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OCTOBER 2017 × VOLUME 1 ISSUE 2

FEATURED RIDER

VERONICA BOT

“I have confidence that success materializes from hard work, dedication and a little bit of luck.” PG. 16 PHOTO BY CEALY TETLEY

YOUR FIRST COMPETITIVE DISTANCE RIDE PG. 36


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EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO

CONTENTS OC TOBER 2017

EO SERVICES 12 We Have a New Location! Mckee-Pownall Equine Services 32 Got a Problem? Put Some Tape on it Fire Horse Performance Body Work. EO EVENT LISTINGS 12 October/November 2017 EO PRODUCTS 14 BFL Customer Stories BFL CANADA 20 Supporting Your Horses Bones & Joints Naturally Omega Alpha 22 The Fall Product Guide Equestrian Ontario 28 Royal Ready Noble Outfitters Canada 30 The Benefits of Slow Feeding Hay Nibble Net Canada

40 Purica’s Newest Equine Supplement Purica 46 The Power of Omegas Southern Equine Distributing. EO ARTICLES 26 Pint-Sized Horsepower Trafalgar Square Books 36 Your First Competitive Distance Ride Eat Sleep Ride Repeat. 42 A Partnership of Champions Karen Rohlf. HORSE HOROSCOPE 47 Strengths & Weaknesses Samantha Marshall EO FEATURED RIDER 16 Veronica Bot EO PUZZLES 50 Crossword

34 Professional Grooming The Galloping Goop Way Stone Hedge Farm Canada.

ON THE COVER Alexanne Thibault, Julia Madigan, Veronica Bot take the podium at NAYRC Jumping Final! PHOTO BY CEALY TETLEY WWW.TETLEYPHOTO.COM


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“Hoofbeats and heartbeats, is there really any diffearence between the two?” -UNKNOWN

CONTRIBUTORS

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Samantha Fawcett

Samantha Marshall

Horseback Media Inc.

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Julia Merritt

EDITOR

Karen Rohl

Tyler Saik tyler@equestrianontario.com 289-270-0906

Milton, Ontario, Canada

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Sarah Cuthberston Ashley Tomaszewski Lauren Marlborough Veronica Bot Kendra Gale

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“CELEBRATE YOUR PERSONAL VICTORIES BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE UNDERSTANDS WHAT IT TOOK TO ACCOMPLISH THEM.”

Now that the joyful, whirlwind of chaos that is horse show season is over – it is time for us all to take a brief rest, regroup, and set out to achieve new goals and personal bests in 2018! Unless you are Royal bound, in which case your R & R might have to wait a little longer yet! ;) Don’t worry; we won’t be resting over here, either! We have been, and will continue to be hard at work making Equestrian Ontario the best it can be for our Ontario horse community. So keep an eye out on our social media pages for exciting new announcements to come in the weeks ahead! 8 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO OCTOBER ‘17

In the mean time, grab your favourite fall beverage and take a read through our newly designed issue of Equestrian Ontario! I know you will enjoy it! As always, we are open to hearing your comments and suggestions on how we can help to better serve the Ontario horse community! Feel free to get in contact with us at ourteam@equestrianontario.com or via any of our social media pages!

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EO SERVICES

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McKee-Pownall Equine Services is pleased to announce our new location in the Caledon region starting November 1, 2017. We will be located adjacent to Running Fox at Highway 9 and Airport Road. The veterinary team will be led by Dr. Andrea Dubé-Cullum and Dr. Marisa Markey. We will offer the sport horse, reproduction, and preventative health care services our clients have come to depend on at both our Campbellville and Newmarket locations. At McKee-Pownall Equine Services we are proud to be part of your Equine health care team. Our goal is to give you peace of mind about the health care of your Equine partner. We are punctual, respectful, and available. Look for our sign and come on in to visit our team! 10 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO OCTOBER ‘17

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UPCOMING EVENTS OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

ONTARIO COLLEGIATE EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION

THE 95TH ROYAL AGRICULTURAL WINTER FAIR – NOVEMBER 3- 12

OCT 15 Laurentian/Cambrian OCEA

Show @ Foothills Farm OCT 15 Carleton University OCEA Show @ Wesley Clover Parks CLINICS/EVENTS OCT 14 Caledon Horse Tack Swap OCT 14 Tack Swap @ Go and Play

Stables

OCT 15 Beth Underhill Clinic @

Parish Ridge Stables

OCT 21 Carl Hester Masterclass @

Caledon Equestrian Park

SCHOOLING SHOWS

OCT 29 Indoor Hunter Schooling

Show @ Pickering Horse Centre

INDOOR SCHOOLING (ROYAL PREP)

Royal Schooling @ Valhalla Equestrian Jump Schooling @ Adena Springs OCT 14-29 Pre-Royal Hunter

Schooling @ Meadowlark North OCT 31-NOV 2 Pre-Royal Jumper Schooling @ Meadowlark North 12 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO OCTOBER ‘17

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

Feature Entertainment: Guy McLean NOV 3-4 Indoor Eventing Challenge NOV 3-4 Canadian Show Jumping

Championship

NOV 5 Braeburn Farms Hunter

Derby

NOV 7 Knightwood Hunter Derby

NOV 7 Jolera International Jumper

Competition NOV 8 Longines FEI World Cup™ Show Jumping NOV 9 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup Freestyle NOV 10 Weston Canadian Open International Jumper NOV 11 U25 National Championship NOV 11 GroupBy Big Ben Challenge NOV 12 Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo

SCHOOLING SHOWS

NOV 25 Meadowlark North Jumper

Schooling Day

NOV 26 Meadowlark North Hunter

Schooling Show

NOV 26 Iron Horse Performance

Hunter 1 Show


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EO SERVICES

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EO FEATURED RIDER

VERONICA RIDING HER FEATURED MOUNT, COOL DOWN 3, AKA CHACCO. PHOTO CREDIT TO: BEN RADVANYI

EQUESTRAIN ONTARIO’S FEATURED RIDER

VERONICA BOT DATE OF BIRTH April 14, 1996 HOMETOWN Burlington, Ontario BASED OUT OF Burlington, On FAVOURITE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE “You learn from your mistakes” WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? Competing consistently at the 1.50-1.60m Grand Prix level, with hopes of competing on Nation’s Cup teams for Canada.

COOL DOWN 3

SHOW NAME Chacco DATE OF BIRTH January. 4, 2007 BREED (PEDIGREE) Hannoverian HEIGHT 16.3hh LOVES His Job HATES Licorice IF HE WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL, HE WOULD BE Track and field star athlete

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I started riding at 7 years old at a local stable in Milton. It was here that I learned the basics of horsemanship, such as proper grooming, tackingup, and cantering. The following year, when I was 8, I jumped for the first time. This would be the beginning of my long journey towards earning two medals at the North American Young Rider Championships and more recently, competing in my first 1.60m Grand Prix. Let’s start in 2013, when I first met my trainer Chris Delia and established my major goals. Before coming to Chris Delia Stables, I was riding with renowned hunter trainer, Sue Pritchard Laing. With her, I had gone from the large ponies all the way to the 1.20m jumper division. Even though I enjoyed my time with Sue, it had become clear that I needed to be in a more specialized jumper training program. He requested an interview with my parents and I shortly after we expressed interest in his program. I told him my goals very clearly… to compete in the 1.40m division and go to the North American Young Rider Championships one day. I was ashamed to tell him about these goals because I though they were unrealistic, or worse, that he would


just sit and laugh at me. But he never did, and he instead saw somebody with potential. He eventually agreed to take me on as a student. I was not convinced he would do that, but I am so grateful he did- I just “needed polish” is what he said. Shortly after, I moved to his farm and had my first lesson on my 10-yearold OTTB jumper “Guinness”. He was surprised how difficult he was to ride and insisted that I needed a different horse to work towards my goals. Guinness was sidelined for 4 months and we were in limbo. No jumping, no training, but our journey to Europe was in the works. In October of 2013, I went to the Netherlands with Chris in search of the perfect 1.40m jumper. It was a pleasant surprise for him that my abilities shone through on this trip. I think this is when he started to realize that those goals I set were achievable. Eventually we found our grey Holsteiner gelding Calato’s Charles “Charles”, who was 7 at the time.

This score earned us a place on the team and we competed at NAYRC for Canada in July of that summer. At the championship, we finished 5th on the Canadian team and 12th individually. The chef d’equipe for the Canadian Olympic team, Mark Laskin, happened to watch us compete at NAYRC and invited us to participate in the $100,000 U25 finals at the National Horse Show in October of 2015. We did compete in that class, despite the near overlap with the Canadian Championships at the Royal, which I also planned to ride in. I was the youngest rider in the Canadian Championships, at 19 years old, competing against veterans like Ian Millar and Jill Henselwood. Eventually, the whirlwind 2015 show circuit came to a close, and we had positive experiences at the 1.45m and 1.50m level. After much discussion, we decided to start the search for some new horses to build my string.

In the summer of 2014 we started competing in the 1.20m division and quickly posted wins up to the 1.30m level. Then we moved into the 1.40m division. Charles qualified for the 1.40m finals at the Royal and we won the championship together that same year. This win put my riding on VERONICA AND COOL DOWN 3 the fast- track and we were COMPETING TOGETHER AT THE NAYRC 2017. PHOTO CREDIT: CEALY TETLEY. aiming for Young Riders in 2015. The following May, Charles and I competed in our In November of 2015 we headed to first 1.50m Grand Prix at the Kentucky Europe once again. It was on this trip Horse Park with only one rail down. that I found Chacco “Cool Down 3”,


and my third horse, Caprice “Quidam’s Caprice M”. They are both hot types, very much the opposite of lazy type Charles. They arrived in January of 2016. Riding them has been a big learning curve. Trying to coordinate my body to influence a hot horse was a mystery to me before having these two, as was the importance of soft hands (which I am still learning to this day). When the summer arrived, Charles was aimed at NAYRC for the second time, while Chacco and Caprice were starting in the 1.20m division. My relationship with Chacco developed quicker than with Caprice, and we were in the 1.40m division in only a few weeks. He would eventually go on to finish 3rd in the 1.40m division in the zone, and 3rd in the Canadian U25 championships at the Royal in 2016. Caprice went back and forth between 1.30m and 1.40m while we tried to develop an understanding of each other. I would eventually go on to win the $10,000 1.40m jumper stake with her at the Royal in 2016. Charles did qualify for NAYRC in 2016 but had an accident in the first qualifier. We were disqualified and he was off for a full year. I just got him back to showing midway through this season and he recently competed in a CSI2* 1.45m class a few weeks ago, at Angelstone. This was a significant lesson for me, as I began to understand that this sport is more about overcoming your weaknesses rather than avoiding them. I was embarrassed and lost confidence after the accident, yet I came back and started to build up again with my other two horses. Now, we arrive at 2017. Chris and I decided to aim Chacco at NAYRC for 18 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO OCTOBER ‘17

my final eligible year. Caprice was to be introduced to the FEI 2* division and the Grand Prixs. Both horses had consistent results in classes up to 1.40m+, so winning a medal at NAYRC seemed like a realistic goal. Chacco and I were under observation by the Young Rider selection committee during the early part of the season, which was something I tried to keep from interfering with my thoughts. Beth Underhill confirmed my acceptance into the team and we were set to go in July. We competed in a few National Standard Grand Prix’s (1.50m) in Vermont prior to the championship, and placed in all of them. Then it came time to go to Saugerties, New York, for the Young Rider Championships. It was hot that entire week- probably 34 or 35 degrees Celsius by noon every day. I doubted that Chacco would have enough stamina to jump 5 big rounds in 6 days. Despite this concern, I stayed focused on our goals and the performance of my horse. Chacco was stellar the first day, finishing 4th in the individual qualifier on Thursday afternoon. We then entered the team competition on Thursday. The Chef d’equipes Beth Underhill and Dave Ballard decided on the team order for the Young Rider Nations Cup, and I was selected to be the anchor rider. Being in the position can be more stressful than the other positions, since your score has the final say in the standing of your entire team. Soon enough the competition was underway. It was a big course, with the open water and some technical elements. There was one particularly tricky line off the in-gate. Being the anchor rider, I was


able to watch my teammates go in the first round. Chacco and I had trouble with one line and accumulated 8 faults. I was determined to fix the problem in the second round, since with Nations Cup format, the course is identical to the first. At this time, Canada was just trailing behind team USA. In the second round, team Canada improved their scores, with Chacco and I also posting a clear round to close out the competition as the anchor combination. Our team performance earned us the silver medal! We stood on the podium and did a victory gallop to finish the day. After 2 days of competition, Chacco was sitting in 6th place individually in the standings. The medalists would be named in the individual final in the two round competition on Sunday. All the horses qualified for the final had Saturday off and I felt poised to perform on Sunday with my well-rested mount. The next day, upon walking the course, I thought it was similarly big and technical to what I saw on Friday. There was a new tricky bending line from the open water to a tight skinny 1.50m combination. I feared having that element down, and despite my intricate planning we did have the “a” part down. We finished the first round on 4 faults. I didn’t know what our standing was at this time, and just focused on the second round. It was a different course that was shorter, but slightly higher than the first. Despite this increased difficulty, Chacco delivered a clear round. Our total score was determined and it was a matter of seeing how others did in the class to seal the deal on gold, silver and bronze. In an incredible turn of events, three Canadians swept the podium- Julia

Madigan gold, Alexanne Thibault silver and me (Veronica Bot) bronze. It was a magical moment as we stood on the podium while the Canadian anthem played. The 1-2-3 finish had never happened in the history of equestrian sport in Canada, and the result was a glimmer of hope for the future of Show Jumping. I was so grateful to have been part of this experience and I can never thank all my supporters, parents and staff enough for all they have done to help me get to the podium that day. More recently in the 2017 season, I competed in my first 1.60m Grand Prix under the lights. Chacco handled the height with ease, which makes me very enthusiastic about the future. The time has come to set new goals, and I am looking onto Spruce Meadows, the Pan-Am Games and even the Olympics one day. I have confidence that success materializes from hard work, dedication and a little bit of luck. I am a living example that this is true. Those goals I was so ashamed to mention back in 2013 ended up becoming my reality. Don’t be afraid to dream big, anything is possible!

CLEAN SWEEP FOR THE CANADIANS AT NAYRC! PHOTO CREDIT: CEALY TETLEY


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Horses endure a significant level of stress to their bones and joints during stages of growth and development as well as during exercise, training, and performance. These circumstances can lead to the onset of inflammation, acute and chronic arthritis, brittle bones, and lameness issues; all-too-common occurrences in the bones and joints of horses. Luckily, nature provides the horse with an array of ingredients that assist in creating bone, supporting connective tissues, and the repair of damaged tissues as well as regulation of normal bodily functions. These ingredients are commonly referred to as minerals and vitamins. MINERALS AS BUILDING BLOCKS Minerals are an essential part of your horse’s dietary needs and are required for horse maturity, maintaining energy and performance, and in the prevention of health problems. There are two types of minerals; macro minerals which are required in large amounts within the horse’s body and micro minerals (also referred to as trace minerals) which are required in small amounts. Minerals compete for absorption during digestion, but too much of one mineral can result in a deficiency of another. This is why supplementation that is 20 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO OCTOBER ‘17

being done as a nutritional stopgap should provide paired minerals to ensure no inadvertent deficiencies are created. Daily nutrition requirements are based on the horse’s age, weight, and work regimen; each horse should be evaluated based on their individual needs. CARE & PREVENTION Regular and gentle exercise assists in the care of the horse’s joints by strengthening muscles, supporting bone structure, and nourishing the joints with circulating joint (synovial) fluid. Keeping a watchful eye on the nutritional value in your horse’s feed and forage is important in determining whether or not they require supplementation in order to sustain a strong immune system or to build and protect their bones and joints. Each horse is different when it comes to their age, weight and work regime; therefore your horse’s supplementation should be evaluated based on their individuals needs. It’s recommended that you consult with your veterinarian for guidance when adjusting your horses feed and nutrient content. LAUREN MARLBOROUGH HAS BEEN AN AVID HORSEWOMAN FOR OVER 15 YEARS WITH SEVERAL YEARS EXPERIENCE IN MANY SECTORS OF THE HORSE INDUSTRY. SHE CARRIES A BSC FROM LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY, AN HONOURS BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE POST-GRADUATE DEGREE FROM BROCK UNIVERSITY, CERTIFICATION AS AN EQUINE SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST, AND HAS HER OWN EQUINE THERAPY BUSINESS IN SOUTHERN ONTARIO. THIS ARTICLE HAS BEEN SHORTENED, THE FULL ORIGINAL PIECE CAN BE FOUND AT OMEGAALPHAEQUINE.COM


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EO ARTICLE

PINT-SIZE HORSEPOWER Join the Crowds That Are Learning to Drive Miniature Horses

Miniature Horses are almost universally appealing, their small size attracting the attention of all ages. Anytime Miniatures are at a public event, they’re easy to find; just look for the crowd of people. Even beyond their small size, they win hearts wherever they go. When you factor in their larger-than-life personality and full-sized athletic ability, it’s easy to see why so many people fall for such a small horse. Today, many people are choosing Miniature Horses to be driving partners, as they are less imposing than fullsized horses when hitched. However, getting your Miniature Horse to the point where he is comfortable and confident enough to drive, whether just for fun or at shows, will take some time, patience, and knowledge. If you don’t have a solid base of understanding 26 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO OCTOBER ‘17

when it comes to training horses and the correct use of driving equipment, it is strongly recommended you get some experienced assistance before acquiring a Miniature to drive or trying to drive the one you already have. Many people have the mistaken impression that because Miniature Horses are small, they don’t need to take the time and care in training that they would with a 1,000-pound horse. Not only is this not true—you absolutely can get hurt, and perhaps even more importantly, so can your horse—but it is completely unfair to your Miniature Horse not to treat him with the same respect just because he is less likely to inflict serious harm when he gets scared. One of the best ways to get started in driving is to get a very experienced driving horse to help you learn how to drive. There is a lot more to driving


than sitting in the cart and holding the reins, just as there is more to riding than sitting on a horse. Even experienced riders can find driving a new and sometimes scary challenge, as they are not accustomed to having only their hands and voice to communicate with the horse. Start by taking some lessons: you can usually find a driving instructor with a lesson horse so you can begin learning to drive before you buy a Miniature Horse, making sure it’s something you truly want to invest in further. Driving your Miniature Horse is a great deal of fun for you both, but it isn’t something to be taken lightly either. Driving can be dangerous and unless you have the knowledge to properly and carefully teach your horse everything he needs to know, some qualified instruction and assistance is a wiser option than going it alone. A coach or instructor is there to help you with your horse, giving you both the tools to succeed in whatever your goals are. A trainer would train your horse to drive, and teach you the skills to continue to work safely with your small equine. Finding a reputable instructor or trainer in your area will require a little research. Ask lots of people about their experience, and if you find a professional you feel will work, don’t be afraid to ask for information on experience and credentials, as well as references from current and past clients. When it comes to driving horses, and especially driving horse trainers and instructors, the information

isn’t size-specific. While you may want to find a Miniature-Horse-specific instructor for learning about driving in breed competitions, for the basic information related to driving your horse safely, a driving instructor who is certified with your local or national driving organization is your best bet, regardless of what size horses he or she has. A harness is a harness and a horse is a horse; don’t limit your learning based on size. The more you can learn about harness and how it works, and how to properly communicate with your driving horse, the happier both you and your Miniature Horse will be, and the more fun you will have together. Learn from everyone you can, take lessons and clinics whenever possible, and always ask, “Why?” so that you are sure you are doing the right thing for your Miniature Horse. This excerpt from The Big Book of Miniature Horses by Kendra Gale of Circle J Miniatures in Cochrane, Alberta, is reprinted with permission from Trafalgar Square Books horseandriderbooks.com


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Ever wish you could have your bodyworker fix your horse while you ride? Want to extend the results of your last session for maximum impact? Kinesiology taping for horses can help with that! Kinesiology taping is commonly used by human athletes for training, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. And it is equally applicable for the equine athlete. Human-grade kinesiology tape won’t work for horses, so in 2005 Dr. Beverly Gordon launched the first kinesiology tape and protocol for horses and named it Equi-Tape. Equi-Tape has been designed specifically to be flexible enough to handle a big range of motion, with an adhesive that’s effective on the horse’s hair coat and is resistant to weather, sweat, and equipment use. Certified Equi-Tape Practitioners follow a standardized methodology for applying the tape to ensure that the tape placement is biomechanically appropriate and maximizes its benefits. Equi-Tape works by affecting the nerve endings that exist in the root of each hair. The elastic tape lifts the hair, which in turn lifts the skin and accesses the circulatory and nervous systems.

In an embryo, the skin and the central nervous system develop together, which is what makes the Equi-Tape modality so effective. By gently affecting the nervous system, Equi-Tape can impact the body’s perception of movement, inflammation, and pain. There are two main goals in applying tape: Training and Therapeutic. Training tapings help when the body is in active work, to facilitate the optimal use and recovery of the muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Examples of training applications include: gluteal muscle contraction taping; suspensory ligament support, and sacroiliac joint support.


Therapeutic tapings are used for horses who are recovering from an injury, or who need support in preventing an existing problem from worsening. Examples of therapeutic applications include: back muscle relaxation for tight muscles that need rest; circulation tapings for lymphangitis, and fascial release for pain.

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2. Correct movement: tape will cue the nervous system to produce biomechanically correct movement with an increased range of motion. The advantage of the tape is that by providing constant proprioceptive feedback, it interrupts faulty patterns and assists the brain and body to develop a new pattern that is consistent and appropriate. Depending on the application, tape will change muscle function by encouraging muscles to either relax or contract, supporting either the training or the recovery process. The elastic decompression properties also mean that it supports joints, tendons and ligaments without being restrictive. Again, the tape’s ability to access the nervous system makes it possible for the body to support and realign itself with a seemingly minimal amount of intervention. As increased healing ability and pain reduction are key components in achieving health and athletic goals, kinesiology taping is a powerful tool. Equi-Tape is effective alone and also works very well in combination with other bodywork modalities because it extend the effects of the initial work. You can find out more information at www.equi-tape.com. Give it a try and see for yourself!

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If you have been following along with our series, you may be keen to load up your trailer and hit the trails with Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association (OCTRA) for your first ride. Great! Can’t wait to see you there! By now, you should have been preparing yourself and your horse by: • Reading and understanding the rules for the specific discipline you are entering • Attending a training clinic and/ or reading lots of articles about endurance riding • Conditioning your horse with LSD (Long Slow Distance) • Training trail and vet check skills • Reaching out to a mentor for advice and/or volunteering at a ride to see how it works • Compiling all necessary paperwork • Picking a beginner friendly ride If you haven’t checked all of these boxes, make sure you go back and do so! You can find good tidbits in our previous articles, on our website EatSleepRideRepeat.com and on the OCTRA website OCTRA.on.ca 36 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO OCTOBER ‘17

FILL OUT YOUR ENTRY The OCTRA website has a calendar of events with ride flyers for each upcoming event. Take a look through and find a ride that appeals to you. For your first ride, you may want to consider doing only one day and keeping it close to home so you are not required to camp. An inexperienced horse may not camp well and you want your first ride to be a positive training experience for him. Keep it short, fun and as easy on him as possible – the riding is the easy part! From the ride flyer, you will get information about how to enter. Some rides will have online entry, others you will need to print and fill out a form and either mail or scan and email to the ride secretary. Make sure to read the flyer carefully to make sure you understand the entry fee and whether you must add on any fees such as day membership, camping fees, extra meal tickets, or late fees. Send your payment along with your entry. Also in the package you send, include a scan or photocopy of your negative EIA test, your insurance card, and any required memberships. Oh, and don’t forget to make sure you tick the box that says you are a rookie/ first time rider!

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A SAMPLE OF WHAT THE RIDE CAMP MIGHT LOOK LIKE. TIMER START/FINISH CREW AREA RIDE SECRETARY VETTING AREA

AT THE RIDE Once you have arrived at the ride site, take the time to find a good parking spot. For your first time, we recommend that you stay away from the main camping and vetting areas as they can get pretty chaotic and could upset your horse for his first time. There are often signs or people who can direct you. Once you have parked and unloaded (or if your horse isn’t ready to be left alone while tied, he might still be aboard the trailer), take a walk of the grounds. Take note where the following important areas are:

THERE ARE OFTEN SIGNS OR PEOPLE WHO CAN DIRECT YOU.

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• Vetting area/lanes and pulse timer (usually right beside each other) – look for a large rectangle of flat ground, marked with cones. You will see lanes for trotting, and an area on one side where the horses will line up and be vetted • Crewing area – look for water troughs with lots of buckets and pop-up tents set out near them, usually close to the vetting area or start/finish lines • Starting line and finish line timer (often the same place) - look for signs, a single pop-up tent with a big clock in it. REGISTER WITH THE SECRETARY Now that you know where they are located, grab your binder of documents. Yes, you should have a binder! Even if you sent in a complete entry in advance, keep a paper copy on you just in case. It will help you breeze through registration! The secretary will give


you a ride package. This will typically include your ride card, information about the schedule (such as when ride talk is), your meal tickets, informational brochures from the rides, sponsors, and sometimes charts that you can use to calculate your ride times. Ask for a green ribbon for your horses tail (and maybe one for you too!) to let other riders and volunteers know that you may need a little help along the way.

YES, YOU SHOULD HAVE A BINDER!

ATTEND THE RIDE TALK This is where the ride manager and members of the management team (such as vets and trail managers) will sit down with riders and talk about the course and expectations for the day. The important information you will receive here is • How the trail is marked and in what order to do the trail (often loops marked with different colours of ribbon on the right) • Veterinary parameters for your particular ride • Hold times • Any particularly challenging aspects of the trail whether it be obstacles or navigational • Ride camp etiquette – things like where to dispose of your manure, and other do/do not’s Does your ride package tell you all that stuff in a pretty brochure? Attend anyway. Sometimes things change last minute and the vets will change requirements to suit the weather or

trail conditions. Also this is your chance to meet other riders, ask questions to ride management, and maybe even find someone to partner with on trail (a mentor – look for someone with an orange ribbon or bandana) VET YOUR HORSE We are going to dedicate another full article to this, so check back in the following issues of Equestrian Ontario Magazine. The short version is to bring your ride card and your horse to the vetting area where a vet or lay judge will check your horse’s vitals and assess their gait to ensure that the horse is fit to start. If you have any concerns, ask the judge questions – they aren’t there to penalize you, but to ensure your horse has the best possible conditions for completion. Once your horse has been approved, ask for your number to be put on your horses flank (find this on your ride card).

ASK THE JUDGE QUESTIONS

GET YOUR RIDE TIME You will be required to find the timer at the start or finish line and register with them. Show them your completed vet card. Some rides are a shotgun start and some are staggered. Find out what time you will be out and what the process for starting is. SET UP YOUR CREW AREA Another article we will get to later! Keep checking back GET RIDING! Tack up, mount up, warm up, offer your horse water at the trough, check-in with the timer again. Breathe. Ride. Enjoy! OCTOBER ‘17 EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO | 39


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Competition days are all about performance; these are the days when we need to be at our best, NOW. If we ride every day as if it is an actual performance day, horses (and riders) can get burned out from the pressure, and may have nothing left when 42 | EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO OCTOBER ‘17

the added pressure of the competition comes around. If we never practice riding to the standard we will need during performance, our horses can be shocked when we suddenly start riding differently.


Your horse needs you to be his reference of safety when away from home. It takes conscious practice to be both a performer and a partner to your horse. Some things to consider in order to perform at your best are: PRACTICE PERFORMING AT HOME When I create my weekly plans for my horses I pick one day of the week to be a ‘Best Day’. This is where I am in performance mode, and whatever movements or tests I decide to do, I do them to the quality I would want to do in competition. This doesn’t have to be a difficult day, just a ‘show it to our best’ day. This will build you and your horse’s confidence and will help you understand the many stars that need to align to actually perform at your best. Does your horse go better after a day off, or after a certain kind of ride the day before? What times of day are you at your best? Over time you will find the rhythm and patterns that lead to success, and you will have more chance of re-creating that success on the day of the competition! Doing this improves your own emotional fitness around performance. Do you get tense every time the test booklet comes out? Use these days to create calmness even when you are performing. Do you have a hard time getting into performance mode? Ask a friend to watch you. I may tell myself: ‘This is the most important trot a horse ever did!’ It helps me know I am now in performance mode.

Don’t wait until you are at a show to suddenly raise your standards. Your horse will not know who you are and may get defensive, checked out, or anxious. KEEP THE BALANCE During competitions it is easy to get overfocused on the test. I see many riders over-schooling the same pattern, or jumps, or tests they need for the show. If the horse doesn’t perform well, the tendency is to school it some more, but that kind of direct-line thinking doesn’t give the best results, and in the worst case scenarios it creates a cycle of drilling and punishing leading to poor performance, which only leads to more drilling and punishing.

IF YOU CATCH YOURSELF GOING INTO THIS MODE - STOP. TAKE A BREATH. GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM. PICK ONE MISSING PIECE, AND FIND A MORE CLEVER WAY TO IMPROVE IT. SOMETIMES THE WISEST WAY TO IMPROVE YOUR HORSE’S PERFORMANCE IS TO DO NOTHING. OCTOBER ‘17 EQUESTRIAN ONTARIO | 43


IF THE THOUGHT OF DOING NOTHING DURING SHOW SEASON MAKES YOU PANIC, THEN YOU DEFINITELY MUST DO IT.

just for fun? Do you simply want to improve your performance from last time?

Getting stuck in a cycle of pressure always backfires. Balance pressure with release. Competitions can be the only time riders spend all day with their horses. Maximize that opportunity.

doesn’t sound like fun! Ask yourself: ‘What do I need in order for it to actually be fun?’ Then set yourself up to do just that!

STAY CLEAR ON YOUR GOALS Get clear on your goals. Why are you competing? Are you going for championships? To expose your horse to new environments? Are you there

You need to know what your goals are so you can manage your experience appropriately. For example: Many riders go to shows ‘for fun’ but they end up stressed out because they didn’t take their preparation seriously. Because of that, they have a poor performance, and then take it out on their horse. That

MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS Your horse needs you to appreciate him exactly as he is. Have realistic expectations for your performance. Don’t sell yourself short, and be careful of unrealistic hopes. Your horse doesn’t


know how he did compared to others and he doesn’t care. What matters to him is the experience he has, and how you feel about him. Yes, he can feel when you aren’t happy with him. Be healthy in how you think about your horse, yourself and your performance. If you walk around thinking ‘I’m terrible’ your horse (and everyone else around you) may not know if you are thinking this about you or them. You will just be a ball of ‘terrible’ energy. Usually this negativity can be traced to a mismatch of expectation, or a lack of being able to deal with disappointment. If your goal was to just stay in the arena, and then you are upset because you didn’t win, you are not managing your expectations. Focus on doing your best, seeing if you can get your best to be a little better than the last time, and know that your best isn’t diminished if someone else happens to do a little better that day. KEEP AWARE OF THE BIG PICTURE Try to see your horse’s experience through his eyes. Know that a competition schedule is far from a natural environment. Even if they are ‘used to it’ they may need some extra care and attentiveness in order to keep them at their best. If they can’t have turn out, take them for walks. If they don’t have their herd mates find other ways to let them socialize. Know your horse and what creates calmness and confidence for him and bring that with you no matter where you go. Bottom Line: Help your horse to feel like a champion no matter what. Practice acting like a champion, and you have a better chance of becoming one!

Karen Rohlf, creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. Karen is well known for her student-empowering approach to teaching and her ability to connect with a wide range of horses. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.

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GEMINI I THINK

STRENGTHS excited, unusual, independent, original, spirited

STRENGTHS intelligent, inquisitive, versatile, flexible, quick

WEAKNESSES unpredictable, distant, detached, rebellious

WEAKNESSES flighty, changeable, superficial, fickle, unpredictable

Jan 21 - Feb 20

PISCES I BELIEVE

May 21 - Jun 20

CANCER I FEEL

Feb 21 - Mar 20

Jun 21 - Jul 20

STRENGTHS compassionate, sensitive, responsive, peaceful

STRENGTHS protective, nurturing, sensitive, kind, impressionable

WEAKNESSES over-sensitive, receptive to everything, fearful

WEAKNESSES smothering, passive, moody, worrier, changeable

ARIES I AM Mar 21 - Apr 20

STRENGTHS leader, competitive, assertive, energetic, the warrior, spontaneous, enthusiastic

LEO I SEE

Jul 21 - Aug 20

STRENGTHS dignified, loyal, confident, vital, determined, courageous

WEAKNESSES pushy, attacking, aggressive, me-first attitude, self-absorbed

WEAKNESSES arrogant, pushy, show off , overbearing, narcissistic

TAURUS I HAVE

VIRGO I ANALYZE

STRENGTHS patient, consistent and steady, dependable, reliable

STRENGTHS logical, discriminating, precise, efficient, verbal

WEAKNESSES stubborn, lazy, indulgent

WEAKNESSES critical, skeptical, impersonal, perfectionistic, cold

Apr 21 - May 20

Aug 21 - Sep 20

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ACROSS 2. Charlotte Dujardin’s talented trainer. 7. This coat colour is often mistaken for black. 8. He/she _____ his/her horse before riding. 9. Often injected into a horse’s joints. 10. Fun game horses like to play in the field: halter _____ 11. Type of load style in a trailer. 12. Your horse’s hooves need this once every 4-6 weeks. 15. Skin irritation; _____ rot. 16. Accurate description of many horses’ coats in the fall and winter months. 17. Style of bit most popular in the hunter ring. 19. Short form for a type of race horse. 21. Some mares may be bred using this method. 22. This colour of ribbon in a tail is a warning to keep a safe distance. 23. Horses’ favourite treats! 24. You put your foot in this when you ride.

DOWN 1. Chain or rein. 2. Cantering on the opposite lead; _____-canter. 3. When the country comes to the city in November. 4. Moving downwards or upwards in gaits. 5. Dangerous vice under saddle. 6. This bug leaves small yellow eggs on your horse’s legs. 9. Most riders strive to develop an independent ____ & ____. 11. A neurological disorder that can affect a horse’s ability to pick up their hind legs only. 13. Short form for insulin resistance. 14. Often braided for a show or event. 16. _____ down! (Something your instructor may shout at you frequently) 18. A disease caused by a parasite that affects the horse’s central nervous system. 19. Popular colour of breeches for the show ring. 20. Many horse owners have a collection or these in different styles and sizes.


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