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Catalogs will be sent to past buyers and sellers!

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Your rein aid has to come second because it controls from the horse's poll to the withers. Your right rein or inside rein on the curve has to be next in the aids sequence to slightly flex your horse's head to the right which will then slightly bend the neck through the shoulder to get the forehand to bend correctly. To flex the horse's head, you have two different rein aids; either the open rein or the indirect rein (against the neck). The open rein is used to ask for a slight bend of the head and neck, and the rein against the neck is used if a horse wants to bend the head and neck too much to the inside – in this case to bend too much to the right. The open rein is used so there is no pulling on the horse's mouth. The hand moves sideways for the horse to give to the bit and flex the head to the right. If the horse turns to the right when using the open rein, use your indirect rein for the horse to yield to the pressure against the neck, which also moves the head inward. This will also flex the head right. The inside leg and the inside rein are the two active aids used to bend the horse. Next in the aids sequence you'll use your outside left leg and left rein aid to support the bend of the horse. The left leg keeps his hips from going out on the curve. The left rein keeps the shoulder from going out or the head bending too far to the inside. You'll use your outside or left leg slightly further back than the position of your right leg. You'll use a light pressure with your outside leg to keep the hips from swinging out. Your outside leg will keep the horse's hips slightly inward to create the curve from the withers to the top of the tail. The outside indirect rein is used against the neck to support the balance of the forehand. Your inside aids are the active aids which create the horse's bend. Your outside aids support the horse bending through the curve so he stays balanced. Bending Aids Sequence – “How to” Active Bending Aids 1. Use light or vibrating pressure with the inside leg to ask the horse to bend his body. 2. Using an open or indirect neck rein, to flex the head slightly in the direction of travel to create an arc from the withers to the poll. Supporting Bending Aids 3. Move the outside leg slightly back behind the girth to keep the hips from swinging out. 4. Bring the outside rein against the neck to keep the shoulder from going out on the curve and also to keep the head from going too far inside the curve. Key Point – When you are able to bend your horse correctly on a curve you will achieve a balanced horse. There's no greater feeling than a happier and more willing horse! In the next Training Tips we'll continue with several different exercises to train your horse to bend correctly. If you would like more step by step guidance for achieving a proper bend you will really enjoy Palm Partnership Training's “How to put Your Horse in Proper Balance Through Bending” Parts I and II. http://shop.lynnpalm.com/catalog/product_info.php/cP ath/33/produ cts_id/135 http://shop.lynnpalm.com/catalog/product_info.php/cP ath/33/produ cts_id/136 “Keep one leg on one side, the other leg on the other side, and your mind in the middle.” Henry Taylor

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How to Put Your Horse in Balance through Proper Bending – Part I Have you ever ridden a horse on a curve or a circle and felt the horse speed up, lose his balance and not be able to follow the path of the curve or the circle? You may have been asking your horse to trot in a curved arc over logs in a trail class, lope a circle in a horsemanship pattern or ride a turn on a hunter course. If you've had this experience chances are your horse was making every effort to do what you asked, however he may not have been asked to maintain a proper bend to allow him to be balanced and keep a steady tempo to his gait on the curve or circle. This week's “How to Put Your Horse in Balance Through Proper Bending” PPT Training Tips will describe what a proper bend looks like and the aids sequence to ask your horse to bend properly. Look forward to many successes with your horses once you've mastered how to communicate to bend properly! The Bend – What does a horse look like when he has a proper bend in his body? If you look at the horse from an “overhead view” – that is if you were viewing the horse directly above him, you would see that from his poll to the top of his tail there would be a slight arc to his body. If you were riding your horse to the right you would see the horse's head and neck slightly bent to the right. When you're riding the horse you'll just be able to see the corner of the horse's right eye when traveling right. The horse's spine will be slightly arced, and the horse will be bent around your right leg, and supported with your outside aids. Please note that many riders think correct bending of the horse is just bending the head and neck. When you only ask the horse to bend his head and neck you only bend the head and neck and not the rest of the horse's body. This can hurt a horse; and when done extensively, can build a horse with a rubber neck (too flexible) that will always lose his balance. Bending a horse properly is bending the horse through his entire body from his poll (top of the head) to his dock (top of the tail). What is the Relationship between Bending and Balance? When the horse is balanced, he will have a proper bend to his body as we discussed above. When a horse is not properly bent on a curve he will be unbalanced and increase or decrease speed which in turn may cause you to lose your balance. When the horse is properly bent, you'll find it easy to steer or guide your horse because he is responding to lighter aids, to keep the same speed and to feel the horse move with free-flowing strides. Remember: No bend = No balance | Bend = Balance Bending Aids Sequence – To allow your horse to bend properly on a curve you'll need to understand and follow a correct aids sequence to get the best responses from your horse. Both legs and both reins have to act together in order to achieve control of your horse's body. By practicing the correct aids sequence you'll be able to automatically adjust your aids to feel what you need to do to keep your horse bent properly. I'll describe the bending aids sequence as you're riding to the right. You'll first start with the inside right leg aid on a curve. You'll want to do this at a walk first so you can get the feel of what you're asking from your horse. Your right leg will be first in the sequence with the activity right behind the girth. The active right leg will ask your horse to compress his body slightly inward so he starts to bend. ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2016



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HORSES FOR SALE Forester’s Hope - 7 yr old, 16H chestnut TB mare. Doing well on the flat, quiet. $1000. Lilleandra - 8 yr old, 15.3H chestnut TB mare. Flatting well. Very sweet. $1000. Ms. Katowice - 9 yr old, 15.3H bay TB mare. Forward thinking, jumps a small course. Will be ready to show this summer. Great combined training/jumper prospect. $1600. Frequent Reward - 7 yr old, 15.2H dark bay TB mare. Trots lines, great jump. $1000. Believe It’s Sunday - 7 yr old, 16H bay TB gelding. Frames up, great dressage prospect. $700. Buri - 8 yr old, 16.3H chestnut TB gelding. Quiet and easy going. Nice hunter type. Jasmine - 12 yr old, 16.1H grey TB mare. Jumps 3’3” course, auto lead changes, more jumper type, will also go cross country. Very brave/honest. Eli - 13 yr old, 16H grey Tb gelding. Jumps 3’ course, auto changes. Good guy. Cabo - 8 yr old, 15.3H bay TB gelding. Jumps 2’9” course. Honest, sound and quiet. Caprice - 7 yr old, 16.3H bay roan Oldenburg mare, out of Carbradino by a Rio Grande mare. Did 3’ pregreens successfully this year. Pretty, nice mover, honest to the jumps. Ready to move up. Centaur - 5 yr old, 16H bay Oldenburg gelding. Good mover, currently showing in the Baby Greens, but would make a nice dressage horse as well. Good lead changes and comfortable to ride. We are part of the CANTER (TB rehoming) program and have several horses that would great companion or light riding horses. Others available. Prices range from $700-$60,000.

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and feel of the floor. Next take the mirror test again. Hopefully your hips will be much more in alignment. (Please note that if your hips were very unlevel and/or your “leg length” was significantly different, do three sets of rolling - first with the "shorter" leg, then the longer and then the shorter again. Know that it's extremely rare that legs are actually of different length. What appear as differing lengths is usually a pelvis torque.) This simple release will help you sit more evenly on your seat bones and allow your legs to hang in a more natural way around your horse helping you to attain better balance and communication with your equine partner. I want to hear from you! Your health and fitness is just as important as the health and fitness of your horse, so email me with any questions or challenges you are facing! Jennifer developed a passion for body awareness and biomechanics while pursuing her lifelong quest of international level dressage riding. She is a certified Core Dynamics Pilates Instructor, certified Equilates teacher and certified Balimo practitioner. Jennifer is also the creator of the DVD program “Improve Your Riding Through Movement.” No matter what style of riding you are into – no matter what your experience level is and no matter what your age may be, these DVDs will help you create a body that is more flexible, safer in the saddle and one that can enjoy riding for years and years to come. Jennifer is also a national speaker on both health and wellness topics. Contact Jennifer on her website: http://jenniferkotylo.com. © Jennifer Malott Kotylo

Fitness in the Saddle (F.I.T.S.) – 1 By Jennifer Malott Kotylo Release Your Hamstrings I am a stickler about proper pelvic position. Without your pelvis in the proper position (both top to bottom and side to side) you lose your ability to balance around your horse and to follow his motion. Most of us (riders and non-riders alike) walk around with misaligned pelvises and don't realize it. When you look in the mirror are your shoulders uneven? Have you been told that you have one leg longer than the other? Do you have back and/or neck stiffness? Can you turn your head more easily in one direction than the other? If you answered, "yes" to any of these questions, the culprit may be your pelvis. So, how do you know if your pelvis may not be in the best alignment? I'm going to give you a simple test that only takes you and a full-length mirror. Stand facing away from the mirror approx. 5-6 feet with your feet hip distance apart. Please make sure that your feet are facing straight forward, which means that your first toe - not your big toe – is pointing towards the wall in front of you and that you are balanced equally between the ball of your foot and your heel. Slowly bend forward from your waist and look between your legs. You should now be looking at your backside in the mirror. Look at the top of your hips. They should be parallel to the floor, not sloping to one side or the other. Congratulations if they are parallel. If they are sloping, slowly shift your weight from one foot to the other until your hips are even. Do you feel a pull or a cramp? This is just your body telling you that it is out of balance muscularly. Slowly stand up. Many different muscle groups can impact your pelvis' alignment. Here we are going to focus on just one - the dreaded hamstrings. One of the most effective ways I have found to get my hamstrings to let go is by working with a Yamana Body Rolling Ball or Franklin Ball. (You don't have to have an authentic Yamana or Franklin ball. Any ball approximately 10 inches in diameter, which is strong enough to sit on and hard enough to exert some pressure on your muscles will work.) Before you start working your hamstrings, sit or lay on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Take a moment to feel the sensation of your legs on the floor and to see if one leg appears longer than the other. Start by placing one seat bone or the other on the ball. Use your feet and hands to stabilize yourself. (You'll feel a bit like a crab.) Begin to "massage" your seat bone with the ball by gently rolling back and forth in both linear and circular patterns for 2 to 3 minutes. (Depending on how tight you are this may be a bit uncomfortable. If it's too uncomfortable, try taking some of your weight off of the ball by supporting yourself more with your hands and feet.) Once you have worked the muscular connections around your seat bone, slowly start to work the ball down the back of your leg using circular and linear patterns. Work the ball down to just above your knee and then back up to your seat bone. Slowly slide off the ball and test your leg length and leg feel again. If you are like most people, your "worked" leg will seem longer and more in touch with the ground. Your hamstrings and their connections to your seat bone and knee have been released. Proceed with your other leg, starting at your seat bone and working your way down to your knee to even yourself out. Check out your leg length ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2016





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Summer Writing Contest Winners Children and teens in three different age groups entered our Summer Writing Contest for a chance to win a gift card to be used at a retail location of their choice. The staff at Saddle Up! Magazine chose two winners from each age group. Judges included: Cindy Couturier, Mackenzie Gray, and Irene Couturier. The winners are published in this month’s edition of the magazine.


Julie D., Age 15, Lennon, MI I love horses for many reasons. One of them is because they come in so many different beautiful colors; my favorite are the buckskin, black, chestnut, white and paint. I also like looking at their coat patterns and markings on their faces, especially when they are unusual. They have many sizes too, from the miniature Falabellas to the huge Percherons and Belgians, although sizes mainly depend on the breed sometimes. And there are hundreds of breeds to pick from, one of my favorites being the Morgan. Some breeds are strikingly elegant, while others are more normal and plainer looking. And then there are the ones that are slightly amusing, like the Kathiawari with its long face and inward curved ears. Just the conformation of horses alone can be stunning, but its more than just the breed or color to me. It’s something so beautiful that it’s almost hard to put into words, but I'll try. The way a horse moves is a good example. As he runs, his strong legs are unhesitating as they stretch out for more ground. The muscles that ripple under his soft hide cry out power. Every step is graceful yet fiery, each move showing strength. The way he carries himself is beautiful, proud and majestic. His handsome head held high with his soft eyes bright and wide, he lifts his feet high in the air for one second only to let them fall and strike the ground with a thundering echo the next second. The flowing mane whipping out behind him when he runs, or falling over his proudly arched neck when he stands adds to his beauty, while his tail streams behind him like a banner as he carries it high. His ears pricked up and alert, listening to the world around him. He’s quick on his feet, soaring over the land as though on wings, gliding along the ground with ease, his hard hooves taking him onward, pounding on the earth beneath him. I love almost nothing more than to watch a horse run, every step ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2016

carrying him faster and faster. Watching him stretch out, letting everyone see his speed. But they are even beautiful even when they aren’t running or prancing about. If a horse is just standing in the middle of the paddock, grazing without a worry, the breeze playing through his mane and tail with sunlight gleaming on his coat, it can give you a peaceful, surreal feeling. Horses also make a wonderful devoted friend. There is no more wonderful and contented scene in this world than a horse and his rider sharing a happy, trusting relationship. It’s a thrilling feeling to be able to jump on a horse and go for a ride, and knowing that you are spending it with your partner, who is contented and willing to work with you. I think that what really brings the beauty of the horse all together is his spirit; it’s ready and eager to please. But it’s also something else, it’s free. You can see it when a horse runs or plays. He kicks up his heels and stretches himself out, maybe even bucking a time or two as he lets his spirit have reign, enjoying it with all his heart. Of course his color and his size can very much add to his beauty. This is the way I look at horses, and why I love them.


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Shelby A., Age 15, Lapeer, MI The sound of a whinny, the feeling of pounding hoofbeats, the taste of dirt, the aroma of hay, and the sight of the greatest creation on this green Earth are all too familiar to my senses. This can only describe my true love, horses. For as long as I can remember, I have been with horses. They helped raise and shape me into the young adult I am now. The most frequent question I am asked when it comes to these magnificent beasts is why I love horses. The answer is simple yet complex: they are part of me for all of time. The earliest story of my involvement with horses comes from a good horse show friend. When I was very small, but big enough to ride around with my mom at a cutting show, I would wear Mickey Mouse ears and refuse to get off. I would cling to my mother, even when she needed to go show her gelding. Perhaps I never wanted to leave the saddle, already entranced by the steady rhythm of the horse’s gaits. I have since traded those ears for a cowboy hat. Other stories include me learning how to ride on my mom’s old paint mare, Skippy. By then, Skippy had been at the ripe age of “not caring about this tiny human on my back, I will continue to eat grass as I please.” It did not take long for me to learn that horses can be incredibly stubborn, especially old ones, yet are difficult to not love anyways. My next riding teacher was Chuck, one of the kindest horses I have ever met and owns the most special part of my heart. He did whatever I asked him to do. Whether that was trot around some cones, play turn back horse at home, ride around in the warm-up arena, or plow through some weeds on a trail ride. Chuck took care of me and I thought of him as my best friend throughout my elementary years. He taught me something about horses that no one else was able to, horses will always be there. They will be there when I need a shoulder or in this case wither or furry neck to cry on. They will be there when I have good news or a secret that I simply must relay to someone. Most of all, they will be there whenever I feel the need to be surrounded by gentle souls. They are part of my past, nothing can replace the love that I have for horses that has been delicately created in my heart. After enough years of my parents subtly coaxing me to try cutting with them, I eventually took them up on their offer. Ever since my first show a couple years ago on my mother’s handsome gelding, Jerry Tucker, I have caught the “cutting bug.” Not necessarily for the sport itself but for these amazing cow ponies. Champagne Slippers, my dad’s old mare but my current mount, has taught me that much more about my love of the horse. Similar to Chuck, Slippers shows ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2016

me that horses are never going away. She has attached herself and the rest of the species to my heart every time I am with her. Resembling most horses, she wishes to be loved on and would hate to let me down. That is most likely the reason why Slippers has more heart, more try, more everything than any other horse I have met. She continues to teach me how to live humbly and keep going even when I fail (lose a cow). Instead of any single of my “human friends,” this mare is my true partner in crime and will take any opportunity she can, to show how I love these creatures. They are part of my present and should never disappear from that. Although I have not the slightest idea of what my future holds for me, I do know that no matter what, a horse or two (or many) will be involved. I have easily grown accustomed to my love affair with horses. They have seemingly accepted me into their hearts despite their true love of food. Life cannot be imagined without them. Horses have taught me how to be humble and use my heart. Every horse extensively entangled in my growing up, has left a lasting impact. Loving horses may be “très facile” to do; however, it can be hard to explain. Horses are part of me, whether that be my past, present, or future. All I truly know is that I will forever be with a horse.


Honorable Mention Allison C., Age 13, Delaware, OH Allison did an amazing job on a full color scrapbook that she sent to us. We enjoyed seeing her three minis, and loved all of the horsey artwork! Thank you Allison for your submission.

Other Entries In This Age Group: • Kaitlyn V., Age 15, New Boston, MI • Alexa W., Age 13, West Olive, MI Thank you Kaitlyn & Alexa for entering our contest!


Summer Writing Contest Winners 1ST PLACE ~ AGE GROUP 9-12 ~ $50 GIFT CARD


Ariena P., Age 11, Potterville, MI Riley B., Age 10, Potterville, MI You have no idea how many people ask me why I love horses, and I just say, why not? What is there not to love? Horses are that one part of my life that completes who I am and what I do for myself and others. Horses are that one thing that always makes me smile, and makes me feel good about myself! I love horses with all my heart! You get a strong and loving bond with an animal that is ten times your size. A horse has its own thoughts and emotions; you train them to ignore all their fears. Horses do as you ask out of respect and trust you create while working with them. It’s amazing how many different types of people bond with a 1,000 pound animal! It doesn’t matter what problem you may have; physical, mental or emotional, the horse bonds and has a special way of fixing what is broken. When I groom my horse, it calms me down. When I’m frustrated, I feel like everything melts away. With horses I’m at peace. I love horses most of all the animals, no matter what, they can be the best of friends with you. When you ride, you could start with nothing and end with everything. It just takes time and repetition. Horses are amazing animals that can communicate with you and spend time with you unlike any other animal on earth. I love the challenge of training. The bond, love, and surprises they all bring. Often, people say, I’m selling this horse because it’s not listening, or it is dumb. This is the lack of the human listening and creating a bond with an animal who is trying to tell you something. Even though horses make mistakes and sometimes don’t listen, I will never stop loving them, they are amazing and all are different! Horses have love in their hearts for the right person to bring out. People say I’m horse crazy...and I am! They are beautiful no matter what they look like. My favorite? That’s a beautiful horse running though the pasture flipping its head around ready to play. My horse is the best I could ask for. Ziggy is handsome, bold, strong, and loving. Not to mention the biggest baby! I love him!! Ask me why I love horses and I just say, why not? What is there not to love?

It all started May 2014 when I was eight. My dad was pulling a trailer behind our truck, at first all I saw was a little Falabella mare named Midnight. She was my brother’s however, I did not see my horse until the divider was removed. I screamed with delight as I led a grazing Charlie horse in our front yard. I could get on Charlie easily because he was a quarter horse pony and a gentle one at that! I could stand on his back and he wouldn’t budge an inch. I loved Charlie very, very, very much. I think one of my favorite memories was the first time I galloped Charlie. One of my scariest memories was when my brother was whipping a piece of twine. It really scared Charlie so, he took off while I was clinging on for dear life! I feared I might fall off, and in his hurry, Charlie might hurt me! When he came to a safe and complete stop I got off. My mom and dad had witnessed the whole thing and came out asking me if I was alright. Since they didn’t know my brother had started it all I told them he had and boy, did my brother get a scolding! After that day I knew that even startled Charlie was always careful with kids especially with me! One time when my brother and I were riding Charlie with our bareback pad then my brother moved, the pad slipped and we both ended up on the ground checking out the sky! I remember sitting with Charlie and both of us dreaming about riding away in the sunset together, I remember braiding his mane and tail, I remember brushing flies from his eyes, I remember so many things from 2 years ago when I had my beautiful Charlie horse. He was the Romeo to my Juliet, he was the moon to my star, he was the best to my friend. Have me in your heart old buddy. Thanks Charlie!

Other Entries In This Age Group: • Faith D., Age 10, Tawas, MI • Petra D., Age 11, Hudsonville, MI • Opal F., Age 9, Jackson, MI • Jessica L., Age 11, Portland, MI • Somer L., Age 11, Dryden, MI • Aubrey Y., Age 11, Van Buren, OH

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Summer Writing Contest Winners 1ST PLACE ~ AGE GROUP 6-8 ~ $30 GIFT CARD


Ryan F., Age 6, Dearborn Hts., MI Arianna N., Age 8, St. Johns, MI I love horses because they can go so fast. My horse is a old horse but still he is a fast horse. My favorite horse is named Beamer. He is a good horse and he listens to me. I have the most fun when I ride Beamer. I want to ride at the rodeo (Little Britches Rodeo) but Beamer doesn’t want to get on the trailer. So I ride my friend’s horse. Her name is Luna. Luna helps me to win ribbons but I still love Beamer more. I take care of Beamer. I brush him and give him healthy treats because I want Beamer to live a long long time. I love him so much and I think he loves me too. When I call his name, Beamer comes to me and he follows me even when I don’t have treats.

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Other Entries In This Age Group: • Emily A., Age 8, Brighton, MI • Morgan B., Age 8, Jonesville, MI • Madeline C., Age 8, Newaygo, MI • Natalie H., Age 7, Vassar, MI

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Hi my name is Ari and this is my story about how much I really love horses. I love being with horses. They don't just make me happy; horses to me are like a BFF and when I grow up I hope I love horses as much as I do now, or even more. I love horses because they are so cute. They have big eyes and when you dress them up they are adorable. I also like their shiny coat. You can see it in the morning. When you look at the horse it shines. I always love when they're playful and energetic, especially the foals. Sometimes they make me laugh when they roll around on the dirt. I know you might think this sounds weird, but I like the smell of horses, probably because I go around horses too much. I actually have a true story. So we were going to Mackinac, where only bikes and buggies were allowed, and no cars. My dad surprised me by going on a horse and buggy ride. (I even got to drive some). We went into the little shed so we could pay and when I looked in the trash I found a broken bridle. I asked if I could have it and my mom said ok. We asked the owners and they said yes. I have it still and I am never going to throw it away, EVER! Sometimes I open up the bag it is in and take a deep smell. I always say, "Aaah!" and it makes me smile. My mom says, "Close the bag! It smells disgusting!" I disagree. It is the most wonderful smell in the world. I love being with horses because when I'm with them I'm filled with joy and happiness. I used to go to horseback riding lessons. Any time I rode my horse Knickers and he jogged it always made me laugh because it was bumpy. Also at the horse lessons I always got to groom them and put the saddle on. It was really heavy. One thing I need to learn is to braid their mane and pick their hooves. I volunteered to clean stalls because I love it and I love being with horses. When I grow up I'm gonna have a horse. One time I tried to trick my mom and dad into getting a shetland pony in the house. It never worked. I'm also trying to save up for a horse. Any money that I get goes into my horse bank. And for a job, I'm gonna work at the Red Bucket just like in the movie Emma's Chance.

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She should be able to walk, trot and halt the horse at halter, back him up and disengage his hindquarters (make him cross his hind legs). All of these are examples of controlling the horse's space and when the horse does these things without question, he is respecting her leadership authority. Disengaging the hindquarters is really important both on the ground and mounted, because it forces the horse into a subordinate frame of mind. When his hind legs are crossed, his number one line of defense (flight) is taken away from him, so subconsciously he becomes more dependent. Your daughter must learn to only ask what she can enforce and ALWAYS enforce what she asked the horse to do. So for now, that probably means backing up and enforcing her control in areas where she can be successful. So often, I see people ask something of their horse, let's say to turn right, and the horse resists and refuses, so the rider caves in and lets the horse turn left. The rider thinks that she is winning because she got the horse where she wanted it by circling it all the way around to the left. But the horse sees it differently. He does not have the capability to realize that the rider got him where she wanted anyway. All the horse knows is that he didn't want to turn right, he wanted to go left and if he refuses, the rider will cave into his wishes. To us humans, these little battles seem unimportant, but to the horse, the littlest things have big meaning. Every time the horse gets his way, he scores a point and is further convinced in his mind that he is in charge. It sounds like your daughter's horse has scored a lot of points. What your daughter will have to understand and commit to is that she has a lot of points to score, before she pulls ahead. She needs to realize that the tiniest things count toward this score: the horse moving around at the hitching rail, not trotting on the lead line, the horse taking a step toward the person, the horse nudging the person with his head, taking one step off the rail in the arena, or not going when asked. The rider that is dominant and in control is the one that controls every movement the horse makes. The more she can make this horse yield to her, the more points she will score. But start small and build up to the big issues. If she can gain some respect from the ground, it may be a little easier for her. To address the specific problem in the arena, your daughter should look for the areas that she is still in control and focus on those and reward the horse when he responds. If the horse is balking, the issue is to get his feet moving. Usually the easiest way to do this is to turn him in a tight circle (this has the added advantage of disengaging the hindquarters). Be sure to reward him when he responds (even if he responds reluctantly) and immediately take control of the situation. How? As soon as she gets the horse to move, she should ask him to stop. Why? By doing this she has accomplished two things: she has rewarded his response by asking him to stop (which is what he wanted to do), but more importantly she has taken control by issuing a command and getting a response. It does not matter that the horse wanted to stop anyway, because he stopped on her request, not his. By successfully getting a response to a command, she puts the horse in a responsive frame of mind. So, she will get the horse to move (by turning a tight circle if she has to) and once the horse has taken a few steps, ask him to stop and reward him with a pat on the neck and leaving him alone for a few minutes, then ask again. Initially, when the horse had responded a few times, find a good stopping point and put him away. Gradually build on what she asks the horse to do.

Becoming The Leader By Julie Goodnight I love when kids are interested in riding. Most of the time the best horses for learning are the lazy and slow ones. Even if they are usually well-behaved, these horses can learn quickly that --when kids are aboard-- they don't have to stop, go, turn, or do much of anything. If youth riders want to move forward in the horse industry, they need to learn how to be in charge--even when they are learning the basics. Here's some advice to help your youth rider stop being frustrated, and start gaining control. Question: I need advice for my daughter and her horse. My daughter is 10 years old and very interested in riding. However she lacks confidence in riding. Her horse has come to figure this out. Cheyenne is a very sweet and gentle horse and a tab bit on the lazy side. I would like to find out information or suggestions on how to teach my daughter to win her horse's respect and have him respond to her commands. When she asks him to walk he refuses. He cocks his back leg and stands there no matter what she does. Also once she does get him to move he begins to pull her in the wrong direction and when she tries to bring him back he resists her. When I ride him he does perfectly. What can I do to help her? She is very frustrated and so am I. Answer: Horses are herd animals and the social structure within the herd is known as a "linear hierarchy." The definition of a linear hierarchy is that each individual in the herd is either subordinate to or dominant over every other individual in the herd. Since this is the only way that horses know to act, it is also how they relate to their human herd members. We need to think of the horse and its rider as a herd of two. So we have a choice, we can either be the dominant member (or the leader) or the subordinate member (the follower). There is no equality in a horse herd. Clearly, in the case of your daughter's horse, she is subordinate to the horse, while you are dominant over the horse. The horse has already made up his mind that this is the way it is and there have probably been countless little things that has lead the horse to this conclusion. So how do we change this? Well, I can think of a few options. Only your daughter will be able to step forward and take the leadership role with her horse. You riding the horse will not affect the relationship between horse and daughter, as clearly the horse does not question your authority. I do not recommend that your daughter take an aggressive approach (do this or else), because in the situation where the rider has a history of being subordinate, a challenge could prompt the horse to be fractious and start bucking or worse. Instead, your daughter needs to get inside the horse's mind and learn to control ALL of his actions. Becoming the Leader First, your daughter will need to make up her mind to resolve this situation and accept the fact that it may take some time. She will need to have an assertive, but patient attitude. I recommend that she address the issue of respect on the ground first. She needs to have a sense of awareness of her horse and she must take control of every move he makes. That means, when he is tied to the hitch rail, he should stand exactly where she told him to. If he steps sideways or back or forward, she should gently but firmly put his feet exactly back in the spot that she first asked him to stand. The horse should learn to respect her space and yield to it. Š2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2016



It is critical that once she has asked something of the horse that she insists upon his response. This does not mean that you kick or hit harder and harder, but that you continue to apply the aids until the horse responds. Sometimes children do not have the strength to keep legging the horse until he moves and the horse learns that the rider will get tired and give up before he does. If this is the case, she might need a stick or spurs. HOWEVER, use these artificial aids with caution because this could drive the dominant horse to more drastic and fractious responses. Whatever aids she is using to make the horse go (and it should be all of the aids), she should continue to apply them until the horse goes. Not necessarily harder and harder, but with persistence. Eventually, the horse will learn that the only way to make that annoying action go away is to move forward. Treats Versus Training A couple of more thoughts, if you or your daughter feed treats to this horse, stop immediately. Chances are, the horse has become demanding and rude and this has contributed to his dominance. When horses are subordinate (whether to you or another herd member), they will always yield to the space of the dominant individual. When people feed treats, the horse learns to move into the space of the person and thus you are yielding to his space, therefore he is dominant. Every treat that is fed, reinforces his dominance. And now having said that, I have one more thought that seemingly contradicts what I just said. There is a form of training called "clicker training" that is being used on horses although it was originally developed to train marine mammals. It uses a clicking device as reinforcement and the first step is to make the horse associate the clicker with positive reinforcement (grain). Then, just like in Pavlov's Response, every time the horse hears the clicker, he associates it with good thoughts (grain) and knows he is doing the right thing. I have seen this training method used specifically in the same situation that your daughter is in, with good success. So it might be worth looking into. You would have to do the clicker training and then would be able to use the clicker to control the horse's mind while your daughter is up. The clicker and grain reinforcer just gives the horse a different motivation for doing the right thing. My personal preference would be for your daughter to establish herself as the leader of their herd of two by doing the groundwork and gaining her horse's respect. But the clicker method might be worth looking into. There's an audio MP3 on my Academy site (http://tv.juliegoodnight.com) called Building Confidence with Horses. It gives a pre-ride meditation and some tips to help you look at horses in a new light. I hope that might help, too. Julie Goodnight, Clinician and Trainer, Horse Master with Julie Goodnight TV Host http://www.juliegoodnight.com Video Help for Youth Riders Need more help? In the Horse Master with Julie Goodnight episode, "Not Gonna Take It," Goodnight helps a youth rider, Abby, gain confidence and stop her horse, “Skippy,” from pulling the reins from her hands. Watch this video (plus many more educational videos, articles, podcasts, and more) by joining the Horse Master Academy. Go to http://horsetraininghelp.com to watch now. ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2016

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American Horse Council to Update National Economic Impact Study American Horse Council’s 2017 Horse Industry Directory Underway Directory to be produced in an interactive online format. The American Horse Council (AHC) is in the process of updating it’s annual Horse Industry Directory. New this year, they will be offering the Directory in an interactive online format, complete with active advertising, website and social media links, email addresses, and search ability. The Horse Industry Directory contains over 1,200 listings that include breed registries, trail organizations, show and sport organizations, racing organizations, equine veterinary schools, equine research organizations, equine welfare organizations, equine publications, and state sources of information such as state department of agriculture, state trail organizations, and state veterinarians. No other publication provides this depth of resources and contact information for the equine industry! Advertising opportunities are now available, and information can be found on the AHC website, or by contacting Ashley Furst at afurst@horsecouncil.org. Advertising in the annual directory is a great way for your equine business or product to be seen in front of every segment of the industry; over 1,000 Individuals and 150 Organizations representing every segment of the industry receive this Directory. For a limited time, we will be offering discounted advertising pricing, so be sure to act quickly and take advantage of these discounted prices and get your ad space secured! Advertising opportunities in the Directory are also included with certain levels of membership—not only would you be gaining great exposure for your business, but would be ensuring that the industry you work in has a voice in Washington, DC. Although the Directory will primarily be offered in an online format, we will be printing a VERY limited amount of hard

State Breakouts to be Included. The American Horse Council Foundation is seeking to update the Economic Impact Study of the Horse Industry in 2017. The 2005 Economic Impact Study documented the economic effects of the racing, showing, recreation and other segments of the horse industry. It established that the horse industry in all its segments, including racing, showing, and recreation, had a $39 billion effect on the US economy, involved more than 4 million Americans and 9.2 million horses, and supported 1.4 million fulltime jobs. The study also provided invaluable demographic data and insights into professions and other industries that are impacted by equine ownership. The study has proven to be extremely helpful to the industry’s efforts in Congress and state legislatures and in documenting its size and diversity to the public, press and media. The 2017 Study will include expanded demographic information to include the impact that youth involvement has on the industry, as well as a more in-depth of analysis of all segments of the industry—such as rescues, sanctuaries, and therapeutic riding centers. “The 1996 and 2005 studies gave insight to an industry that operates in every corner of the country and contributes greatly to the American economy and culture,” said Julie Broadway, President of the AHC. “We are looking forward to updating this information to continue to be able to educate not only Congress and state legislatures, but also the industry itself as well.” If you have any questions or would like to contribute to the update of the national study, you can make a tax-deductible contribution to the American Horse Council Foundation. Please email info@horse council.org or call the AHC at 202-296-4031 with any questions.




Cleveland’s Top Chefs Anticipate Another Sell Out! This Year’s Chefs Unbridled Unique tasting dinner benefit returns September 17, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Leading Cleveland restauranteurs Scott Kuhn and Chris Hodgson of Driftwood Restaurant Group are setting their sights on their next big event Chefs Unbridled. This top Cleveland-area benefit is slated for Saturday, Sept.17 at 6:00 p.m. to benefit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center. Kuhn and Hodgson bring along a winning slate of well-known, awardwinning chefs to prepare a seasonal tasting dinner for an anticipated sellout crowd of 600 guests at the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club Polo Field in Gates Mills. “This year we’ll be featuring a diverse lineup of many new chefs to our Chefs Unbridled roster as it’s always fun to bring new restaurant food and experiences to our guests,” said Kuhn, who along with Hodgson, has been supporting the event since its inception. The roster of talented chefs cooking at this year’s event includes: • Demetrios Atheneos of Bold Food and Drink (Cleveland) • Jim Blevins of Butcher and the Brewer (Cleveland) • Chad Bolar of Pesto’s Pizza & Wine Bar (Chandler, Arizona) – Private Guest Chef • Adam Bostwick of Graffiti: A Social Kitchen (Cleveland) • Chris Hodgson and Scott Kuhn of Driftwood Restaurant Group • Jimmy Linhart and Pablo César Montiel of Lemon Falls Café (Chagrin Falls) • Matt Mize of Mizestros (Brecksville) • John Owens of Market Rocky River & Wine Bar (RockyRiver/Cleveland) • Ian Thompson of Cedar Creek Grille (Beachwood) • Eric Williams of Momocho (Cleveland) Taking place under a decorated tent on the grounds of the prestigious Chagrin Valley Hunt Club Polo Field (7620 Old Mill Road), WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs Cleveland’s Top Chefs, continued guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers while sampling cuisine from various stations around the tent in addition to tasty treats from a food truck and the cupcake truck. New additions for the 2016 event include private vintner getaway packages (for 2 people) in Sonoma or Napa Valley, as well as an exclusive Kentucky Bourbon Trail getaway experience (for 2 or 4 people) and a wine pull raffle. The evening will also feature live music and horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the historic district of the village and a bourbon tasting with Tom’s Foolery. The event is Fieldstone Farm’s primary benefit to raise money for the Ridership Program to benefit riders with special needs. Fieldstone Farm serves students of all ages, including veterans, who face a variety of challenges, such as anxiety and PTSD, as well as people who have ADHD, blindness, depression, Down syndrome, injuries, multiple sclerosis, and neurological disorders, among other disabilities. Students work with the horses to overcome barriers and achieve goals such as independence, self-esteem, strength, and socialization. Serving more than 1,000 students each year, Fieldstone Farm is one of the largest centers of its kind in the country. Ticket prices begin at $140 and include a taxdeductible donation to Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center. Tables and sponsorship packages are also available. Reservations for Chefs Unbridled can be made before Sept. 1; however seating is limited and the event sells out quickly each year. For tickets and details, visit the website www.fieldstonefarmtrc.com or contact Maureen Foster at 440-708-0013, ext. 123 or mfoster@fieldstonefarmtrc.com. Sponsors are a key component in the success of Chefs Unbridled. Thanks to The Kuhn Family Foundation as the presenting sponsor of Chefs Unbridled in 2016. Additional lead sponsors include Elizabeth B. Juliano & Litigation Management, Inc., The Jim and Andrea Thome Family, Land Rover Solon/Jaguar Cleveland, Robert Kaplan Family Foundation, and The Wolf Family Foundation.

Julie Goodnight Announces 2017 Clinic Tour Dates

Early Bird Discounts Start NOW! Clinician and TV Host Julie Goodnight announces her 2017 Clinic Tour Schedule. Ride with Goodnight during a two-day clinic and get the help you and your horse need—tailored to your horse-training goals and riding experience. Sign up to ride now and get the best price on 2017 clinics—$100 off if you pay in full before October 31, 2016. http://JulieGoodnight.com/clinics In 2017, Goodnight travels to California, Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Colorado for 2-day clinics. Goodnight will also appear at expos and special events around the USA, so check her full appearance schedule often: http://JulieGoodnight. com/calendar. Clinics are fun and active, with a focus on bridging natural horsemanship techniques with the principles of classical riding. When you participate in a clinic, you'll ride and work on groundwork skills tailored to you and or your horse’s skill level—all to refine skills and to develop a better relationship with your horse. To register to ride or purchase spectator tickets visit: http://JulieGoodnight.com/ clinics or directly at http://Shopping.Julie Goodnight.com/Clinic-Sign-Up-to-RideClinic-Rider.htm. You may also call 800-2258827, Mon-Fri 9-5 MST, for friendly help. 2017 Clinics: • March 18-19, Lebec/Burbank, CA; Tejon Equestrian Center • March 25-26, Memphis, TN; Showplace Arena • May 6-7, New Caney/Houston, TX; Bull Sallas Park • May 20-21, Northampton, PA; Willow Brook Farms • June 3-4, Fort Collins, CO; Adams Atkinson Arena at Colorado State University Get The Best Deals on Clinics! Entire Magazine Online at: September/October 2016: Early Bird www.saddleupmag.com Special! This is the best deal of the year: ©2016 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • SEPTEMBER 2016 (35)

Save up to $100 when you book your spot to ride with Goodnight at her 2017 clinic locations before October 31, 2016. You'll save $50 on any clinic whether you pay to hold your riding spot with a deposit or pay in full. You'll save an additional $50 when you pay in full now through December 31, 2016! So if you book your spot and pay in full now; with that combo, you save $100 off the full clinic fee! No coupon code needed. The price adjustments will show in the cart as soon as you reserve your spot. November 2016: Sign up to ride and receive two weekend passes for free! That means two friends can come watch you ride in the clinic! Plus, the deal continues to save $50 when you pay in full before Dec. 31, 2016! December 2016: Get a free streaming video version of any one of Goodnight's training DVDs when you reserve your riding spot in any of the 2017 clinics! That's a $39.95 value! Plus, the deal continues to save $50 when you pay in full before Dec. 31, 2016! *Offers may not be combined. No discounts on past purchases. Goodnight is proud to recommend Myler Bits, Cosequin, Circle Y Saddles, Redmond Equine, Spalding Fly Predators, Bucas Blankets and Millcreek Manure Spreaders. Goodnight is the spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association. Explore her online library and many training videos at http://tv.JulieGoodnight.com; be sure to sign up for the free monthly training news with the “Free Access” link at http://julie goodnight.com and please subscribe to the free Youtube channel at http://YouTube. com/JulieGoodnight.

Ohio State Fair Scholarship Winners Announced! In an effort to recognize outstanding Ohio youth and to help those interested in furthering their education, the Ohio Expositions Commission has established a scholarship program. The purpose of these scholarships is to assist high school juniors WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs Ohio State Fair Scholarships, cont. and seniors (2015-2016) and graduates who are continuing their education at an accredited institution in an undergraduate course of study in any field. Recipients were judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation, and financial need. The recipients are listed below and will be recognized at the Sale of Champions unless otherwise noted. Governor James A. Rhodes Endowment $1,500 • Collin Berg, Bellville • Morgan Kessler, Ostrander Ohio Expositions Commissioner’s Endowment - $1,000 • Meghann Winters, Old Washington Ohio Expositions Commission Chair’s Endowment - $1,000 • Kaci Way, West Salem Governor’s Scholarship - $1,000 • Cole Krawczyk, Richwood Nationwide - $1,000 • Marlee Stollar, Marietta Beef Exhibitor - $1,000 (3 awards) • Kady Davis, Carrollton • Taylor Lutz, Bucyrus • Desirae Logsdon, Amanda Swine Exhibitor - $1,000 (3 awards) • Mason Creager, Wauseon • Tyler Ryan, Hillsboro • Micah Smock, Jackson Center Sheep Exhibitor - $1,000 (3 awards) • Jacob Wenner, Lewis Center • Milan Pozderac, Mount Vernon • Charlee Prushing, Circleville Poultry Exhibitor - $1,000 (2 awards) • Kaci Carter, Cadiz • Aryn Copeland, Nevada Dairy Cattle Exhibitor - $1,000 (2 awards) • Paul Pond, Woodstock • Kate McGovern, Jeromesville Boer Goat Exhibitor - $1,000 (2 awards) • Andrew Davis, Wilmington • Cameran Reveal, Wilmington Rabbit Exhibitor - $1,000 (1 award) • Adam Seeman, Liberty Township Dog Exhibitor - $1,000 (1 award) • Amanda Morgan, Columbus Horse Exhibitor - $1,000 (2 awards) • Amber Stechschutle, Columbus Grove • Lauren Nissen, Perrysburg

Exhibits & Activities Exhibitor - $1,000 (3 awards) • Rhiannon Ferkins, Dola • Mackenzie Lange, Commercial Point • Kelley Deatherage, Clarksville Hall of Fame Non-Livestock Scholarship $750 –awarded at Hall of Fame Luncheon • Amy Caughenbaugh, New Carlisle • Riley Evans, Washington Courthouse • Madison Wones, Springfield The Band & Choir Scholarship Endowment $500 • Anthony Jacobs, Lewisburg All-Ohio State Fair Band • Derek Snider, Lima All-Ohio State Fair Choir Junior Fair Board Scholarship Endowment $500 • Sarah Landis, Farmersville • Emily Starlin, Logan Girl Scouts of America Scholarship $1,000 –awarded at Hall of Fame Luncheon • Caitlin DeLong, Dunkirk For more information, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR. On the Web, visit us at ohiostatefair.com. The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With a spectacular midway, big-name entertainment, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior fair shows in the nation.

Operation Gelding Receives Grant from AAEP Foundation to Expand Program $10,000 toward $50,000 goal to geld 500 horses. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation has awarded the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) a grant of $10,000 to support expansion of the Operation Gelding program. Operation Gelding provides funds and materials to help groups nationwide organize



low-and no-cost clinics for owners who might not otherwise be able to afford to have their stallions castrated by a certified veterinarian. “By gelding a stallion, the UHC aims to prevent unintentional and overbreeding, thereby reducing the number of unwanted foals,” says Dr. Doug Corey, UHC Chairman. “Castration will produce a calmer horse that is more ridable, trainable, salable, and adoptable, which means he will have a better chance of living a long life as a ‘wanted’ horse in a second or third career.” The UHC approved an expansion of the program this past June, which will increase funding from $50 to $100 per horse gelded and offer a voucher option to help those with transportation or other issues. These changes will go into effect January 1, 2017; however, funding is still available for clinics in 2016. “Not only do we plan to offer double funding to hosts clinics, but we want to double the number of horses gelded last year; a lofty goal indeed,” shares UHC Director, Jennifer Purcell. “Funding for Operation Gelding comes solely from donations and grants like this one from the AAEP Foundation. We are grateful for AAEP’s continued support of the UHC’s programs. They were one of the founding members of the Coalition eleven years ago, and remain actively involved today.” Since its inception in 2010, Operation Gelding has supported 107 clinics in 29 states, resulting in the castration of 1348 stallions, and the reduction of many more unwanted foals. To help the UHC prevent horses from becoming unwanted, consider supporting the Operation Gelding program by hosting a clinic in your area or sending a tax-deductible contribution to the American Horse Council Foundation. Contact Jennifer Purcell at jpurcell@horsecouncil.org or visit the UHC website at www.unwantedhorsecoa lition.org to learn more.

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US Pony Club News Pony Club members used their horsemanship skills to ride their way to the medal podium at the Adequan/FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC), July 21-25, 2016 at the Colorado Horse Park. Pony Club by the numbers at NAJYRC: 43 NAJYRC participants have a Pony Club connection 7 Eventing Young Riders with a Pony Club connection were on the medal podium for the CICY2* 1 Current Pony Club member shared Team Gold in the CICY2* 5 Eventing Junior Riders with a Pony Club connection were on the medal podium for the CH-J* 1 Current Pony Club member shared Team Silver in the Eventing CH-J* 2 Current Pony Club members finished in the top 4 in Eventing CICY2* & CH-J* 4 Dressage Young Riders with a Pony Club connection were on the medal podium for the CH-YR 1 Current Pony Club member swept the Dressage Young Rider Team & Individual Gold Medals 3 Dressage Junior Riders with a Pony Club connection were on the medal podium for the CH-J 2 Current Pony Club members shared Team Bronze in the Dressage CH-J Competing in her third Championships, Madeline Backus member of Hunter Hills Pony Club took home Team Gold in the CICY2* with P.S. Arianna for Area V/IX combined team; her fellow teammates (Clara Cargile and Alyssa Phillips) also have a background in Pony Club. “I can’t thank everyone enough for being a part of my journey and helping me achieve my goals. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of the friends, family, coaches, mentors, and sponsors who have cheered me on throughout the ups and downs this sport knows well. Being on the 2016 NAJYRC 2* gold medal team was an unforgettable experience, and it is always a special feeling when you reach your goals.

My horse P.S. Arianna and I have grown up together, starting at Beginner Novice and completing our lower level Pony Club Certification. Last year, we completed our first Advanced and CIC3*, as well as achieved my A level Pony Club Certification. Pony Club gave me a great base of knowledge that has helped me be the best equestrian I can be, and I strongly believe that I wouldn't have been able to accomplish what I have without it. Pony Club not only helped me with leadership, sportsmanship, and horsemanship skills, but it also taught me from a very early age what it was like to be a part of a team and always put the care of our horses first. The knowledge that I learned through the USPC helped me greatly as I continue on as an equestrian. Never give up on your dreams and keep working hard. It will pay off in the end, and is worth every moment.” Backus said about the experience. For the Juniors it was current Pony Club member Mikensey Johansen that helped Area III win Team Silver in the CH-J*. Nicholas Hansen in his last eligible year for the FEI Championships rode Ritter Benno to a clean sweep of the Dressage Young Rider medals, winning Team, Individual and Freestyle Gold. Claiming the top performances in the three FEI Young Rider Dressage tests, Hansen was awarded the USDF Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy. Below is a list of the top competitors who are current and previous members of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. and share a connection with this largest equine youth organization in the world. RIDER DISCIPLINE and MEDAL PONY CLUB and CERTIFICATION • Kayla Kadlubek* Dressage, Junior Team Bronze C-3, Difficult Run Pony Club • Allison Nemeth* Dressage, Junior Team Bronze C-1, Amwell Valley Hounds Pony Club • Nicholas Hansen* Dressage, Young Rider Team, Individual & Freestyle Golds A, Keystone Pony Club • Mallory Chambers Dressage, Young Rider Team Gold C-2, Spring Valley Hounds Pony Club • Codi Harrison Dressage, Young Rider Team Bronze D-2, Meadowlark Pony Club • Lexy Donaldson Dressage, Young Rider



Team Bronze & Individual Bronze Great Lakes Region • Cara Fragomeni Dressage, Junior Team Silver Lead Hound Pony Club • Haley Rosenberg Eventing, Junior Individual Silver C-1, Honey Hollow Pony Club • MiKensey Johansen* Eventing, Junior Team Silver C-2, Midland Foxhounds Pony Club • Haley Curry Eventing, Junior Team Silver C-2, Saddle Up Pony Club • Parker Miller Eventing, Junior Team Silver Pinchona Pony Club • Zoe Crawford* Eventing, Young Rider Team & Individual 4th place H-B/C-2, Norfolk Hunt Pony Club • Clara Cargile Eventing, Young Rider Team Gold C-1, In Stride Pony Club • Madeline Backus* Eventing, Young Rider Team Gold A, Hunter Hill Pony Club • Alyssa Phillips Eventing, Young Rider Team Gold C-2, Trinity Hills II Pony Club • Delaney Vaden Eventing, Junior Team Bronze C-2, Northern Mines Pony Club • Josey Thompson Eventing, Young Rider Team Bronze C-2, Flint Hills Pony Club • Woods Baughman Eventing, Young Rider Team Bronze C+, Keeneland Pony Club • Margaret Ragan Eventing, Young Rider Team Bronze C-2, Covered Bridge Pony Club • Alexandra Baugh* Eventing, Junior Individual 4th place C-1, Keeneland Pony Club * Current Pony Club members When known, Pony Clubs and highest certifications attained have been listed. If you know of a Pony Club connection that is not listed here, or if we have inaccurate information, please let us know at adver tising@ponyclub.org. About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Traditional members WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs US Pony Club News, continued range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

Nicholas Hansen Awarded Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce that Region 1 Young Rider Nicholas Hansen, of Catawissa, PA, and his fifteen-year-old, Westfalen gelding, Ritter Benno, were awarded this year’s Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy. This trophy, which is on permanent display in the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, is awarded to the Young Rider who earns the highest combined average score in

the three dressage tests: FEI Young Rider Team, Individual, and Freestyle. Nicholas was the highest scoring competitor in the team test, individual test, and the freestyle test at this year’s USDF North American Junior & Young Rider Dressage Championships at the Adequan®/FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North. Hansen secured the win of the Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy in the FEI Young Rider Division with an overall combined average of 72.297%. He earned a 72.263% in the Team Test, a 72.502% in the Individual Test, and a 72.125% in the Freestyle Test. The “Pursuit of Excellence” is the legacy Fiona Baan left to all the FEI Young Riders, and indeed to everyone who ever knew or worked with her. For nearly 30 years, Ms. Baan worked tirelessly with great dedication to the United States Equestrian Team (USET). She was U.S. Dressage Team Leader for the 1976 Olympics, in which the U.S. won the Bronze Medal, the 1987 Pan Am Games,

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Horse Association & Club News AMERICAN SADDLEBRED HORSE ASSOCIATION OF MI The American Saddlebred Horse Association of Michigan (ASHAM) is pleased to announce well known American Saddlebred trainer, A.J. Bruwer, will be judging the 2016 American Saddlebred Horse Association of Michigan Fall Charity Horse Show, October 6-8, 2016. In making the announcement, ASHAM officials noted the show will be held at the MSU Livestock Pavilion, a heated, indoor facility in East Lansing, Michigan. Bruwer, a Kentucky-based trainer, will be judging exhibitors from across the American Midwest and Canada. The show will offer breed classes for Saddlebreds, Morgans and Hackneys. A full morning of Academy Classes and the UPHA Exceptional Challenge Cup classes are planned for Saturday. There are plenty of open “Challenge Of The Breed” (COTB) as well as “fun” classes and other activities, including Jr. Judging and Exhibitor Parties. Since becoming a charity horse show in 2012, ASHAM has donated thousands of dollars to local charities. The current charity is O.A.T.S. (Offering Alternative Therapy with Smiles). The organization works to promote the health, well-being and happiness of disabled individuals through horseback riding and related activities. O.A.T.S. staff and volunteers bring many riders and horses to the ASHAM show to participate in the UPHA Exceptional Rider Challenge Cup Classes. These classes have served as a great warm-up for past riders, who have gone on to capture National Championship and Reserve Championship titles at the UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show held each November in Kansas City, MO. The ASHAM Fall Charity Show rightfully earned the title of United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Chapter 20 Honor Show for the last 4 years. The title was earned in large part thanks to the efforts of show staff, who work tirelessly to accommodate and help exhibitors. ASHAM is offering for the first time an added incentive for new exhibitors. Any stable attending the ASHAM show for the first time will receive one free stall with a minimum of three horses. Spectators are always welcome. Local 4H

clubs, Jr Judging teams and Equestrian teams are encouraged to attend and experience something new. ASHAM show organizers note that East Lansing offers plenty of hotels, restaurants, pubs and golf courses nearby to the show facility. Further information and show schedule, updates can be found on Facebook, www. asham.org or contacting the show secretary Sara Ressler via email saressler@aol.com or calling 248.922.0148.

BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Last month we reflected on the fact that the weather has been the lead paragraph of this column for some time, and it would be great to report that “the weather has been fine lately – not too hot, just enough rain, etc.” Sorry, can't do that. As with most of the nation, southeast Michigan has been in the grip of a heat wave with high humidity. Unlike other portions of the country which have been inundated with rain, we and our horses have had to suffer through neardraught conditions. Not only have we had to pick our times to hit the trails, often trying to get out early in the morning if our schedules allow, but we've also been dealing with swarms of bugs. Those pests seem to thrive in this weather! Even when our horses are being kept in the pasture, we have to make sure they have their fly masks on, have been sprayed with bug repellant, have access to shade, and have an adequate supply of water. Nevertheless, BTRA was able to hold its annual Picnic and Ride on August 6th and thankfully, the temperature and humidity were tolerable. We had a good turnout of members and guests and the first item on the agenda was the trail ride. Most of the folks were out for well over two hours and when they returned to the staging area, they reported that the ride had been pleasant and that the bugs had taken mercy on them. The event organizers, led by Rose Clark, stuck around the staging area and prepared for the cookout. Rose had purchased the food and beverages that were being supplied by our organization and most of the participants brought side dishes, which were kept on ice. Icy cold water and other beverages were in good supply and by the end of the day, that supply was pretty much depleted.



The big event for September is the annual Poker Ride. This is always popular and typically has been held in October, but this year we decided to mix things up a bit, and will hold our Brighton to Pinckney Ride that month (more on that later). Also in September is the 4-H Grand Equestrian Ride-AThon, which is a fundraiser for a therapeutic riding program. This is another event which is not directly hosted by BTRA, but receives our enthusiastic support. We welcome other organizations which are trail-ride oriented to take advantage of all that Brighton has to offer throughout the year. Like all trail riding organizations that identify with Michigan DNR recreation areas and parks, BTRA has a history of working with the DNR staff who manage the Brighton Recreation Area. Last year one of the park rangers at Brighton was designated as the liaison to our organization. In practice he had been the person we worked with in addition to the DNR unit supervisor, but this assignment made our relationship a bit more official. We found him to be dedicated to this role and we jointly embarked on several projects, with even more in the pipeline. Then he was re-assigned to another position which led to his departure from Brighton. Nevertheless, he exemplified how the DNR and a Friends Group like BTRA can work together with shared goals and a spirit of trust and cooperation. Remember, no matter what Mother Nature has on her mind, the equestrian trails at Brighton are waiting for you. Pick a good time and come visit us. You're also invited to visit our website at: www.brightontrail riders.net and to get an idea of what's going on day to day, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/brighto ntrailriders/ Mark Delaney, BTRA President

FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS Hello Trail Riders! September is here and our Annual Fall Equestrian Camp Out is just around the corner on September 15-18th. Everyone is invited to come and camp at the beautiful Whitford Lake event area for 4 days or whatever fits into their schedules. This is the last camp out for the year, so come and meet old and new friends and explore miles of trails that cross creeks, lake vistas, prairie WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS, cont. sections, cool woods and pines to see the Fort Custer horse trails. Dedicated members have groomed the trails all summer to keep the bugs and vegetation back for worry-free rides. New signage will be appreciated by new riders navigating the 20 plus miles of trails for the first time. Our camp area has picket poles, an outhouse, manure disposal, community fire pits and water for your horses. Breakfast will be pancakes bright and early Saturday and Sunday mornings. A potluck on Sat. for supper will provide pulled pork and delicious dishes from campers. After eating too much, join in for the auction fundraiser with our DarylAnn as auctioneer. It's full of laughter and fierce bidding for donated items. September promises cool rides, fall colors, no bugs, so don't miss this event. Our cart trail will be open for any who wish to bring their driving ponies and horses too! Even though it's a "fundraiser", the cost for all 4 days for members is just $45, (nonmembers $60). If only a day or two work for you, the cost is less. This is less than State Park fees and you get all the perks! Reservations are suggested. Please call Toni Hess @ 269-781-9688 to get your spot! Hopefully all riders are enjoying the trails daily from the trail head staging area. The new pavilion is up for lunching under with a grill to cook over. Our new kiosk has current news posted-check it out! The pull in-pull out parking makes it easy for any size rig and any driver ability. The new manure pit makes it easy to clean up after your horses and leave the staging area clean. Water and outhouse are on site also. If you have any questions, trail issues, etc. please call Nancy @ 269-967-3613 or go to our website www.fchfa.org. See you on the trails and thanks for everyone's support! Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary GREAT LAKES DISTANCE RIDING What is the difference between Competitive Trail (CTR) and Limited Distance (LD)/ Endurance? In CTR, the riders cover a specified distance in a given time. Ride times are at the ride manager's discretion with 25 miles in 4.14 hours, including a 40min vet hold, being the minimum allowed time. CTR's require a rider

to maintain a maximum pace of 5.5-7 mph on the trail. Every horse/rider team starts out with 400 points which is a perfect score and points are deducted from there based on comparisons to the pre-ride observations of fatigue, lesions & muscle soreness. Ride time, lameness, pulse, and respiration are judged against a set scale. The goal is to cross the finish line at exactly the specified time, there is a 10 minute safe window where no points will be deducted and a completion is given up to one hour past the specified time. LD rides are between 25-35 miles. Endurance rides are those of 50+ miles per day. Total completion time per day (including vet checks) for 25 miles is 6 hours, for 50 miles is 12 hours, and for 100 miles is 24 hours. The LD winner and subsequent placings are determined by the horse that pulses down to 60 bpm the fastest while also being sound at the trot. Endurance ride placings are based on the order of finish of horses that meet the completion criteria for soundness and pulse rate which are set per the vet's requirements for that ride day and who are thus deemed fit to continue. Before any horse starts a CTR, LD or Endurance ride, they are required to pass a pre-ride vet check for soundness. During the rides there are mandatory vet checks where horses are deemed fit to continue or not based on soundness and pulsing down within a set time. In the sport, every precaution is taken to keep the horses safe and healthy. Our ride season has started and continues on with four rides in September. The first is the White River Fall ride in Hesperia, MI where you will ride in the wonderful freshness of spring in the Manistee Forest. Choose your ride from distances of 25, 30, 50, 55 and 75 miles. After that, catch us in the U.P. at the Keweenaw Ride with distances of 25, 50 and an 8-15 mile fun ride. Next up is Tin Cup Springs in Luther, MI, go ride beautiful two tracks with distances of 25 and 50 miles offered. And then back to the U.P. for the absolutely gorgeous Pine Marten ride with distances of 25 and 50 miles offered. October 15-16 is our last ride of the season, held on the west side of the state at Silver Creek in Hamilton. Rides of 15, 25, 30 and 50 miles are offered at this very beginner friendly ride through winding trails surroun-



ded by oak trees changing color with the fall! There is still plenty of time to join us in 2016, see you there! The GLDRA ride season has rides all over Michigan, from Marquette to Brighton, and even includes a multi-day ride on the historic Shore to Shore trail. So check us out today, www.gldrami.org, and get ready to experience the trails in a whole new way!

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. HTRA 2nd Equine Only Campout - September 9th-11th, 2016. Our final equine only campout for 2016 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 by email at: atpar72@gmail.com or call (810) 423-2148. Event details are on our website at Highland trailriders.com or catch us on Facebook. Hope to see you there! HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Hungerford Trail Riders Association will have our Fall Workbee on Saturday, September 24th @ 10am; meet at the Hungerford Main Campground. The Year End Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd - @ 1pm at Norwich Township Hall, 7213 North Cypress Road, Big Rapids, MI. The HTRA membership continues to grow and we want to celebrate your trail experience with you. The next time you trail ride or camp at Hungerford with your family and friends, post pictures on our FB page or email us at: hungerfordtrailriders@gmail.com. Remember: Hungerford Campground Season closes October 15th. This means that the group campground, main campground, and the out bathrooms at the day use areas will be closed. Day Use Parking at both areas will remain accessible; but the bathrooms will be closed. Please note that Trail #15 has very muddy spots trail. We recommend that you avoid that trail until WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS, cont. further notice. USFS is working on repairing the trail due to hazardous riding condition caused by deep mud. The Trail Derby Competition is ending October 15th. Members are asked to log their trail miles at Hungerford each month to become eligible for prizes at the end of the season. The Derby log sheet can be downloaded from the HTRA website or request a form by emailing hungerfordtrailriders@gmail.com. Grab a friend and continue racking up the miles until the deadline!! We would also like non-members to share their trail miles with us by completing the Derby Log Sheet. Invite your friends and family out to ride Hungerford trails with you next week, next month, and even holiday weekends. Don't keep Hungerford a secret, tell them how much you enjoy the trails. There are many reasons riders should explore Hungerford trail system; but here are just a few. Options for overnight camping, day parking area, a group campground, and easy marked trails. The group campground has (8) camp sites and each campsite is large enough for a horse trailer/camper, (2) vehicles and (8) people; includes a fire pit and out-bathroom. Advanced reservations for the group campground is required and reservations are made online at www.recreation.gov (type in Hungerford Equestrian Group Camp) in the search box and you can check available dates. The cost per night is $75. Please visit the HTRA website at: www. hungerfordtrailriders.org to view association information or send an email to: (hungerford trailriders@gmail.com) if you have questions; or 'like' our Facebook page by searching, 'Hungerford Trail Riders Association'. ~ Happy Trails!! HTRA Executive Board President, Mike Simcoe Vice President, Joan Balk Secretary, Karen GreenBay Treasurer, Marcie Law Trustee, Greg Hotelling IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOC. Ionia Horse Trails Association's annual election of half the board was held Saturday, August 6 at 6:30 pm. Four incumbents chose to run again, and were re-elected: Robbin Stout, Chris Osmolinski, Ingrid Humphreys,

and Kristie Walls. Lea Burger was nominated from the floor, and elected. Welcome back to our board, Lea! We look forward to working with you to better our park. A special thanks goes out to exiting board member Ron Walker. Ron has worked very hard for our park while having concurrent responsibilities as president of Yankee Springs Trail Riders Association, and a director of Back Country Horsemen of Michigan. Ionia Horse Trail Association is working hard together with our new park supervisor, Trevor McGinn, to increase equine usage at Ionia State Recreation Area. To support this goal, IHTA is hosting a Pulled Pork Feast on Saturday of Labor Day weekend - that's September 3rd. You will be able to track the aroma to site 138 in the equine campground, and we will serve the pork at 3:00 pm. This will be a potluck, and we will request donations to cover the pork cost and support the horse trails and campground. We will be in the campground with a 50/50 drawing and a poker ride beginning at 10:00 am. Please check back to our Facebook page Ionia Horse Trails as well as our website www.ionia horsetrailsassociation.org for additional details soon. Our traditional late summer/early fall activities continue again this year. We will help celebrate the DNR Harvest Fest September 23-25, with most of our activities happening on Saturday the 24th. We will have a kids craft time Friday evening. On Saturday we'll have a 50/50 drawing, poker ride, horse and rider costume contest, and apple bobbing for your horse. **News Flash** Ionia's Park Staff and IHTA are hosting a Barn Dance on Saturday night! We sure hope you will join us camping, riding, and having FUN!! Just a reminder: The Annual Chili Cookoff is a week earlier than normal this year. We are hoping for a bit warmer weather by scheduling a bit sooner. October 7-9 is the weekend, and our events will take place starting at 10:00 am on Saturday, culminating in the Chili Contest in the late afternoon. If we get a good response to the Barn Dance on 9/24, we may do it again on 10/8. Again, please check our Facebook page and website periodically for updates. Happy Trails, Kristie Walls, IHTA President



KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. & PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Proudly sponsor a CIRCLE RIDE, Sunday, September 25, 2016. Registration Begins: 9:30 AM. Ride Begins at 11:00 AM, $15 per rider. Register at either Proud Lake Staging Area or Kensington Staging Area. Lunch at both staging areas—please bring a dish to share. Proceeds benefit the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition. Coming up on September 23-25 is a special KTRA camping weekend. This campout is in conjunction with the Circle Ride on Sunday, September 25, jointly sponsored by KTRA and the Proud Lake Trail Riders Association. As usual, we will have a lunch at both staging areas for riders. Last year our combined ride raised over $1,200 for the Hay Bank. This year we are asking that you come out again and help us help the horse community in Michigan. On Friday night we will have a bonfire and on Saturday we will have a pot luck dinner ($5.00 per person) with entertainment. Please see our website (www.kensingtontrailriders.org) and Facebook pages for details or contact Kristina Morrison at kristinaranier@ gmail.com. Hope to see you there! Thank you to everyone who came out for our Appreciation Day Ride and Picnic on Saturday, August 13. We began the morning with a meet and ride followed by a picnic lunch of sub sandwiches, chips and water. A special thank you to those folks who brought side dishes. The KTRA will also be participating in the December Novi Expo. We already have our table and we are looking for volunteers to man it. Please contact Deanna for more information at dshagency@aol.com See you on the trails! MAYBURY STATE PARK TRAIL RIDERS We are well into August now and lucky for us it seems the long HOT summer dry spell seems to have come to an end, thank goodness! The crunchy grass has turned green and fluffy again. I can tell you my herd is happy. The bugs in Maybury have calmed down and this girl and my trusty steed Star, had a fine cool and refreshing ride today. Looking forward to more of this fine weather. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News MAYBURY TRAIL RIDERS, cont. Maybury has a good 10 miles of well groomed trails, free of rocks and the terrain is easy, good for beginners and lots of spots for a lunch stop. There are some beautiful stands of woods of different kinds and there are some beautiful open fields. The deer are pretty tame and can be seen all over. If you haven't experienced Maybury yet, put it on your list, in fact we've got a wonderful event planned for Saturday, October 1st. The weather should be perfect and the colors ought to be just getting rolling, come on out for a wonderful ride in your Beautiful Urban Gem! The only one like it in all of Michigan! I promise we will show you a good time! EVENT DATES APPROVED FOR 2016 Saturday, October 1st, 4:00 till 8:00 - Find a Word in the Woods Ride & Potluck and Campfire to follow $5 Donation. Remember, there is NO hunting in Maybury State Park. Details to follow at later date. Please come join us to see the new improvements along with the already wonderful and well maintained miles of trails of your Maybury State Park. Located in Northville, Southeast, MI. Staging area is at: 20145 Beck Rd. just South of 8 Mile Rd. Recreational Passport is necessary. Like and follow us on Facebook at: Maybury Park Trail Riders Association or online at: www.mayburytrailriders.org MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE MOUNTED ORIENTEERING The Honey Bee CMO at Yankee Springs was a great success. Trudy Reurink and Luann Huizinga did a great job as always setting up this three day ride. Friday was a little warm but the course was fun as we searched for the little honey bees fastened to a clue at every station. All riders received a perfect size jar of honey for participating in the ride. Luckily the weather cooled down for Saturday and Sunday to make the ride even that much more fun. The long course competition each of the three days was won by Turn and Burn. Lil Buckaroos took the short course honors on Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday Vicki Horsley and Gloria Hewson had the quickest time. Unfortunately we have to wait until the first weekend in October for our next ride. I

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MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER ASSOC. The upcoming MFTHBA National Trail Ride is Oct. 1-9 with the MI Trail Riders Association. You must quickly become a member of the MTRA at least one month before the ride in order to participate. Ride and camp from Goose Creek to Cadillac, MI thru some of the best country Northern Michigan has to offer! Earn a point on this ride toward your MFTHBA buckle by enrolling in the Fox Trot America program via www.mfthba.com The Novi Equestrian expo is coming up Dec.2-4 at the Suburban Collection Showplace located on Grand River Ave. in Novi, MI. We are considering having a booth there with an MFT to display, too. Are you interested in demoing YOUR horse there? Please come to our next meeting, 11AM September 24th at the Italian Oven Restaurant in Mount Pleasant, MI and discuss with us why your horse should be presented there. We will share with you about the stabling arrangements. Meanwhile, if any of you need help with showing or training your MFTs, please don't hesitate to contact Char Ostrom (517-541-



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PONTIAC LAKE HORSEMAN’S ASSOC. September is always an awesomely active month for horse trail events. September's usually superior weather and break through fall foliage color change surrounds us, plus the bugs seem to fade and disappear and finally stop pestering us and our horses. Our 16th annual Tour the Trails weekend campout is September 16th-18th. The horseman's campground is preregistered and already full and there is a waiting list, but you are always welcome to join us for the day or just the activity, if you would like. You don't have to be a member to come have fun and we always have plenty of parking. Friday the 16th has a Cowboy Chili supper at 6 PM that is followed up by a campfire and Full Harvest Moonlight ride with Trail boss Rich Sulla and his son Kyler. Saturday the 17th brings a full day of activities starting at 8 AM with our pancake breakfast. Poker Rider's registration starts at 10 AM and is $5.00 per hand played. We have lots of prizes for riders, a 50/50 raffle and some pretty spectacular PLHA merchandise on sale. You can ride the west side trails while looking for ribbon's and find a hotdog lunch served up on the trail by PLHA crew from 12 to 2 PM and we also serve up dogs in camp for those who just want to hang out. We end the festivities with a Pot Luck dinner at 6 PM and acoustic entertainment around the campfire, so if you decide to stay for dinner, please remember to bring a dish to pass. It is $5.00 per day for the whole day for food or $15.00 for the weekend. Sunday morning starts with the cheery PLHA crew at 8 AM with a pancake breakfast and fresh hot coffee and then you can head out to ride the magnificent trails at Pontiac Lake on your own. We always look forward to seeing you on the trails at Pontiac Lake and appreciate all the support you have given to our organization, the PLRA trails and horseman's campground. If you would like more information about the Pontiac Lake Horseman's events or the organization please email us at plhanews@ gmail.com or check out our webpage at www.plha.info or LIKE us on Facebook! Thank you so much for your support and happy trail riding! Caryn Robinson, PLHA

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PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Hello – Hoping everyone is getting in a lot of riding days with our beautiful weather. Our next ride is one that is very dear to us. It is our charity ride that we co-host with the Kensington Trail Riders Association. On Sunday, September 25th both riding groups will be hosting the Circle Ride. This ride consists of riding the loop between the Proud Lake staging area and the Kensington staging area. The loop is a beautiful 11 mile ride. Some of the proceeds will go to a local horse charity. This ride draws a lot of people and it is a great time to catch up with people you do not get to often see or ride with. Both staging areas will have plenty of parking. Lunch will be served at both staging areas. Proud Lake is offering camping on Friday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 24th. The cost will be $15 and will include lunch. Registration will begin at 10am. Please visit our website at Proudlake trailriders.org or our Facebook page for more information as we get closer to the event. If you would like to be a part of our email list, you can get all of the latest details about our events by contacting Nancy Efrusy at Efrusy @yahoo.com and I will be more than happy to add you. The most exciting news of all is the addition of our new pavilion in the staging area. Please come by and check it out. We hope to see everyone soon and enjoy the beautiful weather on the trails! RANCH HORSE ASSOCIATION OF MI RHAM's Great Lakes Circuit has had a great summer that we are looking forward to concluding with our next show. Versatility standings as well as high point saddle standings are current on our website at www.miranchhorse.com - way to go all! The next show will be September 9th-10th with judges Curt Summers, Tony Kennedy, Stephanie McConnell, and Robin Gollehon. Our showbill, entry forms, and other helpful documents are located on our website at www.miranchhorse.com. If you've not tried RHAM yet, please come out and see what we are all about. ARHA has expanded registration to include appendix, POA, and mustang horses so this could be a great time for you to start showing your horse. See ARHA online at: www.american WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News RANCH HORSE ASSOC. OF MI, cont. ranchhorse.net for full registration rules. Also, if you are interested in advertising feel free to contact us. See you at the shows! SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS Equestrian camping - ANYTIME - at the SHSP rental cabins! Don't forget that BOTH RENTAL CABINS HAVE EQUESTRIAN pickett poles and connect to the trail network. If you don't have an LQ trailer, or traveling on US 27, or have family members who want to “camp with a roof overhead' - check out the possibility of renting one of these scenic cabins. Online reservations are made on the DNR website or call 1-800-44-PARKS. New pictures of the knotty pine interiors will be on our website soon. September 2nd-5th will be our Labor Day weekend campover. We'll celebrate the memory of Dennis Austin with his glowstick poker rides. Youth ride fee free. Saturday will be a Patriotic Poker Game until the potluck. SHTRA will furnish the meat. On Sunday, The Sneaky Snake Ride from 10 am-2 pm and Root Beer floats for all at 3:00 pm! Of course there will be a group campfire. You don't have to drive up north and deal with the traffic hauling your horse. No RSVP is necessary but if you are bringing a large group, let us know. $15.00 per night per sleeping unit. Don't forget, you can always cart drive your equines on the south loop, just not on the island. Contact us at 989-661-2541 or check out our Facebook page. September 25th - Sunday will be the annual Kris Kulhanic Memorial Judged Trail Ride. Be ready to ride between 10 am - 2pm for cash prizes. Hosted by The Rangers 4-H Club. There will be 5 divisions to test your horsemanship skills with lunch afterwards. This well-attended event is fun, challenging and the cash pots grow every year. Contact Mary at 517-651-6884. There will be optional overnight camping on Sept. 24th. You may arrive anytime on Saturday with camping registration at 5:00 pm at the staging area. October 14-16 will be our Spooky Ichabod weekend. Come and decorate your campsite, costume yourself and your horse and ride Saturday's The Sweetest Poker Run. Chili cook-off on Saturday afternoon will be a part of the fun. Prizes by Sleazy Barb

Horsewear. Info contact 989-661-2541. Go to our Facebook page or online at shtra.org to stay tuned to our activities . On July 16 & 19 volunteers gathered to trim trail and gravel low areas with our gravel hauler designed by Dave Kline. Many thanks goes to Don & Pat Brown, Dave Kline, Jim Sutphen, Scott & Ryan McCullough, Chanda Donnan, Myron Karsten, Rosie Johnson, Art Jones & family, Paulie Brown, Lori Coffin Gaye & Marty Platte. Chris Salters, Sue Chant, Peg Borgman and I furnished lunch for the hungry workers. Thanks to all for making our trail improvements. Our next workbee planning is in the works. Check SHTRA's Facebook for TBA date, board minutes and next board meeting on October 11th, 2016. Marsha Putnam

WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION® OF MICHIGAN The 2016 season has been a busy one for the Western Dressage Association® of Michigan. In April, we hosted the Train The Trainers™ Clinic in East Lansing, Michigan. In June, we hosted our first Western Dressage Schooling Show at the Windy Ridge Ranch in White Cloud, Michigan and we hosted the Jec Ballou Clinic at the Tromble Bay Equestrian Center, LLC in Cheboygan, Michigan. With the approach of Fall we are now planning our Awards Banquet and laying the groundwork for 2017. Many thanks to Diane Kaser, WDAMI Board member, for accepting the responsibility of our WDAMI Facebook Page. Diane posts pertinent information plus many interesting articles on our page. Members and nonmembers are learning from her posts and they are enjoying the process. She is a very accomplished horse woman who enjoys sharing the many things she has learned over the years. Thank you so much, Diane! The National Organization, WDAA, is hosting the World Show at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK on September 30, October 1 and 2. The World Show will be preceded by the WDAA Annual Convention being held at the Lazy E Arena on September 28 and 29. Information with regard to the show and the convention can be accessed by going to www.westerndressageassociation.org. Michigan riders have participated in the



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YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS Board Meeting Minutes, August 10, 2016 This meeting was held at YS Horsemen's campground starting with a potluck meal at 6:00pm. Ron Walker called the meeting to order at 6:28pm. Trail Report: Thanks to John Dermody for the dozer work on the 9 mile trail, a large track of trail has been cleared from Sager Road that was overgrown. Due to mechanical problems not all the needed clearing was completed. Our work permit date has been extended and a different dozer has been lined up to start work next week. The brush is being pushed back far enough so that future upkeep will be done with a brush hog. With the trail wider 4 wheelers are trying to ride the horse trail, it was suggested we place a large rock at the Sager Road entrance to stop motorized traffic. Ron Walker will be working on this. Camp Benches: The DNR has approved the verbiage for the name recognition plates. Ron Walker will be working on getting the plates created next week. Thank Skip Burger when you see him for putting braces on the new benches to stop the warping of the seat boards. CMO ride: This ride was a very big success with 23 campers that weekend. Trudi Reurink, CMO organizer, made a surprise visit during our board meeting and presented WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Club News w e b s i t e : w w w. E L C R . o r g F o r m o r e information you can contact Carla Walker. Board Walk and New Trail: There was some discussion on the board walk design. The flagging of the new trail got rained out so the next scheduled date is Saturday the 13th. DNR Update from Andru Jevicks: It was suggested we store caution tape at the kiosk for people to flag downed trees on the trails. We appreciate equestrians riding the YS trails help with your notifying board members of downed trees either by emailing or posting the location of the downed tree on the YSTRA Facebook page. Andru also offered the use of a historical home built by the CCC located on Gun Lake Road, on State property, for YSTRA meeting. The home needs some fixing up which the club would be responsible for. Ron and Carla Walker will review the condition of the home and report back to board members. Also Andru is keeping an eye on several Oak Trees in camp that might have the Wilt Disease; if they do, they will be removed. Annual Meeting Date: September 10, 2016

YANKEE SPRINGS, cont. Ron Walker with a check for $500.00 made out to Yankee Springs Trail Riders from the CMO organization. Trudi thanked YSTRA for having the trails and camp in such good shape. State Trail Mapping: State of Mich. DNR is mapping all Michigan Equestrian trails and camps. Carla Walker worked with Joe Stewart to help map the YS camp. Dick Smith will be meeting Joe August 22 & 24 to help map the horse trails. Carla also went to North Carolina as a Back Country representative to a National Horse Trails Meeting. Carla gave the board members an overview of the topics discussed: The North Carolina Back Country Horseman's organization offers liability insurance for a low rate to their members. Also there is a free online nationwide guide to horse trails and camps. www.trail meister.com And they talked about land lost to development and what you can do to help with Equine Land Conservation Resources

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Continue to pin the sleeve into the armhole. (Figure 19) Most of the patterns for this style shirt have the sleeve and the armhole match perfectly, so there should be no bunching or gathering as you might do with cotton based shirt patterns. If you find that you have a large amount of fabric that creates a bulge in the armhole, go back and see if you have cut out the wrong size sleeve. Small areas of excess fabric and be worked into the shirt armhole but large amounts need to be adjusted before sewing. Small amounts of excess fabric can be adjusted by slightly stretching the shorter of the two pieces of fabric, pinning and then when

Figure 19

you stitch, again slightly stretch the two fabrics so that they match. Do not do a lump of unmatched fabric all in one spot. Ease the lump out around the entire armhole. If you find that you miss cut the sleeve, then you may need to adjust the sleeve before pinning into the armhole and sewing to the shirt. Once the sleeve fits into the armhole, then it is okay to sew. Since the sleeve piece tends to be larger than the armhole piece, you should stitch with the sleeve against the feed dogs. Again, you are utilizing the action of the feed dogs to equalize the fabric feeding under the presser foot. You may need to stretch the fabric slightly to make everything flow through the sewing machine smoothly. Do not put so much tension on the fabric that you are fighting with the sewing machine. This will cause problems – including needle breakage. You want the fabric to match as it glides through the machine – so let the feed dogs do their job. A differential feed sewing foot, or a walking foot, will eliminate this problem. However many people do not own these additional feet. UNDERARM SEAM AND SIDE SEAM Beginning at the armhole, (Figure 20) match the front and back. Pin down the sleeve to the wrist and then from the armhole down the side seam. There may be a slight variance in the length of the sleeve from the armhole to the wrist. This is to allow for the elbow to move. Ease this into the sleeve by stretching the

sides of the collar piece, leaving the bottom edge complete open. (Figure 21) When you get to the corners, stop, pivot, stitch two stitches across the point, pivot again and continue stitching. Do not sew up into the point. This will make it difficult to get a good point when the collar is turned right side out.

Figure 21

Using tiny scissors, clip small snips into the curved edge of the collar. Do not shred the collar by clipping too close. A ½ - ¾ inch distance between clips is fine. Clip to but not through the line of stitching. Also clip where the collar and collar “stand” meet and create a “v.” Cut across the end of points. (Figure 22)

Figure 22

To turn your collar right side out, insert your index finger up into the corner of the collar. Fold one edge of the corner down towards the seam line. Hold this piece in place with your thumb. Then fold the other side down towards you thumb and then hold this with your thumb also. Keeping your thumb and finger together, use your other hand to turn the collar partially right side out. Repeat the process for the other corner. If you have a bulge in the corner, work the fabric back and forth a little. You should have a firm feel to the corner without a bulge or lump. If needed, press the collar from the wrong side making sure that the seams are even. If the seam appears to be sunken, take a seam ripper or heavy-duty pin and gently pull the fabric out to the full extent of the seam. Starting about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the collar, topstitch all of the way around, stopping about 1 1/2 inches from the other end of the collar. (Figure 23) This step can be

Figure 20

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skipped and then completed at the end of the collar assembly. Many people topstitch all of the way to the bottom of the collar. I find it easier to attach the collar without this stitching. ATTACHING THE COLLAR Place the shirt, right side down, on the table. Adjust the shirt so that you can work comfortably on the collar edge. Place the fashion fabric side of the collar against the back of the shirt. (Figure 24) You will have shirt fabric right

Figure 24

side against collar fabric right side. Keep the contrasting upper collar free of your pinning. Beginning at one edge, place the zipper teeth of the shirt piece directly against the seam of the collar. It is very important that the zipper teeth line up with this seam. Now do the same for the other end of the collar, making sure that the zipper teeth line up with the collar seam. Now work your way across the collar. Work from the left side in and the right side in towards the middle of the collar. If you have adjusted your pattern correctly, your collar and the shirt neck edge will match. (Figure 25) If they are off a little, it is okay to back out a few pins and stretch one edge to meet the other. If the collar or neck-line is significantly larger than the other, then you need to re-stitch the shoulder seams or make a new collar so that they match.

prevent you zipping off the end. Turn the shirt so the body is away from you on the table. Starting in the middle of the collar, fold the free edge of the collar under and pin it to the stitching line that you just made. Adjust your folded under piece so that the edges line up directly over the first stitching line. (Figure 26) Your goal will be to stitch the upper collar folded edge directly over the existing seam line. Work your way both left and right until you reach the corners.

Figure 26

Carefully fold the raw edge of the collar up and between the upper collar and the stitched bottom collar. You will have a little bulkiness there because of the collar side seam. Smooth this out while rolling it up inside. Adjust to fit over the first stitching line. Repeat at the other edge. Lay the shirt and collar flat on the table. Make sure there is no area of the collar that pulls or rolls up when laying flat. If you have a pulled area, re-pin until it lays flat. If you do not do this, your collar will not lay correctly when worn. Starting with the body of the shirt to your left and the collar to your right, insert your needle into where you formerly stopped the topstitching. (Figure 27) Back stitch a couple of

Figure 27

Figure 25

Once you have pinned the collar, go ahead and stitch across from one edge to the other. As you stitch, make sure that the zipper teeth stay tucked against that collar seam. Once you have stitched the bottom of the collar to the neck edge, you can now clip the zipper above your stitching line. The excess of the zipper that is above the seam line will extend up into the collar. You will not have to worry about the zipper zipping off the end because the seam line and the next step of attaching the collar will

avoiding hitting the zipper teeth), stop and pivot. Continue stitching to where your sewing meets up with the original topstitching. This second step of attaching the collar can be done by hand. A simple whipstitch or blind hem stitch will do the job nicely. Fold the collar down where the notched edge or “v” is. (Figure 28) The collar should lay smoothly all of the way around. Machine or hand stitch the front edge of the collar to the neck stand. This gives you the stand up collar effect that is current at the time of this writing.

stitches. Begin stitching forward, towards the corner of the collar. Take care as you near the neck edge. You must be sure that your needle does not hit the teeth of the zipper. You should not have any problems with #3 coil zippers, but most others can break a needle if hit. At the corner of the collar and neck, pivot to begin stitching across the neckline again. This area is very thick and you must go slowly until you clear the corner and zipper. Stitch across to the opposite corner, being sure that the edges stay folded under and you are stitching as close to on top of your original stitching as possible. At the other corner of neck and collar (again



Figure 28

BOTTOM AND SLEEVE HEMS Most shirt hems are done with a standard double roll. Turn the raw edge of the shirt up ½ inch. Now roll that piece once more. You have created a double rolled hem. Pin and stitch along the upper edge of the roll. If you are not comfortable with this method, you can do the first fold and stitch across. Then roll that fold up and stitch across again. You can use a stretch stitch or a small zigzag stitch to do this. It is okay if the stitching shows on the outside of the shirt – this is normal. FINISHING Try the garment on the person. If it is a little large through the arms and side seams, this is easily fixed by stitching a new, larger seam allowance. It is easily adjusted to fit the person as closely as you desire. If the garment is too tight, take out your stitching and re-stitch using a smaller seam allowance. CONCLUSION Time, patience, and practice will allow you to create beautiful, well fitting garments.

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