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Being on an Equestrian Team by Shelby Agnew Throughout high school, I have been questioned time and time again about one of the most unknown varsity sports: equestrian team. Most questions consist of “We have an equestrian team?” “What is equestrian – what do you do?” “Does that have to do with math?” “Isn’t that swimming?” “What does your horse do? Do you go over the jumps?” My answers are usually brief; those students usually forget a few minutes after the conversation. In summary, high school equestrian team under the Michigan Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (MIHA) allows riders of a diverse background to compete in some of the most common riding disciplines. This encompasses Western, Huntseat, Saddleseat, Showmanship, Saddleseat Equitation, Pattern, Bareback, Western Equitation, Jumping, Trail, Western Riding or Reining (these two alternate every other year), and four speed classes. Speed entails Flag Race, Barrel Racing, a speed event that changes every year (Keyhole, Pole Bending, Stake Race, Speed and Action), and a two-man relay. I actually show cutting horses, I do not show in these events outside of the team, yet I have done every single one of these events, except Jumping. My freshman year was the first year my school district had one high school since the 1970s. With a consolidated high school, everything was bigger – even equestrian team. That year, we were a B team of ten riders with three coaches. Every team is an A, B, C, or D division that goes off the number of riders, regardless of the school’s size. A teams have at least ten riders, B’s have five to ten, C’s have three to five, and D’s have one to two. We achieved seventh place at State Championships after winning Reserve at Districts and at Regionals. Since then, we have only reached Regionals and the team has kept shrinking – so much so, that my last year I only had one other teammate. As my parents, who were on their schools’ first equestrian teams in the 1970s, like to say “It goes in cycles.” As a senior, my coaches – all four of them – decided to allow me to mostly choose what classes I wanted this year. I did kind of choose what I wanted because I understood that with only having one other teammate, we needed to pick up the slack and fill our allocated slots. As a result, my barrel horse had to don a sparkly

Shelby Agnew’s 2017 teammate competing in Western Showmanship with “Wrangler” at Regionals

blue brow-band for all of Saddleseat in addition to his favorite speed classes. My close friend and assistant coach let me ride her family’s four-year-old palomino Princess for Huntseat, Western Equitation, Trail, and Western Riding. This was the largest number of classes I have ever had, my mind was constantly swirling from all of the patterns! Somehow, I was able to mold to whatever class I was doing. My dad expressed to me that it is amazing that I can adapt to Saddleseat and Huntseat, but still get on a cutting horse and change my form once again. I think anyone can agree that the more variety of disciplines one tries, the better rider one becomes. I have learned so much from each of my coaches that took on a different niche, I am grateful for all the new experience I have gained! Not to mention, I have never been in better shape from riding than ever before. I need to give my wonderful teammate a ton of credit. She just began riding this summer, and has already become a cute rider. My coaches have taught her the way to ride, and my close friend and assistant coach also loaned her own four-year-old for my teammate to ride. On a selfish note, I am glad she did Showmanship, since those are not my favorite classes (why lead around a perfectly good riding horse?). But in all seriousness, she looked absolutely beautiful doing it! She is a natural and has come so far, I cannot wait to see her progress during her last two years! One of the best things about equestrian team is its ability to bring riders of all different backgrounds together. Some teams are made up of people and horses who truly ride and compete in these disciplines. Some have people that just ride for fun. In my team’s case, we had me, a rider that shows and has ridden horses forever, but in a completely different discipline, and a rider that just started out the season by helping in the barn, but soon became a very competent horsewoman. When showing at Districts, Regionals, and States, it is interesting to watch each class and guess which riders compete in the event outside of equestrian team, and who is doing a good job of faking it until they make it. Despite each rider having a different level of experience, everyone shares the same love and connection for their other teammates – the horses. Equestrian team horse shows known as “meets” are the definition of organized chaos and dramatic emotions. Everyone is busy, whether it is showing, reciting patterns, setting up, or grabbing hair and fly spray. I would like to think every rider has at least one break-

Shelby Agnew in Huntseat at Districts 2017 ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2017



down, only because I am certainly no exception. No one wants to let down their team, coaches, parents, trainers, schools, or themselves. It does not help that high schoolers are already hyped up on natural hormones, showing horses just adds to the hysteria. It certainly takes a village to prepare the horses and riders while keeping everyone in a positive state. Meets begin in the fall, around the beginning of the school year. My team usually initiates practices once summer arrives, while some schools are able to practice year-round. The first show is Districts, which stretches out over two weekends for a total of three show days. Each rider that places in a class earns points – the higher the placing, the more points that go toward the team, accumulated from all of its riders. Only teams in the same division compete against each other; although there may be two divisions at one show to fill the entire day. At the end of the third meet, the top two teams from each division with advance to Regionals. At this level, the nerves and stakes become dramatically higher since everyone wants to attend States. Instead of each day including every event, Regionals extends one shows classes over a full weekend, along with having all four divisions at one location. Again, the top two teams from each division move on to the final level – States. There are now ten teams per division vying for the champion title, and four total show days to divvy up the classes. It is easy to allow the pressure to become overwhelming, but no matter the results, it is a huge honor just to accomplish any placing at States. Everyone’s hard work has paid off, not just anyone can put in the time and effort while maintaining motivation and an understanding of teamwork. One of the many traits equestrian team has taught me is the ability to cooperate within a group. I had to quickly learn that I will not always get the class(es) that I want; however, that is ok. If no one is willing to compromise, nothing will get done and everyone will go home upset. In ninth grade, I had two classes at States, yet I had to be accepting of that. I had a big team with other beautiful riders that could fulfill the slots. As for my senior year, I had to adapt to new disciplines since I only had one other teammate. Fortunately, she could do some of the classes that my horses and I were not as capable of. This was not the year to be stubborn. Teamwork is vital for any success to occur. Some teams gain constant support from their schools that recognize them as a varsity sport. Unfortunately, my school chose to

Kenzie and “Sara” competing at Districts in reining in 2016.

classify us as a club, while barely having a clue that we exist. Despite my school being fairly agricultural, hardly any students have knowledge about equestrian team. In fact, many horse people are unaware of Michigan’s unique high school sport. Other states do not usually offer an equestrian team outside of certain colleges. Regardless of equestrian team remaining relatively unknown, it is becoming increasingly popular in certain areas. Just this last fall, another school joined my district, adding to the rising number. I am hopeful that more and more schools are going to create an equestrian team; it unifies riders and establishes lifelong relationships with other horse people. Despite the ups and downs of equestrian team, this has always been one of my most unforgettable parts of high school. I possess a great love for my coaches, teammates, and horses who have all helped mold me into the rider and person I am today. Every single one of them – horses and people alike – has impacted my life, providing me with skills and memories that I will always carry with me throughout my life.

Congratulations to the 2017 Grand and Reserve MIHA State Champions! Grand:


Division A – Oxford Division B – Ludington Division C – Williamston Division D – S.H.A Equestrian Team Division A – Lakeland Division B – Bullock Creek Division C – Whitmore Lake Division D – Spring Lake

About Shelby Agnew Shelby Agnew is currently a high school senior who has participated on the equestrian team for four years. In addition, she shows cutting horses for the Great Lakes, Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky Cutting Horse Associations. Shelby has been photographer for her team and at cutting shows. She also writes newsletters and is the Youth Representative for the Great Lakes Cutting Horse Association.

Shelby Agnew (left) on “Ben” with teammates Kenzie on “Chic” and Maddy on “Melvin” during Districts in 2016. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2017 (19)

Tristin and “Dash” from a different team, jumping at Districts in 2016. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM



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What's Up Doc? By Eleanor Blazer Just like Bugs Bunny, many horses love carrots. Luckily, carrots are very nutritious and make a great treat. The one thing carrots are famous for is improving eyesight. This theory got started during World War II. Britain’s Royal Air Force pilots supposedly ate large amounts of carrots. It was said this diet allowed them to see German bombers. But the truth was that the British had a new radar system. The rumor about the carrots was spread to protect the secrecy of the new detection system and explain why the British pilots were suddenly so successful at detecting the German bombers. Despite this early rumor about carrots improving the eyesight of British pilots, they do contain large amounts of beta-carotene, so the story was somewhat based on fact. Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, which means the body converts it to vitamin A during digestion. Vitamin A is needed for healthy eyes, mucus membranes, normal bone growth, as well as healthy skin and hair. Horses get most of their needed vitamin A from fresh pasture and top-quality alfalfa hay. Grass hay does not contain enough vitamin A to maintain normal levels throughout the winter. Commercial grains are fortified with vitamin A (manufacturers add it to the ration). Carrots will not improve eyesight of a horse that is not deficient in vitamin A. The National Research Council's (2007) recommendations state a horse, at maintenance activity level, requires 30 I.U. (International Units) of vitamin A per each kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight per day. This means a 1,000-pound horse requires around 13,635 I.U.’s of vitamin A each day. One pound of carrots contains 30,000 I.U.’s of vitamin A. Vitamin A can be toxic if over-supplemented. The NRC has determined that the approximate upper safe limit of vitamin A lies at 16,000 IU/kg DM. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and is not flushed out of the system. The natural beta-carotene found in alfalfa hay, pasture and carrots has not been found to be toxic. The use of commercial supplements that contain vitamin A must be monitored to insure over-supplementation does not occur.

Carrots are high in sugar. It is recommended to avoid feeding horses with Cushing’s syndrome (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction), insulin resistance or equine polysaccharide storage myopathy (EPSM) large amounts of carrots…or any other treat containing high levels of soluble carbohydrates (sugar). Be careful when feeding carrots so choke is not caused. Slicing the carrots into long thin slivers will prevent a large chunk from becoming lodged in the esophagus of the horse. There have been a few isolated cases of horses acquiring a slight change of coat color when being fed large amounts of carrots, people who over-indulge in carrots can also acquire an orange tint. Once the carrot consumption is decreased, the color will revert to the natural shade. As always, when introducing a new feed to a horse, make the addition gradually and over a period of time. The microbes within the digestive system must be allowed to adjust to the new feed. A half of a carrot sliced thin twice a day is a good start. Gradually work up to several carrots over a period of two weeks. So, if you have a 1,000-pound rabbit in your barn that likes carrots, don't worry…they are good for him – and you. Proper nutrition and management practices can prevent many problems associated with caring for horses. You can learn how to provide your horse with a better lifestyle by taking the online course “How to Feed for Maximum Performance” taught by Eleanor Blazer. Go to www.horsecoursesonline.com for more information.


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AHC, AAEP, USDA NATIONAL EQUINE HEALTH PLAN PUBLISHED Valuable resource will help curtail risk of disease spread. The American Horse Council (AHC), in conjunction with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and state animal health officials, is pleased to announce that the National Equine Health Plan (NEHP) is now available online at: equinediseasecc.org/national-equinehealth-plan. “The horse industry is unique because horses are transported with more frequency than other livestock. We have seen firsthand how disease outbreaks cost the industry millions of dollars for the care of sick horses, implementation of bio-security, and lost revenue in the form of cancelled or restricted commercial equine activities such as horses hows,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “Back in 2013, the industry felt it was time to step up and address the issue of the handling of disease outbreaks and the dissemination of information surrounding the outbreaks. This gave way to the creation of the NEHP that will outline the issues surrounding the prevention, diagnosis and control of diseases and the responsibilities and roles of the federal and state authorities and the industry.” The goals of the NEHP are to protect the health and welfare of the U.S. equine population, facilitate the continued interstate and international movement of horses and their products, ensure the availability of regulatory services, and protect the economic continuity of business in the equine industry. The NEHP also functions as a roadmap for coordinating horse owners and industry organizations with veterinarians and state and federal animal health officials to prevent, recognize, control and respond to diseases and environmental disasters. The plan facilitates horse industry preparedness, effective rapid communication, and owner

education, which make up the foundation for preventing diseases and disease spread. Links to information and resources are included in the NEHP document, including a list of “Roles and Responsibilities” for all stakeholders in the industry. “The Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC) is a key element of the NEHP and provides critical communication of information during disease outbreaks,” said EDCC Director Dr. Nat White. “Additionally, equinediseasecc.org provides information about diseases, vaccination, bio-security, state health regulations, state animal health official contact information and links to USDA-APHIS veterinary services. By integrating the roles of regulatory agencies with industry stakeholders, equine health and welfare are improved.” The NEHP provides immediate access to resources and communications needed to optimize disease mitigation and prevention. It serves as a guide for regulations and responses needed to mitigate and prevent infectious diseases. The AHC and the AAEP encourage sharing this document as it will help educate horse owners about how veterinarians and state and federal officials work together to decrease the risk of disease spread. If you have any questions about the NEHP or the EDCC, please contact Dr. Nat White at edcc@aaep.org or Cliff Williamson, Director of Health & Regulatory Affairs at the AHC at cwilliamson@horsecouncil.org. About the American Horse Council As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day. Online at: www.horsecouncil.org


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ANOTHER HORSE EXPO IN MICHIGAN? Cindy Couturier, owner and editor of Saddle Up! Magazine has added a questionnaire in this edition of her popular horse magazine to find out if there is a need for another horse expo in the state of Michigan. After the Novi Equestrian Expo was cancelled December 2016, she feels that there should be an additional horse expo in the state. But is there enough people which to make the expo a success? That is what the questionnaire is being used to find out. Where would you like a horse expo held, what time of the year would you like the expo, what cost do you feel is fair for admission? These are some of the questions that are being asked. Please take a moment to fill out the questionnaire and either email it, snail mail it or fax it to Saddle Up! Magazine. This is your chance to have your voice heard! The results will be posted on Saddle Ups’ Facebook page in the spring of 2018. Email: saddleup@voyager.net Mail: 8415 Hogan Rd., Fenton, MI 48430 Fax: 810.714.1465

EQUESTRIAN FILM WINS TOP USA AWARD AT LOS ANGELES SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL IN CALIFORNIA An equestrian documentary, directed by film-maker Elaine Heney, has won the ‘Best Documentary’ Gold Award at the LA Shorts International Film Festival. The short documentary ‘Steve Halfpenny,’ is based on the work of legendary horse trainer, Steve Halfpenny. “It was an honor to be able to tell the story of such a remarkable horseman.” Elaine Heney explained. The film showcases how it is possible to work with horses using the principals of ‘Light Hands Equitation.’ “I wanted to film this documentary, as I believe Steve Halfpenny’s ‘Light Hands EquiWWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs EQUESTRIAN FILM, continued tation’ approach is missing in many areas of the horse world today,” Elaine added. “Steve works with feel, timing, balance and relaxation. It’s amazing to see how fast a horse can change when you connect with their mind.” Elaine filmed this documentary over three weeks in the UK and Ireland this summer. “The trickiest part of making this movie was improving my cinematography skills. I had minimal video production experience. I decided to watch four online cinematography courses over four days. Then I spent a few days filming my horses at home in Tipperary – and soon after this I took a flight to the UK to begin the shoot! The entire film was done in a little over three weeks.” While the movie may have humble beginnings. It’s message has resonated with horse riders around the world. ‘Steve Halfpenny’ the documentary has gone viral on social media and has been short listed for eight international film festivals. It’s World Premiere was held in Wexford this October, and it won the LA Shorts Best Documentary Award. It is also an official selection at the EQUUS Film Festival Awards in New York, this past November, where it has been nominated for the best equestrian documentary and best equestrian director categories. “Horses are always honest and react to how they perceive their situation. It is up to us humans to help them feel safe by communicating clearly to them in a way that fosters a real partnership. Everything is possible when you work with the horses mind.” – Steve Halfpenny. Watch the film on YouTube at: https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=3zR7vrPuotU or watch the film online at: www.steve halfpenny.com

UHC PUBLISHES ESTATE PLANNING GUIDE FOR HORSE OWNERS Provides valuable information on preparing for the future. The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is pleased to announce a new publication, “Estate Planning: A Guide for Equine Owners,” is now available. “Unfortunately, the UHC receives quite a few calls about horses whose owners have passed away, and the next of kin or friend is unsure what exactly to do with the horse, or even lacks the knowledge to care for the horse,” said UHC Director Ashley Furst. “The UHC is often looked towards as a resource for information, so we felt publishing a guide to Estate Planning would help expand our message of what Owning Responsibly entails. While estate planning can certainly be a tough subject to talk about, we feel horse owners will find the brochure to be a very helpful guide when it comes to planning for the future.” The Estate Planning Guide examines the differences between setting up a trust versus simply naming the horse in your will, the different types of trusts available, as well as other considerations to keep in mind such as registration papers and medical records for the horse, equipment, land, and your equine business. “The UHC intends this to be a general guide for estate planning as it applies to your horses, and we certainly recommend contacting a knowledgeable equine attorney to guide you through the details of estate planning involving your equine,” said Ms. Furst. A pdf of the brochure can be found on the UHC’s website at: http://www.unwanted horsecoalition.org/uhc-materials/ and hard copies of the brochure are also available upon request. If you or your organization is interested in receiving copies, please email Ashley Furst at afurst@horsecouncil.org. About the Unwanted Horse Coalition The Unwanted Horse Coalition represents a



broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together to educate the horse industry about the unwanted horse issue. The UHC was a direct result of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the plight of the unwanted horse, defined as any horse no longer wanted by its current owner. Operating under the American Horse Council Foundation, the UHC provides resources to prospective owners, current owners, rehoming facilities, and industry leaders in its effort to encourage responsible ownership.

USDF 2017 EQUINE LAND CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD The United States Dressage Federation (USDF), along with the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR), is pleased to announce that Caroline MacNair Carl will be posthumously presented with the 2017 Equine Land Conservation Achievement Award. This award recognizes leaders and advocates who actively engage in land conservation, stewardship, and access to land, for equine activities; those who work to raise awareness of equine land loss issues; and those who can provide successful, model solutions to their equine land related issues. This year's award presentation, by the Equine Land Conservation Resource, will be held at the conclusion of the USDF Board of Governors General Assembly, held during the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, in Lexington, KY. Caroline (Nov. 21, 1953 - July 24, 2012) was a Raleigh, NC, native, horse enthusiast, and owner of MacNair’s Country Acres, a horseback riding stable that has served the Raleigh community and beyond for almost 50 years. In 2007, the Triangle Business Journal honored Caroline for her equestrian school and farm accomplishments, citing WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs USDF AWARD, continued MacNair’s Country Acres as one of the very few agricultural businesses to receive a Women in Business Award. Additionally, in 2008, the City of Raleigh awarded her its Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Tree and Landscape Preservation and, in 2012, the Environmental Preservation Award, in recognition of her manifold accomplishments in open space and watershed conservation. Established as a riding camp and public stable by Caroline’s mother in 1965, MacNair’s Country Acres currently offers a full range of riding instruction, as well as access to show competition, nationally acclaimed clinics, and one of the largest equestrian 4-H Club chapters in the state. MacNair’s is now located about a mile south of its original site, on some 200 acres, located on the western flank of North Carolina State University's 1,100-acre experimental farm. This land is vital to the agricultural education mission of the land-grant university, and its mission is greatly enhanced by a partnership with the non-profit Yates Mill Associates, who have

restored the 250-year-old Yates Mill on Steep Hill Creek, at the southeastern point of the research farm. In order to protect her and her husband Bill's equestrian arts and environmental legacy, Caroline installed conservation easements on the acreage adjoining Steep Hill Creek, and along the streams and ponds on the remainder of the farm. This act of environmental stewardship will help to ensure that MacNair’s Country Acres’ natural equestrian lands, just south of the Raleigh city limits, continue to vividly recall the Wake County agricultural landscape of the 19th and early 20th centuries. “The exemplary protections placed by Caroline McNair Carl are representative of actions that can be taken in equine communities nationwide to retain and enhance access to horses, as advocated by ELCR’s equine land conservation mission," says ELCR’s Executive Director Holley Groshek. For more information about the ELCR award, or the Adequan®/USDF Annual Convention, please visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org.

About The USDF Founded in 1973, the USDF is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For information about USDF membership or programs, visit www.usdf.org, email usdressage@ usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277. About the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR): ELCR builds awareness about the loss of lands available for horserelated activities and facilitates the protection and preservation of those lands. We provide education and information to assist equine advocates and communities in protecting horse lands and equine access. America’s equine heritage embodies the emotional, physical, environmental and economic benefits that evolve from the horse-human relationship. Ultimately, ELCR works to ensure that these benefits are safeguarded. For information about ELCR visit www.elcr.org, or call (859) 455-8383.

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A Thin Senior Horses’ Winter Diet By Dr. Eleanor Kellon Impending winter weather and loss of pasture access make all owners of thin senior horses anxious. There are things to consider when a horse is underweight that span all age groups, but seniors have additional considerations. Older horses need frequent, but not necessarily aggressive, dental care. Problems such as worn teeth, loose or missing teeth, abscesses and gum irritation from food packing into diastemata (gaps at the gum level) are common older horse issues which interfere with effective chewing and/or cause pain. Wear also changes the angle of the chewing surface, which reduces the effectiveness of chewing. The goal of dentistry should be to remove pain, not necessarily “fix” things. Horses with significant dental issues reap the most benefit from a wet, if not soupy, diet. Hay cubes or pellets can be thoroughly soaked, as can complete feeds, beet pulp and bran. Get professional advice in formulating the diet. I commonly recommend incorporating psyllium into these wet senior diets. It further increases how easily they are swallowed, as choking is a concern with seniors, and is an excellent prebiotic. Use 1 to 2 oz of psyllium husk fiber per meal. Older horses often have reduced natural immunity to parasite infections and may even become positive for parasites normally only seen in foals, like roundworms. This is one cause of weight loss you can control. Keep an eye on fecal egg counts and work with your vet on developing an individual deworming program for your senior. Supplementing fat, up to 0.5 kg per day, considerably increases the caloric density of the diet. Begin with a flax based supplement to replace omega-3 fatty acids if the horse is not on fresh grass. Use at least 0.12 kg per day of this or even up to the full 0.5 kg per day. If feeding less than the full 0.5 kg per day of flax based supplement, I recommend making up the difference with something that will not upset the omega-3: omega-6 ratio, like Uckele's CocoSun. Senior citizens of all species may suffer from reduced digestive efficiency. The diversity and amount of microflora in the large intestine of the horse decreases with age. A supplement with both high digestive enzyme activity and good numbers of live probiotic organisms can be very helpful for seniors. Vanishing toplines is a common complaint with older horses. When this is seen, the horse should always be checked for PPID - pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, aka Cushing’s Disease, because high cortisol activity in these horses causes muscle loss. There may also be a factor of poor protein digestibility and/or inadequate key amino acid intake. Supplementation with the triple combination of L-lysine, DL-methionine and L-threonine is an inexpensive safeguard on the nutritional end. Problems such as heart failure, kidney failure, liver disease or malignancies are rare in younger horses but anything goes with a senior. All of these may have weight loss as a component. It's always wise to involve your veterinarian when having weight issues with a senior. Odds are one or more of the factors mentioned earlier will be ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2017

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Dressage Book Excerpt – Written by Douglas Puterbaugh THREE Pride Like human nature itself, pride is a union of two conflicting dispositions, one positive, the other negative. The spirit of pride flows from the satisfaction we feel from positive outcomes and from behaviors of an altruistic or corrective nature. We feel proud of our achievements, our children, our charitable giving. Viewed as a virtue, pride is good because, as Friedrich Nietzsche said, “It recognizes the good and noble.” However, while the spirit of pride is positive, the flesh of pride wallows in base emotions – arrogance, vanity, insolence. In this sense, pride can lead to an inordinate and overweening love of self. Seducer of the ego, it causes us to deny credit to others, to overlook our shortcomings, and to hold ourselves superior. Viewed as a sin, pride is detrimental because as Benjamin Franklin said, “Pride that dines on vanity sups on contempt.” As a deadly sin of dressage, pride is a corruption of the ego and is in all circumstances best avoided. Pride intoxicates the unwary. It distorts reality and corrupts judgment. It can seduce anyone, and if not controlled it can metastasize into crippling arrogance. Pride is a sin that often afflicts mid-level riders. Proving that a little knowledge can be dangerous, pride deceives riders into believing that they’re better than they really are. Pride convinces them of their natural talent. Not surprisingly, they feel really good about their riding. Pride hijacks the mind’s natural inclination toward selfintrospection. Even if pride’s delusions fail to beguile entirely, they exact a toll by paralyzing the rider’s ability to ask for help: prideful riders never ask for advice. This is perhaps not surprising since appeals for help are interpreted by some as a lack of capability. Thus, they feel exposed to the gossip and criticism of others. Even among professionals, admitting they don’t know something stirs deep-seated fears of incompetence. Insecure, the ego recoils and seeks at all costs to conceal its deficits. Prideful riders, therefore, often prefer to train alone. And when things go against them, they do what all prideful riders do – they keep their secrets to themselves. The sin of pride produces no advantages. It detracts, never enlightens. Sinners languish in mediocrity, unable to rise to the next level but unwilling to admit responsibility. And yet they cling to their conceits. Their illusion ends usually only after a close call – an accident – or after caustic criticism or low test scores provoke a soul-searching reassessment. Redemption requires a painful penance: the prideful must risk discovery. Signs of Pride All riders who see improvement in themselves and their horse have a right to feel proud. In this sense, pride is a natural response to progress resulting from dedication. Training is a language expressed in a dialect of physical movement. To excel, you must become fluent in a nonverbal language – the language of the aids – because physical action is the only medium you have to communicate with the animal. Everyone struggles with this. You have to understand not only the instincts of the horse, but also the variations and combinations of the aids. You have to learn to speak to your horse with precision, ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2017

otherwise you may be misunderstood. You must speak distinctly, with exact phrasing and proper diction, so the horse can figure out what you’re trying to communicate. This takes practice. Like learning any foreign language, it takes hard work and determination to learn the language of dressage. The task is challenging. You will make many, many mistakes. Those who confront their mistakes, who deconstruct them and apply the proper corrective actions, should feel pride in overcoming them. It takes fortitude to face your shortcomings. However, what if you think you have no shortcomings? How do you know if you’re genuinely talented or merely deceived by your own pride? There are several clues. You Don’t Take Criticism Well We all hate criticism because it conflicts with what St. Augustine called the “love of one’s own excellence.” Self-love is important to a healthy self-esteem, but the prideful personality takes it to an unhealthy extreme. In dressage, this flirtation with narcissism manifests itself in the rider motivated by vanity. Vain riders think that others see them as they see themselves – proficient, polished, practiced. Unlike more humble riders who strive to learn and better their understanding – as Oliveira said “…who dismount, content that the work went well, but dissatisfied that it’s still far from the ideal” – the prideful riders derive pleasure from imagining the satisfaction they believe others experience upon seeing their talent. They may even change the way they ride to enhance the effect. While more modest riders never change the way they ride, even if others are watching, prideful riders may bully their horse for another round of compliments. Prideful riders may feel that more is expected of them, given their talents. Perhaps they feel obliged to show off. But in so doing, they disrespect the horse, for their focus is more on themselves. The horse has been reduced to a mere vehicle for the vain rider’s ego, compelled to stage a choreographic display, and they often pressure the horse: they demand and push. As a result, the horse may lose suppleness (the much sought-after Losgelassenheit), which may take professional retraining to reestablish. Self-admiration is so deeply ingrained in some riders that they view any criticism as a personal attack. While it’s folly to accept criticism (or praise) from a fool, prideful riders often reject advice even from the most experienced riders. This is almost always a wasted oppor(30)


marks in the past. But a second emotion should churn just beneath their confident exterior: self-doubt. Self-doubt is pride’s worst enemy, but ironically it’s also pride’s best friend. Self-doubt challenges the dominant paradigm. It calls into question the ego’s assumptions of competence. It exposes uncomfortable possibilities and it forces the intellect to consider ulterior motives and painful truths. A glimpse of truth can open possibilities for rehabilitation. Self-doubt can spur us to seek, rather than avoid, third-party critiques. It establishes a precedent by which a skill level can be reexamined in a more realistic light. Released from a propagandist ego, the rider can seek the help she needs to improve her ability and raise her test scores. In this respect, self-doubt is a force that can lead to better things. If you believe your test scores are consistently lower than you merit, you may have fallen victim to pride. You Blame Your Horse Prideful riders are quick to blame their horse. But a horse that has turned left, even though you wanted him to turn right, maybe hasn’t made a mistake – just obeyed the rider’s poorly given aids. (Beudant said: “Horses are ruined by their obedience.”) It takes a rider to prevent a run-out, either over an obstacle or through the outside shoulder. Leaving through any “opening” is completely natural to the horse. Leave the barn door open, and it’s natural that the horse exits through it. The horse hasn’t made a mistake by exiting through an opening – the one who left the barn door open in the first place made the mistake. Horses aren’t born knowing what we want of them, but given the proper training, they’re fully capable of learning. What they are born knowing is the language of the herd, and humans need to learn this language, in return. In this sense, the horse is the teacher and the human is the pupil. And we have much to learn! Punishing your horse without first considering that you might have made a mistake is an act of pride. It becomes an egregious act when you feel comfortable having done so. Prideful riders usually believe they’re doing the right thing, so it’s no surprise that they are particularly prone to this sin. They believe they’re right, the horse and everyone else is wrong, and it’s difficult to convince them otherwise. The idea that they made a wrong decision holds no currency. The best riders, however, are not so quick to blame the horse. Rather, they first question the clarity of their aids.

tunity: you should consider the validity of another’s observation before dismissing it. Since it’s usually the rider’s bad technique that confuses the horse and makes him tense, if someone (who is a good horseman) cares enough to offer advice, you should be thankful. Remember, perception is not reality. What’s real is that bad technique confuses the horse. He doesn’t understand what the rider wants, though he’ll sometimes try to comply, nevertheless. Vanity, however, is concerned only with outcomes – ”Don’t make me look bad.” If the horse fails to satisfy that requirement, anger may follow. While conceit has the ability to motivate, it lacks the power to sustain. If pride alone is the reason to study dressage, the rider may be in for a rude awakening! You “Get” Difficult Things (Too) Quickly Mozart composed his first minuet on the piano at age six. Though undoubtedly one of the greatest composers that ever lived, his father, a respected composer in his own right, introduced his son to the piano and the violin, and taught him the mechanics of composition, which goes to show that most geniuses have benefitted from an apprenticeship system. In the history of horse training there have been people who could also be described as geniuses. Willi Schultheis was one such person. Thirteen-time German dressage champion and coach emeritus of the German Olympic team, Schultheis’ unrivaled timing and tact earned him the respect of his contemporaries, who held him in the highest esteem. His skills developed gradually over time, and like Mozart he had help of a teacher (the great Otto Lörke), who over a period of years helped hone the prodigious talent of his natural genius. Even prodigious natural talent achieves greatness only with the aid of a teacher. Otto Lörke (1879-1957) trained many horses, including the famous Olympic winners Kronus (individual gold in 1936 under Lt. Heinz Pollay) and Absinth (individual silver in 1936 under Major Friedrich Gerhard). His student Willi Schultheis trained over 50 horses to international Grand Prix success, but still spoke reverently of his teacher, modestly referring to himself as the “unfinished Lörke pupil.” Walter “Bubi” Günther, another Lörke student, was German National Champion in 1963 before becoming trainer for the German dressage team until his death in 1974. If geniuses need help and develop only slowly over time, then what does that say about the rest of us? Dressage is a discipline that gives up its secrets only grudgingly. They have to be earned through grit and determination. Nothing of value comes easily. But prideful riders view this differently than most. They measure their performance according to a scale that equates “close enough” with “good enough.” Measured by the metrics of their inflated ego, techniques deemed difficult by others surrender themselves easily to them. But their pride may be deceiving them. If you want to improve your riding, humble yourself, become a better student, attempt to walk where other great men have walked before you. You Feel Your Test Scores Are Consistently Too Low Because the prideful trust their own opinion above others, they frequently fall victim to the ego-puncturing reality of consistently low test scores. They’re confounded by the disconnect between their scores and their own self-evaluation. Their inclination is to dismiss the judges as hacks or incompetents. Or they enter only those competitions officiated by judges that have given them higher ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2017

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Douglas Puterbaugh has traveled and trained internationally, and has successfully taught many horses to the Grand Prix. He enjoys coaching his students at regional competitions and conducting clinics across the United States and Canada. Douglas is a USDF Gold Medalist, CDRA Certified Test Administrator and a USDF L Program Graduate. To order the book “The Seven Deadly Sins of Dressage” , visit either www.amazon.com or www.puterbaughdressage.com. (31)


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and play in the snowy field. A couple of chopped apples, or a few carrots, plus plenty of fresh water and good hay, will make the horse’s holiday a special treat. But, that still leaves a gift list for the horse lover in your life. Practical gifts which cost $20 or less include brushes, lead ropes, grooming totes, buckets, books, and bottled grooming products. A subscription to a horse magazine, an equine calendar, equine art, gloves and other horse attire could be added to the gift list. Personal gifts may be monogrammed halters, tack bags or horse blankets. For the really special person in your life – a new saddle, a pair of chaps, a complete show outfit, or a new truck to pull the new horse trailer! Of course, there’s always the gift card or certificate from a favorite tack store. Sometimes the best presents are thoughtful gifts you can make or do for the horse lover. A scrapbook of ribbons and other mementos that were gathered through the year is always a cherished surprise. A “gift certificate” for stall cleaning and help around the stable is another gift idea. For the non-horse spouse or family member, who has supported the horse and horse lover all year, a kiss and a promise that they won’t have to attend every horse show next year may be a most welcomed gift! Here’s hoping the man in the red suit and his magnificent Friesian pulled sleigh bring you and your horses all your Christmas wishes! Visit www.horsecoursesonline.com to earn certification as a horse trainer, riding instructor or stable manager, or work toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Studies. All courses online.

A Horse, Of Course By Don Blazer Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh; out to buy presents, on the very last day! It's almost Christmas time, and horse time, and present time. Whenever I think of Christmas, I think of the horse that first pulled Santa's sleigh – after all, Santa started with a horse long before he switched to reindeer. The first horse driven by Santa Claus was probably a Friesian of the Netherlands. I come to that conclusion because Santa Claus is really Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra, whose feast day, December 6, is a holiday for Dutch children. The Dutch called him Saint Nicholas, but in the 1800's New Yorkers got into the holiday spirit, and changed his name to Santa Claus. With that in mind, I always picture Santa Claus driving a one-horse sleigh pulled by a Dutch Friesian. And the scene makes quite a picture. There's Santa in his red suit, with his long white beard and his red cap, and snow all around. And there's the Friesian horse, solid black, as all Friesians’ are. The Friesian and Santa are a well-matched pair; both known for being of admirable character, docile, willing, and cheerful. Now there they go – dashing through the snow delivering presents to all the good little horse owners of the world. And when they are done, Santa will give his horse Christmas day off, so he can romp ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2017



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Correcting Falling Out By Lynn Palm The goal for both the bending and turning aids is to control the horse's body position and his balance. We will use a circle pattern to demonstrate how to correct one of two common problems that occur when trying to keep a horse straight through a turn. This month we will cover the problem called falling out. Many horses have a natural tendency to fall out when turning. It may be more of an issue when turning in one direction rather than the other. It is the rider's responsibility to anticipate this and know how to correct it by using the turning aids. Start at the walk and prepare to bring the horse on a large circle to the right. Remember this “golden rule” of riding: to turn correctly, the rider must get the horse bending correctly first. Before the turn, bend the horse using the bending aids (the inside leg and open inside rein) while supporting the bend with the outside leg slightly further back than the inside leg on the horse's barrel and outside indirect rein against the neck to position him. Use the turning aids, the outside leg and outside indirect rein, to direct him through the turn and follow the circle. As the horse is turning, if he travels too far off the curve and drifts to the outside (in this example to the right), we say he is falling out. He has lost the proper bend in his body. His head has gone too far to the right while his shoulders and hindquarters have left the arc of the circle to the outside or the left. To correct this, use the left leg to bring the body and hips back to the circle. Use the left rein to bring his shoulders back to the right and on the circle, and to straighten the head and neck from being too far to the right. You still have to support the horse bending right with the right leg and open right rein. Maintain the direction using the bending aids, supporting them by actively using the turning aids. Change directions through the middle of the circle and repeat this exercise to the left. Use the bending aids (the inside leg and open inside rein) and support the bend with the outside leg and outside indirect rein against the neck. Use the turning aids to ask for the change in direction at the same time properly bending the horse to follow the arc of the turn. If the horse falls out in this direction, use the right leg and right rein to correct the problem. To maintain balance of the horse going to the left, keep the bending aids active (left leg and left rein) and more actively use the turning aids (the right leg and right indirect rein). Your Next Step… Once you have practiced to control falling out on the circle at the walk, repeat the exercise at the trot. The bending and turning aids will be applied in the same manner as at the walk. Keep the horse forward at the trot with the inside leg and use it as the primary bending aid. The inside rein flexes the head inward while the outside leg and rein are the primary aids to keep the horse turning. If he falls out in either direction, use the outside leg and direct outside rein to bring him back on the circle's arc. Maintain the bend of the horse with the inside leg and inside rein. The key to success in controlling the horse's balance from falling out is to recognize where it is happening on the circle. Most commonly ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2017

a horse falls out as he is going away from a gate, barn, his pasture or paddock. The rider needs to anticipate this. It is a natural tendency for every horse because his herd instinct encourages it. As the next circle comes around if you remind yourself to turn sooner, before the point where the horse tends to fall out, you will improve his balance from falling out. Lynn’s Training Tip… My bridleless exhibitions on “My Royal Lark” have caused many riders to ask me if they can learn to ride “bridleless, too.” The answer is YES, if you learn how to do it safely and properly. I like to call this “learning to ride from the waist down” since it demands the effective use of leg and seat aids, rather than the rider's hands. Bridleless training will benefit your riding, too, no matter what type of horse you have or the riding discipline you enjoy. The importance of the rider's use of seat and leg aids is stressed, taking the emphasis off the hand aids, which allows the rider to communicate more clearly with the horse. You will become a more confident rider and improve any rider balance problems through your hands. You will learn to "read" your horse and understand where he carries his natural balance. At the clinics at our farm, we will show you bridleless training, which provides excellent training techniques for older horses, for horses that have problems accepting a bit, and for horses that show signs of resistance as a way to get them to slow down and accept what they are doing. I demonstrate the steps that must be followed and carefully evaluated before you advance. Ground training, numerous types of maneuvers, and many steps of training are involved in this unique method. This can help you mark a new beginning in the relationship you have with your horse. It's a great training tool to use to add new life to your daily training, sharpen communication with your horse, and develop trust between the two of you. Visit Lynn online for more training articles, DVDs and books at www. lynnpalm.com or call 1-800-503-2824. Lynn is also on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Attend one of Lynn’s “Ride Well Clinics” at a location near you, or join her at Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, FL. (34)




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BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB – OHIO Perfect weather for driving graced the 2017 edition of the National Drive held October 10 – 15 at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. Enjoying the event were Jackie and Mike Minges, Angie and Al Hohenbrink, Bobbe and Hank Polvony, and Mary Thomas. Daily clinics covered all aspects of driving including safety, successfully negotiating a cones/obstacle course, competing at the World Championships, what to see at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in England, surviving a driven dressage test, and how to dress for success when showing. Several vendors were on site offering new carriages, harness, all kinds of driving necessities, bits, beautiful hats and outfits, and all kinds of equine related gifts. Each day drivers had the option of driving two marked courses or finding their own route around the 1200+ acre park. Three of the world class marathon obstacles and a competition type cones course were available for drivers to test their skill. The dog class drew many spectators and some very well dressed canines. Scattered around the park were trivia questions, challenging drivers about their equine knowledge. Saturday's Mimosa Drive drew almost all those in attendance. Evenings were spent socializing at the wine and cheese parties. The best attended BSDC event is always the annual year-end banquet, held November 11 at Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, OH. More than four dozen members and guests enjoyed the beautifully decorated hall, which was complete with an antique sleigh provided by Mark Newman. President Julie Emmons called a brief meeting to order to announce that nominations were needed for the 2018 board. She recognized drive hosts for 2017 including the Emmons family, Ron and Sharon Hayhurst, Jeff and Mary Ann Tock, Mary Thomas, Ann and Wayne Leightey, and Sue and Roger Murray. Treasurer Sue Murray gave her report, mentioning that the Corral had a new printer and would hopefully give better service now. She will continue email and

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FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Hello Trail Riders! The 2017 riding season is coming to an end. What a great year we had at Fort Custer. Our Spring and Fall Camp Outs were a huge success thanks to all of you that attended and enjoyed our hospitality. If you have never camped with us, please consider putting these events on your ride calendar for 2018. It's the best way to meet old and new friends and have access to 20+ miles of trails for 4 days. Go to the website at www. fchfa.org for further updates on the calendar of events for next year. We have turned in our campground proposal and have hopes of positive reviews by the DNR and possible approval. There has been a large sum of our treasury designated to support this proposal. It will be VERY important for all of you that enjoy the trails at Fort Custer, to help us and lend your support to the organization with membership dues. This small contribution of $20 or $25 will be needed to help maintain a project of this endeavor. A lot of riders still are under the impression that the DNR does everything at all the State Parks that have equestrian trail systems. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2017 (44)

This is not true!! The horse trail groups pour all of their fundraising monies and membership dues right back into the Parks. Educate yourselves and your friends about the DNR being self-supporting and that tax dollars do not support our State Parks! If you ride and take advantage of beautiful horse trails anywhere here in Michigan, please support those clubs with membership dues monies! It feels great to be part of what is happening in Michigan Parks with equestrian trails. Again, thank-you to all of our friends that took the time and effort to make all of Fort Custer's events a success. The work days, ride/ potlucks, and camp outs are ways all of you can help to make FCHFA even better for 2018. Join the group of dedicated members that are building and improving all that you love about our trails and Park. Our Christmas party will be at Kal Val Saddle Club located in Scotts, MI again on Saturday, December 2nd. Social hour begins at 3pm, potluck supper at 4pm and gift exchange at 5pm. Come and join us for an end of the season celebration! Thank-you for a great season. Beware of hunters out on the trail. Otherwise, enjoy the trails all winter. The Park will try to keep a portion of the trail head parking plowed for us. Any questions, call Nancy Simmonds at 269-967-3613. See you on the trails! Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

GREAT LAKES DISTANCE RIDING ASSOCIATION Endurance riding is – For all ages and abilities. From the youngest junior riders to seniors who have plenty of time to travel far and wide to compete, riders from across the U.S. and Canada have many things in common: a love for their equines, desire to ride on scenic trails, and at least a little bit of competitive spirit. Riders compete in endurance (50 or more miles) and limited distance (25-35 miles) rides. AERC offers junior-level prizes in most categories, and all riders may compete for regional and national WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News GREAT LAKES DISTANCE RIDING, cont. awards, or just to earn mileage awards with their favorite trail companion. Challenging – In endurance riding, the equine and rider are a team, and the challenge is to complete the course with a horse that is "fit to continue." A panel of control judges supervises the equines, each of which must pass a pre-ride examination in order to start the event. During each ride are set hold times, which vary in duration from a simple gateand-go to one-hour rest holds. During these holds, the equine's physical and metabolic parameters are checked. The horse must pass the exam in order to continue on the course. Each horse must also pass a postride exam in order to receive credit for completing the course. Educational and fun – Member education, through AERC's mentoring program and articles in Endurance News, helps riders to learn the latest tips and techniques for this exciting sport. Learning together can be fun, and friendships spring up along the trails as riders share their experiences and become part of AERC's "endurance family." A great family sport – Whether you are a competitor at heart or are looking for a fun sport for your entire family to participate in, endurance riding has something for every member. Endurance riding combines the opportunity of riding a challenging course with your equine partner and the fun and camaraderie of camping and socializing with a group of individuals who share your same interests. The competition itself is just part of the fun of this family-oriented sport. Welcoming to beginners – The best way to get started in endurance riding is to volunteer at a local ride, get your horse in shape, and read up on AERC's educational literature. Mentors are committed to helping new members and answering their questions about endurance riding. Once your equine and you are ready, it's time to try a limited distance event of 25 to 35 miles. These rides are great for newcomers to the sport, or those who prefer riding shorter distances. Everyone who completes an AERC ride earns a completion award. No award matches the satisfaction of earning your first completion! An advocate for trails – AERC is the Nation's leader in encouraging the use, protection and development of equestrian trails, especially

those with historical significance. Many events take place over historic trails. Such rides promote awareness of the importance of trail preservation for future generations, and foster an appreciation of our American heritage. If you and your horse are ready for the trail and the challenge . . . we invite you to join us! The GLDRA ride season has rides all over Michigan, from Marquette to Brighton, and even includes a multi-day ride on the historic Shore to Shore trail. So check us out today, at www.gldrami.org, and get ready to experience the trails in a whole new way in 2017!

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION HTRA EQUINE ONLY CAMPING in 2018! The HTRA campground is one of only two in the state with a shared campground for equine and non-equine campers. The DNR agreed to consider designated usage periods if HTRA could show usage. Over the past two years we have hosted 4 events and with your help filled the campground. The DNR is stepping up with a trial period to see if equine campers will participate on their own. April 20 - May 21, 2018 and Sept 5 - 30, 2018 will be Equestrian only camp times. Reservations will be accepted at the call center, 6 months ahead of a arrival, at 1-80044-parks, and thru the website at www.mi dnrreservations.com. There will be a “Must Read” notice: “The Highland Rustic Campground will be Equestrian Only from April 20 - May21, 2018 and Sept. 5 - Sept. 20, 2018. You must have a horse(s), and pay the equestrian rate to make a reservation for either time period. The DNR expects the need to keep the gates closed if there are no Equestrians registered, or any incoming reservations. Otherwise non-equestrians will be setting up camp after hours, regardless of how many signs are posted. So equestrians need to be sure they plan on arriving before 8:00 PM to be safe. We will be posting these details on our website at www.highlandtrailriders.com. Invite



your friends and coordinate your own events during these time frames. We don't want to miss this awesome opportunity to restore Equine Only camping at HTRA. Thank you, Highland Trail Riders

HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION The camping season at Hungerford has come to a close. The overnight campground and group campground closed October 31st. The two day use parking areas remain open all year around, but keep in mind that the porta potties will not be available and access to Hungerford is not plowed during the winter months. Although many horse enthusiasts ride during the late fall and winter seasons, riders can still enjoy the trails at Hungerford by parking in the day use areas. Fall season is a great time for trail riding. Bring your family and friends to experience over 50 miles of horseback trails on over 6,500 acres. HTRA held the annual Member Appreciation Banquet in October. Approximately 40 members, families, and friends were in attendance. The day after the banquet, Hungerford trail riders co-hosted a trail ride with West Michigan Trail Riders Association with 25 riders in attendance. The executive board would like to thank all the members for a great year of trail riding at Hungerford, the volunteers who completed their Adopt-ATrail assignments, and to other riders who came out to experience what Hungerford has to offer. Executive Board elections were held at the Appreciation Banquet in October. Congratulations to the 2018 board members: President - Wendy Kops Vice President - Teri Ouderkirk Secretary - Karen GreenBay Treasurer - Susan Guernsey Trustee - Greg Hotelling Please take a moment and browse through the HTRA website!! We look forward to providing current information to the membership and to enhancing communication efforts with members and others interested trail WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS, cont. riding. Check out the website at hungerford trailriders.org and let us know what you would like to see, or provide suggestions. Visit our Facebook page, ‘hungerford trail riders association.’ We hope you enjoyed your saddle time at Hungerford in 2017!! HTRA 2017 Executive Board President, Mike Simcoe Vice President, Joan Balk Secretary, Karen GreenBay Treasurer, Marcie Law Trustee, Greg Hotelling

IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOCIATION Despite the rainy weather, we had a lot of fun at our Chili Cookoff on October 14th, and had RECORD SETTING funds raised! Thanks to all the brave souls who joined us that day! We had at least 13 chilies to decide between! Curt Walls won with an outstanding Chicken Chili (yes, that’s my husband, no, he isn't on the board, and no, I did nothing to make the chili, except stir it a little). Curt received a gift certificate for two nights camping at Ionia from the park, and $50 from IHTA. He graciously donated the $50 back to IHTA. Darrell Miner took second place (he's a repeat winner!), with Carrie Platte and Greg Skeide in third. We plan to set the dates for our 2018 events soon, so stay tuned! We'd also like to shout out a big THANK YOU to the park staff at Ionia State Recreation Area! They are putting in the time this fall to make trail improvements. They obtained a slew of gravel, other aggregates and culverts which are being put to good use. IHTA has purchased drain tile to help with those improvements. It also looks like we will be adding some more corrals for the 2018 season. These will be constructed with lumber on various sites. For those that prefer to picket, we will always keep at least half of the campsites with picket posts. This will require another extensive work bee, most likely early in the spring.

We will be asking for lots of help! Keep your eyes open for coming notices! Here's hoping you have a wonderful Holiday Season, and get lots of winter trail miles! Cheers! Kristie Walls, IHTA president

MAYBURY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Hello all! I hope you all are enjoying this WONDERFUL weather as I and my guys are, it's been fabulous! NOT GONNA STOP ‘TILL ITS ALL GONE!!! We now have an official contact in case of an emergency for our horses: Dr. Hillary Lobar, 248-707-1098, or email her at: huronriver equine@gmail.com. This will be posted on the NEW Kiosk that has been put on the north end of the Equine Staging Area. So glad this was brought up by our own Cindy Kesler when she had an emergency at Ionia this past summer. When things go wrong and we are not thinking clearly its very nice that this is at your fingertips when you need it! If there is a need for a trailer and a truck or another set of hands, my name and number will be posted as I am just a couple miles from the park: Christina Purslow, 248912-5238. If I am available, I will gladly assist in any way I can. Here are our event dates for the rest of 2017 and 2018. PLEASE PUT THESE IN YOUR CALENDAR! Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 Annual Meeting Wednesday, June 10th, 2018 Golf Outing Fund Raising Event June 24th, 2018 - Summer Ride September 29th, 2018 - Fall Ride Check us out online at mayburytrailriders .org, Facebook, or contact me, Christina Purslow, at 248-912-5238 or email me at crispurslow@yahoo.com for more info. If you visit Maybury, PLEASE SIGN THE REGISTRY BOOK AT THE KIOSK IN THE STAGING AREA, just so they know how many of us enjoy the park! Hope to see you out there! Christina Purslow



MiCMO MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE MOUNTED ORIENTEERING At the last ride of the year, a membership meeting was held. Some of the highlights of the minutes are as follows: The proceeds from the 50/50 raffle were donated to Kensington Metro Park. The winner of the raffle also donated $45 of the winnings back to the park. The banquet planning will soon be underway, and we are looking at the possibility of the Grand Rapids area during the month of February. In 2017, t-shirts were sold with the MiCMO schedule on the back, this raised $275 and will be continued in 2018. Discussion about having a booth at the Lansing Stallion Expo followed and hopefully you will see us back there in 2018. The ride schedule for next year is being planned. Suggestions to keep it to only two rides per month due to work schedules were shared. There was a discussion about plates in the woods being covered by debris and difficult to find. In the past, riders were instructed to leave the plate as they found it but since this is a fun activity, we are recommending riders remove the debris and leave the plates visible for other competitors. Within weeks of the meeting, the planning and excitement will begin for 2018. The members of this group never cease to amaze me with their dedication and love for competitive mounted orienteering. There is even consideration for a ride as early as January! This would be a one day ride at a private farm. What fun to be able to enjoy the great outdoors with your horse in the middle of winter. Many weekends are filling up and we will be posting these in the Saddle Up! Calendar as they become finalized. We will also be posting the entire schedule on our Facebook page. This will not be available until closer to the end of January. Be sure to consider adding competitive mounted orienteering to your calendars for the 2018 horseback riding season. Hope to see you on the trails, Janet


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MICHIGAN FOX TROTTERS ASSOCIATION The November 4th meeting was convened at Timbers Bar & Grill in Saginaw, MI at 11:30 am by President Kathy Kruch. Officers Bob Howell, Marilyn Mannino, Chuck Fanslow and Joe Burrill were present, as well as members Miranda Mannino, and Char and George Ostrom. And new member, Amy McCarty of Linden, MI also attended. Amy recently purchased Audrey (Royal Audacious Sunrise), an energetic 12 year old MFT mare from Char and George Ostrom. She plans to use her on the Shore-to-Shore trails in 2019. Congratulations Amy on a great purchase! A motion was made by Joe B. and seconded by Char to wait on accepting the minutes from the April 8th meeting as they were incomplete. Marilyn reported that Sandy's husband, Harland Westdorp of Cadillac, MI passed away suddenly at the end of October. Marilyn circulated a sympathy card for all to sign. Sandy and Harland had purchased Piper, a buckskin MFT filly, from the Ostroms last year. Our condolences go out to Sandy. Jeff Dehner, President of the Illinois affiliate, notified our affiliate that they would like our members to support their affiliate by purchasing memberships. Some of their members have bought MFTA memberships to help us reach our 20 member MFTHBA goal. Marilyn passed out a number of IFTHA member forms to interested MFTA members to use. If you would like a form, you can print one from www.illinoisfoxtrotters.com. We currently have 37 members with 20 MFTHBA/MFTA memberships paid. Sec/Treasurer Marilyn, gave the Treasurer's report. Chuck made the motion to file this Treasurer's report with Joe seconding it. Our National Trail Ride which took place Sept. 17th - 28th with MTRA was not okayed by the MFTHBA due to a misunderstanding at their end. In past years it had been. Kathy and Marilyn will send a letter to the new head of the MFTHBA Trail committee to straighten

this issue out. Char made a motion, which Miranda seconded, to table this issue until the next meeting. Char reported that the July Ivy Schnexnayder gaiting clinic was a big success. Massman Stable in Mason, MI was an ideal location. All of the riders were very happy with the individualized attention that they got all three days. They all want us to ask Ivy back in 2018. We will offer the MFTA Versatility Challenge again in 2018 with prizes to work toward such as a buckle, etc. for each division. Officer nominations are open for each position. You must be present at the next meeting, December 9th, to accept the nomination. Officer descriptions are found on our website at: michiganfoxtrotters.com. A number of clinics were suggested for 2018. Kathy will ask Levi in West Branch, MI about hosting an obstacle clinic in the Spring. Char made a motion, which Miranda seconded, to work on finding a date when Ivy is available, then reserve the weekend at Massman Stables in Mason, MI. Susan Williams in Ionia, MI is interested in hosting an obstacle clinic in the summer, too. Chuck will find out about another possible obstacle clinic at Yankee Springs Recreation Area in Middleville, MI. 2018 MFTA memberships are now being accepted. Please send yours in to the MFTA Secretary. MFTHBA is also accepting memberships for 2018. Please send that to Ava, MO. Marilyn shared the Saddle Up! survey form which asks everyone's opinion about a possible second equine expo in Michigan. Discussion ensued about whether we should have a booth at the 2018 March expo. A majority of members present vocalized their discontent with MHC management and reiterated our past bad treatment by them. Our next meeting will be 11am, December 9th at Bob Evans Restaurant (near TSC) in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Pleas join us! Respectfully submitted by Marilyn Mannino


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MICHIGAN HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE ASSOCIATION At our Annual Meeting, we had several new individuals join for the coming year. Judi Campbell showed us a technique to make inexpensive competition size driving cones. Our next meeting will be Saturday, December 2nd at Brody Hall on the MSU campus. We will eat at 11am, then have our meeting at noon. Everyone is welcome. We have our “Ask the Experts” meetings scheduled at Brody Hall for January 13th, February 10th and March 24th. We will be announcing our speakers as the dates get closer. Some topics were fire safety in the barn, maybe ideas of conditioning help for winter months. We will be setting drive dates for the new year. Please think about joining our organization to support and provide information for safe horse cart driving. Our show has been scheduled for the first weekend of June. Enjoy the Holiday season. Try to stay warm!! And make sure you get out and feel those horse ribs to make sure they are not getting too thin under all that winter hair!! In cold weather, extra hay will help keep them warm and content!! Sincerely, Dorothy Childs President of MHDVA

NORTHERN MI PAINT HORSE CLUB With Fall upon us and Christmas looming on the horizon, the NMPHC would like to thank all exhibitors Paint, All Breed and Open who have shown at one of our shows. Either the EWHA, Going For Broke series, Summer Circuit POR and finally FCC. On October 21st-23rd, 2017 the Northern Michigan Paint Horse Club and Michigan Paint Horse Club held it's joint Fall Color Classic at MSU with attendance up and entries over 1337 for the circuit. And with a great catered dinner and a really fun HalloWWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News NORTHERN MI PAINT HORSE CLUB, cont. ween costume contest, the Classic was a complete success! The Fall Color Classic Circuit Award winners with 3 or more classes: Whatcha Expect – shown by Kimber Cobbs & Kinzie Cobbs took home over 12 circuit awards including Youth Geldings, WT Showmanship, Novice Showmanship, WT Hunter Under Saddle, WT Equitation, Novice Youth Western Pleasure, Novice Youth Trail and even more! R Star Attraction – Amateur Halter Stallion, Open Halter Stallion shown by owner Robert Rasch and Charlie Closser. R Image of a Star – Aged Halter Mares & R Master Bentley – Overo Color both owned and shown by Robert Rasch. Star of My Intentions – Youth Halter Mares Shown by Parker VanDyke and Amateur Mares, 2 yr. old Mares shown by Phillip VanDyke. KLO Two Timen Fancy – SPB Am Halter Gelding, SPB Sr. Halter Gelding, Am SPB HUS shown by Leslie Ohlau and YA SPB Gelding shown by Harper Crawford. Burnt Cookies – SPB YA Showmanship, SPB YA Horsemanship, SPB Western Pleasure (tied) shown by Bailey McCaffery. Easy on My Assets – YA 14-18 Showmanship, YA 14-18 HUS, Nov YA Equitation, YA 14-18 Equitation, YA 14-18 WP (tied) shown by Madison Blauwkamp. Drop Top Diva – Tobiano Color, Am Hunter Equitation, Am Master Western Pleasure owned and shown by Norma Hamilton. Ima Cajen Hot Krysmun – YA 13-Under Showmanship, YA 13-Under Western Pleasure, YA Trail, shown by Gianni Pozzi. The High Rise – Green English Pleasure, Open English Pleasure and YA 13-Under HUS, shown by Josie Eckert. My Socks are Stylin – YA SPB Hunter Under Saddle, SPB HUS, YA SPB HS Equitation shown by Delaney Bakker. We would also like to congratulate the following exhibitors who showed multiple circuit winners: Heather Brower, Roger Deromedi, and Trisha Johnson. I wish I had room to include everyone who won a circuit award, but due to space, it cannot be done. The NMPHC and MPHC thank all exhibitors for coming and hope to see you at the Year

End Banquet. With 2017 in the distance, the work for 2018 has just begun. The NMPHC and MPHC extends an invitation to Paint owners, exhibitors or all interested parties to come to a Club meeting. We welcome input, questions, inquiries and discussions which will benefit our clubs. Please contact us for either a NMPHC or MPHC meeting schedule. Contact NMPHC President Jeff Race by email at racejeffrey@gmail.com or MPHC President Dennis (Denny) Kliemchen by email at dkliemchen@yahoo.com

ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION Thank you members and friends for a year filled with fun and improvements at the equestrian park! Join us for our Annual Meeting, followed by a Christmas party and a gift exchange, at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 19th. We will meet at the Hadley Community Church, 3666 Hadley Road (right in town). The meeting will be brief with just a few highlights of the year, a brief outline for 2018 and election of directors. By 7:00 pm, we'll segue to the party with a potluck meal and a gift exchange. Those wishing to participate in the gift exchange should bring a wrapped gift $10-$15 value, horsey or not. And oh – by the way, we always do some swapping so you can't count on keeping the first one you open! OREA is a 501(c)3 and welcomes all interested persons. Membership directly supports our work at the park. Applications can be printed from hadleyhills.com or mailed to you upon request. Call/text me or leave a note on our website’s “Contact” tab. Happy trails! Karen DeOrnellas, OREA President, 913-660-8012


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PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN'S ASSOC. A new year will be upon us and with it new challenges and improvements. 2018 will see a rise in equine camping fees throughout the state and some exciting new trail projects and events. You will be able to reserve most but not all campsites from your smart phone or computer and some parks have already installed permanent corrals onto existing campsites. Some parks will be adding and improving trails and some will continue to try to improve their facilities for the horse trail rider. Many horse clubs have already begun promoting their 2018 trail events and are encouraging the attendance by all trail riders whether they are members or not. The Equine Trail Subcommittee has brought South East Michigan a new voice and representation through Amy Scharmen-Burgdolf and hopefully this brings the opportunity to get more positive advancements like trails, trail connections and equine camping facilities for the equine partner parks in our area. We here at the Pontiac Lake Recreation Area will continue to improve the trails and hold our June and September camp events and will be a voice for horse trail users in our area. We may be welcoming a new riding stable vendor to our park this spring and hope that this increases the awareness of all park users to the truly wonderful horse trail opportunities at Pontiac Lake. We are grateful for the incredible working relationship that we have with the MDNR and the local supervisor and park staff at Pontiac Lake. We would like to take this moment to thank them for the opportunities they create for us and we would also like to thank YOU, the horse trail user for your unbelievable support! If we didn't have you, the PLHA would not exist. Thank you again for your fantastic support to the association and the park and we wish you and your family a very healthy and Happy Holiday season. Merry Christmas from the Pontiac Lake Horseman's Association board of directors. Rich, Susie, Gina, LeAnn, Mary, Sally & Caryn WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS Hello Everyone! The board of Proud Lake would like to thank everyone who came out and participated in our 2017 events. From our banquet to our Scavenger Ride, and then our Obstacle Ride. Camping was such a hit that we broke open our additional lot and created twenty more hitching posts. We had the highest attendance at all of our events this year, so thank you for making everything such a success! We have our 2018 calendar dates so please mark them down. Our annual banquet will be Friday, February 9th at Bakers in Milford, MI. I will have more details on this always packed event as we get closer. It is a great time to get together with old riding buddies and make some new ones as well. Our banquets always include a fantastic dinner, an over the top silent auction and more fun than you can possibly pack into one single evening. The dates of our riding events will be Sunday, June 3rd and we will be camping all weekend and Sunday, September 23rd with camping again all weekend. Camping is always full of pancakes, movies, campfires and lots of trail riding. Our events are known for our famous potluck lunches and we always throw in some prizes. All of our events are open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of our group, although we would love for you to be! We have people that come out without horses just to hang out and socialize. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting up with our old friends and making new ones. If you would like to be added to our email list to be reminded of upcoming events, please email Nancy Efrusy at efrusy@yahoo.com Lastly, I want to remind everyone that there is hunting in Proud Lake. Please don’t forget to wear your ORANGE. Have a great fall everyone. Cannot wait to see you all at the banquet! Nancy Efrusy

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SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS Mark your calendars for the SHTRA Annual Meeting, Potluck and Auction on Saturday, February 3rd at the Victor Twp. Hall at 6843 Alward Rd., Laingsburg, MI 48848. Bring a dish to pass, a friend and your table service. Donated equestrian items welcome. Hall opens at 12pm (noon), social hour directly before 2:00 pm potluck. Drawings and door prizes. Optional card games later in evening. Nearly fifty people got to view the insides of the Rustic and Modern Cabins during the “Explore the Hollow” weekend on October 20th-22nd. SHTRA members rented both cabins with pickett poles for anyone to tie up and visit. Candy, Cider and donuts were served to visitors. Thanks Marsha Korrock and Barb Drake. These cute, cozy cabins overlook Lake Ovid and are available for equestrians to rent anytime by calling 1-800447-2757. An access trail leads to the equestrian trail. Also on that day a special ride on “Forbidden Trails” was allowed to “Explore” a beautiful part of the park's bike trail that we do not have access to normally. Host Todd and Diane were at the Horseman's Staging Area cooking for the potluck, running the Poker Run and visiting with the group. Saturday held a potluck and campfire. There was a costume contest – dressing up as your favorite famous Explorer. Prizes and drawings were held. Thanks to all who helped and attended! Be watching either the snail mail or email for your membership renewal reminder letter for 2018. Don't miss out on unique special camping events and group fun. Check out our website for membership forms, at shtra.org or our group Facebook page.

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WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION® OF MICHIGAN During the October meeting the WDAMI Board accepted the resignation of Kristal Homoki with regret. For personal reasons, Kristal was unable to continue her work on the Board. We thank her for the time she spent with us. We thank her for bringing her enthusiasm and energy to the Board and we wish her the best. Also during the same meeting, the Board nominated and approved the addition of new board member Bonni Hazen. Bonni brings many years of experience about horses and organizations to the board. We are very excited to have her join WDAMI and help us continue our mission of education about and involvement in western dressage. You can read Bonni's bio at our website: wdami.org. Welcome, Bonni!! The WDAMI board is busy planning for the annual Year End Awards Banquet Luncheon. The Luncheon will be held at Cheers Pub and Grill in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on February 24th, 2018. The luncheon will include a meal, awards, auction items, speakers and fun!! All members of WDAMI and their guests are invited to join us at Cheers! Details on costs, etc. will be forthcoming. If you are interested in donating items for the auction, please send that information to infowdami@gmail.com. We can arrange pick up of items. Thank you in advance!! In addition, the Board is also planning for our 3rd WDAMI Schooling Show. Details to be coming out soon! Please remember that your WDAMI and WDAA memberships will expire at the end of this year. To renew both memberships for 2018, you can go to wdami.org/membership to sign up and pay for 2018 dues. As I sit here writing this, the snow is coming down. Winter can be a fun time to ride and enjoy the crisp air! Enjoy each season!!


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WESTERN MICHIGAN APPALOOSA REGIONAL First of all, congratulations to all our WMAR members who attended the ApHC World Championship Show in Texas last month. We had quite a few bringing home awards and hardware! We have some new WMAR Board members to welcome. Bree Travis, Heather Kessell, Jill Labroski and Jim Hollis are new to the board while Lee Fishhaber and Amy Schweiger are returning. I'm excited to announce that the 2018 WMAR State Show scheduled for July 14th15th will be held at the south end of the Ingham County Fairgrounds in Mason, MI. We've got plenty of stalls, two nice pens, lots of camping, and Crestview Tack Shop is right there next to the barns. We will again be using two judges and will also offer our All Breed Open classes. The WMAR Red, White & Blue show held on June 2nd & 3rd, 2018, will return to the north end of the Ingham County Fairgrounds and will also have our All Breed Open classes. We'd love to have all of you invite your friends who may have other breeds or who just don't show on the circuit, to please come and join us for some fun. Don't forget we will be doing away with prepaid stalls at all the shows!!! Yes, you heard that right, no more sending me checks for your stalls! I am so happy with that! Our youth classes will now be combined into “Youth 18 Yr. & under” until such time that class numbers start growing again. We will still have Leadline, Walk Trot and Novice classes though. Halter classes will also be combined for the same reason and will now be Junior Mares, Junior Geldings and Junior Stallions ages 2 yr. and under with Senior Mares, Senior Geldings and Senior Stallions as 3 yrs. and older. We will still hold Performance, Youth and Non-Pro Halter classes as before. WMAR will also be adding some Non-Pro Walk Trot classes. Plans are well under way for the year end awards banquet to be held on January 27th, 2018 at the Okemos Conference Center, which is right off I-96 at the Okemos Rd. exit. There is a Comfort Inn attached to the confer-

ence center as well as a Holiday Inn Express right across the parking lot. The Holiday Inn Express does have a pool. WMAR will be hosting the luncheon while MApHA will be hosting dinner. We will have General Membership meetings for both clubs as well as having the Silent Auction, awards presentations for both clubs and some game night fun in the evening. Please remember to keep an eye out for some silent raffle items for the club while you are out there shopping. Amy has all the points and awards posted on the Facebook page. Our next WMAR Board meeting will be held December 16th, 2017 at Noon at the MSU Pavilion. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. 'til next month...Sharon Clark

YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Board Meeting Minutes – November 8, 2017 This meeting was held at Ron & Carla Walker's home starting with an early Thanksgiving potluck. The meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm by YSTRA President Ron Walker. Carla Walker led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Halloween Event Report: Despite the rain we had 25 brave riders dressed up for the judged costume class. After a potluck lunch feeding about 50 people, awards were handed out then the campground emptied out due to the weather man predicting severe storms moving in. We want to thank everyone who came out for this rainy event. Thanks to Tom Chaffee for letting YSTRA purchase his generator which will be used at our events. We had a suggestion for next year's event to have age categories. The 2nd annual road cleanup was completed Friday, October 13th. Trail/Camp Report: The 9 Mile Trail is closed until January 1st, please tell your friends to stay off this trail. It was reported there are some riders still using this trail. Ron will be ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • DECEMBER 2017 (50)

talking to Randy in the Game area about the possible installation of a gate. One solar light has been installed in an outhouse in the horsemen's campground. Three more lights will be purchased as they go on sale this winter for the additional outhouses. Hand Soap dispensers will be provided by the DNR for the outhouses for next year. Sand has been delivered by the DNR for fill in the corrals and under the pickett lines. YSTRA members will be moving the sand. 2018 Calendar: Dates were reviewed and discussed, the shot clinic date needs to be approved by Dr. Bennecke before dates can be published and the JTR date might get changed to June 9th. Electrical Grant Update: John Soper will be creating a grant request to submit to the Gun Lake Casino for money to go towards bringing in electric to the YSTRA Horsemen's Campground to the Pavilion. John will also be filling out a second Grant request for matching funds from the DNR. This would be the first step, our goal is to get electric to some of the campsites. Land Management Update: Andru Jevicks will be meeting with the Stewardship Department next week to discuss YSTRA's additional trail requests. The State of Michigan has raised camping fees, YS Horsemen's Campground as of November 1st, is now $20.00 a night. The corrals have been added to the registration website for your registration convenience. There is a new cancellation policy. When the reservation system is used, there will be an additional site cancellation fee that would go to the DNR to help off-set loss revenue with late cancellations. Next meeting will be held at John & Cindy's home. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm. Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor, YSTRA Secretary

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Who wants a 2nd horse expo in Michigan? As you may know, the Novi Equestrian Expo normally held in November/December of each year has been canceled. I will miss this expo and I was wondering if anyone else would like a second horse expo in the state of Michigan. Now is your chance to speak up and cast your vote! Please fill out the questionnaire below and send it to me so I may tally everyone’s response to possibly prepare for a second future horse expo in Michigan. Thank you, Cindy Couturier, owner/editor | Email: saddleup@voyager.net | Fax: 810.714.1465 | Snail Mail: 8415 Hogan Road, Fenton, MI 48430. Your opinion matters, please send me your completed questionnaire today! LOCATION – Please choose only one q Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run, MI q Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason, MI q MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI q Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI ($5.00 parking fee above admission price) DAYS HELD – Please choose only one q Friday, Saturday & Sunday q Friday & Saturday Only q Saturday & Sunday Only TIME OF YEAR HELD – Please choose only one. What month would you like to see a new horse expo held? q January q February q May q June q September q October q November q Doesn’t Matter ENTRY FEE – Please enter the amounts that you feel are affordable. Family admission is considered to be 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children. Family Admission

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WHICH THREE WOULD YOU LIKE AT A HORSE EXPO? Please choose only THREE. q Pony Rides q Carousel Ride q 4-H Benefit Tack Sale q Carnival Type Games q Model Horse Show q Stall Decorating Contest q Horse Rescues q Equine Fashion Show WHICH EQUINE EVENT WOULD YOU LIKE AT AN EXPO? Please choose only TWO. q All Breed Horse Show q All Breed Speed Show q Gymkhana Events q Kids ONLY Horse Show q Popular Clinician q Rare Breeds q Rodeo Events q Stallion Showcase q Other:

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Welcome to Saddle Up! Magazines’ Youth Spot! This section features fun facts, puzzles, word searches, trivia and articles specifically tailored for equestrians ages 14 and under. Enjoy the fun!

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FEEDING YOUR HORSE BY HAND I personally do not feed my horses by hand. I have learned over the years that feeding a horse by hand can encourage biting. I have been bitten many times, and found that the results of feeding by hand are not worth the bad behavior that it can incite. Overall though, it is a personal choice, and if you do feed your horse by hand, please use the safety tips below. Cindy Couturier, owner Saddle Up! Magazine.


Always hold your hand perfectly flat with the treat positioned in the center of the palm. Keep your thumb tight against the palm of your hand, don’t leave it hanging loose. Use larger treats, rather than tiny pieces of grain. If it is not your horse, always ask the owner if it is okay to hand feed their horse. If you see that your horse becomes pushy or demanding, stop hand feeding completely or at least for a week or two. Teach your horse not to expect a treat all of the time. 6) Always pay attention to your horse while hand feeding, so you don’t get bit. 7) Only feed treats by hand in small amounts and only some of the time. 8) Teach your horse to expect a treat with a verbal cue like “treat.”

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3725 Wilder: $629,000 – Restoration Perfection in the Metamora Hunt! Marble kitchen with stainless steel appliances, breakfast and formal dining, living and family rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath - 4 fireplaces! 4 outbuildings with new roofs: potting shed, storage, hay & horse barn. Newly fenced pastures on 15 acres!

4643 Crawford: $374,900 – Metamora Hunt farmhouse, beautifully updated and maintained! 10 acres, 2 stall horse barn and paddock. 2400 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, pine floors. Lovely kitchen with granite, island, breakfast dining, living room and study. Attached garage. Patio with pond and carriage house!

1835 E. Dewar: $329,000 – Completely renovated 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 2500 sq ft farmhouse. 40x28 finished garage, 30x40 full workshop, 24x12 and 32x18 enclosed storage. 60x120 indoor arena with attached 60x80 storage and stalls. Heated observation and tack room! 20 acres or 40 acres at $369,000!


Looking for Original Fit Wrangler Jeans?

HAY AUCTION – JANUARY 22 Monday, 1:00 p.m. at WindWalker Farms 9204 Valley View Drive, Fenton, MI

Arizona Saddlery’s got you covered!

Booking Training, Lessons & Clinics Now!

We Carry Men’s Justin Work Boots!

Learn how Tim builds a horse’s confidence & trust!

$10.00 Off Any Purchase of $50.00


Men’s & Women’s H2O Terrains

$20.00 Off

Any Purchase of $100.00 OFFER EXPIRES 12/31/17


~ Call for Holiday Hours ~

We always have a good selection of well broke, trail horses for sale. Call Tim for more details.

Arizona Saddlery

WindWalker Farms

6525 Dixie Highway, Clarkston, MI 48346

of Clarkston

Tim Scarberry (810) 287-2415

248.620.4708 Email: azsaddleryofclarkston@yahoo.com

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year



(734) 439-1441 CM 2 Horse All Aluminum Slant Load

CM 3 Horse All Aluminum

CM 3 Horse Drop Down Head Side

Year End Sale $11,595

Year End Sale $12,999

Year End Sale $7,399

CM 3 Horse Stock Combo

CM 2 Horse Slant Load, Dressing Room

CM 2 Horse All Aluminum Slant Load

Year End Sale $6,599

Year End Sale $6,599

Year End Sale $6,599

CM 16’ Stock, Alum., Extra High/Wide

Calico 3 Horse Slant/Stock Combo 7’ High, Dressing Room and More!

Corn Pro Stock Trailer, 16’x6’6”

Year End Sale $9,895

Year End Sale $6,499

Year End Sale $5,499

W-W 16’ Heavy Duty, All Aluminum, 10,000# GVWR

W-W 14’ Stock Trailer

W-W 24’ Gooseneck All Aluminum, 2 Center Gates, Calf Gate, 14,000# GVWR

Year End Sale $8,199

Year End Sale $4,299

Year End Sale $15,695


(734) 439-1441 • (734) 255-8539 Prices subject to change without notice.




Financing available with approved credit.

New 60’ Round Pen Sale $899 Huge selection of farm gates on sale! WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM


ELECTRO-BRAIDTM 3 Strand 4 Strand 5 Strand

3 Strand 4 Strand 5 Strand

$2.00-$2.50 $2.50-$3.00 $2.75-$3.50

WOVEN WIRE 4 Ft. Tightlock



Woven wire designed for horses with 3”x3” spacing on wood posts

$1.25-1.50 $1.50-2.00 $1.75-2.50


BOARD FENCE 3 Rail 4 Rail

$4.50-$5.00 $5.00-$5.50 $5.00-$5.50

$11.00-$12.00 $12.00-$14.00

2 Rail 3 Rail

$6.00-7.00 $7.00-8.00

Average installed cost per foot of fence (labor & materials) – All prices subject to change without notice.






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December 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Michigan and Ohio's Favorite Monthly Horse Magazine. Happy Holidays everyone!

December 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Michigan and Ohio's Favorite Monthly Horse Magazine. Happy Holidays everyone!