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SUMMER 2013 features Young cowboy shows his grit................................................... 4 Creston preparing for another Classic rodeo................. 12 Estrella Equine Hospital decides to ‘go solar’................. 14 Rebel leading the way................................................................. 15 The biggest Mother of an AQHA show................................... 15 Learning about riding, life....................................................... 17 Magnificent District 7................................................................ 18 Teen has heart of ‘Gold’............................................................. 19 Eiskamp named Ag Woman of Year........................................... 22 CHSRA crowns Paso High teen 2013-2014 rodeo queen..... 27 Wolgamott prepares for Salinas Valley Miss Ca. title ... 27 A hands-on approach to barrel racing................................ 28 At the top of their game............................................................ 30 On the Road to Baltimore ......................................................... 33 Raising Riders: No i-device required....................................... 36 Rava Equestrian Center.............................................................. 37 columns BITS and pieces: Equine behavioral problems and suggested remedies............... 20 ERIC WANGNER: Bits of QI.................................................................... 25 Barbi Breen: Heat safety during summer.................................................... 25 Jack’s column: V6 Ranch Fodder Farm is Born......................................... 26 The equine Center: Rehabilitation and Condition of the Horse................... 40 Lee Pitts: The Yo Yo Cow........................................................................ 41 every issue Real Estate Arena.......................................................................... 42 calendar of events...................................................................... 44 classified marketplace............................................................... 46 Young cowboy shows his grit SUM MER

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Young cowboy shows his grit after diagnosis 13-year-old Jennings will speak for other children in Washington., D.C.

Photo by Cowboys and Monkeys Kate Lane Ryan Jennings, 13, of Creston is dedicated to rodeo competition and says his type 1 diagnosis isn’t going to change his life.

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hough more seasoned cowboys are already famous for their grit and determination, there’s one teenaged rodeo competitor in Creston, who is showing how tough even young cowboys are — both in his life and in his effort to influence our nation’s politicians. Ryan Jennings, 13, was just 8 years old when he contracted Lyme Disease from a tick bite he received during a family hik-


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ing trip. Because he was already predisposed to type 1 diabetes, Lyme Disease was the alarm that awakened the sleeping illness. Though he had been admitted to the hospital for diagnosis and initial treatment, he was competing in the rodeo just two weeks later. Today, five years after his diagnosis, Ryan says dealing with his diabetes has become normal, but managing the disease isn’t enough; he wants a cure. In his hope of finding one, Ryan will travel to Washington, D.C. with other children —

all with Type I diabetes — with what is called children’s Congress, a part of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where children, aged 4 to 17, travel with the Juveniles Diabetes Research Foundation, to Washington, D.C. in an effort to influence decisions of the nation’s politicians deciding whether or not to fund diabetes research. The children will sit in on a hearing and also meet in small groups with their state representatives. The Jennings found out about the program from a family friend who encour-

aged Ryan to apply. Ryan was selected from a pool of about 1,500 children to attend the trip July 8-10. When asked what he will say to politicians if he gets a chance, the soft-spoken teenager answered with conviction. “It’s important to fund the special diabetes program because it’ll change a lot of people’s lives,” he said. The United States Congress created the Special Diabetes Program in an effort to advance research at the National Institutes of Health and to fund treatment,

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Photo by Cowboys and Monkeys Kate Lane Ryan Jennings was bitten by a tick that gave him Lyme Disease on a family camping trip in 2008. The Lyme Disease triggered type 1 diabetes in the then 8-year-old boy.

Photo by Paula McCambridge/Equine Enthusiast Ryan Jennings, 13, of Creston, with his 12-week-old border collie puppy that he and his family are training to be a diabetes service dog.

Photo by Cowboys and Monkeys Kate Lane Ryan Jennings, in 2008, competed in this rodeo on his horse, Rambler, just two weeks after being hospitalized and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

d oeducation and prevention programs for American Indian and Alaska Native pop-ulations, who are disproportionately afnfected by type 2 diabetes. “Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed -in children and young adults, and was tpreviously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not prodduce insulin,” according to the American tDiabetes Association website. “Insulin -is a hormone that is needed to convert ,sugar, starches and other food into energy

needed for daily life. Only 5 percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives.” When asked how life is different for him than it used to be, Ryan said he’s gotten used to the changes. He wears an insulin pump so he can administer his own insulin if his blood

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sugar tests low. “There’s more responsibility — I have to remember to test my blood sugar. It’s just kind of part of my life now,” he said. “Sometimes I forget — my blood sugar goes high.” After making that statement, Ryan looked over at his mom, Lisa, with a sheepish grin. They’ve clearly been through this before. “We have an agreement that he tests his blood sugar when he’s at school then he texts me that he’s done it,” said mom Lisa Jennings. “One day, he didn’t text me, and I called and called. He didn’t answer, so I drove over to the school and found him on campus.” When asked if that was embarrassing, Ryan smiled at his mother then quietly answered, “I was running and didn’t feel my phone.”

Though Lisa tries to impress on her son the seriousness of having diabetes and the importance of testing his blood sugar regularly, she said her family stays positive. “Our entire family, extended also, keeps it positive, this isn’t going to hold him down,” Ryan’s mom said. “We don’t do all of the babying. He does chores like everyone else unless he’s having a hard day. We push him pretty hard to keep life normal.” Ryan’s normal life includes competing regularly in rodeo events — he likes team roping best and he likes it on his favorite horse, Donkey. He’s in the junior high division of the California High School


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Photos by Cowboys and Monkeys Kate Lane Ryan Jennings, 13, competes in a roping event at the rodeo in Clovis. The young teen was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 8 years old. Rodeo Association District 7. His brother, Calvin, competes at the high school level. When he first competed after his diagnosis, Ryan said, “It felt the same to me.” His mom chimed in, “It felt different to me. I was worried about his blood sugar.” Ryan is also a longtime 4-H kid who is raising a heifer that he’ll sell at the California Mid-State Fair. “I save the money for college,” Ryan said. “And maybe a car or truck when I’m 16.” Lisa will accompany Ryan to Washington, D.C. and said she looks forward to meeting other parents who have experienced the trials and tribulations of having a child with diabetes. Lisa and her husband, Mark, get up each night to test Ryan’s blood sugar while he sleeps, and she has made it her business to become something of an expert on diabetes. Lisa’s devotion to her son is evidenced further with the fact that she traveled to Texas to attend a school that taught her how to train a diabetes service dog. The family now has a border collie puppy,


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Chloe who is in the very beginning of will take about 18 months of instruction. “Chloe will be able to detect his sugar highs and lows through scent,” Lisa said. “She’ll alert him by jumping in his lap and licking his face.” Every two years, JDRF International Chairman Mary Tyler Moore and more than a hundred children with type 1 diabetes gather in Washington, D. C. to meet face-to-face with some of the top decision-makers in the U.S. government. For more on JDRF, go to

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Creston preparing for another Classic rodeo Expecting more than 300 competitors this year

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A bull rider attempts to ride to the whistle, at the Creston Classic Rodeo. The 18th annual CCR is Sept. 12-15.

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ome exciting changes are in store for the annual Creston Classic Rodeo on Sept. 12-15. Jeff Rigby, CCR president said “that in response to an overwhelming interest in barrel racing that we are adding an additional competition on Thursday, Sept. 12 which is a jackpot 4D barrel racing evening.” Rigby said this will be a sanctioned


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barrel race beginning at 6 p.m. with a substantial payout and buckles to division winners. The public is invited to attend with no admission charge. “This will have a tremendous appeal to our barrel competitors, young and old alike to come out and compete under the lights.” Rigby also said this year the CCR will be adding a bull competition as part of our event with 10 riders Saturday and 10 Sun-

day, Sept. 14 and 15. “Last year’s bull riding was such a great crowd-pleaser that this year our board voted to incorporate this UBR-sanctioned event into our rodeo,” Rigby said. CCR is the largest community-based ranch rodeo in California and has been held each September for the past 17 years. This year, the 18th rodeo will span four days of competition and family entertainment with more than 300 competitors ex-

pected to enter 15 events. In addition to the Thursday barrel race and two days of rodeo, the traditional Jackpot Roping event will be held on Friday, Sept. 13. This evening event is also open to the public with free admission. CCR is a 501(c)3 and was organized to provide the principal funding for the Creston Community Center project known as CATCH. Rosie Hebron, chairperson of the

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Team ropers compete at the Creston Classic Rodeo. The 18th annual CCR is set for Sept. 12-15.

project, said, “the rodeo has been a great resource for our community and our community center project has become a reality with the signing of a long-term lease in 2012 on the former Cal Fire station at the north end of town.” Hebron added that, “plans to rejuvenate the structure have just been submitted to the county for review and approval and construction should commence this summer. This center will be a source of pride to Creston and provide a gathering place for our many community events.” The rodeo will charge a nominal $5 entry fee for adults both Saturday and Sunday with children being admitted for free. They will also continue to offer free admission to members of the armed forces in uniform. Information about CCR and the September Rodeo is available on their website

ABOVE: A bull rider attempts to ride a bull at the Creston Classic Rodeo. The 18th annual CCR is Sept. 12-15. RIGHT: A barrel racer rounds a barrel at the Creston Classic Rodeo. The 18th annual CCR has added a 4D barrel racing competition to its lineup.

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estled in the rolling hills of Paso Robles, veterinarian David Bogenrief established the Estrella Equine Hospital. The location is surreal, surrounded by some of the West Coast’s most popular vineyards, while the hospital itself is an outstanding equestrian medical facility. With California leading the agricultural industry in the adoption of utilizing solar energy, it was only a matter of time before Bogenrief decided to “go solar” with his establishment. “Financially it makes sense,” said Bogenrief when asked about his decision to install a solar energy system on the grounds. Local- and long-standing solar energy provider Cal Paso Solar Electric installed a top-of-the-line solar energy system of 3,754 watts using Solectria Renewable Inverters and more than 100 SolarWorld 255 Mono Modules, creating an energy cost savings of 96.5 percent over Bogenrief’s bills prior to installing the system. In addition to inevitable rising costs of fossil energy, and with the progressive updates in financial tax credit, assistance programs, loan guarantees, and agricultural funding projects for adopting solar energy, Bogenrief’s statement about it making sense financially to “go solar” becomes more and more obvious. “Everyone who comes up the driveway asks about the system,” Bogenrief said about the ground-mount solar energy system Cal Paso Solar Electric designed for the Estrella Equine Hospital. The curiosities of renewable energy are peaking for the general population world wide as the fight for fossil fuel continues. Solar energy is one way for any energy consumer to develop an energy independence plan, free from energy provider monopolization. “Solar energy is good for everyone, undeniably,” said solar activist and accounts manager for Cal Paso Solar Electric, Dustin Lane.


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Rebel leading the way The biggest Mother Santa Cruz County Appraisal of an AQHA show Service owner’s mule wins award

Nearly 3,000 exhibitors took part in SLOCQHA event

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mule named Heart B Lonesome Rebel was crowned World Champion Cow Working Mule on Memorial Day weekend at Bishop Mule Days in Bishop. The mule is owned by Cheryl Panovich and is trained and ridden by Jim Brumfield. Brumfield and Panovich are partners in ownership of Tres Picos Ranch of San Juan Bautista. Brumfield is also owner of Santa Cruz County Appraisal Service located in Freedom. Until recently Tres Picos Ranch was located in Watsonville. The World Champion Cow Working Mule is decided by the high point mule in the combined events of reining, cow working and cutting. Bishop Mule Days is the largest and premier mule show in the United States with mules coming

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from across the nation to compete. Over the past year, Rebel has competed and placed high in local cow-horse contests. Last year, he made the finals in the two rein stock horse contests at the San Benito Rodeo and placed third in the finals. At the 19th hole Ranch Rodeo in Tres Pinos, Rebel won the Ranch Horse Class against more than 20 ranch horses. He also placed second in the Ranch Horse and the Stock Horse classes at the Santa Cruz County Fair and second in the Ranch Horse class at the San Benito County Fair. He also won the Ranch Trail class at Carmel Valley Rancher Days. Rebel competed in the Stock Horse class at this year’s San Benito Rodeo the last weekend of June. For information, email or call Tres Picos Ranch at 254-7447.

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he 46th annual Mother’s Day show in Paso Robles sold out every permanent stall as well as an additional 60 temporary stalls. This equated to hundreds of riders competing the American Quarter Horse Association show that began on Wednesday, May 8 at the Paso Robles Event Center. The classes were double-judged and featured double-digit entries in most of the trail competition. “Trail went on forever, ending with the late afternoon sun and senior trail, which topped out at over 45 entries,” organizers said. “In addition, the reining warm-up brought many horses and riders to the main arena for practice runs.” Starting the regular AQHA show on Thursday, May 9, the competitors enjoyed huge cattle classes that did not end until 1 a.m. Nearly 3,000 exhibitors had a great time and joined the San Luis Obispo County Quarter Horse Association club for its annual welcome party in the Central Coast Barn.

This year’s party was sponsored by SLOCQHA and Helen Clark. Attendees enjoyed wine, sausage, salads and cookies. Winners of the fabulous stall bag circuit awards, $250 special circuit awards and all the lucky exhibitor awards raved about their prizes, organizers said. Mother’s Day was an exciting, fun time for all, especially the “mom’s” who rode in their special “Mother’s Day Pleasure class.” The Mother’s Day class was held on Saturday, May 11 and each participant was given a bottle of wine, compliments of Treana Winery and Mac and Nancy MacDonald. Upcoming SLOCQHA three-show open Buckle Series: July 14, Aug. 14 and Oct. 27 at Pat Mar Ranch in Templeton — a full slate of classes for all breeds of horses and youth, open and amateur riders, plus English, Western, Jumping and Trail classes. New for 2013 are the Ranch Horse Pleasure and Ranch Horse Trail classes. More details can be found at

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Learning about riding, life Monte Vista Christian School Equestrian Camp Todd Guild Equine Enthusiast


n a sprawling horse ranch on the outskirts of Watsonville, a group of young people was sitting in a circle one sunny summer day in June, discussing equine science with a knowledgeable instructor. Nearby, another group was learning what it takes to lead a horse as they rode around an arena, while others were learning how to groom and otherwise care for horses. Later, all the kids would break from their numerous activities for lunch, followed by an art class in which they would tie-dye shirts. The activities were all part of the Monte Vista Horsemanship Camp, a place for kids ages 6-16 to learn horsemanship skills. The school offers five weeklong sessions, which also include activities that have become part and parcel of camp life such as archery, campfires and swimming. Campers might start the day with a ride through the 100-acre campus and end up eating s’mores around a campfire as they gaze up at the stars. “I love it here,” said junior counselor Sydney Shelby, 11, who also boards a horse at the center. “It’s super fun, and all the kids are great.” The campers put on a horse show for their parents at the end of the week, which is a chance for them to highlight the skills they’ve learned, Shelby said. “It’s really good for the parents to see that,” she said. Several girls work at the center as counselors, including Jessica Ellison, who said she likes the close-knit community the camp offers. “We’re all one big happy family, and the horses are amazing,” she said. Counselor Dani Dawes, 14, said she has progressed quickly since she started with Monte Vista. She is now part of Monte Vista Christian School’s Equestrian Team. “When I came here I had never ridden a horse, and now after three years I’m competing in the nationals,” she said.

Counselor Bella Newcomb, 13, called working at the camp, “the highlight of my summer.” “The campers are a lot of fun,” Bella said. “You learn things from them you’ve never known.” But for Newcomb, it is the promise of working with horses that drew her to the job. “There is so much to learn about life from riding,” she said. “Horses weigh thousands of pounds, and once you see that you can control that much, you’re set for life. You can do anything.” One camper was 9-year-old Bella Primavera, who has been riding since she was 7 and has become so adept that she does jumping events at horse shows. “I come because it’s fun, I guess,” she said, seemingly perplexed as to why anyone would ask such a silly question. But Bella’s skill notwithstanding, the camp was designed for riders of all skill levels, from beginners to those preparing for major competitions. “Some people have never been around horses, and then they are cantering at the end of the week,” Ellison said. Director Cassie Belmont estimated that 80 percent of the campers fit into that category, but said that the weeklong session working with the center’s 30 welltrained horses is an ideal way to quickly become versed with the art of horse riding. “I want the kids to have a good time, and I want them to get excited about horses,” she said. During the school year Monte Vista Christian School also offers a horsemanship class during the school year, which students can take in place of physical education. The school’s equestrian team is one of the school’s claims to fame, with students traveling to competitions throughout the U.S. Students who participate on the team often earn equestrian scholarships through the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), Belmont said. The MVCS Equestrian Team, made up of 10 high schoolers and three middle

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Erik Chalhoub/Equine Enthusiast A group of students finetune their horseback riding skills during the Monte Vista Horsemanship Camp in Watsonville.

schoolers, took third place in the National Finals held by the Interscholastic Equestrian Association in Syracuse, New York, on April 18-21, competing against the top 20 teams in their class from across the country. Belmont said that the team made it to the finals by winning the California and Nevada (Zone 10) IEA High Point Championship for the third year in a row, in addition to other championships, including one at Stanford University in March. The nonprofit IEA is dedicated to introducing students to equestrian sports. More than 8,000 students participate, but only 500 individual and team riders earned the opportunity to ride at the Nationals. For the competition, riders were given a random horse, which can be a nerve-wracking experience. Experienced riders say that it can take time for the personalities of horse and rider to mesh. Still, Belmont said she steeled herself by reverting back to her training. “I was a nervous wreck,” she said. “But then I realized I knew the route and I thought, ‘I’ve got this.’”

Belmont came in eighth in the statewide competition, which she said she was quite proud of. “It was a huge bridge I crossed,” she said. “That (competition) was what I’ve been working towards ever since I got into riding. It was an amazing experience.” Monte Vista Christian School Horsemanship Camp has weeklong sessions throughout the summer. For information call 831-206-9707 or visit At the time this article was published, there was still space in the fifth session, which runs from Aug. 4-10. The cost for weeklong, resident camp is $799 per week. Full-day camp runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The cost is $500 per week, which includes lunch everyday. Half-day camp runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon Monday through Saturday. The cost is $350 per week.

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CHSRA District 7 athletes qualify for National High School Rodeo Finals; District 7 Queen captures state crown

Contributed Photo Heeler Wyatt Cox and header Tristan Ruffoni both of Arroyo Grand High School will be representing District 7 in team roping at the upcoming National High School Finals Rodeo on July 14-20 in Rock Springs, Wyo.

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ine Central Coast teenagers qualified to compete at the 65th National High School Finals Rodeo, which will be held July 14-20 at the Sweetwater Events Complex in Rock Springs, Wyo. Among the qualifiers is California High School Rodeo Association District 7 Queen Kara Kester, who won the state queen competition and will represent California in the national queen competition at the NHSFR. NHSFR is the largest rodeo in the world, attracting approximately 1,500 contestants from across the United States, Canada and Australia. Athletes compete


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for national titles, prizes and thousands of dollars in college scholarships. The District 7 members qualified for NHSFR by placing in the top four in their respective events at the California state finals competition. NHSFR qualifiers from District 7 are: • PJ Capone, Santa Ynez, Dunn High School — boys cutting • Wyatt Cox, Arroyo Grande, Arroyo Grande High School — team roping (heeler) roping • Hayley Hamer, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School — breakaway roping, pole bending, girls cutting • Kara Kester, Parkfield, Paso Robles High School — queen • Jacob Lees, Nipomo, Arroyo

Grande High School — bareback riding • Emily Mangione, Nipomo, Nipomo High School — pole bending • Tristan Ruffoni, Arroyo Grande, Arroyo Grande High School — team roping (header) • Taylor Santos-Karney, Creston, Templeton High School — tie-down roping, steer wrestling • Mattie Work, San Miguel, Paso Robles High School — breakaway roping The NHSFR Saturday championship performance will be televised nationally as a part of the CinchTown Tour telecast on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NHSFR performance will also air online at, powered by iHigh.

com. Performance times are 7 p.m. on July 14 and 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day thereafter. Rodeo fans can visit NHSRA. org daily to stay up to date on the results. About CHSRA District 7 CHSRA is a nonprofit organization that maintains the order and standards set up by the National High School Rodeo Association and promotes high school rodeo on a state level. District 7 encompasses San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The district is committed to promoting the highest level of conduct and sportsmanship at the various rodeos and to encouraging members to continue their education.

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Horse pen project at Pregnant Mare Rescue earns Aptos woman commendation

Photo by Tarmo Hannula ABOVE: Two ponies roam in their pasture in the rain at Pregnant Mare Rescue in Watsonville.

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ince its inception seven years ago, Pregnant Mare Rescue in Watsonville has provided a place for more than 80 neglected and abandoned animals to receive the training, rest and human contact they need to become adoptable. According to president and founder Lynn Hummer, approximately 90,000 horses go to slaughter every year, a problem compounded by the economic downturn and the rising cost of feed, which forces many horse owners to abandon their steeds. Most of these are shipped overseas to countries where their meat is considered a delicacy. The problem also led to a drop in horse adoptions, Hummer said. Now, the horses that call the 3-acre ranch home have a new place to exercise,

thanks to Aptos resident Alex Scott. Scott, 18, spent the better part of her senior year at York School in Monterey building a 1,200 square-foot round pen that will be used as an exercise yard for the resident horses, and as a place to “break” foals, getting them ready to find a family. The project allowed the lifelong Girl Scout to complete her Gold Award in 2012 considered the highest honor in girl scouting and the pinnacle of an 11-year career with the organization. She solicited donations from local organizations, procured the materials and led the efforts to build the pen. “My whole senior year was spent doing the project,” she said. Scott is now a freshman at Stanford University, where she is considering a major that will allow her to work with animals. Scott first became involved with Pregnant Mare Rescue during her fresh-

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man year of high school when she helped raise $900 for the organization with her troop. The money allowed the organization to purchase a mare and a foal and save them from the slaughterhouse, Scott said. She said her love for horses, her respect for Hummer and the need there for an exercise yard brought her back for a second project. “I decided to work with Lynn again because she’s awesome,” Scott said. “I really love horses,” she said, adding that she has her own. “I’ve always been very passionate about it.” Scott said horse owners who can no longer care for their animals and wish to get rid of them encounter animal shelters that lack adequate facilities to care for horses. Not knowing where else to bring them, they either abandon them or, worse, give them to slaughterhouses, Scott said. “Lynn gives another option that’s humane,” Scott said. “I think it’s a cause

that’s really important.” The new 1,200 square-foot round pen will be used as an exercise yard for the resident horses, and as a place to “break” foals, getting them ready to find a family. “Hopefully this will make it easier for the horses to be adopted,” Scott said. Hummer said organization is largely run on private donations, which have fallen as the economy has gone south. Donations are always welcome, she added. She said that it takes 30 volunteers and one trainer to care for the six mares and their foals, the maximum number that they have room for. The care and feeding of the horses including veterinary care, amounts to about $100 thousand per year. But because the cost of feed and medicine keeps going up, her primary task is to raise funds to keep PMR going though donations and fundraisers. For information, or to donate to the organization, visit, or call Hummer at 408-540-8568.

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quine behavior is an evolving science. There’s been an increased interest from researchers, especially from Europe and Australia, in how we train and manage equine in relation to their behavior. Many behavioral problems such as cribbing (wind sucking), stall weaving or flank biting are vices, or the more current term, stereotypies, that man has created based on observation. A stereotypy is an abnormal behavior that serves no function or purpose to an animal. Equines are designed to graze for long periods of time, such as 16-17 hours per day. Due to the increase in urban growth, specific restraints and jobs we expect horses to perform, we have begun to limit the amount of time a horse spends outside, including the amount of time they spend “grazing” or consuming forage. Most horses are on a strict feeding schedule that revolves around help, management and people’s jobs; therefore, the animal that is use to grazing for a long period of time is now restricted to consuming one, or possibly two, large meals twice a day at very specific times. Feeding horses on a strict routine often increases anxiety and unwanted behaviors like pawing or walking continuously in their stall. Then we reward the horses for such behavior by giving them food. Essentially, we have taught our horses if they paw they will be fed. However, there is no simple answer for the change in how we keep horses. Most owners do not have access to enough land to enable continuous graz-


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ing. However, if they did, it is likely they would still keep their horses up at some point to observe them or to keep them in shape for competition. In many European stables, and even some racehorse farms, horses are fed three to four times throughout the day to try and decrease stereotypies such as cribbing, stall walking or even pawing for a meal. All diets are also weighed out so the horse is not being over or under fed which can also lead to behavioral problems. Keeping in mind not all horses display abnormal behavior, but those that do are generally derived from having limited turn out, limited fiber sources and may have stressful or demanding workout regimes. Most of today’s performance horses at some point in their career will likely develop ulcers due to exercising at a trot or canter for most of their exercise regime. Gastric ulcers can be very painful for horses and also create some of the unwanted behaviors such as cribbing, agitation and stall walking. Granted, proactive horsemen will allow horses to have turn-out time. Some horsemen will even supply an anxious or nervous horse with a companion animal to decrease anxiety such as a goat or miniature donkey. This is seen quite often for horses that are on the road traveling and in new environments for most of the year. Other conditions that may lead to abnormal behavior are related directly to the horse’s health. A good horseman will recognize abnormal behavior in a timely manner, such as a horse lying down constantly, looking at its flanks, not eating its food, consuming little to no water or

a decrease in the horse’s performance. A leading cause in decreased performance and abnormal behavior in performance horses is usually linked with the high incidence of gastric ulcers. Many horsemen will have their horses scoped for ulcers and treat them with a calcium bicarbonate product; assuming their horse already has ulcers. Many owners or trainers will allow horses to consume forages higher in calcium or will supply more hay to stabled horses, which has the benefit of making them less susceptible to developing gastric ulcers. Other factors that can contribute to ill behavior are related to equipment that horses are subjected to and how that equipment is used. Much research has gone into measuring pressure applied to a horse’s back in relation to how a rider sits on it, where weight is or isn’t being distributed, as well as how the saddle fits. A horse with a sore back may develop habits such as becoming “cold back,” meaning it may be hard to get on at first, and even raise its back and offer to buck. If horses are in enough pain, they may bite at the rider as they go to mount and or even throw them off when riding. A more stoic horse will still continue to perform under pain, but eventually its performance may decrease and even develop abnormalities within its gaits to overcome pain. Another area where a horse may experience pain from equipment being improperly used is from the bit and bridle. Problems that can arise from improper use of a bridle and bit include the headstall and bit don’t properly fit, the curb strap-chain is adjusted too tight or the bit is too large or small for the horse’s mouth.

When such problems arise with the headstall not properly fitting, a horse may be more reluctant to let one bridle him and toss his head way in the air. He may also refuse to open his mouth. In severe cases, the horse may even rear up, and, if he learns to rear to avoid being bridled, or when bridled, and it causes the person to get off, then the horse has learned to rear up to escape the situation. Other behavioral problems with bridling a horse may be due to a dental condition such as a young horse that needs to have the caps removed from its teeth or the horse may have teeth called wolf teeth. Horses that have wolf teeth, which lie in the bars of the horse’s mouth where the bit should comfortably sit, would cause a horse to rear and resist pressure being placed on its mouth. A horse may also exhibit abnormal or resistant behavior when being ridden due to an inexperienced rider giving mixed cues or never releasing pressure being applied with their hands and or legs. Equine behavior is essential to proper training, riding and care of your horse. Part of being a responsible horseman is being able to recognize the signs of a horse displaying abnormal behavior. Behavioral problems can be as serious as life-threatening colic to something as simple as losing the curb strap by one notch. Listen to what your horse is telling you and try to respond. Most equine behavioral problems can be solved by adequate turn out, supplying enough forage several times per day, using equipment that fits your horse and knowing how to use the equipment.

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eorgeann Cowles Eiskamp was recognized as the 2013 Agricultural Woman of the Year for Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties at an annual event hosted by Ag Against Hunger on June 7 at Paraiso Vineyards in Soledad. This annual luncheon recognizes a woman who has contributed significantly to the success of the tri-county agricultural industry. The Ag Woman of the Year award is a surprise to all guests, including the recipient. More than 275 people were in attendance to recognize Georgeann Cowles Eiskamp. The Agricultural Woman of the Year award seeks to honor unique leadership qualities held by women working within the local agricultural industry. These qualities include creating systematic change for agriculture through production, public policy, consumer awareness and volunteerism, someone who is a spokesperson for agriculture and demonstrates community support. This year, the committee made up of previous honorees and the Ag Against Hunger Board of Directors chose a woman who has worked to the great benefit of the local agricultural community, Eiskamp. The 2013 honoree has volunteered countless hours with many organizations. She serves on the board of the nonprofit Agri-Culture, which is dedicated to educating the public about local farming. She also sits on the board of the Agricultural History Project and was cochair of the annual Down to Earth Women’s Luncheon, which raises scholarship money. This award recipient also serves on the Watsonville Salvation Army advisory board. As president of the Watsonville Rotary Club in 2009-10, she helped organize a concert to raise money for a global polio eradication effort. Eiskamp has also led fundraising drives in support of victims of Haiti’s earthquake, and to provide medical care and clean water to a village in Peru. Eiskamp was born and raised in Watsonville. Although she came from a


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farming family, she didn’t begin her career in agriculture. However, she found her way back home, where she learned the farming business from the ground up. From weeding, replacing drip emitters, tractor work, and daily bookkeeping — sometimes six weeks went by without a day off for Eiskamp. Her passion for the farming way of life comes naturally and she now runs the family farming operation. Georgeann Cowles Eiskamp is a fifth-generation farmer, an outstanding woman, mother and volunteer, and is a deserving addition to the prestigious group of women that have been honored with this award. Previous Ag Women of the Year include: Sharan Lanini (1994); Claudia Smith (1995); Karen Miller (1996); Susan Gill (1997); Betty Ichikawa

(1998); Mary Hansen (1999); Elia Vasquez (2000); Connie Quinlan (2001); Kay Filice (2002); Dorothy Errea (2003); Nita Gizdich (2004); Mary Orradre (2005); Lorri Koster (2006), Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin (2007), Celeste Settrini (2008), Darlene Din (2009), Karen Antle (2010), Abby-Taylor Silva (2011) and Mari Rossi (2012). This year’s keynote speaker was Roberta Cook of UC Davis’ Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Cook has a doctorate in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and currently serves on the board of directors of both Ocean Mist Farms and Naturipe Farms. The master of ceremonies for the event was news anchor Michelle Imperato from KSBW. All proceeds from this event went toward Ag Against Hunger’s efforts to

alleviate hunger. On the Central Coast of California, more fruits and vegetables are grown, packed and shipped than in any other region in the world. Yet, in the midst of this abundance there are many who are hungry. Ag Against Hunger was founded to provide people in need with nutritious, fresh, surplus produce from local fields by creating a connection between the agricultural community and food assistance programs. Since 1990, the generous donations of surplus produce from local growers and shippers have helped Ag Against Hunger bring 200 million pounds of produce to millions of hungry children, adults and seniors. In 2012, almost 14 million pounds of fresh produce was donated to food banks in the tri-county area and across California.

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Heat safety during summer Some simple but conscientious preventative measures Barbi Breen-Gurley Special to Equine Enthusiast


must admit that when summer rolls around where my ranch is, we are usually putting jackets on over long sleeves! Los Osos is known for “June gloom” and cool summer days. When I leave our cool climate to clinic or compete however, I run head on into preparing for heat challenges. It is important to realize that hot weather challenges a horse’s body to remain cool. If the workout, transportation, or time spent in the hot sun goes too long before replenishing the fluids lost from sweating, serious complications to your horse’s health may result. Awareness and prevention are a must. If you plan to travel for competition, for example, it is wise to supplement your horse’s diet with electrolytes. These additives are shown to play an important part in restoring what salts and minerals are lost when horses sweat, thereby helping maintain fluid balances, and vital body functions. Because they increase the salt in the horse’s blood, it is very important the horse has access to lots of

water, and that he drinks it. If you live in hot weather, it may be beneficial to use electrolytes on an ongoing basis. A guide for this is if you work your horse hard enough to produce obvious sweating for up to an hour. In any case it is good practice to always have salt and clean water available to your horse year-round. During hotter weather conditions, it is an especially wise preventative measure to be sure your horse is in adequate physical condition for the work ahead. Whenever possible, I try to ride at cooler times of the day. Keep the riding session on the shorter side, allow for sufficient walk breaks, stay under shade when possible, and create an adequate warm-up and cool-down on both sides of the actual ride. Hosing your horse down with water can be helpful to cool your horse’s body temperature during the ride. This can be done periodically and adding some rubbing alcohol to the wash water can help as well. There are also some very helpful commercial products on the market now, both for horse and rider, which are very helpful in keeping the body temperature cooler. I personally use the “Cool

Medic” products, such as a horse head bonnet and shoulder-back cover, and the human vests for myself. I have found them a vital asset to my performance. When hauling in a trailer, adequate water and ventilation are critical. It may be necessary to travel at night rather than during the heat of the day. It is possible to equip your trailer with ventilation fans or air conditioning if you frequently travel during the summer. If traveling to a competition with different weather conditions, be sure to arrive early enough to let your horse and yourself acclimate to the weather. In 2011, when I had to trailer one of my horses back to Illinois in August for the Developing Prix St. George Finals, we took all these factors into consideration. Because my horse was very sensitive to new smells and tastes, I decided to syringe his electrolytes orally to be sure he got them. I had prepared him to drink the water in the new locations by adding a little vinegar to his water while at home so he knew the taste already. There are some simple tests you can do to check if your horse is becoming dehydrated. One is to pinch the skin near

the point of the shoulder and then release it. The skin should flatten within about 2 to 3 seconds. You can also check the color of the gums by raising the upper lip. The gums should be a pink color, and not be dark or discolored. Also press on the gums with your finger above the maxillary incisors. The capillary refill should be about 2 to 3 seconds, as well. Your horse should perspire when being worked, and a cessation of sweat may indicate the heat is stressing the animal. The sweat should be clear and watery, not thick or lathery, which may indicate a greater loss of electrolytes. Just being aware of the potential danger of heat stress, and taking simple but conscientious preventative measures, you can make wiser choices and keep riding in the summer safe and fun. It is also very helpful to consult with your veterinarian with any questions and concerns. Barbi Breen-Gurley operates Sea Horse Ranch out of 2566 Sea Horse Lane, Los Osos. She can be reached by email at or call 805-528-0222.

Bits of Qi: ‘Just’ a Trail Rider Eric Wagner Special to Equine Enthusiast


ver the years, clients have often told me, “I’m just a trail rider — my horse and I don’t need to know all that fancy stuff or ride in the arena. All I want to do is ride at the beach and down the trails.” The idea of cantering down the coastline and into the sunset sounds nice, but in reality, “just” a little trail ride is much more complex. A safe, successful and enjoyable trail ride requires a horse that is trained to: get in and out of a trailer calmly in all environments; stand like a rock when tied next to a freeway; and walk, trot and gallop in the presence of

other horses, hikers, bikers, motorcycles, cars, plus all the things that nature has to offer — deer, dogs, bears and birds. The horse that remains unflinching in each of these scenarios is my definition of “just” a trail horse. The typical trail horse, however, is likely to spook, whirl, spin or create some form of drama for you or others around you in any of these situations, and for that reason, training is essential for trail riding. That said, it is often easier to train a good trail horse than a good trail rider. To begin to navigate the unknowns of the trail and overcome the instinctive flight response of the modern day trail horse, trail riders must first establish

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what I call a core-to-core connection, that enables horse and rider to sense and express confidence in one another no matter what the trail throws at them. Establish a Core-to-Core Connection Locate your Breath Be aware of where your breath is while riding — is it shallow, in your upper chest, and caught in a restricted throat, denoting a sense of panic or unease? Or is it grounded deeper in the abdominal cavity, causing a sense of calm? The state and location of your breath affects your confidence, and it also communicates your level of confidence to the horse.

Connect with Confidence Just as one person can tell that another is internally stressed by seeing his or her furrowed brow, a horse can sense your tension, anxiety, doubt and fear by reading your body’s physical, vibrational and energetic cues. Consider the areas where you physically connect with your horse; these are the same areas where you connect mentally with your horse. The horse can read your mood in the alternating tension or release of your posture on the saddle, of


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V6 Ranch Fodder Farm is Born

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une 10, 2013 is the debut of a new method for me to grow grass. I hate to disappoint some of you out there in blog land but this is not the kind you smoke but is meant for mostly four-legged grazing animals to eat and then prosper. Growing fodder or more commonly called growing grass. Grass is fodder or fodder is grass. I just want to make sure that everybody understands they are one and the same, as this blog is the first I hope of several that will keep you folks informed as to my progress on this many months-long journey to build a hydroponic farm that will take the word crisis out of a drought year for the V6 Ranch. I think it’s a good omen though to have a new venture start right out in crisis mode. My first crisis started on day one with not so much as a hint that anything could go wrong on such a sky blue day. Little did I know that I was really at the helm of the Titanic and like the captain of the real Titanic did not know that an iceberg was about to scuttle our ships. My problem started when I thought that being a “Jack of All Trades and a Master


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of None” was good enough to build three stem walls. The walls are meant to support eight refrigerator vans that were headed to the junk yard but they looked like a perfect home for my new fodder farm so for a few dollars more than scrap they now have a new mission in life. Part of my challenge is to recycle as many things as possible and to design the fodder house to operate with few or no moving parts. So building concrete forms with whatever was available made sense to me. Looking back Juan my foreman made a comment one day that although the forms look bull strong the stakes that we used were rescued from life as a board fence and that’s where they should have remained. “Juan,” I said, “It looks very strong to me and besides the walls are only 27 inches high.” Juan’s reply, “Cement weighs a lot.” The cement trucks are just now arriving. It’s no longer time to reason why but now is time to do or die. I think some poor guy yelled that just before the charge of the light brigade. I have three cement trucks scheduled 20 minutes apart each to unload 10 tons of cement in 20 minutes or less so as to be ready for the next incomding truck. The first truck is a piece

of cake as we poured the bottom third of all the stem walls. “Juan are we out of the woods,” I asked. “Not by a long shot. If we make it by the next truck with no swelling of our forms maybe,” said Juan. Truck 2 is ready to unload. Juan grabs the unloading chute and in a moment the stuff that advanced society must have to produce lots of obese people flows into my stem wall forms. I’m tamping the just poured cement at one end and Juan at the other end starts to yell the bull strong form is going to blow out completely we’ve got to stop pouring. Juan wants to stop for a minute to give me an “I told you so”. Go ahead then let’s figure out how we’re going to make these forms hold cement. We need a generator; skill saw, 2by4s, sledge hammer, sheet rock screws and fast hard work. The driver from truck 2 informs me we have 15 minutes before the mud i.e. cement will start to set up.15 minutes means that the mud would also set up in the forms and not want to break my reclassified forms from bull strong to fragile. 2by 2 stakes are being turned 1 every few seconds sledge hammers are pounding and sweat is flying and lots of

4 letter words fill the air. 15 minutes has elapsed and truck 2 has to be unloaded. “Juan are you ready,” I asked. “No,” he replied. That’s a good answer in a crisis. I give the driver the go-ahead to start the mud coming. The forms give off an imaginary groan, swell a little around the middle then groan again but no cement leaks and in a few minutes truck two is unloaded. Before truck three unloads, I glance at the mood that permeates the air and I feel character has kicked in. That means “you don’t yell whoa in a bad place” when you’ve got pluck and luck on your side. Truck three moves into place to unload. I pat the top board on the side. He groans once more and then says “fill me to the brim.” There’s nothing like a little crisis to give a person something to talk about while coming out on top. See ya, Jack Varian Jack Varian is the owner of the V6 Ranch in Parkfield. His blog can be found at

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CHSRA crowns Paso High teen 2013-2014 rodeo queen

Wolgamott prepares for Salinas Valley Miss California title

Submitted photo Marin Wolgamott the evening she was crowned Miss Cal Poly Rodeo 2012.

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aso Robles High School’s Kara Kester will be representing California at the Miss National High School Rodeo Queen competition July 12-20 in Rock Springs, Wyo. The 16-year-old native of Parkfield was crowned Miss California High School Rodeo Queen in June at the state rodeo finals in Bishop. She represents District 7, which encompasses Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. In Bishop, she was up against either other young women and competed in

several categories including: an interview, written test, horsemanship pattern, speech, and modeling. “It was truly an experience of a lifetime and I will never be able to thank all those who helped me along the way for their selflessness,” Kester said. “I am truly blessed.” Kester has been raised on her family’s working cattle ranch in Parkfield. She joins eight other Central Coast teenagers from Dist. 7 that qualified for nationals by placing in the top four in their events at the state finals.

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ompetition runs deep in local horsewoman and winemaker Marin Wolgamott, who grew up in the Lockwood area. Currently she is in training for the Salinas Valley title of Miss California, coming up on July 17. Some of her past honors includes Miss Salinas Valley Fair 2009, Miss Monterey 2011 and Miss Cal Poly 2012. Wolgamott’s mother, Brenda, is quite the horsewoman herself, and Marin traveled with her to different horse shows since she was 10 years old. Currently Wolgamott is training with longtime family friend and horse wrangler and horse ranch owner Jennifer Ray in Soledad. “I like training with Jennifer because she has such a natural gentle approach with horses,” said Wolgamott. “I have learned a lot from her.” Wolgamott is now in her third year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the Wine and Viticulture Department. She worked two summers ago for San Bernabe Vineyards and worked the prior summer for Wilbur Ellis Company as a field scout checking wine grape vineyards in the Lockwood area as well as the Salinas Valley.

At the age of 16, she had her own business where she would test the brix content (sugars) in the grapes for many local vineyards prior to harvest to ensure they were at the desired levels for the growers. “I enter these competitions to help pay for my college education,” said 21-yearold Wolgamott. “I do this to help take the pressure off my parents for paying my tuition.” Aside from school and working with her horse she currently is working at Chamisal Vineyards in San Luis Obispo and Celestus Vineyards. Her parents, Duane and Brenda, have their own vineyard named after Marin, where they grow the grapes, and Marin has taken over as the official Marin’s Vineyard Black Diamond Cellars winemaker role with the 2011 harvest. She has good consulting winemakers working with her to produce the fine-quality wine that their followers have come to expect. The vineyard is a small boutique 5.5acre family winery operation where two and a quarter acres are planted in syrah the rest in Viognier grapes, where they only produce 700 cases of wine annually. The vineyard is located in the Lockwood Valley near Lake San Antonio in the New San Antonio Valley AVA in Southern Monterey County.

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A hands-on approach to barrel racing Lyndee Stairs of Hanford puts on clinics

Contributed photo Contributed photo Lyndee Stairs of Hanford is a nine-time California Circuit Finals qualifier in barrel racing. She Lyndee Stairs, who has been teaching barrel racing and selling barrel horses in Hanford heads up clinics that are open to all skill levels. since 1989, said she likes to focus on a number of drills to help people to ‘learn key positioning with that barrel.’ Tarmo Hannula Equine Enthusiast


hands-on approach to barrel racing is the calling card for a nationally recognized instructor, Lyndee Stairs of Hanford, who heads up clinics that are open to all skill levels. “I like to take in about 10 people and I try to keep my prices reasonable,” Stairs said. “I start out by having people fill out a questionnaire about their horses and themselves. Then I’ll watch them warming up. I try to keep it light and simple so that everyone comes away with something and they go home a better and faster barrel racer.” Stairs, who has been riding horses


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since she was 3, is a nine-time California Circuit Finals qualifier, a California Circuit finals champion, a National Barrel Horse Association champion in 2007 and 2008 and a California Cowboys Pro Rodeo Association finals champion, described her clinics as well-rounded, with “something for everybody.” “(The clinics are) a fun day and of course I always welcome questions,” she said. “We’ll also talk about bits, bridles, horse nutrition and caring, horse shoeing and that sort of thing.” Sarah Jackson of Aromas said she has been barrel racing for years and has learned a great deal from Stairs. “Lyndee is among the best, and she’s a great instructor,” Jackson said. “I’ve

done other types of show events but I like the objectivity of being judged by a timer. No matter how fancy your gear is or how shiny your trailer is the timer doesn’t care. I love the thrill of a timed event.” Stairs, who has been teaching barrel racing and selling barrel horses in Hanford since 1989, said she likes to focus on a number of drills to help people to “learn key positioning with that barrel.” “I want people to learn to turn with their horse and lean into the turn together at that key moment,” Stairs said. “Barrel racing is a lot like life: You got to know where you are going and what to do when you get there. We work a lot on the basics — that is how you build.” Stairs said she learned of barrel rac-

ing while in a 4-H club, which she described as “a blessing.” “I eventually fell in love with the timed event,” Stairs said. The clinics use the standard three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern. “If you can ride a horse from point A to point B in a trot you are certainly welcome to attend the clinic,” Stairs said. “Barrel racers like speed — that’s why we barrel race. But if we don’t learn the basics we’ll be riding in a hurry into a lot of trouble. Barrel racing is a lot of fun. My goals are to help you have more fun and hopefully get a little faster.” For more information on the Lyndee Clinics, visit at 831-385-3243.

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At the top of their game Top horses and riders earn millions

Photos Courtesy of the NRCHA Champion cow-horse competitor Russell Dilday on his horse, Topsails Rein Maker. Paula McCambridge Equine Enthusiast


n the wildly growing sport of reined cow-horse competitions, the cow horses are strong, competitive work animals — and so are their riders, the men and women who rope, fence, and cut on the sport’s greatest steeds. In a spectacular weekend competition at the Paso Robles Event Center on patriotic Flag Day, Todd Bergen from Eagle


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Point, Ore., took his horse, Smart Luck, through the paces and to an unbeatable composite score of 665.5 points, winning $28,500. Other cow-horse stars in the event were Ron Emmons and his horse, Olena Oak and Russell Dilday on Topsails Rein Maker — the highest money-winning horse in the sport’s history so far. “I’m just a huge fan,” said Lisa Ingram of Paso Robles who was at the Paso Robles Event Center getting Dilday’s signature. “The horse just brings you up

out of your seat — and it helps when you have a cute rider.” Dilday laughed and said, “I’m still lookin’ for one.” Ingram, blushing from her close proximity to one of her favorite horsemen teased, “I don’t know who I like more — Russell Dilday or his horse, Topsails.” Dilday deadpanned, “I get that a lot.” National Reined Cow Horse Association Communications Manager Stephanie Duquette said Topsails is a great horse but that Emmons’ Olena Oak is

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Photos Courtesy of the NRCHA Cow horse champion Russell Dilday, seen here with fan, Lisa Ingram of Paso Robles, met with fans when he competed at the Paso Robles Event Center in June.

titles of World’s Greatest Horseman with the NRCHA. Dilday took a few minutes to talk to Equine Enthusiast about what it means to compete at the elite level. He won his third World’s Greatest Horseman title in 2011 and is humble in what the title means about his ability compared to those of his competition. When asked directly what it means for him to be a threetime World’s Greatest Horseman, Dilday answered through hearty laughter. “It’s fraudulent,” Dilday said. “There can’t be one greatest horseman, but it’s become such a prestigious title, and everyone dies to win. This sport has the most finesse, speed and danger all wrapped up in one. It’s not as gritty as rodeo, but it’s not a dog show either.” Cow-horse competitions are rooted in real-life ranching and all the skills used in that industry. Each skill that is tested comes from the work Dilday practiced


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growing up in a ranching family. “My father and uncle taught me good horsemanship,” Dilday said. “The skills come straight from that. Like in roping — in ranching, it’s the roping that makes a cowboy a god — that’s what makes you dominant over the cow.” Applying those ranching skills to the competitive arena takes the cowboy to a whole other level, Dilday said. “When you put yourself into a competitive situation — until you step into the arena and have to prove yourself — you realize there’s a whole other level,” Dilday said. “It gets to where you don’t even think it out — you train with all this repetitive action then your instincts take over. It’s a balance of speed and control at all times.” The relationship between rider and horse is both practiced and intuitive with each responding to the other, though it is the rider who is in charge.

Champion cow-horse competitor Russell Dilday on his horse, Topsails Rein Maker.

“This event is something like a fairytale story out of a book where a person and an animal have this much trust in each other,” Dilday said. “That horse has to listen to what you say and still think for himself — there’s [potential] a wreck around every corner.” Topsails is such a memorable animal that a realistic 9-inch model was made of the animal by Breyer. With a lifetime NRCHA record of $335,612 and counting, the 1999 stallion is the all-time number one money-earning cow horse, and only horse in history to win the coveted NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Championship three times. Almost exclusively his trainer, Dilday, of Wynnewood, Okla., who co-owns him with longtime friend, Kevin Cantrelle, has showed him. The National Reined Cow Horse Association was formed in 1949, with the goal of preserving and educating the

public about the rich history of this traditional horsemanship. The NRCHA is responsible for promoting the sport and ensuring high standards of competition. The organization was originally called the California Reined Cow Horse Association. Despite the name change, the association has continued to celebrate the early California traditions of highly-trained working cow horses and today, 64 years after its creation, continues to work to keep the vaquero tradition alive in today’s equine industry. The NRCHA is inviting first-time members to join free of charge in a membership drive known as The Free Ride program. The NRCHA currently has 4,100 members with some 2,000 brandnew folks since its launch in February. For more information on NRCHA or to join, go to

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On the Road to Baltimore Paso Robles trainer selected to be part of Retired Racehorse Training Project

Photos courtesy of Silver Shadow Training Trainer Nikki Egyed, of Silver Shadown Training in Paso Robles, rides Symphonic Cat, an Off the Track Thoroughbred stallion. Egyed and Symphonic Cat are part of the Retired Racehorse Training Project’s Thoroughbred Training Challege.

Nikki Egyed SPECIAL TO Equine Enthusiast s d . d hen most people think of the thoroughbred, they envision e a powerful, almost machineelike animal designed for thundering down -a track, blankets of roses, and mint juleps ,in May. Others may picture fancy dresosage horses and scopey jumpers boundeing through a Rolex stadium. Though all is relative, I just see my next barrel horse, esturdy trail mount, or even solid lesson -horse. e I was raised on a small private rescue sfarm that provided many opportunities -to work with an assortment of horses of varying breeds. My earliest memories rall consist of being toted around on my mother’s enormous OTTB (Off the Track Thoroughbred) stallion. Though that was kind of the “norm,” it wasn’t until later


in life that I realized it was only the beginning of something bigger. I later went on to show another OTTB mare we rescued, who carried me to several wins in the hunter ring, and even in barrel racing. It really got rolling though after high school, when I moved to St. Louis, and started working at a lesson barn. In my spare time, I decided to take on two OTTB geldings that I adopted from the Fairmount Race Park in Illinois. The first, Classacts Zeal quickly found a new friend in one of my students, and she purchased him as her future hunter. The second, Flying Cayman went on to make the journey all the way to California with us — a move that was pretty much made on the fly. Once settled in California, we began retraining. Cayman retired from racing at 7 years old on a win, sound and ready for something new. There was no real “process” to it, but rather just a dive-in-

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Cayman, a thoroughbred retired from racing, bows with Silver Shadow Training trainer Nikki Egyed aboard.

and-see-what-happens way of things. We started with gymkhana, and the rest is history. He’s successfully shown as a hunter (flat and over fences), trail, halter, showmanship, and his favorite, barrel racing, all in addition to being my fulltime lesson horse during the week. It is this versatility that drives me to bring some much-needed attention to OTTBs, especially in the Western disciplines. I hear much negativity about horses off the track as being hot and difficult, and when I used Cayman as an example against that, I’m told that he’s “Not a typical thoroughbred.” Or that he’s “an exception.” And sure, he’s a unique horse, but certainly not an exception. The perfect opportunity to break the stereotype came our way this summer. The Retired Racehorse Training Project announced the Thoroughbred Training Challenge in May, releasing an

announcement that they were seeking 26 trainers to come together for quite possibly an industry-changing project. Similar to the Mustang Makeovers, we’re to select a thoroughbred that has a race record, is “retired,” and has had absolutely no second-career training. We will have the summer to bring our horses along as far as possible in training in any discipline we choose. In October, we will all meet with our horses, at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, for the RRTP National Symposium. With a total of 142 applicants from across the U.S. and even Canada, it was an honor to be selected as one of the 26. Even more interestingly, there are only two of us that train primarily Western. Finding an OTTB with more of a


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Raising Riders: No i-device required

Trading the latest and greatest digital devices for classic horsE. heritage — one of the greatest gifts a parent can give Kristie Akin SPECIAL TO Equine Enthusiast


inzy Jane Grant first rode a horse at just 4 months old, of course with a little guidance from her momma, Tara Grant. By nine months, she was following Tara through the barn learning about the animals and the care being taken for them. On her first birthday, Tinzy was given Frosty, her first pony, she began to practice the animal care she learned from watching her mom and before her second birthday she was winning youth competitions on Frosty at local equine events. Seeing that horses were a healthy outlet for Tinzy, just as they had been for her at the same age and growing up, Tara soon found the horse that belonged to Tinzy’s dad, Clayton Grant, when he was the same age, to further develop Tinzy’s skills and responsibilities as a young cowgirl. Tinzy has been riding on her own since the age of 4, and can be found annually competing in the Mid-State Fair, Pioneer Day riding events, and the West Coast Junior Rodeo Association competitions. “Once she discovered what she could do on her horse, she took off with it, we just have to remind her to slow down sometimes”, says Tara. Today’s youth is growing in a digitally dominant world. For many toddlers, iPhone apps entertain them to sleep, iPads occupy their attention while riding in the car, and online games occupy their time before, sometimes during, and after dinner. Many parents have adopted digital dependence relying on the latest technologies to provide some of the necessary attention their children need. With every peer at school raving about the latest new app, and eager to get home to be enveloped in the digital daze, a legitimate concern arises. How will the children of digitally raised children get their culture? Unless the latest app comes with


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some very real accessories, our future leaders will lack life experience. Without arguing the degree or depth of value to digitally enhanced elementary schoolers, one fact is undeniable, the digital world is not real the real world, no matter how high the definition is. Technology can be a useful tool for improvements, it cannot provide a parents love, encouragement, attention, guidance, and connection. Finding or making the time for that extra special one-on-one interaction with our children can be a challenge in between work, school, sports, planned or unplanned errands, the cycle is time consuming and energy absorbing without a doubt. Keeping our priorities in order is a great way to begin working down the never-ending To-Do list, as our children will only be as old as they are for that moment and the laundry is never going away entirely. The grocery store will be there tomorrow, but if we don’t stop and engage in the curiosities of our youth, they will undoubtedly find someone or something else to answer those questions they kept repeating in the back of the car all afternoon. For some children, their parents make a conscious effort to reserve time for that necessary connection as often as possible, some parents try to connect with every interaction, and every parent does the best they can to connect with their child. As we try our hardest to practice the methods of parenting that will best equip our children with the strength and stability they need to flourish as adults in this challenging world, we go through trial and tribulations on the continual search for the right way to be a parent. Knowing there is not just one single right way makes it possible to try different ways until we find one that works well with our family. Families of horse heritage, such as Tara and Clayton Grant, display the value of their up bringing as they pass it on to their children. Instead of handing Tinzy her iPhone

Photos by Kristie Akin Tinzy Jane Grant, 41/2 years old, lives in Paso Robles with her parents Tara and Clayton Grant and her little brother Cayson Grant. Tinzy feeds, grooms, and rides her pony, Frosty and her horse Emmy on a daily basis. Ranch style living has been a way of life for the Grant’s for decades and will continue to for many more to come. to capture her attention while she manages to feed and groom all the horses in the barn after work, Tara handed her daughter a brush and a bucket and then took the time to include the guidance she needed to learn what to do with them. Studies have shown that caring for, riding and handling horses assists in teaching; self-discipline, responsibility, level headedness, patience, accountability, and empathy to a child. Horse handling also demands the at-

tention of both parent and child, creating a quality connection, something every child needs everyday throughout their day from the ones they love and trust to guide them. The essence of equine nature can bring a positive influence to a child’s influential environment. Replacing a digital dependence with a horse habit is a healthy alternative: tested, tried and true to result in balanced benefits a digital device can simply not manifest.

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Many events held at Rava Equestrian Center in King City Aaron Crutchfield Equine Enthusiast

Rehearse for the Real World A strong core-to-core relationship is developed and maintained through constant reinforcement and rehearsal on the “growing edge” or “stretch zone.” Of course, to some trail riders’ chagrin, this means taking advantage of time in the arena, where you can simulate and rehearse facing challenges you may face on the trail. This can be done by practicing trail course patterns with poles, gates, turns and jumps, and by introducing natural or manmade obstacles like rocks, trees, or debris. For instance, perhaps you fear crossing cattle gates with your horse. Rather than avoiding these obstacles of the trail and thus making your comfort zone smaller, face them in the controlled environment of the arena and change them from “spook” spots in your mind to confidence-building opportunities.


ituated on the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City is the Rava Equestrian Center, a 60,000-square-foot indoor arena. Over the course of the year, the arena hosts many events including barrel racing, team roping, ranch rodeo, Jaripeo, high school rodeo, junior rodeo, cutting, cattle sorting, the Miss Salinas Valley Fair hostess contest, and open riding. The Salinas Valley Fair also hosts concerts, graduations and car shows in Rava Arena and the adjacent Topo Ranch Center. Rava includes a dirt floor surface, customizable arena dimensions up to 145 feet by 240 feet, portable bleacher seating for 750, easy load-in access with large roll-up doors, an elevated announcer’s booth and a digital timing scoreboard. It’s hard to miss the Rava Center and the Topo Ranch Center next to it — they’re the two big, red barns along Highway 101 in King City. Topo Ranch Center is a similar venue to Rava, with the main difference being a concrete floor rather than dirt.

your legs along its flank, of your feet on the stirrups, and of the reins in your hands. Work to create a calm mental state for both yourself and your horse by physically manipulating your body away from a stance of stress and into a posture of relaxation and confidence.

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Western performance horse build was a little challenging, but through the help of Checkmate Thoroughbreds, I was put in contact with Janine of Golden Eagle Farms, who happened to have the perfect horse. Symphonic Cat is a 2009 gelding with five starts, and not that much of a desire to race. He’s been with us for just a few days now and is already showing such promise. In only three rides, he’s already been out on the trails and on pleasure rides bareback in a halter. He has such an amazing laidback attitude, and learns at an impressively rapid rate. It’s pretty early to decide what direction I will go with him, as I don’t think that it is my place to choose for him. He will find his niche, and we’re going to go with what makes him happy. I’d love to see him out there running barrels, but who knows, he could decide he likes to jump. There is a long road ahead to Baltimore, and we’re Published by News Media Corporation | SUMMER 2013

very excited to start the journey. We’re hoping to get as much assistance with this venture from the horse community as possible, and will be offering several sponsorship packages to those who wish to “join the team,” while getting some great publicity. If you have any interest in contributing at all, I’d encourage you to contact me directly for package information, or to simply stop by the ranch and say “Hi.” Nikki Egyed is at Silver Shadow Training, 1879 Wellsona Road, Paso Robles. For more information, call 574-9102030, email or visit

Strengthen the Subconscious When the horse and rider achieve a strong core-to-core foundation, the result is confident, relaxed communication on a subconscious level. Because less energy is exerted in reading signs between horse and rider, more energy can be devoted to connecting with, reading and enjoying the environment. Instead of strained and darting, your vision becomes soft and open, allowing you to be less reactive to sights and to scan further ahead. Rather than startling you, noises become less threatening and present less cause for concern. Overall, as we become more connected with our equine companions we become better, safer guides, leaders and partners in the journey. The calmness, good energy and joy that arise from this strong bond make the trail-riding experience fuller and more satisfying for you, your horse, and those you ride with or encounter along the path. Eric Wagner is the owner and founder of the Eric Wagner Training Center where he offers horsemanship training lessons, individual consultations, and clinics for a wide range of riders and breeds, including endurance, competitive and recreational riding. Wagner began his career in the Arabian horse industry, starting colts and training champions alongside Jeff Wonnel and Ron Bechtel. Opening his own training center in 1979, he has won numerous Class-A, regional and national level shows; trained many winning competitive trail and endurance horses; and become a trusted and sought-after expert trainer. Riders interested in learning to apply his concepts may register for trailer-in lessons as well as off-site clinics for small groups. For more information about Eric Wagner or his services, visit or call 805-748-3366.

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Rehabilitation and Condition of the Horse Step 1: Relieve Pain

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ver the last several years, rehabilitation for performance horses has taken hold in the equine industry, similar to human sports medicine. Unlike human medicine, however, rehabilitation in the horse industry is unregulated, and is offered in many forms and venues by providers whose credentials and levels of skill and experience vary. As a horse owner, how do you know what is best for you and your horse? Good question! First, you need to identify the nature of your horse’s injury, known as a definitive diagnosis. Next, you need a scientifically based rehabilitation plan overseen by an experienced equine veterinarian. The sooner you can accomplish these steps, the better. For years we’ve heard the saying “time is the only healer” and took that as the only resource for getting our horse back to the same level of performance. The truth is that in certain circumstances, along with treatment, a horse can benefit from the correct early activity and controlled exercise post injury. A few questions pop out: What type of exercise? How long should my horse be in a rehabilitation program? What kind of program is best for my horse? Proper rehabilitation is always a four part process once the injury is diagnosed: A. Relieve pain B. Restore balance and range of motion C. Regain strength D. Return to intended use and injury prevention These are referred to as “The Four R’s” of the regenerative process. Let’s look at each of these steps in the process individually, and what modalities and therapies are used in each segment.


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Thermal Therapy Thermal therapy is one of the most tested methods of physical therapy. This kind of treatment is reliable and extremely accessible. It is divided into Cold and Heat therapy and it has numerous methods of application, from applying water from a hose to the use of deep heat ultrasound technology.

Cold Therapy: The primary effect is constricting blood vessels, which decreases local circulation. This reduced blood supply to the tissues helps decrease edema, hemorrhaging and inflammation. The cold therapy is most effective in the first 24 to 48 hours following injury or surgery. Therefore, this method is indicated in acute musculoskeletal injuries and after surgery. The most effective range of temperature for the benefits of cold therapy is between 59 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit with an average time of 15 minutes per application. The treatment

can be repeated every 2-4 hours on the first 48 hours post injury. It is important not to use temperatures lower than 50 degrees since it can cause tissue damage and actually create “rebound” swelling. Heat Therapy: Heat increases the blood flow and relaxes tissue, decreasing muscle spasms and related pain. The increase in the local circulation is beneficial to the tissue in order to enhance oxygenation, re-absorption of edema, and mobilizing tissue metabolites that increase healing. This therapy is indicated for injuries that are more chronic and when the acute onset inflammation is no longer present. It can also provide better joint and tendon mobility by application before stretching. Heat therapy is most effective when tissue temperatures are raised up to 104 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Superficial heat as a modality is more commonly applied with hot packs and hydrotherapy. Research has revealed that skin and subcutaneous tissue increase their temperature to therapeutic levels in 6 minutes; however, deeper tissues such as tendons and muscle requires 15-30 minutes to achieve effective therapeutic levels. Therapeutic ultrasound is the best tool for the application of deep heat and can also be used to treat superficial structures. In horses, deepest penetration can be achieved using a 1 megahertz transducer at 1-2 watts/cm2, for 10 minutes, repeating the treatment 1-2 times a day for 10-14 days. Therapeutic Electricity Electrical stimulators are available in many shapes and sizes but they all have one common purpose, to stimulate tissue for a therapeutic response. The most common use of electrical stimulators is in the relief of acute or chronic pain. The use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) provides the capa-

bility of stimulating comfortable muscle contraction and can induce muscle fibers in spasm to relax. This technique is also used to stimulate skin or bone growth when tissue repair is needed as it hastens the regenerative process in wounds and acts as a bactericide. The effects of electrical stimulation on muscle strength and size are also beneficial and it can be used in horses that have sustained muscle atrophy after injury. Other similar modalities are referred to as Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) as well as muscle stem. All relieve pain through a mechanism referred to as Gate Theory pain conduction suppression, and also have the capacity at higher doses to create muscle contracture stimulation. A specific technique derived from Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation is called Iontophoresis and it consists of the introduction of various drug ions into tissues through the skin by the electrical stimulation. Basically, Iontophoresis takes advantage of the ionized state of a drug to push charged particles into the body. Drugs can be administered into injury sites (e.g. a joint with arthritis) in a non-invasive way; as the electrical current facilitates the penetration of the substance through the skin membranes. Another electronic tool is Pulsating


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continued from page 41 Electro Magnetic Fields (PEMF); electrical current is used to create magnetic fields around a particular body part. Limited scientific data has shown PEMF to produce pain relief and increase circulation. Studies in horses have also shown a beneficial effect on bone healing.

formed. The ESWR protocol will vary depending on the severity of the injury and how it responds to the initial treatment. Most horses require 1-4 treatments separated by one to three weeks until healing improvement can be observed. Other methods

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) is very beneficial for the treatment of soft tissue and bone injuries. This modality provides high pressure, short duration shock wave that stimulates tissue healing. ESWT has been proven to have great success in the treatment of multiple pathologies in the horse such as navicular disease, arthritis, back pain, incomplete sesamoid fractures, stress cortical fractures, tendonitis and desmopathy such as in the origin or insertion of the suspensory ligaments. The use of Shock Wave therapy in horses usually requires sedation of the patient and the treatment takes about 10-15 minutes to be per-

Acupuncture Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of providing pain relief. Its mechanism of action is not completely known,

The Yo Yo Cow — Best Of Lee Pitts Special to Equine Enthusiast


ome animals bring happiness with them. One of nature’s most disagreeable blunders brought happiness when she finally left. We not so affectionately remember her as the “Yo Yo Cow.” Let me explain. I knew she was repulsive, belligerent, disagreeable, offensive and walked with a limp when I bought her but she only cost $650. Even at that she was priced sky-high.         The Yo-Yo Cow indeed looked like a million but I knew she couldn’t be THAT old. She wore so many brands there wasn’t room for mine and her ears had been pierced so many times she looked like a rock star. Her tail was long and her teeth and temper were short. She darn sure knew what a squeeze chute was and I never did get her in it. So I just turned her out with the rest of my valuable collection. I would have sworn some of my other cows acted like they had met Yo Yo before... but even her old friends didn’t like her. The Yo Yo Cow kicked at my

dog, charged my horse and wouldn’t even let the birds roost on her back. She avoided contact with all living creatures including intimate contact with cattle of the opposite sex. The mean old Yo Yo Cow was darn sure a loner. Later I would learn that she was also a loaner. Yo Yo was fastidious about her appearance though...she was fast and hideous. She had a speed index over a hundred which was slightly faster than my horse, Gentleman, which made her impossible to gather. Thirty minutes spent trying to bring her in meant two days of fixing fence. Even 12 of my cowboy friends couldn’t corral this one miserable old cow. The Yo Yo Cow was wreaking havoc on my fences and my horse and making it impossible to gather any of my other cattle. I was at wit’s end when Slick “just happened to drop by the ranch.” Slick said he had sold his place and his cows a few years back and made his living these days wild cow chasin’. Although he didn’t really look like a cowboy, with his diamond stickpin and eel skin boots, but he did have a reputation in the area for being able to bring in wild cows,

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but is believed to be similar to the various forms of electrical stimulation. In addition to pain relief, studies have also shown increases in circulation and restoration of range of motion. As the proper placement of the needles requires significant training and experience, many times the results noted from acupuncture treatment vary with the skills and experience of the individual acupuncturist. Class IV Therapeutic Lasers Sometimes also known as “Photo Therapy,” the therapeutic effects are similar to what is observed in acupuncture treatment. Lasers have the advantage of not requiring the placement of needles, and are also more forgiving in terms of where the laser is actually applied. Studies in horses have shown pain relief, as well as documented positive effects on wound healing.

Recently these devices, that create a massage sensation when applied externally, have entered into some rehabilitation programs. The mechanism of pain relief is reportedly the same as is produced by massage, and increases in circulation are also claimed. To date no scientific studies have been performed that support such claims.

Osmotic Agents — Epsom salts, ‘cold water salt baths’ These agents relieve pain as a result of their capacity to reduce swelling by creating an osmotic gradient. Combined with either heat or cold solutions, these salts are considered a useful part of pain relief therapy.

Vibration Floors and Cycloidal Vibration Therapy

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particularly ones that For more of Pitts’ writing, fit the description of visit Yo Yo. In all fairness, I must admit that he did allude to the fact that he had “500 head that he was kinda cally loaded herself. sharecropping.” And did I mention that The next week I saw Slick at the one of the old brands Yo Yo was wearing auction as the old Yo Yo Cow hit the ring was his?  with fire in her eyes. He was over hiding I offered Slick half the value of in a corner mentally spending the check the cow if he brought her in but he just for “his” consignment and making note laughed in my face. “I’ll only do it for for future reference of who bought her. 100% of the proceeds of the sale when She’d no doubt keep coming back to she’s sold at auction, plus fifty dollars Slick like a yo yo.  for my expenses. Payable in advance,” As I left the auction that day Slick he said with his hand out. could tell that I was on to his game. “Are you crazy?” I said, But I had “There’s just one thing I don’t undera sick feeling that Slick knew the tallow stand,” I said. “What’s your secret in man now charged $100. I couldn’t just catching your cows?”  shoot her and let the varmints eat her. “It’s easy,” he said. “You just have to Anyway, the buzzards and coyotes probunderstand they don’t like humans.” ably wouldn’t touch Yo Yo out of profes It’s for darn sure Slick didn’t fit that sional courtesy. I had few options. I knew description. Yo Yo wouldn’t die from disease because even germs couldn’t stand her. So I took For more of Pitts’ writing visit Slick up on his generous offer. To make a long story short, Slick got her corralled in less than ten minutes with a whoop and a holler. She practi-

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NRCHA Event Paso Robles Event Center Paso Robles, CA Elena Clark, 805-238-5098

July 29-Aug. 2

Summer Horse Day Camps Beginners to Advanced ages 7-18 Ride & Drive Horses. Perform in the Cavalcade of Horses Debby Harris 805-237-1860

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Summer Horse Day Camps Beginners to Advanced ages 7-18 Ride & Drive Horses. Perform in the Cavalcade of Horses Debby Harris 805-237-1860

August 12-16

Summer Horse Day Camps Beginners to Advanced ages 7-18 Ride & Drive Horses. Perform in the Cavalcade of Horses Debby Harris 805-237-1860

August 11

SLOCQHA Open Show Buckle Series Pat Mar Ranch Templeton, CA 805-434-6143

August 11-18

NSHA Snaffle Bit Futurity World’s Richest Show Paso Robles Event Center Paso Robles,CA


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SLO-CDS The Dress Rehearsal CDS, USEF, USDF, DASC Los Alamos, CA Ellen Corob, 805-440-2947

August 29-Sept. 1

Double R Cutting Paso Robles Event Center Paso Robles, CA Rex Rossoll, Event Manager 805-331-5978

September September 3, 4

SLO-CDS Fall Fling CDS Central RAAC CDS, USEF, USDF Ellen Corob, 805-440-2947

September 12-15

October 27

SLOCQHA Open Show Buckle Series Pat Mar Ranch Templeton, CA 805-434-6143

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Creston Classic Rodeo Thursday – Jackpot 4-D Barrel Racing at 6pm Friday – Jackpot Team Roping at 5pm Sat. and Sun. – Rodeo Performance at 12:30

4-H and FFA Horse Show, 9 a.m.

September 19-22

July 18

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. and USEA Area 6 Championships /YEH Qualifier. Volunteers needed — call Martha Wilson at 805-239-0438 or email

October October 5

Cattlewomen’s Pre-Pioneer Day Roping Paso Robles Event Center Paso Robles,CA Elena Clark, 805-238-3323

October 18-November 3

July 17

Cow Dog Trials, 8:30 a.m. Ranch Horse Class, 1 p.m. July 19

Cutting Horse Show, 8 a.m. July 20

Cutting Horse Show, 8 a.m. July 21,

Sheep Dog Trials and Draft Horse Show, 10 a.m July 22

Open Horse Show, 9 a.m.

July 23

Snaffle Bit Futurity, 8 a.m. Stock Horse Show, 8 a.m. July 24

RSNC Sorting, 8 a.m. Barrel Racing, 2 p.m. July 25

Team Roping, 8 a.m. July 26

Wrangler Junior Gymkhana, 8 a.m. July 27

Country Rodeo, 8 a.m. July 28

Country Rodeo, 9 a.m.

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