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I’m in awe. I’ve been sitting for hours in Gemma’s stall…watching her and her new baby. I had NO clue a foal was growing in there. The previous owner did not know either. But yet- here is this amazing baby so full of life and hope and dreams. I’m not a pony breeder…but I’m sitting here in this stall on this bucket dreaming of what this pony might become. Even though I had no part in its creation…it was an “oops” foal…I still hope for a big future for this baby. I see that she has already made it past some big things…first we had no idea she was coming…I left the barn at 2 pm today…the unknown “mommy” pony was fine…acting normal…eating her hay…we came back after some errands at 5…the mare was at the bottom of the pasture and didn’t come up for dinner which was worrisome…Gemma NEVER misses dinner- so we rushed down there expecting an injury or something of the sort and lo and behold… we found Gemma in the corner with her foal!! Talk about a shock!! We got Gemma back to her stall…along with her new addition. The vet was called but she was on a call for a very sick foal so she was a few hours away. A very good friend with lots of experience was called…she walked me through what to do. We got the foal nursing and all good and calm until the vet arrived for a checkup. I sat for that time just watching…amazed at the mare…amazed at the foal…amazed that we had no clue we had a foal coming…and amazed at how lucky we were the foal arrived on a nice day and she and the mare were ok. Fast forward hours…I’m sitting in the stall (still) just watching the mare and foal. The mare is so happy to come get her mints which she adores…so I am loving on her telling her what a great job she did and how thankful I am she is safe…and I watch the baby and see the dreams breeders must have for the babies they create. Mine was unplanned- and yet I see “her future”…she is half welsh…by one of two possible colts…we will have to check DNA to know…but I see such a future for this little one- even though she isn’t a day old…I finally think I feel a little tiny bit of what breeders feel…watching this mare (who is only 4 yrs old) and is an AMAZING mom- I cannot help but be in awe of her…she is kind…she is tolerant…she is amazing…this pony that I bought because I saw her talent- is now showing me her character is even better…she is amazing…and I am so lucky and blessed…I hope all goes well with the foal even though we had a surprise beginning…vet left not long ago and will be back tomorrow…but for now I sit on my bucket in their stall and quietly watch in awe of them…

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Role Model Series... Beezie Madden By Paisley Ambassador Spencer Dyson

Beezie Madden, equestrian Olympian, is an icon. She is a professional rider, not to mention the first woman to accomplish as much as she has in the horse world. She is also a trainer of horses and other riders and definitely a role model. She has ridden in a ton of International Grand Prix events, competed in 4 Olympic Games (Athens, Beijing, London and Rio de Janeiro), and won 4 Olympic medals. And, SHE IS SO NICE! I feel very lucky that she agreed to let me interview her. She was very generous with her time. We wrote several emails back and forth, she answered some questions through email AND then she let me talk with her on the phone! • How old were you when you started riding horses? Were you a brave rider from the very start? I was 4 years old when I started. I was pretty brave from the start, but I would say that I have never been the bravest rider out there. • What made you want to start riding horses? My parents had horses since I was born, so I grew up in the barn loving horses. • Have you always ridden hunter/jumper, or have you tried other styles of riding? (Someone else I interviewed said that people always used to learn dressage too.) I have always ridden hunters and jumpers. I do always try to improve my dressage work with my jumpers though. • Do you like flat work or jumping more? Jumping. • What is the name of the current horse(s) you are riding? Breitling LS is one I have been riding for a few years at the Grand Prix level. I have some exciting ones that stepped up to that level last year. One is named Coach and the other is Darry Lou. Another one, HHS Hercules just did his first Grand Prix last week. • Have you found one breed of horse to be better suited for jumpers? If so, what? The warmbloods seem best suited these days for jumping. I have had a lot of success with Dutch bred horses, Belgian bred horses and some German bred ones.

• Have the horses you’ve ridden at the Olympics and other competitions been owned by you or do you ride them for their owners? Mostly my horses have been owned by other people. I did own a part of Authentic when he competed at Athens in 2004. • You have been in so many shows. Which one do you consider to be the most important and why? The Olympics and World Championships are the most important. If I were to pick an annual event, it would be Aachen. [CHIO Aachen is a prestigious horse show in Europe and held in Aachen, Germany.] • How many hours per day do you train? What do you do to train? Who is your trainer and do they yell a lot? I generally ride 5 to 7 horses a day on a day I am not showing. When we have competition days, I could have up to 10 rides a day. Most of our training is doing flatwork (dressage) with the horses. They might jump once or twice a week depending on their

show schedule. My trainer is myself and my husband and there is not much yelling involved. • What do you do to take care of yourself and your horses when you travel for competitions? The horses get the most attention. We have very good grooms who take care of them every day. We make sure their nutrition is the best it can be and that it stays consistent even though they are traveling a lot. We use Cavalor feed which is available everywhere we go. We also have the best vet, blacksmith and chiropractors available to us. For myself, I try to eat healthy and exercise in the gym a few times a week. It is also important to schedule the horses properly so that none of them do long trips too often in a year. • Have you ever been scared? (Riding a new horse or after a fall.) What do you do to overcome fear and nerves? Our sport is a little dangerous, so I think everyone has been scared to some extent at some point. Riding a new horse can be

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exciting and scary at the same time. We always make sure we start with a new horse over small jumps until we get to know it. I am usually confident when I feel well prepared, so that is what I try to do to overcome nerves. If I am well prepared, then there shouldn’t be anything I’m facing that I should feel I can’t do. • You are a role model for so many people. Who has been the most important role model in your life and why? I don’t think I have one person I can single out as a role model. I just try to learn from everyone. There are so many people out there that I admire for all different reasons, and I try to take all the good things I can from all those people. • Did you ever want to take a break from horseback riding and do something else? I am lucky that I get to make a living doing something that I love to do. I really don’t often feel like I need a break, but we do try to take a day or two during a busy time to relax and take a breath. We also try to take a vacation at the end of the year. I think it is beneficial to get away and freshen yourself up about your work. We do the same for the horses. We try to give them a 2 or 3 month break at some time in the year.

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• What would you say to the Junior riders that are thinking about growing up and working with horses for a living? Learn a lot about taking care of horses and then you can manage people. Get with the best people you can in the beginning to learn. Let them teach you everything they can. • Do you have any final advice or anything that you want to share with my readers? Always think of the horse first. Most people do this because they love horses and the right thing is always what is best for the horse.

• How high do you jump? In a normal grand prix the jumps are 1 meter 6. [This is 5.25 feet.] All the way down to 1 meter 2 [3.9 feet]; it really depends on the horse. • I read that you retire horses on your farm. How does your retirement system work? How do you choose which horses? We pretty much take whoever wants to send them to us. We have 4 different sections in our new barn that we built. Each section fits up to 15 horses. The 4 sections rotate fields so the grass stays good. Our retired horses just get to be in the field all the time. We do have some horses that are turned out with the retired horses, who are there to rehab from an injury. When those are ready to start working, we do ride them. • Is it correct that you train for shows and teach, as well? How do you manage both? I do teach some students as well as train my own horses. I am very lucky that my husband John also teaches and he handles a lot of the training of the students as well as my horses. • When did you start teaching people? Do you only teach other professional riders? There are juniors and amateurs that ride with us. I started teaching in my early 20’s when I was a working student. • Why do you train riders? It’s a good way to earn money and a good way to develop relationships with your owners. • When you jump do you ever look down and your horse stops? Or, look at the standard and the horse goes to the side? Or, is it just natural to always look up now? I try not to look down. • When jumping do you ever accidentally put your toes down? Maybe a little bit, but I always keep weight in my stirrups, for sure.

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• Who was your favorite horse of all time? Authentic • What’s your favorite color horse? (Mine is dark bay.) Dark bay for me also. • Do you know how to braid your horse’s mane? Do you like to do it? I do know how but I don’t do it often. • What is your favorite saddle brand? I use Voltaire. • Do you have any pets, aside from horses? No because I travel too much. • What do you do in your spare time? Read or watch a movie. • How did you get your nickname of “Beezie?” It was my grandmother’s nickname also for Elizabeth. I was named after her. In hence, this was an amazing opportunity and I appreciated that Ms. Beezie Madden gave me some of her time. And, let me just say WOW - four Olympic medals! I think that everybody should learn a lesson from Ms. Beezie about how to work hard, be good to animals, always keep trying, and well, pretty much everything. I think that I learned a lot from this and I hope that my readers do too! By the way pony lovers, there is currently one pony at Ms. Beezie’s farm. (P.S. If she ever has a clinic I hope that I am good enough to be part of it.) Wishing all of you good riding!

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Judges Perspective by Paisley Alumni Ambassador Ella Doerr

Junior rider Ella Doerr interviews Linda Andrisani

Don’t you think if you were judging that would be pretty impressive to you? That people try that hard to make you like what they are doing? Yes, I would. That’s pretty cool.

Linda Andrisani is considered a top hunter and equitation judge. She was kind enough to allow me to interview her over the phone, late one night after a long day of judging. I felt very lucky to get to ask her my questions when judges of her caliber seem so unapproachable in their world of expertise. She spoke with enthusiasm and had me laughing many times. I could tell she really cared about the sport and her responses carried an authority of someone who has a deep history of knowledge. I hope I get to meet her in person sometime. I would be honored too.

How long have you been judging? I have been judging for 36 years. They gave me a 30 year pin and they said they didn’t have one for over 35 years yet. They said they would have to make me one for my 40th. I’m almost there. 36 years already, that’s older than you isn’t it? Yeah, it is. I’m 14. That’s what I thought. What’s one of your favorite shows to judge? Capital Challenge Horse show and I love judging the Pre-Green Incentive and the Derby Finals. What do like the most about judging? I like the fact that people try that hard to make me like their horse or their round. You know how a rider in an equitation class tries to impress the judge? And sometimes the riders try to make the horse go the best they can to impress the judge. Those are my favorite things.

What’s your biggest pet peeve as a judge? When a rider comes to the ingate and their not familiar with the course. And that the trainer and the rider have to stand at the in-gate waiting to walk in the ring, do stuff at the last minute, learn the course, think about where they are going. You need to do that before you get to the in-gate. Uh, oh, I do that sometimes. And dirty boots! I do my shoes every morning before I walk out of the hotel room. Grooms stand there and paint the horse’s feet. Can’t somebody rub that sponge over somebody’s boots? So coming to the ring and having to stand at the in-gate to learn the course makes me crazy. And I don’t understand dirty boots on riders. I don’t understand why that is a problem. What advice would you like to give to junior riders? I would recommend that they constantly spend time in the schooling area watching other riders. That’s my background of riding in training, that’s what we did. Spend time watching others in the schooling area ride or in the show ring, either one. I was always so disappointed that more young people didn’t watch Victoria Colvin ride in her junior years. I never understood why some people didn’t like her and didn’t watch her. Because when someone is very competitive and they win, they aren’t winning because they have the best animals all the time, there is so much more involved.

How do you feel about young riders promptly looking down to check their lead in the pony ring? Well it depends on how young they are. I think by the time you get to the large pony size you shouldn’t have to do that. On small and mediums it’s not that offensive. Because that’s 14 years and younger and some children get a later start than others. How do you like to see a pony going in the under saddle? I like to see a relaxed head and neck carriage. More free but that doesn’t mean letting go of the reins. It just means that your horse has a nice natural head and neck carriage. I don’t want it to be the Maclay on the flat or the USET on the flat. I don’t want to see their chin on their chest. And I want to see a nice mover at both gates but the Cantor is the most important. And I like to see them when their hind leg is nice and underneath their body not out behind them. You know how with a lot of the warm bloods sometimes their hocks are past their tail? It’s not very appealing to me. Whereas, if they pull their hind leg up real hard. I don’t like that. Do you have that visual? I don’t know, I’m kind of confused. You should watch my video; The Judge’s Eye. I want you to study my print outs. In the video, I show an undersaddle class that will help you. I’ll do that, thank you. Yes do that. Would you rather see a slow consistent canter or a forward consistent canter in a course? Smooth, not fast, not running, smooth! Hunters are like ballet. Your not supposed to see what is going on. You should not be able to tell what the rider is doing. Rider and horse should be as one. Like a well-oiled machine.

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At a trot jump, do you prefer a sitting trot or a posting trot coming to the fence?

What do you want young riders to take into consideration when showing in the ring?

You should do whatever is the best thing to make your horse continue at the trot. If you need to sit the trot, there is no judge that’s going to take off for that. If you need to post the trot to keep your horses lead, then post away. The key to a trot jump is that you trot it! Just trot! That is the test! It’s up to you to show your horse the best you can. So if you have one that’s a little aggressive, than you might want to sit it and if you have one that might want to fall out from under you, then you might want to post, so that he doesn’t stop at it.

I’d like you guys to consider the fact that judges are humans. We come to the horseshow without an agenda and it’s up to you to make us a believer in your ability to do the job.

When do you like the rider to start trotting at a trot jump? For example should they start trotting before they go into the turn or when they come out of the turn? The less time you spend at the trot the better. If you can make a really good turn cantering and then 3 strides away get to the trot and make that work, that’s ideal. The later the better. For an equitation test, if the rider is asked to demonstrate a simple change, do you prefer them to come down to a trot for the change or a walk for the change? I don’t have a preference. How do you feel about bling in the show ring? I hate it! There is no need for it at all. There are some traditional things in the show ring that need to stay traditional and sparkle is not one of the things that we need in the hunter ring. It’s supposed to be tasteful, the ridding clothes are supposed to fit properly and nowhere does it say outbling the other rider. And I have to tell you that when a rider from the jumper ring comes over to fill a class and they have that bling on their helmet. Sometimes that bling on their helmet hits our eye and its almost blinding. It’s like sunlight hitting a windshield and its blinding. The reflection can hurt. When do you like a rider to wear a shadbelly? I like them in the derby if their done in a tasteful color but I don’t like the shadbelly with all the hot pink and the turquoise color in the lining and all the piping color. It’s just like, what are you doing? Why? The true shadbelly doesn’t really exist anymore with the little yellow vest thing. You hardly see them anymore. I like to see them in dark navy blue, black or dark, dark, dark green. Any other color is not in good taste.

I’m studying for the USHJA Horsemanship Quiz Challenge and I’d like to ask you a question from the study guide. Should a horse be groomed daily? A horse needs to be a horse. Sometimes just let them be and have their free time. Sometimes they just want to be like you and not wash your hair one morning and just put on your scrubby clothes for the day and just hang out and not have anybody poking and prodding them and leave them be. But their feet should always be picked. Don’t you think if you were a horse, one day a week, you would like to be just left alone? Go out and roll and get dirty and leave the mud on me for a day but check me for a nail or a pebble in my shoe? Yes, I know I would like that. Yes, that’s what I think. Is there anything else that you want to say? I just wish that people would pay more attention to who’s winning and try to analyze why those people are winning and not be critical of why they are winning. And then strive to be like that person. What’s different about those people? It’s not always because they have the most expensive animal or because they have the most money. It’s because somewhere back in that schooling area or back at the barn their working really hard. I don’t think enough people pay attention to that part of it. That bothers me that enough people don’t watch enough. That makes the difference between a consistent winner. And my least favorite word at a horseshow is politics! As a judge, that hurts my feelings more than any other word at a horseshow. Thank you Linda Andrisani for staying up late with me to answer my questions.

How to do you feel about trainers calling out instructions from the gate? Other than cross rails and short stirrup I probably would say I may take off some point for that. And a lot of times I’ll send a message to the trainer that they need to not do that anymore. Because it’s a horseshow and when you have trainers that do that, they have taken the Horseshow part of that out of the event. It’s distracting to me, I can’t even imagine how distracting it can be to a rider. Ella Doerr


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Improving your riding through fitness

Why Do I Want To Make You Strong? By Brittany Cacossa

We are athletes. Whether you just started riding yesterday and you want to make this your sport or you have been riding your whole life, you need to train like a true athlete. Our job of working with very large animals is not always easy; it requires strength, motivation, patience and commitment. So no matter your age, whether you compete or not, or even own a horse or pony, if riding is something you love, then fitness needs to be as well. What does it mean to be physically fit as a rider? It means we are able to control our horse and ourselves with suppleness and effectiveness. Well, this is easier said than done. It takes years of practice to become a strong effective rider but those years can be reduced and we can become more efficient with the right fitness regimen. What does it mean to be mentally fit as a rider? This carries a lot of weight when it comes to being an equestrian. Being mentally fit means you are confident in the saddle, you feel strong and ready to handle anything your horse or trainer may face you with. Your horse has a few ticks up his polo wrap today? No problem, you have gained so much strength that you are sticking in that saddle no matter what. Your trainer says “no stirrup lesson today;” well, you know you have the stamina to achieve it. The most important aspect true strength training can do is give riders confidence in themselves that their bodies can achieve anything.

You want to better your riding, but unsure where to start? First you need to decide that you truly want to make a change in your life. Could this be intimidating? Yes of course. But there is a first time for everything… just like when you first sat on a horse (look at how happy that made you)! Second, you need to join a gym. Having ample safe gym equipment is essential. Third, you need to contact Bringing Change Equestrian Fitness for a coach and personalized program. Lastly, you need to be open minded and motivated! As you dive into the process of becoming a better athlete, you will find there is a specific type of strength training and program to follow that will get you to this physical and mental state of true strength. Lets first talk about what equipment we are going to use and why. The base of all strength-training programs should involve using a barbell. A barbell allows us to move through full ranges of motion in a way that our bodies function everyday. We should also look at the barbell as if it were a horse. It is one weighted object that requires our muscles and mind to function together in order to move through the desired exercises. When we ride, we don’t simply use one muscle at a time to move our horse, all of them are working together, which is why isolation movements (requires the use of only one muscle) are not a general part of an equestrians exercise regimen. Barbell movements allow you to use the most amount of muscle mass to Fitness continued on page 26

Perfecting the squat without the bar: Heels shoulder width apart. Point your toes out 30 degrees. Squat all the way down. Shove your elbows in your knees. The feet are flat on the ground, and knees slightly in front of your toes. Hips are back and back is at an angle. Eye Gaze is down. Rise up with your hips. Drive your butt up. Don’t rise with your chest.

Correct form

Incorrect form

Bar placement: Reach out in front of you, placing hands evenly on each side of the bar. Put your thumbs on top of the bar. Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Get under the bar. Place the bar on the spine of your scapula (2-3 inches below your shoulder). Shove your elbows up.

Correct form

Incorrect hand placement.


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move the most amount of weight. For example, you are maneuvering an animal that is approximately a thousand pounds; therefore you should not spend a lot of your time doing lunges when you can squat much more than they can lunge. While lunging is an excellent exercise, it is not in the initial base of strength repertoire for equestrians. This is also why bodyweight exercises are essentially ineffective when it comes to riding. For many people, exercises that mimic being in the saddle may make sense; unfortunately this is not true. When we only mimic exercises in the saddle, such as using quarter squats, which may be used to mimic half seat or posting, we forget about all of our other muscles. Strength is built specifically in the range of motions that are trained. So, if you only train strength in a limited range of motion, and then are put in a situation where you are forced to produce strength in an untrained range of motion, you are leaving yourself susceptible to injury. Strength training using exercises that work large amounts of muscle mass through large ranges of motion ensures that you are training for the goal of control, ease, power, and injury prevention. The two most important exercises a rider can do are the barbell back squat and the barbell deadlift. If you can sit and stand from a chair, or better yet, post you can squat! If you can lift a hay bale off the ground, you can deadlift!

These exercises are both so important to everyday life, as well as riding for so many reasons. They are functional movements we preform daily and they will not only make riding but life tasks easier and safer. How do the barbell back squat and riding relate? Our lower body is the primary mover of the horse (just as the in the squat), while the rest of our body coordinates with the legs for movement and functionality of the horse. The squat, and riding are also similar in the use of the central nervous system (CNS) for balance as well as a mind body connection. Balance starts at our largest part, the core, and works its way through our hips and legs to the ground. The same goes for sitting in the saddle. We cannot properly position ourselves and move our horse if our core is not strong. The squat is best core strengthening exercise. A lot of riders who are inexperienced or nervous rely too strongly on their hands. They lack the ability to move their horse with their legs and seat. The back squat teaches individuals to use their lower body, in conjunction with their mind to move the weight. Squatting builds the posterior chain and builds kinesthetic sense (the awareness of your own movements). No rider goes through his/her career without hearing “leg to hand contact.� Squatting is paramount in building our base for riding and understanding muscle use and movement. Fitness continued on page 28

Step out of the rack with the same foot placement as your warm-up squats. Look at the floor. Big breath. SQUAT. Shove your knees out.

Hips are at or below parallel. Bounce up out of the bottom.

Bar stays over your mid foot. This is your center of mass.

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Lifting weird and heavy objects around the barn is just a daily chore that comes with the sport. We pick up anything from hay bales and waterbucks to jumps and trailer ramps. None of these objects are easy to pick up, especially for someone who may not be in shape or know how to carry such a load. This is why deadlifting is essential to riding. But it won’t only help with barn chores. Deadlifting puts you in an anatomically correct position to strengthen the muscles we need to ride. It builds back strength better than any other exercise. When we are able to stabilize our trunk muscles (abs, oblique’s, intercostal and many other upper and lower back muscles) we are then able to transfer force from our hips and legs to the weighted object, or horse. Many individuals who are beginner riders, or just lack kinesthetic sense tend to have a difficult time understanding how to position ones self in the saddle. Bringing this issue to the barbell will greatly help ones body awareness. The deadlift creates a back angle similar to that of half seat and jumping position. The deadlift also requires one to set their back in a position where the spine is ridged, not overflexed, but held tight. We often see a lot of riders who want to “pose” and overarch their back, or ones who hunch and put too much weight on their horse’s necks. Not only is this poor equitation but also poor mechanics for moving weighted objects. Learning how to properly deadlift and hold ones back will help understand positioning in the saddle and over fences. The barbell back squat and barbell deadlift are, without a doubt, two exercises every rider should learn how to do. Building strong bodies is essential to our sport, not only for rider safety but horse safety as well. Can these exercises be difficult? Yes. But learning to do difficult things will make you a better, stronger, and more motivated athlete. Just as you have a trainer who teaches you how to ride, you should have a coach who teaches you how to exercise properly. Bringing Change Equestrian Fitness is that coach. If you are ready to step your riding level up and really change your perception on strength and fitness, you can contact them through their e-mail

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Bar is over the middle of your foot

Practice picking your chest and butt up

Hands are outside the legs. Arms are straight.

Stance: Bar is over mid foot. Legs are not touching the bar, yet.

Bend down and grab the bar. Do not bend your knees.

Bring your shins to the bar. DO NOT move the bar.

Your hips do not drop down. Shove your knees into your elbows a little. Do not move the bar.

Lift your chest up. Allow your whole back to become ridged (We are not squeezing our shoulder blades together).

With straight arms, drag the bar up your legs. The bar always remains in contact with the legs

Putting the bar down: Keep the bar on your legs the whole time. Push your hips back and unlock your knees. Allow the bar to pass your knees before bending them.

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Mouse Diaries From the diary of Johnny M. Elbereons The most important mouse living at Artemis Riding Academy Teaching Tuesday

“Where is the ‘e’ in Johnny,” asked Elexa questioningly. Tharbue answered “After, j-o-n, then add the ‘e.’” “Correct,” answered Elexa with a giggle. I snapped out “Incorrect spelling, Tharbue.” I sighed out loud. Well, what can I do? After all, these are my trainees. You must be confused right now? Let’s start over from the beginning. After I was forced to part from my best friend, I and everyone at A.R. Academy entered a period of upheaval. It was decided rather suddenly that we would move to a new barn location, Bluebird Academy, for the winter as there was an indoor ring there. I don’t want to talk about the move too much. I’ll just say that the humans and the animals were all upset and there wasn’t one living being that didn’t seem grumpy. After we reached Bluebird I had to find a new home. The tack trunk was at the new place, but, it wasn’t in the same room with the horses. And, the truth is that I do love to be around the horses, and I was hoping that Spencer’s new pony would turn into another new best friend for me. I didn’t know what to do, so I had to explore to find the right place to set up my new home. I poked around a lot. Everything is a lot closer together here at Bluebird. The outdoor and indoor rings, the barn room, the tack room, the hayloft – I can scamper to all of these places in just a minute – even with my short little legs. I was poking around in the indoor ring and found a strange site. There was a rock wall attached to two of the walls. Underneath these walls, beneath the sand covering of the indoor ring, lived a family of mice. Their names were Elexa, Tharbue, Danty, and Nwarf. Apparently, these siblings had been born at the barn after all previous owners had moved away. They had never seen a human, a horse, a dog … they didn’t know much about anything. In fact, I casually asked them to spell a few words for me and give me the definitions and this is what they came up with, along with my translation: • Humin: cretr (Human: Creature) • Hors: animal (Horse: Animal) • Barn: hom (Barn: Home) • Xtrordinar: no idea (Extraordinary, and they had no idea of the meaning) • I introduced myself to the siblings, offered to instruct them and told them to call me ‘Mr. Elbereons, the Excellent.’ (I added ‘excellent’ for a flare and they didn’t know that wasn’t my official name. Ha!). So, I took it upon myself to educate them. I pulled out my lollypop that I found; it had been eaten, but the stick and wrapper remained. I scraped off bits of words from the wrapper and taught and taught and taught. Back to class, and where we started this story… “Today, we are learning about humans,” I instructed. “Turn to page seventy-four.” “But, Mr. Elbereons, the Excellent,” squeaked Danty, “we have dung ball practice we want to get to.” “Then, I suggest you get studying immediately, Danty,” I said with a flat glare on my face. They solemnly turned to page seventy-four, but Nwarf moved so infuriatingly slowly so that I lost my temper and went over and whipped the book to the page for him as my whiskers quivered in anger.

Happy Hump Day I did find a new home. The hayloft at Bluebird is attached right behind Sir’s new stall. I found a satisfactory corner in there where I wouldn’t be disturbed. How am I getting along with Sir? Let me tell you, he is so sweet! (I just gave a little jump for joy when I wrote that.) We both love the new barn and agree that we are quite happy with Spencer as our human. We really bonded one night not long after we had arrived. I recalled that night with a smile on my face… I shuddered at the cold draft coming through the cracks from the inside of the wall as I struggled to achieve sleep. I then heard hoarse whispers, literally. It was Sir and he was inviting me to sleep with him, for warmth. I scampered to his stall and found him laying down next to his hay. I went over to him, cuddling up near his nose, and I did feel a draft. But, now it was a warm gust of air blowing rhythmically over my shivering body. hee huh hee huh, in a seemingly never ending cycle of warmth and friendship that was now within us. I listened to the pattern and soon fell fast asleep bathed in warm air and trust. The weather has been hot and then cold, repeat on a weekly basis. Some days I cuddle under Sir’s nose to keep warm and other days we sleep apart so I don’t overheat. Super Sir Sunday Spencer can’t stay away from Sir and comes out a lot these days. Spencer feeds Sir carrots out of his mouth. Luckily, Sir isn’t a neat chewer and there are inevitably many pieces that fall out everywhere. Woo Hoo! Extra fine meals for me too :) Spen and Sir are riding together almost every day. I watched Spencer having some trouble with steering. Many a time Spencer nearly burst into tears at not being able to do it no matter what he tried, or did not understand the directions correctly. But then one Sunday, it just all clicked and they finally worked on something new – flatting a flying lead change across the diagonal! Sir looked magnificent as the sun lit up blinding patches of light through the ring doors. He was so shiny and his brilliant coat caught the suns’ eye and shone like the moon flashing at me like a disco ball. The sand flew from every lope of his graceful legs as they bounded across the grand ring. Spencer had such a smile and also a look of great determination at the same time. But, his trainer was still yelling at him! That part never changes. …to be continued

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Stuart Stories

My name is Stuart Little (yes, named after that other Stuart Little), and I am a 17-year old Jack Russell Terrier. In dog years, 17 is very, very old. I have had a wonderful life, with lots of fun along the way. One very special part of my life involves my friendship with Tess, a girl I met when she was only a baby and I was about 8. As she became a young girl, and more fun to play with, she and I developed a strong bond based in large part on the fact that Tess was about as rowdy as I am, with an equally adventuresome spirit. When we got together, she would throw a ball for me endlessly and would sometimes chase it and try to reach it before I did. That never happened. Because we lived in different towns, I started keeping in touch with Tess by writing her letters (with the help of one of my human companions), telling her about my adventures and my thoughts. Although I often let my imagination mold the stories, the stories were always true, as they represented the real me. When I got together with Tess, she talked about how much she loved my stories, and she suggested that I share some of them with other girls and boys. My human companions, Ruth and Hunter, agreed to help with this, and I hope you enjoy them.

Letter #2:

Dear Tess, Here it is, February of 2012, and here in New Hampshire we have a ton of snow. I always think of myself as a big dog, and I have the courage and the strength of a big dog, but in fact I only weigh 20 pounds and I am only about a foot tall. By foot I mean 12 inches, not a dog’s foot. Anyway, at my size snowbanks can be a bit of a problem. The other day Hunter threw a tennis ball outside for me to chase, and his aim wasn’t very good so the ball landed in a snowbank and could no longer be seen. Being the brave-hearted fellow I am, I jumped into the snowbank to look for the ball, and then I could no longer be seen. I could hear Ruth and Hunter calling me, but I was down deep buried 4 times over, still looking for the ball. Of course I was also hoping to find a steak or two buried under the white fluffy stuff, but that didn’t happen. Eventually I made my way out, looking like a white furry ball myself. Ruth and Hunter were laughing and clapping when they saw me emerge, so I knew they were relieved. Do you remember last year when you were supposed to come up here in the winter but it snowed in New jersey and the flights were all canceled? Eventually Ruth and I took the train down to New Jersey (I’ll tell you about my train adventures in a later letter) to visit you there instead, and while we were there we made a snowman on the deck of your house. Well, all of you made a snowman; I just supervised. We had a carrot for the nose and you walked over and bit most of the carrot off and ate it. You were so small then that the carrot was almost too high for you to reach. Then Ruth put you in a laundry basket, like a makeshift sled and tied a rope to it, pulling you around on the snow on the deck. When she got tired, Ruth attached the laundry basket to my harness with a rope so that I could pull you, just like the Iditarod sled dogs. (Remember the Iditarod? That’s the very famous dog sled race in Alaska). It started out being lots of fun pulling you around, but then everyone said I was going much too fast and that you might get hurt. You were laughing and yelling “Faster! Faster!” but the grown-ups put a stop to it pretty quickly. It’s not a race, they said. But I thought it WAS the Iditarod, and I wanted us to win! When we got back to New Hampshire, there was even more snow, and all we could see of Ruth’s little red VW car was a corner of the red side mirror, with the rest of the car buried under snow. What happened is that the car battery died a couple of months earlier, and Ruth kept putting off getting it fixed. Then it snowed, and Ruth waited for the snow to melt, but it didn’t, and then it snowed more, and then more. So now the car is just sitting there looking like a giant vanilla snow cone. I went up to it and licked some of the snow off, and it tasted delicious. Next time I will ask to have a little bit of maple syrup on top of the snow to make it into a New England sundae. That’s right: fresh snow with maple syrup on top. Ymmm. Winter is the best! The very best! Love from up north,

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My First Experience at HITS Thermal ~ by Paisley Ambassador Madison Bodmer "This past weekend was my first time showing at HITS Thermal! It was amazing! I have always heard all the fun stories about Thermal from the other riders at the barn. I couldn't believe it was finally my turn to join in. It was going to be my first time showing cross rails also! We only live about two hours outside Coachella but I was so excited it felt like it took forever to get there. The show grounds are so big and pretty, it feels like a whole other world. My best friend Ellie, my sister Anabelle and I rode our bikes all around the show grounds looking at all the beautiful tack room set ups. We spent the morning watching all the pony hunters go. So fun to watch and learn. Finally, it came time to warm up and get ready for my classes. My pony, Mc Luvin, was all braided and ready to go. Watching all the pony hunters go earlier in the day helped keep me focused and excited. Our hack class was first. This was my first time cantering all together with a group. I remembered to stay spread out and keep

him going forward. Sometimes McLuvin likes to be a little lazy. Next, came my two over fences classes. My trainer, Mary Beth Molt, reminded me to make a nice big hunter circle and keep a forward pace while on course. My new favorite phrase is 'forward is your friend!" Our two courses felt really good and we even nailed a few flying lead changes. I was so happy to have fought through some fears the past few months jumping and really worked towards my goals. I was so shocked to hear them announce afterwards that I had won Champion of the division after all my classes. It was a dream come true! I believe Thermal has been one of my absolute favorite shows so far. Being able to share it with good friends and barn mates was so special. I loved watching the jumpers, riding bikes and just making great memories. Can’t wait until the next time!

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Role Model Series... Chloe Kershel

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By Paisley Ambassador Ellie Laferty

I did my interview with a fellow junior rider who I look up to and think very highly of!! Her name is Chloe Kershel When did you first fall in love with horses? I fell in love with horses the moment I first saw one, which would technically be when I was just days old, but I wouldn't have remembered that so probably when I was two. Did you always know you’d be a professional rider? Since I am a junior, I cannot be a professional at the moment, but I may become one after college. What riding advice would you have give to yourself? If I were to give myself any advice, it would be to put myself out there even more then I do, to ride more and for more people to be aware that you ride well. If you could do any other equestrian discipline what would it be and why? If I were to do any other equestrian discipline it would be dressage. When I first began to ride, I started in dressage, now that I don't ride dressage much anymore, I wouldn't mind doing so again. It's just such a beautiful form of riding that I admire. What is your greatest strength? If I were to choose anything to be greatest strength, it would be the love I have for my horses, and horses in general. It drives me to be the best I can so I can show my love for them. What is your greatest weakness? My greatest weakness would have to be wanting to ride and be around horses all the time, it gets in the way of my school work sometimes... Do you have a routine you follow before a big competition? In preparation for a big competition, I ride my horses everyday leading up to it. Most of those days are spent on the flat and over some poles strengthening, relaxing, etc. A couple of those days end with a jump or two, and maybe even a course. The day before I would go to school at the show would be a trail ride day, just so I would be on the horse. My routine is then like anyone else's once getting to the show, set up, school, clean up, etc.

being structured, she also told me to have fun. The first show I did with her, right before I went in the ring she put her hand on my leg and said "Go in there and have some fun." Now, it's like a habit to go in the ring and enjoy myself while getting the job done. How would you describe your style of riding? I'm my opinion, I think I have a centered, classic style of riding as that is what my current trainer has taught me. What is your favorite guilty pleasure? My favorite guilty pleasure would have to be my obsession with the smell of vetrolin, so basically, smelling vetrolin. What is one piece of riding clothing or equipment you could never do without? I could never do without my smartpack breeches, they're too comfy and colorful to go without. What is your helmet of choice and why? As I have just found out recently, my head fits best in a GPA. It's deep enough that I can get by thick hair up without getting a headache, and, with the First Lady, your eyes are shielded some from the sun. It's also just a really comfortable helmet as well as being really safe. What advice would you offer young riders that are considering becoming professionals? Being a junior who is considering being a profession herself, I don't have any real advice except to go for it it that's really what you want. What is your life motto? My life's motto, (yes this is cheesy) is to sit up and ride, which in a way pertains to every part of my life. Even though you may not be on a horse, like can throw you for a loop and the best thing you could do is to "sit up" and ride it through. What would you like to change about the hunter/jumper industry? If I were to change anything about the hunter/jumper industry it would be some of the bad sportsmanship that goes around sometimes. I would try and make it so that there is none of that at all.

What does winning mean to you? When I win a class, it means more than just besting those in it. It means that I have something to show for all the hard work I have put into my horse and myself. Having a horse who had to be brought into the "show world," winning has not been a very common thing for us, but lately we have been winning more often which means so much to me as I can really see our improvement now, with or without ribbons. How do horses keep you grounded? Horses need someone to take care of them, even if it's just giving them food and water, so they keep me grounded because they remind me that I have a lot of responsibility when it comes to them. What is the best piece of riding advice you have ever received and who from? The best piece of riding advice I have received is from my trainer, Luanne Leonard. When I switched from my first trainer and came to her, I was brainwashed into thinking that this is such a serious sport and you would get yelled at if you rode through a line wrong. When I came to her, while

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Wanda Wellbred...”You didn’t hear it from me!” My Dears, I hope you have been enjoying Spring-Winter-Summermaybe this strange new season has gotten some of our horse community a bit confused – because many of them don’t seem to know whether they are coming or going! Loyalty is something so underrated these days- it seems like people will drop those that have been there for them like a hot potato when a mango appears. Well my Dears as Judy Dench said in Victoria and Abdul “This Mango is off!” It seems that after decades of working together, the owners of a large horse farm decided to very unceremoniously fire their manager. Now My Dears things change and situations change and everyone has the right to do what they want with their property and their businesses- but after decades of working together to just “throw somebody” out and at the whim of a new “Boyfriend” who is a youth minister- is not the wisest decision. And boy did Karma have something to say about this!! It seems that this new boyfriend had a lot on his mind in orchestrating his place in this family- that included having an affair with an older married sister! Supposedly after church one day when most of the family had gone about their Sunday afternoons the two adulterers were found in an office in the barn- which they had left unlocked- by the unsuspecting husband and his two young children. I will let your imagination do the rest- needless to say they were sans clothing on top of the desk!!! As if this whole thing was not bad enough the sister is now pregnant with his minister’s child!!! My Dears Harlequin Romance novels couldn’t come up with this stuff!!! My Dears stealing is never ok- never… well maybe if you are Robin Hood. It seems one trainer who we call Route 66- since he is working his way from state to state running from debts and the law…just keeps doing the same old same old. He bid on a weekend getaway at a lake house- promising to pay after he, his boyfriend and half of West Hollywood had spent the week there. Well my Dears- not only did they cause damage that cost the owners thousands of dollars to repair, they have still made no effort to pay the money that is supposed to help an equine rescue- he even blocked the owners and the chairs of the group so they cannot reach him. Well my Dears- you know what they say don’t mess with a Southern Woman! The owner and generous donor was not having this- so like a character out of a Miranda Lambert music video- the gravel flew off that road as she confronted him as he came out of the ring in a derby at a large A show- surrounded by people at the ingate… “Excuse me- I just want to know when you are paying for the stay at my house and thanks for tearing the place up.” My Dears after that you could have heard a pin drop! He would not even look at her- so she followed him to the barn repeating the same thing over and over and adding the charity name in for good measure from time to time. Sadly, though even months later he has not paid- and yet keeps filling his Facebook page up, with nights out, vacations and horse shows. But the jilted donor plans on paying him more visits at shows until he pays up!!!!

My Dears – we seem to have this issue so many times- “Trainers behaving badly” …So let’s recap some of the basics for Trainers to follow to have a successful and happy business! 1. Don’t cheat and lie to your clients- this isn’t an episode of pretty little liars- this is people’s hard earned money, time, and goals you are dealing with -not playing with. 2. Don’t send crazy group emails attacking clients and boardersin fact don’t talk about clients to other clients and gossip about your bread and butter- then cry when the bread box is empty. 3. Treat your clients equally- remember their money is all the same- and you need it and other trainers are glad to take that money and treat their clients with respect! 4. Don’t talk about your personal life- like the angsty goth girl in college who moped around the common room rolling on the floor talking about every aspect of her life! – Clients do care – but to a point – your divorce, sex life, drug addict sister are serious issues but when you make the barn hour the drama hour- you are infringing on your clients’ time and frankly ruining the peace that many clients come to the barn to find. 5. If you have kids remember you have clients too- so having the whole barn and show world revolve around your kid- it’s not all about them to anyone but…you! And that is great but no one else really cares to the point you force it on everyone. 6. Don’t act like your clients are there for you- no – it’s other way around- you are there for them- huffing and puffing and acting mad and being short with people is not some cute trainerism- it’s off putting and frankly obnoxious! 7. Don’t talk badly about clients horses- why would someone want you as a trainer if you are constantly bad mouthing their horse. If you think they need a different horse then tell them. If they don’t want one or have to make do with what they have- either deal with it or tell them they will have to go elsewhere. 8. Don’t make ridiculous rules such as strange hours or not letting clients use or do certain things that are commonplace at every other barn. 9. Don’t let other people ride clients’ horses without permission or use their equipment – people always find out and then you look even worse. 10. Just do your Job! Until next time my Dears- remember someone is always watching- and it’s us!


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2018 Team We are excited to announce the 2018 Paisley Team!

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Paisley ... For New team Members: All new Team Members will be receiving a Flat Paisley and magazines in the mail Please email us at: to let us know you accept the ambassador opportunity and are ready to get started! Please also follow us on instagram: @Paisley_Magazine @Teampaisley **you can message us on both of these accounts) ** We have a private facebook page just for our once you email us- you will be added to that page.

t Thank you to everyone for your applications and congratulations to our new 2018 TEAM additions! Looking forward to a fabulous and fun year!

Writer Julia Day Emily Dehoff (writer/photographer) Lauren Domenico Rowan Egsgard Abygale Green Addison HUghes Cierra Simmons Parker Tigner Jocie Wille

Photographer Sofia Baiker Mallory Gilmore Madison Hill Caroline Light Delany McDowell Anneliese Murch Sierra Pimm Hallie Rush Jessica Thompson

Social Media Skyler Erickson Heidi Horowitz Ava Polasek Rachel Resch



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Spring 2018

What's on our website?

Junior Rider Who's Who

Daisy & Gemma

Junior Riders are invited to be featured in this section

Follow the adventures of our own surpise foal Daisy & her mom Gemma!

Also: *Past Issues of the magazine *Links to advertisers and affiliates *Information on upcoming issues

Coming Soon *Junior Blog Paisley Pony Shop

* Junior Photography Gallery *Meet our Team!

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Business Card Directory Shawn Mc Millen Photography 606.356.0518 606.356.0540

The National Chincoteague Pony Association World’s first Chincoteague Pony Registry Non-profit Organization 360-671-8338

Celebrating the Chincoteagues for 46 yrs.

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Spring 2018

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Who’s Doing What Hailey Fox coming out of a flat class and loving on her pony, Hillcrest’s Lorelei

Alexa McCormick riding Magic At Last at the HHSA Medal Finals 2017 at Goucher College

Ellie Laferty and Chase Daniels shaking and baking at the Macnairs IEA show in Raleigh, NC.

Five-year-old Welsh Section B mare, Alvesta Ever After (CadlanValley Pirate x Alvesta Fantasia by Llandefalle Bonheddwr) Owned by Alvesta Farm. Photo: Michelle Walerius Photography.

Two-year-old Section B Alvesta Everlasting (*CadlanValley Pirate x Alvesta Fantasia by Llandefalle Bonheddwr) Owned by Alvesta Farm. Photo: Michelle Walerius Photography.

Tryon Fall circuit champions Linen Owens/ Cloud Nine - green ponies Madeline Rubin/ Exuberance - med. ponies Jessie spade/ Eddie Bauer - large ponies

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"Brock Star” (Evans Brockton Mountain) Welsh Section B gelding. and Muriel Hill, Rosegarland Welsh from Viking, Alberta - were awarded the Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show's Reserve Pleasure Driving Champion under both judges at The Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show. Photo: Michelle Walerius Photography.

Congratulations Erica Van DykenCherrybrook Just Blue In and Jillian Pizzi - Secret Crush on your Champion and Reserve week six of The Gulfport Classic.

Kat Fuqua & Aubrey Hill’s Sasha Fierce Small/Medium Green Pony Champion with Trainer Michael Newman

Six-year-old Welsh Mountain Pony mare, Alvesta Gwyneth (*Nerwyn Gwyn x Alvesta Lil Gumdrop by Brookside Ambassador), at the 2017 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show in July. Awarded first in her Sport Pony and Model Hunter class. Owned by Alvesta Farm. Photo by Michelle Walerius Photography.

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Cherrybrook Just Blue In with Erica Van Dyken and Burberry with Annalise Gabert where Medium Pony Champion and Reserve @ Gulfport Horse Show

Linen Owens and Cloud Nine. Champion Medium Ponies at Jump for the Children’s- Duke benefit show

Kat Fuqua & Chic In Time Large Pony Champion and Shea Taylor & To The Moon And Back Reserve Champion


Spring 2018

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Who’s Doing What

Two year old Welsh Mountain Pony colt, Alvesta Infinity (Cat Creek Innuendo x Alvesta Caris by *Nerwyn Gwyn) at the 2017 Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show. Awarded Young Stock Futurity Supreme Champion and the Futurity Grand Champion Sport Pony under judge Heather Black (Blackwood Farm). Owned by Alvesta Farm Photo by Michelle Walerius Photography

Madison Bodmer and her sister, Anabelle, both brought home Champions from Week 1 of HITS Thermal on their pony McLuvin. Madison competed in cross rails and Anabelle in the walk division. The sisters train with Mary Beth Molt in Temecula CA.

Ellie Laferty and Windsor's JalapeĂąo best special/intermediate rider, winner of the special children's/adult classic out of 30, and champion special childrens!!

Paisley Ambassador Hailey Fox riding Jellybean at HITS Ocala after helping her friends and cheering them on.

The Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show Junior Champion Section B (colts and fillies) under Hilary Tolhurst and Reserve under Patricia Cochran went to yearling filly Alvesta Sakari. Sakari also took a 1st and 2nd in her Sport Pony class. Owned by Alvesta Farm. Photo by Michelle Walerius Photography.

At the Wild Rose Welsh & Open Pony Show, yearling Section B gelding, Alvesta Sedona (*Llanarth Tarquin x Alvesta Fairy Lustre by *CadlanValley Pirate), was overall Welsh Gelding Champion under Patricia Cochran and Res. Champion under Hilary Tolhurst. Sedona was also 2nd under both in his Sport Pony class. Owned by Alvesta Farm. Photo by Michelle Walerius Photography.

The Paisley Magazine's surprise foal "Daisy" Follow her on FB: Daisy & Gemma or on Instagram Daisy_Butterfly McQueen


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