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around the nation who offered support and encouragement during some pretty dark times. Thank you all. Family and friends can help us make a realistic assessment of our perceived threats. With the support of others, you’ll feel more confident when dealing with anxiety. Also, having a loved one close is calming and reduces the fight or flight response. Thank you Celeste for being there. Go for a ride – Numerous studies have shown that being in the outdoors with equines reduces fear and anxiety and increases pleasant feelings. There are many scientific reasons behind why hippotherapy (the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic treatment) works. Being connected to our animals and the outdoors not only makes us feel better emotionally, it reduces blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension – all signals of stress and fear. I’ve been a certified PATH instructor for nearly 20 years. I now know first hand how my students feel. My first “rides” after my accident were simply sitting on Ruger. We progressed slowly from there. In summary: • Face your fears and anxieties so they don’t become debilitating. • Find ways to create a sense of personal control. • Shift your focus to positive emotions. • Get support from others. • Hang out with your animals. I hope that these tips are as helpful to you as they were for me in finding my way back to being comfortable in the saddle and on the trail. Now, if you’ll excuse me I have a mule to saddle and ride. As always, for more information on this and other topics, as well as the largest source of validated and free horse trail and horse camp information in the U.S., please visit

Dealing with Fear on the Trail By Robert Eversole | Just about one year ago (August 26th, 2017 to be exact), I discovered gravity in Central Oregon. I was riding in the Three Sisters Wilderness and feeling terribly comfortable and confident. One minute I was busy taking pictures of an outstandingly beautiful area. The next, I was in a Bend, Oregon Emergency Room with some pretty grim news. The assortment of bones in my shoulder were newly arranged and had numerous additional pieces floating about. It wasn’t pleasant. Fast forward a few months and past the worst of narcotics to when I first tried to get back on my mule Ruger. After awkwardly clambering aboard with an oddly wonky arm, I realized that there was nothing between me and the ground but the same animal that I had been on during my accident. The comfortable and confident feelings were long gone. The next moment I was nearly unable to move. This was my first experience of being walloped by so severe a fear reaction. The anxiety lingered even after I got back on the ground. Fear is a neurophysiological response to a threat, real or perceived. It activates our fight-or-flight response by stimulating the hypothalamus, which in turn directs the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal-cortical system preparing our bodies for danger. This can happen suddenly or we can experience a slow drip of anxiety that creeps up on us as dread. We inherited this “survival circuitry” from our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Those who developed it were better able to survive having to wrestle a bear or run from a pack of wolves. During an encounter with fear, blood is shunted from our limbs so it’s more available to our hearts. Our breathing and heart rates increase; we sweat or shiver; our stomach “drops” and our vision narrows as our bodies prepare to flee or freeze. As much as we might like to eradicate this disabling feeling from our lives, fear is a central part of us. We might as well accept it. But how? If we can’t escape our fears how do we work with them? One way to overcome fear is to study our anxiety, to become familiar with it and understand it better. Diving into fear is contrary to our typical reaction of denying what frightens us, but getting to know our fears might well reduce them. These are five of the things that helped me. Avoid avoidance – For me the way to deal with my fear was to face it as head on as possible. Avoiding the thing that you fear prevents you from moving forward. For me that wasn’t “cowboying up.” I didn’t try to get rid of the fear or change it. It was simply recognizing and admitting to myself that I had fears. And being ok with that. Develop a sense of control – The stress is on “personal control.” Focus your energy on the events that you have influence over, rather than on situations beyond your control. For me the Serenity prayer helped immensely: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.” Encourage positivity – Fear causes us to notice and remember negative events, which in turn strengthens the sense that the world is scary. I slowly changed that by concentrating on the positive – the joy I feel when I see my wife, the pleasure of being around horses and mules, the beauty of a well-groomed mule, the fun of a great ride, the humor in a situation. Finding a positive angle was sometimes the hardest part. Find support – My fear caused me to feel disconnected from others. Fortunately, I have a wonderful support group of friends ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018

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The Dream Horse: A Horse Trainer’s Perspective Welcome to Saddle Up! Magazine, our new contributing writer... Andrew Terryah | Email: Over the past several years of starting unbroke horses, training and finishing show horses, I have found several characteristics that are important when considering your “dream horse.” The end goal for any horse in my program is ultimately to make someone a good show horse, but the same philosophy also applies if we are talking about a horse to be ridden on trails or as a pasture pet. The most important traits that my “dream horse” would possess are attitude, ability and eye appeal. ATTITUDE Attitude is everything, and the most important quality I consider when evaluating horses. If I’m looking at a yearling show prospect, I will consider his natural reactions to his surroundings. I want to see how he reacts if I try to scare him by clapping my hands or making sudden movements. Does he run away with a rigid frame, head and tail up, nostrils flaring? I would not consider these positive reactions when evaluating a show prospect. I would rather see a horse that is curious about my actions, maybe perking its ears up and looking at me. When it comes to older horses that may be owned by a youth or amateur, I like to watch how the horse behaves when being saddled. Does he pin its ears, bite at the cross ties? Does he “rush” the handler or act “pushy” from the ground. All of these things are a good indication of how the horse will respond when mounted. A good attitude and a willing disposition mean more to me than natural ability. If a horse doesn’t have a great and willing attitude, it doesn’t matter how well it moves or how pretty it is, because it will never be a joy to be around, and most likely, will never like its job. ABILITY Your horse must have the physical ability to meet your objectives. Now it’s time to consider your wants, needs and plans to determine if your “dream horse” can meet your needs. This part of the evaluation can be different for each owner and each horse. Conformation plays a big role when considering if a horse has the physical ability to meet your objectives. When considering younger prospects, we watch how they carry themselves when loping through the pasture or playing with other horses. I look for a horse with a lot of natural “lift”, meaning they can put their weight on their haunches and lift their shoulders effortlessly. A horse that can do this on their own will be a lot “easier” to ride later in their career because the rider won’t need to help them transfer their weight to the hindquarters as much. When a horse makes it to the show pen, they are evaluated on how they can carry themselves at each gate and the less a rider has to “help” their horse, the better. Horses with short, level backs, strong hindquarters, long forearms and relatively short cannon bones, and their neck set in a way that allows for them to easily carry themselves in a manner in which their poll is approximately even with their withers are built in a way that makes it easier for them to move correctly. A truly great performance horse is born with the ability to move well and their attitude will either help or hinder the training process. ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018

EYE APPEAL “Pretty is as pretty does.” I think we can all agree that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, some horses just seem to have more appeal than others. If you asked a hundred people to describe a “pretty” horse, you would probably get a hundred different answers, but a lot of times, you will hear a horse referred to as pretty-headed. I would say this means the horse has shorter ears, possibly a little “dish” to its head (the opposite of a roman nose), large eyes, and may be marked nicely with a star or a blaze. We also prefer a longer, thinner neck and a deep heart girth. Color means a lot to some people, but that’s more of a personal preference. A pretty horse will be more likely to catch the judges eye in the show pen and at the end of the day, it costs the same to feed a pretty one as it does an ugly one! Lets consider two different horses…both horses were pretty, but in different ways. One a beautiful, feminine and refined black mare by a very well-known western pleasure stallion and she had a ton of natural talent. She could lope through the pasture on her own and make it look effortless and fun – deep and strong in her hock and flat through her front leg. The epitome of a beautiful western pleasure horse. The other, a stocky chestnut gelding with two white socks and a big blaze. This gelding was a little “heavier” on his front end and didn’t move quite as effortlessly on his own as the mare. However, this gelding had a heart of gold and more “try” than most. When it came to training these two horses for the show pen, the difference was like night and day. The mare wanted to fight everything, if you asked her to move a body part with your leg, she would push back against you, making it difficult to help her. So you might be thinking “well then, just leave her alone and let her do her thing” but it’s not quite that easy when you’re in the show arena. Your horse has be responsive and submissive to your cues, whether we are asking for a different gate or asking them to guide on or off the rail. It seemed as if each task I asked of her was a monumental chore. This wasn’t fun – for either of us. The gelding, on the other hand, was always very supple and responsive, a testament to his positive and agreeable attitude. He would guide willingly around the arena, and he would respond in a positive manner when the rider tried to “help” him. This gelding went on to be high point in the nation in five AQHA events in 2016. So if you asked me to describe my “dream horse” I would have a hard time telling you what that horse looked like, but I could certainly tell you what that horse acted like. It would have a quiet, calm temperament, respond willingly to their handler, have the conformation to perform the tasks I needed and be pleasing to the eye. (20)


About Andrew Terryah: Andrew has been involved with horses for almost 30 years. He began by working on a horse farm in Goodrich, MI cleaning out stalls and exercising horses, and caring for his own horse shortly thereafter. Andrew has been involved with horses in many different aspects from handling breeding stallions, to riding bronc horses, to starting young stock, and raising and training some of the top APHA and AQHA horses in the nation. Early in his career, Andrew moved around to work with some of the top trainers in the country to expand his knowledge in different aspects of training and showing. He worked for legendary AQHA trainer and judge Randy Wilson and reining trainers Sam Smith and Bill Horn. Andrew currently owns and operates A.T. Show Horses in Grand Blanc, Michigan with his fiancée, Sara Bieda. To learn more about A.T. Show Horses, or Blue, please contact Sara Bieda 517.795.0471, 2356 E. Cook Rd., Grand Blanc, MI 48439. About Blue Skies Only: “Blue” is a 17.2 h 2013 AQHA/APHA stallion by Tom Powers champion Only Krymsun and out of a world champion producing daughter of NSBA Hall of Fame stallion Skys Blue Boy. His first time ever shown, Blue was top ten at the APHA World Show in the Hunter Under Saddle and went on to a top five finish at the NSBA World Show in the Three Year Old Hunter Under Saddle the following year. Blue is now standing to a limited number of outside mares and looks forward to seeing his first foals hit the show pen!

Dream Horse, continued As our experience and goals change, the idea of our dream horse will change as well. It’s important to keep evaluating your goals and make adjustments as necessary to be sure your “dream horse” is in alignment with your current goals. The incredibly gorgeous stallion featured on this months’ cover of Saddle Up! Magazine is owned by Sara Bieda. Thank you to “Blue” for being a willing cover model, and thank you to Andrew Terryah for now being a contributing writer for upcoming issues of our magazine! I am looking forward to working with both you and Sara in the future. ~ Cindy Couturier, owner/editor

Musical Freestyle Design Clinic with Karen Robinson of Applause Dressage

October 27-28, 2018 – 9am Daily HOSTED AT: MEADOWLAND FARM | 9111 EAST BRISTOL RD. | DAVISON, MI This is a great opportunity to learn about riding to music and riding a freestyle. Rider slots in Karen’s past 13 clinics in Michigan were sold out months in advance! Karen Robinson travels the world designing for riders in the Olympics, Pan Am Games, Paralympics, as well as riders of all levels on a local and national basis. Some of our previous riders have been with Karen for 12+ years, and wouldn’t dream of using anyone else. They are winning and loving every minute of their rides.

RIDERS: $180 – one session | $300 – two sessions (plus stabling fee) Rider deposits are required 30 days in advance.

AUDITORS: $15 in advance | $20 at the door Hot lunch is available for $5 per day. Bring a chair, and possibly a blanket, although a heated observation room is available.



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10 Acres, Horse Ready! HIGHLAND, MI HORSE FARM: Custom brick home on 10 beautiful, private acres. Two barns, fenced paddocks/pastures, greenhouse, and so much more! Located across the street from Highland Oaks County Park (302 acre park with equestrian trails) for great trail riding! Easy access: M-59, US-23, Fenton, Holly, Milford. MLS# 218057577. Offered at $489,900.

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TRAIL – $10 per entry

Halter $7 per entry 1. 2 & under 2. 3 & over Mares 3. 3 & over Geldings 4. Color Halter 5. Grand & Reserve Halter

4 minute time limit. Two refusals move to next obstacle.

Classes will also run Sunday 8:30 AM

6. Trail – walk trot only 7. Trail – 16 & under 8. Trail – 17-35 9. Trail – 36 & over 10. Trail – In hand (2 & under)



$20 per person | one horse/rider $20 per entry 4 mins. to change, 4 helpers. Ride 4 minute time limit. Pivot, lead Eng., West., Barrels, show clothes opt. change, and rollback each direction. Please Pre-Register Song Choice 11. 16 & under

12. 17-35 13. 36 & over AWARDS to each age group!

14. Freestyle Reining – all ages COWBOY CHRISTMAS trophy to winner!


** ALL BELOW CLASSES WILL RUN SATURDAY & SUNDAY ** HIGH POINT AWARDS EACH DAY ** 8:30 AM Split Arena (Classes 5-9 South End) 5. Small Fry Showmanship * 6. Novice Showmanship Horse 7. Novice Showmanship Adult * 8. Novice Showmanship Youth * 9. Jackpot Showmanship (Classes 10-13 North End) 10. Showmanship 14 & under * 11. Showmanship 15-19 * 12. Showmanship 20-39 * 13. Showmanship 40 & over * 14. Lead Line Ages 1-7 15. Small Fry English Equitation 10 & under * 16. Small Fry English Pleasure 10 & under * BREAK (NO NOVICE RIDERS OR HORSES) 17. English Equitation 14 & under * 18. English Equitation 15-19 * 19. English Equitation 20-39 * 20. English Equitation 40 & Over *

21. English Pleasure Jackpot 22. English Pleasure 14 & under * 23. English Pleasure 15-19 * 24. English Pleasure 20-39 * 25. English Pleasure 40 & over * 26. Jr. Horse English Pleasure 5 & under 27. Sr. Horse English Pleasure 6 & over BREAK (NOVICE HORSE & RIDERS ONLY) 28. Novice HORSE walk trot Horsemanship or EQ 29. Novice HORSE walk trot Pleasure 30. Novice ADULT walk trot English Equitation * 31. Novice YOUTH walk trot English Equitation * 32. Novice YOUTH Lope English or W EQ * 33. Nov. YOUTH Lope English or W Pleasure * 34. Novice ADULT Lope EQ or Horsemanship * 35. Novice ADULT Lope English or W Pleasure * 36. Small Fry Western Horsemanship * 37. Small Fry Western Pleasure * 38. Novice ADULT walk trot W Horsemanship * 39. Novice ADULT walk trot English or W PL *

40. Novice YOUTH walk trot W Horsemanship * 41. Novice YOUTH walk trot English or W PL * BREAK (NO NOVICE HORSE OR RIDERS) 42. Horsemanship 14 & under * 43. Horsemanship 15-19 * 44. Horsemanship 20-39 * 45. Horsemanship 40 & over * 46. Western Pleasure Jackpot 47. Western Pleasure 14 & under * 48. Western Pleasure 15-19 * 49. Western Pleasure 20-39 * 50. Western Pleasure 40 & over * 51. Jr. Western Pleasure 52. Sr. Western Pleasure 53. Egg and Spoon 54. Ride a Buck 55. Reining 16 & under * 56. Reining 17 & over *

* Horses with no stall, MSU charges $15.00 per horse * $6.00 daily high point consideration * $2.00 office fee per rider * Negative Coggins required Ages as of January 1, 2018 * No refunds, judge’s decision is final * Returned check fee $30.00 * High Point Awards on Saturday and Sunday to the top rider in the following divisions: Novice Youth, Novice Adult, Small Fry, 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-39, 40 & over. * Classes that count for high point have an * by the classes. * Walk Trot Classes are for riders or horses who have not shown in a lope class. Walk trot riders may not ride in lope class and go back to walk trot. Novice Lope – riders who have not placed above 4th in the past 10 year or have never shown in lope. * Cowboy Christmas agents or representatives are not responsible for injury or damage to any participant, animal or spectator, nor any lost or stolen property. PLEASE – NO ENTRY INTO PAVILION OR STALLS BEFORE 9:00 AM, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2018.

** PRE PAY RESERVATIONS FOR STALLS $60.00 FOR THE WEEKEND ** Only SOUTH Barn Stalls Available. Stalls will be reserved in order of payment received. Please make checks payable to: Rochelle Rondy. Mail to: 2579 CR 224, Gainesville, Texas 76240. Or PayPal at: Please contact ROCHELLE RONDY (989) 763-3276 with questions, or if you would like to sponsor an award. ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018




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2019 4-H YOUTH IN ACTION AWARDS: SHARE YOUR STORY! Submission Deadline: October 22, 2018 Questions: Every 4-H’er has a story, and those stories are worth telling! Sharing your 4-H story could earn you a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington D.C. for National 4-H Council’s Legacy Awards, where you’ll have the chance to tell your story while meeting 4H celebrities and other notable alums! The program recognizes four confident young leaders in our core pillar areas of Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), giving pillar winners the chance to share how 4-H changed their lives and how they have used the skills they gained in 4-H to change the lives of others. Awards & Recognition Each of the four Pillar Winners will receive: A $5,000 scholarship for higher education, to be paid directly to the institution, including two-year, four-year colleges, trade schools or other advanced learning opportunities. An all-expenses paid trip for the pillar winner and a chaperone to Washington, D.C. The winner will be recognized at Legacy Awards and participate in training opportunities and media engagements, while engaging with Council leadership, celebrities and other prominent 4-H alumni. An opportunity to be featured as the 4-H Youth Spokesperson for their pillar area. An official reference letter from National 4-H Council President/CEO, Jennifer Sirangelo. One 4-H Youth in Action National Award winner will be select from the four pillar winners and will receive an additional scholarship and further opportunities to serve as a spokesperson for National 4-H Council. Awardees agree to comply with the requirements on the application and the Pillar Winner agreement sent by National 4-H Council at the time of selection. Selection Process The 4-H Youth in Action Award selection process includes the following: 1. Online Application: Complete and submit online application at:

Applications should be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, October 22. You will receive a confirmation email when your completed application is received. Incomplete applications will not receive a confirmation and will not be reviewed. If you are unsure of your status, contact Nat’l. 4-H Council at 2. Finalist Selection and Virtual Interview: National 4-H Council will review all applications and select 3 finalists for each pillar. Those not selected will receive an email indicating their status. Finalists will be required to participate in a virtual, 1:1 interview, conducted between November 19-27. 3. Pillar Winner Selection: Finalists will be reviewed by a selection committee and will be notified of their status by National 4-H Council. Finalists who are not named the Pillar Winner will be recognized as Honorable Mentions by National 4-H Council on the 4-H Youth in Action website and social media. Scores and/or comments concerning individual applications will not be released. The APPLICATION is open now until October 22nd, 2018! Online at: parents/4-h-youth-in-action-awards/#! 2019-application

HARRISON FORD HONORED AS TOP FEATHERLITE TRAILER DEALER Harrison Ford of Wellington, Ohio, has been named the top Featherlite dealer in overall sales for 2017. In addition, Harrison Ford has been named the top horse trailer dealer and top living quarters dealer. Additional awards presented to Harrison Ford included the Award of Excellence and Outstanding Regional Dealer – Great Lakes awards. Located in northern Ohio, Harrison Ford has been a Featherlite trailer dealer since 2011. Featherlite’s dealer network is comprised of over 180 Featherlite dealers across the U.S. and Canada. “Featherlite is honored to recognize Harrison Ford for their excellence in the Featherlite dealer network and the entire trailer sales industry,” Director of Dealer Sales Brad Alden said. “Their team shows a great commitment to enhancing their customers’ trailer buying ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018 (26)

experiences and providing excellent customer service.” Featherlite Trailers gives awards annually based on overall sales, product segment sales and regional sales performance, among other awards. Featherlite’s product line includes horse, livestock, car, recreational, commercial, utility, living quarters and specialty trailers. Harrison Ford’s dealership is located at 820 North Main Street in Wellington, Ohio. To contact Harrison Ford, call 800-686-3614 or visit the web at For more information on Featherlite trailers, visit About Featherlite Featherlite Trailers (, located in Cresco, Iowa, is the nation’s leading aluminum specialty trailer manufacturer. Featherlite has highly diversified product lines offering horse, livestock, car, utility and recreational trailers through an extensive dealer network in the U.S. and Canada. Featherlite is a sponsor of many organizations, including NASCAR. Featherlite is part of the “Family of Brands” of Universal Trailer Corporation, which is headquartered in Fort Myers, FL.

HORSE AND FARM EXHIBITS AT EQUINE AFFAIRE Whether you have horses for sale, professional equine services and facilities to promote, or breeding stallions to offer, Equine Affaire’s Horse & Farm exhibits meet all your marketing needs. From November 8-11, tens of thousands of horse people will unite at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, to celebrate Equine Affaire in Massachusetts. Reserve your spot in Equine Affaire’s Horse and Farm exhibits today to market yourself, your horses, and your farm at North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering. With so many horse lovers, equestrians, and equine professionals in one place, Equine Affaire is the prime place to present your horse for sale. Rental of a “For Sale” stall – a 10x10 in-line stall located in C-barn adjacent to the coliseum – is just $150/stall for the entire four-day event. All “For Sale” stall rentals include two four-day adult tickets to WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs EQUINE AFFAIRE, continued Equine Affaire per stall (a $100 value), a descriptive “For Sale” sign to post on the stall, a free listing pre-event on www.Equine, a one-line listing in the event program (distributed for free to adult attendees), and the opportunity to offer test-rides in a schooling arena to interested adult buyers with the proper release forms. Tack stalls are available for $100 each. Horse owners who rent “For Sale” stalls do not have to participate for all four days, but should specify in advance their date of arrival and commit to exhibiting for at least two days. If your horse is sold early, another horse may be substituted. In addition to “For Sale” stalls, Equine Affaire offers Horse & Farm stalls to promote farms, equine businesses, and breeding stallions. Showcase your farm in front of tens of thousands of horse people by booking your Horse & Farm stall today. A 10x10 in-line stall in C-barn costs $150; end stalls on the outer aisles are $175; and end stalls on the main center aisle of the barn are $200. Each stall rental includes two four-day adult tickets to Equine Affaire, a one-line listing of stall number, farm name, horse breed, and phone number (or website) pre-event on www. and at the event in the official event program. Applications and payments must be received by 9/15/2018. Interested exhibitors must commit to exhibiting for at least three days. Horse & Farm exhibitors may also consider participating in the Breed Pavilion or showcasing their horses in educational breed demonstrations. For more information on Equine Affaire’s Horse & Farm exhibits or to book your stall, contact Karin Brennan at (740) 845-0085 (ext. 112) or email her at: kbrennan@equine Visit (select the Massachusetts event, then “Exhibit”) for additional details.

IEA ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 YOUTH BOARD MEMBERS The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) announced the elected members of the 2018-2019 IEA Youth Board. The Youth Board was created by the IEA’s Education Committee in 2016 and is governed by Adult Advisors Shara Prieskorn (Membership Office Coordinator), Simon Towns (Zone Captain), Sue Wentzel (National Steward) and Kimber Whanger (Communications Coordinator), as well as two IEA Alumni Hannah Bentz and Aubrey Braham. The IEA Youth Board is structured with one student representative from each of the ten Hunt Seat Zones and four representatives from among the nine Western Regions. Each of the following representatives submitted their application for candidacy with a resume and two letters of recommendation. After verifying each application, an election was held in each zone and the members of that zone elected their representative. “The IEA Youth Board has become an invaluable addition to our organization,” stated IEA Co-Founder and Executive Director Roxane Durant.“ This program gives adult IEA members and leadership an avenue to hear the youth voice and to offer an opportunity for mentorship, volunteerism, and leadership growth to IEA youth members. As in previous years, we have found the Youth Board to be fantastic advocates for IEA and equestrian sport in general and we look forward to another fun Youth Board year.” The 2018-2019 IEA Youth Board Representatives are as follows: Zone 1: Kasi Ray – a Junior from Hampden, Massachusetts. A member of ABF Equine. Zone 2: Amelia von Korff – a Senior from Port Washington, New York and a member of Saddle Up! Magazine Wildwood-Goldcoast. Loves To Share... Zone 3: Emily Grace Swinson – a Sophomore from Sanford, North Carolina and a Announce It! Sell It! Trade It! member of Fox Run Equestrian. Post on our Facebook page and Zone 4: Kelly Dickson – a Senior from we will share it with our followers! Atlanta, GA and a member of Fortitude Farm. Zone 5: Emma Carrol – a Senior from CinSaddle Up! Magazine cinnati, OH. A member of Childress Rodgers Stables Equestrian Team. ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018 (27)

Zone 7: Celeste Fazioli – a Senior from Seabrook, TX. A member of Blackjack Lane. Zone 8: Emily Johnson – a Junior from Chandler, AZ and a member of Scottsdale Equestrian Team. Zone 10: Alex Bischoff – a Senior from Simi Valley, California and a member of Elvenstar. Zone 11: Allison Dodd – a Senior from Allison Park, PA. Member of Candy Acres Lane. Region 5-1: Ava Sinclair – a Sophomore from LaPorte, Indiana and a member of Hidden Hills Equestrians. Region 4: Claire Pound – a Senior from Columbia, South Carolina and a member of Hammond School Equestrian Team. Region 4: Maddie Hawkins – a Junior from Murfreesboro, Tennessee and a member of Team Need A Hand. Region 11: Kaylee Luckiewicz – a Sophomore from Turnersville, New Jersey and a member of Saddlebrook Equestrian Team. Alumni Representative: Hannah Bentz from Boca Raton, Florida and a former member of Wall Street Farm Wellington IEA Team. Alumni Representative: Aubrey Braham from Grove City, PA and former member of Grove City Area Equestrian Team. IEA PARTNERS WITH INTERCOLLEGIATE DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION The newly integrated Dressage Pilot Program of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) begins the season on Sept. 8, 2018. Increasing interest in the IEA Dressage program has team development at a pace exceeding expectations according to Dressage Administrator, Emily David. The IEA Dressage Pilot Program has been running scrimmages for the past two years in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Indiana and Ohio. In addition to these States, teams are being organized and shows are being scheduled in Maryland, Virginia, New York, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, Connecticut, Texas, Mississippi. Beginning with this 2018-19 season, the Dressage discipline has been officially added into the IEA membership process, allowing riders, coaches and teams to officially register as IEA Dressage members. In addition to the growing interest among members, the IEA has recently gained the support of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) as a partnering organization to help promote and grow the DressWWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs IEA AND IDA, continued age Pilot Program. Many IDA teams are planning on hosting IEA horse shows this season which will assist the IEA with manpower, guidance, sponsorship opportunities. “The Intercollegiate Dressage Association is thrilled to be working with IEA to help grow the sport of Dressage. We know how rewarding competing as a team can be for young riders and having that available for middle and upper school Dressage riders through IEA is a fantastic new opportunity”, says current IDA President, Ginger Henderson from Averett College. “We are delighted that many of our IDA schools are choosing to work with local IEA teams to bring more dressage competitions to their IEA regions. As an organization, we look forward to welcoming those dressage enthusiasts to our IDA teams when they reach college.” The IEA Dressage Pilot Program is currently open for enrollment for the 2018-2019 season. Dressage teams can form with as few as one rider and one coach, offering an excellent opportunity to try out this new discipline. For more information on Dressage membership, contact Emily David at or visit For general membership information for all disciplines (Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage), contact Membership Marketing Coordinator, Jennifer Eaton at or by calling 1-877-RIDEIEA, ext. 203. About IEA: Now entering its 17th year, the IEA has nearly 14,000 members across the United States riding and coaching Hunt Seat, Western and Dressage disciplines. The nonprofit (501(c)3) IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. There is no need for a rider to own a horse because the IEA supplies a mount and tack to each equestrian for competitions. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. For more information, please visit

OHIO STATE FAIR BOASTS MORE THAN 908,000 VISITORS IN 2018! The 2018 Ohio State Fair concluded its 12day run on Sunday, Aug. 5 with an estimated 908,306 attendees entering the gates between July 25 and August 5. This marks a significant increase of 13 percent more visitors than 2017. “Our attendance is always very weatherdependent,” explained General Manager Virgil Strickler. “We usually see a slight dip in our attendance with rough weather, and the rain on Tuesday and Wednesday of this past week was no exception. Despite that, an impressive crowd of happy fairgoers turned out to experience our Fair’s entertainment, livestock shows, education and activities.” The annual Ohio State Fair, held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, celebrates agriculture – the state’s largest industry – and is well-known across the country for traditions including the famed butter cow and calf, it’s unique eight-acre Natural Resources Park, the award-winning Ag is Cool agricultural education program, and one of the largest youth livestock shows in the nation. “The Ohio State Fair is the buckeye state’s great end-of-summer celebration, and we thank the hundreds of thousands of devoted fairgoers who visited this year,” said Strickler. “I’m already counting down the days until we open the gates in 2019!” For more information, visit or call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With big-name entertainment, educational activities, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior livestock shows in the nation, the 2019 Ohio State Fair will run July 24 - August 4.

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PATH INTL. CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL MEETING The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) cordially invites you and your colleagues to attend the 2018 PATH Intl. Conference October 25-27, 2018, in Orlando, FL. The PATH Intl. Conference offers attendees hands-on learning opportunities and demonstrations led by top tier educational presenters in the equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) industry. This is a great opportunity for anyone involved in the equine field to see close-up what EAAT and PATH Intl. are all about. Visit the link: for more info. On Thursday, join Chris Cook, president and CEO of Wild Horsemanship Center, as he discusses empathetic leadership techniques to build mutually rewarding horse–human relationships. Or learn about the ParaDressage Coach program with Michel Assouline, the U.S. Equestrian Head of ParaDressage Coach Development and High Performance Programs and U.K. Coach Hall of Fame. A dressage demonstration will be included. Friday and Saturday offer 50 education sessions, including an equine track. You can learn about The Masterson Method of equine bodywork with Lise Lunde. Or join Dr. Kelly Vineyard of Purina Feeds as she discusses nutritional support for the aging horse. For further information regarding EAAT, the PATH Intl. Conference and Annual Meeting or to register, visit: You may also email: If you have any questions about the event, contact Elias Holdman, 800.369.7433. Thank you and we hope to see you in Orlando! All the best from Denver, Colorado Cher Smith Communications Specialist PS – Interested in exhibiting with us in Orlando, FL? Contact me for details! Email:


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UCKELE HEALTH & NUTRITION RANKS 4956 ON THE 2018 INC. 5000 LIST Uckele’s 10th year as one of America’s fastest growing private companies. Inc. Magazine ranked Uckele Health & Nutrition number 4956 on the Inc. 500/5000 2018 listing of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at America’s independent entrepreneurs, the most important segment of the economy. Inc. magazine today revealed that Uckele Health & Nutrition is No. 4956 on its 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment – its independent small businesses. Mike Uckele, CEO, said he is honored to be listed for the tenth time since he took owner-

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Mid Michigan Dressage Shows & Rattlewood Farm

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By Shelby Agnew | Email: Nestled in the wooded countryside of Oxford, Michigan, lies Rattlewood Farm, an expansive dressage and hunter/jumper facility full of history. There are records of a farm built on Rattlewood’s property dating back to 1853, and about a century later, the farm was home to the U.S. eventing and dressage team. At this time, the farm was known as Redbob, after its partners - Red Duffy and Major Bob Borg. Major Borg was esteemed for his dressage skills and great strength after a crippling spinal injury that led him to invent a wooden box he could be strapped into in the center of the indoor dressage arena. He could then rotate 360 degrees, allowing him to continue working his horses and practice dressage moves on a lunge line. The farm soon kept Thoroughbred race horses and built two tracks, including a small indoor one that runs around the stalls in one of the barns to start the youngest horses. None of the barns across the property were built connected to each other in order to decrease the risk of a possible fire spreading to other buildings. As the race horse industry declined in Michigan during the 1980s, the farm was neglected of care until about eight years ago. The recently renovated 260 acre farm, named after its owner and the stud Rattledancer, has two separate facilities. On North Oxford Road, Jessica Filiatrault trains at Matador Farm, the hunter/jumper complex. Will Davis trains at the dressage barn and produces multiple schooling shows there around the corner on Ray Road. Davis mentioned that the North American Oldenburg Sport Horse Registry Breed Inspection/branding takes place at the dressage complex. On Sunday, August 12th, I attended one of the Mid Michigan dressage schooling shows, which is the organization Davis helped create for the shows. On the way there, I picked up Andrea Becker, a good family friend, to provide me with a better understanding of the classes and rules. Since Andrea had shown dressage much of her adult life, I asked her to accompany me to this foreign discipline for the day, to which she kindly agreed. The dressage facility has four total arenas. The first two – one for showing and one for warm up – are in the middle of the renovated race track. The other two are in a scenic valley area, with the show arena at the bottom of a hill and the indoor warm up arena a short distance away. Even though the show rings are on opposite sides of the property, the walk is still worth it, even just to see the big grassy pastures surrounded by trees along the way. Virtually every dressage arena is twenty meters (66 feet) wide and sixty meters (198 feet) long - these rings are no exception. This would indicate that on a test (or pattern) the centerline is at ten meters while the quarterline is at five meters. We began the day watching some of the beginning levels of dressage at the ring inside of the track. Similar to other disciplines, dressage offers classes for different levels of riders. They can even show within two consecutive levels. Basic levels include introductory, training, and first; intermediate levels include second, third, and fourth; FEI (International Federation for Equestrian Sports) levels are the most advanced, which includes Prix St. Georges, Intermediate I, ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018

Intermediate II, and Grand Prix. While FEI is for international tests, the training level through the fourth level are national tests governed by the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation). Within each level, there are tests that will increase the state of difficulty as the rider advances. Andrea further explained to me that each test contains a purpose that acts as the goal on the sheet of paper with every move the horse and rider must complete. In addition, there is an “Introduce” box that adds any new requirements to a test that is within a certain level, which can help riders understand what is different about each particular test.

The judge then uses that sheet to score the horses and riders and will have a scribe to fill in the points and remarks they have. Dressage is scored through the total points earned divided by the maximum points possible to earn a percentage. Sixty percent can be deemed as good, but seventy percent is usually reserved for very good tests. At higher classes, a lower score can be more acceptable since there is an increase of difficulty from the added required movements. Andrea and I made sure to watch some more classes at the main ring as she continued to discuss some of the rules and the little things that go into dressage. I learned that there are many small cues the riders must subtly give to the horses through their seats and legs. Before sitting and watching the riders with Andrea, I had no real idea of the intricacies of dressage that others may not see at first glance. (30)


A HUGE thank you to Andrea for helping me decipher the entire day, I would not have been able to write this article without her! For additional and/or contact information visit the Mid Michigan Dressage website at:

Mid Michigan Dressage Shows, continued Later that morning, we walked down the hill to watch a few of the western dressage classes. Even though there were not as many riders in those classes, I appreciated that Davis chose to introduce western dressage into the show to bring in a greater variety of riders willing to try a discipline that is relatively new to the equine world. Since Sue Ashley, one of Andrea’s friends who used to be her trainer, was showing that day, we walked back up to the barn to see her and soon went to the other ring to ensure that we would catch her ride. Because Sue was in the test of choice third level, her test had to be from the USEF. That day, she rode a twelve-year-old Morgan mare named Addie. From watching some of the basic levels of dressage earlier that morning, it was interesting to see the difference of Sue’s pattern that had to consist of gradually more complicated moves or requirements such as flying lead changes, suppleness, balance, or engagement. Afterwards, we had lunch from the nice concessions stand with Andrea’s friends. When I asked Sue about what she enjoys about dressage, she described that she likes the different levels the sport has, as well as the challenges that come with it. For the last remaining classes of the day, Andrea and I stayed to watch the rest of the riders perform with their horses. It was nice to see that the schooling show provided riders with all types of horses the opportunity to gain experience without the pressure of a higher stakes environment. Throughout the day, there were many smiles and laughs in and out of the show ring. These shows truly do produce a welcoming atmosphere for every dressage rider looking to improve outside of a formal show ring, while having fun with their horses and friends.

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Building Your Horse’s Mind Why Obstacle Training is Good for Every Horse By Mark Bolender | Your horse’s mind is an amazing place, but understanding the basics is an absolute necessity in order to effectively train it. The reality is, I want to change the horse’s natural instinct, reaction, and teach it to think first. The way horses are programmed has helped them to survive in the wild, without the help of man, but I need to build a partnership with the horse so it will trust me. Obstacle training can help accelerate this process of thinking before reacting. I find a well thought out mountain trail or obstacle course teaches the horse to move with boldness and confidence through the most difficult obstacles. Good training allows us to use the horse’s instinct to our advantage, but this doesn’t happen naturally. We must enter their world, train under their rules and learn their language. Instinct isn’t good or bad, right or wrong. It simply exists. The animal world is full of this kind of intelligence, but humans are not well equipped to understand it. The horse is not superior or inferior to us, they simply live and move with a brilliance of senses we have lost or never acquired. To say we are better, smarter, or more sensitive than horses is a great mistake. If a trainer thinks in those terms he will never achieve an inspiring partnership with the horse. A true partnership is where both horse and rider depend on each other and that is where the beauty of mountain trail course training is seen.

Trestle Bridge up, it may sniff or paw at the platform. Such behavior forms part of the basic exchange of information. The horse lets you know how it feels, you understand and then you give it clear signals to proceed, reassuring it. Like any exchange of information, both horse and handler must partake in the listening process. The horse must also be willing to listen to instructions that the handler gives. To achieve that, the handler must communicate in a clear manner, in the horse’s language, so the horse will keep listening. The skills for listening to the horse are obtained only when you understand the horse’s world and learn to imitate equine language. When this art is mastered, then the instinct of the horse to follow a strong leader will kick in and override the fear of the unknown. This leads to trust, then boldness and confidence. Instinct is hardwired from birth, and to try to go against it is much more difficult than simply working with it. If certain behavior is exhibited by a human, then instinct will block the horse from listening or trusting. At that point any training becomes mechanical. As a leader and teacher, my job is to inspire the horse to achieve that which it felt was the impossible. My focus is never to master the obstacle; I use the obstacle as a tool to master and to build the mind of the horse. In the right hands, I know of no other tool which can build boldness and confidence in both the horse and rider in the way a mountain trail course does. This is why so many courses are springing up around the globe. Happy Trails and Bolender Blessings Visit us online at:

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Horse Association & Trail Riders News is by the Sandusky River before a choice of either the 4.5 or 6.5 route must be made. The potluck is at noon and there’s electric, inside restrooms, and plenty of parking available. Fall is the perfect time for a hayride and BSDC will gather near Galion, OH, Oct. 28 for a fun ride around the local countryside with Mary Elliott and her Percherons. Back at the farm, Linda Spears will be supervising a pot of soup over an open fire, ready for the festivities to begin at 3 p.m. This fall marks the 30th anniversary of the Black Swamp Driving Club. Plans are underway to mark this milestone at the annual banquet November 10th. Members are asked to submit ideas to the board for celebrating the first 30 years of enjoyable driving. Upcoming BSDC events: Oct. 2-7: National Drive, Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburg, IN – Oct. 28: Hayride at Mary Elliott and Linda Spears’ farm, Galion, OH Nov. 10: Annual banquet, Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, OH

Jeff brought a supply of sausages (no chemicals, no fillers, all natural ingredients and spices) and ground beef (they may have been filet mignons) that were not just delicious, but healthy. The meats rested in special buns and were topped off with sauteed onions and peppers. Combined with the side dishes and salads contributed by the participants, we all enjoyed a very special meal. And, the weather couldn’t have been better, with blue skies, pleasant temperatures, and bugs that must have been on tranquilizers – they hardly bothered us. The ride was enjoyed by everyone. We have our annual Poker Ride and Campout coming up in September and in October, an event that has become hugely popular, the Brighton to Pinckney Ride. More information on these events will be coming up later. As always, all trail riders are welcome at Brighton. Signage with directions to the Recreation Area is strategically placed on nearby roads and more information on our organization is available on our website, www. and on our Facebook page, trailriders/ Mark Delaney, BTRA President

BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Even though the staging area, trails and campground at Brighton continued to get their normal amount of summer visitors, July was fairly uneventful at our recreation area. BTRA did not hold any formal events but our members didn’t let that stop them from spending lots of time in the saddle. Although we have voiced our complaints about inclement weather in the past, it was the absence of rain that dominated the climatic picture throughout much of the summer. Fortunately, we’ve had some rain recently and grass and fields that had turned yellow were starting to green up again. We held our annual Picnic and Ride on August 4th, and once again it was a success. The program pretty much remained the same this year, but it did carry a bonus. At the lunch, we were treated to one of the most mouth watering creations off the grill in memory. The old standbys – burgers and dogs – took on whole new meanings when our chef of the day, Jeff Pisko, worked his culinary magic. ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018 (33)

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BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB, OHIO Busy Summer for Black Swamp Driving Club. Six turnouts ignored the rainy weather forecast to enjoy an afternoon of driving and socializing July 22nd at Byers Woods near Ashland, OH. The event, hosted by Jeff and Mary Ann Tock along with Mary Thomas included Western Reserve Carriage Association members as well. The mown trails provided lots of options for driving through woods, prairie areas, and by fishing ponds. Jeff Tock prepared trail maps and marked routes with numbers corresponding to the maps, so that all parts of the park could be found and enjoyed. Areas that weren’t carriage friendly sported red stops signs. Drivers and friends enjoyed a potluck lunch before hitching and heading out. Although overcast and threatening skies prevailed, the rain held off until everyone exited the park! Meanwhile that same weekend, Sue and Roger Murray were at the Keeneland Race Course near Lexington, KY. They assisted the Carriage Assoc. of America (CAA) with their display at the annual Concourse de Elegance event, pairing antique carriages with cars made by the same companies. The Murrays’ were kept busy moving both people and carriages and adding commentary as the judges evaluated the beautiful, expertly conserved old vehicles. Mary Thomas, Angie and Al Hohenbrink traveled to the Henry Co. Fairgrounds, Napoleon, OH, July 29th, for one of the Northwest Ohio Driving Circuit shows. Drivers have several events to try: Working, Reinsmanship, Trail, and Cones. Two more shows in this fun series will be held on Aug. 25th and Sept. 9th. Julie Emmons reports that Parker Bridge, Upper Sandusky, OH, is finally open again. However, the annual Parker Bridge drive will be on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 1:00 p.m. rather than Sept 9, as originally planned. This is a beautiful drive, beginning through the historic covered bridge, then onto quiet roads running along the Sandusky River. Another popular annual drive, Coon Hunters, Tiffin, OH, hosted by Sue and Roger Murray, is slated for Sept. 23rd. Again part of the drive


FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Hello Trail Riders! Fall riding is almost here and Fort Custer’s Annual Equestrian Fall Camp Out is happening September 13-16th. Come join the fun and camp for 4 days while we make pancake breakfast and a pulled pork potluck on Saturday. Go to the website at for details. There are no site reservations this year, just first come first serve with plenty of room for everyone. The trails have been groomed all summer by board members and are in great shape for the coming autumn color rides. Enjoy our creek crossings, woods and prairie sections along with views of the lakes along the way. Riders will notice sections along the trails that have been cleared this season for reasons that involve a company hired by the DNR to look for old munitions from military training exercises decades ago. Please stay on the markWWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS, cont. ed, established horse trails as usual. This task is being done Mon.- Fri. during the day, not on weekends. The trails are still open to ride during this period. Campground update: Our proposal has been reviewed and is moving through the channels of the DNR. We are hoping for good news soon. We will inform you if there is any news of approval in the near future. Your support for the project can be as simple as becoming a member. Membership dues will help fund and maintain an endeavor of this size. If you and your friends ride at Fort Custer – please support us! There are many rides and potlucks left on our calendar – check out the website and join us. Thank you to all that come to the Annual September Camp Out! If it weren't for our great attendance at these events, the DNR would not see the huge desire of a campground by all the trail riders that ride at our Park! Call Nancy at 269.967.3613 for any additional questions or online at: See you on the trails! Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION HTRA Annual Horse Shoe Hunt is September 7th-9th, 2018. Join us! Our final equine only campout for 2018 is quickly approaching. We still have a few spots available and you never know with potential last minute cancellations, so contact us if you are interested in camping. If you are unable to camp, come on out and join us for the events on Saturday. We will have a horse shoe hunt, prizes, 50/50 raffle, lunch, dinner and trail riding. What could be better! We are currently working with the DNR to add picket posts to those sites that only have space for two horses. You can contact David Snyder via email at: or call (810) 423-2148. Event details are on our website at www. or catch us on our Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOCIATION The Ionia Horse Trails Association monthly board meeting was held on Tuesday, August 14th at park. We remind you that our Skills Course is under construction. The trail has been roughed in, and it's our plan to have a few obstacles ready to go for Chili Cookoff weekend. At this time, the course is not open as the surface is not yet ready for horse traffic. There were many small trees removed, so please do not risk injury to hooves by pirating on the course. As long as ribbons are up at each entrance, please stay safe and stay off. Our next event is Chili Cookoff Weekend – October 5-7, with the chili contest on the 6th. Come join us for a weekend of great riding, beautiful color, and even better food! We'll be waiting for you at the pavilion! For more info, find us on Facebook at: Ionia Horse Trails – IHTA, or see our website: Upcoming meetings are, Tuesdays, September 18th, which is our Annual Elections meeting, and October 9th. Both will be at the park. Check the website to know whether we will gather at the pavilion, or at headquarters. Please come share your ideas, join our meetings, and contribute! Thank you, Kristie Walls


MI COMPETITIVE MOUNTED ORIENTEERING A great time was had at the Dog Gone It CMO at Ely Lake Campground in Allegan County. Three days of treasure hunting in the woods, laughing and riding with good friends will give anyone a great perspective on life. Saturday was a super busy day with 38 long course riders and 11 short course riders. The Turn & Burn Babes came in first in the long course on all three days. What a great weekend for that team! The competition for short course was taken up a notch with the ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018 (34)

return of Becky Ruh, a member of the infamous Wild Women Tame Horses team. She managed to run for first place on Friday and Saturday! My team has never been known for their speed but with a little luck we managed to come in first for the short course on Sunday after two days of “not last” as my teammate calls it. Maybe it is because Becky decided to take the day off. Many new competitors have joined us this year and we love to see them return and try competitive mounted orienteering again. Hopefully we will be graced with great weather for our three fall rides. Early in September on the 6th and 7th we will be going to Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers. All of the stalls for this ride are reserved but there is space to put up pens. All riders must wear helmets at this ride. On the 22nd and 23rd we will be competing at the Horses of Hollywood CMO at Pontiac Lake State Park in Waterford. The last ride of the year will be at Kensington Metro Park on October 19th, 20th and 21st. That will wrap up the busy MiCMO season. The details for these rides are on the Saddle Up! Magazine calendar. If you were unable to join us this year, please look for our dates for the 2019 season to come out by March. Happy Trails! Janet

MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER ASSOCIATION The Diamond Jubilee 60th anniversary MFTHBA World Show and Celebration is September 2-8 in Ava, MO. There will be lots of different classes to enter and many associated trail rides going on in the nearby Ozark Mountain area. The Hall of Fame is right there on the show grounds, too. Everyone needs to tour that! Go to to find out more. This will be a very special time and you can make lifelong friends there. Make plans to go if you can. Bring your RV or living quarter trailer, so you can stay right on the show grounds and be a part of the excitement! The MFTHBA/MFTA National Trail Ride was held Aug. 11 & 12 at Scheck’s Camp outside of Traverse City, MI. A number of MFTA members attended including Cindy & John Debiak, Shelly Novakowski, Joyce Holstine, Julie Parliament, Kathy Kruch and Gale WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER, cont. Gunders, who enjoyed the many trails surrounding the campground in the beautiful Pere Marquette Forest. Members Chuck Fanslow and Joe Burrill took a break from clearing trails and stopped in for a short visit. The MFTA Silent Auction provided many different things to bid on. Saturday night was the community cookout. All members present each contributed a delicious dish to pass to accompany the hamburgers and hotdogs that were cooked by chef Joe Mannino (Marilyn’s husband). We met more people with, and looking for Fox Trotters and invited them to join our meal and association. Concurrently the Family Ride for MTRA was in progress, which drew campers to the same campground. They came from all corners of Michigan. There were a number of Fox Trotters in that group too. There were over 100 campers enjoying the perfect weather without bugs. Together we had a great time! Since the July Obstacle clinic was such a success, the participants asked for another one! With MFTA Board approval, the next obstacle clinic will be held again at Morning View Farm in Ionia, MI, October 20 & 21. Susan Williams will again teach 16 riders horsemanship and help you desensitize your horse or pony to new and different creative obstacles. This clinic is a very important way to teach your horse to trust you in many situations. MFTA members pay $160, nonmembers $175. Audit fee is $15 (MFTA) or $20 (non-MFTA) for the weekend. Sign up now if you want to be included! Send your check (made out to MFTA) to MFTA, 2333 Hagadorn Road, Mason, MI 48854. People are shopping for Fox Trotters. If you have one for sale and want it advertised, contact Kathy Kruch, email: katmccully@, or call 989.390.1838 with the details. She will post it on the MFTA website, on the Facebook site, and put the ad in the newsletter too! Our mission is to educate those interested in Missouri Fox Trotting horses as well as to promote the breeding, training and enjoyment of them in Michigan. All Fox Trotter people are invited to our next lunch meeting at 11:00 am, October 27 at the Wheel Inn Restaurant in St. Johns, MI. 2019 memberships will be accepted at this meeting. Please call Marilyn to RSVP at 517.862.6676 .

MICHIGAN TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION August riding in Michigan brings early morning and evening riding, which brings me to the August family and fun ride. This was my first August ride, and though we could only stay the weekend, I see why it is a favorite of many. There were 60 on the start weekend. It was great to see so many young riders (and young at heart) there. Riding with family is what it is all about. Activities were planned daily for youth, a sample included making bear bells, scavenger hunt, tubing and making rope halters. I'm bringing our grandson every year!! August also brought our last work bee of the year, and one way to earn a free ride day for each day of working. This workbee was at Stoney Creek Trail camp and will be replacing a bridge over a spillway. Many hands made this project a weekend accomplishment. This brings me to the next ride of the year, the September Criss Cross Ride. We start at Mackinaw and ride to Cadillac then from Empire to Oscoda, a total of 530 miles. Come ride all, or jump in at any camp. See our website at for more details. The final ride is our October Color Ride. More details on our website as well. Melinda Gosdzinski, MTRA board member

ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION (OREA) Yay! It's time for OREA's annual Judged Trail Ride. Join us September 8th at the Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Area Campground/ Trailhead on Fox Lake Rd. in Goodrich. From the south, Oakwood Rd. to Hadley Rd., then north approximately 2 miles to Fox Lake Rd. and turn left. From the north, Pratt Rd. to Hadley Rd., then south approximately 5 miles, or Hegel Rd. to Hadley Rd., then south approximately 1 mile and turn right on Fox Lake Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and riders go ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018 (35)

out between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. Adult entry is $25, youth 16 and under $15 (family cap of $65). Adults ride either Silver Spurs (55 and over) or Rough Rider (17-54) and those 16 and under enter as a Buckaroo. Cash prizes and awards are offered in all three divisions. In addition to the challenge and fun of the ride itself, enjoy a complimentary lunch after completing the course and try your luck in the 50/50 drawing. A silent auction rounds out the afternoon activity while results of the ride are tallied. Visit our website at: for more information about the organization and the location, or to print a membership application. Your membership directly supports our work at the park. OREA is a 501c3 and welcomes all interested persons. Find us on Facebook at OREA Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Area. Questions? Looking to ride with someone? Call/text me or leave a note on our website's “Contact” tab. Happy trails! Karen DeOrnellas, OREA President – 913.660.8012

PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN'S ASSOCIATION Once again the Pontiac Lake Horseman's will host Tour the Trails Camp weekend Event at the Pontiac Lake Horseman's Rustic Camp September 14th, 15th and 16th. We have plenty of fun activities for riders of all ages and lots of camaraderie. Friday night kicks off with a cowboy chili supper and moonlight ride. Saturday morning starts with Chef Rich flipping pancakes in the main tent with Mary and Sally. Join Susie and LeAnn at the trailer to look at new fall apparel, register for the poker ride and play a little 50/50. The fantastic PLHA crew will serve up hotdogs in camp and on the trail around noon till 2PM. This fall ride brings back the return of make up a country song word ribbon ride and offers lots of great prizes for those who can pull a good poker hand. A grand prize goes to that person who makes up a song and sings it at the pot luck dinner. There will be amazing WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN'S, cont. acoustic entertainment after dinner by the campfire. Sunday morning has Sally, Mary and Chef Rich back on the grill flipping pancakes, brewing coffee and serving up yummy sausage for all. Ride as you like throughout the day. For more information feel free to email us at or call PLHA event boss Susie directly at (248) 933.6338.

PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Hello Everyone! I hope everyone is finding ways to beat the heat. Our next event is the always asked about Circle Ride on Sunday, September 23rd. This is a benefit ride that entails riding from the Proud Lake staging area to the Kensington staging area and then back to Proud Lake. Proceeds from this ride will go to a local horse rescue. This ride is around 11 miles. If that is too long for you, then please come and just ride the trails of Proud Lake. Lots of great details with this ride. We will have camping at the Proud Lake staging area only. Camping will start Friday the 21st. Our camp-outs are extremely popular and we strongly recommend reserving a campsite. We have an overflow site so we are normally able to accommodate everyone. Saturday will be filled with casual trail riders with your old friends and all of the new ones you will make. Saturday night is a potluck dinner (we will provide a main course) and movie night. Registration for the ride will begin at 10 AM. We will be serving breakfast to all riders between 9:30-10:30 am. Lunch will be served at the Kensington staging area. If you are trailering in just for the day, please stage at Proud Lake. We will have our run off lot open for you and registration will only be at Proud Lake. If you are joining us for the entire weekend of camping, the ride is an inclusive fee of $35 per rig and the first person and $15 for each additional person for members and $45 per rig and the first person and $15 for each additional person for non-members. This includes two nights of camping fees, main meal at potluck and your ride fees including

breakfast and lunch on Sunday. If you are coming just for the Circle Ride on Sunday, the cost is $15 per person. This ride is a bit higher than our other events because it is a benefit ride. If you would like to pay in advance to secure your campsite, you can drop payment off to Cindy at Grand River Feeds or pay by PayPal at 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 Nancy Efrusy, Proud Lake Trail Riders

SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Where has summer gone? If you have not made it to SHSP Equestrian Trails, come and ride, ride, ride! On August 31-Sept. 3, the long weekend for Labor Day, Michigan Horse Drawn Vehicle Association will be joining SHTRA for a “ride or drive” weekend. Plenty of room on the trails for all participants. On Saturday there will be a fun Poker Run, 5:00 Potluck and groups campfire. Sunday afternoon there will be Root Beer Floats at 2:00 pm. Bring your own choice of pop if you don’t like Root Beer. Group campfire. Come, camp and not fight the holiday traffic. Sunday, Sept. 30 is the 15th Kris Kulhanik Memorial Judged Trail Ride hosted by the Rangers 4-H Club. The ride is from 10 am to 2 pm. Come early and be ready to ride this 10 obstacle/station fun horsemanship event. It will have 6 divisions with cash back prizes, a nice lunch, but no camping. Call host Mary Mallory 517.651.6884 for registration forms. Pre-registration not necessary. Discount for 4-H Clubs and SHTRA members. Come and have fall fun riding at the 2nd Explore the Hollow weekend October 19-21. We’ll have special access to certain hiking ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018 (36)

trails, a unique poker ride, Sat. potluck and group campfire. This is a chance to ride “new” mileage Saturday on trails that are closed to us the rest of the year. One separate equestrian, hiker or boater primitive site has been highly used by the lookout area! It has a picnic table, fire ring and outhouse. It is a walk-in, boat to or ride to site for preregistered users. If interested, go to 1-800-44-Parks or online at www.midnr to register for a site. If you want to horse camp when there is no special event scheduled at Sleepy? Don’t have an LQ trailer? Try renting either the modern cabin or rustic cabin for a “get away & go riding” weekend, go to www.midnrreserva or call 1-800-44-parks. It’s easy and fun to rent a SHSP camp w/pickett poles overlooking the lake. If want to bring your dogs to the rental cabin, it is now allowed for a $10.00 fee. When you visit Sleepy Hollow’s Horsemans’ staging area please use the sign-in log. Comments, your suggestions help gather feedback from all multi users. Please take the time to record your visitor info for the DNR and us. Happy Trails, Marsha Putnam

WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION® OF MICHIGAN During the monthly August Board of Directors meeting, the Board unanimously approved the addition of two new Board members, Barbara Drake and Chandra Nielson. Both have been great advocates for horsemanship and for Western Dressage. The Board and the WDAMI membership welcome Chandra and Barb! During the monthly September or October meeting, the Board of Directors will nominate and vote on officers for 2019. The August 4, 2018 WDAMI Schooling Show held at Pine Lake Stables in Plainwell, MI was enjoyed by all. Organized and managed by our show secretary, Gail Anderson, the show offered riding opportunities for all levels of riders. Without a doubt this sport is growing, and folks are having fun!! WDAMI would like WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION® OF MICHIGAN, continued to thank two special volunteers, Leah Melichar and Shelby Glessner. Leah and Shelby worked tirelessly the entire day and their energy and enthusiasm was needed and most appreciated!! Show results can be found online at The season is winding down, but there are still many opportunities to participate in schooling shows that are offering Western Dressage classes. Please check the WDAMI website,, for a list of the events being offered. On September 16th, 2018, WDAMI is co-hosting a schooling show with Sari Clapperton and Woodbine Farms in Chelsea, MI. Please check the Woodbine website at www.woodbine for details and paperwork regarding the show. If you are eligible to submit paperwork for the WDAMI Year End Awards, please carefully review the Award Rules found at the WDAMI website. If you have any questions or concerns after you have reviewed the rules, please contact WDAMI at infowdami@ with your inquiries. Upon receipt of your inquiry, a WDAMI Board member will be in contact to assist you. The Western Dressage Association® of Amer-ica World Show is being held in Guthrie, OK at the Lazy E Arena, September 27-30, 2018. Information regarding the show, accommodations, etc. can be found at the WDAA website at www.wdaaworld . You do not need to qualify for this show. WDAA welcomes all riders at all levels of riding. You can obtain information about WDAMI and membership at WDAMI’s email is and the phone contact for WDAMI is 231.525.8842. Thank you to all schooling shows who have supported Western Dressage by offering WD classes. Your support is so valuable as we work together to bring Western Dressage to riders across Michigan. WDAMI is proud to partner with such a wonderful group of horse enthusiasts!! Fall is coming. No bugs, cooler temperatures and time to get your pony out of the arena and into the trails and the woods. They do love it out there!! Happy riding!

YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Board Meeting Minutes – August 8, 2018 This meeting was held at the YS Horsemen's Campground and was called to order by Ron Walker at 6:35. After saying the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag the meeting was called to order. Annual Meeting: September 1st, at the Yankee Springs Horsemen's Campground. Saturday will start out with a Poker Run starting at 9:00 am, 25% goes to the best hand. 1:00 pm Hog Roast, donated by Grand Rapids Machine Repair and sweet corn Donated by Jenna Corson. This will be a Pot Luck Lunch so bring a dish to pass. There will also be a Silent Auction so bring your slightly used tack to sell. This is the time to vote for your Board Members. This year we have up for re-election John Soper, Laura Soper, Ron Walker, Ken Terpening, Micki Vandenbosch. We have 2 board members choosing not to run for re-election, Suzie Dykstra and Skip Burger. The board would like to thank them for their outstanding service to the association. We have 2 new nominations this year Sara Buehler and Jenna Corson. Any member in good standing may accept a nomination to run for the board of directors. Once the BOD has been elected, the BOD will elect officers for the association, President, Vice, Secretary, Treasurer. If you love this trail and camp system at Yankee Springs find the time to get involved, lets break the rule that 10% do 90% of the work! Trail Report: We want to thank Ron and Carla Walker for the hard work clearing the over grown sections of the 9 mile trail last week. They also cleared downed trees on the 6 mile Wednesday night just before this meeting. Electrical Grant: John Soper has re-worded the grant and submitted it to Consumers Power. Kathy Taylor has written a grant and sent it into the Quarter Horse Association for Grant Money for trail repairs. Charity Quilt: Tickets will be sold in the Annual Meeting in September and the winning ticket will be drawn at our potluck. Trail Ride Fund Raiser: Liability is a very big ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018 (37)

issue with giving horse rides to strangers. Ron will check with our insurance to see how much it would cost or if they would cover us for this type of activity. Land Management: The hand pump in camp is very slow pumping water up, can anything be done to speed up the process? YSTRA has requested lumber to build 2 more corrals, we will have to see if any money is left over in the budget. Andru is getting DNR matching funds application sent to John Soper. Still waiting for an electrical estimate, Spur trail Update. Directional Signs on Gun Lake Road and Hasting Point Road and Day use counter. Enlarging the day Use Area, Tom suggested we use the area by the 4 mile trail head for additional parking. This area is flat and would use less fill dirt. New Business: Friday, August 31st has been set as a work day to build a Kids Trail around camp. Volunteers Meeting at the pavilion at 1:00 pm. There was also a discussion about creating a trail just inside the woods off of Sager Road back to camp. This trail would give you a short cut back to camp and keep you off the road. The next YSTRA meeting will be September 1st at the annual meeting. There will be no Wednesday meeting in September. Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor, YSTRA Secretary

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SEPTEMBER 2018 SEPT. 7 – Eaton Special Riding Volunteer Association Annual Ride-A-Thon. $25 entry fee includes: potluck lunch and t-shirt. Ionia State Rec Area, Ionia, MI. Contact Dorothy 517.627.8888, or find us on Facebook. SEPT. 7-9 – Eastern MI Arabian Association Show IV. Closing date: September 1. Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E. Ash St, Mason, MI. Email: or visit us online at: SEPT. 7-9 – Ranch Horse Association of MI (RHAM) Show. Weekend High Points. Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, 9122 US Hwy 31, Berrien Springs, MI. Contact Toni Blonde 269870-6397, email:, or visit: SEPT. 8 – Kal-Val Saddle Club Fun Show. Pleasure starts at 8:30am, Speed at 4:30pm. Kal-Val Saddle Club, 9853 S. 34th St., Scotts, MI. Contact Al Standish 269.626.5748, online at: or Facebook. SEPT. 8 – OREA Judged Trail Ride, 9am start. Ten trail challenges for horse and rider teams. Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Area, Fox Lake Rd., Goodrich, MI. Contact Karen 913.660.8012, email:, or visit: SEPT. 8-9 – Buchanan Westerners Open Show, Entries open 7:30am, show starts 8:30am. 14665 Mead Road, Buchanan, MI. Contact Chrissy Bradford 269.362.2915, email or online at: SEPT. 8-9 – Mid Michigan Dressage Schooling Show. Entries close: August 29th. Rattlewood Farms, 1935 Ray Rd., Oxford, MI. Contact Christine Young 810.656.6094, email:, or visit us at: SEPT. 8-9 – Wyn Farm Dressage Schooling Show. All breeds welcome. English and Western Dressage classes. Wyn Farm, 3100 Noble Rd., Williamston, MI. Contact Jordan Kroll 586.703.7690, email: wynfarm@ or SEPT. 9 – Open Speed Show, 12:30 pm start. 6 events, 5 age divisions. La Arena Solana, 3056 Lee Rd. (S. of Centerline Road), Saranac, MI. Call 616.427.5668 for more information.

SEPT. 9 – Speed Show. Red Flannel Saddle Club, 6272 21 Mile Rd., Sand Lake, MI. Call Julie 616.427.9514, email: horse1sam, find us on Facebook or visit SEPT. 9-16 – Holistic Horsemanship Trail Riders Retreat w/Heidi Potter. Sponsored by Mackinac Horsemen’s Association, Mackinac Island, MI. Contact Ashley 906.847.8034, email:, or visit us online at: SEPT. 13-16 – MQHA Breeders’ Futurity & Great Lakes Classic Show. AQHA approved. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Contact MQHA office at 616.225.8211, email:, or visit us online SEPT. 15 – Yoder Bros. Large Horse and Carriage Auction. 9am start. Isabella County Fairgrounds, 500 N. Mission, Mt. Pleasant, MI. Contact Leroy or Willis Yoder 989.386.9082, online at:, search for auction zip auctioneer ID # 2701. SEPT. 15-16 – MI State Pinto and All Breed Horse Show. 4 Pinto judges. Shiawassee Co. Fairgrounds, 2900 Hibbard Rd., Corunna, MI. Email Susan Sample at michiganstatepinto or SEPT. 15-16 – MI Hunter Jumper Association Stoney Ridge Farm C & Pony Medal Final Show at Hunter’s Run Farm, 9241 Secor Rd., Temperance, MI. Call 734.856.2404 or visit us online at: SEPT. 21-23 – MI Apple Blossom Classic Open Horse Show. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Call 517.655.4712, email:, www.michigan, or on Facebook. SEPT. 22 – 2nd Annual Dr. Edwin & Jean Dear Memorial Open Horse Show. Sponsored by Mackinac Horsemen’s Association, Mackinac Island, MI. Contact Ashley 906.847.8034, email:, or visit us online at: SEPT. 22 – Back Country Horsemen MI Beach Ride. Must reg. by Aug. 25. Rain day: Sept. 23. MI DNR program open to all, but must be BCHMI member. Muskegon State Park, North Muskegon, MI. Contact Teri 231.510.3196, email: or on Facebook. SEPT. 22 – Glass-Ed Dressage Show. Entry closing date: 9/13/18. Online entry available. Pine Lake Stables, 12300 Pine Lake Rd., Plainwell, MI. Contact Mary 269.664.4223, email: or visit us online at:



SEPT. 22-23 – FQHR MI Horse Show. Show for FQHR registered horses. Cow horse and show classes. Isabella County Fairgrounds, 500 N Mission Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI. Contact Deb Horen 810.407.0252, email: horendebbie@, or SEPT. 22-23 – Horses of Hollywood MiCMO event. NACMO sanctioned. Treasure hunt on horseback! Pontiac Lake State Park, 4800 Gale Rd., Waterford, MI. Contact Bonny Eck at 248.981.2870,, or https:// SEPT. 23 – Open Speed Show, 12:30 pm start. 6 events, 5 age divisions. La Arena Solana, 3056 Lee Rd. (S. of Centerline Road), Saranac, MI. Call 616.427.5668 for more information. SEPT. 28-30 – 2nd Annual Great Lakes Reg. Schooling Show Championships. Rattlewood Farms, 1935 Ray Rd., Oxford, MI. Contact Christine Young at 810.656.6094, or email:, or visit us at: SEPT. 28-30 – MQHA Harvest Classic Show. AQHA approved. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Contact MQHA office 616.225.8211, email: info@miquarterhorse. com, or SEPT. 28-OCT. 1 – Best of America by Horseback 20th Celebration Ride. Mackinac Horsemen’s Association, Mackinac Island, MI. Contact Ashley 906.847.8034, email:, or visit us online at: SEPT. 29 – Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center Ride-A-Thon. 8am start. Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, 8450 N. 43rd St., Augusta, MI. Contact Morgan Meulman at 269.731.4471, email:, or online at: SEPT. 29 – It’s A Red Thing Fun Series. Pleasure AM, Speed PM. Red Flannel Saddle Club, 6272 21 Mile Rd., Sand Lake, MI. Contact Julie at 616.427.9514, horse1sam@, find us on Facebook or online at SEPT. 29 – Maybury Trail Riders Scavenger Hunt, 1pm to 8pm. Potluck and campfire too! Maybury State Park Equine Staging Area, 20145 Beck Rd., Northville, MI. Call Cris Purslow 248.912.5238, email: crispurslow@, or SEPT. 29 – Ohio Cutting Horse Association Competition. Broke Back Hills Cutting, 7420 Turk Rd., Brooklyn, MI, 517.403.0985. OCHA Carrie Swingley 765.730.6204, or online at: WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Show & Event Dates SEPT. 29-30 – Custers Cowboys 4 Stage State Shoot $65, 2 Stage Rifle/Shotgun $35, Sat. 11am. 4 State DP Match $65, Sun. 11am. R Bar C Ranch, 3341 E. Marshall Rd., Elsie, MI. Contact Clayton or Jolyn Case: 989.307.0915, 989.666.3820, or SEPT. 30 – Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders 15th Annual Judged Trail Ride. 10am-2pm, SHTRA and 4-H discount. Sleepy Hollow State Park, 7835 Price Rd., Laingsburg, MI. Contact Mary Mallory 517.651.6884, email: fivemfarm@, or visit:

OCTOBER 2018 OCTOBER 4-7 – 41st Annual All American Buckskin Horse Congress. ABRA approved show and all breed classes. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Courtney, email:, or online at: OCTOBER 6 – Kounty Kavalry 4-H Club Fall Fun Show, 9am start. Pleasure classes in the AM, Speed after 1 PM. Eaton County Fairgrounds, 1025 S. Cochran Ave., Charlotte, MI. Contact Amy at 517.663.1699, email: kountykavalry, or find us on Facebook. OCTOBER 6-7 – Casual Pleasure Show 8:30 am Saturday, Speed Show 9 am Sunday. Red Flannel Saddle Club, 6272 21 Mile Rd., Sand Lake, MI. Call Julie at 616.427.9514, email:, find us on Facebook or visit OCTOBER 6-7 – MHJA/Win-A-Gin B Show for the 2019 show season. Win-A-Gin Farm, 3610 Delano Road, Oxford, MI. Call 248.628.2296 or visit them online at: OCTOBER 11-13 – ASHAM Charity Fall Horse Show. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Contact Mgr. Cindy Scoggin 248.227.7266, email: clscoggin525@gmail. com, or Secretary Sara Ressler 248.922.0148, email:, or OCTOBER 13 – It’s A Red Thing Fun Show, 8:30am start. Pleasure AM, Speed PM. Red Flannel Saddle Club, 6272 21 Mile Rd., Sand Lake, MI. Contact Julie at 616.427.9514, email:, Facebook or online at: OCTOBER 13-15 – MHJA/Windermere “C” Show for the 2019 show season. Windermere Equestrian Center, 20615 Dunham Rd., Clinton Twp. Call 586.465.2170 or Enter show & events online 24/7/365 at YOUR convenience! You MUST use the “Calendar” tab!

OCTOBER 18-21 – Michigan Great Lakes International, North America’s Largest and Finest Draft Horse Event. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Contact Aaron Rice 269.317.9745, or Doreen McCalla 734.475.7635, or online at: OCTOBER 19-21 – Explore The Hollow Trail Ride with Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Assoc. Group camping, campfire and poker ride. Sleepy Hollow State Park, 7835 Price Rd., Laingsburg, MI. Call Marsha 989.277.8544, email:, or OCTOBER 19-21 – Looney Tunes CMO, sanctioned by NACMO, MiCMO approved. All breeds and disciplines welcome. Kensington Metro Park, Martindale Rd., Milford, MI. Contact Cindy Hotz 810.513.6379, email:, or OCTOBER 21 – Halloween Fun Show. Great Costume Class, Musical Stalls, and more! Justamere Equestrian Centre, 5695 Card Rd., Macomb, MI. Contact Kathy, show secretary email:, online at: OCTOBER 27 – Oktoberfest Celebration Show at Equinox Farm. Halloween theme show. 655 N. Hickory Ridge Rd., Highland, MI. Best Little Horse Shows, Ericka Utz 248.212.8890, email: OCTOBER 27-28 – Musical Freestyle Design Clinic w/Karen Robinson, Applause Dressage. 9am start. Meadowland Farm, 9111 East Bristol Rd., Davison, MI. Contact Kim Robbins 248.830.6523, email:, or online at: OCTOBER 29 – Ohio Cutting Horse Association Competition. Broke Back Hills Cutting, 7420 Turk Rd., Brooklyn, MI, 517.403.0985. OCHA Carrie Swingley 765.730.6204, or

NOVEMBER 2018 NOVEMBER 1-4 – 49th Annual MHSA All Breed Youth Show, MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Contact Ron Gekiere, MHSA President, 586.484.8790, email: ron, or visit the MHSA online at: NOVEMBER 23-25 – 13th Annual Cowboy Christmas Show. Shopping! Free admission. Vendors welcome. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Contact Rochelle Rondy 989.763.3276, email: cowboychrist or find us on Facebook. Saddle Up! Magazine ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018


DECEMBER 2018 DECEMBER 14-16 – Holiday ShoDown at the MSU Pavilion. Ugly Sweater Contest, Stall Decorating, Costume Class, and More! MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Contact Ericka Utz at 248.212.8890, or visit us online at:

MI WEEKLY EVENTS WEDNESDAYS: Team Sorting Practice at The Orchard Arena, 5966 W. Sanilac Rd., Vassar, MI. 6pm start. $20 per person. Call 989.6733767, or at SUNDAYS 2PM: Team Sorting Practice at Blue Ridge Stock Farm, Latson Rd., Howell, MI. $25 cattle fee, all ages welcome, no experience necessary. Call for more info. 517.376.1930. Spring through Fall Only.

MICHIGAN AUCTIONS Geyer Hay and Straw Auction, held every Saturday, Hay and Straw 10am, Livestock 11am. Geyer Farm Service, 3040 Dietz Road, Williamston, MI. Call 517.655-6343 or 517. 881-7538, or Hay and Straw Auction - Tuesdays 1pm. Lake Odessa Livestock Auction, 3675 Tupper Lake Rd, Lake Odessa, MI. Call 616.374.8213 or Hay Auction: Every Monday at 1pm. WindWalker Farms, 9204 Valley View Drive, Fenton, MI. Call Tim at (810) 287-2415 or online at: Horse and Tack Auction: First Saturday of each month (except July) Tack 2 pm, Horses 6pm. Hay and Straw, plus Farm Related Items Weds. 2:30 p.m. Northern MI Livestock Auction, 1848 N. Townline Rd., Gaylord, MI. 231. 439.5679, Moore's Monthly Horse and Tack Auction: First Saturday of each month, starting at 6pm with tack, horses to follow. Tom Moore Sales, 11771 US Hwy. 223, Onsted, MI. 517.467. 7576, email:, or online at Moore's Monthly Dealer Tack Auction: 3rd Thursday of every month, starting at 10am. Held at 11771 US Hwy. 223, Onsted, MI. Call 517.467.7576, or email: sales@tommoore, or visit Hay and Straw Auction: Mondays 3:30pm. Ravenna Livestock Auction, 3265 S. Slocum Road, Ravenna, MI. Call 231.853.5738, online at


Show & Event Dates MICHIGAN AUCTIONS, CONT. Warner Farms Dealer's Tack Auction: First Thursday of every month, 10am. Lenawee County Fair and Event Grounds, 602 Dean St., Adrian, MI. Call James Warner 517.596. 3028, email:, or online at: W-H Horse Saddle and Tack Auction: Fourth Saturday of every month. 10am used tack; 1pm horses. Wayland-Hopkins Livestock Auction, 3634 10th St., Wayland, MI. Call Leon, Cal or Tye Casey (269) 945-9398 or online at

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SEPTEMBER 2018 SEPT. 6-9 – The Tradition, NRHA East Central Regional Champion Qualifiers. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Email:, or visit us online at: SEPT. 7-9 – Country Heir USEF A Rated Show. OHJA, KHJA, OPHA, IHJA approved. Country Heir Farm, 20336 Stark Rd., Fayetteville, OH. Contact Julie Agar 248.892.6806, email:,or visit us online at: SEPT. 8 – Buckeye Horse Park Hunter Show Series. West Ring 8am, Main Ring 9am. Buckeye Horse Park, 9260 Akron Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH. Contact Sally Kish 330.549.2897 or visit: SEPT. 8 – COSCA Open Horse Show, 9am start. Double Judged/Double Points. Medina County Fairgrounds, 720 W. Smith Rd., Medina, OH. Show contact Joyce Berger 419.433.5049. Stall reservations: Barb Nixon 330.607.5681, or SEPT. 8 – Southern Ohio Horse Sale at Henderson’s Arena, 830 Van Fossan Rd., Jackson, OH. Consignments welcome. Call 740.710.1515, or please visit us online at: SEPT. 8 – YEDA Horse Show at Equine Differences, 11911 Leavitt Rd., Oberlin, OH. Show secretary: Molly Niese 419.957.7379, email: Find Youth Equestrian Development Association, Inc. on Facebook, or at:

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SEPT. 8-9 – Ohio Cutting Horse Association Competition. OCHA Approved. Lazy H Ranch, 3399 OH-292, West Mansfield, OH. Stall or camper reservations: Scott 614.206.4649. OCHA Carrie Swingley 765.730.6204, or visit: SEPT. 8-9 – Crazy Woman Ranch Gymkhana Series Finals. Registration 8am, show starts 9:30am. All lead line classes run first. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. Contact Mallorie Taylor 614.282.9585, or find Crazy Woman Ranch on Facebook. SEPT. 8-9 – Sat. OPHA Approved Horse Show. Sun. OPHA and Up & Over Approved. Stoney Ridge Stables, 2010 Reimer Rd., Wadsworth, OH. Contact Jennifer 330.819.8295, email:, online: www. or on Facebook. SEPT. 14 – Country Estates Friday Night Fun Show. Exhibition 6pm. Show starts 7pm. Country Estates, 18561 Grill Rd., Doylestown, OH. 330.472.7410, call before you haul or find us on Facebook: Country Estates. SEPT. 14-16 – Country Heir USEF A Rated Show. OHJA, KHJA, OPHA, IHJA approved. Country Heir Farm, 20336 Stark Rd., Fayetteville, OH. Contact Julie Agar 248.892.6806, email:, or visit us online at: SEPT. 14-16 – Randolph Fall Classic Horse Show. Portage County Fairgrounds, 4215 Fairground Rd., Atwater, OH. Contact Andy Shupe 724.612.4300, or email: lashupe@, or online: SEPT. 15 – Buckeye Horse Park Hunter Pace. Trail Riders Division. Buckeye Horse Park, 9260 Akron Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH. Contact Patricia Andio 330.770.6841, email:, or visit us online: SEPT. 15 – Crazy Woman Ranch 2018 Bonus Cash Series. 8:30-11:30am exhibition barrels $5. IBRA, NPA and Roadies approved. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. Contact Joyce 614.595.1850, or find Crazy Woman Ranch on Facebook. SEPT. 15 – NEW! Mountain Trail Challenge at Stone Gate Farm, 31407 Schneider Road, Hanoverton, OH. Jackie 330.277.6964, email:, or visit us online at: SEPT. 15 – Speed Show, NBHA 00, 02, NPBA approved. Exhibitions: Barrels 10am, Poles 11:45am. Country Estates, 18561 Grill Rd., Doylestown, OH. Contact Amy Snyder 440.479.8503, or Facebook: Country Estates



SEPT. 15-16 – YEDA Two Day Horse Show, hosts: YEDA Founders. Henderson’s Arena, 830 Van Fossan Rd., Jackson, OH. Contact Molly 419.957.7379, email: mniese@show, or visit: SEPT. 16 – Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show and Academy Schooling Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. 440.543.7233, email: cvf@chagrinvalley, or SEPT. 21-23 – Springfield Charity Horse Show. ASHAO approved. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Contact Evette Moody 937.623.7934, or Jack Hawkes, email: or visit: SEPT. 22-23 – Sat. Jumper Show and Jumper Derby. Sunday: 8K Steeplechase, 2K Fun Run, plus Hunter Pace. Stone Gate Farm, 31407 Schneider Road, Hanoverton, OH. Jackie 330.277.6964, email: jackie@stonegate, or SEPT. 22-23 – Up and Over Horse Association Show. OPHA approved. Buckeye Horse Park, 9260 Akron-Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH. Contact Barb Clifford 330.979.9763, email:, or visit us online at: SEPT. 24-29 – Brown County Fair “The Little State Fair.” 325 W State St., Georgetown, OH. Online at: SEPT. 25 – Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Contact Steve 574.825.4610, email:, or online at: SEPT. 26-30 – World Equestrian Center Fall I Show. World Equestrian Center, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie 248.892.6806, email:, or online at: SEPT. 28-29 – WHAO Buckeye Fall Classic. Henderson’s Arena, 830 Van Fossan Rd., Jackson, OH. Show Mgr: Pat Stout, email: Stall Res.: Sherrie, 419.483.4389, email, SEPT. 28-30 – Chagrin Valley Farms A Rated Show. OPHA Triple Points. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.7233, email:, or


Show & Event Dates SEPT. 28-30 – Ohio NBHA State Championships. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Find Ohio NBHA on Facebook or visit them online at: www. for more information. SEPT. 29 – 5th Annual Survivor Run at BHP. Endurance Training Ride: Ride 6 or 12 miles. Clinic start 8:30am, vet-in 10:30am, riders start at noon. Buckeye Horse Park, 9260 Akron Canfield Rd., Canfield, OH. Email: mshruska@ or SEPT. 29 – Halloween Party in the Park, 9am start. Horse & rider costume contests, IMTCA course practice, trick or treat. $20 adults, $10 youth. Creek Side Horse Park, 7460 Elson St., Waynesburg, OH. Must RSVP. Call Cynthia 330.323.3559, email: creeksidehorsepark@ or SEPT. 29 – Tortoise and Hare Pace Event. Noon start, $10 entry fee. No timing devices permitted. Knox County Horse Park, 7360 Thayer Rd., Mount Vernon, OH. Contact Ken 740.258.9914, email: or

OCTOBER 2018 OCTOBER 2-7 – IFSHA World/Grand National Horse Show. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Contact Sandy Jacob 608.201.5922, or Nancy Nathanson 805.448.3027, email:, or online at: OCTOBER 3-7 – World Equestrian Center Fall II Show. World Equestrian Center, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie 248.892.6806, email:, or online at: OCTOBER 5-7 – Brave Horse Summer Series Show VII. OPHA approved. Brave Horse Equestrian Center, 1029 S County Line Road, Johnstown, OH. Call 614.885.9475, email:, or visit us online at: OCTOBER 5-7 – Ohio Ranch Horse Assoc. Show. Henderson’s Arena, 830 Van Fossan Road, Jackson, OH. Contact Amy Roberts (text okay) 740.819.8446, Simone Marshall 740.407.2286, or visit us online at: www.ohio OCTOBER 5-7 – 68th Annual COSCA Open Championship Show. Pre-entries close Sept. 25. Ashland Fairgrounds, 2042 Claremont Ave., Ashland, OH. Show secretary Joyce 419.433.5049, email:, or visit:

OCTOBER 6 – Keystone Saddle Club Pleasure Show Series. 10am start, rain or shine. Glen Dunn Arena, 5695 Clay City Drive SE, Uhrichsville, OH. Email: keystonesaddleclub@gmail. com, find us on Facebook, or visit us online at: OCTOBER 6 – SEBRA Live Bull Riding, doors open at 6pm. Admission: adults $8, kids (6-12) $2. Mack Arena, 1001 State Route 29, Celina, OH. Entries call: Chan Canter 336.861.2219 or 336.669.8076, email: or visit: online. OCTOBER 6-7 – NODA Dressage Schooling Show/Championship Show Weekend. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda 440.543.7233, email:, or OCTOBER 10-14 – World Equestrian Center Fall III Show. World Equestrian Center, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact show secretary Julie Agar at 248.892.6806, email:, or see us online at: OCTOBER 13 – Majestic Farm Schooling Show, CT & Dressage. Majestic Farm, 5700 St. Rte. 132, Batavia, OH. Call 517.625.3055, email:, or visit us online at: OCTOBER 13 – NBHA Pre-Congress Barrel Race. $2,200 added. NBHA Approved: OH 00, 01, 04, 06. Henderson Arena, 830 Van Fossan Rd., Jackson, OH. Contact Peggy Witter 740.285.5920, reserve stalls/campsites: Barb 740.947.7392, online: OCTOBER 13 – SEBRA Live Bull Riding, doors open at 6pm. Admission: adults $8, kids (6-12) $2. Mack Arena, 1001 State Route 29, Celina, OH. Entries call: Chan Canter 336.861.2219 or 336.669.8076, email: or visit: online. OCTOBER 13-14 – Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show and Academy Schooling Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. 440.543.7233, email: cvf@, or visit us online at: OCTOBER 13-14 – YEDA Horse Show at Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Sec.: Molly 419.957.7379, email: Find Youth Equestrian Development Association, Inc. on Facebook, or at:

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OCTOBER 14 – Bath Pony Club Show. Checkin 10am-noon. Noon start. Show grounds: 141 Remsen Rd., Medina, OH. Contact Tony Pimm 440.212.0861, OCTOBER 17-21 – World Equestrian Center Fall Classic. World Equestrian Center, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact show secretary Julie Agar at 248.892.6806, email:, or see us online at: OCTOBER 19-21 – Heartland Spooktacular Horse Show, Inter-State Horse Show Assoc. Approved. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Contact Judy Peters 614.402.1260, or visit: OCTOBER 20 – Majestic Farm Harvest Thyme USDF and ESEF Show. Majestic Farm, 5700 St. Rte. 132, Batavia, OH. Call 517.625.3055, email:, or visit us online at: OCTOBER 20 – SEBRA Live Bull Riding, doors open at 6pm. Admission: adults $8, kids (6-12) $2. Mack Arena, 1001 State Route 29, Celina, OH. Entries call: Chan Canter 336.861.2219 or 336.669.8076, email: or visit: online. OCTOBER 23-28 – World Equestrian Center Fall Invitational. World Equestrian Center, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact show secretary Julie Agar at 248.892.6806, email:, or see us online at: OCTOBER 27-28 – Pony of America Fall Show. Mid East Regional, Promo, & B&P. 8am start. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Call Linzy at 260.519.5433, email:, or visit us online at: OCTOBER 27 – SEBRA Live Bull Riding, doors open at 6pm. Admission: adults $8, kids (6-12) $2. Mack Arena, 1001 State Route 29, Celina, OH. Entries call: Chan Canter 336.861.2219 or 336.669.8076, email: or visit: online. OCTOBER 27-28 – YEDA Horse Show at WB Ranch, 1640 Co. Rd. B, Swanton, OH. Show Secretary Molly Niese 419.957.7379, email: or find the Youth Equestrian Development Association, Inc. on Facebook, or at: OCTOBER 28 – Chagrin Valley Farms Dressage Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington Street, Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or email: cvf@chagrinvalley, or



Show & Event Dates NOVEMBER 2018 NOVEMBER 3-4 – Champions Center Open Horse Show. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Office phone: 937.324.4353, or email: championscenter02, or NOVEMBER 3 – SEBRA Live Bull Riding, doors open at 6pm. Admission: adults $8, kids (6-12) $2. Mack Arena, 1001 State Route 29, Celina, OH. To compete call: Chan Canter 336.861.2219 or 336.669.8076, email: chan or visit: NOVEMBER 3-4 – Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show and Academy Schooling Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, email: cvf@, or view their website at: NOVEMBER 10 – SEBRA Live Bull Riding, doors open at 6pm. Admission: adults $8, kids (6-12) $2. Mack Arena, 1001 State Route 29, Celina, OH. To compete call: Chan Canter 336.861.2219 or 336.669.8076, email: chan or visit: NOVEMBER 10-11 – Chagrin Valley Farms B Rated Dressage Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or email: cvf@chagrinvalley, or NOVEMBER 10-11 – Majestic Farm Turkey Trot and QCDC. Majestic Farm, 5700 St. Rte. 132, Batavia, OH. Call 517.625.3055, email:, or visit us on the web at: NOVEMBER 10-11 - Ohio Cutting Horse Association Competition. OCHA Approved. Lazy H Ranch, 3399 OH-292, West Mansfield, OH. Stalls/campers res. call: Scott 614.206.4649. OCHA Carrie Swingley 765.730.6204, or visit: NOVEMBER 10-11 – On The Road’s Half Baked Winter Series Barrel Race. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Contact for information and stalls: Clea 330.592.5745, Dawn 330.771.3205, online at: NOVEMBER 10-11 – YEDA Horse Show at Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Show Sec. Molly 419.957.7379, email: or find the Youth Equestrian Development Association, Inc. on Facebook, or at:

NOVEMBER 12-15 – 71st Annual Fall Speed Sale. Equipment 8:30am, horses sell 9:30am. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Call 859.858.4415, or email:, or for more information online visit: NOVEMBER 17 – Crazy Woman Ranch 2018 Bonus Cash Series. 8:30-11:30am exhibition barrels $5. IBRA, NPA and Roadies approved. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. Contact Joyce 614.595.1850, or find Crazy Woman Ranch on Facebook. NOVEMBER 17-18 – Champions Center Open Horse Show. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Office phone: 937.324.4353, or email: championscenter02, or NOVEMBER 17-18 – YEDA Horse Show at WB Ranch, 1640 Co. Rd. B, Swanton, OH. Show Secretary Molly Niese 419.957.7379, email: or find the Youth Equestrian Development Association, Inc. on Facebook, or at: NOVEMBER 17 – SEBRA Live Bull Riding, doors open at 6pm. Admission: adults $8, kids (6-12) $2. Mack Arena, 1001 State Route 29, Celina, OH. To compete call: Chan Canter 336.861.2219 or 336.669.8076, email: chan or visit: NOVEMBER 22-25 – RSP Productions Ranch Sorting Competition. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Find RSP Productions on Facebook for more information or call 269.838.1273. NOVEMBER 24 – SEBRA Live Bull Riding, doors open at 6pm. Admission: adults $8, kids (6-12) $2. Mack Arena, 1001 State Route 29, Celina, OH. To compete call: Chan Canter 336.861.2219 or 336.669.8076, email: chan or visit: NOVEMBER 25 – Chagrin Valley Farms Dressage Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or email: cvf@chagrinvalley, or

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DECEMBER 2018 DECEMBER 1-2 – Champions Center Open Horse Show. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Office phone: 937.324.4353, or email: championscenter02, or DECEMBER 1-2 – Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show and Academy Schooling Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, email: cvf@, or view their website at: DECEMBER 6-9 – Chagrin Valley Farms A Rated Dressage Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or email: cvf@chagrinvalley, or DECEMBER 8-9 – On The Road’s Half Baked Winter Series Barrel Race. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Contact for information and stalls, either: Clea 330.592.5745, or Dawn 330.771.3205, online at: DECEMBER 8-9 – YEDA Horse Show at University of Findlay, James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex, 11178 Twp. Road 201, Findlay, OH. Sec.: Molly 419.957.7379, email: Find YEDA, Inc. on Facebook, or at: DECEMBER 13-16 – Chagrin Valley Farms A Rated Dressage Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Call 440.543.7233, or email: cvf@chagrinvalley, or DECEMBER 15 – Crazy Woman Ranch 2018 Bonus Cash Series. 8:30-11:30am exhibition barrels $5. IBRA, NPA and Roadies approved. 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. Contact Joyce 614.595.1850, or find Crazy Woman Ranch on Facebook. DECEMBER 15-16 – YEDA Horse Show at Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Sec.: Molly 419.957.7379, email: Find Youth Equestrian Development Association, Inc. on Facebook, or at: DECEMBER 29-30 – Champions Center New Years Barrel Bash. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Office phone: 937.324.4353, or email: champions, or visit us online at:

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OHIO AUCTIONS Athens Livestock Sales: Regular sale every Tuesday at Noon. Athens Livestock Sales, 3738 Enlow Road, Albany, OH. Call 740. 592.2322 or find us on Facebook. Larue Horse Sale, LLC: Hay, Straw, Tack and Horse Auction on the first Saturday of every month. Larue Horse Sale, LLC, 1059 Richwood-Larue Rd., Larue, Ohio. 419.889.9150 or online at:

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Think Forward: Ride Yourself Out of Rough Spots By Julie Goodnight | When was the last time you felt a lack of control while riding your horse, even if only for a moment? Was he spooked? Did your horse freak out because the other horses took off? During a tantrum your horse threw about leaving his herd mate? In the moment of panic – let’s say right after your horse spooked at a rabbit – most riders grab the reins and clench hard when they first feel a lack of control. Often, they fail to shorten the reins first, so the reins are too long, causing the rider to lean back, hands flailing and out of balance too. With white knuckles the rider clenches on the reins (inadvertently clenching with her legs too), as the horse dives into the bit, stiffening his neck, leaning on the rider. This scenario rarely pans out well for the rider. Let’s look at this same scenario from the horse’s point of view (hPOV). I was going down the trail just fine, as commanded by my rider; I was obedient, my head down, no pressure on my mouth, and I was eating up the ground like a good trail horse. Out of nowhere, that evil rabbit jumps right at me! OMG! It coulda been a mountain lion! Suddenly my rider screams and grabs the reins, jerks my mouth, ouch! Now she’s scared, I’m scared and my mouth hurts! Rider keeps pulling even after I stopped, wrapping that jointed bit right around my tongue and jaw. Double ouch! I stiffen the muscles on both sides of my neck and lean on the bit to protect my mouth. Panicked, I do what I do best – run for home, running toward safety as if that bit wasn’t there. There’s no doubt that being out of control on a fractious horse is a terrible feeling and the tendency to stop is huge. But with horses being flight animals, it usually works better to keep them moving, ride pro-actively and re-establish control through purposeful movement. Horses are also comfort animals, so rest (after hard work) becomes a huge reward. One of the oldest wisdoms of horsemanship (thousands of years old) is, “Forward motion is the basis of all training.” Without willing, free and forward movement, the horse cannot be trained. Horses respond well to confidant authority. Horses are animals that are habitual in their behavior and remember their training, even though at times they may need a little reminder. Being a proactive, confident rider is what your horse needs and wants. If you are rider that tends to panic when you feel a loss of control, there’s a dynamic between you and your horse that needs to change – and you are the only one capable of introducing that change. Here are my best three tips for how to become the confidant, proactive rider your horse needs. #1 – Stay present in the moment. Don’t allow your mind to shut down in panic; be observant of your surroundings (it’s your job as the leader, you know). Don’t start shutting down, grabbing the reins and thinking about all the things that could go wrong or have gone wrong before. Be aware of your horse and what he needs from you – it’s not his job to make you feel safe; it’s your job to make him feel secure. Take a deep breath (and many more). Keep your eyes active and aware, taking in information in your environment. Relax the reins. Ride the horse beneath – you not the one in your head. Don’t ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018

Photo Credit: Megan Fischer read things into the situation that aren’t there. Allow your horse to calm down; don’t’ keep him in an anxious state just because you’re anxious. Remember, he can calm down and become obedient just as quickly as he spooked, so let him. #2 – Think and ride through the situation, like you know how to do. Immediately start asking your horse to go somewhere and do something – trot, turn right, turn left – preferably using up some oxygen as you do (think working trot). It’s what your horse knows how to do (stop, go and turn) and it will get his mind back in the game faster. As soon as you start asking him to go somewhere, doing what he knows how to do, he feels a since of normalcy and starts relaxing. That’s your cue to relax and soften the reins, sit back and take a deep breath. Controlling forward movement is much easier than trying to staunch it. Moving forward relaxes a frightened horse and then, letting him stop and rest when he relaxes, rewards his relaxation and compliance. It’s a win-win. #3 – Ride with a destination in mind. Be purposeful – look where you are going and ride with determination. One of the first things that happens when a rider panics is that she looks down and loses all focus as her mind shuts down and she stops riding. Horses are masters at determining your level of determination and intent – they can see it or feel it in your body language and posture. When the rider shuts down, the horse learns he can do whatever he wants. Always look far past where you plan to go and ride like you have a plan; Look about 10 seconds ahead of your horse, seeing your specific route and focus on a destination. Your horse will feel your intent and respond accordingly. Don’t compromise; accept nothing less than 100% compliance. Once you have asked a horse to do something, you must follow through on the request. If you start a turn and then abandon that request because your horse didn’t respond, you just trained him to ignore your request to turn. When you become a more proactive and confidant rider, the hPOV will change drastically: I’m going down the trail like a good horse, the reins are slack, my head is down, and my rider is happy and I feel good. That evil rabbit jumped at me and I freaked at first, but right away, my rider rubbed my neck told me I was okay and she went right back to riding like nothing ever happened; I took a deep breath and we rode off toward something more important than that silly little rabbit. I feel safe with (46)


Thinking Forward, continued my human, she’s clearly in control of the entire universe and I know she will take diligent care of me; I’m just along for the ride. Remember, all riders have moments of doubt, nerves or uncertainty. Riding a thousand-pound flight animal is no little thing. But it’s important to keep in mind that there is a living, breathing, thinking animal underneath you, who is going to respond to your actions, for better or for worse. Learning to keep your mind engaged and present in the moment – thinking through the situation and riding purposefully – will get you out of most sticky spots with your horse. Enjoy the ride, Julie Goodnight – Trainer and Clinician About Julie Goodnight Goodnight is the popular host and producer of Horse Master, a successful how-to TV series on handling, riding, and training horses, airing weekly on RFD-TV since 2008. Goodnight travels extensively sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight is experienced with many kinds of riding – she grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida and is now at home in the West. She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, live in the mountains near Salida, Colorado, where they enjoy riding the trails and training cow-horses. Explore Goodnight’s training library of articles, videos and more at Find her on night and follow @JulieGoodnight on Instagram and Twitter. Check out her full list of clinics/events at:


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Tobiano (pronounced: tow be yah’ no) – The dark color usually covers one or both flanks. Generally, all four legs are white, at least below the hocks and knees. Usually, the spots are regular and distinct as ovals or round patterns that extend down over the neck and chest, giving the appearance of a shield. Head markings are like those of a solid-colored horse; solid, or with a blaze, strip, star or snip. A tobiano may be either predominantly dark or white. The tail is often two colors.

Tovero (pronounced: tow vair’ oh) – Dark pigmentation around the ears, which may expand to cover the forehead and/or eyes. One or both eyes blue. Dark pigmentation around the mouth, which may extend up the sides of the face and form spots. Chest spot(s) in varying sizes. These may also extend up the neck. Flank spot(s) ranging in size. These are often accompanied by smaller spots that extend forward across the barrel, and up over the loin. Spots, varying in size, at the base of the tail.

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Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. | Horses are more likely to suffer from laminitis in the fall than any other time of year. Two reasons are high NSC (non-structural carbohydrates) from cooler nighttime temperatures and increased blood ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) secretion from the pituitary gland. Both of these lead to elevated insulin. Insulin rise = laminitis Simple sugars (denoted as ethanol soluble carbohydrates: ESC, on your hay analysis report) along with starch are digested down to glucose. Once glucose enters the bloodstream, it signals the pancreas to produce insulin. Elevated insulin is the most common cause of laminitis. It stimulates the production of insulin-like growth factors within the hoofs laminae, resulting in proliferation of the epidermal layer. The laminae have two intermeshed layers, the epidermal and the dermal layers. When the epidermal layer lengthens and stretches with uncontrolled growth, it can weaken the laminae. This can lead to a structural failure by compromising the connection of the coffin bone to the hoof wall, creating a gap between the wall and the sole. You may see some hemorrhaging under your horses foot - an indication of laminitis. Insulin also rises due to the normal hormonal cascade initiated by stress. Stress can take many forms. Intense exercise, mental discomfort, pain, or an empty stomach (there should always be a steady flow of forage through the digestive tract) cause the pituitary gland to release ACTH. ACTH signals the adrenal gland to produce the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine, both of which are needed to release glucose, for energy, out of glycogen stores in the liver and muscle. Glucose from liver glycogen stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin. The healthy body has a homeostatic mechanism to maintain these hormones within a normal range. However, all horses, regardless of health status, experience a rise in ACTH between August and October (in the northern hemisphere). This seasonal rise can negatively impact the already insulin-resistant horse by further increasing inflammatory insulin, potentially leading to a laminitis attack. NSC or ESC+Starch? Both! Any condition that is influenced by elevated insulin (such as

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Metabolic Syndrome or equine Cushings disease) needs to be managed by feeding a forage source that has a low level of ESC (simple sugars) plus starch. It is best for this sum to be less than 10 11% on a dry matter basis. However, there is another cause of laminitis that is not endocrine-related, requiring us to look at NSC. NSC equals the sum of WSC (water soluble carbohydrates) and starch. WSC includes ESC as well as an indigestible polysaccharide known as fructan. Systemic sepsis can occur from too much fructan in the hay or pasture. The horse does not produce the digestive enzymes needed for fructan digestion in the small intestine (fore gut); therefore fructan ends up in the hind gut (cecum and large colon) where it can be fermented to lactic acid by the microbial population. The resulting decline in pH can lead to cecal acidosis and the destruction of beneficial bacteria, causing endotoxins to enter the bloodstream. When these endotoxins reach the hoof, they themselves don’t really cause the problem; what happens instead is that they cause an over activity of specific enzymes called matrix metalloproteinases (or MMP for short). These enzymes are important for normal tissue growth and repair, but when they become overactive, they are destructive, potentially causing laminitis. Consequently, it is important for the grass to have a low NSC (less than 12-13% on a dry matter basis) to avoid both endocrine-related and sepsis-related forms of laminitis. NSC can vary with stress Stress not only affects your horse; it also influences forages. NSC can vary according to temperature, rainfall, and other stressors. However, not all grasses are the same in the way they accumulate NSC. This is summarized in the table below:

~ Stressors that affect NSC Level in Grasses and Legumes ~ Stressor

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NSC is lowest in early morning if night was warm enough (above 41° F; 5° C) to allow for the plant to utilize sugars produced the day before. NSC will be the highest in the late afternoon on a sunny day. Cloudy conditions of grass grown in the shade reduces NSC accumulation. Lack of water for more than 5 days will increase NSC. NSC of new shoots will be high after it rains following a period of drought. Accumulate NSC. Mow only low enough to remove seed heads.




NSC & ACTH – Double Trouble, continued Safety guidelines: When the nighttime temperature remains below 41° F (5° C) for 2 to 3 weeks, cool season grasses are high in NSC, even in the daytime. Wait until the base of the stems are no longer green. If they remain green throughout the winter, consider testing your pasture. Please see these two articles: Testing Your Pasture for Peace of Mind: http://gettyequinenutrition. biz/library/testingyourpastureforpeaceofmind.htm Pasture for the Insulin Resistant Horse?: http://gettyequinenutrition. biz/Library/pasturefortheIRhorse.htm Warm season grasses go dormant and do not accumulate NSC once cool weather sets in. If the nighttime temperature remains above 41° F (5° C), the NSC will be lowest in early morning until approximately 10:00 am and then again at night, starting a few hours after the sun sets. During times when the horse is not on pasture, allow the horse to graze free-choice on appropriately low-NSC hay. Slow feeders work very well for these situations. Bottom line: Insulin resistant (IR) horses should be removed from pasture in climates where the nighttime temperatures start to get cold. Furthermore, ACTH increases during the early fall, increasing the risk for laminitis especially in IR and cushingoid horses. Test your hay for suitability and feed it free-choice to avoid stress during those times when pasture must be restricted. For more information on equine nutrition, please visit Dr. Getty’s website at:


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determined a temperature of 104 degrees F for a minimum of one week would kill strongyle larvae (Gould et al., 2012). Even in south Texas that doesn’t happen consistently – thank goodness! Only properly composted manure should be spread on a pasture. Intense cold will kill the parasites, but that is regional and gives dubious control, as well. For more information about controlling intestinal parasites, please view the American Association of Equine Practitioners Parasite Control Guidelines online: AAEPParasiteControlGuidelines_0.pdf Manure must be collected frequently or the edible areas of the pasture will decrease in size as the roughs expand due to use. In addition to exposing the horse to parasitic larvae, undesirable grasses and weeds will take over resulting in the need to provide good quality hay to the horses. Even in stalls most horses will pick out a corner and use it as a latrine, generally in the farthest corner from where the feed and hay is placed. Horses who routinely defecate in water buckets are not doing it to annoy their owners, it may be the location the horse has picked to use as a latrine area. However like some humans, there are horses that choose to “go” wherever they like, creating a challenge to those who have to deal with the results. The best way to tell if your manure management and deworming practices are working, is to get a fecal sample and then deliver it to a veterinarian for examination. Earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Studies or certification as a Professional Horse Trainer or Riding Instructor. Start your new career as a riding instructor, horse trainer, or stable manager. All courses are online. Visit us at

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Aids Communication Keys to Success: Include a Warm-up By Lynn Palm | Most people who do any type of exercising know the importance of a warm-up. When riding, including a warm-up helps the horse loosen and limber up his muscles after standing in the stall or pasture. It prepares his mind and body for the work you will be asking him to do whether it be schooling, trail riding, pleasure riding, or showing. The same principle applies to warming up ourselves before riding. The warm-up is time for the rider to get into correct form and balance as she warms up her muscles and joints. I find it is a precious, pleasant time when I reconnect with my horse before starting the more serious work at hand. Here are some tips for making your warm-up time more effective. Start the warm-up by letting your horse walk on a loose rein. The warm-up pattern should include very large circles, large turns, and straight lines. The horse should be moving forward, but relaxed. After warming up at the walk, ask him for the trot or jog. The trot is the best gait for the horse to limber himself up. At this point, the rider should not be worried about the horse being “on the bit.” Instead he should just be allowed to move forward on a loose rein with the rider guiding him to stay on the circle, large turn, or the straight line. Remember the rule of thumb to equal the amount of time going in one direction as the other. Change directions to limber up both sides of your horse and help keep his interest during the warm-up. I recommend that the rider, even if using a Western saddle, post when trotting/jogging during the warm-up period. This gives her the opportunity to warm-up and use her muscles. As she begins to get warmed up, she will notice her muscles respond better. Her coordination improves. Her thinking slows. She begins to relax as her warmed up body allows her to better follow the horse’s movement. As part of the warm-up, the rider can try taking her feet out of the stirrups to get down in the saddle and closer to her horse. As her body warms up, she will find she is able to follow the horse’s movement even without stirrups, and stay in balance! Our next articles will turn to one of the most important keys to riding…the use of the rider’s hands, seat, and legs. These “natural”

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My dream horse is an Arabian horse. I just love the bright burgundy red color on those beautiful creatures, as their tails blow in the wind, as well as their manes. I would like to take my dream horse to Van Buren State Park to camp there and trot down the trails. We have a woods at our house and I think it would be fun to trot down the bumpy, hilly trails in our woods. We have a pretty small farm at our house. We have goats, chickens, rabbits, one dog and one cat. I think an Arabian horse would just fit right in at our mini farm. And I think it would be fun to trot down the little grassy path we have in our backyard. It is bumpy and is very fun to take a golf cart and bike through it, so that is why I think it would be fun to take a horse through it. I am not sure if I would want to take my dream horse to any shows. I would want to get my Arabian dream horse when it is still a foal. I think it would be fun to pick out all the unique saddles and halters. I really like Outer Banks North Carolina beaches and I think it would be fun to take my dream horse there and ride it on the beaches. It would be fun to ride it when the ocean rushes up on the horses hooves and splashes on your feet and legs and sand gets clumped in the horses hooves. I think it would also be fun to take my dream horse to the Smoky Mountains to take it to the trails on top of the mountains and have the cool fresh mountain air blow in your face as you are trotting down the trail.

Arabella Raine B., Age 8, LeRoy, MI My dream horse is a Thoroughbred. I already have my dream horse and his name is Stryker. He is seal brown and he used to be a race horse. He is 10 years old. I have gotten thrown off of him too and it hurt, but I was ok. He is snugly, he sniffs my pockets for treats. Kids love to ride him. The youngest kid to ride him was three years old. If kids are scared, he walks slower for them. He scares other horses away if they are getting too close to the children. What I would like to learn with Stryker is to learn to jump with him. The thing I like about him is that he loves everybody together as one, as a family.

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Summer Writing Contest Winners Audrey N., Age 11 – Paw Paw, MI It was December twenty fifth, Christmas morning, the sun had just peeked over the clouds and my alarm went off. I ran down the hallway, the warm and freshly baked cinnamon rolls were sitting on top of the red table cloth that was spread out on the PLACE table, the cinnamon smell filled my nose. As I went into the living room, Mom and Dad AGES 9-12 looked at me with the brightest eyes. Mom made a quick glance at the barn across the yard, she didn’t see that I saw her, so I pretended that I didn’t see... “what’s in the barn?” I thought. Dad got up off the couch and walked towards the door, my Mom got up too, then turned to me saying: “We have a surprise for you out in the barn… follow $50.00 GIFT CARD us.” The only thing I could think about was that the presents were under the tree and the barn could wait, but that was before I knew what was out there. I followed my parents to the barn, my Dad pulled open the door and me and my Mom followed. “Where are we going?” I asked, but no one answered. My Mom turned back at me and smiled, but that was it. I looked down the narrow hallway of stalls at the very end, there was a stall with the horse of my dreams, a Colorado Ranger with a black and white coat that glowed as the sun shown through the window. He looked at me in a way that his eyes twinkled and danced as he looked at me, it was magical!! I immediately called him Stormy, because of the way his coat marbled. When my Mom and Dad asked me what I thought, I told them that he was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen! He was gorgeous! I took Stormy out for a ride that morning, I completely forgot about the presents, I didn’t open them ‘till the next day! I won countless jumping awards and got asked to compete all over the country… it was epic. So, because Stormy is a dream, and because Colorado Rangers are the prettiest horses around, I hope that one day when this story comes to life, Stormy will love me as much as I will love him!!


Hanna Maria A., Age 12 – Eaton, OH


I hear birds twittering in the trees. I glance around, it is mostly flat, long and perfect for a gallop! I scoot further up on my horse’s neck. “Come on, now, let’s go!” My horse leaps forward as if from a starting gate. The wind blows his mane into my face. Trees flash by. PLACE It’s thrilling! Too soon, we come to the end of the mile long field. “Whoa there, whoa AGES 9-12 now. Easy there.” I look at the stopwatch on my watch. 1:30. “We need to go faster!” The horse of my dreams is either a Thoroughbred, Arabian or Quarter Horse. My horse is a chestnut with a red tinge to its coat. If it is a gelding, his name is Justice. If it is a $35.00 GIFT CARD mare, her name is Liberty Belle. My horse loves a fast gallop through open fields, but also a long, quiet trail ride through our backyard wood lot. When I trail ride, I’ll ride western. I’ll also “pretend” to round-up some of our animals. But when it’s time for the open field, I will ride with an English saddle. I will shorten the stirrups so I can be “riding high” when we gallop. As we walk to the field my horse’s ears swivel. It knows what’s coming. We’ll walk up to the imaginary starting gate and stop. If I’m riding with a friend, I will wait for her to line-up or “load.” Then... “they’re off!” We’ll both leap forward, the race is on! At the 1/2 mile pole, the horses are neck and neck. If I’m riding Liberty Belle, I’ll whisper in her ear: “Alright Miss Belle, fly Libby girl. Fly to heaven.” My horse will spurt forward. We just passed the 7/8 mile pole! My horse is gaining, inch by inch. Almost there...we won! We won by a nose! Oh wow! Now it’s time to head to the barn and cool off. But first, I’ll turn to my friend “You almost beat us! You’re not supposed to do that! Good job! We’ll both grin. Back at the barn, I’ll be talking to my horse “That was so much fun! You know if all the horses at the county fair are as fast as our competition today, we may actually have a chance!” To put it simply, my dream horse is a horse who can run like the wind. We will race together in county races, but I will also show at our county fair through 4-H. My horse is not simply a project though. My horse is a friend and we are partners. Where ever we go, win or lose, we are together. That is what it’s all about! ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018



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Summer Writing Contest Winners Olivia S., Age 11 – Farmington Hills, MI


Have you ever wondered what a dream horse is? A dream horse is a horse that you, and only you love and cherish. A dream horse is a horse that you, and only you adore and care for. A dream horse is a horse that you dream of having. PLACE My dream horse is beautiful black Friesian with a little white star on its forehead. But AGES 9-12 you can’t see it, it’s under a black forelock. His hoof is polished and sparkled. His tail swishes side to side shooing at the flies that get in his way. My dream horse is a black beautiful Friesian. $15.00 GIFT CARD My dream horse is a kind hearted boy, he loves to chat with his friends. He loves apples and sugar cubes, they are his favorite. He is helpful by helping me do my barn chores, and carrying his saddle so I don’t have to carry it. He will run right up to me when I come to the pasture gate. He will let me ride bareback and let me cuddle him when I am sad. My dream horse is a kind hearted boy. My dream horse is a dressage and jumping horse. He is ready to win that gold medal when we reach the summer dressage Olympics. He wants to have fun while he is doing it, and to do his best. We will practice every day in each month, in every year. As we trot, canter and gallop over every jump, and we will trot and walk in the arena, I will be with him. My dream horse is a dressage and jumping horse. My dream horse is a gentle giant. He is kind and helpful to every animal that might think he is a giant. But then once they see how kind he is, they will change their minds. He will stop while we are walking on the trail to let a squirrel pass, and even the birds as they fly above us, he will stop and look up. My dream horse is a gentle giant. My dream horse loves to eat. Just like me! He will eat anything that smells good. He eats hay, alfalfa, sugar cubes, apples, carrots and more! He will graze until we touch the fence. My dream horse loves to eat. My dream horse is awesome! He is a black beautiful Friesian, a kind hearted boy, a dressage and jumping horse, a gentle giant, and he loves to eat! My dream horse’s name is Batman, and he is awesome.

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)

A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: It was quite a challenge choosing winners this year for our annual writing contest. We had OVER 50 entries in all, and everyone of them were so very good! Many hours were spent reading the stories, and trying to decide how to choose our winners, and also how to be fair in the process. I finally decided to pick from the most imaginative and creative entries. Even finding a criteria that I would be happy with left me with numerous entries in each age division. The pressure was on! All winners this year should be extremely proud of their entries, since the competition was so diverse and numerous in numbers. For those of you that did not place, please do not give up! I know from experience that ambition and perseverance can overcome many challenges. Continue to do what you love throughout your life, try not to settle, always excel at what you do, no matter your task. Thank you to all that took the time from their busy summers to enter. I loved reading all of your stories, for they have enriched my life and left me in awe of all of the creativity and imagination flowing from the pages! Sincerely, Cindy Couturier, owner/editor ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018



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Summer Writing Contest Winners Olivia H., Age 16 – Dimondale, MI 1ST

My paddock boots squish the moist spring grass beneath me as I walk the distance from my back door to the front pasture gate. There is a low fog hanging in the air, but I can just make out the form of my horse. His head low while he grazes, his tail swishing PLACE at the occasional fly. The gate creaks as I open it and Gio’s head pops up from the AGES 13-16 grass. My squishing sounds are joined by his, as he moves quickly towards me. When he reaches me I pat his neck and scratch him behind the ears, his favorite itchy spot. We begin to practice some of our newest tricks; smiles, walking insync, and bowing. All $75.00 GIFT CARD of these cute, yet important relationship building tricks. I never need food on me to teach a trick, Gio’s reward is to please his best friend. Our latest trick is our best yet. One command and Gio lowers his knees to the ground. I hop onto his strong back and with one last command we start down the hilly green pasture at a peppy trot. Gio’s long black mane ripples in the wind like waves on a sandy shore. His muscles bulge on his black coat as we move into a smooth canter, then a gallop. The squishes become thuds, then scrapes, till they almost subside completely as we get faster and faster, almost hovering over the ground. Gio’s ears flatten against his strong neck as he leans his head forward, cutting into the wind aerodynamically. I put my hands out to the side to embrace the feeling of flight. Human and horse become one as we sweep down the pasture faster then we could have gone, had we been apart. As we near the gate, Gio slows to a walk and we take a moment to cool off. His classic Friesian build and coloring stand out against the vibrant green grass. The barn welcomes us with a few nickers, reminding me it’s feeding time. I put Gio in an empty stall and work on quieting the impatient calls. Once fed and watered, the horses settle down for a morning nap. “You can do that outside I call to them,” while I open their stall doors and direct them to the pasture on the left. “Come on Gio,” I say as I halter him and lead him to the crossties, “A perfect dressage test takes work you know.” If Gio was gorgeous bareback in the pasture, he was just as gorgeous under saddle. His brilliant mind and work ethic made him a dream partner in dressage. His perceptibility, form, and elegance made dressage look more effortless than it was. His movements were soft, yet determined, his neck arched, but flexible. Instead of a well oiled machine, like some dressage horses, Gio more closely resembled a well worn piece of leather, soft, supple, and gentle. After our successful practice, I cooled Gio off and hosed him down. Squeezing a bucket of liniment and water on his especially sweaty areas and most tense muscles relaxed him, and he dozed in the sun while I finished his bath. I applied some much needed fly spray and a fly mask to fend off those airborne pests, and we strolled out to the pasture. This time there were no squishes, for the sun had come up and warmed the morning into afternoon. The fog had also lifted and disappeared into the fluffy clouds above. I un-clipped Gio’s lead rope and slipped off his halter. With a pat on the rump to say goodbye, I turned to head back to the house. A nicker caught my attention and I turned around to see Gio prancing through the pasture proudly. Instead of leaving, I laid down in the soft grass to watch the clouds float by, listen to the horses nicker, and watch Gio playing around the field. I closed my eyes for just a minute. When I opened them the grass was my bed, the clouds were my ceiling, the nickers were the swishing of the water pipes, and Gio was just a poster on my wall. Not all dreams are impossible. I hope someday I can rewrite this story as reality. Until then, I’ll dream on.

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Rebekah Audrey E., Age 14 – Rossburg, OH

My dream horse is a tall, black Thoroughbred filly named Delilah. My dream horse has a long, black silky mane that falls across her long muscular neck. Her tail is long, black and full. Her face PLACE is black with a white star on her forehead. She prances in the pasture eager for me to bring her AGES 13-16 meal. As she eats her oats, I brush her long mane and tail until it is fluffy and soft as silk. She lifts her hoof when I ask her to do it, so I can clean her hooves. Once she is done eating, I slip her bridle with silver decorations onto her head. I drop her reins on the ground, as I brush her body $50.00 GIFT CARD again, flatten a saddle pad on her back, and lift a black saddle across her slender back. I pull myself up across her back and onto the saddle. I take my boot and touch her side urging her to begin trotting to the meadow. We trotted thorough the gate, closing it behind us, and then I urged Delilah to run. Delilah didn’t need any more urging, she began to run, picking up her pace as we passed familiar sights. Delilah ran as fast as she could zig zagging around rocks and jumping across a narrow creek. After riding her for an hour, I bring her back to the barn, cool her down, and brush her shimmering coat before letting her roam free in her pasture. I decided to enter Delilah in the Kentucky Derby and try to win the breeders cup. Every day for two months straight, I raced Delilah thorough our pasture. On the day before the race, I took Delilah to the Kentucky Derby to get her settled in before the day of the race. The morning of the race, I brushed Delilah ten times, picked and oiled her hooves, and rubbed her black coat till it shown. I pulled Delilah’s bridle onto her head and put a racing saddle on and led her to the track. The track was muddy and wet. I pulled goggles over my head and mounted Delilah. I tapped my boots into her side, encouraging her to trot to the starting line. Delilah started pawing the ground impatiently, waiting for the other racers to take their places. When the race started, Delilah broke off into a gallop passing most of the horse. Five horses were in front of Delilah. She gathered her strength and fought to be the lead horse. Only one horse stood between Delilah and the finish line. My goggles were so covered with mud, that I let Delilah run however she wanted to, encouraging her the entire time. She pulled her nose in front of the last horse, but the lead horse wasn’t ready to give up that easily. He pulled his nose in front and Delilah put every last ounce of her strength in trying to get ahead. We crossed the finish line, I pulled my goggles off letting them hang around my neck. It was a close match, but we won first place! I got off of Delilah, who was thoroughly exhausted and covered with sweat. I cooled Delilah down, groomed her coat, and gave her fresh green alfalfa hay with sparkling clean water. The next morning, we went back home and I let Delilah out on pasture. She neighed happy to be home, and I was very proud to be her owner. Who could ask for a better horse?


Molly W., Age 14 – Gaines, MI

“To many, the words love, hope, and dream are synonymous with horse.” (Unknown) When someone wants a horse, they hope and dream for the perfect one with everything they PLACE have. I’ve noticed this to be true by experiencing it myself. One’s love, hope, want, and dream for AGES 13-16 a horse is incomparable to anything. Having a horse, in my opinion, is a necessity, and I could never live without one. Stacy Posthumus said, “Once in love with horses, always in love with horses.” Love for a horse, $25.00 GIFT CARD even as a child, is incredible! Since I was little, I’ve always had a great love for horses, in particular paint horses. A beautiful paint horse that I could go trail riding with through the long grasses of our field, galloping bareback on his soft back, and feeling free with the wind in my hair. Riding the ponies at the fair, as a kid, I would always race for the paint pony. Although I’ve never been able to buy one, I still dreamt of a flawless paint horse. “Never lose hope. You never know what tomorrow may bring.” (Unknown). Through the years, we have bought many beautiful horses. About 7 years ago we bought an amazing Appaloosa pony. She was almost everything I could have wanted. Time rolled by and inches taller, I’ve now outgrown my spotted pony. As I look back, I realize I had forgotten about my dream of owning a paint. Forgetting about my dream, in a sense I lost hope. Colin Powell once said, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” If anyone has truly been interested in a horse or let alone anything, they would find this quote to be quite accurate. Outgrowing my pony, I started looking for a new horse, the perfect chance to get my paint! Buying a horse takes time: long hours searching horse ads, longer hours in the car looking at hopeful possibilities, and vet checks, looking for the unseen. Not to mention, the many odd jobs I worked to fund my dream. It’s a grueling process. The hard work paid off and I finally found my dream horse. He was a big, fast, and beautiful paint gelding. Although my mom always told me to look at the horse before the color, “Apache” met her standards. One day I had lost hope in ever buying my dream horse, the next day he was standing in our barn! He is everything I could have dreamed of. When someone truly wants a horse, their love, hope, dream, and determination for just the right one is hardly comparable to anything. Through experience, I have found this to be true. The attention from my dream was temporarily taken by my Appaloosa pony. Deep down in my heart I still felt the desire of one day owning my own paint horse. I never forgot about it. By finding my paint horse, I have had the amazing experience of living my dream! ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018



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By Kim Cardeccia | An approach I have found quite helpful in working with people who want to increase their confidence around horses has to do with viewing confidence as a habit. We could define habit as being a regular practice, especially one that is hard to give up. Considering this, generally to create a habit of confidence, what we have to do first is break a habit of lack of confidence. Often, we have fallen into a bad habit when we find that our confidence is lacking. This isn’t to say that breaking the habit of doubt, or lack of confidence, will eliminate the need to learn new skills or practice technique. But, whatever we do, whatever direction we take, the process will either be enhanced or diminished by our habits, or our “go to” thoughts. Carefully monitoring our thoughts will be a very big part of this process of developing a habit of confidence. When we think thoughts over and over again, they become automatic. In other words, a habit. If we are experiencing a lack of confidence, it's very likely that we have been thinking thoughts that have built this condition for us. For example, we might be continually telling ourselves that we can't do something, we jut don't have what it takes or that we'll never be able to improve. So, how do we change this habit for one of confidence? Simply, we have to stop thinking thoughts that fuel our fear or apprehension, and start choosing thoughts that fuel our confidence. The answer is simple, but not always easy! As with so many things, the first step is awareness. Whenever we find that we are thinking anything that bashes us or our abilities, we need to stop. Then, we need to choose a better thought to think. Making a list of alternative thoughts can be very helpful, as it won't always be easy to think of a replacement when one of the habitual thoughts rears its ugly head, and hijacks our emotions. Some examples of new thoughts to think: I am making progress everyday. I am finding the right support people to help me on my journey. I can do more than I think I can. That list didn't include thoughts such as, “I can do anything,” or “I am a fabulous rider.” Not to downplay anyone’s talent or abilities, but if we’re stuck in a place where we lack confidence, we have to go through a recovery phase first. We need to have a statement to repeat that we can believe in, even when we’re feeling pretty down on ourselves. Eventually, after catching our limiting habitual thoughts and replacing them with our new and improved thoughts directed toward confidence, we’ll find that we're repeating the old ones less and less. We become an example of self-fulfilling prophecy and inch our way to our new thoughts and develop a new habit of confidence. Just a warning, each time we take on a new challenge, or push ourselves, we may have to revisit this habitual thinking strategy again. Armed with this information, the journey can seem more possible and this can allow for fun to sneak in. Fun and horses are always a perfect combination! Kimberly Cardeccia is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has loved horses for as long as she can remember and has over 35 years of horse experience. She combines her professional skills with her passion for horses in order to help individuals surpass the mental and emotional blocks that continue to limit their experience of life. Visit Hidden Promise at: ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018

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Understanding Pain By Dr. Eleanor Kellon | This is a short title for an incredibly complicated topic. There are many different types, causes and pathways for pain. For the purpose of this discussion I will limit the discussion to acute and chronic pain that involves inflammation. At the cellular level, the horse’s body is in a constant dynamic balance between damage and repair, death and replacement. When this balance is disrupted in favor of death and damage, whether from injury or simply temporarily from overdoing exercise, it triggers the release of cytokines. Cytokines are small proteins which allow cells to “talk” to each other and directs their activity. In most cases, production of cytokines is turned off in default mode. Their production begins in response to cell injury or death. In addition to directing clean up and repair processes, cytokines are an integral part of triggering pain. Some, such as one with the deceptively innocuous name BAMBI, react directly with nerve endings or neurochemicals. Others respond to reactive oxygen species (ROS)/oxidative stress associated with cell injury, and keep the reaction going. Cytokines aren’t all bad. Once damage has been cleaned up by the immune system, cytokines are important players in the regrowth of blood vessels and cell regeneration. Pain is the body’s way of signaling that there is a problem. The nervous system will reflexively act to protect injured areas by splinting muscles and limiting movement. Since horses don't follow directions, this function of pain is important in reducing the chance of further damage. Our first impulse on finding the horse in pain is to get rid of it, but this must be tempered by realizing pain has a protective role. Antiinflammatory pain medications are also a bit of a sledgehammer approach because they also inhibit pathways needed for healing. There are ways to work with the horse’s own homeostatic mechanisms to assist these mechanisms in dealing with inflammatory reactions. For example, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) helps maintain normal counter-regulation of the cytokines TNF-alpha and IL-6 and supports antioxidant defenses. Speaking of antioxidant support, you have many effective options there including bioflavanoids, vitamin C, low dose garlic, N-acetylcysteine, quercetin, lipoic acid and vitamin E, as well as the herbals Turmeric, Boswellia, Ginger, Ginkgo and grape seed extract. Harpagophytum procumbens (Devil’s Claw) offers powerful nutritional support against oxygen free radicals as well as cytokine TNFalpha and IL-6 plus harmful prostaglandins. Devil’s Claw also has a direct nutrigenomic effect in maintaining normal activity of genes involved in TNF-alpha and COX-2 enzyme activity. We dislike pain, and no one wants to see a horse suffer, but it serves an important purpose. The trick is to recognize the source of the pain response and assist the body in returning to normal balance without interfering with healing. Targeted supplementation has a lot to offer in that battle. Uckele Health & Nutrition, maker of CocoSoya®, offers formulas that promote a healthy inflammatory response. ©2018 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2018

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