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9:00 a.m. Draft Horses and Haflingers followed by Amish Buggies Driving Horses at approx. 12:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. Miscellaneous Equine Tack 9:30 a.m. Saddles followed by Collars and Harnesses 11:00 a.m. Riding Horses and Ponies

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AHC NATIONAL ISSUES FORUM The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to announce that speakers for the Research and Youth Panels at the upcoming National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, have been set! “We are excited to hear what research projects are currently underway that could be of great benefit to the equine industry as a whole,” said AHC President Julie Broadway. “Additionally, it will be welcoming to hear the thoughts and ideas from the next generation of leaders in the horse industry on what we can do to continue to create new opportunities and grow the industry we all love.” Speakers on the Research Panel, which will be moderated by Allyn Mann of Luitpold Animal Health, will be: Edward Bowen of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Mr. Bowen has been the full-time president of the GraysonJockey Club Research Foundation since 1994, which has traditionally been the leading source of private funding for veterinary research specifically to benefit all horses. Dr. Paul Haefner of Horses and Humans. Dr. Haefner is the immediate past President of the Horses and Humans Research Foundation, as well as a clinical psychologist and owner and founder of Riding Far, LLC which provides equine assisted psychotherapy, equine assisted professional development services, and sport psychology services for equestrians. Dr. Tom Lenz for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Dr. Lenz is an Honorary Vice President of the AQHA, where he is a Past Chair of the Research Committee and currently serves on their Welfare Commission and the Stud Book and Registration Committee. Dr. Nathaniel White for the AAEP Foundation. Dr. White is currently a professor emeritus of equine surgery at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Center, as well as a ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

former director-at-large for the AAEP and a Past-President for AAEP as well. Dr. White’s research interests include epidemiology of colic, abdominal and orthopedic surgery, and treatment of orthopedic diseases and lameness. Dr. Wendy Wood of Colorado State University. Dr. Wood presently serves as the Academic Program Director of the entrylevel professional degree programs in occupational therapy. Her research and scholarly interests have focused on the study of environmental influences on everyday patterns of time use and well-being in both captive primates and institutionalized older adults with dementia. The Youth Panel, which will be moderated by AHC President Julie Broadway and American Youth Horse Council Executive Director Danette McGuire, will include: Flora ElmColone, current Arabian Horse Youth Association President. Ms. ElmColone was the 2016-2017 AHC Youth of the Year, and some of her biggest goals are to encourage participation at the local level, as well as grow excitement for showing horses. Katie Hodges, Customer Relations Coordinator and Director of Youth Programs for the American Morgan Horse Association. Ms. Hodges oversees membership recruitment and retention and provides support for member programs like AMHA’s Open Competition Program, My Morgan & Me Program, Youth Programs, and the Mentor Network. Justin Irvine of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Mr. Irvine comes from a family of harness racers, as his father is a skilled harness horseman/trainer/driver with more than 7,000 career victories. Justin aspires to follow in his footsteps to become a driver or trainer and has taken the steps to do so by securing a matinee license and driving in several races. Sedate Kohler of the United States Pony Club (USPC). Ms. Kohler has been a member of USPC since 2001, and through her involvement with the USPC has experienced the joys of competing with her equine partners, the success of attaining that next skill level and seeing growth in herself and her mount, and has found her passion in life – teaching others. Brock Murphy, current President of the (20)

American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA). In his role at AQHYA, Mr. Murphy combines his passion for the American Quarter Horse with his passion for politics by leading the Public Policy Committee. His goal is to educate AQHYA members on the issues affecting our industry in Washington so that they work together to preserve the western lifestyle that they value so highly. Sponsorships are also now available for the AHC’s Annual Meeting. The American Horse Council’s Annual Meeting 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. As such, your sponsorship dollars will be ensuring you receive outreach to every segment of the industry. Please visit the AHC website here for more information about the sponsorships available, or contact Ashley Furst at afurst @horsecouncil.org. For information about the Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, please visit the Events tab on the AHC website. SECOND QUARTERLY AHC WEBINAR On May 15th at 3:00 pm ET, the American Horse Council (AHC), will host its second quarterly webinar for 2017 “Tips to Growing Your Equine Business.” Our featured speaker will be Elisabeth McMillan, CEO at www.EquestrianPro fessional.com. She will speak on “How to write a marketing plan in 7 seconds,” as well as give a brief social media “boot camp” for those looking to boost their social media presence for their business. Ms. McMillan has a lifetime of experience directly in the horse business and is supported by a team of top notch experts and regular contributors to the EquestrianProfessional.com site. Also featured will be the AHC’s Time to Ride program with consultant Christie Schulte. “Time to Ride programs have awarded thousands in cash and prizes while helping horse professionals grow by sharing the joy of horses with newcomers,” said Ms. Schulte. “I am looking forward to discussing how important growth is for equine businesses, and the huge impact that a little marketing and outreach can have!” Finally, there will be an AHC member spotlight on the United Professional HorseWWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs men’s Association with Smith Lilly. The UPHA regularly works with the American Horse Council and the various breed organizations to promote safety, ensure fairness, improve conditions, increase attendance and improve the overall horse show experience for owners, trainers, grooms, and spectators alike. In addition to its core programs, the UPHA seeks to foster communication and mutually beneficial relationships between all participants in the horse show industry. The webinar is open to both AHC members and non-members – we encourage everyone to attend! To register for the webinar, please visit https://kwiksurveys.com/s/ JPLdvJxz#/0. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Furst at afurst@ horsecouncil.org. We look forward to having you join us for our second quarterly webinar! About the American Horse Council As the national association representing all segments of the horse industry in Washington, D.C., the American Horse Council works daily to represent equine interests and opportunities. Organized in 1969, the AHC promotes and protects the industry by communicating with Congress, federal agencies, the media and the industry on behalf of all horse related interests each and every day. Visit www.horsecouncil.org.

Lane Room 1287, Anthony Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824. ELIGIBILITY: Michigan 4-H club members, families, and leaders. Participants under 14 years of age must be accompanied on the State 4-H Trail Ride and its individual rides, by a parent, legal guardian, or responsible adult. Members 14-17 years old must have a 4-H leader in attendance at the ride, designated by the county, to whom they are responsible, but this advisor does not need to accompany them on all rides. Youth are responsible to any of the State 4-H Trail Ride Committee members. SAFETY: We want the trail ride to be safe and fun for everyone. ASTM/SEI approved riding helmets are required for youth 19 and under and highly recommended for all riders. Again this year, we will be having a silent auction to help offset the costs of the event. If you’d like to donate an item, we would be extremely grateful! Just bring the item with you Friday to the registration table. For many of us this event is a tradition that we have attended for years and even decades. For many of you this may be your first year and we want it to be memorable and leave you anxious to return. Let's work as a team and make this a huge success! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the camp! Steve Smith, Committee Chair. For entry forms and more information, visit: http://www.canr.msu.edu/ans/uploads/file s/Packet_of_Info_2017.pdf

MICHIGAN 4-H/FFA LIVESTOCK JUDGING CONTEST The Michigan 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging 2017 MICHIGAN 4-H TRAIL RIDE Contest is held in conjunction with the & FAMILY CAMP WEEKEND Michigan Livestock Expo (MLE) and is a To be held June 23-25, 2017, at the D Bar D collaborative effort between Michigan 4-H Ranch, 6746 E 64th St., Chase, MI 49623. and Michigan FFA. By participating in the Visit D Bar D online at: www.dbardranch livestock judging contest, contestants can michigan.com for location information. enhance their livestock evaluation and PURPOSE: To provide 4-H members, parselection skills, as well as improve their ents, and leaders with an opportunity to communication and decision making skills. meet and become acquainted with 4-Her’s Contestants will judge eight classes inclufrom across the state, to provide training in ding beef cattle, boer goats, sheep and planning and conducting club and county swine. Each contestant will then answer trail rides, and to develop an appreciation of one set of questions and either give three conservation and natural resources. sets of oral reasons or answer three additional sets of questions. Two key contest REGISTRATION: Registration forms and fees reminders are that the state winning Senior are due to the State Extension Office no later 4-H Division team will compete at the than June 1, 2017. Please send entry forms American Royal Contest and that the top 20 and check (payable to MSU) for all entries Senior 4-H Division contestants, who have to: State 4-H Trail Ride, 474 South Shaw ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017 (21)

not already competed at the NAILE, will have the opportunity to compete for eight spots to represent Michigan 4-H at one of two additional national contests. Additionally, the 2017 contest will again feature a 4-H Cloverbud division. Regular fee entry registration is due by: July 1, 2017. Contest date: Thursday, July 13, 2017. Pick-up judging packets and registration (if not pre-registered): 9:00 a.m.; Contest begins: 10:00 a.m.; Contest will conclude at approximately 5:00 p.m. Find more information and the rules and entry form at: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/ resources/michigan_4_h_ffa_livestock_ju dging_contest. You can also contact Julie Thelen via email or phone at: thelenju@anr.msu.edu, 517432-1626 MICHIGAN 4-H STATE HORSE SHOW During the weekend of August 11-13, 2017, the Michigan 4-H State Horse Show will draw exhibitors from around the state to compete at the Michigan State University Pavilion for Livestock Education Pavilion in East Lansing, Michigan. The State 4-H Horse Show is an annual three-day event that brings together roughly 600 4-H'ers from counties across Michigan. Members are selected by their county 4-H programs to participate in this event. Competing at the show and being able to represent their home county is a great honor for the youth. Over the three-day show, members compete in; English, dressage, western, trail, jumping, gymkhana and PEP (Horseback riding for riders with disabilities) classes, against some of the most accomplished youth riders in Michigan. Many spend months -- even years -preparing themselves and their horses or ponies for the show, in hopes of bringing home a gold medal, or even being named a state champion. Although the show is competitive, the experience the youth gain from it is far greater than simple awards. What is unique about the State 4-H Horse Show is that it is almost entirely run by volunteers. Family and friends of 4-H from across the state come together to plan and run the show. Without their help and the support of the many sponsors and commercial vendors, the show would not be the great event that it is. Registration information is online at: http://www.ans.msu.edu/ WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Saddle Up! Magazine News Briefs extension/horse_youth_programs Date: August 11, 2017 - August 13, 2017 Time: 9 a.m - 6 p.m. Location: MSU Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane Road, East Lansing, MI 48824 For more information you may also contact: Taylor Fabus, tenlenta@msu.edu.

OHIO STATE HIPPOLOGY CONTEST June 12, 2017, 8:00 AM – Union County Fairgrounds, 845 N Main St., Marysville, OH 43040. Cost: $30.00. The primary objective of the Hippology Contest is to provide, in a friendly but competitive setting, an opportunity for youth enrolled in a 4-H horse project to demonstrate the breadth of their knowledge and understanding of equine science and husbandry, and the application of this knowledge and skill. Junior teams will be required to complete a team problem and will receive a score that will be included in their total team score. The Hippology contest will be held in conjunction with the State 4-H Horse Judging Contest. Contact: Dr. Kimberly Cole, 614-292-2625 or email: cole.436@osu.edu http://www.ohio4h.org/events/state-4-hhippology-contest-0 OHIO HORSE JUDGING CONTEST SPONSORED BY THE OHIO STATE FAIR June 12, 2017, 12 Noon – Union County Fairgrounds, 845 N Main St., Marysville, OH 43040 Registration must be postmarked by May 30th. Late entries will not be accepted. Cost will be $10.00 if competing in the Hippology Contest (above) or $20.00 if competing in the Judging Contest only. If entry fee is sent in apart from entry form, payment must be received by day of contest in order for youth to be eligible to compete. As this contest determines which contestants will represent Ohio at national contests, ONLY senior 4-H members are allowed to compete on a senior team to comply with national eligibility requirements. Juniors will be required to give 2 sets of reasons and seniors 3-4 sets of reasons. Reasons scores will be included in both juniors and seniors ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

total score. Please Note: There are new/updated rules for this contest. Contact: Dr. Kimberly Cole, 614-292-2625 or email: cole.436@osu.edu http://www.ohio4h.org/events/horsejudging-contest-sponsored-ohio-state-fair OHIO EMERALD NECKLACE END-TO-END TRAIL RIDE 2017 To be held within Cleveland Metroparks to celebrate the parks’ centennial year. This 100 mile self guided trail ride takes place from January 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. All miles must be turned in by 12/15/17 to qualify for prizes. Dinner & award presentation January 2018. A gathering will take place at Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field on October 6-7-8, 2017 so you will have a chance to stay with your horse and trailer and ride South and North Chagrin Reservations at your own pace. This is one of several informal ride-ins, rides and gatherings planned. Please check online for updates as they become available: http://cuyahogacounty ohc.com/100-mile-trail-challenge.html STATE OHC RIDE & EMERALD NECKLACE END-TO-END RIDE NEW Weekend Event - Northeast Ohio, October 6 , 7 & 8 , 2 0 1 7 . C l e v e l a n d Metroparks Polo Field-South Chagrin Reservation, 3841 Chagrin River Rd., Moreland Hills, OH. Arrive anytime after 12 noon on Friday wrapping up at 4:00 pm on Sunday. *Pre-Registration is required. *Camping $20.00 per rig for weekend. *Reg. End-to-End riders no charge to camp *$25.00 per person meal fee includes Saturday Lunch & Dinner & Sunday Brunch *Day Rider Saturday Lunch only $10.00 *Lots of room for big rigs. Reserve early, limited electric sites available. * Three exercise rings, pavilion, potable water, porta pots, and horse shower area. * Miles of easy well groomed trails. (End-to-End Ride Letters N-O-P). * High lines are limited - Room for portable corrals & Trailer Hi-Ties available. There will be lots of time to ride and enjoy a relaxing weekend or come just for a day. Activities planned on Saturday, Oct 7. Enjoy (22)

an obstacle course by Cleveland Metroparks mounted unit, lunch, 50/50, and more. Cuyahoga OHC Chapter, with the help of surrounding Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit, and Geauga County Chapters, is celebrating Cleveland Metroparks Centennial Year by riding the park’s Emerald Necklace bridle trails, End to End. A do it yourself ride of 100 miles for 100 years. Join us during this historic year and enjoy these beautiful trails. Questions? See: cuyahogacountyohc.com or email: centennialride2017@gmail.com or contact Ken: skoczenkm@sbcglobal.net or call 216-225-0223.

USDF ANNOUNCES NEW YOUTH OUTREACH CLINICS The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) is pleased to announce its new USDF Youth Outreach Clinics. These clinics, held in conjunction with the USDF Junior/ Young Rider (Jr/YR) Clinic Series, offer a new educational opportunity for grassroots youth riders. The goal of these clinics is to introduce USDF youth members who are dedicated dressage riders, but who have not yet entered the realm of FEI level competition, to the opportunities offered by USDF's youth pipeline. The USDF Youth Outreach Clinics will be open to USDF Participating or Group Members between the ages of 10-21, who are able to complete a Training Level test. Each of these clinics will be held over two days, and will include a variety of instruction. On the first day, participants will observe the riding sessions of the Jr/YR Clinic, as a group, with their clinician. They will also participate in the Jr/YR Clinic theory sessions. On the second day, each clinic participant will ride in a 45-min. session with the clinician of the Youth Outreach Clinic. There will be three clinics offered in 2017. The first will be held at Northridge Farm, in Kansas City, MO, in conjunction with the Region 4 USDF Jr/YR Clinic featuring George Williams. Dates and locations for the remaining clinics are still being considered. For more information about the USDF Youth Outreach Clinics, or the USDF Junior/Young Rider Clinic Series, contact the USDF office at youth@usdf.org, or at (859) 971-2277. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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“Training on the Trail: The Spooky Horse” by Lynn Palm We are continuing our series on “training outside the box.” To review, 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 on the trail. We covered training tips for dealing with two of three common trail training issues: the horse that wants to always be in the lead and the horse that wants to run up from behind. This article has some suggestions for dealing with a horse that is a spooky horse. When dealing with a spooky horse, go back to the routine we suggested in previous articles before to prepare him for his first trail ride. If he is spooky on a trail, it is better to work on overcoming spookiness issues there rather than moving on to a different trail. If he has been on a trail before and he has spooked or resisted, stop and figure out the reason why this happened. Was he reacting to something permanent that cannot be changed along the trail like a tree stump or a water crossing? Or did he spook at something temporary, like a gush of wind, a grouse that flushed in front of him, or a sound in the bushes? If it was something permanent, to improve his training on the next ride get off his back and on the ground before reaching the object he spooked at. One key to controlling a spooky horse is that you must stop him before he decides to stop and spook. In this way you keep control so the horse can address the offending obstacle before he stops and spooks in fright. How do you do that? By being alert to the horse's body language. Watch for these cues that tell you he is getting ready to spook. His ears are alert. His eyes get bigger. His breathing gets stronger. As soon as you hear stronger breathing than normal, this is the point where you want to stop and dismount. While on the ground be sure to give the horse his head to let him study the obstacle and swing his head to see it with both his left and right eye. After he studies it and seems to ignore the obstacle, take a few steps toward it. Stop and let the horse study it again. When he appears to ignore it again, continue the process until you reach the spooky spot/object. Allow him to smell it. This will really give him confidence. Once he seems to accept it, the lesson is not over yet. He must learn to accept the obstacle when 1) it is behind him, and 2) when approaching it from the opposite direction. In the first situation the scary obstacle that he accepted and walked past is now behind him. Horses sometimes show more spookiness when an obstacle is behind him. This is because a horse is a flight animal. His reaction once he has passed a spooky spot may be to flee or overreact to spook away from it. In the second situation, a horse may be spooky approaching an obstacle he has already accepted when he comes at it from the opposite direction. This is because a horse sees things differently from each direction. If you get him accustomed to the scary obstacle coming at it only from one direction, when he approaches it ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

from the opposite direction he may ignore it, spook with the same level of concern as before, or spook even worse. Be sure to accustom the horse to obstacles from both directions! As you start to leave the spooky spot, such as walking past a scary stump, take a step or two and stop. Let him look and swing his head and let him look at the spot with each eye. If he moves and does not stand still, reposition him exactly where he was standing. Do not circle to reposition him. If he moves to the right, reposition him to the left. If he moves left, reposition him to the right. If he moves forward, back him and vice versa until he is positioned right back to where he was originally standing. This is very important to do to keep his respect and keep you in charge of the situation. Get him accustomed to approaching the scary spot from the opposite direction. Remember, when on the ground, be ready to use the “move away from me” commands. The horse's first instinct will be to herd or get close to you. This is dangerous, and puts him in control of the situation. Do not let him move on top of you! Make him move away and respect your space as he learns to accept the obstacle. When you are between 15-20 feet away from the obstacle you can remount and move on to whatever you were doing prior to the spookiness. Continue with the same short segments if his spookiness returns. Take a few steps, stop, study the obstacle, etc. The more time you take to let him study an obstacle, the shorter time it will take him to accept it. On the other hand, if you rush this process or force him, it will take you longer to get him to accept it. The way to handle spooky behavior while mounted is basically the same as on the ground. Stop before getting to the spooky object and allow the horse his head so he can see it with both eyes. Once he seems to ignore it, take a few steps towards it, stop, and let him look again. If he does not stop, but starts “dancing” around, reposition him to the exact point where you asked him to stop. Instead of using the “move away from me” command, use your seat, leg, and hand aids to put him back in position. If he goes to the right, use your aids to make him come back to the left and vice versa. If he backs up, send him forward to the spot where you asked him to stop. What to do when a horse spooks? Turn him with the inside rein quickly and just as quickly loosen the outside rein. Keep him turning in as tight a circle as possible until you get control. Be very careful not to keep a tight outside rein. The horse may react to this by rearing. Do not pull on both reins either. The horse will only “run” through the reins. Don't look down at whatever the horse is reacting to, instead look up and away from it. Hold the saddle horn with the (24)


4) When riding away from the barn or trailer, make sure you and your horse are well exercised and warmed up. The horse should be walking quietly. Schedule “forward” work when going away from the barn or trailer. Forward work includes walk to trot, trot to lengthening trot, trot to canter, and yielding at the trot both to the left and right. The more often you change gaits, and speed within gaits (transitions), the more it will improve the horse's concentration on you rather than being worried about the outside surroundings. 5) When coming back to the barn, trailer, or turning around on the trail to return “home,” do “slow down” work to keep his focus on you rather than mindlessly rushing back, and possibly discovering something to spook at. Slow down work includes slow trot to walk, walk to stop, yielding at the walk both right and left, stopping, turn on the haunches and forehand, mounting and dismounting. 6) Don't get frustrated if a horse continues to spook over an object or situation. Some horses simply take longer to get over these issues than others. The longer it takes and the more patient you are, the more you are building a foundation for advancing his training outdoors. The key to solving the issue of a spooking horse is not allowing the horse to take charge of his rider. If he does, the horse is being allowed to go out on the trail prematurely. Both horse and rider need to go back to work in a big field or arena until they gain more confidence and skill together. Until then, follow your dreams… Lynn's Training Tip… Remember…a horse knows what you are thinking. You have to be a positive rider to bring out the best in your horse! Visit Lynn Palm online for more training articles, DVD’s and books at www.lynnpalm.com or call 1-800-503-2824. See below for dates for Lynn’s “Ride Well” Clinics.

same hand that is holding the outside rein. For example, if the horse spooks and moves to the left, quickly shorten the inside left rein to turn him tightly to the left while loosening the outside right rein held in the right hand. Look over your left shoulder as you turn him to the left. Grasp the saddle horn with the right hand. Keep the horse in as tight a circle or turn as possible until he submits to you and control is regained. Then go back and address the obstacle again. If you have a horse that tends to be spooky, go with a rider with a gentle horse who can give your horse confidence. Or teach your horse how to pony on a longe line next to a calmer horse that will give him confidence while he is training outside the box. Make a note that the next time you plan to go out on the trail, exercise the spooky horse by longeing him before riding more than may have been done prior to past rides. The goal should be not to get him tired out, but just to make him more humble to accept his new surroundings while on the trail. If possible make arrangements out on the trail ride with another rider mounted on a quiet horse or try ponying your horse with a calmer partner. Repeat the same trail, but hike it before going out with your horse. Analyze spots where you may need to stop to allow him enough time to accept areas he might be unsure about. By doing this, you will be prepared to help your horse accept spooky obstacles while staying in control of the situation. Riders must understand that when a horse is taken into a new environment, his level of sensitivity and tendency to overreact will tend to increase. He is being placed in a new situation or being asked to do something he has never done before. Often riders who are surprised at their horse's spooky reactions will say to me “my horse has never done this before.” Chances are that is exactly what is causing the spooky behavior. Because the horse has no experience with the situation, he becomes overly sensitive and reactive. It is the rider's responsibility to anticipate that these situations may happen, and be prepared to handle them effectively. Your Next Step… Here are some tips for the rider when dealing with a spooky horse. 1) Don't look down at the spooky areas. Always look over and beyond obstacles that could have the potential to spook your horse. Why? Because when you look down and have negative thoughts about the obstacle, the horse picks up these negative feelings. He knows what you are thinking. Give him positive thoughts instead. Say to yourself: “I am going over to the other side of this water crossing.” or “I am going to keep my horse responding to my aids and commands.” Be confident and build your horse's sense of security. 2) If you are hesitant about dealing with issues of spooking, or if you are inexperienced, trail ride in a western saddle. The security of a western saddle, with its easy-to-grab horn, will give you more confidence than an English saddle. 3) Take every negative or nervous thought and turn it around to a positive statement. It is important that the rider has positive thoughts for the horse to be positive. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017







COHOCTAH HORSE PARK, 6258 PRESTON RD., COHOCTAH, MI | SHOW SECRETARY: MICHELLE CARNEVALE (517) 376-2859 8:30AM SHOW – RAIN OR SHINE | GATES OPEN: 7:00 AM, SHOW OFFICE OPENS AT 7:30 AM | 8 PLACINGS PER CLASS 8:30 AM START FITTING AND SHOWING 1. 15 – 19 * 2. 12 – 14* 3. 9 – 11 4. 9 – 19 Pony* 5. 5 – 8 Cloverbud **/*** 10 MINUTE TACK CHANGE ENGLISH PLEASURE 6. 15 – 19 any seat* 7. 12 – 14 any seat* 8. 9 – 11 any seat 9. 9 – 19 Pony any seat * 10. 9 – 19 Novice Canter, any seat 11. 12 – 19 Walk/Trot, any seat 12. 9 – 11 Walk/Trot, any seat ENGLISH EQUITATION 13. 15 – 19 any seat* 14. 12 – 14 any seat* 15. 9 – 11 any seat 16. 9 – 19 Pony, any seat* 17. 9 – 19 Novice Canter, any seat 18. 12 – 19 Walk/Trot any seat 19. 9 – 11 Walk/Trot any seat 20. 7 – 8 Walk/Trot Cloverbud 21. 5 – 6 Walk Leadline Cloverbud 30 MINUTE LUNCH BREAK JUMPING 22. 9 – 19 Warm Up Eq Over Fences "X" for beginners 2' for everyone else – OPEN to all Jumpers 23. 9 – 19 Beginner Eq Over Fences Cross Rail Division - fences 18" – 6 Jumps* 24. 9 – 19 Novice Eq Over Fences - 2'-2'3" No Oxers – No Ins & Outs 6-8 jumps – lowered 3" for ponies if requested 25. 9 – 19 Advanced Over Fences 2' 6- 2' 9 Oxers/In's & Out's – 6-10 Jumps – Lowered 3" for Ponies if requested* 26. FUN CLASS (Plunger Ball)

THERAPEUTIC RIDING TR1 OPEN, Any Seat, Rail TR2 OPEN, Any Seat, Pattern WESTERN PLEASURE 27. 15 – 19* 28. 12 – 14* 29. 9 – 11 30. 9 – 19 Pony* 31. 9 – 19 Novice Canter 32. 12 – 19 Walk/Trot 33. 9 – 11 Walk/Trot WESTERN EQUITATION 34. 15 – 19* 35. 12 – 14* 36. 9 – 14 37. 9 – 19 Pony* 38. 9 – 19 Novice Canter 39. 12 – 19 Walk/Trot 40. 9 – 11 Walk/Trot 41. 7 & 8 Walk/Trot Cloverbud*** 42. 5 & 6 Walk Leadline, Cloverbud ** PATTERN & TRAIL 43. 9 – 19 English/Western Riding 44. 9 – 19 Reining Pattern #2 45. 9 – 19 Trail (11 am-2 pm west grass arena) 46. 9 – 19 Trail Walk/Trot (11 am-2 pm west grass arena) 47. 9 – 19 Bareback Canter Only – any seat DRESSAGE 48. 9 – 19 Dressage USEF Training Level – Any Seat 10 MINUTE BREAK GYMKHANA 49. 15 – 19 Cloverleaf* 50. 12 – 14 Cloverleaf* 51. 9 – 11 Cloverleaf 52. 9 – 19 Pony Cloverleaf 53. 9 – 19 Novice Canter Cloverleaf 54. 12 – 19 Walk/Trot Cloverleaf

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9 – 11 Walk/Trot Cloverleaf 15 – 19 Indiana Flag Race* 12 – 14 Indiana Flag Race* 9 – 11 Indiana Flag Race 9 – 19 Pony Indiana Flag Race 9 – 19 Novice Canter Indiana Flag Race 12 – 19 Walk/Trot Indiana Flag Race 9 – 11 Walk/Trot Indiana Flag Race 15 – 19 Pole Bending* 12 – 14 Pole Bending* 9 – 11 Pole Bending 9 – 19 Pony Pole Bending 9 – 19 Novice Canter Pole Bending 12 – 19 Walk/Trot Pole Bending 9 – 11 Walk/Trot Pole Bending 15 – 19 Speed and Action* 12 – 14 Speed and Action* 9 – 11 Speed and Action 9 – 19 Pony Speed and Action 9 – 19 Novice Canter Speed and Action 12 – 19 Walk/Trot Speed and Action 9 – 11 Walk/Trot Speed and Action 15 – 19 Key Hole* 12 – 14 Key Hole* 9 – 11 Key Hole 9 – 19 Pony Key Hole 9 – 19 Novice Canter Key Hole 12 – 19 Walk/Trot Key Hole 9 – 11 Walk/Trot Key Hole

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• SEI approved helmets (no bike or similar helmets) with chin straps are required in Gymkhana, Hunt Seat, Jumping, and for all participants 8 & under. • Breast collars are encouraged for Gymkhana classes. • Entry deadline two classes prior to entering ring. • NO REFUNDS ON ANY CLASS, CASH OR OPEN CHECK. • *Livingston County State 4-H Show Delegate Point Classes, Equitation classes will include Pattern Work. • The Cohoctah Park, individually or collectively, Livingston County 4-H Horse Committee, its members, families & volunteers will not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury resulting from you or your horse. • NO DOGS ALLOWED ON GROUNDS DURING SHOWS. SERVICE DOGS WELCOME.



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English Halter 9:00 AM Weanling/Yearling Halter Rain Western Halter – 2 & 3 Year Olds or Shine! Western Halter Mares – 4 & Over Western Halter Geldings/Stallions – 4 & Over GRAND & RESERVE CHAMPION HALTER Longe Line – 2 & Under Showmanship – Pee Wee 10 & Under (Not to show in other showmanship) Showmanship – 12 & Under Showmanship – 13-18 Showmanship – 19-39 Showmanship – 40 & Over Trail Pee Wee (not to show in any other trail class) In-Hand Trail – 18 & Under In-Hand Trail – 19 & Over LUNCH Lead Line 1-6 (not to ride in any other class) Walk/Trot – Pee Wee Equitation Walk/Trot – 11 & Over (not to ride in any other class) Walk/Trot Pee Wee Pleasure English Walk/Trot – Open Jr Hunter Under Saddle – 5 & Under English Equitation – 13 & Under English Equitation – 14 to 18 English Equitation – 19 & Over Sr. Hunter Under Saddle – 6 & Over English Pleasure – 13 & Under English Pleasure – 14 to 18 English Pleasure – 19 & Over Trail (Open All Ages) BREAK Walk/Trot Western – 18 & Under Walk/Trot Western – 19 & Over Jr. Western Pleasure Horse Western Horsemanship – 13 &under Western Horsemanship – 14 to 18 Western Horsemanship – 19-39 Western Horsemanship – 40 & Over Sr. Western Pleasure Western Pleasure – 13 & Under Western Pleasure – 14 to 18 Western Pleasure – 19-39 Western Pleasure – 40 & Over Ranch Horse Pleasure – Open

2017 APPROVED SHOWS Blue Water Pleasure Horse Association Visit us online at: www.bwpha.com May 20 & 21 BWPHA Show, Bad Axe Fairgrounds, 155 Fair St., Bad Axe, MI June 17 & 18 BWPHA Show, Double Judged Sunday Only Sandusky Fairgrounds, 218 N Dawson St., Sandusky, MI July 15 & 16 BWPHA Show, Sandusky Fairgrounds, 218 N Dawson St., Sandusky, MI Sept 2 & 3 BWPHA Show, Goodells Fairgrounds, 8264 County Park Dr, Goodells, MI Futurity held Sunday, September 3, Futurity will start at 8:00 am, Double Judge Sunday Only Double Judged = Two Judges two entry fees per class

June17 & 18 and Sept 2 & 3 – High Point Weekends * * * *

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Office fee $6.00 per horse/rider combination Entry Fee: $6.00 per judge per class Membership Fees: $25.00 Individual/$35.00 Family Blanket Fee available to members: • Family $50 plus $1.00 per class • Individual $35 plus $1.00 per class Age of Exhibitor as of January 1 * Age of Horse as of December 31 Performance not to start before 11:00 a.m. All dogs must be on a leash and under control at all times BWPHA and their sponsors are not responsible for losses or accidents on the show grounds Stallions to be shown only by exhibitors 19 & over All bits, reins, equipment must be legal, no training equipment Negative Coggins required per Public Act 121

APHA – Paint Alternative Competition Program

2017 Approved

PtHA – Open Competition Activities Program

POA PBHA – Palomino Performance Program Now Open to Non-Palomino Offspring with One Palomino Parent

Entry, Camping, Membership Forms, Rule Book, Individual Showbills and other contact information located at www.bwpha.com ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

Forms and links for all programs are available on our website. A small supply will be available at the shows.


Pony Of The America’s Club, Inc.

POAC – Register Of Merit Points Program

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Brighton Recreation Area Saddle Up! Magazine will feature a series of articles in 2017 dedicated to Michigan State Parks, which will be provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

19+ Mile Trail System plus a 17 Site Rustic Equestrian Campground

Spring in to Brighton Recreation Area It is the perfect season to explore one of Michigan's premier equestrian destinations. Brighton Recreation Area, which is 50 miles northwest of Detroit and 40 miles southeast of Lansing, is home to a full-service riding stable and an equine experience suited for all riding levels. For cowgirls and cowboys at heart, Brighton's full-service riding stable is the perfect setting for first-time riders. Visitors can rent a horse, take lessons or venture out on a guided trail ride. The riding stable can accommodate groups of all sizes and skill levels with ADA-accessible amenities. Experienced riders can bring their own horse and ride more than 19 miles of beautiful trails that traverse hills, meadows, hardwoods, evergreens wetlands, lakes and streams. The park also boasts other equestrian-friendly amenities, including a large equestrian staging area, a picnic shelter, an electric well and a 17-site rustic equestrian campground. The campground allows visitors to spend extra time exploring the park on horseback, while enjoying the night sky. The quality of the equestrian trails and facilities would not be possible without the help of the Brighton Trail Riders Association. “We are fortunate to work with the Brighton Trail Riders Association and their passionate group of volunteers,” said Mike Donnelly, supervisor at Brighton Recreation Area. “This active volunteer organization contributes hundreds of work hours to our trails and facilities. They also plan rider events and activities that engage equestrian riders from around the state.” The equestrian facilities are not only available to BTRA members and local riders, but trail riders from across the state are invited to take advantage of the equestrian trail system and facilities found in the park. “We are proud to collaborate hand in hand with the DNR said Mark Delaney, president of BTRA. “With the help of our organization, we have been able to help transform the trails, staging area and campground into one of the best public equestrian resources in the state. We believe that visitors would agree.” The Brighton Spring Competitive Trail Ride takes place in the park each year. The event attracts riders from Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio that are drawn to the quality of trails found in the park. “The competition is open to riders of all ages and each event covers a specified distance in a given time,” said Lisa Gemann, ride coordinator for the Great Lakes Distance Riders Association. “The participants enjoy the park's outstanding campground and trails, and this is what brings them back year after year.” In addition, Brighton Trail Riders Association (BTRA) hosts other equestrian events in the park, including the Celebrate Spring Ride on May 13, 2017, a Summer Campout on June 16, 2017 and Picnic and Trail Ride on August 5, 2017. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

MICHIGAN Grand Rapids

Flint Lansing Brighton Recreation

Reservations can be made by visiting www.midnrreservations.com or calling 1-800-44-PARKS (1-800-447-2757). More information about the park and campground can be found at www.michigan. gov/brighton, events at www.michigan.gov/dnrcalendar. For the Great Lakes Distance Riding Assoc. of MI, visit www.gldrami.org

Brighton Trail Riders Association (BTRA) www.brightontrailriders.net The mission of the BTRA is to partner with the MI DNR in maintaining and improving the equestrian facilities at the Brighton State Recreation Area, including the trails, campground and staging area. We are committed to the goal of providing a safe and enjoyable experience to our members, the trail riding public, and other visitors to Brighton.

Photo Credit: Kayla Radosa



Sat., August 19, 2017


RING 1 - Main Arena - beginning at 8:00 am sharp HVEC PREAKNESS 1 Fitting & Showing -19 & over 2 Fitting & Showing - 15 thru 18 3 Fitting & Showing - 14 and under 4 * Fitting & Showing - “Walk Trot” 12 and under 5 * Fitting & Showing - “Walk Trot Open” 6 $ FITTING & SHOWING - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Berwyck Saddle Club MILFORD BELMONT STAKES 7 * English Equitation - “Walk Trot” 12 and under 8 * English Equitation - “Walk Trot Open” Sponsored by Highland Feed 9 Hunt Seat Equitation - 19 & over 10 Hunt Seat Equitation - 15 thru 18 11 Hunt Seat Equitation - 14 & under 12 $ HUNT SEAT EQUITATION - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Windmill Farm Riding Academy 13 $ BAREBACK EQUITATION - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Allstate Insurance, Shirl Crowe, White Lk. FUND RIDING TROPHY CLASSES 14 Pretty in Pink - Pee Wee - 10 and under 15 Pretty in Pink - Youth, Junior and Adult Sponsored by Huron Valley Horse Blanket Headquarters HIGHLAND BREEDERS CUP 16 $ SADDLE SEAT EQUITATION - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Four Points Farm 17 $ SADDLE SEAT BAREBACK EQUITATION - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Four Points Farm WHITE LAKE PERFECTA 18 * Western Horsemanship - “Walk Trot” 12 and under 19 * Western Horsemanship - “Walk Trot Open” Sponsored by Jim’s Quality Saddle 20 Western Horsemanship - 19 & over 21 Western Horsemanship - 15 thru 19 22 Western Horsemanship - 14 & Under 23 $ WESTERN HORSEMANSHIP - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Berwyck Saddle Club 24 $ BAREBACK EQUITATION - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Grand River Feed FUND RIDING TROPHY CLASS (During the Lunch Break)




Pink Derby Committee & HVEC

Fund-Riding Show

* Not Eligible for other riding classes.

Sponsored by the


Huron Valley Equestrian Committee

In The Pink Derby

Adult (19 & Over) Junior (15-18) Youth (14 & Under) Pee Wee (10 & Under) CO

CURRENT COGGINS REQUIRED Major Credit Cards Accepted

No DOGS Allowed


Horse Show & Silent Auction

8:00 am SHARP Rain or Shine Trail - 11:00 am Jumping - Noon


$5 Class or Ride All Day $50 Registration Fee $3 $10 Sweepstakes Classes Sweepstakes Payback

In The Pink Derby


Huron Valley Equestrian Field Milford High School 2380 Milford Rd., Highland, MI

25 $ TOILET PAPER RACE (two person) SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Berwyck Saddle Club IN THE PINK - Ring 3 - Speed will begin at 3:00 pm 26 Pole Bending - 19 & Over 27 Pole Bending - 15 thru 18 28 Pole Bending -14 & Under 29 $ POLE BENDING - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Kensington Trail Riders Association 30 Indiana Flag Race - 19 & Over 31 Indiana Flag Race - 15 thru 19 32 Indiana Flag Race - 14 & Under 33 $ INDIANA FLAG RACE - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by A R Canopies 34 Barrels - 19 & Over 35 Barrels - 15 thru 18 36 Barrels - 14 & Under 37 $ BARRELS - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Saddle Up! Magazine 38 Speed & Action - 19 & Over 39 Speed & Action - 15 thru 18 40 Speed & Action - 14 & Under 41 $ SPEED & ACTION - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Howell Western Wear RING 2 - JUMPING FOR LIFE J1 ** Equitation Over Fences - Cross Poles- Beginner Jumpers J2 Equitation Over Fences - 19 & Over J3 Equitation Over Fences - 15 thru 18 J4 Equitation Over Fences - 14 & Under J5 Children/Adult Hunter Over Fences J6 $ EQUITATION OVER FENCES - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by A R Canopies J7 $ DERBY JUMPER CLASSIC - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Sharon Greene Family RING 3 - TALLY HOpe Trail - Opens at 11:00 am T1 * Trail Tails Walk Trot T2 Trail Tails Open T3 Trail Leaders - 19 & Over T4 Trail Leaders - 15 thru 18 T5 Trail Leaders - 14 & Under T6 $ TRAIL BOSS - SWEEPSTAKES Sponsored by Highland Equestrian Conservancy

** Not Eligible for other jumping classes.

Registration for classes 1-3 will close at 7:30 am on Show Day HORSE SHOW RULES: MIHA Rules Apply and supersede 4-H Rules. NO Stallions. Judges decision is final; All classes need 6 entries or more, we reserve the right to cancel or combine classes. NO Refunds; Walk/Trot classes for show experience; Class entries close when the preceding class enters the ring; Management is not responsible for loss, damage, or injury to horse, persons or property incurred in connection with this show; Rider must show in age appropriate classes. SEI/ASTM safety helmets must be worn in all jumping, hunt seat, and speed classes by all participants 18 & under, although we encourage the use of helmets in all classes. Jumps set at 2'3" or under for ponies, 2'6" or under for horses (excludes the jumper classic); All Riders ENCOURAGED to ride IN THE PINK to show support; Trail will open at 11:00 am; J1 – J3 will open at 12:00: both will run at will; no order of go, until 3:00 pm. Sweepstakes Classes Payback - 1st - $50, 2nd - $30, 3rd - $20; Sweepstakes Classes will have patterns in equitation and in horsemanship. On behalf of the “In The Pink Derby Committee” and the staff at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, we thank all of you for participating and for your support. Please visit our wonderful corporate sponsors: Peter’s True Value, The Comeback Inn, Fiesta Cantina, Hungry Howies Pizza, Pontiac Lake Horseman’s Association and

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Show Co-Ordinator: Theresa Bisque (248) 390-6862 | email: stbisque@comcast.net ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017



2016 Year-End Awards Exceeded $35,000! MQHA OFFICE 616.225.8211 P.O. Box 278, Greenville, MI 48838 mqha@hotmail.com


2017 MQHA/AQHA APPROVED SHOW DATES MAY 12-14 MQHA Great Lakes Spring Circuit 4 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

MAY 26-29 MQHA Summer Series 5 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland, MI

JUNE 16-18 Jeff Bujack Quarter Horse Shows 4 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland, MI

JULY 4-9 MQHA Harbor Classic 6 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows Western Michigan Fairgrounds, Ludington, MI

JULY 28 NMQHA All Novice Horse Show 1 AQHA/MQHA & NMQHA Approved Show Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland, MI


JULY 29-30 NMQHA Horse Shows 2 AQHA/MQHA & NMQHA Approved Shows Midland County Fairgrounds, Midland, MI

AUGUST 23-27 Lisa Terry Memorial Show

1st Saturday of each month starting at 6pm with tack, horses to follow

5 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows Western Michigan Fairgrounds, Ludington, MI

SEPTEMBER 14-17 MQHA Breeders Futurity & Great Lakes Classic Quarter Horse Show 5 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

OCTOBER 27-29 MHSA All Breed Youth Show 1 AQHA/MQHA Approved Show MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

NOVEMBER 10-12 MQHA Harvest Classic

Held at the farm 11771 US-223, Onsted, MI 49265

4 AQHA/MQHA Approved Shows MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

For information call Tom Moore (517) 467-7576 ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

www.miquarterhorse.com Please Note: Information subject to change. Check the MQHA website for up-to-date information.



Saddle Up! Magazine is featuring a new section for our younger equestrian’s titled “Youth Spot!” This section will feature fun facts, puzzles, word searches, trivia and articles specifically tailored to equestrians ages 14 and under. Enjoy the fun!

We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt


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Balloons are attached to a fence, wall or a ceiling. People then pay a fee to pop one balloon with a pin on a stick. If the balloon contains a winning ticket they get a prize. Tip 1) You may wish to put a ticket in all the balloons although most will say “Sorry Try Again” or something similar. Tip 2) If you put balloons on the ceiling put some small squares of tissue inside when blowing them up. When the balloon pops this comes down like confetti adding to the fun.

The Tallest & Smallest Horses in the World! Thumbelina (born May 1, 2001) is a dwarf miniature horse and the World’s Smallest Horse. She stands 17 inches tall, weighs 57 lbs., and officially received the title of world’s smallest from Guinness World Records. Thumbelina was born in St. Louis, Missouri. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017


Big Jake, a 12 year old Belgian Draft Horse, who was named the World’s Tallest Living Horse in 2010 and appears in the 2011 and 2013 Book of World Records. Jake stands 20 hands 2-3/4”, without shoes (just 1/4” shy of 7 feet) and weighs 2600 lbs. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

The Akhal-Teke Horse The Akhal-Teke; from Turkmen Ahalteke is a horse breed from, where they are a national emblem, Turkmenistan. They have a reputation for speed and endurance, intelligence, and a distinctive metallic sheen. The shiny coat of palominos and buckskins led to their nickname “Golden Horses.” These horses are adapted to severe climatic conditions and are thought to be one of the oldest existing horse breeds. There are currently about 6,600 Akhal-Tekes in the world, mostly in Turkmenistan and Russia, although they are also found throughout Europe and North America. Akhal was the name of the line of oases along the north slope of the Kopet Dag mountains. It was inhabited by the Tekke tribe of Turkomans. There are several theories regarding the original ancestry of the Akhal-Teke, some dating back thousands of years. The tribes of Turkmenistan selectively bred the horses, recording their pedigrees orally and using them for raiding. The breed was used in the losing fight against the Russian Empire, and was subsumed into the Empire along with its country. The Akhal-Teke has influenced many other breeds, including several Russian breeds. There has been extensive crossbreeding with the Thoroughbred to create a fast, long-distance racehorse and as a result all Akhal-Tekes have a Thoroughbred ancestor. The studbook was closed in 1932. The Russians printed the first stud book for the breed in 1941, including over 700 horses. The Akhal-Teke typically stands between 14.2 and 16 hands (58 and 64 inches). These horses are well known for those individuals who have a golden buckskin or palomino color, a result of the cream gene, a dilution gene that also produces the perlino and cremello colors. A number of other colors are recognized, including bay, black, chestnut, and grey. Aficionados of the breed claim that the color pattern served as camouflage in the desert. Many Akhal-Tekes have a natural metallic sheen to their coat, particularly noticeable in those with cream gene colors. Akhal-Tekes are not thought to carry the dun gene or roan gene. The Akhal-Teke has a refined head with predominantly a straight or slightly convex profile, and long ears. It can also have almondshaped or “hooded” eyes. The mane and tail are usually sparse. The long back is lightly muscled, and is coupled to a flat croup and long, upright neck. The Akhal-Teke possess sloping shoulders and thin skin. The breed is tough and resilient, having adapted to the harshness of Turkmenistan lands, where horses must live without much food or water. This has also made the horses good for sport. The breed is known for its endurance, as shown in 1935 when a group of Turkmen riders rode the 2500 miles from Ashgabat to Moscow in 84 days, including a three-day crossing of 235 miles of desert without water. The Akhal-Teke is also known for its form and grace as a show jumper. The quality of the Akhal-Teke horses are determined by the studbook manager. Depending on type, conformation, pedigree, quality of offspring and achievement in sport, the horses are designated as either Elite or Class I or Class II. There are usually 2 annual grading events in Moscow, Russia called the International Sport Meeting and World Championship “Heavenly Argamak” and “Golden AkhalTeke Cup Shael” where breeders present their best horses to a group of judges. At the World Championship, a group of judges evaluate ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

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the horses in age and gender categories as well as in various sport disciplines and a halter class. The ancestors of the breed may date back to animals living 3,000 years ago, known by a number of names, but most often as the Nisean horse. The precise ancestry is difficult to trace, however, because prior to about 1600 AD, horse breeds in the modern sense did not exist; rather, horses were identified by local strain or type. The breed is very similar to, and possibly the direct descendant of the Turkoman horse, a breed believed to be extinct, though a related strain may be bred today in Iran. Other breeds or strains with Turkoman roots also include the Yomud, Goklan and the Nokhorli. Some historians believe that the two are different strains of the same breed. It is a disputed “chicken or egg” question whether the influential Arabian was either the ancestor of the breed or was developed out of this breed. But a substantial number of Arabian mares have reportedly been used to improve the breed in the 14th and 19th century. It is also possible that the so-called “hot blooded” breeds, the Arabian, Turkoman, Akhal-Teke, and the Barb all developed from a single “oriental horse” predecessor. Tribal people in what today is Turkmenistan first used the Akhal-Teke for raiding. The horses were their most treasured possession since they were crucial for income and survival. They selectively bred their horses, keeping records of the pedigrees via an oral tradition. Horses were managed and trained in very specific ways. Stallions were tethered next to the tent while mares and foals were free to seek forage. The stallions were covered from head to tail with up to seven layers of felt, which kept their coat short and shiny. Before raids they were put on a sparse diet to prepare them for the long ride through the desert with no water and hardly any feed. The horses were called Argamaks (Divine or Sacred Horses) by the Russians, and were cherished by those who valued their speed and stamina in the desert and loyalty to their owner. Han emperors from China (32)


The Akhal-Teke Horse, cont.

long-distance racehorse. After the 2,600 mile endurance race from Ashkabad to Moscow in 1935, when the purebreds finished in much better condition than the part-breds, the studbook manage-ment decided to consider all crossbred horses born after 1936, as not purebred. Horses with English Thoroughbred ancestors born prior to that date were allowed to remain inside the studbook. Due to this fact there doesn't exist any Akhal-Teke today whose ancestry doesn't contain a Thoroughbred. Since 1973, all foals must be blood typed to be accepted in the stud book in order to protect the integrity of the breed. From 2014 on, a DNA test based on hair follicles is sufficient if the DNA of the parents is on file. A stallion not producing the right type of horse may be removed. Nowadays, artificial insemination is allowed as well as embryo transfer. The surrogate mother, however, needs to be a pureblood Akhal-Teke mare for the foal to be registered in the General Studbook as a pureblood AkhalTeke horse. Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akhal-Teke Akhal-Teke Association Of America: http://www.akhal-teke.org/


sacrificed armies to obtain just a few of the precious “Argamaks.” In 1881, Turkmenistan became part of the Russian Empire. The tribes fought with the tsar, eventually losing. In the process, however, the Russian general Kuropatkin developed a fondness for horses he had seen while fighting the tribesmen, founded a breeding farm after the war and renamed the horses, “Akhal-Tekes,” after the Teke Turkmen tribe that lived around the Akhal oasis (near Geok Tepe). The Russians closed the studbook in 1932 which included 287 stallions and 468 mares. Stallions are not gelded in Central Asia. The studbook was printed in 1941. The Akhal-Teke has had influence on many breeds, possibly including the Thoroughbred; (the Byerly Turk, which may have been Akhal-Teke, an Arabian, or a Turkoman Horse), was one of the three major foundation stallions of the breed. Three other stallions thought to be of Turkoman origin, known as the “Lister Turk,” the “White Turk,” and the “Yellow Turk” were among a number of minor stallions from the orient who contributed to the foundation bloodstock of the Thoroughbred breed. The Trakehner has also been influenced by the Akhal-Teke, most notably by the stallion, Turkmen-Atti, as have the Russian breeds Don, Budyonny, Karabair, and Karabakh. At one point only 1,250 Akhal-Teke horses remained and export from the Soviet Union was banned. The government of Turkmenistan now uses the horses as diplomatic presents, as well as auctioning a few to raise money for improved horse breeding programs. In the early twentieth century, crossbreeding between the Thoroughbred and the Akhal-Teke took place, aiming to create a faster ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

Ayla is a Leopard Appaloosa mare, and she is the mascot for our New “Youth Spot” Section.

Each month, we will hide a smaller image of Ayla within the pages of Saddle Up! Magazine. When you find her, mail us a post card or email us with the page that you “spotted” her on and you will be entered to win $25.00! Email: saddleup@voyager.net Address: 8415 Hogan Rd., Fenton, MI 48430 Please include your age and address so we may mail your winnings, if you win.

Only Ages 14 & Under May Enter

Congrats to Natalie H., Vassar, MI – Our April Winner! Contest Rules: Ages 14 & under only. One entry per month, per person. Entry will be entered into our random drawing of all correct answers. Deadline for entry: 15th of each month.



2nd Annual Saddle Up! Magazine

Summer Writing Contest Children and teens in three different age groups may enter our Summer Writing Contest for a chance to win a gift card to be used at a retail location of their choice. Write your story about “What’s The Difference Between A Horse and A Zebra?” to enter, deadline is July 31, 2017. The staff at Saddle Up! Magazine will choose two winners from each age group. All 1st and 2nd place stories will be published in the September 2017 edition of Saddle Up! Magazine. Winners will be notified by phone in advance, and will receive their gift card by mail. Parents may assist when necessary, but please do not write the story for your child.

What’s the difference between a Horse and a Zebra?

Age Groups & Minimum Word Count: Ages 13-16 Ages 9-12 Ages 6-8

Minimum Word Count 500 Minimum Word Count 300 Minimum Word Count 100 (Ages 6-8 may dictate their story to a parent or older sibling, with minor editing please)

Gift Card Prizes for 1st & 2nd Place: Ages 13-16 1st Place $75.00 2nd Place $50.00 Ages 9-12 1st Place $50.00 2nd Place $35.00 Ages 6-8 1st Place $30.00 2nd Place $20.00

Business owners, sponsors welcome! ENTRY DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2017 Full Name Age as of January 1st, 2017

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Notes From Julie Goodnight

Feeding Transitions in the Spring My horses claim about 10 of our 15 acres,, which you'd think would be plenty for half a dozen horses. Our house, barns, arenas, offices, and a warehouse are squeezed into a corner of the property and the rest of the place is procured and manicured just for the horses. We have about 10 irrigated acres, which is like Park Avenue real estate in the West. But living in the high mountain desert as we do – even with irrigation water – it's only enough pasture for what I fondly refer to as “recreational grazing.” (Meaning, it doesn't help my hay bill much, but it sure makes the horses happy!) Winters are long and hard here in the Rocky Mountains and the grass only grows from April through August. The rest of the year it is decidedly brown. Keeping the grass green is a challenge in this climate and horses are sure hard on the land. Keeping the horses healthy while eating that green grass is also a challenge and a labor of love. Come springtime, managing the pasture for the health of the fields while transitioning our horse's diet from hay to green grass, without stressing their digestive health, requires some serious planning, as well as detailed execution. Baby Grass is Delicate - Horses' teeth and hooves are not. While we may turn our horses out in the fields late in the winter before any new growth starts, and let them browse the dead grass, at the first sign of green shoots, the horses are eighty-sixed from the pastures. For the next month at least, until we can see the first signs of seed heads on the short grasses, we keep the horses totally off the fields. This allows a good head of growth in the pastures and will establish the grass for the whole summer. Horses will paw and dig and gnaw for the first delectable shoots of green grass and they are incredibly damaging to young grass. Keeping them off the fields early on makes the grazing last longer at the other end of the summer. Over-Eaters Anonymous - Once the grass is healthy and ready for grazing, our focus shifts to managing the change in the horses' diets from dry hay (almost a year old by now) to fresh green grass. Between over-eating and the drastic change to the horses' delicate digestive balance, it pays to be very, very careful. My horses have access to an all-you-can-eat grass hay buffet, open 24/7. That way their digestive tract is always full – the way nature intended. When I am ready to start turning them out to the pasture, I wait until late in the day, when their bellies are already full and when the sugar content is low in the green grass. Our horses are programmed to come in the barn at night, so we'll turn them out an hour before their bedtime. That way they only eat a bit and then they're ready to come in at the normal time. Over the next 3-4 weeks, we'll turn them out a few minutes earlier each day, as they gradually shift from mostly hay to mostly green grass diets. In colder climates like ours, early morning grasses can be hazardous to horses with metabolic issues, so in the spring and early summer, we avoid letting the horses into the fields before midday. During this time of transition, we are watching the horses closely for over-eating – as some will do – especially when they have been deprived of the delicacy for so long. We also keep the horses on heavier than normal doses of Proviable, a pro- and pre-biotic. This helps stabilize their digestive tract and is especially important when horses are undergoing any kind of stress – whether it is a change of diet or a road trip or arduous training. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

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Since our horses are all in training – worked or exercised on a daily basis – I don't really have any concerns about obesity. I find my horses are so much healthier and content when they have 24/7 access to a low-protein grass hay. While some horses might put on a little extra weight in the beginning, once they realize the food will always be there they slow their eating way down and go back to a healthier weight. As they switch to more and more green grass the horses will definitely put on a few pounds, but they also get a sheen to their coats and are happier. In nature, horses put on weight in the summer when the foraging is better, then they lose weight over the winter when it's slim picking. Their biology is designed this way and this cycle triggers other things like shedding and ovulation. I want my horses to lose weight over the winter and put it back on in the summer. Some horses have major health issues related to obesity because they put on more weight every summer but never lose it in the winter. Consequently, they get fatter and fatter every year. The easiest time to get the weight off a horse is in the winter. Keeping It Green - Our pastures require a fair amount of maintenance during the spring and summer. Early in the spring, before the grass starts growing, we drag/harrow the fields, to break up the manure clumps and pull out some of the thatch (and every five years or so the fields need to be burned off to get rid of the thick thatch). Since we spread the manure from the stalls and paddocks in the fields, the harrow helps break it up, providing a smooth layer of fertilizer to the grass. Recycling manure is great for the growth of the grass; adding a commercial fertilizer is even better, but more costly. We start irrigating the pastures as soon as the snow melt starts and the ditches are running. We use flood irrigation – a manual process that involves damming the ditch and flooding the fields with water. We only have access to the water on certain days (since we share it with others), so our whole lives tend to revolve around irrigation days. Water is a big deal in the West; water rights are very valuable and never taken for granted. We have to work the water through the fields to make sure every nook and cranny is covered; the water is far too precious to waste even a gallon. We also mow our fields once or twice during the summer. Horses are very particular about the actual plants they eat, selecting the tender sweet grass and leaving the weeds and other kinds of grasses. By mowing (with the blades set as high as they go) we chop off the weeds before they seed and the grass gets stronger. When you mow grass before it seeds out, it grows even harder, trying to get to seed. Keeping our fields mowed improves the growth and quality of the grass while discouraging the weeds. A Labor Of Love - Maintaining the pastures is a lot of work, but like (36)


most things in life, if it's important to you, it's worth working for. Seeing the horses content in the field, basking in the sun and picking and sorting through the plants to find their little treasures more than makes up for the work we put into it. Seeing the shine and dapples in their coat that only green grass gives a horse, pleases my eye and puts a smile on my face. There's a reason why horse enthusiasts tend to be hard workers – it takes a lot of effort to keep horses happy and healthy! But the end result makes me forget about the extra work and gives me the satisfaction of doing the best I can do for both horses and land. 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 and jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, 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.Julie Goodnight.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. 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) now with a free access membership to help you search for many training articles, videos and Mp3s!

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Saturday, June 10th, 2017 Otsego County Fairgrounds, 275 Fairview Rd., Gaylord, MI Each year a Pony Express Ride is held in Michigan on the 2nd Saturday of June. This date was proclaimed by the governor of Michigan, William Milliken during his governorship. The ride, sponsored by the Michigan Sheriff’s Mounted Association, features more than 200 mounted possemen carrying hundreds of letters in relays along various routes across the state. The Otsego County Mounted Division will be hosting the 2017 Pony Express Ride at the Otsego County Fairgrounds, in Gaylord, MI. This is a fundraising event where you can purchase a Pony Express letter and actually have it carried by Mounted Sheriff’s Officers along a designated route, and passed from rider to rider along the way! The Pony Express Ride has raised more than $265,000 for recipients to date. Every year the Pony Express event raises funds to assist an individual in need. This year’s recipients include 5 year old, Vander, who has Cerebral Palsy, and Megan, who is 11 years old and has been diagnosed with Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis (a very rare disease). The Otsego County Mounted Division is a 501-3 (3) non-profit organization. Donations can include sending a letter, financial, bag raffle, silent auction items, or advertising items to include in the rider welcome bags. Pony Express riders will begin carrying mail along Otsego County roads, starting at 7:00 a.m. on June 10th. If you wish more information about this event, please contact Nadia Kidder at 989.858.0935, or email kidcofarms@hotmail.com

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BRIGHTON TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Last month's column from BTRA mentioned the weather we were experiencing, including cold and snow, plus our early recovery from that huge wind storm. Today, the sky is blue and we're experiencing temperatures in the high 60's. Welcome spring! On the other hand, now it's time to start cutting the grass. We've also had time to fully assess what that wind storm did to the Brighton Recreation Area and sure enough, the equestrian trails were littered with fallen branches and limbs, plus more than a few tree trunks. Some of our BTRA members got out on the trails at their first opportunity to start the clean-up work on their own. Then, our local DNR dispatched crews out to some of the worst spots and they attacked the fallen trees with their heavy duty chain saws. We really appreciate their help! Despite all that’s been accomplished, there was still plenty of work awaiting us when we held our first work bee of the year on April 8th. Twenty-five eager volunteers showed up at our staging area at 9:30 that morning, armed with loppers, hand saws, and even chain saws. We had asked them to let us know if they were coming so we had their assignments all ready for them. We provisioned them with water and snacks and they departed for their various work sites. Some could walk to their sites, some drove out to the more remote sites, and a number of them were ferried out on a fleet of ATV's that several of our members had trailered in to the staging area. We didn't want to overwork our volunteers so the plan was to limit their time on the trails to three hours. So, folks started to drift back to the staging area around 12:30 and we had some great chow ready for them to devour. A local pizzeria delivered boxes and boxes of pizza, bread sticks, and salad, and there were coolers full of more water and soda to wash everything down. All in all, the day was a huge success and our favorite mother, Ma Nature, blessed us with perfect weather. In addition to the work that the DNR did on the trails, we want to acknowledge some

more improvements that they have completed. Every picnic table in the staging area and campsites has “new wood,” that is to say that the seats and table tops have been replaced with fresh lumber. Plus, all the fire rings in the campsites and staging area have been replaced and upgraded. We are grateful that BTRA and the DNR have partnered in such a cooperative & collaborative manner. We can say with complete confidence that the trails, staging area and campground at Brighton are in the best shape ever, and these improvements will enhance the experience of all the trail riders who visit us. As always, we urge you to visit us electronically at www.brightontrailriders.net and our Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/ brightontrailriders/. Mark Delaney, BTRA President

FORT CUSTER HORSE FRIENDS ASSOCIATION Hello Trail Riders! Our Park has been busy with all of you coming out and enjoying the weather and our beautiful trails! Plans for a great 2017 season are under way. Our campground proposal is in the final stage of completion before it's submitted to the DNR. Roger has been working on the layout and specifics, along with all the surveys completed, to get this proposal to the next stage. Anyone who has not completed a survey and would like to do so, can go to the website at www.fchfa.org or visit Facebook under ‘Fort Custer Horse Friends Association’ to fill out a campground survey. All of you who took the time at MI Horse Expo or a tack sale to take the survey - we THANK-YOU!! We had over 500 equestrians from several states help us with this important documentation we need to attach to our campground proposal submission. Updates on progress of our dream for a campground will continue this season. With May right around the corner, so is our 1st camp out for 2017. The Annual Spring Camp Out is May 11th-14th this year. Reservations are suggested, but not necessary. A flat fee of $45 for all 4 days for members and $60 for non-members per site. Call Toni Beth Hess at (269) 781-9688 for a spot or more ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017 (49)

info. This event includes a spot at the lovely Whitford Lake event area. This is a grassy area with picket poles, new out-house (that FCHFA donated), manure removal, water supplied for horses, pancake breakfast Sat. and Sun. and a potluck supper with pulled pork on Saturday. You may also use portable corrals or electric pens at this event. The spring flowers are starting to bloom along the river trails and throughout the woods to bless your trail riding with un-surpassed beauty! Our 6 creek crossings are bursting with water from all the rains. Prairie grasses are greening up and waterfowl around the lakes are busy. If you have not trail ridden at Fort Custer in the spring, you've missed all this! Join us for the Spring Camp Out and meet old and new friends – we guarantee you'll be back! The Annual Fall Equestrian Camp Out is September 9th-14th this year. All the details are the same with the inclusion of our famous fundraising auction on Sat. evening after the potluck. This event is a great way to donate items to help our endeavors at the Park. More information can be found on the website. Our calendar of events is also on the web. Please join us for workdays and/or the ride/ potluck dates. Ride/potluck dates usually have riders arriving at the trail-head at 9am and going out to ride trails at their leisure. Then, riders meet back at the pavilion around 12 to 1pm for a lunch potluck. You do not need to be a member or ride in an organized group. Come and meet some new people with the same interests – trail riding!! As always, we invite you to join our hardworking group of dedicated trail enthusiasts. Monies from dues and fundraising go directly into all you enjoy at Fort Custer. We are so proud of our accomplishments in so few years since we have put in new horse trails separate from the bikers. Come support/help any way you can. We’d love to have you! See you on the trails! Toni Strong, FCHFA Secretary

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GREAT LAKES DISTANCE RIDING ASSOCIATION Where do I start if I want to try a Distance Ride? A great place to start is by reading our New Rider Information page on our website. You will find a map of willing mentors all over the state there as well. These individuals are experienced in the different divisions of Distance Riding and have volunteered to take the time to help you get started. There are several Novice Clinics offered throughout the year to get you started. Or if you prefer, you can start out by attending a ride as a volunteer or a rider. What is the difference in Endurance, Limited Distance, Competitive Trail and Novice in UMECRA? More details can be found in the New Riders Handbook but in short here are the definitions of these divisions: Novice: A great place to start! Novice rides are 15 miles or less and follow the guidelines of the Competitive Trail Ride. Although there may be some experienced riders doing the Novice for one reason or another, in order to qualify for points and awards you must have not completed more than one ride of 25 miles or longer. Riders that do not qualify for points or awards will get mileage only. UMECRA Competitive Rides (Cr ’s): UMECRA's CR's are rides of 25 miles or more and are completed at a 5-7 mph pace. These rides are not a race; all competitors have the same set time to finish. You will have the option to ride in a group of approximately 4-6 riders. Horses are scored by veterinarians on such factors as pulse, respiration, soundness, fatigue and attitude. Horsemanship is not judged. The winner of the competition is determined by the horse that has the most points at the end of the final vet check. Limited Distance: This division covers distances 35 miles or less. Often referred to as LD, this distance has no minimum time but it does have a maximum time. For example, the maximum time to complete a 25 mile ride is 6 hours. Other distance maximum times are listed on a chart in the UMECRA rule book. There will be at least one vet check usually

near the ½ way point. At the final vet check, the placing of the riders and horses is determined in the order the horses meet the pulse criteria that was set forth by the vet at the pre-ride meeting. Endurance: This division covers distances of at least 50 miles. There will be several vet checks along the way. There is also no minimum time for these rides, but there is a maximum time. For example, the maximum time to complete a 50 mile ride is 12 hours. Other distance maximum times are listed on a chart in the UMECRA rule book. The finish order is determined in the order that the horses cross the marked finish line. Come ride with us!! Our White River Spring ride is May 6th and 7th in the Manistee National Forest with distances of 50E, 25LD and 25C miles offered along with an Intro ride with clinic for new riders. Next up you can ride the gorgeous Hiawatha National Forest in the U.P. at the Grand Island Ride May 27th28th with distances of 50E, 25LD and 25C, 15N offered. 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 at, www.gldrami.org, and get ready to experience the trails in a whole new way!

HIGHLAND TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION The HTRA Equine only Camp-out is May 12th -14th, 2017. HTRA is ramping up for another fun filled weekend at our annual Equine only camp-out/Poker Ride weekend. We are already booked for camping, but we encourage you to come out for the day and join in the festivities including a poker ride with prizes, 50-50 raffle, lunch and a potluck dinner on Saturday. The Poker Ride will be from 10am - 4pm and cost $5.00 per hand with prizes awarded for the best poker hands. Collect your ribbons or just pick your cards. Drawing and Prizes will start at 4:15pm. HTRA will provide lunch (hot dog, chips, pop or water) from Noon – 3pm and a potluck dinner (please bring a dish to pass) providing ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017 (50)

the meat, pop and water from 6pm – 7:30pm for a $5.00 per person donation. By the time this article is published we will be counting down the days and are very excited at the possibility of regaining an equine only campground at Highland Recreation Area. So come on out and help us be a success, have fun and make some great memories. If you haven't ridden Highland in a while, you will be pleasantly surprised with our trail overhaul on the west loop. We will keep our website and Facebook page updated with the latest event. Also find more information at www.highlandtrailriders.com.

HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Giddy Up - HTRA Trail Riders! Reminder that the main campground/group campground opens May 1st; but the 2 Day Use parking areas are open all year round. We had a great turnout at the February Membership meeting and wanted to review a couple discussion items for those who couldn't attend. HTRA is planning to install a pavilion at the main campground to allow campers a place to mingle and enjoy others company while having breakfast/lunch/dinner or just to chat. We hope to have the pavilion available by Memorial weekend. Reminder – the forest service has changed the checkout time to 1:00pm; please make note of the time change. Trail #24 is complete and ready for riders. Riders can access Trail #24 from the Hungerford entrance on 19 Mile and enjoy a short ride or begin from the main, group or day use area for a longer ride. There are two versions of the Hungerford map that members can download from the website or receive via email; a new electronic map has the trails listed by trail numbers and beta version which can be viewed via a cell phone app. The Trail Derby Competition began March 1st and concludes October 15th this year. Riders will log their trail miles at Hungerford to become eligible for prizes at the End of the Year Banquet. We encourage guest riders to log their miles as well; to assist HTRA in documenting trail usage. The online log form WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News HUNGERFORD TRAIL RIDERS, cont. can be found on the HTRA website link. Many riders are planning their trail riding and camping events for 2017. Mark your calendars for the Spring Workbee/ Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 13th beginning at 10am; rain date is Sunday, May 14th at 10am. Meet at the Hungerford Main Campground for a brief meeting and trail maintenance will immediately follow the meeting. The HTRA Family Trail Ride/Picnic is Saturday, June 3rd from 11am – 2pm. This is a trail ride/picnic to J&M's Place. Members and their guest can start at the main campground, group campground, or day use area and ride to J&M's. No picnic charge for members, but requesting a $5 donation from guests. If you are challenged with identifying a riding buddy to enjoy the trails, don't give up. HTRA is pleased to announce our new service of providing a Guided Trail Ride. If you and your friends are new to the Hungerford trail system and would feel more comfortable having a trail guide come along on your first trail ride, please contact Joan Balk at jbalk72@att.net a few days before your planned trail ride. New riders can also become a HTRA member, join our FB page and let others know what you are looking for in a riding buddy. There is a compatible riding buddy out there! We’re still accepting 2017 membership applications. Please visit our website at: www. hungerfordtrailriders.org to print an application or send an email to: hungerfordtrail riders@gmail.com and request an application or ‘like’ our Facebook page by searching, ‘Hungerford Trail Riders Association’. HTRA has merchandise and apparel available to purchase. Choose between light blue, red, or gray t-shirts or hoodies; coffee cup and travel mugs; and ride in comfort in Hungerford apparel. Cost includes; T-Shirts - $15, Hooded sweatshirt or zipper hoodie - $35, coffee cups - $8, travel mugs - $15, and window decals - $5. Happy Trails!! HTRA Executive Board President, Mike Simcoe Vice President, Joan Balk Secretary, Karen GreenBay Treasurer, Marcie Law Trustee, Greg Hotelling ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

MAYBURY TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Well it's here!! THE BEST RIDING WEATHER in the world! Hope you all are out and about! Maybury Parks Trails are fantastic!! A little on the muddy side, but that's ok in my book. The Beck Road Trail is clear and ride-able thanks to all those who helped clear it! It has been renamed the 'Maggie' Trail. We’re looking forward to some important events coming up here at Maybury Park: JUNE 3RD – NATIONAL TRAILS DAY 9:00-12:00 COME ON OUT! There's lots of things we can help spruce up, we've got some mounting blocks that need to be installed among other things. Still looking for something to make our bridge in the woods safer in all weather. Got any ideas? JUNE 17TH – THE WORD IN THE WOODS RIDE! 10:00-2:00 Meet at the staging area, 20145 Beck Road entrance. Prizes! Lunch! BRING A DISH TO PASS! Donation $5.00. Check our website or Facebook page for more info or email: crispurslow@yahoo.com Come enjoy our URBAN GEM!!

will then head to Ionia Recreation Area for the Ready to Ride CMO on June 17th and 18th. This is just the beginning of our season with two rides scheduled for both the months of July and August. We will round out the year with one in September and one in October. If this is your first year trying competitive mounted orienteering, we would love to have you come for the day or the weekend. I know when I first began using Michigan’s trails more frequently I was very nervous about camping with my horses. I rode a lot of events by trailering in for the day. My first time camping overnight with a picket line was much more stressful on myself then it was on my horse. It was amazing to me how quickly horses adjust to a properly done picket line and how safe it truly is. We have added to our supplies to make life easier over the past few years and highly recommend seeking the advice from experienced campers. Anytime you go to a horse camp be observant of the simple tools that will make your camping experience more enjoyable for you and your horse. From a small step ladder to a good slow feed hay bag, you can make set up and clean up so much easier. Keep in mind that you know your horse best, so only do what you are comfortable with. Always be prepared, you will hopefully have things in your trailer you will never need. See you on the trails! Janet

MiCMO MICHIGAN COMPETITIVE MOUNTED ORIENTEERING Unlike years past, I feel as though this past winter offered many opportunities to continue riding our furry friends. With light snowfall and warmer temperatures, many trail enthusiasts were able to enjoy the Michigan wilderness at several locations. Hopefully this spring and summer will allow many more of us to get out and enjoy the trails. We will be starting the Competitive Mounted Orienteering season off at Ortonville Recreation Area on May 13th and 14th. A few weeks later we will be on the west side of the state at Silver Creek County Park. The Circus Extravaganza CMO will be held on June 3rd and 4th. Staying near Grand Rapids, the club (51)

MI FOX TROTTER ASSOCIATION The April 8th meeting was held at Wheel Inn restaurant in St. Johns, MI with Dressage expert Penny Underwood and her husband Tom, as our featured speaker. President, Kathy Kruch, called the meeting to order with the roll call and new visitor introductions. Others in attendance were George Ostrom, Sandy and Harland Westdorp, and VP Bob Howell and myself. Guest, Robin Yelton, also attended. Bob made a motion, which George seconded, to accept the 3-18-17 Secretarial Report with no corrections. Sec/Treasurer, Marilyn, reported the checking account and savings account balances. WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

Horse Association & Trail Riders News MI FOX TROTTER ASSOCIATION, cont. We finally attained 20th MFTHBA member status! Thank-you, Alora Fish, for becoming an MFTHBA member! And we have 34 paid MFTA members! Thank you all for supporting MFTA! Together you all keep this association running strong to help promote the Fox Trotter breed! Penny Underwood started riding at age four and got her first horse at age eight. She loved horses all of her life and experienced many disciplines growing up. After graduating from High School, she enrolled at the famed Morven Park Equestrian Institute in Leesburg, VA where she learned the German version of Dressage, as well as eventing and stadium jumping. She competed in the 1979 Rolex. Dressage was her major love however. Following graduation, she started her business, Underwood Dressage, in Michigan. Herself a competitor, she has achieved many high honors. She continues to instruct many clients who are also wanting to improve their Dressage skills. Penny trained my gelding (Bud) and was impressed that an MFT could learn basic Dressage moves so well. Guest, Robin, reported that the Western Dressage Association of America welcomes gaited breeds in their competitions. Thank you, Penny, for sharing your passion with us. The April 29th and 30th Levi Beechy Spring Training Clinic held at Levi's Boarding and Training Center in West Branch, MI is in the books. Kathy received $30 of loose MFTA cash to use for it. By the time you read this, nine riders will have learned ground and riding techniques and their horses will have improved their flexibility. A farrier and an equine massage therapist worked on the horses who needed these services. A tack auction and karaoke around the campfire will have taken place with the auction proceeds going toward additional educational clinics. Thank you, Levi Beechy, for helping these lucky riders. The July 21st-23rd Ivy Schexnayder Gaiting Clinic which will take place at Massman Stable, 714 Hogsback Road, Mason, MI, has a few spots still open. She will work with just nine riders. Print off a registration form from our website, michiganfoxtrotters.com, and send in your non-refundable check (made out to MFTA) for $135 (if MFTA member) to reserve a spot. Two more installments of $135 will be due June 1st and July 1st. Non©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

members must send in $175 (non-refundable) to reserve a spot with installments of $125 due by the above dates. The fee includes use of a stall for the weekend, two bags of shavings, a rustic camping spot and free morning coffee and donuts. Auditing MFTA members pay $25 per day or $60 for the whole weekend. Non-member audit fee is $35 per day or $90 for the weekend. Please pay in advance and send it to MFTA, 2333 Hagadorn Road, Mason, MI 48854, by July 1st. Please bring your own chair. Lunch will be available on-site. The National MFTHBA/MFTA/MTRA trail ride is set for September 17th-28th. Contact Chuck Fanslow at (989) 435-9224 (evenings) for more information. The MFTA Versatility Challenge was discussed and will be offered to people interested in a program that offers year-end prizes for using your horse in many different ways. Info and registration form are located on our website. Please contact Kathy Kruch at (989) 390-1838 if you have any questions. The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be announced at a later date. Marilyn Mannino, MFTA Sec/Treasurer

M H DVA MICHIGAN HORSE DRAWN VEHICLE ASSOCIATION We have finally had spring arrive!! The MHDVA has many drives on the calendar on our website, Michigan Horse-Drawn Vehicle Association, www.mhdva.org. We welcome you to join us. Our annual Pleasure Driving Horse Show will be at a new location. It has been at the Kalamazoo Fairgrounds for many years. The new location will be at Wyn Farm, LLC, 3100 Noble Rd, Williamston, MI 48895. The public is very welcome to join us as spectators. If you come to the office with questions, we would be very happy to answer any carriage driving questions. The website has a list of the club officers if you would like any type of information. Stay safe and DRIVE ON!!!

PROUD LAKE TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Hello Everyone! Our annual winter banquet was a smashing success! Thank you to everyone who came out and participated. We had over 100 delightful people to spend the evening with. I think everyone made a few new friends and riding partners. Our Scavenger Hunt Ride and Campout is ready to go! Ride all of our trails while searching for items on the hunt! Everyone is welcome and you can move at your own pace. PRIZES!!! Who doesn't love a good prize! Lunch!!! This fun filled event will be on Sunday, May 21st with registration starting at 9am. $8 dollars for members/$11 if you are not. But that is NOT all...if you just can't get enough of us...join us under the stars for camping either Friday the 19th, or Saturday the 20th or BOTH. Bonfires, potlucks and tons of weekend riding. If you are camping, let us know so we can save you a spot! $20 per rig per night. We can't wait to see EVERYONE! Saturday, June 24th 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 campout and potluck. Winding down our season will be our Obstacle Course Ride on Sunday, September 24th. Once again, any level rider is welcome to 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 to be reminded of upcoming events, please email Nancy Efrusy at efrusy@yahoo.com. Nancy Efrusy

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SLEEPY HOLLOW TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Our special event camping weekends allowed by the DNR will be – Memorial Weekend May 26-29th Free Youth Fun Activities, The Fourth of July Weekend beginning June 30-July 4th with a Golden Horse Shoe ride and Potluck on Saturday, Labor Day weekend fun activities and Root Beers Floats on Sunday, September 1-4th. The Haunt Club Ride Weekend with special rides on all trails October 6-8th will have spooky glow rides, decorated trail games, 4 costume contests and Saturday night potluck. “Explore the Hollow” weekend is October 20-22nd will have Open Houses for the Modern and The Rustic Cabins for anyone to visit and a special ride TBA for that day. SleazyBarbHorsewear is helping sponsor this event. For all camping weekends, participants need to register with Host 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 at shtra.org or our Facebook page as the dates get closer for specific details. Sunday, September 24th will be the 11th Annual Rangers 4-H Club Judged Trail Ride in memory of Kris Kulhanic. From 10am-2pm this 10 obstacle event draws many participants testing their horsemanship skills. There will be a lunch and cash prizes awarded. 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 ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN With the show season under way in Michigan, Western Dressage Association® of MI is very excited to see the many schooling shows that are hosting Western Dressage classes. We are extremely grateful to the schooling shows that have added WD classes. Your effort has made it possible for those of us interested in WD to come and show and receive critiques from judges. Our event calendar can be found at www.wdami. org/calendar. Please check it out to see what opportunities are taking place in your area. WDAMI's second annual Schooling Show is being held on June 17th, 2017 at Serenity Farm (www.serenity-farm.com) in Byron Center, MI. Information on the show and forms for the show can be found at www. wdami.org/show. Gail Anderson is our show manager and she can be reached at gail@ michigandressageclinics.com. On July 30th, 2017 WDAMI is co-hosting a Schooling Show with Sari Clapperton and Woodbine Farms (www.woodbinefarms. com) in Chelsea, MI. Sari will host several shows this season and all the shows will include the opportunity to ride Western Dressage classes. This is a great opportunity to show!! The Jec Ballou Clinic, June 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the Tromble Bay Equestrian Center Cheboygan, LLC in Cheboygan, Michigan is almost full. If you are interested in riding or auditing, please contact Jill Robiadek at jrrob1@gmail.com. Jec was the head liner for the Michigan Horse Council Expo in 2016 and was well received by all. She lives in California and we are very excited to have her back in Michigan to share and teach. Our organization is entering the 4th year of existence. We have learned so much and we have been part of a growing interest in the sport of Western Dressage. This sport has given many riders the opportunity to create a harmonious partnership with their horse. This sport has given many riders the opportunity to show the efforts of practice and training. This sport is awesome and reward(53)

ing and WDAMI is so proud to be a part of Western Dressage!!! Please consider supporting WDAMI by becoming a member! The membership is a dual membership for both WDAMI and the national organization WDAA. The cost is $50 per year. Your memberships enable you to enter WDAMI's Year End Award program! You can easily sign up for both memberships and pay with PayPal at www.wdami.org/ membership. Our Year End Award Program Guidelines can be read at www.wdami.org/ year-end-awards. The mission of the Western Dressage Association® of Michigan is to build an equine community that combines Western tradition with Classical Dressage. We honor the horse. We value the partnership between horse and rider. Join us as we celebrate the legacy of the American West.

WESTERN MICHIGAN APPALOOSA REGIONAL Finally, it's starting to feel like spring! While I write this, we're on foal watch here. Others, however, have already had theirs arrive. I heard Best Farms had a couple and Wood Show Horses had a gorgeous black colt with a little blanket to set it all off. The WMAR and MApHA are teaming up to put together a Michigan themed basket for the Appaloosa Youth Association Basket Raffle to be held at the Youth World Show this summer. Watch for details on our Facebook page to see what you might want to contribute to this worthy cause. Show dates are: WMAR Red White & Blue Show at Mason on June 3rd-4th, 2017; WMAR State Show in Centreville on July 15th-16th, 2017; and the Sizzler that we cohost with MApHA at the MSU Pavilion on August 5th-6th, 2017. MApHA shows that we approve are the Spring Show on May 6th7th, 2017 (new dates) at Mason and the Classic show August 25th-27th, 2017 at the MSU Pavilion. Stall reservations may be made by emailing me at appaloosastalls @yahoo.com. Remember that both Mason shows and Centreville do have to be prepaid. At the Centreville show, we will be holding a WWW.SADDLEUPMAG.COM

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YANKEE SPRINGS TRAIL RIDERS ASSOCIATION Board Meeting Minutes, April 12, 2017 This meeting was held at the Yankee Springs Horsemen's Campground starting at 6:00 pm with a Potluck dinner. The meeting was called to order at 6:25. Barry Roubaix Race: Ron wanted to thank all the YSTRA Volunteers who stood out in the rain helping with this Bike Race. There were 3,000 registered riders, 2,500 rode. Next year the race will be moved into April. For each of our volunteers Barry Roubaix pays YSTRA $35.00, this was a great money maker for the club. Shot Clinic April 15th. Ron has contacted Dr. Rachelle Benneck for a copy of the Shot Clinic Insurance to be sent to Andru Jevicks. There will be coffee and donuts in the morning. Some trail work and camp cleanup will also take place Saturday if the rain holds off. Recognition Plaques will be mounted on benches, Finish clearing the nine mile trail, rake the camp and clean fire pits. Road Signs will be installed. Trail Report: All new trail requests have been turned down by the Stewardship Department due to the Massasauga Rattlesnake being classified as an endangered species and all of the land we flagged for new trails is now enrolled as managed habitat. ©2017 C & C PUBLISHING, INC. • MAY 2017

Corrals: Skip made a motion the corral work be put on hold until we find out if any additional trails will be approved. Richard Smith 2nd. There was a lot of discussion to continue with the project. A vote was taken with 3 yes – 11 no. Ron brought up to the board about concerns for the size of the corrals but the majority feels the 10x10 we agreed to will accommodate the majority of horses. John Soper made a motion we continue with the corral construction, 10x10, 3 campsites, this summer, Suzie Dykstra 2nd, voted on 11 yes - 3 no. Andru will check which sites are reserved the most to determine the 3 sites. Solar Well: Skip made a motion to table the Solar Well until we find out if there will be any more horse trails approved. Ruth Terpening 2nd, voted on 14 yes-0 no. DNR Report: Andru said he has not given up hope on our trail requests but will wait until fall before asking for a review of our trails requested. He hopes we continue to improve the horsemen's campground to give campers a good camping experience. Andru has also asked Consumers Energy for a bid to bring in electric to the campground. New Business: There seems to be more jeep and 4 wheelers running on the 9 mile horse trail. Ron Walker spoke with Pat Bedford of the game area and agreed on barrier posts to stop the illegal access of the jeeps trying to use the equestrian trail. These barrier posts will be installed at Saturdays work bee. Skip made a motion to adjourn meeting at 7:25 pm, Ruth 2nd, meeting adjourned. The May Board Meeting will be held at the YS Horsemen's Campground all members are welcome to attend. Happy Trails, Kathy Taylor, YSTRA Secretary

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Corner of M-37 & Sparta Ave., Sparta, MI


Hours: Mon-Thurs 9-8, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-3




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May 20, 2017 – 8th Annual Spring Open House & Clinic Looking for two horses with behavioral issues for demonstration at this clinic.


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


BOARD FENCE 3 Rail 4 Rail

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

$8.00-$9.00 $9.00-$10.00

2 Rail 3 Rail

$6.00-7.00 $7.00-8.00

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

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May 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

This edition features our showbill issue. Numerous show organizations our in our magazine. Enjoy articles, news briefs, our New Youth Spot f...

May 2017 Saddle Up! Magazine  

This edition features our showbill issue. Numerous show organizations our in our magazine. Enjoy articles, news briefs, our New Youth Spot f...