederick Douglass delivered a fiery anti-slavery speech to 12,000 people. On that day in 1856, it was recorded, the crowd was so great that people had to tie up their horses to houses across the town. On this day in 2017, it will be recorded, the teenagers handing out free tickets to senior citizens will easily manage both their entry duties and nonstop flirt-a-thon. But what it lacks in size, the fair makes up for in spunk. A four-day homage to goats, sheep, cattle, poultry and rabbits, there are no fewer than five places to buy deep-fried Oreos, a daily frozen T-shirt contest, Ag Appreciation breakfast and, inexplicably, a Youth Day presentation on Poetry: Past and Present. The horse show loudspeaker crackles to life. “You are now being judged. Walk please, all walk.” “What am I looking for?” one newlyminted spectator asks. Well, says her
friend, before launching into a lengthy explanation of how the walk is a fourbeat gait, unlike the canter which is a three-beat gait, and that the horse should look as if he is marching. Together they peer over the top of the show ring fence at the equine conga line that has sorted itself into a sort-of shuffle. Reins wave. Boots thump equine sides. The horses, gentle guardians of their pint-sized cargo, are steadfast. One trusty hoof falls solidly in front of the other, unbothered by barking dogs, encouraging clucks from the ringside show parents, or resounding moos from the nearby dairy pageant. Except, of course, for the pony, whose devil horns have grown several inches and been joined by a demonic gleam in his eye. “So what am I looking for?” Her friend shrugs. “The one that looks the most like they’re riding?” she offers. “And that one is?” “Anyone’s guess.” The ringmaster holds up two fingers and the loudspeaker gargles: “Jog please, all jog.” The big horses pick up the pace, shuffling with determination and slightly more forward thrust. They have done this so many times they recognize the hand signal before the command is spoken. Good horses all, obedient and kind. Except, of course, for the pony, whose devil horns and demonic gleam are now joined by four little forked hooves. This is the moment he has been waiting for, and he seizes it. With a snort he is off, legs a blur, lapping the big horses who eye him as he whizzes past with a look that clearly says “Jeez dude,
relax.” Once, twice – he is closing in on a new world record for most circuits of the show ring by a very small equine when the ringmaster holds up a single finger. “Walk please, all walk, and come into the center of the ring.” Ask anyone who rides, and they will tell you it teaches more than how to stay on the back of a horse or bring home a blue ribbon. Riding teaches discipline
and dedication and patience and, on many days, humility. This day is one of them, because ask any pony and – if they are being honest – they will tell you that with careful planning and a little fancy footwork, you can spend your entire show ring career in walk/trot and never have to break a sweat. So today’s ribbon is pink, fifth place out of six in the class. The pony’s rider
politely takes the ribbon and says thanks, but there is dejection in the downward curve of her shoulder. The pony prances out of the ring as if his rider had just hoisted the World Cup trophy. “At least you didn’t come in last.” “Some judges just like the big horses better.” “You looked really good – you’ll do better next time, I know you will.” Hugs and shoulder pats come in a steady shower from the older girls showing with her. Mom takes a firm grip of the pony’s reins and the situation. Have you looked at your pattern yet? Come on, she says, let’s look at your pattern. Together, pony in tow, they walk over to the show board where the pages flutter in what will soon be the edge of an afternoon thunderstorm. They study the diagrams and plan for the next class. Except, of course, for the pony, who grabs a mouthful of grass and stares off into the middle distance. His horns, demonic gleam and forked hooves have transformed on cue into the dappled chubby image of innocence. Sugar wouldn’t melt in his little Shetland mouth.
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TIPS. EXPERT ADVICE. SECRETS WORTH STEALING
60-Second Clinic You and your horse ‘are a herd of two, and you always have to be the leader’
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orses are herd animals; they’re hierarchical by nature. Understanding this, their psychological nature, is as critical to training, says Becky Huestis, as understanding their physical nature. Huestis, an assistant rider at John Madden Sales in Cazenovia, shared her insights with the CNY Dressage & Combined Training Association. Listen in: “When we’re dealing with horses we have to be the leader all the time … We have to treat them as a bit of a subordinate as well as a partner. Giving them a set of boundaries is something they’re comfortable with and they understand. “Not understanding their behavior can result in dangerous miscommunication. Every day, when we approach our horse, we have to remember what kind of animal we’re dealing with ... Don’t anthropomorphize. “Knowledge is power. The more you understand the animal you’re working with, the smoother the communication and the greater the partnership. “Patience, understanding and consistency are key to a lasting and successful relationship with your horse ... You are a herd of two, and you always have to be the leader of that herd of two.”
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THE GUIDE: HOUSE CALLS
The lame horse: Is it the worst case? New medical advances mean many equine fractures can be treated
(Editor’s note: This column is produced at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine with the help of college faculty)
n owner with an acutely lame horse may be forgiven for snap-diagnosing a fracture and assume euthanasia is the only option; that was usually the case for thousands of years. Today, advances in surgical and therapeutic methods make it possible to treat many equine fractures and, in some cases, return an injured horse to their
career. Bone is one of the fastest-healing tissues in the body, and healed bone can regain 100 percent of its previous strength. Successful outcomes depend not only upon the severity of the fracture, but also on how the fracture is identified and managed in the hours after injury. Signs and symptoms include: • Not putting weight on the limb, i.e. toe-touching, hopping, or dragging the leg • Signs of shock including sweating, anxiety and elevated heart rate (above 48 beats/minute) • Abnormal angle or shape of the limb • Swelling around the injured area • Bleeding, if there is an associated laceration
Healed bone can regain 100 percent of its previous strength
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Recognizing these signs can be overwhelming, but “don’t jump to horrible conclusions,” says Dr. Heidi Reesink, an assistant professor of large animal surgery at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. “Many severe lacerations and orthopedic injuries look worse than they are.” Even so, confine your horse and call your veterinarian immediately after the horse becomes lame. Your primary job while waiting for the vet is to keep the horse as calm as possible. If he is standing and reasonably quiet, rinse open wounds with plain water and control blood loss with direct pressure. If the horse is down and can’t get up, don’t try to raise him. If the horse is struggling violently, there may be nothing that can be done until the veterinarian arrives. The vet will perform a physical exam and take radiographs to confirm the
fracture and assess its type and severity. More subtle fractures may require a trip to an equine hospital for digital radiographs, ultrasound, or nuclear scintigraphy – bone scans – to confirm the diagnosis. The vet may put a splint or cast on the injured leg, immobilizing the broken ends. This will immediately relieve the horse’s pain and anxiety, since he now has control over the limb and can put a little weight on it. (It will make you feel better, too.) Now comes the hard part: Deciding on a treatment plan. “Before making a hasty decision, consult an equine veterinary surgeon or referral hospital to get additional information on prognosis, options and estimated cost for treatment,” says Dr. Reesink. Wonderful as modern fracture repairs are, they can be expensive. Fractures in which the bone is broken into two or more pieces almost always require surgery to secure the broken parts with implants such as plates and screws. And there is no guarantee that the horse will return to work, or even live a pain-free life in a pasture. The success of any treatment depends on several variables: the type and location of the fracture; whether the skin was punctured; extent of damage to soft tissues; how much time elapsed between the injury and repair; the effectiveness of the First Aid measures; and the age, breed, weight, and temperament of the horse. Younger horses with relatively soft and growing bones have a better prognosis than older ones. Lighter animals heal better than heavier ones, and a horse that accepts stall rest philosophically is less likely to reinjure himself than one that paces, stamps, and kicks when confined. The Cornell University Equine Hospital, an affiliate of Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, offers state-of-the-art emergency care, diagnostic procedures, treatment, and hospitalization. For consultations and appointments, call (607) 253-3100 (press 1 for emergencies) or email email@example.com.
THE GUIDE: THE BOTTOM LINE
Thinking about making a stable investment?
‘If all you do is board, you’re not going to make it’
aximizing the profit potential of boarding horses begins with recognizing that boarding horses “is a tough place to make a lot of money – or any at all.” Instead, says Amy Sherrick von Schiller, think of boarding as a service you provide to support other, more profitable, pieces of your equine business.
“If all you do is board,” says the Cazenovia College professor of equine business management, “you’re not going to make it.” Undaunted? Good. Whether you’re just starting out, or looking to expand your operation, the place to start is with a business plan. For startups it’s a blueprint; for anyone in business, it’s a roadmap of the past, present and future. “It’s a living, breathing document that should be updated like a resume,” Sherrick von Schiller says. “It should outline your goals and strategy: Not just what you want to do, but how you’re going to do it.” So while you’re thinking about a barn filled with happy horses and contented owners, keep that slim-to-nonexistent profit margin in mind, and consider other revenue streams. Beyond lessons and training, the options are many, Sherrick von Schiller says, from clinics to camps, birthday parties to braiding horses for shows. “Consider what’s offered in your area and what your target market is interested in,” she says. “But you always have to remember your boarders come first. You don’t want to upset them if they can’t ride or have access to their horse because of other events.” Additional advice from her talk at the NYS Center for Equine Business Development: Make sure the price you charge reflects the level of service you provide. Are you feeding two times a day or four times? How often are you cleaning stalls? Will you charge extra to hold a horse for the vet or farrier? Full care and partial care can mean different things to each owner and vary from barn to barn, Sherrick von Schiller notes. “Define what these mean for your particular operation.” Always think, “How can I make my operation more efficient?” says Sherrick von Schiller. “Just because you’ve done something for 10 years doesn’t mean it should continue to be done that way.” Do research. Conduct interviews with others in the horse industry. Ask: What are other barns in the area charging for board and what are they offering for that price? Look for what you can offer that the barn down the road doesn’t. But remember, she says, “you must deliver what is promised.” Be realistic. Bottom line, Sherrick von Schiller says, “What does it cost you every day to have a stall filled? Do the math.” Set a price that reflects every facet of the operation. Hay, grain and bedding are obvious essentials, but insurance, taxes, upkeep and other indirect expenses must also be part of the price-setting calculation. Finally, remember that dealing with the horse is only part of the equation. “There are high-maintenance and lowmaintenance boarders,” Sherrick von Schiller says. “It’s up to you to decide what you’ll put up with.” NYHorseMag.com NEW YORK HORSE 61
THE GUIDE: BEYOND THE BOTTOM LINE
Through pride in your work, leave a legacy that endures By Doug Emerson
grab a special handle on the sliding barn door every day to open it. It’s not fancy. It’s built for function, much like a horse shoe. But the manufacturer of that handle put his heart and soul into all of the iron he produced as a blacksmith and a farrier. My door handle is proudly stamped with “Vern H.” to let the world know he made it. He’s passed on and I often think about him and his work with horses and their owners when I see the stamp. Your pride in your work will leave a legacy that will endure far longer than any of the material goods you value so highly today. Think about it: When you leave this world, your money will be distributed to your heirs who will use it and mix it back
into the economic river where you found it. It’s likely your clothes will be donated to strangers and, after personal keepsakes are distributed, the remainder of your effects will end up in a garage sale or landfill. What’s left for your legacy are your own little stamps – the ones you make along your way in life. You know, like the time you gave a job to a kid who desperately needed the money and some solid advice in a
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troubled time. Or the time you gave a talk to a group of 4-H’ers, where one kid remembers your words about good horsemanship for the rest of his life. Or when the riding camp student from 25 years ago brings her daughter to camp and says, “Please give her the confidence you gave me when I needed it so much.” Your words and actions are the stamps that truly make your legacy. Leave your mark with pride. Doug Emerson of Lockport, consults, writes and speaks about the horse business. He publishes a free electronic newsletter with tips about making money with horses. Visit ProfitableHorseman.com to subscribe.
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