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20 acre horse farm in South Lyon School District, with 28 stall barn that has add’l. room for more stalls or hay storage, 70x170 indoor arena with observation room and elevated deck, a 40x40 area for lunging or extra hay storage, wash racks, custom tack cabinets and much more. 3 bedroom home overlooks pond. Easy access to US-23, only 13 miles North of Ann Arbor in Northfield Township! Fantastic opportunity for business or have your on private indoor arena and barn. Additional stalls in pole barn. Offered at $675,000!

Updated Historic Victorian Home on 30 acre horse farm in Lapeer County. Currently being used as a Bed and Breakfast and wedding venue. This stunning home features 5 bedrooms (3 master suites), beautiful woodwork and is located in the rolling hills of Lapeer. 8 Stall barn with loft, pastures with shelters and pond. Additional land available! Offered at $750,000.

We have buyers searching for listings in Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw and Genesee Counties. Please call if you are thinking about listing your property!

48 ACRES, FLINT RIVER FRONTAGE, LAPEER COUNTY This 48 acre lot offers approximately 500 feet of frontage on the Flint River and a pond. Build your dream home here. Land includes tilled area and some wooded areas. This property has approximately 1600 feet on a paved road. Offered at $395,000.

21 ACRES IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY – SALE PENDING 21 Acres in Howell area, Livingston County with 4 bedroom home. Has a pond and pole barn with electric and water and pastures for horses.

113 ACRES IN LAPEER COUNTY 113 acres of farmland in Lapeer area just 6 miles from I-69. Land is currently farmed, and has extensive road frontage on different sides from both paved and gravel roads. Property includes an area along Plum Creek. Asking $565,000.


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“YOU CAN’T BUILD A REPUTATION ON WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO” 2 Gorgeous Custom Barns! Ready to Build Your New Home!

24 TO 29 ACRE HORSE FARM! HOLLY: This property can now be bought with two houses on 29 acres and barns for $624,900. or the Cape Cod home with 24 acres and barns for $499,900! Frontage on two roads, many options available. Call Kathie Crowley for more details.

VACANT LAND WITH BARNS: Ann Arbor mailing, Washtenaw County, South Lyon schools! 36 acres just south of N. Territorial Rd., just east of Pontiac Trail. All work done with township. Well is in, permit ready for septic. Barn (1) 38x85, barn (2) 38x73 with nine custom, matted box stalls, six 12x12s and three 12x15s. 7 fenced pastures, 3 run-in sheds. Ready for your horses. Great location, easy access to Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Northville and major freeways. Reduced $625,000. MLS# 216045444 - 5755 Vorhies Rd.

NEW BOSTON: Beautiful, well maintained ranch home with in-law suite on 5.48 acres. 36x60 horse barn, 7 stalls, fenced paddocks and much more in wonderful Huron Twp.! Minutes to I-275, I-94 and Metro Airport. MLS# 217012769. Offered at $299,900. New listings in Brighton, South Lyon, New Boston & Belleville coming on the market soon. Many with indoor riding arenas. Call to get information and the inside track before these hit the market! Thinking about buying or selling a horse related property? There has never been a better time! Buyers - rates are still great and I have several nice farms on the market. Sellers - now is the time to get ready to list your horse property. Call to set-up an appointment to discuss a personalized marketing strategy for your farm or equestrian estate!

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PINCKNEY: Nice updated ranch on 10+ acres, indoor and outdoor arenas, fenced paddocks with run-in sheds, 4 large box stalls with room for more, tack room, storage barn, and heated workshop. MLS# 215082207. Private setting. Asking $384,900. Add’l. 5 acres avail. for $20,000.

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DEXTER: Beautiful ranch home with open oor plan, walkout basement, 15 rolling acres, large indoor and outdoor arenas, 10+ box stalls, workshop, storage barn, run-in shed, several pastures/ paddocks, designed with horse people in mind. MLS# 216097548 Offered at $550,000. Call for details and a private showing!

CLARK LAKE: Jackson County - Beautiful 2 story home on top of a hill with a gourmet kitchen and many other custom features. 38 rolling acres of pasture, split rail fence, 34x110 barn with 10 stalls and room for more, large pond in serene setting. Too many features to list here. MLS# 216094774 Offered at $449,900. Call for details!

60 VACANT ACRES IN OAKLAND COUNTY! HIGHLAND/MILFORD: Build your own EQUESTRIAN FACILITY or upscale housing development on this gorgeous parcel! Paved road with 930’ road frontage! Open meadows, woods, numerous walkout sites available. North of M-59 on Milford Road across from Highland Oaks Park, riding trails, close to several state metro parks. Offered at $749,000. Call Kathie Crowley for more information.

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40 Acres Adjacent To State Land Trails! Horse barn with 9 matted stalls, 10x25 insulated tack room, 60x120 indoor arena, 100x200 outdoor arena, 7 lush pastures, 3 lean-tos. 30x40 spray foam insulated workshop, 10x40 attached leanto, concrete oor, furnace and wood stove, 210 wired, lots of lighting, 10x14 front and rear doors. Living quarters feature a two bedroom home attached to barn, large bathroom, 10x36 deck, all appliances, beautiful views and abundant wildlife. Offered at $250,000. MOTIVATED SELLERS!

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Lakota Charger 2 Horse Slant Drop Down Windows, All LED Lighting, Extruded Aluminum Flooring, Saddle Boss Saddle Rack, Rubberized Kick Plate, Dressing Room, Collapsible Rear Tack. Stock# M7237 MSRP: $13,235 | Our Price: $11,950

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7320 Vanderploeg: $299,900 – Custom brick ranch, 3 bdrm, 2.5 baths, 2100 sq ft w/vaulted Family Rm, 2 car garage, nat’l gas, 6 acres just off paved. Horse facilities, 3 pastures, 3 stall barn, water/elec, 2nd garage, utility bldg. for horse trailer/motor home! Apple orchard, views! Add’l four acres for $37,900! OFFER!

1143 Invitational: $354,900 – Brand new NEW CONSTRUCTION brick ranch on Metamora Golf & Country Club! 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, laundry, limestone fireplace, vaulted living room, awesome kitchen and Master suite. Connects to covered deck to view par 4 fairway, tee boxes & greens! 3 car garage! Add your finishing touches!

3472 Casey: $399,000 – Metamora horse farm connects to trails! 10 acres, 2800 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1st floor offers master suite, 2nd bedroom, laundry, huge kitchen, sun room, living room with fieldstone fireplace, 2 car garage, 2 huge barns, 4 stalls, paddocks and in-ground pool!

4643 Crawford: $374,900 – Hunt farmhouse, beautifully updated and maintained! 10 acres, 2 stall horse barn and paddock. 2400 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2 bath, pine floors. Lovely kitchen, granite, island, breakfast dining, formal dining, living room and study! Attached garage. Cute carriage barn to finish!

3103 Sutton: $319,900 – 2.5 Acres, Elegant Colonial, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, granite kitchen, hardwood floors, natural gas, 1st floor laundry, formal and breakfast dining access to TREX deck with inset pool. Finished basement with wet bar, study, bath, staircase to garage. Immediate Occupancy!

Stonegate Farm: $1,900,000 – Incredible on 40 acres! Car collector, home business, horse farm. 5000 sq. ft. home, 2 masters, 2/3 add’l bdrms, 4.5 baths, guest suite, 5 car gar, pool, cabana. Big Red Barn for collectibles, 3 add’l maint & storage buildings, zoned ag, paved, nat’l gas. www.stonegatecountryestate.com

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AHC’S ANNUAL MEETING AND NATIONAL ISSUES FORUM Theme to be "Power of Unity” Where can you find people involved in every segment of the equine world working together to advance our industry? How can you find out what projects and initiatives are being worked on in every corner of the equine industry? The answer: the American Horse Council’s (AHC) Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health! Save the Date on your calendars for June 11-14, 2017 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC. “Even if you are not a member of the American Horse Council, we encourage anyone involved in the industry to try to attend our Annual Meeting and Issues Forum,” said AHC President Julie Broadway.“ This is the only meeting where every segment of the industry gets together to discuss issues of importance to not only their respective fields, but to the industry as a whole.” Monday, June 12, will see committee meetings for the 5 committees the AHC has: Animal Welfare, Horse Show, Health & Regulatory, Recreation, and Racing. “Anyone is welcome to attend any committee meeting they like until they go into executive session. In fact, we encourage people to attend as many as they can to get an idea of what the AHC is working on within each committee,” said Ms. Broadway. Monday will also spotlight the Van Ness Award, which is given to a member of a State Horse Council who has shown leadership and service to the horse community in his or her state. The theme of the National Issues Forum (NIF) on Tuesday, June 13, will be “The Power of Unity,” and will feature keynote speaker Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, which is the national umbrella organization representing all segments of travel in America. “The U.S.

Travel Association works to engage, connect and inform the travel industry,” said Mr. Dow, “similar to how the AHC seeks to inform and engage all segments of the equine industry. Although different in the types of businesses we work with, the AHC and the Travel Association are similar in that we both encourage working together to advance the industry.” Additionally, a panel of researchers from the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, AAEP Foundation, AQHA Foundation, Horses and Humans Research Foundation, and Colorado State University’s Temple Grandin Equine Center will discuss the importance of research for the industry, as well as any research they have done and its significance. Allyn Mann, of Lutipold Animal Health, will be the moderator for the panel. The Innovation Group will also provide a progress report on the update of the National Economic Impact Study- of which its findings are certainly highly anticipated. The AHC will also present its new strategic plan to give attendees an idea of what the AHC will be undertaking in the years ahead. At the conclusion of the Issues Forum, breakout sessions will be set up to allow groups to have further discussion about topics they found particularly interesting. Please check the Events tab on the AHC website where a tentative schedule, room reservation information, and more will be posted there in the upcoming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact the AHC at info@horsecouncil.org About the American Horse Council As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the AHC works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day. The AHC is member supported by individuals and organizations representing virtually every facet of the horse world from owners, breeders, veterinarians, farriers, breed registries and horsemen's associations to horse shows, race tracks, rodeos, commercial suppliers and state horse councils. www.horsecouncil.org

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EQUINE AFFAIRE’S FANTASIA Fun, Fabulous & Affordable Entertainment! Equine Affaire returns to the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus on April 6-9, 2017, and brings with it a smorgasbord of horserelated educational, shopping and entertainment treats for horse lovers from all walks of equestrian life. Outstanding equine and equestrian acts from throughout the United States are slated to perform at Equine Affaire’s popular musical celebration of the horse—the Fantasia—to create an evening of fabulous and affordable entertainment. The 2017 Fantasia will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 6-8 in the Ohio Expo Center’s coliseum and is made possible once again through the generous sponsorship of Absorbine®. As the entertainment cornerstone of Equine Affaire, the Fantasia showcases the beauty, diversity, talent, and spirit of horses of a great variety of breeds and provides the perfect ending to a busy day of activities at Equine Affaire. With just the right mix of comedy, drama, action, stunning horses, and phenomenal horsemanship, the Fantasia has been one of the highlights of Equine Affaire in Columbus since the show was first introduced at Equine Affaire nearly 20 years ago. What can Fantasia goers expect? To be entertained by many of the best equestrian performers and most memorable horses in the nation. “The 2017 Fantasia will feature the types of acts and breeds of horses that have delighted our audiences over the years including freestyle reining and dressage, driving, horses performing at liberty, garrocha, airs above the ground, and drill team performances,” reported Eugenia Snyder, the President of Equine Affaire. “We’re really excited to be able to once again feature two of the best liberty horse trainers and performers in the world—Guy McLean and Dan James—and also introduce several very special acts and performers that will be new to the Fantasia in Ohio.” WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs The lineup of performers who will take the arena at the Fantasia will include the awardwinning Young Guns Equestrian Drill Team, top dressage rider and equestrian entertainer Matt McLaughlin, master dressage and Lusitano trainer Vitor Silva, and the always popular Knights of Iceland. “There’s a good chance that Bobby Kerr and his mustangs from Hico, TX, will steal the show this year,” reported Eugenia Snyder, “We also have a special celebrity horsemanship ‘competition’ in the works featuring Julie Goodnight, Brandi Lyons, Dan James and other top riders. For anyone who loves horses, the 2017 Fantasia will tick all of the boxes from fun and funny to dramatic and moving and remind us once again why we find horses so enchanting.” To facilitate access to the coliseum for the 2017 Fantasia, the doors to the show will open 15 minutes earlier this year—at 6:45pm. “The trade show buildings close at 7:00pm, so having the doors to the Fantasia open in advance of closing the trade show will give Fantasia goers the opportunity to easily move from one event building to another and allow more time for everyone to enter the coliseum, grab a snack, and find their seats before the show starts at 7:30,” Eugenia explained. Tickets for the Fantasia range from $14 to $25, and advance tickets are available online through March 30 at www.equine affaire.com (where you may consult a seating chart and select your seats) or by calling Equine Affaire at (740) 845-0085 weekdays from 9:00am-5:00pm Eastern. Tickets ordered by March 22 will be sent through the mail; tickets ordered between March 22 and March 30 will be available for pickup at Will Call at the coliseum before the show. Any tickets not sold in advance will be available for purchase at the Information Booth in the Bricker Building beginning at 9:00am on Thursday, April 6. For all you need to know to attend Equine Affaire—North America’s premiere equine exposition and equestrian gathering—and the Fantasia, visit equineaffaire.com. Our thanks again to Absorbine® for their continued support of the 2017 Fantasia – Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse. Absorbine has been in business since 1892 – visit them online at: www.absor bine.com

2017 HIGHLAND EQUESTRIAN CONSERVANCY TRAIL/CONSERVATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM The Highland Equestrian Conservancy is pleased to announce a new program in 2017! The HEC Trail & Conservation Assistance Program was recently unveiled at our Annual Meeting on February 4th. The Highland Equestrian Conservancy will provide financial assistance towards trail and conservation projects which will further the goals of our mission. We support equestrian, hiking, biking and other non-motorized usage trail creation, maintenance and enhancement. Applicants may submit their specific project details by visiting http:// www.highlandequestrians.org/HEC_Trail_a nd_Conservation_Application.pdf for the application form. After review, the HEC will select the project(s) that fit the scope of furthering our mission. While we do not have the resources to perform the project work ourselves, our goal is to provide some financial resources to local groups who oversee work completion. Applications must be postmarked on/before 3/31/2017. Please mail completed applications to: Highland Equestrian Conservancy PO Box 12, Highland, MI 48357

INTERSCHOLASTIC EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION ACCEPTING SPONSORS FOR 2017 NATIONAL FINALS The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is now accepting sponsors for the 2017 IEA Hunt Seat National Finals to be held April 21 - 23, 2017 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia, and for the 2017 Western National Finals to be held June 29 - 30 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park

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in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. More than 450 qualified riders are expected to compete, both as teams and as individuals, for national championship titles in over fences and equitation on the flat classes throughout the four days at the Virginia Horse Center. Then, at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, over 150 qualified riders and teams will compete for national championship titles in horsemanship and reining classes. In addition to the approximately 600 finalists, more than 2,000 spectators are expected to attend the events. Sponsorship packages can be tailored to fit a wide variety of sponsor needs by choosing from a broad menu of offerings to create a custom package. Interested companies can reach the important equestrian youth market, parents, grandparents, families and friends through any combination of sponsorship and advertising offerings, allowing a targeted communications strategy with multiple print, electronic and web advertising opportunities and a host of horse show sponsorship options. For further information regarding media partnership opportunities, please contact our Sales Department at sales@rideiea.org or by phone at (877) 743-3432 x 202. Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, the IEA has 13,500 middle and high school studentriders across the United States. The IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. Its purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian competition at the middle and secondary school levels. For more information, please view the IEA website at: www.rideiea.org. IEA SETS MEMBERSHIP RECORD Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), as in every past year, has set a record for membership. This season, membership has exceeded 13,500! WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs IEA SETS MEMBERSHIP RECORD, cont. In 2002, the IEA started with 175 riders on 13 teams. While the increased membership this season has come from across the United States, a significant number of new members have come from Illinois, Colorado, Texas and Arizona. The most exciting addition to the membership this year is the emergence of five new teams in Washington State, mobilizing a previously inactive area of the country for the IEA. “The membership that has emerged from Washington State represents an important milestone for the IEA,” stated Jennifer Eaton, IEA Membership Coordinator, “The IEA hopes this new development will result in the organic growth of teams that span the west coast, from Seattle to San Diego.” The IEA is now the largest youth equestrian organization in the country, and the largest feeder organization to collegiate equestrian programs. IEA membership rates are very affordable. Fees are $60 per individual rider for the season. Most important, there is no need for any rider to own a horse to participate in the IEA. Founded in 2002, the non-profit (501.c.3) IEA was organized to promote and improve the quality of equestrian competition and instruction available to middle and secondary school students and is open to public and private schools and barn teams. In addition, the new Horsemanship Education Program is available to all non-riders in grades 4-12. The IEA’s purpose is to set minimum standards for competition, provide information concerning the creation and development of school associated equestrian sport programs, to generally promote the common interests of safe riding instruction and competition and education on matters related to equestrian comp-etition at the middle and secondary school levels. For more information, please view the IEA website at: www.rideiea.org.

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organization dedicated to education, recognition of achievement, and promotion of dressage. For more information about USDF membership or programs, visit www. usdf.org, email usdressage@usdf.org, or call (859) 971-2277 USDF ANNOUNCES NEW ADULT EDUCATION INITIATIVE The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce the launch of the USDF National Education Initiative that will begin April 1, 2017. The purpose of this new program is to support GMOs in creating and maintaining affordable riding and educational opportunities for adults. The Initiative will offer four event formats that can be adapted to each GMOs needs: riding clinics/symposia, ride-a-tests, camps, and unmounted events. USDF will work with GMOs and their chapters to develop new events to enhance the education offerings in their local communities. GMOs will plan and facilitate approved events, with organizational and advertising support from USDF. In addition to this new program, approved events will also be eligible to apply for a USDF National Education Initiative Grant. These new grants will offer funding opportunities to help GMOs and their chapters get their education programs started. Grants will be split among three application deadlines with regional/ geographical representation considered, with the first application deadline being May 1st, 2017, for programs held after September 1st, 2017. “The USDF National Education Initiative has been in development over the past two years, with the goal of making educational programs more accessible to our adult members, by allowing USDF Regions and GMOs more flexibility in how, and what types of, educational programs they offer for adults. I am excited about this program and believe it will provide more educational opportunities for our members,” stated USDF President George Williams. For more information on the USDF National Education Initiative and the USDF National Education Initiative Grant, please visit the USDF website at www.usdf.org or contact the program liaison at education@usdf.org. Founded in 1973, the United States Dressage Federation is a nonprofit membership

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SUCCESSFUL 2017 EQUINE SYMPOSIUM & CONVENTION HOSTED BY USPC, Presented by County Saddlery Pony Club members and equine enthusiasts converged in the Camino Real Region January 25th-29th for the 2017 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC and presented by County Saddlery. Over 600 attendees were treated to more than 60 educational workshops, presentations, and interactive learning experiences on a variety of equine topics. Most of the fun was held in the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Representatives from 42 Pony Club Regions, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on hand working to improve Pony Club programming for members and future members. Attendees were treated to a variety of activities from Educational Workshops, Trade Fair, Silent Auction, Research Fair and Anatomy Room. The Workshop tracks allowed individuals to customize their experience to focus on sessions like Leadership, Parent, Veterinary and Disciplines. Friday’s sessions included honoring the inductees into the Academy of Achievement for 2017: Kathleen Carr, DVM, MS, PhD, Jennifer Lord, MD, Lisa Roskens and Sarah Williams. Many Pony Club awards were presented at the Saturday morning Meeting of the Corporation. Three clubs received 50 year awards and eight clubs received 25 year awards. Upper Level members received special recognition as nine members were awarded A-level certification plaques. The Brookfield Land Conservation Award was presented to Fox Valley Pony Club, Lake Shore Region and Bath Pony Club, Tri-State Region. The Flash Teamwork Award went to Tuck Everlasting. For more information on honored clubs and members, visit http:// WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs USPC SYMPOSIUM/CONVENTION, cont. blog.ponyclub.org/. The Saturday night Banquet and Dance were highlights for many attendees as they honored the recipients of the Founders Awards for 2016: Jan Jensen, Alex Weiss, Shelley Kincaid, and Claire Harmon. Featured speaker for the evening was two-time Eventing Olympian and Pony Club graduate, Hawley Bennett. Bennett entertained the banquet guests with stories and personal memories from her days in Pony Club and Eventing career. More than 400 people attended the banquet and danced that night. It was announced that the 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by the USPC will be held January 24-28 at the Galt House, in Louisville, Kentucky in the Midsouth Region. MILESTONE CLUB ANNIVERSARIES HONORED BY USPC 2017 Equine Symposium & Convention Hosted by USPC, Presented by County Saddlery. United States Pony Clubs, Inc. once again recognized numerous clubs for their dedicated longevity with Pony Club. The Club Milestone Award is awarded when a club reaches either its 25th or its 50th anniversary. This year fifteen clubs met a milestone anniversary. During the Meeting of the Corporation on Saturday morning, eleven clubs celebrated their 25th Anniversary by receiving a 25 Year Club Milestone Award. Those clubs include; Brazos Pony Club (Rio Grande Region), Grand River Pony Club (Great Lakes Region), Highland Hills Pony Club (Great Lakes Region), Lakefield Pony Club (Lake Shore Region), Midland Foxhounds Pony Club (South Region), Mount Peak Pony Club (Northwest Region), Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club (Virginia Region), Pacific Ridge Pony Club (Middle California Region), River Valley Pony Club (Carolina Region), Silver State Pony Club (Sierra Pacific Region) and Walnut Creek Pony Club (Midsouth Region). Celebrating even bigger milestones, four clubs were honored this year with the 50 Year Club Milestone Awards. Those clubs include; Ponca Pony Club (Midwest Region), Portola Valley Pony Club (Middle California Region), Portuguese Bend Pony Club (Camino Real Region) and Racine County

Pony Club (Lake Shore Region). “We congratulate and celebrate all of the clubs that have met these important milestones. The devotion of our longstanding clubs is the back-bone of USPC and we look forward to honoring many more clubs in the coming years.” stated Karol Wilson, USPC Director of Member Services and Regional Administration. 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. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

will have the April 2017 issue available for pick up at the media table area in the Bricker Building. For more information about Equine Affaire, please visit: equineaffaire.com and click on the Ohio event information. The May issue of Saddle Up! Magazine will be our official Showbill Edition. Associations that take part in the special rates to print their showbill in this issue, will also receive an online banner ad on Saddle Up! Magazines’ website free of charge. The online banner ad will remain on our website for an entire year. To view last year’s participants please visit us online at saddleupmag.com and look under the heading “2016 Featured Show Organizations.” The special rates that are referred to above can be found in this issue of Saddle Up! Magazine. For more information about Saddle Up! Magazine, please contact our office by phone at 810.714.9000, Monday though Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm, or you can email us 24/7 at: saddleup@voyager.net

SADDLE UP! MAGAZINE DEADLINES CHANGING TO 13TH! SADDLE UP! MAGAZINE TO ATTEND MHC’S MICHIGAN HORSE EXPO Saddle Up! Magazine once again will attend the MHC’s Michigan Horse Expo at the MSU Pavilion, in East Lansing, MI. The dates for the Expo are March 10-12, 2017, and Saddle Up! Magazine will be in attendance all three days. Feel free to stop by our booth, #249, and pick up a free copy of our March edition. We will also have our Subscription Show Special where you can subscribe to Saddle Up! Magazine’s First Class Subscription for $24.00, normally $30.00. For more information about the Michigan Horse Expo, visit them online at: michiganhorseexpo.org The April 2017 edition of Saddle Up! Magazine will be available at Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of April 6-9. Even though Saddle Up! Magazine staff will not be attending the show, Equine Affaire

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4-H RULES APPLY— No Stallions JUDGE’S DECISION IS FINAL NO REFUNDS Current year Negative Coggins Test required. Exhibitor’s age as of January 1st of the current year. 6. 5-8 year olds must adhere to the 4-H Cloverbud guidelines. All 5-8 year olds must wear helmets. 7. Exhibitor must show in age appropriate group. 8. Ponies must ride in age Division. 9. No Novice Horses in 12 & Under classes. 10. Stalls are available for $25.00/day. No reservations will be taken. ALL STALLS MUST BE STRIPPED. $10.00 refunded after stall check. PLEASE PUT MANURE IN SPREADER and TRASH IN GARBAGE CANS. 11. Trailer-in fee $10.00 per Horse 12. Camping/Electrical use is $12 per night. 13. Lunch breaks to be announced. Food concessions will be available. 14. Entries close 2 classes preceding class entering ring. 15. The Committee has the right to split, combine or cancel classes and to break all High Point ties. 16. Back number is 1 Horse/1 Rider combination. 17. Challenge entry fee $10. Minimum 4 entries required to hold class. No ribbons. Payout 25% to 1st, 15% to 2nd, 10% to 3rd places. 18. Gymkhana Jackpot – Daily $10 fee per rider. Best overall time for each event wins share of pot. Pot is split evenly for Cloverleaf, Indiana Flag Race, Key Hole, Pole Bending and Speed & Action classes. 19. SEPARATE REGISTRATION FOR OVERALL YEAR END HIGH POINT. Points are as follows for Daily & Year End High Point Awards: Class Number of Riders In 6 5 4 3 2 1 5 4 3 1st 6 1 2 4 3 2 2nd 5 1 3 2 1 3rd 4 2 1 4th 3 1 5th 2 6th 1 Each show will award Daily High Points as announced. Daily and Year End ties will be broken based on most 1st place, then most 2nd place, etc. V

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Transitions – To go along with short segments of yielding, mix in simple transitions in the trail ride to teach the horse to keep his interest and attention on you. Examples of simple transitions to incorporate include: walk to trot; trot to walk; walk to lengthening walk, trot to lengthening trot to slow trot. The emphasis of this training is based on the theory that the more the rider does short segments, changes the horse's position, rides in pairs, yields, and does simple transitions; the more the horse concentrates on the rider rather than following his herd instincts. Stopping is always a good option if the horse starts to get anxious while training on the trail. If he is jigging around when you are asking him to stop, get off. Spend some time with him on the ground until he relaxes. When he relaxes, get back on and resume the trail training process. What if he doesn't relax? He is telling you that he has inner energy that needs to be released. He was not prepared enough for the lesson. You may need to walk him back to the barn; especially if the situation is making you fearful, nervous, or frustrated. Use the time going back to the barn to do in-hand maneuvers such as turn on the forehand, turn on the haunches, backing, and leg yielding. They will help him learn to focus more of his attention on you. While practicing these trail training lessons, keep these safety precautions in mind: 1. When riding with a group, even with only one other person, always call out to the other rider(s) what you are going to do or designate one person on the ride to call out each short segment. One person should designate what others are going to do and announce it so everyone is ready for it. 2. When riding in a head-to-tail line, keep at least 1-horse length distance, (8-10 feet) between horses. When riding in pairs, respect the same distance between partners and the horses in front. Most trails are too narrow to allow this distance between riding pairs. Therefore, it is important riders learn to read their horse's ears and body language to determine if he accepts the other horse and rider close to him. 3. Keep the 1-horse length distance rule, especially on trails where turns do not allow the horse in back to see the horse in front on him. A horse will not always accept this situation and will naturally want to run to be within sight of the horse in front. It is good trail etiquette for a rider in the lead to slow down around a turn to allow the rider behind them to stay 1-horse length behind. The rider who is behind should ask the rider in front to slow down to keep the leading horse within view of her mount. Your Next Step – This month's trail training lesson gives you these training benefits: 1. It encourages the horse to accept working in many different spots on the trail and with small groups of horses and riders. 2. It develops the horse's concentration and focus on his rider's commands.

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On-the-Trail Training for the Horse Who Wants to be “Leader of the Pack” So far in this series we have discussed important steps to prepare for training on the trail, including reading the horse to recognize his inner energy level and working with him to release it, preparing the rider through warm up and stretching exercises, and building safety and confidence out on the trail. There are three common types of problems riders encounter when training on the trail. They are: the horse always wanting to be in front, a horse running up behind a horse in front, and spookiness or a “hot” horse. This week, I will share trail training tips for the first of these situations- the horse who always wants to be in front. The horse that always wants to be the “leader of the pack” usually has experience being on trail rides with other horses. He is showing his tendency to be the leader. A horse may show this characteristic as early as his first trail ride. It will become more and more of an issue the more trail rides he goes on, unless his rider learns how to deal with it. A horse that is inexperienced at trail riding or who is in his earliest stages of trail training will be the easiest to train to accept whatever spot on the trail the rider wants to put him in. The key to this training is: the more often the rider changes the horse's position on the trail ride, the more the horse will accept the rider's commands and allow his natural instincts to take care of his rider. Here are two training methods to accomplish this training goal. Single File Trail Training – Set up a trail ride training scenario where you and your horse are among several horse/rider combinations in head-to-nose line. Start with your horse in the lead position for a short time, about 2-3 minutes. Then shift positions in the line-up so he is the second horse. Stay in this position for a short time, then move him back to the lead. Continue leading for another short interval, then shift to be the third in line. Hold here for a while, then take him back up to the second position. From second position, rotate into fourth position for another short segment, then back to third, and so on. Always start in the lead position. If he is in front, the horse should start to relax in about 2-3 minutes, then move him to a different position in the lineup. If he does not relax, rotate him within the trail ride line up anyway. Pairs Trail Training – Once you have practiced rotating him within a single file line, ask riders to pair up so they are riding two-abreast down the trail. Bring your horse to the lead position with another partner horse and rider. He should begin to relax. Stay in the lead position 2-3 minutes, then with your partner, rotate into the second position in line. Again, if he does not relax, move him anyway. Stay in the new position for 2-3 minutes, then rotate to different positions within the line. Continue changing positions throughout the ride. There are other techniques you can use to keep your horse's attention on you when you are on a trail ride, including: Leg Yielding – In a head-to-tail line, ask the horse to leg yield the right side of the trail by using your left leg aid. Once at the trail's right edge, go forward, then yield back the other way. Do these maneuvers in short segments and be sure to repeat in both directions. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MARCH 2017

3. It encourages the rider to work on his or her ability to function as a thinking rider and the horse to respond to the rider's aids and commands while developing a partnership and harmony between them. For more than 40 years Lynn Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon have provided training for thousands of horses and riders with their dressage principles based teaching methods. With clinics across the US and abroad, the duo also welcome riders to their multidiscipline facility, Fox Grove Farm in Ocala, Florida. For more information, visit www.lynnpalm.com (34)


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For contact and stall reservation information visit our website www.mmohsc.com 1. Halter Mares - Open 2. Halter Geldings - Open GRAND & RESERVE HALTER 3. Color Class - Open 4. Jackpot Showmanship - Open 5. Walk-Trot Showmanship - Open 6. Showmanship 40 & Over 7. Showmanship 19- 39 8. Showmanship 14 - 18 9. Showmanship 13 & Under 10. Lead Line Showmanship 8 & Under** 11. Peewee Showmanship 12 & Under* 12. Novice Showmanship - Horse 13. Novice Showmanship - Rider 14. Lead Line 8 & Under ** 45 MINUTE LUNCH BREAK (Last 10 mins. Peewee only) 15. Peewee English Equitation Walk-Trot 12 & Under* 16. Peewee English Pleasure Walk-Trot 12 & Under* 17. Warm-Up Class - Open 18. English Equitation 40 & Over 19. English Equitation 19 - 39 20. English Equitation 14 - 18 21. English Equitation 13 & Under 22. English Pleasure Jackpot - Open 23. Jr. Horse English Pleasure 24. Sr. Horse English Pleasure 25. English Pleasure 40 & Over 26. English Pleasure 19 - 39 27. English Pleasure 14 - 18 28. English Pleasure 13 – Under 29. English Disciplined Rail - Open 20 MINUTE BREAK (Last 10 mins. Peewee only) 30. Peewee Horsemanship 12 & Under* 31. Peewee Western Pleasure 12 & Under* 32. Novice Horse Walk-Trot Horsemanship/Equitation 33. Novice Rider Walk-Trot Horsemanship/Equitation 34. Walk-Trot Horsemanship/Equitation - Open 35. Horsemanship 40 & Over 36. Horsemanship 19 - 39 37. Horsemanship 14 - 18 38. Horsemanship 13 - Under 39. Novice Horse Walk-Trot Pleasure 40. Novice Rider Walk-Trot Pleasure 41. Walk-Trot Pleasure - Open 42. Jr. Horse Western Pleasure 43. Sr. Horse Western Pleasure 44. Western Pleasure Jackpot – Open 45. Western Pleasure 40 & Over ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MARCH 2017 (37)

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Gas Colic – Common, but Preventable! By Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. Gas colic is the least serious form of colic. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s very common. So common, in fact, that it is often overlooked as “just gas,” like you might get when you eat too much pizza. However, never be complacent about gas colic because it can lead to complications such as displacement or twisting of the large colon. Truth is, if you’re feeding correctly, gas colic should not happen. And if it does, then you’re more than likely doing something wrong. Where does the gas come from? The fibrous portion of plants doesn’t get digested until it reaches the hindgut (cecum and large colon) where it is broken down by the resident microbial population. This process, known as fermentation, produces volatile fatty acids (to be used for energy) as well as gas. Gas production is normal. In fact, a horse who has sufficient forage will often develop a “hay belly.” This is not fat, but rather, evidence of healthy gas production. Horses produce tremendous amounts of gas, which is why they flatulate a lot! But, if the gas doesn’t adequately pass through the large colon, with all its twists and turns, it can build up. And there you have it – gas colic. Here’s what we know so far: The exact reason for gas colic is difficult to assess, especially since most forms of colic involve some gas accumulation. But in general, gas colic can be caused by: • Inadequate forage consumption • Stall confinement • Stress • Ulcers • Intestinal inflammation • Inadequate exercise • Dehydration • Changing forage sources too quickly • Introducing new feeds too quickly Gas colic is common because of two widespread practices: 1) Limiting forage disrupts proper digestion. Horses require forage to be available 24 hours a day, all day/night. Not that they actually eat during the entire 24 hours, but rather to simulate a nat-ural environment where they can graze on forages as they wish. When they know that forage is always available, they slow down their eating, take time for a nap or socializing, and come back for more when they are ready. If this basic, foundational instinct is not met, the horse releases hormones which can create muscular spasms and interfere with the normal functioning of the digestive tract. On top of that, hormones become out of balance, leading to inflammation of the hypothalamus, insulin resistance, obesity. This is not the focus of this article, but I encourage you to read more about it. When there is insufficient forage, the stomach accumulates acid, creating pain and mental discomfort. When the hay finally arrives, the horse will gorge himself, eating quickly and every bit in sight. He won’t chew as well, resulting in large amounts of undigested feed reaching the microbial population, resulting in excessive gas production. Forage restriction also leads to ulcers anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract. Consequently, gas production increases because ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MARCH 2017

ulcers can interfere with digestion, allowing more undigested feed to reach the hindgut. Since ulcers can also bleed, blood flow to the large colon is diminished, inhibiting normal hindgut motility. 2) Confining your horse to a stall or small run/paddock reduces hindgut motility. When motility slows, gas cannot be expelled. The large colon is made of muscles which contract and relax in a peristaltic motion, moving digested material and waste products (including gas) along its length. When these muscles become “flabby,” movement becomes sluggish, leading to intestinal distress (colic). Gas accumulates, the intestine distends and pain-sensitive receptors in the large colon are stimulated, causing your horse to experience intense pain. Blood circulation to the digestive tract is improved by moving around – simply grazing in the pasture, looking for the next tasty morsel, over the course of the day, will add up to to more exercise than giving a horse an hour working in the arena. Standing for hours in a small space is very damaging to your horse’s digestive health. And then there’s stress. There are literally thousands of studies showing the negative impact of stress on people’s health. Everything from irritable bowel syndrome, to heart disease, to autoimmune diseases, to obesity is impacted by constantly barraging our tissues with stress hormones, leading to a cascade of events that results in poor health. At the cellular level, the exact same thing is true for horses. Stress exacerbates inflammation, which can damage any part of the body, but when the digestive tract is affected, the risk of colic goes up. Inflammation leads to ulcers, malabsorption, water imbalance, visceral fat accumulation surrounding the intestines, and microbial flora changes, all creating a scenario for colic. Pasture turnout is the best way to reduce stress. Even a few hours each day will have a positive impact. If there isn’t pasture available, turn-out in an outdoor exercise area such as an arena (making sure there’s hay and water available) will reduce gas colic risk. Feed changes need to be slow, with a little help. The hindgut microbial population must have time to adjust to any new food, so make sure give your horse’s digestive tract time to make the transition. If you have to change hay every few weeks, an abrupt change of feed will put your horse at risk. Instead, do a little advanced planning and set aside a few bales of old hay, while slowly switching over to the new hay. You may find yourself regularly blending old and new hays since it is best to take approximately one week to make the adjustment. While doing this, offer your horse a prebiotic containing bacterial fermentation products to help adjust to the new forage source. ~ Continued on next page. (38)


Every little improvement makes a difference, for your horse and for other horse owners boarding at the same location. You might just become a trailblazer! Bottom line – Take control of your horse’s environment and feeding, by focusing on Nature’s rules to avoid gas colic. Remember, your horse is a grazing animal, requiring a steady flow of forage at all times. Feed him, simply, like a horse!

If you’re adding a commercially fortified feed to your horse’s diet to meet additional energy demands, make sure he already has some hay in his belly before feeding a concentrated meal. If you need to introduce a new product, take 2 to 3 weeks to safely change to a new feed. Beware of weekly bran mashes. A bran mash, or any new feed for that matter, if unfamiliar to the hindgut microbial population, can trigger a dangerous colic attack. If you want to feed a warm bran mash, consistency is key – it must be fed every day, not once a week. Be sure to introduce it gradually and since bran is very high in phosphorus, choose a commercially fortified version that has added calcium. Helpful supplements In addition to a forage foundation, there are several supplements worth considering: B vitamins offer support for the digestive tract lining, as well as reducing stress. I recommend adding them to your horse’s diet prior to traveling or performing. Yeast – both live yeast and yeast culture, protect the immune system by keeping the hindgut bacteria in good health. Colostrum has the ability to heal ulcers, protect against the damaging impact of NSAIDs, and increase healthy cell proliferation. It also heals leaky gut, caused by cecal acidosis and excess fermentation of carbohydrates. Consider clean feeding You are likely familiar with the movement to change your diet to “clean eating.” This simply means reducing the amount of “junk food” in your life and replacing it with whole, natural foods, clear of pesticides, preservatives, and inflammatory ingredients. In the horse world, there are two ingredients that we typically feed that are highly inflammatory: sugar and soy products. Most commercially fortified feeds contain both of these. Since these feeds often contain preservatives as well, fed over time, they can have a major impact on your horse’s overall health. Slow feeders may be the answer Slow feeder nets and containers are designed to simulate grazing. They must be kept full, or you’ll defeat your purpose. But when your horse knows that he will always have access to forage, he becomes calm and relaxed, rests more often, and walks away from the hay, knowing that it will still be there when he returns. In other words, slow feeders help your horse to “self-regulate” and eat only what he needs to maintain a healthy body condition. Change what you can – every little improvement has an impact Colic is rare among horses who graze on large pastures, simply because of their easy lifestyle and consumption of fresh, nutritious grasses. My goal in writing this article is to set a high standard, for all of us to strive toward. Still, I am vividly aware that many, if not most of you rely on boarding facilities and are not able to offer your horse acres of pasture. But once we know where we want to go, we are better able to get there. Look into possible ways to increase outdoor grazing time. You may need to consider changing barns. Or perhaps your facility offers limited pasture turnout. Also consider using slow feeder systems in a stall at night so there is hay left over in the morning. In other words, the most significant change you should strive toward is how to make hay available 24 hours a day. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MARCH 2017

Juliet M. Getty, PhD. is an independent equine nutritionist with a wide U.S. and international following. Her research-based approach optimizes equine health by aligning physiology and instincts with correct feeding and nutrition practices. Dr. Getty’s goal is to empower the horse person with the confidence and knowledge to provide the best nutrition for his or her horse’s needs. Dr. Getty’s fundamental resource book, “Feed Your Horse Like a Horse,” is now in paperback, as well as in hardcover, searchable CD and Kindle versions. All except the Kindle version are available at www.GettyEquine Nutrition.com -- buy the book there and have it inscribed by the author. Print and Kindle versions are also available at Amazon (www. Amazon.com) and find print versions at other online retail bookstores. The seven individual volumes in Dr. Getty’s topic-centered “Spotlight on Equine Nutrition” series are available with special package pricing at her website, and also at Amazon in print and Kindle versions. Dr. Getty’s books make ideal gifts for equestrians! Find a world of useful information for the horse person at www.Getty EquineNutrition.com: Sign up for Dr. Getty’s informative, free e-newsletter, Forage for Thought; browse her library of reference articles; search her nutrition forum archives; and purchase recordings of her educational teleseminars. Find top-quality supplements, feeders, and other equinerelated items, at her online Free Shipping Supplement Store. Reach Dr. Getty directly at gettyequinenutrition@gmail.com.

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A Horse’s Sense of Fairness Julie Goodnight takes on topics you want to know more about in her online training library – part of her ever-expanding Horse Master Academy: http://signin.JulieGoodnight.com. Free access membership to help you search for many training articles, videos and MP3s! “Does my horse have a sense of fairness?” Recently, one of my Interactive Academy members asked me this question – a question that no one has ever asked me during my forty years of teaching people to ride horses. I've been working with this rider for a while now. She's working through my 12-month curriculum with her horse to help improve her own horsemanship, as well as advance her horse's training. Those endeavors involve improving your own leadership skills. Considering her leadership skills led to the question. So, does a horse have a sense of fairness? Your horse's point of view, on any given subject may be (and probably is) quite different than your own. What your horse views as unfair treatment may surprise you. But fairness does not exist in a vacuum – it is always relative to other factors. We get caught up in our own, singular point of view, and fail to consider all the factors. What seems perfectly reasonable to us, may be viewed as grossly unfair as another. Leadership is not just about your actions or intentions; it is also about your honesty, integrity and fairness – including admitting your own mistakes and taking responsibility yourself if your followers fall short of your expectations. Authority is not the same as leadership – just because you have authority over others does not mean that they have a desire to follow you or accept you as their leader. Horses most certainly have a sense of fairness, just as they are good judges of leadership and trustworthiness. Because they are herd animals, they are mindful of leadership, hierarchy, rules, and ramifications of behavior. They are instinctively drawn to strong leadership, with a compelling desire to be accepted in a herd and a profound fear of banishment from the herd. Horses thrive when leadership, rules and structure exist, they flail in the absence of it. That's not to say a horse never does anything wrong or that he would think any discipline was bad. He knows when he is breaking a rule or pushing a boundary and he usually responds well to fair punishment. But when rules are unclear or inconsistently enforced, when you say one thing but then do another, when you inadvertently punish even though no punishment was intended, or when the punishment does not fit the crime, a horse will feel that they are being treated unfairly, and his trust in you diminishes. How would you know if your horse feels like you are treating him unfairly? This is what varies greatly with horses – given his natural temperament, he may react strongly or not at all to any perceived injustice. Reactions from the horse may range from a slight tensing and lifting of the head, to shaking the head, refusals, running through the bridle, crow-hopping, bucking, or shutting down (becoming non-responsive). Of course, there could be many causes for these type of reactions in a horse, but whenever a horse is frustrated, it's always important to consider your own actions, and how they may be viewed by the horse. After all, none of us is a perfect leader for our horses. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MARCH 2017

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Here are some common scenarios where I see people treating their horses in ways the horse may consider unfair… Unfair treatment #1 – Ask him to do something then punish him for doing it: An easy way to test your horse's sense of fairness is to cue him to canter, then hit him in the mouth with the bit when he does. How he reacts to that will tell you how tolerant he is. This happens far more often than you think, in all levels of riders. Sometimes it's related to lack of skill; other times it is reactionary – a rider fearful of the canter often snatches the horse up as soon as they respond to the cue. From the horse's point of view, you asked him to do something then you punished him for doing it. Responses from this kind of conflicting signal can range from a small shake of the head, to crowhopping, to a refusal to canter for you anymore, to flat-out bucking. But usually it is the horse that is blamed; not fair, nor is it honest, from your horse's point of view. Unfair treatment #2 – Asking for one more time: Let's say you've been working on something very challenging for your horse – like jumping gymnastics. Maybe you start with just a few rails up in the line of jump-every-stride obstacles and gradually you add more until it is a very challenging and strenuous exercise. After some stops and starts and failed attempts, your horse finally goes through the full gymnastic correctly. You are thrilled! So what's the first thing you say? “Let's do that one more time.” You know what happens next. He's already given you his best and that wasn't good enough; now he's tired and emotionally spent and you ask for more. Things fall apart and what should have been a great training session turns into a salvage effort. Fairness would dictate that you recognized your horse's best effort and let him rest on that, rather than feed your own greed. Unfair treatment #3 – Setting the horse up for failure: This is actually the real, unedited scenario that stimulated the whole discussion on fairness between my Interactive member and myself. “The last time we went to the arena, there were about 15 of us in there at once – usually, I have the place to myself, or maybe one other rider. This was a big test I thought – thinking about how anxious he was on the first day of the clinic (she's referring to a clinic she took with me, 6-8 months ago, when he had come uncorked). He did great! He stayed focused and listening to me. The only negative was when we were done, I loaded him up – no problem. So I decided to practice unloading and loading since we were a little tired and away from home. He decided no. A nearby rider gave me (40)


some help. This made me think about fairness. Was it unfair to finish and then ask for more?” Yes, it was unfair. Clearly the horse had given of himself, worked very hard and done the right thing. He had every reason to believe he was done and would receive the kindness of comfort from his leader that he had a right to expect after a job well-done. Instead, he was set up to fail; he was set up to rebel. After all, he had already loaded once without resistance. Was that not what you wanted? Authority should not be exploited. My father often said, “A well-trained horse that trusts you, will jump over a cliff if you ask. But that might be the last time he trusts you and it might be the last time you get to ask.” Does an impatient horse need to learn more patience? Yes. Should we expect perfect patience of him in every situation or at the same level we do another more patient or more experienced horse? No. Should we make him jump through hoops when he is most anxious or most aggravated, just for the sake of seeing him jump through the hoops? No. Should we ALWAYS set him up for success? YES! A good training exercise sets the horse up for the greatest chance of success, not throwing challenges at him one after the other with the intent of making him fail. A good leader does not expect his followers to do things beyond their capabilities. Yes, you want to push your followers to be the best they can be, but you cannot make them be something they are not or live up to an unattainable expectation. Everyone wants the feeling of a job well done. If we think our horse may not be capable of giving us what we want in that moment, it's best not to ask. Do something else instead. Come back later and address it when the chances of success are greater or when you have removed other obstacles. While your expectations should be high, you are not trying to find your horse at fault and it is not about you, but more about what your horse is capable of giving. It's about asking him to try and then recognizing his try, even when it is not perfect. Every horse is different and what may seem like an awesome response from one horse may be nothing for another horse. It's good to have high expectations; just remember that expectations lead to disappointment, so make sure your expectations are realistic and attainable. Your horse will rise to your level of expectation, be it high or low. Have high expectations, and recognize your horse's efforts honestly and fairly. Join the academy and get my one-on-one feedback as you work with your horse: HorseTrainingHelp.com Have a good ride, Julie Goodnight, Trainer and Clinician About Julie Goodnight Goodnight is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master airing Monday nights. Goodnight travels the USA sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight has ridden in many different saddles-- she's experienced in dressage, jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. Goodnight grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, but is now at home in the West. She and her husband, Rich Moor-head, live in the mountains in Salida, Colorado. Both love versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cow-horses. Explore her online library and many training videos at http:// TV.JulieGoodnight.com; be sure to sign up for the free monthly training news at http://JulieGoodnight.com and please subscribe to the free YouTube channel at http://YouTube.com/JulieGoodnight ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MARCH 2017

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Have you ever wondered why you placed the way you did at a horse show? Wouldn’t it be nice to have time for more feedback from the judge so you can become more successful?

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NORMA AGNEW MEMORIAL MSU HAIRY HORSE SHOW Saturday, April 8, 2017 It’s OK to bring that hairy horse! 7:00 a.m. Registration – 8:30 a.m. Show Begins • $40 Stall / $8.00 Class MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

*No ribbons or points will be awarded for class placing; the feedback is your reward! Proceeds to benefit Michigan 4-H Youth Horse Programs Saturday, April 8, 8:30 am 102. A/HA Showmanship 14-19 103. A/HA Showmanship 13 & under* 104. Open Showmanship 20 & over* 105. Open Showmanship 14-19* 106. Open Showmanship 13 & under* 15 minute break 107. A/HA Hunter Pleasure Jr. Horse 108. A/HA Hunter Pleasure 20 & over 109. A/HA Hunter Pleasure 14-19 110. A/HA Hunter Pleasure 13 & under* 111. Open Hunter Pleasure 20 & over 112. Open Hunter Pleasure 14-19* 113. Open Hunter Pleasure 13 & under* 114. Adult Hunt Seat Pleasure Walk-Trot 115. Youth Hunt Seat Pleasure Walk-Trot 116. Open Hunt Seat Equitation 20 & over* 117. Open Hunt Seat Equitation 14-19* 118. Open Hunt Seat Equitation 13 & under* 119. Adult Hunt Seat Equitation Walk-Trot 120. Youth Hunt Seat Equitation Walk-Trot 15 minute break 121. A/HA English Pleasure Jr. Horse 122. A/HA English Pleasure 20 & over

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A/HA English Pleasure 14-19 A/HA English Pleasure 13 & under* Adult Walk-Trot English Pleasure Youth Walk Trot English Pleasure Open English (Saddle Seat) Pleasure 20 & over* Open English (Saddle Seat) Pleasure 19 & under* Open Saddle Seat Equitation 20 & over* Open Saddle Seat Equitation 19 & under* Walk Trot Saddle Seat Equitation 15 minute break A/HA Western Pleasure Jr. Horse A/HA Western Pleasure 20 & over A/HA Western Pleasure 14-19 A/HA Western Pleasure 13 & under* Open Western Pleasure 20 & Over* Open Western Pleasure 14-19* Open Western Pleasure 13 & under* Adult Western Pleasure Walk-Trot Youth Western Pleasure Walk-Trot Open Western Horsemanship 20 and over* Open Western Horsemanship 14-19 * Open Western Horsemanship 13 & under* Adult Western Horsemanship Walk-Trot Youth Western Horsemanship Walk-Trot

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Class Entries Close at 11:00 a.m., April 8th Horses may arrive after 5:00pm on Friday, April 7th Show open to any breed of horse. ASTM/SEI approved helmets required in all youth Hunt Seat classes (19 & under). A/HA classes are open to Arabian & Half-Arab only Show Clothes are optional No stallions or dogs allowed at this event! Negative Coggins within the last 12 months required. No refunds will be issued after March 24, 2017.

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2017 Lower Michigan Horse Association Ingham County Fairgrounds, 700 E Ash St, Mason, MI 48854 Rain or Shine Show Starts @ 8:00am 1. Fine Breed Halter Weekend High Point 2. Gelding Stock Seat Halter Division 3. Mare Stock Seat Halter Walk Trot 12 & Under Walk Trot 13 & Over 4. Pony or Mini Horse Halter Pee Wee Walk 10 & Under 5. All Breed Junior Horse Halter Pony or Mini Horse | 13 & Under 6. All Breed Senior Horse Halter 14-18 | 19-39 | 40 & over 7. Color Breed Halter Grand & Reserve Halter Sweepstakes 8. Open Sweepstakes Showmanship Classes are 9. Pony or Mini Horse Showmanship 100% Payback! 10. Showmanship 40 & Over 1st - 40% 2nd - 30% 3rd - 20% 4th - 10% 11. Showmanship 19 - 39 LMHA adds $25.00 12. Showmanship 14 - 18 to 1st place with a 13. Showmanship 13 & Under 14. Showmanship Walk Trot 13 & Over* minimum of 6 entries 15. Showmanship Walk Trot 12 & Under* 16. Showmanship Pee Wee Walk 10 & Under*** 17. Pony or Mini Horse In Hand Trail 18. Pony or Mini Horse In Hand Jumping 19. Lead Line 7 & Under**** 20. Pleasure Pee Wee Walk 10 & Under - Any Seat*** 21. Equitation Pee Wee Walk 10 & Under - Any Seat*** **20 Minute Break (Judge’s Discretion)** 22. Open Pleasure Driving **All English Seats Welcome - Classes 23-39** 23. Open Sweepstakes English Pleasure 24. English Pleasure Junior Horse 25. English Pleasure Senior Horse Walk Trot*, Walk Only*** 26. English Pleasure 40 & Over & Lead Line**** 27. English Pleasure 19 - 39 classes are not eligible for any other riding class 28. English Pleasure 14 - 18 29. English Pleasure 13 & Under 30. English Pleasure Walk Trot 13 & Over* 31. English Pleasure Walk Trot 12 & Under*

32. Open Sweepstakes English Equitation 33. English Equitation 40 & Over 34. English Equitation 19 - 39 35. English Equitation 14 - 18 36. English Equitation 13 & Under 37. English Equitation Walk Trot 13 & Over* 38. English Equitation Walk Trot 12 & Under* 39. Open English Discipline Rail **20 Minute Break (Judge's Discretion)** 40. Open Sweepstakes Western Pleasure 41. Western Pleasure Junior Horse 42. Western Pleasure Senior Horse 43. Western Pleasure 40 & Over 44. Western Pleasure 19 - 39 45. Western Pleasure 14 - 18 46. Western Pleasure 13 & Under 47. Western Pleasure Walk Trot 13 & Over* 48. Western Pleasure Walk Trot 12 & Under* 49. Open Sweepstakes Western Horsemanship 50. Western Horsemanship 40 & Over 51. Western Horsemanship 19 - 39 52. Western Horsemanship 14 - 18 53. Western Horsemanship 13 & Under 54. Western Horsemanship Walk Trot 13 & Over* 55. Western Horsemanship Walk Trot 12 & Under* 56. Open Western Discipline Rail 57. Open Reining 58. Open Western (or Any Seat) Riding 59. Open Bareback

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When horses were retired from racing, they were sold or given away. Of 36 horses sold, there was a net gain on only eight of those sales. Mr. Carmody had a horse racing bank account, but paid for expenses out of his personal account, as well as the racing bank account. Mr. Carmody kept a folder for each horse with various receipts and documents related to that horse. Judge Marvel said that Mr. Carmody did not use any of his records to reduce losses or to achieve profitability. The court noted that Mr. Carmody had no written business plan, no budgets and no economic forecasts. “In fact, the record is devoid of any credible evidence that petitioner engaged in any meaningful financial management with respect to his horse racing activity.” The court said, “While a taxpayer need not maintain a sophisticated cost accounting system, the taxpayer should keep records that enable the taxpayer to cut expenses, generate or increase profits, or evaluate the overall performance of the operation.” The court also faulted Mr. Carmody for commingling his personal and horse racing finances. “This commingling of personal and horse racing activity funds is not indicative of a businesslike practice.” The court also noted that Mr. Carmody realized no profits in a 20year period, and that “he contends that he suffered losses because he reinvested his gross receipts back into the horse racing activity and that he used his gross receipts to improve his barns, arena, and other horse racing activity property. Petitioner’s contentions are woefully insufficient to justify or even explain an unbroken string of over 20 years of substantial losses.” The court concluded that the petitioner did not engage in his horse racing activity with the predominant, primary, or principal objective of making a profit. The only silver lining in this case is that the judge rejected the IRS’ accuracy-related penalties because the taxpayer had reasonably relied on his accountant’s advice in taking the deductions.

Is the Tax Court Biased in Favor of the IRS? By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law The U.S. Tax Court is a critically important institution. It is the most common forum in which taxpayers litigate federal tax disputes. The court frequently decides IRS assertions that the taxpayer under-stated the correct tax liability, resulting in a tax “deficiency.” Many commentators argue that Tax Court judges are biased in favor of the IRS. Judges hear cases alone, without a jury. Many Tax Court judges have worked in the IRS Chief Counsel’s office or in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Tax Court does not assign judges randomly to cases. The procedures are extremely burdensome. The burden of proof is “preponderance of the evidence,” which is a loose standard of evidence, and highly subjective. It means that the IRS could win if 51% of its evidence is more convincing to the judge than the taxpayer’s. The Tax Court makes budget requests to Congress’s tax-writing committees. In justifying its budget requests, the Tax Court invariably explains to congressional committees how well it is enforcing the tax laws. A Tax Court judge, Diane L. Kroupa, was indicted on tax evasion, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction charges, raising questions about whether any of her rulings could be vulnerable to challenge as a result. (Judge Kroupa abruptly resigned prior to the indictment without explanation. Her husband, now divorced, was also indicted.) As a Tax Court judge, Kroupa heard and decided a wide range of cases, including some that came down against taxpayers in the horse and cattle industries. In October, 2016, she pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS and other crimes. When sentenced at a later date, she is likely to serve a significant prison term. Another judge, L. Paige Marvel, has also been harsh with respect to the horse industry. In a recent case, Carmody v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2016-225, Judge Marvel came down hard on a taxpayer’s efforts to run his horse racing venture profitably. The taxpayer, Jerald Carmody, has owned race horses for more than 20 years, mainly as co-owner with others, and worked full-time as a sales representative for a helicopter company. He owned lower priced horses which were actively raced in Washington State. Professional trainers were employed. He spent time every day on his horse racing activity, researched horses that would be in competition, and searched for other horses to purchase. He purchased and improved a five-acre property with a 4,000 sq. ft. barn, horse stalls, a 5,000-square-foot arena, indoor horse shelters, and nine pastures. He personally cleaned stalls and pastures. Some of the horses won several races each, and one was the alltime race winner at Emerald Downs with 21 wins. Mr. Carmody was named owner of the year at Emerald Downs. The races entered ranged in purses from $8,000 to $50,000. During a 10-year period, the taxpayer’s losses were from $16,064 to $81,345, with no profit year. But there was income in each year, ranging from $17,917 to $128,068. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MARCH 2017

One of the important lessons in this case is that taxpayers need to somehow review records so as to reduce expenses or enhance the possibility of generating income. It is important to keep track of expenses on a per-animal basis. And it is important to prepare financial statements, profit and loss projections, budgets, breakeven analyses, or marketing surveys, as the IRS considers these to be significant financial tools to aid in evaluating the overall performance of an operation. John Alan Cohan is an attorney representing people in federal and state tax disputes, IRS appeals, and Tax Court litigation, and is a long-standing author of a legal advice column published in numerous sporting magazines. In addition, he advises organizations on compliance with newly enacted laws and regulations. John is also author of the book, “Turn Your Hobby Into A Business -- The Right Way.” He can be reached at: (310) 278-0203, or email at johnalancohan@aol.com. His website is JohnAlanCohan.com (44)


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“I’m just so thankful we didn’t lose him, because we could have. He has a lot of heart and he’s so kind for having gone through what he did,” Dee says. “It just amazes me he made it.” Stories like Cider’s is why Purina Animal Nutrition is proud to be the title sponsor of “A Home for Every Horse,” a program to help find forever homes for horses in need. To date, Purina Animal Nutrition has donated more than $425,000 to participating rescue shelters, more than 800 tons of feed. To learn more about feeding rescue horses, connect with Purina Animal Nutrition and A Home for Every Horse at purinamills. com/horse or Purina Horse Feed on Facebook and Twitter. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC (www.purinamills.com) is a national organization serving producers, animal owners and their families through more than 4,700 local cooperatives, independent dealers and other large retailers throughout the United States. Driven to unlock the greatest potential in every animal, the company is an industry-leading innovator offering a valued portfolio of complete feeds, supplements, premixes, ingredients and specialty technologies for the livestock and lifestyle animal markets. Purina Animal Nutrition LLC is headquartered in Shoreview, Minnesota and a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, Inc. To learn more about Bright Futures Farm, visit them online at: www.brightfuturesfarm.org

A Cinderella story for Cider, the rescue horse Rocky Mountain stallion finds a second life with the help of Bright Futures Farm. Vince Lombardi once said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up.” In the spring of 2016, six horses living in darkness were given a second chance to get back on their feet and find a life of happiness at Bright Futures Farm in Cochranton, Pa. “The farm at Bright Futures is a sanctuary,” says Bev Dee. “Our team takes the worst cases because we can devote the time necessary to rehabilitating horses. In this case, I honestly didn’t even know if some of them were going to make the 20-minute trailer ride to our barn,” says Dee. The six horses taken into rehabilitation had fighting hearts. After many months of personalized care and nutrition, two of the rehabilitated horses, Jet and Addie, have found forever homes with the family responsible for discovering them and saving their lives. A stallion, Tanner, is in the homestretch of overcoming his ulcers. The mares, Journey and Inga, have remained together and are continuing to gain weight and thrive. All the horses have found homes except for one: a 16-year-old Rocky Mountain stallion named Cider. Cider’s Journey Cider’s resiliency has astounded his caretakers. “He had about a foot and a half of hoof removed,” says Dee. “The hoof walls were curling under and we were trimming every three to four weeks to build back integrity of the hoof.” “Cider survived because of his spirit,” Dee says tearfully. “The hardest part was seeing him figure out how to walk. After he regained his mobility, it was like he discovered how to be a horse all over again.” Once Cider’s dentition improved, he was better able to digest the feed he was eating. However, nutritional rehabilitation of horses like Cider doesn’t happen overnight. “Cider needed to gain weight quickly, but we needed to be careful with how we did it,” Dee says. “We were very concerned about preventing refeeding syndrome.” Refeeding syndrome can occur when a horse is fed too many calories too quickly after suffering from a period of malnourishment. Heart, respiratory and kidney failure can ensue because of the sudden reintroduction of carbohydrates and other nutrients. “We started him out slowly and worked up to 2 pounds of feed three times a day,” Dee explains. “We’ve had him on Purina® Equine Senior and Purina® Amplify High-Fat Supplement from the start. We chose this combination because Equine Senior is a complete feed with built-in forage to help horses that have poor digestion, dental problems or missing teeth. The added calories and controlled starch in the Amplify supplement helped maintain Cider’s body condition and support normal digestion for him.” After several months of rehabilitation, Dee says Cider is looking strong. His Cinderella story isn’t over. With one look at Cider today and his golden palomino sheen, one would never guess where he was a short time ago. Cider is currently awaiting adoption in a foster home with a trainer, who is also a farrier. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MARCH 2017

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Horse Association & Trail Riders News

BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. This column is going to be very brief, since activities related to BTRA this month have been at a minimum. As this is being written, we haven't yet held our monthly Board meeting and there have been no recent contacts with the DNR management at the Brighton Recreation Area. However, we aren't in complete hibernation and even if we're not doing a lot, we're thinking a lot. Some tack sales are coming up and those of us who want to unload some old tack or buy something new are planning on attending those. We do have a meeting coming up with the DNR and we'll be reviewing our planned activities for the upcoming season. A few of us are even thinking about going to Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio, coming up in April. The next notable item on our agenda is our first Work Bee of the year, scheduled for April, and we're starting to work on the March issue of our newsletter, The Hoofbeats Gazette. Other than that, we're getting outside as much as the weather permits and making sure that our horses are getting through the winter. Those of us who keep our horses on our property are doing a lot of stall cleaning, but that is always worth the trouble when we can look forward to getting in the saddle in the not-too-distant future. Mark Delaney, BTRA President

FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS Hello Trail Riders! What a crazy month February ushered in for the weather! I'm sure we'll see riders at the Park this weekend when temps reach 60 degrees! The 2017 riding season is underway with the MHC Expo and tack sales. We will be set up at the Kalamazoo County 4-H tack sale at the

Kalamazoo Fairgrounds on March 20th. Flyers for camp outs, etc. will be available and we will also have a short survey we ask all equestrians to stop by and fill out for us. There will be a couple of questions about our proposed campground to justify our proposal to the DNR that we would like to submit with the paper work. Please make a point to stop by our table and take a minute to help our endeavor. The survey will also be posted on the website, www.fchfa.org. Any other trail clubs that would like to have their members give input as to interest in camping at Fort Custer, please get the survey to your groups. Call Nancy Simmonds at 269-967-3613 for help with the survey, if you need assistance. There will be a 2-phase proposal submitted with Phase One having campsites at the trail head and Phase Two having sites in the woods as you first turn into the trail head entrance. This has been a long-time goal for our club and we have awesome board members working on this with the Park to see if we can justify our request for camping. We need your help! Thank you! We will also have the survey at our MHC Expo table. Please stop by and say Hi! Put our camp out dates on your calendars for 2017. The Annual Spring Camp Out is May 11-14th. The 4 days includes a site with picket poles, on-site outhouse, water, manure removal, Saturday pancake breakfast and evening potluck all for $45. What a deal!! And the Annual Fall Equestrian Camp Out will be September 14-17th. Again, a great 4 day weekend for $45 with all the perks of the Spring Camp Out and our Fabulous Saturday Night Auction. Bring ANYTHING you would like to donate and join the fun, friendly and sometimes fierce bidding for a good cause. All money raised always goes back into our Park! Call Toni Hess for camping reservations or questions at 269-781-9688. We would once again like to thank Ken Vandervest and Roger Glidden for all their volunteer hours they put in at the Park that qualifies them each for $1,000 grants from the Pfizer company as employees/retirees working for non-profits. Thanks for all your hard work! Come enjoy our trails, all are welcome for work bees, and ride/potluck dates. The 2017 calendar is posted now on the website. Our



20+ miles of trails with a variety of woods, prairie grasses, meanderings around lakes and 6 creek crossings are just waiting for you this year. We will also have a sign in sheet to show the Park the number of riders using the trails. Support our club in any way you can for great things to come this year! See you on the trails, Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

GREAT LAKES DISTANCE RIDING Is Distance Riding Calling to You? Perhaps you are looking for a new challenge for you and your horse, a deeper relationship and a better understanding of horse and rider fitness. Do you regularly want to keep riding when all of your friends have had enough and are you ready to join up with some likeminded folks? Does an equine sport where your competitors remain welcoming, helpful, and supportive sound inviting? And maybe it's time to be rewarded for all of those hours you spend in the saddle. GLDRA can help you meet all of these goals and so much more. Our mantra is "To Finish is to Win" and many horse and rider teams ride for the mileage, and not to cross the finish line first. Distance riding can be for any breed and many breed organizations have their own distance award programs in addition to what you can earn from GLDRA, UMECRA and AERC. If awards are not your thing, but a truer relationship with your horse is, there is nothing like spending hours and miles together, depending on each other, to build that bond. GLDRA offers rides that are 10-75 miles in length, complete with veterinary supervision. All of our rides offer both Endurance/ Limited Distance and Competitive Trail options except for the first ride of the season held at Brighton Recreation Area which is a Competitive Trail Ride only. We also have ready and willing mentors all over Michigan waiting for your questions. In CTR, the riders cover a specified distance in a given time. Ride times are at the ride WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News GREAT LAKES DISTANCE, continued manager's discretion with 25 miles in 4.14 hours, including a 40 minute vet hold, being the minimum allowed time. CTR's require a rider to maintain a maximum average pace of 5.5-7 mph on the trail. Every horse/rider team starts out with 400 points which is a perfect score and points are deducted from there based on comparisons to the pre-ride observations of fatigue, lesions & muscle soreness. Ride time, lameness, pulse, and respiration are judged against a set scale. The goal is to cross the finish line at exactly the specified time, there is a 10 minute safe window where no points will be deducted and a completion is given up to one hour past the specified time. LD rides are between 25-35 miles. Endurance rides are those of 50+ miles per day. Total completion time per day (including vet checks) for 25 miles is 6 hours, for 50 miles is 12 hours, and for 100 miles is 24 hours. The LD winner and subsequent placings are determined by the horse that pulses down to 60 bpm the fastest while also being sound at the trot. Endurance ride placings are based on the order of finish of horses that meet the completion criteria for soundness and pulse rate which are set per the vet's requirements for that ride day and who are thus deemed fit to continue. The 2017 season starts with a booth at the MHC Horse Expo March 10-12, come meet us there to learn about distance riding. After that, get ready to ride with us!! The first ride of the season is the Brighton Competitive Trail Ride, April 22-23 offering 15, 25 and 35 mile CTR’s, with an optional tutored ride on Saturday. The rest of the GLDRA season has rides all over Michigan, from Marquette to Milford, and even includes a multi-day ride on the historic Shore to Shore trail. So check us out online today at, www.gldrami.org, and get ready to experience the trails in a whole new way!

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HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Highland Trail Riders Fund Raiser 2017 - Each year the HTRA and Huron Valley Council for the Arts hold a competition and exhibit for amateur and professional artists to display their horse photo, sketch, paintings, or 2D artwork. Our entries last year were lower than previous years. We know it takes time to create such beautiful art work so we decided to get the word out early. We will begin taking Art on July 17th, 2017 thru Aug 20, 2017. Check out our website at: www. highlandtrailriders.com for details. The two categories will be judged separately. Cash and ribbon prizes will be awarded in each category. Intake for artwork takes place on August 30th and 31st, 2017. Reception and prizes will be announced at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts gallery during Highland Heritage Day Festival on September 1, 2017. Please mark your calendars and participate!!! If you haven't ridden Highland Recreation Area lately, you don't know what you are missing. We have made a lot of trail improvements. We are looking for new members. Stay tuned next month for details about our 2nd annual equine only spring camping event. Happy Trails to you and yours!

HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Hello HTRA Trail Riders! By the time many of you read this article, you will have already hit the trails for short rides. With our unpredictable Michigan winter weather, trail riding opportunities have been more available than previous years. Many of us are planning our trail riding and camping events for 2017. We have included a couple of opportunities to help boost your riding options. If you are challenged with identifying a riding buddy to

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enjoy the trails, don't give up. Become a HTRA member, join our Facebook page and let others know what you are looking for in a riding buddy. There is a compatible riding buddy out there! The Association relies on the support from our members and volunteers. We held a general meeting in February to help riders meet new and returning members; organize a spring work bee; review 2017 projects, and assign volunteers to Adopt-A-Trail, so trail riders can hit the trails! Again, thanks to our members who have made the Association a huge success; and to those who continue to support it in the near future. If you have not renewed your 2017 membership or plan to become a member to Hungerford Trail Riders Association, please visit the website at: www.hungerfordtrailriders.org to print an application, send an email to: (hungerfordtrailriders@gmail.com) and request an application or 'like' our Facebook page by searching, 'Hungerford Trail Riders Association.' The Trail Derby Competition begins March 1st and concludes October 15th this year. We are planning to unveil a new online program to track your trail miles. You can avoid the hassle of completing the paper form; and be able to click on the link from our Facebook page or from your email. Riders/ members are encouraged to log their trail miles at Hungerford after each ride. Members with the most miles at the end of the season become eligible for prizes at the fall awards banquet. We look forward to seeing you on the trails!! HTRA Executive Board President, Mike Simcoe Vice President, Joan Balk Secretary, Karen GreenBay Treasurer, Marcie Law Trustee, Greg Hotelling

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IONIA HORSE TRAILS ASSOCIATION Ionia Horse Trails Association is excited to announce a 1st Time Ever event! Saturday, July 15, 2017 we will host a Forbidden Trails Ride, covering parts of Ionia Recreation Area that have been off limits for years. The dog trials group that reserves a large part of the park has graciously granted us riding privileges in certain areas for this one weekend! It will be a members only ride, so if you have not renewed yet or you've been thinking about joining, NOW is the time! We are requesting a $20 donation for members who pre-register by June 30th, and $25 per member who sign up in July. Riders 15 and under will be $10. Lunch will be provided for all riders; brats, chips, salads, and cookies, along with water, ice tea, and lemonade. We will be limited to 50 riders. Our annual meeting will take place that Saturday also, so come on out and camp with us! See a board member, our website, and our Facebook page for more details and registration instructions. www.ioniahorsetrailsassociation.org Ionia Horsetrails on Facebook. We have some sharp new ladies jackets with embroidery work on the chest and sleeve, ready to welcome spring. Your first opportunity to snag a jacket will be our Spring Workbee on Saturday, April 15th. We will meet in the campground at 9:00 am, and lunch will be provided. Please let a board member know if you will come help, so we are sure to have plenty of chow for everyone! We really need as many hands as we can get! There will be lots to do! The normal clearing of a winter of down trees, pruning side and overhanging growth, sprucing up the campsites, and last but not least, setting up our new CORRALS on seven campsites. In addition to the Forbidden Trails Ride we will host our traditional fall activities: September 22-24, Harvest Fest October 13-15, IHTA Annual Chili Cook Off Hope to see you there! Happy Trails – Kristie Walls, IHTA President

KENSINGTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. HOLD THAT DATE! March 31, 2017. KTRA will be holding it's Banquet/Annual Meeting at Bakers of Milford on Friday, March 31st from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Be prepared to have a fabulous dinner and entertainment. We will also be holding an auction, 50/50 raffle and there will be.... prizes! Be sure to join us for a fun-filled time. Information on pricing, how to register, and other important information, will be posted shortly on our Facebook page and website. At our Annual General Meeting (same date as the banquet), we will elect new officers/ board members and say goodbye to outgoing officers/board members. Please come out and vote! We cannot run this club and keep the trails safe and tended without your help. Our members are important to us and to the Metropark. If you have not yet renewed your membership, please contact Deanna Hanner at dshagency@aol.com. You can also renew through PayPal on our website. Our next Board Meeting will be Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00 PM at Bakers Restaurant. We hope to see you there. Stay tuned for information on upcoming events: Spring Campout on June 2-4; July 4th Parade; Day Ride on July 29; Appreciation Picnic on August 13; Fall Campout on September 22-24; Day Ride on October 14; Holiday Parade on November 26. Don't forget March is still skiing season at Kensington if there is snow on the ground. Check their website to see which horse trails are unavailable because they are being used for cross-country skiing. And remember, when you do get out on the trails this winter, you can report a trail problem on our website at: www.kensing tontrailriders.org. We would appreciate it if you would help us keep our trails clear. Don't forget to visit our website and like our Facebook page. Happy Trails, until we meet again...

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MARTIAL HORSE ASSOCIATION, THE INTERNATIONAL SERIES Military Horsemanship Competitions. Join us for the upcoming season. Whether you're interested in being a spectator, volunteer, competitor or just want to learn how to do more with your horse for fun. There is a place for all from the beginner to the seasoned veteran. The International Series competitions run through the summer each year. Competitions and clinics are planned in Michigan and Ohio for 2017. Each weekend competition brings world class competitors together to vie for the honor of taking home the gold medal. A brief history of the organization: (Part 1) The organization grew from discussions with many individuals from around the world. The seed was planted by a discussion with head judge, Micheal Carrol, at an international jousting competition, Lysts On The Lake, held in Austin, Texas in 2011. In that discussion the concepts of: reaching out to a broader equestrian community; to be inclusive to others outside the very small world of international competitive jousting; and how to effectively train new riders and horses were addressed. Over the next year discussions were held with many about how to be more inclusive, how to train, how to practice, how to hold competitions, how to be safe. From these discussions a small fledgling group emerged led by Greg Oatly of Ohio. Mr. Oatly held the first meeting in Ohio in late 2012. Fifteen people from across the Midwest gathered. At that meeting he proposed: a set of rules for the expansion and inclusion of others in the equestrian world, military riders, other re-enactors, cavalry, and law enforcement; that due to the limited population each of these groups the resources such as equipment, manpower, and advertising would be pooled. A standard format horse show concept was adopted with classes that were accessible to the general equestrian community. The goals were to welcome riders from other disciplines; improve training through a logical and proWWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News MARTIAL HORSE ASSOCIATION, cont. gressive series of increasingly challenging “classes”; and to improve the overall safety of horses and riders, horsemanship and image of the sport as a whole. At that meeting a name was decided upon for the show series – The International Series (TIS). The name was chosen to reflect the inclusive nature of the organization. And further more that TIS would adopt the “Best Practices” from events and competitions from around the world. Finally the name reflects that the organizations rules and horse show style could be used anyplace in the world through the use of common language and a standard dressage size arena. For more information, visit us online at: www.TheInternationalSeries.com

MAYBURY STATE PARK TRAIL RIDERS Hello all, CHECK OUT 2017 EVENTS AND HELPFUL DOCUMENTS! If you haven't checked out the Maybury Trail Riders website lately, we encourage you to take a look at the events and dates we set up at the December annual meeting. Please mark you calendar! Also on the website, we have posted documents the park generously provided to us by Sara Z. from an Equestrian Trail Workshop hosted by the DNR in December. Unfortunately, we were not able to make it in person, but there is a bunch of good information, especially about fund raising and available grants in the documents listed on the following page: http://www.maybury trailriders.org/documents.html TRAIL RE-OPENING!! Recently some of us had a chance to meet with the new park director - Traci Simcock and head ranger - Mark Cutsinger. They are open to having our group re-blaze and maintain the trail that runs south in the woods from the staging area along Beck Road towards 7 Mile. (Unfortunately, that trail was closed a few years ago due to the park and our group not having the resources to main-

tain it). We will be meeting with them within the next week or so to walk the trail and discuss the detail for how we can get this done. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us and we will send you the date and time of the meeting. NATIONAL TRAILS DAY IS SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017 Each year, Maybury participates in this event. This year, they have asked us to provide some members to possibly lead a group in maintaining one of our trails. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending. Tentative time is 10AM to 3PM - we will provide more details once we know them. UPCOMING WORKDAYS Lastly - with the exciting trail re-opening will come some additional responsibilities on our part. Please be on the lookout for some organized work days. We hope that we can see good participation - this is a great opportunity that the park is providing for us so we need to do our part to support and maintain the trail that is ours. Look forward to seeing everyone soon out on the trails... A New Year means a new membership please remember to renew your 2017 membership, if you have not done so. Jennie Patterson, Maybury Trail Riders Secretary I'd like to add: We are now once again members of the Michigan Horse Council and we will be manning a table in the Trails Room for the EXPO in Lansing, March 10-12. A few of us met on the Beck Rd trail and did a couple of hours of bush wacking! It was a good day! Nice and cool and NO BUGS! We will be working on this in the future, keep your eyes peeled for work bees we need YOU! A couple of us are going to attend a Chainsaw Workshop offered by the Parks, this is free! We plan on attaining some good safety measures for this wonderful efficient tool that all bush whackers should have in their tool box! See you out there, Christina Purslow, MSPTRA Membership

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MiCMO MI COMPETITIVE MTD ORIENTEERING As the weather forecast predicts our first 60 degree day since fall, I start getting the itch to hit the trails. As I write this I realize how quickly the expo will be upon us. It would be so exciting if someone who has not tried competitive mounted orienteering were to read this and decide to give it a shot this year. 2017 is the year to try something new and different. If you are looking for more information on how to “treasure hunt” on horseback you can go to nacmo.org or visit Michigan Competitive Mounted Orienteering on Facebook. Our sport is a great way to experience many different horse campgrounds around this great state. You can visit for a day or stay for several. Most competitions are Saturday and Sunday, sometimes there is also a ride on Friday. The schedule for 2017 is coming together nicely with evenly spaced out weekends and a couple of three day events. It looks like there will be a beginners clinic in late April or early May and the rides will begin on the weekend of May 13th and 14th at Hadley Hills. If you would like more information on the Hadley Hills ride, you may contact Steve Keim at 810-793-4558 or email: Fletchrider @frontier.com. The next ride, come back to the West side of the state at Silver Creek County Park in Hamilton, MI on June 3rd and 4th. Reservations for camping can be made directly to the park, but if you need more information about this ride please call Vicki Horsley at 260-244-9913. A short two weeks later on June 17th and 18th we will be heading to Ionia State Recreation Area. It will be great to get back to this park after not having a ride there last year. Again, camping reservations can be made at the park. I will continue to update rides in the monthly article, Saddle Up! Calendar, nacmo.org, and the Micmo Facebook page. Please check these sources or contact me at woodsha dowfarms@gmail.com if you have any questions. Rides are still being added to the schedule, so keep checking back to find a ride near you. Every ride manager can help you to learn the sport during any ride. No WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News MI COMP MTD ORIENTEERING, cont. experience necessary to give this a try. Be safe on the trails! Janet

MICHIGAN FOX TROTTER ASSOC. The February 11th meeting was held at the Wheel Inn restaurant with enough officers to constitute a quorum. Prizes will be given for various reasons to members who attend our meetings. Minutes from the January 14 meeting were accepted as read. 2017 memberships are currently being accepted. We currently have 23 members. Thanks goes out to Sandy Fox from Indiana for her continued support. Susan Williams Morning View Farm in Ionia, MI is now a member, too. We are short eight dual memberships MFTA/MFTHBA to keep our affiliate going. If you are a member of MFTHBA, please support MFTA also. We would like to continue to promote the education, training and enjoyment of MFTs in our state. Two pieces of correspondence that we received were a notification from Sandy Fox about Hoosier Horse Fair slated for March 31April 2 at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds with John Heldt and Leslie White bringing their MFTs for demos and Buck & Billie Jean Thompson supplying a stallion for Stallion Row; and a flyer from Equine Affaire in Ohio for April 6-9 in Columbus, Ohio. MFTHBA usually has a booth there. Anyone planning to go? We may try to supply you with our brochures to place in their booth. Marilyn gave the financial report. Spring Clinic Chairperson, Kathy, needed a check for $50 for expenses for the Levi Beechy clinic set for April 29 & 30th in West Branch, MI. Go to our website michiganfoxtrotters.com, to get a clinic form. $200 covers both days plus rustic camping for nine participants. $50 reserves your spot. There will also be an equine massage therapist there to work on your horse for an additional $45 fee. Farrier services will also be available. Auditors are $15. Kathy is collecting auction items for this

clinic too. Food will be sold on site. A Karaoke campfire session will be offered. July clinic co-chairperson Marilyn, needed a check to reserve Massman Stable for the July clinic. The National MFTHBA/MFTA/MTRA Ride is set for Sept. 17-28 from Empire to Oscoda, MI. You must pay a $35 new member fee to MTRA if you are not already a member plus $10/night camping. A July 21-23 Ivy Schexnayder Gaited clinic will be held at Massman Stable at 714 Hogsback Road, Mason, MI. She will work with only 9 riders. MFTA member cost is $405 (which includes a stall for 3 days, 2 bags shavings, one rustic self-contained camping spot, AM coffee and donuts (or muffins). Send Marilyn a check made out to MFTA for $175 to reserve your spot ASAP! MFTA auditors pay $90 for all three days or $35/day. Bring your own chair! Food will be available on site. Healing prayers go out to Gale Gunders who was in the hospital, Bambi Platz who broke her wrist, Sandy Fox and Dawn Mannor who have had health challenges in the past year. Congratulations to Megan McGarry who is having a barn built! Is anyone interested in bringing their horse to the Novi expo? Let us know if you’d like to. The next meeting will be 11AM March 18 at the Italian Oven Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Penny Underwood will be our featured speaker. Her topic will be ‘How To Conduct A Horse Business.’ Secretary/Treasurer, Marilyn Mannino

M H DVA MICHIGAN HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE MHDVA had the “Ask the Experts” meeting at Brody Hall complex at MSU on February 11. Everyone enjoyed delicious food while listening to our guest speaker, Jack Mirakian. The topic was Geocaching. Geocaching is a family-friendly activity that combines the use of technology and exploration of our world. The idea is that a driver with a passenger and a GPS unit could search for the cache that was placed by others. There are over 30,000 caches placed around Michigan. The loca-

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tion of caches can be found at www.mi-geo caching.org. This was a very interesting topic with possibilities!! Our next “Ask the Experts” will again be at Brody Hall in MSU on Saturday, March 25 at 11 am. Our speaker will be our own Michelle Vandenboom showing pictures and speaking about the many Michigan drives she has participated in. All are welcome at our meetings. The club will have a table at the MHC’s Michigan Horse Expo, March 10-12 at the MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI. The annual pleasure show is scheduled for June 2-4 at the Kalamazoo Expo Center. There was discussion about future driving venues. Join us – we are a friendly group who love to driving!!

ORTONVILLE RECREATION EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION (OREA) Excitement is building around new trail possibilities at the Ortonville Recreation Equestrian Area. We hope to announce the addition of 1.5 to 2 miles of trail before the 2017 season ends. The DNR process for this approval has taken some time, so please be patient as we work to clear all the hurdles. Currently, you can ride 8.5 miles on the bridle trails and add another mile or so by enjoying the minimum maintenance sections of Fox Lake and Tody Roads. Even more riding time can be added by enjoying the lightly traveled gravel roads surrounding the park. Don't forget that you can camp too! We have a well maintained equestrian campground with plenty of high line poles to accommodate you and your equine partner. Come on out and spend a weekend with us. Event dates planned for the new year are as follows: Work Bee April 22 CMO May 13 & 14 Poker Ride May 27 Judged Trail Ride September 16 OREA is a 501c3 and welcomes all interested persons. Membership directly supports our work at the park. Applications can be printed WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News ORTONVILLE REC EQUES ASSOC, cont. directly from hadleyhills.com or we will be happy to mail one to you upon request. Call/ text me or leave a note on our website's contact tab. Happy trails! Karen DeOrnellas, OREA President 913-660-8012

PINCKNEY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. The riding and planning season is on us again and we want you to put the BLESSING OF THE HORSE AND RIDER on your calendar for the weekend of MAY 6TH. The Blessing will be held at 3683 Monks Rd., Pinckney Staging Area at 10 am. We're planning a jam packed weekend so check back often on our website at www.pinckneytrailriders.com for updated information. Hint; camping weekend, vendors, tack sale, live entertainment Saturday night, music and more! The other big event for 2017 will be our yearly joint ride with Brighton Trail Riders on October 7th with rain date scheduled October 8. This year the ride will start at Monks Rd. staging area and ride through Pinckney Recreation Area, down the Lakeland Trail and into Brighton Recreation Area where the ride ends with a tasty lunch waiting! The ride is approximately 13 miles. Check either clubs' websites for details. In addition to PTRA's superbly maintained 13 miles of trails in the Pinckney Recreation Area, PTRA has also seen vast improvements to the staging area. A new culvert and short wood bridge were constructed at the narrowed trail area west of marker #35 provided by DNR staff and PTRA is partnering with the DNR to make major improvements to the metal bridge crossing Portage Creek with approaches being improved and railings being added. The bridge will then receive a non-slip surface coating. This is will open up several more miles of riding trails and give access to dining establishments in Hell, MI further connecting our communities to trails. Both Hell Hole Diner and Hell Saloon will have areas for hitching horses while you enjoy their tasty food. You can even watch your

horse on the monitor while at Hell Saloon and will be able to sit outside with your horse enjoying homemade food and drinks at the Hell Hole Diner. All are very horse friendly establishments! Lastly PTRA's Annual Spring Flower Sale is going on and raises our funds for support of the Pinckney Recreation Area bridle trails. You can find the information and order form on our website at: www.pinckneytrail riders.com. Your order is tax free and supports a MI nursery and many others! Flower delivery can be arranged by calling 734-878-2975 and will come in the week before Mother's Day. Great Mother Day gifts! As always please consider joining one or more clubs as your membership means something and gets recognized!

PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOC. Hello Everyone! At this time we would have had our Annual Winter Banquet. Hope it was a huge success. Spring should be right around the corner and we have a lot of really great events planned for the season. First off, we have our Scavenger Hunt ride on Sunday, May 21st. This ride will include a camp out and potluck on Saturday night. Any level rider can join in and you can do as much or as little as you would like. Sunday, June 25th is our Destination Ride. Where are we riding to???? Come and find out! You will figure out the Destination when you arrive at it with lunch waiting for you! This ride will also include a Saturday night camp out and potluck. Winding down our season will be our Obstacle Course Ride on Sunday, September 24th. Once again, any level rider can come out and do as much or as little as you would like. Or just come and hang out! All of our events are open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of our group, although we would love for you to be! We have people that come out without horses just to hang out and socialize. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting up with our old friends and making new ones. If you would like to be added to our email list



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SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS Our annual meeting was attended by over one hundred people on February 4th. Thanks to all who came and helped us celebrate the beginning of our twentieth year. Danny Crampton, Pat Brown, Rachael Moreno and Scott Salters sang and played their cowboy songs for us during social hour. Two New Board members were elected - Marsha Korrish and Todd Ring. Volunteer of the Year was Dave Kline for his generous help and making a unique gravel hauler. Chanda Donnan and Scott McCullough were also honored for their helpfulness. Fifteen charter members were honored with twenty year certificates. Awesome! The donated items were auctioned off by Don Brown, Myron Karsten and Todd Ring. Barb Drake and I donated the table decorations for door prizes. The following businesses generously donated items: Tom's Western Store, The Wire Horse, Ovid Farmer's Elevator, Tractor Supply Co. of Owosso and Ithaca, Family Farm and Home of St. Johns and Corunna. The Clinton Vet Clinic donated three farm calls! Thank you to those who setup tables, cleaned up the hall, brought dishes to pass and bought auction items. Volunteers!!! Saturday, April 22nd is the date for our first workbee. 8:30 am: sign in at staging area for work assignment areas. Staging area clean up, trail trimming, pickett pole fixing, and graveling low spots are on the agenda. Noon Lunch helpers are always welcome, if you can't help out on trail work, bring a dish to pass. Facebook will have updates. ATVs will be needed (weather permitting) to get to areas of trimming. Call 989-661-2541 for equipment needs. Four hours of workbee credit earns one free night of camping. The Annual Rotten Egg Hunt will be at 2:00 pm April 30th with Host Pat Brown and friends. They will have the wee ones and the young at heart looking for hidden eggs. There will be several types of eggs to look for. This annual family event welcomes youth. All fun activities are on foot in the staging area. Trail WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS, cont. riding depends on the trail conditions according to the weather. Our special event camping weekends allowed by the DNR will be--Memorial Weekend May 26-29 Free Youth Fun Activities, The Fourth of July Weekend beginning June 30-July 5, Labor Day weekend Sept. 1-4. The Haunt Club Ride Weekend Oct. 6-8 will have spooky glow rides, decorated trail games, 4 costume contests and Saturday night potluck. “Explore the Hollow” weekend is Oct. 20-22 will have The Rustic Cabin Open House for anyone to visit and a special ride TBA. SleazyBarbHorsewear is helping sponsor this event. For all camping weekends, participants register at the Horseman's staging area, have a group campfire, a potluck and special riding events. If interested in helping with an event, your participation is welcome. Check our website: shtra.org or our Facebook page as the dates get closer for specific details. Sunday, September 24th will be the Annual Rangers 4-H Club Judged Trail Ride in memory of Kris Kulhanic. From 10 am - 2 pm this 10 obstacle event draws many participants testing their horsemanship skills. There will be a lunch and cash prizes awarded. Sorry, there is no overnight camping with this event. Renew your membership via the website to run off a membership form. We have fun family events using our scenic 14 mile trail system. Don't forget that the rustic and modern rental cabins have 4 picket poles each and are the only equestrian rental cabins in the state system. They are available 24/7 by calling 1-800-44Parks. Get your rental date early as these cute cabins overlooking the lake, sign up fast. Marsha Putnam

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WESTERN DRESSAGE ASSOC. OF MI The WDAMI Annual Awards Banquet was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Pine River Country Club in Alma, MI. WDAMI is proud to share the winners of the Year-End Championship and Reserve Championship Awards for the 2016 show year. Kayla Crowe - Jr Basic Nov Rider Champion Mary Lynne Zylstra - Level 1 Pony Adult Am Ch Kathy Juhas - Level 1 Adult Am Champion Kathy Juhas - Level 2 Adult Am Champion Chandra Nielson - Basic Adult Am Champion Rachel Belcher - Basic Adult Am Res Champion Rachel Lucas - Intro Novice Horse Open Ch Rachel Lucas - Basic Nov Horse Open Ch Rachel Belcher - Basic Open Champion Tammi Brandon - Basic Open Res Champion Kim Nobel - Level 1 Open Champion Cherish DeWitt - Level 2 Open Champion Suzanne Morisse - Level 3 Open Champion

The Year-End Champions were awarded a WDAMI 2017 Buckle, ribbon and placing certificate. The Year-End Reserve Champions were awarded a ribbon and placing certificate. Congratulations and job well done, Ladies! In addition to the Champions and Reserve Champion Awards the following individuals won High Percent ribbons: Kayla Crowe, Athena Lewandowski, Jennifer Kiser, Mary Lynne Zylstra, Kathy Juhas, Elizabeth Fink, Chandra Nielson, Jamie Shook, Rachel Belcher, Rachel Lucas, Suzanne Morisse, Cherish DeWitt, Kim Nobel, Tammi Brandon, & Kristal Homoki. In other exciting news, WDAMI is very proud to announce the addition of two new board members: Joanne Coy and Kristal Homoki. Both ladies bring a wealth of equine knowledge to the Board of Directors and we welcome them to the Board. We also wish the best to former board member, Jessica Shier. Jessica and her husband Michael are expecting their first child this summer! While we will miss her enthusiasm and technological expertise, our hearts are happy for the soon to be parents. The 2017 show year is fast approaching. Please check out the event list at the WDAMI

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website: www.wdami.org/calendar. This list includes opportunities to show across the state. If you know of other events, please contact us at infowdami@gmail.com. ALSO, please remember to check out the judge/s for the shows. For scores to count toward WDAMI awards, the judge must be a “L” USDF or a USEF dressage judge. On June 2, 3 and 4, WDAMI will be hosting the Jec Ballou Clinic at the Tromble Bay Equestrian Center, LLC in Cheboygan, MI. The clinic includes private and group lessons. You can obtain more information about the clinic by contacting Jill Robiadek, email her at: jrrob1@gmail.com . WDAMI is hosting its second Schooling Show on June 17, 2017 at Serenity Farm in Byron Center, MI. To obtain information about the show, prize list, entry form and release of liability go to: www.wdami. org/show. From there you can download and print the forms. Gail Anderson is our show secretary and manager. You can contact Gail at: 586-246-3827 or email her at: gail@ michigandressageclinics.com. On July 30, 2017, WDAMI will be co-hosting a show with Sari Clapperton at Woodbine Farms in Chelsea, MI. Sari is offering western dressage classes at all of her shows this summer. You can see a list of her shows by going to: www.woodbinefarms.com/ calendar-of-events. Winter is starting to give up to warmer weather and longer days. Horse hair will soon be found everywhere and the birds will have a cozy warm nest liner! Ah, SPRING!! And oh yes, MUD!!

WESTERN MI APPALOOSA REGIONAL Once again, we had a great time at the combined WMAR/MApHA banquet back in January. Congratulations to all the winners! We had some fabulous awards handed out with my personal favorite being the Michigan in Metal custom photo frame/wall hanging. As always, Amy Schweiger came through with some amazing awards. Congratulations also go to Tami Vickery who won our show stall raffle at the banquet. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News WESTERN MI APPALOOSA REG, cont. WMAR member and trainer, David Wagner, was featured in an article titled “Trainers On The Rise” in the March 2017 issue of Horse & Rider magazine. Congratulations, David on being included. Show dates for 2017 were voted on and they are now official: WMAR Red White & Blue Show at Mason on June 3-4, 2017; WMAR State Show in Centreville on July 15-16, 2017; and the Sizzler that we co-host with MApHA at the MSU Pavilion on August 5-6, 2017. MApHA shows that we approve are the Spring Show on May 6-7, 2017 (new dates) at Mason and the Classic show August 25-27, 2017 at the MSU Pavilion. Good news for those of you who attend our Centreville show. It appears that they have gutted the tie stalls out of two barns and will have 20 new box stalls in each one in time for our show!! That's also a very good reason for those of you who have not attended before to come join us for a fun weekend. Amanda Kutchey is also handling the WMAR and MApHA Pattern books and would welcome any advertising you might want to place in them. Full page ads are $100, half page is $75, quarter page is $50 and a business card runs $20. You can contact Amanda for further information. There is also still time to sign up your horses for the WMAR Incentive Program. It's a great way to win some cash for your showing. Forms are available on the WMAR website. As many of you already know, we lost our WMAR President and good friend, Terry Shelhamer due to an auto accident back in January. His ready smile and many stories will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Our next WMAR Board meeting will be April 11, with the location yet to be determined. To keep up with the latest WMAR news and happenings, check out our website at www. wmarapp.org or our Facebook page, WMAR. 'til next month, Sharon Clark

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YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS Board Meeting Minutes, February 8, 2017 This meeting was held at Skip & Jeanne Burger's house starting at 6:00 p.m. with a Pot Luck meal. The meeting was called to order at 6:35. Barry Roubaix Race, March 25th volunteers are needed for road guards, contact Ron Walker at ronaldw@grmr.com. So far we have Susie & Erv, Kathy & Dick, Jodi, Skip & Jeanne. Trail Report: Andru Jevicks gave an update on the Spur Trail status, the district planner has approved the tail but wants a comprehensive Trail Plan submitted before moving forward. This plan needs to include all future trail plans; Ron and Dick will work on a map. Friends Summit, March 3rd & 4th. Anyone interested in going contact Ron Walker. Corral Update: There was a lot of discussion regarding installation, material and pricing. What was agreed upon the corrals will be 12x12, 2 for each site prefer galvanized gates. Install just a couple of site this summer. The DNR will match our funds, but can only purchase from approved vendors and will get us a list of these vendors. Other suggests were tall posts in the corners to tie hay nets from, pour concrete at the corners to secure gates down, use panels w/square corners. For the next meeting board members are asked to contact a campground who has pens at each campsite and ask them what works and doesn't work, bring these ideas to the next meeting. Any suggestions from our members are appreciated also. You can send your ideas to me, Kathy Taylor. Solar Water Well: Skip has talked with a well driller and is waiting for a cost. Has also talked with Hungerford regarding their Solar water well. He now has a list of material needed and will put together an installation cost. Andru will check with the DNR Planner to see if there are any regulations regarding a solar well house. Playground Equipment: Joe Jandernoa from YS DNR talked about playground equipment

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for parks must meet the CPSC standards. If we plan on installing playground equipment he suggested we only purchase from a company that meets these standards such as Game Time. More research will be needed for this project. Land Manager, DNR Update: Besides the Spur Trail update given above, Andru also talked about doing a better job this year of keeping track of the day riders to give the DNR a more accurate picture of the camps daily activity and traffic the horse trails are getting. Next meeting is at Ron & Carla Walker's house, March 8th 2017. Meeting adjourned at 8:10. Remember to get your Membership dues sent to our PO box! Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor, YSTRA Secretary



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Give Yankee Springs a Try! by Elissa Buck Equestrians will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful trail system and campground than can be found at Yankee Springs Recreation Area. Located near beautiful Gun Lake, Michigan, this park is just 35 minutes south of Grand Rapids. The Horseman's Camp is home to 25 campsites featuring vault toilets, a manure pit, a centrally located hand pump, a group fire circle and a nearby picnic shelter. In addition, picket poles, a picnic table and fire circle can be found at each campsite. The cost is $18 per night and campsites can be reserved in advance. Ten miles of trails wind through forests, alongside lakes and pass by creeks providing riders with a varied and challenging equestrian experience. The trails connect to an additional nine miles of trails that can be found in the neighboring Barry State Game Area (available to equestrian riders in the summer months). This varied and scenic trail system lends itself to rides of varying distances. “The most popular feature at Horseman's Campground is the trail ride experience,” said Ron Walker, president of the Yankee Springs Trail Riders Association.” The trails take riders through remote picturesque woodlands with many opportunities to see all kinds of wildlife. I like to think that the views are much like what the first settlers to the area must have experienced.” The Yankee Springs Trail Riders Association (YSTRA) was formed in 1997 to preserve, protect and improve the equestrian campground and trail system, and the park, has experienced numerous benefits as a result. The trail riders association has volunteered countless hours working in the park and has raised funds for a number of projects. These efforts have been instrumental in creating a unique equestrian experience that can only be found in Yankee Springs Recreation Area. “I can't imagine that two organizations could better share such a focused and common goal as the YSTRA and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources,” said Walker. A number of recent improvement projects complement the scenic and natural features already found within the park. A newly constructed picnic shelter and group fire circle promotes visitor camaraderie and is one of the more popular amenities in the campground. The shelter area is also used to host special events, such as competitive horseback riding and the annual haunted trail ride in October. A new obstacle course provides riders with additional opportunities for riding, while honing their skills. Future plans include expanding and reclaiming trails and adding additional amenities to the campground, including a new solar powered well. “We encourage new and past visitors to visit Yankee Spring and experience all of the exciting improvements that have come to fruition thanks to our partnership with the YSTRA,” said Andru Jevicks, Yankee Spring Recreation Area manager. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MARCH 2017

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Eight Cornerstones By Nathan Horsman, Head Stock Seat Coach, Albion College, Albion, Michigan www.albion.edu I'm often asked how I go about training a horse and the steps I use. Over the last 15 years, I've developed a program that I call the Eight Cornerstones. I use these Cornerstones on every horse I ride, regardless of the horse's intended discipline. These Cornerstones are not event-specific; they are what I use to get any horse truly broke. For me a broke horse is one that willingly gives their body and mind over to my direction. Willingly (without resistance and fear) they do what I ask, when I ask, and at the speed I ask. Nothing more, nothing less. The First Cornerstone is Lateral Flexion. Basically this is the sideways movement of the C1 vertebra (the atlas). Lateral flexion is created by drawing the horse's nose from center to one side, then to the other, by use of the reins. This begins to loosen the horse's muscles and mind. When done correctly, there is no tilting of the head; their eyes should remain level to the ground. If the rider asks the horse to flex farther then they can or tries to force the lateral flexion, they engage the C2 vertebra (the axis), causing the rotation of the skull (head tilt) and imbalance within the horse. When correct lateral flexion is achieved, your horse will begin to soften to each rein over their topline. Tension or softness within the top line dramatically affects your horse's way of going: the more tension within the topline, the shorter and choppier the stride. The softer the topline, the smoother the stride and more engaged the hindquarters. The faster a horse goes, the straighter they get. The straighter they get, the easier it becomes to get stiff. It's for this reason I don't begin lateral flexion at a halt. I teach this at a walk, jog, and lope, then while backing up. I use a snaffle bit with split leather reins and begin in an arena. I walk the horse forward on a loose rein, slide my left hand down the left rein and then draw that rein toward my right shoulder. I ask the horse to draw his nose about six inches to the side. As he does, I release the left rein, then do the same thing on the right rein. I want the horse to continue walking while I do this, so while I use the left rein, I add left leg. When using the right rein, I add right leg. It is important that the horse is not allowed to slow down. They must learn to hold the cadence of their stride with their head on center and while being asked for lateral flexion. It is also important that the off rein has slack in it while asking for lateral flexion. I do not hold the horse's nose to the side and wait for them to soften. I find softness is best created through movement, so if I hold the horse in lateral flexion and wait for them to soften, most will either brace against my hand or tilt their head. I tell my students to train horses within the mindset of movement – form – function. Movement must always precede form. Prior to beginning lateral flexion, I ask the horse to move on a loose rein and watch where they hold their poll. Once I begin flexion, I continue at a walk until I can move the horse's head from side to side and they willingly give their nose. Then I go to a loose rein again and check their poll. If the horse is learning, their poll should drop and extend lower than when I started. If their poll doesn't drop or it comes up, that's a good indication they need more lateral flexion. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MARCH 2017

The above photo shows CORRECT FLEXION

INCORRECT FLEXION because the C2 vertebra is engaged

If lateral flexion is done correctly and at all gaits and speeds, it opens the horse's mind for learning, paves the way for correct movement and vertical flexion, and it begins to soften the horse's body. We ride horses from the hindquarter to the front, but we must soften horses from the front to the back. Once the horse is soft on each rein individually then we can begin the process of creating softness through both reins (vertical flexion) – and horses are much more fun to ride and train once we get them soft! Enjoy the stages of training and look for ways to do the small things great. About Nathan Horsman Nathan Horsman assumed the role of head coach of the western team at Albion College in 2016. An AQHA Professional Horseman and Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) master instructor, Horsman has been a rider since he was first placed aboard a horse at the age of two. For the past decade, his specialty has been training horses for reining, cutting, and reined cow horse events. He's also a popular clinician across the U.S., working with non-pro and amateur horses and riders to help them improve their communication and training. As a coach in the Albion equestrian program, Horsman's primary duties involve training the horses and riders affiliated with the IHSA western program, reviewing horse donation prospects, recruiting new students, and supporting the daily operations of the Held Equestrian Center. He can be reached at NHorsman@albion.edu.

Albion's equestrians train out of the College's Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center, which spans 340 acres and is the only on-campus equestrian center at a private college in Michigan. The Held Center offers student horse boarding in addition to housing the collegiate riding program. The staff of the Held Equestrian Center takes pride in the fact that only one thing rates as highly as the education of the students - and that is the well-being of the horses who live there. (70)


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CATALOG DEADLINE APRIL 10, 2017 ~ CONSIGNMENT INFORMATION ~ We will start taking carriage and tack consignments on Thursday, May 4th, and Friday, May 5th, 2017 - 8:30am to 4:30pm. Carriages and horses can be brought Saturday morning on sale day. NOTE: We will not be accepting any small horse tack on sale day. Please, no horses with balking problems.


~ HORSE INFORMATION ~ We will be reserving horse numbers and having horse catalogs. Send your name, address and phone number along with horses name, age, breed, sex, and comments. Get your horses consigned early • Catalogs will be sent to over 2,000 buyers and sellers of past years. Send $12.00 non-refundable catalog and sign-in fee per horse to: (no catalog fee for ponies sold in the riding ring)




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Located in the heart of Ortonville Recreation Area with miles and miles of Equestrian Trails just footsteps away!

BOARDING – Stalls Available Ortonville Recreation Area is located in north Oakland and southern Lapeer counties. This approximately 5,400 acre recreation area contains high wooded hills and a wide range of recreational activities, including miles of designated equestrian trails.

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HOLLY VACANT LAND – RICE LAKE FRONTAGE – LAND CONTRACT TERMS Amazing Lakefront Location! Across the street from the Village. Over 42 acres of mature trees, rolling hills and lake frontage. A perfect setting to build your dream home with a private parcel, yet close to all amenities. Offered at $450,000.

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54 Acres, Oakland County, $1,550,000. 100x195 indoor arena with clubhouse, 60x90 indoor working arena, outdoor Dressage arena, 30-12x12 matted stalls, 14 board fence pastures with automatic waterers, plus run-ins. 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home, full finished walkout. Includes 15 acres hay, and 2 additional outbuildings.

55 Acres, Oakland County, $1,250,000. 3 horse barns, 2 indoor arenas, 32 - 12x12 stalls. 4 bedroom, 2 full bath, 2116 sq. ft. home, 3 car attached garage, includes a 1154 sq. ft. finished basement. 2 apartments, 16x16 each w/2 full baths, large eat in kitchen open to viewing area, overlooks indoor riding arena, and living room. Working facility.

7+ Acres, Kensington Metropark, Oakland County, $875,000. Equestrian Estate with 66x120 indoor arena with heated observation room, 13 - 11x11 matted stalls, tack and grain room, office, heated wash rack. 5,000 sq. ft. home with huge great room with an aspen fireplace. Heated fenced in-ground swimming pool, cabana area, changing rooms, sauna.

26 Acres, Shiawassee County, $449,000. 232x64 barn with indoor arena, 24 solid oak stalls, observation room, bath, area for kitchen and office. Beautiful turn-of-thecentury home has an addition. Completely updated and remodeled. 95x41 hip roof barn, 100x200 outdoor arena. 60x48 barn with 220, and cement flooring.

47 Acres, Isabella County, $315,000. 60x120 indoor arena, 10 - 12x12 solid oak stalls, 2 - 12x18 stalls, 1 - 12x24 stall, heated office with bath, tack room, large wash rack/grooming area, storage for hay and equipment. Features 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath living quarters. Beautiful setting offering privacy on a paved road.

4 Acres, Livingston County, $242,000. 2 stall horse barn, 3 pastures, fenced with outdoor lighting. 1400 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Deck and covered porch, attached 2 car garage, electricity, workshop, garage door opener. Howell School District.

40 Acres, Charlevoix County, $399,000. 2500 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath ranch home with natural fireplace. Geo-thermal heat. All appliances, 2 car attached garage. 4 stall horse barn, 26x60 pole barn and fenced pastures. Charlevoix School District.

50 Acres, Barry County, $495,000. Lakefront accessible to 600 plus acre Crooked Lake. Eventing horse facility! Dressage arena, heated wash rack, heated observation, bath and shower. Main barn has 22 stalls, hayloft. Two outdoor arenas with lighting; dressage arena and jump arena. Additional 36x60 barn, and a 40x15 kennel.

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Don’t Miss The Michigan Horse Expo... Michigan’s Premier Equine Event Featuring the State’s Largest Equine Trade Show!

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