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Obesity In Horses The Real Cause. The Real Fix. By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Obesity is an epidemic problem with domesticated horses. Although we most easily attribute the problem to overfeeding concentrates combined with too little exercise, the underlying cause is much less apparent. It has to do with the horse’s brain and his response to stress – a chronic low-grade, inflammatory stress. Stress tells the horse that he is not safe Discomfort, from any source, induces a biochemical response in the brain that triggers the horse to do whatever he can to survive. Research with a variety of species has repeatedly shown that stress tells the body to hold on to fat; the chemical changes that occur are similar to those produced during a famine. This is based on a primitive need to feel safe. Therefore, stress “tricks” the horse’s body into gaining weight just to survive. Stress can come from many sources – stall confinement, isolation from buddies, sleep deprivation, change in environment, travel to strange locations, excessive training and performing, pain and illness, exposure to toxins, and the most stressful of all – not being allowed to graze on forage at all times. Forage restriction is incredibly stressful. Putting the horse on a “diet” by limiting the amount of hay he can have will create a chain of chemical reactions that prevent the very outcome the “diet” was meant to ensure. Let’s look at more specifics… Stress, cortisol, insulin, and leptin Stress causes the adrenal gland to release the hormone cortisol. Cortisol tells the tissues to ignore insulin’s attempts to get glucose into the cells. So insulin increases to try to overcome this, but not very successfully. When insulin is elevated, the cells hold on to body fat. And when body fat increases, it releases a hormone called leptin. Normally, leptin is a good thing, but not in this case. The brain can become resistant to leptin. Under normal circumstances, leptin (secreted from fat tissue), goes to the satiety center in the hypothalamus portion of the brain to tell it that the horse has had enough to eat and is satisfied. This is the body’s way of maintaining normal weight: fat increases, leptin rises, the brain says the body has had enough to eat, and weight comes down. The excess body fat of obese horses promotes inflammation through its secretion of substances known as cytokines. Cytokines can damage the areas within the hypothalamus that recognize leptin. Leptin is high, but the brain is not responding to it. The result? The appetite does not decrease; instead the horse keeps on eating, getting more obese, producing more cytokines, increasing inflammatory damage to the hypothalamus, resulting in greater leptin resistance. Perhaps you’ve had your horse’s cortisol level checked and it is normal. You assume that stress is therefore not an issue. But this can lead to a false assumption. Cortisol can actually be elevated inside the cell and not in the bloodstream, due to the overexpression of an enzyme called 11-beta-hydroxysteroiddehydrogenase-1, present in fat, liver and brain cells that produces active cortisol. This has been shown in several species, and leads to the vicious cycle resulting in hypothalamic damage. SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

The over-use of thyroid medication Elevated cortisol can reduce T4 levels leading one to believe that thyroid medication is necessary. But reduced T4 under this circumstance is not an indication that the thyroid gland is underactive, nor is it an indication that more thyroid medication is needed to help the horse lose weight. Furthermore, adding T4 to the diet will not do any good if the horse is stressed, simply because excess cortisol interferes with the conversion of T4 to T3, the active hormonal form. Horses with a history of long-term forage restriction Some horses have suffered from forage restriction for so many years that their metabolic rate has become severely impaired. For these, modest, short-term weight gain can be a consequence of free-choice feeding. Be patient. The transition can take several months. Allow your horse time to become accustomed – both physically and psychologically – to this new way of eating. Healthy weight loss takes time. When fed following the steps outlined below, the large majority of horses, even those grossly overweight, will adjust, lose weight and in time, arrive at a healthy body condition. Is your horse leptin resistant? The leptin resistant horse will, first and foremost, have excess body fat. His appetite will seem insatiable and he will rarely lift his head from eating. His metabolic rate is sluggish, causing him to pack on the pounds very easily. He is reluctant to move and his energy level is very low. The fix – Reduce inflammation! Three factors to consider: • Stress reduction will calm down the cascade of hormonal events that tell the body to hoard fat. • Less body fat will create fewer inflammatory substances. Insulin (an inflammatory hormone) will also decline. • Less inflammation will help the hypothalamus return to a normal leptin response. Important to understand: Once the horse loses body fat, the brain will initially remain leptin resistant, making the horse very hungry so he could gain back all the weight. Therefore, the approach must be to heal the inflammatory signaling in the hypothalamus. To do this: (18)


Obesity In Horses, continued Never let your horse run out of forage, not even for a few minutes. Not only is free-choice forage feeding critical to your horse’s overall health, it also increases the metabolic rate. Feed appropriate hay and/or pasture that is low in calories, sugar, and starch. Add a comprehensive vitamin/mineral supplement to hay-based diets. It fills in nutritional gaps and reduces overeating to simply obtain enough nutrients. Avoid processed foods. These can contain inflammatory preservatives and omega 6 fatty acids (typically from soybean and corn oils). Feed whole foods free of additives and toxins. Whole foods can include non-GMO beet pulp, alfalfa, hay pellets, copra meal, split peas, hemp seeds, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, blue-green algae, and various fruits and vegetables. Limit soybean meal – the long term impact of isoflavones (the phytoestrogen found in soy) on the thyroid gland is controversial. Feed a variety of protein sources by mixing grasses and adding whole foods. When only one or two sources of protein are fed, the excess amino acids can be converted to glucose, potentially increasing insulin. Eliminate excess sugar and starch. These include sweetened feeds, cereal grains, wheat middlings, and rice bran. They raise insulin as well as triglycerides. Triglycerides can bind to leptin in the blood stream and prevent it from signaling satiety to the brain. Avoid high-omega 6 oils. They are highly inflammatory (e.g., soybean, vegetable, corn, wheat germ, and safflower oils). Increase omega 3s. Feed ground flaxseeds or chia seeds. Fish oils can be included in cases of high levels of inflammation. Add antioxidants. These include vitamins E and C, beta carotene (vitamin A), lipoic acid, grapeseed extract, green tea extract, spirulina, as well as herbs, including turmeric, boswellia, and ashwaghanda (which is particularly useful in combatting stress). Avoid prolonged use of H2 receptor blockers and proton pump inhibitors. They can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and create rebound acid production upon removal. Add a probiotic for digestive health. Horses who graze on pasture will naturally consume a variety of microbes. Hay-based diets, however, may not offer enough microbes for proper digestion of forage. Stress can also disrupt the horse’s normal microbial flora. Allow for movement. Exercise increases insulin sensitivity and lessens inflammatory cytokines. It has also been shown to directly reduce hypothalamic inflammation. Limit grazing muzzles. They can defeat the purpose if they cause stress. They should be limited to no more than 3 hours per day because the digestive tract needs more forage than they allow. Consider slow feeders. Not all horses require them, but they are helpful initially to allow for slowing down intake. Keep stall confinement to a minimum, if at all. Horses who have room to roam can be as fit as those who receive daily focused exercise, and they are under far less stress. Free-choice hay costs less Many barn owners are reluctant to feed hay free-choice because of the apparent expense involved in purchasing more hay. But in SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

actuality, horses who are permitted to self-regulate their intake will eat less. It’s only when several hours lapse between feeding that they eat very quickly and consume everything in sight. But when they get the message that hay is always available, that they can walk away from it and it will still be there when they return – then, and only then will they eat just what their bodies need to maintain a healthy weight. They will actually eat less than before. Can your horse ever graze on fresh pasture again? Absolutely! Living, healthy grass is the best whole food around. Grazing in the open air is the best stress reducer your horse can experience. The amount of grazing depends on your horse’s individual condition. Yes, pasture can be high in sugar and starch but it can vary depending on the month, the time of day, level of rainfall, sunlight, etc. Get to know your pasture grasses. Bottom line Turn off the body’s fat-hoarding response by taking measures to reduce stress. Combine this with an anti-inflammatory diet and increased movement, and your horse’s brain will regain its ability to respond properly to leptin. Taking off weight will be much easier. About Dr. Getty Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. is a consultant, speaker, and writer in equine nutrition. A former university professor and winner of several teaching awards, Dr. Getty presents seminars to horse organizations and works with individual owners to create customized nutrition plans designed to prevent illness and optimize their horses' overall health and performance. Dr. Getty's book, Feed Your Horse Like A Horse, is designed to guide you through the complex world of optimizing your horse's health through proper nutrition. Whether you simply need to brush up what you already know, determine whether your horse needs a particular supplement, help your horse heal from an injury or metabolic condition, ease your horse through growth or growing old, or want your horse to reach his athletic potential, you'll reach for this book again and again. You can learn more at www. (19)


An American Icon: The Mustang Mustangs in Michigan – Part Two of Three By Lisa Skylis, Reporter at Large | Email: In the August edition, we learned all about the icon that is the American mustang. We explored the controversies surrounding the contemporary mustang and were introduced to the work of the Mustang Heritage Foundation, including their Trainer Incentive Program (TIP) and their mustang competition called the Extreme Mustang Makeover. This month, we will continue exploring the American mustang's place in modern society, including in our very own corner of the country, the Midwest. Sanctuary in the Great Lakes State: In the miniature town of Pleasant Lake, Michigan, one Sanctuary is making a huge impact on the future of the American mustang. If you were to drive through the unincorporated township of Pleasant Lake, you would find not a lot has changed since its founding in the mid-1800s; there is a post office, two gas stations, a few churches, and acres of farmland. You would certainly not expect to find, on those acres of farmland, dozens of mustangs at Reality's Chance Sanctuary. If you were to ask Laura Hauenstein, she would tell you that ten years ago she would also not have expected to find this safe haven for mustangs in Pleasant Lake, and she's the Sanctuary's founder! Beginnings with Reality: At the time a single mom and selfdescribed work-a-holic, Laura moved to the countryside at the urging of her coworkers to “relax and get a hobby”. She bought a farm with only a small barn in 2010 and continued to expand the property to include more pastures and eventually an indoor arena with a classroom. Her first rescue was an off-the-track Standardbred named Reality, who was recovering from pinfiring and looking for a place to stay. Laura said you could tell he had been worked hard as a racing horse and the pair bonded instantly. “After Reality,” Laura said, “horses just started coming to me.” Since then, a lot of horses have taken refuge at the Sanctuary, but they've become known throughout the Midwest in particular for the rescue and rehabilitation of American mustangs. Rescuing mustangs was not always her intention, Laura tells me. After learning more about the treatment of the horses during roundups and the overpopulated Herd Management Areas, she said she felt she had to do something. Laura gentled her first mustang, whom she still has to this day, and applied to become a certified trainer through the Mustang Heritage's TIP. Motivated to make a difference, the non-profit began taking in mustangs from the nearest Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Off-Range Corral in Ewing, Illinois. Hallelujah Horses: Now considered the Michigan Mustang experts, Reality's Chance Sanctuary has been referred mustangs from all over the country. For instance, in October of 2016 the closing of an ill-managed mustang rescue in South Dakota left 907 starving and neglected mustangs to be cared for and adopted out. The mustangs, named the Hallelujah Horses, were in dire conditions and moving them to their new temporary homes in the harsh South Dakota winter was no small feat. Thanks to the cooperation of equine advocates across the nation, the mustangs were all evacuated by December of the same year. Reality's Chance SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

Hallelujah Horses at Reality’s Chance Sanctuary took in over fifty of the Hallelujah Horses and all of them have since been adopted. From Wild Horses to Good Citizens Currently, the Sanctuary is home to twenty-seven American mustangs that are in the process of being gentled. In regards to training a mustang, Laura Hauenstein is quick to admit that it's nothing like training a domestic horse and that she's “not in the business to make money, I'm in the business to [make] good citizens”. While it requires an abundance of patience to gain their trust, Laura said once you've earned their trust “there's nothing like having a bond with a mustang”. Once the mustangs at the Sanctuary have been gentled, they are adopted out to loving homes and enjoy the lifestyle of the domesticated horse. Some of the Sanctuary's mustangs have gone on to join a therapeutic equestrian center, compete in equestrian teams, be excellent trail horses, and just make wonderful family companions. One of their mustangs even became a member of the Hillsdale Mounted Police in Michigan! Looking to the Future In total, Reality's Chance Sanctuary has rescued about 300 mustangs since they opened their doors in 2010. Looking forward, Laura's main goals for the Sanctuary are to educate people in the Midwest and to keep local youth involved. Recently, Reality's Chance has started a youth scholarship fund for locals interested in either the Midwest Mustang Competition or the Mustang Heritage Foundation's Extreme Mustang Makeover. In 2019, the Sanctuary had two hometown participants in their scholarship fund and the program for next year is growing already. Focused on education and youth involvement, Laura is optimistic about the future of the American mustang. She encourages people to see mustangs as a blank slate and to know that “they are horses, they just got to live like they were supposed to”. Regardless of the public's perception of mustangs, Laura said “I am pretty convinced that just a little bit of time with one and I could turn anyone into a mustang adopter.” Next Month In the October edition of Saddle Up! Magazine, there will be the third and final part of this series about the American mustang. Stay tuned to lean about a Michigan youth who competed in the Extreme Mustang Makeover this year. (20) WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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SELL, SHOWCASE AND SHARE AT EQUINE AFFAIRE Reserve your sale and exhibit stalls today! At Equine Affaire, you never know what you might find to bring home with you, from souvenirs to tack to a horse of your very own. In addition to offering the east coast's largest horse-related trade show, Equine Affaire provides stalls and exhibits to showcase equine businesses and facilities, adoptable horses and horses for sale. On November 7-10, 2019, bring your own sale horses or come prepared to shop for your dream horse during Equine Affaire at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. With tens of thousands of horse people in attendance, there's no better place or opportunity to sell your horse than Equine Affaire. For $150, rent your own 10 x 10 inline stall in C-Barn to exhibit your sale horse. Each sale stall rental includes a “for sale” sign to post on the stall, a free listing on before the event, and two 4-day adult tickets ($100 value!). Tack stalls are also available for $100 each. Prospective sellers must commit to exhibiting at least two days of the event, but if your horse is sold early, another horse may be substituted. Potential buyers, aged 19 and over, may test ride at the event with the proper releases. If you don't have a horse for sale, showcase your breeding farm, horseback riding facility or other equine business with a Horse & Farm stall. Horse & Farm stalls cost $150 for one 10 x 10 in line stall in C-barn, $175 for an end stall on the outer aisle of the barn or $200 for an end stall on the main center aisle of the barn. Horse & Farm exhibitors should commit to exhibiting for at least three days. Each Horse & Farm stall rental includes a online listing of the stall number, farm name, horse breed and phone number or website before the event on and at the event in the official event program. To secure your listings, the Equine Affaire office must receive all applications and pay-

ment by 9/15. Stall rentals also include two 4-day adult tickets, and tack stalls are available for $100 each. If you're interested in representing your breed at Equine Affaire, ask the Equine Affaire office how you can get involved with the Breed Pavilion! The Horse & Farm exhibits at Equine Affaire are also home to the Adoption Affaire, a new event this year featuring adoptable horses. Rescues, bring your healthy, trained adoptable horses of any age, breed and background to Equine Affaire, and help them find their forever homes. Adopters may apply to adopt on the spot. For stall rentals, questions and other inquiries, contact Karin Brennan by phone at (740) 845-0085 ext. 112 or email kbrennan Find additional event details, schedules and a whole lot more online at

MHC EQUINE LEGISLATIVE DAY SCHEDULED Our Goal: The Michigan Horse Council wants all State legislators to be aware of the numerous equine activities that take place in Michigan. We also want to stress the importance and value those activities have to the people and tourists of the state. Short Description of the Day: On the morning of September 26th, 2019, (rescheduled from May 14, 2019) we will meet at the Anderson House Office Building in the Mackinac Room (5th Floor) to hear speakers and receive general information. Thereafter, we will divide into teams (each with a captain) to prepare a folder/packet to hand out to all legislators as we visit their offices in the afternoon. The folder/packet will contain information on the equine industry: · 2017 AHC / MI Economic Impact Study · Equine Activities, such as: Trail Riding (State Equine Trails and Campgrounds) · Equine Sporting Events (Racing, Rodeo, Eventing, etc.) · Equine Exhibitions (Horse Shows and Exhibitions) · 2016 PA 288 and Its Impact on Equines SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019 (22)

· 4-H / Youth / Equestrian Team Programs · Economic Benefits of Zoning for Equine · Equine as Part of the Pure Michigan Tourism Campaign Each informational brochure that is put into the folder/packet will have a guest speaker who covers that topic during the morning session. (If you would like to include a handout, please contact Don Packard directly) Teams will visit their assigned Legislators' offices, drop off informational material and thank whoever they meet with for their time. Afterwards, team captains will return to the Senate Room with feedback forms. We hope that you are able to join Don Packard on this day. Although each of you represent value in your chosen Equine discipline/industry, we hope you realize that there is strength in numbers and success in unity, as we are all driven by similar passions. If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Don. This year, our committee has grown to include: Don Packard, Linda Moore, and Wayland Funk. As we continue to grow, we will need more help. If you are interested in helping, please contact Don Packard at or at 734.645.1327. Join us: September 26th, 2019, 7:30am – 4:00pm Anderson House Office Building, Mackinac Room – 5th Floor 124 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933 Register Online:

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OHIO HORSEMAN'S COUNCIL 2020 MONETARY GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE! NEW POLICY THIS YEAR: Applications for 2020 Monetary Grants are due by November 1, 2019. Applications are to be sent to your Regional Representative no later than November 1, 2019 to be considered for 2020. Purpose: The Ohio Horseman's Council is providing a monetary grant designed to give assistance to equine-related projects that build relationships and enhance the community. Who is Eligible: Any County of the Ohio Horseman's Council is eligible. Award Amounts: One (1) Chapter per OHC Region (Northwest, Southwest, Central, Northeast, and Southeast) may be awarded a monetary grant of $750.00. The amount of the grant will be determined by the number of regions that have participating grant applicants with a maximum grant total amount of $3,750.00. $5000 of trail grant is available to be given out to one or several chapters depending on the amounts requested. Chapter(s) can apply for all $5000 or only part of it but, whatever amount the chapter(s) receive, must be matched for the same amount by the chapter(s). Project recipients must: • Provide a service to the equine community. • Submit a completed OHC Grant Application. • Funds must be expended no later than December 31, of the grant year. • If receiving grant funds, the chapter must submit a summary of the final community project and a breakdown of the funds used and with proof, such as pictures, news articles, receipts, etc. Summaries must be received by the OHC Executive Board or the recipient chapter will not be eligible for the future grant funds from the

OHC. If not used by 12/31 of the grant year, for this project, the club must return the money to the state OHC treasurer by 01/10 following the grant year. Application Deadline: Send grant application to your Regional Representative by November 1, 2019. Grants must be filled out completely with good details on how the grant will be used. Trail Maintenance and Worked Hours turned in each year will help in receiving a grant. Grants can NOT be used for meals. Monetary grant program applications can be found online at:

CONGRATULATIONS 2019 OPHA YOUNG RISING STAR AWARD WINNER PAYTON BARR! The OPHA was pleased to award our 2019 OPHA Young Rising Star Award to 10 year old Payton Barr at the 2019 CVHJC Show. Payton showed excellent horsemanship, sportsmanship, and a beautiful turnout for her classes. Payton rides with Susan Lloyd of Ellrick Farms in Chardon, Ohio. Thank you to Cindy Foster of Foster Equestrian for sponsoring the beautiful pad for this award! We had a Q & A with Payton: 1. How long have you been riding? I have been riding since I was born. My mom rode when I was in her belly. I showed leadline when I was 2 for the first time. I've been riding at Ellrick Farms for 1 year and learning to jump. I usually do reining or barrel racing. 2. What do you like about going to the barn to ride? I like going to Ellrick to see my friends and all of the horses and ponies. 3. What do you like most about riding? In jumping, I like learning something new. In barrels, I like when the horses get excited to run and going fast. In reining, I like the competition. The horse shows are really fun. 4. How did you feel about winning the OPHA Rising Star Award? SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019 (23)

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CALLIE JONES AWARDED FIONA BAAN “PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE” MEMORIAL TROPHY The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, Region 2 Young Rider Callie Jones, of Henderson, KY, and her eleven-year-old, Hanoverian gelding, Don Philippo, were awarded the Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy at the USDF North American Youth Dressage Championships, held during the Adequan®/ FEI North American Youth Championships, presented by Gotham North (NAYC). 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. Jones placed first in the team, individual, and freestyle tests, with scores of 72.676%, 72.647%, and 74.710% respectively, securing the win with an overall combined average of 73.344%. The “Pursuit of Excellence” is the legacy Fiona Baan left to all 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 Bronze Medal team, the 1987 Pan Am Games, and for the bronze medal dressage team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. For more information about the USDF North American Youth Dressage Championships, the Fiona Baan “Pursuit of Excellence” Memorial Trophy, or the Roemer Foundation/USDF Hall of Fame, visit the USDF website at WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs USDF ALBERS AWARD PRESENTED TO REGION 7 CHEF D'EQUIPE ALISON BURT-JACOBS The United States Dressage Federation™ (USDF) is pleased to announce that the Albers Award perpetual trophy was awarded to Region 7 Chef d'Equipe Alison Burt-Jacobs, at this year's USDF North American Youth Dressage Championships, held during the 2019 Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships, presented by Gotham North (NAYC). “The ability to focus on their team that they have the responsibility of representing, at the exclusion of all else, is what makes a great chef d'equipe”, stated Roberta Williams, USDF FEI Jr/YR Committee Chair. “Alison lost everything – her home, her belongings, and her barn, eight months ago in the California wildfires. Despite the devastation in her personal life, she was unwavering in her dedication to creating a team experience for all the kids from her region, no matter if they were combined with another team or if they came as an individual. Alison was not only a good leader but also an excellent role model.” The Albers Award is named in honor of long time USDF Region 1 Chef d'Equipe, supporter, and good friend, Patsy Albers. The award is presented annually at the USDF North American Youth Dressage Championships, to the dressage chef d'equipe who best demonstrates the same level of dedication, enthusiasm, and team spirit shown by Patsy, throughout the years. The award is open to all the dressage chefs d'equipe, and any competitor or chef d'equipe can nominate a candidate by submitting a written explanation as to why that chef deserves to win the Albers Award. The NAYC is the premier equestrian competition in North America for youth, age 14-21. Young equestrians vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, and eventing. Founded in 1973, The United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more info about USDF membership or programs, visit, e-mail usdressage@, or call (859) 971-2277.

PONY CLUB CELEBRATES 65 WITH AN ANNUAL FUND MATCHING CAMPAIGN In honor of Pony Club's 65th Anniversary, we are pleased to announce that through the generosity of The Manton Foundation, The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. has received a $32,500 Matching Gift to support USPC Educational Programs. The Manton Match will continue through December 31, 2019. All Annual Fund gifts up to $32,500 will be matched dollar-for-dollar towards the “USPC Celebrate 65 Annual Fund Campaign” to reach a Birthday goal of $65,000. “Pony Club would like to extend its most sincere thanks to The Manton Foundation and all of our supporters as they help us Celebrate 65 years! It is an outstanding achievement and we are excited for Pony Club's continuous bright future.” said Teresa Woods, Executive Director of The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. Pony Club relies on the Annual Fund, and all of the generous donors to help bridge the gap between member dues and the cost of creating quality equestrian educational opportunities and activities. The Annual Fund also provides training for the many volunteers who play a crucial role in providing programming for our members at the local, regional and national levels. For more information on Pony Club and to support the Manton Match, please visit 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 9,000 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. Members range in age as Pony Club now offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults. Visit Pony Vlub online at: SEPTMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019 (24)

YEDA NATIONALS NEW LOCATION AND DATES ANNOUNCED We are pleased to announce that the 2020 YEDA National Championship Horse Show will move to the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Illinois. YEDA has grown rapidly over the past few years and a larger event space was necessary. The newly renovated coliseum at the Illinois State Fairgrounds made the change an easy choice and it was the perfect time. We are excited that in 2020, we will be hosting a bigger and better show. The coliseum offers 60,000 square feet with a covered arena, metal halide lighting, 116 x 241 show ring, restrooms, oval-shaped amphitheater, overhead fans, seating for 2,688, office space, and a sound system. To secure this beautiful new location, we will change the dates of the YEDA Nationals to April 16-19, 2020. Learn more about the Youth Equestrian Development Association (YEDA) online at

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Your Phone As A GPS By Robert Eversole | There's one item that nearly everyone has on them most of the time. That same device in your pocket also happens to be an excellent navigation tool. Modern smartphones, like yours, can easily function as reliable back country GPS devices. Even when you're outside of cell phone reception, your phone is continually acquiring satellite signals. With the right app, trail riders can use this feature to turn their phone into an affordable navigation tool. If you wander afield, it's vitally important to know basic navigation skills and how to use a map and compass. That being said, we live in a world of high tech gadgets and knowing how to get the most use out of them makes this information important to pass on. Why Do You Need A GPS Device? When you're trail riding, especially in the back country, reliably knowing your location is very important. Without that vital information you can quickly become lost and in for an “eventful” ride. A GPS device (and your map and compass) will allow to you to quickly and easily locate yourself and make for much safer and enjoyable trail rides. I get “misplaced” all the time. Have I missed the next trail intersection? Did I accidently go down an elk trail instead of the one I wanted? Do the trails lack clear signage? If I can't follow my intended trail because of an obstacle, like; bear feeding on huckleberries, huge tree downfall and I left my 5 ft. cross cut saw in the trailer, trail washed out from a landslide, how do I bypass and continue my ride? Those feelings of “this isn't quite right” happen to us all. But with a reliable GPS app on your phone you can have instant answers to those questions. For me learning how to turn my phone into a GPS unit makes rides nearly stress free. Why the Phone? There's a bunch of very good and reliable handheld GPS devices on the market. We've all seen them. I like and use them often myself. But sometimes the dedicated GPS is just another piece of equipment to carry, and I may not want to bother with the extra weight, bulk, and hassle. Your cell phone on the other hand is already with you and you're probably bringing it along on the ride anyway. Modern cell phones are true multi-taskers; from taking pictures to navigation, to notes, and so much more. Learning how to use what you're already carrying as a wilderness GPS tool only increases the value of what is already extremely handy. How GPS Works on Your Phone There is a network of 24 satellites that form the Global Positioning System (GPS). Virtually all modern cell phones are GPS-enabled, which means that they are constantly receiving information from these satellites and capable of pinpointing your location. It's pretty darn handy for knowing where you are on the trail! You're probably wondering if you need cell service for your phone to act as a GPS. No, you do not. GPS technology works offline anywhere in the world without mobile and data signals. Simply save maps and route guides to your device before you leave home. Even if you have no cell service your phone's GPS is capable of operating reliably. That's a good thing because most horse trails don't have reliable cell service. SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

Which Apps? When it comes to GPS navigation apps there are two that I like and recommend above the rest: Gaia GPS and View Ranger. Both of them work in about the same way and allow you to create customized maps by adding your own overlays, trails, GPX tracks, and waypoints for increased guidance. NOTE: While both apps allow the option of recording your rides. I generally choose to not use this feature in order to prolong my battery life. Using GPS Navigation Apps on the Trail Ride After you've downloaded your GPS app of choice, it's time to download the correct maps for your riding area to your phone before you get out of service. I do this before I leave the house. If you don't, your phone will still be able to locate you, but you'll show up as a blue dot on a blurry map, and that's not helpful at all. Your Phone Battery Many of us have heard or seen first-hand that smartphone batteries drain much faster when it's using GPS. Here's why. Once you activate location services a GPS chip is constantly listening for satellites, your phone can't enter sleep mode. Here is my top tip to extend your phone's battery life. Put the phone in airplane mode. Try it, you'll be impressed. If Something Goes Wrong Your phone's GPS navigation app can help you find your location, but in the event of an emergency, it can't call for help. For this reason, and many others, I carry a satellite messenger. These devices let you send text and email messages, track your trip, and even send an SOS signal at the push of a button – all without cell service. Here’s a list of my favorites: · SatPaq: A clip on antenna that turns your phone into a satellite communicator. I've found it to be reliable and inexpensive to own and operate. · SPOT X: This rugged device works off satellite to send your GPS coordinates to your personal contacts or a rescue center. It features SOS for emergencies, help for non-life threatening emergencies, one-way messages for check-in, and progress tracking. · Garmin inReach: The Explorer has a long battery life, larger screen, and built-in digital compass as well as colorful topographical maps for GPS navigation. The downside is the price. As always, for more information on horse trails and camps, trail riding and camping with livestock, visit (25)


Storing Horse Feed Protect Valuables From Theft And Contamination By Eleanor Blazer | Horse owners are discovering a trip to the feed store requires an armed guard. But once the edible “gold” is safely transported to the stable, how is it protected and stored? As with anything of value, the chances of it being stolen is very high. In this case the thieves are usually horses and rodents. Commercial feeds, grain and supplements must be stored in a secure location. A room with a locking door is best. Within that room, storage containers with lids that can be locked or fastened securely should be provided. This double protection helps ensure the thief will have trouble accessing the treasure. Several types of containers are available. An old chest freezer with the latch removed (to ensure a child does not become trapped) works well. Other popular containers are trash cans. Galvanized metal trash cans work best, as the steel also deters the other thieves – rodents (rats and mice). Secure containers will also help prevent Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis. Opossums, skunks and raccoons may have the organism which causes EPM in their feces. Horses may acquire EPM when they ingest contaminated grain, forage or water. Regardless of the type of container you choose, the lid must fasten securely and be hard for a horse to remove. There is always a chance the feed room door will be left open. Bungee cords may help secure the lid. Extra bags of feed that will not fit in the secure containers may be stacked on a platform a few inches above the ground. A wooden pallet works well. This allows air circulation around the bags. It is imperative the feed room be securely closed at all times if exposed feed bags are stored. Feed should be purchased fresh every 30 days and rotated. This means the containers should be cleaned completely and the oldest feed used first. High humidity can cause spoilage and increase the chances of insects. Even feed stored in containers is susceptible to moisture. If the containers are sweating or show signs of condensation, it is possible the feed will spoil or become contaminated with insects. Ensuring proper ventilation and setting up a fan will help. During the summer, when nights are cool and the days are hot and humid, purchasing and storing less feed at one time is smart. Stables with 20 or more horses may consider buying feed in bulk. While this can be cost effective, you still do not want to store more than a month's supply at a time. Clean the bulk bin out completely before refilling. Poorly constructed bulk bins allow the buildup of moisture resulting in spoiled feed. This spoiled feed can hang on the sides and may break loose at any time – contaminating the feed and causing sick horses. No matter what type of storage you chose, the area must be kept clean. Spilled feed and broken bags will attract unwanted guests. When buying anything of value, make sure you are buying quality. The feed should not be more than a month old. Do not be shy at the feed store…you are the customer. Check the date and refuse it if it is old or does not meet your expectations. SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

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At Liberty: Changing Directions By Lynn Palm | Don't have a helper available to assist you to work your horse at liberty? No problem! Here's a variation of the neat method I gave you last month to change your horse's direction when working at liberty in a paddock or arena when you don't have an assistant. You can still ask the horse to change directions at liberty without “manually” stopping him and turning him around. Instead, he will learn to respond to your commands to turn and change directions on his own as he travels on a “diagonal track” across two of the paddock/ arena's diagonal corners. This allows him to keep his forward momentum as he changes direction. Here's how to do it: (Reminder: whenever working at liberty without an assistant, work in a moderately sized area. Too large a paddock or arena will cause you to lose control of your horse.) This time I'll use an example of a horse traveling at liberty around the paddock to the left. To change directions to the right, first make sure that his attention is on you. If it isn't, use your voice to say “hey” or call his name. If you need a little more emphasis, gently flick the longe whip toward the ground to make sure he has his eye on you. When you are ready to ask him to change directions, walk toward him as he is moving down the fence line and raise the whip horizontally so it points to the spot where you want him to turn around. This gives visual cue to stop or block his forward movement. Say “whoa” and hold the whip in position. Most horses will react to their forward travel being blocked by turning or pivoting to face the other direction. When learning this maneuver, a horse may just stop not knowing what you are asking him to do. Give him a little reinforcement by giving him a cluck and walking closer to him as you keep the longe whip up in your left hand to block him from continuing to the left. He should pivot and turn to travel in the opposite direction. Use your voice, and whip if necessary, to send him off. No matter what technique you use, make sure the horse stays forward while changing direction at liberty. Use your whip behind him to encourage forward movement. However, if the horse gets anxious and increases his gait on his own, use voice command to slow him down. Use your voice to keep his attention if he starts looking over the fence or gets distracted from you. After working through different gaits, speeds within gaits, and both directions, it is time to evaluate him. If he stays “quiet” and responsive, after you have seen a definite indication that he has played, it means that he has “burned off” some of his inner energy. His nostrils should be flaring. This shows that he has gotten some exercise. A horse should be brought to this point to build his conditioning each time liberty work is done. Wind down the liberty work with an easy trot or jog to the walk, then ask your horse to “whoa” along the fence line. I always want my horse to address and look at me when he stops. Because liberty work asks the horse to move forward and away from the handler, we want to end each liberty lesson by reinforcing SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

in the horse's mind that he should not flee or run from us. After asking horse to “whoa”, lower the tip of your whip to the ground and walk toward the horse. Stop within a few feet of him and give him the “come to me” command. If he needs more encouragement to come to you, extend your hand out toward him. As he steps toward you, step backwards so he follows you. He has to walk straight toward you until you ask him to “whoa” with a voice command. If needed, reinforce the “whoa” command by holding your hand in front of his face like a stop sign. Praise him when he follows and stops with you. Your Next Step… After liberty work, the horse is ready to go on to working in-hand maneuvers or under saddle. Because he has been allowed to release some of his energy, he will be in a much better state of mind to concentrate on what you will be asking him to do in the lesson. Liberty work improves the horse's respect, attention, and balance… all the things you will need for work under saddle! Until then, follow your dreams…Lynn Lynn Palm For more information about Lynn Palm, please visit her website, where you can learn about her educational programs at Palm Equestrian Academy in Ocala, Florida, Lynn's Ride Well clinics across the United States, saddles, DVDs, books, and trail and Western dressage competitions, and more. You can also call 352.629.3310 or 800.503.2824. Shop our online boutique at:



Did Unicorn’s Really Exist?


Summer Writing Contest 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Winners! Children and teens in three different age groups entered our Summer Writing Contest for a chance to win a gift card valued between $10 – $75. Contestants wrote their stories titled “Did Unicorn’s Really Exist?” to enter. Winners were selected for originality, creativity and correct length of story by the staff at Saddle Up! Magazine. All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a gift card to be used at a location of their choice, plus a one year first class mail subscription to Saddle Up! Magazine.


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Cora S., Cardington, OH – Age 8 I have a special friend, her name is Aidy. She’s really tall and our birthdays are on the same day! She helps me everyday with my chores, sweeping her tail across the floor, picking up toys and closing my drawers. Outside there is still more chores to be done. Watering and feeding my goats hay with her is fun. She takes a bite of hay and grain here and there. I don’t mind because it stops her from nibbling my hair. Her feet make the sound clippity clop, clippity clop. She almost stepped on my foot. Good thing I said stop! She is my favorite color, violet and indigo and a green mane and tail. Her color I know sounds a little insane. Aidy definitely is not a cow. She is a special imaginary unicorn horse if you haven’t guessed by now!

Colette Z., Byron Center, MI – Age 7 Unicorns do exist because I have a horse that believes he’s a unicorn. Mercy, my horse is white with a long curly mane and tail that flows in the wind. His coat is soft and silky. His Appaloosa spots sparkle in the sun. He runs so fast that all his feet come off the ground as if he’s flying. His neighs sound like real words when he talks to me. He is not afraid of anything and he leads the other horses on our walks. When I ride him, he is graceful and he never trips or stumbles. He prefers to ride without a halter or saddle so he feels wild and free. He doesn’t have a unicorns horn because he is hiding his magical powers from everyone that might try to catch him. My horse Mercy makes me believe in unicorns.

Caily S., Cardington, OH – Age 6 I have a blue unicorn. My unicorn is so beautiful. She has a silver mane and tail. She and I play a lot and I ride on her back. My unicorns name is Beauty. Beauty has two wings, three green legs and one blue leg. She has one white horn with 55 blue polka dots on her horn. When I went out to feed her I went out to her stall. Then all of the sudden Beauty was flashing all the colors of the rainbow. Then it all stopped and a rainbow cloud formed in front of Beauty. The I heard a nicker and the cloud disappeared. Beauty had a baby! He was so pretty! All the colors of the rainbow were on him. The we all lived happily ever after.





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Arabella B., Leroy, MI – Age 9

My opinion is that unicorns did exist. The reason I think unicorns existed is because I have lots….I mean LOTS…of unicorn stuff! I love unicorns and I hope that they did exist. My favorite part about unicorns is they will not Ages 9-12 give up no matter what. I love the spirit unicorns have because it makes me feel that they are really here. It’s not what’s on the outside of a unicorn that’s important; it is what is on the inside. What is really cool about the unicorn is their rhino-like horn. I wish I could be a unicorn! If I could be a unicorn the best part would be I wouldn’t have to go to school anymore. $50.00 Gift Card For this writing contest I did some research to find out if unicorns really did exist. I found out some interesting stuff. Tens of thousands of years ago unicorns did in fact exist. Scientists called the unicorn the “Siberian unicorn.” Scientists thought that the Siberian Unicorn had died about 350,000 years ago, but then they found a Siberian Unicorn skull. They found the skull in Kazakhstan. Scientists did tests on the skull and found out that the fossil they had found was only 29,000 years old! That meant that Siberian Unicorns didn’t die out when scientists thought they did. They were on the earth 321,000 longer than they thought! The Siberian Unicorn doesn’t look like the pink, glittery, sparkly horse with a magical horn like most of my stuffed animals. It was fatter and furrier and looked more like a rhino than a horse. Researchers are still trying to discover how the Siberian Unicorn survived so much longer than the other creatures in the Stone Age. Writing this I learned a lot of new things about unicorns. A lot of what I learned was surprising and not what I expected. But I am not disappointed that unicorns were not what I expected, because I believe even more now that unicorns existed and that they were survivors. They lived a lot longer than scientists first thought. Like I said, my favorite part about unicorns is they didn’t give up no matter what. I liked writing about whether unicorns existed because of the things I learned.


WHAT’S A SIBERIAN UNICORN? It didn't look much like the dainty unicorns of myth and legend, but the extinct unicorn of Siberia is even more entrancing for palaeontologists. Now, for the first time, scientists have analyzed its DNA - and realized everyone had been wrong about the mysterious beast. The ancient rhinoceros didn’t die off 200,000 years ago, before the last Ice Age - as we previously thought. The strange animals survived much, much longer, only disappearing as recently as 36,000 years ago. In fact, they could have lived alongside modern humans. Moreover, the Siberian unicorn was not, as had been thought, closely related to modern rhinos, but a unique lineage that split from the line that led to modern rhinos over 40 million years ago. Until now, our knowledge of the unicorn (Elasmotherium sibiricum) has been stymied because of the lack of fossil record. Only a few fragmented bones have been recovered, and apart from revealing the size of the beast - around 3.5 tonnes, the same range as a smaller African elephant - those have been difficult to analyze. An international team of researchers collected 23 Siberian unicorn bone specimens and subjected them to radiocarbon dating, to see if they could recover DNA and find out more about the Siberian unicorn and its time on Earth. The results were surprising: they were dated to a range of times after the animals were thought to be extinct, with the most recent being between 35,000 to 36,000 years ago. By this time, humans had started populating the steppe of Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Northern China. Read more about the Siberian unicorn at: https://www.sciencealert. com/climate-change-probably-slayed-the-siberian-unicorn SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019




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Natalie H., Vassar, MI – Age 10

The Bond of the Magical Horn: Once upon a time, unicorns roamed freely on the earth. One of the kindest unicorns was named Shawn. One day while he was drinking at the magical pond, he spotted a blur in the Ages 9-12 distance. As it came to shore, he noticed that it was a small whale. The whale seemed lonely. Shawn neighed to her to get the attention of the whale. Shyly and slowly, she came up to the shore. Shawn waded deeper in. “What is your name?” he asked her. “Rose,” she answered politely, blue eyes gleaming. “Well Rose, how are you?” he asked. “I could be better,” she said, a hint of sadness in her voice. “What could be $30.00 Gift Card wrong?” Shawn questioned. “Well, no one really likes me,” she whispered. “Well I like you,” comforted Shawn. “Really? You mean it? You like me?” “Yes,” he said, his golden horn shining in the sun, “and I’m sorry that the other whales are mean to you.” “You are very nice!” Rose complimented. “Would you like to be friends?” Shawn asked politely. “Really? I would love to! Can we see each other tomorrow around the time for my morning swim?” Rose asked enthusiastically. “Definitely. I have to go now.” replied Shawn. “See you!” called out Rose. “Goodbye, Rose!” answered Shawn, as he went back to the lush, green meadow he called home. Rose swam back to her comforting parents’ side. The next day, Shawn came over, as promised. No one had gotten a wink of sleep because of a large ship a person named Noah was making. Shawn and Rose greeted each other quickly before Rose explained what was happening. “There is going to be a big storm Shawn!” she began. “And only two of every land animal are going to make it. I’m really scared we are going to be separated,” Rose explained, downcast. “Well, you know unicorns are magical, right?” asked Shawn. “Right,” agreed Rose. “So I have a way for us to be united forever,” Shawn said mysteriously. “How?” wondered Rose. “Hang on just a second, Rose. Let me get all of the unicorns in on my plan. I will be back soon,” said Shawn. “Okay,” said Rose. “I’ll be here waiting for you.” Soon, Shawn came back with all of the unicorns. “They are all on board with my plan. Now here it is. Before we leave on the ship with Noah, each unicorn, will give his or her horn to each of the whales. This will make it so that we are a part of you forever. Our unity will go beyond the land and sea,” Shawn explained. At that moment, Shawn and Rose took one swift leap at each other: they combined leaving Rose a whale with a horn and Shawn a unicorn without a horn. Rose’s breed became known as a narwhal. It was, however, the end of the unicorns. The bond between narwhals and horses continues to this day.


WHAT’S A NARWHAL? The narwhal or narwhale, is the unicorn of the sea, a pale-colored porpoise found in Arctic coastal waters and rivers. Narhwal Tusks: These legendary animals have two teeth. In males, the more prominent tooth grows into a swordlike, spiral tusk up to 8.8 feet long. The ivory tusk tooth grows right through the narwhal’s upper lip. Scientists are not certain of the tusk’s purpose, but some believe it is prominent in mating rituals, perhaps used to impress females or to battle rival suitors. Females sometimes grow a small tusk of their own, but it does not become as prominent as the males.

COMMON NAME: Narwhal SCIENTIFIC NAME: Monodon monoceros TYPE: Mammals



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Ethan K., W. Bloomeld, MI – Age 12

Unicorns have starred in many books and movies, making them a common and well known fantasy beast. Like in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle, Jewel (a unicorn) held an important role. Personally, I do Ages 9-12 not believe in unicorns. But I think that unicorns make good characters in novels. Since the unicorn has never been seen, I believe that most people do not believe in the horse-like creature. As described in pictures, the unicorn is very much like a horse. It is usually snow white, and has a spiral (or horn) on its forehead, which is normally pink or a bright color. Its mane is usually the same color as the horn. Most of the time, the unicorn is on the good side, not the evil side. I think if the $20.00 Gift Card unicorn actually existed, it would be related to the horse. Unicorns, in fact, are very much like horses. They look exactly like them, except for the horn. They can be ridden, and they make a protective mount, for their horns can prove deadly in the heat of battle. Jewel, from The Chronicles of Narnia, used his horn as a weapon. In the modern day era, they could be used as police mounts, because police use horses, and unicorns are horses with horns. These horns would ensure protection for the rider. I do not think unicorns would like to be saddled; I do not believe the majority are saddled in books. I have yet to see a unicorn in racing or on the race track in a book or movie, but I think some would prove excellent runners, like horses. It would be quite a sight, the unicorns running, their veins glistening in the sun, and their majestic horns charging for the finish line. I like the idea of unicorns as track stars. In conclusion, unicorns are loved throughout the world, and even if I do not believe in them, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to.



Eli M., Ruth, MI – Age 9

Did unicorns really exist? Are they myths or are they real? There is no proof that they are real but there is no proof that they are not. There are no remains, bones, foot prints etc., so that is why some say they are fake. Ages 9-12 Others say they are fake because they are nonsense. To some it is just another hoax, but to others they just have just not been found yet. There is no right or wrong to believing in unicorns. Personally I do not think unicorns are real. I do not think unicorns are real because they are imaginary and are only in fairy tales. There is no scientific data such as bones, DNA or photos as proof that unicorns are real. Unicorns are only a theory and a theory is like a assumption. In order for a theory to be true $15.00 Gift Card you need evidence and proof. I have not seen a unicorn before so that is why I do not believe in them. If unicorns were real we would have saw them evolve from horses or deer. If unicorns were real we would have probably found by now. If they were real you would see them in a zoo. Also if they were real they would be on the news. We would also be riding them at the fair or anywhere else we ride rides. We probably may even be hunting them if they are like deer. Everyone would want to own one and not a dog or cat. There would be a special saddle for them. Instead of cow farms there would be unicorn farms. Unicorns would be popular all around the world from movies to farms to school, they would be popular everywhere. But there are none of those things so that is why I do not believe in unicorns. We may never know if they are real or if they are just another myth.


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Ava N., Paw Paw, MI – Age 13

One Magical Debate: It was finally here. The week Anna had been anxiously waiting for all year...Debate Week! The one special week in May where all the ninth grade debate teams in the county gathered to debate on exciting new topics each year. The teams used the debate to Ages 13-16 practice all the things they had learned that year. The exciting topics for this year were “Are dinosaurs really extinct?”, and “Did Unicorn’s really exist?” Personally Anna was looking forward to the Unicorn debate most. This year it was Anna’s schools turn to host the debate. The debate team at Anna’s school, PawTaw High, had decided on how it would run. Finally $75.00 Gift Card after a long meeting, the team had decided that Debate Week would look like this, Monday and Tuesday: Schools debate on first topic, Wednesday and Thursday: schools debate on second topic, and Friday: end of debate party and awards. The first topic of the week was “Are dinosaurs really extinct.” It was nine o’clock and all the debate students were gathered in the school auditorium ready to begin the exciting day. The debate started out with the Principal from PawTaw High and the debate team coaches from the three schools each giving a similar, long and drawn out speech about what to do and not do, remember to be respectful of your opponent and there ideas. The first two students to debate were from Hartford Prep and St. James academy, which meant Anna’s school was watching the first round. To be honest Anna was glad to be watching first because she could hear what the other students thought on the topic, and possibly add more to her side of the debate when her school’s turn came. The first two days went by quickly, each team having a chance to debate against each one of the other school teams. So far there had been no hurt feelings or major eruptions from over opinionated teammates. Wednesday started out normal like the past two days except that the teams started debating on the second topic “Did unicorn’s really exist?” Most started out by stating a good point and saying something reasonable like, “Unicorns had to have existed, otherwise where did people get the idea?” But there were a few who had no points like “I believe unicorn’s existed because they just had too” or “Unicorns had to exist because if they didn’t where would sparkles and rainbows come from?” On Thursday Anna got her first turn to debate on the second topic. She had been working on her argument for the past six months and had been adding to it while listening to the other team’s debates. It was the last debate round of the week, Anna was up against Brielle from Hartford Prep. Anna started the debate by saying, “I believe Unicorn’s existed in some form, at some time in history.” Her opponent stared blankly back at her, dumbfounded by the statement. Anna knew she should continue, “I say this because many legends and myths have been made up around them. Unicorns are even the national animal of Scotland. Although I do not believe they existed in the form we generally think of, or the way they are portrayed in cartoons and artwork, I do believe the inspiration came from some creature at some time.” To this Brielle simply said, “I agree,” the auditorium went silent. This was the first time all week that two opponents had agreed with each other. Anna didn’t even know how to respond. After a few moments of silence Brielle said, “It makes complete sense what you’ve said. There had to be some inspiration for this mystical creature. But that does not mean it looked exactly way we think of them looking like.” To that Anna answered, “Yes, I agree,” and it was just in time because five seconds after she finished her sentence the debate timer went off. The auditorium erupted in applause and cheers. Anna and Brielle shook hands and congratulated each other. “You made some really good points” Brielle said as they walked to the directors table. “Thanks you did great too!” Anna responded. The next day was Friday, the last day of debate week. It was mostly a day to talk with other students about the debate and share what they liked and things that would make it better. There was also an award ceremony for those who showed good sportsmanship, were respectful, etc. Friday night as Anna walked home from the bus stop she thought over the week and how the debate had gone. She thought of her side of the debate and everything she had presented. She believed it all, Unicorns existed at some time and place in history. They didn’t look the way we think of them now, but Unicorn’s existed. It certainly had been a magical debate.






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Kaitlyn D., Springport, MI – Age 13 Kaitlyn worked very hard on her summer writing contest submission, but unfortunately it was 10 pages long and I was unable to publish it in our September edition. I have given Kaitlyn’s entry “Honorable Mention” for all of her hard work and effort and awarded her a $35.00 gift card. Although I received over forty entries for this year’s summer writing contest, I only received two in the 13-16 age group. I have only awarded two gift cards, because of the lack of entries in that category. I have though chosen four winners in our 9-12 age group, so there are still 9 winners for our summer writing contest.

I received many entries this year that were too long to be considered for the contest, since I publish them within our September issues printed pages. Next year, I will not only have a minimum word count, but also a maximum word count for all entries. All winners of this year’s contest received a monetary gift card, a one year subscription to Saddle Up! Magazine, and a little surprise that I couldn’t pass up getting for all winning contestants...enjoy! Thank you to everyone that entered our contest, I truly enjoyed reading all of your submissions. Best Wishes, Cindy Couturier, owner/editor

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SEPTEMBER 6-8 – Highland Trail Riders Association Organized Camping Weekend. Friday and Saturday nights. Pre-registration required. Highland Recreation Area, 5200 Highland Rd., White Lake, MI. Online at: www. or find us on Facebook.

SEPTEMBER 8 – Midwest Dressage Association Show at Grosse Point Hunt Club. 655 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. Email:, or mda.dressageorg@ Online at: or

SEPTEMBER 15 – Barry County Annual Benefit Open Speed Show Series (5 of 5), 9:30am start. 6 speed events, 6 age groups, daily & year end prizes. Barry County Fairgrounds, 1350 M-37, Hastings, MI. Linda 269.945.3691 or

SEPTEMBER 8 – Open Speed Show Series. 12:30 pm start, 6 events, 5 age divisions, plus year end awards. La Arena Solana, 3056 Lee Road (S. of Centerline Road), Saranac, MI. For more information call 616.427.5668

SEPTEMBER 15 – Cowboy Church, 5pm start. Bring a friend! Horse lovers of all ages and all denominations welcome. Free chuckwagon dinner provided. Victory Ranch, 58191 8 Mile Rd., Northville, MI. Text please: 248.410.4501

SEPTEMBER 6-8 – Ranch Horse Assoc. of MI Show. Friday 6pm, Sat & Sun 8am start. Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds, 9122 US Hwy. 31, Berrien Springs, MI. Show info email:, stalls: samholwerda, or visit:

SEPTEMBER 8-9 – Working Equitation (WE) Recognized Horse Show. A Challenging New Sport. Rach Riding Academy, 3380 Morrow Lane, Milford, MI. Contact Karen Rach 586.242.7351 (call or text), email: kl_rach@, or find us on Facebook.

SEPTEMBER 15 – Woodbine Farm Dressage Show. Midwest Dressage Assoc. approved. Woodbine Farm, 9976 Liberty Rd., Chelsea, MI. Email:, or online at:

SEPTEMBER 7 – Kal-Val Pleasure & Speed Show. Kal-Val Saddle Club, 9853 S. 34th St., Scotts, MI. Contact Shajnett Huffman 269.567.8708, email: huffman.shajnett7 or visit us online at: http://

SEPTEMBER 12-15 – MQHA Futurity & Great Lakes Classic Horse Show. AQHA, MQHA, and NSBA approved. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Contact MQHA office 616.225.8211, email: or pre-enter online:

SEPTEMBER 7 – OREA Judged Trail Ride. Registration starts at 9am. All riders out by noon. Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Area, 5779 Hadley Rd., Ortonville, MI. Contact Karen 913.660.8012, email:, or online at:

SEPTEMBER 12-22 – Michigan Trail Riders Assoc. September Ride, 11 days. Mackinac to Oscoda, MI. Contact Al Davis, President: or email: Jan Wolfin, Secretary: or visit us online at:

SEPTEMBER 7-8 – Buchanan Westerners Open Horse Show. All are welcome! Buchanan Westerners Riding Club, Inc., 14665 Mead Road, Buchanan, MI. Email: buchanan, or visit us online at:

SEPTEMBER 13-15 – 9th Annual Ride For A Cure at D Bar D Ranch. Trail ride, wagon ride, non-riders welcome, live music, silent auction. D Bar D Ranch, 7064 E. 64th St., Chase, MI. Camping 231.832.3143, Joyce 231.878.2155, or Facebook.

SEPTEMBER 7-8 – NBHA Show MI 03, Sat: Expos 10:30am, Show noon. Sun: Expos 9am, Show 10am. D Bar D Ranch7064 E. 64th St., Chase, MI. Camping: 231.832.3143, contact Joyce 231.878.2155, online at: www.dbard or find us on Facebook.

SEPTEMBER 14 – Tack Sale 9am-1pm. Multifamily. Hunt saddles, saddle seat saddles, bridles, saddle pads, and more. 11336 Lisa Lori Lane, South Lyon, MI. Off 8 Mile Rd., between Rushton and Marshall Roads. 248.724.8110

SEPTEMBER 21 – Cheff’s Annual Ride-A-Thon 8am-3pm. Morning trail ride, door prizes, silent auction, and a great lunch. Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, 8450 N. 43rd St., Augusta, MI. Contact Morgan 269.731.4471, email: morgan, or online at:

SEPTEMBER 14-15 – Extreme Mountain Trail Clinic on the 14th and IMTCA Challenge on the 15th. HWSC Show Grounds, 3856 61st St., Holland, MI. Email Kris at:, or online at:, or find Holland Western Saddle Club on Facebook.

SEPTEMBER 21 – Yoder Bros. Large Horse and Carriage Fall Consignment Auction. 9am start, 4 auction rings, horses, tack, carriages, harnesses, more. Isabella County Fairgrounds, 500 N. Mission, Mt. Pleasant, MI. Contact Yoder Bros. Auction Service 989.386.9082

SEPTEMBER 14-15 – MI FQHR Show, 8:30am start. Midland County Fairgrounds, 6905 Eastman Ave, Midland, MI. Contact Wendy Wixson 989.506.1558, or email: laramiereed, find us on Facebook or visit us online at:

SEPTEMBER 22 – Friesian Keuring, held only once a year. Purebred Friesian horses being judged in hand. Ionia County Fairgrounds, 317 S. Dexter St., Ionia, MI. Contact Lori Brock 231.250.8882, email: lori@loribrockrealtor. com, or online at:

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SEPTEMBER 7-8 – Wyn Farm Dressage Schooling Show. English, Western Dressage. Wyn Farm, 3100 Noble Rd., Williamston, MI. Contact Kealan Millies-Lucke 517.915.8548, email:, or visit us online at: SEPTEMBER 8 – Barry County Fuzzy and Fun 50/50 Show. Pleasure starts at 9am. Speed starts at 1pm. Casual attire. Barry County Fairgrounds, 1350 M-37, Hastings, MI. Contact Theresa Ferris 269.721.9961 or 269.838.2308, or email:

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SEPTEMBER 20 – Tiny Tots Session 5, ages 4 to 6. Fridays 5:15pm-6:30pm and 6:30pm7:45pm for 6 weeks. Wildwind Equestrian Center, 3935 7 Mile Rd, South Lyon, MI. Call 734.486.7433, or email: wildwindec@gmail. com or online: SEPTEMBER 20-22 – 3rd Annual Great Lakes Regional Dressage Schooling Show Championships. Rattlewood Farms, 1935 Ray Rd., Oxford, MI. Contact Christine 810.656.6094, email: or online at: SEPTEMBER 20-22 – MI Apple Blossom Classic Open Horse Show. Fri: 7pm, Sat & Sun: 8am start. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Show info or stall reservations call: 517.655.4712, email:, or find us on Facebook.

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Show & Event Dates SEPTEMBER 22 – GLASS-ED Dressage Show, WDAMI & Reg. 2 sanctioned. Entries close: Sept. 12. Pine Lake Stables, 12300 Pine Lake Rd., Plainwell, MI. Contact Mary Johnson at 269.664.4223, email:, or online at: SEPTEMBER 22 – Open Speed Show Series. 12:30 pm start, 6 events, 5 age divisions, plus year end awards. La Arena Solana, 3056 Lee Road (S. of Centerline Road), Saranac, MI. For more information call 616.427.5668 SEPTEMBER 24-25 – Michigan Dynamometer Assoc. National Heavyweight Horse Pull, Sept. 24, 9am. National Lightweight Horse Pull, Sept. 25, 9am. Hillsdale County Fair, 115 S. Broad St., Hillsdale, MI. Visit: or online. SEPTEMBER 26 – D Bar D Ranch Fall Speed Series, 5:30pm start. $4 per class, show clothes optional. D Bar D Ranch, 7064 E. 64th St., Chase, MI. Contact Joyce 231.832.3143, or online at: or find us on Facebook. SEPTEMBER 26 – MHC’s Equine Legislative Day, 7:30am-4pm. Anderson House Office Building, Mackinac Room (5th floor), 124 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, MI. Contact Don Packard 734.645.1327, email: packardcoloneldon74 @ for more information. Register now at: SEPTEMBER 27-29 – 3rd Annual Dr. Edwin & Jean Deer Horse Show. All ages. Casual attire. Contact Mackinac Horsemen’s Association 906.847.8034, email: deermackinachorse, find us on Facebook or Instagram, or SEPTEMBER 28-29 – IBRA Barrel Racing at D Bar D Ranch. 10am expos, noon start, $200 added each day. D Bar D Ranch, 7064 E. 64th St., Chase, MI. Camping 231.832.3143, or call Joyce at 231.878.2155, or visit us online at: or Facebook. SEPTEMBER 29 –Eaton Special Riding Volunteer Association Ride-A-Thon, 8:30am start. $25 t-shirt, potluck lunch. Door prizes, scavenger hunts, poker ride. Ionia State Recreation Area, 2880 W. David Hwy., Saranac, MI. Contact Dorothy 517.763.3729, or Facebook. SEPTEMBER 29 – 15th Annual Rangers 4-H Club Memorial Judged Trail Ride. 10am-2pm. 6 divisions, cash back, lunch. Sleepy Hollow State Park, 7835 E. Price Rd., Laingsburg, MI. Contact Mary Mallory 517.651.6884, email: or online at:

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OCTOBER OCTOBER 1-6 – Join the MI Horse Drawn Vehicle Assoc. at the National Drive. Noncompetitive. Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburg, IN. Contact Linda Sadler 217.621.7845, email: On Facebook at: OCTOBER 3 – D Bar D Ranch Fall Speed Series, 5:30pm start. $4 per class, show clothes optional. D Bar D Ranch, 7064 E. 64th St., Chase, MI. Contact Joyce 231.832.3143, or online at: or find us on Facebook. OCTOBER 5 – Maybury Trail Riders Spooky Trail Ride and Potluck. Noon-8pm. Great trails, games, prizes and food! Maybury State Park, 20145 Beck Rd., Northville, MI. Contact Christina 248.912.5238, email: crispurslow, or visit OCTOBER 5-12 – Michigan Trail Riders Assoc. October Color Ride, 8 days. Cadillac, MI to Rapid River, MI. Contact Al Davis, President: or email: Jan Wolfin, Secretary: or visit us online at: OCTOBER 6 – Cowboy Church, 5pm start. Bring a friend! Horse lovers of all ages and all denominations welcome. Free chuckwagon dinner provided. Victory Ranch, 58191 8 Mile Rd., Northville, MI. Text please: 248.410.4501 OCTOBER 10 – D Bar D Ranch Fall Speed Series, 5:30pm start. $4 per class, show clothes optional. D Bar D Ranch, 7064 E. 64th St., Chase, MI. Contact Joyce 231.832.3143, or online at: or find us on Facebook. OCTOBER 10-12 – ASHAM Fall Charity Horse Show. Saddlebred, Morgan, Hackney Pony, Parade, Academy, and Challenge of Breed classes. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Contact Ron 586.484.8790, email: or visit: OCTOBER 12 – Annual Halloween Bash and Chili Cookoff at the D Bar D Ranch. Scavenger horseback ride, and costume contest. 7064 E. 64th St., Chase, MI. Contact Joyce at 231.832.3143, or visit us online at: www.dbard or find us on Facebook. OCTOBER 12 – 7th Annual Polly Ann Trail Ride. 23 mile long rail-to-trails in Lapeer Co. $15 per rider, includes lunch. Ride starts at 9am, General Squier Park, 4725 S. Mill Rd., Dryden, MI. Find “Friends of the Polly Ann Trail” on Facebook or call Barb Yockey 596.914.4321.



OCTOBER 12 – Walking Horse of MI All Breed Judged Trail Ride. Reg. starts 9am. Trail ride 10am-2pm. Free t-shirt! $40 per person. Cummins Center Park, 6130 E. Mt Morris Rd., Mt. Morris, MI. Email:, or online at: OCTOBER 17 – D Bar D Ranch Fall Speed Series, 5:30pm start. $4 per class, show clothes optional. Rain Date: Oct. 24th. D Bar D Ranch, 7064 E. 64th St., Chase, MI. Contact Joyce 231.832.3143, or online at: www.dbard or find us on Facebook. OCTOBER 17-20 – 43rd Annual Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show and Pull. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Call 517.204.6730, email:, online:, or find them on Facebook. OCTOBER 18-19 – MI Dynamometer Assoc. Horse Pulls at the MI Great Lakes International. Friday: 7pm, Lightweight, Saturday: 7pm, Heavyweight. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Visit: or online. OCTOBER 18-20 – Explore The Hollow: Sleepy Hollow Trail Riders Weekend camp-over. Campfire, potluck, and trail activities. Sleepy Hollow State Park, 7835 E. Price Rd., Laingsburg, MI. Contact Pat 517.651.5984, email: or OCTOBER 19-20 – IBRA Barrel Racing at D Bar D Ranch. 10am expos, noon start, $200 added each day. D Bar D Ranch, 7064 E. 64th St., Chase, MI. Camping 231.832.3143, or call Joyce at 231.878.2155, or visit us online at: or Facebook. OCTOBER 20 – Annual Halloween Fun Show. Musical Stalls, The Great Costume Class and more! 9am start. Justamere Equestrian Centre, 56295 Card Rd., Macomb, MI. Call 586.295.1313, email: kathleenbiondo@ or online at: OCTOBER 24-27 – 7th Annual Addison Oaks Camp N’ Ride. Campground for equestrians ONLY. Addison Oaks County Park and Campground, 1480 W. Romeo Rd., Leonard, MI. Tracy 248.505.7028, email: tracy@mackellar. com. Visit Addison Oaks Trail Riders on FB. OCTOBER 26 – Best Little Horse Show Annual Halloween Show. 9am start. All ages and levels. All breed open show. Equinox Farm, 855 N. Hickory Ridge Rd., Highland, MI. Contact Ericka Utz 248.212.8890, email: erickautz@, or


Show & Event Dates OCTOBER 26-27 – MI Paint Horse Club Fall Color Classic Futurity. All APHA, AQHA, ApHC offspring of stallions sold in the 2019 MPHC Fall Color Classic SSS are eligible to show. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, E. Lansing, MI. Online at:

NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 22-24 – 14th Annual Cowboy Christmas Horse Show. Tons of shopping, free admission. MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI. Contact Rochelle Rondy 989.763.3276, or email: cowboychristmas@ Vendors welcome. Stalls sold out.

MI WEEKLY EVENTS WEDNESDAYS: Team Sorting Practice at The Orchard Arena. 5:30pm sign-up, 6pm start. $20 per person. 5966 W. Sanilac Rd., Vassar, MI. Call 989.823.3352 or 989.673.3767, email: or visit us online at

Moore's Monthly Dealer Tack Auction: 3rd Thursday of every month, starting at 10am. Held at 11771 US Hwy. 223, Onsted, MI. Call 517.467.7576, or email: sales@tommoore, or visit Hay and Straw Auction: Mondays 3:30pm. Ravenna Livestock Auction, 3265 S. Slocum Road, Ravenna, MI. Call 231.853.5738, online at Warner Farms Dealer's Tack Auction: First Thursday of every month, 10am. Lenawee County Fair and Event Grounds, 602 Dean St., Adrian, MI. Call James Warner 517.596. 3028, email:, or online at: W-H Horse Saddle and Tack Auction: Fourth Saturday of every month. 10am used tack; 1pm horses. Wayland-Hopkins Livestock Auction, 3634 10th St., Wayland, MI. Call Leon, Cal or Tye Casey (269) 945-9398 or online at

OHIO SHOWS SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 5-8 – Ohio Valley Reining Horse Association “The Tradition” Show. NRHA East Central Reg. Finals. Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Stalls:, email: amshowserv or visit: SEPTEMBER 6-8 – Country Heir Farm September I National Show. 20336 Stark Rd., Fayetteville, OH. Contact Julie Agar 248.892.6806, email: julie.agar@com, or online at or visit: SEPTEMBER 6-8 – Eastern Ohio Quarter Horse Show. 4 sets of points. AQHA/NSBA approved. Ohio Expo Center Coliseum, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH. Call 937.209.8711, email:, online at: or find us on Facebook.

THURSDAYS: Fall Home School Social Hour. September 5-December 19. Basic 1: 10:30amNoon, Intermediate 1: 1:30pm-3pm (must have riding experience). $500 per child. Brighton Equestrian Center, Howell, MI. 810.772.7612, or visit: online.

SEPTEMBER 7 – Crazy Woman Ranch Gymkhana Series Show. Reg. 8:30am, show starts 9:30am. Year end awards, points at each show. Crazy Woman Ranch, 6450 LancasterCircleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Contact Joyce Hanes 614.595.1850 or find us on Facebook.

FRIDAYS: Tiny Tots Session 6, November 1December 13. Ages 4-6. Classes weekly 5:15pm-6:30 and 6:30-7:45pm. Wildwind Equestrian Center, South Lyon, MI. Call 734.486.7433, email: wildwindec@gmail. com, online at:

SEPTEMBER 7 – Dayton Local Show Circuit dressage show. Serenity Valley Farm, 2119 S. Union Rd., Dayton, OH. Contact Tammy Makela via email at: or find Dayton Local Show Circuit on Facebook. SEPTEMBER 7 – Rocky Fork Rodeo Co. Youth Rodeo K-12. 10am start, free admission, rain or shine. Rocky Fork Ranch Resort, 74978 Broadhead Road, Kimbolton, OH. Contact Stephanie 740.581.0447, Melissa 740.228.2589 or find Rocky Fork Rodeo Company on Facebook.

SUNDAYS: Team Sorting Practice at Blue Ridge Stock Farm, N. Latson Rd., Howell, MI. 2pm start, $25 cattle fee, all ages welcome, no exp. nec. Call 517.376.1930. Spring - Fall Only.


SEPTEMBER 7-8 – Southern OH Quarter Pony Assoc. (SOQPA) Open Horse Show Series. Fairfield County Fairgrounds, 157 East Fair Ave., Lancaster, OH. Contact Jenny Walters 740.474.8000, online at: or find us on Facebook for more information.

Hay and Straw Auction – Tuesdays 1pm. Lake Odessa Livestock Auction, 3675 Tupper Lake Rd, Lake Odessa, MI. Call 616.374.8213 or Horse and Tack Auction: First Saturday of each month (except July) Tack 2 pm, Horses 6pm. Hay and Straw, plus Farm Related Items Weds. 2:30 p.m. Northern MI Livestock Auction, 1848 N. Townline Rd., Gaylord, MI. 231. 439.5679, Moore's Monthly Horse and Tack Auction: First Saturday of each month, starting at 6pm with tack, horses to follow. Tom Moore Sales, 11771 US Hwy. 223, Onsted, MI. 517.467. 7576, email:, or online at

SEPTEMBER 7-8 – Stoney Ridge Stables OPHA Approved Show. 2010 Reimer Road, Wadsworth, OH. Contact Jennifer Powell 330.819.8295, email: jlpowell516@gmail. com. Visit Stoney Ridge Stables on Facebook or visit:

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Show & Event Dates OHIO SHOWS, cont. SEPTEMBER 7-8 – Tri-State Rodeo Assoc. Fall Round Up. Speed Sat., Performance Sunday. Gibsonburg Saddle Club Inc. Show Grounds, 961 N. Main St., Gibsonburg, OH. Contact Mary Heaps 419.351.9715, or visit us online at: SEPTEMBER 13-15 – Country Heir Farm September II National Show. 20336 Stark Rd., Fayetteville, OH. Contact Julie Agar 248.892.6806, email: julie.agar@com, or online at or visit: SEPTEMBER 13-15 – Mohican State Forest Chili Cook-Off and State Trail Ride. Hosted by Ashland County OHC. 975 ODNR Mohican Rd. 51, Perrysville, OH. Contact Mike Gerard 330.262.4537, email: or visit the OHC at: SEPTEMBER 13-15 – Springfield Charity Horse Show. Hosted by the American Saddlebred Horse Assoc. of OH. Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike, Springfield, OH. Call Jack 937.206.0003, or Evette 937.623.7934, or SEPTEMBER 14 – NBHA District 07. Exhibition barrels 10am. Exhibition poles: 11:45am. Show starts after exhibition poles. Arena: 18561 Grill Rd., Doylestown, OH. Contact Amy Snyder at 440.479.8503 for more information. SEPTEMBER 14 – Reality Dreams Open Horse Show, 9am start, rain or shine, double point show. Fairfield County Fairgrounds, 157 East Fair Ave., Lancaster, OH. Show manager and for overnight camping please call: Karen Sarver 740.385.3431 SEPTEMBER 15 – Chagrin Valley Farms OPHA Schooling Show. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.2861, email: linda, or online at: SEPTEMBER 15 – Massillon Saddle Club Contest Show. Walk/trot classes 10am start. Massillon Saddle Club Show Grounds, 12680 Sally SW, Massillon, OH. Contact Regina 330.234.7637, or Leanne 330.844.4041, or find Massillon Saddle Club on Facebook. SEPTEMBER 21 – Reality Dreams Open Horse Show, 9am start, rain or shine. Fairfield County Fairgrounds, 157 East Fair Ave., Lancaster, OH. Show manager and for overnight camping call: Karen Sarver 740.385.3431

SEPTEMBER 21-22 – Dayton Local Show Circuit, Dressage Show Sat., Hunter Show Sunday. The Riding Centre, 1117 E. Hyde Rd., Yellow Springs, OH. Contact Caroline Bailey via email: or find Dayton Local Show Circuit on Facebook. SEPTEMBER 21-22 – Rocky Fork Rodeo Co. Youth Rodeo FINALS K-12. 10am start, free admission, rain or shine. Rocky Fork Ranch Resort, 74978 Broadhead Road, Kimbolton, OH. Contact Stephanie 740.581.0447, Melissa 740.228.2589 or find us on Facebook. SEPTEMBER 21-22 – Up and Over OPHA Schooling Show. Buckeye Horse Park, 10334 W. Akron-Canfield Rd, Canfield, OH. Contact Barb Clifford 330.979.9763, email: bbarb, or visit us online at: SEPTEMBER 21-22 – Youth Equestrian Development Assoc. (YEDA) Show at Crazy Woman Ranch, 6450 Lancaster-Circleville Rd. SW, Lancaster, OH. Find YEDA on Facebook. Email:, or call 419.957.9054 or visit: SEPTEMBER 22 – Dressage Schooling Show Series CHAMPIONSHIP. Entries close: Sept. 9. Dream On Farms, 16501 Station Rd., Columbia Station, OH. Contact Niki 440.454.4709, email:, online at: www. or find us on Facebook. SEPTEMBER 22 – MI Dynamometer Assoc. World 3400 Lightweight Championship and Heavyweight Horse Pull. Noon start. Flat Rock Creek Fall Festival, Paulding Co. Fairgrounds, 501 Fairground Dr., Paulding, OH. Visit: www. or SEPTEMBER 24 – 5th Annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Standardbred Horse Sale. Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Call 574.825.4610, or for more information visit: SEPTEMBER 27-28 – Walking Horse Assoc. of Ohio (WHAO) Buckeye Classic. Henderson Arena, 830 Van Fossan Rd., Jackson, OH. Show Mgr. Pat:, stall mgr. Sherrie:, or visit: SEPTEMBER 27-29 – Chagrin Valley Farms National Horse Show. OPHA approved. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.2861, email:, or online at:

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SEPTEMBER 27-29 – Ohio NBHA State Finals Barrel Race. $20,000 Added Money & Awards. Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Road, Springfield, OH. Visit www.ohioNBHA. or find “Ohio NBHA” on Facebook. SEPTEMBER 27-29 – Van Buren State Park Trail Ride. Hosted by the NW Region OHC. 12259 Township Rd. 218, Van Buren, OH. Reservations Required. Contact Al Sidell 419.680.2036, email: asidell@naglecomp or online at: SEPTEMBER 27-29 – World Equestrian Center Fall Show I Premier L2. USEF Approved. World Equestrian Center, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie, email: julie.agar@comcast. net, stabling mgr.: or SEPTEMBER 28 – Fairfield County Horse Advisor’s Open Show. Exhibitors ages 8-18 & 4-H eligible only. 9am rain or shine. Fairfield County Fairgrounds, 157 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster, OH. Contact Linda Anderson 740.503.5923, or Becky Bell 740.438.8320. SEPTEMBER 28 – Southern OH Quarter Pony Assoc. (SOQPA) Open Horse Show Series. Madison County Fairgrounds, 205 Elm St., London, OH. Contact Jenny Walters at 740.474.8000, online at: or find us on Facebook for more information.

OCTOBER OCTOBER 1-27 – All American Quarter Horse Congress. Trade show starts October 4th. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH. Daily parking on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays is only $15. Visit us online at: OCTOBER 2-6 – International Friesian Show Horse Assoc. World and Grand Nationals. USEF & IFSHA Rated Class A. Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Contact Sandra 608.201.5922, email: hndsn, or www. OCTOBER 2-6 – World Equestrian Center Fall Show II. USEF Approved. World Equestrian Center, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie, email: julie.agar@comcast. net, stabling mgr.: or OCTOBER 4-6 – Brave Horse VII Horse Show. OPHA approved show. Twin Stables, LLC, 1029 S. County Line Rd., Johnstown, OH. Call 614.885.9475, email: or visit us online at: WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Show & Event Dates OCTOBER 4-6 – New Dates: Hueston Woods State Park Trail Ride. Hosted by Preble County OHC. College Corner, OH. Contact Donn Buckingham 937.417.4358, email: donnb@, or visit the Ohio Horseman’s Council at:

OCTOBER 25-26 – Mid-Ohio Fall Round Up hosted by the Mid-Ohio Walking Horse Assoc. MOWHA Dbl. Pt. Show. Eden Park Equestrian Complex, 2607 Blayney Rd., Sunbury, OH. Stalls: Matt 419.566.4356, email: mjanisch@, or

NOVEMBER 23-24 – Youth Equestrian Development Association (YEDA) Show. Garwood Arena, 2538 Middleton Rd., Columbiana, OH. Call 419.957.9054, or email: info@show Find YEDA on Facebook, or online at:

OCTOBER 5 – Dayton Local Show Circuit Halloween Dressage Show. Serenity Valley Farm, 2119 S. Union Rd., Dayton, OH. Contact Tammy Makela via email at: info@serenity or find Dayton Local Show Circuit on Facebook.

OCTOBER 26-27 – Ohio Double B&P and Promo. Pony of the Americas (POA) Fall Show. Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Contact: Linzy Zahm-Lahr 260.519.5433, or visit:

NOVEMBER 29-DEC. 1 – RSP Productions Ranch Sorting at Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Find RSP Productions on Facebook or call 269.838.1273

OCTOBER 6 – Massillon Saddle Club Contest Show. Walk/trot classes 10am start. Massillon Saddle Club Show Grounds, 12680 Sally SW, Massillon, OH. Contact Regina 330.234.7637, or Leanne Louive 330.844.4041, or find us on Facebook or visit: OCTOBER 9-13 – World Equestrian Center Fall Show III. USEF Approved. World Equestrian Center, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie, email: julie.agar@comcast. net, stabling mgr.: or visit: OCTOBER 12-13 – Chagrin Valley Farms Horse Show. OPHA approved. Chagrin Valley Farms, 9250 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH. Contact Linda Joseph 440.543.2861, email:, or online at: OCTOBER 16-20 – World Equestrian Center Fall Show IV. USEF Approved. World Equestrian Center, 4095 OH-730, Wilmington, OH. Contact Julie, email: julie.agar@comcast. net, stabling mgr.: or visit: OCTOBER 18-20 – Heartland Fall Spooktacular hosted by the Ohio American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association. Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Visit or find the OASPHA on Facebook.

NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 2-3 – Youth Equestrian Development Association (YEDA) Show. Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Call 419.957.9054, or email: info@show Find YEDA on Facebook, or online at: NOVEMBER 3 – 9th Annual Tack Swap hosted by NBHA Ohio 02 District. Open 10am-2pm. Admission $2, 10 & under free. Vendor set-up 8am-10am. Blue Lakes Farm, 14037 Auburn Rd., Newbury, OH. Amy Snyder 440.479.8503, or email: NOVEMBER 8-10 – Half Baked Winter Series Barrel Racing. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Hosted by On The Road with Dawn and Clea. Visit “On The Road With Dawn and Clea” on Facebook or NOVEMBER 9-10 – Majestic Farm’s Turkey Trot Horse Show plus Dressage For A Cause: Fundraiser for C.U.R.E. Epilepsy. Majestic Farm, 5700 State Route 132, Batavia, OH. Call 513.625.3055, or find Majestic Farm on Facebook or online at: NOVEMBER 16-17 – Champions Center Open Horse Show. Champions Center Expo, 4122 Laybourne Road, Springfield, OH. Email:, or online at:

OCTOBER 19 – Crazy Woman Ranch Gymkhana Series Show. Reg. 8:30am, show starts 9:30am. Year end awards, points at each show. Crazy Woman Ranch, 6450 LancasterCircleville Rd., Lancaster, OH. Contact Joyce Hanes 614.595.1850 or find us on Facebook.

NOVEMBER 16-17 – Youth Equestrian Development Association (YEDA) Show. WB Ranch and Arena, 1640 Co Road B, Swanton, OH. Call 419.957.9054, or email: info@showyeda. com. Find YEDA on Facebook, or online at:

OCTOBER 20 – Massillon Saddle Club Contest Show. Walk/trot classes 10am start. Massillon Saddle Club Show Grounds, 12680 Sally SW, Massillon, OH. Contact Regina 330.234.7637, or Leanne Louive 330.844.4041, or find us on Facebook or visit:

NOVEMBER 19-21 – 72nd Annual Fall Speed Sale hosted by the Blooded Horse Sales Co. Champions Center, 4122 Laybourne Rd., Springfield, OH. Call 859.858.4415, or online at:

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OHIO AUCTIONS Auction listings are free, call to be included! Athens Livestock Sales: Regular sale every Tuesday at Noon. Athens Livestock Sales, 3738 Enlow Road, Albany, OH. Call 740. 592.2322 or find us on Facebook. Larue Horse Sale, LLC: Hay, Straw, Tack and Horse Auction on the first Saturday of every month. Larue Horse Sale, LLC, 1059 Richwood-Larue Rd., Larue, Ohio. 419.889.9150 or online at: Mt. Hope Auction: Horse, Tack, Livestock Auctions Monthly. Mt. Hope Auction, 8076 OH241, Mt. Hope, OH. Call 330.674.6188, or online at: Sugarcreek Livestock Auction: Horse sales every Friday of the month. Tack 11am, horses follow tack. Sugarcreek Livestock Auction, 102 Buckeye St., Sugarcreek, Ohio. Call us at 330. 852.2832 or find us on Facebook. Yoder and Frey Hay and Straw Auction: Every Monday at 12 noon. Farm Machinery Auctions: 2nd Tuesday monthly at 9am. Yoder and Frey Inc., 3649 Co. Rd. 24, Archbold, OH. Call 1.800.364.2870, or visit us online at:

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Horse Association & Trail Riders News Oct. 27: Hayride at Mary Elliott's farm, Galion, OH. Note time: 3:00 P.M. Nov. 9: Annual banquet, Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, OH BLACK SWAMP DRIVING CLUB, OH Beautiful summer weather greeted two dozen Black Swamp Driving Club members Aug. 4 as they gathered at Wayne and Ann Leighteys' Upper Sandusky, OH, farm. Pahl's Farm Market is on site, providing plenty of space for a delicious potluck, featuring BBQ ribs prepared by Norm Pahl. A tour of Leighteys' barn showed off their equines, including a cute donkey, young potbellied pigs, baby chickens, ducks, a large turkey, and a beef feeder. Sandy Young brought her pony to drive, and took a couple members with her around the local roads. Roger Higgins, Jr. and Sr., hosted a country drive Aug. 11, at Meeker, OH. The potluck was enjoyed comfortably in the park shelter house. Meeker is a little off the beaten path, and its quiet county roads provided a safe, pleasant venue for an afternoon's drive. Carriages from Higgins' collection were on display at the shelter house. All were then invited to view their other vehicles – housed in three buildings! An impressive Rockaway drew the most interest. A “high-end” vehicle, it was coachman driven, with all the amenities to ensure a comfortable ride. A short BSDC board meeting to begin planning for the annual banquet Nov. 9 at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, Arlington, OH, was convened by President Roger Higgins, Jr. Julie Emmons has found items for the door prizes which will be awarded in a reverse raffle. Baked goods will be available to the high bidders in a silent auction. Ann Bell announced it's time to order driving calendars to be picked up at the banquet. Next up is the Coon Hunters drive Sept. 29 near Tiffin, OH, hosted by Sue and Roger Murray. Several BSDC members will be heading for the Hoosier Horse Park, Edinburg, IN, Oct. 1-6 for the National Drive. Mary Elliott and Linda Spear will welcome members for their annual hayride at their farm near Galion, OH, Oct. 27. Upcoming Events: Sept. 29: Coon Hunters Drive, The Murrays, Tiffin, OH

Fort Custer Horse Friends Association

FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Hello Trail Riders! Our Annual Fall Equestrian Camp Out is right around the corner! The date is September 12-15th and we hope to see everyone again this year. This is our fundraiser for the year, and we have accomplished so much with these funds over the past 10 years for trail improvements, pavilion, outhouse, trailhead parking and a bridge. The monies raised from all we do now and in the future will be for the new campground sites at the trailhead. But to get back to the Camp Out, we will feed you 2 pancake breakfasts and a potluck with pulled pork supper on Sat. at 5 pm. After the potluck will be our always entertaining auction of donated items (horsey or not) that helps our fundraising efforts. There are picket poles, corrals are acceptable, nice outhouse, manure removal and water for your equine friends. It is staged at the Whitford Lake Event area, a beautiful grassy location in the Park, just follow the "horse camp" signs. We hope to see you there! 4 days of fun and riding all for $45 for members and $60 for non-members. First come first serve for camp sites this year. Our permanent campground is in the final stage of reality. It has been approved and a workday will be scheduled to work on the 7 campsites. We need to thank our Park manager Tony Trojanowski for all of his support in making this campground possible. Another thank-you goes to the Parks Director Ron Olson for finding funds to get the 7 picnic tables and 7 fire rings we needed. We had included these in our proposal as an expense FCHFA would pay for and this allows us to have more of our monies go into the campsites. Thank you Ron Olson for supporting the Fort Custer Equestrian Camp Ground!! When the sites are ready for campers, they will be able to be reserved on the DNR website.



Please go to our website for campground updates, calendar of events, etc. Call Nancy Simmonds for any questions at 269-967-3613. Check our workdays scheduled to work on the camp sites. We would love everyone to come help! Come ride our trails, we are known for our creek crossings and beautifully groomed trails! See you on the trails! Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION HTRA Annual Horse Shoe Hunt Sept 6-8th, 2019 Our campground is full, but you never know with potential last-minute cancellations, so contact us if you are interested in camping. The entire campground road has been resurfaced so no more pot holes when you are moving your rigs around. We also have 2 new ADA sites including concrete pads. However, these sites will not be ready for horse riders until next spring so we will have them roped off for safety. Round up all of your day riding buddies and 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! Contact David Snyder at or (810) 423-2148. Event details are on our website at or catch us on our Facebook page. Looking forward to seeing you there! Highland Trail Riders

HBAM Horseback Archery of Michigan

HORSEBACK ARCHERY IN MICHIGAN Welcome to Horseback Archery in Michigan! Or HBAM for short. Please look us up on Facebook under “Horseback Archery in Michigan.” We are an alliance of clubs that believe in working across club and association lines to grow our sport in our state. Our clubs consist of Ground Zero WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News HORSEBACK ARCHERY IN MI, continued Mounted Archers (Niles/St.Joseph), Michigan Centaurs (3 chapters in Fruitport, Gaylord and Howell), Red Hawk Archery Riders (Stanwood) and Rising Storm Mounted Archers (West Branch). Upcoming events for September are a competition at Creekside Horse Park in Waynesburg, OH and the HBAM ground archery meetup to participate in the competition at the Michigan Renaissance festival. The third annual Michigan Open Horseback Archery Competition was held at Healey's Outback Ranch August 16-18. What an amazing venue! Healey's Outback Ranch is a bed and breakfast offering horse boarding, as well as horse rentals and trail rides. The ranch has everything you need for a comfortable weekend getaway or a competition; ample parking, food, secure pens for horses, a 90m sport track and a fun Polish X-country course through the woods. Spectators had a great view of the sport track and several targets on the X-country. It was a pleasure to see such an enthusiastic turn out and meet people interested in the sport. Please share your photos and videos, we would love to have a glimpse of your perspective. Thank you also to our volunteers for all of your help scoring, assisting, running, everything. We could not do this without you. We are a tribe and it takes all of you to make the magic happen. An extra special shout out to our photographer, Dawn Henderson. Thank you for donating your time and talent to the weekend. We only do this for the photos, no one cares what happened before or after. Day 1 was the sport track with archers riding the Korean 1-2-3 in the morning and the Hungarian in the afternoon. These courses were eligible for grading within the International Horse Archery Association system. The most memorable shot was when Mariah L. won the Hungarian for the novice division with a last second “hail Mary” back shot. Day 2 was the Polish (X-country) course through the woods. The course was great fun with target opportunities on a variety of 3-D animals. Riders were able to walk, trot and canter the course and still make par time. Originally the plan was to ride the Mongolian Hit and Run course in the

afternoon but due to the rainstorm the course was canceled. Riders agreed to move the safety meeting to 7:30 am so that the first heat could be on course at 8am. All riders were able to complete their 2 runs before the weather turned on us. We are proud of the teamwork and flexibility that was shown by competitors, volunteers and spectators to ensure a successful weekend. Trophies and plaques consisted of Red Hawk Hippogryphs painted by Rebecca A. and Carrie B. Stickyseats riding pants donated pairs to award to our overall 1st place archers in each division. Bethany F. won for advanced, Brittany K. for intermediate, and Carolyn H. for novice. Ely Delany donated custom bow strings to our overall 2nd place archers in each division. Elizabeth T. won for advanced, Sheldy W. for intermediate, and Mariah L. for novice. Scott and Jennifer Dawson of Ground Zero donated flu-flu arrows for overall 3rd place archers in each division. Maryellen W. won for advanced, Pamela S. for intermediate, and Brian H. for novice.

IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOCIATION The board camped the weekend of August 9-11 and shared a nice potluck at 1:00 on Saturday with our members. We had two board members step down and we'd like to thank Chris Blievernicht for stepping up to join our board. Chris has been an active contributor at our work bees and a source of great ideas for phase 1 of our Confidence Course. Welcome Chris!! We have a stock of T-shirts with our new logo and will have long sleeves T-shirts available for Chili Cookoff weekend. Looking ahead to fall, our Chili Cookoff will be October 5. Hope to see you there with a pot of your favorite chili to enter in the contest. All entrants must be camping at Ionia, so get that reservation made. If you don't care to enter a chili, bring a potluck dish to round out the meal, and come judge the chilies. It's a good idea to bring a muffin tin to carry all the chili samples. We are seeking membership input on holSEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019 (43)

ding an annual banquet, either catered or potluck, during the winter months. We have a nice facility right at the park available, very reasonably with electric camping adjacent. Please let a board member know if you would come if we plan it (not during the holiday rush). Hope to see you soon! Happy Trails!

KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS The Proud Lake Kensington Circle Ride Is Back!! Saturday, September 14th. Where will you choose to begin, will it be at the Proud Lake or Kensington staging area? Come ride the loop between the two staging areas. Lunch will be served at both locations. Registration starts at 9:30 am at both locations and is $15 per rider. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Detroit Horse Power (DHP) organization. DHP an organization that is dedicated to providing horse related experiences to inner city youth. There will be camping from Friday to Sunday at both staging areas Camping is $40 for the weekend for members and $50 for non members and is preregistered. Each additional person over the age of 12 is $5. This includes a continental breakfast on Saturday, lunch with the ride and a potluck dinner Saturday night (both camp sites will provide the main course) PLEASE BRING A DISH TO PASS. Both organizations will also be offering a special on memberships only at the ride. To join both parks as an individual it will be $25 and a family for $35. If you want to camp at Proud Lake, contact or if you want to camp at Kensington, contact There is plenty of parking at both locations for day riders. Both Kensington Metro Park and Proud Lake recreation area require vehicle stickers for use. Please be sure to have your appropriate vehicle permit for the park you choose to use. Thank you for your support See you on the trail! WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News MiCMO MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE MOUNTED ORIENTEERING (MICMO) It is hard to believe that I am writing the September article for SaddleUp! already. Where has summer gone? I hope that you have had plenty of saddle time and good laughs. Michigan's competitive mounted orienteering has had several great weekends of competition. Despite the heat, humidity and occasional thunderstorms, the Horses for Hope CMO at Elba had many participants. For the long course, Turn and Burn Babes took first place on Saturday but settled for second to The Trail Stompers on Sunday. The short course had lots of competition and Melissa Fox took first on both Saturday and Sunday. That is pretty impressive when you are riding alone. This is a wonderful ride for a great cause. Horses for Hope helps children with cancer feel some sense of normalcy using horses. They have more fundraisers in the near future, such as a judged trail ride on September 14th at Elba equestrian complex. There is also a Halloween Spooktacular on October 26th at E. A. Cummings Center. Visit them at www.horsesfor or on their Facebook page for more information. Our competitors had a great time returning to DBarD for the Grandkids and Ponies CMO in August. This was a three day ride and I have to say that the weather was absolutely perfect. As always, Trudi and Luann did a wonderful job with a fun course and a very handy goody bag for every rider. I was unable to be there myself, but I heard the potluck was full of great food and lots of laughs. Thanks to Don at DBarD for welcoming our group. Our next ride will take us Waterloo Recreation Area on September 14th and 15th. After that we travel back to Camp Eberhart for another three day ride on October 4th through the 6th. This ride was originally only Saturday and Sunday, but the ride managers recently added Friday for three days of fun. To wrap up the year, we will be at Kensington Metro Park for the Cartoons!

Cartoons! CMO on October 18th-20th. A great big thank you to all the ride managers who put in so many hours setting up the courses so we can come and compete. Happy Trails! Janet

MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER ASSOCIATION The National Trail Ride held the weekend of August 10th at South Branch Trail Camp near Hale, MI took place along the AuSable River in the beautiful Huron National Forest. The weather was just perfect and hardly any bugs were in the woods bothering anyone. There are so many trails to explore and beautiful sights to see! The horses had fun playing in the river while people were fishing,canoeing and kayaking. MFTA member Gale Gunders is the Trail Boss for the MI Trail Riders. Everyone stopped by his rig to sign in and fill their water tanks. The MTRA was also in camp as it was their Family Weekend event. We all had a good time together making friends and listening to the campfire songs. MFTA Director Chuck and Deb Fanslow drove over from Gladwin to attend our meeting at South Branch that night. President Kathy Kruch appointed Miranda Mannino to fill the vacant Director position that Joe Burrill had. We send our condolences to member, Lola Kuhn, for the loss of her mother recently. Gail Hilbrand, a Curly MFT rider, spoke at our meeting about the Silver Creek Obstacle Course in Allegan, MI that she sets up for judged trail rides. There are over 10 obstacles in a seven mile distance to test your horse over. She spoke of the need for help setting up, judging and tearing down the obstacles as the membership has declined in the group she is involved with. If you can help, please contact her. Versatility Challenge update: Joy has 286 points, Carrie Carpenter has 129, Kathy has 94, Marilyn has 35, Barb Drake 32, Char 17 and Shelley Novakowski has 9 points. Go to to see how you can become involved.



The MFTHBA World Show and Celebration is set for September 1-7 at the National Headquarters in Ava, MO. Lots of top-notch MFTs will be there strutting their stuff in classes such as Versatility, Ranch Sorting, Dressage, Performance and Model classes and many more. Go to to follow the progress of the show. Our next meeting is set for 11 AM Oct. 26 at Chuck and Deb Fanslow's River Flat Ranch, 2475 McNamara Road, Gladwin, MI. Bring a dish to pass and Chuck will cook the hot dogs. Anyone interested in learning about MFTs or our association is welcome to attend. Chuck has some beautiful horses to admire, too! Our mission is to educate those interested in Missouri Fox Trotting horses as well as to promote the breeding, training and enjoyment of them in Michigan. The Fox Trotter motto is, “To ride one is to own one (or more!).”

MICHIGAN TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION We just got home from the August Family ride at South Branch, McKinley and Luzerne trail camps. What a wonderful ride! 70 riders attended, many with youth riders but just as many came for the relaxed circle riding or camp to camp riding. We had our 4year-old grandson and he wanted to and did stay for the whole week. Highlights were riding trails, crafts for the kids, and optional kayak or canoeing along with campfires with mini pies, banana boats and s'mores over the fire. We have many talented musicians and singers that played nightly for us. If this sounds like fun, come join us next year on the family ride. September brings our last trophy ride which starts at Lake Michigan in Mackinaw and ending in Oscoda at Lake Huron. This is an 11-day ride with no layover days. This ride covers our northern camps, one of which is Pigeon River trail camp where many times elk are seen in camp, on the trail and while rig jumping. The October Color ride is the final organized WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News MICHIGAN TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC., cont. MTRA ride. This ride begins in Cadillac trail camp and ends in Rapid River trail camp. There are 3 layover days and is a total of 8 days. Many will come for a weekend or stay the whole ride. This is not a trophy ride. Fall is my favorite time to ride, so I hope to see you on the trail.

PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS Hello Everyone! Happy Summer! Hope you are all out on the trails and enjoying yourselves. We will be placing three new mounting blocks at Proud Lake. One will be in the staging area, one in the run off staging area and one will be by the railroad tracks. We are looking to build some obstacles in the run off staging area. We are also getting some new apparel that should be at our next event. Our next event is the Circle Ride. The ride will be on Saturday, September 14th. It is a ride that can either begin at the Proud Lake Staging area or the Kensington Staging area. You will ride the loop between the two staging areas. Lunch will be served at both locations. Registration starts at 9:30 am. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Detroit Horse Power organization. It is an organization that is dedicated to providing horse related experiences to inner city youth. If you are just doing the ride it is $15 per rider. There will be camping from Friday to Sunday at both staging areas. If you are camping at Proud Lake and would like to reserve your spot, please look at the layout of our camp site map at We also always have tons of room in our overflow lot. Camping is $40 for the weekend for members and $50 for nonmembers. Each additional person over the age of 12 is $5. This includes breakfast on Saturday, lunch with the ride and a potluck dinner Saturday night (both camp sites will provide the main course). Prepay and reserve your spot. If you are camping at Proud Lake, you can pay by Paypal at or drop off

a check to Cindy at Grand River Feed. Please click friends and family on Paypal. No refunds We will be setting up our obstacle course all weekend at Proud Lake so please feel free to enjoy it! If you are a vendor and would like to sell or advertise your goods, please feel free to set up at either park as long as you are a business member of the park you set up in. Both parks will also be offering a special on membership offered only at the ride. To join both parks as an individual it will be $25 and a family for $35. All of our events are open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of our group (although we would love for you to be!). We have people that come out without horses just to hang out and socialize. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting up with old friends and making new ones. If you would like to be added to our email list to be reminded of upcoming events, please email Nancy Efrusy at Stay warm, Nancy Efrusy, Proud Lake Trail Riders.

SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION The SHTRA Labor Day weekend campover will be hosted by Marsha Putnam, friends and MHDVA invited to attend. It will be a 3night campover with Saturday's patriotic poker ride, 6:00 pm Sat. Potluck w/SHTRA furnishing Build your Burgers, 2:00 pm Sunday Root Beer Floats for all and Crazy Bingo ($1 a card) following with a group campfire. If you play guitar, enjoy campfire singing, come join us! Don't fight the crazy holiday traffic. Ride or Drive them. Sunday, Sept. 29 will be the 16th Kris Kulhanek Memorial Judged Trail Ride hosted by the Rangers 4-H Club at the SHTRA staging area. Returning participants never want to miss this fun event. No overnight camping this year. This is a great horsemanship test with 10 obstacle stations, served with lunch and cash back prizes. Six divisions. Ride from 10:00am-



2:00pm for prizes. Special $10 discount for 4H Club and SHTRA members. $30.00 entry fee for others. For more info contact Mary at 517-651-6884 or email Our 3rd Explore the Hollow Weekend will be a 2-night campover Oct. 18-20 with Host Pat Brown. This weekend is just in time for fall colors, a full moon and special riding on Forbidden Trails. So plan to come explore the marked hiking/bike trails increasing trail mileage by ten miles. This year we are riding the extra loops BOTH Friday and Saturday. Sunday is clean up the poo day so riders go back to the regular horse trails. Come and join us riding and at our last potluck at 6:00pm Sat. Our Facebook page is a great way to contact others who are attending or gathering to ride or drive the SHTRA trails. Also, please no carts over the big 100' bridge to the island as it has narrow winding trails. Have you visited Wayne Mears's Memorial picnic table on the Island? The weekend of July 26-28 theme was “Fantasy Island”. Host Dave and Therese Kline planned numerous sights and a huge bonfire for the riders this fun weekend. We had many participants camping but many were day riders who came to ride, potluck and campfire. Chef Dave made fantastic burgers for us. By popular vote, I won the campsite decorating contest with my Fantasy Horse camp. Thanks Klines for the prize of a night at the Modern cabin. Each trail loop had its own surprise game. Thank you, Therese and Dave, for decorating all the trails with such fun things to find. What a great event! If interested, go to 1-800-44-Parks or online to register for a cabin rental. You want to horse camp when there is no special event scheduled at Sleepy? Don't have an LQ trailer? Try renting either the two bedroom modern cabin/ electricity/ shower or the one bedroom, heated rustic cabin for a “get away & go riding” weekend. Try getting a group together and rent both! It's easy and fun to rent a SHSP cabin w/pickett poles overlooking the lake. If you want to bring your dogs, it is now allowed at the rental cabin for a $10.00 fee. You can call SHSP at 517-6516217 for more information but you must WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS, cont. book online. If you would like to join our fun group and need a membership form, go to our website or call 989-6612541 and I will send you one.

WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN Summer is almost over and fall just around the corner with her majestic colors, cool weather and wonderful aromas of fall. I hope you had a wonderful successful summer with your equine partner on your Western Dressage journey. I would like to congratulate Wyn Farm and Rattlewood Farm on being the first WDAA recognized Schooling shows in Michigan this summer. They were a huge success and many of our members had a blast attending those shows. Hopefully next year we can continue having recognized WDAA schooling shows and possibly a USEF/WDAA recognized show in Michigan. WDAMI would like to congratulate Judge Glenda Werner on receiving her USEF small “r“ in Western Dressage. Exciting news. On the National level, the Western Dressage World Championship Show will be October 2-6th, 2019. Entries are open until September 10, 2019. There will be one day of rail classes and 4 days of dressage tests. This year there will be 3 nights of freestyles and a Saturday night dinner party. Dinner tickets are available for $30 per person online or you may purchase tickets at the WDAA office during the show. There is a farewell celebration and awards ceremony on Sunday evening one hour after the last class. To register for the show online go to . WDAMI will be donating a basket of Michigan made products and goodies for the WDAA Silent Auction held at the World Show. If you would like to donate something made in Michigan, we would greatly appreciate it. All donations are tax deductible. You can send donation item to WDAMI 9075 Brudy Rd. Wolverine, MI. 49799 or contact Kim Noble at 616-558-1567 or myself at 906-

440-0215. Deadline is September 15, 2019. Thank you in advance. WDAMI is looking for sponsors to help sponsor the Year-end Awards program. The board is working on the sponsorship program and if you have any suggestions, please lets us know. We would love to hear from you: Quote of the month is by Charlotte Dujardin. “Your corners and short sides are what makes your movements, nine times out of ten you have to do something out of a corner. If you ride a bad corner, you ride a bad movement.” Don't forget to renew your WDAMI and WDAA membership, be a part of the fastest growing equestrian sport. Thank you for your support. Be safe, have fun, enjoy your equine partner and exercise the act of kindness to all. Until next time. Suzanne Morisse, WDAMI President

YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Board Meeting Minutes, August 14, 2019 This meeting was held at Sandy's Country Kitchen starting at 6:25pm with the Pledge of Allegiance. Work Bee: There is a work bee scheduled for August 24 starting at 9 am. Projects planned: Road Clean-up, Side poles on new stairs, Geo-Tec material in site 7's corral. Skip will order the gravel and have it delivered this week. Price is $190.00. Ron will ask for site 7 to be closed for Saturday. Annual Meeting August 31st, Chair Person Ron Walker. Big weekend planned Saturday Poker Run registration at 9am. Pig Roast 1pm lunch provided by YSTRA, followed by the Annual Meeting and voting for Board Members. If you are interested in getting on the board let Ron know at the Annual meeting. Last Chance Ride September 29th: This will be your last chance to ride the 9 mile before it gets closed October 1st for hunting season. Hamburgers will be cooked and served to you out on the trail from 12:002:00, at the Shaw road parking lot. There will be high lines set up to tie your horses and a SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019 (46)

water tank so your horse gets a drink too, $20.00 a person or $40.00 a family, 10 am registration October 12th Halloween Event: Chairperson Sarah Buehler. Contact Sarah if you can help with this event. Trail Report: Ron is writing up a proposal for a new trail around Snow Lake which is located on the Game area. A request has been written up to widen a section of the 4 mile by Hastings Pt. Road waiting for approval from DNR. A request was made for a mounting block at the hand pump on the 9 mile. Electric Project: There was discussion tonight to give up the electric project and instead use the money saved to install a solar well in camp. Some of the board members believe the price tag is too high for our club to handle, the cost could be $100,000.00 or more. But we do have enough saved up to install a solar well so you wouldn't have to pump your horse water. John Soper made a motion to discuss this issue at the Annual meeting with estimates of costs for both projects, Ken Terpening 2nd, voted on and approved 12-0. John will get costs together for the Electric Project. Kathy Taylor will get costs for the solar well project. Land Manger Report: No representation tonight. No update on Group Camp/overflow parking. Grant request information, or Electrical Estimate. The day counter has been installed in the driveway and at last count there has been 1,963 counts, this is counting each axle. There might be 2 trees on site 3 with Oak Wilt, samples have been sent to MSU for testing. New Business: We have had a request from Becca Barabas to partner with Angela McElroy and her Equine Therapy program, grief and loss camp with horses for teens which is a non-profit and free to the teens. The board requested more information on this group. Perhaps Angela McElroy could come to a board meeting and explain her organization and needs. Carla will be ordering more hooded sweatshirts and hooded sweatshirts with zippers for sale at our next event. Ken made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:40pm. September meeting will be at Sandy's Country Kitchen, all members are welcome to attend. Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor, YSTRA Secretary WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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Choosing A Trail Horse By Mark Bolender | Choosing a good trail horse is often more difficult than one would first think. When I am asked by a client to look for a trail horse, I have a list of questions for them. Here are a few of them: What kind of trails does the rider want to ride on? Mountain trails or flat land, short day trips or hardcore mountain trips or something in-between? If one wants to ride some tough back country mountain trails, then the horse will need to be very sound and fit. It would be wrong to try to overlook a soundness issue just because one likes the horse, if it will be ridden hard. If the rider is only planning some short day trips and easy trails, then an older horse with a few small issues will work. Does the rider like speed and lots of energy? If this is the case, then finding a horse that can safely cover ground is what should be sought after. If one is looking for lots of energy and getting from point A to B with speed, then a horse that likes to walk slow will just frustrate the rider. Does the rider like to stop often and chat with other riders? When a rider likes to do this, then we need to look for a quiet horse that is chat broke. If the rider wants to stop and enjoy the scenery, then a slow quiet horse will be a better fit. As we can see, everyone is going to have an idea of what constitutes the perfect trail horse. From training and teaching I can see how important it is that the horse is matched to the rider. However, one thing that we all agree on is the fact that they want to get from point A to B in one piece while riding their horse in a safe manner. At my clinics I see the whole variety of people and horse personalities. Some fit well with their horse and some do not. The problem is, we all have fallen in love with our horses. I am not one to always try to find the perfect horse but believe in making a horse, but with that said, some horses and riders do not go well together. If the rider will learn how the horse thinks and understands the world that it lives in, then many problems can be overcome. Yet like us, each horse has a unique personality and even with extensive training that personality will remain the same. That is part of the beauty of the horse which we all love. Now with all that said, let's look at what I feel makes for the perfect horse. I want a broke horse that is confident, bold, and quiet, and has been taught or allowed to think. This means a horse that will listen to my leg and hand cues, will go up or down anything when requested, navigate water obstacles, and be careful and think its way while in rocks, log or other tough obstacles. Many of the trails which I ride on have plenty of rocks which can be very hazardous, so I like a horse that has been trained to think. What I mean by this is that I want the horse to not just go through the obstacle because it knows that it must, but will drop its head and think it's way through. If the horse was constantly micro managed when it was trained and not taught to think, then the chances of it being a good trail horse has been lowered, for when a horse is in a trap it will react often in a negative manner but a manner which it perceives as correct. I like the horse to have been desensitized to many different items such as tarps, water, moving bridges, etc. Yet, my main concern is that the SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

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Lower Head Position By Julie Goodnight | Dear Julie, My pony keeps her head up when I’m attempting to ride her in a collected frame. When I first got her, she was so nervous about the bit in her mouth and what the rider might do. We outfitted her in a loose-ring snaffle, which has helped her put her head down somewhat. However, she still keeps her head up more than I’d like it to be. She has a wide back, but we worked hard to find a saddle that fits well. I’m pretty certain her head carriage isn’t due to saddle discomfort. I also ride her bareback and she carries her head high even then. What can I do to lower her head? High Headed Dear High Headed, Horses usually keep their heads up to avoid too much pressure from the bits on their tongues. When a horse puts her head up in the air, it allows the bit to slide to the back of her tongue as the pressure shifts to her lips and relieves the tongue. You can feel how bad tongue pressure might feel to your horse by pressing your finger into your own tongue. Most horses that evade the bit are trying to find a release from this awkward pressure. Depending on the design of your pony's bit, she might be feeling an unbearable amount of pressure. Look for a bit that offers some tongue relief – you'll want a bit with a port (a convex-shaped bridge in the middle of the bit that allows the tongue relief). A ported bit might look like something that will cause your horse to feel more pressure, but in reality, the design allows the tongue to relax. I've used Myler Bits for years and have found that they're designed to relieve tongue pressure and allow your horse to feel as relaxed as possible. Only when a horse is relaxed can she pay attention to your cues instead of her own discomfort. Even when they are comfortable, horses must first be trained to respond properly to the bit; responding to the tool that you put into their mouths isn't something they do naturally. You have to teach them how to find release from the bit's pressure and how to "give" to the bit both laterally (to the side) and vertically (up and down). I teach young and “rehab” horses to respond to pressure and find the proper release by applying light pressure to the bit through the reins (whatever amount of pressure it takes to make the horse notice and start looking for a way out of the pressure). I then watch the horse's head closely. At the first instance her head drops – even a fraction of an inch – I release the rein pressure and rub the horse on the neck. Soon she will learn that when she drops her head, the pressure goes away. It's best to use one rein when applying this constant pressure – ride with two hands, but only ask your horse to respond to the pressure on one side at a time. If you pull on both reins, you risk her locking her jaw or stiffening her neck. Once your pony knows how to give to pressure on the bit, it's your job to make sure she finds a small release every time she does the right thing and lowers her head. Most people make the mistake of continuing to put pressure on a horse's mouth once she's done the right thing. That's when a horse continues to look for a release of SEPTEMBER 2019 • C & C PUBLISHING, INC. ©2019

pressure and ends up raising instead of lowering her head – to evade the bit and find a release in her own way. With soft hands and a bit with tongue relief, you can show your horse that there's a release when she has her head in the proper position. She must have an incentive to drop her head and her incentive and reward is the release of pressure. Good luck with your pony! Julie Goodnight, Trainer and Clinician For a wealth of information on this and many other topics, and to purchase educational videos and training equipment, visit my website,



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September 2019 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Congratulations to our 4th Annual Summer Writing Contest Winners! Each winners stories have been published within this issue on pages 28-33....

September 2019 Saddle Up! Magazine  

Congratulations to our 4th Annual Summer Writing Contest Winners! Each winners stories have been published within this issue on pages 28-33....